4.23.2011

Goodbye...For Now!

I'm coming to you all to say goodbye....for now. I just don't have time for my blog anymore but I AM leaving it up for you all to use the information. Right now I'm trying to get my graphic design business off the ground and I just have too many other things to worry about. I apologize to my faithful readers but I just can't do it anymore. I hope you all understand. Please support me in my new graphic design business by visiting http://www.donnadesigns.viewbook.com to view my portfolio. If you have any requests, I can be reached via email at donnajenay@aol.com. I do not do websites!!

Love you always,
Sha'Donna. xoxo

4.01.2011

Sea Salt Curl Enhancer (Review)

So as promised, I tried the sea salt curl enhancer! I filled my spray bottle up and added about a half teaspoon of sea salt and shook it up. I spritzed my hair and scrunched the solution into it and allowed my hair to air dry. The results? Blehh. Not really my style. My curls were most definitely enhanced, though! I would describe the sea salt water as a curl tightener, if anything. I could see how someone with wavy hair would gush over the results but I'm pretty content with the diameter of my coils.

In other news, I have a mini twist set in that I plan to keep for about 3 weeks. Last time I had them in I don't even think I informed you guys but a couple things have changed! For one, they've grown a little bit and I'm a lot more comfortable wearing them down as opposed to my usual frontal flat twists. Also, I've started wearing them in different styles. Hopefully I'll remember to take pictures to show to you guys over the next few weeks! As far as care goes, I spritz them with pure water before leaving the house. Sometimes I add a little leave in and seal with coconut oil for added moisture. Even though these twists are very low maintenance, I don't want to neglect my hair's basic need for moisture. If you're also wearing a twist set, or plan to in the future, be sure to give your hair the same amount of TLC as you would normally. And as always, Happy Health Hair Growing!

3.24.2011

Reminder

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3.23.2011

Sea Salt Curl Enhancer

Hey guys! So I did some digging around and word on the street is that sea salt water is a great, natural way to boost your curls! A lot of natural women rant about how their curls pop when their at the beach and sea salt sprays are where it's at. Now, the women talking about this said their "waves turned to coils" which leads me to believe that their hair type is a lot loser than mine but I'm still willing to give it a try! Be advised though that we also know that salt can erode the hair, which is a bad thing. This is the reason most curlies co-wash after heavy workouts. Maybe the sea salt makes the difference. I'm gonna mix sea salt and water and spritz my hair the next time I wear my fro and keep you all posted! Toodles!

3.21.2011

Reminder

Hey guys, just a little FYI, I do have a fotki account that I update with pictures and whatnot. It's a great place to visually follow my journey without having to search for pictures on the blog. Check it out by clicking here!

3.20.2011

Curl. EEEEE!

Curly CURL.EE curlie.








**i did not dye my hair. it was the lighting.

3.19.2011

Cutesy Coil Out

"they're taking advantage of the fad"-DJ

Around my 2nd month of naturaldom I tried out my very first coil out. I'm not sure I even took a picture of it. And if I did, I have no idea where it is. It wasn't all that great at all. It actually looked like I was starting locs. Wasn't a fan. But now, here I am just a smidge over a year in and I thought I'd give it another try. I recently did the style on my mother's hair and thought it was pretty cute. Using Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding I coiled my hair up and allowed to air dry over night. Here are some pictures of the next day...All the accessories in these pictures were hand made by yours truly and will eventually be for sale right here on the blog via paypal! :)






I'm usually 99% against products such as Miss Jessie's, Kinky Curly, or any other product that I feel is targeted at newly naturals because of their price. I feel like they're taking advantage of the "fad" + lack of knowledge. A lot of women run for those products without any other knowledge of natural hair care and then are upset when the product does not yield miraculous results......but anyway! Miss Jessie's actually did a good job. I DID NOT purchase the product, my sister bought it a while ago, and like most women, was not too impressed and gave it to my mom who then gave it to me. (LOL) I used my Giovanni Direct Leave In and coconut oil underneath it as well. I'll do another coil out without Miss Jessie's to see if the product is really responsible for my results.) Here are some camera phone shots that better display the curl. :) I'll more than likely be doing a tutorial on this style as well.



3.17.2011

Wonderful Concoction

Hey guys! Just wanted to come and share this hair recipe that I recently discovered. It left my hair feeling not only super soft but clean as well! Give it a try!

Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner - pretend you're only going to be putting this through your hair section by section and use the appropriate amount.
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

Mix these ingredients in a bowl and apply to freshly washed or co-washed hair section by section. No matter what I do, I part my hair into 4 equal sections and start at the back right section of my head. Similar to my flat ironing video, I part (with my fingers) a smaller subsection and run the mixture through my hair. Once I've ran the mixture through enough hair to make a medium sized twist I twist my hair up and continue until my entire head is twisted up. Whatever is left over, I apply all over my head rubbing into my scalp. Leave the mixture on for about an hour with a plastic cap on. The last 10-15 minutes is spent under a hooded dryer with the settings on high heat. Untwist/Rinse simultaneously in the shower or wherever you rinse your hair and you're all done! Style as you normally would. I apply Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil: Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion and coconut oil to 4 equal sections and allow my hair to air dry in medium sized twists.

3.15.2011

Survey Results

As you should already know, I recently administered a survey here on the blog. (and if you didnt know, scroll down and take it!) That was about two weeks ago. I've read over your responses and I'm ready to address them!

A lot of you asked for tutorials and I'm getting better at that! The main reason I wasn't doing them is because of the bad lighting in my room and the only camera I have is my webcam installed into my 20" screen iMac! In other words, it aint portable! However, you all have asked and I will make it happen! Next, I noticed that a large number of you didn't know that you can follow the blog. Well you can! Just scroll down and look on the left column just above the visitor counter. Following will automatically notify you just as soon as I update! So no more guessing on when I post!

My next tutorial will be on the quick and ridiculously easy muted ponytail...so stay tuned for that! Until next time, Happy Healthy Hair Growing!

3.13.2011

Straightening 102

So after posting my own straightening video, I came across this one. Now, while I DO NOT recommend you do everything that she does (more specifically the way she handles her blowdryer) I do plan to use her comb chase technique in the future. Try it out!

3.11.2011

What A Difference

I think the title speaks for itself! Here's a picture of my hair's growth over the past 6 months. That's big! Especially with my scissor happiness! I'm excited what it will look like in September, 6 months from now. (Click to enlarge)

3.06.2011

Picture Perfect

So here's a couple shots from yesterday. One is a camera phone bathroom shot and the other is a preview of my senior portraits! Hair and make up both done by yours truly! Check em out!

3.04.2011

Straightening 101

"Five Freakin Days!"-DJ

Hey guys! I don't know if you all remember or not, but last December I reached the conclusion that my hair's natural enemy was the blow dryer and vowed never to use it again to dry my hair. Each time I used the blow dryer, my hair needed a serious trim to get rid of all the split ends and dead hair. Well, I also said that I would be straightening my hair for my senior portraits which are now to be taken on tomorrow afternoon! You also know that I've had my hair in mini twists for the past 2-3 weeks. So what did all of this mean for me? A LOT of work! I literally spent 5 days on my hair! Crazy, right? Let me break it down for you. Monday, I decided to take my twists out which consumed my entire day. By the time I had finished unraveling each individual twist toward end of Monday, I knew that washing my hair, and all that that entails would not be possible. Tuesday I shampooed, conditioned and detangled my hair and allowed for it to air dry in bantu knots. The issue with that? I had somewhere to be later that evening and had to take them out before they were fully dried. Once I returned home that evening I braided my hair into individual braids to try and reverse some of the shrinkage and tight curling that had taken place and allowed it to continue to dry overnight. The next morning (Wednesday), I took my hair out of the braids and straightened. Thursday, my plan was to get my first professional trim since I did my big chop, but I chose not to since my ends weren't all that bad. Today, Friday, I added my Sabino Moisture Block! ...Five Freakin Days!

But there is always a silver lining, now isn't there? Because I so rarely straighten my hair, and because the survey you all participated asked for more tutorials, I took this oppourtunity to make a video tutorial on how I straighten my hair. It can be seen below as well as some shots of my hair through the various stages. Check it out!










2.25.2011

Avoiding The Dry

Hey guys! Just wanted to come to you really quick to share a quick tip. Right now I have my mini twists in. I can't remember if I told you about the last time I put these suckas in, but it was not pretty! I kept them in for about six weeks, mainly because of my busy schedule toward the end of last semester and the convenience they provided. However, they also did some serious, but avoidable damage to my strands. When I took my hair out, the dryness and frizz was intense! I realized this was because I wasn't giving my hair the proper moisture. I wasn't taking care of my hair while it was twisted. I've had these in for about a week now and almost every day I spritz my hair with water and seal in coconut oil. Some days I'll add a leave in conditioner and seal, but most days its just water to avoid product build up. Keep this in mind if you're also wearing mini twists! Hope I helped!

2.19.2011

Pretty Puff

Hey you guys, I found this style tutorial on youtube and wanted to share. I think it's more of a summer style than anything but it's cute! Check it out!


2.18.2011

Length Check

Hey! Its about that time! Time for a length check. I must say, I was disappointed this go round. My hair has definitely grown but not as much as I wanted. It's right on track though; about 1.5 inches in 3 months. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to be more patient! Next length check is now scheduled for May 18, 2011 :)





2.17.2011

Following Directions

Over the past few weeks I've been trying something new. I have been following directionsplaced on my conditioner bottle! As naturals, we tend to bend the rules a bit. Sometimes, we just shatter them all together! I can say with confidence that I am not the only one who has left a non leave in conditioner in for longer than the bottle directions advised or even used it as a styling product! I'm sure there's a reason for the advised usage instructions or else companies wouldn't take the time to place them on their bottles, right? Right! Although it's very tempting to just leave my Aussie Moist or Proclaim conditioner in over night, I take the time to rinse it out and use a proper leave in conditioner. For now, I'm using Giovanni Direct Leave In or Mixed Chicks Leave In along with coconut oil to seal my ends. Allowing the conditioner to stay in for the advised time and then rinsing has actually left my hair a lot silkier. However, I do love how it works as a styling product and may eventually return to my bad habits once it warms up outside. Those wash and go's were amazing! LOL, so for now I'm being as good as I can be and following directions. Maybe long term I'll notice some more benefits and be able to compare and contrast. During a hair forum that I attended, I learned that leaving in non leave in conditioners will dry the hair out, but I never experienced that first hand. We'll see though.

Until Next Time, Happy Healthy Hair Growing!

2.15.2011

Transitioning Tips

Here's my Top Ten Tips for Transitioners!


10. Get Organized
Create a regimen that you can follow. Hair responds to healthy regimens and you may even be able to carry it over into naturaldom.

9. Youtube It
If you need inspiration youtube is really the place to go! There is a whole community of women on their going through the same thing you are! There are tutorials, testimonies and documented journeys all there at your finger tips. Take advantage!

8. Water Daily
Okay, maybe not daily; but ladies, get used to using water a lot more than you did when you were relaxed. A lot of black women grew up believing washing your hair is a bad thing. Change your way of thinking on that. Water is essential and the only true 100% moisturizer. Instead of washing with shampoo, lots of naturals/transitioners wash with conditioner, a method most commonly known as "co-washing".

7. Stay Outta Rehab
Don't become a product junkie. I know all those natural hair products in their pretty packaging seem irresistible but I think most natural/past transitioners will tell you not to get too bogged down in all of that. Less truly is more. Find a few products that you love and stick with those. It is okay to switch it up every now and then but don't go nuts buying new products because honestly, most of this stuff does the same thing and with going natural being the new "it" thing, a lot of companies are taking advantage and charging an arm and a leg for products that really aint all that.
6. Have Purpose
Don't start this journey for no reason at all. I think that's the #1 reason women fail on their natural hair journey. If someone came up to you right now and asked why you've decided to go natural, you need to have a reason that is near and dear to your heart. Natural hair is not for the weak at heart. If you don't believe in it then you will be very easily influenced by the many negative reactions that you're bound to receive.

5. No Expectations
Don't sit around and look at other natural women's hair and expect your hair to look like, act like or even feel like theirs. No two curls are the same so don't set yourself up for the disappointment of not having you hair be like someone else's. Love whatever you've been blessed with and take care of it accordingly.

4. Treat Your Straight Ends Like Curls
Natural women tend to spoil their curls like crazy! Get into that habit for healthy post big chop hair with frequent co-washes and deep conditioning treatments!

3. No Heat
I cannot stress this one enough! Using heat while transitioning can be very counter productive. If you get heat damage and your hair becomes permanently straightened, it can cause you to have to start your journey all over. Bummer!

2. Find A Transition Style
Transitioning is like stepping into a whole new world. You won't be able to continue on with your relaxed routine of flat irons, sleek ponytails or a simple pin up for very long. The two textures, depending on how different, can be very difficult to style. You need to find a transition style that works for you, doesn't use heat and looks great!

1. Research
Don't find yourself in the mix and lost without a clue! Know what's going on! It's a a lot easier to deal with the challenges and frustrations if you understand exactly what's going on or what steps you could take to help alleviate the problem.


2.13.2011

Trim Trim Trim

Hey guys! Just coming to share this article with you on different methods and the proper way to trim your own hair! Currently, I am using the search and destroy method which allows me to keep my length and continue on my long hair journey! Hope this guide will help you as well!

Search and Destroy

This basically trimming individual split ends. It is a good method to use occasionally when you see split ends here or there. If you're new to learning how to trim your own hair, this is a good method to start with. It can help you retain length while getting rid of some damaged ends. It is not a solution if you have severe damage and split ends. If you do too much, you'll just end up with uneven hair. So, it would just be better to go to a salon and have it trimmed evenly. The simplest way to do this is in front of the mirror in the bathroom. If your hair is dark and the bathroom counter is light, it will be easy to see the split ends. Take a

pair of scissors specifically for hair trimming (not the old scissors in a drawer for cutting open packages!) and snip of the hair just above the split end. It can get tiring so maybe just do one section a day. This is not a fix, just a way of getting rid of any spare split ends. This method is sometimes referred to as dusting because when you are done, you will see a "dusting" of hair lying on the counter.

Twist and Snip

A good way to find split ends that need to be cut is to take a section of hair and twist it. The hairs that stick out are most likely split ends. (If your hair is in layers you will find this not to be true.) Some people just cut all of the hairs that stick out without looking to see if they are true split ends. My suggestion is to still look at the hairs and determine if there are split ends. Then cut them individually. Cutting all the hairs that stick out is a really bad idea because it could thin out your ends if you do this too often.

Have curly or natural hair? Click here to read my article on natural hair trimming.

Dusting

Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor. Getting to where you only need this type of trim is a good goal to shoot for but don't put yourself there before you are ready! This method to trim your own hair should be combined with the ponytail and scrunchy method below.

Ponytail Method

An easy way to trim your own hair is the ponytail method. The ponytail method is pretty simple in that it just means to take your hair and put it in a ponytail. Then you cut off the desired amount of hair. If you do a low ponytail, you'll end up with even blunt hair. If you do a high ponytail, you'll end up with subtle layers. If your hair is shorter in the front, this method may have to be combined with other methods.

Scrunchy Method

The scrunchy method is just another version of the ponytail method but I think it's the easiest way to trim your own hair. It is taken from the method that Feye describes on her web site where you put your hair in a low ponytail with a scrunchy and pull the scrunchy down to the desired length that you wish to trim off before trimming. The scrunchy acts as a guide.

View Feye's tutorial for pictures of her trimming methods. I have been using Feye's trimming methods for my own hair for the past 2 years and they work very well. You can vary and adjust it for your own hair's needs. For example, sometimes I do a tiny dusting layer by layer to make sure I'm not missing any splits before I proceed to the ponytail scrunchy method.

Conclusion

The biggest piece of advice I can give you in learning how to your own hair is to only trim off a little at a time until you are more comfortable with it. You can always go back to trim more if you need to.

Additionally, do not become scissor-happy with your own hair. I have a habit of trimming one month and instead of waiting for my two month time table, I'll trim again the next month because I see split ends. The truth is that it's practically impossible to eliminate every split end on your head. There's no need to be manic about split ends. If you couldn't trim your own hair, you'd wait that two months, right? So, determine a trimming schedule and stick to it.

Search and Destroy

This basically trimming individual split ends. It is a good method to use occasionally when you see split ends here or there. If you're new to learning how to trim your own hair, this is a good method to start with. It can help you retain length while getting rid of some damaged ends. It is not a solution if you have severe damage and split ends. If you do too much, you'll just end up with uneven hair. So, it would just be better to go to a salon and have it trimmed evenly. The simplest way to do this is in front of the mirror in the bathroom. If your hair is dark and the bathroom counter is light, it will be easy to see the split ends. Take a pair of scissors specifically for hair trimming (not the old scissors in a drawer for cutting open packages!) and snip of the hair just above the split end. It can get tiring so maybe just do one section a day. This is not a fix, just a way of getting rid of any spare split ends. This method is sometimes referred to as dusting because when you are done, you will see a "dusting" of hair lying on the counter.

Twist and Snip

A good way to find split ends that need to be cut is to take a section of hair and twist it. The hairs that stick out are most likely split ends. (If your hair is in layers you will find this not to be true.) Some people just cut all of the hairs that stick out without looking to see if they are true split ends. My suggestion is to still look at the hairs and determine if there are split ends. Then cut them individually. Cutting all the hairs that stick out is a really bad idea because it could thin out your ends if you do this too often.

Have curly or natural hair? Click here to read my article on natural hair trimming.

Dusting

Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor. Getting to where you only need this type of trim is a good goal to shoot for but don't put yourself there before you are ready! This method to trim your own hair should be combined with the ponytail and scrunchy method below.

Ponytail Method

An easy way to trim your own hair is the ponytail method. The ponytail method is pretty simple in that it just means to take your hair and put it in a ponytail. Then you cut off the desired amount of hair. If you do a low ponytail, you'll end up with even blunt hair. If you do a high ponytail, you'll end up with subtle layers. If your hair is shorter in the front, this method may have to be combined with other methods.

Scrunchy Method

The scrunchy method is just another version of the ponytail method but I think it's the easiest way to trim your own hair. It is taken from the method that Feye describes on her web site where you put your hair in a low ponytail with a scrunchy and pull the scrunchy down to the desired length that you wish to trim off before trimming. The scrunchy acts as a guide.

View Feye's tutorial for pictures of her trimming methods. I have been using Feye's trimming methods for my own hair for the past 2 years and they work very well. You can vary and adjust it for your own hair's needs. For example, sometimes I do a tiny dusting layer by layer to make sure I'm not missing any splits before I proceed to the ponytail scrunchy method.

Conclusion

The biggest piece of advice I can give you in learning how to your own hair is to only trim off a little at a time until you are more comfortable with it. You can always go back to trim more if you need to.

Additionally, do not become scissor-happy with your own hair. I have a habit of trimming one month and instead of waiting for my two month time table, I'll trim again the next month because I see split ends. The truth is that it's practically impossible to eliminate every split end on your head. There's no need to be manic about split ends. If you couldn't trim your own hair, you'd wait that two months, right? So, determine a trimming schedule and stick to it.

2.10.2011

Can I Ask You A Question?

Hey ladies! I have a few questions to ask! I feel like I don't really know my readers and so I've put together this survey for you all to fill out. It's 5 simple questions plus and opportunity for you to give any suggestions or comments you'd like. Please take the time to do this for me! I would greatly appreciate it!

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2.08.2011

Name That Style

"All I had were the bobby pins in my head!"-DJ

Over the weekend I went to visit my old campus where I spent some time with my sorority sisters and my college friends. While I was there, there was a party on campus that I unexpectedly attended. Unfortunately, I was ill prepared. I really wasn't expecting to do anything extravagant to myself while there and didn't bring any hair supplies! All I had to work with were the bobby pins in my head! Thankfully though, my old roommates helped me out with some extra pins and a ponytail holder and I was able to throw together this style. It's another, more funky version of the muted ponytail. One of my sorority sisters said it was reminiscent of Janelle Monae's spunky, offbeat style; a compliment that I enthusiastically accepted! I really can't think of what to call it so it's really up to you guys. It was simple enough to achieve. Like I said, all I had was a ponytail and some bobby pins. Want a tutorial? Let me know!

(Note: my sides were not yet gelled down in these pictures!)

2.06.2011

Twenty Minute Twist Out

Don't you hate the time it takes for your hair to dry in your twists for the next day?! Well, here's a simple and easy trick to get the same result in about twenty to thirty minutes!

First, co-wash your hair and install your twists as you would usually do. Add tension to the front part of your hair by twisting your roots tight and securing with a bobby pin. Lastly, pop on a dryer bonnet with your blow dryer set on HIGH COOL and let it dry for about twenty minutes! Untwist and style as usual! Here's a picture of a dryer bonnet. It's a much easier and more comfortable alternative to sitting under a traditional hooded dryer.

For those of us who don't own a dryer bonnet, you can simply use the concentrator nozzle that came with your blow dryer. Take each twist, stretch and dry individually. This may take a bit longer but not as long as air drying.

Remember, keep your dryer settings on cool to avoid any heat damage! Hope this helped! Until Next Time...Happy Healthy Hair Growing!

Sidenote: if your twists are still wet after the twenty minute period, untwist and sit with the bonnet for an additional 10 minutes/continue to blow dry the untwisted hair.

2.03.2011

The Muted Ponytail

Hey guys! Check out this cute natural style! I call it the Muted Ponytail. If you'd like a tutorial, just let me know!


1.31.2011

Comparing Curls

Hey guys! Its been a while since I've posted a picture of my hair. Today I did a summery puff (a puff on wet hair left to dry in the style as opposed to my puffs I do on a dry twist out due to the cold weather)and remembered a picture I had of one I did back in July. Here's a picture of today side by side with the picture from six months ago! Now, this isn't the official length check but it is a pretty cool look at how much my hair has grown. Keep in mind, though, that I've trimmed several times over that 6 moth period.

1.30.2011

Oh...Okay...

Here's some tips/knowledge that you may find helpful!

The Correlation Of Exercise & Healthy Hair

Lack of physical activity will definitely lead to brittle or lusterless hair. It’s a surprising fact but there is a direct correlation to exercise and healthy hair. If you spend endless amounts of time in front of your computer or TV and have a bad posture then rest assured, you will have unhealthy hair.

Such behavior or posture results in the poor circulation of blood in the head. Combined with the ill effect of stress and age, it makes for a potent combination when it comes to hair loss. Like any other part of the body, your hair needs nutrition, as well as, exercise.

Increase Flexibility

You simply cannot exercise your scalp; hence you must exercise those parts of the body that will directly promote the circulation in your scalp. Hence you must undertake those exercises that increase the flexibility of your neck and back. Once the blood is circulated in a proper manner, nourishment of the hair follicles will take place, and these result in hair that is healthier and more in volume.

Exercise Help you Relax

Extreme pressure at work and also at home is the order of the day, in these modern times. You are under constant pressure to perform both at work and at home. In the meanwhile, you health goes for a toss and more often than not you will suffer from severe stress. This results in irrevocable hair loss.

Exercise not only gives you flexibility of muscles, but also helps you relax and feel happy. All in all, this combination will be good for your hair.

Exercise and Diet

You must combine your exercise with a generally nutritious diet. This is great way to combat hair loss and have healthy hair. After all, hair is also a part of your body, and if the body gets nourishment, so do the hair. If you do suffer from a continuous hair loss, you must take in a vitamin friendly diet as they would help in hair growth and the strengthening of hair.

No Medication

Regular exercise precludes the need to take medication for your hair loss problem. It’s a long process but an effective one. More importantly, you no longer have to search high and low for those miraculous drugs that claim to minimize hair fall. It has been medically proven that exercise helps in the reinvigoration of the body, and at the same assisting the hair growth.

1.24.2011

Honey Olive Oil Treatment

The other day I came at you guys with some home made conditioning recipes for you to try out. Well, I tried out the Honey & Olive Oil treatment and I must say I LOVED it! I, of course, did things a little different but my hair turned out absolutely incredibly and I had to share with you all.

The Recipe:
Suave Humectant Conditioner (enough to be applied to your entire head)
Pure Honey (2 tbsp)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 tbsp)
Mega-Tek (2 tbsp) I only added this because I needed protein but didn't want to use egg.

The Process:
First, I co-washed and detangled with Ganier Fructis Fortifying Triple Nutrition Conditioner, and twisted up my rinsed hair in small sections to prevent tangles. I left my hair uncovered while mixing up the ingredients to my conditioner so it wasn't soaking wet when I applied the conditioner. To apply, I simply untwisted each twist and applied conditioner to one of the two sections at a time before twisting that section back up. (hope that made sense) I repeated this process until my entire head was conditioned and twisted back up. For about 20-30 minutes I sat under my hooded dryer with the settings on high heat and then rinsed in warm water. First off, my hair felt stronger to the touch when i rinsed, I think I can thank the Megatek's protein for this. Secondly, when I looked in the mirror, I could actually see my curls and waves. Usually, after rinsing my hair it's just a mass of hair sitting on top of my head; no curl, no waves, just matted and mangled hair. These two positive and instant improvements to my hair are enough to get me to use this recipe again as well as recommend it to you all.

After rinsing, I used my Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner and a little Coconut Oil and flat two strand twisted my hair back in 6 twists for my hair to dry overnight. I used a little castor oil to seal the ends of my twists and tied my hair up for the night. Not allowing my hair to dry while it's out is a part of my effort toward healthier hair, as allowing hair to do so often causes single strand knots which, as we know, are just another form of split ends!

Here are some of the products mentioned in this post:






1.23.2011

Product Review: Ganier Fructis Triple Nutrition

Hey Guys! Back again with another Product Review! This time, Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo & Conditioner! It isn't everyday that I review a shampoo so listen up!

The Conditioner:
Honestly, I wouldn't rate this conditioner as any kind of extraordinary, phenomenal or ground breaking product. It's just a conditioner. I guess the only thing that could really put this one over the top and onto my recommendation list would be the price. I found this at Walmart for about $2.50. The ingredients in it are of quality so this price really can't be beat. Its first ingredient is water which automatically lets us know that this product is going to be moisturizing to the hair. Cetearyl Alcohol is next which of course scares us because of the "alcohol" but this is actually an ingredient that we want to see in our conditioners as it adds weight without leaving the hair greasy. It also contains Behentrimonium Chloride which helps to detangle, as well as various oils and fruit extracts. The only product that really set off an alarm is the Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine which was also seen in the Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner that I reviewed last week but upon research, its rare that this ingredient actually does any damage to the hair. The greatest measure I could see myself going to to avoid any damage would be to simply not leave the product in my hair for extended periods of time (i.e., as a leave in). Other than that, I think you should be fine. Overall, this conditioner is a really good conditioner, especially for the price. It has great ingredients that speak to the curly population. However, I think the Proclaim is the better conditioner and would not recommend this conditioner over that one.

The Shampoo:
Now, while I kind of played the conditioner to the far left, I must say that this shampoo is freakin' great! It runs for the same price as the conditioner: cheap! Honestly, I really couldn't care less what was on this ingredients list. Whatever it is, it's winning. BUUUT, for your sake, I will actually care for just a few minutes, hehe. So first is water, of course, next is Sodium Laureth Sulfate which as we know is not as damaging as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. This ingredient is marked as "okay" in the ingredient dictionary which means that it is not damaging. It is simply a cleanser, which, *shrug* shampoos need. All in all, the ingredients are of quality an pose no threat to curly/kinky hair. What I personally love most about this shampoo is how it does not leave that moisture stripped, squeaky clean feeling as most shampoos do. As natural haired women, we need to keep as much moisture in our strands as possible. Curly hair without moisture is often very frizzy, matted and highly prone to breakage. This shampoo leaves the hair feeling clean yet moisturized. I have to stop myself from overusing it. I usually use shampoo about once a month but with this I might go crazy and start to use it once a week or once every two weeks. Please ladies, do yourself a favor and GO BUY this shampoo! All you need is a ride to your nearest Walmart, 3 dollar bills and a pocket to put the change in! I'm telling you, it's worth it! If I ever get organized enough to do so, I will be creating a regimen for myself and this shampoo will most definitely be in it!

1.22.2011

All Good At Home Goods

Hey guys! I just got back in from a little shopping in my nearby Home Goods. Home Goods is a store best known for its furniture, bedding and, well, Home Goods. However, I think it's a great place for natural girls to head to when re-uping on those good ole oils that we love so much! I bought a 500 ml bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), a 500 ml bottle of Grape Seed Oil and 2 14 fl oz jars of Coconut Oil. The EVOO ran me $4.99 and the Grape Seed Oil and the Coconut Oil just $5.99 each! Even better for me, I was using a gift card! A couple weeks ago I went looking for some Coconut Oil at a Natural Market and almost ran out of there when I saw that price tag of $13.00 for a jar about the same size as the one I bought today! I highly recommend you all to search to see if there is a Home Goods near you and check them out as soon as possible. It's a really great store!

Most of us use the oils (and some others) that I mentioned above to seal in the moisture that we put into out hair or just for a bit of added shine, but did you know that these oils can also be used as a natural heat protectant? Each oil has its own burning point, or max temperature it can withstand before burning. Until an oil is exposed to that temperature, it does a great job of protecting your hair from heat. I hear Grape Seed Oil does a great job at protecting and also leaves hair feeling silky smooth after straightening! Give it a try! Here's a link to a chart that tells you exactly how much heat your favorite oils are built to withstand! Compare this with the temperature of your heated hair tools to choose the right natural heat protectant for you!

Until Next Time, Happy Healthy Hair Growing! :)

Side note:, with the exception of the coconut oil, these are the exact brands of oils that I bought today. My EVOO was in a different packaging but it's the same brand. My coconut oil is by Sonoma Harvest.






1.19.2011

Homemade Miracle

"before I fried, dyed and laid my hair to the left side" -DJ

Hey there! Here are a few treatments that I found while sniffing around online. They're quick, simple and can be achieved on a budget using a few ingredients that you more than likely have lying around anyway! I plan to give a few of them a try as I try to get my hair's strength back up to what it was before I fried, dyed and laid my hair to the left side! Just as soon as I take my twists out which I foresee happening sometime during the week ahead. Let me know which ones you're gonna try out and how they work out for you! I hope this helps you ladies out!

Honey-Banana Hair Pack: Take ½ banana, 1 tbsp each of honey and lemon juice. Mash banana and mix honey and lemon juice to it. Beat the mixture until it is frothy. Apply this mixture when hair is dry. After 20 minutes, wash it with mild shampoo.

Olive Oil Mask: Take 4 Tbsp of olive oil and take two whole eggs. Blend both the ingredients thoroughly. Apply it into the scalp evenly. Now cover it with a shower cap. Wash your hair after ten minutes.

Hair balm prepared from milk: It is not a preparation; it is just a simple application. After you wash hair, rinse it with some milk and leave it as it is for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse it with little warm water. This simple procedure helps to bring back the softness and shine of the hair.

*Hair mask prepared with honey and olive oil: Take three tbsp of olive oil and ½ cup of honey. Blend them well and apply into the scalp and hair evenly. Coat all the hair. Cover your hair with shower cap. Leave it for half an hour and wash with shampoo. (I plan to use this treatment but in doing research I found that applying pure honey to the hair strands first worked best for a lot of women so I'll be putting that spin on this treatment and reporting back.)

To increase volume of hair: You need one tablespoon, each of honey and vinegar and ½ cup of warm water. You will also need a spray bottle. Mix all the ingredients and pour into the bottle. Shake it well. When you shampoo your hair, let it dry a bit. Now spray the mix into your hair and gently rub it through. Do not rinse after that.

Treat Damaged hair: Take Fresh juice of a lemon, yolk of two eggs and white of one egg and one-tablespoon honey. Blend all the ingredients and massage gently into the scalp and hair. Wash it with shampoo after ten minutes.

Quick Tip: applying a dollop of aloe vera gel (from the plant) can help to provide smoother hair.

Fly Away & Static Control: Apply a small dab of organic hand lotion to the palm of your hand. Rub hands together and apply to roots of hair. Purchase by clicking here.