Category Archives: Hair Styles for Professionals

Henna Progress & Update

Yes, I’m a horrible blogger. Months have passed; hair milestones have come and gone; promotion received (yay!); and I failed to provide an update. I apologize! Now the updates…

Henna Recipe Simplified!
1. Henna (I use Nupur9 and love it. I buy it on amazon). Amount: I add a little at a time to the coconut cream until the consistency is slightly stiffer than cake batter.
2. Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream (1 can).

That’s it…

I no longer use oil because: (1) my hair feels less conditioned when I include oil in my henna mix; and (2) the drip/messy factor drastically increases with oil.

June 7, 2014 henna post here: https://naturalesq.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/a-henna-kind-of-day-henna-and-coconut-cream-recipe/

Now for the pictures (last picture is a comparison from June 2014 and November 2014):

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Shrinkage is Still a Beast (Pic Update/Informal Length Check)

Shrinkage is still a beast! :-p

Shrinkage is still a beast! :-p

My Myriad Curl Patterns

Taking care of varying curl patterns is a challenge and a gift.  A challenge because finding just the right product combination took a long time (around 9 months post BC for me), but in the end it is so worth it. All the trial and error finally paid off and though shrinkage is a major part of my hair journey, Katie Kaboom’s health and growth are awesome.  A gift because it is so versatile and the arrangement of the different curl patterns and associated shrinkage on my head makes for a shaped wash and go, no stylist or scissors involved. 🙂  Though the shrinkage does require me to remind myself: (1) a lot of youtube naturals transitioned before the BC; and (2) hair grows at different rates for different people.

Grid 1 is a second day wash n go using the LCOG method (yup, I made up another acronym as if we need anymore!).  Leave-in: TJ’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.  Creme: my revised Naptural85’s shea butter creme mix.  Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil.

2014.1.14 GRID Curl Pattern Montage

Grid 2 is a montage of my hair over the past two months (except for the bottom).  Top left: wet and freshly out of the shower with TJ’s TTT conditioner only.  Top right: LCOG method.  Bottom left: 5th day wash and go.  Bottom right: 10.5 month shrinkage/length check.

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Until next time, happy hair care! 🙂

Length Check – 1 Year, 1 Week, and 2 Days of Growth

2013.12 Length Check_Year 1My hair is healthy, strong, and growing.  Since I’ve received so many requests, here’s a pictorial length check.  More to come soon on my journey so far, but hopefully this will satisfy everyone for now! 🙂

1 Year Hairniversary: from Day 1 to Year 1

One year of natural hair. Loving the hang time and the journey continues! 🙂

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Protective Style: Crochet Braid – 1 Week In

I love the hairstyle and look of the braids, but the feel is tooooo much for my poor sensitive scalp/tender head. My braider did the cornrows extremely loose because I, of course, told her about my scalp/sensitivity.

Despite her finest attempts, however, my head is in revolt. In a blog post I drafted a while ago, I told myself to remember that adding extensions to my hair has never gone well.  Wigs yes, but connecting hair/extensions, no!

I tried massaging and oiling my scalp to no avail throughout the week.  I tried rinsing/moisturizing my hair.  It is one week in and my scalp is screaming at me.

Ah, c’est la vie.  Now I’m on the look out for a good wig for my large head. Lol. Wish me luck and all input/advice are encouraged and definitely wanted!!!