How to Avoid Rotating Emergency Water

I have done a ton of research over the past few months about water storage.

(Did you know that, in case of an emergency, you should have a two week supply of water for each member of your family?  One gallon per person per day is the general recommendation.)

Okay, so here’s the problem with storing water.  There are all these RULES about it.  Like, you have to use food grade containers.  That’s a no brainer.  Things that are number one plastic should be avoided because they’re meant for one time use and then they leach things into your water that you don’t want to be drinking (though it’d be fine for cleaning, flushing toilets, etc.).  You should purify your water with a few drops of bleach when you first store it to kill any possible bacteria in it and prevent it from growing.  And you shouldn’t store your water right on the cement of your garage or basement, because chemicals are absorbed through the plastic into the water.  Rules rules rules.  So many to keep track of.  And the one that I hate the most?  Rotate your water every 6-12 months.  SERIOUSLY?  We have like 75 gallons in our garage.  That is a lot of work.  Last time I did it, it took me two days of dumping water, refilling, relabeling the date, etc.  A lot of work.  A lot of water.  I did not enjoy it.

So then I heard that there are filters you can buy, and then you don’t have to rotate nearly as often (like every 10 years if at all).  Automatically my ears perked up.  And so I researched and researched like crazy.  There are SO many options.  I read tons of good things about Berkley systems, but those are like $230 if you get a good deal!  This is just for an emergency that might never happen.  Obviously I want something, but I don’t want to break the bank getting something.  And so many of them had filters that only filtered a certain amount of water (like 20 gallons) before needing to be replaced, or some of them expired just with time due to a shelf life.  I was really trying to find the best bang for my buck.

And I’m here to report what I ended up getting and all of the reasons WHY in case you’re sick of doing lots of research too, or in case you never even thought of this before but are so happy because now you don’t even have to do ANY research!

I got the Sawyer Point One Emergency Water Filtration Kit.

This is why:

  • It NEVER needs a new filter.  They guarantee a million gallons.  That’s a lot of stinkin’ water.  You do have to rinse the filter with clean, filtered water when using really dirty water, but that’s better than buying replacement filters.
  • It filters fast, up to 500 gallons per day.  Some filters only did like one gallon an hour.  I don’t want to have to be waiting around for water to be ready.
  • It’s super small and easy to store, and it’s lightweight too (the filter weighs 3oz).  The whole box with everything in it is like 6″ x 3″ x 3″.  That I can do.
  • It only cost $58 and never expires.
  • It has awesome reviews from every reviewer I could find online.  Five stars across the board.
  • The kit contains a variety of adapters:
    • There’s a pouch that you can fill with contaminated water, and it has a pop-up cap that you can drink straight from.

 

    • It can screw right into a water bottle or soda bottle and you can drink right from the pop-up cap.
    • It can connect to a faucet with an included adapter so you could use it during international travel or during times where you’re told to boil your city water.
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    • There’s a bucket adapter kit so you could fill one bucket with dirty water and have it filter through to a clean water bucket beneath.

 

  • They use this kit in tons of third world countries where people are constantly dying (every 20 seconds!) due to the lack of access to clean drinking water.  People can literally fill buckets from the river, filter it through, and drink it.  You can find more information about the company and this outreach program HERE.
  • It filters and purifies water, removing sediment, bacteria, protozoa, cysts, and other contaminants.  Some only filter and some only purify.  This does both.

They also make a Sawyer Point Zero Two Filter that does the same thing, but it filters out viruses as well.  That one runs about $129 on Amazon.  I decided against it because I’m hoping to avoid using river water in the case of an emergency.  Hopefully the water that I have stored will be sufficient.

Have I actually used it yet?  No.  But I trust user reviews, I like the features, and I loved that it didn’t empty my bank account.  If you’re stressing yourself out doing research over a water filter, I hope you can benefit from the hours that I put into it!

Tags: , Filled Under: Home Water Posted on: May 2, 2015

Themed Tanks!

I did some redecorating for my best fish tanks for home and came up with some themes for two of them. I love playing around with the decorations! (Hope my fishes enjoy the scenery as well!)

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My favourite one is Diablo’s 2.5 gallon tank. It’s a zen themed tank … also green themed. Very green in there. Diablo seems to enjoy having the vines to swim around now. (I also got a brighter clip on light; the reading light was actually bugging me a lot).

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This is my Spongebob Squarepants themed tank. Very colourful! I should have picked up more characters!! I wish I did, but all I have right now is Spongebob and Patrick. It does kind of look like a mess of decorations, but I also think it’s got a “wild” and cartoon look to it!

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Last but not least is this 5.5 gallon tank that Ernie lives in. It doesn’t really have a theme per se (kind of looks like a pond … pond themed?) but I like the way the decorations all kind of came together. If I had a more natural coloured gravel I think it would look even better.

Light for Diablo

My 5.5 gallon tank (the one that Ernie lives in) had its light bulb die recently, so I went to purchase a new one. It also occurred to me I should probably stop putting off getting some sort of light device for Diablo, who lives in the 2.5 gallon. His tank is often very dark, even in the day time because he doesn’t have any lights in his tank.
sku_41732_1-300x300I recently got a bonus $5 off “coupon” thing to my Indigo/Chapters membership, so I figured I should use it to buy a light for Diablo. I knew Chapters sells clip on reading lights, so I thought that would be perfect for Diablo’s tank, since it is a small tank. Also, I don’t really have any more room in the wall socket for another thing to plug into (even with the extra-sockets plug I put in), so a clip on light would be perfect since they use batteries. I found this one at Chapters, it was on sale for $10, and with my coupon, I got it for $5! I was pretty pleased with myself. I like how it can split into two lights, I thought it would be a nice way to distribute the light better in Diablo’s tank.

 

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It clips on great, but as you can see, it is NO WHERE as bright as a best led aquarium lighting for plants. However, keep in mind: I took this photo with my camera phone, so the photo *is* a little darker than real life; and also, the room is dark with no lights on right now. Normally the room light will be on as well, so it’ll be a *little* brighter still. However, despite all that, it’s a little on the dim side. It didn’t occur to me that a reading light is obviously not going to be as bright as a proper aquarium light.

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On the other hand, with no light at all, this is how Diablo has been spending the last few months. It’s definitely an improvement, albeit a small one. I’m okay with the new light for now. Obviously I would have loved it if its brighter, but that is, unfortunately, already the brightest setting. Diablo’s not going to DIE without a light fixture though, so I’m not really worried. I am hoping in the future I can upgrade Diablo to a tank the same size as his neighbour’s, but we shall see ….

I just want to add, this light appears to be a kickass reading light though, I did try clipping it to an actual book 😛

Filled Under: Home Beauty Posted on: July 15, 2016

Betta Care: Set Up & Costs

Betta Care Set Up & Costs

Hi! I’m starting something of a series on basic betta care. This first post will be about setting up your tank and keeping costs low.

Can you afford a betta and a tank?

A lot of people like to get betta fish because they don’t require a gigantic tank and are relatively low maintenance pets. Also, fish are pretty cheap to keep as the only maintenance costs you’ll pay throughout your fish’s life is their food and tap water conditioner (both of which are inexpensive — food is usually around $3-6 and tap water conditioner (500mL) is usually around $10. Both last a long, long time before you run out, too). The most expensive part of keeping betta is the initial set up costs. I hope this post will help you be economical with your purchases, while also providing the best for your new betta!

The standard equipment that you will need for a happy and healthy betta fish are:

  • A tank (of course!)
    • Please do not fall into the trap of thinking a betta likes small tanks. They like lots of plants and hiding places, which I guess started the myth that betta likes small spaces. There’s some debate about the minimum size, with some saying as low as 1 gallon. Most people will say 2.5 gallon, with 5 being much more ideal. If you can get 10, even better! Those little betta cube tanks simply don’t cut it.
    • You might ask, can a betta be in a gigantic tank? Like 20 gallons, or 30 or whatever? Yes they can, I’m sure they’ll love the room! Just be sure to fill it up with plants to swim around and caves to hide in. Also, be aware, that bettas do much better in long/wide tanks, as opposed to tall vertical tanks.
  • A heater + thermometer
    • Bettas are tropical fish and require their water to be around 78 degrees Fahrenheit (give or take). If you live somewhere warm where the water can stay around that temperature without a heater year round, then you just need a thermometer. I live in Canada and need a heater during the winter, but my tanks stay warm without the heater turned on in the summer months. The thermometer is in case your heater goes crazy and breaks or something, without you knowing — and it DOES happen!
  • A filter
    • Bettas like still water, so try to get one that isn’t too powerful. Look up ‘how to make a water baffle’ on Youtube if your filter is creating too much water movement. In very small tanks, some say you don’t even really need to use a best fish tank filter, but you would have to do more water changes.

Other things that aren’t TOTALLY necessary but of course, would make your betta happy and be more aesthetically pleasing:

      • Gravel
      • Decorations
        • With decorations, keep in mind that bettas like to swim around the surface a lot, as they get air from there, so tall plants that reach the surface water are great. Also, try to avoid pointy plastic plants (find silk plants, if you are using fake plants) as they can tear your betta’s fins (although, I must admit, I have several plastic plants in my tanks and my bettas have never torn their fins on the decorations … but still, err on the side of caution).
      • Aquarium light

A lot of people sell their used aquarium tanks on Craigslist, so if you want to keep costs low, I suggest checking out your local Craigslist postings. Most of the time, these are people who are upgrading their tanks to bigger ones, and getting rid of their smaller 2.5, 5 or 10 gallon tanks, which are perfect for bettas. I have seen many posts where people will include a filter, decorations and sometimes a heater as well. You can looking for the best led aquarium lighting here.

After setting up your tank and filling it with water, please note you should preferably cycle your tank before you add any fish. If you do not know what that means, check out this web page, it does an amazing job of explaining it simply!

My Own Set Ups + Costs

Here are my own betta set ups and approximately how much I spent on the items (all prices are in Canadian dollars). I hope this will help give you a rough idea of how much you may need to spend, and whether getting a betta as a pet is a realistic financial decision for you. Please keep in mind that I do tend to overspend on my tanks. I also want to note, everything I bought was brand new. If you get second hand items, I am sure you will spend a lot less.

fish-tank-01This is my smallest tank, at 2.5 gallons, which houses one crown tail betta, Diablo. It’s great for me because it doesn’t take up a lot of room. This tank I do not have a filter. It is very small so a nitrogen cycle probably wouldn’t even start in it. A filter would also cause too much water movement for the betta. I have to do more water changes for this tank.

– 2.5 gallon tank ~$17 from PetSmart
– Mini aquarium heater (not adjustable) ~$15 from PetSmart
– Thermometer ~$3 from Wal-Mart
– Clip-on aquarium light ~$30 from Petland (I feel like I got ripped off though)
– Gravel ~$7
– Decorations ~ approximately $25 worth in this tank,from various places such as PetSmart, Petland, Wal-Mart, etc.
– Betta ~ $12 from Petland
– Approximate total for this tank set up:  $109

fish-tank-02This is my medium sized tank, at 5.5 gallons. It was an aquarium starter kit from Pet Smart that included a filter, hood and lights. This is also a nice sized tank as it is not too large, but gives your betta plenty of room to swim around. I do want to add that this aquarium kit was a birthday gift, so I didn’t spend that much.

– 5.5 gallon aquarium starter kit (included lights and filter) ~ was a gift, so I don’t know the cost, but I think it was maybe ~$40, from PetSmart
– Adjustable glass heater ~$30 from PetSmart
– Thermometer ~$3 from Wal-Mart
– Gravel ~$14
– Decorations ~ approximately $45 worth in this tank (the log cost like, half that amount), from various places such as PetSmart, Petland, Wal-Mart, etc.
– Betta ~$4 from PetSmart
– Approximate total for this tank set up: $131

fish-tank-03This is my largest tank, at 10 gallons. I also bought it as an aquarium starter kit from Pet Smart, and it included a filter, hood and lights. However, I replaced the filter with a different one, because I hated the one it came with. This tank houses my 5 betta girls (called a sorority). A betta sorority requires lots of plants and decor for the fish to hide from one another, so I got more decorations than I normally would. This is by far my most expensive tank for sure.

– 10 gallon aquarium starter kit (included lights and filter) ~ $45 (was on sale) from PetSmart
– New filter ~ $12 from PetSmart
– Adjustable glass heater ~$30 from PetSmart- Thermometer ~$3 from Wal-Mart
– Gravel ~$20 (I think? I can’t remember)
– Decorations ~$120 (I think, hard to remember all the costs!), from various places such as PetSmart, Petland, Wal-Mart, etc.
– Bettas: 3 were from PetSmart, $3 each, and 2 were from Aquarium West, $8 each. Betta total is ~$25
– Approximate total for this tank set up: $255

That was really scary, calculating the costs. Anyway, betta set up costs certainly have a large range, and as you can see, I have spent a LOT more on decor than is strictly needed (well, to be honest, I just LOVE decorating my tanks too), which ballooned my costs. I am sure there are many ways to cut costs (for example … use less decorations, haha), but please, please, please, do not cut corners by getting a crappy 0.5 gallon cube or deciding not to get a heater! Here is a cheap set up that I think is totally feasible:

Cheap Set Up
– 2.5 gallon tank from PetSmart ~$17
– Non adjustable mini heater ~$15
– Gravel ~$7
– Decorations: A $6 plant, and a $1 terra cotta pot from the dollar store for a total of $6
– Betta: $4 from PetSmart
– Approximate total for this tank set up: $50

And of course, if you buy second hand from Craigslist or wherever, you can probably set it up for even less than $49 CDN.

Best of luck!

Filled Under: Home Beauty Posted on: July 1, 2016

How to Remove Urine in Carpet

Remove Urine in CarpetI hate potty training. The thought of having pee in my carpet, soaked up in the pad (shudder) gives me the heebeegeebees.

A few years ago my potty-trained son peed in his bedroom. He was mad at me for taking away his legos and so he ready, aimed and fired on my CARPET!

I scoured the internet for a quick, natural fix with ingredients I might have on hand or could easily obtain. By the end of my search I had tried baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and a combination of homeopathic urine nuetralizers. Comments about the remedies gave glowing reviews of how their homes no longer smelled of cat urine. The smells in their home had been transformed!
Well, let me tell you friends, “Hogwash!” Those people must be desensitized to the smell of urine in their house and so ANY improvement would groundbreaking. I must have tried every single one of those recipes and after I was said and done I bleached out all of the color variation in my carpet, changed the actual texture of the carpet, and the room still smelled like PEE! My socks and Birkenstock wearing friends had let me down.
The cleaning gods must have smiled upon me with pity because one day I heard about this stuff called Kids ‘N Pets.The stuff had glowing reviews. I was skeptical. The only way I thoughts I was going to be free of the smell was to get new carpet! I threw caution to the wind in a last ditch effort and bought myself a bottle at my local Walmart.
OH. MY. GOSH. This stuff is a miracle worker. It smells pleasant. It neutralized the odor and I can only assume it killed the odor fighting bacteria because now, a YEAR later, there is still no smell. And I mean NO smell.
Needless to say, I have three bottles of the stuff in my arsenal at all times. It totally works – without bleaching out my carpet and making it feel like straw.
In conclusion, if you have some crazy urine related odors or stains in your carpet, do not waste your time with anything else. I did and my carpet is ruined because of it. Track this stuff down and use it. I have sensitive carpet and Kids ‘N Pets doesn’t harm it at all.
Also, potty training? Bring it on!

Tags: Filled Under: Home Cleaning Posted on: April 24, 2015

How to get smell out of memory foam mattress topper

Memory foam mattress toppers are an ideal product to purchase.  In lieu of spending thousands of unnecessary dollars to replace your aging mattress, you can simply buy a memory foam mattress topper.  You can restore your old mattress with one of these super soft and comfortable options. This is an affordable solution that will put several years of life back into your current mattress.

Memory foam has advanced a long way over the decades since it was first designed and introduced.  Memory foam was implemented in the 1960’s for NASA airplanes!

The substance that memory foam is derived from is named Viscoelastic. Viscoelastic is soft, smooth and pliable. Memory foam automatically adheres to the shape of your body in response to both pressure and your body heat. Once the pressure is lifted off of the memory foam, it will bounce back to its original shape. Memory foam has become wildly popular and a practical solution for ultimate comfort.

Memory foam mattress toppers

Memory foam will not only provide you with a good night’s rest, it will also serve to keep your feet snug and protected in shoes, boots and slippers.

Memory foam mattress toppers can be of great benefit to those of us who suffer from bodily aches and pains. The importance of having a comfortable place to lay your head down at night, cannot be overrated.

Everyone deserves a good night’s rest, thereby allowing a feeling of rejuvenation to greet the day every morning.

There are countless studies conducted yearly on how important adequate sleep is to our physical and emotional health.

Best Memory Foam Mattress Topper

If you have not yet made the plunge to purchase a memory foam mattress topper, let us help you further. We researched tons of these products showcased on today’s market.  We have read extensive product reviews from real consumers, just like yourself.

Sleep Innovations Mattress Topper

Hands down, the best memory foam mattress topper winner is by Sleep Innovations.  Sleep Innovations offers a 4-inch dual layer topper. This topper gives you the most “bang for your buck” as it is affordable. This topper will not break the bank!  This product comes highly rated and has even been described as “sleep perfection” by a number of happy and well-rested consumers. Sleep Innovations mattress topper also comes with an excellent warranty plan.

What to do about the Odors?

A typical scenario after one has purchased a mattress topper is excitedly getting your product home. The process of removing all of its packaging’s is one of day dreaming about hopeful possibilities of a fresh, new and more comfortable sleeping spot.

One thing that you may not be expecting throughout this course is that you may notice an odor emanating from the mattress topper.

The odor that you are experiencing is from the flame-retardant gases as well as the normal polyurethane smell from the material your topper is conceived.

While admittedly, somewhat unpleasant, the odor is completely safe and non-toxic. Your loved ones and pets are in no danger by breathing in these odors. To give you a basic idea, the odor is reminiscent of a freshly painted room. There are some people who do not mind this and are happy to go ahead and finish the task of setting up the topper on their beds.

How to Remove the Odors

There are easy solutions to removing your new mattress topper odor, if it is bothersome.

How to remove the Odors from mattress topper

First and foremost, you will want to air out the topper completely. To do this, make sure to remove all packaging from the memory foam mattress topper. This will allow your new purchase the ability to “breathe” without any restrictions.

If applicable to your individual situation, place the topper outdoors on a dry day for about three total hours. If taking your new topper outside is not a workable solution for you, we suggest that you prop the topper upright against a chair or another piece of furniture.

This will leave the topper exposed on both the front and back sides, thereby allowing all angels to breathe. A wall, for instance, would not be a prime choice to prop the topper against, as this will not permit both sides to be exposed.

We suggest making use of ceiling fans and opening windows during this process. If you can incorporate these avenues, you will speed up the formula of removing the odor. You will be one step closer to an amazing night’s sleep!

If you choose the indoor option or the outdoor option, the amount of time suggested for this process is the same. We suggest three hours of airing out time.

Once the first step is completed, you will want to employ the use of good ole’ baking soda.

Baking soda has agents within its compound that are successful in helping remove any undesirable odors.

You will proceed to sprinkle baking soda on all sides of your new topper. At this time, in order to receive the maximum absorbent benefits of baking soda, you will want to sit tight for another 2-3 hours.

You are now well on your way to achieving an immensely enjoyable first night of sleep on your new memory foam mattress topper.

The final step in removing the chemical-based odor is to vacuum the baking soda off of all sides. We suggest using one of the hand held attachments from your personal vacuum cleaner. A hand held device such as a Dirt Devil will also work brilliantly in removing the remaining baking soda from the topper.

Additional Thoughts on Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

We hope that you have found the information that we provided useful and informative. A memory foam mattress topper is a very solid solution to gaining a restful night’s sleep and to adding life back into your current mattress.

The possible odor of your new mattress topper does not outweigh the many benefits that you will undoubtedly receive from making the decision to purchase one.

We have offered easy and very inexpensive solutions to combat the issue of possible odors. The process in its entirety will take roughly six hours. Six hours is defiantly worth the time to ensure that your nights are spent in comfort and peaceful slumber.

Filled Under: Home Cleaning Posted on: March 5, 2015

How to make your own healthy snow cone syrup?

Who doesn’t love a good ole’ fashioned snow cone?  This summer treat is the epitome of childhood memories.  Those long summer days and hot summer nights were not complete without this summer staple treat.

Slurping on a snow cone provides feelings on nostalgia as well as makes your taste buds perform the happy dance.

Make healthy snow cone syrup

With summer rapidly approaching and the heat turning up, it just may be that you are craving a snow cone.  However, today you may be more health conscious than you were when you were a child.

Perhaps you are a concerned parent that wants to allow your children this sweet indulgence, however, you do not want the hefty dentist bills that come along with it.

There is no doubt that this sweet delicacy is traditionally packedwith sugar.

Well, there is happy news for all snow cone lovers!  You can become a creative genius and formulate your own healthy snow cone syrup right from the comfort of your own home.

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We are going to explain just how to accomplish this!

You get to be in control of your flavor destiny.  How is this so you ask?  Well, you will not believe how simple it is to enjoy a healthy snow cone.

Use 100% juice and pour directly over your chipped ice.  Juice is full of healthy nutrients and tasty to boot!  You may even choose to use a “light” version of juice.

A “light” version of juice will decrease your caloric intake, however, no matter which juice option you go with – you will not be going wrong!

The possibilities are endless when you take into consideration the flavors of juices that are available.

You may want to try orange juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, strawberry juice, white grape juice, pomegranate juice, or mango juice.  This list could truly go on.

The fun part is combing different types of flavored juices for the ultimate flavor.  Be creative and remember it is up to you!

Another option for a healthier version of snow cones is pouring coffee or tea over the shaved ice.  Iced coffee is a decadent treat and in the form of a snow cone?  Well, that just makes it even better!

Perhaps you are already incorporating Green Tea into your diet for its many benefits.  Green Tea is full of antioxidants and is known to speed up your metabolism

Why not pour that heart-healthy tea directly onto the ice for a savory delight.

You can also choose to use milk for a creamy summertime indulgence without the added sugar of traditional snow cone syrup.

We are certain that by now you probably craving a snow cone.  Now that you have some ideas of how to make your own healthy syrup from your own house, it is time to get started!

What if I don’t have my own snow cone machine at home?  You may be pondering this very question right now.

We are here to help and we aim to please.  We have researched and reviewed the options that consumers have for obtaining their own snow cone machine at home

The best snow cone machine winner is the “Waring Pro Snow Cone Maker”.

Waring Pro SCM100 Professional Snow Cone Maker

This kitchen essential is under $75 which is a great steal!  You and your family will get so much joy and create so many memories, that this snow cone maker is literally priceless.

This piece of kitchen equipment is easy to use.  You can expect to easily produce 4-5 cones in just under one minute.

This quick turnaround time for delicious snow cones will be sure to please even the toughest of crowds. Summer often brings a houseful of neighborhood kids to your door.  You will be the coolest house on the block when you serve delicious snow cones to active and hungry kids!

We hope that you have this information useful and informative.  We are certainly looking forward to our next healthy snow cone made right from the comfort of our own home.

You do not have to choose healthy over tasty when it comes to snow cones.  You can have the best of both worlds.  We hope that we conveyed that you do not have to give up clean eating to enjoy a snow cone.  You can save your cheat meal and indulge in your homemade snow cone as a healthy and practical snack.

The effects of sugar-laden substances will not affect you, your child or loved ones who want a snow cone.  The extreme highs and the devastating crash of a sugar buzz can now be a thing of the past as far as snow cones are concerned.  Cavities?  You can gratefully forget those as well when you opt for a healthier version of your favorite summer treat.

What are you waiting for?  If you haven’t already, go purchase that snow cone machine and get top producing those yummy snow cones!

Tags: Filled Under: Home Recipe Posted on: January 1, 2015

Natural Hair Is A Beautiful Thing!

You can achieve silky, sleek and straight locks with natural hair.  The best part?  Your hair can and will be free from the dreaded frizz.

A common complaint from those of us with natural hair is that it is utterly impossible to get our tresses flat and frizz-free at the same time.  A major factor against us is humidity.  A humid day can prove to be an absolute nightmare for our natural hair.  You may believe that it is supremely difficult to get those strands silkily smooth.

Fret not!  No matter what the weather has in store, you can achieve the red-carpet worthy look of glossy and sleek hair.

Read on to receive our latest hair tips and tricks.  These simple, yet effective, solutions will have you heading out the door in no time with your desired look.

It is important for all natural-haired girls to know that they possess what many women pay good money for!  Natural hair is beauty in and of itself.  The versatility of natural hair is endless, from polished to crazy and cool, these beauties really do have their cake and eat it too!

Natural hair is beauty in and of itself

Now is the time to put those dreaded past hair woes behind you; and behold the present day, which is terrifically smooth tresses.

We are presenting fool-proof solutions to those days when you desire the sophisticated look of smooth locks.

First things first!  If you do not already incorporate regular use of a deep conditioning agent then we dare you to rush out and purchase one immediately!  A deep conditioner is a “must-have” to achieve sleek hair goals.  A deep conditioner that we like for natural hair is “Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Mask”. This deep conditioner contains ingredients that will strengthen, nourish and shine your locks to give you the ultimate hair confidence.  Any deep conditioner will provide your natural hair with the much-needed strength that it desperately needs to successfully endure heating tools.

It is suggested that you treat your hair to this indulgent process at least 2 – 3 times per week, possibly more so, if you wish to straighten your hair on a regular basis.

On the day the straightening is to take place, apply your chosen deep conditioner after you have used your favorite fortifying shampoo.  Give yourself about 30 minutes to allow the conditioner to deeply penetrate your locks.

After the time has lapsed, rinse out with cool water.  Cool water will aid in sealing in all of the awesome nutrients your hair just received.

After the rinse is complete, towel dry your hair gently.  We suggest purchasing a microfiber towel specific for hair drying purposes.  The goal is to absorb all excess water from your roots to your tips.  The drier you can get your hair the better!  This will allow less time for the direct heat of your dyer to hit your strands.

Next, you will want to blow dry on the coolest setting possible. True, using the cooling setting will most likely make your drying time a bit longer.  However, this will go a long way! Saving on turning up the heat now will prepare your hair exponentially better for the next segment of heat that will be applied with your straightener.

A blow dryer that we just love for natural hair is the “Conair Infinity Pro Dryer”.  This dryer is economical, but do not let that low price fool you!  This dryer packs a punch right into your hair game!  A quiet motor, fast drying time and supreme ionic technology is a super blast against frizz.

If you have followed the steps laid before you thus far, frizz does not stand a fighting chance against your secret weapons.  Hold on though, there is more.  Let’s get to the remaining steps for your “soon to be” sleek mane.

Now is the time to apply a perfect heat protectant to those locks.  A heat protectant is extra insurance to ensure that your hair stays healthy and frizz-free throughout this process

A heat protectant that natural-haired girls cannot go wrong with is “John Frieda Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray”.  John Frieda’s legendary protective spray will coat your tresses with conditioning and strengthening agents.  Your hair will be guarded against normal breakage and… yes you guessed it! This product will make double sure that your natural hair stays frizz- free.

It is flat iron time!  Turn on your flat iron to no more than 350 degrees.  In this quest for “no frizz, no muss” hair, it is imperative that you own a straightener that comes with a temperature gauge.  It is not advisable to straighten your natural hair on any temperature above 350 degrees.  If you can straighten your hair at a lower temperature, then by all means, do just that!

A standout product that we recommend is the “Gold N’ Hot 1 Ceramic Iron”as this is the best flat iron for natural hairThis straightener boasts supreme capabilities of achieving pin-straight locks minus the frizz.  We have read extensive reviews from women with natural hair that simply swear by this straightener.  You can confidently kiss even the tiniest whispers of frizz goodbye when using this styling tool.

We recommend sectioning off your hair with slip-proof clips.  These types of clips are a better choice for your hair as the chance of breakage is minimal to none.

You will want to make one pass and one pass only with your straightener on each section of hair.  Start at the top and smooth your straightening tool in a downward motion to the tips of your hair.  Repeat until all sections are complete.

Now the next task is to revel in your perfectly straight and frizz- free ‘do!  Go ahead and admire your crowning glory and be sure to share your secrets with other natural haired beauty’s.

Filled Under: Home Beauty Posted on: January 1, 2015