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Getting rid of all commercial hair care products in my hair care.

I  decided to stop using all store bought hair products.

Why?

I just don't want to buy hair products any more!. Am also just curious.   Can I grow my hair and care for it with out all the numerous products springing up? There is something so liberating  about being able to make your own products and to know that some one in some remote area can grow their hair using common ingredients in their Locale.


Scalp and Skin sensitivity to most ingredients: I react to almost all commercially available hair products. Even the ones that say "natural Ingredients" irritate my scalp and skin in the shower.( very uncomfortable feeling)

Most store bought hair products just sit on my hair anyway, it just feels kind of deceptive. Don't even get me started on the cost.  I want something that is truly taking care of my hair strands.


I will be documenting my progress and Findings.
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The harmful effects of relaxers and why i stopped using them

I have written a few posts about why i decided to grow my natural hair and how i transitioned from relaxed to natural hair..
 I have explained in detail about my then general lack of knowledge about natural hair care but the deciding moment for me was learning about the possible harmful health effects associated with using relaxers. The beautiful video below done by Chime summarizes  things i found out as i researched. I thought i would share because i know not everyone is aware.  enjoy!




Fermented Rice water Hair Rinse

Hi all!

What caught my attention about fermented rice water rinse was that it was so easy to make and it did not require buying any extra products... I ALWAYS have rice in the pantry! (shout out to all the rice lovers).

Fermented rice water has been used for centuries by women in China, Japan and Southeast Asia for hair care. The Yao women from China are famed for their average hair length of about 6 inches. I mean!! they hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the "World's Longest hair Village". Even the International Journal of Cosmetic Science published a research on rice water rinses.

What Fermented Rice water is said to do:
Improves ShineImproves Elasticity Improves moisture retentionStrengthens hair
What i observed with using Fermented Rice water rinse:

It makes my hair  SUPER SOFTMy hair elasticity has increased, my hair is very springy and the shrinkage is REAL!!

How i use Fermented rice water rinse:

After washing and conditioning my hair, i pour the rice water…

MY ADVICE TO ANYONE SEEKING TO GROW OUT THEIR NATURAL HAIR

Hi All!!!
I  have had a few friends and family tell me they were considering going natural, Now although i am
 usually excited to hear this,  I never fail to ask the question why?

You know, the "why" is always important especially when the evil days of detangling come (lol, i don't mean to scare you).  But seriously, I always advice any one considering going natural to get informed. Where exactly do you get information?  I actually started out randomly searching natural hair blogs, YouTube videos ( oh my gosh!!!! ).Lets not talk about my addiction to You Tube, agreed?  Great!!

 I am basically going to ramble about things i have learnt while stumbling along on this journey. Now don't get overwhelmed, stay with me, I have got you.


Scalp and Hair needs to be Cleansed

It is important to let your scalp breathe and be free from residue.(That's it, nothing profound, lol)

What I look out for:

Sodium Laurel Sulfate(SLS)  free shampoo's : SLS overly strips curly hair of natur…

28 months of natural hair growth

Hi every one,

Its been ages since i last posted about my hair. A lot has been going on, and is still going on. I have not had time to do an in depth post on the specifics so this is a sketchy  documentation of  my hair  progress so far.

Without any further ado, here is what i have been up to .


Hair Regimens and Styles In my quest to find a simple regimen that is well suited for my busy student schedule, i have experimented with a few regimens. Am not going into details of my wash day, just the different wash day intervals i tried and a general over view of what i have been doing style wise.

Mini Mini twists   I tried spacing my wash day for a month and my choice of style was mini twist which lasted for two (2) months.
Pros

Easy and versatile stylingspent less than 10 mins on my hair each day (thinking about hair can be so tiresome at times, thank you mini twists for the break.)retained some lengthCon
OMG!!!!! hands down, my number one and only con  for this regime was the time it took t…

Natural Hair growth: Exercise and Healthy habits

Protective styling with Wigs

I had an idea to protect my hair for the rest of the year with wigs , which later became a month plan,  but…..its been barley a week and am almost giving up.
The problem Am just so bored with it, am tempted to abandon my wigs for maybe twists because it would give me the best of both worlds that is styling flexibility and protection from myself and other elements ,still thinking about it though ,am really in no mood for close to 12 or more hours of twisting. What to do??  What to do??
On the Bright side Wigs are actually great as they give you and your hair a break and allow you the ease of caring for your hair since  it doesn’t hinder you from carrying out your usual routine. I have my hair in cornrow in front and flat twists at the back because  that section is really fine and cornrows  seem to  put too much tension on it.
My current regime with the wigs Nightly scalp massagesMoisturize hair lightly with water and seal at night with  Shea butter- olive oil mixture.co-wash as needed(depen…