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Hi Ladies! This is a video that shows how I mix my Cantu Shea Butter concoction.
So, I called my cousin looking for my favorite eye make-up remover. She didn't have any, but she asked me if I ever thought about using coconut oil. Well, I am the queen of using coconut oil for my hair and for cooking, and I will even use it on my skin from time to time, but that is it. She started telling me about the other uses for coconut oil that she read about. There are many, many, many uses for coconut oil that I would have never thought about. I think many ladies already know that coconut oil can be good for your hair, but did you know that it can also be used to boost your metabolism? If you would like to learn more about other uses of coconut oil, please click on the link below.
76 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life
So, I am really wanting to try something different than my twists. Don't get me wrong, I love my twists, but it's really taking a lot of time to twist my hair, so I want to try something different,. Well, I decided to blow my hair out using low heat. I thought it would be a little easier than twisting, but I was wrong. It took alllllllllllll day! Anyway, I did a quick length check just so you can have an idea of how much my hair has grown since June. Remember, I cut my hair in June of 2013.
Below are videos of my hair routine from start to finish!
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I am soooooo happy that my friend Shoine sent me photos of her twists. Just let me say, I am SUPER jealous of Shoine's hair.
She has beautiful hair. It doesn't look real!
The pics you see are of twists with a coif on the side. It is really nice.
Shoine has been natural for a very long time, so she has her hair care regimen mastered. She wears her hair mostly straight, but during the summer months, she wears it curly.
To accomplish this style, I used two of my old trustee hair clips and about 2 hair pins. I made two sections with the twists in the back, then I twisted the left back section to the top of my head and secured it with one of the clips. I left the ends of the twists hanging forward. I also left the twists in the front hanging loosely. I took the right back section of hair and twisted it to the top as well. I secured it with the other clip. Then, I pulled the twists in the front right over to join the twists on the front left side. I secured them with hair pins so they would not hang in my face.
I have officially been completely natural for 5 years as of June. I have had many set backs and I am still learning how to take care of my hair. Below is a length check at 5 years. I don't know if I posted it or not, but I cut my hair in February (I think it was February) of this year. I also just cut my hair in the back on Sunday, June 2. Below are before and after pictures.
I decided to flat iron my hair for my cousin's wedding. Instead of blow drying my hair, I decided to set my hair on rollers and sit under the hair dryer. I was hoping it would make my hair more manageable without using the direct heat of a hand-held hair dryer.
The first thing I did was washed and deep conditioned my hair. I used Creme of Nature leave in conditioner to set my hair on the rollers.
This is how my hair turned out after I took out the rollers. It really did not turn out the way I was hoping, but it was decent.
Below is a pic of my hair after I flat ironed it. Unfortunately, I did not take any pics right after I flat ironed it, so the pic below was taken a few hours afterwards. This was taken right before the wedding. I took it down right before I walked in.
Below are pics of the wedding.
Hi Ladies! I am sooooo excited about the new Cantu Shea Butter line for naturals! There are several products, but I have only tried the curling cream.
I used the curling cream to do my twists after a wash. Of course I ended up adding olive oil and I added macadamion nut oil (I have recently been using this oil instead of coconut oil. I love it!). Anyway, it blended very well.
After putting it on my hair, I noticed how it defined my “slinky-like” curls. I also noticed how it elongated my twists. The final test to know if I will make this my new staple product is when I take my hair down. If my hair is moisturized when I take the twists down with minimal tangles, then it will definitely be a keeper. I will let you know.
The next product I am sooooo excited about is the Creme of Nature shampoo with Argan Oil. I am definitely making this my new staple shampoo. Remember, I only use a shampoo every two washes (click to check out my hair washing routine). I noticed an instant difference with this shampoo.
The shampoo left my hair soft and moisturized! Also, it is sulfate-free : ) I think there is also a conditioner. If so, I may try it out. If I do, I will definitely let you know. . .
For more information about the hair products I use, please check out my hair products page.
Ok, I have been on a "no heat" hair challenge since December 9, 2011. I know some of you are wondering what in the world does a no heat challenge have to do with a length check? Well, I was suppose to straighten my hair December 9, 2012 to compare the growth, but I didn’t. But, however, I still wanted to do a length comparison to see the growth. Keep in mind, I have had to cut the top and sides several times due to improper care, so there won't be a big difference. I have also trimmed the back several times. I think I have learned some better handling techniques (such as finger detangling, tying my hair down each night, and using products that better moisturize my hair). Anyway, see the comparisons below.
*Remember, my hair is flat ironed in the 2011 pics. My hair is curly in the 2012 pics.
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Please don't laugh too hard at my video below. I look and sound really ridiculous! I wanted to try something new : )
2013 Hair Goals
My hair goals for 2013 are quite simple. I will be focusing on the sides of my hair and my troubled areas. I want the sides to grow longer and thicker. My overall goal is for my sides to eventually catch up with the back. I know some of you may be wondering how in the world will the sides ever catch up with the back. Well, I really do not care for the back to get any longer, so, I will either continue to trim the back, OR, I will do a major cut in 2014. I don’t know !!!!!!
Anyway, I will continue to use very little to no heat. I am a firm believer that HEAT IS NOT MY FRIEND! Now, just because it is not my friend, does not mean that it is not your friend. There are many naturals that use heat with no problem.
2013 Health Goals
This year, I really want to become a stronger runner. Last year was not a good running year for me. I broke my foot in February while training for the Mercedes-Benz Half Marathon. Also, I had surgery on both of my feet during the summer. I am still working to regain my longevity and speed.
I want to work more on toning. For some reason, I do wayyyyy more cardio than toning. Could it be because I absolutely HATE doing pushups and squats? I am hoping to be more consistent with toning.
Finally, I want to cut out one of my “pig out” days. A “pig out” day is when I eat whatever I choose (Please click for more information on “pig out” days). Currently, I have two “pig out” days a week, which are on Saturday and Sunday.
What are some of your hair and health goals for 2013? Please share!
These pics are of me at my cousin's 50th birthday dinner. I made one big jumbo twist out of all the twists in the back of my hair. I tucked the end of the jumbo twist under, then secured it with hair pins. I made one jumbo twist from all the twists on the left side at the top, then secured it with hair pins as well. I left the right side down in the top.
On another note, my outfit was put together at the last minute! The dress I was going to wear was too revealing, so I had to go with plan B. The top is by Fleurish, the skirt is by Catch My I, the belt is by Betsey Johnson, the shoes are by Impo, and the Earrings are by Unique Ears : )
My girls and I were headed to Huntsville to celebrate our girl Tina's birthday at Rosie's Cantina. So, I had to figure out what I was going to wear and what I was going to do with my twists. This is always a struggle for me because I hate dressing up!
The picture to the left shows my twists before I actually tried to make them look decent for the Girl's Night Out.
What I ended up doing was pulling my twists up into a high side-ways pony tail. I pulled the twists up and over, then I used one of the side twists as a pony tail holder by wrapping it around the other twists and securing it with hair pins. I left about 3-4 twists out at the top, then made one big twist with them down the side of my face. The picture to the right shows the finished look.
After returning home at 3:00 a.m., I still had to make sure my twists were tied down before I went to sleep. I took all of the hair pins out, then I tied my edges down with my scarf. I then used my second head scarf that looks like a sock or bag to tie up my twists. The pictures below should give you a better understanding. Please look over how I was looking. I was soooooo sleepy!
I must say that the Wash and Go thing is definitely not for me!
It started out ok, but then it just got out of control as the day progressed. The shrinkage is just too much. I had massive tangles everywhere! So...
Twists it is! Atleast I gave it a try. I must say that I did and I do like the braid out. I will probably wear that more often. Anyway, I think the twists are the best for me and my hair type.
As I said before, I am the queen of two-strand twists. You can rarely catch me without them. I am challenging myself to get rid of the twists. I am trying to wear my hair out more, so I will be doing my own version of the "Curly Girl" method, and I will also be doing more wash and go styles. I decided to change things up because the twists make me lazy and I end up neglecting my hair. I don't moisturize my twists like I should, so my hair becomes extremely dry.
I took my twists out and I washed my hair with the intentions on doing a wash and go (even though it was at night and I was going nowhere but to bed). Instead, I decided to do a braid out. Below are pics of the results.
I must say that overall, I enjoyed the style, but my hair was very flaky. I had used gel and conditioner, so the next time I will not use the gel to see if that will help. The next day, my hair was awful, so I ended up doing a wash and go. I will post pics soon.