Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Fun: Are you MISSING out?

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Just in case you missed it... here is a recap of this week in pictures.

YouTube videos and Subbies Questions


Up to date info and Twitter posting


Funny kids pictures and so much more...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Heat Damage: Why I do not use heat on my hair


While watching YouTube video the other day, I noticed that most naturals/transitioners would straighten their hair in order to do a length check. As I draw near to one year transitioning (in December), I have been thinking of doing the same. However, the fear of Heat Damage, keeps this thought far far from my mind.
Heat Damage is caused by repeated use of a heated source; blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons. It happens when the hair is not properly protected prior to applying heat to it. The way you know that your hair is damaged from heat is if you notice that it has some straight ends that does not revert back to its curly/natural state.

Reverting this process can be hard to do and might result in transitioning or cutting off the straight ends. Some naturals have been successful in using deep conditioners and hot oil treatment to help with the damage.

If you choose to apply heat to your hair, make sure to use a good heat protectant such as grapeseed oil. It is best to go to a professional stylist if you choose to apply heat to your hair.


Do you regularly use heat on your hair? Have you experienced heat damage before?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Video Tutorial: Making Amla and Brahmi Treatment


I have been using the Amla and Brahmi Treatment once a month to nourish my hair and scalp and reduce breakage. At first, I was using this once a week, because I was washing my hair once a week. Now, I only wash my hair once every two weeks, so, I only do this treatment once a month, and I still achieve the following benefits provided by this treatment:

  • Stimulates growth and prevents hair loss
  • Add shine and reduces grey hair by darken hair
  • Nourishes scalp
  • Nourishes hair
  • Helps with itchy and dandruff prone scalp
  • Reduces hair loss and breakage
  • Helps with premature greying
In this video tutorial, I will be showing you how I make my Amla and Brahmi treatment.

Enjoy!
 
Here is how I apply the product

Let me know if you try or have tried this treatment.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to Wash Tangle-Prone Hair



I found a way to wash my tangle-prone daughter's hair by washing her hair while it was still twisted.  This really helped keep most of the tangles at bay.

Here is the video I watch. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pin Curl Braid Out

This video shows how I do my pin curl braid out. I do not like sleeping with perm rods on my hair, so in order to achieve the curly texture on my relaxed ends, I do the pin curl method.  In the video below, I will demonstrate how I do a pin curl and how I create my braid out style.

Enjoy and Have a Wonderful Weekend!



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Fun: Storage Ideas for your Hair Products

I'm on the hunt for storage ideas for my hair products. I currently have 2 places where I store my products:




I do want one main area to store everything. I'm not really a product junkie (LOL.. well, my friends do not agree with this), however, I have a lot of products

I need a centralized location for everything. In a perfect world, I would like the following:
  • A wooden shelf
  • Multi-level, so that I can seperate Oils, Stylers, Moisturiers, Miscellanous products
  • Able to be closed,  away from little future naturalistas AKA Big Sis and Lil Sis. I have caught them on numerous occassions playing beauty shop with their dolls and my precious oils and expensive moisturiziers!
That's it! By the way, I found this video and I LOVE LOVE how The Trendy Socialite arranged her products.


How do you store your hair products?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

When will I do the Big Chop?


That is the question I get asked on a regular basis.

When are you going to chop off the relaxed ends, now that you have about 5 inches of new growth?

My respond is usually, "After I have transitioned for 2 years".

Lately, I have been watching a lot of Big Chop videos on Youtube, and not only am I happy for the ladies that took that big leap to the Fully Natural World, I have also come to the realization that I am not ready to take that leap.

Every transitioner goes through a period when they are frustrated with the war between their new growth and the relaxed ends. They experience times where the scissors could as well be their only salvation. At this point, each transitioner needs to look deep within themselves to see if they can continue the journey or bid adieu to the relaxed ends. No one can make that decision for you, but yourself.  The important thing to know before making that decision is to equipt yourself with the knowledge of how to maintain your hair after the big chop. You should make sure that you have ample knowledge of how to style your hair on a regular basis.

For me, I know that I am not ready to do the big chop, so, until that time comes, I will continue to gather information and learn about how to care for both my new growth and relaxed ends.

Happy Transitioning, ladies!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Product Review: Shea Moisture Purification Masque


Product Name

Ingredients
Deionized Water , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Mangfera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , African Black Soap Extract , Sea Salt , Cetyl Esters , Kaolin Clay , Grapeseed Oil , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Behentrimonium Chloride (Conditioner) , Salicylic Acid , Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Sorbitol Esters , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Rosemary Extract , Salvia Officinalis Extract (Sage) , Plantain Extract

Purpose of Product
  • Detoxify, condition and soothen hair and scalp
  • Relieves dry, itchy scalp
  • Removes product buildup
  • Seals in natural moisture
  • Heals dandruff, eczema and psoriasis
Smell
This product smells like banana. The smell lingers after you have applied it to your hair and washed it out of your hair. However, the smell disappears after a couple of hours.

Consistency
It has a watery creamy consistency.

Cost
Between $9.99 -$11.99

Where you can purchase this product
This product can be bought from Walgreens, Target, or Walmart.

My Opinion
The first thing I noticed about the product was the smell. As soon as I opened the product, the smell was a bit intense. I used this product whenever I experience dry scalp and/or dandruff. I used it as a pre-poo treatment. I generously apply the product to my damp hair and cover my hair with a plastic cap. The product was left on my hair for 30 mins.  After this, I rinsed my hair, and did my normal wash routine (co-wash and deep conditioning). This product instantly relieved my itchy scalp, and left my hair feeling rejuvenated, clean and soft. It did not tangle up my transitioning hair and left both my new growth and relaxed ends feeling moisturized. I also used this product on both of my daughters' hair and it gave the same wonderful results.
 
Would I purchase this product again?
Yes, definitely. Although I do not like the smell, it work excellently in relieving any itchiness I might experience. I give this product a 5 out of 5.

Have you tried Shea Moisture Purification Masque? What was your experience like?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Video Tutorial: Bantu Knots Out on Transitioning Hair



Here is how I do my Bantu Knots on my 9 months transitioning hair.

Wash Process:
  • Pre-poo: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Castor Oil and Tresemme Natural Conditioner
  • Shampooed: Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo (sulfate free/organic)
  • Deep Conditioned: Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque
  • Leave In: Kinky Curly Knot Today mixed with Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Aloe Vera Juice
Styling Process:
  • I created each knot with Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer. Love the way this feels on my hair. Makes it really soft!
  • I air-dried my hair all day and overnight, without any covering, just slept on my satin pillowcase
  • I undid the knots mid afternoon, and some parts of my hair (new growth section) was not dry (85% dry).  I guess I should have styled damp instead of dripping wet.
  • I unraveled with Now Solution Coconut Oil and Now Solution Castor Oil
Enjoy the video...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Fun....with My New YouTube Channel




I decided to create a YouTube video because I have been getting several requests to create video tutorials.  I am still learning how to edit videos, please bare with me.

I hope you all will subscribe. Enjoy my first video!

Thanks!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

7 Ways To Grow Your Edges


How to grow your edges



  • If you wear a scarf to sleep, do not tie it too tightly. Tie it against your forehead not your hairline

  • Avoid styles causes pulling of hair along the hairline.

  • Massage Castor Oil to your hairline at least 3 times a week.

  • Gently massage your hairline to stimulate bloodstream to bring nutrients to hair follicles.

  • Change the direction of your parts. 

  • Avoid applying heat on the hair at your edges. This can dry your hair.


  • Keep your edges moisturized to prevent breakage.
 





Share your tips for growing back your edges.

Shop with Me on Lola's Green Hair



Do you have hair products that you have bought and are not using any more? When I first started my transitioning journey, I was such a product junkie. Trying a lot of products just because I read a blog or watched a YouTube video about it.

Lola's Green Hair is your free source to buying and selling products that you no longer use.

Many people have asked me about where they can purchase some of the products I use that works well, and now, I can tell them where to find it. I also have on sale, some products that did not work too well for me, like Vatika hair oil, that could work for you.

I created a shopping profile on Lola's Green Hair, where you can buy different products from conditioner, herbs like Amla, Brahmi, and even pretty headbands.

Check it out, by clicking here.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

4 Steps to a Successful Wash Day


A typical wash day can last between 2 hours to an overnight process. Regardless of how long it takes, a lot of transitioners and naturals follow these steps.

Pre-poo Treatment
The pre-poo treatment can be as simple as applying an oil, that penetrates the hair shaft, onto your entire hair. It can be as complicated as creating your own pre-poo treatment consisting of different Ayurvedic herbs and oils.  The purpose of this step is to protect the hair before shampooing with a sulfate shampoo. However, you can still do this treatment even if you are not shampooing your hair because it provides your hair with addition protection during the washing process. It helps your hair feel less striped after the washing process is completed. You can leave this treatment on your hair for at least 30 minutes.

What I use: Ayurvedic mixture (Amla and Brahmi Treatment). This detangles my hair regardless of the coarse feeling.

Shampoo or Conditioner Washing (Co-wash)
For this step, you can either choose to shampoo or conditioner wash your hair. If you choose to use shampoo, try a sulfate free shampoo that will not strip your hair of necessary oils. However, if you do use sulfate shampoo, the pre-poo step should have given you great protection. For co-washing, you can pretty much use any conditioner that does not contain sulfate. Target washing your scalp by apply the solution to your scalp and using your finger tip base to lightly massage your scalp to lift up any build up. Then let the suds slide down to the length of your hair. Rinse off thoroughly. You can repeat this step if needed.

What I use: Tresemme Naturals Conditioner to co-wash  and Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo to shampoo if I have any product buildup. I put it in an application bottle with a little water.

Deep-conditioning: This is one of the most important steps. This step helps to improve the condition of the hair by strengthen it and providing it with much needed moisture.  You can leave the treatment on your hair for at least 20 minutes or overnight. For this process to work, some type of heat must be applied to the hair. The heat can come from an outside source like a steamer, dryer, or from your own thermal heat. For extra conditioning, you can do these steps:
I removed the plastic cap/heat source, and let the hair cool for 15 mins. Then, I applied a mixture of 1 oz of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner and 6 oz of cool water to top of the hair. I left that on for 2 mins, and then rinsed off. For extra shine, I apply 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera Juice on top of my hair as a final rinse.
What I use: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Shea Moisture Anti Breakage Masque. I apply my DC product generously, and cover hair with plastic cap and thick knitted cap for at least an hour (or overnight)

Styling: The last step is to style or set your hair for a future style. I use the LOC method to provide my hair with lasting moisture.  (L for Liquid) It is very important to apply a leave in moisturizer after done with your Deep Conditioning step.  (O for Oil) Massage your scalp and edges with oil to stimulate your blood stream, which helps nutrients get to your hair follicles. Also, put some oil at the ends of your hair. (C for Cream) To better seal in the moisture, apply a thicker cream to your hair. If you style calls for gel, you can also use this, just make sure it is an alcohol free oil that will not dry your hair.

What I use: For leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today or Paul Mitchell Leave In Conditioner. For Oil: Castor Oil. For Cream/Styler: Whipped Shea Butter, Shea Moisture Curl Enhanced Smoothie, Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer. For Gel: Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel

How do you achieve a stress-free wash day?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Flat Twist Out on Dry Hair


There are different ways that you can set the styles for transitioning/natural hair. Two of these ways are while your wet/damp or dry.  For some styles, like Bantu Knots, I prefer how my hair looks when styled on dry hair. The last time I did Flat Twist Out, I did it on wet hair.  I loved how it turned out and I received so many compliments. So, I decided to try it on dry hair.

Styling Process:
  • I flat twisted my entire hair using Jojoba oil first and then layer it with Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer and then flat twist each row. I did about 10 flat twists. 



My thoughts ...
I do prefer how my hair looked like when it was styled on wet hair. It had more shine and better hold to it. The relaxed ends did not fall easily during the hustle and bustle of the day. The wet set had less to no frizz. The only issue I had when doing the wet set was that my relaxed ends tangled easily while I was braiding the flat twists.

Wet set (night) and Dry set (day)
Have you tried flat twists? How do you set your twists?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Flat Twist Out on Wet Hair



Wash Process:
  • Pre-poo with Amla and Brahmi Treatment
  • Co-wash with Tresemme Natural Conditioner (Aloe Vera and Avocado)
  • Deep Conditioned hair overnight with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Tried out the new conditioning trick. I love this. I could instantly feel a difference in the way my hair felt afterwards. It had great shine and softness.
Styling Process:
  • Apply Generic Paul Mitchell Leave in Conditioner to my hair
  • Put castor oil on my edges and my entire scalp. Massage gently.
  • Starting in the front area, section hair for flat twisting.
  • Apply Jojoba oil to hair and for great definition, apply dime size of Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer
  • Flat Twist hair using this video. Add Bantu knots to the ends. 


After my hair completely dried, I lightly coated my palms with coconut oil and ran them over my hair. I unraveled my twists without separating them.



Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Fun: Natural Hair for Dolls

 My girls have lots of barbie dolls that they play with everyday.  Most of their dolls have straight hair and not curly or kinky hair. I saw this blog post on Beads, Braids and Beyond that showed step by step instructions on how to make straight haired dolls into curly, coily, kinky hair. 
Check out how I did this, by clicking here.


BEFORE

Emily and her pipe cleaners

AFTER

Emily loves her curly hair

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mini Twists and Deep Conditioning Tricks


I decided to do mini twists for Big Sis and knowing that it would be a multiple week style, I wanted make sure that her hair was properly prepped for the style.

  • Sectioning her hair into 5 parts and applied Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Hair Masque to those sections after spritzing her hair with some water. The Purification Hair Masque is wonderful for itchy scalp.
  • While applying this to her hair and scalp, I gave her a much needed trim (half an inch off).

  • I left the treatment on her hair for 30 mins.
  • Rinse off and co-washed her hair with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
  • For Deep Conditioning, I decided to try a new trick I learnt from Hairscapades. To read more about this trick, click here.
  • I applied Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Covered her hair with plastic cap and thick knitted cap for 20 mins. Then let her sit under the dryer with just the plastic cap for another 20 mins.
  • Now... here is the trick. After getting out of the dryer, I removed the plastic cap, and let the hair cool for 15 mins. Then, I applied a mixture of 1 oz of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner and 6 oz of cool water to top of the hair. I left that on for 2 mins, and then rinsed off.
  • To promote shine, I did a final rinse with 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 8 oz of cold water.
  • Her hair felt great and very VERY conditioner....the trick is a keeper!

Doing the mini twists took about 4 hours. I accessorized her hair with our homemade flower hair clips.

Result:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Make your own hair accessories


My girls and I love...LOVE hair accessories. Most of the accessories we have are store bought, however, I love making my own. When you make your own hair accessory, you can decorate it however you want and even make it custom fit an outfit.

Below, I will show you how to make a simple headband from buttons. I bought large decorative plastic buttons and felt flower buttons. For this project, I will be using the felt buttons.  You can find these in your local craft stores.

You will need:
  • Decorative Felt buttons (You can also use iron-on applique)
  • Glue gun
  • Felt fabric (matching the color of the headband)
  • Fabric Headband



Step 1-4:
  • Arrange the felt flower buttons in the design you want
  • Place the larger buttons at the bottoms and overlay smaller sized buttons on top
  • Add acrylic jewels to add some bling to it


Step 5-8:
  • Cut 2 strips from the felt fabric
  • Glue one piece to the reverse side of the decorative arrangement of felt buttons
  • Apply some glue to the top that felt fabric
  • Place the headband on top of the glue and then gently press the second piece on top of the headband
  • Make sure it lines up with the first piece of felt fabric

The Result....


All our headbands were arranged in this homemade Headband Holder.



Want to see other hair accessories I have made? Click here and here.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Growing my edges with NOW Solutions Castor oil




Today, I was styling my hair for a new style: Curly Fro with a Pompadour and noticed something.....

     my Edges were Thinning!

How did that happen?  Well... for the past couple of weeks, I have not been really kind to  my edges. I have gelled it... twisted it a little tighter than usual... and I think maybe not constantly keeping it moisturized as I used to might have been the culprit.

When I was three months into my transitioning journey, I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil to grow my edges in one month. Since then, I have been using NOW Solutions Castor Oil mixed with other oils as my oil mix and leave in conditioner for the girls.  Several times I have been asked which is better, JBCO or NOW Solutions Castor Oil? I know how well JBCO worked for me (click here to see), but didn't know if NOW will do the same.


So... for the next 4 weeks, I will be applying the NOW Solutions Castor Oil to my edges once a day in the morning and will report back with results.


Do you use NOW Solutions Castor Oil? Have you used JBCO in the past? Share your experience.

Product Review: Zayd's Natural Detangler Conditioner


What is Zayd's Natural Detangler Conditioner?Zayd's Natural Detangler Leave In Conditioner is a Vegan product that is produced by Zenobia Jackson, owner of  Zayd's Naturally Natural Hair Studio (Houston, Texas). This product is infused with mango  and provides detangling properties to the hair that promises to give a sliky smooth comb-out.

Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Steralkonium Chloride, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyerganol, Vegetable Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, DL-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Limmanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Salixnigra (Black Willow Bark) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta Indica (Neem ) Oil, Green Papain Extract.

How I used this product

I have been using this product for about 3 weeks now. I am very impressed by the effectiveness of the product. The product has a nice refreshing mango scent. I love mango so that was a plus for me. The consistency was quite watery and even I put a bit of the product in a small spray bottle and was able to easily spray it to the section of hair I was trying to detangle.  The other great thing about this product is that it is all organic and although I am not a vegan, this is also a vegan products for those people that only use vegan products. Remember a couple of days ago, my hair got very tangled up after using Vatika Oil? Well, this was the only product that actually helped to detangle my hair. This gets a 5 out of 5 in my books!

Visit Zayd's Facebook to contact the owner or book your natural hair appointment/

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Fun: Cantaloupe in Our Garden


In March, the girls and I planted our first cantaloupe plant.  We got the plant from our local garden center and were hoping to eat some yummy organic cantaloupe during the hot summer months. Well, yesterday, we harvested our first cantaloupe of the season! It was small in size but quite delicious. This cantaloupe was all organic, no chemical or fertilizers used.  What I liked about this plant is that it is low maintenance.  The only issue I had was that I did not realize the vine grew quite wildly. I made the mistake of planting it in the same garden bed as my peppers. Although my green peppers thrived (we harvested three small peppers in July), the cantaloupe vine kept on tangling around the pepper plants. Reminds me of how my relaxed ends tangled with my natural new growth LOL!

This will definitely not be our last cantaloupe since there are more still growing from the vine.


We saved the seeds for next planting season and hope to eat more cantaloupe for years to come!


Do you have a vegetable garden? What do you grow?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Curly Girl on Transitioning Hair: Twisted Updo

 It has been 2 months since I started doing the CG method on my Transitioning Hair. I love it! I have not experienced product build up and when my hair feel dry, which is less often these days, I just spritz it with some water and add some leave in conditioner (PM conditioner) and viola! 

So, I recently subscribed to a new YouTube vlogger from Jerusalem called lanicert, and totally love her.  She did a new updo called Twisted Updo and I decided try it out because I plan to do a twist out this weekend.

Here is the video:



My Results....



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rope Twisting Video Tutorial

Disclaimer: Sorry for the quality of this video, Big Sis was our camera-girl. This was her first time video taping.


Products used:

-KimmayTube Leave In (recipe can be found on our facebook)
- My hair oil mix (castor oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E)

Hair was washed with Tresemme Natural Conditioner and deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and  Grapeseed oil.

Results