My Deep Conditioner | Natural Hair

Hello everyone!

Previously, I had been using mayonnaise as a DC but the smell started to bother me and my girls. So here’s what I’m currently using as well as the benefits…

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What I use:

Conditioner (1/2 cup)

Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (1 tbsp)

 

Conditioner

I’ll use any conditioner I have on hand for my DC’s, it really doesn’t matter. What I add to it is what really gives it its conditioning properties. Click here to see exactly what I do. In the meantime, here are the benefits of the oils I add in…

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

JBCO is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids that moisturize the scalp, which prevent your hair from drying out. It also helps to keep the hair thicker, shinier, and less prone to damage or breakage. Applying castor oil regularly can help moisturize your roots and scalp, as well as promote hair growth. If your hair is thinning out, Jamaican black castor oil may be right for you.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is known to penetrate the hair shaft and hold  in moisture. It is also a great way to treat dry scalp and control dandruff as well. I personally like to mix olive oil and water as an everyday moisturizer.

 

Hope this help!

xoxo,

Janeene24

 

Do you use oils in your in your DC’s? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

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I’m a Rebel Naturalista!!!

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Lately, I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about natural hair “nazis” and I have to say, this natural hair thing is getting a little bit ridiculous. True, there are certain guidelines that one should follow if they want to have healthy hair but they are just that, GUIDELINES! For those of you not familiar with the term, natural hair “nazis” are determined to have people see things THEIR way and they are so bent on people following the “rules” that they practically shove their two cents down people’s throats.

We weren’t this strict when we were relaxed and the truth is we should’ve been because of all the damage we were doing to our hair. But now we are natural and as long as we are taking care of ourselves, our hair and we don’t have any health problems that may prove otherwise, our hair is healthy. The point is that there is no black and white rule book to growing and maintaining healthy natural hair but there are guidelines. Such as, regularly shampooing, deep conditioning, moisturizing, trimming and protecting our hair. When and how often you do these things depends on you. You have to know YOUR hair and deal with it according to that knowledge.

Take me for example. I’m a REBEL! I don’t do “wash days” or weekly regimens (anymore, lol), daily moisturization and I barely sleep with a satin scarf. Yeah, I give that advice because I know it works but at the same token, as mentioned above, you have to tailor it to your needs. Now, I know my hair. It’s resilient. It can take a lot and bounce right back. So I know what I can and cannot do. And I’m doing just fine as you will be able to see when I post my one year BC anniversary pics in September. The bottom line is, forget about the “nazis”, throw out the rule book, go back to the basics and find out what works for you. That’s my two cents. Take it or leave it.

Share your experiences with natural hair “nazis” in the comment section below.

A natural hair meetup in New Jersey by Hairscapades! Check it out.

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Saturday, May 26th
1 – 4 pm

Pooka Boutique
15 South Essex Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

T#: (973) 954-2471

OH YEAH BABY!! THAT’S RIGHT!!! IT IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!!! 

LOL!! So, it’s official!! The second ever Hairscapades Meet-Up is about to go down in my home state! I’m totally psyched to be able to extend an invitation to my tri-state area naturalistas! However, you have to act fast! I’ve been able to secure a gorgeous space full of smell goods for the meet-up, but seating is very limited! So, it’s first come, first serve!! The first 30 ladies to RSVP in the comments section below are in like Flint (+1 guest max please)!!

I’m so excited as I’ve already secured a few great giveaways, door samples and a special guest stylist!! Add to that, the space is awesome!! Check out this video of the grand opening of Pooka…

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Product Review | Motions Naturally You Hydrate My Curls Pudding

When I got my first finger coils the stylist who did it used Jane Carter Solution’s Curl Defining Cream. I was in love! I determined in my heart that that would be my go-to styling product. The thing is, it’s just way too expensive. So, until I lose my mind and decide to pay $35.00 for a hair product, I am on a mission to find something that’s just as good, if not better, but at a reasonable price. Not an easy task.

 

I searched and searched and eventually I came across Motions Naturally You product line. I decided to try their “Hydrate My Curls Pudding”, which retails at $5.99 at my local Target. The price was what drew me to the product. For those or you who have to have 100% natural products this product is not for you. It has at least five ingredients that most naturals stay away from such as mineral oil. It’s not that serious to me, especially because I don’t use this product everyday. All I cared about was how my hair looked and felt once it was styled.

 

I was pretty impressed by the texture, consistency and smell of the product. So I bought it, took it home and tried it out. The verdict: A BIG THUMBS DOWN. For now at least. I say for now because I think I may have used too much of the product which caused my hair to become ridiculously greasy when it dried. Or maybe that’s just how the product works. Who knows. I will, however, give it another try, this time with less product and see if I get the same result. So for now I’m on the fence with this one. I’ll post an update next week when I try it again. Stay tuned. Click here for my finger coil tutorial.

 

 

Have you ever had any bad experiences when trying a product for the first time? Let me know in the comment section below.

My Hairstory & Update

           

 In July 2011 I started working at a natural hair salon. When I was offered the position I thought to myself, “If it works out I might transition back to natural.” But before we get into that let’s start with a little hairstory.

As some of you may know, when I first started my hair journey I was natural. It wasn’t a revolutionary sort of thing at all. It all started when I was pregnant with my now 2yr old. I was too exhausted to do anything with my hair so I wore wigs and weaves most of the time. Long story short, by the time I was ready to deal with my own hair it was mostly natural so I cut off the relaxed ends and voila! I was completely natural. That was in February 2010. By June 2010 I wanted to wear my hair straight more than anything else and I personally couldn’t achieve the look I wanted being natural so I decided to relax. I really enjoyed being relaxed. I took really good care of my hair and it was growing in very nicely. But by the summer of 2011 it was time for another change, which brings me to one of the reasons I BC’ed.

 

As I mentioned above, I started working at a natural hair care salon in July of 2011 and I all but decided that I was going to transition if it worked out. And it did work out at that time so June 16, 2011 was the day of my last relaxer. I made up my mind that I would transition for at least one full year. My transition was going very smoothly when, in September 2011, I started to get that itch to be fully natural. And if you are transitioning or have transitioned, you know exactly what I mean. So, to speed up the process, I did a mini BC on September 10, 2011. I went from almost APL to neck length and I loved it! My cut was amazing and it looked awesome but I still had that “itch”.

 

The next day I had an assembly to go to. Everyone there loved my new cut but couldn’t understand why I cut it. They had all seen the progress that I made as far as growth is concerned so they were puzzled. The truth is they haven’t seen anything yet. On the drive home, I couldn’t keep my hands out of my hair. I kept imagining what I would look like with no hair. I kept saying to my husband, “I’m cutting it off when we get home”. He’s like, “Yeah right”. Soon after we got home I went into my bathroom, grabbed a pair of scissors and went to town! He walked in and could not believe what he was seeing. He was shocked. So was I. But I didn’t regret it. I felt good but self-conscience. I mean, I’ve had short hair before but never short natural hair. I ran out and bought a wig and wore it for the first few months. Except at work. At work I felt more at ease.  Eventually I got the courage to wear my hair out and now I LOVE wearing it out and styling it.

 

I am no longer working at that salon but I don’t regret BC’ing. Someone asked me if I regret it and I said no because I fell in love with my natural hair. I’ve learned so much about caring, styling and embracing my natural hair and I have no intention on going back to relaxers. Not now anyway. But anyone who knows me will tell you that you can never be sure what I’ll do with my hair from one day to the next. I’m very unpredictable that way and I like it like that. I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out what happens next. Check out the video below for more pictures of my journey and a length check update! Thanks for reading!

Building a Regimen

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We all want to have beautiful, soft healthy hair, right? Well, what is the most important thing that you can do to acquire such hair? Build yourself a regimen!

 If there is anything that I have learned from working at Meko, New York, one of the top natural hair care salons, it is the importance of building and being consistent with a hair care regimen. It is very necessary in order to achieve and maintain healthy hair. It’s no different than someone who is trying to lose weight and get healthy. They would need a plan of action to accomplish their goals. Trust me, I know.

 

Where to start~

Creating a hair care regimen can be frustrating if you over think it but it doesn’t have to be. The important thing to remember is to keep it as simple as possible and be consistent. The more you incorporate it in your daily routine the easier it will become to follow. Eventually, it will become second nature. So, let’s go over a few guidelines that may be helpful:

 

What to do~

If you style your hair weekly:

1.      Deep Condition or Prepoo. (Click here for more on  Mayo DC)

2.      Shampoo

3.      Condition

4.      Apply a Leave-In Conditioner

5.      Seal with Oil or Butter

6.      Style as Desired

 

Daily needs, no matter how your hair is styled:

1.      5-Minute Scalp Massage

2.      Moisturize

3.      Seal with Oil or Butter

 

If you’re wearing a protective style, (i.e. braids, weaves):

1.      Moisturize and Seal Daily

2.      Scalp cleansing with alcohol-free witch hazel at least 3x a week

 

How often should you follow it?

            Again, be consistent! You should aim for at least once a week. But as noted above, certain aspects of your regimen will depend on how your hair is styled at that moment.

 

 The Bottom Line

A good regimen should be based on keeping your hair clean and moisturized. And be sure to include a regular trim based on your hair’s needs. (Click here for more on trimming natural hair.) Try this for at least 1 or 2 months to see if your hair is benefitting from your regimen. That’s how long it usually takes for you to notice a significant change in your hair. In the end, it should be soft and pliable. If not, reevaluate what you are doing and adjust you routine accordingly. Hope this helps!

 

 

Stay tuned for a post on my personal regimen and what products I currently use.

Mayonaisse as a deep conditioner???

Here is a blog post that I recently did for Meko, New York. Enjoy!
 
Yes, that’s right! Our mothers used it and our mother’s mother used it. But what are the real benefits of using mayonnaise as a deep conditioner? Let’s break down the main ingredients:
 
 
1. Water ~ That one kind of goes without saying, doesn’t it? Well, I’ll say it anyway. Hair needs water to maintain its elasticity, or ability to stretch. Since water is the ultimate moisturizer, water-based products are best for really getting the greatest moisture benefit.
 
 
2. Soybean Oil ~ It nourishes the roots, penetrates deep inside the scalp, and helps to prevent dryness.  It also protects, nourishes, hydrates and firms the hair. It is highly beneficial for dry, color treated or perm hair.
 
 
3. Eggs ~ Raw eggs contain a significant concentration of essential proteins and nutrients. Because of the high protein content, eggs can be used to strengthen hair follicles. Likewise, the nutrients work much like conditioners to add volume, shine and texture.
 
 
4. Vinegar ~ Makes hair smoother, shinier and easy to manage by de-tangling hair and reduce frizz.  As well as stimulating the scalp and helping to produce hair growth.
 
 
5. Lemon Juice ~ Lemon juice has proved itself in the treatment of hair care on a wide scale. If applied correctly it can treat problems such as dandruff, excessive shedding  and other problems related to the hair and scalp. It also gives a natural shine to hair.

 

In a nutshell, mayonnaise is made of oil, vinegar, lemon juice, egg yolks, and most importantly, water, blended to form an emulsion. Oil provides your hair with essential conditioning moisture while eggs are an effective protein treatment. Protein and moisture are an ideal treatment for dry or damaged hair and can keep your hair healthy whether you are natural or relaxed. And the best part is that it’s inexpensive and you already have it in you refrigerator!
 
How To:You can do this on dry or damp (lightly spritzed with water) hair. Before you shampoo hair, apply mayonnaise and cover with a plastic cap. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes then rinse completely. Then proceed to shampoo and condition hair with your favorite products. That’s it! Enjoy!