My Natural Hair Journey – Updates & 2018 Hair Regimen


Hello Dears,

How are you? So far so good I hope and rocking your gorgeous natural hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another year gone and this one is flying by as fast as it can, hahaha, but before January goes by, thought, my WordPress Viewers deserves a new post and better updates, hahaha, its so much easier and will try to implement new technology so I can do at least weekly or bi-weekly posts which is my goal from this upcoming week, so cannot wait and do hope you like the new content that will be flowing in so stay tuned.

Now, let’s get down to business – Hair Pics taken January 11th 2018 – Thursday

Updates on My 4C Hair:

  • My Tresses are coming along healthy and growth has been good this part year, slowly but surely.
  • Biotin, it does maintain my hair health, drinking once a week now, which is more than adequate.
  • Simple Regimen is working so sticking to what works as you all well know, if not broke, do not fix.
  • It appears that my hair time frame has hit it’s length and that is perfectly fine for me, it is what it is.
  • Overnight Oil Treatments are absolutely amazing and get the job done of detangling done quickly.
  • Okra Treatments did their job and nurtured her back to health, slowly but surely, that is how it works
  • Go to Styles have remained the same, 2 Strand Ewists, have been doing just eight and then style as I go.

 

2018 To Work on List:

  • Moisturize on a weekly basis early in the day so can be dry by nighttime, will do this on Saturday.
  • Eat healthier, for this means, more vegetables, fruits and for health reasons, no dairy, wheat and rice.
  • Wrap tresses up at night with a silk scarf, will keep her moisturized so in the morning, its easier to style.
  • Plan my wash days once every 2 weeks, this has been difficult so will do on Thursdays, every other week.
  • Drink more water, I have to truly work on this, starting small, a glass a day and increase to 2 glasses, etc.
  • Sit back and just enjoy hair journey, many times we do not enjoy what we have, not this year, will be fun!
  • Due to my hair being longer, have to take extra care of my ends to avoid breakage and moisture is key.

2018 4C Natural Hair Regimen:

  • Simple Hair Regimen will continue, no more Okra Treatments, have started another growth remedy.
  • Products for Overnight Oil Treatments: Olive, Shea Butter or Corn Oil, apply, twist and place cap.
  • Products for Wash Day: Soak hair, wash -Bonawell Shampoo, rinse, detangle -Biotin Conditioner, rinse.
  • Products for Wash Day: Apply Rice Water to Tresses, leave in 30 minutes, apply shower cap, then rinse.
  • Products for Styling: Hair Mix: Tresseme Conditioner, Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Cream & Castor Oil.
  • Go to Style: My go to 2 strand large twists. For special occasions, will do smaller twists or mini twists.
  • Weekly Maintenance: Have to think of a good hair spritz, once I figure out which one, will update.

Picture Courtesy of PixaBay

Rice Water Hair Rinse – What are the Benefits:

  1. “Rice water is a milky liquid which is left after washing rice. It has been used traditionally in the treatment of skin and hair. Rice water has vitamin B, C, E, and minerals, which help in tightening skin and shrinkage of open pores on face. It also promotes skin cell growth, stimulates blood flow, and slows down the aging process”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_water
  2. “Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen and make hair silky smooth”. http://www.hairbuddha.net/rice-water-for-gorgeous-hair-and-flawless-skin/
  3. “Rice water looks like a milky liquid, and that’s because of the starch residue left behind from the rice. It is rich in minerals and vitamins and makes for a healthy drink. Rice water tightens your skin and improves the health of your hair. It also enhances blood circulation in your body, aids skin cell growth, and keeps your skin looking young and rejuvenated”. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/basic-steps-to-prepare-rice-water-for-hair/#gref
  4. “As mentioned, the Yao women of the Chinese village of Huangluo have long-believed that rice water is the secret to their healthy, shiny tresses. It helps detangle and improve hair elasticity as well. In a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2010, researchers showed that using rice water as a hair treatment, referred to as Yu-Su-Ru, offered significant benefits, including reducing surface friction and increasing hair elasticity”. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/rice-water/

After doing extensive research on this method and asking around, viewing the results of others, have decided to try this method for myself for 1 year to see how it works. Now let me tell you, if you cannot take extremely strong smells, do not even attempt to try this, because this is the strongest scent have smelled yet in my life, I mean, the struggle is real, hahahaha. You just gotta think, this is benefiting my hair, its good for my tresses even of my nose is like, I am outta here, BYE!!!!!!!! Also you must rinse it all out of your hair completely, you cannot leave even a bit in your hair, None! The usual method used by many are either to boil the rice in water for bit and use that, or to let sit in water for 24 to 48 hours, then rinse your hair out, the method varies and as always, you do what works for you of course, do your research and adapt to your hair needs if you want to try.

Picture Courtesy of PixaBay

My Rice Water Hair Rinse – Method:

Whom can teach us better than those who came up with the idea, and they are the amazing and beautiful women of the Huangluo village in South-West China, they are of the Yao Ethnic Group in China’s Guangxi Province, please do research and google, you will be be fascinated. Of course, we cannot do it as exactly as they do, no easy accessible spring water here, the roots we have are much different and would love to grow my own rice, but we work with what we have and go from there. Here is what I plan to do:

  1. Part 1 – The process is simplicity itself. Purchase any rice of your choice, white rice, brown rice, wild rice, as long as you get rice, not parboiled one though, this one does not work as well. Then, you get a glass or ceramic container with a tight lid, place in the amount of rice with double the amount of water. Store in a cool place outside from 24 to 48 hours tops, any longer than than, please store in fridge up to one week. 
  2. Part 2 – How much would you say is best to use, well here are my estimates, I am no expert on this or anything but just an idea, tweak as you go: Short Hair – 1 Cup of Rice and 2 Cups of Water, Medium Length Hair – 2 Cups of Rice and 4 Cups of Water, Long Hair – 4 Cups of Rice and 8 Cups of Water, Extremely Long Hair – 8 cups of Rice and 16 cups of Water. Tweak to your hair needs!
  3. Part 3 – Usage:  Make sure before you use this on your tresses, you have shampooed and conditioned your hair. You want to add this as part of your final wash day process. Once ready, simply pour unto your hair, making sure you get it unto your scalp, ends, and all your hair, if you have not fainted by now, good!!! Place on your shower cap, endure for 30 minutes and then fully rinse out all of the rice water.
  4. Part 4 – Per the video of the Women of the Yao Ethnic Group in China’s Guangxi Province, they store their rice water up to a month in a ceramic pot, and place other raw ingredients in, such as chinese bark, citrus peels, oils, etc. So my sister and I will try this, store for one month, hers in a ceramic pot and mines in a glass pot, will see how this one works in comparison with the others and keep you posted.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting me on my hair journey, now have 460 followers on WordPress and 223 followers on Instagram!!! Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you with me on my hair journey and to many more posts in the years to come. If you have any tips, questions, advice or inquiries, please just post in comments, email or IG me and will get back to you within 24 hours, see you around my dears.

“Isle of Azure”

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My Natural Hair Journey – Progress So Far for 2017

 

Hello My Beauties,

Hope all is well with all of you.

As we know, time is flying by and trying to leave us in the dust, hahaha, at least that is the way I see it, cannot believe how fast October flew past and now we are in November, racing to the end of this year, wheww, but here we are and for that am truly thankful and grateful.

This will be a recap of what have been using on my tresses and what have been taking so you can fully know all details for my hair health, so here we go:

  1. Okra Treatments – Have been working really well for the health of my hair, slowly but surely, but as we head into the rainier months, a bit harder to have your hair wet every other day due to being harder for her to dry so time to finish off with Okra for now, ta ta!
  2. Overnight Oil Treatments – Working wonders and Wash Day is a breeze now, this is a serious power work house! The night before Wash Day, place Shea Butter Oil on tresses, put on Shower Caps (2), wrap up and wash out in the morning. Do once every 3 weeks.
  3. Tresseme Conditioner – As you girls know, this baby continues to work well for my hair, so, it not broke, don’t fix. When styling my hair (Mom does this), we will add the Conditioner, Castor Oil, a Cream (Bonawell Products or Salon Selectives Hair Treatment), mix all 3 together and then she applies to my tresses as she styles into a 2 strand twist, then will add oils to scalp and ends and Voila. Simple is best for my hair and she loves being in 2 strand twists and left alone, will refresh once a week, mostly on Saturdays and that’s all.
  4. My Hair Oil Mix – Have 2 that I use, one is the Castor Oil by itself, as is thick enough to work by itself. The other is s mix of my Island Oil mixed with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Lavender, this one I use to refresh my hair once a week, mainly the ends only.
  5. Healthy Insides – For my health, have to take Cod Liver Oil, Echinacea, Iron, 1 Biotin (every other day), plus a glass of warm water in the morning and in the evening. I so feel that my hair is also benefiting from this, so we both happy, plus an intake of lots of fruits.

Here is what I will be trying for these next rainier months:

  1. Olive Oil Treatments – My hair really really really loves Olive Oil by itself, so have switched to using once a week now. Very simple, will add the Oil to my hair, ends, place on a plastic cap, leave for about 30 minutes and then take out and Voila, done, see, easy peasy.
  2. Shea Butter Cream – Have a thicker cream will start to implement as well in my hair, as my hair needs a thicker cream base in this weather, so will use Curls Unleashed, Curl Defining Cream and see if that works for her, its Shea Butter Base so should work well. 

A few pictures of my tresses so you can see how she is doing:

Large 2 Strand Twists

Twist Out

Smaller 2 Strand Twists

Here is how my Hair Regimen goes and remember, simplicity is the key to success, at least for me, in the end, please do what works for you.

  1. Style – Simple 2 Strand Twists, done once every 3 weeks, each week, part hair differently and change the size of them to your liking.
  2. Maintenance 1 – Middle of the week, spritz your ends with a hair spritz of your choice, add a tab of oil to the ends of each twist. 
  3. Maintenance 2 – Once a week, on Saturdays, will refresh with H2O and Olive Oil, focus especially on the ends of your hair.
  4. Night Before Wash Day – Apply your favorite oils to scalp, hair, ends, put on plastic cap, wrap with scarf and sleep tight.
  5. Wash Day 1 – Get your fav shampoo, add oils to her as this helps keep her from stripping hair completely and will add slip.
  6. Wash Day 2 – Undo twist outs and place in 4, 6 or 8 large twists, try to make them all equal in size, this is a big time saver. 
  7. Wash Day 3 – Go through each twist, apply shampoo to scalp, wash downward, apply conditioner and finger detangle as you go. 
  8. Wash Day 4 – Once done detangling, place hair back in twists and once done, YAY. Takes me 1 hour to for this process but worth it. 
  9. Styling Process – Apply Conditioner & Oil Mix, 2 Strand Twists, process varies, large twists will take 1 hour, smaller from 2 to 3.

That’s how we got my styling process from 8 to 4 hours tops, usually it takes 3 hours to do and done, so happy, hahaha.

As with all things, when taking care of your Natural Hair, there are the ups and downs but do not give up, keep at it. Keep it simple, consistent and determined to make things work for your tresses. It is a journey, you are in competition with no one and are at your own pace, love what you have and share what you know. With time, dedication and your hair regimen, you can make this work and Flourish as you go.

 

 

Thank you so much for following and supporting my Blog and May You Have a Beautiful Day.

******* Isle of Azure *******

 

Welcome to This Month’s Natural Hair Blog Feature

A Tale of an Island Princess & Her Natural Hair Journey 

 

 

Once upon a time on a beautiful Island in a faraway place, there lived a gorgeous Island Princess,

Her name, Kerdisha St. Louis, a self-described #Carefreeisland girl from the nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica.

Journalist by profession and holds several other caps such as youth advocate, media personality and blogger.

Let’s listen in as she takes us through her journey by means of a once in a lifetime Interview:

 What made you return and remain Natural?

Going natural was something I decided to do in college. I was all about discovering myself and loving myself for who was naturally, so embracing my natural hair felt right at that time. I have been natural for about five years now and transitioned for about six months.

 

Describe your Hair Care Maintenance for your 4C tresses.

My hair is what I would call unique. Now I know everyone says that about their hair but mine really is. It’s very regimented so it expects certain things like me moisturizing my hair twice a week using the LCO method as well as deep conditioning regularly. I love thick natural products that have very little chemicals. My hair is also really thick and tends to knot up really easily so I often keep it in stretched styles.

Can you name some of the challenges you have faced with your own hair?

A major problem that I faced (and sort of still face today) is patience. I have a lot of hair and it takes time to gently detangle which sometimes I do not have the patience for. But slowly but surely I’m learning to only touch my hair when I have the patience to handle it.

 

Why do you truly love your Natural Hair?

I love my natural hair because I think embracing it allows me to embrace myself totally. Too often in the past I felt like my natural hair was not good enough and not what society perceived as beautiful. Now that I’ve learnt to properly manage my natural hair and find styles that work for me every day I feel amazing about my hair and what it represents as a black woman. Especially one from the Caribbean.

Have you ever dealt with a hair tragedy, how were you able to recover?

The biggest hair tragedy I faced was earlier this year when I inadvertently caused heat damage to my hair. Although it was not a large portion I had to be very gentle with that area of my hair and concentrate a bit more product on it in whatever I am doing. I plan to grow out the heat damage and cut off the damage bit by bit. All I can say is lesson learnt.

 


How can girls learn to properly care for their own unique 4C tresses?

My advice to girls out there who have no clue about natural hair or want to get better is research, research, research. Don’t be afraid to try out different techniques or style until you find what works for you. Another useful tip is to find bloggers or Youtubers with a similar hair type and see if some of their favorite products or techniques work for you. Remember your hair is unlike any other so find what is best for YOUR hair.

You can find our Lovely Naturalista at her blog:

 www.thekschronicles.com

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest @thekschronicles.

And she lived happily ever after and her Natural Hair continued to flourish due the Princess utmost care of her Beautiful Tresses.

 

The End.