Society puts a lot of emphasis on women’s hair. It is important to some cultures but society and the media makes women feel insecure based on their hair texture, length, and styles. I am not #TeamNatural, #TeamRelaxed, #TeamWeave, #TeamWigs or any other team. I just want people to have HEALTHY HAIR. I’ve seen plenty of naturals with dry, brittle, matted unhealthy hair and the same goes for women with relaxers; some have thin, dry, brittle, and damaged hair as well. I’ve seen women who wear weaves constantly have some of the best edges while women who have never worn a weave have edges that are similar to Naomi Campbell’s. Hair is just hair and as long as it is healthy that is all that matters.

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I found this article on Self.com entitled “Healthy Hair Defined” and this can go for ALL hair types and textures.

Follow the threes Ss: Soft, Strong, and Shiny.

Soft: When your hair is soft it shows that it has some type of moisture and bounce. If you have coarse hair like me it can still be soft. Coarse does not mean brittle and dry you just have to moisturize.

Strong: Hair sheds naturally and there is nothing that you can do about it. What you can do to make your hair stronger is reduce the amount of heat you use and the amount of manipulation you do when styling your hair. You also have to be mindful of the amount of chemicals you use. So you should be careful with the bleaches and dyes and even relaxers. That’s why I wear protective hairstyles, not only for length retention, but also to get my hair stronger protecting it from the elements of nature.

Shiny: Your hair should have a natural shine. Sometimes we need the help of essential oils, sprays, and oil sheens to give it that extra boost. If your hair is dry and likes shine you may want to consider switching your shampoos and conditioners and even doing deep conditioning treatments, hot oil treatments, and protein treatments. You should also consider using a moisturizing shampoo and purchasing cleansing conditioners for co-washes instead of using shampoo. Minimizing the use of heat will also keep your hair shiny.

FYI:

Healthy Hair is shiny hair with a smooth texture and clean-cut ends or tapered tips is generally perceived to be healthy. Hair texture and shine relate to hair surface properties, whereas the integrity of hair ends relates to the hair cortex. Hair can be straight, wavy or curly, blonde, black, brown, red, gray white, and its natural variations are important to our identity -Rob D. Sinclair

I just had this conversation with my mother about my ever-changing hairstyles and curl pattern and she basically said “It’s just hair.” She is so right. I have been relaxer free for about 5 months now. I haven’t decided if I want to go fully natural, but I have been wearing protective hairstyles since March. I had a weave, a curly weave cornrow combo, and now box braids. I like to switch up my hairstyles often ever since I made that one of my new years resolutions a few years ago, so I go back and forth from my regular relaxed wrap to different hairstyles. I have been researching different hairstyles for when I take my box braids out because I’m not sure if I want to relax my hair yet. I have been having the itch to do something different, but my main concern is maintaining the health of my hair. That’s all that matters.

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Beyonce debuted her new look via Instagram and there were mixed reviews. I think some people are just miserable and find ways to spew their hatred for no apparent reason. I’ve seen Rihanna stans say Bey is trying to be like her. I don’t understand why when we all know some of Rihanna’s most infamous hairstyles have been inspired by Kelis (the grey hair and the half shaved bossy look). Maybe Beyonce wanted a change…did you ever think of that? I mean she has had long luxurious weaves and wigs for too many years. It’s nice to see a change. She has a beautiful face and the cut frames it well. I guess people can’t make a decision in life without back lash. Maybe that little fan incident was an eye opener for her and she wanted to try something new. She has the money to go and get a 46″ Brazilian lacefront right now.

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If you don’t like the cut you have a right to have your own opinion, but you don’t have to bash. Everyone is not going to like everything and people should not make decisions in hopes of pleasing everyone. You are just going to add stress to your life and that is not healthy for you physically, and it sure isn’t good for your hair, because that is what’s important. If someone else’s hairstyle stops you from living, then I suggest you look deep within and see what truly matters.

So be happy and be healthy and do what you want with your hair as long as it is healthy!

 

When it comes to finding or buying products for my hair I am definitely not a product junkie. Once I find something I like I stick with it until I feel it is time to move on. I read TONS of reviews and only use products that are highly recommended by people that I trust. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know how I feel about my hair.

My hair has been through many phases throughout my life. There has only been two times in my life that my hair was severely damaged. That was in 8th grade and my junior year of college. Since the last episode when I was 20 I made sure to make my hair a priority.

It was never about team relaxed or team natural, it was about team healthy hair because you can be natural and have severely damaged hair as well.

When I got the opportunity to review Pantene’s new line for Truly Relaxed hair I was super excited. I’ve used their products previously when it focused on relaxed AND natural hair but I wanted to see what the difference would be since now they have products specifically for my hair is relaxed.

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I was sent the following products:
Light Weight Shampoo
Designed to gently cleanse relaxed African-American hair to protect each strand against breakage without weighing it down so you can grow healthy-looking hair.
Moisturizing Conditioner
Enriched with coconut and jojoba oils to leave relaxed hair soft, tamed, and strong against future damage.
Oil Crème Moisturizer
Defends against damage, help prevent dryness, and leaves hair shining.

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My thoughts

I really like these products. I need a few more uses to probably love them, but I really like my results. I was a little skeptical about the lightweight shampoo, because I generally use a moisturizing shampoo (they do carry an intense moisturizing shampoo) but everything turned out great because the shampoo was not harsh and my hair didn’t feel hard after the initial use. The oil crème moisturizer seemed a bit heavy when I placed some on my finger tips, but once it was spread evenly throughout my hair it turned out to be very light weight. I try not use too many products that will weigh my hair down and have it looking flat. I use the moisturizer mainly on the “rough edges” meaning the nape of my neck and around my hairline. My hair tends to be the driest in those areas. I apply a very little at night and by the morning my hair is very soft. The conditioner left my hair very soft as well and I could see a difference from the condition of my hair a few weeks prior.

What I loved most about the products was that my hair was shiny for approximately 3-4 days without me adding any oils including sheen. Usually I am applying oil sheen 1-2 days after I wash my hair, but this was not the case. My hair was very soft, bouncy, and it had great shine. What more could you ask for!

I would definitely recommend using these products.

Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural – Two collections From Pantene for healthier hair* no matter what your style.
*Vs. non-conditioning shampoo

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pantene via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pantene.

Last November I attended the launch of Beautiful Textures Intense Moisture, a new hairline geared toward mixed hair types (curly, kinky, wavy, frizzy). I answered a question correctly and won the entire hair care collection. This review will focus on the Moisture Butter since it is the product that I have used the most and can write an honest review about.

At the Beautiful Textures Launch the focus was mainly on the importance of keeping your hair moisturized. My hair was color treated and began breaking off because of the lack of moisture. It was very dry and brittle. So when I received the product I was excited to see if I could nurse my hair back to a healthier state.

Beautiful Textures Intense Moisture Butter

Enriched with Aloe Vera, Coconut, Olive, Soy, Argan Oil, Shea and Mango Butter

 Achieve amazing manageability and styling versatility for Curly, Wavy, Kinky-Coily or Frizzy hair. Get soft defined curls, bodacious bouncy spirals, and smooth silky tresses with this Intensive Moisture-Rich Formula for mixed textured hair.

Benefits:

  • Soften and Nourish Curls ~ Silken Waves
  • Elongate Kinky Coils ~ Tame Frizzies

Dry, brittle, thirsty hair stunts natural growth. To help ensure locks reach their full growth potential, refresh and hydrate your mixed textured hair every day with Moisture Butter.

 Moisture Butter helps maximize the styling options of mixed textured hair by helping achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky-smooth hydrated hair.

My Thoughts

I really like the Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter. It does exactly what it says that it will do. My hair was colored in the front and broke off really badly from the lack of moisture. I applied a small amount of the the moisture butter and every morning and night sealed with oil and within a month my hair was starting to grow back. After I began this new process I changed my hair regimen which I will share with you at a later time. My roots (new growth) were very manageable and not brittle. My only issue was that if I applied too much my hair began to look limp and lifeless so it definitely use sparingly. After applying it to my nape and my edges I began applying it all over my head. When I applied it at night, I would wake up with such soft hair. I was very impressed. When it was time for a relaxer, I applied the moisture butter to my edges and my edges were tamed and smooth.

Pros

  1. Smell- it has a tropical smell that I really like
  2. Softens hair- my hair was noticeably softer after a few applications
  3. Price $6.99
  4. Smooths out edges.

 Cons

  1. If you apply to much it weighs your hair down
  2. Does not contain all natural products- this was a major concern for me now that I am nursing my hair back to a healthier state and trying to grow my hair out. Natural products are always best. Although many of the main ingredients are natural there is still a considerable amount of non-natural products in the moisture butter.

Scale of 1 to 5- I give this product a 3.8 (random I know lol) If it contained all natural products it would have been rated higher, but it does keep my hair moisturized but it is also a little heavy and weighs the hair down. Other than that it is great.

Beautiful Textures can be purchased online, at your nearest Sally’s Beauty Supply Store or many other local beauty supply stores across the country. Click here for more info.

I hope this was helpful!

Have you tried any products from this line?

I just recently started going back to the gym. I know most people work out before the summer to get their body’s in shape, but not me. I wait until summer is over to work on the pudge. I know Fall will be here soon and I will be piling on the layers, but I still need to lose a few pounds so that my clothes fit properly.  

Anyway, once I leave the gym I am a sweaty mess. My hair is soaked and by time I get home it is very dry.

Since I cut my hair short I can’t go back to the comfort of my beloved pony’s. I get my hair done once every 2 weeks and my hair does not last at all anymore. I started washing my own hair, which alleviates the cost of me going to the salon once a week, but I still want my hair to last longer. Is this even possible?

Here are some tips that I found that worked for other people

  • Wear your hair in a ponytail
  • Wrap your hair and tie with a bandana *if you sweat excessively do not tie your hair*
  • Make sure your hair is away from your neck and forehead
  • Try a leave-in-conditioner
  • Blow dry your hair as soon as you finish working out *too much heat*
  • Use a dry shampoo- it removes the oil and dirt in between washes

Before I run out and buy these products, I want to know what works for you all.

Are any of you having the same dilemma as I am? What do you do with your hair once you leave the gym?