My drop by…

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Hi, Y’all! I’ve been MIA for a few months, mostly because there’s not much going on with my hair. Since my most recent BC, things have been pretty mundane… basically a repeat of the past two years. Do I sound bored? I am! But anywho… here are a few recent pics of my TWA… I’m impatiently waiting for my hair to grow back!

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Notice anything else different?😉

My newfound love…

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…for shea butter! I mean, I really don’t have too much to say, other than this stuff is FANTABULOUS!

When I returned back to natural and started experimenting with products, I was told about Shea butter by a friend as well as reading and hearing about it on blogs. I’d bought a container of Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Repair Cream, which I used as a moisturizer. I liked it, but stopped using it because of some of the ingredients. I’d also made whipped Shea butter a couple of times, but didn’t like how that made my hair feel.

Fast forward to this past week. I’d been doing more research after this last issue that I had with damage. I was looking for ways to protect my hair now that winter is upon us. Once again, I came across tons of info about Shea butter. I almost ignored it due to my past experiences. However, I decided to give it another chance, but this time instead of using it as a moisturizer, I’m using it as a sealer. Butters tend to be better sealers in cold weather because they are heavier. OMGosh! When I say that I was instantly in love, I mean it! I could tell the difference immediately in how my hair felt with the butter in comparison to sealing with oils. I can’t really explain it, but it felt different.

I’ve been using Shea butter for the past week and my hair seems to like it! One thing that I love about it…I don’t have a greasy film left on my hair after sealing. In addition to that, my hair holds moisture and my curls are locked.

I’m so glad that I decided to give this butter another try!

My hair today

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So I’ve come to accept the fact that I had to BC again and now I’m back to loving my hair. I’ve always liked my hair in the TWA phase and this time is no different. Here’s my hair today…

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TWA ❤

I misted my hair with water and moisturized with Aussie Moist since I was out of my Kinky Kurly Knot Today and Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-in. I sealed with shea butter (more on my newfound love of this butter in another post). I ran a tiny bit of EcoStyler gel through my hair and used my boar hair bristled brush to create a few coils in the front. TWA ❤!!!

My hair woes

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As I’ve posted before, the crown of my head has always been a source of despair for me. This area always breaks really bad. Even when I was relaxed I had this same issue. Last year, I BCed again, BC number 4, because of the same breakage. My hair has grown back only to once again break off at my crown.

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So here I am at this place where I’m attempting to regrow this area. I will not BC again. I’m going to have to figure out a way to do this without taking such a drastic step.

So, what am I doing to, in a sense, rehabilitate my hair? First off, I trimmed my ends. I also make sure to strictly follow my moisturizing routine, once in the morning and at night. I co-wash every 2-3 days to remove any product build up and I have been doing a moisturizing, deep conditioning weekly, with a protein deep conditioning once a month. Hot oil treatments are incorporated when I deep condition. I shampoo every other week to prevent excess dryness. Since I rarely use products with silicones, this has been sufficient. Lastly, I try not put the least amount of stress on my hair as possible when styling. I’ve been sticking to this regimen for the past two months and have experienced very little breakage or shedding. Hopefully these measures will be adequate enough to resolve my breakage problem and help my hair grow back healthy.

My hair today

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Twist out on semi dry hair. I didn’t want tight curls and wanted some volume, so I decided to unravel the twists before they were completely dry, which is usually a no-no! I actually like it.

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Washed with Marshmallow Silk shampoo bar (ordered from Etsy), deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque & Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, & Restore Leave-In Conditioner with oil mixture (EVOO, JBCO, jojoba, sesame, vitamin E, and peppermint oils); Style set with Aussie Moist conditioner, ORS Lock & Twist Gel, and same oil mixture.

My randomness

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I get a lot of questions from people regarding what I do to get my hair to grow so fast. As I was thinking about this, it brought to mind ALL of the “grow hair fast” schemes, routines, and rituals that are out there and the ones that I’ve actually tried…Biotin, MSM supplements, KimmayTube’s growth moisturizer, growth serums, the Inversion Method (yes, I tried that too)!

What I’ve come to realize, for me anyway, is there’s no real hair growth elixir. My hair grows and thrives with consistent care. I can’t say that any of the rituals and routines actually “make” my hair grow. Some of them may assist in keeping my hair healthy, which in turn prevents breakage, which allows my hair to grow. But they don’t accelerate growth. Our hair grows at a rate that is personal to us.

My hair notes – Baggy Method vs Greenhouse Effect

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The question about whether baggying is an effective means for moisturizing hair was posed on Curlynikki‘s hair forum. I responded on the thread stating that I baggy my hair. Since that post, I’ve received many questions about baggying. I realized that many people confuse it with the Greenhouse Effect, or they use the terms interchangeably when they actually are different processes.

The link below provides more information about the two methods and how they are different, as well as how to use them to moisturize your hair. Hope this helps anyone that is interested in these methods.

Baggy Method vs Greenhouse Effect
https://hairdiary.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-baggy-method-vs-the-greenhouse-effect/

My hair continues to evolve

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One thing I’ve learned on this natural hair journey is my hair is constantly evolving. I find a product that works well and then all of a sudden, it doesn’t.

I think I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can actually read my hair and know what the issue is that needs to be resolved when my hair starts to act differently. This has been the hardest stage of my journey and definitely took the most time. I’ve realized once I got to this point, the easier it became knowing my hair’s needs.

Over the course of past few weeks, my hair started to break again. A trim helped, but it didn’t resolve the issue completely. I’ve realized that I need to really work at maintaining the moisture/ protein balance better. I’ve learned that I MUST moisturize my hair daily, morning and evening. I’m also realizing that my strands have been weak, with see through ends which usually means they need more protein. For this reason, I’ve been looking for a protein enriched leave in without all of the other gunk in it. I’m still trying to stay with products that are all natural as much as possible.

I’d seen the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave In Conditioner, but never paid much attention to it. After reading the ingredients label I thought it may be just what I needed.

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Featured Ingredients
Organic Shea Butter – Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Loaded with repartive omegas that promote healthy hair growth.
Peppermint -Stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience

Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

Usage
Apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the end of problem areas. Can also be used as a rinse-out conditioner.

After using this product twice a week for the past two weeks, I’ve definitely noticed that my hair is somewhat stronger when stretched. My strands aren’t snapping off at the ends. The trim and this product seems to be exactly what I needed. I bought the styling lotion as well, but not quite sure about its purpose. When I bought these I was thinking the leave in was a deep conditioner and didn’t realize it wasn’t until I got home. So how I will incorporate the styling lotion is still undecided.

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