How-To Throw Out Your Toxic Hair Products For Good
Mornings in junior high and high school were spent trying to tame my thick, puffy hair. I used tons of hair products and heat tools to get my hair to look straight and shiny. The result was dull, brittle hair.
Once I became a mom, it was unrealistic to spend hours on my hair each day. I knew it was time to embrace my wavy, textured hair! Now, if I was going to wear my hair naturally, I knew I needed to rid myself of the harsh chemicals and heat. Although, it was hard to let go and change my way of thinking.
Now, my routine consists of two products: shampoo and a hair conditioner bar. My hair didn't change overnight, it took almost a year for my hair to repair and relearn its natural curl pattern.
Since ditching heat and chemical-filled products, my hair has never been so strong, long, and healthy.
I now know the secret to healthy hair. It isn’t split-end cream, heat protectant, volumizing mouse, oiling, or a protein mask. It's using real ingredients that actually nourish and support your natural hair.
I love ingredients like Bamboo Extract, Kokum Butter, and Pumpkin Seed Oil. They work to smooth out frizz, lock in hydration, and give your hair freedom to move and flow.
These nourishing ingredients can be found in our very own, Kokaboo Hair Conditioning Bar.
It is filled with natural ingredients that nourish hair strands to keep them soft. It smells of a mouthwatering Lavender Cupcake, coming from Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, and Vanilla Absolute. While many conditioners leave your hair feeling undernourished or greasy. This conditioner was formulated to provide the perfect balance of moisture. One of the best things about it, is that it is the best skincare for pregnancy (and hair care).
This is your sign to throw out those hair products you have been using since the 7th grade, and switch to a reliable and safe alternative. Get the Kokaboo Hair Conditioning Bar HERE.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!