#TendrilTuesday (Thursday): My Current Natural Hair Regimen

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Hey girls, It’s Tendril Tuesday… Thursday! (# TendrilTuesday) Link up your hair related posts with me.

I don’t have anything exciting to report with my hair. I planned on doing some color correcting, and extra blondification (yes, that’s a word) yesterday….but I forgot to buy the dye.  All the better. The more time between coloring processes the better.

My Regimen is now…and moving forward:

  • Cowash every few days – I use THIS COWASH (usually)
  • Deep condition weekly – I use THIS right now, when it’s done I’ll be using THIS.
  • I’m only going to shampoo with a real shampoo 2x monthly (more often only if needed)
  • Moisturize daily – THIS is what I’ve been using lately
  • Oil every other day or so – Using THIS lately (I told you about that already) in lieu of my trusty love of my life

I wear my hair curly (well, wavy since the perm is still in it up top) and loose with a headband almost all the time. Otherwise I brush it back into a ponynub.

I sleep in a scarf and on a satin pillowcase for backup in the event the scarf comes loose.

I do not comb my hair unless I’m cowashing.

As of right now…

I’m SICK SICK SICK of my permed bits of hair. I’m seriously considering chopping it all off… BUT

I’m being seduced by the fact that it’s finally long enough for me to pin back into a tidy lil style….

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or pull back in a legit ponynubbin :)

  short natural hair ponytail

My aunt braided my hair up this weekend and I forgot to take pics of it in…. this is the only one I have, and it was right before unbraiding it, so quite old.

pinned up cornrows

 

And the only one I have of it when I unbraided is at the top of this post…

 

OK Enough yappin’ from me.  What say you?


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Dove Silky Hair Dare (Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Review)

dove pure care dry oil

Wow I feel like I have not done a product review in 100 years. I was given the opportunity to try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil range and I like it so far. To be 100% honest I only used the three pieces together ( the shampoo conditioner and oil) on my hair twice but I used the products separately many times. Mainly, I used the conditioner for co washing a whole lot…. it’s almost done.

The first thing that I noticed about this was that it had macadamia nut oil and I got scared. I am super allergic to most tree nuts including macadamias and I was like uh uh, I’m not going to have to whip out my EpiPen to do a product review no way no how! I went to Dr. Google M.D.’s website and read about it and saw that if you can touch nuts without an allergic reaction then touching the nut oils would not be a problem.

So I braved myself up and tried it and I like it! It’s not the best shampoo or the worst shampoo I’ve ever tried, but it smells great and works well. My hair didn’t feel over-cleaned, but it did suds up a lot (which I know some people love, but I don’t) and my hair/scalp felt nice and clean. It wouldn’t be my go-to shampoo, but I will use it up versus tossing it or giving it away.

The conditioner is thick, goes in easily, smooths on quickly and gives a lot of slip (which I love) and the smell is almost intoxicating man. I love it and it’s hard to describe but its like sweet without being cloying and somehow… natural. It smells like it should be a baby’s body wash from a high end all-natural brand. lol Oh, and my fave part is the smell lasts a long time.

I used the conditioner regularly (post-shampooing), as a co-wash (in lieu of shampooing) and as a deep conditioner (left on clean dry hair for hours w/ and w/o heat) and with all 3 types of uses I got quick slip, and easy rinsing. My hair was left feeling soft, moisturized and smelling really good.

The oil which is the third step in the range is my favorite part.  I think I have used it every day or almost every day since I received the product. It goes on easily and smoothly and then once it’s in, your hair feels soft not weighed down and greasy. It’s not tacky like castor oil can be. It’s hard to describe but the way they say dry oil…. when I was looking at that name I was like what the hell are they talking about… but now I kind of understand. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue it’s kind of an almost light/dry feeling (if that makes sense).

I would recommend the shampoo for people with oily hair and oily scalps, or people that love sudsy shampoos. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who’s used to all-natural, non sudsing shampoos. The conditioner I would recommend to anyone of all hair types. I would also recommend the oil to anyone with dry hair, or who currently uses coconut oil.

I’ve mentioned my deep love for coconut oil here many, many times. But since trying this oil, I’ve been using it exclusively (over my moisturizer after a wash, and on dry hair ends at night) and no complaints whatsoever. It has coconut oil in it too, so maybe that’s why I’m loving it so much.

The oil is also great for slicking hair back without needing to use a gel. I finally have a ponytail (ponynub) again, and was able to smooth my hair down easily with the oil and very little effort!

short natural hair ponytail

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Tendril Tuesday: Lightening Up

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Happy Tendril Tuesday Girls!

Don’t forget to link up your hair care posts with me today!

I wanted to go red for the fall. I bought some blonde dye so I could lighten my hair first to make sure the red would “take.” I learned from Felicia Leatherwood that I would have to go lighter in stages. So I figured I’d have to go two or 3 rounds…

blonde dye for natural hair okdani blog

Yesterday was blonding day #1

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Postpartum Shedding and My Hair Lately

 

I realize as I sit down to write this post that I really miss writing about hair! I haven’t tried too many new products lately to review but I’m going to have to start, so I can give you ladies some new hair product giveaways too!

Let’s see….

Well postpartum shedding is rearing its ugly head super strong. I touch my hair and tons of it falls out, if I even think about touching my hair, tons falls out… It’s awful. Look at my edges!!!

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My Fifty Dollar Hair Mistake

or

Why Braids are the devil

or

Why I will Never Get Braids Again

or

Did you know your hairline could pucker?

or

I think the African hair braider wanted me dead

……..ummmm…….

Not sure which title is best for this lil post…but….

::sigh::

OK,

So…. This happened:

braids braids1

…..And not even 24 hours later I took those suckers right the F out!!

Oh my god.

I don’t know how people do it. They were heavy, painful, super tight and felt like it was pulling my hairline right off of my head!! I asked homegirl to make the front loose, and it felt like she was doing them looser (ish) but…umm…. I could feel each follicle dying.

Seriously.

I wanted to get braids so I wouldn’t have to deal with my hair at all and could just enjoy my time in Florida. However, taking those braids out the next morning was the best thing I could’ve done. I didn’t want to end up like this:

Naomi-bad-hair

 

Or worse…. 520782f0160c5

(I’m sorry but I busted out a big ol’ laugh the first time I saw that poor man’s fro loading up. He must be on dial up. 56k modem style)

My hairline is naturally far back and thinner on the sides like my dad’s, plus I’ve got a fivehead, I can’t afford a 6, 7 or 8 head. No way!

Anywaaaaayyyy…..

My postpartum shedding has started up with a vengeance so I’m glad I am braid free so everything can shed as it needs to. (sidebar: it’s so unsettling to see huge amounts of hair just falling from your head all day long, no matter if you know it’s supposed to happen, no matter how “prepared” you are for it…it’s still pretty scary)

Now…. despite my puckering hairline and not being able to hold my head up straight…..I still haven’t learned my lesson….

I think I’m going to get something like this the next time I lose my mind and wanna get braids:

goddessbraidss goddess braids

 

Sooo pretty.

Have you had any hair mishaps lately?

Any postpartum shedding advice for me?

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