The above is a pic of me with my shortest hair length. I was surprised I got this picture because I always had a phony pony never revealing my hair. Coming across this picture made me realize how damaged my hair was back then. That was 2008 and the damage continued into 2009 when finally around late fall 2009 into 2010 I got serious with my hair and started to blog about it.
November 2009 to about April it was a strict regimen consisting primarily of homemade recipes and no heat for 6 months. Seal, moisture and protective styles.
I always thought of feeding my hair and that’s what the mayo, avocado, eggs, coconut oil bananas and all sorts of things were to my hair, food. It was amazing the progress I was able to make with such concoctions.
Then in April 2010 I went to the salon after 6-7 months just to check my length and condition. It was a bit damaged but I noticed it was recovering and the growth was amazing, thanks in part to my regimen and lots of water.
July 2010 for my cousin’s wedding the picture to the right. It was truly amazing how healthy my hair was and was very proud of my progress.
More into late 2010 Fall/Winter….
I made sure to trim at least every six month and consistently moisturized and sealed every single day which contributed to my length.
Keeping away from heat was a major help and should be avoided as much as possible if you want to see progress. I tried to visit the salon at least every 3 months.
I kept strong through 2011 but later into 2012 I got a little lazy with my hair and started to see some issues with dryness and shedding. I’d deep conditioned sparingly throughout the summer and rarely sealed and moisturized.
Despite the minor set back I picked back up last fall and winter. I started to massage my scalp and deep condition more often. Hair boards and research were essential to educating me about my hair and helping me figuring out what worked for my hair or not.
As of December 2012 I have not exposed my hair to a hair dryer or flat iron. I’m just sticking to protective styles, moisture and seal and Weekly deep conditioners, see my interim regimen here. The product junkie has been kicking in lately so I have a few reviews coming up. But for now I’m just roller setting and wrapping my hair, otherwise air drying and protective styles. Remember if you have discipline anything can be attained. Visualize what you want and structure it with your actions.
So right before Christmas, I decided to ditch the beauty salon and got serious with my hair. I’ve been protective styling for the past month or so since my recent lazy streak and flat iron rampage. I have achieved length beyond my expectations due to my diligent dedication and ever since reaching my goal length, I’ve been slacking so it’s back to good hair habits.
Two things my hair can’t live without. Weekly deep conditioners and seal & moisture. Those have been the two major things I got back on track to doing. With so little time even on the weekends, it’s been hard trying to do a homemade DC. So I been sticking mostly to my same old products although I’ve upgraded a few things since my last post here.
So to keep it simple here’s what’s been working for me. (Check back for a hair only post)
A— Roux Porosity Control—1x a month– Used for hair that does not seem to retain moisture or before a chemical treatment also to allow hair to become more receptive to treatment. I use this rarely maybe every other month, but I like to use it every once in a while to help balance my hair.
B—Salerm 21–-I’ll usually reach for this when at the salon, moisturizes without weighing my hair down. And a little goes a long way. If I air dry I use Chi Keratin Mist to strengthen.
C—Hair One Sulfate Free Shampoo— I love this sulfate free shampoo cleanses and moisturizes at the same time without drying my hair. I use this weekly however I have to keep an eye on my scalp to prevent buildup.
D—Aloe Vera Juice— If air drying my hair, I go to my aloe juice as a leave in especially if my hair feels like it’s on the hard side due to protein overload. This provides my hair with a lot of moisture and soft hair which is rare when air drying.
E—Grape seed Oil— I use Grape seed oil for many of my scalp massages which I do a lot thanks to the fantastic results. This oil is also my sealing oil after I moisturize. Castor Oil used to be my staple oil by switched it to grape seed for it’s natural heat protectant qualities I’ve heard so much about.
F—Nexxus Heat Protectant— I ask my stylist to use this when flat ironing my hair. I like it because it does not leave my hair stiff like others I’ve tried.
G—Nexxus Humectress Deep Conditioner— When I started my hair Journey back in 2009 I came across a lot of great reviews on Humectress. At the time I was mostly into homemade recipes and other deep conditioners and never gave it a try until last month. I’ve only used this on air dry hair (a mini no heat challenge kick) and absolutely love it! I can only imagine the results on roller set hair. I’ll do a review on it’s own to show the results.
H—Quemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream— I was so excited to get this. It’s been on my wish list for quite some time and got it as a gift this past Christmas for myself. I have mixed feelings about this product. My air dried hair seems to need a whole lot and does not seem to want to absorb. I got better results with he burdock root shown here. But it may be a whole different story on roller set hair so we shall see.
So far I’m trying to keep a hassle free regimen which I’m able to keep up with and stay excited about. I’m on a no heat challenge since about Dec 18. It’s been over a month so I’m proud and I’m pushing for another month. Right now I like my routine but as the true product junkie, I may switch it up again. Stay Tuned!
Since the start of my hair restoration journey these past years, I’ve been meaning to try step 3 from La Plancha’s directions for the longest time. Here they are:
This product can be applied in three different ways depending on your particular needs: Apply LA PLANCHA after shampoo, leave in hair for 3-5 minutes, rinse with warm water. Style as usual.
For moderate conditioning, shampoo and towel dry hair. Apply LA PLANCHA from scalp to ends, wrap hair in plastic cap and place under dryer or blower for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water. Style as usual.
For deeper conditioning and intensive hair repair, after shampooing apply LA PLANCHA, divide hair into sections, wrap each section in aluminum foil. Proceed to heat each section with professional hair ceramic iron for 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water.
So that’s what I did this past weekend and loved it. If you’ve ever seen a stylist apply highlights, you notice she turns the customer into some weird looking thing with many foils on their head. That’s what I ended up looking like.
I parted my hair into small sections because my Iron is not too wide and also wanted to get an even distribution throughout. I pretty much rolled my hair and then wrapped the aluminium over my hair creating a little packet.
Once I had all of my sections foiled (about 15) I grabbed my flat iron at about 350 degrees and held for 30 seconds each. I was freaking out at one point because I wanted to avoid my wet hair, so once the iron hit the foil, it began to sizzle! Thankfully it was not my hair but rather the wet foil. So try not to burn your wet hair if you try this step.
The results! I clearly can notice some heat damage from my recent beauty salon visits (notice how there are some stringy looking hair throughout… ), but overall I was pleased with the results. The above picture was right after rinsing the DC. I then followed up with Giovanni’s conditioner and went under the dryer for 10 minutes, rinsed, roller set……….
After all that washing and roller setting and wrapping I was left with shiny hair, although I’m due for a trim soon, perhaps on my next salon visit. Overall I was pleased with this step and may try it frequently with other DC’s too and see how it turns out. Check Out My Regimen….
A few weeks ago I gave my hair some much needed TLC. Work has pretty much consumed most of my time and desire to do much with my hair. Although I have stuck with deep conditioning every weekend, no matter my schedule, my hair has been suffering pretty much in between mostly due to laziness and neglect. So I decided to add a few extra treatments to bring it back to life starting with a coconut oil and honey pre-poo treatment.
Honey never fails my hair. It always leaves my hair shiny and soft so I had to work it into a treatment. Coconut oil added to the mix helps strengthen and add moisture to my hair as well. I decided to warm the honey and oil because I wanted to do it on slightly dry hair. So I warmed the mix for easier distribution throughout my hair.
In a double boiler (my way!) I added the ingredients. Left it in my hair for about an hour (20 mins under the dryer). Then shampooed my hair with Giovanni Tea tree to help clarify.
I like this shampoo first time trying Giovanni products and so far loving it.
The Tea tree Invigorating shampoo leaves my scalp clean and fresh! I followed up my routine with Queen Helene’s Cholesterol (added a little bit of avocado oil) went under the dryer for 20 mins, rinsed and followed up with Giovanni’s Conditioner.
I went with a little bit of salerm 21 as a leave in. Did my roller sets and went under the dryer….. these were the results.
I haven’t been doing much to my hair. Shame on me I’ve been hitting up the salon quite often (although it’s been 2 months since direct heat) so I’m doing some minor damage control.
I then wrapped my hair for a slightly straight wavy look. Overall I was left with soft shiny hair as expected. My hair is in pretty good shape just that I’m due for a trim soon since my ends are a bit burnt. Otherwise maintenance and limited heat has been the name of the game. I’m looking for a solid regimen I may come up with one soon since I need to start babying my hair again.
Remember back in December I showed you all a few new hair related products I got? I was in need of a blow dryer mostly to help with my roots after roller setting. However I’ve been having issues trying to get into the blow drying groove. My wrists gets tired fast and it seems I do more damage than necessary so I’ve been laying off on it a bit.
Otherwise I like this Con Air dryer. It cost me only 20 bucks and it does a good job especially if you don’t use blow dryers much. It has a Hi, Med and low cool setting and a concentrated attachment which makes it much easier to use. It also came with a diffuser I have yet to try. Maybe I’ll try the diffuser out on my curls this summer. Overall it’s pretty good for the price and especially if you need a blow dryer but don’t want to spend too much.
I also got this Nexxus Pro Mend Heat protectant for about $14. Comparing this to CHI’s Iron guard I prefer Nexxus’s because it does not leave my hair hard. Chi iron guard tends to leave my hair a bit stiff. Since I’ve been a little flat iron/ blow dryer salon happy lately it’s turned out really well for my hair. I spray about 4 to 6 pumps throughout my hair let it sit for a minute then I start ironing.
Along with this mini haul I purchased these hair clips mosty for my hair wraps, but they tend to leave dents in my hair so I use them to hold on to my rollers instead when roller setting or to hold my hair up when parting my hair in four sections.
The clips I had were not enough for my entire head, so I picked up these roller setting bobby pins last weekend at Sally’s.
I’ve bought these before in silver. But since I tend to use these bobby pins to pin my buns and french twists I decided to get them in black.
The tip never chips off like my regular pins. They do tend to snag at the hair since they are real tight, so you have to be careful when taking them out your hair.
My hair since the last update has been pretty much the same. I’ve slowly have been transitioning back into commercial products with silicone ingredients but always reach for my homemade recipes every now and then as well. As I type I’m sitting in my dungeon of a dryer, I’ll have a post on this weekend’s wash and the products I used …..
I went to walmart this past weekend to pick up some stuff and decided to get a blow dryer. Can yo believe through almost entire 3 year hair journey I have not owned or used a blow dryer? Well I finally got one. I’m not much of a blow dryer kind of girl mostly because of the major heat damage it can cause. But at times after rollersetting I may use it to get rid of those indents rollers tend to leave along the roots.
So I got this ionic conair blow dryer for $20. Along with that I also got Nexxus’s Heat protectant for $12. I’ve been doing some major heat styles this past month so I needed to amp up my heat defense.
Along with everything else I picked up these clips for $2. I tend to like these better for my hair wraps as opposed to the regular bobbi pins which ten do snag on my hair. I’ll do a review on the dryer and Nexxus Heat protectant soon.
Speaking of heat defense I went to the salon this past weekend. My regimen has been mostly all natural this past year and so far my hair has thrived. I’ll be reintroducing my regular favorite dominican hair products along the way since my hair seems to like either regimen.
I finally got my hands on the much raved about Darcy’s Botanical hair products. It’s been well over two months since I first started using these two products and thought it was due for a review. To start off the Madagascar Vanilla Styling cream cost me $12. Smells divine more like rice pudding, simply fabulous! However, I was using it as a daily moisturizer which my hair did not like much. It’s more of a butter consistency than a creme, so it tends to sit in my hair as opposed to absorb into my hair.
The only time my hair would react to this would be with damp hair as a sealant. Once my damp hair would dry with the styling creme in my hair, it would dry very soft, leaving me with ultra soft hair.
Although I did not have much luck with the styling creme, I did fall in love with the Deep Conditioner. It cost $20, but well worth it. So far I’ve gotten 7-8 Deep conditioning sessions out of it. It has a very light lemony scent and it’s very thick. So a little goes a long way.
Overall I like this line. It’s all natural and for the most part the products deliver. I will be repurchasing the deep conditioner, the styling creme won’t be repurchased though. I also got a styling gel sample and liked it so may purchase it for my curls.
Here’s the result after using the deep conditioner and styling creme.
Very soft and shiny hair.
Remember when I got this way back in January when I went strictly Cone free with my hair
Well I have finally gotten around to it, so here goes. At the time I had already determined what ingredients I would use for my homemade deep conditioners but was looking for something I could also travel with on those days I would not be able to DC at home since I travel between states sometimes.
So while in Target I spotted this for 10 bucks and thought it was reasonably priced, especially for a product that contains all natural ingredients.
Whatt attracted me most about this DC was it’s super thickness. I tend to like thicker conditioners but I don’t think I’ve come across one as creamy and thick as this one.
The scent was very strong and the scent did linger for a day but nothing major.
At the time I was still playing around with some products which are pretty much the same I use now. I did like this Hair Masque but found that my hair liked it most for it’s strengthening properties as opposed to the moisture I was expecting. So I ended up using it when I noticed my hair shed more than usual and to strengthen my hair.
To add that moisturizing and shine effect I was looking for I would add coconut oil and olive oil alternating bi weekly, if not my hair would feel stiff afterwards.
Overall I liked it but won’t be purchasing again, I may give the curl enhancing product they have a try one of these days. Here are a few pics I took of my curly fro after using this hair masque.
The weekend before last I went to the salon and considering all the heat, tugging and pulling my hair went through, I gave my hair a little extra pampering this past Sunday. I first started off with a scalp massage consisting of my usual avocado oil and lavender essential oil. I have to say since giving myself scalp massages weekly, my hair has stopped shedding and is back to normal. So I’ll be doing scalp massages bi weekly instead.
|Mayo, Molasses & Castor Oil|
After the scalp massage I shampooed my hair with Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta shampoo, then I whipped up the above Strengthening treatment. The pictures above included mayonnaise and black strap molasses with a bit of Castor oil. Left it in for an hour…….
and this was my hair… it was so soft and shiny before I even followed up with the moisturizing conditioner below………
Which consisted of baby banana food, honey, little bit of argan oil and avocado oil. I left this concoction in for 1 hour in which 15 minutes of that hour was under the dryer. I then rinsed and followed up with aubrey organics honey suckle rose conditioner. I used my beloved Aloe vera and rosewater as my leave in. I then with my hair slightly damp braided my hair into a bun and went to bed……
The next day my hair was very soft and shiny but a bit dry towrds the front. I’ll continue to do protective style mostly because I don’t have time to do anything else with my hair.
While in protective styles I mostly do slick back buns. My edges have not been cooperating lately so I have been experimenting with aloe Vera gel which seems to work. So far my hair is loving being cone free. However I have a few new products I’m going to try both natural and commercial as far as styling products are concerned. As I sit here I have my hair in twists hoping to achieve a nice twist out tomorrow morning, we shall see what I end up with.