Homemade Concoction

In the past couple of months I’ve been compiling many bits and pieces of information on how to grow strong, healthy, long hair.  The products that I’ve wanted and tried have been showcased on my blog, since I’m all about the premade, just buy and use products, lol.  Now, however, I am going to mix up my own concoction from a variety of sources and see how that goes for my hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE all of the products I’ve bought so far (well, most of them, there are a couple that haven’t fared too well in the reviews section of my site) and plan to continue, especially the thick butters and creams that I use on my hair like Qhemet Biologics amla and olive heavy cream (aka cavier for the hair, LOVE it).

But why compile all of this lovely info if I in turn do nothing with it??  So when my Oyin Frank Juice runs out, I’m using the bottle to create my own super grow spray 😀  It will be a mix of the following:

Aloe Vera (99.7 aloe vera juice)

a bit of olive oil

rosemary oil

tea tree oil with lavender extract

peppermint oil (maybe)

water

mix all of that together and put into the spray bottle for a daily spray for my lovely locks.  Sounds like a good plan!  Peppermint stimulates the scalp, rosemary aids in growth, olive oil is rich, should be an all-star lineup 😀  I’ll let you all know how that goes!  Got any homemade concoctions you just adore and can’t live without??

hair hero: my late, great sweetie Michael Jackson in his afro days

Braids out, Fro in

Spent all day taking my kinky twists out yesterday…whew, feels good to get those suckers off of my face and everything 😀  I thought I wouldn’t like my hair when I cut it a couple of months ago, but I must say, it’s nice not to have ish on my face that I just have to pull back anyway.

Woke up today and followed the oil rinse steps here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=59556&highlight=Oil+rinsing which is basically to do the following:

1. Rinse (or shampoo) your hair (I used my new Pure Life soap co aloe 2 n 1 shampoo/conditioner.  Smells really good and is nice and creamy.  Felt nice and rich.  Amazing ingredients, not harsh at all)
2. Coat in your favorite oil (I used extra virgin olive oil and my hair felt the most soft that it ever has in LIFE)
3. Apply conditioner (I used my organix coconut conditioner and went to heaven.  smells like coconut cake, I wanted to stay in the shower all day with that delicious smell.  Hair felt soft and lush still because I let conditioner soak with the olive oil on my hair.  Definitely will do that everytime I wash, mix the conditioner and olive oil.)
4. Rinse with cool/cold water

5. Apply leave-in (I used kinky curly knot-today, also smells great 🙂 )

I also did a tea tree cholesterol after the conditioner, but I’m not sure that my hair liked that.  It felt softer and stuff without, so I think that I will do all of the steps next time without doing the cholesterol.

Hair smelled and felt terrific, sniff sniff 🙂  here’s my wet and extra curly hair (I snipped some of those straight ends that can be seen in the pic, I realize that the beautician didn’t get ALL of the straight pieces when she did my big chop)

curly wet hair

went by the steps in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjdcJIKIRjg for finger coils, no way was I doing my whole head, would have taken forever!  I did the front because I unfortunately think that I heat damaged my hair when I had a sew in a couple of months ago when I went to New York, not knowing all of the hair info that I know now about heat settings and flat ironing.  Stupid me, so the front isn’t as curly as the rest 😦  😦    I did the front half of my hair with the coils with fantasia IC gel and let the rest be the curly mop that it is.  Love that gel, it’s not stiff and smells AMAZING.  I’m glad i got a HUGE tub of it for $4

finger coiled front

I then sprayed Oyin Frank Juice all over and sealed with an olive oil mix.  Come tomorrow once it’s all dry, I’ll undo the coils and toss on a headband 🙂   These pics don’t do it justice, it’s full small spirals and quite cute, I wish that I could make the images look like real life.  oh well!

You?? Natural?? *LE GASP*

My friends were all shocked that I would do such a thing as go natural with my hair, seeing as to how I was the main one discouraging them from doing it at any given point.  Guess the me of yesteryears is totally different from the me of today.  With growth comes change!  I used to have thick, pretty, luscious hair down to my bra strap, even voted best hair in 6th grade by my class *takes bow*  “thank you, thank you”.  Had been getting relaxers for years, but a mild one and my hair was fine.  Then my sophomore year in high school, my aunt started in the hair industry and my mom took me to her for my hair and let’s just say, BIG mistake…shedding, broken off pieces, too much spritz, too much gel…I had to cry in the sink as I washed my hair and it fell out, rinsed away in the soapy suds down the drain.  I had to get it cut to almost my shoulders, lots of inches and layers.  Then my hair was burned by crimping irons and destroyed, like it needed MORE trauma.  After ups, downs, bobs, weaves, wigs, braids and everything else, I decided enough was enough.  Haven’t relaxed my hair since December 2008 and let it grow until September then voila!  CHOP.

My hair is now in the lil headband, a cute baby lamb fro 🙂  I bought the 4A hair curly products kit from curlmart and had my mom twist it when I wash it or do little braids so that I can unravel and have some curls. Its fun, but i decided to switch it up a bit.

Mid october I decided to get kinky twists so that it can grow and I’d have a bit of variety.  I make sure to moisturize everyday because my hair is a black pit when it comes to moisture, just soaks it up and makes it appear as if it was never there to begin with.  I am excited to be on the natural journey, especially after seeing all of these amazing pictures of hair.  I’m not sure that we have the same type of hair and if it’s possible, but Tracie Thoms is my hair hero and I want mine just like hers.

This big bouncy fro is also MARVELOUS

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