Sunday, September 30, 2012

Video Tutorial: Braid Out on Pin Curl Braids


Last week, I used Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp and Tamanu Grow and Strengthen Masque to braid my hair into 11 braids.

I two strand twisted the ends and created pin curls. I kept these pin curled braids in my hair for about 4 days. Crossing my fingers and hoping was a nice braid out.


Here is the video on how I created the braid out style:


Last night, laziness got the better of me. I did not pineapple my hair, but did 4 VERY chunky braids.


Did my beautiful braid out look superb this morning?....NOPE! I ended up wearing a bun with one large flat twist in the front bangs area.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Fun: I'm on INSTAGRAM, are you?


I would like to connect with my followers and other ladies on Instagram. You can follow me by using my username DiscoveringNatural. Here is a screenshot of my photo map.


Leave a comment below with your username and I will follow you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

QOTD: Do you deep condition your hair before or after you shampoo?


I was just thinking about this question while visiting one of my favorite blogger/vlogger, Kinky Curly Coily Me . I decided to post this question on my Facebook page. So, when do you deep condition? Before or After you shampoo?

Here are my findings...

Why some people deep condition BEFORE:
Deep conditioning (DC) before you shampoo your hair is similar to doing a pre-poo. When you do a DC before your hair, it helps with the detangling process. If you use a harsh shampoo that contains ingredients such as sulfates, doing a DC prior will protect your hair against the oil stripping effect of the shampoo.

Why some people deep condition AFTER:
Doing a DC after you wash your hair allows the conditioner to penetrate into clean naked hair that is free of other products such as gels, thick creams, and oils. Since conditioners work on the outside layer of your hair to smoothen, soften and repair the hair cuticles, getting the surface of the hair as clean as possible, helps the effectiveness of this process. Another reason for doing a DC after shampoo is that the conditioning ingredients from your treatment has more lasting effect if not washed away by the shampoo. 

Sidenote:
Either way you decide to deep condition, remember that you need adequate time for the product to penetrate into your hair strands. At least 20 mins if doing a DC with heat, and 1 hour if doing it without heat.

When do you Deep Condition your hair, BEFORE or AFTER shampooing?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Video Tutorial: Avocado Protein Treatment

In my previous posts, I mentioned how I was in need of a protein treatment. Well, I did it! Here is how I did my homemade Avocado Protein Treatment

Enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Natural Dryer and Sunglasses


This weekend was so busy for me that most of the time I felt as if I was on "fast forward". Between taking the girls to their soccer games, with a 3 hour interval in between the games, I got my fair share of sun. It was H-O-T.  After Lil Sis's soccer game, I went back home, spritzing my new growth with some water mixed with leave in conditioner and castor oil, applied some Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer, and two strand twisted my hair.  *** CROSSED my fingers *** and prayed that my hair dried before my hangout time with friends in the evening.


While, Big Sis played her game, and Lil Sis ran around with her little friends, the natural dryer AKA "Sun" did its magic.
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On another note, do you know that sunglasses can be quite dangerous to your hair along your ear area. Who would have thought of it?  I got new shades some time ago and decided to try them out. The sunglasses totally snagged on my hair! OUCH!  


The last frame shows the hinge wear the snagging occured
 Anywho... back to my hair. After 3 hours in the sun, I untwisted my hair and here is the result.


By the way, my new growth was dry ... but the very end of my relaxed hair was not dry, even though all I put on that area was the TW Curl Sealer. I was hoping for a twist out, but ended up with a different style. I liked it though.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Doing Hot Oil Treatments


Fall is here, and along with it comes dry and brittle hair. With a consistent hot oil treatment routine, you can avoid the issues of dry and brittle hair.

When doing hot oil treatments, it is important to choose oils that penetrate the hair shaft.  Some of these oils are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil.  One or more of these oils will be the base of your hot oil treatment concoction. You can decide to mix other oils or just use the ones listed above. Click here to read about different oils and their benefits. When I make my hot oil treatments, I use:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil and Sweet Almond Oil

There are two ways  that you can do a hot oil treatment:
  • Heated
When you do the heated method, you can apply the oil to either dry or damp hair.  Saturate the hair with your oil mixture, paying close attention to the ends and the scalp. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for 15-30 minutes.
  • Non-Heated:
When doing a non-heated method, preheat your oil, by placing your oil mixture in a bowl of hot water. Do not directly heat the oil in the microwave or on the stove. Wet your hair with warm water to open the hair cuticles, then apply the oil to your hair, paying close attention to the ends and the scalp. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and a warm towel for about an hour.

When done with the treatment, make sure to shampoo your hair with a non-sulfate shampoo. This will prevent stripping off the oils. You can also co-wash if you choose.

Do you do hot oil treatments? What oils do you use?


Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Fun: How to make Satin-Lined Hats



Fall is here...well..tomorrow is the first day of fall (Sept 22nd, 2012). Anyways, this is my favorite season! I love the nice cool weather and the chance to wear my beanies! Yeah!

In the video below, I will show you how I satin-line my beanie hats and other hats, with no sewing. It's SO EASY. Try it out and post your results on my Facebook page: DiscoveringNatural

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Curly Girl on Transitioning Hair: I NEED A PROTEIN TREATMENT!



My hair is sad this week!
She is not as happy as she use to be.
She feels limp and weak.
Something is JUST NOT RIGHT!


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I finally figured it out. My hair needs Protein Treatment. Since taking out my cornrow braids, my hair just feels weird. I decided to research what was going on... of course.

What I discovered was that my hair needs a protein treatment. How did I find this out? I did a protein/moisture strand test.


Take a strand of hair, wet, hold it at each end and stretch. If it snaps immediately or stretches very little, you need moisture. If it stretches 20%-30%, you probably have a good moisture/protein balance. If it stretches much more than about 30% and doesn't shorten up again (strand stays all limp and stretched  out) you may need protein. Do a few hairs just to get an average.
So, my results. My hair snapped immediately, meaning that I need to apply more moisture. In some areas it just stretched and stayed stretched...meaning I need a protein treatment. I am going to step up my game by going back to the weekly wash and then do a protein treatment at least twice a month, to see what happens.

Now, what product can I use to do my protein treatment? If anyone is doing the CG method, please comment with the product you use.




Oil Series: Avocado Oil


What is Avocado Oil?

Avocado oil comes from the avocado fruit. It is very rich in amino acids and vitamins such as A, B6, D, E, iron, magnesium, copper and folic acid. This oil is great because it does not leave any greasy residue and can also be used on the skin as a massage and moisturizing oil.

Using Avocado Oil for Your Hair

Your hair can benefit from using Avocado Oil for the following reasons:
  • Helps promote healthy scalp
  • Great sunscreen that protects the hair and scalp from harmful UVA and UVB rays
  • Humectant that locks in moisture
  • Promotes shine
  • Softens hair
  • Helps treat dandruff

Use this oil on wet or dry hair as a leave-in, with conditioners, as a mask for deep conditioning. You can also mix this oil in your shampoo or in your oil mix.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Video Tutorial: Read the Ingredients

I decided to put together a YouTube video about Hair Product Ingredients. Hope you enjoy watching it. Please subscribe and rate if you have not already done so. Check out my YouTube channel @ DiscoveringNatural

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award



So... I just got nominated for "The Versatile Blogger" Award, which I humbly accept.

I would like to thank Ella11 of Hair Care Guide for this award. Thanks, girl! Make sure to check out her blog by clicking here.

Are you wondering what the rules of this award nominations is? Well, check it out below:
  • In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. (check)
  • In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.  (check)
  • In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog. (check) 
  • In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules. (check)(check)(check)
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their   blogs.(check)

Hmmm.... 15 fellow bloggers! Gosh! That is hard to do because I love all the blogs I follow and they are A LOT!! Here goes, if you don't see your name here, I still love you!

I hereby nominate the following 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Buky of "From Average To Amazing"
2. Shelli of "Hairscapades"
3. Jenell of "KinkyCurlyCoilyMe"
4. Alicia James of "Alicia James"
5. Onyx Rose of "Onyx Rose"
6. Nik of "LHDC-TV"
7. Tia of "Her Best Hair"
8. Britnney Davis of "One & Twenty"
9. My Baby Girls Curls of "My Baby Girls Curls"
10. Jazzwife of "SlimWavy"
11. Ashley of "Ashley the Fashion Guru"
12. Kinky From the Heart of "Kinky from the Heart"
13. Ms. D of "6-FOOT-LONG-HAIR"
14. Curly Demure of "Curly Demure"
15. Epic Realist of "Curls of Innocence"


Now to the fun semi-invasive part of the whole award nomination... 7 random things about me.

1. I'm a Christian

2. I love working out

3.  I speak more than 2 languages

4. I'm a neat freak

5. I use braiding hair as a form of stress - relief.

6. I have a sweet tooth

7. I have lived in 4 countries.

Thanks for reading!

QOTD: Why is my new growth so dry?



I was on my favorite hair forum earlier this week, and the question that a lot of transitioners were asking was:

        Why is my new growth so dry?

While transitioning, you are dealing with two different textures of hair: Your relaxed ends and your new growth.

Most of the time, the relaxed ends are much softer and feel more moisturized than the new growth.  This is because the new growth, your natural hair, requires more effort in keeping it moisturizeded. With my hair, I have been able to successfully keep the dryness at bay by properly moisturizing my hair (new growth and relaxed ends).

The method I use to moisturize my hair is the LOC method. I was lucky to have found this method earlier in my transitioning journey. The LOC method basically means applying products in the following steps: (L)iquid - (O)il - and (C)ream.  Read more about this by clicking here.


If you find that by doing the LOC method, your hair still feels dry, look at the ingredients of your hair products. You might want to replace your sulfate shampoo with sulfate free shampoos, such as Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo. You can also wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Also, make sure that you are deep conditioning and applying a moisturizing leave in product after each wash session.



Another important step that is sometimes forgotten is the night routine, ALWAYS COVER YOUR HAIR WHILE SLEEPING, with a satin or silk bonnet, or sleep with a satin pillowcase. This is because cotton pillowcase can absorb the moisture from your hair.



How do you deal with dryness when it comes to your transitioning/natural hair?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Oil Series: Jojoba Oil


What is Jojoba Oil?Jojoba Oil, pronounced Ho-ho-ba,  is a type of oil that can be found in most hair products. It is known for it non-greasy nature and the fact that it is in Vitamin E. It does not cause build up and it is odorless..

Using Jojoba Oil for Your Hair

Your hair can benefit from using Jojoba Oil for the following reasons:
  • Strengthens hair
  • Nourishes the hair
  • Moisturizes hair and thereby ensuring less breakage
  • Treats dry and brittle hair
  • Helps prevent against dandruff
  • Helps with split ends

Use this oil as your hot oil treatment if you have dry and dull hair. You can also mix it with some conditioner for ultimate moisturizing.  Mix it with almond oil to help reduce frizz and relieve dryness.


Maintaining Cornrows

Here is a video tutorial on how I maintain my cornrows.

Enjoy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Fun: My Green Smoothie Recipe



I have been drinking Kale smoothie everyday for the past two months, I have been feeling oh so good! If you like my Facebook page, you would have read about this in week past. I love it so much, and even Big Sis and Lil Sis drink it everyday.

Click here for facts on Kale.


Here is my recipe:
Ingredients:2 cups of Kale
1 very ripe banana
2 cups of water
2 cups of frozen fruit mix

Directions:In a blended, add banana, kale and water. Mix in liquidfy mode. Add frozen fruits and crush ice mode. It will be very slushy, add more water to your preferred consistency and blend in liquidfy mode.
You can add blueberries if you want.

Enjoy!










Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oil Series: Sweet Almond Oil



What is Sweet Almond Oil?

Sweet Almond Oil is an essential oil that has many benefits for the hair, skin, and body health.  It is rich in Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and fat content. It is not only good as a salad topping, but also for your hair.

Using Sweet Almond Oil for Your Hair

Your hair can benefit from using Sweet Almond Oil for the following reasons:
  • Promotes shine in hair, which helps against dry, dull and damaged hair
  • Helps control hair loss
  • Nourishes the hair
  • Softens the hair
  • Strengthens hair
Use this oil as your hot oil treatment if you have dry and dull hair. After styling my hair, I love to put sweet almond oil on my hair canopy to give my hair some shine.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Hair Regimen - 10 Months Post Relaxer



Wash Routine

Every Two Weeks
  • Section hair into four parts
  • Spritz one section with water and then apply Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil to use to detangle. Do the detangling with my fingers. Click here to learn how I finger detangle.
  • When all sections are done, cover hair with plastic cap and thick knitted cap for at least 30 mins.
  • Rinse off
  • Co-wash hair with a mixture of Tresemme Natural Conditioner and water  (1 oz TN to 2 oz H20) in an applicator bottle, shake and apply to scalp. Co-wash scalp and then wash hair strands. Rinse off.
  • Deep Condition with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for at least an hour, cover hair with plastic cap and thick knitted cap.
  • Prior to washing DC out, remove cap, and leave off for 15 mins
  • Apply a palmful of Tresemme Natural Conditioner, and leave for at least 2 mins, then rinse off
  • Do final rinse with half a cup of COLD Aloe Vera Juice to seal in moisture.
Once a month (end of month)
  • Do an Amla and Brahmi Treatment for at 2 hours. Tutorial available on YouTube channel : DiscoveringNatural
  • Shampoo hair with  Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo (sulfate-free). 
  • Deep Condition with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for at least 2 hours or overnight, cover hair with plastic cap and thick knitted cap.
  • Prior to washing DC out, remove cap, and leave off for 15 mins
  • Apply a palmful of Tresemme Natural Conditioner, and leave for at least 2 mins, then rinse off
  • Do final rinse with half a cup of COLD Aloe Vera Juice to seal in moisture.

Post-Wash Routine
  • Apply Castor Oil to scalp, massage scalp.
  • Apply my Special Leave In Mix or use Paul Mitchell Conditioner (Generic)
  • Apply Oil to ends and seal with my Whipped Shea Butter Mix.
Choice of Styler

Check out my Hair Gallery for all the styles I have ever worn.

During the week Maintenance Routine
  • Spritz hair lightly with Water
  • Apply my Natural Oil Mix
  • Apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhanced Smoothie.
  • Apply Castor Oil to edges and nape at least 3 times a week
  • If hair is not protected, do a baggy mid week.
Night Routine
  • Always wear a satin bonnet, and use satin pillowcase

Saturday, September 1, 2012

10 months of Transitioning

Today marks 10 months of my transitioning journey. Here are some pictures of my current growth.

Enjoy!

Naked hair: No products


My natural curl pattern (in front)

Front hair; stretched

Front side; shrunken
Back side; stretched

Back side; shrunken