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News – Page 7 – All Things O'Natural


By Dominique Harris
on September 11, 2014
With 0 comments

Greetings, Everyone!! I pray all is well with you. 
Ah, the daunting task of grooming our little ones!! Actually, I have found the task, not so daunting. What works for me is the 'keep it simple' rule. I keep products simple and grooming time simple..I just do not have the time on my hands to take loads of time doing hair. I do get the question, 'do I use different products on our little ones than I do for myself?' The only do I use the exact same products, my husband and other 3 children use the same products..again, we live by the 'keep it simple rule'. So, here is my step by step on remoisturizing and refreshing my little one's hair in 3 Steps. As always, I hope this helps.


This is an extremely important step in ensuring the health of hair. I begin by placing her hair into 4 sections. Working one section at a time, I spray our Natty ACV Hair & Scalp Mist onto her hair until damp. Work the moisture in thoroughly making sure to cost each strand. Gently finger detangle. Using the mist is the quickest way for me to hydrate and detangle her hair. It also helps to keep her hair and scalp ph balanced as well as protect the scalp from dirt, debris, fungi and other contaminants due to the ingredients. 

Step 2: SEAL. 

Once her hair is hydrated, I apply our Natty Butter to lock in the moisture and give her hair a nice sheen. I rub the butter into my hands to melt instantly, then apply to her hair. I make sure to hydrate and seal her ends and edges. I apply a heavier amount of butter to her ends to keep them healthy. Always keep in mind..Butters, Oils and pomades are known as 'SEALANTS'. Due to the fact that they do not contain moisturizing properties of water, they do not act as moisturizers. Applying the items to un-moisturized hair will give you greasy, not moisturized hair, which leads to further dryness. Moisturize FIRST, then apply your butter, oil or pomade to SEAL in the moisture SECOND.

Step 3: STYLE. 

I normally place her hair in plaits then bun it up to keep her ends protected. I never make the plaits too tight or place extreme tension on her hair, which can lead to breakage and thinning. I usually don't have to remoisturize for 3-4 days sometimes longer... Of course, each child is different, so please take note of how often you may need to remoisturize your child's hair. 
Key Notes: In terms of dryness, just like with our own hair, there are many factors that can aid in dryness, such as: improper diet, lack of water intake, stress, harsh ingredients in products, harsh combing and brushing, product buildup, dead ends, not properly moisturizing (see Step 2 again). Be sure to see what products and techniques may be the cause of your little one's hair issues then take action. Hope this helps.

Naomi's Refreshed Hair



By Dominique Harris
on September 08, 2014
With 1 comments

DAY 1:



Here's a helpful tip for planning meals. I created this helpful menu to help lessen the stress of thinking of what to prepare for meals during the week. This helps with grocery shopping and needed preparation. It helps us shop with a purpose, focusing on items necessary to balance a healthy lifestyle. Hope this helps




Good morning, Team ATON!!
Here is an amazing raw and live food smoothie recipe from @simplegreensmoothies (one of the websites I listed at the introduction of the challenge). She used a plethora of raw foods and added flaxseed (live food) to top it off. This is a great 'breakfast or lunch idea' to incorporate raw and live foods into a meal. Here is the recipe for this gorgeous Red Green Smoothie:

RASPBERRY COCONUT SHORTCAKE green smoothie | serves two
2 cups spinach
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup coconut water (if possible, use the fresh coconut water straight from the coconut. Just take a fresh coconut, using a nail and hammer, hammer one to 3 holes and drain the fresh water and add to your smoothie)
3 cups raspberries
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
OPTIONAL: garnish with coconut flakes, flax seed


Here's a raw snack idea that I love:
*Handful of Almonds (raw)
*Water (room temp) with raw lemon juice (raw) I also add some fresh herb such as mint (raw) to my lemon water. Great for energy and keeping bad breath at bay.
*Bowl of berries (raw), add some fresh coconut shaving for extra nutritional benefits
Snacks are great for keeping energy and metabolism up as well as preventing the urge to over eat during meals.


Ahh, the beauty of a wrap! I love wraps. You can place so many awesome ingredients inside of them. Here, I used humus, tomato, bell pepper, fire roasted tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, spinach and wrapped inside of a tasty shell. I added a raw salad blend on the side and shaved some fresh almonds on top. Just enough for a lively lunch. Raw foods give the body needed energy, enzymes, nutrients and vitamin..basically, LIFE essentials. Try not to over-think your meals, for the challenge, just be sure to incorporate some raw goodness into the mix, this can be via a smoothie, nuts, berries, fruit, salads, spring rolls, sprouts. If you would like to view the details of how I made this wrap, feel free to check it out here: HUMUS WRAP


Don't forget, take your pics today and keep them in a journal of file on your computer. Take more pics throughout the challenge to track your progress.

Part of our challenge is at least 30 minutes of exercise. This could be a walk, jog, aerobics, swimming, etc.
for me, I try to focus on at least 30 minutes of cardio (usually my spin bike or kick boxing) then 10 minutes of kettle bell or core training then abs. I look at my target area and see what I want to improve, such as my obliques, tighten my thighs more and strengthen my upper body and work it out. I don't normally weigh myself as I don't believe in scales because they don't give accurate info based on muscle vs fat. The last weigh in: I am 5'6, 168 lbs, 24% bmi (body mass index)...if I were to go by a standard weight scale, I would be labeled overweight based on my height and weight. Thanks to my homeopathic doc explaining how that system can be skewed and to not put so much emphasis on it...So, I focus on toning areas that may have more fat than others and core training. Diet, more than anything, play a HUGE role. I don't believe in DIETING, but I do believe in eating healthy foods overall. It's all about balance! Lets do it!!!


By Dominique Harris
on September 07, 2014
With 1 comments


Ok, guys, I know it's been awhile since we've embarked on a challenge..not since our 'Oil Pulling Challenge', and yes, it's time!! And of course, this page is about opening our minds to a healthier mind, body and spirit..
When meditating on this challenge, I had to think that with the plethora of health ailments consuming many lives today, how could we embark on a challenge to help people open their minds and lives to incorporating healthy practices into their lifestyles. You know my motto, 'any start is better than no start'...And the problem many express is that they simply do not know how to begin or the direction to take to begin a healthier lifestyle..OR, many may not have the support at home when embarking on a healthier lifestyle....Well, inspiration and motivation challenges are a great way to help. Unfortunately, it's simply not so easy to just 'be vegan' or 'eat healthy', especially if you truly do not have the knowledge of where to begin, or breaking habits that have been lifelong. What I don't expect is for everyone to become pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan or any of the sort. Yes, those are excellent lifestyles, but everyone may not be ready for that or even want that, so I believe in meeting people where you are and starting from there. It's all about the, for the next 30 days, I want to propose a challenge to have a Healthy body takeover. As Hipoccrates stated. 'Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Thy Food'...True health care reform begins in the kitchen, from great ingredients from the earth. Who's Ready....Let's Do This!!
Be sure to tune in to get helpful health tips throughout the challenge. 
Websites to follow:


By Dominique Harris
on September 06, 2014
With 2 comments

One thing I have learned while returning to my O'Natural self is making sure to maintain healthy ends. That, of course, entails keeping them moisturized and keeping them trimmed. Since I recently gave myself a nice cut, I have noticed much fuller healthier hair. Of course, the information below is for those who feel comfortable trimming their own ends..if not, I highly recommend visiting a stylist who is educated and qualified to work with highly textured natural hair. So, here is my step by step on how I trim my natural hair. I have been using this method for over 2 years and I keep it pretty consistent. 

Trimming Natural Hair. Very important throughout your journey and each person will vary for how often they choose to trim. For me, I now do small 1/4 mini trims every 2 months it keeps my tresses even more healthy, full and thriving.  Because our ends are the oldest part of the hair, it's the most fragile and like anything else, they do have a shelf life. Once ends need to be trimmed, no amount of product or maintenance will to keep hair in optimum form, dust those ends. And as always, I Hope this step by step of how I trim helps.


 To soften hair, apply your favorite natural conditioner (I used my Natty Moist conditioner). Be sure to apply to edges and nape of the neck which are often neglected.


To help with the process, place conditioned hair into sections. I either do 2 or 4 sections. Place a plastic cap onto hair for 30 minutes to allow the conditioner to soften and hydrate the hair.


After allowing hair to condition. Remove plastic cap and prep for trimming. Starting with one section at a time, grab about an inch or more of hair, making sure to grab sections that are similar in length. Grabbing sections where the hair is uneven such as when you have layers may cause you to cut more hair than intended due to the length difference. Smaller sections makes it easier to work with and trim.


Always keep the hair moist which makes it more pliable when manipulating the hair. Choose your favorite moisturizing mist or plain ole water and moisten the hair.


Apply your favorite natural conditioner to the sectioned hair and be sure to thoroughly coat and work the conditioner through. Finger detangle to remove any knots. Again, the moisture helps with the process.


Take your detangling tool of choice. I use my Denman detangling brush  Beginning with your ends, begin gently detangling your hair working your way up to the roots. Always begin detangling at the ends
while holding your hair with your free hand to minimize snags and pulling. (I don't use detangling tools often, so this is one of the rare times I will use a tool, such as a brush to detangle. I normally finger detangle)


Once the hair is nicely moisturized and detangled, place your free hand right above the desired amount of hair to trim. Trim the desired amount of hair. I normally trim about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of hair.


Once that section is done, I twist (you can braid or simply pin out of the way) and repeat the process until my entire head has been moisturized, detangled and trimmed


Once my entire head is moisturized, detangled, trimmed and twisted, I hop in the shower and allow the water to rinse the conditioner out, giving me a light co-wash. The beauty is that my hair is already sectioned, pre detangled and twisted. Once out of the shower, I will simply spray my hair with my Natty ACV Hair and Scalp Mist to help close the cuticles (aids in imparting shine, minimizing frizz, protecting the hair and scalp from mineral deposits) then apply my Natty Butter to lock/seal in moisture and voila..

Enjoy your beautiful Natural!!



By Dominique Harris
on August 28, 2014
With 2 comments



(Pic shows how the light reflected off of my twist out)

Greetings everyone!! Now I know everyone has their method of how they rock their twist out, but I wanted to share my step by step of how I achieve my twist out. As always, I hope this helps.









I use 1 or sometimes 2 products: a moisturizer (either my Natty Creme alone or my Natty Moist) and a sealant to LOCK in the moisture (my Hair + Body Butter ( Natty Butter).



On slightly damp hair..or on dry hair, place hair in sections to make the process easier. NOTE: if I am twisting on freshly washed hair, I place an old tshirt on my hair to absorb the excess water until my hair is about 75-80% dry. This ensures my twists will be thoroughly dry when I untwist. Using an old tshirt minimizes frizz and friction that comes when using bath towels. 



Take a small, medium or large section of hair (depending on the size you want your twists to be) and apply a generous amount of your moisturizer. Then apply your sealant of choice to lock in the moisture. I prefer natural butters or natural pomades to help the hair not only lock in moisture but also clump the hair together to create a smooth twist and twist out. 



While not using a ton of the product, I always make sure my hair is thoroughly moisturized so you may see some of the moisturizer on my twists as I'm twisting, which my hair will nicely absorb ensuring moisturized hair. I twist very tightly to create a sort of memory foam effect so when I untwist the curls are super defined and last for quite awhile.  I make sure to MOISTURIZE my ends and edges especially to ensure they are healthy. I use the same moisture and seal technique on my ends and edges, that I use for my twists. 



Once my twists are completely dry, I apply a little Natty Butter to my hands then proceed to unravel my twists. Applying the butter or pomade helps to minimize frizz and give hair a nice sheen. 



Rock it out and Enjoy!


Key notes: I don't use a ton of products for any style. Understanding moisture is the key and making sure to seal/lock in the moisture with a butter, oil or pomade. 


My Results:


At night,

I simply pull my hair into a low bun and cover with a silk or satin scarf. This helps stretch the hair and keeps the hair less frizzy. 







By Dominique Harris
on August 28, 2014
With 2 comments

How are you protecting your tresses at night?

I Moisturize my ends more than I do the rest of my hair. The ends are the oldest part of the hair and can be the driest which can wreak havoc on the rest of your hair. To hydrate my ends, I mist with my Natty ACV Mist or apply my Natty Moist or Natty Creme to my ends to moisturize, I then apply my Natty Butter to lock in the moisture. Doing this has helped tremendously with keeping my ends and hair healthy. I then cover with my favorite charmeuse satin bonnet by Eboni Curls .
So..How do you protect your hair at night?
Feel free to share tips on how you protect your hair at night.
#healthyhair #ebonnets #ebonicurls #charmeusesatin#moisturize #hairlove


By Dominique Harris
on August 27, 2014
With 0 comments

Kettle Bell workout and Protein Smoothie.
This is definitely one of my husband's favorite smoothies. Packed with protein and other wonderful goodness. It has a wonderful chocolate nutty flavor. When our bodies are hungry, most times its craving protein and this is an excellent source of protein.

So, here's the scoop:

1 cup of Almond Milk

3 ripe bananas (the ones with the most benefit are the ones that have the brown on the outer peel)

1 cup of pure almonds or 3 tbsp of almond butter. (Peanut butter is an acidic food, almond butter is an alkalinic food. Alkaline foods are better for the body)

3 tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder (for the benefits of raw cacao see my blog post here 

3 dates to sweeten


I used our #Vitamix blender because its powerful enough to blend almonds and does a wonderful job of blending everything together. And this mixture makes a wonderful frozen treat, so enjoy. Oh, and kids love it too!!!


By Dominique Harris
on August 20, 2014
With 1 comments

If you've got little ones, you may understand the 'sighs' of wash day...But..It truly doesn't have to be a dreaded task of war between parent and child. Here's a regimen that I use to keep my little one's hair healthy, manageable and stress free. 

STEP 1: PRE POO (optional step)

Depending on how dry her hair is,To soften her hair, help to retain more moisture and lessen the harshness of the cleansing routine, I will apply our Natty Moist leave in to her hair for 20 minutes. Whenever I do any type of cleansing, I ALWAYS place the hair in sections. This helps to minimize the hair tangling and helps the process flow much much smoother. The prepooing is done outside of the wash area, while she is watching a show or doodling on the ipad. To do this, I simply work one section at a time by apply an ample amount (amounts will vary based on thickness and length) to each section. I also take this time to finger detangling which is why I love to use our Natty Moist, it's extremely important to have a product with great slip.




After 20 minutes of allowing her finger detangled hair to soften via the pre poo, it's time to complete the entire hair routine. For us, the sink is always easier to use than the tub, she sits much higher which makes it an easier task for me. I rinse the conditioner from the pre poo out of her hair working one section at a time. After the conditioner has been rinsed, again working one section at a time, I apply our Dudu Osum Shampoo and thoroughly work in. Once I have applied to one section, I repeat on the other sections until I have applied the shampoo to her entire head.




I make sure to thoroughly work the cleanser in, focusing most on her scalp..this is where the most buildup of dirt, debris and oils are, and in order to maintain healthy hair, it's optimum to keep the scalp clean. (tip) While working the cleanser in, I hold one section of the hair with one hand while massaging the cleanser into the scalp with the tips (not nails) of my fingers. This prevents the hair from re-tangling while cleansing. 





I make sure to thoroughly rinse the cleanser from her hair, again, working one section at a time. 

Just as it's important for us, as adults, to deep condition the hair, it's also important for our little ones to deep condition. Deep Conditioning helps to restore the moisture back into the hair that is removed during the cleansing process. I apply our Natty Cupuacu & Rhassoul Deep Conditioner to her hair for 5-10 minutes while allowing her to enjoy bath time. Working one section at a time, I finger the deep conditioner in to ensure that each strand is coated. Certain Deep Conditioners are pH balanced to help to close the hair's cuticle that is otherwise lifted during the cleansing routine. 



Once the deep conditioner has conditioned the hair (5-10 minutes for her), I thoroughly rinse. Once I have thoroughly rinsed her hair, I then use an old T-Shirt to dry her hair. Towels can be drying and harsh to the hair aiding in dryness, frizz and split ends.  I then apply our Natty ACV Hair & Scalp Mist to help further balance the hair's pH, as well as protect the hair from mineral buildup, dirt and debris found in tap water. Helping to close the hair's cuticle also helps to minimize frizz and impart shine to the hair. 




Once all of the cleansing, deep conditioning and protecting has been done, I apply our Natty Moist leave in conditioner to make sure her hair stays moisturized, then apply our Natty Butter to lock/seal in the moisture preventing the moisture from escaping. I then style as usual. Either buns or twists or braids. It's a very very rare occasion that I let her tresses flow freely, so I mostly keep it protected. I repeat this regimen about once per week and her hair has truly thrived. Whenever her hair needs remoisturizing throughout the week, I will apply our Natty ACV Mist to moisturize, then apply our Natty Butter to lock in the moisture..or I will apply our Natty Creme and style as usual. The important factors are: Ingredients, Clean Scalp, Moisture and Stress Free Styling. Here's a couple of ways I keep her hair. And as always, I hope this helps. 












And on rare occasions...





By Dominique Harris
on August 17, 2014
With 2 comments

As a mom of four little ones, it's imperative to step away from the beautiful life of mommy-hood and find some quiet time to focus on inspiration or just stealing moments of quiet time. Whether it's banging out a hard core workout at the gym, contouring your beautiful body via yoga or sitting in complete awe in nature, it's so important to find some time for 'you'.
A great laugh with a dear friend at her o'mazingly gorgeous furniture store was just the quick getaway that I needed, and of course, it doesn't hurt that your good friend owns this awesome space of pure goodness. Laughing over glasses of wine and reminiscing over old times and catching up on the happenings of the 'now' in our lives. 
A beautiful desk display can inspire even the busiest mommy who finds it hard to 'slow...down'. 
While finding inspiration, chatting and just having some good ole fun, I was in heaven viewing all of the various accessories, unique furniture pieces, beautifully contrasted textures. This basket was a beauty that caught my eye as I imagined how well it would look in my home.
I couldn't help but plant myself down on this absolutely beautiful sofa that was the most luscious sitting machine that my mommy working body has experienced in quite some time. 
And who wouldn't love this wonderfully curved artistic piece of 'beautiful'. With it's firm cream colored fabric juxtaposed the rustic dark wood, just beautiful.
Wonderfully girly..this needs no words..beautiful
All things 'pink'..Need I say more
And of course, I take some time to fluff the hair..Hey, she has grand mirrors all around begging one to 'stand in front of me'...So, I did, a few times.
After the days events of hours of chatting, laughing..oh, and wine, I was extremely peaceful upon my return home. Keep this in mind, my fellow mommies, if you don't take care of self, you will limit how much you are able to take care of others..effectively. Take some time for you and don't feel guilty about it. Regroup and find what brings you peace..find what brings you inspiration..find what makes you smile, for you.You will find that you are able to enjoy yourself, your family and your home much better.  In the end, when all is peaceful with mom, all is peaceful in the family. Wishing you peace and blessings. A Bientot!
Furniture Store: Jackson Charles Home
Undertank and Necklace: Forever21
Pants: Walgreens (Chattanooga, TN location)
Hair products for this twist out: Natty Creme and Natty Butter


By Dominique Harris
on July 29, 2014
With 2 comments

Hola Chicas/Chicos..I pray all is well with everyone.
So I decided to do a series titled 'Step by Step' pictorials of my healthy hair tips that I hope will also be beneficial to aiding you through your journey with ease.

What is PRE-POOing and Why Do It?

PrePooing is a beneficial step that is done before shampoo cleansing the hair. It allows the hair to retain more conditioner, it helps prevent swelling of the hair and it minimizes the harshness of shampooing and helps rid the hair of shed hairs accumulated throughout the days and weeks. (keep in mind, normal hair will shed between 100-150 hairs per day. You can tell shed hair by the white tip or bulb at the end of the hair)...If you have a prepoo method of your own that is working, please feel free to share. I do this about once per month each time I do a shampoo cleanse.



Place hair into 2 to 4 sections (if long enough) to prep for pre pooing. The sections allow for ease of doing this method and to help prevent the hair from re-tangling. Select a spray bottle with water, your favorite oil and/or conditioner (recently, I've been using both an oil and conditioner.)I apply my hair using my Natty ACV Hair & Scalp Mist. This helps remove old product build up, working as a light clarifier as well as help with detangling. 


Saturate hair with your water or if you have it, your Natty ACV Hair & Scalp Mist (Again this aids in helping to detangle with ease)


Apply your oil of choice or apply your conditioner. If using conditioner only, skip step 3. Just FYI, oils that are able to penetrate the hair shaft are: olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil...


Saturate the hair, making sure to thoroughly apply to your ends, with your favorite natural conditioner. I use our Natty Moist leave in conditioner. It's perfect due to the slip factor and the tangles just melt away. 


Detangle with your choice of tool or your fingers. I mostly finger detangle. Be sure when using a tool, began detangling from ends working your way up to your roots now that your hair is slippery with conditioner. This minimizes breakage and allows for easy detangling. Be sure to thoroughly work the conditioner through.


Place hair in twist, buns or plaits so hair does not re-tangle while pre pooing

STEP 7: 

You can opt to use no heat or use a steamer or heat cap to help infuse the oils and/or conditioner into the hair. This is especially helpful for naturals with 'low porosity' hair. The heat helps to lift the cuticle and properly infuse moisture. If you are unsure what your hair's porosity may be, simply place a single hair into a cup of water and watch to see if it floats on top, in the middle or floats to the bottom. If it floats on top, you have low porosity, which is typically genetic. This means that your cuticle is closed very tight making it a bit difficult to penetrate the hair with moisture..but once moisture is infused, it holds moisture very well. This is why the heat, which helps lift the cuticle is beneficial. If the hair floats to the bottom, you have high porosity hair. This type is usually caused by damage such as chemical processes (relaxers, texturizers, colorants), heat and/or environmental pollutants. For high porosity, you can choose to use heat when conditioning or not, just be sure to use butters and oils when locking in moisture to help close the gaps that are in the hair follicle from damage. If the hair floats in the middle, you have normal porosity.

** fyi, I have low porosity hair and it stays hydrated using these methods.


Shampoo (Dudu Osum Natural Shampoo) , deep condition (Natty Cupuacu & Rhassoul Deep Conditioner), apply a leave in  (Natty Moist) and seal in the moisture (Natty Butter). 

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