3.4 Years Later…

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

-Michael “MJ” Jordan

I am not saying that I’m Jordan, but I’m not denying it either. However, I can confirm that I fail over and over.

My hair and I have an on-off relationship, like my friends who change their Facebook status every time I sneeze.

I went back to natural 3.4 years ago. For the past three years my failing streak began around wintertime. I slack on trims, moisturizing, and bunch of other stuff that stunts growth and hair health. Why? I dedicate less time to my hair.

I fail in winter because I am…

  • wrapping up the year more and taking care of my hair less
  • celebrating holidays (esp. my burfday)
  • frustrated with winter for sucking out all of my hair’s moisture
  • adding new interests/activities to my better my life
  • not big on protective styling
  • afraid of wigs (I briefly braved on this year though)

Scissors have a way of wiping away my failures, so I booked an appointment with Felicia Leatherwood for a trim and shape. I have fresh ends for a fresh start and extra volume.

Here we go again…

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Rinse Away The Dandruff & Itchy Scalp

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These must be the new friends Drake referred to when he said, “No new friends”. Go! Away.

Before this year, I can not recall ever having an issue with dandruff. A few years ago, when I regularly visited the salon, my stylist would tell me to drink more water to avoid a dry scalp. Even then, I did not have a dandruff issue, just a dry scalp sometimes. Now knowing water’s importance to my overall health, I drink about 60oz per day, so that is not the issue. Why do I have dandruff?

Inspector Gadget to the rescue! Upon investigation I pinpointed my recent coffee addiction as a possible suspect. While getting my ends trimmed earlier this year, I asked the stylist if dandruff could be related to my coffee intake. I should tell you that I dislike coffee, so my “cup of coffee” by far contained more creamer than coffee. She said coffee and sugar could both be contributing to the problem.

After hearing that, I stopped adding creamer to my coffee. I switched to half and half, then for many reasons quit coffee at the end of August. I stepped down to a lower level drug called green tea, but I gave that up in October, yet my scalp is misbehaving again.

Time for more research! On Sunday I searched the interwebs for an answer. Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of Malassezia, a normal fungus on our scalps. At the end of this post I included links to articles I read about dandruff, its causes and remedies.

After self diagnosing myself with dandruff (possibly Eczema), not dry scalp, I decided to prescribe myself the most natural remedy. For four weeks I will complete apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses once a week after shampooing, then following up with a deep condition.

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On Sunday I did the following…

1. Shampooed in four sections

2. Mixed one part (3 ounces) ACV with one part (3 ounces) warm water into a spray bottle

3. In sections I sprayed my scalp with the mixture (See    LiveNaturallyLove‘s  “How to do a Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse” below for a visual)

4. Let it sit on scalp for ten minutes after massaging it in

5. Rinsed out the mixture

6. Deep conditioned hair for 3o minutes

Here’s how my scalp looked after.

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Links & Video

Black Girl Long Hair

Dandruff

Dr. Oz

Kitchen Cures Your Doctor Can’t Live Without

Curly Nikki

Dandruff or Dry Scalp? – Natural Hair Care Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Hair Cleanser

Reader’s Digest

How to Get Rid of Dandruff: 11 Natural Treatments

Mayo Clinic

Dandruff

 

Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee Ever

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild, allowing her to make history as the youngest individual to ever be nominated as best actress in a leading role.

Look out for this tiny force of nature in Twelve Years a Slave and Boneshaker.

Congrats Quvenzhané!!!

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Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski/Fox Searchlight Pictures

National Board of Review Awards 2013

Photo Credit: quvenzhane-wallis.com

Watch a clip of Quvenzhané acting in the Beasts of the Southern Wild trailer.