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 *******

 

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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.

My Natural Hair Journey – 4C Hair Progress So Far

 

Hello My Lovelies,

How are you all doing today, so far so good I hope.

Today will share with you an update on my Hair Progress and what I am doing, as promised will post every 3 months, then next year will do the same but will be better at it, scheduling on time, etc, hahaha, time seems to be flying by so that is good, means we are busy and working.In an effort to keep this post, short and sweet will simplify and let you know what am doing, whats working and what are my goals:

My Hair Regimen – September to December 2017

  1. Maintain my hair hydrated and moisturized with Okra mix, applied to scalp and ends every Tuesday & Saturday, seal with Island Oil.
  2. A day before Wash Day, do an Overnight Hot Oil Treatment,, using my Shea Butter Mixture, applied to scalp and ends extensively. 
  3. Wash hair once every 2 to 3 weeks, refresh twice a week, to go style, large 2 stand twists, easy to maintain and upkeep in the Tropics.

 

My Hair Health – September to December 2017

  1. Eat healthier foods, cutting out flour, rice and dairy, due to my health problems so will replace with vegetables and protein as I go.
  2. Increase my water drinking habits moderately, will replace all sodas and sugary drinks with Water and Warm Teas as this is better.
  3. Drink supplements that will aid in my hair health, such as Biotin, Fish Oil, Cod Liver Oil, 1 Multivitamin as well as Iron, daily basis.

 

My Hair Goals – September to December 2017

  1. Track overall health to see improvement, how am doing and how my tresses are doing, hopefully they will be healthier and bouncier.
  2. No more scraggly ends, hate these, dusting each time my hair is done so this helps to avoid that, might take longer but will track.
  3. Less tangles, knots, easier to detangle plus less hair shedding, this one drives me bonkers although we do lose 100 hairs per day. 

 

MY 4C TRESSES

 

 

 

Thank you for joining me and if you have any advice, tips or inquiries, please feel free to add to comments below and will get back to you.

***Have a a Great Day Dolls & Thanks for your Support***

IslandKynks