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November 2015

Dry Hair? Here's The Best Shampoo to Bring an End to Those Split Ends
Beauty

I May Have Found The Best Shampoo For Dry Hair…

Dry Hair? Here's The Best Shampoo to Bring an End to Those Split Ends

Want to bring an end to your split ends? Well, you can’t quite do that without a haircut, but what you can do is find a remedy to improve your hair’s condition without cutting off your ends sooner than you’d like. To find the best shampoo for dry hair doesn’t need to be challenging — in fact, it can be easier than you think..

When it comes to finding the right shampoo and conditioner for my hair, I’m constantly on a quest. One day my hair is dry and curly, the other it’s smooth and straight. Unfortunately, with the weather changing, my hair has been getting more and more dry.

I’ve done it all: Tried various kinds of shampoos for various hair textures, changed my diet, stopped coloring my hair, and stopped applying heat to it altogether. The more I tried, the worse it seemed to get.

If you’re like me and have dry hair but can’t seem to figure out the cause, that’s because there’s no single cause. Dry hair can result be caused by:

  • Chlorine from the pool
  • Spending most of your time outdoors and in the sun (especially if you live in a hotter climate)
  • Blow-drying your hair daily.
  • Chemically treating your hair

So, everything good in life? That’s what I thought when I finally found a shampoo and conditioner that actually treated my hair well.

The shampoo and conditioner that I’m lusting over right now is Bumble and Bumble’s Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner. Yup, you heard right! It’s made from marine seaweed, kelp, and spirulina. (Green smoothie anyone?)

If you’re wondering if it smells like your sushi dinner, it doesn’t! It practically doesn’t have a scent at all, which I love because there aren’t any additives in it to make my hair smell like a cocktail.

I’ve experimented with hair products that were supposedly for dry hair and ended up drying my hair out even more and making it brittle and lifeless. (It’s not like you can try a small shampoo of shampoo and decide whether or not you like it, like you can with makeup.)

There never seemed to be a suitable way out of this problem until I tried using hair products with more natural ingredients and less unpronounceable ingredients. If I already make these choices with my food, why wouldn’t I with my shampoo?

I’m always on a mission to find the most mild daily shampoo I can find because I want to make sure I’m adding enough moisture to my locks. This shampoo-condition combo is so gentle on my hair, and, plus I barely have to use any product. After a few washings, my hair was so much smoother, softer, and healthier-looking. These products are gentle enough to be used on a variety of hair types and textures, so they’re great for daily use.

Though I don’t like to spend money on shampoo when half the time, I don’t get the results I want, I’ve had my two eight-ounce bottles since last Christmas, and they’re still going strong (but heading close to completion). I wonder what I’ll be requesting this year for Christmas…

What’s your favorite go-to shampoo for your hair texture?

 

What kinds of sushi are healthy?
Health

Is Sushi Healthy?

What kinds of sushi are healthy?

If you asked me what my ideal last meal would be? I would probably say California rolls. (Either that or a honeygrow salad. But I’ll take a muffin too!) I used to assume sushi had tons of health benefits, regardless of its ingredients. In fact, I was wondering the other day, “Is sushi healthy? Is this just something I’ve been assuming, yet I’ve been wrong?”

There are few things I enjoy more in than eating high-quality sushi that you know is freshly made. To best completely honest, I rarely stray far from the cooked and vegetable sushi options. I know that some people swear by the raw rolls (and that I’m not eating “official” sushi when the fish is cooked), but hey, I enjoy it nonetheless.

A few weeks ago, I was eating a set of California rolls when I discovered that the crab I was eating was actually imitation. (I received a whole lot of, “You didn’t know that?! from friends). No, I assumed crab was crab, and only the supermarkets sold the “imitation” version.

Well, what exactly is imitation crab? The crab sushi restaurants use is actually called “surimi,” which means ground meat. (Gulp.) Surimi is a combination of different kinds of fish, often added with starch,  sodium, and artificial flavors. (Double gulp.)

I stopped eating and thought: “Well then, if I’m eating the equivalent of a Lunchable, then I guess this isn’t actually healthy?”

Well, it all depends! Luckily, you have the option of asking for real crab instead of imitation crab. It costs a little bit more, but wouldn’t you rather enjoy the health (and taste) benefits of real crab?

On the other hand, if you’re eating deep-fried shrimp tempura or sushi loaded with mayo and cream cheese, then you’re not enjoying the many health benefits of other kinds of low-fat, protein-filled sushis. Many sushi rolls are considered healthy foods and are a great source of omega-3 fat (the healthy kind of fat) and other vitamins and minerals.

To enjoy all the healthy benefits of sushi, make these substitutes when choosing your rolls:

Brown Rice Over White Rice

I cannot stress this enough! I personally find brown rice to be more satisfying, filling, and tasty than white rice, which is just brown rice that’s zapped of its nutrients. (Yeah, not satisfying.) Whole grain brown rice is packed with fiber, so it’s great for your digestive system. It keeps you full and satisfied, so you’re not craving fried ice cream afterwards. Unless specified, sushi comes with traditional white rice, so don’t forget to ask for brown rice!

If you don’t want a huge portion of rice interfering with the flavor, you can request half the rice. (Yes, you can do that, as well. Remember, it’s made fresh, so you can custom order.) If you really don’t want any rice, opt for sashimi, or plain, raw fish without rice. If you prefer cooked or vegetable rolls, you can also opt for nori, which is dried seaweed, wrapped around your filling. Nori is packed with fiber, protein, and a number of vitamins, making your sushi even healthier.

Wasabi Over Mayo (And Other Sauces)

Wasabi, the little green paste on the side of your dish (which is actually really just a combination of horseradish powder and mustard — it’s rare to find actual “wasabi” in America) packs a loaded spicy punch to your sushi. And — it’s healthy!

Like spicy? Well ordering a set of “spicy tuna rolls” is unfortunately taking a perfectly healthy food (tuna) and pairing it with unhealthy sauces (calorie-packed heavy spicy mayo) and then deep-frying it. Doesn’t sound like traditional sushi to me.

Why take away the flavor of the tuna by adding an everyday condiment anyway? (Can you even taste the tuna?)  If you’re not too keen on spicy, you can also get a roll filled with avocado, which offers additional flavor, taste, and added vitamins. (Or — try some ginger, the pink side that you’re also offered with your sushi. It’s great for digestion!)

Vegetables Rolls Over Seafood Rolls

I know, maybe you’re thinking, “Why would I eat vegetable rolls when I get sushi?” but vegetable rolls are just as delicious. Plus, eating vegetable rolls is a great way of incorporating more veggies to your diet. (I didn’t say you couldn’t also order a set of seafood rolls! Just don’t order an excessive amount.) I love avocado and squash rolls, or just ordinary veggie rolls, which are filled with nutritious nori, cucumber, carrots, avocado, and occasionally, squash. (Many vegetable rolls include “sea vegetables,” or, yes, vegetables from the sea, which are a powerful healing food and are delicious). Go for the perfect balance when choosing your rolls. You won’t be disappointed!

Tuna Over Tempura

I told you that you could have your seafood as well and still enjoy it raw! Tuna is a very healthy fish, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can actually reduce abdominal weight. So yes, fatty fish is good for you, too, as it contains unsaturated fat, which boosts brainpower and protects your heart. (Got a test coming up? Eat some tuna.)

On the other hand, tempura is a code word for “fried,” which will actually increase your risk of heart disease. (And it sure isn’t brain food.) Plus, do you really need fried batter for your sushi to taste great? It’s not a doughnut!

Less Over More

When it comes to sushi, less is more. If you’re a chopstick novice, practice perfecting your chopsticks to enjoy your rolls at a slower pace. Don’t down a set of rolls before you actually taste the fresh ingredients. A typical serving size is one set of rolls (about six pieces), so don’t go crazy and order everything on the menu (and then dessert). Still hungry? Try a green salad with delicious ginger sauce, or a bowl of miso soup, which has less than 75 calories and offers a powerful kick of nutrients. Avoid added ingredients and unnecessary sauces when you can eat and enjoy traditional sushi — minus the calories.

So, yes, you can eat sushi as a healthy lunch or dinner, but don’t forget to be smart when ordering. (Sorry, Philly, but I’ll skip the cream cheese.)

So is sushi healthy?

You can enjoy the simplicity of seafood and vegetables without adding a thick batter, deep-frying, or adding gratuitous sauce when you don’t even need it! So, if you find yourself asking, “Is sushi healthy?” Yes and no. Just be smart about your roll of choice!

What’s your favorite sushi roll? Leave me a comment below!

 

Fashion

Monday Muses: Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion quote by Yves Saint Laurent

Happy Monday! Yes, I used “happy” and “Monday” in the same sentence. Maybe it’s the coffee talking, or maybe it’s the Kit Kats.

After witnessing quite the array of Halloween costumes this weekend, I’ve been thinking about costumes in the content of fashion.

I’ve been thinking about fashion quite a lot today — perusing Reddit, monitoring current fashion trends, and trying to think about how I would describe my style.

Aren’t clothes just a costume we wear as well? A way of displaying who we are, who we want to be, or, even, who we have to be? Are we buying clothes because we want to look a certain way or follow a certain trend, or are we buying clothes because we want to look our best?

When it comes to fashion, I used to be fascinated with trends and keeping up with “fast fashion.” Spending mostly on trend pieces and forgoing long-last I used to shop primarily at large retailers, where I bought clothes that were “cool” and “in,” only to never bring them out of my closet again next season.

I was reflecting on this quote by Yves Saint Laurent, a French fashion designer who introduced “le smoking,” or the male-inspired woman’s tuxedo in 1966. Pretty badass.

Yves Saint Lauren 1966

Researching Yves Saint Laurent made me realize how meandering fashion is and how long-lasting style is. Style is a persona, how you carry yourself, and how you show your true self. No one asks, “What’s your fashion?” Instead, they ask, “What’s your style?”

The female tuxedo suit is still a classic, timeless piece that many women today own. The piece is fashionable, but it’s also a piece of “classic style.” These versatile pieces are great staples many women own, but why? The classic piece took one giant step for women-kind, and it is still as chic today and it was then. And that’s what style’s all about.

I’ve seen plenty of clothes from stores that cost a small (or large) fortune, and I don’t even understand how the pieces are supposed to be worn. Not to mention, how are they worn? What goes where? I’ve bought pieces from inexpensive stores that I wear for years and years (and luckily, they survive all those washings). I also find it hard to resist buying something I truly love, even if it costs a little more than I’d like to spend. If I know that I’ll actually wear it and it’ll be worth the money, I’m willing to buy it. (Bonus: You can find some great staples at thrift stores, and I frequent Buffalo Exchange in Philadelphia more than any other store.)

Luckily, I don’t have to adhere to a dress code of any kind, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look professional in certain appropriate settings.

When I feel mopey and upset, I can instantly feel better by dressing myself up in one of my favorite outfits. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that.

What’s your take on fashion versus style? Leave me a comment below, or let me know on Facebook or Twitter!