Friday, January 7, 2011

Plus Size Outfit

So... Yea! 
New Years Day Party Wear the form of a crazy club pic...

Shoes: $29 (avenue), Tights: $12 (torrid), Skirt: $6 (avenue) 
Shirt: $9 (avenue), Jacket: $20 (avenue)

Are Protective Hairstyles Really Protecting?

As you all may or may not know I have been on this protective hair style rant. I vowed to keep my hair in protective hair styles for 1 year! In one of my earlier posts i had taken out some thick braids and my ends were shot. I had to cut off so much hair. So after that my hair has been under corn rolls and wig caps... That's right. But is the hairstyle really helping when you cannot get moisture to your hair? I don't think so. When getting a protective style make sure you can get to your hair to moisturize it daily!!! This hairstyle is a wig cap so i can get under it, take it off, and MOISTURIZE daily! 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Test the PH of Your Hair Care Products

I learned some important things from Cathy Howse and Kimmaytube. I learned it is important to return your hair to its proper ph. Some shampoos can completely strip the natural oils from your hair. You want to make sure you open your cuticles to get moisture in but you have to make sure you close them as well. This is a few reasons why it is important to test the ph of your haircare products. 

4.0-6.0 Wash you hair with a shampoo that is this ph (closer to 6 to open cuticles).  
4.5-5.5 This is the ph that hair is between. 
4.0 Closes your hair cuticles and holds in moisture (close to 4 to close cuticles).

I tested the ph of all my hair products, The original shea buttter I made had a ph of 6.5and 7).
(strip on the left that is between the 6  The new whipped shea butter I made has a ph of 5.5 (strip between the 5 and 6). My hair spray has a ph of 6 and so does my hair oil. This is all great! It means that my products will close my hair cuticles after I sprayed it on. I will add aloe vera juice to my hair spritz tho to bring it closer to 4.5.

I will be testing the ph of more of my products and I will let you know the results. 

You can buy ph strips HERE. These are great! Thanks Kimmaytube

Read books and do research. Discover what your hair loves. You will be surprised what you can learn.