Hey! Hey! Hey! My favorite time of the year is here!
Hot, dry, blazing weather. Just the way I like it. Summer is so fabulous! Too fabulous for words and since I was a little girl, until now, I love experiencing, longer days, shorter nights, morning hikes, backyard barbecues, sunsets, sunrises, free concerts, ice cream, snow cones, frosted smoothies, homemade lemonade, maxi dresses, sandals, sunglasses, floppy hats, bronze skin, cornrows, big afros and box braids! What more could I ask for? Well, I could ask for a lot of things, but for now I am enjoying the hot weather while it last.
I haven’t really written any hair articles lately and that’s because I have been preoccupied with so many things. I can’t talk about everything right now but one day with my lawyer’s approval I will.
In the meantime, enjoy your summer and all that the warm nights bring!
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
―Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.”
―Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Now that I know my hair is low porosity I recently started to use Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free products. This line includes a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. For about four weeks I have used this product and have not experienced hard, dry, brittle hair. Before it was soft and manageable only just after using certain products. Now, at any given day, when I touch my hair just to feel if the softness is still present, to my surprise it is. Because I live in New Mexico that is a very big deal!
I apply the leave-in conditioner after I shampoo and condition my hair and also to twist my curls and when I wear an Afro. My mother can’t believe the change. She said now your hair is going to grow. I hope so.
While applying the product the softness isn’t there but when my curls are dry the moisture and softness is noticeable.
I didn’t want to write a post about this line right away because I wanted to wait to see how my hair would respond to the new line. Overall I am pleased and happy my hair is finally happy.
I hope this is it regarding trying different hair products.
Everything about LEMONADE is addictive.
Lemonade is one of my favorite summer drinks. I make it from scratch squeezing six fresh lemons, adding cane sugar, and water into a pitcher. The sweet and tart flavor blend quenches my thirst during the warm months. I also use lemon based soaps and creams that provide a touch of cool twang that is much needed around that time of year. So I have always enjoyed lemons.
Now … By now … I am sure everyone has heard of Queen Bey’s new audio and visual collection titled LEMONADE.
I was hooked on it the first three seconds it aired on HBO. I got HBO free that weekend and was able to watch it several times before I purchased the CD/DVD combo. Now I can play it anytime I like for as long as I like, and the Hubs is like, “Oh no not again.” But, it’s like, yes dear just one more time that normally turns into four or five more times.
Anybody who knows me knows when I’m really into something I can watch it a hundred times and not get tired of it. Ahem, such as the movie GREASE!
Okay anyway LEMONADE is the bomb. My favorite songs are “Sorry” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and my favorite on the visual is, well, all of them. I love the Louisiana setting.
I don’t get excited about many things but I am about this new body of work. Maybe because, just like many, I can relate. We all have experienced being cheated on or being the cheater ourselves. Then perhaps dealing with reconciliation. These songs penetrate familiar emotions whose voice people hear their own stories in, whatever the stories may be.
In memory of the Beautiful One I am re-posting an article I wrote that mentioned his natural hair. I loved it when Price went from permed to natural! I love Prince! He was amazing and will be missed.
Sleep In Power!
Happy New Year everybody!
Does anyone have a natural hair resolution for 2013? I hope to rule over dryness while living in New Mexico. HA! We’ll see.
Yep that’s Prince. Doesn’t he look good?
On news stands next week!
I didn’t understand why my hair was so dry. No products seemed to work. My curls broke off and just stopped growing. I couldn’t figure it out. When I revealed my problem on the web and on social media people reached out and said find out your porosity level.
I am old school and just tried various products and took it from there. However there is such a thing called low porosity and high porosity hair. After some research I took the hair strand test (on clean hair) using a glass of water and discovered that my hair is low porosity because my strand floated on top of the water.
Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Because my porosity is low my hair cuticles are closed and moisture has a hard time getting in and staying in. According to the research I did below are some of the things people with low porosity hair should always do.
- Moisturize hair when it is damp or dry. NOT wet. By doing this hair cuticles will open for moisture.
- Deep condition with heat.
- Use a clarifying shampoo. This is something I didn’t do because of the dry climate I live in.
- Rinse using warm water
- Use light oils such as olive oil or grape seed oil. This is something I didn’t do as well because of the dry climate.
- Be careful using proteins. So should I stop using raw eggs on my hair?
After some more reserch I now know Shea Moisture has a line for low porosity hair. I plan to use it quickly.
I don’t know what’s wrong with my hair. I mean it remains dry and brittle no matter what I do. Since I moved to New Mexico nothing works to keep it shiny and moist and I have used all types of moisture promise products. Plus my hair just stopped growing. I mainly keep it in protective styles. My braids come out between 6 to 8 weeks. I take Hair, Skin and Nails supplements in addition to Biotin and still nothing.
Okay to be fair to my hair the photos reveal my curls right after I took out my box braids.
Hair professionals have said my curls are healthy. However, it just doesn’t look the way I want it to. When I lived in New York my hair was doing a lot better. It grew and it was shiny and moist. The climate change has been too hard and I need to come up with another treatment fast!
Maybe trimming more often will help.
Now that I have reached a certain age I am making sure I use anti-aging products to look youthful and wrinkle-free for as long as possible.
As you may know I use Juice Beauty skin care products. At one point the Green Apple line was anti-aging. Now it’s changed a bit. Green Apple still offers anti-aging ingredients but it now focuses on making the skin look bright and healthy.
The Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Skincare is Juice Beauty’s new anti-aging line. Well it’s not really new. It’s been around for a while. However now that I am of a certain age this is all I plan to use for everyday skin care.
As always Juice Beauty doesn’t disappoint. The products feel rich and creamy. I am happy with everything I tried.