D.I.Y. Deep Conditioner

Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly! Lately I’ve been focused on school. So, getting up in the mornings I’m so lazy. For the past week and a half I had my hair in a bun. Which, isn’t the healthiest thing for my hair. After a while it gets matted and full of flakes from the gel that I use. I know sound disgusting! My hair needed so major TLC. This week I decided to show you, my d.i.y. deep conditioning treatment.

It’s really very simple to make your own deep conditioner. Plus you don’t even have to go and buy anything. You really choose what decides what goes in your deep conditioner. Based on what your hair needs. Making your own conditioner is simple and quick. The results are worth it. My hair is pretty thick but it doesn’t need a lot of product to get the job done.

What is a deep conditioner?

A conditioner helps to minimize damage. It restores the strength of our hair. Doing a deep treatment makes the hair able to withstand daily manipulation.

Step 1:

Get all of your ingredients and tools together. So, you’re not scrambling around the kitchen looking for everything. I used:

  • 1 Deep conditioner. As a base
  • Conditioner, any conditioner of your choice. I used one that will provide extra moisture.
  • Coconut Oil
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STEP 2:

Melt the coconut oil. I used a regular size bowl and mix all of the ingredients in the bowl.

  • Mix all of the ingredients together.mix

Step 3:

I section my hair into 4 sections to make it easier to apply. I dampen my hair just a little to spread the mixture easier. I start at my roots and spread it to my ends. I comb it through to make sure it’s thoroughly in my hair. I massage it into my scalp. I then cover my hair with a plastic cap and a towel. I leave the mixture in for about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Step 4:

After the deep conditioner, I apply warm coconut oil and a leave in conditioner. Below I will give you a step by step tutorial of this deep conditioner. Pictures always help me understand so, hopefully this slideshow will make it clear what to do.

My Experience Blogging

Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly! I started this blog in the beginning of the semester with high hopes of enjoying it. I’ve watched plenty of YouTube videos and I thought it would be easy to write about something I do everyday. My hair is easy to maintain and easy to put into any style. However, I found it troubling figuring out what to write about. I didn’t want to be repetitive. But, my hair routine is repetitive.

I did like the fact that I could customize my page exactly like I want it. It also shows my personality without reading what I have to say. I did like the face that I could experience writing on a regular basis. It’s not what I expected. If I was able to find more styles to do on my hair and also, take more time to do the styles I  would have enjoyed it. If I would have chosen something with a broader topic and of higher interest, it would have been better. I did not like promoting myself on twitter but, it’s necessary if I want readers. I felt that I couldn’t be creative enough to get people to read Happy Healthy Curly. I don’t think that there was any tool on WordPress that was not effective. Everything was easy to use and maintain. There also was not anything that I didn’t find of great use during this project.

If would have included more of my personality into my page and into my writing. But, I started to get tired of the topic I was writing about. I would like to include more of my DIY recipes and deep conditioners. I would also like to add more videos of my hair routine but, that take more time.

This experience could benefit me in the future by showing I can be a consistent writer on a specific topic. I think this project can also help with showing my skills in writing. Also, it can show that I can promote a page on twitter with specific hashtags and words. With a job I can explain to them how I have created my own WordPress page and consistently wrote on a topic of interest to people and myself. I also can explain that I know how to organize a page to look nice and place widgets and links. These are all things I did not know before this class.

My most popular week was March 6,2017-March 12, 2017. I was actually surprised that I had 7 people read my blog. My most popular post was my Twist-Out Routine with 4 views. I thought it was the most popular because every body wants to have a good twist-out. Plus, its hard to find a good routine for your own hair. Out of all the Site Stats data nothing was surprising to me except having 7 views. I also do not have any other social media stats to share. Capture

My New Favorite Products

Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly! Over the years I’ve tested many products but, I always had my staple product. Meaning I have certain products that I know will give me the results that I want. My all time favorite product is Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I found out about this product thorough YouTube. It’s such a thick product and it really defines my curls! Plus it smells amazing, its kind of strong but, also smells like coconut. The best thing ever. I never thought I could love another product as much as this one. However, I started shopping again and found some products I love.

1. Camille Roses Naturals Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard

3My new favorite product. Mostly because of how it smells. I don’t smell pear or cherry. This product is specifically for hair that needs TLC which, my hair always needs. It smells sweet and it’s super conditioning. It says to let it sit for 5-10 minutes but, I didn’t rinse it when I used it. But, it still worked great for me. I used it as a leave in conditioner.

2. Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly

It struck my eye with it’s vibrant blue color. Then, I opened it and it smelt like blueberries! I loved it. I needed something jelly like for my hair to really define my curls. But, most of all it controls the frizz. It’s starting to get hot again in Texas so, my hair needs some control. The jelly defines my curls so much, I love this product.

3. TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer

2This product smells good also. It provides maximum hydration. It says the product promotes hair growth, improves shine, and reduces frizz. Which It does. It does every single one of those things. This product has to be my favorite product for everyday use. It really moisturizes my hair and leaves it feeling smoothing and smelling great!

Wash Day Routine

Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly! Today, I’m going to explain to you my wash day routine. First, I wash my hair once a week.  I switch it up sometimes it just depends on how my hair feels that week. If my hair feels really dry I might do a protein treatment. Or maybe an avocado mask. I’ve gone to far measures to moisutrize and keep my hair strong. I have gotten all of my hair conditioners from YouTube. This week I did a lot to my hair because, I haven’t given it any tender love and care. It needed some much needed love. Here are the things I did this week:

Pre Poo:

1. A “Pre Poo” is cleansing your hair before you shampoo your hair. My hair felt more dirty than usual so I added an extra step. It just cleanses my hair better. I used Apple Cider Vinegar, I mixed it in a spray bottle with water. Then, I spray the mixture directly to my scalp and massage it in. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse my hair. 20170409_122409_Burst01

2. This week my hair was tangled a lot and the apple cider vinegar doesn’t help with detangling my thick hair. So I melted some coconut oil and put it throughout my hair. I then can comb through my hair easily before I shampoo. It also adds extra moisture.

3. Shampoo and Condition. I looked for a mixture that would give my hair extra moisture. I scrub the shampoo into my scalp, not onto my ends.20170409_122151

4. Deep Condition: I always deep condition after shampooing because, it makes my hair softer and stronger for the week ahead. I leave the conditioner on my hair for 30 minute. I have a shower cap and a towel wrapped around my head.

5. Rinse with cool water. This week I did a wash & go which you can read about on my blog.20170409_122230

How to Maintain Healthy Hair

Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly. With all hair types, you must have a hair routine. Especially, with natural hair. A good routine will keep your hair moisturized, smooth and healthy which is the main goal.  Since I have been natural I haven’t taken the best care of my hair. I failed to follow a good routine and found a set of steps to follow. When I graduated high school, I started to take care of my hair. I developed a routine. I also learned many ways to keep my hair healthy through this Texas heat. I’ve learned how to keep the frizz as low as possible. Below I will list all the ways that I maintain healthy hair.

Hair maintenance tips:

1. Wash & condition hair regularly. Do not skip wash days, product build up prevents hair from growingmaintenance 2

2. Moisture, comes with water not just products alone. Water is a natural moisturizer so make sure to incorporate it. Water is your best friend. Drink lots of it

3. If you have frizzy hair. It can be tamed with rinsing hair with cool/cold water after washing. Also do not use towel on your hair. Instead, use a t-shirt or a microfiber towel. Coconut oil also works wonders for my hair. It lays down fly away hairs and makes it smell like coconuts!

4. Trimming. Trim your hair every 3 to 4 months. That will prevent dame and will keep your hair healthy and strong.

5. Use hair butters. Moisturizers do well, but sometimes your hair need a little extra moisture

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7. Make sure you deep condition often, if you have a good routine this part comes easy.

8. Sleep with a satin scarf. Or sleep with a satin pillow case. To protect your hair at night and to prevent it from getting dry. Cotton pillowcases suck the moisture out of your hair. Moisturize before you go to sleep

9. Do not over manipulate hair. Do not over comb or brush it either. Brushing to much can actually rip and tear your hair. Styles that require daily touching and combing, put too much stress on your curls.

10. Eat well. What you put into your body reflect it in your hair. To keep you and your hair healthy eat well, drink water, and stay moisturized.

Reviewing CurlyNikki

Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly! Today, I am going to introduce to you a fellow natural hair blogger. When learning how to take care of natural hair you have to find somebody who can teach you how to take care of it. I watched so many YouTube videos and read so many blogs about natural hair. A lot of people talk about the same things, tips on how to take care of your hair and how to style it. But, CurlyNikki goes into further depth. She explained what hair is, and what it’s made up of and the different textures there are.

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CurlyNikki Website

CurlyNikki is made up of different people writing for her blog. But, they’re all helpful blogs that go into extreme detail about what hair is. Such as the cuticle which is the outer layer of the hair. Which is made up of individual scales that lay against each other. She also explained to me something I didn’t know existed a thing called The Cortex, the middle layer of the hair. It determines the color of the hair and changes that go on throughout our lifetime. Straightening and dying our hair affects the cortex.

The blog goes into the science of the hair. There is a pH scale when it comes to our hair, that helps determine how much frizz our hair has. It helps us to know what products to use and what products don’t help us. I like this blog because CurlyNikki really teaches me something new about my hair. CurlyNikki taught me about hair porosity. Hair porosity is how good or bad hair absorbs moisture. I learned I have High Porosity hair. “Hair that has an open cuticle that both absorbs and releases moisture easily.”

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The pH scale to natural hair. From CurlyNikki

CurlyNikki is unique because she even goes into homemade remedies. She taught me about saving money. Instead of buying products all the time you can create your own products with the things you have in your kitchen. Such as an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse that clarifies the hair. A honey hair conditioner, that restores moisture to the hair. A hot Olive Oil treatment is the easiest and healthiest ingredient to use. Especially for hair that is extremely dry and brittle. Even a protein treatment, using 1 beaten egg, mayonnaise, and olive oil. CurlyNikki has some unique things about her that taught me so many things about taking care of my hair.

 

Twist-Out Routine

Hi Guys! Welcome back to Happy Healthy Curly! Today I’m going to go tell you the steps to my Twist Out Routine.

What is a Twist Out?

A twist out is a method that creates coils, and a beautiful pattern.  A twist out is basically, when you put two-strand twists throughout your hair. Your hair can either be wet or dry. When the hair is wet, you let them air-dry overnight. I then separate the twists and wear them out which is known as a twist out.

My twist out took time for me to get right. At first I, couldn’t get it to look like I wanted it to. When my hair was first fully natural it was very short. So, when I would do a twist out I was ashamed at how short my hair would look. I would expect my hair to look like the tutorials I had seen on YouTube. I had to realize that my hair is unique it’s not going to look like other girls. When I realized that, I shouldn’t care what others thought about my hair I was able to love my Twist Outs. It also takes time to find the right products that go with your specific curl pattern, to get the right results.

Steps

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Tropical coconut shampoo and Low porosity protein-free conditioner

Step 1: Shampoo and condition hair Having clean hair works best for me and gives me the best results. Because, there is no build up on the scalp and the product saturates my hair better.

Step 2 : Section Your Hair In order to achieve the best results, it starts with organization. Section the hair into 4 sections and leaving out the section you are working on. Sectioning the hair keeps excess hair out of the way while twisting.

Step 3: Hydrate For me, products saturate my hair better when its wet. I use a spray bottle to keep each section wet throughout the process of twisting my hair. Water is also one of the best moisturizers for the hair.

Step 4: Apply Products its important to not apply to much product or it will take forever for your hair to dry. Also, use a product that is meant to hydrate your hair. I try to use something thick  like a hair butter so, I know its working with my hair.

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Camile Rose Naturals Revitalizing Hair Smoother and TGIN Butter Cream Daily Mositurizer and Virgin Coconut Oil

Step 5: Detangle Combing through each section of the hair after applying the product, to ensure it’s evenly distributed. Detangling also provides smooth, shiny curls

Step 6: Twist Since we have detangled our hair, it makes the twisting product so much easier. Deciding how big or how small you want your twist depends on how you want your results to look. Smaller twist gives a more defined curl pattern. Bigger twist gives a fluffier result.  Grab a section of hair to twist and separate it into two strands to work with. Stretch the hair out and begin to twist the hair over each other and under until you’ve reach the ends. Using more product, twirl the ends into a curl with your finger to make sure your ends are smoothed down.

Step 7: Dry Time After twisting all of my hair, it’s usually late at night. I go to sleep and I let my hair air dry over night. I don’t wrap my hair in anything but, I sleep on a satin pillow case, when I twist my hair. Sleeping on a satin pillow case prevents frizz and makes the end result look better.

Step 7: Untwist Oil your fingertips to prevent frizz. Starting from the bottom, unravel each twist by twisting it in the opposite direction. I use a wide tooth comb at the end to fluff my hair and make it big.

My Deep Conditioning Routine

Every head of curly hair must have lots of moisture. As our hair grows, the strands of our hair need more nourishment. Deep conditioning adds extra moisture and promotes hair growth. It is necessary to deep condition, to restore damaged hair. Deep conditioning helps your hair strands stay healthy day-to-day. Deep conditioning gives temporary repair to the surface of the hair. Over time, the hair can become healthy again.  Some people have drier hair than others so, it depends on the person to decide how many times they deep condition their hair. Most people deep condition their hair once a week to avoid breakage.

I learned my deep conditioning routine from watching YouTube videos and just experimenting. My hair has always been dry and I don’t see that changing. I deep condition 2 times a week to keep my hair healthy and manageable. There are two choices when it comes to deep conditioning. Homemade aka DIY deep conditioners or deep conditioners brought from the store. When choosing between the two, it depends on how dry my hair is. When my hair is overly dry, I make a homemade deep conditioner. The ingredients I use most of the time are Avocados, mayonnaise, honey, and coconut oil. When I first heard about using these ingredients it sounded disgusting but, they really did moisturize my hair.Most of the time I don’t have time to make a homemade conditioner. I have many different deep conditioners and some help with different problems with the hair.  Sometimes they purify or just add extra moisture.

First, I start off with shampooing and conditioning my hair. Next, I section my hair into four sections using a wide tooth comb then, I split those sections into subsections. Just to make everything easier and organized. Today, I used Shea Moisture Manuka & Honey Intensive Hydration Hair Masque deep conditioner. I make sure each section is still wet and, I put enough conditioner to fully saturate my hair. I then comb through each section to get the product distributed evenly and to untangle my hair fully. I put my hair into a bun and cover it with a shower cap which, locks in the heat to add extra moisture. I leave on the conditioner for at least 10 minutes but, the max is an hour. I then rinse my hair with cool water, which also locks in the moisture to keep the hair soft and manageable.

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Materials that I used on my hair. Virgin Coconut Oil. Wide Tooth comb. Hair Ties. Manuka & Honey Intensive Hydration Masque

 

Transitioning to my Full Routine

Transitioning

Transitioning for me was a struggle. The roots of my hair were growing beautiful healthy coils but, my ends were straight and brittle. It was a mess, trying to care for my two-textured hair.  I hated the length of my hair and I was ashamed to wear it out. While transitioning, I would just throw my hair into a well moisturized bun. Eventually, when I was content with the length of my hair, I cut off the rest of my straight ends. The struggle now would be figuring out how to style my fully natural hair. For a while I couldn’t get my hair to look the way I wanted so, I would still put it in a bun. However, I forced myself to get over it. I decided to wear my hair full-out.

How I learned

I watched so many YouTube videos and I realized how many natural girls there are in the world. I learned so much about my hair and different styles that I could put my hair in. I learned that I need to have a hair routine, to keep my hair healthy.  There are so many options when It comes to curly hair products, it was hard knowing what products to get. I started trying products that I saw people on YouTube reviewing and recommending. I saw many people recommending a product named Cantu Shea Butter. Which happens to be my all-time favorite product now.

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The products that I used.

My routine

My hair routine is very simple. I’m a college student, who is always running late. So, my hair routine must be quick and easy. Since I have so many products, I try to switch between all of them.

First, I wash my hair once a week. One week I shampoo and the next week I co-wash. Basically, I alternate each week with a shampoo and a co-wash. Co-washing means, washing my hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. I also deep condition my hair twice a week because, its dry. My quick and easy style is called a “Wash and go”. Every day I start out with wet hair. I section my hair into four sections and, begin by applying a leave in conditioner. Today, I’m using “Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream”.  I follow-up with a moisturizer “Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream”, which really defines my curls. After my hair is thoroughly coated in the products I wrap my hair in a microfiber towel, to soak up the excess products. After about 15 minutes I apply an oil to my hair such as, coconut, argon or olive oil. I let my hair air dry the rest of the day. I’m happy that I decided to transition because, I’m in love with my hair now. I love seeing It grow over the years and how it’s changed.

The Transitioning Process

My name is Shannan Robinson. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I’m 20 years young and I’m currently a junior at Texas State University. Growing up the schools that I went to were filled with majority white students. I never really felt connected to anybody until I got to high school. Growing up with girls who weren’t the same ethnicity as me I was teased about my hair and my weight. Fortunately, I never let that lower my self-esteem. I was always told I was beautiful and I believed that. The only problem was the two “puff balls” on top of my head. I rocked an afro, and puff balls until about the 7th grade. Girls always liked to touch my hair and ask so many questions about it.

I started to grow unhappy with my hair and my mom got tired of doing it every few of days. I got tired of her combing through my hair, it was painful. I begged my mom for a relaxer aka a perm. She hated the idea she said that it would ruin my hair. But I swore up and down that I would take care of my hair. But, if I was going to start doing my own hair like she insisted it needed to be easy. So, eventually I got a perm. At first, I took great care of my hair then I stopped. It became dry and thin. After some years, I was a freshman in high school I decided to transition my hair, after my mom went natural. I loved her hair, it was versatile, healthy, and curly. While I was transitioning from straight hair to curly it was difficult. But, once I saw my curl pattern I fell in love!

I’m choosing to write about how I keep my hair healthy now. I’m going to write about the products that I use such as oils, and my favorite moisturizer. Over the years, I have come across so many products that I have fallen in love with so, I have plenty to talk about. Throughout the time of my writing, I hope to find more products and more styles. Also, I hope I can continue to make my hair healthier and longer. I hope that whoever is reading this can relate to my hair experience. I hope to reach an audience with similar interest in natural hair and its versatility.  Also, I hope to reach women or men who can understand the struggles of keeping natural hair maintained. Men and women both can have beautiful curly hair so I hope I can reach both genders in this time.

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A small portion of my curly hair products.