My Caffeinated Hair Rinse

Rice Water Mixture
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Sometimes my curls aren’t defined or my hair sheds more than usual. After tons of research, I discovered that my hair lacked protein. Protein treatments such as a rinse or deep conditioning are mandatory for those with natural hair. It helps the hair to become strong, luscious and decrease shedding. A quick yet long term fix is my caffeinated hair rinse. This mixture consists of grounded coffee beans, rice water, and peppermint oil.

Benefits of each ingredient:

Coffee helps the hair to be strengthened from within. When applied to the hair it is absorbed through the follicles making it instantly soft and shiny. Additionally, it can help to exfoliate the scalp and stimulate hair growth.

Rice water has tons of benefits. Rice water is basically fermented rice that’s been sitting in water. It contains 16% of protein and is very effective in DIY protein treatments. Furthermore, it has vitamins B, C, E, and minerals. Rice water is used to strengthen the hair, smooth the cuticle, add sheen, increase hair elasticity which makes the hair strong and flexible.

Peppermint oil increases blood circulation that improves hair growth and prevents some hair loss. Not only does peppermint oil smells good but leaves the scalp refreshed and sensationally stimulated.

Ingredients

Rice (can use any type of rice, preferably organic)

Peppermint oil/ peppermint tea bags (I use “Artizen Peppermint Essential Oil” which is only $8.99 USD)

Grounded Coffee beans (For this treatment I use instant “Starbucks Medium Roast” coffee packets for $5.34 USD)

How to make this caffeinated protein rinse?

First, I use 1 half cup of organic rice and place it into a bowl. I add some water to the bowl to remove the debris from the rice. I then drain the rice and put it into a medium size jar. I squeeze 3-4 drops of peppermint oil and pour a cup of water into the jar. I add 1 coffee instant packet into the mixture and tightly seal the jar. The peppermint oil helps the fermented rice water to smell pleasant and also great in aiding damaged hair. The jar will sit in a lukewarm area for 2-3 days before use. After the process, I strain the rice then boil the mixture on low for 5-7 minutes to stop the fermentation. Once it’s cooled, I pour the caffeinated rice water into a spray bottle or an oil applicator and store in the fridge.

Caffeinated Rice Water
Photo by: Most Likely Reese

When to use this protein rinse?

After I use shampoo and conditioner I apply this mixture to my scalp and down my strands. I let my hair marinate with this mixture under a heated cap for a 1hr before rinsing out with warm water. My curls are not only defined but soft. Once my hair is dry, I continue with my natural hair routine such as adding moisturizers, creams, and oils to my hair. I do this treatment bi-weekly to avoid protein overload. If you stick to this routine, you’ll see positive results with your hair. There will be less shedding and more growth!

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Top 5 Foods And Drinks From Barbados

Oistins
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Barbados’ cuisines are very flavorful! It is influenced by African, Indian,
Creole, Irish, and British culture. A typical meal is made of either fish/meat also marinated in herbs and spices. There are many great cuisines from Barbados which makes it hard to narrow for this list. You can find additional foods and drinks such as rum/black cake, Bajan macaroni pie, pudding and souse, golden apple juice (June Plum), snow cones, sorrel or ginger juice by asking the locals. If you’re thinking about traveling to Barbados, read “Fly To Barbados For These Exciting Activities” article. It describes in great and vivid details as to why Barbados is favored by many. The best of Barbados awaits thee! Furthermore, here are my top 5 meals and beverages to try on this lovely island:

Foods

1. Roti

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Roti is a dish inspired by Indian food. It’s chicken/beef with vegetables and potatoes wrapped with a homemade round flatbread. A Chicken Potato Roti is a Barbadian’s favorite. You can buy this at the famous Cheffete restaurant or any roti eatery on the island. You should definitely try this meal! You’ll be satisfied and full in no time!

2. Bajan Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes
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“Bajan/Barbadian’s fish cakes” are absolutely my favorite side dish to eat! These are not your average fish cakes! Traditionally, the base of this meal is chopped onions, boneless salt cod, flour, baking powder, and hot pepper. They’re easy to make! You can add additional ingredients to spice or sweeten it. Also, don’t forget your dipping sauce!

3. Vegetable, Conch, Chicken, Beef or Halal Samosas

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This is a dough filled meal that includes a variety of meats or veggies paired with a traditional sweeten sauce and salad. Additionally, it’s best with an ice-cold Banks’ beer.

4. Conkies

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“Conkies” is a favorite Barbadian/Bajan treat! It is eaten around Barbados’ Independence Day. The basic ingredients of this dish consist of pumpkin, coconut, spices, raisins, and flour mixture wrapped then steamed in a fresh green banana leaf. It’s a treat that needs precision and patience but in the end, you’ll continue to make or buy more!

5. Cou Cou And Flying Fish

Flying Fish with Cou Cou and Plantain
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Last but not least, is the national dish of Barbados. “Cou Cou and Flying Fish” is traditionally served on Fridays or Saturdays. This meal may take a long time to prepare but it’s worth the wait! Cou Cou is described as a polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge. It’s topped with beautifully made garlic, herbs, peppers, and spiced gravy then seasoned fish.

Drinks

1. Cockspur Rum Punch

Cockspur Rum Punch - Commence Limin'
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This rum won the “International Wine and Spirit Competition’s” Gold Medal in 1981, 1984 and 1989. It’s a very popular rum with excellent quality.

2. Coconut Water

Fresh Coconut
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Barbadians have been drinking coconut water for generations. Enjoy the Barbados sea even more with this refreshment. It’s great to pair with rum too! You can buy it from roadside vendors who offer fresh coconuts to both locals and tourists.

3. Banks Beer

Banks
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This beer was founded in 1961 in St. Michael, Barbados. There’s nothing better than to relax on white Barbadian sandy beach with a cold Banks beer in your hand! This beer is naturally filtered through Barbados’ limestone rock and a special strain of yeast.

4. Tiger Malt

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Tiger Malt is a popular non-alcoholic beverage made from barley. Like many Caribbean islands, malt is a good source for energy that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Tiger Malt gives you energy without the caffeine!

5. Mount Gay Rum

Mount Gay Rum
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Barbados is the birthplace for rum. Furthermore, Mount Gay Rum’s distillery is the world’s oldest commercial rum. The rum is used in many of Barbadian’s drinks such as rum punch, old fashioned, black/rum cake and cocktails. It delivers the kick to any beverage!