Friday, July 31, 2009
*Applied shea butter mixture for moisturizing then applied Infusium 23 Leave In
*Blowdried ( yes blow dried, it's not for everybody) on low heat then applied more shea butter
* Gelled with a little eco styler gel and tied down with a scarf. To hold my ponytail I used my knee hi thingy and added a flower for decoration.
This style does have a purpose, I am going to retwist my hair on tomorrow, I think having my hair blow dried makes easier twisting for me. Next time you see a pic of me I will have a new style. Until later gators.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
What I decided was I would wait a month and then dye it again with the same color in hopes of getting a more reddish color and if that works then I will use every few months. I really want red hair, when I told my husband I wanted to dye my hair he even suggested red, say what, he surely shocked me.
I was working on video but we are under a tornado warning right about now, having some very bad weather, so I will wait until tomorrow and finish it up then post it. Hopefully I can get outside tomorrow and see how the color looks if we have some sun. Until then, later gators.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
First: Today was definitely a good hair day, I went to a career fair and wore my hair in the cutest twistout. My husband just saw my hair and was like wow, that looks great. I have to admit it was cute, it was very soft and well moisturized thanks to my shea butter and oils. Check out the pics.
Second: I got a great compliment on my twist out, a fellow church goer saw me in the store and loved my hair, she asked how I did it and what I used . She said she had all the products at home and that she was going home to try it on her grand-daughters hair. I told her next time I saw her in church let me know how it turns out. She seemed so excited, hope it turns out good.
Third: I almost fell ya'll, no not literally. I went by Whole Foods today just to buy some peppermint oil, and OMG what did I see but Curls hair care products, yes the original, starring back at me. I got so excited because I have been wanting to try it. I picked it up and walked around with it for a while. After I floated back to reality I slowly set the jar back on the shelf and walked away. I am so proud of myself, I am going to stick to this regimen if it nothing else, plus I kept looking at that price ($16.99). In the end I left without it but I did ask if it was just a trial or are they planning on keeping it, they will be keeping it so I will try it another time.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Has anyone ever heard of these, they are so simple to do but too expensive to get done, sorry ya'll I am cheap about some stuff. So now I need to decide which style I want to do, cause the two strand twists are out the window. I will be posting pictures of the style I chose, until then check out my work.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
So, I am proud of myself, I can't believe I made it through one week with my twists, surely I can make it through another. Hold that thought though... I have a job fair to go to on Wednesday, I may go I may not. I need to go. Anywho, if I do decide to go I think I will wear a twist out, surely I can make that look professional definitely not feeling the wash and go lately.
Enough of that, so I found out that my husband has planned a little surprise getaway for the two of us this coming weekend, I am excited because I love surprises. He said I will find out where on Wednesday so I can prepare myself. I think he has been planning this for a minute, it is funny cause I have been seeing him look at hotels but didn't think anything of it, our 8th anniversary is in September so I thought that's what it was for. So since hubby can't hold water he told me we were going somewhere out of the blue while we were at church today. He is a mess, but in a good way.
Usually I would try to find out what he has planned, sometimes I can figure it out, but this time I will let it be a surprise so it gives me something to look forward to. It will surely be nice to go somewhere without the girls for a change and definitely get prepared to go back to work as if I haven't had enough rest these past 8 weeks. I will let you guys know I end up on Saturday, until then. Toodles.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Well, hopefully we will be in a house by January. Our only big decision is whether to build or buy an existing, we have a lot to consider with both. If we build I get to pick out all the amenities that are my style and we have to start now. If we get existing I may have to do some remodeling and we won't feel like we are rushing. I think any choice we make will be fine, I will keep you updated.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Well I came up with a Protective Hair Challenge of my own and it will be starting on Monday. .... This time I will follow through.
Drum roll...The Olive, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Challenge if you will.
So school starts back in a few weeks which means I will be going back to work after a nice long summer break, and I will need something done to my hair. Not to mention I want to get my hair healthier and to help it grow, that means leaving it alone. My style of choice, none other than the famous "two strand twists", say what? What did you think I was gonna say? The true challenge is going to be keeping them up for at least two, maybe three weeks, if I can. In between I will be doing a wash and then twisting back up. This routine will hopefully go until December, when we go on Christmas break.
I chose these oils because I love them. I have been using these oils together for the past three months and one day I decided I like them and they are good for your hair, how can I use them for the good of MY hair and this is what I came up with. My mom, who is natural also, can't find these oils in Texas so I sometimes send her some, she even gave some to her coworker.
I am excited to see the results if any. Here is a picture of the starting length.
Vitamin E - Aids in the growth of stronger, longer, healthier hair. Moisturizes dry and tired hair. Improves circulation.
Olive Oil- Makes hair soft and silky. Revitalizes hair. Restores the hair's natural moisture balance, improves elasticity, hydration, and shine.
Coconut Oil - Repairs strength and shine.
Aloe Vera Gel - Moisturizer and hold.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I already talked to my cousin who has been natural for several years and she is going to cut it for me on Wednesday, I am scared to go to a salon because they get plenty scissor happy and I don't want them wacking my hair off. Hopefully by my one year nappy-versary!! in December my hair will be more healthier and ready for another year of coily growth, that's if I don't back out of it.
I won't, I can't back out, I have to remember it is for the health of my hair, an d believe me I love my hair.
Anywho, I will make sure I update you. Until then check out this article from mynhgc.com
How To Trim Curly Hair
Perfectly shaped Afros and split-free ends have graced the pages of countless magazine pages. Maybe you have thought perfect looking hair is inaccessible on a budget. Flawless beauty without the expensive price is as close as your nearest pair of hair scissors.
Trimming your ends, especially those dry dull tips, will help to keep natural hair looking neat and healthy - especially when you want that nice wash-and-go look. You don’t need a stylist to maintain healthy ends. All you need to do is master the simple technique called ‘dusting’.
Dusting is by far the easiest and fastest way to trim your hair and is ideal for women who want to retain length. It’s called dusting because you snip just a little bit off the ends of the hair and the removed bits look just like a little dust. Here is an easy no-fail guide on how to trim your own hair using the dusting technique
- Large and small teeth combs for detangling.
- Sharp, professional cutting scissors. (These can be found at your neighborhood beauty supply store and in some pharmacies.)
What To Do
- Thoroughly detangle your hair. (Optional - lightly blow-dry your hair for a more precise result)
- Put your hair in medium sized plaits/twists. I suggest at least 18 plaits over your head. The more plaits you do the better result you will receive.
- Feel for the little bulbs and dry bits of your hair ends and snip them off at angle using a sharp pair of scissors while looking in the mirror.
Warning Cutting ends too bluntly will make twists and plaits unravel too easily causing your styles to loosen. Always clip at an angle.
- Stop. Why? You’re finished!
Bonus Leave the plaits or twists in overnight and you may just have a fabulous braid-out or twist-out the next day with beautiful healthy ends.
It’s that easy. Now if you did the job right, the hair that you cut off is very minimal and you still have lots of hair left on your head. Trim your hair regularly before major damage is done to your ends and you should be able to avoid an expensive trip to the salon for a big cut to get rid of inches of damaged hair. Happy trimming
Friday, July 10, 2009
Six months to go and I will hit my "All Natural" mark. Yeah, me!!
What is so funny too, that a few of my classmates on my facebook that I haven't seen in a while are also natural, how cool.
I am sooo looking forward to the next few months, no looking back for me.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This time I added some a little Eco Styler Gel with the Ampro Activator, I deep conditioned real good and while in the shower I raked my mixture through real good with my fingers. Again before doing that I added my Elasta QP Leave in to my hair. This mixture turned out really good. My hair likes these two products, there is no flaking, greasiness, or crunchiness. I am really excited that I found something for my wash n go's, I was getting worried for a minute there...
Anyways check out my videos and pictures.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The results: soft, shiney, subtle curlsNot to mention when my husband saw me at church (cause he has to be there early) he loved my hair, he even complimented on how my color, that I put in four weeks ago, was beautiful. To top it all off, we went to Wal-Mart afterwards and there was another natural diva in front of me, and she also commented on how "Beautiful" my hair was. Of course I told her thank you with a big grin on my face.
Check out the vid on my new wash and go product, by the way I only paid $1.99 for it. I also bought some Eco Style Gel which I did not use, I am going to see if I can figure out a good recipe to use the two together.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Leave In H2, moisture sealing conditionerPrice: $3.99
Product Info: Softens, detangles, moisturizes, and also for natural hair. This product is infused with olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and other organic extracts. I liked this product alot for my hair, mainly because it is not thick. This is something that I can definitely tell a difference when used in my hair.
Would I use again: Definitely!
I also decided to try Elasta QP Deep Conditioner, loooove it! Man I was so impressed. I shampooed and deep conditioned for about thirty minutes and rinsed, when it was time to style I sprayed with my Feels Like Silk and let air dry. The feeling was super nice. These two products are going to be a staple under my sink.
So my hair regimen consists of this:
Shampoo: Elasta QP Conditioning Shampoo, I usually shampoo every 1 or 2 weeks, I was using Aubrey Organics, but for the price QP works just as well.
Conditioner: Elasta QP Intense Conditioner, use as needed which is usually once a week and Organix Shea Butter conditioner for my cowashes.
Deep Conditioner: once again Elasta QP DP11, never been so impressed with a D/C since I have been a natural girl. I always deep condition at least once a week, my hair needs it.
Other hair products consist of my homemade Shea Butter cream, tea tree, vitamin, coconut, and grape seed oil mix that I dab on my scalp and massage in every few days. I really don't have styling products as far as gel and stuff like that, I haven't worn a wash and go since the end of May mainly because it is too hot and humid here in Memphis right now so I have been doing some protective styles, plus the stuff I used in the winter don't work for this summer heat, it has been tried already. When I find something I will let you know.
Oh, and I can't forget my Henna which I use about once a month, I will be using it again on tomorrow, will let you know how it turns out. Toodles.