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I’ve been involved with hair for nearly 40 years and counting. In this time I’ve experienced many types, textures, density, curl patterns and characteristics of hair from a multitude of people of all ethnic backgrounds. I have developed some beliefs about how often you are shampooing relates to the condition of your hair.

With new clients I always begin with a chat; with me seated on the comfy couch and them seated on my stage relaxed into the oversized client chair.  One of the first questions I ask is – ‘How often do you shampoo your hair?”

Now this topic of shampooing and actually hair care in general– is an area where ethnicity does make a difference.

It is typical for White, Asian a few Latin or Black people to shampoo on a daily basis.  I’ve even encountered those that shampoo twice a day.  Often due to exercise or their work environment like working in a restaurant leaves your hair smelling like old food and grease.

Shampooing Less Can Be Better For Your Hair

Most Black people (women) don’t shampoo more than once in a week sometimes even up to once a month. Those wearing braids, dreads, a weave, or have a lot of hair requiring big time commitment to wash and styling fall into this category.  I know many think, yuck!  Actually it can be good for the hair and absolutely saves on time. Unless there is a scalp issue going on then not shampooing for an extended amount of time would not be beneficial.

Men (with short hair) in general are not affected because the hair is cut frequently.  Men with longer hair or growing longer would also benefit more less shampooing.

It is my belief and opinion that optimal shampooing schedule for most hair types should be done every 7-10 days.  New clients are always in shock with this, in the beginning.  After they hear my reasoning and the benefits they soften and agree to give it a go.

Our bodies are amazing in all that they do, create, organize and protect
truly amazing.  The oil (Sebum) that everyone hates and attempts to wash away is what our bodies produce to protect us, basically from ourselves.

We do a lot to our hair; expose it to harsh chemicals, hot tools, sun and our pollution.  For instance the new color fade of gray hair –this hair is basically fried, dried out and very porous.  It NEEDS the sebum.  And By The Way –sebum is an excellent protector and conditioner; it rivals any one on the shelves at the store. If utilized in the correct way.  The vital thing about sebum protecting and conditioning is that it must get off the scalp and onto the hair thru to the ends.  

Two great ways to move sebum from the scalp is with our hands/fingers or brushing.  There was a good reason women used to brush their hair everyday some 100 strokes. It moved the sebum throughout the hair shaft and left the hair shiny and healthy also this brushing stimulated the scalp, which increased growth rate of the hair.

Ease Into A New Shampooing Routine

My suggestion is to add a day to your present shampooing schedule, for two weeks or so.  Then add another day for the next two weeks, and so on until you reach somewhere between 7-10 days between shampooing.  Doing it gradually like this, lets your body adjust how much sebum it produces. You also should be using your fingers to move sebum thru to the ends daily. Before you shampoo give your hair a good brushing. Be patient –you have had this frequent shampooing schedule for a long time, it will take some time to adjust.  Ironically people will begin to tell you your hair looks great, when its pass a week dirty (after your body as made its adjustments to how much sebum is produces).

Now, as your washing schedule changes, so must your styling methods. Has the days go by and your hair gets oiler, move into braids, ponytails, buns or try to slick one side back.  Rotate how you style it. And these are not involved styles they will not take more time; they are just different than your norm. Come on, you can do it give it a try. If you don’t like your hair using the suggested schedule, create what works for you. Your hair will show you how happy it is when you utilized what your body makes for your protection.

Natural Products That Nurture Hair

I like clean natural shampoos, like Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap or vinegar shampoo. Sometimes I use one of the above 1st wash, then depending on how many days it’s been since wash and if there is product built up in hair, I’ll shampoo a 2nd time using perhaps another shampoo.

After shampoo is the ideal time to use Earth Tonic’s Herbal Hair Tea to instantly infuse your hair with pure vitamins, minerals amino acids and emollients. Moisture Balance Herbal Hair Tea helps soothe, moisturize & protect dry hair.  It also adds body & thickens hair, promotes growth and slows or stops hair loss.  It is a excellent natural detangler while soothing the scalp and enriching lifeless hair. 

There is no need for any other conditioner! Using this method there is no residue left in the hair and it soft and nourished looking and feeling it’s natural best!

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Written by joi @ studio joi

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TRY Spontaneity

Is there an area of your life in which you currently feel in a rut, bored, restless, down or monotonous?  Do you feel stifled or numbed by routine?

Life can get stale and stagnant if you don’t give it room to breathe with occasional spontaneity. Allow yourself to let loose a little, to let go of the reins of order and how things ‘should’ be. Allow structure to soften, let up on control and let your hair down.

Try something new, open to the unexpected or do something out of the ordinary. This can freshen and liven up your life. It may require stepping outside your comfort zone, or saying “Yes” to something you might tend to veer against (something positive, of course!), or a possible change in routine.

Spontaneity can bring greater flow, freedom, synchronicity, adventure, joy and renewed enthusiasm into your life! It can also open you to receive more from the universe as you respond to its nudges and opportunities.

If you are controlling things too regimentally life gets dry and rigid and there is less opening for the universe to gift you with blessings and sweet surprises. Simply saying “Yes” to life more in general –invites, experiences, opportunities, and possibilities, can make your life come alive. In this sense you are going with the flow, walking through the doors that may be opening, and allow new births in your life.

You can also be proactively spontaneous. In addition to responding to new opportunities as they arise, you can consciously do something last minute, impromptu and off-the-cuff, take a risk, trying something different or unusual, etc.

All of this can invite positive change, new beginnings, fun, and fresh air into your life.

Say “Yes “ and join in the Dance of Life.

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Hair Structure Basics

Understanding the structure of hair empowers you.

It gives you the advantage of knowing how to take care of your hair.  This means you can maintain it using the right ingredients and products in a way that benefit your hair so that you can achieve your best  hair.

Hair is composed of 5 elements:

Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur and Carbon.

Which form a tough protein called keratin formed by 18 amino acids.

Hair has trace minerals:

Cooper, Zinc, Manganese, Calcium, Iron and Lead

Hair is made up of two separate structures: the hair follicle, which exists below the skin, and the hair shaft, which is the hair that we see.

Hair Follicle

The hair follicle is the living part of the hair. It is the point from which the hair grows. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin.

The terminal part of the hair follicle within the skin is called a hair bulb.

  • The hair bulb is the structure formed by actively growing cells.
  • These cells produce the long, fine and cylindrically shaped hair fibers.
  • The hair bulb has special cells, which produce the pigment that gives hair its        color called melanin.
  • Androgens, which are receptors for the male hormones, are located on the cells of this structure.
  • The dermal papilla that feeds from the bloodstream provides nourishment to form new hair and is found at the base of the hair bulb.
  • The bulb is the stocking-like structure that surrounds the papilla and germinal matrix. It’s fed by the capillaries. The bulb is home to several types of stem cells that divide every 23 to 72 hours, faster than any other cells in the body. It also contains hormones that affect hair growth and structure during different stages of life, like puberty.

Adjacent to the hair follicles are glands. The most important one of these glands is the sebaceous gland, as it produces and secretes the natural oils called sebum which lubricate the hair.

Hair Shaft

The hair shaft—the hair that we can see—is actually dead. It’s made up of three layers of keratin, a hardening protein.

The innermost layer: This is called the medulla. Depending on the type of hair, the medulla isn’t always present, only seen in large and thick hairs.

The middle layer: This is called the cortex, which makes up the majority of the hair shaft. Both the medulla and the cortex contain pigmenting cells that are responsible for giving hair color.  The cortex provides the strength and texture of a hair fibre aswell as holding in moisture to help it feel strong and resilient.

The outermost layer: This is called the cuticle, which is formed by tightly packed scales in an overlapping structure that resemble roof shingles serves as protection to the hair. And the cuticle layer determines how shiny or dull the hair will look.

Considering the structure of the hair you can understand what is involved in how hair grows and what is necessary to nourish hair. With hair being made of amino acids and trace minerals it would make logical sense that adding substances with these elements would be beneficial to hair.

Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea is made solely of organic minerals, vitamins and emollients that are small molecular substances that can travel through to the hair follicle, the living area of the hair.

Herbal Hair Tea does not contain any polymers, preservatives or other ingredients that could diminish, hamper or block absorption of the vital nutrients. Herbal Hair Tea makes your hair it’s natural best!

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Multi-Vitamin Shot For Your Hair!

Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea

Herbal Hair Tea contain the ‘life force’ of the plants & the Sun; they are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and emollients.  The hair easily absorbs the Hair Tea because they share many of the same elements.

Hair is composed of ­–Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Carbon creating

Amino Acids –Protien

Trace minerals –Cooper, Zinc, Manganese, Calcuim, Iron and Lead

Hair Tea is composed of–


Amino acids, Manganese, Magnesium, Calcium, Silica, Iron, Cooper,


A, B1, B2, B12, C, K, E, Thiamin, Pyridoxine

Herbs are a effective way to boost hair growth, restore moisture and enhance its texture and shine naturally.  Because of their natural composition vitamins, minerals and moisture are able to penetrate the hair cuticle into the cortex with plant nutrients which are both gentle and nourishing for the hair and scalp.

Herbal Hair Tea instantly infuses your hair with essential goodness without chemicals or additives that could impede absorption and or cause build up that creates a host of negative side effects.

 You can use them for a variety of reasons: to moisturize and condition hair, restore luster and bounce, soothe scalp irritation, relieve dandruff, provide deep cleansing, or stimulate the scalp to boost hair growth.

The tea can be applied warm or cold, using applicator or spray bottle to dry or wet hair. Can be used to re –hydrate, or as protectant after washing, detangler.  Tea can be stored in frig up to 2 weeks in airtight container.  The tea is left in as final rinse leaving light fresh scent and soft, style hair as desired.

With Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea you know exactly what you are putting on your hair. Natures’ Medicine Kit –Hair conditioning can be ‘as simple as a cup of tea’.

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Chia Seeds For Life

Chia seeds are part of the plant Salvia hispanica. The name ‘chia’ is thought to mean ‘strength’. Chia seeds were a staple food of the Aztecs and the Mayans dating back to 3500 BC. Because the health benefits of chia seeds were so valuable, they played a key role in the daily diets of these ancient people.

These seeds are a whole grain food containing four grams of protein, nine grams of healthy fats, and eleven grams of fiber per one ounce serving.

At just 139 calories per serving, that’s a lot of nutritional punch for such a tiny seed. They also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. We know the critical role that these substances play in our bodies. So far, chia seeds seem a likely candidate for a super healthy food we should definitely add to our diets.

28 grams of chia seeds manages to pack into them;

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Omega-3s
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2

As if that wasn’t good enough, chia seeds are considered a whole grain food, yet they are gluten free. Plus they’re usually grown organically and are non GMO.

Today, thanks to their wide-spread availability, they’re a powerhouse addition to anybody’s diet! Rich in nutrients and so easy to use, they can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to oatmeal, puddings, and baked goods, and even included into your smoothies, breakfasts, yogurt, salads, quinoa and veggie dishes.

They also have an amazing ability to absorb water and fat, so they can be used to thicken sauces or as a vegan egg substitute in recipes too!

 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Omega 3 fatty acids

Chia seeds have a lipid profile that’s 60 percent omega 3 fatty acids, making them the richest plant-based source of this healthy fat. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body, enhance brain function, and reduce cholesterol.


Chia seeds have tons of fiber, which also reduces inflammation while regulating bowel function. Fiber also keeps the body satiated for longer periods of time. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 10 grams of fiber.


One of the most important health benefits of chia seeds is a high level of antioxidants, which protect the body from the free radicals that cause heart disease and cancer. Adding chia seeds to your water provides tons of extra antioxidants while keeping you hydrated–two things that are essential for great skin.

Loaded with protein

One ounce of chia seeds adds 4.7 grams of protein to your diet. Not only is the protein from chia plant-based, it’s also complete protein (or whole protein)! Complete protein contains the desired proportion of all nine essential amino acids believed to be necessary for the dietary needs of humans!

Natural energy

Chia seeds give you natural energy without the crash of caffeine. Add them to your water before you head out on a run and you might find yourself adding an extra mile! Mix them into to your morning smoothie and you won’t need that cappuccino after all.

They’re Good For Your Digestive System

The fiber in chia seeds also help to support your digestive system. Feeding the bacteria in the intestine, which helps them to thrive and nourish your body with essential compounds for immunity and overall health. 

Chia Seeds Support Healthy Bones

Gram for gram, chia seeds have more calcium than most dairy products providing 18% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults in a single ounce! As well as being high in several nutrients important for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. 

They’re A Natural Beauty Food! 

The blend of nutrients in chia seeds such as healthy fats, protein and minerals including zinc help promote healthy skin, hair and nails. 

They Help To Detoxify The Body

As the highest combined plant source of omega-3, fibre and protein, chia seeds are a great addition to your detoxification efforts. They help support your body’s natural detoxification pathways, repair your cells, reduce inflammation and support a healthy digestive system. 

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Solfeggio Frequencies Keys To The Universe

Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 6-tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the beautiful and well known Gregorian Chants. The chants and their special tones were believed to impart spiritual blessings when sung in harmony. Each Solfeggio tone is comprised of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony.

The main six Solfeggio frequencies are:

396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear

417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change

528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)

639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships

741 Hz – Expression/Solutions

852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order


Tune yourself back to the perfect vibrations

Nikola Tesla, the great genius and father of electromagnetic engineering, had once said, “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would hold a key to the universe”. The 3, 6, and 9 are the fundamental root vibrations of the Solfeggio frequencies.

Albert Einstein stated: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” All matter beings vibrate at specific rates and everything has its own melody. The musical nature of nuclear matter from atoms to galaxies is now finally being recognized by science.

That is why these frequencies are so powerful. They can literally bring you back to the original tones of the heavenly spheres and put your body into a balanced resonance. Solfeggio music is the key to the Universe. You can either throw it away or you can use it to find healing and harmony, health and well-being. Just play the music!



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SWIMMING For A Better Quality Of Life


Heart Helper
Swimming provides unparalleled cardiovascular conditioning, provided you practice consistently and with good technique. While other forms of exercise may be more effective at elite levels (such as running or cycling), incorporating swimming into a cross-training routine and pushing yourself in practice will result in overall improved fitness.


It’s Great for Your Lungs

When your face is under water, oxygen is at a premium. In turn, your body adapts to use oxygen more efficiently. Plus, it learns to take in more fresh air with every breath, and expel more carbon dioxide with every exhalation. A study in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology even found that swimmers had better tidal volume (the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs during relaxed breathing) compared to runners. This results in lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure.


Balance Your Build
Swimming builds longer, leaner muscles that complement the shorter denser muscles that develop from weight training. These “swimmer’s muscles” also help boost metabolism to keep calories burning longer.


Strengthen Your Core
Swimming develops core body strength because it utilizes all the body’s muscles simultaneously. Although 70 percent of a swimmer’s effort comes from the upper body, kickboard and fin workouts can provide an excellent leg workout.


Swimmers are able to swim longer than they can what they could sustain doing other activities. With the right technique, a swimmer will be able to train for longer periods of time than if he/she were running and, as a result, more calories are burned.


Full body workout 

Swimming uses all the muscles in the body so whether you swim a gentle breaststroke or hammer butterfly, you will get a full body workout. Plus, exercising in water makes your body work harder so 30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.


Swimming Counts as Both Cardio and Strength Training

In swimming, if you aren’t moving constantly, you’re sinking. (Forced cardio!) Plus, water is about 800 times denser than air, so your muscles are under constant resistance. It has the power to give your muscles a makeover, transform you into a cardio king, turn back the clock, and calm you quicker than a secluded beach in the Bahamas.


Swimming Uses Otherwise Underworked Muscles

When you’re in the pool, your arms are all over the place, meaning you need to work your often-neglected lats, deltoids, and traps. And we know you aren’t targeting those when you’re on a bike or pounding the pavement. Plus, since so much of swimming is about staying balanced and level in the water (while both your arms and legs are moving, mind you), swimming helps you develop the deep stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back that women often miss.


Increased Flexibility
A heated pool relaxes muscles, increasing flexibility and enabling important stretching. Also, after intense lactic-acid-building endurance workouts (running, cycling, weights), an easy swim helps flush out toxins preventing muscle tightness and soreness the following day.


Swimming not only boosts cardiovascular capacity while increasing muscle strength, but it also gives your body a break from higher-impact activities like basketball, running, and weightlifting. By creating a balanced workout routine, athletes avoid injury by allowing their body time to heal, while not forgoing daily training sessions.


Great for general wellbeing

Just 30 minutes of swimming three times a week alongside a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and maintain a positive mental outlook.


Weight Loss
People who consistently swim strenuously enough to be out of breath when they finish and elevate their heart rate do burn calories and lose weight. The key is to push yourself a bit.


No matter what your fitness level, the general benefits of swimming are yours to go out and grab and make your own.


Burns calories

Swimming is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour, more than double that of walking. And a faster swim would see that indulgent chocolate bar gone quicker than if you went running or cycling.



De-stresses and relaxes

Swimming regularly can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your sleep patterns. Feeling the mental benefits of swimming takes just a light swim. No lane pounding needed.

Lowers the risk of diseases.

As well as being a great form of cardiovascular exercise, swimming just 30 minutes a week can help to guard against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.


It’s Easy on the Impact

The low impact means swimming is a great workout for injured athletes, who need to take it easy on their joints. But it may also mean more results: You can swim at higher intensities on a regular basis without feeling wear and tear on your body.


Anyone Can Do It

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, pregnant (Walton has trained women in the pool on their due dates), a new mom, or an Ironman competitor, swimming can give you a great workout (um, as long as you—you know—know how to swim). You control the pace, intensity, and what you get out of every session, he says.


Swimming Turns Back the Clock

Regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their driver’s licenses say they are, according to research from Indiana University. Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry to be much more similar to that of your younger self. Who needs night cream?


 Swimming Makes You Smarter

Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14 percent when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, according to a Journal of Physiology study. Researchers believe water’s pressure on the chest cavity may have something to do with it, and they are now studying whether water-based workouts improve blood flow to the brain better than do land-based ones. Stay tuned.


Swimming has branched out from the darkened, indoor community pools of yesteryear. Many new health club chains offer clean lap pools, and local communities are finding renewed interest in outdoor facilities during the summer months. Seek out available natatoriums in your area and if you are able, locate a natural body of water (lake, ocean, pond, or quarry) and explore the joys of open-water swimming.



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How Chess Awakens Your Brain


Chess Builds Problem Solving Abilities

“Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few.” –Edutech Chess


Chess Improves Emotional Intelligence


Chess Improves Critical Thinking Skills

Chess improves the ability to think critically. Players are required to think fast and solve problems as they play. This type of play leads to analytical thinking and develops the ability to anticipate and evaluate future scenarios. In some instances, the development of critical thinking skills led to better performance on standardized tests.


Chess Preserves Mental Acuity

To get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and technique involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain.



Chess Improves Mathematical Skills

Math is about pattern-recognition, logic, and the ability to play around with variables in your head, all of which chess is known to improve.


Chess Builds Greater Creativity

Because chess requires extensive use of the brain’s right hemisphere, the game enhances creativity. A longitudinal study indicated that chess playing fosters various types of creativity, including originality.


Chess Teaches Logic and Efficiency

Chess teaches logic because you have the constraints of the board and pieces, and efficiency because you’re playing competitively against an opponent with the same resources and same goal. This fosters thinking directly about the problem at hand and using the simplest solution to solve a complex problem.


Chess Teaches The Importance of Planning (And Consequences)

Every move in chess should lead to your goal, but it is rare that your goal will be reached without planning ahead and heeding the consequences of each action.


Chess Eases anxiety

Chess requires concentration. Players often find that this concentration facilitates centeredness and calmness. Playing daily helps to manage anxiety and other turbulent emotions.



Chess Teaches Patience and Perseverance

Building and executing a strategy some times requires one to be still and wait for the right moment.


Chess Teaches Increases Broader Perspective


Learn To Play Chess!❀


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Your Challenges Carry Gifts

May your wounds give you wings, may your depths give you heights, may all be an opportunity for your life to take flight.

Know that whatever challenges you have experienced in life carry gifts that can ultimately serve your life path for the better.


Find the gifts hidden in the difficult times and experiences you’ve encountered. Reflect on what you may have learned from these experiences, and how that can now benefit your life, and the lives of others too possibly.


Forgive yourself for ‘bad experiences’ if you judge any. Know you are stronger and wiser.


Know also that you NEVER need to struggle or suffer to grow.


Let go of any limiting beliefs and stories may be connected to your wounds and set yourself free to soar.

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