Sunday, September 14, 2014

Your help is needed

Mainly my blog is a way to help me keep track of my hair journey. I hope that it has helped someone in someway  with their journey. Here is where your help comes in. What are some other topics that you would like to see on here? List them in the comments below and I will do my best to oblige.

Thanks a bunch!

Continuing My Manetabolism Journey and Few New Hair Pics

I was contemplating ending my Manetabolism journey once I was done with my last bottle. But I decided against that and went ahead and ordered a 4 month supply during their latest sale. Check out the pic to the left.

I want to continue to grow out my natural hair with a little help from the vitamins until I decide what my next step is going to be. I can say that as of right now I'm not focusing on length retention. I will be hovering around the same length for awhile.

 taken Aug 27th

These two pics are of my hair after being blow dried and flat iron and right before it was curled. I am 56 weeks post and my hair is doing great. The color I got in March of 2013 is growing out and giving somewhat of an Ombre effect I guess. Lol Overall I am happy with hair and looking forward to whatever comes next.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Intro to More New Products Plus Another No Buy Stint

Product No~Buy

Despite my efforts to widdle done my products I keep buying new things. lol Specifically conditioners. I am a sucker for conditioners. But I think that my curiosity has now been satisfied that I don't need to buy any more products. I am now on another product no buy. My last one was late last year or earlier this year. This is going to last through Jan 1, 2015. I believe that I can do it and my bank account will thank me for it. lol I have been spending way too much money on products knowing that I have more than enough. I love experimenting with new products but at some point I have to cut back and I am at that point. lol Wish me luck! 

On to the more exciting stuff: New Products!!!!!

Entwine Couture Deep and Penetrating Moisture Masque

It comes in what they call a Clutch with five 1.25 oz of conditioner. I have used it once and I liked. Right the Clutch Pacque is on sale for $10. Check it out at

Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment and Amino Acid Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment

Hydratherma Naturals had a 20% off sale last weekend I took advantage of it. I can't wait to try them out. Hydratherma Naturals is one of a few product lines that helps with moisture/protein balance. I have heard of these products before and finally decided to try them out.

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

I started my hair journey using Shea Moisture products. I raved about them and even started a group on KISS for them. Eventually my being new to the whole hair journey world and wanting try other products got in the way of that love. lol I haven't messed with SM in a long time, outside of their color system that I used last year. After seeing Christine from the Mane Objective blog high praises of this conditioner. I went to Target today and picked it up. 

Note: When you purchase products from this particular SM line 10% of the sales go toward Community Commerce Initiative.

I can't find it on SM's website but I will have the link to the Mane Objective review.

Have you tried anything new lately?

One Year Post: What's Been Getting Me Through

My hair as of 9/7/14
As of August 22, I made 1 year post. Making it to this point has been one heck of an accomplishment. There has been some ups and downs and even some paranoia about my hair during this time. I worried about breakage, matting, and many other things. But believe it or not,in hindsight, this year has not been very difficult. Especially compared to the horror stories I have heard.

Here are a few things that have been helping me get through the last year of stretching.

1. Cutting the number of wash days: Although I have just started doing this As you all know I washed my hair twice a week at one point. I decided to start washing only once a week to help cut down the amount of manipulation.
2. Keeping my hair moisturized: I deep condition my hair weekly using my steamer and moisturize and seal as often as needed.
3. Limit heat usage: I am not opposed to using heat. When I get tired of my hair being in a bun I run to get my hair flat ironed. I don't it often. Doing this helps me to retain my length and keeps away split ends.
4. Protective style: I bun my hair all the time. That's my only style. I bun so much that when I do get my hair done people are shocked. lol
5. Keeping my new growth stretched: Doing this helps to keep tangles at bay. Yes I still get them bur they are definitely reduced when the new growth is stretched. I have done the tension method before but I have changed to twisting and flat twisting my hair to stretch it.
6. NOT STRESSING OVER MY HAIR: I'm not saying that my hair doesn't get on my nerves but I don't stress over it. Take a deep breath and relax. I know for some
7. Keep it simple: My wash days are very simple. shampoo, deep condition, detangle then style. For me that's all it takes. Any more steps then I might drive myself crazy.

Here's to another year of a successful hair journey!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

E'TAE Carmel Deep Reconstructing Treatment

Price: $19.99 for 8oz
Description: The Carmel Deep Reconstructing Treatment restores life back into all hair types. Rebuilding damaged hair and maintaining the health of healthy hair. It also: improves texture, adds body, encourages growth, restores natural moisture, encourages manageability, and creates natural shine.
Directions: *This is used before shampoo on damp or dry hair* Apply throughout entire head of hair, beginning in the roots and spreading to the ends. Place a plastic cap on your head (do not sit under dryer). allow treatment to sit for 20 minutes., for deep conditioning 1 hour. Rinse well. Shampoo twice with Camelux-Shampoo and follow with Carmelux Conditioner.
Ingredients: Honey, Bananas, Olive Oil, Cornstarch, Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Tea Tree Oil

My POV: 

Texture: It has the consistency of syrup due to the molasses and honey but it goes on smoothly. I have used gloves to apply it. It is sticky so make sure to have some towels and wet paper towels in arms reach.
Scent: It smells like honey. Plain and simple. lol

This is going to be a straight to the point review. Like I stated in my 46 week post wash day chronicles post I am really feeling this product. The time that I let it sit on my hair varies. No matter how long I leave it on, my hair is always soft to the touch even after shampooing. Which I love. This is a really good deep treatment that packs a moisture punch. I want to try it out with the shampoo and conditioner from this line so I can get the full benefits of it. Right now I am just using it as a deep conditioner. The results that I see on Instagram are amazing. It does help soften your hair which makes detangling a lot easier. I honestly can't think of anything else to say about it. I give it a thumbs up. If you are interested in this product and have any questions about it leave them below and I'll answer them as best as I can.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wash Day Chronicles: ONE YEAR POST!!!

Yes, you surely did read that right. I am officially ONE YEAR POST BABY. lol I am so happy that I can finally say that. Never thought I would be able to say it. Just a few short years ago I was going to the salon my hair relaxed once a month. I was going to the salon getting my hair done every two weeks. It's like going from one extreme to the other but it is well worth it. I'm loving seeing what my texture is like and learning new things about my hair over time. An updated "what's helping me stretch" post has been added to my list of posts to get done. So look out for that. Now let's get into this wash day.

{1} Parted my hair into 3 sections. Rinsed each section with water for about a minute or 2.
{2} Applied the Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner ton each section
{3} After rinsing, I applied Hairitage Hydration Chocolate Covered Curls conditioner. This Hairitage Hydration product is unfortunately a miss for me. It doesn't moisturize my hair very well like of other HH products have done. Right now I am using it to get rid of it and whittle done my stash.
{4} I sat under the steamer for 30 minutes with the Shi-Naturals Peppermint Stimulating conditioner on. I can never go wrong with my Shi-Naturals products. I haven't used them in awhile since I have product junkie tendencies. lol My hair was so soft after rinsing this deep conditioner out. I couldn't keep my hands out of my hair.
{5} I T-shirt dried my hair for about 35 minutes then proceeded to apply leave-ins, HH Soft Coconut Marshmallows and Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. The serum seems to provide a little more slip for me when detangling. This has been my only sealant lately. It helps to minimize breakage a bit as well.

Overall it was another pretty decent wash day for one year post but I am definitely looking forward to getting my hair done on Wednesday at Huetiful Salon. I am getting their Nano Smoothing Treatment done. It's pretty pricey and the treatment is suppose to last for 8 to 12 weeks. I am treating myself for my birthday. Depending on the condition of my ends I might do another trim/cut.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wash Day Chronicles: 50 Weeks Post

{1} I started by doing a faux hot oil treatment. I had just a tiny bit of Simplicity Oil left. So I applied that all over my hair. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for a few minutes.
{2} Cleansed my hair with Naturelle Grow Lemon and Mint Clarifying Cleansing Conditioner. 
{3} I applied Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner under a plastic cap while I finished up my shower.
{4} After rinsing the conditioner out I t-shirt dried my hair for about 20 minutes. Applied Naturelle Grow Intense Deep Conditioner and sat under my steamer. I finally used a protein conditioner.
{5} Applied Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallow and Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner and proceeded to detangle my hair and put it in twists to stretch my new growth.
{6} I sealed my hair with my Organix Coconut Oil Serum. I still love this serum. It's so lightweight and smells good.

All in all it was a decent wash day. Dealing with some tangles and straight ends that like to stick together is no fun but I managed. I am a bit paranoid about my ends and think I might have to do a another trim when I get my hair done in a couple of weeks. But I will do my best not to worry until then.

How was your wash day?