Sunday, January 16, 2011

Winter Natural Hair Protection

*Protecting My Hair*
The weather here in Kansas City is crazy!  Very cold, harsh, and dry Winter air,
so  I'm keeping it covered and moisturized as much as possible!

I wear a satin cap on the back half of my head then cover it with a beanie.
I spritz my twists with a water and aloe vera juice mix and I rub my twists
down with my shea butter homemade creamy mix.
I got this recipe from Naptural85 on Youtube:

       Shea Butter Pomade:  unrefined shea butter, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp olive oil,                 1 tsp castor oil, 1 tbsp jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin e oil

Shea Butter Creamy Moisturizer:  3 or 4 tbsp of your shea butter pomade, 
2 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 tsp castor oil, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp jojoba oil

How are you protecting your hair???

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mini Twists

Finally did it! *Sigh*

Check it out!
It's amazing how much my hair has grown in 3 months!  
I did a set of small twists in October and wow!
Check it out!
I must be doing something right....I hope Lol
                I used my shea butter homemade pomade mix on my hair...
                      2 days and 8+ hours later.....Ta-Daaaa!                    

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shea Butter

Is There A Difference Between Yellow Shea & White Shea???

So, I have been using unrefined yellow shea butter since transitioning and I recently made the decision to stop and start using white shea butter for my natural hair instead...
I purchased my unrefined white shea butter from  Camden Grey Essentials and I love it!

I followed a recipe that Naptural85 on YouTube makes for her natural hair (using white shea) and I tried it with both butters.  The yellow shea is harder to mix and blend no matter what I mix with it and eventually the mix either hardens or separates to where I have to mix it again.  I then tried the recipe with white shea and it turned out perfect and stayed creamy.  It was also easier to mix and blend with my oils. I also noticed a difference in my hair, it's a lot softer and holds moisture better with the white shea than the yellow.   Camden says their white shea butter is unrefined and they even sell refined shea butter,  but I don't understand how both butters are completely different.  

Regardless, I'm going to continue using white shea and I am done with the African Shea Butter.
I found this information online:

White vs Yellow Shea Butter
Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from nut of Shea tree. Shea butter is useful in many ways. It is often used in cosmetics, lotions and other products. It is also used in the chocolate industry as an alternative to coco butter.
Shea butter has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is considered best for ageing. The extract also helps against sunburn.
White and yellow shea butter has almost the same properties. The main difference between the two is in their colour. The white shea butter comes in white colour whereas yellow shea butter comes in bright yellow colour.
White shea butter can be said to be refined shea butter and the yellow one are the natural or unrefined shea butters. As the yellow shea butter is natural, it has an earthy smell, which most of the people do not like. On the other hand, white shea butter comes without any smell.
When comparing the nutrient, the yellow shea butter has more nutrients packed in them. This is because some of the nutrients in white shea butter are lost at some stage in the refining process. In vitamins also, the yellow shea butter is better than the white shea butter. Yellow shea butter has more healing properties than the white shea butter. Most of the healing properties of white shea butter get lost during the process. White shea butter is, however, more used in the cosmetic industry.