Fight the Fall

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The weather is getting cooler, which means its time to think change my hair care routine, meaning more moisture and protecting my ends from the elements. I don’t know about you all but last winter was a bit rough on my locks. It seemed like no matter what I did, my strands and I struggled. This time around I better prepared and have a plan in place.

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Here’s a 3 major steps, I have in mind:

1. Hold My end up.

With all the different fabric, and cool fashion, they can be detrimental to my strands mostly the ends, and I do not want any undesired breakage, just because I didn’t take the time to put my hair up more than I wear it down. Buns and halo twists, and going to be my new bff.

2. Sealing those ends.

This summer I will honestly admit that I have not been moisturizing and sealing my ends as I should. Shame on me, seriously. Plan of action I have a wash regimen that I’m toying with and I will moisturize and seal every other day or as needed post wash day until the next wash day. Castor oil I will be giving you another shot, and I’m thinking of purchasing some raw shea butter, it’s just a though.

3. Pre-poo Treatment.

Now I don’t shampoo my hair often if at all, as long as I don’t mix two products that don’t get along. But I will “pre-condition” my hair with coconut oil and maybe some grapeseed oil and olive oil before co washing and deep conditioning. I know it sounds like an extra process but it’s really not, plus the added benefits of using these oils makes it all worth the time.

Again these are just a few major points I slacked off with last year and I vow to do better this year.

HAPPY FALL!!

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

Hair….spiration

Just wanted to share some inspiring photos that have aided me during my journey to natural hair and I figured it would help someone else. Since I’ve stopped relaxing my hair I haven’t looked back, it was one of the easiest decisions of my life and I’m so happy I made it.

Regardless of texture or curl pattern these women and young women are inspiring.

Now my mission is about maintaining healthy hair. So at a later date I will do a hair story all about my journey from relaxed to where I am today. So stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

What inspires you and what journey or journeys have you made to get you to where you are today?

Don’t forget for continual dialogue feel free to contact me on Facebook and Like the page while you’re there. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter.

Love cay ferg

Beauty: In the Mail

Is it cost-effective and a dream to just get your beauty supplies in the mail every month? What has been heating up in the fashion and beauty world is this thing I’m going to call “Beauty in the mail”.  In fashion we have sites like Shoe Dazzle, Just Fab and more. In the Beauty world there’s a few up and coming site, to which I will talk about today.

These sites are places where you or I can simple go on-line and sign-up to receive a package month for a small fee, full of favorite products you already own or products that you’ve heard of but have yet to purchase and try-out.

First we have the: Glossy Box From co-founders Brigitte & Charles,  GLOSSYBOX Worldwide.

It started in the western hemisphere first and only recently make it to the US. On any given month, depending on when you sign up, you get about 5 travel-size items from different beauty lines all selected at random, although they are personalized to what you filled out on your profile about yourself. They are high-end brand and trending products, like Burberry, Kinerase, Marvis, Wella Professionals, Zoya and much more. Monthly you spend about $21 (plus tax if your box is shipped to NY or CA, sorry guys). You can pay month to month, pay for 6 months or 12 months upfront; it’s all described on the site here.

Then you have: The Glam Bag From My Glam, Co-founders Michelle Phan, Andrea, Bethany, Promise and Jessica Harlow.

The co-founders are all beauty guru YouTubers, that I happen to follow for one reason or another. There’s a My Glam YouTube Channel for the brand, in addition to the website. You receive about 4-5 items in the cute travel pouch, it may be all full size, sample size or a mix and match. Their monthly fee is the least expensive of glossy box and curl box, about $10. Through my own research, they have been forced to create a waiting list due to the high demand of ladies signing up. I don’t know whether to think that it’s a good thing or a bad thing, maybe a bit of both.

And finally: Curl Box From Myleik Teele, founder & president.

Now this box of goodies is catered to those with curly hair. Yay curly girls. The cost of Curl Box is about $20 a month or you can pay in advance for a yearly subscription. You receive roughly 5-7 sample-sized products. They have a blog where you can learn more information about each and every product set in the box. There are reviews for this beauty box in the mail on the YT, so click here.

I personally haven’t made a purchase or signed up for an account with any sites mentioned about as of yet. I would like to try out the products sent, so hopefully in the near future I would be able to give a blow-by-blow account from my own experience with the companies. If you go on YouTube, you will be able to find people who have  made purchases from these sites mentioned and/or hold current subscriptions.

Convenient or Not Convenient that is the question? Also, will this be the new way to shop for beauty products?

Best of luck with your beauty in the mail.