Saturday, April 18, 2015

Length Check

This post is waaaaay overdue but better late than never. As you all know I was intending on cutting my hair at the end of April, but I just could not wait any longer and ended up doing a major trim on March 30th. Every time I washed or detangled my hair I noticed the that the ends of the lower right corner of my hair were much thinner than on the left side, it looked as if parts of my hair had broken off.  And when I ran my fingers through that section of my hair it felt really brittle like someone had been chewing on my ends. So they had to go….

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On the first two pictures my hair was a little dryer on the right side but hopefully you can see the difference. The bottom two pictures are after I flat ironed my hair. You can really see how much thinner the right side is. 045

All in all I think I cut about 2-3 inches off  (or maybe more). I went from my hair being just below my bra strap to a length above my bra strap.

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I think I may have to cut more, until then I am going to pay extra attention on that section of my hair and figure out to protect my ends besides protective styling. I am really happy to see my #struggleends go. My hair has more of a bounce now!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wash Day

My hair has been giving me so many issues for the past few weeks. Its been suuuuuper dry and my go- to moisturizer has not been helping. On top of that, I forgot to mention to you all that I accidently texlaxed my hair during my last touch up.

Dry hair + multiple textures= NIGHTMARE!!

I was literally on the verge of taking my shears out and chopping my hair off. So this wash day I had to make sure I added some much needed moisture to my hair.

 

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[1] Pre-poo: I put Coconut Oil in my hair, followed by a layer or Olive Oil and topped it off with Garnier Sleek and Shine Conditioner. I left this on my hair for about 20 minutes before rinsing.

[2] Shampoo: 1 Lather of Nexxus Therappe Shampoo

[3] Deep Conditioner: I mixed 1 tablespoon of JBCO with Kurlee Belle Banana Nut & Avocado Conditioner and applied it to my hair. I put on my Hot Head Conditioning Cap for about an hour and let it cool for an additional hour before rinsing with cold water

[4] T-shirt dry for about 30 minutes

[5] Leave-Ins: Sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer into my hair, applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurl Leave-In and sealed it all in with a mix of JBCO and Olive Oil and let it air dry over night.

The next day, I flat ironed my hair. Do you all remember my last Touch Up post where I said I was gonna wait to cut some of my ends off? Well I didn’t, but I will do a separate post for that. 

For this week’s hairstyle I plan on rocking this flat twist. This was a good Wash Day, my long deep conditioning session seemed nip my dry hair in the bud.

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Hope you had a great Wash Day!!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

So This Just Happened…

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Length Check coming soon…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wash Day + Birthday Hair!

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[1] Pre-poo: Slathered Coconut Oil on the last 5 inches of my hair and then slathered OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner (found the cute travel size at Target, definitely picking up the regular size soon) on the rest of my hair and left it on for a couple of hours

[2] Shampoo: 1 Lather of Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo

[3] Deep Conditioner: Used a mix of random conditioners plus a half tablespoon of JBCO. Deep Conditioned in the shower for 10 minutes and rinsed

[4] Applied a nickel size of Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle to each section of my hair. I let my hair air dry in two braids over night

[5] Leave-ins: Sprayed ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer on my hair, applied Lottabody Moisturize Me and massaged my JBCO mix directly on to my scalp.

I try not to make big deal of it but today is my 26th birthday!!! Haaaay! I don’t usually have birthday hair but I wanted to spice it up a little. I really like my flexi rods, this will be the second time that I actually put them on my real hair. They are really simple to use and I don’t have a hard time sleeping in them.

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Hope you all had a great Wash Day!

Have you tried any new products this Wash Day?

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wash Day Weekend

For the past two weeks I have been protective styling with wigs so my real hair was in plaits.  Hence, I have not washed my hair in two weeks but all good things must come to an end.  I was happy I had this whole weekend to give my hair some much needed care.045

[1] Pre-poo: Slathered my braids with Coconut Oil before unraveling each one which made detangling much easier. Detangled my hair with two different combs.  Put hair in 4 sections. Covered hair with a plastic cap overnight047

[2] Shampoo: 1 lather of Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

[3] Deep Conditioner: Mixed 1 Tablespoon of JBCO with ORS Hair Mayonnaise to strengthen my hair. Deep conditioned my hair for about 30 minutes (15 of those under my Hot Head Conditioning Cap). Rinsed with cold water

[4] T-shirt dried for about 20 minutes

[5] Leave-Ins: While my hair was still damp I applied Lottabody Moisturize Me and sealed with OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, Massaged my JBCO mix into my scalp. Allowed my hair to air dry in braids.046

The next day I actually flat ironed my hair and used some flexi rods for curls.056

This was a pretty simple Wash Day. I was apprehensive about using the ORS Hair Mayonnaise because some said that it was considered a moderate strength protein treatment while another site considered it to be a hard protein treatment.  Either way, I was impressed so I’ll definitely use it again. I’ll consider it as a moderate protein treatment, it has a little more strength than the Aubrey Organics GPB that I use, but less strength than the Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus. My hair benefitted a lot from the protein treatment, I lost like 3 pieces of hair compared to that huge lump of hair pictured above! Hopefully, you ladies had a great Wash Day!

Have you ever used ORS Hair Mayonnaise?

What’s your favorite moderate strength protein treatment?

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wash Day

086[1] Pre-poo: slathered my hair with coconut oil and topped it off with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner. Covered my hair with a plastic cap for about an hour and rinsed.

[2] Shampoo: 2 lathers of Nexxus Therappe Shampoo

[3] Deep Conditioner: Applied a mix of Crème of Nature Moisturizing Milk Masque, JBCO, and Olive oil to my hair. Covered it with my Hot Head for 30 minutes and let it cool for an additional 30 minutes. Rinsed with cold water. 087

First Impressions of the Crème of Nature Moisturizing Milk Masque: I am not one too bothered by scents but this one was very strong even for me.

[4] T-shirt dried for 20 minutes

[5] Leave-Ins: (L) ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, (O) Coconut Oil, (C) Lottabody Moisturize Me 

I put my hair in a low bun and allowed to air dry overnight. The next day, I plaited my hair to prep for my wig.

My wig, Sheba, is a whole ‘lotta woman and she would be too wild for me in this icky weather so I attempted KLP’s Knotted Updo, instead it looks like I did a flat twist with a ponytail--- I’ll take it!!! I don’t put this much effort into styling my real hair haha!078

As you all know I was struggling with whether to cut my hair to APL or not, since I dusted my ends when I touched up my hair I decided to hold back on a major cut until April. Until then I hope to protective style using my wig. I have a new one coming in the mail hope she’s cute!

Be sure to linkup and share your #WashDayExperience

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Castor Oil Hair Challenge| Update #1

I was a couple of days late beginning Hairlista’s Castor Oil Challenge but I am on a roll now. Reading about the benefits Jamaican Black Castor Oil is actually what prompted me to see how I could improve the health of my hair and it ultimately marked the beginning of my hair journey. But that was nearly 2 years ago, I quickly fell off the bandwagon back then because I could not stand the thickness of the oil. I don’t feel like I have many problem areas but overall, I just want to improve the health of my edges, my weird hairline, my barely-there eyebrows, and I want to see if the thin areas of my hemline will fill in.
I am in the intermediate level which requires me to massage castor oil in to my scalp for 2-5 minutes at least 2 times a week (I’ve been doing it about 3 times) and add a teaspoon of castor oil to my weekly deep conditioner. In addition to that, I massage castor oil on my eyebrows and lashes nightly.
The first week of the challenge I used the JBCO mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil. I found that the mix was too thick and made my new grow stick together which made it an issue when trying to detangle my hair. The next week I decided to touch up my roots, because of that I decided to thin the JBCO out by adding olive oil. It weighs my hair down a bit but I don’t mind since I am in buns majority of the time.
Here are some before and after pics:
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I don’t see much of a difference in my edges or my hair line but I do see a slight difference in my eyebrows. The other thing that I like about this challenge is that my hair stays moisturized for a longer period of time.
To the ladies participating in Hairlista’s Castor Oil Challenge, have you noticed any visible changes in your hair?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Product Alert| Have You Tried It? [Updated with Ingredients]

I try my best to stay away from buying new hair products but I was recently in my local beauty supply store juuuust to get a bottle Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment because mine had run out and I ran across these two items:

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Crème of Nature with Argan Oil| Moisturizing Milk Masque: I saw a YouTuber using this and since I use and love CON’s shampoo and conditioner I was surprised that I have never seen or heard about this. Although its geared toward the curly girlies and transitioners, I am not one to turn down a potential staple deep conditioner!

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyquaternium-37, Shea Butter, Cicaprylyl Carbonate, Mica, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Argania Spinose Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Dimethiconol, Sunflower Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ceteareth-20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Acetate, Benzyl Benzoate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylisothiazolinone, Cl77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Cl19140 (Yellow 5), Cl 14700 (red 4), Cl 42090 (Blue 1)

ORS Monoi Oil| Anti-Breakage Leave-In Conditioning Crème: I saw this online a few days ago and had no idea that ORS had a new product line. I was tempted to buy it from Amazon for about $13 but then I found out that it retails for $5.99 and I was like “ehm--don’t think so Amazon!” So I was happy when I found it in the store. I was so excited that all I saw was ‘conditioning crème;’  I didn’t realize that it also said ‘leave-in’ until I got home. That’s okay, it says that I can be used for daily styling, curl refreshing, or as a deep conditioning treatment. I think I’ll skip the first two options and go straight for the deep conditioning treatment!

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Coconut Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Olive Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheral Acetate, Tocopheral Dimethicone, Polyquaternium- 10, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropionalm Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linaool

As a conditioner connoisseur, these products have me very excited. Have you seen or tried either of them?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Touch Up| Trim or Nah?

So I was completely fed up with my new growth and the thick Jamaican Black Castor Oil was making it worse SO I finally decided to relax my hair. Here’s what went down:016
[1] Based my scalp with JBCO and applied Coconut Oil to my previously relaxed hair
[2] I mixed about 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil and Coconut Oil into the Dark & Lovely No-Lye Relaxer and applied it into the four sections of my hair. I set my timer for 20 minutes but I was done applying and smoothing the relaxer in about 18 minutes
[3] Rinsed with warm water
[4] As a mid-relaxer protein treatment I used Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus, I let it sit on my hair for about 7-10 minutes and rinsed
[5] Neutralized my hair 4 times with the shampoo that came in the kit
[6] Deep Conditioned my hair using a mix of Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment, OGX Argan Oil and Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and JBCO (this was a very moisturizing mix by the way). I deep conditioned for about and hour with my Hot Head Conditioning Cap and rinsed with cold water
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[7] T-Shirt dried my hair for about 30 minutes
[8] Since JBCO is a bit thick for my hair I mixed it with Olive Oil and added a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and Grapefruit oil and massaged it into my scalp.
[9] I applied Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-In, Lottabody Moisturize Me, and sealed my hair with OGX Coconut Milk Anti-breakage Serum and allowed my hair to air dry overnight in 3 mini buns.
I flat ironed my hair the next day and lightly dusted my ends.
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BUT, I doubt I will be here for long!
A part of me wants to wait until I my 2 year HHJ Anniversary and the end of Hairlista’s Castor Oil Challenge and the other part is ready to grab the shears and do this:
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Either way, I'll end up trimming back to APL--- I just need a bit of courage to do it sooner rather than later. I’ll be sure to let you all know what I do. Hope you all had a great Wash Day!
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wash Day| with Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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Shampoo: Lathered twice using Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

Deep Conditioner: Mixed Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle, 1 Tablespoon of JBCO, and Roux Porosity Control Corrector Conditioner warmed it in the microwave and applied it to my hair. Allowed it to sit on my hair for 35 minutes with my Hot Head Conditioning Cap. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is great on its own but adding a little bit a Roux took it to the next level for some reason. I wonder if it can do that for the conditioners I have that are not so good.

Leave-ins:  Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream, JBCO on my scalp and Olive Oil on the length of my hair.

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Honestly, this Wash Day was uneventful. The only thing that I have been having issues with lately is detangling my new growth. I really wanted to wait until April to touch up my relaxer but I don’t want to cause anymore damage to my hair, more than likely I will get a touch up in the next two weeks.

Are you ladies having any hair-related problems?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wash Day

Hello Ladies,

Its been a while since I have graced this blog, in fact, this is my first post of 2015. I should be ashamed of myself #sorry. Nothing exciting going on around these parts and Wash Days have been kinda bleh lately. But I have a few updates for you:

  • Tea Tree Oil has completely cured my itchy scalp, Thank you all for suggesting it!
  • I plan on participating in Hairlista’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Challenge at the Intermediate level
  • I am currently 12 weeks post. I said I would not stretch longer than 16 weeks but I plan on stretching to about 25 weeks. That’s around the time of my 2 year HHJ anniversary and it will also mark the end of Hairlista’s JBCO Challenge (April 25). I want (try) to wait until then to give my hair a major trim (because I am really hating the state of my ends).

On to this week’s Wash Day:099

[1] Deep Condition: Massaged a mix of warm safflower oil and tea tree oil on my scalp. Applied Kurlee Bell Banana Nut and Avocado Conditioner. Covered my hair with my Hot Head Conditioning cap for 45 minutes.

[2]Shampoo: Lathered once using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-free Shampoo

[3] Condition: Applied Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner (love this stuff, I’ve been using this weekly) and let it sit for 5 minutes and rinsed with cold water

[4] T-shirt dried my hair for about 30 minutes.

[5] Leave-ins: Applied dime size of safflower oil/ tea tree oil/ grapefruit oil directly to my scalp. Sprayed my hair with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. Applied Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave- in and sealed in with OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum.

I put my hair into 4 braids and allowed it to fully air dry over night. The next day I flat ironed my hair. It seems the results of straightening your hair can either make you really happy or make you feel like shaving your hair off and giving up. My feelings were somewhat in between.

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I am really happy to see that my hair is growing and whatnot but I could not stand to look at it--- it looks so flimsy and wispy when its bone straight. I may look into texlaxing my hair. Now to assess the damage--- the left side of my head seems to be healthier than the right side, and I have areas in the back (on the right) where hair is terribly broken off. The culprit?  I have no idea, but I am going to lay off wearing braids for a while and be extra careful while doing my hair. Hopefully (probably not likely), with doing this Castor Oil Challenge it will help these areas fill in. If it doesn’t I am prepared to cut it anyway.

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Hopefully this picture gives you an idea of what I am talking about. Anywhoooo hope you all had a great Wash Day!101

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