Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wash Day

This week I’m switching things up a bit. Shedding and an itchy scalp have been plaguing me for yet another week and I am not a happy camper. I believe the culprit of my itchy scalp is my oil mix. I just threw the rest out and made a new smaller batch. My tea rinses seem to work on wash day but 2 to 3 days later hair seems to be everywhere and I am not over manipulating my hair because I’ve kept the same low bun style all week. Starting to think its stress…002

[1] Pre-poo:  I got the idea of doing a tea rinse as a pre-poo from Divachyk over at Relaxed Thairapy hopefully it makes a difference. I parted my hair in four sections and applied my tea rinse with an applicator bottle focusing on my scalp and roots.  My tea rinse consisted of 2 bags of green tea, a few drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil, and a few drops of glycerin. Then I slathered coconut oil on my tea drenched hair and let it sit for about 40 minutes with a plastic cap on. Rinsed with lukewarm water.

[2] Cleanse: Used Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo bar one time on each section. Rinsed.

[3] Tea Rinse: Applied my tea rinse to my scalp and roots again, I allowed it to sit on my hair for about 3 minutes before applying my deep conditioner on top of it.

[4] Deep Conditioner: Applied As I Am Hydration Elation to each section. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for an hour and rinsed with cool water.

[5] Leave-Ins: Used Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk on my strands, applied Organix Coconut Milk Anti-breakage Serum to the last 3 inches of my hair and massaged my fresh oil mix into my scalp.

I let my hair air dry and the next day I flat-ironed my hair because my mother (a.k.a The Ultimate Hater) said it looked uneven…It’s not, but I do need to work on my nape area, any tips? Anywho, I ending up rocking a low bun and a side bang, nothing special.

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For now the itchies are at bay and I’ll update how my double dose of tea rinses worked out for me next week.

Having any “hair” issues this week?

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Taking the Plunge

I am usually up to try new things and trying out hair products is especially fun, but only when it leaves you with soft, bouncy, manageable hair. Shampoo bars seem like the latest and greatest that my fellow hair bloggers are raving about.

Initially, I’m like “nah, I’ll pass” only because I thought it would be too much manipulation while washing my hair. But post after post, review after review I decided “what the heck, what’s the worst that can happen.” I recently purchased two shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve Company. The first being the Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo bar, I am a sucker for any hair product that contains  marshmallow root, and being that I hit the 6 week post mark, you know my roots start to get a little tricky around this time. I also purchased the Rosemary Lavender  Shampoo bar in hopes of easing my current itchy scalp situation.  I’ll have to try them both out a few time before I do a full review, but hopefully they both work great.

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Are you ready to take the plunge and try out a shampoo bar?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wash Day

On Sunday, I left the house to spend time with my father at Myrtle Beach with a beautiful braid out, when I got home I looked like Mufasa from the Lion King. Not only was it extremely humid but while shopping at an outlet we got caught in a storm… So much for trying to look cute, so I was very happy for my Wash Day

But when it came time to do my hair… I had a full day of running errands (in this god. Awful. HEAT!), and when I go home the last thing I wanted to do was stand over the sink and do my hair. No pre-poo. No tea019 rinse. I passed out at about 6 pm wet hair and all.

[1] Cleanse: Parted my hair in to 3 sections and detangled. Clarified my hair using Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo on each section twice.

[2] Deep Condition: Applied Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Restoring Hair Mask to each section. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for about a hour and a half and rinsed with cool water.

[3] Leave In: Moisturized my hair with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and sealed it all in with my oil mix (which I may need to throw out the remainder because for the past 3 week sit has left me with an itchy scalp). I usually wait for my hair to dry a little, but I just put my damp hair in a low bun and called it a Wash Day.

 

 

Please Tell me your Wash Day was much better than mine

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Your Best Braid Out… Ever!

Summer is almost here and as far as hairstyles are concerned its all about big, carefree styles. Its too hot to pull out any curling irons and you need a style that is easy to maintain and most importantly, one that can get you out the door faster so you can enjoy the summer fun! Here’s some tips to your best braid out… ever, trust me.

[1] Moisturize and seal your hair with your favorite products. I use Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and my fave oil mix. You can also choose to use a holding product such as Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. The only time I use the Curl Enhancing Smoothie is if I am doing a braid out on dry hair.

[2] Part your hair into 2 to 4 sections, which ever one works for you. I usually do 2.

[3] Cornrow each section. Can’t cornrow if your life depended on it? Put more sections in your hair and plait each section Smile

*Note: I’ve noticed the waves in my hair are defined if I cornrow it while its damp*

[4] Pin your ends to the opposite side

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Before unraveling your braids, make sure you have a product to protect your dangling ends. I put either Organix Coconut Milk Anti-breakage serum or Nexxus Pro-Mend serum on the tips of my fingers and then unravel my braids making sure the product covers at least the last 3 inches of my hair. This ensures that my ends are protected when rubbing up against my clothing.

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There you have it! Your Best braid-out ever in four easy steps!

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Preserving Your Braid Out

Personally, I sleep a little wild at night so to preserve my hair I either re-braid it or put two flat twists in my hair. Some girls opt to pineapple their hair at night but that has not worked for me. If your second day braid out is not as defined as you like, put it into a cute up-do. There are tons of styles that you can do with a braid out. What ever style you choose to rock, your hair is going to have more volume and texture.

What’s your go-to style this summer?

Wash Day

To be honest, I neglected my hair week. By the time this Wash Day came around my hair was begging for any form of moisture. A sprinkler shower, a raindrop, anything besides the sweat coming out of my scalp and face from this hot weather.

[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 3 sections and slathered coconut oil into each section and 183detangled my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit on for about an hour and then rinsed

[2] Shampoo: Used Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate Free Shampoo on each section two times

[3] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea and peppermint oil into my hair focusing on the roots. I left it on for about 5 minutes before rinsing

[4] Deep Condition: Applied As I Am Hydration Elation to my hair. Covered it with a plastic cap and left it on for over an hour and rinsed with cool water

[5] Leave-Ins: Moisturized my hair with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, applied Nexxus Pro-Mend Serum to the last two inches and sealed everything in with my oil mix.184

This week’s Wash Day Experience theme is all about air drying. For the most part I always air dry, but the way that I do it changes as I get deeper in to a stretch. In the first 5 weeks post touch up, I don’t have any issues as far as air drying my hair. When I hit 6 to 10 weeks post, that is when air drying is a pain. But over the past couple of months I have adopted new techniques such as banding my hair to stretch my new growth. At 4 weeks post, air drying is a breeze.

After rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, I soak up the excess water with a t-shirt. I leave it on for twenty to thirty minutes. I like to apply my leave-ins while my hair is still damp. My hair was a bit too damp for me to put my hair in braids, so I let it dry a little bit more in 4 two-strand twists before cornrowing each section for my braid out.

How was your most recent Wash Day?

When does air drying become a pain for you?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wash Day

Hellllooo June! This year seems like it is flying by so fast! I was so happy for this Wash Day to come, after my Lazy Wash Day last week my scalp was itching something serious, and let’s not even talk about the shedding. I was going to co-wash my hair but decided my scalp could use a good cleansing! I parted my hair into three sections and proceeded with my Wash Day:

[1] Since I am participating in Hairlista’s Coconut Oil Challenge I made sure to slather062r some coconut oil into the three sections. I covered my hair with a plastic bag followed by a plastic cap and allowed it to sit on my hair for about 40 minutes. I did not rinse it out…

[2] I sprayed some water in my hair while I still had my coconut oil pre poo in my hair just to make my hair damp and then I shampooed my scalp with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free shampoo and rinsed. Followed it up with a second shampoo focusing on the strands of my hair and rinsed

[3] Sprayed a mix of green tea and peppermint oil into each section of my hair. I lest most of the excess drip into the sink and let an old t-shirt soak up the rest and let the tea sit on my hair for about 10 minutes. I did not rinse it out.

[4] I applied a mix of Aussie Moist, Coconut oil, peppermint oil, and Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla conditioner to my hair. Covered it with a  plastic cap and let it sit for about 2 hours and rinsed with cool water.

[5] I moisturized my hair using Carol’s Daughter Hair milk, applied Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum on the last 2 inched of my hair and sealed it all in with my oil mix.

I know the theme this week was heat-free curls but I realized I don’t own any rollers or flexi rods (definitely going to add them to my wish list), not even one of those old school hair rollers! I have a curling iron but I wasn’t even going to bother. I am not much of a curl-girl anyway. Buuut… I did flat iron my bang into a semi-curl and rocked a two-strand twist in a low bun and called it a day. No more itchy scalp and my shedding is under control, that’s sounds like a Wash Day hit to me Smile

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How was your most recent Wash Day?

Which Wash Day Experience theme are you most excited about?

 

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