Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Incorporating Supplements for Hair Growth

Many women wish for long healthy hair, but a lot of them don’t want to put in the work to get it. Many women on healthy hair journey’s have turned to using supplements to promote hair growth; Biotin and MSM are two of the most popular products and many hair supplements contain these two ingredients. I have decided to try them out, but before I did I made sure to research these products. Please note that I am not a doctor.

Biotin is also known as Vitamin B7. It is produced naturally in the intestine and is also found in my of the foods that we eat such as leafy green vegetables, eggs, and liver. Adults need only about 30mcg of Biotin and usually attain  it in their diets. Biotin is said to not only renew follicles and roots that are already growing but also results in healthy skin and nails.

MSM or methylsulfonylmethane provides sulfur which is said to be an important component to hair. MSM has been shown to lengthen the growing phase of the hair cycle. MSM is usually taken by patients who have bone and joint conditions, but it can treat a variety of other conditions such as PMS and stretch marks.

 

Both of these products come in a variety of dosages so if you are thinking about trying these make sure you either consult with your doctor or start with a low dosage. With all of the great benefits of both of these products remember that all medicine comes with side effects. Women who have taken Biotin have complained of mild to severe acne breakouts. Women taking MSM have complained about it disrupting their menstrual cycle as well as giving them weird dreams.

I have been taking Biotin and MSM for almost a month. The first thing I noticed is the health of my nails. Before, my nails would always break when they get to a certain length but now they are much stronger. I then noticed that my upper and lower eyelashes seemed to be much longer, nothing drastic but enough for me to tell they were longer especially when I applied mascara. I cannot exactly pinpoint the growth of my hair to my taking Biotin and MSM because I started taking the supplement about two weeks after my touch-up, but I do have about a half an inch of growth in some places. As far as the side effects, I have not had any breakouts but then again I am taking a pretty low dosage of each. I used to take two 500mg MSM, but then I started suffering from insomnia so I cut the dose down to one and have not had any problems ever since.

Again, before taking any medicine consult with your doctor.

Wash Day

Oh my, I am so late ladies, its almost hump day and I have yet to write about the weekend’s wash day. This week I was debating whether to wash my hair or just hold off until next weekend. I felt like my hair was in such good shape, I had little to no shedding and breakage throughout the week. That was partly due to me sporting 4 braids all week. But I said “you know how your hair got in good shape? You have been taking care of it and sticking to your regimen.” So I just went ahead and washed it. Plus your girl is sporting up to a half an inch of new growth in some places so that was extra motivation to keep it up and take care of my new growth. This week’s wash day seemed relatively short. I got sample packets of John Frieda Full Repair so I decided to use them but there was not enough product in the packets so I ended up using my staple wash day products.DSCN5226

Overnight pre-poo: L’Oreal Damage-Erasing balm on new growth and ends, Grapeseed oil on length and ends

Shampoo: John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo, had to use my generic Nexxus shampoo because there was not enough sample in the packet

Tea Rinse: Used a tea mix that contained fennel, parsley, alfalfa, peppermint, cinnamon, orange peel, red clover, and chickweed

Conditioner: Mixed John Frieda Regular Conditioner with John Frieda Hydrate+Rescue Deep Conditioner. Again, there was not enough product in the sample packets so I mixed in my L’Oreal Damage-Erasing Balm. I put a shower cap on for an hour and thirty minutes and rinsed out

Leave In: To maintain protein/ moisture balance I sprayed ApHogee Green Tea & Keratin Restructurizer

Moisture: When my hair was 70% dry I added Soultanicals Knot Sauce to my scalp and length and sealed in the moisture with Organix Anti-Breakage Serum. Then I put my hair into four braids.

Anyway I hope everyone’s wash day was also successful.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream

Price: $6.99 (6oz)

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Promises: “This silky leave-in cream melts effortlessly into strands, moisturizing while diminishing flyaways and frizz with lasting humidity protection. Hair stays naturally soft and touchable all day- no flaking, heaviness, or stickiness. The advanced formula helps improve hair quality with every use. Contains UV filters.”

Results: Let me just say I was really excited about this product. When I was first mapping out my hair care regimen and the products that I was going to need this Silk Touch Leave- In Cream was the first product on my list. I have read many great reviews about this product from relaxed heads, so the anticipation and excitement has been building up for a while now. Do not be fooled by the title, this product is to be used as a daily moisturizer. As soon as I sat down and squeezed this into my palms, I was so disappointed :(

I am used to the nice rich consistency of my Soultanicals Knot Sauce, I thought this was very runny, which I did not like at all. But the product does deliver on the moisture. The product is light runny just as they described and leaves no build up in your hair no matter how much you use which I like.

So overall this is a pretty good daily moisturizer. I would be completely sold on this product if it was just a tad more thicker. I would also like to see it in an 8oz bottle instead of a 6oz.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Wash Day

After a long Friday night out *wink wink* I was feeling extremely lazy on Saturday, but the little hair goddess in my head said “git yo ass up and do ya hair!” So with no hesitation I abided.

Pre-poo: cheapie conditioner and safflower oil. Covered With plastic caps for about 50 minutes.

Shampoo: Used my staple shampoo, washed 2X

No tea rinse this week (hope I don’t regret it later)

Deep Conditioner: I decided to ass some protein to this weekly wash with Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Hydrating Keratin Masque, a review will be up after I try it a couple of times. I put a plastic cap on and let it sit on my hair for 1 hour and 50 minutes

Leave-In: Moisturized with a mixture of Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In and Knot Sauce and sealed with my Lavender Oil concoction (contains safflower oil, JBCO, grapeseed oil, and lavender essential oil)

After I applied my leave-ins I put my hair into four braids. I have been looking up new protective styles, so far I tried the Twist Out and the results were not so good. This week I am trying the braid out, hopefully the results will be better.

Hope you all had a good wash day!

P.S. Is it just me or are Wash Days really time consuming?!?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Embrace [NEW] Growth

Before I started this journey every time I saw new growth I immediately said “Whelp, it’s almost time for a touch up!” But with all of the knowledge and tips I have gained I don’t grab for the nearest relaxer kit at the sight of nappy edges and roots. These last couple of days new growth has popped up in the form of cute little coils and I have become obsessed with them! My coils are especially happy when it is time to moisturize my hair, that is when they really spring into action. The texture is so different from my relaxed hair so I enjoy running my fingers through them. No, I am not planning on going natural anytime soon and I don’t know how I am going to feel a couple more weeks into this relaxer stretch but for now I love them. I guess before I was not looking at my new growth as a positive thing, but now I am completely happy when my natural hair pops out. So ladies, no need to shriek at the sight of nappy roots, just embrace them. It means you are doing something right in your journey.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Check Out These Goodies

Hey ladies!

Check out the goodies I recently purchased.

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First,there are these cute little 3oz bottles that I plan on using when I make my oil mixtures. I was previously using the leftover shampoo and conditioner bottles from my relaxer kits to store my oil concoctions. Then there is the Organix Hydrating Keratin Masque which I bought as a deep protein conditioner. I do not have many items that contain protein so I want to make sure my moisture/protein levels in my hair is balanced. I plan on using it on this week’s Wash Day. Finally, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave- In Cream, I have been wanting to try this for the longest. I plan on using this as a daily moisturizer but we will see how it goes up against my staple Soultanicals Knot Sauce.

Have you ladies made any recent purchases? Tell me about it.

Review: Soultanicals Knot Sauce

Price: $22.00 (16 oz.), $13.00 (8 oz.)
Promises: “A Nappilicious Reinvention of A Natural Hair Detangler, Supernaturally Emphasized with Blue Malva Herb, Broccoli Seed Oil and Coconut Nectar for Excellent Comb-thru Spreadablility and Extra Softness! The Proof is in the Sauce!”2_zoom
Results: First let me say that I LOVE the name of this product. Knot Sauce is chalked full of great ingredients such as the Blue Malva Herb, Broccoli Seed Oil, Coconut Oil,and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Blue Malva Herb is used to strengthen and repair hair and its also helps control breakage and repair chemically damaged hair. The Broccoli Seed Oil is rich in vitamins C and B6, it is also helpful inhibiting DHT which is correlated with thinning hair as well as hair loss. Knot Sauce can be used as a conditioner or a moisturizing leave in. I also asked if it could be used as a daily moisturizer and Ayo, the creator of Soultanicals, said yes. My experience with Knot Sauce as a daily moisturizer was great, the consistency is nice and thick and has major “slip” to it. I’m telling you as soon as I put it on my hair it was immediately moisturized!!! The moisture it gives to your hair is long lasting so you won’t have to use it everyday. Be careful though if you do use it everyday, I learned this the hard way but it tends to visibly build up in your hair. Other than that, this product is a great daily moisturizer. Not to mention, the scent is delicious, literally! It smells like a fresh baked cake, and don’t tell anyone, but I did try to see if it tasted the same, I was very disappointed *sad face*. From the reviews I read I thought that this was going to be the magical detangler, but not so much. I think I will continue using it as a daily moisturizer. Overall I think this product is a great investment, the creators make it by hand so it is fresh, and it also takes a while for it to be delivered to your home (expect you shipment in no less than 2 weeks). Knot Sauce is now considered a staple product of mine. Welcome.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Healthy Hair Journey Progress Report

HHJ Commencement: April 5, 2013

So it has been eight weeks since I began my healthy hair journey and I am learning new things about my hair everyday. I have been sticking to my weekly wash regimen and have been listening to the needs of my hair. I do not really notice a length difference, but then again I have not been paying much attention to the length. Although my ultimate length goal is MBL (mid-back length) I am more focused on the health of my hair, and I have seen a lot of progress in my hair within these weeks it looks more healthy and full. In the beginning of my journey I had trouble with breakage and shedding and I am proud to say that I have learned new techniques to combat both those issues. I have reduced my heat use as well as minimized the manipulation of my hair. I know that this is just the beginning but it is looking good so far!DSCN5161

 

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From L to R: 4/11/2013 (my hair was flat-ironed); 5/31/2012 (hair has not been flat-ironed)

Wash Day

Hey ladies, you know what time of the week it is. Today was a very long wash day. Yesterday I was supposed to do an overnight pre-poo but that did not happen so I just did it this morning.

Pre-poo Cheapie conditioner and grapeseed oil. My cheapie condish is just a lot of left over conditioners mixed in to one bottle :)I covered my hair with a plastic bag and cap then took a shower. The pre-poo was on my hair for about 45 minutes

 

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Shampoo Used my generic Nexxus Shampoo, washed hair 2X. Dried with t-shirt for 15 minutes

Tea Rinse Used two types of tea, Lipton and something else(it was a black tea). I sprayed the tea into the 4 sections of my hair. I then covered my hair with a plastic bag and cap and left it on my head for about 10 minutes and rinsed. I dried my hair with a t-shirt for about 10 minutes

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Deep Conditioner Used a mixture of my regular Tresseme condish and Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO). Covered my head with a plastic bag and cap and let it sit for 1 hour and 45 minutes and then rinsed. Dried with t-shirt for 20 minutes

Leave-In While my hair was still damp I sprayed my hair with ApHogee to add some protein and allowed my hair to dry about 60%. I then used Soultanicals Knot Sauce for moisture and to help detangle my hair. I sealed in the moisture with the Organix Anti-Breakage Serum and JBCO.

In the wee hours this morning I was looking at YouTube videos and decided to try out a new hairstyle, The Twist Out. So while my hair was still damp I added twists into my hair. I’ll get to see the results tomorrow. Hope it comes out nicely.

Hope your wash day went well :)