Archive | April 2013

Wash day with Anita Grant Rhassoul Cubes

Good Afternoon wonderful readers! Okay so over winter break I ordered Anita Grant’s Rhassoul Clay cubes after I saw fusionofcultures on youtube use it, as well as Naptural85 on her blog. I was so excited to try them that I ordered two packages of it (to avoid more shipping costs in the future). When I received my package-about three weeks later- I could smell the scent before I even opened it. All the chocolatey goodness of it. I opened the package excitedly and saw (within the little white box) that each box contained three chocolate candy-looking cubes.

Pre Wash:

The day before washing my hair I had it in a twist out (the one from the previous post). That night I lazily rolled and tucked my hair into five sections on my head and secured each one with a band. I removed them the next morning, and after much shaking, picking (with afro pick) and scrunching I achieved my desired look:

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Wash Time:

On wash day I clarified my scalp with diluted apple cider vinegar, and then shampooed with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. After my hair was stripped clean I placed one of the cubes into a glass measuring cup and poured an itsy bit amount of hot water on top, and then mixed it with a spoon. I ended up making it slightly too watery so I added half of another cube into the liquid and applied it to my hair. In all honesty, it was so disappointing. Correct me if i’m wrong, but I had the intentions that it would weigh my hair down like a Bentonite clay mask- as noted in the videos I watched on Youtube. On top of my high expectations for this product, it didn’t even work so well as just a deep conditioner. It felt as though my hair wasn’t even fully saturated with product. I wanted to give it one more shot so I placed in the rest of the other half cube, mixed in hot water, and rubbed it in my hair. A little better, but not great. It was also slightly grainy. I then covered my head with a plastic cap and towel for an hour, then washed it out. I’ve had better results with just using a plain conditioner. Finally, I braided my hair with Jane Carter’s Solution products, Vatica oil, castor oil, and Kinky Curly knot today.

Pics Time!

Anita Grant Rhassoul Clay:

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Product in my hair:
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Products used and Style

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Shed hair after 3 months with extensions (There would have been more if I’d never detangled after removing them)

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The results of how I style my hair the next day will be posted soon. As well as my new safety, or “go to” style. Have a great day!

P.S.- Did I mention I paid 34 dollars and change for 6 frick’n cubes that can only give me three uses! I didn’t even know I paid that much until I got my receipt and it said so. Turns out the 22 dollars (or so) I thought I was paying for this was actually in European pounds. The nerve. I plan on trying 100% Rhassoul clay in the future.

Peace!

Length Check 3 years 5 months…many setbacks

lc on ckOkay guys so here’s the deal, I’ve been natural for the last 3 1/2 years, and i’m not even at apl yet. I don’t get it. I try to be patient. I try different techniques,  I protective style, seal and use protein/deep treatments, yet nothing seems to give me faster growth. I watch videos and look at pictures of naturals who started way after I had, and they are already at bra strap! uhghhhh, so frustrating!

Anyways, I have learned that I just have to be patient and enjoy my length as it is. So it doesn’t grow as fast as other naturals I have seen; what can I do about it besides accept it? I want to say more, but then again i’m not going to burden my readership with this rant. I will say however that I may have hope when it comes to retaining/growing my hair. I haven’t trimmed my hair in who knows how long and I have so many split ends that this just might be the reason to my madness. I plan on making an appointment next month with the salon Devachan to get a trim, highlights, and shape. Hopefully, this will fix my heartache.

Now onto what you all came here for- length check. And yes, these pictures are from the same day of my previous post.

p.s.- I cut my hair mostly in the front because my hair is thinner in that region and doesn’t shrink up like the rest of my fro. I also cut a few inches in the middle and front of my head because when I first went natural I thought it was heat damage when in fact some parts of my hair are just less elastic than others. Also, last January I cut about three inches off my nape because it look awkward (long story, i’ll tell you guys more about it in the future). Pics time:

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Well, there you have it. My length check. My next post will be “wash day” using Anita Grant’s Rhassoul clay cubes. Hope you have a wonderful day! Tata 🙂

Post “Take down”: Next day

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Okay, so the next morning- wait, i’m lying, I actually woke up at around 2 p.m. The next afternoon I began to unravel my voluptuous twists when I realized that some of them in the back of my head were still damp. I was so annoyed, knowing that this was a result of the back of my head not getting enough oxygen because of the way I slept. The game would start in a few hours and all of my hard work to show off my sexy twist out would be wasted. So I added heat. Yep, for the first time since being fully natural these last 2 years (transitioned for a year and a 1/2) I NOW decide to use it. However, it wasn’t that bad. I used a blow dryer to the back of my hair on “warm” and switched back and forth to “cool,” never “hot.” After much of this to the back of my head I stop and let it air dry some more. By the time I returned to un-twisting them my hair was basically dry. As I was doing this I noticed how easily each twist separated into little individual waves on its own. I credit this to the amount of gel I used, and although I had a ton of buildup and flakes, it was barely noticeable because I had coated my hair with oil. This whole process of untwisting, fluffing, and using an afro pick all took no more than 15 minutes. The entire time I was doing my hair, I was cheesing and dancing in the mirror. “I look so good, girl you betta wurk!” Yea, so that’s how excited I was after seeing myself in a twist out after so long without my natural hair. On top of that- as I expected- I got compliments from every guy, girl, mom, lunch lady, janitor, random strangers, and a bunch of other people. Guys were especially stunned to see me with my new hair after it being below waist length only the day before (extensions). That’s natural hair for you. And I love it!

Okay, so enough chit chat for now, here are the pics:

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After the game several hours later:

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Now it’s time for texture shots! In some of these pics you can definitely see the flakes from the gel.

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Well that’s all for today guys, but come back tomorrow and i’ll give you a length check.

p.s.- Feel free to spread the word

Take down of Senegalese twists and style

After having Senegalese twists in for almost three months I finally took them down. This process took me almost three hours(40 minutes of study and 2 episodes of Scandal.) Upon removing my twists my hair felt beyond brittle, with lots of build up at the roots and very dry. Some twists were easy while a few others got so tangled with my hair that I had to cut some of my own strands. Also, several twists in the middle of my head (from the previous take down) had locked because I had never detangled them when I had initially  re-twisted my hair. The better twists were very stretched out and created some great curls (twist out).

It was almost 12 a.m. in the morning at this point, so I decided that i’d have to wait until another day to wash it. The thing is, I had a basketball game to go to the next day so I couldn’t imagine having to wash my hair and style it to be dry in time for the game. So I twisted my hair with gel….lots and lots of gel, and can you believe I didn’t use a comb the entire time? Yea, I know. Anyway, I finished at 2:20 in the morning, which isn’t that bad considering the tangled state my hair was in at that time. I saved the colored extensions for future twists, being that they looked like they could get a few more uses (plus one pack costed me $6 on ebay). I twisted my hair with water, a mixture of oils, Shea Moisture Smoothie, Eco Styler gel (a ton), and Castor oil on my ends. This combo, the gel especially, coated my hair with a white film. When this process was complete I was shocked my nails had withstood the entire process, and even more shocked at the finger detangling method (never knew it could be so effective once oil and water hit it). While checking my length, I noticed that my hair had grown a lot more (I told myself), and I already began obsessing about how I was going to style it for the next few weeks (in which I planned to put in another set of extensions). I planned to keep my loose natural hair out for 3 weeks.

Okay, so now here are the pics, and mind you, I look kinda busted in some of them. Not to mention I decided to do an oatmeal facial during this process. They are in order from take down to style.

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Part 2 coming soon. Hope you enjoyed 🙂

How I clean scalp with extensions: Post 2 months

While I had my hair in extensions-for over two months- I barely washed them. In fact, I only washed my hair in the shower once, and the second time, I just used apple cider vinegar distilled with water. I find that using apple cider vinegar to only clean my scalp is a lot less work than having to wash my hair in the shower while it gets heavy and dries for two days. This new method (for me) is a lot more efficient. Below will be pictures of this process, in which I am on the surface of 2 months with extensions. Literally all I need to show you are a few pictures, it is a fairly easy process.

  • I first filled a small applicator bottle with slightly less than 1 part apple cider vinegar and three parts water. I also placed a towel around my neck to catch the solution. In all honesty, I didn’t even need half of that. I only needed about 1/4 of the amount that I made, but I didn’t bother saving it.

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  • Next, I applied it all over my scalp until my hair was drenched while simultaneously rubbing my scalp as it got cleaned. At this point my head was beginning to itch like crazy. I began rubbing it harder to get relief (it felt really good) and I also used a comb to scratch my scalp as well. I guess this was just a sure sign that my scalp was being stripped of all it’s grease.

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  • As you can see my hair is looking beyond ratchet in these photos, but, at this point, I was still able to keep these in for almost another month by wearing a beanie or bunning. After this process all I did was let it air dry and it was good to go for the next few weeks.

Peace!

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