Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hair Health | Anemia Damage | Growth Check 1

Hi Curlies!

I am back for the promised growth check of my anemia-damaged hair grow out.  If you missed the back story of my hair check it out here.

I updated my weekly routine.  I have begun using products by Eden Bodyworks.  I did not think I would find anything to top Shea Moisture.  Well let me tell you; I am in LOVE with the cowash and deep conditioner by Eden Bodyworks.  I have began doing mid week conditioner rinses; which has helped with dryness and shedding.  Here's my update routine...

On the weekend:
  1. Prepoo and gently detangle with coconut oil
  2. Cleanse with either Eden Coconut Shea Cleansing Cowash
  3. Deep Condition with Eden Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner for 30 min with my HotHead cap.  LOVE this cap!
  4. Rinse out conditioner in the shower and apply cool aloe vera juice to seal cuticle.
  5. Apply my homemade oil mixture to seal in moisture.
  6. Once out of the shower I apply Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk as leave-in & styler.
  7. Twist in about 12 twists.  I now use smaller twists to be able to blend the two textures of my hair.
  8. Dry overnight or all day.  Untwist, fluff, and style.
Mid-week (usually Wednesday)
  1. Divide hair into 4 sections.
  2. In the shower, thoroughly rinse each section and apply Herbal Essence Hello Hydration to each section and put into a bantu knot.
  3. Finish my shower.
  4. Undo each bantu knot and rinse out conditioner, apply aloe vera and my oil mix.
  5. Once out of the shower I apply Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk as leave-in & styler.
  6. Twist in about 12 twists. 
  7. Dry overnight.  Untwist, fluff, and style the next morning.  Sometime it is still damp but it dries by the time I get to work.
 Growth Check - August 2014

I am really excited by my growth!  I cannot wait to have my healthy natural hair back.  I goal is cut off any and all damage by August 2015.  

Thank you reading!  Check back in November for my next growth check :)  
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hair Health | Anemia Damage

Hi Curlies!

In the past year I had some health issues with a fibroid and anemia.  My hair got really thin from excessive shedding due to the anemia.  Fast forward to now and I am no longer severely anemic and my hair is growing back! Yay!  However, it is like growing out a perm all over again.  I have thick curly healthy hair for about 4 inches then its thinner for rest of my hair about 8 inches or so.  

I have decided to document my return to healthy hair as it may help someone else!  There is so much information out there about transitioning from relaxers and/or growing out heat damage, but nothing about dealing with other hair traumas.

I plan on growing my hair for another year and then cutting off the thinner ends.  I will post my progress every 3 months or so and update my weekly routine, if needed.

My current routine is as follows...

  1. Prepoo and gently detangle with coconut oil
  2. Cleanse with either Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo OR Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Co-Wash
  3. Deep Condition with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque for 30 min with heat
  4. Apply Shea Moisture Transitioning Milk OR Curl & Style Milk as leave-in
  5. Apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothing Cream
  6. Twist or Braid and allow to dry
  7. Untwist or unbraid, fluff, and style

Here's my re-growth so far..

December 2013

 May 2014

June 2014

Stay tuned! Next growth check is August 2014! :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Flax Seed Gel Twist Out

Hi Curlies,

Another week and another hair style :)

I decided to try making some flax seed gel and do a twist out. 

Organic Coconut oil - de-tangle and prepoo
Tresemme Naturals - cowash and leave-in
Flax Seed Gel - Styler

Here's a video on how to make the flax seed gel.  I bought my flax seeds from H.E.B (grocery store) in the bulk natural section.

After co-washing my hair, I applied leave-in and flax seed gel in sections then put my hair into about 12 twists and allowed it air dry overnight.  My hair turned out really soft, shiny, and the style held for 4 days!  By day 3 I had a little frizz in the crown, but my hair always does that.

Overall, I love the gel!  Great hold and yet my hair was soft and touchable!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Perm Rod Set

Hi Curlies!

Well after seeing so many beautiful perm rod sets on YouTube I decided to try one for myself.  I couldn't find enough of the same size perm rods in the beauty supply store so I ordered them from  Below are the products I used and my results.  Let me know what you think!  I will do a video tutorial soon :)

Organic Coconut oil - de-tangle and prepoo
Tresemme Naturals - cowash and leave-in
Suave Captivating Curls Whipped Cream Mousse - Styler
Orange Perm Rods - about 30

After cowashing my hair, I applied leave-in and the put my hair into six large twists to stretch it and let it dry a little bit.  I rolled my hair when it was about 75% dry.

Here is my hair rolled, with rollers out, and then styled.

Overall I LOVED the results.  However, my roots were still frizzy and not very smooth.  
I will try using a wrap and set mousse/foam next time.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Messy Curly Bun

Hi Curlies,

Here is my latest tutorial video.  It shows how to do a messy curly bun.  Hope you like it!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Brrr....Keeping Your Curls Moisturized in the Winter

Happy New Year Curlies!

I am sure you have read and can attest to how dry cold air and indoor heat can dry out your tresses in the winter.  Many ladies turn to protective styles for the winter.  I have not found a protective style that I like that much so I continue to wear my hair out with wash and gos, twist outs, braid outs, and etc.  I have found that the LCO method has helped me to maintain soft moisturized hair during this winter.  

LCO stands for...
L - liquid - usually water and/or Aloe Vera juice
C - cream - styling cream or butter
O - oil - sealant

Here is my weekly winter routine...
  1. Separate hair into four sections or more depending on your hair's thickness.  Apply coconut oil generously to each section and twist or put into Bantu knot.  Leave on for 30 to overnight.
  2. On each section do to the following...
    • spritz with a 3 to 1 mixture of ACV (water and apple cider vinegar)
    • apply a dollop moisturizing conditioner and carefully begin to detangle the ends
    • apply 2nd dollop of moisturizing conditioner and continue to finger detangle up the section.
    • apply a 3rd dollop of moisturizing conditioner and finger detangle more.
    • apply a penetrating oil, like olive oil or more coconut oil.
    • twist or Bantu know out of the way.
  3. In the shower rinse each section.  You may use a no sulfate cleanser if you want.  Many times my hair is squeaky so I don't use a cleanser.  I use a cleanser about every 4 weeks.
  4. Apply cold Aloe Vera juice and a little oil to each section.  Re-twist or Bantu knot.
  5. Once out the shower, blot dry each section with an old t-shirt and apply Shea moisture curl enhancing cream, comb with wide-tooth comb, then apply my oil mix.
  6. At this point...
    • I either plop with an old t-shirt for about an hour and then let air dry for wash and go.
    • Or, put my hair into 10-12 twists or braids for twist out or braid out.
  7. That's it folks!
This routine was inspired by SunKissAlba and Naptural85.  Here are their videos...

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Product Review: Shea Moisture

Hi Curlies,

I am currently using the Shea Moisture line of natural hair products.  First I must say this is the only line where I am pleased with more than one product in the line.  Also I am impressed with amount of natural ingredients in their products and are actually in the top 5 of the ingredient list.  

In this review I will go through the products in the order that I use them.  I will also list the first 4 ingredients because ingredients are listed in order of volume.  Meaning if water is the first ingredient then product has more water than any other ingredient.  

Deep Treatment Masque

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First 5 Ingredients - Deionized water, shea butter, argan oil, vegetable glycerin

How I use it - Apply to damp hair in four sections as a pre-poo treatment.  Allow penetrate for 15 - 30 minutes then de-tangle.

Results - Soft, easy to de-tangle hair.  Very moisturizing.  I tried using it after I washed my hair and I did not get the same results as when I use it a pre-poo treatment.

Moisture Retention Shampoo
 First 5 IngredientsDeionized water, sugar beets, shea butter, aloe vera juice

How I use it - Apply to wet hair in shower and work mainly at my roots and smooth down the remainder of my hair.  Rinse.

Results - Squeaky clean hair.  A little bit dry.

Restorative Conditioner

First 5 Ingredients - Deionized water, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil

How I use it - Apply to wet hair in shower in 4 sections.  Let it sit during my shower. Sometimes I rinse; however most times I leave it in.

Results - Soft, moisturized hair with a light airy scent.

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

First 5 Ingredients - Deionized water, shea butter, coconut oil, macadamia seed oil

How I use it - Apply generous amount to damp hair in 4 sections.  Allow hair to air dry or diffuse.  
For a twist out, I put my hair in 6 - 7 twists and allow to air dry.

Results - Soft, shiny and moisturized curls!