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DIY Washable Deep Conditioning Cap with Removable Pouches

11.05.2017

Hello Hair Friends, 

I have wanted to share this post with you for a very long time. At first, the post was only in my head and I had no idea when I was going to actually start to pursue making this project a reality. Well, I have finally, finally, gotten around to how I create my very own deep conditioning cap. 

I love to deep condition but it can be quite hard to deep condition in one spot. What I mean by that is actually sitting under a hooded dryer or even under my lovely Gold N' Hot deep conditioning cap. Sometimes, I just want to walk around the house, clean up if I want, talk/text, or run an errand if I so choose. So I thought to myself, why not just purchase a microwavable conditioning cap from online? Well I am a little frugal minded and I always find a way to buy/create for a cheaper price.

So, I decided to create my very own microwavable deep conditioning cap. However, I wanted mine to be machine washable with interchangeable pouches that I could make myself and fill with whatever I wanted (rice, flaxseeds, herbs, etc.).

This deep conditioning cap is exactly what I wanted and provides the deep conditioning I needed. It is stylish because I picked out the fabric that I wanted. It stays warm due to the fleece interfacing and rice pouches. It fits my head perfectly (20" in diameter) but you can make it larger to accommodate your head/hair needs. Not to mention, the PRICE WAS RIGHT!

Prices:
1 yard of fabric (Hobby Lobby $4.89)
1/2 yard of fabric (Hobby Lobby $2.45) 
*Additional 20% off my total with Hobby Lobby coupon which they always have*



1/2 yard of fleece (Walmart Fabric Clearance $1.29)
1/4 Elastic (Walmart $1.97)
14" Zippers (sewtrue.com $0.63 each)

This tutorial is easy but may require practice if you are new to using a sewing machine. The total price for this project was approximately $12.50 but I had a lot of the other materials on hand which made the project cheaper. Not to mention, I had the two fabrics from Hobby Lobby in my fabric stash, which made this project only $5.15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't have purchased this anywhere for that price and I can wash, dry, reuse, refill, and remake this cap again and again. Enjoy the video below!

PLEASE TRY THIS PROJECT AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT!!!!! SEND ME PICS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, TAG ME, AND I WILL SHARE THEM ALLLLLLL! 

If you want the pattern for this project, along with the typed instructions, click here.

Hair Of The Day (HOTD)

10.28.2017

Hello hair friends, this is how my flat twist from my last "Wash Day" post turned out. This is how I have been wearing my hair all week (except for today it is in a puff again because I didn't re-twist last night). To maintain this style every day, I mist my hair with water, apply a little Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream and coconut oil to each section, and flat twist it nightly. In the morning, I unravel and fluff and the twist out holds all day; and actually looks better throughout the day, due to the curls expanding. 

If you want to check out my last post about my Wash Day (and how I got this style), click here. Have a great Saturday friends!



Wash Day + New Product

10.21.2017

Hello again hair friends and family. It has literally been 3 weeks since I have washed my hair. Please don't judge me lol. But oh...not without penalty...because my...hair...itches...like...crazy!!!! So, I knew my scalp needed some TLC and so did my strands. I picked up a new conditioner from TJ Maxx (because I had a gift card) and to my surprise I think I found a good one for scalp irritation. It's called Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Conditioner. I thought to myself and hoped that this conditioner would replace my Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner. So here we go. Here is what my hair looked liked before I washed it.


My ponytail is looking like of dry right? Lol. Anyway, I washed my hair with the Avalon Organics Conditioner, and deep conditioned with my Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. To loosen any dry flakiness on my scalp, I massaged it with my tangle teezer in circular motions (felt like a spa day for my scalp). On the very ends of my hair, I added some Aubrey Organics Glycerin Protein Balancing Conditioner (for added protein since I straightened my hair). Next, I piled my hair on the top of my head with an elastic and covered with a plastic cap.

Freshly Washed
Deep Conditioner Added
After deep conditioning under my Gold N Hot conditioning cap for 30 mins, I rinsed my hair with warm water and drip dried my hair for 15 mins.

Deep Conditioner Rinsed
Lastly, I detangled my hair in diagonal sections with my new gadget from Remington. It is an electric detangler that I was afraid to try at first but it is so gentle and removes tangles fast (review coming soon). I detangled my hair in 25 mins which is unheard of on wash days for me but this tool just glided through my hair. I purchased it a while back but fear kept me from using it if I'm honest. 


I even thought about selling it on eBay TODAY but I just trued it for fun. I WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT...YOU SHOULD TRY IT...SERIOUSLY...NOT SPONSORED EITHER...BUT IT SHOULD BE SPONSORED LOL. After detangling a section, I flat twisted with Shea Moisture Curling Buttercream and a bit a coconut oil. Here is what the flat twists looked like.

Flat Twists
In the morning, I will untwist and unveil the finished hair style. I'll post it as a Hair of the Day Post (HOTD) or on my Instagram. Stay tuned...and thanks for stopping by to read my post. Enjoy your Saturday and help someone smile today. 




Curly to Straight Wash Day

9.23.2017

Hello Fall and HELLO HAIR FRIENDS! Today I decided to come out of hiding again and post for the first time in a while. As you may know, GRAD SCHOOL IS OVAAAAAAA!!!! Yes, life feels more normal again. However, there is a new normal and it can be time consuming or life consuming as well. Anyway, I love popping in and sharing my new hair details with my blog fam.

Nothing has changed really. I have been rocking this nappy puff for like 3 - 4 months lol. I have not been innovative at all as far as hair styles are concerned. I pretty much just wake up, spray my hair with water, add a little Shea Moisture buttercream (LINK) to my edges, and use my tangle teezer to brush my hair up into yet another puff. I'M SO FANCY...NOT.


So, I decided to shock the working world, my husband, and myself by washing my hair this weekend and straightening it. OOOOHHH LALALALAAAAA. Honestly, I only did it because I felt that my hair was so matted and the only way to untangle was to comb, blow, and straighten it out.  Oh, and I also got another trim which I didn't care for. All a girl needs is a few good friends, a good husband, and a good hair dresser. Is that too much to ask? I am still searching for the latter!

Anyway, I did not detangle my hair beforehand. I simply dumped my head under my kitchen faucet and let the warm water do the detangling work for me. I used my tried and true favorite shampoo by Davines.  As you may know, Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner was DISCONTINUED. I tried another cowash by Mielle (I think that is the name of the brand) from Sally's and it did not work for my hair type. My scalp was itchy until the next time I washed it again. I HATED THAT PART + my hair was dull. So, I have quit my search for the perfect cleansing conditioner and am sticking with my Davines Oi Shampoo. I works just like a cleansing conditioner because it doesn't lather much or leave my hair dry and striped. It also boosts shine without any itchy residue on my scalp.

Trust me, that was not sponsored, I just love it that much. CHECK OUT MY REVIEW OF THIS SHAMPOO HERE. As usual, I used my tangle teezer to exfoliate my scalp of any impurities and rinsed clean. Next, I applied my deep conditioner, by It's A 10 (LINK), with the purple top. I only use this conditioner when I want to straighten my hair. I rubbed the conditioner from root to tip in sections. Next, I covered my hair with a grocery bag and sat under my Gold N' Hot conditioning cap (LINK) for 30 mins. CHECK OUT MY WASHING ROUTINE HERE.


When I rinsed out the conditioner, I used a t-shirt to dry my hair of excess water and apply my leave-ins. I applied Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray as a heat protectant and to accelerate drying time. I also applied It's A 10 Miracle Leave in (LINK) as a moisturizing leave in (it also protects against heat). Next, I applied FHI Hot Sauce as a detangling leave in conditioner and Redken's Extreme Anti-Snap Serum to protect my ends from damage.


After all of that, I started the blow drying process with my FHI Blow dryer (LINK) and a Denman brush. I use the Denman brush to stretch out my hair as a run the blow dry air along my hair shaft. This is a healthier alternative to the round brush method or using a blow dryer attachment. Reneice from youtube uses this method on her clients and I have come to love it dearly. The whole entire blow dry process took 1 hour.


Lastly but the most fun part is flat ironing my hair. I used my FHI Runway flat iron (LINK) on the highest setting (450) and straightened my hair in small sections. I used the chase method with my 3 row comb (LINK) that I purchased from Sally's years ago. My hair has grown so much that even I was shocked by it. It was in desperate need of a trim so here is the before trim and after trim photo. Sorry for the poor quality of the trimmed photo...darkness caught up with me by the time I made it home to snap the photo. The flat ironing process took 1 hour as well.



Length Check is coming soon. Thanks for reading and until next time have a good hair day!!!!!





Hair of the Day | Flat Twisted Puff

7.19.2017

Here is a twisted hair style that I have been rocking this summer. This is the result of an old twist out that is played out. I simply parted my hair on the side and made two jumbo flat twist on both sides. Lastly, I secured my hair with a goody elastic (without double tying it) and gelled down my edges (which I never do...feeling fancy).




Hello Hair Family! It has been a long time right? I am still around playing life and the game is going well I must say. This has been a year of major blessings for my family and I.

Quick Update: I graduate this August with a masters degree. Yayyyyy! Long time coming!!!!! Also, my husband and I are moving to a downstairs unit in September. No biggie. Lol. Annnnndddd...I have another surprise I want to share with you peeps so stay tuned for that!!!!!! Shhhhh....lol.  Other than that, I no longer am doing my small business because it's not that small anymore if you know what I mean. LOL...I'm just taking time out to enjoy this summer and my family and life and yeah that is about all.

Oh and I haven't forgotten about you guys or my blog and have hopes of posting more frequently. I know I say that all the time but I do mean it when I say it. LOL. Work will pick back up soon and who knows what tomorrow will bring. Hint...hint...but let's pray that the outcome is good no matter what. I hope you all are doing well and getting to enjoy some of this summer weather. Much love to you all!!!!!

Davines Ol Shampoo Update

5.06.2017

I'm still loving this shampoo. Typically, when I straighten my hair, it will be itching to no end by the end of the first week straight. Unfortunately, I have to endure the scratching until I wash my hair at the end of week two. However, with this shampoo, I don't feel that itchy scalp sensation all the time.

In fact, I even clarified my hair before I shampooed and I still don't feel the itch at all. There are some itchy feelings here and there but it is not extreme. No patting my head or scratching with my finger nails repeatedly.

This shampoo is literally my favorite. I don't feel like I dread the straight hair process anymore like I did when I had itchy scalp all the time. To be a shampoo, it is free of the nasty stripping sulfates, cleans well, and it does not lather up a lot. For a curly girl like me, that is an advantage.

Here is a photo of an old braid out I did on my 2 week old straight hair. Hoorah for these natural inches y'all.



Hey Guys....

4.23.2017

Hey Guys. Yes, I'm still alive. LOL. I've missed you guys. How are things? I literally feel like I say that all the time and then disappear. I bet you are like well. Here she goes and then there she goes. Lol no seriously...things have been well. So I feel like I should catch you guys up on my life and what has been up.

1. I have started a small business on Etsy

This is really in the developmental stages but I have started a sewing business. It is not quite public yet but I will keep you posted on my progress and all that good stuff. I enjoy sewing and I wanted to do it as just a hobby but a little bird talked me into pursuing it as a part-time job type of deal. Lol pray for me.

2. My hair has grown a lot...in my opinion.

I straightened my hair this weekend to get a trim. I actually have not gotten it trimmed yet but it looks back to the length it was before I did that drastic cut to it about a year ago. Maybe it was less than a year ago but it is back. I don't have pictures of my hair because I kind of feel off the whole blogging wheel for lack of motivation. However, I will take a few and/or throw in some of my graduation photos so you all can see my progress. (Graduation pic above but you can't see the length. lol)

3. I went on a technology fast for like a month.

My husband and I came to the realization that we spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME on our phones, social media, email, and you name it. So, we just decided to give it a break for a month and just spend more time being connected and plugged into life. Oh My Goodness, that was the most freeing month that I have ever had and it was so stress free. Of course we did use email for necessary things like our jobs but overall we were UNPLUGGED. I literally suggest that to anyone who wants to de-stress. It works. Honestly you feel the most stressed in your life for like a week into it because of withdrawals but it is so much bliss in just sticking it out y'all.

4. I graduate with a Master's Degree this summer.

I have mentioned this maybe too many times than I like to admit but guys...its happening. It has been a long, long, long process but the date is nearing and I couldn't be more thrilled and excited. So I'll just sit this right here. Just. In. Case. You. Wanted. To. Know.

5. My full-time job still takes majority of my freedom lol

Nothing new. Nothing New. Period.

6. Had a minor health scare

OMG guys around the time I disappeared I was having headaches, nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision without being pregnant or anything. Anyway, I went to the doctor and he requested that I have a CAT scan done and the results showed something odd. Then, I had to have an MRI done and they discovered something that I won't mention here (because I'm in a really good place). However, it is not serious which I didn't know back then. So, I freaked out and I was dealing with a lot of fear and anxiety about the whole ordeal. Not to mention, I googled a lot of stuff and scared myself even more than I should have. Long story short, I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist on Apr 20th but it was cancelled by the doctor because he was out of the office. However, the appointment is rescheduled for late May. I am trusting and believing that this will all be well. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers and I will update you as I know more or feel comfortable sharing.

Happy Hair Days Guys! See ya soon.