New year, New HairDo…. Maybe?

Heeeey Happy New Year!

Most of us get the itch to do something different as the calendar flips from one year to another, right?! New year. New Look. Its pretty common.. For me, 2014 was all about my hair!! I wanted a new look!

I was team relaxer most of my life and decided to big chop to team natural in 2008. I sported a teeny weeny afro and grew my hair out to a pretty good length (slightly past bra strap flat ironed) I’ve enjoyed the journey tremendously and would not trade it for anything. I’ve never been one to do different styles other than the occasional twist outs, ponytails, and buns. Needless to say, on my journey, I grew bored and started contemplating my next hair move. I dyed it, did flat twists, bantu knot outs…. still not satisfied. I wanted a sophisticated, fun look and something easy to maintain while working out.

hair cut jan 2014 before

I jumped on Pinterest and started pinning really cute haircuts, particularly the one McKenzie Renae had been wearing. I’ll admit, I became obsessed with this young ladies hair and just knew, this was THE cut for me.Image: McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com

I called my favorite stylist and she didn’t have any availability. I was bummed but I was determined to get my hair cut within 48 hours | before I changed my mind |!! I called another stylist and she had an appointment available. I booked it and 3 hours later, my 8-year-old and 18-year-old daughters headed to the salon. My 18-year-old was eager to see me make the transition from long to short hair while my 8-year-old had a mini melt down. She did not want her mommy to have short hair.

The Haircut Part 2

I sat in the chair for my new bad girl short hair cut. Yesssss, I was thinking to myself…. She picked up the scissors and started cutting my hair, I was like, hol’ up, hol’ up, hold up, I’m not ready for this. Flashes of me regretting the teeny weeny afro phase came over me and I quickly shifted my request for that cut to an inverted bob. I just couldn’t do it….

Oh, well, right??!?  The bob cut suits me very well so I did get a different look. Not exactly the funk I was trying to bring but it fits me well. Who knows,  I may go in later for a different restyling but I need to ease into short hair.  If I do, you’ll know first! I’m looking forward to seeing how my natural curls pop with the bob cut. It may be that big change I was hoping for.

after flat iron and styling hair cut

Do you have any haircut chronicles that you regret? Or did you have an oops haircut that you ended up loving? Come on, spill it.. Am I the only one who ever chickened out on a hairstyle?  :)

Enjoy Your Journey ~ Kristi

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Natural Hair:: Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

Hey ya’ll!

For the past  month or so, I’ve been adding aloe vera gel to my regimen and noticed a significant change in my hair. I usually add about 3-4 tablespoons of 100% aloe vera gel to my favorite leave-in conditioner, mix it up and apply to my hair in sections. I have less breakage, I get fewer frizzes, and my twist outs have great definition. This plant has been a little miracle to my mane!Aloe-Veragelbenefits The reasons my hair have had such great results are all the good stuff found in the plant.

The combination of Aloe Vera’s 20 amino acids (which are the building blocks of hair and scalp) also adds both strength and luster to the hair. It has been proven that the skin can absorb the benefits of Aloe Vera up to 7 layers deep; our scalps are more absorbent than our skin so can you imagine the conditioning benefits available to the scalp?

Some other benefits of using aloe vera on the hair are:

• Relieves Scalp Itching
• Reduces Scalp Redness & Inflammation
• Adds Strength & Luster To Hair
• pH Balancing
• Promotes Hair Growth
• Heals Scalps Affected By Psoriasis & Seborrhea
• Easily Penetrates Hair & Scalp
• Anti- Fungal Properties Alleviates Dandruff
• Helps Hair Retain Water & Moisture

Do you use Aloe Vera on your hair? Do you have any hair recipes using aloe vera gel? If so, leave them in the comments sections.

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Natural Hair:: Protective Styles @ Work

Heeey,  I received another question today from  a reader! Thanks ya’ll, keep ‘em coming.

She wanted to know what styles to wear in a corporate office while keeping her  hair in a protective style.

Here is a collage of how  I wore mine recently. Looking at the pictures, eh, I could have done without the headband but… you get the idea. :)

My hair was blow dried first. I then did two strand twists and used bobby pins to create the bun.

Twists on natural hair

I’ll post more pictures later but this is pretty much my ” go to” style  when I am not wearing a regular bun. If you have any questions or, please feel free to email me, too. (enjoyingthejourneys@gmail.com)

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair:: Define Curls with ECO Styler and Paul Mitchell Conditioner

Hey ladies!Summer is in full swing now! I hope yours  is fabulous and you are having a fun time getting out and about. I’m taking advantage of this warm weather to try new methods of achieving a great wash and go and I found a really awesome combination!!

 ECO Styler Gel with Moroccan Argan Oil and Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as a leave in.

The duo made my hair defined, little frizz and lasted several days. Oh yeah, I had less shrinkage than any other gel I’ve used. I think the oil weighs the hair down more than other brands. I’m  not sure what is in the stuff that makes it oh so good, but I love it!!

Here are a few pictures and check out the video of how I apply products to my hair to define my curls. This is the same process ( minus sitting under a dryer)  I used with the ECO Argan Oil.

Eco Styler Plus Paul Mitchell = Dynamic Duo for me!

Eco Styler/Argan Oil
ECO Gel w/Argan Oil

ECO w/Argan Oil

Freshly applied products to my hair

ECO Styler Argan Oil Gel plus Paul Mitchell The Conditioner

After Hair is completley Air Dried

After hair is completely Air dried

Thanks for reading!! Let me know if you have any questions! Leave comments and/or suggestions if you have any.

As Always, Enjoy your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair: Quick Tips for Summer

Hey Ladies!!  Summer is here and in full swing. I’m preparing my hair for twists but wanted to share a few quick tips to care for your hair during the summer months! Enjoy. :) I’ll use these tips even though my mane is all twisted up. :)

If you usually blow dry, and/or flatiron, summer is the perfect time to (1)  give your hair a vacation from heatwear your hair in wash and go hairstyles. Your  wash and go hairstyle will last even in humidity at those family cook outs and you will not have to worry about it sweating out when you are out at the clubs. ( not that I personally know much about clubbing :) )

wash and go hair

(2) Avoid damage when swimming: Wet hair  before you get in the pool ( some suggest that you also slather conditioner throughout your hair) . Your hair will soak up the water and/or conditioner instead of the chlorine water. Always make sure you rinse well after swimming in the pool or ocean. The salt water will dry your hair out. * A fellow blogger @ http://www.newlynatural.com has a very detailed  post on swim  hair care. Check out her blog for extensive info.

(3) Sun protection: If you are spending a lot of time in the sun at an outdoor concert or at the amusement parks, wear a hat to protect your hair from the intense rays of the sun.

Summer Hats protect Hair from the Extreme Heat from the Sun

(4) Drink plenty of water. Your hair will soak it up from the inside out. :) Healthy hair is well moisturized hair. :)

Have fun this summer!!

 Enjoy Your Journeys. Kristi

Natural Hair: What’s coming up!

Hey! Thanks for the patience while I did a little spring cleaning to my blog. I hope it will be a bit more organized and easier to find exactly what you are looking for. I’m satisfied ( for now) with how it looks and feels (o:  I have a lot of natural hair updates that will be up over the next few weeks, including reviews, new regimen,  tips, tricks, celebs and kids natural hair posts, too. Good stuff. Oh yeah, more hair videos…

I want to start featuring other natural beauties, too, so if you are interested, email me!! :)

Thanks for sticking with me.. more natural hair love is heading your way!! :)

Enjoying the Journeys

Enjoy your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair: Scalp Conditioning with Honey

Heey! This is a great recipe I wanted to share. My hair loves honey!! It really softens and adds an incredible shine. :) This is a little modification from a previous post I did because this one focuses more on scalp stimulation. Scalp stimulation = Hair growth!! Ye– Ah!! :)

Scalp Hair Treatment with Honey

2 tablespoons jojoba oil
2 teaspoons honey
3 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops sandalwood essential oil

This deep conditioning treatment is beneficial for your hair and your scalp.

Combine jojoba oil and honey in a small bowl, and gently heat in the microwave in 20 second increments until you reach a comfortably warm temperature. Add rosemary and sandalwood essential oils.

Dampen your hair and scalp with warm water.

Massage the warm oil mixture into your scalp with your fingertips, working the oil through your hair all the way to the ends.

Cover your hair with a shower cap and a hot, damp towel to help the oils penetrate more deeply. Leave in place for 30 minutes, replacing the hot towel as it cools. ( OR use your favorite deep conditioning/steaming cap)

Shampoo and, follow with conditioner if necessary.

Enjoy your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural hair:4 Quick Tips::Vol. 1

Heeey !!      Just thought I ‘d run down a few tips that I discovered along my journey to healthy, natural hair… ..

1) Water, Water, Water!

Inside and Out is good for your hair. Drink it up and   Pour it on. Your hair will LOVE IT!

2) Make sure your hands are clean before styling your hair.

For instance, if you cleaned your tub/shower with a typical bathroom cleanser  without wearing gloves. BEWARE: the chemicals left on your hands may reactivate with water or your styling products. NOT GOOD for your mane.

3) Make sure your nails have no snags. One nail that is not properly manicured could create a frizzy mess. Imagine your nails acting like a fine toothed comb to your curls. YIKES! Maybe it’s not your regimen or products that need trimming, it’s your nails.

4) Avoid towels when drying your hair.

Towels are made of cotton.  The fabric tends to be very harsh on the hair.

Wrap the t-shirt around your hair like you would a towel

Grab a t-shirt instead. The fibers are smoother and yet they soak up the water nicely. Less frizz is the result.

Want more tips?? Do you have tips to share? Add a message in the comment section!!

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi

Natural Hair: Kinky Curly Curling Custard Tutorial

Heey Journey Women!!! :)

Ever wondered how to use Kinky Curly Curling Custard? Here is a quick tutorial I recently did. Enjoy! Leave questions/comments under the video or on this page. ;)

Enjoy Your Journeys! ~ Kristi