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Dec. 17th, 2007 | 05:59 pm
location: back at my mac!

Unless this last ditch effort doesn't work out. 

I'm serious!  Don't test me!  Afrobegone!

I  need a trim.  I need a moisturizer.  I need a super-product.  I need juices & berries.  
I need help.

i have worn my hair mostly in a fro for about...wow! 8 years!  and I admit it, there have been times when i was cruel to it: not moisturizing as often as i should, pulling it back using cotton cloths, switching up shampoos too much, using leave-in conditioners with mineral oil, sleeping on it without covering it, pulling on it, etc.  i avoided natural hair salons  and barbers alike for years: i would go in looking for a trim and end up with a haircut i absolutely did NOT ask for because she or he decided to "style" it,  or someone completely incompetent who didn't make a dent.  Pinche charlatans.

finally, i decided 2007 would be the year i do right by my head.  I took myself to a stylist friend of mine who i trusted to trim it, and came clean about my breakage problem, especially on the right side of my head.

she gave me a fabulous trim (she's 60, and rocked the fly fro back in the day) and advised me to trim every 3 months at the least, use a protein conditioner in addition to my moisturizing conditioner about 1x a month, and beware of how I'm combing my hair. Before, I would just drag it through my hair any kind of way in the shower, but now i make sure i divide it into sections.   I followed her directions, quit with the frequent cotton, cover it at night, and twist it all the time now, as it's a more "protective" hair style.  But it's still breaking.

But you read my "hair in Venezuela post."  It didn't even get into the no-really-i-swear-i-have-"good hair"-goo that keeps showing up on people.  I'm not going to find someone here who can trim my hair.   i think the trim is probably the most important factor. i had half-contemplated getting it hot comb straightened & trimmed until i read about the effects of heat damage on natural hair at nappturality.com.  Eh eh, not an option.

back to square one. sad.gif  I may just need a fresh start.

However, my friend is coming to visit us in January, and I'm considering ordering some products and having them sent to his house so he can bring them.  Specifically, something to stop the breakage and some kind of daily moisturizer.  also possibly a specialty brush. Possibilities right now are Elasta QP DPR-11 Remoisturizer, Goody Ouchless Brush, Oyin Handmade Greg Juice, and Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair (although i'm a little afraid of that one; i didn't bring a dryer with me, obviously).

Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?  

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from: unscrambled
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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http://missjessies.com/products.htm

Miss Jessie's is expensive, but I know at least three people who swear by it for natural hair growing.

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martine

Re: 2cents

from: hbsoul
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Ms. Jessie's makes me suspicious. I have a feeling that it's more chemical that it says it is, and that it's really designed to undermine the nappiness of my hair.

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Re: 2cents

from: unscrambled
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
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This makes perfect sense to me.

If you want to go all natural, the most moisturizing and intense (and, one of the more expensive) essential oils I can think of is carrot seed. Not "Carrot Oil", widely available in drugstores & c., but carrot seed essential oil. I know this is no help now, but I will make you a conditioning oil with the carrot seed and other moisturizing things in it (chemical free, promise) for when you get back.

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martine

Re: 2cents

from: hbsoul
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
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aw now that's love! thanks sis. i would really like though is to see how you make it.

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Re: 2cents

from: unscrambled
date: Dec. 20th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Ok, we can figure that out. I need to look around to make sure that I can make something good.

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A sweet tongue in a bitter mouth

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from: saltypepper
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
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I don't know nothing 'bout nothing, but I DO know that Oyin's stuff is the best stuff I've ever put on my head, hands down. Greg juice is good, as is the poo bar and the conditioner. I also like the burnt sugar pomade A LOT.

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martine

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from: hbsoul
date: Dec. 18th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
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thanks!

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