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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. 😦 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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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!

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Behentrimonium methosulfate/Behentrimonium chloride – not much difference…

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

So after updating a previous blog re: detangling not being a chore anymore, I found this information about the detangling agent in products I’ve been using lately.

“Behentrimonium methosulfate is the mildest hair-detangling ingredient available. It is made from non-genetically modified rapeseed oil. This scientifically sophisticated ingredient is renowned for its superior detangling ability, without causing build-up on the hair. Unlike other hair detanglers, which are known for their irritancy, behentrimonium methosulfate is extremely mild, being recommended for use in baby products which are left on the skin. It is superior in effectiveness and mildness to its commonly used cheaper cousin, behentrimonium chloride. It is not a sulfate.”

Conclusion: as much as I like BC I will be seeking out products that use BM instead.

For detailed info. check out http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2009/11/guide-to-using-ingredients.html

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