straight hair care regime 

As promised, here is my hair care regime when my hair is straight!

  • how often I straighten my hair

I actually do not straighten my hair myself. My hairstylist, whom I got to when I go home and about once a month when I am home, straightens my hair. She’s been doing my hair for over two years now, and she’s been doing my mom’s hair for probably like 10 years. My hairstylist is the only person who straightens my hair.

  • why I straighten it

I think straight hair is cute. As my hair has gotten healthier, I love how it looks straight. I also love how easy it to take care of.

  • trims

I only get trims with straight hair because my hairstylist trims my hair. I love getting my hair trimmed straight because it makes it look really nice straight but when it’s curly it looks just as fabulous. My ends always look super clean, no matter if they’re curly or straight.

  • preservation of curls

To preserve my straight hair, I roll my hair. I started using flexi rods, which I really love. They last all day!!! Last time I got my hair straight, it ended up raining and the humidity made it a little curly. So what I do is use Camille Rose’s Curlaide (just a small bit, it doesn’t make my hair turn curly, but it does make my sisters turn curly so I’m not sure about that for everyone). I then wrap my hair, to make it stay straight. But without any rain incidents I just keep rolling it. And I wear a satin bonnet.

this was right after my hair appt. 
this was after rolling with flexi rods

  • products to use
  1. flexi rods- I use the smaller diameter red ones.
  2. Silk by design essentials- this is my go to product. Silk penetrates the hair shaft and doesn’t leave your hair too oily. I just use a little
  3. Curlaide by camille rose- like I said, if my hair happens to get a little curly, I use curlaide to make it straighter
  4. Satin bonnet- I love using my satin bonnet, scarves and wraps. It keeps my hair moisturized

I never put heat on my hair- I’m not a professional and I want to keep my hair healthy! My fabulous hairstylist is the one who does my hair! I think it’s great to have her do it- I’ve never suffered from heat damage or breakage that was her fault (the eczema I have was what caused all of my hair issues).

Let me know if you have any questions! I hope this helps!!

my hair routine (nov 2017)

hey y’all! it’s been forever since i’ve posted my hair care routine (I actually need to do a review on this homemade deep conditioner my roommate and I made). I just wanted to give you all an update on what I’ve been doing!


this was my hair in August of 2017


this is my hair this week!

isn’t it crazy how much it’s grown?! well here’s how I did it

major tips:

  • wash once a week

I used to wash my hair every ten days, with a shampoo that helped my eczema and then co-wash every five days. I thought that doing this was helping to keep my hair moisturized. After I had my sew-in  I really realized how much I was overwashing my hair. Your hair needs water, but it doesn’t need to be washed that often. I shifted to washing my hair once a week and deep conditioning. I really like it, plus it’s easy to keep up with.

  • deep condition weekly

I cannot stress the importance of deep conditioning. What I’ve recently been doing is adding my deep conditioner (I’m using Natural Deep Conditioner by EDEN), deep conditioning for 15 minutes under the drier and then detangling after. The deep conditioning makes it really easy to comb through.

  • use a satin bonnet AND a satin pillow case

I only use satin products on my hair. I have two satin wraps, a scarf, a long bonnet, two regular size bonnets and two pillow cases. though my bonnet normally stays on, I like having the satin pillow case just in case my hairline comes outside of the bonnet. Plus the pillow cases are really pretty lol.

  • drink lots of water

I know I drink WAY more than most people do. I drink probably around a gallon of water a day. It keeps my body hydrated and my hair moisturized. You should at least be drinking half of your body weight in ounces!

  • detangle outside of the shower

As my hair has gotten longer, detangling takes a lot longer. I started detangling in the mirror outside of the shower for a couple reasons. One, I was tired of my hands turning pruney from being in the shower too long. Two, I wanted to see my hair as I was detangling it. This has allowed me to see tangles earlier so I’m not just ripping out my hair. Last week, I kept my hair in two french braids for a full week to see how much I shed, so I could get a basis for how much I should be shedding.


This is how much hair I shed after a week! I believe my routine along with detangling gently allowed for this to happen.

  • trim your hair (NOT YOU A PROFESSIONAL)

Getting trims are so important to maintaining healthy hair. I get a trim just about every time I need one- since I go so long with curly hair, I get them close to every time I get my hair done. After a trim my curls are so bouncy and beautiful. You should get your trim done by a professional- they went to school to learn how to trim properly and it is impossible to accurately trim your hair. My hairstylist has been doing hair for at least 20 years and told me she still struggles trimming her own hair. It’s just hard. So let someone else do it for you! And make sure that person is a professional.

  • keep a regime

Keeping a regime is crucial. As a college student, I’m busy. So I want to make sure that I can manage my school work, personal life and hair. Knowing how I’m going to do my hair helps me manage it all.

actual routine:

  • Wash day

Normally I wash my hair on Saturday or Sunday. I use Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Shampoo. I normally wash three times.

  • Deep Conditioning

I use EDEN’s Natural Deep Conditioner when I deep condition. I lather it on my hair, then I put on a clear shower cap and sit under my drier for 15 minutes. I detangle outside of the shower; then I rinse my hair out with lukewarm water, then after it’s all out I use cold water to seal in the moisture.

  • LOC

After I rinse out the conditioner, I put a cotton t-shirt on over my head to dry it. After a while (I can leave mine on for like an hour and be fine, but I try to leave it on for like 10/15 minutes- my hair retains a lot of water), I take my hair down.

L (Liquid/Leave-In)- I spritz my hair down lightly with water. I then use Aloe Vera Gel (just regular from target) and Miss Jessie’s Leave in Condish.

O (Oil)- I use OGX Coconut Milk and Shea Butter. I try to limit my oils because I can get heavy handed (lol). When I use too much oil my face ends up being really oily. So just using the Coconut Milk with Shea Butter has really helped.

C (Cream)- I use Cantu’s Coconut Cream and Camille Rose’s Curlaide. I like the coconut cream becuase it’s really thick but the Curlaide leaves my hair feeling more hydrated so I use both.

  • Protective Style

I try to make sure that I do at least one protective style a week. Last week, I did french braids and left them in all week (I did wear a turban for about 3 days because the braids got a little too curly to wear out). This weekend one of my friends twisted my hair. That was on Saturday night, so I wore twists Sunday and Monday. Tomorrow, I plan on taking the twists down. Since twists work really well for my hair type, I will just add aloe vera, coconut milk and shea butter each night until I wash it again (this will preserve the curls and keep my hair moisturized). I love aloe vera gel because it goes on really easy and keeps my hair looking really nice (but it’s not water based so putting it on twists won’t ruin the twist out). Shea butter also can work as a cream!

These are recent pictures of my hair straight! I’ll do a blog pretty soon on how I care for and maintain my straight hair without heat!

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions! 

well here we go again

time after time it black women are excluded from important conversations. from white companies, this is something that as a black woman I’ve just come to understand as reality. black hair care products are limited; I’ve found about a solid four brands- Shea Moisture, Camille Rose, Cantu and As I Am. finding organic products for my hair (which is 3B/3C) is difficult- but my hair is not as coarse as many other black women. so finding good products that work for 4C (the curliest type, which does not hold moisture well and is often viewed as “ugly” (I don’t believe this to be true)). so when Shea Moisture unleashed an ad that talked about hair hate, I had high expectations. They failed me. The video included three women, two of which are white and one was black- with the perfect mixed girl curls that society loves. they didn’t represent black hair accurately- though majority of their consumers are black women. it’s a black brand, based off of hair recipes of an African woman named Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone (see how many times I’ve read that bottle?! I didn’t even have to look at it!). I’ve been using Shea Moisture for years and it’s been a faithful product in my house hold. The products are pricey, normally about 13 dollars for just conditioner; my family has spent hundreds of dollars on their products. not to mention all the people I’ve recommended these products to (in real life and on my blog). they’ve issued an apology but honestly we all know it’s just to get good press. the damage is done. as of now i’m boycotting. don’t know how long it will last, but i am. they’ve gotta do better. black women have to be included in the picture because we matter.

Attached here is the video!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=5WWFxEnJovA

hair care tips 

Hi loves!

With this crazy Michigan weather, it’s been really important for me to spend a little extra time on my hair. I just wanted to share some tips! 

  • Tips
    • Leave a shower cap on: I cannot stress this enough! I showered without one on last week and combing out my hair was a nightmare! I believe it’s because the roots got curly and tangled. It was horrible. Never again.
    • Make sure you put on leave in and wet your hair down before you comb it- I often braid my hair at night and I’ve realized that when I undo it in the morning it’s a lot easier to comb through to style after I wet it and add a little leave in. You don’t want your hair to be too drenched for two reasons: one, it’s wet and that’s not fun, two because of shrinkage- adding too much water will make it shrink. I braid my hair to stretch it out, because I have a lot of shrinkage, so if I really wet it, it would be counterproductive.