I demonstrate how to wrap your locs quickly for winter without having to hit up the fabric store.
Have you seen peanut punch in stores before? It’s a milkshake that contains peanut butter and chocolate milk. It’s not too different from a “funky monkey”, which contains chocolate milk and bananas.
The peanut butter and bananas make it a great source of potassium, calcium, and protein. It’s great as a morning shake or before/after a work-out.
Here is a healthy take on the Caribbean favourite…
-1 ripe banana
-5 to 7 dates
-8 oz. of plain or vanilla almond milk
-2 tablespoons of unsweetened peanut butter
-1 handful of spinach or 2 leaves of kale (you won’t taste it)
-a pinch of nutmeg
Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Makes 2 Servings
“Over 85% of Women Who Transition to Natural Hair Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Their Lives.”
I came across this statement on Twitter the other day. It was made by a random black man of Trinidadian background. **Please note that I use the term “nappy” freely because I personally do not hold a negative connotation to it. To me, it’s just a way of describing afro-textured hair with little to no curl pattern. (Proudly nappy over here).
Here is my two cents… Black men rock their afro-textured/nappy hair without qualms because, as men, society does not go out of their way to make them feel bad about it. Also, nowadays, when it comes to black men, darker skin is even viewed as more attractive than lighter skin.
When it comes to black women, however, most black men have a preference for light-skinned “exotic-looking” women with wavy or curly hair (a.k.a “good hair) as do non-blacks in general. It goes back to European beauty standards. They may find other black women attractive, but this mixed or exotic-type of female is the ultimate trophy/status piece. When these black men see black women with “nappy” hair rockin’ their natural hair PROUDLY, it makes them uneasy because they see hair that is not so-called “good hair” as unacceptable. They think to themselves, “Why would a woman choose to rock their hair that way?” while praising women with wavy or curly hair who rock their hair naturally.
It’s harsh, it’s sad, but it’s the truth. A kinky or nappy-haired female may choose to wear her hair straight, not because she has self-esteem or self-hatred issues but because she wishes to assimilate into what the rest of today’s society is doing. No blame there. The above-mentioned statement, “Over 85% of Women Who Transition to Natural Hair Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Their Lives” therefore bothers me.
Right away, I know that this man is inferring that only black women with noticeably wavy or curly-textured hair (the 15%) should be rockin’ their hair natural.
Going natural does not mean that men will not be attracted to you. Some naturals notice that they attract a certain type of man (more earthy, artistic, afro-centric), while others, like me, see no change in the type of men they attract but may get noticed more often because they simply stand out more.
Do not let anyone — black, white, or other — deter you from doing what you know is right for you. If you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful (and I mean inside and out). What you choose to do with your hair does not alter that.
Over-the-counter sleep medications such as Sleep-Eze are intended for occasional sleeplessness. They contain chemicals (such as Diphenhydramine Hcl) that can make you too drowsy to function properly and that can be fatal when combined with certain prescription medications, alcohol, or when taken in excess. A good magnesium supplement can be used to treat insomnia. Magnesium is a mineral that supports muscle and heart function but can also ease anxiety.
Citrates are extremely well-tolerated and well-absorbed in the body so Magnesium Citrate is most people’s preference, anywhere from 150 – 400 mg before bed. Be warned! Some of the side effects of Magnesium Citrate include diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and nausea. It can also interfere with medications you’re taking.
I had been using over-the-counter sleep aids for years. I would turn to them whenever I would go 4+ days without really sleeping. Lack of sleep can cause irritability, slow motor skills, lack of concentration, migraines… it’s just not a good feeling. I gave
Magnesium Citrate a try and experienced almost the same effect I get when taking sleeping pills. It did not make me drowsy 15 minutes after taking it, like sleeping pills do, but I slept peacefully through the night and felt groggy in the morning. I also felt a little nauseous for a good few hours. Everyone’s body reacts to things differently. If you’re looking for a more natural way to treat insomnia, magnesium supplements are worth checking out.
Magnesium is also believed to:
-Aid in fighting depression
-Reduce food cravings
-Relieve restless leg syndrome
-Treat high blood pressure -Help prevent kidney stones and gallstones
-Keep teeth healthy
-Help reduce stress
Me, personally, I’ll probably stick to the simple comforts… chamomile tea, a hot shower, scented candles, a good book… Not everything “natural” feels as such.
Clueless when it comes to headwraps? Whoissugar shows 3 easy headwrap styles.
Curlynugrowth asks, “Would you sell your locs?”
I personally, would not intentionally cut my locs with the purpose of selling them.
However, If I decided to cut my locs for other reasons, I definitely wouldn’t mind making a buck or two.
If someone is comfortable with attaching someone else’s locs their head, more power to them. I personally would not do it because it would feel unhygienic and because hair carries a lot of — unknown — spiritual energy.
In the days where I would rock weaves and braids, I would never use human hair, for the reason I just mentioned.
Would you sell your locs? Why or why not?