Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How you know it's time to "protective style"

I can't tell you all how many times I have read or seen a youtube video where they tell you to listen to your hair!?! But what does that really mean? Or they will say get to know and learn your hair!!? Me personally, I have a love hate relationship with Zoe (my hair). I've achieved some great styles and I've had some epic fails! The longer she gets, the longer and harder it is to take care of. Lately, my relationship has been mostly hate and I knew it was time to do something before I did anything drastic. We all need a break sometimes :) 

-Don't take this list seriously, it is my satire of how I knew it was time to get a protective style!

Friday, August 23, 2013

My henna experience

The powdered leaves of the henna plant are used as a dye to color hair and for body art tattoos. To get the best color pay off, you should use body art quality henna as the dye content is greater. The more you use it, the greater the results. Henna will produce a red-orange caste on the hair meaning the lighter your hair is to begin with, the more vibrant the color. Some benefits of using henna are: it is an all natural way to color your hair (can get rid of grays with multiple application or brighten the hair), makes the hair stronger with less breakage and split ends, produces smoother shinier hair, and it can make the hair more manageable. *Note- henna can loosen the curl pattern which is what causes tighter, kinkier curl patterns to seem more manageable and easier to comb! According to Curly Nikki, this typically affects naturals with a loose S-curl wave but other curl patterns may notice a difference too with continued use. I didn't think much of this warning due to the nature of my hair and I did experience some curl loosening but no change to my pattern*  

That is just a brief synopsis about henna! There is a wealth of knowledge online so do your research before trying anything. So straight to the point: what I did, how it loosened my curl pattern and affected my color, and what I'll do next! 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Blow out Product Review!

The last time I attempted to blow my hair out was for my 18 month natural length check. Now, at 21 months natural, I decided I wanted to do mini twists on my hair so I opted to do a blow out to try and prevent the twists from shrinking up. Many of us use the tension method to get the hair as straight as possible but it is really time consuming. Also, it can be rather difficult to maneuver the blowdryer and a denman brush and keep the hair stretched all at the same time. The struggle of it all led me to search for a different blow dryer that was shaped like a big brush so I could eliminate the awkwardness of the tension method and reduce the time for styling. The following are my reviews of the Conair 3 in 1 styler blowdryer and the Nubian Heritage heat protectant leave-in conditioning cream.