December 29, 2008
If you are apprehensive about going natural just know its all in how you wear your hair. Choose styles that complement you, not every natural hair style is for everyone. Be free and enjoy yourself and people will be attracted to that. Most important of all LOVE YOURSELF. Again I love to see Black Love!
December 22, 2008
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These are a few of my favourite hair things
1. Felix Ray feather and sequin headband
2. Ficcare Waterfall Pony Holders
3. Goody Three-Strand Rope Headwrap
4. Goody Enameled Flower Ponytailer
5. Goody Clips
6. Goody Glass Bean Jean Wires
December 18, 2008
December 15, 2008
Over the past few weeks I have really embraced a minimalist approach to hair care although I'm still working on my routine and learning what my hair likes and dislikes, wow, it really is a journey. As 2009 approaches I'll be going into my third year natural with natural and organic products for the most part and some products that I still love for those sometimes occasions, I can't help myself. Over the weekend I bought Artisana Raw Organic Coconut Butter for my ends, this sounds delicious more so than the coconut oil. I will be writing a review on it over the next few months. Right now during the winter months my Kariderm Organic Shea Butter is really doing a great job.
My hair is really growing, I know I said I'll be posting pics so please be patient. Last week I put my hair up in a puff and it was puffing real nicely. A nice sized puff might I add. I'm lovin' my natural hair, what took me so long?
December 11, 2008
*Do open your pores with a hot washcloth to make tweezing easier.
*Do use a make-up concealer to draw your desired brow shape, then tweeze the hairs that fall below the line.
*Don't use creams or moisturizers that can cause the tweezer to slip.
*Don't tweeze nose hairs or hairs growing out of moles.
December 9, 2008
December 8, 2008
December 3, 2008
What's so funny about all these episodes is all these comments came from black women trying to understand my decision and my new hair care regime. Have any of you experienced this?
November 28, 2008
November 27, 2008
This light hair and scalp pomade is amazing. I'm certain I've found an oil that soothes my scalp and conditions my hair and this is it!
After cleansing and conditioning my hair I applied the Strengthener to my scalp section by section. Let me tell you how this made my hair soooo soft and moist after messaging the oil into my scalp for a few minutes and this was before any moisturizer! I did mini twists and a week later my hair is still super moist, I can still feel the Strengthener working in my hair and scalp, no itchy scalp AT ALL and no brittle ends!
Usually with my moisturizer and another oil my ends did tend to become raggedy and brittle after a few days so I was constantly babying them but not as much now.
Performance: consistent and delivers on what it says it will do 2/2
Price: this is affordable and is great quality, a 6oz jar for 5.99 CAD 2/2
Ingredients: Pure Distilled Water, Petroleum, Indian Hemp, Yarrow Root, Rosemary, Chickweed, Nettle, Burdock, Coltsfoot, Sage, Chamomile, Vitamin E, Bio-flavanoids (fruit fragrance, bay laurel).
*Subtle fruit scent
*The presence of petroleum lowers the quality of the product but still sooo effective .5/1
Taliah Waajid Black Earth Products Strengthener 4.5/5
November 26, 2008
November 25, 2008
Performance 2/5: Does the product/tool consistently perform to give high quality results
Pricing 2/5: Does the price make the quality and quantity of the product/tool worth purchasing
Ingredients 1/5: Do the ingredients make the product healthy for use, this includes the scent/fragrance of the product. Concerning tools, does the materials make it a quality tool that can withstand use over an extended period of time.
November 21, 2008
November 20, 2008
Neem oil is great for your scalp. I mixed it with honey, cayenne pepper*, rosemary and peppermint EO and messaged my mixture into my scalp for about ten minutes, than I let it penetrate over night using the baggy method. I rinsed in the morning and than did my shampoo and conditioning routine using Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose. I got great results, my scalp is refreshed and I know this mixture has promoted growth over the past few weeks.
November 18, 2008
Maintain a clean scalp. Having a clean scalp promotes growth and allows hair follicles to produce strong healthy hair.
Messaging your scalp with or without oil promotes circulation and growth. Usually this should be done 2 or more times a week.
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and protein rich foods such as tofu, lentils and fish gives scalp a healthy foundation of nutrients.
Drink plenty of water, it acts as a hydrator to our body and that includes our scalp. If you have dry scalp or other scalp ailments water assist in lubricating the scalp.
**Try Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar as a clarifier. I use half water and half apple cider vinegar after I cleanse and condition. I simply pour small amounts of about 6 to 8 oz of the solution over my hair messaging as I go until the whole solution is finished. Than I just let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse.**
November 13, 2008
November 12, 2008
November 3, 2008
The Honeysuckle Rose shampoo and conditioner left my hair hydrated, silky and full of body. I was shocked! I thought I was going to have hard hair and that by using it again I would confirm what I thought I already knew. My next pick up at my local health food store is the White Camellia Ultra-Smoothing shampoo and conditioner. I think I can use more all-natural and organic hair care products than I thought. My next step is to find an all-natural and hopefully organic co-wash for my hair which would replace my beloved Herbal Essences conditioners.
October 31, 2008
When I first decided to go natural with my big chop my family and friends were critical, not all, but enough that I found support online and women around me who already had natural hair. I realized that people who could not accept their natural hair texture had the issue and not myself. Our hair is unique and by no means should it be cared for in the manner that society dictates to us through the media that is geared to audiences that naturally have straight hair or who wants to maintain the status quo of what beauty is.
My insecurities went deeper to a level of acceptance by my significant other in my life. Would he accept my kynks and coils, the short length of my hair and the process of learning about apart of myself as a black woman? One of the first lessons I learned is that acceptance is a part of love and anyone who doesn't accept my choice to wear my hair natural is not worth keeping in my life. They have lost and I have gained so much knowledge that has laid a foundation of our history and remedies for maintaining beautiful hair and skin in my life!
From the many articles I've read over the years many women go through this process of insecurity. We are so use to wearing braids, weaves, wigs and relaxing our hair that when the time comes to go outside of our home with just an afro we have second thoughts. It is a mental chain and a lie that must be broken down and understood.
If you are thinking about going natural do research, my site is fairly new but their is a good level of information to help you out and visit thecoilreview.com and motowngirl.com, they both have a wealth of information. Anyone and I cant stress this more, anyone with kynky, coily and curly hair can wear their hair natural, it's all about knowledge and commitment. Two heads are not the same so as I always say, what works for me may not work for you, it is about trial and error until you know what your hair's likes and dislikes, and trust me your hair will tell you.
October 29, 2008
October 27, 2008
October 22, 2008
October 20, 2008
My hair was left kind of spongy and moisturized at the same time, I noticed I got a slight hold from the cream when I braided my hair up. It has a faint citrus scent that is not overpowering at all. If you haven't already went visit qhemetbiologics.
October 18, 2008
October 15, 2008
I finally washed my hair over the weekend. The no poo thing was okay while it lasted but my hair likes a little bit of soapy suds every now and than and even some sulfates when used sparingly. I clarified my hair with Fantasia IC Tea Shampoo. The first time this shampoo was used on my hair was a few years ago at the salon and I went and bought it because it left my scalp clean, my hair bouncy, not dry and not itchy. I know it has sulfates but my low poo routine allows me to use non sulfate and sulfate cleansers. I also bought Aphogee Keratin Two Minute Reconstructor to strenghten my hair and after I used Elasta QP DPR-11 to add moisture, my hair thanked me and over the past few days it is stronger and flourishing way more than when I was on the no poo routine.
It is amazing how their are so many products and routines and a select few can work for someone and at the same time cause havoc for someone else's hair. My hair is all about minimalism, I notice that is when it is most happy, a great cleanser, deep conditioners and treatments, oils, oils and more oils and a moisturizer is reaaly all I need. As my hair grows I notice I do need to cleanse it more often, who would have thought:) ? I hope my no poo challlenge helped.
I will be trying the Aubrey Organics conditioner again, since my hair was not thoroughly cleaned before I used it. Plus I bought it and Im not about to let 13 bucks go to waste.
October 13, 2008
October 9, 2008
October 6, 2008
I single braided my hair into small sections with Curls Milkshake (still waiting for QB in the mail) and added coconut oil when I finished to seal. Before I went to bed I sealed my ends with shealoe (Shea butter with aloe vera gelly). I am leaving my hair and not touching it that much over this week, I may unravel a few braids to see if it is still breaking a lot but I'm pretty sure all I need to do is clarify with a shampoo, do my protein treatment, deep treatment and trim my ends and I'll be good to go. The two styles I will be wearing for the week is scarves and putting my braids into a bun until I can do my treatment for this weekend.
This no poo thing is getting kind of complicated, again with naturally kinky and curly hair you need to try to see what works and what doesn't for your hair. Trial and error, that's what it's about.
October 1, 2008
My ends are starting to really knot so I need to do a trim when I take these bad boys down! The no poo routine is working especially in the colder weather. I retain moisture and curl definition, the conditioners and apple cider vinegar are enough to keep my hair and scalp in shape. I am waiting for the colder weather to hit so I can start using my QB Heavy Cream and QB Tea Tree and Grapeseed Therapeutic Pomade.
September 30, 2008