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So Fresh & So Clean Combs & Brushes | How To

Combs and brushes are really useful tools in removing not only shed hairs, but also dust, dirt, oils, old product and even dust mites; therefore, cleaning your tools is critical to having a healthy hair regimen.

DirtyComb
EWWWW!

Each time you use an unclean hairbrush or comb, you redeposit grease, product, dust and dead skin cells back into your hair. If your hair is cut short or faded in certain areas, the dirt is more apparent as you can plainly see it sitting on top of your strands. Disgusting, right?

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.

At Home Facial: Honey Turmeric Bentonite Clay

Sunday was beauty day; while I waited for my hair to deep condition, I decided to give myself a complete spa day by doing a facial at home.

Bentonite Clay, Tumeric, ACV, Honey
Bentonite Clay, Tumeric, ACV, Honey

There are many ingredients in your kitchen which can be used for a facial; below, I list my ingredients and why I choose to use them:

  1. 2 tbsp Bentonite Clay: Absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, kills acne-causing bacteria, anti-aging benefits, exfoliates the skin (Don’t use metal bowls or utensils when mixing bentonite! It affects the composition and reduces its effectiveness)

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.

 

 

 

 

Beauty Day Sunday, Featuring Rhassoul Clay

Hello Beautiful 🙂

I started this week off the right way and my hair thanked me!

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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!

Night Time, Is the Right Time to Moisturize and Seal!

The Morning After the Night Time Routine
The Morning After the Night Time Routine

Right before bed each night, I take the time to moisturize and seal my hair. It’s a really simple process that takes me less than 15 minutes and my hair is eternally grateful!

        1. No more crunchy dry hair in the morning, just soft touchable hair that lasts throughout the day!
        2. My hair has been significantly less tangled (which means a reduction in single strand knots, thank the Lord!)

          Back View
          Back View
        3. My hair has more volume in the morning, which I love! The bigger the better!

My Method:

Porosity, Density, Elasticity Tests

Porosity:  Determines how your hair absorbs water. Knowing hair porosity will allow you to assess how healthy the cuticle of your hair strand is. Use this knowledge to help decide what products would be best for your hair.

  • Test Your Porosity:
  1. On freshly washed clean hair (without product), gather one strand of hair
  2. Place it into a bowl of water
  3. Observe the hair for up to one minute to see if it floats. Hair should not sink. If it does, the hair is porous.

Weekend Project: How To Clean a Conch Shell

Conch Shell Before

When I was in the Bahamas, this conch shell was gifted to me by coconutdaddy1 (checkout how he acquires his coconuts). My knowledge of conch was mostly non-existent, except for the fact that here in FL, a lot of people eat variations of conch. I’d never tried it and when I found out conch was a slug, I had no desire to try it.

Upon receiving the shell, I was instructed to take it home and oil it. I waited two weeks to do something and by that time, the outer layer of the shell had hardened. I decided to tackle the project this weekend.

I Took My Afro…Parasailing!

So, I took my afro parasailing…

When I was in Oahu, I went Parasailing

1085 Ala Moana Blvd #101, Honolulu, HI

(808) 591-1280
Prices vary by location but from what I’ve seen, they can range from $35 to $50, which is around what I paid.  (Disclaimer: I was able to get a discount for being associated with the military)

On a Scale of 1-10…I give this 5 afro puffs!!

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