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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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

 

 

Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. P.A.

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Say Hello to an Absolutely Beautiful Naturalista!

Here is her Natural Hair Story, do enjoy My Queens,

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A:  My name is P.A., and I’m literally from all over.  I was born in Nigeria, lived in over 13 countries before the age of 10, but spent the majority of that time in England.  I currently live in Texas.  My natural hair is a mixture of 3c, 4a, 4b, and 4c—so I simply that to “Kinky, Curly, Coily”.

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: I transitioned long-term for just under two years.  

3) How long have you been natural?

A: My last relaxer was on May 4, 2013 (yay!) and I cut off all the relaxed ends by February 22, 2015.

4) What made you return natural?

A: My choice to go natural was a practical one—relaxers ate through my scalp and left it bleeding with sores. Since I actually like my scalp, I decided that not using relaxers was in my best interest. 

5) How hard or easy was your first year of being natural?

A: My first year of transitioning was spent mostly in protective styles (my favorite is crochet braids).  Honestly, the most challenging thing was perception—perception of myself and other’s perception of me.  When you get used to a certain look (my mother put relaxers in my hair at the age of 8), you associate a part of yourself with that look.  It was a daunting thing to have to imagine myself without what I considered my “norm.”  Plus, since I’m an attorney, I worried that people would make disparaging remarks about my hair at the office.

6) What helped you the most, to remain natural?

A: At first, necessity. Like I said above, I stopped using relaxers because of the damage it did to my scalp.  There really was no other alternative.  But after a while, I realized that I liked my natural hair.  I started to grow impatient with the straight stringy ends and cut them off before my full two-year goal lol.

7) Your 3 favorite products and why? A:

  1. Coconut Oil (because, really, who isn’t koo-koo for coconut? Lol)
  2. Shea Butter (best sealant ever)
  3. A Number of SheaMoisture Products (is that cheating?? I couldn’t pick just one!)

8) What do you love about your unique tresses?

A: The versatility and how manageable it actually is.  I’ve finally mastered the art of the wash and go for my many textures, and I’ve become quite good at crochet braids when my hair needs a break.

9) What is your least favorite task when dealing with your natural hair?

A: Um…detangling—like you had to ask!

10) How do you inspire other girls to return natural?

A: I try to show various manageable and beautiful ways to wear our hair in its natural state and share those ideas on my blog and social media. 

 

 11) So far in your journey, what is your favorite hair style? 

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A: I’d have to say the wash and go.

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Natural Beauty  – Hair Style Galore

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Thank you Loves for reading, many thank yous Dear PA and thank you for your patience, Enjoy the Day 😀