Archive for December, 2011


As my past posts have been talking about, my hair is very damaged. It has extreme breakage (up to the point where just touching it will make some if it break), and is dry I’d say 85% of the time. No matter what I did, it would always be dry by midday.

I decided I needed to revamp my whole journey while I’m home on break and actually have the time to give it the care it needs compared to when I was completely slacking at college.

Anywho, I’ve been pre-pooing and deep conditioning with every wash and co-wash. There hasn’t been much change. I did a strand test, and I know my hair is low on moisture. I was at a loss as to how to remedy that, but a post on inspired me to try baggying again.

For those who are just starting out or have never heard of baggying, it is simply moisturizing your hair and covering it with a shower cap or plastic sandwich bag. You can baggy your whole head or just your ponytail. The baggy can be left on anywhere between a few hours to overnight. A combo of the moisturizer and the steam produced from your body heat allow deep moisturizing.

When I first started my journey I used to baggy my ponytail/bun after washes every now and then, but I stopped for some reason that escapes me at the moment. Now I’m going to try the baggy method for my whole head. Ally said she used Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in to moisturize, but that’s considered a light protein (I think), and I feel that my hair has enough protein at the moment. I decided to moisturize with elasta QP olive oil & mango butter moisturizer and sealed with a mix of castor oil and olive oil.

I’m always pretty heavy handed with my products since my hair is very thick, so this will be no different. I moisturized my hair in 4 sections and then just did a simple bun to protect my ends. I covered my head with a plastic shower cap and satin cap.

[Well when I woke up and my hair wasn’t wet, but it felt pretty moisturized. I’m going to keep it up until my wash day Sunday. The middle of my head wasn’t as moisturized as I would like, so I’m going to focus there. I think I’ll try using the Cantu leave-in and seal with Castor oil tonight to see what the difference is. I also don’t think my head was warm enough (we turn the heat down in my house at night), so I’m going to wear a winter cap on top of the plastic cap and satin cap tonight. I also won’t tie my cap as tight, it kind of irritated my head and made sleeping a little uncomfortable. I’m excited to see how it turns out tonight, though.

♥ Gemma


Wash Day + Rollerset 1

My Wash Day: (1) I decided randomly to do a semi hot oil treatment.  I used a mixture of castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and olive oil to my scalp and new growth only, and massaged it in in.  I then put it in a loose bun, put a plastic cap on, and wrapped my satin cap around that overnight. (2) The next morning I deep conditioned with a mix of ORS Replenishing Pak, jojoba oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and vegetable glycerin for 2.5 hours.  I wanted to do this under a dryer for 1 hour, but my dryer is broken.  So now I’m on the market for a new dryer.  (3) Shampooed with Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing Shampoo.  (4) Applied Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for about 3-5 minutes. (5) Applied Roux Porosity Control for about 1 minute then rinsed.

I decided to practice a rollerset before the challenge began. I also needed a starting photo for the challenge, so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone.

Results:  The overnight hot oil treatment made it a lot easier to detangle my hair before I deep conditioned.  Deep conditioning went smoothly, though I kinda lost track of the time as I was doing it.  I also forgot how much I loved the smell of ORS Replenishing Pak.  After I rinsed out the deep conditioner my hair had so much slip, it was amazing.  The Silk Elements shampoo is ok.  It’s not my favorite, but I couldn’t find my Neutrogena Cream Lather, so I had to settle.  The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle did not impress me at all.  My hair has definitely felt a lot more moisturized with different conditioners.  I’ll post a review later, after I’ve used it a few more times, but right now it’s not looking too good.  The Roux Porosity Control I have mixed feelings for.  I didn’t see any difference in the porosity of my hair, but I’m pretty sure I left it on a minute too long.  Next time I’ll keep it in for much shorter and see how that goes.  I tried out the Silken Child Detangler, too.  The first thing I noticed was the smell.  I hated it.  It smelled like fake grape flavor,, which I dislike immensely.  I think your like of the smell depends on your preference, though.  I got used to it eventually, and it was really good at detangling.  I need so much more practice in rollersetting.  I’m so rusty at it.  By the time I sat down to start rolling, my hair was 50% dry, so I had to re-wet it multiple times.  I also realized I need new rollers.  the ones I have now have those small spikes/ridges on them, and I’m scared there just going to break/damage my hair more.   I’ll have to stop by Target and pick some up soon.  The rollerset itself came out horrible.  It took forever to dry without a dryer, and as it was drying I could see it becoming frizzy.  I took it out after 5 hours, and it was still slightly wet.  When I took them out, my hair was just a fluffy mess.  I’m going to rollerset every other week, and hopefully I get better at it.

Hair Haul

I had a 20% off coupon from Sally’s that was going to expire soon, so I went there to grab a few things I’ve been eyeing and to see if there was anything I wanted to try out.  I also got a couple things from Wal-Mart, since I was heading to that side of town anyway.

ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor

I ran out of this the last time I came home and did my relaxer.  I just picked up a small bottle, since I only really use it during my relaxer process.  I find my hair doesn’t enjoy it at any other times,  it gets rough and hard to manage.

Silken Child Leave-In Detangler

I picked this up because I watched a youtube video and/or read a blog where someone talked about how it was comparable to the Mane and Tail Detangler, which I am almost out of.  I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for the Silken Child brand, and I wanted to check it out for myself.

Goody Satin Scrunchies

I picked these up because of the satin scrunchies.  I bun 99% of the time, and I really wanted something that would give a little extra protection against breakage.

Shower Comb

Sally’s was having a sale, so I picked this up on a whim.  I figured I’d keep one at home, and take one with me while I’m in college.

Roux Porosity Control

Ever Since I’ve been reading up on porous hair, I have been dying to get my hands on this.  I’m pretty sure I have very porous hair, and at first I was going to use an ACV rinse, but I always forget to pick up Apple Cider Vinegar when I go grocery shopping.  As soon as I saw this I snatched it up and now that I think about it, this will be easier to travel with and use while I’m away from home.

ORS Replenishing Pak

I ran out of this a long time ago, but I’ve been to lazy broke to pick some up.  I’ve been feeling iffy about the protein in my hair, though, so I decided to go back to using this as my weekly deep conditioner just so I can be sure that it’s getting some protein.

Satin Hair Cap

I actually grabbed the wrong thing, but I’ll live with it.  I wanted to get the satin scarf, the one you can actually wrap yourself, but I’ll just deal with the cap for now, I guess.

Metal Duckbill Clips

I want to try these out for wrapping/cross-wrapping my hair.  I have regular clips, but I find wrapping difficult with them, and have been bunning for sleep as an alternative.  I figure these will be especially good for when I start the rollersetting challenge.

Processing Caps

I actually had a huge package of these, but for the life of me, I have no idea where they ended up.  It’s only $2 for 30, so I picked some up.  Deep conditioning wasn’t the same without these.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Another thing that I’ve seen people on hair forums rave about a lot.  I desperately needed a conditioner since I’m almost out and won’t be able to pick some up for a while, and decided I might as well give this a try while I can.  I’ve used the leave-in, which I loved, so I expect (hope) this turns out as well.

Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

I grabbed the sample size because I didn’t want to invest in a regular size bottle without knowing how my hair would like this.  I have yet to hear bad reviews, so I’m expecting a lot from it.  Of course that means it can either live up to the high standards, or fall short of them.  (I’m hoping it lives up to them).

I will probably write reviews for some of these as I try them out.

Happy Hair Journeys,
Gemma ♥

6 Month Rollerset Challenge

I’m thinking of being a part of Ebony’s 6 Month Rollerset Challenge.  I’m not sure yet, but I still have time to decide.  It doesn’t officially start until January 1.

Now, I’m not completely BRAND NEW to rollersetting. I used to get it done by my mom a lot when I was a kid.  I have a whole bag of the traditional rollers sitting in my bathroom.  However, I really want to try flexirods for the soft curls.  They seem easier to do, and more flexible in case I need to head out for a little.

My goals for the 6-Month Rollerset Challenge: 
  1. Learn how to do a flexirod set on wet and dry hair.
  2. No direct heat.
  3. Reach shoulder length (applies for after I trim my hair, since I’m at shoulder length already)
  4. Find the best combination of products for rollersets.
  5. Improve my styling skills.

Ebony has listed very detailed rules for the challenge, so check them out if you’re interested (link is at the beginning of this post) and let her know if you want to join.  The challenge is from January to June.  All you really have to do is rollerset at least once a month and direct heat is to be used only twice for the entire challenge (it’s OK to flat iron roots only). Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Long Awaited Update

I can’t believe I totally forgot about this blog.  I got really caught up with college, and trying to balance everything.  Now that I’m settled (and on Winter Break), I’ll be trying to update it again.  Let’s talk about my hair, though, shall we…

So, I’ve had major setbacks and restarts with my hair journey.   I got extremely lazy in college, and I found keeping up a good, steady regimen was much harder to do while away from home.  I think I handled all that though and plan to keep going with my new regimen. I’ve been relaxing about every 9 weeks whenever I go home, which I think is pretty good.  I’m a little bit past shoulder length now.  However, I’m not proud of my hair at all.  I hate my ends.  I am in desperate need of a trim, and plan on getting it done while I’m home.  After that, I think I might say my hair journey is “restarting”.  In fact, I think I might have already started over.  Mark the date guys:  December 20, 2011.  I want to go to a salon for a trim, but after that I’m not going anymore.  My mom doesn’t want me to, but she said she’ll finance my hair needs, so I guess that’s a plus.  I’m pretty sure I know what new shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins, etc I want to get and I can’t wait to see how my hair reacts to everything.

I’ll keep you guys posted on how everything goes.

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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