Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Let me apologize for being slow with my posts.  I hurt my back and as some of you may know, back pain is terrible!

But on a brighter note, my hair is still bone straight and looking fabulous!  I have been wrapping my hair at night using avocado oil to keep it nice and soft and moisturized.  My hair doesn't feel dry at all and it has a nice sheen to it.  This morning was the first day I had to break out the flat iron, but I only bumped a few straight pieces; I spent less than 5 minutes doing my hair this morning.  My bus stop buddy recommended using Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Heat Protector straightening serum to help repel the humidity.  I used some this morning and really like it.  Some straightening serums leave your hair feeling crispy and crunchy after applying heat, but my hair feels great. I now realize how much I have missed my straight hair.  I am very curious to see if I can manage to keep it straight until I hit up the salon again next Friday.  I'll be sure to post pictures when I get home tonight.

Also, I added a new supplement to my vitamin regimen.  Since my hair is particularly dry during the colder months, I thought I would try taking an Omega 3-6-9 supplement.  I will let you all know if I noticed a difference in my hair and skin in a few weeks.

Update: Okay I am the worse!  But forgive me.  Here are the pictures from Wednesday.  I tried to keep it straight until this coming Friday, but my hair was filthy so I had to wash and go back to the naps!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Another salon review soon to come...

Hi all my beautiful nappy followers!

So I am going to a wedding in about 2 weeks and I really want to rock a sleek, straight look since my dress is sleek and sassy.  So one of my "bus stop friends" told me about an Ethiopian shop up the street from me that does natural hair (roller set, blow out, and flat iron) for $40.  She has been taking her daughter for a while who has a beautiful hair of natural, thick hair that she always wears straight.  I am going to give this place a trial run tomorrow morning instead of waiting to the day before the wedding.  Wish me luck.  You all know that I have been trying to find an affordable salon so if this works out, I will have not only an affordable but close (probably not even 3 miles from my home) salon.  The idea of going to a salon really makes me nervous, but I have heard good things about this place so hopefully everything will be okay.

Stay tuned!

Update:  So I am back from the salon.  I rate my experience about a 6 out of 10.  My hair washed, conditioned and then set on rollers.  I sat under the dryer for about 30 minutes and then the styling began.  This shop used a ton of heat!  She pressed my hair then trimmed the ends and then use a flat iron to bump the ends.  I was a bit skeptical at first because she kept telling me how "hard" it was to get my hair straight, but the finished product was nice.  My hair was soft, the ends look neat and it was only $50.  I wouldn't go to this shop all the time because of the heat, but for a special occassion, I would probably go.  I was thinking about putting another dark brown rinse in my hair before the wedding, but I LOVE how my color looks with some heat on it.  Before my next visit I plan on doing some serious deep conditioning as well as a deep condition at the shop.  Pictures are below:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Overnight Pre-Poo

So when I was transitioning, I used to pre-poo (condition before shampooing) with a protein conditioner every time I washed (well just about every time). For some reason, once I went completely natural, I stopped pre-pooing. Well since I have hit a dry spell, I decided to revisit this. I've read a lot about pre-pooing overnight and have never done it b/c I am a wild sleeper and I can just imagine waking up with a bed full of hair products! Many naturals swear by pre-pooing whether it is with oils or conditioners they are trying to get rid of. So tonight, I have decided to pre-poo with various oils - castor oil, some of my leftover Carol's Daughter oils, and Better Braids Herbal Growth Oil (I highly reccommend this herbal growth oil).

I mixed all the oils together and used my color brush to apply the oil all over. I smushed it all in and put a plastic cap on my head and then my scarf. I am praying I don't wake up with oil all over my sheets.

Tomorrow I need to put another dark brown rinse in followed by a DC under the dryer. Ladies, I am starting to get very frustrated with my hair. It seems that the more it grows, the tighter it curls so it really looks shorter. Ugh! I need a pep talk!

Update: So after I cowashed my hair the next day, I still wasn't convinced that the overnight oil prepoo did much for me. But after the color rinse and a deep conditioner with Elasta QP DPR-11 Remoisturizer (which I LOVE), my hair did feel noticably softer. So I think I am on the right track with the overnight prepooing, but I might try using a conditioner the next time I wash my hair this week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Colder weather = more deep conditioning!

So the weather is getting colder and my hair is getting drier.  I usually cowash/condition my hair once a week, but I think I will have to start doing my hair twice a week.  My hair needs the extra moisture.  I usually deep condition weekly without heat, but I think I am going to start adding heat to my regimen.  Tonight I cowashed and deep conditioned with a mixture of my favorite conditioners (Aveda Dry Remedy, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recover Hair Mask, Aubrey Organics Conditioner Honeysuckle Rose, and some left over Aloe conditioner made by E'tae).  I sat under the dryer for about 15 or 20 min and then styled as usual.

Since I have run out of my Miss Jessie's Baby Buttercreme, I picked up a shea butter pomade by Kemi and I really like it.  I'll let you know if I can replace the Baby Buttercreme with this.  That would really help my wallet too!  I haven't put another rinse in my hair because the dark brown is holding up pretty well.  Granted my hair isn't as dark as it was a couple weeks ago, but it is still a dark reddish-brown.

I am debating trying the E'tae products again now that I am natural... I am not sure yet though.  My hair is in need of a trim and I think I am going to get it straightened and trimmed for my company holiday party at the beginning of December.  I'll keep you posted!