Soooooo I’ve been toying with the idea of taking hair vitamins for a few months now. I recently discovered that after all of these years of having adult acne, it was my multivitamin that was causing my breakouts.
A few weeks ago, I started taking vitamins again and my face started to break out AGAIN! So I stopped immediately.
I spoke with my friend and she’s tried several hair vitamins as has had ridiculous amounts of growth, so I was intrigued. I tried to resist because I’d rather clear skin over longer hair, but today I found myself walking into GNC. I was going to get the Hair Nourish vitamins that she recommended and that I see a lot of people have success with, but the lady in the store said she found Hair Volume to be better. I was sold.
Let’s corporately pray for my skin because I’m diving IN! I’ll be increasing my water intake significantly and hopefully this will counteract whatever effects the vitamins generally have on my skin since I have no clue exactly what causes the breakouts.
This particular one seemed like a good option because it has less ingredients.
I’ll begin in the morning.
Last weekend was the first time ever that I wore my natural curls all out… no ponytail! I decided to do the faux wash and go method that I got from Naptural85 years ago, which she posted a video recently called No Fuss Quick Summer Beach Curls. I tried it before a while back, but thought it would work much better when my hair was a bit longer.
Basically, I washed my hair. Deep conditioned it. After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I applied olive oil to my hair and then twisted it under running water. I used four sections. I believe Naptural85 uses more sections, but her hair is much thicker than mine.
Once your hair is twisted, you stretch each section across your head and let it air dry. Of course, I did this at night so it could dry overnight.
I was extremely pleased with the results. I’ll definitely be trying this again. The one thing I must say is that my hair did expand a little as the day went by. I attribute it to the fact that there are no styling products added, it’s pretty much your natural curls and olive oil.
Who said I have a problem with big hair though?!
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I finally straightened my hair after going practically the whole summer without using heat… unintentionally. I did blow dry once.
In any case, I am quite surprised by how long my hair is. I feel like it’s almost as long as my relaxed hair was. I’ll probably do a comparison pic sometime soon.
I tried the Motions 3-step system for straightening natural hair, minus the shampoo. (Selsun Blue is my old ball and chain). I went straight to step two after shampooing. I applied the leave in conditioner to damp hair as directed, except I braided my hair and let it air dry overnight rather than blow drying it to dry it.
When I unbraided my hair the next day, my hair was soooooo soft and shiny. It would have been the perfect braidout if that was the goal.
Once I unbraided it, I applied the third step which is the sealer. I began straightening my hair (I use a big barrel ceramic curling iron… me and flatirons have never really been friends) and realized that it wasn’t quite coming out how I wanted. My hair was too set from the braids. I decided to blow dry my hair first to loosen some of the curls. That worked well, then I passed the curling iron over my hair.
I started with the bottom right section of my hair because the right side of my head tends to be the worst in terms of ssk’s and dryness. I didn’t want to start with the “good” side and be disappointed when I got to the “bad” side. That was an excellent idea because my hair just got better and better as I moved along rather than worse.
I am very pleased with the growth. I plan to straighten my hair for most of the Fall/Winter. It helps me to keep a close eye on my ends and my hairs moisture balance.
I am also quite pleased with the Motions products. They were a but too fragrant for me at first, but the smell fades quick. The leave in conditioner was excellent. It’s very moisturizing and made my hair very soft and hydrated. The sealer was a nice addition as well. It is a heat protectant and smoothed out my hair as I straightened it.
Without further ado, here’s a follow up from the last shrinkage picture. Official straight hair pics and length check pics to follow.
I have an irrational fear that my hair has not grown at all since the last time I straightened it.
I have a rational fear that after I trim the ssk’s from my ends, I will have no growth to show for the last few months.
I plan to straighten my hair before the weekend comes and these are the thoughts running through my head. I’ll be whipping out my length check t-shirt and measuring up. I don’t know why I feel like the pressure is on.
I bought some new Motions products for heat styling natural hair. It’s a 3 step process with shampoo, leave in conditioner and a sealer. I didn’t buy the shampoo because I have to use Selsun Blue for my scalp anyway.
I saw @empressL (on Instagram) use these products on her daughter’s natural hair and it looked really straight and silky and made me curious about the product.
I can’t wait to try it and also to face my fears about my hair growth (or lack thereof). I’ll keep you posted.
Autumn is right around the corner. less than a week away, in fact.
I decided to create an Autumn thermal nail polish. This nail polish changes color based on temperature. It is orange when cool and mint green when warm.
You’ll be in for a treat when you open the bottle to paint your nails. Believe me!
You can purchase this nail polish and many others in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code: AHAIRSTORY for 10% off of your purchase! Happy shopping.
My hair has been shedding like crazy! I know it’s the season where my hair usually sheds, but wow! I thought to post pictures of how much hair I shed during a wash session, but you guys might think I’m crazy if you saw it.
Hairscapades posted a pic of her shed hair recently and that sort of gave me the guts to go ahead and do it.
Disclaimer… my hair wasn’t combed all week. It’s my shedding season, so it’s not like this all the time. Also, most of it comes out during the conditioning/combing-out part of the wash session.
So without further ado, I present to you… my shed hair!
I’ve also realized that I haven’t used a protein conditioner for a while (maybe most of the Summer) and I used one for the last two washes, so this is a little less that what I’ve been collecting. Craziness!