Monday, January 31, 2011

The Jungle in me

Happy Monday to my readers. I washed my hair on Friday and it is quite unruly now. It was difficult for me to style my hair but I managed to pull this hairstyle together.  Please let me know your comments.
Above I gave multiple views of the hairstyle seeing that it is a little difficult to explain.
I completed the hairstyle by wearing a Gap camouflage puffer vest,Gap yellow leggings and Anap earring and a brown belt from Nine West.
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Syn

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inspirational Photo of the Day



I like this hairstyle especially the back. I may try it out but I think I will change the front portion to add my own flair to the hairstyle. What do you think?

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Syn

Friday, January 28, 2011

My hair routine

Today, I am very excited to try out the Burt's Bees line of Shampoo and Conditioner that I bought while on vacation over the Christmas holidays.

My Routine
Before Shampooing
First I gave my scalp a detox because it was a bit itchy. I used some apple cider vinegar and a few drops of peppermint and rosemary oil. Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake very well to combine. After, spray the mixture on the scalp and leave for about 5 minutes.

Shampoo
I shampooed my hair using Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo.
Shampoo benefits
This shampoo is 98.8% natural. This shampoo is sulfate-free and contains essential citrus oils blended with gentle plant-based cleansing complex to create a richly foaming shampoo. Betaine, made from sugar beets, penetrates to help repair damage for hair that feels healthier and looks shinier, naturally.

My Experience
I am very pleased with the product. Lathered very well and left my hair feeling soft.

After Shampooing
Hair Mask
I made this hair mask because some of my locks are breaking.  
Bet you didn't know that; bananas enhance the strength, endurance and shine of the hair. Just like a facial mask enhances the glow of your face immediately, a hair mask also improves your hair dramatically. Bananas are full of vitamins and is a number one ingredient for strengthening and volumizing the hair.

Recipe
1 ripe avocado, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 banana , 1 egg yolk.
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until creamy. Then, massage it in to your hair and especially your scalp. Cover it with a treatment/shower cap. Leave for 45 minutes to an hour then rinse your hair thoroughly and shampoo once to get rid of the smell.

Conditioning
I also used Burt's Bee Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Conditioner.
Conditioner Benefit
Like the shampoo, the conditioner contain essential natural oils from citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange and lemon. They are blended with sugar beet extract and penetrating marula oil which replenish, condition, soften and improve your hair's manageability.

My Experience
This conditioner is very creamy and left my hair extremely soft.

Post Conditioning
I made a homemade leave in conditioner and applied it to my hair.

Recipe
I mixed 1tablespoon jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil, 10 drops rosemary oil. In spray bottle combine ingredients, add water not too much, shake well and spray on wet hair. This will leaves your hair silky and shiny.

Finally, I twisted my locks and left them to dry naturally.
What's your hair routine? If you are willing to share please send information at synethiae@gmail.com.
Happy Friday Barbies and Ken. Thank you for reading.
Syn

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cut a Long Story Short

Don't be startled, I did not cut my hair. Today, I wore my hair in a low bun and all the fuzz from my scarf was in my hair. As a result of this, I have decided to wear my hair in coils tomorrow.
All I did for this hairstyle was to put my hair in coils. You can also use bantu knots. When the hairstyle was finished, I added a flower that I bought in H & M (100 yen or $1).
I was in the beach mood which is quite rare seeing that I am not a fan of the beach. So, to complete my look, I wore a long skirt as a dress from Zara, a sports bra as a bathing suit top from Aerie, beetle broach/hair accessory from H&M, Gap sunglasses and H&M drop earring.
Above is the complete look. What do you think?
Thank you for reading.
Syn

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Barbie of the Week: Meet Nadya



1) Why locks? 
After being in Japan for a little over year I realized that the only way to maintain and grow my hair (without relying on harsh chemicals and/or weaves or braids) was to lock it. I personally prefer to keep my hair low because of the low maintenance but I always knew that if I was to ever grow my hair again it would be with locks. As I continue to grow as a person I try to live a more natural lifestyle. A part of that is by growing locks.

2) How long did you wear your hair before going natural? 
Before "going natural" I used to have a dry curl in my hair and at it's longest it was about shoulder length. 

3) How did you wear your hair before going natural? 
After deciding to stop using harsh chemicals in my hair I cut it all off and kept it low (and texturized) for a little over 3 years. Then I came to Japan, leaving my barber in Jamaica. He is the only person I actually trust to cut my hair. Since coming to Japan I had my hair cut once by a friend and it was a scary experience. That's when it became clear to me that I was going to have to grow my hair out. I wore extensions for a while then I after that I decided it was time to lock it. 

4) What's your favorite hair products? Why?
I primarily use the Jamaican Mango and Lime products but I also use Oyin hair products from time to time. However my all time favourite product would have to be Oyin's Shine and Define gentle styling Serum because it smells amazing and it leaves my hair feeling silky smooth. 

5) What or who inspired you to lock?
Deciding to lock was a personal decision for me however my best friend's locks as well as other friends and family members close to me helped to motivate me to make the right decision when the time came. 

6) What do you like most about locks? 
I love how locks serve as a celebration of black beauty. In society we are too often bombarded with images of beauty that look nothing like us (as black women). To me, locks make the unapologetic statement "Black is beautiful."

7) What hair items/products you can't live without?
Currently, I've become obsessed with hair beads of all colours and shapes. I think they make my locks unique and they represent who I am as an individual. 

8) What advice would you give to women contemplating growing locks?
For anyone out there who is contemplating growing locks I would say, be patient and enjoy the journey. It's one thing to have long beautiful locks but growing as an individual while simultaneously watching and feeling your locks grow is the most rewarding feeling of all. 

9) Anything else?
Thanks to you Synethia for making me a Barbie! Your blog is great! :o)

10) How can you be contacted? (blogs, twitter, websites etc):
My personal blog is www.nadyadee.com and my twitter is @nadyadee. I also post random photos on my tumblr: theoneandonlynadyadee.tumblr.com.

Remember if you have natural hair or locks and would like to be featured as a Barbie or Ken, please email me at synethiae@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you for reading. Until next time run wild in fashion, beauty, health, hair and style.
Syn

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hair Tonic

 
Homemade hair tonic is use to promote strong, healthy and shiny hair. It have been in use since the 1950's but became obsolete by factory made products. Why pay an arm and a leg for these factory products, when you can make it at home for less with natural ingredients? Interested  in knowing how? Read on.
Hair Tonic for Itchy Scalp

Things you will need:
apple cider vinegar, bowl, tea tree oil, plastic bag, spoon, cup, fork or whisk and treatment cap

Instructions
1. Pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
2. Squeeze 10 drops of tea tree oil into the bowl.
3. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
4. Pour tonic into a bag and tie the top. Make a small hole at one end for easy pouring
5. Pour tonic into the palm of your hand.
6. Massage into the scalp using a circular motion.
7. Wet the remainder of hair with tonic and work tonic into hair.
8. Put on a treatment cap and allow tonic to soak into hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
9. Rinse hair with warm water and follow up with shampoo and conditioner. 

Hair Tonic for Dry Hair 
Things you'll need:
2 eggs, gin, spoon, bowl, treatment cap, plastic bag and a fork or whisk. 

Instructions
1. Break eggs and separate yolk from egg whites
2. Pour 2 egg yolks into a bowl.
3. Beat egg yolks until frothy.
4. Add 2 teaspoon of gin and beat until the mixture becomes foamy.
5. Pour the mixture into a bag and tie the top. Make a small hole at one end for easy pouring.
6. Pour tonic into hair.
7. Massage into the scalp using a circular motion.
8. Wet the remainder of hair with the tonic and work tonic into your hair.
9. Put on a treatment cap and allow tonic to soak into hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
10. Rinse hair with water and follow up with shampoo and conditioner.

Hair Tonic for Dandruff
Things you'll need:
witch hazel, lemon juice, bowl, cup,plastic bag and spoon

Instructions
1. Mix together in a bowl 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 cup of witch hazel.
2. Pour in a plastic bag and tie the top. Make a small hole at one end.
3. Massage this mixture in the scalp after you shampoo your hair.







  • 2
    Another good hair tonic is to massage diluted lemon juice into the scalp once a week before shampooing you hair.




  • 3
    Freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled lemon juice can both be used. No matter which one you use you will get the same affect.



  • Tips and warnings
    1. You can also use rosemary, sandalwood, cedar wood essential oil for the itchy scalp tonic.
    2. You can also make Rosemary spritz by adding a few drops of rosemary oil and some water into a spray bottle and apply to your hair daily. Rosemary spritz help to relieve itchy scalp.






  • Consult your doctor if you are allergic to any of these ingredients before using. These tonics are messy to apply so use them while showering.



  • 3. Consult your doctor if you are allergic to any of these ingredients before using.
    4. These tonics are messy to apply so use them while showering.
    5. You may increase the quantity of the products as needed.

    Thank you for reading.
    Syn

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Winter Vintage

    Happy Monday Barbies and Kens. Recently, it is so cold and I need to vary my hairstyle for the weather. I need to ensure that my head is warm and that my hair retain it moisture.
    I wanted a hairstyle that would stand out and represent me. The hairstyle below is what I put together.
    For this hairstyle you will need a scarf or head tie, hair tie and some pins. Start by making a hump (you can refer to my hump post or video on youTube). Then, braid the back of your hair and hold in place with your hair tie. Finally, add the scarf or head tie to your hair. Make sure the tie is at the top of your head.
     This was how I completed my vintage look. You can play with different clothes to get the look you want to match your hairstyle.
     Here I wore a H&M tube as a skirt to add a little color to my sweater from Charlotte Russe. Below I wore the Charlotte Russe sweater with a pleated skirt from Lacoste.
    Thank you for reading. If you are in the sunshine enjoy it and if you are in the cold stay warm.

    Syn

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Inspirational Photos of the Day: Mohawk

    Mohawk
    These days I am liking mohawks and frohawks. I will try doing this hairstyle one of these days but for now I'll keep on being inspired.
    Frohawk
    Coilmohawk
    Thank you for reading.
    Syn

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    Inspire me

    A few weeks ago I posted a picture in my inspirational photo section. I fell in love with the hairstyle and since then I have been trying to copy it.  I'll include the picture and please let me know if I copied it well.
    My hair is way longer and it was a challenge to do the hairstyle but I managed to put it together nicely.
    This is the hairstyle below.
    My attempt below.
    How would you rate my attempt?
    Well done
    Good
    Okay
    Almost
    Try  Again
    Happy Friday Barbies and Kens. Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.
    Syn

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    On the menu for a Healthy hair: A balanced diet

    Lather, rinse, repeat" may be the standard advice, but shampoo and conditioner alone won't give you the healthy hair you crave. For the most luxurious and healthy hair possible, you'll need to step out of the shower, and into the kitchen.

    Healthy hair= A balanced diet
    You maybe wondering what food you need to eat and why.

    Salmon
    Omega 3 fatty acids, high source of protein (vitamin b-12 and iron)

    Benefit to hair
    Healthy scalp, silky shiny hair and stronger hair
    NB: For vegetarians; include 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax-seed for some plant-based omega-3 fats

     Dark green Vegetables
    Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard (iron, calcium, vitamin A and C)

    Benefit to hair
    Help our body produce sebum. The oily substance, secreted by our hair follicles and is the body's natural hair conditioner.

    Beans
    Legumes, kidney beans and lentils (rich in protein, iron, zinc and biotin).

    Benefit to hair
    Hair growth and reduce the brittleness of your hair

    Nuts
    Do you go nuts for thick, shiny hair?
    Brazilian nuts (selenium), walnut (alpha-linolenic acid and omega -3 fatty acid), cashew, pecans and almonds (are all rich sources of zinc)

    Benefit to hair
    Hair conditioner, zinc helps prevent hair shedding, so make sure nuts are a regular on your healthy hair menu.

    Poultry
    Chicken and turkey (high in protein, iron). Our body easily reap the benefits from poultry.

    Benefit to hair
    Strong radiant hair

    Eggs
     Biotin and vitamin B-12

    Benefit to hair
    Whether scrambled, fried or just crack and apply straight to the hair eggs are one of the best protein source you can find for hair.


    Whole Grains
    Whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain  breakfast cereals. Zinc, iron and B vitamins.
    NB: A whole grain snack can pump up your energy when you feel drained especially during the time between lunch and dinner.

    Oysters
    An aphrodisiac for your hair. Why? The key to their hair-boosting abilities are zinc and powerful antioxidant.
    NB: If you don't like oysters, don't despair. You can get zinc from whole grains and nuts as well as beef and lamb.


    Low-fat Dairy Products
    Skim milk, yogurt (calcium, whey and casein(high quality protein sources)

    Benefit to hair
    Hair growth, strong hair.

    Carrots
    Vitamin A

    Benefit to hair
    healthy scalp which leads to shiny, well-conditioned hair.
    NB. You can incorporate carrot very easily into your diet as a snack or as a topping for you salad. It provides you great vision.

    My daily meal plans (Vary somewhat everyday)

    Breakfast
    Bran cereal (with skim milk or soy milk) or oatmeal or granola with yogurt, fruits, tea and water. If I have the time, I'll have fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice.

    Lunch
    Tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread with dark green lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.  I sometimes make a toss salad with tomatoes, green and/or red peppers, mixed beans, cucumber, dark green lettuce and soy milk and a fruit.

    Snack
    Unsalted almonds, carrots, cucumber sticks. This was hard because I like sweets but once I decide to do it it was possible.

    Dinner
    Steamed salmon or stew fish/chicken or tofu, mashed (sweet) potatoes (no butter), veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, pak choi and zucchini), yogurt with whole grain usually granola.

    Thank you for reading.
    Syn

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