Big Chop Files…Summer Haircare Regimen and Products

It’s been a little over a month (going on 2 months now) since my 3rd big chop and my regimen since has been super simple. I rarely manipulate my hair and it has grown so much already. I’ve been wearing a wig daily, but i wanted to document what I use on my actual hair.  I must mention that I do not moisturize and seal daily…more like on wash day only.

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1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary – I found this at Sally Beauty Supply and it was the last one so I snatched it up.  I use it on my edges occasionally.

2. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus CoWash – I didn’t bring my cowash from home because I planned on buying a cheap Suave conditioner.  I couldn’t find the one I like, so I purchased this instead.  I co-wash once a week, usually on the weekend.

3. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In – This was a staple when I was relaxed and I have a lot left so I’m trying to use it up.  I like it on my natural hair too.

4. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter – Another product from my relaxed days.  I apply this after the leave-in.20140621-230106-82866302.jpg

5. Satin Bonnet – A must for bed.

6. Silk Elements Liquid Styling Gel – I actually got this for free when I purchased the JBCO from Sally’s.  This stuff is really moisturizing!

7. Shampoo Brush – I use this to detangle my hair on wash days.

 

So my regimen is to co-wash, apply leave-in, moisturize/seal, and apply gel since it has extra moisturizing properties.  I sleep with my satin bonnet each night and I don’t use anything on my hair during the week – I simply plop my wig on and go.

The products will definitely change as I use things up and the regimen will change as my hair gets longer, but this is it for now.

Straightening Natural Hair…Self Reminder

I have had my natural hair straightened three times now.  The first time was at a Dominican salon and I had so much breakage after that.  I thought my hair would never recover!

The second time was at JcPenney when I got color added as well.  Unfortunately, my hair still experienced breakage, although nowhere near a much as before.

Done at JcPenney

The third time I decided to straighten MYSELF because I know I handle my hair better than anyone else…and guess what…NO BREAKAGE!

Done by ME…longer and stronger!

To do the job, I first washed and conditioned with the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing line.  After that, I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave in followed by the CD Chocolat Blow Dry Cream.

The shampoo and conditioner were okay.  This is the second time I’ve used the blow dry cream and I feel I can say that I don’t care for it at all.  It coats my hair and when it dries it has a feeling as if it is waxy and hard.  I want my hair to be soft when I blow dry.

Once my hair was dry, I separated it into small sections and applied my generic Paul Mitchell Super Skinny serum as a heat protectant and then Aqua Net hair spray for hold.

Both of these items have been a staple since my relaxed days.  The serum holds in the moisture and the hair spray holds the hair while not making it too hard.  I can use the spray and still wrap my hair at night no problem.

I don’t have a video of me straightening, but the process I used is shown in the video below.

Next time, I’m going to skip the blow dry cream and use the serum to blow dry instead. I’ve used it to do so before and my hair was soft to my liking. To maintain my hair, I used Mi-Me Handmade Fascin8ting Hair Elixr and wrapped each night.

I don’t know what was so special about this time, but my hair lasted longer than it has in the past. I think in the future I’m going to continue to do it myself. I had no breakage and no heat damaged straight ends to cut.

Finally…my 1st set of twists that I can wear out

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My hair has suffered from the Dominican blowout. I washed it out on Tuesday and have had the worst hair week ever. I washed last night with Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo, which I am now convinced that I do not like. If anyone wants it and you are in the Memphis area you can have it.

After shampooing, I applied the remainder of the Monoi hair mask. I reviewed it once before, and I really enjoyed it this time.  I’m thinking of actually purchasing the shampoo and mask since I have so much breakage now.   The smell was lovely and it left my hair really soft. I ended up leaving in overnight because I was too tired to finish my hair.

This morning, I detangled and rinsed out the mask and something in me prompted me to twist. I definitely wasn’t planning it. It didn’t take as long either, only about two hours. I’ve twisted my hair in the past and it was an all day event.

I like this set much better than the one I did in January. Then, I did not like them and felt as if I had to put them up. The ones I did today I feel I can wear out. I’m going to try to keep them in for two weeks, but knowing me that’s pretty hard to do.

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Note to self…How I Achieved the Softest Hair Ever For 2 Weeks!

It’s not like I did it on purpose, but for the past two weeks my hair has been unbelievably soft.  I have to hurry up and write this down for future reference.

It started last weekend.  I had used some Royal Crown Hair Grease for my bangs (AMAZING!  Great Definition!) and decided I would use the Groove Therapy Shampoo that came in my February Curl Box.  It is a sulfate shampoo and I figured that it would be useful in making sure all the grease was out of my hair.  My first impression of the shampoo wasn’t great at all.  My hair was left feeling very stripped and dry, which led me to do something I haven’t done in a year…DEEP CONDITION!  I used the Hair Rules Ultra Rich Conditioner that came in the same CurlBox.  When applying the conditioner, I wasn’t too optimistic about my hair.  I put on a plastic shower cap and a towel over that and waited for around an hour to rinse.  After rinsing, I let my hair air dry and then proceeded to style.

To style, I used my CurlBox sample of Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave-in.  I have to say that it smells sooooooo good!  When applying I wasn’t too impressed though.  I guess I’m just really used to my Kimmaytube leave-in, which provides awesome slip.  I felt the KBB did not provide much slip at all.  After applying the leave-in, I added a hair butter by Mi-Me handmade and twisted it up.  The next morning, I found that my hair was super soft and NOT GREASY! This is what I have been trying to achieve for the longest time.

So this week I tried the same process, using the same products except for the shampoo and conditioner.  This time around I used my Oyin Grand Poo Bar and Honey Hemp Conditioner.  Much to my surprise, I had the same results!

There are several things that could attribute to my new wonderfully soft hair…

  1. Deep Conditioning
  2. Leave-In Used
  3. Hair Butter Used
  4. Reducing amount of hair products used

I think I’m going to try the same thing next weekend, but change up #3.  I think I want to try the curly pudding by Sofn’Free again, but as a styler for a twist out.  Maybe I’ll use a little bit of castor oil on my ends.  Just a little bit.

1st Set of Mini Twists

I have been wanting to twist my hair for a while, so I told myself that this weekend would be it.

I think they turned out pretty decent.  I did not part, just grabbed a section of hair and twisted.

To prepare, last night I washed with Oyin Poo Bar, conditioned with Oyin Honey Hemp, then added the Kimmaytube leave-in with Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade.  I braided the hair to stretch it out and got to work today.

Twisting my hair makes me really want to get a haircut.  My hair is super long in the back and I pretty much have no option but to put it up so the back won’t look so spaced out.

I don’t know how long I’m going to keep these in.  When I wore twists years ago, the longest I ever had them in was for 16 days.  I really like these so far and maybe now I can wear a little makeup to work since I don’t have to worry about my hair.

Help with Dry Hair + Oyin Review Video

I just came across a great post on Naptural85’s blog on ways to combat dry hair.  The tips were great and as a result of this article I will this week…

  • Add aloe vera juice to my water spray bottle
  • Deep Condition at least twice a month (I used to do this every week but stopped due to laziness)
  • Try the “water bagging” method to see if I like it

You can find more tips on her blog by clicking HERE.

On another note, I made a video reviewing the Oyin products.  Check it out below…

First Blow Dry plus Braidout on Stretched Hair

Last week I washed my hair and something prompted me to blow dry it to see what it would look like.  I didn’t get a picture of my hair right after blowdrying because I braided each section after drying.

I used a regular blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, Kimmaytube’s leave in, and Generic Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum as a heat protectant.  This combo left my hair so soft y’all!!!  Every time I decide to blow dry my hair this will definitely be the combo for me!  The pic below was taken after I blowdried and left my hair braided for two hours.  I had to go out so I took them down.

The method I used was the tension method that I learned about from one of my favorite You Tuber’s MsVCharles.

When I got home later that evening, I braided it back up and wore the braids for two days.  When I had to go to work on Monday, I took them down and this is what I got…

My students figured that I was either wearing a wig or had gotten a relaxer.  They were shocked to see my hair look much longer, especially after seeing it in its shrunken state for so long.

I was very pleased with the results of my hair and debated incorporating a blow dry into my weekly routine.  For now I have decided against weekly blowdrying because I am challenging myself to retain length and to have the healthiest hair I possibly can.  I want to try mini-twists again and see how they work for me this time around.

Quickweave – A Protective Style for Natural Hair?

Quickweave - November 2011

Post originally written December 10th, 2011 

I’ve had my quickweave in for two weeks now and I must say that I am tired of hitting myself upside the head all day because of the itch!  In the video below, I explain how my friend did my hair.

I may do this style again depending on how I feel once I take it out.  I would much rather wear a wig, but all the ones I find in this style are way too big for me.  This is only my second quick weave ever in life and the first one did not leave me with happy memories.

First Quickweave - 2006

The type of hair was similar and I loved the color of this hair as well.  The problem came with taking that mess out of my head!  The same friend did this one and at that time, she just molded my hair down with gel and glued the tracks on. This is my commentary from my hair journal back in the day:

May begins with a curly weave. My friend came over and she ALWAYS wears weaves and I had the brilliant idea of letting her do mines. She glued it in, which I really don’t care for, but it’s really cute and she’s going to take it out so I won’t rip my hair out. So, I can’t say yet if I will do this again or not.

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Update: I don’t think I’m going to do this again for a while. I lost a lot of hair and it was so dry afterwards. To take the hair out, I wet it and saturated it with my Neutrogena conditioner(in products album), covered it with a plastic cap and let it sit for like an hour and a half. Some of the pieces came out really easy, but others were just a pain. Then I washed it with my Olive Oil/Aloe shampoo and treated it with my cholesterol.

Supposedly, with the GPS (Gro-Protect Solutions) I can wet my hair with water for 2 – 3 minutes and the weave will come out without being attached to my hair at all.  I’m going to have to give a serious O_o (side-eye) to that as I get my mind ready for the take down.

Quickweave - November 2011

How I Got My Fro Condensed

The plan was to take my weave out this weekend, but now I’ve gotten lazy and mad scared.  I don’t want to have to deal with tangles and dry hair.  Who knows, maybe I won’t even encounter these things, but I still don’t want to find out right now.   I’m going to keep looking for You Tube videos (I haven’t found many so far) on how to take down quickweaves and for tips and tricks.  I do have a plan, so I guess that’s better than nothing.

Does anyone out there have any tips and tricks they would like to share?  Please post them in the comment box below because I definitely need some help.

In the meantime, the video regarding application and removal of hair using GPS is below.

I did take out my hair that weekend and just as I dreaded, it was a painful experience!  Due to my impatience, I ended up ripping some of my hair out just to get it done.  There was tons of shed hair, but my hair was not dry after washing and conditioning.  I will NEVER get another quickweave again in life!  I would much rather find me a cute wig and rock that!

I Have A Puff Now!!!

I have finally achieved a puff that does not look completely awkward.  Yay me!  My hair seems to be growing so fast!

The back (texture shot)

Tonight I co-washed with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner, used a bit of the condish as a leave in, and applied Oyin Sugar Berries Pomade.  I smell scrumptious and I look cute!

OYIN Handmade Black Friday Sale

The Oyin Handmade Black Friday sale ends tomorrow at midnight!  In this sale, all items are 20% off and you can get free shipping with a purchase of $60 or more by using the code “thankyou2011”.

I tried this brand out when I went natural a few years ago and have been dying for a chance to try them again.  What did I order???  You’ll have to wait and see!

If you are an Oyin honey, you should definitely take advantage of this deal.  Even if you have not tried it before, now is a good time to try them out.  They have lots of samplers and gift sets as well.