Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIY: How to Care for Natural or Perm Hair

Natural hair is naturally prone to dryness and requires special care to maintain overall healthiness.
For moisture, the best treatment for a pre-shampoo treatment and daily moisturizer is an Organic Virgin coconut oil. The reason why this oil is so special is because it actually penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize the hair from the inside out. How to use Organic coconut oil as a pre-shampoo:
-Apply to scalp and hair
-Cover with a plastic cap
-Leave on hair for 30 minutes without heat (or 15 minutes with heat)
-Then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual.

If you want to use a water-based moisturizer instead of Organic coconut oil, you can use any light oil moisturizer following the application of an water based moisturizer to seal moisture in the shaft.

Gentle shampoos and regular treatments are essential.
Sulfates are very harsh and may strip and dry out your hair. These should only be contained in your clarifying shampoo (which you should use only once per month at the most, followed by a protein treatment)
-Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
-Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
-TEA Laureth Sulfate
-TEA Lauryl Sulfate
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Protein treatments will help you if you any kind breakage. A protein treatment should be used every week until your breakage under control. You can make your own protein treatment at home by adding an egg to your regular conditioner, then mixing it into your hair and then cover with a plastic cap for 1 hour. (NO HEAT WITH EGG BECAUSE THE HEAT WILL COOK THE EGG) This treatment should work with 1-2 treatments. Conditioner protein product, you should apply it to your hair, cover with a plastic cap go under a heated dryer with a plastic cap for 10-15 minutes. This will improve your hair strength and stop breakage within a few treatment.

Once the condition of your hair has improved, then you can start to alternate treatments. So you can begin a regimen! yeahhhhh:

1. Wash with a gentle shampoo
2. Follow with a deep conditioner
3. Finish with a moisture treatment
4. Style

1. Pre-shampoo shampoo treatment
2. Follow with a gentle shampoo
3. Follow with a deep conditioner
4. Finish with a moisture treatment
5. Style

1. Wash with a clarifying shampoo
2. Follow with a protein treatment
3. Finish with a moisture treatment
4. Style

Remember, you can pre-shampoo treatment before you shampoo your hair, as long as moisture and protein are balanced, you can build a regimen just for you.

Peace & Love

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

EOL Plan

Sitting here watching my scheduled recorded shows on my DVR and I decided ask everyone a question! This is a serious question..

To all my friends and followers I wondering if you had an EOL Plan? (End Of Life Plan)

An EOL is planning for the time when you or your family member passes away.

You begin with a conversation about what they want or what you want in the way of the care and what kind of remembrance they want or you want when they or you die. This can and will be hard but it has to be done.

Then write all the most important details. Then secure your document by legalizing it to ensure that the stated wishes can be carried out.

P.S. don't forger to add your children if they are minors and your pets because they are family too.. Also you'll need an POA (Power Of Attorney) we will speak about that later.. Put your EOL Plan in a safe deposit box or in a safe place.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Deadly versus - Life saving medication!

Recently, there was an LA Times interview that focused on the number of prescription overdose deaths in Southern California. The primary focus of this article was to call attention to a disproportionate number of prescription overdose deaths that primarily occurred with the pain management physicians.

Unfortunately, the article had a negative slant which appeared to infer that it was seen as the responsibility of doctors that prescribe these powerful medications to better police their patients (before they offer these medications) and the state medical boards to better police the doctors that prescribe these medications.

It also seemed to infer a causal link between prescription overdose deaths, the coroner’s reports of the deceased and the prescription writing of the doctor whose name was on the bottle of the person that overdosed. Unfortunately, this takes a simplistic view on the management of these chronic pain patients.

On many occasions, the pain management physician is stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to determine if the patient is an appropriate candidate for medication usage. The patient may have had a previous doctor that had written a prescription for pain medications that would more than likely produce a dependency condition on these medications.

That is not to say that the patient was an addict.

If for some reason the doctor stopped writing medications, or if the patient did not follow the rules of the clinic, he would then likely get referred to a pain management physician. The pain management physician will thus inherit this problem of patient management. Unfortunately, the pain management physicians are also often “dumped on” by other medical specialists to solve their problems.

There is no benefit, credit or accolades that occur when the pain management physician makes an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment is initiated. But ff a mistake is made or complication occurs regarding the patient’s understanding of how to properly take medications, or if there is a miscommunication between the patient and the doctor, there is too often a rush to judgment to blame the pain management physician who prescribes these very powerful medications and performs these very life-changing procedures.

I deliberately wrote The Great Pain Jack to outline the problems with pain management through real-life examples. The book characterize these problems with patients that are sometimes very difficult to treat.

What do you think? Why do doctors get painted as villainous? Is there a better way to diagnose prescription drugs and protect the patient?

Please see the LA Times article and feel free to post your comment on this blog or the writers twitter feed @JohnfPetraglia or like him on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Deep Conditioning your HAIR!!!

Before you ask yourself the following questions, you need to know why it’s important to deep condition your hair. First, a good deep conditioner will hydrate dry hair by penetrating the hair shaft to restore moisture and to prevent breakage. Second, a deep conditioner can help to alleviate the daily damage we inflict upon our hair by the use of excessive heat, chemical treatments, sun damage, braids, etc. Third, deep conditioners are treatments and usually are required to remain in the hair for 15-30 minutes. NEVER over condition!!

Asking yourself the following questions about deep conditioners will guide you in the right direction.

1. How often should I deep condition my hair?

It vary on how often you should deep condition your hair. A good rule of thumb is to use it according to how often you use heat, what elements your hair is exposed to on a regular basis, product use, and hair type. Some suggest that deep conditioning once a month is sufficient even with dry or damaged hair. Others suggest at least twice a month. According to the literature that is out there, it’s not really necessary to deep condition more than a couple of times a month.

(For the best results, most deep conditioners will advise you to use a heating cap or sit under a hooded dryer with a plastic baggy. This helps to open the cuticle layer and penetrate the hair shaft.)

2. What type of deep conditioner is best for my hair type?

There are so many different types of deep conditioners on the market for different hair types. There are those that are infused with essential oils and herbs, others with keratin proteins, silk and wheat proteins. You should determine right away if your hair needs a moisture-based deep conditioner or a protein-based deep conditioner. I have learned from different sources that if your hair is dry and it snaps and breaks easily, you should use a moisturizing deep conditioner. If your hair is fine, and stretches then snaps, a deep conditioner with protein should be used.

2. Can I use a regular rinse out conditioner as a deep conditioning treatment?

I have read in some places that it’s ok to use a regular rinse out conditioner as a deep conditioning treatment. This is the point where you will have to be investigators and read the ingredients list to distinguish which ingredients are similar and which are different in rinse outs and deep conditioners. Some say that rinse out conditioners only coat the top layer of the hair strand and doesn’t contain ingredients that penetrate the hair shaft. Typically a conditioner that is for deep conditioning will let you know.

Conditioning Tips:

Deep conditioning treatments need to perform double duty. You can make your hair stronger, but it will still be vulnerable. Well-formulated treatments also condition your hair leaving it easier to comb so you don’t lose precious strands from trying to break through tangles. In the world of cosmetic chemistry, opposites attract. Our hair has a negative charge and responds well to conditioning ingredients that have a positive charge. The ingredients listed here are called “cationics” and they stay on your hair even after you do your final rinse.

Common conditioning ingredients in deep treatments:

• Amodimethicone
• Behentrimonium Chloride
• Behentrimonium Methosulfate
• Cetrimonium Chloride
• Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine
• Stearalkonium Chloride

Sealing ingredients:

You don’t want to spend the extra time and money to deep condition your hair if the results aren’t going to last. Even the best conditioning treatments are only semi-permanent, not permanent. A deep conditioner that contains good sealants will help your hair stay strong and moisturized for days at a time. Cosmetic scientists perform tests to see which ingredients do the best job at sealing porous hair like ours. You will get the most value out of your deep conditioning treatment if it contains at least 1 of these very effective sealants:

Ingredients for sealing:

• Petrolatum
• Mineral Oil
• Lanolin
• Dimethicone
• Phenyl Trimethicone
• Shea Butter
• Soybean Oil

Key Tips for Deep Conditioning

• Shampoo your hair with moisturizing shampoo before applying a deep conditioner. If you only co-wash or rinse before you apply the product, your hair won’t be able to absorb as much protein that's needed.

• Follow the instructions on your product. The best deep conditioning treatments contain a careful blend of ingredients that will give you maximum benefits in 3 to 15 minutes. Don’t put off deep conditioning because you feel like you don’t have time to sit under the dryer. That’s usually unnecessary and you’ll end up deep conditioning your hair less often.

• Only condition the hair you want to keep! Choose a deep conditioning treatment that you can afford to use generously. It won’t matter if your product is filled with great ingredients if you don’t apply it to every inch of your hair.

Recommended Treatments Products

Your treatment products don't have to be the most expensive product in your cabinet. You can keep your beauty budget in check by choosing less expensive shampoos, conditioners and leave-ins conditioners.

You can use mayonnaise, with an egg and a table spoon of olive oil as a deep conditioner/hot oil treatment.. Mix it in a bowl, apply and sit under a hooded dryer with a cap for 20 minutes.. Just like grandma use to do..

Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream, $3.29-15oz

Step before the Two-Step Protein Treatment ApHogee Deep Moisture Shampoo, $7-8oz
Step 1 - ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment, $12-4oz
Step 2 - ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer, $9-8oz
Step after the Two-Step Protein Treatment - ApHogee Balancing Moisturizing $7-8oz

****Available at your Local Beauty Supply Stores****

ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment has been around for many of years. This is an effective and affordable treatment but it has an unpleasant smell and the protein step can get messy. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s the definitely the best way to go. This product requires 5-10 minutes under a hooded dryer. Make sure to follow the instructions exactly as written or you could end up with UNNECESSARY breakage!!

Step 1 - Jane Carter Solutions Scalp Renewal, $20-2oz
Step 2 - Jane Carter Solutions Moisture Nourishing Shampoo, $8-8oz
Step 3 - Jane Carter Solutions Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner, $13-8oz -OR-
Step 3 - Jane Carter Solutions Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner, $9-8oz
Step 4 - Jane Carter Solutions Hair Nourishing Serum, $20-1oz
Step 5 - Jane Cater Solutions Hair Nourishing Cream, $22-4oz

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Before Hurricane Sandy

Last weekend my husband and I spent Halloween weekend in Atlantic City before Sandy hit.. Little did we know she was going to hit as hard as she did.. We had a great weekend away from the kids with great conversation, great food and great friends.. Our weekend was cut short because Sandy was on her way! The tides was rising and the waves was about 10 feet high. It was kind of scary to see.. The hotel was checking all the guest out early thank God they was very aware of what was going on because when your on vacation your on vacation! Enjoying yourself and the ones your with..

On our way out I was able to catch video of the water rising onto the Atlantic City Express Way! I'm so glad we was able to get out and get home to our children.

God is good! No excuse me God is great!!

Peace and Love!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Woke up this morning feel, not bad, sad, depressed or nasty! Feeling unloved, used and uninspired!

I think these feeling are the worst feelings to feel.. Unloved, Used and Uninspired.. I make it a habit to always be the best that I can be and live the best life I can live but today I just feel so defeated!! DEFEATED!!

I know there a lot of things in MY life that's not perfect and needs to be worked on or just changed!!

So today, well this morning I'm going to lay back relax and think.. Maybe sleep and dream because a lot of things comes to me in my dreams.. Hopefully later I'll be feeling Loved and inspired..



Ok lately I've been back to knitting and every project I started messed up1 I don't know what has been going wrong. I'm really starting to get fustrated! I did a cowl.. Honeycomb Cowl the yarn turned out to be to thick.. So I took the cowl out.. I'm going to do the honeycomb cowl again just thinner yarn.

Started a new cowl called The Bandana Cowl.. Came out wrong too.. took that out last night.. Think I'm going to get smaller needles, instead of a size 10.5" 16" circular needles I'm going down to a 9" 16" circular needles..

So last night I started a scarf for my son and I messed up in the beginning.. OH boy

So I think I need another breather from knitting but I don't want too.. Someone please help me...