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Another youtuber 🙂 don’t you just love it. Hopefully here videos show up and “are not unavailable” She does a tutorial on rollersetting natural hair

This im going to try when my hair is out. Maybe minus the flatiron. Im trying to minimize my heat use.


So I stumbled across this blog last week… yeah last week and I have to say I love what I am seeing. The author of the blog posts pictures of people( who send it their photos) in their natural hair and sometimes permed hair, with different styles that they do. The hair textures are varied so you can see real tight kinky hair and looser coiled hair examples as well. Im gonna post some of the pictures that I liked and that made me say wow! 🙂 Check out her blog here. 🙂

Click on the links to check out the pictures.

Updo with bangs

Sera: Part deux

Sera: Long napps

Favourite Colours


I have been in search mode for the last day to two looking for basic shampoo recipes that I can add special ingredients to such as shea oil (yes it does come in oil form :D) silk peptide powder, honeyquat. Basically items that can make my shampoo more moisturizing and less likely to strip my hair. These recipes are taken from Natural Hair Care Guide.


Basic Customizable Shampoo 

This is a very basic gentle shampoo recipe. You can customize it by choosing herbs that meet the needs of your hair.



  • 3 tablespoons unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1 1/2 cups spring water
  • 2 tablespoons dried herbs (1/4 cup fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon almond or apricot kernel oil
  • 3 drops essential oil

To make:

Place herbs in a clean mason canning jar with a lid.
Boil the spring water and pour over the herbs.
Cover and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
Strain the tea into a bowl.
Add the liquid castile soap and almond or apricot kernel oil and mix thoroughly.
Scent with essential oil and mix again.
Pour into a recycled shampoo bottle.
Shake before use.


Italian Seasoning Shampoo    
Written by Amy McKnight   

Yep. I am talking about the seasoning that you put in spaghetti sauce. Marjoram, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, and basil are all herbs that are good for your hair.


  • 4 tablespoons unscented liquid castile soap
  • 2 cups spring water
  • 4 tablespoons Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon almond kernel oil
  • 2 drops of your favorite essential oil (if you don’t like the sent)

To make:

Place herbs in a glass bowl.
Boil spring water and pour over herbs.
Cover and allow to steep 30 minutes.
Strain liquid.
Add castile soap and almond oil and mix thoroughly.
Add essential oils and mix again.
Store into a clean plastic container


a remineralizing blend of Moroccan volcanic clay found in the region of Meknes, infused with a mixture of therapeutic plants for body wraps and hair treatments.

Nourishes both body and skin through the combined therapeutic effects of the clay and plants
Contains a soaping substance which enables the plant mixture to eliminate toxins through absorption
Cleansing, anti-fungal and purifying properties
Available in chip or soap bar form.

Ingredients: Moroccan lava clay, infusion of Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Myrtus communis (myrtle), Eugenia caryophyllata (clove), Rosa damascena (rose), rock moss, Tanacelum vulgare (tansy), Lavandula angustifolia x lavandula latifolia (lavendin) essential oil

Application: Mix 1 to 2 tablespoon of clay chips (according to surface) with enough water to obtain a smooth runny paste. Apply on wet skin or hair avoiding the eyes, and leave on for approximately 10 minutes. Rinse clean and follow treatment with a lathering wash and moisturizer.

250 ml / 8oz


It can be found at

These are probabley the hair sites that I visit the most, I’ll go into more detail on each site another time. You guys should check them out, they are very informative ( i really love that word :))

Mane & Chic

The Coarse Hair Diary

Product Junkie

The Anti Hair Slave

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sista)

Healthy Textures



I had found this post months ago, but I lost it and now i’ve found it again. YAY! me 🙂 Its taken from relaxed hair health blog Check out her blog to see the original post and other informative ones. I think its helpful in deciding how to start your regiment and what you want in your regiment.


Start with an objective
The simple premise of creating a hair routine is to develop a series of steps, you can replicate, that will result in similar (fabulous) results time after time. There should be no guess work in how your hair will turn out. In fact, you should have a visual picture in your mind of how you want the end product to look even before you start your routine. Take a few minutes to visualize your hair if it turned out absolutely perfect. The more clearly you see the picture, the better.
In fact I would even take it a step further and develop an idea of what you want your hair to look like at every step of the process.

Scrutinize every step
Your wash routine should consist of multiple steps. Whenever anyone works on a complex task, there is bound to be room for error. Washing and styling our hair is no different. You should think if the process as one that is of high importance and must be done to precise standards. If anything goes “wrong” along the way, you’re stuck with hair that must be bunned to avoid the shame of your shabby styling skills (believe me, I’ve been there). Noting can be worse than having to walk around with hair that does not meet expectations.

So when I scrutinize each step, it looks something like this:
Objective-“I need to make sure to saturate all sections of my hair with the oil/conditioner before I wash.
End result-“My hair will be evenly be covered with the product. I will also make sure to saturate the ends.”
Make certain-“That I don’t get lazy and just put the product on the top of my hair and not take the time out to section and saturate each one of the sections completely, including the ends.”

Objective-“To cleanse any product, dirt, and buildup from my hair. I also want to treat my dandruff. I may also want to use the opportunity to massage my scalp.”
End result-“My hair will be clean and my scalp will be treated. The hair will be ready to receive deep conditioning.”
**You then ask yourself which product(s) work best to create this result.**
Make certain-“That I don’t tangle my hair in the process. If I do, I will create havoc for myself later on when I try to style.”


Objective-“To provide much needed moisture and strength to my hair for maximum health.”
**Again, you want to scrutinize all of your many conditioning products to see which one(s) will create the result you want.**
End result-“My hair will detangle easily. I will also increase the moisture levels of my hair along with adding a light or heavy protein depending on the needs of my hair.
Make certain-“To assess the needs of my hair before I condition. Do I need more strength or moisture?” “If I provide more moisture when it needs more protein, I will still be fighting unnecessary breakage and my objective will not be reached.”

Objective-“To produce healthy shiny looking hair. I also want to wear my hair straight this week so I need a styling method that will allow me to easily achieve that style.”
End result-My hair will reflect shine naturally. It also will feel soft and healthy to the touch. I should be experiencing less breakage.”
Make certain-“That I take my time when rollersetting. Any wrong moves and my entire rollersetting experience is down the toilet. I need to make certain I dry my hair completely under the dryer and each individual section is properly rolled in a way that will result in a smooth curl (you can even take it a step further and breakdown the
rollersetting process step by step).

Notice that I tried to keep the format as generic as possible. The reason for this is because ultimately you have to fine tune your routine to what works best for you. Think about what you want for your hair. Then dissect each step until you achieve it one step at a time. When you break your routine apart into sections, there is also a better likelihood that you can isolate areas of weakness much more efficiently.

For example, lets say you know that you have a hard time with styling your hair. You can break down each incremental step of the process until you isolate the step that is not working for you. Once you find that step, modify it over and over again until you have what you want. The goal is to create a fool proof system that will work for you time and time again to produce magnificent results.

Even if you did implement my weekly routine step by step it probably won’t “work” the same way. Your hair is different. It reacts differently. Your job is to develop your personal routine by taking a more systematic approach to entire process. Once you have the system down pact, you won’t have to worry about how your hair will turn out for a special event. Your results will be consistent and your hair will flourish. Best of all, wash days will become less of a hassle.

Great luck.

-Here’s to the health of your hair.


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