Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wash Day

9 weeks post and this Wash Day I should be prepping my hair for a touch up but highly doubt that I will be touch up my hair next week. I have been on a pretty good roll with keeping my hair moisturized and I am sure if I stick to the same routine I will be able to hold off for a few more weeks. Preferably until my 1 year HHJ anniversary, think I can make it?
[1] Pre-poo: I did a hot oil treatment with a mixture of Avocado oil and Peppermint oil. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for over an hour and rinsed.
[2] Shampoo: Even though I am going to hold off with touching up my hair, I am overdo with clarifying my hair so I shampooed my hair with Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo.
[3] Tea Rinse: Sprayed my hair with Green Tea and Peppermint Oil. I let it sit on my hair for 7 minutes and rinsed.
[4] Deep Conditioner: I used My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask. Covered my hair with a plastic cap  for over two hours and rinsed.
[5] Leave-Ins: Applied My Honey Child Aloe Vera Leave-In on damp hair and sealed in with the Honey Love Moisturizer and let my hair air-dry about 90%. I applied Dark and Lovely 6 Week Anti- Reversion Serum and blow dried my hair on low before flat-ironing.
After flat-ironing my hair I did an impromptu length check and I finally made it to BSL!! I was very pleased but as your all know #healthoverlength,so I reached for my scissors and trimmed my hair and bang area. I really want to work on the health of my hair, especially my nape area, I never realized how bad it looks.
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Before (left) and after (right)… sorry for the quality, hope you can see the difference.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wash Day

I am currently 8 weeks post. I usually relax at 10 weeks but I may hold off a week or two. Maintaining the moisture in my hair has been on the up and up thanks to Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, but this darned shedding---sheesh!

[1] Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment using Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, and Lemongrass oil. I covered my hair with a plastic bag for about 45 minutes and rinsed.RSCN5699

[2] Cleanse: used co-cleanser recipe with Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tresemme Naturals and Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo. This mix was not as moisturizing… Next time, more conditioner and just toss the Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo!

[3] Tea Rinse: Green Tea mixed with a few drops of peppermint oil. Adding peppermint oil is a great way to spice up your tea rinses, it really soothes your scalp.

[4] Deep Conditioner: I used a mixture of Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner and Nexxus Humectress Conditioner. Covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for about 2 hours and rinsed

[5] Leave –Ins: Sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer on line of demarcation and my ends, applied Sweet Nature by Eddie Dream Cream with MSM on my scalp and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on my hair and sealed everything in with My Honey Child Honey Love Moisturizer (Review coming soon!)

Overall this Wash Day was pretty good. I spent most of it in the shower rather than over the sink, it made it easier to detangle. Everyone knows the further your get into your stretch the more important it is to stretch your new growth, I did this by putting my hair into 4 ponytails while air drying.

How was your wash day?

What is your favorite method of stretching your new growth?

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MSM For Hair Growth

I used to take the supplements Biotin and MSM to aid in hair growth but after experiencing unsightly side effects I decided that having long, luxurious hair was simply not worth having a crater face.

While scrolling through some products reviews, I stumbled upon Sweet Nature by Eddie. What peaked my interests in her products is that she has a line that is infused with MSM. I really want to see if MSM applied topically is just as effective as taking it internally.

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Although the moisturizer is for my hair, I am going to use it primarily on my scalp. I am going to use this product two to three times a week over the next three weeks and see if I can see any results.

It may have been a better idea to start after a touch up to see if I would get better, more clear results but hey… I am currently 7 weeks post. Here are some texture shots that will serve as BEFORE pictures.

 

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The picture on the left is the texture of the top half of my hair and the picture on the right is a texture shot of the lower half of my hair.

Wash Day

7 weeks post is usually when my Wash Days start to go downhill so its best to be proactive that’s why this week I decided to wash my hair in sections. Yes,  its a little more messy and takes a little bit more time but you will be spending less time trying to get the tangles out of your hair when its all said and done.
Pre-poo: Applied Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for over an hour and a half.
Cleanse: I decided to try out KLP’s recipe for a co-cleanser. DSCN5640
1 part shampoo using L’Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo
2 parts Coconut Oil
3 parts Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
I didn’t really measure anything, just freestyled it based on the consistency I wanted. I thought that it would be less sudsy, but I probably used a little more shampoo than needed. But all in all it got the job done--- cleansed and moisturized my hair. I honestly felt like I could had ended my Wash Day here.. but I didn’t.
Tea Rinse+ Conditioner:  I sprayed of mix of Green Tea and Peppermint oil on my roots, I let the excess fall into a bowl and reapplied it to my hair. I applied Nexxus Humectress Conditioner on my hair for five minutes and then rinsed.
Leave-Ins: ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, Sweet Nature by Eddie Dream Cream Moisturizer with MSM to my scalp. I used my oil mix on my hair and scalp and topped it all off with Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallows  and allowed my hair to air dry in braids.
A few hours later…
When my roots were almost completely dry my new growth felt kinda off.. as in thirsty. I realized this after some blog surfing and ran across [this]… that’s when I took my braids out and applied Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to my new growth. I’ve had this product for some time now but never really gotten any use out of it until today. It was just what I needed to make this a successful Wash Day… so three cheers for {RE}Discovering products in your stash!
What product(s) can you count on to save your Wash Day?



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Friday, March 7, 2014

Wash Day

Hello Ladies, I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever! I am currently 6 weeks post and maintaining my hair daily has been a little less than easy. Even with my daily moisturizing and sealing sessions, it has been hard to maintain the moisture in my hair and I have been experiencing increased shedding. I really feel like I need to find a hairstyle that will allow me to reduce manipulating my hair and allow me to moisturize my hair… Any suggestions besides braids? I also think it would be a plus if I was able to adopt the finger combing technique… But let Wash Day commence. I am a little late posting but my my wash day took place on Monday.
[1] Overnight pre-poo using Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit PunchDSCN5636
[2] Shampooed my hair twice using Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo. I was not a big fan of sulfate-free shampoos but this one has continually given me good results
[3] My tea rinse was a mix of lady grey tea, green tea, peppermint oil, and lavender oil. I sprayed the tea into my hair focusing on my roots. I let it run off into a bowl and then reapplied the tea into my hair and left it on for 5 more minutes before applying my deep conditioner.
[4] I used Nexxus Humectress Deep Conditioner Treatment. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for about an hour and rinsed
[5] I applied my leave-ins: first spraying my hair with apHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, then Pura Body Natural Murumuru Moisture Milk (I’ve had this moisturizer for a while but I am not a big fan of it, Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallows works much better for me, I’m gonna have to re-up on that) and I sealed it in with my favorite oil mix and allowed to air-dry.
I will have to adopt some new practices like washing my hair in sections next Wash Day because I know what’s coming
How Was Your Most Recent Wash Day?
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