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Goals, Goals, Goals

I’m hitting the ground running in 2016, and no, I’m not making the traditional new year’s resolutions.  I’m making goals for my blog and posting it so that you all keep me accountable!

This past year was hectic and life took me away from blogging for months at a time.  But you all were patient and hung in there with me, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Things have since settled a bit, but my new normal is busy.  I’m an attorney at a large law firm with an unpredictable schedule.  I’m rarely home for dinner (let alone have time to cook – as you all know I have an entire section of this blog dedicated to food!) and I could easily be at work for 12 – 18 hours a day, and sometimes more.  With my new reality in mind, I know that I have to scale back on my extra-curricular activities [play sad violin here] 🙁 .

However, I love this blog so I’m not giving up on it.  BUUUUTTTTTT, I won’t be able to post as frequently as I would like.  I’m aiming to publish three new posts a month.  Yes, that’s it.  That’s all I can probably manage, and it might still be a lofty goal.

But here is how I envision this working:  D’aller Naturel is a lifestyle blog with three pretty distinct categories of interest. So, I’m going to publish one new post a month per category–“Go Natural”, “Go Healthy”, and “Go Happy”.  Not to worry, I’ll be posting more frequently about related matters on my social media, particularly InstaGram, because these are quicker and gets to you relevant information on the areas you’re interested in.  Be sure to follow me there as well!

If you’re new to my blog, please read the run-down on the type of posts each section contains to find which section (or multiple sections ) you might be interested in.

I’m counting on you guys to keep me accountable.  If you haven’t seen a post in one of the three sections in any given month, leave me a message via the contact form and I’ll quit slacking 😉 .

What are your goals for the new year???

You Guys Really Loved These In 2015

I almost can’t believe that 2015 is coming to a close.  I didn’t nearly get as much accomplished this year as I wanted to, but I also learned that you can only do what you can do–we’re only human after all and life happens.  Nevertheless, I’m thankful for each and every one of you, for your support, your insight and your encouragement over the last year.

I’ll be tweaking a few things in the new year, but I think these will be changes everyone will like (or can at least live with).  In the mean time, enjoy a look back through the top 15 posts of 2015!

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Charred Eggplant with Tahini and Quinoa Tabbouleh

This is a quick and easy, light, but flavorful Middle Eastern grain salad mixed with the hearty texture of eggplant.  Perfect for the colder months of the year (or, if you live somewhere where it can still be 80 degrees in December, it’s great for the months of the year you wish had seasons).

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What In The World Is Pre-pooing?

What is pre-pooing and how does it differ from deep conditioning? If you’ve asked this question before, you’re not alone.

Pre-poo is really just a fancy term for a pre-shampoo treatment.  The treatment is done BEFORE shampooing your hair to help aid against a shampoo’s tendency to strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture.

There, that wasn’t so bad was it? Okay.  Now what? Isn’t that the same thing as a deep condition before a shampoo?

Not exactly, but close.  The major difference between a pre-poo and a deep conditioning treatment is the use of oil.  If you’re not using oil, you are not pre-pooing. The trick is to use a penetrating oil that can enter the hair shaft.  My favorites are coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.

Several studies show that coconut oil is hands down the most penetrating of the oils due to its high percentage of triglycerides and monosaturated lipids (small, compact molecules that are tiny enough to fit into the cuticle-membrane).  Therefore, it’s one of the better oils to use and most certainly my favorite.

The process is easy.  Similar to the way you would apply a deep conditioning treatment or mask, separate your hair into sections, and saturate it with the oil of your choice.  Cover your hair with a plastic cap and (optional) sit under a dryer at low heat anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes or wrap your head in a turban or some other heating device like a hot head steaming cap to help the oil penetrate your strands.

Some people like to mix in some deep conditioner with the oil as a DIY pre-poo treatment (check out my trial of this method with SheaMoisture products).  After some trial and error, I prefer to mix only oils for the perfect penetrating blend.

Once you’re done, rinse and proceed to shampoo.  Your hair should retain more moisture and oil than it would have otherwise.

Do you pre-poo? Are you considering it? Share your experiences in the comments below.

How to Cheat a Holiday Meal

It’s that time of year again–Thanksgiving, Christmas caroling, presents, and oh the food!

If you’re hosting a holiday party or, like me, have a large number of family members coming in for the holidays, preparing that holiday dinner may seem daunting.  I know I had grand plans of creating an elaborate menu from scratch.  But . . . 16 is a large number of mouths to feed and I don’t really want to spend the entire day cooking.  So . . . here’s a holiday meal hack that will save you on time and keep your sanity in check.

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A Natural Hair Inspired Halloween

Happy Halloween, Everyone!!!

The costumes are out, the vibe is spooky, and fall has finally arrived in Virginia!

With all the costume ideas out there this year, I decided to not only have some fun at work, but to work a costume around a fabulous protective style:

IMG_20141031_100612janelle monae inspired natural hair halloween costume

Paying homage to the iconic Janelle Monae, a little extra “umph” to the classic pomp transformed this work look into a perfectly fashionable (and work-appropriate) Halloween statement.

How are you rocking your natural hair this Halloween?

 

 

Her Naturel Hairstory: Kerdisha

Bonjour Naturels!

I know, I’ve been gone a long time, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m still here – just going through a lot of life transitions at the moment.  But that aside, I’m proud and honored to present my first reader-submitted Naturalista feature!  Please meet the fabulous Kerdisha!

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How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about three years now.

Did you “big chop” or transition?
I transitioned for about six months.

What inspired you to begin your natural/healthy hair journey?
Going natural was something I decided to do in college. I was all about discovering myself and loving myself for who I am so embracing my natural hair felt right at that time.

What challenges did you face in your healthy/natural hair journey?
Not finding what works for my hair in terms of products and routines. Now thankfully I’ve got it all down to a science.

What was the most memorable part of your natural/healthy hair journey?
The most memorable part of my journey was when my boyfriend (who was skeptical at first) randomly started playing in my hair and stated (I like it this way). That was when I truly felt like I made the right choice.

How did people react to your decision to go natural? Did you receive support?
My mom and sister were already natural so it wasn’t really a big deal. My friends supported me from the start.

What is your go-to hairstyle?
I love updos.

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Which products can you not live without and what is your current hair regimen?
Giovanni Direct Leave-In and Deeper Moisture Conditioner and shea butter.

My hair regimen is pretty simple. Every two weeks or so I detangle my hair with a cheap shampoo and plain old water, put it in large loose two strand twists and cleanse my scalp. I do this with diluted sulfate free shampoo then I will rinse everything out and do a deep condition for an hour with either hair mayonnaise or Giovanni Direct Deeper Moisture Conditioner depending on what I think my hair needs.

After a brief session in an old tee-shirt to absorb most of the water ill moisturize with Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, add a light oil, such as sweet almond oil or Jaydee’s Naturals Whipped Shea Butter from my friend Jodie.

After this, I let my hair dry in braids to stretch it out and proceed to style for the week after it has dried to about 95%. I will moisturize during the week with my mix of Giovanni Direct, water and aloe vera juice and seal with either an oil or whipped shea butter. At night i always try to go to bed in my satin bonnet.

Tell us something unique about yourself (e.g., you write a blog, interesting projects, etc):
I do have a blog its www.thekschronicles.wordpress.com where I write about hair, makeup, DIYs, and more.

Any words of inspiration?
It does get easier. Have patience and a good routine and your hair will flourish.

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Where can people find you for more information?

twitter:@thekschronicles
Instagram:@thekschronicles
FB:@thekschronicles
YouTube:@thekschronicles
Pinerest: @thekschronicles

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