Treating Synthetic Hair

In my last post I briefly mentioned how I’m hardly experiencing any extreme itching since I installed my marley twists. I’m absolutely loving them. I’m trying to keep them in for a month or until the beginning of September. Then I plan to rock my real hair for a little bit and put these right back in. Anyways before doing this protective style I came across an article about people experiencing severe itching, redness, & bumps due to having allergic reactions to synthetic hair. I discovered that there is an alkaline base coat on synthetic hair which can lead bad reactions, especially those with sensitivity. After all my time and effort putting these twists in, I wasn’t about to take the chance of possibly having a bad reaction because of the marley hair.

So just to be on the safe side, I soaked all my packs of hair in white vinegar because I ran out of my apple cider vinegar, either of them will get the job done. I filled a large bowl or fill your sink with hot water and 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar in the water. Let the synthetic sit in the water with the rubber band it came packaged with still keeping the bundle together, for 15-20 minutes or until you see a film lifting from the hair. Then rinse the hair off and let it completely air dry before installing.

There it is guys! I let you in on the secret! I really believe pre-treating my marley hair has really been combating the itching I could have been dealing with. To be honest I am experiencing some itching now (2 weeks after installing my twists), but that’s because my scalp isn’t used to going more than five days before being washed. I do plan on cleansing my scalp soon. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I hope this was helpful! I would totally recommend this to anyone.
Until next time,
Irene

Washing My Faux Locs!

Hello girls! Today I’m coming to you with how I washed my Marley locs.
Guys. My scalp gets dirty very, very quickly. Do I know why? No, but I do know that I have to wash my hair at least every week. If not, I feel very dirty and I don’t want to leave the house LOL
Washing my locs was very similar to washing my Marley twists. I used the same technique, more or less, and added a few things. It got pretty messy.
Anyway, I washed my faux locs about one week after installing them. I tried to wait it out until the two week mark, but I could literally feel the clumps of dirt. It’s like the scabs you get after a perm that burns you, but it’s dirt. Disgusting, I know.
To begin, I parted my hair into four sections to make it easier for myself. (I want to let you know that I did this out of the shower.) With each section, I soaked it in apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has many healing properties, but I used it for my itchy scalp.
After rubbing that in, I made a mixture of my Tresemme shampoo and water in my spray bottle. After shaking it up, I applied it directly to the scalp and got to scrubbing away at the dirt with the pads of my fingers.
You want to make sure and not get too crazy with the scrubbing because your hair is parted into the protective style, meaning if you get all willy nilly with the scrubbing, you can cause breakage.
When I was happy with the scrubbing, I hopped in the shower and let the water stream take care of the rinsing. Let me warn you, after drenching your dreads in water, you hair will be heavy. Be careful!
That was it for the washing process!
Be reminded that there is a lot of hair on my head LOL
So it will take a while for my hair to dry, but I’m planning on letting it air dry for a few hours.
I am not planning on moisturizing it. Yes, moisture is important. However, there is a layer of Marley hair over my natural hair right now, and the moisture will not penetrate that. I’m not about to waste product.
What I will do is oil my scalp with some tea tree oil for a tingle and an added fighter against itchy scalp.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

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Faux Locs — Finally!

Hello everyone! I’m here to tell you all about how I installed these beautiful faux locs.

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TIME IT TOOK
To install this style, it took me two days. I began late night, at around 10, and finished the next day, at around 6, with breaks included.

WEIGHT
Are these dreads heavy? Absolutely. I’ve never had extensions in my head, other than the twists installed last summer, and these are way heavier than those.

PROCESS
I used Maria Antoinette’s YouTube tutorial, but threw in my own little twists. I began with braiding one piece of Marley hair into my head. I only braided my hair to the point at which my natural hair ended, in an effort to protect my ends. After my whole head was complete, I then used another piece of Marley hair to wrap around the braid. After that, I flat ironed the ends to encourage them to not fray.

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HAIR I USED
I ended up using three different types of hair.

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I had originally purchased the braiding hair because I was going to use that to braid and the Marley hair to wrap. However, the texture of the braiding was too silky for me. It’s weird to explain. It was silky, but tangled very quickly. I would say that that type of hair is for my permed sisters, but anyway, I went ahead and used the Marley hair to braid. I ended up having to go out and get more Marley hair in this ridiculous bun,

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After getting the rest of the Marley hair, I finished my head.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON INSTALLATION
I complained the whole time LOL, just ask Irene, but in all honesty, if you had one solid day to give up, you could get these locs done. Taking breaks is a necessity, though. Also, make sure to concentrate when wrapping the Marley hair around the braid. It’s very easy to twist instead of wrap, and I found myself doing that at times.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

Irene’s Marley Twists: Session 1

Hi Everyone!
It’s been quite sometime since I’ve made a post but I’m back! I hope you all are having an awesome summer. I’m actually headed to Puerto Rico with Mandisa in a few days. I’m so excited! Unfortunately summer is winding down but I will be making the most of these last couple of weeks! Since I’m leaving for vacation ya’ll know I had to install some type of protective style and Yes I chose marley twists. This has been a long time coming!

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The Technique
After watching countless videos on Youtube I decided to do the invisible root method. I’m not going to sit here and say that I got the hang of it on the first try, because I didn’t. It took a lot of patience and practice. Basically you section a piece of your hair, divide that section in two, place the strands of marley hair in between those two sections you made with your natural hair, begin twisting one side of the divided section into the marley hair clockwise, and repeat the same thing on the other side counterclockwise, then twist all the way down! Yes it sounds super complicated but it’s MUCH easier to grasp if you’re watching someone do it. Once I was done, to keep my ends from unraveling, I boiled hot water and dipped my ends for a few seconds to seal them. Have a hand towel handy to catch and blot the hot water! Do yourself a favor and hop on YouTube. Here are some people that were really helpful to me DonedoNaturalMetra,Christian Byshe, & Ebony Clark

Brand, Color, Price
Originally I wanted to use 3 pieces of marley hair per section but I was starting to run out of hair, and I only purchased 5 packs for $5.99, which isn’t bad at all, so instead I opted for 2 strands of marley hair. At least I know for next time to buy more hair. I used Janet’s marley hair in the color 1b.

The process took me a day and a half to finish, granted I was in no type of rush. I made sure I wasn’t doing anything those days and dedicated the time to my hair. Yes my hands were cramping and my arms were tired but it was worth it. I’m pleased with the results. I’d much rather endure temporary finger cramps than to give someone almost $200 to do it for me. Lol

Prepping My Hair
Prior to putting the twists in I co washed my hair, deep conditioned, applied my kinky curly knot today leave in, moisturized with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and sealed my hair with shea butter and jojoba oil. If you have time I would suggest doing a protein treatment as well. I did mine a few days prior. I also let my hair air dry before putting the twists in. Aside from my normal wash day products, once I actually started installing the hair all I used was a little IC clear gel to blend my natural hair with the synthetic hair.

Maintenance
I have no intentions on washing my hair while it’s in this protective state. I only plan on keeping these in for about a month, but if I do cleanse my hair it will either be with ACV or diluted shampoo. But as of right now I’m not experiencing any itching, and I”ll be back soon to tell you why ;) I’ll be sure to update you guys on that. I always say to NEVER neglect your natural when it’s in any type of style. It just defeats the purpose of “protective styling”. So every other day or so I lightly mist my hair with a leave in conditioner and seal that moisture in with some Carol’s Daughter Tui Oil. OH! You can’t forget the edge control! Lol

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If you have any questions feel free to ask!
I’ll be back to talk about styling soon!
Talk to you soon.

 

My Hairfinity Journey

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far! I’m here today to bring you guys my Hairfinity journey. I took Hairfinity for about 5 months, from March to the end of July, and I’m here today to tell you guys all about it.
I stopped taking Hairfinity for a variety of reasons. For one, it’s very expensive. $25 a bottle adds up very, very quickly. Also, I didn’t really feel like it was doing anything for my hair. However, we all know that feeling mean nothing when compared to evidence. So here we go!
Here’s a picture of my fro before I started the pills :

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There are definitely a lot of spaces, my hair is not as full as it could be, and it doesn’t look that thick.

Here’s a picture of my fro after Hairfinity (this was taken a week ago) :

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See how much fuller it looks? No more open spaces, and it looks a lot thicker! Here’s another picture of my puff (after Hairfinity) :

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See the fullness?? :)

So yes, regardless of how I felt, I did see results. My hair definitely gained volume, fullness, and thickness. My hair grew horizontally.

My hair also grew vertically, but not much. At my last length check, I was at 10′ in the back, and as of yesterday, I’m 12′. So my hair grew vertically as well.

Here’s the thing though. I don’t attribute all of that growth to Hairfinity. I absolutely think that the vitamins had something to do with it, but during the time that I was taking them, I was also exercising more, eating healthier, and following a consistent hair regimen. I was also drinking a TON of water, at least a gallon a day. So I can’t be sure exactly how much of my growth was from Hairfinity. What I can tell you is that it was a good investment and a good experience.

Bottom line: if you have the money, go for it! But also make sure to follow a consistent hair regimen, exercise, and eat a good diet to reap all of the benefits from the vitamins.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

The Denman Brush!

Hello everyone! Today I’m coming to you with a quick product review that’s been a long time coming!

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The Denman brush has been sought after by me for a while, because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. I’ve had it for a while now, and I feel like I can give you an accurate review.

So the brush comes packaged like any other brush, and has seven rows of bristles for about $10. I recently modified it and took out every other row of bristles, which leads me to the first reason why I love this tool. It is very easy to modify this tool to your liking. Want less bristles? Just open up the brush and take them out! I don’t know of any other brushes that allow users to do this.

This brush is also GREATTTTTT at detangling. I hate to own up to this, but when I’m too lazy to finger detangle, I make sure my hair is loaded with conditioner and use this brush. It goes through with ease, and you don’t even have to start at the ends and work your way up!

The last point I want to touch on is the curl clumping. If you look up wash and goes on YouTube, you will be drowning in tutorials regaling the wash and go as the perfect tool to use. They’re right!! I rarely try wash and goes anymore, but if I did? The Denman would be it. It’s curl clumping abilities are like none other. Paired with a curl clumping product (like Mixed Chicks), your curls will be on a hunnid all day!

Would I repurchase this brush if I lost it? Absolutely. It saves time, detangles, and clumps curls all in one shot.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

Preparing Your Hair for a Protective Style

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic week. Today I’m coming to you guys with some vital information on preparing your hair and scalp for a protective style.
As you guys know, it’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to install some type of protective style over the summer, usually because I vacation and don’t want to deal with my hair. This summer will be no different, so I will be installing and wearing my protective style for the month of August. However, way too often I’ve seen ladies fail to properly prepare their hair and scalp for a protective style and therefore, lose the benefits of it. By not preparing your hair and scalp properly, the style ceases to be protective. So here are some of the things that you want to make SURE to do before installing your protective style.

PROTEIN
You should be giving yourself a protein treatment regularly anyway, but the prime time to give yourself a protein treatment is before installing a protective style. Protein gives the hair added strength, which you want the hair to have in order to deal with the added weight of extensions. If you’re not protein sensitive, go ahead an double this step. Give yourself protein treatments two or three weeks ahead of time, consecutively.

CLARIFY
I want to make it clear here that I am not simply talking about shampooing. Before installing a protective style, you need to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the dirt. If not, there might be extra buildup when the time comes to take your extensions out, and no one wants that. You can even go ahead and follow up the clarifying shampoo with a moisturizing one. You can also take this time to use any rinses you like to use to further clarify your scalp, including ACV or baking soda rinses.

DETANGLE
You want to make sure that you fully detangle prior to protective styling. I think that this one is pretty obvious. Detangling ensures a smoother and cleaner look. Also, there is no doubt that you will have to Detangle after taking down your style. Detangling before makes the process go a little smoother.

DEEP CONDITION
This is going to impart your hair with the moisture that it will need for however long you decided to keep your protective style in. You want to make sure that you keep that deep conditioner in for a longer period of time than you normally would. You can even keep it on overnight if that’s what works!

MOISTURIZE
I know I say that every step is important, but this one is especially important! This is such a key step because you hair will be under, or entwined with synthetic hair. Synthetic hair, like Marley hair, is known to suck the moisture out of our real hair. So moisturize!

SEAL
This is our last step, and very important. All that moisture we imparted with the deep conditioner and our moisturizer of choice? We need to seal that goodness in so it has a harder time evaporating, or being sucked out by the synthetic hair. You can easily use an oil or some shea butter.

A few tips:
Ladies, I’m aware that it’s very easy to product overload before installing your protective style but do not do it! It will irritate the scalp AND promote product buildup AND you don’t want that! Trust me! So keep it simple with a moisturizer and an oil/other sealant.

Also, for those of us who know that our ends need a good trim but aren’t ready to part with the length yet, don’t be afraid to give yourself a really good trim before installing the protective style. At the most (depending on how you care for your hair), you will be cutting off a quarter inch to a half inch, and on average, hair grows a half inch a month. If you can keep your protective style in long enough, that length will be back in no time.

HAPPY STYLING!

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️