Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wash Day| She’s Back

[1] Shampoo: I have not clarified my hair since August so a deep cleanse was much needed this week. I used Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. I lathered twice concentrating on my007 scalp.

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, peppermint oil, and lavender oil on my scalp and roots. I allowed it to sit on my hair for about 15 before applying my deep conditioner.

[3] Deep Conditioner: Used Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I covered my hair with a plastic bag followed by a warm towel and topped it off with a plastic cap for about 45 minutes and rinsed

[4] T-shirt dried for 15 minutes

[5] Leave-Ins: Sprayed ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer starting at the line of demarcation all the way down to my ends. Moisturized with Lottabody Moisturize Me

008

I air dried my hair about 80% and then blow-dried my hair on low. I was intending on flat-ironing my hair to trim my ends, but I do believe I am going to attempt to relax my hair next week so I’ll wait until then. 072

As you can tell from the title the wig is back---I named her Sheba, she says “Hey gurl, hey!” The hair was very dark so I lightened it and I am very happy with the results. I braided my hair so the wig could lay down nice and flat. I attempted a braid out with the wig and it came out really good, when I brushed out the hair it ended up having tons of volume and I didn’t want to look like a lioness so I ended up with two-strand twisted side ponytail.

071

Overall this was a good Wash Day, I really enjoy wearing a wig. You all don’t know the piece of mind I get when my hair is braided up, I don’t have to worry about fussing with it! My scalp seems happy too, it was itching and flaking up a storm last week.

I hope you all had a great Wash Day!

Be sure to share your experience over at Saving Our Strands or Just Grow Already!

The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Battling Breakage| The Missing Link

015When looking through my stash I have noticed that something has been missing from my weekly Wash Day regimen and I am so ashamed.

Since the beginning of my hair journey I have used ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. When I ran out of it, of course I told myself that I need to restock but like many other things on my to-do list, I have not gotten around to it. I realized that not having this product along with my bad hair practices may have contributed to my breakage.

This is my trusty spray, especially when I am deep into a stretch. On Wash Day I make sure I spray it beginning at the line of demarcation all the way to my ends.

Ever since I learned that we should keep the ends of our hair strong because they are the oldest parts--- this has been my go-to product

Ever since I have learned the benefits of protein layering---this has been my go-to product

How dare I forget to restock it?!?!

It has freaking green tea (which helps reduce shedding) and keratin (a vital protein to our hair)!I mean its a 2-in-1!

How dare I not have this in my stash?!?

Its safe to say that we are reunited and it feels darn good!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Battling Breakage| How I Finger Detangle

Ever since I have come clean about my breakage I have adopted a new practice---finger detangling. Its not as hard you get used to as you would think.

The first two steps in the art of finger detangling is to be patient and gentle--- don’t get frustrated when you get to a rough tangle in you hair.

Of course you should section your hair and for each of those larger sections you may have to divide them into smaller sections. Once you detangle a section twist it up or put it into a mini bun

Dry Hair

I make sure my hands are fully lubricated with my favorite oil mix. It makes it easy to tackle knots and tangles. I prefer to use an oil when detangling dry hair, when I apply conditioner on dry hair it tends to clump together which further complicates things for me.

Wet Hair

I don’t care to detangle my hair when its wet, but when I wash my hair sometimes it gets tangled. I just make sure I saturate the tangled section with one of my favorite co-wash conditioners and proceed to detangle using the pressure of the shower head which helps alot.

Do you prefer to finger detangle on dry hair or wet hair?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Overwhelmed Much?

Recently I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed by my hair journey. Its as if I’m wandering aimlessly and I am not sure what my hair really needs. Sure my hair is in a much better state than it was a year or two ago, but I feel like I can be doing more. In fact, I feel like I don’t know enough--- hell, I feel like I don’t know anything.

Reading a million blogs written by women who seem to have this hair stuff and their regimen down is an okay resource. Purchasing products to see how they work for my hair through trial and error is okay, but it gets costly.

In the next coming weeks I am going to take a closer look at my current stash of products and actually narrow down the things that have really been effective--- I guess that may be a good place to start.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wash Day

Last week was great, wearing a wig allowed my hair and I to get a break from one another. I’m not wearing it this week because I need to tweak it, its way too dark--- I know its close to Halloween but I don’t want to look like Wednesday Addams. I followed a similar Wash Day routine as last week since I got such good results.

[1] Pre-poo: Massaged Avocado Oil into my scalp and then covered my strands with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave- In conditioner and left 051it on for about an hour before rinsing

[2] Shampoo: Lathered my hair once with Crème of Nature Argan Oil sulfate-free shampoo

[3] Tea Rinse: Used two bags of green tea and added peppermint oil and lavender oil. I sprayed the tea directly to my roots and allowed it to sit for 2 minutes before applying my conditioner on top of the tea.

[4] Conditioner: Applied OGX Argan Oil and Shea Butter Hair Mask to my hair, covered with a plastic bag for an hour and rinsed with cool water.

[5] Leave-Ins: Massaged my oil mix into my scalp while my hair was still damp and then applied Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-In conditioner. and put my hair in to 4 braids.

I’m keeping my style easy this week, its all about that #bunlife and I did lightly flat iron my bang area, sorry no pics ladies (I think I am theeee worst at taking pics of my hair to show you all).

 

How Was Your Wash Day?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wash Day| Gettin’ Wiggy Wit’ It

062

[1] Pre-poo: Massaged a hot oil mix (safflower oil, avocado oil, grapefruit oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil) in my scalp then covered my strands with Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-In Conditioner. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for 40 minutes and rinsed.

[2] Shampoo: Crème of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo. Lathered twice.

[3] Protein: Applied Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner starting on the line of demarcation on to the ends. I let it sit on my hair for about 5 minutes and rinsed. [Side note: this stuff is really good, it curbed some breakage that I was experiencing]

[4] Deep Conditioner: Applied OGX Argan Oil and Shea Butter Hair Mask and allowed it to sit for 40  minutes. Rinsed with cool water.

[5] Leave-in: Oiled my scalp with my oil mix, applied Cantu Shea Leave –In Conditioner and applied OGX Anti-breakage serum on my hair 063

I allowed my hair to air dry about 75% and then blow dried on low heat to stretch out my roots. Then I put my hair into some “Felicia” braids and put on a wig that I recently purchased.

This was my first wig ever and ya’ll should have seen me, I was a little too camera happy. Only in my dreams is my hair that long and healthy looking. She looks kinda wiggy and the hair is too dark, but I plan on making some alterations to make her more natural looking. All this made for a very eventful Wash Day, hope yours was great too!

064

The Wash Day Experience

Monday, October 13, 2014

Battling Breakage

These past two weeks I have noticed a significant amount of breakage at the line of demarcation. I have a lot of fuzzy regions at the crown of my head and in areas where I frequently part my hair. Breakage is never a good thing, but I know that the cause of my breakage is ---me.

The main cause of my breakage has to do with how I am handling my hair. Here’s what I plan to do to bounce back:

  1. Be gentle: Patience is something that I have always lacked. Sometimes I get frustrated when trying to detangle my hair and I end up having more hair casualties than needed.
  2. Finger Detangle: This is something fairly new for me, although I have heard many bloggers using this method I just could not get into it. Even though I only use wide tooth combs I plan on completely putting them away during the week and leaving full detangling sessions for Wash Day which may turn into every other Wash Day.
  3. Switch up the way I am parting my hair:  Self explanatory. Most of the time I part my hair into the traditional four sections. I just have to stop that.
  4. Protective Styles: Most of my damage is caused from over manipulating my hair. I love, love braid-outs, but can you believe that to maintain them throughout the week I re-braided my hair every night?! So TTYL braid/twist-out and Hello (again) buns!
  5. Moisturize and Seal (M&S): Your probably scratching your head on this one, but breakage can also be cause by dry hair. To be honest, this whole summer my M&S sessions have been few and far between. I will moisturize and seal my hair on Wash Day and fuhgettaboutit until the next Wash Day.

So the main takeaways are be careful with how I am handling my hair and actually set aside time to actually take care of it. Some have asked if the breakage was due to any of the products I use and my answer is no. Some have also suggested that I use protein to strengthen my hair and that is something that I have already implemented. Again, it all boils down to me and how I handle my hair.

How do you deal with breakage?

Feel free to share any tips!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wash Day| Easy Peasy

[1] Pre-poo: Hot Oil Treatment with a mixture of Safflower oil, Avocado oil, Eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and lavender oil. Covered my hair for 30 minutes and rinsed.003

[2] Shampoo: Lathered 2 times using Nexxus Therappe Shampoo

[3] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, marshmallow root powder, grapefruit oil, and peppermint oil. I let it sit on my hair for a hot minute and rinsed

[4] Deep Conditioner: You know you’re a product junkie when you have things in your stash you don’t remember buying, smh. This week I used Hairveda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioning Hair Masque, who knows how long its been collecting dust, lol.  I covered my hair for about 45 minutes and rinsed with cool water.

[5] Leave-in: While my hair was still damp I massaged some safflower oil into my scalp and applied Pura Body Naturals Sapote Hair Lotion. The Sapote Hair Lotion is very similar to the Murmuru Moisture Milk.

My hair style was basically the same as last week. I am trying to keep my style as low maintenance as possible because I have been experiencing some breakage at the line of demarcation around my crown area. I am about 20 weeks post, no I didn’t plan it, I truly have had no time to relax my hair but I know I have to do it within the next week or two.  I’ll write a post on the breakage I have been experiencing and tell you all how I’m dealing with it for the time being.

I hope you all had a great wash day!

Any tips on dealing with breakage?

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wash Day

026Pre-Poo| Parted my hair into 5 sections and applied coconut oil and detangled. Although I love braid/twist outs I think I am going to have to go easy on them, I had a lot of breakage and tangles and I was not a happy camper.

027

Co-cleanse| Mixed Tresemme Naturals, Safflower oil and Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo. I still hate the Awapuhi shampoo I have absolutely no luck with it no matter how I use it034

Protein| Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus left it on for 10 minutes and rinsed

Condition| Mixed Tresemme Naturals with WEN SixThirteen and coconut oil. Left it on for about 40 minutes and rinsed with cool water

Leave-Ins| Applied Safflower Oil and Cantu Shea Leave in to my damp hair

When my hair was about 70% dry I applied Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage serum and blow dried my hair on low heat to stretch out my roots. I was thinking that I may need to ditch my blow drier and invest in one that has a cool setting, but I rarely use it any way.

I put my hair into 2 cornrows and this is how I’ll be rocking my hair until next wash day

039

How was your most recent Wash Day?

How do you deal with breakage?