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: I Finally Got the Red I Wanted! Textures & Tones

MAYSo this month  I went for it! I know I said after dealing with Dark & Lovely that it would be my last run with dying my hair but I just had to give it another try. I used textures and tones Red Hot. The lightest red that they had available. This time around I didn’t suffer and any tangles. I left it in my hair for maybe 32 min because I was watching Bad Girls Club Reunion (TEAM SHANROCK!) lol.

I am sooo happy with the results. I rinsed my hair with cold to warm water. Then instead of using shampoo I used ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) to clean my hair. I used the conditioner provided with the dye. My hair loooves that conditioner I think I will switch to that conditioner whenever I clean my hair from now on even though its sulfate. I only wash my hair maybe once or twice a month. Here are the results, in the photo and no I haven’t suffered any major hair loss just the regular shedding. I had just finished moisturizing and sealing my hair so my shrinkage had set in. When I take my photos of my hair progress I usually have my hair fluffed out using water only.

In the photo I have my hair braided in the front in preparation for my half wig. I’m not the best braider lol so don’t make fun of me, I try! The earrings I made, I plan on wearing them for graduation. I really want to wear my natural hair for graduation but when I told my mom she looked at me and said NO you can wear your natural hair any day but graduation. Honestly I agree even though it seems as though its against the whole going natural journey I still don’t feel comfortable with everyone seeing my hair yet. I do plan on wearing my natural hair by the end of this year though.

lllI can honestly say that this will be the last time I dye my hair. I got the results I have been wanting for a very long time and the point behind me dying my hair was just so that I can see my growth progress better. Plus once my hair grows to my desired length, 23 inches, it will look like a nice ombre color :D…unless I end up trimming it .

Heres my length check for this month. That was my hair in January/Feb now its May. Doesn’t look like much of a difference but its grown a tiny bit…might be due to me dying my hair too much. Hopefully by December I’ll be able to see a huge difference.

-Jazzie

My Experience with Tarot Card Readers on Etsy 2013 (Part 5)

The next Etsy seller that I purchased from was Truthseeker1111 by Charlotte https://www.etsy.com/shop/Truthseeker1111

I purchased  5 Question Love Psychic Email Reading for $25.

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My reading from Charlotte:
 Hello Jazzie. Thanks so much for your patience and for giving me the opportunity to answer your questions for you.
 
I have copied/pasted below your questions and will respond to them in blue:
 
Jazzie Bday: Aug, 28, 1992 My questions are.. –
Will I ever get married, if so when? I feel you will get married at 25 between March and May of that year.
What changes do I need to make in my life, to attract the person that I will want to spend my life with? yours is a sacrifice of love as you will be the one giving so much to others that sometimes you may feel like you are not getting back as much.After a few losses in love you will become sensitized to the pain the love can cause and become a more understanding mate as you need to understand you have the christ energy of love so you serve a higher purpose in love as you make many sacrifices for others. People are uplifted by your presence. Your path is a very spiritual one and you can be tempted into affairs and romantic encounters..very youthful energies you have. You may choose someone who is broken or unworthy so you can try to fix that person so your love can heal them, but this can result in victim/savior co dependent relationship.You have no problems loving but you need to know and remember to give to yourself and when you should say no to others. There needs to be a balance of giving and receiving before the right man comes to you..you need to be open to receive and allow someone to give to you too.
Is the person that I will be in a relationship with in future, located where I live? Well spirit shows you have been worried about this and has been on your mind even at night perhaps. I feel you have a powerful connection with this person located near you and i feel you want things to grow and I feel you may be trying to manifest your hearts desire with this person, but spirit clearly shows me at this time that there are many obstacles in the way still.
Have I met the person that I would like to spend my life with and marry? No
Does my ex miss me or has he met someone else? I feel he is with others or another as I am shown he is trying to make a decision in matters of love and this is about a choice between two people….I feel the other is you. I feel he is trying to balance his life and I feel he is away..traveling over water. He is very ambitious. There is a female in his life that is very passionate and bossy type.He seems to be juggling his emotions right now so I do feel he does misses you as I feel he is trying to consider his options as he is trying to back away some to balance them as I feel emotionally too much is going on with him..like he has too much on his plate, so to speak.
 
Love
Charlotte~~
 
http://www.truthseeker1111.com/ for Psychic Readings 

Be beautiful inside which is most precious
I later asked her:
Hi Charlotte,
I’m sorry for contacting you so late but I just have one question about the answer you gave. What did you mean but I have the Christ energy of love?
Her response:
 Hi Jazzie. Just means that you have this special way about you where you may be able to forgive others more easily then other people. You have more compassion and your heart is very open as you tend to give so much of yourself to help others just as Christ gave himself for all. So means you sacrifice alot of yourself and time to help others which heals people..which is similar to Christ.
 
http://www.truthseeker1111.com/ for Psychic Readings 

Be beautiful inside which is most precious
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My Perspective on it:

Let me just say, I was completely satisfied with this reading because this woman not only gave me answers but she told me things about myself that I have never let anyone know. When she mentioned “You may choose someone who is broken or unworthy so you can try to fix that person so your love can heal them, but this can result in victim/savior co dependent relationship”  and “Well spirit shows you have been worried about this and has been on your mind even at night perhaps”; it gave me a feeling that she may be the real deal or either she knows her stuff. I do have a habit of attracting and being lured  to people who..need a hand and I do look to help them in some way. I also have been worried about who will be in my future and I have lost sleep over it. This is one of the readings that I honestly “chose” to believe or use as a guide of some sort. I understand that not everything said is on point but it gives me a little sense of direction…Maybe it was something I needed to read. Either way Im very satisfied with it.

-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

Confession: The Real Reason Why I Went Natural (Short & Sweet)

477862_526736827342433_446413950_oI’ve talked a lot about my experiences with being natural, going natural, etc…but I’ve never talked about exactly why i went natural. So here it is…The reason why I decided to go natural was because the front of my hair was not growing. My hair overall and my edges in the front were dry, frail and breaking with every touch….its a wonder that I wasn’t bald. While the rest of my hair was spiraling down my back…I was too ashamed to even show it because the front of my hair was so short. I didn’t even have a bang and I barely saw my real hair on a good day nor did I ever take a photo of it.

Whats the point of having long hair if you can’t even be proud and show it? So I aspire to have healthy and long hair. I don’t want just a strand or two of my hair to be 24 inches…I want all of it to be even and thick…and I’m prepared and dedicated to get it that way. Patience is the key.

-Jazzie

Recipe: Hair Stimulating Regrowth Conditioner

IMG_2511Ingredients:

3-4 drops of Rosemary essential oil

1 tsp of olive oil1 egg, beaten

Directions:

Blend all ingredients well in a bowl. Apply to hair. Leave in hair for 15 minutes. Then rinse. A shampoo maybe be needed after rinsing mixture from hair.

The Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive-Oil-in-Bottle-Olives-PostersOlive oil is the perfect oil to use to restore and replenish dry hair. Olive oil will give your usually dull and drab hair a healthy dose of shine by making it moisturized and healthy. Olive oil can also help soften your hair, making it more pliable and it can help cure a dandruff problem.

  • One of the best advantages of using olive oil for hair is that it helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss. Most people have hair loss because of the presence of a hormone called DTH which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Applying olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on the scalp, thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss.
  • The presence of antioxidants in olive oil makes it an appropriate hair oil that promotes overall scalp health. The hair damage caused due to excessive use of chemical based hair products can be treated with the help of olive oil, thus giving room for growth of healthy hair.
  • Apart from the fact that olive oil is an effective treatment for hair loss, it also acts as a natural conditioner for hair. In other words, applying olive oil on hair makes it shiny and soft.
  • The antifungal and antibacterial properties of olive oil is a great way to get rid of problems like dandruff and head lice. Moreover, massaging your hair with a mixture of olive oil and lavender oil is very relaxing and acts as a great stress buster.

How to use olive oil in your regimen:

*As a pre-poo: Apply olive oil to dry or damp hair > cover with a plastic cap> leave on for 15 to 30mins or overnight >follow with your wash day regimen

*As a hot oil treatment/oil rinse: Warm olive oil in a double boiler >apply to hair after you have shampoo’d or co-washed >cover with a plastic cap and leave on for 30mins >rinse with warm water >and follow with the rest of your regimen*

*As a sealer: After applying your water-based moisturizer, apply a little olive oil to the length of your strands and pay special attention to your ends

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Olive oil can also be used in your skin care regimen. If you follow the oil cleansing method, where you apply oil to your face as your cleanser. Olive oil is a great option because it is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and K. These antioxidants help diminish dark spots and heal scars.

Credit to:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/texture-me-natural/benefits-of-olive-oil/433962536656359

 

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/olive-oil-for-hair-growth.html

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/87040-benefits-olive-oil-hair/#ixzz243PXus32

List of water and aloe based moisturizing leave-in conditioners/mosturizers

As I Am DoubleButter Cream Rich Daily Moisturizer

As I Am Moisture Milk Daily Hair Revitalizer

B.A.S.K. Beauty Silk & Honey Latte’ Detangling Hair Milk

Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk

Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion

CURLS Cashmere Curls Leave-In Conditioner

Curly Kinks Satin Roots Natural Leave-In Detangler

Curly Kinks Twist Whip

Darcy’s Botanicals Shea Butter Curl Moisturizing Cream

DevaCare One Condition

HoneyChile Hair Love Lush Curl Custard

HoneyChile Hair Love Nectar Leave-In Conditioner

JessiCurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner

Koils by Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner

Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In

Metamorphosis Coil Fetish Daily Moisturizer

Metamorphosis Kinky Kocktail Leave-In Conditioner

MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk

MyHoneyChild Sweet Almond Hair Milk

Natty Moist

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Oyin Handmade Juice (Frank Juice, Greg Juice, Juices & Berries)

Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding

Oyin Handmade Shine Define

Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

Reve Essentials Hair and Body Moisturizer

Texture Me Natural Aunt Cookie’s MoistureCream

 

Credit to: https://www.facebook.com/notes/texture-me-natural/moisturizing-leave-in-conditionersstylers/465915990127680

Hair Journey: Big Chop Progress

My big chop progress has been going great. Right now I am in the progress of doing my hair in box braids. I started this natural journey back in June and now I  am in the big chop stage. So far I have completed my goal of finding a usual moisturizer (Lusters Pink GrowComplex), shampoo (SoftSheen Carson) and deep treatment/conditioner (Softsheen Carson Shea Butter Green Tea Reconstructing Deep Treatment).  As my protein treatment I will just be using cream peanut butter…yes the type that you make  sandwich with…its cheap and easy to put on.

I have received my hairfinity pills and I start taking them today. I know some people are against that but its my choice and your problem. So far without pills my hair seems as though it has grown. But since I am putting my hair in box braids then I won’t see the progress until I have taken them out which is why I am posting my progress now instead of Dec. 11.

So just a quick zip through my pictures. My first photo is the big chop, I started off with dry hair along with uneven and still some relaxed hair attached. My second photo I trimmed all the relaxed hair and had just moisturized my hair with conditioner and African pride moisturizer (that moisturizer sucks!) and combed it out. In my 3rd photo I had just finished spritzing my hair with water and combed it out with my wide tooth comb.

So that’s my journey so far! Thanks for reading!

-Jazzie

Goal Completed: Found A Good Moisturizer! Softsheen Carson Mango Oil & Cupuacu Butter Feather Whipped Curl Cream &Pink Growcomplex 3000 Hair Dress Review

So I am so happy to say that I no longer am in need of a good moisturizer because I found them! How did I know I found the right moisturizer?  Well I tried doing twists on my hair. Before i did the big chop and I had long hair I still had a problem with high porosity and I could not retain moisture well. So every time I went to twist my hair the twist would never stay in and the ends would never twist right…now…with the big chop + moisture..the twist stayed in overnight honey! I mentioned the moisturizers I used before…and I just wanted to correct myself. I said the curl moisturizer I was using was shea butter but that was incorrect. The name of the curl cream is SOFTSHEEN CARSON Mango oil & Cupuacu Butter Feather Whipped Curl Cream. The other moisturizer I m using is Pink GrowComplex 3000 Hair Dress.

Now with the curl cream after I spritz my hair with water I apply it first. It helps bring out/define my curls. Since it’s dense I use it as part of my moisturizer because it stays on well over night. With the Pink GrowComplex…its  very light cream. I apply that to my hair after I apply the curl cream. The Pink GrowComplex helps soften my hair, makes it feel stronger and keeps the moisture in…its kind of like a seal for my hair, I actually don’t even need to use my little olive oil/coconut oil mixture as a seal anymore because this works fine by its self.

I actually went 2 days without moisturizing my hair and it still stayed moist. When I spritz it with water my hair just revives and feels better. My hair doesn’t get greasy from it but depending on how much you use it could feel a little like product build up overtime…thats when I would wash my hair.

The down side of this is the curl cream cost $7.99 + tax where I got it from.The Pink GrowComplex cost $5.99…so if I  run out of this every month I’ll be paying bout $16 unless I stretch them out. But you know what…that’s better than blowing money on trying to find out WHAT to use….I’m sooo glad I did the big chop. I love learning something new every day!

-Jazzie