D.I.Y Protein Treatment (Moisturizing Protein Packet)

7 Aug

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It’s  important to do protein treatments on natural hair because we lose protein from daily maintenance and natural wear and tear from the elements of the environment.

Protein treatments temporarily fill in the gaps in the cuticles that are lost, strengthening the strand. Your hair is more prone to breakage when it’s weak and damaged.

Since starting my HHJ I’ve been doing protein treatments, I used to do a simple mayo, egg and olive  oil treatment once a month. One day, last  year I was out of mayo and was on a natural hair site looking for any D.I.Y protein treatments I could do and I came across a simple recipe and it didn’t call for any mayo which was perfect because I didn’t have any. I ended up falling in love with this protein treatment and it has replace my mayo and egg treatment. The first time I tried the recipe my hair was a little hard and dry but I tried it again and made a few adjustments and it has done my hair wonders each time I use it. And the best thing about this protein treatment is you can make it using things you already have in your kitchen and it’s inexpensive.

For this treatment you will need:

2 egg whites, 2tsp (tablespoons) of honey, and I like to add EVOO and/or grape seed oil .

You’re to dampen your hair before applying the mixture to your hair. You can apply the mixture to your hair with your bare hands, while wearing plastic gloves or with a perm/color applicator brush like I do. It can get a little messy so wear a t-shirt you don’t care about and have a towel on hand.  After applying the mixture cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit for 20-30 mins. Rinse with cold/cool water (you don’t want to cook the egg and have to pick egg bits from your hair) then proceed with your regular wash/co wash whichever you do. Always follow any protein treatment with a good deep conditioning to prevent dry and brittle hair.

Protein is just as important as moisture to your natural hair, it’s critical that you maintain that balance. Too much moisture will lead to mushy, weak. water logged hair and too much protein can cause dry and brittle hair which leads to breakage and breakage equaling no length retention.

I hope someone finds this helpful

Have a happy HHJ

Peace and Blessings

Ambee 🙂

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2 Years on My HHJ

6 Jul

1 mthHello Lovelies!

May 10th was my journey anniversary! I can’t believe that it’s already been two whole years since I started my HHJ, time really flies when you’re having fun and learning! My journey has become SO much more than about just hair, my journey has opened my eyes to how unhealthy I have been with my hair as well as my body. My hair has come such a long way in these last two years, and it has really flourished over the last 14 months since getting rid of my heat damaged ends.

My hair’s texture has definitely changed, my kinks and coils started out loose and my hair was very thin and unhealthy. Lol *Thinking Back* I remember my pitiful attempts at certain styles, the many fails, it has definitely been trail and error. My hair was so ugly  and unhealthy but I knew my mission and I kept striving with my  head held high! My confidence and vision was I needed to keep pushing and thats all you need ladies is CONFIDENCE,  even though many days I felt like my hair looked like crap I never let it show and that’s what others saw.

This isn’t an update so I’m just going to keep it short, I’m going insert a collage of my hair And it’s progress over the lat two years. I hope it encourages someone struggling on their journey to keep on keeping on! It gets better not necessarily easier but it definitely gets better!The BeginningMore of the JourneyYr 1 the Journey Continues

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How to Combate Dry Hair During the Summer

29 Jun

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In the Summer months moisturizing and deep conditioning is just as important as it is in the Winter months. Since I’m loving my big hair and other loose styles my hair gets dry often because it’s always out. I haven’t DC’d in about a month and I’ve been blowing my hair out a lot lately, been too busy to use the African Threading method to stretch my hair. I also been going 2 weeks in between washes, yes I’ve been very lazy in my routine lately but it gets like that sometimes! (Shrugs) But after all the negligent, I’m back on my game!

I start with a coconut oil hot treatment, warming up a cup of hot water in the microwave and then sitting my plastic applicator bottle I keep my oils in into the cup of hot water (Heat oil to your liking). Next I section my hair into two halves then break the two halves down to 3-5 twists or plaits after dampening each section with a little water and aloe vera juice and saturating it with the coconut oil. Once my whole head and scalp are saturated with oil, I put on my plastic cap and do something around the house for about 30 mins to an hour.

Next I Cowash (or wash with a sulfate free shampoo) in the shower with my As I Am Coconut CoWash and followed it with my Loreal’s EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner as my rinse out. I like to leave the rinse out in while I do my shower routine then rinse it with luke warm water.

I then applied my deep conditioner, Aubrey Organics HoneySuckle Rose conditioner mixed with some honey, castor oil, and coconut oil. I sit under my heating cap for 30 mins to an hour, then rinse with cool water  to lock in the moisture.

After all that I apply my leave-in conditioner and seal with castor oil.

For some people this may seem like TOO MUCH, but for my thick thirsty tresses this kind of conditioning after being worn out for a week or two in this crazy weather we have here in Michigan is much appreciated. If this routine seem too much for you just adjust things to what you feel is necessary for your hair’s need but make sure to keep consistent with your moisturizing and conditioning routines especially if your are just starting in your hair journey, moisturizing and conditioning your hair will help in keeping your hair manageable.

Hope this is helpful to someone out there! 🙂

Have a Happy HHJ

Peace & Blessings

Ambee 🙂

I ❤ African Threading

8 Apr

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Last year back in October I was introduced to a new stretching method called  African Threading. I used this method to stretch my hair without using any heat.  Just to give you an idea African Threading is when you take your hair after washing and conditioning and wrap it with a string of thread (the thread used to sew in weaves) tightly around a small to medium section of hair from the root to tip, when you get to the end make a knot.  Don’t worry I will link videos demonstrating the technique.

I used this method a couple of times, once to stretch my hair for the mini twists I did in October and a second time after I lightened my hair . I really like using this method to stretch my hair opposed to using the blow dryer. You can not do this method if you need your hair dried and styled right away, this method is a two day process if you want to get the super stretched blow dried look or you can just leave it the Plaits for one whole day or overnight or as long as your need for your to fully dry and your results would be more as if you used the tention method to blow your hair out. This method is easy and once you get the hang of it doesn’t take long.

African threading is a great alternative to blow drying, you get the same results without the worries of heat damage. This will be my go to for stretching my hair from now on unless I need my hair dried and stretched immediately.

The first time trying African Threading in Oct '12

The first time trying African Threading in Oct ’12

African Threading Results 2nd time
African Threading Results 2nd time

And here’s a video on the African Threading Technique in great detail

So until next time Ladies

Thanx for stopping by

Have a happy HHJ

Peace & Blessings

Ambee 🙂

It’s a Wrap!…Protective Style Challenge Final Wrap

27 Mar

Hey World!

If  you’ve been following me you know I’ve been on a six month protective/low manipulation style challenge with YouTuber Deb a.k.a KinkyNappyHappy since September of  last year. Last Wednesday was actually the last day but I’ve been a little ill so I wasn’t able to post then. I really enjoyed this challenge, I think I did a good job of keeping my hair in some type of protective or low manipulation style and keeping my hair and ends moisturized. I didn’t do any heat styling or blow drying. I didn’t trim just dusted my ends back in December.  OMG! the time FLEW by! It seems as if I was just posting my second month update! smh

I spent the first quarter of the challenge in mini twists  but after those were out I played around with a few flat twist updos and worked on my flat twisting skills, something I want to become better at. This is my second time doing a protective style challenge I did a personal protective challenge 2011 Fall/Winter but it was only for three months. I will definitely be joining  Ms. Deb and the other ladies again this coming Fall/Winter season for another protective style challenge. My hair seems to thrive off a good hair care regimen and protective styling in the colder months so that’s what I think I’m going to stick to.

Other than the benefits of giving my hair a break and helping to retain moisture this protective challenge has kept me from buying and trying a lot of products.  Overall this protective/low manipulation style challenge was a success. I don’t want make this a long post and I really don ‘t have much else to say. So with being said I’m going to post some pictures to reflect my journey throughout the challenge Enjoy!

Until next time

Thanx for stopping by

Have a Happy HHJ

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My low manipulation style

My low manipulation style

Right view

Right view

My mini twists had major stretch!!

My mini twists had major stretch!!

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Mini Twists Day 1

Mini Twists Day 1

Roll tuck ~n~ pin style

Roll tuck ~n~ pin style

My twists after being wrapped

My twists after being wrapped

Party Hair

Party Hair

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The cinnanbun

The cinnanbun

Birthday Look #1

Birthday Look #1

Birthday Look #2

Birthday Look #2

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Let Go of Those Damaged Ends!

13 Mar

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Are you holding on to dead, dry-brittle, see through thin end? Why? Ladies don’t hold on to  those raggedy thin ends just to have some length.  Whether your ends are damaged from coloring, excessive heat use, chemical damage,  brittle-dry, full of single strand knots (SSKs) or just split ends there’s no point in holding on to them you’re  only holding your hair back. Unhealthy ends just doesn’t look good either. I know you’ve seen it before, a lady wearing her hair down or in a ponytail and it may be considered a “nice length” but her ends were see through and split, now you don’t want to walk around with your hair looking like that just to to have a little length do you? Once you let go of those damaged and unhealthy ends and stay consistent to your regimen and moisturizing your hair it will grow back in no time GUARANTEED.

There’s a lot of controversy when it comes to how often you should trim your ends. Some people would say every 4 to 8 weeks some would say every 8 to 12 weeks and so on. From my own experience in my journey and own opinion, I feel the  only reason would you have to trim your hair every few or several weeks is when you are consistently flat ironing and blow drying your hair and/or inadequately caring for your ends, if so you will at some point start to see some split ends, breakage, brittle-dry ends, ends that wont hold definition and/or start to form single strand knots and those are signs it’s time for a trim.

I’ve found that since I stopped using heat almost two years ago I don’t trim often at all.  I’ve only done two major trims with some dusting here and there. So if you’re not using heat and you’re moisturize your ends properly chances are you will not need to trim your ends every 4 to 8 or 12 weeks because your ends are in good condition. Other than that you are just cutting off the length you’ve retained. Now don’t get me wrong your ends split from daily wear and tear from styling, protective styling has helped me with this.

On the other hand if you are holding on to damaged, split, unhealthy ends you are only going to cause yourself to have to cut off more hair later down the line because the ends will only get worse splitting further up the hair shaft and eventually breaking off. So just let it go ladies. The schedule you decide for your trims are up to you, you know your hair and what kind of condition it’s in because you’ve been the one taking care or not taking care of your hair so you will definitely know when it’s time to trim. Once you spot the signs that it’s time for a  trim, you should do it right away you’ll trim less hair if you don’t wait.

Here are some pics of my hair last year,  after I did  my first major trim I finally got irritated with my ends not holding definition and cut off all my heat damage. My hair took off after that trim. So ladies please just let them go, your hair will grow back I PROMISE!

Before I cut off the heat damage

Before I cut off the heat damage

After cutting off the heat damage

After cutting off the heat damage

The hair that was cut

The hair that was cut

 

My hair 5 mths later

My hair 5 mths later

Mini twists 7 mths later

Mini twists 7 mths later

 

 

 

 

Well ladies until next time

Peace & Blessings

Ambee 🙂

One Month Left! Protective Style Challenge Check In Month 5

25 Feb

Hey Ya’ll Hey!

Man time has flown, the protective style challenge will ending next month. I have been enjoying this challenge, I get lazy with my hair and don’t want to mess with it every day so protective styling  works perfect for me.  It’s cold here in Michigan so having my hair out just isn’t going to work for me, my hair would be bone dry if I wore it out everyday and “Anit nobody got time for that”! I am excited to see my progress and there are a ton of styles I’m looking forward to trying, I plan on having a little fun with my hair this Spring & Summer.

I have done a couple styles, a flat twisted updo and some loose twists. My hair is currently in a flat twist updo, I’m trying to perfect my flat twisting  and styling skills. Up until this point I wasn’t big on styles and styling I would just rock twists or a puff but now since my hair is longer and thicker I’ve decided to learn how to style my hair. So I am going to try for the next few weeks to try and do some type of flat twist style for more practice.

Even though the protective style challenge will be ending and Spring is approaching Michigan weather can be crazy and sometimes the beginning of Spring can still feel like Winter. So if the weather decides to fail me I am going to continue my protective styling until I feel the moisture return to the air because I can’t afford for my hair to get all dried out and start breaking on me. After this challenge ends there are a few things I want to try with my hair. So stay tuned, month 6’s  theme is reflections so I will try and put together a collage of picture of  the next wrap post. That’s pretty much it for this check in I don’t have much to report. I’m hanging in there!

Until next time

Thanx for stopping by

Peace & Blessings

Ambee 🙂1359850999736

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Original Moxie Oasis Moisture Gel Reveiw

23 Feb

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Hey Ya’ll!

Okay, I had been waiting to take my mini twists down to use this product and boy was it killing me. I’ve been wanting to try this product since I seen YT’s Chary Jay’s reveiw and style on this gel. I used the Just gel back in October I believe it was and had a good experience so I was really looking forward to using the Oasis moisture gel. After wearing my hair out two weekends in a row for my B’day it was time to get back on my protective styling. I decided to do a flat twist updo.

Description– Has your hair lost it’s groove? Get it back with this miracle treatment that restores life to damaged strands. The initials are “OMG” for a reason. Sodium Lactate, a powerful, naturally occurring humentant, attracts moisture and binds it to the hair, creating a dramatic improvement in softness and body after just one use. Who needs to live in a desert when you can have an Oasis at your fingertips?

Ingredients– Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin***, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Preserved With Potassium Sorbate*** & Citric Acid***, Sodium Lactate, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol*** (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Silk***, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid , Panthenol, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Essential Oils of Santalum album (Sandalwood), Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli), Coriandrum sativum L. (Coriander), & Citrus aurantifolia (Lime).

Instructions– Rake through wet hair and distribute evenly. Use a small amount for fine, thin hair and a generous amount for thick hair. Do not rinse out. Follow with your usual styling treatment.

My Experience–  I started my style on air dried wash and conditioned hair, I later dampened my hair with just water & aloe vera juice as I styled it to make it easier to manipulate. The Oasis moisture gel has a similar consistency to the Just gel, without the stickiness because the Oasis gel isn’t a flexseed based gel, I honestly don’t understand what gives this gel it’s hold but something does!  The color and scent of the gels differ as well the Oasis gel is clear and the Just gel is a yellow/brown color. The Oasis gel has a clean herbal scent and the Just gel has a minty herbal scent. The Oasis gel smooths on the hair nicely and defines curls. My hair had a nice shine and held quite well. My hair didn’t dry out or feel crunchy, well except for a couple of the twists I retwisted but that was my fault because I applied more gel as I retwisted. I really enjoyed this gel, it’s a really good gel everything I look for in a gel hold, shine and no crunch. You don’t need to use alot of product I still have a little more than half of my 1oz sample.

Final Say–  Overall I enjoyed the Oasis gel along with the other two products I was sent to try. The Oasis gel  has a good hold and gave great definition my hair didn’t feel dry or crunchy when I unraveled my twists. My hair had a nice shine too. Oasis gel is the perfect gel for those who like a gel with a firm  lasting hold without having dry and crunchy and sometimes flacky hair. Now I did find that the twists I used the extra gel on had a slight crunch and a little flaking, but as I said before that’s my fault because I added the extra gel. So be careful not to over apply.

Ms. Racheal really put some time and research into these products, the ingredients are very nourishing  and my hair responds well to them. I will be trying more of Original Moxie’s products. I think Original has become my luxury staple line, whenever they have an awesome sale I will definitely be purchasing full sizes of several of the products I have already tried. I LOVE this line despite the prices.

Price–  $5 -1 oz, $12 -4oz, $22-8oz

These products can be found http://www.OriginalMoxie.com

Here’s some picture of the style & how it transformed

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Introducing Lush Curl Hair Box

20 Feb

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Lush Curl Hair Box is a up and coming natural hair subscription box. Lush Curl Hair Box was created by natural curly girl Sherika Powells who has been natural for 3 years and personally understands the struggle of transitioning to natural hair. There’s so many products to choose from and it can be overwhelming. Sherika wants to make your transition and natural hair journeys smoother by becoming your curls personal shopper. Five to six products are hand selected for you to try each month which will be delivered to your door for an affordable price, less than $25. Lush Curls hair Box will feature products that are both all natural and products that are not so natural, there will occasionally be natural skin care products, jewelry and accessories in the box.

Lush Curls Hair Box will be launching soon, join their VIP mailing list to keep updated for the product launch date as well as to secure your spot with their service, limited spots are available. Good News for my neighbors across the bridge (Canada) Lush Curls Hair Box delivers to ya’ll, That’s What’s Up!

If are interested in becoming an affiliate of Lush Curls Hair Box or want to advertise your products in Lush Curls Hair Box contact Sherika Powells by email Sherika@LushCurlHairBox.com

Join the VIP mailing list at their website http://www.LushCurlsHairBox.com

Follow Lush Curls Hair Box on Twitter @LushCurlsBox & like their Facebook Fan Page Lush Curls Hair Box

Until next time

Thanx for stopping by

Ambee 🙂 Happy HHJ

Managing Natural Hair, the Kinky Coily & the Curly

17 Feb

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In the beginning of my journey keeping my hair manageable and pliable was two of my biggest problems. Part of it had to do with some of the products I was using that weren’t really moisturizing my hair as it should but it mostly were my techniques and my being lazy that was contributing to my hair being so matted, tangled and full of knots.

Hard to manage hair can cause you to spend a lot of unnecessary time detangling and styling your hair and can cause you a lot of frustration in your journey. Around month 5 into my journey I started getting a little lazy with my hair I was wearing a puff basically every day, I wasn’t deep conditioning, or using a leave-in conditioner. After wearing a puff for like 2 weeks straight and not thoroughly detangling my hair my hair had formed some serious knots, at this point in my journey I started to make a few changes and as the months passed a started adding a few more changes and later I started to notice a difference in my hair’s manageability.

Here are some tips I want to share with you that helped me get my hair’s manageability under control.

• Detangle- Detangling is a critical part of your regimen whether you like to detangle before a wash or after, you should thoroughly detangle your hair. Detangling helps remove shed hairs, knots, and tangles. Going to long without detangling your hair becomes matted, the shed hairs gets all caught with the tangles and cause knots resulting in hard to comb/detangle hair and breakage.

• Moisturizing- Moisturizing is very important when it comes to your hair’s manageability keeping your hair well conditioned and moisturized will help combat tangles and knots. When your hair is dry and has curled/coiled up on itself it can become tangled, matted and impossible to manipulate, so make sure to keep your hair moisturized to help keep your hair pliable and easy to manage.

• Make sure to focus on moisturizing and sealing your ends, doing so will keep your kinks, coils, and curls from knotting and tangling when they clump together at the ends.

• Wash your hair in sections and in a downward motion opposed to the loose state and rough back and forth (scratching) motion you’re used to which can cause your strands to tangle and knot. Washing your hair in a downward motion, working the cleanser down to your ends also so helps so release shed hairs which can get tangled in your curls/coils or single strands knots that you may have.

• Deep Condition with heat- this has help aid in reducing my tangles. Deep conditioning with heat opens (lefts) the cuticles allowing the moisture to penetrate the scalp and hair shaft resulting in softer, more manageable hair.

• Keep your hair stretched- when you allow your hair to curl/coil up on its self causing your hair to tangle and knot.

• Trim your ends- sometimes you experience knots and tangles because your ends may have single strand knots (SSKs) and when your strands wrap around each other or you’re detangling and removing shed hairs the strands become tangled and knotted along with the knots on the ends of your hair. Trim your ends to get rid of single strand knot and to maintain healthy ends.

• Rinse your conditioners out with cold or cool water- Rinsing your conditioners out with cold or cool water closes and seals the cuticles on the strands, locking in moisture and leaving the hair smooth and less prone to frizz and tangles.

• Try doing an ACV rinse, like the cold/cool water technique, doing an ACV rinse can also help close and smooth the cuticles resulting in smoother hair.

• Be gentle when manipulating your hair, rushing while handle your hair can cause your create tangle and knots. Instead of ripping at your kinks, coils, and curls or yanking at them with a comb when they become tangled and knotted, smooth and rub the tangles and knots out.

• If your hair is dry and you want to manipulate it dampen it with water with or without aloe vera juice to make help more pliable.
*Tip* Aloe vera juice moisturizes and softens the hair.

• The last tip I am going to leave you with is to reduce the amount of heat you’re currently using on your hair. An excessive amount of heat (blow drying, flat ironing etc) can dry your hair our especially your ends; being that they are the oldest parts of your hair you should be taking extra care of them to keep them healthy and tangle free. Constant heat styling will cause you to have to trim more than you probably would prefer. So opt for other options to stretch your hair like flexi rod sets or roller sets (perfect for transitioners).

I hope these tips help some of you natural out there, they have made a world of difference in my regimen and hair’s health.

Until next time

Thanx for stopping by

Peace & Blessings Have a happy HHJ

Ambee 