Monday, August 3, 2015

30 Days of Protective Styling


Now that I no longer have my nose wedged between the pages of bar prep books, I can happily get back to doing things that I enjoy without feeling guilty or overwhelmed... and that includes 30 day challenges! This month's challenge will focus on protective styling.

Prior to going natural, my go to protective styles were buns and faux bobs, but since February I've been relying on marley twists to tuck my hair away until my hair is long enough to once again style in buns and Jay has been using some awesome wigs as protective styles.





MY SIMPLE GOALS THIS MONTH

[*] Continue protective styling with marley twists
[*] Venture out of my comfort zone and see whether I can pull off a bun I feel comfortable in
[*] Share protective styling tips with you

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hair Story Feature: Meet Charsdiy

Your hair is? Relaxed

When did you start your hair journey? What inspired you?
I started my hair journey back in 2011 when I first started watching YouTube beauty and hair guru's YouloveMegs and Traycee from KISS.

Describe your hair for us.
My hair is currently texlaxed below bra strap length however I am thinking about transitioning to natural after realizing like many new naturals I would really love to get to know my natural texture. It's been a while since I've seen it and think it would be great seeing the differences between the two in terms of style maintenance etc.

What is your current regimen?
I wear a lot of protective styles which include braids, buns, wigs while I've been transitioning. I love the versatility in wearing wigs and being able to take it out the next day and enjoying my natural hair.

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
Before I started my hair journey I wanted to achieve mid back length and when that happened my current hair goal is to not give up in transitioning and relax my hair out of frustration.

How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I first achieved my goal of mid-back length by sticking to my hair regimen of washing with a clarifying shampoo about 1x a month or when needed. Moisturizing and sealing every other day when my hair would be dry. Deep conditioning as needed and doing tea rinses to prevent shedding. Of course there were times where I switched things up and didn't follow my regimen to a T but overall this is what I did. For my new hair goal I'm working to achieve staying natural for the time being by just wearing protective styles, moisturizing, and deep conditioning often.

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
Oh boy yes I have. I think setbacks are my middle name haha. When I was pregnant dealing with my natural texture was a breeze then after I had the baby it has become so different and I ended up texlaxing my hair again. But it has now been about 5 months since I last had my relaxer and I'm just trying to love this new texture and remind myself my natural hair and my relaxed hair are two different textures and I need to learn to love both of them.

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?I have often gotten the responses like "oh is that your real hair.." "Can I touch it.." When I was in high school an old friend of mine even pulled on it to see if it was real...? Which didn't bother me but it is strange why some people think we can't grow our hair long.. We can it just takes time and effort to maintain since our texture requires more maintenance.

What are your favorite protective styles?
My favorite protective styles are buns, braided hairstyles, and wigs.

What are some of your favorite products?
My favorite products are coconut oil, ORS Moisturizing Lotion, Kinky Curly Knot Today, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I really don't pay much attention to those who doubt me. I always try to surround myself with like minded and positive people who encourage and uplift me.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
I would say stay positive, welcome the setbacks, and know there's so much resources out there that can help you.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things (e.g. conditioner, bobby pins) would you wish you had?
Without a doubt I would want water haha, coconut oil, my satin scarf, conditioner, and clarifying shampoo.

What do you love most about your hair?
I love my texture and how thick it is.

Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on Youtube at my channel here



Thank you for sharing your story with us Charsdiy! If you'd like to have your hair story featured, please feel free to submit it here.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hair Story Feature: Meet Yemi

Your hair is? Relaxed

When did you start your hair journey? What inspired you?
I started my hair journey mid February 2014. I've always liked long hair and so I began researching ways to grow Nigerian hair. I stumbled on an article on Bella Naija featuring a Nigerian with waist length hair. That inspired me to start my journey.

Describe your hair for us.
My hair is currently grazing bra strap length. I have fine hair, normal porosity, medium density.

What is your current regimen?
• Moisturising and sealing daily
• Co washing and deep conditioning weekly
• Shampoo once a month
• Texlax every 12-14 weeks

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
I started with shoulder length hair. I've achieved armpit length and I'm on my way to full bra strap length. My major goal is to have healthy, texlaxed mid back length.

How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
Consistency to my regimen, wearing low manipulation styles, eating healthy and also by trying to keep my hands out of my hair!

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
When I first started my hair journey, I did a 6 month stretch which I was NOT prepared for, and I had lots of breakage at the line of demarcation. I trimmed off a few inches and stuck to my regimen. Now I only stretch to 14 weeks at the most.

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
My hair journey has helped me to be consistent and more disciplined in other areas of my life. I've also become aware of what I eat, I try to take lots of water and eat more protein-based foods.

What are your favorite protective styles?
I love roller setting and wrapping my hair! It just feels so smooth and soft with lots of body afterwards. I also love flexi-rods and bantu knots because the are cute and require low maintenance.

What are some of your favorite products?
I'm so in love with the Profectiv Mega Growth line. The conditioners are amazing! Not to mention they smell good as well. I like castor oil because it helps with thickening my hair.

How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
When I started (and even up till now), people didn't understand my methods and practices. Some don't even believe it's my hair. Others thought I was doing too much. I just ignored and motivated myself by watching hair journey videos.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
Leave your hair alone!!! Another major cause of breakage when I first started was that I touch my hair from time to time, especially the nape areas. I've since learned to keep my hands out of my hair when they are not needed. Just do what needs to be done and leave it alone. And also be patient. It's not going to happen overnight. Just be consistent with your regimen and you will definitely see results.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things (e.g. conditioner, bobby pins) would you wish you had?
• Silk Scarf (to protect my hair at night, and sometimes from too much sunlight)
• Mega growth detangling conditioner(for co washing and detangling)
• Mega growth oil (for sealing)
• Castor oil (for strength and thickness)
• Water in a spray bottle (to keep my hair hydrated)

What do you love most about your hair?
I love the volume that I have from texlaxing. Even though my hair is fine, it still looks full and thick. I also love the shine and the fact that it doesn't shed or break easily anymore.

Where can we find you on the web?
Website: www.letsgrowourhair.com | Instagram: @letsgrowourhair | Twitter: @letsgrowourhair



Thank you for sharing your story with us Yemi! If you'd like to have your story featured on the blog, please feel free to submit it here.
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