Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hair Growth

Hi beautiful people!!

Hair is very close to waist length.
So, I finally took a picture of my hair length today!! My hair has been straight since March 15th!!!!  Sorry, that you all had to get a picture of dirty hair that is starting to revert back, lol!! I have to say that I am very proud of the hair length and how long my hair stayed straight. I've been fully natural since the summer of 2008!!

 In order to maintain my straight hair, I added coconut oil to my ends once a week. For my edges, I used shea butter. I slept with my hair in a half bun using a satin pony tail holder. No touch ups with heat!! For curls, I used flexi rods in order to get bouncy curls!! Stay tuned for pictures of how I wash and deep condition my hair!

10 Hair Growth Tips

  1. Always deep condition the hair once a week with a natural oil
  2. Alternate with a protein treatment
  3. Water is your friend ( Keep hair moisturized)
  4. Make sure the ends are getting the right amount of moisture. (Remember that's the oldest part of your hair)
  5. Try more finger combing instead of a comb ( You can pull all that beautiful hair out with a comb)
  6. Section hair before shampooing 
  7. Read the ingredients in every product ( No Sodium Laureth Sulfates, Petroleum, or Mineral oil)
  8. Take a break from heat 
  9. Twist outs help to keep hair tangle free
  10. Protective styles ( Buns or twists)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Updates in progress

Hi beautiful people!!

I have been so busy these last couple of weeks with the death of my Grandfather and also planning events. I hate that I haven't been able to keep you all updated and informed, but I am back!! I will be sharing my hair length check, how to prevent shedding, and also why Castor oil should be one of your favorite oils. I also have a love for event planning!!! I'm not sure what God is doing, but he's up to something ( He's so awesome!!!!)  Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spending Time with Family

 My husband and I decided to do a photo shoot with the kids at the park, and had a ball!!  Remember to always spend time with family. Spending time as a family is a wise investment.  Here's a few pictures of the kids at the park and on Resurrection Sunday ( Easter).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Love/Hate relationship with Heat

For years, I had a love and hate relationship with heat.  When I started the journey to natural hair, I didn't want to give up the heat. I would get it straighten every 2 weeks, but I didn't see any results with my hair. The only thing I did notice was the heat damage!!!!  Heat damage affects your curl pattern, leaving your hair straight in some areas.  Here are a few tips to restore your hair from heat damage and to prevent it.

Regular Protein Treatments- If you straighten or even relax your hair, a good protein treatment is key in helping with the elasticity. The flat irons and chemicals can weaken the hair causing excessive breakage.  The protein is designed to fortify the hair, preventing breakage. Favorite product: Aubrey Organics GPB.

Refraining from heat- When I discovered I had heat damage, I took a break from heat for 6 months. After 6 months, I noticed my lovely curl pattern reviving and also a huge amount of growth. 
Deep Condition- Deep condition your hair once a week, sitting under the dryer for 30 minutes. This will replenish the moisture levels and also repair damage areas. 

Air Drying- If you must wear your hair straight or would like to stretch it out, opt for air drying. Air drying will save your hair from dryness and minimize damage. 

No touch ups- When you decide you would like to straighten your hair, try to refrain from applying more heat to it. Usually when I get my hair straighten, I like to roll my hair with flexi rods to keep the curls bouncy and full.

Ceramic Flatirons- Make sure to use a good quality flat iron (100% ceramic)  that has a temperature setting. You should never need a temp higher than 350 degrees. Always use a good heat protector! Recommend flat iron: FHI.