A New Year
I really enjoyed
my twistouts last year. I perfected it for my New Year's celebration
with my b/f--it looked so cute, but I don't think I took pics
('cause we were celebrating at church). This new year, atlest
for this wintertime, I'm holding off on the twistouts because
1) they don't allow me to wash my hair frequently during the week,
and 2) I'm trying to grow out my dry ends so that my twistouts
can look fresh at the ends. I'm really happy with my success from
last year with experimenting with products to use on my hair.
I found many good products that I'll be sticking with. I started
caring for my hair again and now the first few inches of new growth
are fresher looking (soft and have more sheen) than the second
half of my hair that doesn't look as healthy. I learned a lot
and plan on improving upon it this year.
A New Plan
new year I devised a new plan for my hair. I am on a personal
challenge to grow my hair to unbelievable lengths. I'm determined
to grow 6" of hair by the end of this year! I also
plan to keep the hair I already have on my head. I've been on
a little more last year and picked up a lot of tips and have tried
some of them and they really are working for me:
- VO5 conditioner
washes every other day. I love the smell of their new line of
conditioners. They're less than a dollar (so don't get them
at the 99¢ store!) I actually feel like my hair is being
cleaned. I think this is because I stopped using heavy creams
in my hair. And, from the looks of my past entries about the
"no poo" method, Practice Makes Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Using less
to no heavy products in my hair. When I used CD's Healthy Hair
Butter for example and tried to conditioner wash it out (with
a 2 in 1), my hair stunk like a skunk until my next wash. I
found that it was because the stuff I had in my hair was so
thick that it needed to be shampoo'd out. I think it mainly
has to do with the beeswax content in the Healthy Hair Butter
and the Mimosa Hair Honey. I 've almost completely stopped using
these products, gels, and oils in my hair! My hair still feels
soft and healthy without them anyway.
moisturize, moisturize"! So many women would repeat this
line over and over in the message boards that I frequent, but
I would never know what to moisturize my hair with! After splurging
a couple times at Sally's, Kmart, Sav-on's, Trina's (in L.A.)
and wherever else hair products are sold, I've finally
found moisturizing products. Protectiv, Elastica, and Pantene
are some companies I've been experimenting with recently. I've
also taken a liking to my once hated CD's Hair Milk; once I
got rid of most of the oil in it, it actually felt like a very
moisturizing white cream that feels good when rubbed into my
wet hair. The smell doesn't get to me anymore either. Long gone
are the days of using oil for moisture!
rinsing. I work out atleast 3 days a week, so I've been trying
this thing of rinsing my hair in the shower after a workout.
I usually let conditioner sit in my hair after rinsing while
I shower, and rinse it out minutes later. This works best for
me if my hair is in twists, so I don't have to worry about parting,
combing, brushing, or anything and can just run off to work
or classes as it dries. I love this conditioner wash/rinse thing
because I noticed that going a whole week without washing my
hair put my hair in bad shape. If I was wearing a ponytail for
the week, for example, my hair will stretch straighter everyday
until my hair is so stretched and stiff that I can hardly do
much with it. Daily use of products also makes my hair feel
weird after some days when I used to wash just once a week.
I'm hoping that this frequent rinsing will help my hair grow!
- Eat right.
I've gotten the gym down, now I need to practice eating right--or
eating at all! Since I've been living on my own I haven't been
splurging at Jack In The Box or cooking big meals nightly (like
when I lived w/ my b/f). I've been watching my money, and inturn
I've been watching what I spend on. With the Ramen diet (lol),
I lost 10 lbs of unnecessary weight last year (whoo hoo!) But
now, I find myself unknowingly skipping meals and in the long
run that won't be too good for my health. I plan on adding lots
of greens and fruits to my weekly eating regimen, along with
"hair growing" foods like Horsetail, Molasses, and
protein shakes (yum). Throughout the year I'll be experimenting
with these kinds of foods and incorporating them into my daily
care of my ends!! This is why my hair doesn't seem to "grow".
It's because I haven't been tending to the hair I already have.
And since my ends are the oldest part of my hair, I should be
taking even better care of them :) I used to remedy bad ends
by cutting them off. If I keep on with this I will never be
able to realize any length with my hair! I am now concentrating
my moisturizing creams to my ends... before I go to bed, and
in the morning b/4 I leave for my day. In addition, I started
running my fingers down bunches of strands of hair to feel for
knots at the ends of my hair. When I feel one, I whip out my
trimming scissors and clip it off, one by one. This is a good
way to get rid of the obviously bad ends, without having to
chop off hair all around my head when I could just get that
one bad hair.
I'm really excited about what I've been learning
about my hair and hope to realize a great growth in my hair this
I feel like
I'm on the right track with my hair. I've been using protective
styles to keep away from my hair as long as I could. So
far, I've worn two protective styles each lasting two weeks. Right
now I'm on week 2 with my small twists. I did these before Valentine's
Day Weekend as a twist-out (to be cute :), then retwisted after
the weekend. The only problem I have is that I'm always feeling
around for not-so-twisted twists, undoing them, and pulling at
the hair to re-twist it. So I don't feel like I'm "technically"
letting my hair rest, but oh well. It's always the week 2 of twists
where my twists don't want to cooperate. In the mornings after
my rinse or conditioner wash, I mix my Elastica Mango Butter
with some ORS Lock & Twist Gel and rub it through my
wet twists. I'll use my boar brush to lightly brush down the fluffs
at the top of my head and tie it down lightly with a scarf
for a little bit (I make sure not to leave my scarf on too long
because I want my twists to dry freeform, not flat on my head).
And when I remember I'll rub my Protectiv over my ends. I'm also
spraying this Dark & Lovely Naturals Citrus Braid spray
in my twists. All these products can be easily washed out with
my conditioner washes.
doing this no-poo thang. I'm actually almost done with my first
VO5 Strawberries and can't wait to start on my Tangerines!
I also bought another conditioner that I saw at Costco that
was shaped like a wine bottle and smelled minty--so I just had
to grab it. Also, Bath & Body Works had this $1 Conditioner
(the size of your palm) that listed all these natural ingredients.
I thought it was cute and got that to try.
I took my
sis to the salon to get her braids in. Her hair has been breaking
off from her bad relaxer. The braider, who saw her a year ago,
even noticed that it hasn't grown. Unfortunately I can't see her
everyday but try the best to help her out and teach her when I
do see her. I hope to keep her hair in braids by learning how
to braid myself, 'cause I can't keep dishin' out the big bucks
every 3-4 weeks! I'm probably gonna buy that braiding video
from Robin the Hair Lady (@growafrohairlong.com). I'm skeptical
about getting it elsewhere, afraid that their featured styles
may date back to the '80's or something(some of those videos are
so dang old) and I can't have my sis looking like Rick James.
As for my
diet, I started incorporating home-made salads into my meals.
I try and make different creative meals using salads. Last week,
my favorite was a mix of iceberg ready-made salad mixed with spinach
leaves, cut mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and chopped broccoli &
carrots mix. I'd add an avocado to the salad and that was my meal.
This week I baked some frozen battered fish, diced into cubes,
and stored for the week to dress my salad with for my lunches
(like they do at fastfood restaurants, except with chicken). I
also sprinkle corn and add my dressing. I'm still taking my Flax
Seed oil almost every day, so I'll drizzle that over the salad
as well (practically tasteless & undetectable). This week
I've been snacking on dried fruits and nuts, and drink a Boost
High Protein shake in the morning (it was expensive for a 6-pack,
so I'm trying to stretch it out. The shake is really tasty. I'm
drinking it mainly because it's what's recommended by so many
women for growing healthy hair (protein shakes in general).
plan on expanding this site as soon as I can. There's so much
I want to write about, so much I wanna do! *snap* But reality
says "back to my studies"!
Wow, I desperately
needed to update my website... I've still been working with
my hair, but I've done too much to remember it all. I actually
bought a new blow dryer. I haven't used one in such a long
time, but I decided to buy one because of the summer heat. It's
hard to air dry in humid air and keep a style. Also, I need
to think about work and school so I won't be able to airdry all
the time. It's a really great dryer. I experimented
with hooded dryers for deep conditioning, but they all sucked.
So I'll stick with my plastic caps for deep conditioning,
and use the blow dryer for quick drying. I used them to
dry my twists and they came out very soft, as opposed to airdrying
simplified my routine after splurging over every product imaginable
(and I will add these products to my reviews). I found the
PERFECT shampoo for my hair: AVEDA Curessence! It cleanses
my hair so well without stripping it, and no after stuff left
on my hair. It detangles my hair sooo well too--I can actually
comb my hair with shampoo in it! I wash with that once every
week or two, and then deep condition or whatever, and then rub
coconut oil in my hair when done, and maybe a little moisturizer
into my ends and that's it. I'm doing this with my twists,
I'll see how it goes with my hair when it's out of twists.
I tried a
coconut milk conditioning treatment: I bought a can of pure coconut
milk from VONS, poured that in a bowl and mixed with olive oil,
deep conditioner, and poured over my hair. It was very drippy
so I had to cover it with a showercap and tie the edges down with
a scarf to stop the drips. I left it in for some hours and
washed it out. My hair was too tough to comb, but when I
rinsed it out my hair was soft regardless of the shrinkage. I
blow-dried my hair to get the debris out of my hair from a henna
treatment, and my hair came out very straight, soft, black, and
shiny. I mean, my hair shinned sooo much it was like shine
was infused INTO my hair. My hair had never been this shinny,
and when I touched it it didn't feel overly greasy. I'd
like to try this again with a thicker coconut milk, a more pasty
Also, I got
the best results when I blow dried my hair straight. I parted
my hair down the middle, I took one section of hair at a time
starting from the nape of my neck and worked my way up. I
used my Denman brush to pull the hair while blow drying from a
slight distance. I did this twice since I bought my blow
dryer. The first time, my hair felt a little dry and very
fluffy and full. This second time, after my henna and coconut
milk treatments, my hair came out much straighter and felt so
soft and SHINED yet didn't feel greasy. I was combing it
in all directions wearing it in different styles! Of course
I took pictures.
For most of
this summer, I have been leaving my hair in two ponytails because
my hair has gotten too thick to pull into one ponytail. I'll
wash my hair in those same ponytails and keep them secured with
my pantyhose hairbands. I have been using Suave's Milk & Honey
conditioner for my conditioner washes during the week. Lately,
I've been leaving some of it in my hair as a leave-in. Coats my
hair well and makes it smell great all day. The only drawback
though is that it thickens the hair. I have to rinse the next
day or so.
eating healthy, mostly cooking at home. My usual meals:
- Ramen cooked with frozen veggies and sardines (no more Mackrel
for me, contains high levels of mercury)
- Frozen Tina burritos occasionally for lunch
- Home made salads with the fixin's. I'm using this bacos-type
seasoning mix to top over my salads and I use Newman salad dressings;
the Ranch is reeaally good!
- Avacados (yum!). I eat them at home or take them on the go.
All I need is one plastic spoon and I'm set. I use the spoon to
carve an opening on one side of the avacado, use my fingers to
pinch/peel that piece off, and that's it, I scoop out the goods
from that opening and eat it just like that.
- Boost protein shakes. VONS made a boo boo some months ago and
accidentally labeled the Boost 6-pks as "$1.66", showing
a savings of over $5, lol. After about 4 months I'm finally getting
down to the last cans. I drink these for breakfast when I'm on
the go. They usually do a pretty good job of filling me up.
- Hard-boiled egs. I've recently added this to my regimen after
hearing from a long hair'd natural that she eats maybe 3 hard
boiled eggs per day. In one year, her hair grew from her ears
to almost bra strap. That's gonna be me, fo sho.
exercising as well, more intense than before. I've been gaining
so much of my beautiful shape back. The more I work out, the more
beautiful I feel, and the more it shows in my body. My legs are
my focus as of now.
doing a lot of revisiting of my old products stash and finding
new uses for them. I'm also trying to put together a long-term
product's regimen for myself as to what products I should use,
for what, when, and how often it should be used.
Treat/Suave Shampoo/Lustrasilk Deep Conditioner/Suave Conditioner/AVEDA
Leave-In/Oil & Serum:
I rubbed Alma oil into my hair and wrapped it with seran wrap
and kept covered for hours. Went jogging, came back to wash it
out with my new Suave Humectant Shampoo. I loved the way
the shampoo felt. It was very thick almost like a conditioner
and it smelled like their Coconut conditioner. I felt it did a
good job of washing my hair and not stripping it. I washed each
of my 4 sections, rinsed, and rubbed in my Lustrasilk Aloe
Vera deep conditioner.
It felt very silky going in. I left this in for a few hours. I
rinsed it out and my hair was still feeling pretty silky!
Problems start when I want to comb my hair into its usual
two ponytails. I started combing my hair from end to top while
dipping my hair in and out of the water (too much running water
will wash the nice slip that was in my hair). I added in Suave
Awapuhi conditioner. I was having a hard time combing my hair
and was taking longer than usual. My hair was getting fluffy (something
that conditioner is supposed to counteract) and I was not liking
this! Finally I somehow discovered that I had been combing
the WRONG WAY. I was holding my hair at my head and was trying
to pluck out and comb my hair at the ends. When I reversed this--holding
my ends and gliding my comb right above my hand and combing down
(and sliding my hand down until the comb reached my ends) it was
incredibly easy to detangle my hair! I can't believe I had never
realized this before, but I'm glad I did. My poor ends have been
suffering (once again). When done, my hair felt too fluffy, not
slicked down like how it normally feels. The hair feels very cottony
instead. I decided I want to try out bangs; I pulled out a piece
of hair from the front and rolled onto a roller. When I did this,
I noticed how shiny my hair really is :) So even though it looked
dull and fluffy out of the shower, when pulled taughtly it has
shine. I rubbed in my new AVEDA Elixir Leave-in and it
felt "okay", nothing grand. Rubbed in a mix of Coconut
oil and Neutrogena Triple Moisture Serum ontop of that.
Because I read in "In-Style" mag. that brushing over
wet hair causes hair to split (!), I smoothed my hair with just
my hands (for the first time) and resecured my ponytails, twisted
the ends, tucked under hairbands, and put on my scarf.
My hair came
out pretty good considering I didn't even use a brush over it???
I may end up doing this more often :) It didn't have the
shine it usually has because it didn't have that slicked feel
out of the shower yesterday, but it looks very neat. I brushed
the hair at the nape of my neck. I brushed down both sides of
my "bangs" (split the hair on either side of my face
cause they're too long and tucked behind my ears). I combed out
the two twisted ponytails into puffs, and twirled around and re-tucked
under hairbands (I should have rubbed in some moisture, huh?