This year has started out pretty well for me. Despite the small obstacles that I had to get through every now and then, I’ve been eating my vegetables, taken good care of my skin, getting enough vitamin D, and pamper myself with some extra love. I can honestly say that I started the new year with a clearer mind and since then, I’ve become more self-aware and allowed myself to let go of certain things that drained my energy or simply didn’t make me the happiest I knew I could be. This year is only the beginning of something new and I’ve already seen some of the result of my progress.
In order to achieve my goal, I’ve turned to educating myself on healthier lifestyle, a well balanced diet, and small tips and tricks on how to better every aspect of my life in general. I’ve tried a lot of new things so far – especially this March – so I thought I would share some of my favorites in hopes it could help anyone:
- DevaCurl No-Poo & One Condition ~ I’ve been using Devacurl for quite some time now and I can definitely see a difference in how my hair’s been looking like when it is dry. I’ve always looked like a poofed up chewbaka whenever I went out with my hair in its natural state so it only made sense for me to straighten it every wash day. What’s good about DevaCurl is that it doesn’t dry out your hair, therefore it tames the poof using the No-Poo method.There’s a lot that goes on in this method, which I will explain at a later date, but essentially this No-Poo method doesn’t strip away the natural oils that your curly hair needs to stay moisturized and hydrated while cleansing. It also doesn’t contain harsh chemicals such as sulfate, paraben and silicone (like most shampoos and conditioners have)that dries out and damages your curls in the long run. It is a bit pricey and might not be the best option for people who are sensitive to glycerin but it’s worked wonders for the majority. The results are fantastic and it’s definitely helped my hair regain moisture and life. I would definitely recommend using the brand at some point if you have wavy, curly, or super curly hair.
- Cantu Curl Activator Cream ~ with a great cleanser comes a great styling cream. As of right now, I am still looking for my “holy grail.”The Cantu Curl Activator Cream works really well for my hair, especially on refresh days. I’ve tried a few other styling creams but so far, the curl activator cream is my best bet and makes my waves pop out a lot more and usually lasts up to 3rd day hair. Usually, I would pair it up with a gel because my hair doesn’t hold the curls for too long but it could be different for everyone else. Some people can get away with just the curl activator cream and it really just depends on your hair. Playing around with products is the best way to figure out what your hair likes and what it doesn’t. In the past, people who don’t have great experiences with the curl activator cream tend to have great experience with the cantu curling cream and vice versa. So like I said, play around with it. Do your research and get little packets or samples until you find what you like (and that goes for all products.)
- Glamglow Supermud and Thirstymud ~ I’m not gonna lie to y’all, these are pretty pricey BUT they works like magic. Starting with the Supermud, it is basically a clay/charcoal mask.Clay and charcoal mask are very effective for getting rid of acnes and blackheads. As I don’t really get a lot of acnes, this mud mask always gets the job done whenever I breakout. I use it every other day on the affected area and it usually disappears within 4-5 days. I’ve also always had blackheads on my nose that I struggled to get rid of. The nose strips worked the first two times I used it but that was about it. But this little pot of mud has my nose to look all nice and clear. For more details on acnes/blackheads, reading this blog post. And of course for my (very unfortunate) dry skin, the Thirstymud has also worked wonders for me. I usually use this every other day, or if I am lazy I would only do it on Sundays for Self Care Sunday, leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with whatever cleanser I am using. Works like magic.
- Witch Hazel ~ Can I just say…? Witch hazel is THE skin lifesaver.Before I actually got one of my sister’s face wash, I used to simply wash my face with this face soap from lush then use witch hazel as a toner. Within two weeks, a lot of people told me how my skin was so clear and were asking me what I did. To which I replied drinking a lot of water and use witch hazel because that was really all that I did every day and every night. I never skip this part after washing my face because I know it’s made a huge difference for me. I use Thayers Aloe Witch Hazel – can be bought from Trader Joe’s and Walmart. ***Tip: Don’t forget to use a face moisturizer afterwards so your face isn’t dry.
- Jojoba Oil ~ I’m pretty sure that you’ve probably already heard about jojoba oil before but I am going to mention it again. While I was doing my hair research, I found that jojoba oil can be used for multiple things including hair, nails, body, and can even be used as a makeup remover – the more you know.I mainly use Jojoba oil for hair treatment and for my nails because they always break. For the hair treatment, I would mix it with castor oil and hot coconut oil, focus on my scalp and let it sit in overnight before washing my hair the next day. This is called a hot oil treatment, also known as a pre-poo. It gives your hair a little moisture boost and helps with hair growth. Jojoba oil is also great to make your nails stronger and less prone to breakage. I can’t really speak much for the oil treatment yet but it’s definitely helped my nails.
So that is all I have for this post. I am still trying out a few more things now and might share some more at the end of May if I finally get to find my holy grail. I hope you enjoyed reading about this favorites blog post and thank you for reading.