I am comfortable in my own skin
Care of hair, nails, teeth and eyes
The moment that you have been dying for and dreaming about all these past months of 2018 has just reached, that first kiss with your love interest is just about to become a reality. Unfortunately, the moment soon breaks down into smithereens, little fragments and pieces as the odour emanating from your dream bae’s mouth shatters your dream in an instant. What is not happening?
Physical wellness extends to the finer details of ones physical being; the care of ones teeth, skin, hair, nails and eyes is very important.
Care of our hair
People have different hair types and the hair routine that works for one may not work for another. For purpose of the discussion on care of hair we will focus on natural African kinky hair.
African hair should be well moisturized and deep conditioned at least once a month.
It is advisable for ladies with this type of hair to sleep with a satin sleep cap or pillow case.
African kinky coiled hair should be sprayed with water before one combs it. Never try to comb African hair when it is still dry.
On the flip side African hair should never be washed too regularly as it tends to dry out.
Hair should be washed gently and massaged while washing it.
It is advisable to use a towel when drying the hair as opposed to using heat treatment.
Natural oils such as shea butter oil, jojoba oil and castor oil are wonderful for natural kinky African hair.
Overtight styles that can lead to scalp damage and hair loss should be avoided by all means.
Perms are not advisable for children as their hair and skin is not fully developed.
Ends of the hair that are split should be trimmed as failure to do so will cause further damage down the hair.
Care of our hands and nails
To keep our nails in tip top condition;
Keep our hands clean.
Be gentle to our hands.
Nails should be trimmed regularly.
The focus should be on healthy nails as opposed to long nails.
The cuticles should not be messed with as they protect the nails.
All tools that are used for the care of nails should be kept clean.
One should use quality nail polish brands.
Base coat and top coat should be used.
Acrylic and gel treatments for nails should be used sparingly as they tend to weaken the nails.
Every once in a while nails should be given a break from strong colours that break, yellow and weaken the structure of the nail.
Nails should be moisturized.
When doing work that could damage your hands or nails use protective gear like gloves.
Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
Care of our teeth
Care for our teeth involves;
Brushing our teeth at least twice a day. That is in the morning and before going to bed.
Using a toothpaste that contains flouride to protect our teeth from tooth decay.
Ensure that you use a proper toothbrush, toothbrushes that have frayed cannot do the job well. Ideally a tooth brush should be changed after every three to four months of use.
Brush your teeth intentionally, slowly to ensure that you have done a good job.
Use of dental floss reduces plaque, stimulates gums and lowers inflammation.
Use of mouth wash to reduce the amount of acid in the mouth, to clean hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums, and re-mineralizing the teeth.
Drinking loads of water cleanses ones mouth.
Limit sugary and acidic foods which tear down the enamel of the teeth and cause tooth decay.
Eat plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Make your dentist your best friend, do not only visit the dentist when your teeth have a problem but also for clean ups and check ups. This is advised to be done at least twice a year.
Care of our eyes
The eyes are said to be the windows to the soul and our eyesight is one of our cherished five senses as a human being.
For good care of ones eyes one should visit the eye doctor regularly for eye check ups.
Ones diet should be rich in green leafy vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, citrus fruits. One should have a balanced diet.
Smoking damages the optic nerves and causes degeneration of the eyes. Smokers are encouraged to quit smoking.
Wear quality sunglasses that offer protection against harmful UV rays.
When carrying out hazardous jobs, consider the use of safety glasses or protective goggles.
Avoid staring at computer screens for too long.
This brings an end to the blog’s focus on physical fitness and wellness 2018.
Go on now, show off those pearly whites, well cared for skin, hair, nails and eyes our esteemed readers. Wishing you all readers of “Wacha niKwambie” blog physical fitness and wellness for years to come!
October 2018 – Mwili wangu hazina yangu/ My body my treasure
Focus on physical wellness and fitness
Note: Kwambie is not a hair, nails, teeth and eyes specialist but a health and wellness enthusiast. This article is as a result of research. Make sure you visit professionals for professional advice on the mentioned areas.