Checking in

 

Hey there!!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made any posts. Thought I’d do a quick check-in.

All is well these days. I’ve had quite a trying year, being pulled in many different directions and didn’t have a lot of time to put into here. But hey, the year is almost over and things are smoothing out.

Though I have not been very active blogging, I have been keeping up with all things related to natural hair and all of the going ons in the community :-). Including being in on curlBOX and the NaturalBOX, trying various natural hair products and deciding on a newer set of staple products.

I have some ideas and plans in the works for this blog including a new look/layout. In the mean time I thought I’d touch base, say hi and share a few pictures that I’d taken showing a recent wash & go.

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wash & go

 

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wash & go showing natural curl pattern and shrinkage

Cya soon!!!

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Checking in

Hi there!

I needed to take a moment to check in. 2011 is now behind us (HAPPY NEW YEAR) and it is onward & upward into 2012. I had so many experiences and milestones in 2011 and one that I’ve been most proud of is accomplishing the low to no heat & manipulation natural hair challenge that I put myself on. I learned so much about natural hair in general as well as my hair, its texture, what works for it and what doesn’t work. Continue Reading

I’ve missed my blog….

I’m finally getting a moment to catch up with my blog and give a fill in to everything that has kept me away from blogging. I’ve been m.i.a. for the last few months because I relocated from Ohio to S. Florida. I made a 1,300 mile move across country to start a new position with my company. A move that was a bit unexpected and happened really quickly.  Continue Reading

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?