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

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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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.

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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