How To Prepare For Your First Gynecologist Visit

The first visit to the gynecologist marks a big transition in a woman’s life, but it can also be daunting if you don’t know what to expect or do about it.

The first visit to the gynecologist is the hardest, it leaves many women feeling confused, anxious, nervous, and scared of what’s to come. However, that mix of emotions isn’t necessary.

Going to the gynecologist is a completely normal, natural, and necessary part of life that every woman does. There is no need to feel scared, self-conscious, worried, or anything of that nature because your gynecologist won’t judge you, and will do their absolute best to make you comfortable.

Read on to learn everything you need to know before your first visit to the gynecologist!

Age is just a number

Doctor Treating Teenage Girl

When it comes to visiting the gynecologist, you’ll start off in the waiting room, and when you look around you can see girls as young as 13 to women who are much older.

Don’t be startled thinking you are late to the game because you are much older than the others in there. As well, don’t be scared if you are much younger than all the others.

When it comes to visiting the gynecologist, you become part of a club filled with women of different ages who are there because they have started to have sex, who are going just as a precaution, who are going because of irregular periods, abnormally painful period pains and cramps, abdominal issues, or if they are prone to vaginal infections.

Women also go when they’re trying to get pregnant, or are pregnant, so there will be women of various ages and for various reasons.

How to prepare for your visit

You need to book in advance for your gynecologist appointment, which is expected. However, you need to track your period so you can book your gynecologist appointment for when your menstrual cycle is all done.

Luckily, there are tons of apps to help you track your period so you can see when you are supposed to get it. Sadly, many women, like myself, have irregular periods which means it is very difficult to track.

This can cause difficulty with making your appointment at a good time, so keep in mind that you have to make an educated guess as to when would be a good time to visit. If you guess wrong, just call and reschedule, the gynecologists office you see will be completely understanding.

Many women don’t know how to dress for this appointment, some feel the need to dress up, while others just want to wear pajamas.

However, there is a trick for the outfit you should wear to your gynecologist appointment, and it will make your first visit much easier. Wear the comfiest clothes you own because you will have to take off everything you are wearing minus your socks.

If you get cold easily, or want to cover up as much as possible then wear knee high socks. As well, if you are going just for a mammogram, wear a shirt and pants so that way you can keep your pants on, and you will only have to take your shirt and bra off.

Understandably, many women also fixate on ensuring they are as clean down there as possible. Don’ t panic thinking you need to spend hours washing down there or even take 3 showers that day.

Do your usual routine, shower, use soap, and then just get on with your day. This way, gynecologists see you as your normal self down there, and can get all the samples they will need without them being damaged, or missing. For your first appointment, it is okay to be nervous and scared, but make sure you don’t over clean or douche because that will eliminate all samples.

As well, don’t feel self conscious or like you need to do some hair removal down there. None of that matters to your gynecologist, so just do as you usually do.

Your gynecologist doesn’t care in the slightest about how much or how little hair you have down there. All they care about is doing their job and making sure you are healthy.

So do not panic, your first appointment will go perfectly as long as you are honest, open, and just your self personality wise, and down there too.

A big question many women have before their first gynecologist appointment is whether or not they can have sex the night before, or even a week before. The answer is yes, of course you can.

Your gynecologist may be able to tell you had sex recently, but they won’t care in the slightest and it won’t interfere with your tests either. As well, you have to be honest about your sexual history, and everything else. So don’t put your sex life on hold because of this appointment.

Lastly, the most important way to prepare your self for your first visit to the gynecologist is to prepare mentally. You need to remember to relax, remain calm, not to stress, and that every woman has to do this.

Don’t be self conscious, nervous, or anxious as your gynecologist isn’t going to be judging you, or anything else, they are doing their job and they do the same things to countless other women too. As well, you have to be prepared to answer all their questions honestly and to discuss various topics.

What the appointment will entail

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Like any doctor’s office, you sign in and then wait. After this is done,you will either sit in the examination room, or your gynecologists office where they will ask you questions about your medical history, your family’s medical history, any medication you are on or have taken, if you drink or do recreational drugs, your sexual history, and even your partners (past and present) sexual history.

Remember to answer honestly and to talk freely about everything. While they ask these questions they will also ask other questions or make pleasant and relatable conversation to help you relax and ease you into your appointment, especially if it’s your first visit. This is also a good place to ask them any questions you have, or to share any of your thoughts, concerns, worries, feelings etc.

After this, they will leave the room, give you a robe to put on and tell you that you need to take off all of your clothes. There are four exams that they will do, sometimes they only do certain ones, or sometimes they do all of them. While they do the exams you can also talk about any thoughts, feelings, concerns, or even about how your results are.

The general physical exam, is where they take your blood pressure, weight, and height.

The breast exam, is when they will use their hands to see if there are any lumps or abnormal discharge occurring.

The pap smear exam, is when they use a brush to scrape off a few cells from your cervix, they then send the samples to their lab. This test is used to see if you have any signs of cervical or other kinds of cancer.

The pelvic exam, is only done to women who are sexually active or to women who have severe abdominal pains. This exam involves them sticking 1 or 2 fingers in your vagina while pressing on your abdomen with their other hand, in order to feel your cervix, ovaries, and womb.

For the pap smear and pelvic exam, they get you to lie down and put your feet on stirrups while they feel and look at the outer part of your vagina, they then use a speculum to open your vagina to look and feel inside.

As scary as this sounds, it is pain free and is nothing to worry about, instead, it is something that must be done at least once a year to ensure you are healthy.

What to talk to your gynecologist about

Female Consultant Meeting With Teenage Patient

The first visit to the gynecologist is the hardest, and scariest. That being said, it also will leave you clueless, and not to sure of what to say, ask, or even expect. When it comes to any questions you have, ask them.

Feel free to tell them everything about your sex life, health, periods, how you feel about birth control, any strange smells, stomach problems, or even your home and work life. They will either answer your questions or refer you to another doctor. Whatever questions you have, ask, never google or self diagnose.

As alarming as going to the gynecologist for the very first time seems, as soon as you get there and go through it all, you’ll realise that there’s no need to stress, be scared, or nervous.

In fact, these exams and tests are supposed to reduce any stress or worry as it is ensuring that you are healthy, and that things are going well for you. Feel free to share your thoughts below, and good luck at your first gyno appointment!



Birth Control Pill Side Effects You Must Know About

There are many pros and cons to using the infamous birth control pill. Read on to learn all about the birth control pill side effects you should pay attention to.

Thousands of women take the birth control pill and assume that it is safe due to it being so easily accessible. However, this isn’t really the case; in fact, the birth control pill can really mess with your life.

The sad part is that women don’t even seem to talk about the reality of this ‘magic’ pill that helps to prevent pregnancy and doctors don’t tell us all the risks associated with it either. It is as if talking about this topic is taboo, but it shouldn’t be, and every woman who is on the pill or is thinking about going on the pill has the right to know the health risks associated with it.

Despite the major improvements to the pill over the years, which have technically made the pill safer to take, there are still plenty of underlying risks and dangers to it that remain hidden and affect us daily.

What is the birth control pill?

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The birth control pill is a pill that you take once a day, preferably at the same time daily, helps prevent pregnancies and is up to 99.9% effective. Many women, once they hear this, are drawn in and ready to start taking it as it seems to eliminate the need for condoms.

Although it does not help to prevent against STDs, many women are in favor of the pill to make their love lives easier. It seems that we only hear the good about the pill, and the risks that we do hear about, we are guaranteed won’t actually happen to us, which makes no sense because the risks can happen to everyone—and they do happen.

The pill is able to prevent pregnancies because it has a certain amount of engineered estrogen and progestin hormones along with other chemicals. In simple terms, these hormones then control when your period occurs by stopping ovulation until you take a week off from the pill by taking the sugar pills, which do nothing, and allow for your period to occur. Then, when your period is done, you go back to the actual pills.

The mild, but still horrible side effects

These symptoms may seem like a breeze, and are supposed to fade away within a few months of taking these pills. However, they can end up being permanent, lasting much longer and altering too much of your behavior and body to the point where damage is hard to reverse if not irreversible.

Some of the most common and mild side effects are nausea, breast tenderness, an increase in breast size, bloating, weight gain, water retention, headaches, increased or decreased appetite, mood swings and changes in behavior and emotions.

In addition, there is the risk of getting acne, bad looking skin, cellulite, unhealthy looking hair, a decreased libido and irregular bleeding or spotting. All of these side effects of the pill are supposed to last for 1-3 months, but that can and does vary depending on the person’s body and what brand of birth control pills the person takes.

Portrait Of Young Smiling Beautiful Woman with a Headache

All of these side effects are caused due to the increase and decrease of hormones. They are also caused by all the changes your body goes through due to the pill; this then creates a vicious chain of events, which causes more changes in the levels of certain hormones and chemicals within your body.

The severe side effects

As appealing as the pill may sound to people who are sexually active, there are other contraceptives, such as condoms, which can be used to prevent pregnancies. Condoms don’t feature any of the side effects that are associated with the pill since they are not filled with chemicals and man-made hormones. They especially won’t give you these severe and very dangerous health risks and symptoms.

Some of the most dangerous side effects of the pill are an increased risk of cervical and breast cancer, an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke, migraines, high blood pressure, gallbladder diseases, infertility, liver tumors, a decrease in bone density, a yeast overgrowth or infection, depression and blood clots.

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Due to all the chemicals and hormones in these pills, which alter your body in a way that is unnatural, the risk of many diseases and health problems become very high and very dangerous. The birth control pills destroy beneficial and important bacteria in your intestines, and after years of taking these pills, the results end up with you having an imbalanced, unnatural inner body. The longer you stay on the pill, the worse the chances of getting all these health risks and side effects become.

Even when you go off the pill you will still have lots of health issues and hurdles to jump over. By going off the pill (especially if you have been on it for a very long time), you will have to go through acne, severe weight gain and behavioral issues due to your body being in shock from not having all the chemicals in your body while it will also be trying to flush it all out.

It is safer to go off of the pill than it is to stay on it. The longer you are on the pill, the worse the risks and side effects become while you are on it, and the worse the withdrawal, chances of the risks, and side effects will be when you come off of it.

There are plenty of other health risks and dangers, but these are the most common ones. It is important to know all of the facts about any medication, especially this one since it alters your hormones and it can change your life for the worse, if you have any comments, feel free to share!



Healthy Diet Secrets: How To Go Paleo

You keep hearing about the Paleo diet, but do you know how to actually follow it? It’s not as scary as it might seem. Here’s how to go Paleo in a few steps.

When you first heard about people going Paleo, maybe you thought it was all about meat. The stereotype is that followers of the Paleo diet tend to eat like dinosaurs or cavemen – all meat, all the time, not much else.

But that’s not actually the case. The definition of the Paleo diet? Eating more protein and fiber than you are probably used to and getting healthier in the process.

In other words, you eat super healthy food in its whole state that you already know is really good for you, from protein to beef, chicken and fish to produce to healthy fats (think avocado and almond butter and olive oil).

You’re taking the whole gluten-free thing a whole step further and you’re not going to eat any grains whatsoever. And you’re definitely cutting out the typical junk food you’ve been used to eating.

If you want more energy and to just generally feel amazing every single day, which you probably do (because who wouldn’t?), then you definitely want to follow the Paleo diet.

But if you’re sad about saying goodbye to gluten-filled treats and sugar, don’t be. You might just find this whole Paleo diet is just what you need. Here’s how to go Paleo.

1) Throw out processed food

The first rule of going Paleo? You definitely overhaul your cupboard and fridge and throw out any and all processed foods. That goes for sugar, too.

You probably know that you shouldn’t eat processed food on a regular basis, but if you truly want to follow the Paleo diet, then you have to walk the talk.

Why do you want to avoid this stuff? Because processed food has tons of ingredients that you really don’t want to put into your body, from sugar to way too much salt.

The thing is that when you go Paleo, you have to rely on your own kitchen and your own cooking skills since you can’t exactly just heat up a box of processed tomato sauce and make a pot of pasta and call it a night.

But it doesn’t have to be hard. Make easy meals based on simple components like salmon, a sweet potato, and some broccoli and you’ll be good to go.

2) Rethink what you eat for breakfast

When people first go Paleo, they’re super confused about what to eat first thing in the morning. After all, you’re probably used to eating a pretty standard breakfast, from toast with peanut butter to a bowl of granola and milk.

But a Paleo breakfast is much different. It’s got more protein and healthy fats and less refined carbs (aka white bread). But don’t worry, you can definitely make a Paleo breakfast. Think eggs and steak or bacon with some sweet potatoes and greens. Easy.

If you think that you’re going to feel much better starting the day off this way, you’re absolutely right. And since you know you need breakfast to function and focus, that’s music to your ears.

3) Eat more protein

If you think that the Paleo diet is about protein, well, you’re totally right. But it’s about choosing the right proteins. A true Paleo diet plan includes a variety of protein sources from chicken to fish to beef, and the idea is that the beef should definitely be grass-fed (aka the animals feed on grass, not grains).

If that’s out of your budget, though, don’t worry – it’s generally believed that it’s okay to start smaller and buy what you can.

4) Focus on fat

Raw salmon steak and vegetables for cooking on a light wooden background in a rustic style

Unfortunately, we’ve been pretty terrified of fat since the 1980s. It’s like we’re all living in a horror movie and fat is the evil demon everyone is running from.

But we don’t have to be afraid of fat anymore. In fact, fat is totally your BFF. Go for avocado, nut butter (peanuts aren’t Paleo so you want to get into almond butter), nuts, and good quality oils like olive oil. Salmon counts too. As long as you include a fat source at each meal and learn the proper portions, you don’t have to worry about going overboard.

So why should you eat fat? You will not only feel better and have a great time focusing right now but the long-term health effects are pretty awesome, too: you can stop yourself from getting anything from dementia to mental health problems and heart disease.

5) Don’t forget carbs

The stereotype is definitely that following the Paleo diet means not eating any carbs at all. That couldn’t be more wrong.

Yeah, you’re not going to eat bread or pasta, but it turns out that veggies actually have carbs. Yes, really.

Potatoes (both white and sweet) totally count as healthy carbs, and Paleo people definitely go nuts over plantains and all kinds of squashes.

You can also work apples, blueberries, and bananas into your diet. Compare these stats: one sweet potato has 26 grams of carbs, one banana has 27, and 1 cup of blueberries has 21 grams.

Experts definitely agree that you need carbs in order to be healthy, since they help you with sleep and they keep you in a good mood and they help your thyroid, too.

But everyone is different so the best way for you to follow a Paleo diet is to see how many carbs work for you. You’ll know when you feel really good and energetic and just feel like it’s all working well.

6) Believe in the lifestyle

Beautiful young woman with organic carrots in a vegetable garden

Going Paleo is actually all about following a new healthy lifestyle. It’s not all about steak and bacon and eggs (although, of course, those foods totally are a part of it, too).

The idea of the Paleo diet is that you have to make it work for you. So that means there are tons of gray area foods, from dairy to rice. If you can eat those foods and feel good, then you should definitely eat them.

If you find they make you feel sick, then cut them out. Basically, listen to yourself and you’ll never be steered in the wrong direction.

Following the Paleo diet also means making sure you get enough sleep every single night. The cool part is that all these things totally work together.

So once you cut out the sugar and junk food from your diet and start eating whole foods that are really good for you, you will definitely naturally see a difference in your energy levels and how well you sleep.

But another huge part of being Paleo? That would be learning how to deal when you have a stressful time at work or something’s going on in your personal life.

Making a change in your lifestyle is always tough and tricky at first. You question whether you can really handle it or if you should go back to your old gluten-eating and pizza-loving ways.

But you can absolutely handle the Paleo diet because you can make decisions that work for you. And the truth is that once you see how great you feel, well, you won’t ever want to look back.

Do you follow a Paleo diet? Have you ever wanted to try it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


15 Yoga Poses For Beginners

Being new to the world of yoga is exciting, but it can be quite painful and confusing unless you know the perfect yoga poses for beginners like yourself.

The problem most people face when it comes to being a beginner in yoga is all the websites that make it seem so complex or like it is a chore. Yoga’s quite simple, you don’t need a matt or the fancy clothes, all you need are comfortable clothes that allow you to move with ease and a peaceful setting that has grip for your hands and feet.

The key to doing yoga poses for beginners is to start off simple, easy, and slow. It’s important to not over stretch or push yourself when starting beginner poses. As time goes on and with regular practice, you’ll find that you’re becoming more toned, flexible, and much stronger. Read on to learn the best beginner yoga poses.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

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This is the perfect pose to start off with if you’re a beginner, as it’s simple, but very effective in getting you feeling loose.

To start, stand with your feet together, your shoulders relaxed, and your weight evenly distributed.

Put your arms at your sides, take a deep breath and raise your hands above your head. Keep your arms stretched as high as they can to the sky, parallel to each other with your palms facing inwards.

Downward Dog (Adho Mukah Shvanasana)

This yoga pose is perfect for beginners, and even experts as it’s a great stretch.

Start on all fours, with your hands under your shoulders, and your knees under your hips.

Next, walk your hands a few inches forward and spread your fingers so they get a nice stretch and then press your palms firmly on the floor.

Then, push on your toes while you push your hips up to the sky.

At this point, your body should be an inverted “V”, and you should keep your head relaxed and down, your hips squared, knees slightly bent, and your feet hip width apart.

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana I)

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Stand with your legs 3 to 4 feet apart and turn your right foot out 90 degrees, but keep your left foot in.

Put your hands on your hips until you are ready, then relax your shoulders and spread your arms up to the sky and keep them straight.

Then, bend your right knee 90 degrees, but be careful and make sure you keep your knee over your ankle, and not any further.

When you are done holding this pose, do the same but for your left side.

Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II)

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This yoga pose builds off of Warrior 1, to start, stand with your feet spread wider than your hips and turn your right foot in 45 degrees.

Next, deeply bend your right knee so your thigh is parallel to the ground. As for your left leg, keep it straight and not bent, however, it will be on an angle (like when you are doing a lunge).

Put your arms on your hips until you are ready to extend them out to your sides, then hold your gaze over your right hand. Once you are done this pose, do this for your left side.

Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana III)

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As complicated as this pose may seem, it’s not. Instead, it just builds off of Warrior pose 1 and 2, and is something that may be a tad challenging, but is a perfect yoga pose for beginners.

Like the other warrior poses, start off in lunge pose with your right foot forward and your knee bent. Your left leg is in the back and is straight.

Bend forward and look at the ground, at this point, your stomach is parallel to the floor and your back is completely flat like a table.

When you are comfortable, lift your left leg up to the same height as your hips and back. Flex your toes to get a perfectly straight line, and then put your hands in a prayer position and extend them straight in front of you.

Once you are done, do the same for your other side.

Bridge Pose (Seth Bandha Sarvangasana)

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This is a perfect yoga pose for beginners because with repetition and time, you will be able to see a massive change in your strength and flexibility as you progress.

Start off lying on the floor with your knees bent directly over your heels.

Put your arms at your sides with your palms down, then press your feet into the floor as you lift your hips by using your legs as the pushing force.

Clasp your hands under your lower back and press your arms down to help stabilize, and give you that extra push.

Continue to lift your thighs until they are parallel to the floor while pushing your chest up to your chin. However, feel free to stop and hold this at a lower stage and for as long as you can too. Don’t worry, over time you will improve.

Tree Pose (Vriksasana)

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For this pose, you start of standing straight with your arms at your sides.

You then shift your weight onto your left leg as you slowly put your left leg on your calf, knee, or thigh. With time and practice, you will find that it’s easier for you to put your leg up higher while staying balanced.

When you’re balanced and comfortable, then stretch your arms up to the sky and hold your hands over your head in prayer position.

Then do the same with your opposite leg.

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

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This is another great yoga pose for beginners as you will get a great stretch, and even as your progress you will want to continue to do this pose.

To start, stand with your feet 3 feet apart with your right foot turned out 90 degrees and your left foot turned to 45 degrees.

Then, extend your arms out to your sides and bend over your right leg. Stretch your right hand as far as you can go along your right leg, with the goal of it being able to touch the floor.

Stretch your left arm up to the sky, and turn your head to look up at your arm, then repeat this for the opposite side.

Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

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Sit on the floor with your legs fully extended, then cross your right foot over your left thigh so it ends up on the outside of your left leg.

Then, bend your left knee so you bring your foot in towards you, but keep your right knee pointed at the sky.

Next, put your left elbow on the outside of your right leg, and put your right hand on the floor behind you for support.

Twist as far right as you can, but keep your hips squared, then do the same for your opposite side.

Cobra (Bhujangasana)

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To start, lie face down on the floor, with your hands right under your shoulders, make sure you extend your legs so even the tops of your feet are touching the floor.

Next, tighten your pelvic floor and push your hips down to the ground as you tense your glutes.

Then, with your shoulders away from your ears, push up through your arms and raise your chest as far back as you can to the wall in front of you.

Crow Pose (Bakasana)

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This pose may seem complex, and it can be when it’s done by professionals. However, when done in its modified form, it is a great yoga pose for beginners.

Get into downward dog pose and walk your feet forwards until your knees touch your arms.

Then, bend your elbows, lift your heels off of the floor and rest your knees on the outside of your elbows, but make sure you stay on your toes.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

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Kneel on the floor, keep a straight back and rest comfortably on your heels.

Then, roll your torso forward as far as you can, and rest your forehead on the floor.

Lower your chest and lay there comfortably. To deepen the stretch, extend your arms straight out in front of you on the ground as far as they can go.

Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

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Stand straight and with your arms at your sides, then bend forward from your hips.

Keep your knees bent, but if you can, slowly straighten your legs.

Then, rest your hands on the floor, or as far down as they go, and touch your nose to your knees.

Half Standing Forward Fold (Ardu Uttanasana)

This is a modified version of the standing forward fold pose, this can be used to lead into the that pose if it causes too much of a muscle strain.

To start, bend halfway down from your torso, stop when your back is flat and parallel to the ground.

Then, extend your arms as far down as they go.

Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)

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For this beginner yoga pose, you start off in a plank position and then just keep pushing down closer to the floor. Making sure you keep your elbows tucked at the side.

When starting yoga, it may be painful, considering the ways it wants your body to bend. However, with practice, you will be more flexible and much stronger. If you have any more yoga poses for beginners, feel free to share, Namaste!



The Pros And Cons Of Wearing No Makeup

As simple as it sounds, wearing no makeup has both pros and cons. Do you like going makeup free? Read on to find out if it is the right choice for you.

Unlike many women, I don’t wear makeup often. In fact, I rarely wear it; I could count the number of times I wear makeup in a year on one hand. As rare as this may sound, there are still many women who choose not to wear makeup, there are just far fewer when compared to the number of women who do wear makeup.

Despite society having made makeup so easily accessible and desired, there are still many pros to not wearing makeup—and many cons.

The pros of an almost makeup free life:

Your skin will thank you!


If you don’t wear makeup, your pores will not be clogged from all the toxins and chemicals that are in makeup. Despite makeup technically being labeled safe through testing, it does still have chemicals that can be harmful and even carcinogenic. This means that by not wearing makeup, your pores will remain open and unclogged, and your skin and body will not absorb these chemicals.

In addition, your skin will have less acne and will be less prone to getting acne if you don’t wear makeup. This is due to your pores not having the opportunity to absorb or get clogged up from the makeup. Ironically, many women wear foundation and other types of makeup to cover up acne, but this creates a vicious cycle that only creates more acne or irritates existing acne more.

It’s a confidence booster

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As much as women think makeup makes them more beautiful and desirable, this isn’t really the case. In fact, by not wearing makeup, you will learn to love the ‘flaws’ you hide with makeup. When you think about it, makeup is like a mask: it’s something we use to hide, fix or cover up what we think needs to be hidden or tweaked. However, you should be confident and love the way you look without altering it.

“I feel prettier with makeup,” or “Makeup makes me beautiful” should become a thought of the past. You won’t need to say this because you’ll become much more confident and will realize you feel prettier without makeup. Don’t hide who you are and what you look like. Love yourself. However, if makeup helps to make you feel more confident, then go for it—just know that you are beautiful regardless.

At first, not wearing makeup may seem daunting, and even seem as if you are exposed, but gradually it will get easier. By not wearing makeup, you will realize that you don’t need to fix your face and that you don’t need makeup, and slowly but surely, you will become more confident in the way you look. In fact, when you get a compliment you will feel so much better about it because it will be a compliment about your natural beauty!

Not wearing makeup has numerous pros: it will save you a lot of time and money, and it will allow you to cry without making a mess everywhere. You can also cuddle up and kiss your man without leaving any traces of makeup. However, not wearing makeup often also has its cons.

The cons of an almost makeup free life:

You are clueless

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When it comes to the world of makeup, there is a lot more to it than most people think. There are different brushes for different tasks, different methods, designs and styles of makeup, and then different types of every product. It is a very confusing thing—especially if you only wear makeup occasionally. If that’s the case, you feel completely clueless and don’t know what to use things for and what to do.

You make a mess

You not only don’t know how to use it and apply it, but you also make a mess of your face and the makeup itself. By being a newbie to makeup, the results range from smudged and mucky to clumpy and more, which then becomes a mission to remove. Similarly, those of us who seldom wear makeup will often make a mess of the makeup itself due to our lack of experience using the various products.

It’s foreign

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Since you don’t wear makeup often enough, you often feel like it’s too heavy and in a way even suffocating your skin, which really is lousy because wearing makeup occasionally is actually fun.

You also tend to forget that you are wearing it and run the risk of smudging your makeup by touching your face, which is not as much fun. Another negative is that it’s not only foreign for you but for the people around you who seldom see you with makeup; no matter how little makeup you wear, they’ll think it’s too much since they never see you with any makeup at all.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: some people want to wear makeup all the time because it makes them feel good about themselves while others don’t, which offers its perks and negatives. In the end, wearing makeup is a personal preference, and for me, wearing makeup rarely is the way to go despite the cons, which do cause the occasional issue. Feel free to share your thoughts on the pros and cons of not wearing makeup!


Natural Hair Care Tips: Curly, Kinky, And Everything in Between

If you’re thinking of relaxing your hair and going natural, these natural hair care tips are the right thing for you.

Forget everything you think you know about hair care. When it comes to returning to your natural hair it’s pretty much a whole new ball game.

You need to retrain yourself and know that you can’t treat your now curly, coily or kinky hair as if it were still relaxed. If you’ve been natural for a while, but feel like you’ve come to a plateau in your natural hair journey, then revisiting these natural hair care tips can be the jump start you need.

Here is everything you need to jump start your natural hair journey.

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Shampoo less

Shampooing removes dirt and product buildup but it also removes at least some of the natural oils that the scalp produces for the keeping hair lubricated and nourished.

Shampooing less means keeping hair supple and moisturized for longer periods. Shampooing less will be particularly beneficial to you if you notice that your hair usually takes a few days to feel moisturized again after your full wash day routine.

Use sulfate free shampoos

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Whenever you do shampoo, use sulfate-free formulations that are gentler on the hair. If your hair has been color treated, then using sulfate free shampoos will also help to preserve your hair color so that it stays vibrant, for longer periods of time.

Shampoos that contain sulfates are particularly drying for naturally curly, kinky or coily hair types and can lead to breakage, tangles and split ends.

Sulfate shampoos can also cause the scalp to become dry, itchy and irritated. Sulfate free shampoos will not remove silicones, mineral oil or petrolatum, so you should avoid using products that contain these ingredients when on a sulfate free cleansing regimen.

Better yet, use no shampoo methods for cleansing the hair

No poo or no shampoo cleansing methods keep hair moisturized thereby reducing the risk of split ends and breakage. No poo cleansing methods also promote shine so hair looks better.

Overall hair health is improved and your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is reduced. No poo methods of cleansing the hair include using co-washes, cleansing conditioners, shampoo bars and or mud/clay washes.

For the most part, these methods will not produce the lather that sulfate shampoos provide. If you desire lather you can try a cleanser such as Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. If castile soap is used, be sure to follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse to restore the hair’s pH.

Deep condition often

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Deep condition every time you cleanse your hair. This will help hair maintain a healthy moisture balance and better equip it to deal with environmental stresses such as dry air or air conditioning or the heat from spending lots of time in the sun.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Moisture comes from water and nowhere else. There is no oil that will moisturize your hair, though oils can help hair retain moisture and in some cases (castor oil) attract moisture i.e. water to the hair.

Your moisturizer’s first ingredient must be water or it’s not truly a moisturizer. Develop a moisturizing regimen that addresses the particular needs of your hair. Listen to your hair.

If it feels dry at the end of the day, moisturize it, paying particular attention to the ends of the hair. The ends of the hair are the oldest parts and require extra TLC.

Trim often

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Keeping the ends of your hair healthy is a critical part of maintaining hair growth. If your ends aren’t healthy then they’ll continually break off making it impossible for you to notice the new growth happening at your scalp.

If your hair breaks off at a rate that is greater than the rate at which it grows then you will actually lose length over time. Damage never stays confined to the ends, splits will travel up the hair shaft and weaken more of the hair. Regular trims help to get rid of splits and make sure they don’t spread.

Protect your ends

Protecting your ends ensures that they stay moisturized and aren’t exposed to conditions that dry them out or cause them to break off because of friction. If ends are protected, then trimming becomes less necessary and length retention is easier.

Sleep on satin

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A satin sleep cap, scarf or satin pillowcases are essential if you want to keep your hair healthy. Satin minimizes friction and won’t pull moisture from your strands. are essential if you want to keep your hair healthy. Satin minimizes friction and won’t pull moisture from your strands. Your styles will stay fresher for longer periods and frizz, dryness and breakage will be distant worries.

Know the ingredients you need to avoid

If a product contains mineral oil or petrolatum (petroleum jelly) it’s probably best to avoid it. These products sit on top of the hair and prevent the hair from being re-moisturized.

Let’s say you washed and deep conditioned your hair and then applied a moisturizer containing mineral oil or petrolatum. In a day or two, your hair may start feeling dry and require additional moisture.

Any product you place on your hair to re-moisturised it would be prevented from getting into the hair by the mineral oil/petrolatum because these products sit on top of the hair, creating a barrier that is impenetrable. Additionally, petrolatum and mineral oil can only be removed by sulfate shampoos which makes their use twice as problematic.

Similarly, silicones, though great for minimizes frizz and boosting shine, sit on top of the hair and prevent moisture from entering the strands. Silicones can also lead to product buildup since products afterward just sit on top of the hair instead of penetrating.

Silicones, also need sulfates to remove them unless they are water soluble. Regardless of their solubility, silicones will lead to dryness in the same way that mineral oil and petrolatum do.

Avoid dry heat

Dry heat refers to heat from heat styling tools such as curling irons, blow dryers, and flat irons. This type of heat removes water molecules from deep within the hair strand, leaving the hair severely dry.

Heat styling, blowing drying or flat ironing suck moisture from deep within the strands of the hair and can result in breakage, split ends, and perpetual dryness.

The heat can also alter the bonds between the molecules of the hair strand, resulting in permanent alteration of the hair’s natural curl pattern. Heat damage is irreversible and the hair usually has to be trimmed or the dryness and split ends will only progress and become worse.

For this reason, it is better to air dry the hair or use the cool setting on your hair dryer. It is also much better for your hair if heatless methods of curling the hair are used.

Moist heat on the other hand, such as the heat from steamers is very good for the hair and can help moisture and beneficial ingredients penetrate the hair.

Never detangle dry hair

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When it comes to getting rid of knots and tangles, it is best to ensure hair is lubricated. Detangle hair when it is saturated with conditioner, using a wide tooth comb or detangling brush.

Finger detangling is also a great way to minimize damage, but this can be a time-consuming process and not everyone has the patience for it.

If hair is dry, consider adding oils to reduce the friction between the strands and facilitate the strands sliding past each other when undoing tangles.

One size does not fit all

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One of the most important things to remember when going through a natural hair journey is that what works for someone else might not necessarily work for you.

Additionally, something may work for weeks, months or years and then stop working. As time passes, as the seasons change and as your hair grows, you’ll need to adjust the products and or practices you use.

Listen to your hair. It will tell you what it likes and you will see the results. There is nothing like the satisfaction of seeing something you care for thrive and your hair will thrive in time. Be patient, gentle and attentive.



Transitioning To Natural Hair Without The Big Chop

The decision to transition or return to your natural hair is a big one and it is not to be taken lightly. Get mentally prepared for the challenge, and read everything you need to know here.

The first thing to understand about the process of returning to your natural hair is that it is as much about your mind as it is about your hair. During this time, how you think about hair care and how you approach it must change in order for you to be successful.

You must be prepared to embrace your texture as it is and not as you hope it will be. Some of us have no idea what our natural texture will be like when we decide to transition because we’ve relaxed our hair for most of our lives.

It, therefore, becomes quite easy to mentally adopt the gorgeous hair of your hair crush and that could lead to disappointment. The fact is, while it is perfectly fine to admire and even be a little bit jealous, you have to be prepared to accept your hair as it comes.

Be prepared to love your hair because it’s yours and you’ll be off to an excellent start.

To big chop or not to big chop?

That is the question. Transitioning to natural hair without the big chop is a choice many women make because they fear to have short hair. To each is own.

The quickest way to return to natural is to do a big chop, but this is not for everyone. If you want to gradually make the change to natural, then a long transition is what you need.

Exactly how long will be determined by many factors, such as the rate at which your hair grows and how long you want your natural hair to be when you’re finally completely natural.

If your hair grows by half of an inch each month and you’d like to have 6 inches of hair when you are all natural, you’ll need to transition for at least a year.

You would also need to bear in mind that the longer you transition, the more likely you are to experience breakage at the line of demarcation. The line of demarcation is the point where your new growth (natural texture) meets the relaxed part of your hair. The line of demarcation is very vulnerable and breakage easily occurs at this point.

Protein treatments that work to strengthen the hair can help minimize breakage, however too much protein or too strong of a protein can cause hair to harden, become brittle and break.

Healthy hair requires a balance between protein for strength and water for moisture in order to prevent breakage. Any shift in the proper balance and breakage will result.


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You may try to avoid major cuts while you are transitioning but trimming to maintain the health of your hair is absolutely essential or your ends will just start breaking off anyway.

Get a trim at the beginning of your transitioning journey and then have regular trims to keep the ends in good condition every three to four months or as necessary. Do not be afraid of the scissors. It’s your best defense against split and damaged ends.

Do your research

When it comes to transitioning, knowledge is power. You’ll need some new tools, since transitioning means you’ll never be able to run a brush through your hair from root to ends ever again.

A fine-toothed comb won’t ever be good for anything, except, maybe if it has a rat tail that you can use for parting. There will be products (e.g. mineral oil) and practices (e.g. using heat) that you’ll need to avoid in order for your hair to thrive. When it comes to transition, ignorance is not bliss.

Separate fact from fiction

Fiction: You should only use products for your particular hair type.

Fact: Use whatever works for your hair. Focus on the ingredients and ignore the marketing hype.

Fiction: Hair type is important.

Fact: It’s more important to know your hair’s porosity than whether you are type 4a or 3c as porosity will affect how will your hair absorbs the products you attempt to use on it.

Fiction: Natural hair doesn’t grow.

Fact: Regardless of race or ethnicity, hair grows at an average on ½ an inch per month. Because this is average, the rate may be slower or faster in certain individuals.

Health and diet may also affect the rate of hair growth. Furthermore, natural hair is comprised of very fine strands that constantly coil or curl.

Each bend in the strand is a potential point of breakage and this susceptibility to breakage may cause it to appear that the hair is not growing when in fact it is, but it is just breaking at a similar or faster rate than growth occurs.

There are quite a few myths about natural hair and how to care for it out there which is why research is so important.

Transitioning styles

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Curly sets are great for blending the natural and relaxed textures that make up transitioning hair. Wearing weaves, wigs, and braids are also great, however, they minimize the amount of interaction you have with your hair and this is not always the best course of action.

It is true that you want to minimize manipulation in order to minimize breakage but if you have too little interaction with your hair texture, you’ll get to the end of your transition with maybe 6 inches or more of natural hair and have no idea how to handle it.


If you’re lucky, the products you used while relaxed may work fairly well with your natural texture, at least in the early stages. This will give you the opportunity to use these products up.

On the other hand, your natural texture may hate these products and you’ll have to go shopping pretty much from the onset, in order to find products that work for your hair.

It may take you a few tries to find products that work well for both textures. If you have friends and family who are already natural you can sample products before committing to purchase and you can have product swaps between you for the products that you haven’t work for you.

Get social

Social media can be your best friend and constant companion along your journey to return to natural, but only if you use it responsibly. When I started on my natural hair journey I had a voracious appetite for information.

I watched hundreds of tutorials and spent hours each day on YouTube. It was an obsession. In the years since I’ve become more selective and only watch a couple of videos a month.

I’m a pro at doing my hair now but every now and again it’s nice to unwind and watch a tutorial or two. Use the social information to gather and filter information but do not become consumed by it and don’t internalize everything you see there. Take the good. Leave the bad.

Know that one size doesn’t fit all

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Just because it works for your best friend doesn’t mean it will work for you. You could even share DNA with someone and still get different results from using the same products.

Use what works for you and listen to your OWN hair and don’t be surprised if a product that’s worked for months or years suddenly stops working for your hair, or if one that never worked before suddenly starts working now. Natural hair is funny and fun like that. Like a box of chocolates.

Check the ingredients listing. ALWAYS

It’s fine to trust, but verify whenever possible. Marketing is just a ploy to get you to spend your money. Read your ingredients list and pay attention to the first 5 in particular.

Many companies will highlight particular ingredients on the packaging to draw your attention but when you check the listing it’s second from the bottom and below fragrance. That’s not worth your time or money, so before you waste both, check that you’re getting your money’s worth.

Patience is the key

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Do not be alarmed if your journey starts off slowly. Some naturals grow long, full heads of hair in the first two years, however, it is just as likely for you to see huge results in growth after your third or fourth year into being natural.

You’ll be natural for the rest of your life. This race is about endurance and stamina, it’s not a sprint. Relax, pace yourself and have fun.



5 Ways To Save Money For Your Dream Vacation

People tend to push aside the vacation they want because of money—or lack thereof. By using these tips, you can save money and have the vacation you have always dreamed of.

Everyone has a bucket list—or at least a list of places that they want to travel to. Whether you want to visit the Amazon Rainforest, see the Northern Lights, go on a safari in Africa, climb and explore Mayan ruins, explore the pyramids of Egypt or hike the gorgeous mountains of British Columbia, you will have to save money. This often prevents people from doing what they truly want to do.

Let’s face it: traveling is expensive, which easily deters people from even considering crossing these places off their bucket lists. However, traveling to whatever destination your heart desires can easily be done. All you need to do is use the right methods to save for your travels.

Don’t sit back and let life pass you by while you wait, and definitely do not let your dreams and exciting things you want to do in life slip past you. Don’t struggle to fit travel in; incorporate it into your life and money plans with these easy and effective tips and tricks on how to save money.

1. Change stash

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Having a system where all your change or even extra bills go is a way to ensure that you are putting money away every time you spend as long as you use cash. This method works wonders because no one likes carrying around change.

By doing this, you are also less likely to buy something small because, psychologically, you won’t want to break any bills or use your credit card for said item. The bonus to this is that you won’t even realize the amount of money that is adding up as long as you don’t touch it and you just put excess change and the occasional bills in. You will have a lot of money saved up by the time you are ready to count it.

2. Hunt for deals

Hunting for deals is a smart way to save some cash: why pay more when you can pay less for the same thing? When buying everyday items, it is a good idea to wait for items to go on sale, look at other stores that offer the same thing or use coupons.

The money you save on the necessities you are buying will add up faster than you think. Just remember to avoid buying items you don’t need. Similarly, when booking your trip, use sites such as Trivago or Kayak as they will also help you find great deals for your airfare and hotels with offers from countless other sites.

3. Luxuries vs. necessities

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In order to save up for what you really want, you need to realize that there’s a difference between necessities and wants. For example, instead of buying new shoes, purses or clothes, save that money. Similarly, you can always pack a lunch with snacks, which will not only help you to stay healthy, but will also help you keep your piggy bank full. The same applies to coffee: if you can make it at home, then go with that because it will save you money and remove the temptation to buy it on your way to work.

4. Credit cards

These can be evil: you go to the mall, say you’re going to buy one thing, but then buy a whole bunch of items and don’t pay too much attention to how much you’ve spent. You then feel like you can keep spending thanks to this small piece of plastic, which really only wants your money in reality. Once again, this is where cash comes in handy: by using cash, you will realize how much you are spending, and will not feel the urge and temptation to spend as much.

The only benefit to credit cards is that you get benefits such as cash back or those that allow for cheaper flights thanks to air miles. Some stores also offer credit cards, so if you are going to buy something from a particular store regularly, use the card for that store as it will give you points that you can use for future necessities, meaning you won’t spend actual money on that item. Just remember not to spend money on items that you don’t actually need; acquiring points will take a long time, but it will also help with future buys and future plans.

5. Money challenges

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If you insist on having Starbucks every day and not giving up that luxury, then challenge yourself every month to go without buying an overly expensive coffee for a week. Who knows: you may actually like how much money you save and might continue the challenge.

This challenge can be done with a variety of things, and is an effective method when it comes to saving money, making you realize how much you spend on certain things, and how you can continue to save even more money.

These tips and tricks on how to save money are easy and effective because all the money you’re saving technically still comes from your job and income, but it isn’t involving you saving money from where there is no money.

The money you would be saving comes from other places you already spend money, meaning it isn’t money you technically don’t have. All you have to do is save, and not touch the money you’ve saved up for travel.

Live your dreams, be happy and take the vacation you have always wanted. Do not let traveling pass by you. Use these tips and tricks to save for what you really want. If you have any more tips and tricks on how to save money for your dream travel destinations, feel free to share!



How to Moisturize Dry Natural Hair: The Ultimate Guide

Whether you’re growing them out or you already achieved your natural mane, here is everything you need to know about restoring moisture to your curls.

Dry hair is a universal complaint of people with natural hair. The tighter your kinks and coils, the more likely it is for your hair to be dry. Additionally, if your hair has a low porosity, the cuticles are tightly closed and the result is that it makes it difficult for moisture to enter the hair shaft.

There are a number of key practices on how to moisturize dry natural hair. Let’s take a look at some of the practices to boost and maintain the moisture levels that your hair deserves.

Deep condition

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Deep conditioning is absolutely essential for maintaining healthy, moisturized natural hair. Deep conditioning restores moisture that is lost from the hair due to environmental factors such as very hot or very cold air.

In the summer, the heat leaves the hair dry and parched and in the winter, cold air also pulls moisture from the hair due to the fact that cold air lacks moisture. Just think of how your skin becomes dry when exposed to cold air and you’ll understand.

The tighter your kinks and coils, the more often you need to deep condition and the thicker your deep conditioner should be. There are some lightweight, deep conditioners that can pack a powerful moisture punch, however, in general, the thicker your deep conditioner, the more likely moisturizing and nourishing it is to your thirsty hair.

When deep conditioning, ensure that you follow the instructions as described on the product packaging. Deep conditioners are formulated to work within a specific time frame, so while life can get in the way and what was initially supposed to be ten minutes became an hour and a half because your kids woke up or you realized you need to make a supermarket run, do not make a habit of leaving on your deep conditioner for excessive periods of time.

There are no benefits to be obtained from the practice and it can, in fact, lead to negative effects such as product build up.

Use a hair steamer

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Steaming the hair is a process that is hugely beneficial for hair health and moisture retention. Steaming uses moist heat in order to open the cuticles of the hair, which permits all the beneficial, natural ingredients in your conditioner to enter the hair. This means all these ingredients are able to benefit and nourish the hair from the inside.

Steaming helps fight both dryness and breakage and the scalp also benefits from steaming as well. Steaming unclogs the pores of the scalp and also eases scalp irritation that results from dryness. Additional benefits of steaming include improving the elasticity of the hair, enhancing the definition of your curls and making color hair color last longer.

Alternately, during your deep conditioning process, you may cover your hair with a plastic cap and the wrap a warm towel around your hair in order to add some additional moist heat to the hair to assist the process.

Look for moisturizing ingredients in your products

There are certain ingredients that are widely used in moisturizing products such as conditioners, leave in conditioners, moisturizers and certain types of stylers. These ingredients either provide moisture to the hair or attract moisture to it.

They also often help to condition and soften the hair in order to make it more manageable. Ingredients to look for are honey, castor oil, glycerine, panthenol, and aloe vera.

Also be on the lookout for conditioning or fatty alcohols. These types of alcohols are usually derived from natural sources such as coconut and palm oil, hence their inclusion in many products for natural hair. Examples of conditioning alcohols are behenyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol and Cetearyl alcohol (combination of cetyl and stearyl alcohols).

These alcohols are beneficial to the hair and help impart moisture and make natural hair more manageable.

Steps to moisturize hair

Hair does not need to be freshly washed, but it should be free from product buildup. Product build up creates a barrier between the hair and the products you apply. Instead of penetrating into the hair, the products you apply will just sit on top of the build up that’s coating your hair. Here are the steps to follow to moisturize your natural hair.

1. Apply your source of moisture. This can be plain water, a leave in conditioner, aloe vera juice or gel or some other product that has water listed as its principal ingredient.

2. After adding your moisturizer, apply a small amount of oil or butter to lock or seal the moisture into the hair. Since oil and water do not mix the oil acts as a bit of a gate to keep the moisture in and slow its evaporation from the hair. The barrier is a breathable one.

The LOC Method

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The LOC method is a widely-followed way of using and applying specific types of products to natural hair in a designated order. LOC is an acronym for liquid or leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream. The products are added to the hair, layer by layer in that order. Layering the products in this order helps to maintain moisture for longer periods for many naturals.


Your liquid can be plain water, rose water, aloe vera juice, leave in conditioner or any combination thereof. The one you chose is largely due to personal preference.


Oil is oil so this step is pretty straight forward. You may use any oil of your choosing or even blend different oils if that is your preference. Butters such as shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter or any blend of butter may also be used.


The final step of the LOC method involves using a product that is creamy. It may any type of product as long as the product is creamy in texture. Here your product could potentially be a styler, hair pudding or creamy moisturizer. Ideally, you want this product to be a little on the heavy side to seal the previous layers in well.

Butters and oils are excellent sealants that create a layer on the hair strand that reduces moisture loss to the atmosphere. Using your cream or heavy butter as your last step means that the water stays trapped inside the hair longer. This is particularly helpful to naturalistas who struggle with consistent dryness.

Follow the instructions below to incorporate the LOC method as a part of your moisturizing regimen.

STEP 1 – Apply water, leave-in conditioner to freshly washed hair. Focus on your ends and the areas most prone to being dry.

STEP 2 – Apply your oil to seal in the moisturizer. Keep this layer thin because you will be adding your cream (the heaviest of the 3 products) next and you do not want to weigh your hair down.

STEP 3 – Seal everything in with a creamy, butter based moisturizer

STEP 4 – Style hair as usual.

The density of your hair (how many strands of hair are on your head) and their porosity (how readily they allow products to enter the hair) will play a big role in the effectiveness of the LOC method for your hair type so pay attention to what your hair likes and responds to best.

If you’ve been natural for longer than a second you will have realized that there is no one size fits all. Use the products that work well for your hair and if the LOC method doesn’t work for you there’s a modified version called the LCO method, which switches the order of application of the cream and oil.

Things to avoid

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Avoid heat entirely or use it only sparingly. Heat dehydrates the hair from within and can damage the protein structure of the hair such that hair is unable to bond with water molecules effectively or makes moisture escape more readily.

Avoid alcohols that are drying to the hair. These include propanol, alcohol denat, propyl alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol 40

Avoid wearing your hair out in extremely hot or extremely cold conditions as these conditions pull moisture from the hair.

Getting hair moisturized and helping it stay that way can be a difficult process for some naturals. Sometimes it requires a lot of experimentation and patience. Allow yourself to enough time to assess if your products are working, as improvements aren’t always immediately obvious.

Make changes gradually and don’t change too much at once, as it will make it more difficult to determine the products that are responsible for any change, positive or otherwise.