Initially, my hair was styled in a frohawk. My intentions were to wash my hair out as soon as possible due to the tremendous amount of product build up and flakes I had throughout my hair, but time didn’t really permit so I had to make due with what I had. Read more...(364 words, 5 images, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
What better way to kick the week off, than to drop a protein conditioning treatment recipe!
Protein strengthens the hair, can temporarily stop breakage, and if you color, manipulate, or flat iron your hair regularly, protein can really make a difference in the health and well being of your natural hair. Aim for a good balance of moisture and protein. I do this by alternating between a protein and moisture conditioner on wash day. I usually use Aubrey Organics Protein Conditioner and deep condition using rhassoul clay, altering between the two to maintain the balance. Because I like to use ingredients found in my kitchen, I decided to try swapping the Aubrey Organics protein conditioner for a natural alternative; yogurt! Previously, I’d used yogurt alone as a protein conditioner and was satisfied with the results, but still needed to DC my hair after the treatment. I found that with this recipe, no deep conditioning was necessary. Read more...(444 words, 5 images, estimated 1:47 mins reading time)
As you know, everyone has a way to classify hair; whether it be Oprah’s stylist Andre Walker or others who created charts inspired by Andre’s chart, everyone seems to have a take on it! Though I recognize that my hair would fall into the ‘4’ category, I don’t rely on those charts. There are so many factors when deciding how to care for your hair and even though you may share a hair type with another, their techniques and products might now work for you. For the most part, I really like this common sense chart; it gives simple suggestions for techniques based on strand texture and thickness, which I find matters the most. I find that knowing porosity and density helped me find what my hair needs were and what products would best assist in maintaining it. This chart gives tips for fine, combination, and course hair types, regarding a sealant, moisturizers, detangling, heat application, and hair styles. Read more...(250 words, 1 image, estimated 1:00 mins reading time)
Are you looking for soft hair? Tea Rinse! Gentle Detangler? Tea Rinse! Hair that has a beautiful sheen? Tea Rinse! Moisturized Hair? Tea Rinse! Reduced Shedding? Tea Rinse!
The question is, why aren’t you using tea rinses? Every DIY natural should, at the very least, be treating herself to a tea rinse. I have also incorporated these herbal infused teas as my base for my liquid leave when I moisturize my hair, using the L.O.C Method.
It’s very easy to incorporate tea rinses into your regimen, and can be used on natural, relaxed, or transitioning hair. Read more...(398 words, 4 images, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
As you know, I am an avid user of the L.O.C Method both as a transitioner and once I was fully ; I’ve sang it’s praises from here to Youtube and to anyone who will listen! Today I ran across a scientific experiment which visually illustrates how moisture (water) becomes trapped when we use oils and cream as a sealant. More on the experiment here.
I started this week off the right way and my hair thanked me!
Rhassoul clay really impressed me! It’s something that I plan on incorporating into my hair regiment probably twice monthly, in between my once a month Bentonite Clay cleansing and conditioning treatment, and my Aubrey Organics protein deep conditioning treatment. If you are a DIY Natural, like myself, I’d recommend that you get in the kitchen and start mixing clays. Your hair will thank you! Read more...(118 words, 11 images, estimated 28 secs reading time)
Happy Humpday! This past Sunday was the first beauty day of February.
I ended the last few days of the last week in a protective style. I jazzed it up with a colorful scarf.
To begin, I normally start with an amla pre-poo oil wash. Last year, my local indian store relocated and I was unable to find out where they relocated to, which left me without my beloved amla. I prefer to purchase it locally rather than online, so until I find another local source for amla, I’ll have to make due.
I was fortunate to find a store here in Orlando, that sells all kinds of herbs in various forms! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I go! The staff is very friendly, the prices are right, and most any herb you are looking for can be found here, with the exception of amla :).
I decided to experiment with the powder form of the extract of some herbs I’d been wanting.
What’s the main difference between the powdered and whole herbs?
Shelf life! Whole herbs have a longer shelf life (up to 2 years), while powdered herbs can last only up to 6 months. A general rule of thumb is to substitute 1/3 teaspoon powdered or 1 teaspoon crushed for every 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs.
So, as opposed to using whole herbs or even essential oils for my Read more...(601 words, 5 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)