Dear Summer,

Dear Summer

“Dear Summer,
Please help me and treat my locks right, don’t dry them out too much and please avoid giving me volume when I’m not in need of it.
Thanks xoxo!”

So the summer season is in full effect. Every week it’s getting warmer and warmer. For a few weeks now I’ve been experimenting with a new hair routine, including products that I’ve come to love. I’m hoping this routine will stick around for the long haul, not just the summer. Be on the look out, for a detailed post about my new routine and the products I’ve been using at a later date.

 Hastag: #NRJASUMMERHAIR

I would like to see your summer hair, use the hashtag above.

Love, Cay Ferg

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Hair| Staples of Winter 2013-14

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photo via Instalife

Yesterday was my wash day as it is every week, since the winter hit. In this is post you’ll find things that work for me and have become permanent fixtures in my healthy hair care journey.

DEEP CONDITIONERS

Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
I have yet to find a brand that I feel deep contains mohair good enough. I usually aim to do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment weekly and after every time I cleanse my hair. This is especially necessary as a part of my winter regimen.

  • Tressemme Naturals  mixed with honey and oils (Go to deep conditioning concotion)
  • Honey/Olive Oil Homemade Deep Conditioner – Agave Nectar is a great vegan substitute for the Honey used in this mix.
  • Grapeseed Oil and EVOO (with a little bit of conditioner)
  • Amla

PROTEIN CONDITIONERS / TREATMENTS
While my hair isn’t protein sensitive, I don’t usually need heavy doses of protein in my products. However, I do like to do a protein treatment every so often. Then I deep condition afterwards.

  • Coconut Milk Concotion
  • Egg & Oil of choice
  • Coconut Oil (used mostly for pre-shampoo treatments)

SHAMPOOS
This is what I use when I actually cleanse my hair, ONCE A MONTH or AS NEEDED.

  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Rentenion
  • V05 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream with Soy Milk Protein Moisturizing

RINSE-OUT CONDITIONERS (CO-WASHES)
Even though I do “co-wash” – I generally always feel the need to cleanse my scalp with one of my cleansers listed below when my hair needs it. In this category, I typically prefer conditioners that can also double as detangling aides or as my leave-in.

  • TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (mixed with essentials oils and coconut oil)
  • Vo5 (Still a staple….but no longer a Holy Grail)
  • SheaMoisture African Black  Soap Balancing Conditioner

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS

  • Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (Still a staple….but no longer a Holy Grail)
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Conditioner
  • Giovanni Direct Leave-In

STYLERS / GELS

  • Crystal Eco Styler Gel – (Staple gel for wash and go styling)
  • Argan Oil Crystal Eco Styler Gel
  • Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel
  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Year-round Holy Grail all natural Styler which smells HEAVENLY!!)
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (mostly used in the winter  months)

MOISTURIZERS

  • Good ‘ole Fashion Water! (Holy Grail – I spritz my hair with water every single day and wash weekly)
  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Holy Grail) – I use this to moisturize and seal in one step.
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
  • Coconut Oil
  • Oyin Hair Dew

OILS & POMADES

  • 100% Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (Staple)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Staple) – I love to use this as a pre-poo or mix with other deep treatments
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Castor Oil

HAIR TOOLS

  • Goody Pick
  • Tangle Teezer knock-off (I only use this when I’m straightening my hair)
  • Goody Wide Tooth Comb (for “quick” detangling)
  • Plastic Claw Clips – used for sectioning my hair
  • Black bobby pins – used for styling hair
  • Clear Processing Caps (For Deep Conditioning/Overnight Baggy treatments)
  • Goody Ouchless scrunciis – currently used for sailor moon buns, ponytails, buns and to pineapple my hair at night.
  • Satin Bonnet / Satin Scarf
  • Blow-dryer with Diffuser Attachment & Concentration Nozzel

I know this post is pretty long, but I just want to include all that I could.  Again these things work for me and if something changes I will definitely update you on it. Until then…

Happy Growing!!

Love, Cay Ferg

Obsession| Hair Crush

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Yup! This is Bianca Alexa

Isn’t she lovely?? The defined curls the light amount of frizz and the over all healthy hair on this young ladies head is something I aspired to have. Hence my healthy hair journey. I wasn’t going to mention it but now I figure why not share with all of you and perhaps my experience will help others.

Right now I’m off to a so-so start, more details later.

You can find out more about Bianca Alexa on:
Instagram @bummblebee7
Youtube @simplybiancaalexa
Facebook @simplybiancaalexa
Blog www.0penheart-surgery.tumblr.com

Happy December!!

Love, Cay Ferg

Steam

Again.

Wish Wednesday has arrived and I have a wish. I wish that I can complete a hair challenge without protective styling. Meaning no braids, weaves (never done this one, but currently considering), less buns, or mini twists. I want to rock my hair out without the worries of my ends being snapped off or damaged from clothes and the elements of outside. Is this too much to ask for??!

Steam.

I’ve been apart of the natural hair community for some years now. All the regimens, products and styling tools out there can make one go insane. Take this Huetiful Hair Steamer with facial attachment. I’ve heard a mostly positive things about it, but then again these are from people who didn’t purchase the item themselves, it was sent to them. I’m not saying the review is a false one but I would like to hear from someone who shelled out the $100 plus dollars and use it regularly. Just a thought.

As always I will let you know if I actually make the purchase or if I find a “quality” review from someone who has had this steamer for a while. Happy Wednesday Guys!

For al the ladies out there, don’t you just love being a girl?

Love, Cay Ferg

Hair | On The Go

While I was in Pittsburgh for my birthday weekend, Spooner and I stop at a few side boutiques just to see what they had. Most of them were places for me to shop. There was this on store that had an array of items and when we were leaving i noticed on the counter this straightener. Now I’m currently on a now heat challenge with my hair, which I’ll get into in another post, but what stood out with this particular straightener was the fact that the plug end was a car charger adapter. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Serious beauty on the go.

ISO Beauty has a wide variety of styling tools and accessories for more details click here.

Love, Cay Ferg

Hair: Detangle & Deep Condition

Another week ahead of us and as scheduled it’s time for my hair to get some TLC.

Last night, I detangled and deep conditioned my hair. It’s a new routine/method and it took longer that I would have liked, but I’m sure that I will get use to it one I get into the swing of all thing healthier hair.

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Detangle & Deep Condition

Step 5, is placing a plastic cap over my hair, then my satin head scarf followed but a cotton one and let everything sit overnight. I use to let the deep conditioner sit in my hair for 30 minutes to a few hours but I like how my hair feels when I do an overnight treatment.

The next day I rinse my hair and co-wash, this time concentrating on my scalp, then apply my leave-in, shea butter mixture to the ends, seal and style for the week.

What steps do you take to ensure your hair has the most moisture possible?

Love, cay ferg



Hair: Regimen’d Staples

I’ve got to start somewhere and for my journey to be successful I must have a rock hard stable regimen and schedule and stick to it. For Real.

The Schedule.

  1. Moisturize and seal everyday twice a day
  2. Cleansing Co-wash once a month
  3. Co-wash every two weeks
  4. Deep Condition every two weeks
  5. Massage Scalp every 2-3 days
  6. Protein Treatment (as of right now I’m focusing on moisture, I’ve never had a problem with protein and what it does for my hair one way or another. So until further notice I will not have any protein in my regimen)

-> Hair will be style in a end-protecting way, (i.e. bun, mini-twist, medium twists, etc). On the weekend or for a special occasion will my hair be out.

My must haves list.
Shampoos:
I don’t use shampoo. I find that it dries my hair out more than I would like and I find it to be one less step in my regimen to undertake.

Conditioners & Deep Conditioners:
I’m kind following the CG Method, but I don’t like my hair when it’s in a wash and go style, yet. So I twist it a lot.
VO5 Strawberry & Cream Conditioner (co-wash)
Tresemme Natural Conditioner (leave-in, detangle)

Moisture/sealants:
Grapeseed OIl
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Organic Coconut Oil
Caster Oil*
Almond Oil*
Jojoba Oil*
My fluffy shea butter mixture
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (smells awesome and I always get compliments when I use it in my hair.. SCORE!)
****(update: I still use the above mentioned products with new oils added that has an asterisk)****

Moisture Strategy:
I have a tendency to be a bit heavy-handed when it comes to moisturizing my hair so I’ve come up with a plan. Having come across the L.O.C. (L – liquid, O – oil or butter c – cream) Method on Curly Nikki here, the point is to layer the levels of moisture and make sure it’s all locked in, I’m going to employ this method oil using about a dime size to a nickel size amount. That way I’m not putting too much product on my hair, that’s not absorbed and I’m not wasting products, because time are hard right now and all the products I have must last til I can re-up again. Being natural is easy but it’s definitely not cheap.

My hair goals for this year

  • Retain the majority of my length by protective styling and very low manipulation; I’m tempted to try the wash and go method, ever so amazing demonstrated by a fellow natural Mahogany Curls video here(On average my hair grows 6 inches a year)
  • Be heat free (Last heat application Nov 2012)
  • Use products I know work for my hair (See the list above)
  • Officially start a workout regimen, promoting all-over-health
  • Reduce my splitting ends by sealing more often
  • Increase my water intake to keep my scalp hydrated

Although I’m not looking for any new products, I am open to hearing about them for future reference. So if you have something to share or recommend I’m all ears.

What does your regimen consist of?

Love, cay ferg