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.
This summer, I have been experimenting with hair tea rinses! I’ve been using a variety of loose herbs to create teas, which traditionally I’ve done as a final rinse on clean hair. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different uses for the tea. So far, I’ve successfully used it as a remoisturizing spray, a final rinse, a pre-deep conditioning rinse, clay facial and finally, it’s one half of the liquid I use for my bentonite clay mix (I’ve listed my recipe below :)).
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!
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
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:
Recently I was able to replicate the style on my fully natural hair.
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
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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!
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:
Recently I took a trip to the Vitamin Shoppe to re-up on coconut oil; to my surprise, they were having a sale on the brand I like! I use the Spectrum brand which runs around $8 or so for 14oz of organic coconut oil. I use coconut oil for my skin, in my hair, and in my shea butter mix so I was excited to catch a deal. One thing stopped me in my tracks.
So I’ve been trying (and so far failing) to figure out what I can use to give me a defined twist out, minus the frizz. So far, I’ve tried had mild success with the chunky twist out using my moisturizing spray mix and my shea butter cream. The night before I went skydiving, I knew I wanted to wear my fro, so I put about 8 large twists in my hair after moisturizing and sealing. The results were great.
I’ve not had luck with the smaller twists for a few reasons (I think):