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Diva: A January Update

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A little bit about what my hair is doing: it’s actually gotten thicker since I started using Tropic Isle Living’s JBCO.  I put it in EVERYTHING (shampoo, conditioner, leave in, and moisturizer ). Even my rough patch has a little length on it.  I’m still struggling with making DC a part of my routine. I did acquire a DC that takes about three minutes to do.  On my lazy days, I use it as directed on the jar but when I know Diva needs extra attention, I add an egg and mayo let it  stay in for 45 minutes.

I think Diva is making okay progress but I want to boost its health and growth by getting it professionally cut.  I have a split end problem and I usually trim my ends every 8 weeks.  I have NO idea if I’m doing it correctly so it’s time to take Diva to a professional.  It’s tax season and along with lowering some bills, I’m going  to take care of me too.  Diva also has a breakage problem. My staple protein conditioner is ORS Hair Mayo  but I believe it’s deemed a “light protein ” conditioner,so I’m in the market for something a little stronger. Obviously, it will still only be used monthly. I started using a new moisturizer. It’s Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk. I’ll do a review on that soon.

I have jumped on the bandwagon and started using a hair supplement. I’m using Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin& Nails vitamins. There are so many of these vitamin brands out there, with the most popular being Hairfinity. I just started them last week so it’s not much to go on right now as far as results. The company promises that you’ll start to see results by the 30 day mark and in mid February, I’ll review it with pics!

SOUND OFF, FOLKS! WHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTATING THING ABOUT YOUR HAIR RIGHT NOW?

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Anti Breakage Challenge (Part Two) Week 4& My 2014 Hair Staples

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The final week of the Anti Breakage Challenge was the same as Week One. The only thing I changed was the moisturizong conditioner.Instead of TRESemme Moisture Rich Conditioner,I used ORS Hair Masque.I really like the hair masque but I had left it alone for awhile to try other conditioners.I’ve decided to keep it as a staple.Speaking of staples,after using 2013 as a year to try all kinds of products,I have finally decided what products and brands I’ll be sticking to.Every  now and then I’ll switch it up,but the following are going to be my mainstays.

Weekly Shampoos
1)Creme of Nature w/Argan Oil from Morroco sulfate free shampoo
2)Shea Moisture Moisture Retention shampoo w/Argan Oil and Sea Kelp

Monthly Shampoo
Normally I would list the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo as a staple but because my money is funny,I decided to do a little DIY hair stuff.Its cheaper because alot of the ingredients can be found in my cabinets,so its pretty much free.So,I will be doing a monthly ACV rinse.It clarifies just like the shampoo so why not?

Protein Conditioners
1)ORS Hair Mayo
2)Aphogee Kerstin 2 Minute Reconstructor
*NOTE* These will only be used monthly

Moisturizing Conditioners
1)ORS Hair Masque
2)Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner w/Argan Oil&Sea Kelp (doubles as a leave in)
3)TRESemmé Luxurious Moisture Conditioner

OILS
1)EVOO(extra virgin olive oil)
2)Argan Oil
3)EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil)

MOISTURIZERS/STYLERS
1)ORS Incredibly Rich Oil Hair Lotion
2)Creme of Nature w/Argan Oil from Morocco Oil Moisturizer
3)ECO Styler Argan Oil Styling Gel
4)ECO Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel
5)ORS Smooth N Hold Pudding (for my ponytails)

Now this past year,I have also come across some really great hair blogs.If you guys are just stepping into the natural hair community, you’re obviously going to need help.All the things I learned,I got from hair blogs,hair magazines,and You Tube videos.Here are what I consider the cremé de la cremé of all hair media:

HAIR BLOGS
1)Good Hair Diaries
2)Curly Nikki
3)Care For Your Hair
4)Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care(for the little ones)
5)Beads Braids Beyond (also for the little ones

HAIR MAGAZINES
1)Sophosticates Black Hair
2)Hype Hair

YOUTUBE CHANNELS
1) YolandaRenee
2)Naptural85
3)rorychvc

My hope is that WOC will start giving their hair a chance tp beautiful before relaxing,straightening,or weaving. I am not against any of that,but do you want to show off what God gave you? I do. The most important thing about natural hair is its health. It may take awhile for it to get healthy,but trust me its worth it!

This Product Junkie’s Products

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After a few months of transitioning, I think I’ve finally come to the point where I know which products I like for Diva and which I don’t. It took some trial and error but I have some staples and I’m sure as my hair changes some of the staples will change, but for now I NEED them.

Products To Ditch:

1) Curl Care by Dr. Miracle’s Rehydrating Shampoo- it doesn’t have the lather I need to make my hair feel clean. I do like the tingly sensation in my scalp,though.

2)Aphogee Leave-In-Conditioner: It’s too watery and I prefer a creamier product. It’s great for spritzing in the hair,though.

3)castor oil- It’s a very heavy oil and makes my hair feel greasy but it does thicken the hair. I might leave it alone for a little while because my hair is thick enough for now.

4)Eco-Styler Olive Oil Gel- I am addicted to hair gel and I left it alone for awhile but went back to it and the gel just started flaking on my hair. It has good hold though.

5)Curls Unleashed Second Day Curl Refresher- I feel like it just sits on my hair and I think I’ll hand it down to Amani. It also has a stickiness to it I don’t like.

Staples:

1) ORS Hair Mayo- It’s a good protein conditioner and really reminds me of mayonnaise !

2)ORS Hair Masque- This is one of two deep conditioners I LOVE!

3)ORS Replenishing COnditioner- I like this conditioner because it’s my fave color and smells like lemons. It’s creamy as well and sometimes I use it as a prepoo.

4)ORS Uplifting Shampoo- My fave for removing calcium buildup and it lathers perfectly and leaves a tingly feeling in my scalp. It last me a long time because I only use it monthly (sulfate is in it).

5)ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo- another monthly only shampoo that I like. It removes all the stylers I’ve used that month.

6)ORS Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather sulfate free shampoo- exactly what it says, lots of lather and I can use it weekly.Sometimes I even use it as bubble soap for Amani’s bath,lol

7)ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding- great for ponytails which I’m always in. I am trying to use it in replace of gel. It’s diffult to get my new growth to behave using it but I like it for the rest of my hair

8)ORS Incredibly Rich Oil moisturizing lotion- It’s creamy just how I like it and it keeps my hair moisturized for days!!

9)coconut oil- makes my hair all shiny

10)EVOO-see #9

11) lavender oil- I only use this right now for Amani’s bath massages and as an oil in her bath. I also use it to help me get to sleep

12) Creme of Nature w/ Argan Oil Moisturizer- it’s new to me and I used it to baggy my hair and it did great!

13) Curls Unleashed Curl defining Creme- My absolute fave styling product. It is perfect for Amani’s twistouts and mine too.

 

14)ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Creme- the moisture is so good but the jar is so small
15) ORS HAIRepair Anti-Breakage Creme- obvious breakage problems so most of the time I use it for L.O.C.
16) ORS HAIRepair Nourishing COnditioner- it gives excellent slip and smells like bananas

The End &The Beginning

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The last two weeks of the protective style challenge were a bust. My brother came into town for his birthday with his three children and I spent all my free time with them while they were here. I washed and coditioned but neglected my L.O.C. and did not protect my ends.
I must admit that I got sick of keeping up with the routine and I started getting lazy. I.still enjoyed taking a nice hot shower and taking the time to “make love” to my hair but protecting my ends became a chore and like a bratty kid I didn’t want to do it. However, these last two months did teach me alot.

I enjoyed doing research about all the different products I used and passing along my research to others. I always felt that moms should always pamper themselves and taking care of my hair is going to be one of the ways I pamper myself. I have become more in tune with my hair and have learned to not resent it. I thank God for giving it to me. The challenge did deliver results,though. I didn’t expect to become Rapunzel in 2 months but I expected to learn how to get my hair on a healthier track. Here is where my hair is now:

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It did get thicker and a little bit longer and my “rough patch” is not as rough as it used to be.It’s softer and I’ve even gotten the courage to.”dust” it myself. No big chop for me!
I’m jumping into another challenge. I got it from the Good Hair Diaries and it will only last a month.It will concentrate on my breakage probem. I’ve already prepped my hair for it by prepooing it with Profectiv Anti Breakage Detangling Conditioner and tomorrow is wash day. The updates will come weekly and here are the products I will be using:
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From Left:Curl Care by Dr.Miracles Rehydrating Shampoo,ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner,coconut oil, ORS Hair Mayo, Goya Olive Oil,ORS HAIRepair Anti-Breakage Strengthener Creme, Aphogee Keratin 2 minute Reconstructor, and ORS Aloe Shampoo

8 Week Protective Style Challenge:Weeks 4-6

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Last week was my one month anniversary of the 8 week protective style challenge. The day before I decided to prepoo my hair with ORS Hair Mayo, which is a protein conditioner. I left it in overnight, which I don’t think was the  best idea because the directions didn’t say I should do that. But I am still new to this natural hair journey and I was bound to make a mistake…or two.

Although I left the mayo in overnight, I was really paranoid about my hair falling out in clumps so I washed it out first thing in the morning on wash day. Every month, the care of your hair is a little extra. You have to wash it with either a clarifying or chelating shampoo,deep condition, hot oil treat, and L.O.C. I did all of the above. I used ORS Clarifying shampoo and deep conditioned with ORS HAIRepair Nourishing Conditioner. I did a hot oil treatment, washed it out after 30 minutes, then shampooed again.

I put my hair in 4 bantu knots and let it air dry overnight. The next morning, the ends were a little damp and the rest was dry. Once the hair was completely dry, I put the bantus back in because I was feeling them. A few days later, I put my sock bun back in. I’ve completely abandoned my phony ponytail. I pulled the bun low and off to the side.
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My hair in bantu knots, not the most elegant but it will do!

Week 5’s hair day was pushed back two days because I had to have work done in my bathroom. I prepoo’d with ORS Hair Masque and the following day it was business as usual. I mentioned before that I was concerned about breakage and I found a regimen that I’ll be starting after this challenge is over.

If the new regimen fails, I will book a hair consultation at Miss Jessie’s Hair Salon.I’ve seen Miss Jessie’s hair products advertised in beauty supplies stores all over my neighborhood but I never knew there was a salon. I found it at the forums at CurlyNikki.com. It’s a $75 non refundable fee for the consultation and you get advice on what will be best for your hair. If you want them to do your hair right then and there, they will or you can come another time to get it done. If that doesn’t work for me, the big chop will still be in the back of my mind.

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Products used during challenge
From left:ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Creme,ORS Hair Mayonnaise,ORS Olive Oil Hair Masque, Curl Care by Dr.Miracles Rehydrating Shampoo, ORS Olive Oil Smooth ‘n’ Hold Pudding

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More products used for challenge
From Left: Curls Unleashed sulfate free shampoo, ORS HAIRepair Anti-breakage creme, ORS Uplifting Shampoo(chelating shampoo), ORS Olive Oil Aloe Shampoo(clarifying shampoo)

Week 6, I used a different deep conditioner. It was ORS Replenishing Conditioner and I’v ejust fallen in love with ORS products but alas, I’ve realized I’m a product junkie, lol. But since I’ve been doing the challenge, I wanted to have an array of products to choose from and Im done buying products..at least until what I have runs out.The thing I”ve learned is that because I have breakage issues I’ve only been L.O.C.ing with my anti-breakage creme and nothing else. I received my copy of Better Than Good Hair by Nikki Walton and finished it in three days. It gave a wealth of advice and it pushed me to instead of doing a big chop, I’ve decided to trim my split ends. I know it seems a little counterintuitive to do that after doing all the work for 2 months to gain more length only to cut it off. But the main goal here is always the same: healthy hair!

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My products! Don’t judge me!