Are you looking for ways to brighten the interior of your home? Maybe you’re ready to bring a little greenery indoors. You might even be looking for a way to get a jump start on the beauty of spring. Houseplants are a simple, affordable solution to all those circumstances. They’re more than decorative. They can also purify the air in your home and destress it as well. Here are five houseplants that you’ll love to look at, breath in, and enjoy.
- The Tried & True Ficus
Ficus houseplants have been popular for generations. They’re noted for their striking appearance as much as they are for their ability to purify indoor air. The Ficus is easy to care for, thrives even in indirect sunlight, and doesn’t require daily watering. A light misting will keep it looking good, cleansing your air and adding to your décor.
- The Beautiful Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palms help you bring a tropical feel to your home, while also reducing the airborne formaldehyde that frequently accompanies new furniture additions to your home. It doesn’t require a lot of sunlight – it actually prefers low light – and even thrives in higher humidity. Just be careful not to water the Bamboo Palm too frequently and it’ll add season after season of tropical delight to your home.
- The Versatile Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera houseplants flourish in moist soil, so they make regular watering a necessity. They have a variety of benefits that make them worthwhile additions to your home, though. When we say the Aloe Vera is versatile, we mean it! You can cut a small piece off your Aloe Vera plant to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, its cuttings can grow new Aloe Vera houseplants, and it adds a touch of unusual beauty to any décor.
- The Cleansing Chinese Evergreen
Noted for their ability to clear the air, the Chinese Evergreen is an amazingly functional houseplant. It likes well-drained soil and indirect sunlight. For very little hands-on care, it has cleansing properties that are even noted by NASA! If clean air, a cool appearance, and lowered stress are what you’re looking for, the Chinese Evergreen is what you want. They also increase your home’s humidity levels and help reduce instances of respiratory ailments.
- The Lovely Peace Lily
Not only is the Peace Lily singularly lovely, it also removes mold from the air inside your home. It does well in any room of the home – including bathrooms and kitchens – and is super simple to care for. The Peace Lily is hardy and robust and has a telltale droop that signals you when its ready for additional watering. It significantly reduces the levels of toxins in the air and makes your home healthier, which is sure make your whole family happier.
While these five houseplants are good for your health, they’re also aesthetically appealing. That means they freshen the air, freshen the look, and bring the beauty of the great outdoors right into your home. Choose one or more of the houseplants on our list to add serenity to your home and turn it into the relaxing sanctuary you’ve longed for.
Top 5 Questions to ask a Hairstylist
Did you recently move? Started your natural hair journey or just ready for something new? Then you may be on the journey of looking for a hairstylist. When my client’s would relocate, I could see the fear and the discomfort of finding someone new to care for their tresses. Here’s a quick and simple guide to help you on this journey. Communicating with your stylist is vital to building a positive stylist/ client relationship. Clarity is also very crucial! When you go to meet a stylist for the first time, be clear on what you want and feel free to ask questions. Here are a few questions that may help you decide whether a stylist or style is right for you.
How long have you been styling hair and may I see your portfolio?
Although there are many talented stylists that do excellent work out there, it’s still really important to get some history from your prospective stylist to get an understanding of their experience with hair. Asking to see the stylist’s work is very important. We all need a visual example of what style we want and it also gives you a chance to see the quality of work before you decide to go forward. No one wants to be a test dummy and walk out of a salon looking like who knows what!! The great news is a lot of stylists have their work online, but it’s still not out of the question to ask to see more pictures.
What products do you use, and what type of services do you provide?
It’s important to know what type of products the stylist uses. You want to make sure they use quality products with quality ingredients. It’s also good to know what products they use, because it could be a product you tried before, and didn’t like for your hair. “Product Talk” is a great way to start the conversation about your hair…who can’t go on about products for hours; keep both you and stylist time in mind and try your best to keep it short and sweet. Asking what services the stylist provides is a great way to save your self-time and energy. Different stylists have different specialties, asking about services will lead you in the right direction.
What are your hours?
Make sure your stylist’s hours of operation work with your schedule. The person can be an amazing stylist but if the available appointments don’t work for your schedule, then that’s not the stylist for you. Trying to squeeze in an appointment, that doesn’t fit with your schedule, can be stressful, so keep this in mind when asking your questions, you will thank me later!
What are my style options?
Your stylist should be able to give different style option to compliment your length, texture and facial structure. You may have a style in mind that may not work for your texture or length. Even though you’re the one asking the questions, be open to suggestions of other styles that the stylist feels will work best for you.
What are my at Home Care and Up Keep options?
Do you want a style that last a week or 3 weeks? Do you want a style that you don’t have to manipulate at all or do you want a style you don’t mind doing something to everyday, to maintain its longevity? Asking about at home care and how to keep your style up will help you make a clear decision on whether a particular style is really functional for your lifestyle.
Now that you’re well equipped with your questions, use them as a tool to make finding the perfect style or stylist smooth and easy. Let these questions guide you on your journey and trust that it will lead you in the right direction.