Monday, 28 September 2015

Moisturizer - homemade concoction

Hiya...

I was too busy to wash my hair this weekend, so I decided to do a thorough m&s session to get my hair set for this week on Sunday night. In my pink spray bottle I added:

- half the bottle was filled with tap water
- a quarter of the bottle filled with glycerine
- the last quarter was ORS Replenishing Conditioner

I sectioned my hair into 6 sections, really spritzed each section until it was dripping, and detangled my hair. After detangling, I sealed with coconut oil, and twisted up the section before moving to the next. This morning, my hair felt really moisturised, and the shrinkage told me I did a very good job. I also had pretty waves from the resulting twist out, although I had to bun for work.

This evening when I took down my bun, my hair still felt great. This mix might be a great option for my new home. I will keep experimenting with other ingredients, but so far this one is a keeper 

What homemade concoctions have you tried lately? Give us details on ingredients, and results


Night...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Hair Regimen for Hot, dry climate

Hello everyone, hope you're having a great week so far.

So, I just got my work deployment details. I will be moving to a part of Zimbabwe that is really hot and dry. Therefore, I will need to change my regimen to make sure my hair won't suffer from the weather. Here's what I'm thinking...

1. Moisturize and seal more often. From twice a week up to about twice a day.
2. GHE thrice a week
3. Deep condition twice a week
4. Frequent protein treatments
5. Coconut oil prepoos to protect against hygral fatigue

As you can see, my regimen will be heavily moisture based. Which is why I will up my protein treatments (to prevent moisture overload) and use coconut oil to fight hygral fatigue. I think I will mostly braid some cornrows or bun for my protective styles, because it will be too hot to try add in any extensions. I also need to focus on thickening up my nape, the hair there feels a bit too thin for my liking especially when compared to the thickness of my crown and front.

I am pretty stoked about moving to this new place, although my posts may become infrequent again.

Anyway, anymore suggestions on what I should do to take care of my hair in this new climate?

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Wash Day Saga - Summer Regimen + Length Check

Morning everyone! Hope you're having a great Sunday.

I had to do a washday post, I had missed doing these. And for once, I have pictures #highfive. Here's how my wash day went...

1. I prepooed my hair overnight using coconut oil
2. I shampooed my hair using ORS Creamy Ale shampoo, focusing on my scalp and then washed off the dust and what not from this past week.
3. I deep conditioned using ORS Replenishing conditioner. I left the conditioner on for 3 hours



4. I rinsed out 50% of the conditioner using cold water.
5. I blotted off the excess water using a t-shirt and applied African Pride Shea Miracle leave in conditioner and coconut oil
6. I set my hair using my orange and a few green rollers. These are the largest rollers I could find and I am outgrowing them. I need bigger ones now. And I need to practice setting


7. I took down the rollers just before I went to bed and did a length check




8. I am braiding my hair to protective style this week.

So, basically, most of the above will be my summer regimen. On the days I am too lazy to roller set, I will do African Threading to stretch my hair out.

So, how was your washday?

Friday, 18 September 2015

Relaxer Update and Other Stories

I am really sorry for having disappeared on y'all. I started a new job in August, and I was in an intense 5 week training course that is examinable (and keeping my job depends on passing all my exams). Anyway, exams are almost over, which means I can finally blog and catch you up on how my hair is doing.

I am going to be honest here, I neglected my hair for most of August. The most I did (besides the relaxer at the end of the month) was wash after 2 weeks and bun. Needless to say, I had a lot of breakage. It's only just quitting now after getting back on my regimen this month. So I'm still APL even though I should have been BSB by now. Bummer, but sometimes life happens. 

I did my relaxer on the 26th of August. I got home after work, and just pulled out my relaxer kit, and got down to business. I got the ORS relaxer again. This time, I didn't add any oil to the relaxer creme. I realized that the relaxer is so gentle that I didn't need to add anything in order to texlax. And since my hair was really under processed in February, I decided to also do a corrective relaxer of sorts. I first based my scalp with Vaseline and divided my hair into 4 sections. I applied the relaxer creme starting at the front, moving towards the back. After smoothing the creme onto my roots, I also applied it to the rest of the hair strand to further process the hair. I had my timer on, and I rinsed out the relaxer before the 15 minute mark. I did my mid protein step using a gelatin treatment. I neutralized using the Creamy Aloe shampoo. I then did a DC which was a mix of the Replenishing pak and one of my Darbur Vatika DCs. After rinsing, I blow dried my hair before doing African threading to stretch it.

That weekend, I then did my first (and last) flat iron of the year. I worked with smaller sections this time, and did only 2 passes. My hair wasn't as straight as I wanted it to be (as I still had shrinkage) but my hair still looks full. I also did a mini length check, and I will post it once I transfer it to my iPad. 

I am now back on sulfur oil massages and GHE till the end of the year. I am also trying to think of long term protective styles that I can do when I get deployed at work. I think I may have to buy a new wig, and keep my hair in braids under it. 

That's it from me. I will try to post regularly from now on