Bantu Knots Equal Taut High Puff

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Nine bantu knots

High puffs are like coconut oil, they make everything better.

Does your twist-out look like you rolled down a hill, then fell head first into a river? Throw it in a high puff. It’s the cure-all style.

As my hair grows I alter my methods of mastering the high puff.  To get my kinky curls taut and in formation at medium hair length, I bantu knot them. Twist-outs worked when my hair was shorter. Hair pours down my face at medium-length, so shrinkage is my friend.

I began with freshly cleansed, conditioned and blow-dried hair. This look can be created on an old style too. Need a bantu tutorial? Check out Mini Marley’s ‘Heatless Bantu Knot-Out on Dry Hair’ video.  And iknowlee has you covered with the high puff tutorial. See my completed look below.

Warning! Do not risk loosing your edges. Frequent tension on the edges can cause traction alopecia. Toia B sums up the risk nicely in a post featured on Curly Nikki.com

Products I Used

Wash | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo

Condition | Marula Oil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Moisturize| H20 and DevaCurl Set It Free Moisture

Style| DevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler

Seal (hair+scalp)| Tropic Isle Living Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Bantu shrinkage is great for taut curls

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The look – High Puff w/ taut curls

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Products used

 

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Curl Popping Twist Out Tutorial

Three years ago (Sept. 2011) I went natural. I big chopped again last year (2013), right before my two-year naturalversary because I wanted a tapered cut. The first few years I avoided heated in my regular routine. Over the last few months, I have adopted blow drying because it minimizes my tangles and speeds up the drying process.

Step 1: Cleanse & Condition

For four weeks I have done apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses in addition to the regular wash and condition. I am in the process of evicting pesky dandruff that is living rent-free on my scalp. I wash and condition once a week right now. I deep condition every other week.

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Step 2: Blow Dry

I blow dry in sections on low heat and medium speed. 10784984_740260529363051_320441248_n

Step 3: Moisturize, Twist, & Seal.

I lightly oil my scalp with cold-pressed castor oil before twisting to help with eliminating the dandruff, then I begin the twisting process. In sections, I dampen my hair with water using the spay bottle, then apply my leave-in (avoiding application near the scalp). I gently rub in the leave-in until there is no visible residue. Next I apply a small amount of oil to the hair to seal in the moisture, then twist. Sometimes I twist and apply the sealer last. 10844227_321461368063450_1689997108_n

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Step 4: Style

I aim to have my twists done by 6pm so that my hair is dry by morning. Dry twists and defined curls go hand in hand.  These days, I typically style my hair in a puff because it’s low maintenance and works for my lifestyle.10848212_793782650692146_708238981_n

Fitness Tips for Success: Adjusting Fate with Arsee Hahn

A couple weeks ago,  Arsee (a.k.a. RC) posted a status on Facebook that read: “Nobody has time to workout, we make time.” If you know my fitness struggle, then you know that time is my biggest excuse. The message hit home, so I immediately reached out to RC and asked if she would be interested in a blog feature.

She doesn’t know it, but I had already planned to feature her at some point. She’s one of my fitness inspirations. RC is a certified personal trainer, a LA Kings Ice Crew member, and blogger on the side too.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your blog.

RC: My favorite smell is fresh laundry, “cheat days” in my nutrition are likely to includes gummy bears, and you’ll never catch me without chewing gum or chap stick. I’m a life loving, laughaholic, guilty of regular people watching and addicted to all things that enhance wellness of life. I studied Sports Medicine and Athletic Training as well as Emergency Medicine. I currently hold two nationally accredited personal trainer certifications. I’ve spent four seasons on the Ice Crew for the Los Angeles Kings, and was a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy Star Squad for two seasons.

I created my blog adjustingFATE (www.adjustingfate.com) as an avenue to help others find a new joy and passion for life via self-growth, primarily focusing on the mental and physical dimensions. Promoting the philosophy of creating strong bodies from the inside out. It’s a way to join together to share, inspire, and learn. The project is still under construction but hope to be fully up and sprinting come late 2013.

1013243_198952906935980_1192323863_nMany of us don’t workout because we don’t have time, we can’t afford gym memberships or workout gear. What do you think about this?

RC: You can make excuses or you can make change, but you can’t do both at the same time.

Nobody has time to workout, we make time. If financial situations seem to be the barrier, take a step back to actually calculate how much you fork over in change a month for things that are not positively physically benefitting, you’d find you have more money for “leisure” than you thought you did. It’s all about your priorities, what’s more important to you? If your cable bill weighs more on the scale of things that will greater improve your life than a gym membership does, then you just mentally don’t want it bad enough. When you’ve decided you want something bad enough you’ll do anything to make it happen. What the mind believes the body achieves. Most importantly, in actuality you already have all you really need to get started…, your own body! Just get up off that rear end & sweat, move, use your body, get creative, stop talking about moving more and simply go for it! Be active!

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You grew up involved in sports at a young age. Exercise is second nature to you, right?

RC: Being active is certainly in my DNA. I was enrolled in my first sport (gymnastics) at age five, and hopped all over the sports map for the next 15 years. I competed in everything, from as eloquent as dance to as physical as full on tackle football. I love the rush I get from being active and challenging myself! To be in such control & have the ability to tap into and connect with yourself on a deeper physiological level is an addicting feeling.

Is stretching before and after a workout important?

RC: There are different types of stretching, all equally important. Slow, static stretches that are held should be done after exercise as a cool down to help muscles return to their relaxed state and ensures range of motion doesn’t deteriorate. Cool down stretches will also help aid in decreasing soreness. Before working out it’s always best to warm up with some light cardio and active stretches. These are stretches that use movement or mirror the exercise movement that is about to be preformed to help increase heart rate to get blood flow into targeting muscles.
Why is eating healthy important? Not only is it important, it is vital! Diet plays nearly 80% in the role of your results. You must train ridiculous, and eat meticulous. What you eat today you’ll wear tomorrow.
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How should beginners start building a fitness plan?

RC: I would recommend chatting with a certified personal trainer to establish a program design that will be most effective in meeting your specific personal goals. There is a lot of science, math & technic behind the muscle madness. You don’t want to end up hurting yourself more than helping. I’d also recommend finding a support system, a partner in crime (this could be your trainer). Someone equally as passionate and supportive in your ambitions. This will help hold you accountable, plus every journey is more fun shared with good company!

What does your typical workout routine include?

RC: It changes based on my current goals. As of the moment I’m working on maintaining. I’ve been sticking to doing split training, alternating upper body and lower body days combined with 4 days moderate cardio, and throw in core work on days I’m feeling some extra fire under my butt!

What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know today? 

RC: Just because you are capable of balancing much at once doesn’t mean you have to. Pick something specific to dedicate your attention towards. Pick a passion and stick with it. Give 100%, 100% of the time to all you do, know what your priorities are.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

RC: Good music, lots of water, and invest in something nice for yourself to motivate you to work out. Good training shoes, new ear buds, whatever it is that will help keep fitness fun. Think of it as a thank you gift from yourself for all the hard work you put in to keep yourself healthy & happy! You only have one you, why not be the best you there can be? Most importantly remember, you can love your body and try to change it at the same time.
Good luck and congratulations in taking the step towards adjusting your fate!

Keep up with RC!

www.adjustingFATE.com
contact@adjustingfate.com
Twitter/IG @RCofficial

Thanks for reading. xoxo

Hot Bodies Are…

Most people have always assumed that i’m in good shape because of my petite frame. Truth is, I have a great metabolism that allowed me to fool people. A year and a half ago you couldn’t get me to run a mile, i’d be out of breath by the end of the second block. Over the past few years, i’ve realized that hot bodies are healthy bodies.

Exercising and eating right go hand in hand. When I eat healthy and exercise I notice that I have more energy, focus and I feel better. Last September, I ran and finished my first official run (10K/6.2 miles) in 1:14. I was able to do that because I decided to make better health and fitness choices. Don’t just take my word. Let’s see what someone else has to say about it.

Below are pictures of Ozzie, a health coach, who I’ve watched make a transformation from the picture on the left to the picture on the right. Check out the Q & A session to find out what he thinks about health and fitness.
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Q & A with Ozzie

Describe yourself in one sentence.

Ozzie: I am a thankful individual that runs on the never ending fuel of life’s positivity and beautiful moments.

How often do you exercise? 

Ozzie: I workout between 3 to 5 times a week.

What do you wish you knew 5 years ago that you know now?

Ozzie: I wish I knew that eating the right foods and focusing on proper nutrition would get me way better health results than working out 5 to 6 times a week for hours at a time in the gym.

Some people think that health and fitness aren’t really important. What would you say to them?

Ozzie: You only have one body.  If you don’t take care of it now, it’ll take care of you later.  Make the right investment for the long term, you won’t regret it.

Is there anything else you want to share about yourself, health or fitness?

Ozzie: Being healthy and fit isn’t always about how you look.  It’s also about how you feel on the inside. I do a lot of reading and personal development, and because of how much it’s helped me to grow mentally, I don’t feel there is anything I can’t do or achieve once I put my mind to it.

Feel free to reach out to Ozzie via email at LetsGet24Fit@gmail.com or his Twitter handle @YoungOThankful.

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My Hair Regimen

This is what works for my hair right now, it’s not guaranteed to work the same for you. Find out what works for your hair texture , lifestyle & climate through trial and error. As you  learn more about your hair you’ll figure out what works best.

Below is my alternating weekly regimen. It changes if I do a different hairstyle. You’ll catch me with a high puff about 90 percent of the time but I plan to do more protective styling this year.

Week 1

Day 1 (Wash Day, usually Sunday evening)

-Wash hair w/ Joico Reconstructer Shampoo (apply shampoo to scalp and move suds through to ends)

-Deep Condition w/ Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (do not rinse out)

-Finger detangle by section

– As I detangle each section I spray a little water, apply a small amount of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food to the hair and scalp making sure to get the ends.

-Then I allow it to air dry over night. When I’m ready for bed I cover it w/ a satin bonnet

Day 2

– Unravel the twists/braids

–  Style it in a high puff  and go

– At night tie it with a silk scarf

Day 3

– Remove scarf and re-shape hair by pulling it

– Spray w/ a little water to add moisture

– At night tie w/ a silk scarf

Day 4

Repeat Day 3

Day 5

I may need to spray sides w/ water, add a little gel and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie if  hair is out of place hair. If not just Repeat Day 3

Day 6

Repeat Day 3

Day 7

Repeat Day 3

Week 2

Day 1

-Co-wash hair w/ Mane & Tail Conditioner & rinse out

-Apply generous amount of Mane ‘n Tail Conditioner

-Finger detangle by section w/ Mane & Tale Conditioner

– Rinse out Mane ‘n Tail w/ cold water

-Dry hair w/ cotton t-shirt (leave hair slightly damp)

-Apply a small amount of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie in hands, rub together, then apply to hair

-By section do the following before braiding or twisting

-Apply a small amount of water and apply a small amount of Tropic Isle Living’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food

-Allow braids or twists to dry over night. When I’m ready for bed I cover it w/ a satin bonnet

Day 2

– Unravel the twists/braids

–  Style it in a high puff  and go

– At night tie it with a silk scarf

Day 3

– Remove scarf and re-shape hair by pulling it

– Spray w/ a little water to add moisture

– At night tie w/ a silk scarf

Day 4

Repeat Day 3

Day 5

I may need to spray sides w/ water, add a little gel and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie if  hair is out of place. If not just Repeat Day 3

Day 6

Repeat Day 3

Day 7

Repeat Day 3