Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Taking A Heat Break and a Few Other Things

You all know that I have no qualms about putting heat on my hair. I usually try to get my hair straightened once a month but I have decided to give my hair a heat break for a bit. I don't have a set time for how long I will be doing this. I have been throwing around the idea of getting twists and giving myself a break from dealing with my hair. If you are familiar with the hair vlogger Donedo, then you might know that she lives in the Chicago area like I do and does braids and twists. In her latest videos, she has been sporting some really nice twists that she dubbed the "Brandy Twist". I am contemplating letting her do them. One of the reasons I am taking a break from the heat is because I have a love hate relationship with my flat iron hair. I love the ease of flat ironed hair and see the length that I have achieved but I am not a fan of the fact that my hair is fine and doesn't have much thickness to it. Also, the older my flat iron hair gets, for some reason, I find that my hair starts to stick together at the ends. This makes combing a bit scary because I am afraid of causing unnecessary damage the ends. I have also become length obsessed slightly. lol If I keep my hair kinky/curly, it makes it harder for me to really see how long it gotten.

After seeing a video from MoKnowsHair earlier in the year about the Aphogee Texture Treatment, I finally understand what the hell that product is suppose to do. The area that I am trying to "fix" is a section in the bangs area because I have no clue what is going on with section. I don't if it's heat damage or if that area just has no particular curl pattern at all. I have been leaning toward the latter because it's always been waaaay more straighter than the rest of my hair. I used it this past wash day and I saw some semblance of a curl coming through. I will use once a week for about month to see if it makes a difference. This is my hair with the treatment on it. I am thinking that my hair is a type 4b/4c with a hint of 4a right at the back. I am still not use to my hair at all. I have moments where I want to say f**k and go get a relaxer. 

I revisited the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in as well. I tried this on my hair about 2 or 3 years ago and didn't like it. Now that I am fully natural, I wanted to give it a shot again. I like it way better this time around. My hair is easy to detangle and is left moisturized once my hair has fully dried. The price is steep but I don't mind treating myself to a good hair product. lol Despite what the bottle looks like in the picture I haven't used a lot of this product.

How is your hair journey going?

SSS Plates Update

I mentioned once before about how the black stretch plates have been breaking on me. I have lost a lot of these plates because of this. As you see pictured on the left, this is what has been happening. These plates do exactly what the creator has said that they do. They stretch my hair very well. I think that this is my fault. I prefer to air dry my hair in twists. I believe that I put too much hair on there. I'm not tripping over it because I prefer to use the purple plates that stretch the roots anyway. If she starts to sell them on separately I would buy more purple plates.

Have you bought a set of the plates? How are they treating you?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Wash Day Chronicles ft. Uncle Funky's Daughter Products.

1. I started out by clarifying my hair 2 times with the Silk Hydration by L. Jones Clarifying Shampoo. My hair felt very clean.
2. Next, I did something that I haven't done in awhile. I followed up with a moisturizing shampoo to put some moisture back into my hair. I used Uncle Funky's Daughter Rich and Funky Moisturizing Cleanser.
3. I used Uncle Funky's Daughter Richee Rich Moisturizing Conditioner next. At first, I used it as my rinse out conditioner. It felt extremely smooth and moisturizing going on to my hair. The one thing I noticed about this line is that it did not have a deep conditioner. Upon further reading of the label on the Richee Rich conditioner, I saw that it could be used as a deep conditioner and that's what I did. I left the conditioner on for a few hours before rinsing out. I really need to get back to steaming though.
4. Next up: leave-ins - I used the UFD's Thristy Curls Leave-In Curl Revitalizer on my hair after t-shirt drying. It detangled my hair very well. On top of that, I applied their Extra Butter Brilliant Shine Creme. This product is very smooth, light weight and moisturizes really well. Lastly, I used the infamous Curly Magic Curl Stimulator. This gel is very slimy but defines curls like nobody's busy. lol
Unfortunately these pictures don't show how shiny these products made my hair. My hair has never been this shiny ever. I am not big on layering products because I don't want to deal with greasy hair. lol These products didn't leave a greasy film on my hair but my hair very well moisturized and feels lightweight. These products are winning so far.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

One Month Relaxer Free

It has been a little over a month since I cut the rest of the relaxed ends off. I have felt a wide range of emotions. One minute I am loving my hair. The next minute I want to relax it. Another minute, I want to cut it off. There is no happy medium. Lately my the ends have been super bushy but when I put some curl defining gel on, it curls up. It's the weirdest thing to me. My hair is shorter and tighter at the crown. The back is looser and longer. I think it will be awhile before I am fully use to me hair. I tried a twist out last week. Everyone else loved it but it was super frizzy to me. 

Here are a few more pics of my hair texture

I got a trim about a week or two ago. That got rid of some of the straighter pieces that were lurking around. I haven't done a full review of the SSS Plates but just let me say this. I still like the plates but they come apart quite easily. I have had to throw out a lot of the long black plates because the snaps have come completely off. I think that it is my fault though. Maybe I put too much hair on there. The small purple plates are my favorites and have not tore on me at all.

I am still trying to figure this natural thing out. Man, does it take a lot to get use to. Lol I will master my hair sooner or later.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Transition Chop Complete! I Am Finally Fully Relaxer Free!!!

Yes you read that right! After almost 2 years of  transitioning, yesterday (8/9/15) I decided to cut what was left  of my relaxed ends off. It wasn't much at all. I cut about as much off as I showed in my last post.
I was basically holding on to much of nothing. lol What made me decide to cut you ask. I was sitting in Wing Stop yesterday afternoon and I started reading "Secrets of A Long Term Transitioner". While reading it, the urge to big chop came over me and I said to myself that I was going to do it. A few hours later, I pulled out my water bottle and some conditioner and went to town. I didn't feel much of anything when it was said and done. There wasn't really much of a change in my hair. I have pretty much been dealing with my natural hair for quite some time now. After I cut went on with my regular wash day routine:

1. Shampooed with SM JBCO Strengthen, Grow and Restore shampoo
2. I used the JBCO rinse out conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes
3. I deep conditioned w/ my Hydratherma Naturals protein treatment.
3. Twisted my hair and air dried for a little bit.

Now the actual cutting process was sort of difficult because I was trying my hardest to not cut more than was necessary. The only section I didn't really touch was the bangs. My bangs have no discernible curl pattern. It's not curly, kinky, coily or straight. It's just there. That made it hard to cut.

Here are a few pics. I might have a few scraggly pieces that I need to get rid of. But for now this is what I am working with.

Bonus: I have been struggling with my styling my hair yet again. Or should I say with bunning my hair. Today was a particularly muggy and hot day. To top it off, I got rained on. My hair was a frizzy mess by lunch time. Especially the front. I was trying to find a better way to style my buns. The first thing that came to mind was flat twists. I can't flat twist worth a damn but I really want to learn how to do them.

Here is a picture of my first attempt at doing flat twists in the front of my hair and a bun in the back.


I must say that turned out pretty good. After a few try's, it turned out acceptable. I love how the color is popping a bit in these photos.

What I did was, I sectioned the front of my hair off, sprayed it with water until it was slightly damp and applied Soultanicles Can't Believe It's Knot Cocoa as my moisturizer and styler. This buttercreme is very rich and moistur+izing. The ingredients are yummy. Check them out below. Next, I sprayed the side that wasn't twisted with water and applied my Creme of Nature w/ Argan Oil Perfect Edges to smooth down my edges and also my hair line. The pics are the end result. This will be my go to style. Hopefully it holds up til morning.

The #WashDayExperience

Monday, August 3, 2015

Snip Snip Snip

I didn't big chop. Just a little snip off a couple of twists I put in after washing my hair yesterday. Those stringy ends taunted me and I went ahead cut. lol I didn't panic or have anxiety afterwards. I was slightly perturbed because after I cut the ends from one twists, I thought I caught to much. That twist was looking a tad bit short. lol

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Finally Found My Staples

Finally, I have found the products that I can consider my staple products. I decided that I will mainly use 2 product lines. One that can be found on the ground and the other I will have to order online. Keep reading to see who made the cut.

Clarifyng Shampoos:
Hydrathermal Naturals Herbal/Amino Clarifying Shampoo
Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow and Restore Shampoo

Moisturizing Shampoo: 
Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Shampoo
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo

Cleansing Conditioner:
Creme of Nature w/ Argan Oil Pure-Licious Co-Wash

Wash Out Conditioners:
Shea Moisture 10-In-1 Renewal System Condish
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Creme Rinse

These conditioners are great for pre-pooing and adding moisture after a shampoo session

Deep Conditioners:
Hydrathermal Natural:
Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment & Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment

Shea Moisture Hair Masques from
10-in-1 Renewal System, JBCO Strengthen Grow and Restore line and the Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless line

Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow and Restore Leave-In Conditioner

Honorable Mention:
After how my hair is feeling right now I think the Soultanicles HerShea Sauce Knot Boss will be used as well.

As I Am Smoothing Gel does a great job of helping me achieve a smooth bun. (now that I have a proper technique)

I have tried time and time again to kick my hair product habit. It'll work for a bit then come back with a vengeance. Although I am good at saving money, despite buying products a lot, I want to buy a car in the very near future and my budget does not call for anymore new products. I will only be repurchasing staple products. I am so glad that Shea Moisture stepped their game up with these new products. That allows me easy access to products right when I need them. I just need them to drop the exclusivity they have with Ulta on the Weightless line and I'll be even happier. I will still be using and purchasing Hydratherma Naturals because that is one quality product line there. The bonus is that their products are geared toward keeping the moisture/protein balance in your hair. 

There is one product line that I will definitely be revisiting; Shi-Naturals. My product curiosity has caused my to stray from my very first favorite product line. I will try them again to see how great they work on my soon to be fully natural hair. I'm so excited to do so. I'll mainly use my 3 favorite deep conditioners from her line; the moisture balance, protein balance and coconut creme conditioners. Her products never fail me. The packaging is simple and the products deliver great results. You can check one of my very first posts for more information on Shi-Naturals.

Have you found your staples yet.