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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Hair Diary | My Top 5 Natural Hair Mistakes In 2015

Confessing My Own Thoughts | The No-Heat Challenge

I definitely had lots of mistakes in 2014...but, 2015 has surely been a great year for me from learning how to be the best mother to my one year old son (there is no manual for parenting!), learning more of my husband's swag, and just coming into my own as a dancer (more info coming soon). But I will say I have really accomplished with learning and appreciating my natural hair even more in 2015 than the years before.


I have learned about my hair fully, done numerous natural and extension styles, stayed with my hair care regimen, and even did Big Chop Number #2!


However, with accomplishments there are also mistakes and failures. That is what a healthy hair journey is about! If you do not make the mistakes or going through the failures, there would be no way to make yourself better at caring for your own hair. Well, here are my 5 top natural hair mistakes of 2015:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

How To | Corkscrew Perm Rod Set On Natural Hair



How To | Corkscrew Perm Rod Set On Natural Hair





Yay for the last Sunday of the year!



I have to go out with a bang!! I'm just saying that roller sets and curls are very pretty during the Winter season! Show off your curly sets using perm rods!!!

This time around, I decided to roll my hair in the corkscrew (figure-8) fashion instead of the regular roll. Let's see how my curls turned out:

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Protective Styling Challenge 2015: 1 inch in 3 months!

Style Of The Week
FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids 

I absolutely love hair challenges!


Hair challenges keep me on track to succeeding my goals, while learn more about my hair in order to keep her healthy. I've finally reached the end of my healthy hair challenge.


Here are the results!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Product Review: ALAFFIA Authentic African Black Soap-Lavender Ylang Ylang

I've been trying out different kinds of shampoos to fit my own hair care needs. I do like sulfate-free shampoos (no suds nor lather) like the CURLS Creamy Curl Cleanser Sulfate-Free Shampoo. So I thought I try Black Soap for a change, just to see how my hair likes it. 

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ALAFFIA Authentic African Black Soap-Lavender Ylang Ylang Product Review (Black Soap)*

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | September And December 2015

I couldn't take the heat damage anymore...so I chopped my almost BSL to neck length. I'm loving my hair more and more each day now!!! Onward to my healthy hair journey!


Although I record my triumphs, failures, double failures, and awesome product reviews in my Hair Diary, I also do something called the "Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement (QNHA)." This entry reflects on the last 3 months comparing with the previous QNHA while giving a summary in one whole journal entry. There are a lot of comparisons with lengths, regimens, goals, habits, and hair styles. I do the QNHA at the end of the months: March, June, September, and December. Yes, I am very intricate with my Hair Diary...but this helps me perfect my current regimen, helps me with future styling options, reminds me of my hair goals, and just fun to do!!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Natural Hair Inspiration 7 | Halo Bump and Pony ‘Do



J’AdoreMyCurls: Halo Bump and Pony ‘Do
When I saw this style, I knew I had to try it out for myself! This is my first time watching J'AdoreMyCurls...but I'm so glad I did. Her channel is so amazing! I needed something spicy, fresh, and new for me.


So here is my style for the week: Halo Bump and Pony ‘Do

Friday, December 18, 2015

My Hair Diary | Looking Back On My Hair Journey From 2012 - 2015

My Hair Diary | Looking Back On My Hair Journey From 2012 - 2015


The quote above can describe anything from motherhood to growing spiritually and just about anything in life. Sometimes we forget on far we have come, even if it's just an inch - that's still moving forward.


During the end of the year, I usually read over the yearly Hair Diary to see what the year was like for my hair. I note the best and worst styles, products to keep and lose, my emotions and feelings, and create the next year's goals based on my mistakes and errors. This year I decided to do something different.


I decided to read my Hair Diary from beginning in 2012 all the way to the end.


I wanted to see how far I have come in my hair journey and what I needed to work on for the upcoming year. What I read was so enlightening:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Protective Style Series Vol 8.3 | The Journey Of FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids With Bang



Bohemian Crochet Braids With Bang

This has definitely been a journey with the FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids...Here are my weekly pictures of FreeTress Bohemian Crochet Braids:

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Protective Style Series Vol 8.2 | How To Wash Crochet Braids


How To Wash Crochet Braids


I have never been one to wash my hair during a crochet braids style.  I would only do a 'quick wipe down weekly,' but that's about it. However, I thought this was not a healthy practice to continue, especially since I typically wash my hair weekly.

 
These styles can last for a few weeks, but you can stretch how long you will wear the style if you care for your hair underneath as well as the crochet braids. If you moisturize and seal your hair, you will be able to maximize the entire wear of your crochet braids.

 

So why not wash and condition your own hair while wearing crochet braids?


 
Well, let's try it out!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

6 Ways To Use Oil In Your Hair Regimen

Castor Oil For Growth And Thickness 


“What’s so great about using JBCO?” Well, don’t you know you can use castor oil for massaging your scalp as well as help to lay down your edges, if you don’t want to use gel or edge tamer. “So what’s so great about extra virgin olive oil?” You can use this oil to deep condition your hair. “And coconut oil?” Well coconut oil can be used for practically everything!


Seriously, when I first starting my healthy hair journey, I heard about all the benefits of using natural oils in your hair for it to be and remain healthy. After a while, my notebook was filled with different oils and recipes and I was completely confused. Supposedly every single oil has it’s own purpose that it can be use in a hair regimen.


So I learned my own hair and purchased my oils based on my hair needs instead of purchasing oils that I had no idea about nor how to use them.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

6 Ways To Retain Length On Fine, Natural Hair

Fine Natural Hair Compared To A Piece Of Thread
My natural hair is not the same as your natural hair, quite frankly not all naturalistas have thick, voluminous hair! Some of us have fine, less dense hair that causes us to look for helpful information to keep our hair moisturized, supple, and retaining length.


Fine hair is referred to a skinnier (thinner) thickness or width of the individual hair strand. To determine if you have fine hair just take one of your shed hairs and measure it against a regular sewing thread for thickness.


If your hair strand is wider than the piece of thread, your hair strand is thick. If your hair strand is thinner than the piece of thread, your hair strand is fine.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Product Review: Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Shampoo

I usually do my Mud Wash or co wash my hair with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner  , but I thought I would try a clarifying cleanser...

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Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Shampoo Product Review*

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Product Review: Aphogee Style and Wrap Mousse



 I normally have great experiences with rollers sets because of my hair care and styling technique, no matter what styling product I would use. I have used Creme of Nature Foaming Mousse, Alikay Naturals Crème Brulee, Curls-R-Us Curl Definer, Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel, and others to set my roller styles...but I still haven't found the right one yet. Let's see if this new product will be the one I've been looking for...

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Aphogee Style and Wrap Mousse Product Review (ApH Mousse)*



 

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