Friday, October 29

My Hair Tonight- Braid Out

                                            
So, I'm going out tonight and wanted to switch up my hair. Tonights look is a braid out with my left side pinned back. I followed the same steps as the bantu-knot out except braided my hair and put sum silk rollers on the ends. I only kept them in for an hour because I wanted a wavier look
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My Hair Today- Bantu Knot Out

I co-washed my hair after the gym last night and to airdry, I did some Bantu Knots.
When my hair was about 90% dry, I sprayed the length of my hair with Aloe Vera Juice/Rosewater/Water, added a little moisturizer and sealed with Sheabutter mixed with Coconut Oil.
I did 2 Bantu Knots on each side of my head and took them out this morning.
This is my hair at the end of a work day

We were asked to wear orange and/or black today, which explains my shirt. haha
As you can see by my face/eyes, it was a loooong day. :-)




Wednesday, October 27

Rihanna Pt 2

I remember when Rihanna had her hair like this, many people said she looked like the Wendy's girl. LOL.


But she switched up her look a little. The red is not as bright and she's back to her short cut. I think Short hair fits her soo well and I also like this color on her too


My Recent Purchases

I must admit that I can be a Product-Holic (Most call it a Product Junkie, but for some reason I hate the word junkie, lol) at times, But I got paid 3 times this month.LOL. So after paying for rent, student loans, cable, phone bill, gas, insurance, putting some money in savings, and whatever else came up, I decided to treat myself to some new products. I ordered them online through Swanson Vitamins, so I expect to receive these early next week.

So here they are and my reasoning for buying these:


 Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter

The side of my face broke out real bad and although the break-outs stopped, I was left with some dark spots, which I absolutely hate! I changed my skin care regimen a little, which I will post in a few weeks and decided to try out some black soap as well. I used a different brand in the past, but I wanted to use this one because I can use it as a shampoo too :-). If I like this, this will be my new face wash and Sulfate Free Shampoo. 


Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter promotes healthy skin. Black Soap gently cleanses and exfoliates skin to reveal healthy, radiant skin. Exquisitely rich, yet gentle, Black Soap soothes, moisturizes and conditions your skin with shea butter while it cleanses. It leaves you thoroughly clean and feeling fresh. This formula may also be used as a conditioning shampoo, body wash, soaking bath and household cleanser. Contains no lauryl/laureth sulfates, animal ingredients, no artificial colors and was not tested on animals. pH balanced. Paraben free.

Price Paid: $4.09

 


Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner  

I have heard so many great things about this Conditioner. Many naturals use this because it makes there hair managable and because I have decided to stretch my relaxer 13 weeks, I'm sure this will help with my New Growth as well. I will use this as a Deep Conditioner.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner gives the sweet smell of success to your hair. Trade those dry, thirsty tresses for vibrant, touchably soft hair with this moisture-intensive conditioner enriched with restorative herbal emollients. Detangles and rehydrates to overcome dryness and brittleness and leave hair ultra silky and irresistibly fragrant. Vegan. No parabens. No animal testing. Biodegradable. Recyclable container

Price Paid: $7.15


                      
                    
                   Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Conditioner

My goal is to gain thicker hair which I stated in a post a while back. On my list of ways to do so, was to use Volumizing or Thickening Conditioners which I have been doing for the last 2 months or so. So, I want to give Giovanni a try because I also heard great reviews about their products. This will be one of the conditioners I use for co-washing after work-outs.


Navigate your hair towards bounce, body and shine with Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Conditioner. It features horsetail extract and strengthening silica for lifted, luxurious hair. Max Volume Conditioner detangles, smoothes, protects and sooths to allow your hair to put the pedal to the metal. With Giovanni PureOrganic Technology blend, an advanced essential oil complex.
100% vegetarian/vegan ingredients. No sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate. No phthalates. This product is not tested on animals.

Price Paid: $4.43




Reviews Coming Soon

Monday, October 25

Bangs

I'm thinking about switching up my style a bit by getting bangs.
I used to have bangs a looong time ago and I liked the look, but once they grew out, I never went back.
The great thing about bangs is that once they grow out a little, you have a whole new hairstyle without even trying.
If anyone else is thinking about getting bangs, here are a few styles to choose from.











Thursday, October 21

Protective Styling It

I'm thinking about hiding my hair for all of November with braids. But for now, I will just be wearing protective styles as usual.
I ended up putting a bun in my hair which I don't have a pic of....so I did protect my ends.




*don't mind the bad part



Split Ends

I'm starting to believe split ends are inevitable. I haven't used any direct heat in my hair since April(which was the last time I got a big trim), I barely wear my hair out, I am always in protective styles, moisturize and seal daily, deep condition often and I have dusted my hair a few times since April..yet I still find split ends.

Over the last week or so, I would see really short hairs(----, like that long) on my hands after styling /moisturizing or on my shirts...so I figured they were the split ends breaking off. Just in case though, I did a Protein treatment on Tuesday(a friend gave me some Nexxus Alloxi Polymedic Emergency Reconstructer, so I used that). My hair felt great afterwards, so I figured I was in the clear.

BUT....

Yesterday, at work I saw like 5 or 6 short hairs on my shirt and I freaked out.
So, when I got home, I got in front of a really bright light and mirror and spent an hour dusting my hair. I parted my hair in very small sections and dusted the ends and cut off any split end I saw.Then I twisted each section and dusted the length of my hair.
I applied a moisturizing deep conditioner on my dry hair from root to tip, tied my hair up and went to the gym.  When I got home, I washed it out, conditioner washed then applied my leave-ins. I used a lot of moisture because I did a protein treatment the day prior and did not follow up with a moisturizing treatment.

So far...I finally do not see any broken short hairs!

The moral of this blog post is...the ends of our hair are the oldest part of our hair..there will be wear and tear and yes..split ends no matter what you do. So.. Dust often..at least once every 2 months. For now, I will be dusting every month or every 3 weeks until my next touch-up. Don't hold on to damaged ends and if it's really serious..get a trim!

I am still considering buying the Split Ender, but in order to use it..My hair has to be really straight. I barely wear my hair straight so..I don't know.

Wednesday, October 20

Ditching the Blonde

Looks like Cassie and Mya, who previously went blonde, decided to go back to their roots(or as close as possible). I personally like the dark hair better them, but either way they still look beautiful.




Them as Blondes:





Friday, October 15

Sesame Street:Song: I Love My Hair

I know most/many of you have already seen this..but I just had to post this video. It is so important for young African American girls to embrace and love their hair!  As a child growing up in a predominately white neighborhood and always being the only black girl in class, I always wanted that straight, silky hair. Now being older, I do love my hair..I love my natural texture, I love my relaxed hair, I love all the different styles I can achieve.
We need to teach our younger sisters...to love their hair too.
                                                                     



Monica- Essence Hot Hair

Monica covers Essence magazine’s 1st Hot Hair issue which explores the “unique relationship between African-American women and their hair”.


In the issue, the Atlanta singer interviews with Karen R. Good about her career, motherhood, and hair. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Since Then, Monica -who once aspire to be a hairstylist and worked on friends and acquaintances in her mom’s home-has worn her hair long, curly, asymmetric, blond, black, a bright pre-Rhianna red and everything “in between.” “If you’ve seen the movie ATL [where she played a waitress at the Waffle House],” she reminds us, “I’ve even done blond on the top and completely red on the bottom.” Monica favors a sleek look and makes weekly visits to salons such as Atlanta’s 360 Degree for washes and wraps with foam while she sits under the dryer. “I’m big on hair heath, ” she says. At night, Monica wraps her hair with a silk scarf or sleeps on a satin pillowcase.”


I love Monica!

Few Things

So, the Amla Powder did not make my hair black. It did make my hair a little bit darker, but in the sun, my hair was very noticeably still reddish from the henna.
So, after my next touch-up, whenever that is, or before my final length check in December, I will do Henna/Indigo. I forgot that I had purchased Indigo a while ago, I had it under my sink because it's supposed to be stored in cool dark places, so I will use that to get my hair back to Jet Black.
Once I do that, I'm going to stick with a more simple regimen of just washing, DCing, Moisturizing and Sealing.

The only moisturizers/oils/sealants I will use on my hair for fall/winter is my Aloe Vera Juice Mix which I will seal with either Raw Shea Butter or Coconut Oil. So far, that's what I have been doing..and I love it!!!!! My hair is moisturized all day long and I love the fact that it's all natural.

My Regimen

Shampoo and ACV Rinse- Once a week
Co-wash- as needed after work-outs, usually twice a week
Deep Condition- 1-2 times a week
Protein- As needed(sometimes every other week)
Pre-poo- Once a week
Cut off split ends whenever I see them
Moisturize and Seal daily

Products
Shampoo- Organix Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo
Conditioner- Awapuhi Volumizing Conditioner, Avalon Organics Biotion Conditioner, Suave Coconut Conditioner
Deep Conditioner (Moisture)- Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol
Protein-  Aphogee 2 Min Reconstructer, ORS Hair Mayonnaise
Leave-in- Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructerizer and V05 Herbal Escapes Free me Freesia
Oils- Coconut Oil, Hemp Seed Oil(in my prepoos and deep conditioner), Castor Oil, Eucalyptus Oil
Moisturizer- Aloe Vera Juice Mix, Shea Butter

Airdry- in 2 bantu-knots, 6 braids, or 2 Braids.

Thursday, October 14

Eucalyptus Oil to the Rescue

So I'm back and ready to blog!
My trip was fun/good...unfortunately, I got really sick the first 2 days. I had a really bad cold, migraines, stomach pains and a light fever! Not Fun. I felt like death. After the first day, my migraine and stomach pains went away. And after the 2nd day, my cold was almost completely gone. Talk about fast!
I don't take medicine, I don't believe in it, I only take medicine if I absolutely need to. And being in another country, on a vacation, I felt like I absolutely needed to get over being sick. I took one spoonful of cough medicine, I forget the name. But I don't think that did much for me at all!

What I do think that helped, was the Eucalyptus Oil.
Go figure!

So here's the deal.
I use Eucalyptus Oil in 2 things.
My Toner
My Aloe Vera Juice Mix

My Toner Mix is:
Witch Hazel
Rose Water (read up on this, its great for the skin)
a few Drops of Eucalyptus Oil (helps with acne)

My Aloe Vera Juice Mix is:
Rose Water 9very moisturizing for hair)
Aloe Vera Juice
Coconut Oil
Castor Oil
Eucalyptus Oil (this is my preservative to not have me refrigerate, it also stimulates hair growth and helps with dandruff)

I use both my toner and Aloe Vera Juice Mix twice a day.

One of the main reasons why I use  Eucalyptus Oil  in my toner is because I heard its good for pimples/acne/breakouts.Because it's an essential oil and can't be used alone, I was like heey why not use this in my toner. So, I did and it has been working wonderfully.
My face, mostly my jawline..broke out like crazy and I needed to fix it fast. I think the cause of the break-out was the growth aid I was using, so I stopped using it.

Anyways,  right after I used the toner, I felt like I could breath so much better and shortly after my cold was almost gone! My headache also went away really fast!
Read up on Eucalyptus Oil and figured using it on my face may be the reason why I got better so quick.


Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil

Respiratory Problems: Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti inflammatory and decongestant in nature which makes it a good ingredient for many medicines for treating respiratory problems. A study published in Laryngoscope in 2004 shows its usefulness in treating non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis showed faster improvement when given medicines containing eucalyptus oil. Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are effective on treating sore throat.


Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. On its exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-known antiseptic. Hence eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings.

Thursday, October 7

Melanie Fiona gives "HAIR CARE ADVICE &TIPS"




So, that is her hair! I'm never sure with celebrities, but her hair is gorgeous! So basically, like we know..deep conditioning and moisture is key to healthy hair!

Gone...But Not for Long

To My Lovely Readers,
Starting tomorrow, I will be on vacation... until mid next week.
I sure needed one.
So, regular posting will take place when I get back and settled!













Now, you know I have to talk about hair on this post too.
I'm only taking a selected amount of products on this trip and putting them in travel containers....here it is

Aloe Vera Juice Mix- Adding Eucalyptus Oil  as a preservative so I don't have to refrigerate
Coconut Oil
Wide Tooth Comb
Moisturizer
Coconut Oil
a few silk pillow rollers for my braid-outs 
Silk Scarf

Back to Black- Amla Powder

If you recall, in an attempt to thicken my hair, I was doing Henna Glosses. I did see my hair get a little thicker, but it also gave my hair a reddish/auburn tint. It was actually very noticable to me and others began to compliment on it as well. But....I became sick of the color and wanted my black hair back...so I did some research on products that can naturally turn hair darker and help with growth and came across Amla Powder. Lucklily I live near an Indian Grocery store and found Amla Powder for about $2.50, so I decided to give it a try last night.
As it gets colder, I become soooo lazy with my hair, so I wanted to deep condition and do the Alma Treatment at the Same time without having to go into the shower more than once.

Here was my mix:

3 Table Spoons of Lustrasilk Cholestorol
a little less then half the box Amla Powder
1 Table Spoon of Coconut Oil
Enough hot water to make a creamy mixture

Mixed it up then applied to dry hair in sections
Kept on for about an hour
Washed out with diluted shampoo
then did a couple of Conditioner washes
Applied Leave-ins and did a braid out once my hair was about 80% dry....

So here's my hair with the reddish tint


And here's my hair after using Amla Powder



See below for Benefits of Amla Powder.

Tuesday, October 5

On the Search for the Perfect Flat Iron

I don't flat iron my hair much, but I decided that I will do so in December for my final length check. I haven't used any direct heat on my hair since April and since then I have only had one roller set.
I'm hoping I can get away from relaxing by using a flat iron that is good enough to straighten my new-growth without causing any heat damage.
I may chicken out though and do a roller-set and saran wrap, but for now I want a flat iron.

So...how do I determine what is the best flat iron?
Easy: Reviews..Reviews..Reviews
I do a search on google typing in "Best Flat Iron longhaircareforum" and I come up with various reviews from the Long Hair Care Forum and Black Hair Media..then I narrow down my search.

The Top 4 Are:

FHI (prices for ranging from $69- $100)


Farouk CHI (Prices ranging from $89- $120)


SEDU (Prices Ranging from $95.99- $139.00)




Solia (Prices ranging from $84.99- $89.99)



Now that I have narrowed down my search..and as you can see these aren't cheap..... I will search various reviews on each, remembering the Pro's and Con's then I will narrow my search even further. If anyone has tried any of these flat irons or have any other recommendations let me know!

Monday, October 4

Do Black Men Prefer Woman with Long Hair or Short Hair?

For your reading pleasure.
This article didn't really say much to me, but hey..some may find this interesting.

http://madamenoire.com/23040/do-black-men-prefer-women-with-long-hair-or-short-hair-33333/

I never really liked this question, because it's really hard to generalize, especially asking if BLACK men..not MEN in general prefer long or short hair.  From my own experience, I believe that men don't really care if hair is long or short..as long as in their eyes, the woman looks good..that's all that matters.
Take Halle Berry for example, for the most part, she has short hair and is still deemed one of the most beautiful woman in the industry.
And to be honest with you...as long as YOU think you look good regardless the style, cut, length of your hair...that's all that really matters.

Friday, October 1

What's the Point of Having or Wanting Long Hair if It's ALWAYS Up?

I get this question a lot.
My Simple Answer: Because I like my hair up and by keeping it off my back/shoulders..I can retain length a lot better.

I was never a big fan of wearing my hair down...never liked the way it looked on me, maybe once it gets longer I will. I only wore my hair down like a a few days after a relaxer or wash and set and pinned it right back up. At one point before my healthy hair journey, I did constantly wear my hair down, but I noticed my ends where also very thin.

One of my main goals for growing my hair long, is to have more length to my protective styles..Such as French Braids, 2 braids, thicker buns and long poytails. I would also like my braid-outs to be Arm Pit Length and my Bantu Knots to be Collar Bone Length.

So there's my reason for constant protective styles and why I want my hair longer.

Solange Knowles

I love this look! The scarf/turban looks soo nice and she looks beautiful!




Pic from: my fav celeb blog NecoleBitchie