Are you giving your hair some TLC?

Take a second and think, do I give my hair the proper attention and care it needs?

Whether you’ve just conquered a big chop, transitioning, or been in the natural game for some time…we can all agree that managing our natural tresses can be quite a tedious task. Does it have to be, though? I’ve been natural for about 13 years now and been through so many struggles with managing my hair. We can get so caught up in work, active and social life that it’s easy to neglect our hair. I mean seriously, how easy is it to just slick back a bun or pony and put off a wash day? We are all guilty! However, I have found that managing my hair is so much easier when it’s MOISTURIZED and makes detangling a breeze! These Summer months are brutal, not only on our skin but our hair as well. My hair is most dry in the Summer and on top of living a very active lifestyle, I have to make the time and give it some T(ender) L(ove) & C(are). There are tons of Moisturizers, Hair Lotions, and Oils out there; here are my go-to’s :

1.) Shea Moisture Reconstructive Finishing Elixir- So this is my absolute MUST HAVE! I use this product on a daily basis to keep my hair moisturized and to add some shine. A little goes a long way with this oil spray. Made specifically for dry and damaged hair which is a plus (especially during the Summer). It also helps control frizz because the way this humidity is set up, that’s bound to happen. Sulfate and paraban free and smells amazing!

2.) Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Head-to-Toe)- My love for Coconut Oil is so deep because it can be used for and on just about ANY and EVERYTHING! I use it to remove my make-up at night, on my body, and most importantly to moisturize my hair. Hence the “Head-to-Toe” because you can literally use this product from head to toe! I use Coconut oil before I go to bed, dividing my hair into 4 sections to make sure it’s thoroughly moisturized.

3.) Tea Tree Oil- Along with having dry hair comes dry scalp, which I have struggled with for years. Tea Tree Oil is great for alleviating itchy, dry scalp. I use this Tea Tree Oil on my hair daily to sooth my scalp. Every night, I massage into my scalp. Also promotes hair growth which is always a plus!

4.) Shea Moisture Daily Hydrating Finishing Oil Serum (100% Virgin Coconut Oil)- This product is also a gem that I use every other day. I’m obsessed with this particular line from Shea Moisture. This oil can be a little on the heavy side so you don’t need to spray too much. To make sure the product is distributed properly, I separate into 4 sections and work into my hair. Leaves hair super soft, hydrated and so much easier to manage.

You can find all of these products at Target in the “Natural Hair” aisle.

How do you manage your hair on a daily basis?

Are you keeping your hair moisturized?

Until next time!

Tray’s Fav’s!

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So…piggybacking off my last post “Consistency is Key…” (Check it out if you haven’t), EACH MONTH I’m going to be to sharing some of my favorite things or people with you all. These things can be from natural hair/beauty products to fashion trends/classics I’m digging as well as showcasing people that inspire and motivate me. 

LET’S GET INTO IT!

  1. Cantu (Shea Butter)Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse: OMG. Can we say obsessed?! I stumbled along this product frolicking the aisles of Target (per usual). I have the worst dry scalp, especially as seasons transition. I previously was prescribed something for my dry scalp but eventually weaned off of it and haven’t quite found anything comparable to clear it up. That is until I found this jewel! I faithfully use this every wash day, before applying my co-wash and/or conditioner (it acts as a shampoo). It’s made with apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and shea butter. This product will definitely leave your scalp feeling invigorating and hair soft. Try it out! $4.99/Target
  2. Kinky Curly Custard: So, if you follow this blog or had a “Hey, what do you use in           your hair?” talk with me YOU KNOW this product is holy grail. It’s my go-to for styling gels…..PERIOD. I’ve tried other styling gels/cremes/custards but nothing else really compares and has worked wonders for my hair for years. This custard is great for people who are transitioning into the natural hair world and works well with all hair types. Also, a little goes a long way with this product so you don’t need to use a lot. I always get super defined and frizz-free curls…WIN! $16.39 <— YIKES…I know. Y’all know it’s expensive to be natural!
  3. E.l.f Poreless Face Primer: Stellar product for the price! I am just as into makeup/beauty as I am with hair products. Using primer before applying makeup is so important to protect your skin and will make applying makeup so easy. This primer reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and leave skin looking smooth and flawless. Also, made up of tea tree oil and vitamin A & E. $5.69/Target A must-try!

So there you have it! Hope this was helpful in any way! What’s on your “Must-Have” List?    As I mentioned in my last post, I will be posting BI-WEEKLY and posting my “TRAY’s FAV’s” EVERY MONTH. Consistency is key, right? Stay tuned….

Until next time loves…

♥ Traci

Consistency is Key…Balance is also Key.

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“Consistency is what transforms AVERAGE into EXCELLENCE.”

“Never get so busy making a living, you forget to make a life.”

Let’s face it, nothing comes easy and if it’s worth having it requires much effort, persistence and consistency. It goes across the board and applies to so many different areas; fitness/personal goals, career goals, relationships, etc. In order to achieve a specific goal, it means putting in that WORK! As I mentioned in my previous post (check it out if you haven’t), one of my goals for the year is to be more consistent with my blog posting (My goal is to post bi-weekly). I also mentioned the reason for neglecting my blog last year was due to “Life Happening” events. One of those events was training/running and completing my second FULL Marathon (Yes…26.2 miles again y’all!). If you don’t know by now…I’m a runner. I’m also one of those crazy people that weirdly enjoys challenges and pushing my body to the limit by running long distant races. If you have trained and ran a marathon you know…IT IS NOT A GAME!!!! Training for a marathon (or any race really) demands extreme dedication, drive, consistency and TIME. Time that was spent focusing more on my training and less on my blog posting. 

Which brings me to BALANCE. Maintaining balance in your life is just as important as consistency…why? For your sanity, that’s why! Working hard training for a marathon is great. Grinding hard at work and excelling on every level is fantastic. However, when you are burned out, you are no good to anybody. It is crucial to create time to spend with family, friends, and YOURSELF (and your blog)! 

I am currently training for the Women’s Half Marathon (13.1 miles) taking place in Washington, D.C. at the end of April. I am also working towards setting a Personal Record (PR) which calls for a more intense training plan (In other words, time consuming). Which leaves me in a similar space I was in last year. My goal is to not drown myself in one specific area. All accountability is welcomed to keep me on track as well! Challenges may arise when creating balance between your work life/personal life/active life. However, the test is making it a point to CREATE the balance and MAINTAIN it. 

Over the years I have learned, when you truly commit to something and consistent with it…you will always WIN in the end (it’s inevitable). You WILL get frustrated, you WILL get discouraged, you WILL have setbacks, you WILL FAIL and that is OKAY!  Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t go as planned. It’s how you react to these obstacles and failures that really shows who you are and how strong you are. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what REALLY matters! It’s not always going to be easy, but will definitely be worth it. LET’S BE GREAT! LET’S BE ENCOURAGED! LET’S BE CONSISTENT!

What are you consistently doing to better yourself? Have you mastered the art of creating/maintaining balance? If so, could you school a sistah? Haha!

Until next time,

♥ Traci

The Comeback is Always Stronger than the Setback!

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“Every setback is a setup for a COMEBACK!”

Hello 2018!

It’s a new year and I’m super excited to get back into blogging and sharing some dope content with you all! I know…I know, it’s been a while, but I’m back! Last year, I set out a goal to create a blog centered around topics that I love the most; Beauty, Fitness, and Natural Hair Care. On this exact  day in 2017, I launched BeautyMuscleHustle.com for the world to see. Well, I was off to a great start until LIFE happened (as it does to most of us) and steered me in a different direction where my focus became more on other things. This caused me to take a slight…ok…MAJOR hiatus from my beloved blog. 

One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that it is extremely time consuming (major kudos to all the bloggers out there)! Although it might be a bit tedious, blogging brought a little piece of happiness to my life and became therapeutic for me; something that I’ve been missing! We tend to lose ourselves sometimes (whether it be in something or someone) that we neglect our needs, wants and desires. I can definitely relate and will admit that I do struggle with making myself a #1 priority. Well, as Auntie Maxine Waters said “I’m reclaiming my time!”. 

This year, I WILL be a BETTER ME and hold myself accountable for things I say I am going to do. One of my goals is to be more consistent with my blog posts, putting out some informative content and not falling off the face of the Earth! Here are some tips that I follow and may be helpful to you as well:

  1. Create a goal.
  2. Be specific, realistic and clear
  3. Find motivation
  4. Get an accountability partner
  5. Be consistent
  6. Always give 110%
  7. Do it for YOURSELF and not others

What are your goals? What are you holding yourself accountable for? Let’s make this an impactful year! Stay tuned for my next post…

Cheers to 2018!

until next time,

♥ Traci

 

 

That hair tho?!

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“Let it FRO!” 

I don’t know about anyone else, but I absolutely  DREAD my hair wash days! It always makes me think back to my “relaxed” days when washing my hair was so much easier…still time consuming…but easier. I could wash, blow dry and flat-iron my hair in three hours…tops! Now? With detangling, washing, deep-conditioning(sometimes overnight), styling and air-drying/diffusing it’s damn near an ALL DAY task! Of course I’m exaggerating a bit, but it does take up a good portion of the day, especially if I’m deep-conditioning. Although it’s a lengthy process, given my hair length and texture…I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I definitely have embraced my natural curls more in recent years and LOVE seeing other naturalistas doing the same.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND…

I’ve been natural for 12 years to be exact. You would think after 12 years the process would be easier/faster…NOPE. You can’t rush greatness…right? There was no big chop, my transition was sort of an accident-it just happened. When I was in undergrad at Delaware State, it didn’t make sense for me to drive 4 hours to my hometown (Richmond, VA) just to get a relaxer. I know you’re probably thinking why not find a salon closer? I have serious trust issues when it comes to my hair. For that reason, I’ve been going to the same hair stylist since High School! I eventually started doing my own hair and got trims often to get rid of my relaxed ends. So…that’s when my natural hair journey began.

WASH DAY!

Who’s infamous for prolonging their wash days? I know I am, but we all know it HAS to get done! One thing’s for sure, Kinky Curly products never let me down! Specifically, the dynamic duo of the Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner and the Curling Custard for styling. They are my all time favs for sure! I have been using the Kinky Curly product line for years and they were great during my transitioning period. My hair is super thick (as you can see below) so when styling, I need a slightly thick, gel-like consistency to help define and lock in my curls. If you are looking for curl definition…this is it! I’ve experimented with other products but nothing quite amounts to these jewels…or at least I haven’t found it yet.

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MY GO-TO’S

Testing new products are cool, but COSTLY! For someone on a tight budget(like me!) it’s best to stick with what works best for your curls. So what are my “Go-to’s” on wash day? Well, you already know I’m a fan of the Kinky Curly line…but also Shea Moisture products.There are tons of amazing products within the Shea Moisture family but right now I’m hooked on the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I’m not a huge fan of shampooing since I typically co-wash (meaning conditioning-ONLY). However when I do, this one is a winner! This is the only shampoo I’ve found that feels like it’s not stripping my hair of its natural oils. And for the conditioner…saves my hair every time! I also use this as a deep-conditioner and occasionally a leave-in.

SO OBSESSED!

I DO NOT like vinegar of any kind and definitely cannot get past the potent smell! So when I saw tutorials and heard of all the great benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) with “Mother” for natural hair (and body) I became very intrigued. Lo and behold, an ACV rinse was the BEST thing to happen to my hair. I was stunned at how soft my hair instantly felt after the rinse! Once you get past the smell it’s really worth it. Check out the benefits:

  • Balances hairs pH level
  • Kills bacteria and relieves scalp
  • Clarifies and Cleanses hair
  • Detangles and defines curls
  • Adds shine and reduces frizz
  • Stimulates hair growth & prevents split ends

I use the ACV rinse in place of shampooing most wash days and use 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. Tip: make sure you purchase the Bragg with the “Mother”. I’ve tried using regular vinegar and trust me, it does not work the same! The ACV with “Mother” is unpasteurized and naturally gluten-free. Pour the ACV/water mixture directly on hair, massaging into scalp…then rinse (followed by conditioning). Another tip: it’s best to pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy application. The amount of ACV used depends on what your hair can handle, so it’s a trial and error process. Try it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

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What are your wash day essentials? What products do you obsess over?

Until next time!

-Traci

Long time coming

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” -Gail Devers

Okay…so FINALLY after contemplating for years (yes, YEARS) I’ve decided to create a blog! What’s it about? Well, I figured why not create a platform where I can combine the three things that I love; Fitness, Beauty, and Fashion.

Everything from natural hair/skin care tips to workout routines/benefits will be showcased in my blog. I’m super excited to share some of my daily regimens with you all! Come along with me on this blogging journey!

-Traci