Hair treatments

To say I’ve damaged my hair over the years would be an understatement, I started dyeing my hair when i was 15 and never looked back, until recently I’m completely over dyeing my hair and I’m letting it grow out naturally.  My natural hair color WAS blonde and now that I’m letting it grow out its coming out this really weird brown color :/ I have to say its pretty nice not having to buy so much dye and maintaining color is a bitch.  Maybe my hair wouldn’t have come out like straw if i used normal hair dye, but noooo I used everything you could think of, I dyed my hair black a lot and I think I only used normal hair dye once I switched to african hair dye that’s waaaay cheaper than normal dye and of course henna. 

 

I got over the black and decided to bleach my hair, I learned a valuable lesson :/ don’t EVER let your boyfriend dye your hair for you, he focused many on my roots and I ended up with white as can be roots and orange and black everywhere else,  I ended up liking it and left it like that for a while after that I went a little crazy and dyed it pink, blue, purple, burgundy, burgundy and black and red.  I still miss the red 😦 it was my favorite. If you don’t believe me please see the pics 🙂 and yes I went through piercings just as fast as my hair.

black hair 

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bleached hair

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pink 

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Blue

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Red

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Purple

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dark red and black

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Now that I’m trying to fix my hair without expensive hair treatments, its turned into some really interesting experiments, my top three hair treatments that works.

 

Apple cider vinegar

I love this one it leaves my hair shiny and soft 🙂 and no it doesn’t make your hair smell like vinegar 🙂 

 

Why it works:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is replete with nutrients that will balance the pH of your scalp. ACV can help to remove dead skin cells that clog follicles and retard the hair’s ability to grow; it can relieve an itchy scalp and dandruff. . Apple cider vinegar is effective because it contains many beneficial acids such as acetic acid, lactic, and malic acid.

The reason to exfoliate the scalp is to remove old, dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. It will relieve scalp itchiness and product build-up on the hair and scalp. *If you use a lot of hair products such as, mousse, gels and hairspray- you should exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating is important. Your scalp has 5 layers of skin and connective tissue, along with an abundance of capillaries and blood vessels running through to supply your hair with needed nutrients to grow and stay healthy.

As we age, cells tend to thicken and compromise hair follicles and our hair starts to thin out. Hair products containing dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can cause a build-up on the scalp and interfere with hair growth. DHT can shrink the hair follicle. 

 

How to use it

After you wash your hair, mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm filtered tap water and pour over your hair massaging in and leave in your hair, don’t worry the vinegar smell disappears when your hair dries. I do this treatment once a week.

 

BEER

Yes you read correctly, we always have a ton of beer, (the joys of having a german boyfriend :/) I found out about this when i googled what to do with leftover beer, this is actually amazing it works better than the apple cider vinegar, It makes you look like a hair advertisement, the only downside and its a pretty big downside is the fact that you smell like beer and its hard to get the smell out :/

 

Why it works:

Beer is made from malt and hops, which contain proteins that are thought to repair hair damaged by chemical processing, sun, chlorine and pollution, and add body to limp strands. The sugars in the beer are believed to make hair shiny by tightening the hair cuticles.

How to use it:

After shampooing and rinsing your hair, pour the entire beer over your hair, making sure to coat the strands from scalp to tips. Gently massage the beer into your hair and let it soak in for at least two minutes. Rinse your hair completely with cool water. You can then use your regular conditioner to neutralize any traces of beer scent.

 

BANANA

This is great for making your hair soft and moisturized, I found that it was hard to get the banana out of my hair though, a week later i still kept finding little pieces of banana in my hair :/ maybe i just suck at this stuff I don’t know 😦

How to use it:

blend 1 banana until well pureed and condition in your hair and let stand for 15 minutes before washing out.

 

Hope you guys found this useful, here is 2 photos of what my hair looks like now 🙂 have a great day!

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Chia whole wheat Tortilla wraps

We’ve been having some crazy weather here, the other night it went from a beautiful starry night to a insane hail storm, (Where I live we don’t get hail or snow here during winter its usually just very dry and cold) it all started with the most ridiculous thunder and lightening and then the super rain with gumball sized hail, we all got such a big fright, especially my dad he grabbed his bed cover from his bed, the spare bedrooms bed and some other randoms to go cover his cars, his panic was actually really funny and I couldn’t stop laughing, but I got my karma back for laughing at him, when i went outside to help him it felt like I was getting beaten up with the amount of hail hitting me. It was about 15 min of the worst storm I’ve ever seen and then just like that it stopped :O super odd.

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It turned our little city into a winter wonderland ( or gumball ice wonderland :\), ever since the storm the internet connection has been crappy and I haven’t been able to post this recipe, its shit, because this wrap is amazing and everyone deserves to try it NOW 😛

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I love chia seeds, they make me so happy, it might be because they look like mini dinosaur eggs or that they get all jell like when you mix them with water or the great amount of health benefits that go with them. 

 

10 Health benefits from chia seeds 

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1. Nutritious.  Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues.  The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium.  The nutrients also support proper brain functioning

2. Water loving.  The seed can soak up ten times its weight in water.  Do this fun experiment.  Put one tablespoon of chia seed in a cup of water and stir.  Wait a few hours and see what happens.  When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.

3.  Easily digestible.  The shells are easily broken down, even when swallowed whole.  This is an improvement over flax seed, which have to be ground up to be digested properly.  If you eat flax seed whole, it will just pass through.

4. Concentrated.  If I could only take one cup of food for a few days, I’d choose chia!  The food value per volume is simply astounding.  You don’t need much

5. Mild tasting.  Unlike some seeds, the flavor is very mild.  The mild taste makes it easy to put in sauces, smoothies, breads, puddings, and whatever you want.  They won’t really change the taste, but will add to your nutrition!

6. Energy enhancing.  The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends.  They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted.  The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.

7. Versatile.  The seeds can be used to replace less-healthy fat in just about any recipe.  You can use them uncooked in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want.  You can also add them to cookies, cakes, muffins, and other baked goods.  

8. Slimming and trimming.  Yes, the seeds will help you lose weight, for two reasons.  The first reason is that they are so filling that you will eat less of other foods.  The second reason is that they actually bulk up and cleanse your body of old “junk” in your intestine

9. Endurance enhancing.  Chia seeds are known as the “Indian Running Food”.  Also, the ancient Aztec warriors used chia seed during their conquests. 

10. Regenerating.  After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation.  Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.

Now that you know a little more about chia seeds, lets get to the recipe.

 

Chia whole wheat Tortilla wraps -( 5 pretty large tortillas)

Ingredients:

* 1.5 cups whole wheat flour

* 1.5 tbsp flax meal 

* 2 tbsp chia seed

* 1/4 tsp baking powder

* 1/2 tsp salt 

*  1 tsp garlic powder

* 1 tsp dried basil

*1.5  tbsp Olive oil

* 1/5 cup water 

 

Directions

Mix dry ingredients together and add wet ( if its to dry add more water as needed if too wet add more flour).  Knead dough and let stand for ten minutes.

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Separate dough into 5 balls, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. 

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Roll out each ball ( I’m not very good at getting them round so I got some funny shaped ones, I also rolled all my balls out so I didn’t have to be rolling them out while i was cooking them.)  Preheat a large pan on medium high, don not grease the pan.

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Place tortilla on the pan, flipping when slightly golden, repeat with remaining tortillas. These were absolutely scrumptious with some hummus and fresh veggies.

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I hope you guys have a lovely day, I’m going to go see snow for the first time in my life tomorrow 🙂 its a 3-4 hour drive, but its going to be worth it. 🙂

 

Info about chia found on this site http://icreatewisdom.com/chiaseed.html

Vegan Bobotie

Hello!! I had a lovely weekend with my parents over the weekend, live gets pretty insane and its hard to make time for the ones you love.  So I cancelled all my plans and went to visit them, it was wonderful seeing them, my dad even stocked up the fridge with loads of vegan goodies (happy me).  

 

On Sunday we went to this farmer type market ( my dad longs to be a farmer) I was really surprised to see that they had vegan donuts 🙂  I also found a anti rhino poaching stall, they raise money to train people to help prevent the rhino poaching, its sad that one of our main animals in the country is going extinct, because the Chinese want the horn so badly 😦  I bought a shirt and a bracelet to support them.

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I’ve been trying to find ways to veganize some South African recipes and bobotie is very popular here.  Bobotie is a traditional South African dish, its similar to a meatloaf.  The original way of making it is with curried mince meat and a egg mixture on top.  I’ve veganized it swapping the meat for lentils and using tofu for the egg topping.

 

Vegan Bobotie (serves 4)

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* 2 Tbsp soy sauce

* 1 tsp tomato paste

* 1 Cup vegetable stock

* 2 C cooked lentils

* 2 Tbsp Oil

* 1 medium onion, finely chopped

* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

* a pinch turmeric powder

*  2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander

* 2 Tbsp mild curry powder

* 1/4 c raisins 

* 3 tbsp apricot jam

* 1 slice brown bread soaked in enough soymilk to make it moochy.

 

Top layer 

 

* 1 block soft tofu

* a pinch turmeric powder (for color)

* a pinch salt and pepper

* juice of half a lemon 

*3/4 c water

* paprika to garnish on top

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350F

In a pan heat up the oil and fry the onion, garlic, coriander and spices.  Fry until the onion are translucent, then add the apricot jam and cook until well combined.  Next add the lentils, vegetable stock, soy sauce, tomatopaste and raisins, stir well and simmer for a minute, after the minute add the bread mixture and stir well.

 

Remove the pan from heat and place the mixture in a deep oven pan, spread the mixture evenly.

 

To make the top layer add all the ingredients (except paprika) in a blender and blend till smooth.  Spread the egg mixture over the top and sprinkle with paprika.  Bake for 45 minutes or till the tofu is lightly browned at the top.  The traditional way to eat it, is with yellow rice, but I prefer it with a nice salad.

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Have a lovely day 🙂