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Big Chop #2

If you’re like me there will come a point in your natural hair journey where you get the itch to BIG CHOP…AGAIN! That’s right I decided to cut it all off and I am loving it!  I work out about 3-4 day out the week and with a husband, 2 small children, AND a full-time job I needed something more convenient. My edges aren’t as thick as I’d like so I’m back to applying my oils and massaging my scalp nightly and as you can see the top pics and the bottom pics are about 1 month apart and already I can tell a big difference with my edges. Hope you ladies like it!  You can find me on instagram “artinamarie”Big Chop #2

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10 Easy Summer/Spring Hair Tips for Maintaining Natural Hair!!

Hi Beautiful Ladies!!! The weather’s changing and if you’re like me you’re ready to put those boots away, step into your cutest sandals, and head to the beach! Now that you’re all “natural” most of you feel like “YES, I can finally go swimming and not have to worry about my hair” true but not entirely.

The question now is how can we keep this hair of ours moisturize, when the SUN plays a major role in drying out natural hair. I have provided a list of 10 easy Summer/Spring hair tips used to combat dry hair…hope this helps!

1. Swimming This Summer?

-Be sure to protect your hair by wearing a swim cap. After swimming, wash and condition your hair as usual. Now, for those who want to be cute and would rather not be seen in a swim cap, make sure your hair is detangled before diving into chlorine or salt water. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to use your clarifying shampoo, now’s the time to use it. Clarifying shampoos are specifically created for getting rid of chlorine and other harming chemicals.

2. Stay Away From Drying Products

-It’s already difficult enough to keep our hair moisturized. Avoid using products that contain alcohol, sulfur, and formaldehyde all in which aid in stripping moisture from your hair. Instead opt for those products containing natural oils and humectants.

3.  Humectants (Honey & Glycerin)

-During the summer months, if you live in a more humid climate, humectants are your best friend. Common humectants include honey, glycerin, castor oil, panthenol, hydrolized wheat protein, and propylene glycol. These ingredients draw moisture from the humidity in the air into your hair leaving it shiny and healthy. Now for those living in a drier climate, using humectants can be bad because if the air is dry, the humectants will pull the moisture out of your hair.

**Note: I personally love to use castor oil during the summer months as well adding honey to my deep conditioners.

4.      Air Dry or Limit the use of direct heat

- “Wash-n-Go” styles are great to add to your Summer/Spring hair regimen. By doing this you’ll be allowing your hair to air dry rather than applying heat which could lead to damage hair. For those who’d rather wear their hair straight, make sure to apply a heat protectant to your hair before using a heat appliance. Use the lowest settings on the appliance to avoid damage.

5.      Deep Conditioning

-Be sure to deep condition your hair weekly. This can be done by using a good moisturizing conditioner or by doing a hot oil treatment.

6.      Use a Thick leave-in Conditioner

-After deep conditioning your hair you should ALWAYS apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to retain moisture.

7.      Moisture & Seal

-Your hair thrives on moisture. Make sure to apply a moisturizer to the ends of your hair followed by an oil to seal the moisture in as needed.

8.      Baggy Method

- Apply a moisturizer to your hair, and then cover your hair with plastic cap to trap in the moisture. This method is used to retain moisture in the hair and is very good for those who have dry, brittle strands. This can be done overnight.

9.      Co-Wash Your Hair

- It may help to wash your hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo. This method cleanses your hair while helping you to maintain moisture without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

10.   Stay Hydrated!

-It’s simple…DRINK MORE WATER!! Keep your body hydrated starting on the inside first.

Alright ladies, there you have it. Again, I hope this helps. What measures are you taking to combat dry hair?

 

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3 Steps to Properly Moisturize Natural Hair

Attention, Attention, Oil does NOT moisturize the hair; oil coats the hair and seals in moisture!

Moisturizing your natural hair can be somewhat of a challenge for most, but it does not have to be! Once you find the right products for your texture, guess what?  The steps remain the same! Follow these steps and be on your way to healthy, moisturized, natural hair. This 3 step process has changed my life, without it, I can almost promise this blog would be titled “RemyHairFanatic”

1. Apply Water-Based Moisturizer

Moisture is the first step in combating dry hair. Hair needs water to maintain its elasticity. The best moisturizer for natural hair is water. YES good ole H2O! When searching for a good moisturizer, look for “water” as one of the first few ingredients, these are referred to as water-based products. I prefer the following:

-Giovanni Direct-Leave In (Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta, Vitamin Shoppe)

-Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens)

-Africa’s Best Kids’ Organics Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion with Shea Butter & Olive Oil (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens)

NOTE: Beware of cheap moisturizers that may contain filler ingredients like lanolin, mineral oil, or petrolatum for these products are sealants that SEAL OUT MOISTURE.

2. Seal in the Moisture With an Oil

In order to properly moisturize your strands Oil should be applied to seal in the moisture, if not, the hair will eventually soak in the moisture and the hair will return to its dry state. Oils like Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, etc…l all work great when sealing in moisture.

NOTE: It is important to follow these steps by applying a moisturizer first then use an oil to trap in the moisture if not if you were to use oil first it will block the moisture out of your hair.

3. Seal again with a butter- based product

The 3rd step depends upon your hair porosity (how fast moisture escapes from your hair). If you have very porous hair sealing with a butter-based product maybe just what you need to ensure your hair stays moisturized longer. I personally seal with a butter-based product (Shea Moisture Enhancing Smoothie). It makes my hair feel soft, it helps to define my curl pattern, and my hair definitely stays moisturized longer than if I would have just sealed with an oil.

Alright ladies, I hope this helps! I find that it works best to first moisturize and seal on freshly washed hair, then moisturize and seal the ends of your hair daily.

 

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10 Easy Winter Hair Tips to Combat Dry Hair!!

First, let me say this loud and clear; “DRY hair is not cute…at all!” With that said, winter is here and for some of us dry hair has become a HUGE problem! During the winter months our hair may become dry and brittle and somewhat difficult to maintain moisture. Humidity in the air has dropped causing humidity (moisture) to be pulled from your hair thus causing dry hair. Because of this, you may have to put away those hair products once used in the summer months & incorporate your own winter hair regimen.

The question now is how can we keep this hair of ours moisturized during the winter months. I have provided a list of 10 easy winter hair tips used to combat dry hair…hope this helps!

1.      Deep Conditioning

Be sure to deep condition your hair weekly. This can be done by using a good moisturizing conditioner or by doing a hot oil treatment.

2.      Use a Thick leave-in Conditioner

After deep conditioning your hair you should ALWAYS apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to retain moisture.

3.      Moisture & Seal

Your hair thrives on moisture. Make sure to apply a moisturizer to the ends of your hair followed by an oil to seal the moisture in as needed.

4.      Baggy Method

Apply a moisturizer to your hair, and then cover your hair with plastic cap to trap in the moisture. This method is used to retain moisture in the hair and is very good for those who have dry, brittle strands. This can be done overnight.

5.      Co-Wash Your Hair

It may help to wash your hair with conditioner instead of using shampoo. This method cleanses your hair while helping you to maintain moisture without stripping the hair of its natural oils.

6.      Style your hair by wearing beanies, scarves, & other hair accessories.

Hair accessories can be used to protect your hair from the cold, harsh, winter climates. Be sure to wear a silk bonnet under your hair accessories to avoid snagging.

7.      Avoid Humectants (Honey & Glycerin)

During the summer months humectants are your best friend but in colder climates because there is no humidity in the air to pull moisture from, moisture is pulled from your hair instead. Common humectants include honey, glycerin, panthenol, hydrolized wheat protein, and propylene glycol. These ingredients draw moisture from the humid air into your hair but during the winter months, they have the opposite effect, potentially drawing out the moisture from your hair instead…does that make sense??? (haha, all this for hair, yep, all this for hair!!)***Source: Curlynikki.com

8.      Air Dry or Limit the use of direct heat

Avoid using hair dryers during the winter months. Blow drying already brittle and dry hair will only make them worse. If you have to, use a cooler setting to dry your hair. It may take your hair longer to dry but the shine in your hair will be well worth it.

9.      Purchase a Humidifier

Heating your home can cause the indoor air to dry out during winter. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air. If purchasing a humidifier isn’t in your current budget there are other methods. In the kitchen, you can create humidity by boiling water on the stove. If you have a dishwasher, open the door after the wash cycle and before the dry cycle to let the moisture out and dry the dishes naturally.

10.   Stay Hydrated!

It’s simple…DRINK MORE WATER!! Keep your body hydrated starting on the inside first.

Alright ladies, there you have it. Again, I hope this helps. What measures are you taking to combat dry hair?

 

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Havana Marley Twist Using Crochet Method

I  love Havana Twist so I’ve been experimenting with different styles and methods. I’ve recently fallen in love with the Crochet Method, instead of applying the hair individually using the invisble method I braid my hair in corn rows then apply the crochet the hair in.

Time: After washing and braiding my hair total install 4-5hrs

Amount of Hair: Short Style: ( 4 packs cut in half) Longer Style (6 packs of hair)

YouTube Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jWGjoR73VQ

Instagram: ArtinaMarie

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Protective Styling with Havana Twists!

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Type of Hair: Havana Hair which can be purchased at http://www.fingercomber.com/

Installation: 3hrs – 4hrs

Pros: Lightweight, Easy to Maintain, Versatile, Less stress on your roots and edges

Cons: Not good for swimming!

Stylist: https://www.styleseat.com/derytahtomara

I love, love, love these!  Havana twist can be used to create a variety of natural hair styles. Whether you’re trying to rock the oohh so popular High Bun or Two Strand Twist you will not be disappointed with Havana Twist. For a review and a few maintenance tips feel free to view my Youtube Video by clicking on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiDfusnGRGA

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Protective Styling

 

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My Natural Hair Regimen and Products I Love!!

I am not a product junkie, I am not a product junkie, I am NOT a product junkie. *Looks around room with guilt* Ok, ok so I like to try new products every paycheck, lol. I admit while I am not out every second trying to find the “new thing” I’m up to try a new deep conditioner every now and then. I must say I’m a believer in the old saying. “If it aint broke, don’t fix it” With that said while I do have a few staples I’m open to try new things.

Right now I wash and deep condition weekly. After, I apply my leave-in conditioner, a moisturizer, oil, and butter; in that order.  My go to style are flat twist but if I have time I may two strand twist my hair. In the early days of my BC I use to wash-n-go (you mean to tell me I can now wash my hair…EVERYDAY!!!) but now with so much growth I prefer to wear twist outs. As of now listed below are products I am currently using.

Shampoo (once a week)

  • Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • ApHogee Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Deep Conditioner (once a week for at least an hr)

  • Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
  • Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
  • Honeysuckle Rose® Moisturizing Conditioner

Protein Treatment (every 2 weeks)

  • ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor

Leave-In Conditioner (after every wash)

  • Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner (LOVE THIS STUFF!!!)
  • Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner (Great for TWA’s)
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream

Moisturizer

  • Africa’s Best Kids’ Organics Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion
  • Good Ole H20 (water)

Oils

  • Castor Oil (Used more in the summer months)
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil

Butter

  • Shea Moisture Organic Curl Enhancing Smoothie Coconut & Hibiscus (Yeesssss!!!!)
 

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