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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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Hey Guys,
To start off the 3LRCHALLENGE, I decided to do a little introduction for all those who are new to my blog, and just answer some general questions about me, and my hair. I will also list out my regimen for the next 3 months, and show some 'before' pictures of my hair.
About Me:

My name is Adejoke, aka Bella Joya, a traveler/natural hair enthusiast/lover of good food. I work as a tax accountant by day, and spend my down time travelling, sampling meals from different parts of the world, and trying to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. I went natural because I was bored with my hair, and was ready to switch things up to something new and exciting. I have been natural for about 3 years and 3 months (Big Chop was April 17, 2010). My hair goal is to be waist length by April 17, 2015.

I am participating in the 3LRCHALLENGE because I want to see the effect protective styling has on my hair as far as length retention, and I am training for a half marathon, so I hope the health/fitness part of this challenge helps me stay focused and on track.

Hair Regimen:

The hair challenge happens to fall at a period of time where my work schedule is very hectic, so I would like to keep my regimen as simple as possible, because I know I will not have a lot of time to devote to styling my hair. The beauty of protective style is it allows me weeks at a go of not doing much to my hair besides moisturizing. I will be trying out some new products over the course of the challenge, but my regimen will stay simple and straightforward.


  • · Week 1 and Week 3

oPre-poo with my personal hair oil blend (alternatives include coconut and olive oil)

oDe tangle: Using a cheap conditioner (Suave naturals, tresseme, etc.)

oWash: Using a shampoo or cleanser (crème of nature Argan oil shampoo and Tukka hair sulphate free shampoo)

oDeep Condition with heat wrap (homemade deep conditioning mix, Tukka hair deep conditioner, Eden body works coconut Shea deep conditioner)

oMoisturize: Leave-in conditioner (Oyin handmade, Eden body works, Tukka hair, personal hibiscus refreshing spray)

oSeal: Personal Hair Butter/ Hair Oil Mix.

oAir-dry/blow-dry/thread stretching/ single plaits stretching/bun stretching

oMini Twists/braids/loose twists/Havana twists/wearing a wig: Personal Hair Butter, Belle Butters

oMidweek moisture: Water, Hibiscus Hair Spray, and a light leave-in

oProtein treatment at least once.

· Week 2 and Week 4

oCo-wash if necessary

oRe-twist edges if needed

oMoisturize and Seal

· Weekly Care

oMassage edges with hair oil blend at least once a week

oScalp massage at least once a week

Before Pictures:


Loose Hair

Tega has also taken her before pictures and posted her regimen on her blog so feel free to check that out as well Social Hermit

In case you haven't signed up for the challenge make sure to check out 3LRCHALLENGE to sign up.

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Bella Joya

Monday, July 22, 2013



Hey Guys,

My friend Tega and I have been working on putting together a 3month challenge. It is finally here and the aim of the challenge is to focus on natural hair length retention, while incorporating a healthier diet and including regular exercise.
We will be sending out bi-weekly newsletters with lots of tips, trick and information to help guide through the three month challenge. There will also be monthly product give-aways and other random give-aways. For more information on the challenge guidelines, and to be a part of the challenge visit 3LRCHALLENGE to subscribe.

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Twitter: @3lrchallenge
Instagram: @3lrchallenge, (#3lrchallenge)
Bella Joya

Monday, July 15, 2013

Finger Twists

Hey guys,

I decided to try out a new hairstyle for the week. I am not sure how long they will last though. 
I De-tangled my mini twists, I wore them out over the weekend and finger coiled using the curls cashmere jelly..

The roots are puffy and I had to go back and make smaller sections on some of them so they did not unravel all the way. 

Bella Joya

Friday, July 12, 2013

Something New and Exciting

Hey Guys, 

Something new and exciting ... 
Stay tuned for updates and more information 

Follow us on Instagram @3lrchallenge 


Bella Joya

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Back to Red

Hey Guys,  

This past weekend, with a lot of time on my hands, I decided to re-color my hair. I had colored my hair red a few years back, but never got the color re-done so my hair was still red on the tips but all the growth was my natural hair color. I used a box dye from Target the 'Garner Olia in deep auburn' 

Here are the results which I absolutely love !!

My hair was air drying after being deep conditioned

Before the Color

After The Color

Before The Color

Before the color

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Havana Twist Up-do Option 2

Hey Guys,

I am having a lot of fun messing around with these twists before I take them out this weekend. Not to worry they will be installed back on Sunday and hopefully last another 2 weeks.


Bella Joya