My Winter Regimen and Monthly Length Check

Since mastering how to manage my hair I have gotten way more organized. I try to create a regimen seasonally to cater to my hair’s needs and goals. I also try to keeps things simple to ensure health and promote growth. Last year my hair grew from ear to neck length. This year my goal is to grow my hair to APL which is about 10 inches in the back when straightened, which is about shoulder length curly. Shrinkage is not a big deal to me.

Currently my hair’s length is 9 inches in back, 7.4 inches on the side, and 5 inches in back. December 2010 my hair was cut into a bob with the longest in front and shortest an upside down “U” shape in back. The front of my hair has always seemed to have grown fastest and compared to last months measurements (7.5, 6.5, 3.5) its seems that it really does. On average hair grows .5 inches a month so in order to retain length you have to protect the ends. They are the oldest which require the most moisture and gentle care.  Some say hair grows slower in winter and with age. Some also say hair grows faster in warm months. I have to research this more but I plan to track my hair monthly to see what the case is for me. My hair grew approximately 1.5 inches in the front and back and .9 of an inch on the side. I said approximately because I think I may have measured incorrectly last month.

My Winter Regimen

Before Straightening and Trim:

  • Clarifying Shampoo
  • Protein Treatment
  • Moisturizing Deep Treatment

After Straightening:

  • Heat Protecting Serum
  • Penetrating and Heat Protecting Oils

2-4 Weeks after Straightening:

  • Sulfate/Silcone-free Shampoo
  • Protein Deep Condition

Curly Hair:

  • Clarifying Shampoo monthly
  • Deep Condition weekly (alternating between protein and moisturizing)
  • Gentle Shampoo (sulfate free/silicone-free), Ayurvedic Mask, or ACV Rinse  weekly
  • Cleansing/Detangling Conditioner 2-4 times a week
  • Detangle w/ Shower Comb and Denman Brush followed by fine tooth comb
  • Moisturizing Leave In
  • Creamy or Buttery Styler
  • Oil or Butter Sealant
  • Essential Oil Scalp Massages as needed or as Pre-Shampoo

Styles:

  • Pinned Up, Banana Clip, Ponytail, Occasionally Loose when straight
  • Twistouts, French Braids, Protective Styles (wigs or  weaves), silky turban or hat (satin bonnet underneath) when curly

Sleeping:

  • Satin Bonnet or Silk Scarf
  • Satin Pillowcases

Other:

  • monthly length checks
  • pictures of length check after trim and return to curly
  • occasional henna treatments
  • trims every 12 weeks – 90 days

You can see what products I use in my previous post of my staples. What works for my hair and my hair type may not work for you. However you can use this as an outline to create your regimen and choose products appropriate for the needs of your hair. The most important thing is making sure your hair is moisturized and measures are taken to retain length if growth is your goal. When you focus on growth and obsessing over other people’s hair you tend to lose touch with reality and in my experience it usually ends up with a hair cut or overdue trim which could have been avoided. Love and learn the hair you have, the results will lead to happy and healthy hair!

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What is your winter regimen? What goals do you have for your hair this year?

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2011 Staple Products

Hi there!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year. I’ve been preparing for this year the past few weeks setting goals in all areas of my life and making my plans for the year but most importantly for this blog. It’s time to take it to the next level and I just want to give thanks for those that continue to stay on this journey with me. I can’t believe I am over 7 years natural. I have learned so much on my journey and stalking others. I have also tried almost every product under the sun. I have complied a list of my staple products of 2011. One thing I have noticed is that I have learned to keep it simple and have also learned what products work amazingly on my hair. Now what works for me may not work for you but this basic lineup should help you to create a healthy regimen and stash. Here is my list:

My 2011 Staple Products:  

Pre-Poo:

Extra Virgin Olive or Coconut Oil

(I simple just apply a gennerous amount of oil to my hair and scalp for 15-20 minutes before shampooing. Sometimes I use a heat cap but most of the time I just left it sit before hitting the shower)

Shampoo:

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

(I use this before protein treatments and this year will start using it monthly since I use a lot of heavy oils, butters, and gels)

Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo

(I use this to remove silcones from my hair after straightening and occasionally for my weekly shampoo)

Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

(This is my all time favorite. It’s sulfate free and great for weekly shampooing. It’s were gentle and leaves hair squeaky clean.)

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

(I use this as needed sometimes after a deep treatment or when my hair’s pH balence is off. It’s also great for cleaning the scalp with braids or weave, even takes the fake shine off of synthetic extensions and wigs)

Co-wash:

Trader Joe’s  Nourish Spa or Tea Tree Tingle

Suave Juicy Green Apple or any silicone free scent

Aussie Moist

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

Leave In Conditioners/Moisturizers:

Kinky Curly Knot Today

Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

Deep Conditioners:

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose

(This is the ultimate moisturizing deep treatment. I use it weekly alternating with the GBP.)

Aubrey Organics GBP Lavender Ylang Ylang or Rosemary Mint

(I use this after straightening and alternating weekly AOHR.)

KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner

(I use this after protein treatments to bring the moisture balence back.)

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

(I use this weekly if I want a little variation from the AOHR.)

Stylers:

Eco Styler Gel

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Creme Gel

Oil and Butters:

Avocado, Coconut, Grape seed, and Castor oils

Lavender,Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oils

Shea Butter

Other:

ApHogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

( I use this before straightening. It is also good to use before and after braids and weaves)

ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer

Chi Silk Infusion

(I use this for heat protection, frizz, and to avoid curl reversion when my hair is straight.)

Biotin

Iron

TJs B Complex

TJ’s Pre-natal

Tools:

Jilbere Shower Comb

Denman Brush

Fine Tooth Comb

Chi Turbo Flat Iron

Shower caps, Satin Bonnets, Silk Scraves

Bobby Pins, Hair Combs, Clips, etc

Roots Only applicator bottle

 What products are you loving? Feel free to comment and share!!!!!!!

Building My Fall Reggie

Hey there,

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.

XOXO,

Angelique

Flexi Rods….New Love???

A few days ago I was cleaning my closest and food a bag of 20 or so orange flexi-rods. Guess my sis forgot to pack them with her college stuff. Well I went out and bout 20 more but the purple ones.

I was so anxious I tried them out using about 30  rods. I set them with Kinky Curly Knot Today and ORS Lock and Twist Gel. I dried them for about an hour after force them to fit.

Unfortunately sleep was hell to say the least. I may have twisted them too tight so my roots would be smooth….never again. It was so painful next time I’m going to dry them fully during the day. I had to rush and separate to get to school in time.

I ended up rocking a beret but that flattened some out. Otherwise, I love the results. I used way too much gel but other than that I smooth some coconut oil and I was good. The curls are super bouncy and silky.

Hopefully I can achieve some type of 2nd day style but I plan to try them out again for a party Friday.

Check out the links below for some tutorials, trails, blogs, etc….they helped me A LOT!!!!:

XOXO,

Angelique

White Distilled Vinegar Hair Rinse

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.

Big Hair Don’t Care…Ego Edition

I know you guys have seen the video for Ego by Beyonce……welllll…. I’m thinking of doing a sew-in weave similar to this as a protective style for the rest of the month. I have never had a sew-in with curly hair. I’m a bit nervous that it will be too diva but my new slogan has been “big hair don’t care” the past week.

Well please weigh in guys. Do you think this style is too over the top…distracting….wig looking  or do you think its hot???…Just let me know something guys I don’t want to look Halloweenish before it gets here.

XOXO,

Angelique

P.S.  I had to put the remix up…I only like Kanye because he’s from Chicago and his verse is funny.

Coconut Craziness Pt.2 of ??

For this edition of coconut craziness I will concentrate of hair products with coconut oil or coconut milk. I haven’t tired all of them and I’m sure there are more out there but these are the ones I use, have heard about,  or want to try……

Hair Oils:

I use this oil for pretty much every thing. It’s about $10 at Whole Foods and lasts forever. I use it as a scalp oil, deep treatments, and for my body as well.

I haven’t tried this oil but I see it all the time in my local Indian grocery store. Its infused with my fav herbs like alma and brahmi.

Now these suckers a fricking expensive but my pj wants to try them out. These scented coconut oils are$30 for 8.4oz. or $12 for 2 oz. The yummy scents are so tempting. I comes in green tea, lavender (my weakness), heavenly peach, oriental jasmine, rose, and unscented.

Coconut Milk:

I love this stuff I actually use the Whole Foods brand which is a few cents cheaper. I’m sure it’s even cheaper at TJ’s too. You can use it to kick up rice to the Jamaican restaurants use it in the red beans and rice.

Conditioners:

This is decent co-wash. I used it alone when first going CG. Its nothing special but a lot of people swear by it.

This condish is by Curls and called Coconut Sublime. This line is next on my list to try especially since its available on ground at a local salon.

This is something new to me. I love the 100% Pure brand and just found out they had this conditioner. Its called Honey Coconut Milk Conditioner. It’s $18 for 8 oz. and packed with great vegetarian ingredients.

A lot of girls on NC.com use this brand I might have to try it sometime. It’s also available at Target another plus.

Stylers:

This gel has coconut milk in it and has a super soft hold. I use it for bantu knot outs but I’m thinking I need to use it more often. This is also available at BSS and drugstores as low as $2 or $3 I’m thinking about getting the gallon one day.

Well thats about it for now. I’m thinking of doing a part 3 on body products and a part 4 with recipes. Also share your fav coconut products.

XOXO,

Angelique