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Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to Resuscitate Your Hair after Prolonged Abuse

Protein Treatment for Natural Hair:

My hair is normally in a protective style but this past week I was a little bored with my hair and decided to try a few styles. In a period of two weeks, I did a blow out, a twist out, a bantu knot out, a fro hawk, and finally an afro. (Many of those styles failed miserably by the way).  My hair suffered from major abuse so I applied a mild protein treatment to resuscitate it then tucked it away in a protective style. Hair is made up of protein so adding a protein treatment to your regimen will help to strengthen your strands, prevent breakage due to rough handling and over manipulation.


When to Do a Protein Treatment:

  1.  If you frequently moisturize your hair and notice that your hair is breaking a lot more than usual it may be time to do a protein treatment. Hair can suffer from over moisturizing.
  2. After too much manipulation as in the scenario described above.
  3. After removing a long term protective style such as braids, weaves, or mini twists.
How often To Do a Protein Treatment:

Protein treatments are great and everything but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Too much protein leads to dry, brittle hair that snaps and breaks easily. If you notice that your hair stretches but does not snap back easily and breaks more than usual you may be suffering from protein overload. I typically do a protein treatment as needed which is usually every 2-3 months. I have low porosity hair (4c hair) so I have to be very careful with the protein.

D.I.Y. PROTEIN TREATMENT

2TBS EGGWHITES - Some people use the entire egg, but the whites are all protein
4TBS  of your favorite conditioner
1tbs Coconut oil - Contains protein, but also penetrates the hair shaft and moisturizes
1tbs Olive Oil - to moisturize
1tbs Honey - Also for moisture

Mix it all together, I usually apply it to my hair before I wash because I like to make sure I get all the protein out of my hair.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Henna on Natural Hair (My Experience)

My hair type: 4c

Hair Color: Black

Henna Used: Rajasthani Twilight

Purchased from: Mehandi.com


How to Mix
  1. 100G of Mehandi Henna for short to back length hair (200g for back length to waist length and beyond)
  2. 1 cup of black tea
  3. Half a lemon (acidity is for color release)
Mix in a large bowl until it looks like this:
Cover with plastic bag or saran wrap and let the henna sit overnight make sure the henna mix is fully covered if it is exposed to the air it will dry up. Letting the henna sit overnight allows for the color to release, the longer the henna sits the more effective it is.

 Applying the Henna
In the morning after the henna has sat for a few hours, I add 1tbs Honey, 2tbs Olive Oil. This helps to keep my hair moisturized since the Henna can be very drying. I put gloves on because henna stains, and I make sure that the floors and counters are covered before I start the process. I apply henna to my freshly washed dry hair starting from root to tip. I use the entire mixture and make sure that my hair is fully coated. I cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for 6-7 hours. I don't sleep with the Henna on my hair because it stains and I don't like sleeping with stuff in my hair, I'm too wild for that. After the 7hrs are up I rinse my hair out in the shower, it took me about an hour to get all Henna out of my hair. Henna can be very drying but once I applied my deep conditioner it was instantly soft. I followed up with my leave in, moisturizer then styled as usually.

The Benefits of Henna
Henna is most often considered as a natural dye. Body Art Quality Henna is usually your best bet at pure henna. Any Henna that promises a certain hair color may not be 100% natural. It is also great for strengthening, conditioning and adding shine. Some people have reported that Henna loosens the hair texture, I would say that this would apply to someone with type 3 hair. I personally have 4c hair and even a super duper strength perm could barely get this thing straight.

My Experience with Henna


BEFORE EVER USING HENNA (slightly damp)

BEFORE EVER USING HENNA (DRY)
AFTER MY FIRST APPLICATION
AFTER FIRST HENNA APPLICATION (CLOSE UP)


ATER 2ND HENNA TREATMENT
(Took my twists out after washing, just used a leave in, you can definitely see the color change)

Moisturized chunky twist out
(today 09/07/2013)
My Thoughts on Henna
I like it, right off the bat I noticed that my hair shed less, it absorbed moisture a lot better. I want to try it a few more times to see if my hair is really strengthened, but I have noticed less breakage. The color change is subtle, but I like it. I really wasn't doing this to change the color of my hair but its a plus. I didn't notice any texture changes, and my hair felt super soft after conditioning. The only downside is that it takes so long to rinse out.

Check out this Video for my updated thoughts on Henna.