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Anti Breakage Challenge (Part Two):Week Three

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For week three, I pre poo’d with Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner for half an hour.I used my Shea Moisture:Moisture Retention shampoo.As always,I only shampooed once so as to use less product because my hair wasn’t super dirty or anything.
For my.light protein conditioner,I used a tablespoon or two of ORS Mayo with lots of EVOO added. I was supposed to let it sit under a hooded dryer but I don’t have one so I used my hand dryer and let Bubba run it over my head(with a conditioning cap on) for 30 mins. She wanted to do it,which was a bonus for me.

I did my leave in and moisturized and sealed as usual. I didnt twist my hair this week because I was too lazy,so I just kept it covered with my silk scarf.The weather here in NY has been really cold and dry so the scarf was perfect.I’m a sucker for head scarves and its my go to thing most of the time.For the final week,I plan on doing a sock bun and head scarf so I’ll have a practical and easy hair do.

WHAT IS YOUR STAPLE HAIRSTYLE?

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Anti Breakage Challenge (Part Two): Week 2

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Week 2 was pretty much a breeze. I was very excited about trying my Shea Moisture products and I found a way to implement them into the challenge.

For this week,I was instructed to pre poo with ORS Hair Mayonnaise for 30 minutes. That was easy peasy lemon squeezy(I overheard Bubba say it…don’t ask). As always I sectioned my  hair into four. I do that before doing anything with my hair and I advise you do the same. If you have more hair than I do, you may need to do more sections.

I used my fabulous Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. It was totally worth the $12,my mom paid for it. It lathers well& didnt’t feel stripping at all. Ladies who are really about their products being 100% natural should definitely try Shea Moisture. Check out this label:
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I did my DC with Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. Lord know I needed some restoration for Diva( not sure if I mentioned before,but Diva St. James is my hair’s name lol).I used a quarter sized amount for each section and I started from the tip and went up to the root. Here’s the ONE thing that irritated me. I was supposed to DC with a hooded dryer for 30 minutes but I don’t have one so…I had to use my hand dryer. Listen,I’m so dedicated to helping Diva go back to her former glory,I held the hand dryer over my head for the entire thirty minutes. Diva thanked me because when I washed the conditioner out, she was so soft &fluffy like cotton candy. I don’t think my hair has ever been that soft without a relaxer.Shea Moisture was definitely my Eureka! moment.

I LOC’d as normal with EVOO & my Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Moisturizer. I want to change my oil to EVCO because its winter here in NYC & I don’t wear a hat so I need extra protection. I’ve been wearing my hair in twists& I’ll be doing so until the last week of the challenge,when I’ll rock a sock bun. I feel like I’m getting my confidence and self esteem back and at the end of the day, that’s what my hair journey is all about. I want my hair to always reflect how I feel on any given day and having healthy hair will show that I’m feeling good about Jennice as a mommy, sister,daughter but most importantly, a woman.

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Anti Breakage(Part Two) Week One:

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I don’t know why I EVER stopped taking care of my hair. It feels amazing to spend time on it. Taking care of it is an extension of taking care of me! Here’s a starting pic of Diva(my hair lol):
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I didn’t have a clarifying shampoo and my hair and my hair budget said “Uh…no m’am”. Luckily,I did have apple cider vinegar and it clarifies when used as a rinse so I did that. I sprayed plenty of it on Diva because I had literally piled on the hair gel when styling. I left the rinse in each section for a few minutes while I went section by section(starting from the back) shampooing. This week’s shampoo of choice was Creme of Nature w/Argan Oil from Morocco sulfate free shampoo. It gives my hair moisture and shine. Can’t go wrong with that!

I only shampooed once and only used shampoo in the scalp not the entire length of the hair. I used APHOGEE 2 Minute Reconstructor but didn’t detangle. I watched television for half an hour while letting the conditioner sit with a conditioner cap on. I washed it out and applied Tresemmme Moisture Rich conditioner before detangling. That conditioner is really an instant one, so I detangled, left it on for 5 minutes and washed that out. My hair felt brand friggin’ new! YES,GAWD!!!

I spent twenty minutes just touching my hair. It had not felt this soft in so long and the breakage was already less from that one was session. There was only a bit in the comb. Even my rough patch was kind of soft (its still bratty,though). Once I stopped making love to my hair,I put in my Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner as a leave in. You only need a dime size amount but I used a quarter size just because I felt more comfortable with it. I’m going to tell you right now, Shea Moisture is a little on the expensive side ($11.99 for a 13oz bottle) so I don’t suggest using it all willy nilly.

My favorite part of wash day is LOC. Not sure why but,I enjoy putting my EVOO in it because it makes my hair shiny and soft. For my creme,I chose Creme of Nature w/ Argan Oil from Morocco Oil Moisturizer. Its pretty thick and once again less is more,especially if you don’t have the dime! My hair was still damp so I let it air dry for a few hours and then twisted it up.I just can’t stay away fron my ECO Styler gel but I didn’t pile it on. I didn’t need to because the twists came out pretty darn good.

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I left those twists in for three days and when I took them out,they weren’t crunchy but very FIERCE! I didn’t put any additional product in it because it was prettyuch everything I wanted it to be, except for my twists in the back. The hair I describe as my “rough patch”, is very short and super kinky but I’ll be tackling that real soon.
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These are pics from day three& four of my twistout. All I did to keep it tight and keep it right was pineapple and scarf it at night,then fluff a little in the morning

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Starting From the Bottom

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Last week while washing my hair, I got the surprise of my life. My hair was breaking like nobody’s business! It was coming out practically in chunks. I hadn’t experienced breakage like that since I first started transitioning. My hair was on the shower walls,curtains,and all over the tub. It was a real wake up call.

You see, I had stopped taking care of my hair for the last three months. I was so wrapped up in my mourning and grief that I just stopped caring. I was used to washing my hair every week,but aftermy mom’s passing, I did it once over that three month period. Seeing my hair all over my shower was definitely a wake up call. It’s time for me to pull myself together.

In that regard,I will be participating in Good Hair Diaries’ Anti Breakage Challenge again. I’ve participated in this challenge before (Anti Breakage Challenge :Week One; Anti Breakage Challenge: Weeks 2&3) and it worked like a charm.Its a month long challenge. This time around I’m going to be using different products.

I’m on a really tight hair budget,so I have to use only what I have to pull this off and maybe even modify some things. I wanted to implement some Shea Moisture products into this challenge because I’ve heard so much positive things abt it. Its way out of my budget but my mom is the sweetest mom and got two of the products from the line for me!
I will be starting this challenge this Monday because I’m going to need uninterrupted time to myself and Bubba will be in school,so win-win. Here are the products I will be using:

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Shampoos: CREME OF NATURE with Argan Oil from Morocco Sulfate free Moisture&Shine and SHEA MOISTURE Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo w/ Sea Kelp&Argan Oil

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Conditioners: SHEA MOISTURE Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner w/Sea Kelp&Argan Oil, APHOGEE Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor, ORS Olive Oil Hair Masque Intense Treatment

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LOC:Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), CREME OF NATURE W/Argan Oil from Morocco Oil Moisturizer

NOTE: I forgot to mention I will be using TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner and ab ACV rinse instead of a clarifying shampoo

Bubba’s Bantu Knot Out

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I’ve been asked about how I’m able to achieve Bubba’s bouncing curls without the use of a curling iron. My answer is: a bantu knot out. Unfortunately, alot of the moms in my neighborhood& social circle don’t know what that is,so I’ve decided to detail the process for everyone.

The first thing I do in preparation for the knot out is pre poo Bubba’s hair with either EVOO or (in this case) PROFECTIV Anti Breakage Detangling Conditioner. I used this because lately I’ve been having trouble with detangling Bubba’s hair. Its been really dry but I think that has to do with the cold and dry weather we’ve had recently. Anyway,I tie her hair into four (almost equal) sections and let the hair sit for about 30 minutes.

Once it was time to shampoo, I used Creme of Nature sulfate free shampoo,which is gentler on her hair. The thing to remember about shampooing is that you don’t have to add shampoo to the entire length,just the scalp. When you rinse, the water will cause the soap to trickle down the rest of the hair shaft,effectively cleaning it.Also, each section gets one wash and that’s it.

I use a instant conditioner after washing. An instant conditioner is one that you leave in for a few minutes and then rinse out. Bubba has low tolerance for wash day ,so the quicker I do things the better, lol. She loves VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioner (Strawberries&Cream). I comb it through her hair with a wide tooth shower comb. It helps with detangling& getting the conditioner evenly through the hair. Works like a charm!

Her hair goes back into four ponytails,so I can LOC(while the hair is damp,I add my oil combo which is avocado&EVOO and then a moisturizing creme). I let it air dry for awhile because I’m going to be using gel for the knots and they have to be completely dry before I take them down the next day.
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The knots are very easy. All your doing is a simple two strand twist and then wrapping the twist around itself. Normally, they will stay wrapped up but when I do it,I have to use a rubberband to get it to stay put. You can make however many rows you want with however many knots you want in each row. Just make sure that you grease the scalp with your oil of choice as you go along. I used castor oil and ECO Styler gel to have less frizz during the takedown.The results were amazing!
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The knots can be worn as is,because its like a cute punk rock look. Bubba,however, prefers just the curls

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The takedown the next morning. You unravel the knots in a counterclockwise direction. If you want more volume, unravel the twists a little more and then use an afro pick to pick the scalp a little bit. Once again Bubba prefers a sleeker looking curl which I don’t mind because the curl will start off tighter and during the course of the day, they will loosen up.

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IS THE BANTU KNOT OUT A STYLE YOU WILL BE TRYING/HAVE TRIED ON YOUR DAUGHTER? IF SO, SEND ME A PIC OF THE RESULTS AND I’LL BE HAPPY TO SHARE THEM ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE!

Good Black Don’t Crack…If There’s A Good Skin Care Routine Behind It

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I started suffering from acne when I was 13. I hated it with a passion because it added to my geekiness: glasses,braces,and now acne. I didn’t really talk about it and it upset me when my dumb brothers noticed it. My mom told me to use alcohol to dry it out and I washed my face with Dove soap,then spot treated with alcohol. The alcohol dried up the acne and left my skin feeling tight,so I ditched it.

I thought the acne would cease once puberty was over. It did except on my forehead. Whenever I was stressed or it was that time of the month,my forehead went crazy. I had enough so I decided to start doing a trial and error with different products. I started with some unknown brand and it gave me headaches and dizzy spells. Then I found Aveeno. I trusted it for my eczema, so why not for my face.

I started using Aveeno Positively Radiant foam cleanser and its moisturizer. It worked! Of course I didn’t see results right away,but after about a month,the acne started disappearing and my skin tone evened out. The ugly duckling was turning into a swan! I’ve been using it for six years now. However,I did build a regimen recently. Since I have been trying to be natural with my hair care,why not skin care too?

In the morning, I wash my face with either Aveeno foam cleanser or Clearasil Acne Wash &Face Mask. I do the mask once a week for  a minute. I sometimes add a couple drops of tea tree oil because of its anti bacterial,antiviral,and antifungal properties. You can also add a few drops to your moisturizer. Don’t apply directly to your face because its very potent and can irritate skin. I use an exfoliator scrub once a week to clear away dead skin cells. My current brand of choice is Neutrogena Naturals Exfoliating Acne Scrub. It doubles as a acne fighter so when I don’t use my Clearasil,I’m still treating my acne. After washing my face,I moisturize. I LOVE and REFUSE to leave Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer. I’ve been using it for years because it has a broad spectrum SPF of 15,so I’m good in summer& winter. Yes ladies, u need sun protection in the winter!

I’m hoping to use more products in the Neutrogena Naturals line. It’s another way of using things that are more natural just as I try to do with my hair.
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Lip Tip:
Try Baby Lips sunscreem lip balm to have some added protection to those lips!

So,ladies, what products are you using to take care of you fierce face?

Jamberry Nails:A Review

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I love everything nails! I started doing my own nails when I was 19. I would buy about three colors at a time,take them home, and then try thrm all on. When I got tired of that masterpiece,I’d pick a brand new color palette. But I really wish I had some really bold prints and patterns without having to go to the nail salon where I’ll get charged thirty plus dollars for it. Surely,there has to be a middle ground.

Jamberry Nails is definitely the middle ground. There are over 250 designs and they offer something for every kind of woman. They even have Jamberry Juniors for children. The process of putting them on is fairly easy. All you need is a blow dryer,nail scissors and a nail file. The blow dryer applies heat tp the adhesive back of the design. Once you’ve fitted the design,cut off the excess and then file the hangers on. Apply some more heat so the nail can bond to the design. It may sound a little tedious but I imagine it will take no longer than 20 minutes. The designs are $15 for a ten finger design.

If you’re interested visit my girl,Lauren Irons at laurensjamminnails.jamberrynails.net. You can also call her at (917)655-7942. So ladies,spoil yourself with some jammin’ Jamberry Nails.

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         Designs on my left hand

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       Designs on my right hand

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Bubba’s Hair-y Situation

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When Bubba was born, she had thick,jet black,and bone straight hair. I was surprised at the texture because it was silky soft,unlike my more wool textured hair. I was so glad that she wouldn’t have to deal with relaxers,blow dryers,or flar irons. I enjoyed endless hours of washing and combing her “perfect” hair into mohawks using only Johnson’s baby oil as a styler.
Then,she turned four months old. All of a sudden,I was dealing with tighter curls,and a coarser texture. Despite what many think about African American women, I can NOT braid hair. I started noticing that when I blew out her hair,she had a lovely afro so most days I did that or combed it out and put a little barette in the front. She looked cute with or without the barette, I just used it to make it clear to everyone else that she was a girl.
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Bubba at 4 months old

When Bubba turned two years old,her hair texture changed again. It was similar to mine. Since I had no braiding skills,I kept her hair in ponytails. When she developed folliculitis (a scalp irritation caused by pulling the hair into tight ponytails/braids) I became more concerned about the overall health of Bubba’s hair.

I texturized Bubba’s hair when she was three. The hair at the back of her head had gotten a little matted because it was a constant struggle to comb her hair on a regular basis so I thought texturizing would help unravel the hair and make it easier to to comb. It did help a little but I still had concerns about the constant dryness and unmanagability. She dreaded getting her hair combed and I dreaded it just as much. I knew there had to be a way to solve our problem.
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Bubba’s infamous ponytails at age 2.

When I made the decision to go the natural route, I figured alot of the things I learned about my hair would also apply to Bubba’s. So now that I am.armed with knowledge about her hair texture and what works well for it,wash day goes alot smoother and the results I’m seeing is hair that stays moisturized,has started retaining length,and is much more manageable. Plus, I’ve learned to style it in cute bantu knots(my favorite) and twistouts.There’s also been a change in Bubba. She loves wash day now because she knows that after it gets washed,conditioned,and moisturized,I’m going to turn it into a lovely brunette creation. She loves her afro which to me translates to she loves her hair. Eventually,I’ll tackle braids,but right now I’m content that Bubba doesn’t feel self concious about her hair the way I did when I was her age and still am now. To me, getting Bubba to accept herself for what she is is the most important thing.

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Bubba’s crowning glory now

This Product Junkie’s Products

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After a few months of transitioning, I think I’ve finally come to the point where I know which products I like for Diva and which I don’t. It took some trial and error but I have some staples and I’m sure as my hair changes some of the staples will change, but for now I NEED them.

Products To Ditch:

1) Curl Care by Dr. Miracle’s Rehydrating Shampoo- it doesn’t have the lather I need to make my hair feel clean. I do like the tingly sensation in my scalp,though.

2)Aphogee Leave-In-Conditioner: It’s too watery and I prefer a creamier product. It’s great for spritzing in the hair,though.

3)castor oil- It’s a very heavy oil and makes my hair feel greasy but it does thicken the hair. I might leave it alone for a little while because my hair is thick enough for now.

4)Eco-Styler Olive Oil Gel- I am addicted to hair gel and I left it alone for awhile but went back to it and the gel just started flaking on my hair. It has good hold though.

5)Curls Unleashed Second Day Curl Refresher- I feel like it just sits on my hair and I think I’ll hand it down to Amani. It also has a stickiness to it I don’t like.

Staples:

1) ORS Hair Mayo- It’s a good protein conditioner and really reminds me of mayonnaise !

2)ORS Hair Masque- This is one of two deep conditioners I LOVE!

3)ORS Replenishing COnditioner- I like this conditioner because it’s my fave color and smells like lemons. It’s creamy as well and sometimes I use it as a prepoo.

4)ORS Uplifting Shampoo- My fave for removing calcium buildup and it lathers perfectly and leaves a tingly feeling in my scalp. It last me a long time because I only use it monthly (sulfate is in it).

5)ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo- another monthly only shampoo that I like. It removes all the stylers I’ve used that month.

6)ORS Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather sulfate free shampoo- exactly what it says, lots of lather and I can use it weekly.Sometimes I even use it as bubble soap for Amani’s bath,lol

7)ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding- great for ponytails which I’m always in. I am trying to use it in replace of gel. It’s diffult to get my new growth to behave using it but I like it for the rest of my hair

8)ORS Incredibly Rich Oil moisturizing lotion- It’s creamy just how I like it and it keeps my hair moisturized for days!!

9)coconut oil- makes my hair all shiny

10)EVOO-see #9

11) lavender oil- I only use this right now for Amani’s bath massages and as an oil in her bath. I also use it to help me get to sleep

12) Creme of Nature w/ Argan Oil Moisturizer- it’s new to me and I used it to baggy my hair and it did great!

13) Curls Unleashed Curl defining Creme- My absolute fave styling product. It is perfect for Amani’s twistouts and mine too.

 

14)ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Creme- the moisture is so good but the jar is so small
15) ORS HAIRepair Anti-Breakage Creme- obvious breakage problems so most of the time I use it for L.O.C.
16) ORS HAIRepair Nourishing COnditioner- it gives excellent slip and smells like bananas

High Bun Mohawk & An Update

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This past Mother’s Day weekend I finally went for the high bun mohawk I’ve talked about doing before. I felt like it was time to do something different,especially after finally ‘dusting’ my hair.

In preparation for my  new ‘do, i prepoo’d my hair with extra virgin coconut oil for about an hour before washing with my creamy aloe shampoo. I used the creamy aloe shampoo because the Eco Styler Olive Oil  Hair Gel I used really had my hair flaky so I needed first and foremost handle that. After that, I used my Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine sulfate free shampoo. I finger and comb detangled then applied my Tressemme Moisturizing Conditioner. After washing it out, I  did a hot oil treatment with coconut oil,castor oil,and, olive oil. It felt amazing and after 30 minutes, I co washed with the same conditioner.

i followed the YouTube video tutorial pretty much to the letter( I let my mom part it for me) and the results were amazing!!! I was very proud to attempt my first updo by myself and what better timing than Mother’s Day. I plan on leaving it in until Friday and before then I hope to find my next easy-to-do…’do.I’d like to attempt a wash’n’go but first I want to figure out how to do it the right way.

Before doing my mohawk, I told my mom I was going to NEVER relax my hair again and she didnt understand why I was choosing to take care of my own hair from now on. She actually seemed a little upset and I explained to her that it was my decision and I was going to do it whether she approved or not.That took alot of guts to do, but after reading how other naturalistas dealt with opposition for #Naturalhair, I felt better about letting my mom know my plans. 

I’m happy to report that my breakage problem, is coming along slowly but surely. After cutting my hair, I think it will progress even better. My next thing to tackle is that damn rough patch smack in the lower right area of my hair. I’m really at a lost for what to do about it but I suppose  dong some type of daily regimen would be a start.

 

 

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