Ok, like seriously, how dope is Katy Perry right now? I even changed the text color to honor mother badazz...it's THAT serious! Her version of N*ggas in Paris put a side smile on my face no lie, I might even have to put the mp3 on my iPod : ) check it out..
Definitely one of my faves off her debut album 'Born To Die'
" I will love you till the end of time
I would wait a million years
Promise you'll remember that you're mine
Baby can you see through the tears?
Love you more
Than those bitches before
Say you'll remember, oh baby, say you'll remember
I will love you till the end of time "
My Shea Moisture Raw Retention Shampoo is dunzo! so I decided to switch it up and get something new - you know..dont want my hair to get comfortable to one product, so instead I decided to try Aussie Moist shampoo and I also ran out of the raw shea butter deep treatment masque, so I went for the Organix Instant Recovery Mask.
Thanks to Moist shampoo, with natural aloe accents, it's a cinch to say goodbye dry hair, hello silky softness.
Up to 100 washes
A hydrating drink for dry locks
Contains natural Australian ingredients
My other option for a shampoo would've been Curls Cleansing Cream but I am nowhere near a Rickys, so I opted for something closer. Now, I chose Aussie because I live for their 3 minute miracle deeeeep conditioner, but I can't say I wasn't skeptical, I mean, every review I read about this shampoo was BAD! but I figured, if I didn't like it, the least I could do was return it to Walgreens right?
And so I gave it a try. I must say, after having the worst experience with Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo, and reading the reviews on this shampoo, I was expecting stripped, matted hair, BUT that is not what happened *whew!*. My hair felt squeaky clean, but not to the point where I want to return it, my hair just felt CLEAN. So I guess i'll keep it :) lol.
The 2nd product I tried was Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Recovery Mask.
Enriched With Awapuhi Ginger Extract And Keratin Proteins
For Soft, Touchable, Bouncy & Shiny Hair
Mends And Softens Dry, Coarse Hair
Stimulates The Scalp With Freshness
It was alright I guess. I didn't like that it wasn't as thick/creamy as the Raw Retention Mask, but I will continue to use it, hopefully I will see some form of difference, and if all else fails, I can use it as a leave in :)
What are your go-to (Holy grail) products?
Mine are Curls cleansing cream and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Masque, but I like to switch it up every now & then..
Have you ever felt like the universe is trying to tell you something but it's not what you want to hear?
Ok so...Over the weekend I cut my hair. I've been feenin' for a hair cut for a while now but I didn't want one that wouldn't allow me to put my hair in a bun. Anyways...fast forward to this weekend after my henna treatment, instead of waiting till I hit the salon, I decided to cut my hair myself. At first I was like, oh ok...I dig it, until I realize that my hair was not going to be in a bun no time soon *insert sad puppy dog face here*
I've been sulking for days, which is really weird because again, I really do like my haircut, BUT being that I don't normally wear my hair out..yea..this is why i've been sulking. But then today I after reading Taneicia's blog, where I realized that she's sharing the same sentiment as I am after her cut, I decided that maybe it's the universe trying to tell me something.
You see...everyone loves when I wear my hair out, but I don't. My hair is VERY thick, and I can resemble Chewbacca, and sometimes Cousin Thing in a bad setting, so I try my best not to let that happen, but I do wear my hair out..just not often. So anyways..after reading Taneicia's blog, I chopped it up to the universe saying "baby girl, you've been natural for damn near 7 yrs and you've never really enjoyed wearing your hair out, but here you are, trying new things (henna) and you decided to cut your hair, so why not enjoy it?" And I said, "you know what universe? you are right!" So..I've decided, no more sulking, enough bitchin'.. I will be enjoying my hair cut at all costs and on the days that i'm not..there's always my trusty beanie :D
I know some would say "Oh DiJah, it's just hair!" but to me it's not. My hair is my identity. It is just hair, but i'm not defined as much, and when people describe you, they have so many things and at times your hair is one of the things that helps to describe who you are, I know for me, I stand out in many circles because often times i'm the only natural in that setting.
I say all that to say, as this blog grows, I hope to show more of my hair and what i've learned in terms of taking care of it - maybe I can help someone out there, who knows? : )
Two weeks ago I decided to give Lush henna a try. It was the same day my product junky-ism kicked in and I bought that awful Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue. After my awful twist out, I decided to try my henna and I loved it!
I must first tell you that there are a lot of other brands of henna out there (Hennasooq & Henna For hair, or even Butters-n-Bars sell them) but I decided to try Lush's henna because I couldn't be bothered with the adding anything extra like i've read on other blogs.
My henna of choice was the 'Caca noir' which is henna + indigo. I grated 3 cubes and added warm boiled water to the mix. I stirred it up until it was a yogurt-like consistency, and then covered for a while until the henna wasn't too hot for my head.
I should note that I was told to use 3 cubes (the chick from Lush recommended it) but with my hair, I believe I should've used more. At least I know for next time.
The first time I did my henna, I kept it in my hair for 2hrs and then I washed with my Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shampoo 3 times. I had to wash it 3 times because I wanted to get all the twigs out of my hair, AND until the water was clear..no fun having twigs AND your hair smelling like kale while you're out lol.
I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque for about 2-3hrs. When I finally conditioned my hair with a cheapie conditioner (vo5) GOOD LAWDT! My hair felt grrrrreat! (Tony the tiger's voice).
All I did after I was done washing was add some Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner and a lil bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and did a side braid. When my hair was fully dried..hunniiii! my hair had body! like for real..the body on my hair was something serious!
My hair is naturally thick but as of late it has been a lil limp, hence why I wanted to try henna for the second time to see if this was a 1 time thing...
Now..my second time with henna, I got the same results, which just means, I will be incorporating henna into my regimen from this day on.
I couldn't wait till my hair was dried to write this, because I already saw a difference before I did anything with my hair.
Here's how it went: After I washed the henna out (which I had in for 3hrs) I then washed with the SheaMoisture shampoo mentioned above, washed 3 times, then added my deep conditioner. I kept it in my hair overnight because I was too tired to wash it out, and the morning after, I washed it out and conditioned my hair. I decided to give myself a "trim" (more like a cut..I clipped off roughly 4inches) and my afro was HUGE! Again, I believe this is because of the henna because like I said, my hair has been limp as of late...so yea...yayyy for henna.
Now please note: I didn't get a color change, as others have experienced. Maybe because I dyed my hair jet black last August, but it should also be noted that I wasn't looking for a color change when I decided to use henna, this was strictly for conditioning purposes.
- Yes, there will be twigs. From my research, it seems that all henna have twigs in them but after a few washes, they'll go away, so do not worry...it's really not a big issue.
- And last but not least - I didn't wash my hair before I applied the henna. I spoke to a few people at Lush before I gave it a try and even though the pamphlet says "clean hair" I was advised to put it on dry hair because it wouldn't "take" to my wet hair.
If you have any other questions, please ask..I've been writing this post for a week now and had more to add but some might have slipped me : ) so don't be afraid to ask.
Now..Have you tried henna? if yes, which one? and what were your results?
And for those who have not tried henna, are you thinking about it?