by Mary Wolff
We all know the foods we eat play a role in how we feel, but they also play a role in how we look, too. When you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, the body will naturally shift focus to protecting other areas such as teeth and bones, before worrying about giving the leftover nutrients to external factors such as the skin or hair. Many people choose a vegetarian lifestyle for personal reasons such as not wanting to harm animals, for health reasons, or just as a preference for not eating meat in general. What effect does this have on your curls?  Is being a vegetarian bad for your hair? Let’s take a closer look at this topic to put your mind at ease.  

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Is Being a Vegetarian Bad for Your Hair?

This is a loaded question because there are stories of those who switched to being a vegetarian and had serious hair issues after such as limp strands, and even hair loss. Don’t write off vegetarianism just yet! Being a vegetarian isn’t inherently bad for your hair, but you need to do your homework before committing to this or any type of diet. If you were eating a lot of lean protein and nutrient rich fish, and you suddenly switch to eating less nutritious greens without a full spectrum of options, your hair will definitely have more than a few issues. For example, eating a diet of only a few types of veggies or fruits without taking into consideration the overall needs of your body, and subsequently, your strands, will only lead to trouble.
It should also be noted that all vegetables and fruits are not necessarily created equal. For instance, if you only eat iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, you are missing out on options packed with more essential vitamins and nutrients such as spinach, kale, carrots, and other superfood options that are still vegetarian. Since you will be getting all of the necessary nutrients from a well-balanced diet, you can rest assured a vegetarian diet isn’t bad for your hair. In fact, according to an article on Munchies.com, Dr. Angela Eakin, a physician with a background in nutrition, talked about the absolutely false claim that a vegetarian or vegan diet was linked to hair loss and hair health concerns. According to Dr. Eakin, ""All the evidence suggests that a vegan diet is protective not only against hair loss, but all of the diseases that can actually kill an individual like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes."" Going meat-free is a healthy move, as long as you pay attention to your nutritional needs overall.

What Other Nutrients Does Hair Need?

When planning your vegetarian diet, you need to make sure you get variety in both food sources and the nutrients they provide. For example, your hair needs high levels of vitamins B, C, and D which can be found in various fruits and vegetables, as well as options loaded with healthy fatty acid complexes such as the healthy fats in avocados. In addition to this, you still need the main nutrients found in lean meats, chicken, and fish, even though they aren’t on your vegetarian menu. The main things to make sure you are incorporating into your diet are sources of iron, protein, and zinc. While these are easier to find in animal products and by-products, they can be found in more vegetarian-friendly options such as grains, legumes, lentils, and nuts.

Source: Vice  


The O.J. Simpson saga continues! After a 9-year stint in prison for his role in a 2007 armed robbery, 70-year-old Simpson has been released on parole. He was initially sentenced to 9 to 33 years for the Las Vegas arm robbery and kidnapping incident. The former NFL star also known as “Juice” had ensured the parole board that he’d been a model prisoner and he promised to not be involved in any further conflicts if released. The parole board unanimously granted his wish, with an expected release date of October.

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"I've done my time," pleaded Simpson to the Nevada parole board. "I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can."

Simpson was reportedly alert and energetic during the parole hearing, even laughing when parole board Chairman Connie Bisbee mistakenly cited his age as 90. "I feel like it," he quipped.

In case you’re wondering, there was no mentions of the infamous 1995 Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman case and acquittal. If you can believe it, it has been 22 years since the verdict heard ‘round the nation. That particular case has made Simpson a household name far beyond his NFL days, inspiring works such as the award-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America and the popular FX true-crime drama The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Simpson maintained that he was not fully responsible for the Vegas incident, citing his associates as misleading and turning on him in court. "Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said 'O.J. told me (to do it),'" he said. "Nothing I can do about that."

Board member graded Simpson a “low risk to reoffend” to which Simpson smiled a simple “thank you” before silently lowering his head for a few moments.

Simpson plans to move to his home in Florida.

Source: CNN

What do you think about O.J. finally being released from prison?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.
I've been known to randomly poke around Amazon in search of unknown beauty products that could potentially change my life.  This morning, I stumbled on a wonderful little gem and I couldn't be any happier.

The actual product itself is manufactured by a well known Japanese beauty brand.  In fact, they are the makers of one of the most popular cult facial cleansing oils on the market.  It just so happened that they also carry a line of "after shower hair products."  These items are specifically made for application post shower.

We already know the value of adding product to damp skin post shower.  Applying an oil/lotion to wet skin enhances our skin's moisture retention levels in a wonderful way. Why not apply this same principle to our hair routine?  Thanks to the inspiration I received from DHC, I may have found a way to replicate the perfect DIY after shower hair oil recipe.
The after shower hair treatment is a simple oil based product applied to wet hair to retain moisture, prevent frizz and add shine.  The timing of the application is what matters most.  While the hair is wet, the cuticle layers are slightly lifted to absorb the water particles.  This can be a dangerous time for our hair because lifted cuticles are more susceptible to damage and breakage.  But, on the other hand, we can leverage that situation for our benefit.

The folks who reviewed DHC's After Shower Hair Oil Treatment claimed to experience softer, shinier, smoother hair post use.  Another wonderful benefit that I'm super-excited about is how this product also manages frizz.  In mid-July, frizzy hair is our greatest enemy.  If this product can free us of this burden, I'm here for it!
Just before I made the purchase, I took a quick look at the ingredient list.  At first glance, I noticed that the primary ingredients were silicones.  That's understandable since most frizz elimination products utilize silicones to block moisture and humidity from disrupting the strands.  Some people tend to avoid 'cones because they coat the cuticles promoting product buildup.

As I continued to survey the ingredient list, I noticed the after bath oil also contained squalane, olive oil, shea butter and vitamin E.  That's when I realized that I could create a quick DIY version.  For my first experiment, I kept it simple by mixing a little squalane and baobab oil.  Squalane has a similar consistency and feel as silicone hair serums but it's all natural.  Baobab is my favorite oil at the moment so I figured that pairing them together would be a winning combination.

First I misted my hair with soft water mixed with a little leave-in.  Once damp, I ran a little of my blended hair oil into the strands. Immediately, I noticed the difference.  My hair was smooth, shiny and moisturized.  I've instantly fallen in love with this hair oil concoction.  Although I'm not sure it will repel humidity, long term,  as well as a product with silicones, I feel like this combo gives a similar initial result and I'm very happy about that.  Next up, I try this on wash day after applying leave-in.  I might still pick up DHC's formula for those times when I need that extra bit of humidity fighting power.  Also, silicones have heat protectant qualities which makes it a great product to use prior to blow drying/flat ironing.  But, until then, this DIY version is absolutely perfect.

I've been known to randomly poke around Amazon in search of unknown beauty products that could potentially change my life.  This morning, I stumbled on a wonderful little gem and I couldn't be any happier.

The actual product itself is manufactured by a well known Japanese beauty brand.  In fact, they are the makers of one of the most popular cult facial cleansing oils on the market.  It just so happened that they also carry a line of "after shower hair products."  These items are specifically made for application post shower.

We already know the value of adding product to damp skin post shower.  Applying an oil/lotion to wet skin enhances our skin's moisture retention levels in a wonderful way. Why not apply this same principle to our hair routine?  Thanks to the inspiration I received from DHC, I may have found a way to replicate the perfect DIY after shower hair oil recipe.
The after shower hair treatment is a simple oil based product applied to wet hair to retain moisture, prevent frizz and add shine.  The timing of the application is what matters most.  While the hair is wet, the cuticle layers are slightly lifted to absorb the water particles.  This can be a dangerous time for our hair because lifted cuticles are more susceptible to damage and breakage.  But, on the other hand, we can leverage that situation for our benefit.

The folks who reviewed DHC's After Shower Hair Oil Treatment claimed to experience softer, shinier, smoother hair post use.  Another wonderful benefit that I'm super-excited about is how this product also manages frizz.  In mid-July, frizzy hair is our greatest enemy.  If this product can free us of this burden, I'm here for it!
Just before I made the purchase, I took a quick look at the ingredient list.  At first glance, I noticed that the primary ingredients were silicones.  That's understandable since most frizz elimination products utilize silicones to block moisture and humidity from disrupting the strands.  Some people tend to avoid 'cones because they coat the cuticles promoting product buildup.

As I continued to survey the ingredient list, I noticed the after bath oil also contained squalane, olive oil, shea butter and vitamin E.  That's when I realized that I could create a quick DIY version.  For my first experiment, I kept it simple by mixing a little squalane and baobab oil.  Squalane has a similar consistency and feel as silicone hair serums but it's all natural.  Baobab is my favorite oil at the moment so I figured that pairing them together would be a winning combination.

First I misted my hair with soft water mixed with a little leave-in.  Once damp, I ran a little of my blended hair oil into the strands. Immediately, I noticed the difference.  My hair was smooth, shiny and moisturized.  I've instantly fallen in love with this hair oil concoction.  Although I'm not sure it will repel humidity, long term,  as well as a product with silicones, I feel like this combo gives a similar initial result and I'm very happy about that.  Next up, I try this on wash day after applying leave-in.  I might still pick up DHC's formula for those times when I need that extra bit of humidity fighting power.  Also, silicones have heat protectant qualities which makes it a great product to use prior to blow drying/flat ironing.  But, until then, this DIY version is absolutely perfect.