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Wash Day:: Using Avalon Organics Shampoo And Conditioner Again

Wash Day:: Using Avalon Organics Shampoo And Conditioner Again

           I made the decision to wash my hair with Avalon Organics products again. It's been more than two years since I last used them. The experience was the same. The shampoo left my hair feeling very dry, and the conditioner did not do anything to help. It did not provide any slip.  It's just one of those situations where you have the products around the house and you just cannot find the courage to throw them  away. I co-washed my hair on Thursday because it felt a little heavy/sticky. I guessed I used too much of my homemade conditioner last week. I used the same conditioner this wash day, but only a small amount.  Here is how my wash day went!


{1} I oiled my scalp with Now Solutions 100% Pure Castor oil, and some Pure Coconut oil on the rest of my hair.  I put a plastic cap on and left it on for a few hours.

{2} I shampooed and conditioned with Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo and conditioner.

The Wash Day Experience{3} I used black tea for my rinse instead of black coffee after rinsing the conditioner out.

{4} I left the coffee on for about 5 minutes before adding Pantene Truly Natural Hair Deep Conditioner. I left it on my hair for exactly 20 minutes before rinsing it out.

{5} I quickly dried my hair with a T-shirt to remove excess water.

{6} I added my leave-in conditioner mix (Giovanni leave-in, mixed with Aloe Vera Juice, and Scurl No Drip Activator Moisturizer. 

{7} I used both Avocado Butter and Extra Virgin Olive Oil to seal the moisture in. 

Hair of the week

Wash Day:: Using Avalon Organics Shampoo And Conditioner Again

           My hair felt amazing the next day. It looks like I blow dried my hair, right? I did not. I used my homemade spritz (2 oz. water, 1 oz Aloe Vera Juice, 1 oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil ) to moisturize my hair the next morning, and styled it later that day to take AJ to Chess practice. My hair does not look like that everyday. How was your wash day?

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Outfit Of The Week: The eShakti Polka Dots Blouse

Outfit Of The Week: The eShakti Polka Dots Blouse
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           I had the opportunity to customize this blue polka dots blouse to fit my waistline and my wide hips. I was very happy with the service. Shipping was very, very fast. Their site is user friendly, and their size chart is pretty accurate. I paired the top with my white skinny jeans and my famous blue pumps. I love how the material feels on my skin. The top is lined in all the right places. The fit is perfect. And I couldn't be happier with this experience.

Outfit Of The Week: The eShakti Polka Dots Blouse

Outfit Of The Week: The eShakti Polka Dots Blouse

Outfit Of The Week: The eShakti Polka Dots Blouse

Outfit Of The Week: The eShakti Polka Dots Blouse

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Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit 44% Carbamide Peroxide REVIEW

Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit 44% Carbamide Peroxide REVIEW

Product Description

About the company:

Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Dr Song Medical products are made in the USA and is FDA compliant and a provider of professional products.

About the item:

Dr Song Home Professional Teeth Whitening 44% Carbamide Peroxide Kit

Maximum strength take home teeth whitening kit, the same ones used by dentists, but done in the convenience of your own home! Since this kit contains professional maximum strength whitening gel, it is not recommended for use if you have sensitive teeth.

• 8 large syringes of whitening gel - good for 50 applications
• 1 large re-mineralization gel syringe
• gel applicator brush - for easy application of whitening gel
• LED Blue Light Accelerator - for acceleration of whitening process
• moldable teeth trays

Price: $ 34.99
Where to buy: 
Keep the gel away from your gums as they may irritate them/cause temporary bleaching of gums.

Step 1: Place the tray over the upper teeth without placing the tray in boiling water. Practice with your tongue on the roof of your mouth and touching the inside of the tray. Suck the air from the tray. This contours the guard to the inside surface of the teeth. Repeat with lower tray.
Step 2: Bring water to a boil. Pour the water into a cup and let sit for 1 minute. Dip the tray into the water for 5 seconds. Make sure the edges do not fold onto each other (occurs when dipped for too long, if this happens, reshape tray back to original form, allow to cool and try again).
Step 3: Lift the tray vertically from the water using the tab. Carefully and quickly place the tray around the teeth and then immediately perform the procedure outlined in step 1.
Step 4: The tray can be reformed multiple times by dipping them again into hot water, repeat until satisfied.
Step 5: Once you are satisfied with the fit, trim the front tab away from the tray with scissors.
Whitening Treatment Instructions:

Step 1: Brush and floss just prior to bleaching your teeth. Dispense .5 ml of gel into a small bowl and using the a pplicator brush, apply a thin layer of gel to the front teeth only, keep the gel away from the gums. Do not whiten the back teeth, since no one can see them.
Step 2: Insert whitening trays in the mouth over the teeth. Immediately wipe any excess gel off of the gums. Wear the trays for 15 minutes and up to 4 hours if a stronger treatment is desired. If sensitivity or irritation occurs, wait 24 hours between treatments and use less gel. Repeat process daily as needed.
Optional: If you have a LED tray light, you can place it over the trays and use it for 15 minutes at the start of each session. Make sure to take out the clear plastic safety disk in the battery compartment before attempting to turn on.
Final Step: Gently remove any excess gel that remains on the teeth.

If you need faster results, mix the gel with a small amount of water before applying as water/saliva can activate the whitener. Shelf life of whitener is approximately 12 months upon receiving when stored properly in a cool, dark place.

Ingredients: carbamide peroxide, water, glycerin, carbomer, potassium sorbate, disodium EDTA, flavor

My Opinion
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable ( A lot of product for the money )
  • Fast Shipping & great service
  • Easy to follow directions
  • Works as promised
  • None yet
Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit 44% Carbamide Peroxide REVIEW
Exhibit A

             Wow! Can you tell how long it's been since I got my teeth whitened? Look at  Exhibit A! That's what drinking black coffee and red wine everyday can do to your teeth. The last time I got my teeth whitened professionally was almost two years ago. The before picture was taken three weeks ago, and the after picture was taken on 12/11/2014. I used Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit 44% Carbamide Peroxide for a total of 15 days. I drank no coffee, nor wine, during that time because I did not want anything to interfere with the process. Shipping was very fast. I received an email with detailed instructions on how to use the product right after it was shipped. It was uncomfortable to keep the tray in my mouth at first, then I got used to it. As you can see above, the product worked for me. I started seeing a difference by the fifth day. The difference was probably already there, but hard to see because of everything that was going on around those teeth of mine.

            It is very important that you keep this product away from your gum while applying it, as it can lead to temporary bleaching of the gum. It is better if you take your time and let it work instead of using too much to get faster results. This is my first at- home teeth whitening kit. And I must tell you, I am very pleased with the results so far. I totally recommend this product.

Have you tried any at-home teeth whitening kit before?

Fitness Friday: Does Not Eating Breakfast Lead To Weight Gain?

Fitness Friday: Does Not Eating Breakfast Lead To Weight Gain?
            We can all agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It wakes up your metabolism from the fasting state and gives your body necessary fuel to start the day. I know people who don't eat breakfast in the morning and still manage to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but I cannot skip breakfast to save my life. I get cranky, jittery, and nauseous. You name it, I get it. But the great debate has been whether skipping breakfast in the morning leads to weight gain. Or does it make you slimmer?


         It is estimated that 31 Million Americans skip breakfast everyday. {source}

            According to a long term study (4-10 years) from Purdue University, skipping breakfast in the morning does lead to weight gain over time. I am definitely not the right person to conduct such a study on! The Author of the study, Megan A. McCrory, PhD., suggests stocking your kitchen with ready-to-eat foods or make something the night before. 
Fitness Friday: Does Not Eating Breakfast Lead To Weight Gain?

             I rarely skip breakfast. But when I do, I tend to eat more later that day. It is not always easy for me to cook breakfast in the morning. What I do is have a quick meal at around 7:00 AM.  I know some of you cannot eat that early in the morning. I do because I wake up at 5:00 every morning, and I feel hungry as soon as I wake up because I am not big on eating dinner. My quick breakfast usually consist of a cup of coffee, toasts or some other baked goods, and a piece of fruit.
            Well, the verdict is out! While you may not see the difference around your waistline right away,  unexplained weight gain will be noticeable down the road if you skip breakfast every morning.

 How do you feel when you don't eat breakfast?

Fitness Friday

Wash day: Mixing My Leave-in Conditioners

Wash day: Mixing My Leave-in Conditioners

           I ran out of my Alberto V05 Tea therapy while washing my hair on Monday. It's a good thing that I always have a bottle of TREsemme Moisture Rich conditioner on my shelf. It's my Tried&True. I cannot imagine my hair without it.  I skipped the deep conditioning this week. It was getting late, and my hair already felt soft and strong enough after prepping it for few hours before shampooing. I mixed one moisturizer and a leave-in conditioner,  along with some Aloe Vera Juice  in the hope of getting softer hair that lasts for days. 

Pre-poo: I mixed 100% pure castor oil with some coconut oil to prep my hair for a few hours.

The Wash Day ExperienceShampoo: I used both Matrix Biolage and my Alberto V05 clarifying conditioner because the castor oil was so thick it left my hair feeling sticky.

Rinse: Coffee rinse for about five minutes.

Conditioning: Alberto V05 Tea Therapy and TREsemme Moisture Rich Conditioner with vitamin E.

Drying: T-shirt dry for about 10 minutes

Moisturizing: 2 tbsp Scurl No Drip Activator Moisturizer, 1 tbsp Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner, 1 tbsp Aloe Vera Juice.

Sealing: Avocado Butter

Hair of the week

Wash day: Mixing My Leave-in Conditioners

             My hair is loving the Avocado butter so far.  My edges are growing, and I am not worried about the breakage anymore. My wash day went pretty well. how was your wash day?

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How I Use Coffee To Stop Shedding And Promote Hair Growth

Using coffee to stop shedding and grow hair

              I would have gone bald three weeks ago if I did not know the benefits of coffee on the hair. My hair was shedding non-stop. Although I had introduced a few new products to my hair routine, I knew that my hair was not shedding excessively because of them. It turned out that my hair was shedding because of medical reasons. My thyroid was out of control and my iron was unusually low. Using coffee on my hair to stop the shedding and promote hair growth, has been my remedy until the other medications start working to bring everything back to normal.

           DHT or Dihydro-testosterone, which is the result of excess testosterone broken down by the body, damages the hair follicles, which in turn leads to baldness. The hair follicles shrink when there is too much DHT present in the blood. When that happens, the hair becomes thinner, and grows slower than normal.  According to a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology in January 2007, Caffeine stimulates hair growth and helps make hair follicles resistant to the effect of testosterone.  60 cups of coffee a day is what you would have to drink for that to happen, but it is suggested that applying the coffee directly to the scalp is another way to enjoy its benefits. {source}

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Hair shedded during a 3-week period.

How I Use Coffee To Stop Shedding And Promote Hair Growth

{1} Brew the coffee as usual and let it cool off.

{2} Wash the hair with shampoo, squeeze out excess water with the help of a T-shirt.

{3} Pour the coffee over your head, paying attention to your scalp. Use a bowl to catch the drippings if you intend to use the coffee a couple of times.

{4} Leave the coffee on your hair for about 5 minutes, then rinse it out and condition or deep condition your hair. 

            Because  I don't rub the deep conditioner on my scalp,  I choose to leave the coffee on my hair, then add the deep conditioner on top. For me it is a good way to give the coffee enough time to work. I only use coffee on my hair once a week because using coffee on the hair too often can change your natural hair color. So, if your hair is color treated, you might want to use a different alternative to coffee. Thanks to the coffee rinse, the excessive shedding stopped completely. Now my hair only sheds when I wash it or during regular combing, which is normal.

*Reference: Hair Boutique


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