Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wash Day

I am currently 14 weeks post…whew! I think I am going to hold out for another two weeks before touching up my roots. I want to wait to make sure I have enough growth because it looks or feels like I have more growth in certain sections of my hair.

[1] Pre-Poo: I applied As I Am Hydration Elation on my new growth and ends and sealed it all in with an hot oil mix made of Avocado Oil, Safflower Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Lavender Oil. I put a plastic cap on and left it on for about 2 hours.

[2] Shampoo: I massaged Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo in to my scalp and left the run off suds clean the length of my hair.

[3] Tea Rinse:  Sprayed a mixture of Green Tea, Lavender Oil, and Peppermint oil into my roots and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing

[4] Deep Conditioner: I used Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Restoring Hair Mask put a plastic cap on and left it on for about an hour and a half and rinsed with cool water. I let my hair dry in my t-shirt for about 20 minutes before applying leave-ins

[5] Leave-Ins: Applied Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and sealed it in with my oil mixture. and let my hair air dry in bands.

I don’t know what it is, but I have been having really good Wash Days lately, maybe my hair is holding more moisture due to the weather warming up, whatever it is I will not complain.

How Was Your Most Recent Wash  Day?
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wash Day

13 weeks post and after a great wash day this past week managing my hair been easy. I even rocked a braid out for the first time this week.. twice! Box braids were a no go due to my  lack of patience and technique. The task seemed so easy when I was looking at the YouTube video… I was looking to go to a salon to get it done but I’m cheap frugal and I just refuse to pay someone over $100 for a style I only plan to keep for 3 weeks. My hair and I need a break from each other so I am still looking for a protective style… wig maybe?? I don’t know about that one, but onto my most recent Wash Day:
Prepped my hair by parting in 3 sections

[1] Pre-poo: I applied As I Am Hydration Elation to my new growth only and applied a hot oil treatment to my scalp and the rest of my hair and detangled my hair. The hot oil treatment was a mix of Avocado Oil, Safflower Oil, and Lavender Oil. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for about 2 hours.445

[2] Shampoo: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate –Free Shampoo 2x’s

[3] Tea Rinse: Green Tea mixed with Peppermint Oil and let it sit on my hair for 3-5 minutes.

[4] Conditioner: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioner, covered my hair with plastic cap and let it on for about 2 hours

[5] Leave-ins: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk (LOVE!) and sealed it in with my personal oil mixture. I banded my hair and let it air dry which helped stretch my new growth and left my with smooth hair.

This Wash Day took place in the shower again. I may be wasting a ton of water but with every step I can make sure my hair does not have any tangles in it, which makes me happy because the last thing I want to do is add more hours to my Wash Day with detangling my hair.

How was your most recent Wash Day?

Does your Wash Day take place in the kitchen sink or in the shower?
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wash Day

I made it to 12 weeks post, I believe this is my longest stretch so far. Maintaining my hair this week has been good in terms of moisture, but the shedding my friends was a no, no! I am due for a touch up, but when that will happen I am not sure of. After hours of watching YouTube videos I really want to try box braids, it would be nice if I can actually pull it off because for one I have never had weave and two I have never attempted to put it in myself, not to mention my braiding skills are---meh.

On to Wash Day!
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[1] Pre-poo: I parted my hair in 3 sections and applied My Honey Child IMG_0605Honey Hair Mask to my new growth before applying my hot oil treatment. I used safflower oil, avocado oil, lemongrass oil, and peppermint oil. One I applied the oil I detangled each section which I think  is really important because it removes all of the shed hairs before you start washing your hair prevents massive tangles later. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for about 50 minutes.

[2] Shampoo: I used Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo twice in each section.

[3] Protein Treatment: Used Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus for 10 minutes. I added protein to this wash week because I want to try a long-term protective style (box braids…I plan on doing them myself for the first time, hopefully I can do them). This protein treatment also nipped my shedding in the bud.

[4] Deep Conditioner: I used Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie, covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for an hour and a half.

[5] Leave-Ins: Moisturized my hair with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and sealed in with my oil mix. I “banded” my hair and let it air dry
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This was a fairly simple Wash Day. This was my first time using Carol’s Daughter’s products, and so far, I am impressed. I really, really loved the way my hair felt after I rinsed the Hair Smoothie out, I could not stop touching it.. and sniffing it.. and touching it some more.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday!

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Hands down, this is my favorite school picture EVER! So many great childhood memories. Most importantly, check out the hair! My signature bang and can you see the dark spot on my forehead? I got it from going behind my mother’s back and re-curling my bang lol. I rarely wore my hair out as a child and when I did my mom’s favorite thing to say when I left the house was “don’t let anyone touch your hair!” And you can definitely tell this picture was taken right.after.RECESS! Haha! Happy Thursday!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wash Day

11 weeks post. I told myself I was going to touch up my roots next week but I’m still on the fence. For some strange reason I just don’t feel like going through the hassle of relaxing my hair. In the past I am usually amped to relax my hair but maintaining my new growth has been a breeze… *shrugs* We’ll see… On to this week’s Wash Day:

[1] Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment with a mix of avocado oil, safflower oil, and peppermint oil. I had some grocery shopping to do today so instead of prolonging my Wash Day, I put the warmed oil on my scalp and hair, detangled, and covered it with a plastic cap and put a scarf on top of that and then threw my hat and hoodie on and I was good to go. I had it on my head for about 3 hours or so…Picture 021

[2] Cleanse: I co-cleansed my hair this week using a mixture of Hello Hydration, Organix Awapuhi Ginger, and Coconut Oil. Since I have never had a good experience using the Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo I added some glycerin to the mix.

[3] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of Green Tea and Peppermint Oil on my scalp and hair and let it sit for about 7 minutes and rinsed.

[4] Deep Condition: I wanted to have the same DC results I got last Wash Day so mixed up the remainder of my Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner, Aussie Moist 3 Minute Conditioner and a little bit of Tresemme Naturals and glycerin. I put a plastic cap on may head and left it on for about 2 hours.

[5] Leave- In: While my hair was still damp I sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer concentrating on my ends. Applied Sweet Nature by Eddie Dream Cream with MSM to my scalp and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on my strands and sealed it in with My Honey Child Honey Love Moisturizer.

I let my hair dry in three little buns about 95% and then blow dried my hair on low to stretch my new growth I ended up looking like Lion King #BigHurrDontCurrr! This Wash Day was pretty good. I really like the volume that I have!Picture 022
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Friday, April 4, 2014

How To Maintain Your Bang For a WEEK… Without Heat

I have a confession to make…
I am a little self- conscious about my forehead.
I come from a long line of people with big foreheads… and it does not make me feel any better knowing I have my father’s hair line.
For as long as I could remember I have ALWAYS had a bang. I like to think of it as a security blanket for my big ol’ forehead.
So, I’ll admit it, I am struggling to let go of my bang. So every week after my wash day I flat-iron it *covers face in shame* My bang has never been so long in my life and I know that I am sacrificing the health of it with every stroke of the flat-iron. That’s why I came up with a way to maintain the sleekness of my bang without having to flat-iron it every day.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wash Day

This week I have been enjoying my straight hair and it has been really easy to maintain. I mostly wore it in a faux bob. Everytime I think about wearing my hair down I cringe at the thought of my ends rubbing on my clothing and possibly breaking off #hhjproblems

[1] Pre-poo: hot oil treatment using avocado oil, eucalyptus oil, and lavender oil. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and left it on for about an hour while I caught up on the latest episode of The Walking Dead

[2]Co-cleanser: Used a mix of Nexxus Therappe Shampoo, Coconut Oil, and Herpic monkey2bal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner to clean my hair

[3] Tea Rinse: Green Tea and peppermint oil. I let it sit on my hair for about 5 minutes then rinsed

[4] Deep Conditioner: Mixture of Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch and Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for about 2 hours and rinsed. This combo was EVERYTHING! My hair felt so soft and moisturized.

[5] Leave-ins: Sprayed my hair with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea R estructurizer focusing on the line of demarcation and my ends, applied Sweet Nature by Eddie Dream Cream with MSM on my scalp only, Shea Moisture on my strands and sealed it al in with My Honey Child Honey Love Moisturizer…
Question: Is it bad to apply too many leave in products?

While my hair was still damp I put it in four ponytails and let it airdry. I woke up with soft, fluffilicious, and smooth hair! If this was not a Wash Day hit I don’t know what to tell you!

Things that helped this Wash Day: [1]Again, most of this wash day was spent in the shower which made detangling my hair a breeze and [2] using applicator bottles to apply my pre-poo, shampoo, and deep conditioner.

How was your Wash Day?

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