Archive | November, 2012

Basic tools for Natural Hair

29 Nov

I sooo want this comb!

Going natural and starting a regimen along with trying to find products and tools can be overwhelming. The one thing you should remember is to keep it simple especially in the beginning. It’s so easy to become a product junkie and start buying into every product or tool you see on YouTube and the blogs. Another thing to remember is that what works for someone else may not work for you even if you’re related or have a similar hair type, so always do lots of research by watching and reading reviews on products before you go out and purchase products and tools. You should also keep in mind that you don’t need to spend lots of money on products either a lot of products many naturals use can be found in your kitchen cabinets or in your local drugstores, grocery stores, or health food stores.  Anywho, I wanted to share the basic tools I’ve used through out my journey so far and maybe it can help someone looking to start their own regimen.

1. Sulfate free shampoo- Sulfate free shampoos cleanses your hair without all the harsh cleansers that are found in your regular shampoos, which strips your hair of everything even it’s natural oils causing your hair to feel dry and sometimes become matted.

2. Conditioners-Conditioners have so many purposes in a natural’s regimen they can be used for deep conditioning, rinse out conditioning treatments after washes, co-washes, leave-ins and some can even be used a stylers. (Make sure to read the labels or instructions to determine whether a conditioner should be used as a leave-in, rinse out, or deep conditioner but all three should have a place in your regimen)

3. Detangling tools- Detangle tools can vary from your fingers, to wide tooth combs, paddle brushes, The Tangle Teezer, Denmen brushes and many many others. These tools help you to detangle your hair and remove shed hairs & tangles, they’re also good for smoothing product through your hair for a more even distribution.

4. Oils- Oils are a MUST in every natural’s regimen. Oils help to seal in the moisture in your strands after applying water or a water based product to your strands. Oils are another mutli-purpose product, you can use your oils as a hot oil treatment,  a pre-poo treatment, to baggy your ends, oil rinses, sealing your ends, to help reduce frizz when unraveling twists or braids, adding to your conditioners for an extra lil kick or to add slip to a conditioner for detangling.

5. Spray bottle filled with water- Another must have for any natural, water is the best moisturizer for natural hair. You can use your spray bottle to re-wet your hair if it starts to dry while you’re styling or detangling.

6. Applicator bottles (optional)- Applicator bottles are great to have on hand to store your oils in. Because the bottle top has an applicator tip it’s easier to apply oil to your scalp and hair without having to pour it in your hands and have  it running all down your arms. I hate that! ;(

7. Hair pins, clips, headbands, and other accessories (optional)- Hair pins, bobby pins, headbands and other accessories are essential in a regimen. These simple accessories could be just what you need to change or spice up a hairstyle. No matter if you have a TWA or waist-length hair you can never have to many hair accessories.

8. A pair hair shears- This is another essential in your regimen, you should keep a good pair of shears on hand to keep your ends trimmed, dusted and to cut out SSKs or tangles.

9. Styling aids- Styling aids come in many different variations; creams, butters, pomades, gels, gel-creams, and many others and help hold your twist, braids, curls, and coils in place to create your styles.

10. Flexi rod or perm rods- Curling rods are great to have on hand to do curly styles, braid/twist ~n~ curl outs, adding curls to the ends of twists and braids, and they’re a transitioner’s bestfriend because they create a curl that helps blend the two different hair textures together (the new growth and relaxed ends).

11. Butterfly clips or clips- These help you to keep your hair in place and sectioned off as you apply product or style your   hair.

12. Last but definitely not least is a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase – You will need a least one of these things to protect your hair from those cotton sheets, pillows and pillowcases and blankets from sucking the moisture out your hair while you’re sleeping. No more waking up to broken hairs on your pillows and sheets! *TIP* You should buy at least two bonnets, pillowcases, and/or scarves to rotate between, the oils still soak through the fabrics some, so you’ll need to wash them often to prevent your face from breaking out. 🙂

Oh! and one more last thing, one of the most important things you’ll need along your journey is patience. It is so important to remain patient during your journey no matter how tough things get. Not everything someone does to their hair will work for you so you have to stick it out and try different things and techniques until you find the one that works best for you.

I hope this helps someone out there! 🙂

Thanx for stopping by and until next time

Have a happy HHJ  Peace & Blesses

Ambee 🙂

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Protective Style: Mini Twists

15 Nov

Hey All!

I finally stopped being lazy and decided to do some mini twists in my hair after obsessing over them for weeks . I styled my mini twists on co-washed and super stretched hair. It took me a course of 5 days to do my mini twists mainly because I had homework and had to be a mommy but also because I took my time twisting. I used Youtube’s Naptural85’s mini twists technique. I love this technique, I used it the last time I did my mini twists. This technique ensures that your twists will last more than 2-3 weeks. To see Naptural85’s mini twists technique check it here 

I sectioned my hair into 3 sections in the front and one big section in the back. I used my homemade shea butter and aloe vera gel mix to twist my hair and I used a rat tail comb to part my hair. I made sure to keep my twists all around the same size and they were twisted tight starting at the root to prevent puffiness. I used the angled parting technique to ensure my twists would look full and not scalpy.

Here are some picture of the progress of the twists

 


I love the way my twists came out! They’re neat and tight and have some length, my hair has definitely grown since the twists I had in back in April. I plan on keeping these twists in until the beginning of next month and I will be turning this low manipulation style into some cute protective styles. I am going to use this opportunity to dust my ends a little. As mentioned in my update I will be keeping them moisturized with water & aloe vera juice spritz and various moisturizers and sealing with my oil mix (EVOO, J.B.C.O, Jojoba & Avocado oil) and castor oil or J.B.C.O on my scalp and that’s it. I plan to keep things as simple as possible.

Once I finished all the twists I used Cantu’s coconut curling cream and Smooth & Shine Polishing curl activator gel to define my ends. I then wrapped my twists as if I would wrap my hair if it was straightened, to help the twists lay right.

Here’s a pic of my hair the next day

My twist one week in

Going on two weeks and they’re still looking good a lil shurken because I haven’t been wrapping them after I moisturize but I’m still loving them and they can easily be stretched back. Mini twists are by far one of my favorite styles to do with my hair they’re so convenient and versatile this style is definitely a staple!

Until next time Thanx for stopping by

Peace & Blessings Have a Happy HHJ 🙂

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Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge Check-In #1

13 Nov

Wat’s Up Ya’ll hope all is well!

A month ago I started a protective style challenge along with one of my friends in my head, fellow YouTuber KinkyNappyHappy. I’m so overdue on this update but school and mommy life has been consuming all my time and energy for months now. Which is why I was anxious to start this challenge because  I don’t have time to do hair every day and on the top of that the weather is getting frigid here in Detroit so having my hair out is no going to work.

For most of the month of October I haven’t done much to my hair since the hairstyle I shared earlier in the month. All I have been doing is keeping my hair in about 8 to 10 plaits and keeping it moisturized. I did do a blow out and braid or twist out (I can’t remember) and rocked that for a couple of days but my hair and ends soon started to feel dry which let me know that it was time to really put my hair away so I did an overnight hot oil treatment(lazy night)  and co-washed the next day.

I have been obsessing over mini twists for weeks so I decided to do some. I wanted to do them on stretched hair but didn’t want to use anymore heat in my hair, so after the co-wash I plaited my hair in 10 plaits and pinned the 6 in the back across my head going horizontally and the vertically to stretch the braids in the  front. This little method worked good but days later I discovered a technique called “African Threading”.  This technique is BOMB ya’ll it gives a super stretch blow dried effect and look. I will be using the African Threading technique to stretch my hair from now on, I will only use heat if I’m in a rush to style. ( I’ll do a post on how I did this technique the next time I stretch my hair)

To do my mini twists I used my homemade whipped shea butter & aloe vera gel mix to twists my hair. I used Naptural85’s mini twists technique as I did on my last set of mini twists. I took me a course of 5 days to do them because of mommy life and homework. I used Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream and Smooth & Shine Polishing Curl Activator Gel to define my ends. To moisturize my twists I’m using my water and aloe vera juice spritz and/or Shea Moisture Yucca and Aloe Thickening Growth Milk and sealing it with my oil concoction (Evoo,Jojoba, JBCO, & Avocado) and castor oil or J.B.C.O on my scalp.

I’m not sure if I will co-washing it will be depending on how my hair and scalp starts to feel as time passes. I plan on keeping these twists in until the beginning of December.

So far the challenge is going along pretty smoothly and quickly this first month blew by. I’m really loving how my twists turned out too the African Threading technique really stretched my hair and gave my twists a lot of length.

Well that ‘s all for now until next time

Peace & Blessings and Have a HHJ 🙂

My Hair after African Threading

My mini twists has major stretch!!

 

My hair after the stretched braid