Is Diet Soda Making Your Hair Fall Out?

Here’s a thought provoking article from Hair Boutique on the possible effects of artificial sweeteners.


“Liver malfunction from high toxic filtering of the artificial sweetener particles has definitely been linked to hair loss.”



30-day No Buy Product Detox – Blessings from my stash

I started a product detox right after Labor Day with some sister curlies on The rules were no buying unless it was to replace something used up.  I’m not calling it a challenge because that word for me is an invitation to fail.

Couple of things going against me – for one, new product releases:  Curl Junkie,  Curlisto’s  new line for tight curls/kinks, and Jonathan Torch’s new incredible unshrinking leave in. For two, the Hairveda sale in mid-September. Continue reading

Tropic of Smoothies – Soursop

Last night I stopped at El Oriental de Cuba in JP to pick up a Tamarindo Smoothie. Across the street is a Hi-Lo Supermarket. I needed harvarti cheese so I walked over there. No sign of havarti, because this is a tropical supermarket. They have Goya products you won’t find at your local Hannafords and — oh joy! — they have frozen unsweetened tropical fruit puree — Tamarindo, soursop, parcha (passionfruit) and more. I bought the soursoup, also known as guanabana.

I had my first soursop shake in Cruz Bay while on vacation in St. John, USVI and was immediately hooked. I would amble down to the town every day for a shake and a patty. These days I pay $3.00 for one but now — I can make them myself!! The puree, which makes 3 shakes is just $1.49. I use a modified recipe to substitute for sugar and milk. This was my breakfast shake:

Soursop Breakfast Smoothie

Makes one large shake:
– 1/3 package of frozen soursop puree
– 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (optional)
– 3/4 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
– juice of 1/2 a lime
– scoop of whey protein powder (optional)
– liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals brand) to taste
– 2 or 3 ice cubes
– 1/2 cup of water
– 1 heaping tbs. of Benefiber (optional)

Blend thoroughly and enjoy. Here’s a more traditional Jamaican version:


  • 1 pound sour sop peeled, seeded & sliced
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 5 tablespoon sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 squeezed lime (optional)

I see no reason why rum and more lime cannot be added for an evening libation.

Coffee Talk

I gave up coffee and Splenda in April and surprisingly my skin has improved. I no longer have to use concealer to brighten the dark spaces on the inside of my eyes by my nose. They are gone!

Since quitting, I had one cup of full decaf, and it didn’t taste very good. So it was the caffeine that kept me drinking coffee — and gave me a 5-day headache after quitting, until I drank some yerba mate. This was as serious an addiction as cigarettes and as hard to quit. Now my new hot beverages are Guayaki Chocolatte Mate and Taylors of Harrogate Scottish Breakfast Tea with soy creamer. And I make smoothies. Instead of Splenda I use stevia from NuNaturals.

I still miss the coffee ritual: grinding the beans every other day (decaf and full caf mixed), brewing the coffee, frothing the milk, garnishing with nutmeg and cinnamon. That cup of coffee was better than anything you could get at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or a gourmet coffee place. Even Quebrada Bakery in Wellesley where they make some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted and where I got a taste for Ethiopian. Their Dancing Goats was so good.

I used Ethiopian Sidamo beans for the caffeine mixed with Whole Foods Everyday Decaf beans.

Yes, I’m coffee reminiscing. Not as good as drinking it.

Coffee drinking face

Non-coffee drinker face
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