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Diva: A January Update

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A little bit about what my hair is doing: it’s actually gotten thicker since I started using Tropic Isle Living’s JBCO.  I put it in EVERYTHING (shampoo, conditioner, leave in, and moisturizer ). Even my rough patch has a little length on it.  I’m still struggling with making DC a part of my routine. I did acquire a DC that takes about three minutes to do.  On my lazy days, I use it as directed on the jar but when I know Diva needs extra attention, I add an egg and mayo let it  stay in for 45 minutes.

I think Diva is making okay progress but I want to boost its health and growth by getting it professionally cut.  I have a split end problem and I usually trim my ends every 8 weeks.  I have NO idea if I’m doing it correctly so it’s time to take Diva to a professional.  It’s tax season and along with lowering some bills, I’m going  to take care of me too.  Diva also has a breakage problem. My staple protein conditioner is ORS Hair Mayo  but I believe it’s deemed a “light protein ” conditioner,so I’m in the market for something a little stronger. Obviously, it will still only be used monthly. I started using a new moisturizer. It’s Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk. I’ll do a review on that soon.

I have jumped on the bandwagon and started using a hair supplement. I’m using Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin& Nails vitamins. There are so many of these vitamin brands out there, with the most popular being Hairfinity. I just started them last week so it’s not much to go on right now as far as results. The company promises that you’ll start to see results by the 30 day mark and in mid February, I’ll review it with pics!

SOUND OFF, FOLKS! WHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTATING THING ABOUT YOUR HAIR RIGHT NOW?

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Anti Breakage Challenge (Part Two) Week 4& My 2014 Hair Staples

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The final week of the Anti Breakage Challenge was the same as Week One. The only thing I changed was the moisturizong conditioner.Instead of TRESemme Moisture Rich Conditioner,I used ORS Hair Masque.I really like the hair masque but I had left it alone for awhile to try other conditioners.I’ve decided to keep it as a staple.Speaking of staples,after using 2013 as a year to try all kinds of products,I have finally decided what products and brands I’ll be sticking to.Every  now and then I’ll switch it up,but the following are going to be my mainstays.

Weekly Shampoos
1)Creme of Nature w/Argan Oil from Morroco sulfate free shampoo
2)Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shampoo w/Argan Oil and Sea Kelp

Monthly Shampoo
Normally I would list the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo as a staple but because my money is funny,I decided to do a little DIY hair stuff.Its cheaper because alot of the ingredients can be found in my cabinets,so its pretty much free.So,I will be doing a monthly ACV rinse.It clarifies just like the shampoo so why not?

Protein Conditioners
1)ORS Hair Mayo
2)Aphogee Kerstin 2 Minute Reconstructor
*NOTE* These will only be used monthly

Moisturizing Conditioners
1)ORS Hair Masque
2)Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner w/Argan Oil&Sea Kelp (doubles as a leave in)
3)TRESemmé Luxurious Moisture Conditioner

OILS
1)EVOO(extra virgin olive oil)
2)Argan Oil
3)EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil)

MOISTURIZERS/STYLERS
1)ORS Incredibly Rich Oil Hair Lotion
2)Creme of Nature w/Argan Oil from Morocco Oil Moisturizer
3)ECO Styler Argan Oil Styling Gel
4)ECO Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel
5)ORS Smooth N Hold Pudding (for my ponytails)

Now this past year,I have also come across some really great hair blogs.If you guys are just stepping into the natural hair community, you’re obviously going to need help.All the things I learned,I got from hair blogs,hair magazines,and You Tube videos.Here are what I consider the cremé de la cremé of all hair media:

HAIR BLOGS
1)Good Hair Diaries
2)Curly Nikki
3)Care For Your Hair
4)Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care(for the little ones)
5)Beads Braids Beyond (also for the little ones

HAIR MAGAZINES
1)Sophosticates Black Hair
2)Hype Hair

YOUTUBE CHANNELS
1) YolandaRenee
2)Naptural85
3)rorychvc

My hope is that WOC will start giving their hair a chance tp beautiful before relaxing,straightening,or weaving. I am not against any of that,but do you want to show off what God gave you? I do. The most important thing about natural hair is its health. It may take awhile for it to get healthy,but trust me its worth it!

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?

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.

FOLLOW MY CHALLENGE FROM THE BEGINNING HERE and HERE

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

DO YOU HAVE A BREAKAGE PROBLEM?JOIN THE CHALLENGE. HEAD OVER TO GOODHAIRDIARIES.BLOGSPOT.COM FOR THE GUIDELINES AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES!

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 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

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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How I Take Care of my Cooky Curly Hair

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My Hair Regimen

Daily:

So far I don’t do anything daily with my hair. I usually just throw it in a ponytail and then cover it with my silk scarf at night and if I’m too lazy for that, I have a satin pillowcase as backup.

Weekly:

Every week I wash my hair with one of my sulfate free shampoos. My favorite one is Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather sulfate free shampoo. I like Curl Care by Dr.Miracles Rehydrating Shampoo but it doesn’t have much lather to it and I NEED lather to feel clean. I’ve adopted a new wash routine which is sectioning my hair in four parts, washing only the scalp with shampoo because the water will clean the rest of the hair shaft during rinsing. After that, I finger detangle,then comb detangle and apply my deep conditioner.My favorite is ORS Replenishing Conditioner. I let it sit for 30 minutes with a conditioning cap on,then wash out. I L.O.C with whatever oil I choose and with whatever hair lotion/cream I want. As long as it’s moisturizing,I’m good.

Monthly:

Monthly hair care requires alot of time, in my opinion.I have to switch up shampoos to either a clarifying one or chelating one. My fave is ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo,which is a clarifying shampo. Then I use a protein conditioner, either ORS Hair Mayo or Aphogee  Keratin 2 minute reconstructor. Protein is a little harsh so i follow up with a moisturizing conditioner like ORS Hair Masque. My favorite part of monthly hair care is my hot  oil treatment. I get to use whichever oil I feel like my hair needs and it always turns out feeling amazing!It only stays in for 30 minutes but that’s more than enough time to have my hair feeling soft and manageable. Lastly, is L.O.C.

 

Styling:

I don’t style my hair much these days. I usually do either a sock bun or a faux ponytail. I know ,I know it’s boring but I promise to find other things I can do. I’m most concerned now with healthy hair because to me that is the sexiest kind of hair. Some of the products I mentioned earlier are going to be swapped out for new ones and some are going to become staples.

Things to Add/Change:
I plan or becoming more vigilant with my regular hair treatment becuase to be honest it does take TIME. Some days I’m too lazy to even run a comb through my hair nd those of you who know me personally, are a witness to that. I also want to make the move to finally “dust my hair. After I’m done with my AntiBreakage Challenge, I’m going to cut my own hair!!!! No, don’t try to stop me, I finally have the courage and know how to do it myself. Besides, me buying some hair scissors are waaaayyyy cheaper than me paying someone who doesn’t know anything thing about my lovely locs to do it. Although, I’m still a newbie to #teamlonghairdontcare, I want to incoporate more organic products to my arsenal. That’s more so to benefit Amani’s hair than mine because alot of the products I use on myself, I also use on her and she still has virgin hair. I’ve discovered yet another wonderful natural hair website that is more directed towards little ladies and I am in love with it. It’s beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.com. I encourage all my mothers of chocolate chip lovelies to try the hairstyles and hair tips before relaxing their children’s hair. I can proudly say that before I ever decided to get on a natural hair journey, I encouraged Amani to love her ‘fro as is. And she does. As I mentioned before, Iam soon planning a visit to Miss Jessie’s Hair Salon to get some professional advice on my hair and I’m also going to do a consultation with Miss Kavuli of Good Hair Diaries, as soon as I work it into my schedule.My birthday is coming up and as I get older, I want my hair to reflect how I feel about myself as a woman and mom.