July 26, 2015

Week 14 of My 24 Week Stretch Attempt | Avoiding Matting

I want to do my best to document this 24 week stretch attempt so that (1) if it is successful, I'll know what to do next time or (2) if it is a failure I'll be able to pin point where things went wrong.  Since I usually get stressed with my stretch around 15-17 weeks (see: this and that), I feel like now (at 14 weeks) would be a good time to start keeping track of what I am doing and to start taking steps to avoid the stress that often comes.  Up until this point I have been washing or cowashing my hair 1-2 times a week depending on whether there is buildup on my scalp.  What products I use change, but I always do some variation of a pre-poo, cleanse/co-wash, deep condition, add a leave-in and air dry.

July 12, 2015

First Voluminous Braid-Out on My Relaxed Hair


Wash Day.
I'm 12 weeks post and instead of relaxing my hair I tried a braid-out.  I started my wash day by deep conditioning on dry hair using Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Conditioner for about 2 hours.  As I rinsed out the conditioner, I detangled my hair in three sections under the running water with my fingers first and then with my shower comb.  Then I secured each section into loose buns and massaged the As I Am Coconut CoWash into my scalp, ran it down the length of my hair and rinsed again.  As my last step before hopping out the shower I did an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse: 1 part ACV, 3 parts water.  This is my second time doing this and I like how smooth my hair feels after rinsing this out.  

July 5, 2015

Product Review | Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner



Remember that haul that I told you about?  Well in the meantime in between time I've been going in on this Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner from that haul.  I bought it because I was looking for a deep conditioner that gave me the same or similar air dried results to what I got when I deep conditioned with Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner.  And to my surprise the very first product that I auditioned as its replacement looks like it might be "the one."  Find out what else I like about this deep conditioner in my video below.

July 3, 2015

Transitioning, Maybe...

...NOT!  Lol, I know I shouldn't joke about things like that, especially given the number of relaxed hair blogger who have transitioned within the last year.  But not me, at least not right now anyway.  I will however be attempting my first ever six month stretch and I feel like I will have to embrace a transitioner's mind set/regimen in order to get through it with minimal breakage and maximum growth retention.  

June 25, 2015

Protective Styling Pictorials, For The Win

Protective Styling is pretty much in everyone's top 3 things that helps you to retain length.  And while we all are familiar with the standard: braids, weaves, wigs and buns.  If you are anything like me that's about as far as your mind goes when it comes to choosing a protective style.  Well, I came across this post on Tumblr and decided to share these incredibly beautiful (and creative) protective styles pictorials.  Now, yes they're all on natural hair, but there's no reason a relaxed head couldn't replicate these styles with the same level of awesomeness. Take a look at these fabulous women and their creative protective styles.  

June 21, 2015

My Haul-erific Weekend | New Buys


I threw caution to the wind and went on the search for some new hair products to try out.  I really wanted to add some products that would work well/better for my air dried hair.  Sometimes immediately after and then sometimes a few days after my air dried hair feels rough and dry.  Since I plan on air drying with more consistency, I decided to try out some new hair products that would hopefully give me softer, smoother and more moisturized hair.  For more on what I got and why I got it read below.

June 12, 2015

How I Care for My Daughter's Hair

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While I'm not claiming to be any sort of expert in the matter, I thought I'd share what I've been doing with my daughter's hair since day one.  For the most part it's been trial and error, but hopefully it'll be of assistance to someone.

June 5, 2015

Why Haven't I Reached My Hair Goals?

I've been obsessing on and on about my ends.  I'm not sure what I should or shouldn't be doing with them over this stretch, but I feel as if I've tried everything since my first set back in 2013.  And yet, in 2015 I am still not satisfied with the ends of my hair and can't seem to get them under control.  With all the things I've learned about hair care over the years, you would think that this is a hurdle that I should be able to overcome with a few tweaks here and there.  But here I am two years later still trying to figure out what I need to be doing to preserve my ends so that I can retain more length.  After much thought, I've decided that the best thing to do is to sit down, pull back, and do a big picture assessment of what I've been doing with my hair since the dreaded set back of 2013.  Below you'll find a bunch of length checks and a review of my hair care ups and downs from March 2013 to April 2015.

May 23, 2015

It's My Hair TAG!

I did the "It's My Hair" TAG for my YouTube channel.  There aren't many hair TAGs out there so when I found this one I decided to do it.  But by the time I got through with it, I realized the questions are pretty similar to the 21 Hair Questions TAG I did in 2011.  

May 5, 2015

The End of the Castor Oil Challenge.


I briefly mentioned my thoughts of the castor oil challenge on my relaxer update video and blog post, but I wanted to do an official end of challenge update.
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