Ramadan Series-Day 21

Ramadan is over but here is a post I wrote right when my computer crashed again.

I’ve been trying to be more self-conscious of what I put in and on my body and for that reason, I had to make some adaptable changes in my daily routine. Here are some things I’ve stopped using or eating;

  1. Shampoo and conditioner I can’t believe this one actually works! I recently discovered that you can use baking soda and apple vinegar for shampoo substitute. In addition to that our hair does not need conditioner. In my recent trip to Cape Verde a couple of months ago my family bluntly told me, how disgusting my hair looked. I didn’t know what was causing my hair to look so bland and dull. I have to tell you that this replacement is the best think. I immediately seen a difference in both my kid’s hair and I.
  2. Cleaning products I’ve stopped buying cleaning products for the obvious reasons, for their harmful chemicals. This one, I am dearly thankful to my mother who thought me that I can use apple cider vinegar to clean my entire home. Apple cider vinegar is a staple in my pantry, I used it for cleaning, drinking, seasoning, facial and hair uses and much more. My runs to the grocery story evolves on whether or not I need to restock this magical liquid.
  3. Skin and hair moisturizer– I no longer buy store products to moisturize my hair or skin. I simply make a fuze of coconut, almond and a bit of castor oil and use it every day on my skin and hair.
  4. Sunscreen- Almond oil is a natural replacement for chemical sunblock. In addition to that staying out of the sun for a long time and covering the skin that can easily get sunburn such as shoulder, nose and backs..
  5. Junk foodEgypt is notorious for their junk food options. You can see people of all ages munching one chips, chocolate and fry food for breakfast. I admit that I have not stopped my kids for occasionally enjoying some ice cream, chocolate and cookies. However, I don’t bring these things to my house. Often time, the kids enjoy these treats when they are surrounded by other kids who are eating the junk food or when a family member/friend offers my kids these treats.
  6. Product based facial and hair masks– There is absolutely no need to go out and buy facial masks that are filled with chemicals and just dry out the skin. You can just go to your refrigerator and you will find some many options for a home-made mask. From eggs, to yogurt, honey, fruits, sugar, baking soda and much more. You know that half banana that your kid left behind, well you can smash it and use it as a face mask as it is. Or the yogurt your kid did not finish and make my favor mask; yogurt, turmeric spices, lemon or apple cider vinegar and honey(optional) and place in on my face and neck. You can leave this mask for up to an hour, it will drastically give you a glow and remove your pores. For dry scalp and dandruff, I like to use turmeric spices, olive oil or almond oil as a mask before washing my hair. Immediately after washing you will notice that your hair feels lighter, brighter and with more volume.

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9 thoughts on “Ramadan Series-Day 21

  1. This is a great post with some excellent suggestions. I love apple cider vinegar too and use it for everything related to cleaning but I never thought of using it as a shampoo. How does that work? Do you mix it with baking soda first and does it not leave an odd smell in your hair? Sorry for all the questions but I’m curious because I’d like to try it too 😊

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    • Hi ZOya, no probs with the questions. I found this great website with the steps on how to use banking soda a ACV as shampoo, https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8953/diy-this-baking-soda-shampoo-saved-my-hair.html. This articles mentions that you can use essential oils to minimize the smell but personally I don’t use any oils to the apple cider mixture and my and kid’s hair don’t smell like the vinegar. If you are familiar using the apple cider vinegar as a cleaning product then you know that after a couple of minutes the smell evaporates and leaves the room smelling fresh, the same goes for the hair. I stopped using the apple cider vinegar on my kids tho because they were complaining it hurts their eyes but since their hair is not as damage as an adult’s hair it still looks great after I put the coconut oil. Hope this helps!

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        • My pleasure..Let me know what you think and if it works for you. Oh and I would try to be patient with it for a month as your hair and scalp is adjusting to a new routine. Also your scalp will start producing natural oils, after a couple of times of using this mixture so I would minimize the quantity of oil or hair product you use. I have dry hair and have found that I don’t need to use so much afterwash products as before. I mostly put oils at my ends and a little bit on my roots.

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          • I have dry hair too, to be honest ever since moving to the middle east I have the worst hair LOL! I don’t know what it is but I do know shampoo just makes the situation much worse and I have to compensate with oil. Thanks again, hoping for good results 👍😊x

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  2. Thanks for the suggestions, Andrea. Sorry about your computer crash. I’m going to just blog on Tuesdays at least for a while and see how that goes. I think blogging twice-a-week I was putting unnecessary pressure on myself. So, if you think you’ve missed one of my blog posts, I didn’t blog on Friday. I hope you are well. It sounds like you came through Ramadan with flying colors. adopted some new habits (as listed in this blog post) and that you are feeling well.

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    • Hi janet..I missed on a lot here on wordpress but I missed yours the most and your comments..Ramadan was actually a struggle and I had to stop fasting because I was getting cramps and contractions and because of the heat I wasn’t sure if I was hydrated enough. How are you? Have you started rewriting your novel? I have to catch up on your posts.

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