Sunday, November 16, 2014

Another Wash Day

While browsing Instagram, I kept seeing a lot of pictures from E'tae's hair page and that gave me the urge to want to do a Carmel Treatment. So on Saturday, I did one. Honestly, I really just wanted to wash my hair again for some reason. Lol  That gave me an excuse.

{1} I applied the E'tae Carmel Treatment on damp hair and left it on for 6 to 7 hours with my conditioning bonnet on.
{2} Rinsed the Carmel from hair with warm water. It rinses away very easily. My hair was very soft after rinsing.
{3} Shampooed with Shi~Naturals Lemonade Shampoo. As usual my hair was very clean but not dried out using this shampoo.
{4} Conditioned with Hairitage Hydration Chocolate Covered Curls conditioners. I am still not a big fan of this conditioner. It took a lot of it to soften my hair. My hair only felt soft after tshirt drying for a bit. I never really have that issue with the other conditioners from this product line.
{5} Applied the Lemongrass Leave-in and detangled my hair. Sealed with the Intensive Hydration Complex. Added the Kurl Pop and twisted my hair. As I am typing this out my hair is still twisted until I decide to take them down and put my hair in a bun.

Highlights:
• Lost less hair when detanging
• Used up the Chocolate Covered Curls Conditoner (I won't repurchase this)
• The softness that the E'tae Carmel Treatment gave my hair. It's messy but effective.

I won't be washing my hair again until Saturday.  Two wash days in one week was just a treat I guess. Lol

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wash Day Chronicles: 64 Weeks Post

What time is it? WASH DAY TIME! lol I have been itching to wash my hair for a few days now. As much as I love when my hair is straight after about a week and half I'm ready to wash it. I try to hold out until the 2 week mark but that didn't happen this time. Since I do not moisturize my hair much when it is straight I start to get see a few long strands of hair come out when I comb my hair and also when my new growth starts to revert at the root it makes it a pain to comb through too. Those are the signs that it is time to wash. So let's get into this wash day.

{1} Cleansed my hair with Naturelle Grow's Mango and Berries Cleansing Conditioner. Since I didn't have much of any build-up on my hair I decided to use a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo.
{2} I applied Hairitage Hydration's Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner and let it sit for about 3 minutes. I had soft and moisturized hair when it was rinsed out.
{3} I deep conditioned under my steamer with Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment. This protein deep conditioner made my hair feel stronger. I would classify this as a light to medium protein conditioner. It strengthened my hair but did not make it feel hard. My hair was easy to detangle and it soaked this conditioner right up. I love when conditioners sink into my hair. I am very heavy handed with conditioners. This one is so concentrated that a little bit definitely goes a long way.
{4}Applied my leave-ins, Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-In and Kurl Pop, and twisted my hair to air dry. Well actually I did use the concentration nozzle on my blow dryer to knock some of the moisture out of my hair so that I wasn't going to sleep with wet hair. Then I air dried overnight.

<==== This is a picture of my hair in twists. They aren't perfect but they are great for when I dry my hair. They help to stretch my hair. Once I am done twisting a section, I go back retwist this base a bit tighter to stretch the roots more then I use a bobby pin to hold it in place. This method has been real good to my lately. I must admit that I really like how juicy those three twists in the back look. lol

Highlights:
* My natural hair fully reverted
* Finished my last bottle of Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner YAY!
* 1 more use out of the NaturelleGrow Cleansing Conditioner then it can be tossed YAY!
* I am digging the Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioner
* The three juicy twists

How did your wash day go?





* I connect my wash day posts to the Wash Day Experience Link Up. I can't figure out the codes and all that jazz to link it to my posts. I'm not that tech savvy. So hop on over to Saving Our Strands and Just Grow Already Blogs to read other wash day posts*





Sunday, November 9, 2014

30 Days of Water



I am on a challenge roll. lol I woke up this morning and did my daily blog scanning. I saw a new challenge is being hosted by Jen and Divachyk. I just had to join. I drink a decent amount of water daily but I can definitely step my water intake up. My goal is to drink about 5 16.9oz bottles of water daily, With me working in a child care center I can't run in and out of the classroom that much, I will be repurchasing my 74 oz jug that I got from Walmart last year. Hopefully they still have it. So that all I have to do is full up once in the morning. The one thing that annoys about drinking a lot of water is the constant bathroom breaks. I feel like every few minutes I am running to the bathroom. lol The benefits are hoping to see is more supple skin, better moisturized hair, and (tmi alert) lighter color urine. I can't stand when it is darker in color. lol Let's do this!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Random Beauty Faves

I haven't done an official favorites post before. I decided to give it a try since I am on a quest to better my blog. I want to have other content on here besides my wash days because they don't really change. I don't experiment with hair styles so I know the posts can be very much redundant. So I decided to try my hand at showing some of my favorite products. I don't wear makeup. Hell I don't even own a piece of make-up so you want see that here. lol Although, I am thinking of at least trying out some basic makeup items but we'll see. So here it goes.

EOS Lip Balms:
I am in love with these things and cannot go a day without having them. I have tried other types of chap sticks from Burts Bees to other natural brands but I always come back to this one. I own several. My newest fave from the line is the one the left. It's new to their line and it's called Coconut Milk. The moisture these give you comes as quick as when you apply it. It goes on so smooth. If you haven't already, give them a try. They can be found just about anywhere: Walmart, Target, Walgreens. Costco (they have a 5 pack available), etc

Rafiki Facial Lotion, Body Lotion, and Body Butter http://www.rafiki.us/:
I found out about this product line a couple of years ago while at the Black Women's Expo. It is a small black owned business, I decided to try them out and I'm glad I did. I seem to have try skin as of late and these give me the boost of moisture I need to combat that. Take a look at the pump bottle sitting on top of the container. I have had that since I bought it at this years expo back in March/April. That is the Facial Lotion. A little goes a long way with it. I use about one and a half pumps. I absolutely love the choice they made to put in this type of bottle. Very convenient. The bottle standing alone is the Body Lotion. I mainly use it as my hand lotion. Now I have been using it as it is intended because I am waiting for my order to come in since I am out of the body butter. It gets the job done. The consistency of it is thinner than the Body Butter. Now the Body Butter is what I use the most. I love how thick it is and how it moisturizes my try skin especially my legs which seem to get ashy the quickest lol. These products do run on the pricey side. The down side is that when you run out you can only purchase them online from their website. The only thing that I have repurchased the most is the Body Butter because I use it daily on my whole body. They also have hair products and a lip balm. The lip balm is really good too. I got my bestie hooked on it. lol

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I love this soap. It cleanses like no other. I love the squeaky clean feeling it gives when I use it. I was using a body wash that I got from Sephora and it always made me feel like I had film left on my body. I didn't feel completely clean after using it.The only down side to this soap is that it makes your wash clothes look like you were super dirty especially when you are using a light colored towel. So beware. lol

These are just a few of my favorite random beauty things. What are your's? I would like to try some new things out.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

30 Days Without Heat and Huetiful Visit



I made it through the month without using heat. Whoo-hoo! lol I knew it would not have been much of a problem since I had already been a heat free for a little over a month when the challenge started. Since I like doing challenges, I wanted to participate anyway. How did I do with my game plan?

1. Deep condition weekly with steam - check
2. M&S daily or every other day - check
3. Air Drying in twist -  check
4. Try out the banding method - check and hated it



Being heat free for the last 2 months has been very beneficial to my hair. My ends are looking great despite my concerns. I am LOVING the health of my hair. She only cut about about 1/4th of an inch all around. When she was going through my hair to trim, I was really digging the shine and the overall look of my hair. The service I that I had done is called the Huetiful Hydrating and Conditioning Treatment. It includes shampoo (the hair is detangled at this stage), deep conditioning steam treatment and my choice of a blow dry and flat ironed style. There are other choices you can get such as a wash and go or protective style.

The pics below were the only decent ones I could get. The curls I had dropped but I love the loose curl look. I haven't wrapped my hair in awhile so to preserve my straight hair, I just put my hair in a ponytail at the top of my head and twist it around itself. When I let my hair down the next day the loose curl look is still intact. My natural hair has officially taken over my head. I have way more natural hair than relaxed. The relaxed ends look so puny in comparison especially when wet. I'm keeping my hair straight for about 2 weeks then at the beginning of December I'll be at the salon again getting my hair done before my trip. That's it. Nothing too exciting going on in my hair world. lol Just enjoying the ride!

  





Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wash Day Fun: 61 Weeks Post

{1} Did an overnight pre-poo treatment with my deep conditioning bonnet using three different oil blends. Why so many you ask? Because I couldn't make up my mind up on which one I wanted to use. First I applied Talisha's Secret 100% Pure Organic Hair Growth and Repair Oil on my scalp and had a mini scalp massage session. Next, I grabbed the SM Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Complex to the length of one section of hair. Then I decided to use TGIN Argan Oil Replenishing Hair and Body Serum and added that to the length of my hair in the other 3 sections.

{2} While rinsing the oil out in the shower, I did my usual light finger detangle and I loved it. My hair released tangles and shed hair so much easier. My hair pulled apart with so much ease. Then I went ahead and shampooed my hair with the Lemonade Shampoo. I reached for this because I felt using a cleansing conditioner wasn't going to be enough. The shampoo did what I wanted. It cleansed my hair perfectly.

{3} Applied Pink Grapefruit Punch conditioner and let it sit on my hair for a few minutes. Like last time, my hair was very soft and the moisture was restored.

{4} After rinsing the conditioner from my hair, I T-shirt dried for about 10 minutes. Then I brought out an old favorite to deep condition with; Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Dream Moisture Dream. Sat under the steamer for 20-25 minutes, let my hair cool then proceeded to rinse the conditioner out. I am still in love with this conditioner. I love the smell, how it melts into my hair and how soft and hydrated it leaves my hair feeling.

{5} Next up I applied my leave-in and oil, Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-in Conditioner and the TGIN Replenishing Oil. I detangled, added the Kurl Pop to each section and put my hair in twists to stretch it out. I air dried the twists for about an hour then pulled out my blow dryer with the concentration nozzle to speed up the drying time since I was headed out. I bunned as usual. That's it!

Next week's wash day will be done at Huetiful Salon. I figured I got my hair done for my birthday, why not get it done for my love's birthday. lol I will be getting another trim depending on how my ends are looking. I know I've said that I want to trim each time I go to the salon but I feel like I'm seeing some growth progress. If that is the case I am not doing it because I've gotten my hair trimmed quite a bit this year. Oh but you better believe that if my ends are looking raggedy, I will get a trim with the quickness.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Adding Pre-Poo Treatments


Pre-poo – Preparing your hair prior to shampooing. You do this by adding a moisturizing conditioner or natural oils into the hair . You can do this overnight or 30-40mins before you shampoo. This helps keep the moisture in your hair after you shampoo or clarify. Prepoo-ing helps keep that moisture in. (Hairlista)







If you have asked me a few years ago, I'd even give you a few weeks ago, if I would be adding pre-poo treatments to my regimen. The answer would have been resounding no. After incorporating them into my regimen the last three wash days, I decided they are beneficial. Pre-pooing with oils have made detangling in the shower soooo much easier. Pulling the hair apart in the shower has been much smoother. I also noticed during this weeks wash day that I lost less hair in the shower. 


This weeks wash day, I used a few oil blends on the fly. First I used Talisha's Secret 100% Pure Organic Hair Growth and Repair Oil on my scalp and massaged it in. Next, I grabbed Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Complex to add to the length of my hair. That only lasted for one section because I  decided to use the TGIN Argan Replenshing Hair and Body Serum to the rest of my hair. I haven't used this oil in a long time. I am definitely happy with using these oils for my pre-poo treatment. I will also be adding Coconut Oil. I've neglected my coconut oil as of late. Time to pull it out and put it to good use. Can't wait to see what the long term effect of it would be since I am over a year post relaxer.

Do you pre-poo? Have noticed any benefits from it?