Progress – 13 Mos. Post Big Chop

So, it’s been a couple months since I have blogged about my hair. I had been very frustrated with the progress the last couple of months. I see so many natural hair styles that I want to try, but my hair is not quite long enough to achieve. I went back to wearing my two-strand twists, which I am so tired of wearing. I had been afraid of trying a twist-out again because I work out so much and the moisture from sweating makes my hair frizz up ridiculously. But, for the last week I’ve been doing flat twist-outs and have been pleasantly surprised with the results. In the past, my twist-outs would turn into a frizzy twist-fro, and so I refused to try them again until now.

In the last six months, I have restrained myself from buying a bunch of new products. Most times, the products don’t actually do what they say they do, and I had been spending a lot of money unnecessarily. I just decided to learn to work with the products I had already bought. Many of them, I found to be OK, but a few just didn’t work for my texture. The ones that did not work got trashed. Finally, my bathroom cabinet shelves began to clear out, and much of the products I had been using were all gone or almost gone. Recently, I took a trip to the store to buy a few more new products. I’ve learned to buy the basics instead of something that says all these “wonderful” things on the label.

So, for the last week I’ve been using my new products to moisturize and set my hair at night. I still follow the LOC (leave-in conditioner, oil, cream) method, for the most part. I don’t always use leave-in conditioner everyday, as it tends to make my hair flaky. I do use a water/oil mix and my newest creme hair dress.

Here are the steps I take:

  1. Spritz my entire head with my water/oil mix. My staple oil is coconut oil.
  2. Spray entire head with argan/olive oil mix. I purchase argon oil and added olive oil once I go halfway through the bottle.
    argan oil/olive oil combo
  3. Spray entire head with Keratin spray.
    Keratin Therapy Treatment
  4. Apply Shea Butter Green Tea to hair, focusing on the ends.
    Shea Butter Green Tea
  5. Create 2-3 layers of short flat twists all over, applying Olive Oil Smooth & Hold pudding to the ends of the hair as you twist.
    Olive Oil Smooth-n-Hold Pudding

I also found that coiling the hair at the ends, as opposed to  twisting all the way to the end, helps minimize frizz when I take my twists a loose the next morning.  Here are the results:

How to Use Leave-in Conditioner

 

How to Use Leave-in Conditioner.

 

Coconut: 101 Reasons

Here’s a start! 

Green coconut water uses:

–Natural, healthy source for hydration, energy and endurance, making it the perfect sports drink.
–Restores electrolytes after exercise, vomiting, diarrhea.
–Antiseptic properties provide antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents to purify blood — killing measles, herpes, influenza, AIDS, SARS, hepatitis C…
–Useful for emergency transfusions due to being close in composition to human plasma.
–Used to prevent vomiting, nausea and replace lost fluids in cases of malaria, typhoid, influenza…
–Dissolves kidney stones alkalizing urine pH.
–Used as a natural cleanse, coconut water mixed with olive oil eliminates intestinal parasites.

Coconut oil medicinal uses:

Virgin coconut oil tastes and smells like coconut. Expeller pressed oil has no scent or taste and both types can be used medicinally.

–Kills bacteria causing urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, staphylococcus, MRSA
–Destroys fungus causing candida.
–Kills viruses causing flu, infectious disease, typhoid, HIV
–Inhibits parasite growth such as tapeworm, liver flukes, giardia…
–Eases acid reflux, relieves gallbladder disease.
–Enhances proper bowel function and lowers incidence of hemorrhoids when oil is consumed.
–Relieves and heals intestinal disorders, ulcers, colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease.
–Stabilizes blood sugar and insulin production.
–Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes.
–Protects against osteoporosis and reduces problems from cystic fibrosis.
–Enhances pancreatic function, enzyme production and reduces pancreatitis.
–Improves magnesium and calcium absorption, promoting stronger bones.
–Reduces joint and muscle inflammation, supporting repair of tissues.
–Regulates thyroid function.
–Protects against cancers of colon, breast, and digestive tract.
Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) protect against development of Alzheimer’s disease.
–MCFA strengthen heart and circulatory system protecting against artherosclerosis and heart disease.
–Prevents oxidation of fatty acids.
–Provides antioxidants to fight free radicals slowing aging and degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
–Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
–Reduces incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
–Stabilizes female hormones reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness during menopause.
–Lessens symptoms associated with prostate enlargement.
–Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration.
–Soothes earaches when mixed with garlic and olive oil.

Topical uses for coconut oil:

–Forms a chemical barrier on skin to protect and heal infections.
–Topical applications relieve pain and swelling from hemorrhoids.
–Moisturizes and softens dry skin.
–Reduces bags, puffiness and wrinkles under eyes.
–Lessens occurrence and appearance of varicose veins.
–Preps skin before shaving.
–Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective toothpaste.
–Soothes sunburned skin and promotes healing of burns and blisters.
–Heals psoriasis and eczema lesions.
–Stops pain, burning, and itching of bug and snake bites.
–Prevents itching from poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
–Promotes firm skin tone, preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles.
–Eliminates head lice.
–Removes makeup easily.
–Heals nail fungus under finger and toenails.
–Prevent nosebleeds by applying light film inside nostrils.
–In combination with cornstarch and baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective deodorant.
–Makes an excellent massage oil, a natural personal lubricant, and great sunscreen.
–Conditions hair, prevents split ends, reduces frizz, controls flaky scalp and dandruff.
–Removes scars and stretch marks.
–Repairs cracked, sore, dry nipples from nursing.
–Heals diaper rash and removes cradle cap on babies.

Nutritional uses for coconut oil:

–Enhances absorption of nutrients and improves digestion.
–Provides a quick energy source and stimulates metabolism.
–Produces immediate, usable energy source rather than being stored as fat.
–Increases metabolic rate, stabilizes body weight, and controls food cravings.
–Enriches milk supply for breast-feeding women.
–Doesn’t form harmful by-products during cooking when used at high heat.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036028_coconu_oil_health_solutions.html?utm_source=082712-02-coconut-health-benefits-link&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bpnl-007#ixzz24zXT3yPL

Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo!

 

Try this recipe:

1/4 cup coconut milk (Like I said, you can either make your own, or use store-bought)

1/3 cup liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
1 tsp vitamin E, olive or almond oil
10 to 20 drops your choice of essential oils (I used lavender. Next time I think I’ll do something citrusy

 

And, let me know what you think!

 

Pre-Pooing: Step 1

Re-blogged from CURLYNIKKI

Why You Should Add Pre-Pooing to Your Routine

 
Water, The Great Frenemy?  …by Susan Walker of Earthtones Naturals  via ThreeNaturals

Before discussing what may be the most important step in your hair care regimen, I want to touch on an important practice that could make a huge difference in how your hair looks and feels after it’s washed and conditioned.

The reality is that if you want to have beautiful natural hair, you need to invest the time upfront to do what is necessary to take care of it. Your hair cleansing and conditioning process is not to be done hurriedly and without attention. You do need to make time for this because if it’s not done properly, dry brittle hair with resulting breakage could ensue.

Every time we shampoo and condition our hair or even add significant amounts of water to our hair the hair shaft needs to expand in order to accommodate the extra water. When our hair dries the opposite occurs – the hair contracts. Repeating this process over and over again can create damage to the hair cuticle initially because it can be chipped off. Subsequent damage can be caused to the hair fiber leading to split ends and breakage. Textured hair tends to absorb more water during this process than other hair types and is therefore more susceptible to damage. This contraction and expansion of the hair fiber is known as hygral fatigue.

Textured hair needs moisture; it thrives on it to ensure proper hydration. Additionally, when cleansing your hair water is pretty much a requirement if it’s to be done properly. So how can we minimize or prevent this damage that occurs from wetting our hair? Research has shown that using specific oils can protect the hair fiber against hygral fatigue. Not every oil has this ability but a well-researched oil is good old coconut oil.

How does this work? When coconut oil is applied to the hair as a pre-shampoo or pre-wetting treatment a small amount of the oil can be absorbed into the hair and can penetrate under the cuticle when the hair fiber swells. Coconut oil has a strong affinity for hair proteins and can protect the hair by binding to these proteins. This reduces the protein’s ability to bind to water molecules resulting in less swelling, less contracting and less trauma.

Try using coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment the next time you cleanse your hair. Coconut oil is typically solid at room temperature so you’ll need to heat it to liquefy it.

How to Pre-poo:

1. Apply coconut oil to the hair in sections.

2. Place a plastic cap over the hair and allow the oil to penetrate into the hair
shaft for at least 30 minutes.

3. Shampoo and condition as usual!
Pre-shampooing my hair with this treatment has improved my hair’s ability to maintain moisture and the shine softness to my styled hair. It’s made a huge difference.

What about you? Do you pre-poo? If so what are the results?