-I co washed on Monday, wore a bun onÂ TuesdayÂ and twisted and bantu knotted my hair last night for these results :
Then I didnt like it this morning for some reason and I put a head band on and went about my business
.. @1pm I took the head band off (#headbandproblems) fluffed it ~ Â Â Â Result:
It is super fluffy, stretched .. and growing on me.. Check out some of myÂ favoriteÂ Bantu knot-out videos:
Below is her version of a ‘busted bantu knot-out’, I loved her video 1.) caz she crazy! and 2.) because its real talk…it might not come out perfectly. (still loved her hair though!)
Life is so crazy at times and you never know from moment to moment how things will end up or what lessons you will learn. We learn things everyday, some lessons are big and some are small and I thought it would be fun to recap some of the things I learned from Friday until …well now! Â (fun stuff, nothing too deep)
1.) I cry over uncooked pork- Lesson ~ I have a good/patient man
– Ok IÂ don’tÂ know if it was hormones or what happened but I made someÂ pork chops on Saturday and I swearÂ everyÂ pieceÂ was perfect except for one!-the one I decided to hand to Joey for dinner, it was literally a mess!- that thing was raw’er than a mug. So what happened was ….I gave him dinner then went to take a shower. I decided to check on him after awhile, so I was like ‘hey Joey, how was the pork?’ he is like.. ‘honestly babe IÂ couldn’tÂ finish it!’ – Then he brings it in the room where I was and I saw the catastrophe that was on his plate. I just busted out crying, full on tears, red nose, the works. Poor thing he just put the plate down and hugged and hugged me and was like, baby its ok.. it really is ok.. I know that boy thinksÂ I’mÂ crazy, I just know he does… Sigh!
2.) Solange should just model and talk less – Lesson ~ Sometimes its easier to just ‘be’ instead of trying to define yourself to everyone with yourÂ tongue
3.) Pregnancy is the most beautiful and uncomfortable thing I have ever been through ~ This weekend I realized that I AM actually carrying a 4 pound watermelon inside of me.. Lesson ~ moms are amazing and, the idea is … in 7 weeks somehow I will be able to get this watermelon out of what more or less is a smaller hole in comparison to the watermelon. ~Â good luck with that!
4.) IPhone 5 lines were so crazy this weekend – Lesson ~Â don’tÂ leave yourÂ IphoneÂ lying around or you will have to use a Samsung and you will be annoyed and have to stand in line likeÂ everyone else just so you can get the new one.
5.) Never watch a MahagonyCurls video and think, maybe my hair will do ‘that’ right now If I get in the shower and wash it ~ like literally right after I watched the video! ~ My hair was like ‘that ain’t happening, do you boo, damn’ ~Lesson ~ Emily will only act right with the routine she is used to.
How was your weekend?
Shanti of A curls BestÂ FriendÂ wrote a post today about re-igniting the flame between you and your hair,Â especiallyÂ after a couple years of doing the same old thing over and over. I started to think about my relationship with Emily and honestly we are kind of like an old married couple? Is that so bad? sure the flame is gone, I no longer get excited on wash day, IÂ don’tÂ play in my hair like I used to and even my excessive visits to Sallys and otherÂ beautyÂ supply stores have kind of dwindled. So Shanti posed the question, how do you get the flame back? What makes you want to try different hairstyles and get excited about your hair again?.
Oh and she also mentioned she used to look at the blog posts daily(Curly Nikki and Moptopmaven) – That was me, I would never ever miss a day!
So how do we get the flame back? can we? or are we just too busy talking about hair to actually do our hair?
Â I know Im a victim of hair boredom or thatÂ #imtoobusyforthisishÂ attitude- I will bun in a minute and with a baby on the way, its about to get worse real quick.
Set a new hair goal – My hair is below bra strap stretched right now, what if I just used my routineÂ whichÂ has been working for me, to gain longer lengths. This way I can keep doing what I am doing and I will have a valid excuse for not experimenting so much and ‘igniting a flame so to speak’- see.. easy!
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Do you ever get offended when someone says something ‘ bad ‘about one of your beloved products that you have been using forever!??? Â – I did this week,Â I’mÂ so weird!,Â becauseÂ truth be told what works for me may not work for everyone else. But I have heard the statement ‘I am no longer usingÂ coconutÂ oil because it acts like a protein’ -in more of a negative light lately and well I have been thinking about it and I feel a little bad because, coconut oil is one of the best oils out there and protein literally saved my hair! – Biased much?
My opinion – Coconut oil acts like an oil and protein acts like a protein point blank! Maybe the reason people sayÂ coconutÂ oil behaves like a protein is becauseÂ coconutÂ oil actually penetrates the hair strand just like a hydrolised protein molecule would but the verdict on the reasoning is still out. So I did some research, because there is some protein in coconut oil and in that case there might be some truth/confusion to that statement.
Coconut oil is a plant-based oil extracted from the kernel of the coconut with a high concentration of saturated fatty acids, lauric acid, capric acid and vitamins E and K. In its natural unprocessed state, coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity and does not breakdown or evaporate easily when it is applied to the hair and penetrates the hair shaft. This is highly beneficial to black hair that is challenged by its inability to consume and retain moisture. Coconut oil’s high concentration of fatty acids also nourishes your hair with protein that produces strong and long, soft and shiny hair.
One of the main issues most naturals have with their hair is dryness, and anything that may contribute to dryness is an absolute no no. It is a fact that excessive protein can be drying, as well as using oil improperly can be drying. as a matter of fact, using anything the wrong way can lead to less than stellar results with your hair.
I think protein sensitivity is a bit of a myth,- IÂ don’tÂ see how anyone could be ‘sensitive; to the very thing that hair is made of to the extent where they avoid protein all togetherÂ butÂ that’sÂ just me. The reason we doÂ proteinÂ treatments is very simple, the intention is to correct the damage we have caused from, styling, overÂ styling, general manipulation and natural wear and tear. There is no other way to repair the hair unless youÂ literallyÂ add the basicÂ componentsÂ back to it that it is now missing from damage. –
With that said – how can we right the ‘wrongs’ ofÂ proteinÂ andÂ coconutÂ oil, here are some tips:
Apply oil only after your hair is properly moisturized – Even thoughÂ coconutÂ oil has moisturizing properties its still an oil and it is meant to seal and either block in or block out moisture. If you add oil to dry hair the result will be just that – Dry hair
For every protein treatment – you should have 3 -4 additional moisture treatments (balance babe, balance)-Â What does that mean?Â to illustrate: If I decided this week I intend to do an Aphogee protein treatment, then on the day of the treatment I would follow up with an intense moisture based deep condition. And on days after my proteinÂ treatmentÂ adding products to my hair that promote moisture, is a must! (water based leave in conditioners, regular conditioner, aloe vera juice, more co-washing less shampooing..you know the drill)
Determine if your hair is porous – Sometimes, its not what you put in your hair that causes dryness but its the structure of the hair that may need some attention. If your hair strand has ‘holes’ in it, it will act just like a strainer would when you want toÂ separateÂ the water from a can of corn (the water will flow right through) Research porosity and determine if that is the root of your issue, the only way to fix it is – protein! (go figure)
Don’t go ham on the protein when doing aÂ treatmentÂ :– if you have eggs in your mix, you probablyÂ don’tÂ need the mayo. Try using one or the other on each occasion of treatment!
I guess the point of this post is,Â don’tÂ completelyÂ cut out something out of your routine until you are absolutely sure that you are using it in the correct manner.
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When Marc Antony wooed Cleopatra, when Julius Caesar made a speech, when Ben Hur rode his mighty chariot, they all participated in a sacred ritual that continues todayÂ â€” they gargled.
While that hardly deserves a mention, bear in mind, they weren’t swishing Scope or Listerine. To improve the color of their teeth and freshen their breath, Romans imported and swilled Portuguese urine. Apparently, the Portuguese pH was much more divine and manly than mellow Roman yellow.
While obviously unpleasant, urine contains several compounds like ammonia and urea that actually kill germs and help fight the gum disease gingivitis. No price listed.