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Winter Hair

Well, it’s been six months since going natural. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but just when I think I got this, the season changed. California is very dry in the winter, and although it rains more, the humidity is lower from day to day. Normally the goal is to try to keep the humidity from our twists to obtain a twist out longer, right? Well now I have fantastic curl definition using the flaxseed gel, but I have no humidity, so my twists aren’t puffing at all, you need just the right humidity to add a little volume to your hair.

I want to keep using the flaxseed gel, but I’m going to have to make my twists larger in the winter. I don’t like larger twists because there are fewer twists and my scalp shows more, but thank God for the little Bohemian knit hat style that’s so popular now. I can just pop this on sometimes until I’m ready for a twist out.

Moisturizing your hair is vital in the winter months. I usually do my moisturizing at night. When I have twists in, I spray with a mixture of water and coconut oil, and cover  it with a silk scarf.  Coconut oil becomes solid in cold temperatures, so I use fractionated Coconut oil. To maintain my twist out, I cover my hands in Argon oil, and twist my hair in large twists at night, I cover  it with a silk scarf.

How do you maintain your natural hair in the winter?

 

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Flaxseed Discovery

I have discovered Flaxseeds!

What are Flaxseeds?

The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops in the world – known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China.
Flaxseed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

I watched several videos about the benefits of Flaxseeds on natural hair, specifically for twisting natural hair. After watching all 5 videos, and the results, I was sold.

I made the recipe and 2 strand twisted my hair. The boiled flaxseeds produce a gel, which  is the consistency of “snot”. I separated each piece, applied leave-in conditioner, the gel, and twisted. The gel penetrated my hair very easily, so the twisting process went quicker than using a shea butter. The gel also kept the twists from getting frizzy. I kept my twists in for 6 days.

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The twist out results were unbelievable! The curl definition was the best ever. It lasted all day with no frizz, and kept very soft and moist. I was able to wear my hair out for 7 days before having to retwist or protect it. I won’t be buying anymore shea butter or commercial hair cream/curl products. Flaxseeds are my staple for twisting!

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Why are flax seeds beneficial for hair?

    • Flax seeds are a rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has proven effects on growth of the capillaries.
    • It provides nourishment to the hair roots, shaft, and the scalp.
    • Flax seeds fulfill the required nutrition for hair and scalp in order to expedite hair growth.
    • They also help control hair breakage or split ends, and provide the required hydration for hair.
    • Vitamin E in the flax seeds helps prevent premature discoloration or graying of hair.
    • Flax seeds contain a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acid. These help nourish hair follicles. This in turn helps make hair strong and healthy. Omega-3 fatty acid also improves the elasticity of hair and makes it less prone to breakage.
    • Regular use of flax seeds helps prevent acute hair loss, scalp eczema, and dandruff.
    • Flax seeds are a good source of high quality fiber.
    • These are an affluent source of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Edible fibers are excellent for proper functioning of the intestines. This helps create defense against a host of ailments, which might cause hair loss.

It is quite easy to make flax seeds gel at home. (watch the video).

  • Take two cups filtered water, and 1/4th cup organic, brown flax seeds.
  • The seeds are to be added to boiled water, and boiled for 10 minutes. The extract is to be filtered.
  • The remaining flax seeds can be dried up and stored away for further use.
  • I also put in a few drops of Moroccan oil.
  • Put the gel in a tight safe plastic container, and refrigerate.
  • The gel lasts for 3 weeks.

 

Natural girls. . . . I can’t wait until you try it. Please let me know how it works for you.

Natural Hair Blues!

Natural Hair Blues

It’s a subject that I dealt with when I first became natural in May 2014. A subject that I rarely see natural girls talk about. A shameful feeling that I’m ready share. My Natural Hair Blues!

Coming from a history of 10 years in the corporate world, I was taught that there was no place for kinks and coils, especially in the “printing” industry which is largely white male dominated. As Althea Prince states in her book, “The Politics of Black Women’s Hair: “In the wider community, the Black woman’s natural hair falls low on the scale of beauty. I think it’s awful that society has nurtured this “Buckwheat” belief about short, kinky hair for years, and we bought into it! Shame on us. Unfortunately, this is the way that I was truly feeling when I first began my journey.

Living in Southern California doesn’t help. There aren’t many “natural girls” around for inspiration, in fact, many of the black woman I knew had weaves, their natural locs tucked up underneath.

I was dealing with these feelings intermittently, and very subconsciously. Not knowing my natural hair and how it worked also kept my confidence and self-esteem very low.

It showed its ugly head one day, and I was forced to deal with it. My husband surprised me for our 25th anniversary, bringing me to a high-end, luxurious Spa resort for a week. My hair was in twists. I was excited to be there, but immediately felt completely inadequate with my hair twisted. I actually felt “ugly”. I even cried at dinner that evening. My husband did everything he could to make me feel better.

I guess it was my first time out of my comfort zone. My first time not with my friends and those who loved me, and didn’t judge me because of what my hair looked like. Not that people were judging me, but my confidence just wasn’t there.

I continued to style my hair as I would at home, sporting a twist out and natural updos that week. The revelation took place when I realized that all but one of the other black women at the resort were all natural girls, wearing TWA’s (Teeny Weeny Afros), curls, and twist! I began to feel more confident, and haven’t looked back since!!

Things I love about being natural:
My hair is so versatile, mold-able like clay
Twists dry over night
My hair is long and thick (despite the 75% shrinkage)
Styles are endless
Twist outs are lasting longer
My hair is growing like a weed
My 4/b hair doesn’t tangle at all
I am an inspiration to other natural girls
My hair is living and breathing in its natural state
I’m feeling more confident, and beautiful

How did you feel about yourself when you first went natural?

Natural Hair Revelation

It’s been 4 months now that my hair has been naturally revealed! I am still learning so much, and the vlogs and blogs have been so helpful.

I finally had an opportunity to test twist out longevity. After 3 days of a twist out, my hair becomes very dry and brittle, and it’s time to put it into a protective style again. Applying large twists at night preserves the twist out for the next day. Gabe Flowers video is a fantastic tutorial for maintaining a twist out.

I’m also learning that as much as I like to wear my hair out, it’s really not good for your natural hair. The good news is that maintaining the hair in large twists at night allows my hair to keep its moisture. I don’t apply anything to my hair at night, I just take large amounts of hair, and make larger twists. In the morning when I take off the silk cap, my hair is very moist and soft. I apply Aveda Anit-Humectant Pomade to the twists before I take out the large twists. Applying Aveda Anit-Humectant Pomade keeps it moist all day. That’s how I’m able to continue wearing a twist out for more than 3 days.

I also begin using scarves for styling to protect the hair as the days progress. I’m still able to maintain the twist out and the curls.

I am an artist. I paint, draw and I used to throw pots with clay. Each medium is different, and has to be learned to achieve the look of the final art piece. My hair has become a medium. I have to learn how it acts with air, water, product, moisture, etc. to achieve the final look. It truly is a journey.

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Rules and Regimens for Natural Hair

My hair regimen was ever changing when I first became “natural”, but now that I’ve found products and styles that work for me, I’m sticking to some definite rules and regiments for my natural hair.
My hair has grown over an inch since I began my journey in May 2014. But I’m not too surprised. My hair has always thrived when free of chemicals.

 

Here are the rules and regimens that work for me:

  • No or only water soluble silicones
  • Only comb hair when wet or damp with water spritz and leave-in conditioner, using a wide-toothed comb
  • Only trim when needed (my hair doesn’t tangle so no need to cut)
  • Shampoo and condition every 3 weeks (I go to the hair salon). Follow with 2 strand twists.
  • I can only wear a twist out for about 3-4 days. I have too much hair, it dries out very quickly and starts to become brittle. That’s when I start losing hair.
  • Protective styling as much as I can. That includes twists, coils, twist out, braids, braid outs, buns, puff buns, and scarfs. When hair is in twists, etc., I will pin up the hair at least 5 days a week to protect my ends.
  • Moisturize my hair with spritz every night before putting on satin cap. Either with a spritz/spray or leave-in conditioner. I use spritz (Coconut Oil/Water combined) when in a protective style. Leave-in conditioner if necessary.
  • Always sleep with a satin cap, scarf, and sleep on a satin pillowcase. Be careful of caps that cause friction to edges.
  • No heat on hair.
  • Nothing on the scalp.

 

Hair products I use:

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Natural Hair product review

I’m trying hard not to be a “Product Junkie”. I’ve only purchased a few products since my journey started, but I finally found the product I’ve been looking for.
I bought and tried Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Shea Moisture.

This product is amazing. I’ve only tried this product on the front of my hair because the back is in a protected style right now, but I couldn’t wait to try it! This product moisturizes and holds my curls well. My hair is soft and not frizzy all day long. The cream is thicker than other products that I have used so it gives my curls and twists some weight, and works great with my 4b hair. I mix it with the Shea Moisturizer Leave-in conditioner when twisting. It actually curl defines, and holds. A little goes a long way. I love the strong coconut, tropical smell. I’m pretty sure my search is complete! I highly recommend these products, especially for 4b/c textures. These product are half the cost at Walmart.

I’ll post some photos when I have a full twist out.

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Coconut CoWash for my 4b hair

I’m actually still going to the hairdresser to get my hair washed. I thought that going natural would be quite a “hair-raising” experience and that while I dealt with the shock of going “natural”, that it would be best to leave the wash regimen to my hairdresser. I’m glad I did.

The first wash by my hairdresser was done with a normal shampoo and conditioner. My first twist was utterly disappointing. My hair was limp, thin, and my twists were the size of small tree twigs. My hair was not used to being natural, or exposed to the elements, nor was it used to being twisted.

The second wash I used As I Am Coconut Co Wash.  The wash itself went well. My hair came out soft, but as we began to twist it, it became very dry even though we added curl defining products and coconut oil. By the time the twists dried the next day, they were very frizzy.

This was my conclusion after this experience and discussion with my hairdresser. I have VERY dry hair. I can twist my hair at night with tons of product, and still have it be completely dry in the morning. I feel that the Co wash stripped my hair of moisturizing oils. Second, my hair has very high porosity, meaning that it sucks up any moisture immediately. Conditioner is made with products that quickly expand and contract your hair cuticle to lock in the moisture. By the time I applied curl defining cream to my hair, my hair cuticle was closed and did not accept the cream well.

The third wash we decided to use a shampoo, and conditioner again. This time I used Giovanni Conditioner that we washed out.  We used medium sections with Carefree Curl Activator and Shea Moisture Leave-in Conditioner, and my twists this time were softer,  larger and puffy, but not frizzy. You could tell that the curl product and water were being contained within my hair cuticle. So amazing to see all this before your very eyes! It’s such a science.

So the conclusion:  No more C0washes for me!

 

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