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!!!


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



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 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?