Benefits of Lavender Oil & How you can include it in your Hair Care Regimen

Lavender oil is one of my favorite essential oil because of its ability to calm. It’s often used in aromatherapy, known to help with stress, anxiety, acne, and even respiratory problems. Many don’t realize it also has great benefits for all hair types as well.

 

Let’s break down the benefits:

  • Lavender oil prevents hair shedding and improves blood circulation on the scalp which aids in hair growth.
    • Add Lavender essential oil to your deep conditioner for a nutrient boost.
    • For scalp massage, mix 8-10 drops in 2 Tbsp of warm extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Work it into the scalp with your fingers. I personally have used this as a pre-poo treatment, I leave it on my hair overnight to maximize its healing and nourishing properties while helping me sleep.
  • Lavender oil relieves stress providing restful sleep. You can cover your head with a head wrap or bonnet when you sleep, this makes a perfect overnight treatment be sure to wash your hair in the morning.

  • Do you suffer from an itchy, dry scalp? Lavender oil has powerful antiseptic qualities treating dry scalp, fungi, bacteria, and other microbes.
    • Massaging your scalp with a mix lavender oil can help.
  • Add few drops of lavender oil to any carrier oil like jojoba oil, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil. You can also add a few drops to your favorite shampoo, conditioner, or deep conditioner.
  • If you wear wigs try applying the lavender and coconut oil or jojoba oil-mix to your hair to help keep your scalp nourished underneath.

I believe Lavender oil is a must-have essential oil for improving your hair, skin, and overall health. Consider adding lavender oil to your daily regimen.

Disclaimer: Always dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil.


 


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Pre-Wash Day Style | NaturallyACT

So it’s almost 2:00am and I just took out my crochet pixie style. I needed to go to bed but didn’t have time to wash my hair. So I grabbed some of my favorite products, did a chunky twist-out and captured it all on my InstaStory! Hope You Enjoy!

Products use:
Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk
Q-Redew | Handheld Hair Steamer
Mielle Organics Edge Control

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CurlBox Natural February 2017 | Unboxing & Review | Honey Baby Naturals

 

This edition of curlBOX Natural was loaded with full-size products from Honey Baby Naturals. The key ingredient in every product is honey to moisturizer and strengthen your curls; I would even recommend it for your little ones. This curlBox natural did not disappoint!

Honeychild Moisture Balance Gentle Shampoo

This is sulfate-free shampoo that includes a blend of honey and chamomile to help soothes the scalp for a relaxing wash day experience that also restores moisture to the hair and dry scalp.

Sweet Softening Conditioner

Creamy conditioner that is infused with a blend of milk protein and honey designed to help hydrate coils and curls days after washing.

Honey Shea Butter Hair Smoothie

With ingredients like honey, shea butter, coconut, olive, sweet almond, sunflower seed, jojoba and carrot oils that promote hair glow. This smoothie smells delicious and provide great curl definition!

Knot My Honey Instant Detangler

 

As a natural with tight coils, a good Detangler comes in handy and this formula melts the knots allowing fingers to glide right through with minimal tangles. It’s also serves as a lightweight leave-in and can be used for daily maintenance on re-twisting and many other styles.

 

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Benefits of Including Hot Oil Treatment to your Haircare Regimen

Natural and kinky hair are prone breakage due to becoming dull and brittle. Hot oil treatments can be beneficial because the nutrients in the oil penetrate the hair follicles. I try to do a hot oil treatment twice monthly. You can do them weekly depending on the needs of your hair and scalp. Routinely applying hot oil treatments can:

Helps to mend split ends. When the oil is hot (warm) it penetrates into hair and soaks into split ends helping to them smooth them down. Note: don’t do this in lieu of trimming your ends but this will simply help to keep your ends together until you’re able to get them trimmed. (Once the hair has split it was it they can’t unsplit.)

Reduces dandruff and helps with eczema. If you have scalp issues such as a flaky scalp, dandruff, and eczema; a Hot oil treatment before you shampoo can help prevent dandruff and dry scalp.

Improve nourishment of hair follicles. I like to do my hot oil treatments with a with a scalp massager. This helps to increase the blood circulation and the hot oil soothes and moisturizes the scalp. The nutrients from the oils provide nourishment from the outside in, increasing the blood flow and improving nourishment from inside out.

Prevent breakage. Consistently doing a hot oil treatment along with deep conditioning will help to strengthen your hair and intern prevent damage from heat, styling, and coloring. There are so many things we do in our hair care routines that cause damage and breakage.

Prevent frizz and add shine to the hair. Oil treatments can help reduce frizz and promote shine without weighing down the hair. My scalp tends to be dry so I have learned that doing a hot oil treatment frequently (twice a month) has helped my hair not be so dry brittle and reduces breakage. However, be careful not to over do treatments, too much of a good thing can be bad. When you over-saturate your hair with oils you can cause your hair to become greasy and weighed down.

DIY recipe for a hot oil treatment.

I love to make my own home treatments; however, a few times a year I go to a professional stylist. It’s nice to have someone else wash my hair every now and again. I suggest trying the Pumpkin Pie Hot Oil Treatment from CurlMix it’s a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Box for Curly Hair which includes all natural ingredients, easy and expert-tested recipes which are then sent directly to your door for only $28 with my discount code:  NATURALLYACT

Tip: Apply the hot oil to the hair and massage it into the scalp with your fingertips or scalp massager as a pre-poo treatment. Apply a plastic cap for 15 to 20 minutes, or use hair steamer like a Q-Redew, then rinse hair thoroughly.


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5 Reasons You Should Have An Essential Oil Diffuser

I am slowly seeking a more holistic and natural lifestyle; not just with my hair, I want an over all healthy lifestyle. After learning that oils like lavender help with sleeping and relaxation, I invested in an essential oil diffuser to get better rest better.

I have been using my essential oil diffuser for about 5 months now and I’ve learned how it improves my overall health as well as increases my energy. The list of all the possible uses for a diffuser is extensive. I wanted to share my top five reasons on why you should consider investing in an essential oil diffuser and use it every day.

 

1 – Rest and Relaxation

Essential oils are best known for their ability to help you relax and sleep. I suggest having a diffuser ready to go when you get home from work or after a long day. Keeping a diffuser near your bed will help your mind and body relax so you can sleep better {Recommended oils: chamomile and lavender.} 

 

2 – distress 

A diffuser can help you to distress and assist in improving your mood. Smell is the one of the strongest senses and can influence brain activity. When you’re feeling sad or depressed you can use your diffuser to enhance and inspire a positive mood.  {Recommended oils: sweet orange, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla.}

3 – Helps Prevent Illness

Essential oils are known to be powerful antimicrobial (An antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stop their growth) and when introduced into the air in vapor from, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Secondly, essential oils can also be used to boost the immune system. Last but not least, some diffuser also double as humidifier which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes (a microorganism, especially a bacterium causing disease or fermentation) that do make it into your body. {Recommended oils: tea tree, sage, rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, and thyme. 

4 –Safer Alternative to Candles

Burning candles or incense can be a potentially hazardous especially if you have pets or small children due to the open flame. An essential oil diffuser allows you to reap many aromatherapy benefits – without the risk of burns, wax spills etc. {Recommended oils: Any/Personal Preference}

 

5 –Helps You Breathe Easier

I have learned that essential oils can help reduce inflammation and congestion to help you breathe better. During allergy season, I like to use eucalyptus oil and it has worked wonders for me. If you are prone to allergies, try diffusing essential oils in the room where you spend most time. {Recommended oils: Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, or lemon.}

*The recommended oils are great for reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time. Just remember to keep a box of tissues handy as your nose and sinuses begin to open so you can also avoid that mad dash to the bathroom! {Recommended oils: peppermint, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus.}

Bonus:

So far we’ve covered my top five reasons that owning a diffuser is an investment in your health and well-being, but it’s more than just that. With all of the versatile uses for essential oil diffuser around the home which ultimately lead to less doctor visits, lower electric bills, fewer cups of coffee and better productivity; you will soon discover that this handy little device is a money-saver as well! 

Aroma1 Diffuser & Humidifier

I use the Aroma1 Diffuser & Humidifier from Vanity Planet {Retail $60.00 /$30 during the Christmas sale.}

Aroma1 Diffuser & Humidifier is super quiet, almost silent. Personally, I don’t use the light feature; however, certain color like purple: uplift and encourage creativity and blue has calming and inspirational effects. Along with the light feature, the constant stream of essential oil infused in the air creates a peaceful and creative space.

 


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It’s a Celebration

Say what!?!?!


Today we celebrate the 2-year Anniversary of NaturallyACT! I am so thankful for the opportunity to not only share my experiences but, I get to learn from you as well!

*Share your favorite NaturallyACT Community moment on Facebook and Instagram and tag me. (What was your favorite Event, Blog Post, Hair Tip, etc?) 

Check out this highlight from my very first workshop!

Have you tried the Apple Cinnamon Edge Control from CurlMix?

CurlMix is the first DIY Box for Curly Hair that sends you all the natural ingredients needed to make your own hair products at home.

Many DIY edge controls aren’t effective on curly hair but CurlMix has found a recipe that controls the edges and smells delicious, with all natural ingredients.

Try it out for your self  and SAVE $5.00 when you use my code “NATURALLYACT”.

 


It’s only because of you I get to make a living doing what I love most, and for that, I am forever grateful. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each and every one of my clients for making this year truly special. May the love of Christ fill your lives with abundant joy!!

 

NaturallyACT – Approved Products

Recently got questions about what products I uses and wanted to share with you just a few of my favorite hair products.

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Shampoo/Cleansers

devacurl_no-poo_decadence_12oz_900x900DevaCurl No-Poo ® DECADENCE Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser For Super Curly Hair {$22.00} I fell in love with this no-poo cleanser the first time I used it. I often like to wash my hair with cream cleansers that don’t lather so this instantly became my favorite. This No-Poo cleanser was created specifically for tight curls and coils that crave extra moisture. “No-poo” meaning no shampoo: is a collective term for methods of washing hair without commercial shampoo.

jessicurl-gentle-lather-shampoo-if8oz-260x260Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo Sulfate-free cleansing that won’t weigh hair down Scent options:  No Fragrance , Citrus, Lavender or Island Fantasy {8 oz. $16.95 | 2 oz. $6.95 | .5 oz. Sample $1.50}  I like this shampoo because it’s sulfate-free and a really gentle shampoo. I also appreciate the choice of  scents; you prefer many scents but some shampoos are filled with unnecessary fragrances.

CONDITIONERS

s-l200DevaCurl ® DECADENCE Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner For Super Curly Hair {$22.00} I am a real fan of DevaCurl! This product is  full of moisture, strength, nourishment, that helps to protect curls. I really like to use the conditioner as a detangler as well.

 

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner {$10.99} This leave-in conditioner does just what is says: strengthen and restore curls. Every time I use this leave-in my hair feels soft, smooth, and hydrated.

STYLERS

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The Mane Choice Doesn’t Get Much “BUTTER” Than This Daily Hair Dressing {$15.99} My hair requires products with lots of moisture or it will be dry and brittle. This hair dressing penetrates the hair shaft creating and leaving your hair feeling soft, shiny, and rejuvenated.

 

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Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk {$15.99} I use this hair milk daily to assist in keeping my hair hydrated. My twist-outs come out almost perfect every time.

 

OILS

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This will require you to Double up!

The Mane Choice Hair Growth & Hair Retention Oil Combo {$29.98} The combo is simply outstanding! The Growth oil works great by stimulating the scalp. The Ancient Egyptian gold oil helps to prevent damage due to breakage.

 


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7th Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards – Thank You!

youtube-thumbnaleI am still in awe! What an honor and privilege to be selected as one of 9-winners at the 7th Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards from a pool of 50 nominees. This is a HUGE deal of me. Prayer, Patience, Persistence and Partnering with Purpose are my 2017 goals.

I am so thankful that Local First West Michigan recognizes small businesses like mine and provide a wonderful network and community for locals to connect in. Shout out to my mentor, Pastor Veverly Austin for the push and helping me step out of my comfort zone. My friend Michelle for always being willing to volunteering and help at my events. My editor Corinthia (as a writer its necessary to have an extra set of eyes reading your work) thank you for the late night editing sessions. To all my Naturally ACT & ACTPhotoMedia community Thank you for trusting me with your hair and allowing me to capture some of your most precious moments.

To my brother Branden who took an eight-hour trip just to support me for my nomination, not knowing if I would win. Most of all my AMAZING Mother Alyce for always telling me I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to; Thank you listening to your doctor and not coming, you are always my biggest cheerleader. I love you so much!!

 


Learn More:
http://www.grbj.com/articles/87138-local-first-names-localmotion-winners
http://www.localfirst.com/sustainability/localmotion-awards

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#MichelleTaughtMe

#MICHELLETAUGHTME | Lessons Learnt from Former First Lady Michelle Obama

As First Lady Michelle Obama leaves The White House but never our hearts, I had to take a few moments to show major love, respect, and honor. She has inspired and encouraged me in so many ways; I really appreciate her intelligence, passion and style. She is clear about her values and what she believes in. Thank you First Lady Michelle Obama for the many lessons you have taught me.

20110427-tows-obama-michelle-style-6-600x411STYLEClassy, regal, and just a touch edge is how I would describe Michelle Obama’s style. She knows how to rock a bright colored, cinched waist dress and lets not forget about her arms! We all know she is an advocate for exercise which keeps her looking stunning in just about everything.

What I have learned most when it comes to style is to not be afraid of prints. She really knows how to rock a vibrant-bold print shamelessly. As a curvy girl I am always looking for style inspiration and I love that Lady Obama doesn’t hide her shape, she shows her curves off with class and dignity.  

hairHAIR: I may prefer to rock my natural curls; however, Mrs. Obama has proven that straightened hair can be just as versatile. I love everything about her ever-changing style from a sleek bang, to her signature bob, a classic updo, or even soft curls.

c760159c365d4a52c9a97bb48e0e0907FAMILY: The grace she exudes, to me, is her legacy. The unfailing love she shows her husband and daughters: President Barack Obama, Malia, and Sasha and the respect she has for her mother, Marian, is such an amazing example of what it means to keep family first. (“My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief. Making sure that in this transition, which will be even more of a transition for the girls… that they are settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe.” –Michelle Obama)

 

 

slide_1563_21779_largeLEADERSHIP: I am amazed that despite all the hate, disrespect, and downright cruelty people show her; she remained confident, compassionate, and forgiving. “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”– Michelle Obama.  That is still one of my favorite to date. (1)

u112p5029t2d378692f24dt20110623100116As the First Lady she taught us about healthy eating habits and encouraged us all to get moving by exercising more. We saw her plant and grow vegetables that were used to make the first family’s meals and prepare for White House dinners. “And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.” –Michelle Obama (2)

These are just a fews ways Mrs. Michelle Obama has inspired me; I could go on for days. As as we say farewell to our First Lady, I hope that she continues to inspires us in new ways.

Books & Articles referenced:

  1. Michelle Obama in her Own Words: The Views and Values of America’s First Lady
  2. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America)
  3. Photos Via Goole Search

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2016 Year In Review

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Wow! Can you believe how fast this year has flown by?

Two thousand sixteen has been a year of laughter, disappointments, and wonderful memories. This year has truly been a joy as I continue to pursue my passion for Natural Hair, Health, and Photography. I feel so blessed to be doing what I love to do!!

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new-year-in-review_hustlers-in-heelsIn January, I was a Guest Panelist for Hustlers In Heels GR. This event was designed for the female dreamers, doers, and entrepreneurs who were in need of a platform to network with local successful women who are making a positive impact in the Grand Rapids community of business.

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In March, I hosted an Interactive How To Workshop, where attendees had the opportunity learn about how to choose the correct hair products for their hair, get hands on experience trying out styling techniques including a twist-out, a quick up-do, how to use curlformers, and more.

new-year-in-review_textures-teaIn July, Textures & Tea was all about making connections and networking. The goal of this event was to bring together like-minded people for candid conversations about Hair & Beauty.

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In November, Co-founder Della Marie Levi and I hosted the 2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection, which was a half day event that included Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. We had a #NaturallyFabulous time!!

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Be your authentic self and seek to improve yourself at every stage in life.

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If you can’t change the outcome of a particular event or situation, it’s best to let go and move on. There is no use in worrying and stressing over things that are beyond your control. Seek wisdom, grace, and understanding. Choose to show love and compassion!

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#MelaninatedNaturals Art Exhibit by photographer Alfield Reeves.

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This was an amazing experience! Alfield used photography to express his admiration for natural hair, black women, fashion and personal perspective of the natural hair movement. Learn more: www.alfieldreevesphotography.com/myfirstartexhibit/

partnerships

I am so thankful for every company who partnered with me in 2016!

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I pride myself in providing excellent events for you that include swag bags full of products that you will enjoy and appreciate. It’s not easy to convince companies to support your vision; however, perseverance, diligence and my commitment to you has proven successful. Thank you for your attendance, support and dedication to me. I look forward to serving you in a bigger and better way in 2017!

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So excited to be one of 50 individuals/companies nominated for a Local FirstLocal Motion Award and I am humbled to be a finalist! The LocalMotion Awards began in 2010 as a way to recognize local businesses and individuals for their achievements in making the community “more vibrant and resilient.” You are welcome to join me at the 7th Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards on Wednesday, January 25th 5:00pm at Goei Center.

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Local First’s mission: We lead the development of an economy grounded in local ownership that meets the basic needs of people, builds local wealth and social capital, functions in harmony with our ecosystem, and encourages joyful community. Read about this year’s awards on GRBJ!

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It’s only because of you I get to make a living doing what I love most, and for that I am forever grateful. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each and every one of my clients for making this year truly special. May the love of Christ fill your lives with abundant joy!!

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Curlfriend Getaway

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I look forward to starting the year with some relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun! When possible, Mini Vacations are a great way to start off the year. As a West Coast girl living the cold Midwest, 70° weather is necessary especially when you add in good food, the beach, and a few Curlfriends!

Official CurlMix Ambassador!!

Back in November, I introduced you to CurlMix a DIY Box for Curly Hair. CurlMix sends you all the natural ingredients needed to make your own hair products at home. As an official Ambassador my Code “naturallyact” now provides you with $5 OFF any order over $30. Be sure to stay connected as I will be hosting CurlMix party soon.

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If you ordered CurlMix back in November click here and let me know what you purchased. Then post a photo of you with your CurlMix box in the Naturally ACT Community group on Facebook and you will be entered to win a lunch with Me!!!

By the way

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If you want to discover new products for free check out influenster!


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