Posts Categorized: Hair Updates

February 4, 2013

Love it, or Leave it

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This weekend found me hibernating, answering e-mails, re-watching the last eppie of Scandal (OMGEEEE…#whoshotfitz), washing FRO, acquiring a taste for Kombucha, watching Bey run the world, and realizing it’s never too late (thanks to GG).

Also woke up Sunday morning, turned down an invitation from a good friend to hang out because, well. FRO needed some TLC. Does it realistically take most of the day to wash, condition & style a head full of curly madness? Yes. Does it ever get any easier explaining this to others who can’t seem to grasp the importance of sulfate free cleansers? Yeah….no.

But you love it all, don’t you? For me, there is no alternative;).

January 17, 2013

Hair Confession & Declarations

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Lately I haven’t had much to cheer about when it comes to showing off FRO. Okay, if I were to be COMPLETELY honest…I’d have to divulge this l’il secret. We’ve been neglecting our TLC moments for some time. It’s been bad.

Deplorable behavior. Yes. The majority of our ends are gnarly, dry, brittle …in need of a long overdue trim, and have sought shelter under hats and two-strand twists over the past few weeks months.

This morning, on a whim, I snapped the above shot (the 1st in many moons) and thought…not too bad? Yeah….but could do SO much better. I’ve been experiencing drier than normal strands and suspect old man winter is not the only culprit to blame. Because I’ve been under the weather for the past few weeks (more on that in another post…yeesh!), I’ve let some things slip, namely my go-to product arsenal, and the ability not to half-ass it when it comes to my weekly routine. Tell me you’ve been there?!

Life & stuff happens. It’s all inevitable, but at some point it’s time to redraw the road map back to healthier feeling (looking) hair. It’s been over a year since FRO’s last trim!

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We’re on our way….

July 21, 2012

7-Day Natural Hair Refresher Course

Turns out I’ve been keeping a secret from you guys. Yeah, it’s been a while since we canoodled in this space so it’s totally my fault for under sharing, but alas…I’m here to confess. Fro & I have both set out to tackle unchartered territory, something we’ve secretly found comfort in after reaching a milestone in this natural hair journey thang. Turns out, this 7-day hair affair that often seems like an anomaly when it comes to natural hair, has quietly become our only way to cope with an unpredictable work schedule + social life. For serious, it’s not just a ‘thing,’ it’s our weekly practice that has benefited the overall health of Fro. We’ve recently hit a pretty nifty length goal!! (separate post to come!)

So once upon a blog, I laid out a few tips & tricks on how I’m able to hit the 7-day plateau. And while not much has changed in terms of technique, the PJ fingers have reached for a few new goodies to help with the routine. But because I’ve already told you the goodness of the Pooka, I will lay down a disclaimer and shout to the high heavens….that a butter of this consistency may not be your natural hair’s bestie during the summer months. FRO ADORES this butter, may it be high July or bone cold December. She’s thirsty year round for some buttah and hair spritz. In moderation? Yes. For a slather session?…No bueno.

What I do find is that I’m using my fav butters quite less, maybe even just about half the amount that’s often necessary to maintain moisture, but still nonetheless using quite regularly. A great alternative, especially for fine haired naturals that must avoid heavy tings such as this, is the Jane Carter Nourish and shine. If you’re looking for a a hair goodie that will treat dry hair (and skin!) and offer the kind of shine curls crave, reach for this. It’s non-heavy, non -greasy, and smells pretty amazing. Did I mention you can find the entire Jane Carter line down the fancy aisles of Tarjay these days?!  Sales abound here on the regular, so keep eyes peeled. You’re welcome;)

Hair tricks aside, if you’re bent on avoiding the grease monster this Summer…avoid STYLING the hair with a butter based product, and stick to a water based moisturizer. I try to maintain the moisture during the week with my fav oil based products, and rely heavily on water based products to add moisture on wash day. Added benefit? You significantly reduce any buildup in the hair leading up to wash day. #Win.

8-Day Hair!!

I’ll be sharing a few new adjustments to Fro’s routine in another post, including a length update!

July 14, 2012

Summer Hair Protection 101 + Updates

Clearly we’re having a moment. It’s Summer, which means there are strategies galore amidst the natural hair gurus and community on how to keep hair moisturized and FRIZZ free (Exhibit A above, yay!).

I’ve been sticking to my Modified Humid Fighting Routine since the temps hit above 85 degrees, click here for a refresher. PLUS, I’m sharing even more tips on how to protect hair when the heat seems unbearable over at Carol’s Daughter’s site, Summer Hair Protection 101,  where the transitioning movement is still going strong!

We’re due for a few hair updates, product reviews and updated regimes, yes?! More come soon…

Are we keeping in touch on Facebook? Pinned anything lately?

 

February 7, 2012

Long-Term Twist Out

With a rainy forecast in a recent trip to DC, FRO managed something pretty flipping amazing amidst it all…a stellar twist-out courtesy of a new fav condish (that we’ve doubled as a styler). This has really been my ‘thing’ as of late…taking a relatively cheapie condish (think EO ROSE condish) and turning it into a weekly styler that’s able to deliver stellar results. What I really love about this method is my lessening dependency on hair butters that often leave my hairline littered with irritations, and grease spots on bedspreads & sheets…not cute.

So a few weeks back on another PJ hunch, a gal grabbed a bottle of Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship (formulated for long hair), headed home and experimented using KBB’s leave-in conditioners as a base and unraveled shiny, well defined twists a mere 3-4 days later.

Not sure if there’s a scientific method to this, though using a moisture rich conditioner that’s typically formulated for color treated hair has done incredible things for my twist-outs & their longevity. Today, FRO skated by on 8 day hair & still pocketed compliments while growing in ‘poof’ factor. LOVE.

Yeah, this could be a fluke, but I’m still itching to try out the same combo this weekend. The Herbal Essences Long-Term Relationship has been getting raves across the board for being a great leave-in…& it is! Not only that, but it’s beyond easy to access in local BBS’s or drugstores, and Fro experienced zero flaking. If you’ve tried this condish, how’d you use? Did you love/like/detest?  I’ll be posting more pics of FRO this week in BTC’s FB page and getting back to regular hair updates starting next week!

January 4, 2012

Moisturizing Tips for the Natural Hair Winter Routine

Here’s a fun and quick lesson. The longer you are natural, the easier bad habits are able to die off leaving enough room for good habits to roam free. Don’t worry, it’s a proven fact…I’d even go as far as to say it’s pretty much common sense. Time, knowledge and patience all play major roles in warding off those bad hair demons, but eventually we all come to this place of absolute certainty on how to best care for our strands. With winter officially dawning on most of the East Coast, and even part of the West, this theory is officially put to the test.

Granted while Summer may just be a naturals’ most ‘ideal’ time to frolic and play with her Fro given the perfect dew points, the winter months can be just as crucial to a natural’s every day routine. Have you visited last year’s list of hair goals lately? I’ve always loved the idea of having a game plan, and implementing new adjustments at the start of a new year. Now, what’s always been at the top of the list involves a lesson the majority of us learn early on & that’s the importance of moisture retention. An easier equation to remember:

Moisture Retention = Length Retention

Once you’ve settled on a game plan conducive to your life style, it’s important to remain consistent and pay attention to changes in your hair, whether it’s an increase in single strand knots, or excess in shedding. Take notes and practice implementing necessary changes to your routine.

Where to Begin? Conditioning has always been the primary root to healthy hair, and for the winter months it’s important to find a deep conditioner that leaves your hair soft, free of drying agents and as an added bonus, makes the detangling process much easier. Your ideal DC should be packed with essential oils similar to Darcy’s Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Condish or Shea Moisture’s Treatment Mask.

:Tricks: A good detangling routine will always be your secret weapon on the road to retaining length and keeping hair moisturized. Click over to Top Tools Used To Detangle Hair for a refresher course, then make note on whether or not you’ve been adhering to these practices. The detangling session purpose is far from just ridding hair of knots and getting to the styling portion. Hair when wet is in it’s most fragile state, so go slow…pay special attention to the ends of your hair for single strands, excessive roughness or anything that may slow up your routine. Practice smoothing the conditioner onto each section of hair ensuring even coverage.

How To Maintain? Nourishing the hair once you’ve washed & styled is all about preserving and maintaining all the work you’ve done during the wash process. The easiest mistake to make particularly during the colder months, is the over use of some of our favorite moisturizing hair goodies. Many of our favorite hair butters, pomades and puddings are excellent at sealing in the moisture during the styling process, yet often react differently when applied on 2-5 day hair that’s experienced shrinkage and loss of moisture. Relying on your favorite hair spritz to replenish moisture is the best 1st defense, then following up with a light moisturizing hair butter.

:Tricks: Stick with a light hair spritz similar to Shea Moisture’s Hold & Shine Moisture Mist or Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Spray. Avoid dampening the hair too much and go light on application. Follow up with a sealant, favorites include Karen’s Body Beautiful’s Creamylicious, Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade, Pooka’s Shea & Olive Hair Butter, and for added moisture I tend to lean on LUSH’s R&B Revive and Balance Hair Moisturizer.

Protective Measures I’ve always been a fan of protective styling whether it’s the height of Summer or the dead of Winter, twisting up the FRO has helped to retain much of my length, minimizes moisture loss and helps reduce annoying knots.

Finding the right style that fits into your everyday work flow takes practice, but you have to experiment with what you like…or dislike. Play around with up-do’s, hair accessories, wigs, scarves…be creative! Often there’s this misconception that protective styling also equates less noticeablity with your Fro or it gives you the appearance of seeming younger (which…hey, I can relate to!), but striking a balance can work in your favor. My favorite up-do is a protective style that is perfect for work and always receives compliments.

:Tricks: Bobby pins are your friends when protective styling, so invest in good quality onces that will not snag on the ends of hair causing breakage. The above style was a simple twist out pinned into place a day or so after washing, and to preserve I tied the edges down using a satin scarf. Hair remained moisturized for days and virtually tangle free.

So these are merely the basics to keep you on the road to retaining length all year. If you have tips to share on how to retain moisture during the winter, please share!