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My Yarn Locs/Wraps Preparation!

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Finally getting to cutting✂✂ my yarn for my hair💁, going to get it started tonight since my schedule is pretty clear this week… I’m going for the yarn wraps/locs for my first time so wish me luck because that’s double the work of the regular yarn twists which is my favorite 😉😱 lol

*This length cut in half will be about 18-20 inches, I was gonna go shorter but maybe for my next set!

Items used for this process:
-large scissors
-yarn
-2 foldable chairs
-yellow measuring tape

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I’m super excited to try something new and put my hair in a protective style for awhile especially during the summer and being so active, these are going to be perfect!

Blog Rebirth 2016!! HAIR,HEALTH, and LIFESTYLE

PicsArt_1460084269121Hey luvs!! It has been a long while since I’ve been on here to share about my journey! Well now is the time to catch you guys up on whats been going on with me in the past year or so and it has been a lot from weight-loss to skin issues and more… So whats NEW?….

NEW website link- http://www.MrsElegantlyNatural.com | NEW Topics from Hair,Health,Lifestyle.Beauty and Fashion | NEW Hair Goals | NEW Hairstyles | NEW STORIES!!!!… Stay tuned for what is up to come and ill do my best to keep you updated every week!!

 

 

My Natural Hair Update: Feb 2015 (2 of 2)

Hey L ❤ ‘s … I must say that it feels so good to be 3 years natural and i admit it was not a easy road but i learned so much throughout all my ups and down so i don’t regret the choice i made at all. That being said.. i have just been craving for a change within my natural hair journey although for awhile now and i just had no clue what that could be and i started thinking that ive always loved locs/dreadlocks so why not experience having them in my real hair. Now it took me almost 6 months plus to make this decision and go forward because i wasn’t sure if i wanted loc extensions,comb twist method,palm roll method,interlock method and/or if it was going to be something completely for me and my lifestyle…. Well after lots of research and reaching out to locticians,stylists,and groups on social media i realized the answer was YES!


StarterLocsFEB2015 (1)StarterLocsFEB2015 (2)My comb twists starter locs came out amazing! This February 2015 is a beginning of a new journey with my natural hair and im beyond excited to see the growth process. I can admit that i am going to miss my freely loose natural hair but like i said it was time for a change and something a little less managing with my busy lifestyle and plus one thing ive learned during research online is that locs are very versatile. Im loving my new hairstyle and ill keep you guys posted on my experience as times goes by.

 

THE SALON EXPERIENCE:

I have been following this amazing loctician & natural hair stylist here in Cleveland for about 1 year now i do believe,she goes by the name of Tarsha Dixon and i fell in love with her work,passion and personality from the start so i already had my mind set that when i make this choice i would be going to her no doubt. She has been in the industry for well over 10 years and specialize in locs, she used to have a home based business but she now has a shop and she has lots of proof of her talent right here on social media. The salon was very private and relaxing, she fixed me some tea that was amazing and there wasn’t that feeling of being rushed through the process. Her uplifting personality and customer service was the best and id recommend her to everybody i know. So if you are in the Cleveland area or planning a visit soon and your interested in getting locs,an updo style or even just a two strand twist and hair treatments then please check her out!

FOLLOW & BOOK TARSHA NOW –> 

Contact Details:

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House of Beautiful Locs (Natural hair salon)
24723 Cedar Rd. Suite # 7
Sola Salon in Legacy village// House of Beautiful Locs
Lyndhurst, OH, 44124
216-990-0309

STYLE SEAT (online booking):

https://www.styleseat.com/tarsha 

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INSTAGRAM:   

http://www.instagram.com/beautifulocs

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FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulocs

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REVIEWS SNEAK PEEK:

**Take a little sneak peek at some of Tarsha’s reviews (including my own)**

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TY FOR READING AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,ADVICE,OR ANYTHING AT ALL THEN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW! …Until next time my luvs! ❤ ❤

My Natural Hair Update: Feb 2015 (1 of 2)

Well l ❤ v’s its already the second month of the new year of 2015 and I really didn’t set any personal resolutions besides focusing on reaching new levels in the goals I already had. However after these last few months it has been a little challaging since I colored my hair and did my second big chop. This new color has changed my hair in so many ways (which I already was aware of possible changes) with Issues including but not limited to dryness and porosity change but I have finally stop letting this drive me crazy and just enjoy the learning process. It’s just like I’m newly natural all over again and have to learn what works for my hair and I’m ok with that only because I’ve been here already before so I know that ‘this to shall pass’ and learn as I go while taking the good with the bad.

I will say that my hair is in way better shape than it was in November, and that’s mainly because I changed up my regimen just a little by adding more deep conditioning and moisture,moisture moisture lol… On another note,I will be getting my starter locs in very soon and im very excited about this new journey although I know for awhile things will be pretty much the same when it comes to my hair maintenance until it grows out more or during times I can’t afford to go to the shop etc. (Which I hope don’t happens) but I will still be sharing what I’m doing with my kids hair,skin/beauty topics, and hauls as well so stay tuned!

HOPE THAT YOU ENJOYED THIS POST AND IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!!

Big Chop #2 and Color Update

♥Hello Luvs!! I know you guys haven’t heard from me since the summer due to life getting in the way and my computer being in the shop for repair it has been extremely hard to keep my blog active. Although i still do not have a good camera to really show off my hairstyles and all that good stuff, i will still try my best to blog as often as i can!

MY SECOND BIG CHOP:

During the spring of 2014 my hair suffered from neglect,stress and lack of care for the most part. I wasn’t moisturizing daily,prepping my hair for bed,applying my special treatments or covering it nightly and to make it worse i was always keeping it covered with a wig,scarf or bonnet when i went out and around the house (terrible i know smh). Somehow life & motherhood took a hold  and i could no longer fit me in the mix!

During the summer i did a light blowout & length check and it grew longer but when i took a closer look at the pictures i noticed that my ends were very thin and dried out (I don’t think it was heat damage because before this light blowout i haven’t used heat in almost a year)…. –>

 

Summer 2014 Blowout & Length Check

 

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Yup pretty great progress until i looked closer 😦 –>  JUNE2014_lengthcheck (3) JUNE2014_lengthcheck (2)

Sad to say but even though i seen this with my own two eyes the neglect and some bad habits still continued throughout the whole summer,mostly because i wanted to hold on to my length i had achieved but i had to get real with myself because my hair looked and felt exactly how i was feeling inside and i knew for a fact that i needed to get back on track and SOON not just with my hair but with myself entirely!

Since fall was arriving i had enough and decided to give myself a trim which lead to basically a second big chop…..yea i said it… Big chop #2! I wanted a fresh start and to get rid of all or atleast most of the damaged ends soooo i grabbed my shears and went to town 😛 –>

Big Chop #2

 

It felt so good to just start over and although i didn’t cut it as short as i did when i first BC’d it was still a huge difference from how long it was before. At the end of the day i realized and reminded myself that its just hair and most of all its MY hair and this journey is mines alone so why not?!

 

MY NEW HAIR COLOR:

It doesn’t end there, since it was a journey to a fresh start and new me i figured “hey why not get my hair colored?”….. and i went for it! Thanks to the amazing staff at this well known salon here in Cleveland,Ohio called ‘So Curly,So Kinky,So Straight’, the color came out exactly how i wanted it so there is no regrets.

SALON’s LINKS BELOW:

Official Website- http://www.socurlysokinkysostraight.com/

Official FB Page- https://www.facebook.com/SoCurlySoKinkySoStraightTheSalon

 

My choice was not to get a full head color treatment. I wanted a ombre effect by keeping the roots my dark natural color and just coloring my ends a lighter auburn-brownish hue, mostly because i do plan to get my starter locs sometime after the new year and i thought that would look so cute on them as they grow out –>

sept 2014- big chop & color

New Hair Color & BC

 

What are the pros & cons of coloring my hair?

Well as of right now being a ‘colored naturalista’ for only going on 3 months now the only con i can say is that i’m struggling with dryness and still figuring out what products work and what doesn’t especially when it comes to my 4c kinky coarse hair type. I’ve noticed that since coloring my hair it has become fragile and sensitive so i must treat it with even more care especially now so neglect is not an option or it will be in worse shape than it was before.

This is a new journey for me and my hair so i’m taking it one day at a time but i promise i will keep you guys posted and updated as much as i can so until next time feel free to comment below with any feedback,advice,questions and/or concerns!!!

My Natural Hair Regimen Calendar and Schedule

Hey Luvs ❤ <3!! Ok, so alot of people ask me what is my regimen and what are the do’s and dont’s during my hair care regimen! So i decided to share with you my natural hair regimen. Below is a complete overview of my regimen on daily and monthly basis. 

Also you can check this schedule out anytime by just going to my homepage and going under the natural hair tab and clicking the ‘My Hair Regimen‘ tab below it.

**THIS SCHEDULE AUTOMATICALLY UPDATES AS CHANGES ARE MADE MONTHLY**

ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT: Coastal Scents & Project Ghana

I THOUGHT THIS WAS SO AMAZING SO I HAD TO SHARE IT HERE ON MY BLOG WITH YOU GUYS. PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE AND PURCHASE SOME OF THEIR AMAZING NATURAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SHEA BUTTER,COCONUT OIL,BLACK SOAP,ESSENTIAL OILS AND MUCH MORE THAT IS HIGH IN QUALITY BUT FAIR WITH PRICE! I KNOW THAT I WILL BE MAKING A HUGE PURCHASE SOON MYSELF!

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Five years ago, Coastal Scents launched a special partnership with the Sekaf Shea Butter Village in Kasalgu, which is a small African village nestled near Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, in West Africa. Established in 2008, by a team of dedicated and hardworking American volunteers, this special cooperative project was launched to provide rural Ghanaian women an opportunity to generate substantial family income, send their children to school (in lieu of working in the fields), enhance their self-reliance through employment, and live with dignity by investing in their family’s futures. 

via Coastal Scents: Project Ghana.

Summer Series: How To Use Humectant Based Products To Retain Moisture For Your Natural Hair!

ceba2ad3de9700b20846d3b8a9cb6d99 Summer is officially here and its time to prevent & protect the hot and dry weather from sucking out the moisture from our natural curly-coily hair!  Most of us natural just can’t get around changing our regimens due to the season changes and we do our best to make sure that whatever we do that we are comfortable and our hair is cute and most of all manageable during all year round! I would get more worried about my hair in the summer since i just couldn’t seem to keep a style long and/or avoiding my hair to lose shape and swell while i was out….Which is why last summer i started doing some research on how to retain moisture for all dry weather conditions but especially for that hot and humid weather and how the ingredients in my products can help me achieve this goal. As i was researching i found out that the answer was in Humectants! Using products with humectants can help your hair retain moisture while you are outdoors.  Below i’m sharing with you what I’ve learned along the way and hopefully you can benefit from it yourself! 

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What Are Humectants?

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Humectants are frequently used in hair & beauty products because of their ability to attract moisture from the air and into the hair shaft and this all applies to the skin too (eg. glycerin,aloe vera,honey,agave,). Its pure science really and understanding can help you use it to your advantage within your regimen especially if you have dry skin or dry to damaged hair. Now understand that if there is too much moisture such as on a humid or rainy days then the humectants will attract too much water to the hair from the wet environment causing your hair to swell and may result in becoming big and frizzy because its just sucking up all that good old moisture in the air. High Porosity hair is more at risk for this problem than low or non-porous hair, which is why knowing your hair porosity levels is very important and i will make a post about this very soon that will let you know how to do a diy test to find out more about it. Humectants can come in great use for all dry weather conditions. **Although with hair during the colder months and in extreme low humidity conditions, humectants may draw water out of the  hair shaft causing possible damage or breakage so you may want to use caution and either avoid humectants all together during these conditions (which is best) or just use in moderation** I know its hard to determine the day to day weather as mother nature can change her mind at anytime, but do your best to pay attention to weather and go by that.

Also here is some very informative links explaining more in depth about humectants and the weather→

  1. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-1.html
  2. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-2.html
  3. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-ultimate-guide-to-humectants-and-hair/
  4. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/proteins-humectants-and-conesoh-my.html

DEW POINTS ARE THE KEY:Humectants

What is a Dew Point? →

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Determining the dew points is very important to decide if your going to use humectants or not and this means it is mostly based on the degrees and not on how hot or cold it is. Below is a quick breakdown for dew point ranges and humectant uses that i found on http://www.naturallycurly.com/ and it helped me alot to understand dew points much better.

 

Dry Dew Point: 15-30 degrees (-1 C)

  • Typically these are the winter months.
  • Avoid humectants if possible.
  • Use leave in conditioners.
  • Use light hold products.
  • Use plenty of emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Mid-Range Dew Point: 30-40 degrees (-1 to 4 C)

  • In  between seasons, this will require trial and error to see what your hair likes.
  • Some curls tolerate humectants in this range, some don’t.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Best Dew Point for Curls: 40-60 degrees (4 to 16 C)

  • You will enjoy the best curls at this dew point.
  • Keep your hair moisturized.
  • Humectants can be used.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

High Dew Point: 60 (16C ) +

  • May skip a leave in conditioner.
  • Hard hold products like gels. You will want to control your hair.
  • May want to avoid humectants.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Also watch these informative videos on dew points below→

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You can find Humectants in hair products such as:

  • Natural Butters
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Pomades
  • Most gels
  • Most Leave-In Conditioners

HERE IS PICTURES OF A FEW PRODUCT EXAMPLES–> 

eco-styler-gel  Aubrey-Organics-Conditioner-Honeysuckle-Rose-749985051118215953816 humectant_honey glycerine-humectant   I bet your wondering  just how you are going to identify these humectants, well all you have to do is look at your ingredients listings on the back of your products! there you will find most of the common humectants such ass glycerin,Honey,glucose,panthenol and many more which are all listed below. The big words can be a little over whelming but if you save this list or right it down then you shouldnt have a problem when the time comes to take a look at a new product or a product you already had.

A LIST OF HUMECTANTS:2010-raw-materials

  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)

(found list of humectants here-> http://tinyurl.com/IdentifyHumectants): For more on common humectants used in hair products CLICK HEREhttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humectants-used-in-hair-care-products/

****I HOPE THAT THIS POST WAS AS HELPFUL FOR YOU AS ALL THE INFO I FOUND WAS FOR ME WHEN I WAS DOING MY RESEARCH! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!****

 

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My Daughters Protective Style: MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT FLAT TWISTS!

spring_rainsWell spring/summer is here and most of us know what that weather can do to our hair, going from really hot and dry weather to humid and moist can only cause our hair to go from pretty to a hot tangled mess if not very careful. I honestly think that for those who are busy and on the go most of the time and can hardly find the time to do their hair should wear a protective style in the warmer weather especially because its already hot and not only do you wanna look good,protect your hair and get work done but you also want to enjoy the beautiful sunny days without taking up most of your night prepping or most of your day styling!  ….Right ladies?  Of course do not leave a protective style in no longer than 2-3 months and be sure to let your hair breath for a week in between styles, do a deep conditioning treatment and really love your hair during the “in between times”.

 

 

Ok so speaking of protective styling in the spring/summer, ive been trying new styles on my daughters hair but she mostly has been wearing pin & tuck or braided styles. That is until i decided to try flatwists on her hair and i have never done it before so i was very worried on how this was going to look lol but it turned out pretty well. 

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So as you can see they were pretty nice and neat too, I completed this style on freshly washed and heatless stretched hair. Only products that i applied to her hair was coconut oil after washing and applying leave in conditioner the night before and the next day when i styled her hair i applied coconut oil again;which promoted a lot of natural shine to her hair.

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 After flat twisting the front, my baby boy started becoming really fussy so i had to come up with something quick and simply to pin this girls head up and protect those ends at the same time because this weather just crazy and going from hot,cold to rain but hey that spring for you…. Above you will see that her hair is in two large flat twists with the ends tucked away, making sure no pins are to tight or easy to fall out either.

 This style lasted me about 1 week mon-sun then since she stays playing on the floor and likes to play crazy at school too, i had to take down and refresh weekly so she been rocking this style since mid may up until now but i already took it out and deep conditioned etc for the past couple weeks so it time for the next protective style and i think it will be some braids with beads since she haven’t been rocking that style for a long time and i will be posting pictures of that style too.

 

 

ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT: 7 Things That Deplete Moisture From Natural Hair by Black Girl with Long Hair

7 Things That Deplete Moisture From Natural Hair | Black Girl with Long Hair.

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