Thursday, May 31, 2012

HOTD: Braided bun

This was a pretty simple style, just a twist on a regular bun. I added in a clip on piece (one of the small ones with the two clips) because I thought it may have been on the thin/small side but turns out I didn't really need it. Here's to little tweaks that make protective styling a little less boring :)





Free Audrey Sivasothy E-book! Extended to today!


Audrey Sivasothy is offering her new book FREE OF CHARGE on Amazon.com. If you don't own a kindle just dl the Kindle app to your cellphone or laptop and then 'purchase' the book. The link to it is below

http://www.amazon.com/Hair-Care-Rehab-Reconditioning-ebook/dp/B007KQ6TN4/ref=zg_bs_156443011_1

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award



Thanks to Shereen over at Wishful Lengths for giving me this award!

Following the rules of the award I have to share 7 facts about myself, so here goes

I LOVE Game of Thrones, I think its the best book series ever!
I LOVE to cook, chk out my memorial day dinner below....Can you tell I was homesick? (plantains, roasted potatoes and saltfish buljol)



I am extremely excited about the fact that I'll be living in Jamaica for the next 5 years
I'm not a very patient person....which is probably why I think my hair isn't growing fast enough lol
I am a huge Usher fan, have been ever since his Nice n Slow and My Way days. Now the same people who teased me for liking a 'big nosed boy' are suddenly fans smh
I love Mexican food, plantains, cilantro lime rice, pico de gallo, black beans = yum!
2 and a half men (pre ashton) is one of my fave shows, I can look at reruns allllll day

I know I'm supposed to share this with 15 bloggers but literally all the bloggers I would like to give it to have already been awarded!



Monday, May 28, 2012

Wash Day



The last time I clarified was a little over a month ago, so I decided to use my Ion Clarifying Shampoo for this wash day.

1) Stood under the shower until my hair was drenched with water
2) Shampooed with my Head and Shoulders shampoo, focusing on my roots and scalp, particularly at my crown which is my itchy spot
3) Shampooed with my Ion clarifying shampoo concentrating on the body of my hair.
4) Rinsed and gently blotted hair until it was damp
5)Applied Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose to my thirsty roots and texlaxed hair, ORS Replenishing Conditioner to the rest of my hair, and then Hot 6 Oil, focusing especially on my ends
6)Deep conditioned for about 30 mins with heat
7)After rinsing the dc out I applied a mix of Umberto Moisturizing Conditioner, V05 Conditioner and Roux porosity control. I let this sit for a few mins then detangled with my Conair detangling comb under running water.
8)I did an acv rinse, and then repeated step 4
9)I then applied ORS moisturizing lotion as my leave in, roller set with my jumbo rollers (pictured below) and dried under my hooded dryer for about an hour.

                                          
     My jumbo roller! It can barely fit in the palm of my hand.




                                                                        The result.....


My hair felt sooo silky! There is a obvious difference between the days I use oils in my dc, and the days that I don't. I will definitely be using oils more frequently, especially now that its summer as the heat can be so drying. 
I wrapped my hair to sleep, and its still in a wrap since I intend to spend all day at home working on this thesis of mine. 
Please note that I don't usually use so many different products on my wash day, this is a temporary thing until I use up my product stash.



Saturday, May 26, 2012

30 Day Product Junkie Rehab

A few wash days ago I wanted to use a specific product, and found myself having to check three different  storage spaces in an effort to locate it. This made me realize that my product stash was getting out of control, and I needed to find some staples and stick to them!

The Stash


Conditioners
From these products I decided that the V05 conditioner and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose are both getting tossed. I explained why I preferred the Umberto conditioner to the V05 in my last post. With regard to the AOHSR although it works, I have an issue with its 'spreadability'. In comparison to my other moisturizing dc, Nexxus Humectress, AOHSR isn't as creamy so its harder for me to apply it evenly through my hair. Because of this I'm pretty sure I end up using more of the product than I should. Since the Humectress is easier to apply and pretty much gives me the same results I'll be sticking to that one. I also clearly need to keep track of how much ORS Conditioner I have so i don't go out and buy more when I have a full bottle at home lol



Shampoos
The Vo5 Tea Therapy shampoo is extremely drying so I'm using that and my kerapro shampoo thats not pictured to wash my makeup brushes. When I switched to ORS lye relaxer I purchased that huge green bottle of neutralizing shampoo. Since the ORS neutralizing shampoo works as a clarifying shampoo it will replace my Ion shampoo and the creamy aloe shampoo. The TRESemme moisturizing shampoo was really cheap yet works well, so I'll be switching to that once my NTM is finished.



Leave ins
My keepers here are my ORS moisturizing lotion, S Curl(my staple in the later stages of my stretches) and the ORS heat protectant. The ORS HAIRepair are both brand new and will be used in my blog giveaway next month :)



Protein Products
The only product I use regularly from here is the 2 min reconstructor. However, I will hold on to the Aphogee 2 step just in case I ever have another moisture overload.




Relaxers, Gel, Oils etc
The Hollywood Beauty castor oil got tossed in the trash, and the hot 6, coconut and jamaican black castor oils will not be repurchased. My hair is doing just fine with my sulphur/castor oil mix and extra virgin olive oil.


I will not be trying any new products over the next 30 days, so hopefully by then my stash will be halved...hopefully.

Sidenote: Do you guys like the new look of the blog? I figured it was about to be a year old so it was time for me to jazz it up a bit :)







Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm back :)

Missed me?

I apologize for dropping off the face of the blogosphere but there was just too much going on in my life and I needed to take a min and handle it. To make a long story short, I am currently working on my Master's thesis, trying to graduate this summer, working fulltime, getting things in order for the graduate program that I start in August as well as preparing for surgery (nothing that serious) that just got pushed up from the end of July to the end of June. Add to that a trip back home to finalize some stuff for school and yeh...it was pretty hectic over here.

But on to my hair :)

I am currently 6 weeks post, and plan to stretch for 10 weeks so I can relax just before my surgery. My hair and I have been getting on just fine. I didn't post any update pics from my last relaxer, as due to my trim I only got about a half an inch, so there wasnt much progress to show. My next relaxer will be around my one year HHJ Anniversary so I will definitely do update pics then. I am in dire need of a dusting/search and destroy and will probably get that done this weekend. Also, this last month I've been working on reducing my hair product stash and I think I finally have some staples.

Sidenote: I've been using my Umberto Moisturizing Conditioner as a post dc rinse/detangling aid and wow....I think I may have to bite the bullet on the 8.99 price tag and switch out my V05 cheapie conditioner for it. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and moisturized!

I do have a few posts lined up for this upcoming week, so look out for those.