Monday, October 8, 2012

Cornrowed and Twisted Up-Do

I  just wanted to let you all see the style that I did the day after I finished my Palmer's Protein Pack Treatment. It took me quite a bit of time, much more than I have normally been spending on my hair lately. That could be why I was having hair needed a bit more attention. So, here you go!

Like the red lipstick? It's Ruby Woo by Mac and I LOVE it.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Protein Pack Follow-Up

I'm back with the follow-up, and in less than 1 month, go figure! So, basically this stuff was great. Like I said in the previous post, my hair has been feeling dry, week and easily snapped. I saw the Palmers Coconut Oil Protein Pack in Target and decided to try it (at this point, I was ready to try anything). No, it's not a natural product (a few of my hair products are not), but it worked really well on my hair. Here is what I did:

1. Divided hair into four sections and put in loose braids.
2. Shampoo'ed each section with Garnier Pure Clean (I had a bunch of silicones in my hair from a heat protectant I used to flat iron about two weeks ago, and this shampoo does a great job at clarifying without stripping.
3. Rinsed, Rinsed and Rinsed some more (since my hair was in braids, I wanted to make sure I got all of the shampoo out).
4. Applied Protein Pack to each section, gently unraveling braids and smoothing it through, then rebraided.
5. Left the Protein Pack in for about 30 minutes and rinsed with cool water.
6. Followed up with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration on each section and gently finger detangled (there were minimal tangles because I started with relatively straight hair from flat ironing and kept the hair braided while shampooing and conditioning.
7. Poured a cold ACV Rinse (2 tbsp of ACV to 1 cup of cold filtered water) over entire head.
8. Wrapped hair in microfiber towel (I LOVE microfiber) for about 20 minutes.
9. Sealed with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Vitamin Shoppe brand).
10. Put in about 16 medium twists and allowed to air dry over night.

The following day my hair was so much softer and way less prone to snap. I was able to gently pull my fingers through without catching so many hairs and I hadn't been able to do that in a loooong time. Overall, I am extremely satisfied and will likely do this again next month. Unless, the Aubrey Organic's GPB conditioner works as well as I've heard. I'll always pick the natural product IF it gives my hair what it needs. Be on the look out for that review in the coming weeks.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Palmer's Coconut Oil Protein Pack

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Deep Conditioning Protein Pack 2.1-oz.
I've been reading a lot lately about protein treatments and natural hair, but everyone seems to have a different outcome. Some naturals have a great experience, and others are 'protein sensitive' and have serious issues with protein treatments. I've decided to try one out for myself. Today I bought the Palmer's Coconut Oil Protein Pack from Target for $1.47. I figure it's not much to lose if it doesn't work out and the proteins seem pretty far down on the ingredient list so it's kind of like an introduction of sorts to protein treatments. I've never done one, so I'm kinda nervous, but something has gotta give. My hair is in serious need of some strengthening. It's definitely growing, but it also breaks very easily. My plan is to do the treatment this weekend, follow up with a good moisturizing conditioner (probably Tresemme Naturals, but we'll see) and seal with some coconut oil. I really want to put in some mini twists since I saw Naptural85's most recent mini twist videos (I luv her!), but that might be pushing it. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm back (kinda) with a TJ's Tea Tree Tingle Review and Hair Update

I'm such a horrible and inconsistent blogger. I haven't posted a thing about my natural hair in ages. Mostly because of life and all its issues, but partly because I don't think anyone reads my blog :-(. But enough with the pity party, on to my latest natural hair venture.

I finally bought Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner! In a nutshell, I LOVE the conditioner. The shampoo is pretty good too, but it is imperative to use the conditioner directly after washing.  Personally, I didn't like the way my hair felt after shampooing. It was clean for sure and wasn't quite stripped, but it definitely didn't feel soft. I had been co-washing, but after a while of that, I feel the need for a really good shampoo. I will likely stick with the shampoo for the rest of the summer because it smells great and cleans my scalp well. The conditioner on the other hand will be my go to until my hair says otherwise. It has sooo much slip and the ingredients are way better than most mainstream conditioners out there.  This is really the first rinse out conditioner that I have found that has amazing detangling properties as well as natural ingredients AND is under $5. I love that.

On another note, since I weaned my 18 month old daughter, my hair has been acting super strange.  I think it must be hormonal, but I never experienced this with my oldest daughter.  Overall my hair still seems pretty healthy, but the shedding is outrageous and it is definitely more fragile.  I try to do more protective styles but they take time that I really don't have.  It took me 4 days to finish my last set of mini-twists!  I've tried the bun thing but after a while of that I noticed breakage along my hair line.  I really don't know what to do now and this is putting a dent in my goal of stretched APL hair by the end of the year.

Braid-out done on lightly blow dried hair.

Braided Twist-out done on damp hair.

So, looks relatively healthy right? But, deep down my hair is not being friendly right now.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Henna Revisited!

I have been seriously contemplating doing a Henna treatment on my hair for quite some time, so I ordered some Organic Rajasthani Henna Powder from HennaSooq and this weekend I'm henna'ing my hair!! I'm so excited. My hair has been really suffering lately and I think it has a lot to do with the dry air in my house, the cold weather and that dang Royal Crown bandwagon I decided to jump on. Well, I'm officially off that and will be sticking to the natural stuff from here on out. 

I should have know better. Everything ain't for everybody :(

I'm really hoping this Henna treatment will bring my hair back to life. I miss the softness of it. Lately it's been feeling like a brillo pad.  Darn you Royal Crown! Check back to see my technique and results!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flaxseed Gel!!

I made my own Flaxseed gel the other day and I must say that I love this slimy stuff. The texture threw me for a loop initially, but I gave it a shot and I am sold. I have to give a shout out to Naptural85 for her recipe and video. I don't think I could have done it without her step by step tutorial. I used it to do a Bantu Knot-Out and it turned out even better than when I used Royal Crown. It just feels healthier. I am officially off the Royal Crown bandwagon, not just because I think the Flaxseed Gel is better, but also because over time, using the Royal Crown made my hair feel drier than normal. Now, I know it's winter and my hair is typically drier at this time of year, but it just wasn't feeling right.

As for application, it felt kind of odd going on and I had a learning curve when applying it the first couple of times, but I think I got the hang of determining how much I need per section of hair.  I will keep this in rotation throughout the winter, heck, maybe even throughout the year!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review of Carol's Daughter Best Tressed


I received this set as a gift for my birthday from my young daughters (amazing how their little selves made it to the mall and  bought this on their own). It comes with Black Vanilla Leave-In, Mimosa Hair Honey, Hair Milk, Tui Shampoo and Lisa's Elixir. The instructions say to do a pre-poo with Lisa's Elixir, then shampoo, followed by the leave-in. Then, layer-in the Hair Milk followed by the Mimosa Hair Honey.  I followed the instructions exactly, with the exception that I used a conditioner after shampooing. Also, I wasn't sure if I needed to use the Hair Honey while my hair was still wet or after it dried.  So, how did my hair turn out? Well, to be honest, I wasn't too impressed.  The Hair Honey on it's own is great. The Hair Milk works wonderfully on my daughters' hair and the shampoo doesn't strip my hair and smells great. The Black Vanilla Leave-In on the other hand will not be purchased by me again.  It doesn't detangle and doesn't moisturize. In fact, my hair felt harder than usual after using this. So, most of the products are good on their own. The problem is that they are all supposed to work together to make my hair more supple and moisturized. That did not happen.  Overall, it seems to be a good value and would probably work for many 3c/4a naturals.  My hair does its own thing though - when everyone else raves about something, sadly, I have learned that it will not likely work for me. Oh well, as they say, everything isn't for everybody.