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,

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My SheaMoisture Product Haul| 6 products for $30!!!

Greetings Daizies,

Well would you look at that, October is almost over and we’re on to the best month of the year! Yes my birthday month of November woohoo.

Anyways, last Saturday I was scrolling through Snapchat stories and a friend had posted on her story that there were SheaMoisture product sales at Walgreens. I mean, half-off type of sales. Coming to find out, this was at my local Walgreens near where I live. I finished what I had to do and marched down there so fast. I basically wiped the shelf with whatever was remaining. I figured why not treat myself.

It’s funny that there was a sale like this literally just a few days after putting my hair into a protective style, but it’s not often there’s a half-off sale and buy one get one half off of the already discounted sale. I initially bought 4 products, but the extra BOGO sale prompted me to walk back into the store and grab an extra mask and curling smoothie.

Here’s what I picked up:
Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3, 6, 9 Rescue + Repair Curl Defining Smoothie 12 oz

I can’t wait to try this for styling and maybe even a wash-and-go! I tried with my boyfriend’s 4c hair and it works great for defining coils. My favorite curl defining smoothie from Shea Moisture so far has been the Red Palm Oil curl elongating smoothie. So it will be interesting to see if this smoothie can top those results.

 Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque, 12 Ounce

I love that there is a product dedicated towards the hair needs of each porosity. I did a hair porosity test lest year and it revealed my hair was mostly hair porosity. My hair soaks in moisture easily but it exits the hair strands quickly. I hope this masque actually does what it says and seals the moisture in my hair .

Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega-3-6-9 Rescue & Repair Clarifying Shampoo for Unisex, 13 Ounce

I’m always happy to find a good clarifying shampoo. Healthy and growing hair starts with a clean scalp.

 SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Conditioner | 13 fl. oz.

So far I have tried the African Black Soap Clarifying shampoo and will try the others once I take my crochet style down. I was experiencing a super itchy scalp last week and so I used this conditioner alongside the shampoo that I loved from this line. Both of the products worked really well and has soothed my scalp this week. I have also been using tea tree oil mixed with Jamaican black castor oil to combat the dry scalp and itchiness as well.

I’m so happy I came up on some sales last week. I’m ready for whenever I take my hair down! Stay tuned for the full reviews of the hair masque, shampoo, and curl smoothie.

As always,

-POP (1)

Product Review: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Shampoo and Raw Shea Butter Conditioner

Greetings Daizies,

I recently tried 2 new SheaMoisture products for wash day the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo and the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I often use products from different lines based off what I need for my hair. So when picking the shampoo, I wanted to focus on soothing and control my itchy scalp. The shampoo aims to cleanse and soothe a dry, itchy, and flaking scalp. African black soap is excellent as a gentle  cleansing, therefore a shampoo with that ingredient really appealed to my hair needs.

For conditioner, I love using raw shea butter in my DIY masks and wanted to try out a conditioner containing raw shea butter. I’d been interested in the raw shea butter line since the holiday season last year when SheaMoisture sells holiday kits. I was waiting for the day after Christmas when holiday kits are half-off, and there was not a box in sight. I was so sad, but finally went out and tried the conditioner I’d been waiting to try.

I’m glad I finally tried both of these products. I’m interested in trying other items for both product lines. For the African Black Soap line, I’d love to venture out into the skincare products. The shampoo was effective and I plan to use it again. I had a positive experience with wash day overall and captured both my process and thoughts on the products on my Youtube channel. 

As always,

-POP (1)

 

Life After College|Adulting in Real Life Finance Edition

Greetings Daizies,

I’m one month into working full-time, living in my first apartment, and finally having my cat living with me. I’m in the chapter I’ve always wanted. I have all the freedom of an adult and of course all of the responsibilities too. I originally was going to write an overview of life after college so far but turns out I had a lot to say about finances alone so here’s my piece on what I’ve learned about finances so far after 6 weeks working full-time and living solo.

Getting an Apartment

There are so many things I did not know that I thought I did. For one, when looking for an apartment, I was certain that all I needed to move in was the deposit. That’s all. In July, my dad told me I needed first month’s rent. I was stunned lol. What I had saved and what I would need were two different things and I was planning to move the next month. I had to think of all sorts of backup plans. But it worked out( thankfully). But the time between moving in and my first paycheck, funds were running on E. I had to use my credit card for most things which worked but was also stressful.

Paying Bills

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When I used to have 5 other people to split it with, all of a sudden I’m just splitting it with me, myself, and I. There’s so many different types of bills. There’s bills I didn’t even know I’d incur. But here I am having these funds exit my account lol. Having a list of all bills, the amount, and due dates will be really helpful for me as some are new, some are old, and most have different due dates.

Enroll in Auto-Pay for Bills

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“Uh ah Mr.Hart, didn’t go through. I even swiped it 3 times!”

I was so stressed when it was the fifth of the month and I had an email that my payment didn’t go through. “Where imma live?” I had to double check my funds and saw that it was coming out of the wrong account that wasn’t set up for bills anyway. The bank has 4 days to post that the payment went through, and for days I never saw any money come out of my account. Next time, I would follow up right away because after the grace period of 4 days is when you get a late fee. To avoid all of the confusion of having to make sure the right accounts are associated with rent, I went ahead and enrolled for auto pay so I don’t have to be at work thinking I’m about to get evicted.

Calling the Bank

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I called my bank and got the insufficient funds fees waived for that month. That’s a thing you can do. They want to make sure they keep “valued customers”. I had to ask a lot of questions regarding my accounts and getting answers to questions rather than assuming. Call the bank, call the rental office, call anyone in charge of your funds and fees if you have any sort of question.

Set Reminders for Yourself

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There’s some other non-tech friendly bills out there like water, utilities, etc. I have to actually call to pay it since they require Internet Explorer to access the online option. So I have it tacked to my wall and a deadline set on my phone.

Student Loans

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Okay so now they want their money. One of the lenders sent me a letter basically like “We say that you’ve graduated, congrats….so your date date is such and such date thanks bye”. So they really not gonna forget that I borrowed money? I didn’t have to take out too many loans so I am trying to pay my amount off fast and go (fast fast fast…fast like a lambo skrt skrt skrt) *Whoever can guess that song lyric gets points* I think it’s best I set up auto payment for that as well. I was also in the process of consolidating my loans when I looked carefully at the new offer and found that they were offering a higher interest rate. Now what is the point of consolidating just to get a higher interest rate? Since my plan is to pay the amount within 2 years, to me it made no sense to do all of that application work just to get a worse interest rate. I was 2 seconds away from signing but I’m glad I READ THE TERMS! Don’t just sign up for something because it sounds good.

Benefits

There’s a 30 day window to enroll in benefits if your employer offers them. Depending on what system is used, the options might save as soon as you select them. For example, I had started the process and had an idea of the medical and dental options I wanted so I selected the options and clicked the bubbles. I wanted to come back to it and confirm. Next thing I know, I’m getting the insurance card and welcome packet in the mail. I’m like I didn’t even finalize my decision! Welp too late lol. But good thing I picked the one I actually was comfortable with and was going to select anyways otherwise I would’ve been upset. Be careful with selecting an option even if you think they aren’t final.

There’s also the process of enrolling in 401k and company stock. I’m honestly still learning and I’m glad I can still change my options. I think I’ll have more knowledge and information once I get advice from my uncle who’s an expert on finances.

Day-to-Day Budgeting

It’s tempting to go on a shopping spree considering I live so close to all the places I love to shop. There’s a wide variety of sprees, I want all new makeup, fall wardrobe, shoes, hair products, and accessories. If I went out for all of those themes I would probably go overboard. I plan to set out a time to shop for each of those  types of things separately so that I don’t end up overspending and buying stuff just to buy it. Right now my most common expenses are groceries, cat food, and hair and skin products(I just love them). But I limit myself to doing major hauls and want to have a shopping list and a limit before I go out here and do the most. There’s things I love, things I like, and things I can’t live without (rent, food, utilities). Now that my big expenses are out of the way(furnishing my house, the deposit, etc), I want to start saving for things I love such as traveling and investing in my creativity. So that means having control and a plan with what money goes to things I like (hair products, clothes, shoes). That’s where I’m at with budgeting right now.

I hope this might help someone soon entering the “real world” and I hope to master this area of finance. I’m sure it’ll take a lot of practice and learning, just like everything else. Feel free to drop some gems if you have any. Follow my blog and subscribe for email updates, check out my latest YT video on: DaibyDai, and follow my FB page for more content!

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As always,

 

-POP (1)

DIY Natural Hair Products| Find These Ingredients in Your Kitchen

Greetings Daizies,

When I first went natural 4 years ago, it seemed like creating a regimen for my hair would cost me a grip. And as a college student, buying a shampoo and conditioner for $25 total was not always fiscally responsible (lol). So I often turned to DIY products and found that having natural hair doesn’t have to be expensive and it can even be fun to make my own products that catered to my hair needs. You might even have some of the best ingredients in your kitchen day. So I will imagine that I’m starting from a freshly grocery shopped kitchen, and make a full natural hair regimen that won’t break your bank.

Shampoo

Apple Cider Vinegar

I rave about Apple Cider Vinegar rinses for hair so much because it is absolutely amazing for cleansing the scalp. If you struggle with having a dry, itchy scalp, an ACV rinse for your hair would be very beneficial. ACV can be found in the vinegar and sugar/salt isles at most grocery stores. The most popular brand is called “Bragg” but I’ve used vinegar for Heinz and if Great Value had a vinegar brand I’d probably use that too.  Either way, all you need for this shampoo is apple cider vinegar and water.

  • Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 3/4 cup fo water into a cup or spray bottle
  • Apply mixture throughout hair and be sure to massage scalp
  • Leave on hair for at least 5 minutes and follow with a conditioner

Baking Soda

Baking soda I got baking soda! No but for real, I was kind of shocked too to find that the orange box of baking soda I seemingly always had could be used for my hair. Baking soda works to cleanse the scalp and revive your hair. It is effective in removing product buildup and relieving itchiness. In a scientific sense “baking soda has a high pH of 9, making it an effective acid-neutralizer and cleanse.” A very important tip I learned about baking soda through more research is that since baking soda starts with a pH of 9, it is best to use apple cider vinegar afterwards to get your hair back to it’s natural pH level of about 4-5. Rising the pH of the hair would cause all of the moisture to seep in but not be retained. So baking soda is more of a precursor shampoo but still valuable considering most people already have it in their households.

  • Mix 1 t teaspoon of baking soda per 1 water bottles (16 oz)
  • Rinse through hair and leave on for about 3 to 5 minutes

 

Protein Treatment

Egg+ Mayonnaise+ Olive Oil

This is great as a natural protein treatment. Protein treatments help strengthen your hair and avoid breakage. Making your own is an easy way to ensure protein is in your regimen. Eggs are already high in protein and mayonnaise contains helpful ingredients like oil, fatty acids and eggs as well. So mixed together you have a powerful protein treatment for damaged or dry hair.

  • Start with wet hair
  • Crack 2 eggs into a bowl
  • Use 5-6large scoops of mayonnaise(or more as needed)
  • If olive oil is available, apply a few drops to the mixture
  • Wrap hair in a plastic bag and let sit for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse out

Hair Masks

Honey + Olive Oil

Honey is full of antioxidants which aid in having a healthy scalp necessary for hair growth.  Olive oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and nourishes your hair. Combined, this mask can help replenish hair and add shine. I tried this mask a few years ago and really liked it. You can find my Youtube video here. It can get a little messy, so be sure to have a towel draped around your neck.

  • Mix 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Apply to wet hair in sections
  • Cover with plastic bag and let sit for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse hair (can use shampoo to make sure the mask is completely out)

 

Avocado+Coconut Oil+Honey

I dislike avocados as a food but for my hair, I’m all in! Blended avocados have a thick and creamy consistency that my course hair craves! As far as nutrients, they are high in “monounsaturated fatty acids” which are good fats that keep hair moisturized. We are all about moisture as naturalistas! The properties in avocado, honey, and coconut oil will hopefully leave your hair feeling smooth, moisturized and lively.

  • Blend 1 avocado with an ample amount of coconut oil and honey
  • Apply to wet hair
  • Leave on for about 30 minutes
  • Wrap with plastic cap and/or deep conditioning cap
  • Rinse out of hair

Yogurt+Banana

This combination helps rejuvenate dry and brittle hair. Bananas are full of vitamins like biotin which help strengthen your hair. A dose of biotin can help hair and skin grow. Yogurt is full of protein and is a thick substance to fully coat hair strands. This works best using a blender because the tiny little pieces of banana can be hard to get out of natural hair. I tried it with just mushing the banana and I was picking banana flakes out of my hair for the next few days! So mix well with a blender:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons of Organic Greek Yogurt
  • Apply to wet hair in sections
  • Cover with cap and let sit for 30 minutes

Coconut Milk+Honey

If I saw a hair product with these ingredients I would be immediately interested. So why not make your own with just these ingredients? Coconut milk naturally conditions hair and helps restore it. It aids in helping with split ends and promotes hair growth. Honey’s antibacterial products can help soothe a dry and itchy scalp. This mixture will be more watery, just by the nature of coconut milk, so for easy application use an old shampoo bottle or spray bottle once the mixture is created.

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3-4 teaspoons of honey
  • Apply to wet hair in sections
  • Cover with cap and let sit for 25-35 minutes

There are a plethora of DIY natural hair mixtures to try, these are just a few. You can mix and match these ingredients in so many different ways. And you can always add your favorite oils to them to spice things up. I’m looking forward to trying the things I haven’t and resisting the mixtures I’ve loved.

As always,

-POP (1)

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Mask and Curl Control Jelly

Greetings Daizies,

In the spirit of 2018 and trying new haircare products, I dove into a new brand for me called Curls. This was my first time with a full-sized product from Curls, with my first encounter of the brand being in 2015 with a trial sized bottle of the Creme-Brule. I really liked the cream back then but moved on to trying new products in my journey. The brand has grown since then and can be found in many stores and has a huge presence and display at Target.

Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

Now the name of the line Blueberry Bliss got me to thinking… “Are there hair benefits to blueberries?” Because I have a whole little package of blueberries that I could get to mixing with some shea butter if that’s the case (lol). Blueberry extract is rich in antioxidants and aids in stimulating hair growth.It has “certified Organic Blueberry extract”, aloe vera juice, chamomile extract and claims to “soften, detangle, moisturize, and hydrate your curls”. I was attracted to this product because of it’s “reparative” elements and really wanted a mask that offered intensive moisturizing.

First Touch

When I opened the jar and went for my first scoop, I loved that it was firm yet smooth. It was like when you set out a jar of ice cream to unthaw a little and so it’s still firm, but slides onto the spoon easily when you’re ready to start scooping. Immediately I was impressed by it’s texture and thickness. For my 4c dry-prone hair, it is critical that I have a thick and buttery deep conditioner or mask to fully coat my strands.

First Smell

The blueberry scent really sets this product apart from the noise of shea butter and coconut oil smelling products that can sometimes blend together. It was a very unique smell that could make a really good lotion or body wash.

Applying the Mask

After doing an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, which I did on Facebook Live (check out my DaibyDai FB page), my hair was damp and only dried with a cotton t-shirt. I separated my hair  into fourths with hair balls (or hair ties, whatever you like to call them) and began coating small layers of my hair with the mask. I started by massaging the cream onto my scalp, then applying a heavy amount to my ends and then to the rest of my hair. I used a wide tooth comb to detangle but also spread the cream evenly onto my hair. The cream is very thick, so I found it super useful to use a comb during this process. After about 45 minutes, I was done applying the mask and covered my hair with a bag. For further deep conditioning I used my heated deep conditioning cap. Adding heat to conditioning helps to :

  • Stimulate blood flow within the scalp (this is why scalp massages are so beneficial)
  • Allow moisture to penetrate each hair strand (very helpful with highly porous hair)

The Result

Afterwards my hair felt very loose and detangled and quite soft. I was happy with the results overall.

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Hair Fully Saturated w/ Mask

Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly


I’m not too fond of jellies and I don’t think I was too fond of this one overall. I used right after washing out the mask and followed with a leave-in conditioner. My mistake was not sealing with a heavy oil. I think the jelly kind of left a drying feeling.  It claims to offer” curl definition and hold”. I saw neither tbh. I applied the gel and then twisted my hair into 8 large sections. My curl pattern remained as if I applied no product at all. I will try the jelly again on second day washed hair and see if I find different results with using an oil afterwards. I’ll also see how it works with twists, as I plan to twist my hair tonight and wear it like that for a few days.

*Edit: I used the control jelly for a braided low bun and it had great hold for my edges and fly-aways. So I liked it for a control gel for styling actually.

As always there are hits and misses even within the same hair product line. The mask word well for me, not so much with the curl control jelly. Try it out for yourself because what works or doesn’t work for one person may be different for the next.

Thank you for checking out my latest product review!

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-POP (1)

4 Years of my Natural Hair Journey: 3 Years Post-Big-Chop

Greetings Daizies,

The time has come to celebrate my natural hair anniversary! It has now been 4 years of growth, frustrations, learning, and acceptance. But most of all having my natural hair as something that’s not anything new to me….but true to me (lol). Now that it’s been so long I am used to my hair and comfortable with it’s true texture of 4c and areas of 4b here and there. It’s apart of who I am and all of the hours of hard work every night have paid off in the form of moisturized and healthy hair. I still am amazed with the many forms of my hair and trying new hair products never gets old.

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August 2015: 4 months after Big Chop9594_1117975791545834_6669738727465956943_n.jpgDecember 2015: Braid outs were my friend

Updates on Last Year’s Goal

Last year my goal was to stay consistent with hair trims and I stayed true to that goal. I even learned how to successfully trim my own hair! The entire process took 8 hours (detangle, wash, deep condition, blow dry in sections, trim in layers) but my stylist said I did a pretty good job. My schedule for trims is every 3-4 months, alternating between professional salon visits and DIY. Each time at the salon, the amount snipped off is less than an inch… a BIG difference from last year when I had my first professional trim with almost 2 inches snipped off.

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Blow-out before trimming my hair

New Products in Rotation

This year I tried more new hair lines and products than I ever have in my natural hair journey.I felt like my hair growth was getting stagnant and was also having some issues with retaining moisture. I had been using the same products for years so it was time to switch things up. I previously wrote a blog post raving about Shea Moisture’s Red Palm Oil Curl Stretch Pudding and it’s definitely my favorite new product I’ve tried this year. The stretch is truly magnificent. Also one of the greatest hits this year has been the Apple Cider Vinegar & Indian Healing Clay masque( for both hair and skin) for an amazing cleanse and to rejuvenate my curls. But besides that I’ve tried:

TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-in Conditioner – Miss

  • Price doesn’t always guarantee quality. This was the most I’ve ever paid for a product and I was utterly disappointed. For $16 I was CONVINCED this product would change my life. It didn’t do much at all. Granted it did say “lightweight” on the description but I took it as though it just wouldn’t weigh down my hair. I now know I really need a thick leave-in for my very dense and kinky hair. This product was too watery for my liking and for $16 I wouldn’t do it again.On the good side, it did smell really good. The other products of this brand sound interesting but right now I wouldn’t want to risk it not working for my hair.

 Maui Moisture Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie – Hit

  • I enjoyed this smoothie alot. It was thick and had a creamy consistency. A little oily but I liked the extra moisture. I used as a leave-in conditioner and for twist and braid out styles. I like that the first ingredient of this was aloe vera juice.

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask, 12 Ounce – Miss

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  • My positive experience with the smoothie led me to purchase something else for the line. I learned here that any masque that claims it can be used as a leave-in is not for me. I wouldn’t want something that’s supposed to thoroughly condition my hair to be light enough to be a daily leave-in. The cream itself has a consistency to watery for an effective masque so I used it as a leave-in. As a leave-in, the smell was way too overbearing to just sit on my hair.

 Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding, 14 Ounce – Indifferent

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  • This product had a good hold to it for twist outs. It did it’s job for the most part. The only thing I didn’t really like was that it was sticky at times. I often combined this by combining with an oil.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Hair Milk Smoothie 8.50 oz – Hit

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  • I love a nice multi-purpose hair milk. Palmer’s is definitely pushing through in the natural hair community. It was a nice product for nightly use as I section my hair in a few braids. It helped with detangling as well.

Renpure Coconut Creme Curl Defining Cream, 12 Ounce – Hit

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  • I was initially on the fence after purchasing this because the directions said to use on towel dried hair. It works great as a leave-in right after wash day and on the following day as my hair is still damp. On dry hair it seems to make my hair feel sticky after too many uses so I find the best results when my hair is damp. I love detangling with it after washing and to form firm twists. 

SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Conditioner – Indifferent

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  • It’s a 3 minute rinse out type of conditioner. The smell kind of makes me feel light-headed. But it is great for a co-wash/in shower rinse out. I rarely ever do in shower rinse outs because it takes so long to get through my hair that the water just gets cold. But it was interesting to try a line from Shea Moisture that I rarely see in-stores.

Hairstyles of the Year

By now I’ve tried pretty much every protective style from wigs to braids to twists. About ½ of the year my hair is in some form of a protective style. I like to allow some time for my hair to rest but also time to wear my hair out and style my fro. Braids were a tride and true this year as they appear 3 times on my list, can’t really go wrong with braids. Other than that, I finally tried clip-ins, but soon grew tired of that and soon outgrew the length of the extensions. The best thing about natural hair, is you can switch around styles constantly throughout the year. Let’s take a trip down this year’s styles.

Braids (Half Cornrow Half Singles)

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September 2017 Accra, Ghana

  • I had this style done while I was in Ghana. Can’t believe the braiding and braiding hair cost $40 USD. It was a different style for me braiding wise, since I typically just get regular box braids. They didn’t last long though, I took them down after like 3 weeks because they started getting really fuzzy with my natural hair sticking out. Still a cute style and would love to play around with more braided styles.

Faux Locs

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November 2017: NSBE conference

  • It was a cute outcome which is what matters the most. Wouldn’t go out anywhere looking crazy but the process was brutal. Youtube really betrayed me with this one. The crochet idea was good in theory but ONLY if you have LARGE locs. I was trying to find medium sized locs but couldn’t find it in the colors I wanted (fuschia, violet, and 1b, complex I know). But anyways, I started off crocheting it with a base of french braids but it was so obviously crochet that I had to redo and do the single crochet version. That took HOURS and the locs kept unraveling omg. It was just… never again.

Clip-Ins

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December 2017: Youtube photo shoot

  • I was soooo happy when Heritage1933 sent me these coily clip-ins. I was on the lookout for clip ins and then I was sent some to review. They blended in really well for a twist out and even when I combed them out for a stretched look. I wore them for a few weeks and then just moved on to the next style. After a few months I pulled them out for Spring Break. It was great to be able to rock natural hair similar to my hair without having to take my hair down and manage it every night. By graduation, however, the clip-ins weren’t reverting between styles *stretched to twist out and vice versa* as easily. They were 12 inches and I think my hair has outgrown their initial length.

Flexi-Rods

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  • This style will require some more finesse. I attempted flexi rods for the first time and unintentionally ended up looking like a cast-member for Dreamgirls! Not quite the turn out I expected lol but still kind of cute.

Box Braids

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January 2018: Walking through campus.

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June 2017: Night out

  •  Box braids always the most consistent.

Blonde Curly Crochet

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April 2018: San Francisco

  • I was CONVINCED I was going to dye my hair blonde after this look. I loved the blonde phase of the spring. Had blonde box braids earlier in the year and was set on dying my hair blonde in the summer but then that faded away when I decided I liked having my dark brown/black hair color. I got over the blonde phase. Another plus of using protective styles is trying so many different hair colors without having to bleach or dye your actual hair.

Amazing Twist Outs and More Natural Hair Styles

  • I grew to absolutely love and perfect my twist outs. The length and fullness of my hair has been creating my dream twist out and my technique has improved so much with the years. While it does take 2.5-4 hours for the perfect twist out, it’s absolutely worth it. I also did a lot of styles with my hair out on the months where I wore it out. I moisturized diligently every night and did several low maintenance styles and some that took more time.

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May 2018: Wash & Go

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January 2018: Braid-Out

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May 2018: Blow Out Fro

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March 2018: Stretched Fro with Clip-ins

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NYE: Beads, Shells, & Things

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March 2018: Half-Up Half-Down Style

Updated Hair Goals

Now that my hair looks like how I dreamed of when I first went natural, I am just focused on loving everything my hair does and is. I am truly celebrating my journey and all of the effort I have put into getting it to where it is now. Length was my goal for a while and yes I want to continue to grow it as long as possible but I feel less pressed about making it grow in a certain amount of time. A specific goal is caring for the crown area of my hair which is the most breakage and dry prone. I am also excited to try more essential oils this year and experiment with more DIY masques and mixtures. And overall hope to maintain more length, especially during the cold months, through consistent moisturizing and trims.

-POP