Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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
Monday, September 21, 2009
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Friday, September 18, 2009
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 :-)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
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!
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
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 :-)