My natural hair care pampering sessison

Happy belated 4th of July!

So, I’m seeing where I’m developing this pattern (that I will soon be breaking) of being a little late with some things. Happy belated 4th of July :). I hope everyone enjoyed and had a safe holiday. Over the holiday weekend, and a few days after, I was in much need of some overdue rest and relaxation. So, I “checked out” for a while icon smile My natural hair care pampering sessison I enjoyed some much needed me time, pampering myself with a mani & pedi, facial and some special treatments to my hair.

Over the holiday I also enjoyed a cookout or two, good food, good people, a few glasses of wine, hanging out by the pool, getting a little sun, working out, reading an inspiring book, a tad bit of shopping and watched the fireworks. All things that I don’t get to enjoy enough of on a regular basis. Long overdue and I really enjoyed it all. Now I’m feeling a bit more re-energized and ready to tackle those things that are ahead of me. [Read more…]

Product Review: CURLS Curl Souffle Medium Curl Cream

This is an update to the post I made on Looking for a good hair cream, pomade or styler for medium hold during the summer months.  CURLS Curl Souffle Medium Curl Cream is one of the two styler hair products for natural hair care that I was looking into trying and reviewing.  I ordered the Curl Souffle from the internet because from my research I found that it is not sold in a brick and mortar store. When I received it I was really excited to try it. After opening and getting a whiff of the sweet and fruity wonderful fragrance I was pleased and even more excited. I really like how thick and creamy the souffle textured cream is.

Here’s how I used it:

I chose the twist & curl (dry) style. I let my hair air dry after washing, conditioning, detangling and applying my leave-in conditioner. I denman brushed about twelve even sections, applying about a quarter size amount of the Curl Souffle to each section evenly distributing the product through my hair. Then I double strand twisted each section and rolled the ends with small flexi rods letting the twists set for a day.

After my twist & curl (dry) set I took it down and realized that I may be in love with this product! My curls were well defined, springy and bouncy. My locks were very moisturized with a lot of sheen. This souffle cream defrizzes, defines, and has a soft natural hold for my curls while locking in moisture. This curly hair product works really well for my thick hair. Though I have only used it once I must say that I am very pleased so far and look forward to using it again as part of my natural hair care regimen. CURLS Curl Souffle is on board as a staple for me icon smile Product Review: CURLS Curl Souffle Medium Curl Cream

I’m a newbie to the CURLS line of products. What are some other products in their line that you’ve tried? Which ones would you recommend?

Nurture & Healing natural hair challenge update

Hi There!

Time for a status update on my nurture & heal challenge. In order to correct the bad ways and habits that I had of caring for and styling my natural hair I officially started this challenge in March 2011. In the fall of 2010, when I was still flat ironing my locks weekly, I experienced quite a bit of damage and breakage as a result of having my hair lightened and excessive heat damage. It has since been a little over three months since I have committed myself to a low manipulation and moisturization regimen. Sooooo here’s my status:

First off, I must confess. Since starting this challenge, I have straightened my hair 3 times:

  • To do the first length and damage check and to have ends clipped
  • When attending a job fair
  • And, today actually to get my ends clipped again

For me, to only have straightened my hair 3 times in a 3 month period is really good. A huge improvement! Aside from those 3 times I have been really good at sticking to wearing my natural hair texture with minimal to no heat. Additionally;

  • I experimented with, discovered and perfected the wash & go
  • My staple styles have been; wash & go, twist & curl or a bun
  • 2 times a month I’d d0 deep conditioning masque
  • I’ve limited my shampooing to 2 times a month
  • In the course of a week I am averaging two co-washes
  • Any style that I wear I allow my hair to air dry

When I went for my first hair trim the stylist recommended that I have the ends trimmed every three to four weeks. I didn’t follow that recommendation. Though I know I need to keep up with having the damaged hair trimmed, I didn’t want to risk straightening my hair that often in order to have it cut.

I plan to tweak my regime a bit from this point forward, especially for the summer. In addition to the things that I’ve been doing for this challenge, next up I’m striving for:

  • NO HEAT
  • Doing a status update and trim every 3 months
  • To do a protein treatment once a month
  • Try to wean myself from products that have the silicones, sulfates etc.
  • Do weekly hot oil treatments
  • Only straighten when it is time for a cut
  • Try a few more natural hair style to wear
  • Drink 64oz water a day
  • Consistently take my multivitamins

With putting myself on this challenge, so  far I have noticed quite a bit of growth and a lot less shedding. I have really gotten to know my hair texture, what is working for it and what does not. I have become alot more self assured with confidently wearing my natural big hair icon smile Nurture & Healing natural hair challenge update I will post some current pictures soon.

Have you ever tried a natural hair challenge? If so, what are some of the things you’ve done as a part of your challenge?