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Colorful Plates

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Hey Scholars! What's on your plate? When eating your meals your foods should be colorful. Have you ever wondered why fruits and vegetables are the colors they are? Did you know that they help to battle/prevent diseases, keep you beautiful, and help you to live longer? One day while on the internet I came across a picture with the caption "Eating Colors for Health." There were six different colors that each serve a purpose in keeping the human body healthy:

White: Immune support and reduce stroke risk



Green: Detoxification, help with vision problems, and lower risk for cancer



Yellow: Beauty, benefit the Nervous System, and aid in digestion



Orange: Cancer prevention and reduce risk of heart disease



Red: Heart health, reduce risk for stroke, macular degeneration, and memory problems


Purple: Longevity, reduce risk for stroke, macular degeneration, memory problems and brain health



So eat up and enjoy!

My Favorite Stylers

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Hey Scholars! Building a moisturizing regimen is essential to your hair holding onto moisture so as not to cause dryness. If your curls are tightly coiled, look for thick/creamy moisturizers. Although moisturizing will not help your hair grow, it will mitigate damage during handling (for example, combing, detangling, styling, etc.), which will result in length retention. Let’s face it, moisturized hair looks way better than dry hair. You know when our hair looks and feels good, we look and feel good!
     So let's get started:

1. Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter: I often use this when putting my Marley twists in. I find that I do not have to use a lot to get the desired results. My curls are tightly coiled in some places, and this product does a great job in moisturizing my hair without weighing it down and making it a sticky, gooey mess. The smell of the rosemary oil comes out quite strong but I have gotten used to it.



2. Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Tre…

Foods for a Healthy Heart

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Hey scholars! I have been on a mission to clean up the way I eat. I do not think that I eat crap but I know that I could work to eat cleaner. So, in this post I will discuss foods that should be a staple in your diet (diet= way of eating, not starving to lose weight). I will discuss 18 foods that can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier heart.

Fresh Herbs:

When added to other foods, fresh herbs make dishes healthier because they replace trans fats, sugar, and salt. Fresh herbs such as thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary are helpful because they contain antioxidants. According to the National Cancer Institute, “Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause.” see Nation Cancer Institute


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My Favorite Products: Conditioners

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Hey Scholars! This post will cover the conditioners, deep conditioners, and leave-in conditioners that I am currently using. I condition my hair on a daily basis. Although this summer has not exactly been a scorcher where I am, the weather was still hot causing my scalp to become dry and my hair to frizz. Throughout the summer, I kept my hair styled in Marley twists, which causes a lot of scalp to be exposed to the sun. Whenever I wear my hair like this, I make sure tocondition and oil my scalp every day. I also make sure to wash my hair so that I am not continuously piling products on top of products. Let’s get into the list.
1. Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner: I have not come across a Shea Moisture product that I did not like. I love this conditioner. When I take down my twists this is my go to conditioner. It instantly removes product build up without causing knots and tangles. I also use it before putting my twists in for added protection from dryness.  


2. Aubrey Organic…

My Favorite Products: Shampoos and Co-Washes

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Hey Scholars! YouTube has helped me on my journey to natural hair and is still a great source of inspiration for taking care of my hair. Years ago as an undergraduate student I wanted to return to my natural state but I did not have the knowledge and tools to do so correctly. The journey went terribly wrong and ended as quickly as it started. As a graduate student, I again decided that I want to wear my hair naturally. I was determined to be successful this time. On YouTube, I came across someone who quickly became one of my favorite bloggers/vloggers.

     Thanks to Whitney also known as Naptural85, I was able to successfully transition into my natural hair. Her videos are amazing and her tips are priceless. I learned so much from her. I watched her videos about a million times in order to prepare myself for what was ahead. I transitioned for seven months before deciding to do the big chop. I thought that I would be afraid to cut my hair. It turns out that once I started cutting…