Friday, August 19, 2016

5 Gorgeous Pictorials for Natural Hairstyles

Do you need some hairstyle ideas?  Well, check these out:

6 Oils for Hair Growth + The Studies to Support Them

1. Peppermint oil - induces the growth stage of the hair cycle

  • It "facilitates hair growth by promoting the conservation of vascularization of hair dermal papilla, which may contribute to the induction of early anagen stage."
  • It increases “the depth, size, and number of hair follicles.
  • More details in previous post: Study || Peppermint Essential Oil for Hair Growth

2. Pumpkin Seed Oil - treatment for mild to moderate androgenetic alopecia

  • When taken orally.
  • The results of the study showed that pumpkin seed oil (PSO) had a pronounced effect on hair growth compared to the the placebo.
  • More details in previous post: Study || Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Growth
3. Palm oil prevents water-induced swelling of damaged hair

More details in previous post: Study || Palm Oil + Conditioning Damaged Hair

4. Coconut oil - reduce damage by combing and hygral fatigue

  • Coconut oil has been shown to penetrate the hair and reduce keratin loss (J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92).
  • It can minimize damage by hygral fatigue - stress on the hair strand due to water uptake and eventual evaporation (J Cosmet Sci. 2001 May-Jun;52(3):169-84.).
  • More details in previous post: Retaining the Hair You Grow: Chapter 1

5. Olive oil - moisturize (yes, moisturize) the hair strand

Olive oil can also penetrate into the cortex (J Cosmet Sci. 2005, p. 299)

6. Avocado oil - moisturize the hair strand

Avocado oil can also penetrate into the cortex (J Cosmet Sci. 2005, p. 299)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mixology || How to Make Whipped Cocoa Butter for Hair!

I'm running low on my whipped shea butter but have a ton of cocoa butter in storage; So, I figured "why not make a whipped cocoa butter?"

In researching existing recipes, I came across this lovely one on YouTube.  Check it out!


1 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Jamaican Black Castor Oil
1/4 cup Almond Oil
1/4 cup Avocado Oil
5-10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, Patchouli Oil, Clove Essential Oil

The instructions are in the video below:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Protective Style Lookbook || Elegant Natural Updo

By popular demand, this is a series showcasing various protective hair styles.  Protective styling does not have to be boring. :o)

Model: JourneyToWaistlength

Difficulty level: 3/5

Description: Hair is stretched and curled with Curlformers then pinned into this elegant updo.


Friday, July 15, 2016

My Hair Story || How I Went from a TWA to Waistlength (2008-2013)

For as long as I've been writing on here, I don't think I've ever shared with you how my natural hair journey began.  With a new determination to grow my hair back to waistlength, I will start with that background information.  Here it goes:

I big chopped in February 2008 down to a one-inch shrunken TWA (about 4-4.5 inches stretched). I big chopped because I was tired of my relaxed hair. To me, natural hair looked healthier, stronger, more beautiful, fun, and versatile.  I was also sick of having short hair.  My tresses would constantly thin out and break at the ends due to the chemical treatment of relaxers.  I wanted to have long, healthy hair of my own ... and seeing other women with my kinky texture reaching that milestone made me believe!

During my first year natural, I wore mostly wash-n-gos, fros, puffs, and twist outs and eventually moved towards protective styling in twists. My hair was super low maintenance initially (because it was short), so I could co-wash/wash multiple times per week and condition with inexpensive instant conditioners. Early on, my products consisted of VO5 Moisture Milk conditioner, LustraSilk Cholesterol conditioner, Crème of Nature shampoo, oils and shea butter.

After a couple of years, my regimen became more suited to my growing hair. The switchover was to a mostly low manipulation routine, which included less detangling (and thus, less breakage) of my longer hair and longer protective style periods. My goal was length retention and health, so I did the research beforehand on what exactly I needed to do to avoid any major mistakes. Circa 2010/2011, I eventually settled into the routine of wearing twists monthly, detangling monthly, and washing + conditioning weekly or bi-weekly (while in my twists). My staple products also changed to extra virgin coconut oil, Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo, Suave Naturals Conditioner, and shea butter mixed with oils (coconut, olive, safflower, etc.). For my twist routine, check this “twist series” label on my blog.

It took me about 5 years to reach my goal of waist-length in early 2013. Though I avoided some major mistakes along the way, I did learn some valuable lessons about my hair. For one, my hair and the salon are not a good mix. (I had a setback – an unwanted and uneven cut – after visiting a salon a few years into my journey.) For two, protective styling and super low manipulation are my hair’s best friends.

Stay tuned for the next chapter - The Difficult Balance of Enjoying My Hair While Growing It  Out (2013-now) ...


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