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Spotlight on a Natural Celeb: Janelle Monae

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Song “It’s Code” track #12 lyrics provided by MEH!  I wanted to add these songs lyrics because this album is the TRUTH, and this song in particular is a fave of mine! Plus she is a NATURAL diva such as myself! Love your manes ladies ROCK THAT SHIT! If you don’t have the album COP THAT! Please and THANKS!!! 

Love is gnawing on my mind
Feeling real down
All dressed up in my new suit
Took my name, my sight, my sound

​Been trying to find myself all day long
I heard ’em say
Love’ll be your curse or a restless friend
Love belongs in movies
Now I know I played with your heart
Cause when I turned back around I saw
You in someone else’s arms
Walking round town
All dressed up making your move
But I was scared to fall in love
I never thought I’d be the one
That would push you in her arms

Oh baby it’s code
I want you to hold me
And love me til I want no more
Need me, and need me til I need no more
Baby it’s code
Baby it’s code

But I was scared to fall in love
I never thought I’d be the one
That would push you in her arms, oh!

Oh baby it’s code
I want you to hold me
And love me til I want no more
Need me, and need me til I need no more
Baby it’s code
Baby it’s code

Oh baby, hey baby
I wanna be in your arms, oh
Please don’t leave
Please I need a nurse
I’ve been hurt
I need a glass of Merlot Blanc
I know I was wrong
But can’t you see
The harm that’s been done to me, oh!

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Let’s talk SHRINKAGE

First of all, to those following me and those who will in the future (I hope!) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!! My NYE was pretty eventful! Memories made that will last a LIFETIME! Let’s try to stick to our resolutions, aye? More like our 1 week commitment! LOL! Only 6% of Americans actually keep them.. Now, back to the subject at hand!

SHRINKAGE!  Exhibit A then B 

ImageImageWhat is shrinkage, and why does it only seem to occur in women of color? (The Structure of Our Hair)

Different ethnic groups have observable differences in the structure, density, and growth rate of hair. With regards to structure, all human hair has the same basic chemical composition in terms of keratin protein content.[6] Franbourg et al. have found that Black hair may differ in the distribution of lipids throughout the hair shaft.[6] Classical Afro-texture hair has been found to be not as densely concentrated as other phenotypes.[1] Specifically, the average density of Afro-textured hair was found to be approximately 190 hairs per square centimeter. This was significantly lower than that of Caucasian hair, which, on average, has approximately 227 hairs per square centimeter.[1]

Loussourarn found that Afro-textured hair grows at an average rate of approximately 256 micrometers per day, while Caucasian hair grows at approximately 396 micrometers per day.[1][7] In addition, due to a phenomenon called ‘shrinkage’, Afro-textured hair that is a given length when stretched straight can appear much shorter when allowed to naturally coil.[8] Shrinkage is most evident when Afro-hair is (or has recently been) wet.

Laymen’s Terms

So pretty much our hair shrinks up because it is in our genetics. Some women will have 3A-3C hair while others are 4A-C.. None the less embrace it, whatever your texture! Scientifically proven, all that other ish.. LOL! Shoutout to Wikipedia!

I decided to blow dry my hair on a medium setting.. I won’t be doing that again. I’m absolutely terrified of heat damage.. And to think I use to WANT my hair to be “trained” translation of that bullshit is HEAT DAMAGE! But hey, you live and you learn, right?? GOOD! I write this blog to say this.. Learn to embrace the shrinkage, because it is your friend, and is a sign of healthy hair. It’s a bit of a struggle to combat, but with patient and care you’ll find what works for you!

Jamaican Blk Castor Oil and Hair Growth

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I’ve started using JBCO (Jamaican blk castor oil) and a spray bottle filled with water to mist my hair daily, and the length retention has been AMAZING!! JBCO has some amazing properties as far as hair growth goes..

Image 6/6/2013 I Big chopped on 3/3/2013

Image11/2013 8 months after I big chopped! Shrinkage is REAL. 

JBCO stimulates the hair follicles, and is an anti fungal oil that does WONDERS for the health of your scalp, which is essential for hair growth! I’ll get into all of the science behind it in another post. I’m a former product junkie, but these days.. All I need is my JBCO, and a spray bottle full of water! My regime is SIMPLE! From March to October I have acquired 7 inches of growth on my 4b type hair. I only use shampoo every MONTH, I co-wash every 2 weeks.. I use my JBCO to massage into my scalp (do this on lightly damp hair) take a small smidget of JBCO and apply to my ends.. Then I lightly mist each section, twist it up and bantu knot it! I’ve rocked protective styles for all 8 months! I have a collection of wigs, you know to SPICE it up since I’m only using protective styling.. Don’t get it twisted fellas we have hair, but we deal with this evil thing called SHRINKAGE!! #IHateThatShit #ButMyHairHealthyTho.. Ladies and Gents remember to mist the hair daily.. The key to growing natural hair especially those of use with 4 type hair is MOISTURE and little to manipulation to your beautiful tresses!! That is all for this blog post, let me get back to work! HAPPY GROWING LOVELIES!! 

New Growth and Me

I would first like to say I thank GOD that my hair grows extremely fast, but when you try to KEEP a protective style in your head that you actually PAID for, it becomes a bit frustrating. Which is why I generally do my own p.s. (Naturalista on a budget). Luckily I only paid $55 for these box braids and not $200 from my local African hair braiding shop! LOL! Needless to say these have only been in for 3 weeks and I had to R.I.P. them! Oh, and I tried that “The Mane Choice” product line! My review on it, in my next post!!! Goodnight my loves!!

Image3 weeks of new growth.. Had me out here looking like “Trife Life” but as you can see I was not bluffing about how fast my hair grows.. Let it BE and it will grow NATURALLY and rapidly! I promise!

Homemade All Natural Deep Conditioner

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This homemade conditioner is a PERSONAL fave of mine, and I swear by it! It’s cheap, and HIGHLY effective!!  The ingredients are simple..

1. 2 RIPE avocados 

2. 2 tablespoons of honey

3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil OR coconut oil

Combine all ingredients, slather onto your wet kinky curly hair mop of love, and let it marinate for 30mins to an hour.. Be sure to use a plastic cap so that these ingredients are allowed to “do what it do!”

Below I will tell you what each ingredient does in regards to the hair..

 

It’s a well known fact that, olive oil can be a fantastic conditioner for hair but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care. Olive oil is one of the top emollients that is known to penetrate the hair better than others. That doesn’t just mean that it nourishes and conditions. An olive oil treatment can improve the elasticity and strength of your hair far better than other essential oils.

There are other even lesser known facts about olive oil. For instance, olive oil is not just an average emollient. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. What’s more, olive oil is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, which makes it easier on sensitive skin and hair.

TheNaturalista side bar definition EMOLLIENT-having the quality of softening or soothing the skin.

For those of us who haven’t been blessed with thick, amazing locks of hair, the question of  how to make your hair grow faster naturally is quite important.   A thick, glorious mane of hair has always been a crowning asset to both men and women throughout the ages.   If that wasn’t the case, there would be no need for beauticians and hair salons, not to mention the thousands of brands of hair care products that promise a healthy, envious head of beautiful hair.

So what can you do to make your hair grow faster naturally?  And, what are easy tips to make your hair grow faster?

First of all, did you realize that your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month?  What determines how fast your hair grows?  Your parents.  How fast your hair grows has already been pre-determined for you, so there is nothing you can do about this.  Sorry.  But, does this mean that you are doomed to a life of short, unhealthy hair?  Thankfully, no.   By changing some of your everyday habits, you can see a significant improvement in your hair’s length and health.   What are some of these habits?

1.   YOUR HAIR’S CONDITION REFLECTS WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE.

Certain medications, some illnesses (anemia), changes in hormone levels, stress, and even different times of the year can affect the condition of your hair.   Some of these cannot be helped, but if you are smoking or overly stressed, this is a good time to fix the situation.  Seek help if needed so that your body can operate at its best capacity.

It also acts as a humectant by pulling water out of the air, so the use of honey on the hair and scalp has seen marvelous results in helping the hair to become glowing and healthy.

HUMECTANT- a substance that promotes retention of moisture

 

Nourishing Hair With Avocado

What exactly does this creamy, green fruit contain to boost hair health? It is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is great for hair follicles, supporting healthy circulation to the scalp and collagen production. It contains vitamins B5 and B6, which may prevent hair loss. Avocados also contain vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects cells and may encourage healthy growth.

Add sliced avocado to salads to help the body absorb the antioxidants from green leafy vegetables. Try creamy avocado spread on a bagel instead of cream cheese or use it in place of mayonnaise to create a hair-healthy tuna salad. The vitamin C in the avocado will help the body absorb the iron from the tuna. I may not eat an avocado every day, but I enjoy a serving several times a week in order to get those nutrients for healthy, beautiful hair.

Avocado and Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Do you want to know how to make hair grow beautifully without eating avocado? Use it in a conditioning hair mask. I like to combine avocado with coconut oil, another great source of vitamin E. The two together help to nourish the scalp and soften hair. My hair always feels stronger after using this treatment.

To make a mask, mash one-half of a ripe avocado. Mix it with three tablespoons of room temperature coconut oil. I also add two drops of rosemary essential oil. Apply to damp hair. Wrap a towel around your head and let the mask do its work for half an hour. Rinse and shampoo as normal. Try this hair treatment once a week and enjoy this delicious fruit for healthy, gorgeous hair. Once again my natural beauties, it’s been REAL!!

My Beautiful Hair Struggle

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This blog will be about me and the struggle I’ve had with finding what works for me and my 4B hair!  I’ve big chopped my hair a total of 3 times within 7 years.. All due to chemicals. I have very soft hair, and I KNOW chemicals do not work for me, but yet and still I would put them in my damn hair.. What’s the definition of INSANITY?? Umm yeah, she was I, and I was she!! The last BC was in March 2013. I had been going to my stylist for 2 yrs and she suggested I’d texturize my hair and of course trusting her and not what I KNEW about my damn hair, I went for it! This was the first time chemical had touched my hair in ummm 4yrs.. After it was done and rinsed out I KNEW I had made a mistake!! The ends were STRAIGHT and the mass was a very lose wave, not a fucking CURL! I went home that day and CRIED my eyes out, and was anxious as hell to cut the shit out! Needless to say,

ALL 12 inches of my hair fell and broke off, I kind you not in 3 months!! LORD HAVE MERCY! My former stylist tried to save the little bit I had left, but I told her to just cut all that shit out! I mean what was the damn point? LOL!  Anywho, fast forward to 9 months later! My hair has went from a fade to 8 inches retained! I will like to credit that to my protective styling and NO HEAT! When I tell you I KEPT a half wig on my head! I did just that! These days I’m rocking my “poetic justice” jawns.. It’s time for them to come out, I’ve only had them in for 1 month and I have HELLA new growth! Thank you JEEEEEBUUUUSSS!!!! Long story short, I vow to NEVER put another fucking chemical in my head, nor will I do a color… FUCK ALL OF THAT!! For those of you out there struggling to manage or deal with your hair, know this I feel where you are coming from! But I PROMISE you it will get better and the results will be REWARDING!! Happy growing my lovelies!!