– Love her hair! – The queen of stylin
There might come a time in a relaxed girls life where she might decide â€˜You know what boo I aint perming a daggone thing no more, its been real I think its time to transition to natural hair, long termâ€™.
TheÂ decisionÂ to leave what you have been used to for many yearsÂ isnâ€™tÂ easy but once your have decided to cross over to the natural side, thatâ€™sÂ half the battle already.
The other half usually sets in a couple seconds after the decision,Â â€˜Just how can I make this happen easily!â€™Â Not too many of us are brave enough to start out with aÂ TWAÂ so suddenly Google becomes number one on your list of priorities for answers.
Well if you are reading this post, then you are in luck! Here are 8 of the most powerful tips you can use when you plan onÂ transitioning to naturalÂ in the long term with as little hair loss as possible.
How many times have you seen a simple invention and slapped yourself silly in your head thinking, dang I could have invented that!
WellÂ donâ€™tÂ say weÂ donâ€™tÂ ever give you any ideas that could potentially make you rich, maybe!
Here are some products naturals wish somebody, anybody would just invent already!
I think probably the worst subject I ever took in school was Statistics. I hated everything about it, and what made it worse was that no matter what level of education I made it to, I always had that class and it was always mandatory.
Even though I hated stats, as IÂ affectionatelyÂ called it, I understood why it was necessary and I understood the premise behind all the drama ofÂ Standard Deviation. The thing is, the way our brain works is that we need to prove that a phenomenon exists by using variables and techniques to justify it.
So if you ask me, â€˜Is hair important to black women?â€˜, my answer would be a firmÂ yes. And if you asked me to prove it, well for that I would have to go to the stats.
I have to start out by saying, frizz was never an issue for me, I figure it comes with the territory so when I find something that virtually eliminates frizz then you have my complete attention. I learned about oil rinsing a couple weeks ago from my girl Alma, and since then I have tried the process on three wash days with the same resultsÂ every-timeÂ Everybody knows that if you have natural hair and you get the same result three or more times then that process is a keeper.
What is Oil Rinsing
Oil rinsing is an extra step added to your wash regimen where you would add oil to your hair after you shampoo and before you condition. Oil rinsing is different from mixing oils in your deep conditioner because the oil is added to the hair itself, and is consideredÂ different from a hot oil treatment because that is done prior to shampoo and oil rinsing is done in the middle.
How its Done
There are two ways to do it, the way I have done so far Â is to shampoo the hair first and after you have rinsed all the shampoo out of your hair apply a rich oil all over your hair before you condition. My oil of choice is Castor Oil but feel free to pick any oil that you prefer. I plan on experimenting with coconut oil and olive oil in the future but for now I am loving Castor oil. Rinse the oil off your hair with hot water,Â don’tÂ make the water too hot and cause any shower accidents, just as hot as you can bear. Once all the oil is rinsed, add your conditioner and rinse that with cool or cold water.
The other method is to shampoo, rinse, add your oil directly to your hair and add your conditionerÂ immediatelyÂ after. At this point you have the option of adding a plastic cap and deep condition using heat and then rinse everything out of your hair with cold or cool water.
What I have noticed
When I applied my conditioner after my oil I would use the opportunity to detangle my hair with my fingers and the process is a breeze. I usually braid my hair in sections at the end of wash day to stretch my hair and my hair is so soft and so smooth with absolutely no frizz, I could kick myself for not trying such a simple thing sooner.
What I look Forward to the most
Hands down the elimination of single strand knots. I know that I will have to look at my hair over a period of time to see if the knots go awayÂ completelyÂ but so far so good.
Here is a video demonstration from NappyChronicles
Am I the only One who has just heard about oil rinsing?
This girl here is something else!
I had to share this video,not only becauseÂ she is so funny Â but because she is on point, sometimes we just need to relax.
‘Get you some aphogee, caz you gonna need it baby”
I saw this comment on a post this week :
“I do not, however, feel that someone that always wore weaves relaxed, then transitions, big chops, never shows their natural hair during the entire journey unless itâ€™s to do a length check onÂ YouTubeÂ or to get their weave changed, then continues to wear weaves non-stop is truly protective styling. That person is buffered from the full experience of being a natural and want it that way, in my opinion.”Â
And I thought wellÂ that’sÂ interesting,Â excuse me while IÂ interruptÂ your divineÂ experience!
I always thought protective styling was protecting your hair in a certain style to preserve it from over manipulation. I never knew that if you did it 90% of the time, then it becomes less protective than if you did it say 40% of the time. – isÂ that what she is really insinuating?
If you wear your hair out all the time, are you more of an experienced natural than the girl who is ACTUALLY natural just like you but wears a weave all the time? What is the full experience of being natural? is it the same for everyone ? How do you really know what she has been through by just looking at her $200.00 ‘Brazilian hair down to there’?
Wigs and Weaves are a Personal Choice …
Here is my opinion, I agree, I think Weaves and wigs are a personal choice, IÂ don’tÂ particularly care for them but if I did IÂ wouldn’tÂ mind trying it a couple times a year. I do not however look at a woman who wears a wig and say ‘I am more natural, or I have more experience than her when it comes to natural hair’ because she chooses to wear a wig all the time.
Weaves and Wigs, Protect the Hair (when done right) ..That’s Just what they do…
I do think wearing a weave or a wig is protective styling there is no way around that. Whether you did it when you were relaxed, transitioning, natural, 50% of the time 90% of the time, or even 100% of the time, it is what it is.
Our society is based so much on symbolism and judgement that sometimes something as practical as wearing a wig becomes some high indication of unnaturalness (depending on how long you do it for).Â Natural hair is a physical thing, caring for natural hair is physical experience.Â How you feel about your natural hair, now that! that is emotional! That means it is not black or white, there is always gray area, and it can easily be debated and judged.
I cannot with good sense look at a woman who wears a weave and automatically assume she hates her hair, it could mean that she loves her hair so much she prefers to preserve it in a way that might not be conventional to the average joe. There is no way to tell unless you invite her out to a red couch somewhere and hand her a glass of wine.
The whole thing about ‘if you do this, then you are that’, or ‘if you do more of this then that means this’ and ‘you are more of that’ … can be so annoying..
Ps – The point of the Nikki Minaj Pic, in case you are wondering :
1. Â Nikki gets alot of flack for showing her natural hair but never her face, and sheÂ predominatelyÂ wears wigs or weaves or something to that effect
2. That Pic was bossy! – Elle Magazine did the damn thing and she looked so much more ‘natural’
3. Â She looks great out of costume and weÂ don’tÂ get to see that often, so.. WTH
Back in December I did a post about the thing I regretted the most for 2012, cutting bangs! and I decided on a whim to check to see how my growth was going by recreating the picture above:
not bad for four months and a trim right?
“yea it grows,Â don’tÂ let nobody tell you different”
Kinky Curly Knot Today
in 2009 I purchased a bottle of Kinky Curly Knot Today and last week I just decided on a whim to re-up, you can tell I’mÂ no product junky because it takes me 4 years to re buy a product even when I love it.
I’ve been using it everyday since I bought it and my hair is so moisturized, so light, so smooth and crazy fluffy, even my buns look amazing..
IÂ don’tÂ even have a great pic to show you but this is the end of my day
This was before I fluffed it in the AM
I took the advice of some of the YouTubers who use this product and I diluted it in a spray bottle before braiding my hair, and its perfect!.
My New Boar Bristle Brush
The other thing that has been giving me life ,is my new boar bristle brush, when did we stop using brushes? .. I know brushes are considered ‘curly girl enemy’ but I went to Walmart and for some reason while I was in the hair isle I thought about getting a boar bristle brush that I can use to slick my hair back when I decide to do a wet pony tail type thing. I found one and threw it in the cart and never took it back out.
The other night I decided prior to braiding, to just brush out my hair, IÂ didn’tÂ brush out every kink but I did use my oil mix and just brushed it through my hair. One of the reasons brushes AREÂ recommendedÂ is because they help with spreading oil from the scalp and long the strand.
Obviously your hands can do that, but I am not sure if fingers are as effective as a brush is. MaybeÂ that’sÂ why brushes are still on the market despite what us curly girls might think.
So I brushed my hair in entirety for the first time in years and it felt great, IÂ didn’tÂ even lose alot of hair.
Have a great week!
When it comes to my hair, I am the ultimate kitchenista, I just cannot justify buying a thirty dollar bottle of magic protein potion when I have a dozen eggs in the fridge. I have made a few hair masks in my time some of which I just threw together out of experimentation others I stole from hair blogs, magazines and the ideas from myÂ girlfriends. Here are three of my best homemade hair masks to date:
Honey, Eggs, Oil and Cheap Conditioner
This mask is always my very first suggestion to anyone looking for a quick protein fix. The mask is easy and all of the ingredients you are bound to have all together at one time in your kitchen. I dont know about you but one of the most annoying things is to have one or two of the ingredients of a mask only to find out you are missing something critical and your hair already prepped.
When you mix this maskÂ use the whole egg, the yolk is where all the magic is because the yolk strengthens hair follicles and prevents hair loss. Other nutrients include vitamin A which prevents breakage, vitamin B12 for hair growth and other fatty acids that give hair that natural shine.
1 egg ( 2 eggs if your hair is longer)
2-3 Table spoons honey
2-3 Table spoons oil (any oil will do, pick yourÂ favoriteÂ kind)
Cheap conditioner – The conditioner is there for added moisture and consistency, so pick a moisture based conditioner, and add enough to make the mask consistent, youÂ don’tÂ want it to be a rinse.
Avocado, Banana, Olive Oil andÂ MayonnaiseÂ
It took me awhile to add avocado and banana’s to my hair, for some reason the thought of those two fruits on my head for hours at a time was just not appealing. The thing is, once you get all the ingredients in a blender and make the paste then somehow the ‘ ewwÂ that’sÂ gross’ anxiety all goes away.
Bananas are a natural source of biotin so the next time you buy a six dollar bottle of biotin pills you might want to skip to the produce isle and get some bananas for fifty two cents.Â Avocados much like an egg is a very rich source ofÂ vitaminÂ A andÂ antioxidantsÂ all great for hair, especially if it is damaged. Another cool little fact is that it acts as a natural sunscreen and even though we never think about it, in the summer time, our hair gets a beating from direct sunlight.Â TheÂ mayonnaiseÂ restores moisture to the strands, does a little protein work and is just overall a great addition to any mask.
Half a Banana
2- 3 table spoons Olive Oil
2-3 table spoons Mayo
Greek Yogurt & Honey
I hope you have some extra Chobani on chill because this mask is totally awesome. Greek yogurt, or really any yogurt is a great for hair because it restores moisture and strengthens the hair all in one shot. The enzymes in yogurt is also known toÂ relieveÂ an itchy scalp and combat dandruff. Though yogurtÂ doesn’tÂ need much help, if you add a little honey, you will increase the natural shine andÂ lusterÂ of the hair. The mix for this mask is so simple a caveman can do it, just get enough yogurt to cover your hair in its entirety and mix in two tablespoons of honey, voila!
Have you done a hair mask lately, share some of yourÂ favoriteÂ recipes?
I have the finest hair on this planet, I swear if it were any finer it would literally disintegrate in front of my eyes. For those of us with fine hair strands we are in a constant tug of war with tangles that can only be cut, cross strand breeding and single strand knots that never go away. For me these issues are real,they lead to breakage and loss of length because I constantly have to use the scissors to rectify a sometimes impossible hair situation. For women with a coilier texture but have fine strands sometimes using heat can be a life savor the only problem is because heat gets such a bad rap every time we turn on the blow dryer the guilt is almost like sneaking a strawberry danish atÂ 7 elevenÂ when we just started a new diet. Though it might be hard to admit, its time to ‘come out’ and state emphatically that using heat can be beneficial to our hair care if used properly. I will go first, raising hand, hi my name is Petra and I use heat in my regimen to keep my sanity.
Here are four ways I have used heat to avoid tangling and retain length:
Always Use Heat to Deep Condition
No this is not a trick, I know this is not what we mean by heat styling, but it is important to set the stage and get the proper foundation before we style. For me deep conditioning regularly is a must if I want to maintain my hairs health, but to really make it worth my while I use Â a plastic bag from Walmart, some good DIY conditioner preferable with a little added protein a hooded dryer or steamer Â and twenty to thirty minutes of carved out me time.
Don’t get distracted by theories that encourage us toÂ believeÂ that using heat while deep conditioning is useless or by allowing your conditioner to sit for a while is a complete waste of time. The point is, it feels great, its thirty Â minutes of pampering and your hair will thank you for it.
Use heat to Further Stretch your Wash and Go
Wash and Gos can be a nightmare for me if I allow my hair to just behave the way it naturally wants to. Personally I hate a product filled wash and go, so using gel on every strand to keep my curls defined and in place so that I can avoid tangles is not my idea of a great hair day.
Instead the best wash and go’s involve sectioning the hair and applying products that add moisture, sealing the hair and then a light styler. After the product is applied and my hair is 70 – 80% air dried, I then use blow dryer to stretch the roots and lightly stretch the hair itself, reducing some of the shrinkage that causes tangles and knots. Waiting for my hair to be 70-80% dry helps it to set from the wash and go so that when I use the blow dryer I am not disturbing the texture too much.
Roller Sets and Rod Sets using a Hooded Dryer
I don’t know about you but I am a pretty busy girl, so allowing my hair to air dry for an entire day or two will never happen. I prefer to use perm rods on the ends of my hair when I can because smoothing my ends is the best way I have found to date that reduces single strand knots. With that said, if I do a twist and curl, full perm rod set or roller set I opt to use the hooded dryer which speeds up drying time and helps my hair to remain smooth and tangle free.
Flat Ironing Gives Me a Break from Manipulation
I recently had my hair flat ironed, I mean a bone straight no nonsense flat iron. I wanted a chance to just step away from my usual hair routine for a minute and not to mention it was veryÂ differentÂ look from what I had been used to for the past year. Even though at times I missed my curly hair It felt great to be able to comb my hair out without five strand knots and my hair cross commingling.
For me retaining length also boils down to how best I can avoid my hair breaking because it is so prone to creating knots. I have accepted that my hair strands are naturallyÂ attractedÂ to each other and I will never be able to eliminate every single strand knot I have. I have also accepted that using heat in my regimen is a must because just using other stretching methods does not work every time. There are many ways you can avoid using heat in your hair if that is your choice, but if you do use heat, knowing how to use it for your own benefit and not doing more harm than good can save you alot of heartache
Do you use heat as part of your regimen?