The Hair Post| Free the Fro (Porosity)

The hair

I have found the answer *in comes singing black angels*

Answer to what….

My hair, y’all! My hair! I think I’ve figured out how to get my wash and go to 1) stay hydrated, 2) maintain its curl pattern, and 3) remain soft…all over the course of a week to week and a half.

What opened your eyes girl?!

The youtubezzz. What else? The only thing that was different about this trip to YouTube was learning about porosity versus curl pattern. Porosity refers to how your hair is actually built, and how that plays into its ability to absorb water.

Through this, I was able to determine that I have low porosity hair. This type is characterized by:

  • taking FOREVER to dry (my hair is notorious for taking HOURS to dry. HOURS!!)
  • a tightly bound cuticle (the “scales” on the hair lay down flat), thus repelling water (why it takes a few minutes for my hair to get wet), and making it more resistant to processing
  • reacting weirdly to certain protein products > result in build up and a straw like feel
  • product building up very easily

With these things in mind, and with the aid of a couple other videos, I went to work to try a new wash and go routine. It is outlined as follows:

WASHING- always done with warm to very warm water. Never cold, even for rinsing. 

  • Wet hair, and shampoo. I used V05 moisturizing shampoo, particularly the coconut or strawberries & cream scent 
  • Lather and cleanse scalp thoroughly
  • Rinse water thoroughly and apply conditioner. I use the V05 cleansing conditioner in the kiwi melon scent (the green one), or in the absence of that the coconut one that’s from the moisturizing line. 
  • Detangle hair with wide tooth comb and then follow through finger detangling
  • Let conditioner sit for duration of shower (maybe 10 minutes) then finger detangle again.
  • Rinse shampoo and comb through hair with wide tooth comb

STYLING

  • VERY MINIMALLY pat most excess water off hair. I typically focus in the middle of my hair since that takes longest to dry.
  • Using LOC method, I have my water saturating my hair, the Liquid, so I move to my oil. I’ll typically use grapeseed or sweet almond since they’re on the lighter side and don’t weigh down my hair, nor do they dirty up my scalp quickly.
  • For the cream, I use the Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C. Lock It In Sealing Cream on my hair. I take care to apply a decent sized dollop to sections of my hair, taking care to rake it in so it hits each strand. I LOVE this cream, and it smells SO good!
  • Paired with that, I take some Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Leave In Conditioner and do the same thing as with the cream.
  • On top of this, to really make my curls pop and STAY DEFINED ALL WEEK, I use the Hawaiian Silky “Dry Look” Gel Activator. I comb that through section by section as well
  • To top off, I let my hair air dry

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  • So this was where I always used to f up. My hair would look so nice after semi drying (since it takes all day to dry basically – not exaggerating), but I would never know what to do with it at night. It wasn’t long enough to have the pineapple takedown thing work and look nice the next day, and I twist outs and everything stopped working on my hair (which is why I stopped doing them). This was again, until I came across the video of a young woman who suggested puffs!
  • I free section my hair into fours, and simply put them in hair ties. In the morning, I carefully take the hair tie off (never wrapped around more than twice), and pick my hair so that its full and styled to my liking! That’s it!

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NOTES

  • I use warm to very warm water since it helps to open up the cuticle of my hair, allowing for better absorption of products and moisture overall.
  • I use these particular products since they’re water based and very light. This way, I don’t experience any buildup, and they help to keep my hair moisturizer throughout the week.
  • When I take down the puffs in the morning, I do so with the assistance of steam to help liven up my hair and give it some moisture. Doing this every day is one of the key processes I believe has made detangling a dream on wash day, and really help my hair stay moisturized.

My next step is to try to see how to modify this routine for protective styles, like braids. Hopefully this was of some help!

To any of my low porosity naturals out there, what wash day/styling products have you been using?

Keep up with me on Twitter 🙂

-Court

Girl Time| You and Your Coochie: The Joys of Waxing 

Brazilian Waxing

Happy day ✌🏾️

On this episode of “Courtenay’s Beauty Box,” I’ll be discussing my growing love for….*drumroll* waxing! And not just any waxing, the waxing that puts fear in the hearts of many women, and visions of searing pain in their minds: Brazilian waxing.

Why? Why let a complete stranger stare into your vagina (vulva if you want to be specific) and/or butt crack? Why let them repeatedly apply hot wax to your lady lips and tear hair from them? Sounds like a form of self-torture, right?

Wrong. It’s not for everyone, but for those of you out there who may just be scared to try, I’d like to dispel some of that fear. These tips are a combination of personal experience and tips from my favourite waxing salon, European Wax Center. 

My hair is super long, should I shave it down before going in to make it easier?

It’s recommended that your hair be at least 1/4 of an inch so that there’s something for the wax to grab onto. You don’t want it to be too long, otherwise you feel the pain more. Don’t shave though! If you’re going in for a wax and need to groom a bit beforehand, trim very carefully with those tiny scissors.

What do I need to do to prepare for a wax?

You should obviously shower so that everything down there is clean. If your hair is out of control, trim it down (but not too much – see above). There are some things that you can’t really help, like sweating and such, but most places will apply baby powder to the area beforehand to absorb any moisture. If you are worried about cleanliness, as a precautionary measure you can maybe bring baby wipes and just wipe the area a little before going in. I like European Wax Center because their estheticians take care of all of that for you 🙂

Can I wax while on my period?

You can (I personally wouldn’t), and all places might not. You know how on your period your boobs might hurt and everything is more sensitive? Yeah, applies down there as well! Just be aware of that!

What exactly comes off during a Brazilian wax?

Errrrthang. The panty line (bikini line), the outer lips, front, and butt crack. Everyything. Completely bald! If you don’t want to feel so naked, you might opt for some variation of a full bikini wax, which allows you to leave on some hair in the front, or just a regular bikini wax which just takes off the hair along the panty line.

How long should I wait in between waxes?

The usual wait is between 4-6 weeks since people’s hair grows back at different rates. You judge, but somewhere between that range. You don’t want to wait too long, because then the effects of the constancy of waxing wear off, and it will take longer and hurt much more when you go back.

As you wax more often, the hair grows back less frequently, in less quantity, and much less thickly. If you don’t keep up with it, you’re right back at square one!

Hope these tips were helpful! By the way, it’s not for everyone. Not just waxing, but hair removal in general. I’m in no way saying it’s absolutely necessary to remove hair from your nether regions, I’m just talking about it for those who do and are looking for some input. If you’re an au naturale kinda girl, cool. If ya like ya ish bald, cool. Everyone has their preferences…you do you 🖖🏾👽🖖🏾

What do you prefer? Any funny waxing stories?

Until next time,

Court

9 AMAZING BENEFITS OF GLYCERIN FOR OILY SKIN by Ella James

**This is not my post!** This was written by Ella James, a talented researcher and writer who specializes in beauty, skincare, health and fitness. You can check out some of her work here and here, and be sure to read her bio and check her out on social media (see end of post)!

Enjoy!

9 AMAZING BENEFITS OF GLYCERIN FOR OILY SKIN

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Glycerin has several uses. Dermatologists recommend its use for skin care to improve beauty and the radiance of the skin. Popularly used in lotions, soaps and also creams, glycerin has beauty powers and benefits. Those with greasy skin need not to be stressed about the products they can use without causing more issues or problems on the skin. Glycerin can solve their problems and help them manage skin issues in a better way. The product is essential and critical for fighting both infections and skin wrinkling. At the same time, it cleanses and keeps the face soft and moisturized. Furthermore, it is safe and does not have negative or harmful side effects on the greasy skin.

  1. Gentle on the Skin

The product is extremely gentle on the skin and cannot cause any harm. It is essential for the prevention of skin issues, for example psoriasis and eczema. It is also easy on the acne and pimples on the skin and is essential for speeding up healing and recovery.

  1. Smoothing

Sometimes, a greasy skin may cause a dull complexion. Other conditions that can be common when one has an oily skin are irritation and skin itchiness. You may also be prone to skin redness, as well as pimples and acne. Using the product regularly is vital and critical in avoiding these problems and issues. Issues correlated with a greasy skin are thus easy to get rid of with the use of glycerin. At the same time, it can fill the microscopic pores on the skin and thus cause skin smoothing.

  1. Skin Structure

Glycerin is vital for skin toning as well as giving the skin, a structure that is even. It is critical for filling those microscopic pores that may be present in a greasy skin. In addition, it is vital in reducing as well as eliminating acne and blemishes from the skin. It is vital for promoting skin hydration, moisturizing and avoiding skin greasiness.

  1. Non Toxic Nature

Glycerin is a product you can trust and use comfortably. Unlike some other cosmetic and beauty products, it does not contain any harmful and skin damaging chemicals. Besides, it is never harsh on the skin or even acne.

  1. Cell Maturation

This product plays a critical and vital role in maturation of cells. Using it on a greasy skin is essentially beneficial as it helps to get rid of several issues. It is a cure for your blemishes, the acne and pimple breakouts. At the same time, it encourages the rejuvenation of cells.

  1. Moisturizing

It is vital to use glycerin as it is a key moisturizer. It maintains a supple skin and aids in preventing skin sagging and dryness. It is thus essential for all skin types, including an oily one.

  1. Fights Infections

Glycerin contains powerful ingredients that help to fight infections. It is thus vital for keeping infections away from the skin, especially the facial skin. It also helps in promoting the healing of acne on the skin. Using it regularly is one step towards reducing breakouts and brightening the skin.

  1. Fights Aging

This product is still essential for fighting facial wrinkles. It is also vital for reducing and removing wrinkles from the skin, those fine lines that appear in different body parts. It is thus essential to use it regularly on the facial skin, the neck and also the hands. Furthermore, it fights age spots and marks on the face, and thus gives a natural glow and a youthful look.

  1. Use in Your Face Mask

You can use the product with natural ingredients to prepare facial masks. Eventually, it hydrates and gives the skin a natural radiance.

Glycerin for oily skin

Glycerin is an essential beauty product with several uses. It is vital and crucial for a greasy skin. To start with, it is vital for fighting infections. In addition, it fights aging, prevents the breakout of acne and eliminates pimples and blemishes. The product safety is revealed as it does no harm to the skin after use. Instead, it is essential as a beauty product and as a skin treatment remedy.

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Via: https://youtu.be/JF0hZyZjXmI

Author Bio:

Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News. In recent years, she had the opportunity to review Luminique. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.