Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wash Day Chronicles: 21 Months Post

It feels like it's been awhile since I've done a wash day post. Like to hear it...Here it go. (that's from In Living Color for all you youngins'. lol)

I went back to Huetiful last Friday to have my color touched up the for long weekend. She didn't use bleach again. My color is a bit more vibrant then when it was first applied back in January. I decided to wash my hair after just 5 days because my hair reverted way to quick. It became too difficult to wrap and even ponytails weren't working. Those were signs that it was time to wash.

{1} I decided to just do a mid-week co-wash/deep condition because my hair needed a boost of moisture. Since my hair didn't have a lot of product in it I didn't feel the need to shampoo. So my DC of choice was the 10-in-1 Renewal Hair Masque. My hair soaked the conditioner up instantly. I love when that happens. I rinsed my hair under the shower long enough for my hair to start reverting. Then I applied the conditioner in sections, twisted it up and put on 2 plastic caps because I was too lazy to steam. The masque has a whipped consistency to it. Unfortunately, I can't smell much of anything due to sinuses but I would guess that it smells like it body product counterparts. They have a fresh perfumey smell but not strong at all. This product left me with a good first impression.

{2} It rinsed out very easily. After rinsing, I applied the JBCO Leave-in to soaking wet hair then sealed with an old favorite, Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. I twisted my hair. I took my time and did more twists than I normally would in hopes that putting my hair in bun tomorrow won't be much of hassle.

This wash day was just as uneventful and straight to the point as any other. I will update this post tomorrow on how my hair dried.

How was your wash day?

A New Hair Affair

When I was brand new to the hair journey world, around 2011, some of the first products I used was from Shea Moisture. The kicker was I was wearing sew-ins and buying products that couldn't fully use and see the benefits of because my hair was tucked away. Grant it I did have some leave-out at the front but that can't give you the full story. I bought EVERY item from the Raw Shea Butter line and Yucca and Baobab line. I eventually gave them away because I wasn't using them. (a sad product junkie thing to do lol)

Fast forward to now, I have found myself slowly falling back in love with Shea Moisture. To me, it seems like their products have gotten better over the last few years. They have so many different lines to choose from but the ones that have caught my eye are the three pictured to the <=====. For the JBCO line I have the shampoo, deep treatment masque and the leave-in. All of which I have been using the most lately. I have the shampoo and deep conditioner from the manuka honey line. Love the conditioner but not feeling the shampoo. I have to give it another try. I just purchased the 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque this week. I used it for tonight's wash day. I'll talk about that in the next post. But I will say that my hair so far has reacted positively to Shea Moisture's newer lines. Hopefully, it will continue that way.

Let's chat! I know that Shea Moisture products can be hit or miss with some people. Which category do you fall into?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Operation: Shrink the Stash Update

Now this is an old pic but I'm using it for the effect. Lol Anyway, so my stash has gotten a bit smaller recently. Mainly, because I gave away some products to some ladies that are apart of a Facebook hair care group. I am so happy to have gotten rid them. Some products were thrown out because of how long I had been keeping them and also because some of them I was hoarding with just a little bit of product left in their containers. Although I am happy with the progress there is still more to be made.

Have you been spring cleaning your products? How is it coming?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Very Close to Big Chopping! and other Updates

I think that I am close to going ahead and cutting my hair sooner than my two year mark. The back half of my hair is basically natural. I have been having fun playing around with it. The only thing that is holding me back from taking the plunge is how very short the front section is. I don't feel like I'm ready to embrace the shortness and the shrinkage. I'm going to do my best to stop holding myself back and just do it.

I have been thinking about how I would stretch my hair once I was completely natural. I could continue with twists but I decided to try my hand at something else; the SSS Plates. I have seen these things plastered all over Instagram. I'm trying them out in hopes that I can get the most stretch for my hair. You will definitely be seeing a review for this set.

A quick update:
I touched up my color this past Friday. No bleach but it is more noticeable. I like it more than the last application. Once I am completely natural I will be using the bleach and going brighter. I just got really excited. Lol

Although I am totally in love with the progress and health of my hair but I am not feeling how what's left of my relaxed ends makes my hair look when my hair is straight.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wash Day Chronicles: 20 Months Post

I have truly been slacking on posting on my blog because the post are mostly on my wash days. I am hoping that in some way someone might find them helpful. Hopefully, I can come up with some ideas for different posts soon. Anywho, let's talk about this wash day.

I have been trying to hold out on getting my hair done until the end of the month. But the itch was too strong and a week ago Saturday, I got it done.
{1} To cleanse my hair I was going to use SM JBCO Shampoo but since my hair didn't have a lot of product in it, clarifying wasn't necessary. I use CON's new Pure-Licious Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. This is my second time using it and so far, so good. I first applied it to my hairline and edges because I wanted get rid of the product I had been applying to it to slick them down all week. It also has a good amount of slip. I detangled my hair pretty easily with it. I let it sit in my hair while I finished up my shower then proceeded to rinse. My hair felt very clean and very soft.

I am not about that shrinkage life, lol This is my hair after the cleansing conditioner was rinsed and my hair had been t-shirt dried. Shrinkage central!

{2} I deep conditioned with the JBCO Treatment Masque. Did another detangling session with the deep conditioner. I try to detangle as much as possible during my wash days.
A little bit of curl definition after the dc was applied
(please try to ignore the laundry that needs to be put away)

A different section before DC

Same section after DC
{3} JBCO Leave-In conditioner was applied next and I sealed it in with TGIN Argan Oil. I detangled yet again. I twisted my hair as I applied the products.

I have the hardest time putting my hair into a bun after air drying. This time I took my time when doing the twists. I put in nine twists total. I have three rows of three twists. I am hoping that this makes it easier to deal with. I shall see in the morning when I have to deal with my hair. lol

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wash Day Chronicles: FT. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Line

Very, very early on in my hair journey I was all about Shea Moisture. The problem with that was I was wearing sew-ins. I couldn't fully see how they worked for my hair. When I switched into full product junkie mode, I neglected SM. These days they are pumping out so many different lines I can barely keep up. But I will say that I want to try their new professional line at Sally. People have been bragging about their JBCO line for months and I finally decided to try them out. I got them on sale at Walgreen's on Tuesday. Obviously, my no-buy has gone out the window yet again. lol I could not wait to wash my hair and try these out. So wash day came a bit early this week. These products have made a great first impression.

The Strengthen, Growth and Restore line is for natural, chemically processed, color treated or heat styled hair. My hair is a mixture of all of the above. The shampoo cleansed my hair and scalp very well. Clean but not stripped. Just the way I want my shampoos to be. The Treatment Masque is absolutely wonderful. It glides onto my hair with ease and soaks right in. It has some serious slip and allows me to detangle relatively easy. I deep conditioned using my conditioning cap and my hair felt awesome with the conditioner in my hair and after I rinsed. My hair looked and felt different after using the shampoo and masque, It's kind of hard to explain. Lastly, I used the Leave-In Conditioner in my LCO method. As I am typing this, I am letting my hair air dry. I'll have to wait and see how my hair feels before I say what it did for my hair. This is only my second time using the LCO method to try and combat my dry hair issue.

As of right now this line is on my good side. I'll of course use it a bit longer to see if this wash day was just a fluke.

Has anyone else tried this line? What do you think?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wash Day Chronicles: 19 Months Post

Today's wash day is brought to you by Carol's Daughter, Hydrathermal Naturals (not pictured), and Soultanicals. After having my hair straight for about a week and half it was time to wash. Although I wanted to try to stretch it out for two weeks but the itch to wash was strong. This was a fairly easy and quick wash day. I wish they were all like this. lol Let's get to it.

{1} I thoroughly rinsed my hair until I started to feel my hair revert back then proceeded to apply the Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner. I concentrated on my edges and front hairline because I wanted to make sure that I got all of the Cream of Nature's Perfect Edges out of my hair. My hair felt very well cleansed.
{2} I skipped in the rinse out conditioner phase and went straight to deep conditioning. My dc of choice was the Amino Plus Protein Treatment. I detangles my hair with the conditioner in my hair. I forgoed sitting under the steamer and opted to use a plastic conditioning cap and my Bon Bon Cheveux conditioning bonnet. I kept those on for an hour then rinsed.
{3}Applied my the Soultanicals HerShea Sauce did another round of detangling. Banded my hair in 6 sections then let it dry for a bit before I through my hair up in a bun.

I know that I suck when it comes to taking pictures but I tried take a few this time around.

This is how much hair I lost after detangling my hair. It's about the average amount of hair I loose on wash days.

My hair fully reverted! As you can see I don't have a lot of relaxed ends left but I am holding off on cutting my hair. I am still weary of doing the big chop. My shrinkage is beyond ridiculous and I'm not ready to embrace shrinkage just yet. lol