feb 2018 hair care routine

*drumroll* IT’S TIME FOR AN UPDATED HAIR CARE ROUTINE!

Though not much has changed I just want to keep you all updated!

Prepoo-

  • Before I wash my hair I always add a generous amount of oil- normally either shea butter or avocado oil

Washing-

  • Prior to washing, I rinse my hair with warm water to get rid of the excess product and oil
  • I wash my hair once a week using Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo. I normally wash three times; I could probably do two washes and be fine but I like three.
  • Normally when I wash I try to massage my scalp for at least one of the washes. Scratching your scalp can leave your hair tangled, so I try to limit it.

I always use warm water to wash

Conditioning-

  • I always deep condition after EVERY wash. it’s essential to making my hair easy to maintain. I’m currently using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment mask, but I also really like Eden Body Work’s Natural Deep Conditioner (they just didn’t have it at target when I needed deep conditioner).
  • I section my hair in four parts. I work one section at a time to add conditioner then comb out that part using my denman brush (which is a lifesaver- it defines your curls and makes detangling easier). Then I normally twist the section that I just added conditioner to or use a ponytail holder to secure it. After all sections are done I go over my hair once more with the denman brush
  • I either sit under the drier for 15 minutes (while wearing a clear shower cap) or use an old target bag over my shower cap for about 30 minutes. I like both methods but the bag is easier if you’re trying to do other things while deep conditioning.
  • I rinse out the deep conditioner with warm water then after it’s all out I use cold water to rinse my hair. It seals in the moisture and reduces frizz.
  • I then take a t-shirt and wrap it around my hair to dry it.

Styling-

protective styling is a must, especially in the winter. it helps you retain moisture plus it’s easier to maintain. I need something that’s going to be easy to maintain. Mostly because I’m a little lazy.

  • pick the right protective style- the two most popular styles are braid outs and twists outs. i used to do braid outs a lot until one of my friends twisted my hair and I saw how much less shedding I had. After that, I pretty much only do twists or twist outs.
  • Once a week I wash, deep condition and style my hair. I do twists of some sort. How I style the twists depends on if I’d like to wear it down or not- I’ll do flat twists if I want to wear it down. I like flat twists because the root is twisted so it’s easier to get through.
  • Normally i leave the flat twist in for a day or so then untwist it. I moisturize my hair every day.

Moisture-

Normally I do the LOC method, but I read that doing the LCO method reduces frizz so I plan on trying that out.

  • Liquid/Leave-In- I use water and peppermint oil first (they’re mixed in my spray bottle; Leave-In- I use Miss Jessie’s Leave In Condish
  • Cream- I use Cantu’s Coconut Creme and Camille Rose’s Curlaide
  • Oil- I use OGX coconut milk, shea butter and avocado oil.

my main tips-

  • wash and deep condition weekly
  • protective style
  • drink lots of water! at least half your body weight
  • use satin ponytail holders and bonnets
  • also use a satin pillow case
  • be gentle while combing your hair

this is the amount of shedding I had after eight days of no combing (i don’t comb my hair when it’s twisted, I had it in a twisted style for two days, then wore a turban for three (i put a bonnet on underneath to keep my hair protected from the turban), and then wore it different ponytail styles for three days.

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self- care time

I’ve been so busy the last two weeks it’s ridiculous. It’s midterm season and I’ve just had a lot of homework and essays to do. My self- care has really been lacking because of it. I’ve realized how important sleep is (after I finish this, I’m going to bed). Sleeping and drinking enough water are crucial to taking care of yourself. I went to yoga today, for the first time all week and it was amazing. I enjoyed just having that time just for me. I’ve realized that with homework and other commitments, I’ve got to make sure that I’m taking care of me. My roommate is gone for the weekend and it’s my first time being alone in a while, which is nice but different. I’m learning yet again to love my space and my self. One of my biggest things lately is letting go and trusting the process. I understand that I’m at the perfect spot for me and that I need to make little changes to be better. Like when I started did my rough draft for my paper two days before it was due, then met with my professor to discuss it and then did the edits. Things like that are making my life so much easier. I just need to make sure that while I’m managing my school work better, I’m managing my Mayah time better. Be one with yourself and learn to enjoy just sitting. Try being still for ten minutes- without your phone. Just be in the moment. Enjoy the detox. Get some rest. Drink some water.

taking time for little things

hello everyone! i hope your new year is going well. i started back to school on the third and am finally getting in the full swing of being in school. for my political science class, i ordered the wrong reader and the wrong text book. honestly, i didn’t even notice i ordered the wrong text book until today. from this i’ve learned that i have to slow down a little and pay attention to details. often i just get so caught up in “making it happen” that i didn’t make sure it was quality or in this case the right version of the book. so make time you’re taking some time to smell the flowers. there is enough time to everything.

(my grandma made this for my mommy who gave it to me!)

Planning

Time management is so important. You really have to go through life and understand that there truly is enough time for everything. You just have to plan accordingly. But also keep in mind that there is a divine order that you are not aware of. You cannot control every aspect of your time management. But you can control some of it. My advice as far as control goes is control and change what you can control, and if you cannot change your attitude about it. Everything has a positive side and a lesson that is supposed to be learned. Take your experiences and learn from them. Plan accordingly. For example, if you know that you have a meeting at 8:30 am, don’t stay up until 3, go to bed at about 10 or so depending on your sleep schedule so that you can be on time and well rested. Your body needs rest and love to be productive. Use your time wisely so that your body is as healthy and your soul is as happy as possible. Make plans. Go out. Stay inside. Just do what you love and love what you do. Plan for the future, but take it one day at a time. Each day is a miracle, cherish it. The life that you live is a miracle, because you are the only person that gets to experience your life. Just have fun. Be happy. Stay safe.

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(Life is too short to live at war with yourself)

School

For a lot of students, school is stressful. But school can be positive and fun if you just think about it that way. Look at school as an experience to grow, learn and make new friends. You have to allow yourself enough time (time management is the key to being successful) to get all of your work done. Yes that means sometimes I don’t talk on the phone so I can study for my AP Calculus Test. Priorities are everything, and your education should be one. Just manage your time, study hard, and really try to learn. School is better than you think.