Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Maximum Hydration Method: ACV vs Baking Soda

For the past few months I have been doing the Maximum Hydration Method. In that time I have tried both the apple cider vinegar (ACV) and the Baking Soda rinse for the first step of the regimen. The purpose of this step is to get some of the "gunk" off of your hair and to open the cuticle layer for better moisturizing with the deep conditioner that follows after this step.

I originally tried the ACV rinse because I had never used vinegar in my hair before. I applied the 1:1 mix of water and ACV to my hair would let it sit. The "gunk" in my hair was definitely loosened but my hair smelled strongly of vinegar prompting responses from my husband and my mom. Even after my hair dried I could still detect a hint of the vinegar.

About a month ago I switched to the baking soda rinse. I instantly noticed the difference in the baking soda when I began applying the conditioner. The conditioner seemed to be soaked up by the hair as though it was thirsty. With the baking soda my hair seems to be more moisturized. It also smells better than the ACV option!

Which rinse you choose it up to you, but I had not seen anyone share their experience with using both of these rinses.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Micro Trimming

I have gone micro trimming crazy! It all started when I came across these posts on Relaxed Hair Health (1,2). In these posts Nadege introduces the concept of micro trimming and her plans to begin trimming in this manner. Interest, piqued.

What is micro trimming?
Micro trimming is the process of regularly trimming off a small amount of hair. I'm talking as often as 1/4th of an each every 3 months.

I also found this interesting thread on Untamed Tresses. I didn't just read about micro trimming, I also watched a video on it by AuCurls Naturelle. In the video she claims that the secret to her length retention has been micro trimming.

I will do my regular 1/2" for my trim in October. I am playing around with doing 1/4" in January, April, July, and October of next year. The total amount trimmed by the end of the year would still be the same, 1".

How do you know exactly how much you are trimming?
I have actually measured my fingers and can get a pretty exact trim using certain fingers for certain lengths. I have post on that here if you would like to see what I did and measure your own hands.

How do you even trim natural hair?
I have a video for that here! :)


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 2014 Length Check

Believe it or not, I have been intending to make this post for two weeks now. I'm usually pretty good with making follow up posts after length check videos. 

As you can see from the photo (click to enlarge), I am finally retaining length again. I believe this is due to increased moisture in my hair from "watering" my hair more frequently and deep conditioning twice a week. I am still taking my "hairfinity alternative" but I am unsure if it is really doing anything. I may eventually drop the extras and just take a multi for general health insurance. I recently finished my multivitamin gummies and replaced them with gummies from the same brand specifically for women. It has more of "the good stuff" in it than their multivitamin.

I will also be trimming my hair soon. Sometime next week I'll be trimming my hair in twists. I'm overdue for a good trim and trims are essential for retention. More on that later...


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