November CurlMix Ambassador

Have you heard the Exciting News?

img_7594I have been given the amazing opportunity to be a #CurlMixAmbassador!!! CurlMix is the DIY Box for Curly Hair. CurlMix sends you all the natural ingredients needed to make your own hair products at home. As a CurlMix Ambassador, during the month of November it is my pleasure to offer you a FREE sample of the Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter from CurlMix when you enter my code “naturallyact” with your purchase over $20.00. You must add the, “Sample”, to the cart and an additional item from the store.



I suggest trying the Coconut Honey Deep Conditioner with your free Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter. “This deep conditioner revives curls and adds incredible moisture to your hair. The Rhassoul clay not only cleanses the hair by extracting impurities, but it conditions by adding moisture. The raw honey is a humectant that draws moisture from the air into your hair, while the organic coconut cream restores and replenishes”. It is a CurlMixer favorite! 




Note: The Discount Code, “naturallyact“, is only applicable to shop orders, not for subscriptions, and you will only be able to redeem it once. You must add the product and sample to the cart and enter my code, “naturallyact“, redeem the discount.





When you get your CurMix box & sample share it on my Facebook Page Naturally ACT and in the Group Naturally ACT Community. #CurlMix #DIYCurls #NaturallyACT and tell me what you think!

✨  XOXO ✨




  • Have you ever heard of CurlMix  ?
    • If yes tell me what you think and what your favorite box?
  • Be sure to try them for yourself and share you experience.
    • Don’t forget to use my Coupon Code is: NaturallyACT
  • Let me know what you all think of this post!

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CurlBOX Natural September 2016 | Unboxing & Review | Uncle Funky’s Daughter

15137516_10209675419260527_7106585025085094161_oWhen I opened this edition of curlBOX Natural I was overjoyed to see products from Uncle Funky’s Daughter. I have wanted to try Uncle Funky’s Daughter for years now; however, the brand seemed to almost disappear from the market due to the owners thinking of dissolving the company completely. However, in 2014 Renee Morris acquired the brand and began the work to revamp and revitalize the company and, boy, did she. You can learn more about that by reading her article at


mag_coverThis instalment of CurlBox Natural “Find Your Vive box was loaded with a host of versatile stylers from Uncle Funky’s Daughter, these products just right for refreshing or maintaining a hairstyle and adds that wow factor to 3 or 4 day hair. I found myself using the Thirsty Curls Leave-in Curl Revitalizer often. My hair was on point and just in time for fall trends.


sep_1_lgMidnite Train Leave-in Conditioner

A lightweight spray that penetrates strands making hair soft and adds strength. The mixture of nourishing oils and extracts including aloe, olive, rosemary and honey. (4-Stars)


sep_2_lgSupercurl Miracle Moisture Creme

First, this creamy styler smells amazing due to the goodies like caramel, and honey. My kinky textured, tight curls felt super moisturized and the twist-out was on the next level and my curls were elongated. (5-Stars)

sep_3_lgThirsty Curls Leave-in Curl Revitalizer

Sometimes products can weigh your down; however, this lightweight spray includes an organic blend of extracts of nettle, comfrey, chamomile, calendula, sage, rosemary leaf and horsetail. Making the hair refreshed and hydrated. (5-Stars)


sep_4_lgGlossy Finishing Hair Polish

If you are looking for that extra shine without that oily feel or weighed down curl then this is your new go to. The spray is infused with eight yes eight different oils that add shine to twist outs, braid outs etc. (3-Stars)


sep_5_lgCurly Magic Curl Stimulator– I love how this product help cut the frizz, added moisture and help keep my curls elongates. This sample was just right can’t wait to get the full-size bottle for my arsenal! (4-Stars)



Visit to check out all of their products.


  • Have you heard of or used Uncle Funky’s Daughter products before? If yes, how do you like them?
  • Would you like to try Uncle Funky’s Daughter products ?
  • How did you style your hair with these products?



2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection

Della Marie Levi of Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Aleka C. Thrash of Naturally ACT Present the 2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection.


Event Features:Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. Join us for a #NaturallyFabulous time!!! 

Our Purpose: To connect, support, and encourage naturals, as well as those considering and transitioning, by helping them embrace, who they were born to be. 

NOTE: All who register online will be entered into a contest to win a cash prize. Online ticket sales end Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $18.00 Adult Admission and $12.00Child Admission (ages 5 – 15). 

What Is A Natural Hair Meet Up: A natural hair meet up is a place where those, who have chosen styles that highlight their natural, unadulterated hair texture, gather to provide each other with support, resources and encouragement along the journey to embrace who they were born to be. It is also for people, who are considering returning to their natural hair texture and those, who want to know more about kinky, coily, loc’d or curly hair and how to care for it.

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Check Out Highlights from Last Year:

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For inquiries or questions email us at:

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Naturally ACT Community


Lots has been happening in the Naturally ACT world!! I have been working on a few projects that I really hope you will love, more info coming soon! 

I’m really excited about creating a new way for us to connect. I’ve gotten several requests asking how you all can connect with each other beyond attending NaturallyACT events. As a result Naturally ACT Community was created, a Facebook group page that will allow you to share your experience. This group is designed as a place of encouragement and inspiration so feel free to share tips related to hair care and healthy lifestyle options.

NaturallyACT Group Photos

Click here to join the Naturally ACT Community group page on Facebook feel free to invite friends.

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Textures & Tea Highlights

I am super excited to share the highlights from ‘Textures & Tea’. This event was all about bringing together like minded people for candid conversations about Hair & Beauty. The afternoon was filled with networking, great conversation, giveaways, and entertainment at Grand Woods Lounge.

Special Thank you to event sponsors and supports: Jessicurl, Ecoco, Osofo Maame Boutique, JAMAICAN MANGO & LIME, The Rise Salon, Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Tiffany AVON.

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How I maintained my Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair

IMG_1351 (1)I don’t flat-iron my hair often, usually only once a year, mainly because I like the texture of my hair when it’s not straighten. A few benefits of flat-ironing is being able to see the ‘true length’ of your hair. Straightening your hair can also add versatility in your styling routine.

A few disadvantages of flat-ironing natural hair is that it may not revert back to your curls or kinky/coily hair as quickly. Also, it may be hard to maintain straighten hair during working-outs or when it rains. As a result, many naturals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Here are a few ways I kept my type 4 hair straight for two weeks, now I could have kept it straight longer; however, I just wanted my kinky/coily hair back.

First Things First – Go To A Professional

Salon Visit

Yes! I suggest getting your hair done by a licensed professional. Many naturals are comfortable with doing there own hair; however, I believe it’s best in these circumstances. The concern with going to a professional is trust, especially with all the articles about salons and stylist sneaking relaxers in on clients shampoo. However, the results of having your hair flat-ironed by a professional will be a lot better.

Now if you are having a hard time finding a stylist you trust, or cannot afford to go to a salon. I suggest investing in a good professional flat iron, make sure it has heat control settings.

Preserving Your Flat-Ironed Hair

Some naturals like to wrap their to there hair; however, when I do this I found that my hair has no bounce it just lays flat. Personally, I do not enjoy when my hair just lays flat. To keep my hair straight with a added curls and no heat, I use flexirods and curlformers. I love how using these tools help keep my hair straight with some bounce, while adding loose waves for a full look.

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Flexirods Pictured Flexirods

Minimal Product Use

Kinky/coily type 4 hair requires lots and lots of moisture, I tend to use creams, butters, steam and oil. When my hair is straight using butters weighs it down and creams make it revert back to kinky/coils. In place of heavy products, I like to use light oils light oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I lightly coat my hands with oil and apply to my hair daily. Doing this helps prevent dryness without weighing the hair down my hair.

Flexirods Pictured Flexirods_2

Another important factor to maintaining straight hair for an extended period of time is how you protect your hair when you sleep. Be sure to keep your hair protected while you sleep, use a satin/silk bonnet t or sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.

Rain & Steam/Humidity

When my hair is in its natural state, I don’t worry about rain and humidity. The day I had my hair straightened it rain and rain. I kept a disposable shower cap in my bag and my umbrella to avoid the rain.  I usually don’t wear a shower cap; however, with straight hair is necessary.

Perserve With Ponytal

Working Out

Doing low intensity workouts will help minimize sweating be sure to use a sweatband during workouts. Sweatbands are a great way to keep your edges flat be sure your hair is completely dry before removing, if needed you can use handheld blow dryer on low cool-heat to make the process faster.

If you really want to get the most out of your flat-ironed, hair I suggest not to hang out at the pool or to the beach. If you do be sure to pin your hair up this will help extend the quality for your straighten hair.

Straight w Curls

Additional Info and suggestion :

I suggest using a Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband or Save Your Do Black GymWrap while working out to make your hair last. I don’t suggest strengthening your hair in the middle of summer when it’s most humid outside also when it’s hot you may be prone to sweat.


  • How often to you straighten your hair?
  • How do you style your hair when its straight?
  • What products work best for you when your hair is straight?
  • Have you tried any of these suggestions? If yes how did they work for you?





Why Attend Natural Hair Events!?!

Kinky Hair Connection-212“Why should I pay to attend natural hair event?”
I get this question often and I love to answer it. I believe attending natural hair events is necessary for your journey. There are many positive benefits to attending a natural hair event. Most natural hair events are designed for all naturals including; new/transitioning naturals, rookies, straight naturals, naturals who wear hair weave, product junkies, those who are thinking about giving up the harmful chemicals from relaxers, etc. The opportunities are endless and these sort of events are empowering.

  • Connections: Meet ladies who will inspire you to keep going on your journey. Attending events as a blogger/vlogger can exposed you to; collaborating opportunities, product placement on your blog, get exposure and be featured on social media accounts or other blogs, etc.
  • Discover Salon & Professionals: Although one of the major benefits to being natural is doing your own hair, it’s very important to have a good professional styles in your “favorite five”. Yes!!! Finding the right natural hair stylist you can trust can be difficult. Personally, I believed having a natural hair stylist is NECESSARY for your healthy hair journey. Doing your own hair or calling your friend who can braid is not alway the best idea. Attending natural hair events can expose you to local professional stylist and this is a great way to find someone who fits our needs.
  • Meet Your Favorite Bloggers: I love to learn. Bloggers and YouTubers are good resource; however, you may not have the opportunity to meet your favorite blogger or YouTuber without attending a Natural Hair event/show. These events can be a one-stop-shop for all of your favorite bloggers/vloggers and get the opportunity to discover new brands — It’s always great to add a name & face to a social media handle.
  • Education: The more you know and understand about your hair journey the more successful you will be when it comes to getting the results you want. “YouTube University” is not enough. Getting first hand training and knowledge from a professional and enthusiast will help you on your journey. Natural hair meet-ups, expos, and shows allow you to learn about products directly from the brands and the real people who use them. Attending a hands-on classes/seminars will expand your hair experience and not just “hope the style turns out right” especially when trying something new.
  • Inspiration: It’s not often that you can go to one place to get inspiration and encouragement for your next protective style, cut/color, and products suggestions. Natural hair events highlight new styles and products.
  • Save money: I attended an event and was able to get my Q-Redew, a nice discount, and avoid shipping. Not only can you get discounted items, FREE product are usually available as well. Many events are sponsored by up-and-coming brands and some of your favorites this is a great way to get free products. Just about every event I have attended included swag bag filled with products and coupons!



Constance Cash, founder of Team Natural hosted a fantastic event. The room was filled with bloggers, vloggers, industry professionals, and hair and fashion vendors. Not only did I have the pleasure of attending the Living No Lye Tour held in Chicago, I was also featured on Essence.comHair Street Style: Curly Hair Straight from the Windy City. I was both an attendee and a photographer. Check out some of my favorite photos.

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This event was fantastic as I spent time mingling with Chicago’s naturalistas; the event was so informational. There were three main workshop/presentations facilitated by BlackHair101 and Sister Scientist. Both of them went in detail of hair care and biological side of how are hair grows. I learned so much about how to build a proper regimen and why certain products may or may not be working properly. MsVaughnTV taught us how to create an easy yet super natural up-do that can serve as protective or for a special occasion.



with Chary Jay YouTuber

I had so much fun at this event! It was awesome summer day and included Product & Swap Table, Pop-up Beauty Salon, Natural Hair Panel Discussion with styling tips, hair care, hair color & more. There were tons of giveaways thought-provoking Poetry and a Live DJ. I was also able to meet a few bloggers. Check out my YouTube Channel for photos and video clips.


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with Jouelzy creator of the #SmartBrownGirl Movement

The expo featured Jenell B. Stewart, the Award Winning Editor of , and one of my favorites bloggers, Jouelzy creator of the #SmartBrownGirl Movement, just to name a few. This is where I discovered EverButter; a wonderful hair care company. I also discovered Lipstick Cult and awesome lipstick  created my two Midwest fashionistas . This event offered many workshops including Caring for Your Little Girls Kinks, Coils & Curls, What is the The #SmartBrownGirl Movement, and more. Check out my YouTube channel for my Embrace The Natural You Expo – Haul.

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SAVE THE DATE How To Interactive Workshop March 19th

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Naturally ACT focus on enabling and empowering women of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair thought interactive workshops and hands-on classes. 

This “How To” workshop is schedule for March 19, 2016. Attendees will have the opportunity to test products from various brands while learn styling techniques such as Twist Out, quick up-dos and protective styling tips. 

This workshop was created to help naturals understand their hair and learn ways to rock their curls, kinky and coils with confidants.

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Essential Oil & Aromatherapy Tips for Beginners with Karyn Lee-Garcia

11001901_10204963566387150_7413269463879429113_nHello Naturalista,

I’m back with an interview style post today. Earlier this year I connected with Karyn Lee-Garcia via an online entrepreneur community and decided to co-hosted an Instagram contest and have stay connected ever since. Karyn is a wife, mother, Prana Flow® Yoga Instructor and Essential Oil Educator focused on natural wellness solutions for yogis, mothers & natural hair lovers.


When did you start your natural hair journey and why?

My natural hair journey started in 2001. I big chopped my hair after moving to Los Angeles. My hair was relaxed and became severely damaged after frequent ocean swimming trips. So, I chopped my hair and had no idea what to do with my natural hair until 2011.

During that time, I used tons of products and dabbled with including the essential oils of lavender and rosemary along with a few carrier oils. Ultimately, I had no idea what I was doing.

In 2011, I adopted my entire hair regime off the online YouTube natural hair guru, Natural85, and my hair life changed. A lot of her recipes included essential oils which I purchased from either Whole Foods or health food stores. I learned of the importance of essential oils but really only experienced a significant difference when I started using doTERRA essential oils.

Why do you recommend using essential oils on natural hair?

I recommend essential oils with natural hair care as they naturally nourish, strengthen and protect. My go-to essentials oils are rosemary (supports hair loss & breakage), lavender (sedative qualities & smells amazing), cedarwood (dandruff/eczema) & geranium (dry hair). However, there are a ton of other oils to use for natural hair care.

For hair, essential oils can be applied directly either neat (with no carrier oil) and with a carrier oil (if a sensitive scalp concerns you). I typically include essential oils in my DIY shea butters, conditioners & flax seed gel. The best carrier oils are coconut, jojoba, olive oil, avocado, argan, rosehip and so many more.

How do you suggest incorporating essential oils as a lifestyle?

For physical and emotional support, there are a vast range of single oils and blends to utilize. Personally, I start my day with a drop or two of lemon oil in water to naturally detox my system. Then, I anoint myself with the Balance blend and Frankincense as I start my work day and/or drop off my daughter to school. In the evening, I use Serenity to calm myself and sometimes my daughter down for a restful sleep. There are other oil blends to support the respiratory system and immune support. Consistency is the key when using essential oils. I typically use 6-10 different oils throughout the day either topically (on skin), internally (only a few essential oil brands can be used this way) and via a mist diffuser (aromatically).

How can people connect to you?

For more information and/or work with me one-on-one, I offer a free 20-minute Wellness Consultation for those interested in incorporating essential oils into their natural hair care regime and for their overall lifestyle. My sessions can take place over the phone or via video chat. During each session, we determine a few essential oil samples for each client. I personally mail them and then we follow-up with a longer, in-depth ‘Essential Oil Experience’ session.

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  • Have you used essential oils? (How and Why)
  • Would you like more if on essential oils?
  • Did you know what essential can be more helpful to living a healthy life?



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~Naturally ACT (Aleka)


Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

 I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on. | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.

Scalp Massage Technique: Hair Growth Challenge


Like our skin, our scalp needs to be moisturized daily and scalp massages have been proven to be an effective way to boost hair growth.  Good circulation is essential in the natural hair growth journey, scalp massages are also a good way to pamper yourself and boost your hair’s ability to grow.

The Challenge – Starting Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Massage your scalp once a day for 30 days, then twice a day for the next 30 days. 5-10 minutes in the morning and or in the evening.


Your fingers are all you need. However I like to use a Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush, it’s great for shampooing and just as good for daily scalp massages.

Track your progress

  • Take before pictures that shows the length of your hair at the beginning of your challenge [front, back and sides] and post your pictures to and (hashtag) #ACTGrowthChallenge no later than Monday, August 31, 2015.
  • On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the end of the first 30 days; measure the length of your hair (front, back & sides) and post a picture of your results and talk about your progress.
  • Post your FINAL pictures of your results on Saturday October 31, 2015.
  • Throughout the challenge journal your experience and when posting your progress talk about growth, thickness, oils using, etc.

**This challenge is not intended to be another item on your ToDo list. Its important to enjoy your journey, also this is not just about growing longer hair. I want to challenge you to take better care of yourself, massage your scalp will not only stimulate hair growth it’s relaxing. Remember anything you do for 30-days will become a habit and growing healthy hair is a great habit to create.

How to do Scalp Massages

You can massage your scalp, using your fingers tips with any oil of choice or none.

  • Pour some oil into a bowl and warm the oil by placing the bowl in some hot water. The oil should be warm but comfortable to the touch.  Or you can just use your favorite oil straight from the bottle.
  • Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed.  Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation

{Pay attention to your scalp stop if you get any irritation from the oil }.

The Benefits of Scalp Massages

A properly done scalp massage can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation, decrease stress, condition the scalp, and boost the strength of the hair roots. The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation. Increased circulation means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive more of the nutrients necessary to optimal hair growth function. The rubbing motion promotes relaxation and feels good, thus increasing the production of “feel good” chemicals that work to lower levels of stress hormone in the body. Lower stress levels allow your organs to function more efficiently, thus boosting your hair follicle’s ability to grow hair.

  • Conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
  • Helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded.
  • Helps relax the scalp and increase pliability.
  • Helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
  • Helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable.
  • Spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy
  • Helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
  • Replenish and rejuvenates for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.

Tips for making Time for a Scalp Massage

  1. When you’re too tired to do your scalp massage, have your Significant Other or children massage your scalp for you. 😀 
  2. While watching your favorite show on television, reading or surfing the internet, take a few minutes to do your scalp massage.  You will get it done in no time.
  3. Massage your scalp 1st thing in the morning before you style your hair or in the evening before your tie your hair up.

Suggested List of oils for scalp massages

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Emu Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Neem Oil

** Essential Oils **

  • **Burdock Oil
  • **Basil Oil
  • **Tea Tree Oil
  • **Lavender Oil
  • **Peppermint Oil
  • **Rosemary Oil
    • **When Using Essential Be sure to add to a carrier oil such as Jojoba, Castor or Olive Oil.
Information for Scalp Massage Challenge

Essential oils are very strong when using be sure to dilute with a carrier oil. Consult your healthcare provider to avoid irritation and allergic reactions.

There are a variety essential oil available for most hair and scalp issues. Remember that essential oils are VERY concentrated and should not be used directly on the hair or skin….always combine essential with carrier oils (almond, olive, castor and jojoba). Be sure to do your own research and choose the most appropriate essential oil that will work well with a carrier oil. Your scalp is part of your skin and to achieve healthy hair (not just long hair) you must take care of your scalp. Regular scalp massages improves hair growth and prevents hair loss.


  • Do you have any scalp issues (dryness, buildup etc) what did you do to overcome them?
  • Are you going to do this challenge with me?
  • What are your healthy hair goals (growth/length)?
  • Do you have any additional tips you want to share?
  • What YouTube videos do you want to see?


Until Next Time! Connect to me: 
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~Naturally ACT (Aleka)



Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on. | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.