Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mini Twists Set on Flexi Rods

Hey guys! I've had mini twists in for a couple of weeks and I decided to set them on Flexi Rods. I love how it turned out. Not only will this help me to hide the fuzziness, but it looks trés chic (at least to me)! Check out the results in my YouTube video!


Peace,
Kiki

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rhassoul Clay Mud Wash

Hey Guys!
I just posted a new Youtube video about how I mix and apply my mud hair wash using Rhassoul Clay.  I was so excited to get this stuff in the mail last week because I had been hearing such great things about it. Well, it does live up to the hype. It is a tad bit messy, but not nearly as messy as Henna, so that's a plus for me.

My quest to wash with mud all began when I learned that Naptural85 uses Terresentials Mud Wash on her hair. She is my hair obsession, and if she raves about it, it must be good. So, I went to the website to order and hit the brakes when I realized how much it would cost me to have it shipped. I figured there had to be a way to make it from scratch, did a google search and found a few recipes using bentonite clay and rhassoul clay to make a homemade version of Terresentials.  I started out with the bentonite clay because that's what I had on hand and the results were great, but I couldn't seem to rinse it completely out of my scalp. My hair felt fabulous - soft, easier to detangle, more defined curls - you know, stuff all of us naturals want for our hair.  But, there had to be a way for me to get my scalp fully clean and have super hair, so I researched Rhassoul Clay and found out that it is generally easier to rinse than Bentonite and has greater conditioning properties.

After I rinsed the Rhassoul Mud Wash, I totally found this to be true. Detangling was a breeze, hair was super soft and I noticed less breakage (this could also be due to my recent trim). I will definitely be doing this on a regular basis.

Check out the video to see my process and the ingredients I used!

Peace,
Kiki

Friday, April 5, 2013

Trimming Natural Hair - Wet vs. Dry

I am in the process of doing a "Search & Destroy" on my natural hair. This method of trimming allows you to find and cut out any single strand knots and split ends that are causing weakness in your hair strands.  In my latest Youtube video, I stressed the importance of the hair being dry but well moisturized when the trimming process begins.  Why? Well, first of all, there's the shrinkage factor. If you've been natural for any length of time, you know a whole lot about shrinkage. When natural hair is wet, the curl is elongated and appears longer than it will be when it dries and shrinks. This presents the danger of cutting off too much. If you are trying to retain length, this is a definite no-no. You only want to cut off as much as necessary to maintain the health of your hair. 

Secondly, when you cut wet hair, you may not get a precise cut. This means that you run the risk of creating further damage in the long run.  Also, when my hair is wet, I can't really see all the knots and split ends because of the clumping factor of wet natural hair. 

The moisture factor is important because you are manipulating your hair. ANY time you are moving your hair around (or even just in general), you want to make sure that your hair is moisturized so that the strands glide past each other instead of getting caught together, pulling and breaking (which is what I went through because I wasn't moisturizing enough).

As with everything related to natural hair, what works for one person, may not be good for the next. These are tips that have worked for me and while I hope they work for you, my dear readers, I can't make any promises :-)

So, check out my YouTube video - maybe something you see there will help you in your natural 
hair journey.



~Peace,
Kiki