Water Only Washing and Natural Hair

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Water Only Washing and Natural Hair

Hi all,

It has been such a long time since  I’ve posted anything, I must apologize for that! I moved to a new country, Costa Rica, and have been living and working here for the last few months. If you would like to read more about it, here is my other blog talking about my experience, called Tropics and Topics.

Anyway, there is so much I have to share! As you can see from the title “Water Only Washing and Natural Hair” I’ll be talking about the W.O.W method and natural hair. lol

So…where to begin?

I guess from the beginning. As stated before I moved to Costa Rica. costa-rica-mapMy concern even before coming was hair care and what products I would have access to. My family and I decided to permanently move here so I was thinking long term. I know products get pretty expensive especially when moving them internationally.

My family and I decided to permanently move here so I was thinking long term. I know products get pretty expensive especially when moving them internationally. So knowing that there isn’t  a large population of people of African descent ie: African hair textures, I was wondering what I would do for products. Of course, I brought enough hair product to last me a few months, but what would I do afterward? (Cue: doom music!)

To make a long story short I found some familiar products like:

Pantene, Head and Shoulders and Bioland products. I used Head and Shoulder, because of dandruff issues that I couldn’t cure with natural homemade remedies. I used the Bioland as a moisturizer, which didn’t work for me and on occasion, I did a wash and go with some new found Plastigel. Guys, my hair was NOT loving these products. I was even trying Pantene as a conditioner, which my hair liked at first, but hated with other products on top (like with the LOC or LCO method).

So what did I do? I broke down and asked a visiting friend to bring some raw shea butter and mango butter for me to make some natural homemade products.

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32 oz. of Shea butter and 16 oz of mango butter

I figured I would have to live a life of ordering shea butter and somehow have friends to ship it down to me. (by the way, Amazon does not ship any shea butter to where I live in Costa Rica. And if, by chance the company does, they do it +$40 in shipping for snail mail! not including the actual cost of the item!)

 

However, for the love of my hair, I was willing to do it… At that point it had been 5+ months in another country, my hair was feeling SOoOOOOoo dry. It was feeling brittle and my hair was breaking off.

In order to protect my ends, my mom began braiding my hair using the products we had, trying to moisturize it as much as we would between the protective styles.

I finally got my shea butter from the visiting friend and made my homemade product. Intuitively it felt like I should stop using conditioner about a month before I got the shea butter.  It wasn’t working with my hair and neither were the other products I had bought.

SO,  I made my shea hair butter with essential oils, glycerin, and coconut oil, and my hair took about two weeks to adjust to the no conditioner and only shea products.

(What do I mean? Well, my hair felt rough, it was tangled, it got dry very quickly, within 2 days instead of 7. It felt like it was transitioning off whatever was in the conditioner and other store bought products…)

Once my hair transitioned from no conditioner to using natural products, my hair felt okay. It was greasy from the shea butter and just when my hair had the perfect “7th-day hair,” it was time to wash. My scalp was itchy, mind you, I was still using the dandruff shampoo, my scalp was still having large flakes/ patches of dandruff in certain areas. (I hate dandruff!)

I was using my natural hair butters for about 3 months, 4 months with no conditioner and my hair seemed to find somewhat of a moisture balance again.

So, where the heck does the water only washing come into the picture? Great question! Here:

I had heard about this method maybe a year or two ago, this is how it goes:

W.o.W method from Curly Hair LongueThis information was taken from the Curly Hair Lounge- this was not created by me. ( #4 I also NEVER brush or comb my hair, I do everything with my fingers/ hands)

Also, another disclaimer, the Water  Only Washing Method was not originated in the natural hair community, but my our straight-haired sisters in their struggle with excessively greasy hair.  However, this method (above) has been adapted to work with our natural oils to moisturize our curly/coiled hair.

I was thinking about this method and listened to a lot of information/ testimonials about this method:  like Water Only Washing channel, I was thinking about shipping cost, how dry my hair was, the cost savings of not buyung products and I thought…hey, why not try it?

So, I decided to start and record my journey thus far on my youtube channel.  As I write this, it has only been 12 days of no shampoo (ie: Head and Shoulders) or conditioner (I was already not using that for the last 4 months now) or products (goodbye my awesome smelling homemade shea butter).

My thoughts?

I think the WOW method is incredible! My hair has NEVER been so soft, silky, healthy, bouncy or naturally shiny.

The way I adapted this method for optimum moisture and protection for my ends, the first 4-5 days, I washed my hair in medium sized twisted after scrinching the scalp.20170410_003427

In the shower, I transferred the natural oils from my scalp down the shaft.  I NEVER brush my hair. I finger detangle, or transfer the oils etc. After that

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I added coconut oils only to the ends and went to bed so they could dry.

 

When I woke up I put my hair in twists in some kind of bun or braided it up. At first, my hair felt dry, but I kept at it. After 7 days my hair was mostly covered with sebum and felt soft.

For the last few days I have been wearing twist outs and they are awesome!!! My hair is so shiny and in the pictures below it’s nothing but sebum and no other oils in/ on the ends of my hair.

That is some serious shine, right? I know, no flash from a camera, it was just in regular light. My hair is NOT greasy, tacky feeling or stinky. My hair feel SOoooooOOOoo soft, it’s amazing. Also, my natual curls have become more and more defined, even in the twist outs.

(Above to the left: hair when wet; to the right: hair when try taken out of a twist out)

Guys, I’m never going back to shampoos. Oh, and the most important thing, I have absolutely NO, I repeat, NOooO dandruff. I am dandruff, itch and flake free!!! WooHoo!

One more disclaimer: You will need to CLARIFY your hair however often your hair/scalp tell you to. You can clarify your hair without stripping it of the needed oils with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse or Tea Rinse. There are also other herbal methods you can research to do this.

I will continue to update you on my hair and my journey!

Until next time, happy water rinsing!!

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If you have any questions or comments please leave them below! Thank you for reading!

 

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Heal nose ring bump with turmeric!

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Hello all,

First, to clear the air, this post is much different from the others I have posted on this page thus far. That being said, honestly, with my track record, I haven’t posted much on this page since 2014? Anywho… I thought I’d share this!

This is all about piercings and turmeric so please stay tuned!

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I got my nose pieced over 2 months ago, Saturday April 4th, 2015 to be exact. Got it done during Spring break! Since I currently work as a high school teacher at a private school, whose name will never be mentioned ;), I had to get a nice discrete nose ring. Pretty much it looks like a mole.

Nose piercing day 1

Nose piercing day 1

You’re wondering how my students, staff and admin might have reacted? Well, firstly, I made sure to keep my beautiful lips sealed! No one really noticed it except for like 4 students. When asked directly “is that a nose ring?” My response was one of “Okay, class let’s get started on…[bla,bla.bla]/ “Or go back to desk for me and get started on…[yada, yada, yada],” thus dodging the question.  If any staff noticed they said nothing, and admin? Well they never noticed. Thank God!

My point? Well it’s about a recent discovery I found for those you out there looking for awesome ways to get rid of ugly nose piercing bumps that can occur when you get your nose pierced.  Literally 3 weeks in of having my my piercing, I was teaching in front of my classroom when by way of some freak accident, my glasses slid off my nose, I tried to catch them, which I did, but in the process they caught my nose ring! Ouch! The kids where reading some amazing Civics classwork and I was able to make a run to the restroom, only to discover…DUN!DUN! DUN!!!!….that my nose piercing was bleeding! Owie! I cleaned it up, got some salt and mixed it with water, creating an emergency cleaning solution. I prayed all was well and went on about my day. Well, when I got home I did my normal cleaning routine. There was no bump for a few days and I thought I was Scott-clear…. Well scott and clear were darn wrong!

A week later I discovered and ugly bump, it would bleed when I cleaned it , it hurt to touch and just seemed like the skin remained raw under the piercing. It had been doing to well till  the trauma. Two weeks after the freak accident with my treacherous glasses, I my poor nose was suffering. I tried the sea salt mask (where you take your cleaning sea salt and make it into a paste  with water letting it sit on the bump overnight) And it worked for the first time. After a few days with the salt it seamed to clear, for the most part. Sadly though it came back a few weeks later (not trauma induced, it was just unhappy I guess).

Dreaded nose bump!

Dreaded nose bump!

This time I did the salt soak and nothing….I tried tea tree oil and…nothing. I tried lavender oil mixed with tea tree oil and the salt paste and nothing. “Really?!” Is what I wanted to say to the inanimate bump on nose piercing. Thankfully, the thought popped in my head. Hey, nose piercings before becoming a fashionable statement in the west,  originated in India and parts of Africa. I wondered if there were Indian remedies for nose piercings with turmeric (its a wonder spice! Seriously!)

I found something on google like 5 pages in, but it was something. I figured these are some of things I already know about turmeric:

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The blog I found this turmeric secrete on was a acctually a forum. The original poster mentioned a folk remedy their Indian grandma always used it was turmeric and warm neem oil made into a paste and applied daily to the piercing. I didn’t have neem oil so I used the next best thing–lavender oil. So why not try a turmeric paste on my piercing?  It couldn’t hurt it being antibiotic and all, so I did…and drum rollllllllllllllll The bump on my nose was reduced by half! I made a paste out of turmeric, lavender oil and water, I made it look like paste. I cleaned my nose first with the saline solution made from sea salt then, I applied the turmeric paste to the bump and let it sit overnight and voila! In the morning I cleaned it again with the sea salt solution and it was magical. lol

By the way here is what lavander cam do for you too:

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Yeah, so I figure it was a powerful duo, and they are! Turmeric and Lavender foreva! lol

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The bump is gone! It only took me two nightime applications and the bump is gone!

Also found another blog talking about turmeric and nose bumps check it out:

http://becometaller.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-Haldi-The-Indian-Spice-Turmeric-That-Healed-My-Nose-Ring-and-Other-Health-and-Beauty-Benefits

I hope that if you’re having any trouble that this helps! Please let me know what you think!

2 years and Counting

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Hello once again,
It has truly been an eternity since I have leafy posted anything. Apologies!

It had been two years since I have started growing my hair out as of October and I have not done my hair it’s proper justice. Hopefully today I can correct that wrong…

Updated? Well, let’s see… I was originally with my jet black I have been blond for about a year

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and have just recently gone to a red…

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So length check for so far

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Here it is
Hehe! Yay!

Below is comparative picture of my hair at year (on the left) and at 2 years (on the right)
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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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