Hair Journey Update: Damage From Dye & The Past..Recap

Well its been a long time since I have updated about my hair journey and hair growth goodness I dont know where to start or where I left off so I will just start by telling what I remember and whats going on right now.

Over the months of this year I dyed my hair 3 times. The final time in May, I finally got the results I was looking for which were red. For the month on June I basically went without my Texturemenatural products so I really was not on top of moisturizing my hair like that.

Fast forward to July I finally received my texturemenatural products and began to moisturize my hair. I then noticed that 1the roots of my hair were healthy but the tips would not take in any moisturizer and my hair was shedding like crazy. I mean I lost A LOT of hair! I was getting ready to take photos of my hair at the time to update my blog so I began detangling it with my wide tooth comb. Let me tell you, I have NEVER had such a hard time detangling my hair in my entire LIFE and it wasn’t even as long as it originally was. Hair was falling EVERYWHERE after detangling all of my hair it was STILL TANLGLED!! So I braided it down and washed my hair with acv (Apple Cider Vinegar). (I got some of the apple cider vinegar on my face and I broke out like a motherf*cker the very next day.) After I finished with the acv I put some  leave in conditioner in my hair and the conditioner wouldn’t take to my hair either. It took to the roots but not the ends. Here is a photo of how my hair was looking.

So I went to the internet I did a little research and asked some questions. I did a little something with some tea to revive it but it did not work. At first I thought all I needed was some dusting of my ends because I hadn’t cut my hair in a looong time. But then as I began to cut my hair in sections I realized that I had dyed my hair so much that the ends had been damaged badly. The only reason I knew this because my ends were like that throughout my hair. If it were something else all of my ends would have been split or shedding so much. So after cutting my hair I began to de-tangle it again, it was simple as pie!

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of how my hair looks after the trimming but I definitely took a huge step back growth wise. I had to cut of about HALF of my hair. I went from shoulder length to mid neck length hair. Now I know that I am completely done with dying my hair. Plus the only reason I wanted to dye my hair was so that I could see how much my hair is growing and I got that. So there is no need for dying the rest of my hair. Besides by the time my hair reaches a certain length I’m pretty sure the hair that I had dyed will be gone due to me trimming my ends. So I’m not worried at all.

Right now I braiding my hair in big box braids, about 35 braids using kanekalon hair. Oh and ALSO as I was braiding my 2hair and sectioning it I found something out! I have more than one texture in my hair. That’s answers my question I kept to myself “Why does my hair in the middle of my head take to moisture more?” And the reason why is because its a different texture. I’m not sure what texture it is but the curls are a lot bigger than 4c. The photo I have of them really doesn’t show how curly it is…maybe when my hair grows a little longer I can show it more.

But overall I am very happy with my hair journey. Since this is just a hair journey update I wont tell about anything else I would include how I’m feeling and where my mind set is right now in another post probably for tomorrow morning.

Below are photos of ALL of my progress since November 2012. From my day after my big chop of struggling with high porosity hair to seeing growth to finding the perfect regimen for my hair and lessons learned. I can’t wait until Novermber 2013 so I can compare photos and see my growth. Even though I had to cut my hair I know its A LOT longer than what it was when I started.

-Jazzie

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Hair Journey Update: Progress Pic

I’m not even sure where to start. Well first and foremost I took out my braids two weeks ago and began braiding my hair with catsthe hair I ordered from HairWigHarlem. I will

take photos of the packaging hair and how my hair looks braided with it….I’ll have that posted tomorrow. Before I began rebraiding my hair I decided to dye my hair using Dark & Lovely….I NOW HATE DARK &LOVELY it did nothing but tangle my hair so much that I had to use a COMB in my hair to get the knots out. The color did not come through at all. Never again…so I’m done trying to dye my hair.

Here’s my progress so far. I’m can’t believe I’m actually getting somewhere lol. For my regimen I’m still using texturemenatural healing hair butter and moisturizer.

-Jazzie

Hair Journey: Summer Ideas For Hair…

I’ve really been wanting something new for my hair but since I’m tied up in classes and doing hair is time consuming Im planning for the summer. I’ve been thinking about going back to a sew-in or tracks…whatever they call them now days. But that is absolutely out of the question. Using tracks (for me) equals blending in my hair which means I have to use a brush and that will eventually lead to unnecessary hair loss in whatever part of my hair I continuously brush in order to blend it in.I have been considering making my own half wig or buying a half wig but I really want to stay away from having to blend my hair with things because that’s how my hair begins to thin. But its still a strong possibility. The two main ideas that I really want to pursue and do myself are tree braids or starting box braids and leaving the rest of the hair out so I can style it freely.

kinky curly hair inspiration

Right now, these are my kinky curly inspirations for the type of hair I have been looking for (I lightened the photos so you could see the curl pattern better).The photo to the top left is from modellacewigsandhair.com. The photo to the top right is from rpgshow. The photo to the bottom left is from www.denovohair.com. The bottom right is from www.wigsandclosures.com.         (I DO NOT RECOMMEND PURCHASING FROM ANY OF THESE SITES IM JUST TELLING YOU WHERE I GOT THE PHOTOS FROM).

kinky curly half wigs

Here are some half wigs I have found that I would order if I decided to purchase them. The 1st photo is New Born Free 13018 Spring Half Wig, 2nd photo It’s a Wig FC Perm Yaki Africa, 3rd photo Outre Evony (I’ve had Evony before and she starts out great but she puffs up so much it can be too much to handle, unless you love big hair your going to be trimming that wig like crazy) and 4th photo Its a Wig Fame.

kinky curly braiding hairLast but not least the hair that I am probably going to purchase. Here is the braiding hair I came upon that I plan to use toward my tree braids or leave out box braids experiment.

1st Photo Is Sentionnel Jerry Curl Bulk, 2nd Photo Encore New Deep Bulk By Janet Collection, 3rd Photo Freetress Synthetic Hair Braid Deep Twist Bulk 22, 4th Photo Glance Synthetic Braid Brazilian Curl (Neotura), 5th Photo Hh Water Bulk 18″ By Janet Collection, 6th Photo Outre Vivid Finest Quality Synthetic Blend Bulk – Bohemian Bulk, 7th Photo Glance Synthetic Braid Twin Deep (Neotura), 8th Photo Glance Synthetic Braid French Super, 9th Photo Outre Synthetic Braid Batik Deep Wave Bulk 18

-Jazzie

Hair Journey Update: New & Last Moisturizer Auntie Cookies Moisturizer

So for my recent hair regimen I have been using texturemenatural Auntie Cookies Moisture Cream (16 oz) and Hair Healing Butter (8 oz). it has been working on my hair like a dream. I also have the conditioner but I’ve only used it twice, it works great too and it smells sooooo good. I bought the lemon grass scent. I will never willingly go back to my old regimen unless she stops selling her supplies.

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This is how the moisturizer looked when it arrived. I’m not going to lie, I was a little shocked when I saw the part of the cream that looked like someone poked their finger in it. (Im always suspicious of the USPS. But after using it and reshaping it, I realized it does it on its own. The mailman is innocent! Lol.

To test her products (conditioner, moisturizer, sealer) when I received them, I re-braided my hair but this time shoulder length. Before it was down mid-back. So I cut my long box braids the length I wanted them. Then I un-braided my hair taking each strand of synthetic hair I un-braided and wrapping it in a little piece of silver foil. I did this for each strand so that I could re-use the hair without having to sort it out.

I know some may think why re-use synthetic hair? Its cheap and easy to get. Well for me when the hair has already been braided making it easier to re-braid. If you braid hair then you know with new hair you always have to go through getting the kinks out of the hair and sorting it. With hair that is already braided its been parted and sorted already so its a breeze to re-use. Plus I dont have to spend extra money, so I saved $16.

I did combed my hair with a wide tooth comb to get all of the loose hair out. Then I began re-braiding my hair and moisturizing each strand with the auntie cookies cream and healing butter. It actually took me two weeks to finish my hair completely lol. I was being lazy. I braided every part of my hair except about 10 braids worth of hair in the middle the first two days then I dragged my feet for two weeks. When I went out or to work, I would just put on a hat and no one noticed at all.

So I have been moisturizing with Auntie Cookies Moisturizer and sealer. My last regimen was carols curl mixedauntie cookies moisture cream and conditioner with conditioner then sealed with Rosermary oil and Olive oil. Before I took out my braids from my previous regimen I took photos of how my hair looked after I washed it with Jasons Organic shampoo and moisturized it and sealed it with my old regimen. This time I did the same with Auntie Cookies moisturizer including washing my hair with Jasons Organic shampoo.

To the right is the difference between the two. In my before photo I had my braids in for 19 days. in my after photo I had my braids in for 18 days. With aunties curl cream my hair does not look as dry nor does my scalp look pale. My curl pattern is more dominant and my hair just looks way better lol. I’m very happy with her product not only that but my mom and sis even want it after using it on my 9 month old niece and they’re not even natural, they’re relaxed.

*Update 5/1/13: My sister ordered a sample pack for my niece and she loves it! I ordered the coconut moisturizer and healer along with my sis’s order, unfortunately my hair stop taking in the  moisturizer I guess since the temperature has changed and its hot now. The moisturizer is a light and right now my hair wants heavy moisturizers. So I’ve been using conditioner to moisturize along with the healing butter to seal my hair. I love love love the healing butter!*

If you’re interested in her product her website is http://www.texturemenatural.com/

You can also ask her questions on her fb page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texture-Me-Natural/194003070625953

-Jazzie

Hair Journey Update: Box Braids, Length Checks, After Effects of Dyed Hair

So here’s a recap of my hair journey so far when it comes to styling….

Around July last year, I decided to go natural, transitioning. I hid my hair under half wigs. Skip to November I decided to big chop because I got tired of fighting two textures; relaxed and natural. December, I braided my hair into box braids, inspired by Janet Jackson…I was watching Poetic Justice. January, I made the decision to dye my hair using Carols dye, it was plum but I failed to really retain the color (I’m thinking about re-dyeing it next month). February, I finished braiding my hair into box braids. I’ve made the decision that box braids will now be my primary style since I can no longer successfully blend my hair into half wigs.

2-8-13 4So this is my hair my hair when I was braiding it. It’s now fully braided. I did not take any photos of it finished because I didn’t think it mattered. I did want to show photos of it braided and out though because you could see my dyed hair color in the photo and the texture a lot better. These photos were taken 1/27/12.

How I have been dealing with my texture/Length Check….

4c kinky hair length checkWell the reason why I big chopped was because I got tired of dealing with two textures. Not only that but my hair wasn’t really cooperating with natural products. My relaxed hair reacted fine to everything but my natural hair is a DIVA, it doesn’t just take any old thing lol. So after I big chopped I dealt with my high porosity hair. I found the short term solution to it was moisturizing with conditioner…Jason natural conditioner. Then I found carols curling cream, combined with Pink Lusters Growth which helped keep my hair moisturized and soft but after I ran out of Pink Lusters Growth, I discovered that Carols curling cream by itself is horrible and it is prone to build up. So I went back to using conditioner as my moisturizer. Now at this moment I’m still using carols curl (only to stretch my products so I don’t go through them fast) to moisturize my hair but its mixed with conditioner and rosemary oil. Its working great for now but I JUST ordered some custom made moisturizer from a guru on FB, cost me $50. I WILL be doing a review on it with photos and I will use it on my hair while its braided and when its un-braided.

As for the length check, I have NEVER done one before. I felt like something was missing on this blog and I realized it was the essential LENGTH CHECK photos!! So from month to month I will be show length check photos and my progress.

2-8-13 3After Effects of dying my hair..

After dying my hair I have not really been experiencing any dryness although while its braided my scalp has been feeling a little dry. I think that has to do with my slowing down on moisturizing  I have been getting a little lazy…I used to moisturize 2 times a day but now only one…but tonight I will put the time in. The only thing that I have been really facing after I dyed my hair is knots at the ends of my hair (like in the photo shown with the red circle). Before I dyed my hair I have never experienced that but now I am. Other than that my hair hasn’t been shedding as much. I also haven’t been using any brushing or combs in my hair (except when parting it for braiding). My texture has really been showing great and I love it.

So that’s my hair update for now :).

Thank you,

Jazzie

Hair Journey Update: I Dyed My Hair Using Textures & Tones…Carson Roots of Nature Products Suck!

So I have not updated on my hair journey since Dec. 16. Lets start with what I have been going through since then…

carson softsheen natures of rootsThe first couple of days after taking my box braids out I was experiencing some dryness and rough hair from product build up. It turns out it wasn’t me it was the actual product that I was using as a moisturizer. I had been using softsheen carson roots of nature feathered curl whip cream to moisturize my hair and over time I began to notice how my hair looked and felt very dry the next day but when I spritzed it with water it felt dry. So I took it to the internet and try to find out what was going then I read some reviews on carsons products. Turns out I’m not the only ne having this experience in fact, a lot of women who use the product said over time their hair just doesn’t like the product anymore or the product causes build up…which is exactly what I’m going through. So I have the deep conditioner, 2 bottles of whipped cream curl, the shampoo and 2 bottles of moisturizer…none of them work on my hair properly. So as my moisturizer I had to switch back to using my conditioner “Jason Super Shine Apricot Conditioner” which is an organic product. Its the only conditioner that moisturizers my hair good and right now I’m completely out of it so I’m going to have to run to the store to get some more. This time I will get a different fragrance because the Apricot, no offense/don’t judge me, smells like breath.

So now my regimen is:

  1. Spritzing my hair with water mixed with rosemary oil…A lot of women have told me that I should hold back on the rosemary oil but it works great on my hair, in fact it actually makes it easier to detangle my hair. Something abut rosemary oil penetrates my scalp like a hot shower opens up the pores.
  2. After spritzing my hair I moisturize my hair with Jason Super Shine Apricot Conditioner then I put a shower cap n for 30 min to an hour to make sure the conditioner penetrates my hair.
  3. After the time has passed I take off the shower cap and seal my hair with olive oil/rosemary mix. Olive oil works good on my hair…better than any other oil I have tried.

1dyeWith this regimen I dyed my hair. I was sooo scared but I just went for it. I didn’t do any research except googling if you should wash your hair before dying which is a huge NO and if you do, wait one day after you have done so

The dye I used was Texture & Tones with the hair color 3rv Plum. Let me just say I failed. I had no clue how to put the color on my hair and I was scared to leave it on because I know dying your hair could cause dryness and breakage so I took it off after 20 minutes even though your suppose to wait 30 minutes if you are natural. So heres the result and as you can see theres not much of a difference. The color only shows when I’m in the light outside, it was dark out yesterday when I took these photos so I could not use natural light.textures and tones plum dye

So the question for me is, Am I still natural even if I dyed my hair?

My answer: Fuck yeah am I!

I wear half wigs, I dyed my hair and I’m still natural, problem?

Last but not least here is my growth since now the big chop! So proud of myself.

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-Jazzie

My Routine For Washing My Box Braids

shampooing clamps and deep treatmentAlrighty, so heres my routine for washing

The products I used for washing my hair:

-4 large clips or butterfly clamps ($1.99 from beauty supply store or bss)

– SOFT SHEEN CARSON ROOTS OF NATURAL REMEDIES shea butter green tea nurturing repair shampoo (cost $7.49 from bss)

– SOFT SHEEN CARSON ROOTS OF NATURAL REMEDIES shea butter green reconstructing deep treatment ($7+ from bss)

What I did for shampooing:

I started by braiding my braids into 4 separate sections then I used the clips to keep the ends from unraveling. Then I got in the shower and made sure that my hair was completely wet (I always take a complete shower whenever I wash my hair….force of habit).

After that I unraveled one section of my hair and went through each row of my braids in that section applying my shampoo and massaging my scalp…when you go to shampoo your hair, you may notice that it doesn’t bubble as much as would when your hair is out, that is completely fine. After I finished applying the shampoo I rinsed that section with water thoroughly then braided it back up and put the clip at the end. I did this to each section. Then after I was done I did a quick rinse to make sure all of the shampoo was out.

I  knew  my scalp was clean and clear from the shampoo because..well some water from my hair had gotten into my eye and it didn’t burn lol. But seriously when my hair is clean and clear of shampoo; I can see my scalp better when I part it, it feels lighter, my braids were tighter when I braided them into sections and sometimes theres a squeak of clean to it (might only be my hair).

What I did for conditioning:

As for conditioning, I used the deep treatment and I followed the directions on the bottle. I applied it to my hair the same way I did with shampooing. Section by section…then I let the deep treatment in my hair for a few minutes…while I waited on the deep treatment to kick in, I just took a shower. Then after I was done I rinsed it out section by sectioned and rebraided my hair back into for sections.

The green tea in the deep treatment REALLY penetrates the nostrils in a good way…this will definitely be my go to conditioner and shampoo.

2012-11-28_18-40-19_92Drying My Hair:

Ever since my whole high porosity dilemma I have not put any type of heat to my hair and I wont! So what I did was take my hair out of the four braided sections. Wrapped my hair in a towel and began to wring them out. I then re-braided my hair…I keep rebraiding it because it helped get the water out but try not to manipulate your hair as much as I did…you don’t want to put too much stress on your hair.

Afterwards I took out the braids again because they felt a little damp I had gotten most of the water out. I let them air dry a little then I moisturized my hair..I have other posts on how I moisturize…I put my satin bonnet on the ends of my braids as much. As I could, I put the bonnet on my head and wrapped a silk scarf around the rest of my hair and the bonnet (so the bonnet wouldn’t come off) and I went to sleep like that…with a towel on my pillow, just in case it got wet.

When I woke up my hair was still a little wet but not noticeably….when I went out and about my hair eventually dried on its own.

Hair Tip: Dipping Ends of Braids Dry Method

Depending on the hair you are using…after a while, with all the dipping in hot water, the ends will start to look trashy and ashy…I usually don’t keep them in for longer than three weeks after I start dipping.

There is a way to get your ends straight OR curly without using hot water
for the curly method: if you are wearing braids that are loose at the ends, just blow them straight with a hand-held dryer (the braid hair can be dry or damp, doesn’t matter) —the blowing will make the hair super-straight, then you can braid them up, leave them over-night, undo them in the morning and you will have wavy braids.  You can do this over and over for several weeks. The hair wont get trashy like it does with hot water over time…when you undo the braids, just add a little light oil to give it some sheen.
Now, to get the hair straight, all you have to do is use a blow-dryer once again with a comb attachment and blow the hair on the highest setting. it will become super-straight, without the use of hot water. You can do this over and over for several weeks.
Credit to: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/dipping-your-ends-in-hot-water_topic113254_page1.html