Wednesday, November 10, 2010

*Happy Nappyversary*

17 Months Natural!!!

In honor of my 17 month Nappyversary today I'm sharing my journey with you!
I BC'd June 10, 2009 :-D

You know, with all the ups, downs, and set backs I've had with my natural hair over the past year, I am still loving this!

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I would love for you *Natural Beauties* to share your journeys with me!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

*Small Two Strand Twists*

Protective Styling For Me!
So yes, another set of twists that took me 5 hours, but good thing is these are smaller than the last ones so I'm getting faster! :-)

Since I can't use my homemade shea butter mix for awhile (see my Dry Hair Repair Blog)
I made a new mix which is: shea butter, mango butter, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and Qhemet's Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

This mix is great!!!!

Crazy shrinkage but I'm a happy *Natural* now! :-D

Dry Hair Repair

*Braid Out Nightmare*

Watch for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSStrQTU4OA

I had to wash my hair after a couple of days, I could not take this dryness anymore!

So here's what contributed to my very dry braid out:

After I washed my hair I deep conditioned overnight with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque which has vegetable glycerin (a humectant) in it...The next day I rinsed then put my leave-in conditioner on which has Castor Oil in it (a humectant). To braid my hair I used Afroveda Curl Define, my hair felt dry but I wasn't concerned at first. The next 2 days I used my homemade shea butter mix (shea butter, mango butter, 100% aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, sweet almond oil) and my braids still felt a little dry.

So, I finally unraveled my braids and my hair felt so dry and brittle...Now I know why! With this cooler weather, those humectant products were working against me, I'm thinking I'm moisturizing my hair and I'm getting no moisture what so ever! My moisture/protein balance was way off!

I got a tip from my natural hair idol
KinkyKurlyQueen about Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner so I purchased some and immediately started "Project Dry Hair Repair"

I put the GPB conditioner on and steamed for 10 minutes, product was on my hair for a total of 15 minutes maybe 20
I washed all that mess off with Bee Mine shampoo & V05 Strawberries & Creme conditioner. My hair already felt better...

I deep conditioned overnight with Bee Mine Coconut deep conditioner mixed with Vatika Oil, Cupuacu butter, Avocado butter, and Coconut oil.


So now I know until spring time next year, I will not be using Vegetable Glycerin, Castor Oil, and Aloe Vera Gel....also will not be using any products with these as ingredients