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!!

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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

Product Review: Nappturalistic Beauty

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Product Review: Nappturalistic Beauty

~Healthy Hair Growing Made Simple~

http://nappturalisticbeauty.com/

Price Range: $12-25

Super Hair Growth Spritzer

Wake Up Your Curls!!!  Make Them Look Alive!!!   Spritz Them A Fresh New Start!!!

Product Description

Moisturizes, thickens, softens & promotes fast healthy hair growth.  Great for Locs, Natural Hair, Transitioners & Braids.

With regular use you will notice thicker, fuller & longer Healthy Hair.  Doesn’t cause product buildup.

Directions: Spritz daily or as needed to wet or dry hair to instantly revitalize hair, add moisture & natural shine, revive dry hair, prevent shedding, soften & strengthen hair.

Ingredients:  Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purficada), Rosemary, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Essential Oil Blend, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Natural Fragrance

Benefits:

–          Prevents Breakage

–          Promotes Lentgh Retention

–          Reduces Shedding

–          Softens and Detangles hair

–          Keeps new growth super soft

–          Nourishes, rejuvenates and stimulates scalp promothing growth

8 fl.oz/ 236 ML

Caution: CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST BEFORE USE IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.  Keep out of the reach of children.  Use as directed. With this and any other of our products please do a patch test prior to full use.

What I think:

I used this product daily to wake up my hair. I think it is a great product and it does leave your hair moisturized. I also noticed my hair was really soft.

 

Whipped Moisturizing Hair Butter

You’ll get Lasting Definition, Maximum Smoothness, & Hydrated Hair while using Nappturalistic Beauty’s Whipped Moisturizing Hair & Body Butter.

Product Description

Formulated to help your hair & skin attract and retain moisture.  For shiny smooth, well-defined twists, twist outs and braid outs.

Natural & organic butter that moisturizes your hair adding shine and manageability.  Formulated to help prevent dry itchy & flaky scalp; infused with Avocado Oil to moisturize, Coconut Oil to impart shine, and Lavender to promote & stimulate hair growth.

Benefits
• Produces shiny, well-defined twists, twist outs & braid outs.
•  Hydrates hair
•  Minimizes frizz and maximizes smoothness
•  Promotes healthy hair growth
•  Produces long lasting definition
•  Can be used as a daily body moisturizer

Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified), Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Emulsifier, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Essential Oil Blend, Fragrance, Germall Plus

My Thoughts:

I think that this butter is amazing. Not only can you use it on your hair but your skin as well. I had a great twist out that was very moisturized. And the product smells AMAZING!!

 

Hair Growth Serum Blend

Shine & Grow Your Kinks, Curls & Coils

Seal Moisture into your Beautiful Tresses and Promote Thicker, Stronger, Longer Growing Hair at the Same Time.

Product Description

Contains a unique blend of natural oils including Ayurveda Oils that are clinically proven to promote longer, stronger, healthier hair.  This multi-purpose blend softens the hair, giving it a healthy shine and seals in moisture.

These oils have been proven to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and improve the hair growth cycle.  This multi-purpose blend is also great for repairing & preventing dry itchy scalp leaving the scalp healthy and moisturized.  It contains a blend of ayurvedic oils that have been used by Indian women for centuries to grow long, thick, dark lustrous, shiny hair.  The Hair Growth Serum Blend is  excellent for natural and chemically treated hair.  Great for use on the body as well.

Directions:  Can be used on wet or dry hair during regular styling, pre-shampoo/post shampoo hot oil treatment, oil your scalp and/or scalp massage treatment.  For best results use after the Hydrating Leave In Conditioner to seal in moisture.

Ingredients: Olea europaea (Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Blend of Select Ayurvedic Oils, Capsicum annuum (Cayenne Extract), Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Essential Oil Blend, Fragrance

Benefits:

promotes Growth

– Nourishes and softens hair

Boosts shine

Seals in Moisture

Moisturizes the scalp

Protective barrier guarding against heat damage, chemical damage and UV Rays

My Thoughts:

This is a great oil for your hair!!  My hair was very soft after the use of this. It smells amazing. It helped my dry itchy scalp while I had my Marley twists in and after I took them out!!

Picture Results:

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Before my twist out… Freshly washed hair 🙂

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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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My Staple Products July 2013

Hola beautiful Naturalistas! My staple products have changed since I first started blogging. So I decided, why don’t I share my new Holy grail products with you guys!!! Check them out!!!

Shampoo: EDENBODYWORKS JoJoba Monoi All Natural Shampoo

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Previously I was using the Cream of Nature with Argan oil shampoo. But… I felt adventurous LOL and wanted to try something new. My cousin had been telling me about this edens product so I was like let me try it. OMG!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! You do not need a whole lot at all!!! ANDDDDDDD its sulfate free! It leaves your hair moisturized!!! Try it, it wont disappoint!!!!

EDENBODYWORKS Coconut Shea Cleansing Cowash and Leave in Conditioner Heck THE WHOLE LINE!!!!!!!!!!!

imagesCA7PU32LOk… so yeah basically Edenbodyworks has some of the best products out there!!! I went to the launch of their new line in Chicago and ever since I have been in LOVE!!!!! The leave in is the TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the Cowash…. yeah it’s all that glitters… seriously. It suds and really cleans your hair! hmph.. yeah I love edens basically!

Atheopika Hydrate and Twist Butter by Qhemet

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Umm yeah y’all know I still LOVE THIS STUFF!!!! If they ever stop selling it I might just CRY!!! I mean this stuff has never given me a whack twist out!! ALWAYS the best results with this. It does not matter what other products I use… it still performs well!!!

Giovanni Direct Leave In

 

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Ok now… I have been rockin with Giovnni for a while now. And all I have to say is MOISTURE! That is all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

 

What are your staple products? Please comment and lets CHAT!!! 🙂 xoxo Michelle

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