Quick, Easy to Make ,Healthy Breakfast or Pre- workout Smoothie

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A breakfast in five minutes that is delicious, and healthy! Not to mention, it keeps me full until lunch time! Sign me up! This smoothie is great as a pre-workout meal, when you do not want something heavy but you want something that is easy to digest and can give you an energy boost.

I am not a morning person, so I definitely do not want to get up and make a complicated breakfast in the morning. At the same time, I do not want to eat any old unhealthy thing for breakfast and worse, end up hungry by 10 o’clock. Allow me to share this delicious smoothie  that has changed my mornings and my health ( bye, bye constipation and mid morning snacks).

I only use four ingredients:

Milk (2 cups)

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I used either dairy milk or flavoured powdered milk but you can use any milk you prefer, almond, coconut, etc. You can also use more or less milk depending on how thick or runny you like your smoothie.

Oats (1 cup)

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Ripe Banana (I use 1 or 2 depending on how I feel)CAM01652

 

Raw/roasted peanuts (A handful or two)

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Once I gather my four ingredients all I have to do is combine them in my blender, and viola!  I have a delicious, healthy smoothie to go.

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Quick tip: You can always switch out ingredients that you might not like or add others for variety. You can also add some ice to give it even more of a smoothie vibe.  If you try this recipe let  me know how it turns out!

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What is texlaxing? Is it right for you? How I do it.

My hair is fully texlaxed. I started transitioning to texlaxed hair when I started my hair journey. I am not sure when I got rid of all my relaxed ends but now based on the texture of my hair I am positively texlaxed from roots to ends.

What is texlaxing?

The word “texlax” is a combination of the words ‘relax’ and ‘texture’. Texlaxing is the process of deliberately under-relaxing your hair in order to avoid relaxing ‘bone straight’. Different methods can be used to achieve this:

1. Addition of Oil

I have never tried this method of texlaxing but it is logical and many persons have said that it works for them. Oil can either be added to the relaxer to weaken it or to the hair to reduce the amount of relaxer that gets on  the hair. Depending on your desired level of texture you can add the oil to both your hair and the relaxer. Or you can choose to do one or the other.

2.Reducing Processing Time

Similar results can be obtained from reducing the amount of time the relaxer stays on the hair. You relaxer box or container usually has directions as to the length of time the relaxer should be eft on the hair for it to process. Your relaxer time should not exceed the recommended time for your hair type.


Based on the time recommended to get straight hair (for your hair type), the adjustment can be made to keep more curl in your hair. If you are not sure how your hair will turn out or how long to leave the relaxer on your hair you can do a strand test and choose your time based on that.

How I texlax

To texlax my hair, I use the latter method of reducing the amount of time I leave the relaxer on my hair. From application to the moment I am ready to rinse does not exceed 20 minutes.

Before I start application, I make sure I have everything I need eg. Comb, applicator brush etc., set a stopwatch to 20 minutes, press start and begin application. Within that 20 minute span I also smooth the relaxer. I will be doing a relaxer day routine post soon. If you are interested in a step by step of that then you can look out for that.

Quick tip: smoothing helps straighten the hair. So smoothing is optional.

The method I use to texlax gets me somewhere in the middle, where my hair is not too straight but not very curly at the same time.  Some girls like Babylon Kay and Prettywitty77(I would leave links their YouTube channels but I am editing on my phone and its very tedious) prefer their texlax to be more on the curly side.

Why I Texlax

Choosing to texlax my hair has resulted in me having, stronger, thicker, voluminous, more resilient hair. My texlaxed hair is less damaged by the relaxer than my previously relaxed hair, because less of the protein bonds that keep my hair strong were broken during the relaxing  process. Even though I take precaution to prevent over lapping relaxers and over processing, texlaxed hair makes it hard for my hair to be over processed because it is under processed so if relaxer accidentally gets onto areas that were already relaxed the damage wont be too extensive. With texlaxed hair I get the best of both worlds. I get the volume and thickness of natural hair and the ease of straightening of relaxed hair.

Why You Might not Want to Texlax

The biggest gripe I have with my texlaxed hair is that it is not as easy to straighten as my fully relaxed hair. Gone are the days when I could do a wet wrap and have perfectly straight hair when it dries. Other than that, I love it and I would take healthy hair that is hard to style over thin,over processed hair any day.

Having said all that, it is possible to have bone straight relaxed hair that is healthy and can grow long. There is much less room for error but it can be done.

Hopefully you have a better idea of what texlaxing is. Let me know in the comments if you are already texlaxed, what method you use and whether you prefer texlaxed or relaxed hair. Happy hair journey!

 

 

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Geddes Great House

My blog is relatively new and the idea of a blog came to me mainly because I wanted to share my hair journey. However, my journey is not limited to hair alone so I am going to take a leap of faith and incorporate bits from my other journeys that I think are interesting.

I am a Land Surveyor by profession and as you can imagine I travel a lot for my job. The week before the last I travelled to Claremont in St. Ann (my home parish-the best). I do not want to divulge too much about my job, but anyway I worked at the Geddes Great House.

The entrance is beautiful and looked quite interesting. Like you would want to see what is behind that hill of grey rocks.

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A long narrow road leads up to the house.

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The view of the surrounding hills and slopes is breath-taking.

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There is a cave that tourists who visit explore.

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And a deep sink hole that legend has it, used to be a wishing well.

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The weather was very cool. I had to put a sweater on because I get cold very easily. There is a Facebook page where you can get more information on the Great House.

If you love nature and exploring this is a great place to go.

Let me know whether you enjoyed this post or not, and if I should do more posts like these. Thanks for reading!

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Breakage Prevention/Length Retention Series: Reduce the Heat

As I write this I am watching the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships and I am a little down because my cousin was given second in her race. The race was sooo close it had to go to a photo finish to decide the winner. Any how I am still very proud of her.

Back to the topic at hand. Hair burns at approximately 233C (451F). When hair burns the protein bonds that make up the hair are broken down, starting with the outer layer. This leaves the core of the hair follicles exposed, weak and prone to breakage. Using heat that is too high, as well as using heat too often can have detrimental effects on your hair. Of all the things I have discussed in this series, heat can be the most damaging to hair and in the fastest amount of time. Flat ironing just one time with a heat setting that is too high can cause irreversible damage.  It therefore goes without saying that avoiding heat as much as possible is  essential if you want to prevent breakage and increase the amount of length you retain.

What can you do to prevent heat damage?

  1. Create a plan

Create a plan that outlines when you will use heat. Heat damage can come from the use of different heat tools on the hair. Example, blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, curling wands and even hooded dryers. I usually blow dry and flat-iron or roller set and sit under the dryer when I relax that is on average four times for the year. Other times when I do a roller set I do it early in the morning and allow it to air dry all day. Outside of that I only flat-iron if I am far along into my stretch and I have a special occasion to attend and my new growth just looks too messy.

2. Use proper heat tools

Using poorly made tools can cause heat damage even if you reduce how often you use heat. For flat irons, stick to either a ceramic or titanium iron with a temperature gauge. Other metals like aluminium are not recommended because they heat unevenly and can develop hot spots that burn hair. A temperature gauge is important so that you can choose the temperature at which you want to flat-iron your hair. Right now I have a cheap iron that is ceramic but only has on off and on button so I constantly have to turn it off and on while I use it to keep it from getting too hot. So I am  looking at buying a sensible iron.

3. Use the lowest heat setting possible

Always try to use the lowest heat setting that can give you your desired results. For example, I blow dry on the cool and warm settings only. It takes a bit longer but my hair still dries. The same goes for flat ironing and the hooded dryer.

4. Always use a heat protectant

A heat protectant provides a barrier between your hair and the heat. It allows your hair to dry or straighten without getting damaged. You can see the heat protectant I use here.

I hope you found this helpful. This is the final post in the “Breakage Prevention/Length retention Series”. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something. Don’t forget to like and share. Until next time Happy Hair Journey!

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Breakage Prevention/Length Retention Series: Trim Those Ends

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to the ‘Breakage Prevention/Length Retention Series’. Yes, I didn’t make a mistake in the title. I am going to be talking about trimming today. You might think trimming is counter productive if you are trying to gain length, but its one of the most important steps in ensuring that you hair remains healthy while you are retaining length.

Dry, split ends if left on the hair are a recipe for breakage. Splits at the end of the hair travel up the hair shaft and eventually cause the hair to break.

Dry, dead ends are beyond repair. There is no amount of deep conditioning and moisturising  that can bring them back. I don’t care for dry trashy looking ends. They make your hair look unhealthy, frizzy and dull. I must admit however, that I have been a victim of trying to hold on to dead ends and it has set me back as I have mentioned in my hair story.

I trim my hair as needed. When my hair was in tip-top health I trimmed two times for the year. Now that  I am trying to get my hair back to full health I trim whenever it looks like it needs a trim. That works out to about three to four times for the year. I will be doing a tutorial on how I trim in the near future. For now there are some key points to keep in mind if you are going to attempt to trim your own hair.

  • Make sure you are trimming with scissors that are designed for trimming hair. I buy mine at any local pharmacy or hair supply store
  • Make sure your hair scissors are used for cutting hair only. Cutting other materials with your scissors can cause them to become dull and end up doing more damage to your hair than good.
  • Trim your hair in small sections. All of your hair or even hair in the same  section are not the same length. Therefore to ensure that all your ends get trimmed part your hair into small section when trimming.
  • Trim only what needs to be trimmed. If you stay on top of your trims you wont need to trim more than one-eighth to a quarter of an inch of hair at a time. This will ensure that you keep your length while keeping your hair healthy.
  • Lastly, if you are not up to the task of trimming your own hair then I recommend you go to a friend or stylist who you can trust to trim your hair properly without taking off more of your length than you would like. Too often stylists mistake a trim for a haircut.

Hopefully you all found this post informative. Be on the look out for the final post in this series. Until then Happy hair journey!

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Breakage Prevention/Length Retention Series: Low Manipulation and Protective Styles

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 It’s the weekend! I hope you are all taking the chance to get some rest or have some fun, whatever float your boats!

This is the third installment in the ‘Breakage Prevention /Length Retention Series and I’m going to discuss the importance of low manipulation and protective styles in preventing breakage and retaining length.

Minimising Manipulation

Manipulation includes everything you do to your hair. From touching, to combing, to styling. The more you touch, comb, style, brush your hair, the more likely it is that you hair will break.

Two of the most common ways of reducing manipulation are:

  1. Protective styling
  2. Low manipulation styles

Protective styles

Protective styles are hair styles that keep you hair away from elements that might cause breakage especially on the ends. They prevent your hair and especially you ends from rubbing against things  that might cause snagging and breakage such as your clothes,  seat belts, chairs etc. Plus your hair is less likely to become tangled in a protective style than it would if it was allowed to blow about in the wind.  My go to protective style is a bun. Sometimes I do twists and up-dos but when I am rushing you can be sure my hair is going into a bun. I try to make my protective styles last for  at least two days before re-styling just so that I am not defeating the purpose of protective styling by combing everyday.

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Twist and a Bun

Low Manipulation Styles

Low manipulation styles are different from protective styles because they do not necessarily protect your hair from the elements, but they do reduce the amount of combing and styling you need to do. Some examples are twist outs, braid outs, Bantu Knot outs, etc. I love a twist out because I do it at the beginning of the week and all I have to do is moisturise and twist it back up each night and I’m good to go. No comb needed for the entire week.

If you stretch your relaxers protective and low manipulation styles are your best friend because they help you to manage the new growth without going crazy. After I relax( texlax) my hair I  usually wear my hair down for the first 2-4 weeks. After that it’s usually low manipulation and protective styles until I relax again. For those of you who have shoulder length hair, protective styling is super important because your hair is constantly rubbing against your shoulders. After you have passed that critical length then you can relax a bit but never throw protective styling out the window. You can do everything else right and sabotage your progress if you over manipulate and under-protect.

 

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Some additional Points:

  • Always  detangle with a wide toothed comb. Small toothed combs tend to snag on knots and tear at your hair
  • Wrap your hair in a silk/satin scarf at night. Other materials such as cotton snag, dry out moisture and cause breakage.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I’ve got more installment to come in this series, so look out for those. Dont forget to share, like and leave a comment. Until next time Happy hair journey!

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Breakage Prevention/Length Retention Series: Moisturising and Sealing

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moisturising and sealing.

In the previous post in this series I talked about deep conditioning. Well let me just say that all the great benefits of deep conditioning would go to waste if you do not moisturise and seal afterwards.

Moisturising and sealing is needed to maintain the hair’s moisture in between deep conditions. It entails applying a water based moisturiser to the hair and then adding an oil or butter on top of it to lock in the moisturiser.

Why isn’t it enough to just moisturise?

Just imagine what would happen if you caught some water in a glass and left it out in the sun and wind with no cover on it. That’s right! I know you were paying attention in grade three science class! Yes, it would evaporate. Now imagine if you left an identical glass of water but with oil on top of it. Correct! It would take a lot longer to evaporate. Now just apply that analogy to you hair.

I moisturise and seal every other day, but depending on how dry or humid the climate in your area is you might want to moisturise less or more often. The moisturisers and oils I recommend can be seen here.

Things to remember:

  • Water is the ultimate moisturiser. Check the ingredients on your moisturiser and if water is not the first ingredient, throw it out!
  • Always moisturise and seal your hair in small sections so that all your strand get moisturised and not just those on the outside
  • Pay special attention to the ends of your hair when you moisturise and seal. They are the oldest part of your hair and they need lots of TLC to prevent them from drying out.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I made a special effort to keep it short and spicy. Don’t be afraid to leave any question or comments you might have in the comments section below. Also please thumbs and share this post! Until next time Happy Hair Journey!

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Breakage Prevention/Length Retention Series: Deep Conditioning

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Having a head of long healthy hair comes down to one simple task : preventing breakage. Contrary to what you might believe no amount of growing can make your hair healthy or long. The fact is everybody’s hair grows at about the same rate on average, whether you are Black, White, Indian, Chinese, Mixed,Natural, Relaxed, etc.. The difference between the person with long hair and the person with short hair  is not how fast their hair grows, it’s about how fast their hair is breaking. If your hair breaks at a faster rate than it is growing  then your hair will become shorter. If it breaks at the same rate as it is growing it will remain at the same length. If it breaks slower than it grows then you will achieve length.

The issue we face is to stop or reduce breakage as much as possible. This series is designed tell you guys about all the different ways that this can be achieved. Since there are quite a few and I do not want my posts to be super long epistles I am only going to talk about one in each post.

The first technique I am going to tell you guys about is Deep Conditioning

If you have curly, kinky, Afro-type natural or relaxed hair and you want it to be healthy and long without deep conditioning you might as well get a pixie cut and rock that. It just cannot work.

Deep conditioning (in my own words) is basically the process of imparting moisture and nutrients into the hair follicle with the assistance of indirect heat, special conditioners and/oils. Deep conditioners are different from other conditioners because they have to be left on the hair for an extended period in order for them to work. The instructions usually tell you to leave on and cover with a plastic cap for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.

Deep conditioners can either be:

  • Moisture-based : the main function is to impart moisture into the hair
  • Protein-based or: the main function is to repair broken protein bonds which make up hair
  • Balancing (a mixture of protein and moisture)- does a bit of both

Moisturising deep conditioners help to preserve hair elasticity, which is essential to prevent breakage from manipulation such as combing, plaiting,curling etc. Protein based deep conditioner strengthens the protein bonds that makes up hair. This prevents hair from snapping under stress and from developing split ends. Used together, they help to maintain the hairs moisture-protein balance.

 

Deep conditioning is only one piece of the puzzle so be on the look out for the rest of the posts in this series. Until next time happy hair journey!

I forgot to add that I would recommend deep conditioning at least once per week.

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