Turn Heads With These Hair Tutorial Books Featuring Braids, Buns, and More

Hair books? Why would I need a book when I can find endless blog posts and video tutorials online you may ask? Well I am here to share with you a couple of new how to hair books and why they are of value.

Two very internet savvy woman have released some hair styling books expanding their online knowledge to print. While it is wonderful we have access to this knowledge via their blogs and YouTube channels there is something to be said for being able to pick up a book and flip through a variety of styles before settling on one to recreate. Not to mention how convenient it is to be able to have my daughter browse the books to find what she wants us to attempt that day. Something not as easily done online with the vast amount of information you are flooded with. A good book will never go out of style!

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The first book I have to share with you is by the talented Christina Butcher of the blog Hair Romance. If you haven’t visited her blog it’s a must! Christina has released ebooks in the past but this is her first print book and it is such a pleasure to browse through. The book contains 82 step by step tutorials for various braids, buns, and updos. Hence the name Braids, Buns, and Twists.

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There is a photograph of the completed style for each tutorial on a variety of people/hair types. The tutorial itself is done via illustration and written description.

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The difficulty of the style is noted as well as if you will need any assistance or accessories.

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A book that focuses solely on braids is DIY Braids by the Sasha Coefield, the creator of the YouTube channel asksash88. I was unfamiliar with this channel but it has ton of great video hair tutorials.

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This book features exclusively braids with 30 step by step tutorials. With DIY Braids all of the steps are portrayed with real life images of Sasha herself proving you really can do these yourself.

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Beautifying Summer Drinks from The Beauty Detox Solution’s Kimberly Snyder

I wanted to share these wonderfully refreshing drink recipes from the lovely Kimberly Snyder. I first posted about her book The Beauty Detox Solution almost exactly a year ago. It is such an amazing book and if you want to really make a change in your life for the better that will improve you health and wellbeing inside and out I strongly recommend it. I only wish that I didn’t have such abominably bad will power because I haven’t managed to stick with the plan. A month doesn’t go by that I don’t think about finally committing to the change but I never seem to fail at coming up with excuses.
Anyways, enough about my display of inadequacy. Here are some yummy drink recipes that are a great alternative to the not so healthy options surrounding us this summer. These drinks not only taste great and are good for you but they are beautifying as well!
Iced Rooibos Mint Tea

Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, so it promotes youthfulness and great skin. Over a little ice with mint and lemon, it’s a refreshing and detoxifying summer beverage.
·         6 Rooibos tea bags
·         One lemon, sliced
·         Several leaves of fresh mint
·         Stevia to taste
·         1 gallon of boiling water
Pour water over lemon, teabags and mint leaves and steep, stirring occasionally, until liquid cools. Remove tea bags, pour into a pitcher, and refrigerate. Serve cool or over a little bit of ice.

Basil Lemonade

Lemons are high in vitamin C and promote alkalinity and cleansing in the body. The basil adds a refreshing flavor to this sugar-free lemonade.
·         ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
·         4 cups of cold water
·         1 cup of fresh basil leaves
·         Stevia to taste
Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water and pour over basil leaves. Add stevia to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.
Cilantro and Jalapeño Limeade

Cilantro is loaded with antioxidants and aids in detoxification, while jalapeno can help rev up your metabolism. Lime is high in Vitamin C.
·         4-1/2 cups of water
·         1 cup organic cilantro, washed and chopped
·         2 large jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed and chopped
·         1-1/2 cups of fresh lime juice
·         Stevia to taste
·         Lime slices for garnish
Pour water over cilantro and jalapenos. Steep for 30 minutes at room temperature, and then cover and chill for 3-4 hours. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and stir in lime juice. Add stevia to taste. Serve over ice garnished with lime slices.
Is it wrong that I want to add booze to all of these? *sigh*

The Beauty Detox Solution. Care to join me?

The book I’m just finishing up reading is The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. This book shouted out to me from the small book display at my local Shopper’s Drug Mart. What made it stand out was the word Detox. I’ve managed a very intensive 7 day detox at one time and I was eager to try again with more long term goals in mind. When I saw beauty and detox combined in one book title with the addition of some well known celebrity endorsements on the cover I quickly scooped it up. I have to say this book is EXCELLENT. It speaks to me as it revolves around health topics that I have strongly believed in for several years but haven’t had the motivation and dedication to follow through with lately. This book has been an incredible motivation to get me back on the right track. Kimberly has a way of getting her point across in a manner that leaves you nodding your head with enthusiast “ah ha” moments and anxious to hear more, always with data to back it up.
I followed a lot of the ideals behind this program when I modified my diet in an attempt to ease my son’s colic when I was breastfeeding him. Less that one year after his birth I was the thinnest I’ve been in a decade (yes even long before my two kids) and, more importantly, I felt fantastic. Unfortunately, for the most part, when I stopped breastfeeding him and returned to work I abandoned most of my new healthier habits and I’ve returned to the unhappy, unhealthy state I had been in the past. I won’t get into all the details of the program here but fire me off an email or start looking into Kimberly’s program if you’d like to hear more.
I know it’s time to get my butt in gear and start trying to live the lifestyle I want for myself, for my future and the future of my health and family. I struggle with the motivation to get started and stick with it so if anyone is interested in joining me in a quest for better health I would love the company! You don’t necessarily have to follow this program but I think it’s a great read if you’re interested ;-)