Saturday, January 30, 2010
Hello girls, I want to first let you know that I have been a true "product junkie" for these last 9 months! I went out and bought new hair products every week because I was looking for that perfect product that would give me shiny, soft, defined, and moisturized curls everyday! I soon realized that this is a pretty tall order when it comes to natural hair. It is easy to find one that can do 3/4. I have found some that come close. As my hair grew out, an important factor also, was that I wanted it to last more than one day. Meaning, I didn't want to have to get up and wash or wet my hair again for it to have the same look as it did on day 1. Now when I tell y'all that I've tried everything, I am not exaggerating! Some products almost made the cut, except they dried my hair out after a day or two. Most times this was because they contained certain silicones,sulfates, and/or mineral oil, and petroleum. These ingredients are no no's for many naturally curly sistahs!!! Especially if you follow the Curly Girl Method, or CG method. The CG method is when you wash your hair with conditioners only. But conditioners are not very effective at removing certain silicones, or mineral oil, and petroleum. They are better to use than most shampoos, because most shampoos contain sulfates that strip the healthy oils from your hair! You can learn more about this by watching one of my favorite YouTubers, MahoganyCurls. She has a few videos demonstrating and discussing cowashing. You can find her videos on the lower right of this screen.
My favorite products at this moment:
Cassia Shampoo bar(mehandi.com)
Kinky Curly Come Clean(Wholefoods)
Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture(Walmart/Target)
Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (Walmart)
Herbal Essence Totally Twisted or Hello Hydration (Walmart)
TIGI BedHead Moisture Maniac (Salons/Target)
Kinky Curly Knot Today (Wholefoods)
Aussie Moist (walmart)
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose(Wholefoods)
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning treatment (curlmart.com or jessicurl.com). OR
Fav. conditioner mixed with honey and olive oil. Place on hair and add shower cap and sit under dryer for 30 min. Rinse with cool water.
HENNA: I henna once/month for conditioning, strength, and shine.
Jamila Henna 2009 (Mehandi.com)
Cassia Obovata (Mehandi.com)
Cantu Sheabutter Leave-in Repair cream (Walmart)
Kinky Curly Curling Custard (Wholefoods)
Afroveda Curl Define hair butter (afroveda.com)
Whipped Pudding (Oyinhandmade.com)
EcoStyler Gel with olive oil (sallys)
Paul Mitchell The Conditioner (generic value brand at Sallys)
Organic Coconut oil (my fav), Weleda brand Rosemary oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil, Avocado oil,
& Grapeseed oil.(wholefoods)
I also like DOO-GRO MegaThick Growth oil. (Walmart)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Girls, this is my final thought for the night...One thing that I do before bed every night(after the kids get to bed)... is turn off the tv, light a candle or two, and start to stretch my tired muscles out. This is so relaxing and it releases all of the day's stress and tension from your body and mind! Take slow deep breaths as you do this and try to not think about ANYTHING! After doing this for about 10-15 min. take a moment to meditate, or pray. I promise you that you will feel so much better! A good, yummy book doesnt hurt either! Sweet dreams!
Hey girls! It is sleeting/snowing outside quite heavily today, so I might just add fifty different blogs today! Lol! Speaking of the harsh winter weather, it definitely takes a toll on natural hair. Especially if you wear it "out" , or "in its natural texture". I love my wash n go's in the warmer months, but they dont fly in the winter. First of all, nobody wants to leave the house with a wet head. And secondly, the cold air dries out those precious strands something terrible! Now I heard this from people who went natural before me. But just like with alot of other things, I had to try it for myself. I figured if I just moisturized enough then it would work. Well, it was okay, but I felt like my hair was just vulnerable. And I wanted to make sure my hair was growing healthily. So I started doing "two-strand twists" on wash/"cowash"/Deep treatment days with a moisturizing hair butter.(co-washing is washing your hair with conditioner only, instead of shampoo. While you have conditioner in your hair, this is the best time to detangle with a wide tooth comb. Then always rinse with cool water to seal the cuticles. It works yall! I will discuss more about this on a later post). I am also oiling my scalp and ends every night before bed. I then put on a satin bonnet or scarf. I wear these twists for about 4-5 days and then untwist for a beautiful "twistout" look! (Most times when I go out with my hair twisted, I pin them up into a cute style, or wear a cute beanie hat)
*I will be going into more detail about the specific products that I use and love later on either today or tomorrow*
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I am currently working on putting together a video of my hair journey! I've been needing to do this for a while. Boy, my hair has come a long way yall! I am too excited at the growth I've seen. I will also discuss my current hair regimine and products that I'm using. I am equally as excited at meeting new people on my site, and hearing your thoughts, tips, and products used to keep/achieve your healthy natural hair ! When did you stop relaxing your hair? Are you currently still getting relaxers and thinking about going natural???
Well guys this is my first blog on my new blogspot and I am so excited that you're visiting! My spot is going to primarily be about natural hair care (naturally curly hair in particular), and how to keep it healthy and growing! But I fully believe that healthy hair is nothing without a healthy body, mind, and spirit to go along with it. So I will also share my thoughts on how to achieve that...keeping in mind that it is a daily task to keep those things balanced! And I, by no means, have it all together. Shoot, I plan to learn just as much from you guys as I share with you! So anyway, WELCOME! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave suggestions on topics that you're interested in...