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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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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

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 🙂

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 🙂

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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Look at that definition

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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

 

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 🙂

Protective/Low Manipulation Style #1

28 Sep

My low manipulation style

Last week I started my Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge, this is the style I decided to start with.

I co-washed my hair with Tresemme Naturals conditioner & DC’d with just my old African Best Olive Oil DC (which I not like) sealed it with jojoba oil and sat under my heating cap.

I moisturized, sealed, and twisted my hair to air dry then two days later dampened my hair with my water and aloe vera juice mix to make my hair pliable and also because I used my Oyin Handmade Shine & Define Serum and the directions say to apply to wet hair to reduce frizz. I also used my Original Moxie’s Just Gel on my flat twists. (Reviews coming soon)

Thanx for stopping by & until next time

Peace & Blesses!

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