Smoothies

Good Evening Maicurlies,

photo credit: topsynette via photopin cc

             photo credit: topsynette via photopin cc

I have been a little preoccupied with hair posts so I wanted to share the other things I do, it is not always all about hair right? :)

Smoothies have been around for years and I have been on and off the smoothie bandwagon however, recently I have been a little obsessed. It is said that having 7 servings of fruit and vegetables should be part of being healthy, along with drinking enough water, having a balanced diet, doing exercise and getting enough sleep.

For some, eating 7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can seem like a lot. so one way of having enough fruit and veg is to make smoothies!!!

The combination of fruits and veggies you use is completely up to you and the options are endless. You can do  make a couple of smoothies for the day containing all veg, mixed fruit or even a combination of fruits with veggies (which is my personal favorite). You can add Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, milk, soy milk or almond milk to your smoothie. It is best to use natural unflavored yogurts just because there can be hidden sources of sugar in fruit yogurts. Some people add protein powder, honey or even nuts. If you want a little boost you can also throw in some flaxseed. Like I said the options are endless. 

In case you are looking to make your own smoothies I have pasted a table of popular fruits and veg used to make smoothies along with their Nutritional Information below.

Table 1: Nutritional Information for Popular Smoothie Ingredients – Fruit
Data per 100g edible portion Calories Carbs Sugar Protein Fat
Kiwi 49.0 10.6 10.3 1.1 0.5
Mango 39.0 9.6 9.4 0.5 0.1
Grape 61.5 15.2 15.2 0.4 0.1
Grapefruit 21.0 4.8 4.8 0.6 0.1
Cherry 49.0 11.2 11.2 0.9 0.1
Pear 34.7 8.4 8.4 0.3 0.1
Pineapple 49.4 11.6 11.2 0.4 0.1
Apple 47.5 11.3 11.3 0.3 0.1
Blueberry 53.5 12.6 9.0 0.8 0.3
Orange 62.1 15.6 12.3 1.0 0.3
Peach 31.5 7.2 7.2 0.9 0.1
Raspberry 25.0 4.7 4.7 1.3 0.3
Papaya 26.1 6.6 4.0 0.4 0.1
Melon 15.0 3.4 3.4 0.4 0.1
Blackberry 29.5 6.0 6.0 0.8 0.3
Strawberry 27.8 6.0 6.0 0.8 0.1
Banana 95.0 20.9 1.2 1.2 0.3
Broccoli 29.6 2.0 1.7 3.6 0.1
Kale 33.0 1.4 1.3 3.4 1.6
Spinach 25.0 1.6 1.5 2.8 0.8
Lettuce 15.0 2.8 0.8 1.4 0.1
Peas 81.0 14.5 5.7 5.4 0.4
Source:
Nutritional Information for Popular Smoothie Ingredients – Fruit http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/recipes/low_fat/diet-smoothie-calories.htm

It is not always possible to get all the fresh fruits you want throughout the year but you might luck out at the frozen fruit section. Of course it would be ideal to always use fresh fruits but lets face it, apart from availability it can also be a little expensive. Some fruits are actually hard to prepare e.g. pomegranate…it LOVE the stuff but getting the little pieces of the fruit is a pain in the (you-know-what) so I head to the frozen fruit section and grab a bag of frozen prepared pomegranate…AMAZING! 

Smoothies - By Maicurls

                                     Smoothies – By Maicurls

Here are some of my favorite smoothie recipes I have made:

Pomegranate, Apple & Pear Smoothie

  • Pomegranate (frozen)
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Orange
  • Greek yogurt

Orange, Strawberry & Spinach Smoothie

  • Strawberries (frozen)
  • Oranges
  • Peach
  • Spinach (it really isn’t noticable)
  • Banana
  • Greek Yogurt

Orange, Strawberry & Pomegrante Smoothie

  • Orange
  • Strawberries (frozen)
  • Pomegranate (frozen)
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Greek Yogurt

Watermelon & Strawberry Smoothie

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Greek Yogurt

Banana, Peach & Spinach Smoothie

  • Banana
  • Peach
  • Orange
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Greek Yogurt

What are your favorite smoothies? I would love to hear from you!

Maicurls

Maicurls

Benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair – Global Couture

Hey Maicurlies,

Yup, I want to share yet another article I wrote for Global Couture. 

photo credit: artizone via photopin cc

           photo credit: artizone via photopin cc

The article is about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), its properties, benefits and uses. For some of you ACV might already be part of your routine to cleanse your hair, while others use it as a final rinse to close your cuticles but did you know you can actually also make a few homemade recipes using ACV? Visit the blog and check out my article for more details! 

Benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair

Benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair

Personally, I use it as a cleanser for my hair on a weekly basis which you can read on my blog here. I have also used it diluted with water to make a face toner but I must say my Rosewater toner (I have a video about it) is to die for…that smell :D

Do you use ACV? If so in what way? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Product Free Hair

Hey Maicurlies,

In my last post “What I looked at to identify the structure of my hair” I wrote about what I used to help better understand what my hair likes/dislikes and how I got a request to show what my hair looks like product free after washing it. 

I made a video starting off with wet freshly washed hair (my “wet cat” look), let it air dry for 2.5 hours (product free) and then at the end re-wet my hair, moisturized with my leave-in and sealed with my mixed sealing oil and a tiny dab of butter. I have attached the video below:

I have a few photos below showing the difference of my hair when it is (1) wet, (2) dry without products and (3) then dry and moisturized with products. Look at how different my hair looks when it is wet and dry. The volume difference in my opinion is like day and night! 

Wet product free, dry  product free, dry  moisturized

                                                       Wet product free, dry product free, dry moisturized

Wet product free, dry  product free, dry  moisturized

                                                       Wet product free, dry product free, dry moisturized

Wet product free, dry  product free, dry  moisturized

                                                Wet product free, dry product free, dry moisturized

Does your hair look/feel different when wet versus dry? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

What I looked at to identify the structure of my hair

Hey Maicurlies,

One thing us naturals can agree on is (our hair needs moisture scratch that) OUR HAIR THRIVES ON MOISTURE. If you are able to get moisture to penetrate the cuticle of your hair, reach the core and (fingers crossed) retain the moisture then chances are your hair will be a happy camper.

I was recently asked to make a video showing what my hair looks like when it is product free after being freshly washed. The lovely lady who requested the video stated she was having issues with her hair and wanted to see what my hair looked like. I will have that video up soon.

Product Free Hair

                      Product Free Hair

First I want to point out I am not a hair expert nor am I professional I am however aware of what my hair likes/doesn’t like and can pretty much tell by the ingredients in a product if my hair will respond positively or negatively to it (most of the time not always).

Our ability to grow healthy hair has to do with knowing how our hair is structured such its porosity & width but also the ingredients in the products we use. Some of you might already be aware of this however, if you are newly natural or unsure then I hope this post will be helpful :)

I’ve previously mentioned that I wrote about porosity and hair width for Global Couture and have linked the two articles below: 

How to Find the RIGHT Products for Your hair (Part 1: Porosity)

How to determine the right products for your hair (Part 2: Hair Width)

I was able to identify that I have medium/high porosity with it leaning more towards high porosity and fine hair strands. If you are unsure of how to do the tests to determine your porosity and width there are simple testes you can do at home which you can read about here

Porosity – How your cuticle is laid. There are 3 main categorizes:

Hair porosity by Maicurls

  • Low Porosity – difficult to absorb moisture due to closed cuticle but once moisture is in the core it is well retained.
  • Medium Porosity – easy to absorb and retain moisture due to optimum laid cuticles (lucky people!)
  • High Porosity – easy to absorb moisture but also to lose it due to highly raised cuticles.

My Hair Porosity

I could not only tell from the results of the porosity test but also because of how quickly my hair absorbs anything I apply and how quickly it can become dry if I do not seal my hair properly. Moisturizing and sealing my hair during the week is necessary if I want it to remain moisturized and avoid breakage. After doing a deep condition I will dilute ACV & water run that over my hair and then do a final rinse with cool water (not always pleasant) but necessary.

In the past I have only ever used oils after moisturizing because I did not have access to butters however all that has changed now. :) With that said, I also have to be careful of how I use my products and how much I use. If I am not careful I can weigh down my curls due to the fact that I have fine hair strands (will be covered below). 

It is all about layering products for me so I moisturize (water + leave-in) and the seal (oil and/or butter). 

Hair width - Identifying you hair’s width allows you to not only determine which products to use but can also help you with length retention and healthy hair growth. Hair width means finding out how thick or thin your individual hair strand is.  There are 3 main categories of hair width:

Hair Width Examples by Maicurls

  • Fine – The hair strands are thin and can be weighed down if a lot of heavy or thick products/ingredients are overly used. The hair is fragile and extremely susceptible to breakage if it is not handled with a gentle hand and care.
  • Medium – The hair is neither thick nor thin and is able to handle both heavier and lighter products/ingredients but should still be used in moderation.
  • Coarse -The hair strands are thick and might require you to “work in” products/ingredients in order for them to be dissipate in the hair. It is said to be “strong” but still requires a gentle hand when manipulating it in order to retain and grow your hair

My hair Width

As mentioned I have fine hair and yes a little too much of ANYTHING can weigh down my hair. I like to refer to it as “mousy” (when my hair is damp/wet). I literally look like a wet cat  and detest going out like that! So even “good ingredients” such as creams or butters can really make my hair look lifeless, flat and greasy. 

While I need to follow the steps of moisturize and seal, in the back of my mind I always have to remember too much of a good thing can be bad. This also applies for styling products.

When it comes to handling my hair I have to be extremely careful. Rushing through detangling is just screaming for breakage which, I have done more than I’d like to admit. So I also look to strengthen and thicken my hair with the help of my Henna treatments

How do you take care of your hair based on your porosity and hair width? I would love to hear from you.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Porosity & Hair Width Tests

The tests below are not an exact science but can help give you an idea of your porosity and hair width in order to better understand how to care for your hair.

Porosity Test

photo credit: by claire via photopin cc

photo credit: by claire via photopin cc

Drop a strand of freshly washed (product free) shed hair in a glass of lukewarm water. After 2 minutes check to see if it is still floating towards the top of the water, hovering in the middle or sank to the bottom of the glass. If it:

  • Floats = Low Porosity
  • Hovers = Medium Porosity
  • Sinks = High Porosity 

Hair Width Test

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              photo credit: funadium via photopin cc

Take a piece of shed hair and compare it to a piece of tread for a thickness comparison. If your hair is:

  • Thinner = Fine 
  • Equal = Medium
  • Thicker = Coarse

For more details on what your results can indicate please read here.

Maicurls

Maicurls

What are some reasons people have given you why they “CAN’T? go natural?

Hey Maicurlies,

I have a new contribution article on Global Couture and this one can be considered as a “debate” (a constructive one I hope).  

Global Couture asked the question “What are some reasons people have given you why they ‘CAN’T’ go natural?” on all of their social media platforms to start a little healthy discussion. 

What are some reasons people have given you why they "CAN'T" go natural

What are some reasons people have given you why they “CAN’T” go natural

Now, I have to say I am NOT one to force anyone into anything they themselves do not want to do and that includes going back natural. Going back natural should be a personal decision made for the right reasons, basically doing it because it is something you want to do. If you try and force someone to go back natural and they are not ready chances are they will find it even harder, they might regret their decision and who knows they might actually resent you because they feel like you pressured them. So “peer-pressuring” is a no no!

However, I have come across people who have the funniest comments as to why they do not think they can go back natural. If someone says “I do not want to go back natural because I just do not want to and it is my right”. I completely agree with that instead of some of the “funny” comments I’ve heard/read.

Anyways, in the article Global Couture collected the most popular 15 “reasons” that naturals have said others told them why they can’t go natural and provided a few responses to the comments. 

You can read the full article here

Have you come across similar statements? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Dressing up Jeans

 

Hey Maicurlies,

So one of my favorite pieces of clothing is jeans. I always have and always will be a jeans girl. With a few different tops and accessories you can pull off different looks with just a pair of jeans and a jacket. Adding a little color and bold earrings can jazz up the look or you can keep it simple by using plain colors and cute accessories. So much love for a good pair of jeans and a nice top :)

Dressing up Jeans

Topshop crop shirt
nordstrom.com

Linea Weekend brown biker jacket
$88 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Athleta clothing
athleta.gap.com

ONLY slim fit bootcut jeans
$80 – only.com

White Leaf rhinestone earrings
$21 – psyche.co.uk

Pieces black jewelry
$36 – pieces.com

Charm necklace
strandedtreasures.com

ALDO bracelet bangle
aldoshoes.com

Bead jewelry
maurices.com

Deco bracelet
modcloth.com