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The Sassynatural's Secret Santa Info

Hey!

So submissions to this secret santa can be just about anything, fanfic’s, art, photoshop images etc.  Ask if you’re not sure!

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Admissions close around Dec. 3 USA time (flexible deadline because of timezones), so let Adam know if you wanna join! The more the merrier!

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The person who you have to submit your gift to will be sent to you on Dec. 5 USA time, if you have an issue with it send Zeke a message and we’ll work something out.

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You might also want to post a little message to say what you would like, so that your secret santa has an idea of what to do. This could be: Adam posts: I would really love a PineyxAdam thing for Christmas!

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The submission date of the gifts will be Dec. 25 USA time, if you can’t make that date let Adam or Zeke know.  A signal boost to other Sassynaturals would be great guys!

Thanks and remember to have fun!

- Zeke

Tis the Season

Alright folks, as we all know it’s protective styling season (it’s winter in some parts and harmattan in other parts) this means we literally have to hide our strands from the harsh environmental conditions or excessive combing/daily styling. A protective style helps with length retention in that there is no manipulation while the hair is tucked away for the set period of time, this varies from person to person. It also saves a whole lot of TIME, let’s be honest we spend at least 2 hours during the weekend or on washday. This time can be used for other productive activities like reading (I know someone whose name shall not be mentioned will agree with me lol). There are different types of styles but It’s important to ensure that the temple and nape areas are also protected (what is a full head of hair with no edges?! Lol). Please don’t forget to oil your scalp regularly (at least every every other day/night) to stimulate growth during this period.

Thanks to YouTube we don’t have to stick with just weaves and box braids (these are still good options when installed properly), there are countless tutorials available. Most of them are inexpensive, Below is a list along with great tutorials on how to achieve them:

– Yarn Wrap/braids - this is braids using yarn, the yarn can dry your hair but constant moisturizing alleviates this issue. Moisturize the yarn and your hair with conditioner before and after installing ( this is my current protective style and I love it) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrdo_oXBfNU 

– Crotchet braids - this is a pretty interesting method of installing a weave but in my opinion the best since the tendency of the temple and nape regions to experience damages is low. All you need is your choice of weave hair and a crotchet needle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKYbNyNJma8

– Two strand and flat twists - this is probably the safest method being that no extensions are used so the tension on the hair is less than all other styles. The twists can be created into an Updo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffSnYNivZBM&list=TLqIgrqche102GFhGhfqZ5BEmDPfZhmYyJ

– The Bun Life - buns are easy and great protective style but tight buns can put unnecessary tension on your edges thereby defeating the purpose of protective styling. Keep the gel to a minimum or get a control paste, create loose buns and don’t sleep with the bun

Finally, with all these protective styles the critical question to ask yourself is, is my hair really protected and moisturized?! Make sure you judge that (it could be as easy as getting bigger braids instead of tiny ones that can rip out your strands or leaving the temple hair untouched while braiding). The key is to protect the hair not just create a “poppin” look for the season

Let me know if the styles are helpful
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I have always loved drinking water with a slice of lemon in it. Didn’t know the benefits, didn’t care for it. Well, that is until I came across this picture and decided to do some research.

As we all know, lemons are rich in Vitamin C which enhances beauty by rejuvenating the skin from within, giving a nice glow to the face. Not only that, I learned it flushes out body toxins, while maintaining a healthy  immune system. Drinking warm lemon water in the morning and at night helps the digestive system by eliminating the waste products easily.

Some additional benefits below:

·         It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne.

·         It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems.

·         It aids in the reduction of phlegm (mucus) produced by the body.

·         It has an alkalizing effect on the body.

·         It helps control the speeding of unhealthy bacteria in the gut.

·         Aids in the production of digestive juices.

·         It helps purify the blood.

·         Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session.

·         It can treat a sore throat. Gargle with warm lemon water to help ease a sore throat.

Happy Drinking Lemon Water :-) !

Decisions, Decisions!

Ok. Let’s settle this once and for all, going natural is NOT difficult. Yes I said it, lol! All you need is determination, time, and a side of patience.

I’ve heard some say natural isn’t for everyone, lol. WRONG!  Everyone has beautiful natural hair, kinky, coils, curls, soft, dense, etc. That’s the versatility of natural hair, it comes in different types. I always recommend that you do a lot of research before making the decision to go natural; nothing will come as a surprise once you know what you are signing up for. There are a lot of helpful websites out there:

www.curlynikki.com

http://www.transitioningmovement.com/the-four-stages-of-transitioning-to-natural-hair-

Once you make that decision to commit, decide if you want to do a big chop (which can be super drastic) or transition for some time until you are comfortable. Set a time goal. If you do choose to transition, be prepared. It can get frustrating and confusing, but don’t give in to the urge to perm or go scissor happy (you might regret it RIGHT after). This is when you employ patience and determination. My go-to transition styles are two strand  twists, bantu knots on dry or damp hair, and curls with flexi rods. There are tons of youtube videos on how to do each of these styles. Subscribe to a couple of channels: MariaAntoinetteTV, Yolanda Renee and MahoganyCurls are a few of my favorites. 

Another myth is that when one goes natural, your hair will never be straight again. That is absolutely false! You can straighten it whenever you want (just be cautious about heat damage, use heat protectant and keep the hair conditioned/moisturized at all times).

The greatness of Natural Hair is that you can manage it in the comfort of your home and not have to visit the salon so often. From straightening the tresses to loose or tight curls, all can be achieved once you find the products that work for you. Not only will you save time but its cost effective.

Length retention is the way to go with Natural Hair, the average hair grows half an inch each month and six inches in a year, some grow at a faster or slower rate. The most important thing is keeping that new growth which can be achieved by keeping the hair moisturized (moisture is important), trimming off split ends when necessary, oiling the scalp at least three times a week. 

Please keep in mind that there are different textures of natural hair, some are curly, others are coily, kinky, etc. Do not compare your hair to others and force it to react the same way. It will rebel. Love your tresses!

Soooo, what’s it going to be?! I want to hear from you.

Photo Cred: Beautiful Curls