Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wash Day

Hey Ladies. I am a little late with this Wash Day Post…

It has been about 2 weeks since my touch up. I have just decided to wash my hair every other week to cut down on the manipulation. So here’s how it all went down…

[1] My pre-poo was a hot oil treatment. My scalp was not happy with me, its used to getting cleansed weekly. I used a mixture of grapeseed oil, safflower oil, and eucalyptus oil. While the oil was in my hair I detangled as well.

[2]I used an oldie but goodie to shampoo my hair this week: GVP Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo. I forgot how moisturizing it could be.

[3] I did a protein treatment using Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus. I was advised to do a protein treatment to keep my underprocessed hair strong. Although I have many products that contain some form of protein this is the first protein treatment that I have ever done. I kept it on my hair for about 10 minutes then rinsed.

[4] I sprayed my hair with Lady Grey tea before applying my deep conditioner

[6] For my deep conditioner I used Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie. I thought I was going to be annoyed by a product that smells like chocolate but it was not that bad, and it was very moisturizing. I kept the conditioner on for a little over a hour and rinsed.

[7] I applied my leave-ins Murumuru Moisture Milk and sealed in with my oil concoction.

DSCN5453 anywhoo, here’s a gander at my underprocessed hair

 

How was your most recent Wash Day?

Happy Holidays!!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Touch Up: The Good, The Bad, The UGLY

I was attempting to hold out for another week but decided to end my stretch because I felt I was over-manipulating my hair. Twist-outs were not working especially because it had been raining and humid these past two weeks, and before I could get to work I ended up looking like a poodle. But 11 weeks has been my longest stretch to date. I was so elated when I woke up on Monday morning to do my touch up, but the day did not go as planned.

The Good: I am not bald (yet)

The Bad: I ran out of relaxer doing my last quadrant of hair

The Ugly: A good portion of that quadrant is not relaxed, therefore I am not relaxed! I can feel my roots reverting in my sleep >_<

The Breakdown:

[1] I used Dark & Lovely relaxer. I did not measure it correctly therefore when I got to the last quadrant I tried to stretch out as much relaxer as I had and tried to smooth like my life depended on it to no avail. After that I. Was. TOO. THROUGH! I had no choice but to wash it out.

[2] I applied Silk Keratin Serum for 7 minutes

[3] Neutralized 4 times using Optimum Advanced Keratin and Recovery Neutralizing Shampoo

[4] Tea Rinse using a mixture of Lady Grey and Green Tea

[5] Applied my deep conditioner on top of my tea saturated hair. My DC mix was a little off as well

[6] I applied the moisturizer that came with the relaxer and sealed it in with Organix Coconut Milk Anti-breakage Serum

After I flat ironed my hair I realized it wasn’t that bad. But is there a way I can fix this issue? I don’t know any hair stylists and I have no time to consult with one. I Googled “corrective relaxer” and got freaked out by what I read. HELP!!!

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At least my trim came out okay.

I was tempted to grab my brother’s clippers and shave myself bald and get it over with. But I calmed myself down and told myself this is all apart of the Journey.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Wash Day

Hello Ladies!
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Break as well as the Black Friday sales, I sure did! Wash Day is a little late, I know, but I have to revamp my Wash Days based on my work schedule. Better late than never. Here’s how my Wash Day went down:
[1] Hot Oil treatment. I used a mix of Safflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Eucalyptus oil. After applying to my hair I covered it with a plastic shower cap and let it sit on there for an hour then rinsed
[2]Shampooed my hair with WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner 2x’s
[3] Sprayed Lady Grey tea into my hair and let it saturate before applying my deep conditioner on top of it
[4] Applied WEN SixThirteen. I covered my hair with a plastic shower cap and let it sit for over an hour and a half and then rinsed with cool water
[5] Applied my leave-ins: ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer to my new growth and ends, applied Taliah Waajid The Great Detangler, and sealed it all in with my favorite oil mix: Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, and Lavender Oil.
I am 10 weeks post so I am due for a touch up, but my stretch is going well. Before my hair journey, I was worried about walking around with a “nappy head” so I was quick to get a relaxer. Nowadays I just don’t care if other people think my hair is nappy, as long as I can manage it I am okay. I am going to try to stick it out for another week or so.
I had a great Black Friday I got some hair products that I wanted to try. I still haven’t found a flat iron that I am willing to invest it. If you know of a good one feel free to share. I was also able to get a new camera which I am very happy about, now I can add more pics to my blog :)
Hope you all had a great holiday!
When do you plan on ending your relaxer stretch?


Vitamin Hiatus

Very early in my hair journey I learned about women taking vitamins to increase hair growth. After doing my own research I began taking Biotin and MSM at a low dosage. When I felt comfortable (meaning when the bottle was gone and I had no crazy side effects) I amped the dosage, but not too drastically.DSCN5398

For the past two months, I have been noticing more acne appear on my face. When the bumps finally go away, they leave dark marks on my face. Because I have never had acne problems in the past, the cause was easy to pinpoint. Since I did not know which of the vitamins was the culprit, I just stopped taking both.

 Crater face at 24 or long hair??

Whether taking vitamin supplements aid in hair growth or not, I will stick to my occasional bump during my cycle and call it a day!

Have you had any negative side effects with taking vitamins? Please share.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wash Day

It seems that with all of the holiday chaos I Have been neglecting my hair. With neglect and this winter weather my hair and scalp have been craving some TLC, what better way to make it up than with a Wash Day… right?

[1] I used a hot oil mixture consisting of Grapeseed oil, Safflower Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Lavender oil for my pre-poo. I massage the oil into my scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing.

[2] I shampooed my hair twice. My first shampoo I use Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo, then rinsed. I then shampooed my hair with WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner and rinsed

[3] I deep conditioned my hair with Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie for about 30 minutes.

[4] Sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer in my hair then applied Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk and sealed in with my favorite oil mix: Grapeseed oil, Coconut Oil, and Lavender Oil.

This wash day was so-so. I need to find a better way to manage these different textures in my hair. After shampooing, my hair was matted and that made detangling a nightmare. I thought the Chocolate Hair Smoothie would help, but I ended up applying Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and detangling my hair in the shower *whew*. I usually don’t have trouble detangling my hair until 6 weeks post. Its safe to say I will be counting down until I can correct this under processed hair… 3 more weeks!

Any tips on how to manage different textures, especially on Wash Day??

Saturday, November 23, 2013

What’s On Your List?

   

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Black Friday is almost here and I am so excited! This will be my first time participating in the Black Friday festivities and the ONLY thing I have on my list is HAIR PRODUCTS!I have heard and read many stories about all of the amazing sales and I cannot wait to fill my shopping cart! Honestly, I started my Black Friday list in Mid-October and everyday I have been adding and crossing out items, but trust me, its not that much. Here’s the run-down ladies and by the looks of it I didn’t go too crazy:

  • Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk
  • Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallows and Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner (I ordered these during her early BF sale). I also want to try the Moisture Riser 
  • Soultanicals Knot Sauce, Marula-Muru Moisture Guru
  • I also hope to get a new flat iron, hopefully folica.com has a sale for BF

What’s on your Black Friday List??

 

Wash Day

Happy Saturday ladies!

I am currently 9 weeks post and although I am ready for my scheduled touch up next week I may hold off for two more weeks (but only time will tell). It is an amazing feeling to find products to help ease your relaxer stretch that.

Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment. My oil was a mix of Grapeseed oil, Safflower Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil. After applying to my hair I covered it with a plastic bag and let it sit for about an hour. I find it extremely easy to detangle my hair when its sopped with oil.

Shampoo: I haven’t clarified my hair in ages so I used Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo followed by WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner

Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: My tea rinse was a mixture of Lady Grey, Lavender Tea, and some other tea. I saturated my hair and let the excess run off before applying my deep conditioner. For my DC i used WEN Six Thirteen. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for about an hour.

Leave-Ins: I sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructuizer on my hair focusing on my new growth an ends. I applied my Pretty Witty Moisturizer and sealed it all in with my fave oil concoction: Grapeseed oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, and a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

When my hair was about 80% dry I used the blow dryer on medium heat to smooth my new growth.

How was your Wash Day?

What is your favorite product to help ease your stretch?

Product Review: WEN SixThirteen


Price: 12 oz. Regular Price $49.00, Member Price $34.95 wen.com
Promise: ”Pamper your hair with this deeply richIMG_1890 cleansing treatment designed to help moisturize and nourish the hair. Use as a boost to the Wen Cleansing Conditioner to help calm the scalp, nourish the hair and add manageability and strength.” 
Key Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Soy Protein: Designed to help strengthen the hair and improve hair manageability.Glycerin: A humectant that provides moisturizing benefits to the hair. Panthenol: Designed to help strengthen hair and restore resilience. Menthol: Designed to soothe and calm the scalp. Nourishing Complex: A complex of 11 amino acids and 25 oils and extracts designed to help nourish the hair.
Per request I decided to review WEN SixThirteen. I have used this many times and in many ways. It is supposed to be used in combination with the WEN Cleansing Conditioner to give it an extra boost and it can also be used as a mask. I have tried using it as a mask and I have also mixed it in with other conditioners to boost my deep conditioning sessions and because it smells so yummy. But in every way it is great, it is just as moisturizing as the WEN cleansing conditioner and it too gives my scalp a nice tingly feeling. I feel it works best when you cover your hair with a plastic cap to lock in body heat, when you finally whip the cap off it seems as if the product melted right into your strands (its like butta baby). It only comes in one scent, Lemon Rosemary Vanilla Bean, when you open it you can definitely smell the menthol but its not over powering, its light and I love any and all things Vanilla. IMG_1891The consistency is much thicker than the WEN Cleansing Conditioner but it soaks into your hair just the same. It leaves your hair very moisturized and when used with WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner it makes detangling and breeze.
I would recommend everyone try it out. Although when I reviewed WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner I said I would not buy it because of the steep price, I am considering retracting that statement. Just think, WEN Cleansing Conditioner comes in a 16 oz bottle and I got about 6 uses from it, that’s enough for more than a month, and that one product would replace all of the shampoos/condish/leave-ins that I buy which would in turn definitely nip my growing pj-ism in the bud… but I digress. Like I was saying, WEN SixThirteen is a nice, rich moisturizing conditioner. It makes your scalp feel great and helps soften and moisturize your new growth.

LOOK WHAT I WON!!

A few weeks ago Keyda and KLP of SavingOurStrands.com were hosting a giveaway… and guess who was a lucky winner? MOI!!! I was just as shocked as you are because I never win anything!

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Now I get to try out all of these amazing Taliah Waajid products. I even gave a few to my momma. I also got a lovely thank you note. So thank you to Keyda, KLP, and Nerline for these lovely products! I’ll be sure to post a few reviews.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Product Review: WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner

Price: Regular Price- $38.00, Member Price- $29.95(16 oz.) wen.com

Promise:WEN Cleansing Conditioner is a p-wen-products-p01revolutionary new concept in hair care. A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly without lathering or harsh ingredients. It's designed not to strip your hair and scalp of natural oils,leaving your hair with more strength, moisture, manageability and better color retention.”

Key Ingredients:

Glycerin: provides moisturizing benefits to the hair. One of the best humectants and has natural moisturizing properties.
Chamomile Extract: designed to help add sheen and highlights. Used for its soothing, calming properties.
Rosemary Extract: designed to condition, tone and strengthen hair. Is an invigorating toner and astringent.
Panthenol: helps to promote and restore resilience. A penetrating moisturizer that plumps the hair shaft to make it appear thicker. Designed to reduce split ends, smooth, strengthen and seal in moisture.

I am certain many of you have seen the infomercial ads for WEN. WEN is said to be great for all types of hair because it is gentle and does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate which is the the cleansing component of regular shampoos that causes it to lather. So no, WEN does not lather, but it cleanses your hair just the same. I received WEN accidentally, I have one of those (retired) fathers who seems to order things off of the television just because. No complaints here, I finally hit the jackpot on one of his orders lol. Anyway he decided to slide the WEN my way when he found no use for it.

I really like this product. The lavender scent is great and surprisingly relaxing. The reason why I love this product right now is because it makes my scalp feel absolutely AMAZING!!! This is a great addition to my stash during these dry winter months when my scalp is unbearably itchy. I do agree with WEN when they say it leaves your hair more moisturized and manageable because using this at about 8 weeks post my hair is easier to detangle than ever. When my hair dries it is just soft, moisturized and bouncy.

WILL I PURCHASE THIS AGAIN: With my own money, NO. Even though I love the product, the price tag attached is a no-no for me, even if it does replace 5 products. At 16 ounces, I only got about 6 uses out of it. If money is not an object to you I say GET IT NOW!!! I hear Sally’s has a generic version called Hair One, maybe I’ll try it and compare the two when I finish these two bottle that I have.

 

Have you tried WEN? Share your thoughts.

Wash Day

Happy Sunday Ladies!
Time for another Wash day. I have been keeping my styles pretty low key this week, I did have to break down a do a mini-wash on Thursday due to my dry and itchy scalp. Although my scalp was relieved after my mini-wash I need to make sure its in tip top shape for the week to come…
Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment. Oil was a mix of safflower oil, eucalyptus oil, and lavender oil. I massaged my scalp really good and covered my hair for about 30 minutes.
Shampoo: WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner (REVIEW COMING SOON…)
Tea Rinse+Deep Conditioner: My Tea Rinse was a mixture of Lady Grey and green tea. I saturated my hair with the tea before applying my deep conditioner on top of it. I used WEN Six Thirteen for my deep conditioner. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for 1 hour and 30 minutes
Leave-Ins: Sprayed my hair with ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer really focusing on my new growth and ends. Applied my Pretty Witty Moisturizer and sealed it in with my oil mix that contains coconut oil, lavender oil, grapeseed oil, and a little bit of eucalyptus oil.
I am about 8 weeks post and this was a pretty successful Wash Day. I think WEN made it easy breezy.
HOW WAS YOUR MOST RECENT WASH DAY?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Liebster Blog Award 2013

Wow! I am speechless and happy to announce that With Love, From Harlem: Healthy Hair Journey has received an nomination for the Liebster Blog Award by the lovely KLP over at Saving Our Strands.
Liebster Award 2013
11 Fun Facts!
  1. I love reading/watching anything that has to do with the history of African Americans. It is just so enlightening.
  2. I am completely obsessed with astrology. Whether you believe in it or think its just bologna, I love that it teaches you a few aspects of your personality.
  3. I am a foodie by heart, I love trying new foods from different cultures.
  4. Speaking of food, wouldn’t it be great if I could travel the world with Anthony Bourdain and eat all day… YES!
  5. Since we’re still on the subject of food I am known as the “Microwave Queen” in my family. I can cook but.. I just don’t do it that often and the microwave is so convenient sometimes #dontjudgeme
  6. Harlem: Not my real name nor where I’m from
  7. Music is everything to me. I just love that there is always a song that describes exactly how I am feeling to a T.
  8. I learned how to cornrow at the age of 24. I’m still not good at doing my own hair though #longhurrrproblems
  9. Believe it or not I have only had my hair professionally done 3 times
  10. None of my friends know I have this blog
  11. In fact, no one really knows that I am on a healthy hair journey either
KLP’s Questions
1. Why did you start blogging? I thought it would be easier to keep up with what I was doing in my hair journey. I have tried to blog before but I didn’t stick with it.
2. Who was your first hair crush? AALIYAH! I dreamed of having hair like hers as a little girl
3. What are your favorite ways of using products that suck? It depends on how bad they suck. If they are just terrible I just pass them on to my mother. If they are not as terrible I’ll just use them as recommended or mix them into another product
4. What was it like when you received your first follower? I was excited to know that I just wasn’t another blogger lost in the blogosphere. It feels good to know someone knows your out there and is paying attention
5. What has your hair taught you about life? I am still a rookie on this hair journey but I have been learning patience is key in everything that you do
6. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?I didn’t think I would stick to blogging at all. But I hope I learn more so that I can teach and give more to my readers
7. What's the best thing about blogging? Talking to people with similar interests as you! You form some type of bond with fellow bloggers and readers. You get guidance and advice--- you can’t beat it
8. What does your blog name mean to you? I have never given it much thought.It’s just embodies me… I do everything with love and Harlem is a place that I love
9. How do you deal with negative feedback on or about your blog? Luckily, I haven’t received any negative comments but knowing me I would just ignore it anyway
10. How personal do you get on your blog?  Not that personal, I may mention the little things that go on in my life but nothing too deep. I have nothing to hide but that is just that’s just my personality in general
11. How many pushups can you do? I have no upper body strength whatsoever,so I am going to guess-timate about 7.5!
I have been seeing these posts on many of my favorite blogs but I didn’t really know what it was. The Liebster Award is basically a blogger to blogger type of award and was created to recognize and discover new bloggers. I graciously accept this award and in doing that here are the rules: 
  • Write 11 interesting facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger that nominated you
  • Pick 5 fellow bloggers (must have fewer than 200 followers)to give this award to
  • Link back to the blogger that nominated you
I nominate:
Fancy Flair Lady
Hair, There, and Everywhere
taysnotebook
Scarlet Girl
Pocahontas Haircare Secrets
Here are my questions: liebster-award-e1355858473421
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is the inspiration behind your blog’s name?
  3. How do you balance your life while trying to maintain you blog?
  4. Who is your favorite blogger and why?
  5. What is it that separates your blog from others?
  6. What is the best thing about blogging?
  7. How do you choose the topics you post on your blog?
  8. What is the most important thing that you’ve learned on your hair journey?
  9. How long have you been on your hair journey?
  10. What does it feel like when one of your readers say that your blog has helped them?
  11. Name one(and only one) product that you cannot live without.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hair & The Working Girl Diaries

Part 2: Overcoming Workplace Hair Pressures

Co-worker:”Are you Natural?!?”

Me: “No… 0_o”

Since beginning my job, I have felt a lot of pressure to straighten my hair. FYI I work in a place where the majority of the women are weaved up, wigged out, or have extensively damaged hair. I have been asked on TWO different occasions if I was natural. One of my coworkers was shocked when I said no, the other somehow completely understood my hair journey without me even mentioning it. I have been rocking twist-outs because it is very convenient and easy to maintain. It cuts out the time that I spend doing my hair before work and it gets me into my bed faster at night—and you cannot beat that! So how do you overcome hair pressures at work?? I try to remember these simple rules:

RULE#1:Stay true to yourself! Don’t feel pressure to do something just because everyone else around you is doing it.

RULE#2: You are not obligated to explain yourself to anyone!

Co-worker: “Girl, you need to perm those nappy roots! Why don’t you get a perm already?!”

Nasty Voice in my Head: “RUDE!!!”

I always remind myself that I am on MY hair journey for ME! End.Of.Story. I do not have to explain why nor do I care if someone understands or not.

*I’ll be sure to whip my hurr (EXTRA HARD) in that pesky co-workers face when I touch up my roots :)*

RULE#3: “Remember from whence you came.” This is one of my favorite lines from FancyFlairLady and its become my personal mantra. I have made soooo much progress in my hair journey that my results amaze me everyday and I would not want to do anything that would cause me to have a setback. That little phrase and my results is what keeps me a truckin’ on my journey.

Have you experienced any hair pressures while on your journey? Tell me about it!

 

Wash Day

Hello Ladies!

By mid-week I really start to look forward to my Wash Days. I think of them as washing all the bad things away. This week’s hairstyles were super lowkey and I made sure I kept up with my M&S sessions. I love my PrettyWitty77 moisturizer, but since I have been using at least twice a day everyday this week I have been noticing some buildup. An itchy scalp has also cause me some issues this week especially in my crown area.

Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment. Oil was a mix of safflower oil and eucalyptus oil. This mix nipped my itchy scalp in the bud! I covered my hair with a plastic bag for 40 minutes

Shampoo: WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner

Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: Saturated my hair with Lady Grey Tea then put my deep condition mix on top of it. My mix consisted of water, glycerin, Tresemme naturals, and WEN Six Thirteen. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Leave-Ins: Herbal Essences Split End Protector and seal in with my fave oil concoction: Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil

This is my third time using the WEN Cleansing Conditioner and it made my new growth and my scalp feel amazing. My deep conditioning mix was icing on the cake because my hair was super moisturized and easy to detangle. I have had the Herbal Essences Split End Protector for a while and didn’t really like the product until today. I used it while my hair was still moist and it just glided on and sunk into my strands. This was a much needed and great wash day!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wash Day

This week I have been a very bad girl. I wore my hair down a couple of times this week and even flat ironed it… two times! *Hides face in shame*  and because of that, I had an extreme case of hand-in-hair  syndrome. This week I am going to be rocking twist outs and buns, I wouldn’t want to compromise any progress that I have made.

Due to my busy schedule, Wash Day was moved to Sunday, and I was still pressed for time, but it turned out well…

Pre-Poo: Hot oil treatment with a mixture of Safflower Oil and Eucalyptus Oil. Covered My hair for 40 minutes and rinsed.

Shampoo: GVP Nexxus Therappe, washed 2x. This bottle is almost gone which makes me feel much better about my growing Black Friday list of hair products I want to buy hehe.

Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: Mixture of Lady Grey and Chamomile tea. Let the tea completely saturate my hair before applying my DC mix over it. My DC mix consisted of Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Tresemme Naturals, WEN Six Thirteen, and the remainder of Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Masque. Covered my hair and let it sit for about 40 minutes.

Leave-Ins: After my final rinse, I squeezed excess water out with hands drenched in Coconut Oil, I have to say that it kinda helped with the detangling process. After that, I applied my PrettyWitty77 Moisturizer and sealed it all in with Organix Anti-Breakage Serum.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Harlem’s Hair Chat: What’s Your Hair Budget?

I may have an inner product junkie stirring inside of me.
I have raised this question on my Hairlista discussion board and was wondering what some of my fellow readers/bloggers thought.
How much do you spend monthly on hair products?
Do you give yourself a budget?
How do you curb your spending desires?

Product Review: Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk

 

Price: $4.99 for 8.5 Fl. oz (ordered from amazon)

Promises: Replenish dry, damaged hair with Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hair Milk. This lightweight, non-greasy hair lotion penetrates deep, replacing natural essential oils. Formulated with pure coconut milk and Vitamin E, Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hair Milk leaves hair soft with body, moisture and shine.

  • Nourishes Hair & Tames Frizz
  • With Coconut Milk & Keratin
  • Ideal for Processed Hair
  • Infuses Hair with Essential Oils for Glassy Shine
  • Unique Lipid Structure Absorbs Easily for Superior Moisturization
  • Smoothes Fly-Aways & Frizzies
  • Exotic Fragrance Invigorates the Senses

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All I have to say about this product is ugh… My hair hates it. It has a nice consistency, similar to Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-In but not as runny. The scent is ehhh… smells like artificial coconuts. Although the product is not tacky to the touch when I put it on my hair (both dry and wet) my hair felt tacky and stiff. My hair was smooth again when I sealed it in with Grapeseed Oil, so I will never use this moisturizer without sealing it in with an oil. But it did deliver some moisture to my hair.

I doubt that I will repurchase this product. I think it would be good for applying to my ends to give them a boost of protein.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Winterizing Your Hair Regimen

The weather is getting cooler and with those low temperatures comes dryer air which is caused by a lack of moisture and humidity. Less moisture in the air—Well that’s a bad set up, for relaxed and natural heads. Not to mention, we will be bundled up in coats and hats, and the heater in our homes will be on constant blast. It’s best to start tweaking our regimens now so that our hair won’t suffer through the long winter weather.

Personally, I know that when the cooler months come around my scalp and hair are extremely dry and it sheds like crazy. So to combat dry hair, I will be incorporating more M&S (moisturizing and sealing)sessions throughout the week.Instead of M&Sing every other day I will increase it to everyday. I love my Soultanicals Knot Sauce, but this winter I would rather opt for a thicker moisturizer. I plan on sealing the moisture in with a heavy butter such as Hairitage Hydration’s Silk n’Aloe Cream. To make sure my scalp is in shape, I plan on doing daily scalp massages using my favorite oil concoctions.

We all know that frequent shampooing strips your hair of natural oils, so those wash n’gos may be a no-go with dry winter air. To prevent losing natural oils many relaxed heads opt for pre-poos. Instead of using a cheapie conditioner for a pre-poo I will do hot oil treatments and add eucalyptus oil to the mix. Eucalyptus oil is not only said to stimulate the scalp but also get rid of dandruff, which I often suffer from this time of year.

Ladies, be sure to check your coats—at least the material its made out of. I love my cute wool pea coats and crochet beanies, but that material can not only suck the moisture out of your hair but hair can also snag and break on the material. It is a good idea to make sure your hair is up and away from the material especially your ends.

How Do You Winterize Your Regimen?

Hair & The Working Girl Diaries

Part I

I graduated college in May and since then I have been pounding the pavement trying to find work. I recently found a job and now I have to go through 5 weeks of training at an ungodly time of day night!

Since beginning my hair journey I have not had any distractions, now I do. My first test in my journey is how I handle this. I have to work, find a way to maintain my hair and keep up with blogging, and find a way to sleep. This will be an ongoing series of how I maintain my hair journey while being a Working Girl in the real world. Pray for me :)

Wash Day

Hello ladies!

Long time, no see right? This is my first Wash Day since starting my new job. This week I have been rocking twist outs since its so convenient.

Pre-poo: By the end of the week my scalp was dry and itchy so I opted for a Hot Oil pre-poo. I used a mixture of Safflower Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and lavender oil. I covered my hair with a plastic shower cap for about an hour

Shampoo: Organix Awapuhi Ginger Repairing Shampoo

Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: I let Lady Grey Tea and chamomile Tea fully saturate in my hair before applying my deep conditioner mix over it. My DC mix consisted of Tresemme Naturals, WEN Six Thirteen, a spoonful of Coconut Oil, glycerin and water. I put my mix in the microwave before applying to my hair. I covered my hair for over 2 hours

Leave-Ins: Sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer to my hair, applied Soultanicals Knot Sauce to my new growth and length. Used Herbal Essences Split End Protector on the last 2’’ of my ends and sealed everything in with grapeseed oil.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY: Daily Hair Moisturizer

When I was on my quest for a great daily hair moisturizer I was disappointed by many of the products that I tried. I told myself “I need to find a way to make my own moisturizer!” That way, I won’t be wasting a ton of money. So I was super happy when I came across PrettyWitty77 on YouTube making her own moisturizer. And check it, you only need three ingredients!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner (or your fave moisturizing condish)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Glycerin

(ADD THOSE INGREDIENTS IN THAT ORDER)

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Honestly, I was a little hesitant about trying this recipe because I wasn’t too keen about using conditioner as the main component of my moisturizer. In the end, the mixture was light but not runny.

IMG_1854 The amount I made should last me about 2-3 weeks.

So… How did it work?

With a little tweaking, it worked well and I was very pleased with the results. After sealing with grapeseed oil, when I whipped my scarf off the next morning my hair was not only moisturized but extremely soft. If I wanted, I could use it every other day instead of everyday. I am happy I finally made this because I think this mix will be perfect further into my stretch. Putting my mix into a spray bottle makes it easy to distribute through out my hair, although I am eyeing the  pump bottle my Herbal Essences Split End Protector came in.

How does it measure up to your Staple Moisturizer?

I think I like this recipe more than I like my Soultanicals Knot Sauce. This mix delivers way more moisture and I have not experienced build-up, not to mention it is easy on my purse…

Have you ever tried making your own moisturizer? Feel free to share your recipes.

Review: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

WHY WE LOVE IT:Serum- infused formula for moisturized softness. Drinks on me! Let this rich conditioner indulge you from root to tip, moving moisture through your hair to quench parched strands. It’s a sip of satisfaction”
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I purchased this conditioner because I planned to use it to make my own daily hair moisturizer, I have used this a a pre-poo and a deep conditioner. Giiiiirrrll, lemme tell you… for $4.49, this is a great conditioner. The one I purchased has coconut extract so the scent is divine. As a pre-poo, this conditioner worked great! When I rinsed it  out I thought “do I really want to shampoo all of this amazing softness out of my hair?” Using Hello Hydration as a deep conditioner works just as well. After using this my hair was very soft and it felt light and bouncy.
This is a definite repurchase and will be added as a staple! I get THREE functions from this conditioner: Pre-Poo, Deep Conditioner, and its the main component to my Daily Hair Moisturizer Mix! You can’t beat that!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Where In The World Is Harlem?

Hello ladies!

I know I haven’t posted in a while so I just wanted to give you a little update on all the fun things I have been getting into…

  • Trying out a couple of hair moisturizers and conditioners (can’t have enough of those, right?)reviews coming soon!
  • Practicing my “kitchenista” skills as the lovely KLP over at savingourstrands.com puts it. And I have to say, with a little work… and patience, I am very good at it. I will be posting a little recipe that I stumbled upon for you all.
  • Testing to see how my hair responds to vegetable glycerin. I know glycerin reacts to the weather/humidity in your area, but I live down south so I think I should be fine. Keyword in that sentence: THINK.
  • Reading up on sulfates
  • Trying to tweak my regimen

I can’t wait to tell you about everything I learned!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wash Day

Today marks three weeks post for me and my new growth is slowly emerging. This week I kept my hair in two flat twists. I love this style, it keeps my ends tucked in and is super low maintenance. Not to mention the lovely waves I get when I take them down. This wash day I decided to give my scalp some luvin’. My tresses looked nice and moisturized but when I got a look at my scalp it was quite dry, so I decided to give myself a hot oil pre-poo.

Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment with a mixture of Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor oil, Safflower oil, and a couple of drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. I covered my hair with a plastic bag and plastic shower cap, wrapped a towel on my head, and then topped it off with  another plastic shower cap. I left the oil on my hair for about 45 minutes.

Shampoo: Since I did an oil treatment I decided to revisit using Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo. Last time I used it I found it to be very drying, this time I was not disappointed. I will use this shampoo only if I do hot oil pre-poos.

Tea Rinse + Deep Conditioner: I saturated my hair with Lady Grey tea and allowed my strands to soak it up for 6 minutes before applying my DC mix on top of it. My DC mix consisted of Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Tresemme Naturals, Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter, and WEN Six Thirteen. I covered my hair and allowed it to sit for an hour.

Leave-Ins: I applied Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hair Milk to my roots and length, Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth to my ends, and sealed everything in with Grapeseed Oil.

How was your most recent wash day?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wash Day

Happy Wash Day ladies!

Pre-poo: Applied Herbal Essences Hello Hydration covered my hair with a plastic cap and left on for about 40 minutes and rinsed.Picture 016

Shampoo: Used Organix Awapuhi Ginger Repairing Shampoo, shampooed 2X’s

 

Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: Sprayed Lady Grey Tea in my hair and left it on for a full 10 minutes before applying my deep conditioner mixture on top of it. The DC mix consisted of Hello Hydration Conditioner, Tresemme Naturals, Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter, and 3 pumps of WEN Six Thirteen. The mix was about two tablespoons which was more than enough for my Picture 013whole  head. I covered my hair with a plastic bag followed by a microfiber towel to trap in body heat, then I topped it off with two plastic shower caps. I left it on my hair for 1 hour 30 minutes and rinsed with cool water.

Leave-Ins: Sprayed Proclaim Tea Tree Leave In Conditioner to my hair concentrating on my ends. Moisturized with Soultanicals Knot Sauce and sealed in with grapeseed oil and Organix Coconut Milk  Anti-Breakage serum. I allowed my hair to dry 70% and then I put my hair into two flat twists. The next day I had beautiful waves in my hair!

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This was my second time using Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo, the first time I diluted it and I don’t know exactly how I feel about it. Even though I did not completely rinse my pre-poo out, the shampoo left my hair feeling cleansed--- but  a little dry. So after the tea rinse I was extremely happy to apply my deep conditioner which seemed to melt into my strands and restore some moisture. When I come to think about it, I used this shampoo the Wash Day before my touch-up and that week I was experiencing hair so dry that no amount of M&Sing could combat. I know many of you follow Fancy Flair Lady and she had the same results using Organix shampoo because they are sulfate- free, which is more than likely the reason why it dries out hair. This week I plan on doing more research on sulfate-free shampoos.

  Other than that, Wash Day was a breeze. AND… yesterday  marked the 6 month anniversary of my HHJ… YAY *Throws confetti*

 

How Was Your Wash Day?

What are your feelings on Sulfate-Free Shampoos?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wash Day

This week I have been keeping my low key, just M&Sing it. Recently my father ordered WEN for his hair (don’t ask me why) but he didn’t really feel like he was seeing any results so he dropped the products off for me to try. I have heard many mixed reviews about WEN and due to the price tag attached to it, I have never been that curious to purchase it. When I looked at the label I noticed it said ‘Cleansing Conditioner’ so I got a little confused about how to incorporate it into my Wash Day without having to cut any steps out like my tea rinse. But the lovely Divachyk cleared it up.

Pre-Poo: I opted for an overnight pre-poo this week. I parted my hair into 4 sections and applied Tresemme Naturals condish and covered with an plastic bag and then a scarf. I rinsed in the a.m. and my hair felt lovely.

Shampoo: WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner used as directed. I really liked the way it made my scalp feel.

Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: I saturated my hair with Lady Grey tea and let it sit for about 7 minutes before applying my deep conditioner directly on top of it. My deep conditioner was a mixture of Tresemme Naturals, Organix Argan Oil & Shea Butter, WEN Six Thirteen Lemon Rosemary Vanilla Bean, and a spoonful of Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy. After applying my deep conditioner, I covered my hair with a plastic bag followed my a towel, and then topped off with two plastic shower caps. I allowed it to sit for about 2 hours, the last twenty minutes were in a steaming shower.

Leave- In: I lightly sprayed my hair with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer concentrating on the ends. My beloved Soultanicals Knot Sauce finally came in the mail so applied that and then sealed everything with Grapeseed Oil. When my hair was about 70% dry I put two flat twists in my hair and called it a day.[Note: I let my hair air dry unless otherwise stated]

Since I am freshly relaxed, this Wash Day was easy breezy. I have absolutely no complaints about WEN. I honestly wished I had this product two weeks ago when I was having such a hard time maintaining my new growth, maybe I would have held off on the touch up.

HOW WAS YOUR WASH DAY?

YOUR THOUGHTS ON WEN?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Relaxer Touchup

Hello ladies,
Today is the day, time for my touchup. I initially set a goal of stretching my relaxer for 12 weeks but that just didn’t happen this time around, but I will settle for 10.
I prepped my hair Friday afternoon by detangling and putting my hair in 4 braids. I did this to cut out manipulation of my hair on touchup day and also prevent my scalp from being irritated.

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[1] I had someone apply Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer in Regular strength to the 4 sections of my hair the application time took about 26 minutes, which is a bit to long for my liking.
[2] I neutralized with Optimum Advance Keratin Recovery Shampoo. I opted for this shampoo because it provides my hair with strength mid-relaxer. I shampooed 4 times to ensure all of the relaxer was out of my hair.
[3] Tea Rinse+ Deep Conditioner: I am experimenting a little with this one. Usually on my Wash Days I separate these two, but for one, I think it will cut some time out of the whole Wash day process if I combine the two, and two, I did not feel like I was leaving the tea on my hair long enough to receive the benefits from it. So I used a mixture of chamomile, lavender, and green tea and sprayed it all over my hair really concentrating on my roots and scalp and let it sit on my hair for about 4 minutes before applying my deep conditioner. My deep conditioner was a mixture of TRESemme Naturals with Aloe and Avocado oil, coconut oil, and Organix Argan Oil and Shea butter. This was a great deep conditioner mix that I’ll have to try again because it seemed to melt into my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic bag, followed by a microfiber towel, and topped it with a plastic shower cap to lock in all of the heat and allowed it to sit for an hour and forty minutes.
[4] I lightly sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer on my hair but concentrating more on my ends. I applied the moisturizer that came with the relaxer kit, Healthy Gloss 5 Moisture Hair Creme while my hair was still damp and sealed it in with Grapeseed oil.
To give my hair a rest I decided to flat iron and trim it the following day. But overall the relaxer went well I jsut wish my roots weren’t bone straight.
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                        (Top to Bottom: Air dried hair, pre-trimmed flat ironed hair)
I used Organix Anti-Breakage Serum before I flat ironed my hair. Initially, I was going to attempt to cut layers in my hair, but after I finished flat-ironing my hair I felt kind of emotional with cutting my hair, and that was a first for me. My hair is something I take care of and nurture, it was so hard to imagine cutting so much off, so I just decided to put layering my hair on hold until I get it exactly where I want it. So I just did the old Feye’s Self trim and I cut about half an inch off. Since I have fully committed to growing out my bangs I just lightly dusted the ends.

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(Top L to R: My bangs before the trim, Final Results of trimmed hair; Bottom: the amount I cut ( its not a depiction of ALL of the hair, just some))
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Overall I like the results and I was surprised to see that I am not that far from BSL. Yay!

When is your next touch-up?
What are your hair goals for 2013?

Sorry for the quality of the pictures, I need to replace my camera.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Recent Purchases

I was having such a hard time combating the dryness of my hair this week so mid-week I decided to make a few purchases that are not only good for my hair and wallet, but also good for my spirit--- Nothing like a little retail therapy to brighten your day.

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I decided to purchase Aussie 3 Minute Miracle because I have read so many good reviews for it. I bought TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner because my other TRESemme conditioner is on its last leg, not to mention it contains aloe vera and avocado oil--- and it fits my wallet perfectly.  Since I used up all of my L’Oreal Damage- Erasing Balm I decided that I needed another mask that provides moisture for my hair so I bought Organix Argan Oil & Shea Butter Moisture Restore mask and it smells divine. Jeni over at justgrowalready.com frequently uses Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo, so I decided to throw that in the shopping cart as well--- Plus this will be the shampoo I use when I need to provide my hair with some protein. I got all this for around 20 bucks… Not bad at all.

Inspiration.

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Stretching your relaxer can be tough. I was feeling kind of down since I decided to go ahead with my touch up next week because I really wanted to make it to 12 weeks. But I think I have done pretty good even though I am a rookie to this hair journey. I can always extend my stretch next time…

Wash Day

Laaaaaddies, let me tell you… This week my hair has been pushing me over the EDGE!!! I don’t know what happened during last week’s Wash Day but a a day later my hair was desert dry and no amount of moisturizing and sealing was getting it. Mid- week I attempted to do a Co-Wash (I did it the wrong way) but it turned out to be a deep conditioning session. But that and my oil-based moisturizers helped relieve the dryness *sigh of relief*. I was freaking out because My hair felt so dry and brittle and that is a no, no 9 weeks post. I am praying that I make it to my goal of stretching to 12 weeks, but I will not be upset with myself if I only make to it 10. After a rough week, this week’s wash is dedicated to MOISTURE!

Pre-poo: Hot Oil treatment with Grapeseed Oil. Covered my hair with a plastic bag and let sit for about 40 minutes.

Shampoo: I used diluted Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo and shampooed my hair twice. During the second shampoo I discovered washing your hair in braids. I think next week I will try it again. Washing your hair in braids will help me minimize the tangling

Tea Rinse: Not only was I combating dry hair this week but shedding as well so I made sure I was really thorough with my tea rinse. I used one bag of Chamomile Tea and one bag of Rosehip Hibiscus Tea. I sprayed it into the 3 sections of my hair and hovered over the sink for a couple of minutes and then rinsed it out.

Deep Conditioner: I applied Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner to my hair. Then I covered my hair with a plastic bag, followed by a microfiber towel to lock in my body heat, and then I topped it off with a plastic shower cap. I lost track of time but I left the deep conditioner on my head for over an hour and a half and rinsed and finger detangled in the shower. I read many great reviews on this conditioner, but I was not impressed at all by it.

Leave-In: While my hair was still damp I applied Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, followed by Optimum Care Whipped Oil Moisturizer and finally applied some Grapeseed Oil.

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(The first photo is just after I washed the deep conditioner out, the second photo is a pic of my new growth)

 

I let my hair air dry then I put it into two braids. Overall, it was an okay wash day. I think I am going to go forward with my touch up next week.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Wash Day

Shampoo: A few days ago when I was looking at justgrowalready.com I noticed that Jeni uses an applicator bottle to apply her diluted shampoo to her hair, so I decided to give it a try. I used my GVP Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo and mixed it with L’Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo and diluted it and applied it directly to my scalp using an applicator bottle. It worked pretty well, I like that I didn’t get as many tangles in my hair and tangled hair is something that I don’t need especially since I am 8 weeks post relaxer.

Tea Rinse: I used a combination of green tea and lavender tea

Deep Conditioner: I first applied L’Oreal Damage- Erasing Balm to my roots and new growth, I then applied TRESemme Moisture Rich conditioner to my length and ends, and finally topped it off by applying coconut oil. I covered my hair with a plastic bag and then a plastic shower cap and let it sit on my hair for 1hr 35mins.

Leave-In: I usually apply my leave-ins before I let my hair air dry, but that was not the case today. I sprayed Creme of Nature Leave- In on my roots followed by EDEN BodyWorks to the length and sealed it in with an oil concoction of mine (Grapeseed oil, lavender oil, coconut oil). After applying all of that my hair still felt extremely dry so I scraped the rest of my Soultanicals Knot Sauce out of the bottle and my hair felt extremely happy.

After hunting for a new moisturizer I just broke down and bought another bottle of Soultanicals Knot Sauce, I guess it is my staple moisturizer for a reason.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wash Day

8/31/2013

Hello ladies, I had a busy weekend and week that’s why I am publishing last weeks Wash Day so late.

Last Saturday I woke up feeling extremely lazy. I am sure you ladies can relate to feeling like Wash Day is such a chore. But then I stopped myself and said “you got to this point by sticking to your routine.” Last week I flat ironed my hair for a job interview and realized that I am about 4 inches from my goal of having bra-strap length hair. I was so excited, and if it is true that your hair grows about 1/2 an inch every month then I should be BSL in about 8 months (IF I don’t have any set backs AND IF I don’t get scissor happy during my next touch up *crossesfingers*).

Shampoo: L’Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo

Tea Rinse: I used a Mint Medley that contained peppermint and spearmint tea

Deep Conditioner: Tresemme Moisture Rich conditioner. Covered my hair with a plastic bag and cap for 1 hr 30mins.

Leave In: I sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer on my hair paying special attention to my new growth. I used Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In on length. Applied Soultanicals Knot Sauce on my scalp and roots. Put Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum on length and sealed everything in with an oil concoction that contains coconut oil, lavender oil, and grapeseed oil and let it air dry.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wash Day

8/24/2012

This Wash Day is officially the halfway marker of my relaxer stretch. The plan is to stretch for another six weeks but as long as I don’t relax before ten weeks then I’m good. This week I mostly kept my hair in cornrows, when I finally took the braids out my hair seemed so big which I am love #bighurrdontcurr lol.

Pre-poo: None

Shampoo: L’Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo

Tea Rinse: I used one chamomile tea bag and another tea bag that contained peppermint and spearmint. If you do tea rinses then you know that certain tea tends to make your strands hard, that’s why I like using chamomile tea because it does not cause my hair to harden.

Deep Conditioner: I used L’Oreal Damage- Erasing Balm, paying close attention to my new growth and I used Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner on my length. I covered my hair with a plastic bag and then covered it with a plastic shower cap and left it on for an hour.

Leave-In: I used Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In on my whole head, followed it up by using Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum on length and ends and sealed it all in Hairitage Hydration Silk n’Aloe Cream.

I allowed my hair to air dry the rest of the way and then I put two cornrows in my hair.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hot App!

In the world of smartphones and tablets there is an app for just about everything. If you are beginning a hair journey of your own but don’t want to dedicate your time to journaling or blogging or if you are just a busy mom with a household full of tresses to keep track of and maintain you can download this helpful app, Hair Journal, from the iTunes app store.

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Hair Journal allows you to create multiple profiles if needed so you can keep track of more than one mane at a time. This app isn’t just for relaxed heads, you can customize your profile whether relaxed, natural, or even texlaxed. It also allows you to set and keep track of your hair goals as well as the products you use. You can also store your photos so you can keep track of your hair journey. I love that this app is easy to use and with a busy lifestyle it is nice to have things at the tip of your fingers, literally. I recommend the version that costs 99 cents, you can store as many products as you like and can create an unlimited amount of profiles.

Wash Day

8/17/2013

Pre-poo: None

Shampoo: Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo for first wash and L’Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo for second wash

Tea Rinse: Used two bags of chamomile tea

Deep Conditioner: Organix Hydrating Keratin masque paying close attention to my new growth. I covered my hair with a shower cap and left it on for about 50 minutes (20 of those minutes were in a hot shower) I allowed my hair to air dry 60% then I applied my leave-ins

Leave-In: Applied Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In to my hair. Applied Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum to length and ends and sealed in all the moisture by applying Hairitage Hydration Silk N’Aloe Cream to roots and ends.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wash Day

8/10/2013

Another Saturday, another Wash Day. This week my new growth is definitely popping and it is such a surprise especially considering that I am only 4 weeks post relaxer. This week I have been doing great with moisturizing and sealing my hair daily. I have used heat twice this week but only on my bang. My go-to style this week has been a low bun. By the end of the week I was rocking cornrows. I think cornrows will be my new go-to style after wash day, maybe during the week I will try a braid-out.

Pre-poo: I did a hot oil treatment with  a mixture of Grapeseed Oil, Lavender oil, and Eucalyptus oil. I covered my hair with a plastic shower cap and allowed the mixture to sit on my hair for an hour.

Shampoo: GVP Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo

Tea Rinse: Used to  two Chamomile tea bags

Deep Conditioner: I used TRESemme conditioner and covered it with a plastic shower cap and let it sit on my hair for an hour

Leave-In: I sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer on my roots. I put Soultanicals Knot Sauce on scalp, length, and ends. I sealed in the moisture with Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum.

I allowed my hair to air dry and then I put it in a braid. The next day I was going to put more cornrows in my hair but I decided to flat iron my hair. The results were great,I have not flat ironed my whole head in a while. My hair looks much healthier and it has a lot more volume.

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How was your Wash Day this week?

Wash Day

8/3/2013

Pre-poo: I used a cheapie conditioner and let it sit under a plastic shower cap for 1 hour 20 minutes.

Shampoo: Generic version of Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo

Tea Rinse: Used chamomile tea for this week’s wash

Deep Conditioner: TRESemme conditioner under plastic bag for 1 hour

Leave-In: Lightly sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer on length. Sprayed Crème of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner on my roots. Applied Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Leave-In on scalp length and ends and sealed in the moisture with Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum.

Product Review

EDEN BodyWorks: Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In

 

Price: $9.99 for 8 oz. edenbodyworks.net

Promises: Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In Conditioner is a daily conditioning treatment formulated with one of nature’s best moisturizer, Coconut Oil, to penetrate and revitalize tresses. Blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture. Sulfate free formula is safe for color treated hair, chemically treated hair, curly or straight hair.

Initial Reaction: First off let my thank Candice for recommending this line of products to me. I love the scent of coconuts but this product’s scent is disappointing. It smells like soap and artificial coconuts.

As a Daily Moisturizer: This leave-in is very moisturizing and it has a great consistency. A dime size of this product goes a long way. If using this product alone you would have to apply it about every other day. But if you want it to last longer it is best to seal it in with an oil. This product is not as great as my Soultanicals Knot Sauce, but it is good enough to be rotated into my routine. The only drawback with this product is that it tends to build up with daily use.

As a Leave-In Conditioner: Being that this is a leave-in, this is where the product works best. I put this on my hair after deep conditioning it and in the morning my hair was still moisturized. I would say that this product works best on damp hair.

Overall, this is a great leave-in. It does double duty by working as a daily moisturizer as well as a leave-in conditioner. It is very moisturizing, has a nice consistency and a decent scent. I will be repurchasing this product.

Product Review

Crème of Nature: Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner

Price: $4.99 (8.45 Fl. oz.)at Rite Aid

Promises: “This unique two-phase formula combines Argan Oil liquid shine and a strengthening protein complex that improves hair strength, protects against damage and adds luminous shine and moisture.”

Initial Reaction: So as you all know I am currently searching for a new moisturizer, I know that this is not technically a daily hair moisturizer but neither is my beloved Soultanicals Knot Sauce…

As a Daily Moisturizer: The packaging of this product is great in that it is a spray bottle and I really appreciate that the nozzle deposits a light mist so that you are not soaking your roots. I think this product will be great deeper into my relaxer stretch, since it is a spray it makes for easy application to the roots of my hair. I love the light scent and initially this leave-in left my hair moisturized but as the product dries the moisture wears off.

As a Leave-In Conditioner: Eh- is all I have to say. Again, it left my hair moisturized initially but in the morning that moisture wore off.

I will not repurchase this product. The scent is the best thing that came out of this product but the moisture is not long-lasting. This leave-in has keratin and wheat protein so it will be good at giving my new growth strength. So in the meantime I have been using the L.O.C method with this product.

Monday, July 29, 2013

On The Prowl

Hey ladies as you all know I am on the hunt for a new daily moisturizer for my hair. I love, love, love Soultanicals Knot Sauce but it does hurt my pocketbook a little. I have been looking all over and I know a lot of you have been on this hair journey longer than me so I definitely need your help.

I only have three musts when it comes to the moisturizer: it has to be water-based, inexpensive (meaning under ten bucks) and I don’t want it to contain any mineral oil or petroleum.

I have already tried (and hated) Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream and I am not a fan of ORS Olive Oil hair moisturizer to name a few.

Do you have any suggestions?

Wash Day

July 27, 2013

Hello Ladies!

This week’s Wash Day is dedicated to moisture. For some reason my hair feels like I did not even relax my hair. And I am still on the hunt for a good, inexpensive water-based moisturizer with no mineral oil… is that asking to much? LOL!

Pre-poo: Overnight pre-poo with TRESseme conditioner

Shampoo: Shampooed twice using my generic Nexxus

Tea Rinse: Used one chamomile tea bag and a mint medley tea bag that contains peppermint, spearmint, rosehips, lemon peel, and hibiscus. I put a plastic shower cap on and let it sit on my hair for 8 minutes.

Deep Conditioner: Applied L’Oreal Damage- Erasing Balm wrapped my hair in a plastic bag and a shower cap and left it on for 1 hour.

Leave-In: I first applied Proclaim Tea Tree Leave-In and then I let it air dry about 50%. Next, I applied Soultanicals Knot Sauce to my scalp, length and ends. Then I applied Organix Anti- Breakage Serum.

Once my hair was about 70% dry I put my hair into 4 cornrows. My hair feels extra moisturized after this wash day. How was your wash day??