Saturday, March 30, 2013

Video Tutorial: Split in the Middle and FOTD

Enjoy the video...and click on the annotation for the Face of the Day (FOTD)
 
HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!!
 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Chicoro's Grow It! Dry Detangling



For the past couple of weeks I have been reading Chicoro's Grow It. I decided to test the method of hair care that I am learning as I read about them.

Detangling can be done in many ways, however, Chicoro suggests to start with dry detangling before doing a wet detangling (if needed).

Watch below as I show you have I dry detangle my hair using Chicoro's method.


I was shocked by the results. I only lost shedded hair while I detangled and even after co-washing my hair, I only lost about 2 broken hair strands.

The total amount of hair lost during detangling


Shedded hair; notice the white bulb at the end of the hair

How do you DETANGLE your hair?

Check out Chicoro's FACEBOOK page for more information: Click here

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Crazy Hair Day at AWANA


First of all you might be wondering....
What is AWANA?

"AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and comes from the Bible verse 2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - about.com

It is a church based bible club for children at our church that I have been teaching Kindergarten at for over 5 years now.

Each week, we have a theme and today's theme was "Crazy Hair Day".  The girls were very excited about this because that means they can put on wigs and have fun with their fake hair.


I decided to create Bantu Knots using Goin' Natural Moroccan Oil and Rare Moisture Butter. My hair was washed using my sample size Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp that I got from SwapSack. That stuff is GOOD! I followed using Eden BodyWorks All Natural Deep Conditioner. My hair was SO soft.


Now.. I tried something different during my detangling section. I will share this as soon as I finish editing the video. Let's just say, I only lost shedded hair. Woohoo!!


A sidenote...

At church today, a dear friend of mine told me about this lady from Ghana that makes beautiful earrings. My friend knows how much I LOVE earrings.  I believe the earrings start at $5 and all the money goes towards buying bicycles for Pastors in Ghana who have to walk a long distance to minister. What a wonderful way of supporting a good cause.

 I will be getting more details about this, make sure to check my Facebook Page: DiscoveringNatural

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Girls' Hair Regimen



Wash Routine

Every 2 weeks
  • Detangle hair using a mixture of conditioner (V05/Tresemme Naturals), water, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  • Section hair into four parts
  • Co-wash each section with Tresemme Natural Conditioner
  • Deep Condition hair with either Shea Moisture Anti Breakage Masque or Eden BodyWorks All Natural Deep Conditioner. Leave on for at least 30 mins

  • After Deep Conditioner time is over, remove the source of heat (plastic cap and thick knitted  cap)
  • Wait 15 mins
  • Apply any conditioner on top of the hair, and then rinse off.
  • Do final rinse with cold water to seal in moisture.

 

Post-Wash Routine
  • Apply Leave In Conditioner (Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk or Giovanni Direct Leave In)
  • For Big Sis (LOC method of moisturizing): Apply Oil Mix, and then Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
  • For Lil Sis (LCO method of moisturizing): Apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and then Oil Mix.
  • Seal ends of hair with Whipped Shea Butter
  • Put hair in protective style
Once a month (if needed)
  • If build up exists: Clarify hair with Giovanni, 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo
  • If no build up, use Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo
  • If hair needs protein, use Aubrey GPB Conditioner
During the week Maintenance RoutineEvery other day. If needed, do daily.
  • Use the LOC method for Big Sis and the LCO method for Lil Sis to moisturize hair.
  • Spritz hair with water
  • Apply moisturizer
  • Apply Oil Mix
  • On edges, apply Castor Oil 
  • To lay edges, we also use Whipped Shea butter, and tie down with satin/silk scarf.

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

Sunday, March 24, 2013

PonyTail Hooks ....Anyone?



Have you tried this product before?  PLEASE PLEASE tell me... how do you use them? Do you like them?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Deep Conditioning with Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque

Click the video below to watch.
 
ENJOY!
 
 


This video shows how I deep condition Big Sis's hair. It also shows her hair length (at the back). She also talks about how she takes care of her hair. Very nice to hear her take some initiative in caring for her hair. I am proud of her!

Pictures of her style for the week is at the end of the video.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wash Day in Twists


Yeah! Wash day...FINALLY. For some reason, I look forward to washing my hair. As I learn more about what my hair needs, I am having an easier time determining what products to use each week to wash my hair.

Unlike other wash day, when I wash my hair free, I decided to leave in my week long twists and wash my hair as is. Why? Experimenting... LOL! Will washing in twists reduce shrinkage? Will it help reduce the amount of hair loss during the wash process?


Today's arsenal and why:

First I used Shea Moisture Purification Masque  on my hair for 30 mins (covered with plastic cap and thick hat). This was my pre-cleanse process. Why?  It's been 2 weeks since I washed my hair, and my scalp has been itchy and experiencing dandruff.  This is my go-to Holy Grail (HG) product to get the job done in bringing my scalp back to its healthy self.

Next, I rinsed my hair with warm water, and massaged my scalp full strength with Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo. Why? Usually, I would co-wash, but due to the different products I used in my hair prior and during my vacation, I needed some kind of shampoo, and opted for a non-sulfate one. Also, this product gives me great moisture.

I applied Tresemme Natural Conditioner to my hair to do a quick 3 minutes rinse off conditioning, while I took my bath. After rinsing off with lukewarm water, my hair felt soft.


On to deep conditioning (picture bottom right), I used Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp Tamanu Grow & Strengthen Treatment. Why? I needed some kind of strengthening treatment after the harsh climate my tresses endured during my vacation. This product contains some protein and it does an effective job in strengthening my hair.

Prior to rinsing off the deep conditioning, I did the Cool & Seal DC trick with Tresemme Natural Conditioner. Thanks, Hairscapades.

To moisturize my hair, I untwisted each twist, removed any shedded hair, and applied Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, then my Oil Mix, and then Shea Moisture Curl Enhanced Milk. Retwisted, and seal at the ends with Whipped Shea Butter.

My experience with Washing in Twists
I loved the washing part, but not the detangling part. My hair is growing and quite full, like Big Sis.
The issue I had was when to detangle my hair. Usually, I would detangle during my pre-poo, but with the purpose of keeping my hair in twists I had to do it prior styling. The best thing was that I experience less hair loss with this method.
What I did not like, my twists got unraveled and a little bit matted together. It looked as if my hair was locking. Detangling was much harder because of the matting. I think when my hair gets longer and I can do chunkier twists, this will not be a problem.
This process did not help with shrinkage. My hair was still shrunken up.
Will I do it again? YES, however, I will wait till my hair is a little bit longer!

Have you ever washed your hair in twists?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring is HERE! Let's Organize!!


I love Spring.  The newest of things!! What better time than to re-organize your products, hair accessories, and all those other in-between stuff. Don't forget to throw away anything that has expired! Yes, hair products do expire. Read all about it by clicking HERE.

Watch how I organize my products.


How do you organize your products?

Hair Typing Systems


What is the Hair Typing System?

The hair typing system is a way of categorizing one's hair texture.  A lot of naturals use this to figure out what products will be beneficial their hair. However, note that one of head of hair can contain multiple hair types.

There are two commonly known typing systems:
  • Andre Walker’s Curl Typing System
  • L.O.I.S. African American Natural Texture Typing System
Andre Walker’s Curl Typing System
This system is the most common one.  It uses a number and letter categorizing process. The numbers show the main category while the letters are subcategories. The numbers range from 1 to 4, while letters range from a to c.

 Straight – Type 1, Wavy – Type 2, Curly – Type 3 and Kinky – Type 4.

To read more and see pictures of the textures that fall under each category, click HERE.


 L.O.I.S. African American Natural Texture Typing System
This system deals with both the texture and the thickness (density) of the hair. This system is more complex that the prior system. It is based on the acronym: L.O.I.S:

 L = Bend, O = Curl, I = Straight and S = Wave

It also takes in account the thickness, using these subcategories:
 thin, medium and thick.

Here is an image that goes in depth about the L.O.I.S system


















Is Hair Type Important?
A lot of naturals have argued that it is not important to know hair type and that it has nothing to do with selection of products and attempting different hair styles.  In some cases, they might be right.  I believe it is much more important to know what your hair porosity is than what about your hair type.  Some naturals however feel it is 100% necessary to know what about your hair type. 

Watch how the Hair Typing System has affected a natural sister:

Monday, March 18, 2013

4 Months Post Transitioning Big Chop


I can't believe it's been 4 months already since I "TBC". I am learning daily about my natural hair... some things I love, some things I like... while some things I am adapting to. But overall, I do love my natural hair.

Follow my journey on my blog, on YouTube, on Facebook, and on Instagram!

Watch my reflection on month 4 and what is to come in month 5.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Twisted up with Whole Foods

One thing about the Whole Foods Market in the area I was visiting was that the selection was really slim. They did not even have any NOW solution essential oils. However, one brand caught my eye...

Everyday Shea 
Everyday Coconut

Both product lines was made by Alaffia. What made me interested in these products was the community empowerment and the support that the funds made from the sale offers to women in the country of Togo. If you are interested in this information, click HERE.

All these products are paraben free, no synthetic fragrance, no animal testing, and fair trade. The 32 oz bottles each cost around $8.99 (it was on sale, normally $13.99)

I saw some Cocoa butter. I have heard some people mixing this with their shea butter. 

I also saw a HUGE jar of Bentonite clay. Pretty cool. If I like a product, I love getting HUGE bottles of them.

...and the hair....?

I started twisting my hair in small twists and then had to leave to go somewhere... luckily for me, I had packed my beanie hat... Created a pompadour, and off we went...


I finished my twist, after dinner.. and here is how it looked like. By the way, all I applied to my hair was a mist of water and whipped shea butter. My hair felt SO soft and shiny!! Yeah!
While I was trying to get a view of the back of my hair... guess who snuck into the background...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Checking out Target and Bantu Knot Out

 When people go on vacation, they like checking out interesting places like museums. I like checking out stores looking at what they have in terms of natural hair products.  Yeah, I know I am weird like that. There are four stores that I like to check out, Target, Walgreens, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. I don't always buy products, but I look at the inventory to see if I can discover new products that I have not seen at home.

Today's store look-see was Target.

In January of 2013, SheaMoisture introduced more products to their body and hair line. I have not seen any of these products back at home, but many YouTube vloggers have been reviewing these products. It was so nice to be able to see the products in person.



Below are the newly introduced lines, which I have not yet tried.

 - SheaMoisture Coconut & Hi
biscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

- SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

- SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse

- SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Damage Repair Hair & Scalp Serum


After looking at SheaMoisture, I saw that Jane Carter Solution had products that I have not seen. At this point, I am jealous!! I want to just uproot this store and put it in my backyard. LOL! My product junkism was in high alert. But I did not give in. *pat myself on the back*

These JC products must be really new because I could not find any information about them on the Jane Carter website, Facebook or even YouTube. Has anyone used or seen these?

I posted a message on Jane Carter Solution Facebook page regarding the products above. Here is the response I got back.
The other products I saw that we do not have at home was Shea Radiance, Curls, As I Am, Dark and Lovel Au Naturale and Camille Rose.

 

What about my hair?

Last night I did huge Bantu Knots on dry hair using Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk and Curls Cashmere Curl Jelly.  My hair felt soft and fluffy. This morning, I unknotted and created a Mohawk with a fluffy bang style. I loved the curls I got.

        yeah...those are the girls trying to be in my car hair shot!! LOL!

The only issue I had was I got a bit of flakes in the areas where I use more Curls Cashmere Curl Jelly.
 
I am not sure if it was the combination that caused the problem or the combination on top of the Karen's Body Beautiful Butter Love that I used earlier in the week.

What's up for tomorrow?.... wait and see.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Final Train Ride and Afro Puff


After a wonderful time with my friend yesterday, the girls and I hopped on the final train ride to our last destination.

Hoping that the day will turn out well, we headed off to train station.

The train was 40 minutes late.


The girls made the best use of the time by played around the pole...for some reason, they enjoyed doing this. They learnt A LOT about trains from the nicest train station master.

Finally, the train arrive... onto the next connecting train...

I told Big Sis, we might not catch this one... she said a prayer.

Unfortunately, we missed our connecting train by 3 mins. ARGH! We were able to catch another one 2 hours later.

The girls were really happy...and got to enjoy their kiddie cocktail of Orange Juice. It made them feel all grown up. LOL!

As we pulled into town, snow flurries started. What a wonderful way to end the train ride. It was so beautiful. As soon as we got off the train, the girls danced in the snow and even got some flakes on thei tongue.


Overall, regardless of the late and missed train, we made the best of it and not let the situation dampen our mood.

What about the hair?
The night before, I moisturized with Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk and Curls Cashmere Jelly *mixed together*. I did 7 jumbo flat twists. In the morning, I untwisted and fluffed with my pick.
That's all, folks!


My Video Interview with a SisterLocks Sista!


If you visit my Facebook in the past two weeks, you would have seen this picture of my friend, "Toy", and her beautiful one-year sisterlocks.  Well, she agreed to do a video interview with me.

Watch below as she shares her experience and gives some vital tips on sisterlocking.

Monday, March 11, 2013

On the Train and Karen's Body Beautiful



On to our next location....

We decided to take the Metra. The girls had so much fun riding on the train. Lil Sis loves the Disney  show, Chugginton, so this was the highlight of her day.


The one hour train ride went very fast and I caught up on some reading and got an Ah-ha moment.
No one can take away your power unless you allow it to happen. Ultimately, you are responsible and accountable for what you allow into your life and what you allow to flow out of your life. It is you who will reap the benefits of your choices, as well as the consequences of those choices. You are accountable for the decisions you make and the actions you take in your life. -"Grow It!" - Chicorro

Now... the hair.

My hair was flat twisted last Thursday using Karen's Body Beautiful Butter Love (Lavender Vanilla).
My initial quick review... I love it!! The smell was divine. The Man keep on smelling my hair. LOL! It's very thick in consistency, but melts in your finger after use. The shine was not as fantastic but the product left my hair SO SOFT!!  The ingredients are great...almost edible. This product is also silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free, and glycerin free.  What more can you ask for?
 
Ingredients: Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica) , Jojoba Butter (Simmondsia Chinensis), Aloe Butter, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils (Parfum), Grapefruit Seed Oil (Citrus Paradisi) & Vitamin E (Tocopherol)


Have you tried Karen's Body Beautiful Butter Love before? What was your experience?
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Traveling with Natural Hair...and Snow Fun!!



Spring Break is here, and unlike others people that decide to head to warmer areas, the girls and I decided to head up north for some snow fun.

Since this is my first time traveling with natural hair, I wanted to make it as stress free as possible. With luggage space being an issue (we were only taking one suitcase), I wanted to pack something that will provide multiple purpose and not take up too much space.

Here is what I decided to pack:

My plan is to keep my hair in flat twists and then do a flat twist out and end up later on in the week as a puff. I will document this and share with you how it goes.

In the meantime, the girls had so much fun planning in snow and build a snow family which included a snowgirl with two afro puffs!





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