Trying out Beautiful Textures, review

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Okay, hello fellow bloggers,

I realize it has been quite a minute since I’ve written anything, but here is an update!

Recently I was trying to buy some more Kinky-Curly product gel for my hair, and lo and behold there was none left in the store. So instead of traveling high and low to find some more, my thought was, “well,
God, help me find something that works just as well, if not better, and all for a better price…”

Don’t you know before I could even finish the thought this bright orange bottle catches my eye, and in fact its a whole product line, and I get a good feeling about it and decided to try it out… So I buy Beautiful Textures and I have to say….I think its awesome!! The picture is of how my hair turned out about 60% dry.

Just so you know, application is key! I raked the product section by section through my hair and  after I finished that through my whole head I shook my head just to help set the curls and that seemed to work :)

I’ve been using this gel along with the leave-in co and I enjoy it, it smells great. I finish my process off with spraying my hair with a spay bottle with water, glycerin, and a touch of lavender essential oil!

The product price:
Gel- $7
Leave in – $6
Deep co- $7

Over all I’m satisfied with results!

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Quick update: I dyed my hair and project review

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Hi all, I know that it has been a minute since I’ve posted anything, but as a quick update, I dyed my hair and I’ve recently tried some new products, some I think I might even recommend. ;)

So about 5days ago, on Sunday, I was talking with some friends about hair dye and I got this really strong desire to dye my hair…so on Sunday night I was thinking “hey! I’m gonna dye my hair honey blonde!” And people of blog land that’s just what I did, however it didn’t turn out honey blonde…. It turned out brown, dark brown. Lol allbeit, the box said leave on for 30minutes, I left it on for 45-maybe even an hour… (Bad, bad! I know!) But still my hair was not blonde or anywhere near honey…it was a nice brown. Here’s a pic below

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Not much a major diff.
So I decided, that’s not the color I wanted so on Monday I re-dyed my hair with the same honey blonde color and left it on 45 minutes as well (of course I was checking the color every few minutes. If you try this yourself and you’re a first timer, first I would say is pray! And second check the colour every few minutes beyond the recommended time.)

So after my second try here is what my hair turned out as

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I love it, it certainly doesn’t fall into a “blonde” category, but it does fall into a ginger category. I’ve been loving it!!!

I will say this though, after dying it two times in a row it was very dry so I had to do some deep moisturizing treatment. (Asuie most conditioner with honey and the stuff they gave as conditioner in the dye package)

All in all, I’m quite pleased…and I just realized, this isn’t so short of an update..lol sorry.

Product Update:
I finally have the complete product line of Kinky-Curly. I didn’t buy it all together, because I just don’t want to spend that much money in one sitting not to have the product not work, ya know…

So maybe 3months ago I bought the Knot Today (conditioner) and the shampoo and it was awesome and detangled my hair like no other!
The shampoo felt a bit drying…
So like 3-4 weeks ago I finally bought the Kinky-Curly gel and its supposed to bring out your curls…so after I dyed my hair this week I tried it and…

Drum roll….

I LOVED IT!!!

My hair when I put the Knot Today on first, then ran the gel on top of it, my hair curled up and all my curls from the root to the tip were fabulous!!! I’ll post a pic below. I wouldn’t have really believe the product line together would have made hair look that defined if I hadn’t tried it myself. I’ve truly enjoyed the line!!

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Also! Quick side note and this post is done… After I put all the gel in my hair I added Shea Butter in my hair as well, while it was still wet with products, so my hair wouldn’t dry out and so it wouldn’t feel crunchy when it dried….

So would I recommend this product to other type 4s? Most definitely! I can’t promise the same results because none of is are the same, but I can recommend that you at least try it out for yourself and see how it works for you. You just might be equally presently surprised! ;)

Okay now I’m done…lol. Thanks for reading and I’ll continue to post more! :)

~love and blessing always,
Hairglorytpe4story

New Discoveries, new hairventures…

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You know new things are discovered at each new length?
For example when i first cut my hair, I discovered how aerodynamic my head was, I could feel the wind on my scalp. When I swam in water, by golly, I felt like I could swim faster, hardly any hair to inhibit my speed..lol (jk)
I discovered I had a beautiful face, I had to accept it for what it was, I couldn’t hide my forehead under bangs, my cheek bones were very pronounce and I discovered my eyes slant (never really noticed before)

I have recently discovered something new… (4/23/13)

I have recently taken my hair out of braids (they were only in for 3 weeks) and I can see the growth on my head! I’ve got 4-5 inches stretched…unstretched it looks about 1inch! (That’s almost 75% shrinkage)

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Today I wore dangle earrings, and each time I turned my head, I noticed on of the dangles would get caught in my hair…this has never happened before…(with permed hair it was never an issue).. I must say this was a pleasant surprise.. Although, I did have to be patient in order to get the earrings untangled from hair… LOL
And not only that I went to scratch my scalp, and my watch yanked some strands out…owie!

What cool new discoveries are ahead? I know not! But I will certainly write when they appear!

Question: what fun and interesting things did you notice about your hair as it has grown longer??

What things have you discovered about you in the process?

Indian healing Clay mud mask

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Hi all,

I just wanted to do a quick update, yesterday I put on a mud mask for  my hair to wash it…I know that for some that may seem like an oxymoron using clay/mud to wash your hair with, when in actuality many cultures around the world have used mud to clarify and remove impurities from their hair and skin.

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So what I did was, I got the clay used like 2tablesppons of it, 1/8 cup of aloe versa juice and a few drops of lavender essential oil and laid it on my scalp/hair for 20 minutes and rinsed it out and I have to say I was absolutely amazed by the results!! Here is where I got the idea for my ingredients:

http://lovenaturalsunshine.tumblr.com/post/41528388310/recipe-create-your-own-mud-wash

Here is how I created mine: http://youtu.be/MrinWPVNFAQ

First off something about the clay on your hair really, super defines your curls and coils, like to the point I was astounded by the amount and size of all my curls on my head…. Before using the clay I knew I was a type 4 but I wasn’t quite sure which subgroup I fell into. However now, I would have to say I am 4a majority 3c(in the back of my head)
for those of you reading this post I would say if you have any confusion as to what category your curls/coils/kinks might fall into try the clay it will definitely show you what your curls long to do… ;)

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here is short video as well…if your interested…. http://youtu.be/CZVOvXgq320

Also after rinsing out the product I noticed that there was no need for me to detangle my hair, nor did I have to use any conditioner/deep conditioner. My hair was very soft and moisturized. The only thing I added afterwards was my whipped Shea butter recipe to my hair and my hair seems more stretched than usual…

My recommendation? Try it! I think its awesome and I will regularly use this as part of my hair regimen :)

results after wash and my hair style

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2strand twists with flat twists on the side

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New YouTube Channel

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Hi All!

I just recently started a youtube channel as well. I will uploading videos in the weeks to come. I hope that you can take some time and check it out! Please let me know what you think, if you have any comments or suggestions or questions I am totally open! Feel free to ask :) Below is a link to my first video :)

http://youtu.be/cvvzAQeiPu4

Thank you, God Bless!

HairGloryType4Story!

Dirty Little Secret….How it all began…

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In the Beginning…

Ever since I can remember I had always thought of my hair has “nappy” and difficult to manage. I never sought to see its natural beauty.  When I was four and five years old I would have to sit through two hour ordeals in which my mom tried to fix my hair into something presentable. All I can remember is hearing the “snap, crackle, and pop” of my hair and seeing the teeth of comb to break off in my hair. Needless to say sister girl had some thick resilient hair that did not want to be put into any hairdo.

So At the age of six I asked—no I begged my mom for a relaxer. I was tired of crying because of being tender-headed and the struggle we would undergo every week to do my hair. So I ended up with relaxed hair.  I was so excited when my hair was first permed, it was long, so flowy and at least to my shoulders.

I remember being so happy because finally, my hair was managible, long and my mom and my hair no longer had to fight each week…

However, this is were the story goes down hill…

During the summer months, after school let out I decided to go swimming, I was pleased at how my hair finally looked like the ladies on the shampoo commercials.  It was long; it trailed behind me in the water, as compared to when my hair was natural and it just appeared to sit on top of my head all curly and wet, the complete opposite of what the hair commercials on T.V. were showing me.

Of course, now that it was permed, when I showered it finally looked like how it was “supposed to look” when wet. I thought my natural hair looked unnatural. (Of course now, I don’t think that. When wet now, to me the water looks like diamonds sparkling in my hair! How awesome and beautiful afro textured hair can be in all states!)

However at the ages of 4,5 and 6 I just thought my hair looked unnatural. At this time my mother had perm in her hair, her black friends had chemicals as well and the others had hair like on the shampoo commercials. So, that summer I went swimming and hair was finally doing what I thought my hair should do, which was, be straight, long and beautiful.

My mom and I were really good at taking care of my hair, we knew to wash it out after being in chlorine or else it would fall out. However, one day after being at the pool all day long, we came home late. We both were dog tired and we knew it would take at least another two hours or so before we could go to sleep. So we went to sleep and made promises to wash it out in the morning. Hey, others did all the time right? It would be fine, right?

Well it was the next day we washed my hair and all seemed well, at first. Over the course of the next three days my hair completely broke off. What was once shoulder length hair became ear length hair in some parts of my head. It was horrible. Six years length of hair completely broke off in tatters. Now, as the school year started, my mom tried desperately to put them into little barrettes as hairs that could not fit in it stuck out at the sides awkwardly.

My beautiful shampoo commercial worthy hair had broken off and what I had left was a fried, broken sad shadow what it once was a few days before.

Over the course of  the next ten years my hair would continue to grow what seemed to be very, very, very slowly. Around the age of fourteen I finally discovered the art of crochet braids. They where fabulous and I could finally have the long, flowing swinging hair that I wanted and ignore what had become of the permed sad mess growing from my scalp…

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Since  I was six till the time I was 21 in college I have had relaxed hair (it’s anything, but relaxing to take care of it!), like most I resented the constant battle of loving my hair relaxed and about 4 weeks in hating it because my “Kitchen” was making itself known. My very unnaturally straight hair, although, it blew and bobbed in the wind, always lost the battle when my new growth started to come in.

 

 

 

The Horror story ends, and the loveliness begins!

At my college at the time a lot of African-American ladies were transitioning their hair from relaxed and returning to the natural. I began to really want to explore what my hair was like naturally— the way God intended. However, knowing myself, I was entirely too impatient to transition like all the rest so I happily went to my stylist, waited  about two months after “needing a relaxer” and told her to cut it all down to the new growth and I’ve loved it since!

From October of 2010 till October of 2012 I continually kept my hair close cut and shaved close to my head, however In 10/12 I decided to finally start growing my hair out with goal to reach down to the base of my back. I know that goal may seem quite large to some, and the truth is…it is :), but I would like to discover my the beauty of my hair at all its lengths…so here my journey begins!

As of this post 4/21 I have about 5 months of growth I will make sure to post current pictures!

Fresh cut hair 09/2012

Fresh cut hair 09/2012

Here is a current picture of my hair as of 4/24/2012 below ;)
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Hair Glory (Type 4 Story)

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In October of 2010, my senior year at Agnes Scott College, I decided to do the big chop and finally see what the natural hair God gave me looked like. Ever since I was six I had nothing but chemically relaxed hair atop my head. This is my story and my journey that I have decided to document over the next few years as my hair continues to grow out. I wanted to document this to see what my hair does at different lengths and to see how it transforms… Here is my story and I hope that my journey can help others.

My hair type: 4b/4c(?)

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  According to the Naturallycurly website, my particular curl pattern is 4b or Coily Springy.  My hair looked like the pictures above after a wash and go (after adding a plethora of leave in conditioners) My hair needs moisture!

My hair has a super high density, meaning there is a whole-lot-a hair per square inch. The texture is soft like cotton and yarn and  is very thick.

Check out www.naturallycurly.com to figure out what your curl pattern is if you haven’t already. It’s very helpful or at least it was for me! Embrace the hair God gave you! He thought it was GOOD when he gave it to you!