How much hair I shed tonight :)
Amount of shedding after 4 days :)
It is said that we lose about 50-100 shed hair per day...sometimes more and sometimes less. I don't think anyone really enjoys this part of their healthy hair journey lol. Seeing hair that you've worked soo hard to keep,on your head, fall to the floor can be frustrating, but know that shedding is going to happen. It is a natural process! Your body is getting rid of the old and making room for the new :) You can tell if a hair is shed when it has a white bulb on the end of it :)
There is no need for concern about the amount of hair lost during shedding, unless you notice your hair is thinning, or you are losing large clumps of hair at an alarming rate. So don't worry about counting every single strand lol!
(An easy and common treatment for excessive shedding is doing a black tea rinse.) I tried this treatment before in the past when I was relaxed, but didn't stick with it long enough to see results lol.
Tonight was wash night and I decided to take note on how much I shed this evening. It has been 4 days since my last cowash, and I haven't done anything to my hair except refresh it with steam from the shower each morning :)
Breakage is something no one ever wants lol. However, it is impossible not to ever have a few broken hairs here and there. It's going to happen! The key is to minimize the amount of breakage
so no long term damage occurs. (Broken hairs are usually shorter than shed hair and don't have a white bulb on the end.)
Things that minimize breakage include:
Keeping your hair moisturized at all times
Staying away from excessive heat, color, relaxers, and harsh manipulation
Avoiding protein overload
Avoiding moisture overload
Keeping your ends in check with trims when needed
Minimizing tension from protective styling, buns, ponytails, puffs, braids, etc.
Washing your hair properly (for me, I now have to wash my hair in sections or twists or else! LOL)
Protecting your hair with satin/silk at night (bonnet, scarf, pillowcase)
Sometimes when you need a good laugh, it doesn't hurt to pull out some old pictures! LOL We decided to share some of the pictures from our "younger" years on YouTube :) We had a lot of fun...it was a little embarrassing but it's all good lol. Taking a look back was a great way to remind us of how far we've come together. We truly feel very blessed to have made it this far :) Have a blessed day!
When is the last time you and your spouse dug up old pics???
Check out our YouTube video called Pictures From The Past! - NaturalMe4C
A Few Accessories from Kohl's :)
Yesterday, Ty and I went to Kohls to find him some new clothes. He needs an entire new wardrobe after his weight loss :) We had a 30% off coupon code and they were also offering Kohl's cash! (In case you don't know, Kohl's is absolutely AWESOME! Especially if you have a Kohl's charge card lol.) While we were there, I decided to check out the clearance section of the accessories and clothes because I didn't want to get tempted into buying the new more expensive stuff lol! This is what I found:
I also found these Apt 9 skinny jeans :) They are a sparkly teal color, and they were $6.16 after discounts!
Rockin' the High Puff :)
I'm really loving this style! I have been rocking a high puff very often over the past couple weeks lol. It's sooo easy to do that it takes only minutes to create! I think the puff is a great "go to" style when you can't figure out how to wear your hair lol. A high puff just takes things up a notch! This style has a classy look, but can also be worn for things like exercising. (Which I need to start doing lol! )
Check out my YouTube video, High Puff Tutorial - NaturalMe4C to see how I create this style :)
What is my hair porosity???
I decided to do another strand test on my fro to see what my porosity level was. I had done this test back in January, but I wasn't sure if I had done the test right lol. Like before, It turns out that I have low porosity hair :) I'm happy that my regimen has benefited my fro even before I found out the porosity level of my hair. I don't have to make any changes as of now with my regimen :) Yay!
Here's how I tested my hair:
Normal porosity means that your hair has no problems accepting and retaining moisture :) In the strand test, hair that has a normal porosity will sink at a rate that is not too fast or too slow. Even though normal porosity hair doesn't have too many issues, be careful with what you do to your hair as porosity can change over time if damaging things are done. (relaxing, coloring, flat ironing, excessive manipulation etc.)
Low Porosity :)
Having low porosity hair simply means that your hair has a hard time allowing moisture in and allowing moisture to leave. In the strand test, the hair will not sink after a long period of time has passed.
(My hair was still floating after almost an entire day had passed! LOL I ended up dumping the water because I figured that was plenty enough time to determine my hair porosity lol. )
*Hair has a hard time absorbing products and water
*It takes ALOT of water to thoroughly wet the hair!
*Hair takes a long time to dry completely
*More susceptible to product build up since the hair takes forever to absorb the product
*Hair is resistant to chemical processes (relaxers, and hair color)
( It use to take forever to get my hair straight when I was relaxed lol. And I also used to leave hair color in longer than the recommended time as well lol.)
Things that can help:
*Try using Indirect heat (steam, and hooded dryers)
These things can help by gently opening the cuticles to allow moisture to enter the hair :) (My fro LOVES the steam for a shower! It pops right out! lol )
*Wash hair with warm water to remove build up from the hair strands
*Apply products to damp hair rather than soaking wet hair.
If you have a hard time getting products, butters and oils to soak into your hair, try t-shirt drying your hair for 10 minutes or so before applying your products.
(I have no problem applying olive oil and avocado butter to my hair when there is a good amount of water left, so I guess it depends on what you use :) )
Things to avoid:
Protein tends to seal the cuticle even tighter so moisture will have an even tougher time getting in! Low porosity hair tends to feel dry and brittle after protein treatment and sometimes breakage can occur :(
Silicones, waxes, petroleum:
Since these things block moisture from getting in, it will not do any good for low porosity hair. These ingredients tend to make the hair "appear" moisturized and shiny, but in reality that is not the case lol
Heavy oils and butters??? :
I am on the fence with this recommendation simply because I use heavy oils and butter on my fro without any problems. I use olive oil and avocado butter when doing the LOC method. I also use castor oil on my scalp for deep conditioning.
I think the reason I haven't had any issues with olive oil and avocado butter is because those oils actually penetrate the hair shaft unlike other oils and butters. So even though they are heavy, they eventually sink in :)
Having high porosity hair means that your hair has no problem allowing moisture in, however the moisture leaves almost as fast as it enters lol. In the strand test, high porosity hair will sink very quickly.
*Usually signs of heat damage, chemical damage or damage caused by being to rough on your hair.
* Processes quickly when it comes to relaxers and hair color
Things that may help:
* Heavier butters and oils
These will prevent moisture from leave the hair strand soo quickly
* Apple cider vinegar rinse
This can help close the cuticle to prevent moisture loss. It also adds shine and smooth the hair :)
* Cold water rinses
After washing your hair, try a final rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and add shine to the hair.
* Protein treatments
Since high porosity hair tends to be weak, protein can be use to strengthen the hair. However, be careful to use the right protein treatment. Do your research to find the best solution for you :)
Things to Avoid:
These ingredients tend to strip the hair and cause dryness...which makes problems worse
* Silicones, waxes, petroleum etc.
These ingredients may make the hair "appear in better health but in the long run won't solve any problems.
* Direct heat
Heat will only make things worse and over time may cause thinning and breakage.
* Harsh chemicals such as relaxers and hair color
These things will continue to damage the hair in the long run and eventually cause major damage.
I hope this helps! Have an awesome day!!!
Check out my YouTube video, Hair Porosity - High/Low - NaturalMe4C
Alright, I had THE WORST night of finger detangling with my fro last night lol. THE WORST since being natural! To top it off, it was ALL MY FAULT lol. What happened was, 2 days ago, I needed to wash my hair but I forgot that I was supposed to twist my hair to cut down on tangles etc. ( I'm still getting used to this new step in my regimen lol.) I have been pretty faithful to washing my hair in twists except for two times...one of which was this time! I was pressed for time so I decided to wash my hair loose. I was like, "I should be okay...my fro should be cool....."
MY fro was everything BUT cool! It was a mess and MAD at me! My shed hairs got all kinds of stuck in my hair... and I had no choice but to grab the scissors and snip them out :( Since it's time for a trim, I wasn't too heart broken about using scissors, but I was extremely frustrated with how long it took me to finger detangle and dry twist my hair. It took me like 2 1/2 hours!!! (Although I rarely dry twist or retwist my hair, when I do, it usually takes me 25-45 minutes to finger detangle and dry twist lol. )
I have learned my lesson! I should have just taken the 15-20 minutes to twist my hair before cowashing it and this would have never happened. I HAVE to cowash my fro in twists or some kind of sections from now on to avoid this "situation" again lol. I'm going to try a couple different ways to wash my hair to see what I can do in case I'm pressed for time again and can't twist my entire head. It's going to happen at some point, lol. There will be times where I'm just tired or lazy when my fro needs attention. So I will be trying to figure something out for those times :D Have an awesome day!
Ty has done some amazing things this past year and he continues to shock me at his determination to get fit! I'm soo proud of him!!! He has had an incredible weight loss journey and has decided to share on YouTube, what he has done to achieve his awesome results! He looks awesomely hott!!! :D) I love you hon!!!
Check out Ty's video, How I Lost 100 Pounds In A Year - Ty's Response to ?'s - NaturalMe4C to find out how he lost the weight :D
Let's hear it from the Boys!
We got some questions about our boys and how they got along with one another, so we decided that we'd let them have the chance to speak for themselves! LOL We're very blessed to have two handsome and healthy young men in our family :D They're soo awesome!
Check out the boys in their YouTube video, Gabe & Mike Q&A - NaturalMe4C
NYC Individual Eyes Eyeshadow
I went to Walmart a little while ago to search for a new lavender eye shadow palette because I needed to replace my old Rimmel London Smokey Purple palette. So I picked up NYC Individual Eyes 939 Bryant Park... created for blue eyes lol. (I know my eyes are no where near blue but I wanted to give it a shot lol.) I'm happy to report that the shades work well on my skin tone. I think it's awesome that it comes with primer and an illuminator :D for that extra oomph. The formula is easy to blend and nicely pigmented. It has great lasting power, especially if used wet. I also like that this palette isn't too expensive... costing under $5.00 at most drugstores. After trying this one out , I'm going to look into trying the other shades as well. (Just don't tell Ty I'm buying more makeup lol.)
Check out my YouTube video Makeup Tutorial - (Husband Does my Twistout Part 2 (results) video- NaturalMe4C , to see how I use this palette!
I am soo not happy right now... I posted not long ago that I was having trouble getting the Revlon Colorstay Makeup out of the bottle lol which has never happened before in all my 5-7 years of using it! Well, I decided to search online to see what was up with the formula and lo and behold many people are frustrated with the supposed "new formula."
I actually like the coverage that the new formula gives, and if I don't mess with my face it lasts me until almost midnight just like before. But notice I said "if I don't mess with my face," ugh this is where the frustration sets in....this "new" formula TRANSFERS! Something that it has never done before! I used to be able to touch my face, sweat, rinse with water, try on clothes, laugh, cry, fall asleep with it still on, and probably could have swam the Atlantic Ocean without the OLD formula budging! But the new one??? I can't even blot my face with a tissue without a lot coming off :( SMH. I try to go light with the application because the new texture can look pasty if too much is used...yet another thing to get used to.
I'm soo disappointed :( I really hope Revlon goes back to the "tried and true" formula because it was absolutely awesome. It wasn't broken....I'm not sure why the company tried to "fix" it. I was able to find a bottle of the old version the other day when checking the labels at Target, so I picked it up even though I'm not using it yet. (I still have a full bottle of the new formula to use up lol.) I just wanted to have the old formula in my stash.
Here is the formula comparison:
Neither formula has the greatest ingredients :/ Maybe one day they'll make the foundation perform like the old formula except using healthy ingredients...
Have a blessed day!!!
The same day I went to Target, I had to stop at CVS to repurchase some Aloe Vera gel. CVS is awesome for headbands and hair accessories so I wanted to see what they had on sale! I spotted some SCUNCI headbands that I had been eyeing for about a month or so. So I caved and decided to buy them lol. After all, CVS was having the usual buy 1 get one half off sale on hair accessories...so why not? They're really cool because they have a sheen to them since they have a silky/satin feel. These headbands stretch out nicely and glide onto my hair, so it shouldn't cause any damage, so I'm really happy about that. They ended costing my less than $8.00 for 6. Not bad at all!
Trip to Target :)
I have been doing some shopping this past week lol. ( I had to repurchase some staples, but it's also been a little while since I picked up some new stuff :D ) So I went to Target a few days ago in search for a new eye shadow brush so I could get rid of the stinky one. lol (Yes, I haven't tossed it yet! ) But I am officially done with that brush. I ended up choosing another brush from the ELF line, but this time I picked one from the Studio line. It only cost me $3.00 and it doesn't smell bad lol! The bristles are soft and it picks up color very well.
I also decided to pay the hair section a visit lol. Besides, there was NO WAY to pass up on the temptation. I wanted to see if my Target started carrying the new Shea Moisture products...last time I was there they didn't have any :( This time however, they did and I was soo excited! I wanted to try the mousse and the conditioner but I settled on the Curl and Shine Conditioner for now. (The mousse had glycerin in it...so I'm gonna give it a little more time to warm up outside before trying it out.)
The conditioner cost me $11.99 which I wasn't thrilled to pay, but I did lol. I'm very excited to try it out and will let you know how it goes! Have a great day!!!
A little shoppin' with Big Mike :)
Ok, Micah was in need of some new shoes and jeans! It was time lol. He's in between sizes right now, so it was hard to find some inexpensive clothes and shoes for him. I didn't want to spend to much because he is growing really fast! So we headed to Payless and he picked out some new sneakers. (I only gave him two options lol.) My little man has some pretty nice taste to be 3 years old! He was very decisive and ended up with some red, black, and white Smart Fit shoes($11.24). They have no laces, so it will be easy for him to put on by himself. He's happy with his choice and is now rockin' his new shoes :) For his jeans, Old navy was having a sale so we got two pairs of regular fit jeans for $10.99 each.
I also had 2 coupons for Kohl's (my favorite store lol), so we went there as well. I found some cute flats to wear (Which Micah also helped pick out.) They are really comfy, kind of like tennis shoes, and look awesome with jeans. I used to wear heels all the time back in the day, but after having children, flats are a must for me! I don't have time to be uncomfortable,lol, but I still want something with some style :) I told Ty that I'm working on building a stash of flats... (He's not thrilled with this idea lol but that's cool :D ) My shoe wardrobe is really boring so that needs to change. It's been like 5 years since I've tried to get back into cute shoes lol! I think I've waited long enough!
We appreciate all of the questions and topics that you have asked us in the Q&A - Your Input video! Here are some of the questions you asked! Round 1!!!
How old are we?
We are both 28 years old. Ty is 5 months younger than me :D
Did we go to college?
Neither of us attended college. We both decided to start working to save up for our future :D
What are our careers?
I am a stay at home mom, blogger and vlogger lol. Ty is a manager for a wireless company :D and a vlogger lol.
How we started dating?
We started dating in 11th grade :) After many flirtatious conversations after school lol, my mom ended up giving Ty my number lol.
Do we have any siblings?
I have one sister and Ty is an only child.
What is our religion?
We are both Christians :D
How did Ty propose?
Check out our video for the proposal story :D. It's a little too lengthy to write out lol!
How long have we been together?
We have been together for 11 years :) Woot Woot! lol
How long have we been married?
We have been married for 6.5 years :D
Are we going to have more children?
No, we are not planning on having anymore children :) After 2 high risk pregnancies, we are very happy with our family and feel extremely blessed to have two healthy children.
What was our reaction to pregnancy/birth stories?
We were very excited during both pregnancies. However, there were many pregnancy complications (high blood pressure and pre eclamsia both times lol) that we had to over come. We were advised not to get pregnant anymore lol because of the risks.
Who named our children? How did we come up with their names?
We came up with our boys names together :) We wanted them to have biblical names that were strong. We liked the names of the arch angels, Gabriel and Michael. We decided that because Michael is such a popular name, it would be fun to change it up a bit and go with Micah instead :)
How do we keep our family bond strong?
Keeping The Lord as our foundation is key to our family bond. With out HIM we have and are nothing. We believe that staying prayerful and positive is key to being happy as a family. We also try to stay playful and enjoy the time we have together.
Check out our Your Questions Answered Vol. 1- NaturalMe4C video on YouTube!
Heatless Blowout Attempt #1
Alright, I decided to try to get the look of a blowout without using heat. I REALLY wasn't sure what I was doing or how my fro would turn out, but I don't think the results were too bad for my first try lol. Next time, I might switch up my products to see if I can get a little been more sheen... My hair is naturally duller whenever it is combed out or fully shrunken lol. I'm still learning how to work with it :) . I love this look! Have a blessed day!
Check out my Heatless Blowout Attempt- NaturalMe4C video on Youtube!
Crystal aka Kriss
Hey! I'm Crystal, an energetic married mother of two who is on a journey to become the woman God has meant for me to be. I'm sharing my journey in hopes to inspire others to be comfortable with who they are. Here you will find lots of things ranging from natural hair care, beauty, marriage fun, spirituality, and more!
Remember to be who you are and not the person others think you should be!
Last Relaxer Date:
February 3, 2012
Big Chop Date:
August 5th 2012