Be Good To Yourself!

Taming The Curlz August 20, 2017 08:51

We enjoyed the lazy hazy days of summer, but now it's time to start thinking about regular work schedules, going back to school, and prepping for fall. My biggest question is what to do with the mass of curls on my head and how can I style it. I asked around and got some great advice which I'd like to share with you.

Keshana King is one of the lovliest people I've ever met and her hair is always on point (to me it is anyway). She was gracious enough to share her tips and techniques to get your crowning glory on point. If you have any questions or comments for leave them in the section below so that she can answer them.


Easy Curl Care

by Keshana King

Have you ever looked in the mirror while getting ready for work or school, and said, “I don't know what to do with my hair?” If you answered yes, you are not the only one.

One of the greatest challenges of having natural hair is developing a steady regimen that allows naturals to obtain their health and length goals. It can seem difficult to develop a solid routine or find easy hairstyles, but thankfully, it is not impossible.

Today I’ll be sharing with you my natural hair routine, a 2 week regimen that I use in taking care of my natural hair. Whether you're a new natural or have been natural for some time, I hope you find something in this routine that works for you!

 Week 1

Day 1: Shampoo, condition, deep condition. Style in a braid out, twist out, or wash n go.

Day 2: Moisturize as needed.

Day 3: Oil scalp and massage. Moisturize as needed.

Day 4: Refresh style in a braid out, twist out, or wash n go.

Day 5: Moisturize as needed.

Day 6: Oil scalp and massage. Moisturize as needed.

Day 7: Moisturize as needed.


Week 2

Day 1: Shampoo, condition, deep condition. Style in a protective style (cornrows, halo braid, flat twists, single twists)

Day 2: Moisturize as needed.

Day 3: Oil scalp and massage. Moisturize as needed.

Day 4: Refresh style and oil ends.

Day 5: Moisturize as needed.

Day 6: Oil scalp and massage. Moisturize as needed.

Day 7: Moisturize as needed.

Don't forget to complete the routine by treating your hair with protein every month or every six to eight weeks if you are using a serious reconstructing treatment! Make sure you do a strand test to make sure you are not protein-sensitive.

Now that you have a sample regimen, tweak your own routine accordingly. Best of luck, and as they say, “May your fro grow and your skin glow!”

 Keshana @curl_castle

Spots Be Gone April 06, 2017 16:27

I really dislike the dark spots on my face. Each time I look in a mirror I am constantly reminded of how poorly I’ve treated my skin. What I wouldn’t give to have a smooth, flawless complexion. I have a few friends who are blessed with such skin and they are truly radiant.

I love my dark skin and accept some of the issues that come from not taking care of it. Dark spots or hyperpigmentation occurs as a result of trauma to the skin. As the skin heals it scars. When the scar fades the pigment in the area darkens.

So how does one treat the dark spots? Well first and foremost to remember is to be patient. Results will come, but not overnight. Here are some tips that will help.

-Treat scars as soon as they happen. Using vitamin E will go a long way to healing scars

-Don’t pick at acne or old scars (I am so bad for this)

-Clean face thoroughly. Make sure you get everything off

- Avoid touching your face except to clean it or apply makeup

-Use a honey mask to help fade dark spots. Apply on clean face and wash off after 10-15 minutes

-Before going to bed dab lemon juice on your spots, only on the spots.

Let's Talk Hair! March 16, 2017 13:00

Can we talk hair? Lately I’ve been perusing Pinterest for cool hair styles and tips.  I have curly hair and growing up it was the bane of my existence. I hated taking care of it. It was so difficult for me that I spent a good deal of time and money straightening it to make it easier to manage. I’ve since learned to accept my curls. Don’t get me wrong, I do pull out the flat iron every once in a while just for a change up.

The biggest concern with curly hair is tangling. I watched Disney’s Tangled last week and Rapunzel, my girl had no idea. To get a comb or even my fingers through my tiny tendrils meant using a great slippery conditioner and loading it on in the shower. Whichever one promised silky, lustrous hair I tried. Detangling was my biggest concern and I looked for products that had great slip.

It was then I discovered silicones. Silicones were great. I loved that they coated the hair making it easy for my comb to glide through my thick curls. I didn’t give it much thought beyond that until recently. Question: what exactly do silicones do anyway and are they good for my hair? 

Silicones are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water. They don’t let water in or out and coat the hair shaft to make it appear sleeker, frizz free and healthier. They do not wash off easily, which causes build up and means more frequent washing and clarifying. They also add a bit of weight to give fine, fragile hair substance. They are drying and do not help or add anything beneficial to your hair. The truth is they only provide a temporary smoothing

So now what was I supposed to do? I needed a conditioner and something with slip, but I wanted to avoid silicones. My hair is fragile and too much washing wouldn’t be good. Co-washing is a good idea (I’ll discuss that more in another blog), but posed a similar problem. I needed a something that would work on my hair.

I’ve searched around and have found some silicone-free conditioners that actually work for my hair. I stress my hair, because what works for one, may not work for another. I admit it’s been a fairly recent find and I’m still testing it out. I’ll keep you posted on how things turn out. For the meantime though, I think my tiny tendrils are happier.

How We Do Soap February 16, 2017 13:00

When we step into the shower and reach for the soap how much thought do we really put into that sudsy little bar? At Joa Bath and Body we put quite a bit of thought into it, from the exotic base oils to the fragrances. We want our product to be just right.

Yes, we use lye, but if you remember chemistry class, once you mix the oils with an alkali, a chemical reaction takes place and the two components you started with become something completely different – soap.  Oh yeah and glycerin, a natural by-product of the soap making process. The glycerin can be removed through more processing to remove the glycerin, but we like to live it in. It’s a humectant [hyoo-mek-tuh nt]  a substance that absorbs or helps another substance retain moisture.

What do you like in a bar of soap? Do you like your soap to be pretty and posh or functional and practical. We’d love to hear your opinion. Please post in the comment section below.

Isn't Shea Amazing! February 09, 2017 19:30

Shea Butter is excellent. This unassuming little gem contains vitamin A, vitamin E, fatty acids, and more. All of which are great for your skin.The butter from this nut is produced by women in western Africa through an age long process that's passed down from generation to generation.Shea butter production provides economic opportunities for women and girls in these regions while helping to protect the environment.

We put shea butter in our:
Ohemaa Body Scrub
Goddess Body Scrub
Indulgence Body Soufflé
Delightful Body Soufflé
Pure Body Soufflé 
Retreat Body Soufflé 
Decadence Body Soufflé
Delightful Body Lotion
Indulgence Body Lotion
Pure Body Lotion
Retreat Body Lotion

Order one of these today and see how good it is for yourself.

Get Your Skin Into Routine March 10, 2016 13:00


Having a morning and evening skin care routine is essential to great skin. It doesn’t have to be complicate, but must be consistent and geared to your individual skin care needs. Remember, what works for one person, may not necessarily work for the next. Morning and evening start with the basic (and most important) which are:

  • Cleanse: Clean skin is healthy skin. You’d be surprised how much our face picks up during the day from dirty fingers transferring bacteria, to general air pollution. At night a lot of oils come to the surface of our skin and need to be cleaned off.
  • Moisturize:  Moisturize your skin to avoid it drying out. Moisturizers especially should be geared to your skin type, dry, oily, in between, or normal.
  • SPF: The sun is can wreak havoc on skin and also cause serious damage like skin cancer. Always use some form of sunscreen before going outdoors even in the winter.

Optional steps that are geared toward your specific skin type:

  • Tone: After cleansing and before moisturizing you may choose to tone. Use and non-alcohol based toner. Toner will clean away any residue from the cleanser, although a good quality cleanser should clean away completely with water. Toning resets the pH balance of your face.
  • Serum: Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper into the skin. Serums are very concentrated so a little goes a long way. It’s best to avoid this step if you have a pre-existing skin condition. Apply gently on dry skin (allow skin to dry completely) before moisturizing using 1 or 2 fingers. Wait 3 minutes before applying moisturizer.

Once you establish a daily routine here are some steps to add on a weekly rotation:

  • Facial Mask/Scrub: 1-2 times a week use a facial mask or a scrub after cleansing and before toning and moisturizing. Remember in everything to have balance so alternate between masks and scrubs. Pay attention to the current needs of the skin. In the winter your skin may require more hydration so use a hydrating mask.
  • Steaming: There is a lot of conflicting reports regarding this step. Should you or shouldn’t you steam your face. I think done properly it is a good step. This step would come after cleansing and before using a facial mask, or toning and moisturizing. It is not recommend to steam if you are using a scrub. Doing both may cause irritation. Steaming softens your skin, opens your pores, and also loosens dirt making a mask more effective.

There you have it. They may seem like a lot of steps and we’re are already very busy, however we need to take care of ourselves so we can fully enjoy our lives. Take the time to be good to yourself.

No More Bad Hair Days February 25, 2016 16:00

bad hair days

Is you hair dry and brittle? Do you suffer from split ends? Does your hair need moisture? Curly girls pay attention.

The usual answer for dry brittle hair is more moisture, right? Have you ever tried a moisture shampoo and conditioner and found it didn't work. Then you move on to the next product, then the next, then the next. After failed attempts to get your hair to behave and not feel so brittle, you figure trying a natural conditioner will help. You may get some relief, but it's not treating the problem.

It's possible that your hair needs protein. Our hair is made up of protein and when it is out of balance hair can feel dry and will break, which leads to killer split ends and many bad hair days.

Try a deep protein conditioning treatment. You should be doing a deep conditioning treatment every 2 weeks or so as part of your regular hair care regime (don't have a regime, we'll cover that later). Keep doing the protein treatments until your hair starts to look alive again. The split ends should probably be trimmed.

Once your hair is back on track you can re-introduce the moisture deep conditioning. I suggest alternating between the two for balance. This may take a bit of trial and error, but that's okay. We are all unique and we may need to tweak things to make it just right.




Time To Bake February 18, 2016 17:45

This week we got a record snowfall. In fact we were literally dumped on. The whole place looked like a picture out of Narnia. Pretty though it was, it was a beast to drive in. All I wanted was to be curled up in front of a warm fire with some tea and a treat. I decided to make some muffins. Below is the recipe I came up with. If you try it for yourself, please leave a comment below to let me know how it worked for you.

Raisin and Apple Muffins (I need to come up with a more creative name)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup wheat bran

1/2 cup boiling water

2/3 cup cane sugar

2 tbsp ground flax seed

1/2 cup each raisins (soaked in warm water) and shredded apple

1/4 cup oil

1 cup almond milk (or other milk or milk alternative)

Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix flax seeds with boiling water and set aside. 

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add wheat bran and sugar and mix well. 

In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, oil, flax seed and water mixture, raisins, and apple. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Make sure you get all the flour left on the bottom of the bowl. 

Scoop into lightly greased or paper lined muffin tins.Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I'd post pictures as well, but once the gang got a hold of them, they didn't last. Better luck next time.





Holiday Pop Up December 12, 2015 19:59

For two days only we'll be opening our doors for our holiday pop up. If you are in the Ottawa area come see us at 129 Holland Ave. Doors open at 9:00 am.

December 16 and 17


Paying It Forward October 15, 2015 14:30

Imagine for a moment living in fear for your life and the lives of your children. What would it be like if your only chance of survival was to leave your home and everything in it and run to a safe house. What if the reason you had to leave was because someone you trusted threatened your very existence. What would you do?

Each year, women (and men) take a courageous step towards living a fuller life and walking away from unsafe environments in their homes. Because of the nature of the situation, many leave with only the clothes on their backs and are often scared and confused. It is not an easy decision to leave, especially with children in tow.

There are so many things that are needed for someone to get back on their feet and to start living again. We at Joa Bath and Body want to help. 

With every purchase that is made we will donate a bar of soap to a local women's shelter. It's our small way of showing that we care. 

"You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." .... John Wooden.


Baby Be Good To Me June 29, 2015 14:20

Spa settingThe month of June is almost over and I am exhausted. It seems that this month is always packed with so many activities (and I thought December was bad with the holiday rush). Between graduations, weddings, baby showers, and the general excitement of summer, I have to say I'm pretty wiped out. I know some of you are too. 

In all the hustle and bustle of it all, have we taken time to be good to ourselves. We must never forget to take a bit of time out of our insanely busy schedules for rejuvenation. If we don't we will crash and burn. One way to do that is visit a day spa, if you can. I think I'm going to definitely try that. I did some research online and here are my choices for natural day spas. I will post a review if and when I visit one of them. If you get there before I do, I'd love to hear your review.

Bamboo Day Spa

Natural Balance Day Spa

Eco-Honey Bee Spa

Scandinave Spa - Blue Mountain

Rosemount Inn & Spa

To Frizz or Not To Frizz June 22, 2015 11:00

I love the summer and all that it has to offer. Although when the humidity is high I dread the "Frizz". Frizzy hair that is (not Ms. Frizzle of Magic School Bus Fame - I loved that show). Well I found this recipe and will give it a try. Who knows, this may work?

Mash together well:      

1 ripe banana  

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp coconut milk

Mix very well and apply to damp hair. Massage well. Cover with a shower cap and allow it to sit for 30 min. Rinse out well then shampoo as usual.