May 29, 2011

Box Braids

Yesterday i spent my day watching great classic movies such as love and basketball, light it up, set it off, brown sugar, best man, the wood, and poetic justice and man was it a day filled with so many ups and downs. But any way now i want box braids. Just the whole old school vibe is really calling out to me. I just love the down to earth vibe and a plus is that this can be my protective style for the summer time. No with all of this i have a few cons.

  • I do not and will not pay $1??.00 for a hair style that i might only keep in for 2 months plus school is right around the corner {books, books,books}
  • I know how my African sistas braid and i love my edges 
  • I dont want my thick coily hair to be man handled. 
So to put an end to all of these problems i think im going to take on the task myself. Im going to sit down and focus on the goal at hand, which is long Solange/Poetic Justice type braids for the summer time. Now i know that if i do it by myself i might not get the exact results as the lovely ladies in this post but hopefully the good will over shadow the bad.

Here are a few pics for inspiration: 



May 25, 2011

Can Split Ends Be Mended?

Hey Everyone, 

So lately i have noticed a few split ends and they are driving me crazy. And i know a way to fix the problem will just be to get a trim, but I'm not ready for that yet so i went on a search to find a way to fix the problem with out clippers. And yesterday i found an article at NaturallyCurly about how to prevent split end but what found most interesting is the part about how split end form and here are a few. 

  1. Improper maintenance which include constant pulling, tugging, brushing, stressing the hair with chemicals, etc.
  2. Dryness or lack of moisture
  3. The environment (weather, pollution, etc.)

To read more click here. For more wonderful articles visit NaturallyCurly


May 23, 2011

Not Holding Back

So I'm going to jump right in and say that i put too much effort into thinking and trying to write such an outstanding post that i end up not posting anything. I spend days working on one post when i can write what ever i want and if the world likes it fine if not fine. So here i am writing what ever i want and i will try and do this at least once a week or day or something......Anyway. I heard the best quote today while watching The Women; it was said by Annette Bening, who plays Sylvie Fowler. She was in Sax when a women who at the store asked her if she wanted a cream to tighten up her face and Sylvie said  "This is my face, deal with it" When i heard this quote i was amazed [lol]  it was just so perfect, just perfect.

Another thing I realized is that if there is something in this world that you do not like then change it. Stop complaining stop being angry and do something about it. But thats it for tonight.

P.S. The Women was a good movie, really enjoyed it :]


May 18, 2011

Hair Talk: Time To Trim?

Hello everyone,

So as of Saturday May 14th my hair is now 5months old and I turned the big 20 [yayyyyy] Now my "Hair Talk" for today is related to trimming/dusting ends. I was planning on getting a trim when i hit 6 months so every 6 months will be my "time to trim" but i think in getting cold feet. I know a trim would benefit my hair im the best way but i dont feel ready to let go of the little bitty length that i have acquired over this 5 month stretch. Also on top of that i dont know where to go to get the trim because as much as i have learned on how to take care of my natural hair i still dont think i trust my self with sharp objects as far as my hair is concerned. The hair salons around my area dont really indulge in the Natural world and i would hate for a mistake to occur that may stunt my hair journey.

Question: How long did you wait to trim/dust and how did you go about doing it??

May 17, 2011

Gotta Face It...

So lately Ive noticed a huge change in the way my skin looks but most important my face. Now i dont know what "type" of skin i have per say because it has a mind of its own and is never satisfied with anything. A few months ago i had the worst problem with my skin:
  • Dry flaky areas in between my eyebrows and on either side on my nose. 
  • Huge gapping pores.
  • Crazy unnecessary breakouts  
  • & to top that off everything i tried my face rejected 
Now i was at a lose I didn't know what was going on and what i did so wrong for my face to attack me in this matter. One morning i woke up and told myself that i would not rest until i found a way to end this civil war. So i did a bit of research and to my surprise i found no help :[ at all. I asked myself what has changed, what am i doing different. Then realized that my hair was causing the break out; this is because before i didn't have to use oils and different creams to keep my hair Charmin soft when i was relaxed. So i started
  • Wearing my hair away from my face
  • Never touching my face while styling my hair
  • Keeping my hand out of my hair during the day 
  • And realizing that portion control when it comes to hair products is just as important as with food.
Now that helped but i still had the dry skin and huge gapping pores to deal with. For the dryness i  try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and i started using Aquaphor Healing Ointment at night after i washed my face and for the very dry areas i use Vitamin-E [which has also reduced my under-eye circles so Yayyyyy]. Then i was left with my pores which weren't that hard to get rid of i just open my pores with warm water, wash then I  rinsed it clean with cold water to close everything up [the same way i wash my hair] . And for what i wash my face with now to keep everything under control I use Noxzema The Original Deep Cleaning Cream as a mask, Noxzema Triple Clean Anti-Bacterial Lathering Cleanser as my everyday face wash and St. Ives Apricot Scrub as my weekly exfoliating cream. And to top it all off i try to eat better and get enough sleep. 

So yeah that how i survived that hope this helps


May 15, 2011

Hair Talk: ACV Rince

Benefits of AC in hair:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agentand it’s also an effective germ killer.
Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9).
On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline.
Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.
Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.
Hair Shaft Open Cuticles - rough
Rough hair shaft with open cuticles compared to smooth hair shaft with closed cuticles.
Don’t worry about the slight vinegar smell you will notice after rinsing. It will disappear completely as your hair dries.
Hair Shaft Closed Cuticle - smoothMake your own healthy after-shampoo hair rinse by mixing 1/3 of a cup (75 ml) of ACV into a quart (1 liter) of water. You can then store this mixture in a plastic bottle and keep it in the shower for ready use.
If you would like to prepare a smaller batch of this vinegar hair rinse recipe to experiment with, try mixing 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm filtered tap water.
Apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing and then rinse it all out, or for extra conditioning, you can leave the rinse on your hair. This natural hair care product can be used once or twice a week or more often as needed.