Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , on June 30, 2011 by Folliclephile

I did it! And I’m very happy. Even though I failed my self challenge I’m still proud of myself. It was getting to the point where I felt the texturized ends was holding me back from seeing the true potential of my natural locs. And even though I wanted to tie it in with a very special occasion – my birthday – I just couldn’t hold out any longer.

Did I think it was going to be ┬áeasier being completely natural? Of course I did. Now I find I’m learning all over again. It’s all good though, and so I’m on to a new challenge – mastering my hair. ­čÖé



Self challenge – update

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning on May 4, 2011 by Folliclephile

I am at the halfway point of my self challenge and I’m very proud of myself. I’ve stuck with a routine, for the most part, and I have NOT taken the scissors to my tresses. I’ve thought about it lately and I’ve been able to resist the temptation.

So in the past ┬á10 weeks or so I’ve gained almost 1 inch in length. By my calculations I would say I’m right on track.

Taken February 4, 2011.

Taken April 22, 2011

Yeah, the ends are a bit see through, but I’m not concerned as they are relaxed and will be cut off at the end of the challenge.

The challenge is still on and I look forward to seeing what next month brings.

Products I’ve used and will continue to use are:

Shampoo – Yes to Carrots and Elasta QP Creme Conditioning shampoo

Conditioner – Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, DPR-11

Leave-in – Kinky Curly Knot Today

Moisturizer – Darcy’s Madagascar┬áVanilla ┬áStyling Creme

Sealant – Virgin coconut oil

Self challenge

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , on February 6, 2011 by Folliclephile

I’m pretty sure I have mentioned in a previous post that I have become very scissor happy. Every time I wash my hair I find myself wanting to trim the ends. I can only chalk it up to the fact that I’m anxious to have a full head of natural hair. So I am challenging myself that for the next 5 months I am not going to even think about trimming my ends. I am going to focus solely on maintaining my ends to reach my goal which is to gain 2 – 3 inches in length. How do I plan to do this? By sticking to a routine, and with the help of a healthy diet, and vitamins.

To prepare myself I had to determine the current length of my hair by using heat to semi-straighten my hair. ­čśŽ Even though I wasn’t thrilled about the idea, it was nice to have it straightened since I had not flat ironed my hair since July, 2010. So the results are…

My routine will consist of weekly hot oil treatments, shampooing, deep moisturizing conditioner treatments, and a protective style to last until the next wash day. I will determine whether or not a heavy or light protein treatment is necessary every 8 weeks or less depending on the condition of my hair.

It goes without saying that daily moisturizing will also be included in my routine for optimal results. The products I intend to use will consist of: Jamaican black castor oil, olive oil, QP Elasta shampoo, Herbal Essences’ conditioner (Hello hydration or Long term relationship or totally twisted), moisturizing conditioner (Curl rehab or Jessicurl weekly deep conditioner or DPR – 11), Darcy’s Botanical daily leave-in, Darcy’s Madagascar vanilla styling creme and Darcy’s coconut lemongrass transitioning creme.

I will be checking my length again, using the same method, sometime in June.


Twists or braids…keeping scalp clean

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning on January 16, 2011 by Folliclephile

When wearing a protective style such as braids or twists it is important to keep your scalp free of build-up. I find that I’m unable to cleanse my scalp frequently because I do not want my hairstyle looking a hot mess, especially if I’ve only been wearing it for four weeks. So, even though I do not wash my hair weekly, I do take the time to clean my scalp between shampoos by using witch hazel. It is said that witch hazel is primarily used on sores, bruises and swelling, but I also find it works great as a facial toner and for removing build-up on my scalp caused by shampoos and conditioners.

Typically, I take a Q-tip and apply witch hazel directly to my scalp – I do not rinse. You can also mix 1 part witch hazel to two parts water in a spray bottle and apply to scalp. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes prior to rinsing.

Protective styling

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , on December 5, 2010 by Folliclephile

It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a protective style whether it be to give my hair a break from styling or protecting it from the winter elements I deal with here in Canada. My protective style of┬áchoice ┬áis┬ásenegalese twists. The last time I had my hair in twists was probably about 5 years ago and it took the person roughly 10 – 12 hours to complete, but the results were fabulous and I got comments for days on how nice it looked. I have to say that┬áprevious experience made me hesitant to get my hair done again. Even though my hair was done by someone different this time around, I am equally pleased, if not more, with the results and will definitely be sporting this style again.

Maintenance routine:

Shampoo and condition every 10 days

moisturize daily with braid spray or mixture of water, leave-in conditioner and EVOO

Scissor happy

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , on November 16, 2010 by Folliclephile

I can’t believe I am categorizing myself as being scissor happy. I remember when I would go to my hair stylist and ask for a trim and by the end of it I would look at the ground thinking what the h#!, I just asked for a trim. Well, I can relate to why it may seem your stylist always seems to go overboard when giving you a trim, especially if you have split or damaged ends.

In my case it stems from being over excited about wanting my hair to be totally free of chemicals and completely natural. Getting rid of the ends gives me a sense of getting closer to reaching my end result. In the last 4 weeks alone I’ve given myself 3 trims each time taking off about 1/4″. The feeling I get is one of great joy because with each trim I get closer to achieving my goal. I guess my “big chop” won’t be so big come July – which is when I plan to get rid of all chemically altered hair ends.


Consistency is the key

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning on November 1, 2010 by Folliclephile

As previously mentioned I have employed a new strategy as I go through my transitioning process. I’m 1 week shy of being 11 months post, and it’s been 7 weeks since I started the Chicoro technique and I’m lovin’ it! Not only is her method working, but as I get further into my transition it’s becoming easier as the tangling I was dealing with in the past has become almost non-existent.