Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dry Hair Update: Oil Rinsing!

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Ok, so my hair has been super dry right? Yes, I know! And y'all know too, if you read my last post. When I started using the Elasta QP Olive and Mango Butter moisturizer that I showed in my last YouTube vid, my hair felt a lot better. But today was another turning point when it came to moisture on a wash day. In addition to the dryness I've been experiencing with my hair, I've also been having more shedding than usual. So I decided that I needed a protein treatment. Organic Root Stimulator hair mayo is what I chose for the job because I've had great results with it in the past. I applied it to dry hair and left it in overnight. This morning, after rinsing out the ORS hair mayo, I tried something I haven't done in a while. This is what made the total difference; I applied hemp seed oil all over my hair (and I used a lot). After the oil application, I applied Tresemme Naturals conditioner over the oil to cowash with. I massaged the oil and conditioner through, then rinsed my hair while massaging my scalp. Now, at first I didn't think that it had really helped because I didn't feel much slip at all. But once I got out of the shower, applied my leave ins, combed through and put my scarf on, I noticed that my hair was moisturized and soooo smooth! So I will continue to oil rinse and use the Elasta QP as my main moisturizer. That product, along with the oil rinsing method are the 2 things that are rehabbing my hair right now :-)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Dry Hair!

Hey :-)
If you have been watching my vids on YouTube, you know that my hair has been really dry lately. This problem has been going on for at least a month now. The ends of my hair take about ten minutes to air dry after I wash it! What has been keeping my hair moist is the whipped shea butter I recently made and protective styles. I've been bunning every single day for about 2 months now. To help with the dryness, I will be changing my regimen yet again. Currently, I am shampooing once a week and deep conditioning on those days, then cowashing once a week. But now, I'll be trying out cowashing 2X a week and I'll shampoo every 2 weeks. I will deep condition overnight once a week before a cowash. The rest of my regimen as far as moisturizing and sealing, then applying my whipped shea butter, then bunning will stay the same. I hope this works for me!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

1st Use of my Homemade Herbal Tea Rinse

Hey, so I used the herbal tea rinse I made with the ACV and I had a good first impression of it. First, I deep conditioned overnight and shampooed with an herbal shampoo bar. Then I distributed some Aussie Moist conditioner through my hair. After rinsing that out, I poured the tea rinse (which I diluted with water) onto my hair and massaged it into my scalp. After letting it sit for about 2 minutes, i rinsed that out and towel dried. Then I applied my leave in conditioner and oil mix, put my scarf on and let my hair air dry. The rinse didn't make my hair hard at all, like I thought it might. Once my hair dried, I noticed more shine than usual and my curls looked defined. I will be using this again!
Note: Lately, my ends have been more dry than usual, so that's a problem I'm working on by baggying once a week. I also have raw shea butter now so after I m&s, I'll be applying that to the tips of my hair to lock in even more moisture.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Homemade Herbal Tea Rinse

Hey, so this is my first post of 2012! Happy New Year!!
I decided to do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse next wash day and I wanted to watch some videos of the process before I did. So I was browsing the hair rinse videos on YouTube and came across a few herbal hair rinse tutorials. Some people were mixing herbal teas with ACV and I got the urge to try it myself. Thinking of what herbs I have in my kitchen that would be beneficial to my hair and scalp, I went and looked and came up with cloves and thyme. First, I poured about 3 cups of water in a pot and putting it on the stove to boil, I added a lot of thyme and some cloves to it. I didn't measure but I was very generous. After this boiled, I strained the tea into a pitcher and added about 20 drops of peppermint oil. Then in a measuring cup, I added a little more than a cup of ACV and stirred in 3 spoons of honey. I poured the ACV and honey mix into the tea and stirred, then covered the pitcher and put it in the refrigerator.
Let me tell you, this stuff has a very potent smell to it. First of all, the thyme is really strong by itself but then I added all of that peppermint oil and it's very overpowering. But I think this is going to be really good for my hair. I'm hoping my hair will like it.
I will come back after I use this rinse and post what my wash day was like.