Thursday, November 22, 2012

Recent purchases

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted a bigger cheapie conditioner, so I wouldn't have to go to the BSS every month to stock up on Vo5 moisture milk. I decided to go with the TRESemme as my hair seemed to like their moisturising conditioner, so hopefully it will like this as well! I also wanted a serum to use when I flat iron my hair, as when I use oils on my flat ironed hair it weighs it down. I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to use cones regularly again, and will post on how I made my decision later this week. So far I really like the CON argan oil serum, and it helps that it smells great! I also grabbed some jumbo plastic clips from Annie as I wanted some non-metal clips that I could use during the day and to pin my hair up while studying. They're SO much cuter than the regular metal clips!



That's it for me, nothing major. I am at the point in my hair journey where I pretty much have all my staples so my purchases are typically re-purchases or hair accessories....no pj-ism over here!



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another HOTW Post!



Last week I switched it up a bit.

I rocked:

A faux bob





A side braid with a ponytail




Clipped in some color




And even jazzed up my lazy day bun with a headband (purchased at Forever 21 awhile back for about $3.)





Can you tell I've been enjoying this mini-challenge? My plan is to keep it up for the rest of the month, hopefully I don't run out of hairstyles before then!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pincurls

I realised that although I have pincurls listed in my regimen as my go to sleeping style for my hair I don't think I ever posted how they look or what my hair looks like after takedown. I typically do about 7 pincurls. Three in the front - one on either side plus one up top for my 'side bangs' and then four in the back.



I usually get more of a curl from them but because my hair was flat-ironed on my last wash day I just got a little bounce and a curl at the very ends of my hair.


Pincurls are definitely my preference over wrapping. Its more low manipulation for me as I can do the curls with my fingers while wrapping requires the use of a comb and/or brush. Plus as I've stated a few times before I'm not really a fan of straight hair, I prefer my hair with a little wave to it :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Telogen Effluvium Update

My hair shedding is easing up a bit, I stay throwing out my wash day shed hair so no pics yet but just trust me it is!

However, I am now left with a kinda sparse looking hairline. On a scale of 1 to Naomi Campbell it's about a 5 or a 6, but since its usually a 3 that is not good enough for me! I don't like using castor oil right after a relaxer, as it makes my strands clump together, but I want my hairline back to or close to normal by my next relaxer so will just have to deal with clumpy strands...#womp. I am still trying to be positive about this whole telogen thing...It could have been A LOT worse so for now I just need to take this in stride.

Please excuse the puffiness of my face/cheeks in this pic....it happens from time to time and will likely continue to happen til i'm about 6 months post surgery.


Monday, November 12, 2012

HOTD/HOTW

Hair of the week.....

I've been trying to not put my hair on a ponytail all day erryday as has been my habit. I challenged myself to do at least two non-ponytail and non-'just leave my hair hanging loose' styles per week and these are the two I wore last week.

The first is just a simple 'up and down', but I used my flexi-8 for the first time in months! Its ridic that I have so many hair accessories yet hardly use them :S


And the second is a simple twist, well really a sideways pincurl. I liked this one as it was really easy to do, and is also a protective style. 


So those were last week's styles, nothing fancy but definitely a step up from my regular hair!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Random Hair Thoughts

Now that I'm past APL, and coming up on BSL/MBL territory I thought it was time for me to re-evaluate my hair regimen, products, utensils etc.

 My combs and brushes have served me well, but as my hair gets longer and my ends get older I've been thinking of ways to pre-emptively prevent damage.

Hair tools 
1) I want to purchase a couple Hercules Sageman combs, and possibly a brush as well. As much as I adore my Conair detangling comb I really think its about time I upgrade. I toyed with the idea of sanding down the seams in my Conair comb, but felt that I may do more harm than good with that idea, as I am really not a good DIY person lol

2) I also want a steamer, but probably will not be able to purchase it until mid 2013...life of a broke college student :(

Hair products
1) I made a recent addition to my product stash of Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturiser. I was tired of walking around with frizzy messy edges the later I got into my stretch. Lemme tell ya'll something, a spritz of jheri curl juice, followed by some Elasta QP slicked the heck out of my edges! And they stayed moisturised and tamed all day!! Good stuff!

2) I will also possibly be making a switch in my detangling conditioner from Vo5 moisture milks to Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisturising Conditioner. I am trying to cut my BSS visits down and that Vo5 bottle is just to teeny to last me longer than a month.

3) I wanted to change my moisturiser for some time now, as I was hoping I could find one that works for me and doesn't contain mineral oil or cones...but that hasn't really worked out. I tried m&s-ing with care free curl and Hot 6 Oil and almost ended up with moisture overload. I also tried a few other more 'wet' moisturisers like Kids Organics Shea Moisturiser and my hair hated it. IDK but for some reason that heavy ORS moisturiser is what my hair loves so guess I'll be sticking with it!

Hair Regimen

1) I have started using heat protectant on my rollersets just to be on the safe side. After putting the rollers in I just lightly spray my hair so that the sections that are on the outside of the rollers and therefore getting the full blast of heat are protected

2) Limiting the number of times I use a comb during the week. Ever since Jen blogged about not using a comb outside of wash days I decided I would try this and decrease my manipulation. So far....I've been failing miserably lol. The only time I really give the comb a break is later in my stretch, at 7 weeks post and beyond when I don't want to tug too much on my hair and cause breakage at the line of demarcation.

3) My scalp issues are more or less resolved, as I realised that a lot of it came from product buildup, and not dandruff. I really really want to wean myself off the Head and Shoulders shampoo as it is extremely drying. For the next couple months I will be alternating with using diluted H&S, and using the full strength one every other week. Whichever technique that manages to take me through the week with no itchies is what I'll stick with.

That's all for now!
HHJ!








Sunday, November 4, 2012

Relaxer Update!

So for various reasons I decided to call my 16 week stretch to a halt at 10 weeks post.

My shedding was causing some serious detangling issues, while I also had a run in with some diluted acv that caused severe dryness and breakage at my crown. (used it to fix my itchy scalp since I couldn't wash my hair while Hurricane Sandy was here)

Products Used

 I did a Aphogee 2 min treatment on my last wash day so this was perfect timing.

1. I applied coconut oil to my ends and the length of my hair to protect it from the relaxer run off. I sectioned my hair into quadrants, pre-parted and did 2 strand twists in smaller sections to make the relaxer application time shorter.

2. I used my staple ORS lye relaxer and left it in for about  20 mins. 

3. I rinsed the relaxer out with water first then did 3 shampoos with the neutralizer. I let the second shampoo sit for about 3 mins to ensure that the relaxer was thoroughly neutralised.

4. I deep conditioned with a mix of about 60% AOHSR and 40% ORS Replenishing conditioner as I planned to flat iron and wanted to go heavy on moisture in my dc.

5. I dc'ed under heat for 30 mins

6. I applied VO5 Moisture Milks and Roux Porosity Control for about 30 secs (without rinsing out my dc) then detangled with my Conair detangling comb under the shower.

7. After removing the excess water I applied ORS heat protectant to my hair, blow dried and flat ironed. I added a little more heat protectant to my hair after blow drying.

* I used the brush chase method to flat iron instead of the comb chase and it worked out really well. The brush separates the strands better than the comb and allowed me to get my hair silky straight with just one pass of the flat iron.


RESULTS!


My ponytail is getting some hang time ya'll!

I didn't trim my ends, as they look fine and I just dusted a few weeks ago. 
You can't see my bra in the pic but its about an inch away from where my hair is now so I'll be grazing BSL pretty soon *happy dance*.