First Self-Retwist

First Self-Retwist

“Mama I made it!” That’s how I felt after removing all the pins from my hair and seeing that I didn’t jack my little baby locs up. Disaster. Averted! Here’s a recap of the momentous occasion. I started off by shampooing with Dr. Locs Yasin Shampoo. Even after lathering my hair 3 times, this shampoo delivered clean hair without stripping or drying out my hair. After shampooing, I soaked up the excess water with a towel while giving myself a quick facial and started summoning the courage to attempt a full (i.e. my whole head) retwist. The week before I...

5 Things I Haven’t Missed Since Locing My Hair

5 Things I Haven’t Missed Since Locing My Hair

01. Long wash days When deciding whether or not to go through with my decision to loc my hair, thinking about how much shorter my wash days would become was definitely one of the factors that pushed me towards committing to the idea. My wash days weren’t marathons but they were longer than what I’d like. Old wash day: pre-poo, shampoo, condition + detangle with conditioner in my hair while in the shower, then leave-ins and usually a twist out. New wash day: shampoo, quick conditioner (if at loctitian), then retwist. Done. Doesn’t that sound wonderful! 02. detangling! I could’ve...

Hibiscus and Rosewater Moisturizing Spray for Locs

Hibiscus and Rosewater Moisturizing Spray for Locs

Since locing my hair, I’ve been keeping my little starter locs moisturized by spraying my hair with rosewater (and rosewater + glycerin when the humidity in my area is high. Using rosewater has been great – it nourishes my hair with no build up – but I’ve wanted to mix up a moisturizing spray with more “oooh.” Here’s what I mixed up last night. With my love of all things Ayurvedic, I decided to spice up my DIY moisturizing spray by adding hibiscus. Benenfits of hibiscus Rich in vitamin C and amino acids Adds natural shine to hair Balances scalp’s...

I’m Locing My Hair!

I’m Locing My Hair!

After many weeks and lots of hours, I FINLLY was able to restore the blog and posts all the way back to 2009. JGA has a new look and so does my hair! By now you’ve undoubtedly seen my updates on my Instagram account, and know that I’ve started locing my hair! I started this new chapter on February 6, 2020 and had 147 two strand twists installed by Lauren at Meraki Natural Hair. To infuse my hair with as much moisture as possible, I deep conditioned the night before with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. There was no point...

Organizing my Ayurvedic Herbs

Organizing my Ayurvedic Herbs

I’ve been incorporating Ayurvedic herbs into my hair care practices over the last few months (with great results, I’ve been hoarding updates) and have amassed a pile of Ayurvedic herbs in a box in my pantry. I was over of going back and forth to that box each time I mixed up a batch of cassia, henna, or my bhringraj infused oil, which might be the best thing I’ve done for my hair all year. I’d been brainstorming different methods of storing and organizing my herbs when my inspiration lightbulb blinked on while at IKEA last weekend. Joe and I’s...