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Weekend Re-Cap

CarmelKitchenHappy Monday Folks;  I had a great weekend and I hope you did too!

First up, I attended an event called Black Girls, Sipping White Wine at the Carmel Kitchen, through being a member of MeetUp.com!  The Carmel Kitchen, located at 140 N. Orlando Ave in Winter Park Florida, offers a beautiful ambiance, appetizing food, and happy hour 7 days a week, 4-7pm!

Not only does MeetUp keep me active and connected with like minded people, but it also exposes to me places I may not have visited in the past!  This event was casual and fun! As you can see, I’m still rocking my Thailand braids with one more week until they come out! At the two  month mark, I’m ready for a change.

Natural Hair “Stylists”: One Cautionary Tale

This is a really interesting tale of a young women who went in to have her natural hair styled; she was given a chemical treatment she had previously declined. Regardless of her request, the stylist added the chemical treatment to her conditioner.

Another Hair Typing Chart…

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.

Seeing Is Believing: Sealing After Moisturizing

Hello Curlies!

Conclusion: Without sealing in the moisture, it evaporates from the hair, leaving it dry. Dry hair is the arch nemesis of Natural Hair!

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.

 

 

 

 

BIG Chop, One Year Later

Today marks my 1 year NaturalVersary! I’m so happy I decided to take this journey back to my roots!

One small piece of advice I’d like to share with those considering transitioning (long term like myself, or short term) or doing the Big Chop, is that along with the change occurring ON your head, be aware that there also needs to be a change that occurs IN your head!

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

2013 Hair Resolutions!

First Wash Day 2013! Naked Fro
First Wash Day 2013! Naked Fro

Happy New Year Curl Friends! Welcome to 2013!

As with every new year, my personal resolution is to become better; smarter, more kind, more tolerant, patient, and to love better.

This is the beginning of my first year fully natural.

This Sunday was my first Beauty Day Sunday and as I sat with my clay wash, I decided to plan a few hair goals for myself.

Journey to Natural: Then & Now

Today is Oct 31, 2012 and after a 2 year transition (June 2010-June 2012), I am now 28 months post relaxer and 4 months post big chop (BC). I decided to reflect on my journey thus far and think about my hair goals for the future.

Recently, I did a length check:

Stretched Hair: 4 Months Post BC
Shrinkage…

When I was transitioning, one of my favorite protective styles was the big high bun. 

21 Months Transitioning: March 2012
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 Recently I was able to replicate the style on my fully natural hair.

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!

Protective Styling in Hawaii

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Hawaii has been everything to my hair. Her climate ensures my hair never loses moisture, thus she stays soft all the time. I’ve been here since Monday and today was the first time I’ve re-moisturized my hair!

Uh-Mazing!

To achieve this style I started by re-moisturizing my hair. To re-moisturize I:

  1. Use a liquid to lightly spritz my hair: Aloe Vera Juice, Infusium 23, Water, and Giovanni Direct Leave-In
  2. Shea Butter Mix: Shea Butter, Castor, Coconut, & Olive Oils, and essential oils for fragrance