Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30 Days with Ceramides- The Results

040This was a great 30 day challenge hosted by Jen of Just Grow Already! and Divachyk of Relaxed Thairapy. My ceramides of choice were grapeseed oil and safflower oil and I used them in two ways: for sealing my hair and incorporating them in my oil treatments when pre-pooing my hair.

Who knew that in a month the condition of your hair could turn around by making the slightest change.

I usually seal my hair with an oil mix that contains mostly coconut oil and a little bit of grapeseed oil but the biggest difference that I have noticed when sealing my hair with just safflower or grapeseed oil that the moisture holds for much longer, which is great because that means I did not have to moisturize my hair everyday. I am definitely going to be tweaking my oil mix and incorporating more products that contain ceramides in my regimen!

Wash Day

041My hair has been on a no shampoo diet for the past few weeks, and we love it. My Wash Days have been shorter and my hair has been getting exactly what it needs so I am a happy camper!

[1] Applied Grapeseed oil to my hair, detangled and then applied Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla conditioner. Rinsed it out after 5 minutes

[2] Cowashed my hair using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioner

[3] Sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, then applied Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner (my hair felt coated and dry so I doubt I will be trying this for a 2nd time, I had to go back and apply Pura Body Naturals MuruMuru Moisture Milk), and sealed it all in with Grapeseed oil and blow dried my hair on low setting and Viola Wash Day DONE! I have been bunning it all week.

I love an easy wash day! How was your Wash Day?

The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aveeno VoxBox

039As a member of Influenster, every now and again I get to try out really cool new products to test out. I recently received a new product from Aveeno’s new Positively Radiant line. I received the Targeted Tone Corrector which is actually the first product that I have ever tried from Aveeno. It claims to help fade dark spots and even  your skin tone and I had a few acne related dark spots that I used this on. Honestly, this product works best only on newly formed dark spots, so if you get a pimple here or there once a month I would use it on that to prevent dark spots from occurring. It did nothing for my pre-existing dark spots. It has a really nice light scent and I have even tried to use it all over my face as a moisturizer and it penetrates nicely into my skin and does not leave it feeling or looking oily. Other than that it is a really nice product but nothing that I would purchase because it’s a bit pricey at $13.99.

Have you tried any products from Aveeno?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wash Day

Looking back on my past wash days I just think to myself, “why do I add so many darn steps to make washing my hair take longer than it needs to?” Last week I had a pretty decent wash day that didn’t take forever and my hair managed to remain moisturized and soft, so this week I decided to just co-wash again.013

[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 4 sections and applied Tresemme Naturals on my hair and sealed it in with safflower oil. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for about 2 hours and rinsed.

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, marshmallow root, peppermint oil, and lavender oil directly into my roots. I allowed it to sit for about 7 minutes and then rinsed.

[3] Co-Wash: Used Tresemme Naturals to cowash each section of my hair and then rinsed, for the second rinse I applied Aussie Moist 3 Minute Deeeep Conditioner on my hair left it on for about  5 minutes and rinsed with cool water making sure I did not rinse all of the conditioner out of my hair.

[4] Leave-Ins: sprayed my hair with Crème of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner, applied Pura Body Naturals Murmuru Moisture Milk, and sealed with safflower oil. I started my wash day pretty late and did not feel like going to bed with damp hair so I blow dried my hair on low heat.017

I am officially over Wash Days that take up half, if not, my whole day! I will be taking a closer look at my Wash Day Regimen to see how I can simplify it.

The Wash Day Experience

How was your wash day?

Any tips on how to simplify my Wash Day?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wash Day

This heat and crazy humidity has not been good to my hair, mid-week I had to do a mini co-wash session. At 9 weeks post, this is the point where it gets real. This week I opted to focus on moisture.

[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 5 sections. Applied Herbal Essences Hello Hydration directly to my roots and sealed it in with Avocado Oil. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for a hour and rinsed046

[2] Tea Rinsed: Sprayed a mixture of green tea, marshmallow root, lavender oil and peppermint oil directly into my roots and scalp. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for about 10 minutes and rinsed

[3] Co-Wash: Used Tresemme Naturals  Conditioner to co-wash each section of my hair. I forgot how good this was. 047

[4] Leave-ins: While my hair was still damp I sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer on my roots and last 3 inches of my hair. Applied Pura Body Natural MuruMuru Moisture milk and sealed it in with safflower oil.

I put each section in a ponytail and did two strand twists and let it air dry. My hair officially loves me again. Smile

 How wash your wash day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wash Day

I enjoyed my two days of curls last week. I want to try it again, I just want to make sure I have to right products so they can last longer. This week I went back to basics, as far as my hair style is concerned. I’m about 8 weeks post and my new growth is becoming  a little harder to manage. I know that during my last relaxer stretch using KLP’s nifty co-cleanser recipe as well as using hot oil  as a pre-poo treatments helped me get through my stretch. I think I am going to take up those two things when I hit 10 weeks.019

[1] Tea Pre-poo: I sprayed a mix of 2 bags of green tea, 1/2 teaspoon of Marshmallow root powder, 4 drops of peppermint oil, 6 drops of lavender oil,  and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil directly into my roots and  slathered Grapeseed oil in my strands, covered my hair with a plastic cap while I walked to the corner store in the sweltering heat. Who needs a hooded dryer in 90 degree weather?! I kept the cap on for about 40 minutes and rinsed.

[2] Cleanse: Lathered my hair once with my Babassu Marshmallow Shampoo bar. I am going to use this one more time before I review it.

[3] Deep Conditioner: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie. The way that I like to use this is slather each section of my hair and then rinse it out while detangling at the same time and then slather some more on my hair and cover with a plastic cap. I lost track of how long I had the conditioner in my hair because I was catching up the first season of Orange Is The New Black. I rinsed it all out with cool water020

[4] Leave-Ins: While my hair was still damp I sprayed it with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. I also revisited Pura Body Naturals MuruMuru  Moisture Milk because I ran out of Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, why not use up some stuff from the stash, right?, I sealed it all in with the ceramide of the week --Safflower oil.036

I parted my hair into 6 sections and braided each section. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you hat hairstyle I’m rocking…035

Hope you all had a lovely Wash Day!

If your participating in Jen and Divahcyk’s 30 Days With Ceramide Challenge, what ceramide products did you use this Wash Day?

The Wash Day Experience

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review: As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner

Price: $15.99 (8oz) at Sally Beauty

Claims: “Scheduled maintenance with this deep-down hydrating and fortifying treatment is a must for strong, shiny, soft, springy coils and curls. This rich pen039etrating conditioner is an exceptional formula that moisturizes the dry places, smoothes the rough areas, strengthens the weak spots and gives shine where there is dull.”

Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Coco-Caprylate², Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin¹, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phytosterols¹, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract¹ (Green Tea), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract¹, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract¹, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract¹, Fragrance/Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glucose, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Extract¹, Limonene
Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut

As you all know, I am a sucker for a good deep conditioner. So I am always on the hunt for the next best thing as far as my hair is concerned. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the As I Am hair line, a lot of people swear by the Coconut Cowash, but I decided to try out Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner, there was something about the name that really drew me in.

I purchased this on my last relaxer stretch to keep my new growth moisturized, but I had only used it as a pre-poo treatment and only applied it to my roots. It worked pretty decently, but the thing that kept me from using it on my whole head was the scent, it was a little citrusy and pastry-like, it wasn’t horrible but it also wasn’t something that I wanted my hair to smell like all day. When I finally got around to using it on my whole head, I found that the scent goes away as you wash it out.

The conditioner is thick and creamy which I always love. I have used it as a pre-poo on dry hair and it softens your new growth but I find that it works best when my hair is damp, it seems to penetrate more and it provides great slip when I need to detangle my hair.

The only thing that I don’t like about this, is the price. For 8oz of product, 16 bucks is a lot. I think I got about 3 pre-poo treatments (on my roots only) and about 3 deep conditioning treatments for my whole hair, not bad, but not the best. This is a great moisturizing, deep conditioner that really lives up to its name. I would not mind repurchasing again, but only if it’s on sale!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wash Day

The double dose of tea rinses did a bit of help last week at keeping the excessive shedding at bay. I realize that I have been slacking a bit when it comes to moisturizing my hair so that may also have something to do with it. I started my Wash Day early---Sunday night. I was so happy that I finally got the Marshmallow Root powder I ordered in the mail and I wanted to try it out. It came just in time because my roots felt matted and crispy and at 7 weeks post, this is the time where detangling starts to become an issue.081
[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 4 sections and lightly misted my hair with a mix of green tea, peppermint oil, lavender oil, glycerin and a spoonful on Marshmallow Root powder. I braided each section and off to bed I went. I woke up and sprayed some on my roots and applied coconut oil to my strands. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for an hour and rinsed
[2] Cleanse: I decided to try out the Babassu Marshmallow shampoo bar again. This time I opted to lather twice.
[3] Protein: Decided to give my hair a dose of protein with Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus left it one my hair for 5 minutes and rinsed
[4] Deep conditioner: Mixed the slightest bit of Marshmallow root powder with the rest of my As I Am Hydration Elation and put in my hair. Hydration Elation has some nice slip on its own but that Marshmallow root put it over the edge (yes, ladies you need it in your life A.S.A.P!). Covered my hair with a plastic cap for 45 minutes an rinsed with cool water.
[5] Leave-In: While my hair was still damp, I applied Carol’s Daughter Moisture Milk and my Oil Mix084
Now to the fun part…
I have been lusting for curls for a few weeks now and you ladies have been giving me life with your flexi rod sets, so I decided to try out some curls this week. I recently purchased some Curlformers, I mean the generic no name brand that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
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Any whooo… I used a tad bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and some Olive Oil Ecostyler gel to make sure it does not fuzz up when it dries and so it can “hold.” Out of the 40 curlformer ringlets I used 39 and it took me about an hour and a half to two hours to finish. I let them air dry for about 3 hours. I wanted to make sure  my hair was completely dry when I took them out (because sleeping in these babies was not an option) so I blow dried my hair on medium (this has been the only time that I wished I had a blow-dryer to sit under) and then took them out. I loved the curls that I achieved with them. Since I did not sleep in the curlformers, I pinappled my hair and the next day result was so-so. Tip for next time I use them is to use an actual product that ‘holds’ curls hopefully the style will last longer (any product suggestion ladies?). I will definitely be using the curlformers again, beautiful curls + stretched new growth= winning! Thanks again for your suggestions on last week’s post the protein treatment this week helped a lot!098
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How was your most recent wash day?
Have you tired out Curlformers?
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