Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Updated Hair Reggie for JBCO Challenge

ACV Rinse Days(once a month instead of shampooing):
• Rinse with ACV in the shower using a spray bottle
• DC and add JBCO to it, rinse some out but leave some in
• JBCO on roots and ends
• Smooth my edges with mix of Jamaican black castor oil, shea butter, and aloe vera gel
• air dry

Cowash Days(twice a week):
• Cowash with homemade conditioner that has JBCO in it and fingercomb
• Scrunch in leave-in Cantu Shea Butter mix with Argan oil, gloss cream, avocado oil, jbco
• Seal with jbco

All Other Days:
• Spritz hair with watered down conditioner or leave-in
• Seal with mix of Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Milk or Hair Nectar with JBCO

Thursday, April 15, 2010

JBCO Challenge with Hairlista - 2010

Today is the first day of the challenge! My hair is starting at Arm Pit Length (APL).

Here are the rules from Hairlista.

This challenge will take place for 3 FULL MONTHS (great amount of time to see noticeable results). So only the strong, consistent and committed are suitable for this. As usual there are different levels to this challenge so please pick the appropriate one that suits you!

Challenge Levels:
Basic: Apply Castor Oil to a clean scalp 1-2 times per week.
Advance: Apply Castor Oil to a clean scalp 2-3 times per week.
Ultimate: Apply Castor Oil to your scalp 5-7 times per week. You must deep condition with a 1-2 tsp of your Castor Oil mixed in your deep conditioner and/or use it to seal your ends.
1. Your Castor Oil MUST be 100% Castor Oil. Grease cannot be used as a substitute on the scalp. However, it can be used to seal i.e. Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil.

2. If you are doing the Basic or Advance level, the Castor Oil must be applied to a clean scalp to allow better penetration so that your scalp can absorb all the nutrients from the oil.

3. One must report any changes, improvements, success in your hair/new growth. This will inspire others!

4. Please upload a photo of your hair progress after the Challenge is complete (there will be a particular thread created for this).

5. NO OTHER GROWTH AIDS can be used while in this challenge.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NEW - Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil

This product just came out on April 9th. It's suppose to be new and improved than the older version of JBCO.

The company says that:
It is the darkest Jamaican Black Castor Oil because the beans are roasted longer which produces more Ash Content. More ash content increases the effectiveness of the oil. Therefore, it will strengthen and increase the length of our hair faster. Also Sunny Isle Castor is the ONLY Jamaican Black Castor Oil that comes in a safety sealed bottle for protection.

Of course I will be trying this product out.
JBC Distributors is now under new management and they are suppose to currently (4/14/10) have about 6,000 units in stock and ready to ship. I know some people have have problems with shipping and backorders in the past but according to the company these new units are ready to go.
They are carrying 4 new versions of JBCO (Not longer Tropical Isle, the are Sunny Isle):
Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil (the one I want as mentioned above)
Sunny Isle Rosemary Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Sunny Isle Ylang Ylang Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Once I have tried the Extra Dark version and will report back on how it arrives and later I will report my results.

Glossy Kisses,

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring 2010 Hair Diva

Where are you from? What do you do?
I live in the United States and my goal is to bring the message of Black hair care to the masses by any means necessary!

What is your hair story (including when and why you went natural).
Well, I'm not natural...I am currently 65 weeks into my relaxer stretch.

My hair stroy is not very significant at all. I started on my hair journey after I found one of the largest online Black hair growing forums back in 2007. I was completly amazed, inspired and motivated by all of the sistas with hair practically reaching their behinds! I'd always known that Black women could have long hair but to see THAT many sistas with not just "long" but LONG hair was an eye-opener for me.

Even though I've always had what is considered "long" hair in the Black community (between shoulder and arm pit length) I wanted to find out just how long my hair could grow. So, I signed up and became active in all things hair growing.

My starting length was shoulder length and I only even started looking to grow my hair faster because I had recently got my hair cut and I wanted my hair back!
2007 was a year of nothing but incorporating EVERYTHING I learned online about growing Black hair including no heat, no scissors and no more relaxers...2008 was a year of scissor-happiness and a failed transition attempt...2009 was a year of remorse for the cutting I did in 2008 but I kept plugging along. I didn't see much<-- scratch that...I didn't reach the length that I had 2010 I'm still striving to reach my length goals. I've seen significant improvements in the overall condition of my hair since I've started and I've even gained some length. Not as much as a whole lotta folks who've been growing as long as me, but enough to make me want to keep this thing going. I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will make my length goal. I just have to keep on keeping on and not get caught up in comparing how fast (or slow) my hair grows to someone elses.

Why did you choose to stop straightening?
I still heat straighten my hair and will probably never stop doing that! But as far as relaxing goes...I consider myself to be stretching my relaxer. I've not made the decision yet as to whether or not this stretch will turn into a transition.
I'm more cautious this time due to the failed transition attempt in 2008.

Where there any difficulties with your transition?
When I was transitioning (Jan. 2007-Jul. 2008), what I considered difficulties then, I woudn't necessarily condider them to be difficulties now...
Single strand knots - which I found myself cutting out of my hair more time that I would have liked.

The amount of time it would take me to detangle was ridiculous! I went from a 60-90 minute detangling time when I was transitioning to a 10-15 minute detangling time when I ended my transition by relaxing.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you've learnt from?
None that I can think of...I will say, that length progress is not the be all end all to this hair growing thing. Progress can come in the form of increased elasticity or strength to your strands, the thickness of your hair, filling in "gaps" or just sticking to your journey and haircare routine is progress!
What's the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
I stay on top of my 3C's (cleansing, conditioning & caring). The less manipulative my haircare routine is, the better my hair responds.
What was your staple hair style during the transition?
I wore a bun when I was transitioning. And now, 60+ weeks into a relaxer stretch, I'm opting for 2-strand flat twist corn-rows and a wig, briad outs and I'm seriously considering a sew in.

What do you use in your hair/What are you favorite products to use?
My all time favorite product is Bed Head by Tigi Moisture Maniac. This is my daily moisturizer, my leave-in, my EVERYTHING!! My hair responded well to it when I was 2 weeks post and it still responds well to it.

Here are the products I use:
Cleanse:LeKair Cholesterol Plus

Coconut Oil

Diluted Moisturizing Shampoo (I'm not commited to a brand)


LeKair Cholesterol Plus

Coconut oil

Motions CPR

Moisture Maniac Conditioner

Henna (mixed with water, honey, peppermint EO, rosemary EO and tea tree oil)


Moisture Maniac Conditioner (this is my leave-in and daily moisturizer)

ApHogee Green Tea Reconstructor

Mane & Tail Detangling Spray

Coconut Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dabur Amla Oil Gold

Peppermint Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Rosemary Oil

Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil Grease

Fantasia IC Gel w/ Sparkle Lites

Miconazole Nitrate

Fantasia IC Heat Protector Straightening Serum (when I straighten)

How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
This question doesn't apply, but I will say that my husband was supportive when I was transitioning and was extremely disappointed when he walked in and I had the relaxer on my hair.

Him: "what's that in your hair, conditioner?"

Me: "no"

Him: walks away shaking his head in disappointment...
If your hair had a nickname, what would it be? Why?
The THICKNESS...well, because it's SO deceivingly THICK!

What are you passionate about, aside from natural hair?
Aside from BLACK hair (natural, relaxed, in between) I'm passionate about Jesus, my family and my career.

What is your wish for all black women?
This is a loaded question...but I'll answer it as it pertains to hair :) I wish that all Black women can know that they can have the hair length of their dreams if they would just mix some 3C's and some consistency and commitment in a big ol' jar and apply it to their hair every day!
Anything else you want to add?
Just that the power of positive thinking will help you to reach goals in every aspect of your life, including hair growth goals. Stay postitive and use this hair growing thing for what it is - a JOURNEY. Journey's can be easy for some, but for most they are very long and difficult. Stay focused, stay positive and you'll reach your goals.
Things are what you think they are...
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?


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