Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

GOC Update: Marsha

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Here’s Marsha (Sixth Wave) showing us how she got creative with protective styling in August!!

Ok the last couple of weeks I have been wearing my hair up and in a bun. Absolutely no hair ends exposed. I have been trying to be more creative so that I wouldn’t get bored. I will only wear my hair out probably once or twice a month and see if I can retain more growth/length. The first pic above is of my hair with flat twist in front and mini twist in the back.  I then undid the twist after three days.

These next pics were taken after I undid mini twist.

Another protective style…

Just roll and tuck those ends away.

I flat ironed my hair because I simply felt like it. Lol. Well on 9/4/11 I celebrated my 1 year completely natural. Yay me. I did henna treatments twice in August and I loved the results. My hair feels so silky and dark. It seems fuller since my last straightening session back in the end of July. Here is an official length check. I think I will do two henna treatments this month also.

I bought some new products. Yes I’m officially a product junkie. Don’t judge me. I got a coupon from Curlmart for buy one, get a free full-sized bottle. I got a free Olive You light conditioner and I purchased Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave-in conditioner. I LOVE the KBB. Definitely a keeper.

I shampoo instead of co-wash every 5-7 days. I only co-wash if I have shampooed less than a couple of days prior.

I have lost weight, but it’s not due to exercise. I am ashamed to say, but I haven’t been good with keeping up with that routine. I’ll try to do better. I weigh myself, like, everyday religiously. My scale said 117 lbs this morning, but add 2 lbs to that because, when I weigh-in at the doctor’s office, it’s always 2 lbs higher. Go figure.

Happy Growing Ladies.

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Check out this protective styling dynamo on her new personal blog, Hairology, at  http://24hourhair.wordpress.com/.

Are you employing protective styling as a length retention technique? If so, what styles did you rock in August and how often do you wear them?

8 Fitness Tools Under $20!

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by JKoi of The Koi Experience

Always wanted your own gym at home? Probably something that isn’t feasible whether it is lack of space or lack of funds — to purchase weight sets and cardio equipment could end up setting you back thousands of dollars. Also let’s not go into upkeep and maintenance. The reality is for an at-home gym, some of the most effective pieces of gym equipment can cost less than 20 bucks!

You may already have a yoga mat, a set of dumbbells and aerobics DVDs, but here are other pieces to add to your fitness arsenal that are guaranteed to get results. You can find these tools at most mass retailers and sports equipment stores, even at a local yard sale.

Want to get those abs in check, but sick and tired of doing crunches? Start on your knees and hold the ab wheel in front of you on the floor. Roll ahead slowly, keeping your back straight, using your abs to push forward. Return to the start position using the same controlled motion. This exercise is about maintaining core or mid-line stability. You want to fight to keep your spine straight as possible as you roll the wheel out and back. Complete three sets of five to 10 repetitions.

Any exercise you can do with free weights you can do with these resistance bands. Tubing is a lightweight stretchy rope with handles at the ends, which makes it perfect to take when traveling since it won’t weigh down your suitcase.

The Hula Hoop. Yeah I said it. Bringing you back to your child hood. Little did we know back then that the hula hoop strengthens the core, helps to improve posture and to eliminate lower back pain. Spin the hoop at your waist for one to two minutes for one to three sets. Once you get good at that, you can also use it to work your legs and arms. Just lie on your back with one leg up and twirl the hoop around the calf for one to two minutes for one to three sets for each leg. Stand and do the same with each arm.

Balance discs, boards and cushions are great for all fitness levels. For a beginner, these pieces of equipment can improve—you guessed it—balance, which can help to encourage proper posture by improving balance and joint stabilization while strengthening and toning the core muscles. For beginners, use the balance tool near a wall or table so that you can grab on to it should you lose your balance. Sit or stand (with one foot or both) on the disc for two to three minutes. For more experienced fitness buffs, challenge your regular workout of curls, squats, lunges and more, by standing on the unstable base while doing each rep.

Head to a nearby hardware store and buy a 4-ft (122 cm) long, 1-in (2.5 cm) diameter wooden or PVC dowel. (A simple broomstick with the brush removed will also work). You can use a dowel for overhead squats, standing twists, sidebends and more. For squats: hold the dowel overhead as you squat to work legs and buttocks, and scapular and core stabilization. For standing twists: hold it behind your neck on your trapezius muscle (don’t rest the dowel on your neck) and twist your waist side to side to work obliques For sidebends: hold it overhead and bend at the sides to work obliques. You can also use it vertically for balance when doing sidekicks.


A pool noodle, really? Yep. It is great for stretching out your tired tensed body. Place the noodle on the floor and lie on it so it’s between your shoulder blades, under your neck and extends to your bra strap. Let your shoulders relax to the floor to stretch the pectoral muscles. Hold for two to three minutes. Another stretch: lie on your back over the pool noodle horizontally so it sits at the bottom elastic of your sports bra, hold for two to three minutes to release tension in your back.

A towel can actually be an aid for stretching and strengthening. In fact, you can use it in many of the same ways that you would a dowel, but because you have to pull it taut you have to put more muscle into the exercise. Use a large towel in place of a yoga strap for many yoga moves. And if you’re having a hard time with sit-ups, fold the towel and place it under your lower back for support.

Use a jump rope to improve physical coordination and sneak in some playful cardio. It can burn more than 700 calories per hour. Also the impact from jumping increases bone mass, which will help prevent osteoporosis.

So there you have it folks, the beginning of a great at home gym, all within your budget. Stay tuned for future workouts incorporating these wonderful fitness tools.

Hey, if it works for Michelle Obama…

Shine on…


Calling All Sofistanistas!! *CLOSED*

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Sofistfunk Prep

Don’t forget to get your entries in before the deadlines in order to be eligible to win one of the fabulous giveaways below!!

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3 VIP packages
Each package includes a VIP Gift Bag and 2 tickets to the NYC Sofistafunk Fashion Week Party and Fashion Show on Thursday, September 15, 2011

For your chance to win*:

1. Register on www.polyvore.com and follow Sofistafunk.
2. Create a co-branded set using a featured Sofistafunk skirt.
3. Post the skirt set to the Sofistafunk Facebook Page.

Entry deadline:  September 8, 2011

Three winners will be selected and announced on September 9, 2011.

*Entrants must live in the NYC area and be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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1 Sofistafunk Swag Bag
Valued at $250+!

For your chance to win:

1. Follow Sofistafunk on Twitter.
2. Tweet “Hairscapades.”

Entry deadline: September 15, 2011

A winner will be selected on September 16, 2011


Dry Bantu Knot Out

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I'm a little messy from j'ouvert, but look at my hair!

by Rece of A Hair Story

I’ve been meaning to try Bantu Knots for a long time. I just knew that if I did them, my hair would never dry. Recently, I saw a pic of my friend and her hair looked fabulous. I asked her what she did to her hair and she told me that she dries it some, then two strand twists it, then Bantu Knots it. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to do Bantu knots on dry hair, but I decided to try it last night.

I twisted my hair with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Curls – Creme Brule. I did a bunch of Bantu Knots. I wasn’t sure how big or small I should do them. I tend to do my twists smaller than most people because I feel like my hair gets too frizzy when I do bigger twists and have to separate them. I like good definition in my styles. In any case, I did my Bantu Knots slightly bigger than the sections I usually use. It was pretty quick and easy. I had to use a bobby pin to for about three of the twists because the ends just weren’t staying tucked in.

Here are the two strand twists in Bantu Knots…

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This morning I unravelled and untwisted and this is what I got. Unfluffed.

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…and the final outcome. Usually when you see me with a headband in the front, that means something went wrong with the part that falls in my face. LOL

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I think it came out pretty good. I’m not sure what I expected, but I like that the ends are all curled. A lot of times, I end up with straight ends when I do a twistout.

XOXO,
Rece

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Love it Rece!! I definitely have been hesitant about Bantu Knots because of the drying issue as well! I might have to give the dry knot-out a try! 

Have you tried Bantu Knot Outs? Wet or dry? What products do you use?