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//Self Consultation

20140131-080321Maintaining natural hair can be a difficult challenge, especially when you don’t take the time to learn and understand your natural tresses. Conducting a self consultation  and examining your hair is a great starting point. There are tons of different options (products, hair styles, care routines, etc.) for healthy natural hair care and majority of the time all these options only cause confusion and frustration. Having knowledge of your curl pattern, porosity, and face shape among other things will set you up for success when searching for products or hairstyles.

Follow the steps below and document your results as you go.

 Step 1: What is your Curl Pattern? When your hair is in its natural state (no product; no manipulation) how would you describe it? 20140129-232604

  • Wavy: Loose, subtle close to straight “s” curl; Uniformed “s” shape throughout; thicker defined “s” shaped pattern with some curls.

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  • Curly: Well defined, big, springy curl; Spiral, corkscrew, ringlet curl; Voluminous, tight, kinky corkscrew curl. 20140131-014238

  • Coiled: Wiry “z” pattern, less defined curl, cotton-like feel, often has more that 75% shrinkage. 20140131-013032

Step 2: Is your Hair Porous? Continue reading “Natural Hair//Self Consultation”

Natural Hair:All About Transitioning

Have you ever spoken these exact same words?
” I want to go natural, but I don’t know where to start…”If so this posts is for you. I’m constantly asked advice on this topic. So in order to help all my readers, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to you. Whether you are on the fence about becoming natural or already on your journey. Read below for more insight to this amazing hair journey.
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 Let’s Get Started…
1. Big Chop or Transition
First, you must decide if you want to chop off all your hair and start from scratch or gradually cut off your ends as your hair grows out. The Big Chop is easier because you don’t have to deal with two textures, but that is not a change that everyone can handle.
2. Research
Now that you’ve decided that you want to TRANSITION you must research and commit to this choice. Before you start, know that there will be days when you hate your hair. You may even be tempted to revert back to relaxers, but if you research properly you won’t be sucked back so easily. Using resources like BGLH ,CurlyNikki, and the thousands of Youtube Videos dedicated to natural hair you can get an idea of what transitioning is like before you start. These sites also offer direct info to challenges you may face along the way. Some of the major challenges you will face is DRYNESS, BREAKAGE and what appears to be lack of  GROWTH. Don’t freight the next step will make these challenges a lot easier to deal with.
3. Create a Regimen
Even though you aren’t completely natural  yet you have to start taking care of your hair as if you are.
That means eliminate or decrease heat(flat irons, blow dryer, curling irons etc.) It also means adding new techniques like deep conditioning, oiling your scalp and cowashing. I understand that for some women who are used to going to a salon may not be familiar with some of these things, but remember your research! Using Youtube you can literally find a video for everything.
Here’s a sample weekly regimen to get you started.
Sunday: “Wash Day”
  • Cowash/ Detangle
  • Shampoo(1x a month)
  • Deep Condition for 45mins to an hr. with a plastic cap
  • Moisturize your ends and scalp
  • Style-depending on the style you may not need to restyle throughout the week
 
Monday-Tuesday: Moisturize roots and ends
 
Wednesday:” Re-style Day”
  • Co-Wash/ Detangle
  • Restyle
  • Moisturize your roots and ends
Thursday- Saturday: Moisturize roots and ends
***In the beginning of your journey it’s important to make your regimen as simple as possible. Creating a regimen that requires low manipulation and maintenance will help prevent BREAKAGE. You must commit to a regimen. As you get the hang of it you can add or change your regimen based on your specific hair needs.
 
 4. Choosing the Right Products
Everyone is different, so I can’t guarantee that every product I recommend will work for you. But I will share my list of products for those who have no idea what to try.
 

  • SHAMPOo: VO5 SHEA Moisture

  • COWASH CONDITIONER: ANy VO5 CONDITIONER OR TRESSEMME NATURALS

  • LEAVE IN: TRESSEMME NATURALS Conditioner

  • DEEP CONDITIONER:ORGANIC ROOTS STIMULATOR HAIR MAYO

  • MOISTURIZER: DAILY USING SHEA MOISTURE CURL DEFINING CREME, HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY CASTRO OIL WITH MINK, AND AFRICA’S BEST GROWTH LOTION WITH OLIVE OIL(DEPENDING ON STYLE)

  • PROTEIN: APHROGEE 2MINUTE KERATIN RECONSTRUCTOR

5. Styling: 
As I mentioned before it’s best to use LOW MANIPULATION techniques when you are transitioning.Here’s a few styles that I preferred when I transitioned from heat damaged hair.-Braid Out-Two Strand Twists-Two Strand Twist out-Flat Twist Out(Twist Set)-Buns-Bantu Knots-Braids(Poetic Justice Style)-Sew-In Weaves**Each of these styles can help maintain and blend those two textures together while your hair is growing.**Videos can be found on Youtube for each of these styles. 


6. Stay Inspired and Love What You Have

This is the most important step! Everyone’s natural hair is different. Although you may love Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair texture and she’s why you went natural; keep in mind that your hair may not look like that.It’s important to go into this with an open mind, fully loving your hair for it’s own unique look. If you stumble along the way use tumblrs like “Hi-imcurrentlyobsessed” to stay inspired from women around the world.

Hope this was helpful! Leave your questions/comments below.