Friday, December 18, 2009

YouTube!

I made my first YouTube video!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Argan Oil Review

I've been hearing a lot of good things about Argan oil & have been wanting to try it for a while. So I finally went to Sally's and bought a bottle of the One 'n Only brand. It's derived from Moroccan Argan trees and claims to add instant shine & smoothness, provide frizz control and color protection. Let me tell you, this stuff is amazing! I'd say it's sort of like a mix between an oil and a serum. All you need to use is just a very small amount and it leaves the hair so soft and smooth. It's just great! So far, I've only used the Argan oil two different ways. I sealed with it after applying a leave-in conditioner on damp hair, and I've used it on dry hair at night to maintain flat ironed hair. My hair air dried a lot softer and my flat ironed hair kept that silky smooth feel for days... And as an added bonus, the smell is very pleasant. It didn't leave my hair greasy or oily one bit. I definitely recommend this product to anyone. It is now a staple of mine 'cause this stuff is the truth!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Salon experience leads me to learn even more about my hair & my decision to self trim!

Recently I got my hair relaxed at the end of a 5 month stretch. I was going to wait until I was 6 months post relaxer but I just didn't wanna deal with my new growth anymore. It was getting really annoying! So my relaxer experience was actually one of my best ever. My stylist uses Affirm for color treated hair on me. There was no burning or tingling at all. YAY! And my hair came out super straight and perfectly processed... But here comes the trim! Oh Lord! ... OK, it wasn't That Bad, I'm just being a little dramatic ;-) But anyway, my hair grows in an uneven way and the sides are a lot longer than the middle. After the relaxer was over and she got it straight with the blow dryer, my hair was full APL and i was totally loving the length... but only for about 2 minutes :-( I wanted my hair to be even and I was contemplating letting her make it all one length. I told her this and she said one thing: "It will be healthy." So I let her cut it. So this did turn out to be a cut, not just a trim because she took off about an inch. Now I'm just disappointed, but it will grow back fast enough :-) So, On to what I've learned... One thing is to know exactly what I want when I go into the salon and not let the stylist sway my decision! Now, I also know that I'm going to just let the middle of my hair that grows slower, catch up with the sides. No more contemplation on that decision... And I'm going to trim my own hair from now on! I never thought I would do this because I was afraid that I would really jack it up but I've gotten advice about it and watched some videos on self-trimming, so I'm confident that I can do it. But I'm gonna wait about another 3 months to trim again... I also have learned more about caring for my ends. Dry, frizzy ends are repairable if they're not split and I wasn't so sure of that before because my ends seemed to always look a little crunchy. But I started moisturizing more often and using a heavier oil to seal with. I was just using olive oil to seal with before and it wasn't keeping my ends moisturized. So I mixed 2 parts castor oil with 1 part olive oil and it's the perfect sealant for me... Oh yeah, and about a day after I got my relaxer, my scalp started to get a really bad irritated itch and I had to do something about it because it was driving me crazy! So I started massaging coconut oil into my scalp. The itching went away and coconut oil, massaged into the scalp is also good for hair growth. So I'm on a roll here and I'm really loving my hair, y'all!
Stay tuned to hear more of my hair experiences. I know this can't be all there is to learn and I love to share hair knowledge! I'll keep you posted ;-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Washing In the sink/tub = Serious TANGLES

So my hair is getting longer and I'm almost @ APL. YAY! :-) I am so happy about this because it took so long to get to this point... For the longest, I've been washing my hair in the shower, getting out & getting dressed, then applying my DC and rinsing with my head flipped over in the tub. I was starting to notice a lot more tangles than I used to get and it would be harder to get them out, even after applying my leave-in conditioner. On my last wash day, I remembered having read something someone else had written about this same topic. It was either Traycee (from KISS) or Sunshyne (from Hairlista)... So after I got out of the shower, having shampooed my hair, I towel dried & applied my DC. I waited 30 minutes like I always do, but this time, I got back in the shower (upright, of course :-)) to rinse it out. My hair was so much smoother and had a lot less tangles. This is a small change in my regimen that I'm going to stick with because the results made a big difference :-)

Monday, September 21, 2009

My small hair epiphanies :-)

OK, so I was on Hairlista for hours the other day and I was also watching a lot of YouTube hair vids. I think I was subconsiously determined to figure something out that I didn't already know. So I happened to be browsing Hairlista's video section and I came across Sunshyne's video about how she moisturizes and seals. A simple enough procedure, right? Well, turns out I still didn't have that one down after being on my hair journey for about 2 1/2 years. I had actually watched her moisturizing and sealing video a long time ago (and favorited it! go figure...) but I didn't take to practice how she does it. This time I realized, hey... I usually don't section my hair at all when i moisturize. I just glop the product on and seal with too much oil on top of that... Then my hair is always a little too oily and I'm wondering why! Turns out, I had just washed my hair that morning and it had just finished air drying. Time to mousturize! So I went to moisturize, right? But this time, I didn't wanna use either of my two favorite moisturizers ( you'll see which ones they are if you go read my previous blog on them ;-) ... So I decided that I wanted to give Silk Elements moisturizing leave in creme aone more chance. This one had been sitting around on my desk, unused for a while. Following Sunshyne's method, I parted my hair in sections and began to apply a very small amount of moisturizer to each section, starting at the ends and working my way up. After applying the moisturizer, I seal with just a little oil, not too much. This time I used Africa's Best Herbal oil. Another product I had set aside for a while. When I was done with those steps and my hair was all moisturized and sealed up nicely, I was feeling a lot better about my hair. It felt so soft and perfectly moisturized... Then I came across yet another video of Sunshyne's that I had previously watched and ignored: How she ties her hair up at night. Another thing that just sounds so simple, right? I had been putting my hair up every night for the longest in a tight bun with bobby pins (ouch!, I know...). I didn't want to do that anymore so I decided to try her method and tada! It worked so well. The next morning, I woke up with light, moisturized and virtually creaseless hair... Sooo, I really wanted to share this because I feel a lot better about moisturizing and sealing as well as the way my hair looks in the morning because I tried Sunshyne's way of tying it up at night. I've posted both videos below, if y'all need help in this too :-)




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Friday, September 18, 2009

Thoughts on my regimen & products

These are my recent thoughts on my current products and regimen, as well as products I want to try:

Shampoos: Currently, I am using Healthy Sexy Hair chocolate soymilk shampoo once a week. I found it at TJ Maxx and bought it for 2 reasons: It smells amazing and it has no sulfates. I'm also using ORS creamy aloe shampoo once a month as a clarifier. I'm satisfies with both but once I run out of the Healthy Sexy Hair shampoo, I'm going to buy something different. I want to try Elasta QP creme conditioning shampoo.
Deep conditioners: I am running out of moisturizing DC's! The only one I have left is Elasta QP DPR-11. I don't like it alone so I mix it with olive oil and it's great. The ones I recently ran out of are Silicon Mix, Silk Elements Megasilk moisturizing treatment, GVP conditioning balm and... Hmm, can't think of what else I had but when I go out and buy more I'm going to try the Silk Elements mega cholesterol. A lot of ladies on Hairlista love it an I've never used it so I'ma try it. I love the SE megasilk so I'm gonna decide for myself which one is better.
Leave in conditioners: Herbal Essences Long-Term relationship leave in is really good. It smells great and does a good job of detangling and moisturizing after a wash. I also have Cantu shea butter leave in cnditioning repair cream. It's good but I probably won't buy it again because I had to order it off the net. I'll probably continue to use just the HE LTR. I've heard good things about other leave ins such as Neutrogena's Silk Touch but it's a bit too expensive. Not horribly, but I'll just stick with the LTR 'cause it's much cheaper and I have no complaints.
Oils: Coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil and vitamin E oil are what I have right now. I need to re-up on all of these very soon. Except for the grapeseed oil. I have a good amount of that left. I hardly use it. The castor oil, I use in my prepoos and I love it. The others, I use to mix with certain conditioners or to seal with.
Moisturizers: I did another blog about my 2 favorite moisturizers: Elasta QP Mango butter and ORS olive oil hair lotion. I love both of these moisturizers but the mango butter is a protien moisturizer so I don't use it all of the time. It also comes in a very small jar so it goes fast. And I had to order it off the net so if I do purchase this again, it won't be soon... And as for the ORS olive oil lotion, I just realized that it has petroleum and mineral oil in it. I was on Hairlista and came across a discussion in which several ladies said they hate it. I know, to each her own but I want something that works for me but also has no taboo ingredients in it... I also have SE moisturizer and I haven't used that in a while so I'm going to give that another go to see how it works on my hair, dry.
My home made spritz: Aloe vera gel, glycerin and rose water is what I lightly spray my hair with before I apply my moisturizer on dry hair. I love it! I got the idea from Traycee on KISS. It's a keeper :-)
Oh yeah, can't forget these!: My protien deep conditioners! I use ORS hair mayo for protien about every 2-3 weeks. I like it a lot mixed with a bit of olive oil and vitamin E oil. But I like Lekair cholesterol plus a lot too. I've always used it to prepoo with, mixed with castor oil. Never have I used it to DC after a wash. I'll probably stop using the ORS hair mayo all together and just add a couple eggs and some oil to the Lekair for my protien DC's. Just because the ORS is $10 compared to the $2 I pay for the Lekair.
Other products: Hollywood Beauty castor oil, raw shea butter, and VO5 conditioner. The HBCO, i use to seal. It has a really nice smell and holds in moisture really well. As for the shea butter, I don't know if I'll continue to purchase it because it's a little expensive and I don't really use it much anymore. I was using it to moisturize for a while and was mixing it with certain oils and even Aloe vera gel. It;s just too thick and I don't feel any benefits for my hair that I can't get from other products... And the VO5! I love it :-) I use it both for cowashes and prepoos.

SO... this is my general regimen and list of products. As I've stated, certain things will be changed and new products will be added. If any of you have suggestions and/or questions, please don't hesitate to leave comments :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My favorite moisturizers :-)

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Elasta QP Mango butter is the bomb y'all! I've been using this for a while now and I loved it from the very first time I used it. It's water based and doesn't leave a greasy feel at all. It also has a lot of really good ingredients in it that I really love; Such as coconut oil, olive oil, mango butter & cocoa butter. The only thing I don't like about it is not a problem with the product itself. I couldn't find it anywhere in my area so I had to order it online. Beauty of New York is a great site and I ordered it from there (beautyofnewyork.com)... And the cost isn't the best but it's totally worth it for what you get. I'll say I paid about $5 for 4.6 ounces. I do wish they made bigger jars though because if this is the only moisturizer you use, it goes fast... OOOH! And how could I forget to say that it smells AMAZING! I adore good smells and this one is really nice but not too strong.

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And my second favorite moisturizer is also really nice. I actually just happened to buy this because I was going out of town for a few weeks and didn't want to bring along the Mango Butter & use it all up when I was there. I had heard A LOT of good things about the Organic Root Stimulator line of products and have used and continue to stick with their Hair Mayo. So I went out and bought the Olive oil Incredibly Rich oil moisturizing hair lotion. When I bought it, I wasn't sure if it was going to be too heavy but it turns out to be a nice consistency that I love. It's not too greasy but a little goes a long way. This one smells nice too and has good ingredients that I like as well.

If I run out of the Elasta QP and am not able to get a new jar right away, I'll have my back up (got the ORS hair lotion right in town at Target) and that will leave me with a good moisturizer until I can get my hands back on my #1! I have it all figured out :-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Now that I KNOW my hair, I LOVE my hair!

Hey, it's know it's been soooo long since I've posted and I really did neglect my blog... But I really didn't want to abandon it forever so I decided now to post a new entry.
I have learned so much about hair care and maintenance since I stumbled upon a few different sites as well as some YouTube vids. The first site that I came across was K.I.S.S. I don't recall exactly when it was when I found it but it was eyeopening and the start of informed, healthy hair care for me.
I learned about what my hair needs, how to treat it, how to get it to the healthy state it's in now and a lot of different things I could do to keep it healthy. One thing I learned that I didn't believe was possible before: I CAN get it to the length I want it to be!
A little info about me when I was a kid: I HATED MY HAIR! You may think I'm being a bit dramatic with the use of caps on that statement but really, I'm being truthful... And HATE is not too strong a word, it's accurate. I remember begging my mom to allow me to get a relaxer & @ around 9 years old, she finally let me. How excited was I? Very! ... So I get the relaxer, right... And I loved the results. My hair was as straight as can be and actually silky for the first time. Probably the next day, I was over it and and back to wishing I had someone else's hair. My hair type is 3b and I really wanted "white girls' hair". No matter what anyone did to my hair, I still hated it.
So since coming across K.I.S.S and haircare videos on YouTube, and more recently, Hairlista, I have come to actually love my hair and that is a big relief, believe me. Prepoos, sulfate-free shampoos, moisturizing and sealing, frequent deep condition treatments, stretching between relaxers, being as gentle as possible with my hair and everything else I've learned has gotten me healthy hair and has helped me to accept my hair as a part of my Self and given me more self-esteem :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just did the avocado treatment and...

So I finally tried the avocado hair treatment today. I've been wanting to do it for a while now & I finally got the ingredients together. Here's what I used: One ripe avocado, some honey, olive oil and coconut milk. I didn't use any specific measurements, I just put as much of each ingredient as I thought should be in there. I blended it all together in the blender and the consistency was nice and creamy. Though if I do this treatment again I'll use more honey & maybe a little less coconut milk to make it thicker.
After cowashing with VO5, I applied the avocado mix to my towel dried hair as a DC with just my hands. I then covered my hair with a plastic cap and a towel, leaving it in for 30 minutes. When I went to rinse using cool water, my hair was tangled & not so soft. Maybe if I had combed the mixture through my hair after applying it would've been better but I didn't do that cuz I thought it would've been too messy.
Next, I towel dried and applied some Cantu Shea Butter leave in repair cream and it softened & detangled my hair right away. So I combed it through and put a little serum just on the ends, then put it in a low bun. That's all, very simple.
Overall, I think it was a good treatment that I will try again. Just next time, I plan to measure the ingredients differently next time. About the smell... At first I thought it was weird. Not really strong but a little unpleasant. After I rinsed it out and used the Cantu leave in cream, I really liked it. The two scents go well together.
This is also the first time I used the Cantu leave in cream & I'm really liking it right now but I'll wait 'til I've used it a few more times to do a review.

Friday, June 19, 2009

General hair update

So I finally ordered some hair products that I've been lusting after for some time & I'm excited about their arrival. Can't wait 'til they get here!
Anyway, the products I ordered are Elasta QP DPR-11 deep penetrating remoisturizer, Elasta QP mango butter, Cantu shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream, Avanti silicon mix hair treatment & Lekair cholesterol plus hair strengthening conditioner.
I've wanted the mango butter for forever, ever since I first got on KISS & Traycee was raving about it. The DPR-11 is a conditioner that I've wanted for a while as well. Another product a lot of the KISS ladies like a lot. Lekair cholesterol is a product that I've used before, purchased from Wal Mart. Cantu shea butter leave in and Silicon mix are also products raved about on KISS and I've finally got around to ordering.
Another thing I want to mention is the hair color I wanted to get. I was going to have my hair dyed a really light brown, almost blond caramel color. I called a few salons in my area just to price how much it would be & every estimate was over $100 and I'm just not willing to pay that much. Though maybe it's a good thing because of course bleaching & coloring the hair is a very damaging thing to do. My hair is very healthy though.
I also wanted to let it be known that I have started applying castor oil to my scalp 2x a week to speed up my growth process. I just started doing this so I haven't seen any results yet but I have faith that it will work. What I do is I part my hair in sections and apply the castor oil to my scalp with an applicator bottle. Then I massage it into my scalp for atleast 5 minutes then put it up. That's all there is to it!
As my progress comes with the castor oil, I'll post more updates & when I start using the products I ordered I'll do some reviews. TTYL ;-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Avocado hair mask

Hey!
I was online this morning when I woke up and I wandered over to YouTube. I was watching some hair videos and I decided to search for an avocado hair treatment. I don't remember what I was thinking that lead to this search but I found a lot of Avocado deep conditioner and treatment videos. I'm definitely going to try one sometime soon! The ingredients are very moisturizing: One avocado, olive or jojoba oil, and water. That's all! But instead of water, I'm gonna use coconut milk. I've never used coconut milk before for anything but someone posted the suggestion under one of the vids and it sounded good to me so I'm running with it. Looks very moisturizing... Also, avocados do have protein in them so it's a strengthening treatment as well as moisturizing. I'm not sure when I'll do it but when I do, I'll let y'all know how it turned out :-)avocado

Monday, June 8, 2009

Perm day :-)

I got a relaxer retouch after a 4 month stretch and i feel so fresh! My stylist used an Affirm relaxer for color treated hair and it turned out very well. She rinsed it out just a little early because my scalp was getting really irritated but my hair turned out straight and it's not under processed so I'm happy with the results... And she used a product in my hair that I really like now. Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. I need to use a product on my hair more than just once or twice to decide if I wanna go out and buy it but at least my initial reaction to it was good.... So those are my thoughts on my retouch and here are a couple pics for you...
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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time for a change of color


Hey!
I've wanted to get my hair dyed a lighter color for a while now. At first I was thinking blond but I decided naaah, that won't work on me. Maybe it would look good but I really just don't wanna risk the damage... But I do want a color change and since summer is right around the corner, it's the perfect time to do it! This picture of Leona Lewis is just how I want my hair color to look. Celebrities drastically change their hair color all the time without problems so why not me, right? I do take very good care of my hair so it's very healthy so I don't think it will be a problem. Of course I am getting a relaxer touchup so I'll need to wait until two weeks after that to do it. I can't wait! I know I'm gonna love it. I just need to find someone who is experienced with hair color and really knows what they're doing. The stylist who's gonna do my touch up is really good but I don't know how she is with color... Actually, I went to her a few weeks back to tell her that I want it lightened and she advised me against it. She said, being that I have a relaxer and a previous color treatment (though it was months ago), I shouldn't get it done. At first I said I wasn't gonna do it but I've got my mind made up! I'm definitely not doing it myself. That would just be crazy... So I need to find somewhere to go. I'll be looking... I just hope I don't have to dish out too much money!

Relaxer Prep

Hey!
So I have an appointment with my hairdresser on Monday to get a relaxer retouch & I am so excited! It's been a 4 month stretch so I can't wait to get this mess under control... I wanna see how long my hair is after the new growth is straightened out but I might get like an inch or two cut off to even out the length. Right now I'm almost APL (armpit length).
So today I just got my hair prepared for the relaxer. It would've been my regular shampoo day but I decided to just do a cowash since my perm is only 2 days away. First of all, I prepooed overnight with honey, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, Lekair Cholesterol and a conditioner I just bought for the first time called Alba Mango Moisturizing conditioner. I put on a plastic cap and a bandana to cover it and slept on it. This morning in the shower I rinsed that out & applied Pantene Beautiful Lengths conditioner then massaged it thru. I put on a plastic cap and at the end of my shower, rinsed it all out. Then when I got out of the shower and towel dried my hair I did a DC with Organic Root stimulator hair Mayonnaise. I left it in for 30 minutes with a plastic cap and a towel to trap the heat so it would penetrate better. After I rinsed it out and towel dried I applied a leave-in conditioner (right now I'm using Herbal Essences Break's Over). Then I used Silk Elements Megasilk moisturizing cream. Lastly, I used this oil I just bought called Alba Kukui Nut Body oil. I just combed all that through and put my hair in a bun at the nape of my neck and now it's airdrying.
About the ORS hair mayo: When I first bought it, I really didn't like it because I felt like it didn't leave my hair feeling very soft. I'm glad I gave it another chance because after this use, my hair does feel stronger. I probably will buy it again.
So that's my relaxer prep routine and tomorrow and Monday before my perm appointment I'm going to manipulate my hair as little as possible to avoid irritation from the chemicals.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Intro to my Temple of Beauty

Hello readers!
I have been a really big beauty enthusiast for a long time. Actually, for as long as I can remember! Though particularly when it comes to hair. When I was like, 10 years old I would get my allowance and buy my own shampoo and conditioner. On one particular occasion I bought some Herbal Essences that I had been lusting after... LOL.
The funny thing is that I never actually liked my own hair at all until very recently. I would always have someone else who would be my hair idol for a time. My childhood best friend had hair that flowed down past her booty and I don't think I ever got very far past shoulder length.
Very recently i started taking care of my hair & loving it for what it is and can be. I can now say that I actually LOVE my hair and I'm happy about that. I've learned a lot about hair since I discovered the internet hair care forums. And oh yeah, how could I forget my magazine obsession! LOL... I don't consider it an obsession anymore, it's more so just my main source of entertainment; I also have a lot of information stored away in my brain from reading magazines. It's like a huge unorganized library up in there! I'm sure that as I add to this blog, I'll gradually organize and add to my mental library. So look for a lot of new posts to be coming very soon! My hair and beauty thoughts as well as product reviews....Stay tuned :-)