Chef & I talk about our immune system

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Check out this video below to get some tips from the chef and the wigmaker

How to Survive Coronavirus as a Small Business

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know Coronavirus is affecting people worldwide. Not just people, but businesses as well, perhaps yours.

Some small businesses depend on suppliers from China to send products. Shipments of goods are being held up at ports because manufacturers want to keep their workforce healthy.

If your business is affected by Coronavirus with delayed or stopped shipments  I want to offer a few tips on how to get through this.

Look for New Suppliers

Luckily China, is not the only supplier of goods. There are Indian vendors and vendors in other countries that may have what your business needs, at the same price or cheaper.

Alibaba is a China based company, however, you can select which countries to search for goods. After entering the product in the search tab, a list of suppliers appears. In the category tab, at the far left there’s an option to select country. Check to see if there are suppliers outside of China.

Google Search

A simple Google search can yield surprising results. As a small business, you know exactly what supplies you need.

If you sell jade face rollers, for example, search Google for jade face roller suppliers. A list will appear. Scroll through the list to see what suppliers come up. Send an email or call to get business specifics.

Diversify

Is there something else you can sell? A different product perhaps, or can you package your knowledge about small business and sell that.

The specialized skills you’ve acquired to run your business are valuable. If you’ve thought about packaging your knowledge and selling it, now’s the time.

If there are other business ideas brewing, try those out. Look around your warehouse and workshop. There could be surplus of supplies that someone else needs. Sell it.

Communicate

Do you stay in contact with customers through newsletter  email, blog posts or social media? If so, keep them in the loop about what’s going on with business.

Let them know how you’re working to get shipments out on time, or what the status of an order is. Thank them for their business, and patience as your company works through this challenge. Reach out to your network of customers if you need help with something. There’s strength in community.

Stay Calm

It’s easy to panic when the bread and butter of your business, supply, is affected. It’s the way you put food on the table and feed your family, that’s no joke. Let’s get through this together.

First things first, take a deep breath. Trust God that your business will survive this. This isn’t the first time a pandemic has threatened business. Somebody else has experienced a similar challenge, and made it through. So will you, and your business.

Believe that there’s a solution or work around for this challenge, you WILL find it, and make it out on the other side. You’ll survive, with a story to share with the next business owner about braving challenging times.

Top 10 Self Help Books

As business owners, it’s important to keep our minds sharp. Of course maintaining a busy household with three children, a healthy marriage and a business keep us on our toes. However, we also love good books, and consider authors our mentors. We have a few good ones that we reference often to help us stay motivated and to pull from in times of need. If you’re into good reads, here’s our list.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

By: Dr. Joseph Murphy

This book changed our lives tremendously. It was the first book that we started reading that made us aware of the importance of mental state along the journey called life. It’s about how our thoughts become things and make us the masters of our destiny. Our copy is so tattered from regular reading. I think we read it once a quarter.

The Travelers Gift

By: Andy Andrews

This is one of Chef Ed’s favorites. The premise of the book is faith based. In the book there’s a warehouse filled with ideas and prototypes that people started and abandoned. It’s a reminder of how important it is to keep going, and striving everyday toward your dreams and goals. Because you don’t know how close you are to success. Keep going!

The Psychology of Selling

By: Brian Tracy

This book was paramount to Jane’s success as a shoe saleswoman. When she first started in a commissioned sales environment this book taught her everything. After reading the book, she watched her sales increase from 20 percent to 30 percent and just keep climbing. It breaks down how selling is psychological, habits and how to ask for the sale confidently. How to bring your most confident self into the sales environment and win every time.

The Four Hour Work Week

By: Timothy Ferriss

This book is full of gems for the person that’s ready to start a business, but has a full time job. The author offers tips on time management, and how to leave the 9 to 5 life for more joy and fulfillment. We recommend this to any entrepreneurs out there.

The Money Makeover

By: Dave Ramsey

This book was the wake up call we needed as entrepreneurs, parents and just regular people. We got it on audio and felt like the author Dave Ramsey was speaking directly to us. This book is about being conscious consumers and asking yourself if you really need that three dollar cup of coffee everyday. We cut up a few credit cards after reading this book.

Crush It! and Crushing It!

By: Gary Vaynerchuk

We consider Gary one of our mentors. Keep in mind, a mentor doesn’t have to be someone that you actually talk to in person. We follow him on social media but grabbed this book. It provides insight into e-commerce and how to maximize profits in the online marketplace. We recommend reading Crush It first then, Crushing It after. You won’t be disappointed.

Girl Boss

By: Sophia Amoruso

A great read about how the author went from being broke and unable to make rent to being the owner of multi-million dollar brand Nasty Gal. She started with a few dollars in her pocket reselling items she found in a thrift store. She just kept going, bucking tradition and changed they way that online sellers do business. Grab your copy, girl boss.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

By: Dale Carnegie

This is a great resource to learn how to navigate through life. You meet people everyday as you go about your chores and list of to-do’s. This book is about connection and how to grow a network of people who can assist you in this life journey.

48 Laws of Power

By: Robert Greene

Another book that Jane picked up along her commission sales journey. This book talks about hierarchy and how to thrive in certain environments. In this book, the author draws from the different philosophies of great people from the past. He shows you what thought processes they used to ‘win’ and how you can too.

Profit First

By: Mike Michalowicz

This might be the only book you need in your life. It borrows from the concept of how people used to put money in different envelopes for things like groceries, rent, car repair, etc. And how you don’t dip into the envelope until you need the money. Allocating money to different accounts twice a week and watching your money work for you, instead of the other way around. It’s a great resource, maybe the only book you need.

Maintaining Moisture for Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, you already know the struggle to keep it healthy and full of moisture. The fact that the hair shaft is curly makes it challenging for products to penetrate. Applying products formulated for curly hair regularly like, 2 Mango Sisters, is only a small part of keeping your hair healthy and full of moisture. Here are a few other things to try to maintain a healthy curly mane.

Sleep on Satin

If you don’t own a satin bonnet already, run, don’t walk, to your nearest beauty supply to grab one. If you feel like you’re applying product day after day to still wake up to dry hair, it could be your pillow case. Standard pillow cases are usually cotton, which dries the hair out. Night after night of sleeping on cotton pillowcases result in product being sucked right out of your hair and into your pillowcase. The best way to combat that moisture loss is with satin while you sleep.

As mentioned, you can find a satin bonnet at your local beauty supply. The best options are ones that are tension free around the hairline. Avoid elastics or bands that sit on the hairline and have the potential to rub or cause friction and hair loss as you sleep. The satin pillowcase is the easiest option as there’s nothing to worry about keeping on your head through the night.

Oils to Seal

Once you’ve applied moisturizing product to the hair, you need to seal it in with an oil. The 2 Mango Sisters Set of hair softener and moisturizing oil are great options for maintaining all the post shampoo and conditioner moisture you need.

If you apply a conditioner that you rinse out, you’re going to need an oil to lock in whatever moisture remaining. A great oil penetrates the hair shaft to enhance moisture or seals in moisture that’s already there. If this is a new step for you, see if you notice the difference.

Ingredient LIst

Check the ingredient list of your favorite products. Contents like alcohol might be the reason your curls are starving. In addition to isopropyl alcohol, parabens, sulfates and mineral oils are damaging to the hair and your body. When reading labels for hair products, note products at the beginning of the list. These ingredients are most abundant in the product you’re using.

Opt for vegan hair products and things with natural and beneficial oils. Maracua, brazil nut, shea, and coconut oils are all great options for curls.

These are just a few tips for maintaining your curly tresses. There are other things you can do like getting regular trims and using less heat to improve the health of your hair. Keep in mind also that what you put into your body shows up in the appearance of your skin and hair. Eat fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and take the extra steps listed above for happy, healthy hair.

FRONTAL VS CLOSURE??

Frontal vs Closure

If you’re new to perucas (WIGS), you might be wondering, what’s the difference between a frontal vs closure. And which is the best option for me. This article is here to answer your questions.
Both closures and frontals are designed to achieve a natural look. Whether you’re wearing a weave or wig, the ultimate goal is for it to look as natural as possible.

Frontals

There are three types of frontals to choose from. Standard for all frontals though, is the length and width. All frontals, regardless of which one you choose is 13” long from ear to ear, and 4” to 6” from front to back.

The all lace frontal is as the name states, all lace. Of the three types, this look is the most natural. Sewing, is the best way to secure this option.

The other frontal options are all lace with a 4 x 4 strip of silk in the middle, and all silk. The all lace with silk is great for middle parting. While the all silk frontal provides a nice look for parting and some of the most popular styles. The most popular  frontal is the all lace because it is the most natural because it lays super flat. It is also the most delicate.

Closure

There are two types of closures to choose from. The all silk 4 x 4 closure is the most realistic look. When parting, it looks like a nice natural scalp.

The other, all lace closure is ideal for messy parts, or for styles that look best when flat. With all lace you can do a sleek bob or voluminous mane. Another plus is all lace closures are less expensive than frontals.
If you want just a middle part or a side part I would suggest the closure but if you want a more versatile install that allows you to do side parts, middle parts, ninja buns and so much more then go for the frontal. I also want you to know that the frontals are more maintenance.

 

You are now armed with the knowledge of the best front piece option. Whether it’s the volume you seek, or something sleek, you know which option is best.