5 Tips on Getting Long Hair Longer

in , by FroBunni, Saturday, January 17, 2015
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Last night I did a length check and was happy to see that my hair was slowly, but surely getting longer. It's great to know because I was almost sure that I reached my terminal length. It's also great because the changes I made to my natural hair regimen are working. Growing my hair long was easy, but growing long hair even longer is a lot more difficult. Your ends are extremely fragile and it makes retaining length so much harder. The minor tweaks to my regimen are very small, but they have made a huge difference, so here are 5 tips for getting long hair even longer.

  • Trim Your Hair More Often: I know this sounds crazy, but I've been trimming every other month as opposed to every 3-4 months. The difference though is that I am literally only clipping the tips (less than 1/8 of an inch), so really, I am trimming the same amount. But because I am getting rid of dry, damaged ends more often, I am having less tangles and knots, thus allowing me to retain more length.
  • Moisturize Your Ends: I've been going into overdrive to moisturize my ends, and it has made a huge difference. I moisturize my hair with Giovanni Direct Leave-In, and then go over my ends a second time with Kinky Curly Knot Today. I've noticed that my ends have been smoother and retain more moisture. 
  • Use a Protein Treatment: I've mentioned this before, but start using a protein conditioner. I use Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor once a month and it has really helped to strengthen my hair and help me to retain length. 
  • Don't Use Heat on Your Ends: If I use heat, it is only from a blow dryer, and recently, I blow dry my roots and the length of my hair and leave the ends alone. To ensure the ends dry stretched, I just put some rollers on them and they dry within the hour. Because the ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair, letting them air dry is much better than manually drying them, which can cause damage even without high heat. 
  • Do Low Manipulation Hairstyles: I am not big into protective styling, but I love low manipulation styles. Just like the name implies, these are styles that don't require you to redo them everyday and can include out hairstyles like braid outs, twists outs, etc. I've found that by using a setting lotion, I can actually get 2 days out of hairstyle, so instead of re-doing my hair nightly, I can pineapple my hair and let my hair rest for a day.

Accented Glory's Puff Holder Review

in , by FroBunni, Saturday, January 17, 2015
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Leopard print puff holder

Awhile ago, I had the pleasure of winning a puff holder from Accented Glory in a twitter contest. I was quickly sent the gorgeous accessory and immediately had to try it on. I wore it as a headband because sadly, my puffs just don't happen anymore, lol (they look like ponytails). What I like about the puff cuff, outside of the fact that I like leopard print accessories, is that I've worn it more than a few times now and the elastic is just as it was when I first got it. The little beads have also stayed very much intact, as well. All in all, I love this cute little puff holder. It can be worn a few different ways and adds a nice touch to any outfit. 

Check out their hair accessories at http://accentedglory.weebly.com/online-store.html.

Dear FroBunni: How Do I Avoid Heat Damage?

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Dear FroBunni: How Do I Avoid Heat Damage?
Dear FroBunni, I really want to straighten my natural hair, but I am afraid of getting heat damage. Is there a way to prevent this?

Ah, heat damage. Before I start, let me just say that there is no way to predict if you will or won't get heat damage. All it takes is one time. Now, I am not trying to scare you, but I am being honest about the fact that heat damage is always possible with heat. The good news is that there are ways to prevent heat damage.

Deep Condition
Make sure that you deep condition with a protein and moisturizing deep conditioner. A protein conditioner, like Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor, will help to add strength to your hair during the flat ironing process (from the heat and mechanical manipulation). And a moisturizing conditioner, like Giovanni Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask, will add extra moisture to your hair to help prevent dryness and retain moisture.

Just as well, when you wash after wearing your hair straight, you will want to use a protein and moisturizing deep conditioner again. The protein conditioner will replenish the protein that your hair lost due to the heat from the flat iron, and the moisturizing conditioner will replenish the moisture lost  and help in reverting your hair back to curly.

Only Use One Heat Source
If you are going to flat iron your hair, instead of blow drying to stretch your hair, consider stretching your hair without heat by roller setting or using curlformers. This will prevent you from over manipulating your hair or using too much heat. 

Use a Heat Protectant
And use a real one. Not an oil, which isn't a heat protectant. There are many different kinds of heat protectants on the market - sprays, serums, leave-ins. For my blowouts, I really like Giovanni Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir, but they also have a heat protectant specifically for blow dryers and flat irons. The options are endless, but like all products, you will have a trial and error process of which ones work best...and of course, you may run into heat damage trying to find the right products.

Just be aware that if you use heat, there is always a possibility for heat damage. If you are really concerned and don't want to take the chance, consider roller sets or my method to straighten natural hair without heat. If you do straighten your hair, and find that you have damaged your hair, the only real option is to cut the damage off. There are some old wives tales of beer rinses, but I've actually never seen that working for anyone. 

My Natural Hair Feature on Neno Naturals!

in , by FroBunni, Monday, January 12, 2015
Check out my wonderful natural hair feature on Neno Naturals, just click the image below.
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Front Split Pose Yoga Workout

in , , , by FroBunni, Thursday, January 08, 2015

This is a great yoga workout that prepares you for the Front Split Pose. It also has modifications for those that are not as flexible or need more practice to get into the full pose. If you don't have blocks or a yoga strap, use thick books or a jump rope.

Yoga Pose of the Month: Front Split Pose

in , , , by FroBunni, Sunday, January 04, 2015
Front Split Pose, also known as Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose

I am starting the New Year's off doing a pose that has always been a challenge for me, Front Split pose. I remember when I was younger, I could do this with ease, but the older you get the stiffer you get (I act like I'm really old, lol). My yoga practices never included Front Split pose, so I had to learn to do it on my own. I got really close in college, but couldn't take my hands off the ground. So this month, I will master it. 

The Front Split Pose has many benefits:*
  • Stretches the hamstrings, groin and hip flexors
  • Strengthens the pelvic floor muscles
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • Relieves sciatica pain
For me in particular, I know it will help with the tightness in my hamstrings from sitting at a desk all day long.

How to Get into the Pose**

  1. Kneel on the floor. Step your right foot forward about a foot in front of your left knee, and rotate your right thigh outwardly. Do this by lifting the inner sole away from the floor and resting the foot on the outer heel.
  2. Exhale and lean your torso forward, pressing your fingertips to the floor. Slowly slide your left knee back, straightening the knee and at the same time descending the right thigh toward the floor. Stop straightening the back knee just before you reach the limit of your stretch.
  3. Now begin to push the right heel away from your torso. Because we started with a strong external rotation of the front leg, gradually turn the leg inward as it straightens to bring the kneecap toward the ceiling. As the front leg straightens, resume pressing the left knee back, and carefully descend the front of the left thigh and the back of the right leg (and the base of the pelvis) to the floor. Make sure the center of the right knee points directly up toward the ceiling.
  4. Also check to see that the back leg extends straight out of the hip (and isn’t angled out to the side), and that the center of the back kneecap is pressing directly on the floor. Keep the front leg active by extending through the heel and lifting the ball of the foot toward the ceiling. Bring the hands into Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal) or stretch the arms straight up toward the ceiling.
  5. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to a minute. To come out, press your hands to the floor, turn the front leg out slightly, and slowly return the front heel and the back knee to their starting positions. Then reverse the legs and repeat for the same length of time.

Modification Pose: Half Front Split Pose

Now, I know what you're thinking. Ok, Kami, you may be able to do this pose but what about me? Don't worry, I got you. I understand that Front Split pose is a more advanced yoga pose, and not everyone will be able to master it in a month, so instead try the Half Front Split Pose. As apparent by its name, Half Front Split Pose is really only half of the split, but you still get the same benefits. 

How to Get into the Pose***

  1. Step your right foot forward in between your hands and keep a deep bend in the front knee to come into a low lunge.
  2. Lower your left knee to the ground directly underneath the left hip. You may want to place a blanket underneath this knee. Option to tuck your left toes for stability. 
  3. Lift your torso up above your hips, place your hands on your hips, and ground down into your mat. Square your hips to parallel by drawing the left hip forward and the right hip back.
  4. With mindfulness, straighten the front leg in front of you so that only the heel of your right foot is connected to the floor. Flex your front, right foot. Micro-bend your front knee.
  5. Reground, activate the muscles of your legs and core, tilt your pelvis forward, and slowly fold over your front leg.
  6. Place your hands on blocks on either side of your front leg, or on the floor in the same fashion.
  7. Pause when you feel a stretch in your front hamstring and breathe length into the belly of the muscle. You may want to stay here or slowly walk your hands or blocks forward to increase the intensity of the stretch.
  8. Stay here for up to one minute. Then slowly and mindfully, inhale back to upright, bend into your front leg, place your hands on the ground and step back to Downward Facing Dog Pose. Repeat on the other side.
So, there it is. January is Front Split Pose, or Half Front Split Pose if you are not comfortable with the full split. Do the split once a day for at least 30 seconds on both sides. Throughout the month, I will post yoga practices focusing on Front Split pose as well as updates on my progress.

** Directions taken from Yoga Journal - http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/monkey-pose/