The ‘Water Only Washing’ Way

I have decided to start using a method that uses only water. This means no shampoo, conditioner or anything else except for an occasional deep condition and oils on the ends of the hair during the transition period.

A year ago I moved to the UAE and although I enjoy being here I find at times that it is difficult to find the same stuff I used at home – You know, the favourites, some natural and some that I use just because – Tresemme, oils and butters, herbs and roots. (Well I didn’t really use herbs and roots but it sounded good).

Even though I have to search high and low to find what I need here, my hair is growing and on the whole doing well. In the past few weeks it’s felt soft and moisturised, my curls are really defined and I am beginning (at long last) to be able to get consistent results. However, there has been some breakage at the front and back so I want to see if I can eliminate or reduce any more breakage and get even healthier hair.

So, I’ve been looking for something more natural, maybe vegan or vegetarian… Or so I thought but after seeing some of the prices of these I decided against it and have to resort to either making my own, (having trouble getting ingredients that don’t cost an arm and a leg before adding on posting overseas) or something else. The ‘something else’ is the Water Only Method. I am really keen to try this, so keen that I’ve decided to start today! Please be aware that I am not a patient person and I’m not very good at ‘reading’ my hair. I’m hoping that this will change along this new journey and that my hair will thrive, that I will be able to understand what naturals are talking about when they say they can ‘feel the sebum’ and that they have ‘full coverage of sebum’. Not too much to ask for – healthy, thriving, full knowledge of the way my hair reacts by doing it the water only way.

Day One

The first thing that is recommended is to clarify the hair to get rid of all the cones, dirt and buildup.

I recently received a gift from a colleague at school of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and conditioner and must admit to using it a couple few times because I was too lazy to make the Apple Cider Vinegar wash. So let’s start washing that stuff out right now.

I clarified with Rhassoul Clay and Aloe Vera Gel.

Search for a Good Satin Hair Cap

Who else has problems at night time trying to keep that satin scarf/cap on their head? Well I went on a search after trying to tie my hair with an old sleep cap (not much elastic left in it), a scarf and at times whatever I could find.  I even reverted back to a bandana at one point.

I decided to purchase these two sleep caps:

  • Amazon – QFitt Collection Large Drawstring Satin Sleep Cap £5.99 plus postage
  • Ebay – Magic Collection Satin Sleep Cap Breathable/Elastic Band Large 20″ # 2191Bl – £2.99 (including postage)

The Magic 20″ Sleep Cap, I’ve given to my daughter who was quite excited because she was tying her hair up with anything she could find as well.  They have different sizes and I think I’m going to get another one but larger. The QFitt cap (with the really long drawstring) I’m trying out. They both stay on really well. The only thing I’m worried about with the Qfitt is waking up in the morning with the drawstring wrapped around my neck because it’s so long.  I of course wrap it around the top of my head a few times. It is also quite expensive for what it is and was in my wishlist for a couple of months until I gave in. I wouldn’t buy another one at that price.

Other interesting products I have found are below.  They are not just in the UK:

Let’s take care of our natural hair ladies and gents – use a satin cap or pillow.

Shine on Award

I was just nominated for the Shine On award by foreverasiam.  Thank you very much for this as this is my first award since starting my blog and I am very excited about getting it.  I was ecstatic yesterday as it was my best day for visits to my blog as well.  Looking forward to sharing more natural exploits with those interested.

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The Rules:

1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.  

2. Add the award logo to your blog. 

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire.

5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

Seven things about me:

1. I love crafting such as scrapbooking, making cards, creating bookmarks (mainly for church) etc.

2. I have been blogging randomly for a while but this is the first time I’ve kept it up on a particular subject.

3.  I had locs for 6 years and recently had a big chop. 

4. I am a teacher working in a primary school as an Inclusion Leader/Every Child a Reader (ECaR).  I love it!

5. I have 2 children aged 20 and 11 years.

6. I am the Church Clerk at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK.

7. I love gadgets.  My most recent gadget was the iPhone 5.

My Nominees:

http://www.salad-in-a-jar.com/

http://naturalrify.wordpress.com/

http://thisbrownqueen.wordpress.com/

http://napzrbeautiful.wordpress.com/

http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/38847060/

http://naturalhairess.wordpress.com/

Thank You

Naturally Yew

A First for Hair

I am lapping up every moment of my hair. This holiday I’ve been able to do a few ‘firsts’:

1. We had a ‘Hair Party’ (or whatever you want to call it). A few of my friends from church are thinking of going natural. Believe me something’s happening and loads of people I know are thinking this is the way to go – natural. I’ve been natural now for 10 months and a couple of friends dropped by to talk hair. We talked about how to wash, what to apply, why we do it, we looked at combs, gels, shampoos, conditioners and 3 hours later came to the conclusion that it was great fun and we needed to do it again – next date is 9th June 2013 @ 2.00pm and it looks like at least 13 people will be crammed into my little front room, eating, sharing, discussing and listening (can’t wait!)

2. During the ‘Hair Party’ a friend brought up eczema so my next ‘first’ was to look for something that might help with a sensitive scalp and body. I’ve not made as much butter this winter as my house is freezing and the butter turned to rock. My daughter made me make some a couple of weeks ago and that came out creamy so I thought I’d try again. To make this butter I used the following:

Shea & Coconut Butter
Shea & Coconut Butter

1 cup of Shea Butter
1/2 cup of Coconut Butter
1/2 cup of Jojoba Oil
10 – 12 cups of Orange Essential Oil
10 – 12 cups of Peppermint Essential Oil

I melted the Shea and Coconut Butter first then added all of the oils. Next I put it in the freezer for 30 minutes until it began to get hard (I tripled the ingredients so needed longer). When it came out I whipped it until it began to get creamy. I needed to put it back into the freezer for an extra 10 minutes and voila the result is above. I usually squeeze it out of bag like icing but this time just scooped it out with a spoon.

It looked yummy! Unfortunately I’m not a great fan of the smell of coconut butter (don’t get me wrong, I can eat it no problem but for it to be on my body… for a long period of time, not so much.

3. My third ‘first’ was a pretty decent twist out – I’m not saying the style is all that but the texture and softness was great and I love the definition of this twist out. I’ve not done my hair on such big twists for a while as it didn’t work well but now my hair is growing it’s looking better and filling out. Not so much ‘picking’ to fill out the gaps.

Twist Out
My Softest Feeling Twist Out

4. My final ‘first’ was to do finger coils on a friend’s hair. It took about an hour and a half and didn’t turn out too bad (if I do say so myself). It was a finger coil on transitioning hair so there were some stringy ends which she later cut off. I’ve been doing different styles on my hair so it was scary doing it on somebody else’s hair and there were lots of prayers going up asking that it came out OK.

Well enough firsts – lets see what the next couple of months bring, especially as the weather is trying to warm up here in Bristol.

Body & Hair Oil

I’ve been looking for something more natural to use instead of the unnatural baby oil we’ve been buying.

I decided to go for a mix of the following:

1/3 cup (60ml) – Coconut Oil
1/3 cup (60ml) – Jojoba Oil
1/3 cup (60ml) – Almond Oil
2 tablespoons of Vitamin E Oil
6 – 10 drops of Orange and Lavender essential oils

As I was running out of Jojoba oil I have not mixed as much as I would have liked. I’ll see what the family think then mix another batch when I’ve restocked.

Natural Hair Goal

Since cutting off my locs, I have been thinking about a goal for my hair. I liked having long hair and would actually like to have it again but this time with hair that I can change, manipulate and enjoy.

After 6 years of locs, not being a creative person with my hair, needing to go to the locs specialist for styles that were a bit more creative (see below) and frankly becoming a bit bored with it, I look forward to experimenting with my ‘fine’ natural hair.

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With all this in mind, I’ve been reading up on my natural hair and came across the following on this website – http://www.naturalhaircommunity.com/grow-long-hair:

‘The truth is that the process to grow long hair can vary for each person and it’s really about increasing the number of right things that you do for your hair and the reducing the number of wrong things that you do for your hair. Note: The key phrase in the sentence above is “for your hair”. What works for someone else, may not work well for your hair.’

And

‘If we assume (for the sake of example) that the measurement from the top of your head to the top of your shoulders is roughly 12 inches and that you have an average growth rate of ½ inch per month, it will take two years (or more) with excellent length retention for you to achieve shoulder length hair assuming that you have recently big chopped down to a brush cut (or for your natural hair to reach shoulder length if you’re transitioning).’

How true. Wouldn’t we all like a process that works for all or even just me! I’ve already realised that this is just not going to happen so continue on my journey to explore my new found natural hair and grow it to the length that my locs were.

My Fine Natural Hair

I’m learning a lot about my hair. The newest revelation is that I have ‘fine’ hair. I seem to have a lot of this type of hair but just the same it is ‘fine’. So does this matter? Well yes it does and it answers a few questions such as why don’t flat twist outs look like the ones ive seen on Youtube but instead are so scalpy? Why do I have to really puff my hair up to get rid of those lines? Why do I find broken strands on my fingers when I sometimes do finger coils? It is because I have fine hair.

Fine Natural Hair
Fine Natural Hair

I’ve been doing some reading on the subject but unfortunately there isn’t a lot out there. I will continue in my search for what works well on my hair but I feel I have a long way to go. Nevertheless, I’m loving it! I can’t wait to see what my hair can do as it gets longer, what it will look like and how much of it I have. I am also experimenting with my daughter’s hair which is coarser than mine and hoping to teach her to love her natural hair too.

Length Check T-Shirts

I recently bought a length check t-shirt to eventually begin to record the growth of my hair. I then found a site that shows you how to create your own so thought I’d share it with you all – (I have not made my own).

http://www.naturalhaircommunity.com/how-to-create-a-length-check-t-shirt
Buy from: http://justgrowalready.spreadshirt.co.uk/