Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MY Q&A ON CURLYNIKKI.COM





CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?

I was a long term transitioner-- 8 months. In the beginning I wasn't really planning to transition... I usually stretched relaxers for 5 months at a time. I was 4 months into a stretch when I realized I just wanted to be natural!

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?

I BC'ed on May 27th 2009 . I could see the difference between my natural hair and my relaxed hair-- it was so much healthier and thicker! I couldn't wait any longer and decided to cut it off. At first, I really didn't know what to think... I didn't have any ideas on how I was going to style it, or care for it, so I braided it up. The braids were in for about a week before I told myself that there was no reason to hide from my BC. The time had come for me to learn how to deal with the new texture and embrace my short hair.

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?

I hadn't told anybody I was going to do it, not even my fiance. People asked me why I did it, and I shared my reasons with them frankly. In the end, I decided it didn't matter what people thought! I also realized that hair is hair and it would grow back in no time.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?

I always wore a beanie hat with my bangs flat ironed.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?

I was and still am using water and shea butter, and sealing with coconut oil.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?

I was damaging my hair so bad! I had no clue that my actions were keeping my hair above shoulder length all those years. Researching online has taught me how to care for and style my natural hair. Seeing so many beautiful women with natural hair inspired me to take the leap as well. Now I'm in love with it so much, that my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner!!!

I also have a blog documenting my natural hair journey @ mizzangieshair.blogspot.com

Monday, December 28, 2009

CURLY NIKKI !! A STORY OF A TRANSITION .

ALL OF THESE WEBSITES THAT I BELONG TO ,HAVE MADE THIS WHOLE NATURAL JOURNEY VERY EASY FOR ME. I KNOW THAT WITHOUT THEM ,I MAY HAVE NOT LASTED THIS LONG.ALONG WITH MY FEATURED PHOTO ON HAIRLISTA,I WAS ALSO FEATURED ON NATURALSUNSHINE.NING.COM,AND I HAVE A STORY OF A TRANSITION ON CURLYNIKKI.COM .I'M SO HAPPY THAT I'M GETTING ALL OF THIS LOVE IN THE NATURAL HAIR COMMUNITY ,AND IT MAKES ME WANNA DO ALOT MORE VIDEOS, AND TUTORIALS ,FOR THOSE OUT THERE WHO WANNA GO NATURAL AS WELL.SO IF YOU ARE TRANSITIONING TO NATURAL OR ARE NATURAL AND HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO ,CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME SITES I KNOW FOR A FACT THEY WILL HELP YOU ALONG YOUR JOURNEY AS MUCH AS THEY HAVE HELPED ME.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

YAY !!! MY PHOTO HAS BEEN FEATURED .

IM SUPER EXCITED,TODAY MY PHOTO HAS BEEN FEATURED ON HAIRLISTA HAIR NETWORK.JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT CAUSE I'VE BEEN WONDERING WHAT IT TOOK TO GET IT FEATURED LOL .I FEEL LIKE IM ACCEPTING AN AWARD LOL!!!SO THANKS TO YOU SUNSHYNE OF HAIRLISTA AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING MANY MORE OF MY PICS FEATURED.YAY!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CAN YOU FEEL YOUR HAIR GROW ??



I SWEAR,I'M CONVINCED I CAN FEEL IT WHEN MY HAIR IS GROWING.IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE ??? LOL !!! ITS ONLY IN CERTAIN AREAS OF MY HEAD AT A TIME AND ITS A TINGLING FEELING .IT COMES AND GOES BUT RETURNS IN THE SAME AREA IT STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.ON SUNDAY NIGHT I DEEP TREATED,CO-WASHED THEN BLEW OUT MY HAIR,AS YOU CAN SEE IN MY PREVIOUS BLOG POST TITLED MY FIRST BLOW OUT.MY HAIR TURNED OUT VERY STRAIGHT ,AS A MATTER OF FACT IT EVEN HAD SOME SWAY WHENEVER I SHOOK MY HEAD FROM SIDE TO SIDE. THIS MORNING I BRAIDED MY HAIR INTO 6 BIG FRENCH BRAIDS. THE BRAIDS WERE NOT INTENDED TO BE SHOWN TO ANYONE CAUSE I WAS GONNA WEAR A BEANIE TO COVER IT UP,ITS FREEZING WHERE I LIVE RIGHT NOW AND I NEED AS MUCH PROTECTION FOR MY HAIR AS I CAN GET.IN THE EVENING AFTER WORK AND AFTER MY WORK OUT I FELT THE TINGLING AGAIN ,I DECIDED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE AREA IN THE MIRROR AND I SAW LITTLE WAVES OF ABOUT A HALF AN INCH IN THAT AREA ONLY,IT WAS EXACTLY LIKE GETTING NEW GROWTH WHEN I WAS RELAXED.YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE IT AS GOOD BUT HERE ARE SOME PICS.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK,CAN YOU ACTUALLY FEEL YOUR HAIR GROWING?

MY FIRST BLOW OUT !!

SO I DID DECIDE THAT I WASN'T GOING TO PUT TOO MUCH DIRECT HEAT ON MY HAIR, BUT I FIGURED I'VE BEEN COMPLETELY NATURAL FOR 6 MONTHS AND I DESERVED TO SEE HOW MUCH MY HAIR HAS GROWN. I ONLY USED THE BLOW DRYER ON A MEDIUM HEAT SETTING ON LOW PLUS A HEAT PROTECTOR SO I DON'T FEEL LIKE I DID ANY DAMAGE . SO HERE ARE THE PICS,KEEP IN MIND I TRANSITIONED FOR 8 MONTHS BEFORE I BC'ED (BIG CHOPPED) IN MAY 27TH OF 2009 AND I HAD TWO TRIMS SINCE THEN.



YAY!!!!! MY NEW DISCOVERY

WITH THIS BEING MY FIRST TIME NATURAL ,I UNDERSTAND THAT STYLING MY HAIR EVERYDAY WILL BE TRIAL AND ERROR .DOING RESEARCH ONLINE HAS HELPED ALOT ,BUT PLAYING AROUND IN MY HAIR WITH DIFFERENT STYLES HAS HELPED AS WELL.WE ALL SOON FIND FAVORITES THAT WORK THE BEST FOR OUR HAIR.MINE IS STYLING AND DEFINING MY HAIR WITH ECO STYLER GEL.FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SEEN MY VIDEO ON HOW I DEFINE MY CURLS ON YOU TUBE YOU'VE SEEN HOW IT LOOKS BUT BY THE TIME IT DRIES IT SHRINKS RIGHT UP TO MY SCALP.I MEAN I LOVE THIS STYLE AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTIL MY HAIR GROWS OUT SOME MORE SO WHEN IT SHRINKS ,IT WOULDN'T BE SO BAD.THIS PAST WEEKEND I DID MY FAVORITE STYLE AGAIN BUT THIS TIME I TRIED TO FIGURE OUT HOW I CAN KEEP THE SAME LENGTH OF MY WET HAIR WHEN IT DRIES. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID , I DID!!! I'LL BE POSTING A VIDEO ON YOU TUBE ON HOW I ACHIEVED MY STRETCHED OUT DEFINED CURLS .

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

PROTEIN AND MOISTURE BALANCE


Do you find random hairs in your comb, on your shirt, on your sinks and on your bathroom floors? Are you finding hair everywhere but securely upon your head? What is going on? You may have a problem with hair breakage. For black hair in particular, hair breakage is typically
The Fine Art of Protein and Moisture Balancing for Black Hair Care
a result of an imbalance of important forces within the hair strand: moisture and protein levels.

Moisture

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.

Moisturizers are simply products that are water-based and nourish your hair deep within the strand. Products with moisturizing properties tend to be your conditioners and other specific moisturizer sprays or creams. Moisturizers may also contain large amounts of protein, but these protein based moisturizers do not have the moisturizing benefit that moisture-based moisturizers have. Check labels to gauge protein content. Good moisturizers will not contain cheap, filler ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, or lanolin. Avoid products that claim moisturizing benefits and contain these ingredients. There is nothing moisturizing about them! Petrolatum and mineral oil are sealants that seal out the precious moisture our hair needs.

Sealing in your Moisturizers:

Our hair naturally contains moisture, but because our hair is also naturally porous, keeping the moisture inside is a difficult task. Providing additional sources of outside moisture, or external moisture supplementation, is a must for black hair care. Water molecules and moisture from these supplemental moisturizing products easily pass into the hair shaft, but they pass out just as easily. The moisture you apply needs to held in by something. Oil.

Natural oils like jojoba, olive, carrot, or coconut oil seem to work best.

AFTER THE BRAIDS!!!

THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN AFTER I TOOK OUT MY BRAIDS,I HAD LEFT THEM IN FOR A MONTH CAUSE IT WAS ALL I COULD TAKE.LOOK HOW LONG ITS GETTING YIPPEE.....










BRAIDS..... AS A PROTECTIVE STYLE!!

IN OCTOBER I TRIED THE BRAID THING AGAIN.IT WAS BEGINNING TO GET COLDER WHERE I LIVE AND I DIDN'T WANT TO DO THE WASH AND GO'S ANYMORE.EVERY NIGHT I MOISTURIZED AND SEALED WITH WATER,SHEA BUTTER AND COCONUT OIL AND SLEPT IN A SATIN CAP.I WANTED TO PUSH THE STYLE UNTIL NOVEMBER 27TH WHICH MARKED MY 6 MONTHS NATURAL BUT I COULDN'T CONTINUE WITH THE ITCHES ANY LONGER LOL ,SO IT WAS TIME TO TAKE THEM OUT AND DO A CLARIFY SHAMPOO.




ELASTA QP SMOOTH AS SILK STYLING GEL

THESE PICTURES ARE WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT HOW TO DEFINE MY CURLS,I USED ELASTA QP GEL AND I LIKED IT AT THE TIME ,IT DOESN'T DRY HARD AT ALL AND IS VERY SOFT TO THE TOUCH.I'M NOT SURE I LIKE THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY HOLD ONCE ITS DRIED,MAYBE I'LL TRY IT AGAIN ONCE MY HAIR IS A LITTLE LONGER.THIS IS ABOUT 3 MONTHS POST BIG CHOP.








ECO STYLER CURLS WHEN HAIR IS DRIED

THESE PICS ARE OF MY HAIR ONCE IT WAS ALL DRY,I LOSE ABOUT TWO INCHES WHEN MY HAIR DRIES,WHICH SUCKS LOL.






ECO STYLER GEL CURLS










I HAVE BEEN USING ECO STYLER GEL FOR THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS TO DEFINE MY CURLS AND I LOVE IT.BEFORE THE ECO STYLER I WAS USING ELASTA QP SMOOTH AS SILK STYLING GEL TO DEFINE MY CURLS AND LET ME TELL YOU THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY MY HAIR LOOKS IN THE END.THE ECO STYLER IS SORT OF HEAVIER ,SO IT HELPS MY HAIR HANG MORE,WHICH I LOVE .I'VE LEARNED ALOT THOUGH ABOUT HOW TO USE THE GEL .BEFORE APPLYING THE ECO STYLER ,BE SURE TO MOISTURIZE AND SEAL .I USE WATER,SHEA BUTTER THEN SEAL WITH COCONUT OIL. DON'T USE TOO MUCH OR IT WILL DRY REALLY HARD,ECO STYLER GEL IS GREAT FOR SECOND AND THIRD DAY HAIR BECAUSE IT CAN BE REACTIVATED WITH WATER.THIS AT ABOUT 5 MONTHS POST BIG CHOP.

Monday, November 30, 2009

AMLA POWDER TREATMENT






I STARTED DOING ALOT OF RESEARCH ON AYURVEDA POWDERS AND WHAT THEY OFFER.KNOWING THAT IT WAS ALL NATURAL SEEMED LIKE THE WAY TO GO FOR ME,CONSIDERING I WANT NO SETBACKS ON MY JOURNEY TO LONGER HEALTHIER HAIR.FIRST I TRIED HENNA ,I JUST KEPT IT SIMPLE AND MIXED IT WITH OLIVE OIL AND LET IT SIT IN A CONTAINER OVER NIGHT.WHEN I APPLIED IT I KEPT IT ON FOR 1 HOUR AND RINSED IT ALL OUT .ONCE MY HAIR WAS FULLY RINSED I SAW HOW RED IT MADE MY HAIR,I CAN'T REALLY SAY I LOVED IT,ONLY CAUSE I REALLY DON'T THINK I SUIT RED HAIR ,IT HAD ALSO LOOSENED MY CURL PATTERN SO MUCH AS WELL BUT I DIDN'T MIND THAT TOO MUCH ESPECIALLY AFTER HAVING A TWA . A FEW DAYS LATER I NOTICED THE RED COLOUR FADING AND IT DIDN'T REALLY LOOK THAT BAD AFTERWARDS.IN THE END ,I LIKED HOW THE HENNA TREATMENT MADE MY HAIR FEEL BUT IF IT WAS GONNA COLOUR MY HAIR SO MUCH EVERY TIME,I DIDN'T KNOW HOW OFTEN I WOULD ACTUALLY DO IT.THIS LED ME ON TO MORE RESEARCH ,WHEN I STARTED HEARING ABOUT MORE POWDERS LIKE INDIGO,WHICH MAKES YOUR HAIR BLACK ,WHILE MIXED WITH SOME HENNA WOULD MAKE YOUR HAIR BROWN AND AMLA POWDER WHICH HAS THE SAME RESULTS AS HENNA BUT THERE IS NO DYE IN IT .I DECIDED I WOULD TRY THE AMLA POWDER,I MIXED IT WITH WATER ONLY AND LET IT SIT ON MY HAIR FOR 30 MIN'S
WITH A SHOWER CAP.ONCE IT WAS ALL RINSED OUT OF MY HAIR,I NOTICED IT WAS A LITTLE DRIED OUT.I ENDED UP SLATHERING TONS OF CONDITIONER ON MY HAIR AND LETTING IT SIT FOR A BIT BEFORE I RINSED AGAIN .IN THE END MY HAIR FELT STRONG AND SOFT,WHILE THE COLOUR LOOKED DARK AND BOLD.I LIKED IT AND I KNEW FROM HERE ON IN IF I WAS GOING TO INCORPORATE AMLA INTO MY MONTHLY REGIMEN I WOULD NEED TO USE A MOISTURE DEEP TREATMENT AFTERWARDS AT ALL TIMES.

THE EVER GROWING PUFF (PART 1)



Just a look into the beginning stages of the puff,i can't wait to watch it grow!!!!

AFTER THE TWIST OUT



These pics were taken after i took out my twists,this is about two or three day old hair.Taken at the lovely Springrolls restaurant.This young man in the second pic is my son Tristin.

First Twist Set



This was the first set of twists i had done on my hair,this is also when i relized all the different textures my hair has.The top and nape of my hair is really loose and doesn't curl as much and I call it 3c.The sides and crown is corkscrew coils and i call these areas 4a.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

BIG CHOP PICS
















This was just after my big chop,on May 28th 2009 .I decided that i was going to add extensions in so i can grow it a bit,but they only lasted a week and i took them out.I had relized that i needed to stop covering up my hair and learn how to care for my natural hair once and for all. This is where the REAL journey begins!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

MY BIG CHOP MAY 21/09

video

ITS A LITTLE LATE ,BUT HERE IT IS!!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Transition Style

I was beginning to have problems in my natural hair journey , i had no clue how to work with the two textures that was forming from my scalp. Everytime i needed to co-wash my hair ,i had to be sure that i had enough time to rollerset ,dry and then blow out my roots.It was the only way i could style my hair without having an afro puff and then stringy ends that would follow.I was reading from Teri Laflesh website (cause i love it !!!!) and in one of the FAQs she posted that a big chop wasn't nessessary, but if you find yourself styling your hair just to accomedate the relaxed ends then that could be very harmful to your natural new growth .I mean i don't want to work so hard just to have damaged natural hair,my journey would be for nothing.I would fantisize about the day i could just do a wash and go,quick and easy no more heat and extra work .I decided that maybe i wasn't thinking clearly and a big chop may not be for me ,why don't i just try twist outs and protective styles until i felt ready to chop choppa.My twist out was awesome ,i got alot of compliments on it and thought to myself "this may just work ,i'll keep doin this until i am on my transition for a year mark and ask myself again if im ready" . When it was time to take out the twists i couldn't belive the difference in my two textures, the natural hair was sooooo curly and cute and the relaxed ends were still stringy dispite how long they were in for.

Been a while !!!!

Hey all !!!!
It s been a while since i've posted anything , i have been crazy busy with work and all that jazz .But i do look forward to posting more pics and doing reviews in my natural hair journey.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

UPDATE #1



Here is my first update picture,this is from my starting date December 29/08 to February 28/09 two months into my healthy hair journey.I will be updating every month or two until i reach my goal.We have to remember that i am also transitioning so my first goal will be to reach APL (Arm pit length) with my relaxed ends by june 09 .I think this is enough time to achive this goal ,once my goal is met ,i will go ahead and set another one.I'm very pleased with the way everything is going and for the way i have set my regimen into my lifestyle .

Sunday, March 8, 2009

MIXED CHICKS


I keep hearing about this product and i can't wait to be 100% natural so i can try it ,i'm hoping to have all knowledge of styling and styling products to try for natural hair before i actually do the big chop.I would hate to just have a puff ball LOL!!!

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