My 2019 Hair Goals

Happy New Year!!!

A new year is here and I love the openness to a fresh start and new possibilities. When it comes to goal setting, I love starting with a clean slate and dreaming up new benchmarks to meet. With Curl Calendar in hand, it’s time to not only set my hair goals for the year, but also think about what I can do to meet these goals so at the end of 2019 I can look at my hair journey and say “wow I did that?” Here are my top hair goals for the year:

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Oil my scalp each night with moisturizing oils

Using oil on your scalp is not only relaxing, but it helps to stimulates hair growth. I have always moisturized my hair each night and follow up with an oil but this year I want to pay special attention of how I treat my scalp and really take my time to give myself nightly scalp massages. I am starting to collect essential oils now and use them for aromatherapy but also have included some in my hair routine. I would love to be consistent with seeing how my hair reacts to peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, frankincense oil and more.

Wear protective styles for 6-8 months of the year

I see the most growth retention when my hair has been in a protective style. I want to protect my hair even more this year and continue wearing my hair in low maintenance styles. I also want to do these styles by myself. What I once thought I couldn’t do on my own, marley twists, I ended up doing that in December and I’m still rocking the style. I look forward to trying new styles and colors!

Get trims every 3 months

Tangles and knots really cramp my style. Waiting too long for trims result in having to get more hair cut off. I want to consistently get trims so that I don’t run into this problem and my hair stays healthy and fresh.

Treat my hair gentler and refrain from picking at my knots and tangles when they do appear

With natural hair it’s common to run into knots and tangles even when your hair is overall healthy. Sometimes my curls just get friendly with each other and decide to intertwine. I often get frustrated and think there’s something wrong with my hair. I want to stop the bad habit I have of snapping these knots off for no reason. It often happens when I’m bored and not really thinking about doing it. I think my hair would appreciate it.

Grow my hair to 18 inches or mid-back.

I feel like my hair length has sort of plateaued and I want to see some length this year. My last length check was a complete year ago and I came in at an average of about 12 inches. Hair grows an average of 6 inches so by now I SHOULD be at 18 inches but by the looks of things I feel like I’m at maybe 15? I’d like to at least be at 18 inches. From a visual standpoint, I would like my hair to reach the middle of my back.

How I Plan to Reach These Goals

I plan to have fun mixing different oils and seeing how they feel on my scalp. I’ll pay attention to the smells, the consistency, and the relaxing elements to see how my scalp reacts to each oil combination. I’ll use the key essentials checkbox in Curl Calendar to make sure I am including it in my daily routine. I’ll have a try with the handheld scalp massager and see if it’s easier to use that when I’m wearing protective styles than using my hands.

For protective styles, I plan to grow my confidence in my styling abilities by just going for it first and seeing how the style turns out! Youtube tutorials and Pinterest boards can make any style look cute and it’s easy to doubt that you have those abilities. I can easily find someone to do my hair but I’m very interested to see what I can do on my own and want the flexibility of having what I want done whenever I want and not only that, I love saving MONEY! I’ll set a weekend for styling and I’ll just DO IT!

Getting trims every 3 months will be all about timing. In between protective styles, I will schedule a professional trim so that all of the care I’m putting into my hair won’t go to waste with damaged and split ends.

I think having my hair in a protective style for majority of the year will help with my tendency to pick at my tangles and knots. I think also practicing more mindfulness will help me focus on being present with whatever I am supposed to be doing and not get carried away with tangles in my hair. I also think thoroughly detangling my hair mid-week, when not in a protective style, would be great.

My length goal can be achieved with all of the goals I listed above. If they aren’t I won’t be hard on myself. If my hair is healthy, than that’s all that matters.

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What are your 2019 hair goals?

Thanks for reading!

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DIY Aloe Vera Skincare Mask

Greetings Daizies,

For the first time in a long time I did a DIY skincare mask. My routine for skin is pretty simple and consistent. I don’t venture too far out from my routine but aloe vera seemed like a safe place to start back up with a DIY project.

Aloe Vera Benefits

Aloe vera is known for it’s soothing properties. It’s often used for treating sunburns and cuts. Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It can help relieve itchiness and inflammation and well. Seeing aloe vera in hair product ingredients was also comforting for these reasons and they are just as beneficial for skin as well. 

Expected Results

I was hoping this mask would eliminate the blemishes by the next morning! I had a few small bumps on my cheekbone and forehead that I wanted to get rid of. I also wanted my skin to feel very moisturized. I thought aloe vera itself would be sticky and slimy

Mixing It All Together

  • Squeeze about a tea spoon of aloe vera juice from a fresh plant
  • Add 1 drop of honey
  • Add a few drops of sweet almond oil and/or lemongrass oil, eucalyptus oil

To apply the mixture I just dipped my finger tips on the cup and rubbed on my face in a gentle circular motion.

Actual Results

A little goes a long way with the ingredients. Since it was only my face, the small amount worked just fine and it was far from sticky. I used the mask three times with a different variation of essential oils. It was a relaxing experience with the cooling effect of the aloe vera and the calming of the essential oils. After washing the aloe vera mixture my skin felt fresh and supple.  breakout on my forehead minimized a bit, and slightly got smaller on my cheekbone. However, the mask didn’t prevent the future breakout of a few more bumps on my other cheekbone.  

Final Thoughts

Mixing the aloe vera was fun. I thought the process was quite relaxing, as most masks are. It’s not my favorite as a go-to blemish treatment but I thought it was great for self care. I still am excited to use it for my hair next. The aloe vera plant is pretty large so I’ll see what other cool uses I can get out of it this week!

As always,

Every Hair Product I Own| A Guide for Shopping for Natural Hair Products

Greetings Daizies,

Taking inventory of all of the hair products I had under the sink was something I always wanted to do when I had time. It was equivalent to something like “oh maybe I’ll maybe I’ll finally dust the window blinds” or something of that nature except more fun. In the weeks leading up to my first paycheck from my full time job, I was so excited about all of the hair products I could finally buy. I would finally have enough to spend a little bit more just trying new products and seeing what works best.

My full collection of natural hair products

After a few months, these products accumulated. I  tried a variety of different products and even brands. As 2018 wraps up, it’s also a great time to note which products I’m interested in restocking  for 2019. This post would be super long if I reviewed every single product shown so I will just provide a link for you to purchase from Amazon and a brief description of how I group my hair products.  Many products I have done reviews for such as: Shea Moisture Mask for High Porosity Hair,

I’ll put a * next to products I’ll buy again in the future.

Shampoos: Cleansers, Regular Shampoos

When looking for a shampoo I always make sure there are no sulfates, parabens, or other harmful ingredients. I shop for shampoos that have clarifying ingredients and ones that will relieve itchiness. It’s great to have a staple shampoo as well. My staple shampoo is the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle which I get directly from Trader Joe’s. All of the ingredients are natural and I love the tingle feeling on my scalp. I’ve only tried the Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3,6,9 shampoo once and it seemed to work fine.T

Conditioners: Leave-In Conditioners, Deep Conditioners, Masques

I have probably 3 times as many conditioners as shampoos. This is because I use shampoo twice a month and deep condition every single week. I like to make sure I have a thick masque for intense moisture, one I can use for any time, and I look for conditioners that target specific issues such as itchiness/dry scalp, which is why I found the Shea Moisture African black soap conditioner so helpful. The Suave conditioner serves as a “holy grail”, a product that hasn’t failed me, so I make sure I always have this in stock. Curl smoothies and leave-ins are both interchangeable to me in the categories of stylers and conditioners. Depending on the moisture level and thickness of the products, a curl smoothie or curl defining cream can work as a leave-in conditioner.

Styling Creams: Curl Smoothies, Puddings, Moisturizers, Leave-In Conditioners

I love a great twist or braid out, so a great product with hold and moisture that defines and elongates these styles is crucial. I like to try products with essential oils and ingredients I haven’t tried before such as red palm oil, blueberry abstract, and cocoa butter. One thing I’ve learned is to read what the directions are for the product and whether it says to use on wet or dry hair. This determines just how often I’ll be able to use the product considering I don’t style my hair directly after wash day. 

Butters and Oils: Sealants, Essential Oils

Thick butters and oils are necessary for my hair to seal all of the moisture I’m putting into my hair. It’s the last step of my moisturizing routine and it’s helpful in maintaining manageable for my hair and combating dryness. 

I have my sights set on finishing most of these products before doing a new haul. It’ll probably take a while to finish them since I plan to have my hair in protective styles, with breaks in between, until the spring. Feel free to ask me any questions about the products listed and provide suggestions for new things you think I should try!

Check out my new natural hair planner Curl Calendar here.

As always,

Product Review: Shea Moisture Masque for High Porosity Hair

Greetings Daizies,

Before putting my hair into my next protective style, I spent 3 weeks with my hair loose and free. I bought Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque with Mongogo and Hemp Seed oils. I had no idea what Mongogo and Hemp Seed oils were but I did know about porosity and that my hair is mostly highly porous. You can check out my blog touching on hair porosity here. The product intends to “deep condition and revive damaged, color treated hair and all hair types.” I was ready to give it a go.

I prepared my hair like I always do. This time including shampooing since my scalp needed the cleanse, and sectioning my hair into fourths. The product was very thick, like a Greek yogurt that was half frozen. I always love thicker products. I used a wide toothed detangling comb to evenly distribute the product through each and every strand. This is so important so I don’t end up leaving some parts of my hair out and they miss their blessing.  After about 45 minutes I was ready to cover with a plastic bag and a warm towel (an alternative to a deep conditioning cap) and left my hair to marinate for about 30 minutes.

I noticed that I used almost half the jar with the first use. I was very heavy handed probably because I bought this masque on sale and had a spare one still left. I’ll try to squeeze in 2 more uses though. 

Rating this product, I’ll have to think of it in both short and long term sense. Short-term as in how my hair felt right away and long-term for how well my hair held on to moisture throughout the week.  Most of the time I can tell right away if I liked a conditioner/masque by the ending results, but for the purposes of this masque being geared towards high porosity hair, a closer watch in the long run was needed. I can’t really say “Oh wow my hair was so moisturized the rest of the week I barely needed to touch it” or that I noticed some jaw dropping difference just yet. But I felt like this was a successful masque when I was rinsing it out of my hair and could feel the curls of my natural hair taking in all of the moisture. After drying my hair with a t-shirt I loved the shine and bounciness of my curls. how manageable my hair felt immediately after the masque and the following day. My hair felt full and lush. I followed with a leave-in conditioner and set my hair in large twists to stretch my hair overnight while it dried.

My hair still needs to follow LCO method throughout the week no matter what. I would love to try the product consistently for about a month to see if it truly helps with retaining moisture, but for a first time use, I find the results promising. 

As always,

DIY Avocado Masque on 4C Hair Results

Greetings Daizies,

A few weeks ago I went ahead and tried making my own avocado masque ti deep condition my hair. I hadn’t tried a new DIY mixture in a while and there happened to be a sale on avocados at my nearby grocery store. I figured it was the perfect time to try something new!

Ingredients Used

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of shea butter

I was in a daze of confusion in the grocery store and the look on my face must’ve been obvious when a lady helped me determine which avocados were the best to pick. What I gathered was the darkest ones were the best for use right away. She also told me that if you put your avocados next to a banana then they will become ripe whenever you want them. Has anyone tested this method? I ended up just picking some that were ready for that day

Mixing it All Together

You might already know how to peel an avocado, but since I absolutely hate them as a food, I was very surprised at how easily the skin fell off. It was like with one slice I could take the rest of the skin off. I took all of the portions off and mushed it together with a spoon. I then added in my favorite oils and shea butter and mixed together as smooth as I could before putting it in the blender. 

At first, I had a very hard time getting the blender to turn. I added more oil so that it would be smoother and the liquid would help the blades turn better. After about a minute or two I had a thick masque I was content with.

Expected Results

My hair on a typical wash day

Because the mixture was so thick and contained penetrating oils like olive oil and coconut oil, I expected the masque to thoroughly hydrate my hair. 

Actual Results

Y’all, this was actually the worst DIY masque I have ever tried. I was picking avocado flakes out of my hair for the rest of the day. My hair was so dry and my natural curl pattern was disrupted. It was like I didn’t deep condition at all.

After the avocado masque

That being said, I know this works for a lot of people, but it just was not for me. I ended up doing a co-wash afterwards so that my wash day didn’t completely go to waste. I am not sure what it was but my hair did not respond well to this mixture. But hey, that’s what experimenting is all about. Sometimes you find a keeper and sometimes it’s an L.

Have you tried a similar DIY avocado masque? What were your results? 

I hope you all have heard about my very first product Curl Calendar now. Curl Calendar is a printable natural hair planner available on Etsy to help track your natural hair progress, stay accountable to your hair regimen, and reach your hair goals. I have been so excited to finally launch one of my ideas and this is just one of the first. You can read more about it here in my introductory post.Please check it out on Etsy and like my store!

Thanks for the love and support.

As always,

Introducing Curl Calendar 2019 | Printable Planner for All of Your Natural Hair Goals

Greetings Daizies,

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my very first product, Curl Calendar. Curl Calendar is a printable planner with the emphasis of organizing and staying accountable to your hair health and goals. I love planners, organization materials, and to-do lists. Combining my knack for planning and natural hair meshed together to create Curl Calendar. This is an idea I’ve had for a long time and I said you know what, an idea will just be an idea if I don’t push forward and make things happen.  As the New Year rolls around, I’m very happy to have a planner to help others think of their natural hair care process the same way we do with other things in life.

Truly Taking Things DaibyDai

This 12 month planner was created to keep daily maintenance, styling, wash day, and moisturizing activities ingrained into the busy schedules a lot of us have. Each week of Curl Calendar has a checklist of key hair activities for thriving natural hair. Add the activities beneficial to your specific hair type and needs to your daily planner and check them off as you go. Extra lines are included to customize your routine accordingly.

Each calendar month comes with hair tips and information on beneficial way to learn more about your hair and level up your routine.

Hair Goals

With any goal it is important to check in with yourself to reflect, redirect, or readjust those goals.  At the beginning of the year, write down all of your hair goals and how you plan on reaching them. This will help to think about what types of habits and routines are needed to realistically attain the results you wish for. Every 3 months, there is an opportunity to revisit your goals stated at the beginning of the year and audit how you’ve been progressing towards them.

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Where to Buy

Visit my new Etsy store at DaibyDai and click the Curl Calendar listing. This is a digital download, which allows for an instant delivery straight to your finger tips. It can be printed in either color or black/white. This planner is all about YOU and YOUR hair so feel free to add it to your folders, binders, or even hole punch the sides to add to your own booklet. Head on over to DaibyDai on Etsy and give it a huge heart. Get in formation and ready to stay consistent with your hair regimen and goals.

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