Tuesday, August 30

Nightly Routine

My nightly routine makes getting ready in the morning so simple.

Here's what I will be doing for the next few weeks:

Spritz Hair with Water
Finger Part hair and apply Aloe Vera Gel mixed with Garlic Oil to decrease shedding ( every other day on scalp)
Moisturize in Sections
Seal with Grapeseed Oil
Put hair in 2 braids
Pin Braids Up
Place Scarf on head
Place Plastic Cap over scarf - If I feel like my hair is oily and will stain my pillow case


When I wake up in the AM, I can either:
Remove braids for a soft crimpy braid out look
                           OR
Slick down edges/tie with a scarf and place braids in a clip or small bun, remove scarf when I get in car


I have been doing the latter for the past 2 days.




Update- My Hair

So..I went ahead and relaxed my hair this past weekend (16 weeks post relaxer) and once again was left underprocessed(not texlaxed). I swear I'm starting to think my hair is getting too strong for these relaxers!(blame it on the biotin and not using heat AT all)  Total smoothing and application time was 27 minutes which is a little over the recommended time and the relaxer still didn't take well.
 I was contemplating going to a stylist from way back when to do a corrective when I'm 8 weeks post...but I'll see how it goes. I'm kind of used to this underprocessing thing and my hair has gotten thicker because of it.
The last 4 months of the year, I am going extremely "hard" with my haircare because this is the LAST year I actively grow my hair out...so waiting for a touch-up may not be difficult for me since I will be in protective styles.
I think I MAY flat-iron my hair in October (if I don't get a touch-up) for a length check, so we'll have to wait until then for pics.

Okay...so I Lost almost NO hair during this relaxer process and I think it's because of these 3 things:

1.) After Neutralizing with the Shampoo, I did an Apple Cidar Vinegar rinse to balance the PH levels in my hair.
2.) When Deep Conditioning..I applied Aloe Vera Gel to my scalp only to help decrease shedding
3.) Applied Neutralizer mixed with Hemp Seed Oil to my already relaxed ends before relaxing

So, those additions will remain for my relaxer process.

Sorry...I don't have any pics, but you will see some soon!

VOTD & QOTD

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
-Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)



"As you wander on through life, brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole"


 My father gave me a daily devotion book that I absolutely adore. It is just the right thing I need to start  my morning and I learn so much about the Bible and even about myself when reading it.
Todays devotion was focused on negative thinking.... How negative thinking leads to negative results/negative people. 
So, let go of all negative thoughts! Don't say "my life stinks because of this, that and whatever". Thank God that he gave you another day to change what you don't like about your life. I know we heard this saying so many times " You can do anything you put your mind to". It is so true. The author gave an example; When she thinks of icecream all day, later on she sees herself in a car driving to get some icecream. So if you want something, whatever it may be, put your faith in God and YOURSELF and KNOW you will get it!

I hope everyone has a BLESSED day!

Saturday, August 27

Review: Chi 44 Iron Guard

We all know that if we are planning on using any form of direct heat, a heat protectant should be used. Heat protection comes in various forms, such as a leave-in, serum, or water based spray. I have used all three kinds and sometimes combine two (for instance-using  Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructurizer as a leave-in then once hair dries spray Beyond the Zone Heat Protectant on my hair, then proceed to flat-iron or blow-dry). My sister gave me her heat protectant, Chi Iron guard, because
never used it and doesn't flat-iron or blow-dry her hair.
I have used it a few times and because it was "Chi", I thought it would be the holy grail of heat protectants....
See below for my review.



Product Features
Provides superior heat protection for hair from the inside out
Protects against styling and finishing damages from the hottest heat styling tools
Remains hair silky and shiny
Styles last longer with use
Weightless compound, style can be regenerated with heat again and again


Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, SD Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, PPG 20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG Propyl Silanetriol, Perfume (Fragrance), Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Ceramic

Product Description
CHI Iron Guard by Farouk provides superior heat protection, against styling and finishing damage from the hottest heat tools. Hair will remain silky and shiny, allowing your hair style to last longer

How I used it: When I last relaxed, I sprayed this on each section of my air dried hair before flat-ironing.
Also, before blow drying to stretch my underprocessed hair and/or newgrowth, I would spray this on about 98% dry hair.

My Review: My hair basically stuck together after a few days of using this as a heat protectant when flat-ironing. I figured it could have been because I sprayed on each section when I should have just sprayed through-out my hair. BUT when I used other heat-protectants, I did that and never experienced sticky hair. I also didn't experience the silky smooth hair I wished to. It didn't completely dry out my hair, but I didn't have that swang I would get using a serum,
So, I decided to give it another try, but this time blow-dry and only spray a very little on my hair. My hair still felt a little sticky and it wasn't as smooth as I wished.
I will give it one more try, but so far, I am not loving this

Will I re-purchase- No, I will not. Chi has great products, so I think if I were to purchase another heat protectant from them it will be the Silk Infusium,

Cost 8.5 oz:  free for me, but my sister paid $14.99 @ CVS BUT it can be as low as $9.00 at other places.

Friday, August 26

Bunning it

I ended up taking my twists out last night. On Wednesday, I actually co-washed my hair while in twists and I really felt like I missed my hair after doing so. So, Thursday...out went the twists!
I actually did a video on how I remove my twists...but my nose looked SUPER shiny..and I was not going to post that for the world to see. But I followed the same procedure as before and coated my twists with V05 Moisture Milks, untwisted, then finger detangled. Once all the twists were out, I de-tangled with a wide-tooth comb.

Right now I am rocking a big ol' bun. (yes, that;s a satin scrunchy..and I could not care less that it's showing. Health of my hair before anything)

Sorry for the crappy pics...I took them with my phone.


Thursday, August 25

The Beautiful Aaliyah- Re-Post

How could I have a Hair Blog and NOT post something on Aaliyah. I swear her hair was always on point. She was a beautiful woman inside and out.


~RIP Aaliyah~
Today marks the 10th anniversary of her death, so I had to re-post this!!!











For all of you Beyonce fans, take a look at her interviewing Aaliyah. They both look beautiful. Especially Aaliyah. I love jet black hair and I like the color on the tips. Anyway, enjoy!




If anyone can find me an article on Aaliyah speaking about her hair, let me know! I would love to post it. I see alot of people speaking about her regimen, but I never see her actually speaking about it.







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Wednesday, August 24

Beyonce- Countdown


You wonder why I have a blog post titled "Beyonce Countdown"...well...first, I love this song!
Second...I am counting down the days until my relaxer touch-up.
Yes, I will be relaxing my hair next Friday at 17 weeks post.
This weekend I will remove my twists, do a protein DC and lightly blow-dry my roots to stretch them out a bit to avoid matting through-out the week.
I will be self-relaxing doing the half-half method and I already have everything I need for it.
I will give more details about the process in future posts!




Enjoy this song and have a GREAT day!



Monday, August 22

Dollar Finds!

Ok, so I just happened to stop by a dollar store in Atlantic City to buy a bottle of water and the hair section came across my way. Let me stop...whenever I go into any store...if I have time, I always make it to the hair section.

This is what I purchased.


End Papers- 500 sheets
this will be great for when I start doing roller-sets more often!

Scunci Spiral Rollers- 8 Large, 8 Small
I think these will create some nice curls although I could probably use perm rods or flexi rods for a similar outcome. But heeeeey, it was a dollar!


And a regular ole' headband

Total Spent: $3.00

Sunday, August 21

Just a Few Pics

I spent the weekend in Atlantic City with some friends and had a blast. I have been there before, but this time I enjoyed it much more!! I didn't take many pics...but decided to share a few of myself with you all.

I still have the twists in my hair..and I must say, they are sooo easy to care for!









Thursday, August 18

Patra and her Braids

Okay..now I'm sure most of you have heard the term "Patra Braids". Well the originator herself was spotted recently with her trademark braids.

For all of you who don't know- Patra is a Reggae Artist from the 90's who's famous for the songs "Pull up to the Bumper" and "Romantic Call"..etc





Wednesday, August 17

Tips to Avoid a Big Trim

Some people are able to go long periods of time without trimming their hair while maintaining nice ends.
I believe in order to do so, the below tips should be taken into consideration.

1.) Get rid of any Damaged/Split Ends- If you plan on extending the your trims, you should start off with fresh healthy ends. So I suggest starting off with a nice trim.

2.) Deep Condition Regularly- The causes of split ends vary, but one major culprit is dry hair. Keeping up with your Deep Conditioning Treatments will help keep your hair hydrated.

3.) Moisturize Hair/Ends as Needed- This goes with the above. I know you hear this all the time, but your hair is like a plant. Now you know how a plant looks when it hasn't been watered for a while. So keep your hair moisturized at all times.

4.) DUST or Search & Destroy- Now I strongly believe that even if you don't TRIM, dusting should be done in between. With the ends being the oldest part of our hair, some damage is expected, regardless how well we treat our hair. A dust should be about 1/4 of an inch all around.
You should also look at the ends and if you see any split ends, cut above the split end.

5.) Use Good Quality Hair Shears- You're better of not dusting/trimming your hair at all if you are using dull shears. Invest in a good pair of hair shears and use those only for your hair.  

6.) Minimize Direct Heat- Direct heat such as blow-drying and flat-ironing depletes moisture from our hair and can result in slight damage if done too often. With that being said, reducing the amount of direct heat on our hair, will keep our strands strong and healthy. If you do use heat, as always, use a heat protectant or a serum before doing so.


More tips coming soon.....

Video: How I Style My Twists


Monday, August 15

The Bet

This is a bet that my friend and I have. We are both trying to grow our hair out, but both have thoughts of cutting a few inches like every 2 months. We have 2 very different hair textures, but the same goal in mind.
I am relaxed and she is natural (with loose curly hair, but she is color treated). I am APL while she is BSL. My goal is to get to her length. This is a fun, cute bet....so here goes the rules.

Starting today August 15th 2011, we cannot cut our hair until the end of our bet which ends April 1st 2012

What we CAN do is trim our ends when needed

What we CANNOT do is layer our hair, cut bangs, or cut anything over 1/2 inch of hair

If either of us CUT our hair before April 1st the loser will have to pay $250.00.

Do you agree??- YES!!


Starting Pics:


My Friend

ME
Although this was taken in May, my hair was cut almost an inch since then. So I believe this is still my current length. 

Video:Twists On Relaxed Hair

So, I ended up going back in twists to help decrease tangles during the last 3 weeks of my stretch.
I am 14 weeks post relaxer and because I was underprocessed my last relaxer it feels like I'm 6 months post.



Recap of video:

Did these on Airdried Hair
Took 5 hours because they are pretty small and I had to detanlge as I went along.
Moisturized with Giovanni Direct Leave-in
Twirled fingers on ends to secure twists
Will not be wearing these down because they look extra thin #blameitontherelaxer!
I do not like doing videos- But I did one for ya'll! :-D

Saturday, August 13

Rihanna

There is nothing really extraordinary about this hairstyle. What I like is the simplicity of it. Anyone can achieve this look with a simple phony-pony....or even with you're own hair in pony braid-out.

I kind of miss the red hair to tell you the truth...it grew on me.





Side-Note: No make-up and still looking beautiful!!


Images: Flynet




Friday, August 12

Took the Twists Out

 I wanted to keep these in for 2 weeks...but a Henna and Indigo Treatment is calling my name. Plus, I will be going on a trip soon and I would like my hair to look "fresh" for it.





Before removing each twist, I coated them with V05 Strawberry and Cream Conditioner. They were so soft and I had virtually no breakage. I separated and lightly finger detangled each twist as I removed them.

I was left with this..and a GREASY face!

3 Ways I Use Baking Soda

* Well, besides the obvious!

1.) When Oil From My Hair Get's on My Clothes- Put some baking soda on the stain, let sit for a good amount of time(I let it sit for like 3 hours or even overnight), rinse..voila..the oil stain is GONE

2.) When I Run Out of Shampoo- Mix a little bit of conditioner and water with baking soda, then wash my hair with the concoction...voila..clean hair (I hardly EVER run out of shampoo though)

3.)  To Exfoliate My Skin*- Mix some Baking Soda with my facial cleanser...gently rub on face..rinse...voila..smooth, soft skin. 

*I also use brown sugar, which I find equally effective

Thursday, August 11

Giraffe Earrings

LOL.
So, I purchased some Vintage Hand Painted Giraffe Earrings on Ebay.

Now, you all know I am 6 ft. tall...and Proud! But growing up I hated my height...and would sometimes be called a giraffe. I swear, some kids are evil!!!

Side Note: Kimora Lee Simons went through the saaaame thing and look at her now!

Anyway...because I am so comfortable in the skin I'm in now...I bought these earrings as a way to embrace the "name calling"  I endured as a child.



I think they're cute...but then again, I have very eclectic taste in jewelery(if you haven't noticed by my last earrings post)

Crackle

I think I am like the last person to jump on the crackle band-waggon.
I used the crackle over a nail polish color I'm not too fond of....red!



This is the Sally Hansen brand crackle

To be honest with you, I don't really like it. Maybe it would look better with a different base color.
The crackle polish was also verrry thick...even with just one coat.

Wednesday, August 10

#Random

  • Surprisingly, I got SOOOOO many compliments on my twists. Who would of thunk. I guess they look much better in person.
  • I started taking Garlic Vitamins. After I saw all that hair I shedded after taking my braids out, I was like, "I HAVE to get this under control!!!"
  • My aunt is coming down to visit soon..yaaaaay...and I need to find her a good professional flat iron...I'm thinking a Chi (do they have any with heat control?) , Sedu or FHI. Any Suggestions ? She's natural
  • I also have to cut my Dad's hair soon and buy him some new clippers. Yes, Ms.D is a jack of all hair trades...but my Mens hair cutting skills are not that great. Practice makes perfect!
  • I'm 13.5 weeks post relaxer....here come the transitioning thoughts!!!!
  • Check out the poll on the left side of my blog....can you believe Relaxed Heads are the MINORITY?!?! 
  • People Keep asking me when will I wear my hair out....In due time my friends..in due time! I'm on a hard core grow my hair out/protect my ends personal challenge. Once I reach my final goal, thick BSB or BSL, my hair will be out and "swanging" almost every day(well not really..lol)
  • I have an extreme tail that goes past my shoulder blade in the back while the rest of my hair is a little past APL. Am I going to cut that tail...Heck Naw! I'm hoping the rest will catch up by year end
  • I am tempted to cut off like 2 inches of my hair because my ends seem really thin, but I will wait until December to do that big chop(If necessary) and do a mini trim along the way
  • I can't say this enough, but thank you allllll for stopping by my blog :-D

Tuesday, August 9

Angela Simmons Hair- Post Weave

I'm sure everyone knows that the Simmons sister's have some beautiful hair. For the last few years, they have been protecting their hair with weaves and it sure paid off. Angela posted this via twitter:


Just took my weave out.. Look how long my hair grew. Its so thick !!



Source



Monday, August 8

Two-Strand Twists on My Relaxed Hair


Because my new-growth has been getting tangled easily, I decided to put some twists in my hair to avoid any extreme knots during the week.
This is one time I really wish I were natural because these would look sooooo much better. The relaxed ends make my hair look stringy! But for now, they will do.

I will wear them either in a bun or in a faux bob. Because I did this with my real hair, I need to protect my ends by keeping them tucked away.


                                                            Twists rolled and tucked under


#Ew....I will not be wearing them down...AT ALL!

Hotmess! lol


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Sunday, August 7

Weekend Wrap Up- The Braids Aftermath

It took me 5.5 hours to remove all of my braids and this is half of the shed hair I was left with. Before removing my braids, I misted them with water mixed with Aloe Vera Juice. As I took out each braid out, I gently finger detangled my hair to remove all shed hair. Then when all of the braids were out, I sprayed my hair with the Aloe Vera Juice and Water then thoroughly detangled with a wide tooth comb.




After detangling each section, I put my hair in about 10 braids and shampooed my hair in those same braids.
I applied diluted shampoo to my scalp, massaged it in and let the water run down my hair.Then I applied some conditioner to the braids, let it sit for about 3 minutes then rinsed.









I then removed each braid, applied my Deep Conditioner (Lekair Cholesterol) then twisted each section. Put my shower cap on and left it on for about 1 hour.









While rinsing the DC out in the shower, I removed the twists and rinsed my hair loose. I then  applied Roux Porosity Control to my hair, let it sit for about 3 minutes then rinsed.
Towel Dried my hair, applied leave-ins and let air dry for about 30 minutes



Then I applied my Shea-Aloe Mix (Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Essential Oils, Avocado Oil) to my hair in sections, then put about 8-10 braids in my hair. I applied silk rollers to the ends to my braid-out wouldn't have straight ends.









Later on that night, I sprayed some Hot 6 Oil to my hair, removed the braids.  fluffed the braids out and was left with this........





I am now twisting my hair, so I can keep those twists in a bun for the week. This is the bottom 3 rows. 

Saturday, August 6

So You Want to Color Your Hair?!


Color treated hair, whether you are natural or relaxed, requires extra care.
I always suggest to use semi-permanent hair dye/rinses, henna, indigo, honey, coffee...you see where I am going...Go the Natural route
BUT some can't find one that works for them or would like a more specific or dramatic color so they opt for Commercial/Chemical Hair Dyes.
Some people just use Dye to cover up Greys.  

IF you Dye your hair, keep reading for some tips

  • If you are Relaxed, NEVER Color and Relax the same day!!
  • Always Relax Before Coloring- You should wait at least 3 weeks after Relaxing your hair to apply color. I suggest waiting 4 weeks
  • Start Stretching Your Relaxers- Now that you have TWO chemicals in your hair, it is important to reduce the amount 1 chemical treatment in your hair. You have to pick, the color or the relaxer. I vote for the relaxer
  • If you want the color to last, do a Clear RINSE (Semi-permanent Hair Color which has NO peroxide) to seal in the color- This will help reduce the amount of touch-ups you will have to do.  
  • MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE and PROTEIN!- You need to keep your hair moisturized at all times. This means more Deep Conditioning Treatments, maybe incorporate Co-Washing and Moisturizing hair day and night. Also, don't forget about Protein treatments. A Hard Core Protein Treatment, such as Aphogee may be needed every 6 weeks. If not, a Mild Protein DC should be used at least bi-weekly.ALWAYS follow up a Protein treatment with a Moisturizing DC!
  • Use Sulfate Free Shampoos- Shampoos with Sulfate will strip the hair color and may potentially dry out your hair. Opt for Sulfate free Shampoos
  • LAY OFF THE DIRECT HEAT!!!!-  Blow-drying and Flat-Ironing your hair should be done at the absolute Minimum.


Thursday, August 4

It's About That Time

....to take these braids out!
That's it! I'm sick of them. I tried, I really tried to keep them in for 8 weeks, but I think 5 weeks is my max.
I must say that I am proud of myself. Since the start of my journey, the longest time I could keep my braids in was 4 weeks. Last year my braids lasted 4 weeks, then 3 and sadly after that, only 2 weeks.
So...to me, this is a big accomplishment.

This is what my new-growth in braids looked like @ 4 weeks. I think that's about .5 inches. Now I just hope I retain all of that.

This is TRUE 4B/4C hair!



I'm taking these out tomorrow, then I'll put my hair in small, long cornrows next weekend. I plan to keep those in for 2 weeks....

I plan to relax the first week of September and I know there's going to be a jungle to get through. My hair was slightly (I use this term lightly) underprocessed...so I have a lot to work with.
Here's a preview.....

This was my hair 5.28.2011


Kimora and Kenzo

Now you would think that I am gushing over Kimora's hair....but nope..I am in love with this little fro (although it's not picked out) Kenzo has going on. Isn't he adorable? And that hair?!! So cute. I usually don't post men's(or shall I say little boys) hair on my blog...but there's a first time for everything!