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

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!!