…is frustrating me now!!! I never thought that I’d be complaining because my hair has GROWN! *side eyeing myself* When I first started this journey, all I could think about was “I can’t wait until my curls hang!” But now that she has grown, I’ve found that she doesn’t stand up like I want her to anymore!!! I preferred my twist outs to stand up rather than hanging down. I loved the wildness and volume that I had when it was shorter. It seemed to have more life and seemed to say, “Look at me!!!” Now, she hangs all neat, prim, and proper. I guess she’s saying that I’m never satisfied. LOL
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I pre-pooed last night and washed this afternoon. While doing so, I observed my scalp. Most of the dry patches were gone and I was able to gently scratch up the rest. I didn’t notice any more broken off areas. However, I am having quite a bit of shedding. In doing more research, I came across a few women who mentioned on their blogs that they had deep conditioned overnight and it over-conditioned their hair which led to excessive shedding. Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea after all. Now I have I nurse my hair back.
I didn’t deep condition today – I deep a regular wash with my Shea Moisture Restorative Shampoo. I did my standard ACV rinse, along with the honey rinse I’ve been incorporating the past few weeks. Afterwards, I saturated my hair with aloe vera juice and then LCOed. I decided to see how my hair would respond to changing the order. For my leave-in I used a mixture of Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner, Aussie Moist, & Hello Hydration (my favorite conditioners). Instead of sealing with EVOO this time since it usually sits on my hair, I decided to try grapeseed and almond oils since they are lighter.
The result? Pretty nice coils along with massive shrinkage!
So last night I massaged my edges with JBCO and aloe vera gel. Can’t say that it made much of a difference. But I’m sure it will take time and consistent use before I’m able to tell if it’s helping or not.
After work I came home, took my hair down, and observed my scalp. I noticed that it is very dry and when I scratched it, it started to flake. I went through my whole head and gently scratched and it flaked. I’m starting to think that I could possibly be dealing with severe dryness and dandruff. Now I don’t understand why this would be. I do hot weekly hot oil treatments but then again, other than that I never oil my scalp. Being that I slept with conditioner and oil in my hair overnight one would assume that my scalp would be sufficiently oiled right now.
Could the products have dryed my scalp? Is it possible for my scalp to be so dry after all of that? I guess it is possible because that’s exactly what it looks like. I haven’t noticed anymore breakage or areas where it looks as if my hair is falling out. Thank you, God for that!
I’ve been researching about scalp psoriasis and folliculitis and from what I’ve read symptoms are the scalp would be covered with silvery flakes, which is not what I have on my scalp. So I’m pretty much ruling that out for the time being. However, I also found that dandruff can be caused by irritated, dry skin (known as Seborrheic dermatitis), reactions to certain products (which I’m starting to think is my problem), dry skin (which we all know), stress (which I’ve had plenty of!), yeast (don’t know why I would suddenly have this issue), and a host of other reasons.
So I’m going to oil my scalp really good and keep massaging with the oil and aloe vera gel and see if this resolves the problem. *crossing eyes, fingers, and toes*
I’m almost in tears! What is going on with my scalp??? Now it looks like my hair is falling out in one of the areas that I posted about last night. Gotta figure this out so I can fix it! I’ve read about a scalp issue that causes the hair to fall out and damages the follicles so it can’t grow back. Praying this isn’t the case. Massaged in more JBCO…I’m not happy, happy, happy…sad, sad, sad…
I’m not sure what’s going on with my scalp right now. I was in the process of moisturizing my hair and noticed what looks like dry, dandruff areas. But, I realized that it was not flaking up like dandruff as I attempted to scratch it up, making my scalp bleed in the process. As far as I can tell, it’s only in two areas on my edges. Also, since I’ve started scratching, my whole head seems to itch now! I have no idea what this is nor what could have caused it. I’m wondering if it is a result of my overnight deep conditioning the other night. If so, why would that cause this to happen? I massaged the areas with JBCO, but I need to figure out what in the entire hell is going on with my scalp!
I’m either going to hate myself or love myself later. Last night was wash night and I did my weekly hot oil treatment and deep condition (protein this week). I got very lazy after this and didn’t feel like washing it out. So, I slept with this in my hair overnight. *side eyeing myself* I got up this morning, rinsed it out, did a regular, non-clarifying wash, ACV and honey rinse, and LOCed. My hair doesn’t seem to have any adverse affects from it as of yet. But time will tell…
Even though my blog is dedicated to my natural hair journey, I saw this and had to reblog. Our men do love us, Ladies! 🙂
Ahhh, I remember it like it was yesterday. I had recently turned 21 and it was time to take full advantage of my adult freedoms; and by adult freedoms I mean live it up after hours on the social scene while indulging in adult beverages (responsibly and irresponsibly) of course.
It was an autumn night, a Friday to be exact, and I was heading out with a few of my college compadres to a popular nightclub venue downtown. There was electricity in the crisp night air, but that anxious feeling more likely had something to do with it being my very first time attending an actual nightclub. Until this night, my evening social experiences were limited to college parties held in student centers and gymnasiums with other students. However, this night, I was going to be partying it up with the grown & sexy crowd. In other words, grown and…
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Well, I was quite happy with my hair today. I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like when I woke up this morning since I tried a different procedure last night. After my good blogging friend, author of Islandkynks, read that I re-twist my hair every night, she figured that has to be a simpler way to do it. So, she started scouring the internet and YouTube to help me out. She came upon this video by Whitney, YouTube vlogger Naptural85.
I’m always concerned about disturbing my curls. After I spend the time twisting it, it’s disheartening to lose the definition through excessive manipulation. My concern with the video was that my curls would be too flat and loose. But I decided to try it anyway. If there is another way to prep my hair at night outside of re-twisting every night, I’m game. I didn’t completely wrap my hair as shown in the video – I just wasn’t comfortable stretching the curls out so much. So I tweaked it a bit…I pulled the sides back gently and loosely pinned them. I did the same thing to the top and then covered with my satin bonnet instead of the scarf, praying that my hair wouldn’t turn on me overnight. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well, trying to make sure that I didn’t flatten my curls too much. Can you say doing too much??? SMH
So, how did this workout??? Not too bad actually. I didn’t snap any pics this morning due to time (I’m always rushing to get ready in the mornings!). The only issue that I had was that the curls didn’t want to fall flat anymore since they had been pinned back. But with a little picking at the roots for some volume and then pinning a few areas with bobby pins, I was able to work it out.
Another thing that I noticed, my hair got fluffier throughout the day as it took in moisture. I contribute that to the honey rinse. The difference this time??? My curls actually held up and still looked good, unlike the other instances when this happened before. I’m not sure why that’s the case – possibly because I used the ORS Lock and Twist Gel instead of the EcoStyler. I’ve always had better results with this gel.