10 months post…

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by Folliclephile

and I am definitely seeing progress. I am at a point now where I am no longer eager to try every product that someone talks about on YouTube or that I read about on someone’s blog.

When I started transitioning I was paying too much attention to the growth of my hair. Now that I am seeing progress I’m taking a few steps back to really focus on the health of my hair and ensuring I’m doing whatever it takes to preserve the structure of my hair. I now detangle my hair dry with limited use of product, with the exception of using something to help deal with knots. I section my hair in 8 – 10 braids and wash with diluted shampoo. I smooth conditioner on my hair and detangle using my fingers first followed by my Denman brush. The next step is to deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner using wet heat (steam) followed by a cold rinse. I use a leave-in conditioner followed by a moisturizer and a sealant. This routine has been working very well for me and I plan to stick with it for some time.

Also, I have been limiting the use of protein as I am starting to realize that most mainstream products contain either animal or plant protein. I now only use protein once every 6 – 8 weeks (using dry heat), and I always clarify prior to applying.

Products being used are:

Elasta QP conditioning shampoo

Elasta QP DPR-11 Deep penetrating conditioner (sometimes mixed with black castor oil or Virgin Olive Oil) or  Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-in Conditioner

Afroveda’s Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter – not sure what I’ll replace this with due to the recent price hike.

Omega Nutrition Virgin Coconut Oil

For protein treatment

Organic Root Stimulator’s Hair Mayo

 

Folliclephile

🙂

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Transitioning to natural hair and Exercise

Posted in Exercise, Healthy lifestyle, natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , on September 28, 2010 by Folliclephile

Regular exercise is very important to me and so is the health and look of my hair. While transitioning for the past 9 months it’s becoming increasingly evident that I have to wear more protective styles because increased washing = increased manipulation which for me means increased tangling. However, I do not intend to let this stop me as the health of my body is far more important than preserving any one particular hairstyle.

In the beginning I was wearing my hair in a ponytail quite often, but then decided that all the tension at the back of my head and trying to get that perfectly smooth hairline was not worth it. The next option was wearing braidouts and chiney bumps which wasn’t any better because when I washed my hair at night, I would wake up with it half dry resulting in a frizzy hairstyle for the office. Luckily, I work from home quite often and so I don’t worry about how my hair is going to look the next day.

Soon the day will come when I won’t have any of these issues because I won’t have to worry about having the perfect hairstyle to blend two textures so that I don’t totally look mad once I step out the door.

🙂

Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee – product review

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning, Product review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Folliclephile

As promised here is my review on this product. It was a last-minute internet find prior to making a trip to Honeyfig this weekend. The hope was that this product would help me with detangling my hair, making for easier manipulation.

It has a mild chocolate smell which was non-offense as sweet-smelling products have a tendency to turn my stomach. It has a thick yet light consistency to the touch and distributes through the hair quite easily. A little does go a long way but in my  case I like to be a little heavy-handed to reduce frustration when trying to flat twist my hair. I used it in combination with Darcy’s leave-in conditioner (Sweet cream scented) and Afroveda’s Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter prior to twisting.

It’s been about 5 hours since I applied the product and my hair is feeling very moisturized and soft. I won’t know the true effect as I probably will not be taking it down prior to my next wash.

All-in-all I am happy with purchase and I plan to replace it once I’ve run out providing it continues to produce consistent results.

Folliclephile

Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee – part 1

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by Folliclephile

I am currently at a point in my transitioning where I am experiencing increased tangling and knotting which I believe is due to one of two things – either I’m not using enough moisturizing products, or the hair that is shedding is getting tangled with the remaining hair. Either way something needs to be figured out to minimize the frustration.

Since I was going to be in Toronto recently I decided that I would do some research to find out what other transitioners in the same predicament are or were doing at this point in their transitioning. I also considered the fact that maybe my cuticles are not laying completely flat due to the pH of the hair products I am using. This got me thinking that maybe the leave-in conditioner recipe that Kim from Kimmaytube has posted could be the answer. So I was set to stop by Honeyfig (pop in and out for one product only as I always spend more than I originally plan to when I visit the store) and purchase the Knot Today leave-in conditioner which is the base product in her recipe.

As I’m waiting for my husband to get ready so we can get the show on the road I decide to keep researching to see if any other suggestions are made by the ladies on YouTube who provide a wealth of information when it comes to transitioning. Well well, did I ever get lucky. I was reading a post on slimwavy.blogspot.com and she mentioned using Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee. Not only did she has rave reviews for this product but so did other women on other sites. I started to get excited. I went on Honeyfig’s website and it didn’t show that they carried this product so I was back to my original plan.

I got there and to my surprise they had the Cocoa Tree Ghee and so it goes without saying, I bought that and the Knot Today because you can’t go all way to this store and buy one product, it don’t work like that.

I am so excited to try this product that it goes without saying that tomorrow morning when I get up I will be washing my hair. Look out for part 2 – the review.

Thanks for reading,

Folliclephile 🙂

Transitioning and Exercise

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by Folliclephile

During my transitioning process I have been very diligent when it comes to exercising regularly. I prefer quick and effective routines such as Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred or her Yoga Meltdown routine. The one thing that is starting to concern me now that my hair is retaining length is the increased manipulation necessary to remove the sweat.  I have also noticed that when I’ve worn a style (such a chiney bumps) all day and I’m trying to preserve it for the next day, I am dealing with increased tangling and knotting at the back of my head. Because of this, I am itching to cut off some of my texturized ends far earlier than originally planned.

Something that I am learning though is that if you’re serious about long-term transitioning (and I am), you really need to focus on wearing protective styles and keeping your hands out of your hair. So, now I’m going to starting braiding my hair regularly to avoid this mess. With the winter season approaching, I’m sure my mane will appreciate it.

Thanks for reading,

Folliclephile 🙂

Transitioning Journey – 36 weeks post

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 8, 2010 by Folliclephile

Where has the time gone? The other day I was counting the weeks since I started this process and to my surprise I got to 36. 36 weeks, 9 months, no way! And have I seen progress? Absolutely. Has it been easy? Absolutely not – at least not in the beginning.

Now that I’ve found what products work best in my hair, I’m having a blast. I am at a point where I feel like I’m ready to cut off my texturized hair and go completely natural, but I’m too afraid that I’m going to miss my length. My plan is to continue transitioning until next year which will be 19 months and then just go for it. All the ladies on YouTube sharing their triumphs and tribulations have really helped me in this process. I’m trying not to get caught up in wanting to try every product I read about as I did in the beginning because as they say “keep it simple.”

🙂 Folliclephile

Afroveda – Twisted Ginger Almond Butter review

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by Folliclephile

I had a sample of their Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter which I absolutely fell in love with and so I decided to get myself a larger size for regular use. This product is very moisturizing. When applied over my leave-in conditioner, I can go two days without having to re-moisturize. It leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable. My braid-outs are fabulous with this product as well.

I give this product a rating of 5 follicles!

🙂