Sunday, June 30, 2013

No More Google Reader... On to Blog Lovin

So apparently there is no more Google Reader after today. After seeing Jen and Age in ATL make the switch to Blog Lovin, I decided to give it a shot. So please go ahead and follow me on there. Hit the button on the right please!

2013 Summer Hair Plans

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Now that summer is officially upon us, I notice that some people switch their regimens up during this time. I don't plan on doing anything different with my hair as far as my regimen goes. I don't change my regimen with the seasons but I will be enjoying my hair a bit more this summer especially since July is family reunion month for me and bunning is out of the question. 

July Plans:
As I stated July is family reunion month and the South will be seeing me a lot. I will be going to the shop about twice during the month. First visit will be this week. My wonderful cousin/stylist is back to work.  YAY! I'm thinking that since I will be headed down South that I will have her braid the top portion of my hair and leave the back down to show off some length. That way my hair isn't in my face.

In between visits, I will still be deep conditioning 2x a week, not using heat,   and bunning. 

August Plan:
Is my birthday month, Virgos Rule lol, and I will be touching up my color. Making sure that my hair stays moisturized and keeping up with protein treatments is what I do after highlighting my hair. Check out the post I have on that topic for more details. 

There you have it. They're isn't too much that I will be doing. 

What are your summer hair plans?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

TRESsemme Naturals Ingredients and Packaging Changes

I was browsing through the Hairlista hashtag page on Instagram and came across a picture showing a slightly different bottle and different ingredients for the TRESsemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. So I took a ride over to Walmart and sure enough there were 3 bottles of the new formula sitting on the shelf.

New Bottle
New Ingredients

Old Ingredients

I'm a bit skeptical about trying the new formula because my hair just started liking this conditioner again. So I snatched up the last three bottles of the old formula. lol If you all try out the new formula, let me know what you think of it. I still don't understand why companies change the formulas of good products. As the saying goes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Blog Help

I have had two comments not show up on blog posts but I get the email notification? How can I fix it?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My Hair Journey Over the Years: 2010-2013

In almost 3 years I went from neck length to closing in on BSB. Tracking your progress is very beneficial. All though I'm bad at taking pics I manage to find some to show that I am definitely making progress. I guess I'll push for BSL now. Hopefully by the end of the year.

July 2010
July 2010

After a blunt trim in Dec 2012

After a roller wrap in Sept 2012

March 2012

In almost 3 years I went from neck length to just about BSB. Taking pics is so helpful.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Salon Visit Recap

As I stated in a previous posts I visited a new salon and stylist today. I haven't been able to get in to see my lovely cousin. I have been bunning since March and I've grown tired of doing do. Since my appointment with my cousin was cancelled last week I decided to visit a salon that I have heard some pretty good things about. So let's get started. My appointment was set for 9:30. I get to the shop and an assistant answered the door. I let her know who I was there to see and what time my appointment was for. She said ok and told me to have a seat. 15 minutes after my appointment...nothing. During that time stylists started trickling in. Still no one asked me who I was there to see. I couldn't remember what the stylist I was seeing looked like so I checked out her picture on their website and realized that the stylist I had a brief conversation with was the who was suppose to be doing my hair. Just to be sure I asked the other assistant if, let's call her Cassy, was there. Basically, Cassy didn't put my appointment into her phone and completely forgot about it. Since she had already washed and blow dried and started braiding somebody else to prep her for a sew-in, Cassy had one of the assistants to wash my hair. All I wanted was a shampoo wash, blow dry, and a flat iron. After, my hair was washed she detangle my hair with a fine tooth comb. While she was detangling she asked me if I was experiencing any breakage. I told her not that I could tell. But after thinking about it I really think that I have due to those pesky knots. Sigh. I think I have been in denial about my hair. Anywhoo. Once I got into Cassy's chair and she blow dried and flat ironed my hair, on 450, she told me that I needed a trim. I let her trim. I haven't had one since March. Then she went on to tell me that my hair was breaking and shedding all over the place and that my ends are starting to thin out because of the breakage. When doing my own hair that isn't my experience. I could be getting some breakage from the knots but no shedding. She recommended that the next time I come, I should have my hair cut into layers to help conceal the breakage. That way I wouldn't lose much length. Although she was a very pleasant lady, this was a one time deal. This was more for me to take break from bunning and enjoy my length. So after hearing everything that she said. I really want to blame the shitty detangling that was done and the blow drying process but maybe it is me. The knots probably did more damage than I thought. I believe my cousin will be back to work in a couple of weeks and she can tell what's really going on. If her assessment is pretty much the same as Cassy's then I will be going back to texlaxing. I don't want to cause any more damage to my hair. I am really hoping that all my hard work isn't ruining my hair because the whole my ends are thinning out comment kind of gotten to me.What I plan on doing while my hair is straight is just adding my Creme of Nature 100% Pure Argan Oil to my hair and make sure that I wrap it. I'll do an update post after I see my cousin. Overall, I am enjoying the length of my hair. It's the longest my hair has ever been.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wash Day Chronicles and Initial Reaction to As I Am Cowash Conditioner

So today was wash day and it was one of my more successful wash days. For me being 18 weeks post, I need more wash days like today.  
1. I parted my hair into 6 small sections. I have never done this before but washing my hair in smaller sections helped me to minimize tangles. Four sections is no longer good enough for me.
2. Taking one section at a time, I rinsed with water to loosen whatever dirt and product build up that is on the hair. 
3. I took the advice of Age in Atl and smoothed the conditioner onto my new growth first. Next, I applied it to the length of the hair. Instantly I could feel my hair becoming detangled. I proceeded to rinse it out.
4. After rinsing I t-shirt dried for a little bit.
5. Applied Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream deep conditioner to my hair. I let sit in my hair for about 15 minutes with just a plastic cap. I sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. I didn't steam this time because I already steamed once this week. 
6. Rinsed the conditioner out in the sink after letting my hair cool off for a few minutes.
7. Applied my Shi-Naturals Protein Balance Leave-in (spray) and Garnier Fructis Anti-Frizz serum and proceeded to finger detangle. I only encountered one knot. Yay! As I continue to air dry, I will still check for tangles. Yes, I am paranoid. lol

As for the As I Am Coconut Cowash, I have completely changed my views on this conditioner. It cleansed my hair so nicely and didn't leave it feeling dry and stripped. The slip that this conditioner has is amazing. My hair was so easy to detangle. I can admit that my first go round with this product was all my fault. I definitely see the cowash sticking around for a long time in my regimen. Especially if I continue to have wash days like this.