Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wash Day Chronicles: 33 Weeks Post (Plus a few texture shots)

Wednesday, April 9, 2013

Yesterday was a good wash day.
{1} I started with using the Coconut Water Cleansing Conditioner from Naturelle Grow. Parting my hair into four sections I applied the conditioner through the entire length of my hair and I also focused on the cleansing my scalp. I clipped each section back up and allowed the conditioner to sit on my hair while I finished my other shower duties.

{2} After rinsing the cleansing conditioner out, I t-shirt dried for a few minutes then proceeded to apply the Mango and Coconut Water Infused Deep Conditioner. I sat under my steamer for 20 minutes. Afterwards I let my hair cool down and then rinsed it out in the shower. Getting in and out of the shower is a pain in the rear but I noticed less knots when I do it this way versus rinsing in the sink.

{3} I t-shirt dried for about 20 or so minutes. Applied my Hairitage Hydration Marshmallow Springs Leave-In and my Simplicity Oil to detangle my hair.

{4} I stretched my roots out using the tension method. After that was done I let the rest of my hair air dry. This morning my hair was soft, very well moisturized, and easier to manage.

So, yeah, like I said it was a good wash day. If they continue to go like this, I can see myself making it to August without a hitch.

Below are a few texture shots. Please bare with the quality as I am doing this myself. lol There is no product in my hair.

This is my texture at the top of my top of my head. As you can see my curl pattern is kinda just there. There are no waves or coils in this section. But right at the temple on the right (not pictured), there is a very small section that is coily.

Another shot of the top section
Now as we move to the back, the texture is looser. I wish I could have gotten a better pic. This does it no justice.

Another shot of the back

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Message: Enjoy YOUR Hair Journey

Being on hair journey can be quite the rollercoaster. From trying to figure out what techniques and products work best for you hair to wondering if you should get that next relaxer or go natural. Yes, social media can be a big help but it can also be a bit of a distraction. You have one blog telling you that heat is the absolute devil for your hair and another telling you that there is nothing wrong with using heat. You have one person telling you that you should stop relaxing your hair and being natural is the best way to go and someone showing you that when used responsibly that relaxing and having healthy hair can be achieved. There are so many conflicting views and they can cause confusion especially when if you are just starting your journey. My advice would be to enjoy your hair. Do what you feel is best for your hair. All the information that is floating around are just GUIDELINES. There is no natural hair rule book. There is not relaxed hair rule book. Just guidelines. Don't let the views of others deter you from what it is you want to achieve with your hair. If you want to relax, do it! You want to go natural, do it! You want to wear your natural hair straight majority of the time, do it! You want to wear that afro, go for it! You want to transition for 2 years, do it! Make sure you are doing it for you because if you are not, you will not be happy with your decisions.

What I love about our hair is the versatility. We have options. Natural, relaxed, locs, weaves, wigs, braids, etc. We can do it all! Why keep each other in boxes. Do you and be happy. Enjoy your hair and enjoy the journey. I use to set a time frame for how long I would go without using heat in my hair. Not anymore. If like getting my hair straightened. I'm going to do it. Why? Because I can and I don't need anyone else's approval. Don't look for that approval or validation from anyone but yourself.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What Has Been Helping Me During This Stretch (32 weeks post)

I am currently 32 weeks post. That is a feat in itself for me. I went from panicking if I went past the 4 week mark to being 8 months post. I've pretty much just decided to continue to go with the flow and follow my hair's lead. Just like Jeni from Just Grow Already, I am at a point where I have no clue what I want to do with my hair. I don't have an overwhelming sense to relax my hair or to decide to just go natural. Me and my hair are just chilling to say the least. lol I'm over the whole relaxer prepping and not being able to scratch my head. The latter being the most annoying because my scalp decides to itch like crazy the week of my relaxers. It's nothing but the devil I tell ya. lol I am not cutting my relaxed ends off anytime soon because I am still trying to grow my hair out. Anyway, I digress from the point of this post.

Here are some things that have been helping me get through this stretch.

1. Detangling in the shower... I have start my detangling sessions in the shower. I wash my hair in 4 sections. Under running water, I gently pull my hair apart to release any tangles that I come across. This helps to make detangling after I have applied my leave-ins much easier.

2. Midweek Cowashing - Doing this helps to give my hair the boost of moisture it needs. Moisture is definitely a must when stretching.

3. Deep Conditioning with steam - This is another thing that helps with adding moisture to your hair. I try to steam at least once a week but I have been steaming twice a week lately.

4. Tension Blow Dry Method - I am an avid air dryer and being this far into a stretch, the shrinkage is outrageous. But using the tension method helps to stretch it out and also makes bunning a lot easier.

5. Getting my hair straightened - Whenever I feel like my hair is getting on my nerves and I need a break from it, I go to the shop and get it done. This gives me the chance to enjoy my hair and to see how my hair is progressing.

These are just some of things I do help with stretching. What do you do to help with stretching?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Few First Impressions

{1}Hairitage Hydration Marshmallow Springs (

Soften, condition, and help beat fizz with this custard like hair cream. Made with Marshmallow root for extra slip, you can use this product for a light finger detangle. Also made with rich butters to help lock the moisture in from the aloe vera. Smells like toasted marshmallows!

Ingredients:  Marshmallow Root Infused Water, Avocado Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Tucuma Butter, Babassu Oil, E-Wax, BTMS-50, Germall Plus, Mallow Extract, Fragrance

First Impression: I fell in love with the first time I used it. It can be used as a styler but I use it as my leave-in/detangler. This product is very moisturizing a detangles like a dream. I was amazed at how easy it was to detangle my hair. It really does have that toasted marshmallow smell and little bit goes a long way. Definitely a staple for me.

{2} Naturelle Grow Mango and Coconut Water (Can be purchased on Etsy)

Freshly made from 100% coconut water, our Mango & Coconut Water treatment will revitalize your hair, leaving it soft, shiny, and ready for styling. This conditioner contains essential vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that your hair needs in order to grow healthy. Your hair will appreciate this amazing conditioner treatment and best of all, it's all natural!

Ingredients: Coconut Water, Conditioning Emulsifier, Marshmallow Root, Grapeseed oil, Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Emu Oil, VenaSilk, Sodium Lactate, Agave Nector, aveeno oat, Panthenol, Preservative, Fragrance

Instructions for use: apply the deep conditioner to damp hair once a week, and leave on for up to 30 minutes before rinsing out. Can be used with a plastic cap or warm towel to increase penetration into the hair cuticle.

First Impression: If you read my 28 weeks post wash day you already know the love I have developed for this conditioner. My hair absolutely loves this conditioner. My hair was ridiculous soft and manageable. Detangling was pretty easy to. It has a very light fresh smell to it. Staple

{3} Naturelle Grow Marsmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark and Cinnamon Deep Conditioner (protein free)

This version is Protein & Glycerin Free - Just a blend of hair softening herbs and organic oils.

Moisturize and melt your tangles away with ease with this super hydrating, detangling and strengthening deep conditioner. Enriched with our unique blend of herbs to aid in growth and supreme detangling and Shea Butter, Apricot Kernal Oil to help prevent breakage and soften the hair. Best of all this one of a kind herbal conditioner helps you to retain and maintain the hair that you are growing. Great for all hair types.

Ingredients: Its distinctive formulation is made with the best organic natural ingredients that will deliver real and long lasting results. Our key ingredients Water, Behentrimonium Conditioning Emulsifier, Shea Butter, Babbasu Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Castor Oil, Sodium Lactate, Honey, NatureSilk, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark,Cinnamon, Guar Gum, Preservative, Fragrance

Instructions for use: apply the deep conditioner to damp hair once a week, and leave on for up to 30 minutes before rinsing out. Can be used with a plastic cap or warm towel to increase penetration into the hair cuticle.

* Expect some batches to be slightly thinner/thicker than others as our products are handcrafted. This is not indicative of a formula change and will not affect performance in any way. Also, you may see natural herbs present. (this is a good thing)

**Color may vary from batch to batch from light tan to darker brown due to natural color variations inherent in the herbs that we use. This too is not indicative of a formula change and will not affect performance.

First Impressions: When I first used this conditioner. I was kind of on the fence about it. The softness was, as Divachyck said in her review, delayed. The softness kicked in after I towel dried my hair but I'm okay with that. It's definitely a keeper. 

{4} Naturelle  Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark, and Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioner (moisturizing)

Similiar to our Herbal Cleansing Cream but made with more Herbs to produce even better results!

A brew of herbal delight designed specifically to encourage stronger, longer hair and stimulate growth. The Herbal Cleansing conditioner is a sulfate free, gentle cleansing milk designed for daily and weekly use.

We’ve steeped the very best natural herbs including Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm bark, and Blue Malva into a creamy, cleansing cauldron of organic pride. Restore moisture and balance to your hair and reap the rewards of a healthy mane through and through.

How to use: Wet hair thoroughly and distribute cleanser throughout hair. Leave on 3-5 minutes then carefully detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb. Rinse well. Repeat only if necessary to remove excessive product build up. Follow-up with our intense deep conditioner. Note: This product does not lather. 

Ingredients:Purified Water (infused with natural herbs: Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark, Burdock Root, & Blue Malva,), Conditioning Emulsifier, Shea Butter, Panthenol, Polyquat 9, Honey, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Fragrance.

First Impressions: I have used this conditioner about 2 or 3 times and I have not been disappointed. I have used it on damp dirty hair. Basically, I divided my hair into a four sections, sprayed each section with water, applied the conditioner, and let it sit for a bit. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt really clean but nowhere near stripped. This is definitely a keeper in my book.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Manetabolism Update

So here is my progress from January to March. I made a little bit of progress. Would I have liked more? Of course but I'm satisfied. The thickness is definitely there. I am going to continue taking them at least through the end of the year since I plan on trimming my ends until the bone straight ends are completely gone. I want to get as much new growth in to replace what will be cut off. The second picture is from yesterday and I had about an half inch cut off. I'll probably get another trim when I get my hair done again.

Wash Day 30 Weeks Post: Huetiful Salon Chicago Experience (3/22)

Address: 3428 S. KING Dr in Chicago

At the end of last year Huetiful Salon opened a location here in Chicago and ever since it's kinda been on my radar. Two months ago I went ahead and made an appointment. Today was the day. When I arrived Nina Christmas, who is one of the Senior Stylist, answered the door. She was very welcoming and had a lot of energy. She asked me my name and when I told her she knew which stylist I was there to see. I got there a few minutes before my appointment and I was taken right on time. I must say that the atmosphere is very relaxing. My stylist's name was Tasheara. Check out her video below.

Once she introduced herself, she went straight to work. I had the 90 minute Hydrating and Conditioning Treatment ($65). What I like about this salon is that they let you know what they are doing with each step. 
First she used their clarifying shampoo and followed that up with their moisturizing shampoo. During the moisturizing shampoo phase they detangle the hair. After rinsing, she applied the conditioner which has peppermint oil in it because my scalp had that nice cool sensation. She pinned my hair up and moved me over to her chair. When I sat down at her station she wheeled over a steamer and I had a nice 20 minute steam treatment. It's nice having it done professionally. Their steamers have a drawstring enclosure that allows your hair to get all of the moisture it can. I have a picture of it but I can't get it to post with upright. Once the conditioner was rinsed she blow dried and flat ironed my hair. She had me facing the mirror so I could see her doing my hair. I also had an half an inch cut off. During the styling part, I asked her about the condition of my hair. Basically she told me what I already knew. It's time to get rid of these bone straight ends. So I will be trimming a lot more frequently. Which means I could be hovering around the same length for awhile. I'm okay with that.  Overall my experience was a positive one. I will be going back. I already made another appointment for May. Below is how my turned out. I really like it.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mid-Week Wash: Naturelle Grow (3/12)

This wash day was done with all Naturelle Grow products. 

{1} Parted my hair into 4 sections. I dampened each section with water from a spray bottle. Applied the Naturelle Grow Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark and Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioner. I did this on damp hair outside of the shower to help save on time.
{2} I rinsed each section for about a minute once I got into the shower. My hair felt clean but not stripped. Which is great. I have this cleansing conditioner 2 thumbs up.
{3}After my hair was cleansed I went on to applying the Mango and Coconut Water Deep Conditioning Treatment. I sat under the steamer for about 20 minutes. My hair wash very soft and moisturized. 
 {4} After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I towel dried for about 30 minutes or so. I went on to adding my leave-ins and detangling.  I had a few more knots then usual. At that point I finger detangled my hair. I still lost the same amount of hair I normally do. Overall it was good wash day.