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Highlights of 2017


1. This was my first post of the new year this year. My hair was starting to grow back from the "mini big chop" I had got in 2016. Here is a link the both the big chop (HERE) and the first post of 2016 (HERE).

2. This was my favorite style from this year. I use to wear side pony tails all the time when I was younger and when my hair was longer as a natural. However, since my "mini big chop" that was no longer an option until this particular post. I was so excited that my little strands were growing back. I was rocking this style for weeks and I even laid my edges (which I never do). HERE is a link to this hairstyle.

3. This is my favorite shampoo/product from this year. I was blown away at how gentle this shampoo was. It is low lather, moisturizing, and a little goes a very long way. I discovered this product by accident when I was contacted by to check it out. I don't regret the decision to try it out. Nor do I regret all the great things it does to my hair. It is definitely a new staple product of mine. Check out my review about it HERE.

4. This is my last length check from this year. My hair has literally jumped over the broom of growth and I am happily married to the length. Not to mention, I'm pregnant, so the length can be attributed to vitamins/hormones I'm sure. Never the less, growth is still growth lol. Check out this length check HERE.

5. This is the post that never was and it featured a product that made my hair feel like straw. I started to make a post about how bad it was but I decided against it. This was a conditioner I purchased because I was trying to find a replacement for my Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner. This conditioner is called Herbal Essences Naked Volume White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Conditioner. Needless to say, the volume ingredients attributed to the dryness and stiffness I felt after using it. I did like the smell but Mr. Volume and I have had a past and he doesn't like my natural all. :) 

6. This was the most viewed, liked, and commented on post/video from this year. It featured a way to make your very own satin lined cap from scratch. This particular post/video was an update from the previous "DIY Satin Lined Cap" I made in 2016. If you want to check it out, the link is HERE.

7. Anything Question Related was something I wanted to get started with this year and I managed to get one post out about it. However, this was my favorite post because I spent time answering a hair related question that I received from a hair friend. It was nice because I spend a lot of my time learning from other hair friends and I like that I can contribute in some type of way as well. Click HERE to see that post.

8. This was a post/video I made about a month ago that is my favorite video tutorial of the year. It is a  deep conditioning cap with removable pouches. For example, you simply microwave your rice/lentil/flaxseed pouch and place it inside the deep conditioning cap. Once you're done using it, the cap is washable due to the fact that the pouches can be removed from the cap altogether. It is on Youtube as well if you are interested in checking it out or you can simply click HERE.

I hope you've enjoyed my highlights from the year. Feel free to share some of yours in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Self Trim Results




I really do like my self trim results. Typically I can be quite scissor happy and chop off too much. However, I am learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and patient. There are still some areas that need more attention than other but they will get addressed in the next trim. I simply cut little by little to get rid of the thinning parts of my hair.

My hair does appear longer in the "AFTER" photo due to the fact that my hair has been wrapped at night and flattened out tremendously. However, the top photo was freshly flat ironed hair which was still a little puffy.

I hope you're having a great hair day and will have a better hair year in 2018.

Final Length Check of 2017


January 2017 Measurements:

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

December 2017 Measurements:

Front - 13 inches (+3 Inches)
Middle - 13 inches (+3 Inches)
Side - 11 inches (+2 Inches)
Back - 10 inches (+3 Inches)
Overall Length: Armpit Length (APL)

My new goal is to be armpit length by September 2017. 

The statement above was what I said my goal was for my hair back in January of this year. My hair was shoulder length at the time and I was on a journey to restore my temple damage around my hairline (Update on the temples coming soon). However, I am amazed at just how much growth I have retained. I moved from the square on my length check shirt to the four leaf clover. Which is approximately 4 inches of overall growth. Not to mention, I have trimmed my hair here and there throughout the year (nothing major though). I've also neglected my hair like crazy due to the fact that I have been pregnant since April of this year. With that in mind, I know that the prenatal vitamins and hormone changes has helped my hair grow and I hope that postpartum shedding won't affect my hair too much (fingers crossed). However, this growth is the most I have seen in my entire life and I am literally thinking MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY HAIR RIGHT NOW... LOL. Of course, I plan to get a trim in the near future but I want to self trim...any suggestions?

Thanks for sharing this hair care journey with me for those of you who have stuck around despite my inconsistent posting. I hope to see what great things you have accomplished this year besides anything hair related so drop a comment to let me know. As always, I anticipate an even bigger and better new year with you guys and my blog.

Last Flat Iron: December 23, 2017
Last Trim: Click Here
DIY Length Check Shirt: Click Here

Merry Christmas from AHR

DIY Washable Deep Conditioning Cap with Removable Pouches


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!

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 ( $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!


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

Hair Of The Day (HOTD)


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


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!!!! 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


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


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!!!!!!  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


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....


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 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.

Wash Day: Top Knot


For starters, this is how my hair has looked for about two weeks. NO JOKE!!!! I have been stuck in a rut for like a month. I haven't had any new blogging ideas because my hair has looked exactly like this. I told my husband that I was going to spice up my hair life (like he cares) but I really am getting bored with my natural strands. I need ideas. I need ideas.

I know that this style contributes to hair breakage, tangles, and the works. I always complain about my hair breaking and how everyone else's hair is growing but I really do not take care of my hair that well if I am honest. BUT I PROMISE I WILL NOT CUT IT AGAIN THIS TIME. I will just grow out it out and be patient.

Back to today's shenanigans and the start of my spicy hair life. I tried a new style. Yep, I tried a top knot. It was super easy and quick. Eventually, I do want to start back wearing my twist outs and give these ponytail styles a break.  This was my go to style since the leave in conditioner I use does not have any hold (my twist outs do not exist without holding products). To see what products I used for this style. Check out my last wash day post here. I only used 4 PRODUCTS.......JUST 4.

For starters, I cowshed with the Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner and exfoliated my scalp with my Tangle Teezer.  Next, I rinsed and applied my deep conditioner, Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque w/ Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil. Once I applied my deep conditioner, I used my fingers to detangle in sections, covered my hair in a plastic bag, and heat conditioned with my Gold N' Hot Conditioning Cap for 15 minutes.  I always pull my hair up into a high pony tail so that my ends are exposed to the most heat during conditioning.

After conditioning I rinsed my hair of the product, shook my curls to remove excess moisture and air dried for about 10 minutes. Next I applied my leave in conditioner, Garnier Fruitis Butter Cream Leave in, and Argan Oil from Shea Moisture. Next, I flat twisted my hair in 7 large chunky twists.

Side note: Once I was done twisting, I finished sewing my quilt top, which is the image in the background. I taped it to the wall to prevent it from wrinkling. LOL. Sewing junky is my new name.

Back to the hair, I untwisted my hair and styled it into a top knot the next morning.

I left out some bangs in the front to help shape my face. Also, since my ponytail isn't that long, I had to pin it in place and free form a bun on my own. One day I will be able to put my hair back into a bun without pins again. Sooooo....this is my spiced up hair-do for a little while. Let's see what else I come up with. List am suggestions below. Happy Hair Day!

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(Updated) Satin Lined Cap Without Seams


So I've really been getting a kick out of sewing lately. If you've seen my instageam pics lately, they are pretty much sewing related by default. I'm still going to be blogging about my hair journey but I've been cooking up some sewing videos about hair lately. I had a vision of creating more hair friendly items for myself and for others as gifts. What better way than to share them with you as I go along because it is hair related.

Enough jibber, today I modified my satin lined cap. I love this cap so much and have given some away to my friends and family. This year will be a diy year for me and I'm going to give everything I make away. I had a dream of making some thumbs to give away at my local children's hospital for all the wonderful kids there to bring a smile to their faces. Not to mention it just feels good to help others without expecting anything in return.

Okay I'm jibbering again! As for today, I've gotten comments from my YouTube as well as some friends who have asked to modify this satin lined cap. The issue lies with the inside of the cap and how there are raw edges exposed that can possible snag on hair and defeats the purpose of using it as a protective hair item.

Sooo I jumped back into the sewing laboratory to fix it and I want to share with you what I have come up with. For starters, the outside seam can easily be covered up by wearing the seam toward the back and letting the slouchy portion of the hat fall over it. Quick fix!!!! However, to hide the inside frayed edges, I've created a video (attached below) on the steps to take to fix your satin lined cap (if you already made one) or you can start from scratch.

To start from scratch, you'll have to watch my last video titled "SATIN LINED CAP" and follow the instructions up until 6:05. Then you can proceed watching my new video linked below. If you are correcting your cap, you can begin with the new video.

 Helpful links for surviving this tutorial:

Link to the free pattern for the satin lined hat.m

Link to the YouTube video where I first created a satin lined cap.

Link to the YouTube video tutorial for the satin lined beanie (for people who don't own sewing machines)

I hope this helps. Enjoy!  Happy Monday!!!

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Anything Question Related


Is straight hair easier to maintain when you're busy with life? I have 2 babies (22 month and 5 month) and just went back to work and I was wearing wigs but I want something new and was considering using heat for a while. What do you think?  -Kenya

Hey Kenya! I like wearing my hair straight during busy times.  It's easier for me to work with straight hair than curly hair due to maintenance. It's not because of any particular healthy hair benefit. It's because when times get hectic I tend to neglect my hair big time. Simple and low maintenance is always the best for busy times. I prefer straight hair but maybe you can consider braided styles as well. With any hair style, maintenance should be considered. Health of hair and edges are also important. I use to wear wigs but they destroyed my edges overtime and I really neglected my real hair because it was always covered up.

I think that when we are busy we just want something easy, quick, and to keep our hair out of the way. Even though our hair health is important, it's the last thing on our minds most times. I work from 8-5, have night classes, and cook daily for my husband and I (unless we have left overs). This week I was curly, and I haven't twisted my hair once's in the same puff. Sometimes twisting my hair for 30 minutes seems like too much or I just don't feel like doing it. My curly hair will get matted/tangled when I neglect to twist and moisturize at night. If I remember, I tie a silk scarf around my puff or I usually pass out on my satin pillowcase (sometimes not). Which can lead to breakage. Not to mention, tangled hair results in a very interesting wash day. Interesting = long.

With my straight hair, I have a little more freedom. When it's straight, I can get away with skipping a night of maintenance (moisturizing/sealing/wrapping). I can apply some type of oil to my ends and throw it in a top bun at night in 2-3 minutes. It doesn't take half an hour to do anything with my straight hair. I can simply comb out the shed hairs most days, style (most likely a bun), and go! Lol! Wash days are typically more simple as far as tangles but the straightening process is exhausting. It can take hours to blow dry/straighten but you'll be free all week or for however long you choose to go straight. I usually go straight for two weeks. Further more, heat styling can be damaging overtime and should be limited instead of used as a primary styling often. I typically straighten during the winter months for a specific period of time like 2-3 months. In my opinion, if you are regularly deep conditioning, using heat protectors, and limiting straightening to once per week, then any normal to healthy hair should be able to withstand the heat. Thanks for sharing your question.

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