Hair Update…Creme of Nature

It’s been so hard but I decided to stick with one product line. I’ve been using the Creme of Nature Argan Oil line and I love it! I have been combining it with natural products and I must say the results are amazing.

I’ve come to learn that I love the hair masque better than the intensive conditioner. The conditioner makes my hair feel strong but the masque leaves my hair so soft! I have been incorporating green tea rinses and prepooing with amla oil. The green tea helps reduce breakage and the amla oil is good for hair growth. My hair has grown a lot these last few weeks.

I am now interested in the Creme of Nature Honey line. I’ve read some great reviews and I can’t wait to try it. I plan on purchasing the line today. If I love it (which I think I will) I’ll alternate between both lines and continue to use my natural products as well.

I’m Sick But Wash Day Is Still On

I have been sick as a dog with a summer cold. I felt so bad that I didn’t even get to do my mid week cowash. Sunday I just knew I had to do something to Lady Fro.

Saturday I got off work at 1 and once I got home I decided to prepoo with oil and let it sit over night. I’ve been reading up on amla oil and powder for hair growth. I love the idea of using natural products so I ordered both. The instructions on the oil says to apply to scalp and shampoo out after at least an hour. The amla oil has such a strong smell that isnt the most appealing. To combat that I added peppermint oil.

In my applicator bottle I added mostly alma oil but then I added some avocado/canola oil (review coming soon). The oil was a green color because of the amla. I first applied a generous amount to my scalp and then used my castor oil/olive oil mix from my spray bottle for the rest of my hair. I ended up letting the oil sit in my hair for 24 hours!

My mom came over after church to see about me. I got up enough strength to spray my hair with water and to apply my shampoo to my scalp. Thankfully my mom helped me to rinse it out. Afterwards I spray my hair with green tea until it was fully saturated. Afterwards I applied my Creme of Nature deep conditioner. I let the tea and the DC sit in for about an hour before my mom rinsed it out.

My hair felt super hydrated and I could still smell the amla oil. It wasn’t as strong so I didn’t mind it. I let my hair air dry and then I added twists. Normally I would moisturize and seal using the LOC method but I was way too tired. My hair felt super moisturized anyways thanks to the amla oil.

The next morning I undid my twists and styled my fro a little. My curls were SUPER defined and soft. I will definitelty used my amla oil again!

I Let My Boyfriend Deep Condition My Hair…

Yes you read that correctly. I actually let my boyfriend deep condition my hair! We’ve been together for almost 5 months but I’ve always had crochet braids. When I decided to unlesh Lady Fro again I was a little nervous. I think it shocked him in the beginning but now he seems to love it! He’s always asking me about my hair and constantly tries to touch it. Even when I had my crochet braids he always called me his “beautiful African queen.”

The other day I decided to deep condition Lady Fro because she felt a little dry. I used my Creme of Nature co-wash for the first time and followed it with my ORS Banana and Bamboo conditioner. I know I said I was sticking to the Creme of Nature line only but I had forgotten I had purchased a pack of this conditioner.

While co-washing my hair my boyfriend became intrigued. He came into the kitchen and said he wanted to help me wash it out. He did such a great job I decided to ask if he wanted to deep condition. I was surprised when he said yes! I showed him how to apply it and he tried really hard to do it right. He’s bald but he decided to use the leftovers on his beard. We kept it in for about an hour and rinsed.

In the end both Lady Fro and John’s beard turned out nice and soft!

Product Haul ft. Creme of Nature

I must admit, I am a product junkie! I have several brands of conditioners, cowashes, moisturizers, oils, etc. It’s so crazy to me since I’m trying to figure out what products work for me. It’s hard to tell when I use so many different types.

Sunday I decided to pick up another bottle of my favorite shampoo and leave in conditioner. I absolutely love the Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil from Morocco. This is the only shampoo that doesn’t strip my hair. It just feels so amazing. I also love the Strength & Shine Leave-In Conditioner spray from the same line. The spray just leaves my hair feeling so refreshed.

I saw the shampoo and I noticed some other products that I hadn’t used before. I already had a few Creme of Nature products so I decided to buy the other stuff to complete my collection. I have just about everything except for the edge control. I tried it before and it didn’t hold my 4C hair down at all!

I plan on starting a regimen to test this line out. The only other product I will continue to use is my JBCO for my scalp. Below is a complete list of argan oil products I plan to use for the next few months:

Strength & Shine Leave-In Conditioner Spray

Moisture & Shine Shampoo

Intensive Conditioning Treatment

Hydration Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

Moisture Recovery Leave-In Curl Milk

Oil Treatment

Moisturizing Milk Masque

Everything in the picture is what I picked up at Walmart. Each thing cost around $4.50. The co-wash was $6 but a $2 coupon was attached to the bottle. Winning!!!! That’s a huge blessing considering how expensive natural hair products are. Let’s see how this goes! Individual product reviews coming soon.

…I’m Back!

I know, I know, I know…it’s been FOREVER!!!! My life…and my hair…has taken me on an emotional roller coaster. As for my hair, I have been rocking a protective style for well over a year because of damage. If you follow me then you know that my hair likes to randomly fall out. As much as I try to combat it, it just happens.

Over a year ago my hair was fine. In fact, I remember my last good hair day. Then all of a sudden I developed a bald spot in the center of my hair! I should be used to this but it’s never easy to accept. After that I installed crochet braids to keep me from manipulating my hair too much.

Now I am pleased to say that my hair has grown back. However, my hair was crazy uneven. Soooo, I had to mini big chop. I’ve gone from this…

…to this…

The Power of JBCO

So those who have followed my blog know that I have major issues with breakage during the cold winter months. I’ve had this problem since as early as middle school. The funny thing about my hairloss is that it always attack a different section of my head each time. 

When I went natural I thought that maybe I wouldn’t have this issue anymore but sadly I did. About 6 months ago I noticed major breakage at my crown area. I noticed it felt more thin. I decided to take a picture of the spot and was sad to discover that I was bald! 

After the discovery I turned to protective styling to try to stop the breakage. Luckily for me this option worked. In the meantime I wanted to grow that section of my hair back. Soooo I went back to old faithful…Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I reguarly massaged the oil in my scalp, particularly the bald area. Today during lunch I decided to snap another pic of my crown to check out the progress. I must say that I am well pleased.

My hair in that area is still shorter than the other sections of my head. Over the past 2 months I have been trimming the longer sections to even it out some. I predict that in another month or 2 my hair will be all one length. I have started a brand new hair regimen that is showing great results so far. I will share this regimen after a month. 

First Impressions: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Hair Masque

About 3 weeks ago I was hanging out with my friend Catrea and we came across an awesome deal. Our favorite thing to do is shop Marshall’s hair products and we found this Shea Moisture Masque for $7.99!!! I love Shea Moisture but they can be a little pricey for my budget.

I have never used this Shea Moisture line but I figured I would like it since I love everything else SM does. Yesterday was wash day and I was excited to try this masque. I’ve always had dry, itchy scalp and have been searching for years for a great product to combat it.

The first thing i noticed was the smell. I loved the scent because it’s not too strong and smells “earthy.” The next thing i noticed was its thickness. This masque is very creamy and thick, which I love. 

After shampooing i applied the masque through my strands and was surprised that i didnt have to use a lot of product. After application I covered my hair with 4 plastic shower caps, a thermal cap, satin cap, and 2 crochet hats I made. Within minutes I could feel the product tingling.

I left the masque in my hair for about an hour and a half (i took a nice nap) and made sure to rinse all the product out. While i was rinsing with cool water i noticed how strong and moisturized my strands felt. It almost felt as good as when I use my SM superfruit masque. 

I let my hair air dry and then twisted Lady Fro. Lastly moisturized and sealed with the LOC method. This morning I took down my twists and my hair still felt strong and moisturized. So far I really love this SM masque. I will give it a few tries to see if it helps with my itchy scalp! 

New Cowash Routine

I have been using my new cowash routine for a few months now and I am loving the results! My conditioner of choice is Aussie Moist. This stuff is cheap and amazing!!!!

Before I get started I spray my hair with a little water to loosen up my coils. I then proceed to twisting my hair. Once my hair is complete I then proceed to cowash my hair. After i cowash I use the Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I was a little skeptical about the 3 minute thing but this stuff really works! It leaves my hair extremely soft.

Since I wash my hair in twists I like to make sure all the conditioner is out. After rinsing I grab my t shirt to dry my hair. After my hair gets to about 80% dry I proceed to the LOC methed. I actually use a LOCO methed:

L-Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner cream

O-I apply my Tropic Isle Living JBCO to my scalp and massage

C-Shea Moiture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

O-Organix Macadamia Penetrating Oil

After moisturizing and sealing my hair I put on my satin bonnet and head to bed. I cowashed my hair last night using this method and Lady Fro looks amazing!

1 Year and 2 months Natural!!!

I am so ashamed at the state of this blog. I have been extremely busy and have neglected my baby! I am proud to announce that on September 19th, I will be 1 year and 2 months natural!!! Whoop whoop!!!! This has been a long year full of ups and downs regarding hair. Here is what I have learned about Lady Fro this year:

  1. My hair absolutely LOVES Jamaican Black Castor Oil! Many bloggers say that JBCO is too thick and heavy for their hair but my curls love it. I use it regularly and my hair has grown A LOT!
  2. My hair doesn’t like shampoo very much. I now shampoo my hair once every 6 weeks or so. The only shampoo my hair loves is the Creme of Nature Moisturizing Argon Oil shampoo. That stuff is the bomb! It’s the only shampoo that doesn’t strip my hair.
  3. I am in love with Aussie products! I use Aussie Moist conditioners and the Miracle one. Both products are so cheap and my hair comes alive when I use it. I cowash with the conditioners and follow it up with the 3 minute deep conditioner.
  4. My favorite deep conditioner is the Shea Moisture superfruit complex 10-in-1 renewal system hair masque. This stuff smells amazing and makes my curls pop when I use it. 
  5. My hair does not do well in cold winter months. Even when I was relaxed my hair would grow so nice and full during spring and summer. However, every winter my hair will come out in 1 section until I was near bald. I’ve tried everything but nothing works. Unfortunately the same thing happened as a natural. My hair came out in the crown area so bad until I could see my scalp! To help combat the issue I wore crochet braids as a protective style for nearly 5 months. This helped my hair to start growing again.
  6. Shrinkage is real!!!! I get so frustrated because my hair shrinks so fast. I can leave for work in the morning with a big happy fro and by the end of the day it’s half the height. I have yet to find a product that prevents this from happening.

Now that I have made it through my first year I know what pitfalls to look out for. Fall is nearly approaching which means winter will be here before I know it. It is my plan to keep up with my protein treatments. If I start noticing intense shedding I will put in a protective style. That is my plan this time.

Now for the fun part, here is a picture showing my hair at day 1 compared to my 1 year and 1 month natural picture. My hair has grown out a lot but due to the massive hair loss, one side is slightly longer than the other. I will slowly trim the longer side down as the shorter side grows out:

Stop Telling People It’s Easy?

I am coming up on 7 months natural and I am really excited! Now that my hair is growing out more I am getting a lot more compliments from friends and strangers. I was at work talking with a colleague who is natural and a friend who isn’t. My colleague and I were both rocking a puff and my friend said she liked both of our natural locs. I told her going natural was the best decision I made because it’s so easy.

My coworker has been natural for a few years and her hair is much longer than mine. I guess that’s why she told me I needed to stop telling people it’s easy. I went on to explain that I know that when my hair grows it will require much more work but CURRENTLY my hair routine is really easy! When relaxed I had to flat iron my hair everyday which took a lot of time and effort. Now I spritz with water and fluff out. I can do my hair in 5 mins!

Natural hair does take work but to me it’s much more simple than my relaxed days by FAR! What are your thoughts?