Naturalista Hair Tips 101: The Baggy Method

Have you heard of the baggy method or even tried it for yourself? Well let me tell you… You will want to give this method a try on your next wash day. Here are the details on the baggy method.

You can do the baggy method 2 ways:

1.  Full Head

2. Ponytail or ends only

The purpose of the baggy method is to promote hair growth by locking in moisture. When you baggy your ends, after moisturizing them, you will promote length retention. This is simply because your ends will be moisturized and not dry and prone to breakage and split ends. Those of you looking for a way to moisturize your dry hair may want to try this method.

So how to you actually do this method?

  • You will baggy on hair that has been washed and conditioned. You will then can apply your leave-in conditioner or add more moisturizer to your hair. Followed by a shower cap. You can secure your baggy with an elastic headband.

The second way:

Can be done on dry hair, You will first apply a moisturizer (or conditioner) to your hair, then put on your shower cap (or plastic bag), and then secure into place with an elastic headband.

You can baggy for how ever long you want. I only suggest 30 min to an hour( basically the same time as deep conditioning)

Check out these articles on the baggy method.

http://blackhair.about.com/od/basiccare/f/What-Is-The-Baggy-Method-For-Black-Hair.htm

http://www.kinkykurlysistas.com/hairspiration/item/386-the-baggy-method

Have a wonderful day everyone!!

xoxo

Michelle

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Does Dying Your Hair Make You Less Natural?

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This has been a topic I have been hearing about a lot lately. The natural hair Nazis are always at it!! Criticizing others for not following their made up rules of being natural. They are saying that if you dye (color) your hair, that you are not considered natural anymore!? Excuse me but isn’t your hair “YOUR hair”? Why should you be concerned about what other ladies are doing to their hair? I have encountered from some friends that because they colored their hair some naturalista’s would stop following them on instagram and in return make negative posts about dying your hair and not being considered natural anymore. I would like to know where this rule book of being natural is located??? When you find it let me know, I’d like to take a look. 🙂

In my opinion being natural is not having a relaxer in your hair. In actuality when you dye your hair when natural it is healthier because you don’t have the harsh chemicals of relaxer. It is possible to have healthy colored natural hair.

I think that sometimes ladies get too caught up into all this natural, not natural stuff. I don’t think we should be worried about what other ladies are doing to their hair at all. Its their hair not yours. I love all hair natural, relaxed or whatever!! Just do you!!! Lets just come together as a natural hair community and support one another. That’s what its all about!! Have a great day ladies xoxo 🙂

What are your thoughts on dying natural hair. Does it make you less natural? Weigh in!!

Transitioning: Dealing With Breakage

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So you are transitioning and you are soo tired of dealing with your two different textures? Dealing with two textures makes transitioning very difficult!! One part of your hair is straight, while the other is curly or wavy!

You are at your whit’s end!! Right? You are attempting to maintain the two textures of your hair and this can lead to breakage. Don’t give up or give in to the creamy crack just yet!! There are ways to make your transition to natural an easier process while combating breakage.

Tip 1: Moisture, Moisture and Did I say Moisture?

Have you heard of the line of demarcation? Well this is defined as the line where your natural hair and relaxed hair meets. This line can be very fragile so you must treat it with care. You must make sure to keep your hair very moisturized to prevent breakage at this point. I suggest finding a very good deep conditioner. One of my favorites is Edenbodyworks JoJoba Monoi Deep conditioner. This is a very non-expensive deep conditioner that gets the job done! But there are others, you just have to find the right one that works for your hair. If you find that your hair is always dry, you may want to start deep conditioning once a week, otherwise bi-weekly works great.

Also, find a good leave in and oil to use. Adopting the LOC method will also help with moisture.

Tip 2: Don’t put too much stress on your hair

I say this meaning, don’t overdo it. Be gentle with your hair, it needs TLC. Don’t rush during detangling or combing. Take your time.

Don’t try to do different styles everyday. I know you are reading the blogs and finding different styles to try, but in my experience low manipulation with my hair has helped me get to where I am today. During the later part of my transition, I did not do very much to my hair at all. A twistout on the weekends, then I liked to bun it for the entire week! This will help prevent breakage to your hair. Also, make sure to cover your hair at night. Cotton pillowcases without a bonnet is not your friend ladies!! You might not be sexy at night but your hair will be cute!! LOL! Use a satin pillowcase if you don’t want to use a bonnet.

Tip 3: Take your Time

Believe me, I know that transitioning can be frustrating especially when you are experiencing breakage. But remember to take your time with your hair. You don’t have to cut the relaxed ends until you are ready! 🙂 It took me 2 years to finally cut the rest off ( I did mini chops in-between).

Happy transitioning ladies! You can do it!! Don’t give up!!

Product Review: Alikay Naturals

AK-upHey Naturalista’s!! I was sent two products from the Alikay Natural’s line to review. I was not paid for this review. These are my own personal opinions.

I was sent the Lemon Grass Leave in and the Crème Brulee Curling Custard

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Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner $13.00 USD

Locks moisture in your hair without weighing it down or causing product build up. Infused with essential oils to smooth your hair shaft and keeps it moisturized. The lemon zest scent is yummy and refreshing. Hair will feel soft and ready to be styled pretty! This Product is 100% Natural and 90% Organic

Directions: After washing hair, apply to wet hair by spraying it on. Be sure each strand is saturated, to ensure full protection. Style as usual.

Key Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Lemongrass Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil) , Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones

My Thoughts: This is a great light leave in conditioner. I am usually not a fan of the spray conditioners but this changed my mind. It was very light and moisturizing. My hair felt very soft and moisturized after use.

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Crème Brulee Curling Custard

Curls Curls Galore!!! What can be sweeter than defining your curls naturally? While also moisturizing your hair. This pineapple scented natural based custard helps to elongate and smooth your curls for that polished curly look you desire, without leaving your hair dry, greasy, sticky or crunchy. Great for all hair types.

Directions: Apply to freshly washed hair in or out the shower. Wash hair and shake dry, do not remove all water. Spray on Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner generously over hair. Apply custard row by row in a shingling method starting at the back and working to front. Rake fingers through each row to evenly distribute product. When finishing shake hair to remove excess. To dry simply let air dry or use diffuser.

Disclaimer: This product is intended to define and enhance your natural curl pattern. This product will NOT create curls that are not pre-existing.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Infused with essential oils and botanical blend, Humectant, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Natural

My Thoughts:

I used this for a twist and curl. It left my hair very soft! I had a soft hold as well. My hair was not as defined as I would have liked but it was super pretty!! 🙂

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Have you tried Alikay Naturals? If so which product and what were your thoughts?

Enjoy Your Weekend!!

xoxo Michelle

Chicago: My Happy Nappy Experience

Happy Hump Day Naturalista’s. I know I have been MAJOR MIA! Please forgive me… work and my job, have been super busy!! If you follow me on IG I have been doing Marley Twists like CRAZYYY!!! But I promise more posts soon! And your stories soon! I have some naturals spotlights that I did not forget about!!

Chicago Ladies I need your support!! I need you to come out to the My Happy Nappy Experience!!! October 5 2013!! I will be hosting the My Black is Beautiful panel discussion!!!!

visit http://www.travelingnaturalista.com/my-happy-nappy-experience-2013.html for ticket info and more information on the event !! I hope to meet you!!!! xoxo

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Product Review: EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

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Happy Tuesday Naturalistas!!! So I had been on the prowl for a new shampoo. I was recently using cream of nature w argan oil shampoo. But I wanted to try something new, and I just LOVE EDENBODYWORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
JOJOBA MONOI Moisturizing Shampoo
JojOba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo is made from the purest botanical ingredients to naturally cleanse impurities and nourish your hair without the use of harsh detergents. Formulated to remove dirt and oil build-up, while replenishing the hair and scalp’s natural moisture balance.Nourishes and cleanses Increases hair strength Adds shine8 oz Key Ingredients: JOJOBA, MONOI DE TAHITI, VITAMIN E
 
From walmart.com 

EDEN BodyWorks provides all-natural hair and body care solutions that integrate wellness and beauty inspired by nature to restore and maintain the body’s original design. EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo is made from the purest botanical ingredients to naturally cleanse impurities and nourish your hair without the use of harsh detergents. The delicately scented formula removes dirt and oil build-up, while replenishing the hair and scalp’s natural moisture balance. EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo was made without sulfates and contains no mineral oils (petroleum), dyes or parabens and is cruelty free.

EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo:

  • Cleanses and nourishes
  • Paraben free
  • Sulfate free
  • No mineral oils or dyes
  • Cruelty free

My Thoughts:

Ok…. I used to use the Cream of Nature with Argan Oil shampoo. That was my go to but .. *cues music* “would you believe me if I said I was in love”. LOL!! Yes hunty this shampoo is the biz. First of all, you don’t need a lot at all!! All you need is a little dime sized portion for each section. It suds up nicely. It does not leave your hair with that stripped feeling at all!! I love the way it makes your hair feel afterwards.

I used it with my some of my favorite products (all of which I will do a review on) to do a twist out.

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The results plus my outfit for the wedding I went to LOL 🙂

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Have a great weekend Naturalistas!!! xoxo