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Revitalize Yo’ Hair!

We’ve all had those couple of days, weeks…. and if you’re me, months when you completely let go off your hair routine. 

You just say “fahget about it” and let your hair’s health sit on the back burner. 
Perhaps you’re busy with school, work, or just having a lazy weekend. When you come back to the real world your hair is dry, you’re suffering from single strand knots, breakage and a slew of other hair issues.
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Where do you go from here? Deep conditioning? Protein treatment? Oil Rinse? One of those may work, but if you’ve neglected your hair for an extended period of time you will need more than that. 

For two months I let me hair do it’s own thing. I did everything half-way… I sorta washed it, I kinda moisturized it, I may have kept my ends protected. When I woke up and smelled the roses my hair was a mess. I was suffering from dry, flaky, bleeding scalp; my ends where serious damaged and my hair was shredding like no tomorrow. I took 6 hours out of my Friday night to revitalize my hair and it worked tremendously. Whether you let you hair slide for a couple day, months or just need something to give your hair some extra life – I suggest you try this…

 

1- Avocado + Egg Hair Mask – 2 hours 

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1/2 a ripe avocado 
1 egg 
coconut oil 
castor oil 
hand mixer or whisk 
bowl

 

 

Step One: Add your avocado and egg into the bowl, mix with the hand mixer on high power 
Step Two: Heat up your oils (I just the bottles in the sink under running hot water) 
Step Three: Add Oils to the avocado and egg mixture, blend on high power until there are very little avocado chunks left.
Step Four: Wet your hair – you can use a spray bottle or run you hair under water 
Step Five: Divided you hair into four to six sections and work the mixture into your hair from root to ends  
Step Six: Cover your hair with a shower cap. (I tripled up on the shower caps and wrapped my head with a t-shirt to promote heat)

 

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Let it sit for an hour to an hour and half. 

2- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse – 15 minutes  

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Apple Cider Vinegar 
an empty bottle of water

Step One: Mix 3 part water and 1 part ACV in the empty of water. 
Step Two: Wash your hair out with this ‘potion’ — working section by section 
*tip* be very careful not to get this mixture in your eyes, nose or mouth. 
Step Three: Thoroughly rinse your hair out 

– Your hair should feel much lighter with extreme bounce. Your curly pattern should also be very defined. 

Here’s a photo of my extremely defined hair strand:

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3- Deep Conditioner – 1 hour 

Tools: 
Your favorite deep conditioning product [ I used Creme Of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment pack] 

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Step One: work your conditioning treatment into your hair, root to tip 
Step Two: Put a plastic shower cap on your head and let it sit for an hour 
Step Three: Rinse it out thoroughly

After Care – You can follow this line – up by putting a protective style such like braids, twist or hair weave in OR you can style as usually. 
I followed this with a Bantu knot out and achieved great results . 

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New Season, New Goals.

As the summer is coming to an end most people find themselves coming up with new goals for the remaining four months of the year. This year I am guilty as charged. My new goal is to get fit (I cannot afford to lose any weight) and find a constructive activity like kickboxing or Zumba. Granted I have a low cut so I do not have to worry about sweating my hair out. However, here are some tips to be able to work out yet not sweat out your hair too much.

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Time:
If you love to run, run early in the morning when the air is still cool. This allows your hair to sweat out a little less.

How to style:
Natural hair- if you braid your hair at night then keep it the same.
Permed hair- you can keep it wrapped by putting bobby pins in it.

Scarves: Some may feel scarves are too ghetto and should not be worn to the gym. However, I feel if you have a hair style that needs it then wear it. Just make sure it’s the best scarf you have. Don’t go to the gym in your scarf with all the holes in it. If you still feel uncomfortable then style your scarf to make it look like a fashion statement.

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Don’t let the pressure of your hair stop you from reaching your goals. Please share if you use a different style to protect your hair when you work out.

~B.R.A.T (Black, Radical and Thorough

Curls Unleashed: Product Recommendation

The Product:
The constant struggle of keeping one’s curly style curly is a reoccurring issue for many women. Like many other company’s Organic Root Stimulator has come out with a product to help refresh one’s curls. 
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The product Curl Refresher was created to rejuvenate curls. The product is meant to be placed on one’s hair after washing it. It does take a little while for the product to dry in your hair. However, it smells good so it won’t be painful wait. The one great thing about Curl Refresher is how soft your curls come out. It really makes your curls look and feel natural. 

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In addition to trying out products I check out the website. Curls Unleashed website provides product information, education on the type of hair you have and which products go with that texture of hair and lastly a look book. I found the look book interesting because it helps women find interesting styles to try on this natural hair journey. 

Company History

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My Recommendation:

Overall, I recommend this product for those who need to refresh their curls for a special occasion. This product did not compliment my hair to stay curly for longer than the day I placed the product on my hair. Like I always say, the same product may compliment someone else’s hair differently than mine. Please let me know how you like Curl Refresher. 

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~B.R.A.T (Black, Radical and Thorough) 

Patience My Natural Hair Sister!

While on this natural hair journey, I realized that I must be able to embrace my natural hair at every stage and explore different looks and hair products. I believe that the first and most important tip when dealing with natural hair is having PATIENCE!

ahvhbMy hair and I have been at war since I became grown enough to think I could do it myself. I realized that walking away from perms was only the first step in being natural. Being natural has seriously become a journey for me. It has been a time that I realized things about myself just because I accepted my hair for its texture and the current length that it is.  You are able to love yourself more because once you accept your hair, you love your self a little more.

The first year of your natural journey should be time to learn more about yourself and how to handle your hair. You must use different products to know which one works for your hair because in doing so you will be able to create and maintain a consistent routine will help benefit healthy hair. I personally use YouTube as my number one resource when it comes to my natural hair. I view product reviews as well as different hair regimens.  While looking at these videos, I realized that I must ALWAYS remember NATURAL LONG HAIR IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS OVERNIGHT! Did you know that hair grows approximately ½ inch per month which could total up to six inches in one year?

Proper care such as protective styles such as up do’s, braids and sew in weaves, using essential oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, raw African shea butter, and my new favorite Jamaican Black Castor Oil and most importantly  takes PATIENCE and consistent diligent care, retaining length should be made a little easier. So remember when trying to grow your natural hair, it is about having the patience to promote hair growth and retain length.

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