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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

The Journey Yr 1


I ❤ African Threading

8 Apr


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


My low manipulation style

My low manipulation style

Right view

Right view

My mini twists had major stretch!!

My mini twists had major stretch!!


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


The cinnanbun

The cinnanbun

Birthday Look #1

Birthday Look #1

Birthday Look #2

Birthday Look #2


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



Original Moxie Oasis Moisture Gel Reveiw

23 Feb


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

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


Look at that definition

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I Did It Again…..I Lightened My Hair with Peroxide

15 Feb


Disclaimer: Try at your own risk. I am not a professional. If your hair is not in it’s healthiest condition I DO NOT suggest you try this or any other coloring technique unless consulted by a professional first.

About two weeks ago I went ahead and lightened my hair again, which was loong overdue. My hair has grown so much since the last time I lightened it, a couple months ago I wanted to lighten my hair but it was feeling a little to dry for my liking so I put it off.

I got the itch again last month to lighten my hair the dark roots and light ends were starting to get old so I decided to go ahead on lighten my hair.

Before I lightened

Before I lightened

I basically followed the same the steps I did the last time.

Added 2Tbs of Lemon Juice to my spray bottle

Filled it a little more than half the way with peroxide I bought from my local drugstore.

Put my hair in about 8-10 chunky twists and sprayed my hair focusing mostly on the roots

Put on a plastic cap and went to sleep

This is what I woke up to

My hair seem to lighten quicker this time, maybe it didn’t but I didn’t need to spray my hair all day like I did the first time nor did I have to use all of my peroxide/lemon juice mixture. I think I sprayed the whole amount I had in the bottle the last time. I only sprayed my hair twice this time, that night before and the following morning. I didn’t leave it in all day long like before either, well I guess 7 p.m isn’t considered all day. lol

I washed the peroxide out with Suave Almond and Shea butter shampoo and deep conditioned with Aubreys Organic Honeysuckle rose conditioner mixed with a ton of oils and some honey, I left it on overnight. The next morning I rinsed with cool water and my hair felt very moisturized thanks to my conditioner concoction.

These are my final results
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I am very pleased with my results it’s definitely brighter than last time.

1st peroxide lightening result (Mar '12)

1st peroxide lightening result (Mar ’12)

Until next time

Thanx for stopping by

Peace & Blessings and have a happy HHJ! 🙂


Protective Style Challenge Mid-Point Length Check

12 Feb

I am so ashamed to even post this because it is way past overdue but here’s my mid point length check for Deb’s Protective Style Challenge. These picture were taken January 1st or 2nd.

The back (Jan '13)

The back (Jan ’13)

(Sept '12) *the back

(Sept ’12) *the back

Right Side (Jan '13)

Right Side (Jan ’13)

 right side (Sept '12)

right side (Sept ’12)

Left side (Jan '13)

Left side (Jan ’13)

Left side (Sept '12)

Left side (Sept ’12)

The front (Jan '13)

The front (Jan ’13)

Front (Sept '12)

Front (Sept ’12)

Protective Style Challenge Check- In months 3 & 4

11 Feb

           Hey Ya’ll Happy New Year!  Happy Black History Month! I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. Lol It’s been a while since I last posted, I’ve been writing but not posting (LAZY!) but I’m back starting off with an update. 🙂

Time has really been flying I’m already 4 months into my protective style challenge with Deb from KinkyNappyHappy on YouTube. I haven’t done an update since I think early December smh. I’ve tried a few styles and products since.  

The weekend of Christmas I took my mini twists out and I’ve confirmed what I already suspected after wearing my box braids  for almost 3 months; if  I keep my hair in twists or braids for 6 weeks or longer my hair starts to lock in the back and crown areas. Thankfully the locking didn’t cause me any problems or breakage when taking my mini twists out. I think me keeping my hair moisturized throughout the 8 weeks they were in helped me with being able to work through the parts of my hair that had locked without it breaking because my hair wasn’t dry and crispy. It took me a course of 2 days to remove my twists smh.

I wore my hair in a cinnabun for two days, this was my first time trying this style I really liked it. On the second day I finger detangled and removed as much shed hair as I could then followed with my regular regimen. I wore the cinnabun just about every day until my birthday.

My birthday was on the 8th of January, so you know I had to “Jazz it up” a bit, which was January’s theme for the challenge. Jazz it up means to add some accessories, makeup or even a funky updo style to your looks for the month. I don’t have many accessories although I did wear a cute headband on NYE with the cinnabun, and I wore a little makeup on two occasions. I tried a couple new products too, flaxseed gel and Original Moxie’s Oasis gel reviews coming soon. I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping my hair moisturized and keeping my ends protected. We have 2 months left of this challenge and I plan on sticking it out until the end. I have a few styles I want to try before the challenge ends and I also plan on lightening my hair again so stay tuned for that!

Mini twist out

Mini twist out

The cinnanbun

The cinnanbun

Birthday Look #1

Birthday Look #2

Birthday Look #2


Until next time Thanx for stopping by

Peace & Blessings and Have a happy HHJ!



The L.O.C Method- How I Moisturize my Hair

11 Dec


I heard about the L.O.C method on YouTube last year, early in my journey but it wasn’t until the early part of this year I actually tried it and decided to incorporate it into my moisturizing regimen.

L.O.C is an acronym for liquid, oil, and cream. You apply your products in layers first you moisturize your hair by adding a liquid (water, water based leave-in etc) then seal the moisture in with an oil and seal the oil with a cream or butter.

This method keeps my hair soft, supple , moisturize for 2 days at a time, this is the perfect method to use for the winter months because having the three layers of products help hold in all the moisture you’re putting into your hair, so the harsh cold dry air won’t suck the moisture out your hair so quick.

My hair before moisturizing

My hair before moisturizing

Another after shot

Another after shot

After moisturizing using the L.O.C method

After moisturizing using the L.O.C method

Since using this method I can honestly say I have seen a difference in my hair, less breakage and shedding, my ends aren’t brittle, I think this method even makes a difference in my twist and braid out results.

If you have fine or thin hair and think layering three products on your hair every night or every other night will cause build up or weight your hair down try using a light hand when applying your products or try to use product that don’t  contain heavy fillers like petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin etc. Maybe you can use water or a light water based leave-in, seal with a light oil, a topping it with a small amount of a really whipped butter or buttercream.

I hope this helps someone, it sure has made a world of difference in my hair.

Until next time

Peace &  Blessings

Happy HHJ

Ambee 🙂

Original Moxie Product Review: Intense Quench Conditioner & Just Gel

11 Dec

A few months ago I was contacted by the creator and owner of the popular natural hair care line Original Moxie for a product review. I was sent three items to try out Intense Quench Conditioner, Just Gel and Oasis Gel. Three product that I had been eyeballing since I made a purchase from them back in April. My initial thoughts of the line is the products are amazing, they’re made with really good, high quality ingredients and my hair seemed to respond well to them so I was excited about reviewing these products. Original Moxie line does fall into the high end category, meaning that the products are expensive, BUT  in my opinion they are worth every penny based on how good my hair felt. I LOVE this line and can’t wait until I’m able to try more from them.

DescriptionIntense Quench Conditioner; Many conditioners are like empty calories for your hair, a fleeting feeling of slippery goodness followed by disappointing results. But our unique blend of botanicals, herbs, proteins and emollients are like a smoothie for your hair, nourishing from the inside out. Hibiscus encourages strong growth and strawberry adds shine. Not only does it bathe your senses like a trip to the spa, it delivers stronger, softer, healthier hair. So give your thirsty hair what it really wants-Intense Quench.

Just Gel– Flexibility is the name of the game for this unique gel. Whether your hair is pin straight or tightly curled, this alcohol-free formula infused with botanicals extracts and fortified with Vitamin E and Panthenol, will deliver frizz control and a touchable hold without the dried-out crunchies!

Directions– Intense Quench; Work a liberal amount through wet hair, for thick hair apply in sections. Massage into the scalp and work through to the ends of your hair. Finger comb through to remove any knots. Leave in for several minutes then rinse out. *TIP* For extra conditioning, place your hair underneath a plastic cap and sit under dryer, heating cap, or steamer. Then rinse.

Just Gel- Work through wet hair after all other styling products have been applied. Use more for extra control and less for softer styles. Style as usual.

Ingredients– Intense Quench; Aqua (Water), Aqueous Extracts of Hibiscus sabdariffa* (Hibiscus Flower) & Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Vegetable Glycerin***, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein***, Aqueous Extracts of Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) Root, Hypericum perforatum* (St. John’s Wort), Yucca glauca**(Yucca) Root, Equisetum arvense*(Horsetail), Chondrus crispus**(Irish Moss), Emblica officinalis (Indian Gooseberry) & Azadirachta indica* (Neem), Sodium Lactate, Glycine Soja (Soy) Wax, Caprylic-Capric TG (Fractionated Coconut Oil and/or Palm Kernel Oil), Virgin Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Dimethicone, Sorbitol***, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Butter, Virgin Olea Europaea* (Olive) Oil Infused With Ascophyllum nodosum* (Kelp), Azadirachta indica* (Neem), Emblica officinalis (Indian Gooseberry), Equisetum arvense* (Horsetail), Symphytum officinale* (Comfrey) Root, Urtica dioica* (Nettle), & Yucca glauca**(Yucca) Root, Acacia Gum, Tocopherol*** (Vitamin E), Honey (and) Maltodextrin***, Hydrolyzed Silk***, Panthenol, Citric Acid***, Menthol***, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Essential Oils of Mentha spicata (Spearmint), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender), Cymbopogon martinii var. motia (Palmarosa), Coriandrum sativum L. (Coriander), Litsea cubeba, Bergaptene-Free Citrus bergamia (Bergamot), & Citrus aurantifolia (Lime).

*Certified Organic        ** Wildharvested        *** Natural Source

Just Gel- Linum usitatissimum* (Flax) Seed Gel, Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin***, Aqueous Extracts of Hypericum perforatum* (St. John’s Wort), Yucca glauca**(Yucca) Root, Emblica officinalis (Indian Gooseberry), Equisetum arvense*(Horsetail), Chondrus crispus**(Irish Moss), Azadirachta indica* (Neem), & Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) Root, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Preserved With Potassium Sorbate*** & Citric Acid***, Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Sorbate***, Polyquaternium-10, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sorbitol***, Acacia Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Honey (and) Maltodextrin***, Tocopherol*** (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Citric Acid***, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Essential Oils of Citrus reticulata blanco var. tangerina (Tangerine), Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla), Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang), Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine), Santalum album (Sandalwood), Litsea cubeba, & Thuja plicata (Cedar Leaf).
*Certified Organic        ** Wildharvested        *** Natural Source

My Experience–  Intense Quench conditioner; let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this conditioner. It has a light minty/herbal scent and the consistency is creamy and has a silky slip to it.  After I washed my hair I applied the Intense Quench to my hair and immediately I noticed that the product just soaked into my hair. It softened my hair on contact, if my hair wasn’t already pretty much detangled I still wouldn’t have had a problem detangling. My hair felt silky, soft and moisturized, and I just really love the way that it soaked into my hair, up until a few months ago I had never used a silcone-free conditioner and the first thing I noticed when I used Tresemme’s Natural,  Honey Hemp conditioner and Intense Quench they soaked into my strands verses just sitting on top. After sealing with a little coconut oil I put on my plastic cap and sit under my conditioning cap for an hour. My hair was wonderfully soft once I removed the caps off my head, my hair was so soft and felt so good I didn’t even want to  rinse my hair out, like it was really that serious! Lol Once I did rinse I found that my hair felt the same as it did with the conditioner still in it just no slip, I FREAKING love this conditioner!

Just Gel– The gel has almost the same scent as the Intense Quench conditioner but the Just Gel has more of a citrus kick to it and the minty scent seems to be a little more faint. It’s a flexseed based gel so the consistency is slimy, run and kind of  thick but it has a silky feel to it, it puts me in the mind of shampoo without the stickiness (if that makes sense). I used this gel to do the flat twists my hair for the low manipulation style I shared last month. The gel applies smooth and silky it defined my curls and gave a very good hold, as you see in the picture on the post I have on the style you can see that my flat twists did not frizz much at all and that picture was taken a week after I initially styled. It gave a nice sheen too. My hair did not feel hard or crunchy my hair felt soft the entire time. This is a really good gel!

Final Say– I really like Original Moxie’s products, some are a little pricey but I feel that the ingredients and the results are well worth the money. A little goes a long way with these products so you won’t have to use a lot of product to achieve your results. The shipping is great I received my products very quick, Original Moxie is made here in Michigan so I got my products in like 2 days. Ms. Rachel is friendly, very interactive with her friends and customers which to me shows that she really values good customer service. My most favorite thing about this line is that all of the products are sold in mini size for you to sample for only $5, for me this is so bomb because it gives you the chance to try out the products without having to purchasing the full size. Original Moxie recently started selling their minis in a little bundle deal so you can try up to four products for less than $20, That’s What ‘s Up!

The Intense Quench conditioner is great for a deep conditioner, my thirsty dry hair seems to respond to products with nourishing ingredients that will penetrate my strands and leave it soft, manageable and moisturized. This conditioner did just that because there are no cones in this conditioner my hair is able to soak up all the nourishing ingredients  really penetrating my strands, leaving my roots very soft and pliable once my hair had completely air-dried.  A little goes a long way with this product, the consistency had me a little worried at first because it’s not as thick as I like prefer my conditioners to be, but to my surprise it performed better than any of the conditions I’ve tried for deep conditioning. I would definitely buy this conditioner my hair loves the ingredients and I loved the results!

The Just Gel is a wonderful gel, I developed a love-hate relationship with Eco-Styler gel the hold is always amazing but the dryness and crunch I not a fan of. Since I finished my 32oz container of Eco styler Olive Oil, I have been wanting a alcohol-free gel and Just gel is it! This gel went on smooth and really defined my curls, my hair had a nice sheen and the hold was very good. Just as with the Intense quench a little goes a long way you don’t need to apply globs of it to achieve curl definition. My hair felt moisturized soft, not all dried out and crunchy like Eco-Styler makes my hair feel. I really like how it has  a silky slip to it which would make a good gel to do style finger coils, twists, and many other styles. Yes, I would buy Just Gel.

I have yet to try the Oasis gel but when I do, I bet the results are going to be fab!

Where to purchase these products: or

Price: Intense Quench Conidtioner– 1 oz $5, 8 oz $18, 16 oz $34

Just Gel– 1 oz $5, 8 oz $18, 16 oz $30

Thanks for stopping by and until next

Peace and Blessings

Have a happy HHJ


*Disclaimer* These products were sent to me by Original Moxie. I was not paid to do this review. This is my HONEST opinion.