A bit more inspiration

https://mashable.com/2018/04/22/natural-hair-television/

I love to get hair ideas from what I watch. I loved the hairstyles in Badlands and used those ideas to do my own hair in up-do’s. This link is to an article highlighting the numerous actresses choosing to show off their natural hair. I just wanted someone else to be as happy about that as I am.

Styling natural hair can be hard. You run out of ideas sometimes and need a little inspiration. Just looking at these actresses with their different hairstyles, hair lengths, and hair types made me think of more ways to wear my hair.

I found this article very interesting. Sorry that I am late with posting the link to it but I have been a bit under the weather.

Fairy Knots, Goodbye

https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/how-do-i-avoid-fairy-knots-si

First I did a dusting for practice, and then trimmed my ends. I had to look this up to find out what it was called and what to do about my ends to prevent this from happening again.

I am going to do hot oil treatments every two weeks with a pre poo before. This method works great for my hair in it’s best condition ever.

I have my hair braided in a design in the front just past my ears so I can keep the ends moist with OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil Dry & Course Hair.

Fairy knots are a huge problem with my hair and I am trying to prevent them. I will do a product review of OGX in the up coming weeks. I am also trying the conditioner.

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.

Pre-Poo with Cantu Product review

This product I have been using for a long time. When I first started growing my natural hair back, this product was apart of the products that I used. I like it so much that I use it with every wash but this time I decided to do a pre poo with it after I trimmed my ends for the first time in decades.

I watched a YouTube video on how to trim your own ends which I posted a link to in a previous post and I simply followed those instructions. I trimmed off as much as I could tolerate and I most certainly did not cut my hair off like they do at these shops when you pay to get your ends trimmed. I took off 90% of the damage. Maybe even more, which made me think, my ends have been crunchy and dry for years and I never really take the time to deal with them. Taming them went well, trimming was better, but what else do I need to do.

I realized I needed to do two things before I dye my hair. Start doing pre-poo’s which I take the best conditioner I have and apply it to my hair the day before and let it sit over night. Rinse it out and shampoo with my favorite shampoo at the moment. Two. I need to do some hot oil treatments with avocado and argan oil along with my other favorites. I could actually do the hot oil treatment with my oil blend. I ordered some more avocado oil and some argan for my hair care. These two steps along with keeping the ends soft and trimmed when needed will make my hair and yours healthier and for those who are just starting their natural hair journey, if your ends become dry and rough feeling, you do not have to do the big chop. You just need to add a few steps to your hair routine.

I decided to pre-poo with something inexpensive of course, just to see if it would make any difference in how the hair feels after I was done with washing, and drying it. I have been blow drying my hair once every 3 weeks. I used Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or rinsed out. I am using it as both. It smells great to me but if you don’t like your hair to have much of a scent, don’t buy this product. You will either love the way it smells like I do, or hate it. It has a very fruity cocktail smell to it but makes my hair soft and adds moisture and shine. I absolutely love this product and will continue to use it as long as it is available to me. You can find this product on Amazon as well and in some beauty supply stores. It is worth a try but remember that it has a rather loud but fruity smell that dies down over time. I love the results of this product and a hot oil treatment. My hair is shiny and moist but not greasy or weighed down.

 

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.