Quick Pics: Current Length Shot

Quick Pics: Current Length Shot

I decided to snap a shot of how long my hair was getting in the back. This was taken back in October. Its been 15 months since I went natural. My hair would be longer if I hadn’t done a second big chop in September 2009.

I need a trim…

Sorry I Have Been MIA

Sorry I Have Been MIA

Hey everyone. So my last post was three months ago. Yea. Life has been a little crazy these past few months. I graduated from University of Delaware with a Master’s in Counseling in Higher Education. I got a job at University of Maryland, College Park as an Academic Advisor and I love it. It’s my first 9-5 with benefits so I feel like I’m on my grown ish now lol. It was kind of like a world wind. I had my first interview Thursday July 22nd and I stayed with my grandparents who don’t live to far away. I was driving back to central Pennsylvania that Saturday where I was living with my boyfriend until I found a job and they called me mid-trip to invite me for a second interview. The second interview was Tuesday July 27, so I turn around and come right back after a day. My boyfriend’s lease was ending and we were both planning on moving back in with family until I found employment so I just packed all my stuff and moved back to my grandparents for good.  They offered me the job on August 4th. Needless to say I was ecstatic. I had been job searching since January and was afraid that the school year would start without me getting a job offer. I accepted the job during the same phone call that they offered it to me. They say you aren’t supposed to do that, but to wait and think things over but screw that. I needed a job!

So, I ended up back in my hometown area of MD/DC and my bf moved back to Philadelphia. We are working on figuring out how to get him down here. It’s complicated.

In addition to that, I had to buy a new car. So yes, I bought my very first new car. It’s a 2010 Honda Civic LX and I bought it because its perfect for me. Affordable, small sedan, high reliability ratings, good MPG and it will last me a long time. I wasn’t looking forward to a car note but I kind of brought it on myself. I bought a 10-year-old used Ford Escort last year and basically did no maintenance on it so things were starting to all apart. Rather than spend thousands of dollars on fixing an old car that wasn’t guaranteed to last much longer, I just put that money toward a new one. Here it is:

2010 Honda Civic LX

This major purchase along with the fact that my student loans are no joke, I decided to get a second job. So now I am a Seasonal Sales Associate at Macy’s. The hours haven’t been too crazy and depending on how I deal with a second job this winter I may keep it.

I have also been catching up with friends and family who all seem to have migrated to this area. It good to be near everyone again after living out-of-state for so long.

So that’s what’s been keeping me from keeping up with the blog. I started this blog as a way to document my natural hair journey. I started making videos on YouTube but for some reason I find it to take  a lot of effort and time and I don’t think I am very good at it. I will still make videos from time to time but I find myself to be better with a digital camera and will probably use pictorials as my way of journaling my hair. I also want to talk about other things like fashion, entertainment and current events. It’s my early New Year’s resolution to be more committed to this blog and see where it can go.

So in order words: I’m back bitches!

Product Review: Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner

Product Review: Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner

Ingredients: Panax Ginseng root extract, cetraria islandia (Irish Moss) extract, saccharomyces cerevisiea (Brewer’s Yeast) extract, Gingko Biloba extract, pimpinella anisum (Anise) fruit extract, prunis persica (Peach) extract in purified water, hexadecanol, stearakonium chloride, certimonium bromide, Squalane (olive oil lipid), Capric Caprillic Triglycerides (coconut fatty acids), Panthenol (pro-vitamin USP), Biotin (USP), imisazolidinyl urea, methylparaben (USP), fragrance

What it says on the bottle:

Olive oil-derived squalane and coconut triglycerides infuse essential moisture and detangling emollients. Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner:

  • Boosts moisture levels with lipids and proteins
  • Adds softness, shine, and silkiness with essential triglycerides
  • Provides effortless combing to minimize breakage
  • Dual-purpose conditioner and leave-in treatment
  • As a leave-in provides continuous moisturizing

What I think:

I have so much to say about this conditioner. It’s awesome! First let me say that it does everything that it claims to do. It is very, very moisturizing and makes my hair shiny. It is rich and makes my hair feel like butter. I’ve used it as a co-wash, deep treatment and an overnight treatment. I probably won’t use it as an overnight treatment anymore because it made my scalp itch, but other than that overall it is great. Because it is great as a co-wash and a deep treatment this multi-purpose conditioner could very well replace all my other conditioners. Yes, I like it that much. The slip in this product is crazy. It does not have a thin consistency but it is not terribly thick either. I can finger comb my 4a/4b curls and detangle with a wide-tooth shower comb with ease. I can’t quite describe it, but it has a scent and it is very faint and pleasant. A 10 ounce bottle of this will run you about $8 from CurlMart.com but it also comes in a more cost effective liter size for $20. I will most likely buy this again and when I do I will buy the liter size. I’m going to give the rest of my 10 oz. bottle more trial runs before I make my final decision but I have a feeling that it will become my staple conditioner. I love it.

The Micros Are Out

The Micros Are Out

After 4 ½ weeks of having the micro braids in it was finally time to take those bad boys out. It was an okay experience but I don’t think I will get them again. At least in my foreseeable future. To take them out I divided my head into four sections and took them out slowly over a period of 2 ½ days. I had nowhere to be and nothing to do so I wasn’t in a rush.

When the braider (whom I randomly found on Craig’s List) was putting them in she used a small toothed comb to comb the sections she was about to braid – while my hair was dry. If you are a natural then you know that combing afro textured hair dry and/or without conditioner is a big no-no. However, when putting in things like braid extensions, is there another alternative? You certainly cannot put conditioner in your hair to braid in extensions and you cannot wet it because the braids won’t stay. Yea so that whole process seemed that it did some trauma to my hair. I made a mental note back then that when I took them out I would immediately go to the salon to get my ends clipped because I know they were being broken off. As I was taking them out a few days ago I lost the normal amount of shed hair that you would with not combing your hair in a month’s time. However, I did see a tiny bit of thinning around my edges in the front. It was not much, but enough to know that doing anything like to this my hair anytime soon would be foolish and detrimental to my hair.

So yesterday I went to the same natural hair salon in Philadelphia that did my big chop and my subsequent cut in September 2009 to get a trim – Au Naturale. It was a funny experience because there is a guy who usually stays in the front of the salon and is what is to be assumed a receptionist. He is a very masculine looking dude – dreads, tattoos, facial hair, etc. So imagine my surprise when he led me to the back to shampoo my hair. “Is that a problem?” he asked. “No, not at all. I am just surprised because I always see you at the front.” I replied. In my head I was thinking a number of things. First, why is he shampooing? Second, does he know what he is doing? Third, why is he shampooing lol? Now I know it is not uncommon for males to work in salons, but I always assumed that they were gay (not that that’s a bad thing). But this guy was obviously straight and again, very masculine. Not that type that would be shampooing a girl’s hair in a salon. So he took me in the back and shampooed me with this wonderful tingling peppermint, eucalyptus shampoo that I always ask for. I love the way it makes my scalp feel. Man, did he work that shampoo.  Also a licensed massage therapist, he gave me the best shampoo I have ever had at a professional salon. Omg…It’s the little surprises in life…

So the stylist who trimmed my hair, to my surprise, stated that my hair was in pretty good shape and she didn’t have to take much off. ¼ of an inch at the most, so a tiny bit. Having my cut back in September, I was way overdue for a trim and it was nice to hear that I didn’t have to lose much hair.

Today I deep conditioned for about 45 minutes with Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner because I felt I needed a bit of protein. Then I cowashed with the very moisturizing Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner. Love that stuff. I didn’t style my hair or anything. I decided that today I would rock my fro. As a leave-in I used the Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner followed by some extra-virgin coconut oil and some shea butter mix to seal in the moisture. Then I put on a pink summer dress, gold hoop earrings and some shades and went for a drive to Sally’s to get a new satin bonnet. Here are some pics.

Excuse the messy floor.

Random Pic

Random Pic

I have too many pictures. I literally have hundreds and until a few weeks ago they weren’t in any type of order on my computer. Now that school is over I decided to finally try and organize them somehow. Today while organizing some new pics I had taken of graduation and my dear nine month of old kitten Coco Chanel (don’t judge me), I found this pic I’d taken on my new camcorder that my boyfriend bought me for Valentine’s Day.

This was taken in March on hair that I believe was either damp or almost dry. I love the little coily curlies that are popping out everywhere.