Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Birthday Length!!!

The fear of heat damage is the beginning of wisdom
Heat damage was what led me to start a healthy hair journey
So as healthy as my strands are at the moment I wasn’t going to take any chances
Did a henna treatment for strength two days earlier and then a mild protein treatment on the day and then got my hair straightened using a flat iron
I will probably only be doing this kind of direct heat once a month for now and only when necessary
The fear of heat damage is the beginning of wisdom.

Anyway here are the results below.......
September 23rd;  longest point grazing the number 2 line. I don't think I need a trim yet as I am still transitioning to fully texlaxed so my bone straight ends will always appear thinner plus I hardly wear my hair down and straight when it's out of extensions. I intend to trim them at some point in the future not anytime soon though. #Teamnosplitendsequalsnotrim:)

This next collage is where I had a dilemma even though I have gained length it is almost impossible to see it because the two photos were taken from different distances; On the April length check photo my shoulders are lower than in my September photo making it seem like I haven't retained any length at all; none of the photos we took gave accurate comparisons so I will discard the April photo from my Hair story page at the top and use the September one instead now that I have a length check tee it will be much easier to track the lengths.

Comparison fail....................
April                             September

While at University we had to submit our council tax exemption forms to our local council, my housemate at the time offered to personally take them to the council offices down the road and on looking at mine she screams "you have my birthday!" and that was how we found out that we shared the same birthday down to the year:) I know a few other people that I share a birthday with however she is the only person I currently know of that I share both the date and year with.

Happy birthday to me! Getting older but wiser and totally embracing it!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Relaxer update! (Overdue)

I finally touched up on Wednesday 5th September at 18 ½  weeks was just four days shy of making a 19 week stretch and I got the texlaxed results I wanted yay! I am so happy I think I have finally figured this texlaxing thing out. Initially I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to differentiate my new growth from my previously texlaxed hair but on closer inspection under natural light (sunlight through the window) it was easy to differentiate, my new growth had tighter curls while the previously texlaxed hair had wavy looser curls. I used ORS Olive Oil No Lye Relaxer kit in Normal strength just like the last time I think I will be sticking to this relaxer I just hope they don’t drastically change the formula or something.

 I did a couple of things differently this time round; I only used about ¾ of the contents of the activator bottle for a full tub of box kit relaxer and went back to starting from the back like I used to; in my last touch up in April I started from the front which I had never done before and the back was severely under processed. The back half of my head takes much longer than the front to process and I just reconfirmed this with this relaxer session so back start always from now on it is. Since the back was severely under processed the last time I did a corrective on that section by intentionally overlapping the relaxer onto the previously under processed hair.

This is the texture that I got after rinsing and I love it! Not too straight and not too curly just right!
I added about a tablespoon of olive oil to weaken the relaxer I had the relaxer on my head for 15 minutes and  still got texlaxed results. In the past when I used Dark and Lovely No Lye relaxer kit in regular strength my fine hair would be bone straight in less than 15 minutes. I retained about 1 and a half inches in some places and 2 inches in some. I still haven't gotten round to taking length check photos despite finally making a length check top because I haven't had time to get my hair straightened since making the top and didn't want to postpone publishing this post any longer but I will do so before I go into protective style mode again in a few weeks and post them here.

ORS: Organic Root Stimulator

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Kitchen Korner: Sweet French Toast

I had never eaten sweet French toast before. Growing up we always had the savoury type and that is what I have always made since I am used to it. So the other day YouTube suggested a sweet French toast for me while I was busy watching a non food related movie (their suggestions pop up in the weirdest of places).  I figured why not try out sweet French toast so I made some the next day and based on the results I will be making them more often:)
Ingredients - Serves one
2 slices of bread
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon sugar (heaped)
Pinch of cardamom powder
Pinch of cinnamon powder
A little bit of butter or margarine just enough to cook the two slices of bread
Whisk the egg and milk together.
Add all the other dry ingredients and whisk until well combined
Butter a griddle, frying pan or skillet whatever it is you use or call it
Soak the slices of bread one at a time in the egg mixture make sure both sides are well covered in the mixture
Lift them out of the egg mixture and place them on the frying pan and let one side cook first then flip over and cook the other side adding butter as needed. Once both sides are cooked drain on a paper towel and serve. You can serve it plain or drizzled with honey or syrup and any toppings you may like.
And here are the results:
Yummy sweet french toast.

Kitchen Korner is a series on the blog that showcases food prepared using ingredients that can also be used on the hair as well; double food hair products I like to call them. Today’s major double food hair ingredient was eggs.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Red carpet TWA

Gorgeous Kenyan actress and filmmaker Lupita Nyong’o rocks a TWA on the red carpet at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. She stars in the new film “12 Years a Slave”.  She sure looks amazing!


TWA: Teeny Weeny Afro