Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Not HHJ Related… Schwarzkopf Professionals OSiS+

Today I received my Spring Fever VoxBox from Influenster. It contained a lot of items for my to try and review such as Secret Outlast Clear Gel Deodorant, NYC Applelicious Lip Balm, Broadway Nails imPress Press-on Manicure, Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes, and finally OSiS Rough Rubber by Schwarzkopf Professionals. I am not going to review them all because they have nothing to do with my HHJ.

I will only review OSiS Rough Rubber by Schwarzkopf Professionals. The OSiS line of products are made to create texture and volume to your hair. OSiS Rough Rubber is a paste and it has a rubbery consistency, nothing like I have seen before. It helps create a separation look in your hair. I used it as a gel to hold my hair and that works just as fine. The only thing I did not like is the Way the product is formed, it makes my hands ickyDSCN5154.DSCN5153

Review: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum

Price: $6.99 (4oz) (I purchased mine for $5.49 from Walgreens)
Promises: “It’s a tropical, luxurious, silky and works to smooth, condition, strengthen , and instantly repair your hair.”DSCN5129
Results: I have read many good reviews for this product and surprisingly I was not disappointed when I tried it out myself. This product really does what it says and after washing my hair I noticed less breakage when I detangled it so I was a very happy camper. This product contains Silk Amino Acids, Shea Butter, Coconut milk, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, and Egg. I was happy to see egg in there because it is a very popular protein used to deep condition hair. I have been also using Organix after I moisturize my hair as a sealant. The scent is light and doesn’t linger for long. My only concern (it may not be a concern of yours though) is that it is so lightweight that I do not know if it is covering all of the strands of my hair so I end up being heavy handed with the product. Overall this has become a staple product of mine and I would recommend anyone to try it out. I cannot wait to see the results of this product when I am further along in stretching my relaxer.

Staple Products

Shampoo

  • Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo (GENERIC)
  • Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo

Conditioner

Daily Moisturizer

  • Dark and Lovely Healthy Gloss Crème 5 (not shown)
  • Soultanicals Knot Sauce (can also be used as a leave-in conditioner)

Oils/ Serums

  • Coconut Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti- Breakage Serum

Protein Treatment

  • ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer

Supplements

  • Biotin (1000mcg)
  • MSM (500 mg)
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wash Day

Hello everyone and I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend. I had a rough yesterday and was unable to post my wash day results, surprisingly my wash day was a long one. This week’s wash day was a day of firsts, I tried a pre-poo, a tea rinse, and I got to test out my new products. I began Friday night with an overnight Pre-poo and the results were really great. My hair felt soft and moisturized in the morning. I began by [1] Rinsing the pre-poo out with cold water. [2] Shampoo my hair with GVP Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo. [3] Sprayed my hair with the  Lipton tea that I brewed and let it sit on my hair for about 5-7 minutes and then I rinsed it out. [4] Deep conditioned my hair with a mixture of Tresseme Moisture Rich Conditioner and L’Oreal Damage- Erasing Balm and let it sit under a plastic cap for an hour and a half and rinsed with cool water. [5] Applied ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer as well as Proclaim Tea Tree Leave-in Conditioner.[6] I then let my hair air dry for about 60 percent.[7] I applied Soultanicals Knot sauce as a moisturizer and then [8] sealed it with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-breakage Serum (picture not shown).

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(TOP From L to R); Shampoo, Conditioner, Ingredients for tea Rinse, Proclaim Tea Tree Leave-In Conditioner, apHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer

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Soultanicals Knot Sauce

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End Results!!!

I hope You all had  great wash day. The reviews for Soultanicals Knot Sauce, Organix Coconut Nourishing Anti-Breakage Serum, as well as the procedure for Tea rinses will be up soon.

Friday, May 24, 2013

New Experiment: Overnight Pre-poo

So my wash day is coming up tomorrow. Before shampooing some people like to do a pre-poo. A pre-poo can consist of  putting conditioner on your hair  for a few minutes or you can even use a hot oil treatment to pre-poo. I am experimenting with an overnight pre-poo treatment.

[1] Part hair into four sections
[2] Spray each section with water (you don't want your hair soaking wet, just spray at the roots and use your fingers to work the liquid down to your ends)
[3] Apply Coconut oil beginning at the roots and working your way down to the ends
[4] Apply conditioner, I used the L'Oreal Damage Erasing Balm, again begin at your roots and work your way down
[5] Detangle hair and put in four little buns
[6] Put plastic cap on your hair followed by a scarf
[7] Go to bed
The Players: L'Oreal Damage Erasing Balm, Coconut oil, and a wide tooth comb for detangling
My hair before the Pre-poo










After I applied all the products. This is how I am going to sleep tonight. Make sure to put you plastic cap on :-)







I'll update you all tomorrow on Wash Day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Just a Little Entry

So I am almost 3 weeks post relaxer. I have been moisturizing my hair everyday and baggying my whole head every night for the past few days. I do not know if my hair is moisturized or oily. I am STILL waiting for my Soultanicals Knot Sauce and everyday I am growing more and more impatient. I hope it arrives by my next wash day which is this Saturday... if I'm good. I am considering doing a co-wash for the first time. I don't know what to expect from it! I hope it helps moisturize my hair and reduce my breakage and shedding, which is growing into a major concern. Every time I touch my hair strands are falling out and that is driving me crazy. I am thinking about purchasing Organix Anti- breakage serum. I was also researching Biotin and MSM supplements. I am not sure if I want to put that in my body especially MSM, there were a couple of people who had very bad side effects. Hair growth is fine but I am not down with it interfering with my menstrual cycle. So I will be doing more research on that, Biotin seems fine but MSM, ehhh! I also want to improve the layout of this blog, it is very boring. I am trying to figure out how to add headers for the different sections that I want, it's also crucial that I add more pics of my hair and what not, oh well it will be a work in progress...

Friday, May 17, 2013

My First Hair Challenge!

    So here we go. So if you do not know, Long Hair Care Forum is this go to place if you are on a healthy hair journey. This site is full of women on the same mission as you! It has great hair product reviews and much more. Today when I was looking at the site I ran into a Hair Care Challenge. These challenges are all about being healthy and doing healthy things to promote hair growth. The challenge is called "12 inches in 12 months- 2013." Here are the rules courtesy of fancypants007.

1. Scalp massages everyday as well as moisturizing everyday 
2. Protective styles/low manipulation styles at at least 3-5 days out of the week.
3. No heat until April 30, 2014.*Exceptions for special occasions. Only use heat if you have to.
4. Mild exercise often, this could be in the form of a brisk walk daily. Alter/cater for your wants/needs.
5. Incorporate baggying method nightly/week
6. Only get trims when necessary and if so use the "search and destroy" method.
7. Moisturize and seal everyday.
8. Whenever you shampoo, co-wash and deep conditioning, pre-poo if you must (particularly coconut oil to reduce swelling), make sure to detangle
9. In the winter month when wearing hats, wear either a silk bonnet underneath the hat OR have silk lining in the hat to protect hair.
10. Sleep with a silk or satin scarf every night or a silk pillowcase and/or both!
11. Drink a lot of water. Water allows the nutrients to circulate throughout your body.
12 Eat a healthy and BALANCED diet. Make sure to try and incorporate many fruits and vegetables a day. Some foods that really promote hair growth: fish (omega 3 fatty acids), eggs (omega three fatty acids), oranges (full of vitamin c), nuts (particularly almonds which strengthen hair and produces a shine), carrots (full of vitamin A and makes hair shiny), broccoli (calcium), spinach, bananas (full of biotin), meat/fish (protein), etc. As for vegetables, even if you don't like them now, your taste buds will adapt to the tastes and you may start to love them!
13. Take a daily multi-vitamin.
14. Use a growth aid e.g CastorOil/JBCO etc 
15. Reduce stress. Don't worry, be happy! Yoga, meditation, relaxing, simply reduce it because it can slow down hair growth. SLEEP. SMILE. BREATHE - scalp massages in #1 can help!
16. If you are relaxed/texlaxed/transitioning, try your best to stretch your relaxers to as long as you feel is reasonable. Simply try to keep your hair in the best shape possible.
17. Every day, say a positive affirmation about yourself to motivate yourself. If you believe, YOU ARE.
18. Every two months (end of that month) do a length check to see how you are coming along.*
19. Every month simply post on the wall on how you're doing, how much growth you have had etc
20. Last but not least, we are a community, come back to this post as often as possible to offer/seek support, post any new tips/finds and positive motivational comments

Okay so I am ready! I will try to abide to most of the rules:
- I will massage my scalp and moisturize everyday
-Monitor my water intake
-Try out the baggying method
-Do protective styles everyday. Use minimal heat
-Continue to follow my regimen on Wash Day
- I need to exercise and watch what I eat
-Scarf (check)
-Need to find a multivitamin 
-JBCO (check)

Current Length- Arm Pit Length (APL)
Goal- Mid- Back Length (MBL)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wash Day


It has been exactly twelve days since I have washed my hair. Bad idea! My hair is so oily, and my combs are filthy. I was going to hold off until Saturday but I could not take it anymore. This week I tried something new and opted for a Clarifying Shampoo; clarifying shampoos strip the hair of product build-up which is a must for me right now. I used [1] Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo. When I read about what clarifying shampoos did I was quite hesitant because I thought that it would completely dry my hair out and leave me with stringy hair. But it did not. I could instantly tell that my hair was squeaky though. I followed it up with a new conditioner, [2] L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm. After I applied the balm to my hair, I covered it with a plastic bag, followed by a shower cap and let the balm sit in my hair for over an hour. I rinsed the balm out with cold water to lock the moisture into the strands of my hair. I followed that up by applying [3] Proclaim Tea Tree Leave-In Conditioner as well as [4] ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. I allowed my hair to air dry a little bit before moisturizing my scalp with [5] Dark and Lovely Moisture Hair Creme. Finally I [6] sealed my ends with a mixture of Safflower oil, Grapeseed oil, JBCO, and lavender oil.






Review: L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm



L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm

Price: $6.99

Promises: Repairs up to 1 year of damage in 1 use. Deeply repairs and reconstructs dry, chemically treated hair.

Results: This is a really effective product. It contains ceramides which helps seal your hair. The directions say to leave it on for 3-5 minutes but I left it on for over an hour, and when I pulled the shower cap off my head I could instantly tell that this worked for my hair because it felt like butta baby. After I washed it out my hair felt extremely soft and moisturized. The consistency of the balm is thick so you do not need to be heavy handed when applying it, a little goes a long way, and it just melts and glides onto your hair. I was even able to detangle my hair with my fingers as I was applying the balm. Overall, this is a great product and really worth the money. I will be purchasing this again

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Incorporating Natural Oils in Your Regimen

Oils are great for your healthy hair journey in that they help nourish your scalp and seal in moisture into your hair. But you must know that oils do not moisturize your hair it simply coats your hair follicles. Because oils are so heavy that they have a hard time penetrating into the follicles of your hair. Oils generally fall into two categories: carrier or essential.
Carrier oils are derived from the fatty portion of nuts,seeds and plants. These oils are bland and thick in consistency and are commonly used for cooking. Some examples of carrier oils are coconut oil, safflower oil, olive oil, and castor oil. Essential oils on the other-hand are derived from a distillation process and are aromatic. A few drops of an essential oil added to a carrier oil helps deliver the properties of the essential oil safely to the scalp. Some examples of essential oils are eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and lemongrass oil.

My regimen consists of four oils: coconut oil, safflower oil, Jamaican black castor oil, and eucalyptus oil. All of these oils are beneficial to the hair.

Eucalyptus Oil: is an essential oil and only a little should be added to your carrier oils. This oil helps stimulate the scalp, so it is great when doing scalp massages. Please note that essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil. Applying an undiluted essential oil directly to the skin can cause irritation.

Coconut Oil: this considered a carrier oil. In my opinion, this is the first oil you should add to your stock because it nourishes your scalp and we all know the first step to having healthy hair is having a healthy scalp. Coconut oil also has anti fungal and antibacterial properties that makes it good for combatting dandruff.

Safflower Oil: this is another carrier oil. Safflower is great in that it helps dilute the blood vessels in your scalp so that more nutrients can be supplied to the follicles of your hair through blood circulation. Safflower oil contains high amounts of oleic acid, which is light in texture and penetrates the skin easily which helps protect, nourish, hydrate and firm the hair. Safflower oil is also great for hair that has endured damage from being chemically treated.

Castor Oil: castor oil is all the rave right now, my brand of choice is Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil. This oil is quite thick in consistency so it is better to dilute it with other carrier oils such as coconut oil or safflower oil to help it thin out. Castor oil is great if you want to thicken your hair, it also smoothes out the cuticle of your hair. 
How is regular castor oil different from black castor oil? 
That has to do with the processing of the oil. Black castor oil has been processed less than the clear liquid castor oil you may see in your stores. Black castor oil is in its pure, raw form and in that state it is said to have more nutrients which is better for your hair.

There are more oils that you can use, each of them has its own special properties, but all of them help nourish your hair and scalp. So feel free to use what ever oil you like, and have fun making your own concoctions!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Building a Regimen to Suit Your Hair

Trying to start a healthy hair regimen but dont know where to look? Below are two very helpful blogs to help you start your journey. The key to regimen building is constructing a routine for your hair's needs. These sites are helpful but try not to copy thier regimens, whats right for their hair may not be right for yours.

Here are some helpful sites that I love:

Fancy Flair Lady | Stylishly Ever After: Start Your Healthy Hair Journey 
Beginner's Hair Manual: Links To Helpful Posts and Articles 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Touch Up


    My new growth shouted FINALLY! I touched up my new growth yesterday. I used Dark and Lovely No-Lye Relaxer. After washing my hair out with the neutralizing shampoo I deep conditioned my hair using Tresseme: Moisture Rich Luxurious Moisture w/ vitamin E. I put a regular plastic grocery bag on my head and then I put two shower caps over it and let the conditioner sit in my hair for an hour and forty-five minutes. I washed the conditioner out with cold water. Troweled my hair the I sprayed  Proclaim: Tea Tree Leave-In Conditioner and ApHogee: Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer, both of these sprays contain keratin, I hope it was not a protein overload. After I let it air dry I moisturized my scalp and hair with Dark and Lovely Healthy Gloss 5 hair Creme, followed it up with my homemade mixture of oils that contains coconut oil, black castor oil, safflower oil,and eucalyptus oil. I put my hair into three braids and wrapped my hair in my scarf. 
   Overall I was pleased with this hair session. I was so happy that there was not a lot of shedding/breakage when I finally combed through my hair. I really need to figure out how tho manage that the next time I am stretching my relaxer. I did not trim my ends this time because they were trimmed last week when I washed my hair. But depending on how long my bang is I might have to trim it.
   I have yet to take may braids out, but my hair feels lovely. Next time I am going to try to stretch my relaxer for this whole summer. The only reason why I touched up my new growth is because I am graduating from college this Friday. This week I plane on rocking protective styles. But on Thursday and Friday I plan on curling it. I have yet to purchase some rollers so I have to use the curling iron. I'll wash and deep condition my hair on Saturday, and then it will be protective styles for the rest of the summer :)

Wash Day


4/27/2013

So I washed my hair. I have yet to purchase a moisturizing shampoo and Conditioner. This is the fourth weekend in a row that I have washed my hair, so I am doing good with washing my hair weekly. I just did a shampoo and a deep deep Conditioner. My deep deep conditioner consisted of just regular conditioner but I sprayed the apHogee on my hair before I put the conditioner on, wrapped it in a plastic bag and put a plastic cap over it and let it sit for about 45 minutes. I then took the plastic bag and cap off of my head, reapplied some conditioner and apHogee, put the plastic bag and cap on my head and let the conditioner sit for an hour. after rinsing it out with cold water I let it air dry. I received my apHogee keratin and green tea spray in the mail and sprayed it in my hair after the deep conditioner. I do not know what results I am supposed to get, but nothing is noticeable thus far. I did apply my Blue Magic Coconut Oil grease because I felt like my scalp needed the moisture and that maybe it would reduce my shedding/ breakage. I also applied my Dark and Lovely Hair creme for added moisture.
Today (4/28) I plan on flat ironing my whole head so that I can see the results. It's been about a month since my last touch up and 4 weeks since I started using JBCO, so I am excited to see the results.
Yesterday I made a few key purchases: eucalyptus oil and coconut oil. I am excited to make my own hair oil.

Still on my Wish-list: daily moisturizer, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and leave in conditioner. I also want to invest in some rollers for my hair, especially for my bang so I am not flat ironing it every morning.

I flat ironed my hair and cut about 1/2 an inch off. My hair seems a lot healthier. I hope to cut more heat out of my routine. These past few weeks I only blow dried my hair after I let it air dry to straighten it a bit and then I was only flat ironing my bang so that it would curl.  

Beginnings.


Let me start by saying that I am a broke college student. I knew great hair care products were expensive but MAN! Thank God for Amazon though,I was able to pick up a few key products so that I can begin my regimen. I purchased the ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructor, as well as safflower oil, a spray bottle, and Redken Extreme Conditoner. Now all I need is a moisturizing shampoo, leave-in Condtioner, and a daily moisturizer.
I have been making progress though, I have washed and deep conditioned my hair for three weeks now, but after last week I have noticed that my hair badly needs more moisture. On top of that I have been shedding like crazy, I do not know if it is the new regimen or if it is because I have gone so long without a relaxer. I think it has been a little over a month since my last relaxer. If I don't have anything else on my Wishlist I need an amazing Conditoner. 
I am so excited for my new products to arrive so that I can use them. I plan on getting a touch up in about two weeks, I gotta look good walking across the stage to receive my Bachelor's degree.

Steps to Healthier Hair (Now)!


After reading my favorite blog justgrowalready.com I have made a few changes to my normal hair regimen. I used to wash my hair about every two weeks or whenever my combs get unbearably dirty but now I am trying my best to wash it every week, I have no excuse, right, of course it's an all day thing and other women have to do the same thing as well, so just suck it up. I did condition my hair and leave it on for a good length of time, I don't have a heat cap but now I wrap my conditioned hair in a plastic bag and then put a shower cap on it and I leave it on there for about 30 minutes. I am also a slave to the flat iron which I am trying to cut out. I have not had a relaxer in about a month and for one week I have been trying to wear protective styles, and I have only been flat ironing my bang. I give my "kitchen" and my temple hairs a quick swipe with the flat iron if they look a little nappy. And I have been letting my hair air dry as usual. 
I am African American woman and have been brought up to use grease and pink lotion to moisturize my hair but I only used them when needed, I am really trying to cut the use of grease out and moisturize my hair with oils instead. I noticed when I moisturized my scalp with grease it weighs my hair down and for some reason it seems to get dirty faster, and I cannot stand the sticky texture of the grease, oils seem so much lighter and better capable of penetrating my scalp. I did recently purchase Jamaican black castor oil and I usually use Blue Magic Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner, so I have been mixing the two and heating them so the resulting product is an oil and applying it to my scalp  every other night.

What I am doing now is researching hair care products that I might need and hair tips as well.

Healthy Hair Journey


Reading other hair blogs has me on a mission to healthier more manageable hair. Although I have a nice length of hair I do have my problems with it which include: 
Shedding
Breakage
Lack of moisture

My hair journey puts me on a mission to not only combat those issues but also gain more length to my hair.

I have normal relaxed hair and I occasionally color my hair (not every month or even every other month, it's more of when I get bored of my natural hair color). I frequently flat iron my hair. I DO NOT go to the hair salon and have only relied on "big momma's kitchen" or myself to do my hair. In my entire life I have only been to the hair salon about 3 or 4 times, I do not plan on going to the salon either. I really want to see if I can get healthy hair on my own. 

I guess what put me on this journey was the hype around Jamaican Black Castor oil. I purchased some recently to see what benefits it would really have on my hair then I thought "this could not be the only thing that I could do for my hair, this oil is not the magic liquid to get better hair, what else can I do?" 

And my research began...

Right now I am a sponge soaking up all of the information from other blogs and books to create a hair care regimen just for me. I am also doing my own research so that I purchase to best hair products for my needs.

 And the journey begins...