Trimming My Natural Hair

Trimming My Ends - Alicia James

OOOOOOO Aaaaaaah! Trimming LOL!

I just had to start this post off by saying that! It seems trimming or cutting is a scary word in the “natural hair” community. I’ve watched videos where someone is trimming their ends and everyone in the comment section is falling over and fainting. LOL!

What I have learned is everyone has different methods on how to trim ends. There are some who trim monthly, some who trim twice a year, some once a year, and some not at all. I think it depends on the health of your hair and also what you like as far as appearance.

Why do I trim?
I trim because my hair breaks when the ends are split and damaged.  It is hard for me to retain length without healthy ends.

How often do I trim?
I usually trim about every six months, usually twice a year.

How do you know your ends need trimming?
I usually know my ends need trimming when they feel rough and dry even when I am consistently moisturizing.  Also, when I lightly rub my fingers down my ends and they shed or break.

How much do I trim?
I usually trim about an ½ – 2 inches of hair. It really depends on what my ends look and feel like

What do I use to trim?
I trim with hair shears. Shears are usually a lot sharper than regular scissors that can sometimes be dull. Dull scissors will fold and gnaw at the ends of your hair causing more damage.

How do I trim?
What I like to do is put my hair into medium sized two strand twist all over my head. I take each twist individually and trim off as much hair as needed.  I repeat these steps until all two strand twist have been trimmed. This is a method that is easy for me, and I’ve done myself since being natural.  I don’t blow dry or flat iron my hair specifically to trim my ends. I have also trimmed my ends on wet hair. I prefer dry stretched hair.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope this helps someone!

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Blow Drying Natural Hair – My Experience

Last Minute Hairstyle on straightened long natural hair

When I found Youtube I decided that I would NEVER use heat on my natural hair. I developed this big fear of damage and a whole lot of other things. Once I became a little more comfortable with my hair and started to develop my own personal regimen my opinion regarding the use of heat on my natural hair changed.

I did not start using heat in my natural hair journey until I turned two years natural.  When I turned two years I did my first blow out.  After blow drying my hair for the first time I found that I really enjoyed the stretch and the benefits I got from the stretched hair.

Blow Drying Method I Use

  • Tension Method:
    • I shampoo my hair to make sure it is thoroughly clean.
    • I do a protein treatment to strengthen the strands of my hair.
    • I do a deep conditioning using my rinse out conditioner and my extra virgin olive oil to add moisture into the hair. (heat will dry the hair out, extra moisture is a plus)
    • Detangle the hair thoroughly.
    • I add my leave in and heat protectant and put the hair into twist or braids so that the hair air dries. I wait until it is about 75-90% dry.
    • After the hair dries I then section the hair off into smaller sections and start to blow dry each section.
    • Without using the comb attachment stretch the section of hair and start to run the blow dryer up and down the section. I hold and cover the ends of my hair. I don’t find it is necessary to add heat directly to my ends. I am not going for super straight hair. You can do so if needed.
    • Continue this movement until that section of hair is stretched and dry.
    • Repeat this process until the entire head is complete.
    • You can also do a cool shot at the end. The cool shot is supposed to lay the hair cuticle back down after the use of heat.

*Tension Blow Drying*

How Often:

I blow dry my hair now 1-2 times a month. Now that my hair is much longer, I’ve limited the amount of times I am washing my hair. I blow dry after each wash. I have seen a huge difference in my hair since decreasing my wash days.

Moisturizing Blown out or Straightened Hair:

Deep conditioning is a huge plus before using heat. Heat dries the hair out so adding moisture into the hair is great and minimizes frizz. I notice a big difference if I don’t deep condition before blow drying my hair. My hair frizzes and shrinks up immediately.

When moisturizing blown out or straightened hair I use a bottle to lightly spritz water, mainly focusing on the ends. I massage the water into the hair starting from the ends and then upward. I seal in the moisture with oil. I usually only add oil to my hair once a week. If I need to set a style I use water only. My blow dried hair lasts so much longer when I am adding less product. Adding too much oil or product throughout the week can cause build up and greasy weighed down hair.

I use a leave in that is also a heat protectant. This helps to minimize the amount of products I am stacking on top of my hair. Less products, better results.

Low Sock Bun On My Natural Hair

My Quick Tips:

  • Always blow dry on clean hair
  • It is okay to blow dry your ends, but limit the amount of high heat on them
  • The faster you can finish the better, which is why air drying before you blow dry is important. You want to limit the amount of heat you are using.
  • The more heat you use the better chance you have for heat damage. Try to create a regimen that doesn’t include heat multiple times throughout the week.
  • Add a good moisturizer or heat protectant that will help with minimizing frizz
  • Heat equals dry hair and dry hair equals breakage, so keep the hair moisturized. Don’t be afraid to add oil throughout the week. (when needed)
  • Air dry the hair before blow drying. I never blow dry on soaking wet hair, this can damage to the hair and also the hair can lose its elasticity. If the hair gets too dry, spritz lightly with water before blow drying. I don’t like the hair to be too dry, the blow dryer will just dry it out even more from my personal experience.
  • A trick (sort of trick LOL!)  I use to stretch my blown out hair even more is leaving the freshly blown out hair in a bun for a day or two. This stretches the hair out more with less heat and also the blown out hair lasts longer.

As long as I have been using heat I have not seen any setbacks with my hair. I started using heat in my second year and at year four hit waist length. This is not the case for everyone! As far as heat training that is not my intentions or ultimate goal, but I do understand regular use of heat can alter the curl pattern. For over two years I have not noticed a change in my curl pattern. My coils are still super tight.

The use of heat is a personal choice. Always do your research before trying any new products or methods with your hair.

I hope that this helped someone! 🙂

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Low Sock Bun On My “Natural Hair” – Hairstyle For Every Occassion

Low Sock Bun On My Natural Hair

This hairstyle can be done on straight or curly medium to long hair. Remember have fun and be creative. Results vary!

In this video my hair is blown out. I blow dry my hair once a month.

Blow Drying Method:  http://youtu.be/-EXTtMD6O_U

This is my go to hairstyle. I can dress this hairstyle up or down, which is one of the reasons I love it. Also, it’s a great protective hairstyle, which is a plus!

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Short To Medium Hairstyles: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcUeTqEG2SWIsrUgNSmFd3ZiEp8B_Jnd4

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A Week With Me – Maintaining My “Natural Hair”

Straightened Natural Hair - Blowout

If you have followed me for a while, then you know that my regimen is pretty simple. I’ve been natural for four years, and don’t see the need to be too fancy, if that makes sense. LOL! I still have lots of fun with my hair, and I think my many hairstyles prove that, but a normal week is pretty basic for me, and that helps with the length retention and overall health of my hair. (low manipulation and protective styling)

I get a lot of questions about how I manage my natural hair throughout the week, so I decided to list what a week is like for me when it comes to styling and maintaining my natural hair. You may find my routine even more boring after reading this. LOL! Boring, but always simple and easy! 🙂

I am going to start my week off with a fresh wash!

Friday:

I usually wash my hair during the weekend. Friday night I do my shampoo and deep conditioning. I let my hair air dry for a few hours and then blow dry my hair using the tension method. That night I put my hair in a bun using the “bunning method”, wrap my hair with a satin scarf, and then cover with my satin cap. (Wrapping with a satin scarf and wearing my satin cap is something I do every day)

Saturday:

I take my hair down, and prepare for styling. I don’t usually add any product on my hair on this day. My go to style has been a sock bun or a high bun. I usually wear this hairstyle throughout the entire week. At night I add oil to my hair, focusing mainly on the ends. After applying the oil, I prepare my hair for bed, using the “bunning method”, and covering with satin scarf and hat.

Sunday: 

I take down my hair as I did the previous morning, and style as usual. Again, I go for a simple bun, unless I have something special planned.  If it is a special day, or just a fun day out, I may go for a braid out or one of my favorite styles, a bantu knot out.  Again, at night I bun the hair up, using the “bunning method”, covering with a satin scarf and hat.

Monday – Thursday:
I usually repeat these same steps until Friday rolls around.

I no longer wash my hair weekly, now that it is much longer.  I find that my hair does not suffer with weekly washes. It actually stays a lot more moisturized, and seems to do a lot better with more infrequent washes. (Who would have “thunk” it) 🙂

Friday – 1 Week:

On Friday which is now one week after my wash day, I massage my scalp with oil. This helps with dry and itchy scalp.  I finger detangle my hair, and then detangle with a wide tooth comb or brush. After my hair is detangled, I lightly spritz with water and seal with an oil or leave in. I spritz the water mainly focusing on my ends.  I make sure to bun the hair up quickly so that it does not shrink up. I let the hair dry overnight, and start again with my normal daily routine.

Quick Tips

*I am now washing my hair once or twice every month, so I repeat my routine until wash day*

*Remember applying oil every night

*Remember satin cap and/or scarf

*Remember weekly detangling which is important even with stretched out or straightened hair

*Remember massaging scalp once a week

*Remember moisturizing the hair weekly and sealing with oil.

 

 

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5 Steps to Building a Good Relationship with Your “Natural Hair”

Various hairstyles on natural hair

I always compare my relationship with my hair to a marriage. LOL! A big dramatic, but it works! When you have a good relationship with your hair, you enjoy it and you stay consistent. You are not distracted by the newest magic pills, product, or rules. NO ONE knows your hair better than you!

1. Ultimate Goal: (where is this relationship going?)
a. What are your hair goals?
b. Are you aiming for healthier hair?
c. Are you trying to achieve a longer length?
d. Are you trying to correct previous damage?

2. Realistic Expectations:
a. You cannot expect your hair to do things it was not designed to do. Many spend valuable time trying to create a look or style that they are never able to achieve. In the end doing irreversible damage to their hair.
b. Length goals are great, but make sure it makes sense. On AVERAGE most people grow about 6 inches per year (1/2 an inch per month), and only retain 3-4 inches of that.

3. Quality Time:
a. Spend time with your hair find its likes and dislikes
b. Don’t be afraid to play in your hair a little. Create styles that are simple, fun, and fit your personality.
c. Try products and find what your responds well to for moisture and styling. Once you find those products, stick to them.

4. You Will Make Mistakes:
a. The journey will not be perfect! You will try things that do not work
b. Don’t give up when things are not going as planned. Reevaluate your current regimen and change the products or routines that are setting you back.
c. You are learning, it’s all about building a strong relationship with your hair.

5. Love and Commitment:
a. Commit to a consistent regimen so that you can meet your ultimate goal.
b. Fall in love with your hair! It may not hold a twist out or braid out like the next, it may not curl and twirl around your fingers, it may not shake and fly in the wind, it may not hang down your shoulders, but it is yours, embrace it!

Good luck on your journey!

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“Natural Hairstyle” – Twisted Headband on “Natural Hair” – AJ Combo

"Natural Hairstyle" - Twisted Headband on "Natural Hair"

Hair in this video is a bantu knot out

Bantu knot out video

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Iman Cosmetics: Luxury Pressed Powder (Earth Medium)

Iman Cosmetics: Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder (Afterglow)

Covergirl Queen : Nude Attitude

Mascara: Falsies Volum’ Express

Liquid Liner: Love 21

 

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A Look Back At My Natural Hair Journey In Photos! #Natural Hair

I transitioned for about 7-8 months. I wore mostly kinky twist, braids, etc. Transitioning To Natural Hair - Alicia James

I big chopped some time during the last week of August, so for tracking I just mark the beginning of my journey at September 1 2008. My TWA
TWA Natural Hair - Alicia James

Year One! My first year, I only wore wash and gos. I would leave in my rinse out conditioner.
One Year Natural Hair - alicia james

1.5 – 2 years Natural! I learned about twist outs and braid outs.One Year and a Half - Two Years Natural Hair - Alicia James

24-32 Months Natural! Wearing my hair out a lot, but at the end of year two just discovering low manipulation and protective styling which will change my hair journey dramatically!
24-32 Months Natural - Alicia James

36-40 Month Natural Hair! I started doing a lot more low manipulation and protective styling. I was wearing two strand twist a lot! My hair starting retaining more length than before!
36-40 months Natural Hair - Alicia James

41-48 Months Natural! – My hair still retaining a great amount of length. Sticking with a simple regimen, low manipulation and protective styling.
41-48 Months Natural Hair

Four Years Natural! Flat ironed my hair for the first time after four years! Growth looks beautiful! Sticking with my simple regimen!
Four Years Natural Hair - Alicia James

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