Showing posts with label KeraPRO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KeraPRO. Show all posts

Monday, July 29, 2013

Wash Day

(1) Pre-pooed with grapeseed oil on the length of my hair and Hair Trigger on my scalp.
(2) Shampooed with Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Shampoo.
(3) Tea rinses with mix of green tea and peppermint tea.
(4) Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for a few minutes, then rinsed.
(5) Deep conditioned with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner for 20 minutes under my steamer.
(6) After rinsing out the conditioner, I sprayed my hair with apple cider vinegar (the same mix I made from two weeks ago using 50 mL of apple cider vinegar and 778 mL of water). For the last 2 weeks, I've left the ACV in my hair but this week I decided to rinse it out of my hair. Didn't see a difference in results, just smooth hair without the lingering smell of ACV.
(7) After rinsing my hair, I hopped out the shower and wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for about 30 minutes. Then I sprayed my hair with CHI Keratin Leave-In Conditioner and tied my hair down with a silk scarf. Once my hair was about 80% dry, I applied a little KeraPRO Anti-Frizz Elixir to my hair and detangled using my trusty Hercules Sagemann 5580.

Overall, I'm happy with this wash day. My hair came out fluffy, soft, and smooth. I tried to get a picture of the texture of my hair after detangling, shown in the picture to the right below. When I first applied the CHI Keratin Leave-In Conditioner (and even though it's packaged in a spray bottle, I found it easier to spray into my palm and then apply with my hands) I was a little bit skeptical about whether it all would end well because when I first applied the leave in, it didn't feel like it did anything. Then after a few minutes as my hair dried (before detangling) my hair felt a bit coated. I hate, hate, hate when my hair feels coated so I was nervous and wondered whether I should grab my usual leave in conditioner but decided not to. By the time I detangled my hair, it felt much better. Even after my hair dried (which is the true test), my hair still felt soft and light with not a coated strand in sight.

After detangling, I applied a little aloe vera gel to my edges, dampened my brush with water, and gently brushed my edges to distribute the gel. Then I tied my edges down and threw my hair up into a bun to finish drying. Sidenote: whenever I look at my ends when my hair is air dried (and get the urge to grab my shears and start cutting) I have to remind myself that my texlaxed texture is playing tricks on me, making my ends appear thinner than they really are because once my hair is flat ironed straight, my ends look fine. I am so looking forward to the day my hair is completely texlaxed.

For the week, I plan on moisturizing and sealing nightly, spraying my nape with CHI Keratin Mist once or twice, and maybe doing scalp massages... but I'm so bad at remembering to do my scalp massages now that I doubt I will.

How was your most recent wash day?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Wash Day

(1) Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger on my scalp and safflower oil on the length of my hair
(3) Coffee rinse.
(4) Protein treatment with Silk Dreams Mocha Silk Infusion.
(5) Wrapped my hair in a towel for 15 minutes to soak up the water from my hair (I never apply conditioner to soaking wet hair). Deep conditioned with steam (review here) using Silk Dreams' Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream conditioner.
(6) Wrapped my hair in a towel for about 30 minutes. When my hair was about 70% dry, I applied my leave ins: Silk Dreams Wheat Germ Butter Conditioner and KeraPRO Anti-Frizz Serum. I've had this serum for forever and a day and figured it's about time I used it. Then I detangled my hair.
(7) After detangling, I finished drying my hair in a bun.

I did a protein treatment this wash because around this time (9 weeks post relaxer) is when I would normally prep my hair with protein to relax the next week. This was my first time doing a coffee rinse and using Silk Dreams' Mocha Silk Infusion. First impressions: I liked the coffee rinse, it didn't make my hair stiff then way tea does and I had less shed hair when detangling. I liked the MSI as well. It's not a thick as Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream but it sinks in on application, smells nice, rinsed out well, and my hair felt strengthened when I rinsed it out. My hair felt a tiny bit stiff but I expect that from all protein treatments.

I'm considering braiding my hair (box braids) for a few weeks because I kind of want a break from my hair but eh who knows. I haven't had box braids since 2002 and my wimpy tenderheaded scalp gets so sore sooo who knows.

I'll be living in bun city for the week while keeping my hair moisturized and happy.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wash Day

(1) Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger on my scalp, Mizani Supreme Oil Mask on the length of my hair, I needed to use this conditioner up so I chucked using an oil on the length of my hair for this wash.
(3) Tea rinsed using green tea and peppermint tea.
(4) Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for 5 minutes then rinsed.
(5) Wrapped my hair in a towel for 15 minutes to soak up the water from my hair (I never apply conditioner to soaking wet hair). Deep conditioned with my steamer using KeraPRO Restorative Treatment (you can check out my review here).
(6) Wrapped my hair in a towel for about 30 minutes. When my hair was about 70% dry, I applied my leave ins: Silk Dreams Wheat Germ Butter Conditioner and serum, Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum and detangled my hair.
(7) After detangling, I applied aloe vera gel to my edges, brushed it in a little, and tied my hair down with a silk scarf to let it air dry.

Another routine wash day ending in air dried hair. My hair still dries smooth but my new growth and texlaxed hair are drying fluffier and fluffier... my bone straight relaxed ends look so puny in comparison. I will jump for joy the day I cut the last bit on bone straight hair off. I haven't deep conditioned with KeraPRO in a while but when rinsing it out, I noticed much more shed hair in the hair catcher than when I rinse out Silk Dreams' Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream... didn't like that. 

I need to cut back on wearing my hair in a ponytail during the week because my ends seem to be suffering from it because the end of my ponytail rubs against my clothes. Gameplan for the week is to moisturize with my tried and true Darcy's Botancials Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme, seal with grapeseed oil, rock a bun, and deep condition on Tuesday.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wash Day

(1) Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger on my scalp and safflower oil on the length of my hair (heated up the oil before applying). (2) I shampooed with Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Shampoo. (3) I did a green tea rinse using two tea bags and 12 ounces of water. (4) I applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment to my hair for a few minutes, then rinsed. (5) I used my Gold N' Hot conditioning cap (I've had it since 2009 and it's still going strong) and deep conditioned with KeraPRO Restorative Treatment(6) Because I haven't done a clear rinse in ages, I did one today using Adore (#10 clear). I applied the rinse to my hair, covered with a plastic cap, and sat under my conditioning cap for 15 minutes.

(7) After rinsing out the Adore rinse, I squeezed the excess water from my hair and wrapped my hair in a cotton t-shirt for about an hour. As I mentioned in my post last week, My Regimen Explained, I recently switched to detangling after my hair has dried a bit. My hair was still damp when I ditched the t-shirt so I left it alone to dry a bit more.

(8) My hair was about 80% dry when I applied my leave ins: Silk Dreams Hair Care Mocha Silk Hair Milk and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum then detangled with my Hercules Sagemann 5580 seamless wide-toothed comb. Even though it took me 45 minutes to detangle my hair (because I go slow and really there's just a lot now) doing green tea rinses and letting my hair dry a bit before detangling seems to be paying off because I lost a very small amount of hair. (9) After detangling, I left my hair alone to go about it's airdrying business.

My intentions were to do a braidout but um, what had happened was... (10) I fell asleep while on webcam with my BF and when he realized I was nearing the point of no return he woke me up and reminded me to wrap up my hair for bed. I loosely bunned my hair, covered it with my silk scarf and drifted right back off to sleep. (11) My overnight bun tamed the fluffiness so in the morning when I took down my bun I was able to pull my hair into a simple, smooth ponytail.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wash Day

(1) Pre-pooed overnight with Hair Trigger on my scalp and Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment on the length of my hair. My hair felt so moist after pre-pooing with the Creme of Nature Treatment - it's definitely a keeper.

(2) Shampooed with Mizani Supreme Oil Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo. This was my second time using this shampoo and so far, I like it. It has a pleasant scent and cleans my hair well. It actually feels more like a conditioner. It's really creamy and doesn't work up into much of a lather - not a complaint, just an observation.

(3) Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for 5 minutes before rinsing.

(4) Deep conditioned with KeraPRO Restorative Treatment for 30 minutes under my steamer. I guess I essentially deep conditioned twice for this wash - once overnight and then under my steamer but it was worth in the end to me. I did a strand test after deep conditioning - where I took a strand and gently pulled it apart to test its elasticity. The strand stretched comfortably without snapping and shrunk back to its original length. Then I quickly pulled in and out (think of a rubber band) and it didn't snap, so I vote this wash's pre-poo and deep conditioning sessions a success.

(5) Squeezed the excess water from my hair using a towel and did a clear rinse using Jazzing, by Clairol. I left the rinse on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

(6) Wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for about 20 minutes.

(7) Applied leave in conditioner: Darcy's Botanical Daily Leave-In, and serum: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. I split the four sections I do everything in into smaller 1-2 inch sections, parting vertically to decrease manipulation, and starting from the ends of my hair working upwards, detangled with my trusty Hercules Sagemann 5580 comb.

After detangling my hair, I tied down my edges with my silk scarf and let my hair air dry. It dried "poofier" than normal today because I kept touching my hair to shift it around so that the inner layers could dry.

Side note: I received a request to post a picture of what my hair looks like "naked," without any products so here's a pic on the left.

When my hair was finally dry, I applied a little Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, loosely bunned it, and covered with my silk scarf. I'm keeping it simple for the week: moisturizing, sealing, scalp massages, bunning.

Left: my hair smoothed down by my scarf

P.S. If you're in Hurricane Sandy's path, be safe! Really hoping I don't lose power :/

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wash Day (Roller, Roller, Roller Set)

After pre-poo. Still have have product
in my hair.
  1. Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger on my scalp and Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment on my hair under my heating cap for 1 hour. I love how this stuff makes my hair feel. It sinks right into my hair and leaves it so moisturized. I opted to use a moisturizing conditioner for my pre-poo this week because I flat ironed my hair last and it was time to really infuse moisture back into my strands. To the right is a picture of my hair after pre-pooing, still with product in my hair.
  2. Shampooed with Mizani Supreme Oil Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo. This was my first time using this shampoo.
  3. Applied Paul Mitchell Super Daily Skinny Treatment for 5 minutes then rinsed. I finally finished all the Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk I had, won't be purchasing it. I'm going back to Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment.
  4. Used a t-shirt to soak up all the excess water. At this point my hair felt awesome. Very soft, smooth, and fluffy. I honestly felt like I didn't need to deep condition but I still did out of habit.
  5. Deep conditioned with KeraPRO Restorative Treatment under my streamer for 30 minutes. 
  6. Applied leave in conditioner (Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave In), then serum (Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum), and detangled with my HS5580 seamless comb.
  7. Roller set my hair on 1 3/4 inch and 2 inch rollers then sat under the dryer for a grueling 2.5 hours.

Here are the results after finger combing the curls out. I get a few emails from readers who are  skeptical about my lack of a comb during the week but it's true haha. Finger combing gets the job done.

At the beginning of the year I started flat ironing my roots and texlaxed hair to blend with my straighter relaxed hair but I didn't have to do that today at all. When setting my hair I made sure my hair was as taut as possible when I rolled it onto the roller so it dried as straight as possible. Yay for no use of direct heat!

I'm super happy with the small amount of hair I lost while detangling and roller setting. The ingredients were the primary reason I purchased a bottle -- it contains black tea, garlic, and onion which help reduce shedding and hair fall -- and so far, they haven't let me down. I haven't taken garlic supplements for months but using Hair Trigger on wash days and during the week is doing a great job in reducing my shedding. The picture to the right is the total amount of hair from detangling and roller setting. The pin is included for size reference. In the shower I lost 10 strands. Yes I know the exact number because I grab the strands and stick them to my wall to prevent my shower from clogging, lol.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Clarissa N. and DeBorah - please, please email me back so I can get your Sprushs to you. I'll have to choose alternate winners if I haven't heard back from you by 10/25/12 :( Please email me!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Product Review: KeraPRO Restorative Treatment

Price:$10.99 for 5.1 oz jar ($9.99 with Beauty Club Card)

Purchased At: Sally Beauty Supply

Promises:"KeraPRO Restorative Treatment is an intense nourishing treatment saturates hair from roots to ends for the ultimate restorative therapy for extra dry or stressed hair. Contains scientifically-advanced glucose, lipid and keratin protein actives. Locks nutrients deep inside the hair fiber leaving hair soft, shiny and healthy."

Directions:Apply to clean hair and massage through the lengths and ends. Leave for 5 minutes. Rinse well.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glucose, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cetyl Esters, Silicone Quaternium- 16, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Propoxytetramethyl Piperidinyl Dimethicone,Olyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, C11-15 Pareth-7, Undeceth-11, Trideceth-6, Benzophenone-4, Ppg-1 Trideceth-6, Undeceth-5, Butyloctanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Limonene, Fragrance/Parfum

My Assessment:  Right off the bat, I love this conditioner. Pros: First, as I've mentioned before, I like when conditioners are packaged in jars so of course I like the packaging of this conditioner. Having the product in a jar makes it so much easier to get every ounce of product. Even though I cut open bottles and tubes, it's very convenient when it's already packaged in a form that makes it easy to scoop out the product. This may not be a big pro for some, but it's a plus to me.

Fragrance-wise, this conditioner has a non-overpowering pleasant smell.

This conditioner seems to just sink into my hair after I apply it. I've used this conditioner to deep condition after washing my hair and each time it's left my hair soft and moisturized for days. I'm two months post and have to moisturize my new growth every few days, lest it feel dry and crunchy. I deep conditioned on Friday and six days later, I haven't moisturized my new growth once. Of course the level of softness has decreased but not the point where I feel it necessary to moisturize.

Because I have fine hair, how much a product weighs down my strands matters. Luckily, my hair does not feel weighed down after use. My hair feels soft and fluffy. As for the consistency, this conditioner is on the thick side, which I like, but not as too thick, and still has a creamy feel.

Cons: There isn't much product in this 5 oz jar for nearly $10.99. That's about it for this category.

Overall, I really like this conditioner. It leaves my hair soft and moisturized for days. I will definitely repurchase and rotate with my other staple conditioners.

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.”

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hair Babble

• Cutting of 1-2 inches looks better each and every day. I kind of want a Crea-Clip, the generic version of it though, because the real once goes for $30+ and that's too much for a tool that simply helps you make a straight cut!

• In one of my classes, there is a woman with long, tailbone length dirty-blondish hair and for the first time in my life, I found myself thinking "that's just too much hair." She kept flicking it over her shoulder or shaking her head and the only image that kept coming to mind was the way horses flick their tails... you know, when the tail flicks and sends a wavy through the whole length? Just. Like. That. Her hair is thick, except for the last 3 or 4 inches which were thin and overall it lacked shine and "smoothness." I couldn't enjoy her length... I'm such a creep, talking as if it's MY hair to enjoy! 

• For a few weeks now, I was convinced the universe didn't want to me purchase a new jar of KeraPRO Intensive Treatment. The nearest Sally Beauty Supply from me is 20-25 minutes away. I made the trek one day only to find that there was no KeraPRO to be found in the store. The sales clerk didn't even know what KeraPRO was, showed me a bottle of Mixed Chicks instead. A few days later I hopped onto the Sally website to find the next nearest store. 35 minutes away. Okay, cool. I suck it up and make the trek (as you can tell, where 20 minutes away or further = trek for me). When my GPS announced I arrived at my destination, I'm a little confused. There was absolutely no Sally Beauty at the address Sally website gave me. I stay in the area and drive around a little, hoping it's just hidden somewhere... nope... nada... nothing. played me. Luckily, my mother had a package to forward to me so I kindly asked her to grab a jar from the Sally Beauty near her that I KNOW carries KeraPRO. Wonderful angel my mother is, she sent me four (love her!). The universe, through my mother, wants KeraPRO and I to continue our relationship.

• I dreamt I cut my hair into a pixie cut, and loved it. Is my sub-conscious telling me something? Should I hide my scissors? Lol.

• I've been off my "hair" vitamins for two weeks now. I finished up my last bottle of Country Life Maxi-Hair but didn't repurchase because Maxi-Hair was upsetting my stomach. The days I'd take it, upset stomach. Next day I wouldn't take it but take my other vitamins, eat and drink normally, no upset stomach. The next day, start Maxi-Hair again... upset stomach. So I purchased GNC Hair, Skin and Nails Formula to try out as a replacement.

• What in the world does GNC stand for anyway?

Mesh rollers, in my near future.

• Most of my favorite hair products can be purchased online, and there are 1 or 2 products I'd love to try but when shipping costs more than my actual product, I empty my cart and move on. I just won't do it.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

KeraPRO Products Now In My Possession

I really hadn't planned on purchasing anything for the remainder of the year, but what had happened was...

I was in Sally's, just browsing I swear, and I happened to walked by the KeraPRO products and saw that they were still on sale for $5.00. Well, product junkie Jen took over and then next thing I knew I was heading towards the nearest open casier with the conditioner and serum in hand. *Sigh*

Looking forward to using these next wash and roller set.

With smiles,