Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Braided Wash and Go- Fro

Okay, I'm kind of working backwards here because I've already done a video of my braided wash and go.  I started out documenting this style with the pics on this blog but these pics did not do my fro justice AT ALL so I decided I had to capture it on video.  I was just so excited at how my fro turned out I couldn't keep it and had to share the video.   

But in keeping with my normal procedure of updating my blog I wanted to add a post about my braided wash and go-fro

Here are pics of day 1 braided wash and go fro.
Day 1

Day 2

Here is the video on day 2 hair(for those who haven't already seen it).

Day 3 and Day 7
Here is the final short video on day 3 hair and day 7 hair.  I got lazy and didn't capture day 4-6 on vid or pics but in my mind I placed more importance on how long I could keep this fro looking good and so capturing the last day of the fro was priority.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

7 Day Wash and Go - Tightly Curly Method

Here are some pics of day 1 of my April 9, 2013 wash and go. 

I probably don't need to say that I love how this turned out. 

I especially loved my wash and go on the 7th day!! 

Check out my 7 day wash and go video....

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Updates for weeks 1 and 2 in April 2013

Howdy y'all!!

It's been about 3 weeks since I've posted new pics of my hair.  The major reason for that is b/c I'm not styling my hair any differently than I have done in previous photos so it can get kind of monotonous posting pics that look pretty much the same. But don't think nothing is going on b/c I cleanse(either with water, conditioner, sulfate-free shampoo or apple cider vinegar) and condition my hair every week.  I have been doing a bit of experimenting and trying out some new products on my hair.

My hair is getting longer so I'm having to (re)adjust myself to detangling and detangling thoroughly...sigh...I guess the days of just running my fingers through my hair (like when it was a twa) are over!  I have to section and shingle (or rake) and in some places in my hair the sections have to be small sections b/c my hair is so dense/thick in certain areas.  So detangling is taking longer than it used to.  I find I  pay the price with worse tangles the next week if I do a 'quickie' detangle the prior week.  I've stopped washing my hair over the sink, upside down.  I think that contributes to more tangles in MY hair, that is, so I do everything in the shower under the running water.  I can detangle out of the shower standing at my bathroom sink and take my time and get all the tangles out.  I have to use a water spray bottle to keep my hair wet but that's better than running all the hot water out of the hot water heater!!!

I'm also revisiting old standby's and hopefully adding to my staple products as I've kind of fallen in love with one of my new products.  I've used it twice and I still really like it so we'll see.  I don't think I'll be using it every week b/c it gets the buildup off of my hair really well so I think I'm gonna have to slow down and use it maybe twice a month or once a month.

Here is a video that gives all the deets!

Here are the recipes that are talked about in the video.


  My Aloe Ph-balanced Moisturizing Daily Spritz

1/8  cup Aloe Vera juice
1 cup water
1-2 tsp conditioner(Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture)
1-2 dropperful coconut oil(I am using castor oil now.  It is a heavier oil which my hair can handle and it seems be doing ok with it)
Combine in spray bottle and shake well.
This should be ph-balanced to between 5 and 5.5.

My Leave-In Conditioner

 1 to 1.5 TBLSP Aloe Vera Juice
2 TBLSP Conditioner(combo. of Tresemme,Tigi Bedhead Moisture Maniac, any other weighty condish)
4 -5 drops of castor oil

Combine all ingredients in container.
Stir very well.
Put lid on container and shake well.
Measure ph(should be between 5 and 5.5)


My All Natural Facial Cleanser

1/4 cup green tea
3/4 to 1 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup castile soap

Mix together well.

All Natural Facial Moisturizer

You need a base oil, nourishing oil, and essential oil.  Use the oils of your choice.
My base oil:  jojoba - comprises 2/3 of the mixture
My nourishing oil:  melted raw shea butter - comprises 1/3 of mixture
My essential oil: lavendar oil - up to 4 drops

Mix oils together.  I apply this after I cleanse my face with my all natural cleanser.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Science of Black Hair Now on YouTube!!!!

The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy is a comprehensive reference book on black hair care.  I purchased this book several months ago and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  It helped me to 'round out' my hair care regimen and fill in some of the 'gaps' in my understanding/knowledge and therefore my regimen.   This book goes into just enough of the "science" of hair car to give the reader the scientific basis/foundation and reasoning for the information presented.  e, especially black hair care but not enough to overwhelm the "non-tech" person.  I enjoy a bit of science and the challenge to understand what is presented in these scientific concepts and I think that is why I enjoyed this book.  This book is not just for naturalistas.  She talks about the needs of relaxed hair also.

Now maybe you all knew about this but I'm just finding out and am MOST excited about is that the author, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, is now on youtube!!!!!  She is making videos based on the information presented in this book with animations and diagrams and lecture explaining and simplifying the concepts presented in her book.  She encourages questions and comments from her viewers on the info. presented in the vids.   

So, if you don't have the book these youtube videos can serve as a sort of "watch-before-you-buy" kind of deal.  

If you do have the book, these videos can help to answer any questions you may have lingering and deepen your understanding of the structure, needs and how to care for "Black Hair".  


I think it's wonderful for Audrey to make herself available and accessible to her readers and the black haircare community in this way. 

So go by and take a gander to see if this can help you in your haircare journey!

Here is a link to a blog post of mine that shows how incorporating some of the principles in this book helped to enhance my haircare regimen early on in my natural hair journey.  Some of the products have change and the frequency with which I use them but this is still basically what I do. 

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