December 31, 2009
The major challenges with my hair is single knots on my hair strands and split ends. This is crazy because I do everything I am suppose to do - low manipulation, minimal combing, gentle cleansers, oiling my ends, and moisturizing my hair, and yet I still have so many split ends and splits that are appearing in the middle of the length of my hair, boo! I use to cut either the knots or split ends when I saw them, now I just leave them and do my quarterly trims. I just trimmed about a week ago and it made a big difference with making combing my hair easier. These are some of the steps I will continue to do and some changes I'm anticipating:
- Continue to drink plenty of water
- Start taking Biotin supplements in January
- Consume fresh fish twice a week
- Consume raw or steamed vegetables 5+ a week
- Consume more lentils
- Lessen the products I use that contain silicones to 1 - 2 products
- Try Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Nourishing Conditioner and some other brands I've been eyeing for months
- Shop where my dollar is appreciated and where I am treated with respect.
December 23, 2009
December 20, 2009
December 18, 2009
No hair texture is better than the other and having a looser curl or coil should not heighten our curiosity to know 'what are they mixed with?' These questions can be taken as offensive and viewed as ignorant. Furthermore, if a person of African descent is of significant mixed ancestry than so what? If they are Black than why do they have to explain their hair texture which would automatically place them outside of the African experience. Variety is natural and justifying your blackness is tired, next! Hair should not be used to justify our treatment of others or to create an image of who we think that person is. Hair is personal but it doesn't make the person. My experiences are my own and as a Black woman my 'blackness' is sacred.
If you are in love with a salon brand like I am with Aveda you may want to check out retail brands that boast similar ingredients and benefits for our hair. Salon brands are not the be all and end all, their are retail brands that will deliver results and TRESemme has proven that to me.
December 16, 2009
We met up at Moxie's and swapped products, as you can see in the pics, lol! We had a good time and we will definitely be planning our fourth gathering soon for the new year. Thank you Mona for organizing the gathering and the gals that couldn't make it we missed you!
December 15, 2009
It is time once again for the fabulous Miss Jessie's Buy One, Get One Free Sale. The beloved sale is always anticipated. The BOGO applies on all Miss Jessie's 8oz, 12oz and 16oz sizes (excluding 2oz and trial pack) and runs until December 31, 2009; or while quantities last. Additionally, for stock purposes, "while quantities last" at HoneyFig, may differ from "while quantities last" on the Miss Jessie's website. Please do not get upset if your favourite item is sold out on our website, so please shop early.
Also, do note that the eligible Miss Jessie's products, which are purchased during this period, will be shipped out in duplication - a true Buy One, Get One; as unfortunately, we cannot offer substitutions or alternate products during this sale. Thank you for your patronage and Happy Shopping!
December 10, 2009
Shaun Ross is an eighteen year old phenomenon within the fashion world. Raised in Bronx, New York and the third of four children, Ross is hailed as the 'First Male Albino Model'. He is electric before the cameras with his unforgettable features. His hustle is garnering him attention from the fashion world and pushing the limits of beauty. He has walked the runways from Patrik Ervell to Odyn Vovk and has appeared in i-D to British GQ. I am very comfortable in saying that we all will be seeing plenty of Shaun Ross very soon, he is simply timeless and a rare find.
December 9, 2009
December 8, 2009
I love The Blacklist Vol. II: The Winners, it aired earlier this year on HBO, series like these should be encouraged within our community. I related on so many levels concerning speech, goals and achievements that challenge what the notion of 'acting black' is. I have always been someone that ihas been called 'different' from ever since I was a child and I embrace it. Their is nothing wrong with speaking proper English, waiting until you are married to have a child and having an interest in fine art. I love literature and the English language and yes I do break my dictionary open sometimes to read it, so what...We are individuals not a walking, talking wash of black animated colour. I Love me like no one else can.
December 7, 2009
Mid-Week Steam Treatments: Mid-week steam treatments is basically lightly oiling your scalp and hair with your favourite oil before a shower or bath, the natural steam for the warm water helps the oil to penetrate your hair and scalp, I get soft fully hair and my scalp rarely is irritated like it once was, my favourite oil for my steam treatments is avocado oil.
Weekly Hot Oil Rinses: Hot oil treatments using natural oils like coconut oil can be done as an oil rinse, you can use your heating cap or conditioning cap in the shower for the desired time and than simply rinse your hair with warm water and style as desired, no need to shampoo the nutrient packed oil off you hair. In harsh weather like winter your hair and scalp needs to be lubricated well.
Buttering Your Scalp: Using a nourishing butter on you scalp may do the trick for you. Butters like AfroVeda's CocoLatte Moisture Mask or Shea-Amla Whipped Butter, Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Butter, Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream or Burdock Root Butter Cream, you can also use plain shea butter on you scalp which is also very nourishing.
Co-washing: Many of us already know about co-washing, co-washing allows you to mildly cleanse you scalp while nourishing your hair and scalp. I am loving my TRESemme Moisture Rich Conditioner. When co-washing focus on you scalp and use the pads of your fingers to rub gently.
Mild Cleansers/Moisture Rich Cleansers: Natural cleaners like apple cider mixed with water is a good way to balance your scalp's pH level while not stripping your hair and scalp of its natural oils, also you can add in a small amount of baking soda into your apple cider rinse for additional cleansing. Another cleanser I stumbled upon was at the beauty supply store, on a whim I picked up a liter size of Elasta QP's Creme Conditioning Shampoo which is sulfate free and very moisturizing. This cleanser is inexpensive, I got it for 9.99 CAD, it was so good I ran back a week later and picked up another liter size bottle to keep in my stash.
Water and Spritzing: My hair and scalp likes to be wet every few days, it helps to minimize the tightness of my scalp I experience during the winter. Sometimes I mist my hair and scalp with water before bed and add in my moisturizer or an oil of my choosing throughout my hair and scalp. Some of us prefer using leave in conditioners like Qhemet Biologics Karkady Replenishing Mist or Oyin Handmade's Herbal Leave-Ins. I prefer using plain water to mist my hair and scalp and than laying product over my damp hair and scalp, this works best for me.
Drinking Water: Drinking plenty of water helps your skin including you scalp to stay lubricated. This is a natural way to help keep our skin supple and easier to retain moisture.
Soothing Herbs, Plants and Extracts: When I purchase hair care products I look for ingredients that are known for soothing and/or healing the scalp. Herbs and plants like yarrow, burdock, neem, amla, aloe, coltsfoot, nettle, rosemary, sage and horsetail are ingredients that assist me in knowing that the product I want to purchase will help to nourish my scalp.
December 6, 2009
I usually braid my hair up into sections and go through each section looking for damaged ends, this technique allows me to search through my hair more thoroughly and to follow up within the week with any braids I haven't been able to dust.
I have a section right at the front of my hair line that always has a lot of split ends, instead of cutting the hair I simply search and destroy by dusting the ends. This technique helps to lessen any frustration I may experience with knotting and splitting. A great way to follow up after dusting is by sealing your hair especially your ends with your favourite hair oil. The more you dust your ends the better you will become at it, dusting takes time but helps to retain length as your hair grows.
December 5, 2009
December 4, 2009
Performance: The oil is of medium consistency and is rich enough to use as a winter oil. It gives a rich luster to my hair and really helps with my itchy scalp in the winter and seals in moisture. 2/2
Price: $9.99 CAD for 8 oz, this is a good purchase for the quality you get. 2/2
Ingredients: Natural Oils, African Oils, Almond Oil, KuKui Nut Oil, Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Peanut Oil, and Bay Laurel. 1/1
Taliah Waajid African Healing Oyl 5/5
I dealt with the growth process in stages. When my hair was less than an inch and I couldn't 'catch' my edges when I twisted or braided my hair I made that a goal. Than when I couldn't get my hair into any type of hair bands or ponytail holders I made that a goal. I went from many bands down to six, than four, than three, than two and now one. My growth process has been about stages because it helps me put my hair into perspective and not become overwhelmed and believe untruths like 'our hair doesn't grow.'
Shrinkage also plays into this, techniques like banding, and styles like plaits help to stretch the hair and make it easier to manage and style. Shrinkage is very deceiving, my hair can shrink to appear to be 3 inches in length when its actually ten inches in some places. Our hair is naturally coily and curly so loving it is key in getting over any 'humps' that may threaten our journey. I did a post a few months ago called TWA Love, I took a step back to review why I felt like cutting my hair and to be honest I always feel like cutting my hair as summer winds down, why? I'm pretty sure its because of the change in weather and the way it effects my hair and scalp. I always have to do alot of clarifying at the end of summer to stop the itching I get around that time of year and my hair just becomes so dry. I recognized this and now I know it is a seasonal thing and I panicked.
This part of my journey taught me that knowing our hair is so essential in caring for it, you know your hair better than anyone else. Finding those tricks and techniques and setting goals in the growth of your hair will help you in the beginning stages and through the in between stage.
November 30, 2009
My hair is still not clean the way I would like it to be, I'm itching to use a sulfate shampoo, we'll see. This is just an update on using Black Soap as a cleansing agent for hair, so far I have mixed reviews.
November 25, 2009
The coupon code is CULTURE and will only be active during the 16 hour sale window! Enter the coupon code at check-out.
Goorej Henna: This henna has Mehendi, Amla, Brahmi, and Bhringraj. It list on the package 100% Natural Mehendi and is a very affordable at $2.99 CAD for a 200 g package at my local East Indian Market.
Neem Seed Oil: This oil is directly imported from India and is an amazing oil, I love it in this mixture and also as a hot oil treatment and added into my deep conditioners, I also purchased it at my local East Indian Market for around $7.00 CAD.
Water: I used as needed to create the consistency I wanted, which was a thick paste.
Another point I would like to make is that East Indian Markets are very affordable for products that are marketed by some companies as 'exotic' and 'rare'. Henna and neem seed oil are not expensive products but many people who are not familiar with these products think they need to spend upward of $20.00 or more for henna and a ridiculous $40.00 a bottle for neem seed oil which by the way is heavily refined and deodorized by many of these companies. The neem seed oil pictured has a very distinct nut smell that is strong but is all natural and unrefined, which is always the best kind of oil to use.
How I mixed
First I mixed half the package of henna with water and about 1 to 2 ounces of neem seed oil. I thought the amount in the third picture would be enough but I changed my mind and added in the remaining amount and added water to achieve the final consistency of the mixture. This was too much, next time I know to only use 100 g of this package and save the remaining half pack in a Ziploc bag for a future treatment.
My hair had a slight brownish-red tint to it which I'm fine with since it's subtle. The reason why I tried the henna was to try a natural source of strengthening my hair. I love the results, my hair is stronger my coils were popping and I had plenty of body. One thing that I experienced with this henna was that it's hard to rinse out. Be careful to rinse rigorously since after a few days of using the henna it stained my pillow cases when I went to bed. I had to co-wash a few days after because so much of the pigment was still in my hair. In my opinion this is the only draw back but if you have used henna before than you know this is common place.