Monthly Archives: April 2014

Natural Hair | #sthlmlovescurls A Natural Hair Event Recap

Hi luvs,

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I recently attended my fist Natural Hair Event and actually it was THE first Natural Hair Event, here in Stockholm, Sweden…pretty exciting!!!

The event took place on April 16th from 6:00pm till 9:00 pm at an intimate Jamaican Restaurant called Jamrock. I had never been to this restaurant before and was highly impressed. It’s a beautiful restaurant with lovely ambiance, beautiful decor, great food and music. If you live in the area or if you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend.

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The event was hosted by three Natural Hair Bloggers, Lydia of sonappyandkinky @sonappy_kinky, Nandi of hairofheritage @hairofheritage and Yaya of neoroots @neoroots. Nandi of hairofheritage is a Natural Hair Blogger well known for her efforts to promote beautiful curls in scandinavia.

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The event started out with introductions, the attendees ordering food and everyone mingling and getting to know each other. Later on the hosts came up and went through the contents of the goody bags plus highlighting the sponsors of the event. Each of the attendees received a bag of goodies from the sponsors. There was also a competition and  some of the attendees won some hair care prodcuts.

It was a well organized and lovely event, I was happy to meet other beautiful ladies here in Stockholm, who are also hair enthusiasts. Since it was the very first event, it was very small and intimate. There were probably about 30 people. The organizers definitely look forward to having more and more of these events and of course I look forward to participating.

Here are all the goodies we received from the event hosts and their sponsors.

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Sponsors:

The Goody bags contained the following products:

Jessicurl samples: Aloeba Daily Conditioner, Oil Blend, Stimulating Scalp Massage OIl, Too Shea Extra  Moisturizing Conditioner, Deep Conditioning Treatment, Cleansing Cream, Confident coils styling solution, Rockin Ringlets Styling.

DermOrganics tri pack samples: Daily Conditioning Shampoo, Intensive Hair Repair Masque, Leave in Treatment.

3 Sisters of Nature/Nice & Curly sample :  Same Day Repair Creme Conditioner.

Lush Samples: Retread Balsam, R&B, Fairly Trade Honey Shampoo

Sheabutter Cottage Brown Beauty tucuma + cocoa handmade natural soap

I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Lydia, Nandi and Yaya for hosting, Jamrock for accommodating us and their sponsors for offering products for the goody bags for this event.

Also to all the lovely ladies who took time out their schedule to come out to the event, it was great meeting y’all. The team really did a great job in organizing it and here’s to bigger and better events in the future :)

If you live in the stockholm area and would love to be notified of future natural hair events checkout the official #sthlmlovescurls Facebook page @sthlmlovescurls and instagram @sthlmlovescurls

Watch the video below for a few shots of the event and also for my personal recap.

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee



Natural Hair | The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen

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Hi luvs,

This is the third post in a series of posts about the Maximum Hydration Method. This is a regimen I stumbled upon about a month ago and only started implementing as part of my Hair Care System for my Low Porosity Type 4 Natural Hair. I started implementing this regimen from April 9th 2014 at 10 Months Post Big Chop.

The Maximum Hydration Method is a regimen that has been designed to cater to the specific needs of people with Type 4 Hair, which is often associated with being Nappy aka Frizzy, chronically dry, unable to keep or do set styles such as wash and gos, twist outs, bantu knot outs, curlformers, perm rods etc and has little to no noticeable curl pattern and is unmanageable. I have created a special page dedicated to everything I’m learning about this method. To catch up with my previous posts on this method and for further details on this method you can go to this page The Maximum Hydration Method.

In today’s post I will give a run down of the regimen. I have actually added a new page titled TMHM Regimen where you can find the whole regimen as written by PinkeCube the lady who introduced the The Maximum Hydration Method to The Black Hair Media Forum. 

But I also wanted to do a post about the regimen and just to go over it with my own words. I will be documenting parts of this regimen in upcoming posts.

Pre- Step | Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment OR Cherry Lola Treatment

So first off, if this is your first time doing this regimen  you will start with a Pre-step. This is more like a prep step to jump start the process.  In this prep step you will either do the Combined Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment OR just the regular Cherry Lola Treatment.I will go over what this treatment is, what ingredients you need, what are the benefits of this treatment and what it’s for in an upcoming post.

If you’ve been a low porosity natural for long enough then you’ve heard of the Cherry Lola Treatment.This is a treatment that is supposed to help lift the cuticles for Low porosity hair and in turn, the hair absorbs more moisture and  is less frizzy.

The Caramel treatment is another treatment that is known for its deep penetrating  and moisturizing abilities. Pinkecube combined the two to create the combined Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment. This treatment can be done as often as once every two weeks or every time you feel your hair may need it BUT it needs to be spaced out for at least two weeks.

The actual regimen, has five steps. However, when you do the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment, you skip step 1 and go directly to step 2.

Step # 1 | Clarify

Option # 1 Apple Cider Vinegar ACV rinse

Option # 2 Baking Soda Rinse

Option # 3 Alternate between the two to find what works best for the individual needs of your hair.

The first step of the regimen is to clarify your hair. Again, when doing the Cherry lola Caramel treatment you skip this step. This step is part of the regular regimen. You could either choose to do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse or a Baking Soda Mixture or you could alternate between the two every time you do the regimen to see which one is more favorable to the specific needs  of your hair or which one your hair responds to best. This step helps to clarify your hair and remove any build up in your hair. I will explain the ingredients, measurements, share my experiences and how it worked for my hair in an upcoming post.

Step # 2 | Co-wash & Detangle

Option # 1: Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections.

Option # 2 : Apply conditioner to your hair in sections and deep condition by covering your hair in a shower cap.

Option # 3 : Apply conditioner to your hair, put on a shower cap and steam your hair.

This is the step where you use good heat techniques to help your hair further absorb the moisture. You have a couple of options when doing this step. You could either put your conditioner in a microwavable bowl and microwave it for 10 to 15 sec. Apply it and  leave it in under a shower cap and satin scarf for 10 to 15 mins.

Another option is to deep condition your hair. If you did the cherry lola caramel treatment, after you rinse it out you would apply conditioner in your hair, a shower cap and a satin scarf and deep condition over night.

The last option is to apply your conditioner and then steam your hair. After your done whichever option you choose, you would detangle and rinse out your conditioner.  I will give full details on the mixture, ingredients, my experience etc in an upcoming post

Step # 3 | Bentonite Clay Rinse

Option # 1 Bentonite Clay rinse without Apple Cider Vinegar

Option # 2 Bentonite Clay rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar

Option # 3 Ready Made clay or any other clay used to clarify like Red clay, french green sea clay, rhassoul clay, european clay and terresentials.

This step would be done after you rinse out your conditioner. You leave in the clay for at least 15 mins. This helps to further detoxify your hair, lift the cuticles and allow better moisture absorption into the hair. I will give full details on the mixture, ingredients, my experience etc on an upcoming post

Step # 4 & 5 The “Wash & Go”

Step 4 Botanical Leave in Conditioner

Step 5 Botanical Gel

After you rinse out out your clay you would apply your leave in conditioner and gel and then your done! I will explain the technique of applying the leave in & gel in an upcoming post.

You can choose to do this regimen two ways:

Option # 1 Split it into a night and morning routine

This is what I do and I have found that it saves me lots of time in the morning.

Night time routine:

1. ACV or Baking Soda rinse

2. Deep condition overnight with cap and satin scarf.

Morning routine

3. Detangle and rinse out conditioner

4. Bentonite Clay for at least 15 mins

5. “Wash & Go” Apply Botanical Leave In Conditioner & Gel

Option # 2 Do it all in one go in the morning

Full Morning Only Routine:

Step 1 Clarify ACV Or Baking Soda rinse.

Step 2 Co Wash and Detangle Either Warm Conditioner Or Steam, after you let it sit, detangle and rinse out

Step 3 Bentonite Clay Rinse

Step 4 & 5 The Wash & Go: Botanical Leave in & Gel

If you are starting this regimen it is recommended that you do it frequently and consistently, this means try to do it every day for the first 7 days or the whole month. If you can’t you can space it out to every other day or every 3 days but do not go beyond 3 days without doing it. The success with this regimen will come with how frequently, consistently and accurately you do this method.

The reason why we need to re-introduce moisture or do this regimen frequently is because, one analogy that I love from watching one of Aketafitgirl‘s videos is that, just the same way as we hydrate our bodies with some sort of liquid every day, we need to hydrate our hair on a regular basis as well. You wouldn’t go a whole day without drinking water or any form of liquid to stay hydrated, the same thing with our hair. Especially for type 4 hair which needs water the most. My point is our bodies need water in order to survive and our hair also needs to be moisturized on a regular basis in order to thrive.

What you are essentially doing with this regimen is lifting your cuticles, letting a little moisture in, then your cuticles will close. The next day you do the same thing, so you keep depositing moisture into your hair and your hair keeps drinking or getting hydrated little by little accumulating all the moisture. You keep doing that over and over and over again, until your hair is sufficiently hydrated and has reached maximum hydration. When you reach maximum hydration you won’t need to keep doing it every single day because your hair has sufficient moisture. But if you space out the regimen before you reach the Maximum Hydration Point, you will be loosing the moisture before you get to add in more moisture. So it’s like you will be taking one step forward and three steps back. Once you reach maximum hydration, you will know when your hair needs more moisture and you will be able to space it according to your hair’s special needs. You will also be able to get good results with less product.

But until then you need to keep doing this regimen on a regular basis. It will never get to a point where you will never ever have to do this regimen because it will never get to a point where you will never ever have to hydrate your hair. Just the same as..as long as you are alive you need water to survive. If you stop before your curls have received enough water your hair will loose the moisture overtime and you will have to start the process over.

In my own experience, of doing this regimen thus far. You will start seeing results immediately and the more you do it, your hair just gets better and better and better, until you reach maximum hydration.( I haven’t reached maximum hydration…YET, lol obviously….but I’m on a #journeytomaximumhydration)

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee

 

 

 

 



Natural Hair |The Maximum Hydration Foundations

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Hi luvs,

In today’s post, I’ll be discussing the foundations of the Maximum Hydration Method, a method that I discovered only about a month ago and started using as part of my regimen only recently. This regimen is specifically designed for Type 4 hair and it’s specific needs. To understand the basis of this method please visit my previous post in this series, titled Misconceptions Of Type 4 Hair.

In the second post within this series I discussed, “What is the Maximum Hydration Method?”, I went over some of the techniques used as part of this method and the benefits of this method for Type 4 Hair.

The Maximum Hydration Method is a method that is comprised of regimens from other popular hair care systems as it’s foundations. Parts of these regimens have been put together like a puzzle to specifically cater to the special needs of people with Type 4 hair.

The first Hair Care System that has been incorporated into the Maximum Hydration Method is the Curly Girl Method by Lorraine Masey. The techniques that have been borrowed from the Curly Girl Method include:

1. Frequent and consistent use of co-washing.

Under The Maximum Hydration Method, it is recommended to Co-wash regularly and frequently. Regular and frequent co-washing means every 1 to 3 days. For the first 7 days or a month of doing this regimen, it is recommended to do it every single day. If you are busy and can’t do this every day then you can space it out to every other day or every 3 days but don’t go beyond 3 days. This helps to re-introduce water into the hair shaft. Also conditioner only lasts in the hair for up to 3 days.

2.  Gentle methods of cleansing and styling that do not strip the hair or cause build up. This is done by the use of Botanical Conditioners and Gels, for gentle cleansing and styling .

The method recommends sealing in the moisture with botanical gel and avoiding products that take away from  moisture retention or the ability to receive moisture. Therefore we are trying to avoid any ingredients within products that may hinder moisture absorption and retention. This is done by eliminating products that may block the hair cuticles and prevent them from receiving moisture, are drying to the hair and those that may cause build up to the hair. Therefore we avoid products that contain ingredients such as silicones, sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, denatured protein, greasy oils, heavy butters, salts and drying alcohols. We avoid all drying agents anything that may draw moisture from the hair cortex.

In this method the botanical conditioner is used for deep conditioning, co-washing, detangling, the moisturizing process, and the leave in conditioner as part of the wash and go. While the botanical gel is used instead of oil to seal in the moisture.

The second Hair Care System that has been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method, is the Tightly Curly Method by Teri Laflesh. The technique that has been incorporated from the method is the use of thick conditioners with lots of slip, being heavy handed with the conditioner during the detangling process and making sure that our hair receives conditioner into the hair shaft. Especially when you are just starting out with this regimen, you need to be heavy handed in order to ensure you have enough slip during detangling.

The third Hair Care System that has been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method is the use of the LCO (Liquid Cream Oil) and the LCOC (Liquid Cream Oil Cream) method of layering products into the hair. USE OF OIL IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and would be done during your wash and go while applying your botanical conditioner and gel. It is recommended to use a very light oil( in order to prevent build up) and also use it sparingly. If you feel that your hair needs oil as an extra step before the gel and  if you feel your hair benefits from it.  Always asses the needs of your hair and readjust accordingly.

The fourth Hair Care System that has been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method is the principles from the book “Hair Care Rehab” by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. The principles that have been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method from this book include the regular use of rinse treatments. Using regular rinse treatments within our regimen help us ensure we are lifting up the cuticles and allowing them to be more open to receiving moisture , we are removing build up that clogs our hair and prevents moisture from getting into the hair shaft, we are clarifying and detoxing the hair. They also help to lift up our cuticles and allow them to be more open to receiving moisture.These treatments include Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses (ACV), Baking Soda treatments and Mud/Clay washes like Bentonite Clay, Red Clay, French Green Sea Clay, Rhassoul Clay, European Clay and Terresentials. 

Another principle that has been incorporated from Hair Care Rehab into The Maximum Hydration Method is the use of ”Good” heat by regularly deep conditioning, doing the GHE (Green House Effect Method), steaming and warming your conditioner prior to applying it to your hair. All these techniques are meant to help the hair further in the process of absorbing and retaining moisture.

Incorporating these principles into our regimen accurately, consistently and frequently will result into Maximum Hydration over time. A term that means your hair has reached sufficient / optimum moisture levels. Once you reach this level you will benefit from your hair being able to hold on to moisture for longer periods of time, because of this your hair won’t be dry, won’t frizz up as quickly or easily, your curls will clump up allowing them to become more apparent and noticeable, the clumping will aid in eliminating tangles and knots, you will be able to keep your hair styles for longer periods of time without your hair frizzing up, your hair will be healthy because it is sufficiently moisturized and of course you will be happier with the condition of your hair.

In the next post I will outline the full Maximum Hydration Method Regimen as posted by pinkecube, the lady on Black Hair Media Forum who came up with this regimen/Method. After that I will start breaking down each step documenting what I’m doing with my own hair.

For more details and links to more information about this method visit my “The Maximum Hydration Method” page.

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee



Natural Hair | What is the Maximum Hydration Method?

 

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Hi luvs,

In today’s post I will be discussing what is The Maximum Hydration Method. This is a method I discovered about a month ago and just recently started using it as my regimen. Here are a few pictures showing the condition of my hair before and after only 6 days of using this regimen. And guess what? It’s only supposed to get better from here. So stay tuned for upcoming results on my journey using this method.

 

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close up of co-washed type 4 low porosity hair before using the maximum hydration method

 

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Close up of a wash and go on type 4 low porosity hair only 6 days after doing the maximum hydration method

This is the second post in a series of posts about this method. If you haven’t already please go back and read the previous post titled “Type 4 hair Misconceptions” because this method has been specifically designed to cater to the specific needs of  people with type 4 hair. In order for you to understand why the method is designed the way it is, you need to understand:

  •  Why this type of hair is dry, or is always dry 90% of the time.
  •  Why this type of hair is prone to frizz and appears frizzy 90% of the time..
  •  Why this type of hair has no noticeable curl pattern.
  •  Why this type of hair has a hard time keeping set styles or getting good results when doing Wash & Gos, Twist Outs, Bantu Knot Outs, curlformers, etc
  • Why most people with this type of hair find it unmanageable and hard to deal with.

All these points have been discussed in the previous post, Type 4 hair Misconceptions.

Initially this method was designed for Type 4 Hair with Low Porosity, because Pinkecube (on Black Hair Media Forum), the lady who came up with this method/regimen has Low Porosity Hair. However this method/regimen can be used by any person within the Type 4 category regardless if you are High, Normal or Low Porosity. In fact Aketafitgirl on youtube doesn’t have Low Porosity Hair. However, she has been using some of the techniques in this method as part of her regimen and has successfully reached Maximum Hydration with her hair. Therefore, the most important thing is to know your hair’s needs and tailor some of the steps in the regimen to work for the specific needs of your hair. I will go over the full regimen in an upcoming post. In this post I first wanted to give an explanation of What this The Maximum Hydration Method is, then I’ll get into the actual regimen.

So a really quick recap of the previous post. In the previous post I discussed that:

Nappy Hair is not Type 4 Hair, because Nappy is not a hair type but rather a condition of the hair. This condition is caused by the hair cuticles trying to reach out into the atmosphere for moisture hence creating a frizzy look that we call nappy. Type 4 hair tends to look frizzy aka Nappy 90% of the time because it has the lowest moisture and moisture retention levels, has a hard time absorbing moisture and is chronically dry, because of the tightness of the coils and it’s porosity.Because of this, type 4 hair benefits from techniques which involve regular, frequent and consistent introduction of moisture into the hair strands.

This type of hair suffers from chronic dryness, the inability to effectively introduce moisture into the hair shaft, cuticles not being open enough to receive moisture and resistance to moisture. This type of hair is also more susceptible to build up caused by greasy oils, protein, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, heavy butters and oils that will block the cuticles from receiving moisture and is sensitive to drying alcohols and sulfates.

When using the The Maximum Hydration Method you will be reintroducing moisture into your hair on a regular basis, using techniques within the regimen, consistently and frequently until you build up your moisture retention levels to a point where your hair will have Optimum Hydration Levels or Maximum Hydration.

Once you reach this level you will benefit from your hair being able to hold on to moisture for longer periods of time, because of this your hair won’t be dry, won’t frizz up as quickly or easily, your curls will clump up allowing them to become more apparent and noticeable, the clumping will aid in eliminating tangles and knots, you will be able to keep your hair styles for longer periods of time without your hair frizzing up, your hair will be healthy because it is sufficiently moisturized and of course you will be happier with the condition of your hair.

The Maximum Hydration Method is a method that comprises of a couple of techniques used together as part of a regimen in order to help you build/increase moisture levels in your hair overtime. It needs to be done frequently, consistently and correctly over a period of time.

The first technique is to make sure that our hair is properly and sufficiently hydrated by making sure that you are co-washing your hair 1 to 3 times a week. The reason for this is because you need to re-introduce moisture/water into your hair regularly and frequently. Another reason is because conditioner lasts in your hair for only up to 3 days.

This frequent and consistent re-introduction of moisture allows you to keep “depositing”/adding moisture into the hair in order to build up the levels overtime. Therefore the more frequently you do it, the faster you will see results.

The second technique is the use of methods which will allow our hair cuticles to open up and absorb moisture and conditioner more easily. These techniques include the use of “Good” heat by regularly deep conditioning, GHE(Green House Effect Method), steaming and warming your conditioner prior to applying it to your hair.

The third technique that is used in this method that further aids our hair to absorb moisture is the regular use of rinse treatments within the regimen.

Using regular rinse treatments within our regimen help us ensure we are lifting up the cuticles and allowing them to be more open to receiving moisture , we are removing build up that clogs our hair and prevents moisture from getting into the hair shaft, we are clarifying and detoxing the hair. They also help to lift up our cuticles and allow them to be more open to receiving moisture.These rinse treatments include Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses (ACV), Baking Soda treatments and Mud/Clay washes like Bentonite Clay, Red Clay, French Green Sea Clay, Rhassoul Clay, European Clay and Terresentials. 

The term Maximum Hydration is actually coined from the Curly Girl Method. (I dont have the book and haven’t read it yet . I just ordered it and can’t wait to read it lol. From what I understand is that the process of frequent/regular co-washing eventually leads to the state of Maximum Hydration and that is one of the ways to tell that you have succeeded in the goals of this method).

For more details and links to more information about this method visit my “The Maximum Hydration Method” page

In the next post I’ll discuss the foundations of The Maximum Hydration Method.

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee