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February 2013 Favorites

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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!

Time for a Trim

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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.

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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?

Product Review for Goin' Natural Rare Moisture Butter and Argan Oil

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Wash Day and New Protective Style

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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:

Chewy Low-Fat Flourless Oatmeal Cookies

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 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 degreesMash all the ingredients together with a fork
Cover baking tray with aluminum foilSpoon heaping size of dough with a teaspoon onto tray, you should have about 4 to 5.
Bake for 15-20 minsWhen baked, bring out and let cool for 10 minsEnjoy!! It's kid-approved!

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

#NaturalKids Books Review (December and January Reads)

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

Avoiding the "sadness" after the Big Chop.

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 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…

Video Tutorial: Twist N Curl Hairstyle

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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?

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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?



Happy Valentine's Day!!

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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 likethe 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!

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

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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 hai…

Professional Style for Short Natural Hair

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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


STEP 3: Repeat this until all the hair in the puff area is all rolled away

FINAL LOOK:


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

New Product: SheaMoisture Hair Coloring System

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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:











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

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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.

Do Natural Hair Products Expire?

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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:


Update on Aubrey Protein Treatment

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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.
Nubian Heritage - Indian Hemp & Tamanu Grow & Strengthen Treatment Masque This contains Keratin and Soybean Oil

Shea Moisture - Anti-Breakage Masque This contains Vegetable Protein

Eden Bodyworks - All Natural Deep Conditioner This contains no protein

 Aubrey - Glycogen Protein Balance Conditioner This contains Wheat Ger…