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Twists

3 Jan

Happy New Year to you! I hope your New Year is filled with bountiful blessings beyond your imagination. 2012 was a challenging year for me but I made it through all obstacles that came before me and I have a new fresh outlook for the New Year! I haven’t ever been so motivated to make a year success than I am about 2013. This is going to be a great year for me and for you as well.

The week before Christmas I installed some twists with extensions in my hair. Some call them two strand twists, rope twists, senegalese twists, etc. I have been wanting a protective style for a while now and I was determined to do my OWN. I tried the twists before but I couldn’t get the grip right for some reason. So I watched a few more YouTube tutorials, practiced and I did it. I mastered the twists better by starting with a braid about an inch long and then two strand twisting.

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It took me about 5 hours to do my whole head. I was surprised that I did them that fast. I made the middle section bigger and then I ended up taking out the middle because all of that hair was too heavy. I used about 4 packages of 100% Kankelon Hair and it can be found at any Beauty Supply Store. Since the middle was not unfinished, I had to wear the twists in a bun, which is no biggie for me because I love a bun of any kind. I wore them for a few weeks and then took them out. I was over them. LOL Plus now that I know how to do it on my own I can do them at my convenience. If you are interested in trying your own twists or box braids there are tons of techniques and tutorials on YT, just take your pick and find the technique that works for you.

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Products that won’t break the BANK

21 Jul
Hello good people! First I just want to say this is my 3rd, yes 3rd attempt at this post.  SMH, I am still getting used to all the different buttons so I clicked on something (don’t know what) on two different ocassions and it closed the screen completely out.  Mind you it was already around 1 in the morning so I just closed the laptop, said forget it and went to bed.  So if you are reading this then you know that it FINALLY made it without going to cyber heaven.
I had a friend reach out to me and ask me if I could recommend some products for her because she is going to grow her curls out from a short cut.  So I went into my product repetoire and compiled a list of different products that are EASY to find and EASY  on the pockets.  I do believe that you get what you pay for but I also believe that good products can be found in our local stores.  However, I did include some websites that sell quality products with rave reviews at the end.  (I just did a copy and paste number with little editing so you are reading exactly what I sent to my friend.)
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 I researched some products and you should be able to find some good stuff out of these products.  I will take it through shampoo to styling to make it easier to look at.  Hope it helps. I will try to stick to products that are easy to find and affordable because ordering online can be a pain and costly.  But I will include some online product lines in case you want to check them out.
1. Shampoo (shampoos with no sulfates or parabens are better for natural hair beause those ingredients can make your hair dry, stripped, and brittle)
*Burt Bee’s pomegranate shampoo- Walgreens- less than $10
*Yes to carrots nourishing shampoo- Walgreens, Target, online- around $10 (yes to carrots also has other types like yes to cucumber and they work well also)
*Shea moisture moisture retention shampoo- Walgreens, target, wal-mart, online- around $10
*Organix coconut milk shampoo- walmart- around $10 (the organix line has other shampoo types too, they will be good too)
** I rarely use shampoos, maybe twice a month. I rely on co-washes and ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinses to cleanse my scalp)
2. Conditioners  ( A lot of curly girls who are going to wear their hair in its natural curl like to use a silicone free conditioner because it wont cause build- up on the hair)
*Yes to cucumbers color care conditioner- Walgreens, Target, online- around $10
*Tresemme conditioners (silicone free ones are in the white bottle) – Target, Walmart, Walgreens-    around $6 (works well if you leave in hair too)
*Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Conditioner- Target, Walmart, Walgreens – around $10
*Herbal Essences Hello Hydration- Walmart, Target- around $5 (works well if you leave in hair too)
*V05 clarifying conditioner- Walmart, Dollar Tree – $1
 
3. Moisturizing (Water will be your best moisturizer.  After hair is rinsed apply leave in conditioner spray/cream, and follow with an oil to lock that moisture in. Most of the time whatever you are using to style will moisturize the hair)
*I use a lot of oils for moisturizing, pure, 100% oils.  Most oils in the hair stores are not 100% so I either order online or go to a whole foods/organic store or GNC. I use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil (100% can be found at local grocery stores, I cook with it and use in my hair lol), macadamia nut oil, jamaican black castor oil, hemp seed oil, and grapeseed oil (good on skin too).  I don’t use all at one time
though I pick and choose depending on how my hair feels.  The ones in bold are heavier oils so I use them maybe once a week but the others I use daily.
 ** I also spritz my dry hair with a water/oil mixture once a day. (Or at least I try to remember to do that)
*Mane and tail detangling spray is awesome for detangling, really the only that I have tried that works well. I have also heard good things about Kinky Curly Knot Today (target).
 
4. Styling (With styling products natural girls try to avoid products with mineral oil and petrolatum/petroleum because they block moisture and cause build- up)
*Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie- Target, walmart- around $10
* Shea moisture curl and style milk- walmart, target- around $10
* Eden body works curl milk- walmart, target, online- around $10
* I used conditioners to do styles sometimes too
*Hair rules curly whip- Target- around $10
*Lustrasilk curl pudding Walmart- around $6
*NON- alcohol gels (ecostyler) – Anywhere- less tha $5
**I also love Long Aid curl activator on my wash and gos.  I buy it at walmart for less than $5.  Also Garnier Fructis has a cream gel that I am quite fond of also. (Smells delicious I might add)
 
Websites (All of the websites sell 100% natural products. May be a little pricey but good stuff. Most of the websites have it sectioned off so you can go straight products for your hair type)
Entwine Natural Coiffure Collezion (don’t know the exact website but google it)
All of these companies have facebook pages and twitter accounts.  A lot of them offer discounts, giveaways, and styling instructions on their social media accounts so it may be beneficial to follow them.
Use youtube and google for everything!!!! It will tell you all that you need to know and you can see what other girls with your hair texture/curl are using.
That sums it up. Of course there are MANY other products out there on the market but I just wanted to give some ideas that may help.
What are your favorite products to use on your natural or relaxed hair???? Yes, relaxed ladies you are welcome to comment also.  I don’t discriminate! LOL
Until next time,
Be you, Be beautiful
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Let’s Talk Hair

24 Jun

Happy Sunday people! Hope your day is going well, mine has been pretty laid back. I attended church, cooked dinner, and now I am just lounging.

Let’s talk about hair, specifically my hair.  For the last year, I have been on a natural hair journey.  I started transitioning May of 2011, did that for 5 months, and then did the big chop in October of 2011.  My relaxed hair was a little past shoulder length.  Prior to making the natural decision, I was in a hair rut, big time.  I was just bored with my hair, it wasn’t doing the things I wanted it to do and frequenting Miami hair stylists can be costly so as I learned more about having natural hair, the more intrigued I became.  In the beginning I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick with it because it wasn’t the easiest decision but as time went on I grew to embrace it and LOVE IT!

Top left: Relaxed hair. April 2011 Bottom right: Transitioning, June 2011

So I will give some facts about my natural hair:

1) My hair is very kinky and coily.

2) The top middle section has a little looser curl pattern.

3) My hair is 4 inches long stretched but 2 inches long in its natural state. (Shrinkage is real)

4) I do not only use all natural products but I have started to become more conscious of ingredients and what effect certain ingredients may have on natural hair.

5) I love color! My hair is colored in the top to the middle.  I have colored it 2 times, probably would have been more to maintain the color but I am hesitant of the chemicals.

6) I usually do styles with twists, two strand twist outs, flat twists, etc.

7) I don’t really use heat, I have only blow dried my hair once in the last year.  I am hesitant about heat damage but I don’t really do blow outs or straightening because I want to invest in a really good blow dryer and flat iron for the best results.

8) I use youtube and internet search engines for every question about styling, maintenance, or products that I have.  In the end, I use my own judgement but it is always good to have reference points.

9) When I first started transitioning I kept a journal of facts or tips I wanted to remember, products, and the maintenance such as when I washed, conditioned, or deep conditioned, treated, etc just so I could keep up with what I was doing and using.

10) I love my hair, although I get frustrated or bored at times, but I am very happy with my natural decision.

Day after the big chop

Day after the color was applied

So there you have it, and now that you and my hair have been formally introduced, get used to seeing and reading about it!

Present day hair

I want big hair *sigh* but I know it is a process and I have to be patient with it.  It will get there one day!

What are your views/thoughts/opinions of natural hair?

Thanks for reading and until next time,

Be you, be beautiful

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