Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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mzhoneythang says
July 16, 2009 at 9:17 AM

yes i would like to know a safer way to color my hair. so far i've used henna and rinses, i'm thinking about going to a semi-permanent color, are those all my options?

Anonymous says
July 16, 2009 at 9:36 AM

what are some of the best cleansing conditioners on the market? Thanks belle!!

Leandra S. says
July 16, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I'm starting braidlocs and I want to know where I can get more information on braidlocs and how to maintain them. I know about Cherie King's book but I don't have the money to buy it. I would like to know if there was any FREE sites/guides I could refer to. Thanks

Anonymous says
July 16, 2009 at 1:23 PM

I don't have anything to ask, just now, but I would like to say I love your new banner. It's very girly girl.

Belle Cheveux says
July 16, 2009 at 2:56 PM

@mzhoneythang There is another great alternative. It's permanent hair color made from pure vegetable dyes that's just as intens ase PPD-based colors without the problems of henna. Here's the link to check out.

Belle Cheveux says
July 16, 2009 at 2:58 PM

@Anonymous The best, and I mean BEST, cleansing conditioners on the market have to be WEN by Chaz Dean.

Belle Cheveux says
July 16, 2009 at 3:08 PM

@Leandra S. You can try MyNHCG, Nappturality, or YouTube. I hope this helps!

Belle Cheveux says
July 16, 2009 at 3:08 PM

@Anonymous Thank you! I worked all night on it to get it just right. :)

BloggingQueen says
July 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Hi there!

Wondering if you could point me to a website or salon website for natural hair care in the Los Angeles area. My nieces are biracial (African American and white), living in the L.A. suburbs (Northridge area). The 6-year-old has 3c textured hair; the 2-year-old has 2c, maybe 3a hair. Their mom tries hard, but the kids' hair seems to be getting dried out and broken off at the edges...

Any help would be awesome!

~Lisa

Belle Cheveux says
July 16, 2009 at 8:29 PM

@BloggingQueen I totally recommend she visit Naturally Curly. It lists salons by members who've actually been there and they have an online store where you can buy products for the kids. A great starter kit would be the Curly Bubbly kit for kids.

Shoshoni says
July 17, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Hi,do you know of any good products for finger coils. My hair is about 2inches long, and I want to do coils. I don't want to use gel, but want something that still gives hold and shine. Thanks!

Belle Cheveux says
July 17, 2009 at 4:42 AM

@Shoshoni The best products for finger coils are moisturizing hair cremes with hold (the hold ingredient is carbomer). CURLS Whipped Cream, Blended Beauty Happy Nappy Styles, and Hair Rules Kinky Curling Cream are great products. As far as drugstore brands go, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in is great!

Belle Cheveux says
July 19, 2009 at 1:46 AM

@mzhoneythang I checked the ingredients for the vegetable dyes and they do contain both henna and indigo. :(

mzhoneythang says
July 20, 2009 at 8:53 AM

is henna bad? i used it for like....a few months a while ago. i liked the color i got, but wasn't sure if it was good for your hair or not.

Belle Cheveux says
July 20, 2009 at 1:21 PM

@mzhoneythang No, it's not bad... but the dye molecule, lawsone, adds weight to the hair strand, making it "looser." Some people like it, but some don't. As with anything else, make sure to use caution when using it.

LEESH'Sz LIFE says
July 26, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Hey Belle. I would like to know your daily routine and how often you detangle... because I recently BC'd and I'm not quite sure if if I'm doing the right things. Thanks! =]

LEESH'Sz LIFE says
July 26, 2009 at 3:04 PM

@LeanderS, Keep It Kinky has just started braid locs like 6 weeks ago! Check her blog or youtube to follow her advice, ask any questions and get some tips.

Belle Cheveux says
July 27, 2009 at 3:56 AM

@LEESH'Sz LIFE I co-wash everyday with Suave Tropical Coconut or Aussie Moist Conditioner. After washing, I moisturize with Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in, or one of the co-washing conditioners.
Right now, I detangle about twice a week with the Denman D4 brush or a wide-tooth comb. As my hair grows longer, I'll most likely detangle once a week to cut back on manipulation.

mzhoneythang says
July 29, 2009 at 8:39 AM

ok, so i'm about to color my hair with a semi-permanent color. do i need to use a color shampoo? i currently use burt's bees more moisture.

Belle Cheveux says
July 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

@mzhoneythang No need for a color shampoo, I believe the Burt Bee's should be fine since the brand is mostly natural and the shampoo doesn't have sulfates.

mzhoneythang says
July 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM

ok i have another question. i tried to dye my hair with a semi-permanent color and it didnt' take. my hair is dark brown (about 75% of it is still colored from henna) and i want to dye it a reddish color. could i do it with a demi?

Belle Cheveux says
July 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Semi colors stain the surface of the hair rather than the inner layers like permanent does. Demi stains a little bit better and depending on the color can look as if you dyed it. I dyed my hair a red color (Cinnaberry by Natural Instincts) and while my hair still looked brown, it had a red tint at times.

Check out these links to see the color difference in my hair:
Dark Brown vs. Reddish:
http://www.coarsehairdiary.com/2008/09/twelve-weeks-post-relaxer.html
Dark Brown: http://www.coarsehairdiary.com/2008/04/my-regimen.html
Reddish: http://www.coarsehairdiary.com/2008/07/air-drying-good-or-bad.html

Belle Cheveux says
July 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

What color are you trying to dye your hair?

LEESH'Sz LIFE says
July 30, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Thanks for getting back to me, Belle =]

Laqueena says
August 14, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I've always had very thin edges (from birth to now) and I just know there is something that can thicken them and make them fuller. Hell I need a whole head of full hair. Any suggestions?

Anonymous says
August 15, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Hi Laqueena, you could try using castor oil, Nioxin products, or taking Biotin. They all help thicken hair. So does products with panthenol.

Peace Omen says
August 19, 2009 at 2:41 PM

My question is about Indian-type herbs such as alma, henna, etc... How much more beneficial are they than our typical jojoba and evoo? Not just "here are the facts" but your personal experience.

Belle Cheveux says
August 19, 2009 at 7:12 PM

@Peace Omen I've personally never tried Ayurvedic-based herbs, but usually people love Ayurveda. Afroveda, an Ayurvedic hair product provider, is something I want to try. You could probably find the answer you're looking for there. If not, I'll be trying some Ayurvedic techniques soon!

Anonymous says
August 21, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Hi, I recently started to transition from relaxed to natural and I just wanted to know if after I get the relaxed ends will my hair be the same texture it was before I started putting chemicals in my hair or has the use of chemicals changed my natural hair texture a bit?

Belle Cheveux says
August 22, 2009 at 12:09 AM

@Anonymous What I've realized during my transition and natural journey is that even after cutting all my relaxed ends off, the texture I was left with, wasn't my true texture. It was dry, rough, and absolutely frustrating. After snipping off the "scab hair," my hair texture improved and I love the softness. I think relaxers seep in just a little deeper than we think...

Anonymous says
August 26, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I'm getting a sew-in full head weave on friday and since I read a while ago that you used to use sew-ins as a protective style, I was hoping for some advice in caring for my hair underneath. E.g. how often to moisturize and wash without ending up with matted hair after the take down.
Thank youuu x

Belle Cheveux says
August 27, 2009 at 12:23 AM

My weave regimen is simple. I moisturize at least twice a week with a moisturizing spray, wash & deep condition every two weeks, and only keep the sew-in for two months. I also make sure to detangle carefully after taking out the weave, deep condition, detangle again, and then air dry.

The Star says
September 24, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Sunday makes 4 months natuarl and all the sudden I'm noticing more hair in the comb than usual. I wash my hair 1x a week with Miss Jessie's Cleansing Cream & just do a wash and go b/c I have a 2in TWA. Any thoughts why I'm seeing more hair in the comb?
Thanks!

Belle Cheveux says
September 27, 2009 at 2:18 AM

If you're just using the Miss Jessie's product every week, that could be the problem. The hair needs a balance to stay healthy and breakage-free and when the balance is thrown off, it results in more unnecessary hair loss. Try incorporating some deep conditioning with a light protein every few weeks to help minimize breakage.

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