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Okay so I’ve been doing some researching and seeing what i can add to my hair regimen, first strenghten my hair and second to maintain moisture. In a previous post I had lamented how dry both my hair and my scalp felt.

So I have changed a few things in my regimen:

  1. I no longer deep condition over night, it was causing build-up on scalp which then led to my scalp being itchy and dry.
  2. I use okra has a deep conditioner, which i then follow up with a moisture rich deep conditioner.
  3. Im trying to minimize how much i manipulate my hair so for the last week and some, i’ve worn buns and puffs and just today a french braid type hair style.
  4. Im moisturing about every other night.

Umm thats it so far.

So I bet your wandering okra, why? It is apparantly a good protein treatment and can help strenghten and grow your hair. regal bal did a post on her blog that you can check out to see the process. So far its okay. The first time i did it, i left the okra in , not a good idea I ended up with dry flakes in some parts of my hair. Today is the second time ive tried it. My hair after washing, treating and deep conditioning felt really soft. So for now the okra is sticking around.

Second the crisco, this one is just an experiment, I had first heard about using this as a moisturizer on urbancurlz blog, its something that she does and loves. So I decided to try it today, I added my moisturizers and then sealed it with the crisco, after which i put my hair into like 18 bantu knots. I hope my hair is left soft and not greasy. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one. 🙂 I’ll let you guys know how it turns out.

As I write this post Im deep conditioning, unfortunately I don’t have a soft bonnet, or else I would be done already 🙂 So I am going to do it overnight. I started the process late in the evening (cough…8’clock…cough) I don’t want to go to bed with wet hair, and risk the chance of mold or anything else that’s gross, Im going to leave it till tomorrow. If I have to go outside I’ll wrap my head in a scarf and call it a day. 🙂

For my deep conditioner I used,treseme remoisture conditioner, Avon african shea butter restorative hair mask, Avon mediterrean oilve oil conditoning hair mask and the Avon palm desert rose oil hair elixir. I have high hopes for this combo, the only thing im worried about is that it will be so good and I wont be able to recreate it, as Avon discontiuned the shea butter conditioner right after I ordered it.(Booooo)

well, good night

I came across this company on Etsy way back in January, favourited there site and left it at that. But lately I have been hearing alot more about them Empressri did a review on them last month I believe, and I have browsed there website. I gotta say Im seriously interested.

check out Empressri’s youtube video below.

 

 

pics d.b at etsy

If you harbour dreams of being a mixtress like me then it would help if you knew what each of the ingredients is best used for, how it is helpful and how it reacts with other ingredients.

First up Avocado Butter

Our pure avocado butter is expeller crushed from the fresh flesh of the avocado fruit and then hydrogenated to yield a soft greenish butter. This is a much softer butter than any of the other butters we carry. Avocado butter is a very rich, moisturizing treatment for the hair and skin, and it has some natural sunscreen properties. Use it in soap and skin care formulations at 5 – 20%. Use smaller amounts of avocado butter in lotion bars. This butter can be a little heavy and greasy, but it is definitely worth it in small amounts

 Benefits of Avocado Butter

  • Moisturizes
  • Good penetrating properties
  • Excellent spreadability
  • Some natural sunscreen ability
  • Low comedogenicity

information from fromnaturalwithlove.com

I had never heard of banding until I came across a post about it on Mane & Chic’s website.

What is Banding

Banding is a technique used to stretch and loosen the curl pattern of naturally curly-kinky hair. Wrap scrunchies, stockings or ouchless elastics down the shaft of wet hair, let the hair air dry, take of the elastics and then style the hair

Now I have not personally used this method to stretch my hair, but I am very interested in trying it out as an alternative to blow drying.

Here are some youtube videos for more information.

What is a hair serum? What is it used for? And most importantly can you make it yourself?

What Is A Hair Serum?
Hair serum makes the hair shiner and does not allow them to entangle. It protects the hair from the damages done by over exposure to sun and hair styling products. The effect of the serum application remains till the next wash. It should be applied after a hair wash.

How does a hair serum work?
The hair serum forms a thin protective layer on the hair strands. It returns the moisture lost due to exposure to sun, heat generated from the hair styling gadgets. It is used to set broken and frizzy hair.

It is available in the form of sprays in the market. It is primarily used for dry and frizzy hair, which breaks easily, or hairs that have under gone excessive chemical treatments like perming, coloring.

The hair serum provides nourishment to the hair, which makes them strong, and they don ‘t break away easily. It also conditions the hair, which makes them healthy, silky and shiny.

Hair Serum recipes

Ladies Blend Nutritive Hair Serum

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces Cold Expeller Pressed Camellia Seed Oil
  • 1 ounce Cold Pressed Virgin Broccoli Seed Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 48 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 24 drops Juniper Essential Oil
  • 24 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 18 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

Directions:

  • Combine and stir ingredients together.
  • Pour into a clean and very dry four ounce bottle.
  • Cap and label.

To Use:

  • Apply to freshly washed damp hair from root to end.
  • Gently massage into scalp, leave on for several minutes and wash out with a mild shampoo.
  • Applying a hot towel and/or plastic shower cap after the oil is applied will enhance the treatment.
  • Store bottled oil in a cool dark area outside of the bathroom.
  • Use within six months.

Homemade Citrus Shine

1.5 oz liquid shea butter
1 oz avocado oil
1 oz hazelnut oil
0.5 oz coconut oil
10 drops red grapefruit seed essential oil
10 drops blood orange essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil
2 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop ylang ylang essential oil
Pour the oils and essential oils into container. Let stand for 1 week, shaking daily. Keep in a cool, dark place. Apply a small amount of citrus shine to palm of hands and work through hair. To tame split ends, to fingertips and work through hair, concentrating in the ends.

Hair Tamer Serum

Ingredients:
2 ounces liquid shea butter
1/2 ounce linseed oil
1/2 ounce jojoba oil
1/2 ounce castor oil
1/4 ounce vitamin E
1/4 ounce hemp seed oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil

Blending Procedure:

  • Combine the essential oils in a small glass container and shake gently to mix. Store in a dark place for about 1 week.
  • Combine first 7 ingredients (all unscented oils) together in a plastic flip top bottle and shake gently to combine.
  • Add the essential oil blend to the unscented oils and shake well. To use, apply to hair that has been towel dried and work through with fingertips. Use more for long and especially dry hair to enhance styling capabilities and shine.
  • Hair Tamer Serum works best for thick, natural, textured dry, frizzy and/or curly locks! (If you do not like the feel of oil on your hair, this is not the product for you.)

 these recipes are courtesy of a google search for “hair serum recipes”

There are a few ways that one can go about designing your hair regimen. This is one example that I found.

 Building a regimen simply involves you making a decision on a few things:

  • How often to wash your hair – Twice a week is recommended for black hair with a sulphate free shampoo.
  • How often to deep condition – This should be done after each wash for 20-30 minutes with heat for extra penetration.
  • How often to have protein treatments – This is very important especially for relaxed hair to give it strength and should be done every 6-8 weeks or when excessive breakage is experienced.
  •  How often to clarify your hair – As a black person, hair moisturizers should be commonplace in your hair styling arsenal but build up of these products over time may harm the hair. Clarifying should be done every once in a while to get rid of build up.
  • How to styleit to retain the most length – e.g. no heat regimens, braid regimens etc
  • How often to trim your hair – Trimming will not make your hair grow faster but damaged ends make your hair look uneven and unhealthy so should be removed. Generally only a light dusting of the ends is required (removing split ends as and when you see them) every 6 months or so.
  • How often to have hot oil treatments – For added strength and lubrication to hair
  • How often to rotate your shampoos and conditioners – This avoids the hair getting used to one product and not responding as well over time.

 this is an example of what a regimen may look like

  • Co-wash (condition wash) on a Tuesday and deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner for 20 minutes with heat (cover with plastic cap under a hooded dryer).
  • Detangle only when the hair is soaking with conditioner and rinse
  • Seal hair with natural oil, style when still damp and allow hair to air dry overnight.
  • Spray hair with water daily to hydrate and seal with natural oil if wearing the hair in a natural style.
  • On Saturday wash hair with sulfate free shampoo, deep condition with a light protein conditioner and style as usual.
  • Rotate the conditioners (both moisturizing and protein) every other week so that the hair does not stop responding to them.
  • A hot oil treatment to be applied to hair for 20 minutes before shampooing once a month.
  • Apply a caramel treatment to the hair once every 4 weeks to soften and hydrate the hair.
  • Use a strong protein treatment if any out-of-the-ordinary breakage occurs.
  • When straightening the hair make sure to use a heat protectant.
  • Use only temperature controlled heat styling tools and only use heat once a month. Wear hair in natural styles most of the time.
  • Use only ammonia free hair colours once every 6-8 weeks if required.
  • Keep the hair braided for at least one out of 4 weeks to save on a detangling session and for length retention.
  • Do not braid too close to the edges (small baby hairs) to avoid thinning of the hairline.
  • Clarify the hair once every 6-8 weeks or when a lot of product has been used during the week to get rid of build up. Do not do this often to prevent the hair from feeling ‘stripped’ and dry.
  • Dust any split ends once every 6 months.
  • Track your growth every 3 months with pictures.

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