Tuesday, December 16, 2014

30 Day Water Challenge

Hello ladies~I hope that all is well with each and every one of you. The semester has finally ended and I have a few weeks to catch up on reading blogs and possibly updating my own. 

In my last post I mentioned that I had signed up to take part in Jeni's 30 day Water Challenge.  I have been doing so much better drinking water, but needed a little boost to continue doing so. Water provides so many great benefits to the body, as well as skin and hair.  The rules of the challenge were to drink a minimum of 32 ounces of water a day for 30 days to hydrate your body and hair from the inside out.  I can say that I successfully completed the challenge and actually managed to drink between 40-60 ounces of water each day.  Honestly, it wasn't as hard as I've made it be in times past.  I found myself reaching for water instead of anything else, and I felt so much better physically from doing so.

As far as results go: I noticed that my skin is feeling better and clearing up. The usual breakouts did not happen.  My hair feels so much more moisturized.  I also feel that drinking more water helped me to maintain my weight during Thanksgiving dinner.  I ate less food and did not gain a pound during the entire holiday break. I was 100% happy with that lol!!! So, my goal is to continue to drink plenty of water and to ensure that I maintain the results from this 30 day challenge.  Overall, I feel great and I can see a big difference in my skin, hair, and body. If you're not an avid water drinker, give it a try and see if your body/hair/skin thanks you for it!!!

Until next time....have a blessed evening and holiday season!!!

Blessed Tresses

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wash Day-13 weeks post

After being sick for a few weeks, my hair was in desperate need of some tender loving care.  I prepooed with my oil mix (castor, coconut, amla, wild growth oil) for about 1 hour under a conditioning cap. Next, I washed with Silk Elements moisturizing shampoo, then applied my Aphogee 2 minute reconstructurizer for about 20 minutes.  My hair was super soft and silky and detangled with no problems at all.  I applied my leave-in, Hawaiian Silky 14 n 1 and let my hair air dry for approximately 2 hours.  Once completely dry, I sealed with grapeseed and sunflower oil, added a little bit of Optimum Care heat protection and flat ironed.

I'm very happy with my hair-it was soft and silky smooth. My goal is to keep babying my ends, keep applying a mix of oils that promote growth, taking my vitamins and drinking plenty of water.  To ensure that I get my water in I joined Jeni's 30 day water challenge. There's nothing like a great challenge to keep you motivated and accountable.  After reading about micro-trimming here: http://relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com (Part 1 and 2) I became quite interested. So, I decided to give it a try.  I trimmed 1/4 an inch about 2 weeks ago to see how it works out for me and to thicken my ends.  I will keep you all updated on how micro trimming is working or not.  Here are a few pics from my wash day....

After wash-no product on hair
Fresh wash and flat iron
 Until next time.....have a blessed evening :-)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

30 Days with Ceramides

This is my wrap up post for the 30 Days with Ceramides Challenge hosted by Just Grow Already and Relaxed Hair Therapy.

I used ceramides with wash days (weekly), deep conditions, and daily with moisturizing and sealing.

On wash days I prepooed with Grapeseed oil, Sunflower oil or Coconut oil and placed Tresemme' Naturals conditioner or another conditioner of choice over the oil for at least 30 minutes. I covered my head with a heat cap.

I usually rotate leave ins, so it's a toss up between Hawaiian Silky 14 n 1 or Aussie Hair Insurance. After applying my leave in of choice, I seal with an oil mix of Grapeseed oil, Sunflower oil, and Macadamia oil to seal my hair.  I also used Coconut oil during my washes when I used the L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Erasing Balm. Adding oil with this product just made my hair even softer while detangling and after for styling. 

How does my hair feel:

My hair feels so soft and silky. I originally started using Grapeseed oil because of the ceramides and how they are good for sealing the cuticle. So, it was no problem to incorporate some of the other oils that contain ceramides as well because I loved the results I was already receiving. 

Overall thoughts about ceramides:

The biggest difference I have noticed after incorporating ceramides into my regimen weekly is that my hair is much softer and feels light and fluffy to the touch.  It has great body and movement, if I air dry or flat iron. I love how soft and smooth my hair feels. The shine is amazing when used to seal the hair or just add some extra shine. Sorry, no pics this time, but I will be adding some soon after I texlax in a few days. Ceramides are definitely a keeper!!! Give them a try...until next time.

Blessed Tresses

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What To Do???

Hi everyone!!! I know it's been a few months, but I've had so much going on. I'm just so thankful to actually have a few free minutes to share.

Well, it's been 31 weeks since my last relaxer (texlax) and my hair has actually grown quite a bit.  Last time I did a length check, my hair had successfully survived my set back where I had to cut about 4 inches (back to BSL).  I'm trying not to torture myself with length checks right now, so I've just been air drying mostly and bunning.

I'm merely stretching and trying to decide how long I want to go. So, here's what I'm dealing with...(moisturizer and grapeseed oil)

I will keep you all posted if and when I decide to relax/texlax.  Happy 4th of July!!!

Til next time,

Blessed Tresses

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

Today we lost a great woman, prolific author and poet. RIP Dr. Maya Angelou`great lady of wisdom and grace.

Here is one of my favorite poems of the many beautiful words she wrote and spoke.

Still I Rise-by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history  
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt  
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?  
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells  
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,  
With the certainty of tides,  
Just like hopes springing high,  
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?  
Bowed head and lowered eyes?  
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,  
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?  
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines  
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,  
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds  
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,  
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,  
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.  
I rise
I rise  
I rise.

Be blessed my friends...live each day as if it's your last with joy!!!

Blessed Tresses