Nearly Hair
“Nothing, is what it appears to be, when it's only with your eyes you see.”
― N'Zuri Za Austin

The bane of every naturalista's journey at some point in life is perfecting the Wash-n-go! We see all these beautiful pictures and lust after those perfectly formed curls but somehow when it’s our turn to have our curls pop, we end up with fields of cotton balls or even sometimes dry bushy gardens on top of our heads. In my opinion sometimes wash and go's are not for everyone. For one, the name is so misleading!
I remember my first years back on the re-unification journey with my natural hair I was excited to try the most talked about wash and goes until I sat down to actually try to perform the deed. 

Not to much surprise I failed completely, with gel in one hand and a frown on my face. I felt defeated because I watched tons of videos and could not understand why my hair would not coil up to stay in perfect shape. I swore never to try again because I was scarred for life. Maybe not for life, but I was disappointed and figured that my hair just didn't have the capabilities of lustrous curls as everyone else's did; However, I was so wrong.

A couple months ago I started to notice the curls my hair did possess when I would deep condition. I never noticed my curls before because washing my hair and deep conditioning was a dauntless thoughtless process where I wouldn't ever dare to stare at my hair for hours in a mirror memorized by the moisture and texture I truly possessed. I had been fed up with the lifelessness for years so I never admired my hair for long in a mirror. But when I finally took the time out to take interest in my hair that day I noticed that my curls were alive and well, and the only thing missing all these years was true moisture! This of course served as exciting news to my internal pretentious hair diva. This became the catalyst to my weekly deep conditioning regimen. I even began to research more about my hair and discovered the maximum hydration method. I urge all of you to check out the site if you haven't. It provides more information on the method as it has changed my hair's integrity so much. This process is intense which is why I have curtailed it to fit my schedule and own personal regimen because it is way too time consuming to follow to a tee. 

My version:
There are various ways to conduct a wash and go but this time I have opted to go for the freshly washed hair wash and go because it features more of m curls while my dry wash and go gives me more length and less definition. It depends on the look you are going for but seeing how I just finished watching Jada with her short hair, I was inspired to embrace the shrinkage in this wash and go endeavor.

1.      The first step in my wet wash and go process is of course, washing your tresses. I choose to use Trader Joe’s tingle tea tree shampoo because my hair smells amazing afterwards and it leaves my hair tingly clean (corny I know).

2.      After I wash my hair I follow up with a simple deep condition. For this I use Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner, but I apply the conditioner as if I am shingling my hair making sure that each strand is coated with the product. In my opinion this step is crucial because you are adding the moisture back into your hair that the shampoo depleted in the cleansing process. After each stand is coated I place a shower cap on my head and sit under a dryer for 15-30minutes. I lost track of time this time, so unfortunately I am not sure how long I sat under exactly.

3.      The conditioning stage gives my hair great slip and restoration. In this third step I bust out my Bentonite Clay. I mix this clay with Jojoba oil, honey and water. I have tutorial on how I apply my clay. It’s an old video but my process is the same from then ‘til now (just different add-ons in the mix). It is the same shingling method that I used in the previous step with the conditioner. I have adopted this step from the Maximum Hydration Method as this step helps my hiding curls to be exposed and prepares it to hold a curl in one of the final stages. I leave the clay in for 30 minutes and then wash it out.



    To reduce crunch on my hair strands I like to apply a light leave in conditioner that also adds additional moisture. I section my hair into four and then work with one section at a time. Each individual section I break into three or four parts.

a.       I apply the conditioner to each part and then move onto step 5
                                                              i.      You can choose to add a sealer or butter to help keep the moisture in. I usually have a shea butter mixture however I ran out and the regular shea butter was leaving a residue on my hair and I discontinued use after a few trials on sections.

5.      Apply your gel to each individual section in the praying hands motion. If you are using the motion correctly you will notice that your hair will naturally clump into its own portions.

6.      After gel application I twist my roots and pin them down to my scalp, then move on to the next section

7.      By this point your entire head should be gelled and pinned which expedites the drying process. I use a diffuser to start drying the defined ends of my hair until they are 70% dry. I start with high heat for 5 minutes and then decrease to cool air after 10 minutes. I never want to add too much unwanted heat. While I could leave my air to air dry, I don’t get as much volume as I do when I use the diffuser.
a.       After my ends are dried I take out my pins and then start to dry the four sections one at a time.
b.      You have the option of stretching your roots with using a concentrator attachment. Unfortunately I lost my attachment so I had to work with what I had which didn’t exactly yield the same results so I gave up and worked with the unstretched roots.

8.      Now that you have your lustrous kinks and curls it’s time to style. At first I was content with how my hair naturally fell but then I decided to add a braid to play up the style. This step is where you can be as creative as much as you would like. (note if you feel your hair is too crunchy try adding a light oil) And voila you’re done!








Day 3 of wash and Go:

 Wash and Go video:

Remember that everyone’s process is not always the same and there are variations to accomplish a wash an go; this is just one that I provided. I collaborated with Rauney at Happy Hair Journey to prove that there are different techniques that yield a perfect wash and go. Check out my sis’s post   "Natural Hair Wash N Go: Walk-through & Demonstration". 

Natural Hair Wash and Go: Demystified Walk Through and Demo

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


The bane of every naturalista's journey at some point in life is perfecting the Wash-n-go! We see all these beautiful pictures and lust after those perfectly formed curls but somehow when it’s our turn to have our curls pop, we end up with fields of cotton balls or even sometimes dry bushy gardens on top of our heads. In my opinion sometimes wash and go's are not for everyone. For one, the name is so misleading!
I remember my first years back on the re-unification journey with my natural hair I was excited to try the most talked about wash and goes until I sat down to actually try to perform the deed. 

Not to much surprise I failed completely, with gel in one hand and a frown on my face. I felt defeated because I watched tons of videos and could not understand why my hair would not coil up to stay in perfect shape. I swore never to try again because I was scarred for life. Maybe not for life, but I was disappointed and figured that my hair just didn't have the capabilities of lustrous curls as everyone else's did; However, I was so wrong.

A couple months ago I started to notice the curls my hair did possess when I would deep condition. I never noticed my curls before because washing my hair and deep conditioning was a dauntless thoughtless process where I wouldn't ever dare to stare at my hair for hours in a mirror memorized by the moisture and texture I truly possessed. I had been fed up with the lifelessness for years so I never admired my hair for long in a mirror. But when I finally took the time out to take interest in my hair that day I noticed that my curls were alive and well, and the only thing missing all these years was true moisture! This of course served as exciting news to my internal pretentious hair diva. This became the catalyst to my weekly deep conditioning regimen. I even began to research more about my hair and discovered the maximum hydration method. I urge all of you to check out the site if you haven't. It provides more information on the method as it has changed my hair's integrity so much. This process is intense which is why I have curtailed it to fit my schedule and own personal regimen because it is way too time consuming to follow to a tee. 

My version:
There are various ways to conduct a wash and go but this time I have opted to go for the freshly washed hair wash and go because it features more of m curls while my dry wash and go gives me more length and less definition. It depends on the look you are going for but seeing how I just finished watching Jada with her short hair, I was inspired to embrace the shrinkage in this wash and go endeavor.

1.      The first step in my wet wash and go process is of course, washing your tresses. I choose to use Trader Joe’s tingle tea tree shampoo because my hair smells amazing afterwards and it leaves my hair tingly clean (corny I know).

2.      After I wash my hair I follow up with a simple deep condition. For this I use Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner, but I apply the conditioner as if I am shingling my hair making sure that each strand is coated with the product. In my opinion this step is crucial because you are adding the moisture back into your hair that the shampoo depleted in the cleansing process. After each stand is coated I place a shower cap on my head and sit under a dryer for 15-30minutes. I lost track of time this time, so unfortunately I am not sure how long I sat under exactly.

3.      The conditioning stage gives my hair great slip and restoration. In this third step I bust out my Bentonite Clay. I mix this clay with Jojoba oil, honey and water. I have tutorial on how I apply my clay. It’s an old video but my process is the same from then ‘til now (just different add-ons in the mix). It is the same shingling method that I used in the previous step with the conditioner. I have adopted this step from the Maximum Hydration Method as this step helps my hiding curls to be exposed and prepares it to hold a curl in one of the final stages. I leave the clay in for 30 minutes and then wash it out.



    To reduce crunch on my hair strands I like to apply a light leave in conditioner that also adds additional moisture. I section my hair into four and then work with one section at a time. Each individual section I break into three or four parts.

a.       I apply the conditioner to each part and then move onto step 5
                                                              i.      You can choose to add a sealer or butter to help keep the moisture in. I usually have a shea butter mixture however I ran out and the regular shea butter was leaving a residue on my hair and I discontinued use after a few trials on sections.

5.      Apply your gel to each individual section in the praying hands motion. If you are using the motion correctly you will notice that your hair will naturally clump into its own portions.

6.      After gel application I twist my roots and pin them down to my scalp, then move on to the next section

7.      By this point your entire head should be gelled and pinned which expedites the drying process. I use a diffuser to start drying the defined ends of my hair until they are 70% dry. I start with high heat for 5 minutes and then decrease to cool air after 10 minutes. I never want to add too much unwanted heat. While I could leave my air to air dry, I don’t get as much volume as I do when I use the diffuser.
a.       After my ends are dried I take out my pins and then start to dry the four sections one at a time.
b.      You have the option of stretching your roots with using a concentrator attachment. Unfortunately I lost my attachment so I had to work with what I had which didn’t exactly yield the same results so I gave up and worked with the unstretched roots.

8.      Now that you have your lustrous kinks and curls it’s time to style. At first I was content with how my hair naturally fell but then I decided to add a braid to play up the style. This step is where you can be as creative as much as you would like. (note if you feel your hair is too crunchy try adding a light oil) And voila you’re done!








Day 3 of wash and Go:

 Wash and Go video:

Remember that everyone’s process is not always the same and there are variations to accomplish a wash an go; this is just one that I provided. I collaborated with Rauney at Happy Hair Journey to prove that there are different techniques that yield a perfect wash and go. Check out my sis’s post   "Natural Hair Wash N Go: Walk-through & Demonstration". 
Pic Source

How many of you are sick and tired of creating a goal and never accomplishing it? 🙋  *Slowly Raises Hand*. Yes I am guilty of this crime. It's so hard to make a goal and ever really accomplish it when we intend to do so. In my advising training for the university in which I work for, we have obtained some pretty useful information that I could not wait to share with my readers. 

I believe this process originated out of University of Virginia and it discusses ways in which to make our goals more attainable. The way I look at smart goals is this:
We all have goals and we know what our expected outcome should be but the route there is pretty blurry. We can dissolve that blurriness by indoctrinating SMART Goals. Just like how we use a GPS to plug in our destination to give us a route (thanks co-worker) , we can use the SMART goal device in order to help us reach our goals!

How does it work?
Of course, the work SMART is an acronym that breaks our goal down into smaller steps. 

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time Bound

Specific:  This goal should be simple and clearly define in order to describe what you are doing.  If it is specific it should include the what, why and how. (Of course the who is you!) 
EXAMPLE:  I am going to make a post on Monday's every week on Nearly Hair by drafting and submitting content by 8:00 pm so my readers stay engaged. 
(vs. I am going to submit content more)

Measurable -  Your goal should have a criteria so there is tangible evidence that you have accomplished your task.  Measuring our progress helps you to stay focused and on top of your game. 
To ensure your goal is measurable ask questions like: How will you know you have achieved your goal?
EXAMPLE: I will write down to do a post each Monday and cross it off in my calendar that I have completed this task once the post goes live.

Aggressive – Goals that challenge you  or make you travel outside of your comfort zone usually yields better results. You have to develop and possess the needed skills, abilities and knowledge to achieve your desired goal.  Most goals are attainable when there are thought out steps in place to execute. Sometimes as you follow through your steps you begin to realize that you are surpassing the steps you once deemed to be impossible.

EXAMPLE: My goal is challenging and aggressive because I do not like having deadlines for projects and it applies pressure.

Realistic- One of the most important factors in goal setting is making it realistic! You cannot possible have a goal that you wish to achieve you do not have the correct skill set or tools. Your goal also has to present objectivity where in you are able to operate. Your goal can be both aggressive and realistic as long as you have the right mindset to strive for progress.
EXAMPLE: My goal is realistic because I produce content for my website all the time its just aggressive because I have set a frequency point. I have the skill set and tolls I need to accomplish the task, and the aggressiveness in the realest perspective allows this to be a high motivator to stretch my capabilities.

Time Bound – All goals should have a timeframe to create a sense of urgency. Without a timeframe your goal may never be attained because your focus can be obscured. Time allows good tension to be built around our goal, instead of thoughtless procrastination. Having a start and end date allows you to take manageable steps on your journey.

EXAMPLE: By December 1st, I will have published 12 articles on my website. One accounted for each week.

For you who hate reading here’s a video I found that may help (the words may be different but same concept):
Hopefully this insight will help one of you as you try to make your goals more realistic. What goals are you going to work on using this model over the next week? Will it be weight loss? Or reading that new book that has been collecting dust?

Let me know!

The real reason you haven't been meeting you goals-Weekend Encouragement

Saturday, September 12, 2015

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How many of you are sick and tired of creating a goal and never accomplishing it? 🙋  *Slowly Raises Hand*. Yes I am guilty of this crime. It's so hard to make a goal and ever really accomplish it when we intend to do so. In my advising training for the university in which I work for, we have obtained some pretty useful information that I could not wait to share with my readers. 

I believe this process originated out of University of Virginia and it discusses ways in which to make our goals more attainable. The way I look at smart goals is this:
We all have goals and we know what our expected outcome should be but the route there is pretty blurry. We can dissolve that blurriness by indoctrinating SMART Goals. Just like how we use a GPS to plug in our destination to give us a route (thanks co-worker) , we can use the SMART goal device in order to help us reach our goals!

How does it work?
Of course, the work SMART is an acronym that breaks our goal down into smaller steps. 

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time Bound

Specific:  This goal should be simple and clearly define in order to describe what you are doing.  If it is specific it should include the what, why and how. (Of course the who is you!) 
EXAMPLE:  I am going to make a post on Monday's every week on Nearly Hair by drafting and submitting content by 8:00 pm so my readers stay engaged. 
(vs. I am going to submit content more)

Measurable -  Your goal should have a criteria so there is tangible evidence that you have accomplished your task.  Measuring our progress helps you to stay focused and on top of your game. 
To ensure your goal is measurable ask questions like: How will you know you have achieved your goal?
EXAMPLE: I will write down to do a post each Monday and cross it off in my calendar that I have completed this task once the post goes live.

Aggressive – Goals that challenge you  or make you travel outside of your comfort zone usually yields better results. You have to develop and possess the needed skills, abilities and knowledge to achieve your desired goal.  Most goals are attainable when there are thought out steps in place to execute. Sometimes as you follow through your steps you begin to realize that you are surpassing the steps you once deemed to be impossible.

EXAMPLE: My goal is challenging and aggressive because I do not like having deadlines for projects and it applies pressure.

Realistic- One of the most important factors in goal setting is making it realistic! You cannot possible have a goal that you wish to achieve you do not have the correct skill set or tools. Your goal also has to present objectivity where in you are able to operate. Your goal can be both aggressive and realistic as long as you have the right mindset to strive for progress.
EXAMPLE: My goal is realistic because I produce content for my website all the time its just aggressive because I have set a frequency point. I have the skill set and tolls I need to accomplish the task, and the aggressiveness in the realest perspective allows this to be a high motivator to stretch my capabilities.

Time Bound – All goals should have a timeframe to create a sense of urgency. Without a timeframe your goal may never be attained because your focus can be obscured. Time allows good tension to be built around our goal, instead of thoughtless procrastination. Having a start and end date allows you to take manageable steps on your journey.

EXAMPLE: By December 1st, I will have published 12 articles on my website. One accounted for each week.

For you who hate reading here’s a video I found that may help (the words may be different but same concept):
Hopefully this insight will help one of you as you try to make your goals more realistic. What goals are you going to work on using this model over the next week? Will it be weight loss? Or reading that new book that has been collecting dust?

Let me know!
As a budding therapist, I am always researching material that I may find helpful in the counseling environment. I surprisingly stumbled upon something called [The And] Project, an interactive documentary, that takes a different perspective on relationships. Couples are put into a room and are asked various questions, that one may find uncomfortable. I have watched many of these videos on their channel however bellow I have listed two of my favorite projects from the series. One features ex's of two years who are facing one another again for the first time and the other features a couple who has been together for 7 years. Take a look!

The Ex's


Part 2

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The 7 Year Marriage

 
[The And]

The And Project #relationshiptruth

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

As a budding therapist, I am always researching material that I may find helpful in the counseling environment. I surprisingly stumbled upon something called [The And] Project, an interactive documentary, that takes a different perspective on relationships. Couples are put into a room and are asked various questions, that one may find uncomfortable. I have watched many of these videos on their channel however bellow I have listed two of my favorite projects from the series. One features ex's of two years who are facing one another again for the first time and the other features a couple who has been together for 7 years. Take a look!

The Ex's


Part 2

__________________________________________________________________________

The 7 Year Marriage

 
[The And]
As a fellow college student, I sometimes find it hard to keep up with my natural tresses. We have to study, we have to cook, we have to care for the children in some cases and the list goes on. However there are some cool tools each student should have to alleviate the stress of our hair. Check the list out below. (Disclaimer: The picture specifies 4c hair however I believe these tools are useful for anyone) 


Source


Which of these do you already own or would love to have?

10 products every Naturalista should have

Sunday, September 6, 2015

As a fellow college student, I sometimes find it hard to keep up with my natural tresses. We have to study, we have to cook, we have to care for the children in some cases and the list goes on. However there are some cool tools each student should have to alleviate the stress of our hair. Check the list out below. (Disclaimer: The picture specifies 4c hair however I believe these tools are useful for anyone) 


Source


Which of these do you already own or would love to have?
As some of you have seen in my previous post, I have been trying to perfect my inner and outer beauty. It has been a biter struggle as for the past three weeks I've been binge eating on solely junk! I still try to get at least 30 mins of exercise 3 times out of the week, but it has been low intense exercise and I don't seem to find it helpful anymore. While I'm still trying to figure out how to balance my life and exercise goals I figured smaller adjustments may be more feasible at this time. 

A couple of co-workers have suggested that I try a Paleo or Gluten free diet. At first it sound like a grand idea, however after time progressed my other health freak of a coworker told me that these diets are not the healthiest to fulfill all nutritional groups. Therefore with the controversial messages I decided to do my research. 

I've recently been sold on the bread alternatives. I have found some pretty useful information for an item called Ezekiel bread. I was astounded by the naturalness and almost all unprocessed nature of this bread! It has no added sugar and is made from organic sprouted grains! These sprouting grains reduce the amount of harmful nutrients. This product does still contain wheat (and 'duh' it is still a bread) but it is a much better option for regular processed bread eaters like myself. If you'd like more information check here

Pic Source Here

So as I take my baby steps to a better lifestyle, I'll be seeking out the bread while I go on my weekend grocery trips! 

Next Research endeavor: Gluten Free Bread! 

My search with Ezikiel Bread

Saturday, September 5, 2015

As some of you have seen in my previous post, I have been trying to perfect my inner and outer beauty. It has been a biter struggle as for the past three weeks I've been binge eating on solely junk! I still try to get at least 30 mins of exercise 3 times out of the week, but it has been low intense exercise and I don't seem to find it helpful anymore. While I'm still trying to figure out how to balance my life and exercise goals I figured smaller adjustments may be more feasible at this time. 

A couple of co-workers have suggested that I try a Paleo or Gluten free diet. At first it sound like a grand idea, however after time progressed my other health freak of a coworker told me that these diets are not the healthiest to fulfill all nutritional groups. Therefore with the controversial messages I decided to do my research. 

I've recently been sold on the bread alternatives. I have found some pretty useful information for an item called Ezekiel bread. I was astounded by the naturalness and almost all unprocessed nature of this bread! It has no added sugar and is made from organic sprouted grains! These sprouting grains reduce the amount of harmful nutrients. This product does still contain wheat (and 'duh' it is still a bread) but it is a much better option for regular processed bread eaters like myself. If you'd like more information check here

Pic Source Here

So as I take my baby steps to a better lifestyle, I'll be seeking out the bread while I go on my weekend grocery trips! 

Next Research endeavor: Gluten Free Bread! 
Do you guys think I achieved the look?



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Do you guys think I achieved the look?



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