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NEW MUSIC VIDEO! “MEDICATION” by Yasmeen.

Yasmeen (OFFICIAL VIDEO)” on YouTube

After the death of my kid brother Waleed my life suddenly went really dark. Nothing could make me smile. It makes me wonder how my husband (then fiancé) put up with me through those years. I put down these words during that time of struggle.

Everyone has their form of “Medication”. That thing, or those things that they depend on to help ease their suffering.

Music to me is therapy. It has been a huge outlet for me and I am so glad I could record and share it with you all.

Whatever you are going through and whatever “medication” you are on, stay positive and keep believing in love. ♡

I kissed the sun.

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I kissed the sun
And asked it why
It kissed me back
because I lied.
I lied about what was 
on my mind
I lied about it
till I cried.
My tears became 
sun dried.
My brain became 
Stir fried.
My son forgive me sun,
My sun, forgive me son,
Because I lied.
Because I lied.
Tomorrow is another day
Maybe then it will be real
And true…
Maybe then,
It will be you.

♡ Poem and photo by Yasmeen ♡

Continue reading I kissed the sun.

MY Natural Hair Care method

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It’s been over four years since I switched to 100% natural hair care. I went through a transitional period and then finally arrived in the land of healthy, additive free, toxic chemical – free,  happy curls!

I am writing this blog post for all you natural and natural wannabe “curlies”. Enjoying your natural locks is much easier than you think, and without all the products!
I have always had very thick and DRY hair believe it or not. Growing up, my hair had always been a struggle to keep and I have been through more hair products in my life than I would like to remember. I have written in earlier posts about my switch to natural hair care so please do a search if you are interested in learning how to transition.

Once you have made the switch you will need to know how to maintain your natural locks without having to struggle with dryness, combing, styling, or having the look you are going for. I have developed a method that works very well for different types of curls in their natural state.

I am assuming you wash with an all natural method – Rhassoul clay, natural chemical free shampoo, or bicarbonate (like I do). Make sure you have also incorporated Apple cider vinegar by using it in a rinse after every hair wash.
I recommend a hair mask once a week to nourish and to give extra moisture and shine. Here is an example of a do-it-yourself home hair mask:

Half cup mayonnaise
1 blended avocado
1 tpsp honey
4 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste. Work into your hair and sprinkle some water in addition if your hair is too dry. This is just to allow the damp hair to absorb the mask. Leave the mask in for at least 30 minutes and then wash with your preferred natural method.

Always take your conditioner and moisturizer into the bath or shower with you because this is where you will apply products and not after your bath. Applying natural oils, butters, and conditioner  while the hair is damp is a great way to lock in moisture. I also realized that combing my hair was becoming too stressful for my hair so I started resorting to more ‘finger styling’ I.e using my fingers to help de-tangle and style my hair. After a hair wash and vinegar rinse with warm water, I would use M.Y Hair oil or Hair butter as moisturizer. Be generous with your trusted products. The more non-greasy moisture you have, the better.

Resist over combing your hair and try to style with your fingers as much as possible. DO NOT COMB YOUR HAIR WHEN IT IS DRY. It’s really bad especially for hair that tangles up like mine. If necessary use a brush for your finished look. Natural Hair butters and hair puddings are great to keep your edges sorted and to give extra shine.

So here are the steps:
1. Natural wash, apple cider vinegar and condition
2. Apply natural leave in products while in shower.
3. Comb or style your hair while its still wet and then leave it to air dry naturally.

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Medication. . . Photos from my video shoot

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Here are a few photos from the set of my new music video.

My song “Medication” is the story of a dark time in my life after the loss of my brother Waleed. The song is about the cry of a soul, begging to be released from a place of darkness and sorrow.

“Please give me my medication
Help me find some inspiration
Keep my soul in meditation. .”

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In the club but feeling down. .
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"Black widow" inspired scene
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Beach resort scene
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At Kokrobite beach in Ghana

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In this beach sunrise photo I was super tired! We were up shooting for most of the night and then had to be up again by 5am to catch this beautiful morning light.

Can’t wait to share the video with you!

One love always.

Baby led weaning. Onward into the world of solids.

Allowing baby to lead you into his or her new found world of solids is lots of fun. By the age of 7 months most babies have begun growing milk teeth. My Wolly got his first two at 5 months and now at 11 months he just cut tooth number 8! I’ve seen one year olds who have no teeth yet, or who have just cut their first 2 or 4 (upper and lower center) so don’t be alarmed if your little one is taking his or her time. Even if the teeth are not showing yet most babies older than 7 moimagenths have strong enough gums for chomping down on pureed or soft foods. Also by this time baby should be able to sit up and hold his head up without support, and will probably start getting curious about what is in your plate or what you are putting into your mouth. This is when you can offer baby some soft foods or pureed versions of whatever you are having for dinner but without the seasoning. It is also a good time to make baby part of family mealtimes so, by establishing a routine, your baby begins to understand (and even get excited about) mealtimes.

Allow your baby to experiment with different textures and tastes by offering various soft (melt-in-the-mouth) foods on a non-breakable plate accompanied by a beaker or training cup of water. Cut up pieces of banana, seedless watermelon, soft potato, avocado, boiled soft carrots, brown bread (toast) with a little butter or yoghurt, soft pasta ( for older babies 9 months and up). Enjoy watching your baby pick at and try different foods and especially take in all the different facial expressions. I laughed when my little guy tried fresh farm yoghurt for the first time. It was slightly tangy so he made a couple of grimaces but then he kept asking for more.

I started Wolly on pureed vegetables and fruits and baby cereals like Purity. Lately we are doing a lot of experimenting so now I know he likes oranges, bananas, pawpaw, bread, biscuits, yoghurt, yam, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and a Ghanaian local dish called ‘banku’ with okro soup and ‘kontomire’ (a dish made up mainly of greens).

If your baby rejects a particular food, move on to something else then try again later. It is always advisable to start with vegetables before going into fruits since fruits are sweeter and may cause your baby to develop a ‘sweet tooth’ and reject vegetables when you try to introduce them. Pureed lentils, zucchini and carrots are good choices for starters and remember that your baby doesn’t need any added salt, sugar or other spices in their food. Keep it simple. Also make sure you cook carrots before offering them to your baby as raw carrots pose a choking hazard. Grapes can also choke a baby so if you offer your baby grapes, make sure to cut them in half. The general rule-of-thumb goes by this question: “does it melt in the mouth?”.

Baby-led weaning is fun because it doesn’t make one feel so pressured about baby’s transition to solids. Just have fun with your baby and encourage him or her to eat healthy by offering various interesting and colorful options. Before the age of 2 years, your little one still needs some milk and fat in their diet so if you have stopped breast-feeding, try to provide a healthy substitute in the form of natural milk products like Coconut milk, almond milk, or special milk formula for babies if needed. Much love to you from me and Nolly Wolly in Ghana! Till next time..

Hair Salad! Featuring Olive oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

If you allow your hair to maintain its natural PH balance you will really enjoy keeping and styling your own natural hair. I know maintenance can be a nightmare for those of us with thick hair. My hair is quite dry and is constantly craving moisture. Whatever texture or type of hair you have you will definitely benefit from going natural, and nourishing your hair with natural conditioners and moisturizers.yazzzzz

Today I’ll be talking about Olive oil and Apple Cider vinegar as part of your natural hair care routine, and how you can use these ingredients to improve the health of your crowning glory. Whatever your hair type is, a hair mask is a great addition to your hair care routine. With the right mix of ingredients, a hair mask done on a regular basis will give your hair body and shine and may help stop breakage.

THE BASIC HAIR MASK
Use Rhassoul clay or a mixture of ground herbs to form the base of your hair mask. Have you tried Mayonnaise? It may not be so good for the waistline but it definitely contributes to a banging hair mask!
Take your clay and/or herbs and mix in the mayonnaise to form a base. If you are using clay you will probably need to add some water to the mix.

Olive oil is one of the most therapeautic and healing oils you can find. Amazingly beneficial for skin and hair, this oil will provide heavy moisture and conditioning, and will enhance the effectiveness of a hair treatment. Beware of products that read ‘Olive Oil’ but which only have olive oil as part of the formulation. Use pure, natural olive oil; and it doesn’t really matter if it’s virgin or pomace.

Madame Yasmeen carries Rhassoul clay, and makes a 100% natural hair oil (olive oil included). This is what I usually use as the oil component in my hair mask.

Apply a generous amount of your hair mask to your scalp and hair and leave it in for at least 20 minutes. If you have time you can leave it in for longer.

Apple Cider vinegar is the dressing! 🙂 That comes after you have washed out the hair mask. Using apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair will help bring it to its natural PH level and NO your hair will not smell like a salad after all this 🙂
Add half a cup of the vinegar (apple cider only please) to about 2 gallons of warm water and use this to rinse your hair. Consider this your rinse water and dont be tempted to do another rinse with water only. Air dry or towel dry your hair after the ACV rinse and then follow up with a good moisturizer. Here again, just Olive oil or Madame Yasmeen’s 100% natural hair butter or hair oil will give your hair just enough moisture while allowing your scalp to ‘breathe’. Try it! and let me know.how it goes. Till next time ····