Flat Ironed Hair: My Length Check 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Okay Hairlistas so this is my first length check for 2016! Woot woot :) I know I know, I haven't done a length check in a while.  I noticed that since I made my decision to maintain Mid Back Length my length checks decreased because I'm "maintaining" now. 

This year, I think I'm pretty close to waist length - post trim. Yay!!! My hair has slightly increased in thickness. I'm attributing the thickness increase to my GNC Hair Skin & Nails Soft Chew Vitamins. These soft chews have been the only 'new' thing I've incorporated into my hair regimen - nothing else! I still use the same staple products, techniques, and regimen. As I mentioned before, these vitamins have a ton of Biotin (3000 mcg) in them, which helps to promote hair growth and thickness. 

Over the years, my relaxed hair has become much more resilient due to my consistent usage of protein treatments, coconut oil pre-poos and moisturizing & sealing daily! I try to leave my hair alone as much as possible (aka protective styling) and use my fingers or wide tooth seamless comb when styling my hair - you won't catch me using a fine tooth comb! My hair has become predictable in a sense that there's no 'guess work' when it comes to maintaining my hair. It has decreased and I'm okay with that! 

Overall, I'm loving my relaxed hair and I'm happy with my length for #Summer16 !!!!

Loving My Natural Hair™ Presents: AprilBeee_

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Introduce yourself! what's your name? where are you from?
Hi my name is April Bee. I’m originally from Bronx, New York but I’ve lived in Virginia for quite some time now.

How would you describe your hair? What's your hair type?
I have many different textures throughout my whole head. In some areas it’s curly, some areas it's coily while others are wavy. I would say that my hair type ranges from 3c to 4b.

When did you start your natural hair journey? What is your hair regimen? Share a few of your favourite "go-to" hair products.
I started my natural hair journey on December 28, 2012 which is the day that I big chopped. As for my hair regimen….I really don’t have one to be honest. I just go with the flow and do whatever my hair tells me. If my hair is feeling dry, I make sure that I do a deep conditioning treatment to bring back the moisture, or I’ll co-wash with my favorite conditioner. My go-to product is Shea Butter! That’s right! I like to keep it simple when it comes to the products that I use. I used to be a product junkie when I first went natural, but I’ve found that "simple is best" and Shea Butter works wonders on my kinks, curls and coils! I like to use Shea Butter when styling my hair in a braid out or twist out. I spritz my hair with water, apply a small amount of Shea Butter on top…and my hair comes out perfect!

What #1 hair tip you would pass on to other natural haired ladies who are currently Transitioning or about to Big Chop?
The #1 tip I would pass on to others would be to have PATIENCE…enjoy the journey…enjoy the different hair stages…and embrace your beauty…the length will come before you know it!

More than ever before, ladies are transitioning back to their natural hair and we love it! What made you go natural? What are your thoughts on the natural hair movement and your hair? Would you consider relaxing your hair again?
My two younger sisters are the ones that inspired me to go natural. They both had beautiful, curly, shiny hair. I wanted to see what my natural hair looked like. Not to mention…I was also tired of getting relaxers and it burning my scalp. I’m happy that the natural hair movement is thriving and more ladies are returning to natural and discovering their natural beauty. It’s a wonderful thing and I hope that people continue to see the importance of embracing what God gave us! I would relax my hair again….however….you’d have to pay me some BIG BUCKS!! LOL

Name a challenging moment you experienced in your natural hair journey and how did you overcome it?
I don’t recall ever having a challenging moment. My natural hair journey has been smooth sailing thus far. Love your hair and it will love you back!

What do you absolutely love about your natural coils? And why?
I love the versatility. I love that I can wear my hair curly one day and straight the next! Going natural is the best decision I have ever made when it comes to my hair!
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Ingredient Spotlight Pt.4: Polysorbate 60

Friday, June 17, 2016

What is Polysorbate 60?

Polysorbate 60 is an emulsifier. Emulsifiers enable water and oil to stay mixed together.

What does it do for the hair?

Polysorbate 60 keeps oil and water together in the hair allowing the hair to stay moisturized for longer periods of time; thus, helping to retain length. It adds releif to dehydrated hair. Effects increase when combined with Cetyl alcohol.

Which products contain this ingredient?
  • 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Calming Conditioner 
  • Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Moisturizing Milk Masque
  • Nexxus Humectress Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Carols Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-in Moisturizer
  • Apogee 2 Minute Reconstructor
  • ORS Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold Pudding
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