Bella’s Journey: 2 years of Growth and still Growing

Hi ladies,

I’m Bella, some of you might know me better as Bellanatural01 on YouTube or from my new bloghttp://www.mynameisnotsophie.com/

I decided to go natural because I was going through a transition period in my life. I was letting go of an old flame, starting a new job and embarking on a journey to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be. Doing the BIG CHOP was one of the most freeing and terrifying experiences I’ve ever gone through; I’ve yet to regret it.

What I like the most about my hair is the way my “ringlets” spring back when I tug on them.  3 years and 2 big chops later, I still giggle every time they do that.

One of the main things I do to make my hair more me, is fluffing it out and shaping it. I like when my hair is big and voluminous. I think it gives my hair that extra humph that catches your eye when I walk into a room.

Anything else interesting you would like to share?

Yes, the biggest natural hair lie I’ve ever heard!!!

The biggest lie I’ve ever heard about natural hair is, that it doesn’t move.  Anyone that knows me personally or that has seen any of my YouTube videos can testify to that. You’d be hard press to find one of my YouTube videos that doesn’t feature me whipping my hair back and forth and enjoying it. Natural hair is sexy, versatile and most importantly FUN.

Enjoy your hair and your journey,

❤ Bella

 

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Book Review: Curly Girl The Handbook

Before I begin my review, I would like to say that I do NOT follow all the rules of the CG method. I read the book and actually liked it, mainly because of the author’s humor and down to earth nature that shows in her writing. I also liked the fact that Lorraine Massey couldn’t stress enough how important and beneficial it is to “learn and love your curls”.

Straighten your hair, and you might be happy for a day. Learn to love and care for your curls, and you’ll be happy for life!

Massey, Lorraine; Michele Bender (2011-01-13). Curly Girl – Enhanced Ebook Edition: The Handbook . Workman Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

After my above statement, you might be wondering what it is that I don’t follow when it comes to the CG method and why. Well for starters, I shampoo. I do steer clear from sulfates but still use surfactants to cleanse my hair, which brings me to another CG rule that I don’t follow. I use silicones, even the water insoluble rejects like dimethicone. But this is what works for me and I’m happy with my routine.

With this being said, I don’t use a comb anymore when detangling (not because I think a comb is a curly girl’s enemy but because my hair can do without it), I use tons of conditioner and yes I rake smooth and scrunch. So there are some things I actually do follow when it comes to the CG method 😀

The book comes with a CD or if you purchase it online for your kindle, it comes with step-by-step videos embedded. I think this is a plus, as it leaves little room for misinterpretation when explaining how to cleanse, trim, style etc. If you enjoy reading books with lots of pictures then you will truly enjoy this read. The author depicts the different types of curls, waves and hairstyles with a variety of cute and colorful pictures.

If you’re worried about your hair type or texture not being mentioned, I can assure Lorraine Massey covers it. From loose curls to corkscrews or tightly curled hair, she has a chapter with testimonials, regimen and Q&A for all. If you trim your hair frequently(at home) there’s a chapter for that also.

My favorite chapter happened to be the one that discussed homemade products and recipes. You know how much I love mixing stuff up in my kitchen 🙂 And of course the names of the recipes are hilarious, well for me that is. My friend who also read the book finds it immature and corny but being me, I loved it!

Other chapters included curl confessions from women suffering with cancer, which was rather insightful and reminded me to be thankful for a head of healthy hair, even if it isn’t at the length I would like it to be presently. There is also a chapter for men and children.

Again, if you already have a lot of natural hair books, you might want to skip on this one. However, considering the CD that comes with it, you might find it fun to add to your collection of books. Some people like reading, while some prefer the ease of watching a video and understanding exactly what a process involves.

Do you follow the CG method? Or are you a modified CG like myself? Feel free to share and until next time, have an awesome evening!

 

 

Merissa’s 2 year Journey with Locs

Meet Merissa, Guyanese born living in Toronto. Merissa has been natural for two years and loves the versatility of her locs. Do you have locs? What do you love most about your loc’d hair?

What triggered the start of your natural hair journey?

I decided to go natural for a number of reasons. My hair wasn’t adjusting well to the changing seasons here in Canada and the cost to maintain relaxed hair in Toronto is ridiculous! Both my mother and an aunt of mine had been locing there hair for a while and I loved the look. 

What do you love most about having your hair the way it is now?

My favourite thing about my hair isn’t the easy maintenance. It’s the versatility. I think people assume that you are limited in hairstyles,etc if you have locs instead of straight hair but even with just shoulder length dreads, I’ve found a nice variety of styles.

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Today’s Two years worth of growth natural hair feature

Why did I go natural? Honestly, at the time I already had a short tapered haircut and was too broke to maintain it so one night after just not getting a perm for about 2-3 months, I just cut the permed ends off. It was really different to see myself with short curly hair but as I’ve learned over the past two years, it was worth it. Being natural was the best thing I could’ve done for my hair and myself because it caused me to learn more about what my hair really likes. Most of all, it taught me that black hair grew and could do more than just be “there.” its versatile so I love wearing it curly with wash and gos in the summer or a full fro or straight in the cooler months. As far as my goals are concerned, I’d love to just make sure my hair is healthy but secretly if I get to bra strap length, I’d hit my dougie lol. Of course I’d love long, thick hair but that’s what healthy hair leads to so as long as I care for my hair, it will care for me too.

– Jae Lanae

You can keep up with Jae’s journey at http://www.nofrosmushingallowed.com/

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Natural Hair Feature: Two years worth of growth

Hey guys, besides being extremely busy with next to no time to post on my blog, I am celebrating my 2 year natural hair anniversary this month. Before I post about my journey, I have a few gorgeous ladies who are also celebrating their 2 year hair anniversary this year. Today, I am pleased to introduce you guys to Deidre Callam. Below she gives us a brief look into her hair journey. Feel free to check out her blog and Facebook page. Until next time, have an awesome day 😀

After a short and unsuccessful relapse to the creamy crack, I decided to go back to being true to what my blog (www.keepitkinky.net) is all about – staying strong against all odds and keeping my natural hair kinky. I change like a chameleon so I wear my hair almost any style depending on my mood. I’ve coloured my hair twice and even had locs in the past two years. It makes my journey more fun and allows me to exploit my very active creative mind. Hopefully, I can continue to keep it kinky on my blog and encourage natural-haired women with my newly published KiK Magazine for black women. It’s time for a new quality free e-magazine that reinforces and celebrates true African beauty – inside and out. 
 
– Diedre Callam
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I shampooed my hair and liked it!

Just a quick post on one of my new staples, the Creme of Nature Detangling Shampoo. I don’t usually go crazy for shampoos and as a result, when I find one that is not too drying, I stick to it. However, today I tried the old Creme of Nature Shampoo and absolutely loved it. I have been using the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate free Shampoo but let me tell you, the old formula is way better than the new one. I rarely ever trust the “promises” listed on a product when purchasing it, I prefer to look at the ingredients and let that be my deciding factor. So when I first bought the new CON shampoo I mainly bought it because it was sulfate free. It did say that it was supposed to add shine while detangling your hair and neither of this proved true. It did however, do a great job of cleansing my hair without drying it out.

Now onto the old CON detangling shampoo which is also sulfate free and promises to cleanse, condition and detangle. I am happy to announce that besides the conditioning bit (just because I love my conditioner but felt like I could of done without it after using this shampoo), it did cleanse and detangle my hair in a way I did not expect. I usually do my hair in sections and apply shampoo to my scalp only. After reading the instructions on the bottle, I decided to not only shampoo my scalp but to run a bit of the shampoo through my hair (just for the fun of it). While doing this I was instantly surprised at the ease with which my fingers raked through my hair and yes I did detangle my hair without applying conditioner.

If you have never tried this shampoo, I highly recommend that you do :). I will also be adding  it to my list of staple products instead of the Argan Oil formula. I’m totally smitten lol. For the first time since going natural, I did the whole lather, rinse, repeat process and thoroughly enjoyed it. Imagine that, I would be giving a major side eye to anyone telling me to lather, rinse and repeat before this experience.

I should mention that the smell is not as great as the new formula. It smells more like an herbal rinse and kind of reminds me of an old English powder my granny used back in the days. But hey it does what it says it was suppose to and that works for me. It is also not all natural, so if you don’t use parabens etc. then this is not the shampoo for you.

Until next time, have a great Saturday night. I know I will!

P.S. What are some of your favorite shampoos and shampooing experiences?

 

 

DIY Okra (Ochro) Hair Gel

Hey yall! I am super excited to be writing this post this afternoon because I was successful with an experiment. Many of you have probably tried flax seed gel in your hair or heard about it at least. Have you ever wondered why flax seeds are able to generate such a nice gel like consistency? Well I have, and as a result, I grew interested in other plants, seeds, vegetables etc that can do the same. Flax seeds are high in mucilage which is the reason it can be used as a gel. Mucilage is the thick, gluey substance that flax seeds, chia seeds, okra and other succulents such as aloe vera produce.

If you’ve tried Kinky Curly Curling Custard, then you’ve probably marveled at the wonderful slip it has. Take a quick look at the ingredients and you will see that one of the ingredients used is marshmallow root which is also high in mucilage. After learning this, I did some research and found that in addition to flax and chia seeds, the seeds from okra can also be used to make a gel. Okra seeds are known to be high in oleic and linoleic acid . It is also known to enhance thickness of the hair (not scientifically proven). I tried it and liked it, below are my results.

Process and Results

You will need:

  1. Okra (I used 6)
  2. Strainer
  3. 1 cup water ( I added about 1/2 cup more during the boiling process)
  4. Olive oil or other oil of choice
  5. Vitamin E (preservative)
  6. Pot
  7. Bowl/container

 

Process:

  1. Slice okra horizontally (scraping out as many seeds as possible) and add to pot of boiling water.
  2. Boil for about 10-15 minutes depending on how thick you want it. 10 minutes will give you more of a serum while boiling for 15 minutes gives a nice thick consistency.
  3. Stir occasionally while boiling.
  4. After boiling, leave to cool for a few minutes then strain.
  5. Add Olive oil and vitamin E oil, stir and leave to cool
  6. Add to container of choice and store in refrigerator. I would suggest you use within a week if vitamin E was added, if not then within 2-3 days.

Above is the amount i got I boiled the first time. I re-boiled again and got another batch. I used my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie container for both batches which is about 12 oz total. Not bad considering I only used 6 okras.

I applied on freshly washed and conditioned hair using the rake and smooth method and loved the results. I used the Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner as my leave-in before applying.

I only applied a dollop to each section.

Results:

50% DRY

I would really love for you guys to try this gel and let me know your results. I should warn you guys though, it is a rather messy application process. If you are not used to doing your hair in the shower, place a towel on your shoulders while applying.

Note: I tried sealing with my Elasya QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter but got a white residue. I decided to use Olive Oil on the other sections and didn’t notice any residue. I would suggest oils to seal instead of a butter.

Will keep you updated as the days go by. Hoping for at least 3 day hair 😀

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