Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wash Day @ 42 Weeks Post

Ladies, my wash day routine has been so simply lately. Since I’ve been home from school, I rarely go anywhere so I keep my hair in 12 braids just to be ready.Throughout the week, I M&S when I feel that my hair is getting dry.

Saturday, my family and I went to the beach just to get out of the house and have fun. That’s when I finally got the chance to let my hair down. My hair was so moisturized and very soft. Until, that salt water reached my hair. Within seconds, my hair shrunk and I was looking crazy. Lol. I honestly thought that my hair would be very tangled but it was still soft.

The next day, before deciding to wash my hair, I noticed that my left eye was closing a bit and was in a lot of pain. I did a late wash day and still today, my eye has minor pain.

Simplicity is key….

Pre-poo: Coconut oil on my scalp and ends, left it on for 15 minutes
Shampoo: I was going to clarify my hair to remove any beach water from my hair but I decided not to because my hair still felt soft and moisturized. So, I used Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo.
Deep Condition: I keep it simple so I decided just to use coconut oil and Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner. Lately I like to detangle my hair before putting on my shower cap because it really helps to cut the time in half while I’m rinsing my hair either in the kitchen sink or the shower. I kept this mixture in my hair for 15 minutes then rinsed it out under cold water.

I finally gotten the opportunity to take some texture shots. Is it possible if you can tell what my curl pattern is? I think that it's curly

<------------ Regular curl pattern

Stretched hair -------------->

I t-shirt dried my hair for 10 minutes then styled my hair using the LOC method.
L: Aloe Vera Juice + Water Mix
O: Coconut Oil
C: Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner (dime sized amount)

Tuesday night, I individually unraveled my braids, re-moisturized then including adding Sunny Isle JBCO on my scalp as well as my troubled area. The post is located here.

How was your recent wash day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wash Day @ 40 Weeks Post

So, I washed my hair Sunday! But, I was taking care of my niece and been sick so I finally have the opportunity to do this post. I’m trying y’all, bare with me.

Before I decided to wash my hair, my hair was between the stages of moisturized and dry since my attempted bantu knot happened. Sometimes I wonder if my hair was longer, this bantu knot out would work out for me?

For this wash day, I decided to use basically the LOC method to deep condition. I used Aloe Vera Juice + Water Mix, Coconut Oil and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner. Instantly, my hair felt very soft. I was very tired that night so I decided to finger detangle, put on my shower cap and deep conditioned over night.

After finally putting my niece to sleep, I had enough strength to wash my hair under cold water and I had a lot of slip. OMgee, I could easily slide my hands through my hair without any problems. I was low-key dancing in the shower. (Don’t judge me!) But, I was very thankful for finger detangling my hair before rinsing the conditioner out because I don’t know how much of that cold water I could take.

Immediately out of the shower, I t-shirt dried my hair for about an hour then proceeded to moisturize and seal my hair using the LOC method. This time, I used my Aloe Vera + Water Mix, Coconut Oil and African Pride Shea Miracle Leave-in Conditioner. You guys, I used to be so skeptical about this leave-in but now I swear by it.

After that failed bantu knot-out, I decided to go back to one of my go-to hairstyles which is a Braidout.

This is what my hair looked like for the past 3 days since I rarely go out anymore. My hair is still moisturized and Tuesday, I massaged Sunny Isle JBCO on my problem area which is on my last post here.

I finally have a close up of what my new growth looks like. I’m not too sure of what my pattern may look like because in some areas, I have wavy texture and on other areas, more curly textures. What do you ladies/gents think?

How was your recent wash day?

The Wash Day Experience

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hair Struggles

Time for a change!!

 I wouldn’t call this a “setback” because I had this problem ever since I was very young! I’ve always had a low self-esteem when it came to my hair because of my “receding hair line”. I got it from my grandfather so it is hereditary.

Before my hair journey, I would find a way to cover those two spots out because I felt as if no matter what I would do, people were staring at me. Being teased at a young age, I didn’t want people to have more to say about me.

I might have a solution…..I recently bought Sunny Isle JBCO from Kmart and here are some of the benefits from the box:

  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Thinning Hair
  • Bald Spots
  • Dry Brittle Damaged Hair
  • Breakage
  • Dry Itchy Scalp

Q & A

  • How will you incorporate this in your regimen? I will incorporate this by applying the JBCO to my scalp 2x a week. One will be the day after a wash day and the next will be a few days later, it will be applied again. For example: Monday, I will apply JBCO then on Thursday, JBCO will be applied again. I will apply it all over my scalp but I’m really focusing on my problem areas.

  • How long will this process take? I’m not sure how long will it take but I’m willing to take as long as I need to. I’m not going to be impatient when it comes to my process because if I know that growing my hair out will take time, then I know that growing this out from basically nothing will take some time as well.

  • What if you do not see any growth/progress? I’m trying my hardest not to think that way because I’m really hoping that it will. BUT, if it doesn’t I will not be too upset about it because I’ve lived with this issue for all of my 21 years on this earth. PLUS, I will still come out of this journey on a positive note because no one, not even myself can ever say that I never tried to do something about it.

Is anyone else suffering from this issue?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Where in the Hair have you been?

Tamara, where in the hair have you been? :3

I’ve been wanting to do a blog post since February when I posted my last one. What has been stopping me was College. I’m a Junior and I’m taking more intense classes such as Hospitality Financial Accounting 3, Food in Film and Literature, etc. It may not seem all that bad to you but the University that I attend is on a trimester basis so we learn things very quickly.

Anyways as a treat, I’m going to tell you what I have been doing for the past 2 weeks since they go together:

Week 1:

My hair has been very dry, matted and tangled since I came back home for the summer. North and South Carolina has different humidities so my hair is suffering for it.

Pre-poo: Within 4 sections, I applied coconut oil on scalp and length of my hair. Applying this oil helped loosen my strands a bit.

Shampoo: To remove any buildup on my hair since it’s been a while from the last time I cleansed it, I used Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo. This shampoo had to be applied 2x in each section because I felt like using it 1x wouldn’t be enough. My hair felt very soft, especially my new growth.

Deep Condition: Since I do not own a deep conditioner, I love to mix my conditioners and oils together since it always works for me. I used Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner, Coconut Oil + 3 Drops of Simplicity Oil in each section. I left it on for 20 minutes and I came to the conclusion that I will try my hardest not to neglect my hair again.

A few days later, my hair was really dry, once again, my scalp was tender and no matter if I incorporated moisture in my hair, it would not work. Since it was being ambiguous, I decided to use a protein treatment:

Week 2:

A day before my next wash day,I applied Sunny Isle JBCO on my scalp, massaged it in then sprayed Aloe Vera Juice + Water Mix on my hair. I left that on for a day, it got dry once again. So, I had to spray with Aloe Vera Juice + Water again, applied Coconut Oil then applied Organics Hair Mayonnaise by Africa’s Best. I’m telling you, there was a difference as soon as I applied this conditioner to my hair. I was very generous.

To really give my hair some TLC, I deep conditioned with heat using my Laila Ali Conditioning Cap for 20-30 minutes. I had some trouble rinsing it out of my hair, since I did it in the kitchen. I have a big head (lol) so I had some trouble. The good thing is that I had a lot of slip with minimal shedding.

I do need a trim because I noticed some breakage.

Style: After t-shirt drying my hair for 15 minutes, I decided to do a braid out using the LOC Method:
  • Aloe Vera Juice + Water Mix
  • Coconut Oil
  • African Pride Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Formula (PROTEIN BASED)
Since I did a protein treatment, I decided to use protein-based products throughout my whole wash day)

The next day, my hair was very soft, moisturized and I had a lot of movement! I think for now on, if I’m incorporating protein in my wash day, I will use protein based products during the whole time and the same thing if I’m incorporating moisture.

This has been a long battle so I’m very happy that I conquered it!

How was your wash day?


The Wash Day Experience

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hair Babble: M&S After Heatless Blowout

Let’s. Talk. Hair.

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Hey guys! This is my first Hair Babble post of the year and I’m so excited! I forgot to mention that it has been a month since I got a trim and my hair is growing! My schedule has been a little crazy so I could not take a pictures. But, this weekend, I will try to remember to take a picture since I really need to update my Current Length portion of my blog.

But Monday I washed my hair (check the post here) and instead of doing my normal wash day routine, I wanted to do a heat-less blowout because I miss my hair. My hair still felt a bit tangled and my scalp was really sensitive. I felt as if my hair needed some strength so I decided to M&S tonight. I’m not doing the L.O.C method until my next wash day so I’m only using 2 products.

Products Used:

African Pride Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Formula (Check it out here)

Shea Butter

Paddle Brush
Since my hair still felt a bit tangled so I gently detangled with fingers. It began to hurt a bit so I decided to use a protein based moisturizer. A good thing that I noticed with this moisturizer was that it doesn’t have any bad ingredients (i.e. Mineral Oil or Sulfates). It’s legit.

What i also noticed was that it helped to melt the tangles away. My hair felt very moisturized and a little went a long way. But I will not use this moisturizer everyday because it is protein.
But, I’m still loosing the same amount of hair that I lost from my previous wash day. I’m not liking this so I’m going to add Simplicity Oil to my edges and nape. Tomorrow, I will use JBCO to my scalp to see if that will help.

These are the results of my hair the following day: My hair was really soft, smooth, very moisturized and did not feel weighed down. Plus, my hair was not tangled any more due to the help of my paddle brush.

I’m so excited to have this new section on my blog! Look forward to more post like this on Fridays!

Have you ever tried African Pride Moisturizers?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wash Day: Clarification Day @ 22 Weeks Post

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Hey guys! I’m so sorry for the late post but I had a big test to study for so Sunday was not a great day for me. Monday afternoon, my hair was going through it so I decided to grab my products and run to the bathroom.

Well, lets start with my hair before I washed it. I’ve been very tired lately so I did not moisturize and seal my hair for 2 days. Big MISTAKE. My hair was really dry, crunchy and I could not manage to touch it. It was hurting that bad. I thought that I needed another protein treatment but I just did that last week so I do not want any protein overload. What I did think about was doing something that I haven’t done in a while, clarify my hair.

I thought that clarifying would be a great choice because my hair has been acting weird. I did not pre-poo my hair because I’m getting rid of all of the product buildup since the last time I clarified my hair, which was a really long time.

I went in the shower and let my hair soak under warm water as I
massaged my scalp to lift up any dirt and/or buildup. I used Suave Naturals Clarifying Shampoo. Within sections, I shampooed my hair. The shampoo really made my hair feel soft until I rinsed my hair out and it felt stripped. I wasn’t too upset about it because I am clarifying my hair of any oils. After washing my hair, I grabbed Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner. I was planning on rinsing this out and go deep condition but I was feeling a bit lazy so I stepped out the shower and just deep conditioned with that conditioner. About an hour later, I rinsed it out in cold water.

For the past few days, I did not detangle my hair so that was a major pain killer. I caught hell just trying to do that. Since I wear glasses I thought that I lost a lot of hair but compared to days where a lot came out, it was a breeze in the wind. I rinsed this out under cold water. I have to find a really good deep conditioner because it seems as if nothing is really working for me anymore.
For the longest, I’ve wanted straight hair for the longest, but I’m really scared to straighten it because of my set back that happened in November. I only blow dried my hair but I neglected it so much that I had major buildup and my hair was falling out. I’m still recovering so the next time I will straighten my hair with heat will be in April when I turn 21!

That’s when it came to mind where I could do a heat-less blowout. I did this with these simple steps:
  1. Applied a scarf to lay my edges down
  2. Tied my hair into 6 small ponytails to aid into straightening my new growth
  3. After a few hours, moisturized and sealed using shea butter and BB Oil Moisturizer
  4. Detangled with a paddle brush
  5. Air dry until the morning
  6. Style as desired.

The way that I styled my hair was section my hair in the front into two parts, twists them then pinned them up. My hair has always been shorter in the front versus the back. Since I haven’t straightened my hair since September, this would be the best way for me.

Results: My hair is still kind of tangled but I can manage with it. I’ve learned this week that I need to M&S on a daily basis because it will hurt me in the long run if I don’t. I do need to find a really good deep conditioner that’s within budget because I cannot afford an expensive conditioner at the moment.

How was your recent wash day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wash Day @ 21 Weeks Post

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Today’s wash day is all about simplicity! I was not in the mood to do my hair for the day so all I wanted to do was relax. I know that I needed protein badly because my scalp was getting really sensitive. I grabbed some products and proceeded with my wash day:
[1] I detangled my hair with my fingers only.
[2] I proceeded to apply ORS Hair Mayonnaise within 4 sections.

I got this product at a discounted price from Walmart. I smelled the product and it smelled really weird to me but it was a better smell than the Organics by Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise that I usually buy. My first encounter with this Hair Mayonnaise wasn't good. My hair felt a bit stiff even though I did not have protein overload. This time, my hair immediately had slip and a little bit of product went a long way. I was really impressed.
[3] I DC without heat using 45 minutes using a shower cap.
[4] I ran to the shower and rinsed the conditioner out under warm water. My hair felt really good. I was a bit curious to see how my hair would take if I use a moisturizing conditioner to balance out my hair. I did this by applying Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner and put back on the same shower cap until I was finished washing.

I regret this!

My hair felt very weird after rinsing this out. My hair felt a bit stiff and I did not like that feeling.
[5] I t-shirt dried my hair for 25 minutes and my hair was still a bit soaked. Is that good or bad?
[6] I proceeded to do the LOC method on my hair using Shea Butter and BB Hair Moisturizer. I did not use any water since my hair was still wet.
[7] I decided to do another braid out. The final thing I did was applied Simplicity Hair Oil to my edges and nape and proceeded to bed.
Overall, this wash day was great. What I learned from this wash day is that I do not have to use a moisturizing conditioner after I do a protein treatment. In the morning, my hair was really soft and still moisturized. I loved it.

I’m sorry for this late post but your girl got LAZY! Trust me, I’m working on it!!

How was your recent wash day?

The Wash Day Experience