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True to the Bone Products That Never Fail Me!

Shampoos and rinse out conditioners come and go! But these 3 products here… I must always have!

https://www.orshaircare.com/product/nourishing-sheen-spray-2/

  1. Gives me shine and smells clean! I’m not leaving the house without a few sprays of this. Well if do, it will be with a cap on!

https://www.nowfoods.com/beauty-health/avocado-oil

My go to hair and scalp oil. Moisturizes my like none other and also provides a great hot oil treatment.

http://tginstore.3dcartstores.com/Green-Tea-Super-Moist-Leave-in-Conditioner–13-oz_p_142.html

No words! Picture a drooping flower perking up from a fresh rain. That’s what this is for dry hair. I rest my case.

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Feelin Feminine w/a Big Chop!

When I first made the decision to cut my natural hair really short, I initially found myself feeling a tad too masculine for my comfort many days. Aside from regular trips to the barbershop, I love the ease, neatness & simple routine of maintaining short hair.

The few things that keep me feeling girlie & cute:

  1. Makeup. Just the right amount though. Too much will make me look old, too little like a man.
  2. Oil sheen. Yep just like the Afro sheen days 70’s baby! Shine her up!
  3. Lipstick. I never leave home without.
  4. Nothing fancy but always a necklace on my neck.
  5. Confidence & kindness! They go together like peanut butter and jelly!
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Where Have All My Edges Gone 🤷🏽‍♀️

I’m going to make this quick, simple and informative. Years of relaxers, braids, weave, tugging & pulling have left many of us with bald edges. I recently cut my hair short, which I like, EXCEPT now my bald edges were prominent.

I have tried every lotion, potion, oil and concoction but to no avail. Over the last two months I have been using a mixture of Rosemary oil and Jamaican Black Castor oil, both have properties which are said to promote hair growth. I mixed 2 parts Jamaican Castor oil to 1 part Rosemary oil and massage daily. The results have been so markable, my barber has even noticed. I had to share. Hope this can help somebody along their way. 😀 For some of us, this has been a real struggle. I will update my progress in a few more months.

BEFOREAFTER

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Then This Came Alongside

I haven’t written a blog in a LONNNG TIME, but today I had to take a second to share these new two little 💎s I found. After all, sharing is caring! Camille Rose’s Leave-in line is EVERYTHING! I cut my hair last spring & was starting not to like it so much lately. Thinking bout growing it out some. The shorter my hair is the nappier (no I don’t mind nappy) & drier ( I hate dry hate dry) it becomes! THEN I ran upon Camille Rose’s Leave-in line. She never disappoints! There are three products in this line, but I opted to only try these two because the third was a oil & I adore my coconut oil. These two alone, made me fall in love with my short hair all over again! They left my hair moisturized, shiny, defined & smelling delicious enough to eat! My hair feels loved again!!!

I know many of us complain about the dryness of Natural Hair…sooo….I Thought I’d share! It’s too good not too!

Peace & Blessings!

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To Big Chop Again or Not, That is The Question

I’m on my second big chop, but this time I’m not on a growing frenzy! I’m doing what feels natural & beautiful to ME! Not my hubby. Not my friends. Not my neighbors… ME!

1. YOU NEVER STOPPED TO SMELL THE ROSES

As a new curly you had a mission. You wanted to grow long, healthy hair and maybe even prove a few haters wrong. In the process you got so wrapped up in meeting hair goals and achieving hair lengths that you forget to savour every stage of their naturalness.

And so many of us are guilty of this. We forget to enjoy the fierceness of a TWA and tap into our creativity to get us over the styling hump of having hair in that awkward length. Like children, we can’t wait to grow up (or at least we want our hair to) but when we finally do, we realise that we long for the days of childhood. This may be especially true for long term protective stylers.

Being natural isn’t just about the having the biggest hair and the perfect curl it’s about the journey and for those women who may feel that they robbed themselves of the experience they find it necessary to cut it all off and start again- but this time around they plan on taking the scenic route.

Sometimes you’ve just gotta chop it all off… again. So much focus is placed on the first big chop. Everything from articles to YouTube videos are dedicated to guiding would-be naturals through their first big chop. But there’s a different big chop story that is never told. The story of the second, third or even fourth time big chopper. When it seems like every natural is either trying to grow her hair to unattainable lengths or maintain her beloved tresses there are naturals out there choosing to cut it all without reservation. Ultimately whilst each curly will have a different reason for doing her second BC here are a few popular ones.

2. YOU NEVER STOPPED TO SMELL THE ROSES

As a new curly you had a mission. You wanted to grow long, healthy hair and maybe even prove a few haters wrong. In the process you got so wrapped up in meeting hair goals and achieving hair lengths that you forget to savour every stage of their naturalness.

And so many of us are guilty of this. We forget to enjoy the fierceness of a TWA and tap into our creativity to get us over the styling hump of having hair in that awkward length. Like children, we can’t wait to grow up (or at least we want our hair to) but when we finally do, we realise that we long for the days of childhood. This may be especially true for long term protective stylers.

Being natural isn’t just about the having the biggest hair and the perfect curl it’s about the journey and for those women who may feel that they robbed themselves of the experience they find it necessary to cut it all off and start again- but this time around they plan on taking the scenic route.

3.DAMAGE

Hair, unlike other parts of our body, doesn’t regenerate itself. Once damaged it can only be patched up but never fully repaired. For the adventurous curlies out there who never met a hair treatment, tool or product they didn’t want to try they found themselves suffering from a serious case of hair damage. Now some curlies would rather hold onto every inch of damaged hair rather than rock a short cut.

Curlies who were outgoing enough to dye their hair Barbie blonde, try exotic hair treatments or were too rebellious to follow any of the natural hair rules may face the need to cut it all off, again. For these curlies, gradually growing out their hair, babying their ends and protective styling is way too tame! At least this way for a couple of months they get to try yet another fabulous hairstyle- the TWA.

4. DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME (WHATEVER RIGHT MEANS)

Going natural can be hard and for some the learning curve is very steep. With all the information out there and differing opinions about everything it can be hard to figure it all out. Some naturals hit the ground running, others start off slow and take off but a few never really got the hang of it- and that’s ok. However, a head full of damaged hair when all you’ve ever craved is a gravity defying fro can really be a let-down for those women. In fact some women have chosen instead to return to more familiar territory; their wigs weaves and relaxers. However rather than raising the white flag and exiting the natural haired community stage left some women chose to be brave, chop it all off and start fresh. They chose to give natural hair a second try but this time armed with a little more information and an excellent strategy to win the war that is natural hair and go from TWA to BAA without the need for a third Big Chop.

5. AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT

We are mothers, wives, students, career women and sometimes all of the above. We don’t always have time to engage in all-out battle with our hair come wash day, or set aside school and housework to set our hair for the perfect twist out. Hair should never be this all-consuming black hole where our free time goes to die. Like applying makeup or picking the perfect outfit we should look forward to styling our hair so that it can help to portray our personality or be the perfect accessory. However, some naturals found that their hair took up way too much time in their schedule and avoided doing it at all costs or simply never had time for it. Once they reached their hair goals and proved to themselves and others that they could do it they wanted to free themselves of all that extra hair. A lot of new moms or naturals who have found themselves going through new or stressful stages in their lives have chosen to do their second BC. Those who have are now loving the 10 minute daily wash and go sessions, the fact that products last forever and that they no longer really need to detangle. In fact they love their new, simpler hair so much many have vowed never to have long hair again.

I’m sure that many of us can relate to how nerve-racking it is to do the big chop so a round of applause needs to go out to the women who have chosen to do it again and prove that the TWA can be a style choice and a fierce one at that.

Do what feels good to you 👑

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Color Me Natural

One question that often plaques many naturals is, "Am I still natural, if I color my hair?" In theory, no since commercial hair coloring is made mostly of chemicals! However, the greatest challenge many have is jumping the broom into the rite of passage of the Natural Sisterhood! We were raised on hot combs and relaxers, even knowing it wasn't healthy for our hair! Straight is what we have been historically taught to accept as beautiful & coily hair shunned and referred to by society as unkept and unattractive hair! So, I say to those newbies…. or oldies, chile Yes you are natural and beautiful, hair color and all! You wearing those curls girl!

Recently, I have been exploring natural methods of hair coloring and love it! I personally use black tea on my hair to cover gray. It's inexpensive and strengthens the hair! Here are a few more:

7 Ingredients To Color Your Hair Naturally
1 Coffee. Coffee works great if you're looking to go darker, cover gray hairs, or add dimension to dark tresses.
2 Tea. Like coffee, black tea can help you go darker, and can also help cover gray hairs. …
3 Herbs.
4 Beet and carrot juice.
5 Henna.
6 Lemon Juice.
7 Walnut Shells.

1. Coffee
Coffee works great if you’re looking to go darker, cover gray hairs, or add dimension to dark tresses. Simply brew a strong coffee (espresso works well), let it cool, and then mix one cup with a couple cups of leave-in conditioner and 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds.
Apply on clean hair and allow to sit for about an hour. If you use apple cider vinegar to rinse, it will help the color last longer. You may need to repeat the process a couple times to see noticeable results.
2. Tea
Like coffee, black tea can help you go darker, and can also help cover gray hairs. If you have lighter hair, though, there are other types of tea you can use. Chamomile, for example, is recommended for blondes, while rooibos may work for redheads.
Do keep in mind that tea works best with your natural color. You won’t be able to turn blonde hair brunette. But black tea can darken blonde hair and chamomile can lighten it—especially if you sit in the sun while you have it in.
The longer you leave the tea on the hair, the more noticeable the color will be. You can also try repeated applications.
The key is to make the tea highly concentrated. Use 3-5 teabags (or about the same amount in loose-leaf tea) for two cups of water. You can apply the cooled tea to hair alone, or mix with conditioner (as noted in the coffee recipe). If you’re seeking to cover grays, mix with some fresh or dried sage, which helps open up the hair follicles.
Leave on hair for at least an hour—more if you want more color. Some even put on a cap and wear the tea overnight, then rinse the following morning. Check your color to determine what intensity you need.
3. Herbs
Depending on what color you’re going for, you can use a variety of herbs to achieve it. Here are some suggestions, depending on what your natural color is:
• Red hair: Try calendula, marigold, rosehips, and hibiscus to deepen the red shade or add a few red highlights. The effects are cumulative—if you keep using the dye regularly, you will notice more color. Simmer the flowers in water for about 30 minutes, strain, cool, and then spray or pour on hair and allow to dry in the sun if possible.
• Brunette/dark hair: Rosemary, nettle, and sage are all great herbs for dark hair. Simmer all three with water for 30 minutes, cool, strain, and spray or brush through hair. Allow to sit about an hour. You can also use the rinse daily after your shower. Be patient—it may take several days to notice a difference.
• Blonde hair: As mentioned above, chamomile tea works, but you can also try calendula, marigold, saffron, and sunflower petals. To hide grays, try rhubarb root in two cups of water, simmer, strain, and pour over hair.
Add black tea to the darker colors above to help the color last longer. Catnip works for lighter colors.
4. Beet and carrot juice
These two juices can add natural red tints to your current color. Depending on what shade you want, you can use each alone, or mix them together. For a more reddish tinge, use more beet juice (strawberry blonde, deeper red, or auburn). Carrot will produce a quieter reddish orange.
This one is easy—simply apply about a cup of the juice to your hair. You can also mix in some coconut oil to condition hair at the same time. Work it through, wrap hair, and leave on for at least an hour. (These juices stain—wear something to protect your skin and clothes.) Rinse the juice out, and seal with an apple cider vinegar spray. If the color isn’t dark enough, repeat the next day.
5. Henna
One of the most popular natural hair coloring ingredients, henna is a powdered form of the leaves that come from the henna plant. These leaves have a natural and effective coloring pigment that has been used for thousands of years to dye hair, nails, and skin.
Natural henna, on its own, creates a red-orange color, so if you see products offering other colors produced with henna, realize the manufacturers have mixed the henna with other ingredients to achieve those colors. Redheads and brunettes (looking for a bit of auburn) are the best candidates for henna hair color. Be careful with this one—the results can be more orange than you’d like, so you may want to mix a little chamomile in with the paste to tame the color.
To make your own henna hair dye, mix about one cup of henna powder with 2 cups lemon juice. You can also add in a tablespoon of vinegar to help release the color. Allow to sit about 4-6 hours until it thickens. Apply to hair and comb through. (This is messy so be prepared!) Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and allow to sit 2-3 hours before rinsing.
6. Lemon Juice
Looking for a few highlights? Try fresh-squeezed lemon juice sprayed and brushed through hair. Leave on for several hours. If you sit in the sun, you’ll notice more lightening. Blondes can enjoy even more lightening by mixing with chamomile tea.
Lemon juice works slowly, so expect to repeat applications several times before seeing results.
7. Walnut Shells
If you want to secure a dark brown color, this is the way to go. Crush the walnut shells and boil for about half an hour. Cool, strain, and apply to hair. If you’re wanting to cover grays, you can use a cotton ball to apply only to those areas where it’s needed. Again, be careful as this dye will stain everything, so take precautions.
To create a more intense dye, return the strained juice to the heat and boil until it’s simmered down to about a quarter of the original volume. Allow to cool in the refrigerator, strain if needed, and pour through hair.
To save time, use walnut powder instead of the shells.
Let sit for at least an hour (more if you want more color), and rinse. Try to avoid really hot water as it can take the color away. Wash in lukewarm to make the color last longer.

Don't be afraid to explore! Happy coloring queens 👑

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Winterizing Natural Hair

                                   

 DEEP CONDITIONING 

Personally, I deep condition my hair during the winter months weekly without fail! This is a MUST for my hair, especially when the temps drop! Deep conditioning natural hair is important all seasons but especially during winter. Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or protein. From time to time, your hair might feel dry and brittle. You might also experience excessive breakage or splitting along the hair shaft. These things can be an indication that a deep conditioning treatment is needed. Usually, at this point, you can use a deep conditioning treatment to retroactively remedy those problems. Some people deep condition as part of their regular hair routine.
I deep condition as a preventative measure year round. I like to include it into my routine, because it allows me to reign in any damage that might be exacerbated if deep conditioning wasn’t a regular part of my regimen. I find it easier to handle a steady monthly appointment — even a slight inconvenience –than it is to deal with hair that snaps or pops from neglect that could be preventable. Deep conditioners might have key identifiers in their names. Lookout for words like: treatment, masque, deep, penetrating, hydrating, strengthening and restorative are a few that comes to mind.
What brand you select is dependent on the needs of your hair. I like to deep condition weekly with a moisturizing conditioner and monthly with a protein treatment. This keeps the hair balanced…well moisturizerd and strengthen.
Most deep conditioners are usually thick and creamy in consistency. They are designed to penetrate the hair follicle and deposit nutrients that promote moisture retention and hair elasticity. Increased moisture content in the hair equates to increased hair elasticity. In layman’s terms, if moisture is infused into your hair shaft, it will allow the hair strand to stretch when stressed, without snapping or breaking off. If your hair feels dry and brittle, then it needs moisture. If your water based leave-ins do not seem to remedy the problem, then your hair probably needs to be deep conditioned.
DO NOT Leave Your Deep Conditioner In Too Long. If you are considering sleeping in your deep conditioner to save on time, your hair is going to be very sad. Since these conditioners are heavier, you shouldn’t leave them in for hours and certainly not overnight. This often results in mushy/spongy hair, which in my opinion, is just as bad as brittle/dry hair.

SEALING TO RETAIN MOISTURE

  • Wash and detangle your hair
  •  Add a tablespoon size of your natural oil of choice.
  • Finish off with your favorite leave in conditioner or styling cream. This method seals moisture in the hair and prevents breakage. A necessity during the harsh winter months

If your hair feels dry a few days later, use a spray bottle of water to spritz your curls and repeat the steps above. This is known as the L.O.C method. Liquid. Oil. Cream.

WEAR A HAT

Remember the days when momma used to tell us to put a hat on and keep our head covered as not to catch a cold during winter! Well I say wear a hat as not to catch wintered brittled hair. I wear satin lined hats, but wearing a satin bonnet (the cheap kind from the beauty supply store will do) under any hat, will work just as well!

And that seals the deal queens 👑