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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Natural Hair: Twistout using flax seed gel

Hey Curlies,

Let me just start off by saying, I LOVE flax seed gel (tutorial here)! Not only are the seeds rich in omega-3's and healthy for body, the gel creates the BEST twistouts. I decided to make a new batch of gel on Sunday because I wanted to wear a twist out.

I washed my hair using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and deep conditioned with Eden Body Works Jojoba Moni Deep Conditioner. My hair had been extremely dry the last week and I think it has a lot to do with the weather changing. The spring and summer-like weather is returning, which usually means a shift of products.

The conditioner really helped bring my hair back to life! It was soft, moisturized and a little easier to manage. 

I created about 12-15 twists in my hair and pinned them in this style for about four days before I untwisted.

Here were the results:

Car selfies! Lol (Don't worry, I was parked!)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Natural Hair: Defined Braidout

Hey Curlies,

I've been wearing my hair in a puff for almost two weeks! Ugh..I know right? I finally got a chance to wash my hair and give it a little TLC.

I washed using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and deep conditioned with Mill Creek Bontanicals Aloe Vera conditioner (check your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx). This conditioner is really becoming one of my favorites.

Deep conditioning:

Finished braidout: I used the conditioner as a styler

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Natural Hair Quick Tip: Hair Product Causing Flakes?

Hey Curlies,

I got a question a few weeks ago about a reader who is experiencing flakes after using certain hair products. Here was my quick tip for her.

Q: Why am I experiencing flakes after using certain hair products? (Shea Moisture & Giovanni)

A: You bring up a great point, not every product will work the same for everyone. Since you've experience flakiness from multiple products, I would love to know what other products you are also using along with those conditioners. I learned  the Cantu brand doesn't work well for me, but may work well for others. It flakes on me constantly. I also learned when I use multiple products layered on top of one another, they may not always mix well, causing flakes. It doesn't mean the product doesn't work well, it just doesn't work well in combination with other brands. Be sure to pay attention to what products you are using and make note. Some products are made to be used alone.

Hope this helps!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Natural Hair: High Puff

Hey Curlies,

I have been locked out of my account for the last week! Seriously it has been a struggle! I wanted to host the giveaway last week but then the lock out said "surprise, surprise." I apologize to all of you who were looking forward to entering the giveaway. I am currently in contact with the giveaway hosts to see how we can still make things happen. I will keep you updated!

This past week I've been wearing a high puff, which I thought was very cute. I don't think I've ever worn a puff this high before. I used a little leave in conditioner, oil and a piece of pantyhose to create my puff.

Just going on a bike ride :)

At the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Tonight I'm going to tackle detangling and moisturizing my hair to create a twisted updo for next week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Natural Hair Update & Giveaway

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to update you all on a few things. I got my hair straightened a little over two weeks ago and I just washed my hair about an hour ago. I really liked wearing my straight hair and feeling the weight on my shoulders, but I did miss my curls.

The point of getting my hair straightened was to get a good professional trim and she did a great job. Each time I get my hair straightened, I always say I'm going to experiment with other styles, but I fail every time. Haha. This time I did a little better. Most of the time I wore my hair in a bun or in curls made by using about eight flexi rods.

I couldn't WAIT to wash washair and get to my scalp. My hair seemed to get dirty a lot quicker than normal and my scalp my a little dry. While I didn't use any other product in my hair the entire two weeks, I did use a tiny bit of Argan oil on my scalp. Any more product would've weighed it down.

It took maybe two washes in the shower to get my curls back to normal, but I needed it. Having my ends trimmed definitely helped make the washing process easier and my hair now seems even softer than normal.

I've been using Mill Creek Botanicals Aloe Vera Conditioner and Anu Essentials a Leave in Conditioner. That giveaway I promised begins tomorrow! I will be giving away one bottle of Anu a Essentials Leave in Conditioner.

Check back tomorrow to enter!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Natural Hair: Flat Ironed Hair, Five Years Natural

Hey Curlies,

As mentioned before, I did get my hair straightened this weekend, along with a much needed trim. I decided after my first flat iron last year, I would visit the salon once a year to a trim and straighten.On Instagram I shared a sneak peek photo...

I walked into the salon with a very old bantu knot out I turned into a low puff.

After the wash and condition
Let me tell you, it felt so nice to have someone else scrub my scalp! She washed and conditioned my hair, to be honest I'm not truly sure what product line she used, but she is well trusted and I was simply enjoying the moment of relaxation.

She then blow dried my hair using the tension method and flat ironed small pieces. Overall the entire process took about two hours...not too bad!

I loved the way it turned out and I also realized, and the stylist confirmed it for me, I have very fine strands. While there are many strands, they are fine. My natural styles always appear thick because my curl pattern is very tight and densely packed together.

I think my hair grew  a few inches over the last 10 months, but I probably lost some of that during the trim, but I don't mind. I'll take healthy hair over length any day. My next trip to the salon probably won't be until fall 2016.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Natural Hair: Straight Hair is on the Way

Hey Curlies,

My bantu knot out has lasted about four days and I am thankful. I was going to wash and style my hair for this weekend but...

I am getting my hair straightened and trimmed this weekend!

My first flat iron in four years in 2014
It's been about a year since my last straighten and I've trimmed my hair a couple of times since my last professional visit, but I know it is time. I loved the results last year so I will be having the same stylist work on my hair this time.

If you are in the Indianapolis area and looking for a stylist who does a great job blowing out/straightening natural hair, her information is below:

Simply Uneek
4051 Millersville Road.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

To see more of my first visit to the hair salon, click here.

Be back tomorrow with results and giveaway information!