So, over the past few days I’ve been doing a lot of reading about locs…reading I should’ve done before I initially started on this journey. Today I decided to re-start. I clarified my hair to make sure I was starting with clean hair. I didn’t do this with the first set of twist. I’d twisted on 2nd day hair. After clarifying, I used a hair masque for 5 minutes, rinsed and spritzed with my water and oils mixture before retwisting with my loc sponge. I feel much better about the foundation for my locs now. So let’s see how this goes. I’m anxious.
I’m back!!! And I’m on a new journey. Once again, I had to cut my hair and start from scratch! I was so discouraged and almost did something that I knew I would regret. I had the box of relaxer in my shopping cart and was on my way to the register when I came to my senses. Deep down I knew I really didn’t want to do that, despite the frustration I was feeling.
It seems that as I age, my hair is changing. The curls are looser and it doesn’t grow as fast as it used to, which adds to my frustration.
All of that being said, back to my new journey. After going back and forth with myself about this, I’ve decided to loc my hair! I’m three days in now. Right now I’m attempting to get them started myself with a loc brush. If it proves to be more than I’m willing to take on, I will go to a loctician. Right now I’m moisturizing with Tru Hydrating Hair Butter and Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey for shine.
Here is a pic of my hair now. It’s at that awkward loc stage. I hope it starts to bud and grow quickly!
…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!
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…
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 ❤!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
You know it’s time for a trim when you simply stretch your hair with your fingers and it breaks off.
Of course, this could happen for other reasons, for example protein overload. But I knew that wasn’t the issue. I had been eyeing those scraggly ends for a few weeks and it was time for them to go.
It had been a year since my ends were trimmed. So, I took my scissors and remedied the situation. After doing so, the issue with my frizzy twist outs was resolved as well. Winning! ☺
ACV rinse, deep condition, EVCO, EVOO, grape seed oil, hair regimen, honey rinse, Kinky Kurly Knot Today, leave ins, natural, natural hair, ORS, pre-poo, shampoo, shampoo bars, Shea Moisture, Trader Joe's
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my hair regimen. Since it’s changed slightly, I figured it would be a good time to share.
I’ve worked hard the past year on rehabbing my hair and getting it healthy. I made the decision to start using all natural products. I also wanted to stop using rinse out conditioners as leave ins and find actual leave in conditioners. I got lucky and found some that I’m pleased with.
Wash days are no longer an all day affair. I typically can get it done within 2.5 hours. My hair regimen is as follows:
My go to products:
Leave in: Kinky Curly Knot Today – this has proven to be worth the $12 price tag. It keeps my hair adequately moisturized; it’s lightweight and doesn’t weigh my hair down.
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk – a decent moisturizer. I alternate it with my KKKT to stretch the products.
I use one of these daily.
Sealer: Olive Oil or Grape seed oil – both of these oils absorb into my hair well and doesn’t sit on top of it.
Styler: ORS Twist & Lock Gel – used when I twist my hair. This gel doesn’t leave my hair hard and stiff like EcoStyler does at times.
Co Wash – Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa & Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle – both of these are reasonably priced and provides enough slip for me to detangle if I need to. When I first started my hair journey, I co-washed about 4-5 days a week. Now, I normally do it about twice a week. When I’m not trying to keep my hair stretched, I also might apply one of these when I shower, just for extra moisturizing benefits since my hair dries out easily.
Pre-Poo: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – I don’t always pre-poo, but when I do, I use coconut oil. I might pre-poo anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. There’s no reason why I choose the amount of time. It just depends on my mood at the time.
Shampoo: Shampoo bars – I fell in love with these last summer and have been using them since then. I try to wash weekly.
Deep conditioner: Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Masque – this deep conditioner has been working well for me. I mix it with honey, JBCO, and sometimes coconut milk if I need a bit of protein. I cover my hair with a thermal heat cap for about 30-45 minutes. I’m back to deep conditioning once a week, sometimes every two weeks at the latest because my hair seems to like it better. When I was deep conditioning less frequently, my hair would start to break.
Rinses: ACV & honey – I use these depending on what my hair needs.
Of course, I have other products that I use less often and I’m still in somewhat of a trial and error phase with a few. I will be posting updates about these products as I use them and can figure out how my hair likes them.