Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wash Day (Curls & Steam, My New Best Friends)

[1] Pre-pooed with L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner (for the 30 Days with Ceramides challenge) under my steamer for 15 minutes. The steam helped the conditioner penetrate into my hair and as a result my hair felt so nice after rinsing it out: soft, so smooth, and detangled.

[2] Co-washed with Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner.

[3] Coffee rinsed and left the coffee in my hair.

[4] After wrapping my hair in a towel for 20 minutes to soak excess liquid, I applied HairVeda Sitrinillah to my hair and sat under my steamer for 15 minutes. My Secura O3 Steamer (that's been collecting dust for months) finally saw some wash day action and it reminded me (yaknow, because steamers whisper every now and then) that I really need to use it more often. Just as it did while pre-pooing, my steamer helped the conditioner sink into my hair, boosting the conditioner's effectiveness. After rinsing out the conditioner my hair felt so so soft and fluffy. I tried to snap a picture to capture said softness in the photo on the right.
Left: my hair with conditioner after steaming
Right: my hair after rinsing out the conditioner

[5] Sprayed scalp and hair with apple cider vinegar + water mix.

[6] T-shirt dried for 30 minutes. After t-shirt drying, applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner (get 10% off your first Kurlee Belle order with discount code: JustGrowAlready10) and then mixed Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum + Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum in my palm and applied over the leave-in. Why mix serums? I planned to do a flexi rod set so I used PM's SSS to provide smooth hair + help detangle and Organix's serum to prevent breakage. [7] After applying my leave-ins to a section, I detangled and set my hair on the flexi rods. As I did with my last flexi rod set, I used the tip I picked up from KinkyKurlyQueen and started a two strand twist before setting my hair on the rod to help stretch 55 weeks worth of new growth.

Once all the rods were in, I tucked myself into bed for a long night of tossing and turning. The next morning though? Hello soft, heat-free curls! Oh, and starting a two strands twist before setting my hair on the rods also made it very easy to separate my curls without frizz.

This flexi rod set is definitely the softest set I've every achieved. As I write this post my curls are now 5 days old and I have not moisturized and sealed once, yet my hair is still soft and my curls are still bouncy! And zero breakage! *Twirls and throws confetti* On day 4 I had a couple strands that drooped further than the others so I cheated and used bobby pins to pull up those curls for a more even look to my curls.
Top left: day 1
Top right: day 1
Bottom left: day 2
Bottom right: day 4
Pineappling my hair at night has helped preserve my curls. For more on how I pineapple my hair and a picture tutorial, check out this post: Preserving My Flexi Rod Set by "Pineappling"
Day 1 pineappling
How was your recent wash day?

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Kurlee Belle Giveaway


I'm so excited to share this giveaway with you because these two gems are two faves of mine! The deep conditioner does a great job at job at detangling my hair, provided slip, and triggering all types of "hand-in-hair-syndrome" while I deep condition because it defines my new growth so well. The leave-in has become my go-to leave-in. It provides slip, sinks into my hair, and provides my hair so lots of (long-lasting) moisture.

Kurlee Belle is giving two of my fave products to one lucky JGA winner. The entry form will be open until July 30th and and one winner will be chosen at random on July 31h. Apologies to my international readers but this giveaway is open to USA residents only. Here are the prizes:

BANANA NUT AND AVOCADO DEEP TREATMENT
Description: Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment is just what the doctor ordered for dry, damaged hair. Bring those tresses back to life with our smooth concoction of Banana, Avocado, Honey and Coconut. Banana is rich in potassium and hailed for its moisturizing properties. Avocado contains fatty acids that nourish, smooth and soften hair. Honey provides shine while conditioning to make hair soft and supple. Coconut hydrates, conditions and softens.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Basil Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Honey Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum).

My product review is posted here.

THIRSTY KURLS LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Description: Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner provides "lots of slip" and moisture that detangles and softens curls. Hibiscus penetrates the cuticle to maintain acid balance. Aloe Vera soothes and moisturizes dry, damaged hair. Honey hydrates and helps the hair retain moisture.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Simmondsia Chinsensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Hibiscus Rosa-Senensis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Honey Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum).

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Hair Story Feature: Meet Reisha

Your hair is?... Relaxed (this includes texlaxed)

When and why did you start your hair journey?
I began my research of healthy hair care in June of 2010. I came across UluvMegz on youtube and thought, "wow. I wonder how many other black women have beautiful, long hair out there." So, I began to google hair tips for relaxed hair and I came across Jen's blog! I was so intrigued by the information I was learning that I tried to incorporate some of things I learned there after. However, I didn't officially begin my hair journey until June of 2012 after graduating high school. I started in 2012 because I was able to buy whatever products I wanted without my mom complaining how it is all useless. I began my journey because I wanted healthy, long hair. I'm in love with long hair. I was also tired of going through beauticians and having bad hair experiences. I never had one beautician. I had maybe 6-7 because I hated doing my own hair. After 2011, I quit going to beauticians unless I needed a relaxer. In June of 2012 that ceased too.

What is your current regimen?
My regimen is pretty basic. I clarify my hair once a month with a Suave shampoo (or when I have extreme buildup). I was my hair every two weeks with a Herbal Essences shampoo & conditioner for long hair. Next, I apply the ORS deep condition on my hair and scalp and cover it with two shower caps for 45-50 mins. After I rinse the conditioner out, I turban-wrap my hair in a t-shirt for 30 mins. Lastly, I detangle my hair with a leave-in conditioner and Fantasia heat protectant. I bun my hair right after that. I self-relax every 10-12 weeks depending on the time of year. I do not relax during the summer. I only trim my ends when needed. So that depends. I moisturize my hair every other day or every two days. Moreover, I really want to start using an oil in my regimen. I just haven't found the right one yet.

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
My current hair goals are reaching MBL, stopping breakage, keeping hair healthy and thick, and learning to maintain roots looking freshly relaxed when stretching relaxers. I must say I am doing my best keeping my hair healthy and thick by strictly following my regimen and not allowing others to do my hair for me.

How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I plan to achieve MBL by adding an oil into my regimen and trying some no heat challenges. I rarely use heat now but challenges might be fun. Stopping breakage and stretching relaxers comes with research. I'm doing my best to find products to help me achieve these goals.

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
I wish I would have known how valuable protective hairstyles were. My ends could have been saved from the damage it may have had thanks to wearing it down so much. I also wish I had known about the benefits of healthy hair earlier. There's so many mishaps I could have avoided.

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
I had a major setback in August of 2010 before I started my hair journey. I went to Kalahari (a waterpark) with some friends and got my hair wet. Not thinking twice about it, I didn't bother to wash the chlorine out of my hair. Three days later, I went to my beautician without detangling my hair or anything. I just put it in a ponytail and expected her to do it. She was pissed. I had accidentally created a huge knot in my hair and the only way to get it out would be to cut it out. So first, she told me to pull as much hair out of the knot as I could and whatever was left had to be cut. I cried so hard about it but I learned my lesson. From there on out, I would detangle my hair and wash my hair before and after I go swimming. Also wearing my hair in a bun could work. I bounced back by constantly wearing ponytails and not fooling with my hair. It all began to grow back. I'm thankful now.


What are your favorite protective styles?
My favorite protective style is BUNS: knot buns, curly buns, messy buns, donut/sock buns, big hair buns and high buns! I love buns lol. I've become so obsessed with them that my friends or people I've met have asked me how. Aside from buns though, I love using flexirods on my hair to create a curly afro look! I haven't learned to do spiral curls using flexirods yet but I hope I will this year!

What are some of your favorite products?
My favorite products are Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner for long hair, Fantasia heat protectant (its a lifesaver) and Silk Elements MegaSilk Leave-In Hair Moisturizing Creme. These products work wonders on my hair; keeping it managable, moisturized and nice smelling.

What do you love most about your hair?
I love how thick my hair is. I feel like it makes my hairstyles look fuller. For example, my hair buns!

How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I like to make dreamers into believers! Or nonbelievers into supporters. When I started my hair journey, I didn't tell anyone. People would just say: "you're doing too much," "black hair can't grow to your waist," "your hair is weave," "you're obsessed." Discouraging things like that. My mom was one. She just believed it was genetics that got my hair where it was at the moment. Now she asks me for advice. I guess what keeps me motivated is seeing so many beautiful, black women with waist length or MBL hair and it's healthy. I've fallen in love with relaxed and natural hair. I love trying new hairstyles and products, learning new tips and following other people's hair journeys. It amazes me. One day I hope to inspire someone with my story.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
On my birthday in 2013, I went to go visit my great grandmother who was 92 years old. My hair was down and freshly relaxed as of 2 days prior. When I walked in and hugged her, she said "my God, is that your real hair baby?" I said "yes, of course." She said "wow. It's beautiful. Many young people these days don't have real, beautiful hair such as yours. Please never cut it. It reminds me of my mother's." That comment honestly made my life! I promised her I wouldn't and I won't!

Also, my 6 year old cousin calls me Rapunzel (Disney's Tangled version). I know my hair isn't that long but according to her, I am the black Rapunzel and when she gets older, she wants her hair to be as long as mine.

Where can we find you on the web? Twitter | Blog | Instagram: MyNameIsPeabo ♥



The part about your grandmother and little cousin makes me miss mine! #homesick Thank you for sharing your story with us!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wash Day

[1] Pre-pooed with L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner. I picked up this conditioner for the 30 Days with Ceramides challenge after realizing I had no conditioners that contained ceramides in my stash. I posted  my post on my first impression of this conditioner earlier this week and days later my hair is still just as smooth as Day 1.
Hair with L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner
[2] Co-washed with Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner.
[3] Tea rinsed with marshmallow root tea + rooibos tea.
[4] Left the tea in my hair and wrapped my hair with a towel to soak up excess liquid.
[5] Deep conditioned with HairVeda Sitrinillah for an hour under my heat cap.
[6] Sprayed my scalp and hair with water + apple cider vinegar and then t-shirt dried for 40 minutes.
[7] After taking down the t-shirt, my hair felt so smooth and soft. Happy dances may or may not have happened. I applied my usually leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum), detangled my hair, and then used the tension method to dry my hair (with cold air).
[8] After applying EcoStyler Gel to my edges, I finished air drying my hair in a bun (I rarely dry my hair completely with the blow dryer, I target my new growth to stretch it) overnight. The next morning I did a simply ponytail and called it a day.


This was a pretty no muss, no fuss wash day; my favorite kind! I am a big cheerleader for tackling tangles at every step to make wash days easy as possible. Pre-pooing with a conditioner that softened, smoothed, and helped detangle as I removed shed hairs + co-washing with a cleansing conditioner that provides loads of slip and doing so in sections  + deep conditioning with a conditioner that does a great job at moisturizing and softening my hair + and then finally using leave-ins that moisturize and provide slip = no tangles to tackle when it came time to detangle. At that point is was a matter of using my fingers to de-clump my hair and comb through for smoother results while blow drying.

If you haven't already started, pretty please be mindful of how you're handling your hair at each step. I promise it makes a world of difference!

How was your recent wash day?

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[CLOSED] Camille Rose Naturals Giveaway!


Camille Rose Naturals is giving away these three gems to one JGA reader! The entry form will be open until July 23rd and and one winner will be chosen at random on July 24th. Apologies to my international readers but this giveaway is open to USA residents only. Here are the prizes:

ALMOND JAI TWISTING BUTTER
Description: Best twisting butter ever! Achieve  the ultimate soft fully twist out with a combination of almond milk, almond oil, jojoba, hemp and a drizzle of honey. Your style will be elongated, silky and held in place!

Ingredients: Deionized water,behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS)cetearyl alcohol, prunus dulcis(almond milk), prunusdulcis (almond)oil, cucurbita pepo(pumpkin)seed oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis(jojoba) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice)bran oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut)seed oil,olea europaea (olive)fruit oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ulmus fulva bark extract (slippery elm), ricinus communis(castor)seed oil, aloe barbadensis(aloe)leaf juice< honey, camellia sinensis(green tea)leaf extract, phenoxyethanol/caprylyl glycol(optiphen). sorbic acid, scent and LOVE!

ALGAE RENEW DEEP CONDITIONING MASK
Description: Intense super rich conditioning treatment infused with blue green algae which consist of 65 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and biotin. algae is know to stop hair from thinning, breaking and shedding on contact. unrefined cocoa and mango butters are artfully blended into this one of a kind formula for extra conditioning. Works beautifully on all hair types and can be used for pre- shampoo, steaming and spa treatments.

Ingredients: Deoinized water, aloe vera juice, butyrospermum parkii(shea)butter, cocos nucifera (coconut oil), behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS) cetyl alcohol, theobroma cacao (cocoa)butter, mangifera indica(mango)seed butter, cannabis sativa(hemp) seed oil, di panthenol, mel(manuka)honey, vegetable glycerin, camellia sinensis )green tea) extract, simmondsia chinensia(jojoba) seed oil, rosa canina(rose hip) fruit oil, bitis vinifera(grape)seed oil, oenothera biennis(evening primrose) oil,phenoxyethanol and capryly glycol(optiphen), blue green algae, dimethyl sulfone (msm), biotin, tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), mentha piperita (peppermint)oil, scent and LOVE!

CURL LOVE MOISTURE MILK
Description: Formulated with rice milk which are rich in vitamins a, d and b12. Macadamia, castor and avocado oils are poured into the blend to nurture your tresses and aid in preventing breakage and styling damage. Your hair will have long lasting moisture, softness and definition.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Ternifolia (Macademia Nut) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Camellia (Green Tea) Sinensis Leaf, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Milk, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva) bark, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Scent and Love.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hair Story Feature: Meet Jackie

Your hair is?... Relaxed (this includes texlaxed)

When and why did you start your hair journey?
I started my journey my junior year or high school, I was motivated by a close friend. She had all these pictures of women with long beautiful hair. I swore up and down it was weave but it wasn't and ever since then I've been fixated on having my own HEALTHY, long, and thick hair.

Describe your hair for us.
My hair is very under processed, I textlax on average twice a year. I'm currently below bra-strap and I'm over joyed, I never thought I'd reach my goal.

What is your current regimen?
I prefer to keep the products I use very simple. I use ORS Smooth and Creamy Shampoo diluted in an applicator bottle to target the scalp. I use Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration to detangle on wash days (Sunday aka FUNDAY). (I also add a little to a spray bottle with aloe vera juice as a moisturizer. ) I follow the wash and detangle with a moisturizing deep conditioner alternating with protein when my hair needs it. I dry with a cotton t-shirt and proceed to air dry. I moisturize and seal using the L.O.C method, the liquid of my choice is the previously mentioned Hello Hydration, aloe vera juice and water. I seal with jojoba oil and Cantu leave-in conditioner. I usually style using a low manipulation style using heat at the most once a month. I moisturize and seal twice a weak in addition to a co-wash once a week. I clip and or dust my ends as needed.

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
My primary hair goal is healthy hair, in addition I want long, full, and thick hair with fresh ends. My initial goal was APL ( not very ambitious I know) I quickly passed that and went for bra strap. I recently made bra strap and have graduated to below bra strap. My current goal is mid back length.

How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I have achieved my goals by being consistent, patient, and persistent. I have made plenty of sacrifices like not wearing a blowout when I really wanted to whip my hair back and forth like Willow! But seriously, I stretch my relaxers, I moisturize and seal, I use minimal heat, I dust my ends as needed, and I leave my hair ALONE. (*Yes! Some of my hair commandments, Jackie!* -Jen)

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
It has not adversely affected my life in anyway. I have been able to lend a hand to many other women who have not believed it was possible to grow their own hair and I take pride in that.

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
I had a MAJOR set back sophomore year of college. Freshmen year I spend a lot of time on the collegiate lifestyle and began to neglect my hair. I began to see the error of my ways, I cutoff 5 inches it was TERRIBLE. Following that I was a lot more attentive and haven't looked back yet.

What are your favorite protective styles?
My go to styles are two braids, tucks, twist outs, braids outs, and sometimes I wear a wig.

What are some of your favorite products?
• Water and Aloe vera juice
• Shampoo: ORS Smooth and Creamy
• Conditioners: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and Nexxus Humectress
• Deep conditioners: Carol's Daugter Monoi, Hollywood Olive oil Cholesterol, Organics Hair Mayonnaise, Aphogee 2 Minute Corrector, and Beautiful Texture Rapid Repair
• Leave in: Cantu Shea butter and Shea Moisture Argan and Raw Shea extra moisturizing leave in
• Oils: coconut ( parachute), NOW castor, jojoba, and grape seed, and Organix Moroccan argan oil
• Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie, Aunt Jackies Curl La La, Carol's Daughter Marguerites Magic, and Motions Mousse.

What do you love most about your hair?
I love the thickness of my hair.

How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I haven't had many people that doubt me just a lot of admirers.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
To research and learn; having knowledge is the key to long term healthy hair growth. There are many products and magic potions on the market that women waste their money. I read the Science of Black Hair it was really helpful. I also utilize blogs (clearly), YouTube, and live chats like Ustream with my girl the thetruthishair.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things (e.g. conditioner, bobby pins) would you wish you had?
(1) Nexxus Humectress, (2) bobby pins, (3) jojoba oil, (4) Cantu leave-in conditioner, and (5) spray bottle.

Where can we find you on the web? Instagram @miss_vanityfair



Thank you for sharing your story, Jackie!