August Length Check

Left Side: April 2012 ( 5)- June 2012 (5 1/4)- August 2012 (6 1/4)

Front: April 2012 (4 1/4)- June 2012 (5 1/4)- August (6)

Right Side: April 2012 (4 1/2)- June 2012 (5)- August (6)

Top Middle: April 2012 (5)- June 2012 (6)- August (6 1/2)

Back: April 2012 (4 3/4)- June 2012 (5)- August (6)

My twists have come along way!

I’m so excited! I have one more month until my one year anniversary of my big chop!! Maybe I’ll do a video or something…Idk I’ll have to think about that one lol.

Talk to you all soon,

Jiquay

Length check (April & June)

I know, I know. This post is SO late. Let’s just say life came a calling but I promise I am going to do better ;).  I still took my measurements on time and kept record.

Left Side: Feb 2012 (4 inches)- April 2012 ( 5)- June 2012 (5 1/4)

Front: Feb 2012 (3 1/2 inches)- April 2012 (4 1/4)- June 2012 (5 1/4)

Right Side: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (4 1/2)- June 2012 (5)

Top Middle: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (5)- June 2012 (6)

Back: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (4 3/4)- June 2012 (5)

I’ve got some hanging going on in the June pic!! Of course it will be time for a length check in August so we shall see what it looks like then.

Talk to you really soon (I pinky promise),

Jiquay

National Natural Hair Meetup Day w/FCA Naturals

Founders of FCA Naturals April McKisick (L) and Samantha Horton (R)

Hello all! This past month I attended the National Natural Hair Meetup Day along with many naturals across the USA (yes I know this is late but when life happens what can you do).  We didn’t have a meetup in the city I lived so I attended a meetup in Memphis which is a reasonable distance to drive.

The meetup was hosted by the FCA Naturals at the Playhouse On The Square on Union Ave. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly faces and swag bags. The lobby area was filled with delicious appetizers and drinks which disappeared swiftly! Around the corner of the lobby was a hall filled with many vendors ready to help each natural with something of their preference.

In the main room there were a few vendors and natural hair salon representatives; this is also where the presentations took place. Each salon gave live demonstrations of their work and had Q&A sessions at the end. Also, there were presentations of makeup, numerology, and healthy nutrition. I was pleased that the FCA Naturals took the time to concentrate on providing information for the “whole” being and not just the hair.

Oh, last but not least they had fabulous giveaways and I had my eyes, heart, and soul set on that Karen’s Body Beautiful basket!!! I didn’t win it (boooo), but my niece won a black girls rock t-shirt and found the perfect stylist to do her big chop. It was a great event and I am very glad I chose to attend.

The lobby was packed.

There were plenty of live demos and great information.

Ms. Pearl Hair Deva Walker from Legacy Locks & Natural Styles

TaKeisha Berry-Brooks and the Lovely Ladies of A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge. They did an excellent job of making my niece comfortable during her big chop!

Etniq Cosmetics

I had to hit up the t-shirt vendors! I love me some natural hair tees!
I’m Loving  the founder Sonya of Natural Addictees for the deal she gave us.

I even got a great deal with the Natural Cuties Tees and well.

Lastly, the talented Ms. Arekah the Goddess Photography. Her photography is sick yall! Check her website out ASAP!

Well that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed.

Peace

What natural hair has taught me thus far.

This natural hair journey has been fun and quite trying at times. One minute I absolutely love it, and the next minute I’m asking myself who the hell told me to do this. I love researching new products, making my own concoctions in the kitchen, and flirting with new styles. However, at times I just wish I had someone who could do it all for me. I get lazy and don’t wash my hair for days at a time and then I am a militant soldier who has their routine down. I become inspired and in awe of all of my beautiful natural hair role models and the next moment I despise how damn perfectly coiffed their hair is all the time. Some days my hair is banging!! Yeah! Others, I’m scratching my head thinking, “wth, didn’t I just do this the same way yesterday using the same products?” Let’s not even mention the amount of money spent on keeping up my product habit. I often find myself watching youtube videos and thinking to myself, “how in the hell are these heifers hair always together?” Lastly, I miss my hair. A lot. I even caught myself walking up behind my friend whose hair is the same length mine was before I cut it, and placed my head up under the back of her hair just so I could remember what it felt like. Sigh, yeah I did that.

Nonetheless, I can truly say that I am very grateful and glad that I chose to go natural. I have been exposed to a whole new culture that I never knew existed. I have met many different people who have made the choice to be natural for very different reasons and yet they still connect and relate to one another. People whom I would have never met walk up to me and say, “excuse me, what do you use in your hair?” This sparks a 30 min conversation about products and the trials of being natural and sometimes lifelong connections are made. In my personal life I love helping people and this has become another outlet that allows me to continue that work.

Being an Aries, we are labeled as being the children of Caprice. That basically means we have a tendency to start things but have trouble finishing them because we are on to the next one. I have a lot of things I have completed in life but those very personal things I’d like to do for myself tend to fall in the incomplete category. I have only been natural, well it’ll be 7mths May 18th but I have persevered. Being natural, and this blog fall into the category of the personal things I wanted to do for myself and I’m still going. That says a lot because truthfully when it comes to myself, I would have stopped in a month, 2 months tops. I suppose you can say being natural taught me to take more time for myself. Lastly, being natural is teaching me patience because the Aries in me is like hurry the hell up! I say that to my hair a lot and I’ve found that she doesn’t like when I speak to her like that. That’s usually when she does whatever the hell she wants lol. Although I do have those few days that I question why I chose to do this, I am very glad that I did because it has taught me so much about myself and I can’t wait to learn more.

What has your natural hair journey taught you?

Jiquay

Natural Girls Rock Anniversary Party!

As I stated in my last post, I attended the World Natural Hair Show in the ATL. this past weekend. Prior to Natural Girls Rock had their Anniversary Party the Friday before the hair show and I couldn’t wait to attend! My friends and I purchased the VIP tickets and had an excellent view!

The party took place at the Posh and Trendy Tongue and Groove lounge.

Many beautiful naturals came out to celebrate NGR’ s anniversary.

There were 2 bars and let me just say these bartenders were great at their jobs…no seriously.

The event was hosted by the lovely BeautifulBrwnBabyDol

(L)-AlchemysChild (M)-BeautifulBrwnBabyDol (R)-Me

The entertainment consisted of Delonda Harvey singing her popular song “Good Enough,” body art, and a fabulous fashion show!

NGR models

There were contests for Best TWA and Best Twist out styles. My friends and I participated…we didn’t win lol.

I bet you can tell who won? Lol

Bestie trying for best Twistout.

Even though we didn’t win, we did get complimentary NGR t-shirts and that was just fine with me since I had my eye on a particular shirt the entire time. I had a really great time and I met some wonderful naturals and fellow bloggers (shout out to April from the Cocoa Report and Yolanda from CurlyandLovely). I definitely will keep an eye out for their next event.

NGR Staff

L-Natural Girls Rock Founder Kelly J (R)-Me

Until next next time lovelies,

Lotus Blossom Out

Ok, here is my attempt at my first product review… please bear with me.

Every since I began my natural journey I have been looking for a deep conditioner that would moisturize my hair and cause me to yell, “my hair is so soft.”  Nothing I’ve tried thus far has invoked this reaction until I tried Curl Junkie’s Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner. Here are the ingredients…

Distilled Water (infused with Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Linn (Hibiscus) Petals), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Panthenol, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Plantago Species (Plantain) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, PEG -7 Olivate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, (Vegetable) Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA , Fragrance.
*Vegetable Derived

First of all, I LOVE the smell! It smells like bananas and deliciousness, Yummy!  It has a thick creamy consistency but slightly textured. My hair feels instantly soft when I apply it and it moisturizes my hair very well. I’ve used it under my steamer, my hooded dryer with a baggie, and as an overnight DC. Each time I get excellent results. My favorite way to DC is to sit under my hooded dryer with a plastic bag for ten minutes and then leaving it on overnight. When I rinse my hair the next day it is very soft and moisturized. It also works well as a leave in conditioner. It doesn’t weigh my hair down too much and I haven’t had any issues with it reacting with any of my gels. Lastly, I’ve used it as a rinse out. Although my hair felt very soft, it didn’t have much slip to me so I couldn’t detangle with it using it in this manner.

I’ve been slowly working on my holy grail list and I am pretty confident this will be in attendance!

Until next time my lovelies,

Lotus Blossom

Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

I am NOT happy about this!

My hair has been acting very weird lately. I began noticing it about two weeks ago. I was in the shower washing my hair and it felt different. Each product I applied wasn’t feeling the way it normally does on my hair; from the shampoo to the gel it just all felt very wrong. After thinking about it I figured that I just had product build up. So I opted for a shampoo that had sulfates in it. I washed my hair once because I am still rocking a TWA and it doesn’t take much shampoo to cleanse my hair. Afterwards, I DC’d with Curl Junkie’s Deep Fix Conditioner under a hooded dryer for 15 min. I then left the conditioner in my hair for about 2 more hours. I rinsed and commenced to adding my leave in, followed by my styler, and then my gel. My hair still didn’t feel right. It began to look frizzy, poofy, and just sad. It seemed like it grew worse each day. I thought I was going crazy. The curls in the front of my hair have always been looser than the rest of my hair but now they were just laying down on my forehead. This was crazy because it’s only 3 inches! I was completely baffled by this.

Each day I became more and more confused and terrified about what was occurring with my hair. I went over it again and again in my head and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. One day as I was doing my hair I kept noticing this weird smell. I began sniffing and looking around the bathroom. The smell was of spoiled fruit. I was like, “where the heck is this coming from.” I picked up a container of gel that I was applying to my hair at the time and it was the culprit! I was like, “WTF!”  I’m thinking to myself, “I just purchased this, how the heck is it spoiled?”  I emailed the company and they told me it must have been a fluke with the fragrance and to throw it away and they will send me a new one. As I walked to the garbage can wondering what made it go bad, I had a thought. What if this was the cause of my hair issues? The next thought I had was a memory of reading Elle’s blog post about her experience with a bad product. I immediately pulled up her blog and reread it. Yep, this could be it. I ran to my bathroom and pulled out my litmus strips. It is highly possible that the bad batch of gel I had could have changed pH levels and affected my hair.  Lo and behold, the strip came out with a pH of 8. Now, I believe that for many people this may not affect their hair. However, it greatly affected MY hair. Needless to say I am having an absolute fit right now!!!

Some tidbits about pH levels…

pH is a scale used to determine the amount of acidity or alkaline properties of a solution. The pH scale runs from 0-14, with 0-6.9 being acidic and 8-14 being basic /alkaline. A pH balance of 7 is neither acidic or alkaline, it is neutral. Water falls in the neutral category. Hair has a pH balance of 4.5-5.5. pH also affects how our hair behaves or reacts to products. Products that are acidic close the cuticle of the hair sealing it while products that are alkaline lift the cuticle. As I stated earlier, the pH balance of the product that I used was 8. Based off of my research, it is safe to use products that range from 4-7 without any significant change. Although 8 is just one step up from 7, the pH scale is logarithmic. This means that this one step up from 7 to 8 is an increase of ten times more than the pH of 7. That is a significant increase. At a pH of 8 or higher the hair swells and lifts the cuticle, this causes the hair to become tangled, poofy, frizzy, and exceptionally dry.

So, my objective is to nurse my hair back to health by returning my hair to it’s normal pH balance. As of now, I’ve had a protein treatment. Next, I will deep condition my hair 2x a week and make sure I use products that are very moisturizing.  Also, I will do Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses 2x a week since ACV has pH of 4.0 when diluted with the proper amount of water.  I’ll use 4oz of ACV and 4oz of water for my rinse. I know most people say use 1-2 teaspoons in 8oz of water or 1/3 cup in 16oz of water but that doesn’t work for me. When I tested those solutions the pH was higher than 4.0 and ACV alone has a pH of 3.0. I’ll be keeping my hair in twists and wear a twist out if have to go somewhere. I’m leaving my hair alone as much as possible!

I’ll keep you guys posted on the results,

Jiquay

Hair length Check

Hey lovelies!

I’m sorry I have been M.I.A.! I’ve been super busy. So, I realized that I haven’t done a hair length check update since my big chop. Well, at least on here.  As you all know, I did my big chop October 16th and I decided to only measure my hair every 2 months. I actually did a length check on December 16th. I didn’t take any pictures of it but I wrote down the measurements. Sorry guys, I didn’t measure the starting point so we can go from here…

Front – 3 inches
Front Left – 2 3/4 inches
Front Right – 3 inches
Middle – 3 1/2 inches
Back Left – 2 3/4
Back Right – 2 3/4

I will do the next length check February 16th. How is Your hair journey coming along?

Until next time sweeties,

Jiquay

Look at this ish….

So one of the things that I have struggled with since I have big chopped is how to apply the products in order to get the results I want. Fuzziness has been my arch enemy and he has been winning every epic battle. Until… tonight. Tonight in which I have absolutely no where to go and didn’t give a crap about what my hair looked like. Tonight was deep conditioning night so I washed my hair and slapped on my favorite DC. I baggied and sat under the dryer for ten minutes. I left the baggie on for another hour while I checked my email. Then I rinsed and decided since I wasn’t going anywhere I wasn’t using my expensive stuff and grabbed some Giovanni direct leave in and some KCCC (Kinky Curly Curling Custard) . I had some left from when I was transitioning and hated them both. I basically slapped them in, not really caring how it would turn out. I walked out of the bathroom to go answer the phone, returned to the bathroom, and looked in the mirror and was like wth! It actually looked great!! It wasn’t fuzzy At All and my hair is ALWAYS fuzzy. I didn’t have white head and it dried wonderfully. I had inadvertently discovered a sweet combination and method of getting the WnG results I wanted (with no freaking where to gooooo!).  Ugh. Ah, well. Trial and error is the best way right?

Front/Top

Look at this ish...No Where To Go! lol

I guess I need to revisit KCCC again!

Until next times hunnies!

Don’t buy me diamonds, don’t buy me pearls, buy me PRODUCTS!!

*Note: This post was written weeks/months before posting. I was still deciding whether or not to blog.

Ah, the infamous black Friday sales. While every one camped out at stores to purchase televisions, cameras, and games, I was ordering hair products. Yep, hair products. I admit it. I am a bonified, completely strung out, too far gone for help product junkie. I had carts with credit card info along with black Friday discount codes ready and waiting for 12:01 to hit. As soon as it arrived I clicked place order and watched each confirmation notice upload like a cascade of falling dominoes a child so delicately set up around their room. You could see delight in my eyes as the ping of my blackberry notified me of each and every received order! Oh, and this was only phase one.

The next phase is to sit back and wait for those wonderful angels of FedEx, Ups, and USPS to ring my doorbell with my gifts. One by one they appear each day. Some making appearances twice a day! (Those are the best freaking days!)

Here’s what I purchased:

Curl Junkie: Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix, Pattern Pusha Gel, and a sample pack of their stylers

Darcy Botanicals: Curling Cream Gel, Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner, and Organic Coconut & Aloe Moisture Pudding

Donna Marie: Super Buttercreme, Hair Whip, and Dream Curling Creme

Oyin Handmade: Honey Hemp and Hair Dew (not pictured)

Beija Flor Naturals: Creme Brulee and Coco Mango Buttercream (Still hasn’t been delivered, ugh)

A bunch of yummy products to play in my hair with, oh the Joy!!!! Reviews and pics coming soon…