Monday, April 27, 2009

Do You!

Good Morning Curlies! It's a wonderful Monday morning following a restful, 80 degree weekend here in The A. I'm sipping lemon water and detox tea so I can get my mind right, money right. I just wanted to check in and offer some encouragement and morning inspiration. Loving ourselves and our natural hair is a process, for some, a difficult one. Be patient. Be yourself. There's only one Kinky Curly Cutie like you, and you are Beautiful! All hair types are not created equal. Products that work for me may not work for you, and vice versa.

When I joined, I was in awe of some of the hair photos women posted. Long hair, curly hair, but most important, Healthy hair. I ran out and bought Every product they mentioned, hoping to achieve the same results. Good thing I shop at Ulta and kept my reciept! LOL! Needless to say, I was disappointed. Deva Curl, TIGI, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, Pantene, I'm sure these are great products, just not for MY hair. I encourage you to research, experiment with different products (save those reciepts), and get to know your hair and it's specific needs.

KinkyCurly Magazine is bringing you exciting new posts for Spring 2009! Stay tuned.....

If you're in the Atlanta area, check out the My Black is Beautiful tour May 2. Check the website for dates in other cities.

I hope you have a Fro-abulous day! Until next time.......

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm A Dirty Girl!

Here's the recipe for the Hair Mask that I apply 1x month.

3 Tb Bentonite clay

3 Tb warm coconut milk

3 Tb plain yogurt

1 Tb honey or molasses

3 Tb oil

Mix well. The mixture may be slightly lumpy. I scoop a small amount into one hand then rub hands together to smooth lumps. Then I apply mask to hair in sections. Once applied all over, I smooth it down the hair shaft (like applying a relaxer). Leave in 20 minutes. RINSE WELL. Co-wash to remove all residue. Deep condition if you like (sometimes I skip this step).

Do It! Do It!

It's been a while dahlings, but I'm back. I've been trying new products, attending industry events, and mixin' it up in the lab (aka my kitchen).

Since going natural and adopting the CG Method, I've been scrambling to find products that work for my hair, and struggling to find a weekly routine I could stick to. Browsing the hair forums, I came across new methods like "baggying" and "sealing" that I had never done before to my hair. After reading hundreds of threads, I think I've found a weekly routine that I can stick to. It's work, I use way too many products, but my hair looks healthy, feels great and I'm worth it! In a perfect world, this is what I do weekly:

Pre-poo overnight with oil

Wash 1x monthly with shampoo

Co-wash with conditioner

Detangle out of the shower with wide tooth comb and paddle brush. Section hair into 4 sections

Leave sectioned hair in clips and rinse conditioner

Apply hair mask 1x month

Apply deep treatment to hair in sections

Sit under hooded dryer 30 minutes

Remove clips and rinse DT

Moisturize with Qhemet Biologics Detangling Ghee and Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier. Comb through

Apply Trader Joe's Nourish Spa conditioner as a leave-in

Apply shea butter

Seal with oil

At this point, my hair is cleansed, soft, detangled and full of moisture. I can style it any number of ways, usually in 2x twists.

Apply light oil to scalp. Massage

Spray each day with a mix of water, conditioner and oil in a spray bottle. Spray again at night and baggy.

The Vocab:

Sealing- Applying an oil to well moisturised and conditioned hair to lock in moisture

Baggy- Applying moisturizing product to hair and applying a plastic cap and leaving over night

Pre-poo- Saturating hair in oil and leaving overnight. Shampoo in the morning

Word to the wise: Do your research. What works for one kinky girl may not work for another. Experimenting is the fun part of this natural journey. Good luck, dahlings! Until next time.....