Shoulder Length Hair Porn

Ladies, if you’ve got shoulder length hair and thinking there’s not much you can do with your hair in terms of protective styling, you are so wrong. Stumbled on ‘Kimberly Holden’s’ YouTube video while searching for my daily dose of relaxed hair porn.

Can’t get enough of what she does with her hair…please check this video out and that protective style she has on reminds me of F’s protective styling a week ago.

 

Source: YouTube

Why You Need To Clarify

paul mitchell skinny shampooIf you have observed that your hair is weighed down, not responding to treatments, extra greasy or it’s not just behaving, then it’s time to whip out your clarifying shampoo.Product build up is a common occurrence due to the kind of products we use on our hair. Deep conditioners, moisturizers, carrier oils  can leave product deposit on our hair over time. This build up can cause your hair to be greasy, dull, heavy, limp and non-responsive. What a clarifying shampoo does is to remove this deposit giving your hair the fresh start it deserves.

How often should you clarify?

If you use a lot of hair products like hairspray, hair gels e.t.c you might need to clarify on a weekly basis but if you are not heavy handed with the hair products you use, then you can restrict use to once a month.

How do you clarify?

Start with a quarter sized amount of clarifying shampoo and work it into your scalp with  a light massage for 60 seconds. Depending on the amount of oil and product build up on your hair, it might not lather much, but that’s okay. Rinse very well. Take a smaller amount of shampoo (the longer your hair, the more you’ll need to use) and work the shampoo into your hair. You will notice lots of lather in your hair. Let the shampoo sit on your head for 2minutes (you can use that time to shave your legs cos that’s what I do). It’s important to let the shampoo sit for the recommended number of minutes to allow product build up release. Once time is up, rinse very well.

You can now proceed to use your regular deep conditioning treatment (however be generous with application) since the clarifying shampoo does not contain moisturizing elements that regular sulfate free shampoo has.

The Tale of Two Nieces

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Today, I’m introducing you to my 2nieces. The younger one you already know while the older one has been in the background. This whole hair journey thingy actually started with the elder one as we made quite a lot of mistakes with her own hair before getting it right. As you can see, she’s got a more coarse texture than her younger sister and when she clocked six, my sister decided to texturize her hair to make it more manageable.

That route yielded little or no results since her hair did not take to texturizers and relaxers. So we decided to go back and conduct our research on her type of hair. Once we got all the necessary information, we knew it was time to go natural so rather than doing the big chop, we transitioned her gradually to natural and once she had her teeny weeny Afro, we snipped off the texturize ends. For manageability, we developed a regimen using JBCO, same deep conditioners we used, Roux Porosity Control, Elasta QP Olive Mango Butter Moisturizer or Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in which ensures her hair stays soft and supple throughout the week. I’m putting this post up because I’m aware that a lot of moms are completely clueless about managing their daughters hair & would rather surrender to the ease of relaxers or texturizers. Its better she’s an adult before making that decision to go the chemical processing route & if she does, you’ll be satisfied cos you’ve provided the knowledge pool which will aid her in nurturing and grooming healthy hair. I know it can be time consuming but the rewards are priceless. So if we can do it, you can too.

We also ensured that weekly deep conditioning was a must and it takes place before cornrows are installed. She’s eight now and we’ve grown her natural mane to arm-pit length. Her younger sister has got a looser curly texture. I know she was a bit worried if her hair will ever match that of her sister but based on the success we’ve achieved, her fears are allayed and she couldn’t be more happier. While her sister has ended the year with bra strap length, shes also achieved arm pit length as well. As you can see, each hair journey is different but once you adopt a consistent regimen + patience, you’ll achieve your health and length goals.

Wash day Diary

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1. Commenced my prepoo session by detangling my hair in 6 sections. Oiled my scalp with Njoy Prepoo Essentials & coated my lengths with JBCO. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps.
2. Saturday morning, I had to dash off to M’s house and it was a joy to meet her younger sister who’s on a natural hair journey. M narrated her sisters’ natural hair challenge and how she’s been unable to grow it long. The exciting part was once she began a regimen and stuck to it, she’s seen amazing results & for the very first time, she’s been able to install Ghana weaves.
3. Once I got back, I proceeded to wash my hair in sections with Ion Smoothing Shampoo. Instead of using Ion Smoothing Masque, I decided to use Roux Porosity Control instead & the slip, silky feel was amazing that I’ve decided to adopt this routine. Left it on for 30 seconds before rinsing out.

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4. You’ll notice there’s no tea rinse this week. I simply forgot and proceeded to use one of my favorite Dominican deep conditioning treatment pictured above. Mixed it peppermint & JBCO. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and left it on for an hour before rinsing out.
5. Once time was up, I rinsed out, wrapped my hair in a cotton towel & left it on for 15 minutes. Sealed my hair with a mix of Grapeseed oil & JBCO in sections. Applied Biolage Advanced Fibrestrong and Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum. Wrapped my hair in a bun.

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Taking care of your daughters’ hair

photo(7)If you’ve got daughters’ or nieces’, one of the frequent things you battle with on weekly or daily basis is their hair. Based on the success I have achieved with my own niece, I will be putting up regular posts to help moms out there on how to take care of their daughters’ natural hair. Most female kids nowadays have to contend with relaxers, weave-on at a tender age because their mothers are completely clueless about natural hair maintenance. I’ll be giving out tips today to help you overcome that.

1. Invest in a quality deep conditioner (moisturizing) and use it on a weekly basis before she goes to the salon to install new cornrows. Weekly deep conditioning will ensure her hair stays soft and supple making it easier to comb or manipulate.You can also add a bit of peppermint oil as well. My niece loves the mix and always insists on adding chewing gum (that’s what she calls it) to her deep conditioners.

2. Make use of sulfate-free shampoos to get rid of dust and dirt that accumulates due to the use of pomades which block their scalps on a weekly basis. Remember to wash the scalp not the hair cos that’s what’s dirty.

3. Stay clear of pomades that contain mineral oil and petrolatum cos they block the scalp. Rather start using natural carrier oils like Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Grape seed oil (we used this mix of oils consistently once my niece was born and it’s part of her hair regimen).

4. Oil natural hair once a day and remember a little goes a long way.

5. Avoid using rubber bands on your daughters hair as it leads to breakage, hence no retention.

6. Don’t let her wear the same styles week after week as it puts a lot of strain on her edges resulting in breakage.

7. Arm yourself with a good detangling product like Mane N Tail as it aids manageability during the week.

8. Remember to moisturize and seal her hair 3times a week. Cover her hair with a satin bonnet or invest in satin pillows.

9. Invest in large seam free combs to make the combing process less painful for her. Also comb when her hair is wet rather than once its’ dry. Start combing from the ends and gradually work your way up to her roots.

Wash day diary

aubrey organicsProducts used:

Aubrey Organics Protein Balancing Conditioner

Sunny Isle Castor Oil

NJoy Essentials

Biolage Advanced Matrix Fibrestrong

Mane N Tail Detangler

Green Tea rinse

Jojoba Oil

Peppermint Oil

Roux Porosity Control

Process:

1. My hair is due for a protein treatment and I decided to use Aubrey Organics which has become my favorite protein go to. In a bowl, I mixed Aubrey Organics and Castor oil together and applied in sections starting with my ends. For detangling, I reached out for Mane N Tail Detangler and sprayed each section liberally. I allowed it to dry a bit before proceeding to detangle with my Hercules Sageman comb.

2. I covered my hair with 2 shower caps and my satin bonnet and went off to sleep. Once I woke up, I proceeded to rinse out the prepoo mix from my hair and this is why I love this conditioner. Usually when rinsing out my prepoo mix, there are shed strands on the floor of the bathtub but with Aubrey, no! no!…shedding does not occur and my hair feels strengthened in a way I cannot find adequate words to describe.

3. I washed in sections with my Ion Keratin Smoothing Shampoo (today was to be my clarifying wash day but I had applied this shampoo before remembering. So next week it is then). Once I was done rinsing out the shampoo, I applied Ion Keratin Smoothing Conditioner and left it on for 2mintues before rinsing out.

4. Applied my green tea rinse and left to dry for 20minutes (by sitting in front of the fan), then proceeded to apply my deep conditioner mix. I was gunning for moisture now and decided to check my product stash bag for what I could use. Spied my ORS Replenishing Conditioner and decided to use what was left since I wanted to exhaust before moving onto Kanechom Ceramidas. Mixed it with Roux Porosity Control, Peppermint Oil & Castor oil. Applied in sections starting with my ends before moving up towards my root.

5. Covered my hair with a shower cap and sat under my heat cap  (Gold N Hot) for 30minutes, I left my hair to cool off for 15minutes before rinsing out the deep conditioning mix.

6. Wrapped my hair with a cotton towel for 10 minutes and proceeded to seal in the moisture with Jojoba Oil (I’m gunning for a 27week stretch and I’ve discovered of late that my hair at this time, prefers that I seal it while it’s still got moisture) With this recent discovery, my hair remains moisturized throughout the week and I don’t need to moisture and seal alternately like I did before. That’s why it’s a journey I guess. You discover new things along the way.

7. Applied Tresemme split remedy to my ends and used Biolage Advanced Matrix Fiber strong and Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum. Ended up with soft, smooth strengthened hair which I’m wearing in a cross wrap so I can wear my hair out tomorrow. I’m currently 15weeks post relaxer….12more weeks to go.

Regarding my inversion technique, I’m at a loss about my results. Yes I saw increased growth though I haven’t snapped my current length to compare with the last length picture I took. I’m currently battling with shrinkage and I don’t want to start off the month by using heat. I’ll get around to it hopefully next week and put up the pictures.

How was your wash day?

Readers’ Q&A

Q&AQ: What are the benefits of using green tea for my hair?

A: Drink freshly brewed green tea or take green tea capsules to combat hair loss. Furthermore, you may rinse your scalp with a solution prepared by steeping two green tea bags in a cup of hot water.

Green tea is rich in polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and has anti-inflammatory properties that facilitate hair growth, and reduce hair loss.

Wash day diary

20130914-170807.jpg1. Commenced prepoo with Hair Trigger Elixir which I applied to my scalp and coated each section. Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and went to bed.

2. Washed my hair with Ion Keratin Smoothing Shampoo (I finally exhausted the bottle I had been using last year). I had to buy another one as I’ve had great experience using this brand of sulfate free shampoo. I always end up with soft, fluffy hair each time I use this shampoo. Once I was done with the shampoo, I applied my Ion Keratin Smoothing Conditioner and left it on for 3minutes.

3. Rinsed out the conditioner and proceeded to spray my hair liberally with green tea. Left it to dry for half an hour before applying my deep conditioner mix.

4. My deep conditioner mix consisted of Roux Porosity Control, Peppermint Oil (5drops), Jojoba oil, Vitale Hair Mayonnaise and a bit of ORS Replenishing Conditioner. Applied with my sprush in sections and covered with a shower cap. Sat under my heat cap for 30minutes and left to cool for 15mintues before rinsing out.

5. So far, I’ve had positive experience using the Gold n Hot heat cap and it has reduced the amount of time I spend on deep conditioning. Wrapped my hair with a cotton towel and left it on for 20minutes to absorb all wetness.

6. Once my hair was damp, I sealed by using jojoba oil, Biolage Advanced Matrix Fibrestrong and Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum. Applied Njoy Sulfur mix to my scalp and massaged my scalp.

7. I plan to cornrow my hair into 5 big sections since I’ll be wigging during the week. Cornrow gives me the freedom to reduce manipulation to the barest minimum and apply my sulfur mix on alternate days.

 

How was your wash day?

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Check this out

This post is going to be short as you need to see the evidence in the pictures posted below. Ladies…I got back from work yesterday and decided to embark on my daily moisture and sealing. I brought out my NJoy Sulfur Growth Oil and proceeded to apply on my scalp. While running my hands through my hair, I observed my new growth was dense. So on a whim, I decided to measure my new growth and went in search of a tape rule.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it Ladies…a whooping 2.5inches though F says it’s 2.3/4 inches. I’ve been using the oil for 3weeks consistently.