Hey guys! My account is still jacked up...I am yet to have that problem fixed but in due time dolls, in due time! Anyway, as I was sitting in my world of music class not paying the slightest bit of attention, I thought about my outfit. I'm currently wearing an all black scarf around my neck and although I bought this last year when I wore my hair down and out (lol..no pun intended), I thought of how many people don't realize that the materials in their clothes, especially their winter clothes (mainly wool) can really destroy their ends! It's very important to keep your hair off the collars of coats that may be harmful to your hair. Hats can also mess up your hair. One winter my favorite acrylic hat jacked my edges ALL the way up! Thank God my hair grows fast! Now hats can be tricky! You kinda need them during the winter and wearing a scarf underneath may not always be an options. One of my lovely Trader Girls, however, came up with a niftly little technique! Just browse through the Trader Girl entries. They're all full of great info! I'm sure you won't feel as though you've wasted your time! Well, until next time...Happy Healthy Hair Growing! :)
Last week i received my first order of Megatek! For those of you who don't know about Megatek, it is a very powerful (and expensive) conditioner formulated to grow back the manes and tails of horses who suffer from skin conditions and other issues that make it difficult to grow their hair. The conditioner has been deemed safe to use on humans and lots of ladies have enjoyed remarkable results. I've only used it twice as a conditioner and I really really love the coconut smell! I honestly wasn't expecting it to smell as good as it does so that was a pleasant surprise! Here's a picture of a "faithful user" of Megatek with a 2 month comparison pic. According to her, without the product she was only getting 1/8-1/4" a month of growth which is below the average 1/2" a month that most people see.
So yeah, $30 a pop is a bit steep but the results can NOT be denied!
Anyway, like I was saying. I used the product on my wet hair as a deep conditioner overnight using a shower cap and a rubber band (i don't recommend). I applied the product, put a regular plastic cap on and kept it on with a rubber band, slapped a bonnet on and said *goodnight*. I woke up with a headache due to the rubberband cutting off all circulation to my brain during my slumber. SMH, never again. Thankfully, I discovered the other way to use Megatek; on dry hair! If you've ever used Luster's Pink Lotion and liked it, you'll LOVE using Megatek dry! I put about a dime size or less in my palm, rub my hands together and distribute all throughout. I then use my denman (for no reason in particular) to get a more even distribution and use about the same amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to seal it in with, distributing the same way. In oder to avoid using heat later on in the week (i'll get into that later) I pin curl my hair all over so my hair has some sort of bump to it. Going back to the shower cap, but smarter this time, I put it on the same way but secure it tight and twist the extra slack twisting it like a bantu know and securing it with a bobby pin. That'll keep the moisture on my hair and off my pillow case, in the air, or whatever other way moisture can be stolen. Today is Monday and I do plan to keep my hair like this at least until Thursday! Oh, I am not playing! My ends WILL be healthy in 2010!
Back to what I was saying though, it's never a good idea to apply direct head (flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers etc.) more than 2-3 days after washing your hair. Think about it, have you ever looked at your hair days after washing it? Like, REALLY looked at it? There's all kinda of lint and other ungodly things from your clothes, scarves, cleaning and just your environment in general in there. You don't want to bake those things into your hair deeper. Eghk! And constant heat is always a bad thing in itself. Instead of retouching your style every morning, try bantu knots, pin curls or rollers. These things will all help in keeping your ends together.
So, did I miss anything? If so, let yourself be heard in the next edition of Trader Girls with your own tips, tricks and concotions by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Until next time Happy Healthy Hair Growing!
Okay so on to things you all probably care just a tad bit more to know about. This is my 33rd week post relaxer! So that's 8 months by the 4 week=a month rule and 7 months by the 29th of the month rule. I haven't put any scissors to my hair so I'm still going strong on my no scissor challege!! My next trim will be on January 30th 2010! My new growth is a lot longer now but I think my obsession with my hair has subsided thank GOD lol. The weeks were inching by when I was always in my hair and had my hair aspirations constantly on my mind. My current hair status over the past few weeks is blown out and flat ironed for two reasons. One, it's cold out and washing my hair every few days is simply not gonna happen! I can't afford to go out with my pores open and risk flu especially with things like the swine flu going around and things such as that. Also, my hair stays straighter longer with the weather being colder so I don't have to worry about applying frequent heat to maintain the style. So it's all good!
Second reason for the straight style: doing my beloved puffs and twisted styles everyday has began to take it's toll on my edges. :( While I was aware that this would happen, those style are the only ones I was comfortable wearing with my bantu knot outs. Don't be alarmed though my loves, my edges aren't bad at all! As a matter of fact, I'm the only one who noticed a change! These are just precautions! I figure, keeping my hair straight will give my edges the much needed break and allow me to switch my look up for a however long I want. Well, I'll be back soon loves! School is over, however I'm nowhere near my computer and I must be honest, I hate blogging on this laptop! I know I owe you all major so maybe I'll make a few exceptions while I'm away from school! I do have more to tell!
Until next time...Happy Healthy Hair Growing!
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The most common type of stress-induced hair loss is telogen effluvium. In this condition, emotional or physical stress — related to a death in the family, pregnancy, severe weight loss or surgery, for example — pushes large numbers of growing hairs into a resting phase. Within a few months, the affected hairs may fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair. The hair typically grows back when the emotional or physical stress is resolved, although this can take months.
For some people, intense stress may trigger a type of hair loss called alopecia areata. In this condition, white blood cells attack the hair follicle — which stops hair growth. Within weeks, the affected hair falls out. The hair loss usually starts as a small round patch but may eventually spread to the whole scalp, and sometimes to body hair as well. The hair generally grows back, but the cycle may repeat itself.
Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your hair. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. If needed, your doctor may suggest treatment options for the hair loss as well.
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6 AM before the parade
after the parade was rained on lol
for my birthday..shoulda took better shots of the hair..sorry lol
birthday celebration #2 :)
romotes longer hair, healthier hair, thicker hair. Can grow hair noticeably in 2 - 3 weeks, can thicken hair in days, can arrest shedding hair in about 4 days." Lots of women on youtube have been documenting their usage and success with the product. There are a few who aren't impressed but most seem to have positive feedback. As for myself, I still really like NuGro. The smell isn't the greatest but I can honestly say (unless I am trippin beyond reason) it has grown my hair quite a bit. Back in August when I did my first mini chop, I cut my hair super uneven. My friends told me it wasn't noticeable but I definitely noticed! Especially when trying to do my bantu knots. The back left side would always be much harder to twist and coil. Well, last night while doing my bantu knot set I noticed that it wasn't as difficult to knot as it was before. At first I was like "hey my hair grew!" and then I remembered my NuGro and just had to post a product review! If you can't tell by now, NuGro get's a GIRL, YES! from me! I probably use it more than the bottle recommends but hey, I do what I please! lol Now I will say this, NuGro's conditioner is not one that I would highly recommend for detangling hair. It's very watery and it feels like your hair is literally drinking it. By that I mean, there is hardly any left on the shaft to detangle with. Lately I've been using Herbal Essence's None of Your Frizzness to do my detangling with a wide toothed comb and a paddle brush. Well, I hope I've helped someone out today...until next time, Happy Healthy Hair Growing! :)
Addendum:Naturallycurly.com readers have suggested a third Type 3 subtype: 3c.
Type 3C, is hair with tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Some people refer to this as "big hair." Getting this type of hair to blowdry straight is more challenging than for 3A or 3B, but it usually can be done. This includes those with very tight curls but finer hair, as well as coarser hair. 3C has really really tight curls, like pencil or straw circumference. 3B is like sidewalk chalk or salt shaker circumference, and 4A is like coffee stirrer circumference.
Addendum:NaturallyCurly.com type 4 readers have found the above description limiting, and somewhat misleading. We offer the following addendum:
Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse strand texture. Generally, this hair is densely packed to give the appearance of very thick but fragile hair. 4a hair has a clearly visible curl and wave pattern that ranges from pen size curls to pen spring size coils. 4b hair has a tighter wave pattern and kinks of various size. This texture does not exhibit the shine or silkiness of looser type curls, but instead has sheen, and a soft, almost cotton-like feel. As with other types of curly hair, showing the true length can be an extra challenge, as the hair may grow "up" or "out" before starting to hang down. In its unlocked/unbraided state, type 4 hair is known to shrink up to 75% of the actual hair length. With the proper care and technique, type 4 hair is indeed resilient, manageable, durable, growable and easy to control.
So I'm sure by now that we've all seen Ms. Solange's new do. Some said she looked a mess, others argued that beauty should not be defined by hair. Some of us in the natural community may have been a little eager to accept her into our natural hair club and others may have seen it as the commercial attention to the "big chop" that is well, less than desirable. Well, as I was surfing the net, I stumbled upon Ms. Knowles' own explanation or reaction to all of the above stated feelings emoted by the general public and celebrities alike. Have a read. You can find the entire transcript at Honey Magazine.