DIY Projects

I’m a big on DIY projects I make so many things myself and I want to start sharing those things with you. Before the post starts I want to share that I’ll be doing a Healthy Hair Challenge starting April 1st please click the link to learn more.

 

So I’m big on wearing my hair out and I would love to have more headbands for days when it’s not looking its best but some headbands aren’t sturdy enough for my hair or they’re too expensive either way I seem to be out of luck. I came across this video yesterday for DIY WIre Headbands and Bun Wire, vlogger Naptural 85 shows three methods of making headbands and bun wires without having to sew anything.

 

I’ve been making my own mud wash for about a year now and I always mix it up in a bowl. I’d been having such a hard time making it more like a thick liquid until I watched DIY Homemade Clay Hair Cleanser Shampoo Recipe. I used Rhassoul clay and Bentonite clay, lavender and Jasmine instead of ylang ylang, I have my own nettle oil that I’ve made, and sunflower seed oil instead of linden flower oil. I used it last night and my hair responded well to it and my twist out was still amazing.

What DIY projects do you want to see next Monday? Are you willing to try either of these?

My Healthy Hair Regimen

I know this was promised so many times but here it is.

Daily
Spritz my hair  with water mixed with my oil mix and seal with coconut oil. I do this when styling my hair in the morning and when putting my hair up at night. I use aloe vera gel on my edges for a little hold and moisture.

Weekly
Deep condition (coconut honey mask or hot oil treatment).
Cowash with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner.
When styling I use a shea and mango butter based leave in that I make myself.

Monthly
To cleanse my scalp I make a clay mask for my hair. After I wash the mask from my hair I rinse with apple cider vinegar and water (3 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar) and then I condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. If my scalp is flaky, itchy, or there’s more build up than usual I use a baking soda rinse instead of the mud wash (1 part baking soda and 2 parts water) and afterwards I still rinse with apple cider vinegar and condition.

**If I run out of Trader Joe’s conditioner and I need to cowash my hair. I’ll substitute by using suave. I mix Suave’s Sleek and Shine with olive oil and castor oil. I also add peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil to it as well and that holds me over until I can make it to Trader Joe’s.

How do you care for your hair? Let me know in the comment section.

LifewithDemetra Product Line?

Hair v Flat Iron

Remember this post Why Are All Natural Products so expensive? Click the link to refresh your memory.

Are you done reading? Do you like the idea? For those of you that didn’t click the link let me clue you in. I’m starting my own line of affordable natural products. When I say affordable I mean $20 will get you multiple products not just the conditioner and some some change. I’m in the development stages which means I can’t offer any trials yet…If you’re a blogger email me so you can help me get the products out there by trying it and telling others how you like or love it.

When I say natural products I mean it. No chemicals to strip your hair, no silicones to coat your hair and block moisture. I want you have healthy hair. Your hair can grow, your hair can be healthy you just have to treat it right.

Heat can’t tame the mane.

I need your help. Since this line is for you. I need your input. Please answer the questions below in the comment section it will benefit you trust me.

 

 

 

1. Do you know your hair’s porosity? (High, regular, low) Hair porosity test.

2. Do you have any allergies to any oils, butters, or anything that’s used in hair products?

3. What is your biggest hair problem? (Moisture retention, length retention, styling etc…)

New Wash Routine

I have a new process for cowashing that makes my wash process so easy, my hair is so moisturized and soft, and best of all I am now finger detangling and using the comb less. I have a lot of hair. A LOT!!!!!

I'll miss my afro during the winter.

I’ll miss my afro during the winter.

After I added some color

After I added some color

I love Aloe Vera and Afros!

I love Aloe Vera and Afros!

See all the hair!

On to the method. Naptural 85 is my hair crush b/c I think her hair is similar to mine and she was the first vlogger I subscribed to. Click here to learn about this new process. Try it and let me know if it helped.

Big Chop Story with UntouchMyHair

My first year as a natural came and went on September 8th. Here are my posts right after I took the plunge and just a year later I have a beautiful head of hair, it was scary at first but it was so rewarding. Look out for a post about my regimen, I was hoping to vlog my regimen but as of right now I’ll be blogging.
I celebrated my BC but my hair is in twists so I can’t show how much my hair has grown over the year. I asked Lauren of UntouchMyHair to tell me about her experience.

How did you feel about your hair and yourself before your big chop? After?
I was really attached to it. I’d always been natural before, and tried lots of different styles and a few colors. Then I relaxed it and I liked it, but I missed my real hair. Even though I could still do afros even with a relaxer, it just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t as fun. Out of all the styles I’ve tried, bald was never one of them. I didn’t want to transition; I like to do things all the way instantly. I went into my bathroom with scissors and my clippers and cut it off myself. Once i started I knew I couldn’t change my mind. After I finished, I felt excited, amazed, and nervous. I thought everyone was gonna say that i looked bad or ugly, but it was the complete opposite. My confidence boosted a lot from that experience. I ended up maintaining it short for over a year, and I’d have no problem doing it again. It was a really great experience and a good lesson.
How did you care for your hair hair when you were relaxed? As a natural?
My hair care wasn’t really different actually. I still used olive oil, still deep conditioned, etc. but I wasn’t doing protein treatments, because I believed the ‘protein sensitive’ myth. I was having to ‘texlax’ every few weeks because my hair was growing fast, and my hair dries fast so I was having to be almost obsessed with my hair to make sure it stayed moisturized and retained growth. Especially since I kept it straight. Now that I’m natural, I don’t have to worry as much because I know I can put a creamy moisturizer in and not worry about my hair curling up. I use more oils, more thicker creams, and have fun making my own products. My hair care days are still every week, but it’s not as much work because I know i can braid my hair in the end and be okay. 
 
How long has it been since you big chop? Were the people closest to you supportive of your decision? What about now?
I big chopped Dec 26, 2011, so in a few months it’ll be 3 years since I big chopped. I think they were supportive. Nobody discouraged me from doing it, but nobody was standing outside the door waiting to see either. After it was done, they were amazed and liked it a lot. They thought it suited me well. As time goes by, they’ve (my mom and sisters) have had a growing interest in hair care. We’ve all had our time with relaxers, but for most of our lives, we’ve been natural. From me sharing my recipes and experiments, they’ve all become more curious of what natural ingredients and products will work for their hair. So besides our friends, we all have an immediate support system.
If you are thinking about, just went, or are about to go natural, there is always a support system near you. It may not be family, unfortunately, but you don’t have to feel ashamed, or frustrated about anything. People are always willing to help you, and share their mistakes and discoveries.

The CurlyFro

So last week I did a mud wash on my hair. I needed my hair to be extra moisturized and soft because I was going to attempt this CurlyFro tutorial by Naptural85. After my mud wash I didn’t need to add any products and I followed all the steps in the video. I let my hair dry for almost two days. It was dry after one day but I wanted to be sure.

So here’s how it turned out…

All dressed up.

All dressed up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two days I wanted more length so I parted my hair down the middle, sprayed each half of my hair with water and put them in a bun. One bun on each side. Here’s how it came out…

First day of school hair

First day of school hair

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…As I was writing this post my hair was drying. I used baking soda on it for the first time to remove build up. It worked so well so I will be adding it to my regimen. I’ll be posting my regimen soon to show how I went from barely neck length to armpit length.

Wash Me Curly

WASH ME CURLY
By: Demetra De’Vine Davis
I’m not sure why I decided to get my hair straightened but I did. Now after over a year of being heat free I broke my streak. I was happy with the results but not the process. I realize that I am not longer a fan of heat. It doesn’t last long and it causes more harm then good.
After about a week of my hair limitations I had to wash my hair it was driving me crazy. I couldn’t wet my hair or add my products. My hair would not stay in my goddess twists (my favorite style). I turned to a wash and go for my curly hair fix. I’m really getting the hang of those.
As a new natural I am still experimenting to find the perfect regimen. Before cutting my relaxed ends and fully embracing the journey I was starting, I would use heat at least once a week. Now I’d rather have my curls. Wash me curly was something I repeated to myself as I suffered through my week with straight hair. I was going through curly hair withdrawal. I have grown an appreciation for my hair. It hasn’t been a year since I chopped off my relaxed ends and I’m only a couple inches away from my goal of  bra strap length. I promise to document my styles since I’ve gotten more comfortable with my hair.

Coming soon…mini twists.

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Straight hair

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Curly hair (wash and go)

Why are all Natural Products so Expensive?

I’ve been fully natural since September 8, 2012 but my journey for more natural and healthier hair started a couple years ago when I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders after I started relaxing my hair. Before my first relaxer my hair was well past my shoulders, it was so much for me to try and care for and too much for my mother. When I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders but I had so much new growth ( I had colored my hair prior and I could easily track my growth). I knew the problem wasn’t the rate my hair was growing. It was retaining my all the growth, for some reason my hair was breaking off and I needed to know why.

Long story short. I learned that it was the products I was using. I was using shampoos with sulfates and conditioners with silicones. The sulfates were stripping my hair and the silicones were coating my hair to make it appear shiny and healthy when it wasn’t. Not all silicones are equal some are water soluble and others are non water soluble which means some can be washed away with water and some can’t. I’m too lazy to learn which are harmful and which aren’t so I avoid them at all cost.

Cost. Now that you mention it I want to know why most natural products on the market are  $16 and up for one thing. I’m sure there are people out there that can afford that but when you have to pay for school and other things in life. I cannot pay $21 for conditioner, $16 for leave in, and $16 for a styler (gel, curly pudding, and holds). I have about 7 different oils at home that I use for my diy projects and I don’t use more than a couple tbsp when I do use my oils and at most I use about 3. Affordable natural products for your hair can be made at home. I’m making it my business to keep you informed. We’ll go through the whole regimen using products that you have at home and if you don’t have it at home it won’t cost you much to buy. I’ll even offer alternatives to my recipes nothing is set in stone when it comes to a recipe for your hair.

I’ve also been thinking about starting a line of my own. Affordable natural products. I’ll never hide any ingredients and I only use natural ingredients. Let me know how that sounds. A LifeWithDemetra line? Is it too soon?

Why is making a positive change so hard?

I know I’m not alone in this world when I say that I want to change my diet and workout more. This Fall I made a big change in September by chopping off all of my relaxed hair to begin my natural hair journey and while that was difficult, I am having a harder time other aspects of my life.  I really want to live a healthier life and I didn’t think it would be so hard to live better.

 

I bought a blender to start making Green Smoothies and I have not successfully made one that I like. I did my research and I didn’t jump into the healthy lifestyle but this morning when I woke up feeling like complete shit I knew it was time to change. I love cookies! I think that’s it, I’m not a fan of too much junk food but this week I have been overdoing it with the sweets. I also have not been drinking the proper amount of water and I’ve been neglecting my tea (I feel horrible about this because I love tea so much).

 

Today I realized that my health is more important than how good cookies are and how easy they are too attain. I cannot continue to be lazy with my health and I need to be more proactive with my changes. I downloaded an app that helps me to track my water intake. I have to drink 89 oz a day, also I’m going to actually follow the blogilates calendar I have and once I have my sneakers I will start running a couple days a week. I want to make a change instead of just frowning when my jeans are too tight or after I make a bad decision when my health is concerned.

This is a challenge to you all. Pay attention to amount of water you drink. Pay attention to what you eat. Pay attention to how you feel.