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Maintaining My Barber Cut!

Hello, lovelies! As I shared with you all a couple of months ago (on YouTube), I got a drastic haircut. Many call it the Big Chop but I just consider it a regular old hair cut. I was natural before the cut so I wasn’t embarking on anything drastically new except this new fire cut!😎

I’ve had short hair before so I didn’t think much about keeping it up. However, I have been asked more than once how I maintain my shorter hair. In this video I discuss why I decided to cut my hair, my maintenance regimen and the costs of maintaining a shorter do!

I enjoy interacting with you all! Any questions and positive suggestions are welcomed! Thanks for checking me out!

-Melissa

Short Hair with Flare!

Greetings, everyone! I thought I shared my new hair journey with you all! Obviously, I did not! Well, back in January, I’m thinking Jan. 15 to be exact, I made my mind up that I was ready to cut my hair. I had been admiring some fierce fades and short cuts with popping colors lately (like the one above😍).

Being a new mom I basically had zero time for my hair. No more time for home made treatments and sealing my ends whenever I felt like it. Wash day and detangling was a headache and I was experiencing a lot of shedding. I’m thinking postpartum hair loss was a contributing factor. My new growth was so much thicker than my ends so attemping to wear a fro was just a sad experience.

My scalp was also starting to suffer. I was wearing braids for the longest out of convenience and not cleansing like I should. I felt like my hair and scalp was basically in bad condition! I had the length I always wanted but couldn’t do anything with it so what was the point?

Fresh from the barbershop!

I am loving the cut. Right now, I am aiming to grow a mohawk. Maybe more like a faux hawk as you can see in the last pic I posted. I’m having fun with the designs too! I want to try all types of cuts and colors now!

1st design. Loved it!

I told the barber to get creative. I know you can’t tell but it’s purple up top💜

I’m going to do a separate post about how I maintain my shorter do so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, I made a short video with more details about my experience! You can see where i started and my final results! Check it out!

Thank for stopping by! See you soon!

-Aphropuphs (pronounced Afro-puffs)

Mohawk Madness!

Hello, out there! I’ve got some lovely hairstyles style to share with you. I absolutely love doing mohawk hairstyles and I have a couple of variations to share with you!

Cornrows with crochet!

The style above was executed with cornrows on the sides and bulk hair croched in the middle. Low maintenance hair style that lasts her about a month!

Pinned up mohawk
Mohawk before it’s pinned up!

The style you see above is simply cornrowed on the sides and two strand twisted in the center with afro braid hair. I love this style because of the versatility. You can wear it down or pin it up!

Hair Garden Nursery’s Braid Workshop For Moms!

Hello everyone! After many requests and much planning I have put together a braiding class for moms!

Many bring their children to the salons to have their hair styled but maintenance at home is just as important!

In this 3.5 hour class, you will learn basic braiding (plaits), cornrowing, twisting and coiling. This class also teaches how to prep for styling. This class is great for moms of children with beginner locs as well!

This class will include a Hair Garden sample set, gel, clips and rat tail comb. You bring your own brush and wide toothed comb!

Limited spaces available to ensure a quality and comfortable learning environment! Reserve your spot today! More classes may be available depending on requests!

“Hair Garden Nursery’s Braid Workshop For Moms ” on Eventbrite!

Date: Sat, Mar 31, 10:00 AM

Location: The Hair Garden Nursery

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hair-garden-nurserys-braid-workshop-for-moms-tickets-44371323824

I’ve added another date, April 7th, for your convenience! Here is the link for that date!

“Hair Garden Nursery’s Braid Workshop For Moms #2” on Eventbrite!

Date: Sat, Apr 7, 10:00 AM

Location: The Hair Garden Nursery

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hair-garden-nurserys-braid-workshop-for-moms-2-tickets-44394635550

Please contact me if you have any questions! Thank you!

-Melissa

Watch “Company Feature – Hair Garden” on YouTube!

Hello, lovelies! Back in early spring, I had the honor of being interviewed by the one of the owners of Paris Hair and Beauty Supplies! They came down to participate in the Taliah Waajid Natural Hair and Beauty Expo, which I was teaching classes at so I got the chance to meet and sit down with them! 

It was a very exciting experience! We discussed my company and my products in this interview. It has been broken up into different topics which I will be posting! 

Company feature:

Dusting Ends! (Revisited)

Greetings, my dears! Back in May 2010 (😰), I did my original post about dusting my ends (link). I had always been urged to do a video but just could never get it together!! Well, SURPRISE!! I finally did a quick, last-minute video of me dusting my ends.

Just as a refresher, dusting is like trimming your ends but not taking as much off. I personally have 4 classifications for cutting when it comes to my hair!

1. Spot cutting- That’s cutting a knot out here and there or where you see a problem area.

2. Dusting- Cutting about an inch or less of your ends to reduce tangles and shedding.

3. Trim- removing and inch or more of your ends. You are not cutting to achieve a style, just to remove the dead ends. (This can be done to refresh a cut!)

4. Hair cut- This is cutting to remove bulk and/or to achieve a particular look or style.

Moving back to dusting, I have a short little video showing how I usually dust. I also have it uploaded on my YouTube channel so if you don’t already follow me (The Hair Garden), please do!😊

https://youtu.be/R2fwveUBmVc

I hope you found the video helpful! I am excited to finally share more of my natural hair regimen with you all! I can’t wait to post the next video! Thanks for stopping by!

-Aphropuphs

Hair Garden Brings Back Bows!

Hello, beauties! Anyone who has known me for a while knows I love a good hair accessory! My original go-to was always some sort of flower. I would get creative and create all types of designs! I had a variety of flower adorned combs, clips and pins.

One day I had an accident with my hot glue gun and decided to shelve my hairdos making project for a while.

Now I am ready to create again, only very carefully this time! Ha ha! I have started making a few headbands and clips so far. What do you think?

I’ll post more of my accessories as they come along! Thanks for stopping in!

@aphropuphs

Hair Garden’s Product Makeover Revisited

Greetings, all! A few months back, I told you a that I had a product makeover happening for 3 of Hair Garden’s products. Well, the items have been tested by myself and you all and has been approved!

The first 2 items that I was most excited about are the cleansers! My soothing mint and mango punch cleansers are now whipped!

I was having trouble with the consistency and viscosity of the product and wasn’t satisfied with the results although the product worked well for me.

My new formula is more of a cream/paste texture as opposed to the former liquid.

Also, the Hair Juice formula is pretty much the same, I just increased the oil content and added mango butter to enhance softness. I had some customers bring a few things to my attention and I tweaked it! I also offer an alternative to the citrus scent. I now offer bamboo. It is a clean scent similar to the Avocado Shea moisturizer but not as sweet.

I am happy with the new changes and additions to The Hair Garden Nursery’s product lineup and I will continue to add more!

I offer sample sets that include a cleanser, conditioner, herbal oil, moisturizer and mist for $9.

These items can be purchased at my Etsy shop! Click here to visit The Hair Garden Nursery! Sales will be offered for the holiday season.

Satin Pillows and Bonnets for Hair Protection!

*Disclaimer: I am not advising towards or advocating anyone to stop wrapping up their hair at night. This is merely an account of a carefree natural!

Greetings, my lovely people! It has been a while since I dropped in, as usual, but I do have quite a bit of updating to do along the next couple of days! I have added some brand new items to the Hair Garden Nursery and I have also revisited and restocked some items from the past!!

The first set of Hair Garden’s hair care items I want to share are the new sleep care accessories! I decided to break in my sewing machine and have created lovely satin-lined pillows and bonnets to protect your hair while you rest!

Personally, I DO NOT wrap my hair at night unless it is completely necessary. In the past, I couldn’t sleep well unless my hair was secured. However, time passed and I would occasionally go to sleep without securing my hair, especially in the warmer months! There would be some nights where I would awaken suddenly from discomfort only to find that my scarf was soaked with sweat therefore causing my hair to be damp with sweat. That defeated the purpose of protecting my hair style overnight, right?

After a few of those occurrences, I stopped wrapping my hair at night and I loved it!!! It has been about 7 years since I last tied my hair on a regular basis. With the assistance of satin pillowcases, I was able to pull off avoiding that nightly routine. Occasionally, I would wear a bonnet or wrap if the hair style absolutely called for it.

Now, we all know that I love my African fabric! I acquired some lovely material when I visited Ghana last year to make my own pillows, headwraps and other crafts but had a time getting to know my sewing machine! After a break and determination I got that machine running and started my pillows and bonnets! I started small and moved up in size.

I picked the finest, high-quality satin I could find to go with the African fabric and the rest speaks for itself!

I am proud to add these lovely additions to The Hair Garden Nursery’s line-up in my Etsy shop! I offer pillowcases ranging from $15-35, full pillows range from $25-50. All offer free shipping for a limited time!

http://www.thehairgardennursery.etsy.com

Check out some customer photo submissions below!

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