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Lemon Juice and Coconut Oil

So, I’ve decided to trial ‘Beauty Hack or Beauty Whack’ – a feature on my blog dedicated to stuff I find on the Internet which claim to “change your life“. First up is something I touched on yesterday… The experiment that claims to revert premature grey/white/silver hair to its natural colour.

Was I sold before trying it?

Look, a girl can dream, right..? As much as I’d hoped it would, I knew it wasn’t actually going to (least of all on the first try)…

Come on, I’m an optimist, positivist and someone who has hopes, dreams and aspirations – but I’m also not stupid or gullible – over stuff like this, anyway!

The overruling reason as to why I wanted to try this was because I know the benefits of applying lemon juice onto the hair and coconut oil too – so putting it on my hair for those reasons Justified it.

What you’ll need:

Juice of a lemon (3-4 tablespoons) 🍋

Coconut oil (4 table spoons, or enough to cover your hair)

As I said, this hack isn’t just for those who suffer from premature greys/whites/silvers from leading stress-free lives, waking up to rainbows above their beds, and singing Teletubbies… Oh no! You could do it just to boost the condition of your hair, making it healthier.

What you’ll need to do:

Mix the lemon juice and coconut oil together (melted, liquid consistency), and lather on your hair root/scalp to tip. Then, leave the solution on your hair for one hour, before washing off with a non-harsh shampoo and conditioner.

What does Coconut Oil do for the hair?

Coconut oil helps to condition the hair and scalp, it also strengthens the hair, treats the damaged and promotes hair growth. I knew all of that from before, but apparently – coconut oil also helps reverse greys and stop/prevent dandruff.

I find the latter hard to believe, I’ll tell you why… If you’re coating your hair with Organic coconut oil (with bits) you’re going to look like you have dandruff, even when you know it’s just shavings of coconuts.

The people you meet out and about don’t know that, do they? 😆 I’m speaking from experience…

What does lemon juice do?

Obviously lemon juice includes vitamin B, vitamin C, and phosphorus – this nourishes the hair, treats the root cause (pun intended) of greys, and claims to prevent premature greying.

I’m sure it does, don’t get me wrong, but if someone could’ve possibly called me up before I discovered my first grey and told me: “BATHE IN LEMON JUICE!” I think it would’ve helped more than telling me after finding my 6th…

Did the experiment work?

LOL. Major diluted LOL. Can we just laugh. Can you just accept my answer is LOL. Did you really think it would work in just one try? Come on now… The only way this’d work is if it was mixed in with the age old thing called HAIR DYE. That’s the only way you’ll get your natural hair colour back and reverse the grey!

It does say do this twice a week to see results – but I’m sceptical and don’t believe it… I’ll be doing this just because I like the way my hair feels and looks afterwards. It’s cheap, affordable and natural. My hair feels shinier, healthier and is easier to manage. No more ‘Russell Brand: The Early Days’ for me.

One Lovely Blog

BellaInzio is the absolute genie of a beauty/lifestyle blogger that has nominated us (me) for a ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. Go check her blog out and follow it, it’s really awesome! I love its style, layout, and the content too!

Bella, keep up the good work! Do your th-thang-thang, babes. I especially love the differentiation in posts but that the theme and relevance remains the same and still clear.

The Rules of This Award Go… Read & Read, Read & Read 🎶:

  1. The nominee should thank their Nominator (“They’ll Be Back!”) and link to their blog inside of the postage (stamp not included).
  2. They must copy & paste (or “caste“) the Rulesdem and embed the blog’s award badger (badge for animal lovers) as a form of physical imagery.
  3. Include 7 (Days) facts about yourself that you wouldn’t normally tell anyone in life, but wouldn’t mind putting it on the Internet for life!
  4. Nominate (sort of like Warren G) 15 people that you want to receive this AWWard.

The 7 Factualites of My Days:

  1. I currently look like a faded version of CeeLo Green’s Grammy 2017 alter-ego. I blame LUSH’s Golden Egg!
  2. I chase waterfalls, ’cause who on Earth wants to stick to the lakes and rivers that they’re used to?!
  3. I LIVE tweeted/posted about the last trimester of a Giraffe’s pregnancy from my room in London, the giraffe was in New York…
  4. I am actually one of you guys – an actual, living and breathing human. (debatable, but definitely datable).
  5. There’s only one human in the entire world (7+ billion population) who has the ability to release my inner Unicorn and Rhino.
  6. I sweat the HUGE, medium-sized and SMALL stuff! For example, I’d sweat Mini Eggs if I could…
  7. I occasionally (almost every day) look like my hair doesn’t have a home to call its very own. It does. My head.

Nominees (don’t say my knees):

  1. Urban Mile
  2. Irish Rose Beauty
  3. Rogue
  4. Helli Patel
  5. The Beauty Spyglass
  6. Polished By Amy
  7. Bee Beauty
  8. New Lune
  9. *insert your name and URL here*
  10. *insert your name and URL here*
  11. *insert your name and URL here*
  12. *insert your name and URL here*
  13. *insert your name and URL here*
  14. *insert your name and URL here*
  15. *insert your name and URL here*

Nivea, Pepsi, Co-OpThere must be something in the advertising industry’s water because Nivea has become the second (out of three) brand to pull an advert from the airwaves, this week…

We all know which was the first, don’t we? Pepsi, of course! Yeah, their 2017 advert featuring Kendall Jenner was removed after hundreds of thousands of viewers complained that it was “trivialising recent street protests across the US” which took place in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Although a few took offence (with many voicing their opinions via social-media) there’s no denying that a large number of others were able to react by making jokes or being sassy, Martin Luther King’s daughter being one of them…

Pepsi has since apologised and taken down the advert (as expected), also publishing an apologetic statement to the disgruntled fans, customers and Kendall Jenner in particular.

As I said, Nivea has also had to have its advert taken down… The German skincare company has become the second brand to publicly apologise to viewers and fans for its “white is purity” campaign; which was deemed discriminatory and racially insensitive…

How the advertisers signed this one off as okay I don’t and won’t ever know! I mean, just LOOK at it (picture above).

Oh and – just when we thought that was it for failed adverts, the UK’s Co-operative supermarket has too come under fire over “outrageous sexism” after it released an advert regarding chocolate Easter eggs…

Their latest commercial encourages parents to treat their daughters “for doing the washing up”. I mean, I don’t even know whether to laugh or cry… WHAT?! It seems as though the advertising world has well and truly lost it.

Alas, this month’s shaping up to be the month advertising fails. Remember, we’re 7 Days in, and already three adverts have been pulled (like a piece of meat). Who knows what else is in store over the next 22-or-so days…

Oh, how could I forget… Cadbury very nearly makes the fourth after it was criticised for opting not to use the word “Easter” in its egg hunts. SWINES!

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Laughter. There are many different forms, but most of them suggest the same thing – you’re having fun.

Laughter is the best medicine

The most important thing in life is the ability to look back and know you had a good time. The only way to tell? You laughed. Seriously, our brains are known to remember the happiest of memories over the saddest. Why do you think “memory blocks” happen n traumatic times and not when we’re reminiscing about something funny?

I’m no scientist, but I know that laughter triggers endorphins (three guesses as to who’s fins are my favourite *indoor* ones?! 😆😉) aka happy mind, body and soul cells.

Seriously though, all jokes aside, read the above list of things that laughter (alone) can bring. They don’t use the phrase: “laughter is the best medicine for nothing”, you know!

Of course, life isn’t just about laughing… There are times when we need to be serious and laughter would be the last thing on our minds, but it’s all about being able to overcome the struggles and being able to laugh again, a little louder and more deeper/sincerely than we were able to prior to the rough patch.

There are people who attend “laughter yoga” sessions, you know this – right? No, seriously. People actually go to a class where they just laugh. The trick is, although you start laughing out of force and having to, you actually end up naturally laughing because the whole concept is strange, and chances are you’re sitting/standing next to someone with a hilarious laugh.

Laughter is good for the mind, body and the soul. It’s like music to others’ ears, hence why sayings like:

your laugh is funnier than the joke

exist. The act of laughing is infectious.

I just want to thank the one/s who make me laugh every day. Truly, you are something special. I’ll never, ever, forget you.

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This is my poem:

You are a sort.

An absolute sort.

Yes, a sort.

Sort it out.

‘Cause I don’t know if you know this – but you’re…

A sort.