I am just trying to understand my hair, to learn what works and what doesn't, to experiment, make mistakes, and to embrace my hair in it's entirety..... because Roots Don't Lie

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Twists Pin-Up

Hey Guys,
I am away from my house for a few days, I did not pack any hair products, and my hair decided to show me pepper..... Eventually I raised my white flag of surrender and decided to put my hair in twists so I would not hate myself when I got back home.
I started out on a 5 day old twist-out..

After about 4 hours.. I ended up with this mess.. 

I put the twist under my satin bonnet and went to bed..
I woke up this morning and they looked even worse than the night before so I decided to pin them up into a cute little hair style. My ends will be protected and I wont walk around looking crazy..

I used a lot of bobby pins and this was the end result!!

Sorry for the blurry pictures.... 
When I go out I will dress it up with some flower pins or a head band...
Hope you enjoyed..

Bella Joya

Natural Hair Inspiration

Monday, May 23, 2011

Another Day With My Afro

Hey Guys,
So I went out of town for a few days, and somehow I convinced myself that I could wear my hair out without using any hair products.... epic fail...
So I decided to take some pictures of my Afro before putting them in twists...

I know picture overload...
Anyway hope you enjoyed

PS: Feel free to post any questions you may have on how I maintain my Afro

Bella Joya

Friday, May 20, 2011

Afro Day

Hey Guys,

Today I wore my hair in an Afro!!!!!
Here are a few pictures....

I wore this flower hair band for eye candy..lol

Hope you enjoyed !!

Bella Joya

Monday, May 9, 2011

We Got A Hair Situation !!!!!! Code RED

Hey Guys,

I was a chirpy little bird going around my day all happy with pollinating my way around the world when I had a rude awakening... fast forward back to human life and I was holding up some of my shed hair to make sure it was not breaking or anything when I saw them... SPLIT ENDS!!!! and they were everywhere.....
I almost  had a freak-out session.... so so sad.. but eventually I decided to take action and just get rid of all the split ends. No point in keeping them  because they will just keep on splitting and stay raggedy..

I guess it is understandable as I have not had so much as a trim in over a year. Even when my hair was relaxed, I got a trim at least twice a year so I just may have brought this on myself :(
My hair stylists lives far far away and I was not sure I would get a chance to see her anytime soon. So I decided that I would go ahead and just give myself a trim.. (Insert OH LAWDY LAWDY LORD face here).

One of my favourite youtuber Naptural85 has this amazing tutorial on How To Trim Your Own Hair  so I watched it and tried my best to re-do what she did.


I ended up taking off about an inch in some places and even more in other places ...YIKES!!!!! It is definitely  not uniform, but I hope that I at least got most of the split ends off


My ends feel soo much smoother, and not as raggedy and ugly as before...
Hopefully I would be able to pay my hair stylist a visit soon and she can probably help fix my now jacked up hair shape... lol

Bella Joya

Braid Out Style

I co-washed my hair with Suave Professionals mint and rosemary conditioner, and deep conditioned with the Shea Moisture Purification Mask.. last week and decided to try a braid-out. The result...

Hope you enjoyed

Bella Joya

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another Twist Out

Hey Guys,
I did another twist-out using the same method from my older post CLICK HERE
The results...
Day 1
Did not take a lot of pictures was in a hurry and I forgot to take pictures when I got home (sorry )

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

I stayed at home all day so I just did two big twists across the front, and left the rest of the hair out....

Excuse the weird looking eye

I really enjoyed DAY 2 hair the most. Next time I will probably put in big twists at night to stretch the style longer.

Hope you enjoyed

Bella Joya

Wash-N- Go Fail

Hey guys,

I decided to explore the world of Wash-n-go's and let's just say... my hair refused to wash and go.  I had watched a ton of youtube videos and I was certain I had got the hang of this whole wash-n-go business but it did not turn out the way I expected...

Tools I Used:

  • Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie
  • Shea moisture balancing conditioner
  • Eco-Styler Hair gel
  • My spray bottle with water, olive oil and peppermint oil
  • Wide tooth comb for detangling
  • Smaller tooth comb for smoothing out the hair

The Styling:
I started out on freshly co-washed hair.

I parted my hair into 5 sections one in the back, two on either side, and two on top.
I made sure each section was wet and I used the spray bottle to re-wet as needed
I applied some of the Shea moisture balancing conditioner, as my leave-in.
Then I parted out smaller sections and worked a little bit of the curl enhancing smoothie on each section.
I followed with the Eco-styler gel and smoothed it through the hair to make sure I applied the product thoroughly.

The Good Part:
  1. I got super super defined curls, that I never even knew existed on my head !!!! 

  1. Major major major shrinkage, which I actually don't mind
  2. My hair was not super crunchy as it was the last time i tried a wash and go, but I know the curl enhancing smoothie helped to reduce the crunch.

The Bad Part :(

I styled my hair at night and put on a plastic cap expecting it to be dry sometime early the next day...... UH!!!!! I woke up in the morning my hair was almost still soaking wet, and even by 5pm the next day my hair was still wet :(

My hair was filled with white clumpy stuff that was not even cute.. at all...

Some parts just came out all mis-shaped and just ughh!!

    Next Time: 

    1. I will probably use just the curl enhancing smoothie
    2. I will also probably go easy on the Eco-styler ( I may have been a little bit heavy handed with it)
    3. Maybe use a blow-dryer to quicken the drying process.
    Anyways guys, I will probably try another wash-n-go real soon and hopefully it turns out better this time.

    If you have any tips on how I can get a more successful wash-n-go style next time please leave your comments or just share your own wash-n-go experiences..

    Bella Joya