A To-Do List before Considering Coloring your Natural hair

 

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At this point in my hair journey, I want a change, something new. I am really considering  getting my hair colored (Highlights to be specific) and embracing a new journey. Yes, I have heard of all the scary colored hair stories that I have been told but honestly I am up for the challenge. I am taking this as a new learning experience so I can actually talk about it after the fact I color it. So I took some cautious steps, to avoid a hair disaster and you should consider these steps too.

  • Research: 
    • It is important to have an idea what colors you are considering and what style? Do you want to go darker or lighter? How light to you want to go? Do you want your whole head dyed in one color or do you want just highlights(Partial dyeing)? And top of that you should consider what kind of dye do you want to use; Henna or normal dye with bleaching agents?
    • Also you should look at the pros and cons of Colored Treated hair. You want to know what you are getting into and come in the salon informed. Ask yourself “Am I up for the challenge?”
  • Find a Trust Worthy Stylist: 
    • If you don’t have a trust worthy hair stylist already then you should do some searching around. Ask around for Natural hair salons in your area. You need to find a salon that actually cares about you and your hair.
    • Once you find that person, ask them as many questions as you can.
      • How much is it going to cost?
      • What colors are best for my hair and my skin tone?
      • What are some concerns I should have about my hair?
      • How should I care for it?
    • You should ask questions of this nature, just so you have a well rounded idea. Again, you want to be informed as much as possible before you set an appointment.
  • Consider the CURRENT condition of your hair 
    • You should consider the health of your hair FIRST before anything. Hair should be at its healthiest before you make any chemical changes to it. Dying your hair can take a toll on it and dry it out majorly if your hair is not at its best.
    • If your hair is recovering from damage, I would wait 6 months or so until it is healthy. Take care of the condition it is now. You dont want to add any additional damage. The last thing you want is your hair to break even more!
  • Get Prepared 
    • This is the time you want to start stocking on products that are for “Colored Treated” hair because you may have to switch up some things. That doesn’t mean buy over $100 worth of products. Just consider some good deep condtioners, color safe shampoos and conditioners, as well as some styling products to save your new hair color.
    • Ask your hair stylist what does he/she recommend.
    • You can search around in beauty supply stores:
      • Shea Moisture
      • Carol’s Daughter
      • TGIN
    • Those are just to name a few that has products for colored treated hair.
  • Keep you hair in Tip-Top condition 
    • At this time, keep your hair as healthy as you can until your appointment day comes. If you need a trim, I would advise you to do it some time before your appointment. Keep your strands strong and healthy.

It is important to consider all of these steps before coloring your hair. This is not to scare you at all, it is just to prepare you to avoid the worst case scenario. It’s not a lot of work. I want you to have the best coloring experience because you deserve it and I know you care about your natural hair. If your hair is currently damaged, please wait before you color, you would want your hair to be at the best condition it can be. Hair dye alters your hair a bit, this is why it is important to take these steps.

Tips: 

  • Make an early appointment, you dont want to rush this.
  • Don’t be scared, at the end of the day it is just hair.
  • Keep in touch with your stylist in case you have any questions before your appointment.
  • Make sure you get a a DEEP condition when the color is applied to your hair.

This is it folks! Let me know how it goes in the comments!

-Nansi

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Product Review: Indian Hemp& Tamanu Deep Treatment Masque

I am currently on a journey looking for good deep conditioners for my hair because I want my hair to stay moisturized and strong. Also, I plan on coloring my hair soon and when it comes to color treated hair, deep conditioners will be your best friend! So I took a trip to CVS to pick up a few things and I came across a brand that I heard of which was Nubian Heritage. So I picked up their Indian Hemp& Tamanu Deep Treatment Masque and I don’t regret spending my money on it at all!

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During my wash day, I set this in my hair generously from root to ends and let this sit in my hair with two plastic caps. I used heat from my bonnet dryer at home for about 30 minutes and…whoa…let me tell you the results. My hair loved it!! I rinsed it out with cool water in the sink and my hair became super supple! I was able to detangle with it with my fingers in the sink. I have to say, this product really did my dry hair justice!

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Before and After rinsing it out..

Pros: 

  • It’s very creamy (not loose) so it will stick well to your strands. 
  • When using it with heat, your hair will become very supple and moist. 
  • Decreases breakage while styling, because it strengthens your hair 
  • Detangling becomes a breeze (especially for kinky hair like mine) 

Cons: 

  • Its expensive: about $14 dollars at CVS. 
    • Even on the Nubian Heritage website it was still pricey. I would check for sales. 

Tips: 

  • Use heat with it for about 30 minutes for better and softer results. 
  • Use a generous and HEALTHY amount on all of your strands. Don’t forget to pay attention to your ends! They need love too!
  • Rinse this out with cool water to close the cuticle of your hair. Never warm water. 
  • You can leave some of this in if you want. 

This deep conditioner may be one of my stable products for the Fall/Winter. I had no issues with it. I will be using it more often in my hair regimen.

Let me know in the comments if you like this product or not! I am open to suggestions as well!

-Nansi

How Do I Revive my Hair from Summer Heat?

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This summer has been extremely hot and dry. I have done a lot of activities this summer that had my hair exposed to the hot sun such as; the beach, cook outs and many days at the park. The heat and the dry sun did take a toll on my hair, even though I still cowashed my hair bi-weekly. Towards the end of summer, I like to go organic and clarify my hair before Fall comes around to give my hair a fresh start again. My hair seems to love it because majority of the time I use store bought products to clean and condition. I like to switch things up. So I took majority of the day to really Clean and Moisturize my hair.

  1. Clarifying: Since I cowash often, I get build up on my scalp and conditioner/ product gunk on my hair which can weigh it down. My hair began to feel lifeless and limp. So I decided to start of with one of my favorite clarifying products which is my Tressentials Lavender Garden Hair Wash. It’s basically a mud wash for hair, that cleans your hair instead of using shampoo. It does a really good job at cleaning your without any coating agents, fragrances or any other gunk that normal shampoo would live in your hair. Your hair and scalp will be squeaky clean once you’re done using it.
  • I put my hair in 6 sections with butterfly clips and began to wet my hair with a spray bottle of water.
  • Then I poured some of the mud in a little cup and diluted it with water (this mud is potent so you should diluted some if you are using it for your first time). Then I put a little bit of mud on my fingers and started putting it on my roots and scalp first. After that I worked it through the length of my hair and put the section away to start on the other sections.
  • I let the mud sit in my hair for a few minutes before I got in the shower to rinse and repeat. Focus on your scalp especially when washing in the shower. When rinsing make sure the mud is all gone , take your time rinsing it out.

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2. Conditioning with Honey/Olive oil 

  • Outside of the shower I began to apply my DIY Honey & Extra Virgin Olive Oil homemade conditioner from roots to ends (pay attention to the ends). I made sure my hair was well coated before I pinned it away with Butterfly clips and sealing the sections with two plastic caps. I allowed that to sit in my hair for almost 2 hours because my hair was really dry but you can leave this in for as long as you want.
  • When rinsing this out, make sure you are using cold water and take your time with it. Comb your hair though with your fingers as your rinsing. You don’t want to leave any of this in your hair, it will be a sticky situation.  After this, your hair will be moist and very shiny!

You can style your hair as you please after this, using any products you want. It is up to you! I hope this helps you my naturalistas!

Notes:

  • You can heat up the Honey/Olive oil mix in the microwave for 15 seconds to get in nice and warm for your hair.
  • I don’t mud wash often because it is very drying. I only do it once in a while when I feel like my hair needs a deep cleaning, I don’t have a set schedule for it.  Though you can wash your hair monthly with it, if you wish to.

-Nansi

Product Review: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with aloe vera and avocado (5 Stars)

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When I go shopping for hair products, I am very mindful of the pricing and the quality of the products because I am trying to save money. So I went out to my local Target and picked this up because I needed a cheap conditioner for my weekly co-washing(plus it cost me under $5. I couldn’t pass that up) When I co-washed my hair with this a few days ago, I was very happy with my purchase.

Pros: 

  • Thickness: It is very creamy which I like because I have coily thick hair that needs to be penetrated. The thicker the product the better for my hair is what I say.
  • Easy Slip: The slip with this product is amazing. I can easily detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb, no problem. I can also finger detangle easily with this product in the shower when I rinse it out. My coils don’t get caught up with each other, the knots and shed hair work themselves out.
  • Hydrating: I started with DRY hair when I first tried this product and let me tell you, my strands were very happy after I was done. My coils were defining themselves in the shower while I was washing. My hair became nice and moisturized for styling.

Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this product, my hair enjoyed it. Its affordable and it seems to work well with my 4c hair type. I can’t to use it as a deep conditioner or as a leave-in. Maybe I can experiment with it with a mix of olive oil! Who knows? This will be one of my stable products from now on!

Where can you purchase it? 

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens

I would advise you to stick to Target or Walmart because you can get it under $5 there.

-Share your comments about this products down below! Let me know what you think!

-Nansi

Bantu Knot out




Hello everyone!

Here is my Bantu Knot Out that I have recently done! This is my second favorite style that I like to do besides the Twist Out.

Directions: 

  • I simply sectioned my clean hair in 6 sections and began doing two strand twists on each sections then I tucked them in with a bobby pin to secure it. I do about 3 to 4 Bantu knots in each section. 
  • I made my knots small for definition purposes 
  • I left my Bantu knots in for a few days to keep my hands out of it. 

UnRaveling…

  • I unraveled each knots gently with Tea tree oil to avoid frizz. You separately gently where your hair wants to separate. 
  • Then I used my hair pick to fluff out my roots to close the gaps that I have created before. 

And that’s it! You are done! 

Products used: 

  • Shea Moisture’s Yucca& Plantian Anti-Breakage Hair Strengthening Masque (For deep conditioning)
  • Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating conditioner ( cowashing) 
  • AliKay Naturals Hair Parfait (for styling) 

I hope this helps and you all understand! Let me know if you have any questions or how this worked for you!

Inspiration: This Bantu Knot method is not originally mine, I got this from Naptural85 and used it as my own.

Link:  Naptural85’s Bantu Knot

Thanks for reading!

-Nansi

Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner Review

  
I did a 30 minute Cowash with this conditioner from Giovanni and I have to say this has to be one of the best conditioners I have used this far. I didn’t even wash all of it out when I was in the shower, I left some of it in for moisture. Boy, this little treasure did my hair justice. 

Pros: 

  • very light weight; it won’t leave your hair feeling heavy or sticky if you decide to leave it in. 
  • Easy to finger detangle with. The slip is awesome. 
  • The smell is great and leaves your scalp tingling clean if you Cowash with it. 
  • It’s very cheap. It is no more than $6 at the beauty supply store. Some places even cheaper. 

Cons: 

  • Since it is light weight, it may not be best to deep condition with. 
  • The bottle is very small. I wish it came in a family size bottle. 

Overall, there are more pros than cons with this product. I will keep this in rotation in my hair regimen. I would recommend this to anyone. It’s a good product and it’s cheap. Try it and comment if you like it or not. 

-Nansi