Guess what…..I finally got a trim. Its been 6 months and was long over due with me going wash and go crazy. This also means my hair is currently straight and I have tons of updates including new product reviews and an official length check.
I was browsing one of my fav blogs, Mane and Chic and she posted some questions we should all answer when building a reggie. Be sure to check out her full post. In the meantime I will put my answers to the questions as I continue to update my reggie and stash for the fall:
- How often can you wash? I co-wash every other day for the most part. My goal is to only wash twice a week or less but at one point I washed daily with no probs. When my hair is straight I don’t wash for a week or two.
- Are you going to trim, how often? I trim every 3 to 6 months with only a light dusting. At least every 6 months by a professional. I am trying to do the search and destroy method but it’s a bit crazy at times.
- How often do you want to deep condition? I deep condition weekly…its a must!
- Are you going to straighten, how often? Lately its been every 6 months with heat. I plan to do it every 3 months alternating heat and some none to low heat alternative.
- How will you straighten if you decide to do so — roller sets, hot combs, flat irons, etc.? Alternating flat irons or the silk wrap method but as of now I get my hair blowdried and flat ironed.
- Are you going to do protein treatments, how often? I wish I would have done one last week before I straightened but plan to in the future whenever I decide to straighten. (Helps prevent heat damage)
- Will you use shampoo or just conditioner, apple cider vinegar or herbs to wash? I only will use a shampoo after I straighten because its the only time I use silicones. I co-wash and do weekly or bi-weekly acv rinses. I also use amla powder but I use it more as a deep treatment.
- How are you going to protect your hair when you sleep? I take my satin pillow case or bonnet ever where.
- How will you moisturize your hair? I moisturize with a leave in condish sealed with shea butter. When I refresh my hair in the morning I use something water based.
- Are you going to pre-wash your hair? I’m still researching this. I do oil my scalp with coconut oil overnight and add more in the morning to my hair before I wash.
- Are you going to do scalp massages, how often? At one point I was faithfully even did inversion when I had a TWA… I will try to do them daily again as winter approaches with my coconut oil or evoo infused with oils like lavender, peppermint, and sage.
- What are your go-to styles going to be — braid-outs, curl former sets, buns, etc.? I have to switch it up so I don’t get bored. Flat twist outs were working great for a bit. My bantu knot out is still my signature never failing stying. I’m still working on prefecting braid outs and TnCs. I also loved the results of my flexirod set so thats a keeper. For the most part protective styling will be all I do as winter appoarches i.e. buns, braids, sew-ins, maybe a wig.
Well good luck building your fall reggie these questions should definately help.
Mahisha Dellinger, curly hair expert, and creator of the Curls products provided a tip of the day to fight frizz for Urban Curlz and Newly Natural. I tired one last night and I must say it was pretty nice.
Instead of my usually ACV rinse before a DC I tired using white vinegar. I used 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water, placed it in an applicator bottle, then poured it all over my scalp and hair.
I rinsed my hair first, then followed with the vinegar rinse and let it sit for a few minutes. My hair did feel very soft. I even notcied it made my hair slippery which made detangling super quick. The slip made it to my hands making them feel a little weird.
Her other tip was using honey. I use it all the time but as it gets colder out I limit my use of humecants like honey becasue it can dry out hair becasue of the lack of moisture in the air.
Overall I liked the rinse and might add it too my reggie after I do some additional research.
Hey there my curlies,
I have had some success with the Twist and Curl (made official by Curly Nikki). As it cools down outside I try to lay low on the gels. Today I decided to do a TNC.
I pre-poo’d with coconut oil, co-washed with GVP Detangler, and did a final clarifing rinse with ACV.
I sectioned my hair into 4s and applied coconut oil to my scalp and hair. I used Lustrasilk Shea Butter and Mango Cholesterol as a leave in making 3 twists per section. I clipped the roots, sealed my ends with my homemade whipped shea butter, and rolled them on up.
I did all this, this afternoon so they will be dry in the morning….completely dry. I don’t want any problems because I already have to get up early for my classes tomorrow. Well my fingers are crossed I will keep you posted on the results in the meantime I’m going to finsihing watching this episode of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown.
For this edition of Curly Kitchen I will be sharing a few tips of how to stretch your co-wash or poo, making your own no-poo or rinse and deep conditioners.
Last week I was almost on E in the co-wash department…..I just added honey and I was back to a half tank.
For you lo-poo and poo’ers you can just add a little distilled water(about1/3 h2o 2/3 poo)…then BAM…you have a gentle cleansing poo….if you have a lot of build up don’t use more poo just add a scoop of baking soda to the amount you usually use.
If you are a no-poo’er like moi then just try a ACV rinse (recipe posted before) or a Baking soda rinse (8oz of H2o and 1 tbs. of BS) . Ayurvedic herbs do the trick is well my favorite is Amla which has natural astringent and contioning properties.
I have several DC recipes but today I will only share ones I used. One really simple honey is adding honey and evoo to your favorite condish. You can also use honey and evoo alone and from my own experiences the results were amazing my hair was always super shiny, moisturized, and easily detangeled.
Another good DC is the Avocado-Coconut Milk Condish. I posted the recipe for this as well before. One tip I should have done was mixing it in a blender so you won’t be left with banana chucks in your hair or use baby food bananas.
This week I ran out of almost all of my products last night I DC’d with my last little drop of Aubrey’s GBP Rosemary Peppermint and added honey and coconut only. The results were wonderful my hair was so soft, shiny, and moisturized. I might mixed in oil everytime I DC because the results were better than when I used it alone.
I can’t believe I was able to have 5 day hair but my curls were in need to some overdue tlc. So today I had a some free time to deep condition my hair.
First, I co-washed with Suave Lavender Lilac followed by a ACV rinse. I detangled in the shower which was surprising like a breeze probably because I used the perfect amount of Kinky Curly products and they were still in my hair.
Now for the good stuff I applied my Amla mix, wrapped my hair in plastic wrap, and let it sit for about 1 to 2 hours. I usually leave it in longer but my head was steamy resulting in drippies.
Now I’m sitting here still steamy headed with my DC the GVP Reconstructing Conditioner for Sally’s. I’m not a fan of this condish because it has mineral oil but I do waste anything and besided that its actually a good condish. I plan to leave it in overnight and rock a Kinky Curly wash and go I hope holds up again until the weekend….
Now back to amla powder…..I know you didn’t think I would leave you hanging. I used the Hesh brand a youtuber warned me the regular powder leaves grit and is better as a face scrub. According to the box amla promotes hair growth, controls hair fall, cures scalp infection, controls premature greying, and removes pimple and grime. It also says the its a natural astringent and skin toner (so I also use a spoonful on my face as a mask). It promotes black and luxuriant hair as it controls hair loss, it stimulates hair roots and promotes growth. When used on skin is brightens complexion.
All this sounded amazing to me and I had to try it after hesitating with henna. Overall I love at and try to use it once a week. Its only $2 a box so I try to stock up because I have to travel pretty far to get it. Its available online and in your local Indian grocery stores.
It is ABSOLUTELY necessary to DC after because it can be drying. It has similar benefits like henna yet a lot easier and easy to clean up. It only requires water to mix it up. I do add a few drops of lavender becasue the smell is a bit earthy for me. It doesn’t change hair color when used alone. If you mix it with henna it results in a more brown hue which if your hair is dark you will only see it in the sunlight. It reduces frizz and unlike henna does not affect your curl pattern. Some say it tighten curls but I have not experienced this and have been using it for months. It has condition benefits as well as a gentle cleanser if you are a no-poo curly like moi.
For more info check out the curly product section for my full review, and tutorial will be coming, and my recipe will be in the curly kitchen section soon as well. There are a few youtubers that use amla my favorite was Lo3esponge (which for some reason I cant find the link guess I have to do a vid). So check them out, I never hold back on what I learn for others….
So I had a relapse for most of the month of May after I got my hair flat ironed and trimmed. Then my mother got me a Chi turbo Flat iron for my b-day.
I knew I had a problem when I didn’t wash my hair to keep it perfectly straight sometimes flat ironing multiple times a day. I originally got it straighted for my school’s newscast I was anchoring when my teacher asked what I was going to do with my hair. Although I planned on getting it straightened because I was in need of a serious trim I was offended to think my natural hair was not appropriate for tv news…anyways I will have more on how I feel about tv and natural hair but back to curls…..
…I recently was starting to fall out of love with my HG (holy grail) Kinky Curly. After doing a ACV rinse I realized I probably had some build-up since I follow and condish only reggie….So if you have a favorite product and its not working like it used to wake your curls up with that good old ACV rinse. I do have a recipe below and it always works good for me. Well hth guys and when you are tempted to give up. Experiment is what makes natural hair more fun!
After putting wayyyyyy to much product in my hair I decided I need to start fresh. After co-washing and detangling with my VO5 Tea Therapy in the shower I made two twists and poured my ACV rinse all over my head. I did one finally rinse then proceeded with styling (my trusty Bantu knots) because I might go out tonight.
To make your own ACV Rinse all you need is:
1-2 tbsp. of ACV
16 oz. of warm water
Mix, pour and go!
The smell does not last long you really don’t need to rinse it out. Once your hair dries you are all good.
Since I am not using shampoo at the moment this does what shampoo does and more. It makes your hair shinier than usually as well as removing any build up from the scalp.
I have used baking soda rinses in the past but over time its extremely drying now I just use it to clean my combs, brushes, and hair accessories.
Anyways if you have any questions or comments do so below 🙂