My Hair Story

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Hello my lovelies! Thanks for checking in! I know I should probably have started off with this post but alas I did not.

Ever since I started my hair journey I have been taking pictures with the intention of creating a video to chronicle my achievements; but the unthinkable happened! A virus infestation of my laptop corrupted most of my picture files and I lost most of those pictures I took so religiously at the end of each stretch. Notice I said most, because my obsession with social media meant that i was posting pics along my journey.  In addition,my hubby, being that he’s the fixer of everything that is broken was able to salvage some of them that were stored in a folder with seeming ‘blood on the door’. Get the Bible reference? The virus passed over it? Anyway I will be sharing the few that were saved.

So, to start at the beginning. I had round-about full shoulder length natural hair for the first nineteen years of my life. From what I can remember my natural hair has a 4a texture (big guess). Not surprisingly during those 19 years the length of my hair never really changed much and I didn’t do anything special to take care of it. My routine was to wash when it looked dirty with any old shampoo and rinse out conditioner I could find, slather on some petroleum jelly and that was it. In terms of style it was either always in a puff, rope twists or corn rows.

Those styles were the reason why I decided to get my first relaxer. In my ignorance I thought there was no way to style natural hair that looked ‘adult’. So a few weeks before I started University I went and got my hair relaxed. It was the most anti-climactic moment in my life!  My hair was full of gel at the time and the relaxer didn’t take properly. My hair was a  puffy mess. Anyway I got it corrected a few weeks after and I was loving my hair. It had a decent length and thickness and I could finally look like an adult.

Fast forward to the end of my first year of University and the contrast couldn’t be more stark!  It was a dry, breaking mess. I had started washing and relaxing it myself half-way through the year because of a lack of money to go to the hair dresser, and my inexperience was showing. Things would continue to go down hill for the remaining three years of University and I graduated with my hair somewhere between my chin and my shoulders.

I was introduced to the concept of a hair journey after developing an interest in make up. I was hooked on watching makeup videos on YouTube in the months leading up to my graduation cause I wanted to slay my makeup on graduation day (didn’t go as planned haha).  I stumbled upon a video of “Youtuber” KISS77 (link to her channel)  and I never looked back. I wanted hair like hers!

March 2013, my hair journey was born. It has been quite a journey with twists and turns triumphs and disappointments. Check out the pics below:

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My Hair March 2013

My hair was short, breaking and thin

October 2013
October 2013 after six-seven months of proper hair care

Making progress after just six months!

April 2014
April 2014- My one year HHJ anniversary

 

October 2014
October 2014- Grazing bra-strap length

 

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April 2015- Full bra-strap length

 

August 2015
Heyy that’s my princess. August 2015

 

December 2015
December 2015- Bomb roller set

2015 was not a good year in terms of hair-care for me. Most of my energy and time went into taking care of my daughter (no regrets) . I basically remained at the same length for the entire year because I was constantly trimming dry crappy ends. Which brings me to the final pic: the neglect finally caught up to me and I had to do a mini chop to get rid of all the dead split ends.

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January 2016- Mini Chop

I hope this gives you some hope if you are at the beginning of your hair journey, or you are thinking about starting one. Look at the progress after only six months! If I can do it you can too. Don’t forget to share this post and leave a comment. Until next time, happy hair journey!

 

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Building A Successful Regimen

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In a previous post I outlined what my current hair regimen is (give it a read ). That however is my regimen. It is unique to me and my situation. It is influenced by my unique goals, hair texture, schedule and even finances. My regimen provides a guide that can be used as a source of reference in creating your own. After all, we are all unique and so is our hair.

In order to build your own regimen there are quite a few things that you must consider:

  • What are your hair goals?

Your hair goals are essentially the changes in health, length, thickness, etc. that you would like to see in your hair over a particular period of time. If for instance you want your hair to retain at least six inches of length in a year you might need to incorporate methods that are going to completely eliminate breakage and maximize growth such as the baggy and inversion methods. If your approach is more relaxed and you only care about thickness and you would like to maintain your current hair length then scalp massages with Castor Oil would be a better alternative.

  • What State is your hair in?

It is important to consider what exactly you need to do in order to get your hair to a healthy place. For example, I do a strong protein treatment once per month. This works for me because my hair is not overly damaged, if you are trying to recover from heat damage and over processing on the other hand, you might need to add lighter protein treatments in between.

  • What is your schedule like?

You will never have a successful hair journey if you don’t come up with a routine that fits into your schedule. My advice is to keep it simple! Start small and add new elements as you go along. When I just started I was doing waaay more things than I do now. Some of them I might get back into but other (like co-washing) I think I’m fine without.

  • What is your budget?

Let me be the first to admit that it is hard to resist the urge to buy every new product I hear about in the quest to see if THIS could be THE one (read about the products I am currently using here ). Big mistake! You do not want your hair journey to become a burden to your pockets (boy is that easy to achieve in JA, everything is a burden). Start with the bare essentials, shampoo, deep conditioner, leave-in/moisturiser and an oil. You can build from there. Remember you wont need to use every single product at the same time so do not let inability to buy every single thing initially deter your from starting or continuing your journey. I’ve had to do some improvising along the way.

Finally…

  • Research, research, research

Do not limit your search for information to my blog alone. There are many more blogs and YouTube channels where you can get ideas about creating your regimen. I particularly love Hairlista.com .The more you research the more informed decisions you will make. ( how vague, that could apply to anything! Haha)

I hope you all found this helpful. Of course, I will be explaining some of the things I mentioned in this post in subsequent posts so you all can get a deeper understanding So keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, leave me a comment to let me know how you regimen building is going. Until next time, happy hair journey!

 

 

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Products, Products, Products

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One of the most popular questions I get is: “What do you use in your hair?” Everyone seems to think I have found a magic potion, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Over the past  year admittedly, I haven’t been very kind to my hair. I was sort of winging it. Riding on the fumes of the previous two years of health I gained from proper hair care. Prior to last year I had quite a stash of products that kept my strands in tiptop shape but I fell off the wagon and cut my collection down to an essential few. Add to that the fact that I have been having a hard time locating some of my staples and the fact that some of them have been discontinued and you end up with me being a rolling stone trying to find suitable alternatives.

Before I share the products that I use it is important to note that I avoid as much as possible, products that contain sulphates, alcohol, mineral oil /petroleum.

At this point in time I have ended up with a mix of staples and new comers.

Shampoos:

My Staples : Creme of Nature Moisturising Shampoo (green bottle)- discontinued😭😭😭 and ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo

What I use now :

  1. ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo for clarifying and neutralising after a relaxer.
  2. Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil or Keracare Humecto Hydrating Detangling Shampoo – so far nothing compares to my staple

Deep Conditioners:

My Staples:

  1. Creme of Nature Deep Conditioner (white bottle) – discontinued 😭😭😭
  2. Keracare Humecto Conditioner-still available and my favourite, but too little product for the price
  3. ORS Hair Mayonnaise (strong protein)

I currently use:

  1. ORS Hair Mayonnaise (protein)
  2. Creme of Nature Moisturising Milk Mask Repairing Deep Treatment (total experiment)

Leave-in Conditioners

My Staple: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-in (not sold in Jamaica)😭😭😭

I currently use:

  1. Ettenio Nurtured leave-in (might become a staple)
  2. Creme of Nature Kissi Booster

Moisturisers

Staples:

  1. Elasta QP Mango Butter Moisturiser (hard to find in Jamaica recently) 😭😭😭
  2. S-curl No Drip Moisturiser

I currently use:

  1. S-curl No Drip mosituriser
  2. Ettenio Creme de la Creme Mosituriser and Ettenio Nurtured Leave-in

Oils

One or a mixture of the following:

  1. Extra virgin Olive Oil
  2. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Grace Brand)
  3. Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Gel/Edge Control

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

Heat Protectant

Tresseme Thermal Creation Heat Protectant Spray

Thats it! Locally I purchase most of these products at either Discount Beauty Supplies, Cherry’s Hair and More or Fontana Pharmacy, with the exception of the Castor Oil which I usually purchase from locals and the Coconut Oil which I purchase at the supermarket.

I hope this helps you to find atleast one product that you can incorporate into your haircare. I will be doing product reviews as I test out new products so you can know what to expect if you do decide to try any of them. Feel free to leave any questions you might have about these products in the comments section.

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My Current Hair Regimen

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Hi Lovelies!

This is my first official post on my blog, and hair-care wise it might just be the most important one. My regimen.

Whats  exactly is that ? It’s what I DO to keep my hair, strong, moisturized, and breakage free daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly. This is not to be confused with what I USE which are simply products. I’ll do a post about those later on.

 minichop

I am currently in recovery mood after having to do a ‘mini-chop’ pictured above. My aim is to get my hair back to a state of no breakage or dryness. so without further rambling here’s what i do:

Daily:

  • I moisturize and seal daily- moisturise with a water-based product and seal with a natural oil
  • I wrap my hair with a silk/ satin scarf at night

Weekly:

  • I do a pre-shampoo treatment with an oil or a mixture of oils before I shampoo
  • I wash with a sulphate free shampoo and deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner once per week , usually on week ends
  • I apply a moisturising leave-in treatment after each wash

Monthly:

  • I use a strong protein-based deep conditioner at the end of each month followed by my regular moisturizing deep conditioner

Every Three to Four Months:

  • I relax (texlax- I’ll explain later)
  • I trim my ends
  • I usually straighten by blow drying and flat ironing

That’s it in a nutshell! It might see like a lot, but if you look at it broken down it is really manageable! I deliberately declined to mention any products used because I want to emphasize the fact that without a regimen even the best products won’t work. Trust me. Until next time please leave a comment below letting me know what you would like my next post to be about. Happy hair journey!

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