Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Gave Into the Heat and I'm Straight

Definitely time for a shampoo and treatment. It's been 10 months since my cut, four months since I been to the salon or used heat products, and two months since I've used shampoo. 

I condition wash everyday however, until today. I gave into the heat and discovered, my hair is longer than I thought. 

So here is how I did it. I started at home last night with an overnight oil treatment consisting of castor oil, Argan oil and lemongrass oil. 


My stylist at Fradelens in Brooklyn, Miriam, washed my hair using Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. I like it because I have color in my hair and it is sulfate free which is perfect for my hair.

Following the shampoo, Miriam applied an Argan oil based reconstructing treatment and massaged my scalp for about five minutes prior to washing it out. 

Once rinsed, leave in and heat protection treatments were applied and the blow drying began. 


I refuse to blowdry my own hair because I won't do it as gently as a professional will. So to protect my hair from heat damage I let a stylist do it and don't use heat products often. This is my first time using heat in my hair since early December 2013. 

Miriam then trimmed my ends and then flat ironed my hair. 


And here we have, straight hair that I'm loving. Didn't know it was long because my hair is always curly and I comb my hair wet but maybe once a week. 

One thing I noticed was that of all the permed individuals doing their hair, it was the natural hair that appeared the healthiest. Not trying to make a joke but, in honest truth. Weird right? 

Perfect day to be straight. And it feels real good. Especially knowing the diversity of natural hair. In all actuality, this is the reason I heart my hair. 



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Natural Beauty

Poettues is always a good day to write a poem. And the mere fact that it is National Poetry Month in that awesome spring month of April that God created, inspires me to write about a topic that I enjoy talking about; hair talk.

 

Natural Beauty

© By Stephanie Jeannot


 

Natural beauty with your

Afrolicious waves.

Wash, go and moisturize well

except for on them don’t care days.

We heart our hair

that is sometimes left bare

without even a comb and brush treat

that still beats scalp burns from perm heat.

 

Shiny twirls

and conditioned curls

all around the world

are flowering hair of natural girls

with afro puffs

wearing leave-in stuff;

and locks and braids

and untamed manes

and perm-free

from shaving it off

to cut  out the creamy crack

out our strands of course.

 

From wet hair showers

to co-washing hours

to no-heat blows;

just towel dry and go

with the wind;

adding a spin

to the madness:

hats, flowers and accessories of attractiveness;

only to enhance the beauty

of what some call nappy;

What they don’t see

is the reason for this natural frenzy.

healthy strands and natural beauty!

We’re just happy to be

hearting the magic;

and like so many, back to the basic.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Bottle of Conditioner a Week. This week. . . NUDE

I am constantly in the store looking for a new conditioner about every 10 days because I go through about a bottle of conditioner per week. 

Seems like a lot right? That's because as opposed to shampooing daily, I cowash daily meaning I use a conditioner everyday. Shampoo, I use about once every month and a half. Ironically, when I made my way to my salon the last time, even after a day of just cowashing without shampoo, my hairdresser told me that my hair was so clean. Hmmm?

Every night I cover my hair with a satin sleeping cap. My morning routine goes like this: 

-remove sleeping cap
-get in shower
-dampen hair



-massage in conditioner
- leave in for duration of shower
-comb once every two weeks while conditioner is in (or when doing protective styles)
-rinse out 
-towel dry
-moisturize well and massage; especially edges
-ready to go

With this process in mind, I guess you can say my conditioner usage is more like trials. One a week. Sometimes the same conditioner, sometimes something different. Like this week!

Last Tuesday, March 25, 2014, I made my way down to Center Stage Cut, a cool natural hair spot that also has a stage for live events like the People's Open Mic that was hosted by my boy, Sean Battle.

Always seeking new products, I noticed their hair line called Nude. And so, I took a chance on it. The conditioner that is.  



Nowadays, I look for conditioners that are sulfate free because I dyed my hair copper and do not want my hair color to fade or for my hair to be dry. Moisture means everything to natural hair. 

Nude is sulfate free which is perfect. It is made with Shea butter, silk protein and Argan oil. The conditioner is creamy and white. 



It has a faint smell of lemongrass. Washes out pretty clean without leaving any residue behind. Leaves hair soft and manageable. 

Here are some pics of my experience using this product. 





A less than 30 minute process which gets me to work with enough time to sit back and truly enjoy my coffee without having to rush to start my 9 to 5. 


I've used Nude a week now and my bottle is done. Would definitely try it again. Because my conditioners are all trial uses since I go through a bottle a week, I try a lot of different products and that's how I find what works.

If you'd like me to try one of your products, I will for feedback based on my experience in a blogpost. Why? Because I heart my hair. 

Seeking ideas, experiences with products and hair advice so please leave feedback. 

Thank you for reading my blogpost.