90 Day Hair Challange

I am a person that is really big on HEALTHY hair!! But here recently, I began to get bored with my hair and decided to spice it up with a color change! Although I haven’t noticed any damage to my hair, I decided to implement a 90 day Hair Challange to boost the overall health and length of my hair.  So here is what my challenge will consist of: 90 days of It Works! Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamins, eight 8oz glasses of water daily, and a weekly hair regimen.

The Beginning

I will post progress pictures soon!

Hair, Skin, and Nails!

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It Works!

 

Hair Skin Nails says to enhance your own natural collagen and keratin production, support healthy cell growth, and boost your body’s free radical fighting defenses.

Hair, Skin, and Nails Benefits

• Boosts your natural collagen and keratin production
• Supports the body’s defenses against free radical damage • Moisturizes while enhancing skin’s elasticity and flexibility • Promotes healthy cell growth, strength, and shine

 

***For additional information or to order Hair, Skin, and Nails or other It Works! products check out the link above***

Basic Hair Regimen!

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Cleanse-  I will be using sulfate free cowashes and shampoos.

Condition- I will condition every few days and deep condition once a week!

Moisturize- I will be using the trusted L.O.C method weekly and adding additional moisture daily!

Detangle- I will be detangling my hair while wet with a wide tooth comb to prevent breakage.

H20- Sadly, I am not a fan of water but I will be drinking at least eight 8oz glasses of water a day in addition to the It Works! Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamins!

Style- I will be wear styles that require little manipulation of my hair. My go to styles are wash-and-go’s and twist outs. I will be staying away from styles that require direct heat!

 

Goals!

My over all goal is to maintain and improve the health of my color treated hair!  At the end of my 90 day Hair Challenge, I hope to be a lower back legnth! Wish me luck!

 

How youuu Doin??!

Feel free to tell me about  what hair challenges you all have and how they are going?

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Meet Naturalista Yasmin!

A Naturalista is someone that rocks her kinks, curls, and coils with confidence! Naturalistas are not afraid to live outside the box.  No matter if it’s sharing tips on the latest hair products or giving a fellow natural a compliment, naturalistas empower one another.  As an act of empowerment, I  want to feature fellow naturals. (details soon about how to be featured).

Meet Fellow Naturalista Yasmin!

How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

Yasmin has been natural for 7 years (her whole life). -mommy

Did you big chop or transition to natural?

Neither, she was born this way. -mommy

Describe your hair texture?

Yasmin has THICK hair! I would guess it’s about a 4A. -mommy

What is your current length and what is your goal length?

My hair is as long as my butt, I want Rapunzel hair! -Yasmin

What is your favorite thing about being natural?

It gets long when it’s straight. -Yasmin

What is your go-to hairstyle?

Yasmin is VERY tender headed so we normally do ponytails. -mommy

What are some of your must have hair products?

Spray that gets tangles out. -Yasmin

Describe your wash day routine?

You wash my hair in the tub. -Yasmin

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All This Hair, So Little Time; A Regular Girl’s Wash and Go

Although I’ve been natural for 2.5 years, I do not claim to be a natural hair expert. But I do get a lot of questions about what products I use in my hair.  I decided to do a short post about what products I use and how I manage my hair.

Wash, Condition, Deep Condition:

First things first, I wash/co-wash, condition, and deep condition my hair while in the shower. I test out different brands, but I do have a few favorites: As I am co-wash, Aussie Moist conditioner, and Eden Body Works deep conditioner. wet hair

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Once my hair is washed and conditioned, I section my hair into four sections and detangle them using a wide-tooth comb. Once my hair is detangled I moisturize it using the LOC method.

The L.O.C Method (Leave-in, Oil, and Cream)

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Products:

Again, I don’t always use the same products but these are some of my favorites: Eden Body Works leave-in conditioner, Manelove Seal the Deal Avocado Mint Oil (I love this stuff!), and Shea Moistures Kids Curling Butter Cream.  Be sure to check out other Manelove products!  They are 100% natural and hand made! ManLove <~click the link!!

Method:

With my hair in sections, I first apply a liberal amount of leave-in conditioner to each section.  Next I seal in all the moisture by applying oil to each section. I finish off with the curl cream.

Define:

Once the moisture is locked in, I make sure my curls are defined.  I do this by using my Denman brush. I basically brush sections of my hair, making sure the products are evenly distributed  throughout my hair. Watch those curls pop!

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Something Extra:

When I want my hair more defined and less frizzy, I use a gel or curling custard.  As I said before I do not always use the same brand.  Some of my favorites are Hello Tight Curly Gel, As I Am Curl Jelly, and Eco Styler Gel.

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Hurry Up and Dry:

During the summer I like to let my hair air dry.  When it’s too cold I bring out the blow dryer! I blow dry my hair on the warm setting using the diffuser attachment (to keep my hair from getting frizzy).

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All Done!

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Flat Hair

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People often ask me the question “What made you decide to go natural?”.  My response… flat hair!  “Flat hair” is what Yasmin used to call hair that is straight.  She would tell me all the time that she did not like her hair because it was fluffy and not flat.  One Halloween Yasmin actually made a remark that she was not a real Disney princess because Disney princesses had flat hair but her hair is fluffy.  I would tell Yasmin all the time she had beautiful hair then she would just reply with “nah, I want flat hair”.

Although Yasmin did not like her own hair, she loved my straight relaxed hair. Yasmin would always say that she wished she had flat hair just like mine.  As I would watch Yasmin admire my hair I began to wonder  “how could I tell Yasmin to love her own hair when I am constantly chemically altering and using harsh heat on my own hair”.  I started to wonder did I really love my hair and what was wrong with the texture that God had given me?  At this time I began to experiment.  I stopped getting relaxers (although I relapsed a couple times).  I rocked braids, weaves, and curls.  Not everyone had positive things to say about my transition but it was something that I wanted to do for myself in hopes to show Yasmin that I truly loved myself and she should too.

A year later, I decided it was time to cut all the relaxed hair off and start fresh!  I still remember Yasmin looking at me like “wow.. she has fluffy hair too!”.  It made me feel good that I was no longer just preaching to Yasmin about self-love, but I was living it as well!

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