My Hair Regimen Pt 2.- My Hair Products 

Shampoos/Cleansers 

  • Carol’s daughter Mirabelle Plum (Moisture)
  • Carol’s daughter Monoi Repairing (Protein) 
  • Carol’s daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner (when necessary)

Conditioners

  • Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle plum (Moisture) 
  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing (Protein) 
  • VO5  Moisture Milks (Moisture) 

Deep Conditioners 

  • Moisture Mix DC– Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair Mask, Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment, Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner , DIY hair oil mixture (see below category) 
  • Protein Mix DC– Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask, ORS Replenishing Conditioner , Profectiv Megagrowth anti breakage strengthening conditioner , DIY hair oil mixture (see below category) 

Oils

  • DIY hair oil mixture- 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup Africa’s Best Herbal Oil, 1 tbsp Amla Hair Oil, 1tbsp Castor oil, 1 tbsp  Jojoba oil, 1 tsp Tea tree oil (used for hot oil treatments and added to deep conditioner mixes) 
  • Argan oil (air drying and styling) 
  • Coconut oil (sealing in moisture, styling) 
  • Castor oil (scalp massages) 
  • Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Pure Hair Oil (styling and sealing) 
  • Carols daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair Oil Treatment (scalp massages)

Leave-in Conditioners

  • Creme of Nature Leave in Conditioning Spray (Moisture) 
  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Leave in Conditioner (protein) 
  • Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Leave-in  Conditioner (Moisture) 

Moisturizers 

  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-in Conditioning Moisturizer (moisture)
  • Creme of Nature Argan Buttermilk Hair Milk (moisture)
  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla 4-n-1 Hair Combing Creme (moisture) 
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner (protein) 

Styling Products

  • Creme of Nature Twirling Custard 
  • Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Hair Sheen 
  • Lottabody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse 
  • Carol’s Daughter Cupaçu Blow Dry Cream 
  • Carols Daughter Macadamia Heat Protctant Serum 
  • Carols Daughter Hair Milk Styling Cream 
  • John Frieda Frizz ease Touch Up Creme 

Edge Control

  • ORS Olive Oil Hair Pudding 
  • Just For Me Hair Milk Styling Creme 

Relaxer 

  • Organics Kids Texture Softening System 

Tools 

  • Q-redew Hair Steamer
  • Gold n Hot Deep Conditioning Cap
  • Remington Flat iron 
  • Gold n Hot Blow Dryer 
  • Vita goods Scalp Massage Brush 

Other 

  • Silk/satin bonnet or scarf 
  • Mesh Head Wrap 
  • Boar bristle brush 
  • Denman brush  
  • Wide tooth comb 
  • Fine tooth comb (parting hair only) 
  • Flexi-rods (all sizes) 
  • Rollers (jumbo) 
  • Perm rods (3/8″ and 3/4″) 

          Wash Dayaries #20- Amidst the madness….

          And of course it time for me to update you guys on my washday for the week! This week I washed my hair on Monday instead of Sunday because I had a day off of school on Monday so I decided to wash my hair then. However, I had tons of work to do so I kept my washday VERY simple…. Well as simple as possible! 😂

          I first began my deep conditioning my hair with my moisture deep conditioner mix in four sections which I did on Monday instead of letting it sit overnight. I didn’t use my q-renew steamer simply because I thought it was too much effort to whip it out and I was trying to be done with my work! I let my DC sit for about 2-3 hours while I did some more work and proceeded to washing. My hair felt so moisturizes after and it was tangle less!

          I washed with the carols daughter Mirabelle Plum Shampoo and conditioner set which left my hair super soft, clean and sleek as usual! My shampoo finished during this wash though so I will be starting my new bottle soon! I left the conditioner on for about 5 minutes and then rinsed under cool water while detangling. My detangling session was quite good though. I saw a reduction in my amount of shedder hair which felt awesome and made me super happy. I t-shirt dried for the remainder of the day. 

          I opted for a super simple style this week so even though my protective styling season hasn’t exactly rolled around yet….. I went straight Princess Crown Braids mainly because it’s super quick, cute and easy! So I moisturizd my hair in four sections using my Creme of nature Argan Oil Detangling Leave-in Spray, Carols Daughter Black Vanilla pure hair oil and I also wanted to try out my brand new Carols Daughter Black Vanilla 4n1 Combing Creme which I really like so far but I want to give it a few more tries before stating my final opinion! 

          And that was it! A washday that was super duper easy and straightforward but maintained my hair’s balance and health. 

          Take a quick look at my braids !

             

          I hope you all enjoyed my super easy and fast washday! Don’t forget to follow my blog and my IG page @miss_tress123 to keep up to date with my hair journey while we have tons fun! 

          Love ya 

          -Miss Tress💕🌸💁🏽🎀🌺💇🏾🙆🏾

           

          Carol’s Daughter Product Haul! 

          Hello! It’s that special time of year when my cupboard is running dry and I must restock! so of course, I ran to the sanctuary that is the Carols Daughter website and repurchased some my faves and my inner product junkie even decided to buy some new products! At the time of purchase they were having their end of the year sale (2015 that is) so I got a whole bunch of stuff for a really great purchase I must say!   

          So firstly I repurchased the Mirabelle Plum Biotin Max Hydration Set along with the deep conditioner and if you read my  Top 10 Hair Products of 2015 post then you would already know how crazy I am about these three products but I must re-iterate how intensely moisturizing these products are and the loads of slip which they provide, not to mention its to die to scent! Moving on to the Monoi Repairing Set, now in the Top 10 Products of 2015, I told you guys how much I love this product but the only thing I would change is its packaging which is hard to use in shower! And surprisingly enough Carol’s Daughter heard my prayers and provided this huge packaging with Pumps! I couldn’t be happier and now I won’t be dreading using this in the shower! Also I repurchased the deep conditioner which would probably come as no surprise😂 

          I also repurchased the Hair Milk Styling Butter which I want to work on because I feel as if it makes my hair soft and defined but not as moisturizes as I would like to so I am thinking of adding an oil or cream before I decide not to use it! 

          And now for the new stuff!!!!!! 

          I  wanted to try the Mirabelle Plum Leave in conditioner because I am no longer loving the Carols Daughter Monoi Leave in as it makes my hair a bit crunchy so I will only use it prior heat styling my hair and later down in my stretch when I need as much protein as possible so that my hair doesn’t break off. I also thought it would be good to have something to back up the Creme of nature leave in in case it goes out of stock again as it did last year and if it’s anything like rest of the products from this line, I know I wil love it! 

          I also picked up the Black Vanilla Hair 4-n-1 Hair Combing Creme out of sheer curiosity p! Even though I love my current moisturizers I still think I haven’t found one that I can’t live without so I’m just playing around in the hopes of finding that one special moisturizer. 

          Finally, I decided to try the Mirabelle Plum Hair Oil Treatment for my scalp massages. Usually I use a perfumed castor oil but I think it’s too thick for weekly scalp massages and I am not a big fan of its scent so I am going to try out this oil with my scalp massages or I might mix it with castor oil to thin it down and remove its scent! 

          I will be reviewing the new products which I have tried soon and I love the not so new ones all the same!  As you can tell, I’m in love with Carols Daughter and I don’t think this love will ever die😁 I hope you enjoyed this post and it may have given you some ideas of products to try or any other information! Be sure to follow my blog for up to date posts of hair and fun as well as my IG page @miss_tress123 ! 

          Love you guys 

          -Miss Tress 🌺🎀💕🌸💁🏽🙆🏾💇🏾

          Washdayaries #19- Expect the unexpected! 

          Washday: Sunday/ 17th/ Jan/ 2015

          Hello there! I am back with my washday for this week. So this week I focused on protein given that last week was a moisture week! Overall it was quite good, I didn’t experience any hitches so it was a pretty smooth washday! 

          I began by doing my protein  deep conditioning treatment on Saturday night by simply applying my mix to my hair in 4 sections. I didn’t use steam even though I was supposed to simply out of sheer laziness which I regret because I am aiming for consistency this year on my hair journey, however, the heat from my plastic cap overnight allowed my conditioner to penetrate really well and my hair was super soft the next morning. 

          I then proceeded to wash and condition my hair  in two sections using my Carols Daughter Monoi Repair Shampoo and Conditioner and followed up with a detangling session under running water. I left the conditioner on for about 3 minutes which felt super good on my hair. 

          Hopped out of the shower, t-shirt dried for the rest of the day and finally styled it in jumbo flex-rods using Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave in, Lotta body mousse, Carols Daughter Styling Butter and Black Vanilla Hair oil! I let it air dry overnight and took down my curls the following morning! 

          To my surprise I had super voluminous hair!!!! I was so in love with my set and I had to attribute it all to a change in my styling mousse. I ran out the Creme of nature mousse which I always use and the store was sold out so ingrained the lottabody and its name is pretty self-explanatory! My hair felt so sleek and smooth also and for the first time in forever it was completely dry!!!!!! So just when I thought that it couldn’t get any bottler than the Creme of nature strength and shine mousse, lottabody mousse sneaked its way into my holy grail products and my heart by knocking crewmen of nature right out of its spot…. So what can I say? I love lottabody! See for yourself  

           
          Love ya! 

          -Miss Tress 💕🎀🌸🌺💁🏽🙆🏾

          My Hair Regimen Pt 1- The Routine 💇🏾🙆🏾

          Hey guys!!!!! So last year was a year of discovery for me! I spent a lot of time working in my hair’s likes and dislikes as well as seeing what fits into my daily schedule. After a long 365 days, I finally made the  best personally suited regimen that I can for my hair!
           Disclaimer: Everything doesn’t work for the same people’s hair due to differences in texture, density, porosity etc. you get the picture! I am simply sharing in an intention to help someone or at least help them set a foundation upon which to build. Now this is my routine ONLY! I will do another post of my products (which are mostly permanent but may change depending on how my inner- product junkie is doing!) This routine is also not set in stone because as my hair grows longer it tends to need different things but I am hoping to use this routine for as long as possible! So here goes …..

                                                                     Relaxer Stetch Weeks 1-8 

          Week 1: 

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Hot oil treatment (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangling under running water 
          • Deep condition with protein treatment (Sunday)
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight  or  use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 2: 

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Steam hair with Q-redew steamer and deep condition with moisture treatment (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 3:

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Deep condition with protein treatment  (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 4: 

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea using Q-redrew steamer and deep condition with moisture treatment  (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set with large flexi-rods or rollers (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Repeat routine for weeks 1-4 during weeks 4-8!

                                                                                                      Weeks 9-13 

          Week 9:

          • Moisturize and seal my ends with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Hot oil treatment (Saturday night) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Deep condition with protein treatment (Sunday)
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 10:

          • Moisturize and seal my ends  with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea rinse and deep condition with moisture treatment (Sunday) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 11:

          • Moisturize and seal my ends with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea rinse and deep condition with protein treatment (Sunday) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and protein shampoo and conditioner (Sunday) 
          • Detangle hair under running water 
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 12:

          • Moisturize and seal with the LCO method 3x per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 
          • Scalp massage 1x per week (Wednesday) 
          • Baggy 2x per week (Monday and Friday) 
          • Steam hair with black tea rinse and deep condition with moisture treatment (Sunday) 
          • Wash hair with scalp massage brush and moisture shampoo and conditioner (Sunday)
          • Detangle hair under running water  
          • Rinse with cool water (Sunday)
          • Tshirt dry( Sunday) 
          • Set in protective style (Sunday)
          • Air dry overnight or use hooded dryer (Sunday)

          Week 13:

          • Inversion method and  scalp massage  7x (All week leading up to my relaxer day) 
          • Protective styling 
          • Baggy with light hot oil treatment 4x (all week) 
          • Steam hair with q-redrew and Detangle (day before relaxer)
          • Add oil once more to coat strands (if necessary) 

          Other :

          • Sleep with satin scarf or bonnet nightly 
          • Drink 1.5-2 litres of water daily 
          • Daily biotin supplement : 1,000 mcg 
          • Finger detangling during the week 99% of the times 
          • Dust ends with every relaxer 
          • Trim hair 1-2x per year 

            Washday #17-18: Balance is Key

            Hey all! So I decided to combine my previous 2 wash days into one big post so that I can compare the differences between my moisture wash day routine and protein wash day routine! I thought it would be easier to understand my regimen this way so I decided to share with you guys! Side note: In these 2 wash days I am 1 week and 2 weeks post relaxer respectively.

            So my first washday after getting a relaxer is usual one that is protein based simpto restore all the protein that the chemical has broken down in my hair. I began by doing a hot oil treatment ( coconut, olive, castor, Amla, tea tree and jojoba) which I do every 4 weeks and left it overnight with a plastic cap. However, I began my moisture washday by deep conditioning my hair with my moisture DC mix( Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie, CON intensive deep conditioning treatment, oils etc.) and allowed that to stay overnight. I usually begin most of my wash days with a deep condition as it doubles as both a pre-poo treatment and deep conditioner thus preventing the in and out shower hopping.

            On washday 1, after my pre-poo I proceeded to wash my hair in two sections using my protein shampoo and conditioner set ; Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner while on washday 2, I repeated the same process but used Carols Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner instead.

            I then t-shirt dried my hair for the remainder of the day and applied my leave -in prior to styling. On washday 1, when I use protein ; I followed up with a moisture leave in which is the CON Argan Oil Leave in conditioner spray simply too boost my hair’s moisture . On wash day 2, however, I utilized a protein based leave in which is the Carols Daughter Monoi Leave in to increase my protein balance since my hair had just received loads of moisture.

            My styling process for the first 6-8 weeks of my hair stretch is basically the same. I utilized Carols Daughter Hair Milk styling cream, CON Argan oil style and shine mousse and Carols Daughter Black  Vanilla Pure Hair oil to set my hair in a jumbo flexi-rod set using 10 flexi-rods which I left to air dry overnight!

            Here are my curls from both weeks :


            Do you think they look the same? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the  comments! Don’t forget to follow me on IG @miss_tress123 and right here on my blog to stay updated on the hair fun!

            Love ya

            -Miss Tress 💕🎀🌸🌺

            💕🌺 My Top 10 Hair Products of 2015🌺💕

            First of all …. Happy New Year Everyone🎊🎊🎊🎊! I am so excited for 2016 because it feels like a year of happiness and success which I wish for all of you! Let me begin by expressing how difficult it was to pick products for this tag which made me realize how absolutely in love I am with my hair stash right now! I wanted to show you guys every single product but don’t worry that post will be coming soon! These products are not placed in any particular order so here goes….

             

             Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner                                                                                                   There are no words to describe how much I love this product! It makes air drying a breeze! My hair is left feeling smooth and shiny…. Not to mention light, fluffy and ready for styling! It’s the only leave-in conditioner that I have discovered which helps me so much with detangling. The smell is absolutely divine also!!!! Quick Story! During this year, there was a period when it was out of stock at all my local beauty supply stores and I felt absolutely hopeless😩 but when I finally found it again about 2 months after… I bought 5 bottles so I never have to endure that tragedy again! 😅😂

              

            Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner.                                                                                                            This duo is moisture central for my hair in terms of wash day! I love the rich lather of the shampoo even though its sulfate free because I am a lather kinda girl!💁🏽 It leaves my scalp and hair squeaky cleaned but hydrated and smooth! The conditioner has crazyyyyy slip which I definitely appreciate during my detangling session in the shower. The tangles melt out of my hair and I fall in love with this set with each use all over again!

             

            Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner                                                                                                                This set is mainly protein based but I love it’s reconstructing properties and how they work on my hair. The shampoo is very cleansing to my scalp and it moisturizes really well. It doesn’t lather since it is sulfate free but I can definitely feel a difference in my scalp after using it. The conditioner has awesome slip!!!!! It’s absolutely great on my hair especially when detangling. The thing that I love most about this set is  how great it works on my hair throughout all phases of my stretch and how manageable it makes my new growth. However, I don’t like the packaging as it makes it difficult to use but the products definitely compensate for their packaging.

               

            Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Hair Mask and Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

            I simply love both these hair masks. I use the Mirabelle Plum for Moisture and the Monoi for Protein. They both get the job done quite effectively and I love the slip it brings to my hair. It makes it soft and moisturized. I also love the thick consistency because it lasts longer and covers my thick strands better. Overall… Pros all round! 

              

            Creme of Nature Style and Shine Foaming Mousse!                                                                                                                                     I have no words except…..THE BEST STYLER EVER!!!!!!! Soft hold, super moisturizing, leaves hair incredibly shiny, jaw dropping definition and the list goes on and on….This product will forever live in my heart and hair cupboard! 

              

            Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream.                                                                                                                                  Calling all thick hair ladies!!!!!! This moisturizer is absolutely amazing if your strands are dense! Now I have thick hair and when my extra thick new growth comes in my hair turns into a war zone💁🏽 BUT since I discovered this moisturizer I have been saved! This product is a major influence on the reason I am able to stretch my relaxers for such long periods without going totally crazy! It helps curb breakage due to its protein base and its thick consistency tames any amount of hair! I am not a big fan of its scent but I’ve gotten used to it. I absolutely adore it and definitely recommend it.

              

            ORS Olive Oil Girls Hair Pudding.                                                                                                                                                                       There isn’t much I can say about the greatness of this product! My baby hairs are slicked and my edges are laid to the gods without any residue, buildup or crunchy hard texture so for that I am forever thankful😁

            And that concludes my top 10 Hair Products of 2015! I hope you enjoyed it ! Don’t forget to follow my blog for loads of fun hair posts and follow my IG page for even more tons of fun and hair pictures! 

            Love -Miss Tress🎀