26 Feb

BIG CHANGES COMING!!! An Announcement

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I’ve been blogging here on Radiant Brown Beauty for a while now. I’ve shared a little  of everything from fine natural hair tips to nail care to skin care and even a little fashion.

Basically, I’ve not been very focused! But that’s about to change. Let me explain.

When you first begin blogging, you tend to try and emulate those who are successful at it. The problem with that train of thought is it doesn’t allow you to find your own voice. So, you begin writing and sharing about things just for the sake of sharing them.

Now, other than my writings on fine natural hair, I’ve not shared much that I am actually passionate about. That’s why this blog is changing…starting with the URL.

In a few weeks, you’ll notice that if you visit www.RadiantBrownBeauty.com or www.Radiant-Brown-Beauty.com (yes, I own both domains), you’ll be redirected to www.FineNaturalHairandFaith.com

Fine natural hair and faith are two topics I am very passionate about and that I believe God has directed me to focus on. I’ve prayed about it for quite some time and this is the direction that I have been led.

My social media sites will all be renamed with my new handle @FNHairNFaith. Most social media sites don’t allow for longer names so I had to abbreviate :-) but I also wanted to keep it consistent. The change has already taken place on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

I also created a new Youtube channel which will be an extension of this blog. Once I reach 500 subscribers (hopefully the subscribers from my existing channel will come on over), I’ll be able to give my channel a customized url which will be http://youtube.com/user/FNHairNFaith and titled Fine Natural Hair and Faith.

Some of the topics you can expect to see shared:

  • Fine natural hair care
  • Faith walk (my experiences, trials & triumphs)
  • Fine Natural Hair Products (reviews of products that work well for my fine hair)
  • Faith Talk (encouragement through the Word of God)
  • Fine Hair Styling
  • Faith Tools (What I use to help me live a life of Faith)

I’m simply a Fine Natural hair chick sharing my faith walk alongside how to care for fine natural hair with styling for length retention. Actually, when it comes to caring for fine natural hair, it can be a little frustrating and you’ll need a little faith for that journey as well :-)

I’ll be working diligently on phasing out reorganizing the blog and clearing out the non-related topics. Therefore, I will only be sharing my weekly wash day chronicles until I’m done with the transition. The wash day chronicles will carry over to the new blog.

Stay tuned for more and may God richly use me to bless you in the future.

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23 Feb

Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 8

This is week 8 of 52 wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to gain length on my fine natural hair. The goal is still waist length but it will take a little longer due to my recent cut. Subscribe to this blog to be notified when future posts are published.

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Products Used

Pre-Poo: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner + Coconut Oil

Cleanser:  KJ Naturals Amla Brahmi Shampoo Bar

Protein Conditioner: DIY Goat’s Milk Conditioner

Deep Conditioner: 22nd Century Natural conditioner

Rinse Out Conditioner: DIY Shikakai & Honey Hair Rinse

Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today

Sealant and/or Styler: NOW Foods Avocado Oil and Aloe Vera Gel

Tools: Fingers, Spatula, 2 Plastic bowls, Hot Head Conditioning Cap, Plastic cap, Silver Conditioner Cap,

Wash Day Procedure

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  1. The day before I washed, I did a repeat pre-poo like last week. I pre-poo’d my fine natural hair in the morning before going to work. Applied coconut oil to a section smoothing it in.
  2. Slept over night and applied TJ’s conditioner and wore hair in a top bun to go to the gym.
  3. Finally washed hair in 4 chunky twists on Saturday using the shampoo bar.
  4. Rinsed hair and applied DIY goat’s milk conditioner, sitting with it under a plastic cap and used the HotHead for 15 minutes. Then rinsed.
  5. Applied 22nd Century Natural deep conditioner, put the silver conditioning cap and the Hot Head back on for about an hour (was busy doing things so didn’t wash it out for a while).
  6. Rinsed hair well with warm water
  7. Poured Shikakai & Honey Hair rinse over hair and let sit for 3 minutes. Rinsed
  8. Split hair in sections and applied to each section in this order before twisting (starting with a braid at the root): Leave in, Oil, Aloe Vera Gel
  9. Ended up with 9 root braided twist
  10. Air dried hair for about 2 hours and then stretched each twist around the head and pinned it down to reduce the shrinkage
  11. Slept with a satin scarf on

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Focus & Thoughts

Today’s micro focus was to start incorporating more ayurvedic herbs into my hair care routine.

The shampoo bar got my hair REALLY clean in just one wash. I had a bit of product build up and it was easily removed. My hair did shed more than I was used to and it feel a bit stripped but that stripped feeling usually happens with any product that creates a suds on my hair. Hence my Eden Bodyworks Coconut Cowash and my bentonite clay wash are preferred. Once, my hair was sealed after the leave in, it felt moisturized.

While I love the smell of the 22nd Century Natural conditioner, I don’t think I’ll be using this again when I’m done with it. I feel like the Shea Butter in this product just sits on my hair shaft. When I’m done with this, I’ll be using another deep conditioner recipe using avocado and banana.

I love making my own hair products. Today I had to pull out 2 of my last 4 frozen goat’s milk cubes so that I could give my fine hair a nice dose of protein. I’ll be remaking this in a few weeks.

I also made the Shikakai and Honey hair rinse. This is my first time making this. I saw it shared on Hair Buddha. it’s supposed to give your hair added shine and strength at the roots while also closing the cuticles when used as a final rinse. I can’t make a decision on it yet because I feel like my 22nd Century Natural deep conditioner was throwing things off. I will try it again after using another deep conditioner.

Last off, while I didn’t use any of my henna tea strengthening spray today, I did make a new batch. I added some rosemary and tea tree oil to it this time and will start using it in my hair in a day or so.

After mixing up these ayurvedic treatments for my fine natural hair, I feel pretty accomplished :-) Knowing that I am and will be feeding my hair the best this earth has to offer, makes me feel like I will get closer to my goal of waist length a little faster (but not much lol).

I give today’s wash day a 4/5. I was a little disappointed with the amount of shedding my hair did. I’m not sure if it was the Amla in the shampoo bar. I read that some people get increased shedding when using Amla.

I’ll continue using the shampoo bar but if I notice an uptick in shedding, I’ll have to stop.

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19 Feb

Sexy Burlesque Dancing for Valentine’s Day!

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This past Saturday was Valentine’s Day…but you know that! ha ha

I wanted to do something unique and different for my husband this year and it only cost me $10! OK I know that sounds pretty cheap but the $10 was jut the cost of something much more valuable: my sexy choreographed burlesque dance!

At the gym where I work out (Equalize Fitness), there’s always themed based work outs. Well, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, they brought in a dance teacher. She taught us a simple but detailed burlesque routine that was done with a chair.

Now, in all honesty, I didn’t intend to take this class. It wasn’t planned. I had actually showed up for a Body Pump class. When I arrived at the gym, I discovered that this Burlesque Dance Class was taking its place.

While I knew that the class was taking place, for some reason I thought it was going on after Body Pump. So, rather than make it a wasted gym trip (like that would ever happen), I decided to take the Burlesque class. And boy, am I happy that I did. It was such a fun class. I felt sexy (even though my hair was a hot mess – it was in a pre-poo). After the class, we were served fruit, cheese and wine.

So, on to Valentine’s Day. My husband took me out to dinner and then we came home to relax. I had fully planned to do my “dance” for him but I fell asleep! LOL! I couldn’t help it. I was exhausted. And while my best intentions fell through, I recorded the routine in a sexy lingerie a couple days later (I know. LOSER). Now, he can watch me doing my thang whenever he likes!  Hee hee.

Have you ever taken a sexy dance class like Burlesque?

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