Let’s Look At The Year in Review! (Fro Edition)

Hi guys! First of all, I just want to add my voice to Irene’s. I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts, but we know how crazy the end of the year can get. We have some amazing things in store for you guys for the second year(can you imagine?) of DR!

So I wanted to close out the year with a quick review of my hair. What’s been going on with it, how it’s changed, etc…

I started off January 2013 with a MOPEY post about self determination and doubt about my fro. I remember exactly how I was feeling that day. I still had my relaxed ends and I just wasn’t feeling them. I yearned for a voluminous, fluffy, fro. 

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In February, I told you guys about my protein treatments that would eventually become a part of my regimen! I still had those limp, relaxed ends that made me look like a wet dog.

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But then I bought you guys a CURLY FRO that didn’t come out to be expected. I looked like a POODLE.

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In March, I tried my first CurlFormers set and promptly realized that they were not the best to sleep in.

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In April, my texture was really coming in and it was quite evident.

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May. Oh Lord, May was an interesting month. Who in their right mind let me leave the house looking like this?!

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In June, my REDEMPTION DREWETH NIGH! I got my first wig ever, and I was seriously feeling myself! I still have her (her name is Joanna, if you didn’t know!)

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In July, I installed Marley twists! I was starting to like the idea of giving my hair a rest while wearing wigs or extensions.

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August was a big month for me! I did a set of puffy twists, and I FINALLY loosed myself from those ends and did my first twist out!

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In September, I did my first length check and a REALLY shrunken wash and go!

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In October, I did a really cute jumbo bun!

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November was a flat twist out with a lot of definition and body, among other things!

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And that’s it! Here we are in December, and I can truly say that my hair is not in the same place it was at the start of the year. I can definitely see a difference, and now I have the body and fluffiness that I craved in the beginning of the year! Girls, change and growth really do happen! Don’t stop believing!

 

Until next time,

Mandisa ❤

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DIY Deep Conditioner

Hello Wonderful People!

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I apologize for the lack of posts. With the new year rolling in be expecting some changes with the blog. I can’t wait! Anyways, with the cold winter months on the way and my scarf and bonnet slipping off in the middle of the night, it has been almost impossible to keep my hair properly moisturized. I really need to invest in a reallll bonnet and a silk or satin pillowcase. Regardless, no question about it I’m always in need of a serious treatment and a deeeeep condition. Of course I went to look where I stash all my hair products and I totally out of my Hair Mayonnaise from my local WalMart. I love that stuff! I had no choice to whip up a batch of my DIY mayo treatment and I must say I like it! Here’s what you will need regular Mayonnaise, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, & Coconut Oil. I would’ve added honey to pack in more moisture but we were all out of that too! Clearly I need to make a trip to the grocery store!

Now I know it sounds a little yucky but mayo has a lot of benefits especially if you have dry, brittle, or damaged hair. If your hair doesn’t have any of these problems, it’s great to use just for precaution to help boost your hairs shine and moisture. The benefits of mayonnaise as a hair treatment come from the protein in the egg, which is what mayo consists of. The protein penetrates the hair strand and fills any gaps or breaks, making it look fuller and shinier at the same time while also protecting your hair from future breakage. I spoke about the endless benefits of coconut oil here Check it out!

I used this treatment as a pre poo which basically is treating/conditioning your hair before shampooing it. You’re probably asking “what is the point of doing this if you’re just going to wash it out….” Well, despite the fact that your pre-poo will be rinsed out there are still benefits that go beyond the shampooing. Shampoos are known for removing buildup and oils from our hair and scalp, that’s it’s job. Some of them can even strip your hair of it’s natural oils. Pre-pooing prevents this and the wonderful ingredients can nourish your hair and scalp! There are so many recipes you can find on the internet. Figure out what your hair needs and make a batch and let it work it’s wonders.

Here’s what I used:

3 Tablespoons of Regular Hellmans Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Mix

  1. Section you hair
  2. You can apply mixture on damp or dry hair. Mine was damp.
  3. Cover with a conditioning cap or if you’re cheap like me a plastic bag
  4. Wrap a towel over your head to hold in heat
  5. Sit for a 30 mins to an hour
  6. Rinse out! & Continue with your regular washing regime !

If you don’t have the time to prepoo just simply use this as a deep conditioner!

Enjoy!
Irene

The Edge Control That You Probably Shouldn’t Buy

Hi guys! I’m here today to do a little product review today. I’ve been on the hunt for a really good edge control. Guys, I’m really just trying to get to the promised land. I need to stop looking like I’ve been in the electric chair. Simple as that.
So, months ago, I purchased this edge control on sale at Walgreens.
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I believe I paid under $4 for it. This information, taken directly from the website tells what this product is supposed to do.

This moisturizing formula is enriched with extra virgin olive oil for the ultimate in silky smooth edges, ponytails and braids. Ideal for slicked or natural straight styles-non flaking, non sticky, and non greasy. No petroleum.

Ummm…no.

I haven’t used it in a while because I had no desire to, and I should have stuck to my gut feeling. I’ve been needing something to slick down my edges when I wear my buns during the work week. I CAN NOT use this edge control.
It flakes. A lot. It also stays on the hair. To get the white flakes off, you must wash your hair.
I applied it and didn’t like it. Then, the next day, I used EcoStyler over it and the white flakes were still visible!! Over 24 hours later!
Nope.
Save your money.

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥

Let’s Talk: Thankfulness ♥

Hello beauties! Nice to see you (virtually)! Yes, Thanksgiving was a while ago. However, thankfulness is really a virtue that should be shown multiple times a day. So, on Thanksgiving, I posted this on my Twitter.
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I was definitely joking (half way), but it got me thinking. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget why we are thankful. Especially living in one of the best and biggest cities on Earth, thankfulness is a virtue that is not often to come by. It’s not everyday that we take time to thank God, from whom ALL blessings flow, for everything we have.
So here’s an impromptu, off the cuff list of things that I am thankful for.
▪My edges and a full head of hair.
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I wasn’t joking. I mean, we all have struggles, but thank God that I even had a “good” head of hair when I was relaxed.

▪The power of prayer and a praying mama. I’m not too sure where I’d be without those. Sometimes my family annoys me, but I love them still.
▪Laughter
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I absolutely love to laugh! Thank God for that creation, for real.
▪Good Friends
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It’s taken me a lifetime to realize that really good friends come few and far between. They pick me up when I’m down, they tell me what I need to hear, and they love me regardless.
▪A Great Church
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Not to brag, but visiting pastors always talk about the reputation that our church has. I am so thankful that we have absolutely amazing founders of our church and mentors. (That’s our flyer for the Christmas shows, come see it if you’re in NY!)
▪The Incomparable, Incomprehensible, Unending, Unconditional Love of Christ
No matter what I do, Jesus will NEVER stop loving me. And for that, I am thankful.

There’s tons more, but I’m not trying to be here all night.

I know what you’re thinking. “Is she just gonna not post for a week and not mention that?!” YUP!

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥

*Thanks to Kendra, our fellow blog sister, for the inspiration.*

All About Winter Deep Conditioning

Hi guys! Today, I have some quick tips for you ladies! In these winter months, it can get brutally cold. I don’t know about where you live, but in New York, the temperatures can get to below 20 degrees! Brr!
Wearing our hair out in that weather can be horrible to our hair. Not only to the ends, but to the whole strand.
Usually, our wash day is the only day during our weeks when we have time to put some TLC back in our hair. We use that wash day to put some badly needed nutrients back into our hair.
So what we want to do is make sure that we DEEP CONDITION EVERY WEEK. The frequency will allow us to restore to our hair the moisture and nutrients that the harsh elements take out of it. While deep conditioning every week, you want to make sure you are using a heavier, creamier deep conditioner. This will give lustre, shine, moisture, etc. (I use Greek yogurt as my base, so I can also have that little boost of protein for strength.)
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When using that heavy deep conditioner, you also want to make sure that you GIVE TIME FOR IT TO WORK. Allow time for your deep conditioner to impart all those good things to your strands. Those 15 minute deep conditioners that you do in the summer are not going to cut it for the winter months. So make sure you schedule an appropriate amount of time.
The last thing you should be doing is putting something over your head while deep conditioning to capture the heat. We all know that heat works wonders during deep conditioning, so we need to try to keep as much of it in as possible. So whether it’s a beanie, a hot towel, or multiple plastic bags, keep that heat on LOCK!

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥

The Politics of Afro-Textured Hair

Hi guys, I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving. I’m here to talk to you about the politics of black hair. We all know that going natural has it’s consequences.  Whether we want to think of them as detangling time or something a bit more political, someone will always have something to say.
I’ve really tried to be quiet, hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battles (LOL) but for real?! I had to let my voice be heard on this one.
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Look at this sweet baby! Twelve year old Vanessa Van Dyke is all over the news right now. Her school, Faith Christian Academy, has given her a week to either straighten or cut her hair. Their reasoning? “It’s too distracting.”
*side eye for days*
Now, to play devil’s advocate for a minute: YES, natural hair can be distracting. That’s how God made our hair, and we can’t help that. Vanessa’s hair will be distracting no matter how she chooses to wear it.
BUT!
I think that we, as Black women, deserve to be distracting. We deserve to be attention getters! Why?
No one gave a second look to our ancestors when they were just “the help.” No one paid any attention when we were “too dark skinned.” And MAY I ADD, no one batted an eye when we had straight, non distracting hair!

If we let people dictate the way we choose to wear our hair, how far are we gonna let them go?

Go on, Vanessa. Divinelyrooted supports you and that beautiful, eye catching afro.

Until next time,
Mandisa ♥