It is now 9:17 p.m. on November 6, 2017, and as the times get busier, I have found a more simple routine to beautify. I wash my hair daily. Many times I wash at night. It helps my hair to lock better. I still have some Aveda shampoo Be Curly that I combine with Intelligent Nutrients for Coarse hair. They originate from the same founder, so I find it is fine. I condition with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla. I have the shampoo too. I was using aloe vera gel as a leave-in conditioner, however, now I use it internally anywhere from once a day to three times a day. I am also taking silica gel internally too. I take a plethora of vitamins that are good for hair such as biotin, vitamin C, alfalfa, nettle, and horsetail vitamins. I still use an oil combination that is lighter that has olive oil as a base oil. Combining all of the oils I joked with my neighbour that I could create a perfume for people that do not want anyone to come around them and call it “Oil Linus,” like right out of Charlie Brown and Peanuts. There is not any French accent on the “Linus,” although as a side-note while I write this, I do speak French. As my Mommy says, it is an important language to know.
All the best! The journey is in journalism style, my first degree. The most recent at the beginning.
Bringing time forward to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Kentucky specials may add too – I bought Carol’s Daughter shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil for the first time after decades of my sister raving about it. The first use is a huge win! This is the winner in the personal battle I had about shampoos for extra curly hair. It’s Carol’s Daughter, founded by Lisa Price.
Back in 2007, I had cut off all of my hair. This photo above is how I look today with my glasses as of Friday, July 7, 2017, at 8:42 p.m. EDT. I already look different, as of July 16, 2017, at 5:59 p.m. EDT and I will tell you why.
If you are wondering, how could I possibly look different? Well, you do also. A wise and gentle homeopathic doctor told me not too long ago when I went to her to quit smoking cigarettes that the body renews its cells every three months. This is exactly why people who have been once been diagnosed with cancer can have a different diagnosis only months later there are not any cancer cells in the body. This is why people with mental illness can go decades without a remission. This is also why even people who have been diagnosed with diabetes can live to be 100+ years old. Yes, the homeopath is right and each of us is changing every single day, every single moment, every single second. All of us – regardless of age.
I used Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner and shampooed with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint shampoo, washed my skin with the citrus one, used Aveeno Intensive Care skin lotion after washing and that was it for about 10 years. Oh yes, I would also use during that time whatever conditioner I could find, but when I was in my 20s, I really loved Aveda products. Before I used the Rosemary Mint Aveda conditioner. The Aveda website also has a 20 percent discount going on recently for Canadian customers. The only reason why I do not use the Aveda conditioner anymore is that it is not recommended for locks. However, Aveda is good, but it is now designer shampoo. It is owned by Estée Lauder. The former owner of Aveda sold the beauty company to Estée Lauder. The original owner of Aveda now has a new beauty company called Intelligent Nutrients. It’s sold in New York City and throughout America, as well as across Canada and also in Europe. You can Google it to find out more information. Intelligent Nutrients is more affordable and actually, a good beauty product, for hair is what I can comment on. Instead, since my locks are mature, I use a selection of my oils in warmer weather and all of the oils in colder weather to deep condition my locks. My hair oils are featured on this site.
I just recently started using Aveda again and will purchase it when finances are good. Now I am using the Be Curly Aveda shampoo and conditioner.
I also recently started pre-conditioning my hair before washes with mayonnaise since Somali, Eritrean and Ethiopian people have sworn by it and told me about it for years. You need to use the natural and/or organic mayonnaise that you can find in a health section of a grocery store or a health food store. The commercial mayonnaise has sugar, where the more organic one has just salt and not sugar. I also try to eat eggs at least three times a week. I have one loc in the back of my head that is past the middle of my back and I am rather tall. Recently, I have noticed about two locks in total that is into the middle of my back.
Loc care really is simple! It need not be complicated. I would say that the most important thing that I used to have for my locks is Dr. Bronner’s shampoo and my oils. Now, I have decided to use Dr. Bronner’s shampoo only if I am finding a lot of build-ups in my hair, as well as for cleaning purposes around the home because it is actually an all-purpose shampoo which is why it could appear to be drying on the more mature hair.
I keep the hair oils in and help to deep condition my locks with a heating cap when the weather is rather dry. Thank goodness Toronto is humid. I have come to appreciate it for its humidity.
The hair oils are a must for mature loved hair that is of African origin. I have recently started using Herbal Glo Shampoo for Thinning Hair, plus the compatible conditioner. So far, so good. However, what I discovered is that Herbal Glo Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning Hair (which I actually found out is not my problem), is extremely drying just like Dr. Bronner’s can be. The way you can solve this with any shampoo and conditioner which would bring down the price of what you pay in order to stay clean (this would also be true of body wash as well), is to add oils to it. Add oils to the combination and try to use something like a plastic straw or something such as that in order to mix it together. You cannot do this right after buying it. However, it does work well because you will find out if the product is too oily, just right, or too drying for your hair and if it is too drying for your hair (particularly with daily washing), then you can add the oils if you wish to.
There are many other good shampoos that you can find from a health food store that is for thinning hair and Aveeno shampoos tend to be good too that you can find from most grocery stores. I still pre-condition with the mayonnaise, the oils and put the Giovanni in right after I have shampooed. Sometimes I also use Maui Moisture Coconut as a pre-conditioner as well. Well, often, I do use Maui Moisture to pre-condition my hair. Giovanni leaves too many white marks in black coloured hair if you put it in when your hair is not wet.<!–more–>
I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week and I will be 45 this year. I will be 46 next year and 47 the year after that and so it goes. I also have started to take a plethora of vitamins (a whole bunch of different kinds) again. I have cut this down for financial reasons to omega 3-6-9 plus flaxseed oil and borage oil, a multivitamin for women, cold-doctor to prevent colds and vitamin D3 all of the Exact brands from Loblaws. I have also just recently within the last two weeks or so cut out caffeine from my diet, yes, that means no coffee or cola either. I have not had an alcoholic drink since February 2004. I also have been adding hair recipe tea drinks to my selection of beverages. Brings the fun back into drinking and staying sober at the same time. Horsetail tea, nettle tea, alfalfa tea, ginger tea, also mixed with green tea and some honey tends to work well. The honey is optional. I find I can drink a mixture of horsetail tea, ginger tea, and green tea easily without honey. I do need to put honey into my Greens+ mixed with fibre. Since I am out of honey I have been using blackstrap molasses and I actually prefer the taste. I also have been drinking a glass of moringa powder in water and also drops of oil of oregano in powder too. When my moringa powder runs out, before I buy more, I am going to drink the moringa tea that my Mommy gave me as a gift a few years ago. When the moringa tea runs out, I’ll purchase both the powder and the tea of moringa.
I also started taking aloe vera juice again. I used to use aloe vera right from the plant in my 20s when my hair was as long as it is now. The kind I use is Lily of the Desert that I bought from Strictly Bulk on Bloor Street in Toronto and a put a bit of the aloe vera juice in a glass with water and then some organic raw blue agave syrup for sweetener as I have been doing lately instead of using too much of the blackstrap molasses. I also started to use nettle vitamins at night.
Also, if you find you are out of lemonade, which I also drink, lemon tea, dark berry teas, peppermint tea and a coco-lemon Thai tea that you can find at David’s Tea is great. I just recently bought a great combination to replace my coco-lemon Thai tea from David’s tea.
With water, I add just a little bit of blackstrap molasses with water and a touch of apple cider vinegar in water each day and this could be the key to also keeping the doctor away :-). Medical doctor, I do mean. I am also starting to drink POM juice again, pomegranate juice which is currently on sale at Loblaws and it is better than wine! I also drink the honey & ginger lemonade that you can find at Loblaws.
I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week. Praying to be 120 – let’s hear it for medical technology! I do not colour my hair, but I do have some gray hairs. I do not plan to colour my hair. I’m not in a rush, but I actually love gray hair even on women so I plan to embrace mine.
So, the photo above is a selfie and this is a professional photo done by Caitlin Cronenberg back in 2007. This is how I looked then:
Photo Courtesy of Ben Barry Models – Caitlin Cronenberg
What 10 years will do, eh? Now mind you, the makeup artist was a miracle worker. Literally, that beautiful makeup artist was a miracle worker. With hair like this, conditioners and mayonnaise pre-conditioners would be recommended.
I cannot do makeup even 0.00001% as good, however, what I can do is help you to loc (dreadlocks) and to listen to your talk. I do other things, so I am not looking to get rich from this, however, if you would be interested in locking and/or deadlocking your hair – basically what I would be doing is getting to the spots that you cannot reach for yourself – then please email at email@example.com. I will under no circumstances deal with men’s hair or anyone who has been a man. Just a policy. Sorry. Women only. Thank you. Does not matter your culture, I will do it for you and I can find a public space in order to do it as long as you book far enough in advance. I would need about one week’s notice at the minimum.
It’s a big decision. One should think about it. It is not a decision to be rushed. I did not loc until 2012 – it took five years after I cut my hair in 2007 after basically a failed locking attempt. I have been locked now for five years as well, going on six, and this is actually my third attempt at locking that worked out.
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As for my drinks which are cold in the summer, I will just heat them up for the winter.