Natural Hair// All About Co-Washing

Natural Hair// All About Co-Washing

Hey ladies, This week’s reader question is from Anya via FB.

Reader Question: I’ve been contemplating on whether I should begin co-washing weekly and washing my hair with shampoo at the end of the month. Have you ever had any benefits or a good experience with co-washing?

My Response:

Do you have any tips for Anya?

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Tribe Called Curl// Kinks Come Out At Night

Tribe Called Curl// Kinks Come Out At Night

I hope you all are having a lovely weekend! I know I certainly am. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending  “Kinks Come Out At Night”  at Free Candy in Brooklyn, NY. 

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This event was absolutely beautiful!  I’m sure by the flyer you can probably tell this was NOT your average natural hair event. The night was filled with giveaways, natural hair chat and positive energy. IMG_8892 IMG_8901

However, sex and sexuality was the main topic of discussion. IMG_8881

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From the dope art work in the Free Candy Art Space by “These Pink Lips”  to the burlesque show (that I missed 😦 ) it was a very sexy night fun of full! I had a great time and I even met a few of the young ladies that follow the  blog and my youtube, which has never happened to me before, so I was pretty shocked.

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It was such a pleasure meeting you ladies!

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My favorite part of the night would have to be the panel discussion about sex and sexuality hosted by the beautiful  writer and artist “Feminista Jones”. The panel felt more like a convo with your girlfriends. It was a open discussion about real topics that relate to sex.  IMG_8879There were performances,  an awesome DJ and lots of good energy! I will certainly be attending more “Tribe Called Curl” events in the future!

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Reader Question// How To Recover From Heat Damaged Natural Hair

Reader Question// How To Recover From Heat Damaged Natural Hair

In this video/post I am answering a reader’s questions about heat damage. Do you have a question that you need help with? 

Submit your questions here 

Stephanie’s Question:  “My name is Stephanie and I have looking at your YouTube channel for some time now. I’m 19 and an upcoming junior in college. I have been natural all my life and ending up getting heat damage my freshman year of college.

This is how long my hair was in 2012…IMG_1986

I had some highlights in as well. I cut my hair after getting the heat damage and Currently I’m still struggling with the growth of my hair as well as caring for it.
I have Senegalese twists in currently as a protective style but here is what my hair looked like before I put the twists in …image

I think I’m on the right track but since we had similar stories I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask what are some tips on hair growth, eating habits and even if adding biotin to my vitamin regimen will help.
Your hair is beautiful and I just want to see that in my hair again.
Best ,
Stephanie”

My Response: 

Are you having the same problem as Stephanie? If so, check out these helpful links. 

All about Transitioning http://sewingstardom.com/2012/09/23/natural-hairall-about-transitioning/

How to Grow Long Natural Hair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCoxUJ5jGts
My Staple Products https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5NnURWtFhw
My Hair Journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY318P3oxBo

Do you have any suggestions for Stephanie? Have you ever had heat damage? How did you recover from heat damage?

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Tracee Ellis Ross Inspired Curls Using Caruso Steam Rollers

Tracee Ellis Ross Inspired Curls Using Caruso Steam Rollers

Happy Friday! I have another tutorial for you all today. In this video I show you how I went from an old wash & go to big curls inspired by the beautiful Tracee Ellis Ross. You may remember this post from a few years ago if you’ve been following me for a while.http://sewingstardom.com/2012/09/10/beauty-tracee-ellis-ross-inspired-curls/ check out the link for a heatless alternative.

The Inspiration

The Results

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Check out the video to see how I did!

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Natural Hair// 5 Easy Bad Hair Day Ideas

Natural Hair// 5 Easy Bad Hair Day Ideas

We’ve all had one of those days when we wake up late for work or even worst your scarf fell off midway through the night. What was  once was gorgeous curls has turned ugly! Don’t fret ladies I’ve got you covered. In this video I share 5 of my favorite easy hairstyles for a bad hair day.  These styles will look great on any hair texture, but they work best on thick hair with a lot of body. 

Style #1  Flat Twist With A Low Bun

“This look is perfect for work or a job interview.”

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Style #2 Scary Spice Bantu Knots 

“I wear my hair like this when I’m working out to keep my bangs out of my face, but I would rock this style to a summer music festival as well.”

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Style #3 Pretty Tomboy (see video) Oops, I didn’t take a picture of this one. 

Style #4 Vintage Pin Up  

“Adding a simple scarf can take this style from average to vintage glam. I got my scarf for $1 at my local thrift shop.”

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Style #5 “The Twisted Pineapple”

“I love wearing this style when I’m heading out on a weekend and don’t have time to restyle my hair.”

Which look is your favorite?

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Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2014

Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2014

Wow… I just got back from Governor’s Ball Music Festival in NYC and it was  everything I envisioned times a thousand. Each day was filled with positive energy, good vibes and great music! Check out the video below for pictures and videos from the show.

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 Keep reading to see what my girl Chesne & I wore to show each day.

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The weather was beautiful every day so getting dressed up was so much fun. I opted for simple, sexy and fun festival looks. Chesne went for a “Soft Ghetto” 90’s fun grungy style.

What do you think of our looks?

What would you have worn?

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Product Review// African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave In Conditioner

Product Review// African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave In Conditioner

Hey ladies, If you follow my IG you know that I’ve been experimenting with a new ” curly hair routine”. I’ve added a few new product and techniques & it’s safe to say my hair has been loving it. It seems to be getting bigger by the week! It’s really crazy lol I feel like I’m going through a growth spurt. (googles hair growth spurt…)

I'm almost back to desired goal length!
I’m almost back to desired goal length!

Anyway, one of the new favorites is the “African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave In Conditioner. This stuff is AMAZING! I love it and it’s a lot cheaper than my usually leave in.  Check out the video below to learn more about how I used this product and why  it may be become a new staples for me.

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In other hair news, I’ve decided that this is happening this week…IMG_6988

 I know …I said I would leave color alone, but my hair is healthy again and I’m mentally prepared for something new. Hopefully, this color will do the trick.

In the meantime make sure to follow my IG/ Twitter for updates. I probably won’t be updating the blog  on my color until sometime next week.  Myself and my girl Chesne  are going to Governor’s Ball Festival this week so updating the blog will be nearly impossible. I hope you all have a great week and weekend. I know I sure will…Governor Ball 2014 here I come! 

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How to// Super Defined Wash & Go

How to// Super Defined Wash & Go

In this video you can learn how I get a super defined wash & go.

The wash & go has been my favorite hairstyle for the past year or so.  After doing this style for such a long time, I’ve mastered a technique that works great for my hair type. Check out the video above or the tips below. They may help you the next time you give it a try.

Helpful Tips for Getting A Super Defined Wash & Go

1. Deep Condition before you style your hair. This will ensure soft & defined curls way before you start adding products.

2.  Add your leave in while you are in the shower. This aids in the finger detangling process. I like to use Cantu Shea Moisturizes Curl Enhancing Smoothie.20140121-083428

3. Use cool water to seal your ends. I also like to apply an oil to my hair before adding my gel. This adds amazing shine to the hair.

4. While your hair is still wet use your gel of choice to aid in more finger detangling.

5. When using your diffuser start by using high heat and low speed. This is will help minimize frizz, during the styling process.

6. Sleep with your hair up in a high ponytail or “the pineapple.” This will help add volume to your roots without causing frizz.

What are some of your favorite tips or products to get an awesome wash & go?

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Natural Hair//My Natural Hair Journey

Natural Hair//My Natural Hair Journey

Having natural hair is always a journey. At some point in life we have all wanted something different, because the grass just looks greener on the other side. It took me many years to finally really accept and love my hair for who she really is. I have never felt a love for my hair like the love that I have for it now. And as a result from falling in love with this beautiful mane of mine my hair has been getting healthier and healthier. I get so excited every single time I style my hair. A few months ago my hair didn’t even curl when it was wet, it just puffed. Now my hair has lovely springy curls all from me loving her and giving her the proper care needed.

Like many other naturals who were once relaxed, I have all the memories of having thick, long, super curly hair as a child. Holding onto those memories has given me so much hope and something to work toward accomplishing.

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My Time Line

  • In the year 2000, I was 10 years old and my mother gave me my very first relaxer.
  • In 2001, my hair took a tragic turn after I had two relaxers put in my hair within one week. As you can imagine it was painful and extremely damaging. My mother gave me my relaxer earlier in the week and during that weekend I went to the salon. Since my hair was still so thick they assumed I need a retouch on my relaxer. When my mom dropped me off at the salon my hair was thick and down my back, but when she picked me up it was super straight and right below my chin.
  • In 2005, I read an article about African-American women transitioning from relaxed to natural. I decided that relaxers just weren’t for me. My scalp and hair didn’t take well to it and I was tired of the burning and scabs. So I “went” natural. Although, I was working at a hair salon, so I never really took time to pay attention to what my hair needed and how to care for my natural hair. I had so many different hairstyles and colors, being able to do so many different styles with my hair was awesome. I let the stylist at my job just do whatever they wanted, especially colors, and I’ve volunteered for many different hair shows and events. I did a lot to my hair and I didn’t think twice about it, because I felt like since I didn’t have a relaxer anymore nothing could damage my hair.

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  • In 2009, I was in cosmetology school and I really got tired of my hair. I wanted to just cut it off and that’s exactly what I did. I got a funky, short, Rihanna inspired haircut and I went back to the creamy crack. Why? I hate heat being anywhere near my head and in order to keep my hair straight for my cut I need the relaxer, because I was not going to be able to take getting my short hair pressed with those c-irons.

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  • In late 2010/early 2011, I grew tired of the short hair and the relaxer and I decided to go natural and grew my hair back out.
  • In 2012, a few month after I had my son I got bored and I cut my hair again. This time I didn’t go nearly as short, but I cut my hair into a A-Line bob. I kept some length in the front and I took the back up to my nape.

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At the beginning of this year I took a vow to properly care for my hair. I did so much research on natural hair care and my hair type to find products and a hair care regimen that would work for me and my hair. One thing that really got me hooked and helped me fall in love with my hair was learning about natural products that I can use for my hair. I thought it was so amazing that I could actually use fruits, veggies, and oils, that I keep in my house all the time, to make my own hair products. I now make my own shampoo (I make it for my friends also), I make my own pre-poo, conditioning treatments, and co-washes. The only store bought products that I use are, Jane Carter Solution Nourish and Shine, Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll setting foam, and when I am being too lazy to make my co-wash I use Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado.

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My hair is very fragile, so I try not to manipulate it too much. I found that doing my protective styles help me to maintain my hair’s health and length. I also have stopped being rough when I comb my hair. It really isn’t that hard to detangle so I mostly finger detangle my hair instead of combing it. Pre-poo is an extremely important step for me since my hair is so fragile. I use oils and butters in my pre-poo process to coat, strengthen, and protect my hair for the manipulation that follows.

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I feel like it is really important for us to encourage young girls to embrace their natural hair and teach them how to care for and protect it. When I was younger I was always told that my hair was too nappy, that it was such a pain, I have to much of it, and that I wasn’t pretty with my dookie braids and twist. If I had someone telling me the positives and showing me the beauty of natural hair my hair decisions may have been a whole lot different. Natural hair is beautiful, unique, and so fascinating. My 7 year old sister has beautiful curly hair and I tell her that as much as I can. She looks up to me a lot and by embracing my natural hair it helps her to do the same. So be very careful what you say about your natural hair and do to it, because there may be someone some one looking up to you!

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Natural Hair// How I Trim My Ends

Natural Hair// How I Trim My Ends

20140414-092613.jpgHappy Monday, ladies…& gents. Today’s post is all about getting rid of those damaged & split ends. We all have them, it’s an inevitable part of being… a human. It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly, coily, kinky, nappy or straight. At some point and time your ends will get dry & damaged. These are usually the first signs that means you need a trim! One of the most frequently asked question that I receive from natural ladies is, “How do you trim your ends?”. 20140414-092554.jpg

Trimming the ends of our hair is very important in retaining length and overall keeping our hair as health as possible. I always recommend that you go to a professional to get your hair trimmed. I have fell victim to some terrible cuts in the past because I am simply a “DIY type of gal.” I always have been and I probably will always be. I’ve never liked hair salons or their prices and for that reason I prefer to cut my own hair.

Disclaimer: This method works for me! If you wear your hair straight very often I would not recommend this technique. More than likely your hair will not be evenly cut.

Now that that’s covered…In the video below you can learn how I trim my ends at home.

I do this on an as needed basis. I usually don’t trim more than a half inch of hair. Enjoy and please leave any questions you may have below!

Natural Hair// Before You Get Box Braids

Natural Hair// Before You Get Box Braids

Three weeks ago, Cecily installed box braids into my hair. I had been lusting over this style for months prior to actually getting them. After, bouncing back & forth between marley twists and poetic justice braids I finally made a decision. However, my new style was very short lived. Although, I loved how easy this hairstyle was there were a few things that I wasn’t too happy about.
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Keep reading to learn about a few of the pros and cons of protective styling with braids. I’ve also added some helpfully tips at the end of this post as well, for those who may be considering this style.

Con #1 Breakage: Even though the idea of this style is to protect your hair, be weary of breakage! ​I noticed after about a week or so that the tension from the weight of the braids had caused the delicate hairs around my hair line to start breaking.
​Prevention Tip : When I noticed that this was happening I tried to wear my hair up in a loose bun more often to help relieve the some of the weight.

IMG_4168[1]Also a great tip to prevent breakage in this area is to moisturize the area daily. I used raw shea butter to slick my edges each morning, instead of gel this kept them hydrated and very soft.

Pro #1 Growth: Typically, my hair grows about 1/2 per month. Look at the new growth I got in just 3 weeks! This is at least an inch.IMG_4606[1]

Con #2: Sleeping with these braids are NOT FUN! They are extremely heavy, very itchy and uncomfortable. At one point I actually thought the hair was breaking out the side of my face. The easiest way to sleep with these would be in a huge bun or by pulling them in a low ponytail & tucking them into a satin scarf.

Pro #2: Versatility & Ease Being able to wake up and go was amazing. I was so happy that I didn’t have to style my hair every week. I’m sure my fellow naturals can relate to how frustating that can be sometimes. Although, this was a effortless style I could easily switch it up by simply changing my parting, adding a simple braid or pulling it up into a mega bun!IMG_4367[1]

Helpful Tips:

Hydrate-To keep the hair from feeling so itchy I would recommend spraying the braids with a light mist of warm water every couple of days.
Protect -Always wear a a silk scarf around your hairline when you are going to bed to prevent frizzing and breakage.
Nourish -Be sure to deep condition your hair before you get your braids installed. The process will put a lot of stress on your hair so I would recommend a deep condition & protein treatment to make sure your hair can handle it.
Don’t Scratch! -Although, it is tempting fight the urge by misting your scalp instead. Be sure to hydrate and oil your scalp. I like to use a mix of EVOO, castro oil & warm water. IMG_4838[1] This will prevent dryness, scalp irritation and those dreaded white flakes. Doing this will also promote hair growth!

Products I used daily to maintain my style:

Raw African Shea Butter (edges)
Water (all over)
Jane Carter Solutions Nourish & Shine (scalp)
Eco Styler Gel (edges)

“Overall, I loved these braids, of course every style has it’s positives & negatives. I wish I would have been a little more gentle on my edges, but aside from that I have no regrets! ”

Are any of you ladies planning to get box braids or do you already have them? Share your tips below. We’d love to hear from you!

My Updated Natural Hair Journey

Over the past few months I’ve gotten a lot of new subscribers. I decided to upload an updated version of my hair journey for you guys.

As some of you may know, I have never had a relaxer. However, I transitioned/big chopped twice. Once from heat damage and a second time from color damage.
Check out the video to see what I mean. For more info on my hair journey and regimen check out these links.

Finger Detangling https://sewingstardom.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/natural-hair-how-why-i-finger-detangle/
My Curly Hair Routine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtlpnQ8W-Dc&list=UU1Rqy-0HnCIplbSoSTkmXFg

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Natural Hair//Curly Hair Regimen

Happy Saturday! I hope you all are having a great weekend, I sure am. Last night I spent my free time catching up on some sleep and watching some comedy movies on netflix. Boy, did I sleep like a baby! I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and inspired. I started the morning with an intense cardio routine, followed by a healthy breakfast. Then I decided I would style my hair. I recorded the process for you guys this time. Check out the two videos below to learn more about my regimen and how I achieve my wash & go! I’m thinking about making a video on my growth journey, since I’ve seen a big change in just 7 months. If you would like to see a video on that please comment below. I’d love to hear from you guys. In the meantime, have a great weekend! 🙂 IMG_2680

(Products I use to style my hair each week) 

(Full tutorial- Start to Finish)

Be sure to check out the other post related to my wash & go for more tips!

Winter Styling Tips https://sewingstardom.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/winterize-your-wash-go-routine/

Summer Styling Tips https://sewingstardom.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/natural-hair-update-wash-and-go-perfection/

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Natural Hair// Winterize Your Wash & Go

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As of lately I’ve been experimenting more and more with my “go-to” summer style “The Wash & Go. I remember when I first started embracing my naturally curly hair my wash & go’s would look like a frazzled mess. But, after years of patience and practice, I’ve finally mastered a technique that works extremely well on my hair type.

This past summer I started experimenting more and more with this effortless style. You may remember this post that I did in the summer time. Since then I’ve added a few changes to my routine.

Read below for a simple guide on how I winterize my wash& go routine. 20140124-111627

1. Pre-poo(optional) // Using my favorite oil mixture (EVOO & Castro Oil). I start each styling day with an oil treatment. I liberally apply this oil all over my hair. I then spend a few minutes massaging the oils into my scalp using a circular motion. In order to lock in the moisture I apply a plastic cap (or a shoprite bag) to my head for at least 15 minutes.

2. Detangle & Cowash// Due to the cold brisk air, it’s vital that us curly girls keep our hair hydrated. After I rinse out my oils, I separate my hair into four sections and liberally apply my conditioner of choice. For the past few months I’ve been using “Aussie Moist Conditioner”(see review here). No matter which conditioner I use I always check for these properties: SLIP & MOISTURE. Using a wide tooth comb I “gently” detangle my hair from ends to roots while in the shower. After I rinse all of the product out of my hair I loosely twist each section to prevent it from tangling back up. After this step I DO NOT USE MY COMB! This helps my natural curls to form and prevents any unnecessary breakage.

3. Cleanse & Shampoo// Before I style my hair I always use a moisturizing shampoo to cleanse my hair. In order to remove product build up, I leave my hair in the four twists and apply a nickel size amount of shampoo to my scalp. I massage my scalp in a circular motion to remove oil and any other products from my previous style. I then rinse my hair while leaving it in the same for twists.

4. Deep Condition// For the past month, I’ve been using the “3 Minute Miracle” by Aussie Moist. (WHICH I LOVE BTW, full review here).  I generously apply the conditioner onto my while still working in four sections. Once the product is in my hair I finger detangle to help define my curls even more. I then apply my plastic cap and allow the product to sit in my hair from 15-30mins.

 

5. Moisturize & Seal// While still in the shower; I remove my twists, take a small amount of conditioner (the same one I used to co-wash) and apply it lightly from roots to ends. I smooth the product on my hair in a downward motion. I then take the same oil I used during my pre-poo and apply it in the same manner.

6. Define// (At this point I step out of the shower) First, I take Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie” (working from front to back) and I apply a small amount from roots to ends using a smoothing method in a downward motion. After I do that all over my head I follow with “Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel” applying it in the same manner. 20140121-08341620140121-083428

7. Diffuse//Before I dry my hair I ALWAYS apply a light heat protectant all over my hair. Using my blow dryer on low speed first I start to diffuse my hair from the ends to the roots. This keeps my hair from getting too frizzy. If I want big hair I use high heat and high speed. If I want my hair to be more define and to make my style last longer I use high heat and low speed.

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That’s it ladies! My hair has been loving these “wash and go’s” as of lately. I usually sleep with a pineapple or just a satin pillow case at night. I’ve been noticing my hair tends to looks better when I just sleep with it out. Strange…I know.

This style typically last 3-4 days. If I’m too lazy to restyle I will just pull my hair back into two large flat twists. I try to minimize styling to 1x per week. Two times if I have an important function on the weekend.

I hope this was helpful! Please keep in mind this works for my hair. It may not turn out the same exact way on your hair. What’s your favorite winter hairstyle?

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Natural Hair:"Straight Hair Update"

Hey ladies, I decided to straighten my hair this week. In the video above you can learn how I flat ironed my hair and the products I used.
Products I used: 
Pro IQ Flat Iron 1 inch
Con Air Blow Dryer
Paddle Brush
IC Fantasia Polish Heat Protectant Serum
Organix Promegrante & Green Tea Shampoo
Raw African Shea Butter
Aussie Moist Conditioner
Argan Oil Gloss & Shine Mist
Aprogree 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor
Total Style Time: 2.5 hrs
In August my hair was barely touching my shoulders, now my hair passes them slightly.
Although, my hair has grown pretty quickly I’ve noticed that my edges seem to be thinning. I thought it was from the weave I had over the summer, but after a closer look I don’t think that’s the culprit.
I’m still not sure why it’s breaking, but I decided to start doing oil massages daily with oil to promote growth. I will certainly keep you ladies updated on the progress!
Do you ladies have any tips for thinning edges & breakage around the hair line? 
For more info on my healthy hair regimen check out these links.
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