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.