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

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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…

To big chop or not, that is the question? Part 3

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

So, I have been deeply mulling over this belief that long hair equals beauty. After many nights of ranting to the bestie, I discovered that this “conditioning” came from many areas in my childhood which followed me into my adulthood. I remember in the 7th grade I got my first hair cut. I was very excited and loved it. I was an 80’s baby so the hair style I had was a mushroom cut with long hair in the back. All of my friends loved it and I did to until I overheard this particular conversation. There were these two boys who sat in the back of the classroom. One of the guys, the girls were absolutely crazy over. The other, well let’s just say his mommy loved him very much. Anyway, they were discussing what girls they thought were pretty and which ones were not. As they were judging girl after girl my name came up. I heard them both agree that I was cute except my hair was too short and I would be fine if I wasn’t bald headed. I turned around and said, “umm, excuse me but you cannot see my scalp and my hair is short by choice!” One of the long haired girls said, “yeah right.” Then, the boys said, prove it. Bring a picture tomorrow. By this time I am pissed, but being the Aries that I am I arise to challenges with the utmost intentions of crushing my opponent. I reply, not only will I bring a picture, I’ll show you (the girl who said yeah right) that my hair was longer than yours!

The next day I brought my pics and the boys say, “you are so pretty, why did you cut your hair?” Although I poked my chest out and gave those two a piece of my mind, that moment stuck with me deep inside my subconscious. Also, many of the guys I dated when I grew up were stuck on long hair. Even my grandmother was obsessed with it. When I told her I was thinking about going natural she was fine. But when I said I was thinking about cutting my hair she told me I was crazy and just about bit my head off. My apprehensions about cutting my hair began to makes sense to me now. I was now determined to shake off these past experiences and redefine for myself what beauty means. Also, I have a beautiful daughter who looks up to me and it is my job to set the example of how she should view herself. So, I shared these inner discoveries with the hubby, who loves long hair btw. However, he is totally supportive of whatever I decide to do, I’ll always be beautiful no matter what (hey, those were his words not mine lol)!

So, with that being said…

Big Chop Oct.16th, 2011

I did it! I cut off all of my heat trained hair and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Until next time…Lotus Blossom out!