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