Sunday, January 30, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
So I got my hair relaxed last Friday and I didn't really like what I seen. I wasn't too happy with the way my ends looked, and this could be one of two things: The new regimen I had incorporated from last time I relaxed to this relaxer or I am reading too much into it. I am going with the former, the picture on the left is of my hair taken down after work and combed it down. I feel like my ends are too thin and uneven looking though that could be my "V". So the solution is, I am going back to my old regimen where I was seeing good results ("If it ain't broke then don't try to fix it right?), because clearly with my hair looking like that the new regimen isn't working. My old regimen was still keeping it as simple as I could get but it was more involved than the previous one.
Some Things Old Being Brought Back:
- Using protein once a week, I would do protein once a week as a prepoo on dry hair. I was receiving some good results from this, and my hair was thickening up.
- Deep Conditioning with Moisture 2x a week, I would deep condition with moisture twice a week following shampooing on the day I used a protein conditioner on dry hair and as a prepoo on dry hair on my moisture day.
- Profectiv Healthy Ends Anti- Split End & Deep Repair, I use to apply this on my hair on wash days. It makes your ends stay even and reduces split ends caused by combing through your hair. I recently just picked up a new jar of this at Sallys and noticed the ingredients have changed. Hopefully it still works the same like the old formula.
- Sealing with Oils on Wash day, I had got in the habit of sealing with GVP Silk Infusion on wash days, which yeah it did make my hair soft but it has some cones it. I am not one big on not wanting products because of certain ingredients but I did feel that using this on the regular basis didn't work for my hair. So back to sealing with oils =]
- Back to the Juice! The Juice really does help me to retain length and moisture in my hair better than any moisturizers I have used before. And I had come to the conclusion a while ago that when it comes oil based moisturizers especially Olive Oil and ones with Soybean Oil my hair just felt like eh... =\ towards them. So back to Wave Nouveau, S-Curl, and Care Free Curl Gold though not all at once I plan on kicking one to the curb.
- Back to Adding Add ins to My Conditioners, now I don't feel like not adding add ins to my conditioners hurt my hair, because it's nothing better and more simple than being able to use a conditioner straight from the bottle without having to add things. But on the other hand taking a good condtioner and making it better with different oils and everything is a plus to me as well.
- Back to Longer Deep Conditoning Times, A year or two in my Hair Journey I would deep condition for 40 mins max, but kind of got lazy and cut it down to 20-25 mins. Not saying cutting down hurt my hair cause my hair still thrived. But now I want to make sure I am getting the full benefits of the conditioner.
Some Things New, Being Incorporated In:
- Applying Tea Tree Oil to Scalp as a Prepoo, I will be applying this to my scalp before I shampoo for 30-40 mins. I will be doing this at the same time I am deep conditioning on dry hair. I have read some of the benefits of applying or adding Tea Tree Oil to a regimen and I hope it works out for me.
- Using Peppermint Oil as a Conditioner add in, I hear a lot of women talk about adding this to their conditioners or shampoos and how stimulating to the scalp it is. So when I do my conditioner mixes this will be going in the batch as well.
- Trying Out a New Conditioner and Shampoo: Queen Helene Cholesterol and Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Rentition Shampoo... Reviews will be here soon =]
**Hopefully all these new products will work out for me, and if they do then I will just stick with these techniques and products and learn to tame the Pj down again**
I have pretty much already have reached my goal of waistlength hair, and really have just been seeing how much longer my hair will go from there. Cutting my hair back to waistlenght every relaxer just scares me so I just haven't done it. But I will be getting the ends of my hair trimmed some more, because I really don't like how my ends look in that picture. I will keep you all updated on how everything is going with the products and techniques in later post. If it ain't broke then don't try to fix it... HHJ =]
Saturday, January 8, 2011
We've all been there before: you find an excellent product, deem it your staple moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Then a month or so later you go to the store to stock up on your staple product only to see the "New and Improved" label on the bottle with some times fancier packaging than before. You start to feel anxious as you turn the bottle around to check the ingredients and you notice they either added something or have taken something out. The first thought that comes to mind is "How could they tamper with such a good thing?" Now us in the hair care forums know that product ingredient changes can go one of two ways: Really bad or really good. But it seems like a lot times of the "New and Improved" product is just a downgrade to watered down, mineral oiled, peteroluem, sulfate, and other added fillers that take a once good product and turn into a hair nightmare. So what's a girl to do? Besides run out and stock up on a good thing while it lasts. Well my advice is as follows:
- Find an Alternate Hair line: If there is a particular conditioner, moisturizer, or shampoo you like. Look for Lomething in another hair line that works just as good and has the same purpose. That away if your once beloved staple gets changed and your hair responds badly to it you have you alternate to fall back on. Now please don't get product junkie on me ladies. =]
- Try Natural Product Lines: Now I could be wrong as I don't use natural hair care products on a regular basis. But it seems like products in natural lines don't experience as much of an ingredient makeover like mainstream products do, and usually when they do get a makeover it's nothing major. This could also be a good one for an alternate product line.
- And.... Yes I Will Say it... Run Quickly to Stock up on Your Faves! We all know that the joy of finally having a staple product staple product is fleeting. So savor it while you can, and if they do change the ingredients for the worst at least you will have a good amount of the original product left till you find something new.
So there you have it ladies and gents... Till next time HHJ =]
Friday, January 7, 2011
I want to start off by saying that I never really paid much attention to the Organic Root Stimulator line. Not because I didn't like it or anything, it was just something I always walked passed to other products. Now I have tried the ORS Replenishing Pak here and there, but never repurchased for some reason. Anyway a week or so ago I was in the store looking for a hair lotion that I could use on flat ironed hair, and considering that it is winter time I didn't much care if the lotion made my hair less straight. I picked up a bottle of ORS Moisturizing Hair Lotion and the Creamy Aloe Shampoo because I planned to wash my hair that week as well. The reviews on the products I tried are as follows:
- ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion: This product worked really nicely on my flat ironed hair, it made it soft and shiny. However, when I washed my hair and use this product to moisturize and seal my hair felt dry and hard as hay. And no matter what I did to it, it just didn't seem to moisturize. I think this is due to the fact that Petroleum is in the ingredients list. Now for my hair I can get away with Mineral Oil but Petroleum is a no no.
- ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo: I had been eyeballing this for some time, and I did not know this was a clarifying shampoo. So I used it two or three times in a row for a wash. When I seen it said Creamy and looked at the ingredients and saw sulfates in it I thought "How in the heck is this shampoo supposed to be creamy?" But believe or not it really was creamy and I couldn't tell their was a sulfate in it, nor did it give that squeaky squeak sound when I was done. This will be my new clarifying shampoo.
- ORS Hair Mayonnaise: I've only used this once so I can't really give much or rather I like it or not. But I used this as my monthly protein treatment, I got tired of having to use raw eggs for protein so was on the look out for a protein conditioner. When I saw this I remember hearing rave reviews on different hair boards and decided to give it a try. I DC'ed with it on dry hair for 20 minutes. When I rinsed it out my hair felt really soft, but I will keep you all updated on how I like it.
- ORS Replenishing Conditioner: I have used the Pak version of this conditioner before and remember liking it and wondering when a bottle form would be out. So while at Sallys I grabbed a bottle of this as well. I know there is some debate going on about the Pak being better than the bottle and if it's even the same ingredients. Right now I am not really sure how I feel about the bottle form and need to try it a few more times before I form an opinion on it. But is it me or does it seem like the Replenishing Conditioner is more protein-y than the Hair Mayo? I compared the ingredients of the two and Hydrolyzed Collagen is further up on the Replenishing Conditioner's list of ingredients and further down on the Hair Mayo ingredients. But I will let you know how the bottle form turns out for me.
So there you have it ladies and gents looks like I'm in ORS land for now... Till next time HHJ :]