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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 🙂

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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 🙂

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 

How I Moisturize My Twists & Minimize Frizz

12 Feb

The main reason I like to wear twists and mini twists is, it’s an easy way for me to keep my hair moisturized. I find that when I wear my hair in out styles during the colder months my hair doesn’t retain any moisture, twist give me the opportunity to give my hair a break and keep my hair well moisturized especially my ends. What I do is  really nothing major, no special products or anything but I do have a trick I use to help to keep the frizz at a minimum.

First I like to spray my hair with my water and aloe vera juice concentrating on my ends then slightly dampen the length of my hair and scalp.

Next I take a water based moisturizer or leave-in into my palms and literally squeeze it into my twists, I like to squeeze the product into my twists versus smoothing it onto the twists because that creates frizz.

Then I seal my scalp,ends and twists with castor oil, JBCO or my oil mix or I seal my twists with my homemade shea butter & oil mix.

That’s it, that’s my simple 3-step regimen to keeping my twists and ends moisturized and keeping my frizz at a minimum. This 3-step method I use is similar to the L.O.C method, a great method I use to moisturize and seal your hair. The products depend on your hair type, needs, and preferences.  I like to use heavy butters, creams, and oils on my hair because it’s so thick and always thirsty especially in this cold dry weather. And I don’t worry about the water and water based products shrinking my hair up, I just wrap my twists as I were to if  my hair was straightened or relaxed and the next day I still have my length, you can pin your twists down or stretch them in a ponytail but I don’t mind shrinkage so some nights I skip the whole wrapping/stretching thing.

Mini Twists Day 1

Mini Twists Day 1

Another close up of the minis (before retwisting)

Another close up of the minis (before retwisting)

Mini twists 2 wks in

Mini twists 2 wks in

Days before I retwisted them still not much frizz just puffy roots

Days before I retwisted them still not much frizz just puffy roots

I used this method on my loose twists I done on dry hair

I used this method on my loose twists I done on dry hair

Until next time

Thanx for Stopping by

Peace & Blessings & Happy Hair Growing 🙂

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

11 Dec

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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 🙂