Saturday, November 22, 2008

Product Review: Adore PLUS Extra Conditioning Semi-Permanent Color

I usually use semi-permanent color from the Beautiful Collection, but one of my best friends used Adore after her last touch-up and she hasn't needed to apply it again since then, which was 4 weeks ago. Usually, ALL of my color is gone by 2-3 weeks! She also said that the Adore makes her hair feel more moisturized than any of the other colors she's used. I decided to give it a try since I needed to apply some color this week anyway.

Product Description
Gentle No Heat Formula with Natural Herbs & Vitamins to protect and nourish hair. Excellent for gray hair. No Ammonia, Peroxide, or Alcohol. Super gentle semi-permanent hair color for all hair types. Enriched, long lasting formula nourishes hair as it colors, leaving hair soft, silky, and beautiful. Contains aloe vera, vitamin E, jojoba Oil, and herbs.

Directions: For professional use only. May be used immediately after relaxing. For best results, use entire bottle. Apply generous amount to shampooed towel dried hair and comb through and process for 25 minutes. Freshly relaxed hair may require less time. No heat is necessary. For gray hair, place cap over hair and process with heat for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and style as usual.

Water (Aqua), PEG 50 tallowamide, Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Laurel Glucoside, Ethoxydiglycol Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycerin (vegen), Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 10, Simethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Jojoba Oil, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Gel), Chamomile, Grapefruit, Ginseng, Green Tea

My Experience
I applied the Velvet Black rinse to my freshly co-washed hair. The first thing I noticed that this product is not as dark and thick as the one from my usual rinse. I took this to mean that there is more conditioner in it. I then covered my head with a plastic cap for about 20 minutes without heat and 10 minutes with heat. When I rinsed it out, I didn't see as much "black water" in the sink, so I thought that the color must have attached to my hair. I also shampooed once with Creme of Nature (green label)- still no black water! I deep conditioned with heat for 10 minutes with ORS Replenishing and still didn't see any black water when I rinsed it out! I followed it up with my usual leave-in, coconut oil+water spray and serum+water and rollerset my hair.

My hair came out really soft, moist and thick-looking. It's only been 2 days, so the jury is still out on how long the color will last and how well my hair will retain moisture. If it still keeps up like this, I will replace the Beautiful Collection with the Adore.

Here is how my hair looked the day after using the rinse:


I also bought some shea butter oil, and I have to say that I wasn't impressed. Straight raw shea butter is way too heavy on my hair, so I thought the oil would be good. It didn't make my hair feel as soft or look as shiny as I hoped. I'll just use it on my skin and stick to coconut oil and grape seed oil on my hair...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Product Review: Silk Elements MegaSilk Moisturizing Treatment

After reading such a good review on this product, I bought the sample packet when I was in Sallys this weekend. It's usually $1.39, but was on sale for 99 cents. I know I wrote that I don't want to risk any setbacks, but the ingredients seem pretty good, so it didn't seem like a big risk.

Product Description
- Deep conditioning properties reduce tangles
- Gives an intense shine and manageability without product buildup
- Great for detangling and ease of combing

Adds an intense shine To give your hair amazing shine without the gunky build up, this product is great. Detangle and soften hair with the deep conditioning properties of this treatment. Use is for everyday conditioning or deep conditioning treatments and watch your hair transform into beautiful, healthy hair.

Directions: Apply to wet hair. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes then rinse. For intense conditioning, cover hair with plastic cap and use moderate heat for 5-7 minutes. Style as usual.

Water(Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium, Methosulfate, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl esters, Sodium PCA, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Trideceth-12, Silk Amino Acids, Helianthus, Annuus (Sunflower Seed) oil, Chlorhexidine, Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

My Experience
I used this as a deep conditioner for my wash yesterday. It's a lot thicker than I thought it would be, which worried me, because in general, super-thick conditioners don't do well on my hair. I used about a third of the packet, and deep conditioned under the dryer for a little over 10 minutes. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt moisturized, but I didn't feel the slip that I'm used to. It also didn't de-tangle my hair as well as I wished. I softened it up with a quick rinse of Pantene R&N conditioner and roller set my hair as usual. My hair came out pretty good. It feels moisturized and full, and my roots feel good, which is what I look for in conditioners now. So I liked it, but not as much as I like my ORS Replenishing or Pantene R&N Breakage Defense. I will use up the rest of the packet, but I'm not sure I will buy it again. I'm sure it's great for many heads, but like I said, my hair doesn't really like super-thick conditioners.

Friday, November 14, 2008

In a Rut

I've been feeling like I'm in a rut lately- hair-wise and overall life-wise. I know a lot of it has to do with the days getting shorter, the weather getting colder and the fact that I haven't been exercising lately. My dog had surgery on his leg about a month ago, so now I don't take him for our 2-mile walks every day. I need to just walk without him I guess...

As far as hair, I keep telling myself to be patient as my hair grows out of this awkward phase. It's not short anymore, but it's not long either. I've just been sticking with my staple products and continuing to not use any direct heat. I'm not trying to risk having a set-back, but I also don't feel as pretty. My hair is getting thicker and longer, but some days I think I look like an old lady! At night, I've been alternating between cross-wraps, pin curls and full wraps. Each of those techniques have their pros and cons:

Pros: my sides look great
Cons: the back looks messed up- it doesn't fall too well

Pin Curls
Pros: my hair looks curly and full
Cons: inconsistent curls- some areas look great, while others look bent or frizzy; I also don't like that my hair loses some bounce and doesn't lay well

Full Wrap
Pros: my hair looks full and put together
Cons: one side is usually sticking out and frizzy; I lose curls after the first 2 days

Some other observations this week:

- I did try alternating the direction I wrap in every night this week. I was afraid my hair would look a mess, but it came out okay. I don't think it would work for a whole week, though.

- I used castor oil on my ends last night before I pin curled, and my hair came out so thick-looking and shiny! I tried castor oil earlier this year as a pre-poo, and it was too heavy, but using just a drop on my ends seems like it will work for me.

- I tried my half wig on last night and I hated it! I don't know why, because when I wore it last year I loved it. I guess I'm going to shop for a new one, or maybe ask my stylist to cut this one in a style or something.

Hopefully, in another month or so, my hair will be long enough to put it in a bun!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The First Family

Words cannot express how I feel today. No one and nothing can ruin this day for me!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

October '08 Relaxer

I got my relaxer last weekend. I went 8 weeks. I was aiming for 9 weeks, but like I wrote earlier, my vanity got in the way, and there wasn't much time for me to get a relaxer during week 9. I was experiencing a lot of shedding and breakage, so for now, 8 weeks is my limit. My hair stylist, D, gave me a Mizani regular relaxer again. The woman who rinsed my hair put in Nexxus Humectin conditioner in it. It smelled really good! D wrapped my hair and gave me a very little trim. She bumped my ends with the curling iron just to give me some bounce.

As D put in the relaxer and as she styled my hair, she kept commenting on how good my hair was doing. I didn't tell her about all the extra conditioning I've been doing, but I did tell her that I think the key is not using heat. She couldn't believe that I haven't used any heat since July. She asked me if it was really hard not using the curling iron or flat iron, and I told her no because a) I like my hair to look as full as possible, and I don't get that look with curling irons, and b) I honestly don't think I know how to use heat appliances correctly anyway.

I had a good experience this time at the salon. I was out of there in just under 2 hours, which I think is great, especially for a Saturday morning. I definitely see growth. I was excited that my hair is long enough that I don't even need to get my nape shaped up with the clippers anymore!