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How To Protect Your Natural Hair While You Workout

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Jená Emily Utley, the fitness jem

Are you a woman who wants to have a fantastic body but you find your natural hair doesn’t agree with your workout schedule? A lot of women struggle with trying to maintain their natural hairstyles because they sweat so much and eventually choose their hair over their body. Well I have some good news for you! I’ve fought many battles against sweat, and I’ve discovered some best practices that really help me preserve my hair and hair styles. Here are 5 tips on how to protect natural hair when working out:

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Tie your hair up during your workouts
Don’t leave your hair out! Braids, twists, buns, and bantu knots are all great examples of ways you should tie your hair down during your workout. This does not have to be a stressful process and should not take you very long. Arrange a few twists (or whatever style you choose) in a presentable way, and go get your workout in! This will help keep your curl pattern intact and the frizz at bay. Not to mention this will protect your ends from breakages caused by your hair rubbing against your clothes and the gym equipment.
*Side Note: Do not take your style down before your hair has a chance to fully dry.

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Allow your scalp to breathe when you work out
You are shooting yourself in the foot if you are working out with your hair in a hat, scarf, bandana, du rag, or anything that will trap sweat. Once your scalp is completely drenched with sweat, that moisture will start running up your hair shaft. Before you know it, your hair is wet from root to tip! You have to give your scalp a chance to breathe so that sweat will evaporate and your roots will dry quickly. One of the quickest ways to ruin a hairstyle is to trap all that sweat and moisture during a workout.

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Utilize your blow dryer
If you have to be somewhere quickly and you do not have adequate time to let your hair dry before you take your twists or braids down, blow dry your hair on the cool setting. This will help speed the process of drying your hair so your hair won’t frizz when you take your twists out.

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Apply moisturizer nightly
Before wrapping your hair at night, make sure you are applying a moisturizer that’s not water based and lock it in with oil. Constant sweating will make your hair look dry and feel brittle. Moisturized hair will give your hair that soft, shiny, and bouncy look.

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Use gel or paste on those edges
As the week goes on, your hairstyle will get a little old, and the sweat from your workouts will make your hair a little frizzy no matter how hard you try to fight it. Slicking your edges down and fluffing out your hair a bit will always pull the look back together until your next washday
rolls back around.
Always choose your health over your hair! You have to realize that you are not your hair. Your hair is just an extension of you. On any given day, you can create a new style or redo an old one. But with your body, you can’t manipulate it so easily. We only get one body and that’s it! So choosing a permanent healthy lifestyle over a temporary hairstyle will always be the right choice.
 

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Jená Emily Utley is a Holistic Lifestyle Maven and Possibility Trainer. She helps creative, enterprising, and entrepreneurial women achieve what they once thought impossible by attaining a fit mind, body, and understanding of God promises! Sign up for her newsletter at JenaEmilyUtley.com and get the possibility inspo you need to manifest God’s best for your life!

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Q & A With CEO & Founder of the CURLS Empire – Mahisha Dellinger + Hair Tips You Can Use Now!

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Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO, CURLS Founder
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Mahisha Dellinger is dominating the natural hair industry and is a business and branding leader. Her memoir entitled Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse, details her difficult upbringing in Sacramento: “I’ve never settled for the norm. Even as a little girl from a broken home, I knew that my destiny was greater than my existence. After all, I’d survived abuse, and my life had been spared more times than I can count.”

Today, her company, CURLS, is now one of the leading suppliers of best quality curly hair products. We had the pleasure of getting to know a little bit about Mahisha and her journey to being a game-changer in the marketplace. And, she has some great hair care tips to achieve healthy curls – which she believes starts with healthy habits.

What inspired you to put your life on paper in your book Against All Odds: From The Projects to the Penthouse?

My journey was filled with so many issues, road blocks, and obstacles once I “made it” through it all AND succeeded, I knew I must share my story so that my testimony could inspire someone else.

The standard for beauty has long been skewed by mass media. How is CURLS reshaping the perception of beauty among people of color?

By offering organic products and solutions for women embracing their natural, God given texture  CURLS empowers women. We empower, encourage and enable women to love themselves just as they are.

What were some obstacles you faced while turning your $30,000 savings investment into the multi-million dollar empire that we see today?

My biggest challenge was getting funding to launch CURLS. Despite having exceptional personal credit. I wasn’t able to secure funding of any kind.  I wanted to launch on a larger scale, instead I started on a smaller scale, reinvested every dollar earned and grew the business over time.

 

Some of your most tried and trusted products include the Crème Brule whipped curl cream and the Lavish Curls Moisturizer 2nd curl refresher/daily leave in. Why do so many curly girls find success with these products?

Simply put…they were created for us, by us. I am the consumer so I understand the needs of today’s natural consumer.

 

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KinkyCurlyCoilyMe’s Jenell B. Stewart Talks Natural Hair & Weight Loss

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Jenell B. Stewart is the founder and editor of the award-winning site KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com. Jenell is truly growing into a household name in the natural hair community, but has also inspired so many women by sharing her health journey. We caught up with Jenell to learn more about her story, her tips on achieving healthy natural hair, and how she is inspiring other women in their health and hair journeys as well!

Hello everyone! I’m a New York City mom of two. I have a very super supportive husband who absolutely doesn’t mind that natural hair consumes most of my life as well as half of the house…I launched back in 2010 as a blog initially to track my natural hair journey. And then in 2012, I re-launched KinkyCurlyCoilyMe as an online natural hair magazine to not only feature my hair journey, but to be a reference, a resource and a place where women who were embarking on their natural hair journey could come and seek support, advice and education.

Through my work with Kinkycurlycoilyme.com, I have been very successful on social media with over 100,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel with over 500 videos as 300,000 fans on my associated Kinkycurlycoilyme.com Facebook Fan Page. And with over about 40,000 something on Instagram, I have been able to create a network of different platforms for women to come and get support.

Living a healthy lifestyle is incredibly import to Jenell. We asked her what sparked her journey to better health after taking on the journey of returning to her naturally-textured tresses.

I have always struggled with my weight from a very young girl. My mother and my father are both from Liberia, Africa. And coming up, I was allowed to eat pretty much anything I wanted. There was no restriction. My mom explained to me that when we were living in Africa, food was scarce and resources were not easily attainable. Then when she moved to the U.S. and had children, she did not ever want me to feel as though I was not able to have enough food. And with that, she allowed me to just eat.

In college, I got up to about 215 pounds and at that point, I really just wanted to get my weight under control. I had many friends who didn’t eat as much as I did when we were together and who were a lot of more active than I was. Even if they were on a sports team, they were still actively going to the gym and doing a lot of things that I wasn’t doing, and I started to notice a correlation. I am eating excessively, I am not working out and I am getting bigger. And so, because I just knew that obesity was something that ran in my family, I really wanted to get my weight under control, so it was then when I lost most of my weight. I actually took advantage of some resources online. I also started going to the gym with some friends and I started eating better. I was 216 pounds my sophomore year and I got down to the 150 by the following year.

Social media has enabled Jenell to share her gifts and her journey on a large scale.

[It] has been a big part of my life, so when I started sharing bits and pieces of what I was doing, people started inquiring and asking more questions. And the more people asked, the more I wanted to give. I have been like that with my hair, with my beauty and it just circled into my weight loss, Social media has allowed me to share everything I can and motivate people to do it and inspire.

For many women, rocking their natural hair has empowered them to take control of their hair without the fear of sweating it out. But we asked Jenell if it is it truly easier to reach health and fitness goals with natural hair or in fact more work?

Having natural hair and going to the gym [may] or [may not] be a problem. On one hand, I don’t have to worry about sweating out my perm because obviously that’s not a factor anymore but depending on how you want to wear your hair, you still do have to worry about sweating it out. Like, if I decide to wear my signature style, which is a twist-out, going the gym and having a soaking wet head does not allow for me to be great when I leave the gym. So, I still have to make a conscious effort to understand that there is going to be some consequence.

I know of a lot of women who are very unhappy with the results of working out with their nautral hair. But let’s not stay out of the gym just because you don’t want to ruin your hair style. That is something that should be less of a factor than you are making it.

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The Dirty on Produce: The Best and Worst

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Dirty and Clean Produce

While it is always more beneficial to your health to eat fresh fruits and vegetables than not, it is important to be aware of the high amounts of pesticides in conventional produce, and be smart about your purchases.

Here is a helpful shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce. On the left are the “Dirty Dozen” representing produce with the highest amount of pesticides. You should buy these items organic if you can. On the right, the “Clean Fifteen” represent produce that have the lowest amount of pesticides are the safest to eat in their conventional form.

Check out Food News to find out more information about pesticides in produce. Stay informed!

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