Night Time Hair Routine: Straight Hair 

Relaxed, natural, transitioning, thin,thick, long and short; we all desire healthy, flowing, straightened hair at some point. But once we have taken the plunge and pressed those heat plates so cautiously along our strands, how do we maintain the finished product? How do we keep our hair soft and moisturized but avoid the weighed down, limp appearance? Here’s one way💁🏽

I first begin by sectioning my hair into four parts and detangling lightly from ends to roots. Currently I use my CALA Detangler on my straightened hair. This simply ensures that you maintain the sleek hair you’ve created. 

I then proceed to apply a VERY small amount of oil to my ends only! Some oils have moisturizing properties which I previously mentioned in my Oil Dictionary post. A small amount of oil is added so that the ends of the hair do not become weighed down and clump together. It’s important to apply the oil to your ends only so that the hair shaft doesn’t appear limp and lifeless. Also the ends of the hair are the oldest and therefore the weakest so it’s essential to moisturize them the most frequently. Currently, I am using the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Treatment because I love it’s silkiness and moisturizing properties. 

Wrapping my hair  comes next, so that my hair lies flat and remains straight for an extended time period.  There are countless tutorials on hair wrapping but if you require one of me, definitely don’t hesitate to ask. Finally I tie with a silk or satin scarf to reduce friction on my hair while sleeping and therefore minimize breakage.


And voila! This nightly routine usually allows me to wear my hair straight for approximately a week and a half! 

What tips and tricks do you employ for smooth, silky and soft long-lasting flat ironed hair? I hope you found this post helpful and don’t forget to follow my blog and my IG account @iam_misstress for more hair fun as we grow inches one by one! 

-Miss Tress 💁🏽💕🌺💇🏾🌸🎀🙆🏾

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Relaxer Prep 101

To my relaxed ladies out there; past, present and future, we all know the dangers of the well known “creamy crack”. And we know just as well, that if these dangers are not curbed and limited, then your hair will simply be a mess.  So I thought I would share the precautions which one must take to have a successful and stress free relaxer with no disappointing surprises and, of course, relate my own process and experience.

  • The first thing is to ensure that your hair is Detangled! This allows for the relaxer to be  easily applied to your new growth as your hair will be easy to part and separate along the line of demarcation. This, therefore, prevents over processing of the hair due to leaving the chemical on too long while trying to properly part the hair. In order to Detangle my hair, especially before relaxing, I use My Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer which easily works through my thick new growth, lessening my breakage and shedding.
  • Properly coating the strands of the hair plays an extremely vital role in the relaxer touch-up process. Oils, which are known to coat the strands act as a barrier between the hair shaft and the chemical to prevent over processing of previously relaxed hair as well as the new growth. It also prevents the hair from becoming limp and lifeless and limits and burns or irritation to the scalp. For this process, I use my Oil Mixture which nourishes the strands and gives it the strength to withstand the harsh relaxing process and also protects it from overprocessing. It must be noted, however, that the steam from the Q-redew opens my hair cuticles so that there is maximum absorption of the oil.
  • It is also important to base your scalp, forehead and nape area prior to relaxing since relaxers are harsh chemicals and can easily corrode and irritate the skin. This can be done using Vaseline, however, the relaxer kit that I use includes a scalp guard product which I utilize for this purpose. This creates a barrier between your skin and the chemical thereby preventing and possible skin dangers.
  • It’s a widely discussed belief that relaxers should be applied to dirty hair. Will it make your relaxer results better? No! Because the strength of the chemical remains unchanged and therefore The strands are processed wether dirty or clean. Will it prevent scalp burns and irritation? Yes! When your hair is dirty, the dust and sweat particles build up on the scalp. This therefore prevents contact between the chemical and the scalp and burns and irritation cannot occur.

Here is a short clip of how I prepare a section of my hair for a relaxer:

I hope this post was useful and it helps you to get the best out of your relaxer day! Don’t forget to follow my blog and follow my IG account @iam_misstress to keep up with the fun and we grow our hair to long inches one by one. Comment below with any questions, concerns or tips you have about preparing your hair for a relaxer.

-Miss Tress 🙆🏾🎀💕💇🏾🌺🌸💁🏽

Choosing the Best Oils for your Hair Care : The Oil Dictionary 

Hey guys! So simply put, in the healthy hair world, oil is an unarguable essential within any hair care regimen. However, for the newbies and those of us who sometimes forget and seem to encounter setbacks in our hair journeys , you may not always know which are the best oils to use for any specific hair problem. Don’t fear,miss tress is here and she brings you the “oil dictionary” which contains the most possible hair problems and the oils which  can be used to fix them.

Dry hair

  • Coconut oil
  • Argan oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Almond oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Monoi oil

Breakage

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Almond oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Monoi oil

Shedding

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Monoi oil

Dry scalp

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Castor oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Peppermint oil

Scalp itch

  • Tea tree oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Amla oil
  • Emu oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil

Balding

  • Castor oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Emu oil
  • Rosemary oil

Thinning hair

  • Castor oil
  • Jojoba oil

Hair growth

  • Castor oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Safflower oil

Now I will share with you how I mix my very own oil mixture which I use to seal my hair, massage my scalp and also when preparing my hair for relaxers which you will see in the following post.

My mixture comprises of:

5 TBSPS coconut oil

5 TBSPS almond oil

5 TBSPS jojoba oil

5 TBSPS avocado oil

1 TBSPS Argan oil

1 TBSPS tea tree oil

2 TBSPS/ 15 drops castor oil

These oil components target all the above listed hair issues which help to maintain my hair and scalp’s complete health so that I can grow my best hair along my journey.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helps you to choose better oils to help target your hair issues. Comment down below sharing with me your concerns and your favorite hair oils and don’t forget to follow me on IG @iam_misstress and right here on my blog so that we can grow beautiful hair together one inch at a time and support each other!

-Miss Tress 🙆🏾💕🌺💇🏾🎀🌸💁🏽

 

5 Summer Hair Care Tips To Maintain Your Soft, Healthy Tresses 

Hey guys!!!!! Summer is here and while we’re going to be experiencing those sun-kissed baths and adventures, it’s super easy for our hair to become dry and brittle in this time period and therefore breakage isn’t far away! So, I compiled a few tips to help you maintain the heart of your hair which you worked so hard to attain while still reveling in those memorable days and nights! 

1. Less Heat Styling– During the summer months, the temperatures are at its annual climax and the heat and humidity is insane. Just think of the added stress your hair undergoes when it has to experience the environmental heat as well as heat from styling tools! Your hair can become extremely dry and will not only look frizzy but also very damaged. One can opt for heartless styles such as braid outs and twist outs which are great for your hair’s  health and also gives that tousled, beach appearance. 

2. Protective Styles– Keeping your hair tucked away off your shoulders and tucked away is the absolute most effective way to combat and damage which may occur in the summer…. But let’s be real, sometimes we just want that”wind blowing in your hair” freedom. So, I advise to do protective styles in moderation, maybe twice or three times per week. However, if you’re a person that enjoys your hair being tucked away, feel free to tuck it up as much as you would like. 

3. Acessorizing for Protection – For those of us who still want to keep our hair down, using hair accessories such as hats and headbands can help reduce hair damage. They limit friction between your hair, the wind and the sun and therefore damage to your hair strands is minimal because your hair is not being manipulated extensively by the environmental elements. 

4. Sunscreen Hair Hack- Products which contain spf are usually loaded with chemicals and very expensive. As a result, one simple hair hack is to apply the remainder of sunscreen on your hands to your hair after applying it to your skin! It’s super fast, easy and protects your hair strands from the UV rays of the sun which can lightening hair and dry out the moisture within your strands. 

5. Saturate Hair with Water and Oil before Swimming-  wetting hair before swimming fills it with water and so it can long absorb any more water when you get into the pool or ocean. Think of your hair as a sponge! Coating it with oil lock in the moisture from the water and creates a barrier between your hair strands and the pool or sea water so it just slides of your strands, causing them no harm! 

Well, I hope these tips help you to maintain your hair and that you have the most fun- filled vacation ever!!!!! Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with the hair fun and follow me on IG @iam_misstress for more hair pics and almost daily uploads.

-Miss Tress💇🏾🌺🌸🙆🏾🎀💕💁🏽

My Hair Regimen Pt 2.- My Hair Products 

Shampoos/Cleansers 

  • Carol’s daughter Mirabelle Plum (Moisture)
  • Carol’s daughter Monoi Repairing (Protein) 
  • Carol’s daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner (when necessary)

Conditioners

  • Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle plum (Moisture) 
  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing (Protein) 
  • VO5  Moisture Milks (Moisture) 

Deep Conditioners 

  • Moisture Mix DC– Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair Mask, Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment, Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner , DIY hair oil mixture (see below category) 
  • Protein Mix DC– Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask, ORS Replenishing Conditioner , Profectiv Megagrowth anti breakage strengthening conditioner , DIY hair oil mixture (see below category) 

Oils

  • DIY hair oil mixture- 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup Africa’s Best Herbal Oil, 1 tbsp Amla Hair Oil, 1tbsp Castor oil, 1 tbsp  Jojoba oil, 1 tsp Tea tree oil (used for hot oil treatments and added to deep conditioner mixes) 
  • Argan oil (air drying and styling) 
  • Coconut oil (sealing in moisture, styling) 
  • Castor oil (scalp massages) 
  • Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Pure Hair Oil (styling and sealing) 
  • Carols daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair Oil Treatment (scalp massages)

Leave-in Conditioners

  • Creme of Nature Leave in Conditioning Spray (Moisture) 
  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Leave in Conditioner (protein) 
  • Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in  Conditioner (Moisture) 

Moisturizers 

  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-in Conditioning Moisturizer (moisture)
  • Creme of Nature Argan Buttermilk Hair Milk (moisture)
  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla 4-n-1 Hair Combing Creme (moisture) 
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner (protein) 

Styling Products

  • Creme of Nature Twirling Custard 
  • Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Hair Sheen 
  • Lottabody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse 
  • Carol’s Daughter Cupaçu Blow Dry Cream 
  • Carols Daughter Macadamia Heat Protctant Serum 
  • Carols Daughter Hair Milk Styling Cream 
  • John Frieda Frizz ease Touch Up Creme 

Edge Control

  • ORS Olive Oil Hair Pudding 
  • Just For Me Hair Milk Styling Creme 

Relaxer 

  • Organics Kids Texture Softening System 

Tools 

  • Q-redew Hair Steamer
  • Gold n Hot Deep Conditioning Cap
  • Remington Flat iron 
  • Gold n Hot Blow Dryer 
  • Vita goods Scalp Massage Brush 

Other 

  • Silk/satin bonnet or scarf 
  • Mesh Head Wrap 
  • Boar bristle brush 
  • Denman brush  
  • Wide tooth comb 
  • Fine tooth comb (parting hair only) 
  • Flexi-rods (all sizes) 
  • Rollers (jumbo) 
  • Perm rods (3/8″ and 3/4″) 

          My Hair Regimen Pt 1- The Routine 💇🏾🙆🏾

          Hey guys!!!!! So last year was a year of discovery for me! I spent a lot of time working in my hair’s likes and dislikes as well as seeing what fits into my daily schedule. After a long 365 days, I finally made the  best personally suited regimen that I can for my hair!
           Disclaimer: Everything doesn’t work for the same people’s hair due to differences in texture, density, porosity etc. you get the picture! I am simply sharing in an intention to help someone or at least help them set a foundation upon which to build. Now this is my routine ONLY! I will do another post of my products (which are mostly permanent but may change depending on how my inner- product junkie is doing!) This routine is also not set in stone because as my hair grows longer it tends to need different things but I am hoping to use this routine for as long as possible! So here goes …..

                                                                     Relaxer Stetch Weeks 1-8 

          Week 1: 

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Hot oil treatment (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangling under running water 
          • Deep condition with protein treatment (Sunday)
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight  or  use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 2: 

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Steam hair with Q-redew steamer and deep condition with moisture treatment (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 3:

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Deep condition with protein treatment  (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 4: 

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea using Q-redrew steamer and deep condition with moisture treatment  (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Repeat routine for weeks 1-4 during weeks 4-8!

                                                                                                      Weeks 9-13 

          Week 9:

          • Moisturize and seal my ends with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Hot oil treatment (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Deep condition with protein treatment (Sunday)
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 10:

          • Moisturize and seal my ends  with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea rinse and deep condition with moisture treatment (Sunday) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 11:

          • Moisturize and seal my ends with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea rinse and deep condition with protein treatment (Sunday) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 12:

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea rinse and deep condition with moisture treatment (Sunday) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday)
          • Detangle hair under running water  
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 13:

          • Inversion method and  scalp massage  7x (All week leading up to my relaxer day) 
          • Protective styling 
          • Baggy with light hot oil treatment 4x (all week) 
          • Steam hair with q-redrew and Detangle (day before relaxer)
          • Add oil once more to coat strands (if necessary) 

          Other :

          • Sleep with satin scarf or bonnet nightly 
          • Drink 1.5-2 litres of water daily 
          • Daily biotin supplement : 1,000 mcg 
          • Finger detangling during the week 99% of the times 
          • Dust ends with every relaxer 
          • Trim hair 1-2x per year 

            Let’s Start this Chapter with a Hair Trim!

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            Its funny how great a difference a few unkempt ends can make!  So i finally got around to trimming my hair and boy am I glad I did. My hair feels completely renewed and ready to make a change. I trimmed approximately one-quarter inch off my ends in total. I simply sectioned my hair from ear to ear starting from the back of my head until I got to the top. When I went through my entire head, I neatened the ends to make them as even as possible, given my layers. Here are the results: