Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Staple Product: Castor Oil

So, as an early Christmas present my sister bought me some castor oil! As I mentioned in a previous post, I have many plans for my castor oil. Listed below I have detailed how I have used it so far.

For my skin:
1. I mixed the castor oil with my Curel lotion to give me more moisture to my skin. It worked really well for my horribly dry eczema skin.
2. I use the castor oil as an oil rinse. I mixed it in a 50:50 ratio of EVOO and castor oil.
3. I also use a small drop of the castor oil as a moisturizer for my face.

For my hair:
1. I use the castor oil as a moisturizer for my hair.
2. I have plans to use the 50:50 mixture as an oil rinse.

There are many benefits to castor oil as previously mentioned but, I am finding other great uses for it also!

Holiday Hair

So, today has been a wonderful and blessed day. I spent time with my family, ate great vegetarian/vegan food, and received great gifts.

This past Wednesday I took down my twists and I've been wearing my hair out since then. For Christmas, I decided to do a roll and tuck style that leads to a side ponytail. The style was achieved by bobby pinning the hair into place.

Merry Christmas everyone!! May it be blessed and filled with joy!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Even on those staple products...CHECK THE INGREDIENTS!


So, imagine my horror when I was on CurlyNikki in the comments section and I saw that someone posted that Herbal Essence has changed their look and their ingredients in their conditioners (I'm not really sure about the shampoos but, I don't use their shampoos).

She said the new conditioners have a new look and new ingredients. They have less plant extracts, more cones, and sodium hydroxide (sodium hydroxide is used in relaxers). So, I went to Herbal Essence's website and I did notice the new look of the conditioners but, could not find the ingredients posted anywhere. So, today I will be checking out my local drugstore to find the ingredients on those new bottles. The new bottles have a flower on them.

Herbal Essence conditioners were some of my favorite conditioners. I own the Totally Twisted, Hello Hydration, and Dangerously Straight. I even did rave reviews on these conditioners. However, I will not continue to purchase these products if it is true that the ingredients have changed.

This just goes to show me that even when you have your staple products, you should always check the ingredients. I am guilty of just restocking the products and not even checking the ingredients once I consider a product a staple. Lesson learned.

This is the new bottle for the HE Hello Hydration conditioner. At least, I know to stay away from bottles that look like this.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Fab Five

I mentioned before that I am not a major product junkie. Of course, I do have some products on my wish list like the Oyin Handmade line and different types of oils. But, for the most part I stick to my main products. So, I started thinking about what are my Fab Five products that I would need no matter what. Meaning, if someone said you are going to an island and can only bring 5 products these are the ones I would bring.

1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: So, this is my main oil. I adore the weight of EVOO, the smell, and its many benefits. Also, my hair and skin loves this stuff so, this product has many functions. It is one of the few products that I use everyday no matter what.

2. Shea Butter: I adore shea butter! Usually, I mix my shea butter with EVOO in the microwave and let it set. I use this mixture to seal my ends and lay down my hair edges. I love this product because it is a great sealant.

3. Suave Naturals in Tropical Cocounut: I own a few conditioners but, this conditioner has earned it spot as my FAVE (HE Hello Hydration used to be my fave). It contains no cones, which is good. I am not against cones but, I do try to limit the amount of cones I apply to my hair. This conditioner is lightweight. Also, this is one of the few conditioners I will co-wash with, deep condition with, and use as a leave in. When, I apply this conditioner as a leave-in it does not weigh the hair down or leave a film behind. I know I love this stuff because I buy it like I buy tissue. If I am in the store, I will pick up a bottle of because I use it that much. And did I mention the price is so nice?!? It usually ranges from 0.94 to 1.09.

4. Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo: This is my only shampoo and I love it! Why change a good thing??? I do have an interest in trying out other shampoos but, this is my main shampoo. This shampoo contains great ingredients--sulfate free. And its easily accessible. I usually buy mine from Target and I heard that they now sell it at Walmart. The price is usually about $7-$8 but, I feel this is a very good price considering what a great product it is and its many benefits. I do like the Giovanni line as a whole but, this is my FAVE product from their line.

5. Water (H20) : Ok, I know that technically water is not a product but, it is essential to me. I was trying to think of a 5th product and I was having such a difficult time. Then, it came to me...water! Of course, we use water to wash our hair but, it also aids me in my numerous hairstyles. I constantly keep water in my spray bottle. I may mix it with conditioner, or a leave in, or oils, or just use it in its pure state. No matter how I use it, it is a crucial part of my natural hair care regimen. Also, it is the only product that I can consume and it will benefit my entire body:-)

So, do you have a Fab Five???

Hairstyle: Two Strand Flat Twists + Two Strand Flat Twists Updo

So, this past Friday I detangled my hair, shampooed it, deep conditioned it, and then styled it. I have really been feeling two-strand flat twist hairstyles so, I decided to try out a hairstyle. This was my first time doing two strand flat twists on my own head. I had plans to do a video tutorial of this style but, my memory ran out on my camera. But, no worries I will definitely be revisiting this hairstyle and will record it then:-)

Here's what I did:
1. I twisted the hair on wet hair. For my leave in I applied EVOO because I wanted my hair to be full. (conditioners tend to leave the hair with less volume).
2. I continued to wet the hair with my spray bottle while doing the styling to ensure that it stayed wet.
3. I parted my hair horizontally in the middle.
4. I then two-strand flat twisted the front (it did not come out as defined as I would have liked but, I'm still practicing on this)
5. At the end of each two-strand flat twist I twisted the hair.
6. I then individually twisted the back section of my hair.
7. After the style was complete, I applied EVOO throughout my hair and essential oils to my scalp.

On Friday through Tuesday, I wore the twists down, which I really liked! And on Wednesday and Thursday, I have been wearing the twists in an updo. I received quite a few compliments on both versions.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Detangling: Part 2

In a previous post, I discussed the necessity of detangling. You can check it out HERE.

However, I am revisiting detangling because I recently changed the way I detangle my hair. In the past, I would detangle my hair after washing it while it was soaking wet. Yet, recently I saw a video and a blog post by Moptop Maven giving details how she detangles and shampoos so, I decided to try out her method.

Moptop Maven detangles her hair on slightly damp hair BEFORE she shampoos the hair. It is known that hair is the weakest when it is wet so detangling on wet hair my result in uneccessary breakage. So, this past Friday I printed off her instructions for detangling and proceeded to start the process.

Here are my thoughts:
1. It is great to detangle my hair and not have water constantly dripping into my face.
2. My detangling session went by so much faster.
3. I had a decrease in the amount of shed hair.
4. Because I detangled before shampooing my hair, I did not have to worry about shed hairs constantly coming out of my hair while shampooing. So, shampooing went by with a breeze.
5. She suggested using a shower comb (like the one pictured above) and I did and I am a big fan of this comb. My other comb which I detangled with in the past was average compared to this comb.

You can check out MopTop Maven's post HERE about detangling. Also, I did record a video of my detangling session using this method and it can be checked out HERE.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hair Today: Retro Updo

I really had no plans to post a "Hair Today". However, I received a few compliments on my hair today so I thought "Why not?".

Yesterday, I decided to take my twists out since I have a busy weekend ahead. After I took them out I just put my satin bonnet on my head and went to sleep. (It took about 3 hours to take them out and detangle with my fingers).

This morning, I just woke up and decided to do this updo since it is quick and easy. It's funny to me that when I just throw my hair together, those are the days I receive the most compliments:-)

Beautiful Natural Men: Lenny Kravitz

Ok, so I must admit that I am not a big Lenny Kravitz fan. However, I can recognize a beautiful man when I see one. So, I am definitely featuring him today.

First off, Lenny Kravitz has always held it down on the natural forefront. I don't think there has ever been a time that he has not rocked a natural hairstyle. Personally, I can't really decide which look of his I like best. The locs were GORGEOUS. The textured afro is BEAUTIFUL. So, I just can't make up my mind and won't try.

It was kinda hard trying to narrow down which pictures of his I wanted to post up because he is so photogenic and takes good pics. (He really is beautiful). So, I just chose them randomly:-)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wish List: Castor Oil

I have been wanting to implement more oils into my hair regimen and my skin regimen. Currently, my main oil is EVOO0--which is great. However, another great oil that has many benefits is Castor oil.

I used my sister's 50:50 mixture of Castor Oil and EVOO on my hair for my oil rinse and my hair loved it. For this reason, I want to use this particular oil for my oil rinses. Also, I want to use this oil for an oil cleansing for my face.

Here are some of the benefits of Castor Oil:
1. Castor Oil keeps the skin looking unlined and youthful because it penetrates more deeply.
2. Castor Oil thickens eyelashes and eyebrows. Therefore, it should thicken hair once applied.
3. Castor oil keeps hair looking soft and shiny
** Source

There are numerous benefits to Castor Oil but, I just named a few interesting ones. It is for these reasons that I need a VAST amount of castor oil in my possession. Most castor oil packages sold in the stores are very small. I am on the hunt for a large amount.

Confessions of a Natural Hairstyle Fanatic

So, I was on my sister's blog and she did a post entitled "Confessions of a Wash-n-Go Coily Queen". It was a great post and you can check it out HERE. She confessed that her natural personality is about hair care and not hairstyles. She also said that she is a fan of the Wash-N-Go.

This post had me thinking about my natural personality. And I must admit that I am a hairstyle fanatic. I will try out any natural hairstyle that appeals to me. Sometimes, I try to avoid going to natural groups, or natural blogs, or natural pics because I know that I will see a hairstyle I like and will be anxious to try it.

If I wasn't afraid of over manipulation I would probably have a new hairstyle every 2-3 days. However, I have forced myself to limit the changing of my hair to 1-2 weeks.

At my job, I get comments about how often I change my hair. "Hey girl with the million different hairstyles." or "You keep changing it up on me!" or "You're going to keep this style, right?"

And what is crazy to me is I feel like I don't change my hair enough. LOL. However, I must admit that I recently realized that I do change up my hair quite often. Just recently, I put a video on YouTube showing the various hairstyles that I tried over the past 2 months and there were quite a few! And to make matters worse, I didn't even post all the hairstyles over that time. (You can check out that video HERE) Also, my natural hair album on facebook has 87 pictures!
Honestly, I never see an end in sight with my hairstyles. Currently, I have been contemplating quite a few hairstyles with two-strand flat twists.

I attribute my diverse hairstyles to my creative side. I am very creative and love doing projects so, I consider my hair a display of my creative mind. Even when, I was relaxed I constantly changed up my hair. I was never content for a long period of time with one signature hairstyle. If I was to have a signature hairstyle it would be the twist-out. It has been the one hairstyle that I have kept in for a long period of time since being natural. I wore this hairstyle for the entire summer. (Wow! A whole 3 months.)

I am fascinated with all aspects of natural hair such as the care, the products, the celebrities, and so much more. But, hairstyles really appeal to me.

So, I confess that I am a hairstyle fanatic! But, its cool with me:-)

Facebook Album Updated

A hairstyle I just added to the album.

So, in a previous post I informed you that I post most of my hairstyles in an album on facebook. I just updated the album with the hairstyles that I have been wearing over the past months--with a few pics of my sisters tossed in:-)

Check out the album HERE if you would like to see the various hairstyles I have tried.

Natural Skin Care: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This is my skin today. I did not apply any foundation. I simply applied EVOO to moisturize it in this cold weather.

My sister, Auset, has taken an interest to completely natural skincare. I must admit that this sparked my interest also. She said that she went to Moptop Maven's blog and read all her posts her on her skin care so that she may implement them. I do plan on checking out her skin care posts and updating my skin care regimen.

For the time being however, I decided to tell you all a part of my skincare regimen that I have been using for months that I simply adore. I use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as a moisturizer for my face. It works wonders!

I know some people do not think putting oil on the skin is a good thing. They think that by adding oil to the skin that it will lead to more break outs. However, I have not suffered from breakouts since using this method.

My skin type is combination in the warmer weather and it is dry in the colder weather. After washing my face with simple IVORY soap and drying it. I apply about a nickel size amount of EVOO to my face in the warmer months (I double the dosage in the colder months).

Here are the benefits of EVOO on the skin:
1. Moisturizes the skin--no matter the weather
2. Gives the skin a nice glow that is not oily looking
3. Does not have an overpowering scent
4. Eliminated the dry white spots that I used to have around my eyebrows and cheek area.

In the past, I used St. Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer but, ever since I started using EVOO I have very rarely picked up the St. Ives.

Today, I applied the EVOO to my skin and I decided to forego the foundation today. This oil really keeps my skin moisturized in the cold weather. Usually, when I come into the building after being out in the cold air and wind my skin will feel like cracking but, it feels so supple today.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hair Today: Braided Twists

So, yesterday, I found my charger to my camera. Talk about happy:-)

This is the style I was discussing yesterday. This is a great protective style and a very low maintenance style. Once the twists are in and the hair is braided up then, that is all you have to do. I just sleep with my satin scarf or bonnet each night and take it off the next morning. Also, I do run EVOO over the hair.

So, here's what I did:
1. The small twists were already in my hair.
2. I divided the hair in an off-center part in the middle.
3. I then cornrowed the smaller section towards the back.
4. For the larger section, I divided it into 2 parts--braiding the front part to the side and the back part to the back.

***I know a video would show this process so much better. So, when this style needs freshening up, I will make sure to record it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Natural Inspiration: Chrisette Michele

She is rocking that TWA! I always thought Chrisette Michele was gorgeous. I have been a faithful fan of hers from the first album. So, imgaine my delight when she went natural 6 months ago.

Her features are just so unique and fascinating that the TWA really brings out her best assets.

She came on CurlyNikki when she first did her Big Chop (BC) and she just recently came on again to update us on her 6 month anniversary. Check out the great articles HERE and HERE.

I would've done a "Hair Today" post but...

Hello, all. So, I still have the rather small twists that my sister put in my hair. I was debating if I was going to take them down this past weekend but, I decided against it. So, what I did with the twists was braid them into 3 cornrows on my hair. I kinda like the style. It's simple and a great protective style.

So, why haven't I posted any pics of this style???

Because I can not find my charger to my camera. Talk about a major inconvenience. This is hindering me from posting pics to the blog and doing any YouTube videos. I have been looking at possible places it could be but, I have not had any success finding it:/

I lost the charger to this camera before and had to reorder it for $50. I really don't want to spend this money especially this time of year.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How Do You Respond to Random Compliments???

Me and my sister had a conversation on receiving weird compliments on our hair a week ago. Sometimes I really don't know how to respond. I usually just smile when I receive these random compliments because they have good intentions.

Example 1:
Co-worker: "I just love your hair!"
Me: "Thank you," I reply with a smile.
Co-worker: "I have been on the search for a perfect wig just like your hair."
Me: I smile.
Co-worker: "And I finally found it! I ordered it already online."
Me: I smile.

Example 2:
I am walking down the hallway and pass a group of 3 girls.
Girl 1: Whispers loudly, "Her hair is so pretty!"
Girl 2: Whispers back, "I know!"

The example number 2 happens a lot. I really don't know what to do for those compliments. I don't know if I should turn around and say thank you or just keep walking. I usually just keep walking since they weren't talking to me.

But, even when I receive the most random compliments I am still polite and thankful for the gesture. I mean, it may come out very random but, it is all with great intentions.

Great Linkage: My Sister and I

So, this past Thanksgiving break I put some two strand flat twists in my sister's hair. She posted the video on her blog along with some random facts about it. Check it out by clicking HERE.

Hair Today: Accessorized Twist Updo

So, my sister put some rather small twists in my hair this past Saturday. I plan on curling them for a curly twist updo. But, for the time being I just pinned them up and put a flower headband in it for a cute accesory.

Oil Rinse

So, this past Saturday my sister, Auset, suggested I do an oil rinse on my hair. I have read up on oil rinses on other blogs but, I never really tried one. Check out my sister's post on oil rinses HERE. Or check out Moptop Maven's post on oil rinses HERE.

Here's what I did:
1. I co-washed my hair with Suave Naturals in Coconut.
2. My sister then applied her 50:50 oil, which consists of olive oil and castor oil.
3. I kept the oil in my hair for about 2-3 minutes.
4. I then rinsed the oil out with warm water.
5. Of course, there was still some oil left on the hair after the rinse but, I didn't mind.
6. I then applied my Suave Naturals in Coconut conditioner to my head.
7. I then started the detangling process.
8. After deep conditioning, I styled my hair as usual.

I do adore oil rinses and here's why:
1. My hair felt so soft.
2. By applying the oil to the wet hair, I believe this helps to lock in more moisture.
3. The detangling process went by so much faster.
4. I had a decrease in the amount of shed hair.

I can't think of any cons of this process. I just need to invest in some castor oil (because I used my sister's). I do believe I will add this to my hair regimen.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Naturals in Advertisement: McDonald's

So, it is obvious that these advertisements are from the 1970s, however; I still like the imagery in them both. I like that the men have their medium sized afros and you can really see the texture of their hair.

In today's McDonald's ads I see a lot of natural in their commercials on TV. Maybe I will be able to find some current ads with naturals.

**Personally, I am not a big fan of McDonald's. Their menu items are not very vegan friendly. But, this is just a feature for them depicting naturals in their ads.

Doing a 2nd BC, or a 3rd, or a 4th...

As of now, I really do appreciate the length of my natural hair and don't have any plans to do another BC (big chop) anytime soon. Yet, there are many naturals that do BCs continuously. Some people can't fathom why anyone would cut their hair once they obtain length. (I was guilty of this thought before I went natural). However, I can now understand why.

I was on YouTube (as always) and Whoissugar was doing a vlog on FAQs. Somehow she got on the topic of how she has already did about 3 BCs. She did not want anyone to question why she continues to cut her hair and that she has a right to cut her hair if she wishes. Another example of someone who continues to do BCs is my sorority sister. She has been natural since 2004 and once her hair gets to a certain length she cuts it. She said it just gets to be too much. And I can understand...

The more hair you get, the more work it takes to upkeep it. My detangling sessions are starting to get longer and longer. I find myself getting more fairy knots in my hair. Also, washing it takes more patience in order to ensure I am getting my scalp clean--and I still miss some parts. At the end of the day, "mo hair, mo problems". Yes, there are perks of having more length but, I'll save this for a later post.

Here are my reasons for liking shorter hair:
1. Less time to wash
2. Shorter time to detangle
3. It is easier to moisturize the hair and ensure you get every strand
4. There is a chicness that comes with shorter natural hair. I've noticed that when people rock TWAs they always look so put together whether they are wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a cocktail dress.
5. Shorter hair (about TWA to length) allows for more focus to be on the features of the face.
6. Pretty much shorter hair gives you less maintenance yet, you still have a chic look.

So, I can definitely understand why some naturals choose to do a 2nd BC, or a 3rd, or a 4th, and so on.

Sidenote: The model in the above pic is a prime example of how you notice her beautiful and unique features because of her shorter hair. Aren't her freckles just gorgeous??

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hairstyle: French Braids

So, I finally can achieve French Braids without having to divide them into four sections (as I did previously).

Yesterday, after church I knew I had to do my hair. For some reason, I just wasn't in the mood to do it. However, I also knew that I could not neglect my hair. So, I figured I would co-wash my hair but, I had no idea what style I wanted to do for my hair.

I wore my hair out for about a week and a half so, I knew I needed a protective style. Yet, sometimes I get tired of protective styles that involve so many bobby pins. So, I kept thinking and finally figured that I would put in french braids. This hairstyle is so simple and so fast. I love it. It's great for those times you want to be low maintenance.

Here's what I did:
1. Co-washed my hair with V05 Moisture Milks in Strawberry.
2. Detangled my hair.
3. Deep conditioned with V05 Moisture Milks in Strawberry for about 30 minutes.
4. Divided my hair into 2 sections down the middle.
5. Applied Suave Naturals in Coconut as a leave-in to each section.
6. Braided each section.

I did do a YouTube video on this hairstyle but, it is still processing. So, I will provided a link later.

Update: Click HERE for the tutorial on this hairstyle.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Great Linkage: Unlock Your Growth Potential

So, my sister Auset talked quite a bit about how great and helpful Moptop Maven's blog for some reason I kept forgetting to check it out. So, recently I checked it out and I loved it! (She has a new follower in me.) She has some great advice and really helpful tips.

In a previous post, I discussed my hair goals. One of my goals was to obtain length. This is a very popular goal with a lot of naturals. As I was looking at Moptop Maven's blog, I noticed that she did a post on length retention. So, I checked it out and I am so grateful for it! She provided a lot of advice that was not complicated on how to obtain length.

She suggested wearing free flowing hairstyles, going heat free, and other suggestions.

So check out that article HERE. You won't be disappointed.

Natural Inspiration: Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles is very beautiful! Also, her natural hair is simply gorgeous and she rocks it with such confidence.

I must admit that I think Solange looks better with her natural hair than the weave she was wearing for years. The natural hair accentuated her features. I really began to notice her beautiful eyes, full lips, and great skin.

There are times that Solange will don a natural wig and though I am not a big fan of wigs I thought she looked great with hers. And I must admit that I would rather see a natural wig than a straight wig:-) But, that's just me.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Braid Out Results After the Rain

So, my sister asked for me to post pictures of my big hair that was achieved from the rain yesterday. I decided to include 3 pictures. The first picture is my hair on that Sunday, the second picture is my hair after I first went out into the light drizzle, and the last pic is my hair after I got off work and it was still raining.

This is my hair on the first day. Notice how flat it is and lacking in volume. This is my hair after I initially went out into the rain. Notice it has rose some and you can see more of my natural hair texture. This is my hair after I got off work. It was still raining so the hair got bigger. This mainly shows my texture and you can see that the waves from the braid-out are almost gone.

Personally, I just love big hair. When my hair was weighed down on the first day I felt that my head looked so big or something. And what's crazy is that I never thought that my head looked big when I used to wear my wraps on relaxed hair--and the hair was flatter then:-/

NOT a Staple Product: Cantu Shea Butter Leave In

Now, I know that there are many naturals who are big fans of this products and I am not knocking them at all. This is just a personal review of my experience with this product. But, we must remember we all have different heads of hair and what works for one may not work for another. Now on to the review...

I first bought this product when I began transitioning. I really did not know the results of it on my hair because I kept my hair cornrowed through most of my transition. Then, when I was fully natural I wasn't really feeling the results from the leave-in. I feel a leave-in should leave your hair feeling soft, moisturized, etc. But, this did none of those things. Then, this past weekend I decided to give Cantu another try for my braid-out. And I realized I hated this product! My hair was weighed down, felt so nasty because of build-up, and a white film was left on some parts of the hair that was hard to get off.

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Panthenol, PPG 1 PEG 9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Lanolin Oil, Cinnamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Benzophenone 3, BHA, BHT, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydrantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

1. Leaves the hair feeling weighed down.
2. Takes away the natural volume of natural hair.
3. Leave a nasty filmy build-up.
4. Contains one of the worst silicones, which means its hard to get off of your hair.
5. This product actually has warnings on the back of it. I just noticed this the past weekend.
6. One of warnings state: "Avoid applying directly to new growth." Uh, my whole head is new growth. Duh.
7. I feel this product is mainly targeted towards relaxed tresses.

1. Very economical price (But, I can understand why.)
2. You get a lot of product (But, again, I can understand why.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

How I Adore the Rain...and the Mist

Since Thursday I have been wearing a braid-out that was achieved by putting 8 cornrows in my hair. (I'll post the YouTube video for this later). On that Thursday and Friday I adored how big my hair was. So, on that Friday night I re-braided my hair and kept the braids in the entire day Saturday.

On Sunday, I took the braids down and wasn't really feeling my hair. It just looked so flat. I feel this is due to using the Cantu Shea Leave-in conditioner. My hair just does not like this stuff (I will definitely be doing a review on this later). A lady at my church even said "What did you do to your hair, it's not as big as it usually is? Did you blow dry it? But, it still looks good though. I mean your hair always look good." So, on Sunday night I just slept with my satin bonnet and hoped my hair would be bigger in the morning. It was not.

But, the Lord was on my side. It was raining that morning and after the rain there was a light mist in the air. My hair just sucked in this moisture and drew right on up! I looked in the mirror and oh how I loved my hair! It just looked big, full, and you could really see the texture of my hair. Being natural sure does have its perks:-)

On top of that, I received two enthusiastic compliments on the resulting big hair!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hair Today: Twist Out Updo

So, yesterday I got home around 6:00 pm but, I knew without a doubt that I was going to wash and detangle my hair. I had a feeling that it would not be dry by morning but, I knew I would come up with some sort of hairstyle.

I simply pinned up the back of the hair and left some of the hair out in the front. The same style I wore yesterday yet, it is fresher than yesterday's style. I actually did a video on this style but, YouTube is taking forever to process the video.

Here's what I did:
1. Co-washed hair with Suave Coconut Naturals
2. Detangled my hair
3. Deep conditioned with Suave Coconut Nauturals for about 30 minutes
4. Put hair into large twists
5. Slept with satin scarf and bonnet
6. The next morning I took the twists out while simultaneously oiling my hair/scalp and sealing my ends
7. I then pinned up the back of the hair and left the front out

Update: You can check out the tutorial on YouTube HERE.