Archive for the ‘My Hair’ Category

Curly Afro

Monday, April 13th, 2015

My curls came out kind of cute thanks to straight up castor oil and Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil products.

Two strand twists bantu knot-out.

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Eight Weeks In

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I keep my box braids in for eight weeks and then I take them out. My hair can’t take it any longer then that.

The funny thing is my hair feels dry but my scalp still possesses the castor oil I applied a few days ago.

I have to put together a good moisturizing treatment this Easter weekend and figure out my next hair-style.

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Castor Oil

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Since I transitioned and have tried several natural oils, I discovered that my 4 a/b hair type truly loves the feel of only one oil, and that oil is, castor oil. As a little girl my grandmother (father’s mother) used to chase me around the house with a spoon full of castor oil when I told her my stomach hurt. My mother said her Native American grandmother used to do the same thing. I did not like swallowing the oil and quickly learned to sit and suffer with a belly ache than tell my grandmother anything about a pain. So because of that experience I shied away from using castor oil for anything and never even thought about applying it to my hair. But recently (a few years back) I realized that my hair loves castor oil. I tried olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, you name it oil, on my hair but castor oil is the only oil that conditions, moisturizes and softens. It is thick, and gooey, and once applied, my scalp sighs with relief. I use a quarter size every day.

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Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the castor bean seed in its purest form. Cultivators of castor beans remove the hull of the seed, before pressing it to obtain the oil. This oil has been used internally and externally before Christ due to its wonderful health benefits. Since it can strengthen the immune system, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat the following major illnesses and ailments:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hair loss
  • Pain from Arthritis and Rheumatism

It has also been found to help with many everyday problems such as:

  • Yeast Infections
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Acne
  • Sunburn
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Ringworm
  • Skin Abrasions
  • Inflammation

And, the most interesting to me is that, castor oil has been known to induce labor. So pregnant women should always consult a doctor before using it. WOW!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Italy!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Hubs and I celebrated Valentine’s Day by attending the New Mexico Italian Film and Culture Festival. The week long event’s la festa dell’ amore included hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, specialty chocolates, a live performance of cover songs by some of the best Italian singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett plus the film, an Italian romantic comedy titled, “Il Giorno In Piu.” It was a great night and the Hubs, a Sicilian, enjoyed himself to the fullest, even though he didn’t want to go, but y’all didn’t hear that from me.

And my hair! The box braids are back and I am so pleased. I need to always consider protective styles especially in the winter. Since I started my new vitamin regiment, and keep my curls mainly in protective styles, my hair started to grow back. My poor curls were in total shock when I moved from moist New York to dry New Mexico. Now things are coming together nicely.

I have to thank my 74-year-old mom for holding me down with the box braids! She is defiantly a trooper!

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A couple of fun shots before my valentine celebration.

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I love making a giant heart shaped chocolate chip cookie on Valentine’s Day #vegan #homemade.

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Vegan hors d’oeuvre at the film festival. This is baby squash with egg plant filing. They were very tasty.

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It was a great night!

Enjoying My Time Off

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

I didn’t go anyplace sassy, just to Costco, but I took my two strand twists out and had fun with my hair.

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Celebrating Time Off With My Hair

Monday, December 15th, 2014

I already started my holiday break so until I go someplace sassy my hair will remain in two strand twists. #protectivestyle #dryhairinthesouthwest #newmexico

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Considering a Protective Style for Fall

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Now that Fall has arrived I have to rethink my hairstyles. Gone are the carefree loose curls from the months of Summer. Now protective styles are a must. Like every Summer I enjoyed the small amounts of humidity New Mexico had to offer but that’s all over now and I am figuring out which style(s) will be suitable for me.

Any suggestions?

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Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

I received my order of Jamaican Black Castor Oil by Shea Moisture. I ordered all six items in the line and am more than excited about them!

These products, in particular, interest me because my hair likes castor oil. Plus this line promises to strengthen, grow and restore and those are three things I am always trying to do, so I figured, why not give it a try.

I will write a post reviewing each product and how my hair responds.

I am super antsy and the package smelled really good.

 

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