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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hair Regimen: Kennedy


                     

Writing this post has dawned on me many times but I always pushed it away because it seemed pointless.  I do so little to my daughter's hair and their Hair Regimen is so simple that I thought no one would really care.  Clearly I was wrong because you guys ask all the time!  LOL.  Well I finally read the writing on the wall (or Instagram posts) and I'm sharing all the deets behind how I care for their hair starting with Kennedy.

WASH DAY: Not Weekly.  Every 2-3 Weeks.

I don't know about your girls but Wash Day is not a favorite around my house... for myself OR my daughters.  They complain so much yet they don't even realize how much agony us Moms go through as well!  Okay, enough of my whining!  So we start Wash Day off by throwing her in a bathing suit because for some reason she's so much more compliant when she wears it.  There's really no real reason other than it's fun for her.  LOL.  Next we section her hair into (4) quadrants and saturate her hair water to prepare for detangling.  The following step may seem backwards but this is what we do because Miss Kennedy doesn't do well with detangling.  I apply a conditioner with a crazy amount of slip and begin detangling from tip to root on each quadrant.  We like to use the Felicia Leather Brush for detangling, even more than the Denman Brush actually.  I know I know, seems unbelievable.  As for our go-to Conditioners, we reach for Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback Treatment, TGIN Miracle Hair Mask or Bee Mine's Deep Conditioner.  All of these have an AMAZING amount of slip and are great for little girls with sensitive heads.  As for the prices, that's another story.  My suggestion is just buy them when they're on sale like I do!  Okay so we work the kinks out of each section first using one of these Conditioners and twist them up to keep them detangled.  THEN, we take a cleanser and massage the scalp area only.  You can leave the leave the twists in while cleansing the scalp or unravel.  Your choice.  We leave the twists in so we don't have to detangle again.  The less manipulation, the better.  Once you're done cleansing rinse the hair and apply a regular or deep conditioner of your choice.  Now this one just needs to be moisturizing and honestly you could use any of the options we previously used.  Since the hair should be soft and detangled by now, the Conditioner you use doesn't necessarily need to have a lot of slip.  Leave this Conditioner in the hair for about 20 minutes then rinse.

Favorite Deep Conditioners for Detangling

Favorite Cleansers for Kennedy's Hair Type


STYLING

Kennedy's hair type resembles mostly 4B/4C and not only requires lots of moisture but also loses moisture quickly.  So, using the LOC Method is not an option... it's a necessity for her hair!  Sometimes I twist her hair up, or do ponytails, even braids occasionally.  Doesn't matter as long as it's a style that needs very little manipulation.  I know you're probably thinking ponytails aren't low manipulation!  Umm, around here they are!  LOL.  I may take the barretts out nightly and brush up the edges every morning but I do not brush or comb the length of the ponytail all week.  I twist up the ends on Wash Day and leave it twisted until the next weekend.  Below are some products we use for the LOC Method on Wash Day and throughout the week to maintain moisture.

Favorite Oils (Amla Rejuvenating Oil missing)

Favorite Stylers for Kennedy's Hair

MAINTENANCE

How I maintain their hair may not be for everyone but this is what has worked for me.  Having (3) heads of hair to do is not easy and I am not a salon type chick so...  As I mentioned earlier in this post, I wash Kennedy's hair every 2-3 weeks.  To be honest it's more often every (3) than every (2) weeks.  I don't use a ton of products in their hair like I do my own so build up isn't an issue ever.  The main thing I need to keep an eye on is making sure her hair does not dry out during the week.  If I don't add moisture and seal with a light oil at least every other day then her hair starts feeling like crap.  Just dry and unruly.  So I make sure to do this either in the morning when I'm brushing up her edges or at night before bedtime.  It may come as a surprise to you but I also don't treat them as my own dolls and do their hair in all sorts of different styles just because.  Sure every now and then is cool or for a special occasion but there is no reason for me to install Perm Rods or Flexi Rods every week.  Of course, if I do then that bad boy is staying that way for AT LEAST a week!  Then we will transition into another week long style before we wash again.  I'm sure you guys know the basics: bonnet at night, minimal tension on the edges don't use barretts that snag and regular trims (at home is fine just use the right scissors).  At this point, I think we all are at least doing THAT!

For me, I have found success in doing less when it comes to their hair.  Various hairstyles per week and washing weekly just hasn't been my thing for them.  As they get older, I'm sure that will change as it's starting already with my oldest daughter, Taylor.  If there is one thing we will be working on this year, it's keeping their edges full and plentiful.  They seem to take after me in the edges category which I hate so I will be paying extra attention to keep theirs secured as long as we can!!  Hope you guys enjoyed this little Regimen Walk Thru.  If you did, let me know below in the comments and I will follow up with Taylor's Hair Regimen next!

XOXOMCS.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MCSgoesVegan: UPDATE


I know some of you are sucking your teeth and rolling your eyes as this update is LONG overdue.  I promise that this update will be worth the wait.  What took me so long?!  Well, I wanted to come back with a true and honest update that wouldn't be some nonsense.  Deciding to transition to Vegan wasn't something that came to me quickly and in fact, I feel like it's something that I had been considering for the greater part of 2015.  Watching a Scope from Mattieologie is what gave me that final push but Lord knows, this has been on my mind for some time.  Interested in seeing how all that is actually going?  Keep reading.

Can't lie, initially things were not going as well as I had hoped.  I felt since I already had a diet HIGH in veggies + fruits that the transition would be easy.  WRONG.  Just because you eat tons of veggies and fruits doesn't mean jack.  You still have the option to eat meat or even small amounts of meat by products like broth.  Yes, even beef and chicken broth is out the window for cooking when Vegan.  So, things started off rocky after the first week.  You know that first week you're on a high with lots of excitement... thinking "this shit is easy"!!  Then the weekend hits and cravings begin because for some reason, cravings always hit on the weekends.  You can be so determined and disciplined Monday through Friday, Saturday comes along and just wreaks havoc on any progress you've made.  I began to crave meats like nobody's business.  I wasn't happy and I began to doubt my decision.  Instead of giving up, I decided to modify my transition and slow down.  You see, although I was calling it a "transition", I was trying to do things full blown, cold turkey.  Like I immediately stopped eating all meat, dairy and meat by products.  So, eventually I decided to modify my diet to 5 days a week Vegan, 2 days Non-Vegan.  The days that were Non-Vegan weren't binge fests actually.  I think because I had given myself the option to eat meat again, my body no longer craved it as much.  So weird and I can't explain it but that's honestly what happened.  On those Non-Vegan days, I ended up having things like eggs for breakfast or fish for dinner.  This modification actually worked out REALLY well for me except I wasn't losing any weight!!

Now if you read my post on why I decided to transition to Vegan, then you know it was for dietary reasons solely and to get my weight down.  As I began transitioning Vegan, one thing I noticed is that although my diet had become super restrictive I wasn't actually losing any weight or inches.  They say 80% of losing weight is diet well Veganism is one of the most strictest diets out there so I felt like the weight should have been falling off.  It wasn't.  Eventually, I took to the internet and the first thing I realized was that my carb intake was high.  Not in an unhealthy way but for instance, I had a piece of toast with my breakfast (or half a bagel), then pasta for lunch  and for dinner maybe pasta again.  The one thing that did not change when going Vegan was my carb intake and then it dawned on me... what if my issue all along were carbs?!  I'm not even a huge meat person to begin with so I'm not sure why I ever thought that was the issue but when I realized I was not losing weight, I knew I had not found the true culprit of my weight gain.  So early January 2016, I decide to take a week off of Vegan and cut my carbs.  I know plenty of people will ask why couldn't you just stay Vegan and just cut carbs?!  That's just not the way my will power is set up.  No meat. No dairy.  No Bread. No Pasta. No Rice. No Carbs at all.  Yeah, I wouldn't have made it past day 1 lunchtime.  For real!  So, I did this for a week with no problem at all.  I think once you try Veganism, any other dietary change seems easy!  LOL.  Not eating the major Carbs (bread, rice, pasta, etc...) proved easy for me and after that first week I had lost 4 lbs.  Yes ma'am.  That was enough for me to say, YOU FIGURED IT OUT FINALLY!

Of course, I could've stayed completely Vegan and just given up carbs instead but I didn't feel that was the route for me.  Attempting Veganism showed me such a better way of eating that although I'm not 100% Vegan, my eating habits are 100% better and I would say 75% of my meals are still Vegan.  I'm looking at the ingredients that I buy on everything and my intake of processed foods are minimal.  I don't look at my journey as failure but rather a bridge I needed to cross in order to see what my issue truly was.  One thing I will say is that I have also cut back on sugar altogether as well.  I don't add it to anything and I don't drink beverages loaded with sugar.  On a daily, I'm drinking lots of water and my coffee with soy milk.  I believe it's a combination of all these changes that is contributing to my weight loss.  Each day I'm waking up in disbelief at the changes I'm noticing in my stomach.  I wish the weight would come off faster but hey, it took over two years to pack it on so I have to be patient.  I hope this update and transparency will help someone else out there.  Just because you don't 100% succeed at what your initial goal may have been, don't just give up altogether.  Take it day by day, step by step until you begin seeing the results you want.  I'm telling you, once you start to see those results it's so motivating and you will have no problem pushing forward.

Until next time.  XOXOMCS
Friday, January 8, 2016

The Perfect Wash + Go for 4C Hair



Happy New Year guys!!  It's official, this is my very first review/tutorial of 2016 for Curly Hair Products and I'm super hype.  I've actually been working on this since 2015 with Dayna (@itsdaynadane) which you probably know if you follow me on SnapChat (@mycandishoppe).  It has always been my dream to PROVE that everyone, regardless of hair type, can achieve a Wash + Go.   I finally had the opportunity to do so when Dayna refused to believe that she could have 'popping' curls with a Wash + Go.

Using the same techniques as I use on myself, I was able to give Dayna the Wash + Go she never thought she could have.



Step 1: Saturate Hair with Water and Separate Hair into Small Sections

This step is important for a defined Wash + Go.  If you want less definition and more volume then use less water and separate into larger sections.  Doing your Wash + Go in the shower is ideal but lets be honest, we all don't have that luxury.  So, just keep a nice water bottle nearby to spritz your hair whenever it starts to feel like it's drying up.

Step 2: Apply the CURLS Reparative Leave-In Conditioner

This Leave-In Conditioner will serve as your Detangling Agent as well as your Base for the Wash + Go.  It's thick, it's creamy and the SLIP will blow your mind.  Even in Dayna's 4C Hair, the Reparative Leave-In Conditioner softened up those curls for easy breezy detangling.  The Conditioner will also prep your curls for the Styling Product by beginning to get those curls popping.  Some girls could probably even use the Leave-In Conditioner on it's own in the warmer months.  Real talk.

Step 3: Apply the CURLS Twist + Define Cream From Root to Tip

Section by section, apply the Twist + Shout Cream from root to tip.  It is so important that you don't just apply the product on the ends.  Going from root to tip helps to eliminate frizz in your Wash + Gos.  If you have a tighter curl pattern, you are going to LOVE this cream as it has amazing SLIP as well.  Also, don't be afraid to use a good amount of product.  Many times when you're struggling with frizzy Wash + Gos it's because you're not using enough product initially.  At first it may seem like too much product because you're not use to it, but once you see those results I'm sure it will become second nature!

Step 4: Smooth and Rake the Product Through Your Hair Until Your Curls are Smooth

When applying your product, it's important that you take the time to actually smooth your hair as you go.  Consider how smooth you like your hair to be for Twists.  This is essentially how you should be smoothing your hair when doing a Wash + Go.  Obviously, the curls will pop and it won't stay "straight" from smoothing but the result will be defined, frizz-free CURLS (pun intended).  Girls with tighter curls should also be careful which Styling Product they use for this step as you want something to LOTS of slip like the CURLS Twist + Define Cream.  If you're having trouble raking the product through your hair or if it's causing tangles then you're using the wrong product for your Wash + Go.

Step 5: Separate Curls (by shaking head or using hands) Then KEEP HANDS OUT OF HAIR

I can't tell you how many Wash + Gos I ruined from HIH Syndrome (Hand in Hair Syndrome)!!  When those curls are looking all juicy and popping, it's so tempting to touch just one... and then another one... then stretch one.  STOP.  Once, your hair starts to dry it's important to leave it alone and not to touch until it is completely dry.  If you find that your curls are sticking together, try shaking your head vigorously to loosen the curls without actually touching them.  If you are like Dayna and get headaches from all that head shaking then just be patient and separate the curls once they dry completely.

THAT'S IT!  If you too have been struggling to achieve a Wash + Go on your tight curls, then watch along below to see how exactly we did it!




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