Showing posts with label pre-poo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pre-poo. Show all posts

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wash Day

Week old air dried hair.
If you follow me on Instragram or Facebook, you know I was not gung-ho about starting my wash day when I posted the picture to the right on Friday. My hair looked fine (the length) but my scalp and new growth were not on the same page. During the week I decided to use my sulfur mix for a few days and it ended up drying out my new growth a bit. My scalp felt a little oily so putting off wash day wasn't an option.

Pre-poo: I applied Hair Trigger (check out my review here) to my scalp and Matrix Conditioning Balm to the length of my hair. Remember when this used to be my go-to deep conditioner?! I forgot I had two jars of this stuff so I pulled it out to pre-poo with to use it up.

Shampoo: I shampooed with Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo. I used an applicator bottle, mixing the shampoo with water, to apply it directly to my scalp.

Tea rinse: After I rinsed out the shampoo, I rinsed my hair with green tea. Read about a few benefits of green tea rinses here. I let the tea sit on my hair for a few minutes, then rinsed my hair with water.

Smoothing conditioner: I applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment to my hair for a few minutes, then rinsed. I like using PM SSDT after doing a tea rinse because it makes my hair feel "normal" since tea rinses can leave hair feeling a bit stiff.

Deep conditioner: I applied Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream to my hair and steamed using my Secura steamer for 30 minutes. After steaming, I let my hair cool down before rinsing out the conditioner. I do this when I use my heating cap as well. After squeezing out the excess water from my hair, I wrapped it in a cotton t-shirt for about an hour.

For leave in conditioner I used a Hairitage Hydration leave in that's currently in the works so I don't have a name or link to share with you but it did leave my hair soft. For serum, I used my beloved Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. Parting my hair into 4 sections, then splitting each section into two, I detangled using my Hercules Sagemann 5580 comb working from the ends up. After tying my edges down with a scarf, I air dried my hair.

In the morning, I moisturized with Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip and sealed with grapeseed oil. Then, I tucked my hair into a faux bob and headed out off to church. Check out my video here for how I style my hair into a bob.

I've been neglecting my beloved ceramide oils (e.g. grapeseed and hemp seed oil) so I'll be focusing on sealing with one of them during the week.

On another note, if you've received your Dear Hair, Just Grow Already journal, I'd love to know what you think about it!

That's all for now. Currently 4 weeks post 6-8 more weeks to go in this stretch!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Regimen Explained

Note: edited the post to add in my leave-in conditioners. 

Hi all, I've received quite a few emails about my regimen and the "whys" behind what I do so I thought addressing them in one post would be the easiest route. I truly believe that everything we do to our hair, apply to our hair should be with purpose. It does take time, trial, and error to really get to know our hair, what works for it and what doesn't but once we do, purposeful actions pay off!

"Pre-poo" is shorthand for pre-shampoo treatment. I pre-poo before every wash by either doing a hot oil treatment or applying conditioner. I like to do hot oil treatments when my hair feels "normal," meaning not to dry, not to mushy from over-conditining my hair. I predominately like to use oils that contain ceramides because ceramides and my hair "go together like ramma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong." I love the movie Grease, I had to sneak that line in! If you're not interested in John Travolta dancing around in tight pants and white socks, check out this post about the benefits of ceramides. I like to pre-poo with a conditioner (a moisturizing conditioner) when my hair is feeling drier than normal and when I plan on using heat. Oils I use: grapeseed, safflower, vitamin E, hemp oil, coconut oil, Hairitage Hydration Alaya Oil, Hair Trigger (scalp only).

A clean scalp is a healthy, happy scalp. I use a clarifying/chelating shampoo (check here and here for more info about clarifying and chelating) when I need to remove product and mineral build up (because I have hard water) from my hair. I use a protein shampoo when I do not feel like doing a full on protein treatment and want to balance out my moisture use, I use a moisturizing shampoo when my hair is feeling drier than normal or when I plan on doing a protein treatment. I use a "smoothing shampoo" when I need help with tangles. Edited to add: For about 3 weeks now I've been using a color applicator bottle (like the one shown here) to shampoo my hair. I simply pour shampoo in the bottle, add water to dilute it and make it easier to squeeze out of the bottle and apply the shampoo to my scalp. Using a color applicator bottle has helped me reduce manipulation and the tangles it causes because I no longer have to shift my hair around to get the shampoo to my scalp. All I have to do now is squeeze, massage with the pads of my fingers (never nails) and rinse. Clarifying/chelating shampoo: Redken Hair Cleansing Cream. Protein shampoo: Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo. Moisturizing: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo; Mizani Supreme Oil Shampoo. Smoothing shampoo: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Shampoo.

Tea rinses have many benefits (check out this post and this post) but I really focus on one benefit when I do them: reducing shedding. I do them after I shampoo because my hair and scalp are clean, giving the tea are better chance to work its mojo. Black tea darkens hair so I've been trying not to use it as much because I don't want to change my natural brown; green tea is a good alternative. Teas: Black tea; green tea, peppermint tea, marshmallow root, burdock root.

I like using Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment after I shampoo or do a tea rinse because it helps smooth my hair, loosen tangles, and softens my hair. Tea rinses make hair feel stiff so I like using a smoothing conditioner after a tea rinse because it makes my hair feel normal again.

I faithfully deep conditioner every time I wash my hair. My hair loves moisture. DCing helps keep breakage at bay, helps moisturize my hair and soften my hair. Dry hair is extremely prone to breakage because hair that lacks elasticity and moisture cannot withstand manipulation. I always deep condition with heat, either with my heating cap (it's a Gold N' Hot conditioning cap that I purchased from Sally Beauty) or my Secura Steamer that I purchased on AmazonDCs: My go-tos are Silk Dreams Hair Care Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream and KeraPRO Restorative Treatment, but I also have Kenra Moisturzing Conditioner and Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner.

I do this every night. A picture is worth a thousand words so the picture to the right of moisture loss from the jar without oil (sealing) says quite a lot, no? Read the full post about my "sealing experiment" here.

Dry hair is prone to breakage and that's the last thing we want when growing our hair long. Keeping my hair moisturized helps reduce/prevent breakage. Moisturizers: Darcy's Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme. I recently added Hairitage Hydration Cocoaloe Hair Hydrator and Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip to the staple gang."Sealers:" Grapeseed oil, Hairitage Hydrations Coconut Mango Moisturizer, sometimes Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakge Serum; hempseed oil.

I apply my leave-in conditioners to damp hair, this applies to both when I am air drying my hair or roller setting it. Leave-in conditioners: Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner and Silk Dreams Hair Care Mocha Silk Hair Milk. Of the two, Darcy's Botanicals is the lighter leave in so it's more suited for roller sets and flat ironing.

Heat protectant: When using direct heat, using a good heat protectant is a must! Heat damage is a no-no so I use Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide (has been discontinued and replaced with Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide) to protect my fine strands. Serums: I love Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum (review), to the point that if PM were to change the formula I'd go on a hunger strike. Okay, I may be exaggerating but I had to convey how much I love this stuff. I use it when air drying and when roller setting because it helps me detangle my hair, it's made from the nectar of the gods (kidding, maybe) and smooths my hair. Y'all know I love smooth hair!

On wash days I only detangling after applying my leave in conditioner and serum. I only use a wide-tooth seamless comb to detangle (either this one or this one). I recently switched to detangling after my hair has dried a bit (t-shirt dried, meaning wrapping my hair in a t-shirt for at least 30 minutes) because hair is weakest when wet. During the week, I don't detangle my hair. I run my fingers through my hair when I moisturize and seal to remove shed hairs. Combing with an actual comb though... nope. I gave that up in 2010 I think. Even though I don't use an actual comb during the week, I promise my hair doesn't look a hot mess haha. Finger combing gets the job done.

The following is how I prepped my hair for my last relaxer and will be how I prep it in the future. I coat my hair first with silk amino acids. Silk forms a protective coating over our hair, preventing it from being damaged by the chemicals in relaxers. I coat my hair next with Roux Porosity Control. Roux PC lowers hair's pH level. Relaxers have a pH level between 10-14 so coating my hair with Roux PC helps prevent my previously relaxed hair from being processed from relaxer runoff. I coat my hair next with Paul Mitchell The Detangler for its detangling properties and Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturizer because it's a thick moisturizing conditioner, squeezing in a moisturizing pre-poo. Lastly I based my scalp with Vaseline. Vaseline protects my scalp and weakens the relaxer because I the Vaseline is gets on my new growth. Because I texlax my hair (I purposely underprocess it when I relax) getting Vaseline on my new growth is perectly fine for me.

Well there you have it. I hope this clears up some of the big "whys" about my regimen. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Two Birds, One Stone: Pre-Poo Edition

I don't pre-poo overnight often, but it's a great way to speed up wash days and pamper my hair while catching some shut eye. I applied the Hair Trigger to my scalp and the Creme Of Nature to the length of my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic cap, followed by my turbie twist and satin scarf to make sure the plastic cap doesn't slip. Now I'm off to bed to let all this yummy goodness do it's thang on my hair. G'night all :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Variations In Doing A Hot Oil Treatment

There are a few different ways to go about doing a hot oil treatment:

What you'll need: oil, plastic cap, plastic color applicator bottle, bowl
Start by warming up your oil of choice by placing it in a bowl of hot, but not scalding, hot water. I find it easier to place the oil in a plastic color applicator bottle with a small nozzle. These bottles are readily found at your local BSS. The small bottle prevents too much oil from spilling and creating an oil slick.

Once your oil of choice is warm, part your hair into four sections, front to back, ear to ear. Apply the oil to your scalp and gentle massage with the pads of your fingertips. Apply the remaining oil to the length of your hair, paying attention to the ends of your hair as they are the oldest part of your hair and thus require more care. Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the oil in your hair for minium of 30 minutes, then proceed with your normal wash routine.

What you'll need: oil of choice, small plastic bowl, larger bowl, plastic cap, access to sink
With your oil of choice in hand, begin by placing the oil in a small plastic bowl that can easily sit within a larger plastic bowl. Fill the larger plastic bowl with hot water and place the smaller bowl in the water.
Once the oil has warmed up, head over to your sink. With your hair hanging into the sink, slowly pour the oil directly onto your hair. Gentle massage your scalp and apply a bit more oil to your ends if needed. Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the oil in your hair for minium of 30 minutes, then proceed with your normal wash routine.

What you'll need: oil of choice, plastic ziplock bag, plastic cap, bowl
Place your favorite oil in a ziplock bag. Warm the oil by placing the bag in a bowl filled with hot water. Part your hair into four sections, from ear to ear, front to back. After testing the temperature of the oil, cut a small hole at one end. Apply the oil to each section, gently massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers and paying close attention to your ends. Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic cap. Leave the oil in your hair for minium of 30 minutes, then proceed with your normal wash routine.

Few variations/additions that can be made to either method:
  • Sitting under a heating cap, steamer, or wrapping your head with a wet, warm towel.
  • Using a terry cloth headband to absorb any oil that may drip.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hair Care In Your Kitchen: Honey

One of the best things I've gained from being on my hair journey is the knowledge that great hair items can simply be found in my kitchen. Today's cupboard goody: honey.

Honey is humectant and naturally draws in and hold moisture. Treating you hair with honey is a great way to add moisture to dry hair. Surprisingly, I am not a fan of the taste of honey, whether poured straight onto a spoon or added to beverages, but for hair, it's yummy. Due to its stickiness, honey will not add slip to your hair, but it will your hair softer, moisturized, and add shine.

I prefer to use honey as a pre-poo. I spray my hair with a water bottle to dampen it, rub honey between my palms and then apply it to my hair in sections. Cover hair with a plastic cap for 10 minutes and then proceed with my usual wash.

You can try a honey pre-poo with just honey alone or try another recipe.

Olive Oil & Honey: Mix olive oil and honey in a glass cup, place the cup in a bowl of hot water to warm the mixture up. Section your hair and apply to hair, making sure each section is coated, and cover with a plastic cap for 10-15 minutes, or longer if your hair is very dry.

Banana & Honey:  Mash one ripe banana with honey and mix until you achieve a creamy consistency. Spray your hair with water to dampen, section your hair, and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Throw on a plastic cap, leave on for 10-15 minutes, or longer if your hair is very dry, and proceed with your usual wash. 

I can't wait to do these pre-poos as the cold weather sets in. Grab some honey and give it a try! 

Have you tried a honey pre-poo before? Did you like it?