Monday, January 22, 2018

Decrease Detangling Time | 4 Tips

Do you take hours to detangle your hair? If so, these four tips--or more if you count the comments--can help you decrease your detangling time. I don't spend more than 20-30 minutes detangling my hair with the use of these tips. 

Watch The Video: https://youtu.be/MvXXIv2eYCA







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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

YouTube Broke My Hair | Blog Response

On January 13th 2018, Craving Curly Kinks uploaded a video titled "Youtube Broke My Hair." In this video Debbie tells of how excited she was to film a hairstyle video for her channel. In her excitement she decided to apply gel to her twists for the first time. She thought that it would give her a more smooth result. Basically, she wanted to flex for the 'Tube. 

The result was a head full of mini locs that when she attempted to detangle them, caused her to lose fists of hair and be set back five years in length. The video includes pictures of her hair throughout her natural journey so it is clear to see the comparison of her hair now to the photos from two years into her seven year natural hair journey.

First, I want to say that I felt truly sorry for her. Some people complained about the length of the video but I understood why it needed to be this length. It was difficult for her to explain what happened, how she tried to fix it, and where she is with her hair at the moment without crying. She just chose not to edit out the pauses and I think not doing so allowed the viewer to really get how upset she was. 

Second, I believe some of the tangling may have been due to applying gel to hair that was not super detangled. There is certain kind of type 4 natural that uses lots of oils and butters, does not fully detangle their hair, and tends to wear stretched hairstyles. These naturals tend to have very long hair as a result of their low manipulation regimens. I can think of several youtubers that fall under that category and Debbie is definitely one of these naturals. 

This kind of regimen works for these naturals. However, if one wants to wear other styles, there may be extensive detangling time and possible dry hair as a result. This is definitely a learning experience for Debbie. I hope that she remains encouraged, gives her hair a trim to prevent broken ends from causing trouble, and presses forward with her natural hair journey.

ALSO, should she ever want to give gel a try, she'll know to fully remove all buildup--oils and butters will leave buildup every time, generously apply a water based leave-in, and thoroughly detangle her hair. 








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Monday, January 15, 2018

Yearly Natural Hair Update | 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Every year, I create an update video that address hair goals I set in the previous year and sets new goals for the new year. This update in particular is a very special one for me. As I was preparing to create this video I noticed how different my hair looked between the end of 2016 and the end of 2017. I decided to edit a few of my old clips to share what I noticed with you all. These clips are featured in this most recent update video.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/LYbYf9mHaXw

In last year's video I mentioned the following:


Protein Treatments
Can you believe that I have not needed a protein treatment in a year? I used to rotate between a moisture based conditioner and a protein conditioner. I also had a strong protein treatment in my back pocket ready to go if necessary. Regularly pulling on my shed hairs to assess their strength has shown me that protein treatments are not necessary for me right now. Perhaps it's the low doses of protein that I get through my regular hair products?

Deep Conditioning
I used to deep condition with rinse out conditioners rather religiously. Toward the end of 2017, I switched over to using actual deep conditioners. May the purists celebrate! Detangling my hair before I deep condition with an instant conditioner allows me to apply less deep conditioner. Therefore, I care less about the higher price tag that comes with deep conditioners. I've been really digging the Mixed Chicks deep conditioner.

Stopping My Growth Methods
These methods work but the reason that we aren't all walking around like Rapunzel is that they take time and effort. I stopped doing these methods about halfway through the year. I've made an effort to rekindle the growth method fire for 2018 but I make no promises.

Simplifying My Regimen
It was a goal of mine to simplify my regimen. I have noticed that the people with the longest hair have the simplest routines. My regimen is extremely simple now. I've narrowed it down to shampoo, instant condition to detangle and brush, deep condition, and style. I now only style with a leave-in and gel.

Mini-Trims
I began doing micro-trims/dusting last year. Every three months I'd twist my hair and assess the ends of each twist. Only the twists that needed a trim got one. Despite the frequency of this I've managed to retain length and have a decent thickness to my hair from root to tip. I do plan to do an all-over 1/2" trim for January.

Maintaining Hair Status
I believe I have maintained my hair over this year and hope to do the same in the coming year. 







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