Saturday, November 23, 2013

What’s On Your List?

   

  black-friday-2013

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.