Baking soda + Apple Cider Vinegar = Soft Hair

I’m sure all of my natural people have heard of using Baking Soda Shampoo & ACV Conditioner on natural hair. Well, I put this ‘no poo’ hair regimen to the test.

First of all..

The term ‘no poo’ is basically no shampoo which means not using store bought shampoo and only using natural products in place of it.

I was searching the web about this phenomenon and stumbled upon this site (http://www.chyscurlz.com/2012/03/baking-soda-for-low-porosity.html) and her results looked so awesome! Plus she had the same porosity as me so I figured it had to work so I decided to try it out on my low porosity hair.

Prep Step (eyeballing measurements):

“Shampoo” equal amounts of baking soda and conditioner

  • Organix Sea Mineral Conditioner
  • Baking Soda

“Conditioner” add more water than ACV

  • ACV
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Here’s what I did:

1. I fully saturated my hair in good ole water.

2. I put my conditioner and baking soda mix on my scalp only. (I’ve done it on my scalp on my strands before. It works the same to me. If using on the scalp only, the “shampoo” gets to your strands when you rinse)

3. After rinsing, I spray ACV and water mixture and leave in for at least 5 min. or I just keep spraying for 3 min. and let it sit for 2 min.

4. You may rinse all ACV out of hair or just rinse once or twice.

5. I deep conditioned with my own mixture of Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie, Coconut Milk, Aloe Vera Gel, Honey, and Coconut Oil.

6. I followed up with Shea Moisture Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk and Argan Oil or Avocado Oil to seal. I used Avocado Oil the first time I did this and it was ridiculously soft because it’s so much lighter than Argan oil but they both have the same effect.

When I tell ya’ll my hair was SO soft! It has never felt this soft ever since I’ve been natural. Everytime I find ways to give my hair life and moisture I always think “Why didn’t I try this sooner?!” I plan on doing this every two weeks and co-wash in between. I will definitely be doing this from now on.

Have you tried this method before? Did you like it or do something different?

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No More Overnight Pre-Poo with Conditioner

Oh.Em.Gee. I almost had a heart attack today. Let me tell you…

Yesterday I was bored in my room when suddenly I came across Naptural85’s (love her) 25 minute detangling video on YouTube. I got curious and started to watch it so I thought…why not try it? The first step in her video was to coat the hair in coconut oil then conditioner. I did the opposite but figured my hair won’t know the difference. She said for extra softness, sleep with the coconut oil and conditioner in your hair overnight. I did that and woke up to the softest hair I have ever imagined! It was still a little wet but I didn’t care because I was going to wash it out after my class & doctor’s appointment. So I ended up meeting a friend for lunch and not returning home until about 3 pm. Around 4:30-ish, I say to myself “maybe it’s time to wash this stuff out”. I go into the shower with my conditioner and coconut oil and start to wet my hair in the shower. My hair is still amazeballs soft but I noticed that my hair felt a little mushy. I ignored it and kept wetting my hair thinking my hair just needed to get more saturated. My hair still doesn’t coil and curl up like it usually does when it’s wet. I am FREAKING OUT. In my head I’m thinking:

  • “This is what I get for using this conditioner overnight that isn’t a curly girl safe conditioner!”
  • “My curl pattern is gone forever!”
  • “I think I just did the equivalent of perming my hair but with a 1 SILICONE having conditioner!”

I’m overreacting aren’t I? lol. So I hurry and finish cowashing my hair…extremely sad on the inside. I look in the mirror and see that my whole back section still is poppin with curls and coils but it’s still mushy feeling. The front, which usually has a little “popage” but not as much as it usually does but still quite mushy. I am so HURT right now! Then I remembered this post I saw on Instagram:

I read down the “symptoms” of having too much moisture in the hair and was overjoyed! “I can fix this!”, I say in my head. So I grab my

  • Mayo
  • 1 egg
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil

and whipped up a diy protein treatment to restart my hair. I waited my 30 min and my hair was revived from the dead! Yay me!

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Awkward Stage: Here I Am!

Guess who’s in the awkward stage of natural hair growth?!

THIS GIRL!

I am soooo happy to be in this stage finally! Most people dread this stage of hair growth but to finally get there is AWESOME! Maybe down the line I’ll get frustrated but as of now, I’m ecstatic!

Wait..what is the awkward stage?

The awkward stage of hair growth is usually when your hair is:

  • between 3-5 inches long stretched out
  • not short enough to label as a twa
  • not long enough to make a ponytail
  • still grows out instead of down

Why Do They Dread It?

When I was doing my research on the infamous ‘awkward stage’, I wondered what made it so awkward. Well, some naturals had trouble coming up with other ways to style it besides the regular twist out, bantu knot out, etc. I understand wanting to be different 100%. I googled some hairstyles that I can now do with awkward stage hair that I couldn’t with a TWA and I was amazed! I’m so happy to finally start having more versatility in my hairstyles! Some hairstyles include:

  • Bigger frohawks (my favorite)
  • Good ole afro
  • Straw sets
  • Flexirod sets
  • and more!

With More Hair Comes Responsibility

Now that my hair is thicker and longer, I am going to have a lot of work to do when it comes to washing, moisturizing & styling my hair. I am glad that I started to section my hair while washing before I hit this stage so I can get a feel for it when my hair got longer. I am probably going to have to invest in some butterfly clips to help with keeping my sections separated (my hair doesn’t like hairbands). I just got a trim today so now I have to retain this length and make sure I don’t need to get it trimmed for a while.

 

Here I am with my freshly trimmed & combed out fro. Excuse my excited face lol.

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Rant Post: To Do or Not To Do?

Okay guys, this is a topic that has been on my mind ever since I became natural. Let me give you some insight on what I’m talking about. Being a new natural, I Googled almost EVERYTHING to do to keep my hair moisturized, how to wash my hair, how to detangle,etc. Well, there are a few sites that helped and some that were a little contradicting. For example, I am a lo po (low porosity) girl and have been trying to find a good way to moisturize my hair. One site said to seal with shea butter so guess what I did? Went out and bought a tub of shea butter and whipped it to my liking. I had been using it to seal for a while and it seemed to be working because of its thick consistency. A few weeks go by and I catch myself googling other ways to moisturize my hair and I see that shea butter does NOT help seal moisture into my lo po hair…..on the SAME site! *insert confused face here* whet? I finally just did some experimenting to find that it works on my hair when it’s warm but it doesn’t penetrate. *wipes forehead* That is very confusing to me. How does the same site can praise a way to seal hair then tear it down? What are your thoughts on this? Comment below!

Two Strand Twist Style & Maintenance

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Hello beautiful people! Just wanted to share my current hair style….Two Strand Twists! This is going to be my protective style until I get my hair trimmed next Thursday (it is sooo needed). After I washed, deep conditioned, moisturized, and sealed, I parted my hair and did my two strand twists. I got this hair style idea from Youtuber BlakIzBeautyful. To see the tutorial see below:

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Wassuuuup!

Hello all! Just want to introduce myself to the blogging world!

About Me

  • My name is Kim (hi!)
  • I’m 20 years young.
  • I BC (big chopped) on January 31, 2014.
  • I’m 7 months natural (if you didn’t feel like calculating lol)
  • I am a junior in college.
  • I’m a huge goober.

Well, I hope you all join me on my journey and learn and/or teach some new things and we’ll all get this thing crackin’! Bye 🙂

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