Monday, June 29, 2009
Continue to pray for him and my Niece....
Matthew 18:19,20 Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Instead of focusing on whats wrong ...I'm going to move onto something more upbeat...
I don't really post any pics prior to my hair journey..So many of you don't know that from age 19 till 2006 ...I used to dye my hair a light honey blonde or a chestnut brown with light highlights...I always kept my hair very light...People that know me or people that haven't seen me in a while are still trying to adjust to me rocking my natural hair color..
You know a few months ago I was considering adding color in the red family which would be very different for me...
This long dark hair is really boring to me..Don't be shocked if color changes or a good hair cut is around the corner ....Just warning ya!!!
I don't have too many pictures of myself years prior...In the past I didn't have a love for the camera like I do now....I did go through some of my Mothers pics and found a few pics that I'm going to post for you guys tomorrow
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Next on the list was Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol..Which was easy to find of course it was at Sallys....I loved my relaxer results from using Silk Elements so I'm hoping I will like this as well..
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have to say I'm still loving the results of my relaxer...I'm so happy I decided to make a switch...
Here are some pics of my Work Out Pony....Sorry they are a little crappy ..I took them with my cell phone
Not sure why I'm covering my face...Hahahahaha
I just got out the shower and I came back to update this post...My hair felt amazing when I rinsed...The only reason why I stopped doing hot oil treatments was pure lazyness...I'm going to start back doing them now ..Maybe mid week or something
Here is a link on how to do Hot Oil Treatments
Monday, June 22, 2009
I follow a high protein diet...Now I don't really know if you can consider my diet a high protein...But I make sure I have a small serving of protein with each meal..And if I can't I drink a light low carb Protein Shake in between meals...
Well most of you know your hair is made up from protein..
Not enough Protein Causes
When your diet does not have enough protein most people experience hair loss as the body tries to reserve protein for more important body functions such as muscle repair....( One of the main reasons why when people experience excessive shedding I tell them to check their diet.)
Also lack of protein can cause hair to go into what is called a resting phase....It stops growing or slows down completely. ( Important to the ladies that experience very slow growth or complain of no growth)..
Protein deficiency can make your hair dry and brittle also..
Vegetarians are most common to have protein deficiencies because of not eating meats
Too much protein ...
Too much protein can harm your kidneys and often times lead to kidney disease.... Eating a well-balanced diet is the best way to go..
How Much Protein Do We Need ?
It depends on your age, size, and activity level...Nutritionists estimate your minimum daily protein requirement by multiplying the body weight in kilograms by .8, or weight in pounds by .37..... This number equals the amount grams of protein that should be your daily minimum...Example a person weighing 150 lbs should eat 55 grams of protein per day...
If you are more active or you exercise you need more protein ( Greatly debated) ....
One prominent researcher in the field recommends 1.2 to 1.4 grams per kilogram of body weight per day for endurance exercisers and 1.7 to 1.8 grams per kg per day for heavy strength training.
Protein For Hair Growth
The benefits are amazing for hair growth.... Protein can be found in meat, eggs, beans, yogurt and soy protein. Wheat germ and brewer's yeast are rich in protein and is known to grow hair stronger and faster...
Eating foods high in protein like lean meats such as chicken, turkey...Red meats are bad.. Just make sure that you avoid red meats. Red can cause certain hormones to build up in the body and trigger bad effects....
Almonds and peanuts are great protein snacks in between meals
My favorite is Sushi...I eat sushi a few times a week it extremely high in protein - being largely made of rice, seaweed, and raw fish ..
Common Causes of Hair Loss
I'm not saying that everyone that experiences hair loss is due to diet ...But if you know you don't eat right...Then that maybe the cause...Going to a doctor is always best..
Common causes hair loss are medication, radiation, chemotherapy, exposure to chemicals, hormonal and nutritional factors, thyroid disease, generalized or local skin disease, and stress.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Deep Condition 1x a week
Co-wash 2-4x after work outs
Moisturize & Seal nightly
Clarify 1x monthly
Protein whenever needed
I plan to wear braid outs , bantu styles, wash n go's, and pony tails
What are your hair plans for the summer ???
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Bantu knots were heaven sent...It completely changed my mind about my hair being boring.
I loved it....My Husband loved it ...I got so many compliments...It really jazzed up my hair...I have come to the conclusion that Flat ironed straight hair is really not my favorite anymore..
I did the Bantu knots the day before on flat ironed hair...I'm going to post pics soon..
I took so many that day....Only thing was by the time the second graduation ended my curls had fell...Now its about finding the right products that will hold soft curls...
That night I put some Mane n Tail Carrot Creme and oil and redid Bantu knots....The next morning my Sister and I took all of our kids to Magic Mountain..To celebrate the graduations....I took a couple of pics in the truck on my way to the park...Instead of wearing it all down like the day before I pulled my hair into a loose low pony tail with a head band....
Here are pics of my hair for Six Flags ( Bantu Knots)
For the ones that have followed my blog from the beginning know that whenever I take my boys to amusement parks I always wear a large sun hat to protect my shoulders and hair from the sun...Well this time I skipped the hat...My hair was way too cute to cover it with a hat...
Well lets just say I have regrets...Very big regrets...I have sun burn all over my scalp...Its horrible and red...Its so painful ...I sun burn so easy I already know what to use....
I took a few leaves off my Aloe Vera Plant and put it in the fridge..Once cold I squeeze it into a small container and mixed in glycerin...Glycerin with the Aloe works every time.. My scalp will feel better in about a week
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
What were some of the benefits from stretching for 6 months as opposed to 10-12 wks? Are you planning on doing another 6 mo stretch?
Best of luck and keep up the good work!
Thanks....I actually relaxed about 1 week and 1/2 before my 6 month mark.....
I kept my new growth moisturized by lightly spritzing every night... Applying pure glycerin and Cantu Shea Butter Repair Cream a couple times a week kept my new growth moisturized, manageable, and breakage free...Co washing at least 1x a week helped keep my new growth stay moisturized too...Co washing worked up until I got till about 5 months and it was too much manipulation ...After that I would just clean my hair and leave it alone for a week or week and 1/2 till next wash.
I was able to slow down and basically stop shedding by upping my protein ...Co washing with Mane n Tail Moisturizer/Texturizing Conditioner really did the trick..Mane n Tail is a very light protein conditioner and co washing with it gave me just the right amount of moisture and protein my hair needed...
Most of my stretch I used Silken Child detangler and it did help..But it wasn't until I tried the Mane n Tail Detangler that detangling became a breeze ...No broken hairs and the Mane n Tail really just melted my detangles away..
Styling was easy the first 3 months..I rocked mostly braid outs and pony tails..Towards the end because of my work outs I was forced to wear buns all of the time...Elasta QP Mango Butter and Aloe Vera Gel kept my edges tamed...
I was able to conquer most of the challenges because each time I stretched I would stretch a little bit longer each time ..
"Stretching for 6 months as opposed to 10-12 wks" ..Well the whole purpose of stretching is to relax less...Less chemicals = Healthier Hair....The less chemicals you use allows your hair to thicken , become healthier, and lowers the chances of over lapping..So of course the longer your stretches last..The less relaxers you will use each year..It's really about doing what works for you..
I plan to only relax 3 times a year ..So I won't be relaxing every 6 months...It just wasn't fun... Even though I loved the results I'm going relax every 4 months and that = 3 times a year
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I'm so happy with my progress ...My V is leaving ...My sides are finally catching up with the rest of my hair...Oh my hair is much thicker...I love it...If you look at my comparison shots you will see I actually past my goal line by just a little...Guess who is grazing HL...Hopefully I can claim it offiicially by the end of the summer..
Thank you Ladies for all of your encouragement, and help...Thanks so much for the help !!!!
Because my hair is coarser and a tighter texture in the middle..That is where I began the application of the relaxer
Thursday, June 11, 2009
It is very funny and inspiring to us..Why??? Because we have the texture hair that people call BAD HAIR...Beautician's have always been unhappy about me sitting in their chair both natural or relaxed...
Summer is the perfect time to rock textured styles...Who wants to sit under a hot dryer or sweat out their hair in the summer heat ? Rocking your natural hair , braid outs, twist outs, or bantu knots are so much easier and makes a lot more since in the up coming months...Beach waves are always cute..Just air dry in 2 to 3 large braids (braid out) for the perfect loose beach waves..Also a perfect time to rock cute ponytails, headbands, hair candy, and updo's
Summer time is not always a naturally curly or tightly coiled hairs friend...Dry, split and frizzy ends is what some of us suffer from because of the sun, and humidity..
Always use a leave in ( Some leave ins have sun screen)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Restore strength and shine
Safe for color-treated hair
Gentle for everyday use
Ion Anti-Chlorine Swimmer's Shampoo is safe for color-treated hair and safe to use everyday. Keep your hair healthy while enjoying the water, sand and sun
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This is a continuation of my last post..
Last night I oiled my ends and redid my bun ...I woke up this morning and went straight to the sink to wash my face and brush my teeth and I noticed that my bun and pony was completely loose..My hair was hanging out of an opening of my scarf in the back ....And was a tangled mess..DANG IT !!!!
I took a deep breath and removed my scarf and tried to de tangle my hair a little with my fingers but my hair was so over moisturized and soft ...It was way too fragile for any de tangling ...Having two textures right now only makes this moment more frustrating...My hair was so fragile it was scary...Waiting a couple of more days to do my protein was not a option at this point..
I went looking for my Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor and remembered I gave it to one of my girlfriends who desperately needed it...Ugh !!!
This was not how I wanted to start my day....I went and got one egg and whipped it ....I mixed in Garnier Fructis Fortifying Deep Conditioner 3 min Masque ( A protein conditioner I tried a while back and my hair hated it) ...Then mixed in Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner( light protein) ..Hoping this mix would be enough protein ...
I applied my mix to my whole head...Root to Tip...Put on my heating cap for 15 mins ...Jumped in the shower and rinsed.... My hair felt like its normal self ...Thank GOD !!! I then cleaned my hair and scalp with Hair One..I let that sit on my hair while I showered
After I got out the shower ...I now was facing the challenge of detangling this madness..I used Aphogee Pro Vitamin Leave In ( I only use this when I need protein) and Cantu Shea Butter Leave In on top of that ...
Next I grabbed my Mane n Tail Detangler, Wide Tooth Comb and found a comfortable spot on the floor and turned on a good movie...I knew I would be down there for a while..
In small sections ...I sprayed my hair with my detangler and went to work...Patience was key at this point....This was really one of those moments where I questioned myself for wanting such long hair....Middle Back hair was so much easier to take care of..Right now with six months new growth...I didn't feel like this was simple (KISS) ...I felt like this was way too much work....If you think I never get frustrated with my hair ...Someone lied to you...
Finally I was done de tangling...Aching shoulders and back..I was finally done....I added some Macadamia Oil to my hair ...Then took my Conair Paddle Brush and made sure I got most of my shedded hair out when I detangled...I braided my hair in two side loose french braids...Put some QP Mango Butter on the ends ....
I shedded more hair than I usually do...But not enough to be concerned...Just enough to make me happy that in less than 10 days I will be relaxing..
The only reason why this did not turn out a disaster was I took my time and detangled in small sections even though I was tired and my arms ached...Patience is key
Cause of my over moisturizing situation ???
To be honest the only thing I switch up on was..I was using Holly Beauty Olive Oil Creme Daily after I spritzed....I'm going to use this a couple of times of week instead of daily from here on out..
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
This Sat. makes me one week away from my next relaxer..So I had planned to clarify and do a protein treatment in prep for my relaxer already...
I have skipped my spritzing and moisturizing for the last few days and just applying oil to my ends ....I'm skipping my mid week co-wash and my trips to the steam room this week...I don't need any extra moisture at this point...I can't afford any breakage..
Because my hair is so over moisturized I'm just leaving it alone until I do my protein treatment this weekend...
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I then take my bangs and wet them ...I use Hair One to clean just that section....Rinse..Then add a really small amount maybe a dime size drop on Cantu Shea Butter Leave In ...I take a soft bristle brush and brush the product through my bangs ...Brushing my hair straight down in the direction I want my bangs to hang...
About 15 mins later my bangs are left slightly damp and I run the flat iron through them to style them and finish drying them...I would never do this to the rest of my hair ...
This works well for my bangs because I'm not growing them out . I already have to trim them every other week to keep them short....So they stay healthy because of the constant trimming...My poor bangs takes this abuse maybe 1 to 2x a week at the most...
Monday, June 1, 2009
So play the guessing game with me...Here is a pic of my hair unstretched and nappy hair at the roots..And here are some pics of my new growth...All pics are on dry hair that is buttery with Shea Butter
Unstretched Dry Hair...Just taken out of my bun
Here are Pics of my New Growth ( At This Point I can no longer part my hair)
Do You Ladies Think I made it ???? Oh I measured the new growth and its about 5 inches