10 Tips & Tricks for Healthy Hair.

So you want to grow your hair long and strong? Quite literally I have been there, done that. After investing a lot of time into research and money trying out various products, I have compiled a list of my best tips and tricks that I found most beneficial based upon my personal experiences.

Before I begin to list off tips and tricks, it is important to keep in mind that all of the below will be irrelevant if you don’t truly understand your hair texture. Starting off with the basics, it is crucial to know if your hair is naturally oily or dry and to only use products that align with your hair type. If you’ve got dry hair you’re going to benefit from oil-based serums, whereas if you have oily hair naturally you want to avoid such products.

The most important factor in healthy hair is a healthy body – so yes, that means a good diet. If you are not getting the necessary nutrients your body needs, it will take a show in your hair. Vegetarians may or may not know that B12 is a big one; a lack of B12 will have your hair weak and brittle. I have experienced this in the past when first embarking on my vegetarian journey, so make sure your taking care of your body before you start worrying about taking care of your hair.

Now, understanding all the above, let’s get to the good stuff. Below are some tips and tricks you can incorporate into your hair care routine to help get healthier, stronger and longer hair.

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A Story of Hope.

With popular hashtags such as #adoptdontshop or #rescuedismyfavoritebreed taking over our social media timelines, there is no doubt that in the last few years people have begun to choose to adopt instead of buying from a breeder. The myth that rescue dogs are dangerous is slowly being disproved through various adoption stories; stories filled with new beginnings, big changes, fun adventures, and unconditional love.

Now to be fair, the unknown can be scary. It can be uncomfortable, testing our patience and strength in various ways. And when you adopt a dog, it’s somewhat like that – there is a lot of unknown. There isn’t much known about the history of the dog if any at all, and you never really know how long it will take for the dog to adjust or what obstacles they may have to overcome. But if there is one thing that is true about the unknown it is that when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you will be rewarded in ways you never imagined possible.

Since adopting my own special needs dog it has occurred to me just how many people may perhaps overlook adopting a dog with special needs out fear, or a lack of exposure and understanding to what exactly being an owner of such a dog would entail. Perhaps there is a fear that the dog will not be like “other” dogs in that it will not be playful or joyous (the BIGGEST myth), or perhaps the fear comes from a personal doubt in being able to properly care for or provide for the dog. Whatever your fears may be, I want you to understand two things; first that your fears are valid, and second that your fears are just that – fears. You can and will overcome it, should you choose to.

It is also important to know that these ‘special needs’ dogs are JUST as loving, playful, smart, mischievous, crazy and lazy as every other dog out there. Unlike humans, dogs do not have the ability to feel pity for themselves or look on their past with sadness. They may have lost some confidence or trust but through the love and patience of the right person that can all change. And in return they will give what every dog is best known for – unconditional love and companionship.

This story isn’t that of my own, however. This story is the adoption story of a special needs tri-pawd dog, this is a story of Hope.

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“Yoga Just Isn’t For Me.”

Or so you’d like to believe.

Yoga is in fact, for you.  That’s the beauty of yoga, it really is for anyone and everyone.

When the topic of yoga is brought up amongst my friends and/or colleagues, I’m often greeted with statements along the lines of “I wish I could do yoga BUT…”, generally followed by, “I’m not flexible enough for it.”  I used to be stumped with mild frustration upon hearing such statements as I see this as something made up, something untrue yet said with such a matter of fact tone as to not be questioned. As a teacher, I feel it is part of my job to help educate why yoga really is for everyone, breaking away from the misconception that you must be flexible to do yoga.

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“An Accessible You” Community Event

The past week I had the pleasure of participating in a community event called, “An Accessible You”, where I led a 30-minute accessible yoga class.  The event centered around an accessible day of fun, food, and prizes featuring various vendors acknowledging how they make their business more accessible or beneficial to those with disabilities.

The event was hosted by The Disability Channel, a production network that highlights the special abilities found within the community as well as Connect 4 Life, a charity that helps enhance the individual potential of those living with disabilities while promoting an inclusive environment to do so.  I have previously worked with The Disability Channel to create ten-minute accessible yoga classes available on YouTube to be followed along by anyone, anywhere.  I was flattered when they inquired if I would be interested in participating in the event by leading a 30-minute accessible yoga class and immediately began planning.

Not only was it an honor to have been a part of such an inspiring event, but it was also a great learning experience for me as an entrepreneur and business owner – that of which, I have zero experience in.  I was fortunate enough to have a booth where I was able to discuss my goal of making yoga accessible to anyone, anywhere.

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Haute Goat.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Haute Goat, a farm which is home to many animals including; alpacas, Nigerian Dwarf goats, Icelandic horses, chickens, and more.  Sitting on 200 acres just outside the historic town of Port Hope, Ontario, the farm provides breathtaking views and a long trail that takes you all throughout the fields.

Although it’s not exactly the “travel” I’m looking for in my life (ugh, Jamaica anybody?!) – given my busy schedule, I’ll take whatever little vacations and mini road trips I can get!

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Who Rescued Who?

The prelude.

Growing up, much like other children, I wanted a puppy and constantly begged my parents for one.  Luckily for them, my brother was severely allergic and even my hopes of getting a “hypoallergenic” dog were quickly shot down.  I quickly realized a family pet was a definite no go, no matter how much I may beg.

Fast forward to my early twenties where I had been living on my own for a while and my desire for a pet became even stronger.   Unfortunately, for many years due to rental reasons I wasn’t able to own one, but in 2015 I settled into a place which was pet-friendly.  Despite my fear of being a first-time single pet owner, I began my search.

I was looking online at Adopt a Pet when I came across Pepita’s picture.  I fell in love with her photo and even more so upon reading she was a three-legged dog.  I filled out an application and within a couple of days, I was set to meet Pepita at her foster home.

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Sightseeing Alberta, Canada.

A couple of weeks ago I had an amazing experience traveling through Alberta, Canada. I frequented locations such as Banff (including Banff National Park), Jasper, and Lake Louise. I was also lucky enough to be able to drive down to The Lussier Hot Springs in British Columbia, Canada.

Every drive through Alberta and to British Columbia was breathtaking with views of mountains all around. The quote “it’s not about the destination, but the journey” could not be more applicable when driving in Alberta.

Four days and almost 1000 pictures later, there were a lot of photos to go through. Unfortunately, I failed to note the majority of the locations as well and so unless it was geotagged or obvious to look at and know, I was unable to organize the photos as much as I would’ve liked to. Also, it’s my first time with what I consider a “fancy” camera and it took some getting used to. Photography is definitely not my forte, but hopefully it improves over time and practice.

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