Thursday, September 27, 2012

Natural Hair Regimen


Hair Regimen

Hey Loves! Lets talk hair.

Having a good hair regimen and "sticking to it" is very important for the health of your hair. Regardless if your hair is natural or chemically treated; every one needs one. It should be noted that everybody's hair is different and so what might work for one person might not work for the other in the same way. With that said, I encourage you to try different techniques and products. This is my regimen (what Shelly does) so it might work for you or not. Ok ok ok let's get to it. lol!

There is 4 parts to my regimen: Prepoo-Cleanse - Condition-Moisturize-Style

Prepoo:


I mix coconut oil, Ojon oil, honey, few drops of tea tree oil in a small bowl or cup and place in microwave for 10 - 15 seconds. Divide hair into 4 sections and apply  mixture to each section root to tip ensuring ever strand is getting some of this goodness. Lol!
Massage for a few minutes and move on to the next section. Put on plastic cap and my steam cap over it for 20mins.

*massaging scalp help with blood circulation and stimulates hair growth.
*sometime I do this the night before wash day so it stays longer in my hair.


Cleansing:

I love a good clean scalp. I shampoo with Shea Moisture Shampoo or I cowash using one of my many conditioners (and I got lots. Lol!). I shampoo each section putting most of the focus on my scalp. The hair will get cleansed as the shampoo runs down the shaft during the rinse process. I ensure that All the product is rinsed out before continuing.


Conditioning:


I only detangle when my hair is thoroughly plastered with conditioner.  I don't have a favorite, it's just what I feel like grabbing or what's closest to me. All my conditioners provides great slip so any one I grab is good.

Again I am working with the same 4 sections. Now I divide each of those sections into 4 smaller sections and detange from the ends up to the root first with my finger, then wide tooth comb then my denman brush to remove shed hairs. I twist each of these sections when I am done. So now I have lots of twist in my hair. I rinse with the twists in; trying to not get them unraveled. I dry with a tee shirt or a microfiber hair turban.

Moisturizing:

After squeezing out as much water as possible from my twists I add my leave-in conditioner. At the moment I am digging Garnier Fructis sleek and shine leave in conditioning cream. it leaves my hair feeling really soft. I unravel a twist, add leave-in, seal with coconut oil or my Shea butter mix and retwist tighter than they were before.

Style:


I either let my twist air dry and rock a twist out or I blow dry using the tension method and do a braid out. My favorite styles are braid out, flat twist outs or cornrows braid outs. I find that these methods leave me with stretched define hair.


I am my no means a pro, but I find that this works well for me. What is your current regimen?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Going Natural - My Natural Hair Story

My Natural Hair Story!


Shelly Ann Cameron


 Why did I go natural?

I had been getting my hair relaxed/permed since I was 8yrs old. As long as I can remember, I have never had bouncing hair that I was madly in love with without the aid of weaves/extensions. My naked permed hair was so damaged you could see right through it and 'limp' was the best word to describe it. I did what I was told with no great results. Washed every two weeks, deep condition, wrap at night and made sure to not touch up frequently. However 'limp' was still the nickname until I got a good Remi installation. Then I was the Bomb.com (if u know what I mean. lol!)

My best friend went natural 2 yrs before I did. I still remember her trying to persuade me to chop my 'limpness' off and go natural. I gave every excuse you can think of as to why I cant do it: "my hair not soft like yours so it wont be able to comb", "natural hair is not for me" and the biggest one 'I wont look good with nappy hair'. How people were going to perceive me was a big thing that I had to get over. Well on Aug 6th, 2011, after trying to de-tangle two textures for hours I realize I was 'DONE'.  I grabbed a scissors and chopped off my permed hair and been natural since then. Now I have really strong healthy hair.

Signature Braid Out!

Am I happy I made the move to being Natural?

Extremely! Taking a scissors and chopping my limpness off seem like a small thing to some people but to me it was huge. Having an inch of hair was shocking to me because I was a ponytail girl. What was even more shocking was how I got to see my beauty beyond the hair. I fell in love with myself again. I was terrified to go to work the next day because for 5yrs working there this new 'do' was way outside Shelly's box. The compliments were coming left, right and center. I was amazed. I posted pics on Facebook and the response was the same. None of my hair extension installations received that much praise. My best friend was far above the moon when she saw what I did. I believe these are the things that kept me going.

Natural Hair is so versatile. The braidouts and twist outs and bantu knots and the good ole' wash n'go all excited me and still does. Mr Bobby pins and I created a great friendship and he has been keeping my hair styles flawless since then. Lol! I am glued to YouTube and the excitement to try a new style or product is still alive and kicking. Lol! I love being natural.

Has the transition changed you and how?

Yes, it has changed me. My outlook on life has changed. I know this is crazy that going back to how you were born and wearing the hair that grow from your scalp in its natural state should not be a big deal but it is. Growing up, kids who never had permed hair was teased and not seen as beautiful. There were no black nappy hair barbie in every toy store. Being natural was not something you do. Sounds crazy but we know its true.

I can honestly say I love myself more. Not that i never loved myself before, but I appreciate my raw beauty more (if that makes sense). Playing in my hair, researching new techniques and natural products is so much fun to me it makes me wonder who this new person is. Lol! But I wouldn't want it any other way. I will never have a perm again. If I feel the need for straight hair there is always a flat iron. Lol!


What is your basic hair care regimen! 

Weekly:

  • I shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo like Shea Moisture Curl&Shine Shampoo.
  •  Deep condition with my DIY deep conditioner mix (Click here for recipe).
  • Air dry 60% then I moisturize using the LOC method and then braid my hair. (I wear braidouts more than any other style)
Nightly:
Spray with my DIY hair mist and rebraid my hair.



What is your Story?


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