Friday, April 23, 2010

Really Soft Hair!!

OK, so from the title of this post, you know that I'm going to talking about soft hair, right? Well, it's mine!! Here is why my hair is soft right now:
Last night I decided to do a castor oil treatment. I mixed some regular castor oil with a bit of Macadamia nut oil and olive oil, then applied it to all of my hair. Then I put a plastic cap and scarf on and slept overnight with it. In the morning, I got in the shower and rinsed well, then used Hair One Jojoba formula to cleanse. At this point, my hair already had great slip, then I rinsed out the Hair One and applied Suave almond & shea butter conditioner to my hair and finished my shower, then rinsed most of that out. It didn't even feel like I really needed any leave ins! After t-shirt drying, I applied my Giovanni Direct leave in anyway, then my castor oil mix to seal that in. I combed it through and THE SLIP!! It was awesome :-) So I went ahead and put my hair in a loose bun to air dry, and when my hair was about half way dry I let it down to finish drying. A few hours later, my hair still wasn't fully dry, so I sprayed a bit of heat protectant in it and blow dried it the rest of the way. I only had to keep the heat on my hair for about 2 minutes, so It wasn't that much heat. When my hair was fully dry, I moisturized my hair in sections with my trusty HE LTR and sealed with EVCO... Then I finished by oiling my scalp with JBCO. Let me tell you that my hair must be the softest that it's ever been! I love how it feels and it's just great!
Now, I really believe that what helped the softening process the most was the very first step in the whole process: The overnight castor oil treatment. So I will be doing this once a week from now on.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship leave in VS Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch leave in

I've been a fan of Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship leave in for a long while now and I think I'll always repurchase it. I totally love that stuff. About a week ago, I finally purchased another leave in that I've heard a lot about but hadn't purchased before 'cause I couldn't find it anywhere in town. I finally found it at a local grocery store and decided I had to try it because I've heard of so many ladies who swear by it. It's Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch leave in. These two leave ins are loved by many and I've seen a lot of discussions on the hair boards about which one is better. Now that I've tried the NTM leave in, I have to give my own opinion on the two. I'll be doing this review based on application to dry hair, not wet.
The HE LTR is more creamy than the NTM leave in and it leaves my hair silky and smooth. The NTM has a nice texture too but the consistency is lighter and it takes a little more to do the job of moisturizing the hair. After moisturizing my hair at night with the HE LTR, the next morning, my hair is very soft and feels smooth. It leaves the hair straighter than the NTM. With the NTM, my hair is a little bit frizzy the next morning. Now, I've used the HE LTR on flat ironed hair and it doesn't revert the texture at all. I haven't used NTM on flat ironed hair so I can't tell you whether it reverts the texture... But it doesn't leave the hair straighter than it was before, like the HE LTR does. Now, they both smell great and I don't think the smell of either of them is better than the other. If I had to choose between the two of these leave ins, I would repurchase the HE LTR over and over. But I think I love both of them and will repurchase both over and over :-) If you've tried both of these products, please let me know which one YOU like more.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Relaxer Day after 21 weeks!

So... I stretched my relaxer for 21 weeks and today, I finally visited the salon and got my new growth taken care of. I'm so happy 'cause my hair looks so good! My stylist used an Affirm relaxer for color treated hair and this time, I had her leave my ends alone. No trim for me!... And I got bangs! I haven't had bangs since I was like 10 years old when I cut them myself... So I love the bangs and I love the results of the relaxer. I'm also APL now. What I need to work on now, is my ends. I don't have splits, but they're just so thin. I don't know why, but I've never had this problem before. But I''m going to work on thickening my hair up and getting to MBL by the end of December 2010!