Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Christmas fro!



Still has some shrinkage... products used: keracare dry and itchy scalp moisturizing shampoo, deep conditioned with a mix of banana brulee and elucence conditioner...blow dried and made big cornrows on dry hair; moisturized with cantu leave in conditioner and sealed with shea butter.

Happy Holidays!!


Toodles,

Annitra01
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Product Review: Hairveda's SitriNillah -Ultra Moisturizing Deep Conditioner



They Say:
Our Best Selling Deep Conditioner is wonderfully moisturizing and a little goes a long way. SitriNillah is perfect for conditioning and softening your hair after a relaxer or protein treatment.
Our ingredients are perfectly infused to bring the life back to your hair. Nourishing Orange oil penetrates deep down to treat lifeless and brittle hair. Use SitriNillah Deep Conditioning Masque after your relaxer treatments for added softness. Use when your hair is super dry to restore moisture.

Ingredients: Water, Coconut oil, Castor Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, SterylAlcohol, Stearakloniun Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Orange oil, Orange Extract, Vanilla Extract, Lactic Acid, Germall Plus, Fragrance. 16oz. jar. Shelf Life: 6-9 months -Keep in a cool place away from sunlight. Applications: Up to 10 uses. http://hairveda.com/condish.aspx




I say: Loves it!!! It smells like an orange cremesicle or orange sherbert and it leaves my hair moisturized for days. As I've probably mentioned before; I'm a sucker for thick moisturizing deep conditioners and this one is ranked high on my list of dc's. You can purchase it at www.hairveda.com



Toodles,

Annitra01
Monday, December 19, 2011

My hair inspirations!

Here are a couple of hair pics that have inspired me:

MY HAIR INSPIRATIONS















All of these pics are peeps with natural hair! WOOT

Toodles,

Annitra01

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Natural Hair Dictionary.

Here is a link to a natural hair dictionary. For those of you who don't know what prepooing, cowashing and etc. is; this is great. Lots of everyday terms used on hair forums


http://www.naturalhaircommunity.com/natural-hair-dictionary





Toodles,


Annitra01
Monday, December 12, 2011

Natural Hair Updo






Here is the youtube video that inspired this look:







Toodles,


Annitra01
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Eat more to lose weight?

I ran across this video and this is exactly what I have been doing. Not eating breakfast; starving by the time I eat lunch and then not eating dinner and then starving before bedtime causing me to eat and lay right down!!
This madness must stop!


(A run on sentence; I know...lol)


http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2011/12/11/nr-macdonald-eat-drink-merry.cnn#/video/us/2011/12/11/nr-macdonald-eat-drink-merry.cnn





Toodles,


Annitra01
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Product Review: Alberto VO5 Strawberries & Cream Conditioner



VO5 is one of the first products that I bought when I started my healthy hair journey in 2008. Ive used this product in so many ways. I've used it in a prepoo mixture, as a co-wash, as a leave in and most recently on my natural hair as a detangler. I must say that I love this product as a detangler. I didn't want to go out and purchase a product specifically for detangling. I wanted to use something that I already had in my stash so I pulled out my trusty VO5. It worked like a charm and also gave my hair the much needed moisture that it craved. I sectioned my hair; added VO5 and proceeded to detangle with my shower comb and then my rat tail comb. I then braided each section and now I'm wearing a plastic cap. I will rinse this out in the morning and decide from there on whether or not I need to deep condition and then how I will be styling my hair for the rest of the week. I plan to get my hair braided very, very soon but I wanted to take care of the lack of moisture before I rebraid.

Toodles,

Annitra01
Friday, December 9, 2011

My Salmon Cakes Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

2 cans of Pink Alaskan Salmon

3/4 tsp. of seasonings of your choice. I used season salt, pepper, and garlic powder (more or less depending on how you like it)

3 raw eggs

1 onion diced

Seafood Breader/ corn meal-- Can't say how much I used as I really don't measure when I cook

Vegetable Oil or oil of your choice

Medium sized Bowl

Frying pan

Spatula

Fork

Ok let's get to cooking!!

Firstly you will want to open the salmon and put it in a medium sized bowl. Separate the fish with a fork and make sure no bones are in it.

Add the three eggs and stir.

Add your seasonings and stir. I like to add a little before and after the eggs.

Add your onions and stir.

Add your seafood breader and stir.

Set aside for a few minutes while you get your frying pan. Add your oil to the frying pan and turn the stove on medium high. Heat oil until ready to fry.

OK! Form patties out of your Salmon mix and drop into hot oil.

Fry until Golden Brown.





Serve with your favorite side dish or alone. This can be eaten at any time of the day. My sister says she loves them for breakfast with cheese grits. I'll have to try them at breakfast time. YUMMY!












Disclaimer: This is my recipe and I DO NOT NORMALLY measure when I cook. I put together this recipe as best as I could for those of you who do measure. Please adjust accordingly.


Toodles,

Annitra01
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Natural hair SHRINKAGE!

OMG! I had the biggest baddest fro once I took my braids out and detangled on Sunday. You couldn't tell me anything...I knew I had it going on ummm....urrr...until I washed and conditioned it. I had shrinkage like a mutha suker! For those of you who do not know what shrinkage is; let me explain. Shrinkage is a term used on many hair forums that simply means(in my opinion) a reduction in length. Shrinkage does not reveal the true length of someone's hair.

My shrinkage is literally like 80 percent. With my shrinkage; it looks like I have a twa (teeny weeny afro)but once you braid it or twist it; it goes from like ear length to shoulder length. My shrinkage was so bad; I could hardly fit my hair into a ponytail when I know that it can fit into a ponytail. So........now I am on a quest to combat shrinkage or at least try to stretch my hair out a little more. I briefly poked around the internet and saw a couple of options that I want to try. I will blog about which methods have worked for me in a later post. Anywho; along with shrinkage; my hair is as dry as the Sahara Desert and I have to do something about that quick, fast and in a hurry because I do not want breakage. I plan to do weekly deep conditioning treatments alternating between my steamer and my hooded dryer. I will also try to throw in co-washing when I can. My hair is progressing and growing nicely and breakage is the last thing that I want.

My shrinkage after cutting the relaxed ends and washing/conditioning my hair (June 12,2011)



My hair after a light blow dry. (Taken around Oct 2011)


For accuracy; the next time I wash I will take a before pic and then an after pic once I find the method that works best for me with stretching my hair.


Here are a couple of youtube videos that I found on shrinkage.












Toodles,

Annitra01
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DAY 27: 30 Day Water Challenge



I have not been drinking water like I should be! Now I told you all that I would be honest and that I would keep you posted.....soooooo here I am.
Not drinking enough water has not been good for me either. My skin is dry, my hair is dry and I just don't have the proper hydration that my body needs. This has to change! Part two of the 30 day water challenge entitled "DO OVER" is coming soon. *sigh*


Toodles,

Annitra01
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FACEBOOK Hiatus



I'm sick of facebook and some of the foolishness I've seen on there so I have decided to take a facebook hiatus. I actually changed my fb profile picture to the picture above. There are two reasons that I have gotten this ticked off with fb. (1)I'm tired of people telling ALL of their business on fb and asking ME my business on fb. Just too much drama for me (2) I'm tired of people talking to me through fb. What ever happened to picking up the phone and calling. I live long distance from a lot of my "friends" and family and I just feel like if you care enough; a simple phone call would do. In my opinion texting me or talking to me through electronic communication means that you do not want to talk/deal with me and it really irks me when family does it. (i.e, Inviting us to thanksgiving dinner or other family functions through email when you clearly have the number and can pick up the phone.)

Ok getting off my little soapbox...

I also want to focus on my blog a little more; so maybe a month or so free of facebook will do me some good.

Thoughts?



Toodles,

Annitra01
Monday, December 5, 2011

Aloe Vera!


I dropped the flat iron on my foot and it burned like a some-mmma-itch! I immediately went for my aloe vera plant. It not only soothed the burning feeling; but after a few weeks of applying it; I couldn't even tell where I had burned myself. This plant has been in my life since I was a little girl growing up in Florida and it still works like a charm. It will forever be in my stash!!!


Toodles,

Annitra01
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Braid Care and Proper Braid Removal

In my humble opinion; it takes patience, patience and more patience when removing braids. I wanted to blog about proper braid removal because a co-worker came to me recently about losing more hair than the braids were worth and how she still had lots of tangled, matted hair after washing it several times. First of all their are several factors that will determine how your hair will be once the braids are removed. Now I know that some people say that their hair just cannot take braids. I totally understand that and not everyone can wear them. I on the other hand have worn braids for years and have never had an issue with removal, detangling or retaining length. In fact, for me; braids do wonders for my hair.

Firstly when I am preparing my hair for braids; I make sure that it is strong enough so I normally follow the "Ateya Regimen" that I blogged about previously; here is the link:
http://acurlygirlallthedaysofmylife.blogspot.com/2011/11/ateya-regimen-which-consists-of-aphogee.html
Basically I up the protein in my regimen. I believe that this is especially essential for relaxed hair. Now that I am natural; I sometimes just add protein to the current regimen that I have. http://acurlygirlallthedaysofmylife.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-current-hair-regimen.html

Next; if someone else braids your hair; make sure that you have seen their work. I always, always, always get someone to braid my hair that has years of braiding experience and normally when I get it braided; it is only one person braiding it at a time in the comfort of their home or mine. I've only gone to a braid shop twice and that was after throughly researching and talking to friends/relatives that have visited those shops. Now that I think about it; I have only been to one braid shop. It is Miriam's African Hair Braiding in Raleigh, NC. They did kinky twists for me once and micro braids for me once.

Once my hair is braided I keep it tied up at night with a satin scarf. My co worker told me that she did not tie her hair up.

Even in braids I still make sure that my scalp is clean. For the first few weeks I use Organic root stimulator Dry shampoo. Here is a video that I found. This mimicks exactly how I cleanse my scalp.

After about 4 to 6 weeks; I do a full wash and deep condition of my braids just as I would normally do without braids. I then go back to my braider and have the perimeter of my braids redone. This is essential if you are going to keep your braids for 2 to 3 months. Hair around the perimeter is more prone to buildup and lint. My co worker informed me that she did not wash or have the perimeter of her braids redone.

***I want to note that when I braid without extensions I only wear them for about a month. I do not keep natural braids for 2 to 3 months as with my extensions.***

*Some people choose to keep their scalp free of any products however I like to use natural oils on my scalp while in braids. Some of the oils I use are coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and castor oil.

*Daily maintenece for me includes moisturizing with infusium 23 leave in followed by one of the oils above.

Now lets get back to removing the braids. It is a slow gentle process so make sure that you have plenty of time to remove your braids or someone you trust to help you take them out. Their are products on the market to help with braid removal but I use a rattail comb, a wide tooth comb and if my hair seems a bit dry I will put some oil on it. I also use clips to put my hair in sections after removing the braids and detangling it. Notice I mentioned detangling the hair. I strongly recommend that you throughly detangle your hair in small sections while removing the braids or after the braids have been removed. If you do not detangle your hair before washing; you may end up with tangles/matted hair that you are unable to detangle. Even when you have washed during your braids; your hair will still have some build up and it will also have hair that has shedded but that has not had a chance to be combed out in 2 to 3 months so it is essential detangle before proceeding to washing.
Here is a video on removing natural braids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWaw3SaKjoQ&feature=youtu.be

You can also follow this same regimen when removing extensions. I also strongly recommend that you take a look at this website:

http://www.growafrohairlong.com/braidreg.html

It has helped me immensely.

Toodles,

Annitra01
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Product Review: Neutrogena Skin ID


This product absoultely did NOT work for me. I gave it a few months and it was a few months of torture. I think that it was just to strong for my skin. I even called to cancel a couple of times and to talk me into staying a customer they suggested that I change from the regimen they initally gave me. They sent me out several other selections but nothing ever worked so I cancelled my order altogether. These products gave my face a burning feeling and the pimples never went away. I was told that the acne would get worse before it gets better but for me it never got better. The only thing I liked was the moisturizer. **Shrugs**


Toodles,

Annitra01

Disclaimer:

I am not an expert in haircare/beauty and etc. I simply blog about what works for ME and what I like or dislike. Also I DO NOT NORMALLY measure when I cook. I AM an expert in Business as I have mastered that field but I will not be giving advice on personal business unless it is general info such as how to improve your credit. That answer is to simply pay your bills on time and do not over spend. Always buy what you can pay back... lol. I do not claim any responsibility for the results you've obtained from reading suggestions on my blog.

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