The Sweetness of Cinnamon

This spice cinnamon has got so many uses, it’s like the goddess of spices. I never thought I would be using it on my hair but I guess when we are looking for natural hair solutions, we use every remedy out there to give us the best results.

Cinnamon has been discovered as a spice that has been used over the years to heal skin problems because it is antiseptic and has healing properties. I mean if Cleopatra used it, then it has to be a pretty remarkable spice. It has got ancient history, so to speak.

So there are major benefits of cinnamon and since it has been used in the past, then we can definitely push it for the present and future. Cinnamon is a spice that is here to stay. ☺.

Speaking about things that are here to stay, one of them is the Blends of Nature hair growth formulation that has cinnamon. Since Cleopatra is not here to test it out, I did on he behalf and this butter is just a mix of everything nice and spice.

If your hair loves thick formulations, this is the butter to go for. I recently twisted my hair using it and it drank it all up. The twists I currently have are supposed to stay in for three weeks before I take it out into a twist out.

What I loved about this particular butter is that it has a great scent. You can actually get a whiff of all the spice in it. The cinnamon, essential oils, and other ingredients are so powerful, it just makes it a great concoction for your hair.

Apart from cinnamon being used for skin problems, it is the best for hair because it prevents hair loss and regenerates new growth as it stimulates the hair follicles during massage of the scalp.

With the Blends of Nature cinnamon butter, use it no more than three tines a week for best results. So far have applied the butter twice – yesterday and the day when I installed the twists. My hair has really kept its moisture levels at per.

This is a butter I will definitely be purchasing again because my goal for this year is to retain moisture, do lots of DIY (do-it-yourself) hair protective styles.

Apart from cinnamon the butter also has coconut oil, Shea butter, castor oil and spice blends. Believe you me, this product is all your hair needs for that ultimate hair goal you have. I am sure Cleopatra would approve of this formula.

Thinking about purchasing it? It can be found at all Banana Box branches, Utamaduni and Spinners Web. Let me know how your hair responds to it.

Quick question… What are your hair goals this year? Are you ready to achieve them? Comment down below and let me know your thoughts.

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Lessons on Love (LOL) in 2018

This year has been such a blessing to all of us. I presume that we have all had our fare share of both good and bad when it comes to love. I know it is a wonderful thing and everyone deserves to be loved. I have learnt a few things about it to that I would like to share with you.

1. Love is patient

When you get to know someone, it takes a lot of time and sacrifice, therefore patience should be a virtue. To me, this means that if you want to get to know someone, don’t expect them to have carried a CV to tell you every single detail about themselves. Just learn to work through it together. Besides that is hat dating is all about. You getting to know each other.

2. Love cannot be one sided

I’m sorry if you think that you can love a person by yourself without them having the same feelings towards you. Even if you love them with your entire soul, mind and body. Nothing beats the fact that love is supposed to be between to people whose feelings are mutual.

3. Everyone has their own time

Do not rush. As the title says everyone has their own time. It is relevant to wait and be patient because the right person will come to you. It is hard to be patient as we just want to be in relationships for the sake of being in them. That’s not the right way of things and yes I have learnt from experience. Sometimes it may suck to be single but hey, enjoy it while it lasts. It is worth it.

4. Sex is not glue for a relationship

I said it. Whoever lied to you that sex can keep y’all together lied. Sex is not the solution to everything. Besides in a relationship there needs to be maturity: in thinking, speech and where the relationship is headed. Let no body lie to you that 95% of being together is determined by sex. I’m sorry but I disagree.

5. Everybody wants to love, everybody wants to be loved

Love is definitely two way. Have you heard this song? It is so true. I believe there is someone out there for everyone. Just listen to this song you will understand why.

6. If it is meant to be, it will be

Just as the statement says if it is meant to be, it will be. There is no need to force things. If they ain’t working out, then they ain’t working. Let it go. Even if you leave emotionally, physically will be easy once you’re ready.

7. Love loves me and you. ☺

It is very easy to give up on love, especially when things don’t seem to work out the way they should. You know how you have that strategic plan ( vision board) of how you fall in love, get married, have kids as in do the works and then that bubble you had gets destroyed. Don’t lose hope. Things will definitely look up because love loves you and me.

What lessons have you learnt about love this year?

Thank you for being with me, for reading my posts and supporting me. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to your weekly dose of love. ☺

Gingerly Ginger from Blends of Nature

When you think about nature, what comes to your mind? Eco-friendly, green, clean, NATURAL!!

I have loved and indulged in many natural hair and body butters over the years and they have done so much justice to the overall health of my skin and hair.

I happened to bump into a Kenyan owned brand just before the close of this year, and their products are amazing!!

Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Blends of Nature- a natural hair and body products company that excels at producing the best of the best products for both men and women.

In today’s review, I’ll be looking at their ginger butter. This butter changed my life as it has given me soft, flawless skin.

Let’s start with the benefits of ginger…

Why should you incorporate it into your daily skin care regimen?

1. Ginger is an antioxidant

It helps to remove compounds that inhibit oxidation. This means that it helps prevent damage to the skin, while protecting it from harmful chemical reactions that can cause free radicals.

2. It helps protect against free radical damage.

As in the first point, free radicals are dangerous and they are atoms that cause the skin to age and so using ginger prevents the skin from aging quickly. It also helps protect against bacteria.

3. Ginger evens skin tone

If you are suffering from hyper pigmentation, then this would be the perfect remedy for you. Hyper pigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin therefore causing darkening of the skin. Using ginger for a period of time will help sort out that issue.

So having looked at the benefits of ginger, I will get into this amazing blend by blends of nature.

1. The ginger butter has such an amazing scent that lingers for a while. When I used it, I couldn’t stop smelling myself because it is such a calming smell. My skin really loves this butter and it is worth the purchase.

2. The butter is very smooth- It has been thoroughly whipped making it so easy to scoop. It literally melts on the skin as you apply it. Even if the weather changes, the product will not harden as it will remain the same.

3. It sorts out all dry skin issues. The best part about this butter is that after one application, there is no need to re-apply the butter as one application is enough to last you the entire day. Dry skin will be a thing of the past. Have ashy knees and elbows? Give this butter a go. Your skin will be back to tip top condition.

4. A little goes a long way. Since the butter is smooth, just scoop a little and spread it over your hands, feet and body. It just spreads away!!

Ginger is such an amazing spice that reaping its benefits will make your skin thank you.

One length? All Year Long???

Before I started this natural hair journey, my hair never seemed to grow. Year in, year out it was always the same length. This is what I came to realize…

Every time I would remove the protective style I had, all the length I had gathered was usually combed out. Yes ladies, it’s like the hair was just always the same, there was no change at all. To make it worse, the hair was always subjected to very high heat every two weeks, sometimes every week.

Do you know how frustrating it is?

Fast forward to 2013, when I went natural and discovered a solution that would make my hair grow like crazy and still help maintain length after taking out braids. It seems very laborious but it is so worth it.

So one day, when I was removing some kinky braids I had, I had done some research on undoing a PS with oil. Every braid I take out, my hands would be coated with oil just to apply to the strand of hair after the braid comes out. As I apply the oil, I would detangle too, using my fingers before using a comb. Let’s just say it was a form of prepooing.

In one of my posts, I explained what prepooing is.

Coconut oil was my oil of choice. It is light and I love how it smells. I agree that it would take hours, a process that is supposed to take about an hour just to undo but if you want to retain that length, sacrifice needs to be your middle name. Here is a video showing the take down process.

Oil makes the amount of hair lost minimal. It’s like a protective coating, so it seals your strands and makes them strong. After realising that secret I haven’t looked back. I do that all the time. Last time I had a PS( in October), I used the same process and it took close to five hours, and it was worth it.

This process can and should be used by both naturalistas and those who have permed hair. Oil is everything!!

Whichever oil is available is fine. My oil of choice is coconut. Olive oil, Sunflower oil, avocado oil etc can be used. Go ahead and mix them up if you want to.

Once you’ve soaked your hair in oil, leave it in for a couple of hours. If you want to do it overnight, it works as well. Cover your head with a shower cap and a satin bonnet for more intensity. Remember you haven’t combed your hair yet. So covering it ensures that the moisture gotten will now give you enough slip for you to comb out the hair. When you finally comb, start at the tip all the way to the root.

Be gentle as well. Remember you are trying to keep all the growth attained from the month or months you had that protective style.

Point to Note:- When you do this, have time on your hands because it requires a lot of patience. Don’t hurry just to get it over and done with.

After combing the hair, you can now go ahead and do the rest of the process of washing it. Always have time when you decide to take down your braids.

If you decide to get it done at the salon, do it your way because after all that head of hair is yours and it is a labour of love. I am sure the salonists won’t deny you the pleasure of using their steamer or drier. That actually makes the process of “soaking” faster. And wash fay will be complete in a couple of hours as compared to a day or two.

So want to see growth? How about you use some oil. ☺

Marini Shampooed me away!

I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am the soul that lives within.

Y’all remember this song by India Irie? It is an anthem that is used so much by people to make them believe in themselves you know.

Yes I am the soul that lives within, but I am also definitely my hair and my skin. These two do define me because without this skin and hair, how would I relate to myself?

And so I would love to talk about Marini Naturals and how it has changed my life and hair. It is a brand I have grown to love and respect because it is Kenyan owned. Yeah baby. Kenyan brands are taking hair care to the next level and their shampoo got me good.

My hair really needed a lot of TLC, not the girl band, but tender, loving, care that it hadn’t gotten in two weeks. My scalp was itching like crazy and it needed to calm down. It was also dry and so moisture needed to be added. What better product to use than Marini shampoo.

Did you guys know that they rebranded on May 12th 2018? They have such a dope line and everything about the brand is just fun.

Anyhow….. Let’s get back to the shampoo review.

The ingredients in the shampoo make it great for fighting dandruff, combating dryness, it helps the hair grow too. The best part about it too is that it doesn’t contain sulphates. Sulphates are bad ingredients for natural hair. They cause major dryness, and so these should be avoided at all costs.

Here are a few reasons why I love the Marini shampoo:-

1. It is so thick, my hair loved it so much, she ate it up. Thickness means you won’t need so much to go around the whole head.

2. It lathers up. We all love that foam and bubbles here and there and it has that. It is a soft lather, but I would honestly say my hair was completely cleansed. I used the shampoo just twice.

3. When I bought the shampoo, first ingredient I saw was ACV- apple cider vinegar. That attracted me to it because ACV is known to restore the scalp’s PH balance and also gets rid of an itchy scalp. It also restores shine to the hair.

4. The scent is so scentlicious(if there is a word like that). It smells like tropical paradise. The bathroom smelt so good after the steam just spread around.

5. I have used this shampoo a couple of times and it’s just not ending y’all. It has lasted so long, which I like, meaning value for money. It comes in a 400ml bottle and yes it is worth it.

6. Because it is thick, I can say that when you travel you can easily carry it and it won’t spill over onto your items in the suitcase.

I love it when Kenyan brands rise up and take the lead and Marini is doing that.

I rest my case!!

Timely Dates

How patient are you? Are you able to wait for someone for hours on end?

Growing up I was taught how to be patient, and it could be this patience that killed me. Imagine having to wait for your date for hours on end.

So apparently I had a patience syndrome, the doctors must have diagnosed me when I was growing up. Time is money, or so it seemed. I would have been a rich girl, that silver spoon would have been found.

While in college I once waited for my date for a couple of hours. Four hours wasn’t much. Right? With my type of patience you’d be shocked.

A friend was going to school and so she couldn’t wait with me. I stood in the hot sun for time that seemed to have come to a stop. Oh my God!!!! Could the day get any worse?

With the wait came people coming and going, leaving me standing at the Bata Hilton, just waiting. Come to think of it I laugh out loud thinking I must have been foolish.

Every ten, fifteen minutes I would call my friend to consult to find out if I should just head on back home. I forgot that she was diagnosed with the same syndrome like me as a kid(oh Lord!) 😱 so she asked me to wait. So wait I did.

Let’s not forget that this wait started at 11am. All the way to 3pm. Something must have been wrong with me. How do you just stand hours on end just waiting. If you were in high school and you watched the long wait, then that is the perfect example of that.

When I called my friend at almost 3pm, I had had enough, and it was time to go. To her amusement I left the “meeting place”. As I was heading back to get a vehicle home, guess who calls, my date!! To my utter disappointment, or so I thought he had arrived.

Come to think of it being young sometimes sets us off to do stupid things like giving our time to someone who probably didn’t deserve it.

I am still patient but I know my boundaries now. It is hard to get me to wait that long anymore. Time is precious, it is money. We(me, myself and I) can find better things to do with our time. Tuende kutafuta pesa ama?

“Are you OK?”

I am going to be (truly, very) open today. The title, “are you OK?” Whenever those words are uttered, it brings a sting to my chest. It makes me reflect about things, situations, stuff and general life.

“Are you OK?” How many of us know what to do when in a situation such as this, when a friend, relative or workmate is not in a good place and somehow you will know how to comfort or calm them down?

When these words are uttered, and I am going through something, no matter how much of a brave face I put out there to the world, I know deep down somewhere I will break down. It feels so good to put it out there. I honestly though don’t like those words…..

“Are you ok?”

No I am not OK, I just don’t want to tell you what is going on.

No I am not OK, I don’t want you to see my weakness.

NO, I AM NOT OK, because you might use my weakness against me.

No, I am not OK because if I am vulnerable, I don’t know how you will perceive me.

I know that when I become vulnerable, i will just want a hug and perhaps life will become better. Perhaps the situation will change. I wish there were magic words to set moods off. Sometimes I wonder do we have to have these feelings? Are they necessary.

Remember when we were kids, when we’d watch kiini macho, and the magician would say “Rambo, bambo, boom boom”, and just like that, at a snap of a finger things become better.

I was asked by a friend sometime ago ” are you OK?” I just welled up. Every thought, emotion came right through like a gushing wind. That hug though made me feel better.

It was a way of release.

I couldn’t explain myself or what was happening, but I know after crying, it made things better. Funny thing though I wanted to apologize because experiencing such feelings is bot like me.

This is me…

Bubbly, happy, (very patient), my character and personality does not allow me to be sad. You know, put on a brave face, well, until everything spills over. Spill over it did because containing myself was not easy – “Are you OK?”. Those words.

Here’s a (not so) funny story, I have the right or is it a privilege to call in for a CODE RED but I don’t know how to bring myself to it. It’s like having to buy shoe polish because your shoes need to shine but you can’t bring yourself to go to the shop. So what will you use to shine the shoes? You know?

Human beings are like that. After stepping in the mud, dust and dirt,we need to be polished for us to shine again, for us to bring out the best in ourselves.

How many of us don’t know how to interact with others beyond face value? I am one of those.

It was actually someone who made me regret so many things and I have questioned a lot. So I decided to be creative and I kind of took my power back. After being humiliated, I think I deserve to be OK, even if the outcome may not be what I envision.

” Are you OK?”

Think about it. Don’t let it go too long. If you have the privilege to code red, do it.

Let me sit back and reflect.