Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blended Beauty Giveaway Hosted by Precious Curls!

Hey y'all! I wanted to share with you, the chance to win some great products by Blended Beauty. I, myself haven't tried anything from the line but I've heard nice things about it. The blog Precious Curls is giving away 3 full sized Blended beauty products. How Exciting! So go check out the giveaway here: http://www.precious-curls.com/2011/12/blended-beauty-giveaway.html
Good luck!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Hair Regimen - Dec. 2011

Hey!
My hair regimen has been switched around for a while 'cause I've been trying out new things but I've finally got a solid enough regimen to actually post and share with y'all. Here it is:

Sundays: Prepoo overnight with Castor oil
Shampoo in 2 sections
Apply deep conditioner and leave in 2 hours, rinse
Towel dry & apply leave in/oil
Air dry
Thursdays: Prepoo overnight with coconut oil
Cowash
Towel dry & apply leave in/oil
Air dry
Nightly: Moisturize and seal

Note: Specific products I use change from time to time because most of them aren't staples, this is why I'm not listing specific products, but for the castor oil and coconut oil.
Also, on most days I just get up, comb my hair and go after putting it up in a bun. At night, I use a silk/satin scarf.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A New Start In A Very Familiar Place

Hey y'all!
So I'm going to get right to the point and tell you that I broke up with my boyfriend about a week ago :-( Yeah, I was the one who called it off but I'm still sad about it. I know that it will take a while for me to get over the situation. Though I am already feeling a bit better, thinking about him still makes me cry at times.
I had moved down to South Florida to be with him and spent four months before deciding that I was going to move back to upstate New York to stay with my family until I figure out where I want to be.
So I just got my learner's permit and am learning how to drive (yes, I am 26! years old and have never had a driver's license). Tomorrow, I will be out looking for a job. And soon, I will be checking out the local community college to sign up for classes. I just want to be independent and start to make myself happy before I expect a man to make me happy ya know?
So I'm single and alone BUT now I have all of my time to focus on what I need and what I want out of life for my SELF. Besides getting my life together and becoming more independent, I think my hair will do better too. I was taking care of my hair before, with just the basics, but now I will be doing the most. Some things I just didn't want to do to my hair when I was living with my now ex because I wanted my hair to be touchable.
For example, the Green House Effect method. I did not want to do that to my hair at all because I didn't want my hair to be greasy. Now, I'm doing it 2X a week, overnight. Also, protective styles. I didn't want to do them because I wanted my hair to look cute and flirty. I'm also going to buy a wig come November and keep my hair hidden a lot of the time.
Breakups suck!!! but at least I can say that I have learned something and grown from the relationship that I was in. I'm looking forward to a better future and I don't want to make the same mistakes again. <3

Monday, September 12, 2011

It's been a while, huh? Update!






So it's been more than a month since I last posted here and my last post was when I tried dyeing my hair blonde. That didn't work out so well but now I have new pics! When I last dyed my hair, I didn't plan on leaving it that way, 'cause it was a total fail. So since then, I made plans and have dyed my hair again. It didn't come out exactly the way I wanted it to but I do like the results I did get. The thing I did wrong with the first dye job was not bleaching my hair first to get it as light as I wanted it to be. This time, I knew I was going to do it right. I had a plan to bleach my hair myself but I oh am I so glad I didn't! Instead, I asked my sister to do it and she was hesitant but she did agree. When she applied the bleach, it started lightening really quickly at the roots but the ends wouldn't process fast enough. By the time she got to the front of my head, there wasn't enough bleach left to finish my whole head! Sooo, we went ahead and neutralized my hair and applied the Aphogee 2 step protein treatment and thankfully, my hair did not fall out! That was the one thing I was most worried about lol. Then we waited another 3 days, I think it was, to do another bleaching. For those 3 days, I wore a wig so that no one could see that my hair was blonde, orange and red. For the second bleaching, I bought 2 kits instead of one (I used Manic Panic Flash Lightning bleach kit with 30 volume developer). After the second bleaching, my hair was a lot lighter all around and, though at the ends, it was still a little orange. I did another Aphogee 2 step treatment and waited for my hair to air dry. The next morning, I applied the color. I used Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing color creme in # 63, Brown Sugar. Well, here are the results!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Dog, Keeba

Hello all! As some of you know, I recently moved from upstate New York to South Florida. Well, I left my dog, Keeba back up north with my family and I am really missing him! I plan on going back to move him to Florida with me but it probably won't be for another few months :-( Today, my brother emailed me a few pictures of Keeba and I was so excited to see him that I just had to share with you all. Here he is :-) His breed is Keeshond. In case you haven't heard of them, you should Google Keeshond and check these dogs out. They're really beautiful. Keeba was just groomed in these pics and doesn't have all of his fur left, so you may want to see just how much fur is on him when he hasn't had a hair cut. Also, my brother didn't send me any good pics of his face. So yeah, I hope you like the pics of my cutie!



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stylists Sneaking Relaxers into Conditioners?!!

I recently came across a blog post by Strawberricurls that had me so shocked that I just had to let you all know. There have been several instances of stylists adding relaxers to deep conditioning treatments without the client knowing! I mean, this is so crazy. I am just shaking my head right now 'cause yeah, I've heard of jealous stylists who will cut off too much hair when all the client wanted was a trim... But I never imagined this! So please read this article, ladies, and share it with your friends. This is so evil to do to someone and I never thought a "professional" stylist would do something so crazy. Here is the article, quoted from Strawberricurls post:

I posted my previous blog post, Stylists are perming your hair, and you don’t even know it! , on my Facebook fan page for StrawberriCurls. One of my readers commented by saying the very thing that I was warning my readers about, had already happened to her and she agreed to share her story with us:

Late April of 2007 I was in IL house hunting. I was at this time

natural, as in I didn’t have a relaxer, but I was in no way as knowledgeable about my hair as I am now.I had an appointment at a local Egyptian salon that was before a meeting I had for my new job. They had told me that I would absolutely be able to be seen on time.. but after an hour of waiting, I had to leave or be late for my work appointment.

I still had some time and a friend I knew in the area recommended an AA salon nearby. The person assured me I could be seen right away and that my hair not being relaxed wouldn’t be a problem. My hair was straighter than my regular texture because I used to straighten my hair all the time and I had a week old blow dry/flat iron when I went into the salon. Once washed, the shampoo girl and my stylist for the day went away from me and started whispering.. I supposed I should’ve worried but I’m not the paranoid type. After the whisper session, the stylist came over and asked what I wanted done… just a wash and blow dry is what I told her. This should involve them washing my hair, conditioning it, blow drying it and then flat ironing it. I had it done hundred of times before without an issue. She said okay and offered to do a deep condition treatment for me as it would help protect my hair.. her words.

I agreed as long as it didn’t take too long and she promised it wouldn’t. To the back of the salon she goes to mix up a deep condition treatment.. I didn’t find this abnormal. I often mix things together to use as a DT myself. She started to apply to my hair and it smelled weird, I asked her about it and she said it’s one of the ingredients for Ph balance.

Ummm.. okay.

About ten minutes in it started to burn which I found weird but she assured me it was just “tingling” and it was good for my scalp… another 3 minutes and I told her to rinse me because I was having some sort of allergic reaction or something (I have pretty sensitive skin so this was possible). She rinsed me out and moved me to the chair. My hair was noticeably straighter as my hair wet without product is very curly and big and poofy, lol. This time my curls hang straight-ish which wasn’t normal. She assured me that it was temporary from the heavy conditioner..

“Okay…” I said

She did my hair as normal and 2 days

later the breakage started. Panicked, I went to wash my hair and again the curls just weren’t there… I had major heat damage. After several deep treatments, co-washes, etc.. my hair never returned to its normal state and continued to break off. I returned back to Michigan (where I was staying) and had my hair braided hoping that would help.

When I finally moved to Illinois (about 3 weeks later) I was ready to take my braids out, upon doing so my hair was just coming out in huge chunks even though I was being gentle. I went back to the salon and pitched a fit demanding to talk to someone in charge. (Yeah, it may seem a bit crazy for hair.. but we know how important hair is to us, right?) When I finally spoke to the manager, she also feigned ignorance. I threatened police action, threatened to sue and eventually someone gave up the information I needed.

She told me that with “nappy” hair, they sometimes add a

bit of relaxer to a deep conditioner and apply it. It’s the “kiddie perm” she tells me and most people don’t experience negative results. But it works well because people are happy that their hair is straighter so they continue to come back.

None of these people have healthy hair but that doesn’t matter to the stylists. They liked the ease of dealing with the straightened hair and the return client base who are excited about their “naturally straightened” hair. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do.



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Keratin Treatment





So I got a keratin treatment for the 1st time last week and I wanted to share with you all. I already posted the vid, showing it off on YouTube but didn't post pics here yet. Here's the vid and the pics I took that day :-)



Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rediscovery of Soft Hair w/ Zipporah Beauty

So I just received some Zipporah Beauty products from the owner, Nakeisha. Love her! :-) Well, I had to write a blog because O-M-G I am loving my hair right now! Two of the products she sent me I had already used before and liked a lot but now I am in love... And after one use lol. When it comes to my hair, I'm an instant gratification person. Especially when it comes to moisturizers. The products in particular, that I'm raving about right now are the Vanilla Mint moisturizing hair serum and the Green Tea hair and body butter. Together, they are the moisture booster combo.
So today I was going about my business and I happened to reach up and touch my hair. Then I realized that it was just sooo dry and tangled. By the way, I've been getting single strand knots lately :-( Boo! After feeling my hair, I immediately went into my bathroom, straight to my Zipporah Beauty products. First, I grabbed the Vanilla Mint moisturizing hair serum and sectioned my hair into four parts. I added a little of the product to each part, and my hair was so soft and instantly detangled. Then I went for the Green Tea hair and body butter to seal in that moisture. My hair hasn't felt this SOFT in over a month.
The other product that Nakeisha sent me is the Moisturizing Hair treatment. I haven't used it yet but it looks and smells yummy just like everything she makes :-) I'll do a review on that product after I use it. Either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/user/redraf04?feature=mhee )
Here's the link to the Zipporah Beauty website: http://stores.zipporahbeauty.com/StoreFront.bok

Friday, June 24, 2011

Video: 1 Year Natural

Yes! I made it to my one year anniversary of having natural hair :-) I've threatened to get a relaxer a few times but my natural hair is still here and growing!

Video: Updated Regimen & Products

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's Current w/ Amy's HJ?

Hey y'all! This post has the same title as my latest YT vid and it goes in tandem with it but may be in a little more depth.
So... I recently moved to South Florida (about 3 weeks ago). Since the move, I stopped doing the GHE method and haven't been moisturizing and sealing daily like I should be. So yeah, I've been slacking on my hair care a bit; Which is why my hair has been more dry than usual and I haven't been seeing progress like I'd like to. So I now have plans to step my hair care game up and here's what I have in mind: Number one, I'm going to start M&Sing every day. This is especially important for me right now, being in the middle of summer in such a hot and humid climate. I will also be taking a hair supplement that I ordered off of Amazon. It's called Maxi Hair and I've heard really good things about it. Another two items I ordered from Amazon are a bottle of Castor oil and a jar of Extra Virgin coconut oil. I really miss these two products! When I moved, I left them behind , so I've been without them for a while. The coconut oil, I'll be using for sealing in moisture and for shine. Another thing I'll be incorporating back into my regimen is the Green House Effect. This method, I didn't do for too long before but it gets rave reviews across the board from so many ladies AND it's very simple so I'm jumping right back on that wagon. For those of you who don't know, the GHE is when you apply a natural oil throughout your hair strands, cover your hair with a plastic cap and a scarf and leave it on for a few hours or overnight. This helps to keep your hair moisturized and encourages hair growth because of the "tropical" environment the baggy creates with the heat from your scalp. So it's really simple and I'm going to try to do this at least 3 times a week. I also want to start cowashing every other day. My hair needs to be detangled more often than it has been and I really only do that when my hair gets wet... I'm still deep conditioning at least once a week, sometimes two times and that 's working out well.
About the cut the hair cut that I got a couple weeks ago: It turned out OK and I'm glad I did it because I hadn't had so much as a trim since my BC, but I won't be letting scissors touch my head again for a while. I figure if I'm taking care of my hair properly and it isn't getting damaged, I won't really need to take any of the ends off. I didn't for almost a year and my hair is fine now!
So overall, my hair is doing OK but in my opinion, it could be doing a lot better I want ti to be thriving! I'm getting excited about my hair journey all over again :-)

Monday, April 25, 2011

10 Months Natural - A Rihanna Cut?


Hello!
So it's been 10 months since I big chopped and my hair is doing OK... But I feel like it has hit a plateau in progress. It's just so boring to me right now! And has been for a while. I haven't trimmed it at all or even used heat on it this whole time. So maybe I'm just getting bored because I've been wearing it the same way for so long? Could be. But... A friend of mine suggested that I get a cut like Rihanna's hair was in her Love The Way You Lie video. Now a month ago I would never have considered this but I'm totally going for it! Rihanna's hair is red in this video but I'm going to keep mine the same color it is now, or maybe dye it black. Not sure yet what I'll do with the color, if anything. Those of you who have been following my hair journey for a while know that I want long hair. I've maintained that my goal is to have mid back length hair. Well, I'm making personal changes and I have big plans for the near future so when my friend suggested that I get a Rihanna cut, I thought this would be awesome. I'll be making changes all around! A new look for a new Amy!! The only thing I haven't figured out is what I'm going to do to style it once I get the cut. Am I going to heat style it all the time to keep it straight? OR... am I going to relax it? Shock! I know, I am starting to consider it and I never thought I would. But I could also heat train. I'ma have to do some research on that. I hope y'all leave some suggestions here for me! I've posted the Love The Way You Lie video here as well as a photo of Rihanna that I found and just think is so gorgeous. Let me know what you think!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

9 Months Natural :-)

Hello! It's been 9 months since I big chopped :-) My hair has made progress and I love being natural but now I want more length. I think I'm at a point in my natural hair journey where my progress is at a stand still. It's grown and gotten thicker up to this point but now, It seems like it's just sitting there and could stay at this length forever. I know, realistically that it won't. My hair is growing and will get longer but it feels like it's just not right now. I'm also at a point where doing my hair is just not fun like it used to be. I take care of my hair and treat it right but right now, it's just a part of my routine and I don't get excited about it anymore. So this update isn't such an upbeat, cheery one but I just wanted y'all to know how my hair is doing and how I'm feeling about it right now. It's still healthy and it's not in a bad state but I just feel like it should be longer at 9 months post BC... And I would post a pic but it's then end of the week and it doesn't look so good right now lol. Tomorrow is my wash day and maybe after I deep condition, I will post pics :-)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Moisturizing & Sealing Combo



So I've had a particular moisturizer sitting around for a while. One that I decided I didn't like after having used it a few times. Now, yesterday, I went to moisturize my hair and I didn't want to use my regular one. So I was looking at my products to see what I have and I saw Sof 'n Free Gro Healthy Milk Protein & Olive Oil Strengthening Creme... Whew! I know, long name! But what I didn't like about the product the first few times I used it was the fact that it left my hair feeling wet. This was why I had stopped using it before. For a while now, I've been spritzing my hair with water before I moisturize. I figured out that my hair feels better this way and it retains the moisture better... So being that my hair is already damp after spritzing, I don't have to worry about my hair feeling wet from this moisturizer... Immediately after moisturizing, I realized what product I was going to use as my sealant. I went for my Zipporah Beauty Shea Avocado Hair Pomade. I love the texture of this stuff! Both of these products smell great and left my hair so very soft. I actually may skip moisturizing tonight 'cause my hair is that soft and moisturized :-)




Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Quick Update

Hello :-)
I hope all who read this are well! I'm doing fine, myself. A lot has changed in my life and in my heart since I last posted. I know I don't update here very often and it surprises me when I get a new reader. It sort of reminds me that I need to update! Thanks to all of you who are still keeping up with my Journey! Nothing much out of the normal has been going on with my hair but I'll catch you up on what has. I did do another bentonite clay treatment and I really like the way my hair felt afterwards. I think I remember now that I did say I'd record that for you all and post it on YouTube but I've been neglecting my channel too :-( I've really got to get back on the ball! I'll try to remember next time... Last weekend I did another henna treatment. I left it in for less time than I did before though. About 8 hours, compared to the 12 hours when I did my first henna treatment. It still came out nice though... As for using all natural products and nothing else, I have let go of that vow, if you will. I think there are just too many products out there on the market that my hair does like and they aren't natural. I don't want to swear off a product that my hair responds well to just because it's got a few "bad" ingredients... Well, my hair is growing nicely and in a couple of days (2/25/11) I will be 8 months natural! I've noticed a bit more shedding than before and I want to do something about it. I'm not sure what I will do but it could be 'cause I only really detangle once a week on wash days. I think I want to add another wash day mid week soon but I'll wait 'til the weather warms up. Spring is not too far away :-)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I'm feeling good!

I wanted to share my new anthem with you all and how I came across it. Nina Simone: Feeling Good. I was talking to a friend about music and he said he would like to hear me sing something by Nina Simone. I told him that yes, I had heard of Nina Simone but had never heard her music. Well, it turns out, I have heard Nina Simone lol. In the new Weight Watchers commercial with Jennifer Hudson, she sings this song and I had no idea who the song was by! Lame, I know... Anyway, I looked up the song on YouTube and had to listen to it over and over. The second time I heard it, it started to settle into my spirit and I realized that hey! This is how I'm feeling! So I went to download this song and ended up downloading Nina Simone's whole discography. I'm at a big point of change in my life and in my heart, I have things that are changing and I feel free, like I have some of myself back that was just sitting there for so long. A lively, joyful part of me is coming back that was dormant. :-)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Hair Type?

I've always believed that my hair is a type 3b curl pattern. Now that I'm natural, my hair is growing out and I have more of it to deal with, I'm starting to think that I'm a type 3c. It seems to me that when I first big chopped, my hair had a looser curl pattern and more curl definition to it. Now, my hair feels a little bit more coarse. To be honest, I really never thought about my hair type very much until recently. There has been talk and debate among some naturals about who has "good hair" and who is really natural. Apparently, some naturals are saying things about mixed girls who are type 3 have it easier and aren't really natural. I don't really want to get into this here but Taren916 on YouTube made a video on this topic. What I'm trying to get at here is that after hearing about this going on in the natural hair community, I began to think about my own hair type more. My 2 sisters and I all have different hair types and our own different looks. My oldest sister has type 4 hair and my middle sister and I both have similar type 3 hair. I've called myself having type 3b and I've said that my middle sister has 3c hair. Now I'm beginning to think that I have type 3c hair too! Now I'm not all up in my sister's hair all the time like I am my own hair but this is just from me seeing her hair all the time... I think that hair type is important when you are looking for products. That's all. I don't want to be a part of a debate about whose hair is better. Ever. That's just useless to me. And me thinking that my hair type is 3c now, really doesn't change much. I just want to classify myself in the right category for the purpose of purchasing products. I know what products work well on my own hair but some companies do have recommendations based on hair type, so that's helpful. Here's a link to the Naturally Curly website hair typing section: http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types

7 Months Natural


Today (1/252011) marks 7 months of my hair being natural!! My hair is doing very well. It's growing and thickening up very nicely and I'm not having any problems with it at all right now. I'm totally loving it :-) Within the past few days, I've noticed that it feels really thick. I suspect it must be from the henna. So I'm going to go ahead and order more henna so that I can do monthly treatments. Another thing that may be contributing to the thickness of my hair are the massages that I've been doing 3-4 times a week since the beginning of January. I apply castor oil mixed with peppermint oil to my scalp and massage it in for about ten minutes while I listen to my favorite music. When I started doing this, I thought it was going to be something I was going to have to force myself to do but It's actually sort of therapeutic and it make my scalp feel really good. As far as the rest of my regimen goes, I'm still washing and DCing once a week and that's working out well. Moisturizing and sealing every day is working well too. My hair goals for this year are to maintain the health of my hair and get to Shoulder length by my one year natural anniversary on June 25th. Then I want to get to arm pit length by my 18 month natural anniversary, which will be Christmas day. besides those main goals, I'll also be incorporating more Ayurvdeic powders and oils into my regimen. So stay tuned for updates as they come!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Shea Butter Cream

I found this video that I liked and I want to share it with you all. It's a tutorial on how to make your own curl cream/whipped shea butter. I really want to try this!

Hair Wish List

I have a lot of products on my wish list and some of them I will be buying soon. I'm not going to buy anymore shampoo though. I'm not really fond of most shampoos and I already have some that I need to use up. As far as conditioners go, there are a few I want to buy. I've run out of deep conditioner, so I need to stock up. I also want some rinse out conditioner. I have some VO5 left but since I'm going the natural route now, I want to find some good natural cowash conditioners that I'll love. OK, so moisturizers! I still haven't found a staple! I really like Zipporah Beauty Delight My Hair moisturizer but I don't consider it a staple. I'm beginning to think that I just like to have a variety of moisturizers and that's why I don't have a staple yet. That's how I am with conditioner. I just like to have two or three on hand. Now stylers... They really aren't a necessity for me and I don't typically use them. I may get one that doubles as a moisturizer but other than that, I won't buy them. I don't really style my hair, unless you consider a wash and go a style. Lastly, I'll talk about powders. On my wish list, you'll see a few because I want to get more into mixing and adding herbal powders to my conditioners and other treatments. So here's my list:

Conditioners -
Oyin Honey Hemp
Hairveda Moist condition 24/7
Jessicurl Weekly Deep treatment
Aubrey Organics White Camellia Smoothing conditioner

Moisturizers & Leave ins -
Donna Marie Super Buttercream
Donna Marie Cocoa Hemp Hair Milk
Curl Junkie Hibiscus and Banana Honey Butta

Stylers -
Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Curl cream
Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme

Powders -
marshmallow root powder
hibiscus powder

So that's my list! And it's not even everything LOL! I just wanted to give an idea of most of the things I want to get and what's at the top of my list.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wash Day 1/22/11

After last weekend's henna treatment, I had a little henna left over so I froze it. Today, I took it out of the freezer to thaw so I could do a henna gloss. But first... I prepooed with a product that is new to me. Hairveda Vatika Frosting. OH, it smells so good! It's herb infused coconut oil. Anyway, I applied it to my hair and scalp Friday night and gave myself a scalp massage for about ten minutes. Then I put a scarf and plastic cap over it and slept with it in. This morning I, cowashed with VO5 Kiwi and Lime clarifying conditioner (with added peppermint oil). Then I towel dried and went to mix up the henna gloss. To the henna, I added the last of a bottle of Nature's Gate conditioner and some EVOO. Mixed it up and applied the henna gloss to my hair! Then I went and did whatever I needed to do for 3 1/2 hours. After time was up, I rinsed out the henna gloss 'til the water ran clear and I'm done with that process. After towel drying, I added some Zipporah Beauty leave in to my hair and sealed with the Vatika frosting. Now I'm towel drying :-) Tonight, after my hair has dried and I'm just about ready to settle in for the night, I'll moisturize and seal. I'm not sure which moisturizer/oil combination I'll use... Either Zipporah Beauty Delight My Hair moisturizer or ORS Olive Oil creme. I need to use that ORS up so that I can move on tho other products. It's a pretty good moisturizer but I don't like the ingredients so I won't be repurchasing. Also... Next weekend, I'm going to try a new prepoo mix that I saw LolaKinkz use. Here's the video:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Henna Results





Hey!!
My hair is red y'all! I'm excited about the results of my first henna treatment. OK, let me tell you. In my last post, I already went over the steps of the treatment, so if you haven't already read it, go check it out :-) In that post, I said something about the process not being messy. Now the application wasn't messy for me because my hair is short and all I had to do was plop it on there. No sectioning or anything fancy. I even slept in it without any of the henna getting on my clothes or on the bed. But Saturday morning when I went to rinse it out, I filled up a bucket I have to dunk my head so I could loosen up most of the henna before I got in the shower. So here comes the messy part: After I was done loosening up the henna, the water in the bucket looked really muddy so I didn't wanna dump it in the tub. My idea was to dump the water in the toilet instead. When I went to dump the water, some of it got on the floor! I started to freak out, but I had to act fast 'cause there was a white rug on the floor. So I grabbed a towel and wiped up the dirty water before it could get too the white rug. So that was a mess and I had to end up cleaning the floor and everything but the results are so worth it!
After rinsing the henna out, I cowashed twice with VO5 Moisture Milks conditioner. Then I deep conditioned for 4 hours. The DC I used was Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose moisturizing conditioner mixed with honey and EVOO. I would've left it in longer than the 4 hours I did but I had to go somewhere. Once I rinsed it out, my hair was so very soft. My curls were poppin' too... After rinsing my DC and towel drying, I applied my KimmayTube leave in mix and some Zipporah Beauty Shea Avocado Hair Pomade. I air dried and just let my curls do what they do :-) So here are the results! Let me know what you think!



Friday, January 14, 2011

Henna Head!

I applied my first henna treatment!
Details: I prepooed for several hours with EVOO, then I used a diluted shampoo mix to wash my hair. The mix consisted of Elasta QP Creme conditioning shampoo, water, EVOO and peppermint oil. I lathered twice because I had a lot of product build up. My henna mix: Jamila henna, green tea and honey.
Applying the henna wasn't very messy. I've heard a lot of ladies say that the henna application is pretty messy but I guess it wasn't for me because my hair is so short. I didn't even need to section it and putting it in my hair only took about 3 minutes.
The smell: the henna smells like spinach!
So how do I feel about henna so far? Of course, I can't say for sure until I see and feel the results after tomorrow's rinse and DC but I really like this stuff! It feels really good on my head and just having it there is a relaxing feeling. Not sure how to really explain that...
So I'm sleeping with this in my hair tonight and tomorrow, I will be back to tell you more about the experience and show off the results :-)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My First Bentonite Clay Experience

I have seen a lot of YouTube videos about bentonite clay and most of the results I've seen have been good. So I got curious and decided to see what this clay would do for my hair. First, I did an overnight prepoo with coconut oil and ORS Replenishing Conditioner. When I got up in the morning, I rinsed out the prepoo and towel dried. After getting dressed, I mixed about four tablespoons of the clay with enough warm water to make a muddy paste. Then I just plopped the clay on my head, making sure to get it on my scalp and all throughout my hair. I didn't time myself but I left the clay in my hair for about a half hour. Before I rinsed it out, I noticed a nice cool feeling on my scalp. I let the clay dry about 50%. Rinsing it out was pretty easy and I just cowashed afterwards. OK, so I thought it was going to leave my hair super dry, right? Well, it wasn't dry at all! After I cowashed, I didn't deep condition because I wanted to feel the full effects of the treatment by itself. But I did apply the KmmayTube leave in... And my hair feels great! My curls are soft, defined and bouncy. Also, one problem I've been having after I wash my hair is majorly itchy scalp. After the bentonite treatment, I didn't have this problem at all. So I am going to incorporate this treatment into my regimen as a once a month clarifier. I really, really liked it!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Changes to Improve My Regimen

For a while, my hair care situation had hit a plateau. I was bored with my hair and didn't know what to do with it. Well, lately I have been doing more research. Browsing different hair care blogs and watching new YouTube videos. I have been inspired! So I decided to make changes to my regimen that hopefully, will improve my hair's health and bring out its potential.
#1 Change: Diluting my shampoo - Traycee from KISS does this and I love her hair so I went on CurlyNikki to hear from some natural haired ladies, their thoughts on this method. Turns out, this method is one that Chicoro uses for her hair. Now I had heard of Chicoro but didn't know much about her, so I went and looked at her Fotki. She's a hair care legend and a big inspiration. I am now implementing this method into my regimen. I bought some Elasta QP Creme conditioning shampoo not too long ago so I'll use this as the base. Mixed with that, will be water and EVOO. I don't know just what measurements I'll use but Ill just eyeball it.
#2 Change: Oiling my scalp w/ massages - I really want to maximize my growth this year so I decided to try castor oil mixed with peppermint oil and I will be massaging this into my scalp every other day. Castor oil is great for promoting thickness and peppermint oil's tingling is supposed to promote scalp stimulation, along with the massages.
#3 Change: Peppermint oil in my Deep Conditioners - This is just another regular dose of peppermint oil when I DC every week to stimulate my hair's growth.
Other changes: I've already talked about the switch to natural products I'm making as well as trying henna. I've ordered the henna and if it gets here in time, I'll be doing the treatment this weekend. I have a good feeling about this, that I'll make it a regular part of my regimen. But I'll let you all know how that turns out!
If any of you have tried any of these changes I'm making to my regimen, do share! Also, share any other changes you've made that have had benefit to your hair.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Products for a New Year

Happy New Year!!!
So it's a new year and I have a feeling of excitement for the future and what it will bring :-) Before the clock hit 12, I ordered a few different things from a couple of different online sites.First, I headed over to Butters N Bars and ordered something I've been meaning to try for months now. Some henna, baby! I ordered the Jamila Summer Crop 2010 BAQ, along with some Amla powder. I'm going to mix the two, along with other ingredients, so that my hair doesn't come out too red. I'll definitely do a video as well as a blog post here to let you all know how the process goes. I may even record some of the mixing/application. We'll see... After Butters N Bars, I headed over to Hairveda and ordered another product I've been wanting to try. The Vatika Frosting! In case you haven't heard of it, it's basically enhanced coconut oil. It has some good stuff in it and I've heard it smells heavenly. Also added to my cart at Hairveda's web site was the Acai Berry Phyto Restorative conditioner. It's very reasonably priced for a natural conditioner, plus it was on sale so I went for it :-) So I'm waiting for two packages and once they come, I will let you all know how the henna turns out and how great the Vatika Frosting is! (I just know I'll love it ;-) ... And OH! I almost forgot, but not quite: I recently ordered and received (very promptly) a few products from Zipporah Beauty. The Vanilla Mint Moisturizing Serum, The Delight My Hair Moisturizer, Delight My hair Butter, the new leave in conditioner and the Shea Avocado Pomade! Everything smells and looks awesome. I haven't used any of it yet, but my wash day is tomorrow (New Year's day) and I will be trying the new Zippporah Beauty items out :-) Stay tuned for reviews!!