My Winter Regimen Plan: 2016

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So this winter, I have noticed more shedding than my usual on my last wash day. I am pretty sure it has something to do with these harsh cold weathers, so my hair is having a bit of a hard time adjusting. I have come up with a new winter regimen plan to keep my hair healthy and moisturized.

Items I will be using: 

  • Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Line
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Deep Treatment Mask
    • Transitioning Milk
    • Extra-Moist Detangler
  • TRESemme conditioner (for extra slip)
  • Olive oil
  • Black Castor Oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Palmer’s Coconut oil Protein Treatments

 

Game Plan: 

  • Wash once ever 2 weeks 
    • Washing my hair every week is a little hectic for my hair right now for this season so I am going to prolong my wash days to every two weeks. It seems that my hair is going through winter shedding and I don’t want to cause anymore additional shedding that it is already doing now. I will shampoo once a month with the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo and cowash the next wash day after that since this line is very gentle with cleaning. I will be switching back and forth with conditioner or shampoo just to go by what my hair needs. I want to stick to the Raw Shea Butter line because it the ingredients in it includes Shea butter which is a great sealant for the cold months.
  • Protein Treatment once a month 
    • My hair has been pretty weak so I will be adding protein treatments and alternating with deep conditioning just to keep my hair strong as well as healthy looking. Breakage is a big thing for my hair in the winter, so I need to do as much as I can to prevent that.
  • Add hot oil treatments 
    • This is a great way to add moisture and shine to my hair the night before washdays. Since my hair is colored, the shine to my hair has been depleted a lot so I will be using Jojoba oil, Castor oil and Virgin olive oil to bring back that shine.
  • Protective styling 
    • Afros isn’t the best style for me to go to this season so I will be doing twists, buns and up-dos to keep my hair out of the elements as much as I can. It is also a good way to protect my ends from damage as well.
  • Trim as needed: 
    • I plan to do a decent trim towards the end of the season but if I need to dust my ends when they look funny then I will.

 

However this is not set in stone but I do plan to go by it. If I have added or subtracted anything on the list, I will let you guys know after winter is over. I do think this will help my moisture and shedding problem. So lets see how it goes! If you have any winter plans you have been doing for your hair please feel free to share below!

Thanks for reading!

-Nansi

 

How Often do you DC (Deep condition)?

I have been getting this question a lot from my fellow naturals and with those who are slowly transitioning to become natural. Deep conditioning is an important aspect to any hair regimen like I mentioned in my pervious posts. It doesn’t matter if your hair is or isn’t colored treated, deep conditioning should be incorporated in it some how. Now personally, my deep conditioning schedule can vary. Well..actually I don’t really have a set schedule.

  • When moisture is needed: 
    • My coily hair is currently color treated so it becomes dryer than usual simply because the hair dye takes moisture and protein from it. So on my wash day, if I feel like my hair needs some extra love, I will do the DC after cleansing. My hair becomes very soft after that.
  • Occasionally I skip: 
    • I cowash often and most of my conditioners are very thick. Deep conditioning may not be needed if I use a thick conditioner to start off with such as TRESemme, Madame CJ Walker Conditioner or Suave. I don’t want to over moisturize my hair so thats why I occasionally skip it.
  • Shampooing: 
    • If I am shampooing on a particular wash day then doing the DC is much needed because shampooing is very drying. Shampoo cleans everything off your hair strands even the sebum (which is your hair’s natural oils), so you must bring all that moisture back.

I usually wash my hair every week or almost 2 weeks depending on the style. So I determine if my hair needs extra moisture on my own because I always examine my hair before washing and ask myself questions. How does my hair feel today? Is it brittle? Too soft? Does it sound like sandpaper? These questions will help you determine if you need to DC or not. However, don’t question it if you shampoo your hair.

I hope this helps! Let me know how this goes and what deep conditioners are your favorite!

-Nansi

Product Review: Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Shampoo & Deep Treatment Mask

 

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This winter in New Jersey has been hectic on my hair because this year it will be exposed in the cold climate. Before I did my hair last night, it was so dry and lifeless so I had to take the time to give it some love with Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter line. This line is not new to me, I have used this while my hair was in a TWA (Teenie Weenie Afro) stage and it did my hair justice. So since winter is here, I figured I revisit this line and give my hair the heavy moisture it needs.

New Wash Day Regimen: 

According to the season, I have to modify my hair regimen just a bit with hair butters and heavier creams to seal the moisture and bring my hair back to life.

Steps: 

  • Coated my hair old hair with TRESemme conditioner to soften it for 15 minutes.
    • My hair was in my usual 6 sections
  • Got in the shower and detangled each section with ONLY my fingers under the shower head before lathering the Raw Shea Butter Shampoo to cleanse. I lathered up twice (from roots to ends) with the shampoo before rinsing it out well.
    • I needed to cleanse my hair to purify it because I do a lot of Cowashing.
  • Outside the shower, I had clean soft hair. This was the time to coat my hair with the Raw Shea Butter deep treatment mask (from roots to ends, generously).
    • I deep conditioned with 2 plastic caps and heat for 35 minutes under my attached hooded dryer at home.
    • Then I rinsed it out well with cold water in the kitchen sink. It is okay to leave some of it in if you wish.
  • In the 6 sections, I coated my hair with Jojoba oil,  the Raw Shea Butter conditioner and the As I am: Double Butter cream before styling my hair in 2 strand twists for the night.

 

Review: 

Shampoo

The shampoo was very nice to my hair, it didn’t make my hair feel dry because of the Shea Butter that was in it. I appreciated that. It didn’t suds up how I liked but my hair did still feel clean after I rinsed it out. If you need a good moisturizing shampoo, this is the one to go to! I would recommend it when you need something to clean and boost your hair’s moisture for the Fall/Winter months.

Hair Mask

After rinsing the hair mask out of my hair, it made my hair feel soft and moisturized just how I needed my hair to be. I didn’t have residue when I rinsed it out in my kitchen sink even though I did left some of it in. My hair responded very well to it and my hair become stronger as well as more balanced than before. This mask will definitely stay in my winter wash regimen until winter is over.

Like I said, I have used these products perviously. I am very happy I decided to revisit this line because this winter will be pretty brutal without it. Shea Moisture you have done it again!

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know how you like this line in the comments below!

-Nansi

 

Pros and Cons of Colored Hair (for Coily hair)

Now that it is almost 2 months, I have gotten some experience with my Colored Treated hair and I have to say it is a learning experience. Though I am enjoying my learn experience! It is almost like a fresh start. So I think I  have came up with a good pros and cons list but sadly it is more on the cons side. Sorry folks! I just want you all to know the truth, I don’t want to scare you. I just want you to know what you are getting into before you decide to color your coily hair.

 

Pros: 

  • Instant Gratification: Don’t get me wrong, getting your hair dyed is exciting. It is a new look to you and you should be excited. Dyed hair makes you look different. I was super excited when I made to the hair salon because I wanted a new look.
  • Learning Experience: I wanted to dye my hair so I can learn from it. I wanted to know what my hair liked and didn’t like when it came to coloring. My hair is looser so I am basically dealing with two hair textures like transitioning hair!  I wanted the knowledge in case someone asked me about hair coloring and I can tell them from my experience. I have to say I am learning a lot.

Cons: 

  • Dryness: I have to take an extra mile to make my hair feel moisturized. Dyed hair is dryer hair because it is chemically altered. I have to deep condition more often than usual and also use protein treatments to keep it strong. So my hair gets dryer faster! Also it can look dry even if its moisturized.
  • Weakness: I noticed my hair is weaker than usual. It breaks easily and sometimes I don’t even hear a snap when my hair breaks. It just breaks without a sound. So I have added protein treatments to my hair regimen to prevent my hair from breaking so much when styling
  • Thinner hair: I am noticing that my hair is thinner.  I remembered when my hair was all black it was thick with A LOT of body but now that it is colored it it changed that a bit. So I am finding ways to make my hair look bigger than it is.
  • Split Ends: I became prone to split ends because of the hair color. I recently had to trim my ends myself (about an inch) because of my dry ends. When I condition my hair, I pay CLOSE attention to them.
  • Getting the picture: My hair color is not that bright so I have to get in the sunlight for people to see it in my selfies. A lot of times folks can not see it so that kinda sucks. It makes me think I should have gone brighter.

So that is it! Again this is not to scare you at all, just to prepare you. This is new to me so I just want to share this information with you. If you want to dye your hair, go for it!

-Nansi

Flexi Rod Set on Colored 4c Hair

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Hey all! I finally did something different on my colored hair and did a Flexi-Rod set for the first time! I used heat to blow dry my hair a bit so my hair can be nice and stretched before applying the rods. I am happy with the results for my first dry. Here are the steps I took.

Wash Day : 

  • Parted the old hair in 6 sections and applied Nubian Heritage: Indian Hemp & Tamanu Cowash after wetting my hair with water.
    • Let the cowash sit for 15 minutes and detangle each section with a wide tooth comb
  • Next get in the shower and begin washing with that same product.
    • Detangled with my fingers only
  • After washing, I applied Shea Moisture’s: Manuka Honey &Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Mask to deep condition each section.
    • Allowed that to sit for 30 minutes under heat. Rinse out after with cold water.

Styling: 

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  • I applied one leave-in conditioner and two heat protective products
    • Note: My hair is dyed now so I have to protect it from heat damage as much as I can
      • Shea Moisture: Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In 
      • Olive Oil: ORS Heat Protective Hair Serum 
      • CHI: Silk Infusion Reconstructive Complex
    • Then I blow dried each section after applying all three items.
  • Before applying the Flexi rods, I used Jane Carter’s Wrap& Roll for hold to each medium sections I made.
  • Lastly I wrapped medium sections of hair to the medium and small Flexi rods for variation.
  • I applied a little bit of shea butter for the ends.

And that its all!

Notes: 

  • If you are going to use heat and blow your hair out, please deep condition!
  • Make sure you have a holding product before applying the flexi rods.
  • Make sure your hair is detangled well before styling.
  • When separating, use a bit of oil on your fingers but only separate once on each section you made to prevent frizz.

Hope this helps! Let me know in the comments below!

I Finally Dyed my Hair!

   
   
I finally got the courage to dye my hair! The color that I chose with my stylist is a Medium Copper Blonde. It didn’t want to go too bright for the first time. It’s a little difficult to see in pictures though, so I am trying to take pictures with a lot of lighting.  As you can already see, I have been working with my new colored hair. I won’t comment on it until I get a lot more experience with it. At this point is has been about over 2 weeks since it was colored. I just want to show you guys the color. Don’t worry, I will be making posts about how my hair regimen changed with my colored hair. 

Thanks for reading! 

-Nansi

Benefits of Deep Conditioning for Kinkier Hair Textures

Instead of doing your normal conditioning, it is really beneficial to take that extra step and give your hair the extra love that it needs to stay strong. If you haven’t added deep conditioning to your hair regimen, now it’s the time to get with the program. You will not regret it, especially if you want longer hair. I can not stress this enough to natural women with 4c (Kinky-Coily) textures like mine that it is really important to keep deep conditioning on schedule.

Benefits: 

  • Moisture: Deep Conditioning brings back the much needed moisture that your hair needed to prevent breakage. Coily hair tends to be on the dryer side, so adding that extra step will keep the moisture balanced until your next wash day.
  • Elasticity: When your hair dry, it loses it elasticity and it becomes more prone to breakage when your are styling, combing or any other manipulation you do to your hair. So deep conditioning your hair will bring it back and keep your hair strong while you are styling.
  • Hair Health Improves: It will increase the health of your hair overall especially when your is chemically treated with color.
  • Damage Control: If you have damage to your hair already, deep conditioning will help keep it under control until you cut off the damage strands as your hair grows.

Things to Keep in Mind: 

  • Don’t leave it in your hair for too long, this can lead to over moisturizing and can leave your hair very stiff. The most time is 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Deep conditioning with heat helps cuts time to 30 minutes.
  • If you are shampooing, deep condition right after! Shampoo is drying!
  • You can add some olive oil to your deep conditioner to give your hair extra love.
  • Deep condition weekly or every 2 weeks, depending on your wash cycle.

I hope this helps! Have fun deep conditioning!

-Nansi!