Impromptu Protective Style?….. Why Yes.

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Hey, beautiful readers!! Sorry for being gone the entire year. Life is crazy ya’know?

Anywhooooooo, I’m starting to get a hang of this natural hair thing (sorta kinda) and a while ago I realized when stretched my hair can finally go into a ponytail again!! Whoooohooooo!!! It was uncomfortably tight, but it was a ponytail and I was elated. It was definitely a stretch and I probably won’t be throwing my hair into too many ponytails any time soon so I needed to find a way to put my hair up.

I started with a two strand twistout, which didn’t fall the way I wanted, and I threw it up into a puff, but the it looked weird too because the middle of my hair is wavy instead of curly and those ends never match the rest of my hair no matter how long I twirl them around my finger when twisting. So my hair looked curly all around while the middle looked like I’d just been electrocuted 😆

The electrocuted look wasn’t the one I was going for so I decided to tuck all the ends under with some handy dandy bobby pins and voilà!!! I got this cute bun looking thing and I’m officially in love right now😍😍😍😍. I’ve been able to maintain this look for about a week now and my ends stay tucked away. A win win for me.

Anyway, that’s all I have to share for now, but I’ll be back (sooner this time) with another update.

Stay beautiful,

Eureka

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1 Year Natural Hair Journey

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and I already feel the promise with this oncoming year and I am excited for it. Today marks my 1 year natural hair anniversary and I’m so happy about my growth and overall thickness.

I find myself suffering from Hand In Hair Syndrome and I need to stop, but I just can’t stop playing with it!!! I’ve never had my natural hair this healthy before (horrible hair practices) *hangs head in shame* but I’m determined to make up for all the neglect by treating my hair as a top priority.

I’ve been natural before in my life so my overall hair texture wasn’t too new to me except in the middle of my hair. That portion of my hair is some weird wavy/straight texture, but I’m learning to work with my hair instead of against it and trying to find ways to make the crazy textures blend #thestruggle

Along with all this greatness is I decided to make a Youtube channel to video document my journey so I can look back on what I’ve achieved and also learn from my many mistakes (in front of an audience)

I hope to make this year my great hair year.

Love,

Eureka

Castor Oil Challenge Results

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all doing fantastically. I have been and it’s because I joined a Castor Oil Challenge on hairlista.com which started September 28th and ended December 28th and I must say I’m loving the results I reaped. The creator and moderator of Hairlista recently added an Ultimate Level to the challenge which I readily joined since I have a major love for castor oil.

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My results were amazing!!! And I wouldn’t hesitate to join another castor oil challenge if I had the chance. Along with lightly applying castor oil to my scalp every day I also added it to my deep conditioner with heat, oil rinsed and sealed with castor oil. This regimen kept my hair moisturized for daaaaaayyyyyssssss. Castor oil is definitely going to be a staple for me. I won’t be using castor oil on my scalp every day, but most likely every other day so I don’t weigh down my strands.

Along with the castor oil I also took Manetabolism Hair Vitamins every single day for 90 days.

This combination gave me about 3-4 inches during the challenge. My hair is thanking me for the love.

If you want more information on the benefits of castor oil you can go to Black Zulu’s  blog for in-depth descriptions.

Until next time, ladies and gents.

Love,

Eureka

Protective Styling: Crochet Braids

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Protective style time, ladies and gents!!

So, it’s fall/winter time and I’ve found myself constantly fiddling around with my hair. The reason being since the weather has cooled down significantly (Bye summer!! See you next year!) and that means my hair has started to struggle with maintaining its moisture levels. I had tried to combat it initially by deep conditioning 2x a week with a moisture dc, but it still wasn’t up to par and the more I was messing with my hair the more breakage I started to see.

Then I just decided to say ‘heck to it all’ and went to my go-to protective style: crochet braids. To achieve this style I had my hair cornrowed straight back. I ended up with about 10 to 11 braids. Then I added the Model Model Braiding Hair in Soft Water by using a crochet latch hook to insert the extensions onto the braids and tying them off. It took about 2 hours and 30 minutes altogether to finish this style. Then I just cut it to frame my face.

I love this style because it’s really low maintenance. All I really have to do is spray my hair with my homemade spritz and my hair stays supple and moisturized. Also, since the extensions are crocheted into the hair I still have easy access to my scalp so I can easily co-wash and oil my scalp whenever it feels dry. Super easy. Depending on how well I can take care of this I have had this style last me from 3-9 months if properly maintained. I don’t believe I’ll be keeping it in that long, but I’ll see how it goes this time around.

Love,

Eureka

6 Months Natural!!!!

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        April 6th – 3 months post bc                         July 13th – 6 months post bc

            Stretched mini twist out                                                Wash n Go

It’s officially been 6 months of me being natural on July 5th!! I’m pretty excited about it! My hair is thriving and I’ve gotten the hang of taking care of my hair and it’s really low maintenance. I’ve figured out that even though I get a lot of shrinkage my hair thrives off of wash n gos. I can make them last 4 days then when there’s no more definition I moisturize and seal them and put my hair into twists until my wash day. Easy peasy.

Hair Regimen

My regimen is fairly simple. It may be that since I have a twa (teeny weeny afro) that I don’t have to struggle with my natural hair, but my journey so far has been pretty smooth sailing.

Weekly

Co-Wash 2x
Oil Rinse 2x
Detangle 2x (only in the shower)
Deep Condition 1x
Oil Scalp 2-3x
Moisturize and Seal 1-2x

Monthly

Shampoo 1x (sulfate free)
Hot Oil Treatment 1x (I don’t do this every month. Only when I need a moisture boost)
Protein Treatment 1-2x depending on amount of breakage

Daily

Spray hair with water
Sleep with satin bonnet

*I do pre-poo, but only when I feel my hair needs it.

Big Chop Shock

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So, I BIG CHOPPED!!!

Initially this wasn’t part of my hair journey at all. The reason I went natural was for my sisters and brothers. My brothers didn’t even know that black women had curly, kinky, coily hair. They thought that our hair grew straight! I want to say I was shocked, but I can’t. The majority of the time my younger brothers have either seen me and my other sisters with braids or straight hair.

I’d been back and forth with natural and relaxed hair throughout my childhood, but that was before I knew much of anything about my hair at all. In late 2011 I decided to take care of my hair. My hair was at ear length and was constantly breaking and I decided to grow my relaxed hair healthly to the bra-strap length. My journey was going pretty smoothly except for a little setback with protein overload, but I got over that quickly as well. Then one day my siblings and I were watching a video with a light skinned girl who was wearing a wig. My sister said “why would she need a wig?” I asked her what she meant by that and she replied “she’s half white so shouldn’t her hair be long?” This right here saddened me to the core because though I learned a lot about black people and our hair I hadn’t shared that knowledge with them. So, I told them black people can grow our hair long. They all looked skeptical and even more so when I told them it could be grown long natural too.

On January 5, 2013 I decided to transition, but I got bored that same day and asked my fiance to cut all my hair off.

This is where my journey begins.