Follow me as I continue my "au naturel" hair journey, life as a wife, and experiences as a new mommy.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Help! My hair is dry!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Update –December 5, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
New Haircut –November 18, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Naps Revolt! – November 13, 2007
Co-washed: I’ve tried co-washing before so I gave it another shot since my hair has been craving moisture. I used the Suave Humecto conditioner I have in my closet and it worked well.
Deep conditioner: So I allowed the chemist side of me to come out!. I mixed up some KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Khoret Amen hair oil, and some E’tae Aloe conditioner. I nuked it in the microwave for 10 seconds, concentrated my concoction on my roots and then through the ends, and sat under the dryer for about 30 minutes (had a cap on). This mixture smelled so good!
Roller set: I roller set my hair with KeraCare Leave-In Conditioner, water and some oil.
Blew out my roots.
Flat ironed just my roots with my Chi flat iron.Everyone told me that my hair would grow to like different products and continually change so I guess this is to be expected. Either way, this combination definitely did the trick even thought it took a few hours. My hair is soft like it used to be and more importantly it is straight and I am no longer freaking out! Check out the pictures (my hair had more body before I left the house –rain is not my friend).
Monday, November 5, 2007
Hair Update – November 5, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Rough Week – October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
A nap is tryin' to curl!
Hair Update –October 9, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
So natural hair isn't corporate (according to Glamour magazine)?
Monday, October 1, 2007
Wash Day—October 1, 2007
Last night, I rolled up hair on hard rollers and it is cute and bouncy today! See the pictures below. All in all, things are well again this week. I’ll keep yall posted as usual. Have a great week!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Carmel Treatment –September 25, 2007
The last two pictures are from today—3 days after I washed my hair. It still looks pretty cute. I have either pin curled it or rolled it up at night. This weekend I am going to try something different since I need to get my hair straight. I am going to use my E’tae products, blow dry and then flat iron my hair to make sure I get the roots super straight. Then that night I will roll up my hair on rollers and see what happens. Wish me luck. If anyone has any blow drying tips, please send them my way because this is def not my forte!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
A little needed inspiration...
Checking In – September 20, 2007
Look for a post this weekend with more pictures! Also today is my TWO MONTH mark! Two down and MANY more to go!
Monday, September 17, 2007
My experience at Salon E’tae in Philadelphia- Update
Overall I must say my visit was fabulous!Everyone at E’tae was extremely helpful and readily answered my natural hair care questions. When I got there, the shop was packed, which made me feel a lot better about everything too! I was bummed that I couldn’t get a Carmel treatment because I had oil on my scalp but I was reassured that the other treatments would leave my hair feeling just as bouncing and soft—they weren’t lying!!! I do think that they should tell people how to prep their hair prior to coming into the salon, when they are making their appointments for the first time. So, I had a shampoo treatment. My hair was washed, conditioned and treated using Aloe, Preserve and Nutrient. Next my hair was blown dry (it air dried a bit—maybe 15 minutes) and my stylist clipped my ends and hot curled my hair. She put a bit of the Buttershine on my hair prior to curling it and then put some Watershine on it at the end. My hair was and STILL is very bouncing and light. My stylist suggested that I pin curl my hair for the first few days while I still have the curls and then roll my hair up at night or wrap my hair if I prefer a flatter style. Here are pictures:
I was also told that blow drying my hair once a week won’t damage my hair if I use their products correctly and carefully style my hair during the week (which I already do). So I think I am going to scrap my current hair routine and try this one, being that I am trying to go natural. Maybe I won’t have to get braids after all…
All in all, my drive to Philadelphia was truly worth the trip and I will be going back again soon. I purchased all of the products they used on me at the shop and I was given great instructions on how to use them at home. So check them out (http://www.etaeproducts.com/) and let me know what you think.
Update: When using E'tae Products they recommend using the Creme of Nature shampoo in the yellow bottle with the green writing. I believe it is the Ultra Moist formula.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Today has been a good hair day thus far...
So I worked out last night and of course the naps have come out to play! If I am not being lazy, I’ll usually pin curl my hair at night towards the end of the week. It’ll come out curly in the morning but since I am still trying to master this technique, some curls are flipped under and some are flipped up lol. Either way, I can usually pin it up kinda cute and no one knows it was a mistake. But last night I decided to roll my hair on my hard pink rollers so I could have some sort of body this morning and it came out kinda cute (see picture). I put some Castor Oil on my roots this morning since I noticed they were getting a bit dry. So today , I would say I am having a good hair day :o). Hopefully I can stay dry. If I get rained on, I am sure that I will be ranting on here tomorrow!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wash Day- September 7, 2007
So far I have about an inch of new growth in the front and a bit more in the back. Below are pictures of my rollerset and the final result. I am in desperate need of a trim so I hope to take care of that next week during my visit to E’tae. Check out the pictures below of the final product. Have a great weekend (what’s left of it).
Friday, September 7, 2007
Current Weekly Routine
People have asked me how I am doing my hair since I am not cutting the perm out yet. Well before I decided to go natural, I got a great routine from Macherieamour, the author of Healthy Textures. Check out her hair routine as mine is now a bit different because of my new goal. Her blog introduced me to KeraCare products which I love! They are definitely worth the extra money in my opinion; I have thrown out all of my "el cheapo", drugstore products. I have also been experimenting with E’tae products. I have an appointment to get my hair done at their salon in Philadelphia next week, so stay tuned for a blog about my experience!
1. Pre-Poo: The first thing I do is pre-poo (condition before I wash my hair). I have noticed a huge difference in the strength of my hair since I began doing this. I use Mane and Tail Conditioner, which is protein based (I am thinking about trying Nexxus Emergencee or Mizani Fufyl). I concentrate the conditioner on my new growth and where my new growth meets my relaxed hair. I put a cap on my head and sit under my hood dryer (set on medium) for 30 min.Dry & Itchy Scalp Conditioner as a scalp conditioner. I put the conditioner in a squeeze bottle with a long tip so I can squeeze the product directly on my scalp (thank you Terra). I leave this on for at least 5 minutes. I have been using KeraCare’s Humecto Creme Conditioner for my deep conditioner, with some oil. I again, put a cap on my head and sit under the dryer for 30 min.
2. Shampoo: I have a very itchy scalp so I use the KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Shampoo. This will probably be the first thing to change. I have done some reading and a lot of people swear by co-washing while you transition—washing using a conditioner to make sure my hair gets plenty of moisture. I’ll keep you posted!
3. Conditioner & Deep Conditioner: Another great tip, I picked up from Macherieamour’s routine is using the KeraCare
4. Rollerset: Now I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to roller set my hair, but for now it works pretty well. I use KeraCare’s Leave-In Conditioner, water and some oil for my roller set.
5. Flat Iron: This is how I get my roots nice and straight. After my rollerset, I don’t blow my roots out. I simply don’t have the patience or skill to do this. So before I begin flat ironing my hair with my CHI, I use Biosilk’s Silk Therapy Serum to protect my hair. I then flat iron in sections, first spraying each section with CHI’s Iron Guard/Thermal Protecting spray (comes in a red spray bottle). Once I am done, I either leave it out and go or wrap it up and put on a satin scarf.My hair will usually stay bone straight for about 3 days. Once I work out and deal with the terrible DC humidity, my roots start to revert! So towards the end of the week, I don’t wear my hair down, rather I twist it up with a clip. I have been washing my hair every week like clockwork and it takes at least 3 hours, but it is worth it in the long run. My hair is super soft and shiny. I definitely feel like it is getting stronger as the weeks go on.
The first 3 days when my hair is straight, I wrap my hair and use a tiny bit of KeraCare’s Creme Hairdress. Once my roots are no longer straight, I use Castor Oil on my new growth because it helps keep it very soft and somewhat manageable. If anyone knows of anything else that will keep my new growth soft, please share. I have also started taking a hair, skin and nails vitamin again. The last time I took one, I noticed a difference in my nails, so I’ll keep you posted about that.
I’ll post pictures after I do my hair this weekend along with what products I decided to go with. Sorry for such a long post!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
So, being the scholar that I am lol, I decided to do some research. My research began with the intention of just bringing my hair back to life—basically I was just trying to figure out what I had been doing wrong (please check out Healthy Textures –definitely a great place to start). But the more I read and spoke to friends who now wear their hair natural, I quickly saw the benefits of growing out my relaxer. I think the most appealing benefits of going natural for me are versatility and freedom. I am constantly getting bored with my hair. There are sooo many natural hair styles—twists, braids, straight, weave, etc—to choose from, I will never go bored. This may sound corny, but I can’t help but feel somewhat liberated by giving up on the chemicals (I think I will eventually highlight my hair once I am completely relaxer free). Never in a million years, would I have imagined that I would be doing this. But despite my newfound feeling of freedom, I have many doubts and questions running through my head. What will my hair look like or do once all of the relaxer is gone? Will I regret this decision? Am I committed and strong enough to do this?
Recently I have just felt crazy (thank you to everyone who has been supportive thus far). Not only am I growing out my relaxer, I am growing out my blue-black rinse. We all know that black rinses never wash out! So not only am I experiencing the difference of textures, but I have two different colors going on—medium brown and blue-black! You can only imagine what that looks like. Argh.
So to make a very long story shorter, the purpose of this blog is to document my experience mostly for myself. If other people can benefit along the way, even better! Wish me luck!