Monday, December 29, 2014

Best of 2014|The Hits and Misses

I cannot believe this year is over. I learned a lot about my hair this year, especially what it loved and loathed. Here’s a recap of 2014 for my hair:
HITS:
  • Wigs:  I used to be the one to say I would never wear a wig, but when you are deep into stretching your relaxer or just pressed for time wigs are the way to go! 002I can be whoever I want to be and fix my wig --- Sheba, as I like to call her, anyway I want. Wigs give my hair and I a much needed break from one another.
  • ACV Rinses: I discovered this late in the game…like last week, but better late than never. ACV has many benefits for you hair but I use it primarily to relieve my itchy winter scalp. I used it during my most recent wash day and can you believe I have not had any scalp troubles since.
  • Braid-outs: I love a good  braid-out so much you mind as well call it my signature hair style. It gives my hair the volume and texture that I want and it seems to get better as days go by. The messier the better, even the humidity makes it even more fabulous! 001
  • Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap: I picked this up during the Black Friday Sale. Lord knows I had absolutely no intention on buying a bulky/expensive steamer or dryer, so this was a great substitute. I learned that using the old school method of deep conditioning with just a plastic cap and body heat was not doing any justice to my hair. This conditioning cap is everything and definitely a keeper going in to 2015. 120
  • Figuring Out What My Hair Really Needs (Sorta): This is the most special highlight of 2014 for me. Hair journeys are not easy, but when in doubt or whenever you feel like you have no idea what your doing, assess your regimen and the products that your using. Figure out what works and cut all the extra stuff out. Keeping it simple is so much better, less headaches and less hair lost!
Product Hits: Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo and Intensive Deep Conditioner, Lottabody Moisturize Me, HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner (Applied on Dry Hair), HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner, Tresemme Naturals Conditioner, Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner

MISSES:
  • Braid-outs: Braid-outs this year have been my best friend, especially during the summer. The drawback--- all the breakage I get when its time to detangle.
  • Breakage: Speaking of breakage, this has been my nemesis this year. It was mostly due to how I handled my hair but I also think that it may be due to my most recent stretch, it was the longest stretch since beginning my hair journey at 25 weeks. In 2015 I think I’ll stick to 12-16 week stretches.
  • Itchy Scalp: Winter came early and it brought me a dry, itchy scalp. I won’t be bringing this problem into the new year with me thanks to ACV though.
Product Misses: HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner (Applied on Wet Hair), Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner, ORS Olive Oil Hair Lotion, Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner, L’Oreal EverCrème Cleansing Conditioner

What were the highlights of 2014 for you ladies? Be sure to link up over at SavingOurStrands



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wash Day

Last week I was in braids, I really wasn’t planning on washing my hair but again, my itchy scalp situation had to go. Immediately! My oil concoction has been doing nothing to relieve my scalp

[1] Pre-poo: HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner,  40 minutes under my Hot Head Conditioning Cap

[2] Shampoo: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo,1 lather062

[3] Protein Conditioner: Aubrey Organic GPB Conditioner, 15 minutes under the Hot Head Conditioning Cap, rinsed with cold water

[4] T-shirt dried my hair for 10 minutes

[5] Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: This is a new one for me, I have never tried using apple cider vinegar at all but I hear it helps relieve itchy scalp among other things. I added 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to an 8 oz spray bottle and filled the rest up with water. I sprayed it directly on my scalp and massaged it. I ended up using the whole thing since I don’t know how long it keeps.

[6] Leave-Ins: sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, moisturized with HairVeda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer and sealed with HairVeda Nourishing Ends Serum

Usually about a day or so after washing my hair my scalp starts itching again but its safe to say the ACV rinse works! NO flakes+ NO itch= Happy camper! I definitely have to figure out a way to keep this up. I braided my hair up for my wig, which never made it to my head due to the flu. Happy Holidays to you all!

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wash Day| Co-Wash FAIL

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[1]Pre-poo: Hot oil treatment using safflower oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and grapefruit oil

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed my hair with a mix of green tea and peppermint oil

[3] Co-Wash: Co-washed twice using Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner. My hair hated it! Upon rinsing, it felt so stripped that I was scared to manipulate it. I don’t need any bad wash days, so I had to fix it!

[4] Shampoo: Many would have just proceeded to deep condition and hoped it would restore the moisture but I just couldn’t. I reached for Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo and it was just what I needed, it restored the moisture to my hair and made it soft again with one lather. Whew! Dodged a bullet.

[5] Deep Condition: Applied Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment to my hair, covered with a plastic cap and topped it off with my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap. I deep conditioned with my Hot Head for an hour. I only reheated it once, microwaving this cap for two minutes gives me about 35 minutes of heat. I rinsed the DC with cold water.091 

[6] T-shirts dried my hair for about 30 minutes

[7] Leave- Ins: I began by applying Herbal Essences Split End Protector on the last 3 inches of hair then applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner on the rest of my hair, massaged oil into my scalp and sealed the leave-ins with my DIY Whipped Shea Butter.

 

Since I am still battling my itchy scalp I decided I needed more access to my scalp, So I braided up my hair and I will be rocking my wig for the week. I am attending a concert this weekend so I decided to try something different with my wig by adding flexirods. I used 8 grey flexis and 14 purple flexirods. I’ll have to do a HOTD post so I can show you all how the curls dropped.

The Wash Day Experience

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wash Day| Recap + New Goodies

Hello Ladies!

Long time, no posts, huh? Its been about two weeks since my last Wash Day post, I’ve been taking care of my hair but with the holidays I have not had time to blog.

Here’s a recap of my last two Wash Days:

Nov 23: [1] pre-poo with HairVeda Sitrinillah (30 mins.) [2] Coffee+Green Tea Rinse (20 mins.) [3] Shampoo with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo ( lathered 2 X’s) [4] Condition with Aubrey Organic GPB (15 mins.) [5] Applied Lottabody Moisturize Me and sealed with oil mix

*Note: I realized that the Sitrinillah performs waaaay better when its applied to dry hair

Nov 30: [1] pre-poo with L’Oreal Oleotherapy Deep Recovery Mask and safflower oil (40 mins.) [2] Shampoo with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo (l lather) [3] Condition with Aubrey Organics GPB (7 mins.) [4] Applied Lottabody Moisturize Me on roots and length, applied Herbal Essences Split End Protector on last 3 inches of my hair, sealed it all in with DIY Whipped Shea Butter.

The Wash Day Experience

Whew, that was a lot, so now on to this week’s Wash Day. As you all know the Black Fridays sales were crazy, I was so happy when a few of my hair goodies arrived so I decided to incorporate them into this Wash Day.118

[1] Pre-poo: Parted my hair into 3 sections and applied coconut oil on each section. Allowed the coconut oil to sit on my hair for about 20 minutes and rinsed.

[2] Tea Rinse: Sprayed a mix of green tea, peppermint oil, and lavender oil onto my roots and allowed it to sit for about 10 minutes and rinsed

[3] Shampoo: Lathered 1X using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo

[4] Deep Condition: Applied Kurlee Belle Banana Nut and Avocado Deep Treatment and covered my hair with a plastic cap followed by my Hot Head Conditioning Cap. I left the cap on for 30 minutes and allowed it to cool for another 15 minutes. Rinsed with cold water

[5] Allowed t-shirt to soak up excess water for 20 minutes

[6] Leave-Ins: Massaged scalp with oil mix (my scalp does not like this weather!), applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In conditioner on the length on my hair, applied OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum on my ends, and sealed everything in with my DIY Whipped Shea Butter.

Verdict on Hot Head Cap: Definitely a keeper! I will never go back to using the old school plastic cap when deep conditioning my hair. I love the idea of this heating cap, its much better than having to purchase an expensive/ bulky steamer!120

Verdict on Kurlee Belle products: Love both of the products from Kurlee Belle. When I applied the deep conditioner on my hair it definitely helped to detangle, the scent reminds my of As I Am Hydration Elation. I just love the scent of the Thirsty Kurls Leave-In, it makes my hair so soft, I have also been using it when I moisturize and seal my hair.

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How was your most recent Wash Day?

Did you try out any new products or techniques?