Judy in Transition

Hey guys. My name is Judy. I’ll be turning 25 this June which is extremely nerve racking. I remember when I used to think 25 year olds were soooo old, but anyways I digress. I am the transitioning one of the group. It’s been almost 5 months since I had a relaxer. I’ve always debated about going natural but never quite committed to it. ย So why haven’t I done the big chop? That’s easy to answer. VANITY!!! I have never cut my hair shorter than chin length and I have no idea what I would look like without it. I’ve always received compliments on my hair so the vain part of me which is pretty major doesn’t want to let that go.

Transitioning hair requires a lot more maintenance since you’re dealing with two different textures. I get the ends trimmed frequently to reduce breakage and keep it as healthy as possible. The pictures below is the current length of my hair and growth.(Ignore the boy)Image

My hair is also very dry and requires a lot of moisture to keep it happy. I usually wash it once a week. I do it on the weekends when I have the time since it’s a long process. (I’m lazy when it comes to my hair so anything that requires more than 15 minutes is too long). The night before I apply coconut oil all through my hair applying a generous amount. I wrap it, put a shower cap on a let it stay overnight.ImageIn the morning, I wash my hair first with organics olive oil shampoo. In addition to dry hair I’m prone to alot of dandruff. This shampoo helps to take care of it. I then use one n only agarn oil shampoo followed by the restorative mask that I let sit for about 10 minutes. I alternate between the restorative mask and dark and lovely protein intensive conditioner. They are both great at minimizing breakage. Once I’m done, I use a t shirt instead of a towel to dry my hair. This also helps minimize breakage. (Clearly minimizing breakage is a big selling point for me ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Once it’s mostly dry I use Cantu Shea butter strengthening treatment. I still use heat on my hair as far a blow drying and Cantu helps create a barrier and protects my hair from heat damage. And voila!!! I’m done after what seems like years I’m done.

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I am very excited about this hair journey. If you guys have any tips on how to maintain moisture or even protective hairstyles I would love to try them out. ย xoxo.

LOC and Co-Washing

So i found this really cute infographics about the LOC Way and Co-washing from some blogs I like and I thought I should share.

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Websites on the bottom so you can check them out.

I’m in Nakuru right and it’s been pouring for hours, can’t even leave the house ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hope y’all are keeping ok. And warm.

Washday disaster follow-up

After my sister’s advice on what I should do about my ‘steelwool hair’ situation from my last post, I did some research on the benefits of each of the ingredients I wanted to use on my hair.It was interesting to read all the good reviews and positive information on avocado use on natural hair.I found this link most helpful not only for avocado, but for egg use too (emphasis on doing your rinse with cool water). So I mixed the following :-

– One tablespoon of honey.
– One medium green avocado (finely blended).
– One egg.
– A little Tresemme conditioner
Iย  dampend my hair then massaged the smooth pudding on it, making sure every strand on my head was covered. It was very relaxing too. After that, I put a shower cap on and left it on for the whole night.
My hair was definitely softer and less brittle after I rinsed itย  the following morning. I would say it really helped with my hair texture.
I have been feeling like my hair could be healthier looking though.So my new goal is to look for a deep conditioner that will work for my hair. I had a conversation with a natural I met at ihub who has one of the most fabulous fro-puffs I’ve seen in a while (sadly didn’t take any pics ๐Ÿ˜ฆ She recommended the organics tubs that have carrot oil or tea-tree. I’ve seen those at the Beauty Options at Thika Road Mall so I’ll try and buy a tub there.
I’ve decided to do a cornrow style on my hair first, though, as I wait for the products we are shipping in to get here. It feels like it’s taking forever! At least my hair will hopefully be longer and ready for experimenting with a few ๐Ÿ™‚
I’ll keep you posted though.

S.

Henna Review

As promised, I’m doing my henna review today. I’ve been thinking of dying my hair but I’ve been afraid of damaging my curls with chemicals.
Then I heard about henna. Here’s two naturals that took me to school about it.

http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/is-henna-worth-it-you-decide/

http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/im-henna-head.html?m=1

The pdf on that curly nikki site is really good so go on and download it if you’re super interested.

Henna colours natural hair with a reddish tint but it takes several applications for you to witness results. I have hennad once before, it’s a tedious and messy process. But here’s the picture I found on Tumblr that got me back on that henna tip. I mean look at that. Isn’t it just gorgeous?

I bought this Muhendi henna from the Tuskys behind Archives in town for ksh 310. I read about the brand on the kurly kichana website.
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I used this amount of henna because my hair is short. If you have longer hair, you’ll probably need to use more. I mixed it with half a cup of tea from two tea bags, a bottle cap of the Apple Cider, and juice from half a lemon.

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These help extract the colour from the henna. I put in some honey too to make it easier to wash out and because henna tends to dry your hair. It’s actually also a protein treatment.

I let it sit overnight The longer you can do let it sit, the better. Here’s what it looked like the next morning

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I spread it throughout my hair

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and let it sit for a day AND a night –  determination has a face, and it’s mine ๐Ÿ™‚

I washed my hair out next morning. My curl was definitely looser but there was no colour that I could see. My mother said it looked a bit like kwashiakor, so I took some consolation in that. Haha.
It felt brittle and I had to deep condition with my banana-avocado-honey mixture and it felt much better after.
Sadly I didn’t get any pictures but fear not! This will not be my last dalliance with henna. I’ll be sure to keep you posted, and next time I promise to have pictures. Take care of yourselves till then.

M.

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Wash day disaster!!

Hey girls!!
I wanted to share a shampoo experience I had early this week that disappointed my fro greatly. First off, my usual wash day routine is doing a pre-poo with whatever oil I have on hand, usually Coconut oil or Olive oil. My hair is a mix of 4b at the front and 4c for the rest of the hair, so it has a low porosity – it absorbs moisture poorly and loses it really fast – I find that pre-pooing helps prevent excess moisture loss when I wash my hair. Usually, I cleanse my hair as opposed to shampooing it, using 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (kshs 210 at Naivas on Ronald Ngala Street)

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in 2 cups of water. This works well in getting rid of product build up, cleaning my scalp andย  leaving my hair shinny and healthy looking.
This week,I decided to switch things up a little and use a shampoo my sister and I got a while back but hardly ever use.We decided to give it a try because it has Shea Butter and extra Virgin olive oil in it. It was ksh 520 at the Beauty Options on Ronald Ngala.

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Despite pre-pooing for a few hours,the wash results were terrible.My hair was softer before than after the wash ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was cursing the whole time after I deep conditioned and rinsed.

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I don’t know if you guys can tell but Lord!!! It’s like steelwool had just replaced my precious fro ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
My Auntie touched it and said it felt like firewood. Seriously zero chills from her. And she said it in Kikuyu so it sounded way worse :/
I assume it’s because the shampoo has sulphates and other natural hair unfriendly ingredients so that’s a lesson learnt the hard way.
I asked Marion for advice on what to do and she recommended deep conditioning with a mixture of my Tresemme conditioner, an egg, avocado,honey and a little coconut oil, which is what I’ve done.I’ll post up the results. I really hope the mix does my hair good.
Lesson Learnt: Always look out for sulphates and petroleum in shampoo and other products if you want your natural hair to prosper. Definitely won’t be using it again .If you can, just use your Apple Cider Vinegar,or check out other recommendations by a blogger I love here

xx,
S.

Flat Twistout:Trial #1

I was on Tumblr the other day mostly browsing through the natural hair blogs, trying to learn new tricks from all the lovely naturalistas on there. I stumbled upon this blog that Iย  definitely recommend if you’re looking for a wide variety of natural hairstyles. I was particularly interested in how to do a flat Twistout on my kinky hair and this pic from the blog got me determined

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ย ย ย  [image source: http://yeahsexyweaves.tumblr.com/post/80483854843/twist-out-follow-for-more-styles)

I suspect I would have gotten better results if I used my Ecostyler with some Shea Butter but I didn’t have any so I settled for the Organics Moisturising Cream that I’ve mentioned in previous posts. (I’m still on the lookout for Shea Butter girls so I’d appreciate any leads ๐Ÿ™‚
I dampened my hair then started my twistout. For a beginner like me, it’s a little complicated trying to co-ordinate the two-strand twisting while making a cornrow too. I nearly gave up a couple of times but I hang in there and are the results ๐Ÿ™‚

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The fact that my hair is still a TWA made it hard for me to get a good grip on my hair while twisting so it turned out a little untidy but I feel I did a good job for a first time attempt. Three cheers for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
For a detailed tutorial on how to do the flat twistout, try this
After I was done, I spritzed my hair with my water-conditioner-coconut oil mixture and wrapped it under my satin bonnet overnight( the longer it stays the more defined the curls get)

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Hmmh :-/ so these were the results.I thought it was a loser curl than the one I got from my Ecostyler review here
Still, I liked it ๐Ÿ™‚
Plus it lasted for the weekend.

Verdict: I like the idea of the flat twistout but I’m more impressed by the results on longer hair( from the pics posted by the natural community). Me and my TWA will however stick to the basic two-strand twist till I get some length.
What do you guys think of the flat twistout? Has anyone has tried it yet? Do share.

xx,
Stellah.