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Hair Update + Bean Boozled Challenge!

9.26.2016

My hair is still straightened...so I won't have a Wash Day Post until Friday. Yayyyy! To keep you updated, I just got a new job that I haven't started yet. I feel like they are going to call me any day now and say come in and I have been hesitant to wash my hair.  Truth be told, that fear stems from me feeling like I will be doing some type of twist out overnight and I get a call. LOL.  I have literally been rocking a bun for the past week. However, I have kept my hair wrapped and moisturized.

On a side note, I do have a post today that is not hair related.  Let's loosen those curls and have a little fun. My husband and I recorded the Bean Boozled challenge yesterday and it was hilarious y'all.  See for yourself and no more hair shenanigans after today. Your regular scheduled hair posts will begin promptly on Friday. Also, comment on this post what new things you're interested in seeing. Enjoy the video and your Monday too.

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9 Things You Can Do Today To Promote Length Retention (Grow Your Hair)

9.23.2016

Happy Friday everyone. Another week has come and gone. Today my hair is still straight from my washday Monday. Check it out HERE. Normally, I only wash every 2 weeks when straight, but I might just wash it this weekend and upload a curly hair wash day Monday. Laughs! I'm not entirely sure but I miss my curls and straight hair is getting boring. However, it is easier to manage every day. As you can tell, I don't know what I want to do. Today I have a simple post on the basics of hair care. Most of us reading are already on a journey and know the basics, some of us need a reminder, and the rest of us are clueless. Here is a list of nine things that you can do today to promote length retention whether you're relaxed or natural.

1. Nutrients

The number 1 thing our hair and body needs is nutrients to help it function. Our hair grows all by itself but what we put in our body is just as important as the tools/products we use on a daily basis. Water intake, vitamins, exercise, and a healthy balanced diet are all a part of the equation for healthy hair. Photo example: One A Day Vitacraves from Walmart

2. End Protector

Protecting our ends is important as well. It is the oldest and dryest part of the hair. One way to protect our ends after moisturizing is by sealing with an oil or serum. This helps lock moisture in our hair and give our ends a helping hand at staying attached too. Not to mention, protecting our ends help them stay strong by preventing split ends and withstanding heat. Photo example: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap from Ulta.

3. Heat Protectant

Speaking of withstanding heat, we need to use a heat protectant every time we use heat in our hair.  For the same reason, we should protect our ends, we should also protect the entire strand from further damage as well. When we use heat on curly hair, a heat protectant helps prevent our precious curls from losing its shapeliness. Photo Example: Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray from Ulta

4. Stimulator

Scalp stimulation is also one of the key things our hair needs to thrive. Scalp massages help stimulate hair follicles and promote growth. Typically I massage my scalp every wash day with either my tangle teezer from Sally's or this scalp invigorator (pictured) to massage for about a minute. Sometimes I even use both. Not only is it therapeutic, but it helps promote hair growth. Photo example: Scalp Invigorator from Vanity Planet.

5. Protective Hair Ties

Another hair friendly tip is to tie hair back with an elastic that has no metal parts or is damaged in any kind of way. You know those wonky elastics that are broke in so much to the point that it looks like that elastic is playing skip to my loo. Yes those...toss them. They are causing more damage and taking pieces of our precious strands with them. A nice satin hair tie in black or maybe ditching the elastics all together and opting for a pinned look would be a better option.  Not to mention that too tight elastics can cause unnecessary tension on our edges and make them disappear. It happened to me. Check out my recovery post HERE. Photo example: Handmade Satin Scrunchie made by me.

6. Deep Conditioning

Aside from keeping our scalp clean, deep conditioning is one of the best things we can do for our hair. This weekly treatment restores moisture, revitalizes curls, improves elasticity and manageability, promotes shine, decreases frizz, natural heat protectant, and the list goes on. The most important tip to remember with deep conditioning is that consistency is key. The more regularly you do it, the more results you will see. Photo example: Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner from Sally's.

7. Moisturizer

Deep conditioners little cousin the moisturizer should be our best friend. Its does the job when deep conditioning is one week away. Moisturizing replaces any lost moisture that our strands are missing and preserves our hair. It can also an end protector as well.  Moisture simply means WATER and that's what needs to being infused due to climate, elements, and environment.  Check out my post that discusses the importance of moisture HERE. Photo example: Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream from Walmart/Walgreens.

8. Silk/Satin Scarf/Bonnet

Next up is the sleep aid. Silk/Satin bonnets, pillowcases, and scarves all protect our hair while we sleep at night. As we sleep, we toss and turn and those cotton sheets absorb the moisture from our hair.  Ever wake up and see that jerry curl looking pillow case? Well, that happens because cotton is super absorbent. Not to mention, our hair can snag on cotton. Ever wear your hair down and it constantly snags on your cotton t-shirt? Yes, that is the power of cotton. But, fear not because you have no worries if you protect your hair at night. Loosely wrapped satin/silk if possible or else you'll cause another problem...missing edges.  Robbing our precious edges of moisture and circulation can cause balding. Photo example: Silk Scarf from TJMaxx.

9. Trim/Dust

Last but certainly not least is Mr. Trim.  When all else fails and the war against peace and split ends are at a breaking point, consider dusting or trimming your hair.  Typically, an inch will suffice. However, in some cases, more is needed. Consider visiting a hair professional that you trust if you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself.  Ends expose more ends so it is important to apply all the tips discussed here to help preserve them.  Damaged ends that go uncut will never be repaired only temporarily mended. Photo example: Hair Shears from Walmart.

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Hair of the Day (HOTD)

9.19.2016

Happy Monday All! Today I'm sharing my hair or the day (HOTD). I decided to go to a salon to get my ends trimmed and it was a much-needed trim. Here is the before photo from my last wash day when I straightened my hair. Also, check out my last wash day HERE.


Here is what my hair looked like after the trim. I mean the difference is amazing and I was able to comb through it without the comb getting stuck at the ends. Plus. it just looks a whole lot better.


Moving on to the hair of the day, I decided to pop some curls in my hair for church on Sunday and I was so happy with the results. As a heat protectant, I added a dime sized amount of One N Only Argan Oil serum, that I purchased from Sally's.  I also added about a quarter sized amount of coconut oil to my ends as well.  

Next, I curled my hair on 330 degrees Fahrenheit with a 1-inch curling iron from Hot Tools, that I received as a Christmas gift from Ulta a few years ago. I took chunky sections of hair and curled then for a few seconds. Then, I took a satin covered roller (I purchased mine from Walmart) and rolled the hair down to the scalp and snapped the roller in place. These rollers are the traditional foam roller with satin covering them.  The satin helps prevent frizz and protect the hair strands from rubbing against the foam roller and becoming snagged.


 I slept with my hair covered in a silk scarf and I fluffed it out the next morning. To fluff, I covered my palms with a little bit of coconut oil and separated the curls by hand. Later, I used a wide tooth comb to help give my desired look. Voila, I was Sunday ready.




Here is a photo of my husband and I looking our Sunday Best. LOL...enjoy your week everybody!


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Wash Day

9.16.2016

It was time to wash!!!! My scalp was so itchy, and dry, and brittle! I haven't wrapped my hair at night in like a week...bad, bad, bad. It's a struggle trying to make it two whole weeks without washing my scalp. Normally, I co-wash my natural hair every week and style it but when straight I shampoo every two weeks. I have really enjoyed my straight hair so it was time for a repeat. So, let's get started.


Pre-Poo
To pre-poo I applied V05 Strawberries & Creme Moisture Milks Conditioner + Coconut Oil (Check out how I pre-poo HERE). I didn't measure it out but I do know I took a spoon full of coconut oil, melted it in the microwave until it turns liquid (20 secs) and stirred in half a bottle of conditioner until well combined. The conditioner I used is cheap so I can use a lot of it to accommodated for my hair thickness. I smoothed it into my detangled straightened hair like a relaxer, taking small pieces of hair, applying it to my scalp and throughout the rest of the strand (imagine how you apply perms). This mixture is really moisturizing and my hair smelled like a smoothie lol. Because there is water in the conditioner, it draws up my curls and puts lost moisture back in! Plus, it prevents the hair from being stripped during shampooing. Next, I covered with a plastic bag and deep conditioned under my Gold N Hot Conditioning Cap (REVIEW) for 30 mins! The heat from the conditioning cap helps all the moisturizing goodness just soak right in my strands!


Shampoo
Moving on to shampooing, I used Organix Morrocan Creme Shampoo. I focused the shampoo in my scalp and massaged gently with my tangle teezer to loosen any build-up on my scalp. I love this tangle teezer because it gets rid of everything on my scalp. I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! It's like treating your scalp to a spa day as well because it feels great plus it stimulates those hair follicles to promote hair growth. Next, I rinsed out the shampoo and deep conditioned.


Deep Conditioner
My deep conditioner of choice is It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask (REVIEW). I applied this deep conditioner to my hair and focused it on my ends. Then, I covered with a heat cap, applied heat for a second time (you can never have enough moisture lol). To be honest, I think my hair has changed, or I need to clarify because this conditioner isn't as moisturizing as I remember. I don't know if it has something to do with using better quality products recently or if it's just all in my head. I sat under my conditioning cap for an additional 15 minutes, massaged my scalp with my scalp invigorator, and rinsed the conditioner out with cool water. Next, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to remove excess water. See my entire wash and deep condition routine (HERE).


Styling
As for my leave in conditioner, I applied It's A 10 Miracle Leave In (REVIEW) + It's A 10 Silk Express Smoothing Balm (REVIEW) + Redken Extreme Anti-Snap + Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray throughout my hair. That is a lot of products but I was trying to get this hair soft (laughs) and I used a very small amount of each.Then, it was time for the blow dry process. I used FHI Ceramic and Tourmaline 1900 blowdryer with a comb attachment. First, I detangle with a wide tooth comb and cover the section I'm not working on with a plastic bag so it won't dry out. Then, I blow out my hair by starting from the ends and working my way up the strands. This process takes about 30 mins.  Once again, my ends were extremely dry. I'm not sure why. Advice anyone?


After blow drying, I flat ironed my hair with my FHI Runway Flat Iron. I use the chase method with small sections of hair at a time. The comb I use to chase with is from Sally's and it has 3 rows of teeth and I feel like my hair gets really sleek results using it. I place the comb in my hair toward the roots and place the flat iron directly behind it. Then, I pull the flat iron and comb down at the same time and it appears as if the flat iron is "chasing" the comb. Also, I set my flat iron to 410 degrees to flat iron. I know that's a really high temperature but as a natural, I feel as if that is the only way I get my hair straight. However, I do lower the heat setting to 360 toward the front of my hair because I have a looser texture. Plus, I'm in desperate need of a trim...because my ends are rice crispy! This flat iron process takes about an hour to complete. See my entire blow-dry and straighten video (HERE). Also, if you want to see the review of the tools I used in my hair like the tangle teezer and 3-row flat iron comb click HERE).  Lastly, you can check out my initial thoughts on the FHI blowdryer and flat iron (HERE). I hope you all are enjoying your Friday! Peace! See ya Monday! If you haven't seen my last wash day post, click (HERE).

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How I Blowdry & Straighten My Hair (VIDEO)

9.12.2016

Soooo my video finally uploaded today! Yayyyyy. If you read my last post (HERE) then you witnessed my computer issues. However, this little computer got it done. It only took 5 days lol. Here is my video of me blowdrying and flat ironing my natural hair. By the way, I pre-filmed this video two weeks ago for the wedding I attended. Check out that wash day post (HERE). I used the FHI 1900 blow dryer and FHI Runway flat iron. Check out my initial thoughts on these items (HERE). At first, I thought to take back my FHI Runway flat iron back because portions of the edges of the plates were darkened and chipped. However, I decided to keep it.

In this video, I set my blowdryer to the warm setting and blow dried my hair on the low setting. The entire blow drying process took me about 30 mins. I keep a plastic bag over the section of hair I am not working with until it's time to blow dry that section. To flat iron, I set my flat iron to 410 and use 2-3 passes per strand unless my ends won't straighten out. It takes me about an hour to flat iron using this iron.  My ends are puffy in the video because I need a trim. However,  after wrapping it at night, my ends blend a lot better. Also, thanks to the power of editing, I sped the video up and cut out a lot of footage in order to get the video time down to 5 mins. I hope you enjoy it.

SIDE NOTE: Today was suppose to be Wash Day so that post will be bumped to this Friday since this video uploaded. GET READY...lol. I decided to flat iron my hair...again because I have the straightening bug. It actually turned out more straight than in this video. If you're interested in how I wash and condition click (HERE)

(Video Shakiness Fixed!!!!)
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#FAIL + WINNER

9.09.2016

Okay, y'all. Listen. The devil is working against me right now! I seriously have been trying to upload a video for my Friday's post since WEDNESDAY. I try to have my posts up by 9 or 9:30 every Monday and Friday but my computer is obviously sick of me torturing it early in the morning. This Windows 7 computer is like 7 years old, seriously. It's coming apart at one end and doesn't hold a charge for 30 mins when unplugged.  I'm blessed it has lasted this long. Actually, I lied,  this is my husband's computer that I have adopted as mine because I use it 24/7.  Lol....but all is well. I hope you are enjoying your Friday.

Sidenote: My hair is still straight from when I straightened it for a wedding 2 weeks ago. When I straighten my hair, I only wash once every two weeks (Last Wash Day HERE). So, as a little memento, I was planning to upload my blowdry and flat iron process but it was a FAIL. My movie software was like...nope...not today...currently sleep. Lol basically saying I need a newer, faster, and higher storage capacity computer.

However, all is not lost. If it decides to upload by the end of the day, I will post it in a separate blog post and link it to this one.  By the way, there will be a new WASH DAY blog post up this coming Monday.

Now, the moment you all have been waiting on...the WINNER of the Handmade Satin Pillowcase is TAYLOR CLOSET. I will send you an email shortly and congratulations!

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Product Review: Aubrey Organics GPB Protein Balancing Conditioner

9.05.2016

Place of Purchase: Local Health Food Store (Healthway)

Price: $10.49 + tax

Description: According to the bottle, "Feed your hair a healthy, balanced diet with our #1-selling conditioner. Nutrient-rich, protein-based GPB rehydrated and reenergizes your hair. Glycoproteins strengthen hair fiber, repair damage from salon treatments and restore softness, manageability, and shine. Our most popular product ever."


Directions: According to the bottle, "Shake well before using, After shampooing, apply to damp hair and work through, concentrating on the ends. Leave on for 1 or 2 minutes, then rinse. For deep conditioning, apply to dry hair and distribute from scalp to ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

Ingredients: No sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, synthetic color, or animal testing. *See Photo*


My Thoughts: This conditioner and I have had a love-hate relationship going on. I purchased it a few years ago but I returned it because it made my hair feel like straw. I used it on shampooed wet hair to deep condition. No joke, my hair felt like a styrofoam cup!!! However, I rediscovered it a year ago when I saw Chime (HairCrush) from Youtube swear by this product. So, I gave it another shot but instead of using it by itself, I used it with a moisturizing deep conditioner, and that seemed to have broken the KELLOGG'S RICE CRISPY effect I experienced the first time.

Now, I primarily and sparingly use it for protein treatments. On wash days, once a month, I co-wash my hair, apply a moisturizing deep conditioner all over my hair, and apply this conditioner only on the ends of my hair. Because I'm natural, I don't need a lot of protein throughout my hair. I only need it on the oldest/weakest portions of my strands.

I can definitely say that this product restores damage after salon treatments.  This deep conditioner helped my curls spring back and thicken after using it for a few weeks after I got my hair straightened professionally back in May. However, after a few weeks of using this conditioner weekly, I did notice that my hair was beginning to harden again. For my hair, I think it's best to use this conditioner once a month.

Also, I love the smell of this product. It smells very herbal and minty. I can definitely smell the witch hazel in it.  However, the smell does not linger in the hair and the product rinses away completely. I also like that this product has no fragrance added. The goodness you smell is all natural and organic ingredients doing all the work.  It's like aromatherapy in a bottle. The closest thing I can compare the smell to is the Noxema facial mask I use to use when I was a teenager. I don't know if Noxema still has that distinctive smell. Someone let me know if it does *giggles*.

The consistency of this product is very thick and creamy.  I'm not sure if you can see from the photo below but this conditioner has a silvery golden luster to it. When I scooped some of the product out of the jar, it has a peanut butter thickness and an oatmeal-like texture. I can literally see chunks of the ingredients throughout the product. With that being said, it smooths out as you rub it between your hands and apply it to the hair.  It doesn't sit on the hair and a little goes a long way.  I've had this product since last year and I still have half a bottle left.

As far as the packaging, it is bottled and has a squeeze top.  Sometimes, the thick product gets stuck in the top portion of the squeeze top and won't come out of the bottle.  However, running warm water through the top usually loosens it for me. That's not a deal breaker for me.


Things to Consider:
  • PACKAGING: Bottle Packaging (Product gets stuck in the bottle top)
  • COST: 11 fl oz of this cost $10.49 + tax
  • SMELL: Medicinal! No strong overpowering smell. Smells like herbs and mint.
  • INGREDIENTS: Natural and Organic.
  • PERFORMANCE: Makes hair a bit stiff.
Keep or Toss: No turning back on this one!!!!

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