Tuesday, January 26, 2016

11th Annual Mid-South Deaf Women’s Retreat

Date:   April 22-24, 2016
Location:   Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center (Linden, Tennessee)
Theme:   “Power of Forgiveness”
Bible Verses:   Ephesians 4:31-32
Cost:   $110 (Special Early Bird before January 31, 2016)
$125 (February 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016)
Guest Speaker:   Barbara Lovas (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Music Leader:   Laura Atwell (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Leadership Team:
Rhonda Stephens – Leader
Amanda Miller – Assistant Leader
Stutzen Hendricks – Assistant Leader
If you have any questions, please feel free to email midsouthdwr@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Some of you have asked me to start posting some of my older articles about kefir and kombucha. I will start posting some of them here to make them easier to find. Of course, if you want more to read before I post them, you can Google them by using my name and the subject matter. Here is the most requested article first (NOTE: Now at age 55, my hair is more blonde and healthier than when I wrote this in 2008):

Sept 20, 2008

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Since I had started washing my hair with Kefir Whey and Kombucha my hair has become noticeably thicker and shinier. I am almost 50 years old now, and prior to using the kefir and kombucha my hair had been starting to turn grey. My hair is now coming in healthy, shiny and back to it's original blonde color for the most part.

When I noticed that my hair was going back to my original color I was a bit embarrassed to tell anyone what I had noticed; because I was sure that people would think I was imagining things, so I said nothing. Ironically, within a day or so of my noticing this, someone in my kombucha group had noticed the same thing. Their experience was more evident than mine, because that person and their spouse's hair had changed from grey back to brown. I replied and shared my experience and so did others. So, I am not the only 'crazy' that says my hair has gone back to it's original color. Since that time, which has been at least a year ago now. Several people have commented on my hair. The ones who knew that my hair had been thin my whole life ... and that my hair had become dry, brittle and dull as I had become older have been even more shocked.

So, now are you wondering what I do to wash my hair? First of all, I haven't been able to go totally soapless on the hair yet. Though, I use so very little shampoo, that one large bottle of shampoo with essential oils lasts me forever ... I mean, FOREVER! I tried the "no poo" method with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. It was too drying for my hair. Though, I must mention that it does work very well for others.

Here is what I do: I soak my hair in the kombucha at least once a week. I also soak my hair in kefir at least once a week. When my hair needs washing between those times I use a pinch a good quality herbal shampoo with essential oils ONLY on my roots. As I rinse the shampoo out (rinsing it out very well!) the shampoo water runs down the remainder of my hair, though I don't intentionally 'wash' the rest of my hair or ends.

I used to pretty much just take a handful of shampoo and slap it on my wet hair/head and sort of scrub my hair around until it looked like a nest (which is the common practice of most), then rinse it out; followed by conditioner. My poor hair certainly needed the conditioner after that horrible abuse!

I no longer use conditioners or hair sprays. Thankfully, I don't need them anymore. Being that my hair used to be so thin, it used to quickly become oily. This is no longer the case. Now, I use a little bit of pure coconut oil in my hair after washing. It works great! Every once in a while I mix up some coconut oil and lanolin and use it on the tips of my hair.

Let me warn you! If you wash your hair too often in kombucha, your head will smell like vinegar when you sweat. That happened to me once. Not good! Which also reminds me, if you are a person who likes your hair to smell good you can do what I do. When you add the coconut oil to your hair add a drop of geranium oil, or any other essential oil that is safe for your skin. Your hair will smell great and look shiny. It also holds up well to humidity. I live in New Orleans, the capital of humidity, and my hair holds up great.

Posted by barbara lovas at Sept, 20, 2008 3:26 PM
Labels: holistic, kefir, kombucha, natural, no poo
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Free Monday Night ASL Classes meet tonight (Except Advanced / Intern)

ASL STUDY GROUP / Free of cost!!!
This study group meets on Monday nights at 6:45 pm and is for all ages: hearing, deaf, deaf/blind, students, friends and family members of the Deaf, professionals serving the Deaf and those who want to learn sign language:
  • Beginners Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Advanced Level (not meeting tonight 1/18/17)*
  • Intern Level (not meeting tonight 1/18/17)*
COST: FREE! Mondays, 6:45pm
Canal Blvd Baptist Deaf Church, 5324 Canal Blvd NOLA, 70124 (enter side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)
Hope to see you there!!! For more info: Bblovas1@yahoo.com or cell/text 504-722-2967
*Advanced and Intern are not meeting because I (Barbara) am having problems with my back and I need to stay home and get rest to heal my back. If those in the advanced group still want to meet without me as a self-led group, please do. Feel free to meet in our usual place. I will be with you guys next week. HUGS!!! Barbara