Thursday, 31 October 2013

Hair care info

I found this infographic done by HHJ4lyfe on Hairlista. This is such an awesome bit of info on healthy hair care for kinky, coily hair, and I just had to share it. It's that good!!! Read it, use it and pass it on!!!

Hair care info

Review of October Goals, November Goals

It's Halloween in other parts of the world, and its just an ordinary Thursday where I am sitting. However, one thing all places have in common is that its the last day of the month, which means its time for me to review my goals for October and set new ones for November. Right, here we go:

October Goals
1. Drink 1.5l of fluids daily of which 75% must be water. Monitor water intake using MyFitnessPal or Water my Body app. Hmmm, 2/5 for this. I drank about 2.5l a day when I was mountain climbing but my intake dropped when I got home and discovered my friend had drunk all my water and I was broke (tap water definitely not safe, unless if you want to get typhoid). So I give myself 2/5 due to circumstances beyond my control
2. Join Hairlista Castor Oil Challenge at Ultimate level 5/5 I started the challenge on time, and its going well
3. Exercise each morning using Nike Training Club app 1/5 After mountain climbing I wanted to stay fit. Unfortunately I was not feeling well during the first week then I was just plain lazy the next week
4. Monitor what I eat using MyFitnessPal 1/5 I just keep forgetting
5. Waist measurement to drop to 26 inches from 30 inches 0/5 I'm now at 29 inches
6. Low manipulation protective styling during the month 5/5 Box braids and buns only!!!

After a largely unsuccessful October, I need to set goals for success in November

1. Drink 1.5l of fluids of which at least 80% must be water. Monitor using Water my Bidy app daily
2. GHE each time I massage castor oil onto my scalp
3. Exercise daily (Nike Training Club, jogging or yoga). Monitor workouts using MyFitnessPal and Lift apps
4. Use MyFitnessPal daily to monitor what I eat
5. Waist measurement to drop to 26 inches from 29 inches
6. Massage edges daily with castor oil

OK, bring on November now. I'm ready for it!!!

Ciao :)

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Hair Update

So I had the same ol' wash day, which means that coz of the way I'm so busy at work, I cannot post about it. But just an update on what I'm doing with my hair.

1. I am back on the inversion challenge starting from today. I really want to hit APL by the end of this year, so the inversion challenge is a great way to just give my growth rate that tiny nudge.

2. I am taking part in the Castor Oil challenge on Hairlista. I am doing the Ultimate level which means I oil my scalp with castor oil every other day, seal with castor oil and DC with 1 teaspoon of castor oil in my mix. Castor Oil is the magic oil for my hair, it just helps keep the moisture in for longer and reduce tangling and matting when I am deep into a stretch (almost 16 weeks post). This helps me retain my length better and keep my ends healthier. It's also helping to revive my edges, I actually found hair in a hairless place thanks to it. So far it's going great. It's keeping my moisture balance at that perfect level.

3. I just joined the GAHL Hair Challenge 2013. This challenge is just to make sure I keep up with healthy hair practices. Just those little things that help you in keeping up with a good regimen. Like sleeping with a silk or satin scarf on your head, or using heat minimally. This will help in length retention and just keeping my ends in a healthy state.

These three challenges will be the basis of my regimen until I touch up my roots, and length check. Fingers crossed I will be at my goal for 2013 by the end of November.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Mid Week DC, mini length check and Random Hair Talk

I did my mid week DC last night/this morning. I first massaged castor oil onto my scalp, and onto my ends, and let it sit for a couple of hours before putting the DC on top. I rinsed it out this morning and my relaxed ends are really happy while my NG is shrinking like crazy.
Mini Length Check... So close to my goal of APL
I also did a mini length check when my hair was weighed down by the DC. It was sort of straight, and it looks like I'm close to my Dec 2013 goal of APL. Yaaaay!!!! It's like only centimetres away. If I keep up with my DC game to retain length, and do the inversion method, I will be APL by December. Not full APL, but APL in the back which is what I'm aiming for.

As I did the DC I thought about the things I learnt about my hair during this journey, and these are the things that came to mind:

1. My hair loves castor oil. It seals in the moisture perfectly.
2. I have very low porosity hair. I did the porosity test and my hair was still floating after 2 days.
3. I cannot get away with not cleansing my scalp every week. My scalp itches a lot if I do not wash weekly.
4. I have a lot of hair. Like a lot. Stylists hate my hair coz they have to take so much time to do it
5. My hair grows better if it is not under extensions or weaves. It needs daily attention.
6. Heat isn't the enemy. Heat helps reduce the matting of NG when I'm stretching.
7. Ditto for cones. Cones give me slip, making it easier to detangle.
8. Ditto for sulfates. If I shampoo once, my hair won't feel stripped.
9. Effects of inversion method will kick in the week after I complete inversions.
10. Shrinkage. Currently my hair shrinks to NL, even though I am close to APL.
11. Normal growth rate is slow. I get about 1/4 inch of growth each month (with no growth aids)
12. My hair grows in a V-shape. It's not split ends that cause the different lengths in my hair
13. My texlaxed hair blends perfectly with my NG
14. My ends don't need to be trimmed that often to stay healthy
15. Protein isn't my best friend. Protein treatments once a month for my relaxed ends is all I need.

Ciao for now :)

Monday, 21 October 2013

Wash Day Saga

I swear this wash day was the best thing I did since getting back from Mt Kilimanjaro.

1. Prepoo'ed on Friday morning with coconut oil. After work divided hair into 4 sections with clips. Everything was done in sections until DC
2. Shampooed twice with Protein Feed shampoo. Yes, my scalp was that dirty, and my ends really needed to be clarified. I finally finished the shampoo after having it in my stash for a year
3. Tea rinse (2 bags black, green, peppermint, hibiscus tea + 1 tablespoon rosemary). Let it sit for 5 minutes
4. Moisturising DC (Darbur Vatika Naturals Garlic Hair Mask) without rinsing out tea. Detangled with widetooth comb section by section. I had a lot of knots and matting. Covered DC with shower cap and left it in overnight
5. Rinsed out DC with cool water (still detangling with wide tooth comb)
6. T-shirt dried for 45 minutes, before applying leave in (VO5 moisturizing leave in). I wanted to blow dry my hair in order to get rid of the matting. So I applied my heat protectant (ORS heat protection serum), and blow dried the back sections of my head detangling with a wide tooth comb. By the time I finished detangling the back, I realized that the heat in my room was working better than the blowdryer. So I just comb detangled the front sections without using direct heat and pulled my hair into a ponytail.
7. Yesterday evening, I did a scalp massage with a mix of castor oil and eucalyptus oil. I moisturized with my home made mix (tresemme conditioner, aloe vera juice, glycerin and water), sealed with castor oil and shea butter. My hair feels very soft today, and had no tangles #win

I am currently 14 weeks post, and I hope that I can stretch for another 4 weeks. I hope I can touch up on the 23rd of November, coz I have a big work event the following weekend, and I want my hair to be at its best. I hope I won''t be forced to touch up before this date

The humidity in Dar is not so much fun. My hair is frizzing up into a big puff, and I look as if I have never seen a relaxer my whole life. I wish my hair would frizz up after work, not while I'm in the office.

I am back on the castor oil challenge, and I am ready to get my hair to the goal of APL by the end of this year.

I am still looking for scissors for my hair so I can start doing search and destroy. My ends are quite healthy, but I need them to be in optimum condition

That's it for now, ciao

Thursday, 17 October 2013

I'm Back!!!

Thank the good Lord I'm still alive.

I am back from my mountain climbing thingy. Yes, you read that right. I spent 6 days in the wilderness, with no showers climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. And I even got to the rim of the crater, though not to the highest point.

Me and Erick the guide who got me to Gilman's point despite my altitude sickness :)

In my last post, I had gotten box braids specifically for this, though I think it wasn't the wisest styling choice I have made since I started my hair journey. Waist length braids that weigh a kilo are not meant for sleeping bags, dust, sweat and hikes that last for a minimum of 5 hours. Anyway, by the time I finally got back to civilization, those braids were not my favorite thing in the world. My scalp was coated with a thick layer of dirt and gunk. I wasn't able to wash my scalp at first coz I didn't have shampoo or conditioner at the hotel we stayed in.

I had to go visit my mom since I was only 100km from her place. She had shampoo only, so I decided not to wash my hair there either. I was about to take down my braids coz they were feeling really gross, and I just had a feeling that a spider would happily move in. My mom managed to persuade me not to take down my braids while I was at her place. But on Tuesday morning when I was flying back to my place, I saw that the extensions had also ripped out my hair. I was so pissed I decided to start taking down the braids that night. I finally finished taking them down at around midnight today. However, I didn't have time to wash my hair. So I decided to GHE with castor oil, so that my hair could be a bit moisturized in the morning when I got ready for work. I first finger detangled to get rid of the shed hair, before comb detangling for a bit and bunning for work. I will do a clarifying wash this weekend so I can get back onto my regimen after the 2 weeks of neglect.