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Wash Day

2.17.2017

Happy Friday Hair Friends! So I have gone back curly for a while. I did enjoy the straight hair while it lasted and I have been neglecting my natural strands. With my straight hair, I could easily throw it up in a bun or some other protective style. However, the downside is that my ends were so dry because I was only washing biweekly and my hair reverted little by little every day.Here is a shot of my dry hair the day that I decided to wash it. Check out what else I've been up to besides washing my hair...here.


I co-washed my hair with Herbal Essences Naked Conditioner and exfoliated my scalp with my tangle teaser. After rinsing out the co-wash, I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque with Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil.  Then I deep conditioned under my Gold N Hot heat cap for an hour and my curls were POPPING OUT like daisies in springtime!!!!!


I rinsed out the conditioner with cool water and shook my hair to remove excess moisture. Then I let my hair drip dry for 15-20 minutes. I don't use any towels/shirts to dry my curly hair. 


Lastly, I used a new product to flat twist my hair. I used Garnier Fructis Curl Nourish Butter Cream Leave In. Now if you know anything about this product then you know that it has silicones, and mineral oil in it. I know what you're thinking...it's a bad product. However, it is the only "bad product" I use and if it doesn't cause dryness/buildup then I'll try it. Also, I clarify my hair about once every month and that should do the trick of removing buildup as well. I kind of used the lock method but not entirely. I put the leave in on my strands and sealed it with my 100% argan oil from Shea Moisture. I air dried my hair overnight and untwisted it the next morning. My curls were shiny and so defined. This surprised me because the leave does not provide "hold."This twist out is like the millionth one that I've done and if you're interested in how it looks in one of my previous posts...click here.


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Update! (January 24th - February 13th)

2.15.2017


Hi Hair Friends,

Thank you all for still coming to my blog every Monday and Friday to check out my posts. As you may or may not know, my husband and I are settling in to our new place. I have been happily decorating like crazy. I've always had a dream home in mind and I feel like this house is becoming a dream home. One of the ladies here on blogger, Kenya, suggested that I include photos in my updates and here is a photo of our master bedroom and how it's shaping up. I love it. Our room never really had a theme color but I've been feeling a little "blue." *Laughs out loud!* I've been adding pieces since January and it's almost finished.
 

Something else new is that I've joined a sewing group to help sharpen my skills and interact with my threaded counterparts. It has really been fun and has allowed me to de-stress after work and fuel my creativity. Recently, due to spending too much time on Pinterest, I have organized my fabric and it now has a proper storage place. It's just a filing crate that I bought from Walmart. I used the hanging file folders as hangers for my fabric. I think it turned out pretty well.


As for hair, I have been wearing my hair straightened since my last hair post. However, Sunday, I washed, deep conditioned, and wore my hair curly. I styled my hair in a ... twist-out!!!! That is seriously my favorite style. I will always wear it. Here is a shot of my dry straightened hair before washing it.


I'll try to update my blog with these types of posts more often when I am too busy to post about my hair. New wash day post will be posted on Friday. Also, check out my last update here. To see my last blog post about hair, click here.

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Best Shampoo Ever?!?!

1.23.2017

You all know what my stance is on shampoo. I use it to clarify with once per month and I use it when I want to straighten my natural hair. Otherwise, I do not use shampoo at all. However, I will opt to use a cleansing conditioner or conditioner wash (co-wash) for my strands. The truth is that I have nothing against shampoo. I just have failed to find a shampoo that delivers moisture without totally leaving my hair crispy and stripped over time.  My natural hair texture is fine, coarse, kinky, and a bit on the dry side. I need moisture more often than not and I cling to my staple products for dear life because I fear a hair catastrophe.


We all have different hair types whether it is straight, wavy, curly, or kinky! But our hair need depends on how fast oil travels down the hair shaft. For curly girls, our hair tends to be on the drier side due to the oils inability to travel freely/quickly down the shaft. On the contrary, straight hair tends to get more oily due to an abundance of oil traveling down the strand. With this in mind, I know my hair needs moisture or moisturizing agents (surfactants) included in my shampoo. Harsh cleansing agents like sodium laurel sulfate is cheap and shampoos that contain it are as well. It's been known to strip hair as well. Gentle cleansing agents does the same job as harsh agents would at no expense to your strands.
According to reviews.com good sulfates include Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate Cocoamidopropyl Betaine Methyl Cocoyl Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Sodium Lauryl Glucose Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate Decyl Glucoside.
Other great shampoo additions include panthenol, hydrolyzed silk and/wheat protein, glycerin, green tea extract, aloe Vera extract, coconut oil, shea butter, agave leaf extract, sesame seed oil, and vitamin E.


I have recently felt the need to step out of my hair comfort zone and try new products. Yes, that means shampoo as well. I did a little research online at reviews.com of the best shampoo to use for all hair types.  I was intrigued, so I combed through the article with a fine tooth comb and set out to try new shampoos. It was a very informative read and had me running online to purchase the one that stood out from the rest. The top three shampoos included: Davines Oi Shampoo for dry hair, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day for oily hair, and Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo.  Reviews.com put these shampoos, for both dry and oily hair, to the test. They did not test shampoos that were for specific hair dilemmas like chemically treated hair, or hair with dandruff, or hair that like cleansing conditioners because let's face it. If your hair is any of the previous, it still falls in the dry or oily category.


Aveeno’s Pure Renewal was labeled the best drugstore brand less that $8 and the Living Proof Shampoo was labeled higher end (more than $20) but that shampoo is simply a cleansing shampoo.  The Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo is cost efficient (less that $10) but the Davines Oi Absolutely Beautifying Shampoo for dry hair was the clear winner. This shampoo was sulfate free and provides beneficial oils for dry hair.  If you interested in reading more about the other shampoos mentioned and reviewed, click here.

So, long story short, I took the hair test and tried the best shampoo pick for dry hair, Davines Ol Shampoo and  I compared it with my current Shampoo by Ogx (which is also sulfate free).


Here are the contenders:
Nominated Best Normal to Dry Shampoo: Davines Oi shampoo

My Current Shampoo: Ogx Moroccan Argan Creme Shampoo


Did it create a satisfying amount of suds?
There were not a lot of suds during the shampoo process with Davine's shampoo but my curls were defined. My Ogx shampoo is a smoothing shampoo and I noticed that my curls were limp and the shampoo lathered a lot. I'm not a huge lather lover, especially since I use a lot of product in my hair and rarely see a lot of suds (unless I shampoo more than once).


Was its smell overpowering?
I love the smell of both of these shampoos, however, I like that Davine's shampoo has a unisex/cologne fragrance. I wouldn't mind having hair that smells like either of these shampoos.

How easily did it foam up and rinse out?
I shampooed with each shampoo twice. I received a decent amount of foam for both and they both rinsed out easily. However, I noticed that Davine's shampoo left my curls super springy and healthy and shiny looking.


How did hair feel after it had finally dried?
My curls were very soft and defined when I rinsed out Davine's shampoo. Also, my hair felt soft with my Ogx shampoo. However, my curls were more defined and elongated on the side I used Davine's shampoo. Other than that, there was no real noticeable difference on the two sides as far as softness goes.


How did hair and scalp feel throughout the week?
I definitely noticed less itching on the side exposed to the Davines, which lets me know that it doesn't irritate my scalp.

The Davine's shampoo, compared to my current shampoo is nothing less than awesome. I love how hydrated my hair looked during the shampoo process. If you are looking for a new Shampoo, I suggest the Davine's Ol shampoo! I also recommend reading the post from Reviews.com. It's packed with information and research that was not covered in this post. I can honestly say that I've found a new shampoo and am tempted to call it the best shampoo ever.
I was contacted to review the shampoo article from reviews.com but all thoughts about the shampoo are my own.

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Update!

1.21.2017
Hi Hair Friends,

Quick Update! I'm still blogging! I have just been SUPER DUPER UPER busy. My husband and I just moved, and as you may know, moving is a process. Not to mention, we got a puppy. However, we had to give the puppy back to her owner because she was a lot of work. I love animals but they are a big responsibility. That brings me to my next point about responsibility. As I mentioned before, I now have a full-time job from 7-5 most days and I am a full-time graduate student and wife.

You may ask, "How do you find the time?" That's just it...I have to find more time lol.  All jokes aside, I often times have to leave some things on the backburner, to just sit there, until time permits. Lately, it has been my blog. I still want to keep up with my Monday and Friday post but I am considering changing my post days to just Mondays. I'll let you know as time goes on.  However, as of now, I will still make a strong effort to post on both days.

On a happier note, I only have 6 MORE HOURS UNTIL GRADUATION. YAYYYYYYYYY! I also have to take a comprehensive exam but the finish line is so near,  I really appreciate everyone who reads and comes back every Monday and Friday to see my posts. Blogging about my hair is truly my passion and it means so much to know I do it with a community of people who I can share, converse, and interact with about hair.

Please let me know what posts you are interested in seeing in the comment box below. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. New post coming on Monday!!! Stay tuned. Have a good hair day!

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Nape Nonsense (Part 1)

1.06.2017

Hi Hair Friends! In the last few posts, I let you guys in on a hair dilemma I am having. The dilemma is that I am experiencing some thinning in the back of my head on the hairline.  I was not alarmed at first until I noticed a thinned area in the middle of my hair. The photo where my hair was on the triangle was taken in August 2016 and the photo where my hair is on the square was taken 12/11/16 and there is visible thinning at the nape and in the middle of my hair. I am currently not taking any medication but I am experiencing stress on the job as well as graduate school which can contribute to hair loss. Also, poor maintenance and upkeep can also promote hair loss. I am no stranger to thinning edges. It is quite hard to keep up a healthy hair regimen when I'm so busy at times (it's hard to keep up with my hair period lol).



For the entire month of December, I sprung into action by taking multi-vitamins daily, incorporating scalp massages, deep conditioning, and a few other things. To my surprise, at the end of the month, my hair had grown 1/2 an inch and my hair looked so much healthier. Also, I got a trim that sort of hid the the thinning in the middle of my hair but it is still somewhat of an issue. This is how my hair looked with a fresh trim and freshly flat-ironed hair. This photo was taken 12/23/16.


This photo below was from my length check taken 1/1/17. (Check out the length check post here!) My hair was weighed down with Shea Moisture Argan Oil but my ends look healthier. and my strands are shiner.  However, my middle area is still a bit see through.  


Things that has helped so far:
  1. Getting rid of coconut oil (Coconut oil is starting to dry my hair out for some odd reason I have made the switch to using only argan oil )
  2. Taking a multivitamin daily (I take One-A-Day Adult VitaCraves Healthy Metabolism Support and the awesomeness surrounding this multivitamin is that it contains 100% Biotin, which is great for hair growth. I purchase it from Walmart)
  3. Low-manipulation and tension free hairstyles (I keep my hair out of the way 90% of the time and try to wear loose ponytails)
  4. Deep conditioning (I deep condition for every Wash Day)


Things that I need to work on:
  1. Being nice to my edges (I brush my edges with my tangle teezer almost everyday and when I hear strands popping, I feel bad about it lol)
  2. Using my satin pillowcase and silk scarf (I make a lot of these for myself with my sewing machine but sometimes I get lazy and forget to tie up my hair or sleep on my pillowcase)
  3. Scalp Massages (I only do scalp massages with my tangle teezer and scalp invigorator on Wash Day or when I think about it from time to time. I'm not sure if this will make a major difference but I know scalp massages stimulate follicles for growth.)
  4. Taking better care of my curly hair (Moisturizing and sealing at night)
  5. Patience


Here is an up to date photo of my nape area. If you look at my nape HERE you will see a little growth. I will be posting periodically on my nape nonsense progress. Stay tuned.


If you have any suggestions or remedies for thinning edges/nape, please let me know in the comments below.

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Length Check January 2017

1.02.2017

August 2016

January 2017

Last Cut/Trim: 12/22/16

Average Growth Since Cut:
*see photos*
Last Length Check: 09/02/16 

August 2016 Measurements:
Front: 9 in.
Middle: 9 in.
Sides: 8 in.
Back: 6 in.
Overall Length: Shoulder Length (SL)

January 2017 Measurements:

Front - 10 inches (+1 Inch)
Middle - 10 inches (+1 Inch)
Side - 9 inches (+1 Inch)
Back - 7 inches (+1 Inch)
Overall Length: (A little past) Shoulder Length (SL)

I am loving my progress so far. I'VE RETAINED 1 INCH OF LENGTH!!!! I am really starting to see progress. In August, my hair was super frizzy, dry, and split.  Also, months before that, I lost inches due to cutting my own hair off and other setbacks.  Currently, I am trying to recover from nape and temple thinning but this too will be repaired. In my January photo, my hair is a little weighed down with oil but click here to see what my hair looked like freshly washed/trimmed. My hair has grown for shoulder length to a little past shoulder length in three months. I am checking my progress with measuring tape and this length check shirt. I did a DIY post of this shirt a while ago and my hair stops on the square (2nd line) right now. In August, I was on the triangle, which is the 1st line on the shirt. If you want to make a length check shirt of your own click HERE. Check out my last length check HERE. My overall goal was to be armpit length by January 2017.  However, I am not far behind my goal. My new goal is to be armpit length by September 2017. 

What are your hair goals this year? Comment below.

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2016 Recap (A Look At The Year)

12.31.2016

Hi, Hair Friends. The year has come and gone by in a flash. I seriously can't believe that it is about to be 2017! Really? I'm in denial but this is going to be a great year for me and a year to remember. I have big plans for the following year, as I hope we all do, that will not just be revolutions but restoration and reconnection with others and renovations on ourselves. For me, I have am loving my blog and plan on expanding my vision on it. Also, I have a sewing hobby that I want to continue perfecting. Not to mention this is my last year of graduate school there is so much in store. I feel like you all should stay rocking with me and definitely stay tuned.

However, on to the topic of suggestion. Here is a recap of the year 2016 for my blog. I did some research, on myself, hehe hehe, and picked the top blog post from each of my social media accounts, my blogger account, and my personal favorite post. Grab some popcorn and take a trip down memory lane with me.

Most Popular Post from Twitter of 2016

The most popular post of the year from Twitter thus far is the Wash Day when I cut all of my hair off because I was upset with how my hair was turning out. I felt like I tapped into my inner creative writer by accident on that post. It was real, and unedited. In that post, I was an emotional rollercoaster, and a good read if you want a laugh. Blogger stats for that post included 156 views and 10 comments. his post also had numerous retweets and comments on twitter. Check out all the madness from that post here.

Most Popular Post from Facebook of 2016

The most popular post from Facebook was also Wash Day! It was actually the second wash day after my haphazard big chop that was just mentioned in the most favorite post from blogger. This was a pivotal wash day because I missed my hair! No fireworks for this post, it's only a weekly wash day on a flat twist out.I have plenty of posts on this style. In total, this post reached a total of 17 people. Click this link to check it out.

Most Popular Post from YouTube of 2016

I created this satin lined beanie at the beginning of this year in an attempt to solve the frizzy/split strands I suffer in the winter from hats. I posted a tutorial on Youtube and throughout the year it has gained 6,019 views, 138 likes, and 8 comments. I love the fact that it is helping so many and it's the top favorite of all the social media platforms. Also, recently I created a new and improved satin lined cap from scratch (LINK). Check out the satin lined beanie here.

Most Popular Post from Instagram of 2016

This was my first video tutorial of the process and steps I take to flat twist my hair. It's a great post that I feel is step by step. This tutorial photo received 17 likes on Instagram which was the highest count on Instagram this year for my blog. Yay! To check out this tutorial, click here.

Most Popular Post from Blogger of 2016

This is a hair of the day (HOTD) that I post quite regularly. This post had 421 views and had the highest view count on blogger this year. In a way, this post and others like it, let me know what you guys are interested in seeing on this blog. I will be sure to keep it coming. To check out this hairstyle, click here.

Most Popular Post from Pinterest of 2016
Another wash day was the popular post from Pinterest this year. This Wash Day included a bomb.com hairstyle by yours truly. I called it a flat twisted updo. It turned out really cute and one of my personal favorites before I cut my hair. If you want natural hairstyle ideas, this is great in my opinion, This post received 2 repins on Pinterest and one of them was from a sister blogger at Saving Our Strands, Click here to see this gem of a updo.

Honorable Mention & Personal Favorite Post
Last, but certainly not least is one of my favorite posts from this year. It didn't make it to the top but this is the first blog post where I successfully styled my hair in flat twists and rolled the ends on perm rods. I love this post because I failed at flat twists so many times in the past but I learned that practice makes perfect and we can overcome any obstacle. That was basically my motto in 2016...I can do all things. Check out this post here.

Cheers to a year of greatness and let's make a toast for the year to come. (And of course we are drinking sparkling grape juice from Walmart!) Happy New Year hair family.

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Let's see what else we can create next year. Please input any and all suggestions to help make this next year awesome. What should I blog about next?

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