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3 Easy DIY Hair Masks to Strengthen, Grow and Shine

Earlier this year, had the distinct honor and pleasure to appear as an expert guest on Houston Life TV for two different live television segments. I spoke to DIY natural hair masks in my first segment and heat-less natural hair styling in my second. Here is a recap of the masks I shared and how they’ll help your hair thrive all year long with no extra cost.

Moisture Retention

Ingredients: 1 whole ripened avocado, 2 tbsp pure honey, 2 tbsp coconut oil

Usage: This mask is great for a pre-poo (deep conditioning treatment before shampooing your hair). The avocado is a super food that is deeply nourishing when applied topically to the hair shaft and will deliver massive amounts of moisture from the good fats derived from the avocado. Honey is a natural emollient which further draws in moisture. It also contains proteins and amino acids that fortify the hair shaft to promote healthier, more pliable, well moisturized hair. Coconut oil strengthens the hair and gives it an illustrious shine! Not to mention makes the hair extremely soft.

Instructions: Whip all ingredients together in a food processor (recommended) or a small mixing bowl. Apply evenly to dampened, detangled hair section by section from the root to the tip. Let sit for 30min-1hour under a plastic processing cap. Shampoo with luke warm water following with a regular conditioner and cool rinse to seal the hair cuticles.

Strengthen and Grow

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 4 tbs mayo, 2 tbsp olive oil, approximately 10 drops of tea tree oil, approximately 5 drops of rosemary oil

Usage: Eggs are an incredible source of protein. They help fortify the building blocks of the hair when applied topically and help reduce breakage and shedding. (Real) Mayo is a good source of fat that when combined with the egg, helps create the creamy coating that further penetrates the hair shaft and helps your curls clump together. The moisturizing fat in the mayo is essential to counter the protein and amino acids in the egg, allowing for a well balanced recipe. Olive oil is the carrier oil in this mask that helps bring everything together nicely in addition to it’s nutritive benefits mentioned above in the previous mask. The tea tree oil serves as a natural antiseptic which helps clean the pores in the scalp and reduce product build up, thus promoting healthier growing hair. Rosemary oil has been proven to stimulate hair growth.

Instructions: Add each ingredient one at a time and use a whisk to blend. Apply evenly to dampened, detangled hair section by section from the root to the tip. Let sit for 30min-1hour under a plastic processing cap. Shampoo with luke warm water following with a regular conditioner and cool rinse to seal the hair cuticles.

Smooth and Shine

Ingredients: 1 whole ripened banana, 4 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp EVOO

Usage: Bananas deliver tremendous amounts of vitamin C when applied topically and also increase the hairs life cycle, thus contributing to length retention. I have also found that bananas make my hair more voluminous. Honey helps strengthen and lock in moisture. Olive oil is a household staple for most people. It contains vitamins and minerals that contribute to illustrious well moisturized hair.

Instructions: Whip all ingredients together in a food processor (recommended) or a small mixing bowl. Apply evenly to dampened, detangled hair section by section from the root to the tip. Let sit for 30min-1hour under a plastic processing cap. Shampoo with luke warm water following with a regular conditioner and cool rinse to seal the hair cuticles.

Try one or all of these masks depending on your hair’s needs and let me know how they worked for you! xo

Beauty: My Current Self-Care Regimen

Hi beauties! Here is a super quick guide to my beauty and self-care regimen!

Hair: I’ve been consistent with rubbing Jamaican Black Castor Oil my edges because postpartum shedding is real. I massage my scalp weekly. Low manipulation protective styles are a life saver!

Skin: I’ve discovered the importance of using a serum at night. Sdara Skincare Vitamin C Serum in conjunction with their derma roller (used once a week) and my Clarosonic with the brush head formulated for acne prone skin (used daily) is EVERYTHING to my skin. Also, my jade roller depuffs, feels amazing and gives my bone structure a more refined look when used consistently. I wrote a separate blog all about facial rolling that you can read here.

I also use natural beauty products from Origins such as their Checks and Balances cleanser, Ginzing under eye cream, their Charcoal Mask and their Original Skin Resurfacing mask. These are STAPLES.

Body: Lots of dancing and walks in the neighborhood on pretty days. Plus, my daughter is a heavy weight and I burn lots of calories toting her around, seriously. Not to mention going up and down my stairs with her multiple times a day. As far as what I am eating, it’s pretty much a low carb diet. I try to focus on protein and veggies with occasional fruit and grain. Very seldom to I indulge on “white” carbs. I also do not drink sodas with the exception of the occasional diet ginger ale or diet coke. Blueberry Green Tea by Yogi is a great morning cup to help keep your metabolism boosted and is a good coffee alternative.

Inner Glow: Drinking water and staying hydrated, prayerful, grateful and minding my business is truly a winning combo! I also make a point to enjoy me time regularly and I never apologize for it. This may include attending my Monday night Zumba, taking a bubble bath or sitting outside on my patio with a glass of wine. As a new mom, me time is critical. I hope tghis helps! The products listed here are sold in my Amazon store! Get easy access, everything conveniently in one place, secured checkout, and lightning fast shipping when you shop in my store!!! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon.

Hair: Updated Wash and Go

Hi beauties. I rarely do wash and gos on my 4b/c natural hair but recently had the opportunity to try the CurlMix Wash + Go System, steps 1-4 which made it SO easy to achieve a pretty wash and go! They have different systems to select from and I chose the lavender scented one for the smell and because the ingredients seemed super moisturizing and compatible with my hair type. I loved this system and I am definitely going to be doing this style more often! After vacation and protective styling, my hair was in need of some TLC. I started on stretched and detangled hair.

Step number 1 – the Pure Aloe Vera Shampoo. I loved how this shampoo smelled and it did a great job clarifying my scalp.

Step number 2 – the Pure Grapeseed Conditioner. This conditioner provided me good slip as I combed my wet hair in the shower.

Step number 3 – the Pure Avocado Moisturizer. This stuff was magic in a bottle. My hair literally felt like it’s thirst was being quenched. lol

Step number 4 – the Pure Flaxseed Gel. The flaxseed gel worked wonderfully, further locking in moisture and giving my natural curl pattern some luscious definition!

Watch the entire process made simple HERE!

Thanks for reading/ watching!

Try the Curlmix Pure Wash + Go System today and use code NATURALLYGG for 20% off at checkout! Get yours, sis! http://www.curlmix.com

Beauty: The 411 On Derma-Rollers

This season, I’ve really stepped up my skin-care regimen. I’ve been trying to be more consistent with treatments and applying healthy products formulated to meet my skins specific needs.

I’ve been learning more and more about the benefits of derma-rollers and the different kinds. I have two, a jade roller and a micro-needle roller. Here is what I learned about each of them.

Jade Roller Benefits

  • Use after washing face in the morning to really wake your face up and get your day started, at night before bed to relax, or both!
  • Reduces inflammation and puffiness of the skin, including reducing the appearance of under eye circles (especially if your roller is cold).
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system and blood circulation.
  • Easy and relaxing way to pamper yourself on a daily basis. For those into crystals, the jade stone is also known for purity, gentleness and love. People use jade stone to invite harmonious, balanced and protective energy.
  • This roller feels amazing. Get you a jade roller, sis! Click here to get yours in two business days!

Micro-needling Benefits

  • This tool can be used once or twice weekly as a very effective skin rejuvenation treatment and should be cleaned in an alcohol solution before and after each use.
  • Effectively reduces acne.
  • Brightens complexion, reduces scars from acne, sun spots and aging.
  • Tightens pores, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, and allows for skincare products to penetrate more deeply.
  • Reduces the signs of aging by increasing collagen production. Fine lines are noticeably reduced with consistent use.
  • Balances moisture levels naturally. It is especially ideal for oily skin.

I’ve added a Vitamin C serum to my night time regimen and I love how effective it’s been with the help of my derma-roller. My skin is noticeably more even and brighter, especially after it’s postpartum freak out. I had terrible acne and severe dryness before the regimen I am on now. I am gratefully privy to this information about derma-rollers and happy to share it with you!

I have partnered with Sdara Skincare to #giveaway one Derma-roller + Vitamin C Serum, my absolute skincare addictions since I got my hands on them. Winner will be announced next week. Enter Here To Win! or click the image below.

Thanks for reading! xo -Riss

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Events: Powered by Nature, Proven By Science | Origins Event Recap

This past Friday, my sister and I had the great pleasure of hosting an intimate pampering session for a little over 10 of our close friends at the Origins store in the Galleria.

We have both been big fans of the brand for years because of the integrity of their products! I love that they use naturally sourced ingredients that are proven effective. They stand true to their tagline, “Powered by nature, proven by science.

Origins pulled out all the stops for us during our family and friends event.

We were treated to complimentary facials, massages, make-overs and light bites.

We got to share some of our favorite products with our girls who enjoyed 20% off all purchases AND a free gift with purchase! Several of the girls were trying new products for the first time and fell in love.

We had such a great time with our girls and the Origins crew!

We will be opening up our guest list and doing another pampering event soon! We’ll also be doing an EPIC Origins giveaway!

Here are some of their most popular products. You can come and try them all for free at our next event so get your list ready! Favorite Beauty Products

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xo -Riss

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Beauty: 3 DIY Beauty Recipes To Try This Summer

So I have been doing some leg work and have found 3 DIY beauty recipes that are to die for. They all contain simple, natural ingredients, are so easy and so much fun to make at home!

I love trying DIY recipes at home because it makes me feel like a bit of a alchemist and I can be assured that my products are safe and natural! Plus I can multi-purpose ALL of these ingredients and its sooo inexpensive!

You should take some time and pamper yourself with one of these this summer and let me know how it worked out for you! They also make great gifts! All ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or my favorite, HEB!

Minty Fresh (and poppin’) Lip Gloss

Ingredients:

  • petroleum jelly
  • lipstick for color (optional)
  • mint extract or flavor
  • almond oil
  • lip gloss container (available at craft stores)

Instructions:

1.   Place about 1 Tablespoon petroleum jelly in a microwave safe bowl. Add a tiny dab of your favorite lipstick for color if desired. Microwave 30 seconds then stir carefully until everything is melted. 2. Drop in 2 ‑ 3 drops of almond oil and 3 ‑ 5 drops of mint. Don’t add too much! Carefully pour into a lip gloss container.

Charissmatic Citrus & Coconut Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup H‑E‑B Organics Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest

Instructions:

1.    Combine all ingredients and place in an airtight glass container. Allow 30 minutes for ingredients to bind well. To use: Using a spoonful or desired amount, massage in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry. Use on face, body or hands.

Oh So Satisfying Foot Soak

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. fine sea salt
  • 1 c. Epsom salt
  • 2 Tbsp. loose peppermint tea
  • 3 Tbsp. orange extract
  • 4 Tbsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Jar with lid

Instructions:

1.    Place ingredients into a food processor and blend about a minute until ingredients are powdered then pour into the jar and seal. To use: Pour a tablespoon of the soak into a bowl of water and ease those tootsies into relaxation!

Source: HEB

xo -Riss

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Feature: Carissa Stephens As Seen On Houston Life TV | DIY Beauty!

Today, I had the opportunity to return to one of my favorite television sets, KPRC Ch. 2, as a beauty expert and filmed two live segments on one of my favorite topics… natural hair! I loved the opportunity to work with the Channel 2 crew and the hosts of Houston Life TV, Derrick Shore and Christine Noel, who was in for Courtney Zavala.

On my first segment, I shared 3 quick and easy DIY recipes: Optimal Moisture, Growth & Strengthen, and Smooth & Shine. On my second segment, I was accompanied by my 3 models, Nakyia, Amber and Devon. I showcased quick demos on easy-to-achieve, heat-less styles for curly hair. Check out my photos from the day and click the link below to watch my live segments on Houston Life TV!

WATCH HERE: https://www.click2houston.com/houston-life/hl-style/diy-hair-masks-using-items-you-probably-already-have-at-home

Thanks for reading! xo -Riss

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Events: On Tour for the I’m Me Foundation

Since Fall of 2016, NaturallyGG has had the pleasure of being presenters on JJ’s I’m Me Tour in Houston, TX. We have visited several inner city schools, educating and mentoring on the topics of health, natural hair, inner beauty, and owning your own individual uniqueness with confidence!

On the tour, the girls are exposed to mentors and influencers in the community that EMPOWER them in the areas of self-love, goal setting, financial literacy, beauty & style, fitness, cooking, career building and so much MORE!

We have been so blessed to serve our community in this capacity and look forward to continued mentor-ship and the next touring season with the I’m Me Foundation!

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Here are some of my favorite photos from the tour which include us speaking at middle schools, high schools, colleges (Prarie View A&M University) and churches (Fountain of Praise).

Expressing the importance of self-care and opening up the floor for questions after our DIY whipped shea butter demo!

Influencing Young Queens

Before presenting at Prarie View A&M University!

At Fountain of Praise Church

NaturallyGG with other JJ’s I’m Me Tour Presenters at Fountain of Praise

We truly enjoy mentor-ship opportunities, motivational speaking and community involvement. To get us involved in your next community or outreach event, contact us at either address below. Peace and Blessings… Love and Light.

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Fitness: Sproing Into Fitness!

Let’s talk about fitness! This year has been a roller-coaster for me. Through it all I am reminded to keep my health and fitness at the top of my priorities list! One way I do this is by making sure that I have workouts that I can truly look forward to and where I am also maximizing my time. One workout that I really enjoy is this revolutionary one at Sproing Fitness in Houston – River Oaks!

President Devon & Crew – Sproing River Oaks

The workout feels like a group fitness class which is perfect for me! I also love seeing my heat rate and calories burned in real time up on a screen along with everyone else in the class. This makes for a little friendly competition which pushes me even harder. Not to mention the music is always great and the instructors really know how help you achieve your desired results!

Coach Lauren – Sproing River Oaks

The Sproing machine looks like a treadmill but is not… it’s SO much better!! There is a cushioned launch and landing pad that makes me feel like I’m working out on the beach! It is easy on my joints and helps me get a better workout! The motto at Sproing is “TRAIN HARD, LAND SOFT.”

Coach Jermaine – Sproing River Oaks

Check out this video from Wednesday when Sproing River Oaks was featured on Good Day Houston (KHOU).

JOIN US this Saturday as NaturallyGG Hosts at Sproing River Oaks!! There will be a great workout from an incredible fitness coach and light bites on the patio from Max Fit Foods!!!

There will also be health and hair tips, swag bags from our sponsor CURLS, a gift card giveaway and MORE!!!

We are so excited to bring in the month of July with a BANG and hope you join us on this Saturday, July 1st! Get your tickets here NOW as space is limited!!! Be there for 1pm, the class will start right at 1:30pm!

Click the flyer below to purchase your ticket to our event July 1st!

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Here is a video recap from our event!

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Reflections: NaturallyGG’s 100th Video/ Fav GG Moments! (A Must See)

Wowww… I can’t even believe we have been creating valued content in the natural health and beauty space for over 6 years!!! The opportunity to express, motivate, cultivate and inspire has been an incredible blessing to my life and the experiences that NaturallyGG has provided I couldn’t imagine them without having this brand.

I am SO proud of our work. To celebrate our 100th upload to the channel, we have compiled our favorite GG moments in our most recent upload. I cried a couple of times while putting this together. Please check out our 100th video!!! Subscribe to the channel and stay tuned for more uploads and events hosted by yours truly. Thanks for watching!! Video below. xoxoxoxo