A Woman’s Body Through the Eye’s of A Man

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       One thing we as women have in common is that we have a sense of noticing things men usually don’t. We will notice an odd birthmark, stretch marks, one breast that is bigger than the other, hips too wide and many other things among millions. Some of us will actually sit in the mirror and find things that are wrong with us. Through research I have found that some(adult men) don’t look for the imperfections (as we would call them). They see what makes you the beautiful queen that you are. Continue reading

Maintaining your hair while working out

I can’t count the many times I decided NOT to workout because I just got my hair done didn’t want my new hairstyle to sweat out. Especially my edges and we all know those are the first to lose in the battle with hair and exercising. Take a note of the tips that will help your edges win a victory over sweating exercising.

Protect your hair from the sweat!

Protecting your hair as much as possible is a must. If you have long hair try placing it in a high ponytail or bun it the best method. If your hair isn’t long enough to pull back, protective styles such as twists and braids are strongly advised. Use a scarf or headband around the edges of your hair. Use stay dry athletic gear around your edges or hair because the more you sweat the puffier your edges will become.

Allow your hair to dry after workout.

To avoid getting extremely frizzy hair allow your hair to completely dry before taking off the scarf and head-gear. If you are in a rush use the blow dryer on cool setting to help seed the process.

Make a schedule.

Washing your hair everyday as well as sweating everyday from workouts can be detrimental to your hair. IT can become very brittle and will dry it out. Make a schedule of your workout days and appoint a day for a wash. You should wash your hair once a week. If you feel you may need more, a good dry shampoo is simple, fast, effective solution.

Workout in cooler climates.

Working out in cooler climates will help reduce the amount that your sweat into your hair. Refrain from running outdoors during midday in the summer because the heat intensity can be too much for your hair. Try to go running earlier in the day just before the sun sets.

Health before hair.

You should never sacrifice a good workout and staying healthy because of your hair. Keeping a good routine can allow you to have a healthy mind. Working out also promotes hair growth. So make sure your maintain a good diet.

3 Ways to Repair Thinning Dreadlocks

 

If you have dreadlocks, then you have probably experienced the torturous moments of seeing a few locks that were starting to thin. Just like all other styles, excessive styling can out a strain on your strands and result in thinning. It occurs in two places; either towards the root of your lock or towards the end of your dreadlocks and could result in breakage if not repaired. Take a look a some dread saving tips.

 

1. Knot Method: This method is suggested for locks thinning towards the end of the hair.

Make a knot with your dread and tighten it around the thinning section. Palm roll the knot to help smooth it out. Repeat palm roll daily until the surface of the section is smooth.

 

2 Afro Hair Method: This method is for locks thinning towards the middle of hair.

Purchase kinky textures afro hair, With a small portion, two strand it around the thinning section to strengthen lock. Palm roll section to smooth out two strand surface. Repeat palm roll daily until smooth.

 

Sewing Method: This method can be used for thinning anywhere along the lock. Preferably for those thinning towards the root, though.

 

Two strand thinning lock with a lock next to it. Choose a thread close to the color of your hair and thread it through a needle and make a knot. Starting at the root, thread the needle through both strands of locks. Thread locks to the end and start making your way back up to the root, sewing the strands together in between stitches you’ve made before. Once at the root, make a knot with the thread avoiding knotting in the same spot as when you started. Cut the thread and palm roll threaded lock. Repeat palm roll everyday until surface is smooth.

 

 

Whichever method you choose will successfully repair a thinning lock. Just make sure you see the thinning before it is completely too late.

What’s your body type?

Here is the thing I have against people just picking ANY workout video or regimen. Are you picking them out because a friend tried them and the results turned out great for her, you see the infomercials all the time or do you pick them based off of your body shape.

As we can all see we as women come in many different sizes. Although we all like to be the “perfect” hour glass figure we are not, so doing the same workout as a friend who is clearly built different from you will not come out with beneficial results. You should try picking exercises based on your body shape. Different body shapes gain weight in different areas. For example I have the straight body shape. (Yes, yes, I am a black woman with no curves. 😦 ) When I gain weight it goes straight to my stomach and I get the “potbelly”. Trust me it is not cute. I have a curvy friend who has a “dunk,” so with me trying to add curves to my shape would not benefit her because she is already a curvy woman. With my body shape I would focus more on adding curves by working on my core. Get those abs burning. It will pull the belly and obliques in the sides of the waist. I would also focus on increase weight training to add lean muscle mass to my butt.

I read an article called “Best Workout For Your Body Type” at womenshealthmag.com and it asks you your body type then recommends exercises based off of whichever one you choose. This is an awesome website that I think will help a lot of us get on track with what exercises actually fit the goals we are trying to achieve.

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Some mothers look at stretch marks as scars, battle wounds, reminders NOT to get pregnant again, etc. I heard them all. Me personally, I don’t care what people call them. I just want mine GONE!!! Here are a few remedies on how to get rid of stretch marks.

1.) Use a moisturizer. Your skin is less likely to stretch and create stretch marks if it is hydrated. Try some over the counter lotions at your local department store. Make sure it specializes in skin moisture such as Aveeno, Olay and Cetaphil.

2.) Mederma stretch mark therapy: It delivers “visible to the naked eye” results in as little as 12 weeks. It is a cream formula that combines

  • Cepalin,® a proprietary botanical extract
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Centella asiatica plant extract

3.) Shea butter and cocoa butter: Massaging either of the two a few times a day will hydrate your skin and fade away stretch marks.

4.) Aloe Vera: It can be applied to the skin daily to help hydrate, heal and soothe the skin and diminish stretch marks.

5.) Sugar: Make your own exfoliating scrub by using natural sugar with a few drops of oil and lemon juice. Rub the mixture on the stretch mark area before showering each day and watch the stretch marks disappear.