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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

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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

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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

 

Natural Hair UpDate: 2nd Month Wrap Up for Protective Style Challenge

7 Dec

Hey I’m back with another update on my hair and my protective style challenge.

The 22nd of November marked two months into the challenge we’ve made our way into December, reaching mid-point of the challenge already. I still have the mini twists in, they’re holding up pretty good I retwisted the perimeter over the weekend. I’m going to keep them in for another two and and half weeks. Today I dusted my ends, I  cut off  about a half  inch or less off the majority of my twists and some I cut no more than an inch. I have ran into a potential problem with a few loose strands I found that have either somehow have escaped from the twists or strands that got away while I was twisting, have been sometimes getting tangled at the ends with my twists but I haven’t had any  problems getting the tangles out so I’m not freaking out..  I’ve been slacking on moisturizing and applying castor oil to my scalp and ends daily or every other day, it’s been more like every 3-4 days but I’m going to get back on it. I haven’t washed or co-washed since before I installed my twists but I did take some warm (slighty hot) water and tea tree oil and rubbed my scalp the day before I retwisted my hair. This helped with the itchiness I was starting to experience, I thought that maybe I might have had some buildup on my scalp but I haven’t used anything other than oils on my scalp so if any buildup had occurred it wasn’t really much but the water and tea tree oil was still a good refresher for my scalp. I haven’t been doing much with my twists other than a few simple styles and keeping them moisturized. When I’m just sitting around the house I just let them hang loose or wear them in a bun or my bonnet.  After I take them out I will do a mid-point length check and post pictures.

Ends I cut off

Ends I cut off today

Once I take my twists out I need to do a protein treatment, I haven’t done one since August. For Christmas I want to wear a perm rod set, something I’ve never tried before. Next month in January I am going to take one of my heat passes and straighten my hair for the first time since I’ve started my journey for my birthday.

That’s pretty much it for this update, I’m halfway through this protective style challenge and all is going well so far.

Here are some pictures of the styles I’ve been wearing

Roll tuck ~n~ pin style

Roll tuck ~n~ pin style

My twists after being wrapped

Time to retwist

Party Hair

Party Hair

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!

Left view

Back view

Right view

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*

Front

My First Blowout!

16 Sep

This is my hair in February Blow out NO Heat No hairdryer

Last weekend I blew my hair out with the dryer for the time in a year and 4 months and BOY was I blew away by the results!

I washed and deep conditioned my hair Saturday using Aubrey’s Organic Replenishing Shampoo & I Dc’d with Original Moxie’s Intense Quench Conditioner (reviews coming soon). My original plan was to blow my hair out and set my hair in bantu knots but after an hour of blowing my hair out using the tension method I decided to just do a simple twist out. Unfortuntely I didn’t take any pictures because I was running late for church and later at my little cousin’s party I was so busy snapping pics of the kids I forgot all about my hair. Smh

To blow my hair out I used

My Gold N’ Hot blow dryer w/o the a comb

Grapseed oil

Tresemme’s Thermal Creation heat tamer spray

This is my hair blow out now

Thanx for stopping by  & until next time

Peace & Blessings

So the Braids are Out!

1 Aug

I was so happy when I took the last braid down *Excuse the build-up*

My braids had been in a little over two months  I did a few styles,which OF COURSE I forgot to take pics of.   Mostly I just kept it simple and wore them down with a side part. I kept up my moisture regimen of  spritzing my braids with water daily, sealing and applying my JBCO for the most part.

A few weeks ago I saw a video by a Youtuber named 007newnew and she used an AVC spritz to cleanse her scalp while her hair were in mini twists.  I thought HEY I’ll try that since I have braids! So I grabbed my spray bottle and filled it with water and put in 2 caps of apple cider vinegar, sprayed my scalp and let it sit about 5 mins. After letting it sit I hopped in the shower and co-washed with Tressemes Moisture Rich Conditioner. Once out the shower I applied my leave-in (Cantu) and sealed it with Olive oil. When my roots dried my hair felt softer and clean…..S/O to 007newnew for that tip I will be incorporating that into my regimen when fit!

A few days later I rebraided the front of my hair to remove build-up and to freshen my braids up for my trip to North Carolina. My hair has grown so much since installing them so as soon I got home the first chance I got they were coming out!  Although my braids weren’t too tight I could tell that my scalp was ready for a break my, I could feel my hair starting to stress in some areas.  

Once I did take them out my hair felt really soft, doesn’t feel dry at all! i think the aloe vera juice and water mix may have contributed to that, I will be further testing out the mix on my natural hair and I’ll let you all know my final thoughts.

Over all I think the Crown & Glory method is a great and cute way to protective style. It helped me retain length, keep my hair moisturized and was free for have to style my hair for two months.  If you are looking to grow your hair out, retain your length or gain thickness I highly recommend you try the Crown and Glory method!

I’ll be doing a protein treatment followed by a Deep Condition and trying out some of the new products I’ve recently bought , be back with details!

Thanks for stopping by until next time

Peace & Blessings ~ Have a Happy HHJ~