Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Big Box Braids

I'm still here and still protecting. This post is about two weeks late but I still wanted to share with you. I put in larger than my usual box braids about two and a half weeks ago. It took about 7 hours to put them in and I used Kanekalon hair purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply. The reason I used this hair is because it shipped quick. I like Softex better but this wasn't that bad.

So compared to my normal size braids, I'm not really a big fan of these big ones. The only perk was that it didn't take me as long to put them in. I probably will only keep them in for the same amount of time, 4 weeks. I haven't washed since having them I'm and I've been following my regular routine when having braids in.I will say that my edges still look good for it to be almost 3 weeks, so I may even be able to get 5 weeks out of these. I start to miss my hair by week 4 so we will see.

Like I said nothing fancy or special. It's getting the job done by keeping my hair protected. Which is the ultimate goal!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Latest Products and Routine

It has been a while since I have updated you all on what I have been using on my hair and my routine. Most of you know that I am here in Okinawa, Japan and products are limited, so a lot of things I have to order online. I also have a busy schedule with my mother/wife duties as well as life itself. Easy and simple is key for me and the least amount of products. Here is a rundown about what works for me.

What I use
Shampoo: Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo, or African Black Soap

Co-wash/Conditioner: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Moisture: Spray bottle of Water and Vatika Oil

Sealing: African Shea Butter

Deep Condition: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle with Vatika Oil 

Extras: Fantasia Olive Oil Styling Gel

Wash once a month for a deep clean or whenever I have product build up.

Co-wash once a week if not twice depending on when I want to change hairstyles.

Deep condition every two weeks

Detangle in the shower with a wide tooth comb.

Moisturize and seal in sections

Medium sized twist or braids to stretch and style for the week, or an actual style.

I use Shea butter and/or Fantasia Olive Oil Styling Gel to set twist and braids. I also use the gel to secure puffs or my edges when wearing a headband. 

Night time I use stretchy bands to put my hair in four loose puffs to minimize tangling and matting. I use a big satin cap to sleep in and if I am maintaining a style I will use a smaller satin cap.

Protective Styling
 Right now I am trying to use protective styles a lot. Not only because I am trying to retain length but also because with my busy schedule it’s easier to maintain. 

When I am wearing braids if I feel the need to cleanse I will do so with an ACV rinse. I moisturize with the same ingredients as above and I seal with Vatika Oil and also use that on my scalp.

When I am wearing a wig I simply go through my regular co wash routine once a week and then cornrow my hair back up to wear the wig for the following week.

For me simple is best and I like to use the same products for more than one purpose. Right now I am comfortable with the products I use and they work very well for me. I can honestly say that I am out of the experimenting with products stage and the bandwagon stage with products. I have learned that trying what I want to try regardless of what the natural hair community says is right or wrong is best for me and my hair goals. 

With that being said, I encourage you to try out different products until you find what works for you. Everyone’s hair is completely different than the next so we are not always going to get the same results. Time and patience is key!!

What products are you using and how is your routine different than mine? Feel free to add the steps that I may be missing. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Still Protecting

Hola ladies, Yes I am still breathing and living life!! I just wanted to come through quickly and share with you the latest protective style that I am wearing. I purchased the hair from Sam's Beauty. The hair is called Human Hair Premium Mix Weave Outre Sol Bohemian. So what I did was make a wig out of this hair. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the outcome. If you remember a few post back I purchased and fell in love with the Drew wig from Beshe. Well this wig gave me the exact same look, but for cheaper and better quality. The Drew I was only able to wear for 2 weeks before it started to look a hot mess. This hair is going on its second week and still looks great and I am certain I will be able to get at least 3 weeks out of it, if not more. It was only $13.99 a pack and I got it in 10", 1B. Two packs was more than enough and I even had a little left over. When I first made the wig the hair was very defined with no fullness. But once I started to separate the curls it fluffed out nicely and absolutely no frizz. I have gotten many compliments on this hair and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make a wig or get a weave put in.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Another Protective Style

Hey ladies!! Yes I'm still breathing lol. I just put in another protective style to keep my hands out of my hair. I decided to do box braids. As a child I wore box braids a lot but once the micro braid craze came through I stopped wearing them. I wanted something simple and I felt box braids was a great choice.

Before braiding my hair I washed and deep conditioned. I then blow dried on low heat to stretch my roots out a little
I used 4 packs of Softex Kanekalon hair bought from His and Her hair. Before putting in the braids, I washed and DC. I blow dried my hair on low heat also. I used Softex hair brought from His and Her Hair. It took what seemed like forever to braid my hair but in reality it took about 8 hours. Once finished I twisted the braids in two strand twist then wrapped around flexi rods and dipped in hot water.

I am very pleased with the outcome and hope to keep them in at least 6 weeks. While wearing the braids I will continue to Moisturize and seal as usual. I will also do a ACV rinse if needed around the halfway mark.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Protective Styling With Yarn

Hello Ladies! As you can see from the title, I have put yarn braids in my hair as a protective style. The goal is to leave them in for 6-8 weeks. It took me about a day to get them done. With the kids and household obligations it takes me forever. My hair is growing and is very thick so that played a part in how long it took also.

I originally planned to do my whole head in black but could only find one bundle of black so I did the black in the front and the brown in the back. Its not necessarily my favorite look but hey it will do.

I did a deep condition using Ayurvedic herbs the night before I put the braids in. My next post will be about that so please check back and thank you for stopping by :-).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Protective Styling for My Girls

Hello all!! I decided to do something different with my two older daughters hair recently and wanted to share with you. As you know I have three girls and hair around here can get down right time consuming. So I guess you can say I cheated. But the style is protecting their ends in the process of giving me a quick hair fix.

So what I did was cornrow their hair up into a ponytail securing with a soft hair tie. I then placed a children's drawstring ponytail on top. The idea of using a ponytail came to me when I bought a wig for myself awhile ago. As you can see from the pics the style is very cute and still girly not grown looking. The girls love the idea and love the fact that they are not sitting for hours to achieve the style!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Hair is Growing!

Hello ladies!! I wanted to do a quick update on my hair growth. I stretched my hair a little to style it for my husbands Marine Corp Ball. To my surprise my hair is growing very well. Take a look at the snapshots. I'm so excited to experiment with different styles on my TWA.