Egg and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Protein Treatment On Natural Hair

* 3 Eggs
* 1/2 Cup 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

* Mix the eggs and oil together in a bowl
* Start Off With freshly washed hair
– I don’t like to shampoo afterwards, because protein can make the hair feel a little dry by itself, so shampooing afterwards would     just be overload
* To make application easier, you can put the hair into four sections then apply all over the hair root to tip
– It can get a little messy, so if you can hold your head over a sink as you apply.
* Sit under a heated dryer for about 15-45 minutes (until egg and hair starts to feel stiff) You can also use a regular blow dryer
* Once the hair has become stiff and feels a little hard rinse. I rinse with conditioner only.
* After I complete my protein treatment I follow up with a good deep conditioning ALWAYS! This helps to keep my protein and moisture BALANCED. Too much or protein or moisture can lead to breakage.

How Do You Know You Need Protein?
If your hair is feeling limp, gummy, abnormally soft, or over moisturized, you need protein.

Beware Of Protein Overload
I know it is easy to start having issues with your hair and go straight to the protein treatment. I also know that some people do it as a routine to stay ahead of the damage. You want to be very careful with this only do protein treatments when NEEDED. Overloading your hair with protein can cause excessive dryness, make your hair feel hard or rough to the touch, and excessive breakage and shedding. Remember it is all about BALANCE. Balance between moisture and protein.

Are you Protein Sensitive?
I have used this phrase before, but it can be a pretty big box.   I guess what I really want to say is, I don’t believe specific people or just born with protein sensitivity, it comes with certain routines and hair practices. Anyone can be protein sensitive it just depends on the state of your hair.  So, I will try to break it down as much as possible.
Some people just don’t need to add regular protein treatments to their regimen. Our hair already has protein, so for those of us who have not chemically altered our hair and have pretty healthy hair practices it is not necessary. If you have done a protein treatment and you noticed your hair has not been the same. It is rough, it’s all of a sudden shedding and breaking you may be protein sensitive. Now, this is not something you can’t fix. It just means that you threw the balance of moisture and protein out of wack. You may have done a treatment that was too harsh, or you may have not needed any added protein at all. What you need to do is start working on the balance by adding as much moisture as possible. Weekly Deep conditioning until you feel like your hair is back on track. I always recommend a good hot oil treatment. Note: Low porosity hair is normally hair that does not need a heavy protein treatments often. If you are someone who uses heat like me it should only be necessary once every 1-2 months.

Making Scrambled Eggs In Your Hair
So, I have heard the horror stories of eggs actually cooking on the hair, and being hard to wash out. I have never experienced this before. I am sure adding the heat to your hair plays a part in that. Try not to put your dryer on high. Also when you rinse the egg out rinse with cool water if possible. I also think having an oil in your mixture is key to helping the egg rinse out easily. I would never just use plain egg in my hair. I am sure that would make the hair extremely dry making it harder to rinse some of the egg out. Also, if you are still on the fence about the egg being hard to wash out due to it cooking just go with a plastic cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes to an hour.

How Does Protein Treatments Work
When you are natural and you have not added any chemicals including relaxers and hair dyes, black hair tends to naturally have a low porosity. This means the cuticles on your hair strands are closed tightly. The older the hair gets the more the cuticles start to lift. Lifting is not necessarily a bad thing, it is great to be in the middle of low and high! Also, certain hair practices such as excessive manipulation, rough combing and styling can lift the cuticles. This kind of hair is usually considered to be damaged and it is difficult for the hair to maintain any moisture. This is when it is great to use a protein treatment, because it helps to fill in those gaps.

A Few Light Proteins Treatments / Conditioners 
(I have ONLY used ORS Hair Mayo) Do your research before trying any of the products below!
ORS Hair Mayo
Aubrey Organics
ORS Replenishing Pack
Neutrogena Triple Mositure Deep Recovery Mask
Hydratherma Naturals- Protein Leave In

Quick Notes/Tips
Using egg seems to be a pretty strong protein treatment. I have tried other treatments in the past, and they were nothing like using eggs. So, remember there are lighter treatments out there for you to try if you are extremely sensitive to protein or you are a little hesitant about the process.

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My Five Year Healthy Hair Journey – Natural Hair! *Photos / Video*

Five Year Natural Hair Journey

This has truly been an amazing journey! I still can’t believe that it has been five years since my big chop! Craaaazy! It’s been bigger than hair for me. I’ve transformed so much, not only on the outside, on the inside. I’ve had an opportunity to meet and be inspired by so many wonderful people. I appreciate you all for following me on my journey. There is so much more to come, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. 🙂

Thank you!

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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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No Heat Loose Curls On My Natural Hair

No Heat Loose Curls different views

In this video my hair is straightened from my first flat ironed since transitioning to natural hair.
My flat ironed video:
Bantu knot outs are my go to hairstyle for no heat curls. You can do them big, you can do them small. The bigger the knots the looser the curl.
Bantu knot demo here:
This hairstyle lasted the entire day. I did my bantu knots at night before going to bed. It took me about 10 – 15 minutes to do these knots. When the curls are tighter it lasts a lot longer.

I spritzed my hair lightly with water and added a little leave in to each section before doing the bantu knot. I did not use any heat to dry. I slept with a satin cap, and then took them down the next morning.

Hair Of The Day – Natural Hair

Day 10 Straightened Natural Hair Day 10 Straightened Natural Hair

Working on my second week with my flat ironed hair. Obviously at this point it looks just blown out. I don’t really mind, because I didn’t straighten in bone straight anyways. I put some soft curls in my hair with big bantu knots. I have not added anymore heat to my hair. I have been doing ponytails also. I really enjoyed the straight hair. I have to say it was fuuuuun! I have been maintain my hair at night with about four bantu knots or I use the bunning method.

*Bunning Method*

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Holiday Natural Hairstyle – 2 in 1

Holiday Natural Hairstyle 2 in 1

Holiday Natural Hairstyle 2 in 1

Holiday Natural Hairstyle 2 in 1

I had soft curls from a big bantu knot out. (video coming soon)
This style was quick and easy. My hair is stretched in the video, you can do this with any hair texture. Make sure to loosely twist the hair in the front, so that it has the nice pretty hang for the bangs. Pull the hair to one side. Take the twist and wrap it around so that you make a ponytail. If you don’t want the hair to hang or your hair is shorter, tuck the hair under loosely and pin in place for a beautiful updo.
Enjoy your holiday!!! 🙂

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My Two Strand Twist Maintenance – “Natural Hair”

Two strand twist "natural hair" - Alicia James

I always get questions about how I am able to make my two strand twist last, and what are some things I do to care for my hair while wearing them. I decided to do a blog that covered as much as possible. This information can also be used for twist or braids with extensions. 🙂

There was a time during my  journey when I could wear my twist for four even five weeks. Now, that I am further in my journey, I get bored really easy so it just doesn’t work! LOL! I wore them so much in 2011 I just became a little tired of them. Don’t get me wrong, I still love them, but I am experimenting more with my loose hair this year.

It is very important that I twist securely at the roots. If I don’t, my roots will start to get puffy in the first week. I usually apply a leave in or gel to the ends of my twist to help keep them from unraveling. To maintain my hair at night I have more than one method I use. It really depends on what you want your twist to look like.

**Maintaing My Twist At Night**

These are also methods that can be used to keep twist stretched!

Wrapping Method: I wrap my twist around my head to keep them stretched out, and tie down with a satin scarf.

Bunning Method: This is when I put the twist into one ponytail. I twist the ponytail around similar to the method used for bantu knots and bun the hair up.

Pineapple Method: A high ponytail that sits on the top of the head. The hair falls down sort of like a pineapple. LOL!

Braid Out:

Twist Out

**Moisturizing and Sealing**

  • Week 1 my twist look almost perfect. I don’t apply any water or oil to my hair, because it is usually freshly washed, deep conditioned, and moisturized.  By week 2: My twist are starting to get frizzy, My ends are curling a little more, I have shrinkage, and I have to moisturize and seal the ends every 2-3 days.
    I spritz a little water on the ends, and I seal with oil or a leave in. The important thing is making sure to wrap or bun the hair up, so that it doesn’t shrink because of the water or moisture you added. I let it dry overnight and then take them down. Note: Make sure to only use a small amount of water. I also massage my scalp with oil throughout the week as needed, if I feel it is getting a little dry and itchy.

**Working Out and Maintaining Twist:**

  • I do workout during the week. On average it can be 5 days a week. My scalp doesn’t get irritated easily, so it has never been a big problem for me. If your scalp gets irritated you may not be able to wear the style as long which is understandable. I massage the scalp with oil to keep the scalp from getting dry and irritated. I workout with my hair in one of my night time maintenance styles. This way my hair isn’t being thrown around and shrinking up. Once I have my shower and the hair has had a little time to dry from the workout, I take it down. Not everyone can do this…it really depends on how much you sweat, and the way your hair smells afterwards.

**Washing My Twist**

  • I don’t wash my hair while wearing small two strand twist. My hair gets really tangled, and I  have many knots. There are some people who are able to do it, but my hair just doesn’t like it.  I’ve tried many methods. My hair is really tightly coiled and when it gets wet while I am wearing twist, the hair sticks together. When it is time to take the twist down my hair is in big balls of knots and glued together hair. #horrible

I hope this covers it all….I will add to it as needed! 🙂

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Day 6 Flat Ironed “Natural Hair” #NaturalHair

Natural hair flat ironed - Alicia James

This is my hair on day 6 of my flat ironed hair. Can’t believe it is still straight! I put some soft waves in it with bantu knots. I have not added anymore heat to my hair. 🙂

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