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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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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

Ambee1359850999736

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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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 

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!

Ambee

 

5 Feb

This is so Hawt!!

Fall/Winter Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge

27 Sep

 

This is a really cute protective style!

Saturday I started my protective/low manipulation style challenge, it’s getting cold fast here in Detroit and classes are going to be demanding soon so this is the perfect time to start. The weather is changing which means so will my wardrobe, as the temperature drops I’ll pulling out my sweaters, scarves, and my wool coat. Our clothes and the cold weather can have damaging effects on our hair which leads to breakage.

I want to protect my hair from the cold weather and the rough materials of the clothes so from 9/22/12 until 3/20/13 I will be wearing my hair in protective/low manipulation styles. I also find that when I leave my hair in styles like twists, braids, etc. and keep them moisturized I retain my length easier.

Protective styling during the colder months is essential to my regimen because having my hair out in the brisk winds and freezing weather we have here in Michigan will have my hair extremely dry and dull which would lead to SSKs and breakage. On top of that wearing my scarves, sweaters, and my wool coat can cause major damage if I’m wearing my hair out daily being that my hair is pass shoulder length it will be constantly rubbing up against those rough textured materials cause my ends to become dry and soon they will become brittle and raggedy. If I keep my hair in protective styles or low manipulation styles I figure I will be able to keep my hair moisturized and my ends protected and if I keep my ends in good condition I will have to trim less and retain more length. I’m an inch and a half or so  away from APL so I’m trying to gain and retain as much length as I possibly can. In my opinion wearing protective styles give you the chance to discover and focus on weak spots and pin point any problems you may be experiencing. I discovered earlier this year while wearing my mini twists a few weak and thin spots I have from heat damage and lack of moisture, since then I know to pay attention to and take special care of my hair in those areas.

Moisturizing my hair is essential as well during this challenge. Well conditioned and moisturized hair is easier to manipulate and is less prone to tangles and breakage.

I will be doing a combination of protective styles and low manipulation styles throughout this challenge. What’s the difference between a protective style and a low manipulation style? A protective style is a style where your ends are completely protected or tucked away. Twists, braids with extensions (Crown & Glory Method), roll tuck and pin styles, french rolls, bantu knots, wigs, full weaves, and buns are some examples of protective styles. Low manipulation styles are styles that allow you to have your hair in some kind of style that doesn’t require constant or a lot of manipulation once the style has been set. Mini twists, loose twists, mini braids, flexi rod or cold rod sets, straw sets, braid outs, twists outs and wash and gos are some examples of low manipulation styles. A low manipulation style can easily become a protective style by just simply gathering the hair into a bun or roll, tuck and pin style  or any other style that will completely hide and protects the ends hints the name protective style. 🙂

Ladies with TWAs can do protective and low manipulation styles as well using extensions, wigs, weaves and wash & gos.

My Regimen for the Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge

Pre-Pooing with a hot oil treatment and finger detangle

Wash weekly or bi-weekly (Depending on style) & whether I wash my hair using shampoo or Co-wash will depend on the ingredients I use in my hair or how my hair and scalp feels

Deep Condition with conditioning cap after each wash or co-wash( I also will be adding castor oil to my deep conditioner of choice)

Egg & Honey Protein treatment once a month

I will only use heat (blow dryer) on my hair NO MORE  than twice a month

I will NOT be doing any major trims just dusting my ends as needed (Last trim was the end of August)

My hair will be in a protective/low manipulation style at least 5 days out of the week

I will be moisturized daily and applying J.B.C.O, castor oil or my oil mix to my scalp daily

I will be posting a monthly update & posting pics of my hair at the beginning of the challenge, mid point & the end of the challenge

I don’t use many tools on my hair I finger detangle for the most part only use my widetooth comb to make sure I’ve removed all shed hair or when I’m being lazy and I use my faux denman when doing certain styles

The products I will be using will change for time to time because I’m still on my product quest

I will be drinking more water and not just because I’m growing out my hair but because I know I should be drinking more water

I will also TRY to take my Hair, Skin & Nail vitamins but I’m going to make any promises I HATE taking pills and their so big! Lol

That’ s pretty much it!

*Disclaimer* I have alter this challenge and my regimen according to what I feel MY HAIR needs. I’ve added a few things to my regimen in hopes to help my hair stay moisturized and protected during the coming cold weather

I hope this will help some one

Thanx for stopping by & until next time

Peace & Blessings

Current length *the back the longest layer almost APL*

 Right side

Left side *I was getting lazy with camera*

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