My Natural Hair Journey – June 2018 Update

Hello My Beautiful Ladies,

How are you all doing? Hope all is well and dandy with you and your families. 

First of all,  wanted to start out with a Thank You to each and every one of you for continuing to be with me after so many years, you are truly appreciated and I’m grateful to have you with me, your comments and likes are so exciting to see, thank you all so very  much.

Second of all, please remember any questions, inquiries or anything of that nature, you can IG me, any natural hair questions, am a text away.

Third but not least, Let us get to these updates right, hahahaha, as promised, here is my 3 months Progress report on my tresses, Enjoy!!!

My Hair Care Regimen: 

Simplicity is key and is needed for my tresses to thrive and continue to be healthy so I keep a very simple hair care regimen that works for me. So with that being said, I tend to leave my tresses alone, once styled in 2 Strand Twists, let them be until Wash Day, where they are taken out, styled back in different sections and done, with this style, as long as your tresses are well moisturized, this style lasts me 2  to 3 weeks.

 

           

Products Used:

TRESemme Conditioner, Cantu Care for Kids Leave-In Conditioner & Castor Oil , mix them all in one and applied as hair is styled in 2 strand twists.  When using the TRESemme Conditioners, use the ones with Moisture or Softness as these work best for me out here in the Tropics. The Cantu Leave-In is working marvels for my hair, needed a bit more moisture and she is just what I needed and Castor Oil is my best and fav oil now!!!

Treatments:

Rice Water Treatments are working extremely well for my tresses, I see more shine and sheen, healthier and much less breakage. I even took pictures so you can see just how much hair comes out, which is 1/4th of what I use to shed, so its working for my tresses, will continue to use for the rest of the year and observe progress more closely as time goes, the one that works best for me is the Parboiled Rice, does wonders.

Styles:

As you know, my signature style are my 2 strand twists, they never let me down and I love them completely, once done, I don’t even have to worry about styling again. I simply refresh in the morning and once a week is gone, will wash her and apply cream or oil to my my hair and ends and she is perfectly fine. My 4C Hair loves to be left alone, so I listen and let her be, as they say, if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.

Wash Day:

Once a week I will co-wash my hair, then every 2 weeks will wash with a Shampoo to get the product build up out and maintain my scalp clean so she can breathe well. If I have the time, the day before Wash Day, will do an Overnight Oil Treatment, if not, then on Wash Day, I do my Rice Water, place on hair and scalp, leave for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse, apply my Hair Cream Mix and My Mum will style hair for me.

Daily Maintenance:

As I mentioned before, this one is pretty easy, peasy, I get up, get ready, fix a twist or 2 and am done!!! Hahahahaha. Occasionally I might do a twist out, left for very special occasions, or so a scarf set or add some accessories to my hair or a hair band and that is it. We tend to lead very busy lives so yes, we do take care of our hair but for me personally, I cannot spend hours on her daily, so simplicity is key for me.

New Products I am using:

Cantu Care for Kids Leave-In Conditioner,  I know, I know, it says for Kids!!!!! But this leave in works wonders for my hair, she keeps her moisturized up to 1 entire week and this in the Tropics!!!! She mixes extremely well with Castor Oil and My Conditioner. A little goes a long way, 1 10 oz jar can last me up to a month, and yes, fully stocked on her as well, our local Supermarket now sells Cantu Products so am extremely happy with that fact. Next one I want to try is the Cantu Shampoo, because my Bonawell Shampoo has finished so I need to look into purchasing one this weekend. I will check out the Cantu Aisle, see which one I like, research for a couple of days and choose one, haha!

 

My Hair Progress So Far

        

 

 

 

!!!!Thank you for Reading & Till Next Time Lovelies!!!

                      Isle of Azure

 

 

 

 

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My Natural Hair Journey – March 2018 Update

 

Hello My Dears,

Hope you are all well and having an enjoyable evening. 

My journey has been going relatively well, as you know, your girl is not in the best of health, always something but that is to be expected in the times we are living in. So for the past month, have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, 3 TBS per day in an 8oz glass of water to help me out with some health issues and it worked up and beyond the call of duty, hair loving it too so its a win win plus have been eating a lot more protein foods that I used to which is all good for the hair. Trying to cut out junk food completely, better said than done but will continue to keep at it and decrease my sugar intake, as we know, this is a journey and we adapt, change and keep on going, one day at a time and we enjoy the day as it goes and make the best of things if the day is not going well.

As promised, would share updates with you about my regimen, any tweaks, improvements, so here we go:

Updates on My 4C Hair:

  • Tresses are fulling out and getting thicker so sticking with my Simple Regimen for sure. 
  • Biotin, helping to maintain my hair health, back to drinking once a week now, more than enough.
  • Overnight Oil Treatments, have had to adjust to a simple Oil Treatment before my Wash Regimen. 
  • Rice Water Treatment will take more uses before I rate but so far so good, in 2 months, will update. 
  • 2 Strand Twists remains my go to style, Mom does about 40 now for a more lasting style and love!

2018 To Work on Progress List:

  • Moisturize on a weekly basis , have to come up with a hair spritz for this summer heat that is coming.
  • Wrap tresses up at night with a silk scarf, is working very well, much more moisturized in the morning.
  • Rice Water Rinses, once every 2 weeks, have to let water sit for 48 hours, leave in for 1 hour then rinse.
  • Eat more foods with protein and keep my water intake up, at least 3 glasses of water per day for me.
  • Have to take extra care of my ends to avoid breakage and moisture is key, so this will be my focus.

2018 4C Natural Hair Regimen:

  • Product – Oil Treatments: Olive Oil, apply to each twist, undo, twists in larger sections, wash.
  • Products – Wash Day: Bonawell Shampoo, rinse, finger-detangle with Biotin Conditioner, rinse.
  • Hair Treatment – Wash Day: Apply Rice Water, leave in 1 hour, apply shower cap, then rinse.
  • Products – Styling: Hair Mix: Tresemme ConditionerCurls Unleashed Curl Defining Cream & Castor Oil.
  • Go to Style: My go to 2 strand twists. For special occasions, Updos, smaller twists or Twist Out.
  • Weekly Maintenance: Apply Hair Spritz when needed in the day, cover tresses at night time.
  • Hair Spritz: Water, Coconut, Olive or Castor Oil plus essential oils such as mint or lavender. 

 

March 2018 Hair Pictures – Twist Outs

 

                   

 

 

March 2018 Hair Pictures – 2 Strand Twists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These next months, as I continue on my hair regimen, will now start to take notes and track my rice water rinses to see if there are any differences in my hair, will check the hair to see if softer, then will check out shedding and hair elasticity, will also try to remember to take before and after pics of rice rinse to see progress a bit more. Apart from that, am also adding essential oils to my carrier oil which are Olive, the mint essential oil in Olive Oil is excellent for an itchy scalp. The lavender essential oil in Olive Oil is so soothing on your scalp, you will love.

!!!Thank you Dears for Visiting!!!

Please feel free to ask any questions by commenting below or send me a DM through IG: Islandkynks.

Isle of Azure

 

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”