This is What Happens When Spontaneity Hits

in , by FroBunni, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Natural Hair ABC | FroBunni

I started my blog with the intention to document my hair journey, as well as any other journey I may be having. This has included fitness, health, beauty, and recently, being a yoga teacher. And most of my social media channels show this. The only problem is I really, really, really like talking about natural hair. But I also really, really, really don't want to fill my social media pages with natural hair information. I wanted them to be authentic to who I am as a person, and I am more than just natural hair.

So on a whim, and after a brief discussion with my friend and author Princess Jones, I took the plunge and created Natural Hair ABC, where I get to discuss natural hair all the time. So if you're looking for hair advice, regimens, product reviews, and just good ol' inspiration, check it out! It's only on Instagram and Facebook, so you don't have to worry about remembering another URL. And if you don't have Instagram or Facebook, that's okay. You'll see a lot of those infographics here and on Pinterest.

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9 Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Monday, August 21, 2017
FroBunni | 9 Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair Header

Natural hair can be dry. Like really dry. There are a few things you can do to keep your hair moisturized, such as moisturizing and sealing hair daily (meaning apply water or a water based leave-in to hair, followed by an oil or butter). But one thing you should always do is deep condition every time you wash your hair. This will help prevent breakage and retain length allowing hair to grow long and strong. And if you can, deep condition using a heating cap, which helps the product penetrate hair more effectively.

Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner
Giovanni Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask
TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask
Original Moxie Intense Quench Deep Conditioner
OBIA Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
Jane Carter Revive & Repair Hair Masque
My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask
Maui Moisture Heal  & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner 

FroBunni | 9 Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair Infographic

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Fall Hair Challenge: Longer and Fuller Hair

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back in July, I did a length check, and I was tailbone length. It was nice to have reached my original hair length goal, but I'm still wanting a bit more. My hair isn't exactly where I want it to be (within the bounds of my hair type and texture); I feel it should be at full tailbone length and look fuller.

Truth be told, I've been slacking on my regimen, which has caused some of this. I haven't been protective styling as often, and my wash schedule has been all over the place. This has unfortunately caused a lot more breakage and damage. So what better way to resolve these issue than to do a hair challenge!

This hair challenge will focus on reducing breakage and growing thicker hair (read: a more uniform length). By the end of it, I should have greatly reduced my hair breakage, as well as be full bra strap length wearing a typical stretched hairstyle like a roller set or braid out.

  • Full tailbone length
  • Bra strap length or longer in stretched hairstyles
  • Reduce breakage
  • Alternate between washing and cowashing (this will probably be washing every 10 days with cowashing on the 6th day)
  • Pre-poo and tea-aloe vera juice rinse for every wash and cowash
  • Deep condition with heat for every wash
  • Moisturize and seal, at least, every 3rd day
  • Wear protective styles 80% of the time (this will end up being about once a week)
  • Blow dry hair either using Curlformers under a hooded dryer, or if using the tension method, blow dry hair so it's only 90% dry
  • Eat Healthy
Let's Discuss this "Eat Healthy"

The longer I blog about hair, the more I realize how a healthy diet and healthy hair are connected. This doesn't mean you can't have healthier, longer, fuller hair without a healthy diet, just that it can help, and for some women, it's key. Plus, what's the point of having long hair if you're too sick to enjoy it?

Since I've been doing the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) diet, I've noticed how much better I feel when I get enough calories and nutrients, compared to when I don't. And I know if I can consistently do this, it will translate into healthier hair. So with this hair challenge, comes a healthy diet component. While my hair rules can be applicable to many women (they're pretty generic if you think about it), my "eat healthy" can't. A healthy diet isn't going to be the same for everyone, so it's not something I recommend you follow. If you are trying to eat healthier, I recommend talking to your doctor or finding a registered dietitian.

For the sake of this blog post, I am going to include what I will do to attain a healthier diet. Every day, I will aim to get:
It's fairly simple, but still very personalized to fit the shortcomings in my diet. Later in the week, I will discuss the new multi-vitamin, as well as the age old question "Do hair vitamins work?"

Are you thinking about doing a hair challenge? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Steps to Frizz-Free Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Friday, August 11, 2017
FroBunni | 5 tips to frizz free natural hair

Summer humidity is the bane of my existence. I loathe it, but there’s not much I can do about it. Or is there? I’ve been testing ways to reduce frizz, and I have some tips that may help. But before we begin, let’s address why frizz happens.

Frizz is caused by one of two things, weather and damaged hair. Weather related frizz, usually in the form of humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, can affect both healthy and damaged hair. The water vapor gets in contact with hair, and your otherwise defined twist out can turn into a 10-day old wash and go. The best way to deal with this frizz is use barrier forming products, such as serums and gels, which keep water vapor from getting in contact with the hair.

The other form of frizz is caused by damage. Split ends, worn hair cuticles, and dry hair make it hard to obtain a sleek rollerset and defined bantu-knot out. If you have split ends, you’ll need to cut them. If the hair shaft itself is damaged and your hair dry, you’re going to have to invest in some proper hair care. Keep hair relatively clean, deep condition, moisturize and seal daily, and sleep on a satin pillowcase. These are starting points, but I recommend learning how to build a proper hair care regimen to help reduce further damage.

Regardless of if your frizz is caused by the weather or damage, these tips can help. Oh, and one more thing. Some frizz is normal for most naturals. So if you’re trying to obtain a super sleek hairstyle and find that it’s impossible, don't worry. It’s normal.

Keep Hair Clean: Clean hair absorbs moisture better making it resistant to frizz. Use a gentle shampoo to clean hair (and always remember to follow-up with conditioner).
Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo
Made Beautiful PUREifying Cleanser
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Rich & Funky Moisturizing Cleanser

Moisturize with a Creamy Leave-In: Compared to lighter ones, creamier moisturizers and leave-ins keep hair moisturized longer leaving hair shiny and frizz-free.
TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
Soultanicals Marula-Muru Moisture Guru
Bel Nouvo Beauty CoCo Castor Styling Pudding

Use a Serum: Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, can cause frizz. In humid weather, use a serum before going outside, which will form an invisible barrier around the hair protecting it from humidity.Giovanni 2chic Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum
Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum for Normal to Dry Hair
Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa Softening Serum

Gel Down Flyaways: Whether you are prepping your hair for a roller set, twist out, or protective style, gel can help keep hair in place reducing frizz.CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Control Edge Glaze
Kink Curly Curling Custard

Go Satin: Sleep on a satin pillowcase, invest in a satin-lined hat, and put your hair up using a satin scrunchie. Using satin, as opposed to cotton, will reduce frizz and keep hair moisturized.Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap
Natural Born Hats Satin Scrunchie
Accented Glory Satin Turban Headbands

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Reviewing Protein Supplements: Think Thin, Aloha, Svelte

in , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, August 09, 2017
FroBunni | Reviewing Protein Supplements: Think Thin, Aloha, Svelte

I'm getting better at it, but getting protein has still been difficult for me as a vegetarian, especially after an intense workout. I've begun to rely on protein supplements, like bars and smoothies, on days when my protein intake has been particularly low. Since I've been trying so many different ones, I thought it would be a good idea to make this a series and find out which protein supplement is best.

I'll be ranking each supplement from 1-5, with 1 being terrible and 5 being great. There will be three criteria: protein and nutritional content, taste, and availability.

For this post, I am going to review Think Thin High Protein Bars, Aloha Protein Bars, and Svelte Organic Protein Shakes.

Think Thin High Protein Bars

FroBunni | Think Thin High Protein Bars

Protein and Nutritional Content: With 20 grams per bar, the Think Thin High Protein Bars contain the most amount of protein compared to the other two protein supplements. And while vitamin and mineral content varies among flavors, many contain some calcium and iron.
Taste: Not bad. It was a little chalky but not too noticeable. Sweet, but not overwhelming, and chewy but not gummy.
Availability: I got these at Giant Food Store, and I've seen them in Target and Costco, as well as Amazon. So they're pretty easy to find.
Overall: I would give the Think Thin High Protein bars a solid 3/5. They're good. Not great nor bad, but will do after workouts or if I need a quick snack. They have vegan options, and with so many flavors, there's something for everyone.

Aloha Protein Bars

FroBunni | Aloha Protein Bars

Protein and Nutritional Content: It varies from flavor to flavor, but it's about 14-16 grams of protein. They're also packed with fiber, as well as calcium and iron.
Taste: Oh boy, where do I begin? I've always wanted to try Aloha food and supplements, but these were probably not the best to start with. The chocolate fudge brownie tasted better than the peanut butter chocolate chip, but not by much. There wasn't much flavor, and they were so dense, it hurt to chew.
Availability: They're at Giant Food Stores, as well as many places online, so I don't think it's that hard to find them.
Overall: Aloha Protein Bars get a 2/5. For me, I won't be purchasing again, but being vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, they're a good option for those with dietary restrictions. I will say that I would try other Aloha foods and supplements, just not their protein bars.

Svelte Organic Protein Shakes

FroBunni | Svelte Organic Protein Shakes

Protein and Nutritional Content: What Svelte lacks in protein (11 grams), it makes up in overall nutritional content. Along with fiber, they also contain a substantial amount of vitamin A, B12, D, and E, as well as zinc and riboflavin.
Taste: Svelte surprised me. I expected that, out of the three, it would taste the worst. It actually tasted the best. I had chocolate and cappuccino; both were tasty, but I like the cappuccino better.
Availability: I also got these at Giant, but I haven't seen them anywhere else. They are also online, and I found them pretty easily on Amazon.
Overall: Svelte Organic Protein Shakes get a 4.5/5. They taste great, and with protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, they make for a pretty well-rounded snack or even late-night light meal. The only reason I'm docking half a point is for availability, but that could easily change if I see them at other brick and mortar stores. I have repeatedly bought the Svelte Organic Protein Shakes (and currently have two in my refrigerator). I have only tasted the chocolate and cappuccino, but I plan to get other flavors.

Let me know if you want me to try a specific protein bar, shake, or any other supplement!

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5 Things You Should Know Before Being a Yoga Teacher

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Frobunni | Yoga, Jaida A. Photography
Photo courtesy of Jaida A. Photography
It's been a year since I took the plunge and signed up for yoga teacher training. I can definitely say that it's one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I was taught at 405 Yoga, and my teachers had a solid and well-rounded curriculum. I got lots of hands-on practice, but even with all the preparation, being in yoga teacher training and being a yoga teacher are two completely different things. My first time teaching, I had a student walk out of my class, frustrated that it was too slow paced, and I was sure that I made a huge mistake. But with each class, I got more confident and settled in my teaching style. But it would've been nice if someone told me these five things before I started.

You'll Be a Ball of Nerves Those First Few Classes
The very first time I taught a class on my own, I was nervous to say the least. I was in my head most of the class, and when one of my students walked out, it only got worse. You're still finding your rhythm and style those first few classes. Continue to practice your sequences, as well as cueing, and trust me, it will only get better.

It's Actually Mentally Strenuous
Teaching is mentally exhausting. I was told this multiple times during yoga teacher training, but I didn't fully know what it's like until I began to teach. Coming up with and remembering creative and meaningful sequences prior to class, cueing correctly, adjusting students, and remembering names (my personal vice) can be a lot. You may also be exhausted after teaching, and that's okay and normal. But that leads me to my next point...

You'll Need to Learn Work-Life Balance
With everything going on in my life, teaching twice a week is enough. Occasionally, I sub an extra class here and there, but my normal schedule is only two classes. Go slow with taking on yoga teaching jobs. Start with one, if you can handle that, add an extra class. Got a handle on that, add another one. You can add as many as you like, but just make sure you're not getting burned out. Otherwise, you'll find it to be a chore and won't enjoy it.

You're Not Done Learning
Another lesson drilled into me during yoga teacher training is you're never done learning. Continue to take classes from other teachers, go to seminars, and network. I've taken this one to heart, and it's only made me a better yoga teacher. From sequence ideas, better cueing, music, meditations, and more, I've literally picked up bits and pieces from other yoga teachers and implemented it into my teaching style. It has help me tremendously as I continue my yoga journey.

You Have to Build-Up Your Own Following
This is one I mentally struggle with quite regularly. Even with the best social media, it can take some time to consistently have classes filled with students. Be patient, be consistent, and it will happen. When you start to see the same faces at your class over and over again, just know you're doing something right.

Are you a yoga teacher? What lessons have you learned after teaching training?

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How to Make a Great Tasting Green Smoothie

in , , by FroBunni, Friday, August 04, 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love smoothies, especially green smoothies. They're a great way to get 3-4 servings of fruit and vegetables in a single cup, and even better, they taste delicious. I always recommend them to people who are trying to get healthy or just trying to eat more fruits and vegetables.

I'm always asked how to make green smoothies taste good. It's actually really easy! I have a few tips that will always give you delicious and nutritious green smoothies.

Most green smoothies contain about 3-4 servings of fruit, and to get it to blend smoothly, you'll need some liquid, about 1/2 cup. I like to use water, but I've also used tea, milk, almond milk, and coconut milk. You can use whatever you want, but the most important thing is you have 1/2 cup of it.

The Ratio
Green smoothies, or any smoothie with a vegetable, will require the 2:1 ratio, meaning two servings of fruit per one vegetable. This will help hide the flavor of the vegetable, while preventing the smoothie from being too sweet. While this ratio won't always apply (vegetables like sorrel and rhubarb have a more tart flavor compared to other vegetables), it's the general rule of thumb for a great tasting green smoothie.

Pick a Green
When most people think of green smoothies, they think kale and spinach, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Collards, turnip greens, swiss chard, and arugula can easily replace the two mainstays. If you're not fond of those, consider herbs, like mint, lemongrass, and basil, which offer a slightly sweeter and tart taste. Quick tip: always blend greens first before adding the fruits. Greens tend to be more fiberous than fruits, so blending them twice helps to create a smooth consistency.

Flavor Pairings
Generally speaking, certain fruits pair better with each other. For a taste of the tropics, add pineapple, mango, papaya, and coconut; while pomes - apples and pears - provide a lightly sweet and crisp taste to smoothies. Winter fruits, such as pomegranates, clementines, and kiwi are citrusy and refreshing. But even though certain fruits go better together, get creative and make your own combinations.

Other Tips
If you need to make your smoothie sweeter, instead of sugar, add some honey or a date (make sure you remove the pit first). If you need it sweeter, but don't want the extra calories, monk fruit and stevia are two natural no-calorie options (just be aware that monk fruit taste better cold). Nuts and seeds can be added for some protein, and for extra vitamins and minerals, add chia seeds, spirulina, or flaxseeds, though this may alter the flavor slightly.

And that's it! See, I told you making green smoothies was easy. And don't forget, these aren't rules, more so what's worked for me. So try different combinations and get creative. Your favorite smoothie may be one that no one has thought of yet!

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