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Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair & Swimming PT 2

Hello ladies and thanks for tuning into part 2 of my Natural Hair and Swimming series. This post will review the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, my brief stint wearing two swim caps at once, and focus on tips and tricks for maintaining your hair while swimming or visiting the beach.
I left off introducing the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, which was  designed to keep your hair out of your face while you swim, and protect from the chlorine in the water.

Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair and Swimming PT 1

I love the summertime! Here in Florida,  it feels like summertime or at least early spring most year around.  I also love the water so lucky for me, there are many local beautiful beaches! The only issue is that I can’t swim! Almost 30 and can’t swim; pitiful right? I have never let the fact that I can’t swim hold me back from the water. I’m a pretty efficient doggie paddler and I can swim on my back with the best of them, but real underwater swimming terrifies me. It came to a head 2 years ago when I was in Hawaii on the beach and I saw children taking surfing lessons; I decided that if they could do it, I could do it! I instantly wanted to be a surfer but a precursor to surfing is swimming, so I had to learn how to do that too! After looking around, I decided that the least expensive route was my local YMCA, which I ended up joining.  As a member, I paid $125 for a total of 8, 30 minute sessions. Not bad considering a lot of freelance swim instructors wanted $50 an hour! I’m some where in lesson 5 or 6; myself and my instructor have lost count :)

Beauty Day Details: Pre-Poo Oil Wash Method

Happy Humpday! This past Sunday was the first beauty day of February.

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Freshly Washed.Naked.No Product

I ended the last few days of the last week in a protective style. I jazzed it up with a colorful scarf.

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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.

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Leaves and Roots, Orlando FL

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

The L.O.C Method: The Morning After

Happy Fierce Friday!

Have you checked out my video, “Natural Hair Tutorial: The LOC Method“?

This video showcases the results!


The style I’m wearing is a partial protective style. It can also be worn by transitioners by rolling the relaxed ends on a perm or flex-rod.
I discuss how changing up my product yielded a different result. Lastly, check out how I untwist my hair for my twist out.

If you have tips to share, spill the tea :)

Thanks to my new and existing subscribers!

Natural Hair Tutorial: The L.O.C Method

I put together a tutorial on how I have been using the L.O.C Method to seal in moisture.

Currently, I’m experimenting with different products to see what yields the best results!

Would love feedback!

Beauty Day Sunday FAIL: Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner

Hair Porn! My camera captured my texture beautifully!

I was so excited to try a new protein deep conditioner recipe, but based on my experience I’ll chalk this one up as an epic fail!

I started my wash day a little later in the day yesterday due to my thrifting trip.

I began my routine by:

Pre-Poo’ing: I sectioned my hair and to each section, I sprayed water and oiled my scalp and strands while lightly finger detangling. I covered my head with a plastic bag and tee shirt, then let my hair marinate for an hour.

Rethinking Moisturizing Methods

Untwisted Hair After Loc Method

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about having to switch up my old method to moisturize my fully natural hair. My old method leaves my hair feeling dry; as we all know dry hair can lead to breakage, and I’m too early in the natural game to let that happen!

I began researching other methods to retain moisture.

My old method included using a liquid leave in, a creamy leave in, followed by a butter to seal. Worked like a charm while I was transitioning! I am unsure if it is the method or products being used that is causing the dryness. As I set out to find a solution to my hair problem, I came across another method of moisturizing:

June 4: Moisture “Mane”tenance Secrets

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So far, the challenge has been awesome! Today, it’s all about moisture secrets! On wash days after a deep condition (with hair sectioned, of course), I usually apply:

1) Liquid leave in: I add the following to a spray bottle- aloe vera juice, water, olive oil & a bit of creamy conditioner.
2) Creamy LI: Add giovanni direct leave in, and
3) Seal with my Shea Butter cream mixture.
**Sealing Tip: Apply sealant (butter, cream, or oil) from the bottom up; this ensures the oldest, most fragile stands get more product**

My Ayurveda Transitioning Experience

‘Ayur’ means ‘Life’, and ‘Veda’ means ‘Knowledge’.  Ayurveda is the 5,000-year old system of holistic healing that originated in India.

Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance“.  Read more here

My Name is Lillian Mae, and I was a Product Junkie!

This post has been a long time coming. Two weeks ago, I went on a cleaning frenzy! I cleaned my abode from top to bottom! Under every sink, in every closet, and ever corner! Guess what I discovered? EVIDENCE OF MY BEING A FORMER PRODUCT JUNKIE! It’s so interesting to take a look at the many unused, half used, and barely used bottles! When I started my healthy hair journey, I’d looked into Ayurvedic hair care and started picking up oils and powders so I could experiment with that. When I made the decision to transition, I began reading more about what worked for other transitioners and went with those products. Later, after realizing that I had so many products that I’d never be able to try them all, I decided to take a more simple approach. Today out of the 5011 products I have under the sink, I only use under 10. I have put together a list of all the products I’ve used. I give a brief description of the conditions under which they were used, PROS, CONS, and a VERDICT on the product.