A Cheap Guide to Your Summer Body

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The official first day of Spring is still fresh is our minds. That means we will soon be replacing coats and thermals with bikinis and crop tops. Getting fit is requires determination and consistency but it definitely does not require a large budget and here’s why.

Skip the Monthly Gym Memberships

The gym membership is nice because it houses everything you need at one location at convenient hours, especially 24 hour gyms. However, social anxiety, inconvenient hours, cost or simply just not wanting to go can be huge deterrents. With an internet connection, a soft floor and optional cans of peas or what have you, you can transform your living room into a gym. YouTube fitness instructors offer sublime advice and instructions with full-length videos that are guaranteed to get your heart racing and blood pumping. My personal favorites are FitnessBlender and BeFit. They offer a consistent stream of professional, full-length videos with a wide range of exercises and instruction. A jog around the neighborhood is also a free option for working out and requires 30 minutes of your time.

Free or Donation-based Yoga Classes

Yoga can honestly be done anywhere. And that point has been repeatedly made with many yoga classes taken place at parks and beaches. You too can take part in these classes with little to no cost. Community yoga classes can take place at local parks, with the recreation department, or even your local church. YogaToday.com is the Netflix of yoga that provides free weekly videos that range from beginner to expert. Furthermore, MeetUp presents many opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals so why not connect with other  yogis or exercisers.

Eating Healthier by Starting Small

Eating healthy is another barrier. With numerous quick fix solutions being peddled on Instagram and healthier food options being more expensive than its counterparts, changing one’s diet can be expensive and difficult. Rather than haul out your kitchen, small changes can do the trick. Portion control, decrease in snacking or switching out one option such as chips for nuts or apple, can offer valuable benefits.

 

 

 

Natural Hair- The High Bun

bunIt’s the perfect time for protective styles. While everyone is braiding up their hair and hiding it with extensions, you may not have the time or money to do so, but your hair still needs protection. A bun is a quick and easy way to put away your ends and protect without spending any extra money.

You probably already have everything you need for a bun. Some suggested products are: edge control or gel, synthetic hair and a satin scarf.

In this video, you can see how Mini Marley does her high bun.

This style is as easy as 123. You simply pull your hair into a ponytail; lay your edges down with gel and/or edge control and bun it. You can opt to use synthetic hair for a bigger bun, but this is not necessary. It is also a good idea to tie a scarf around your head to mold your edges and give a sleek look.

A bun is not just an everyday protective style. It can be worn for many occasions. With New Year’s right around the corner, it is a great style to wear to a holiday party or a night on the town.  You can watch Naptural85’s bun tutorial to see a way to spice up your bun with confetti. It’s super cute and just as protective for your ends.

 

Quick & Easy Blowout on Natural Hair

blow outIs it time for a length check, or do you want to stretch out your hair with minimum heat? A blowout might be a good idea. It will not make your hair as sleek as flat ironing; however, it will give some length to your tight curls, coils or waves.

Many people use the tension method to blow dry their hair, but it takes a long time and may not give you that fully blown out look. If you use a blow dryer with different comb and brush attachments or a 3in1 dryer, this can cut down drying time and provide a flawless finish.

In this video posted by My Natural Sistas you can see a quick and easy way to achieve a blowout.

Some important things to note from this video are: detangle before blow drying, separate hair into small sections and always use a heat protectant to protect those beautiful curls.

Here is a video that reviews some of the best heat protectants by Shea Moisture. However, a quick google or Pinterest search can give you many product options.

There are many styling options with blow outs, so you can try different styles each time. For example, you can do bantu knot outs, wand curls, flexi rod sets and braid outs. Blow outs can also be worn naturally, just pineapple hair at night to preserve the style. If you want a sleeker look, a blowout is also a perfect base for flat ironing.

How to Do Natural-Looking Crochet Braids Outre Cuevana Twist Braid

natural crochet braidsThe harsh cold weather and wind of the winter months can be damaging to natural hair. If you’re in love with your natural hair texture, but you really need to put it away in a protective style for a while, natural-looking crochet braids are the way to go. This style is easy to do and very cost effective.

First, start off with freshly washed and conditioned hair. It is a good idea to deep condition, if you plan to keep the crochet braids up for at least two weeks. You can use almost any braid pattern. However, it is important to make sure the braids in the front are straight. This method makes it easy to part the hair different ways for multiple styles.

The items you’ll need to complete this style are a crochet hook and Outre X-Pression Cuevana Twist Braid hair. This hair matches the thickness of most natural hair to give you that effortless look. This brand can be rodded, twisted and curled in most of the styles that naturalistas do to their own hair.

You can watch The Brilliant Beauty’s tutorial video here to get natural-looking crochet braids.

In this video she uses three packs of hair in small amounts to keep it dense and more natural looking. She also shows you how to do the invisible part technique. She blow dried the hair, but it can also be flat ironed for a sleeker look.

Natural Hair | Twist & Style Tutorial

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The twist out is a great low manipulation hairstyle. I wear twist outs with my already Arm Pit Length fully transitioned hair but its still a good choice for those who are transitioning and the style leaves your hair ultimately defined and moisturized. If your hair is still staright at the ends, adding perm rods will curl the ends of the twist out hairstyle. You should start on clean shampoo and conditioned hair for this style. Check out Mini Marley’s Tutorial:

Is it bad that I don’t have a hair regimen. I think im 4b..maybe 4c hair?

Question: Is it bad that I don’t have a hair regimen. I think I’m 4b..maybe 4c. I usually just wash and deep condition every two weeks or as often as needed. Protein treatments like once every two months..but other than that, I don’t do much. Style and keep moisturized. Anyone else? Should i build a regimen and stick by it??? Continue reading “Is it bad that I don’t have a hair regimen. I think im 4b..maybe 4c hair?”