Last year we hosted our first workshop, a first experience at wanting to do something different, put the women in our community at the centre and empower them by giving them tools to define for themselves what a fulfilling, successful and beautiful life is to them. Women have to learn to fill their cups first before they can fill the cups of those around them.
At our 2018 workshop we had 60 women, young and old, at different places in their careers and personal lives and each woman walked away with the ability to assess the state of their lives and determine where they want go, and were given tools to define where they want to go and how to overcome the fear to start with that change.
Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, renowned international leadership coach led the half-day session, and it was impactful. And this year we want to do more and go deeper and hopefully make it a journey beyond the one-day workshop.
From my own experience I know that change is hard. Life forces change upon us but it is often difficult and very scary for us to take the decision to change.
One day you go to bed content with yourself, content with life, and the next day you wake up with a hint of discontent.
The discontent grows, seemingly with no cause no root and we often don’t know where to start. When I look back now I am tempted to feel as though I wasted 4 years of my life swimming in discontent because I didn’t know where I want to be and how to begin to figure it out.
- Sometimes we know we need to change but don’t know how or are downright terrified of change.
- Other times we feel unhappy about where we are at but have no idea where we want to be or who we want to be.
- Concepts such as ‘self-love’ and ‘authenticity’ are thrown around everywhere and they have no resonance with us, we have no idea where to start.
We start looking outside of ourselves in books, podcasts, the lives of public figures, we attend talks by successful people and still, we don’t find the spark of inspiration that lasts long enough to see us make serious change.
We are here to learn and grow, everybody gets pushed by life to grow and change, every single person. We either determine (as much as we can) where we want our lives to go and are deliberate about change and respond to our need for change or life happens to us and pushes change upon us.
This year we have an all-day workshop planned with some amazing, experienced practitioners in life-coaching, personal development, leadership development and alignment experts.
Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 07h00 – 17h00
Venue: The Orchards Executive Guest House, 46 Allan Rd, Glen Austin, Midrand
Price: R400.00 per person (breakfast, lunch and snacks incl) PLUS a free book “Unbecoming
to Become” by Ayanda Borotho.
This workshop will not only change your life through concepts I and thousands have used successfully, but you will have a template on which to work from to make sure you fulfill your vision 2020.
Executive Life Coaches:
- Jacqueline Freemantle: Master CCE ILDP International Coach
- Akhona Ngcobo: Enneagram Practitioner and Transformation Coach
- Brian Ntshangase: Meditation Facilitator and Energetic Healer
- Ayanda Borotho: Actress, Author, Transformation Practitioner
Click on the link below to purchase tickets.
Our hair structure is mostly a fibrous protein called keratin.And the best way we can help strengthen our hair is through doing protein treatments.Those who relax their hair or chemically color it, should do protein treatments more often,but those who keep their hair natural should also factor in a protein treatment.
Our hair loses protein almost every day, but this sometimes gets put back by the products we use.Most products will contain ingredients that have some protein, like avocado oil has a smallamount of protein. However, every day use products usually do not have enough protein to compensate for protein we lose through every day activities.
We lose protein when we handle our hair, when we comb, brush and style our hair. We lose protein when our hair rubs against our jackets and polo necks. We lose protein and moisture due to dry air created by heaters and heating air conditioners that we use more of in winter. We lose protein almost daily and eventually our hair starts to suffer.
Signs Your Hair Needs Protein:
– Low elasticity: when you stretch your hair, whether wet or dry, and it doesn’t snap back or returnto its natural state or curl pattern
– Limpness: when your hair feels limp, stringy or gummy when wet
– Dryness: When your hair is excessively dry and you have tried deep moisturising conditioning treatments
If you like to use a blow dryer, a curling iron or a straightening iron on your hair, then look our for these signs often to protein treat on time.
How Often Should You Do A Protein Treatment?
When misused, too much protein on hair will cause hair to be stiff, brittle and break.Every head of hair differs and the balancing of moisture and protein in your hair care regimewill differ from the next person. But as a rule of thumb, a good hair regime factors in a protein treatment once every 4 – 6 weeks. If you use heat often, colour dye your hair or wash your hair often you may consider factoring in a protein treatment more sooner. Heat styling and handling hair often cause the protein bonds to have holes and therefore require aprotein treatment more often.
Should I Do A Protein Treatment When I Do Protective Styles Often In Winter?
Winter is the perfect time to do protective styles not only is it convenient but comfortable as it keeps our heads warmer. Protective styling when done well can help retain hair lengthand it is always a good idea to do a protein treatment followed by a moisturizing treatment between protective styles OR if you keep your braids for longer than 4 weeks, then definitely do a protein treatment
No one has perfect skin. We learn to live with our flaws and some of them even become part of the little quirks we consider friendly, making us who we are. On other occasions, however, these quirks can hamper our quality of life as a result of poor self-esteem and the time and energy devoted to fighting the problem can become overwhelming
Fortunately, we live in a time where many fantastic medical treatments are being developed as a result of science. Looking younger and removing unwanted imperfections finds its answer in the form of a chemical peel, a process in which exfoliation is achieved faster and more efficiently, while the skin is given the basics it needs to rebuild itself stronger and healthier than before.
“When you have the right mix for the right patient combined with a great skin care regimen at home, chemical peels become fantastic treatments. They’re effective for many cutaneous conditions while rejuvenating the skin. It all lies in choosing the right peel and in applying the correct ingredients to the skin.” Dr Nokubonga Khoza
The Perfect Peel Solutions
Nowadays mostly superficial and medium peels are offered. However, with every peel I usually perform a routine skin consultation and choose a relevant peel keeping in mind your skin type, skin needs, and underlying medical conditions. Thanks to the wonderful advances in dermatology like the use of lasers, the need for deep chemical peels are far reduced. I do not recommend deep chemical peels because of the potential side effects, the down time, and as mentioned, there are other treatments that can offer the same benefits without the risks.
What Benefits Can A Superficial And A Medium Peel Offer You?
- Anti-ageing: Removing dead skin cells leaves the skin room to absorb moisture better and increasing collagen production.
- Acne and acne scarring can both be alleviated with the correct chemical peel mixture.
- Hereditary eye shadows can be reduced greatly with the correct application of a gentle mix.
- Uneven skin tone and dark patches caused by the sun and by hormonal changes can unfortunately not be cured or removed, but greatly helped. A mixture of sun protective products with chemical peel treatments can assist.
Dandruff is a common medical complaint especially amongst women. It may very well be a symptom of another underlying health concern, which is why it is important to get a proper diagnosis
There are a number of possible causes for a scaly scalp. Contrary to the stigma, dandruff is not caused by poor hygiene. Although less frequent washing of hair can cause or worsen scaling. In most instances, dandruff is caused by dry hair and dry scalp, leading to excessive shedding.
Majority of women at some point in their lives will experience some form of itching or scaling of the scalp. There are many reasons for this and these may include; dandruff or irritation from hair care products, less frequent washing of hair while frequently applying oils to hair. It has been reported that black women wash their hair almost every two weeks compared to Caucasian/Asian women who tend to wash their hair every other day, this may be due to fear and the inconvenience of disrupting their hairstyles like weaves, braids or plats. This form of practice certainly needs to be reviewed if one is suffering from dandruff or scaly scalp.
Underlying skin and hair conditions that can cause a scaly scalp:
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis:An inflammatory condition of the skin that also affects the scalp. When occurring on the scalp it is called Seborrhoeic Capitis.Seborrhoeic capitis presents with a range of symptoms from a mild flaky scalp to a thick greasy yellowish scale that may cover the whole scalp. It is important to note that, the use of hair care extensions has been directly associated with Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
- Psoriasis: A common condition that causes a dry thick silvery adherent scale especially along hairline and above ears. Psoriasis can be severe and affect whole scalp, often flakes will be seen on the shoulders, neck and on clothes
- Tinea capitis (scalp ringworm): Localized areas of scale to the affected patch. Commonly seen in children but tinea capitis can very well occur in adults
- Eczema: Dry itchy white scale, affecting the entire scalp, patient can have isolated scalp eczema or other lesions of eczema elsewhere in the body.
- Irritant contact dermatitis: Recurrent use of hair products may cause inflammation or irritability to the scalp leading to dandruff. Chemical relaxers, hair dyes, heat dryers can cause an irritant contact dermatitis of the scalp leading to eczematous reactions, chemical burns, dryness and severe scaling. Also the use of hair extension (weaves, artificial extensions) has been shown to have a direct relationship with an itchy and scaling scalp.
6.Malassezia infection: Closely linked to Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, Another cause of dandruff lies in the naturally occurring yeast microbes (Malassezia) that form part of the scalp. Due to an overproduction of sebum, they flourish and overpopulate. This leads to irritation, as mentioned above, which also causes flaking and shedding of yellow scabs or white flakes of skin.
It is therefore very important to address any excessive scaling of the scalp with urgency. Without addressing the underlying cause, the condition may persist and grow in severity. Underlying conditions if they are left untreated can cause significant disease, scarring of the scalp and eventually hair loss.
It is therefore very important to get a diagnosis for your scale.
What are the symptoms of dandruff?
- Dandruff commonly present with itching and dryness of the scalp. Those battling dandruff will be aware of white flakes of skin on the scalp, in the hair, and on the shoulders.
- There may thickened areas of the scalp and hair
- If other areas of the body are affected especially the nose, the eyebrows, the hairline, the ears, and the center of the chest or back showing excessive shedding of skin. Think of conditions like Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, Psoriasis or Eczema.
- In babies, most commonly newborns, dandruff is common and presents as a scaly yellow flaking on the scalp or cradle cap (seborrhoeic capitis)and is generally harmless, self-correcting in the first year of life without treatment.
How dandruff is treated
While it is important to keep to a good washing routine, beware of drying out the scalp with excessive washing as this will lead to further irritation and exacerbate the problem.
Wash the hair regularly once a week for African hair (black hair), twice a week for Caucasian or Asian hair.
Typical therapy includes medicated shampoos containing:
- Coal tar – to slow the regeneration and shedding of skin cells. (Don’t go overboard with coal tar can be irritating and stain hair – not advised for blonde hair)
- Selenium sulphide and zinc pyrithione – to reduce fungal growth and slow down cell turnover to reduce build-up and shedding.
- Salicylic acid – (scalp scrubs) exfoliates dead skin cells before they build up and shed.
- Ketoconazole or Ciclopirox olamine – an antifungal treatment to reduce the growth of malassezia.
You may need to experiment with a few until you find one that works for you.
Using a conditioner after shampooing can help relieve dryness
Should symptoms continue after using anti-dandruff shampoos, make sure to consult a qualified dermatologist.
The Nzinga Repairing & Strengthening Treatment is a powerful protein hair mask for protein deep conditioning. It repairs, strengthens and protects hair from heat damage, colour damage and daily wear and tear. It should used at least once a month but more times if you have damage or to prevent damage.
These are the main ingredients and what they do for the hair:
- hydrolysed keratin – a natural and main protein and building block in hair that repairs and strengthens hair
- hydrolysed collagen – a natural protein found in the body to strengthen hair from inside out
- ceramides – naturally occurring lipids found in our hair to prevent damage to hair
- hydrolysed wheat protein – increases flexibility and elasticity of hair by holding water inside hair for moisturised and conditioned hair
- pro-vitamin B5 – part of B vitamins, prevents loss of moisture and conditions hair
- vitamin E – promotes hair growth and reduces inflammation of scalp, repairs hair follicles and reduces hair dryness
- coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, avocado oil for healthy, nourished strong hair
- Steamer: highly effective and worth the once off purchase of about R1200.00. We love the steamer because it really opens up the hair cuticles allowing for maximum moisture penetration. After applying the Deep Penetrating Conditioner, sit under the steamer for approximately 20-25 minutes, do not cover hair. Ensure to have a towel, as water will drop from the steamer. Cool-off then rinse off the conditioner.