Wash Day

(1) Pre-poo with Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil for 2-3 hours
(2) Shampoo with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
(3) Deep conditioned with ORS Replenishing Pak for 3+ hours
(4) Applied leaves ins (Chi Keratin Mist, Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment, Cant Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream [old formula]) and air dried my hair.
(5) Applied oil mix (Grapeseed Oil, JBCO, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil) to scalp and massaged in.
(6) Sealed length of hair with Grapeseed Oil and air dried my hair.

My usual wash days are Sundays, but my scalp has been incredibly itchy and feeling weird, so I felt a wash was necessary.  It’s been getting really hot around here, so I decided to give my hair a nice moisture boost with a pre-poo.

I ‘m loving my new shampoo, and will be doing a review soon, so keep an eye out for it.

I mix my deep conditioner with various oils and things, depending on what I have laying around.  This time I used grapeseed oil, JBCO, olive oil, tea tree oil, Roux Porosity Control, and I used up the last of my carrot oil.  It made my hair feel extremely soft and moisturized, and I kept running my hands trough my hair like crazy.

My deep conditioning actually lasted a lot longer than I originally planned.  I fell asleep after an hour, and totally forgot about it.  Oh well.  It’s hot enough here that I don’t feel bad about not using heat while I deep condition.  The natural heat was hot enough that I was sweating from doing nothing inside.  I was happy for my hair, but hated it in general.  The heat makes me sleepy and lazy, hence the long nap.

My hair has been drying so much better now that I’ve had a trim.  I think I cut off most of my over processed hair from last year, so now it dries evenly and my cuticle lays down much smoother.  I love it, and it’s making air drying a much more enjoyable experience.

I just purchased the grapeseed oil last week and as you can see, I’ve been trying it out all over the place.  I wanted to pick up avocado oil, but it was $10 more for the same size as the grapeseed oil.  I grabbed the cheaper one instead.  I’ll do a post talking about the benefits of this oil, too, and the ways I enjoy using it for my hair.

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The Beginnings of a Stretch

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As most of you may or may not know, this past year I’ve been experimenting with stretching my relaxers.  Mostly not by choice, as I was in college, and didn’t feel comfortable doing the relaxer while I was at school (I didn’t have my own bathroom and I wasn’t going to go to a super expensive salon).  Most of them went well.  And some…not so much.  Right now I’m still debating on if I will go past 11-12 or not.  I’ll see how it goes as the time comes. In the mean time, I like to pay attention what happens to my hair and how it reacts to certain things.  Here’s how my hair is during stretches.

•  My hair grows at different speeds depending where it is on my head.  My edges grow a lot slower than the rest of my head, and as I stretch it becomes noticeable, which is very annoying.  A line appears around my head, and you can see exactly where my line of demarcation is, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it.  When I’m styling my hair I usually wear a headband to hide it.  I still haven’t done a braid-out or twist-out that I can honestly say I like yet, but when I do, I’ll be rocking that style as much as possible.

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Top:  Left view of my hair right after waking up and not touching it from the night before.

Center & Bottom:  In these two photos you can really see where the line I’m talking about is. I wrap my hair at night so my edges can be smooth for the next day, so it seems like hair goes from flat edges to a poofy ponytail and/or bun in a weird transition style :/

In these photos you can also see my natural hair color.  My hair is a dark brown with light brown/red highlights.  Not sure if all the time running in the sun is what gives me the highlights, but I have them.  They’re really only noticeable when I’m in the sun/a bright area, though.

Continue reading ‘The Beginnings of a Stretch’

Dusting, Trimming, and Hair Update

It’s been about a month since my relaxer, and I’m still on a love/hate relationship with my hair.  I enjoyed it right after I relaxed, but stupid me forgot to do a hard protein treatment the next week, so I had tons of breakage and shedding.  I’ve had that for a while, but I was finally tired of it.  So last week I used the Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment, and that worked nicely to decrease the breakage.

Another source of my breakage was split ends.  My hair has grown past should length, but I wasn’t happy with my ends at all.  They were disgusting, but I didn’t have the cash right now to get it done at my usual salon.  So, I decided to try my hand at it myself.  Actually, I’ve wanted to do it for months now, I even bought hair shears and everything, but I was incredibly scared of screwing up.  Yesterday, I decided to suck it up since my hair desperately needed it, so I watched tons of videos on dusting and trimming and did it myself.  Here is the main one I used for those of you that are interested:

So far, I like how it turned out.  I’m still past shoulder length, but my wispy, thin ends are finally gone.   Now I’m set on babying them and to retain some length that I can be proud of.

I bought a ton of new things that I’ll review as I try them out some more.  They’re on the sidebar if you want to see what they are, and if anyone wants a review on something faster, just give me a heads up 🙂

Relaxer Update 2

So I was 10 weeks posts (about 2 months), when I relaxed yesterday.  This stretch was a bad one for me.  I traveled a lot for track and school began to kick my butt.  As a result, I became inconsistent with my regimen.   Then I ran low on products, and just started to improvise.  By the last few weeks, I was praying time would go by faster so I could come home and relax.  I’m very happy to say, my first year of college is officially over.  I got home yesterday, and immediately got to work on my hair.

I used ORS Olive Oil Professional Creme Relaxer (Extra Strength).  I’ve found that the regular formula in most relaxers leave me with under processed/texlaxed hair, which isn’t what I’m looking for at this stage in my hair journey.  I grabbed this to try it out, and I LOVED it.  I know for a fact I haven’t gotten better at applying relaxers (I’m still pretty sloppy, and I still need to work on my speed), but the results so far look great.  I got the bone straight results I wanted and it looks like I didn’t over-process my hair.  I’m so proud of myself, and will definitely stick with this relaxer from now on.

Here’s how my relaxer day went. Continue reading ‘Relaxer Update 2’

Hard Protein

Today I decided to do the hard protein treatment that I’ve been putting off for two weeks.  On some levels I regret it because my hair may have suffered a little, but on the other hand I loved having my hair out and enjoying how easy and simple it was to deal with.  Anyway, I used the Aphogee 2 step treatment for the first time.  I looked up tons of youtube videos before I attempted it, and so far it looks like it went well.My thoughts on it were:

  • Everyone was right.  It smells disgusting.  I was expecting the smell to be bad, but it literally made me gag when I first smelled it. 
  • I didn’t have a spray bottle, so I just squirted it in my hair and spread it like I would a deep conditioner.  I then used my hand dryer on it for about 40 minutes until it was hard.
  • I made sure to be extra careful when I rinsed my hair.  I didn’t want anything to happen to set me back and A also made sure to use the balancing moisturizer afterwards.  
  • I decided to deep condtion my hair with a moisturizing deep conditioner.  I was almost out of my KeraPro DC, so I mixed that and some Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, a squirt of Roux Porosity Control Conditioner, and a teaspoon of jojoba oil.

 

I am currently letting the conditioner sit in my hair right now.  I’ll rinse it out in about 30 minutes.  I don’t think I’ll rollerset today, I’m way too tired and lazy.  I’ll attempt a ponytail rollerset again next week, and see how that goes. 

HHJ

❤ Gemma


Hair Updates

Wearing my hair: buns

Last Relaxer: October 26, 2012

Next Relaxer: February 2012

Last Trim: June 17, 2012

Length Goal: Full Armpit length

Last purchase: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo, Dove Damage Therapy Cool Moisture Conditioner

Wishlist: Flexirod Set, Hairveda Whipped Creme Ends Hydration Leave-In & Moisturizer, Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer C.C., more miscellaneous oils, more DC

Loving: Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil Experimenting with: Sulfate-free Shampoo, using conditioner as a moisturizer

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