The Motley News


Strawberry Face

Tonight is going to be a natural spa night! I’ve got a couple items in the kitchen that I’m not going to eat soon and I figured I’d put them to good use. I have some ripe strawberries from a fruit salad. I ate all of the watermelon and cantaloup chunks first, leaving about seven or eight strawberries. They’re generally not my favorite fruit to eat. But I’m going to put them to good use!

Strawberry Face Mask:

7 or 8 strawberries
3 tsp honey                                                                          

  • Mash strawberries in bowl until pulpy
  • Mix in honey 
  • Slather on face and rinse off in 10 mins


My Current Hair Regimen

Hi! I’ve been wanting to do a post on my current hair regimen for some time now, but I felt that it was a grand task to embark on and I haven’t had much time lately. My regimen will change with the seasons and with hair growth, but I have had this regimen all fall and winter. I have noticed a major change in my hair (softness, growth, less breakage) since I started deep conditioning my hair each week. I highly recommend incorporating this into your regimen if you don’t already. I will post a picture of my hair from last summer so that you can see the growth. When stretched, my hair is just below my shoulders in the back, about an inch from my shoulders on the sides, and below my bottom lip in the front. Later this week I will be blow drying my hair and mini-twisting it (I will post pics). I plan to wear my hair in mini-twists for 2 weeks. Okay, I am going to try to condense this down as much as I can (I do a lot with my hair). Each week I:

Detangle and Deep Condition
I spray my hair with water and apply either the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque or my Aubrey GPB conditioner mixed with a tbsp of olive oil and a tbsp of honey to a section of my hair. I then detangle that section with a wide-tooth comb. Next I twist the detangled section. I repeat this process throughout my entire head. This is also when I snip split ends from each twist if needed. When completed, I put a plastic cap, then satin bonnet, then yarn hat over my head. I usually deep condition overnight, but when I’m in a rush I will deep condition for a few hours.

Wash and Retwist
I only shampoo my hair once a month, but I condition-wash my hair 3x a month. When I shampoo I use Kinky Curly Come Clean. I use Aubrey GPB for co-washes. I wash my hair in the twists that I put in during my detangling and conditioning session. After rinsing the deep conditioner out of my hair I undo one twist at a time and apply Aubrey GPB. Once I’ve applied the conditioner to each twist I cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for 30-45 minutes. I then rinse my hair with lukewarm water and pat my hair with a towel until it is no longer dripping water.

The last step is to style my hair. I usually spray my hair lightly with my hair spritz before styling. On damp hair, I apply my leave-in conditioner (Giovanni Direct) mixed with 2 tbsp of jojoba oil and 1 tsp of vitamin e oil to each twist (I unravel the twist, apply the styler, then retwist). When completed I spray my hair again with my hair spritz and apply a small amount of oil to my scalp and hair. Sometimes I let my hair air dry, other times I wear a scarf or hat. I typically take the twists out the next morning.

My hair plans for the summer is to do some major protective styling. I will be wearing mini-twists, buns, and wigs (with braided or twisted hair underneath) for the majority of the summer. I am only doing twist and braidouts for special occasions. I will still do my weekly hair routine, but I won’t have to worry about my hair throughout the week. I anticipate some hair growth from the consistent protective styling. Here is the pic from last summer that I mentioned:

My hair has come a long way, and has a long way to go!


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Twist Out Falls Flat

Perhaps I had the wrong idea about my twists. After all the work that I did, I was more focused on the great moment of undoing them and having cute curls. I don’t think I appreciated the “cocoon” stage that my hair was in while in twists. I think I failed to understand that twists themselves are just as pretty as twists outs.

After I trimmed all of my twists, I hopped into the shower and got my hair wet. That was a bit of a mistake, because some of them started to unravel at the ends. I towel dried and went to bed with a satin cap and flattened my hair a lot. By the time I work up and took them down, the result was not very impressive at all. At least not “butterfly” enough to take a picture of. I kind of wished I could go back to my “cocoon” stage.

I feel like there might be a grander metaphor in there somewhere.


Day 2 on Twists!

Hey people, I’ve finally mini twisted! Evelyn was my muse. I did it in 2 hours without meaning to, but I did it while watching Saturday Night Live with Noah. It was a flat episode but these twists were poppin’. Anyway, while I’m in twists, I thought I should go ahead and trim. I went ahead and cut the raggedy edges of each twist. Hopefully this won’t disturb the shape of my righteous fro later and correct my split ends.

Not a real change in photos.  No glasses?

I’m going to co-wash again while I’m twisted. I hope to take these puppies down tomorrow and get a good wave or curl. I shall post pictures of the twist out. Keep fingers crossed!


Last Day for Mini Twists

I’ve worn mini twists for a little over a week now. I haven’t worn a hairstyle for this long in years! It has been really nice not having to bother with my hair for awhile. Each night I’ve applied my whipped shea butter mix (see hair recipes) and sweet almond oil, put on a scarf, satin bonnet, and went to sleep. Occasionally I would rub some jojoba oil on my scalp if it was itchy (it really works!). I blow dried my hair (after shampooing and conditioning) before putting in the twists. I used grape seed oil as a heat protectant when blow drying. I used my whipped shea butter on each twist. I didn’t wear my hair down (in public) at all during this time because my hair is very uneven (it gets longer as you move to the back of my head—not a good look for twist styles—if wearing down), I did a bunch of pin up styles (the next time I mini twist I may do a tutorial). Yesterday, I think my hair was really fly, I pinned all the twists to the side and they flowed over providing a funky bang. It’s been fun. I will post pics of the twist out I plan to wear this week!