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Wash day has become the bane of my existence.

If this is your first time reading my blog then you would not have the slightest clue as to why I loathe wash day. But to make a long story short.... I am Lazy!
I call myself a lazy naturalista for a reason, not just for laughs and giggles. If you have natural hair then you know the struggle that comes along with detangling and washing and oh yea you can't forget the conditioning! It's so stressful simply because my hair is always and I mean always tangled.


How do you prepare your natural hair for wash day?

I've seen some people do pre-poos and conditioning their hair before a wash, but as I mentioned before, my arms nor drive was built for that so I try to keep my process simple.

Wash, Rinse and repeat. 

Repeat with conditioner of course, then I'm done! I personally don't see a need for a 7 step process on wash day because my 4 step process is long enough. 

Because tangled hair and dandruff always seem to be my biggest problems on wash day, I try my best to find products that will take care of these problems  simultaneously while I am washing my hair.

When Maple Holistics reached out to me to do a review on their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Tea Tree Oil Conditioner, I had to say of course because mere tea tree oil itself works heavens. Accepting hair products from an unknown company is always makes me cringe a little bit because our hair strands are just like any other cell in our body and can cause major reactions if it isn't paired well with a complimentary product. So you all know I'm sensitive about my ishh(In the words of Miss. Erika Badu)

What is Tea tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is widely known to heal wounds because of its antiseptic properties. Most people use tee tree oil topically to treat fungal infections, such as acne or dandruff.

After this explanation you should have an idea as to why I have a love for Tea Tree Oil. 

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo (8oz)



Price: $8.95
Claims:
Our Natural Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is the hair care solution you've been dreaming of! Boasting wonderful therapeutic benefits thanks to the incredible effects of natural tea tree oil, this shampoo can improve hair and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss. Suitable for men, women, and children, our Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is cruelty-free, parabens-free, GMO-free, and gluten free.


Promotes healthy hair growth.

Can slow hair loss, shedding, and thinning hair.

Helps prevent flaking and dandruff.

Capable of soothing an irritated scalp.

Potential to naturally eradicates lice.

Leaves hair and scalp rejuvenated and fresh.

What I think: 
Upon opening the shampoo, I could immediately smell the tea tree oil, it was probably the strongest I have ever smelled as it mimicked a menthol scent. Menthol doesn't bother me much, but if you are sensitive to smell then stay clear. The shampoo had a medium consistency and I didn't have to use much of the product to get a good lather.
As I mentioned prior, washing my hair is so strenuous because the knots that form in my head are ridiculously hard to get out. Unfortunately, this shampoo made my hair even more knotted because it didn't have any slip. Please be aware, the only shampoos that do have slip are moisturizing shampoos. The Tea Tree oil shampoo stripped my hair of any oils and residue that was built up on my strands. To some, this may sound scary, but for me I enjoyed it. I like giving my hair a good clarifying wash every now and then, other wise my hair will appear limp.
I can definitely say after my first wash my scalp felt as if it could breathe again! It claims to reduce dandruff however I won't be able to truly notice results with only one or two uses. But in the present moment, the dandruff has subsided.
I probably wouldn't use this as a weekly shampoo, but on the days I want my hair to be really purified and rid of residue, this bad boy is it!
As a curly girl, you have to make sure that you are restoring your hair's natural PH balance and moisture for optimal health. In this case, if you were to use the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil shampoo please deep condition to replenish your strands.

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Conditioner (8oz)

Price: $12.77

Claims: 
Maple Holistics Tea Tree Conditioner provides the hair conditioning treatment you've been waiting for! By utilizing safe and effective conditioning agents - including our star ingredient, tea tree oil - our Tea Tree Conditioner will condition and soften your hair like no other. Our formula, which features complex plant derived keratin, silk protein amino acids, Vitamin B5, and more, can help you achieve a clearer, healthier scalp with the silky, easy-to-handle hair of your dreams!


Made with all-natural ingredients.

Conditions for an all-natural and satisfying result.

Utilizes quality conditioning agents.

Can improve dry, curly, thinning, frizzy, brittle, static, and wavy hair – and more!

Therapeutic-grade.


What I Think:
I applied this conditioner directly after I applied the Tea Tree Shampoo. It applied pretty smoothly and had a thicker consistency. The scent was similar to the shampoo but less potent. It offered adequate slip for the detangling process and added needed moisture back into my strands. A deep conditioning treatment was still beneficial after the shampoo process in order to really restore full moisture. With the use of this conditioner my hair was smoother than it was prior to use. I noticed that the product does include some silk protein so if you're protein sensitive (as I am sometimes) you don't want to overly use the product. 
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this product. Don't get me wrong, It was a good product but I had to use a quarter of the bottle on my kinky hair to really coat my hair, meaning I would only be able to use this product a total of four times. 


My Hair after the conditioner application

Is Maple Holistic's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Good for Natural Hair Wash day?

It truly depends on what kind of wash day you are having. If this is your usual wash day routine I would say hold off on the shampoo as it may be a little too drying for our tightly coiled strands. 

If this is your clarifying wash day I said grab these bad boys with both hands and get to scrubbing your scalp! The price is pretty decent and it does a great job clarifying your scalp. If you don't have mid back length hair then the conditioner will be suitable for shorter hair types as you can get more uses out of the bottle. 

Maple Holistics Free Samples

If you would like to try this for yourself, be sure to check out Maple Holistics' website. I am not sure what you will receive but hey, if it's free you can't beat it.

Check out their free sample promotion here


Washing Natural Hair with Maple Holistics' Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Condtioner

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wash day has become the bane of my existence.

If this is your first time reading my blog then you would not have the slightest clue as to why I loathe wash day. But to make a long story short.... I am Lazy!
I call myself a lazy naturalista for a reason, not just for laughs and giggles. If you have natural hair then you know the struggle that comes along with detangling and washing and oh yea you can't forget the conditioning! It's so stressful simply because my hair is always and I mean always tangled.


How do you prepare your natural hair for wash day?

I've seen some people do pre-poos and conditioning their hair before a wash, but as I mentioned before, my arms nor drive was built for that so I try to keep my process simple.

Wash, Rinse and repeat. 

Repeat with conditioner of course, then I'm done! I personally don't see a need for a 7 step process on wash day because my 4 step process is long enough. 

Because tangled hair and dandruff always seem to be my biggest problems on wash day, I try my best to find products that will take care of these problems  simultaneously while I am washing my hair.

When Maple Holistics reached out to me to do a review on their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Tea Tree Oil Conditioner, I had to say of course because mere tea tree oil itself works heavens. Accepting hair products from an unknown company is always makes me cringe a little bit because our hair strands are just like any other cell in our body and can cause major reactions if it isn't paired well with a complimentary product. So you all know I'm sensitive about my ishh(In the words of Miss. Erika Badu)

What is Tea tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is widely known to heal wounds because of its antiseptic properties. Most people use tee tree oil topically to treat fungal infections, such as acne or dandruff.

After this explanation you should have an idea as to why I have a love for Tea Tree Oil. 

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo (8oz)



Price: $8.95
Claims:
Our Natural Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is the hair care solution you've been dreaming of! Boasting wonderful therapeutic benefits thanks to the incredible effects of natural tea tree oil, this shampoo can improve hair and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss. Suitable for men, women, and children, our Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is cruelty-free, parabens-free, GMO-free, and gluten free.


Promotes healthy hair growth.

Can slow hair loss, shedding, and thinning hair.

Helps prevent flaking and dandruff.

Capable of soothing an irritated scalp.

Potential to naturally eradicates lice.

Leaves hair and scalp rejuvenated and fresh.

What I think: 
Upon opening the shampoo, I could immediately smell the tea tree oil, it was probably the strongest I have ever smelled as it mimicked a menthol scent. Menthol doesn't bother me much, but if you are sensitive to smell then stay clear. The shampoo had a medium consistency and I didn't have to use much of the product to get a good lather.
As I mentioned prior, washing my hair is so strenuous because the knots that form in my head are ridiculously hard to get out. Unfortunately, this shampoo made my hair even more knotted because it didn't have any slip. Please be aware, the only shampoos that do have slip are moisturizing shampoos. The Tea Tree oil shampoo stripped my hair of any oils and residue that was built up on my strands. To some, this may sound scary, but for me I enjoyed it. I like giving my hair a good clarifying wash every now and then, other wise my hair will appear limp.
I can definitely say after my first wash my scalp felt as if it could breathe again! It claims to reduce dandruff however I won't be able to truly notice results with only one or two uses. But in the present moment, the dandruff has subsided.
I probably wouldn't use this as a weekly shampoo, but on the days I want my hair to be really purified and rid of residue, this bad boy is it!
As a curly girl, you have to make sure that you are restoring your hair's natural PH balance and moisture for optimal health. In this case, if you were to use the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil shampoo please deep condition to replenish your strands.

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Conditioner (8oz)

Price: $12.77

Claims: 
Maple Holistics Tea Tree Conditioner provides the hair conditioning treatment you've been waiting for! By utilizing safe and effective conditioning agents - including our star ingredient, tea tree oil - our Tea Tree Conditioner will condition and soften your hair like no other. Our formula, which features complex plant derived keratin, silk protein amino acids, Vitamin B5, and more, can help you achieve a clearer, healthier scalp with the silky, easy-to-handle hair of your dreams!


Made with all-natural ingredients.

Conditions for an all-natural and satisfying result.

Utilizes quality conditioning agents.

Can improve dry, curly, thinning, frizzy, brittle, static, and wavy hair – and more!

Therapeutic-grade.


What I Think:
I applied this conditioner directly after I applied the Tea Tree Shampoo. It applied pretty smoothly and had a thicker consistency. The scent was similar to the shampoo but less potent. It offered adequate slip for the detangling process and added needed moisture back into my strands. A deep conditioning treatment was still beneficial after the shampoo process in order to really restore full moisture. With the use of this conditioner my hair was smoother than it was prior to use. I noticed that the product does include some silk protein so if you're protein sensitive (as I am sometimes) you don't want to overly use the product. 
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this product. Don't get me wrong, It was a good product but I had to use a quarter of the bottle on my kinky hair to really coat my hair, meaning I would only be able to use this product a total of four times. 


My Hair after the conditioner application

Is Maple Holistic's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Good for Natural Hair Wash day?

It truly depends on what kind of wash day you are having. If this is your usual wash day routine I would say hold off on the shampoo as it may be a little too drying for our tightly coiled strands. 

If this is your clarifying wash day I said grab these bad boys with both hands and get to scrubbing your scalp! The price is pretty decent and it does a great job clarifying your scalp. If you don't have mid back length hair then the conditioner will be suitable for shorter hair types as you can get more uses out of the bottle. 

Maple Holistics Free Samples

If you would like to try this for yourself, be sure to check out Maple Holistics' website. I am not sure what you will receive but hey, if it's free you can't beat it.

Check out their free sample promotion here




And they lived happily ever after…

Or maybe they didn’t. As soon as our hormones kick in, we tend to gravitate to the notion that we have to find our “soul mate”. Or even the idea that there is someone out there who matches our personality and characteristics perfectly, which make them our perfect match.

However, how many of us who are in exclusive relationship can really say we’ve met our soulmate? And for the percentage of us who think we have met our “soul mates”, how many of us can say that they are 100% perfect in every aspect of their being?

Coming from a biblical standpoint, there is nowhere in the Bible that states that God has made us a soul mate that we must be with. Before you stick a pitchfork in my mouth, and start shouting Adam and Eve, let’s go back and dissect that story briefly.
God created Eve because He stated that, man should not live alone. NOT that man has to have a perfect match! However there are multiple places in the Bible that states that God’s love is sufficient for us.

Song of Solomon 3:4 - “I have found the one whom my soul loves.” <- - - - - (not soul mate!)

Granted, there are many scriptures that do highlight the concept of our souls loving another but it doesn’t always have a romantic connotation to the meaning.

So do “Soul Mates” exist in the Bible? No, you’re welcome.

Now that we have the biblical piece set aside let’s go into the reasons as to why you should probably stop searching for your “happy ever after” to marry.

1. Searching for your soul mate can possibly inhibit you from truly understanding to love yourself first: Though we may try to be the best versions of ourselves, if we are focused on something else we cannot possibly be giving ourselves 100%. Try to remember a time where you have lost your phone, you’ve done the very best while being thorough and retracing your steps to find where it was last seen. You’re giving it your all to find that iPhone you cherish so much, then you give up and figure that you’ll never find it. What happens to your emotions? You get really upset, you may start to wallow and temporarily you may even be disappointed in yourself because you tried your best to find your beloved. Now let’s apply this to your search for your soul mate. You go on a couple dates, reassuring yourself that he or she is the “one”. Then when they reveal to you that they still live at home with their parents and aren’t really sure of what they want to do with their career. You start to fall perhaps into a minor sad state where you’re hopes were so high to match you’re already established career. This is the very reason why when you’re on your search for your soul mate it can really be draining and deplete the energy needed to be the best you!

2. You may have a person that matches you perfectly, but they may be permanently friend zoned

You ask a person to describe their soul mate their responses typically go something like this, “He connects with me on all levels, he’s my perfect match.” Or “She is like the missing half of me, it’s like she looks into my soul.” Well my friends what you have described may be a disaster because those qualities don’t indicate any source of individuation. If you describe your soul mate as your “twin” or other half you could also be describing a friend. Most of our friendships exists because they immediately connect with us and sometimes act as our twins. So before you deny that this perfectly matched friend is not your soul mate. Please be aware that your perfect match doesn’t always have to be your next Husband or Wife! Sometimes the people who we feel the most connected to is there just to serve a specific purpose, not to give you your next 24 karat ring! #FACTS

3. Life is not meant to be fairly tale where as soon as a problem arises it’s then fixed and the end stays happy forever.

If you truly believe finding a soul mate will make your life the next fairytale, please pinch yourself…twice. When was the last time you had a fight with your best friend? Did you not end up in an argument probably a few months down the line? If you truly believe finding the perfect guy will solve the repetitive pattern you’ve had with relationship qualms, you’re wrong. Fairy tales are meant to be just that, Fairy-Enchanted Tale-Myth.

Arguments will come, and so will solutions! There is no Prince Charming or Princess Tiana in the world that will substitute the lessons learned from trials.

4. With 7.5 billion people in the world how will you connect with them all on your tedious “search”

Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat does in fact help us connect with different people from all walks of the earth but there is no way we can possibly connect with them all! Some may say, “well God will most likely put my soul mate in my vicinity.” Well then I may say something like, “So you’re gonna go out with every female in Brooklyn.” Most likely the answer is no. There are way too many people out there who are similar to us, that may even be our counterpart doppelganger. This does not change the fact that the entire nation is populated with over 7 billion potential “soul mates” that you would have to sift through to “find” yours. So stop looking, because if someone is meant for you, trust me, you won’t have to search.

5. You may pass on great opportunities with connections if you’re too fixated on your soul mate.

It’s simple. If you’re too focused on not dating that girl because she doesn’t have the same ethnic background as you, or that guy because he’s a janitor and not a lawyer, then you are limiting yourself! These people you may pass by, could be your next ticket to a billion dollar idea, but it won’t be your billion dollar idea because you refused to date or even network with them. Don’t ever be too fixated on finding your “soul mate.” They don’t really exist.

So do you still believe soul mate still exist? Let’s chat. Leave me a comment below.

5 Reasons You Should Stop Searching for Your Soul Mate: Nearly Perfect Ending

Sunday, October 1, 2017



And they lived happily ever after…

Or maybe they didn’t. As soon as our hormones kick in, we tend to gravitate to the notion that we have to find our “soul mate”. Or even the idea that there is someone out there who matches our personality and characteristics perfectly, which make them our perfect match.

However, how many of us who are in exclusive relationship can really say we’ve met our soulmate? And for the percentage of us who think we have met our “soul mates”, how many of us can say that they are 100% perfect in every aspect of their being?

Coming from a biblical standpoint, there is nowhere in the Bible that states that God has made us a soul mate that we must be with. Before you stick a pitchfork in my mouth, and start shouting Adam and Eve, let’s go back and dissect that story briefly.
God created Eve because He stated that, man should not live alone. NOT that man has to have a perfect match! However there are multiple places in the Bible that states that God’s love is sufficient for us.

Song of Solomon 3:4 - “I have found the one whom my soul loves.” <- - - - - (not soul mate!)

Granted, there are many scriptures that do highlight the concept of our souls loving another but it doesn’t always have a romantic connotation to the meaning.

So do “Soul Mates” exist in the Bible? No, you’re welcome.

Now that we have the biblical piece set aside let’s go into the reasons as to why you should probably stop searching for your “happy ever after” to marry.

1. Searching for your soul mate can possibly inhibit you from truly understanding to love yourself first: Though we may try to be the best versions of ourselves, if we are focused on something else we cannot possibly be giving ourselves 100%. Try to remember a time where you have lost your phone, you’ve done the very best while being thorough and retracing your steps to find where it was last seen. You’re giving it your all to find that iPhone you cherish so much, then you give up and figure that you’ll never find it. What happens to your emotions? You get really upset, you may start to wallow and temporarily you may even be disappointed in yourself because you tried your best to find your beloved. Now let’s apply this to your search for your soul mate. You go on a couple dates, reassuring yourself that he or she is the “one”. Then when they reveal to you that they still live at home with their parents and aren’t really sure of what they want to do with their career. You start to fall perhaps into a minor sad state where you’re hopes were so high to match you’re already established career. This is the very reason why when you’re on your search for your soul mate it can really be draining and deplete the energy needed to be the best you!

2. You may have a person that matches you perfectly, but they may be permanently friend zoned

You ask a person to describe their soul mate their responses typically go something like this, “He connects with me on all levels, he’s my perfect match.” Or “She is like the missing half of me, it’s like she looks into my soul.” Well my friends what you have described may be a disaster because those qualities don’t indicate any source of individuation. If you describe your soul mate as your “twin” or other half you could also be describing a friend. Most of our friendships exists because they immediately connect with us and sometimes act as our twins. So before you deny that this perfectly matched friend is not your soul mate. Please be aware that your perfect match doesn’t always have to be your next Husband or Wife! Sometimes the people who we feel the most connected to is there just to serve a specific purpose, not to give you your next 24 karat ring! #FACTS

3. Life is not meant to be fairly tale where as soon as a problem arises it’s then fixed and the end stays happy forever.

If you truly believe finding a soul mate will make your life the next fairytale, please pinch yourself…twice. When was the last time you had a fight with your best friend? Did you not end up in an argument probably a few months down the line? If you truly believe finding the perfect guy will solve the repetitive pattern you’ve had with relationship qualms, you’re wrong. Fairy tales are meant to be just that, Fairy-Enchanted Tale-Myth.

Arguments will come, and so will solutions! There is no Prince Charming or Princess Tiana in the world that will substitute the lessons learned from trials.

4. With 7.5 billion people in the world how will you connect with them all on your tedious “search”

Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat does in fact help us connect with different people from all walks of the earth but there is no way we can possibly connect with them all! Some may say, “well God will most likely put my soul mate in my vicinity.” Well then I may say something like, “So you’re gonna go out with every female in Brooklyn.” Most likely the answer is no. There are way too many people out there who are similar to us, that may even be our counterpart doppelganger. This does not change the fact that the entire nation is populated with over 7 billion potential “soul mates” that you would have to sift through to “find” yours. So stop looking, because if someone is meant for you, trust me, you won’t have to search.

5. You may pass on great opportunities with connections if you’re too fixated on your soul mate.

It’s simple. If you’re too focused on not dating that girl because she doesn’t have the same ethnic background as you, or that guy because he’s a janitor and not a lawyer, then you are limiting yourself! These people you may pass by, could be your next ticket to a billion dollar idea, but it won’t be your billion dollar idea because you refused to date or even network with them. Don’t ever be too fixated on finding your “soul mate.” They don’t really exist.

So do you still believe soul mate still exist? Let’s chat. Leave me a comment below.


Who says you can’t teach an old track new tricks?

About a year ago I purchased hair from my store that I wore as a weave a couple times. I will be the first to say that I did not take care of the hair like I should have because I am just a lazy person. Suffice to say, my hoarding ways did not let me part from the tracks nor the frontal. So what does anyone do when they need a new hairstyle fast with no money? They make a wig. Yes issa wig!

Several people have asked me in the past to show how I make my wigs, so what better way to show the world than to make a video?

Think's you’ll need:

Any patterned bundles of tracked hair. 3 Bundles of Malaysian hair found here
Lace frontal
Curved Needle
Thread
Band
Wig cap
White eyeliner/chalk



Do you have any bundles of hair laying around that you're ready to transform to a wig?

How to make a Lace Frontal from start to finish: Nearly Perfect Hair

Saturday, September 23, 2017



Who says you can’t teach an old track new tricks?

About a year ago I purchased hair from my store that I wore as a weave a couple times. I will be the first to say that I did not take care of the hair like I should have because I am just a lazy person. Suffice to say, my hoarding ways did not let me part from the tracks nor the frontal. So what does anyone do when they need a new hairstyle fast with no money? They make a wig. Yes issa wig!

Several people have asked me in the past to show how I make my wigs, so what better way to show the world than to make a video?

Think's you’ll need:

Any patterned bundles of tracked hair. 3 Bundles of Malaysian hair found here
Lace frontal
Curved Needle
Thread
Band
Wig cap
White eyeliner/chalk



Do you have any bundles of hair laying around that you're ready to transform to a wig?


Imagine being in a line up with your fellow curly-girl friends who are auditioning for a Tresemme commercial. They mysterious voice tells you turn left, and then right, in order to have an accurate profile of your hair. That same voice then requests that you step forward and list all the things you do to your hair, in order to weed out the best answers for the commercial. He asks you, “Do you put conditioner on before your oil or after?” What do you say? Do you give the same response your loc’ed friend gives? How do you know what’s the right answer?

That’s just it! There isn’t a “right answer” when it comes to hair, however there are some DO’s and Don’t’s that you may want to follow in order to optimize the health of your hair.

Do…

Make sure you deep condition at least twice a month. Each day out hair loses vast amounts o moisture because of the reaction it has with the air. Deep conditioning at least once a week, or once every other week at minimum helps to restore our hair’ elasticity and strength.

Don’t…

Overly saturate your hair in conditioner everyday. Depending on the make up of your hair, over saturation can break the protein bonds that your hair holds and can lead to broken hair structures. Protein in our hair produces keratin which aids in hair growth and strength. Overdoing it in the conditioning department is a no go!

Do…

Be sure to clarify your hair at least once a week. I may get some backlash for this, but before you send in the troops, let’s take in the facts. If your hair isn’t in a protective style, chances are you are applying products like moisturizers or gels to style your hair. Overtime those products promote product buildup. For my avid co-washers, this may not seem like a problem, but trust me, down the road your hair will lose its shine and will become limp. Clarifying your hair gives your hair a fresh stat. That doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals, but try switching over to a clarifying conditioner, or a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure you are rinsing away those products from your strands.


Don’t…

Overly use products that contain sulfates. Though it may be hard to find products that don’t have sulfates when you want a good shampoo, it is possible! Look for products that contain sodium cocoyl isethionate or cocamidopropyl betaine, which are less harsh on your strands.

Do...

Know your hair’s porosity. Knowing your hair’s porosity is one of the major players in the world of hair. There are sites like http://www.porosity411.com/, where you can learn more about porosity and take tests to figure out where you fall. Being aware of your hair’s porosity allows you to create a regimen that works for you. Certain products that we use doesn’t always react the same in low porosity hair as it would in high porosity hair. Having this knowledge may even permit you to reduce some of your regimen steps!

Don’t...

Assume your hair regimen will be the same as a fellow person’s. Yea, you and ‘becky with the good hair’ may have the same porosity levels, but that doesn’t guarantee that her regimen will mirror yours. You may have a different reaction to her Deva Curl Low Poo because you may have a protein sensitivity or even a sensitivity to other ingredients.


So now that you’ve just gained some knowledge, picture yourself back in that line up and it’s your turn to speak. You’re not nervous anymore because you know that your healthy hair regimen is perfect just for you!

Do's and Dont's for Healthy Natural Hair: Nearly Perfect Strands

Wednesday, September 20, 2017



Imagine being in a line up with your fellow curly-girl friends who are auditioning for a Tresemme commercial. They mysterious voice tells you turn left, and then right, in order to have an accurate profile of your hair. That same voice then requests that you step forward and list all the things you do to your hair, in order to weed out the best answers for the commercial. He asks you, “Do you put conditioner on before your oil or after?” What do you say? Do you give the same response your loc’ed friend gives? How do you know what’s the right answer?

That’s just it! There isn’t a “right answer” when it comes to hair, however there are some DO’s and Don’t’s that you may want to follow in order to optimize the health of your hair.

Do…

Make sure you deep condition at least twice a month. Each day out hair loses vast amounts o moisture because of the reaction it has with the air. Deep conditioning at least once a week, or once every other week at minimum helps to restore our hair’ elasticity and strength.

Don’t…

Overly saturate your hair in conditioner everyday. Depending on the make up of your hair, over saturation can break the protein bonds that your hair holds and can lead to broken hair structures. Protein in our hair produces keratin which aids in hair growth and strength. Overdoing it in the conditioning department is a no go!

Do…

Be sure to clarify your hair at least once a week. I may get some backlash for this, but before you send in the troops, let’s take in the facts. If your hair isn’t in a protective style, chances are you are applying products like moisturizers or gels to style your hair. Overtime those products promote product buildup. For my avid co-washers, this may not seem like a problem, but trust me, down the road your hair will lose its shine and will become limp. Clarifying your hair gives your hair a fresh stat. That doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals, but try switching over to a clarifying conditioner, or a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure you are rinsing away those products from your strands.


Don’t…

Overly use products that contain sulfates. Though it may be hard to find products that don’t have sulfates when you want a good shampoo, it is possible! Look for products that contain sodium cocoyl isethionate or cocamidopropyl betaine, which are less harsh on your strands.

Do...

Know your hair’s porosity. Knowing your hair’s porosity is one of the major players in the world of hair. There are sites like http://www.porosity411.com/, where you can learn more about porosity and take tests to figure out where you fall. Being aware of your hair’s porosity allows you to create a regimen that works for you. Certain products that we use doesn’t always react the same in low porosity hair as it would in high porosity hair. Having this knowledge may even permit you to reduce some of your regimen steps!

Don’t...

Assume your hair regimen will be the same as a fellow person’s. Yea, you and ‘becky with the good hair’ may have the same porosity levels, but that doesn’t guarantee that her regimen will mirror yours. You may have a different reaction to her Deva Curl Low Poo because you may have a protein sensitivity or even a sensitivity to other ingredients.


So now that you’ve just gained some knowledge, picture yourself back in that line up and it’s your turn to speak. You’re not nervous anymore because you know that your healthy hair regimen is perfect just for you!

If my review last week on Ms. Ficklin's book on Her 20 Somethings wasn't enough, please check out my mini skit below!


Her 20 Somethings Short Skit

Thursday, September 14, 2017


If my review last week on Ms. Ficklin's book on Her 20 Somethings wasn't enough, please check out my mini skit below!


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