Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 2013 Favorites

February was a fun month!! I did a lot of hair intervention, tried several products, some I loved, and others not so much. Here is my February 2013 Favorites... the categories are:

- Conditioners
- Deep Conditioners
- Oils
- YouTube channel I loved
- Favorite hairstyle
- Book of the month
- ....and goals for March 2013.

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Time for a Trim



For two months now, I have been nursing my ends.  My process of sealing my ends was working okay, but today after co-washing my hair, I noticed that the issue still existed. So, I gave in and did the trim that I did not want to do.

I feel happier now that at least the problem is resolved. Although I lost one inch throughout, I feel content with my decision.

Grab a cup of Coffee. It's good for your hair.




While doing some research regarding hair care, I came across a website talking about the effect of caffeine on hair. Quite interesting! According to the article on the website, caffeine helps regulate hair growth by restoring and even preventing abnormal hair loss.

Then, as I dug deeper, I found a forum of ladies trying this out. Click here.

What do you all think?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Wash Day and New Protective Style



Yesterday was Wash Day. I wanted to use my usual Vatika Oil and Castor for pre-pooing but I had a hard time getting the oil out if the poorly designed Vatika bottle so I decided to create a new pre-poo mix and Wow!! I love it!  Made my hair softer than even my usual mixture.

My Recipe:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Few drops of Rosemary Oil

Other steps in my wash process was similar. See picture above for what I used.

I decided to try a different updo style... no... a triple updo style.


Here is how I created this style:


In case you missed my Afro Drama... watch it below:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chewy Low-Fat Flourless Oatmeal Cookies

 

Ingredients:
1 packet of Quaker Oats Apple and Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of Peanut Butter <optional>



Direction:
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees
  • Mash all the ingredients together with a fork

  • Cover baking tray with aluminum foil
  • Spoon heaping size of dough with a teaspoon onto tray, you should have about 4 to 5.

  • Bake for 15-20 mins
  • When baked, bring out and let cool for 10 mins
    Enjoy!! It's kid-approved!

 
 
Nutritional Facts:
  Serving size - 1 cookie is only 75 calories


#NaturalKids Books Review (December and January Reads)

 
 
If you want to read these books to your children, you can buy them online: Click Here
 
 

Avoiding the "sadness" after the Big Chop.

 

Not everyone gets the freedom ... heavens opening up ... feeling, after doing the Big Chop. Some people experience sadness, withdraws and even emotional detachment from their hair. Here are some things to know before you do the Big Chop:

Your hair will not be as long as you think it will be
 
The amount of shrinkage you get while transitioning is very different from what you will experience after cutting off your relaxed ends.

The curl pattern you see might not be the same

With your relaxed ends weighing down your natural hair, your new growth's curl pattern will appear looser. However, sans the relaxed ends, you could probably have tighter curls. Be ready for this. This is why I am against hair typing while transitioning. This can be a big letdown for a lot of transitoners post big chop.



Your hair will require more maintenance

While transitioning, the amount of maintenance you have to do to your hair when it comes to moisturizing and daily upkeep is not as much as what you will be doing when fully natural. Natural hair requires moisture. You will have to step up your moisturizing game. While transitioning, your hair might be okay with just doing the LOC method, but after you big chop and your hair does not stay moisturized, don't be afraid to change your method. Try the LCO method instead.

Not everyone will love your hair, even you might not

After you big chop, you might not love your hair. It might feel like a stranger to you. You do have to be ready for this possibility. You have to learn to work with your hair to love it. Also, realize that it takes time to fall in love (for some people).  If you find that you have "post Big Chop depression", it is okay for you to put your hair in a protective style for a while. Another thing is that maybe you love your hair and others don't. Remember...IT IS YOUR HAIR. You cannot please everyone. 

*****

Lastly, the decision to Big Chop and when to Big Chop is yours alone. No one can tell you when to do it. You will know when you are ready to Big Chop.  For now, love your hair.. love yourself... and learn from your hair. For me, going fully natural goes beyond my hair, it is an empowerment.



Monday, February 18, 2013

Video Tutorial: Twist N Curl Hairstyle

 


Step 1: Prep my hair for this really curly Twist N Curl Hairstyle.

 


Step 2: My twist method and installing perm rods



Step 3: Remove Perm Rods and Style


If you try this style, please do a video response, or post pictures on Facebook: DiscoveringNatural

What is Deep Moisture Method?


Deep Moisture Method (DMM) is a process of retaining moisture in hair.  This method involves dampening one's hair with water or mixture of water and conditioner, and applying a deep conditioner thoroughly to hair.  Lastly, sealing in the moisture with shea butter or castor oil. Finally, putting the hair in a protective style.

This method has been spreading wildly in the natural hair community. One person testifies to going from collar bone length to armpit length in 2 months, while another went from armpit length to mid back length also in 2 months.

I have never attempted this method before Have you?



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!


I hope you all are having a wonderful day of "love"!!! 

A little in case you missed it.

If you have not subscribed to the Facebook page DiscoveringNatural, you are missing out on a lot of goodies! In the month of February, I have been sharing each day a giveaway sponsored by CurlyNikki, author of Better than Good Hair. The book is a bestseller, y'all. The giveaway ends February 28th.

Make sure you like the page to get daily feeds of this giveaway, natural hair tips, video hair tutorials, and other randomness. You can also ask me questions and post pictures on this page.

Love y'all!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Milk, Butter, Cream...How do you use them?

Milk, Butter, Cream... sounds like a recipe for a delicious cake, right?. LOL!  Well, I'm talking about hair products now...
When I decided to go natural, and went product shopping for the first time, I got a bit confused with all the product terms and when and how to use the products, especially the ones that have words like milk, butter, and cream.

Even when a product does not have words like these on them, you can tell by the consistency what category it falls under.  To be honest with you a lot of these products are interchangeable and inter-useable. 


For my hair, I tend to use the milk more as a leave-in product after washing my hair. The consistency of hair milk products are more watery than that of creams or butters.  If I want to use this as the "C" part of my LCO moisturizing process, I make sure to at least mist my hair with some water before applying the product. I love the way hair milk feels on my hair. If creams feel too heavy for your hair, try using hair milk products.


Butters are meant to help seal in moisture, however, a lot of hair product companies have "moisturizing" butters. As you know, sealants do not provide moisture, but if you add ingredients to the butter that are moisturizing, then they can be used as both moisture and sealing agents.  The most popular of all butters is the Shea butter. This has a harder texture that can be melted by rubbing a small amount together between your fingers. You can add oils to these, and create a whipped version of the butter.  Most commercial butters that you buy have probably been whipped to create softer consistency.



To moisturize your hair, using a cream is very beneficial. Cream have a "creamy" consistency. Excuse the pun. I use creams generally for moisturizing and also for styling my hair. When using gels, I would put a cream on my hair, prior to putting the gel. This allows my hair to not have that crunchy feeling.

If I want my hair to be moisturized longer, I would follow the steps below, after pre-pooing, co-washing, deep conditioning my hair:
  • Apply hair milk as my leave in
  • Apply oil to scalp and hair <do scalp massage>
  • Apply cream
  • Seal my hair and especially my ends with butter
Watch how I use butter to get this bantu knot out


Ladies and et, how do you use your milk, butter, and cream?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Professional Style for Short Natural Hair



Working with short hair can be a challenge at times. Here is a simple style that you can try to create a look of fullness to your hair. This style is not only great for work, but also for special occasion. The great thing is that it is a great protective style that takes less than 5 minutes to create.

If you are transitioning, this is also a GREAT style to hide the relaxed ends.
 
 


STEP by STEP instructions

STEP 1: Put hair into a puff
 
 
STEP 2: Take a small amount of extensions/attachments (one that looks like your hair texture) and roll into a ball
 

 
 
 
STEP 3: Take a small section of hair, and roll the extensions into that small section of hair and pin
 
Professional Style for Short Natural Hair

Professional Style for Short Natural Hair



STEP 3: Repeat this until all the hair in the puff area is all rolled away
Professional Style for Short Natural Hair

FINAL LOOK:
Professional Style for Short Natural Hair

Professional Style for Short Natural Hair

If you have any styles you would like me to try, please comment below. Thanks!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Product: SheaMoisture Hair Coloring System

SheaMoisture just came out with their Hair Coloring System.  Click the picture above to see each individual box.


To find locations near you, click any of the images below:











Thursday, February 7, 2013

QOTD: What are some good products to use to retain length?

 
 



 
 
 
QOTD (Question of the day)
 
What are some good products to use to retain length?
 

To retain length, it goes way beyond products. It has more to do with how you care for your hair. The hair growing from your scalp and the hair at your ends.

For the hair growing from the scalp, make sure you are cleaning your hair regularly. For the hair at your ends, make sure you are sealing it after you moisturize.

Regarding products, try to use products that do not dry out your hair. For MY HAIR, mineral oil, petroleum, and silicones dry my hair, so I stay away from products containing these ingredients. I also make sure to moisturize regularly. I love Shea Moisture products because it contains none of the ingredients my hair does not like. The technique that you use to moisturize your hair also helps in keeping your hair from getting dry and breaking. Click here to see different moisturizing techniques.

For sealing my ends, I use shea butter. Click here to see how I seal my ends.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Do Natural Hair Products Expire?

  
 

And the answer to that question is YES.

Most of the times, you can go by the smell or the look of the product's content. If there is a form of discoloration or weird odor, the product might have expired. However, most products have a label on the product's container showing the expiration date.

The date ranges from 12 months to 24 months after opening.

How do you find out what that date is?

Look at the container, find a picture of an open jar. Similar to this:

 
It will be a good idea to label on your product the date you opened it. This will help you keep track of the expiration date.

Did you know that even your makeup expires?  Here is my mascara... which I love:

It expires 6M (6 months) after opening

Monday, February 4, 2013

Update on Aubrey Protein Treatment

Do you want to try this product? Buy it by clicking HERE

I know it's only been 2 days since I used the Aubrey GPB Conditioner, but I am seeing some differences. The amount of shedding has reduce a little. My plan is to use a moisturizing Deep Conditioner this week. Then rotating in the protein deep conditioner, Aubrey, the week after. I think doing a rotation will help me keep the moisture - protein balance in my hair. I believe that might have been why I was expecting all this shedding. I was not keeping a good conditioning balance.  Only time will tell.

Looking at my arsenal of deep conditioner, I only have one product that does not contain protein. I am still on the fence regarding if I like this product or not.
This contains Keratin and Soybean Oil

This contains Vegetable Protein

This contains no protein

This contains Wheat Germ Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Glycoprotein

This contains Soybean Protein

The hair.....
Hair at 8:30am
 
 
Hair at 10:30pm; Post SuperBowl Party.

My review of this product

Do you have a protein deep conditioner and a moisturizing deep conditioner? Do you do rotate them in your regimen?