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Coconut Oil & Rosemary Tea Spray April 11, 2012

Filed under: Hair,Routine — trntm @ 7:00 pm

Made some rosemary tea spray (brew rosemary and filtered water) and added that plus coconut oil to my hair before bed. It felt soooo soft and amazing. I need to do this more often.

I am loving my hair! It hangs down now more instead of head north. It still heads east and west though, so some days I’m rocking football shaped hair 🙂

I only plan on having it loose for about a week to a week and a half before twisting it up for a month. My goal is to try some flat twists or…maybe attempt a cornroll or two and twist the back.

I must keep in mind that my hair is WAVY not curly. It doesn’t do the cute little curlies, instead it waves with a few curls at the end. I am accepting that, since it’s hard to find hair examples like mine with tiny waves that don’t curl. It’s hard to describe, but then again, some say my hair is curly.

I am trying out banana clips instead of ponytail holders to see if they work just as well with less stress. Putting them in is hard, but with practice I’m sure I’ll get it.

Also, learned detangling/combing through my hair with my fingers is better, it clumps the curls and is gentler on my hair. I love it…except when I don’t. That’s when I really need to get rid of shed hair, I turn to my comb, but for wash and go’s, I finger comb for better clumping.

What are you loving about your hair?


PYE Week 7 and PIH February 26, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,PIH,Routine,Skin — trntm @ 11:22 pm

Not much to update. The PYE challenge is going well, did a simple bun this week. Nothing new, no new styles or products or routines, just staying with what works. My PIH has been improving, been using AMBI and cocoa butter cream. Also the makeup has kept my hands out of my face, plus being stuck on the couch sick also helps 😛



PYE Week 6 February 19, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,Routine — trntm @ 4:31 am

Week 6 was great. Hair is still doing well, not doing a lot to it. Found that large braids pulled into a bun is a simple, quick do that keeps my ends detangled and allows me to rinse without worrying about matting from twists. Nothing much to add. Hair is still amazing, I have been switching detangling methods. One week, I’ll finger detangle since it leaves such amazing clumpy curls, the next week I’d use a comb to detangle since my hair is very fine and I don’t want to worry about matting.

Braids have helped tremendously with matting. I am still slow with braids, so I haven’t worked myself up to making small braids, though that would be a nice hairstyle for 2-3 weeks, especially since it doesn’t seem to tangle and mat as much when I rinse my hair in braids.

Hair is nicely moisturized and I’m trying to resist the temptation to do more. Do more styles like the other challengers, do more oil treatments, mosturizer treatments, try new products, etc. My hair seems to like this plain and simple routine of wash weekly, add conditioner, install 6 big braids and pull into a bun. Repeat. My hair is amazing, honestly, the curls pop so much and they are clumping in bigger sections now, it’s like a new head of hair…though other RL issues are going on as well, so maybe that has a lot to do with it too.

Other things have been going on as well, I’ve been getting crafty a’la Jen over at BabyMakingMachine and making a cool shirt project that I can’t wait to share. Also started sewing with a friend, our next project is a baby blanket which should be fun.


PYE Week 5 February 12, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,Routine — trntm @ 4:12 pm

Week 5 was much better. My hair has finally “rebalanced” and is soft and moisturized. I was able to keep the last braids for almost two weeks before washing them and my ends are amazing! The generous trimming has been paying off, but not in terms of length, but at least my ends are healthy and shiny and smooth like seaweed.

I wore six big braids this past week that were wrapped around each other towards the back and placed in a low bun. Flowers made the bun look a bit different each day, though I need to experiment more with scarves.

To be honest, I haven’t had my mind on my hair that much, other RL things are going on. This is probably a good thing for my hair as well, since I tend to do the braided bun and leave it alone aside from spraying my rosemary spray daily.

No length check, I plan on doing that at the end of the challenge. I have noticed that my curls are clumping more and that some of them are hanging lower than before, but nothing official yet.


PYE Week 4 Check Up & PIH February 5, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,PIH,Routine,Skin — trntm @ 8:38 pm

Week 4! One month down, two more to go! 1/3 of the way through the challenge!!!

Pretty much the same as Week 3-braided multipony, sealed with conditioner, rosemary spritz daily or every other day. I’m not doing a length check until the end of the challenge to minimize breakage from stretching/heat. The rosemary spray is awesome, don’t know why I stopped doing it…o, I remember, I wouldn’t use the whole batch and then I’d get mold in the bottle-gotta love no preservatives 😛 Well, my hair loves that it’s back, I don’t even have to rinse my scalp as often, just spray daily and no more itch 🙂

For my PIH, I have been wearing makeup in public, which keeps my hands away from my face and the next goal is to start a backing soda & lemon facial scrub. I am trying to do more natural treatments of the acne and PIH and there is hope that if I can keep my hands away from my face and picking my scars (I know, gross) everything will fade away successfully. ow do I know that? Thanks to my nostril pimple-LOL! I got a pimple on my lower nostril where the nose meets the mouth area, it’s a hard to read place and getting a pimple there was really odd. It left the usually dark spot (bummer) but it faded really quickly, maybe four weeks. Mostly because it’s so inconvient that my fingers and hands don’t go there. So now I need to find ways to keep my hands away from my face and skin, which is a never ending battle. Any tips?


PYE Week 3 January 29, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,Routine — trntm @ 2:50 am

Week 2 of the PYE Challenge wasn’t that good. At all. Thankfully my hair was tucked away. Unfortunately, my hair was tucked away, so it was later in the week when I realized just how dry and “icky” my hair felt. So Week 3 of the PYE Challenge was focused on rebalancing my hair.

To help remedy that, I did a baking soda deep treatment.

Basically, I cowashed my hair.

Then I applied a baking soda-conditioner mix. 1/3 baking soda to 2/3 conditioner.

I applied the mixture to my hair and cover with a plastic bag.

After 30-45 minutes, I rinse the mixture out and follow with a light AVC rinse.

I did twelve big braids and then flat braided those braids together to go around my head and meet in the back. I then made a ponytail, braided the end and tucked the ends.

I did the multipony tail again with the big braids.

So far, much less tangles and scalp more moisturized thanks to my rosemary spritz. Next time I do the baking soda deep treatment, I don’t think I’ll follow with the ACV rinse, my hair was so soft after the DT, but then the ACV rinse made it feel “squeaky”. I almost feel like I’m relearning my hair for this challenge, which is odd since it didn’t give me any trouble in terms of moisture and dryness the entire latter part of the year and I was wearing the multipony weekly and keeping my ends tucked away. Perhaps less is more and the braided multi-pony with rosemary spritz is all I need. The whole sealing my ends with oils hasn’t worked so far and left my hair worse than before, so I’ll be returning to sealing with conditioner after I cowash. Wish me luck.

Have you tried anything new in your hair that didn’t work out as planned?


Results of Hot Oil Treatment January 11, 2012

Filed under: Hair,Routine — trntm @ 4:22 pm

One word: yuck

I know, I know. Hot oil treatments are like the magic spell for hair. I slowly heated some coconut oil and added a bit of honey. I added the oil mixture to my hair, loosely made four big twists and walked around the house for about an hour with a plastic cap.

When I washed it out, my hair felt yuck! It was strawlike and the hair strands felt rough.

While washing I remembered talk about porosity and how my hair has low porosity, so I did a quick internet search and discovered that other naturals with low porosity hair also have bad results with oil, which is true for me. I always thought I was doing something wrong! I also discovered that too much ACV can have the same effect, hence why after one wash with ACV and the hair is great, but after multiple rinses, not so much.

There was also good news about my baking soda and why my hair loved it. Since it opens the cuticle, it allows moisture into my hair, hence why my hair felt great after the baking soda deep treatments 🙂

Now at least I know why oil and my hair don’t really agree, but now I need to find a new method to seal my ends. Any suggestions?