Today’s jewelry is brought to you by Alodeuri Jewelry & Accessories (earrings) and my fav thrift store (cocktail ring). The earrings are handmade, one-of-a-kind & only cost $6. The cocktail ring was $2. These pieces contain one of my fav color combos and I just wanted to share.
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So what is that mass of hair pictured above? Well my friends…this is the mass of tangles that I was up til almost 2am cutting from my hair. The culprit? Finger detangling.
Am I saying you shouldn’t finger detangle? No.
Am I saying I won’t finger detangle? Yes, and no. Let me explain.
Prior to my episode of finger detangling as my sole method to detangle my hair, I’d be faithfully using my Tangle Teezer. But I must admit, the many “the tangle teezer is the Devil” posts and videos had me scared. Though it seemed to be working fine for me, it had seemed to be working fine for them also until they realized the damage done to their hair. Mind you, I always felt that the results probably depended on the technique used, but still I got caught up in the drama.
I’d been watching a YouTuber (who shall remain nameless because she is not the blame) who is a physician whose speciality is the hair and scalp. She stated that using combs and brushes to detangle can cause microscopic tears in the hair shaft, and that finger detangling is the best method to avoid such damage. I really took it to heart, and thought I’d try using my fingers solely to detangle. For the last few weeks, I only used my fingers. And as the weeks went on, I began to notice some locing and tangles mid-strand. These progressively got worse, since I really couldn’t detangle as effectively as I had using my fingers. They are just too big to get between the hairs and free them of each other.
Finally, I just came to the conclusion that I’d just have to cut the tangles out. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to have sections of hair that were significantly shorter than others all over my head. But I didn’t want the tangled masses to increase any more. So I commenced to cutting last night. I dampened my hair with Shida Natural’s moisturizing spray and used Shida Natural’s Moisturizing detangler creme as well. Then I CAREFULLY detangled the hair strands that I could remove from the large tangle, and what I couldn’t save, I cut off. Then I applied SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to the sections, and twisted. Here are some pictures of my hair today. I can’t even tell where it was that I cut my hair – which made me feel much better. I’m glad I’m free of the tangled masses now.
So what’s the plan now for detangling? I think I will follow the process outlined in The Science of Black Hair – detangle first with the fingers, then with a seamless wide-tooth comb, then with my denman or tangle teezer. Doing it in these steps helps makes the job of detangling more progressive and helps to avoid breakage.
Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Sometimes you have to stick to what works for you. Even an expert’s advice may not exactly work for your hair. At a certain point in your journey, you have to go with what YOU know. I’m there.
Posted in Hair Care Tips, My Healthy Hair Journey, Uncategorized
Tagged cut hair, detangle, detangler, detangling, finger detangle, healthy, natural hair, pictures, sheamoisture, shidanatural, the science of black hair
Living Social…thanks. Thanks for the 2 for 1 deal on the sunset cruise aboard the American Rover in Norfolk, VA. Now all those years I’d lived in Norfolk, and my husband was born and raised in Norfolk, and we had no idea this even existed. So when I saw this come across Living Social, I thought it might be interesting. And a lil’ romantic (I usually don’t get cheesy but the hubster likes it LOL) The normal price for the sunset cruise is $25 per person, and the cruise is 2 hours long.
Since they don’t serve dinner on the boat, just snacks and an open bar of course, we stopped over in Waterside for the 2 slices of pizza and 1 drink for $5 special. You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks on board, so it worked out perfect.
Here are some pictures as we sailed into the sunset. It was the perfect way to spend a Tuesday evening…
For more information on the American Rover and the cruise schedule, go to www.americanrover.com
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After wearing my dry twist-out for two days, I decided to add a little moisture to my hair while retwisting at night using the Shida Natural’s Moisturizing Cream/Detangler. I really enjoyed this product, because it definitely detangled my hair - which can be an issue after rocking a twist-out for a few days, and added moisture without hardly any shrinkage. These are my results the next morning.
I really enjoy Shida Natural products. Not only was my hair really soft and moisturized, the product also has a slight hold that really defined the re-twist-out. Shida Naturals’ products can be found at www.shidanaturals.webs.com
And just so you know, I did this on a side-street on my way to work as I was slowing down to a stop sign. While I don’t encourage taking pictures while driving, I just had to capture my curls blowing in the wind! Don’t judge me LOL
Posted in Hair Care Tips, Hair Styles & Tutorials, My Healthy Hair Journey, Product Reviews
Tagged detangler, dry twist out, healthy, moisture, moisturizing cream, natural hair, pictures, product review, shidanatural, twist out