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

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Bella Joya

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