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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.

🙂

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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

🙂

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

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

Detangling – not such a chore anymore

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by Folliclephile

I have finally figured out why I like using Garnier Fructis conditioners to detangle my hair prior to washing. I would say what my hair type is but I don’t know for sure, but the one thing I do know for sure is that the middle is very coily. Now onto why detangling is no longer a chore for me. Recently I saw on someone’s youtube channel that they were spritzing their hair with warm water and then adding conditioner to detangle prior to shampooing or co-washing so I decided to try it, and I immediately became a fan of the process. Of course I had to mess with a good thing by being curious and trying other methods, but I guess being curious helps you to discover, improve etc. So anyway, I’m happy to say that I’ve discovered why Garnier Fructis conditioners work wonders for detangling my hair, and that I plan to stick with using this product for a long time to come. The key ingredient you ask, behentrimonium chloride, which is the fourth ingredient on the list. After researching a bunch of different hair care blog sites for women who are either transitioning from relaxers to natural, or who are already natural I have to thank Curly Nikki who found this information on NaturallyCurly.com and for posting it on her site. Even though her posts talks about behentrimonium methosulfate, I believe both ingredients work exactly the same. I’m not sure about the toxicity level of BC and will need to do further research, but for not it’s working quite fine and will continue with it until I’ve run out. The other option that I have read about is Kinky Curly’s Knot Today which uses BM instead of BC.

THANK YOU!

Using heat – 28 weeks post

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Folliclephile

It’s been two months since I last used heat on my hair. Today’s routine was as follows:

  1. Hot oil treatment with a mixture of JBCO and virgin coconut oil, heat cap for 15 minutes
  2. Shampoo with Elasta creme conditioning shampoo
  3. Deep condition with Blended Beauty’s curl quenching conditioner, sat under hair dryer on medium heat setting for 15 minutes
  4. Roller set using Darcy’s transitioning creme followed by Madagascar styling creme followed by fantasia IC heat protect serum and lottabody setting lotion
  5. Sat under hooded dryer 1/2 hour on medium heat setting then switched to low setting for 1 1/2 hour.