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Hi Guys!!!

I hope you’re all out partying with your friends and family this New Year’s Eve… I am, unfortunately, at home with my mom in this strange town called Warner Robins.

Le sigh.

My first New Years Eve as a legal adult and I will not be even the tiniest bit tipsy, nor will I be kissing a significant other (the Distinguished_Gentleman is about 120 miles away) as the clock strikes midnight.

AND I’m on day 92 of being celibate, with 273 endlessly cold nights left in my fiscal year of celibacy (D_G joked that I was being stingy with my *cough cough* because of the recession.  Ha ha).

moneyBut I found myself out in all of the hustle and bustle today trying to score some conditioner (my bottle of Tresemme Naturals is more than half empty, thereby constituting need) with only $20 that I was willing to spend.  That’s sounds like a lot until you hear that I was trying to get enough conditioner for all the co-washing, deep-treating, and detangling I cared to do until Summer of 2011.

Yup… and I wanted it to be mostly natural…

and of course I wanted to try some new stuff…

But why did you want to get all of this conditioner at one time, SuperCoils?

To keep my little product junkie butt out of the stores and in my books next semester, like I’m supposed to be!

But I digress.

Anyhow, I ended up identifying 7 helpful tips for keeping your natural hair cost effective:

  1. Pick one, damnit!  Find the thing you came for and don’t go wanting to try everything else in the world (like me).  Look to the advice of others with hair similar to yours and at the ingredients of products you are interested in as a means of weeding potential purchases out.  It may not work well every time, but most of the time, it’s gold.
  2. Try before you buy.  To avoid spending serious money on a product that doesn’t work for you, try a sample of the product before.  Target is really good about having samples of products on the cheap, as are most natural brands like Qhemet Biologics and Afroveda (although I no longer purchase from Afroveda) and Whole Foods will even give you an ounce of product on the free-ski!!
  3. Use your products wisely.  Don’t use a super-expensive conditioner in your daily co-wash, like Nexxus Humectress… unless you’ve got that kind of dough.  I don’t.
  4. As is usually the case with natural hair products, a little goes a long way.  Don’t use half a bottle of conditioner on your head if all it’s gonna do is run straight into your eyes or take FOREVER to absorb.  That’s just wasteful.
  5. Trade with your coily friends!  Lots of times, myself and Number1Roomie trade products and try each other’s stuff to see if we like it without making a monetary commitment.  Also, if it doesn’t work for me, it may work for her, and vice versa.  That way, we both get to try a whole BUNCH of products and save a BUNCH of money.
  6. If all else fails, mix it.  Ever had a product that doesn’t work well, but you’ve already bought it and don’t want to throw it out?  Mix it with something!  Heck, a lil’ olive oil can fix even the worse conditioner, and mixing butters with oils for use as a deep-conditioner or pre-poo can works wonders while allowing you to use up even the worst products.
  7. Get it at ROSS!  Ross ain’t just good for discount clothing and yoga videos, ladies!  Stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls often have discount hair products on the cheap.  Hell, I just got a 16.9 fluid ounce bottle of Yes to Tomatoes conditioner for $1.99 (normally retailing for about 9 bucks) and a 33.5 fluid ounce pump bottle of Giovanni 50:50 balanced conditioner for $12.99 (should retail close to $25).  Not bad, huh?

Hopefully, these seven tips (although a little silly) will help young, financially unstable (read: “college-going”) coil-queens like myself budget better when it comes to that all-too-precious keratin complex on top of our heads.

Peace, Love, and Budgets!

SuperCoils

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Winter is Approaching!

Hey ladies (and gentlemen)!

I know it’s been a while but school got “really real” as people like to say around here and I got stretched a little too thin.  I’ve been meaning to do an article on my new hair routine but… yeah.

Anywho, it finally got cold in Atlanta!  Now that it’s officially time to trade the booty-shorts ( or “coochie-cutters” depending on where you are from)  and gladiator sandals out for the skinny jeans and slouchy suede boots of all the different colors of the rainbow, we must be reminded to change out our hair products.

*whiny voices from teh background* but why, SuperCoils?

Because, like I said in the moisturizer manifesto, glycerin is not your friend in dry air, and winter is very, very dry.  As a matter of fact, glycerin is like a moisture Robin Hood… it steals from the rich and gives to the poor.  So if your hair is rich in moisture and the air around you is not, guess who’s gonna be a little poorer at the end of the day.

But this isn’t just true for glycerin… it’s true for ALL humectants!  They work well in hair on the principal that they rob moisture from whatever is richest in moisture near them and hold on to it.  If you coat your hair in a humectant, the moisture they draw to themselves will eventually end up in your hair AS LONG AS your hair is the driest thing in that particular area.

That being said, take the time now to look at your ingredient lists and see if your favorite products contain any humectancts.  If they do and you’ve noticed some abnormal dryness lately, that may be the cause.  Try switching to another product for a while and see if the situation improves.  So if your favorite product contains any glycols, lactic acids, honey, agave nectar, glycerin, or the like… you may have to let it go for a few months.  However, if everything is working for you… well… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

I hope to be on here again later today, but if I’m not… you know what happened:(

Peace, Love, and Changing Seasons,

SuperCoils

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Wuddup World?

I know it’s been a minute, and for that, I am sorry, but my school of choice got really real for a second there and I needed to focus on my studies.  Becoming an engineer is no joke.  And I’m no good at math??  Pshh… ya girl was strugglin, you hear me?  Ughh…

Anywho…

I just wanted to come on here really quickly and tell you a little story about my hair product choices with a lesson at the end.  Y’all ready?  Ok, here goes:

Once upon a time there was a lil’ diva named SuperCoils, who’s head was bequeath with a halo of coils and kinks.  She was often made fun of in school for being ashy, being that she suffered eczema.  Early on in life, she learned that she was allergic to artificial fragrances, some artificial colorings, grass, cashews, and a few other things…

She knew her dry skin needed EXTRA attention, and was subject to get angry and cuss her out at any moment (i.e. get ashy in public), and she dealt with it accordingly, being sure to show it a little extra love right after her showers and before bed.  And then the little diva grew up and decided to go natural.  Aww hell.

… so she decided to use “natural products” that smelled good, but didn’t look at the ingredients first.

… and her head started to itch like a muh-fugger… Why?

Because the products she was using had (dun-dun-duhhhhh) ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES  in them!

Lesson learned: your scalp has the same allergies as the rest of your skin, so if you have skin allergies, you WILL undoubtedly be allergic to some hair products.

This is where being a knowledgeable consumer comes in: you HAVE to know what you are putting on your body when you have allergies like mine.  Hell, if I put on lotion and walk through freshly-cut grass, I can guarantee that I will be in the hospital in less than an hour with a severe case of hives and a prescription for Prednisone, so why would I ever put “Creme de Lawn” on my hair?  Likewise, being that I have severely dry skin and an allergy to artificial fragrances, I like to use moisturizing products that lack artificial fragrance… ya dig?

So which product lines do I like to choose from?

I’m sooo glad you asked:

  1. Darcy’s Botanicals -awesome scents, slightly awesome price, great results on my hair.  Reviews to come soon!
  2. Qhemet Biologics – awesome scents, not to bad price, goes a LONG way, soothes my scalp.
  3. Bee Mine – awesome for the summer.  We’ll see about the winter.
  4. Kinky Curly – especially the Knot Today for detangling!  I don’t think the KCCC will be a repurchase.
  5. Uncle Funky’s Daughter – only the curl activating gel.  I don’t quite remember the name of it right now.

In essence, that’s what’s on my head right now, and my scalp and face are doing much better because of it!

Peace, Love, and Allergies!

SuperCoils

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How I BC’ed

Hi peoples!

It’s the first week of classes here at my school in Atlanta and EVERYONE I have run into has just loved my new hair.  All of my friends love it, strangers love it… even professors get a little curious.

I must say that, so far, I’m really happy with my decision to end my transition early.  My hair is much less time consuming to style, and I no longer have to run from the rain!  I also feel free to work out more often: I just sweat to my little heart’s content!

Anyhow, I figured it may help someone else out if I told how I went about cutting off my relaxed ends, what mistakes I made, etc…

Please remember that this all occurred after I washed and conditioned my hair, while it was still wet:

  1. I braided my hair all the way down to about a half-inch above the line of demarcation using Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter.
  2. I isolated the straightened ends from the natural hair, then snipped them below the line of demarcation, leaving a short, scraggly end.
  3. I then went back and very carefully cut away the last little bit of relaxed hair.

I did this for every braid on my head, which turned out to be about 24 braids.  It made the cutting easier to manage, although it did take forever.  I started around 10PM and did not finish until about midnight, with the help of my roommate who sat behind me poking at my braids, saying, “There’s one!  Get it!  Get it!”

Mistakes:

  • Definitely should have enlisted the help of my roommate from the very beginning.  I had to go back and re-trim numerous braids.
  • I braided my hair so tightly in the front that, when I finally got to that section, I couldn’t tell the relaxed hair from the natural and cut too conservatively (as I found out the next morning when I took my hair down for a braid-out).
  • I shouldn’t have BC’ed so late at night.  I was dead tired halfway through but I obviously had to finish what I started.

Well, I hope this helps you complete your transitioning journey (whenever you are ready).  Just know that I am very happy with my hair and don’t regret my decision (however hasty) to BC.

Peace, Love, and Big Chops,

SuperCoils

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Hello World!

Today’s been a pretty busy day, but I found myself thinking about my transition and looking for inspiration in my journey.  There are so many things that I’ve learned, and so many mistakes that I’ve made.  The first natural style I ever did was on January 10th of this year, and I’ve since collected plenty of tools that have allowed my to continue my transition with some genuinely fly styles.  Here are the tools I simply couldn’t live without:

  1. Yellow flexi-rods
  2. Jilbere Shower Comb
  3. My Denman brush
  4. My spray bottle
  5. My applicator brush
  6. Pyrex Bowl (for heating, mixing, and storing henna and conditioner mixes)
  7. My fingers (for more gentle detangling)
  8. End Papers (for curling my relaxed ends)
  9. HUGE Alligator Clips (for keeping my hair out of the way)
  10. Satin Bonnet (for when I sleep in a style!)

What are your favorite tools???

Peace, Love, and… Tools (that’s not OK),

SuperCoils

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Over the past year and four months (since I started transitioning), I’ve heard all sorts of things about hair growth.  For example, my grandma used to trim my mom’s hair according to the lunar calendar, saying that twice the amount that was cut off would come back by the next new moon.

Now, I must admit, I know nothing about hair when it comes to the lunar calendar, but there’s one myth I’ve heard time and time again that I know FOR SURE is not true:

You should cut your [relaxed] hair off now because, if you don’t, your natural hair wont grow.

SAY WHAT???

OK, here are the facts:

Hair growth, as in actually getting hair to come out of your scalp, has nothing to do with the hair that is currently on your head.  Your hair can be relaxed, natural, color-treated, cut asymmetrically, drier than the Sahara, or even all of the above and guess what… your hair will still grow (thank God).  For those of you giving me the side-eye over this one, just trust me.  Your hair will grow no matter the current condition of the hair that is ALREADY on your head!  The older hair may be breaking off faster than the new hair can come in, but your hair is still growing.

So, what does affect hair growth, you ask?  Scalp health, for one.  If your hair is dry, it’ll still grow… but if your scalp is dry, dirty, or otherwise unhealthy, the rate at which your hair grows can and will suffer.  You must keep your scalp healthy in order to enjoy healthy hair growth (and, by association, healthy hair in general).

Another condition that will affect your hair growth is your overall health.  You can use all of the growth aids and miracle creams you want, but only a healthy body grows healthy hair.  Therefore, keep yourself healthy!  Eat your fruits (and veggies) and get a little sweat in your life.  I guarantee you, your hair will thank you for it!

Finally, some medications herbs, and vitamins have been known to extend the growth cycle, halt hair fall (such as garlic), or even cause hair to become brittle (my mother claims morphine did this to her hair).  In addition, pregnant women often experience a wonderfully extended growth phase with little to no hair fall, followed by what is known as “postpartum shedding” for a few months after the baby is born, though it is said that the hair grows back in to it’s pre-pregnancy fullness within 18 months.

As for cutting to make your hair grow… ehh… negatory, rubber ducky.  If you are attempting to grow your hair out and you do not see any growth (even when you stretch your hair), make sure your scalp and body are healthy.  Investigate your medicines for possible hair-related side-effects.  If you turn up nothing, investigate your ends: they may be split or otherwise unhealthy and breaking.  It is then and only then when you should consider more protective styling to pull your hair off of your collar or cutting away the split ends before they have a chance to travel up the hair shaft and break.

In conclusion, as long as you are treating your ends right (no rough brushing, dry combing, etc), keeping yourself and your scalp healthy, and not taking any medicines (or treatments) that would cause your hair to fall out or your growth rate to slow, you should enjoy a healthy growth rate and, thereby, healthy hair.

Peace, Love, and Hair Growth,

SuperCoils

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Finally: A Regimen!

Good Morning, World!

After months and months and months (OK, sixteen months to be exact) of experimenting, testing, youtube-ing, reading, stopping random naturals in Target, and lurking in the forums (lurkedy lurk lurk lurk), the unthinkable has occurred: I finally have a regimen.

I mean, usually, I just try to listen to my hair to figure out what it needs.  If it’s too soft and won’t hold a curl, I’ll do a protein treatment.  If it’s too hard and fragile, you’ll find me in my dorm with several different conditioners on my head along with a very sexy self-heating cap (you know, the bronze reflective shower cap that traps all your body heat while you deep condition.  Yeah, the boys LOVE it.).  I thought I was doing a good job up until this last cut, when the back (and a bit of the sides) of my head were all of a sudden completely natural and I noticed that my hair behaves very differently once the relaxed ends (even though they were only an inch long) come off.  It’s been about a month since that cut, and I find myself just now becoming full acclimated to how I need to treat those areas.  I mean, I knew my hair was dry, but good gravy!

So I’ve been forced to follow a routine in an attempt to keep things simple and stress-free:

  • Co-wash every four days (at least) using Aussie Smooth 3-Minute Miracle as a prepoo on dry hair for about an

    Why is my hair changing up NOW?

    hour, then using Giovanni Smooth as Silk as a detangler in the shower (trying to use up my conditioner stash).

  • Poo every two weeks to month (depending on what products I use) using RenPure “My Pretty Hair is Parched” Shampoo and Conditioner, then deep-conditioning with a mixture of Giovanni, HE HH, and raw honey for shine.
  • Spray Giovanni VitaPro Infusion on half-dry hair
  • Style once every three to four days (after cowashing)
  • Finger-detangle in the shower, occasionally using a wide-toothed comb

It looks pretty simple, but it takes a lot to remember to do everything on time.  When I don’t, my hair usually suffers.  Right now I’m on the search for new styles that take my hair off of my collar without requiring all of it to be pulled back.  At this point in my transition, protecting my hair has become of a challenge and a change in my styling routine needs to occur to protect that fragile, all natural hair in the back.  Wish me luck!

PS: Is it bad that I really wanna try Oyin Handmade?  I’ve been trying to suppress the product junkie in me and use up my stash, but OMG those reviews are KILLING me!

Peace, Love, and Regimens,

SuperCoils

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