Wash Dayaries #10- Am I Being Paranoid?

Hey guys! So I didn’t post my wash day last week simply due to a lack of time however, I basically did the exact same thing….. here goes!

Status: 8 weeks post

Focus: Protein

Pre-poo: I applied my COC oil mix to my roots and hair shaft in two sections. I then coated the last 4-5 inches of my hair with my L’oréal Paris Damge Erasing Balm and covered with a plastic cap. I sat under my deep conditioning cap for 10-15 minutes.

Shampoo and Condition: I shampooed my hair in two sections with my Suave Morrocan Sleek Shampoo using the method which I explained in my recent hair update post

which you can check out here👉 https://misstress1.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/just-to-let-ya-know

I did not apply the matching conditioner for the shampoo as I normally would since I realized that it had dimethicone ( a type of silicon) in it.  Silicones create a barrier on your hair shaft that doesn’t allow stuff to penetrate therefore for the past two weeks when I was using this, it was preventing my deep conditioner from fully penetrating.

Deep  Condition: I sectioned my hair into four and firstly sprayed my roots and hair shaft with my black tea and coconut oil rinse. I followed up with my deep conditioning mix: Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Dee p Conditioner and Organics By Africa’s Best Hair Mayo which I applied using the relaxer method. I sat under my DC cap with this for 30 minutes and proceeded to rinse. My hair felt okay but I would’ve definitely preferred it to be softer and more moisturized but I attribute it’s toughness to the protein.

Drying: I applied my Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Whipped Leave- in and t-shirt dried my hair for about an hour.

Styling: I sectioned my hair into six sections and using the LCO method, I moisturized my hair using my  Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Whipped Leave-in , One N Only Argan Oil Styling Cream and my Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Dry Oil.  I oiled my scalp for each section using my Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Africa’s Best Growth Oil mix. I placed each section onto a jumbo flexi-rod ( I don’t know the exact measurement but it’s the largest size) and allowed it to dry for the remainder of the day and overnight. Here are some pics of the result:

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My hair was still 5 % wet the next morning which I wasn’t very fond about because my curls didn’t have as much bounce and life as I like them to! However, since I am just protective styling my hair had a nice volume to create my bun.

Overall thoughts: My wash day took a total of four hours which I loved! I am definitely not missing air-drying and will continue to set my hair while it’s  wet. I have quite a bit of new growth and I actually couldn’t believe that it was 8 weeks already because my new growth is behaving better than usual. After using my black tea rinse last week, I noticed an instant decrease in shedding. However, this week my shedding continued at the same rate. I am not sure if this is due to protein overload as a result of using the L’oréal Paris Damage Erasing Balm and the Hair Mayonnaise in one wash day since they are both protein based conditioners. I am definitely going to observe my hair over the course of this week to see if there is any excessive shedding. As a result of my paranoia, I plan to use only moisture based moisturizers this week instead of alternating between moisture and protein.  Next week I’ll be entering the 9 weeks post phase also known as the “protective style like crazy” phase so I’ll definitely be sharing some more styles. Overall washday was okay!

How was your washday? Do you think I’m being paranoid about having protein overload? Leave your comments in the comment section.

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Just to Let Ya Know!

Hey guys! So a few weeks ago I was away from my blog because I was super sick and as a result my work piled up on me so I had to complete my schoolwork first and then make time to blog. During my short blogging absence however I did make some changes to my regimen because I realized that as my hair grows it changes and needs different things…. which I want to share with you.

1. My Shampooing Process- Even though I am still using my Suave Morrocan Sleek Shampoo, I have altered the process by which I apply it which is exactly as follows:

I apply the shampoo to section 1, work it into my scalp and clip it up. I apply the shampoo to section 2, work it into my scalp and clip it up. I go back to section 1, rinse the shampoo and lather my scalp again, after which, I clip it up. I then go to section 2, rinse and lather the scalp, and clip it up. I go back to section 1 and rinse, which I then repeat on section 2.

Phew!!! That’s a lot of work, to type and do! But my hair has never felt cleaner!

2. Cowashing- I am not sure if it’s the Cowash that I am using or if Cowashing is just not for me but my hair does not enjoy cowashed at all. Even though my hair feels a tad bit moisturized after Cowashing, my scalp is still super dirty due to the fact that I get a lot of buildup over the course of one week.mthis results in tangles and just an overall difficult time drying and styling so I have chosen to stick to weekly shampoos which I makes my scalp happy and healthy.

3. My Deep Conditioning- I am entering the second half of my stretch and since I have new growth coming in, I would need a whole lot more protein and moisture to maintain healthy hair with minimal shedding and breakage. So, I have decided to use my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner and my L’oréal Paris Damage Erasing Balm weekly. I will use the Damage Erasing Balm as a prepoo and sit under my deep conditioning cap for 10 minutes and apply my rapid repair deep conditioner after I shampoo and condition for 25 minutes under my cap. I apply both deep conditioners sing the relaxer method which is where I apply the mix to my new growth first and then my ends. The Beautiful Textures provide my hair with moisture while the L’oréal Paris provides light protein and ceramides which reconstruct and strengthen the hair and is safe enough for weekly use without getting protein overload.

4. Black Tea Rinses- I have began adding black tea rinses back into my regimen since I am in the second half of my stretch. I boil two cups of water and then steep 2 tea bags. I add a half cup of coconut oil to the tea, mix and add it to my spray bottle. This mix last me about 4-5 weeks after which I make some more. I only began using it in the past week at 8 weeks post but I noticed a great decrease in shedding almost immediately after. I know that with continued use my shedding mill eventually be super minimal. I never used coconut oil with this before but it has definitely worked to penetrate my hair shaft leaving it soft when the black tea tends to leave it hard and dry.

5. New moisturizers- I recently purchase co two new moisturizers which are the ORS HAIRepair Intense moisture cream and anti breakage cream. I haven’t used them long enough to do a review but I love the anti-breakage cream wayy more than the intense moisture cream. Previously I used to use the One N’ Only Argan Oil styling cream and curl cream to moisturize my hair but I think it has only become useful when setting my hair. It doesn’t do a very good job moisturizing my hair throughout the week anymore.

6. General- My products are all nearing the end and I am not sure if I will repurchase or if I will try to clear up some stuff out of my cupboard since I am trying to maintain a consistent regimen of products, but I have already made so many changes it’s just impossible to be consistent with products because I have realized that my hair needs are changing.

Are you making any changes to your regimen? If so, why? Please feel free to leave your comments, advice and questions int the comment section.

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Style #5 The Vertical French Double Braided Side Bun

Style #4 is here 👉 https://misstress1.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/style-4-twist-and-tuck-low-bun/

Here’s my personal favourite…

Well that’s the end of the 2B2H hair challenge… Again I would like to thank the lo let Island Kynks for collaborating with me and I look forward to doing it again. You can see the link to her post in the first post of this series.

I hope you enjoyed the styles as much as I did and don’t forget to leave your favourite style in the comments below!

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Style #4: Twist and Tuck Low Bun

Style 3 is here 👉  https://misstress1.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/style-3-tribal-inspired-pinned-mohawk-bun/

🍭 Twist and Tuck Low Bun🍭

Style #3: Tribal Inspired Pinned Mohawk Bun

Style #2 is here  👉 https://misstress1.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/style-2-two-strand-twist-accents-on-a-high-bun/

Wash Dayaries #9- Yes I am Still Alive!

Hey guys! So after forever and an eternity (about 2 weeks) I am finally back to posting my washdays. I have been superrrr sick for a few days and as a result I have been drowned in schoolwork which I had to catch up on before I proritized blogging. But anyway I am back and better than ever and we have A- LOT of catching up to do so look out for great up and coming posts on my hair updates. While I was sick, I didn’t neglect my hair but I didn’t show it a whole lot of love either , so today I wanted to start from the basics and get my hair back to a nice moisture and protein balance.

Status: 6 weeks post (My official half mark on my 12 week stretch)

Focus: Protein and Moisture Balance

Pre-poo: I heated my COC oil mix and applied it to my hair in four sections. After which, I braided each section, clipped it up and put on a plastic cap. I followed with a satin scarf to prevent oil stains while I slept, as I prepooed end overnight.

Shampoo and Condition: I used my  Suave Morrocan Sleek Shampoo, washing my hair in two sections. I applied the shampoo to a section, worked it into my scalp and clipped it up so that it could get a chance to penetrate. I then repeated on the other side. I rinsed the previous section and iced the same process again until I shampooed both sections twice. I then followed up with the conditioner on both sections and left it in my hair for about 3 minutes and rinsed.

Deep Condition: I mixed my L’oréal Paris Damage  Erasing Balm together with my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner  in order to give myself that moisture protein balance. The Damage Erasing Balm also has ceramides which act as a reconstructor for my hair shaft as well. I also added some of my Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil to mixture.  Since I hit my 6 week mark today, I began applying my deep conditioner using the relaxer method ( apply DC just as you would apply relaxer) and then applied it to my ends. I then sat under my Gold N Hot Deep Conditioning Cap for 20 mins with high heat and rinsed my hair with cool water.

Drying: I applied my Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Leave-in on Soaking Wet hair and a little bit of my Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. I then took my cotton t-shirt and wrapped my hair in it. I t-shirt dried for about 3 hours.

Styling: I sectioned my hair into 3 sections; two at the front and one at the back. I then divided each section intoOverall small sections, moisturized using my One N Only Argan Oil Styling Cream and my Garnier Dructis Triple Nutrition Dry Oil and wrapped a gray flexi-rod on the section. In total I used 20 grey flexi-rods. I let them dry for the rest of the day and overnight. I took them down the next morning, coated my hands in my Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil, separated, fluffed and styled. Here are some pictures of the result:

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Overall thoughts: Prior to deep conditioning my hair felt a little crunchy but I attribute that to the protein and ceramides in the mix. My hair felt super soft, bouncy and fluffy on my take down. No more Airdrying for me! I loved the moisture and shine I got from this set which I did on half wet hair. I don’t know if to be worried about my shedding or not since I am 6 weeks post but I plan on doing a black tea rinse next week so I’ll see how it goes. As for breakage, I am noticing some little hairs here and there but when I did my moisture and protein balance test, the results were great so I man at a lost as to what I can do to help the situation. Please leave suggestions in the comments on what I should do as well as your thoughts on Airdrying.

Style #2: Two Strand Twist Accents on a High Bun

The previous style I did for this challenge was the Flat Twist Accented Low Bun which you can see

here👉  https://misstress1.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/style1-the-flat-twist-accented-low-bun/

The second style in the 2B2H hair challenge is……..

🌻 Two Strand Twist Side Accents on a High Bun🌻