How I Got A Super Defined Twistout…

During Christmas break I went to Maryland to visit my best friend and decided to leave my wig at home. During this time I experienced my best twistout so far! Since then, I’ve tried other combinations to get similar results and nothing else has worked. So I figure it must the the product combo I used from my favorite line, Oyin Handmade.



I started on freshly washed hair and applied Oyin Hair Dew as my leave-in. I followed by applying Oyin’s Boing next. Boing is completely new to me and is meant to be an all purpose product (moisturizer and hold). Finally I applied Oyin’s Shine and Define and proceeded to twist. My twisting method and process was the same.

The result was super soft hair with excellent hold that looked like a straw set. My hair was also shiny and just looked so good! On that trip I ran out of Shine and Define, so once I got back I tried duplicating the results with various gels and nothing else worked. The only thing I did not like about the Oyin combo is that it started to cause build up during the week, mainly due to the Boing product and me reapplying product/twisting each night.

These results are definitely worth trying again and I will do so once I’m done using up some of my other products.

Updated…a few months later…I received a product in my CurlBox and got similar results, but without buildup. The product is EcoCocktail and I believe it is by the same people that make the Eco Styler Gel. The only downside is that I have not been able to find this product in any of the stores in my area.

6 Month Update and Flat Iron (November 2014)

A few weeks ago I was bored and decided to get my hair straightened.  It just so happened to be my 6 month mark, so it was good for a length check also.  I went to Wal-Mart and saw a black girl with natural hair, so I figured that she would be able to straighten my hair well.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

After washing my hair, she proceeded to put me under the hooded dryer to have my hair dry.  With my tightly coiled hair, I knew this was a recipe for disaster and asked her to blow dry my hair instead.  She did, but I wasn’t really satisfied with her process.  I had to direct her on how to straighten my hair and she was the stylist!

I asked for a trim also and of course she gave me a cut.  When I left there, I felt like an old aunt or grandma.  I was definitely not pleased.

I kept it straightened for a few days.  I bought some small rollers from Sally’s so I wouldn’t have to put heat on it daily.  My bangs are pretty short, so I twisted the front and this is how I wore it.


When I washed my hair, all my curls came back with no problem.  I used the Keracare Hydrating Shampoo and the Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner.  I used that conditioner because it us full of protein and I always like to infuse protein back in my hair after using lots of heat because it helps my curls come back.  My hair was super soft afterwards and I was happy with my hair again.

Wash Day + Blowout


Last weekend I didn’t have to work so I decided to blow out my hair and try a hot oil treatment. I used the Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary for my hot oil treatment.  I have to say that … Continue reading

Wash day regimen + Routine Update (4 to 6 months)

I wore my hair out for a little while and then decided to go back to wearing my wig daily.  While sitting under the dryer deep conditioning I figured why not document what I’m doing now. 

The players…..


I do this process once a week, usually on the weekends.
1. Cowash hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash.
2. Deep condition with heat for at least 20 minutes with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner.
3. Apply Oyin Hair Dew as a leave-in.
4. Seal and twist hair using Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade.
***Tonight will be my first night using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil in months.****

Sometimes I will switch products, but the process and steps are always the same.  I wear a satin bonnet to bed and don’t touch my hair again until the next wash day. 

Having a busy schedule really helps to distract me from having hand-in-fro syndrome.  Wash days are when I take the time to really play in my hair.  At week’s end my hair is still really moisturized without adding any extra product during the week. 


What is your wash day routine?  What are some of your favorite products to use?

Big Chop Files…Summer Haircare Regimen and Products

It’s been a little over a month (going on 2 months now) since my 3rd big chop and my regimen since has been super simple. I rarely manipulate my hair and it has grown so much already. I’ve been wearing a wig daily, but i wanted to document what I use on my actual hair.  I must mention that I do not moisturize and seal daily…more like on wash day only.



1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary – I found this at Sally Beauty Supply and it was the last one so I snatched it up.  I use it on my edges occasionally.

2. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus CoWash – I didn’t bring my cowash from home because I planned on buying a cheap Suave conditioner.  I couldn’t find the one I like, so I purchased this instead.  I co-wash once a week, usually on the weekend.

3. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In – This was a staple when I was relaxed and I have a lot left so I’m trying to use it up.  I like it on my natural hair too.

4. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter – Another product from my relaxed days.  I apply this after the leave-in.20140621-230106-82866302.jpg

5. Satin Bonnet – A must for bed.

6. Silk Elements Liquid Styling Gel – I actually got this for free when I purchased the JBCO from Sally’s.  This stuff is really moisturizing!

7. Shampoo Brush – I use this to detangle my hair on wash days.


So my regimen is to co-wash, apply leave-in, moisturize/seal, and apply gel since it has extra moisturizing properties.  I sleep with my satin bonnet each night and I don’t use anything on my hair during the week – I simply plop my wig on and go.

The products will definitely change as I use things up and the regimen will change as my hair gets longer, but this is it for now.

Written March 26, 2013….some things have changed but I’ll address it later…
Last month I realized that I did not blog for the entire year of 2013.  
The entire year…wow.  
The year went by so quickly that I didn’t even notice.  Lots of things happened during that time…some great and some really really bad.  I have to say that most of the year I was extremely depressed due to a bad relationship and infidelity.  
Man it took me forever to get out of that funk, with forever being just a few weeks ago.
On the flip side, I have accomplished so many things, life changing things, that I once deemed impossible.  I was able to leave my teaching job and got accepted to pharmacy school.  Attending school required me to move eight hours across the state to the mountains.  I completed my very first 5k although it took a little while.  Finally, I’m active in many organizations in school from which I am learning so much.
Now I’m back and my main problem is that I’m not making time for me, not making time to live.  I have gained so much weight and am currently sitting at the highest I’ve ever been and at a place I  said I would never be.  I don’t wear makeup at all anymore and my life has just fallen into pieces.  I feel myself backsliding and I can’t go back to who I once was because I’ve made so much progress over the years.
With all of this being said, I’m going to use this space to focus on my journey to becoming the best me possible.  I will still talk about hair and makeup, but I am also going to focus on my health.  I realize that there are many people going through what I may be going through, not only with weight, but with other conditions also.  
I encourage anyone reading to please feel free to comment and share.  I plan on posting at least once a week.  I only ask that you don’t preach.  Over the years I’ve seen numerous doctors and nutritionists.  I’ve always known what to do, I just never cared enough to do what I need to do.  I am not interested in meal shakes, quick fixes, or fad diets.  I am changing my life, not just the number on the scale.
Thanks for reading…

Wash day…after the twists


Yesterday I took out my senegalese twists and was excited to give my hair a good cleaning.  Unfortunately, it really didn’t turn out that way.

1.  I washed with the Suave Rosemary Mint shampoo thinking that because it is a sulfate shampoo my hair would get really clean.  I found out later that was not the case.  It could also be due to the fact that I was being lazy and washed my hair as a whole in the sink as opposed to sections.

2.  I deep conditioned with Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Conditioning Treatment.  This stuff smells exactly like Nexxus Humectress and my hair smells like it still the next day.  It was my first time using this conditioner and I think I should have just used the Aphogee Two Step Treatment.  I may do that next week actually…maybe…

3.  I detangled my hair with a comb for once using the Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee sample.  I really didn’t care for it as I’ve used better detangling products.  I used a wide tooth shower comb to detangle.

4.  I applied Qhemet’s Burdoct Root Butter Cream to moisturize and when I used up my teeny tiny sample, I started using the Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream.

5.  I combed each section of hair with a fine tooth comb before two strand twisting.  I wanted to make sure all the knots and tangles were out from having my twists in so long.  I rubbed a little coconut oil all over my hair to seal when I was done.

The result:  This morning my hair was extremely soft.  Too soft.  I now know what people mean when they say their hair is mushy because that is exactly how mine was this morning.  I did not like it.  And to top it off, my hair is still dirty and dull as ever!  The twistout was just horrid so I wore it in a ponytail.  I hope this gets better soon.