Healthy Hair & Scalp Cleansing Regimin for Moisture, Growth/Length/Fullness and Healthy Hair Retention

I ran across this video in my YouTube updates list and wow, it was very revelatory! I am always searching for new and more economical and efficient ways to make my hair healthier. With four children, I’m not always able to go through the tedious steps of my traditional natural hair wash day regimin. One of my favorite long haired natural YouTube chic is HeyFranHey and she has some of the most beautiful, healthy, natural hair I’ve ever seen. In her video below, she showcases her healthy hair and scalp cleansing regimin for maximum moisture retention, growth, length and fullness.

 

What does your healthy hair regimin consists of? What products do you use? How often do you use or apply them?

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Men and their “Natural Hair” Mindset!

Okay, as you can tell by the title of my post, this is going to be a VERY controversial posting(LOL)!.

I’ve been married for 12 years now(shout out to my hubby:)) and I love him to death.

I meet SO many women who say that their significant other “rejects” their natural hair and aggressively tries to persuade them to “straighten, relax or weave it!” Okay people, this is crazy to say the least. With all of the years that us “black folk” have been in America(an other countries), I think its about time that OUR men accept and embrace us for who God created us to be. This is why I call myself a “revolutionist”. Yes, its revolutionary to go against the mainstream grain by going fully natural, fro and all.

I’ll tell you a little about my natural hair hubby relationship..

When I first went natural, he was the first person to suggest it. After hearing me complain all the time about my relaxed hair, he said, “why won’t you go natural and grow all of your perm off”. I took his advice. I wore box braids for 2 years and then cut off all of my relaxer. Oh boy, he didn’t know what he had gotten himself into. I then started wearing braid-outs. Mind you, my hair was a meddy fro(about 3-4 inches) and it looked very cute in my opinion. I would braid the front and do a braid out on the back(sorry no pics guys).

When I would try to do any other style, he would totally reject it and say, “sugar, please keep doing what you’re doing”. Unfortunately, after so long, I grew wearing of wetting my hair and re-braiding at night(this was the only way to keep the braid pattern on my 4c hair) and being that I did not know how manage or take care of my natural hair the RIGHT way, I went back to relaxing. Let the record show that my hubby had not part in my re-relaxing my hair. Let’s fast forward a couple of years. After deciding to go natural this second and last time, I decided to cut the remaining relaxer off and wear my TWA!! OMG!! My hubby must have “had a fit” to say the least. He no longer liked “braid-outs” and he had a difficult time accepting my natural hair. Now, I should have mentioned earlier above that the first time I went natural, I actually applied a “texturizer”. I know, I know, this actually “un-naturaled my hair”. (Is un-naturaled a word?)

Since then, I’ve realized that my hubby only liked the previous braid-out because it was on ‘texturized’ hair which made my hair texture look more like GOOD HAIR!!

Oh yes, the term GOOD HAIR!! I’m really starting to despise this word in our culture and community. In my opinion, there is NO SUCH THING!! All hair is GOOD HAIR to me because its the hair that God saw fit to grow out of the individuals head..

Moving on..

Fortunately, I guess my hair has grew out to an acceptable length for my hubby(I survived the “why won’t you wear braids again) speeches. He thought my mini-twists looked “masculine”(WOW!) As a culture, I believe us “women” are responsible for our men’s perception of natural black hair. Because we are not confident of our natural hair ourselves, it filters over to create bad  and mis-perceptions to in our men.

We have to move from trying to make ourselves something that we’re not or at least respect those who do. Many relaxed girlies talk down on those of us who’ve decided to go natural. I still don’t understand why they feel the need to do so being that we’re all women and we should support each other by sticking together. But if we can’t conjure up enough self-esteem and confidence in who God created us and each other to be, we can’t begin to expect our men to do it.

To sum it up…

My hair is about shoulder length when stretched and recently I put mini-twists on my hair and my hubby said, “I like that sugar, won’t you wear it like that more often!”

You see, I basically held my grown with very little compromising. Although, I definitely had to help my hubby change his mindset about natural hair(short natural hair that is), it was well worth it!

“Jazzy” Braid-Out On 4B/C How-To

I don’t do “braid-outs” and “twist-outs” on my hair often. Even more so, I hardly ever do wash-n-go’s either. I keep my hair in some form of protective style 80 percent of the time(trying to retain AS MUCH length as possible). But every now and then, I feel the need to “spread my wings” and wear my hair free! Its seems that the more coily the hair, the more limited we are in loose hair styling. Don’t get me wrong, natural hair is the most versatile and liberacious hair on the planet, but looser curl patterns tend to be more versatile when it comes to wearing loose styles. Fortunately, us coily chicks still have a few loose styles that we can wear and “rock” it! Braid Outs are definitely one.

This is a style that my hubby actually requested. I wore this a lot when I went natural the first time and it got me through a many “style absent minded” days.

How I achieved this style…

What I used:

My Shea Butter mixture(you can use any leave in conditioner, holding gel/cream, setting lotion, etc.)

Spray bottle filled with water and oil

Rat tail comb

Shower comb

Light oil

1. Begin on freshly washed, product free hair

2. Make sure to detangle(as best you can) making sure the ends are detangled(if you did not detangle while you were washing your hair, be sure to grab your detangling or show comb afterwards)

3. After you’ve washed/conditioned your hair and detangled, clip hair into 4-6 sections

4. Grab your rat tail/parting comb and spray bottle to begin parting the front in small sections in order to create your design pattern(use your spray bottle to “mist” your sectioned hair to prevent drying, for easier parting/handling).

As you can see here, my parting started to get, let’s just say “a little off”

5. Make sure to section the back portion and clip to prevent the portion left for the braid out, from getting tangled in with your reserved for cornrowing

6. Continue to part/cornrow the entire front and sides, making sure to braid as much as you can, leaving out a small portion to be later braided in with the back portion

7. After you’ve completed braided the front portion in the direction you desire, clip that away into it’s own section(you can either use a clip or ponytail holder).

8. Now, begin parting and sectioning the back. Use smaller sections for a more defined look and larger sections for a looser look.

9. Spray with your spray bottle, if its dry and grab your Shea Butter mixture, moisturizer or leave in conditioner(see above).

10. Braid your sectioned hair, making sure to braid as far down as you can but tightly “twisting the ends”. I prefer to twist my ends while doing a braid out, it helps make the taking down process easier.

11. After this process is completed, wrap hair with a satin scarf and allow hair to dry(I prefer to let my hair dry overnight because I HATE sitting under a hair dryer).

12. Once dry, grab a light oil, such as “grapeseed” or “coconut” and rub a little into the palms and on the tips of your finger to use while taking down your braids(this helps prevent over frizzing)

13. Gently “pull” each braid apart, making sure not to pull too much and loose the braid pattern. Continue to do this until you’ve received the look that your going for.

Some more photo’s of my final results…

Hopefully next time, I’ll have “less” frizzing!

Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner REVIEW!!

I recently received my travel kit from Jane Carter and I was SO excited to start using their products. You can read my previous post to find out my review of their shampoo. But today, I’m going to let you guys know about their leave in. Here goes a list of its ingredients…

Deoionized Water, Extracts of Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Watercress, Myrrh, Panthenol, Chamomile, Comfrey, Horsetail, Nettle, Rosemary, Hops, Henna, Certified Organic Essential Oil: Lemon, Vanilla Extract, Polyquarternium11, Soyamid DEA, PPG30, Cetyl Ether, Oleth-3 Phosphate and Phenoxyethanol

As you can see, all of the above ingredients are good for all types of hair, but did it work on my coily fro-like hair texture? First of all, I PREFER creamy leave-ins and this one was not but I must say that I definitely LIKED IT!!!

I initially used it by itself(apart from mixing with my kimmaytube leave-in) to see if there was any validity to its greatness. After a couple of uses, I noticed that my hair was smoother and stronger. This led me to add it to my kimmaytube leave-in recipe to see if it would ‘gel’ good with that as well. After adding my leave-in ingredients to it, the consistency was a little bit more runny than my traditional leave in concoction but I LOVED IT!!

I will definitely purchase Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In to make it a part of my cabinet arsenal. So there goes my review of this awesome leave-in…toodles!

TANGLE TEEZER…A Coily Girl’s Review

First of all, there are mixed reviews in the natural community regarding this product. As with any product, I researched reviews of it prior to purchasing simply because I DO NOT have the money to spend wastefully on ANY product claiming to help my hair!! I try to use wisdom through actively researching products prior to purchasing. Well, on a lighter note….here goes my review of the Tangle Teezer.

Here is the product description

Ask yourself – are you a hair criminal who is repeatedly guilty of torturing your hair with inappropriate brushes or combs that only tug, tighten and tear tangles from your hair? If the answer is yes, help is at hand. Hair rehabilitation is painless and easy with Tangle Teezer. Change your hair brush not your lifestyle. A Tangle Teezer hair brush will break the cycle of broken hair and give tangled hair the brush off. A revolution in detangling hair, it has the ability to flex and not pull upon contact with tangles, gently and effortlessly delivering smooth and shiny hair in an instant. The result? Hair perfection. Your perfect hair care partner, Tangle Teezer Original is a gentle pain free hair detangler that has been referred to as the miracle brush that detangles like nothing else. Its secret is it allows you to manage and style your hair as never before, transforming tangled hair into stress free, style-able hair and encouraging your hair’s natural shine and thickness to return.

Truthfully, my initial feeling was that “now that’s TOO good to be true!!”, but after seeing countless youtube videos and blog postings stating that it was like a “holy grail” for natural hair detangling, I got excited and went out to buy one!! I paid a whopping $17.00 for mine only to find out a couple of months later that the price had been reduced to its current status of approximately $10.00.

I begin using it a couple of months ago. I would start on clean hair, fully conditioned with a conditioner that had slip(although the product markets that you can detangle on wet, damp or dry hair). I would start at the ends and work my way down to the roots of my hair. Understand that I have 4b/c hair and the strands tend to coil around each other VERY easily so knots, tangles, matting, you name it is ever so prevalent(without proper detangling of course).

After a couple of uses, I noticed that hair was left in the bristles. This is typically normal when detangling. The problem is that if the hair present is absent of the little “white” bulb on the ends, its breakage and not normal shedding. Furthermore, the hair strands were really little, and appeared that it was split ends!!! Yes, split ends!!! Being that 4b/c hair tends to split more frequently and consistently than other hair types, I am overly cautious at ANY product that will make this worse and my job of fixing it HARDER!!

I IMMEDIATELY dumped the Tangle Teezer. I did not even consider to try it on my 2 little girls head, nope!!! It’s in the cabinet on retire mode currently. I have to say that it did appear to really detangle my hair, better than my old trusty dandy shower comb, but is the potential for major split ends worth it? My answer to that question is NOPE!! I continue to use my shower comb to detangle after every wash and condition session. I will probably grab the Tangle Teezer every so often to do a deep detangling(well not that often) but I would not recommend it to be used on a regular basis.

Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo Review

Well, I’ve tried LOT’s of shampoo’s advertising their specializing in natural and curly hair care(although they advertise all hair types)!! To sum it up,here’s my review of the Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo. In  my opinion, it’s OK. Yep, just ok. I would not buy it in the future. Here’s why:

The ingredients include:

 

Deionized Water, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, PolyQuaterium 7, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Wheat Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate, ,Citric Acid.

I was shocked at the ingredients…it  has a SULFATE! Sulfates are not good for hair, especially natural, chemical free hair! They can strip it and much more. Most of the times, when there are ingredients that are present but hard to pronounce(look at the end), they could be detrimental. I understand that the preservative is needed in order to keep the product. I do like the fact that it does contain some good ingredients including Certified Organic Aloe Vera(a favorite of mine), glycerin, panthenol and wheat protein. The directions state to use a “little”. They are right. I wash my hair while its twisted and in sections. As I took down each section, I added,what I thought was a little and it dried that section OUT!! Then I proceeded, this time, making sure that I used only a little and it worked ok. I’ve tried some other natural products that I liked more but on a scale of 1-10, I give it a whopping 6. That’s good in my book. I’ve also used it on my girls hair(product overall). So in my opinion, do not buy this product because there are much better, all natural products on the market that does not contain sulfates and other harmful ingredients.

Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Recipe

 This recipe is great! It works to seal or lock in much needed moisture, shine, strengthen and so much more. I use it on a regular basis(I love changing up my conditioner recipes). Natural hair craves moisture in order to thrive and grow. If you want to keep your hair moisturized(dry hair or not), retain length and prevent split ends, deep condition with this on a regular basis.

Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Recipe

1/2 cup Cheapie Conditioner(i.e. Suave Naturals or VO5)

1/2 cup of Honey

2-3 TB EVOO

2-3 TB EVCO

1 Egg

Directions: Mix egg, stir in remaining ingredients. Once mixture is mixed well, consistency will be slight runny. You can transfer into an applicator bottle, use your hand or applicator brush to apply. Apply mixture on clean, damp hair. Its best to apply mixture onto small sections of hair, making sure to work in from the root to the ends. Then, cover hair with a plastic cap. If using heat, leave on for 15-30 minutes. If not, leave on for 1 hour. Rinse out completely. Style