Friday, July 29, 2011

Avoid your split ends

Hello there,

I've always had problem with split ends. Right after my high school I started coloring and hi-lighting my hair just for a change and then I started getting addicted to hair dyes, perming products, straightening chemicals and what not. I knew that I was welcoming split ends but what I didn't know was how bad they could be and what harm they could do to my hair. So five years after that I was done playing with chemicals and I wanted a healthy hair which seemed impossible because of how bad my hair had become. The only thing I liked about split ends was that I could literally pass my whole day playing with split ends and pulling them separate.

No one would want to hear this but everything we do to make our hair look beautiful causes split ends. We cannot fix them, but we can definitely prevent them. Once we get split ends, the only way to get rid of them is to cut them off, so we should be very careful how we're treating our hair. I would say that we should take care of our hair as we do our face.

To avoid split ends, there are some prevention steps that we can take.
  • Avoid blow drying and heat styling as much as you can, and if you cannot give it up, definitely use a lower heat setting and apply a heat protection spray or serum.
  • Trim your hair every six to eight weeks. You can even do it yourself at home; do not use blunt scissors because they damage the ends and cause more split ends.
  • Your hair is more vulnerable when it is wet so do not brush wet hair. You could use a wide-toothed comb instead while wet and for dry hair use natural bristle brush.
  • Regularly deep condition your hair and more frequently if you have a very dry hair. It'll help to regain the lost moisture and keep your hair healthier.
  • On a very sunny day, if you are not going to wear a hat, use shampoo with sunscreen or a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from sun damage.
These steps have helped my hair grow better than what it used to be. So no more spending my time playing with split ends; I'm rather using it to do something useful. Thank you all for reading. Have a great day.

Lots of love!

Friday, July 22, 2011

How much water to drink?

Hi everyone,

It's been extremely hot outside lately and our body is dehydrating a lot. I used to drink about 2 liters of water everyday but on hot days like today I drink more than I normally do. Did you drink enough water today? 
Talking about water, there's always been a question in my mind about drinking water and losing weight. Does it really work? Does it flush away all the unnecessary fats from our body? How does it work? How much water do I have to drink per day?

I've read several articles about water and the effects. Drinking water is healthy and very beneficial for your body but there has also been some rare cases of negative effects of drinking water more than your system can handle. We are wrong to think that water would flush any fat from our system; please throw it out of your thoughts like I did. Several researches have been done to test the effect on a group of people who drank 8 glasses of water per day and on a group who drank less water than them. The result showed that over a course of a year, people who increase their water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, which is approximately 5 pounds weight loss. The body attempts to heat the ingested water which increases the pace of calorie burning by up to 40%.

So the question is how much water should I drink? As from what I've read, I would say 1 glass of water at night before you go to bed, 1 glass in the morning when you wake up, 1 glass before each meal and 1 glass after. Thus, about 8 glasses of water a day. If you work out then, you should add 1 more glass of water to your list. Drinking water before meal slows down your eating and also satisfies your hunger so it can stop you from eating more than you should. Even though water has a very small effect on weight loss I wouldn't ignore the fact that people who drink enough water tend to lose more weight than those who don't.

We should also be careful and not drink gallons and gallons of water in a day hoping to see the effect quicker because drinking too much water that can cause serious kidney damage. So we should consult our doctor to know what the right amount for our body is.

Thank you for reading. I hope you guys liked it.

Lots of love.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Who is your favorite KK?

Hi everyone,

I hope your day has been fabulous so far. Mine is going okay as usual staying home, cooking, eating and watching TV. One of the reality shows that I keep up in E! channel is Keeping up with Kardashians. I love how quirky and interesting this whole family is. This show has been a hit undoubtedly due to the Kardashian sisters: Kourtney, Kim and Khloe and also their mom Kris Jenner. I do find them fascinating due to some reason and since Khloe got married to the LA Lakers big man Lamar Odom, I wanted to watch even more. It's because I like Khloe and Lamar being together and I also do think that they make a very cute couple.

Getting to the point, among the three beautiful sisters, my favorite one is Khloe. I like her for how she is as a person. Let me know who you like among the three KK sisters.

Thank you for reading. Please come back for my updated blog posts.  Have a great rest of the day.