So You Have A Bald Spot, Now What?

You may not be your hair, but it's pretty damn important.

A few days ago I was doing my normal detangling routine in front of the mirror when (cue the horror music) I discovered a small, but noticeable to me, bald spot. I had a quick moment of OMFG, what do I do, CLEARLY I'm dying, and then I took a few deep breaths and followed these steps.

What do you do when you find a baldspot in your otherwise healthy head of hair?

What do you do when you find a baldspot in your otherwise healthy head of hair?

Don't Freak Out | I know, I know, I freaked out a little teeny tiny bit. But then I stopped. Honestly, there's no reason to have a full meltdown until you know exactly what the issue is.

Get To the Doctor | We (I'm looking at you skin fo) often ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us when symptoms such as hair loss occur. Quite often this is an outward expression of minor problems such as a vitamin deficiency; however, there is a chance that there is a more serious underlying issue. Going to your primary care physician and getting your bloodwork done can rule all of that out.  

The vanity planet shampoo brush and Remi Restorative treatment are helping me get back on track.

The vanity planet shampoo brush and Remi Restorative treatment are helping me get back on track.

Care for Your Scalp | Now that you Know what's wrong, you can start taking care of your scalp. I was sent the life changing (no exaggeration here, it's actually life changing) Groove Scalp Massager by Vanity Planet and I have been using it on wash day and in between wash days. Not only does it feel great, it also encourages blood flow to the scalp which helps hair growth. I have already seen hair starting to grow back in a short period of time.

Use Healthy Hair Products | In addition to using the scalp massager, I am also using Vanity Planet's Moisturizing and Restorative Hair Treatment. It's great for my scalp and hair because it is nothing but healthy oils for my dry and frizzy natural hair. I massage this product in with my Scalp Massager and let it sit for about 15 minutes before continuing with my normal routine. The oils help nourish my scalp and protect my hair from the harshness of shampoos.

I'm confident that in the next few months that my little bald spot will be flourishing again.

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*Products were sent to me for free, but all opinions are my own.*

Five Minute Coils for Your Natural Hair

Can I just be real for a minute? This natural hair thing can be a real bitch. Like seriously. I've been in this game for almost 4 years and I still don't have everything figured out. What I struggle most with is figuring out ways to do my hair in an efficient manner. 

Wash and gos take forever to dry, twist outs take overnight to set, and don't even get me started on flexi rods. This is my current struggle. All I want to do do is wash/refresh and go!

Enter in the brush method. Guys, I'm so upset that I didn't discover the sooner. Watch the video to see how it works!

Mini Twists | The Ultimate Protective Style

Causal Look with Mini Twists

Winter is upon us and I think I'm in love... with my hair! I went natural in November 2011 so in a sense it's our anniversary. Despite living in my natural beauty for three years, I think I'm just now getting the importance of winter hair care. I love to wear my hair out so protective styling is difficult for me but I think I may have found the perfect solution: Mini Twists!

Mini Twists are definitely not new in the natural hair community- many naturals attribute their journey to waist length hair to the style- but sometimes it's nice to revisit the simplicity of the tried and true. I plan on leaving my hair in this twists for about three weeks and I'm really excited to see some healthy hair growth and length retention.

Tips for a Successful Mini Twist Installation

1. Section Your Hair. This will keep you from going insane! I started my hair in about 8 to 10 sections that I put in large twists. I then broke each twist down in sections. I continued this method until I was ready to break each twist into it's own section of mini twists.

2. Style on dry hair. I can only imagine that installing mini twists on wet/ damp hair would be a nightmare complete with the dreaded "product hand" and long hours spent with heavy arms. I styled my mini twists on dry hair and then washed my hair with the twists in. Because of this my hair was pre- stretched making twisting easier.

3. Don't be afraid to style. Just because your hair is up doesn't mean you can't have fun! I set my twists in a gorgeous rod set and I plan to explore more styling options. Your hair should never be boring and times when you are protective styling are no exception.

Want to see how I'm keeping my twists fresh and stylish while I sleep? check out my video on youtube!

So tell me, what's your favorite protective style?

Thanks for reading! Until Next Time...

Kisses,

Joelle

 

The Big Chop

It's okay to start at the beginning... Again

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I have been wearing my hair in it's naturally nappy state for two years now. I have loved and embraced my hair. I have nurtured and cared for it. It has in a sense been my child. I longed to see it grow and mature. Every inch of new growth was a new discovery. So I was definitely a little sad when I realized that I didn't like my hair anymore. It was no longer enjoyable, I didn't like styling it, and nothing had that awesome newness. It all felt very BLAH.

So I decided to cut it and start over. I've never been the type of woman who was emotionally attached to her hair- it's probably in part because I was raised by a man- so I cut it. Easy, simple, pain free, and not as "deep" as some people make it out to be.

I can definitely draw a comparison to the idea of letting go. When something is no longer serving us or bringing joy intone our lives, it's okay to simply remove it.

Because It's just hair.

Kisses,

Joelle