Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wash Day

[1] Lesley of Freshlengths's recent video of how she does her hot oil treatments gave me a kick in the pants to pull out my oils this weekend. Using my Roots Only applicator bottle, I mixed grapeseed oil + safflower oil + almond oil. I warmed the oil blend up for 30 seconds and then applied it to my scalp and hair, paying special attention to my ends, the oldest and most fragile parts of my hair. After applying the oil, I covered my hair with a plastic bag (hey, when you run out of plastic caps ya gotta improvise lol) and left the oil in for a couple hours.
[2] I rinsed the oil from my hair in the shower and co-washed with Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner.
[3] Next, I did a coffee rinse.
[4] After squeezing the excess liquid from my hair, I wrapped my hair in a towel for 30 minutes.
[5] I deep conditioned with SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner. To help boost the effectiveness of the conditioner, I used my Gold N' Hot conditioning cap for an hour. I've had that cap since 2009 and it still works like a charm.

While applying the conditioner to my hair, I just couldn't take the über thin ends at my nape so I dug my shears out from under the bag of peas in freezer (which is where I keep them to stop me from cutting my hair) and let out my scissor happy self. It felt GREAT to get rid of those ends. They were so darn thin compared to the rest of my hair. For a look at those ends, check out this post: Transitioning Talk: Okay... So I Cut A Little

Hair with SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner
My nape is now the first part of my hair that is relaxer free but my mini chop taught me that I'm soooooooooo not ready to chop the rest of my relaxed hair off. Heck no. I'm good. I'll wait until December before even considering to chop.

[6] The next morning I rinsed the conditioner from my hair and sprayed my hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar + water. Then, [7] I t-shirt dried for an hour and then [8] finished up by applying Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Organix Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum, detangled, and stretched my hair via the tension method with cold air. I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to camouflage my shorter nape with the rest of my hair but stretching my hair helped tons.

I'll forever sing the praises of the tension method! It helps me stretch my hair without use of direct heat (I use cold air), which this far in the transitioning game is cause for celebration *busts out in the electric slide*

After detangling + drying — well nearly drying my hair... I blow dry to about 80-90% dry and then finish up air drying in a bun overnight. Once I'd detangled and stretched my hair, I applied aloe vera gel to my edges and covered my hair with a silk scarf after loosely bunning my hair.

The next morning I finger combed my hair into a low ponytail.
The hair at my temple looks wet but it's dry in this photo.
I've kept my regimen simple this week (per the norm). I've been moisturizing with Silk Dreams  Mocha Silk Hair Milk + sealing with grapeseed oil every other night and rocking a low bun.

How was your recent wash day? What's your heat-free style this week?

Don't be shy, share your wash day in the link below! Haven't had your wash day yet? No worries, just share when you do. We'll be here all week :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Product Review: SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner

Price: $12.50 for 9 oz jar

Purchased At:

Promises: "Curl Moist’s luxurious creamy formula offers the ultimate in hydration for thick, coarse and dry curls.  A special blend of conditioning agents, moisturizers and oils work to soften and detangle curls while combating dryness. It leaves hair feeling healthy, lush and remarkably soft."

Directions: Shampoo Hair. Squeeze out excess water. Apply conditioner to hair. Leave on for 15 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse.

Ingredients: (Purified Water infused w/ Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Marshmallow Althaea Officianalis Root Extract, Organic Mango Extract, Slippery Elm, Goji Berry Botanical Extract, Avena Oat Extract), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil,  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Honey, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Panthenol Vit B5, Lactic Acid

My Review: I purchased this conditioner based on its ingredients — always, always look at the ingredient list before purchasing a conditioner — and I'm glad I bought it. It penetrates into my hair and leaves it so darn soft. Most importantly, it provides moisture that lasts during the week. At 15 months post, I'm always a little worried that my relaxed and natural hair will not be in harmony when it comes to a new product but thankfully, this conditioner hit both notes well... yes I had to continue with that corny harmony/music theme ♩♫ ♬.

This conditioner has a creamy, gel-like consistency that detangles my hair like a dream. Among the ingredients are marshmallow root and slippery elm which are known for their slip-producing properties due to the mucilage they release. It also rinses out well and does not cling to my hair and scalp.

In addition to marshmallow root and slippery elm, this conditioner contains a number of ingredients my hair loves:
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate — a conditioning agent that helps detangle and provide moisture.
  • Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol — are fatty alcohols. Fatty alcohols are emollients, they moisturize and condition our hair, and provide slip.
  • Honey — humectant.
  • Vegetable Glycerin — humectant.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lactic Acid — humectant.
  • Stearalkonium Chloride — a cationic surfactant: aid in detangling, helps seal the hair cuticle.
15 months post hair with conditioner still in after 15 minutes with steam + 45 minutes without heat.
A little goes a long way. It spreads easily in my hands and in my hair. I've used this conditioner three times on my big head and I still have more than half of a the jar left over. As for the fragrance, it passes my migraine-trigger test (it did not cause one) and it does not linger, which I like. I used to love when fragrances lingered in my hair, but lately, not-so-much.

This conditioner is a winner for me. SheScentIt usually has a great Black Friday sale so I've definitely tacked this onto my BF list. Side note: am I the only one who REFUSES to step foot in a store on Black Friday???? I have been out in on BF in I think 5 years, when I watched women jump at a pile of the ugliest shoes known to womankind at Macy's just because a sales associates plopped a "Black Friday sale" sign on it.

Have you used this conditioner? Liked it? Loved it? Left it?

Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally! A Blog Index

I've been meaning to create a blog index for MONTHS, but finally, finally, finally I've done it... well, I've started. With 1,053 posts on the blog I'm nowhere near finished. Please bear with me, I'll get the whole thing done in a couple weeks. I hope this index makes it easier to browse JGA.

Clicking the post banner will take you directly to the index. Or you can just click here :)

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