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Friday, July 31, 2015

My Hair Diary | I Love Other Natural Hair Journeys

My Hair Journey 
You think you are the only one who is going through the hardship, loving, fighting, embracing, and confusing journey for your natural hair. Well, think again sister! There are many women just like you who are or who are going through the same journey just like you.

I feel that women are embracing their natural hair more and more as there is more information to create regimens, what products and ingredients to use, how to grow your own natural hair, and finding other women with hair just like your own. Personally, I'm still learning to embrace my own natural hair as I grow in my own journey. Being 2.5 years natural, I have learned about myself and my hair while going through triumphs and tragedies.

So at the beginning of my healthy hair journey, I found others who were going through the same thing I was going through: how to go natural. That's when I came across a plethora of natural hair journeys and stories from blogs to vlogs. I loved watching them because they are inspirational to continue on my own healthy hair journey, but also show a newfound love for embracing natural hair. That's what I wanted to experience and feel for myself as well.

So I continued to watch...and I still continue to watch!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weave Tips | Are Sew-In Weaves Bad For Your Hair?

Of course sew-in weave aren't bad for your hair. The main thing weave wearers would need to remember is that even though you have a sew-in is to still TAKE CARE OF YOU HAIR!


Please, please, please care for your hair while you are wearing your sew-in weave, ladies! It is utterly important to know that even though you are taking a break from manipulating your hair, you will still need to keep your scalp clean, moisturize your hair, and seal your hair with oil.

Whether you are getting a partial or a full sew-in weave, you will use this style as a tool to protect your hair from manipulation and the environment.



Sew-In Weaves Are Great Protective Styles

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Weave Tips | How To Take Care Of Your Sew-In

How To Take Care Of Your Sew-In

Yes, I do wash my hair while in a sew-in!!!


But since you asked me, I'll go ahead and write out what I do. Now, although this is a protective style, I do not let my head go itchy and nasty while wearing my sew-in. NO MA'AM!


When my natural coils are out, I enjoy a good co wash weekly. For my long-term style, I'm cleansing my scalp and washing my weave weekly.


Wash Day

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Product Review: Shea Moisture Yucca And Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk

I absolutely loved the Yucca And Baobab Thickening Growth Milk that Shea Moisture used to have for their fine and thin hair line. I thought I try this product out with the formula change of ingredients like baobab oil and plantain...


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Shea Moisture Yucca And Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk Product Review
(Styling Milk)*


Monday, July 20, 2015

Weave Tutorial | Full Sew-In Weave At The Salon




Full Sew-In Weave At The Salon

How I look before I get my hair done

Time to get HER put in! I don't have a name for my weave yet, but by the end of this article I will!



Full Sew-In Weave At The Salon

Ready to make this happen!!



I'm so excited to get a sew-in! 1). To give myself a break, 2). To have a protective style, and 3). To use this style as a tool to continue on my healthy hair journey. I've actually planned this style for two months to make sure I get the right hair, the right style, and the right regimen. I'm very specific on what I like and how I like it. So, I called my stylist to hook me up for a Bob-cut for the Summer and she was delighted to do so!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Weave Tips | What To Do Before Your Full Sew-In

What To Do Before Your Full Sew-In


Protective Styling?

Protective styling is literally that...you are putting your hair in a style that will protect the ends of your hair. The ends of your hair are the most fragile and oldest parts of your hair. Protectively styling will help retain your length and are useful to continue along your hair journey. 


Why A Sew-In Weave?

I decided to get a sew-in weave because I need a break from my natural hair. I looked at so many styles and found the perfect one! Sew-in weaves are great protective and low manipulation styles. You can literally wake up, fluff, and go without having to stress your own natural hair in the mornings. You will definitely use the minimal products to care for your hair underneath (cleanse, moisturize, and seal), which will cause you not to mess up your style and keep your own natural hair well-cared for.  

For me, this is a means of protecting and continuing on my healthy hair journey!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Contributing Article | Is Your Hair Care Regimen Too Expensive?


African american woman with curly hair holding money


THIS CAN'T BE SO!!!!

So you quit going to the salon and started doing your own hair with the thought that you might actually save more money than you ever have before.

But then you look at your bank statement at the end of the month and realize that you are still spending just a much if not more on your hair! – This can literally have many of us scratching our heads.

Do you feel that you are trading a costly service for costly products? How much money do you spend a month on hair care products and how can we get within a set budget?

Why are hair products so expensive?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Product Review: CURLS Creamy Curl Cleanser Sulfate-Free Shampoo


I do love using my Mud Wash, but I need a break from creating my own hair products. So this is the sulfate-free shampoo I will try for a few months...




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CURLS Creamy Curl Cleanser Sulfate-Free Shampoo Product Review  (CURLS )*




Saturday, July 11, 2015

Product Review: ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment

I usually use green tea and Shea Moisture Yucca Masque for my protein and deep conditioning treatment. I thought I try a "all-in-one" product to strengthen my hair strands, but also moisturize my hair with a deep treatment.

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ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment Product Review (TT)*

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing March And June 2015



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I enjoy my hair daily, which always gives me that freedom
to strut...nah to...

WERK!!!!
*THIS IS A LONG ENTRY*



I decided to let you experience one of the things I do in my Hair Diary! Although I record my triumphs, failures, double failures, and awesome product reviews, 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 also include pictures to show that I have either improved or that I need to improve in a specific area. I started this back in June 2013 and 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!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Natural Hair Tutorial | Elastic Cornrows For Those Who Cannot Cornrow

Hellow NaturalBeauty - Elastic Cornrows 
If you are like me, flat twists are definitely your thing. I can flat twist with no trouble and rarely without the use of a mirror. But doing cornrows??? I absolutely cannot do them at all...let along doing a upwards cornrow!! Honestly, I felt a little discouraged, because I thought I would be able to by now...but nope! That's just not my forte.

God really heard my prayers! My friend sent me a video on Facebook called "Elastic Cornrows" posted by Hellow NaturalBeauty. Once I saw the entire process, I was so excited, determined, and relieved. The possibilities would be endless!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Contributing Article | Celebs With Natural Hair Who Blog

Tamera Mowry

I love to catch up on the latest fashions, fun, and fetishes about anything and everything. I love to read about all kinds of things from how to raise a baby to how to create your own clothes on a budget.

But my favorite to read about is anything natural hair related! So I check out natural hair blogs, vlogs, and websites just to find more tips and hacks on how to care for my natural hair.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Natural Beauty In My Life | LeAnne And Learning Her Natural


This is so exciting!


I got to sit down with my next Natural Beauty In My Life and who is my sister, LeAnne. We basically went through the same horrendous experience of getting a relaxer and learning how to care for our own hair. Now that we are actively caring for our hair, we both see a huge difference of healthy hair habits can do in order to strive for healthy hair.


So when I asked her if I could do an interview of how she felt about her hair and the run down of her natural hair journey, she was so excited to participate! She even had a notebook full of thoughts and emotions so she could give her story straight. Well, here she is!

LeAnne And Learning Her Natural

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Desire My Natural is my personal blog.

The pictures and information provided are based off my own personal experiences and intense research of medical publications and articles, blogs, videos, and books for your enjoyment.

If you have medical issues or other conditions, contact your doctor or physician immediately.