Nearly Hair
“Nothing, is what it appears to be, when it's only with your eyes you see.”
― N'Zuri Za Austin


During the last few years of my life, my graduate school years to be exact, there has been some struggle around maintaining my weight. With the stress of maintain grades and being the utmost best wife I could possibly be, it was so easy to neglect healthy options when it came to food.

Between scrolling through the feed of unimaginable bodies with perfectly highlighted muscles on #fitfam and seeing my old high school colleagues make monumental changes in their body weight, I knew it was time for me to bring sexy back.

So what was my first step? Buying a FitBit. No, this is not the only way to get fit, but I was coaxed into making it a great tool apart of my new healthy lifestyle. Who knew that 4 months later that my FitBit and I would have an Ike and Tina Turner kind of relationship.

So what did I learn....


1.     10000 thousands steps is not as easy as it seems.


For those of us who have jobs that makes us pretty sedentary throughout the day, 10k steps will not be a cake walk. Sure the national heart organization thinks this is the average amount of steps one person should make in a day, but are you kidding me? That’s literally an hour and 37 minutes of walking at a steady pace! Who does this??? So this simply means you have to do some type of exercise in order to achieve 10k. Simply getting up to use the bathroom or cook amongst the other daily activities will not suffice. Though my tone is alarming it is not meant to be a deterring lecture, it is simple a wakeup call to get up and move!!


2.     My FitBit friends fat shame me 

Okay no they don’t, BUT every week I am invited by friends on FitBit to do a workweek challenge to see who has the most steps throughout a 5 day period, and trust me these people go hard! It is so easy to say ok, I will meet my 10k a day goal once you’ve mastered the art of time management and movement, but it is a whole other ball park when people wake up at 4am just to get in an extra three thousand steps to make it to first place. I am happy for you but guys you are making me feel horrible. Especially when your end of the week steps are 100k and I am at a measly 50k. Stop making me look bad!

3.     Fitbit offers great support systems


On the days where I feel like I am not going to move any muscles except my thumb to Binge watch the latest 5 star show on Netflix, my FitBit friends have an opportunity to cheer the progress I have made so far. I love when people cheer my progress as it gives me more motivation to do even better! However, there are also times where I may cheer someone else’s progress only to realize I am still in the dust and may need to get up and move. If you don’t have friends on FitBit, you can always check the community boards tab, While you are there you can check on the latest experiences people much like yourself are undergoing. I have found some great recipes on there that have become the latest craze for meals.

4.     I don’t sleep enough

For the longest time, I did not wear my FitBit to sleep because I just thought it was all too weird for a watch to detect when I am sleeping. Currently, I still don’t wear it often, but the FitBit has great features that track your sleeping habits then creates an outline explaining how much sleep you need to burn calories. For the nights I do wear the device, it shows me that I am highly restless and my sleep patterns aren’t too great.

5.     The watch band is simply not a fashion statement

I wear my Fitbit every day during the work week and I take a break on the weekends simply because I don’t like the feeling of something being on my wrist for long periods of time. In the beginning of my weight loss journey using my charge two, I found it difficult to wear everyday as I didn’t think it complimented my outfits, but little did I know that the bands are inter-changeable at an affordable price. One of my biggest struggles with the Fitbit was matching it with my attire, but I found an amazing seller on Amazon named GEAK, where I can purchase different watch bands at affordable prices. Sorry original fitbit website, there was no way I was going to hand out that kind of cash for a band!

6.     Having a FitBit is a second Job

All jokes aside, this FitBit is my supervisor. It tells me when to get up, when to eat, when to drink and even when to go to bed! Who knew a FitBit would be so life controlling. Due to my goal to lose ten pounds by June, I have to input everything I eat into the Health diary on the app which is tedious but helpful. FitBit  needs to pay me for all this work! Or I suppose my pay is the weight I lose due to my commitment to logging and listening to my FitBit

7.     Calories are just calories

As Syattfitness states from Instagram, calories are just calories. No matter if you are eating baked kale or french fries, the calories in each of these items are equal, neither calories are good or bad; and the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume! No I am not saying fries are healthier than Kale but I am saying that the calories in each of these items are just units used to explain the amount of energy the food provides you. For more information on nutrients and calorie balancing I urge you to check out the post linked.

8.     FitBit saves lives and solves murders

In short, the FitBit is essentially a tracker that can utilize geolocation. The FitBit really does track our every move and there has been news stories reporting solved murder mysteries because of this same tracker. Look up the stories!!

9.     A FitBit will NOT make you lose weight

At the end of the day, a FitBit is only another tool like those dusty weights you have sitting in your closet. In order to lose weight you have to want to lose weight! Pretty simple. If motivation is what you lack find an accountability buddy, and set up a board with some inspiring figures to remind yourself that these goals you have for yourself are achievable!

9 Lessons Learned from my Fitbit

Wednesday, April 26, 2017



During the last few years of my life, my graduate school years to be exact, there has been some struggle around maintaining my weight. With the stress of maintain grades and being the utmost best wife I could possibly be, it was so easy to neglect healthy options when it came to food.

Between scrolling through the feed of unimaginable bodies with perfectly highlighted muscles on #fitfam and seeing my old high school colleagues make monumental changes in their body weight, I knew it was time for me to bring sexy back.

So what was my first step? Buying a FitBit. No, this is not the only way to get fit, but I was coaxed into making it a great tool apart of my new healthy lifestyle. Who knew that 4 months later that my FitBit and I would have an Ike and Tina Turner kind of relationship.

So what did I learn....


1.     10000 thousands steps is not as easy as it seems.


For those of us who have jobs that makes us pretty sedentary throughout the day, 10k steps will not be a cake walk. Sure the national heart organization thinks this is the average amount of steps one person should make in a day, but are you kidding me? That’s literally an hour and 37 minutes of walking at a steady pace! Who does this??? So this simply means you have to do some type of exercise in order to achieve 10k. Simply getting up to use the bathroom or cook amongst the other daily activities will not suffice. Though my tone is alarming it is not meant to be a deterring lecture, it is simple a wakeup call to get up and move!!


2.     My FitBit friends fat shame me 

Okay no they don’t, BUT every week I am invited by friends on FitBit to do a workweek challenge to see who has the most steps throughout a 5 day period, and trust me these people go hard! It is so easy to say ok, I will meet my 10k a day goal once you’ve mastered the art of time management and movement, but it is a whole other ball park when people wake up at 4am just to get in an extra three thousand steps to make it to first place. I am happy for you but guys you are making me feel horrible. Especially when your end of the week steps are 100k and I am at a measly 50k. Stop making me look bad!

3.     Fitbit offers great support systems


On the days where I feel like I am not going to move any muscles except my thumb to Binge watch the latest 5 star show on Netflix, my FitBit friends have an opportunity to cheer the progress I have made so far. I love when people cheer my progress as it gives me more motivation to do even better! However, there are also times where I may cheer someone else’s progress only to realize I am still in the dust and may need to get up and move. If you don’t have friends on FitBit, you can always check the community boards tab, While you are there you can check on the latest experiences people much like yourself are undergoing. I have found some great recipes on there that have become the latest craze for meals.

4.     I don’t sleep enough

For the longest time, I did not wear my FitBit to sleep because I just thought it was all too weird for a watch to detect when I am sleeping. Currently, I still don’t wear it often, but the FitBit has great features that track your sleeping habits then creates an outline explaining how much sleep you need to burn calories. For the nights I do wear the device, it shows me that I am highly restless and my sleep patterns aren’t too great.

5.     The watch band is simply not a fashion statement

I wear my Fitbit every day during the work week and I take a break on the weekends simply because I don’t like the feeling of something being on my wrist for long periods of time. In the beginning of my weight loss journey using my charge two, I found it difficult to wear everyday as I didn’t think it complimented my outfits, but little did I know that the bands are inter-changeable at an affordable price. One of my biggest struggles with the Fitbit was matching it with my attire, but I found an amazing seller on Amazon named GEAK, where I can purchase different watch bands at affordable prices. Sorry original fitbit website, there was no way I was going to hand out that kind of cash for a band!

6.     Having a FitBit is a second Job

All jokes aside, this FitBit is my supervisor. It tells me when to get up, when to eat, when to drink and even when to go to bed! Who knew a FitBit would be so life controlling. Due to my goal to lose ten pounds by June, I have to input everything I eat into the Health diary on the app which is tedious but helpful. FitBit  needs to pay me for all this work! Or I suppose my pay is the weight I lose due to my commitment to logging and listening to my FitBit

7.     Calories are just calories

As Syattfitness states from Instagram, calories are just calories. No matter if you are eating baked kale or french fries, the calories in each of these items are equal, neither calories are good or bad; and the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume! No I am not saying fries are healthier than Kale but I am saying that the calories in each of these items are just units used to explain the amount of energy the food provides you. For more information on nutrients and calorie balancing I urge you to check out the post linked.

8.     FitBit saves lives and solves murders

In short, the FitBit is essentially a tracker that can utilize geolocation. The FitBit really does track our every move and there has been news stories reporting solved murder mysteries because of this same tracker. Look up the stories!!

9.     A FitBit will NOT make you lose weight

At the end of the day, a FitBit is only another tool like those dusty weights you have sitting in your closet. In order to lose weight you have to want to lose weight! Pretty simple. If motivation is what you lack find an accountability buddy, and set up a board with some inspiring figures to remind yourself that these goals you have for yourself are achievable!

*Originally posted 7/8/11

Dry hair, have no fear, your favorite summer product is near! This summer as your hair is drying out, and you want to look great in your vacation photos, please don’t blame your moisturizer’s incompetency. Often times we tell ourselves, "I am never buying this product again, it sucks." Most moisturizers are tailored to suit different hair needs, and different weather conditions, which is no fault of the brand who created the product. If it were anyone's, it would be the buyer, for not being knowledgeable. If your hair moisturizer's main ingredient isn’t water and glycerin than you may have a problem. Dryer times call for more ingredients that actually fill the hair follicles with excessive moisturizer. The two main ingredients you may want to look for in products are water and glycerin. We all know what water is so let me tell you what glycerin is:
Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and has a high boiling point. Glycerin can be dissolved into water or alcohol, but not oils. On the other hand, many things will dissolve into glycerin easier than they do into water or alcohol. So it is a good solvent.


According to Pioneer thinker: Glycerin is also highly "hygroscopic" which means that it absorbs water from the air. Example: if you left a bottle of pure glycerin exposed to air in your kitchen, it would take moisture from the air and eventually, it would become 80 per glycerin and 20 percent water.
Because of this hygroscopic quality, pure, 100 percent glycerin placed on the tongue may raise a blister, since it is dehydrating. Diluted with water, however, it will soften your skin. (Note: While people say this softening is the result of the glycerin attracting moisture to your skin, there is heated debate as to whether or not the glycerin has some other properties all its own which are helpful to the skin. Summed up, the current thinking is "We know glycerin softens the skin.
Source

What does this mean? 
This means that glycerin is our friend! It helps our hair strands promote moisture. So before you go and buy another moisturizer why not just buy glycerin, mix it with that free water you have waiting to burst out of your faucets and save yourself some money! You don't want your hair weighed down with unnecessary heavy hair products anyway.
I typically find my glycerin in a local hair store or Walmart.

Summer doesn’t have to mean spending money on new hair products, but instead it just means you have improvise and take those vacation photos with hair that shine!

Summer products for Natural Hair

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


*Originally posted 7/8/11

Dry hair, have no fear, your favorite summer product is near! This summer as your hair is drying out, and you want to look great in your vacation photos, please don’t blame your moisturizer’s incompetency. Often times we tell ourselves, "I am never buying this product again, it sucks." Most moisturizers are tailored to suit different hair needs, and different weather conditions, which is no fault of the brand who created the product. If it were anyone's, it would be the buyer, for not being knowledgeable. If your hair moisturizer's main ingredient isn’t water and glycerin than you may have a problem. Dryer times call for more ingredients that actually fill the hair follicles with excessive moisturizer. The two main ingredients you may want to look for in products are water and glycerin. We all know what water is so let me tell you what glycerin is:
Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and has a high boiling point. Glycerin can be dissolved into water or alcohol, but not oils. On the other hand, many things will dissolve into glycerin easier than they do into water or alcohol. So it is a good solvent.


According to Pioneer thinker: Glycerin is also highly "hygroscopic" which means that it absorbs water from the air. Example: if you left a bottle of pure glycerin exposed to air in your kitchen, it would take moisture from the air and eventually, it would become 80 per glycerin and 20 percent water.
Because of this hygroscopic quality, pure, 100 percent glycerin placed on the tongue may raise a blister, since it is dehydrating. Diluted with water, however, it will soften your skin. (Note: While people say this softening is the result of the glycerin attracting moisture to your skin, there is heated debate as to whether or not the glycerin has some other properties all its own which are helpful to the skin. Summed up, the current thinking is "We know glycerin softens the skin.
Source

What does this mean? 
This means that glycerin is our friend! It helps our hair strands promote moisture. So before you go and buy another moisturizer why not just buy glycerin, mix it with that free water you have waiting to burst out of your faucets and save yourself some money! You don't want your hair weighed down with unnecessary heavy hair products anyway.
I typically find my glycerin in a local hair store or Walmart.

Summer doesn’t have to mean spending money on new hair products, but instead it just means you have improvise and take those vacation photos with hair that shine!

If you are a lazy natural like myself, you sometimes forget to give your own natural tresses some TLC! After all, we sometimes put in protective styles to give our natural hair a break right? Though it is easy to forget, you have to make sure that you still pay attention to your hair, as it may need even more care when it is in a protective style. The video below shows you how I cleanse my scalp while I have in a protective style. This method is good for both crochet braids and weaves, however if you have a netted weave the video explains an alternative method to cleansing your scalp.

Things you will need:
Wash Cloth
Cotton Balls 


How to care for natural hair in a protective style

Monday, April 10, 2017


If you are a lazy natural like myself, you sometimes forget to give your own natural tresses some TLC! After all, we sometimes put in protective styles to give our natural hair a break right? Though it is easy to forget, you have to make sure that you still pay attention to your hair, as it may need even more care when it is in a protective style. The video below shows you how I cleanse my scalp while I have in a protective style. This method is good for both crochet braids and weaves, however if you have a netted weave the video explains an alternative method to cleansing your scalp.

Things you will need:
Wash Cloth
Cotton Balls 



That’s right it is time for another giveaway sponsored by Gaetana from Satin Doll. If you are a long-time follower of Nearly Hair then this name should sound familiar as she was featured before on our business spotlight. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gaetana a few years ago, and to this day her business is thriving!! If you want to learn more about this lovely lady be sure to check out our interview right here

Satin Doll biz is Gaetana’s handcrafted Jewelry and accessory store where she careful envisions earthy, trendy designs and then puts her hands to work. Her pieces are so unique and easy to pair. I absolutely fell in love with Satin Biz when they were able to craft me a personal birthday piece. I loved her work so much that I ordered a few more custom pieces from her that represented my home country! The pieces came out amazing and I keep them in my Jewelry box for special occasions. You can check out the video from around five years ago below.



For my readers, Gaetana has provided you all with a Mystery Grab bag of Jewelry Goodies. Her grab bag usually retails for $25 for three surprise piece but you can have it for FREE today. Gaetana was also kind enough to provide me with my own surprise bag but because I already have the package, of course my surprise was not a surprise. To see the pieces I received, take a gander at the pictures below.
  






So how do you get our own mystery grab bag package?

It’s simple just enter the giveaway!
Here are the Rules:
1>   Follow My Instagram page
2>   Like my giveaway Photo
3>   Share the giveaway photo and tag me!

For additional entries you can visit my channel and comment on any video as well with the word “giveaway” here.


For more creative pieces please check out her Etsy store or site. She has great head wraps and accessories to brighten up any outfit. For a discount on her pieces be sure to use the code: CIA20 at checkout for 20% OFF

Satin Doll Company Giveaway

Saturday, April 8, 2017


That’s right it is time for another giveaway sponsored by Gaetana from Satin Doll. If you are a long-time follower of Nearly Hair then this name should sound familiar as she was featured before on our business spotlight. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gaetana a few years ago, and to this day her business is thriving!! If you want to learn more about this lovely lady be sure to check out our interview right here

Satin Doll biz is Gaetana’s handcrafted Jewelry and accessory store where she careful envisions earthy, trendy designs and then puts her hands to work. Her pieces are so unique and easy to pair. I absolutely fell in love with Satin Biz when they were able to craft me a personal birthday piece. I loved her work so much that I ordered a few more custom pieces from her that represented my home country! The pieces came out amazing and I keep them in my Jewelry box for special occasions. You can check out the video from around five years ago below.



For my readers, Gaetana has provided you all with a Mystery Grab bag of Jewelry Goodies. Her grab bag usually retails for $25 for three surprise piece but you can have it for FREE today. Gaetana was also kind enough to provide me with my own surprise bag but because I already have the package, of course my surprise was not a surprise. To see the pieces I received, take a gander at the pictures below.
  






So how do you get our own mystery grab bag package?

It’s simple just enter the giveaway!
Here are the Rules:
1>   Follow My Instagram page
2>   Like my giveaway Photo
3>   Share the giveaway photo and tag me!

For additional entries you can visit my channel and comment on any video as well with the word “giveaway” here.


For more creative pieces please check out her Etsy store or site. She has great head wraps and accessories to brighten up any outfit. For a discount on her pieces be sure to use the code: CIA20 at checkout for 20% OFF
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