Trying Something New

Hey curlfriends!

Can ya’ll believe Spring has finally graced us with it’s presence? Yesss curls, I’m so ready for warmer weather, fun outfits, and new hairstyles!

So today’s post is about this cute little shampoo massager that was gifted to me in January. I chose not to use it for shampooing, but rather as a scalp massager instead, and curlfriends, I am loving it!

Ok, so January 1st I decided to switch up my hair care routine. I felt the need to add something new. What I started doing was using the electric shampoo massager on my scalp every night before bed, then I’d follow up with my kangen beauty water and then seal the ends of my hair with my hair and body balm.

This process seems to have had a great affect on my hair, as I’ve noticed some pretty good length retention and I plan to continue this method for the remainder of the year. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve always done scalp massages using my fingers, but just wanted to try a different approach and give my fingers a break. So be sure to check back for updates.

My overall impression, this lovely little number is quite effective in promoting healthy hair growth, it stimulates the the hair follicles and increases blood flow, now what curly girl doesn’t want that?

If you’re struggling with stagnant hair growth and looking for an effective hair growth remedy, give this method a try, it would definitely be a good option, providing there are no serious underlying concerns with your scalp.

Got a new hair growth method you’ve started this year? Share it, I’d love to hear about it!

Remember, healthy hair habits start now!

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Natural Hair Setback Solved!

Hey curlfriends!

Is 2019 off to a great start for you all so far? I’m happy to report that things are good over here at NGP headquarters, and I want to thank you for continued support.

Ok so about this post. Do you recall what I shared from my January 2019 post about my little glitch with my hair care regimen? No? Hmm, ok well be sure to check it out here.

Knotty curls

Now I know I said that in 2019 I would not be stressing over my hair and I’m not, but what I need you to understand is that I will continue to be diligent in caring for it. 🙂

Ok, so for me it all boils down to natural hair problem solving. How many of you really take the time to get to the root of your natural hair challenges? I promise you it would reduce a lot of your problems.

The problem I was experiencing was a quick and easy fix, and it only took a few days to see the benefits. Now I’ll take that W on any given Sunday.

So here’s how I resolved my natural hair issues with single strand knots that were forming about an inch up my hair shaft.

First let me share how I moisturize my hair on a daily basis using my two staple products, Kangen beauty water and my hair and body balm to keep my hair from matting in my twists. The process before I modified it looked like this. I applied the kangen water to my scalp and ends of my hair and sealed with my hair and body balm every night before bed and would cover my hair with a satin bonnet. I had been using this method for several weeks with no concerns. However, it was around the last quarter of 2018 that my curls began acting knotty.

Once I identified the problem, the solution was pretty simple. I determined that I needed to apply the kangen beauty water further up the hair strand and seal with my hair and body balm. It immediately resolved this issue within a few days. Problem solved. Now be honest, how many of you would have just reached for your scissors and cut those knots off?

For those of you that said yes, put the scissors down and don’t reach for them again until it’s time to trim! LOL, now remember the goal here is to preserve as much hair as we possibly can, so by cutting the knots you are really short changing yourself, and there’s no need to do that. I’ll be doing a youtube video in the near future on the method I use to undo single strand knots.

I hope this info was helpful was brought to you with much love and concern for the health of your curls. Share this post with your struggling curlfriends and let me know if you are you experiencing natural hair challenges in 2019?

Ok curlfriends remember, healthy hair habits start now!

My New Year Mindset

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year curlfriends!

It’s that time of year when you get to hit the reset button on new goals. So are you ready for a fresh new start and new adventures?

I don’t about you, but I know I am, but first, let me recap the goals I set for myself in 2018 and whether or not I accomplished them.

Goal 1: To grow my hair to waist length

Goal 2: Launch a youtube channel

Goal 3: Be more consistent with my plant based meals

Goal 4: Purchase a Kangen water machine

And the results are that 3 out of the 4 goals were accomplished. Which goals were they you ask? Goals 2 through 4. Yep, goal 1 was not achieved (I’m really close though).  And the funny thing is I don’t even care, which is the reason for today’s post.

Now I realize that I’ve rebranded myself as a natural hair blogger, and that’s cool but what I’ve also come to realize is that my blogging doesn’t just have to center primarily around my hair. Cause quite frankly, I’m kinda over this desire to obtain waist length hair, don’t get me wrong, once it happens I’ll be tickled pink, but at this phase of my life it just doesn’t require that kind of energy anymore. And to be even more honest, the pressure I was feeling (that I put on myself) to have waist length hair had my head in a funky place. I felt as though my followers were looking for me to reach my goal, and when it didn’t happen I felt like a let down, or that my method was flawed. All of this because my hair was not waist length. I was having all these crazy thoughts about what people were going to think and how I’m failing…Then I took a step back and had to check myself, yesss curl, I was straight tripping.

Yep, some how self doubt had found its way in and took up residency and lingered a little longer than it should have. I’m so grateful I recognized it early and removed it by surrounding myself with people with great energy.

So this year,  I’m officially removing the pressure of obsessing over waist length hair, and showing my followers that you get the real me from now on. The good, the bad, and the ugly,  lol. Now my true 2019 celebration can begin.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can direct my energy to what my new year mindset is all about, helping others like you overcome those basic natural hair challenges that may be keeping you from reaching your #hairgoals, while enjoying other aspects of my life.

I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.

And that curlfriends, is my natural hair resolution for 2019! What are your natural hair resolutions for 2019?

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New Year, New Habits

New Year, New Habits

Hey pretty curls,

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year when folks begin pouring out their New Year’s resolutions. We’ve heard them all before right?

Well here’s one I have yet to hear, the plan to incorporate healthy hair habits. Yep that’s right, what old hair habits will be replaced with new hair habits?

While you scratch your heads and ponder on it, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a worksheet (click here: Healthy Hair Habits worksheet) designed to make it easier to track your actions.

It’s a tool I began using around year four of my natural hair journey, and it has proven to be very helpful. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you’re truly committed to improving the health of your hair, then you must understand and prepare to do the work.

With all that said, I feel it necessary to give you a homework assignment. Download my worksheet (healthy hair habits) to identify your bad habits, and let’s meet back here next week to discuss.

That’s all for now curlies!

The struggle doesn’t have to be real…

Vee

My Hair Story

My Hair Story

Once upon a time back in 2005 there was a long haired relaxed girl who dreamed of some day mustering up the courage to rock her curls with confidence. After five years of contemplating, some negative self talk, and watching tons of YouTube tutorials, the day finally made it’s way into her life. Oh yeah she thought, it’s about to be on! The excitement of seeing those beautiful shiny curls looking like the girls from YouTube was intoxicating and had me on cloud nine.
Sweet fantasy huh? Now let me tell what really happened after I decided to return to my roots.
None of that nonsense I fantasized about that’s for sure! I transitioned for six months and had not done my due diligence so it made it difficult to manage two textures, the new growth and the relaxed ends. What was even worse was I had no one to help or teach me about my hair. And to add fuel to the fire, my curls looked nothing like what I saw on YouTube. They were wiry, dry, coarse and tight. What had I done, I thought. Had I made a mistake? Was it too o late to turn back. I expected this to be easy. I was sooo wrong.
Shoot, as I look back, I’d been better off just cutting it down to the new growth and starting from scratch. Which is exactly what I now recommend it to anyone considering this. It can be a hard pill to swallow if you’re used to having long hair like I did, but I promise you it’s the easiest way to go. Transitioning for me, was the hardest part of going natural. I hated fighting with two textures and not knowing what to do with it. So if you’re new on the natural scene and feeling like you may not be able to do this, trust me, you can. I did it and so can you.
So after 2.5 years of natural hair hell, and no available resources within my community, I felt it was imperative that I learn how to take care of my hair.
Year 3, the struggle with tangles and a non existent routine were in full effect, and I was oblivious to the fact that water truly was my hair’s friend and not the enemy as so many curly girls had suggested. I felt my hair just wasn’t where I though it should be, especially length wise. I blame a lot of it on just not knowing those crucial things that every natural should know. Needless to say, I still had much to learn.
My natural hair aha finally occurred for me in year 4! I know right, dang it sure took its sweet time, lol.
Now I was cooking with gas, I had buried my head in so much research that I felt like I had gone back to school for another degree 😂.
But seriously though, the info I learned turned out to be my hair’s saving grace! I tell you what, the moment I put something pH balanced on my natural, oh it was on and cracking! Couldn’t tell me nothing after that.
From that moment on, I’ve made it my business to do better by my hair at each new phase of my natural hair journey. And I encourage you to do the same.
If you’ve been struggling with your hair for more than a 1 year with no desirable results, then it’s time to book a curl coaching session with Vee!