Wednesday, November 19, 2014





We have all been there. You feel tired, but once you hit the bed all you can do is keep calculating how much sleep you'll get (or won't get) if you were to fall asleep this very instant, knowing very well that you're actually going to even less sleep than that. You wake up the next morning feeling groggy and sluggish, ruing "past you. Vowing to never again let this happen, some hours later you look up at the clock and see that it's once again 2:30 a.m. and you haven't even thought about sleeping yet. Rinse, repeat.

Your sleeping habits are just that, and the biggest challenge is to change them, and the fact of the matter is that good habits are just as difficult to develop as it is to break the bad ones. If you want to change your habits, sleep or otherwise, you have to commit to the process to change.. 

Step One.

You will hear this everywhere, but put those electronics away! Seriously, don't use your computer, cell phone, tablet, or really anything with a screen an hour to two before you plan to go to bed. The reason is that when the sun goes down our bodies start to release the hormones that make us sleepy. All of the artificial lights and blaring screens we incessantly stare at disrupt this process, therein making it more difficult for us to sleep. If you want to be doubly proactive in trying to sleep, then instead of spending time on your computer or cell phone before bedtime, take a hot shower and cool down your bedroom. The shower will be relaxing and a warmer skin temperature combined with a cooler room makes it easier to fall asleep.

Step Two.
Read a book before bed, especially one that is boring or that you're not that into. Have a couple books that you designate as "bed books" since they're not gripping enough to keep you awake and before long you will find that you are dosing off like Waldorf and Statler during the Muppets Show. Old textbooks you might have left over from school can also do the trick. If you find that reading doesn't work or that you have too much going on in your head before sleep then spend a few minutes earlier in the day writing out everything you have going on up there. Playing with your thoughts on pen and paper can help quell many of those obtrusive thoughts we get before bed.  

       Step Three

Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Nicotine, and Other Chemicals that Interfere with Sleep. As any coffee lover knows, caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake. So avoid caffeine (found in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, and some pain relievers) for four to six hours before bedtime. Similarly, smokers should refrain from using tobacco products too close to bedtime.

Caffeinated products decrease a person’s quality of sleep

The consequences of poor sleeping habits and sleep deprivation can be as serious as they are numerous, including fatigue, reduced immunity and weight gain, as well as an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. With so much of your health and productivity dependent on how well you sleep at night, isn't it time that you did something to finally get a better night's rest? Hopefully this helps you develop those better sleeping habits that can work wonders in increasing your productivity, alertness, and general happiness.

Tips are originally published by Amol Sarva and CoreyFanelli. 


Monday, October 13, 2014


That belief that African hair cannot grow long is not true.
With proper care and loads of patience you can attain your hair goals.

 I will share a few of my hair tricks and what I normally do. It's not anything out of the ordinary but trust me it works.... I emphasize PATIENCE pays.
This is for  relaxed, curly, and natural hair.
I won't lie to you a lot of factors affect the rate your hair will grow such as genes but that doesn't mean your hair won't grow. Maybe not as fast but you'll eventually get there.

Wash your hair at least once a week (I wash mine twice) but try not to overdo it, washing your hair strips it of natural oils leaving it dry (as if our hair isn't dry as it is). So wash your hair with shampoo and CONDITIONER of your choice ( Ladies conditioner is your new best friend you'll need this stuff a lot). I said "of your choice" because you'll need to experiment and see what works best for your hair. Another thing try to sometimes co-wash your hair, co-washing is when you use just conditioner to wash your hair. This will leave your hair a lot less dry than washing it with shampoo.
Wash your hair with cold/warm water so as to close the poles in your scalp to ensure your hair doesn't break.

DON'T USE TOWELS, USE COTTON CLOTHING LIKE YOUR T SHIRT TO DRY YOUR HAIR, towels will break those lovely locks of yours.

Moisturize your hair daily. African hair is so dry, and dry hair is the number one factor why our hair breaks easily. I use leave in conditioner on my hair first, followed by hair moisturizer then coconut oil. Applying coconut oil last locks in the moisture in your hair ensuring your it stays moisturized for a long time (I use locally made coconut oil it has no chemicals in it). You can use another type of natural oil apart from coconut such as olive oil. Also massage the natural oil onto your scalp this helps blood circulate in your scalp enabling your hair to grow. 

Wear your hair in a bun after moisturizing it. The ends of your hair should always be tucked away, this is because they are the oldest and therefore weakest. If you damage your ends its easier for your hair to break. Therefore a bun is the perfect protective style. I also find it if my hair is in a bun it stays moisturized for a long time as opposed to any other style.

Every week I take equal parts of coconut oil and castor oil ( you can get castor oil in pharmacies for like 2,000 Tshs but if you can get hold of the Jamaican black castor oil that's the best) mix them together, take a bowl and heat them on a hot bath. So take your bowl that has the oil mixture put it in another pan that has water in it then heat it on a stove until it gets warm. Massage the mixture on your scalp and wear a shower cap for 15 minutes then wash with shampoo and conditioner. The reason you dilute the castor is because it's so thick, it will literally clog your poles and do more harm than good to your hair.

Deep condition your hair at least once a month (Tanzanians call it steaming). I normally alternate between home made deep conditioner and store bought ones just because I try to minimize the amount of chemicals I use on my hair. Try to stay under a steamer once a month when you deep condition this way the deep conditioner penetrates more into your hair.
 So for those who don't know how to properly deep condition your hair; first your hair has to be clean that means you wash it with shampoo and conditioner. Apply your deep condition, wear a shower cap if you are doing it at home or have no steamer. Stay for 15 minutes then wash with lukewarm water.

wear a satin scarf/cap when you sleep or sleep with a satin pillow this ensures there is no friction between your hair and whatever you sleep on hence your hair won't  break.

This is super crucial!!! Avoid combing your hair like a plague!!!! Seriously do that. I comb my hair once per week or twice (when I wash it) use a wide tooth comb when you do, never use brushes. African hair is so fragile therefore prone to break easily. In order for your hair to grow longer you need to retain length. Ever wondered why dread locks grow super long? It's because the hair isn't combed and tortured like normal hair.
 Use protective styling: like braiding your hair, wearing it in a bun, wearing turbans (and they are so chic so win-win!), wearing wigs or weaves (if you get a good stylist, a bad one and your hair will break from weaving). Anything that'll mean YOU LEAVE YOUR HAIR THE HELL ALONE!!!

Trim your hair when it's necessary. Don't overdo it. Afterall you want to retain length. So when you see those split ends is when it's time for a trim. Leaving split ends will only lead to your hair being even further damaged. For naturals you'll need fewer trims than relaxed hair. 

Seriously good hair starts from within, you want to eat veggies, fruits, drink plenty of water and exercise. Also taking suppliments help. There are special vitamins for hair or even multi vitamins will do the trick. After all hair is just dead cells.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything, if I have I'll let you guys know on the next post.
Bottom line of this all is be PATIENT!! Don't expect your hair to grow over night.
I started my hair journey at the beginning of this year and the results are remarkable!!!

Good-luck dolls!

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Swaziland's King Mswati III is reportedly offering virgins in the country approximately 30,000 Tanzanian Shillings ($18) to abstain from sex. The program which is financed by the World Bank aims to help restrain HIV infections in Swaziland due to it's high HIV transmission rate in the world.

The program has critics questioning The King's intentions saying he only wants to ensure he has a wide range of disease free women to choose from.
The King who already has 15 wives, usually chooses a new bride in a ceremony where young virgin girls dance half naked for him. Last month the King selected a 19 year old girl to be his 15th wife.

''The government will pay girls the allowances so they will have money to purchase necessities and can turn down money offered to them for sex.''
A health care worker told the South African website IOL..

Two teenage girls explained how the money isn't sufficient to discourage girls from accepting money in exchange for sex from older men. Another girl further explained how a girl can get 30,000 Tshs from just a single sex act therefore the government need to pay teenage girls more money.