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Healthy Hair Journey | September Check In

Hi guys! I’m checking in on the healthy hair care journey as promised. As fall is approaching and we are almost near the end of summer, my hair routine always changes. For the most part, summer is the opportunity for my curls to hang free. Wash n go’s become my staple look. After long runs in Memphis heat, there is nothing more refreshing than a soothing shampoo and sitting outside to allow my curls to dry. The colder temperatures that come with fall and winter call for a different hair regimen. I tend to normally lean towards straight hair or blow dried waves during colder months. It is a bit more low maintenance but requires a bit of preparation work to maintain its health.

In Search of our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger healthy hair journey check in

CURRENT HAIR REGIMEN & MAINTENANCE

Currently, I am following our healthy hair care journey regimen . I wore my hair in a high bun for an entire week due to a busy schedule this week. I have to be very mindful of maintaining and combing my hair while in a ponytail. I followed the regimen very closely but noticed more shedding than normal. It was due to note running a comb through my hair. As I get ready to apply more heat than normal, I have to be extremely mindful of protecting it from heat and deep conditioning. It is very easy to have breakage and lose length retention. Oh and I must get my ends clipped very soon. I last had a trim in May. I rarely go that long without a trim. Since having the baby, I haven’t been able to get to a salon. This week, I plan to go through my hair section by section and trim off dead ends so that I don’t incur any breakage. As far as styling, I plan on doing roller sets for the next couple of weeks to reduce the amount of heat used.

CURRENT LENGTH

Before trimming, my current length is 12 inches. I will probably cut off about half an inch to be sure I take care of any damaged and split ends. I’m not too worried about losing too much length right now. My hair growth oil and conditioning it will help grow it another inch or so within the next month. My goal is to be an inch or two below bra length by Christmas.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares healthy hair journey September Check in

My daughter Amira is joining in on the healthy hair care journey as well. I’m elated to have her along this journey. It’s so important to begin a healthy perspective of her hair now at a young age. I remember being 10 years old not fully embracing the texture of my hair. Thankfully, it is the total opposite for Amira. She loves her natural curls. And, actually prefers wearing her hair curly over straight. Our goal with Amira’s hair is growing. She wants a huge curly afro and waist length hair. i really want to help her with that. I firmly believe black women and little girls can actually have long beautiful luxurious hair. And, I also let her know it is ok to desire beautiful long hair. What we have to keep reiterating is that she must learn to take care of her hair. Her hair is a beautiful adornment that she must embrace and love on. It is her crown.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares healthy hair care journey

CURRENT HAIR REGIMEN & MAINTENANCE

Amira’s regimen is very simple. We follow the healthy hair care journey with her as well. I make sure to always do a pre-poo treatment before shampooing. Amira’s curls soak up any moisture almost immediately. So, it’s important to to do a hot oil treatment to retain moisture. Lately, I’ve been doing very low maintenance styles on her hair. Mainly, we do a few mohawk buns or a high bun due to ballet practice. Here’s where we have disagreements in styling. I would love to keep her hair braided (no extensions) . It would help timing in the mornings but also keep from having to manipulate her hair during the week. She on the other hand hates braids unless she has extensions. Prayerfully, we come to a happy medium on a style that’s easy and growth inducing. It’s my goal to only style her hair on once a week, Sunday’s, maximum would be two to three times a week.

CURRENT LENGTH

Amira’s length is 11.5 inches long. I have to admit something about her length. Last summer, she had braids and while taking them down I cut a huge amount of her hair. I underestimated her length and chopped a good portion off. To add to that, her front sides are much shorter than her back. We are working hard to recover much of what I cut off. We both Cosme to an agreement that we wouldn’t cut it to even it out. However, we do trims very often to catch the back up.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares healthy hair care journey

Interested in joining us? To participate in the challenge, please list your starting length and your goal length [in the comment section]. I will start product recommendations, regimens, tips and advice for each growing healthy hair.

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Why Do We Keep Our Lives So Hectic?

One thing I’ve learned about maintaining a complicated life is that it’s one of the best ways we have to avoid looking at some of the larger questions. It may not apply to everyone, but I believe it explains a lot about why we’ve been moving so fast. The idea of getting to know ourselves or becoming reacquainted can be intimidating.

As long as we convince ourselves that we’re so busy and our work is more important and that we can’t afford to slow down, then we don’t have to look at our own lives and the personal issues that are so difficult to address . It could be— a marriage that isn’t working, a career that’s draining, friendships that no longer serve us, the creativity we are afraid to explore, childhood traumas that have been crippling us.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares an article of why we keep living hectic lives

As you start to slow down, to cut back your work hours, free yourself from all of the things you said yes to, you’re going to have some time on your hands. You may begin to feel the need to start nourishing your body, catching up on sleep, eat cleanier, spend time in nature, exercise and learn how to enjoy yourself again. Then, you will reach a point where there is nothing left to do but deal with some of your inner issues. Creating the inner strength to move through them will lighten you up.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares article of why do we keep our lives so hectic

An amazing thing happens when we slow down. We start to get flashes of inspiration. We reach a new level of understanding and wisdom. In a quiet moment we can get a insight that can change our entire life and the lives of the people around us in incredible ways.

Living more simply will make it possible to create those quiet moments. Out of those quiet moments miracles happen. Be open to them.

Two Baths to Nourish and Detox Your Body

Taking time to give ourselves a little self care and self love is so important this time of year. Because many of us are ambitious little overachievers, our days are filled with daunting tasks day in and day out and we  tend to forget to slow down and relax.  At the end of your evening, set up a relaxing home spa and treat yourself to a warm and soothing bath. A bath isn't just an act of cleansing the body. A warm tub full of water can also rid you of bad energies and boost your thoughts and emotions. Detox your body of toxins and bad energy with this purifying ginger, epsom salt, and apple cider vinegar bath or nourish yourself and your energy field with an oatmeal and essential oil or herbs bath. 

DETOX BATH

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares two detoxing bath recipes

As many of you know our skin is the largest organ of elimination. Naturally, sweating is the mechanism of getting rid of harmful toxins in our body. The ginger detox bath will be the best way to sweat it all out and simultaneously ease muscle pain, cleanse the colon and increase circulation. 

BE SURE TO... 

+ Run the water as hot as you can possible stand. 

+ Soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes. 

+ Pat dry and wrap yourself with a towel. Be sure to drink water after the bath as you may get a little dehydrated after the sweating. 

NOURISHING BATH 

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares detox bath recipes

Having suffered with eczema since I was 6 weeks old, I have memories of my mother running bath water with oatmeal and milk for as long as I can remember. The oatmeal fights dryness  cleanses and moisturizes, and helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. The natural  antioxidants in oats have anti-inflammatory properties. I sometimes alternate between 10-15 drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils in the nourishing bath. Lavender sometimes irritates my skin so I'll substitute it for rosemary. 

BE SURE TO... 

+ Run warm water not too hot.  

+ Either grind the oats into a fine powder or place them in cheesecloth or muslin bag.  

+ Pat dry and wrap yourself with a towel. Be sure to seal the moisture into your skin by rubbing down with olive oil or sesame oil afterwards. 

Hope this helps!!

Edible Flowers and Fruit Ice Cubes

When you have a garden, there are endless possibilities for the use of edible flowers, fruits, and herbs. One of my faves things to do with edible flowers is freeze for parties or just add beautiful details to water or teas. Herbs can be frozen to make decorative ice cubes for party drinks. Here's how to make the easiest detail for your next summer garden party or dinner...

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness  Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes

I gathered my edible flowers and herbs from the garden first. Cucumber flowers make the sweetest and most vibrant edible flowers like ever. I picked cucumber flowers and fresh mint from the garden. I also love the calm fragrance of lavender in vodka cocktails so I pulled a few lavender sprigs as well. Next, I used a store bought berry medley of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to make decorative ice cubes. 

Add the flowers, herbs and fruit to ice cube molds and continue adding water until the mold is filled. Next, place them in the freezer and wait patiently for the ice cubes to freeze. 

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes

Using your beverage of choice, simply place the ice cubes in a glass and pour your beverage and enjoy!!!