Sunday, December 16, 2012

Yarn Braids Be Gone! (Update)

Hey All!

I am back...officially! (LOL) I have taken nearly a year long hiatus from haircare due to my beloved Yarn Braids. It has only been 4 days and I miss them terribly. I kept them in way past their due date (4 months), and my poor edges paid for it; not to mention I made my bald spots worse. Gosh darn Traction Alopecia. (A form of Alopecia, Alopecia meaning hair loss, that is caused from pulling, or force being applied to the hair, caused by braids in my case.) My hair started to lock within the braid, making it extra difficult to remove them. It felt like I was really trying to undo Locs. The process took me about 3 days on and off. I lost a lot of hair in the process.


Honestly, I have forgotten how to care for my 4a hair, and my old regimen. I feel like a Natural Newb, though I am a 3 year veteran. Besides the hair falling out, I also cut my hair back up to SL back in March. Did not enjoy that too much, but it was needed, and I actually liked the Bob look. As far as length goes, I am about where I use to be, APL, I will know for sure when I straighten my hair, which I will be doing for the holidays.

I did NOT miss the mission of trying to hide my bald spots, and I have seemed to misplace all of my headbands, so it seems as though I have to start a new collection. As you can see, I am in sort of a hair funk at the moment, hopefully it does not last too long. I have to stock up on a bunch of products, and perhaps trying some new ones, since my hair has seemed to redefine the word DRY. (Lol) Oh and I will doing Hairdrenaline again, that may help get my hair to grow back.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you all an update on me, and the status of my hair. When I find a new regimen, you guys will be the first to know!






~Naomi 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

Hey All!

I know I have not been on here in forever. Life has been super hectic lately. In the time since my last blog, I finished Cosmetology school (yay me!) and now I am a certified Bartender (go figure lol).

I know that this is a place of hair (Lol) but what I really would like to talk about is this year's Election. I know that everything is all said and done, and I hope all of you exercised your right as an American citizen, and cast your vote. I can proudly say that I am a Democrat, and if my President is elected again, I am excited to see how else he will improve our country. Though whomever is elected  ultimately shapes this entire nation for the next 4 years, and possibly whatever predecessor follows.

I hope all of you let your voice be heard!





....On another note, I am FINALLY taking out my second set of Yarn braids (this year), well in a week or two. I have to say, I am excited. I miss washing my hair. I will be updating on that as soon as possible; so stay tuned!






~Naomi

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Review

Hey all!

I am back, and with a review! If most of you been following me for a while you would know that my favorite my favorite protective style is Yarn Braid, also known as Genie Locs.

The problem has always been cleansing my scalp. Diluted shampoo always seemed to leave a film on, and conditioning...forget it! I had to figure out something quick because between dirt and my natural oils building out, my scalp seemed to take on a grayish hue; definitely not cute!

Now I know I have said that Baking Soda, Water, and Apple Cider Vinegar, paired with a tooth brush worked fine, But that required being rinsed out well otherwise it would leave a white residue on your scalp or hair (yarn) itself. It is actually pretty good for Locs as well.

I wanted to use it a few times before I could say how well it worked and whether I liked it it, and by the 3rd use, I fell in love.



The ingredients list as:
Ingredients: Water Aqua, AlcoholTetrahydroxypropyl, Aloe Vera Aloe Barbadensis, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Wheat Amino Acids, FD&C Blue No. 1 CI 42090, Kola Nut Extract Cola Acuminata, Nettle Extract Urtica Dioica, Lavender Oil Lavandula Angustifolia, Basil Oil Cocimum Basilicum


The directions for use are: Directions to cleanse scalp: Apply a generous amount directly to the hair and massage. Let sit on hair for 1 minute. Remove residue with a warm damp towel. Directions to cleanse hair: Apply a small amount of product to towel, wipe each braid, lock or twist individually to refreshen hair. For a deeper cleansing: Saturate hair with Herbal Cleanse and wrap hair with a warm moist towel. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe out residue with towel.

Which is not so bad for something that is considered a"dry shampoo". Though technically there is a wet aspect to it..


It brought it from a local Beauty Supply Store (BSS) for $4.99 USD. Used it 3 times and only have gotten through a quarter of the bottle, which is 8.5 fl oz.

It smells of alcohol mixed with lavender which I did not like at first but it gives the scalp a refreshing feel, it would not cleanse if it did not have alcohol in it.

I do not really wait the 15 minutes, just until I have saturated my entire scalp by following the parts from my hairline to nape; which is vertical, all the way until I reach the other side of my head.
Then like the directions said, I use a warm water and dampen my towel and follow the same sections and rub vigorously.

Yes dirt will get on the towel but essentially that is the point. Grossly enough how I check if it is clean is to scratch my scalp and see if any dirt is underneath my nail. If so, I add a bit more cleanser to the spot desired and take my damp towel and rub some more. FYI: rinse and re-dampen between sections!

Altogether the whole process can take 25-30 minutes. To combat the dryness the cleanser causes due to the alcohol. I spray Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil on my scalp. So not only is my scalp freshly cleaned, but moisturized.

You can use any oil of your preference though, massage it in, or applied with an applicator bottle. I just found that the spray is easier because my braids are waist length. (WL)

I love, love, love this product. I rate it 4/5 only because of the smell and the labeling says that you do not need water when in actuality you do.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guess what?

I'm braided up again! You guys I couldn't take it! I found myself with little to no time to take care of my hair, and doing the same 2 styles all the time. So I decided to braid my Locs back in.

By far it is my favorite style, not because I have gotten a million compliments on them (which helps lol) but because I have always wanted Locs but I do not have the density to have them look they way I would want them to. Perhaps if I didnt have bald spots but, c'est la vie.

Yarn is really hard to come by (no Walmarts in NYC) so I had to find a Michael's Craft Store, after walking around for an hour and half looking for independent Yarn stores. I bought a huge bundle for $9.49 USD, and I would say that I used more than half of it. It took me over the course of y2 days to put them in (roughly 20 hours). They are much thicker than last time, but that's probably because I tripled up on the strands in the back. (Figutedd I had the yarn, so why not. Lol)

Again I love them! I've already been trying to experiment with styles. I'll be keeping them in the whole summer, and cleansing my scalp with a backing soda, water, ACV mix, with a handy dandy toothbrush.

And that's all folks! Lol I'll be popping in with more styles, so stay tuned!

(If you would like to know how to do them yourself, search yarn braids on the blog and I wrote about how I do them in an older post. Back in 2010 I think lol)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review- Tangle Teezer

Hey All!

I have not done a review in a while, so I figured I finally get around to doing one. Usually I do product reviews, because it is rare when I try a new "tool" but because of all the raves I have heard about it, I thought it would be nice if you guys heard my opinion.

Now I did not pay for this tool (lol) it was given to me as a gift as part of the Christmas Raffle, back on my Home Forum (BHP) I love the ladies over there! Anyway getting back to the review. I have the green one, and it is a seafoam kind of green, which I find pretty. I am not exactly sure where she bought mine from, because Sally Beauty only sells them in the Original Pink, Purple, and Black, colors.

So perhaps Amazon? I am terrible I know. Either way, no matter the color, they are sold for $9.99 USD at most locations. They should be in your, again, local Sally Beauty Supply, regular Beauty Supply Store, or online on websites such as, Amazon.

The purpose of the Tangle Teezer is pretty much in the tool's name; basically to detangle hair. I have been using this tool for a couple of months now, and I absolutely love it! I was afraid that the teeth would snag my hair, because the seemed fine, but with the help of conditioner, it glides through my hair. I also hear very little to know snapping (You know the snap sound your hair makes after it stretched too much, and snaps off), opposed to when I use to use a paddle brush to detangle.

The one flaw I can really say about it is that your hair kind of stays in it (Lol). The best way at least I found, to clean it is to run it underwater with it turned slightly sideways. It helps loosen the hair, so you can use the other hand to grab it out of there. I suppose hair texture has to do with how the hair stays in the tool as well. I am a 4a (with the tiniest part of 3c in the back).

Honestly I do not see me detangling with another tool, it has actually made co-washing somewhat pleasurable, which I have been doing a lot lately for Puffs. (Yes, I have finally ventured off into the world of Puffs!) I would NOT suggest using it without having your hair saturated in some kind of conditioner.

 It is a great product, it definitely works for those with Natural Hair, it is sort of pricey depending on what your view of pricey is, but it is worth every penny!

I give it a 4.5 out of 5. (Only because it takes a little work to get the hair out of it)

~Naomi

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day

Hey all!

I know I am a day late, but I had the busiest of weekends! People always want to see you when you have plans, but then no one wants to see you when you are free; the irony! (Lol)

I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend, with your family, friends and loved one's; but I also hoped everyone remembered the true meaning of Memorial Day, and used if only a second of it to pay homage to our troops and those we have lost throughout the years through combat.


Will be doing a review soon. Stay tuned!


~Naomi

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Hey all! I know I'm late with this but today has been a hectic day for me. I went out with my mom and sisters and we have the feeling that our waitress probably stole our entire bill, and tried to pocket the change even though she already got a 20 dollar tip. Ugh it was a mess.

Anyway I hope all you Mother's out there enjoyed your day! You desert it!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bored of my Hair/Update

Hey All!

I did not know what to call this post, other than what I am feeling; and that is very bored. Everything having to do with hair, at least my own, bores me. Perhaps I need to go product shopping, and experiment or something. No style seems to come out right on my hair anymore besides Two Strand Twist Outs, and because of my alopecia, I cannot really pin it up, so my hair is either in a twist out, or a side pony tail.

I have been contemplating putting my Yarn Braids/Genie Locs back in, thing is I really do not have the time to put them in nor really to do my hair on a whole. There is also the factor  of summer coming. I ams sure if you guys have been following me for a while, you know that I like to braid or twist my hair into some sort of style in the winter and in the summer. One in time for the holidays, and the other is because of the heat and humidity. Sue me, but I am not one of those naturals who are content with just wearing a fro all the time. If I were to do them this month I would keep them in for at least 2 months, which puts me off in the dead of the summer, and again, I refuse to rock puffs, and twist outs all summer (lol), again, sue me. Especially since my hair got cut, and shrinks up to EL now.


Something has got to give though, because hair should not feel like a chore. We will see I guess. As far as school goes, I get to bring in family and friends as clients for a grade, so I am nervous about that, but excited all the same. I will try to remember to post pictures of my work, so you guys can see what I am working with! (Lol)

In the meantime I will figure out what to do with my hair, or what my styling options are. I am open to suggestions!! Anything that will put me out of my boredom.

~Naomi

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I am doing Competitions Y'all!

Hey All!

I know it's been a minute, so I figured it was time do an update.

I found these really great straightening/ heat protectant products, which I will do a review for soon, as well as a review for the Tangle Teezer. What I really want to get into is a competition I was part of. I did not place whatsoever (Lol) but I am proud that I participated. Well.. I was kind of forced to, but let us just say that it was my own will :)

Everyone had to do updo's and since it was a grade or do a text sheet full of pincurls, finger waves, and perm rods. Can we say tedious?!

I had no clue what I was going to do so I honesty just winged it. Here is what I came with.


I's proud! (Lol) Anyway I just wanted to share what I have done so far. I will be back with reviews so keep on the look out!

~Naomi

Friday, April 6, 2012

Can We Say Setback?!

Hey all!

As you all know, I'm in Cosmetology school. Every other Friday or so, we have what is called 'Student Exchange'. It is when students can do each others hair instead of working on our mannequin. I usually do not participate, but today I said what they hey.

I swore off heat, but I thought I should take advantage and see if my hair bring straightened by another being would make a difference.

Everything was going fine, she did a light wash, and conditioning, the detangle was a little rough because she tried to detangle with no product =/ it got better once she used some.

After the blow dry I was told that my ends needed to be cut, which I knew already. We asked our teacher how much she should cut and she said to do a blunt cut (straight across).

Now before trimming she told me u had a "dip" in my hair. I guess where my hair is shortest or broken off. I really only wanted an trim, which would be about an inch.

I let her cut and we are off to flat ironing. When she finishes she shows me how it looks. I look at my hair, and then at the floor and I realized that I was looking at about 3 inches of my hair on the floor! In a matter of a minute or so, I had been taken from APL to SL.

I immediately wanted to cry. It was not butchered or anything, but this was the first time I had ever let anyone else do in years; yet instead of a trim, instead of a cut. She did a nice job though my hair feels like I got a relaxer.

Though to be honest I am still a little sad that I have to start over. I keep telling myself that I needed it, and that they were dead ends, and had to go to make myself feel better. Lol. I do like that my hair is even now though so that way it will grow that way instead of the layers it had been growing in.

So I guess instead of my goal being BSL this year, my goal will be
trying to get back to APL, but at least it will be full. That is the bright side I suppose.

I saved a piece of what was cut just to show you all! I also took pictures of my hair. Please excuse my lack of make up and the bags. Lol.

Had to share my hair woes with you guys. Setbacks are a part of the journey too! We just have to make sure we bounce back from 'em.

~Naomi

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What The Rust?!

Hey All!

Lol. The title says it all y'all! I was so upset yesterday when I discovered what become of my MaxiGlide. I meant to post yesterday, but it somehow slipped my mind. I noticed that it was becoming more difficult than usual.

If any of you guys are familiar with the blog you know that my flat iron has teeth. It suppose to help with detangling, and getting the ends well, which is what I had a problem with with my previous flat iron. Thing is, the dang things are snagging my hair! I thought I was just being rough, but I looked at my plates, and low and behold, the things have rust!

I have no clue how to get it of because of the teeth! It is quite upsetting being as though I have only had this flat iron for a year. It is a great iron but it I may have to get another one, probably with regular plates, just to ensure that I can clean it properly.

So heads up to any of you who own or are thinking about purchasing a MaxiGlide!
.

~Naomi

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Update: Cosmetology School Edition

Hey All! I said I would be back with some photos of the things I have been doing in school, and I am going to do just that! =)

Cut & Lightening (Bleaching)





Spiral Permanent Wave & Highlights (To think all that time I was doing a Spiral Perm...minus the perm LOL)






I wish I started taking pictures sooner. I am starting to feel like a real stylist! Lol. I am still not keen on chemical services but that does not mean that their hair cannot be healthy and pretty! I plan on learning itt all!

~Naomi


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Update: Hair/Cosmetology School Edition

Hey All! I know I haven't posted in a minute, but I have been so busy with school. Did y'all see it right, did you really read Cosmetology In that title?! Yes you did! Lol. I started school, not too long actually, a day before Valentines day. I know was all anti-salons and anti-chrmicals, but I thought it would be a good idea to go and learn what the all these so-called professionals know, and add it on to the knowledge and things i have picked up from being on Hair Forums, as well as my own experiences dealing with my natural hair, which is still flourishing might I add. I am crossing my fingers for my hair to be filled in completely still.

So far I have done hair cutting, coloring, skin care, and now we are onto doing Permananent wave. That is right y'all, they got us doing perms! ( A perm is not a relaxer though most people call their relaxed that. It is actually the opposite of a relaxer. A perm is meant to put a permanent curl to the hair. Mostly people with 1-2 type hair will get this done.)

Blogger is not allowing me to upload the photos my phone, do after I figure out why, I will be back to show you guys what I have done this far! I promise to keep you guy updated!

Love you all!!
~Naomi

Monday, February 27, 2012

February Feature- Meet Stephanie

Hey All!

As well all know, the month of February is coming to an end, and I have one more feature for you guys! While on your HHJ, you meet a lot of great people, be it in the streets, Forums, blogs (like mine ;) lol) anywhere really, and she is definitely one of them! I have grown to adore her, and her curls...and maybe envy every once in a while lol.

Anyway, Stephanie was kind enough to let me ask her a few questions, and share a piece of her NHJ with me. She is a woman of the Military, so for all those ladies who are stationed out somewhere, or are part of another branch, and are contemplating starting your HHJ or NHJ. This is for you!!

So let's meet her!





Hey there! If you don't mind, could you please introduce yourself, and tell us where you're repping? 
A: My name is Stephanie Ramsey and I am stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona. I've been in the military for 6 years. Natural for almost two years. I'm originally from California.

How is the natural scene there?
A: I've seen a few naturals here. There's not very many women of color here. But of the ones that are here I have seen a handful of naturals and it surprised me!


Where did the idea of going natural come from, what was your inspiration?
A: I was inspired to go natural in 2009 while I was on deployment. I had met a girl who had beautiful waist length hair. She told me she was 5 years natural at the time and she had done the big chop. Prior to meeting her I never considered to stop relaxing my hair.


What made you choose transitioning over doing the Big Chop?
A: I ended up transitioning unintentionally. At the time I was doing research on natural hair maintenance and products and had stopped relaxing my hair but had no idea that there was a name for what i was doing. 

Was there anything that proved to be a challenge while trying to manage those two textures?  
A: The biggest challenge for me was trying to keep moisture in my hair. My hair always seemed so dry.


What helped you get through those tough times?
A: Deep conditioning and cowashing. I cowashed whenever my hair felt dry and I wanted to give it a quick rehydration.


Many of us are obsessed with trying to figure out our texture while transitioning, was that one of your concerns? If not, what was your main focus?
A: I didn't care about texture that much. My biggest concern was trying to figure out why my hair was so tightly curled in the back but in the front it was a frizzy, poofy mess. lol


When did you finally Big Chop?
A: In May 2010, I decided to BC. I cut off all my hair myself. It was a freeing experience! I loved my new look. I got a lot of compliments and many girls ended up BCing and going natural after they saw my hair.



Are the products and or methods any different from those you used while transitioning?
A: YES! When I was transitiong I used a ton of big name, expensive products but these days I get my products from the 99 cent store and they've been working great in my hair. My favorite products are Suave (for my deep conditions), VO5 (for my cowashes), Vitamin e oil, Method of Style activator gel and Vital Care shining gel thats all I use on my hair and they work great!



Would you say there are any advantages or disadvantages to being natural? 
A: No disadvantages! I had a lot of issues with my relaxed hair. I always had scabs and extremely bad dandruff. Sometimes my scalp would even bleed. :( But since I've been natural I haven't had to deal with any of those issues! Being natural is amazing! I love my kinky curls!



Are there any tips or tricks you have learned on your Natural Hair Journey that you would like to share with contemplating beginning one?
A: Don't be afraid to try new products or styles & dont feel like you have to spend a ton of money to find a quality product. 



Is there any way we can we catch you?
A:  I'm on Facebook... I've shared pictures of my hair throughout my journey and product reviews on there.






Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February Feature- Meet Amber

Hey All!

I meant to post this feature yesterday, but sleep got in the way lol. This Feature is a tiny special because it is my very own sister. ^_^  I have been helping her with her hair lately so I figured it would be great for her to share her struggles and triumphs with her natural hair.






Where are you from, what are you reppping?
A: Well, I'm From NY! otherwise known as the best city ever. lol j.k No, I'm from the Bronx, but I've lived all over.

When did you decide to go natural?
A: Actually, it wasn't really a decision. One day I just stopped getting perms. It was probably around 2005 ( my freshman year of H.S) and I just never got another one since.

What made you chose Transitioning over going through with a Big Chop?
A: Like I said before, I kind of just fell into transitioning. I learned that term from you lol. My hair has been sort of like a gradual thing. 

Since your decision to go natural, have you experienced any flack or comments from family or friends because of your decision?
A: Oh my goodness. That is the single most annoying comments one can ever hear. I've heard all kind of stuff, from : you look like you got electrocuted, you look like a q-tip. Why doesn't your hair do that(While pointing to a relaxed girl), Can't you fix it? Don''t you ever comb it?....My personal favorite is my mother. She says I look like Michael Jackson from the Wiz. Yup, these are all true. Even my mother makes fun of my afro. Such is life when you're different, I guess.

Has any of those opinions affected how you, if so, in what way?
A: At first it made me want to run straight to the Dominican Hair salon. It felt so weird that people would stare, or always have something to say about. Now, I'm a little better because my boyfriends is very supportive and told me not to let close minded people affect me. So I'm much more confident. Well, you too, because you're my personal stylist. wink.


If you had to describe your hair, how would you?
A: Hmmm, I guess I would say it's curly, and big. It's thick, and I mean thiiick with 3 i's. It definitely has flair, I love my curly afro.



Have you had any difficulties or setbacks since your decision to go natural?
A:  I like twist outs and bantu knots mostly. On a regular day, I just wear it in its natural state. Lately I haven't because I need to cut my ends though.

Do you have any "Go To" products, or a set regimen?
A:  I don't really have any products I use regularly, but I am fond of Shea butter. That provides one of the best shine I have see, and I have dry hair.


What is your staple style?
A: I love what I learned was called Twist-Outs. I gives my big hair soo much definition, and I always get tons of compliments when I wear my hair that way.

What do you love most about your hair, and how does it compare to your relaxed days?
A: I love that my hair is versatile. I can pretty much do anything I want with it. I don't have to pay loads of money as I did when I relaxed it, and It doesn't matter if I get it wet. lol


Is there any tips or tricks you would like to share with someone who is thinking about transitioning?
A: The only suggestion I have for girls trying to transitioning is to MOISTURIZE. My hair had gotten so damaged once when I didn't condition and comb it through it often enough.

How can we keep up with you?
A: I have a Fb and twitter, www.facebook/bambi11791 and  @LuvBambii. Catch me there any time!








Thursday, February 2, 2012

Feature February- Meet Alicia

Yes y'all I am doing it! (Lol)   I could not wait until February to do these Features!

 Today's Feature is actually a good friend of mine I meet over on my home forum; Black Hair Planet.  Remember Secret Santa? She was mine! Lol. So she was the one who gave the review on my Bebe Shea'loe, so I thought hey, why not feature her! (LOL) She really is a good friend of mine though, we began our HHJ around the same time so I know her journey is one worth The highs and lows are what makes each individual story unique...

So I would love nothing more for you guys to learn hers!  =)





If you don't mind, where are you from, and what are you repping now?
A: I was born and raised in Massachusetts but I've been living in Georgia for 12 years.

How is the natural scene there?
A: The naturals are in great abundance in Metro Atlanta. There is not a day that goes by where I won't see at least 1 natural....In fact I usually see more than 3 a day. see lots of ladies who are just starting out on their journey with TWA's or longer. It is a wonderful feeling to know so many ladies are trying a different route in caring for their hair.

Was that a determining factor that lead you to go natural?
A: No. I didn't see as many naturals around when I first started transitioning. The final straw for me was being tired of finding someone I trust to give me a relaxer. I didn't trust salons and my friend who normally relaxed my hair moved away. I was already 5 months post and instead of searching for someone to do my hair; I decided to continue on relaxer free and try natural. It was always something I said I would like to try.

Did you automatically do a Big Chop, or did you transition and what made you chose that route?
A: My initial goal was to transition for 18 months. I was afraid of what I would look like with short hair. A little after a year, I was over the transition. I was tired of fighting the two textures and was too anxious to see my true texture. So I BC'd after 13 months.


How long have you been natural?
A: It will be 2 years on February 9th. I have been relaxer-free for 3 years.

Do you follow Andre Walker's hair typing system? If so, what do you consider your hair type to be?
A: I do follow Andre Walker's hair typing system. My hair is 3C/4A.


Is caring for your natural hair any different  or more difficult, in comparison to when you were relaxed?
A: I think that caring for natural and relaxed is hard work. When relaxed, I spent a great deal of time straightening my hair, and keeping my hair straight. And the whole relaxer process was a nuisance for me. With natural hair, the detangling, and styling keeps me quite busy. But if I had to absolutely choose, I would say that caring for my natural hair is less difficult. I style my hair in twists so that I don't have to manipulate it too much. In the mornings I literally get up, and go.

Have you had any setbacks?
A: Yes, lol. After I BC'd I did not cut, trim, dust my hair for almost a year! I went a year and a half with only 1 trim! I had about 4 inches of dead ends that were just hanging there. Not even my best moisturizers and oils could penetrate into these ends. They had to go so I cut my hair from APL back to almost SL. But I have come a long way since then. I am now BSL. I also struggle with a never ending battle with my edges. They are on the thin side and are very sensitive. I keep my hair twisted 80% of the time to avoid having to pull my hair back tightly.

Do you follow a set regimen, if so what are your staple products?
A: I do follow a regimen that I've been experimenting with over the past couple months. Many may not agree with my regimen but so far it seems to work for me. I wash my hair every 3 weeks with a Sulfate Shampoo like TreSemme Moisture Rich. I DC every 3 weeks after my wash with coconut oil mixed into either Lustrasilk Cholesterol Shea Butter & Mango, Silk Elements Megasilk, or Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Calming Conditioner. I rinse and will moisturize with either Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner or a homemade spritz. Later that day or the next day I start twisting using SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothing or Curl & Style Milk and ORS Lock and Twist Gel. Sometimes I like to apply my castor oil mix on my ends. I use a lot of product when I twist because I can't re-moisturize while my twists are in or I will experience heavy frizzing. I wear the twists for 2 weeks and the twistout for 3-4 days. Then I will cowash with Trader Joe's (and also moisturize with it) and a couple days later start the process all over again!

Is there any tips, tricks, or advice you would like to offer to someone who is thinking about transitioning or doing the Big Chop?
A:  1. Invest in lots of conditioner, lol.
2. Understand that transitioning is not a walk in the park. It takes work and can get very challenging. At the same time it is very rewarding in the long run. As long as you stay focused and keep a realistic goal, anyone can do it! Transitioning is one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Where can we find you?
A: I am always on Black Hair Care Forum (forum.blackhairplanet.com). Otherwise, you can find me at http://public.fotki.com/ac22ford/





Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Product Review of my Bebe Shea'loe (Homemade Shealoe)

Hey All!


As most of you know on my home forum BHP, we did Secret Santa. I had trouble finding the other items listed on my SS's list, so I substituted (Lol). 


Here is what I sent her. 


I was already about to make my own batch, until it dawned on me that I could send her some too! I am really glad I did, because it turns out that she liked it. I am too proud, over here, and yes I call it Bebe Shea'loe, because it sounds like name, and the Bebe gave it a nice ring. (LOL)




"I tried Naomi's shealoe to twist my hair earlier this week. Overall my hair loved it! I started with the front of my head and I noticed how well my dry ends absorbed the shealoe. It left my twists with a neater, shinier look than I've EVER had. The only downfall is that after twisting for hours and hours, I had the container open as I used it and I let too much air  This changed the consistency of the shealoe so I had to switch to SM Curl Enhancing Smoothing for the back. But the front is soooo on point! I finished my twists Wednesday and they are holding up really well and still look nice and neat. I owe that all to the shealoe!!"


Here are her results








"Naomi, you should really look in to selling your shealoe!"





For those curious as to how I made it. I used blender to whip, and the ingredients list goes as


Ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Jamaican Black Castor Oil. 




I love it myself, but it feels great to know that it works for someone else too; especially because we are not the same hair type.  I am taking orders :) Oh please look out next month for her feature in February!!! Also if you would like to be featured next month please send me an email at beautifulkinks@gmail.com. 


~Naomi

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Feature February!

Hey All!

I have not been posting really because I figured that I had nothing to post about; that is until my lovely sister suggested I post pictures of the styles I have been doing with my Yarn braids. So whenever I do something new or cute, I will be posting.


In other news, I will start doing Features! Since I will be showing my styles, why not share the stories and styles of all you other Kinkies out there! My first feature will be a special surprise guest.

If you would like to be featured on my blog please email  me at beautifulkinks@gmail.com, with the subject line Feature February. I would like to do 1-2 features a week. If possible please send pictures of your hair when you first BC'ed (Big Chopped), and (if you transitioning) your hair now.though the more pics the merrier! In the body of the email just state where you're from, whether you follow Andre or LOIS system, and if so, what do you classify your hair as.

I will try to vary the questions I ask, so once I get your info, then I will send your questions, and we will will take it from there!

~Naomi

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Years!

Hey All!

I know I am 5 days late, but I wanted to Happy New Year anyway! (Lol) In my defense, I think you can say it until the second week of January (LOL). I hope everyone enjoyed their New Years Eve. I got to enjoy some fireworks off by the Harbor, so that was nice, other than that I cuddled up. Next year, I am partying!

As for hair plans...I have none! Usually I would be leading some kind of challenge on BHP, but I am not sure if I have it in me this year. I want to, but there is a deadline, we will see. I will have these Yarn Braids until February. Everything is up in the air from that point on. I would like to get back to hairdrenaline for growth, but even that has become a chore.

Crossing my fingers for a recovery in my attitude towards hair this year! 

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