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When The Going Gets Tough…

Hey guys,


i just wanted to be soppy and say thank you for not abandoning me despite my lack of posts! I flew home last weekend and the weekend before that and each weekend was so busy! Weddings, birthdays the whole sha bang.  Anyway my time in Munich is drawing to an end… 2 more weeks and i’m home sweet home and back to the London routine.


But yes back to the post… the weather was acting real silly last week and i had just straightened my hair… there was no way the rain was going to ruin my journey to the airport na uh…

I guess the term ride or die would apply here right….

Oh what i do for my hair!

8 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Always Dry

8 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Always Dry

Time after time I get questions about hair dryness and readers sharing techniques they have tried in order to up moisture retention and prevent dry and brittle hair. Truth is, there are so many dry hair culprits, some we can’t always avoid e.g. weather, genetics etc, but have you ever considered the fact that dryness can also be self-inflicted? Here’s my two pence on eight reasons as to why your hair always seem to be dry…

1 – USING OILS/BUTTERS AS MOISTURISERS

Whilst oils & butters are indeed moisturising, their main function is to act as an emollient or occlusive. Emollients are known to help soften the hair/skin and encourage slip, whilst occlusives help to prevent moisture loss by creating a thin film over the skin/hair to help create a barrier against water loss. What oil and butters cannot do however is hydrate, and this is what dry hair needs, hydration. Products such as leave-in conditioners, milks and moisturisers, which state water as their primary ingredient, are better suited to help relieve dryness by feeding the hair with the number one source of moisture… Water!

2 – SKIPPING ON YOUR DEEP CONDITIONING

I know how easy it is to skip a deep conditioning session, lets face it washday can be a drag! But this step truly is important and should be done at the very least once a month. Deep conditioners work their magic by either adsorbing* or penetrating the strands of our hair, with nutrients that will keep our hair moisturised and in great shape in between wash days. There are a whole load of moisturising deep conditioners that will set your hair up for a good week or two, and some only need a few minutes to work their magic [upcoming post on this soon!].

*Adsorption – (often confused with absorption/penetration) is the process of molecules accumulating on the surface of your hair to soften, moisturise and condition hair strands)

3 – MOISTURISE BUT NO ‘SEAL’?

Especially here in the UK, where it’s pretty much winter all year round, indoor heating is almost always crunked up. This means any moisture applied to your hair will quickly evaporate if not locked in by some type of sealant, i.e an oil or butter. If after sealing you still find your hair to be on the dry side, you can use a super light leave-in spray to refresh your hair mid day. I also have a post on the LOC method; maximum moisture retention method – which has worked a treat in keeping my hair moisturised for longer periods of time.

4 – WATER INTAKE, DIET & NUTRITION

I’m sure you’ve heard this before but in all of its ‘clichéness’, it’s 100% true. Low water intake can affect your hair. The more hydrated you are internally, the more hydrated your external features will be. Before I learned to psych myself up about drinking 1l – 2l of water a day, I had to jump on a few phone apps to keep me on top of things i.e. [waterlogged & daily water free]. Now it’s second nature [*sips on some H2O!]

5 – PRODUCT BUILD UP

Probably the biggest culprit of all, our dear friend build up. Product buildup can occur right from the minute we have washed our hair and begin to apply a leave-in, moisturiser, oil etc.  Now I’m not suggesting that you don’t layer on your products via methods such as the LOC/LCO method to encourage effective moisture retention, but be careful not to over do it. Oils and butters in particular do a great job of sealing in our moisture, but can also make it just as difficult for moisturisers to be re-absorbed.

6 – INVESTING IN QUALITY PRODUCTS

It’s super important to invest in products that actually do what they say they do, and do it pretty darn well! If a half decent moisturiser is used then your hair will do a half decent job at retaining moisture. It’s also worth looking into techniques such as the LOC method and baggying which help to keep your hair moisturised for longer.

7 – WHAT ABOUT YOUR ENDS?

With so much focus in the hairsphere on hair growth it can be quite easy to focus on your scalp and neglect your ends. The ends of our hair are the oldest and the most prone to dryness. If it helps, try to moisture your hair from the bottom up to ensure your ends are getting enough TLC.

8 – DOUBLING UP , STYLERS AS MOISTURISERS

The primary purpose of a styling product is not to moisturise your hair but to prepare it for a style which either defines your hair or provides some sort of hold. This type of product may contain less moisturising ingredients and whilst it may make your hair look and feel great, it may also be one of the reasons why your hair is not as moisturised as it should be. Why not moisturise your hair before applying your styling product, it could just be the moisture fix you need.

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 1 – Gidore presents Philip Kingsley [CLOSED]

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 1 - Gidore presents Philip Kingsley [CLOSED]
So the day has finally come for the first official giveaway celebrating LYT’s 2nd year b-day! As said in the initial Birthday Giveaway Extravaganza post, today’s giveaway is dangerously amazing! Even more exciting is the fact that it is not so readily available online, neither do Philip Kingsley sell it on their site! 
 
The yummy giveaway is sponsored by our fave sky news reader Lukwesa Burak, founder of online retailer and curly, kinky, mixed race haircare community Gidore
Both myself and Lukwesa share a serious love for the much raved about Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme pre-shampoo treatment [it’s one of my two pre-poo staples an leaves my hair baby bum soft!]. A huge thank you goes out to Lukwesa who insisted on sponsoring this giveaway out of her very own personal product stash! Yes that’s right! Philip Kinglsey gave this to Lukwesa and she has decided to give to a lucky LYT tress lover out of the generosity of her heart! What’s more it’s not just any tub of Elasticizer Extreme, it’s a 500ml tub!!!

Let me break this down!

1| Large = long lasting + more goodness for your hair!
2| RRP 150ml = £25.50,  RRP 500ml = approx £60!!!
[A-mazing or what!]

HOW TO ENTER

– Simply leave a comment on this post describing your hair in one word and explain your chosen word, that’s it!
[please be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment entry so that you can be contacted if you are not comfortable with this I can contact you if you are a follower on Google Friend Connect]

COMPULSORY

– Entrants must be at least 18 years old to enter. If not, guardian permission must be given 
– Entrants must be a blog follower of LoveYourTresses on Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin –
[links can also be found on the right hand side bar]

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

To give yourself an extra chance at winning you can also:
– ‘LIKE’ Gidore on Facebook and post on the Gidore wall saying ‘I would love to win LoveYourTresses Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme sponsored by Gidore’ –
[additional entries count as an extra submission only if you also remember to post the comment on this blog post first]

Entries are open worldwide folks so have fun!!!

UPDATE: I forget to say please include an e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win! Thank you!
NB: The LYT Birthday Extravaganza period and entries for giveaways will be finished/close on 26/05/12. Winners will then be announced the following Monday 28/05/12 and prizes sent soon after.

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 3 – KeraCare Natural Textures Travel Set [x3] [CLOSED]

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 3 - KeraCare Natural Textures Travel Set [x3] [CLOSED]

It most certainly hasn’t been easy hosting this giveaway because I can’t enter it myself! I came across the KeraCare Natural Textures line a few months ago, but learned more about it at the Gidore Multi-Textures Workshop. 
 
Remember these curls? They were produced using the Natural Textures line!
 
KeraCare Natural Textures is a unique line which has been specially formulated for naturally curly, non-relaxed hair textures. The line includes ingredients such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Amla & Shikakai (Ayurvedic) Botanicals, Argan & Abyssinian Oils which infuse moisture and shine the natural way! 
 
Though catered to natural, curly textures I will add my two pence and say that some products from the range work a treat on my relaxed sisters hair, so relaxed/transitioning ladies no need to feel left out!
 
So folks for the chance to win one of the three travel sets which includes:
KeraCare Natural Textures Cleansing Cream (2 oz.)
KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-In Conditioner (2 fl.oz.)
KeraCare Natural Textures Hair Milk (2 fl.oz.)
KeraCare Natural Textures Butter Cream (2 oz.) 
KeraCare Natural Textures Twist & Define Cream (2 oz.) – Essence 2011 Beauty Award 
KeraCare Natural Textures Defining Custard (2 oz.)
Make sure you enter the giveaway!!!
 

HOW TO ENTER

– Simply leave a comment on this post saying which product you look forward to using the most and why! – 
[please be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment entry so that you can be contacted. If you are not comfortable with this I can contact you if you are an LYT follower on Google Friend Connect]

COMPULSORY

– Entrants must be a blog follower of LoveYourTresses on Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin –
[links can also be found on the right hand side bar]

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

To give yourself an extra chance at winning you can also:
– ‘LIKE’ KeraCare on Facebook and post on their wall saying ‘I would love to win the LoveYourTresses Natural Textures Range sponsored by KeraCare’ –
[additional entries count as an extra submission only if you also remember to post the comment on this blog post first and also mention in your entry that you commented on the KeraCare wall]
Entries are open worldwide!!!
 
KeraCare
NB: The LYT Birthday Extravaganza period and entries for giveaways will be finished/close on 26/05/12. Winners will then be announced the following Monday 28/05/12 and prizes sent soon after.

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 9 – SheabutterCottage presents Cioccolatina [CLOSED]

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 9 - SheabutterCottage presents Cioccolatina [CLOSED]
I still struggle to remember how and when I came across SheabutterCottage but ever since then, I have yet to find a retailer of natural ingredients and oils as reliable and committed to fair trade ethics as SBC. My Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Henna powder, Hibiscus powder, Ayurvedic herbs, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and a ton of butters and oils are all bought from SBC, it truly is the perfect one stop for mixtress cravings and hair recipe ideas!
The lovely Akua, owner and founder of this fantastic company has been so generous as to quench the product loving thirst of one lucky reader, with a gift box jam packed with several products from her very own brand Cioccolatina, here are the goodies in the gift box:
 
– Cioccolatina Rose Lip Balm –
– Cioccolatina Afro Shampoo Bar –
– Cioccolatinab Soothe Handmade & Natural Soap –
– Cioccolatina Sankofa Scalp/Hair Oil –
– Cioccolatina Babassu Hair & Body Wash –
 
All products are natural and handmade and come in a beautifully packaged box,  so to win this box of goodies make sure you enter and also check out the SheabutterCottage site!
 LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway entries end this Saturday 26/05 at Midnight!

HOW TO ENTER

– Simply leave a comment on this post saying why you would like to win this yummy giveaway! –
[please be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment entry so that you can be contacted. If you are not comfortable with this I can contact you if you are an LYT follower on Google Friend Connect]

COMPULSORY

– Entrants must be at least 18 years old to enter. If not, guardian permission must be given –
– Entrants must be a blog follower of LoveYourTresses on Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin –
[links can also be found on the right hand side bar]

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

To give yourself an extra chance at winning you can also:
– ‘LIKE’ SheabutterCottage on Facebook and post on their wall saying ‘I would love to win the Cioccolatina gift box’ –
[additional entries count as an extra submission only if you also remember to post the comment on this blog post first and also mention in your entry that you commented on the SheabutterCottage wall]

Entries are open worldwide!!!

NB: The LYT Birthday Extravaganza period and entries for giveaways will finish/close on 26/05/12. Winners will then be announced the following Monday 28/05/12 and prizes sent soon after.

Imperfectly Perfect : This Year I Will Achieve My Goals

Imperfectly Perfect : This Year I Will Achieve My Goals

In less than 48 hours we will be saying goodbye to 2014 and jumping into what so many of us hope to be one of the best years of our lives! There is so much we have in store for 2015 and a whole lot we want to achieve, but one thing is for sure, figuring out how to get started and conquer these ‘2015 Goals‘ can be enough to scare you away from wanting to put in any of the work in the first place!

2015 GoalsThis time last year I was on the verge of a breakup with my now soon to be husband, Mr LYT.  I had so many things I wanted to achieve: career goals, financial goals, spiritual goals, blog goals, weight gain goals [don’t ask!], the list was endless! My younger self thought that conquering was easy, and that just like my mother I would be an effortless superwoman. Of course I’m going to tell you I was wrong, because it’s the truth. My lack of what I call ‘organised vision’ [putting in the hard work to make your dreams a reality], had me constantly playing catch up and never completing things, so much so that it eventually led to the breakdown of my relationship.

Where am I going with this? I decided after our break up that it was time for a life change and that I had to get a grip of things. This is when I turned things around for myself and began the journey towards a better me. This journey was a success thanks to five crucial steps. To date I can say that this change was one of the best decisions of my life, in fact the rewards are still evident a year later *he put a ring on it!

I most certainly don’t wish for a break up or something negative to be the reason for your life change or commitment to achieving your goals, but a new year offers the possibility of doing what you couldn’t in 2014, so why not jump on it?

I hope you too can be blessed by these five steps and achieve your goals for success in 2015:

1Turn The Clocks Back – After breaking up with Mr LYT I had to take some time out to think about what I would have changed if I had more time. This task revealed a lot to me about my priorities and where they needed to lie in my next relationship in order for it to last. What started as a relationship focused exercise then became an evaluation of my life! I imagined myself in my 50’s and wondered what I would think of my younger self. The picture I looked back on was not pleasant: never has enough time for her family, rarely gives to charity, not so bothered about her health, always spends her savings, always cancels on people etc

Having lost my mother a few years back I’m more than clued up about how short life is, this reflective exercise really brought things home for me and it might for you too.

Task: What would you have done in 2014 if you had more time? Make a list of 10 things and then think about how you can do those 10 things even better in 2015. A new year means a new opportunity to make things right!

2No More Negative Thinking -“The brilliant thing about the way our brain works is that you can choose to change your thoughts at any time and change your life!” – This article on the Huffington Post couldn’t be any more precise. ‘Negative thinking really can can block your success in relationships, money, health and in your career.’

Task: From today onwards make a conscious effort to positively affirm the amazing person that you are. At the point when you are about to walk into a stressful or difficult situation, take a deep breath and let the mental affirmation begin. Today will be a great day, I will get through this, Nothing can steal my joy right now, I will succeed…

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Organise, Prioritise – I can officially say I’ve mastered the art of organisation in my life. I live on calendar reminders, editorial calendars (for the blog) and apps dedicated to reminding me that I have deadlines and goals. Without these I would talk the talk and never walk it. It’s very important to hold yourself accountable at all times. If you’re anything like one of my sisters and sometimes forget birthdays, why not take just 30 minutes out of your day and slot every birthday you can remember into your mobile phone calendar or an actual calendar. Then, if you’re anything like me you may also need a reminder to even do that! Organisation can make the longest to-do list feel like a walk in the park.

Here are some examples of ways I have forced myself to get organised in line with my goals:

Weight Gain: downloaded the MyFitnessPal app to track my calorie intake
Drink More Water: downloaded the Waterlogged app to track how much water I drink daily
Grow Closer To God: started a weekly prayer session with a dear friend & started a Bible reading plan
Advance Blog Post Prep: created an editorial calendar so that I schedule for specific posts to go live on specific days, including this one!

Task: Maximise your gadgets and have a dedicated notepad for your goals. Set reminders of reminders, as annoying as this may be they will force you into action! One guy went as far as creating passwords that would remind him of his goals! How A Password Changed My Life

4Plot Twist – The beauty of getting organised and finally getting on track is that sometimes your methods won’t work! As hard as that may be to digest, you should be prepared for this. The best way I prepared for potential setbacks was to set ‘evaluation days’. Your goals should be quantifiable. Do you want weight loss? Then how many stones do you plan on losing? Do you want to have more quality time with loved ones? Then how many activity days do you plan on setting aside for this?

Task: Put a measure on the criteria of each and every one of your goals successes’. Once you have done this the next step is to evaluate your progress after 3 or 6 months [*set a reminder!]. If you haven’t seen any progress it’s time to think of plan B. At this point you still have enough time to turn things around for the rest of the year, and remember, to have gotten so far is an achievement, you’re doing great!

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Accountability Friend – The last piece of the puzzle is to share all of your excitement and most important goals with someone you trust and know has many of the qualities you aspire to develop. Be honest about your goals and weaknesses, and tell them exactly how you want them to help you. Find some time every month over a cup of coffee or phone call to discuss your progress and areas you are struggling with. Better yet you can do the same and hold them accountable for their 2015 goals. Going at it alone is great but a right hand man can help you get there even faster!

My loves, from me to you an amazing 2015! It’s been so fulfilling sharing parts of my life with you, I wish you nothing but the best in this new year we are stepping into & look forward to another year of blogging! Love Always, Fi x

FROM NATURAL TO BONE STRAIGHT, HOW TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT DIY SILK PRESS

For the past couple of weeks I’ve had straight hair on my mind. I decided when I went natural that my first straightening session would be once I had hit my five-year natural landmark, but with the recent Instagram buzz of salons and stylists doing silk presses, I’m not sure I can wait that long.

My relaxed hair days saw a lot of heat usage, and whilst I can wholeheartedly say that I was often pleased with my hair straightening results, one thing is for sure, I could never master the at home salon finish, i.e. the bounce and free flow that would have you feeling like you were in a L’oreal ad [you know you’ve been there too!]

Well, if like myself you’ve climbed mountains and crossed valleys  tried and tried, and have yet to achieve that salon look at home, then this post may just be the beginning of your journey to silk press perfection!

What is a Silk Press?

A silk press is a modern-day version of the traditional press and curl. Instead of using a hot comb to press the hair a flat-iron is used, and instead of using products such as heavy oils/grease to press the hair, the silk press favours serums or very light oils. If done correctly a silk press will result in bouncy shiny hair which feels light and free-flowing.

What you will need

A Clarifying Shampoo
A Hydrating Shampoo
A Deep Conditioner
A light Moisturiser/Leave-In
Heat Protectant Serum
Blow Dryer
Narrow-toothed Comb e.g Rat Tail Comb
Flat Iron/Straighteners

Method

1.Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. In order for you to achieve the bounce and free flow that silk presses give, you need to ensure your hair is clean and free of all product build up

2. Follow up with a hydrating shampoo to help restore a little moisture back into your hair, and also to ensure your hair has been cleaned thoroughly

3. Deep condition for 20 – 30 minutes. This will help to restore moisture back into the hair as well as increase elasticity. I spoke to a friend who works as a stylist and she advised on using a deep conditioner which is both moisturising and strengthening (protein), this will help to ensure that the hair is stronger and in a good condition before any heat is applied

4. If possible rinse the conditioner out with cool water, this is said to help seal in moisture and increase the shine in our hair

5. Apply a light leave-in/moisturiser to your hair. Dry hair is more susceptible to heat damage so this step is crucial

6. If your heat protectant doubles up as a serum apply a small amount to your hair at this stage. If not, only add your heat protectant and then blow dry your hair

7. Blow dry hair on low or medium heat

8. Add a few drops of your serum again to the strands of your hair (for shine and flow), and then use the comb chase method to straighten your hair in small sections.

Comb Chase Method

In simple terms the comb chase method is a technique whereby you run a narrowly toothed comb through the strands of your hair whilst straightening/flat ironing. In most cases a rat tail comb is used, and this helps to stretch out your hair ensuring that you get smooth and straight results, example here.So that’s it from me, I can’t wait to give this a try. When I do you’ll be the first to know about it! Don’t forget, practice makes perfect so if you don’t get the results you hope for the first time try again, who knows it could simply be a case of switching up your selection of products to help make all the difference.

Monday, 21 May 2012 Hairstyle Profile | Twist-Out… who’s the boss now!!!

Monday, 21 May 2012 Hairstyle Profile | Twist-Out... who's the boss now!!!
I’ve been grinding on this transitioning journey for a good 6+ months now and God knows if I had it my way I’d rock a middle part bun for the next 14+ months of this transition! HOWEVER, I’m tryna to keep the hubby and stay on top of my swag game so a lifetime in buns definitely won’t cut it, hence where the urge to conquer my twist-out fear came into play on Saturday afternoon!
 
For those of you who have been ride or die supporters of this weird and wonderful hair journey of mine, you’ll know I’m an ex twist-out hater! That’s right, after been called Snoop Dog by my uni housemates and having one to many unsuccessful twist-out experiences, I decided those curly things just weren’t for me… that was up until Saturday of course!
 
I gave my hair the usual weekend treat, you know the overnight pre-poo and then next day wash followed by a DC [all Original Moxie prods of course!], and then once finished threw an old t-shirt over my head to dry, and commenced to my boudoir for the real challenge! I sat in front of my mirror [the usual spot for haircare shenanigans] and then put on some loud gospel music in the background hoping God would get me through what was about to be one long twist-out attempt!
 
Guess what! It worked haha!!! A few minutes hours later I was whipping my perm rods back and forth feeling like a rockstar! Headscarf on and off to choir prac! Yep I jumped in the car and took my rods with me – #transitioninghairdontcare! 
As you can see I freestyled! No finesse just rods all over the place!
Waking up on Sunday had my stomach doing back flips, I knew there was no way I could redeem my hair if something went wrong because I had missed my early bird alarm which was put in place to give me an extra hour of hair fixing if all else failed and the twist-out went horribly wrong! Who created the snooze button anyway #Grr!
 
After finally dragging myself out of bed I jumped in front of the mirror and took my headscarf off, rods were still in place and nothing looked out of the ordinary so I reached for a homemade moisturising spritz, gave my hair some hair juice, and then warmed my finger tips with some Original Moxie Hair Bling and began to unravel… et VOILA!!!
 I have found the new transitioning style love of my life! Why didn’t anyone tell me twist-outs where this easy huh? Shiii!
 
It was a majorly messy experience so I’ll be mastering it real soon so that I can do a video, what do you think? Undercover natural or what! 
 
I have an in depth post on how I achieved this look using Original Moxie products with more pictures too! Feel free to check it out on my Original Moxie UK challenge blog page!


Avec amour…
Fiona ❥

Regimen Building

Regimen Building
It’s still the start of the year and i know many of you want to create really good hair regimens that you can stick to. I have a previous post on regimes for newbies but its a bit premature so here’s the new one 🙂
First things first i present my idea of a basic regimen…
1. Pre poo (a.k.a treatment pre shampooing)
2. Shampoo or co/wash (alternate…try to shampoo when hair has build up, otherwise co wash)
3. Deep condition (always)
Dry hair with cloth
4. Leave-in conditioner
5. Heat protectant ( if about to blowdry or rollerset) then finally…
5. Scalp nourishment (e.g Castor oil)
6. M n S (moisturize and seal)
However… in the i want thick or long hair quick world…much more commitment is required. So in addition to your basic hair regime here are a few things that i believe enhance your hair journey if done properly and consistently. I present the promoters’!
 
*Baggying
*Scalp massages
*Green House effect method- NEW!-next blog post
*Castor oil challenge mix
*Ayurvedic deep condition/ Hot oil treatment
 
I’m sure your wondering how in the world it’s really realistic to apply all of these to your regime… hair care shouldn’t be strenuous right.?!..
 
Personally it depends on commitment. Looking after my hair makes me happy therefore i see it more as a step rather than hindrance. I never beat myself up or forcefully apply each of the so called ‘promoters‘. The easiest way to approach a basic regime as well as add the ‘promoters’ is to create a fixed plan…lol regime i guess!
 
Here’s some insight into how your girl does it…
 
(i’ve broken it down into 4 weeks because my 2011 hair regime as you know, is broken down into 4 weeks)…but as i was saying…

Week 1

* During week 1 of my hair regime i make sure i baggy my hair at least twice in that week.
* 2/3 times in the week i apply the ‘Castor oil challenge mix’ and massage it into my scalp. 
– Therefore i have already done 3 things on the ‘promoter‘ list in that week, as well as following my basic regime!

Week 2

* 2/3 times in the week i apply the ‘Castor oil challenge mix’ and massage it into my scalp.
* On my wash day I do an ‘Ayurvedic deep condition’ which i would say is also a hot oil treatment (due to the mix i create!) 
* Use Greenhouse effect method every other day, otherwise M ‘n’ S.
– Therefore again i have already done 3 things on the ‘promoter‘ list as well as my basic regime!
 
Week 3 is the same as week 1 and week 4 the same as week 2
 
x edF

How I Trim / Cut My Natural Hair [Two Methods]

How I Trim / Cut My Natural Hair [Two Methods]

If you’ve been with me on this wonderful thing they call a Hair Journey for the past couple of years, you’ll know that my trips to the salon are far and few, so much so that I will only go if I want something quite specific done e.g my tapered inspired cut back in August 2014.

When it comes to trimming my hair however, I’m my very own Hair Stylist and have mastered two methods that give my ends the occasional brush up they need. One thing is for sure, trimming my hair as a natural is a slightly different process to that of when I was relaxed. If you’re worried about how to tackle shrinkage when cutting your hair [without heat], then the video and methods below are definitely for you.

Method One [Trim & Twist]

1- Start off by moisturising a small section of your hair with a moisturising spray [Tip: Mix a few drops of a moisturising Conditioner with some water in a spray bottle if you don’t have a pre made spray at hand]
2- Working your way from the bottom up, gently detangle the section of hair with a good detangling brush/comb
3- Once the section is detangled, stretch the section of hair with your thumb and index finger in a clasp motion and hold it taut leaving just your ends visible
4- Lightly detangle your ends once again with your detangling tool to ensure the very ends of your hair are stretched
5- Use a pair of hair scissors to trim off your ends or any split ends or knots that you want to get rid of
6- Finally twist the section of hair in preparation for a twist out, and move on to the next section of hair.

Method Two [Twist & Trim]

Steps 1 & 2 same as above
3- Once detangled twist the section of hair in preparation for a twist out
4- You may notice the very tips of your hair are more wispy and thinner than the bulk of your twist. This is an indication of what you should trim off in oder to restore thickness to your ends.

And that’s pretty much it! If you’re wondering how these two methods differ, well the main observation I’ve made is that Method One allows for a heavier trim. Due to the stretched nature of your hair you are able to get a better view of your ends, which means you are more likely to really cut off what you need as opposed to what you want. Method Two on the other hands allows for a much lighter trim due to the loss of stretch caused by the initial twisting of the hair. This means you’re likely only to trim/cut off the very ends of your hair, as most strands are already gathered in the twist.

Confused? Check out the video!