Trimming your own ends isn’t that easy (TIPS)

Trimming your own ends is awkward but it will save you hair, time, and money. I find that you need to ask some of the ladies you see with beautiful hair questions. Even when you are choosing to color. Ask around, do some research, and do not believe every single video you see on YouTube about hair. Too much online research can cause confusion since there is more than one way to do everything and everyone has there own method.

When I decided to do a trim, it was necessary. My ends were my only problem and my hair was hard to manage because of it. I decided to do it myself because I wanted to be able to still wear my hair in a pony tail. Trimming even just a little at a time is better than letting someone chop off all your progress. Some hairdressers cut your hair off and others trim your ends. But I don’t want to guess who is going to do a good job. In the past, my hair was simply chopped off at every shop I went to. No one every mentioned taming the ends but someone who had the same problem with their hair. They told me to be patient and work on them regularly. After all, you can train your natural hair to do just about anything once you start to maintain it and keep it healthy.

I personally knew that I needed to take off at least and inch. I decided to familiarize myself with cutting my hair period and took off a quarter inch just to see if that would help at all and my hair feels better. You may not be able to tell how much you need to trim like me but if you feel like you didn’t trim off enough, trim off a little more. The easier it is to comb after a trim, the more you can tell whether you did a good job or not.

The first thing you should do is buy some barber scissors but I was in a rush and used some really sharp scissors that are all purpose. They made it a little harder to do. The way I can tell that I need to trim off more is that I still have crunchy ends. When I use the term crunchy, I mean rough and tangled. I can’t run a comb straight though my hair after I am done washing and conditioning it. At least not yet. I can see and feel the spots that I missed. But I can also continue to work on them. By putting my hair in a protective style after my wash day was over, I sealed in all the moisture from the hot oil treatment and have also decided to pay a lot more attention to them. They need more oil than the rest of my hair. Whatever I apply to my scalp, I am applying to my ends. Instead of two strand twist, I braid my hair into small braids. I train the ends daily by applying a small amount of oil and twirling them around my right index finger always in the same direction. You can do clockwise or counter. Whichever one works better for you.

Right now, I have my hair in 24 French Braids with 3 layers. It’s easier to apply the oils to the scalp, hair, and specifically the ends. All the braids are straight, nice, and even. It is trained to stay parted down the middle and now I am training it to grow away from my face. I am training it to grow in the direction that I have it braided in. My hair did the best when I was washing it every two weeks. Washing it less often also made it harder to comb. I am still oiling my scalp even though a lot of all naturals have started the no oil on the scalp for a period of time method and others don’t apply oil to their scalps at all. I don’t allow my scalp to get dry. A dry scalp for me means dry hair. I am using the Dr. Miracle’s Daily Anit-Breakage Strengthening Crème on my scalp and ends daily as instructed by the product. And as I mentioned in a previous post, my hair is growing and there is no real breakage. I will list the oil blend that I am using in another post but I always use Extra Virgin Olive Oil as my base and I am adding Argan oil to the blend.

Dr. Miracles Product review

I am using Dr. Miracle’s products on all our hair including my daughters’ father who has been working hard on getting the African American Trades & Goods business up and running. We all suffer from dry scalp but they both have Eczema and need a lot of moisture for their hair and scalp They also need something to stop the itching. I am using Dr. Miracle’s Cleanse and Condition Conditioning Shampoo blended with Olive & Jojoba Oils right now on all of our hair and I like it. Wash day just got easier for me. Even though it is a conditioning shampoo, I am still using conditioner on me and my 7 year olds hair. I also like OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner which I use afterward. A more detailed list is coming with all the products I am using soon.

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I have also been using Dr. Miracle’s Daily Anti-Breakage Strengthening Crème with Aloe Vera & Natural Proteins. I wasn’t sure if it was working but my hair started growing and their was less of it in the comb. I finally got my hair done in 6 feeder braids for Easter and oiled my scalp with this and applied some oils to the actual hair and ends. My ends are not as bad as I thought they were. My sister in law examined my hair while she was braiding it. She said that whatever I had been using was working. My ends were damaged but there wasn’t a lot to trim. Nika Styles charges $30 for a trim and $50 for the feeder braids. I can either try to tame the ends like I have been doing or have a trim. Dr. Miracle’s Anti-Breakage Strengthening Crème works so well, I may not even get the trim. I am on my 5th hair journey. When my ends get to this point, usually, I just cut all of my hair off. This product means that this time, I can continue to grow it.

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While at the local beauty supply store, I also found Dr. Miracle’s Hot Grow Hair and Scalp Treatment and started using it yesterday. It is supposed to condition and promote healthy hair growth and has Aloe, Shea Butter, & Jojoba Oil. Anything that conditions is excellent for my hair and definitely for my ends. I am wearing a braid out right now. I would recommend that you use this product lightly. My hair and scalp feel great and I have no irritation. This product is like a grease and has less of a smell than the crème. I am using them both. I think that the crème is better for my hair. If your scalp and hair tend to be really dry, I would recommend you try the Hot Grow. I am going to do an allergy test on my daughter and then switch her to this. Both products work great and will help your hair grow and become healthier.

New Walk, Old Shoes

The African American Trades & Goods received its first goods this month. We have been busy spreading the word locally and building a customer base. I invested some money in the oils that I wanted to blend with great success. I wasn’t able to make a whole lot of oil but I was able to make enough for me and my family and have some leftover. I love making the oil blends. My first client was Tom Wilson, my husband and the Founder of African American Trades & Goods. I made him a special blend of oils to help relieve an itchy and dry scalp from eczema. I also made a massage oil for us which relieves stress and a blend of oils for my hair and scalp. I bought some essential oils and carrier oils. Some of the cheaper brands of essential oils did not smell like they should and I lost about $14 at the most. All the other oils that I bought worked out well and I have blended different types which I intend on selling as soon as we get a logo and some labels unless it’s by request.

This website is still undergoing changes. I haven’t been posting as often because I have been busy trying to figure out what direction I want this website to go in. I was raising Dystonia Awareness when I started but now I am not even sure if I have it. Seeing a Movement Disorder Specialist was my goal but learning to live with whatever I have and being able to function on an everyday basis became more important than appointments. Once I got the papers for my medical marijuana license, I started eliminating medication that I either was tired of taking, wasn’t working, or caused some form of dependence. I have went from 15 or more pills a day to 3 or 4 a day over the course of the last six months. I am starting to stray away from Pepsi altogether but I have started drinking iced coffee from Tim Hortons, water when it is purified, and more tea.

I have purchased two vape pens. One for nicotine because I have grown tired of Lex 12 Nappa Night Cigars and Lex 12 Cigars period. In fact, I am tired of all the cigars I normally smoke including those Black & Mild’s I have been smoking since high school and can no longer smoke. They make me develop a chronic cough. I have not smoked one in quite some time. I have a Tru Blu vape pen for now and I like it but, they don’t make the type of flavors I like. I also was able to find a different type of Al Capone Cigar which I have fell in love with. Al Capone filtered Jamaican Blaze Cigars. I will be transitioning to them next month. They have a great flavor that pairs well with my vape pens and medical marijuana. I had to learn how to roll up all over again. I no longer use Swishers. I use tobacco less, vegan, CBD, GMO free wraps by High Hemp. They come in quite a few flavors or you can get the plain kind. I get them according to what I am smoking on that day.

My compression stockings are in the drawer and I haven’t worn them in over a week. All that swelling and pain for all that time was from a very simple problem that the doctors never considered but I did. What if the swelling is coming from wearing the wrong shoes? I mean literally. Nothing more. Nothing less. No need to have any testing done which makes less trips to the doctor. Not one doctor that I am seeing considered that. Not one doctor asked me what type of shoes do I wear when I am at home. Instead, they switched my blood pressure medication to one that acts as a water pill and a blood pressure all at once. Lets just say that there is no way in the world I was going to keep taking a medication that makes me have to go to the bathroom that many times in a few hours unless it is absolutely necessary. So I stopped taking the water pills and put me some shoes on. What swelling?

My ankles stopped swelling up after I put on the most comfortable shoes that I have and limited the amount of time I spent in house shoes. I was walking around the house in shower or boat shoes. The kind of shoes that you can get wet, take off, and drain the water out by rolling the shoes up into their selves. They have drainage holes and are worn like socks with a rubber bottom. I walked all over in those shoes for at least eight months. One day after the swelling had finally went down, I put on some LeBron James Basketball shoes and was in bliss and still am. How comfortable basketball shoes are is amazing. I don’t know how other people feel about them but they have always got me threw a day in comfort. I have on some brand new old LeBron James shoes in the daytime and I put on the house shoes in the evening. Oh what a relief this was. I am going to wear these shoes until I tear them up. By that time, I should be able to afford some more. I also found that Sperry shoes and baseball shoes also work. I still need to wear the in lays with them but not the compression stockings.

 

Tired from doing what?

The biggest part of having Dystonia is the progression but just as important is the fatigue. You can get all the sleep that is possible and still wake up feeling what we call “tired”. People ask what I did today that would cause me to be so tired but it’s not what I did today that makes me tired. It could be me being tired from what I did the day before. Yes. They day before or even the day before that.

Most of us use different methods to stay woke but the medications we take make us drowsy and come with that do not drive or operate heavy machinery warning. I have been trying to stay woke all day and go to bed at the same time every night. It is working to a certain extent. I need something to do still even though I am disabled and retired. Recently, I have been having problems opening my eyes in the morning again. This makes getting up everyday even harder. Sometimes I can’t go to sleep at night and end up sleeping all day. No matter what I do or don’t do, I am still going to suffer from fatigue during the day and especially in the morning when I am about to start the day.

I have been working on this website and connecting with more people who are interested in African American Trades & Goods. I myself am trying to start a business selling the oil combinations that I make and use for me and my daughters’ hair which she believes is making our hair grow. Right now, we both have the same hair style. High Pony Tails. Hers is bigger than mine of course. This is because the person who was supposed to do our hair is busy. Our hair is long enough to get away with neat ponytails now so why not wear one.

I have went through the withdrawal symptoms of taking Valium for all those years and came out on the other side just fine. I am glad I have medical marijuana access in my state because that helped a lot with the nausea and insomnia. The down side is that I have a higher tolerance now. I need a certain dosage a day to stop the tremors. I smoke more if the quality is bad like what I just recently bought and yes, even with a license or card, you still can end up with old or weaker strains of what you need. Even though you are going to a dispensary. Look close before you buy is what you should do.

I am feeling much better now that I am no longer dependent on any medication finally. I feel so much better that I am going to celebrate soon. I was getting my hair done by a family member just to get it done. I really don’t have any plans to go any where. I just want somebody I know does good work to braid my hair for a change. Of course it is not for free but it is a family discount that I can use and part of African American Trades & Goods.  We are just getting the goods in now and the site is going to be updated soon. Please do subscribe or I will keep you posted here as the changes are made and the site gets new content.

Three Products to try on your Natural Hair Part 1

I don’t use these products every single day nor all the time. They are products that were effective on my hair and that I keep in the house in case if I need them. None of them are overly expensive but they do cost more than some of the products you find in the local beauty supply store. All three of these products make a noticeable improvement to my hair and scalp and they all make your hair soft and easy to comb. I fortunately do not have to detangle anymore after switching from some of the products I was using when I first started growing my hair which was a year and 6 months ago almost to this date. I had tons of products that simply didn’t do anything good or were bad for my hair. Some made my hair look terrible. I began with Cantu products at first and I still use a product made by that company, but not the whole line of products anymore. I looked for things that gave your hair and scalp moisture and that were water based first and then moved on from there. I also wanted products that were as close to natural as I could get.

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This first product is Eco Natural Cocktail Super Fruit Curl Complex Smoothing and Moisture Recovery Curl & Style Crème. It is exactly what the description says and is a pleasure to use. It gives you some hold but not to the point of causing damage or breakage and actually adds moisture to your hair. You can actually comb your hair and change the style without even washing your hair which means you can use this for hold and not worry about combing your hair out to re braid because it holds firmly the more that you apply. For a lighter hold, you simply just use less of this product. This worked great for my edges, braids, braid outs, twist, and bantu knots. It is some what like a gel but much more creamy. I use it on a regular basis for my hair particularly on my edges and the ends of my hair. If it can hold my ends together without me having to use rubber bands, than it should work on most hair types. Best of all is the smell. It smells like fruit.

The other two products will be featured on this website during the week. The construction of this site is going well. I have added and removed some things to make it look and feel more neat. My hair is growing healthy for a change and this product allows me to play with various looks and styles. I am finally able to get my hair into a ponytail that sits in the top. A high pony except there are no extensions or anything of that nature in it. The reason why I am doing this in 3 parts is so the site has fresh content daily especially during the week. The repetitive featured image problem that I was having and the bad photo problem should be resolved. Even though I am not a photographer, I still want the pictures to make people more interested in giving the products a try on their hair. Meanwhile, I am gathering the materials to make my own hair and scalp oils. I like aromatherapy and I also like essential oils.

 

 

Braiding with oil

When you use light products in your natural hair, it doesn’t get dirty as fast. Want you want to do if you are growing your hair like me is seal in moisture especially during the Winter. I seal moisture in from using different kinds of oils. Nothing to heavy. I have posted about them here before.

This is one off my favorite products to just rub on from root to tip if your hair starts to look dry and it is also great for blow outs.

20180204_113141.jpg I use this mixed with some more oils when I first was my hair. It smells great and doesn’t really need to be used on an everyday basis. It comes in a rather small bottle but a little goes a long way. I haven’t tried it it my daughters’ hair yet because I used Olive Oil mixed with other oils in her hair.

I oiled hair scalp and hair and redid the high pony which I am so tired of but looks really cute on her. It’s the fact that she doesn’t like to get her hair combed. She never did but she can take her own braids out now which saves me time. To re braid her hair, I used the products below.

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It came out well but her hair is really thick. It’s just as thick as mine so it is harder to comb. Once you get all the oils in it, it is more manageable. If you you have dry hair or scalp, I recommend giving this product and the ones in the other picture a try. Makes your hair shine and look and feel healthy.