Friday, February 28, 2014

The LOCO Method of Moisturizing


Move over LOC method, here comes the LOCO method of moisturizing!!

What is the LOCO method of Moisturizing?

This method is quite similar to the LOCS (Liquid-Oil-Cream-Sealing *shea butter). The only difference is that instead of using  thick butter as a sealant, I use a thick Oil.

For some people Shea Butter does not work well in sealing their hair. I decided to try the LOCO method after clarifying my hair.

How is it done?
First, I wet my hair using a mixture of water and Aloe Vera Juice (Liquid), then I applied my Oil mix, I followed up with my Creamy leave in conditioner, Giovanni Direct Leave In, and finally used some Castor Oil  to seal in the moisture.

What I liked most about this method is that my hair was moisturized for the entire week!! Yes!! My twists were also not frizzy. When I untwisted the first round, my twist out was frizz free until I went all crazy with  the fluffing.. LOL!

Here is the results of my twist out.  I went crazy with the unraveling.
Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lqHFYlSkPM




 
Have you tried the LOCO method before?

How Garlic helps with Shedding



Learn all about how Garlic can help you with shedding in your natural hair

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I will be on ChocolateIsNatural Radio Show

 
 
I will be a guest speaker on ChocolateIsNatural Radio Show on March 1st 2014 at 9am CST
 
                                                  OR
                       on your cell 347-884-8011
 
 
 
Thanks!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

End of Month: Clarification: February 2014


It's that time again...Clarification of my natural hair

I made my usual mixture and started applying it until I noticed that after doing 3 sections, the mixture was gone. Argh! So annoying!!


Here are some things I did differently this month:
  1. Started to take a teaspoon of garlic daily; this helped with the excessive shedding I was getting
  2. Taking MSM supplement for my joint pains; found out it also helps with growth.
  3. Lower manipulation styling
  4. Moisturize using the LOCO method: Liquid, Oil mix, Leave In conditioner, and Castor Oil
Post Wash, hair moisturized using the LOCO method, followed by a trim (last trim 01/03/2014), and twists

Dipping Dots | DNVlogsLife | February 26th 2014


Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOkPO2pV8hQ

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Featured on Bella Naija website




What a day it has been!

When I woke up this morning, as I was responding to all the people that had subscribed to my YouTube channel, DiscoveringNatural, saying, my Thank you for subscribing  and responding to numerous questions about natural hair, I told The Man "Wouldn't it be so wonderful if one day, all the actresses on Nollywood are rocking their natural hair?". LOL...was his response.

I still have faith that this can happen. The beauty of Natural hair cannot be contained in a box. It is so versatile.

I was encouraged when one of my friends told me that I was featured on Bella Naija's website as one of the 12 Nigerian Natural Hair Bloggers You Need To Follow. If you don't know Bella Naija, then you dey miss out, gani!!  Bella Naija is Africa’s Number 1 music, style, movie, tv and beauty website.

To read more about the article, click HERE.

"Is My Hair Damaged?" Test



Last week, I read a blog post on CurlyNikki that I feel will be beneficial to all naturals. In the post was a list of questions to use to determine if your hair is damaged.

Take the test below and tell me your results:
How Damaged Is Your Hair?
To assess how damaged your hair is, answer the following questions:
  1. Do you have a loss of elasticity to your hair? Curly and kinky hair should be able to stretch to about 50% of its length before breaking. If it can’t be stretched to this degree without breaking then it has lost some elasticity and tensile strength.
  2. Is your hair breaking? This is related to loss of elasticityMinimal breakage is normal but patches of broken hairs signify more extensive damage.
  3. Does your hair have shine or sheen or does it look dull? While lack of shine or sheen may be a characteristic of healthy hair of some curly hair types on healthy hair a tight cuticle layer reflects light.
  4. Is your hair dry and brittle? Hair becomes brittle when it has lost moisture. Damage to the cuticle and cortex are the main reasons for this brittleness.
  5. Is your hair highly porous? Porosity assess how easily the hair accepts and releases moisture and other substances. Porosity and moisture loss are due to cuticle damage. The cuticle is no longer tightly aligned and providing proper coverage to the hair shaft.
  6. Do you have split ends? Split ends are ruptures that travel up the hair shaft that expose the inner structures of the hair.
  7. Does your hair tangle a lot? Excessive tangling can be due to frayed hair fibers.
 (Source: http://www.curlynikki.com/2014/02/healthy-natural-hair-vs-damaged-hair.html)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Bantu Knots and Twists on Natural Hair



Who says you can mix to styles? In this video, I show you how I get this romantic look.
Watch video below or click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Mq0ZoXaR4

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Protein Treatment for Kids


It's that time of the month.... no...not that one...LOL!

It's time for Big Sis and Lil Sis's monthly Protein Treatment. Why do I do protein treatment on my girls' hair? Well, this treatment helps to strengthen their hair and restore elasticity and shine.

Normally, I use the Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner, however, today, I ran out of this product, so...to the kitchen we went to mix up our child-friendly DIY Protein Treatment.

Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup of Mayonnaise (strengthens hair)
1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (anti-inflammatory, emollient, rich in fatty acids)
1 banana (soften hair, improves elasticity, strengthens, promote shine)
1 tablespoon Raw Honey (humectant , smoothens cuticles)

I saturated the girls' hair with this liquefied mixture, then wrapped their hair with saran wrap. Why saran wrap?  I wanted to trap as much heat as I can. I kept their hair wrapped up for 30 mins.

When time was up, I rinsed their hair and shampooed twice with Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo. I deep conditioned for about 10 mins with Shea Moisture Purification Masque. I did a final cool rinse and then spritz the hair with Aloe Vera Juice.


The results were amazing! Both girls' hair had shine, and OMG!! It was so strong... Love it!.

Do you see the SHINE??
Stretching Big Sis's hair using Banding Method

She's Got Jokes | DNVlogsLife | Feb 22nd 2014


You can also watch by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCVOY1RRXYQ

Friday, February 21, 2014

Did You Miss It??


Did you miss my radio speaking segment on The Nappturalite Radio Show? Listen to it here (I start talking at 1:24:00) :

Online Lifestyle Radio at Blog Talk Radio with Nappturalite Radio on BlogTalkRadio


Alikay Naturals Knot Be Gone Detangler and Cowash Me Cleansing Con...



For over a month, I tested the Alikay Naturals detangler and cowash. Want to know what I think? Check out the video below





Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Let's Cook "Nigerian" Yam with THE MAN! | DNVlogsLife | Feb 15th 2014



The Man is Cooking with his little assistant!! Check out what is on the menu on Today's vlog post on DNVlogsLife:


Watch the video below (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqaAYutdkzk)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Going Natural - A Child's Perspective




Watch this touching video of Big Sis sharing her story about Going Natural. I had to fight away tears when I was recording this. Find out why.




Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Every Girl Should... | DNVlogsLife | Feb 12th 2014



Hope you enjoy this vlog! Have you subscribed yet? Click here to go to DNVlogsLife

How do you prepare your children for the years to come...? Years to come = puberty etc.. LOL!!!

Click here to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiNuIcssLBY


 

Learn how to Flat Twist


On my Facebook page, I got asked, "How do I flat twist?" Instead of typing out how to do it, I thought I'll demonstrate in this super easy tutorial.

If you have any questions, comment below. By the way, if you want to know how to cornrow, Click Here.

On to the tutorial...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Crystal Swain-Bates Book Review and GiveAway!!



Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0fDSWCvWGY

Watch to the end to see all the rules about the Giveaway!!
Comment below with:
ENTER Me and the name of the book you want.
Giveaway Ends on March 1st.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Transitioning Your Child's Hair to Natural

By DiscoveringNatural


So, your child's hair is currently texturized or relaxed and you are wondering how do you stop putting chemicals in your child's hair and make their hair completely natural.

First thing, know that you are not alone.

Let me share a little bit about myself and my older daughter, known as Big Sis on our YouTube channel, DiscoveringNatural.

When Big Sis was 4 years old, I got to a point of frustration with her natural hair. At that time, I was blind to the beauty of natural hair. Maybe I was sleep deprive due to having a newborn, Lil Sis, or maybe it was the pain I felt when I saw her cry when I did her hair. I decided to listen to "friends" who advised me that the best thing to do was to texturize her hair. It will make her hair easier to manage. Everyone is doing it. They said. And, without doing my research, I listened and went ahead.

Her hair was pretty... at first...

Cornrow out (1 month texturized hair (4 years old Big Sis))
 
Then after the first year of regular texturizing, her hair started breaking. By the time, it was 2 years post, her hair was no longer full and healthy, it was breaking and did not look great. I knew I had to do something... that started our transitioning journey.

Transitioning Your Child's hair is DIFFERENT from Transitioning your Hair

Why?

When you transition a child's hair, you do not want to wear styles that are manipulated daily. You want to keep the process as simple as possible. Try styling your child's hair with a style that can last 2 weeks. Styles such as threading, cornrows, flat twists, twists, will help camouflage the relaxed ends and help with growth because the hair is not being manipulated.

Big Sis - months after starting transitioning

Moisture is KEY!

Yes! Yes! Do not slack on moisturizing your child's hair. Keeping the hair moisturized will keep it from breaking. Whenever you wash her hair, make sure that you do a deep conditioning treatment to help restore moisture and keep the hair healthy.


Big Chop ONLY when your child is ready

Doing a transitioning big chop can be a big step. Make sure that your child is ready for this change. Something that helped me was doing regular trims of the relaxed ends while transitioning. This will reduce the shock factor.

The Hair will Grow Back

Remember, hair always grows back. Practice healthy hair choices and make sure that the ends are taken care of in order to retain length. Stay encouraged because when you are positive, your child will feel the same way.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day: Heart Shaped Hairstyle Tutorial



Valentine's day is coming... are you ready? Here is a style that is super DUPER easy... I promise you!

For more styles, check out our Hair Gallery.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I have a Confession!



I cannot go more than one week without washing my hair!

I read on different blogs and natural hair forum how some people can do a protective style for more than a week. That was not me... until now.

For the past month, I have been training my hair to not get washed weekly. What was the results?

Well, by the 10th day, my scalp started itching me BADLY. I oiled my scalp to subdue it and by day 12, it stopped... and I push on to day 14.
Here is what my hair looked like on day 12.. it was frizz-city, and I had to handle it by doing this:
 
Reaction to my "new" look

The next 2 weeks round was actually not too bad, on day 10th, no itchiness. #ThanktheLord

However, despite regular moisturizing and scalp oiling, my scalp was flaking, and my hair felt grimy! I did not like it.

My conclusion:
  For some people like me, I have to wash my hair weekly. My scalp thanks me for this. I cannot remember the last time I had dandruff before this mini-experiement of mine. 'Aint nobody got time for that!  DO WANT IS BEST FOR YOU!

How long do you go before you wash your hair?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SheaMoisture now at Ulta



I was so excited when I opened my email to see this message from SheaMoisture !!

WooHoo...

Hello SheaMoisture Family:

We're excited! You can now get some of your favorite SheaMoisture hair, bath and body products at ULTA Beauty stores.
...

To celebrate SheaMoisture's launch at ULTA Beauty , enjoy a special Buy One Get One 50% off sale for the next five weeks on any SheaMoisture product. Offer ends Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Find an ULTA store near you here: ULTA Store Locator


Who wants to go shopping?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

How to Start Transitioning to Natural Hair

By DiscoveringNatural


Transitioning to Natural Hair is a process of letting your new growth (natural hair) grow with your relaxed ends.
Let's start from the very beginning...

When it comes to knowing how to start transitioning to natural hair, you have to have a starting point. The starting point is you having relaxed hair and wondering how to convert that relaxed, chemically treated hair back to its natural state. 

Speaking from experience, when I ventured into the great unknown which was natural hair, I did not know what laid ahead for me. I knew that I did not want to cut off all my relaxed hair just 8 weeks after my last relaxer. I also knew that I wanted to learn more about the new world. You would think that it would be easy for me since I just got done transitioning my daughter for a year and my youngest daughter was always natural. But there is a difference when it comes to the care of your own hair.

Step 1: Have a Plan
Having a plan as to how I wanted to be natural, was the first step I took. I knew that I was not going to do the Big Chop; chopping off all my relaxed ends, which will only give me about 2 inches of natural hair.  It was easy for me to realize that transitioning was the way to go.


Step 2: Have a Regimen
Developing a regimen early in your transitioning journey will help you have an easier transition. A regimen can be as simple as what you do on a daily basis, nightly basis, wash day, and monthly, when it comes to caring for your hair.

Step 3: Have Several Transitioning Styles
Due to the difficulty of blending your relaxed ends with your new growth can cause some unwarranted frustrations. If you are like me and choose to transition without the aid of extensions/attachments, wigs or weaves, having the right transitioning styles can take a lot of creativity.  Know that there are so many resources out there that can help you. YouTube is a great place to start when it comes to learning how to style your hair.


Step 3: Facing the Struggle
Let every new venture, transitioning can have its own challenges. Getting over those challenges can help make your transitioning period long and less stressful.
  • The first struggle I had when I started transitioning was the dryness I experienced. Substituting the use of shampoo that contain sulfates with sulfate free shampoo helped with reducing the dryness. Also, using conditioner to wash my hair (cowash) made my new growth soft.

  • Another struggle I had was with the constant tangling of my relaxed ends and my new growth. The point where the relaxed hair touches the new growth is known as the line of Demarcation. This point is prone to breakage. What helped me was finger detangling rather than using a comb.
Transitioning to natural hair can be a wonderful time for you to learn more about natural hair and how to care for it. Take each day at a time and learn from your mistake.