Be Honest, Have You Ever Wished You Had a Different Curl Pattern/Texture?

Let me start of by emphasizing that I LOVE my hair and that going natural was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. However–and I’m certain I’m not the only one–there are times where I wish I had a … Continue reading

True Story: I Used a Bar of Soap to Wash My Hair

Nope, not a shampoo bar, actual soap. Don’t look so horrified. I used a glycerin-based soap bar. What’s the difference? Well, let me tell you… Let me preface this anecdote by stating that I had zero funds to allocate toward … Continue reading

Update on My Length Retention Journey

Last time I posted, I took full responsibility for the length plateau I’m experiencing and committed to following my regimen strictly and consistently as well as tucking my hair away in protective styles for a full year. I have adhered … Continue reading

Length Retention Plateau: Stuck at the Same Length for Over a Year and a Half

I have to own up to the fact that I have been stuck between BSL and grazing MBL for more than a year. Why? Whenever I retain a few inches, I start slacking in my hair care routine, I obsess … Continue reading

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Now that we’re settled into our new house, I have a little more time for blogging (yay). To catch you up on my hair journey, I was following my routine developed from the information I got from The 5 Hair … Continue reading

I Just Went Natural. Now What?: A Friendly Guide to Regimen Building for the Newly Natural

Share this with your friends who entertaining the thought of going natural as well as those who have recently big chopped or are transitioning

WHYB (“Where Have You Been” for the late folk)

I’ve been MIA for a few days, I know. But I have a good reason! I have been meticulously editing cracking out over a video I shot and working on some new post ideas. I’m quickly popping in today to … Continue reading

The Mango Butter Disaster

I tried something a little different last night and this morning.

Last night, I cooked up a small jar of clove-olive oil and did a pre-poo with it. I let that sit overnight. Fine. This morning, I washed my hair and conditioned, then did my ACV rinse. Great. In fact, the scent of clove lingered from the pre-poo and masked the odor my ACV rinse gives off and made it smell like spice drops and tart apple slices, instead. Wonderful! It’s important to mention that I don’t rinse the diluted ACV out, I use it as a final rinse to partially rinse out my conditioner. Keeping that in mind, I let my hair dry a bit (about 60% as usual), BUT instead of sealing with my oil mix or plain jojoba oil like I normally do, I melted some mango butter until it was completely liquid and applied it to my damp hair. Again, fine… at least until it began to dry. It was then I realized the mango butter and the ACV had reacted. The mango butter now has a very thick consistency, more difficult to emulsify and it is visible on my hair. It has turned the mango butter into something of a wax-like putty consistency. Live and learn.

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What’s funny is I was attempting to make some homemade potato chips last night and I soaked the potato slices in white vinegar (I was making salt and vinegar flavored chips) and when I pulled them out to fry the vinegar made the slices extra crisp and hard instead of firm, but soft textured. Epic foreshadowing. I didn’t think to relate that reaction to my hair and mango butter this morning.

I’m going to attempt to rinse this ickiness out with some warm water. I just had to document this experience for future reference. smh