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Hair Regimen **PRODUCTS UPDATED**

*****Bold and in parenthesis notes reason for change*****

Mission: Locate products that give optimal results.

Optimal Results: MOISTURIZED hair!

•••Please consider my hair’s attributes when reading my regimen and products I use•••

♥*´`*•.¸ Current Arsenal ¸.•*´`*♥

(I try to use products with as many natural ingredients as possible!)

Shampoo

  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo

Deep Conditioner (DC)

  • Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner + EVOO
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab (haven’t tried as a DC yet, only as LI)
  • Curl Junkie Repair Me! (protein conditioner/treatment – unopened as of now)

CoWash Conditioners – Rinse Out (RI)

  • Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
  • VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze Conditioner (just haven’t used it in a while)
  • Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner (too creamy to ‘wash’ with)
  • Curl Junkie Daily Fix (when there’s a bad product reaction, i.e. whiteness)
  • Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil Daily Conditioner (moved from both LI and RI to RI only)

Leave In Conditioners/Creams/Milks/Etc (LI)

  • Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing Cream
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Pumkin Kernel Hydrating Milk (added — forgot to put on list initially)
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Shea Butter Curl Moisturizing Cream (never used it on my hair; had only a sample so I used it as hand lotion :-/) 
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
  • Oyin’s Hair Dew

Styling Gels/Puddings/Custards

  • Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel
  • L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Curl-Defining Gel (Too many humectants for Florida dews — frizz central!)

Spritzes for Refreshing a Wash and Go

  • High Quality H2O
  • Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisture Mist
Oil/Sealants
  • Pure Jojoba Oil (used only for the occasional scalp massage)
  • Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade (added – used to seal my edges)

Ok. So I’m product obsessed. Judge me.

♥*´`*•.¸ Current Everyday Wash and Go Regimen ¸.•*´`*♥

(I redo my hair almost daily using the following technique while in the shower)

  1. Cowash with a RO.
  2. Divide my hair into 4-6 sections and clip up.
  3. Undo one section.
  4. Finger detangle, rinse out RO, apply a LI conditioner/cream/milk-of-the-moment.
  5. Apply a styler like a gel/pudding/custard-of-the-moment.
  6. Clip section back up.
  7. Repeat on all the sections.
  8. Get out the shower, unclip all sections, and shake it out!
  9. Let it air dry.
  10. I DON’T TOUCH UNTIL AFTER IT DRIES!

Wash, Deep Condition, and Detangle Day (every other week):

  1. Wash with a sulfate-free shampoo.
  2. Apply deep conditioner.
  3. Detangle with wide tooth comb with deep conditioner distributed in hair.
  4. Rinse.
  5. Follow the regular routine, starting with the leave in.

Me and Deep Conditioning

When I was permed, I only remember once or twice that my beautitian deep conditioned my hair. When she put conditioner in after shampooing, she would let it sit for a minute or two, but only once or twice did she actually put me under the dryer for a DC. The only time I heard people even mention deep conditioning  was when someone had severely damaged hair, like edges that were thinning or hair that was falling out. I came to the conclusion that that was the only time you used one. It was not until I came into “the natural hair world” that I found out it was use for general upkeep of healthy hair! Blew me away.

When I Big Chopped, I deep conditioned every week. My hair needed it because my hair looked “wiry” (as a stranger called it). It was dry. After wetting my hair daily and a couple of rounds of deep conditioning, it felt softer and looked better. Ringlets started to come through! The benefits of DC’ing were noticeable almost instantly.

Now, 4 months in, I deep condition every other week, but my hair doesn’t feel as vastly different after DC’ing like it did since the initial turn around from my BC, no matter the method, dry or wet, 10 mins or overnight. It has stayed very soft and manageable. My thinking is that I don’t get those same raving results is because my hair is seemingly never without moisture, now-a-days, as I wash and go so much. With my routine, I am constantly introducing water to my hair under the shower head, and I use water based products. My leave in’s (whether a cream, custard, a regular leave in conditioner, or a deep conditioner that I use as a leave in, such as Curl Junkie Curl Rehab) are rich in oils and extracts in addition to being water based. Actually… thinking about it, I’m essentially deep conditioning all the time! I just figured it out! Eu-flipping-reka! I’ve been keeping my hair a its optimum moisture level consistently by using quality conditioners with great moisturizing capabilities and my hair has shown out! And maybe that’s why after deep conditioning, I don’t feel these miraculous everyone talks about.

I’m not saying that deep conditioning isn’t beneficial to my hair. NOT AT ALL. But I can see that if I was one to style my hair once a week, like in a braidout or twistout (which I have yet to do) and maintained it or other protective styles for any length of time, I would imagine the moisture levels of the hair dramatically faltering and a good DCing yielding immediately noticeable results.

I do deep condition every other week on shampoo day using Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner in the dry formula.  I love the ingredients and it has a heavier thicker consistency than my regular everyday rinse out’s and leave in’s. I get tons of slip in my ‘everydays’, but I only choose to finger comb my hair with them in the shower (this is where I do my hair, I don’t have to actually be in the shower to finger comb using these products, though). But when it comes to a thorough detangle using a comb (which I do every other week after shampooing), I LOVE the AO coupled with EVOO.

I’ll continue doing my DC on a regular basis with the purpose of giving my hair the nutrition it needs to grow up big and strong. I might not feel a whole lot of difference, but maybe that’s a good thing; maybe that means I’ve been keeping my hair at its paramount? Who knows, I just know it feels good at the moment and it’s growing from what they tell me.

Until next time…

Deep Conditioning Miss Fire

I’ve been dry DC every week with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (AO) once a week since I’ve cut my hair. Love it. No problems. This time around though, I tried a different conditioner. I had heard some hype about Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and since I pick up unnecessary items at Target anyway, I went and bought it. The ingredients are stellar;

  • Contains de-ionized water, Shea butter, Argan oil, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, sea kelp extract, Panthenol, essential oil blend, avocado oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, soybean oil and Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil.

I put it on my dry hair, as I would the AO, before bed. I use my hands to distribute the conditioner by smooshing and rubbing it in my hair, not running my fingers through. I like that it comes in a jar because I use a lot of condish to cover my hair and it’s much easier to scoop. Oh… when I say cover, I don’t mean I saturated my hair to the point you can squeeze or scrape out much excess once I finish; it’s just slightly moist with product.

Anyway, I wrapped my hair up in my old perm satin scarf and went to bed. When I got up and rinsed it the next morning and I almost died! I don’t know what happened, but YUCK! My hair felt soggy! It was so limp and soft like mushy overcooked noodles. It was horrid.

Mind you, the individual strands of hair on my head are fine, not coarse by a long shot. After rinsing, my wet hair felt like I was running my hand through a massive spider web. <– think about how that would feel… I’ll wait. Yea, I know right. I was scared that I had permanently damaged my hair.

So with a little googling, I found out my hair had the signs and symptoms of being overconditioned! I didn’t know you could have too much moisture! This was news to me. I searched and searched and come to find out it’s reversible. I just needed a dose of protein.

A massive amount of blogs and websites suggested ApHogee Protein Treatment. I didn’t have that on hand and not only that, it seemed way strong! Other sites claimed protein foodies would help. I had some eggs, so I mixed it up with some extra virgin olive oil and prayed.

I poured it over my wet hair in the sink, trying to saturate all the strands. It was a mess! Yellow yolk dripping everywhere. I put on a clear processing cap and it started to drip down my face and neck so I tucked some toilet paper under the elastic band (good thing I buy the good stuff), but it eventually saturated it and dripped down my neck some more. Who knows how much was actually left in my hair at this point, but I rinsed it out after about 30 mins because I was beyond grossed out. (Also, I didn’t use heat, of course, because I didn’t want scramble eggs in my hair.)

After the rinse, I didn’t feel instant improvement. I lightly shampooed with Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo to ensure I got the yolk yuck out. I was a little if-y about the next step. I was apprehensive about putting conditioner back my hair. Isn’t that what got me in this state in the first place? I bit the bullet and followed up with Tressemme Naturals. I figured I could always try the ApHogee Protein Treatment if all else failed.

After the whole little “treatment” , applying the conditioner, rinsing it out, then leaving in Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk, it didn’t feel any more soft which was good, but it still didn’t have much life or body. I was grateful that it didn’t still feel like wet cobwebs though, just more like limp ramen noodles. When it had air dried, it was still not right. There was no spring in the curls and my hair felt thin and I had a lot of stray hairs sticking out between limp semi formed curls.

I, then, decided I would wait it out. Maybe it would even it’s self out over time. So I didn’t rewash and go for 3 days. I just sprayed it lightly with water every morning just to get the bedhead out. My angle was to starve my hair of moisture hoping for it to be less moisturized. I mean, I can alway recondition it. It got frizzier and frizzier. I finally decided to rewet it in the shower the 4th day and did my usual wash and go routine and my hair felt good!! Dehydrating (as I called it) breathed new life into my hair. It was back to its thick springy self and I was so happy that I didn’t have to do a hardcore protein treatment because, honestly, they scare me to death. The horror stories I read about them leaving hair brittle to the point of it breaking, like for real snapping in two, because the protein was too much so then people remoisturize to  them throwing the balance of moisture -vs- protein even more out of whack

This fiasco left me perplexed. What did I do wrong? Did I leave it in too long? I DC with AO in the same fashion without any problems. The ingredients in this Shea Moisture DC looks good, so what happened? Needless to say, I won’t be using this product anymore.

I am grateful though that I was able to experience what overconditioned hair feels like and even more grateful to have been able to reverse it by sheer flipping luck. I don’t know what was more effective the egg and EVOO combination or the ‘dehydrating’ process or neither, but either way I needed a fail proof protein replacement plan in case this were to ever happen again. 

I searched for a protein treatment that wasn’t ApHogee Protein Treatment and I came across Curl Junkie’s Repair Me!. It’s a protein based conditioner that supposedly feels like a silky smooth conditioner with tons of slip and makes your hair super strong and soft as opposed to ApHogee Protein Treatment that can leave your hair hard after rinsing so you have to follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner. Now with the Repair Me!, I’ve heard that people have been tempted to leave it in because it’s so moisturizing. This sounded so good so you know I bought it! I now have it safely in my arsenal and I would say I can’t wait to use it, but having overconditioned hair is not fun.

I’ll stick with my AO.

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