Thursday, August 30

Maximizing MY Hair Growth

We all know that the "average" healthy person grows about .5 inches of hair monthly. 
I honestly don't feel like I have been receiving that average growth, especially in the front of my hair. So I decided to enter a challenge. I just joined a "2 inches in 4 months" challenge and wanted to share what I plan on doing to achieve those 2 inches. 

I have various posts on ways to maximizing your growth potential, but lately I haven't been incorporating all these steps myself. It's time that I practice what I preach.

Here's my plan: 


1.) Exercise at LEAST 4x weekly- I am doing this more for health benefits because I have been slacking(majorly!). My goal is to lose at least 5 lbs by December and maintain a healthy active lifestyle for years to come. But I am also hoping to receive accelerated hair growth as well. I know my hair won't go from growing .5 inches to 1 inch a month, but any growth is appreciated. 







2.) Apply my Sulfur Mix to my Scalp 3 weekly-  This is kind of self explanatory. So far, I have been keeping up with my applications. I have done a post on this recently. So, if your interested in my mix, check it out. http://www.6footlonghair.com/2011/11/my-sulfur-oil-mix.html






3.) Increase my Protein Intake- I obviously need protein to fuel my work-outs, but consuming an adequate amount of protein helps stabilize or even increase hair-growth. They say adults should consume at least 30 grams of Protein daily, but I would like to up that to 50-60 grams. I will be incorporating these foods.





4.) Maintain my Vitamin Regimen with the addition of Biotin(again!)- I have been consistently taking MSM and my Multi-Vitamin daily which I am very proud of. But I decided to add Biotin back to my regimen. I am also taking B-Complex to assist in absorbing the Biotin. B-Complex is great for giving you energy and increasing  metabolism, so it helps in more ways than one. 




Monday, August 27

Transition Update: 40 Weeks Post Relaxer

Hey Everyone! I know I have been gone for a (little) while, so I wanted to drop in and let you know I didn't forget about my blog. 

For this post, I decided to give you all a brief update on my transition. I can't believe I am already 40 weeks post relaxer and in 12 more weeks,I will be one year post! How exciting is that?

My regimen and styling hasn't changed. 



If  I am feeling ambitious, I do medium sized twists which typically lasts 2 weeks

And when my twists get messy, I throw on a scarf



If I'm feeling lazy, I do "chunky" twists which typically last only a week

Twists at 38.5 weeks post relaxer 


Wednesday, August 15




Going on a vacation. Hoping to come back refreshed and ready to blog(in a rut).

Talk to you all soon!


Monday, August 13

My Hair Trimming Tools

We all know that trimming/dusting is an important step in maintaining healthy hair. There is no set time period in which one should trim/dust, but going long periods without doing so can lead to problems down the line. I have done a few posts on trimming/dusting, so if you would like to read more about that, check them out. 


On to my hair trimming tools...

Tweezerman LTD Shears

I purchased a new pair of  shears a little while back which I love. 



They are from Tweezerman and do a great job at trimming my ends.  I would still have blunt ends a month or more after using these, so I know they work well. 



I only use them for my hair and I keep them in the package at all times. 

I purchased these at Walgreens for $20.00

Split-Ender 

As a birthday gift for myself, I purchased the Splitender. The main purpose of this tool is to cut 1/8" to 1/4" of your hair which are the very tips. This will either cut off the split ends or hair that is not split although you won't tell the difference because 1/8-1/4" isn't a lot. 

Friday, August 10

Happy Friday!!!




Hope everyone has a SAFE and fun weekend. 

Because I have nothing helpful or insightful to say..I wanted to share a throwback pic that I found at my Grandmothers house when I went to visit this Easter. 

Tuesday, August 7

Battle of the Gels

When it comes to gels, I have tried/used A LOT! 
I still haven't found that perfect non-alcohol gel, but I do have some favs. 
Keep reading for my assessment on some I have tried. 

How I use gel
Lightly dampen hair, add gel, smooth down with fingers or soft boar bristle brush, tie with scarf for 10-30 minutes.
I also only use the gel to the slick down the very front of my hair. 


 Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel- This is one of the healthiest options I have found. Not only is Aloe Vera great for hair growth, it is moisturizing as well. This gel doesn't give my hair a strong hold, but my hair also doesn't revert quickly after using this.
This is my favorite gel to use because it doesn't cause build-up or make my hair hard although I wish it were a little more strong.


Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel- This used to be my favorite Gel. It gives great hold, made my hair shiny and has good ingredients. BUT the build-up it caused/causes is crazy. When using this, I had to make sure to clarify or give my hair a good wash often. It's also best not to use combined with many products. I have used the clear version Eco Styler as well and it wasn't as moisturizing and left my hair kind of hard.

ORS Edge Control- This is more of a wax than a gel. It does a pretty good job holding down the front of my hair for like an hour! I tried using this without water first and my hair still reverted pretty quickly. This also leaves a very waxy build-up in MY hair. Like.. if I were to scrape my hair with my nail, I would have this product all underneath it.  I have read it works well for a lot of people, but for me..it was somewhat a bust.


Fantasia IC Styling Gel- This gel worked great for me. I don't know why I strayed. It's first ingredient, I believe, is Aloe Vera. It was very moisturizing, left my hair shiny, no build-up, flakes, good hold, no hardness. Now, why did I stop using this again? It didn't give GREAT hold and I was looking for that perfect gel that I did not find. I still recommend this product to many people.


Lusters Renutrients Slick Stick- This wouldn't be classified as a gel, but I used it to slick down my edges. I don't even know where to start with this. It literally felt like  I was using a glue stick on my hair. Left the same color and coating. It also feels like wax, BUT it had my edges LAID! I still prefer not to use this because I don't like the look of white, waxy hair.

*I paid less than $6.00 for all of these and used them when I was between 1-20 weeks post relaxer. I currently use Aloe Vera Gel and sometimes the clear Eco-Styler Gel when I need that extra hold and plan on  washing the next day 

*All images found on google images

So, Ladies...what is your favorite gel or holding product?


Wednesday, August 1

Scarves!!!

Hey Ladies! 

So, I have an obsession. As you can see by the title..I'm obsessed with scarves. 
If you follow me on twitter, you probably read that I recently purchased 40(+) more(I know, that's pretty excessive, but I will def. wear them in many different ways. And I am done buying scarves for a while) so I need to think of creative ways to store all of them. 

If you have any (inexpensive or DIY) suggestions, please let me know! 

In the mean time, to store my long and narrow scarves, I use a hanger and curtain rings(got this tip on LHCF). I like this method, but I have to fit like 5 scarves to a ring and I want to reduce the amount of hangers I use.

For my smaller, square shaped or random scarves, I stick them in a basket.
I want to be able to see all the scarves to help narrow my choices in the morning.
I'll probably end up researching this, so if I figure anything out, you will be the first ones to know. 






Stay tuned for some scarf styles posts.


 **I do not only use them for my hair**


Eta: I saw these on ebay when searching for "tie racks".  Some are pretty inexpensive, so I'm contemplating if I should purchase.