2016 Length Check

Happy Sunday Everyone.
Some of you readers have been here since the very beginning of my journey. I don’t think I’ve done an official length check of the course of these 3 plus years, so here it is! I recently did a much needed trim. Like I’ve always said, health over length right? I’m all about length retention lately, so if you have any tips, be sure to let me know! In the meantime here’s length check

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Love always,
Irene

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Looking Back….

Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful week so far! Today, I want to come to you with a double whammy. You get a two for one today! The importance of journeying your progress to see growth and not giving up! Let’s get into it!

So I recently shared with you that I had achieved my hair goal set in 2013 of 14 inches of hair. It didn’t really occur to me that my hair had grown that much, but through this blog (where I journaled about my hair), I was able to see just how much it has grown. I am flabbergasted.

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Talk about a drastic change in length! The first picture might not be from this past year, but you get my drift! The last two pictures are definitely from this year and there is a definite change in length. In the second picture, my hair barely reached my neck! But in the third (and fairly recent) picture, my hair reaches my shoulder EASILY! Let’s not even talk about that first picture, where I had eye length curls.

The thing I want to focus in on is that those are three pictures of the same hairstyle!

And they look so different!

I remember the first picture. I hardly wore my hair out because I was ashamed of my short hair, but NOW? When I’m not protective styling, I wear them twists OUT, honey! The bigger the hair, the harder they stare, and I love the attention LOL

I guess the takeaway from this is — please be sure to journal your progress. Even when it looks like there’s no significant growth, you just might be surprised!

Until next time,

Mandisa ❤

Straight Hair, Don’t Really Care…

Hi lovely people! I hope you’ve had an amazing week so far! This post is about my straight hair that I had for all of THREE DAYS, lol. Let’s pop the top, shall we?

I recently stayed at Irene’s for the weekend and she did my hair! She gave me the whole cannoli, ya’ll. Blow dry, trim, and straighten. I have to admit, I was very excited to see what my hair looked like. I can’t even remember the last time I straightened it. I was itching so bad, I would have done it myself (if I could find my flat iron -_-).

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It took FOREVERRRRRRRRRR. Oh my God, I don’t know how people go about this process every two weeks, because I can’t deal. Blowdrying took forever, but she used a really good method and several attachments to ensure that my hair was smooth. Here’s what my hair looked like after blowdrying (so I guess this is an impromptu 2014 length check?).

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As you can see, I gained a lot of length from the last time I straightened my hair, which you can easily see here: https://divinelyrooted.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/straight-hair/

BUT THOSE ENDS DOE

My ends were struggling LOL. Not really, but it was evident that I needed a trim, so this is what it looked like after the trim

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Much better. The ends looked a lot more unified and not like some buck teeth LOL. I still had some length too, so I was pleased about that. My hair was about 14 inches before the trim, so now it might be around 13 inches.

BUT WAIT-THERE’S MORE! 🙂

After doing ALLA DAT, Irene then flexi rodded my straight hair for the gawds and my hair turned out flat out fabulous.

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Because I didn’t want fairy tale curls (y’know, like Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White), Irene twisted the hair around the rod as she was rolling, which gave a curl that favored curling wand curls. Didn’t I slay? I know.

I washed my straight hair out as soon as I could, though. As I’m progressing in my journey, I’m learning that I really don’t like my hair straightened as much as I used to. I could do without it. I mean, yes, straight hair is fun, but I don’t have to straighten my own hair to get that experience. I love me some straight hair, just not my own LOL

Until next time,

Mandisa ❤

The Bomb Blowout

 

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Hi Everyone,
I promised myself that I was going to post about my blow out that recently did myself. I’m truly happy with the results, so here it is! On my birthday I purchased a new blow dryer from Sally’s Beauty Supply it’s called Hot Shot Tools by Helen Of Troy. I haven’t seen that many reviews about this product on the internet, but the reviews on the website were pretty good. The price is reasonable and it comes with 3 attachments (comb, concentrator, diffuser) and I know I’m going to get use out of all of them. I paid $35.00 for it.

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Compared to my old dryer that everyone and their mama had by Conair with the two combs and a brush , which made my hair feel hard and crunchy this is a true upgrade. After using this dryer my hair felt very smooth. I’m in love with it. My hair was stretched with only a few passes, just using the low heat and high speed. The dryer is easy to handle, it’s not heavy at all. I didn’t have any problems with the attachments coming off considering I have natural hair and it’s not too loud. My hair dries quickly and it really feels soft and smooth afterwards. I was really feeling like Diana Ross once I was done 😉

How I Prepped For Blowout

First I prepooed my hair with a protein treatment. I mixed a concoction with 1 tbsp of mayo for moisturizing and the protein to prevent breakage, 1 egg for protein, a little apple cider vinegar for shine , and 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil for more moisture. I let that sit in my hair for maybe about 45 mins and rinsed it out and proceeded to shampoo, condition, and deep conditioned as I normally would. I made sure to rinse my hair with cool water to help seal in the moisture, close my hair cuticle, and shut my pores. I didn’t want all that conditioning to go to waste.

Then I let my hair sit in a T-shirt to soak up all the excess water, sectioned it in four sections, detangled, and applied my leave in which was Kinky Curly Knot Today, a little pea size amount of coconut oil, my Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, and my Chi Silk Infusion to each section and twisted it up.

When my hair was about 75% dry I began the blow drying process, as opposed to drying my on soaking wet hair. Doing this can cause heat damage because you’re use more heat. The less time you have to expose your hair to heat the better. I ran the comb attachment through my hair starting from ends then working my way up on low heat and high speed. Then when my hair felt smooth and silky enough I used the concentrator attachment with my paddle brush and passed with that a few times on the cool setting, holding the brush vertically. Using the brush in a vertical motion keeps your hair detangled. I was taught this by the glamtwinz334  on Youtube and they were right, holding the brush horizontally make your hair more susceptible to breakage.

I’d say in a good 20 minutes the blow drying process was done!
That’s a first here are some pictures.

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I also trimmed my hair again while it was in this state.
I hope this was helpful!
❤ Irene

 

Hairfinity Update!

Hi guys! It’s been a month since I’ve been taking Hairfinity, and I told you if be back with results. Here I am! 🙂
First off, I made sure to follow the directions on the bottle exactly to ensure the best results in 30 days. The pills are pretty big, so if you have a problem taking pills, you may have a problem taking these.
I took them every night at around the same time, right before bed.
I didn’t notice any side effect, and that was something that I was very wary of. Prior to purchasing them, I had read about headaches, itchy scalp, and more side effects from taking Hairfinity. Thankfully, I didn’t experience any of that.
For the most part, I kept my hair under wigs. When it wasn’t under wigs, apart from the occasional flat twist out, my hair has been up and away from my face.
Does my hair feel stronger? Nope. My hair feels the exact same way. I don’t know how people say their hair feels stronger. How can a person tell that? Anyway, I know you guys are all waiting for the growth results, riiiight?

OK, here they are.
At this present moment, my hair is 10 1/2 inches in the back and about 10 in the front. According to my last length check, my hair hasn’t changed. Weird, huh? It’s crazy because I definitely feel like my hair has grown. It might have been because it was straight when I checked it. I don’t plan on straightening it for a while, though. I purchased another two month supply so I guess I’ll straighten after those two months to really see the growth. I know it’s there, lol.

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

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My Second Length Check

Hi Everyone,
I’m back with a long overdue length check. The last time I measured my hair was last July when I still had relaxed ends. Now I’m truly natural and I want to measure the front, sides, and back of my hair. I recommend doing this every 4-5 months. The average person grows approximately 6 inches of hair a year, that equals to  1/2 an inch of growth per month. I also read that growth rate can be altered by seasons, hair can grow faster in the summer and slows down in the winter. Which isn’t that surprising.  Aside from the harsh elements, everything around us slows in the winter, that’s just nature itself. It’s also important to consider your diet and water intake because it definitely has an effect. Try to eat as healthy as you can. What you put on the inside of your body will show itself outwardly. As you might know I’m taking Manetabolism hair growth pills. I will be posting about it once I finish my one month supply. This length check was done before I started taking the pills. I also trimmed my ends several times since the last time my last measurements in July.

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I didn’t take pictures of the center or back but my hair is 11 inches in the middle and 10 inches in the back.
Here’s the link to my previous length check. Click Here!
Happy Growth!
-Irene

Straight Hair!

Hello everyone! I’m writing to you today about my flat iron experience. Prior to taking Hairfinity, I wanted to flat iron to see where I was at with my hair length. Of course, I could have just stretched it, but where’s the fun in that?
So I started on freshly cleaned and conditioned hair. This is what my hair looked like at 80% dry.

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Let me tell y’all, shrinkage is the devil’s most useful weapon. If I don’t stretch my hair right out of the shower, it will shrink all the way up to my neck!
I then blew my hair out. I used a concentrator nozzle and I am sure that that helped me get it so straight and flat. I tried to get it as straight as I could before the flat ironing process.

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I then went through each of my four sections and began to flat iron, piece by piece. I went over each section twice. I WISH I would have done the chase method because my ends came out a little rough. I didn’t cut any ends because although they were rough, I didn’t see any split ends. Final results?

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I can’t wait to reap the results from Hairfinity!
Oh! My hair is 10 and a half inches on the right side in the back. It’s the same on the left side in the back. At the top, it’s 9 and a half. Seems like those wigs have been protective styling and doing their job! 🙂

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️