Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to Moisturize Your Natural Hair with Water

How to moisturize your
natural hair with water
Today I want to teach you how to moisturize your natural hair with water, conditioner, and oil.  It's really easy and you don't need an expensive leave in conditioner.

I was asked a question the other day on my instagram page about what oil do I used for my natural hair.  And I shared with her the type of oil I used, but I wanted her to realize it takes more than just oil to keep natural hair moisturize.  And having moisturize hair is very important if you want healthy hair.

I use plain water, leave in conditioner, and oil to seal the moisture in my hair.  I focus this technique on my ends mostly, because this is the driest part of my hair.  The hair from your scalp is naturally growing so focusing on the ends will help your hair to grow.  Therefore, contributing to retaining hair length.

I have been using this technique daily for the past 3 weeks.  My hair seems thicker...more fuller.  I have been wearing a protective style for the past 4 weeks and I believe this along with moisturizing my hair daily has help contribute to my hair feeling and looking thicker.  On the weekend I may wear my natural hair out, to give my scalp a quick breathier, but come Monday morning I'm putting the wig back on, lol.

Regardless of your hair type moisturizing elements such as water should be be the first ingredient in most of your hair products.
  • Water is a natural's best friend.  It helps with breakage and to stimulate growth.  To achieve these results by starting with a daily routine: water, oil, and a leave in conditioner.  You can mix all three in a spray bottle or you can add each one separately one at a time.  All you would do is spray your hair with water.  Apply your leave in conditioner.  Lastly, apply oil to seal in the moisture. I apply each product separately.  
    • I use a water bottle to spritz my hair with water.
    • I use a leave in conditioner called Simply Shea with organic shea butter.  Yes, it is a leave in conditioner.  I bought this leave in conditioner from my local Dollar Tree for $1.00.  You don't have to have an expensive brand.  The more you start taking care of your natural hair, you may want to invest in a more expensive brand of conditioner later.
    • After the water and leave in conditioner is applied, I apply the oil.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hair Brush By Bella and Bear

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Hair Brush by Bella and Bear is a high quality paddle brush.  It's great for all hair types.

Description
This brush is a wide square paddle.  Has an air cushioned rubber pad and ball ended nylon bristles.  It's also sturdy and seems to be well made.  The bristles of the brush have coated tips.  This protects your hair by allowing the brush to be gentle on the strands of your hair.

What Can this hair brush do?
It's a great general detangling brush.  Paddle brushes help to bring a ton of shine to your hair and this brush is no different.  Most people say the brush is gentle, it feels good, and it doesn't scrap the scalp or irritate the skin.

When cleaning your hair brush by Bella and Bear the wide bristles allow you to easy clean the hair out.

The wear and tear of a paddle brush can have a short life span.  With the hair brush by Bella and Bear, customers review this brush as lasting a long time.

Best Features
Most people rant and rave about how cute the color of the brush is, along with its original packaging it came in.  It's very feminine looking.

Another plus about this brush is it is totally static free.  Your hair will feel nice.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sally's Beauty Supply is now carrying Miss Jessie's and Carol's Daughter

So, I went into my local Sally's Beauty Supply store to find out they are caring Miss Jessie's and Carol's Daughter products.

I know without a shadow of a doubt these products can get expensive.  However, they seem to be a little cheaper at Sally's.

I am a beauty club member and being a part of that program helps me save a little, but I felt really good when I made my first purchase of Miss Jessie's Coily Custard today.  The sales lady says they just got the products in September 1, 2015.

How do you feel about this?  Am I out of the loop or is Sally's Beauty Supply Store the first store to start selling these products.

And they had some Kim Kimble products.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

4 Ways to Achieve the Best Bantu Knot of Your Life

Are you ready for a jam pack session with 4 simply ways to Bantu Knot your Natural Hair.

As always, this look can work for transitioning hair and relaxed hair as well.

Okay, let's get started.

So, as you guys may know I am a YouTube Junkie.  So, I am borrowing ideas and techniques from AlyssaForever, SmartistaBeauty, and JudithsNaturalHair.  Be sure to check out their Bantu Knot tutorial on YouTube and the links are below
-AlyssaForever
-SmartistaBeauty
-JudithsNaturalHair

The last technique is from yours truly.  Now on to the fun stuff...

Alyssa Forever - How to Get Perfect Bantu Knot Results on Dry Hair
You'll need a paddle brush, Eco-Styler Gel or styling pudding or a holding hair product of your choice, and bobby pins.

Wash your hair, apply conditioner, blow dry it, and make sure your hair is perfectly smooth.  Which is similar to stretch hair.  You can do this by brushing your hair with a paddle brush.  Before starting apply a little product like a pudding/Eco-styler Gel to your hair, but not too much.  You don't want it converting back.

Section hair.  This is the best way to work with your hair.  Give a little slack at the roots of your hair and as you come to the ends of your hair, if they are a little frizzy still, then apply more product to reduce the frizz.  You can place a bobby pin in your hair to keep the Bantu Knot from unraveling.

Sit under the dryer for 25 minutes or until hair is dry.  Unscrew the Bantu Knot as if you're unscrewing a bottle.  This prevents frizz.  Then just style.

SmartistaBeauty - How to Bantu Knot on Natural Hair
You'll need Ors Holding Pudding, a moisturizer by Cantu Curling Cream, and a Paddle Brush.

She says it is not about how tightly you twist the hair.  It is about the shape of the Bantu Knot.  You don't have to part your hair perfect.  This gives your hair shape.  Start off at the root and towards the ends of your hair wrap tight.

Once, you're finish let your  Bantu Knots set.  Overnight, worked best for her.

Then next day she unravel the Bantu Knots in the opposite direction it was set.  She separated the Knots and to add more volume she combine her roots.  This also gives you big hair.

JudithsNaturalHair - Bantu Knots on Short Thick Natural Hair 4A, 4B, 4C
You'll need bobby pins to secure these Bantu Knots in place.

First, part your dry hair in sections.
Second, two strand twist your hair.
Third, twirl your Bantu Knot in the same direction as the twist.
Fourth, secure it with a bobby pin.
Once, your hair has set overnight...
Fifth, Unravel the Bantu Knot and separate the two strand twist
Sixth, lift roots to hide parts
Seventh, add conditioner.
Eighth, shake hair.
Ninth, separate your hair some more if needed.

Curly Girl Moore's Technique for Bantu Knot that is going to give you Life
Before, I get started I just want to say I am not a huge fan of Bantu Knots.  Just the other day I tried a flat twist with Bantu Knots at the end and I absolutely love it.  This gave me the encouragement to give Bantu Knots another chance.

You'll need bobby pins, Eco-Styler Gel, or a holding hair product of your choice.

Next, you'll going to section your hair.  You can section it as you go or you can section it before you start.

Once, you figure out how you want to section your hair, take that one section of hair at a time and apply your gel.  Not a lot.  Just enough to smooth your hair and enough to help with those frizzy ends.

Next, I did a two strand twist method before I applied the Bantu Knot to that section of hair.  After, two strand twisting that section I grabbed my hair by the roots and twisted the roots until the knot started to form.  Meaning I twisted the roots and kept twisting until my hair could not twist at the roots any more.  I don't want you to pull your hair, but simply twist it.

Once, the knot forms, I was able to start twisting my hair around the knot.  I did this to the rest of my hair and I believe I ended with 10 Bantu Knots all together.  Hope that was simply enough for you!

During the day I let my hair air dry for 4 hours.  Tonight I am doing this same technique, so I'll have a chance to see how my hair does with the Bantu Knots setting in overnight.

Video coming soon about how to achieve this look and style the hair.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Co-Washing Fun Facts for Black Natural Hair

Co-Washing Facts for Black Natural Hair with Curly Girl Moore

Hey guys!

Did you know co-washing is short for cold washing.  Well, I didn't, lol!  I thought it was cold washing all this time, which is correct I guess it just depends on how you look at it.

Today I wanted to talk to you about that thing called Co-Washing.  Yep, it is a major deal for a black girl's hair if you are in the natural hair community.  The best way to explain this technique is to tell you it means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner.

So here are a few fun facts that I learned and hopefully it will benefit you too!

Fun Fact #1
Co-Washing is only done with conditioner.  I have tried cheap conditioner that cost $1.00 and I have tried some $5.00 conditioners.

But right now I am into the  Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Conditioner with Avocado Oil.  As a matter of fact this is my FAV product for September 2015.  I bought this in August from my local Big Lots store for $2.95.  What a deal right.  That is probably the cheapest I am going to find it.  As you can see below on Amazon it is advertised for at least $5.00.

I purchased a 12 ounce bottle and this one below is  24 ounces.

I have also tried VO5 Extra Body Volumizing Conditioner which is very cheap and a couple of other conditioners from my local Dollar Tree.

So, it really doesn't matter what type of conditioner you use.  Just as along as you like it.

Fun Fact #2
 You are candidate for co-washing if you have dry hair, curly hair, colored process hair, or wavy hair.  These all tend to be naturally dry, so you will benefit from co-washing.

For those of you who are transitioning, you probably have a little bit of all these types of hair.  So, this is a benefit to you too.

Fun Fact #3
 Both shampoo and conditioner's use detergents in the products.  The detergents in shampoo's acts as a cleanser.  Therefore, it will wash out of your hair with the rest of the stuff like oil, grease, or any build up in your hair.

Detergents are found in conditioners too.  But instead of washing out of your hair they stick to your hair.  The ingredients in most conditioners have the ability to cleanse your hair too, which is why this method of co-washing works.  Hope that was simply enough.

Fun Fact #4
Conditioners remove light build-up on hair.  Eco-Styler Gel is my number one styling ingredient for my hair.  Wearing my hair 5-7 days with no wash days in between and applying the gel everyday will force me to wash my hair with shampoo.  However, co-washing my hair every 2-3 days gives me a light build-up and therefore allowing the conditioner to do its job.

Fun Fact #5
I like the way how Curly Nikki puts it: At the end of the day shampoo will remove more dirt and oil than conditioner and conditioner will remove more dirt and oil than plain water.

Try this!  Use shampoo every other wash day.  The wash days in between use conditioner only.  Co-wash your hair mid-week to give it a moisture boost.

When Co-washing your hair section it.  This makes it easier to maintain and detangle.  Start from the ends and go up to your roots while working the conditioner in your hair.

Naptural85 says she applies the conditioner to her 3 times before wetting it. 
She pours a half dollar size of conditioner in the palm of her hand each time to apply to her hair.  The first applicator is to moisten the hair, the second one penetrates the hair, and the third applicator melts the hair.  This means the hair is so concentrated with conditioner that the tangles melt apart.  Making it a breeze to finger detangle.

She also applies a quarter size oil to seal in all that moisture for added slip and super defined curls. She admits that this is a lot of conditioner, but it's worth it.

Naptural85 recommends sectioning the hair and once you have the conditioner applied Bantu Knot your hair to keep it stretch and detangle.  Then rinse the conditioner from each section of your hair and just add oil to lock in the moisture.  Dry your hair with an old t-shirt to reduce the frizz and style as usually.

I used Naptural85's co-washing technique and here are the things I didn't like
First, because of the length of my hair, I didn't need all that conditioner.  Applying the conditioner in a half dollar amount to my hair twice gave me the effect I believe she achieve.

Secondly, if you are not going to try this method in the shower, than it is going to be hard if you use a sink.  I used my bathroom sink and it was ruff.  I ended up taking down my Bantu Knots and just washed my hair as a whole.

Third, I had so much frizz today.  My hair was extra puffy.  It could have been, because I didn't apply my number one styler which is the Eco Gel to help maintain the frizz.

Overall I love the ideal of applying the conditioner twice, sectioning my hair, and drying my hair with a t-shirt.  The t-shirt thing was something I had never tried before.

Hope you enjoyed these co-washing fun facts for black natural hair.  My hair has grown with co-washing.  I have changed my co-washing techniques, because as my hair grows I need a conditioner that is going to do the job.

As I mention I started with simply cheap conditioners.  I never tried a conditioner or shampoo that was specifically label for co-wash.  As time goes on that doesn't mean I won't try it, but right now it is not necessary.

When choosing a conditioner to co-wash your hair read the label.  Some conditioner say it will give you volume, smooth your hair, etc.  If you do decide to shampoo your hair, know that is okay too.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Greenhouse Effect on Natural Hair

Did you know it was such a thing?
Greenhouse Effect on Natural Hair presented by Curly Girl Moore

Well, I didn't and if you are like myself and wondering if this method works...Yes, it does!

I tried it.  For those of you who don't know, I struggled with dry natural hair.  It didn't start until I was going into my 3rd year anniversary of transitioning.  That would be April of 2015.

At first, I thought it was the products that I was using.  It was hard for me to narrow which products, because I had gotten use to the fact that I could use anything on my hair.  So, I couldn't exactly start my investigation there.

It wasn't until July of 2015 that I notice that the dryness was getting worse.  So, I decided to really focus on my hair like I did in the beginning.  Since, doing that I have joined Youtube to document my journey.

You know at first this natural hair thing was just a thing.  I didn't consider it to be a joke, but I thought I could do what I wanted with my hair like before when I was getting relaxers.  I thought I could use the same products, same techniques, and really just same everything.

In the beginning it was really that simple.  Around my second year of transitioning my texture changed drastically.  My favorite go to hairstyle in the beginning of transitioning was a pompadour and a ponytail.  Next it was the flexi rods.  Now that I am in the 3rd year, I haven't figured out what my hair likes.  I believe it is simply the wash and go's.  They have really been working for the last week or so.

Okay, so enough ramble about me, let's talk about this
Greenhouse Effect on Natural Hair...

So, while browsing one day last week I ran across this book called 10 Secrets to Growing Black Hair Long and Fast  I saw these words flash across my Iphone and computer screen so many times, that I rarely paid it any attention until now since I'm dealing with a new thing that my hair is going through.

Here is the method to the Greenhouse Effect on Natural Hair.  Actually you can use this effect on natural or relaxed hair.

The Greenhouse Effect is used to lock in moisture.

This method should be done at night.

The ideal behind this method is that by creating warmth and moisture on your scalp, you are also creating the perfect atmosphere to open pores and follicles which allow for hair growth.  The warmth produces a steam effect.  The steam is created, it penetrates into the scalp, and this should help to increase the average growth rate.

Step 1: Spray your hair with water until slightly damp.

Step 2: Place your hair in a bun, ponytail, or braids.  I used the coil method the very first time I tried this and it still gave the same effect.

Step 3: Place a plastic cap over your head to increase the effect.  Add a scarf or additional plastic bag to increase the warmth.

Step 4: Leave your hair covered overnight or leave on for an extended period of time.  I suggest overnight.  This will increase a greenhouse steam effect in your hair.

Step 5: In the morning remove the cap and allow your hair to dry naturally or blow dry on a cool setting.  I suggest allowing your hair to air dry.  Since my hair was in coils I just separated them to create a style.  They were a little wet, but an hour after removing the shower cap they were dry.  So, they basically air dried.

Step 6:  Moisturize, seal, and style your hair as usual.  Because I mixed my water and conditioner in step one, I didn't need any extra moisturizer.  However, I did use a very light amount of oil.  When performing this method sometimes it's best to avoid using oils to allow for the pores to be open and prevent blockage.  But you  can be the  of that judge.

The Greenhouse Effect on Natural Hair should be performed at most 2 times a week.  Anymore than that and it's possible that it may weaken the hair and cause breakage.  If you experience any unusual breakage due to performing this method, you should discontinue immediately.

Additional Tip in 10 Secrets to Growing Black Hair Long and Fast
Water is used to Hydrate Your Hair
Coily and curly textured hair has the tendency to become dryer more easily than most.

Breakage Hinders Hair Growth
You need to know how to keep your hair well oiled and hydrated in order to prevent this.

An Important Key to Healthy, Beautiful, Shiney, and Long Hair is Hydration
A sufficient amount of water (8-12 glasses per day is the average) plays a major role in allowing the hair to grow long and fast.

Dehydration can cause drying of your hair shaft and scalp.  This can lead to split ends and hair breakage.  By drinking water in the right quantity you can supply nutrients to your scalp and promote hair growth.

Before Applying Your Leave In Conditioning
Or oils make sure your hair is moisturized with water.  Hydrating your hair with water and following with an oil will help to lock in moisture throughout the day.  Another way to retain moisture is to stop washing your hair everyday.

Avoid
Hats, flat irons, blow dryers (at least blow dryers on high heat).

Know that through proper hydration and hair care we can grow our hair long.  
Curls, kinks, and waves thrive the most when your hair care regimen is focused toward hydration.

Water Helps To
Enhance the hair's elasticity, reduce breakage, and improve curls.

Oil is Good for Hair, But It is Not a Moisturizer
Using oil alone will only cause dryness over a period of time.  Oil alone as a moisturizer is a myth even though companies promote their remarkable moisturizing oils.

In Conclusion the Greenhouse Effect on Natural Hair is right for dry hair.  It's a good method to use on all types of natural hair.  I haven't experience any breakage, loss of hair, or a change in my curl pattern.  Overall, super happy I came across this technique.  I believe overtime by using this technique we all will experience healthy long hair.  Be sure to pick up the book above.  I downloaded the sample, but the full version is available.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shea Butter and Coils Kind of Day: Part One

I went to bed last night and was not sure how my hair would turn out.  If you read my last blog post, then you know I am hooked to the Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner.

Last night, I cold washed my hair, sectioned it into 4 parts, and I further sectioned the four parts into coils.  Then I placed a plastic cap on my head and sleep in it all night.

This morning after taking the plastic cap off and seeing the results I was amazed.  Here is why...

1. I have tried coils before and it was a big fail.
2. My hair was super moisturized this morning and all through out the day.
3. It didn't take long to style my hair this morning.  It can take me 15-20 minutes sometimes.

So, today turned out to be a coils kind of day.  I just got finish putting my hair into a pineapple for bed and I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring.  I hope your day was well too.

You know all this week I have been saying to myself that Life is a Journey.  Lately, I have been really trying to trust God with everything in my life and just be happy with what I have.  I'm not trying to make a move without him and I am realizing that I am on a journey.  Life can be tough, it can move at a snail's pace, it can take us for a loop, and it can even bring us happiness.  You just have to make up in your mind which way to go today.

In my car this morning I'm Every Woman came on by Whitney Houston and it gave me so much life.  Every morning I try to pray before my day gets started and I usually have a great talk with God on my way to work.  Normally, I don't listen to the radio in the car, but I have been wanting to hear Steve Harvey and Ricky Smiley's morning show gossip, lol.  You know just trying something a little different today.  But as that song was playing it ministered to me and I just heard God say lets keep the radio right there.

You see I needed that today.  My hair gave me a confident, but so did that little song.  And we all know God works in mysterious ways and He definitely worked this morning!!

I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your evening and I'll leave you with a few pictures from a video that I am working on for the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Product.  Until the next chat, take care my loves!

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