Natural Hair:: 4 Quick Protective Styling Tips for Cooler Weather

Heey!! Thanks for sending me questions, keep ‘em coming. I love answering them for you! Here is one I received today.

” The weather is getting cooler, how can I protect my hair? It is just below my shoulders for the first time. I don’t want it to break off. Can you give me a few tips or show me some styles. Thanks! “

Water is key to healthy hair.

Here are a few tips and I’ll upload some protective style pictures in a later post.

1) Keep your hair moisturized with water, YES, with water! Your hair needs to remain hydrated in order to thrive in the colder weather. Wet your hair  by using  a product with water as its main ingredient and lock the moisture in with a leave in conditioner, shea butter, and an oil ( jojoba, olive, almond, etc)  of your choosing.

2) Wear your hear in a protective style. ( some folks frown on wearing protective styles in the office but for me, whatever, I want healthy hair ) :)  This means keeping the ends of your hair tucked away. Buns, twists, braids, and other up-do’s are good for this. Remember not to tug at your hairline when pulling the hair back.

Drape a scarf over your collar to prevent breakage of your hair

3) *Wool Collars are HORRIBLE to hair. Letting your hair sweep across wool will surely cause breakage. Add a silk scarf on the collar if you want to rock your wool jackets or coats. ( *cotton has similar effects but wool is the worse of the two)

4) Sport a silk lined hat/cap when out in the cold air. This protects the hair yet you remain fashion forward. Hats are hot this Fall!

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

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Daily Kiss:: Whispers

” Life is about growth and change. When you are no longer doing that—that is your whisper; that is your whisper that you are supposed to do something else. ” ~Oprah

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

“Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.”
~Fanny J. Crosby

Petite Celebs Out and About:: Toni Braxton inducted in Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards | Signs with new Management

Toni Braxton, 5’2”, a six time Grammy winner, actress and now reality tv star, joined a host of pop and R& B artists at the recent Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards in Atlanta where she was inducted. Congratulations to her!

Toni Braxton, 5'2", Petite Celebs Out and About | source eurweb.com

Are you looking forward to the WeTV reality series she shares with her mom and sisters, “Braxton Family Values”, to return this fall?  I am.

Also noteworthy for Toni Braxton, it is reported from The Hollywood Reporter that she has recently signed with talent agency ICM. Hopefully, this means more of Toni’s music is on its way!

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair:: Celebrities out and about:: Solange

At the 9th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party at Paramount Studios in Hollywood last week (September 23, 2011)  Solange was beaming in her yellow skirt and gorgeous Natural Hair.  I don’t think this is a wig.. if it is, it’s a darn good one!!

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I love her style… .Looks like she knows a lil something about dj’ing, too.

Don’t you just love all that hair???

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Daily Kiss:: Be Patient, Have Fun

Be Patient, Have Fun

“You learn it as you go along. You don’t get smart at 17. You just don’t unless, you know, you’re one in a billion. It just isn’t going to happen that way. It will normally happen over time. And it’s the getting there which has been the most fun. You’ve got to be patient and enjoy, as I said before, the process of getting there. Because I promise you, it’s a lot more fun than being there.” — Simon Cowell

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair:: Flaky Scalp:: Possible Causes and What to do

Heeeey. Hope you are all fabulous!! I received a question today from a reader and wanted to answer it here.  

 I have had a dry flaky scalp and it seems to be getting more so since growing my hair out.. have you had an issue with this? If so, what did you do? Thanks!

I’ve had a dry scalp when my hair was relaxed. It could have been because I used a lot of products that I’ve since learned clog pores. After my big chop in 2008 to now, I’ve not had an issue with my scalp being dry or flaky. Here is some information I’ve gathered over the years that I hope help answer your question.

 A dry flaky scalp can be caused by a number of things, including the weather and or the products you are using. Dry Scalp is usually treatable when you give your hair added moisture and eliminate certain products from your regimen. You will need to identify or narrow down what could be the cause of your specific issue before it can be dealt with properly.

What causes Flaky Dry Scalp?

Dandruff is not the result of dry hair, it is caused by an oily scalp. You can usually differentiate dandruff from dry scalp by the size of the flakes. Dandruff flakes are larger and white. Your scalp may itch but it will not be inflamed or tender. Treatment::  Increasing the frequency of shampooing your hair will help; use a shampoo that has ingredients to specifically treat dandruff. I’m an advocate of natural products so I’d recommend, JASON, dandruff relief shampoo. It has tea tree oil, neem and rosemary in it.

Product build up (especially products with mineral oil, petroleum and other pore clogging ingredients) can also cause flaky, dry scalp. These flakes are not dead skin cells at all, but gels, conditioner, hair grease, or other products you’ve used that are mixed with your skin cells. Treatment: Begin to use a clarifying shampoo to rid your scalp of the residual ingredients. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner as clarifying shampoos strip your hair. ( makes it squeaky clean but also has a tendency to be drying)

Dead skin cells fall off and are replaced by new skin cells. When this process of shedding is faster than normal, you will notice flakes on your scalp. If your flakes are because of dry skin, you will most likely have dry skin on other parts of your body. The flakes are dry, small, and white. Not washing your hair often enough can lead to excess oil and more rapidly producing flakes. Treatment: Use a hydrating shampoo for dry hair and scalp. Gently massage your scalp, using only your finger tips not your NAILS, to remove the flakes and increase circulation to the area. (Scratching your scalp is never a good idea, it has a counter effect)

TIP 1 :  Never apply products directly to your scalp. Our scalp creates its own oils, no need to apply hair grease or pomades to it.

TIP 2: Our scalp can get sunburned; if you’ve been in the sun more than usual or take long hot  showers; limit both to see if it helps with your journey to a non-flaky scalp.

Finally, if you give your scalp a little more TLC and your flakes are still there, it may be time to call your dermatologist.

I hope this helps. If you need more information or if you have any other questions, send them to me @ enjoyingthejourneys@gmail.com or comment on this post.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to Enjoying The Journeys.

~Kristi

The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Daily Kiss:: Master your Thoughts

“Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Petite Fashion :: Fall / Winter 2011 Shoe Trend

Buckles, patents, reptile-skin, suede, boots, wedges and spike heels are so in this season. All these trends are definitely perfect for petites making this cold season fashionably hot. Sky high spike heels in patent leather or snake skin, fab wedges and buckled boots will definitely suit stylish petites.

Celebrities are starting to show off their fall/winter shoe collection: Victoria Beckham goes shopping with baby Harper in sky-high patent platform heels and comfy yet chic suede boots. Chunky wedges are favorite among Vanessa Hudgens and Leighton Meester. Star stylist Rachel Zoe goes out with buckled wedge for edgy style.

What shoe trend would you try this season?


Suede Boots

Ashley Tisdale and Victoria Beckham

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Wedges

Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Zoe

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Patent Leather

Victoria Beckham and Leighton Meester

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Spike Heels

Kim Kardashian and Selma Hayek

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