Friday, February 13, 2015

Wash Day | 2 Week Recap

Have you ever had all your days blur together? Studying for my upcoming bar exam is pretty much what my life revolves around at this point :/ I'm terribly sorry I've been so absent on my little slice of the web but I'll back more regularly once the exam is over.

This wash day recap covers the last 2 weeks:

FEB 3rd WASH DAY RECAP

[1] Pre-poo by mixing glycerin + Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment.
[2] Co-washed with As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
[3] Tea rinsed with green tea + rooibos + peppermint tea
[4] Wrapped my hair in a towel to soak up all excess liquid
[5] Applied HairVeda Sitrinillah to my hair and deep conditioning under my heating cap for 2 hours
[6] T-Shirt dried for about 20 minutes before applying my leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum), detangling my hair, and setting my hair with my curlformer dupes.



Oh, and I finally found longer curlformer dupes. The orange and pink curlformer dupes you've seen before are about 20 inches long. My new dupes, the yellow and blue curlformer dupes are about 23 inches long. I used a whooping 100 dupes... and still air dried overnight. Yup I slept with curlformers in like I always do. To make them more comfortable to sleep in, I slide the CFs down about 3/4 an inch from my scalp. This allows the CF to swing/move freely without putting tension on my scalp.

Gotta love CFs for how well they stretch my 19 months post relaxer hair

The rest of the week I wore my hair in a curly up-do with bangs.


FEB 7th WASH DAY RECAP

[1] I started off by loosening my curls/detangling with another DIY detangler of marshmallow root and green tea + grapeseed oil + glycerin + lavender essential oil to mask the scent of marshmallow root (because I'm not a fan of it). After finger detangling, I applied HairVeda Red Tea Nourishing Conditioner on top for an hour.
[2] After rinsing out the conditioner, there wasn't a tangle in sight *happy dance* I co-washed with Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner.
[3] Tea rinsed with left over marshmallow root + green tea.
[4] Wrapped my hair in a towel to soak up all excess liquid
[5] Applied SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner to my hair and deep conditioned for an hour under my heating cap.
[6] After rinsing out the conditioner, I t-shirt dried for 45 minutes, then applied leave-ins to my hair in sections ((Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) and that's it.

I didn't have it in me to follow up with any my norms... no detangling... no curl formers... no stretching my hair via tension method. I was too tired. I DID apply aloe vera gel to my hair to smooth out the "outer layer." As long as my hair was neat, I was happy.

FEB 10th CO-WASH RECAP

For the next couple of days I rocked that same bun, only taking my hair down at night for comfort. Halfway through the week it was a battle to smooth my hair into a bun so I hopped in the shower, wet my hair and quickly conditioned with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle. After squeezing the excess water from my hair with my hands, I applied aloe vera gel to hair and gently brushed it in.

After putting my hair in a bun and tying down my hair, I left it alone. It took forever for my hair to dry but I was okay with that, my hair was moisturized, bunned, and it was achieved with no muss or fuss #winning. It was also fun to see how textured my hair is without stretching it.


How was your recent wash day?





Sunday, February 1, 2015

Product Review: SheScentIt Blueberry Co-Wash Conditioner


Price: $12.50 for 9 oz bottle

Purchased At: www.shescentit.com

Promises: "Blueberry Co-Wash Conditioner is a rich nourishing conditioner that moisturizes while gently cleansing by using the extracts of Yucca Root. It is a wonderful blend of conditioners, oils and botanical extracts meant to give your hair a true spa-like experience.  Hair is left soft, detangled and frizz free."

Directions: Apply to wet hair. Massage gently into hair and scalp. Leave on for up to 15 minutes.  Rinse.  Hair is now soft, conditioned and healthy.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Marshamallow Althaea Officianalis Root Extract, Rice Bran(Oryza Sativa) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil),  Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol,  Stearalkonium Chloride, Yucca (Yucca  Schidigera) Root Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed oil, Panthenol Vit B5, Fragrance, Germall Plus, Lactic Acid.

My Assessment: After seeing how well my hair has responded to As I Am Coconut Co-Wash and Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner, I've been curious about what other co-washes my tresses might like. After scanning the ingredients and seeing that it contains a lot of goodies my hair loves — aloe, marshmallow root, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol,  Stearalkonium Chloride, and vegetable glycerin — I decided to give it a try.

Quick review of some of the ingredients my hair likes:
• Behentrimonium Methosulfate — is a conditioning agent that provide moisture and help detangle hair.
• Cetearyl Alcohol — a fatty alcohol is an emollient that moisturizes, conditions, and provides slip.
• Stearalkonium Chloride — anti-static agent, a surfactant and an antimicrobial.

The directions indicate that it may be left on for up to 15 minutes. Although I've never left it on for the max 15 minutes, I've left it on for 10 minutes and my hair wasn't a fan of that. After 10 minutes, it left my hair feeling more stripped than a cleansing conditioner should. After that little adventure, I vowed never to leave it on that long.

My normal routine (working in my usual 4 sections when washing my hair) is to apply the co-wash to my hair by applying to my roots and working to down the length of my hair. I work each quadrant of my hair for about 3 minutes and then rinse, leaving behind cleansed, still soft, and most importantly, not stripped hair. This co-wash also rinses out well, and doesn't stick to my scalp and hair.

In comparison to my current fave, Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner, CD provides a bit more slip. In comparison to As I Am, it's not as stripping. This cleansing conditioner falls somewhere in between the two. Would I repurchase? Most likely yes during a sale; it's a nice go-between two faves. CD's Cleansing Conditioner is available at my local Target so it's easier to pick that up on the ground.

Cleansing conditioners I have tried:




Have you used this cleansing 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.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wash Day | An Accidental Pre-Poo That Rocked & Smooth Straight Hair

[1] My hair felt pretty dry by the time wash day rolled around so to prep for my wash day I decided to kill 3 birds with one stone by (a) using a moisturizing pre-poo treatment that would also (b) detangle my hair, and (c) use up products in the process.

I rummaged through my stash and grabbed moisturizing conditioners with nearly empty bottles and added glycerine, a humectant, a boost the mix's moisturizing properties. The conditioners I used were L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner (a ceramide packed conditioner), Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturizer, Paul Mitchell The Detangler (this moisturizing conditioner provides tons of slip), and Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle (moisturizing + slip).

I applied the conditioner mix to dry hair and used my Hot Head Conditioning Cap to pre-poo for an hour. After rinsing out my hair it. felt. freaking. awesome. I was pleasantly surprised. My hair felt supple after rinsing out the pre-poo mix and running my fingers through my hair, 18 months worth of natural new growth and all, was a breeze. I was almost tempted to skip my normal deep conditioning session.

*Do you need to use that many conditioners for an effective pre-poo? HECK NO! I used that many because I needed to throw away all those nearly empty bottles that were taking up space.

[2] Shampooed with Bobeam Coco Honey & Amla Conditioning Shampoo Bar. I planned to flat iron my hair (first for the new year) so I opted to shampoo instead of co-washing to cleanse my hair and make sure I didn't have too much product build up.
[3] Protein treatment with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment.
[4] Wrapped hair in towel for 15 minutes to soak up all excess water.
[5] Deep conditioned with HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner under my steamer for 15 minutes.
[6] After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I t-shirt dried for 20 minutes, then I lightly detangled using just my fingers and used the banding method to stretch my hair. I banded my hair into 4 quandrants and let my hair dry for about 3 hours.

My hair was slightly damp when I removed the bands, but it was stretched very well. For leave-ins I used It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In and apply a small amount of Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide (heat protectant and discontinued) and then finished drying my hair using cold air + tension method, detangling in small sections before drying. Once my hair was dry I flat ironed my hair using my HANA Titanium flat iron.

The few times I've flat ironed my hair during this long transition, I wasn't 100% pleased... until this wash day happened. After flat ironing, my hair was über smooth (y'all know I swoon for smooth hair), light, and bouncy. I may or may not have been on could nine when I turned off my flat iron :)



And I'm so glad I did a protein treatment before flat ironing my hair because it helped strengthen my hair against the heat use and nipped the bit of breakage I had at the line of dermarcation right in the bud. I used to use PM's Keratin Intensive Treatment many moons ago and I'm happy it's been working well for both my natural hair and relaxed hair. It noticeably strengthens my hair but it does so without stiffening/hardening my hair. As a bonus, it rinses well and detangles my tresses as it rinses out #winnerwinnerchickendinner

I hope your wash day went well!! What technique or product shined during your wash? 


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