Hair Stuff

It’s been nearly 2 months since my last update. Laziness, as usual. Get ready for the boring shit. To start off, maintaining natural hair without chemicals has proven to be difficult over the years. I’ve experienced shedding, breakage, split ends, and just overall dry and brittle hair. Initially Shea Moisture products were working great for me but over time they simply stopped working. My hair has difficulty absorbing moisture because it is of low porosity. Over the summer I did some hair research and discovered a few things:

  1. Hair steamer: Dealing with low porosity hair can be a pain but it’s not impossible to maintain. I purchased the Q Redew hair steamer. When you have low porosity hair, your hair cuticles are basically closed. Using a hair steamer opens the cuticles and allows moisture in. I’ve found the Q Redew to be a very useful product and I’m 100% glad that I purchased it. After shampooing my hair, I use the Q Redew right before a deep conditioning. I’ve found this to be an effective hair steaming method for me. My hair seems to maintain moisture after this method.
  2. Protein Treating: When I started on my natural hair journey I was transitioning rather than doing the “big chop.” To keep the hair strong during transitioning, I was doing protein treatments every 6 weeks. Now that all of my hair is completely natural, I discovered the treatments were less effective because my hair pretty much always maintain it’s own efficient levels of protein.
  3. Oil Treatments: This was something that I simply was not doing and it is one of the simplest things to do and also great for my hair type. One oil in particular that I’ve discovered to be most effective is Amla Oil. Initially I couldn’t deal with its strong smell but this treatment has worked wonders for my hair. Please note that this isn’t really an oil you should apply to your hair and not wash out unless you do this in moderation. For more information, research on how to use Amla Oil.
  4. Clarifying Shampoos: These pretty much thoroughly wash residue/products out of hair when they build up. This was an issue for me being as though my hair wasn’t successfully absorbing products. Products would build up in my hair making it sticky at times.

Boring shit. But if you’re looking to maintain healthier natural hair, it can be helpful.

I Think I’m Getting Old

Oh, the things I consider to be entertaining at my age. Of course, I enjoy reading a good book. Although, I haven’t read anything because of the reading that I have to do for my classes. The thought of reading a book after assigned reading just isn’t an appealing option. However, during my free time I enjoy watching TV Shows and movies. My addiction is serious. I have an actual app called Seen It just to keep up with my shows. I come across movies mostly just browsing Netflix or Amazon Prime. I think maybe I will start doing movie reviews here too. I realized the other day that I don’t see that very often when I’m reading blogs. Some people like clothes, shows, and beauty tips. I like movies and shows. So far I’ve done one book review but I do plan on doing more in the future. I just may do some for books I’ve already read. We’ll see.

I’ve always been interested in the writing of scripts and books. I’m a creative writing major after all. I’m doing very well in school by the way. Some of the courses I’m taking are very interesting. I’ve been especially indulged in my sociology course. It seems like some of the things I talk about with my friends fit into the realm of sociology. I briefly considered becoming a sociology major but that thought was completely short lived. I mean, I love the subject and all but I haven’t a clue where that would lead me in the future. I’m sure there are a plethora of possibilities… that I’m just too uninterested to explore.

I was searching for a wordpress theme because I wanted something very simple that would fit my blog. I couldn’t find anything suitable enough for me. Some of the themes that I do like appear to require photos in nearly every post. Not really sure how this would work for me because I don’t take photos often and especially not just for a blog. That’s too much pressure. In the meantime I plan on just tweaking this theme more. After all, this is a theme that I made from scratch. I built this theme years ago and created numerous themes from this one during the time. I suppose it’s just easier to stick to what I know. [EDIT] I ended up finding something simple and suitable. Tweaking is in session. [/EDIT]