Monthly Archives: January 2013







            Healthy hair is not only what we rub on our hair, its how we eat, sleep, and live life in general. Exercise is even a part of healthy hair. Stress can play a huge factor in the state of your hair as well.



Play an essential role in hair growth and health. I am not talking about a magic vitamin/pill that will “grow” your hair. There is no such thing! There are vitamins that can promote healthy hair. There are 4 great vitamins I recommend.


1)        Biotin 1,000mcg- Main role is it promotes growth and healthy hair. It is also for the benefit of your skin and nails. It is available at Wal-Mart, any drug store and vitamin stores. Price is very reasonable I buy it at Target for a little less than $3 in the generic brand.


2)       Fish Oil 1,000mg– Promotes shiny, healthy hair growth and prevents shedding.  Fish oils are great for your brain, nails, hair and skin. Also available at Wal-Mart, vitamin stores or drug stores. Good fish oil can be a bit pricey however they do go on sale for $5 at Target.



3)       Stress B Complex– This is a vitamin compound of B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folic acid, B-12, biotin and pathothenic acid. It promotes cell production and energy production. It relieves stress and supports growth; it is great for people under stress! Years ago my mom was under stress and the front of her hair started shedding and appeared thin. The Doctor recommend Stress B complex and her hair started growing back. This vitamin can be a little pricey ranging from $12-$25.


4)       Hair, Skin and Nail– These vitamins generally have biotin and some of the vitamins found in the Stress B Complex. They promote healthy hair growth, skin and nail growth. I take this as well but only twice a week because it’s like doubling up on the same nutrients. However, make sure you read the dosages on the side of the bottle. Some have very low dosages of the vitamin which is a waste of money. Price ranges from $7-$20.


*If you have health issues consult your Physician before taking any vitamins*



Diet plays a huge factor in hair growth. Your hair and body needs the nutrients and minerals from food sources. As we just spoke about vitamins you can also get your vitamins from food sources but for many of us it is not realistic with busy schedules. A combination of the right foods and vitamins are great for people on the go. Great food sources are protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, and iron. Chicken, eggs, fish, beans, lentils and nuts are rich in nutrients needed for healthy hair and skin. Protein builds healthy strong hair and repairs cells.


Examples of great hair food:


* Egg whites (P,I,Z)                          * Salmon(o)                                   * Greek Yogurt (p)       

* Lentils(P.I,Z, B)                             * Beans(p)                                    * Spinach(I)

* Sardines(P,I)                          * Avocado(o)                             * Walnuts(O,E)

* Almonds(p)                          * Kale(I)                         * Chicken(p)                                                

P=Protein                                       I=Iron                                     E=Vitamin E

O=Omega fatty acids    D=vitamin D                         Z=zinc                    B=Biotin



Iron is also important for hair growth; iron brings oxygen to the cells including the hair follicles.  The examples given above are natural sources of biotin, protein, iron and other vitamins for hair growth and healthy hair. You cannot eat like crap and expect growth; it will not work no matter how many products you’re using in your hair. It starts from the inside out!



Stress is a major hair killer, breakage, hair loss and extreme shedding are signs. The best way to tackle stress is get a minimum 8 hours sleep every night. Drink 6-8 glasses of water, take a walk to calm down and relax. Walking also may lower your blood pressure and provides your body stimulation for better blood circulation. Take deep breaths and stretch through out the day. Give your self regular scalp massages and get the circulation going. These are things that can dramatically reduce stress.   



Natural Products:

Anything you put in your hair you should be able to pronounce and know what it is. Natural oils and shea butter are the best way to go. There are also great natural product lines out there. Moreover, there are some good drugstore hair products as well. However, every oil or mixture is not for everyone! Learn your hair, pay attention on how your hair reacts to certain oils/products. Make a hair regiment that works for you and the health of your hair.


Most common oils used among naturalista’s:


  • Grapeseed oil                                
  • Olive oil
  • Almond oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Castor oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Vitamin E oil


Popular Essential Oils:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil



Shea butter is very popular as well and can be mixed with any oil that works for you. Essential oils can be added to any mixture. Essential oils are used for scent or   other benefits. For example Tea tree oil is an essential oil and it s great for dandruff and dry scalp issues.


Personally, I used all the oils listed, shea butter and tea tree oil because I suffer from dry scalp. I also make my own oil mixture which I call my “wonder 9 oil” because it is a mixture of 9 different oils. The link to the video is below if interested.




I make my own hot oil scalp treatment once a week. I mix extra virgin olive oil with tea tree oil and warm it up. I also do a deep hydrating mask every time I wash my hair. I use a plastic cap and let it stay on for at least half an hour; I find it makes my hair extremely soft. That is part of my hair regimen I been on my journey for almost one year. Natural hair is a learning process and everyone’s hair is different so learn your hair!




Great healthy Hair smoothie for the Naturalista on the go


  • Handful or Kale or Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • Small piece of ginger
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or milk product of your choice)
  • apple or  pear
  • Table spoon of flax seeds


Mix in a blender, taste and adjust to suit you, it takes some getting use to.


This hair smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals. Supplied with vitamin A, E, D, C and iron, potassium, magnesium, omega fatty acids, protein and phosphorus. 


By Tania Andrews

My current natural style are wash and go’s. I have been wearing wash and go’s for the entire Christmas holidays 🙂


Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Hair talk, Uncategorized


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Happy New Year Frugalista’s!

I wish you all the best for 2013 plenty of cheer and happiness. I received my December Glossybox a few days ago. This month’s box was special because Glossybox teamed up with LouLou. For those that do not know LouLou is a trendy fashion magazine loaded with tips and fashion trends. One thing I love is that the box was silver this month!

First thing that was on top was the Glossy Mag, this month’s edition was more high fashion. Also, they highlighted a special vlogger and blogger this month which is pretty cool. The Glossy Mag was full of high fashion trends.

On this month’s Glossybox card LouLou gave tips for each product which was super cute. I will post each LouLou tip for the products listed.

On first glance this month’s box was packed! First Item was the Jergens Natural Glow lotion. I got the medium to tan type, which is not for my skin but its just lotion so it works. This was a full size product, 150ml retails for $8.99. This lotion smells so good it’s a light sweet scent. The lotion offers a natural glow with the benefits of a tan without the sun and odors.

LouLou Tip: Apply this moisturizer at bedtime for a beautiful, natural looking glow the next morning.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
this is a full size product! This retails for $22.99 and is 75ml. Aveeno Ultra-Calming moisturizer calms and soothes irritation due to dry skin. Aveeno has a great line of products and this moisturizer is great. The value of this moisturizer covers the cost of entire Glossybox.

LouLou Tip: Mix a drop of this moisturizer with your favorite liquid foundation for a luminous complexion.

Revlon Nail Polish this is a full size product the 15ml bottle retails for $5.99. I received a translucent nude pink, it is a great shade for French manicures. It gives a very polished natural look on nails. The card states that it delivers a smooth and chip resistant color.

LouLou Tip: Nail art is all the rage right now! Get creative by painting each nail a different color or adding contrast at the tips.

GlossyBox Lashes this is a full size product, retailing for $12.50 a pair. False lashes have been a big trend of 2012 and seem to be for 2013 as well. Lashes can dramatically change your look. These lashes are quite luxurious and dramatic I cannot wait to try these. Even though I have never worn lashes it gives me a chance to try something new and have fun with it. I wish they would have included the adhesive for these lashes. This is exclusive to Glossybox of course since it is their brand. I have enjoyed the Glossy brand products over the months.

LouLou Tip: Dress up your gaze with false lashes! Simply run a bit of glue along the edge, press them at the base of your natural fringe to set them, and voila!

Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo this is a deluxe sample size at 56g value approximately $2.50. It is a perfect travel or purse size. I have never tried dry shampoo because I need oils in my hair and I am natural. It seems like an interesting product I will pass on to a friend. The card states it can transform limp hair into health looking full bodied hair when you skip a shampoo.

LouLou Tip: Mist some on to give your do a little sexy bedhead texture.

Avon Liquid Eye Shadow this item is full size and the retail value is unknown. I am going to approximate $3.99 based on Avon’s price marks. I got a gold shade with some gold shimmer notes. This product was a bit strange it had Arabic writing and other languages on it. I am guessing it may have come from a different country. It seems interesting due to the fact I have never tried liquid eye shadow.

LouLou Tip: The number one make-up rule is always pick one feature to emphasize (eyes or lips) and keep the rest simple.

Tresemme Split Remedy Sachet
this was a sample packet one side was shampoo and the other side was conditioner. The approximate value for this sample packet is $1. I have used this product previously and I love it! It makes your hair soft and smells great. The Glossy card states it binds up to 80% of split ends, creating healthy-looking, smooth and polished styles. I am all about healthy hair this is great product to try.

LouLou Tip: Let your hair soak in this conditioner’s benefits by leaving it on for a few minutes before rinsing.

Nobia Jewelry Collection this is clearly a full size item. I received a pair of blue stone fashion stud earrings. It has a silver rim around the blue stone. Cute pair of earrings for a casual and under stated look. The value of this item is unknown I am going to approximate $5. Also there were 50 golden tickets in boxes this month which received a statement necklace from Nobia in addition to other items. Pretty cool!

In this month’s Glossybox there were 8 items! That is the most we have received from Glossybox thus far. I think that is amazing, for $21 a month getting 5-6 products or more is a steal. This December box is valued at $62.96, possibly more depending on the value of the earrings. Glossybox is a great way to try new products at a low cost. If you are interested in joining Glossybox use code GLOSSY41 to save 10% off your first box. Pass on the savings! Glossybox has gift subscriptions and you can try it out for just one month. It is one of the best beauty box subscriptions out because of the range of products and the size of the products. Well frugalista’s get saving and get beautiful!
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