Monday, December 29, 2014

Best of 2014|The Hits and Misses

I cannot believe this year is over. I learned a lot about my hair this year, especially what it loved and loathed. Here’s a recap of 2014 for my hair:
HITS:
  • Wigs:  I used to be the one to say I would never wear a wig, but when you are deep into stretching your relaxer or just pressed for time wigs are the way to go! 002I can be whoever I want to be and fix my wig --- Sheba, as I like to call her, anyway I want. Wigs give my hair and I a much needed break from one another.
  • ACV Rinses: I discovered this late in the game…like last week, but better late than never. ACV has many benefits for you hair but I use it primarily to relieve my itchy winter scalp. I used it during my most recent wash day and can you believe I have not had any scalp troubles since.
  • Braid-outs: I love a good  braid-out so much you mind as well call it my signature hair style. It gives my hair the volume and texture that I want and it seems to get better as days go by. The messier the better, even the humidity makes it even more fabulous! 001
  • Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap: I picked this up during the Black Friday Sale. Lord knows I had absolutely no intention on buying a bulky/expensive steamer or dryer, so this was a great substitute. I learned that using the old school method of deep conditioning with just a plastic cap and body heat was not doing any justice to my hair. This conditioning cap is everything and definitely a keeper going in to 2015. 120
  • Figuring Out What My Hair Really Needs (Sorta): This is the most special highlight of 2014 for me. Hair journeys are not easy, but when in doubt or whenever you feel like you have no idea what your doing, assess your regimen and the products that your using. Figure out what works and cut all the extra stuff out. Keeping it simple is so much better, less headaches and less hair lost!
Product Hits: Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo and Intensive Deep Conditioner, Lottabody Moisturize Me, HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner (Applied on Dry Hair), HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner, Tresemme Naturals Conditioner, Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner

MISSES:
  • Braid-outs: Braid-outs this year have been my best friend, especially during the summer. The drawback--- all the breakage I get when its time to detangle.
  • Breakage: Speaking of breakage, this has been my nemesis this year. It was mostly due to how I handled my hair but I also think that it may be due to my most recent stretch, it was the longest stretch since beginning my hair journey at 25 weeks. In 2015 I think I’ll stick to 12-16 week stretches.
  • Itchy Scalp: Winter came early and it brought me a dry, itchy scalp. I won’t be bringing this problem into the new year with me thanks to ACV though.
Product Misses: HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner (Applied on Wet Hair), Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner, ORS Olive Oil Hair Lotion, Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner, L’Oreal EverCrème Cleansing Conditioner

What were the highlights of 2014 for you ladies? Be sure to link up over at SavingOurStrands



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wash Day

Last week I was in braids, I really wasn’t planning on washing my hair but again, my itchy scalp situation had to go. Immediately! My oil concoction has been doing nothing to relieve my scalp

[1] Pre-poo: HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner,  40 minutes under my Hot Head Conditioning Cap

[2] Shampoo: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo,1 lather062

[3] Protein Conditioner: Aubrey Organic GPB Conditioner, 15 minutes under the Hot Head Conditioning Cap, rinsed with cold water

[4] T-shirt dried my hair for 10 minutes

[5] Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: This is a new one for me, I have never tried using apple cider vinegar at all but I hear it helps relieve itchy scalp among other things. I added 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to an 8 oz spray bottle and filled the rest up with water. I sprayed it directly on my scalp and massaged it. I ended up using the whole thing since I don’t know how long it keeps.

[6] Leave-Ins: sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, moisturized with HairVeda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer and sealed with HairVeda Nourishing Ends Serum

Usually about a day or so after washing my hair my scalp starts itching again but its safe to say the ACV rinse works! NO flakes+ NO itch= Happy camper! I definitely have to figure out a way to keep this up. I braided my hair up for my wig, which never made it to my head due to the flu. Happy Holidays to you all!

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wash Day| Co-Wash FAIL

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[1]Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment using safflower oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and grapefruit oil

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed my hair with a mix of green tea and peppermint oil

[3] Co-Wash: Co-washed twice using Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner. My hair hated it! Upon rinsing, it felt so stripped that I was scared to manipulate it. I don’t need any bad wash days, so I had to fix it!

[4] Shampoo: Many would have just proceeded to deep condition and hoped it would restore the moisture but I just couldn’t. I reached for Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo and it was just what I needed, it restored the moisture to my hair and made it soft again with one lather. Whew! Dodged a bullet.

[5] Deep Condition: Applied Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment to my hair, covered with a plastic cap and topped it off with my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap. I deep conditioned with my Hot Head for an hour. I only reheated it once, microwaving this cap for two minutes gives me about 35 minutes of heat. I rinsed the DC with cold water.091 

[6] T-shirts dried my hair for about 30 minutes

[7] Leave- Ins: I began by applying Herbal Essences Split End Protector on the last 3 inches of hair then applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner on the rest of my hair, massaged oil into my scalp and sealed the leave-ins with my DIY Whipped Shea Butter.

 

Since I am still battling my itchy scalp I decided I needed more access to my scalp, So I braided up my hair and I will be rocking my wig for the week. I am attending a concert this weekend so I decided to try something different with my wig by adding flexirods. I used 8 grey flexis and 14 purple flexirods. I’ll have to do a HOTD post so I can show you all how the curls dropped.

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wash Day| Recap + New Goodies

Hello Ladies!

Long time, no posts, huh? Its been about two weeks since my last Wash Day post, I’ve been taking care of my hair but with the holidays I have not had time to blog.

Here’s a recap of my last two Wash Days:

Nov 23: [1] pre-poo with HairVeda Sitrinillah (30 mins.) [2] Coffee+Green Tea Rinse (20 mins.) [3] Shampoo with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo ( lathered 2 X’s) [4] Condition with Aubrey Organic GPB (15 mins.) [5] Applied Lottabody Moisturize Me and sealed with oil mix

*Note: I realized that the Sitrinillah performs waaaay better when its applied to dry hair

Nov 30: [1] pre-poo with L’Oreal Oleotherapy Deep Recovery Mask and safflower oil (40 mins.) [2] Shampoo with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo (l lather) [3] Condition with Aubrey Organics GPB (7 mins.) [4] Applied Lottabody Moisturize Me on roots and length, applied Herbal Essences Split End Protector on last 3 inches of my hair, sealed it all in with DIY Whipped Shea Butter.

The Wash Day Experience

Whew, that was a lot, so now on to this week’s Wash Day. As you all know the Black Fridays sales were crazy, I was so happy when a few of my hair goodies arrived so I decided to incorporate them into this Wash Day.118

[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 3 sections and applied coconut oil on each section. Allowed the coconut oil to sit on my hair for about 20 minutes and rinsed.

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, peppermint oil, and lavender oil onto my roots and allowed it to sit for about 10 minutes and rinsed

[3] Shampoo: Lathered 1X using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo

[4] Deep Condition: Applied Kurlee Belle Banana Nut and Avocado Deep Treatment and covered my hair with a plastic cap followed by my Hot Head Conditioning Cap. I left the cap on for 30 minutes and allowed it to cool for another 15 minutes. Rinsed with cold water

[5] Allowed t-shirt to soak up excess water for 20 minutes

[6] Leave-Ins: Massaged scalp with oil mix (my scalp does not like this weather!), applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In conditioner on the length on my hair, applied OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum on my ends, and sealed everything in with my DIY Whipped Shea Butter.

Verdict on Hot Head Cap: Definitely a keeper! I will never go back to using the old school plastic cap when deep conditioning my hair. I love the idea of this heating cap, its much better than having to purchase an expensive/ bulky steamer!120

Verdict on Kurlee Belle products: Love both of the products from Kurlee Belle. When I applied the deep conditioner on my hair it definitely helped to detangle, the scent reminds my of As I Am Hydration Elation. I just love the scent of the Thirsty Kurls Leave-In, it makes my hair so soft, I have also been using it when I moisturize and seal my hair.

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How was your most recent Wash Day?

Did you try out any new products or techniques?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simple Wash Day

[1] Pre-poo: Started by my parting my hair into 3 sections. Applied coconut oil in each section. I have not used coconut oil in a while and I forgot how good it makes my hair feel,008 it sank in immediately. I know I cannot use it too often because it tends to make my hair feel brittle. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for 40 minutes and rinsed.

[2] Shampoo: Lathered my hair twice using Crème of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo.

[3] Deep Condition: I don’t know how long I’ve had HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner but I’ve only used it once. Since Black Friday is almost here, I have to see if this is something I should consider repurchasing. I applied this DC on each section of my hair, covered my hair with a plastic cap and let is sit for about 45 minutes and rinsed with cool water. I first used this when I was deep into my relaxer stretch, and I remember my new growth really liking this stuff--- this week, my relaxed hair was not here for it. It felt funny when I was applying it to my hair and after 45 minutes under a plastic cap even the worst of DC’s penetrate my hair, but this stuff just sat on my hair. Luckily, My hair felt soft upon rinsing.

[4] Leave- Ins: While my hair was still damp I sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer, moisturized each section with Lottabody Moisturize Me, and sealed in with my oil mix.

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After moisturizing and sealing I put my hair into 3 bantu knots and allowed it to fully dry for 48 hours.

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I love simple Wash Days---that don’t actually take all day. My hairstyle this week was inspired by Lam at Overcoming Lazy, she can achieve voluminous curls with TWO.Bantu.Knots. My bantu knots need a bit more perfecting but overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out.019

The Wash Day Experience

 

Did you try anything new this Wash Day?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Narrowing Down Product Stash| Shampoos

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From left to right: Nexxus Therappe| Crème of Nature Argan Oil| L’Oreal Power Moisture| Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla| Suave Clarifying| OGX Awapuhi Ginger| OGX Coconut Milk

In an attempt to have some kind of structure in my hair journey, I must admit, I need to get my burning desire to buy every product I see under control. Not only that, I need to analyze all of the products that I have to see what has really worked for me and get rid of the others.

There were three things that influenced my decision when I was going through my stash of products and narrowing down my product lists:

  1. Price
  2. Effectiveness
  3. Accessibility

Shampoo is a pretty simple category for me because I don’t have nearly as much shampoo as I have conditioner and I instantly know if a shampoo is going to work for me or not. Here’s the list of shampoos that made the cut:

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Clarifying Shampoo

  • Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

This is actually the only clarifying shampoo that I have used since beginning my hair journey and it still delivers. It deeply cleanses my hair without it feeling stripped.

Moisturizing Shampoo

  • Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo
  • Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo (Sally’s also makes a generic version which I will purchase instead, its just as effective and cheaper)
  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo

I have gotten great results with these shampoos, they truly moisturize my hair--- they don’t leave my hair brittle or cause my hair to clump together. What I love most about these shampoos is that they are accessible---I can go into a store and actually buy them and they are all also reasonably priced.

What Are Your Go- To Shampoos?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review| Lottabody Moisturize Me Curl and Style Milk

Price: $4.49 (8oz), found at local beauty supply store

Promise: “Coconut and Shea oils deeply hydrate hair from the inside out, leaving hair soft and nourished with brilliant shine. Moisturize dry, frizzy hair for springy hydrated curls. Detangles, conditions, and controls curls while adding brilliant shine, body, and bounce.”029

First 5 Ingredients: Water, Shea butter, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, fragrance

 

I have been using this moisturizer for over a month and I don't know what there is not to  love about this product. First off, since I've been on my hair journey, I have not found a moisturizer---or any other product, for under $5. Not only is is under 5 bucks, but its actually a really good product that works!

This is a light moisturizer with the consistency of a lotion. I’ve tried Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk but I like this more because its not runny. It comes in a convenient pump bottle which is always great. The scent is also light, it smells like true tropical coconut and not stinky artificial coconut.

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No matter how much of it I use, my hair does not feel greasy or weigh it down.  So its great at defining your braid-outs or twist-outs but still leaves your hair soft and bouncy.
What I appreciate most about this, is that when I moisturize and seal my hair, the product actually stays on my hair and does not oil up my scarf. I hate when things make my scarf oily--- especially if I just washed it.
It works well not only on my crazy stubborn new growth when I am deep into a stretch, but its also good on my freshly relaxed hair.
Sometimes my damp hair is a little more finicky than when its dry--- but Lottabody comes through either way.

I’ve mentioned how much I liked the price of this, but I absolutely love the fact that I can actually go into my beauty supply store and buy it--- and excuse my language, but as hair bloggers and  regular women who like taking care of their hair and want quality hair products, shipping and handling is an absolute bitch! Like really, why do I have to buy $35- $50 worth of products to get free shipping?! That’s why I have a ton of products that I probably don’t need because I cannot justify spending $10-$15 on a moisturizer then have to pay another $5.99 for shipping and handling. You spent $20 on this ONE PRODUCT—I can’t. Its like spending $100 on groceries and you get home and realize you have absolutely nothing you want to eat. Sorry ladies—I digress.

If you already haven't figured it out yet--- Lottabody is a keeper.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wash Day

I am so happy that I finally relaxed my hair, its been much easier to manage. After my relaxer, I could feel that my hair felt strengthened so the main focus for this Wash Day was to put some moisture into my hair to give it some elasticity.

Here’s how it went down:

[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 3 sections and saturated/massaged my scalp with safflower oil.008 I covered my hair with a plastic cap for an hour. Did not rinse.

[2] Coffee+ Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, a spoonful of instant coffee, and couple drops of peppermint and grapefruit essential oils on my hair. I let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing  the coffee+ tea rinse and safflower oil with warm water.

[3] Shampoo: Lathered each section twice with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I got this sample with a purchase at the beauty supply store.

[4] Coffee+ Tea Rinse: Sprayed the remaining coffee+ tea rinse on my hair. Allowed it to sit for 5 more minutes and rinsed

[5] Applied Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment covered my hair with plastic cap and allow to sit for about an hour and rinsed with cold water.009

[6] Applied Lottabody Moisturize Me while my hair was still damp and sealed with my oil mix.

[7] Air dried my hair in a bun

 

So I was clearly intrigued by Jeni’s post on the benefits coffee rinses. I was hesitant about it because I didn’t want the coffee scent to linger. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I definitely wanted a cup afterwards because it smelled like a Starbucks in my bathroom. After rinsing out the coffee and deep conditioning my hair there was no trace of the scent so this is something that I might try again.

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The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review| Clear Proof Acne System By Mary Kay

As a fellow Influenster, I sometimes get to receive products to try out. We all have had issues with acne, if you have not, consider yourself lucky. Clear Proof is an acne system from Mary Kay that consists of four products that claims to clear up blemishes, unclog pores,  and fade the look of lingering acne spots.

I’ll keep this review short and to the point:037

Clarifying Cleansing Gel ($16): I’ve tried Proactiv and their cleanser was more exfoliating which proved too harsh for my skin to use everyday. I like that this is gentle but deeply cleanses my skin. After washing my face with this I could immediately see that my skin looked more smooth. The only drawback is that this is terribly drying.

Blemish Control Toner ($15): I like that this does not make my skin sting after I washing it.

Acne Treatment Gel ($10): Its light and absorbs quickly. I seen results with this within a week, but it did nothing to diminish my old acne scars.

Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin ($1/8): This is lightweight as well and absorbs quickly. But this does nothing to replenish my skin after the first 3 steps completely dried it out.

Although I seen a reduction of my acne I would have to customize this system by either using it every other day or substituting some of the products for ones that deliver the results I want.

This is not a product that I would purchase, the acne gel is probably the only product that’s worth investing in.

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NOTE: I received this product free, courtesy of  Influenster to test and review

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Every Journey Needs a Plan

I figured out why I’ve been so overwhelmed by my hair journey. For one, I have not remained consistent with even the simplest parts of the “regimen” I have created--- the only thing that I consistently do is wash my hair (thank God for the #WashDayExperience). Secondly, I’ve gotten so tied up with the exciting things that seem to be happening with everyone else’s hair (transitioning, chopping, etc.) that I completely ignore what I need to be doing with my own.

So now of course I completely understand why it seems like I’ve lost my way. To be honest, I don’t think I ever set out a clear path. When I first started my journey and even up into this last week, I had no direction at all--- I just wanted long hair.

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Long terms goals are great when it comes to the bigger picture but I believe the best way to get there is to set up short-term goals--- they are attainable and will definitely keep me on track to getting the hair I really want:

  • FIND OUT WHAT WORKS: Beginning next week, I’ll be doing a series of posts showing you what’s actually in my product stash and weeding out the products that have not worked for me. This is crucial and it will help me accomplish my other goals. If I cannot do this I will forever be wandering aimlessly on this journey.
  • Revamp my regimen and stay on track with it: I want to somewhat simplify my regimen. I truly get bogged down with the amount of steps when it comes to my Wash Days and other things. I think that starts out with me actually saying “hey, this is the amount of effort that I am willing to put into my hair.” If I can do that, then I know I will be more consistent and everything won’t seem like a chore.
  • Limit product purchases: You never know if a product is working if you don’t use it consistently and that has been an issue for me. One week I am loving a product and the next week I’m on to the newest shiny thing on the block. Sorry, I’m an Aries who gets bored easily so buying and trying out new products is exciting. So in an attempt to curb my inner PJ, I am going to avoid the hair care aisle and stick to the products that have been working #girlscoutpromise. But that does NOT mean that I’m tossing out my Black Friday list.
  • Moisturize and Seal: This is something that I have been slacking on since the summer, I am going to be aiming to moisturize and seal every other day. I think the cold weather will force me too so…
  • Figure Out What’s Going on With My Nape…and make a plan: I have not even looked at my nape since my touch up but I fear that it is more janky looking than before. I have to quickly assess the damage and figure out how to improve it.

I am looking forward to see how my hair progresses and of course I’ll keep you updated. Thank you ladies for being so encouraging and supportive, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know I have amazing women in this journey with me.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review| Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner

Price: $10.99 (16 oz) at CVS

Promise: “This reparative leave-in conditioner softens and detangles hair while controlling014 frizz. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well a kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Formulated with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea butter to nourish, moisturize and support elasticity so hair resists breakage while detangling. Conditioners provide a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Peppermint stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience.”

First 5 Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride

Note: For some odd reason the ingredient listing on the packaging differs from the ingredient list on the website, as in the ingredients aren’t listed in the same order, so I just went was on the package.

I’ve used this leave-in in 3 different ways--- as a leave-in, a pre-poo, and a daily moisturizer.

Hands down, I like it best as a pre-poo treatment on dry hair. This stuff does live up to its promise to aide in detangling because the slip is crazy, I usually put a glob on my hair and proceed to detangle. I find it works best as a pre-poo when you incorporate some type of heat (body heat is good enough), when I take my plastic cap off my new growth just sprang up and felt really moisturized and soft.

On freshly washed hair, using it as a leave-in is great due to its slip, but I don’t particularly care to use it as such because of the lingering scent.

When I use this as a pre-poo or leave-in I glob it on  my hair, but I make sure to go pretty light when using it as a daily moisturizer. Even though I am careful with how much I apply to my hair, it ends up feeling greasy and I can’t use it consecutively because it feels like there is  a film on my hair.

From the look of the packaging you would think the leave-in would be a smooth cream but its consistency is a little on the runny side and looks and feels kind of slimy.

And as for the smell—I’ve seen some describe it as tropical or say it smells of vanilla, I’ve even heard someone say that is smelled like Play-Doh. I agree with the latter, whatever scent Shea Moisture was going for I am not here for it.  In fact, I don’t use it unless I know I’m gong to be washing it out.

Even though it helps me detangle my hair, I won’t be purchasing this again. This is only the second product that I have tried from Shea Moisture and I want to love them so bad based on the reviews I’ve read, but hey if it doesn’t work for my hair than it just doesn’t work.

Have you tried any products from the Shea Moisture JBCO line? If so, what were the pros and cons of the product?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Finally| Touch Up

I made it to 25 weeks post, whew! Trust me, it was not planned, sometimes life gets in the way. But I am super happy that I finally had a chance to set aside some time to relax my hair.
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[1] Based my scalp with some good ol’ Blue Magic Coconut Oil hair grease (do any of you still have grease sitting around?) and then covered my previously relaxed strands with Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner.051
[2] With my handy dandy Aqua Sprush, I applied Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer in Regular Strength to my new growth. Application and smoothing time took me about 25 minutes. Rinsed my hair with warm water.
[3] As a mid-relaxer protein treatment I used Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus and let it sit for about 15 minutes which is longer than necessary and my hair felt stiff, but after I rinsed it went back to normal.
[4] Neutralized my hair 4 times with the shampoo that came with the kit
[5] Deep conditioned with Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and allowed it to sit on my hair for 1 hour. Rinsed with cold water050
[6] T-shirt dried my hair for 20 minutes
[7] Lightly misted my hair with ApHogee Keratin &Green Tea Restructurizer. Applied Lottabody Moisturize Me Curl &Style Milk and sealed with my oil mix. I also oiled my scalp, usually after I relax my hair I suffer from a dry scalp so I am just trying to be proactive.
I let my hair air dry in a bun the rest of the day.
The next day…
Since my hair was pretty straight I just knocked a few bumps out of my hair with my flat iron and prepared to cut my ends.052054









So as you can tell I made it to full bra strap length before the cut, this is similar to my last length check which is frustrating but it also makes me happy because now I have a clear goal for this next stretch: I need to focus on retention by taking better care of my ends. My nape is still a mess, maybe worse than before so I need to work on that too (sorry, no pics). My ultimate hair goal, as far as length, is to reach the 5 line on my length check t-shirt.053
Overall, I am pretty happy with the health of my hair, especially my bang area. 18 months ago when I began my hair journey, my bang was up to my eyebrows and now it is beyond my chin!
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When’s your next Touch Up?
What has been the most exciting change you seen since beginning your HHJ?
The Wash Day Experience

4 Ways to Tweak Regimen For Cooler Weather

[1] CONSISTANT Moisturizing and Sealing: To be honest, this summer my m&s sessions were here and there. If my hair felt dry I could just co-wash it and go, or moisturize the perimeter of my hair and throw it all in a ponytail or bun. I know cannot get away with that this winter. I will be making an attempt to moisturize and seal my hair about every other day.

[2] Hot Oil Treatments: During the cooler months my scalp is a dry, itchy mess! Hot oil treatments will ensure the nourishment of my scalp. Even though I hate the overpowering scent of eucalyptus, adding it to my oil mix is a must, it soothes my scalp much more than the peppermint essential oil. But I will not be tossing the peppermint to the side, in fact it’s apart of my essential oil holy trinity: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender. The  carrier oils that I use don’t vary much season-to-season, its always grapeseed oil, safflower oil, and coconut oil.

[3] Deep Condition (with heat): This is a must. No, I don’t have any fancy hair drier I can sit under or a fancy cap to heat up in my microwave. So I have to be somewhat old school with it, its gonna be good ol’ body heat, a warm towel and a plastic bag.

[4] Low Maintenance/ Long Term Protective Styles: I’m looking to tuck away my hair permanently for the winter with my trusty wig, Sheba. This is a great investment. I also won’t have to fuss with my hair every day, and I won’t have to worry about my ends getting stuck or broken off by my cute winter coats.

How are you going to be switching up your regimen?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wash Day| She’s Back

[1] Shampoo: I have not clarified my hair since August so a deep cleanse was much needed this week. I used Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. I lathered twice concentrating on my007 scalp.

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, peppermint oil, and lavender oil on my scalp and roots. I allowed it to sit on my hair for about 15 before applying my deep conditioner.

[3] Deep Conditioner: Used Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I covered my hair with a plastic bag followed by a warm towel and topped it off with a plastic cap for about 45 minutes and rinsed

[4] T-shirt dried for 15 minutes

[5] Leave-Ins: Sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer starting at the line of demarcation all the way down to my ends. Moisturized with Lottabody Moisturize Me

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I air dried my hair about 80% and then blow-dried my hair on low. I was intending on flat-ironing my hair to trim my ends, but I do believe I am going to attempt to relax my hair next week so I’ll wait until then. 072

As you can tell from the title the wig is back---I named her Sheba, she says “Hey gurl, hey!” The hair was very dark so I lightened it and I am very happy with the results. I braided my hair so the wig could lay down nice and flat. I attempted a braid out with the wig and it came out really good, when I brushed out the hair it ended up having tons of volume and I didn’t want to look like a lioness so I ended up with two-strand twisted side ponytail.

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Overall this was a good Wash Day, I really enjoy wearing a wig. You all don’t know the piece of mind I get when my hair is braided up, I don’t have to worry about fussing with it! My scalp seems happy too, it was itching and flaking up a storm last week.

I hope you all had a great Wash Day!

Be sure to share your experience over at Saving Our Strands or Just Grow Already!

The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Battling Breakage| The Missing Link

015When looking through my stash I have noticed that something has been missing from my weekly Wash Day regimen and I am so ashamed.

Since the beginning of my hair journey I have used ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. When I ran out of it, of course I told myself that I need to restock but like many other things on my to-do list, I have not gotten around to it. I realized that not having this product along with my bad hair practices may have contributed to my breakage.

This is my trusty spray, especially when I am deep into a stretch. On Wash Day I make sure I spray it beginning at the line of demarcation all the way to my ends.

Ever since I learned that we should keep the ends of our hair strong because they are the oldest parts--- this has been my go-to product

Ever since I have learned the benefits of protein layering---this has been my go-to product

How dare I forget to restock it?!?!

It has freaking green tea (which helps reduce shedding) and keratin (a vital protein to our hair)!I mean its a 2-in-1!

How dare I not have this in my stash?!?

Its safe to say that we are reunited and it feels darn good!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Battling Breakage| How I Finger Detangle

Ever since I have come clean about my breakage I have adopted a new practice---finger detangling. Its not as hard you get used to as you would think.

The first two steps in the art of finger detangling is to be patient and gentle--- don’t get frustrated when you get to a rough tangle in you hair.

Of course you should section your hair and for each of those larger sections you may have to divide them into smaller sections. Once you detangle a section twist it up or put it into a mini bun

Dry Hair

I make sure my hands are fully lubricated with my favorite oil mix. It makes it easy to tackle knots and tangles. I prefer to use an oil when detangling dry hair, when I apply conditioner on dry hair it tends to clump together which further complicates things for me.

Wet Hair

I don’t care to detangle my hair when its wet, but when I wash my hair sometimes it gets tangled. I just make sure I saturate the tangled section with one of my favorite co-wash conditioners and proceed to detangle using the pressure of the shower head which helps alot.

Do you prefer to finger detangle on dry hair or wet hair?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Overwhelmed Much?

Recently I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed by my hair journey. Its as if I’m wandering aimlessly and I am not sure what my hair really needs. Sure my hair is in a much better state than it was a year or two ago, but I feel like I can be doing more. In fact, I feel like I don’t know enough--- hell, I feel like I don’t know anything.

Reading a million blogs written by women who seem to have this hair stuff and their regimen down is an okay resource. Purchasing products to see how they work for my hair through trial and error is okay, but it gets costly.

In the next coming weeks I am going to take a closer look at my current stash of products and actually narrow down the things that have really been effective--- I guess that may be a good place to start.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wash Day

Last week was great, wearing a wig allowed my hair and I to get a break from one another. I’m not wearing it this week because I need to tweak it, its way too dark--- I know its close to Halloween but I don’t want to look like Wednesday Addams. I followed a similar Wash Day routine as last week since I got such good results.

[1] Pre-poo: Massaged Avocado Oil into my scalp and then covered my strands with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave- In conditioner and left 051it on for about an hour before rinsing

[2] Shampoo: Lathered my hair once with Crème of Nature Argan Oil sulfate-free shampoo

[3] Tea Rinse: Used two bags of green tea and added peppermint oil and lavender oil. I sprayed the tea directly to my roots and allowed it to sit for 2 minutes before applying my conditioner on top of the tea.

[4] Conditioner: Applied OGX Argan Oil and Shea Butter Hair Mask to my hair, covered with a plastic bag for an hour and rinsed with cool water.

[5] Leave-Ins: Massaged my oil mix into my scalp while my hair was still damp and then applied Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-In conditioner. and put my hair in to 4 braids.

I’m keeping my style easy this week, its all about that #bunlife and I did lightly flat iron my bang area, sorry no pics ladies (I think I am theeee worst at taking pics of my hair to show you all).

 

How Was Your Wash Day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wash Day| Gettin’ Wiggy Wit’ It

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[1] Pre-poo: Massaged a hot oil mix (safflower oil, avocado oil, grapefruit oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil) in my scalp then covered my strands with Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-In Conditioner. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for 40 minutes and rinsed.

[2] Shampoo: Crème of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo. Lathered twice.

[3] Protein: Applied Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner starting on the line of demarcation on to the ends. I let it sit on my hair for about 5 minutes and rinsed. [Side note: this stuff is really good, it curbed some breakage that I was experiencing]

[4] Deep Conditioner: Applied OGX Argan Oil and Shea Butter Hair Mask and allowed it to sit for 40  minutes. Rinsed with cool water.

[5] Leave-in: Oiled my scalp with my oil mix, applied Cantu Shea Leave –In Conditioner and applied OGX Anti-breakage serum on my hair 063

I allowed my hair to air dry about 75% and then blow dried on low heat to stretch out my roots. Then I put my hair into some “Felicia” braids and put on a wig that I recently purchased.

This was my first wig ever and ya’ll should have seen me, I was a little too camera happy. Only in my dreams is my hair that long and healthy looking. She looks kinda wiggy and the hair is too dark, but I plan on making some alterations to make her more natural looking. All this made for a very eventful Wash Day, hope yours was great too!

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The Wash Day Experience