Wednesday, August 27, 2014

0 Mohawk On My Relaxed Air Dried Hair


This is, by far, one of my favourite up-do hairstyles! 

I discovered it about a year ago and I just love the simplicity of this style. Originally, I saw this style on many natural haired ladies.  I decided to give it a "go" on my air dried relaxed hair since it's much fuller and textured in this state. Relaxed hair is versatile too :) 

All I do is section off my hair in 3 (vertically), put ponytail hair ties around each section, fluff & lightly twist the hair from each section, pin it and go! I find that it's an elegant hair style for any occasion - most importantly it's heat free and a protective style for my ends! Can't beat that :)

Tip: An old braid-out is perfect for this style. The added texture really adds more appeal & character to the overall style!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

0 Coconut Oil Challenge - 1 Day Left!


  1. The Coconut Oil Challenge is coming to an end tomorrow August 24th. This challenge has been a challenging one, but with great results!! I love how strong my hair has been feeling lately. I encourage all who participated in the challenge to share their "before and after" pictures or even a testimony on how your hair has improved over the past few months. 

    See you on Hairlista.com!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

14 Hair Comparison: APL to BSL in 9 months!

I've been on my hair journey for several years now and I still love going through my old photos of my hair just to visually see how my hair has transformed. I've always used it as motivation to meet my next goal. Nothing speaks louder than a photo! Sometimes we feel as though our hair isn't making any progress, but until we look at an old photo, that is when we really notice a difference :)

The photo on the left (APL - Arm Pit Length) was back in November 2008 when I went to a salon for a relaxer. They hacked off at least 4-6 inches of my thin ends when all I wanted was a trim. It was actually a blessing in disguise. From this beautiful disaster, I was able to really understand the needs, likes, dislikes etc. of my hair that I never understood before. The photo on the right (BSL - Bra Strap Length) was taken in October 2009. So technically speaking, I made BSL in 9 months (August 2009) but this photo was taken in October.

What I changed in my regimen to get to BSL?:

1. I consistently started using S-curl No Drip Activator daily. My ends were craving the extra moisture.
2. Increased my protein treatments to once a week (followed by a moisture deep condition) to ensure my hair remained moisturized yet strong & fortified at the same time. 
3. Applied Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my scalp 2-3x/week. This helped to promote growth and thickness in my hair. 
4. Protected my ends in wigs and buns 90% of the time. I left my hair alone!
5. Moisturized and sealed in sections (5-6) ensuring all of my ends were covered in my moisturizer preventing dryness!

That's it! All you need is consistency & patience :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

27 Steaming My Hair With Coconut Oil!



The Coconut Oil Challenge is still live on Hairlista.com. The challenge will end in less than one month (August 24th). Although, it's been quite difficult keeping up with the challenge, my hair has benefitted greatly from weekly use of Coconut oil. My hair feels stronger, softer and smoother with every use. The moist air from the steamer along with the Coconut oil are a great combo! 

My favourite way of incorporating Coconut Oil into my hair regimen is by going under the steamer with it for 30 minutes. I apply the oil to dry unwashed hair. I slather it on from root to tip and then clip the ends up. No plastic cap! The steam allows my cuticles to open up and absorb the oil and all it's nutrients.  Once 30 minutes is up, I proceed to co-wash my hair with a creamy instant conditioner (lately I've been using Aussie Moist Conditioner). My hair is then full of slip making it extremely easy to detangle. Overall, I love this oil! Coconut oil really helps to add fullness and strength to my hair which comes in handy since I'm almost 8 weeks post relaxer!

What your favourite way of using Coconut oil in your regimen? What have you noticed since you've incorporated it into your hair routine?


Thursday, July 31, 2014

6 Summer Hair Care: Glycerin Based Products Are The Best!


The main secret that helps my hair retain moisture during the summer months is the usage of glycerin-based products! I know some may hate it and some love it, but for me, it is the best moisture-enhancing product for my relaxed strands.

The Benefits
Glycerin is a clear, odorless liquid that is hygroscopic and a humectant in nature, meaning when used on the hair, it attracts moisture from the air into the hair. I remember the beginning of my hair journey when my sister first introduced me to glycerin. She stressed how much better her relaxed hair felt after using it, but I was always skeptical because I thought it was for texturized or curly perms. I remember days when my hair was so dry and thirsty it broke off in clumps on a regular basis. I tried everything from water-based moisturizers, butters, to oil based moisturizers. Nothing cured my excessive breakage. I never thought relaxed hair could benefit from glycerin and boy was I wrong!

Hydrated Strands
Once I was introduced to glycerin-based products i.e. moisturizers, leave-ins etc., my hair made a 360 degree change. My breakage minimized substantially, my hair felt moist for once and my hair looked and felt hydrated from the inside out. My hair was happy and so was I! Finally I found a product that worked for my thirsty relaxed strands. I’ll moisturize my hair in the morning, with my glycerin-based moisturizer, and throughout the day, my hair retains moisture easily.

Softer Hair 
My hair feels soft and hydrated with each use. Glycerin helps to draw moisture from the hot humid air right into my strands…all day long. Not to mention, it’s exceptional for my new growth, while stretching my relaxers, as it literally melts my growth making it manageable.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2 Summer Hair Care: Light Oils Are Best For Relaxed Hair

Summertime is the best time to go light not only for your clothing, but also your hair. Who wants weighed down, stiff hair? Not me! Go light and never look back.

Don’t Get Weighed Down 
In the summer, I notice that my relaxed hair responds well to oil mixtures that contain lighter oils like coconut oil, grapeseed oil or sweet almond oils. These oils are lighter in consistency preventing the hair from being weighed down and feeling sticky. Not only do lighter oils promote shine and seal in moisture, but it also helps to give your strands a break to breathe. Using heavy oils such as castor oil or shea oil may suffocate the strands making the hair clump together, feel greasy and weighed down in the heat.


Try Avocado Oils 
I like to use light oils such as avocado oil, olive oil and coconut oil as part of my hair treatments in the summer. Avocado oil acts as a natural SPF for the hair and olive oil is a natural conditioner that adds elasticity.

Add Oils to Conditioners 
Before I wear summer braid-outs, I always use conditioner to wash my hair for extra hydration. While my hair is damp, I spray my leave-ins and then I seal my ends with a light oil mixture. This concoction ensures my braid-outs come out super fluffy, soft and defined.

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. Says Light Oils Are Best For Relaxed Hair

2 Summer Hair Care: Ways to Protect Your Hair From Salt and Chlorine This Summer

We all know that chlorine in pools is so harsh it strips the hair of its natural oils and moisture. What's more, according to Hair Foundation, chlorine “causes severe damage to hair keratins. Thus, chlorine in the swimming pool can both lighten and weaken hair.” Relaxed hair is even more susceptible to keratin damage, as the hair fibers have already been chemically altered. Over time this can cause excessive dryness, increased porosity and breakage.

Before you jump in the pool here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned to help protect my relaxed hair from unnecessary damage caused by chlorine and saltwater.

Soak Before Jumping In 
I’ve learned that hair is like a sponge; it will only absorb so much. Before I enter the pool, I saturate my relaxed hair with clean water; at this point my hair is less likely to absorb the chlorinated/salt water.

Apply Product Before Entering 
When I apply a thick creamy conditioner before jumping in it helps to block the absorption of chlorine and saltwater into my hair. Pre-conditioning restores moisture into my hair so it doesn’t feel dehydrated. For extra measures, I’ll seal my hair with oil for added protection.

Shampoo Immediately Afterwards
Immediately after existing the pool or beach, I flush my hair with clean water to help remove the chlorine and salt water from my hair. Take your time, the more thorough you are, the better! Once my hair reaches a certain level of softness and manageability, I proceed with a rich deep shampoo and conditioner to nourish my relaxed strands.

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. Offers Ways to Protect Your Hair From Salt and Chlorine This Summer

Friday, July 25, 2014

14 Twist Out On Relaxed Hair


I decided to do a simple twist-out on dry hair with a few of my favourite products :). I'm quite pleased with the results as it was so spontaneous with little product usage. Below is a description of how I achieved this simple look. 

Step #1:
On dry hair, I moisturized with Scurl No Drip Activator and sealed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I focused on my ends ensuring they were thoroughly moisturized. I then parted my hair in 5 sections (2 at the sides, 3 in the middle like a mohawk). I twisted each section making sure each twist was tight and secure. I grabbed 5 perm rods and rolled them at the ends of my hair for curl definition. I tied my hair with a satin scarf and bonnet and went to bed.

Step #2:
In the morning I removed all the 5 perm rods and proceeded to unravel each twist with a tad-bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my finger tips to prevent frizz. 

Step #3:
I separated each twist for fullness and lightly combed my fingers through my hair to "remove" the parts I made for the 5 sections. I kept my side part and lightly fluffed the hair in front for added volume.

That's it!

Are you a twist-out fan? Which products do you use to achieve your look?


Saturday, July 19, 2014

0 5 Reason's Why You Should Pick Darker Oils In Your Regimen


Ever notice how two of the same oils can be in two different shades? 

I always have Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my arsenal; but one day I started using it to seal in my moisture just to switch things up a bit. I couldn't stand it! My hair felt dry, hay-like and crispy. I said "forget this", I'm only going to use this in my deep conditioner. 

My sister then started raving about how she found a new love in Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a sealant. I was quite shocked but when she showed me her EVOO, it was vastly darker than the EVOO I had. I tried her darker Extra Virgin Olive oil, which was more "greenish" in colour, on my hair and I loved it! My hair felt softer and retained moisture much better than the one I was using. 

Ah ha! That's when it dawned on me - again (discovered this Dark Oil Benefit with Grapeseed Oil)! Darker oils tend to be more potent, thicker and overall healthier in nature for your hair. 

Benefits of Darker Coloured Oils:
  • Unrefined/ Not filtered
  • Potent with nutrients
  • Thicker in consistency
  • Tend to be dark green
  • Holds/retains moisture 

Be sure to look out for those darker oils that appear "greenish" in colour (Olive oil, Avocado oil, Grapeseed oil etc.)  Your hair will thank you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

0 Summer Hair Care: On Combatting Frizzy, Relaxed Hair

Warmer weather is lovely, but for some it can be a complete hair nightmare! With warm weather comes humidity that causes unwanted fly-aways. Damaged hair cuticles often have a dry, brittle, dull appearance due to its inability to retain moisture, and that ultimately leads to frizz. But, fear not. Here are a few ways I learned to manage my relaxed hair.

Porous Hair 
My hair is very porous (meaning permeable to water) so I had excessive tangles, breakage and poufy hair in the early stages of my hair journey. Using a sulfate-free shampoo and deep conditioning on a weekly basis has really helped to reduce dryness and control the frizz

Avoid The Sun (For Long Periods of Time) 
It's hard, but I don’t expose my hair to the sun for long periods of time during the summer months. Heat tends to dry my hair out so I avoid it as often as possible.

Use Acidic Leave in Conditioners 
Another method I swear by is using an acidic leave-in conditioner to help close the lifted hair cuticles that allow moisture to escape the hair shaft. Products with aloe vera juice, citric acid or lactic acid allow my hair to lay flat, smooth and frizz free.

Use a Cotton Shirt For Drying
I always dry my hair with a cotton t-shirt as opposed to a towel. Rubbing my hair while wet with a towel can rough up the cuticles causing tangles and frizz once my hair dries.




 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

0 Happy Canada Day!



Wishing all my Canadian Hairlistas
Happy Canada Day!

Enjoy :)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

2 Hair Question: My Hair Is Low Porosity But Acts Like High Porosity Hair!

Question: "I did the porosity test on my and my daughter's hair.our hair floated on top.to make sure I did it again on fresh washed hair same thing according to the test we have low po hair.the problem is our hair acts like high porosity hair.it's always dry,it relaxes easy,when we wash it dries very fast.is there any products that will help.I am totally confused now LOL. Thanks for any help you can give"

Advice: I completely understand your frustration and confusion. It seems as though your hair is appearing as Low Porosity hair yet, in fact, it has all the characteristics of High Porosity hair! Huh? Not to worry. There is a possible solution. I would assess your hair based on the actual behaviour of the hair itself. If you're noticing that your hair:

  • Dries very fast
  • Always feels dry
  • Easily processes with chemical treatments
  • Tends to feel rough due to raised cuticles
Chances are....

You have High Porosity hair and I would treat it as such! High porosity hair is usually caused by chemical treatments, heat appliances or weather. There are several products and techniques you can implement that will help your hair retain moisture i.e. use a protein reconstructor/treatment at least once a week to help fill in the cracks along the hair shaft that's causing moisture to escape the strands, use a pH balanced leave-in conditioner (i.e. Aloe Vera Juice mixed with some water and oils), ACV rinses (Apple Cider Vinegar | 1 part ACV 3 parts water) at least once a week to close the cuticles promoting shine and moisture etc. Implementing a few of these techniques will get you well on your way to healthier stronger hair!

Here are a few articles I wrote regarding Hair Porosity:

Hairlicious Inc. |  5 Signs Indicating You Have High Porosity Hair

Hairlicious Inc. |  5 Signs Indicating You Have Low Porosity Hair 

I hope this was beneficial in helping you understand and care for your hair!

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