Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Month Down, Five to Go!

So this marks the passing of the first month in the Hairscapades Grow Out Challenge. What have I learned in this month’s time? I’ve learned that my hair grows at an extremely slow rate. In all honestly it doesn’t even look like my hair grew this month, which is just sad…because I’m doing so many things right! I have been moisturizing and sealing my hair consistently and I’ve been wearing a lot of updos so…you think I’d have retained something.
On my other blog I talked about starting a thing called Simplified September, which basically means I’m making my life/lifestyle a lot more simple for an entire month. So maybe I will do something similar to my hair? I haven’t figured out what I will do exactly. I’ve been thinking about limiting the products I can use, which will be a good way to deplete my stock a bit. For instance stick with one shampoo, one conditioner, leave-in/moisturize (maybe even just water hahaha) and one oil to seal. Nothing more nothing less. I won’t even do my mega-tek or deity serum on my scalp…yeah! Sorry, I just got motivated to do this. I’m going to pick one shampoo and conditioner, water will be my moisturizer and castor oil will be my sealant. Everything else I’m going to put away for a month. Jeez I’m biting my nails just thinking about trying this! I love all my products so it’ll be hard to stick with just a few.
So here’s going to be my simplified September regimen:
Wash: Once every two weeks with my Deity Plant Shampoo
Cowash: Mid week, once a week, with Suave Naturals Rosemary and Mint Conditioner
Deep Condition: Carol’s Daughter Tui Smoothie Once a week
Daily Moisturizer: Spritz hair with water (plus a little rosemary oil)
Seal Daily: Castor Oil
That will be it! My style will be a bun, any kind, and I’ll change it daily so that I don’t keep tension at the same spot on my hair. And in the evenings I’ll do the baggy method.
Fingers crossed that I can pull this off! (I’m at work and I can’t wait to get home and put all my other products away into hiding).

Monday, August 29, 2011

Product Review: Kera Care Natural Textures Leave-In Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificato, Purified) Extracts: Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla)1 and Acacia Concinna (Shikakai)1, Cetyl Alcohol2, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil1, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil1, Phytosterols, Betaine1, Citric Acid1, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract1, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract1, Propylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract1, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract1, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract1, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Dimethyl Stearamine, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

Okay, so I've had this product for a while but wasn't using it for some reason. I'm not sure why....but I started using it now. I love this stuff! The slip and moisture it provided my hair was great. I'm currently wearing my hair in two strand twists and I pinned them all up, but after washing and deep conditioning on Saturday, I used this product as a leave in before twist my hair. I also used this in conjunction with the Kera Care  Silken Seal  Liquid Sheen Mist and a little bit of the Shea Moisture Smoothie for hold.

I think this a good product, but it is a little pricey, but a little does go a long way and I applied a dime size amount to four different sections of hair and was able to comb through and detangle without a problem. I also love the scent. It so light and fresh, but not overwhelming in the least. So go out and try it if you're in the market for a new leave in conditioner!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hair TLC During A Hurricane

Hurricane Irene has come and gone and as a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland I can honestly say it wasn't that bad. Since the boyfriend and I were stuck in doors, I figured it was the perfect time to give my hair a little love. I started off by prepooing with saw palmetto growth oil, which I kept on my hair and scalp for two hours. I followed this with my new Cream of Nature Argan Oil shampoo...loved that stuff! It didn't leave my hair feeling dry or stripped at all, and I was even able to detangle a little with my fingers while I had it in. I followed this with my Alter Ego Garlic Mask. I had heard a lot about this product and really liked how it made my hair feel. I left it on my hair for thirty minutes with my heating cap, rinsed with cold water and deep conditioned with my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask. It was back under the heat cap but this time for an hour while I made dinner and what not. This reminds me that I should do a review of all these products...so i will make sure I get one to you in the next few days.

I rinsed my hair with cold water again and was happy that my hair felt nice and soft and looked shiny too. Now I wasn't sure what I wanted to do style wise...I've been wearing my hair up a lot but I kind of wanted to wear a twist out at some point this week. So I used Shea moisture smoothie, some kera care leave in, and kera care mist and started putting in medium size twists. I will probably keep these in a few days and then wear a twist out for labor day weekend...but I have a check in coming up for my GOC and I kind of want to try a roller set...so yeah, maybe the twist out will be done sooner than later. Either way my hair feels super soft right now...did something right this weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Product Review: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner

So I've been thinking of starting some video reviews of products. My camera isn't the best and I'm going to have to figure out video editing and everything, but doesn't hurt to try right? I'll try to do that for my next product review.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner for Dry/Damaged Hair:
Ingredients: Water, cetearyl alcohol, palm oil, behentrimonium chloride, apple fruit extract, glycerin, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, niacinamide, pyridoxine hci, shea butter, citric acid, olive fruit oil, sugar cane extract, benzyl alcohol, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, avocado oil, black currant seed oil, linalool, lemon peel extract, CI 19140, camellia sinensis leaf extract, CI 15985, parfum.
What's Great About It: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free  (Which is really good if your doing the Curly Girl Method)

Anyway, I just recently finished off my bottle of the GFTN (Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition). I kind of like to really use/finish a product before talking about it, just to make sure I'm giving a decent opinion of the product. Plus sometimes a product seems great and other days it's like "What is this crap?" so...I had to be sure.

The GFTN Conditioner was nice. I found that applying it to my hair and letting it sit for a minute while I did other shower things helped it soak in a little better. Afterwards, detangling was a breeze. If I tried to go straight to the detangling process, the comb just didn't glide through as easily.

I only used this product as a rinse out, since it was cheap and can be found on the ground practically anywhere. Now with a lot of Garnier Fructis products, the scent an be really strong and sometimes I love it and sometimes I don't. If you're sensitive to smells I wouldn't recommend it, because it can be overpowering. But if you like a stronger scent with your hair products go for it!

Although I liked the slip this gave my hair, I can't tell if it actually made my hair 3X stronger. I still suffered the same amount of shedding. That being said, I would probably purchase this again, but not necessarily because I'm making it a staple. I think this would be a good product if you need something quick and cheap for a rinse out conditioner. I've also used a little as a leave in, just to have my hair smelling good and it worked great that way as well. Thinking about it, I kind of wish I had tried the product as a deep conditioner. It really does make your hair soft the longer it sits on your hair, I can only imagine keeping it on for an hour with heat.

Like I said, it helps to let it sit before detangling. This made detangling so much easier for me! I will advocate this product if you're on a budget too. Trust me this product won't disappoint if you're trying to save a few dollars. I have other products that cost triple the amount and work like crap. I don't think great products have to necessarily be expensive products. For a cheap, on the ground item, this would be a wonderful conditioner added to anyone's arsenal, especially if you're doing the CG thing and can't afford some of the more expensive CG friendly products. If you're starting out on the natural hair care thing, sometimes cheaper products are better to work with while you figure out your hair needs.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

And all that...hair!

I was just sitting here wondering what I'm going to do with my hair for the Hairscapades meet up this weekend. I probably wont' do anything fancy, frankly I'm feeling a bit lazy with my hair so it may be a good ol' wash n go for me that day...we'll see. If I am feeling fancy I'll do a flat twist out and toss in a cute headband (I think the weather is supposed to be crappy so we'll see).

Anyway last week I wash and deep conditioned my hair for the first time in a while! I even used my heat cap and kept everything on for an hour. I used my Shea Moisture Anti Breakage Deep Conditioner. I really like that stuff as a DC, and it smells pretty awesome too. Anyway after doing this, I did flat twist all over my hair in preparation for my weekend out of town.

The entire time I was in Seattle I rocked the same flat twist out. Of course it got manipulated a bit each day and the night before the wedding I did chunkier flat twists just to redefine the waviness of the style. I can't say I was in love with my hair for the wedding, but whatever. It was big and kind of fro' like but worked for me. Like I said...just don't seem to care too much about my hair lately. I have to admit though I had some serious hand in hair syndrome this weekend! This is why it's better for me to wear it up, because then I don't mess with it.

Oh yeah so I measured my hair yesterday...just to see the length more accurately since I never did a very good check at the start of the GOC challenge. My bangs only measure 4 inches stretched (sad face) and the rest didn't go any longer than 5 1/4...jeez I swear my hair should be so much longer right now, especially if I'm supposed to average 1/4 a month. I think I average less than that which is just so....sad. What do I do? It's going to take years to reach some of my goals, goals people reach in six months or less. It seriously sucks. But at least I know my hair does grow. I'm pretty sure back in May my bangs were right at my eyebrows, and now they hang in front of my eyes...sooo we'll get there...eventually (it really doesn't help to read blogs where people grew three inches in four months or something and here I am over a year natural and my hair never made it to six inches). I think I need to reevaluate my regimen and see where I'm going wrong.

Here are pictures of my hair in Seattle! Doesn't my hair look the same as it did back in some of my first posts? Some one tell me if it looks at all longer too you....
Day 1, Twists just unleashed

Didn't like the bangs at all but what can you do?

Looks kind of funky on this side

Wedding hair, side without the flower.

Just tossed a flower in for fun. My hair was really fluffy since I didn't use gel

Today's wash n go

Wedding hair, the back. It's really short because I bantu knotted the ends

Monday, August 15, 2011

What to do...




I'm going to a wedding on Saturday in Seattle. Now, for the last two weeks I've been doing the baggy method pretty consistently. I did not baggy Saturday or Sunday night, mainly because I'm rocking a fabulous wash n go that I did Saturday morning. I used my Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Gel this time around and my hair came out great! I swear I have pics, and I promise I will upload and post them when I get home later today. Anyway, this is day three of the wash n go. This morning I kind of did a poof thing in the front and pulled the rest back into a puff. I'll probably rinse my hair tonight after working out and pull it into an updo, baggy and wear a bun tomorrow and Wednesday.

On Wednesday I am going to wash and deep condition because I didn't do either of those this weekend (busy and all) and then I'm going to...wait for it...blow dry my hair! On cool of course. I've decided that I want my hair as stretched as possible for my trip to Seattle because frankly I don't want to bother with it too much and because I can't carry my entire arsenal of hair products in my carry-on bag. So my plan is to blow dry and flat twist my entire head so that I can wear my hair in a twist out. This is also the style I'm going to do for the wedding as well...although I might pin it up or something and leave the bangs out...not sure yet. I haven't narrowed down what products I will bring with me though. I think a small spray bottle, my Oyin shine and define and a little oil. Each night I plan on re twisting my hair so that it stays defined. I'm a little worried though since it's Seattle and they are known for rainy weather...so I kind of want to have gel with me just in case I have to do a wash n go last minute....if all else fails I may just do my cinna-bun and call it a day. I've got to remember to charge my camera so I can come back and share my hair/dress with you all. I really hope Seattle is good to me and my hair...it's a city I'm considering moving to after all.

Oh yeah, I've been slacking seriously in my water intake. I really have to do better (written as I eye my full water bottle in distaste). Maybe this is why I have this headache brewing (promptly grabs water and begins to drink).

Update: I did rinse my hair Monday, but wore another wash and go for Tuesday and today. I kind of pulled the curls apart today so I've got like...a funky looking 'fro. I flat twisted the front to work as a sort of headband. Now my hair may not look fabulous to other people but I'm lovin' it. I feel very...Bohemian today what with the afro, long maxi skirt, and wedges. Maybe I'm just excited I don't have to come to work tomorrow!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Not So Successful Week 2

Well really this past weekend didn't go so well in the eating and drinking department. I'll definitely do better this weekend. As for this week and working out, I've managed to get to the gym once. Luckily I was able to double up on a session with my personal trainer and a friend of mine, giving me the longer work out that I sooo needed. Needless to say the trainer kicked my butt and really made me push myself. My shoulders are super sore today...but in a good way. I also had a lot more energy today than I've had all week and all around I felt better. I may or may not make it to the gym today. I've got a job interview and depending on how long that takes will decide if I gym it up or not...maybe at least a half hour on the elliptical later?

As for hair, I've been able to go the whole week rocking buns, which is a feat I'm always proud of considering how much I dislike wearing my hair pulled back. Plus I've been baggying every night since Sunday so that makes it...what...four nights of the baggy method? Five if I do it tonight, which I plan on. Tomorrow though I think I'm going to wear my hair out in a wash and go, just so I can give my scalp and edges a break and remove some of the tension that wearing buns causes. I can't say my hair has looked the prettiest this week. I've been styling my bun before I baggy and literally just take it off in the morning and leave the house, so my hair is generally pretty fuzzy looking because it's still damp. I honestly don't mind the fuzziness though, I've resigned myself to the fact that I may never get a sleek updo. I think with my wash n go tomorrow I'll do a flat twist as a headband sort of thing...if it looks good I'll post some pictures.

I'm on week two of a new hair vitamin from Treasured Locks and so far so good. I don't actually think the vitamin is going to make my hair grow any faster, but my hair does look and feel better when I take my vitamins, plus the baggy method is making my hair really soft despite the fuzz. (Oh yeah, the other night I baggied with sopping wet hair...not good, don't do it that way because I definitely lost a few hairs from that. Try to baggy with just slightly damp or misted hair).

I can't believe we're already approaching mid August! I can't way to check in next month and see how it's going up there. I'm really trying to tone down my hair obsession, in fact I haven't even been reading a lot of blogs and what not, which has been kind of nice because that means I've been getting through some novels.

If the hair looks fabulous this weekend, I'll be sure to take some pictures and share.

P.S. I'm debating on whether or not to do one last henna treatment...I kind want my hair back to dark brown...but we'll see, I don't want to waste it and only have enough one for more application anyway.

P.S.S. I know baggying and baggied aren't real words...but they work for now when pertaining to hair.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Successful Week 1

Hey everybody! So far this week, with my new challenge and regimine, I've been successful. I've been baggying every night since Sunday, which makes it 5 days! I've been using Deity Growth Serum on my edges along with mega-tek, applying a little Deity Growth Conditioner to may hair, sealing with Palmetto Oil and throwing on a plastic shower cap. My hair in the morning is usually damp, but that makes it easier to manipulate. On Wednesday I took out my two strand twists and did a high banana clip bun yesterday and today. My hair is feeling really soft and moisturized and my scalp feels pretty good too. Plus, I've been protective styling all week and really protecting my ends. This proves I can do this! It's Friday now so that means I get to wear my hair out...although I'm kind of liking my bun/pulled back hair since it shows off my earrings better. I may just continue to wear a bun through the weekend. I was going to wash my hair tomorrow but I'm working out on Sunday with my trainer for an hour, so I figure I might as well wash and deep condition after that. I may pre-poo tomorrow and let the oil sit until wash time. Maybe I can even continue to baggy...maybe not tonight, but probably Saturday night.

As for working out, I did a half hour on the elliptical and worked with my trainer Tuesday, was with a trainer on Wednesday and we did a lot of cardio plus calisthetics, and yesterday I had an interview so I missed cycling but I was able to do a half hour on the elliptical and some abs and push ups/dips. Not bad! I'm telling myself to hop on th elliptical when I get home since some friends want to go out tonight. I'm also telling myself that unless I did some sort of cardio that day, I can't drink that evening so I have to put in a half hour today in order to have a light beer or two tonight. Good plan yes? My good streak continues into Saturday since I plan on waking up for a fitness class and then I have my trainer again on Sunday.

I'm off to a good start! Let us hope it lasts.