How I Prepare My Hair for a Protective Style

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Happy Hump Day!

Put your hands up if you have done a protective style, just to take it down to reveal extremely dry and brittle hair. I know I have and it can be quite discouraging to say the least. Although taking care of your hair for the duration of your protective is essential, preparing your hair prior is just as crucial. I have a few simple tips and tricks to help you and hopefully, this prevents some of the frustrations (and keeps your sanity intact).

  • PRE-POO (better known as Pre-Shampoo Treatment): I honestly feel like a broken record saying this but this step is very important. I think that it should be the first step in any hair routine, whether you protective style or not. It not only moisturizes your hair but prevents your (harsh) shampoo from stripping your strands. It also add shine to your hair, help with tangles and leaves your hair more manageable overall. Need I say more? Honestly, just try it out!

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  • CLEANSE: If you are going to have a long term protective style, I highly recommend that you give yourself a good wash. You want to have a clean environment for your hair to grow and to minimize any scalp issues such as flakes. I typically wash my hair during my protective styles but nothing beats doing it beforehand. It really doesn’t matter if you prefer a gentle clay wash, a shampoo bar or run straight for the chemicals! Just make sure your scalp is clean and happy.

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  • DEEP CONDITION: If you have natural or relaxed hair, it is so important to deep condition, according to your hair needs. You can either do a moisturizing deep conditioner and/or a protein one. Either way, make sure that you hair is in tip top shape before you ignore it for a month. I like to use a hair steamer – but you don’t have to. A plastic bag and your own body heat can work wonders, leaving your hair extremely soft. This minimizes breakage and help you retain growth. Let’s face it, there is no amount of protective styles that will “grow” your hair, if you aren’t taking the steps to prevent breakage.

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  • MOISTURIZE/SEAL/DETANGLE: Quite a mouthful but depending on your method, you can accomplish this all at the same. Right after I hop out of the shower, I start to detangle my hair. This is easier with moisturized hair. I work in sections and apply my leave-ins and moisturizers as I detangle. It doesn’t have to be such a chore. Just think of it as time that you are investing in yourself, for healthier/ longer hair in the future. That’s kind of a big deal.

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  • PROTECT: All that is left to do at this point is to protect your hair. If longer hair is your goal, you need to protect your ends in order to retain growth. This include but not limited to twists, braids, wigs, buns etc… In the picture above, I am rocking this wig, which I love. In any case, just do something that you are comfortable with. Life is too short to be miserable.

I hope that this post is helpful, and at least give some insight into my wash day routine. Of course, consistency is key. Don’t expect long hair over night,  and be ready to put in some work. I am not so much focus on products in this post, as I feel that technique is more important. I have seen ladies achieve an unbelievable amount of growth using very few and inexpensive products.  Check out the video below, if you are more of a visual person!

Until next time, happy growing!

..xo

-J

How to Achieve Fuller, Longer Hair

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Hi Guys,

Every year, I host a protective style challenge, encouraging many to join in order to attain some MIND blowing growth. I am launching the PSC 2017 this December, so you have less than a week to make up your mind and do this! Why a challenge? Glad you asked.

Typically, it is best to join a group of like-minded individuals to keep you motivated. You are who you associate yourself with. This allows us to support one another and retain as much length as possible. I personally like having the slight pressure to keep up with the challenge. Otherwise, I know I would fall off the wagon so quickly, I wouldn’t realize I got on it in the first place. Longer, fully hair starts now! Not on January 1st !

Before we start the challenge, I highly encourage you to prep your hair. This includes getting a hair cut, getting rid of split ends, doing a protein treatment etc. We want our hair in tip top shape even before we start to protective style.

The rules

1. Eat a balanced diet

2. Drink lots of water

3. Take a hair vitamins- Optional

4. Choose from the following options:

 Long term protective styles that last about 4-6 weeks OR Low manipulative hair styles.

(if you feel the need, you can give your hair a break from the long term styles by doing low manipulative styles throughout the challenge. In order words, you can go back and forth between the two options)

5. Wash your hair at least 2x a month

6. Deep condition at least once a month. You don’t have to deep condition WHILE you have a protective style in but be sure to do it when you take it down.

7. Moisturize your hair and scalp (Oiling your scalp is optional)

8. Finger detangle (or be very gentle when using a comb)

9. Leave your hair alone (no heat styling, tight braids etc…)

10. Take before and after pictures. I will have a little something something for the best growth/ most participation 🙂

 

As always, thanks for the support and let’s get this done! It is time to stop making excuses and really put in the work to get what you want – no matter what your goals are.

..xo

-J

MAKE A WISH. TAKE A CHANCE. MAKE A CHANGE

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If you follow my on my YouTube Channel, then you must know by now that I’ve wanted a change. I love my natural hair, but it was all I knew. As I mentioned in this video, I basically wanted to experiment more with my hair. I knew the risks going in and was fully ready to face the consequences. Although there are other and less damaging ways that I could experiment with my tresses, I knew that this is something I had to go through at some point in my life. Why not now? I wondered about how my hair would be relaxed for quite some time. untitled-2

I love hair. Period. I know a lot of people aren’t going to understand this decision, especially since I have a channel dedicated to my natural hair but I want to see my hair in different states. I still want to dye it, cut it, perm it, and lock it. Honestly, it is just hair! I want to have fun with it and not feel like it is this “thing” that I need to indefinitely take care of. I don’t believe that every women perm/relax/chemically alter their hair because of self-hate. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know it isn’t the case for me. At some point in life, I will go back to my natural hair but for now, I am having fun with it. Change is good. Change is what I wanted. Change is what I got. Check out the video below to hear my thoughts on my relaxer experience.

..xo

-J

 

 

How To Slay & Maintain Your Puff on Natural Hair

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As I upload my latest youtube video, I realize that I rarely post about my natural hair on the blog. Considering that hair is such a big aspect of my life (it all started as a hair vlogger after all), I figured I should incorporate it on the blog more often, so here we go!

Today, I will go over the few steps that I follow in order to maintain a puff on 4C hair. I don’t leave my hair out very much, but when I do, it is guaranteed to be in a puff. It is such a chic, effortless hairstyle in my opinion, plus it is easy to maintain. What more can you ask for? I try not to do it too often, though. Just as it is easy to achieve, it is easy to forget/ignore your hair, which can result in a lot of single strand knots and dryness. Now that is a big no-no. So just like anything else in life, moderation is key,

STEPS
1. ALWAYS TIE YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT- This will not only reduce the amount of knots you get but also will prevent your hair from drying out. If your hair is similar to mine, this is key to preventing breakage. You should be using a satin scarf at night, regardless of the hairstyle you have.

2. SPRITZ YOUR HAIR- I find that my hair is a lot more manageable when I spray it with some water. I take it a step further and use a little leave-in moisturizer and an oil to moisturize my hair.

3. USE AN EDGE CONTROL- This step really gives your hairstyle a flawless finish. I personally don’t like to use a lot of gel but I finally found an edge control that stole my heart. It is light weight and doesn’t flake or leave my hair really hard. Use a soft bristle brush to tame those edges.

4. GOODIES HAIRBANDS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND  I honestly don’t know any other ways of achieving a puff. You really need them in your life and they are fairly inexpensive. I like to purposely stretch them out so that I can wrap them around my hair twice. That way, they are tight enough, but now too tight to the point that they will give me a headache. Know what I am sayin’?

5. WORK IT- The bigger the better! Just let your hair do its thing. Honestly, just OWN it.

I hope that these steps are helpful and if you have any questions, leave me a comment.

Thanks again for stopping by!

..xo

-J

 

The Infamous Wash-n-Go

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One the biggest misconceptions about Natural Hair is that only a certain hair type can pull of the Wash-N-Go look.  I often wonder what that actually means. The thing with natural hair is that no matter how similar your hair may be to another, it is really rare to have the SAME exact hair pattern and density as someone else. For that reason, your hairstyles may never looks exactly like your friend’s or your favorite YouTuber even though you followed the same steps. With that said, what exactly is the “Wash-N-Go” look? Big hair? Perfect curls? I believe that the reason why people believe that 4C hair cannot do the Wash-N-Go is because of the preconceived ideas of how the end results should LOOK like.

The Wash-n-go should be just that: wash and go! We often spend endless hours raking products through our already beautiful tresses in a desperate attempt to have the perfect curl all around. The thing is, your hair is already perfect. The point of the wash and go, in my opinion, is to spend as little time as possible styling your hair. I believe it is a time when you let YOUR hair decide how it’s going to behave. We already put so much tension and stress manipulating our hair on the regular so why not just let it be free? The first step to achieving a wash and go is to understand that your hair is not going to look like mine, or the person next to you. It is going to look like your hair. It is going to be unique and it may not even look like the last wash-go you did last week. That’s okay. That is the beauty of it all. Once you realize that the goal of a wash-n-go is not to have perfect curls, and that no products is going to CREATE a hair pattern that you don’t have, then you will be able to succeed. Any hair types can “pull off” this hair style.

To help you with the process however, I am going to share with you how I achieve my wash-n-go. I find that using the right products can help prevent my hair from getting dry. The goal for me is to be able to wash my hair a week later and not be left with dry, brittle hair. This basically rules out all gels with high alcohol! I ended up using the Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Line and I loved it!

  1. Wash hair: I like to start with clean hair. Especially since I know I will be putting more products in my hair, it was crucial for me to wash it. That way, my hair will not feel sticky and/or weight down
  2. Deep Condition: This goes without saying! 4C hair craves moisture and I know that I have to deep condition my hair weekly to keep it nice and manageable.
  3. Define: I should emphasize that this step should be quick and simple. Also, no amount of products will create curls magically. Whatever products your end up using, just make sure that it doesn’t try your hair out. Also, I like to detangle my hair then too. This is where i really love the Eden Body works Curl Defining Creme because it has a lot of slip. It allows me to finger detangle, which is gentle on my hair. It also keeps my hair moisturized the entire week!
  4. Refresh: This step is done as needed but I will basically spritz my hair with water every morning and used an oil to full it out again. I sleep in a satin bonnet so my hair is pretty flat in the morning.

That is it! Super simple and super easy! If you would like a visual representation of what I do, watch the video below. If you have any questions, please let me know! Now tell me how you achieve your wash-n-gos and what are your holy grail products? 

 ♥

..xo

-J

Baby, Let Your Hair Down

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Hey guys!

About two weeks ago I’ve straighten my hair. I have been enjoying my straight hair so much that I never want to wash my hair ever again! Okay, well maybe I have to and I think I may do that this week end but for right now, this is life!

After the 6 months protective style challenge, It couldn’t wait to see if I had retained any length. Although my hair grew, the length wasn’t noticeable because I practically gave myself a hair cut back in April. As a result, my hair is the same length as when I started the challenge! I am okay with that but I am pretty unhappy with the thickness. For some reason, my hair has been thinning so much over the past year. I actually wanted to do a 3rd Big Chop after seeing how thin it was but I decided to just work on it. This will be my next goal for now. I won’t go into all the details on this post  but I will basically start from the inside out. I will make sure that I am getting lots of nutrients and I will start taking a multivitamin/hair vitamin! I am pretty horrible with keeping up with vitamins but I will set up multiple reminders and hopefully that helps. In addition, I will start to be very strict with my regimen, as I have been pretty lazy with it. I share this journey with you all, as always!

On another note, I have been experiencing more with my outfits! Look at me being all girlie with that dress!  I plan to step outside my comfort zone in the future and I am looking forward to it.

Happy Friday, by the way!

..xo

-J

A Quick Review + Giveaway

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 Hi guys,

I hope you are all doing well. The month of love is upon us! It’s crazy how fast the year is going by, but to be honest,  I am not complaining because  it means that summer will soon be here. Oh let me tell you, the temperatures are way below zero here and I do not like it at all.

In any case, I would like to share with you all a few products that I have been using lately.  I was contacted by the owners to make a review and I gladly accepted. It’s actually pretty interesting. One day, I was browsing through Instagram when I stumbled across this lady with such thick, gorgeous natural hair. You all know now much I love thick hair so I was green with envy. About 2 weeks later, someone contacted me regarding a review. To my surprise, I found out it was Rajeeyah Sweet Naturals, the same lady whose instagram I was stalking! Although I usually don’t make product reviews, I felt like it was fate so I accepted.

Tiara Dean is one of my online friends. I have known her since our Hairlista days, way back when we first started to take care of our hair. We’ve collaborated in the past as well, so I was pretty happy for her when she launched her own product line. She also has amazing natural hair! This is one of the perks of making YouTube videos. I get to interact with such wonderful people from all over the world that I otherwise will never get the opportunity to do so. I am forever grateful for this. 

Please watch the video below for my review on the products that I have tried.

 

 In the spirit of love and generosity, I will be giving away a few of these products. I don’t know about you guys but when I watch product reviews, I get the urge to try the products in question as well. Perhaps it’s my inner product junkie-ism manifesting itself but as a result, I am personally giving away one full size product to 4 winners. All you have to do is subscribe to this blog as well as my YouTube channel, follow my instagram and leave a comment below letting me know which product you would to try. On February 14th, I will randomly select 4 winners and purchase the item that they have chosen (one entry per person please).  I will be picking two winners that requested the Rajehayh Sweet Natural Products and two winners for the Tiara Dean Products.

Pretty simple right?

Good Luck

..xo

-J

 

 

Pop Of Color

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Hey guys!

As I was editing the footage for this hairstyle, I decided to include an outdoor scene of my hair and outfit. Tripod and camera in hand, I ventured outside hoping to get this done as quickly as possible because I had to go to work in a couple of hours. As soon as I got to an ideal location, I turned on my camera and it died instantly! I didn’t quite understand as the batter was in the charger all night. I went back home, just to find out that the unit wasn’t plugged in an outlet as all! Because I was DETERMINED to film, edit and upload this video today, I did not let this get to me. I let the battery charge for about 20 minutes as I prepared something to eat and then went back outside to accomplish my mission. I knew that I wouldn’t have much time before the camera died again so I quickly filmed what I needed. I even had time to snap those photographs for the blog as well! Talk about killing two birds with one stone. I was out there for about 12 minutes and let me tell you, I nearly got frostbites! Regardless, I am happy I was able to do this in -23 degree weather.

All of this to say that when you set you mind to accomplish something, nothing can get in your way!

I hope you had a great and productive Monday. I leave you with the video of this easy, simple, yet cute low manipulation hair style.

..xo

-J

Live, Love & Laugh

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I hope all of you are doing well and the New Year is treating you fabulously! Isn’t it crazy that the first month of 2015 is nearly over? Time is just flying by right in front of us!

2014 was filled with joy. When I was going though my hard drive to find footage for this post, I realized how interesting it is that I am documenting my life. Making YouTube Videos has basically enabled me to record and keep track of all the little moments. I didn’t even realize how great 2014 was, until I was looking at the videos and pictures. It was nostalgic going down memory lane.  It was a really happy year for me, as you will be able to see in the video below. My hair wasn’t the only thing that thrived. I truly enjoy filming and I hope that I can keep the blog more active this year! These things really make me happy.

I am so grateful that I am able to share these moments with you all! Oh and did I mention that today is my birthday? Yep, quarter of a century! However, (between you and I), I will always be Forever21 at heart!

..xo

-J

Top Knot Bun

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Hey all!

I hope that you are doing very well. If you are part of my protective style challenge currently happening on YouTube, I hope that this hairstyle will come in handy. It is EXTREMELY simple and easy to achieve. If you want to give your hair a break or just simply do not have a lot of time on your hands, then this is for you. However, this can be tricky to achieve on 4C hair. I don’t know about you guys, but I would never even dream about achieving this on my hair in its shrunken glory. Whenever my hair is fully stretched however (which doesn’t happen very often), this is my go to style.

In this particular case, I had just taken down a set of braids and needed something to do with my hair prior to washing and styling again. Needless to say, my hair was pretty dry and dirty as well, eek! I opted to moisturize and seal my hair, even though I knew I was going to wash it, just to make it more manageable for the bun. I also did not use any gel to smooth my edges for a couple of reasons. My hair doesn’t seem to like gels very much. They tend to leave my hair extremely dry. Also, I knew this style was temporary so there was no need to have it sculpted to my head. Lol

Products Used:

Shea Coconut Moisturizing Cream

-Whipped Shea Butter

-Hair Tie and Bobby Pins

-Gel (Optional)

I hope you will try this easy bun and share pictures with me on instagram!

..xo

-J