Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wash Day—#FlexiZone

Hello ladies, its our favorite time of the week!

So last week I decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle, in doing so I have been working out every.day. So with my sweaty workouts and this miserable heat my hair, well my roots, were incredibly dry and a little stinky.

I started this Wash Day by parting my hair into 7 sections and detangled.

[1] Pre-poo: I applied a mix of Aloe Vera Gel and Coconut oil on my hair and let it sit 034on my hair for about an hour and a half.

[2] Shampoo: I didn’t rinse the pre-poo out like I usually do, instead I applied Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo in to my hair. I only lathered once.

[3] Tea Rinse: I sprayed a mix of green tea, marshmallow root powder, lavender oil, and peppermint oil. I allowed the tea rinse to stay on my roots for about 5 minutes before rinsing.

[4] Deep Conditioner: I missed when I used to mix up my conditioner so this week I decided to bring that back. I mixed up Tresemme Naturals, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie, Coconut oil, and Aloe Vera Gel. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for about and hour and half. Rinsed with cool water and t-shirt dried for about 15 minutes.

[5] Leave-Ins: Sprayed Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Leave-In conditioner in Vanilla Bean, Grapeseed Oil, and sealed it in with a Whipped Shea Butter recipe I found.

My hair was still damp when I prepared to put my flexirods in for the first time. I put my hair into 7 ponies and put a  grey flexirod in each one and allowed to to dry overnight.091

I am so happy with the results of my Wash Day, my roots are stretched and my hair is nicely moisturized. At first, I did not like the results of the flexirod set but then I thought to separate the strands so it turned out much better. To preserve the hairstyle, I plan on just pinning it up.

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Hope you ladies had a great Wash Day

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wash Day

I started off my Wash Day by parting my hair into for sections129

[1] Pre-poo: Slathered Avocado Oil on my hair and scalp and detangled each section of my hair then I applied WEN SixThirteen and covered my hair with a plastic bag for about 45 minutes.

[2] Shampoo: Used my Babassu Marshmallow Shampoo bar to lather my hair once and rinsed.

[3] Protein Treatment: Used Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus. I left it on for about 7 minutes and then rinsed

[4] Conditioner: Applied Tresemme Naturals conditioner and covered with a plastic bag for about 45 minutes and rinsed with cool water. 

[5] Leave-ins: (L) Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner in Vanilla Bean, (O) Grapeseed Oil, (C) Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Moisturizing Hair Crème in Honey Almond (hate the scent)127

I was debating on what hairstyle I wanted to rock, I was thinking about trying out my flexi rods, but I did not feel like sleeping in them and possibly waking up with damp hair so I opted for my usual braid out. Last Wash Day I failed to properly stretch my new growth so it was a pain during the week when I tried to moisturize my hair. This week I was on a mission to stretch this new growth to capacity Honey! I put my hair in to 12 ponies and braided each one. I absolutely love the texture I get from a braid out!

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I hope you all had a great Wash Day!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar

Price: $7.85 (5.8 oz) at http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/042

Promise: A natural shampoo bar made with nourishing babassu oil, a great hair care oil for thick, coarse or kinky hair. Babassu oil moisturizes and restores hair strength and elasticity, for shiny, healthy-looking hair. Marsh mallow root softens, soothes and hydrates the hair and scalp, providing relief from scalp irritation. A natural moisturizer, marsh mallow helps detangle hair for increased manageability.

Ingredients: Organic Babassu Oil; Organic Sunflower Oil; Organic Coconut Oil; Organic Avocado Oil; Organic Jojoba Oil; Organic Mango Butter;  Water; Organic Shea Butter; Sodium Hydroxide; Organic Marsh Mallow Root; Organic Castor Oil; Organic Walnut Oil; Organic Aloe; Organic Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Ginger; Organic Rosemary Oil Extract

Many hair bloggers have been loving shampoo bars so I decided to Take the Plunge and give it a try. I love hair products that contain Marshmallow Root, its softening and its a lifesaver when it comes to detangling my hair. So of course I had to try this shampoo bar out! I’ve had it for a while but I wanted to use it many times and in different stages of my relaxer stretch so I could give a thorough review, so I apologize for all of you that were waiting for this review.

Shampoo bars are relatively easy to use and they last much longer than conventional shampoos. The scent is of the Babassu Mash Mallow Shampoo Bar is very--- herbal…earthy…. organic-smelling, hopefully you get the point. Its not something that I care for, but luckily it does not linger!  I was extremely hesitant about shampoo bars, what worried me the most is that I would be over-manipulating my hair by rubbing that bar against my strands, but this lathers literally with one to two strokes, so my worries were out the door, you can also just rub it in the palms of your hand to work up a lather (this is a better method because you probably don’t want shed hair sticking to your shampoo bar). 

I usually detangle my hair before I shampoo but I did notice that when you do get a good lather going that is where the slip from the marshmallow root comes in, but it does not stop there ladies! I also noticed that when I rinsed my hair out it felt a little “coated” but not in bad way. Have you ever tried to run your fingers through your hair after shampooing it? Girl, bye! Of course not, because you already know that it will probably end up getting tangled and then you’ll have a nightmare-ish detangling session. What if I told you that I could glide my fingers through my hair with minimal tangles? Not even that, what if I told you that I was able to glide my fingers through my new growth? With no conditioner on my fingers? At 13 weeks post!?! Yeah. I was shocked too.

Note: I only used this shampoo bar when washing my hair in the shower as you all know washing your hair in one direction and the pressure from the shower head can also reduce tangles. For some reason I think that was important to mention *shrugs*

I wouldn’t say my hair felt more moisturized, but it does soften the hair and makes it more manageable. It completely cleanses the hair without it feeling stripped, I usually can get by with one lather but even when I lathered twice my hair was not stripped. When I was first using this shampoo bar I was experiencing a very itchy scalp caused by an oil mix that went bad but using this cleared that up. 

I would say to try it out for yourself, as you all know, no two heads of hair are the same. As for me, I am  definitely going to keep this handy especially when I am deep into a relaxer stretch.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Top 4 Co-Wash Conditioners

 

Recently my hair has been loving my cowash sessions, I have too, my Wash Days seem much shorter when I do. When I co-wash I expect a few things out of the conditioner I choose to use:

[1] Give me a little pick me up by moisturizing my hair when actually moisturizing and sealing my hair is not enough

[2] It needs to have great slip which will help me detangle my hair especially when I am deep into a relaxer stretch

[3] Get rid of build up without leaving any behind

Here are my top 4 conditioners:006

[4] Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Conditioner: I would say this is one of my pricey conditioners that I use and its one of the first products that I have tried from Carol’s Daughter. I especially love the scent and the handy pump that comes on the bottle, which makes it easy to use when doing your hair in the in the shower.

[3] Herbal Essences Hello Hydration: I discovered this product when I was searching for a daily moisturizer and stumbled upon a recipe from PrettyWitty77. A conditioner great for co-washing and can be used as a daily moisturizer, can you say double trouble?

[2] Aussie 3 Minute Moist Conditioner: This product came out early in my hair journey and from the reviews, it was a product that I just had to try. The first time I used it the experience was extremely lackluster and I immediately put it in the bottom of my stash of hair products. When I tried it again, it was in a co-cleanser mix and the sparks flew! This product really lives up to its name, it moisturizes my hair and it provides some great slip.

[1] Tresemme Natural Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado: This conditioner has been a winner all along! The best part about this conditioner is the price, I can get a 25oz bottle for less than 6 bucks, my purse says this one’s a keeper!

Wash Day

For the first time in a long time I finally has the whole weekend to do my hair, but leave it up to me to wait until Sunday evening to start on my hair *shrugs*. I ransacked my stash for some products that I had not used for a while (because I did not like them) and hoped for the best.

[1] Sectioned my hair into 4. Slathered my scalp and hair with coconut oil  and detangled. Hair sopping with oil is the best time to remove all shed hairs! I topped it off with Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie and let it sit for 45 minutes before rinsing with cool water016

[2] Shampooed my hair twice with L’Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo

[3] Sprayed a mix of green tea, marshmallow root powder, lavender oil, and peppermint oil directly on my scalp and let it sit for 5 minutes before applying Tresemme Naturals conditioner. Left it on for about 45 minutes an rinsed with cool water.017

[4] (L) Crème of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner, (O) Grapeseed Oil, (C) Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and put my hair into 4 braids

It was a relatively simple Wash Day, I thought at 12 weeks post I shouldn’t use products that I had no luck with before but the L’Oreal shampoo and the Hair Smoothie didn’t give me any problems. I wish I would have banded my hair instead to stretch out my roots though. But how was your Wash Day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wash Day

128[1] Pre-poo: Sprayed my roots with my tea/detangler mix (green tea, marshmallow root powder, peppermint oil, and lavender oil. I allowed it to sit on my hair for 5 minutes before slathering grapeseed oil on all of my hair. I allowed it to sit on my hair for an hour

[2] Shampoo: Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. Only lathered once.

[3]Deep Conditioner: Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Restoring Hair Mask, covered my hair with plastic cap for 90 minutes and rinsed with cool water.

[4] Leave-ins: (L) Crème of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner, (O) Grapeseed Oil, (C) Pura Body Naturals129

Allowed my hair to air dry. I applied Smooth N’Shine Polisher to prepare for the best part of this Wash Day… Flat Iron Time! Yeah I wasn’t all that excited either but I have been itching to do a little snip, snip. I used to use Faye’s self-trim method to trim my hair but I just put it in a ponytail and snipped away. I don’t care if I have U-shaped or V-shaped ends, I just need them to look good. After I trimmed my ends I topped it off with Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Serum.

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I have been on this hair journey for over a year and recently, I have been focused on the overall health of my hair. I am working on the health of my nape area, I cut about an inch off to give it a good start. I also have to monitor how I wear my hair making sure to switch up the positioning of my ponytails and buns.137

 

Overall, this was a pretty good Wash Day, I am set to relax my hair next week, but I think I’m gonna drag it out to 16 weeks.

How was your Wash Day?

Name one hair goal you would like to accomplish this year?

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