Thursday, December 8, 2011


Hello Beauties!!!

I have been going through a few changes with my hair. When I had my May Relaxer I noticed thinning in the bottom half of my hair, which became much more visible after my August Relaxer. From September all the way through November I wore wigs that I made. I got my 3rd and final relaxer for 2011 the day for Thanks Giving and the thinning isn't as noticeable as before but I gained NO LENGTH. I guess my hair decided to try to fill in the thin spot.

I've decided to make changes to how I am taking care of my hair because what I have been doing isn't helping as much as I would hope.
  1. Relax my hair more frequently (I'm still trying to transition to texlaxed hair)
  2. No more posting a regimen. Instead at the end of the month I will be posting a calendar of what I did (for the most part) during the month. This is to help me figure out what is working and what isn't working, so that way when I do have a new regimen it will be BOMB.
  3. Participating in more challenges that others made up and are heading. (I would love to participate in Hairlista Challenges but the site isn't working for me. Instead I will be participating in more Black Hair Plant Challenges since it was the first site I joined when I started taking care of my hair.)
Because it is finals week I have not had the time to edit pictures to post to the blog. Those will be up soon along with my Relaxer Update and the November 2011 Calendar.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Hello Beauties!

I hope Boarding School is going well. We have a new classmate and her name is Kiki.

My updates:
Well I haven't been taking my vitamins and exercising like I should have because school has been a hassle since starting back up. I just need to make a daily schedual of everything that needs to get done because I follow timed scheduals very well.

It's been a little over a month since my second relaxer of 2011 and my hair has grown a bit. I've actually starting using a whipped shea butter mix I made to moisturize my hair. My new growth feels wonderfully soft but I actually don't think my hair is being moisturized. So I am probably going to start co-washing my hair more while using this and spritzing my hair with filtered water. If you are wondering why I stopped using my Garnier Fructise Leave-in Conditioner to moisturize my hair that is because I ran out. So I was forced to buy the Cream of Nature Leave-in but I'm not sure if I like it since it contains petrolatum, which I believe is a derivitive of petrolium. I'll write a review on it after using it for a bit longer.

At the moment I am reevaluating my regimen. I will be adding an removing different products and techniques. I hope my hair still decides to respond well.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Official start of Boarding School Fall 2011

The fall semester of Boarding School has officially begun!!!! This is the start to healthy hair choices for many so we all should make the best of this opportunity. This challenge is perfect for those who have not yet set up a hair regimen.

For those who did not register for Boarding School you can still sign up here by leaving a comment. You will not be part of the official class but are still welcomed to participate in the secondary class.

For important dates along with rules and regulations you can click the above link or here.

The check in assignment is to write a few sentences about why healthy hair is important to you and what you hope to gain from this challenge.

Photo Credit: jlbruno via photopin cc

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hair Update

Hey Beauties!

For the past month I've had my hair in crochet twist. I love the look and am constantly getting compliments. Everyone thinks it's either my real hair or that I'm dreading up my hair. And for 11 weeks post I have a decent amount of new growth. I'll actually post a picture of my hair in a few weeks when I get my hands on a better camera.

I haven't really been following a regimen since having these twist in. All I've been doing it oiling my scalp with either Castor Oil or Coconut Oil when needed and spritzing my new growth whenever needed. I've run out of my MSM supplements and noticed that my new growth is extremely hard. I know it's not dry but it feels that way, but I guess it's because that is the natural texture of my hair. The MSM supplements really did change my hair texture but for the better.

This past Friday I washed the top part of my hair because I felt like I had a lot of build up. It is also the easiest to clean because that is were the individual twist are located. The rest of my hair is in a zigzag pattern and the twist are crocheted into the braids. After washing I sprayed my new growth with a mixture of my Garnier Leave-In Conditioner and drinking water. I then sealed it with Coconut Oil.

I can't wait until I can take these twist out and get my relaxer. I feel like I haven't seen my hair since my May relaxer because I have been wearing protective styles almost every day. I have no idea where my hair is right now and maybe that is a good thing.

Boarding School Fall 2011

Hey beauties!

The fall session of Boarding School is right around the corner. This time around there will be some changes but I will still be your Head Mistress.

Each time a class is missed you will receive one penalty point. The top 5% of students who receive the least amount of points will be put on the Head Mistress' Starz List, while the top 5% of students who had the greatest hair improvement and participation will be put on the Head Mistress' Dean's List. Participation Points will come from biweekly check-ins, and participation in mini challenges. These Participation Points will counteract the penalty points that you may receive.

Last Day of Registration:
August 21, 2011

Classes Begin:
August 22, 2011

Classes End:
December 2, 2011

Final Exams:
December 3, 2011 – December 9, 2011
  • During Finals you will be voting for those you feel had the greatest improvement in their hair. Your votes will be used in consideration of who is put on my Dean's List.
Your Schedule:
  • Moisturize and Seal hair daily
  • Drink at least five cups of water daily. Your water intake may come from tea.
  • Shampoo hair with a moisturizing shampoo when needed. A sulfate free shampoo is preferred and 1 extra credit point will be awarded.
  • Do a Protein Treatment at least once a month
  • Do a Deep Moisturizing Conditioning Treatment at least once a week
  • Pre-poo before every shampoo. Your moisturizing deep conditioning treatment will be counted as a pre-poo as long as it is done on dry or slightly dampened hair before shampooing occurs.
  • Wear a protective/low manipulation style at least three times a week
  • Massage the scalp no less than three times a week with a growth aid or oil.
  • Keep hair protected every night
  • Do the Green House Effect at least twice a week
  • At least 60 minutes of personal fitness throughout the week. 10 minutes a day will count as long as you are increasing your heart rate and getting the blood to pump. The more you exercise the more nutrient rich blood can flow through your body and reach your scalp.
  • Multivitamins or any other supplements, like MSM and biotin, must be taken every day.
Hall Passes:
  • One trim/cut the entire semester
  • One relaxer or any other chemical process the entire semester.
  • Direct Heat only twice a month (You may use a hooded dryer but at your own judgment)
  • Penalty points will be awarded if you use up more than the allowed Hall Passes.
  • Enough room is given to allow you to use your current regimen along with this challenge.
  • Because you are only allowed one chemical process, any other chemical processes that you may want to undergo should be done before the semester starts. However use caution in between the applications as to not break your protein bonds down too much that it causes damage or thin hair.
Photo Credit: jlbruno via photopin cc

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ingredients Found In Your Hair Products

Ever wondered what the ingredients in your products where but had no clue where to start to find them? Well here will be the perfect place. This was posted in the Hairlista Forum by Kimberly and I thought it was a wonderful post so I decided to share it with you gals! To easily help you find a particular ingredient use the "Find" shortcut by typing "CTRL" and "F" together. Then start type in the ingredient you want to search for.

Acetamide MEA - Water soluble conditioning agent compatible with anionic and nonanionic systems as opposed to quaternary surfactants compatible only with cationics, adds shine.

Alcohol - A general term for organic ingredients that contain the OH (hydroxyl) group. Alcohols differ substantially in their properties ranging from water soluble solvents like isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, ethyl alcohol (used by breweries, the only drinkable alcohol) through moisturizing agents like glycerine or propylene glycol to fatty alcohols like cetyl alcohol and sugars (multi alcohols).

Algae Extract - Extracted from seaweed and pondscum, rich in minerals, algae extract is claimed to prevent wrinkles, very moisturizing.

Algal Polysaccharides - Extract from red marine algae gathered off the Hawaiian coast known for its moisturizing potential and lubricity.

Allantoin - Water soluble crystal known for its ability to help heal wounds and skin ulcers and to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

AMP (Aminoethyl Propanol) - An organic pH adjuster used to maximize the effects of styling products.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate - The ammonium salt of lauryl sulfate derived from the natural coconut alcohols, it is a mild anionic surfactant widely used at acidic (mild) pH values.

Amphoteric Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears both positive and negative charges. Their properties depend upon th pH of the system and they may behave like anionics or cationics. Some of the finest amphoterics are used in shampoo systems formulated for dry or chemically treated hair due to their mildness and light conditioning properties.

Annatto Extract - A food grade vegetable dye from a tropical tree, yellow to orange.

Annionic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears a negative electric charge. These surfactants are primarily used as cleansing agents in relatively mild shampoos for oily or normal to oily hair

Beet Extract - Extract from the stem base of the beet used for its reddish color.

Benzophenone - 3 and 4 - A sunscreen that blocks UV - A rays.

Beta Carotene - Found in all plant and many animal tissues, beta carotene is extracted as red crystals or crystalline powder, used as coloring in cosmetics. Also used in the manufacture of Vitamin A. Used also as antioxidant.

Biotin - A naturally occurring vitamin H. Some studies show that it has a positive effect on hair growth when taken internally.

Boric Acid - An inorganic acid and mild antiseptic, and preservative.

Butylene Glycol - Organic humectant similar to propylene glycol.

Caramel - Used as a coloring in cosmetics and a soothing agent in lotions. Produced by heating sugar or glucose and adding small amounts of alkali or a trace mineral acid during heating.

Carbomer 940 - An organic gelling agent.

Carrageenan - Natural thickening agent.

Cationic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears a positive charge. These sufactants usually have strong conditioning properties and are used in conditioners, moisturizing treatments and paks. Cationics often have antimicrobial properties (germicides).

Ceteareth - 5 - An emollient and emulsifier. See Cetyl Alcohol.

Cetearyl Alcohol - A mixture of fatty alcohols derived from coconut oil consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols. Used as emollients, thickeners and emulsion stabilizers.

Ceteth - 2 - A polyethylene glycol derivative of cetyl alcohol. Water soluble. Emollient and conditioning agent and emulsifier.

Ceteth - 20 - See ceteth - 2.

Cetrimonium Bromide - A cationic conditioning agent and antiseptic widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. Due to its high cost, it is rarely used in cosmetics. Adds shine.

Cetrimonium Chloride - Quaternary conditioning agent, similar to cetrimonium bromide, but more suitable for water systems.

Cetyl Alcohol - A natural fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil widely used as an emollient and stabilizing agent in conditioning and moisturizing treatments (emulsions).

Cetyldimonium Chloride - Used often as a conditioning agent, compatible with sufactants, often used in shampoos.

Chloroxylenol - A crystalline, water soluble substance used as an antiseptic, germicide and fungicide. Penetrates skin. No known toxicity in humans when diluted below 20%.

Citric Acid - A natural, edible organic acid used to adjust pH, one of the natural hydroxy acids derived from citrus fruits.

Citric Acid USP - (see Citric Acid)

Cocamide DEA - Shampoo thickener and foam stabilizer derived from coconut fatty acids. Also assists in removal of fatty soils.

Cocamide MEA (see Cocamide DEA) - Mono - amide (MEA) as opposed to diamide (DEA).

Cocamidopropyl Betaine - An amphoteric surfactant used as a cleanser. Known for its mild conditioning properties. Derived from coconut fatty acids.

Coco Betaine - (see Cocamidopropyl Betaine)

Cyclomethicone - A silicone derivative. Adds luster and sheen.

DEA Oleth - 3 Phosphate - An emulsifier that prevents separation of product. Adds shine.

DEA Oleth - 10 Phosphate - An emulsifier derived from oleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid.

Deionized Water - Water purified by deionization technique based on removal of highly active ions especially positively charged cations like calcium (Ca++) magnesium(MG++) and iron (Fe++) and (Fe+++).

Diazolidinyl - A cosmetic preservative.

Dicetyldimonium Chloride - (see Cetyldimonium Chloride)

Dimethicone - A silicone derivative. Adds luster and sheen.

Dimethicone Copolyol - Same as above and is water soluble.

Dimethyl Lauramine Isostearate - Conditioning and emulsifying agent.

Dimethyl Stearamine - Conditioning and emulsifying agent.

EDTA ( Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid) - A sequestering (chelating) agent with unique properties of "neutralizing" trace metals (like calcium, iron and magnesium salts, etc.) and other deposits on hair.

Ethyl Ester PVM/MA Copolymer - Humidity resistant, non - tacky polymer.

Ethoxydiglycol - Viscosity decreasing agent.

Essential Oils - Used for fragrance, as an antiseptic, germicide and a natural preservative. Derived from natural plant oil.

Glyceryl Monstearate - An emollient, emulsifier derived from natural stearic acid and glycerine.

Glyceryl Stearate - An emulsifier.

Glycolic Acid - Derived from sugar cane juice, used to adjust pH in products and as an exfoliant and moisturizer.

Glycol Stearate - See Glyceryl Monostearate.

Grapeskin Extract - The extract of the pulp of Vitis Vinifera, used as a coloring.

Green Tea Extract - A natural extract of Japanese green tea that has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride - Naturally derived from Guar tree, cationic conditioning agent used frequently in shampoos.

Hyaluronic Acid - It is the most effective moisturizing agent known to science today. It holds 500 times its own weight of water. This spectacular humectant is derived by bacterial fermentation. It is effective in concentrations as low as 20 ppm ( parts per million).

Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin Protein - Protein derived from human hair by enzymatic/acidic hydrolyzation.

Hydroxyethel Cellulose - Used as a thickener in creams and lotions.

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose - Fibrous substance derived from the chief part of the cell walls of plants. Used as thickener and to give products uniform consistency and body.

Isobutane - Naturally occurring gas.

Isopropanol - An organic solvent of alcohol family. Used to solubilize resins and polymers. Also found in hair colors to dissolve the oxidation dyes.

Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol) - An organic solvent of the alcohol family. Used to solubilize resins and polymers. Also found in hair colors to dissolve the oxidation dyes.

Isopropyl Palmitate - An ester of palmitic acid from coconut oil used to impart silkiness to the skin and hair.

JJojoba Oil - Partially unsaturated Jojoba Oil derived directly from the jojoba bean. Unbleached and chemically unchanged, it is used as a lubricant and sebum emulsifier.

Lactamide MEA - (see Acetamide MEA)

Lactic Acid - A natural, mild organic acid prepared by fermentation. Normally present in blood, sour milk, sauerkraut, pickles, and other food products made by bacterial fermentation. Used in cosmetics to adjust acid/alkali balance. Lactic acid is a primary component in the skin's natural buffer system.

Laureth - 3 - It is the polyethylene glycol ether of Lauryl Alcohol, principal alcohol of coconut oil. It's modified to give it a "water loving" character. Used as an emollient and emulsifier.

Lecithin - From the Greek meaning "egg yolk". Natural antioxidant, emollient and emulsifier used in a variety of cosmetics. Egg yolk is 8 - 9% lecithin.

Lineolamido Propyl Ethydimonium Ethosulfate - Antistatic and hair conditioning agent

Magnesium Citrate - Magnesium salt of citric acid.

Methacryloyl Ethyl Betaine Methacrylates Copolymer - Part of cationic system. A fixative that is water soluble if washed within 48 hours after application. Used for stiffness and high gloss in hairsprays.

Methylchloroisthiazolinone - A preservative used in shampoos to replace formaldehyde.

Methylisothiazolinone - Used with above as a preservative in shampoos to replace formaldehyde.

Methyl Paraben - Preservative derived from benzoic acid. Usually used in emulsions in conjunction with propyl paraben. It's non - toxic and approved for use in foods. It is effective against a wide range of bacteria and fungi. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a wax. Recommended concentration in cosmetics 0.2 - 0.3%.

Myristalkonium Chloride - Derived from fatty acids, it has anti - static and moisturizing properties.

Niacinamide - Mild scalp stimulant with Vitamin B. Also used as a synergizing agent.

Nonionic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule has no electric charge. Their properties vary widely, from very harsh cleansers (often found in commercial shampoos and rug cleaners) to coating and fiber softening agents found in balsams and rinses.

Nonoxynol 12 - Used as a non ionic surface active agent and as a dispersing agent.

O - Cresol - White to reddish crystals used in the manufacture of dyes.

Octylacrylamide Acrylate Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer - Part of cationic system. A fixative that is water soluble if washed within 48 hours after application. Used for stiffness and high gloss in hair sprays.

Octylacrylamide Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer - (see Octylacrylamide Acrylate Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer)

Octyl Methoxycinnamate - A sunscreen that blocks UV - B rays that is derived from cinnamic acid.

Oleth 20 - Organic perfume stabilizer, derived from unsaturated fatty acids.

Orange Peel Extract - Extract from "green" variety of oranges, very rich in natural elements. Used for color.

Palm Kernelamide DEA and MEA - A mixture of ethanolamides of the fatty acids derived from palm kernel oil. Used as a conditioning agent and thickener for shampoos.

Panthenol - Member of the Vitamin B complex family used as a hair thickener and conditioning agent. During oxidation, it is converted to Vitamin B - 5 (pantheonic acid).

PEG - 100 Stearate - An emulsifier.

Pentacrythritol Tetra Caprate/Caprylate - Emulsifier derived from caprylic acid. Vegetable source.

Phenyl Trimethicone - Water resistant silicone, adds shine and flexibility.

Polyquaternium 11 - A fixative with anti - bacterial properties. Adds hold and sheen in styling tools.

Polysorbate 20 - A viscous, oily, water soluble liquid used to stabilize perfumes in water based preparations (like shampoos, etc.)

Polysorbate 80 - A viscous liquid used to emulsify oils.

Potassium Sorbate - A mild food grade preservative found in cheese, wine, etc.

PPG 2 Isodeceth 12 - An organic solubilixer of perfume oils and emulsifier.

Pristane - - A saturated hydrocarbon found in natural oils

Propane - A natural propellant.

Propyl Paraben - A food grade preservative - see Methyl Paraben. It is often confused with paraffin.

Propylene Glycol Dicocoate - A mixture of propylene glycol esters of coconut fatty acids. Aids in removing unwanted "build - up" from hair.

PVM/MA Copolymer - A water soluble fixative used in hairsprays and styling tools.

PVP/VA Copolymer - A water soluble fixative used in hairsprays.

Pyroxidine HCL - Vitamin B6 used as a texturizer.

Quaternium 15 - A water soluble anti microbial agent active against bacteria.

Salicylic Acid - Broad spectrum antibacterial and fungicidal agent. Used externally as an antimicrobial/anti - acne agent and in anti - dandruff shampoos as the active agent. It is found in nature in several plants, notably in sweet birch bark and wintergreen leaves (commercial sources are synthetic).

SD 40 Alcohol - Often listed as SDA40. It belongs to the alcohol family and is the only drinkable one specially denatured by adding bittering agents to make it not suitable for human consumption. It is used primarily in hair spray as a resin solvent.

SD Alcohol 40B - Same as above with different denaturants

Shea Butter - The natural fat obtained from the fruit of the Karite tree. Used as a replacement for lanolin.

Sodium Cetyl Sulfate - A derivative of saturated fatty alcohol. Water soluble.

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate - An organic preservative derived from the amino acid glycine.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate - A derivative of polyethylene glycol and lauryl alcohol. It is much milder than sodium lauryl sulfate. It is also recommended for use in conjunction with other surfactants.

Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate - Very mild amphoteric surfactant. Excellent, very mild cleansing agent with light conditioning properties.

Sodium PCA - A powerful humectant (moisturizing agent). This natural moisturizer is found in stratum corneum and is part of the natural Moisturizing Factor of skin.

Sodium Thiosulfate - An inorganic salt, very reactive. Used to neutralize chlorine and other halogens.

Sorbitol - Humectant, moisturizing agent and lubricant. It has similar properties to glycerin but is more compatible to hair.

Stearalkonium Chloride - Cationic surfactant that has excellent substantivity to hair's keratin protein. Reduces static electricity by neutralizing electrical charges on hair. Good conditioning agent.

Stearamidopropyl Dimethyamine - A water soluble derivative of stearic acid. Possesses unique properties of closing hair cuticles over a wide range of pH.

Steareth 21 - The polyethelyne glycol ethers of stearyl alcohol. The number indicates the degree of liquidity from 4 (thin) to 100 (solid). An emulsifier.

Stearic Acid - An organic fatty acid used as the basic ingredient to create O/W (oil in water) emulsions in conjunction with TEA. These emulsions are water soluble with good penetrating properties.

Stearyl Alcohol - A natural fatty alcohol, very similar to cetyl alcohol. (see cetyl alcohol) Derived from coconut oil.

Surfactant - Surface agents that have many cosmetic uses. For example, cleansers, wetting agents, emulsifiers, solubizers, conditioning agents and foam stabilizers.

TEA Laureth Sulfate - A triethanolamine salt of ethoxylated lauryl sulfate, an anionic surfactant compatible with amphoterics. A very effective, yet very mild, cleansing agent.

TEA Lauryl Sulfate - (similar to TEA Laureth Sulfate)

Tetrasodium EDTA - Same as sodium EDTA or Na - EDTA. It's a chelating agent (sequestrant) that reacts with sodium, calcium and magnesium salts found in hard water and "makes" them water soluble. Reduces build - up.

Triethanolamine (TEA) - An alkanomine used as part of an emulsion system in conjunction with organic acids like stearic acid. Also serves as a softener in hair spray.

Triethyl Citrate - Derived from citric acid. It gives pliability to fixatives.

Tyrosine - A building block of protein, tyrosine is the amino acid in hair that color adheres to.

Vinyl Acetate Crotonic Acid Neodecanate Copolymer - Hairspray fixative

Xanthan Gum - A highly molecular polysaccharide gum used as a thickener.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

French Twist Out

Hey beauties!!

How are all of you doing? Well I hope.

My hair was feeling a bit dry so I decided to cowash yesturday and instead of doing a damp bun I decided to do a twist out and I really love the results!!!! But before I get into my protective style I wanted to tell you that I bought 3 new products yesturday: LeKair Cholesterol, Garnier Fructis Leave-in Conditioning Cream, and Castor Oil.

The past week I also bout a jar of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I absolutely love the smell and it makes me want to eat it!!!!! I leave the jar in the freezer bu I don't have to deal with defrosting it all the time because I put some in a small jar and leave that in my bathroom so it has liquified and is much easier to use.

Now on to my Protective Style. I've decided to call it the "French Twist Out." It is basically a Twist Out with a French Braid. I really love this style and I will be doing it more often. This protective style along with the method used during my Co-wash was the first time I've done it. I want to document every step of the way in my Healthy Hair Journey, whether good or bad, so that is why I made a video.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Yarn Twist Regimen

Yarn Twist Regimen March 8, 2011 - May 1, 2011

→ Moisturize Hair with Sta-Sof-Fro
→ Take One-A-Day Women's and at least 1000 mg of MSM
→ Drink lots of Water

→ Seal with Hair Plus Natural Product POMMADE and Oil Mixture (massage it in at least once a week, and even more when I have the time)

When I feel like it
→ Cowash

~ Moisturizer: Softsheen-Carson Sta-Sof-Fro
~ Sealant: Hair Plus Natural Product POMMADE and Oil Mixture
~ Cowash Conditioner: V05 Moisture Milks Strawberries and Cream

Sunday, May 8, 2011

2011 Relaxer Update 1

I had my first relaxer of 2011 yesturday. I think it went well. My hair feels a bit rough but that could just be my natural hair texture.

Keep reading to find out what I did to my hair, changes I plan to implament next relaxer and for the results.

Pre-relaxer Regimen
→ Removes yarn twist, detangle, and put hair up into 5 ponytails
→ Wash hair in the pony tails
 ¤ Steps
  1.  Apply V05 Moisture Milks conditioner and detangle with shower comb
  2. Clarify with Softsheen Carson Bantu Neutralizing and Conditioning Shampoo
  3. Wash with Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo
  4. Condition with V05 Moisture Milks
  5. Protein Treatment: Silicon Mix Proteina de Perla
  6. Moisturizing Treatment: Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner
  7. Cold/Cool Final Rinse
  8. Air Dry in ponytails with ends twisted
  9. Apply Sta-Sof-Fro moisturizing spray to new growth and Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner to relaxed ends when almost dry
→ Moisturize: Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion
→ Seal: Hair Plus Natural Product Oil
→ Everyday until the relaxer spray new growth with Sta-Sof-Fro and them moisturize and seal
→ Hair remained in the ponytails and if I had to leave the house then I just put on a wig that I made for my mom

Relaxer Regimen
→ Relaxer: Dr. Miracle's Normal No-Lye Relaxer
→ Apply Castor Oil to relaxed ends
→ Relaxed hair for no longer than 25 minutes
→ Neutralize (with both the shampoo that came in the box and Bantu Neutralizing and Conditioning Shampoo)
→ Shampoo, Condition, Protein Treatment, Moisturizing Treatment
→ Apply dime size of V05 Moisture Milks Conditioner then twice as much Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner
→ Apply Hair Potion that came along with the relaxer
→ Blow Dry
→ Use straightener to straighten hair
→ Use curling iron to bump hair
→ Apply Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner to any flyaway hair

→ I am using V05 as my conditioner because when I went to walmart I couldn't find the corresponding Cantu Shea Butter Conditioner
→ I am using all this heat because I was home at the time and I don't have my hood dryer because I am visiting my family for 2 weeks because of summer break

  1. Do a Protein Treatment either before or after the relaxer because I feel like I have a protein overload. My hair is just snapping -- it's always done that but I hate it.
  2. Finding more conditioning agents to apply to my hair so it won't have the dry feeling
  3. Possibly buy a serum or polisher to close my cuticles so my hair won't soak up all the water vapor in he air and frizz up
Comparison Photos

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Scissor Happy

Today I am 19 weeks 4 days post relaxer. At the moment I have the urge to chop my hair off. I have approximately 2 inches of new growth so I would have an itsy bitsy fro. While taking my yarn twists out my new growth felt so soft and moisturized, but after my wash it feels so hard. Just like a steel scouring pad
I seriously thought I would have been able to scrub a pan clean with my hair. But besides that I still love it. My curls looked defined. I know that it is just an impulse at the moment and I will probably regret chopping my hair off in the end so I am just going to hold off on that until I give it much more thought. I need to plan out what I will do once I do decide to go natural. I have to find products that will be able to cater to the needs of my hair, but until then I will rock my relaxed look with confidence and pride.



Photo Credit: Jon Díez Supat via photopin cc

Monday, May 2, 2011

Schools Out!!!

Boarding School Spring 2011 is over!!!! Since no one officially enrolled there is no one on the Starz List or Dean's List. I decided that I will be changing some of the rules for the Summer 2011 Semester of Boarding School. Stay tuned to find out.

Saturday I will be getting a relaxer so my results for this Challenge and using my regimen.

As of right now it's summer. Let your hair down and enjoy it. Classes will start again in 3 weeks. The official start date will be posted soon.

For all those who participated but did not enroll you are all winners for taking the initiative in taking care of your hair!


Photo Credit: jlbruno via photopin cc

Friday, April 8, 2011

Wig Regimen

Wig Regimen Feb 13, 2011 - March 7, 2011
→ Shampoo
→ Moisturizing Deep Condish
→ Apply Leave-in
→ Air Dry
→ Oil Scalp

→ Cowash
→ Apply Leave-in
→ Air Dry
→ Oil Scalp

Extra Care
→ Moisturize and Seal Daily
→ Oil Scalp at least 3x a week
→ Sleep with Satin Scarf
→ Shampoo and Condition hair in braids
→ Re-do braids every 2 weeks and pik out shedded hair caught in the new growth.
→ Apply Protein to hair using a mixture containing Profectiv Mega Growth.
→ Edit (2/18/2011) Continue taking One a Day Women's and 2000-3000 mg MSM daily

This is the Protective Style I used this regimen for.

Edit April 9, 2011
My current regimen can always be found in My Hair Regimen.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Yarn Twists Update

Hey beauties!

Today I am 15 weeks and 3 days post relaxer (my ticker is saying that I am 3 months 2 weeks and 4 days post but it all means the same, just in different measurements). I have been wearing my Yarn Twists for the past 3 weeks. I am really loving them. This is my first time doing my own yarn twist -- the first time I ever did them was in my mother's hair -- and might I say they came out very nice. I am very picky about how my hair needs to come out so of course they had to look decent. I am still getting compliments about my twist, some people didn't even know it was yarn and other's have never seen yarn used to make twists instead of braids.

All I have been doing is daily spritzing my scalp with Sta-Sof-Fro and at least once a week applying my grease/oil mixture after moisturizing. I have also been taking my One-A-Day Vitamins and MSM supplement. I feel like the MSM is really aiding the growth process of my hair, but we will have to just see once I get my relaxer is approximately 5 weeks. OOOOoooo I CAN'T WAIT!!!! My new growth feels oh so curly and hydrated! I can't seem to keep my hands out of my hair! LOL, sounds funny since most of my hair is actually put away.

School has been so hectic so I have yet to wash my hair. It doesn't itch or smell bad thanks to the help of Sta-Sof-Fro. Actually my praise team director complimented me by saying that I smelled good. I didn't have any body lotion or spray on so it had to be my hair. And yarn is a cloth material so it will hold on to the scent of whatever is put into my hair. Good thing I love the smell of Sta-Sof-Fro!!!


Friday, March 25, 2011

March Update

Hey Beauties!!!

It's been a while since I posted an entry. The past 2 weeks my hair has bun in rope twist that I did with yarn. I guess you can call them yarn twist. But all I have been doing was spraying my scalp with Sta-Sof-Fro and last night I applied an oil/grease mixture. I'll have a regimen up soon that will say all the products I am using and what the mixture is composed of. I do have a bit of build up but I don't want to wash my hair yet because I want the braids to last as long as they can. But it isn't itching so I actually have no need to wash yet.

At the moment I am absolutely loving both my One-A-Day Women's and MSM supplements. My hair is growing very well. I can't wait till its time to take these twist out and see how long my hair is. I finally decided that I will just relax my hair in May instead of trying to stretch. My hair tends to break a lot and I want to get it back to its previous state and I feel like I can only do that successfully if it is relaxed.


PS: There is an MSM challenge going on right now on Hairlista. Here is the link if you want to check it out.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hey Ladies!!!!

Earlier this week I bought a new product, and may I say I am really liking it. I went to walmart to by some Luster's S-curl but either they were out or not selling it anymore. So instead I had to find a new daily moisturizing spray. I looked at the ingredients to find any product with ingredients close to S-curl and came across Softsheen-Carson Sta-Sof-Fro. The first two ingredients are Water and Glycerin just like S-curl so that was why I chose this. After washing and air drying my hair I sprayed some in, detangled, and then put in some chunky braids. It is three days later and my hair is still soft (even after not sleeping with my satin cap which I know I shouldn't be doing, but since I'm home for spring break I don't have all my hair products and my satin cap is hiding somewhere in my suitcase.)

I am loving how soft my hair is, and the smell is a plus. It has such a clean smell but at the same time has the smell of alcohol but I didn't see any listed in the ingredients. I'll have to research them to see if any of the ingredients are detremental to my hair journey.

Didn't do a true length check but just stretch out some of my hair and it has grown a lot. I love it. I don't want to do an actual length check because if I don't pay attention to how long my hair is I will think it's much shorter than it actually is so that will motivate me to not neglect it. Loving my hair right now and can't wait to see what it will look like once I change my products back to what I was originally using.

PS: Did you get my play on words? "Sta-Sof-Fro" ... "Sta-So-Soft" because my hair got so soft.... HEHE!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One Hurdle Down

So today, March 2, 2011 I am claiming Collarbone Length!!!!

It is so amazing!!!!! My hair has come a long way since January. I can't wait till it is back to the health it was a year ago. I attribute all the growth to wearing my homemade half wig and to the fact that I am washing and caring for my 10 week post hair in braids.

Before Photo here
After Photo

So proud of my hair right now!!!! XD


Friday, February 18, 2011

9 Weeks Post Relaxer

Hello Ladies!

Today makes me 9 weeks post relaxer. This past week I measured my new growth but my hair is still in braids under this wig, so the measurements may not be completely accurate. When I redo my braids I will take more precise measurements.

Two months of growth and my hair is shy of 1 inch. So this means that I should have grown out the trim I got in December. Hopefully my hair is back to the length it was before all the split ends and 1-inch cut. I am very proud of my hair right now!!

But at the same time I am so disappointed in myself. I haven't totally been sticking to my Boarding School Schedule. I have been slacking on water and haven't exercised. I know, I know! As Head Mistress I should be on top of everything but exams and studying is just getting in the way. School is getting in the way of the health of my hair, so I need to simplify my regimen even more. I am planning on changing some of the products I use, but I'm still doing research on what exactly I want. I just may go back to using many of the products I did at the very start of my journey.

At that time my hair seemed to love those products more than it does the products I use now. I just feel as if I am at a plateau, another reason why I restarted my Healthy Hair Journey. I need to find products that my hair likes and not just use what many of the other girls are using. Trial and Error.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Protein Overload Regimen Jan 8, 2011 - Feb 12, 2011

Protein Overload Regimen Jan 8, 2011 - Feb 12, 2011
Friday Night
→ Overnight prepoo with EVOO

→ Shampoo
→ Protein Deep Conditioning (1-2x a month)
→ Moisture Deep Condition
→ Apply leave-ins
→ Air dry
→ Oil Scalp
→ Moisturize and Seal

→ Co-wash
→ Apply leave-ins
→ Air dry in bun
→ If I haven't fallen asleep moisturize and seal hair as well as oil scalp, otherwise do that Thursday morning

Extra Care
→ Moisturize and Seal Daily
→ Oil Scalp at least 3x a week
→ Massage for 10 minutes after every oil application
→ Baggy ends when they feel dry, especially for bun days
→ Sleep with satin scarf
→ Herbal Rinse whenever I feel it is needed
→ Damp bun on bun days or if I'm just laying around the house all day

Monday, February 14, 2011

Protective Style

Hello my beautiful ladies!!!

As you know I am participating in my Boarding School Challenge. And as part of this challenge I decided to wear my hair in protective style for the rest of this month. I made a wig using Sensationnel Premium Too hair and I think it came out very nice.

This wig is a great protective style because I will be able to remove it daily and moisturize my hair and scalp. It will also be a lot easier to do because my hair is in cornrows. The only difficult part would be washing my hair while in the braids because I have never done that before. I want to keep my hair like this until around the second week of March because that is when I have spring break and will be going home. That is when I will decide if I will be getting a relaxer or wearing another wig. But first, we will see how this current month will go.

For the regimen I will be using check out the Regimen Page.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Update: Supplements

Hey Beauties!!!

How are all of you doing this wonderful morning? I hope well! I'm just very tired with a lot to do today, but I wanted to give you a quick update.

I didn't cowash my hair last night because I straightened it over the weekend and my hair seemed to not be breaking and shedding as much as it was in the past so I didn't want to jinx that. But my scalp felt so dry and thirsty that I had to cowash this morning. I used my normal V05 Moisture Milks, but for my final rinse I used my Cantu Shea Butter Conditioner. That was because my hair felt striped and very dry. I'm not sure why it feels that way when washing, I think I might need to get new products.

I detangled with my jilbere shower comb as  I moisturized and sealed my hair with my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in and my Hair Plus Natural Product Oil. Strands of hair were breaking so I absolutely know I am at the point where my hair needs to go away. Over the weekend I will be cornrowing my hair and wearing a wig for the rest of the month.

New topic: Two days ago I went to Walmart and bought some supplements. As you know I posted about MSM and its benefits and now I have it. I bout the Spring Valley brand that is 1000 mg. I only took 1000 mg the first day and 2000 mg yesterday. I also bought One A Day Women's because I know my body is lacking in Vitamins and minerals. I don't get enough because I am always studying and don't really eat the way I should. So this will give the the essentials that my body needs and hopefully give me a boost of energy.

Hair Supplements, MSM, Multivitamins, Supplements for Hair


Monday, February 7, 2011

Sulfur for hair?

Hello Beauties!!!

Past few days I have been looking up the benefits of sulfur for the hair and there have been a lot. Sulfur is essential in maintaining the structures of protein in our bodies, like keratin. It also helps in the formation of immunoglobulins, so it is helping strengthen our immune systems (Internet Arthritis Center). Sulfur is also needed to keep our hair looking glossy (MSM & Hair Growth). The most commonly used form of sulfur that I have come across is MSM. MSM is short for Methylsulfonylmethane, which is a biologically active form of sulfur. It is naturally found in our bodies, but in many cases we are deficient in it, and sulfur (Internet Arthritis Center).

MSM aids in beautiful hair because it has been proven to stimulate scalp circulation, and from all your research you should know that a healthy head of hair requires a good circulation of blood nourishing it with all the vitamins and minerals it needs (MSM & Hair Growth). That is the reason why we take time out of our day to massage it. MSM has also shown to lengthen the growth phase, anagen phase, of hair (Hairfinity). That means your hair will be growing for a longer than normal period and with other healthy hair practices you will be able to see significant changes. So if your growth phase is increased to 2 years then by the time your hair enters its resting and shedding phases it would have growth approximately 12 inches (Hairfinity).

There has not yet been a dosage amount set for the use of MSM because it is considered safe to use. The common intake is about 1,000 mg to 3,000 mg of MSM daily (MSM & Hair Growth). I personally would recommend not starting with too high of a dosage. Yeah you may be very eager to try out MSM but it may be in your best interest to actually start of low just so that you can get your body accustomed to the elevated levels of sulfur.

Trial Studies
A trial was conducted by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. The trial showed that 100% of those subjects who where on Lignisul MSM had an increase in hair growth compared to those who where given the placebo. And 50% of the subjects given Lignisul MSM, compared to the control group, had an increase in nail length and nail thickness growth. Dr. Lawrence concluded that "oral supplementation with Lignisul MSM is a valuable addition to hair and nail growth. Hair and nail health was significantly improved in a short term of six weeks. If the trials were continued for eight to sixteen weeks, the results would have been even better for those on Lignisul" (Lindberg).

My Conclusions
Because of these reasons and many more I have decided that I want to add MSM to the regimen. Supplements will be very essential for my healthy hair growth, especially since I'm in college and never seem to find time to actually eat food. Adding vitamins and other supplements will help in not only my hair but most importantly my nutrition and body. The only downside is that I hate taking pills on a regular basis, so hopefully I won't forgot to take them.


Photo Credit: Dionysius Burton cc

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Plan

Last night I had rehearsals from 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm, and when I got back to my apartment I was so exhausted. So that is why I didn't co-wash my hair last night. This morning I decided that I was just going to not co-wash this week and wait till Saturday to do my full wash, but my hair had other plans. When I got back from a meeting my scalp was itching so bad and my hair looked so ugh! I can't even explain how it looked. It just didn't look nice. So then I just did my co-wash today. I decided to detangle my hair with a pik because I feel like I had enough new growth that a regular wide tooth comb wouldn't do much use and my hair would end up dangled while washing. As I was washing I realized that my hair may have come to the point where I need to start washing in sections because it tangled up a bit. Nothing serious but I am not going to wait till my hair starts to matte up before I start washing in sections. That is going to take a lot of time from my "not enough time in the world" life but my hair needs it.

Good night Ladies!


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Hello Beauties!

How are all of you doing? I hope well.

I want to tell you about a few goals that I set for myself to complete within the next couple of months. I never really set goals in the past and I think that is the reason why I have yet to reach my ultimate hair length. My first hair goal is to reach collar bone length by my next relaxer, which will be in march. That will end up being 3 months of growth so if all goes well I should grow about 1.5 inches. My second goal is to finally reach or be very close to APL by June 2011. That hopefully is enough time.

To reach my goals what will I be doing? Well I will of course be moisturizing and sealing my hair daily and wraping my hair at night. On the days I wear my hair down I will moisturize with my Cantu Shea butter leave in. On the days I wear a bun, which are usually after my cowash days, I will moisturize with just water by damp bunning. The oil I will be sealing my hair with is Hair Plus Natural Product Oil. This product along with its pomade comes directly from Haiti so I don't know if any of you ladies will be able to by it. I will use a mixture of the Hair Plus Natural Product Pommade, the Oil, and Sesame Oil to oil my scalp and massage it in at least 3 times a week. I will also continue to use my regimen until I reach a point where there is too much new growth or I feel as if I should tweek it a little bit.

Good Night!!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Ponytail Roller Set

Saturday was my wash day. As you all can tell I'm trying different ways of setting my hair after washing it, that way I do not use heat on my hair. Well I decided to do a ponytail roller set. The results came out very nice so I think this will be a weekly thing. I hope that the results are still nice once I get to an inch of new-growth. Right now I have about half an inch, so my hair is on schedule.

Below you will find pictures of my hair and explanations.

Image 1: I sectioned off a one inch row and clipped the rest of the hair up. I sectioned each row into more sections and used rubber bands to make mini ponytails. I used and rat-tail comb to smoothed down the new-growth and detangle the relaxed ends. In total I had about 14 ponytails and rollers in my hair.
Image 2: I let my hair air dry for most of the time. Towards the end I went under my hooded dryer for a few minutes. This is what my hair looked like once I took the rollers out but the mini ponies were still in.
Image 3: That how my hair looked like once I used my shower comb to loosen the curls. I pinned the side up just to see if there was any diversity with the curls. What do you ladies think? Should I wear my hair this way one day. Of course I would straighten out the crinkles from the ponytails though.
Image 4: This was the final result the next day from wrapping my hair up the night before. I used my curling iron to remove the crinkles from the visable parts of my hair and then curled my bangs just a little.

Ponytail Roller Set, Roller Set

All in all I really think this was a success. I did try this once before and didn't like how it came out so I decided to try smaller ponytails and it worked like a charm. I really like the results. Looks just like it would if I used my curling iron all through my hair but this way is way more healthier for my hair. After a month of doing this I will give an update on how my hair looks and if it seems to have gotten thicker or is breaking less.

I did find this method to be less harmful than doing a wet wrap. I had so much less breakage and much better results.

Good Night Ladies and Peace and Blessings to you and your loved ones!!!! =D


Thursday, January 20, 2011


Hey Beauties!

Last night I co-washed my hair. I wanted to try something new so instead of air drying my hair in a bun  I decided to do a wet wrap and sat under the dryer for 20 minutes and then go to bed. Well.....  I feel like it was an epic fail. It was doing more harm than it was good. I had so much breakage and I'm not really sure how to fix it for next time. Maybe I didn't detangle as much as I should have. Also I am 4 weeks post and have a lot of new growth so that could have also been a factor in the breakage.


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Friday, January 14, 2011


[NOTE: This was written on Thursday January 13, 2011]

Hey Beauties!

This isn't going to be a long post because I am reading for my Ethnobotany class. I wanted to come and give you an update about how Boarding School and my new regimen are going.

Well I haven't been moisturizing and sealing as often as I would like. Even though the semester just started, school is getting in the way of my healthy hair journey; I now need to find a balance for everything.

I have been drinking water and tea, but i haven't worked out this week. Hopefully I'll be able to tomorrow night.

As for my regimen, last night was the first cowash. While I was washing my hair it felt so soft. I am absolutely loving VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries and Cream. I'm addicted to the smell and want to eat it every time I open the bottle. I used my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in, sealed with Hair Plus Natural Product Oil, did a wet bun, wrapped my hair in a satin cap and went to sleep. When I woke up this morning my har was still a little damp so I took the bun down to let it finish air drying.

Then I did my protective style for the day. I made a French braid from the top of my left ear to the bottom right of my head. I made a side fishtail pony with some tracked hair and curled my bang on the lowest setting. It looks very cute and I will most likely bee leaving it in for the next few days.

Good night ladies and be good.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Post Relaxer Reggie

Post Relaxer Reggie Dec 17, 2010 - Jan 7, 2011
  • Wash hair once a week
  • Protein Deep Condition every other week
  • Moisture Deep Condition weekly
  • Air dry hair
  • Flat Iron hair once a week
  • Moisturize and seal daily
  • Grease/ Oil Scalp once a week while flat ironing hair
  • Nightly wrap hair with satin bonnet
  • Wear protective styles 50-80% of the time

NOTE: I am being very lenient with my Post Relaxer Regiment because it is Christmas break and I'm home for the holidays. I don't have school and I don't leave the house much so I know my hair will be wrapped up most of the time. I haven't learned how to do my own roller set yet, but I'm practicing. Once I get that down packed I won't have to flat iron my hair as often. Also I can't have my mom give me a roller set because I couldn't bring my hooded dryer with me.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Products to Maximize Hair Growth

Hey Beauties!

I was just surfing youtube today and came across this young lady. I really like her videos and I think you all should check her out, especially if you appreciate a very down to earth woman. I love that she isn't emphasizing on the length of your hair but rather the quality of your hair. I feel like hair is hair and all types of hair can be long if you take care of it. She recently went from Natural to Relaxed and I respect her for that, just as every else should. She loved her natural hair but it just wasn't working for her at this point in her life.

This is a video she posted on her youtube account NaturalhairGrwthShow about what type of products we all need in our Hair Growth Supply Closet. If you have no clue of where to start your regimen be sure to watch this video and take notes.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Boarding School is officially in session!

It is the official start of Boarding School Spring 2011. You can find all the information regarding this challenge on the Challenge Page. When the challenge has officially ended you will be able to find the information here.

I'm sorry excited for this challenge. I think it is exactly what I needed to get back on my HHJ! Like I said this morning, I needed to find some type of inspiration and I did. It was an old challenge on Hairlista called the Long Hair Academy. This inspired me to create my very own challenge that would be easy enough for me to do but at the same time give me great results. I guess you can say the Long Hair Academy is the big sister to Boarding School, lol.

Since this is my first challenge, and first time being Head Mistress, I know there are a lot that I can improve on for the fall semester. I hope you all join and we have a wonderful journey together.
As part of the challenge we are supposed to moisturize and seal daily. So today I just did a damp bun and allowed my hair to air dry fully. Now I am going to take down my bun to oil and massage my scalp for about 10 minutes. When finished I will put it back into a bun and put on my satin cap so my hair is protected while lounging around the house. If I need to leave the house for any reason my hair will already be done.

~~PèÂçĚ, ŁoVë, and HãŘmØňÝ~~
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Morning Update

My 2011 Healthy Hair Journey isn't going too well. My hair is breaking and I'm not sure why. I need to come up with a new regimen. It'll be posted within the next few days. It's upsetting that I've been on my journey for two years and all that has happened was that I got to full shoulder length and my hair got thinker. But I am starting over but I don't know how any more. I need to go back to researching hair care. My goal is to get to APL and I won't ever acheive that if I keep forgetting to wrap my hair at night, which I did every night this week. I need to find some type of inspiration to keep me going.

~~PèÂçĚ, ŁoVë, and HãŘmØňÝ~~

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What Did I Do?

Hey beauties!

How are you doing? I'm doing fine. I actually just left the house and am out running a few errands with my mom and then going to Dazzling practice. Dazzling is the dance team at my church.

All I did today was moisturize my hair with S-curl let it air dry and then put it in a messy/puffy bun. My phone doesn't take clear pictures so i might not be able to add one, so instead I'll explain what I did.
1. Make a pony tail.
2. Separate the hair into four or more sections.
3. Use a bobby pin to pin each section down as if you creating a pin curl.
The end result should be a hallow bun that bounces back when you push on it.
~~PèÂçĚ, ŁoVë, and HãŘmØňÝ~~
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