Don’t Forget Those Edges

I’m sure we have all seen women walking around with NO HAIRLINE!!!!!  No it’s not just something that happens to men as they age, we all fall as victims to a receding hairline.  This is not the best look and definitely not easy on the eyes but once the damage is done it’s not an easy process to re-grow your natural hairline.  I am happy to say that i do not fall into this category but I take mild precautions to prevent this from happening and so far its working well for me.

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How it all Started:

Some people go for hair styles that pull and tug on the hairline with styles like tight ponytails, too-tight braids, wigs and even full head weaves.  You may develop traction alopecia, which is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing his/her hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids.

How to fix it:

All great things take time.  No you don’t have to resort to desperate measures like hair implantation or a Rogain kit (Yes they have them for women).  I find that all natural products work best and Jamaican Black Castor Oil works wonders, whether you want to re-grow a receding hair-line or grow thicker hair in general.  I purchased a small bottle with a tiny nozzle that I use to apply the product to my hair (one of those bottle some people use to store dye in).   I have been using it for about a year and my hair was “healthy” but I always wanted thicker hair.  Be careful what you wish for because now combing through my hair is such a challenge but I’d prefer thick healthy hair over long damaged hair any day but that’s just me.

If this isn’t the case with your hair line, its never too late to prevent this from happening to you.

 

Until Next Time =)

 

 

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Since When is Sulfate a Hair No-No?

Lately I have been seeing and hearing people preach about sulfate-free shampoos.  A few years back I recall most people using what works for them based factors like moisture, texture or even fragrance.  We all have our go-to products and I was never big on reading the ingredients as long as my products worked for me.   I have used sulfate-free shampoos as well as shampoos with several types of sulfates in them.  If my opinion its the natural ingredients that make all the difference.  I LOVE it when I lather my scalp with shampoo and  get a huge pile of yummy smelling bubbles everywhere.  Fragrance is not everything and I am one of “those people” who needs a product that will moisturize and detangle. (YES I have broken my fair share of combs back in day)  I have decided to do a bit of research and see what other people think and if they actually noticed the difference.

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Upon surfing the web I have come to discover that sulfate and hair should NEVER mix.  Here are 3 good reasons laid out in black and white.

1. Like anything used in excess, sulfate can damage the hair follicles which ultimately can  lead to hair loss.

2. It may strip your hair and scalp of essential oils causing extreme dryness.

3.  For those with dyes in their hair, shampoos containing sulfate WILL strip your color faster causing you to get your hair dyed more often.

Sulfate-free shampoo’s cost a bit more but that shouldn’t sway you away from spending a few extra bucks on you.  Only you have walk around with your hair and it’s never too late to make a change.  Your hair will thank you later.

Until next time =)

Successful Bantu Knot Out!!!

Ok so my first post on my bantu knot out did not turn out good at all.  This is take 2 on the style and I did things a bit differently.

IMG-20131019-00432 (1)To achieve this style I shampooed and deep conditioned my hair (as seen in my last post) than I twisted my hair while it was still damp.  I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil to moisturize and used Beautiful Textures Curling Pudding on EVERY section.  I applied a very generous amount of product and combed out each section with a small toothed comb before twisting.  I let my bantu knots air dry over night and in the morning “VUALAH”!!!! I rubbed my hands in pure coconut oil and  untwisted each knot.  I used a tiny bit of edge control for my edges. I am so happy that my bantu knots came out flawlessly.

 

-Until Next Time =)

Detangling Made Easy

Since my big chop  find it VERY difficult to run a comb through my hair no matter how wide the teeth are.  I purchased a detangling shampoo and used my Miss Jessie’s Creme De La Creme Condtioner and I am more than satisfied.

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This is African Pride’s Shea Butter Miracle Detangling Shampoo.  I was skeptical at first because there are several shampoo’s out there that promise to detangle and I haven’t had much luck over the years whether my hair was relaxed or natural.  I shampooed my hair into a foamy lather and rinsed it out with warm water.

jesseAfter towel drying my hair I used Miss Jessie’s Creme De La Creme Conditioner.  I let it sit in my hair for about a half hour and it didn’t seem very creamy so I thought this process was going to be a total flop. BOY WAS I SOOOO WRONG!!!!! After washing out the conditioner I ran my wide toothed comb through my hair and to my surprise I promise you I didn’t run into 1 tangle, nap, pull or tug!!!!! I am more than pleased with my pain-free detangling process.

*All Smiles*

Miss Jessie’s Hair Products

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I have read from several other natural hair care bloggers the Miss Jessie’s hair care products are a must.  Only set back is the prices.  I saw curly pudding for over $40 and products work differently for everyone.   I truly believe that this line could be my new GO-TO but with such a wide variety of products I did not want to risk purchasing the wrong product for my hair texture.  My local beauty supply store, Ida’s Beauty Supply, had a wide selection of Miss Jessie’s products for ONLY $10!!!!!!  I couldn’t resist.  My sample pack contained:

Creme De La Creme

Creme De La Curl

Curly Pudding

Curly Meringue

Pillow Soft Curls

Curly Butter Creme

Baby Butter Creme

Super Sweetback Treatment

Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

Now you see why I was at a standstill when it came to committing to a few of Miss Jessie’s products.  This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING because now I can try a wide selection of her products and find which ones suit me best. Of course I will keep you posted on my personal experiences and feel free to share yours as well.  Until next time =)

Short Hair Don’t Care

I love watching videos by Keri.  She has been my inspiration in doing the big chop and gives great advise for times when you get discouraged to just throw another relaxer in your hair.  I love the fact that she cut her hair very short and showed me how it grew over the years and which products she used to make it all possibe.  This video is for all of the newly “BIG CHOPPED” ladies out there.

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Have you been toasting with a glass filled with FECES?

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Ok, so you maytry to keep it clean for the most part but something you love at casual resturants as well as at the club could be one of the germiest things you ingest unknowingly.  I was catching up on whats going on in the world and the DailyNews posted a link to AARP on 8 germ filled things that we touch on a regular basis and I was grossed out so I decided to share them with you. Im that girl that asks for an extra dish with lemon wedges but after reading this I may have to switch up my habits.   I was shocked to discover that something that I ask for in almost every resturant mostly likey carries TONS of fecal matter…. yes i said it FECAL MATTER!!!!!!!!  Take a second thought before you ask for something common like a water with lemon or those pretty lemon wedges on the rim of your glass.

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My First Bantu Knot Out

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Last night I did my first Bantu Knot Out with Cantu leave in Conditioner.  My hair was detangled and air dried.  I have seen some people do it with wet hair and use oil or conditioner to lock in the moisture. Ill keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best when I untwist them.

OPI: The One That Got Away

I had a very girly day and decided to paint my nails and I LOVE my new polish OPI: The One That Got Away along with OPI: On Her Majesty Secret Service!!!!!!!!

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Yes, I know… I always get my nails VERY SHORT. Its mostly because I have a tiny nail bed and short fingers.  Long nails tend to look very odd on my tiny hands.

Favorite Protective Style

Favorite Protective Style

Kinky Twists

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