Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wash Day | Oh hello there!

My new job has me so busy that I haven't been keeping up with my wash day posts. But, don't worry I'm still taking care of my hair. Last week's wash day went well but since I can't find Aubrey Organics GBP Conditioner in stores, I decided to use the Aphogee Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor.  All was well until I started braiding my hair in my recent do. My hair was stiff and a little hard. The only changes to my wash day regimen were: using the Aphogee Reconstructor and using Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. Other than that, my wash day was the same. It's weird because I've used both of these products before and I don't remember my hair feeling like that.


                                                          
                                                                               Right before I started my wash day
For Sunday's wash day, I decided to leave out the Aphogee Reconstructor and Black Vanilla to see if my hair would go back to normal. 


My arsenal for wash day (my red spray bottle is hidden beyond the other products) 


Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice and Vegetable Glycerin and The Chocolate Antidote by Tangles and Beyond.  I'm a huge fan of Tangles and Beyond, so when she dropped this new version of The Antidote, I knew I had to try it.

Co-Washed with  Detangling Co-Wash by Mielle Organics in four sections.

Tangles & Beyond Monthly Strawberry Protein Remedy- Since I'm out of my weekly protein treatment and I don't want to use Aphogee, I went with my other favorite. I've been using this for a couple of months and I love it! I plan to do a review of it sometime this summer. I like to apply this to my hair and add my heated cap for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it out.

Deep Conditioned with Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner  under my Hot Head cap for 30-35  minutes. I decided to use my Eternally In Amber Rainbow Shampoo Comb to detangle my hair.

ACV Rinse-- I did an ACV (diluted with water) rinse. I massage the mixture into my scalp for about 5 minutes and then rinsed my hair out with lukewarm water. 

T-shirt dried my hair for about 10 minutes. I put my hair in big chunky braids so they could dry. Once my hair was about 90% dry, I applied my spritz mix,  Mint Almond , Jia's Carribean DreamCreme and braided my hair in my recent go-to style.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Summer Hair Prep

With summer just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start thinking about my hair plans. Although I'm looking forward to rocking my fro every once in awhile, I have a three-step plan to keep my hair healthy and thriving this summer.

1. Rock Low-Manipulation Styles 

I love rocking my afro but I find that wearing my hair in low-manipulation styles worst best for me, especially during the summer. Since I'm currently working on another television show--so much for a hiatus--I want to wear styles that don't require a lot of fuss. And I also want styles that don't take too much of my time. So here are the styles I plan on rotating this summer.



I haven't tried this one yet, but I can't wait to give it a try.



My current go-to style. Want to see my attempts at this style? Go here and here .



You all know how much I love this style!!! I haven't done it recently, but I will definitely be going back to this. I want to try wearing my mini twists in a top bun like Jenell.




One of my goals is to improve my braiding skills. That being said, this is a style that I will attempt this summer. Wish me luck!

2. Keeping My Hair Moisturized

As someone with naturally dry hair, I have to be really proactive about keeping my hair moisturized. Climate also plays a part in how dry my hair becomes. Portland, believe it or not, can be really hot and sometimes dry during the summer. My plan is to continue using leave-in and deep conditioners (which are already in my hair care regimen) that provide additional moisture for my hair.

3. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle 

In my opinion, this is probably one of the most important ways to achieve healthy hair. In addition to taking my Mielle Organics Vitamins, I plan on drinking lots of water, eating a balanced diet (curbing the processed sugars and eating clean) and exercising. Even though I'm on another show--i'm not on full-time (thank goodness!), I'm making fitness a priority. Working 70 hours on Grimm for about 9 months really changed my work out schedule A LOT. But I have more time and more energy to fit it in.

What about you? What are your hair plans for the summer? How do you prep?

    
                           


Friday, May 6, 2016

Wash Day | Revisiting The Braid & Tuck

Hey everyone!

I've been bad about posting as of late but my hair is still thriving. Here is my latest wash day recap from my latest wash day.
My post LA hair
Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice and Vegetable Glycerin and The Chocolate Antidote by Tangles and Beyond.  I'm a huge fan of Tangles and Beyond, so when she dropped this new version of The Antidote, I knew I had to try it.




My hair felt so soft and moisturized. So far I love this product, which doesn't surprise me because Ashley's products are amazing!


Co-Washed with  Detangling Co-Wash by Mielle Organics in four sections.

 No Protein Treatment today- I'm still out of my go-to weekly protein treatment Aubrey Organics GPB Glyocen Protein Balancing Conditioner. Btw, does anyone know where I can find it locally? I'm only finding it online :( . Luckily, I did a protein treatment before my LA trip, so I think my hair will be okay missing a week or two.

Deep Conditioned with Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner  under my Hot Head cap for 30  minutes. Before I rinsed it out, I used my fingers to gently detangle my hair in the shower.

ACV Rinse-- I did an ACV (diluted with water) rinse. I massage the mixture into my scalp for about 5 minutes and then rinsed my hair out with lukewarm water. 

T-shirt dried my hair for about 10 minutes. Then I put my hair in big chunky braids and pinned them up into an updo so I could go to pole. 

After pole class, I opted for an quick and easy hairstyle for the week. As much as I love my semi-mini braids, I didn't have the energy or time (I had an early call time for work the next day) to braid my hair.


My updated Braid and Tuck style

I am really proud with how this hairstyle turned out. The last time I did this style was about a year ago and I think my technique has gotten better. Not to mention, my hair is longer this time around.


My braid and tuck from February 2015

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The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2 Years Natural!!

Happy 2 Naturalversary to me!!

I honestly can't believe it's been two years since I did my big chop. In the months leading up to my big chop I had prepared myself for short hair, by cutting a little bit each month. So by the time I walked into the salon that day I felt more excitement than fear. After months of watching YouTube videos and reading books about natural hair, I was ready to discover my natural hair. This would be my first time dealing with my natural texture--my mother relaxed my hair at a very young age.

Leaving that salon I felt free and nervous. It was the first time that I was going to be solely responsible for the health of my hair. I knew that there would be failures and successes, and to be honest I was ready for the challenge. The first year being natural was all about building a regimen and finding products that worked for my hair. Click here to see some highlights of that first year.






This past year has been refining what I know about my hair, which included experimenting with hairstyles and products. I also decided to try hair vitamins, something that has been really beneficial and positive for the health of my hair. And I finally have a regimen that works for my hair. My natural hair journey has also allowed me to become a healthier and happier person!

I'm excited to see what the next year of my hair journey will bring. I also wanted to say thank you to everyone that supported me along the way. Your encouragement and inspiration means the world to me. And of course a huge thank you to my husband, who planted the seed several years ago about rocking my natural hair.



~Adventures of a Nappy Chica

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Product Review: Soak My Body Muscle Milk Bath

Photo courtesy of  Tanglesandbeyond.com
*note-the muscle bath no longer comes prefilled
Price: $18.00 for an 16 oz jar

Where I bought it: www.tanglesandbeyond.com

Why I bought it: I love working out but the older I get, the more I realize I need to pamper myself after going to the gym, especially the nights I come back from pole. I usually only buy hair products from Ashley (owner of Tangles and Beyond) but I was curious about her other products. She, like myself, is a workout junkie and always posts about the muscle milk bath after her gym sessions. So, I thought I should try it out myself. 

Product Description: Pure Coconut Milk , Yogurt Powder, Himalayan Salt, and a blend of muscle relaxing bath tea with willow bark, sage, peppermint and nettle is what your sore muscles need after a hard workout!

Directions: Just 15 minutes of hot water, and maybe a candle or some music will set the mood just right. It's about time you did something for yourself!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Coconut Milk Powder, Yogurt Powder, Pink Himalayan Salt, Coconut Oil, White Willow Bark, Sage, Nettle Leaf, Hawaiian Black Salt and a blend of essential oils and fragrances. (ingredient list taken from both my jar and the website)

How I use it: I like to use this muscle milk bath once a week, usually after my pole class. This is a great way to soak my muscles, listen to my 80s channel on Pandora and dream about the next pole move I want to master. If I had time, I would do this soak every time I worked out. But, most of the time I don't have that kind of time to spare.

What I love about it: Everything! This has become a favorite part of my workout ritual.

What I don't like:  I wish I had a bigger jar of this stuff! I was so sad when I ran out this past Sunday :(. I ordered some more during the recent drop, but it will be a little bit before I get it. For more info about the drop, click here.  In the meantime, I have a few bath bombs courtesy of my Spring FabFit box.

Final thoughts: If you're looking for an organic product to help soothe your tired, overworked muscles, then this is right up your alley!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  Any reviews or opinions expressed about items in this post are my own personal views. I purchased all items with my own funds and have not received any compensation for writing my opinion. I have no connection to the products or brands mentioned in this post.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Winter Empties 2016

This post is way past due but I wanted to show you the products I finished during the winter. I'm still working on downsizing my stash and only keeping the essentials/staple products. 



1. Mielle Organics Adult Healthy Hair Formula (x2)- You guys know I'm a huge fan of Mielle Organics. I've been taking the vitamins since September and my hair has really thrived. I like to take my vitamins first thing in the morning with breakfast. I plan on writing another update sometime soon.

2. Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash- This has been my go-to co-wash for several months now. It leaves my hair clean and makes my curls pop! I'm hoping Mielle will make a bigger bottle of this co-wash down the line. #agirlcandream


3.  Mielle Organices Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner - There are so many reasons why I love this conditioner. It leaves my scalp clean and my hair smooth, moisturized and healthy.


4. Juara Candlenut Body Creme- Because of my sensitive skin, I usually stick to using natural oils or fragrance-free lotions to moisturize my skin. But, when I got this cream in my FabFit box in the fall, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. I feel like a million bucks after using this cream and I haven't had a reaction to it. When I used up my free jar, I searched the internet and bought my own jar. I need to do some more research and find out where I can score this stuff locally.




What are your winter empties? Are there products you loved? Any products you wouldn't purchase again?


 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Wash Day| Curls, Curls, Curls!

Hey everyone!

I know, it's been a little over two weeks since my last post. But, life has been a little crazy. We wrapped on Grimm season 5 last Thursday and I have been basking in my new found freedom. Anyway, over the weekend I went to my natural hairstylist Cher'e for a killer style for the Grimm Season 5 Wrap Party. Here are the details from this Saturday's wash day.



Relaxing underneath the hooded dryer


One of the main reason why I love going to the salon every 6 weeks or so is to give myself a break. Don't get me wrong. I love taking care of my hair but sometimes it feels good to let someone else do it. So when I first learned about the wrap party, I knew that I would be visiting Cher'e for an epic style for the night 


As much as I love the results of the perm rod set, I'm not sure how often I rock the hairstyle. When I first arrived at the salon I was treated to a shampoo and a deep conditioner treatment. In order to make the process go a little faster, Cher'e used the tension method to partially blow dry my hair. She knows that I'm #teamnoheat so she only used the blow dryer for a limited time with a very low setting. The goal of using the blow dryer wasn't to get my hair straight but to have a little stretch to my hair. If you have air texture like mine, than you know that once water hits our strands, it shrinks to about 75% of it's actual length.

 Unfortunately, the thickness of my hair resulted in several hours of applying the perm rods into my hair. Cher'e is a champ and braved the many hours it took to set my hair, My one attempt at the roller set resulted in a less than desired result and I have sworn off doing it again, After Cher're finished setting my hair I sat under the dryer for about 35-40 minutes.

I have to admit I was a little nervous. The only time I wore the perm rod set was when I tried to achieve the look on my house. Let's just say the hairstyle left more to be desired. It was during that funny/horrifying ordeal that I decided that I would never attempt perm rods by myself. 



Day 2 hair


The plan is to keep these curls for at least a week, maybe more if I can swing it. So far to preserve my curls I wear a bonnet every night and apply EVCO in the mornings.

How was your #washdayexperience? Did you try anything new?


The Wash Day Experience