Friday, November 27, 2015

Wash Day- Long Overdue

I haven't had a wash day in the four weeks which is totally not me.  This was due to the fact that I had in the cornrow braids and I was so afraid that they might get frizzy so I skipped was days.  However I did not skip my moisturizing sessions, and upon removing the braids my hair was a moisturized testimony.  I did not have as much shedding hairs as I have with the box braids as I did with my previous braid style.

I've had braids in for a total of ten weeks so I have been missing my hair and moreover I am ready to embark on this transitioning journey.

Here is how my wash day went;

Prepoo and Detangle-  Detangle with my oil mix (coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil).  I oiled and detangled in small sections then add Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-shampoo treatment to the section.  Once my entire head was detangled and coat with the pre-shampoo I cover with a plastic cap and a warm towel for roughly 30 minutes.

Shampoo-  After allowing my hair to cool I undo each section and detangled some more and put back into four sections.  I then hopped into the shower and shampoo each section with Creme of Nature Coconut and Sunflower detangling shampoo. I only lathered once because I didn't think I needed more than that, and as usual this shampoo cleans without leaving my hair feeling dry and stripped.



Deep Conditioner- After hopping out the shower I wrapped my head in a t-shirt to remove the excess water.  I must say my hair was soft and fluffy and I did spend sometime in the mirror checking out how much new growth I have.  Anyway, after that I applied Shea Moisture 10 in 1 renewal system Masque and Jamaican Black Castor Oil to each section then covered with a plastic cap and head tie.  Because the next day was Thanksgiving I decided to do an overnight deep conditioning session.

Leave-in and Moisturizer-  After hopping in the shower and rinsing out the conditioner from each section I wrapped my head in a t-shirt to remove the excess water.  When my hair was about 80 percent dry I applied Kinky Curly Knot today to each section and detangled.  I then applied Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter before sectioning each section into about five parts and two strand twist before setting with my 1 1/2 inch perm rods.


I must say I was so surprise that six hours later when I went to take out the perm rods my hair was not dry. So I had to take them out loosely re-twist each section and went under my bonnet dryer for 10 minutes.  I had about 20 minutes before thanksgiving dinner and there was no way I was going to sit at the table with wet hair.  I had a sort of twisted out but I was not happy. I believe I might have been too heavy handed with the leave-in.



Before going to bed I sprayed my hair with Creme of Nature Strength and Shine leave in conditioner, applied Cantu coconut curl cream and flexi rod.  As of this post I have not remove the flexi rod so with fingers cross I hope to have fabulous hair for my date on saturday.

How was your #washdayexperience?  How you tried any new products?


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving!!!!

It's Thanksgiving!!!


Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans both home and aboard.

Today is Thanksgiving and all the shopping is done, the food is prepped and almost done cooking.  Even though I'm the resident sous chef, because my mom loves to cook and is therefore the resident head Chef.

Anyway here is what's on the menu for today' feast;

  • Roasted herb chicken (no turkey for us this year)
  • Quinoa with red kidney beans 
  • Curried Lamb
  • Asparagus sauteed in garlic sauce
  • Baked sweet potatoes with cranberry
  • Green salad ( lettuce, carrots, baby tomatoes, bell pepper and walnut)
Yes the fare is simple because we decided to have an intimate Thanksgiving this year.



As I reflect on the many things that I have to give thanks for; I am most thankful for health, family and the ability to provide for my family. This was a very trying year but with the grace of God we were able to come out on top. So to all those celebrating Thanksgiving remember to give thanks for all your blessings.  And those who aren't don't forget to give thanks because being thankful does not need a day.  

Thank you all for giving me a platform to share my life and for reading my gibberish, I am thankful.

THANK YOU ALL. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wash Day- I'm Transitioning !!!!!

I'm transitioning to my natural hair.

Yes, Me!!

The person who always said she would never go natural.  My statement over the years was " I would relax my hair even if I have one strand left".

Why such a strong statement you ask?

I took that strong of a stand because when I was 10 years old  I got my hair relaxed and it all fell out. Therefore my grandmother gave me a 'big chopped" (who knew it was a thing) and I had a TWA (yes I was a trend setter) until I was 11 years old where I got a Jerri curl (told you I was hip).  I was traumatized by the afro and vow never to wear my hair like that ever again.

So what made me come to this decision?

Well I have been telaxing for almost 22 months and have gotten used to my textured hair. So the most natural transitioning (no pun intended) in my book is to take the final plunge.

I am currently 22 weeks pot relaxer and my plan at the moment is to transition for two years.  I don't have any idea if I will be successful but I will do my best to achieve this goal in the best possible way. I do not have a concrete plan at the moment, but my immediate plan is to continue with my current regimen.


Trip Down Memory Lane


I will be stalking all my Naturalistas blogs for styling and hair regimen tips and tricks along this journey


What tips do you have for long-term transitioning?

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Motivation- The Tough Gets Going

"When the going gets tough, the tough gets going" When faced with adversity, our fight or flight defense kicks in.

However what dictates if we fight or flight, the situation. Some will say it's innate, which our inborn nature to stand up and face the situation or flee.  Others will say we learn it from our environment and is therefore thought when to fight or flight.

Whatever school of thought you subscribe to, it is important to know where you stand.  As the Kenny Rogers song says " know when to hold, know when to fold and know when to walk away". Fight for what you believe in, stand-up for what you think is right and walk away when it is time to let go.

I truly believe both works hand in hand you have an innate response to a situation but culture also plays a role.  This year has taught me a lot about my drive and willpower and I am more in tune with myself.

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So don't become discouraged and beat yourself up but instead embrace the choice you make and use it as a stepping stool.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Motivation- Positive Thinking

Life has a way of sucker punching us, but our true strength do not lie in how well we take these punches but how well we recover.  Having positive thought, ideas and feelings are essential to our happiness our health, our successes and overcoming obstacles. Positive thinking should be a way of life, it shouldn't only be there when everything is going well.


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Having a positive outlook is key to attracting a positive attitude and positive outcomes. 

Some naysayers will say that thinking and acting positive won't change the outcome, and while logically that may be true, it's about the journey not the destination.  I lost my best friend to breast cancer and I still miss her everyday but her illness taught me the importance of seizing each and every day with both hands and living it to the fullest.

How do you transform your life with positive thinking?

  • You can do anything you think you can do
  • Encourage yourself
  • Avoid negative thoughts
  • Have positive expectations
  • get rid of worrying
  • work actively towards your goals
Be the little engine that could and find the positive in all situation. 







Friday, November 6, 2015

Wash day- 20 weeks post

The past week was a trail for me and my hair because I just could get it to behave. I often have this problem after having in a protective style the hair just does not go back to its normal pattern.  So after struggling with it for a week I decided to put back in braids to take me to 24 weeks.

Here is how my very abbreviated wash day went; 


Prepoo- Detangled with warm coconut oil then coat hair from root to tip with Burt's Bees Avocado Butter pre-shampoo Hair treatment before covering with a plastic cap and a head tie before heading to bed.


Deep Condition- I did not feel like my hair needed shampooing so instead of rinsing out the pre-poo treatment I applied ORS replenishing conditioner and sat under my conditioning cap for 30 minutes. I then removed the cap and allowed my hair to cool before rinsing with water followed by cool water. After i was finished rinsing I wrapped my head with a t-shirt to remove the excess water.

Leave-in Conditioner and Moisturizer-  When my hair was 90% air dry, I sprayed with Creme of Nature Strength & Shine leave-in conditioner and Ettenio moisture milk and left to air dry. Once my hair was dry I applied OGX coconut milk anti-breakage serum and blow dry on cool to stretch the hair before heading to the braiding salon.



At 20 weeks post relaxer I am super excited at the thickness of my new growth and over all health of my texlaxed hair.  At the end of the year I plan on trimming the small portion of bone straight ends.  My moisturizing technique worked like a charm on the last set of box braids so I will continue with the same application on this new set.

How was your #washdayexperience?

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