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I couldn’t stand my hair straight so my friend Carlotta and I braided my hair in singles. I used sepia human braiding hair that I pre used it was 16 inches but washing hair stretches it a little bit. Plus, I really need 18 inch hair because my hair is long but they didn’t have any in stock and I am picky about the hair I use. I had my hair in singles about a year ago and when I took out the braids I didn’t cut the hair out i just un-braided each braid. So I detangled the hair and placed a rubber band around the middle of the hair. then we put shampoo (my black soap recipe) in the sink with boiling hot water. I placed the hair in the water and let it sit. IT WAS PRETTY GROSS!!! The water was black after 15 minutes! And it wasn’t from the soap but the dye and dirt that was on the hair. AND I DO MEAN BLACK! I rinsed the hair about 5 times in hot water until the water ran clear. Then I used Design Essentials HCO leave in conditioner (Hydrogen, Carbon, Oxygen). I sprayed a generous amount before I blow dried the hair and also used some Design Essentials Serum. I blow dried the hair with the rubber band still on. I took the rubber band off after both sides were dry and gently dried the middle of the hair bunch. Now mind you, I lost ALOT of hair in this process but if hair per pack is 45$ and up, I would rather do this method and have to buy one fresh pack then to buy 3 New packs. I’m just saying. My singles are nowhere near micro because I feel like the bigger braids are better for my hair type since my hair is fine. Hopefully I will leave these up for two months (let us pray) and I will touch them up about a month after. HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE!!! lol


So Sunday marked the first time I straightened my hair this year. I don’t really know how I feel about it. Everyone at work says they love my hair straight but to be honest, I miss my naps. I can’t stand straight hair on me. It just looks really bad so I end up curling it and when it looks straight I add more random curl. I think after this month, I’m not going to straighten it until my wedding in June. I really miss my mohawk and braids and feel like it best suites who I am. So, I am going to just trim it up and hopefully my girlfriend can braid up the sides so i can wear my hawk. This just goes to show, once you go natural, its hard to go back.

What is “shrinkage” ?
It’s the amount of coil your hair has which causes it to shrink up when it’s dry.

Is protein bad for kinky hair?
It can be. It all depends on the condition of your hair. Too much protein in your hair products can cause your hair to become brittle. I generally do not recommend the use of protein shampoos on naturally kinky hair.

Can I reverse my permanent relaxer and have natural hair?
No, you can’t. A chemical relaxer is a permanent process and you will have to cut the relaxed hair off. Don’t listen to any other opinions on this matter. There is no way to reverse a relaxer. And there will never be. Ever.

Will my hairline grow back?
It depends on the extent of the chemical damage. Sometimes it will and sometimes it won’t. Often it can take years. There are ways to encourage growth, or stop breakage in this delicate area such as jojoba oil massages and NOT using any heat.

If I have a texturizer, am I still natural?
No. A texturizer is a weak chemical relaxer.

Is there such thing as a natural permanent relaxer?
The very nature of a permanent hair relaxer is to change the chemical bonds in the hair to make it straight. Some parts of the chemicals they use in these “natural relaxers” contain things like “calcium” which is naturally occuring in nature. That’s why they call these things “natural”. In fact there is nothing natural about them. The word “natural” does not mean it is not just as dangerous to your hair and skin as is a traditional chemical relaxer.

Can split ends be repaired?
No. Hair that has split cannot fuse together again. Similar to a fingernail, if it splits, it cannot grow back together. Split ends must be cut off. Some shampoos claim to minimize the appearance of split ends, but I have yet to see this work.

I burned my hair when using a hot comb, now it won’t revert. What can I do?
It depends on how badly your hair is damaged. If the hot comb was too hot, your hair is permanently burned and will never regain its elasticity. Sometimes if the heat wasn’t too high, a few washes will bring back some elasticity, but your hair will probably still be prone to breakage. Try using an intensive hair repair treatment and do not use heat again.

To grease or not to grease?
NOT. Grease is a petroleum based product which may create the illusion of shiny hair but all it is doing is coating the hair and keeping moisture out. Many of the dandruff problems experienced can be attributed to the use of these products on the scalp, where it prevents the skin from breathing, leading to an over supply of sebum. Instead of grease, try some of the great natural products out there. Jojoba oil is a wonderful alternative, and it helps to balance the scalp. But use sparingly!

What does Apple Cider Vinegar do for the hair?
Used diluted as a final rinse. The outside of the hair (cuticle) is like the scales of a fish. This accounts for the rough feeling when you rub your fingers up a strand of hair, or “against the grain”. ACV acts on the cutilcle of the hair, closing it and making the hair smooth and imparting sheen. Cold water does the same thing, but to a lesser extent. ACV is also effective against the “itchies”.

What does “transition” mean?
Transition is the period of transition from the time you decide to stop relaxing your hair, to having 100% natural hair.

What is a TWA?
TWA stands for Teeny Weeny Afro and is the first stage after a big chop when you have less than 2 inches of hair after the Big Chop.

What is a Big Chop?
When you decide to cut your relaxed hair off and go natural not too long after your last relaxer.

What is a BAA?
BAA stands for Big Azz Afro

What is “natural”?
Natural means you have 100% unrelaxed or unstraightened hair and wear it out with pride and without extensions.

What does it mean to “stretch” the hair?
When you have wet hair and use a method such as wrapping to stretch the hair out so it dries with more length.

What is a “no poo” ?
It stands for the “no shampoo method” of haircare which means that when you wash your hair you don’t use shampoo to wash, but use conditioner instead- sometimes enriched with baking soda or lemon. This method is popular with natural hair, because traditional shampoos, especially those containing sulfates, will dry out afro-type hair badly.

Seabuckthorn Berry Oil

Botanical Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
Viscosity: Medium.
Absorption/Feel: Oily Feel. Should Be Diluted to Approximately 1%.
Color: Orange.
Shelf Life: 12 Months.
Notes: Cold pressed and CO2 extracted Seabuckthorn Berry Oils are commercially available. Seabuckthorn Berry is a costly but highly nutritive oil used in low dilutions in skin care applications, most especially facial seriums and anti-aging/anti-wrinkle blends. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutritive compounds. Its large ratio of beta carotene is responsible for the vivid orange color of the oil. It is typically used in dilutions of 1/2-1%.

What is A Weave?

A hair weave is a very general term used to describe human or artificial hair used to alter one’s natural hair appearance by adding additional hair to their natural hair or by covering the natural hair all together with human or synthetic hair pieces. The highest quality extension hair is human remy hair. Remy hair still possesses the cuticle layer, which is the outermost part of the hair strand; it resembles shingles on a roof. All remy hair has the cuticle layer of the hair flowing in the same direction, flowing the way it would naturally. The cuticle layer is important when concerned with hair tangling, longevity of the use(up to one year), and how well the hair shines. When the cuticle layer is intact and laying flat, the hair is capable of reflecting light, resulting in the hair shining.
Some of the benefits of hair weave are that they can lengthen hair, add volume and/or thickness to fine or thinning hair, and to add fashion colors to natural hair without the damage of chemicals. The process of adding colors to natural hair is usually done with strand by strand extension systems. One type of application is called a sew-in. Weft hair can also be applied by gluing directly to the natural hair using hair glue specifically made for hair weaves. The glue can be easily washed out using a special shampoo/conditioner that will remove the glue without removing the real hair. A special glue remover may also be used.
Extension hair refers to the weave hair being applied strand by strand rather than in long sewn together rows. Strand by strand hair has approximately 50-80 strands attached by keratin tips resembling the end of a shoe string. These can then be attached by bonding directly to the hair or using copper links, which provides the most natural look. The method is the most time consuming though, considering between 100 to 300 individual extensions are applied. The amount of time necessary makes this type of application a more expensive service than other options. Other types of extensions that can be added to the hair include ponytails or ponytail pieces. Just as any wig or wigpiece, the colors for hair to be weaved can range from “realistic” colors, such as red, black, brown and blonde, to other colors such as pink, blue, green and purple.

What is a Carrier Oil?
According to

Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils, though some, such as olive, have a mild distinctive smell. Neither do they evaporate like essential oils, which are more volatile. The carrier oils used should be as natural and unadulterated as possible. Organic oils should be used where possible. Cold-pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Mineral oil should not be used as it is not absorbed by the skin.

There is a range of different carrier oils, each with a various therapeutic properties. Choosing an oil will depend on the area being massaged, the presenting conditions and the clients sensitivity and requirements. For massage, viscosity is a major consideration; for example, grapeseed oil is typically very thin, while olive oil is much thicker. Sunflower, sweet almond and grapeseed oils have viscosities midway between these extremes. Carrier oils can be easily blended to combine their properties of viscosity, acceptability, lubrication, absorption, aroma and so forth.

Infused oils are a combination of a carrier oil and plant material and they can be either commercially or domestically prepared. A base oil, often sunflower, is placed in an airtight container with the appropriate plant material for a time. Calendula and carrot oils are produced in this way.

High quality oils sold for culinary use are often eminently suitable for massage use, and are economical; those obtained by cold pressing are preferred. All carrier oils should be kept cool, and away from strong light, to retard rancidification. Rancid oils should be avoided. Refrigerating oils helps preserve their freshness but some oils should not be refirgerated (e.g. avocado). Very cold oils may appear cloudy, but regain their clear state on returning to room temperature. The massage blend should be prepared at the time of treatment, not only because some of the oils have a short shelf life, but also to ensure the treatment is relevant to the clients needs on the day.

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