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!
Let's Keep In Touch!
Instagram: @aprilbeee_

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

Relaxer Update: Letting It Hang!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Last Relaxer: May 30, 2016
Used: ORS Olive Oil Relaxer Normal Strength
Duration: Left the relaxer on for 25-28 mins
Treatments used: ORS Replenishing Conditioner with 3 Penetrating Oils (Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil) for 30 mins under the steamer.
Last flat iron: June 3rd, 2016

This relaxer turned out great! My new growth cooperated and 'took' to the relaxer - it got straighter than usual, with a bit of kinky left over. I love when there is a bit of 'kink' left in the hair as my hair remains stronger and less prone to excessive breakage. I didn't relax my edges this time around. I'm still relaxing my edges every other relaxer (no smoothing), so just letting the relaxer sit on it for 5-10 mins. This method has really given my edges a 'break' and a chance to get stronger.

In the pics above I'm rockin' a 10 day old flat iron. I preserved my flat iron by wrapping my hair every night with a bit of Jojoba oil on the ends. I typically flat iron after a relaxer to trim my hair and for length check purposes, and then quickly wash my hair 2-3 days later. This time around I wanted to really enjoy my freshly relaxed hair by leaving it 'out' for a week or two. I deviated from the norm and I'm okay with it! I'm at a point in my hair journey where I want to not only maintain the health of my hair, but also enjoy the fruits of my labour aka letting my hair hang freely (without guilt) aka anti-protective styles for a tiny bit :)

Those GNC Hair Skin and Nails Soft Chew vitamins (April - June) really gave me a boost in growth this time around! I had to continuously smooth out the back (crown + nape area) with a comb because my new growth was throwing a tantrum! Luckily my new growth cooperated and we got the job done! Overall, my hair seems a tad but thicker as a result of the vitamins (3000mcg of Biotin). I think I will continue to use them and give an update at 6 months usage.

Just wanted to share :)

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