Archive for the ‘My Hair’ Category
I have often shared my struggles with dry hair since I moved to New Mexico more than five years ago. Even though I keep my curls in braids most of the time my hair really didn’t improve its condition … until now.
So some time back I discovered I have low porosity hair. I purchased Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner and to my surprise, after using several products with no real improvement, my hair changed for the better.
My curls look healthier, shinier and maybe even thicker. In addition, it has grown a little. So I am pleased with the results. After I use all three products and allow the leave-in conditioner to dry, my hair becomes soft and detangles with ease.
I wash my hair every two weeks. Then apply Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey and/or my homemade sheabutter (I use olive oil in the sheabutter instead of castor oil) and that’s it. I do reapply the leave-in and hair cream about two or three times a week. I also deep condition once a month. I use to do a whole lot more but not anymore.
Overall, I am so happy my hair has finally improved. It took some time but now the enhancement is noticeable.
O…M…G!!! This photo is so me!!!
I can’t grow my hair to safe my life so when I saw this meme I had to share it and my on-going confusion on why I am still struggling.
Once upon a time I could grow my hair. That was when I lived in New York where humidity is high. Now that I am in the New Mexico desert, dry heat rules, and after five years my natural hair is still trying to adjust.
Folks here say five years is not a long time to adjust to the powerful southwestern temperature. My mom said it took her more than a decade to get her hair back in check. Now with 24 years as a resident, and a lot of product experimenting, her hair grows nicely.
I hope my curls adjust a lot sooner. Permed to Natural readers please pray for me.
As some of you may know I like to keep my hair in braids because of the dry southwestern climate I live in. Braids are a great protective style that holds in much needed moisture.
One day I decided I needed a good braid spray. One that was light and provided the moisture my hair craved. During my shopping search I couldn’t find a spray I thought would work so I started to look around in my personal collection to see what I could find.
I had a half bottle of Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist in my collection of hair products and thought about adding a light moisturizing oil to it to see how it would work. I had a variety of oils in my pantry but selected extra virgin olive oil to create the DIY spray.
With a half bottle of mist, I added olive oil until it was full, afterwards I spritzed my scalp and braids until I felt the moisture of the oil. It felt really good. My scalp was relieved. I could tell.
I have to shake the bottle before each use because the mist and oil likes to separate.
I use my homemade product almost daily. It’s a great way to provide moisture and seal it all in in one quick, fun, easy step.
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.
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.
Yeah I remember that instrument on the stove burner in the picture all too well. I never understood why mothers, including my own, would fry, burn and cook their daughters’ hair in an attempt to make it look like someone else’s texture. I remember back in the day to have straight hair was a symbol of beauty, and today, all I can say to that is dang we were really messed up.
As a child after all of the fighting and yelling about “Let me get the kitchen,” I was often told I looked pretty and my hair did to. Sometimes I wondered what I looked like before with the hair God gave me.
When I was in grade school, before the two perms, two weeks apart, that changed my hair texture, my curls didn’t need straightening to look straight. After a wash my hair straightened naturally. That’s just how it was. After a shampoo no one believed me when I told them I did not get my hair straightened. For a special occasion or family trip my mother would straighten my hair and it was always a production. “Do you want your hair to look nappy?” as if that was a really bad thing “Yes” I would respond without hesitation.
I remember grown women from the neighborhood would be happy to volunteer to straighten my hair as well as my friends’ hair. They would pick hair that wasn’t there on the back of our necks just to bring the hot comb close to the skin so we could feel the steam. So mean. This made the process of achieving “beauty” painful and scary. I wonder if that experience had an effect on us girls today. What do you think?
I took my braids out this Summer because there was a good amount of moisture in the air and I wanted to wear my actual curls. Now that the season has changed, and it is now Fall, the climate is drier and moisture for my hair is needed. So it took my mom two days to put my hair back in box braids which makes things easier all the way around.
It’s shorter than I normally wear it because I was going for the bob look. What do you think?