Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Miss Lillian BC'd

In April 2008 my then 6 year old daughter told me that she didn't want me to put "the white stuff" on her hair anymore. She said it was cold, and itchy and she didn't like it. She told me that I couldn't do puffs for her anymore and she wanted her puffs back. I talked to her and explained that it would take a while for her hair to grow the p.erm out and for a 6 year old, she was cool. So - that began her transition.

Well, my daughter saw a commercial on TV one night back in May. There was a little girl about her age on the commercial who had a natural afro and my daughter thought it was so cute. I told her, "You can have your hair like that when we cut the p.ermed part off."

She was so excited that she wanted it cut off before she went back to school in August. I told her, "sure thing, we can make your hair like hers". She had been gone to visit her grandmother for the summer and just returnd this weekend and was still talking about the curly afro.

So, with her having been in swimming class and all, when she came home her hair was a little dry. Over the weekend we talked about when she wanted to cut her hair and she said soon. Cool, I'm definitely ready to chop, but it's not my hair - it's on her and she has been a real trooper - especially wanting to have "long hair".

Well, I needed to wash her hair and told her that I could cut it if she wanted me to. So she says, "let me think about it" and layed down in my bed. Then she jumped up and said, "I want the afro!" I was so excited. I immediately ran and got the conditioner and went to work.

It took a long time to chop. She had a lot of relaxed hair left to cut. Also, it was hard in some places to tell where the line of demarcation was for sections of her hair. But, we got the job done. She's happy and I am happy.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Butters, Butters Everywhere

Coffee Bean Butter

Just when I thought it was safe for me to put away my wallet........then came "butters". LOL On the different hair boards I frequent, there is a lot of talk about "butters". I haven't completely gotten on the band-wagon yet, but it's quickly approaching. I ordered some Shealoe Butter online and I am just waiting for it to arrive. I'm hoping that it works for me. If not for my hair then definitely as a skin protectant and moisturizer.

While visiting one website, I decided to take a look at the different butters listed there. I'll list and talk a little about each one.
  • Aloe
  • Avocado
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Hemp Seed
  • Illipe
  • Kokum
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Mango
  • Mochacchino
  • Olive
  • Pistachio Nut
  • Shea
  • Shea Aloe
  • Sweet Almond

Aloe Vera Butter - aids in rapid hydration of dry skin caused by eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, sun burn, wind burn, and general chapping

Avocado Butter - a very rich, moisturizing treatment for the hair and skin, and it has some natural sunscreen properties

Cocoa Butter - is a soothing emollient that has been used for centuries in Africa for skin care. It has been traditionally used to heal and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the elements. Cocoa butter helps reduce the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy by keeping the skin supple.

Coffee Bean Butter - Coffee extract is being used in slimming cosmetics due to the natural caffeine content of coffee beans. In addition, the extract has been found to be a powerful antioxidant. The high content of unsaponifiable matter in coffee oil has made it popular in cosmetics too. The oil offers natural protection from ultraviolet light and is becoming a popular ingredient in sunscreen products. Coffee oil is rich in phytosterols which promote excellent moisture retention, quick penetration and good adherence in cosmetics.

Hemp Seed Butter - Hemp seed butter is made by combining the fatty fractions and unsaponifiables of cold pressed hemp seed oil with hydrogenated hemp seed oil obtained from unsterilized hemp seeds. The butter is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and helps reduce moisture loss from the skin.

Illipe Butter - Illipe butter is obtained from the nuts of the Shorea stenoptera, a tropical tree. Illipe butter is very similar in nature to cocoa butter, but it has a higher melting point.

Kokum Butter - Kokum butter is obtained from the Indian tree Garcinia indica. It is used in skin care products because of its ability to soften skin and heal ulcerations and fissures of lips, hands and soles of feet. Kokum butter helps reduce degeneration of the skin cells and restores elasticity. Use kokum butter is soaps, balms, belly balms, foot care products and other emollient skin treatments.

Macadamia Nut Butter - Macadamia nut butter is made by blending hydrogenated cold pressed macadamia nut oil with the fatty fractions and unsaponifiables collected during the refining process of the oil. Macadamia nut butter provides excellent emolliency and dermal protection. It is a light, non greasy butter that penetrates the skin easily.

Mango Butter - Mango butter is obtained from the kernels of the mango tree. It has a high content of stearic acid which makes it similar to cocoa butter. Mango butter has good emolliency and lends protection against the sun. It is said to prevent drying of the skin and formation of wrinkles. Mango butter also reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity.

Mochacchino Butter - Mochacchino Butter is an exciting combination of Coffee Bean butter and Cocoa Butter and the scent is heavenly! But aside from its irresistable aroma, this butter has the healing, moisturizing properties of cocoa butter, and the sun protection and antioxidant benefits of coffee butter.

Olive Butter - Olive butter is the butter obtained from cold pressed olives. The extracted oil undergoes a unique refining process to collect the unsaponifables. Olive butter possesses all of the natural qualities of olive oil and is similar in feel to shea butter.

Pistachio Nut Butter - Pistachio nut butter is made by blending hydrogenated cold pressed pistachio nut oil with the fatty fractions and unsaponifiables collected during the refining process of the oil. It is a soft green butter with great spreadibility on the skin. It penetrates the skin easily making it a good massage butter. Pistachio nut butter does not clog the pores.

Shea Butter - African healers have used Shea Butter for thousands of years as the ideal treatment for dry or aging skin. Its high content of non-saponifiables and unique fatty acid profile gives Shea Butter the ability to moisturize and retain the elasticity of the skin. Shea Shea Butter also helps to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun while repairing cellular degeneration.

Shealoe Butter - Shealoe butter is made with equivalent quantities of shea butter and aloe vera gel resulting in a healing and moisturizing emollient. Use shealoe butter "as is" to soothe dry, irritated skin, or add it to your formulations as a skin or hair nutrient.

Sweet Almond Butter - Sweet almond butter is obtained from sweet almond oil and exhibits all of the natural qualities of sweet almond oil. It hydrates the skin and restores elasticity.

*(Information above provide by From Nature With Love - www.fromnaturewithlove.com)

Hemp Seed Butter

Now that I have listed the butters and a little information about each of them, you can see why I am so anxious to try them! The next one on my "hit list" is Coffee Bean Butter. I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I sure do love the smell of it! I wouldn't mind my hair smelling like coffee - especially in the fall and winter months. Seems like it would give an amazingly warm aromatic feel to those chilly ATL winters. Once I've tried Coffee bean, I would be anxious to try the Hemp Seed and Mochacchino Butters. Both the Coffee Bean and Mochacchino Butters are really expensive though, so maybe I can purchase them as treats to myself.

Excitement is building as my shealoe butter makes it's way to my home this week. As the fall months approach, I'll be making sure to protect my hair from the cool and windy days and nights that I'll be attending my sons' football games and my wonderful butters will surley play a large part in my Fall routine.

As I purchase and use new butters I'll make sure to come back and give a review of each.

Henna #4

Here I am slipping again. LOL It's been rough. I been trying to get things together for this busy month of traveling. Anyway....enough of that - onto hair!
Well I henna'd again on July 3rd and it went great. I mixed the henna when I came home from work and by 11:00PM I had great dye release. I applied the henna, wrapped up my head and went to sleep. I kept the henna on until about 7:30am. Yeah, it was a while. I DC'd using Hydralicious and Hello Hydration mixed w/ honey and EVOO. I kept the DC mixture in my hair for about 3 hours. I made sure to rinse good so that I wouldn't have the "orange drippies" like I did the last time.

With each henna my hair is looking better and better. I think I might be at full color saturation - which is fine with me. My hair is doing some great things since I henna'd - well, since the 1st henna - and it's only getting better. My hair is responding nicely to whatever product I put in it. It's really nice. Even when I was relaxed, my hair still "behaved" well. I'm just glad to see that this carried over with my natural hair.

I love the curl definition I have here (6July09 pic) and I used nothing more than some VO5 Passion Fruit Smoothie in my hair - that's it. I never knew that wearing my natural hair could be so rewarding. The only problem I really have is trying to supress the product junkie in me. I've been doing pretty good. For the most part I have been able to purchase commercial products for my hair that work just as well as the boutiqe products that cost 2 and 3 times as much. I am making some significant changes and my wallet will thank me. I've already given up on KCCC and KCKT. I can get the same effects from the VO5 and Long Aid Activator gel. Every time I think I want to try something new, I get nervous and change my mind - if it ain't broke....

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Needing Something New

Well, here I am again with another recipe that I ran across. Let me back-track a little. I have been wanting something that will be a little heavier on my hair. The Curl activator, Curling custard, and IC gel alone aren't really doing it for me. I'm thinking I need something more like a cream/creme type product.

So, I had a sample of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding that I used on my hair today and I nearly needed the entire 2oz container for my thick hair. What I liked about it: It went on really great - not greasy. It gave my hair more weight and didn't take my hair long to dry after the product was applied. It's been a little over 2 hours and my hair is about 80% dry as opposed to 40 - 50% dry. My hair doesn't feel dry like some poeple reported experiencing. I guess I will have to see how my hair holds up through the rest of the day. What I don't like about it...THE PRICE!!!!!

Now, so far, with the way my hair feels, I'm liking this Curly Pudding. So, I go onto Miss Jessie's website and this stuff is expensive - and I'm actually considering buying it - BUT before I do, I'm running to Nappturality to see what the ladies have to say about it. So I'm reading and then someone says that there is a recipe for something similar in the Homemade Hair Products thread.

All I had to do was search for it and there it was! I am currently reading the thread now and will come back with more info....

Ok, so the recipe sounds great, but after further reading, this is not somethign that I could use daily after co-washing. Hmmmm......not sure what to do now. I like how Miss Jessie's did my hair this morning, but that stuff is just too expensive. Someone on NP mantioned MJ's has a BOGO once a year, so maybe I can find out when that is. At the same time, I'm not sure that I even want to try it, and get addicited to it only to have a need for a product I can't afford.

I am going to order some shealoe this week and maybe I will make a little of the recipe I saw on NP today. I mean, what can it hurt? I think I will make half of the amount that was listed in the recipe I saw. If worst comes to worst and i don't like it for my hair, I can use it on the kids and it wont go to waste.

Now I have the MJ curly pudding on my hair so I def am not going to co-wash tomorrow. I am going to spray my hair with just a tiny bit of water and twist in big twists for a twist-out in the AM. Then in the morning I will see how it looks.