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 :-)

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