I’ve Been Holding Out…

I confess. . . I’ve been holding out on you. For the last six months, I have been working on my natural hair, but not sharing my progress. Primarily, I have been dealing with my health and trying to stay well and fit. In addition, I ran into issues with my hair, and it was falling out pretty badly. If I touched my hair even a little, I would end up with hair in my hands. This was not good. A year ago, I was under tremendous stress and my health and wellbeing were under attack. I was not well, lost a lot of weight, and it also resulted in the hair loss.

I am happy to say that life has changed for the better! I am happier, stress free, and continuing to work on staying healthy and fit. In the meantime, I decided my hair needed a break from any type of manipulation, so I made the transition into locs. It’s what I’ve always wanted, but wasn’t quite sure I was ready to do especially working in the corporate arena. Now, I am in business for myself and that is no longer an issue. I can be ME!

I am proud to report that the four-month transition is going well, and you are the first to see (besides my family, of course)! NO MORE HAIR LOSS either, and it’s growing fast! I admit that I have not gone out of the house with my locs exposed yet, as I am waiting for more growth and the ability to create different styles and updos.
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Twist-out Tips for Natural or Relaxed Hair!

Twist-outs are great for natural and relaxed hair!

Adding Moisture to Your Daily Hair Routine

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I must admit I was skeptical when I came across this product a month ago. . .

I was walking through the mall, browsing and wasting time, when I walked past the Aveda store and saw a sign that said something about increasing the moisture in my hair up to 97%.

Considering I have 4C hair, which soaks in moisture like a sponge and still seems dry, I found “97%” to be a very profound claim. I had nearly past the store completely when it finally sinked in. Suddenly, I stopped in my tracks and began to walk backwards. LOL!

My curiosity was peaked, and I had to find out more.  The sales associate was very polite and informative. She let me try some on a few strands of hair. She gave me a GREAT neck and back massage, introduced me to a few other products, and signed me up for a FREE facial the following weekend. Although the perks were compelling, as well as many of the products, I chose not to buy the Dry Remedy product that day, BUT I received a sample with the purchase I did make.

There was enough in the sample to last a couple weeks, as you did not need to apply a lot of it. After the first few days, I did notice a difference. I was pleasantly surprised.

I used the entire sample, and decided that it was worth the purchase. Although I am not fond of the smell, I like the results. My hair is softer, and maintains more moisture. It is packed with natural oil ingredients. It is a little pricey for the size, but like I said, a little goes a long way.

Try it for yourself!

Sincerely,

Crystal’s Whole Health

Update: Fall Hair Challenge!

Hi Guys!

I just wanted to give you an update on how my fall hair challenge is going. It’s been about a month since I started. The first couple of weeks were easy! I kept my hair in twists. It actually felt great not having to do anything with it at night and every morning!

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After that second week, I was itching to do more – put my fingers in it, try a new style, or something. That’s when the challenge began! So, I went to the beauty supply store and purchased a wig.

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LOL! This was a life saver! Now, I’m hooked and am planning to buy a few more. I still keep my hair twisted, as seen in the first photo. I’ve also noticed some growth by giving my hair some rest. Overall, I am very satisfied with how things are going.

Some things to keep in mind when you are wearing wigs:

  1. Maintaining your natural hair is still very important.
  2. Never put a wig on damp hair, you can develop fungus, among other things.
  3. Wash, condition and moisturize your hair regularly. Wash at least once per week. Moisturize it daily – particularly at night.
  4. DO NOT use a stocking cap under your wig. A satin wrap or nothing at all is better. Stocking caps cut off the circulation which could lead to further scalp damage.
  5. Massage your scalp daily to promote circulation that may be prevented while wearing your wig.

I will update you again in about a month!

Thanks for reading!

 

My Fall Hair Growth Challenge

I have decided to do a hair challenge. For the last six months, I’ve been doing too much to my hair and I’ve noticed very little growth and lots of shedding. This is typically the time of year my hair sheds a lot.

Last week, I gave myself a good trim and put my hair in two-strand twists. Then, I pinned it up, as shown below.

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As part of my fall hair growth challenge, I will keep my hair in twists and pinned up. The goal is to keep my fingers out of my hair as much as possible, only to wash, condition, re-twist, and re-pin.

It’s only been a week, so I will check in again in about three weeks. I researched and found that most people’s hair only grows an inch per month, so I’m going to test that theory.

Are you ready to join me in the hair growth challenge?

Thanks for reading!

~ Crystal’s Whole Health

 

Working the Up-Do!

The humidity and my hair are not getting along. I’m in search of a new product to get me through the summer – probably a smoothing conditioner. I heard they actually work well for frizzy curls. Until then, it’s me and the up-do!

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My Latest Protective Style!

I did two-strand twists all over. Then, I pinned them up in the back and on the sides. I used flexirods to curl the top twists. At night, I put the flexirods in. In the morning, I just take the flexirods out, fluff, and go! It’s an easy, protective style. And, it beats fighting the humidity this time of year. This is me on Day 2.

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Day 2

Below, is me on Day 6. I took the twists,  on the top, apart and added some cute pins on each side – done! The curl definition of the twist-out is great, probably because the twists were so small. I may go one more week with this style. I like it, and it’s perfect for workout days, too!

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Day 6
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Day 6

Why Trim Your Hair?

Knowing when to trim your is a very important part of the process of growing long hair. Many women (and men) think trimming hair defeats the purpose of growing hair long.

BUT, when you trim away old dead ends, you make room for new healthy, stronger hair. So, here are three tell-tell signs that you need to trim your hair:

  1. You have split ends
  2. You have damaged hair
  3. Your hair is out of shape

Source: http://blackhair.about.com/od/blackhairproblems/tp/needhairtrim.htm?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Braid and Curl Tutorial

4 Steps to Sealing in Moisture

The weather is changing and getting colder. It is the time of year when the hair becomes most vulnerable to dryness and breakage. Sound familiar?

Well, here are a few steps to help you seal moisture and maintain your natural locks, twists, and curls.

  1. Order your layers. In otherwords, make sure you are applying your products in the proper order – water, oil, then a water-based moisturizer or humectant.
  2. Use the 15-minute water trick.  In between washes, mist your hair daily with water or thoroughly wet your hair (your choice). Then, let it sit on your hair for about 15 minutes before applying any other products. This is the time it takes for hair to become fully saturated.
  3. Avoid using too much product. Use half a teaspoon or less for your entire head when using oil or a moisturizer.
  4. Shower without covering your hair.

Read more: 4 Steps to Sealing in Moisture | Black Girl with Long Hair.