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Twist outs? Type 4c hair??

SO.. I tried to do a finger twist/comb twist out, so I guess they were coil outs right? Well, It took me all night! I washed my hair and everything, with my Cantu Shea butter shampoo, did my conditioner, deep conditioner and everything with the Cantu Shea butter leave in. I tried to use a barber comb, but it wasn’t working all too great, so I finished with finger coils, which I think I did wrong, (I twisted them instead of twirling it around my finger). I used the Cantu Shea butter dressing pomade and beeswax. I put on a satin cap, went to sleep, when I took it down, it looked a hot mess. It looked so bad, just like the first time, I washed my hair all over again with shampoo (shame me) and just picked it out like usual.

I then did havana twists in my head for the first time, because I want to wear a protective style, which is why I was going to do coils but I didn’t like them, hence the coil out. I watched a video on youtube a few times, so I was like I got this in the bag. It was tough at first but I got the hang of it. But tell me what you guys think!!

How to do Havana twists:

To Moisture my hair before braiding I used African Pride Shea Butter Buttery Creme and Bouncy Curls Pudding I just bought(Call me a product junkie, I don’t Care!!) I used the Marley Braid hair, I was informed that any kind of kinky hair or Marley Braid would work and that it was all the same. You start by parting the section of your hair that you want to use, depending on how big you want it to be (the bigger the better). The Marley Braid should already be halved. Puff the Hair out to make it fluffy (use at least 2 Marley sections per twist.) Take your section of your hair and split it into two parts. Take the Marley hair and place it in the middle of your sectioned hair. Taking one section of your hair, and one half of the Kinky hair and twist it around your finger until it is secure(as you would finger coils). Do the same with the other side, twisting in the same direction. When you feel the hair is secure enough, join the two piece together by twisting them with each other, going the opposite direction that you twisted the individual twists. Twist all the way down to end.

 

This was my first attempt at Havana Twists so cut me some slack!!

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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Natural Disaster!!

Ok so if YOU don’t know, I’m new to this natural hair thing!

I’ve been on a million website pages and whatnot, and I made the decision that I wanted to try using only products from my kitchen and natural 100% oils. No ‘real’ stuff like name brands or anything. Just things i whipped together in my house. So I made a bunch of my own stuff for my regimen.

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Pre-Poo: 

Coconut Milk, Avocado, Honey, Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Rosemary Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Almond Oil.

I just mixed it all together. No real measurements, I just poured. I put it on under a plastic bag for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinsed.

Cleansing: 

Avocado, Coconut Milk, and Vegetable Glycerin

This was actually a Tropical Island Conditioner, I thought I could do the no poo method, but I added Vegetable Glycerin to it, just because I had it and wanted to use it. I mixed it in a bowl, put it on for about 15 minutes and washed it out.

Protein Treatment: 

Egg, Yogurt, Avocado, and Coconut Milk

I mixed it all in a bowl, and put it on my hair under a plastic bag for about 45 minutes before washing it out.

Moisture Treatment: 

Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed OIl, Almond Oil, Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Honey, Yogurt and Shea Butter.

I melted it together by putting it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. But i treated it the same way as I did my protein treatment.

Sealing: 

Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Honey, Argan Oil, and Tamanu Oil.

I didn’t mix these, I just put them on in the order that they are listed.

My Results: 

Oh my gosh, my hair was so soft!! I loved it!! But it was extremely oily, I hated that!! More oily than before!! But my hair had never been so soft, I loved it! For about three hours-_-. I got to work and after about an hour of being there, my hair had turned to stone. It felt so dry, and on top of that it was oily too, it was a disaster.

I know for a fact, I used way too much oil, i have HIH (hand in hair) syndrome and I swear, every time I put my hand in my head, you would think I just left the chicken box!! My hands were that oily!

I was at work and all day, I was like, “It’ll be okay! I’ll stick with it for 21 days (it takes 21 days to build a regimen) and next week I’ll use less oils, and my hair will be perfect next time!” But when I got home, I was like nu uh, I cant handle this. I couldn’t stand the smell or feel of my hair.

I got my trusty dusty Cantu Shea Butter gentle shampoo and washed it out. Then I used the LOC method, I think. I used my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In, put on some Coconut Oil, then I used some Shea Butter mixed with Jojoba Oil. After that, I used a dime sized drop of Cantu Shea Butter daily moisturizer, Cantu Shea Butter curl activator, Cantu Shea Butter grow strong, Cantu Shea Butter hair and scalp oil, all mixed together (they’re all water based). Then I used my s-curl activator spray. Then, I slapped on a bunch of Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In, Put on a plastic bag under my satin bonnet and went to sleep.

When I woke up this morning, I took off my plastic bag, slapped on some grape seed oil and went about my day. Usually, I spray it with s-curl activator, but I had an appointment and I woke up late so I didn’t pick my hair out and use all my moisturizers, plus my hair was still wet from the deep conditioning.

Right now, my hair has dried out, its still a little oily, but nowhere near as oily as yesterday. So, I can deal, but my hair is pretty hard. Not as hard as yesterday but not as soft as I want it to be. So I’m going to slap on all of those products I mentioned that I used last night, pick it out and that is the picture on this page. (The result after I pick it out).

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Guess Who’s Going Natural?!

Guess Who’s Going Natural?!

Me, me and me!! This will be a blog where I’ll just talk about me and my hair! But where do I start?! Okay well I got my last perm on April 28, 2013! Not that long ago at all, I know! But hey its a start and you can go on my journey with me!

Why did I decide to go natural?

I didn’t really just up and be like “Oh I’m going natural!” I was looking at a bunch of youtube videos when I was trying to figure out how to do Havana twists, then I saw twist outs and I was like “Oh my god, I want my hair to do that!” Every ‘how to’ video I saw was on natural hair with no weave. I thought everyones natural hair was so unique and pretty. I wanted my hair to be like the girls in the videos. (I know! Shame on me!) I’ve been getting perms since I was about five years old, that’s horrible right? My hair was at its longest when I was all natural, so I wanted to get my long natural hair back.

How long have I been natural and is it what I expected?

I chopped all of my hair off, well, all of my processed hair, on August 27,2013. I didn’t really plan on going natural, until I actually cut it. I was going to go natural and just slowly trim the ends every month or so, but that danged Demarcation line was going to be the death of me. So far, its not as bad as I expected. I was expecting way worse. I remember my grandma always straightening my hair and burning my ears and neck with that trusty dusty hot comb! You know the one you sit on the stove and it’s supposed to be ‘good heat’? Yeah, that! It was hell! But now, using what I started with, my hair is always so soft, I love it, but it’s so greasy sometimes, I hate it! I use Cantu Shea Butter everything; Shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, daily moisturizer, oil sheen, curl activator, heat protectant, shine, just everything in the collection I could get my hands on. I use all of that, combined with s-curl activator and Doo-Gro oil. It works for me right now, so I’m digging it, but I learned from multiple blogs, that other things can work better, so I’ll try those and post them here when I do.

What stage am I at in my natural hair journey and how did I transition?

I’m at the very beginning actually. TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage. Stretched out, it’s maybe 4 inches, but it looks about 1 or 2 due to shrinkage. Transition happened because I didn’t want to get a perm, but I was too lazy to do my hair. I would wear micros, box braids, or senegelese twists for a while, and take it down for a weekend and braid it right back up, which I now know is a ‘no no’ if I want good hair. But it was working at the time to keep me from having to my hair. Just throw it up in a high bun and go on about my business. Now I also know, that high bun wasn’t good either. I know I’m horrible.  Plus my hair is major thick, so it should be stronger right? I don’t really know my hair type yet, but I’m guessing I’m leaning toward a 4a. It’s really thick, I think, with a bunch of tight coils, not really curls.

What are some struggles my natural hair presents to me?

So far, I haven’t had any struggles, but I know I will, when I get to experimenting. I’m actually liking my TWA though. At first, I thought, “I’m not going to be able to do anything to my hair! It’s going to be so short! What am I going to do! I can’t believe I just cut my hair!” But actually, it’s not that bad. I just throw on all my Cantu stuff, pick it out, and go on about my day. Sometimes it feels uneven, but I just pat it until it feels right and go. Sometimes it dries out pretty quick but I just throw on some leave in and spray with some s-curl activator and I’m good for a little while longer.

Did I ever feel like I had to compensate for being natural?

When I decided to cut it, I thought, “Hey, I’ll just keep getting box braids until its a medium fro. No biggy. Then I’ll be done with weave because my hair will be fabulous!” If I cut it, I thought, I’ll just wear some big earrings. I already dress up whenever, and I mean whenever, I go anywhere. The day I cut it, I dressed up, thinking, “I have to dress pretty, just in case anyone sees me, I can’t look ratchet with no hair too!” But that night when I put on my too big t-shirt and plaid pajama pants, I was like, “Damn, I still look good!” So, I still dress like normal (for me) and wear fancy earrings and things, but not to compensate, but just because I like them!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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