Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Lazy] Wash Day

I don’t know what has come over me, but I just don’t feel like doing my hair. The weather here has been sooo nice and the last thing I want to do on my off day is be cooped inside washing my hair all day. I don’t know what kind of Wash Day this was but let’s go on:
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[1] Pre-poo: parted my hair in to three sections and slathered coconut oil into each section. I left it on for about an hour or two while I ran errands and prepared for Memorial Day festivities

[2] Cleanse: I slathered a mix of coconut oil, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner all over my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes and rinsed.

[3] Leave-Ins: Applied Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and my oil mix and let my hair dry in  two cornrows and rocked a braid out.
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I did do something good today, I decided to join Hairlista’s Coconut Oil Challenge it has 3 levels to it, I’m making my mark somewhere in between the Basic and the Intermediate level.

Anyhooo. I hope you all had a great Wash Day!

What do you do when you don’t feel like washing your hair?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wash Day

This Wash Day was pretty uneventful, in fact I was debating whether or not to wash my hair or hold out for another week.
[1] Pre-poo: Slathered some coconut oil on my hair, put a plastic cap on and left it for about 45 minutes and rinsed056

[2] Shampoo: I was thinking about just co-washing my hair since I just touched up my roots last week but I just went on and used Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate Free Shampoo 2x’s. I can’t complain, this is by far the best sulfate free shampoo that I have used. It cleanses your hair and gives a boost of moisture as well.

[3] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of Green Tea, Peppermint Oil, and Lavender Oil on my hair. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for about 20-25 minutes and rinsed.

[4] Conditioner: I used Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioner leaving it on my hair for about an hour. A tip I learned from my last relaxer stretch:  rinse with cool water and never rinse out all of the conditioner Smile

[5] Leave-ins: Applied Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and then used Nexxus Pro-Mend  Split End Binding Serum on about the last 3 inches of my hair and sealed everything in with my oil mix.
I let my hair air dry about 80% before putting my hair in two cornrows.
How was your Wash Day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Touch Up

I finally ended my relaxer stretch at 16 weeks, my longest stretch so far! I definitely surprised myself. I did not intend on stretching that long but as the weather warmed up, it became much easier to maintain my hair and keep it moisturized. I definitely think I could have held out for a few more weeks but oh well.
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[1] I based my scalp with regular Blue Magic Hair Grease just to make sure my scalp did not get irritated

[2] Applied Dark and Lovely No-Lye Relaxer in regular strength. Application and smoothing time took about 25 minutes, which is longer than I would have like.

[3] Rinsed and applied Redken  Extreme Strength Builder Plus as a mid-relaxer protein treatment and let sit for about 10 minutes. I usually have great results with this but my hair felt really… strong, kinda stiff…  Well what I’m trying to say is that my hair felt kinda off after rinsing it out.

[4] Neutralized my hair 4 times with the shampoo provided in the kit.

[5] Applied Carol’s Daughter Hair Smoothie. covered my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for about an hour and rinsed.

[6] For my leave-in I applied Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, applied my oil mix to my scalp and Organix Anti-breakage serum to my ends. I let my hair air dry about 80% before blow drying on low heat.

Although I am happy with the results, this touch up was bittersweet. Honestly, I really  miss my big, wild hair! I have no oomph. No volume. No nothing,  it just hangs there.  Even when I wore a braid out, its just not the same. I am definitely going to look into textlaxing my hair, because this bone straight thing is not for me. At. All. What I am extremely happy about is the condition of my hair and my ends. I have been on my hair journey for a year and it looks so much more healthier then when I started.
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Sorry for the quality of the pictures. The first pic is before I trimmed my ends, and the second picture is after I trimmed my ends. I would say I cut about half an inch off of my hair. But its nice to see I am maintaining bra-strap length hair. 138
How far along are you in your hair journey?
Are you happy with the results you have achieved thus far?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wash Day

I prepared for my Wash Day by parting my hair into 3 sections:

[1]Pre-poo: Applied As I am Hydration Elation and coated it with Coconut Oil. Covered my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for about an hour and a half068

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

[3] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of Green Tea, Lavender essential oil, and Peppermint essential oil. I let it sit for about 6 minutes before rinsing.

[4]Deep Condition: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioner, put a plastic cap on and let it sit for about an hour and a half.

[5] Leave-in: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, and sealed with my oil mix.

I let my hair air dry about 90% in band and then blow dried my hair on low.I put two cornrows in my hair and the next day I rocked a beautiful braid-out!
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What hairstyle are you rocking this week?
The Wash Day Experience

Review: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Line + Hair Milk

I have been wanting to try Carol’s Daughter products for a while but the prices turned me away. So when Lisa announced that she was bringing her products to Target I was all on board because Target is the spot to be for me!

Hair Milk Leave-In Moisturizer:  Price: $6.50 for 2 fl oz., $12.00 for 8 fl.oz

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  • First 5 Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, and Shea Butter
  • Claims: Dry hair = frizzy curls! So, protect your hair from unwanted situations – breakage, thirst and unmanageability – with this fan-favorite leave-in moisturizer. It has all the goodies you know and love, like Shea Butter to intensely hydrate curls, coils, kinks, and waves, plus Soybean Oil to soften and strengthen it too. We’ve also added Agave Nectar to ensure that your hair keeps moisture locked in and is extra healthy. This rich cream quickly and easily absorbs into your hair, leaving it glossy, nourished, and frizz-free.

I really like this moisturizer. Its light and does not weigh your hair down and I like that its not oily. Using this moisturizer,  I get at least 2 to 3 days of moisturized hair before I have to reapply the product. It says to use it in soaking wet hair but I like to use it when my hair is dry. Either way I get great results with this. For my ladies who don’t like overpowering scents no need to worry, although I cannot describe the scent it is very light and it does not linger. As far as the claims of leaving your hair “frizz-free,” I don’t really suffer from frizzy hair. I purchased the 2 fl. oz product but I plan on buying the larger one when I am done with this. I also notice when I blow dry or flat iron my hair it seems more shiny.

 

The Black Vanilla line is based around providing moisture and shine to dry and brittle hair. I purchased the Black Vanilla Conditioning Set that came with the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Smoothie for $36. This set claims to improve dry hair by 80%.

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Black Vanilla Sulfate Free Shampoo:  Price: $10.00 for 12 fl.oz

  • First 5 Ingredients: Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-2 Cocamide, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
  • Claims: Deeply moisturizing sulfate-free and color-safe, the Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo gently cleanses and restores your natural moisture without adding weight to your hair.

This is actually the third sulfate-free shampoo that I have tried. The first one being Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo which was a disaster by itself and no better using it in a co-cleanser mix. This sulfate– free shampoo turned out pretty well and provides more moisture than my Organix Coconut Milk sulfate –free Shampoo. I was relieved that it  did not strip my hair at all and the scent is lovely. Not to mention, the pump makes it really easy to use in the shower and delivers just the right amount of product. 

Black Vanilla Conditioner:  Price: $12.00 for 12 fl. oz

  • First 5 Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer,  and Ascorbic Acid
  • Claims: The daily Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hydrating Conditioner is a rich hydrating recipe that takes dry, brittle and unmanageable hair and leaves it detangled, soft and easier to style. Perfect as a co-wash for those curly girls out there.

I love conditioners. I really like this one because it has a nice slip to it and helps me detangle my hair while in the shower. Its slip is not as good a my beloved Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner but it gets the job done. This also has a pump as well which makes it easy to use.

Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie: $14 for 8 fl.oz

  • First 5 Ingredients: Water , Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, and Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Claims: The Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Smoothie is a deeply moisturizing hair treatment that instantly takes hair from dry,brittle and unmanageable to conditioned, smooth and soft.

Deep conditioning your hair as the most important part of Wash Day and you can never have too many conditioners! This is definitely the all-star in the Black Vanilla line. It has a thick creamy consistency. The convenience of the jar makes it easy to scoop out the product. It penetrates my hair immediately and delivers moisture on contact! I use about a dollop  for each of the four sections of my hair so you do not need to use a lot to get great benefits. I also tried this out on my mother who has low porosity hair that is really hard to moisturize and it has been working great for her. If you try any product out of the Black Vanilla line put this at the very top of your list!

Notice any difference using the conditioner vs. the hair smoothie? Of course the hair smoothie is much thicker than the conditioner, but as far a delivering moisture, not really. They are both extremely effective. If your hair is in extreme need of moisture I would definitely recommend using the hair smoothie. But using the conditioner as a deep conditioner is not bad either. I have noticed that the regular conditioner has a bit more slip than the hair smoothie.