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

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.

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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.

Finally…my 1st set of twists that I can wear out

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My hair has suffered from the Dominican blowout. I washed it out on Tuesday and have had the worst hair week ever. I washed last night with Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo, which I am now convinced that I do not like. If anyone wants it and you are in the Memphis area you can have it.

After shampooing, I applied the remainder of the Monoi hair mask. I reviewed it once before, and I really enjoyed it this time.  I’m thinking of actually purchasing the shampoo and mask since I have so much breakage now.   The smell was lovely and it left my hair really soft. I ended up leaving in overnight because I was too tired to finish my hair.

This morning, I detangled and rinsed out the mask and something in me prompted me to twist. I definitely wasn’t planning it. It didn’t take as long either, only about two hours. I’ve twisted my hair in the past and it was an all day event.

I like this set much better than the one I did in January. Then, I did not like them and felt as if I had to put them up. The ones I did today I feel I can wear out. I’m going to try to keep them in for two weeks, but knowing me that’s pretty hard to do.

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First Blow Dry plus Braidout on Stretched Hair

Last week I washed my hair and something prompted me to blow dry it to see what it would look like.  I didn’t get a picture of my hair right after blowdrying because I braided each section after drying.

I used a regular blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, Kimmaytube’s leave in, and Generic Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum as a heat protectant.  This combo left my hair so soft y’all!!!  Every time I decide to blow dry my hair this will definitely be the combo for me!  The pic below was taken after I blowdried and left my hair braided for two hours.  I had to go out so I took them down.

The method I used was the tension method that I learned about from one of my favorite You Tuber’s MsVCharles.

When I got home later that evening, I braided it back up and wore the braids for two days.  When I had to go to work on Monday, I took them down and this is what I got…

My students figured that I was either wearing a wig or had gotten a relaxer.  They were shocked to see my hair look much longer, especially after seeing it in its shrunken state for so long.

I was very pleased with the results of my hair and debated incorporating a blow dry into my weekly routine.  For now I have decided against weekly blowdrying because I am challenging myself to retain length and to have the healthiest hair I possibly can.  I want to try mini-twists again and see how they work for me this time around.

I Have A Puff Now!!!

I have finally achieved a puff that does not look completely awkward.  Yay me!  My hair seems to be growing so fast!

The back (texture shot)

Tonight I co-washed with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, used a bit of the condish as a leave in, and applied Oyin Sugar Berries Pomade.  I smell scrumptious and I look cute!

OYIN Handmade Black Friday Sale

The Oyin Handmade Black Friday sale ends tomorrow at midnight!  In this sale, all items are 20% off and you can get free shipping with a purchase of $60 or more by using the code “thankyou2011”.

I tried this brand out when I went natural a few years ago and have been dying for a chance to try them again.  What did I order???  You’ll have to wait and see!

If you are an Oyin honey, you should definitely take advantage of this deal.  Even if you have not tried it before, now is a good time to try them out.  They have lots of samplers and gift sets as well.

Mi-Me Handmade: Ayurvedic Deep Conditioner

Check out the video below…

As a reminder of what this smells like…

Old School Photo from first napptural experience...Qhemet Biologics Olive Cream Detangling Conditioner

This conditioner is available in a 4 oz size for $12.  The ingredients are coconut oil, amla, aritha, bhringraj,
& shikakai powders, honey & avocado butter.   This conditioner has a shelf life of 6 months.

My hair is so soft after using this.  Since I’ve picked up this sample, I have been looking forward to the weekends, just so I can wash my hair to use it.  I still wish it was more creamy, but the texture of this product is slowly growing on me.

Happy Deep Conditioning!

falling in love with my twa!

I truly have.  I didn’t feel this way the first time I went natural.  I don’t know if it is due to watching you tube and appreciating my hair more or what, but I’m digging this hair!

My texture is very strange…spongy in the front, slightly more loose curls in the crown, very loose curls in my kitchen, and tight corkscrews and curls everywhere else.

And if you are one of the ones that think your hair is too nappy to go natural…YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR TRUE TEXTURE UNTIL YOU CHOP IT OFF!  The parts of my hair that were the “nappiest” when I was relaxed, are the places with my looser curls.

Every morning when I look in the mirror, I feel so free and BEAUTIFUL!!!  And although I’m rocking a twa, I think I see hair growth.  I didn’t do length shots on the day of my BC, but I did this month and I will do comparisons in May when it will be three months after the BC.

loving my twa!

2nd BC Reveal

So this past weekend I have been really feeling myself.  So much so that I did not even bother to wear my wig – except on a date.

I woke up this morning really dreading putting on my wig.  Then it came to me that I did not have to wear it.  I felt that as long as I thought it was cute was all that mattered.

Below are some weekend pics of my hair.  The white stuff is a combination of gel and leave-in conditioner.

All is good now!

Transitioning to Natural

Recently I did the BC due to an unfortunate event with microbraids being glued to my natural hair.

See what I mean?

I didn’t get to do the long transition like I wanted to, but now that I have BC’d I realize that if I were to transition the one I would change is to…

Treat my hair as if I am already natural.  I’ve heard people say this, but I did not think it was possible.  Once I did the BC, I went online to do research and realized that a lot of the tips I could have begun already.

 

I learned so much from watching Kimmaytube’s YouTube channel.  It was through watching her videos that I really learned about the basics of hair structure and properties.  I have read books in the past, but Kimmaytube has some visuals that really hit home.

I have been terrified to reveal my hair simply because I do not like it YET.  Once I am comfortable with it I will reveal.  I know one thing though, I have no plans on going back to the relaxer or using heat in my hair for a long time.  Until I’m ready to reveal, I’ll wear wigs to get by.