That hair tho?!

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“Let it FRO!” 

I don’t know about anyone else, but I absolutely  DREAD my hair wash days! It always makes me think back to my “relaxed” days when washing my hair was so much easier…still time consuming…but easier. I could wash, blow dry and flat-iron my hair in three hours…tops! Now? With detangling, washing, deep-conditioning(sometimes overnight), styling and air-drying/diffusing it’s damn near an ALL DAY task! Of course I’m exaggerating a bit, but it does take up a good portion of the day, especially if I’m deep-conditioning. Although it’s a lengthy process, given my hair length and texture…I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I definitely have embraced my natural curls more in recent years and LOVE seeing other naturalistas doing the same.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND…

I’ve been natural for 12 years to be exact. You would think after 12 years the process would be easier/faster…NOPE. You can’t rush greatness…right? There was no big chop, my transition was sort of an accident-it just happened. When I was in undergrad at Delaware State, it didn’t make sense for me to drive 4 hours to my hometown (Richmond, VA) just to get a relaxer. I know you’re probably thinking why not find a salon closer? I have serious trust issues when it comes to my hair. For that reason, I’ve been going to the same hair stylist since High School! I eventually started doing my own hair and got trims often to get rid of my relaxed ends. So…that’s when my natural hair journey began.

WASH DAY!

Who’s infamous for prolonging their wash days? I know I am, but we all know it HAS to get done! One thing’s for sure, Kinky Curly products never let me down! Specifically, the dynamic duo of the Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner and the Curling Custard for styling. They are my all time favs for sure! I have been using the Kinky Curly product line for years and they were great during my transitioning period. My hair is super thick (as you can see below) so when styling, I need a slightly thick, gel-like consistency to help define and lock in my curls. If you are looking for curl definition…this is it! I’ve experimented with other products but nothing quite amounts to these jewels…or at least I haven’t found it yet.

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MY GO-TO’S

Testing new products are cool, but COSTLY! For someone on a tight budget(like me!) it’s best to stick with what works best for your curls. So what are my “Go-to’s” on wash day? Well, you already know I’m a fan of the Kinky Curly line…but also Shea Moisture products.There are tons of amazing products within the Shea Moisture family but right now I’m hooked on the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I’m not a huge fan of shampooing since I typically co-wash (meaning conditioning-ONLY). However when I do, this one is a winner! This is the only shampoo I’ve found that feels like it’s not stripping my hair of its natural oils. And for the conditioner…saves my hair every time! I also use this as a deep-conditioner and occasionally a leave-in.

SO OBSESSED!

I DO NOT like vinegar of any kind and definitely cannot get past the potent smell! So when I saw tutorials and heard of all the great benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) with “Mother” for natural hair (and body) I became very intrigued. Lo and behold, an ACV rinse was the BEST thing to happen to my hair. I was stunned at how soft my hair instantly felt after the rinse! Once you get past the smell it’s really worth it. Check out the benefits:

  • Balances hairs pH level
  • Kills bacteria and relieves scalp
  • Clarifies and Cleanses hair
  • Detangles and defines curls
  • Adds shine and reduces frizz
  • Stimulates hair growth & prevents split ends

I use the ACV rinse in place of shampooing most wash days and use 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. Tip: make sure you purchase the Bragg with the “Mother”. I’ve tried using regular vinegar and trust me, it does not work the same! The ACV with “Mother” is unpasteurized and naturally gluten-free. Pour the ACV/water mixture directly on hair, massaging into scalp…then rinse (followed by conditioning). Another tip: it’s best to pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy application. The amount of ACV used depends on what your hair can handle, so it’s a trial and error process. Try it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

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What are your wash day essentials? What products do you obsess over?

Until next time!

-Traci

Time to make some changes!

“It matters not how long we live, but how.” – Philip James Bailey

 I had a dream last night that caused me to have a crazy epiphany! We all know nothing in life is promised and it’s oh so short…sooo why the hell do we waste precious moments dwelling on insignificant things? Things that won’t even matter in a couple of weeks, months or even years! Why do we continue to hold ourselves back from things we are yearning to do?

I know we hear all the time “Do what makes you happy” or “Follow your dreams”….way easier said than done! Are my dreams going to pay my bills now? Probably not, but WILL pay off in the future if you hustle and want it bad enough. Life is all about taking RISKS. That’s where my struggle comes in…taking risks. Sure, there are things that I’m passionate about and would love to pursue, but how? Where do I start?

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“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”, one of my favorite quotes by Gail Devers. It’s so simple yet kind of tough. For some of us, it’s difficult to even attempt to try something because we’re so worried about the outcome (that’s me). However, the key word in the quote is TRY..there’s no harm in trying, right? Obviously change doesn’t happen overnight, but taking initiative will put you one step closer to your dreams. 

SEEING IS BELIEVING/GOAL SETTING

Brainstorm and jot down some goals that you want to accomplish for the year. I received “The Happy Planner” as a birthday gift a couple of years ago from my best friend and have been obsessed since! Aside from being a daily planner, it really helps me organize my thoughts and goals. Something about physically writing down your goals makes it seem more tangible. I also implemented a great idea from a friend to list some goals on a mirror as a daily reminder and motivation. Try it out!

TAKE ACTION

One of my goals this year is to create a blog…so here I am! Trying new things and taking risks! It’s also very important to surround yourself with POSITIVITY and like-minded people. We don’t need any Debbie Downers over here…keep that negativity to yourself!

With all that being said, life is short…just go for it! Yes, it’s uncomfortable and a little scary but whatever it is that you want to accomplish it starts with trying.

What goals do you want to accomplish this year, this month, TODAY?

-Traci

Long time coming

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” -Gail Devers

Okay…so FINALLY after contemplating for years (yes, YEARS) I’ve decided to create a blog! What’s it about? Well, I figured why not create a platform where I can combine the three things that I love; Fitness, Beauty, and Fashion.

Everything from natural hair/skin care tips to workout routines/benefits will be showcased in my blog. I’m super excited to share some of my daily regimens with you all! Come along with me on this blogging journey!

-Traci