Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Enjoy Your Journey, Enjoy Your HAIR!

We women on Healthy Hair Journeys always preach protective styling as a means of retaining length. Although there are many cute protective styles I love how my hair looksIMG_1912 when its bone straight and hanging down. Recently, I started thinking what’s the point of having/trying to attain ridiculously long healthy hair if its always going to be tucked away in a bun?! So this whole week I wore my hair out. I allowed it to blow in the wind and allowed myself to accept all the compliments of how beautiful my hair was. Wearing it down allowed me to give myself a little pat on the back for my hard work. So ladies, I know you all have been putting in hard work to care and maintain  for your hair, but don’t forget to enjoy it once in a while.

Here are the 2 things that helped me keep my hair straight this week:

  1. Crosswrapping
  2. Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Smoothing Shine Serum

Regimen Assessment

After my touch-up and viewing my length check results, I like to assess my current hair regimen to see if there is anything that I can change or improve to achieve better results. I also like to assess the products I was using, my hair techniques as well as how consistent I was during my last stretch. Here are the top 3 things I need to work on on this stretch:

  1. Frequent Heat Usage: After my last touch up, I had been using my flat iron frequently *hides face in shame* to make the texture uniform. So for this stretch I want to lay off the flat iron. I know I achieved better results when I was not using my flat iron. This also means I need to stick to heat-less protective styles like buns and twist-outs.
  2. Reverting back to bad habits and bad tools: For some reason I noticed during this past relaxer stretch I have been using my old comb a lot. Since I have not mastered or even tried finger combing I at least need to fall in love with my wide-toothed detangling comb again. I also need to cut out the frequent brushing of my hair. The less I manipulate my hair the better!
  3. Consistency!!! This should actually be number 1! I don’t know if it is out of laziness or my busy schedule but I know that I need to get back on track! The main thing that I need to be consistent on is my moisturizing and sealing sessions, especially during this cold weather. I need to make sure that I am providing my hair and scalp with moisture and nutrients so it can not only grow but remain healthy.

How often do you assess you regimen?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Wash Day

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the week… Wash Day! I noticed that my hair felt really strong this week but for some reason even with my moisturizing and sealing sessions my strands did not feel like they had enough moisture. Strong hair= Good. Strong +Dry strands= Bad, moisture is a good way to provide elasticity to the hair so that it does not break easily and I did notice more than a few strands fall out throughout the week.

[1] Hot oil treatment (safflower oil, grapeseed oil, eucalyptus oil) on scalp and a mixture of conditioners (Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, and Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch) on my strands. Covered my hair with a plastic cap and let sit for about 35 minutes and rinsed

[2] Shampooed my hair with the generic version of Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo 2 times, I forgot how moisturizing this shampoo could be!

[3] Saturated my hair with a mix of Lady Grey and Green Tea

[4] Applied my deep conditioner on top of my tea saturated hair. I used Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Deep Conditioning Treatment. Covered my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for about 2 hours and rinsed

[5] Let my t-shirt sop up any excess water before applying my leave-ins

[6] Used the L.O.C method: Liquid from rinsing conditioner, Oil mix (Coconut oil, Grapeseed Oil, Lavender Oil), Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallows and put Nexxus ProMend serum on my endsDSCN5568

[7] Let my hair air dry 50% and put my hair into two flat twists

When I woke up, some parts of my hair were slightly damp but I got what I wanted: strong and moisturized hair.



How was your most recent Wash Day?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Touch Up

I honestly thought this day would never come. I have been having a hard time maintaining the textures in my hair since my last touch up. Since last touch up went so horribly wrong I opted to let someone else apply my relaxer… my mother. We had a little mother-daughter bonding experience in what I like to call “Big Momma’s Kitchen” I know you all remember the times when mom did your hair in the kitchen. Fun times… Here’s how the touch up went:

[1] Relaxed my hair using Dark and Lovely No-Lye RelaxerDSCN5535 in regular strength.

[2] Thoroughly rinsed the relaxer out and applied my mid-relaxer protein treatment Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus. I left it on for about 20 minutes and rinsed.

[3] Neutralized with Optimum Advanced Keratin and Recovery Neutralizing Shampoo 3 times.

[4] Deep conditioned with a mixture of Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner and Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter Conditioner. I covered my hair with a plastic bag followed by a shower cap and let it sit for a little over 2 hours and rinsed. I reeeeeaallly love the scent of the Hairitage Hydration conditioner, she should make a whole Pink Grapefruit Punch line.

[5] Allowed my hair to air dry about 70% before applying my leave-ins. I lightly misted my hair with ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer, focusing on my ends. Applied Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallows and sealed it all in with my go-to oil mix: Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil, and Lavender oil.

[6] When my hair was completely dry I flat-ironed and dusted my ends

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Excuse my pics, they were taken two days after my touch up. As you can see I am still grazing bra-strap length.  Now that I finally have a length check t-shirt I am going to try to reach for the 4 mark on my tee.

I am really happy with the results and now I am thinking of ways to improve my regimen. More details coming soon.

When is your next touch-up?

How often do you revamp your hair regimen?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Out With the Old!

For years I have been a slave to the sizzling sound and the smoke that comes with each stroke of the flat- iron and I knew I was long overdue for a new one. I have been wanting/needing a new flat-iron for a while now and thanks to Folica.com I was able to get $15 off of my purchase of my Solia flat-iron.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wash Day: Prepping for my Corrective Relaxer

Next week at 6 weeks post, I am going to correct my touch up nightmare and I am beyond excited. This Wash Day is all about me prepping for next week!
To prepare I parted my hair into 3 sections
[1]Applied my fave hot oil mix (grapeseed oil,DSCN5512 safflower oil, eucalyptus oil) to my scalp massaged and detangled my hair. I also put Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner on my length and ends. I covered my hair with an plastic cap for 1 hour.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wash Day

[1] Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment using a mixture of grapeseed oil, safflower oil, lavender oil, and eucalyptus oil. I applied and massaged it in my scalp, I also took the time to properly detangle my hair. I do notice its a breeze to do when your hair is sopped with oil
[2] I used WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner. Last week my hair was extremely matted and tangled after shampooing and I am going to chalk it up to washing my hair in the kitchen sink. This week I opted to  wash my hair in the shower. I usually have pretty good experiences using WEN but after rinsing my hair felt really dry

Friday, January 3, 2014

Influenster VioletVoxBox

With the chaotic holiday season gone, I finally have time to post about the VioletVoxBox I received from Influenster.
Influenster is a social network where people learn about new products as well as give reviews about the products they use in their daily lives. Influenster sends out these cool complimentary boxes called VoxBoxes filled with products that vary from food to cosmetics for people to test out and review.

Product Review: Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie

Price: Usually $14.00 (8oz.) but I got mine free during the Black Friday sale at purabodynaturals.com
Promise: Mmmmm... A chocolate treat for your hair. Cupuacu and chocolate to nourish and condition dry, brittle hair. A rich blend of oils and cocoa powder designed to be a sweet decadent treat for your hair.DSCN5485 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wash Day

It seems that with all of the holiday chaos I Have been neglecting my hair. With neglect and this winter weather my hair and scalp have been craving some TLC, what better way to make it up than with a Wash Day… right?

[1] I used a hot oil mixture consisting of Grapeseed oil, Safflower Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Lavender oil for my pre-poo. I massage the oil into my scalp and let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing.

[2] I shampooed my hair twice. My first shampoo I use Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo, then rinsed. I then shampooed my hair with WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner and rinsed

[3] I deep conditioned my hair with Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie for about 30 minutes.

[4] Sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer in my hair then applied Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk and sealed in with my favorite oil mix: Grapeseed oil, Coconut Oil, and Lavender Oil.

This wash day was so-so. I need to find a better way to manage these different textures in my hair. After shampooing, my hair was matted and that made detangling a nightmare. I thought the Chocolate Hair Smoothie would help, but I ended up applying Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and detangling my hair in the shower *whew*. I usually don’t have trouble detangling my hair until 6 weeks post. Its safe to say I will be counting down until I can correct this under processed hair… 3 more weeks!

Any tips on how to manage different textures, especially on Wash Day??