What to use when flat ironing natural hair?

Natural African American hair can seem to have a mind of its own; sometimes it can be really hard to style it and keep it neat if a more formal situation requires that. This type of hair is more likely to be thick and coarse, and because of its dryness it is prone to breaking and it can be easily damaged if you apply too much heat to it. Flat ironing can be a great idea if you need a quick way to straighten your natural hair, but you have to be extremely careful not to damage your precious locks in any way. We give you tips both about the right styling products for your type of hair and about the flat iron you should use. Just remember – flat ironing is not something you should be doing every day! Do it just once a week, with one quick fix couple of days later only if it’s absolutely necessary.

Natural African American hair

Choose your styling products carefully:

  • First thing you must think about is proper moisturizing. Your hare must be adequately hydrated before you apply any kind of heat to it. Use a conditioner that works well with your hair after every washing. That way you will get healthy looking, shiny and smooth hair.
  • Apply thermal protectant before you flat iron your hair. They can be found as a spray that you lightly apply to each strand of hair before you iron it, or you can find something with a consistency of a balm or a gel, that you apply to wet hair after washing.
  • Smoothing balms are good if your hair is really stubborn, and it just won’t stay flat. They are usually resistant to moisture in the air too, so your hair doesn’t get frizzy immediately after you leave your house.
  • Make sure your hair is protected while you sleep. You should always wrap your hair in a silk or sating cover before you go to sleep. That way it won’t get tangled and you will prevent static electricity in the morning.

It’s important to have a right flat iron too:

  • Choose 100% ceramic. Read the label carefully, there are many flat irons that only have ceramic-coated plates, and these can be really dangerous once that layer peels off. Ceramic is the best heat conductor that won’t cause burning of your hair, but it will be strong enough to straighten it completely.
  • Added Titanium or Tourmaline is a nice bonus. These flat irons tend to be most expensive but they are also very effective on natural hair. Try to find one on a sale. This is usually the best flat iron for natural hair.
  • Use only flat irons with small plates. This is the best way to catch every strand of your hair uniformly and next to the roots. That section is going to be extremely tricky if you have an iron with plates more than one inch wide.
  • Make sure you can adjust your temperature. Experiment yourself to find the minimal temperature needed to iron out your hair. If that temperature is not adjustable on your flat iron, you’re probably burning your hair every time you use it. Try to not increase the heat more than 350 degrees, and try to go over each individual strand of hair no more than once or twice.

No matter how careful you are and how good your flat iron is, try not to flat iron your hair too often. Every time you do it, you expose it to a lot of stress and that is bad for it on the long run. You need to make sure it’s completely clean every time you iron it, and that you’ve done the ironing process meticulously and carefully without damaging some sections excessively. If you use our tips and high quality nurturing products your hair will stay smooth and silky longer so you won’t have to iron it that much. You need to take a break from doing it every couple of weeks. That way not only your hair rests, but you show everyone how versatile and wonderful natural hair can be. When it’s shiny and completely flat it will be truly breathtaking.

Ways to make your mattress more comfortable

If you can’t afford to purchase a completely new mattress but you feel uncomfortable sleeping on your current one, don’t despair. New mattresses are fairly expensive and they might not be an investment you’re ready to make yet. But you don’t need to suffer every night. There are ways to extend your old mattress’ durability and to keep it for at least a couple of years more. You will be so happy that you might decide to spend many more calm nights in bed with a glass of good wine and an interesting book and you won’t wake up even more tired than before going to bed or stiff and grumpy.

 

Ways to make your mattress more comfortable

Use mattress pads or toppers

You might want to know what the main difference between them is. Mattress pads are quilted pads that are usually fastened to the mattress with some sort of elastic skirting or band. They will help you to provide protection for your mattress so you don’t stain or tear it and they add to your overall comfort and warmth. They can even offer special heating or cooling features. They are the quickest and cheapest way to refresh and old mattress if it’s not badly damaged or to extend the life of a new one but they might not be enough.

Mattress toppers are generally much thicker than a pad and they can be found in a variety of materials, like feather, memory foam, bamboo, wool or cotton – alone or mixed with synthetic materials, and so on. They are great for additional comfort or warmth, or for more specific health-related issues such as back pain, arthritis or GERD/ acid reflux disease. They are pricier than pads, but that money is well spent because they will give at least additional two years of usage to your old mattress. Mattress toppers are generally built mostly to add extra comfort, where pads are built to protect your mattress from wear and tear as well as from moisture.

Best memory foam mattress topper 2016 will adapt to your body weight perfectly to help you distribute it evenly and to help stabilize your spine and joints. It is absolutely necessary to use either them or to buy a high quality new mattress if you experience back pain. If you live in hot climates and experience a lot of discomfort from excess sweating during the night you can buy cool gel mattress toppers that will refresh you during the night.

 

Use mattress pads or toppers

Make sure to choose the density of your mattress topper carefully. You need to pay attention to your preferred sleeping position and choose denser one if you sleep on your back. People who weigh more also have to make sure that they buy topper with density range of at least 4 lbs and people who suffer from back pain should choose the ones at least 5 lb density. Something less dense may feel good for a while, but you’ll want firm and dense for proper support in the long run. These mattress toppers are much more durable too.

The thickness that you choose is also important, it will affect the comfort levels a lot but if will also add to the price of your topper. But the thickest you can afford, as a general rule, and do not buy anything under 3 inches.

Memory foam is irreplaceable for people that experience allergies too, because it prevents dust mites from growing in it.

Set a proper sleeping atmosphere

Even the most comfortable mattress in the world won’t help you sleep if you’re tense, annoyed and in a bad mood. Your bedroom should be a place of calm and relaxation, so you can use some of these tricks to make your own cozy corner.

 

  1. Get a pillow that is most appropriate for your sleeping style and use as many of them as you want when you’re just relaxing in your bed.
  2. Don’t try to save money on sheets, treat yourself with something luxurious. Your body touches that fabric for about a third of your entire day; you need to treat yourself kindly. Linen is an excellent choice.
  3. Always sleep on a well made bed; even though you might feel lazy to do it every time, it will become a part of your bedtime routine soon.
  4. Get a reading lamp to help you relax your brain a bit if you don’t feel ready to fall asleep immediately.

Blackout curtains can also be really useful if you have to sleep at odd hours due to your unusual work schedule.

How to set up your fish tank?

Having a fish tank is a great idea. You will bring life into your home and have a wonderful explosion of colors to rest your eyes on. But fish as pets are not an accessory for your home; they are also a significant responsibility. They rely on you to provide healthy and peaceful environment for them to thrive. Once you see them swim gracefully in your home, you’ll see that all your effort paid off.

Placement of your tank

Placement of your tank

 

This is a very important step. Your fish tank needs to be put in a place where there’s not much temperature fluctuation and the light is not too strong so you don’t get excess algae growth. Make sure there is at least 15 centimeters of distance between your tank and the wall. Don’t put your tank under a vent so you don’t get dust in your tank. Make sure the power cables for lights and filters can reach the wall and not make a mess on your floor and that you can bring water to your chosen easily for regular maintenance.

Setting up filtration system

filtration system

 

Most used and probably the simplest type of filters are under-gravel filters or power filters that you place on the back side of your tank. Under-gravel filters need an air pump too, so make sure that it’s enough for the size of your tank. If you choose a power filter make sure that it circulates enough water for the size of your tank. Volume of water circulated per hour (you read that on the specifications of your device) must be 5 or more volumes on your tank.  What is the best fish tank filter for you depends on the size of your tank and what kind of fish do you want to keep. It must provide three levels of filtration, mechanical, chemical and biological. Do not turn your filter on until you’ve completely filled your tank with water. Continue reading “How to set up your fish tank?”