Monday, August 14, 2017

Better results from protein treatments

Protein treatments are temporary treatments which adhere micro particles of protein to your hair. These protein particles make the hair stronger and less likely to break. With less breakage you are able to keep your hair strands longer, thus reaching your length goals easier. Protein also helps to make the hair appear fuller. Protein benefits are temporary, therefore they must be repeated on a weekly or monthly basis, depending upon the type of protein treatment you use. 


Some people experience dry hair after doing a protein treatment, thus leading them to believe they are protein sensitive. The problem comes from not adding enough moisture back to the hair, after the protein treatment. Because the protein is sitting on top of the hair, you will need to double your moisture regimen, post protein treatment. 

For most people simply doing a moisturizing deep conditioner, after a protein treatment will suffice. However for a small number of people they will need to double up the moisture, the entire week after doing a protein treatment. 

It is normal for hair to feel different, after a protein treatment. Do not expect your hair to feel like a moisturizing deep conditioner. Your strands might feel thicker, that is the protein on them. Do not judge the treatment, based off how your hair feels. Judge it based off whether it has reduced your breakage or whether the hair feels stronger or not. It can take several treatments to stop the breakage.

Protein treatments treat mild to moderate breakage. This article is addressing the issue of dry hair after doing a protein treatment. For more information about protein and answers to other protein questions see:  The guide to protein treatments.


This after treatment, regimen is for after you use a hard protein treatment. such as aphogee 2 step treatment. A hard  protein treatment gives you the strongest reinforcement. A hard protein treatment will dry hard on the hair during application.

1. Follow up your protein treatment with a deep moisturizing conditioner.  
2. Baggy your hair for 3 nights straight after your protein treatment. (this meansapply moisturizer and cover with a plastic conditioning cap overnight)
3. Use a leave in conditioner that is protein free or that contains a small amount of protein. Your hair already has some good protein on it, no need to keep adding more. Be mindful of protein in the top five ingredients of your leave in conditioner. 
4. Deep condition hair each week using a protein free or low protein conditioner. Since your hair already has protein on it from your hard protein treatment, there is no need to add more protein when you deep condition. So deep condition with protein free or low protein conditioner.  
List of protein free conditioners HERE

Following these steps will enable you to reap the amazing benefits of  protein treatments. You will see your hair retain more length. You will reach your length goals faster and enjoy fuller styling hair. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Best days to trim for hair growth (Aug)

My New Moon trim dates for this August are: 



These are the best days to trim for hair growth increase. 

We know hair grows automatically, if the root is alive. However you can use the power of the moon to enhance the amount of growth you receive in return. 

As the moon changes phases it holds different energy levels. The same as we use the earth for knowing when to plant and when to pluck. We can also use it for when to trim our hair. 

For more details on how I select the best dates each month, go HERE. 

Need to do a hair treatment? A treatment is normally something you do outside of your regular grooming routine. Doing your treatment on the right days, can increase the effectiveness and your results from the treatment.

Best days to do a hair treatment 

Aug 11th and 12th

Blessed journey to you!

Powerful oil blend for faster hair growth

Oils derived from plants and nuts, can greatly increase your hair growth as well as strengthen your strands. The key is learning to use the right combination of oils to nourish your hairs needs. The Omega 369 oil is created from 3 very powerful nuts. 

This is a perfect oil blend for the Summer or those who live in hot climates. When you purchase each oil be sure they are unrefined and cold pressed. This is the only way to reap the amazing benefits of this blend of  fatty acids.

With so many wonderful oils, how do I know this oil blend is the one for me?  
Should I invest in this oil?

Does it appear that your hair has stopped growing?
Do you have issues with inflammation?
Auto immune disease?
Are you taking medications which seems to dry your hair out?
Does your hair stay hard no matter what you do?
Are you currently dealing with hair loss and do not know the root cause?

If two or more above statements are true for you, this oil blend could turn your slow hair growth or dry hair around. 

Remember to consider any medications you take, when using a new product.

This easy recipe makes 3 ounces. Massage 1 to 2 tbsp of this oil onto your scalp, then smooth over your hair strands. Use daily during the Summer months then every other day during the rest of the seasons. Inflamed hair roots are a top cause of slow growth and hair loss. This potent blend of omega fatty acids reduces inflammation on the scalp. 

Teas for hair strengthening and growth

Tea infusions are excellent for strengthening the hair roots, stimulating hair follicles and providing moisture. Create tea infusions from good quality tea leaves, filtered water and good quality essential oils. The longer you steep your tea the stronger the infusion. Choose the tea leaves which address your current hair needs.

Rosemary-Bay leaf hair tea benefits
  • Adds strength to the hair base, thus reducing breakage
  • Increases hair growth by stimulating better blood flow to the scalp
  • Use after braiding to reduce the amount of sheds hairs when you remove braids. 

How to use as a tea rinse

After cleansing and conditioning, pour this hair tea over your hair. Do not rinse out, nor towel dry. With hair still soaking wet apply your leave in conditioner and other style products. This rinse can be used once a week if desired. 

How to use as a braid spray

Gently massage scalp for 5 to 10 minutes. Then spray entire scalp, enough to make it damp. Lightly spray over the length of each braid. Do not soak the hair, unless it is shampoo day.   Repeat these steps every other day, which equals 3 times a week.

Protective Styling tips

Detangle on "damp" hair
When the hair is wet it is filled with water. Wet hair is weak hair and more prone to breakage. Dry hair does not have as much elasticity. Therefore detangling on damp hair is the best option, to preventing breakage. Remove tangles before submerging under water. 

Finger style
This is the number one tip to retaining coily hair. Stop raking combs and brushes through your hair. Your fingers are perfect for detangling and styling your curly hair. Yes it takes a little longer, but finger comb for 60 days and watch the difference in your length. 

Protein treat your hair
Protein treatment can help you retain lots of length. A good protein treatment will fortify your hair strands and keep them from breaking so easily. Having a good protein treatment plan is essential to growing your hair to long lengths. Especially if you have fine strands, medium strands or any type of hair damage. 

As you can see protective styling does not require fake hair. 
Protective styling is handling your coily hair with great care. 
Your beautiful Afro hair is strong enough to withstand the elements. 
God created it to withstand water, sun and air. 
We thank God by handling it with care and wearing it like a crown. Using good naturals products to preserve our crowns. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My vitamin plan for hair growth

If you are on a hair length journey and you desire to grow your hair as long as possible. It would greatly benefit you to have a vitamin regimen plan. Yes a plan, because success is more likely when you have a plan.  

This is the vitamin plan I follow:
I rotate between 3 hair vitamins. Mineral rich liquid vitamin, Now multi liquid vitamins and the liquid gold beauty vites. I have taken this vitamin rotation for several years and it produces good results. I prefer liquid vitamins because they absorb better into your system. However liquid supplements cost way more than capsules, so I mix it up. 


Beauty Vites to increase growth

MSM to extend my hair growth phase

Flax seed oil to create healthier sebum production

Check out what Mineral Rich did for my hair growth HERE. 
Mineral Rich for energy and hair growth
3mcg MSM to keep hair in growth phase longer
Fish oil heart health and hair growth


Now multi liquid vitamin helps with growth but does not contain biotin and other hair growth minerals.
Biotin is taken to compensate for the lack of biotin in the multi vitamin.
MSM is taken to extend my hair growth phase, therefore gaining more length. 
Flax seed oil for heart and healthy sebum production. 

Once I finish this 3 month rotation, I start over.  This brings my yearly hair growth vitamins costs still under $150. I feel that is a good deal. 

I also drink 2 cups of hair tea daily.
The one in the middle is the hair tea.
Hair teas contain minerals essential to hair growth.
It tastes really good. 

I order most of my vitamins online. Should I run out of vitamins and have to purchase one from the store. I buy the one source Hair skin and nails vitamin. This might happen once or twice a year. 

I rotate my vitamins so I do not get to much vitamin A. To much vitamin A can have an adverse affect on hair growth. Most hair vitamins contain a lot of vitamin A.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

A few things a new natural should know

1. It is natural to have more than one curl type or texture on your head.
If you have 2 or 3 curl types on your head that is normal and not unique. It is common for the curl type to be loser above the nape area. It is also common for the curl to be tighter in the crown. It could also be the opposite for you. 

2. Shrinkage is natural. How much your hair shrinks is most likely not different from the next natural.
Shrinkage is a sign of healthy hair. Shrinkage is actually your curls filled with water. Shrinkage should not be viewed as a bad thing. It is just what happened to curly hair. Most do not like shrinkage because it takes their length. That is just the nature of curly hair. 

3. Two factors to growing longer hair.
How much your hair sprouts from under the scalp each month. The average rate of hair growth per month is 1/2 inch. You might get more or less than the average. How much your hair grows each month is based partly on genetics, hair regimen and your health. 

How much of that growth you keep on your head. How much growth you keep is called, length retention. You can greatly affect your length retention depending on how you handle your hair. Most people who feel their hair does not grow, are really having a problem with length retention, not the hair growth. Their hair regimen is not conducive to them retaining length. 

4. Know your normal hair growth rate
It would benefit you to know how much your hair normally grows each month.  Then your will notice the change, if  your hair begins to grow slower. Simply track your hair growth every 30 days, for 7 months. At the end of those 7 months calculate the average from each monthly rate. 


5. Get use to finger combing 
The fastest way to retain length is to finger comb. When you do not comb or brush your hair you will retain more length and reach your length goals faster. Combs and brushes pop and break curly hair.  The top cause of breakage is raking a comb or brush through your curls. 

6. Just like food natural is always better
Buying products with the most natural ingredients is important. What you apply to the hair goes into the scalp. You want the ingredients to be healthy as they lay on your scalp and seep into your hair follicles. It is worth spending a few dollars extra for a better quality product. Than it is to use products with cheap ingredients. Those cheap ingredients work at first, but they lead to dry hair and breakage down the road. Avoid a setback, invest in healthy products. 
Stay away from
Aussie Moist
Garnier Frutus
Hello Hydration
and most other brands with cheap harsh ingredients.

7. The deal with porosity     
You will see a lot said about hair porosity. Someone will recommend the water sink, float test. The popular sink float test for porosity is not accurate.  Do not get  tied up in trying to figure out your porosity. Most have it wrong. You can use any product you like that you are not allergic to. All hair absorbs water, some might take a few seconds  more to absorb it but they still absorb it nonetheless.  Those who claim to be low porosity still have shrinkage. Think about that. It is okay to know your current porosity, but that does not dictate which products you can or cannot use. Porosity is important for your stylist to figure out when giving your any type of chemical service. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

CQ Hair Growth & Strengthening Tea

Hibiscus tea (1 tbsp)
Green tea (1 tbsp)
Nettle tea (1 tbsp)
Glycerin (2 tbsp)
12 ounces spring water
Lavender essential oil (1 tsp)

Those wearing braid extensions benefit a great deal from this tea blend. The nettle, hibiscus and green tea add strength to your hair roots. This helps protect your natural hair from the friction of the fake hair swinging back and forth throughout the day. The hibiscus and glycerin feeds the hair moisture, so it does not pop and break. Nettle and lavender are excellent for boosting hair growth. 

Use this tea to set your twist outs. Apply to freshly washed hair and seal in with a little grease or castor oil. You will get good definition with less shrinkage than using a creamy product. 

Use this spray as often as you desire.
Store in the fridge when not in use.
Works well when applied to hair cold.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Correcting your chronically dry hair

Are you tired of dealing with dry, brittle hair? 
Does your hair not retain moisture for at least 3 days? 
Do you have to keep a water bottle on standby, to keep your hair from becoming hard and knotted? 
Does your hair not style well? 
Does it snap and pop when it is dry? 

If one or more of these issues applies to your hair, you have severely dehydrated hair. Dehydrated hair does not hold a style well, retain length well and feels hard all the time. The Coily Queens Regimen is your solution to hydrated, soft, fast growing, easy styling hair. The Coily Queens Regimen is a lifestyle for your hair. Created to help you grow your hair to long lengths. 

Long healthy hair can be yours on the CQR

Before you begin the regimen here are 4 steps to correcting your chronically dry hair


STEP 1: Product overhaul 

  • Only cleanse with a non sulfate shampoo or clay wash
  • Stop using any products which contain harsh ingredients
  • Purchase products which are as close to natural as you can get
  • Use natural cold pressed unrefined oils
  • No co washing
  • No harsh gels, only botanical gels
  • Coily Queen approved brands: Camille Rose, Shea Moisture, Alikay Naturals, Mielle Organics, TGIN, Luv Naturals, Jane Carter Solutions.

STEP 2:  Jump start your hydration by choosing plan A or B

Plan A)   If your issue is  hard, brittle hair, then complete the 3 day intensive moisture treatment.  Steps HERE

Plan B)  If your hair issue is dry hair with excessive tangles and knots,  then complete the 
18 day moisture and lubrication treatment. HERE

Go over the tips on the dry hair checklist and adjust your regimen to fit the list. Read more details about the dry hair checklist HERE.

STEP 4: You are ready to begin the Coily Queens Regimen HERE

What to expect on the CQR
Elimination of single strand knots
No more excessive tangles
Better hair growth
Better styling hair
Faster wash regimens


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Knowing your hair growth rate

It is beneficial to know your hair growth rate. The hair growth rate is how much your hair grows each month.  On average, hair grows 1/2 inch per month. Some people grow more, while some grow less.  Not knowing your normal hair growth rate, makes it harder to know when your growth slows or if a growth product or technique is working for you. 


Measure you hair in 3 different areas, every month, for 7 months. Take the average from those 7 months of growth. That will give you a good ideal as to how much your hair grows each month. 

Make note of anything major you do to your hair during this time. Things such as: trims, hair color, extensions, major breakage, health issues, etc.   Depression, menstral cycles, anemia, thyroid issues, pregnancy can also greatly affect your hair growth. 

Since you are tracking hair growth it would be best to not trim you hair during the 7 months. Trim your hair before you begin, if you need a trim. 

It is unnecessary to heat straighten your hair, for simply checking the length. You can do a length check on your hair in its natural curly state. You can also stretch your hair by two strand twisting it, letting it air dry in a ponytail or air dry in magnetic rollers. 
Measure front length

Measure your length on one side.  Make a clear note as to the side you choose. Left side or the right side. Take pictures of your measurements if that works better for you.

Measure the bottom back area. Choose left or right side. Record all your starting measurements. Repeat these measurements every 30 days, for 7 months. Record how much growth you gain in each area.

Do this for 7 months and that will tell you how much your hair grows on average per month. Your HGR which stands for hair growth rate.  

Beginners tips to increasing your hair growth

Do you feel like your hair is growing slow?

Have you been on a hair journey for at least a year, yet you are not gaining much length? Are you not reaching your length goals? Here is a list of basic tips you should follow in order to increase your hair growth rate and retention.  

Do not base your hair growth on anyone else but yourself. Never judge your hair journey based on another's journey. Hair grows on average 1/2 inch per month. Some people gain more and others less. In order to know whether your hair is truly growing slowly. You must know your HGR, hair growth rate. To learn how to determine your HRG, read here. 

Full details on each tip BELOW!


1. Cleansing your hair once a week.
Do you know that clogged hair follicles is one of the top causes for slow hair growth? Many think their hair naturally grows slow. In reality, it is their hair care habits, not genetics, that is keeping them from their length goals. Hair collects dirt, germs, pollutants and product build up on a daily basis. Hair grows best from a clean scalp. Cleanse your hair with a non sulfate shampoo, clay wash or formulated cleanser on a weekly basis. Never let all those germs lay on your scalp longer than a week. 

2. Deep conditioning each time you wash your hair. 
Deep conditioning helps to keep your hair soft and with less tangles. This makes the hair easier to manage. Well conditioned hair does not break easily. Less breakage means you retain more length and reach your hair goals faster. Deep condition using heat for at least 20 minutes. 

Coily Queens deep conditioner recommendations: 
Shea Moisture intensive manuka honey DC
Shea Moisture 10 n 1 conditioner masque
TGIN honey deep conditioner
Mielle Babassu deep conditioner
As I am hydration elation 

3. Stop using combs and brushes.
Combs and brushes snap and break curly hair. Those tools might make styling easier but they are not necessarily needed to manage your curly hair. Stop using combs and brushes and you will see a big difference in 30 days. You will retain more length. 

4. Detangle hair using fingers only. 
Replace your combs and brushes with your fingers. Finger combing might take time to become use to, but the benefits will amaze you. Following all the tips here will give you healthy hair. Healthy hair is easy to finger detangle. 
Finger combing tips.

5. Stop flat ironing, heat straightening and blow drying. 
If you want to retain length and keep your hair hydrated, you must stop the direct heat. Direct heat includes: pressing, flat ironing, brush straighteners and blow dryers. 

6. Massage scalp for ten minutes every other day.
The scalp is a muscle and muscles become stiff. Muscles thrive on stimulation. Take your time and massage for at least 10 minutes in order to reap the benefits. Massage stimulates better blood circulation. The blood carries the nutrients into the hair roots. This makes hair growth happen at the hair root. Massage, exercise and healthy eating, make hair growth happen. 

7. Apply a stimulating oil blend onto scalp before each massage.
Stimulating oil blends greatly improves scalp circulation. When combined with massage it takes your stimulation to another level. Mix 3 to 7 drops of stimulating oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil. Smooth onto scalp with fingers and massage  for ten minutes. 

8. Take a hair growth vitamin daily.
Most people do not receive the right amount of nutrients daily. When the body does not receive enough nutrients daily, many times, the hair being non vital will suffer. Supplements help to take up the slack, for what is lacking in one's diet. Thus taking the right hair growth supplement can keep your hair growth from being stagnant. 

9. Drink 64 ounces of water daily.
The body is made up of mostly water. We lose water daily. Therefore we must replenish the body of water so that it works at its optimum level. Water helps the body to produce sebum. Sebum greatly keeps the hair in optimum condition. 

10. Use a leave in conditioner, that contains all natural ingredients. 
The leave in conditioner is the most important product in your regimen. This is the product that sits on your hair all day. It gives you continuous conditioning throughout the day. What goes on your hair will eventually seep into the scalp. Therefore you want healthy ingredients to seep into your body. You receive more moisturizing benefits when you use products that are as natural as possible. 

Stay tuned for the advanced hair growth checklist. Before the advanced checklist tips can work, you must first be doing the above hair growth tips.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to fall in love with your natural hair

We commonly concentrate on finding that perfect product and perfecting our style technique. But we spend little time on dealing with our mindset concerning our natural tresses. This is one of the biggest mistakes some women make when returning back to their natural hair. For most it is discovering their natural curls for the first time. I divide the hair journey into 3 parts. It is 25% the products you use, 25% the techniques you use and 50% your mindset towards your hair. One can see how not addressing such a huge part of your journey can be hindering. 

Not being honest about how your truly feel about your hair many times leads to setbacks. Either the person returns back to the relaxer, continuously rocks fake hair or they experience breakage from bad hair care practices. 

Below are some very common negative mindsets black women have towards their hair. Along side each negative mindset I offer some solutions for you. I want you to have the hair you desire, minus the setbacks. Therefore I offer help via some solutions I have seen help ladies tremendously. 
My 4C curl pattern. Smoothed back into a bun by using curls control passion fruit paste by Curls

"After going natural for a year, I hate my curl pattern"


  • Be sure you are seeing your true curl pattern.  Until your hair is hydrated, consistently you will not see your real curl pattern. Work on your hydration. 
  • Do a moisture fusion treatment (Nine day moisture therapy)
  • Be sure you are following a consistent healthy regimen.
  • If you are continuously rocking fake hair, that will mess up your hydration. Thus lay off the fake hair until your hair is healthier hydration wise. Take a 7 months break from fake hair. 

"I do not like how I look with short hair and my hair appears to grow slow."


  • Examine your cleansing regimen. How often are you cleansing your hair?
  • Are you following a consistent healthy hair care regimen with natural products?
  • Have you measured how much your hair grows each month?
  • Is your shrinkage blinding you to how much your hair is actually growing? For some motivation set your hair on magnetic rollers, for a nice stretch. 
  • Are you breaking your hair off by doing bad hair care practices?
  • Sometimes you need extra help. Sign up for hair growth coaching and start growing the hair you desire.

"I cannot get past the amount of shrinkage I have. "


  • Want less shrinkage use less product.
  • After day two of your style, stop applying any type of water or water based product on your hair.
  • Use bands to stretch your hair
  • Stretch your hair using magnetic rollers, before you create your styles. 
  • Allow your hair to air dry, 70% while in big twists. Then set your twist out, on 70% air dried hair. You will have more elongated styles.  

"I love my hair but it takes so long to achieve styles I love."


  • Perhaps it takes you a long time due to tangles. If this is the issue then work on your hydration to reduce your tangles. Do lots of pre poo treatments to combat excessive tangles. 
  • Re-evaluate the styles your are trying to achieve. 
  • Work consistently perfecting one style. Afro hair is like memory foam, the more you mold it into the same shape, the easier it molds. 
  • Examine areas of your style regimen in which you are making them more lengthy than they need to be. 

After I spend hours creating a style, it frizzes up so quickly. So I rather wear fake hair, it is easier. 


  • Pay attention to the weather. Do not try to compete with mother nature, most likely you will lose.
  • On  high humidity days or misty days, wear your hair in a puff, bun, ponytail or roll tuck and pin. 
  • Invest in some anti humectants. Anti humectants contain ingredients which help the hair to hold its style longer by blocking out the humidity.  Pomades do this very well. 
  • Get use to how your frizzy shrunken hair looks.  Fall in love with the truly natural you. 


CHALLENGE A:   Rock your hair in it's shrunken undefined state for a whole day. Be sure to leave the house. This experience is liberating for those who do not normally wear their hair in its Afro state. 

CHALLENGE B: Rock your natural texture for 30 days. Make journal entries as to how you feel about your hair experience. It will transform how you see your hair. Concentrate on how you feel not what you think other people are thinking. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Purchasing bentonite clay for your hair

Clay washes for the hair are steadily growing in popularity. The reasons they are so popular with coily naturals is their ability to deep cleanse the hair without tangling it. Clay washes do an excellent job of making your natural curl pattern pop.  Most deep cleansers are stripping and leave the hair full of tangles. That is not the case with bentonite clay.  

There are many clay washes on the market. But they are expensive.  However a clay wash is very simple to create on your own. There are several different types of clays, you can purchase. This article will focus on choosing a Bentonite clay for your DIY. Bentonite clay is the most popular clay used on the hair. 

Bentonite clay comes as: sodium bentonite or calcium bentonite clay. You will notice the sodium bentonite is cheaper than the calcium bentonite. When creating a wash for your hair, always choose calcium bentonite. Why? Because the sodium is more absorbent and therefore likely to strip the hair. The sodium  bentonite is more detoxing than the calcium bentonite.

Bentonite clay contains both sodium and calcium. However the ones labeled sodium bentonite, have a higher content of sodium. This means the PH will be higher and it cleanses deeper. So the rule is to choose calcium. If you already have the sodium bentonite, use it on your face. 

Calcium bentonite contains more silica. 
Bentonite clay pulls toxins from your hair and then it deposits. Sodium Bentonite will deposit more sodium and the calcium bentonite will deposit calcium and silica. 

For the hair choose Calcium Bentonite 
For the skin choose Sodium Bentonite 


Never prepare or store your bentonite clay in any type of metal. Once the clay touches metal, all the benefits of the clay are destroyed. Use glass, ceramic or wood. 

CQ Detox 7

  • 1/2 cup of bentonite clay
  • 1/4 cup of red clay
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 cup of spring water (warm)

Deep cleansing instructions

  • Allow warm water to run over hair for 1 minute
  • Generously apply the Detox 7
  • Cover with plastic cap
  • Wrap in a towel or scarf
  • Leave on for 1 hour
  • Rinse off completely with warm water
  • Once all clay detox is out, if your hair feels conditioned, proceed with your leave in conditioner. 
  • If your hair does not feel feel conditioned enough then apply a deep conditioner



CQ Clay Cleansing conditioning 


  • Generously apply to wet hair
  • Cover with plastic cap and scarf
  • Let it sit on hair 1 to 3 hours.
  • Rinse out well
  • Apply your leave conditioner, etc.