Daily Archives: January 9, 2012

Hairscapades & sneakpeeq Giveaway!! *CLOSED*

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It’s that time again! I told you guys I would have another giveaway for you, didn’t I?! And, when it comes to The Hairscapades & sneakpeeq Giveaway, everybody wins!! sneakpeeq is giving all of you lovely Hairscapaders 20% off your next purchase just for entering!!

Plus, you can earn a chance to win one of FOUR sneakpeeq gift cards to use on your favorite food, style and home products!!

One Grand Prize: a $25 gift card

Three Second Place Prizes: a $10 gift card

That goes a long way in sneakpeeq’s amazingly low-priced boutiques!!

“How do I get in on that Hairscapades & sneakpeeq Gift Card Giveaway action?” Well, I’m glad that you asked!! To enter, simply:

  1. Join sneakpeeq by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/vFEyYi (and earn 20% off your next purchase).
  2. Comment on a Hairscapades article posted in the month of January. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

Deadline for entry: January 31, 2012

That’s it!! I’ll select a Grand Prize winner from the most commented upon post of January and three second place winners from randomly selected posts in the same month.

All winners will be announced on Hairscapades on Monday, February 6, 2012!

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Project Scale Down: Day 7

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Got home later than I would have liked and then procrastinated on Facebook for about an hour and a half before finally sucking it up to hit the basement. My plan this morning was to do the 40 minute Lauren Brooks Kettlebell routine. But, wasn’t feeling that at all upon getting home. Mental exhaustion is a b@#$!! So, opted for the 12 minute routine instead.

Day 7:

  • 10 minute Abs of Steel routine (a.m.)
  • 12 minute Lauren Brooks Full Body Blast Kettlebell interval routine … TWICE*!! WHAT?!? LOL!! 24 minutes (p.m.)  

*Yup … I was feeling it once I got started! And, I upgraded to the 20 lb bell after doing the first 12 minutes with the 15 lb bell!!

December GOC Update: Adrienne

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by Adrienne (Second Wave) of Natural Embrace

December was a good month in relation to hair. I’ve finally seen some noticeable growth. Hallelujah! My hair does grow! This is great news, it really is, but the problem is that I’ve achieved this growth from basically not messing with my hair at all for weeks at a time. I basically wash my hair on Saturday or Sunday, deep condition and rinse my hair with cool water.

Something new I added in the last month and a half, which I believe has contributed to my growth, is using another deep conditioner as my leave-in and then double sealing the moisture in with hemp seed oil, followed by a thicker butter or oil. Then I cornrow my hair and that’s it! My hair stays super moisturized all week and I don’t even have to re-moisturize and seal during the week. When I go to work or go out, I either wear a wig or a satin cap with a beanie. It’s been the easiest styling all month! Recently, I went a whole two weeks without washing and my hair still felt soft, moisturized and pretty darn good! Doing this routine is really working out, so I’m going to keep it up for the rest of winter.

The only flaw is that I want to wear my hair out more for spring and summer and I worry that I won’t be able to retain my length if I’m manipulating my hair too much. So, does this mean that I have to protective style forever? What’s the point of long hair if I won’t get to show it off?!

Well, let’s see if I can even reach my goal of shoulder length by the end of this challenge (and BSL overall) and we’ll see what kind of regimen tweaking I need to do.

I was going to take pictures of my hair stretched, but since my current regimen is working so well, I didn’t want to mess with my hair too much. I’ll save those pictures for the end of the challenge and I haven’t decided if I’ll straighten my hair or just do twists or something.

The picture above, with the fringe in front, is how I wore my hair for New Year’s Eve. I love the versatility and simplicity of a turban! I almost tucked the bangs away too, but figured for one night it couldn’t hurt to have that much hair out. The bun below is how I wore my hair New Year’s Day, while out and about, before going home to do my wash regimen.

As for working out, I managed to get to the gym a lot more than I was expecting. I have committed to getting to the gym in between jobs and so far it’s working out great. Since working out more often, I’ve noticed I feel better overall. On a whim, I got on the scale and discovered I lost 7 pounds! Granted, I think everything I lost was muscle from not working out for an entire month in November, but still, it was nice to see the scale looking lighter. Hopefully, I can keep it off and tone up by the time summer arrives.

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That’s great news about your hair growth and fitness progress Adrienne! Congratulations!! Your dedication to finding a regimen that works for you is obviously beginning to pay off. Now … where can I get that FAB scarf?!? LOL!

Claudine: Natural in Bermuda

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Remember Claudine’s Henna and Me HairStory? Well here’s Part II of her HairStory as part of our new natural hair interview feature, Naturals Around the World!!

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Hi again. My name is Claudine and it is a beautiful, sunny day in Bermuda today! I climbed a ladder to take the pictures … never had done that before *LOL*!

All Bermuda houses have white roof tops because we catch the rain water from the roof into our
water tanks which are underneath our houses.

Natural Hair Environment in Bermuda

Prior to about 5 years ago, the majority of the naturals wore locs. Non-loc’d naturals seemed to have picked up momentum in the last two years. I would say that Bermuda is probably at the beginning stages of embracing kinky natural hair.

Transitioning and Product Access Challenges

Nearly three years ago, when I had decided to go natural after transitioning for 1 1/2 years, my former black male hairdresser at an upscale hair salon cut my relaxed hair off. He didn’t have a clue of how to work with 100% naturally kinky hair and all he was talking about was me getting a chemical texturizer (instead of admitting that he doesn’t work with natural kinky hair!!). So, I was disappointed with the results … and never returned.

I had transitioned using the Miss Jessie’s hair products … would you believe that I was paying $80, $75 and $65, respectively, for the Baby Buttercreme, Curly Pudding or Curly Meringue and Rapid Recovery? Our Bermuda dollar is at par with the American dollar. I continued using the Baby Buttercreme when I went natural, keeping my hair in two strand twists and wearing a twist-out the day before I washed my hair. My goal was to grow long natural hair without chemicals and non-loc. At that time, Miss Jessie’s was the only brand sold in Bermuda suitable for kinky hair.

I’ve had to resort to researching online and making purchases online of hair products for kinky hair. I tried the Kinky-Curly, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Curls and then Qhemet Biologics hair products via online purchases. One of our major pharmacies (Black-owned) now carries some of the popular kinky hair products such as Curls, Kinky-Curly, Uncle Funky’s Daughter and Jane Carter Solutions. They started about 1 1/2 years ago with Curls, a year ago with Kinky-Curly and this Fall 2011 with Uncle Funky’s Daughter and Jane Carter. It was frustrating that the products were flying off the shelves and it would be months before the pharmacy replenished their stock!!

Shelli: Are the prices still very high compared to the costs here or are they comparable?
Yes, the prices are still very high. That’s because Bermuda shopkeepers imports their goods and they have to pay Government customs duty; and then they have to mark-up to make a profit. For the Curls Whipped Cream, I pay $26.95 a jar. I tried to see if it was cheaper for me purchase online and ship it to Bermuda. It cost me more to bring it in myself by the time I pay the shipping fee and the duty. That’s why it makes more sense for me to purchase items online, only if they don’t carry it in Bermuda.

Shelli: Wow, that is just crazy that you have to spend so much more!! Have you tried natural butters and oils as an alternative? Just wondering if you tried oil/butter mixes and they didn’t work or just haven’t gone that route.
I’ve tried 100% jojoba oil and 100% coconut oil. Between the two oils, neither one of them absorbs into my hair, but the coconut oil gives my hair a wonderful glossy sheen. I think I have a heavy hand in applying the oil in my hair as I always have to put a towel on my pillow at night, because the oils always soak through my head scarf or bonnet for the first two days. From my observation, I guess I shouldn’t be using the oils alone as if they are styling products to obtain curl definition … duh! LOL! But I certainly need to look for ways to stretch the Curls Whipped Cream. I’ve just started trying the “Kimmaytube leave-in conditioner” under the Curls Whipped Cream … that result … was not bad at all. My twist-out hair did not stay elongated, it went into a curly afro, but my hair stayed soft and moisturized.

For the Kimmaytube leave-in I use KC Knot Today, fresh aloe leaf which grows wild in some parts of Bermuda (and it is a lot of work to scrape the slime from the inner leaf part … the inner fillet part does not dissolve and the pieces look like gel balls in your hair that you have to pick them out!), 2 tsp Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa serum (I must check the Caribbean Market to see if they sell the Jamaican Black Castor Oil) and 2 tsp jojoba oil.

In regard to henna, I wouldn’t be surprised if I am the only natural who has used BAQ henna in Bermuda, but I might have company soon, as I have a cousin who’s hair is natural wants to try it.

Cutting/Trimming and Salons

I trim my own hair on the beneficial days as per the “lunar hair cutting calendar.” I have not had any success with hairdressers here in Bermuda. One female hairdresser (whose hair is chemically texturized), trimmed my hair in 4 large sectioned chunks … girl I am not lying … and then charged me $85 and insisted that I should get my hair chemically texturized!!! After this, I vowed never to set foot in that particular salon again.

Most recently, in Aug 2011 when I got my grays colored, the hair dresser’s assistant tried to untangle my hair in its dry state before washing it … girl, I thought to myself that she’s a little stupid. These hairdressers really don’t know anything about caring for natural hair.

So, I am now a DIYer when it comes to maintaining my hair as I am determined to grow my natural hair long. I like my God-given natural hair and have taken on the challenge in mastering the ultimate care of my hair, with a limited choice of hair products suitable for kinky hair which can be purchased locally. I used relaxers in my hair for 24 years and always wore my hair long, just at the lower part of my shoulder blade.

My Regimen

At present, I co-wash my hair once a week, try to deep-condition every two weeks and clarify shampoo and henna once a month. I am not so creative with my hair … just do two strand wet twists and then twist-outs when dried; every now and then I will do bantu-knot twist outs.

I have been using the Curls line for nearly 2 years and just last month, I began trying out the Qhemet Biologics line. I am not fussy about Qhemet. I prefer the Curls overall.

Shelli: Anything else that you’d like to add?
I like the idea of your site containing global hair perspective! I’ve heard of a group on FB called Thirsty Curlz, which was started for Bermudian naturals. I don’t use Facebook, so I haven’t seen it for myself. LOL … you must be saying who doesn’t have Facebook in this day in age :-)! If you are able to join, you can probably obtain more information on a variety of Bermudian experiences with natural hair.

The Take Down Begins

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It was a great run, but alas, it is time for it to come to an end. I was originally planning on keeping my twists in until the end of January. However, some recent plans for this upcoming weekend, as well as an increasingly ratty nape area and flyaway ridden halo, made me decide to begin taking the twists down on Saturday night. I plan on splitting the take down over a couple of days.

Matting:
In regard to the matting, I’m really a little mad at myself because I think that I did something that contributed to it. I also felt it happening a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t do anything about it. First, the way that I had the nape cornrowed did what I planned, it prevented the weight of individual twists from pulling out  my very fine nape hair. However, the hair still loosened quickly and the cornrows were very short. So, in order to provide a bigger base for the weight of the twists, I put 6 of the twists at my nape into 3 twists (twisting 2 twists into 1 twist, to make 3 total twists). So, those 3 twists got really matted together.

After taking a shower (which is why my hair is wet), I began to remove the twists, starting with the three at the center. I removed all three twists and then began to try to loosen the matted hair by massaging it and separating. Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time doing this and there was a little gunk (dust and oil) stuck in one section that I couldn’t release, even after applying some Aussie Moist conditioner. At a certain, point, I realized that most of the hair had broken and that the knot was only hanging on to about 4 or 5 strands of hair that were connected at the roots. I asked Wei to confirm this and he did. So, I decided to just cut out the knot at this point.

I seriously feel sick to my stomach about this, because it is about 5 inches of hair. I can’t tell if any of it is shed hair, though I’m sure some of it is. But I’m also certain that it also includes broken hair on my already shorter center nape section. These were the only twists that I removed thus far for which I had to resort to the scissors though. I also think that the nape is the worse area. However, I did learn some things as I removed these first several twists that I’ll apply when I finish the job.

Lessons Learned for Twists Take Down:

  • Afro puffy twists are very natural looking, but with that pro comes a con. It can be very difficult to differentiate between one’s own hair and the synthetic hair.
  • The ends of the twists tangle and knot, so I often had to break the knot at the end, praying that my hair wasn’t that far down. I think I was safe with the nape hair, which is shorter than the rest of my hair, hence the reason that I did that. However, when I remove the rest of the twists, I’ll really have to try to unravel the knotted ends instead of breaking them.
  • It’s best to release and detangle one twists at a time, massaging out knots, gunk and matting. I think that I might have saved the hair in those first released twists if I’d done this instead of releasing all three and then trying to detangle. I would always recommend detangling braid by braid, twists by twist, when removing extensions.
  • Make sure the twist and braided root are fully unravelled and released before trying to remove the extension hair. A few times, I tried to just unravel the twist and then loosen the braid to slide out the extension hair. Inevitably, the hair would catch, bunch and tangle around my hair as I tried to slide it out. So, I’d have to carefully try to untangle a bunched up mess.

Hair Plans for the Week:
So yeah, my plan is to finish taking out the twists at the back of my head tonight and hiding them with the top twists for work on Tuesday (I’ll make medium twists out of my own hair once released). Then, on Tuesday night, I’ll have to finish the job. Pray for me that I’ll have enough time to apply a pre-poo, wash and condition that same night. If I don’t, I have no idea what I’ll be doing Wednesday for work! Maybe I’ll be able to get the pre-poo in on Tuesday night and bun it for Wednesday. Then, I want to henna (roots only), DC and set in a TnC on Thursday! Good grief … I miss my twists already thinking about all of this!! LOL!!

Project Scale Down Update:
I’m down to 126 lbs and feeling better since getting back on the horse last Tuesday! My diet and exercise routine have been strong, I’ve resumed taking my pre-natal multi-vitamin, biotin and MSM and increased my water intake back to about 60 ounces a day. So, just going to try to keep all of that going!

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So, did you start or try anything new in the first week of 2012? What are your hair/fitness/life plans for this week?