SoNappy Q and A

Q: I have a question… I wanted to know if you have a perm in your hair and you want to grow it out to a nature state how long does that take????

                          ~Jasmine

A: It depends on how healthy you are. If you eat right, exercise and practice anything mentally calming, your hair should grow normally. It also depends on if you wear protective styles such as braids, twists, or anything that keeps you from combing or brushing your hair to much or on a daily basis. I recommend wearing protective styles through out your transition period (when you are growing your new growth in). Also while transitioning, wash and deep condition the hair once a week and clip ends every other week. Plenty of water in your body is helpful, and also let your hair air dry to keep water on it as long as possible. It also depends on how long you want to transition. If you are comfortable with short hair, then let the new growth come in over a few weeks with out a perm then do the big chop. If not, it may take a year or more for all of your hair to grow out naturally, just by clipping the relaxed ends. I hope that helps Jasmine!

 

Q: Jasmine showed me your blog page.  I was excited about the page.  I am curious about the flaxseeds

I have a bag of flaxseeds I am not sure how to use them. Please assist if you can let me know some great recipes or what to put them on.

                       ~Victory

A: for recipes, I found a web site that seems to have a lot of different ideas for flax seeds: http://www.flaxmatters.com/recipe.home.php…I will have to get me some flaxseeds now!

For healthy food advice, I turn to Care2. They are an all natural and environmentally friendly website that gives good solid information about home remedies and healthy living. I searched Care2 for flax seeds…

What you can do with flaxseeds:

Toss about one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds:
• Into oatmeal.
• Over breakfast cereal.
• Into smoothies.
• Into yogurts.
• Over salads.

Flax seeds are very rich in Omega-3 oils, those essential fatty acids
that are so important for our health, and the health of our skin and
hair.

Flax seeds have interesting chemical attributes, also, which makes them
great for everything from egg substitutes, to body scrubs, to a perfect
and perfectly pure hair setting lotion! Here are some easy, do-it-
yourself formulas.

HAIR SETTING LOTION

Flax seed gel can be used successfully to help set hair.

¾ cup water
1 tablespoon flax seed

Combine the water and flax seeds in a small pan, and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mixture is gelatinous (about 10 to 15 minutes). Strain out as many seeds as you can. Dip a comb into the gel, and comb through the hair before setting with curlers or pins.

FLAX SKIN LOTION
Flax seeds make for a very softening gel for the skin.

1 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoons aloe vera gel (optional)

Combine water and flax seeds in a small pan, bring to a boil, and simmer until the mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and strain out as many seeds as you can. Add the glycerin, and blend with a hand mixer. Refrigerate, and discard after a week.

Variation: Make a simple gel by just boiling together the flax seeds and water, and skipping the other ingredients.

AFTERSHAVE GEL
Make the flax seed lotion, but eliminate the glycerin, and add a drop or two of pure essential oil fragrance, if desired.

EGG SUBSTITUTE
For an egg substitute, use the same recipe as hair setting lotion. The recipe is the equivalent of one egg. (Although this isn’t a body care formula, it is a great one to have, so I thought I’d pass it on with the rest of these flax recipes!)

Flaxseed Recipe

 1. Oatmeal Pb Cookies Recipe

20 min | 10 min prep

SERVES 6 , 6 cookies

  • 1/4 cup no calorie peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup multigrain oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Splenda granular
  • 3 tablespoons water
  1. preheat oven to 350.
  2. mix flaxseed with water and set aside.
  3. mix all dry ingredients first.
  4. add in chocolate chips and flaxseed/water mixture.
  5. bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Thanks for the questions! Keep them coming!

15 Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care: FOTE Aloe Vera Gel

Follow the link below to find out what products to stay away from when choosing what is best for your hair.

I am posting this link because there are many people out there (including myself) who just bought a big bottle or have been using FOTE Aloe Vera Gel.

Ingerdients: Aloe Vera Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea

This gel works well, but it does contain UREA. (# 3 on the list: “Ureas, formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethyl-glycinate, are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.”) The FOTE brand has this ingredient last, which means it is in the least amount, but still I don’t want to make my sensitive skin even more sensitive. Do you?

This product also contains #13 on the list. (“Chelators, such as disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, are used in personal care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They do not readily biode-grade in the environment.”) Bad for the environment is ultimately bad for you.

Carbomer…not so good either for you or the environment. # 11 on the list (“Synthetic polymers, such as sodium polyacrylate and carbomer, come from petroleum and give viscosity to skincare products. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.”)

I must admit. I bought this product because it was cheap, and it had Aloe Vera as the 1st ingredient, but I should have put my money where my conscience was, and got the good stuff. Aloe Vera gel is great, but it is best to get it from an organic foods grocery store such as Earth Fare or maybe Whole Foods.

Thanks Care2

Sorry FOTE

~Jamii

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-toxic-ingredients-in-personal-care-products.html