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Okay, so lately I’ve been using the new AWESOME twist out method I discovered (you can read about it here) on my hair for the past week–it’s worked out VERY well. I love it! Basically, I just twist up my hair as normal, but when I take it down in the morning, I dampen it with my water, glycerin, and aloe mixture. Ugh..makes my twist outs so bangin! Lol anyway..the point of this post is that I recently discovered another product that I can use to dampen my twists for the take down–

Cantu Coconut Milk Shine & Hold Mist 

This product is from Cantu’s new Natural Hair line, which I’ve heard about, but I hadn’t tried it out yet until recently. I got the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream in my curlBOX this month (Sidenote: If you’re not a member of the #curlBOX crew yet, get on it! 🙂 curlbox.com). It’s super thick and creamy and leaves my hair feeling pretty good. But when I combined the cream with THIS stuff–the shine & hold mist………..AMAZING! My hair has softness for DAYS. My hair has never been this soft and held the softness throughout the entire day! At the end of the day, my hair still feels like butter, is super defined, and not frizzy!

If you decide to try this product, I will say that it does contain glycerin, so if you’re like me and layer products on day after day after day, take it easier with these or your hair will start to feel a little greasy. But my hair loves glycerin so it soaks this stuff right on up. Lol. These products work SO WELL together, but I also love them because they don’t contain icky ingredients. I’m not too hung up on using “ALL natural” products, but I like to as much as I can just because my hair tends to respond much better to natural ingredients. These Cantu products don’t contain ANY mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, or silicones. I just love this stuff. I’ve already used half of the bottle and I just cracked it open on Sunday! Lol I’ll definitely be re-buying!!

Okay, so I’ve made a new discovery: COCONUT OIL! Why did NO ONE hip me to its amazing-ness sooner?!?

I recently started pre-pooing with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. From what I’ve read, the best way to pre-poo is to use an oil that will penetrate your hair shaft and strengthen it from the inside out while providing moisture to lessen the harshness of washing your hair. Then I also read that coconut oil is the best (or only) oil that can truly penetrate your hair shaft. So anyway, I picked some up from Trader Joe’s and decided to give it go.

I did my very first coconut oil pre-poo on Saturday. I let it sit on my hair overnight and washed & deep conditioned the next day. If I didn’t know any better, I would say I have a WHOLE NEW head of hair! My hair has always been very fine and thin especially at the crown of my head (thanks, Mom). You could pretty much see through my hair to my scalp from many angles. BUT..since Saturday..my hair is THICKER, FULL, and FLUFFY! Like…I’m amazed. I’ll post some pics..you can’t see my scalp anymore from the back! Lol. This is major for me. I doubt y’all understand lol.  Let me find out all my hair needed was some coconut oil all these years?!

Okay I’m done. 🙂 Moral of the story: if you’ve never pre-poo’d with coconut oil…give it a shot! I know everyone’s hair is different. But if you just want stronger, healthier hair, I highly suggest it! I can’t use oils to style my hair because it makes it frizzy, but pre-poos work very well for me. Here are some pictures..note you can’t see through to my scalp–except for at the part..this is unheard of for me lol..

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Til Next Time!
XOXO

I stressed the “my” in the title of this post, because I know everyone has their way of doing their twist outs. For the most part, I’ve seen two methods of the twist out–wet or dry. The wet twist out is done, of course, on wet hair and allowed to dry overnight or under the dryer. Untwist, pull apart, fluff out, boom. The other method (dry twist out) is done pretty much the same way, from what I’ve seen, just on dry instead of hair.

Now again, my hair is rebellious and different and doesn’t seem to respond well to conventional/”normal” ways of doing certain styles (like the wash and go, for which I had to discover my own way of doing it, detailed here). My hair has NEVER responded well to twist-outs…no matter how I tried them (wet, dry, on clean hair, old wash-and-go hair, etc.), they very rarely worked out for me. I eventually gave up on them until very recently I decided to give it another go. When I deep-condition my hair, I apply the conditioner in sections and twist my hair up as I go along. I’ve been noticing that when I take those twists out, they’re always BANGIN lol. I started to wonder why those twists end up looking sooo nice, but my twists once they dry are…*womp womp*…total fails.

Thus..I decided to try another twist out. This time, I did it how I normally did before–wash my hair, twist it up while it’s wet, and let it dry overnight. But, I changed my untwist & fluff out method. This morning, before untwisting each twist, I sprayed each one with my water/aloe/glycerin mixture to dampen them up. After they were all un-twisted, I went through my hair and applied a little of my styling product (this time, it was Carol’s Daughter’s new Hair Milk Pudding) as I pulled the hair apart more and fluffed it out.

…..*sigh*…when I say this is the BEST twist out I’ve EVER had…I do mean, THE best!!! It’s BIG (well, big for me, considering my hair is very fine), fluffy, defined, SOFT, it has body & movement…ugh…it’s awesome lol. After 3 years of being natural, I FINALLY figured out a twist out method that works for my hair! I’m so excited..y’all just don’t understand….whew! Peep the pics below..even though they don’t even do my hair justice! Oh, and if you’re on instagram, I’m always posting pics of my hair lol, find me there @trulycoilyme 🙂

 

Til Next Time!

XOXO

So, I had my hair in mini twists for almost two weeks. Well..they were more like *medium* twists. Anyway, I took them out on Friday and wore my hair in a twist out—BEST twist out EVER! My hair usually doesn’t respond to twist-outs well. They’re always a mess. But this time, it was great. I think from now on if I’m going to do a twist out, I have to make the twists much smaller in order for it to work for me.

Because I already had the twists in for almost two weeks, my roots looked a little rough and frizzy but the twist definition was AMAZING. Here are a few pics.

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Til Next Time!

XOXO

It’s impossible to develop an effective regimen for your hair if you haven’t taken the time to really get to KNOW your hair–what it likes, what it hates, what it loves, what it just doesn’t care for, etc. I’ve been wearing my natural hair for 2 years now, and I’m JUST NOW beginning to really understand my hair, which makes it a little easier looking for products–Key Word: LITTLE lol.

I’ve seen so many “natural hair care tips” giving general advice on how naturals should apply product to their hair. From my own experience, I’ve learned that those tips should never be taken as hard and fast rules. Taking them to be facts and believing that I had to do my hair that way really put me in a box as far as hair care, and caused me to stick with a method that wasn’t working just because I thought it’s what I was “supposed” to do. For example–I’ve heard it said many times that it’s best to apply product (leave-ins/conditioners) to soaking wet hair. I did this for years because I thought it was the best method. Even though my hair always ended up dry, I assumed it was the products I was using, but it was actually the WAY I applied them that was messing me up. Personally, my hair responds best when I apply product to DRY hair. Making that simple adjustment DRASTICALLY changed the way my hair responded to products—and I do mean drastically.

My point is that I’ve learned that what works best for one (or many), may not work best for me. If a method or regimen or product isn’t working for you–don’t be afraid to change it and experiment with other options. You DO have options! PAY ATTENTION to how your hair reacts to certain products. If necessary and if you’re trying a lot of different products/methods/regimens, JOURNAL IT! Write down everything you’re doing to your hair so that if, for instance, at the end of the week, you notice that the deep conditioning regimen you used the weekend prior kept your hair moisturized throughout the week, you’ll be able to easily go back and see exactly what you did. Be creative, think outside of the box, but DON’T STOP until you find a method, regimen, or product (s) that works best for your hair. Happy experimenting! 🙂

 

Til Next Time!

xoxo

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Twist Update! So, these are my twists after about 11 days and…I’m over it. LOL. I love them and they’re great considering I don’t like to do my hair. And, I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them. BUT…my scalp is starting to itch, they’re getting frizzy, and I want to wear a twist out before my hair becomes unsalvageable. Soo..tomorrow=twist out! Hopefully a BIG, curly, fly twist out. I have not had luck with twist outs in the past..my hair usually doesn’t respond well to them. So I’m going to hope for the best. I’ll be sure to post pics!

Til Next Time!
XOXO