7/25/18 Hair~ Hair Journey Year 2!

Welcome back guys! We are in month seven of year 2! As I remind you guys in every post, this journey has been so long but to me it is worth it! And as you guys know there are a lot of products that I carry over each month as I allow my hair to grow. I’m still using The Innate Life Products but with them being all natural they can create build up in the scalp sometimes! If you guys follow hair guru’s on instagram then you have probably heard of @katydid003 . Her hair is long and gorgeous!

Over the past month I was having some trouble with keeping my hair from looking greasy! I was doing everything I thought I was supposed to! Washing it less frequently, doing hair masks, using natural hair products, using oils. And I was following any Instagram that promoted natural products & hair growth. But no matter what my hair was still looking greasy after I washed it! So I took a chance and reached out to Katy through dms.  She was so sweet and so helpful! Having someone who has already tried a lot on their hair before and who was willing to give me advice has really helped me through this second year of my journey! We went back and forth while I tried to explain what was wrong. She was patient with me and explained to me what happens to your hair when you use sulfate free shampoo (it doesn’t always clear out the build up of oils)

One of the things she recommended was an ACV rinse (apple cider vinegar). And let me tell you! I was skeptical! I HATE the smell of vinegar but at this point there was so much I’ve documented and tried on my head, what was one more. And before trying it, I just wanted to make sure this was a good next step so I looked up the benefits of ACV.

ACV can do so many great things for your hair and scalp!

  1. The oil in your hair known as sebum has a natural pH balance similar to that of ACV.  Because of this, if your hair becomes greasy, or begins to overproduce oil, organic ACV can bring sebum back to its natural balance in the hair
  2. the acid in ACV can kill bacteria and fungus, which are the cause of issues like dandruff, flakiness, and hair loss
  3. it can cleanse and clarify. using a lot of products on your hair (hair masks, shampoos, serums) can create build up. again the acid in ACV can break up the residue and make it easy to rinse out.
  4. the vinegar itself is lightweight so it doesn’t weight down the hair and allows it to have more body
  5. the natural acidity of ACV also helps the cuticle of the hair. by washing away any excess product residue, the cuticle softens releasing tension and detangles
  6. Frizzy hair is caused by the elements and cuticles that lift away from the scalp, when ACV smooths out the cuticle of the hair, it is also smoothing down frizz
  7. if the hair looks healthy and not damaged, it is naturally reflecting light. how the cuticle in each hair strand sits determines if the hair is damaged. EX. if the hair strand is up, you have the appearance of frizz. And if the hair strand faces down, (like after an ACV rinse) the hair is balanced and healthy.
  8. People with porous hair, your strands absorb moisture quickly because your cuticle is blown wide open allowing anything to get in. (your hair can naturally be like this but people who color their hair tend to have this problem mostly). ACV flattens the cuticle and reduces the gaps in the hair cuticle that are caused by damage to the hair.
  9. ACV stimulates hair growth (HELLO! this helps with my journey) because it stimulates blood flow not just to the scalp but to each follicle. Blood flow encourages hair growth and prevents hair loss
  10. every time you do an ACV rinse you will naturally remove tangles, closing cuticles, improving porosity, and making the hair stronger. because of all this your hair will be less prone to split ends and breakage.

Each one of these reasons was what helped me decide to trust Katy’s advice and try an ACV rinse and I am so happy I did. I started this method in the middle of my July month and have only done one rinse a week but I’m seeing progress! Some of you might need to dilute the ACV with some water because the scent is really strong and you may not be able to stomach it. But if you dilute it you will still get the same benefits!

Thanks Katy for suggesting this and for all your advice! And if you try this rinse let me know how it works out for you in the comments below!

:-* MMB

6/29/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Ok so…. we’re now into a YEAR & SIX MONTHS! I have been steadily documenting this journey and if you’ve been with me since the beginning, there has been some growth. While I have seen changes… it’s definitely taking its time! With no more cold weather the Cocoa Locks that I was using are now out of my routine. I’ve started using the Innate Life product line in it’s entirety (insane I know). I’ve also learned what works for my hair and what doesn’t.

With the Innate Life Products, I’m still using the Rose Hair Elixir for after I wash my hair and I limit the use on the days in between washes (otherwise my hair will get too oily). The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing and are great to use but it did take a while for my hair to get used to it (HAIR DETOX PEOPLE! IT’S A THING). Both the Herbal Hair Mask and the Scalp treatment are great for the hair but I’ve had to limit down how much I use it to once every other week. Too much and my hair looks too oily no matter how much I try to wash it out! Still love these products though.

I also let my hair air dry, squeezing out the excess water and then I don’t touch it until it’s dry. Using an old t-shirt I squeeze out the excess water. Cotton t-shirts can be less damaging than a towel on your hair so using that to dry it will cause less frizz once it’s dry.

I’m also still doing the Inversion Method! I talked about this in last months post in detail so I won’t bore you guys again. If you want to know what the Inversion method is, check out my “5/23/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2” post! But I have been doing the Inversion Method again for a week each month and I have seen significant change!

I’ve tried to keep my hair as natural as possible in these photos for you guys because I don’t like using heat tools and I want to be able to see where my hair falls. If you are growing out your hair like me, be patient with it! AND if you are going through those summer months like me, be EXTRA patient! When it gets warmer and our necks start to get hot because of all the thick hair surrounding that area, we tend to give up and chop it off right before fall (I’ve done this more times than I can count). Stick with me guys! We’re already a year and a half in!

:-* MMB

5/23/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Hey guys I’m back for my May Hair Journey Post. Now that this side of the world is getting heavily into summer I am taking precautions. Since the last post I am still using The Innate Life Products that I mentioned in the last post. I have added some new products to the line up as well. However, because these products are 100% natural compared to other products I have used on this Hair Journey, my hair has been going through a detoxing period. This detoxing period has made my hair look a little more oily but thankfully less dry.

I have also put my hair on a “washing schedule” if you will. I know that sounds bazaar but it has helped me keep my hair healthy and split end free. This schedule has helped me to leave my hair alone and let it naturally distribute oils and help the hair follicles with hair masks. Aside from the hair masks I have used previously, I have also tried a new one this month. It’s so simple. It’s just a mashed up avocado with your choice of a hair oil. I like to mash up the avocado and add just a few drops of Argon oil (but you can use any you prefer) and I only leave it in for 20 minutes to an hour before I wash it out, distributing on the mids to ends. I only use about half the avocado and save the other half for a face mask or if my sisters want to eat it.

Avocado is so moisturizing for the hair and with my hair changing with the season it is a good transition mask. If you’re like me then you understand that with changing seasons your hair is dry & brittle during the fall and winter, normal in the spring, and oily as all hell in the summer.

Let me know if the avocado mask works for you in the comments below! And be sure to keep a look out for my June Hair Journey post (progress photos to come!)

:-* MMB

4/28/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Hey guys! We’re into month four of YEAR 2! This process is so long and I am starting to get inpatient with it! But lately I have gotten some encouragement from others who have taken the time to grow out their hair!

This past month I have kept with using The Innate Life hair products that I had mentioned in last months post. But I have also added a few from their line as well! (Review to come on the blog soon!) I won’t go into too much detail but if you’ve followed my monthly posts you know what I’m taking about 😉

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I have continued to use the Cocoa Locks hot cocoa for my hair as well but I have been using it less frequently as I have not seen a significant change. Also it is getting warmer so it will be difficult to want hot cocoa in the warmer months! Still worth the investment though in my opinion!

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The last thing I wanted to mention was the Inversion Method! I have started using this method this past month and I have come to find it relaxing. Taking an oil that is good for your hair (coconut oil, rose oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, etc.) you warm it up. Find a good show and a chair or couch. Sitting upside down you take the hot oil and massage it into your scalp for five minutes. The blood flow to the scalp is what makes this method so effective! After 5 minutes slowly sit yourself upright. If you get dizzy right away or after for a long period of time, stop and consult your doctor if this is what you can continue to do!

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Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products AND what you think of them. Also let me know your thoughts on the inversion method! New posts coming!

~MMB :-*

3/29/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

3 MONTH INTO MY 2ND YEAR OF MY HAIR JOURNEY! This process has been so long! and as crazy as this sounds… I’m thinking I might go into a year three, depending on what my hair looks like in December. Let’s talk about this month….

I have continued using The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir from last month. I am still as obsessed with this product as I was when I started. I have also continued using the Cocoa Locks from last month, although I have’t been using it as religiously (warm climates have made me want to drink it a little less).

This month I tried the Somerfield Hair Mask. This mask is great because it gives my hair a hydrating boost and they give you the option of adding a protein boost. Protein boosts are great because they help with the hair growth process. I also like that this hair mask comes in a cap form. So all you have to do is make sure you get all your hair inside he cap and seal it around your head. In twenty minutes you take it off and rinse it out!

Another thing I have noticed this past month was from when I got my hair trimmed this month. Yes…. I got my hair trimmed. But it had been eight months since my last trim and my hair needed it. During this process I also learned that all the strands of my hair do not grow at the same rate, which gives me an uneven grow out. Will this make me trim my hair more in this process? No! But it’s good to know. But my hair looks and feels healthier than before and I am happy I gave it some love and took care of the dead ends!

I have learned a few tricks for this journey that most people wouldn’t probably find important but if you are growing out your hair, I think you should:

  1. Take care of your hair. Find a hair regime that you can stick with and DO IT! Your hair will thank you later.
  2. only use the products that are necessary. Putting un-needed things in your hair damages it and slows your process, so don’t use them.
  3. embrace your natural look. Stop using heat tools and dying your hair. People have told me they get so frustrated because they want their hair to grow and it won’t. Heat tools and hair dye are usually the reasons why.
  4. PATIENCE. This is KEY. I know for some of us (myself included) this is  very hard because we want to see results NOW or TOMORROW! But having patience with it will help you see the little changes as it grows over time.

I hope these things helped! See you next month for another update!

:-* MMB

2/22/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Alright you guys we are in the second month of the second year! Last time I posted I had decided to start the year off with only two products (Function of Beauty shampoo & conditioner and It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In conditioner). Function of Beauty has been the best option for my hair because it is personalized and cruelty free. There are others out there but lately I have been preferring this one. It’s a 10 Miracle leave in has become a staple in my routine as well. This leave in is also a cruelty free brand and leaves my hair silky smooth after a shower.

Over the past couple months I have backed off of most hair oils. When you want your hair to grow healthy, trying not to overwhelm your hair with so many new products is the best thing. This month I have started using Amla oil. Amla oil is very heavy on my hair because it is made to help dry course hair. Nevertheless, you can still use it on your own hair. Because it’s so thick, I only use it about once every two weeks & I don’t use a lot. Distributing it on my mids & ends only before leaving it in over night. To wash it out, I have to shampoo and condition my hair twice. If this is work you don’t want to do, you don’t have to but the way my hair feels after is amazing.

 

Another oil I have been using is The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir. This stuff smells amazing and I have been using it this last month like an addict! This stuff works wonders! It is also cruelty free and has about 15 different organic ingredients! I love the smell and I use it daily. The Rose Elixir helps with split ends, frizz, and adds shine. Three drops of this stuff goes a long way. I love to use it as a leave in oil after the shower and if my hair looks a little dry before the next time I wash it, I use this as the little pick me up! It’s not as expensive as other oils I’ve tried out there but absolutely worth the investment. I almost wanted to keep it as my little secret!

The last thing I started using this month was Cocoa Locks. If you’re a big fan of hot cocoa like I am, especially during colder months, & you want longer hair, this is a nice addition! I’ve been drinking Cocoa Locks for a month now and I am already seeing changes to my hair. This product is specifically designed to help hair. It tastes amazing and has all the vitamins your hair needs! So many to even name! Just one cup a day and in a month you will start to see a difference! I have! Don’t believe me? Look them up and try it for a month! Leave a comment below and let me know how it’s going for you!

:-* MMB

1/30/18 Hair!- Hair Journey Year 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! BEGINNING MY HAIR JOURNEY YEAR 2! My first post of 2018! I am so excited about this last leg of the journey! My patience has really tested me in this last year! But I can say that my hair length is only half way where I want it to be! Before I started this journey I never would have given much thought to how fast my hair could grow or what it really needed to stay healthy. Had I been through beauty school and knew the basics of hair? Yes! But that didn’t mean that I would know exactly what MY hair needed!

Starting this year I am adding some new products to my routine and will be talking about those in the coming months. I don’t want to introduce them to you just yet because I want to give my hair time to adjust to the new products and see how they help my hair.

Some of the products I will be continuing to use are not only good for my hair but all of them are cruelty free!

  1. Function of Beauty– I am continuing with this shampoo and conditioner because it is personalized to my hair type and what I want to achieve! It’s hand made but also cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, and toxin free. The best part- the most expensive it is is $35! I changed my formula a little bit from last time but can’t wait to see how this helps my hair in the new year!
  2. Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin– This leave-in conditioner is by It’s A 10 which is also a cruelty free brand. The Keratin is a protein that your hair naturally produces but the added Keratin in the product strengthens the hair as it grows. This product is a little pricey depending on the oz you buy. Although it is more expensive I’ve found that the 10 oz has lasted me almost a year and I use it every time I wash my hair. It can be also found at Ulta and some drug stores.

These are the only two products I’m starting my year with! But I will be adding to it as 2018 progresses! Are you still on this journey with me???

:-* MMB