Friday, August 30, 2013

Twisted Pin Curls Out Style




Watch to see how I created this look...

 
The look below was create wit Wet Pin Curls while the one above was created with Dry Pin Curls. Notice the difference?
 
 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Revisiting Aloe Vera


Last month, I did a video talking about products that my hair hates but other naturals love, and one of the products was Aloe Vera. While I was transitioning, I used Aloe Vera Juice and discovered that instead of it moisturizing my hair, it actually caused it to be drier.

After reading about all the benefits of using Aloe Vera in your natural hair, I decided to revisit the product.

Here are the benefits (Source: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/01/4-hair-benefits-of-aloe-vera/):
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Nourishes shampoo
  • Prevents dandruff
  • Natural conditioner
I have been using aloe vera as my final rinse, in my spritz bottle occasionally, and using the gel to style my hair and to kill any acne that pops up.

Sidenote: Aloe Vera Gel dries up my acne in 2 days! AMAZING!!

I love the results and my hair is loving it too!! Yeah!!


This just proves to show that sometimes when products don't work, give them a try later on in your natural journey... you might be surprised.


Do you use Aloe Vera Juice/Gel?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Cowash Natural Hair with Less Breakage



I have co-washed my natural hair in the past, but always had problems with it unraveling. Now that I have found a better method, I could not keep this technique to myself.

This video shows you how to cowash natural hair. When washing natural hair, you can encounter breakage and tangling during the wash process. Yes, you can wash your hair in section to minimize breakage, however, here is a method to reduce breakage...

How do you wash your natural hair?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PonyTail Only Bagging Method on Natural Hair


It's night time and I have been wearing my pony-bun all day long... Time to moisturize and lock in that moisture.

According to CurlyNikki,


The overall purpose of the baggy method is to promote hair growth by locking in moisture. When baggying your ends only, after moisturizing them, length retention is promoted because the ends are not breaking and splitting due to dryness.
This is a good method for people who experience itchiness during the baggying method of the entire head. You can still benefit from baggying your ends.

How to do the PonyTail Only Bagging Method



Spritz some water onto the area that will  be bagged



Moisturize area with some creamy moisturizer or leave in conditioner


Apply some oil to seal in the moisture.


Cover the ponytail section with plastic bag and secure with elastic headband


Protect areas not bagged with your satin scarf or bonnet.

Do you do the baggying method?

Monday, August 26, 2013

HOTD/OOTD: Back To School 2013


We had a FUN Summer.... but it's time to go back to school.
I let Big Sis design her own hairstyle and all I had to do was cornrow and twist. I decided to also let Lil Sis come up with her design... she wanted a Flower Bun..LOL... with bangs...
Our Hair Regimen:
http://discoveringnatural.blogspot.com/p/my-girls-hair-regimen.html





Sunday, August 25, 2013

Spa Day for Natural Hair

After removing my protective style, my hair definitely needed a spa day. What was on the agenda:
  • Hot Oil Treatment
  • Moisture-Rich Deep Conditioning
  • Bentonite Treatment
  • Scalp Massage

Hot Oil Treatment
For the hot oil treatment, I made a mixture of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (3 oz), Castor Oil (JBCO) (1 oz) and 5 drops of Peppermint Oil.
  • Applied to my hair
  • I applied some Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream to my hair for an overnight deep conditioning (I debated on doing this, but wanted to know how my hair will do with using this product for deep conditioning prior to wash)
  • Covered hair with plastic cap and knitted hat
Next morning, my hair was uber soft and well conditioned. yeah!

Bentonite Clay

Made my mix of bentonite clay. I also added 1 teaspoon of Amla powder and Brahmi powder (not in video) to the mix, for additional strengthening and rejuvenation.


I applied it generously to my hair and my scalp. Lightly massaging my scalp with the clay.
Here is how I apply to my hair (video was recorded in January 2013)




  • Left clay on hair for 40 mins
  • Rinse out clay
  • Apply rinse out conditioner for 5 mins
  • Rinse out with cold water
My hair felt soft as butter!!


 I decided to twist and pin curl... sHHH...trying something new..*fingers crossed*


Friday, August 23, 2013

UPDATED: Big Sis and Lil Sis Natural Hair Regimen



Wash Routine (updated August 23rd 2013)

Week 1
  At the end of the week, check the state of the hair, if it needs to be redone, do the following:
 
Detangle
  • (Lil Sis) Detangle hair using a mixture of conditioner, water, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • (Big Sis) Detangle hair by spritzing lightly with water and then adding Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
    Cleansing
    • Co-wash: Wash with a moisturizing conditioner or a co-wash cleansing conditioner
    • Finish with a cold water rinse
    Post-Wash Routine
    
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    Week 2

    Light Protein Treatment
    • Apply Aubrey Organics GBP Conditioner for 15 mins to dry hair
    • Detangle hair using a mixture of conditioner , water, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
    • Rinse off

    Cleansing
    • Wash hair with a sulfate free shampoo
    • Apply a rinse out conditioner for 5 mins

    Deep Conditioner
    • Apply a moisturizing deep conditioner
    • Cover hair with plastic cap and a thick knitted hat for at least 30 mins
    • Apply a rinse out conditioner for 2 mins
    • Finish with a cold water rinse

    Post-Wash Routine
    
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    Week 3 (Repeat Week 1 process)
     
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    Week 4

    Detangle
    • (Lil Sis) Detangle hair using a mixture of conditioner, water, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
    • (Big Sis) Detangle hair by spritzing lightly with water and then adding Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
    Cleansing
    • Wash hair with a clarifying shampoo
    • Apply a rinse out conditioner for 5 mins
     
    Deep Conditioner
    • Apply deep conditioner
    • Cover hair with plastic cap and a thick knitted hat for at least 30 mins
    • Apply a rinse out conditioner for 2 mins
    • Finish with a cold water rinse
    Post-Wash Routine

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      During the week Maintenance Routine (As needed)
    • Use the LOC method for Big Sis and the LCO method for Lil Sis to moisturize hair.
    • Spritz hair with water
    • Apply Oil Mix
    • Apply Moisturizing Cream
    • On edges, apply Castor Oil 
    • To lay edges, we also use Whipped Shea butter, and tie down with satin/silk scarf.
    How we moisturize hair
    How we lay our edges
    

    Night Routine
    • Always wear a satin bonnet or scarf, and use satin pillowcase

      As of August 23rd, 2013, Here are the products we love using. Click name of product to view the product's ingredient list
       
       Detangling
    • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • VO5 Moisture Milk Conditioner

     Cleansing

    Deep Conditioning

    Post Wash

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    2 weeks Mohawk Cornrows and I


    Before I start talking about my experience so far with my 2-weeks Mohawk style, I want to apologize to all my Blog readers. I have not being updating regular as I use to do. Mainly, I have been putting most of my #NaturalHair correspondence on my Facebook page and YouTube page.  I post on my Facebook a lot and share so much info. However, I still interact on this page. Hopefully, now that summer break is almost over 4 more days...Woohoo... I will have more time to blog.

    Okay... what about my cornrows?

    The last time,  I had a Mohawk style, it was while I was transitioning:
     

    I loved it. I only let one person braid my hair... that is my dear friend, MB. I have very tender head and she knows how to handle my hair. Thanks, girl!  This style only lasted a week because I got the itchies!!

    This time, when she was cornrowing my hair, I PROMISED to keep it for at least 2 weeks. Oh boy!

    By day 7, the annoying itchiness had started! Argh! This time, I decided to not unbraid and wash. I washed it with my shampoo bar, and then moisturized it with a mixture of water + peppermint + leave in conditioner. I made sure to keep my hair moisturized and my ends sealed with shea butter.  This helped! yeah!! 

    Now, on day 12, the FRIZZ attack has taken over, I have just 2 more days to go.. so, I will be rocking the hat.. LOL!
     

    On that note....

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    When should I trim my hair?



    Have you heard, "Trimming your hair helps your hair grow"?

    Well this is a myth, ...sort of...

    The thing is that when you trim the ends of your hair that are "damaged", it reduces breakage and split ends, which indirectly helps promote length retention.

    If you are however, just trimming hair.. just because you think you have to every couple of weeks, and your ends are okay, then your growth will not show.

    Hair is always growing  but when you notice that you are not seeing the growth, it is because you are not "retaining length".

    My rule to trimming is: Trim only when necessary, not on a schedule.

    When I do trim my hair, here is how I do it:

    What do you think?

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Too busy to wash your hair?

    Don't have time to wash your hair? You can skip wash day by changing up your style..
    Here is how I and @76Naturalista on Youtube do it.


    Monday, August 12, 2013

    Conditioners, How to Use Them on Natural Hair

    Conditioners are a great addition to any healthy hair regimen. There are different types of conditioners: Rinse Out conditioners, Leave In Conditioners, Deep Conditioners, and Co-washing Conditioners.
    For more info: http://discoveringnatural.blogspot.com/2013/01/choosing-right-conditioners.html
    #naturalhair #conditioner #naturalhaircare #cowashing #deepconditioning


     
     
    Learn how to cowash your hair by clicking this image below:
     

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    How to Lay your Edges in 3 ways | Natural Hair

     
    When you want a neat look to a hairstyle, laying your edges can pull the all style together and make it look even more presentable. Depending on the texture of the hair located along your hairline, it can be difficult to do this.

    PRODUCTS TO USE
     The most common and most effective product to use is an edge tamer. There are several types of edge tamers from the light consistency to the thick paste kind. Which every type you choose depends on your hair texture. If you have more coarser hair, choose a thicker paste, and if you have fine hair, choose light consistency one.

    How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural

    The hold level of the product you decide to use also matter, so be mindful of that. If you prefer a more natural look, you can also try using thick oils like castor oil.
    How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural

    Some people also prefer using gels. Remember, if you do use gel, always moisture your hair prior to applying the gel to your edges.
    How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural

    HOW TO LAY YOUR EDGES
    1. Spritz edges very lightly with water to moisturize your edges and also help in spreading edge tamer.

    2. Apply your edge tamer of choice. Smoothen with fingers as you apply.
    ...
    3. Apply a little spritz of water and brush edges with a soft brush.

    4. If your edges have a thicker texture, use a scarf like a bandana to lay your edges, or double wrap your satin scarf. If you have finer hair, use a scarf. To prevent lines, don't tie too tightly.






    Friday, August 2, 2013

    Back to School Hairstyle: #NaturalKids : Flower Cornrow Hairstyle for Kids



    Our Back To School hairstyles series starts today!!

    First style: Flower Hairstyle
    Watch it on DiscoveringNatural; Subscribe for more videos:

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Yeah! It's August; What did you miss in July?

    What are your #naturalhair plans for August? Before we even go there, let me tell you what was going on in July on DiscoveringNatural Facebook.

     
    July 1: Natural Hair Struggles
    July 2: Fish Tail Braids
    July 3: Random Hair Chat
    July 4: International Afro Day
    July 8: Products that your hair hates
    July 9: Natural Hair Art
    July 10: Random Hair Chat
    July 11: Hair Care Tips
    July 12:  Newly Natural
    July 15: Mini Twists
    July 16: Natural Hair Challenges
    July 17: Awkward Hair Length Styles
    July 18: Shampoo
    July 19: Scalp Health
    July 22:  Random Hair Chat
    July 23: Thin Fine Hair
    July 24: Trimming Natural Hair
    July 25: Vintage Hair Styles
    July 26: Funny Hair Styles
    July 29: Frizz
    July 30: Curly Locs
    July 31: Three Strand Twists/Twistout


    If you missed any of these, just go to the Facebook page and scroll through to the date you missed.

    There is so much new stuff going to happen in August; including our weekly Back To School Hair Style series; starring Big Sis, Lil Sis, and Friends!!