Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The 10 Weave Commandments

Saw this video about weave etiquette and thought it was funny but so true.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

What my son said....

So by now you should know that I am pretty much stagnate in "protective" styles aided by extensions and half wigs. However I am starting to venture into weaves especially for the brute winters we have in the UK. Yes I know its not as bad as other places but it is bad enough for me to feel it. Right now I am stil on the hunt for winter boots that can fit my calves. 

 Anyway as I prepped my own natural hair to be washed, I showed my husband how long the back was. It is almost APL. I dare not say it is APL because when I get it trimmed this month it will be just between. I also noted to him how the middle is shorter and the front even shorter. He claims he has the same issue. My sons always love seeing my hair and often comment on my various hairstyles. So today my oldest seeing my hair in its natural state said this to me: 

 Son " Mum why do you wear hair when you have hair?" 

 Me " Because I like to change styles often without damaging my hair" 

 Not sure if he was unimpressed with my answer he replied 

 Son "Only bald people are supposed to put hair on their head"

I can understand his analogy and at only 7yrs old I Am in awe of his observance and questions. I am slowly building up a healthy hair routine to see if I can get my middle and sides and hairline to reach the same lengths as the back of my hair. I air dried my hair today but on those dark winter nights this may not be possible depending on time of day. I will finally invest in some rollers and may try a rollerset challenge. I am inspired by EbonyCPrincess who although was natural and is now relaxed her blog and youtube channel is all about healthy haircare whatever the texture.

One more thing I revisited an old friend from my relaxed days. That is ORS Hair Mayonnaise. I left it on for about 30 minutes and my hair was so manageable and easy to detangle. I will try use this once every month or every other month depending,

Sunday, September 23, 2012

MeHair Initial Review

I finally bought some "quality" hair. Last year I bought some hair from the hair shop that tangled relentlessly. So I saved up and did research and after a relative bought hair from this company I took it as my okay to go ahead and place an order. I ordered the day before a bank holiday and yet the delivery was about 3 days minus the holiday. 

The hair came packaged in a black pull string bag. Each bundle individually wrapped in plastic. I settled for two bundles of 14 and 16 inch length. I am only 5ft1 and doubt I could manage anything longer.

The wefts seem very neat and well put together. Though when I washed the hair there was some shedding. So as a pre-caution before my install I will seal the wefts. 

My overall initial review is that the hair feels soft and doesn't tangle. Comb goes through it easily. There is definitely some shedding which was noticeable when I washed it. Cannot say if shedding is excessive for this hair as vendor hair is new to me compared with going to my local hair shop. I just hope next month when I am wearing this hair it doesn't tangle. If you buy quality hair and know of any good vendors please let me know. I am hoping to get a lace closure as my own hair is still natural and probably will stay that way. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hair Growth Cycles

I found this advert by Nanogen that comes on Youtube often. I usually skip it but decided to watch it. It is quite interesting what it teaches about growth cycles and hair. I hope you find it just as informative. Please note any product mentioned is NOT endorsed by me in anyway. I am just primarily concerned with the educational information.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Pelo Malo / Bad Hair

Have you seen this documentary yet?

My full thoughts can be found on my other blog Lushes Brown Thoughts. This documentary mainly concentrates on people of Latin and Caribbean America many of whom live in the USA and just goes to show that this inbred attitude towards our hair is very unhealthy. However the tide has been changing so let it continue.

I know for me right now I tend to use protective styles but I hope to change that to a winter protect and spring summer flowing free UK weather permitting. 

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Hair Care Rehab

This is a pleasant surprise to come across. The author of The Science of Black Hair, Audrey Davis-Sivasothy has a new book out called Hair Care Rehab. Upon first looks this is a general hair care book as the pictures show different ethnicities and textures being represented. If you have an E-reader like a Kindle it is currently free as a download from Amazon. Now if you do not have a Kindle there are free Kindle apps for your computer and mobile phone which will allow you to download the book for free. The published book is £12.43. So even if you do not need a new book yet this is a freebie worth having. I have seen this offer on for a few days now so get it while it is free while you can. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This hair of mine

Well I know I do not post often on here. However what I think may start doing shortly is sharing information on haircare that I like and intend to try at some point. I had my hair in a protective style. Just a short weave but I need to look into care of my hair underneath more. Decided on this style as previous styles means too much tension in one are on my head top was not working out. I have noticed I am getting scabs on my scalp that sort of remind me of relaxer burns. Yep that deep. Now my hairstylist does not braid my hair too tight and my scalp has been oiled. I just wonder if I need to switch to Jojoba oil or something. My scalp has always been super dry.

I am supposed to try using the rollerset method for future occasions when I wash and dry my hair. I have seen some great pics on that. My natural hair is shoulder length when blow dried. I have now after just over a month taken the weave out. With the summer like heatwave we have gotten in the UK over the past weeks I decided i needed to come out so I could give my hair a decent wash. The longest I should go without washing my hair is a week with no hair oil or I can get 2 weeks with an oiled scalp. When I do no t oil my scalp it gets really dry and sometimes scab in places. It may not be scabs could be dandruff. I may need to do a clarifying wash treatment or something. So I guess that will be my next research topic

Monday, February 27, 2012

Random 99p shop hair purchases

I bought these items months ago. I saw them in one of many 99p shops in my area. The first one has a bowl and some applicator brushes. I saw a video by YouTuber "ulovemegz" who said she poured her treatments and conditioner into a bowl and then applied to hair. I thought this could be a good idea to copy. At 99pence I will not be out of pocket.

Now the hair scissors seemed like a good idea however I know many will say for hair you cant use these as they are too cheap. I do not know how much they would cost in another shop though. I only dust my ends when I think about it, I have yet to fully do a proper trim so I  go to my hairdresser to get a proper trim. These are just a random purchases anyway which I hope will become useful.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dr Miracle's Tingling Intensive Deep Conditioner

I have noticed that my hair care was lacking deep treatments. When I was younger and permed my entire school life I would get my hair steamed in between touch ups. Roll on to the natural hair me and I have surely slacked in this area. For the last few years I have only had a deep treatment once a year at the salon when my hair is being trimmed professionally. On a whim I bought a few treatments and so far have only tried one. I do not know why these treatment packs just do not come in a bottle or a jar. Would be so much cheaper than paying 99p or more per treatment.

The Dr Miracle's Tingling Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment claims to help breakage and dry scalp. As you know I have suffered from breakage and I am slowly recovering. My breakage has slowed but still anything that says it will help breakage is a good thing so I hope. 

I left the treatment on for 30 minutes. It tingled as promised but the sensation was not annoying to me. Once rinsed out my hair felt really soft and well conditioned. My hair is often dry so this feeling was a welcome relief. I will definitely try this product again at some point. However if there is a jar or bottle equivalent or similar I would prefer that. 

It is clear to me I need to improve moisture levels in my hair. Still working on that moisture and seal. Surprisingly using products I have is working okay. Any good conditioning tips and moisture retention balance etc suggestions? I want to have at least 1 or 2 regular products to use for deep conditioning my hair.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Hair thoughts and support

I am considering joining Long Hair Care Forum. When I first went natural I joined many hair sites and began to follow many blogs. Except now I only really visit one forum, though always check out the bloggers and vloggers. Months and months ago someone tweeted to me that LHCF would be a nice place for me to be as anything I do with my natural hair would not be condemned. There is a natural hair website that to me is quite militant so I only really browse there these days. 

Now with LHCF there is a small fee. Which I do not mind paying as due to currency conversion is spare change. I was reading EbonyCprincess's blog which featured a lady who although relaxed has gone from neck length hair to mid back. When my hair was relaxed I only suffered breakage when I did stuff to it like bleach and dye. The areas of my hair now where I suffer breakage are new to me. I have no intention of relaxing my hair right now. Only because my scalp built up an indifference to relaxers. Nowadays my scalp just wants to be cleaned regularly as in once a weak where possible and the noo poo method is not a friend of my scalp. 

One thing I noted I do not get treatments as often as I feel I should. I have bought a few and will definitely share what my thoughts are on them. Income is low so although I would be tempted to buy products I need to use what I have and make it work for me. Except I will invest in some Jamaican Black Castor oil. I would like to improve moisture, growth and hairline. I love the moisture and seal method. My hairline has always been fragile it does not need any traction to break. It goes through a break and growth cycle. I could be wrong but I have never had to tempt it to grow back.

The Science of Black hair sounds like it would be a good read but at nearly £20 is a bit steep for me. I have just discovered it is on Kindle for just over £7 and wonders whether this type of book is best suited to hardcopy. Are there any other useful books out there?