Flexi-Rod Set on Natural Hair

in , , , by FroBunni, Thursday, July 31, 2014
The lipstick is NYX Matte Amsterdam

I'm eventually going to make a post on this, but I can get my hair pretty straight with just a roller or flexi-rod set, no heat necessary. I just have to ensure that my hair is barely damp as opposed to wet, or even damp, so that it's fully dry when I am ready to take them out. I did this flexi rod set on just barely damp hair, moisturized with Giovanni Direct Leave-In, and sealed with a mix of coconut, olive, and castor oil. I got these flexi-rods from Ulta, and I really like them. Unlike my other flexi-rods, these were significantly smaller, and hence, a lot easier to sleep in (which is awesome since I love a good night sleep and then waking up with awesome hair). They were also pretty cheap; for 20, I spent only $13 with a coupon. I set my hair on 19 rods and took them out in the morning. My hair was a bit shorter than I liked, so I made two high pigtail buns to stretch the curls and get more volume. And voila, a perfect roller set!

Shrimp and Pea Salad

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Continuing with my "What I've Been Cooking" post, here is a healthy salad that helps to curb my craving for bacon. I saw this recipe in Self magazine. It looked delicious and I wanted to try it, but I had to get creative since I'm not eating bacon anymore (well you know, making it a rarity). I actually think that shrimp is a good replacement for bacon since I can caramelize it by sauteing it in a skilled. It's not fully the same but it still taste really good.
1/8 cup of chopped sauteed shrimp1/4 cup of peas1 boiled egg chopped1 cup of romaine lettuce 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard Dressing (see below)
Dijon Mustard Dressing: Mix one part olive oil to one part Dijon mustard with a pinch of salt and a splash of lemon juice. Mix until combined.
Ayurvedic Hair Care: Cleansing Hair with Shikakai and Hibiscus
My Ayurvedic Natural Hair Cleanser Routine

I love my baking soda and aloe vera hair wash cleanser. It is gentle, cleans my hair and scalp, and cuts down on breakage and split ends. I thought that I would keep it in my arsenal forever. Well, I guess forever is over because I recently washed my hair with a mix of shikakai and hibiscus powder. I got the idea from a recent Black Girl Long Hair post and was intrigued with the idea of not only being able to cleanse my scalp, but also condition my hair at the same time. I was amazed to learn that shikakai and hibiscus are able to heal split ends and prevent breakage. So my natural hair regmin officially has an Ayurvedic component. Below are the benefits of shikakai and hibiscus powder!

Shikakai Powder

  • Adds growth
  • Strengthens hair at the root
  • Gentle hair cleanser
  • Low pH
  • Controls dandruff

Hibiscus Powder

  • Gentle hair cleanser
  • Conditions and strengthens hair at the root
  • Decreases shedding
  • Increases hair shine

Coconut Cream Parfait with Cherries

in , , by FroBunni, Monday, July 28, 2014
Following up on my previous post and I've been trying to stay good on my sugar fiend post and eat less diary. So far so good and with this recipe, I can have my parfait and eat it too!

1. Take a full fat can of coconut milk and place in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, take the can out of the refrigerator and scoop out 1/2 cup of coconut cream (the thick, creamy layer at the top of the can. Don't use the water at the bottom).

2. Mix the coconut cream with 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tsp of cinnamon. 

3.  Place a spoonful of granola at the bottom of a cup or jar. Add a spoonful of the coconut cream mix, followed by a spoonful of cherries. Continue to later granola, coconut cream and cherries until you reach the top of the cup or jar.You can be creative and use crushed nuts for granola, add different spices to the coconut cream mix, and different fruit! 

What are your parfait recipes?

What Has the FroBunni Been Cooking…Everything!

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I've been cooking like crazy over the past few weeks. Sometimes well known, other times new and exciting. Other recipes I have re-worked to fit into my pescatarian lifestyle (which, by the way, I am on a break from because I was craving tacos with ground beef). But all of them have been pleasantly delicious! Check back over the course of the week to read each recipe!

Caesar Salad with Salmon and Dairy-free Caesar Salad Dressing

 Shrimp, Peas, and Eggs Salad

Cherry Parfait with Coconut Milk

Argulua Pesto

Asparagus, Pesto, and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Run Workout

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Time (minutes) What To Do
0:00-1:00 Jog
1:00-1:30 Run
1:30-2:00 Walk
2:00-2:30 Run
2:30-3:30 Jog
3:30-4:00 Run
4:00-4:30 Walk
4:30-5:00 Run
5:00-6:00 Jog
6:00-6:30 Run
6:30-7:00 Walk
7:00-7:30 Run
7:30-8:30 Jog
8:30-9:00 Run
9:00-9:30 Walk
9:30-10:00 Run
10:00-11:00 Jog
11:00-11:30 Run
11:30-12:00 Walk
12:00-12:30 Run
12:30-12:30 Jog
12:30-13:00 Run
13:00-13:30 Walk
13:30-14:00 Run
14:00-15:00 Jog
15:00-15:30 Run
15:30-16:00 Walk
16:00-16:30 Run
16:30-17:30 Jog
17:30-18:00 Run
18:00-18:30 Walk
18:30-19:00 Run
19:00-12:00 Jog

Workout of the Week | Jump Rope Workout

in , , by FroBunni, Saturday, July 05, 2014
Fitness Motivation

1min Jump Rope
25 Shoulder Press
Repeat 4x

1min Jump Rope
25 Tricep Kickbacks
Repeat 4x

1min Jump Rope
25 Bicep Curls
Repeat 4x

1min Jump Rope
25 Back Extensions
Repeat 4x

1min Jump Rope
25 Push Ups
Repeat 4x 

My Beauty Regimen and Favorite Products

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, July 04, 2014
Baking Soda and Rice Flour, Queene Helene Mud Pack Masque, Nubian Heritage African Black Soap, Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask, Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, AloeLife Skin Gel, Trader Joe's Organic Raw Honey

Like my hair regimen, I keep my beauty regimen pretty simple and as natural as possible. I'm not one for trying a bunch of different things each week, so these products have been a staple in my beauty regimen for at least 6 months (and I've been using the Pineapple Enzyme and mud mask for a good 4-5 years). My skin ailments are typical of many 20-something black women, I have discoloration from acne scars, oily skin, and the occasional breakout (especially around that time of the month).

Every morning morning, I wash my face with the baking soda and rice flour mix. Baking soda is a great alternative face wash (and shampoo) that cleans my skin, prevents acne from popping up and exfoliates my skin. The rice flour also helps with exfoliation, as well as help prevent discoloration and even skin tone. Since I started washing my face with this mix, I've noticed that my pimples are few and far in-between, and when I do occasionally have a bad breakout, it goes away faster and with little scarring. After I wash with the baking soda/rice flour mix, I follow up with the Rose Petal Witch Hazel. I really like it because it doesn't have any alcohol and is gentle on my skin. Plus is smells…well, like roses. 

Before I apply Aveeno lotion to my skin (which has been the only lotion I have used on my body and face since I was in high school, I love that stuff!), I apply a thin layer of honey on my face. Yup, honey. I know what you're thinking, bees and bugs must follow you and your face is sticky? And, it's actually a no. I put a very thin layer on my face; I take a little bit on my finger, run it under water, apply it to my face and let it dry. The honey prevents my face from getting oily throughout the day leaving it matte.

At night, I wash my face with the black soap. Being out all day in the DC pollution and what not, I just like giving my face a deeper clean. The black soap also helps with acne, but if I use it everyday, twice a day, my face will get very dry and scaly. After the black soap, I follow up with the Rose Petal Witch Hazel, and then apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to my. The aloe vera gel is EVERYTHING! I actually started using it as a way to get rid of it. I bought it to use as a gel for my hair, and it did not work as well as I wanted. Since it was fairly expensive ($15 for 8 oz), I didn't want to just throw it out. One night, I applied it to my face, went to bed, and when I woke up, my face was unbelievably soft. Since I started using it, I've also noticed that it helps tone and even my skin too. 

I use my two face masks at least once a week. The mud mask is great with getting rid of and preventing acne. I use it once a week, unless I am having a breakout. If I use the mask more than twice a week, my face can become very dry and scaly; if I have a breakout, I will apply the mask to the affected area twice a day until the breakout is under control. The Pineapple Enzyme mask is amazing. I can use it everyday with no problem. I generally use it twice a week, but maybe every other day if I am coming off of a bad break out. This mask really gets rid of discoloration and acne scars. I can alway see a difference after I use it.

So that's about it for my beauty regimen. Like I said, it is easy, simple and consistent. And most importantly, it makes my skin happy and clear!

Moisturizing Dry Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, July 03, 2014
moisturizing natural hair
A braid out with my nicely moisturized and shiny hair again

About a month back, I was being super lazy and not moisturizing and sealing my hair like normal. I thought I could get away with it, but after a few weeks, I began to notice a lot of broken hairs all over my sink and the floor of my bathroom. My hair, for the first time ever since I went natural, was breaking off. I'm diligent about moisturizing and sealing every night because I don't deep condition nearly as much as other naturals. I deep condition maybe once every month without heat for maybe 2 hours max (and it's closer to about an hour). I've never had porosity issues, super dry hair, or any other problems many natural have encounter when they go from relaxed to natural because daily moisture has been a staple in my natural hair regimen. So when I saw those broken hairs, I knew exactly what was causing the problem, and I knew what I had to do to fix it.

On wash day, when I finally had enough, I mixed up some Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor, honey, aloe vera gel, and olive oil and left it on my hair for 2 hours. I washed my hair as usual with my baking soda and aloe vera mix, and conditioned with Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner. I followed with my Giovanni Direct Leave-In, a spritz of water and maple syrup mix*, and sealed with olive oil (I ran out of my oil mix and didn't feel like mixing more at the time), and put my hair in 16 two strand twists. I wore my hair in the two strand twists for the rest of the week and spritzed nightly with a mix of maple syrup, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, and olive oil. I deep conditioned again with the same mix the following week, washed as normal, and moisturized with Giovanni Direct Leave-In and my oil mix, and two strand twisted my hair. I was happy to say that I needed only a week of TLC to get my hair healthy and moisturized. 

I'm back to moisturizing and sealing daily. I am also stretching my hair with braid outs instead of bunning. I have noticed that it is better for my ends, as well as keeps my natural hair from looking crazy in this summer heat…but that's a post for another day. 

*Maple Syrup has the same benefits as honey minus the ability to lighten hair. I use maple syrup as a leave-in as opposed to a wash out in my conditioner or deep conditioner.*

*UPDATE: Maple syrup does lighten hair*