Saturday, December 25, 2010

6 Months post Big Chop

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope everyone is having a good, fun time :-) I just wanted to stop and let you all know that today marks six months since I big chopped. My hair is doing well. Growing nicely :-) So what's going on with it? My hair has been more dry than usual and I have decided to change my regimen for the winter. I will now be shampooing every two weeks and on the weeks when I don't use shampoo, I'll cowash. So I'm only doing one wash day per week now and I'll be deep conditioning after each wash. In between washes I will be moisturizing and sealing daily... Now what plans and goals do I have for the upcoming year? Starting January first, I will begin a castor oil challenge, applying castor oil to my scalp and massaging it in two times a week. This will be a 4 month long challenge, ending May first. I want to see some major growth and thickness this year! I will also be wearing wigs for the rest of the winter to protect my hair from the dry air. Another thing I want to start doing to my hair is henna treatments. I've been putting off buying the henna for a long time, so I'm going to order it online come January. With all the pampering I have planned for my hair in 2011, I just might reach APL before 2012! This isn't a goal I have set in stone, it's just tentative. So of course, I will be updating as my hair goes through what it goes through... And here are some pics for you :-)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My 1st set of twists!

I was really bored with my hair, so I decided to try some twists. I've been wanting to do them for a while and I'm close to 6 months post BC, so here they are! They came out really loose 'cause my hair is so loosely curled but I think they're cute! I used some Redken Grit Wax as well as some Smooth and Shine Curl Activator gel on each twist. It took me an hour to do them. So I'll be keeping them in for as long as they stay. For maintenance: At night, I'll just wear a bonnet and in the morning, I'll spray a moisturizing mixture on them. Y'all tell me what you think :-)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My new wig!

I bought it! I went to the BSS and it took me about 5 minutes to pick out the wig I bought.
Style: Bali Girl
Color: TP4/27
I love it! Let me know what you think :-)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Considering a wig!

So I've never worn a wig before and I actually used to think "Why??" when I saw other women wearing them. But now winter is here and I'm rocking a TWA, which means that I don't have many options for protective styling. I was at the new beauty supply store at the mall and they have a wall with various wigs on it. There was a woman trying on wigs and they had some very nice ones there. I was sort of embarassed to go over and look but now I sort of regret that I didn't! I've been thinking about it a lot since then and this week, I'm going to go back to the BSS to take a look. Now that I'm actually typing up this blog post, I'm getting really excited about it. I'm going to go and look at the types of wigs they have and where the prices are at, then decide. Most likely, I'll want to get a longer wig with a bit of curl to it, maybe with bangs... Hmm... I will come back with an update for you all to tell and maybe show, what I decided.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Chocolate Hair Treatment

OK, so I haven't shopped at Curl Mart yet and I don't know when I will. But I did get one product from Komaza Care. The Coconut Curl Hair Lotion. The product didn't work so well on my dry hair but it's pretty good on damp hair. I did a full review on my YouTube channel... Then today I did a new treatment that I never tried before. I found a blog on Hairlista with a couple of Chocolate hair treatment recipes and I just had to try one! I really wanted to order a chocolate deep conditioner from Anita Grant but her products are just so expensive. So the one recipe I tried contains: Organic dark chocolate, plain yogurt and honey. When I mixed it up, it was more runny than I thought it would be but when I applied it to me hair, it felt creamy going on. So I applied it and put a plastic cap on, then left the mix on for 30 minutes. I would have left it on for an hour but it started to run down my neck and face. When I did rinse it out, my hair felt like it needed more than rinsing so I cowashed it out with VO5 Moisture Milks conditioner and my hair came out so very soft! I love this treatment and I'm so glad I tried it :-)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Upcoming Purchases

Well, well, well... My hair product stash is actually running out. Since going natural, I have thrown away a few products. I also gave some away to my sister. Just products that don't really work on my natural hair. My curls don't like the Organic Root Stimulator products anymore, so I'm moving on from those... and various others. So I'm going to order some stuff from Curl Mart. I'm gonna get some Darcy's Botanicals there, some Oyin Handmade heree... and so on. I'll also be purchasing the Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner I've heard good things about from like, everyone. I'm also going to try out the Komaza Care line. I'm still going to stick with my Dr. Bronner's mixture for a shampoo, so I'm not going to get a new cleanser. I'll also still be using drug store cowash conditioners. But I might try Oyin Handmade's Honey Hemp conditioner. We'll see what's in my cart once I get to the online checkout. Hopefully I'll get everything I need (and want;-) without breaking the bank. I'll be back to show y'all what I got! :-)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Aloe Vera Juice & Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

There are two products that I have incorporated into my regimen. Aloe Vera juice and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The AVJ, I have not used before and the EVCO, I have.
How I'll be using my AVJ: I will be using this product as a leave in after I wash my hair. I'm keeping it in a spray bottle and spritzing it in my hair before my leave in conditioner. Also, I will be mixing this with Dr. Bronner's Castile soap as a shampoo. I've only used the AVJ in my hair once so far as a leave in and it left my hair feeling very soft after I air dried.
How I'll be using my EVCO: Once a week, I will prepoo overnight with this, before I shampoo my hair on Saturdays. I'll also use this product as a sealing agent after I moisturize my hair. I'm keeping it in a color applicator bottle. The EVCO helps to strengthen the hair, preventing protein loss.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hair Update - 2 Months post BC!

So it's been a very long time since I've blogged and I sort of feel bad about it. But the truth is, it's a whole lot easier and quicker for me to just record and upload a YouTube video. I should be blogging more, but all I'll say is, I'll try...
OK, so Wednesday (8/25/2010) will be 2 whole months since I BCed! Time just flies, doesn't it? So far, things have been going well with my newly natural 'do and I'm figuring things out. When I first BCed, I was totally loving my hair and I still do love it but not because it's short, but just because it's all natural... And I don't have a set regimen set in stone but I have fallen into a routine: I cowash every day, shampoo once a week, DC 2X's a week and moisturize every night! Pretty darn simple huh?
I don't have much else to say about my regimen but I want to mention someone whose hair has really been inspiring me lately. She's a fellow Hairlista sister and fellow YouTuber: Nina Pruitt. She's been transitioning for a long time and her hair just continues to become more and more gorgeous each time she makes a new video!! At least, in my honest opinion. So I'm going to adopt some of her healthy hair practices and some products that she uses; such as Aloe Vera juice and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil! I love coconut oil, I just haven't used it in a while because I ran out and haven't gotten around to getting more... Yet.
So to sum up my first 2 months of being natural: It's been a learning experience... and I know, will continue to be! I'm so glad I did the BC and I love being natural :-)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Care of my TWA

Since my Big Chop, my regimen has changed a bit, so this post will be about my updated regimen. Some things have essentially stayed the same but being that my hair is much, much shorter as well as being in it's natural state now ( unrelaxed, undyed ), some things have changed.
Cleansing: I've been cowashing every day. I love VO5 Moisture Milks conditioner but when I went to stock up on conditioners, I decided to try something new. Now I'm totally loving Suave Naturals Pomegranate splash condish. As far as shampoo goes, I made my own mix with Dr. Bronner's castile soap, olive oil and water. So I use this once a week. I've clarified only once since BCing and I used and old favorite of mine which will now be bounced off my list. Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo. When my hair was relaxed, I loved this shampoo. It never stripped my hair but now it just leaves it so dry. Since I'm trying to use mostly natural and organic products now, I won't be clarifying regularly anymore.
Deep conditioning/prepooing: I haven't set a regular DC regimen. I've just done it when the mood hits. In the past 2 weeks since I BCed, it's only been 2, 3 times max. So I really need to step up my DCing! For protein, I'ved used my ORS hair mayo 1X. I didn't really like it on my natural hair, so when I run out, I'll purchase another protein treatment. Now for moisture, I've been using Natures Gate Jojoba Revitalizing conditioner.
Moisturizing: Silken Child's moisturizer is still working pretty well on my hair, but I'm only going to continue to use this until the bottle is gone. I ordered Bee Mine's Luscious moisturizer and it's on its way in the mail. I so can't wait to try it. After i moisturize, I seal with coconut oil.
As you can see, I've been keeping it very simple. I don't brush or comb my hair at all 'cause it doesn't need it. I love having such short hair!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I BCed!!

A little early I know, but i just couldn't wait any longer! Here's a pic:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Caring For My Braids so far

When I first got my braids put in, the next day, they were itching like crazy! I mean, this insane itch! I wasn't sure why they were itching so badly, so I ended up just washing them about 5 days later. I was going t wait a week but the itch was unbearable. When I washed them, the itch was relieved until the next day when the itch came back full force. So I went on the hair care forums I frequent and found out the reason why I was having this problem. Before the hair used for the braids was added, it should've been rinsed with an ACV solution to rid it of the chemicals. This was not done... So I was very disappointed to find this out because I spent a lot of money to get my hair done and I didn't want to have to take my braids out. I was also getting red areas on my scalp. So what did I do to remedy the situation? I got in the shower and sprayed an ACV solution all over my hair and scalp, let it sit and rinsed. Then I did it again and agai, and again... about 5 or 6 times. Then I shampooed my scalp with a mix of Dr. Bronner's Castile soap, olive oil and water. I waited 'til the next day to determine if the ACV rinses helped and the itchies are gone! Well, not completely but I think the little itch I do have now is somewhat normal, being that my sclap is not used to so much tension from these braids... So the plan now is to wash with the Dr. Bronner's shampoo mix every other week and cowash with a mix of VO5 Moisture milks conditioner and olive oil on the weeks I don't shampoo. I've also been moisturizing my braids each night with Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 OR Silken Child moisturizing creme, then sealing with coconut oil. I also oil my scalp with JBCO every other day. I'm still planning on keeping the braids in for 2 months and after I take them out, I'll have to start paying attention to my real hair and dealing with 2 textures as I transition :-)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Decision to Transition

So a lot of you who are on Hairlista and/or subscribe to me on YouTube already know this but... I am transitioning back to my natural hair texture now!! I currently have box braids in and when I was getting them in, the braider noticed some short pieces in the back of my head that i hadn't noticed myself. Immediately, I knew it was breakage from the relaxer chemicals. I had been thinking for a couple months prior to this, about going natural but not seriously and not really wanting to. But at the moment I realized that the health of my hair was being compromised from the use of the relaxer, I started to seriously contemplate going back to my roots. Just a few days later, I officially decided to transition and I am so excited and very content with my decision. This marks a new chapter in my Hair Journey. I have found so many fellow Hairlista and KISS sisters out there who are also in the throes of a transition and I'm so thankful that I have the support I need that I wouldn't have at all if I weren't a part of such great online 'hair communities'... I've also seen many, many women online who have done a BC (Big Chop) and most of them wear it very well. But as for myself, I will not be doing a BC at all. So I'll be a long term transitioner because I just don't want to give up my length. I look horrible with short hair!... So I'm looking forward to not only being natural, but to actually going through the journey of the transition :-)

Friday, June 11, 2010

My New Braids :-)

So I had been wanting to make a change to my hair for a while and I finally figured out what I would do. I decided to get braids and here are the results:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Using up My Oils

So I have decided to use all of the oils that I have now before buying more. I am in two different oil challenges, including a castor oil challenge and a coconut oil challenge. I have run out of my JBCO and my regular castor oil is almost gone. My coconut oil jar is empty. So really, I have dropped out of those challenges. I'll still do oil treatments but I'll just use the oils I have.
What I have left: Jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil and Hot 6 Oil. When I use up all of these oils, I will probably only repurchase 3 or 4 of my faves. I'm not sure exactly which ones yet but we'll see.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Really Soft Hair!!

OK, so from the title of this post, you know that I'm going to talking about soft hair, right? Well, it's mine!! Here is why my hair is soft right now:
Last night I decided to do a castor oil treatment. I mixed some regular castor oil with a bit of Macadamia nut oil and olive oil, then applied it to all of my hair. Then I put a plastic cap and scarf on and slept overnight with it. In the morning, I got in the shower and rinsed well, then used Hair One Jojoba formula to cleanse. At this point, my hair already had great slip, then I rinsed out the Hair One and applied Suave almond & shea butter conditioner to my hair and finished my shower, then rinsed most of that out. It didn't even feel like I really needed any leave ins! After t-shirt drying, I applied my Giovanni Direct leave in anyway, then my castor oil mix to seal that in. I combed it through and THE SLIP!! It was awesome :-) So I went ahead and put my hair in a loose bun to air dry, and when my hair was about half way dry I let it down to finish drying. A few hours later, my hair still wasn't fully dry, so I sprayed a bit of heat protectant in it and blow dried it the rest of the way. I only had to keep the heat on my hair for about 2 minutes, so It wasn't that much heat. When my hair was fully dry, I moisturized my hair in sections with my trusty HE LTR and sealed with EVCO... Then I finished by oiling my scalp with JBCO. Let me tell you that my hair must be the softest that it's ever been! I love how it feels and it's just great!
Now, I really believe that what helped the softening process the most was the very first step in the whole process: The overnight castor oil treatment. So I will be doing this once a week from now on.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship leave in VS Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch leave in

I've been a fan of Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship leave in for a long while now and I think I'll always repurchase it. I totally love that stuff. About a week ago, I finally purchased another leave in that I've heard a lot about but hadn't purchased before 'cause I couldn't find it anywhere in town. I finally found it at a local grocery store and decided I had to try it because I've heard of so many ladies who swear by it. It's Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch leave in. These two leave ins are loved by many and I've seen a lot of discussions on the hair boards about which one is better. Now that I've tried the NTM leave in, I have to give my own opinion on the two. I'll be doing this review based on application to dry hair, not wet.
The HE LTR is more creamy than the NTM leave in and it leaves my hair silky and smooth. The NTM has a nice texture too but the consistency is lighter and it takes a little more to do the job of moisturizing the hair. After moisturizing my hair at night with the HE LTR, the next morning, my hair is very soft and feels smooth. It leaves the hair straighter than the NTM. With the NTM, my hair is a little bit frizzy the next morning. Now, I've used the HE LTR on flat ironed hair and it doesn't revert the texture at all. I haven't used NTM on flat ironed hair so I can't tell you whether it reverts the texture... But it doesn't leave the hair straighter than it was before, like the HE LTR does. Now, they both smell great and I don't think the smell of either of them is better than the other. If I had to choose between the two of these leave ins, I would repurchase the HE LTR over and over. But I think I love both of them and will repurchase both over and over :-) If you've tried both of these products, please let me know which one YOU like more.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Relaxer Day after 21 weeks!

So... I stretched my relaxer for 21 weeks and today, I finally visited the salon and got my new growth taken care of. I'm so happy 'cause my hair looks so good! My stylist used an Affirm relaxer for color treated hair and this time, I had her leave my ends alone. No trim for me!... And I got bangs! I haven't had bangs since I was like 10 years old when I cut them myself... So I love the bangs and I love the results of the relaxer. I'm also APL now. What I need to work on now, is my ends. I don't have splits, but they're just so thin. I don't know why, but I've never had this problem before. But I''m going to work on thickening my hair up and getting to MBL by the end of December 2010!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Trading Hair Care for Skin Care

So I was thinking today that as much time I take to care for my hair, my skin should get some action too. I know I don't take care of my skin as much as I do my hair and my skin isn't as healthy as it couls be. I was watching this girl on YouTube and I thought, whoa, she's gorgeous. I mean, I know I'm a beautiful girl. Why don't I look like that too? And I know I could, with the right amount of effort. If all I'm doing is caring for my hair, I'm not caring for and showing off the total package. The only problem: As much money as I spend on hair products, I don't have very much money left over for skin care, so I just use whatever. Poor skin! It's being neglected and now I feel bad about that. So what I'm going to work on doing is this: Spend a lot less money on hair care and use the money I save to purchase products I need for my skin. Now, I won't actually be neglecting my hair or even be using lesser quality products. There are definitely lower cost hair care products out there than I'm using that will maintain the health of my hair just as well. I thought I'd blog about this because I didn't want this thought to be fleeting and something I forget about. I'm vowing to take better care of my skin!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Current challenge & 2010 Hair Goals

Let me start off by saying that I've always wanted long hair. I never really knew or really believed that I could actually obtain it until a few years ago when I found the hair forums that I now frequent. My hair has been a lot healthier since I learned how to care for it and it's longer than I remember it ever being. Now this year, my goal is to grow my hair to Mid Back Length. I believe I'll be able to make it by the end of December. And I'm not crossing my fingers or hoping for it to happen, I'm being proactive. Besides my regular hair routine, I'm going on a 6 month challenge that I started on 3/15/10. The challenge is simple enough. I'm going to be wearing buns each week Monday through Friday. On the weekends, I'll allow myself to wear my hair however I want. This challenge is one I joined on KISS, so I'll have a lot of support and encouragement when I need it. My ultimate hair goal is to reach Waist Length, so I'm ready to employ whatevr tactic and regimen I need to get there.

My Regimen

So I was thinking... I know I don't blog that often and It's been a while since my last post. I wasn't sure what to blog about this time, but then I realized I've never even posted my full regimen! It's been changed up a lot in the past month or so but as of now, I have a regimen that works really well for me so here it is:

Shampoo once a week on Saturdays
Cowash once a week on wednesdays
Overnight prepoo with conditioner & oil mix before shampoos
Overnight coconut oil treatment before cowashes
Moisturize and seal every night
Buns Monday through Friday
Oil massage scalp every other night
Supplements: MSM, Biotin, Fish Oil

Pretty simple, huh? Works great for me! I'm not stating any specific products here because I rotate a lot and my staples arent really established, though there are a few products that I repurchase regularly.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

JBCO Update

So It's been a while since I posted my Jamaican Black Castor Oil review. A fellow blogger left a comment, asking me if I have a new verdict on the product ( Hey, Makeup Vixen ;-) ) Well, to let you all know, I haven't used the oil in a while. It's been at least a month since I applied it to my scalp. I really like it but I found that it was weighing my hair down... But I think I was using too much. I was using a dropper to apply it and I think that method wasn't the best. If I decide to start using it on my scalp again, I will use an applicator bottle with a pointed tip. As far as other uses of the oil, I have used it in my moisturizing DC's and I love it that way. Mixed with Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol, it's perfect. When I mixed the JBCO with my DC, I applied it to dry hair and left it in overnight. In the morning, I just rinsed it out, applied my leave ins, and styled. It made my hair very soft and smooth and I will continue to use it this way... JBCO is still a staple for me and I will be ordering another couple of bottles soon :-)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Current Stretch

Well, I haven't posted in a long while, so I'll give an update of how my hair is doing and what I've been doing with it... I'm 16 weeks post and totally loving this stretch! My new growth is really soft and tame. I know it's there but it almost doesn't feel like it. The worst part is the baby hairs around my edges. They've always been so annoying to me!
OK, so what I've been doing to make my new growth so soft: I have made a couple changes to my regimen but most of what I do hasn't changed. I'm only going to be using shampoo once a month to clarify and inbetween, I'm cleansing once a week with Hair One cleansing conditioner. This stuff is awesome! It makes my scalp tingle and leaves it feeling clean and refreshed... Now, mid-week I deep condition overnight with a moisturizing DC mixed with oils and rinse in the morning. I don't shampoo or cowash, I just rinse it out and apply me leave ins, then airdry. As far as moisturizing goes, I don't do it every day, just as often as I need to, which usually is 2-3 times a week. I've also been baggying my whole head 2 times a week and this has really kept my hair very soft and moisturized. Oh, and each week after I cleanse with the Hair One, I use ORS Hair Mayo, which is my favorite protein conditioner. This has really helped keep the shedding at a minimum... So I'm not sure how long this stretch will last but I'm predicting another month will go by before the relaxer touches this mane... I'll let you all know how it goes :-)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I want purple hair!!

phI decided that I'm going to dye my hair again! My last color experience was about 2 months ago so I'd say I'm good to go :-) Last time, I dyed my hair from a box and it was supposed to come out bright burgundy. It didn't take like I wanted it to. It was a permanent color but this time I want to do semi or demi permanant... And the color I want is... Purple!! I want my hair color to be just like the shade on the model above, so I'm going to Sally's and looking there. Hope it turns out the way I want it to. I have faith, but I could also use a bit of luck! Wish me some ;-)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

JBCO Review

JBCOSo I finally decided to order some Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Over the past 3 years I have been on my hair journey, I have heard so many good things about this product. I had never tried it before because I was using the regular cold pressed castor oil and I thought it was good enough. I didn't really believe that JBCO could really be too different. Mixing the regular castor oil in my DCs and prepoos left my hair so soft and strong. I even tried applying castor oil to my scalp a couple of times, but I found it to be too messy, so I stopped doing that.
Now what got me to order the JBCO? Well, I was on Hairlista one day a couple weeks ago and I saw a discussion about JBCO being "the truth". I looked at it and there was a before and after picture showing how this woman grew her edges back with it. The comparison pics were nothing short of amazing! In the before pic, her edges were almost all the way bald, back past her hair line about an inch. Now in the after pic, her hair was thick, fully grown back and looking very healthy. To tell you the truth, for a second, I almost didn't believe what I saw! I, myself don't have any problems with hair loss but I do want my hair to grow faster, especially because I want my hair to reach MBL ( Mid Back Length ) by the end of 2010.
When I got my JBCO in the mail, I was so excited to use it. After moisturizing and sealing on dry hair, I applied it to my scalp with a dropper (a lot easier this way) and massaged it in. Let me tell you, I instantly liked it, actually loved it! And this is a first. Going onto my scalp, it felt good: soothing. The texture of it is thick but smooth. A lot of people complain about the smell, but I instantly loved that about it too. It's sort of smoky, like charred wood but not too strong. The next day when I brushed my hair, the oil from my scalp was distributed through my hair too and it was so soft and smooth. This will be a keeper. Can we say staple?!
Though I love the JBCO, I still use the regular castor oil as well. I'll still be adding it to prepoos and DC's and mixing it with other oils for hot oil treatments. The JBCO is a lot more expensive than regular castor oil, so I'll mostly just be using it on my scalp 2X a week. I will try it in a DC at least once though.
As I see more results, I'll keep you all updated :-)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A great cowash and DC experience

I want to share this cowash experience with y'all because it's the best I've had so far. And I've done a lot of cowashing!
First, I prepooed overnight with coconutoil alone. I just scooped it out of the jar and smoothed it onto my hair and scalp, massaging it in. I put a plastic cap and scarf over it and slept that way.
In the morning, I got in the shower and rinsed out as much of the coconut oil as would come out. My hair already felt silky soft and detangled!
Then I applied my VO5 Moisture Milks conditioner and massaged it through my hair and scalp. I put on a plastic cap until the end of my shower and rinsed.
After getting out of the shower, I towel dried my hair and applied a DC I had mixed up.
My DC contained: Hydrolage hydrating balm conditioner, Lekair Cholesterol Plus, macadamia nut oil, and vegetable glycerin.
The texture of this mix was very creamy. Going on my hair, it felt so smooth and I even detangled it a bit as I applied it. The slip was really great! I put a plastic cap and a towel on to trap in the heat and left it in my hair for at least 40 minutes. It may have even been an hour, I don't totally remember, but I got in the shower to rinse it out and OMG, not one tangle! My hair was so soft as I rinsed it out!
The next step I took was to do an ACV rinse: I poured over my hair, a mixture of 2 cups of water and a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and rinsed that out.
Finally, I used a t-shirt to dry my hair and applied my Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship leave in and sealed with avocado oil.
Now, usually after I apply my leave in and oil, I need to detangle with a comb, but this time there was no need for a comb at all!! Throughout this whole process, at no point did a comb touch my hair. All I needed to do was a little finger combing and my fingers just glided right through my hair.
I'm so loving my hair!