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!