Wacky Wednesday: Worst Hair Mistake

Hype and I are always talking about what works and what doesn’t with our hair. It takes trial and error to find out what works best. But this week we’re asking, “What is the worst mistake you’ve made with your hair?”

Da Realist 1

Image Courtesy of John Kasawa at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Image Courtesy of John Kasawa at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

I still consider myself newly “natural,” even though it’s been close to two years (22 months actually) since I stopped relaxing my hair. Maybe that’s because being “natural” has taken a while to get used to. In the time that I’ve been natural, I’ve tried lots of different products–some good, some bad. Most of my mistakes have been minor. . . except for the one rather unfortunate decision to cut my own hair.

I know that trying to cut my own hair was an extremely bad idea. If you’ve read our blog, you know that I’ve had quite an ordeal trying to find someone to do my hair in Iowa. And I just wasn’t feeling my barber at that time. In fact, I had resolved never to go back to her. I decided to try cutting my own hair (something I would not ordinarily do). After all, I cut my husband’s hair all the time, I thought. How bad could my home haircut be? As it turns out, pretty bad. I cut a huge chunk out of my hair–down to the scalp–with the clippers. I was trying to get my fade right in the back. It was a hot mess! There was absolutely nothing I could do to make it better. For the next three weeks of bad hair days, I hid my haircut under a hat whenever I was in public; fortunately, I have a large collection. I eventually went to the barber shop and got my hair cut by a professional again, but I had to wait until my hair grew back. I was embarrassed and didn’t want anyone asking who jacked up my ‘fro.

Da Hype 1

Bunch of BananasSo, about a month ago, I had my hair straightened for the first time in 6 months and the first time professionally in over a year. I only straightened it to get my ends clipped. It was bone straight and quite frankly, my hair still has not recovered from the hot comb–there a pieces that will no longer curl properly.

Anyway, that isn’t exactly the mistake I’m referring to, though. The mistake I made wasn’t detrimental or harmful to my hair, it was actually a little humorous. Only a little humorous because I had some place to be that day.

So, we planned to visit some friends who live an hour away. I live in the DC-MD-VA area and everything is at least 45 minutes to an hour away. That morning, I decided to wash and deeply condition my hair. I decided that I needed to make sure I used a conditioner that strengthened and moisturized my hair because it had just been straightened TO DEATH. I decided to mix mashed bananas, honey, and mayonnaise with my favorite conditioner.

I started rinsing out the conditioner and it felt good. I mean really good.

But, then I noticed something: I had banana pieces all over my hair. My tightly coiled hair was not interested in giving up the banana pieces. I washed and rewashed and it just would not come out. Finally, three hours later, my husband (who was tired of waiting for me) comes to me and says, “people online said that this is a regular occurrence with bananas and avocados, and that you should just let your hair dry and it will eventually come out.”

Now, you know I could not go to someone’s house with “banana hair,” so I spent another hour or so more picking out bananas. I got about 80% of the bananas out of my hair before I left, but it wan’t until the next wash that I thought it was completely gone.

Will I do it again? Yes, because my hair never felt better. It was soft, moisturized, and super shiny. Next time, I may consider baby food or make sure I smash the bananas better. I don’t want my kid teasing me again, “Mommy, your hair is straight bananas today!”

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Natural Conversations: Deep Conditioners

conditionerWith approximately a year of being “natural” under my belt, I have finally managed to get my hair routine under control. I no longer buy every new product that I see because I am satisfied with the products that I am using. There is, however, one exception–deep conditioners. I am still searching for the perfect one.

I use a deep conditioner about every two weeks. I’ve tried Shea Moisture’s Deep Conditioning Masque and found it to be just okay. After using it with heat and without, I never noticed an improvement in the condition of my hair. I also used Naturally Silk Elements three step conditioning process, which includes a pre-treatment oil, deep nourishing conditioner, and intense repair serum. My hair felt brittle after using this, so I didn’t give it a second chance.

Interestingly enough, the deep conditioning product that has worked best for me is the one that I tried first, Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Deep Conditioning Protein Pack. (I’ve been told that there is also an Olive Oil Formula that is very good, but that is not available in my local stores.) After using it for the recommended 10-to-20 minutes, my hair feels stronger, yet soft. The package weighs 60 grams (2.1oz), which is probably enough for just one application unless you have the teeniest of TWAs, and costs about $1.50. So far, I like this deep conditioner the best. It is working for me, but I am still searching. . .

Any suggestions? Do you have a deep conditioner that works well for you? Please share it with us!

Natural Conversations: Products We Love

When Da Hype 1 and I started this blog, I never imagined that we would be writing about hair. However, several of our posts last year did in fact discuss issues related to the politics of black women’s hair. Having both decided to “go natural,” we discussed our “journeys” on the blog as well. This blog reflects the wide range of conversations between the two of us. And let’s face it, we know “the personal is political,” so we’ve decided to make our conversations about hair a regular addition to the blog. We’re calling it Natural Conversations, and we’re starting with some of favorite hair care products.

Da Realist 1

Hi, my name is Da Realist 1, and I am a product junkie. I’ve had this addiction for many years. When I first went natural, I was randomly trying anything and everything, but I wasn’t sure what worked and what didn’t. In order to bring some order to the madness, I decided to select a line of products and try them for a month. I’m hoping that’s enough time to make a fair assessment. This month I am using products from EDEN Bodyworks. EDEN has three different lines of hair products–Peppermint Tea Tree, JojOba Monoi, and Coconut Shea. Their products contain “no petroleum, mineral oils or sodium sulfates.” The products I tried from the Peppermint Tea Tree line were the All Natural Shampoo, All Natural Conditioner, and All Natural Hair Oil. From the Coconut Shea line, I used the All Natural Cleansing Cowash and All Natural Leave In Conditioner.

EDENThe EDEN products are reasonably priced ($8-$12 at my local Sally Beauty Supply), and they all smell great. After using the tea tree shampoo and conditioner, my scalp was tingly and my hair was clean, without it feeling stripped or hard. The coconut shea cowash and leave in conditioner also worked well for those times when I didn’t want to use shampoo. My favorite products were the leave in conditioner and the hair oil. With the leave in conditioner, my hair feels soft and seems to retain moisture better than with other products I’ve tried. The tea tree oil has a strong minty smell, but that does fade. My scalp tends to get very dry and itchy, and this product really soothed it. It comes in a spray bottle, so I can put it directly on my scalp. Even though I’ll be testing new products next month, I’m sure I’ll be coming back to EDEN.

Da Hype 1

It’s almost a complete year since I did the big chop! I had transitioned for nine months prior, and like many curlies, I couldn’t take it anymore. So, I chopped it off!

For the last year, I have tried a variety of products: Shea Moisture, Jane Carter, Taliah Waajid, Carol’s Daughter, Darcy’s Botanicals, and more. Some of them did not work for me, while some did. Some of the products did not work in the way that they worked for others, but they were okay on my hair. Some of the products worked for awhile, but when my hair seemed to be going through some type of change, they didn’t seem to work anymore.CastorOil
So, what is working for me now? Right now, I am absolutely in love with castor oil in my hair. It makes my hair soft and it holds moisture better than any other product for me. It is especially useful to me during the winter months when my hair could easily dry out from the cold weather, but it doesn’t with my castor oil.
I use the L.O.C. method (leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream) when twisting my hair. For the oil, I use castor oil. I also rub my scalp and ends with it daily. The remainder that’s left on my hand, I rub on the shaft of my hair. For me, it has been the only oil that has made my hair shine.
I use over the counter castor oil–nothing fancy. I don’t use the Jamaican version, which many swear by. I simply decided to try the over the counter version because it is cheaper and easier to access for me (without having to purchase online). Since I fell in love with it, I felt no reason to try anything else.
I have been using castor oil consistently for about 4 months. For someone like me, someone with tightly coiled/curly hair, nothing else has really penetrated my hair as castor oil. There is a warning: castor oil is thick and may even feel a little weird on your hand, but it has NEVER felt that way on my hair.
So, that’s what’s working for us. What hair care products are working for you? We’d love to hear about them!!!

Natural Conversations: Products We Love

When Da Hype 1 and I started this blog, I never imagined that we would be writing about hair. However, several of our posts last year did in fact discuss issues related to the politics of black women’s hair. Having both decided to “go natural,” we discussed our “journeys” on the blog as well. This blog reflects the wide range of conversations between the two of us. And let’s face it, we know “the personal is political,” so we’ve decided to make our conversations about hair a regular addition to the blog. We’re calling it Natural Conversations, and we’re starting with some of favorite hair care products.

Da Realist 1

Hi, my name is Da Realist 1, and I am a product junkie. I’ve had this addiction for many years. When I first went natural, I was randomly trying anything and everything, but I wasn’t sure what worked and what didn’t. In order to bring some order to the madness, I decided to select a line of products and try them for a month. I’m hoping that’s enough time to make a fair assessment. This month I am using products from EDEN Bodyworks. EDEN has three different lines of hair products–Peppermint Tea Tree, JojOba Monoi, and Coconut Shea. Their products contain “no petroleum, mineral oils or sodium sulfates.” The products I tried from the Peppermint Tea Tree line were the All Natural Shampoo, All Natural Conditioner, and All Natural Hair Oil. From the Coconut Shea line, I used the All Natural Cleansing Cowash and All Natural Leave In Conditioner.

EDENThe EDEN products are reasonably priced ($8-$12 at my local Sally Beauty Supply), and they all smell great. After using the tea tree shampoo and conditioner, my scalp was tingly and my hair was clean, without it feeling stripped or hard. The coconut shea cowash and leave in conditioner also worked well for those times when I didn’t want to use shampoo. My favorite products were the leave in conditioner and the hair oil. With the leave in conditioner, my hair feels soft and seems to retain moisture better than with other products I’ve tried. The tea tree oil has a strong minty smell, but that does fade. My scalp tends to get very dry and itchy, and this product really soothed it. It comes in a spray bottle, so I can put it directly on my scalp. Even though I’ll be testing new products next month, I’m sure I’ll be coming back to EDEN.

Da Hype 1

It’s almost a complete year since I did the big chop! I had transitioned for nine months prior, and like many curlies, I couldn’t take it anymore. So, I chopped it off!

For the last year, I have tried a variety of products: Shea Moisture, Jane Carter, Taliah Waajid, Carol’s Daughter, Darcy’s Botanicals, and more. Some of them did not work for me, while some did. Some of the products did not work in the way that they worked for others, but they were okay on my hair. Some of the products worked for awhile, but when my hair seemed to be going through some type of change, they didn’t seem to work anymore.CastorOil
So, what is working for me now? Right now, I am absolutely in love with castor oil in my hair. It makes my hair soft and it holds moisture better than any other product for me. It is especially useful to me during the winter months when my hair could easily dry out from the cold weather, but it doesn’t with my castor oil.
I use the L.O.C. method (leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream) when twisting my hair. For the oil, I use castor oil. I also rub my scalp and ends with it daily. The remainder that’s left on my hand, I rub on the shaft of my hair. For me, it has been the only oil that has made my hair shine.
I use over the counter castor oil–nothing fancy. I don’t use the Jamaican version, which many swear by. I simply decided to try the over the counter version because it is cheaper and easier to access for me (without having to purchase online). Since I fell in love with it, I felt no reason to try anything else.
I have been using castor oil consistently for about 4 months. For someone like me, someone with tightly coiled/curly hair, nothing else has really penetrated my hair as castor oil. There is a warning: castor oil is thick and may even feel a little weird on your hand, but it has NEVER felt that way on my hair.
So, that’s what’s working for us. What hair care products are working for you? We’d love to hear about them!!!