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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Buns

I've decided to wear my hair in buns this winter. The weather is so cold and dry, I don't want my ends to rub against my sweaters, and my baby has been pulling my hair. I have some accessories, but I definitely need to buy more. I've also been looking at some youtube videos for bun ideas. Photos to come...

Even though it's been almost 3 weeks since my relaxer, here is an updated picture. I've been wearing my hair curly, and this is th efirst time it's been somewhat straight:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 2009 Relaxer

I got a relaxer a few days ago after going 12 weeks. I don't have a photo because I got it curled, so I'll post a picture when it's straight. My salon experience was really good. I didn't get anything different, but the relaxer didn't burn at all, which is rare for me. Also, my hair didn't shed at all, which is great, considering I just had a baby. My stylist was really impressed with my hair. The way she talks to me about hair has changed to, because I guess she can see I'm serious about taking care of it. She gave me some tips on how to style my hair, and even gave me short tutorial on braidouts. She told me that I should try it now that my hair is longer.

I'm going to try to keep going 12 weeks between relaxer. My hair is so much healthier this way, and I like seeing how much it's grown after so long. I also save money and time. I calculated that by getting a relaxer every 12 weeks instead of 6 saves me $425 and I go to the salon only 4 times a year instead of 9.

Monday, December 7, 2009

12 Weeks Post Relaxer

It's hard to believe that less than 2 years ago, I was getting a relaxer every 6 weeks, and now I'm at 12! I NEVER thought I could go this long without a touch-up, but with the right products and maintenance, I've done it. I actually feel like I could go one or two more weeks, but I won't push it.

No secret, but the key for me is weekly deep conditioning, and keeping my hair (especially my ends) moisturized.

I know I haven't made it to APL yet, but I'm excited to see how much my hair has grown after my relaxer this week.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Product Review: KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner

I don't know why it took me so long to buy this conditioner. I wanted to try something different from the ORS Replenishing, and the Humecto was 20% off at the beauty store. I use other KeraCare products, so I might as well try this. I've always heard such good things about it.

Product Description
KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner helps correct and prevent moistureloss due to exposure to chemicals and thermal styling appliances. • Penetratesdeep within the hairshaft to hydrate and humectify hair. • Decreases interfiberfriction between hair strands to prevent hair breakage. • Improves thesurface porosity of hair resulting in a softer hair texture. • Enriched with a fragrance that relaxes and soothes the senses.

Benefits
• Superior moisturizing results to help prevent dull, brittle, breaking hair and split ends.
• Superior detangling for easy wet and dry combing.
• Hair becomes more manageable.
• Protects hair from drying effects of thermal appliances.
• Adds exceptional body and shine.
• Eliminates static charge.

Directions: Apply generously to freshly shampooed hair. Comb through and cover hair with plastic cap. Leave on hair for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and style.

Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Copolyo, Isostearate, Polyquaternium-32 and Mineral Oil, Quaternium - 80, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Extracts of: (Nettle, Pine, Burdock, Chamonile, Marigold, Tosemary, Ivey, Arnica, Line, Corn Flower, Wild Chamonile, St. John's Wort, Water-cress, and Garlic) Perfume, Methylparaben, Propyparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazonlinone.

My Experience
I co-washed my hair, put in a dark brown rinse, and then applied the Humecto. I would usually sit under the dryer for 20 minutes or so, but with a newborn in the house, I can't always do it. So, I just left it in overnight and rinsed it out in the morning. I applied leave-in conditioner, and rollerset my hair.

My hair was shiny, bouncy and felt healthy. I got a lot of compliments from my family on Thanksgiving. My new growth is really soft, which says a lot since I'm almost 11 weeks post relaxer. I will definitely incorporate this into my regimen. I can't wait to see what it does to my freshly relaxed hair!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Childbirth Hair

I haven't blogged here for a while because I gave birth about 2 weeks ago. So the 2 weeks before I had my baby, hair was one of the last things on my mind. I've washed my hair only once since the baby. I've been keeping it moisturized and wrapped in a silk scarf, but I haven't really been styling it much. A few days ago, I started pincurling it, and I've actually gotten a couple of compliments from some of my friends!

My hairstylist told me that less than 10% of women who have babies lose the hair they grew during pregnancy, so I feel hopeful. I just need to keep up with my regimen. Since my hair is shoulder length now, I plan on wearing a lot of protective updo styles during the cold weather months so that my ends don't rub against my shirts and sweaters. I do need to buy some accessories though!

I know I've written ad nauseum about getting the black rinse out of my hair, but I'm thinking about going black again. It just makes my hair look so thick and shiny. Plus it covers my platinum hair so much better than the browns and reds I've been using. I'm going to try a vert dark brown first before using the drastic black and see how that works.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 2009 Relaxer

I went 11 weeks this time- the longest I've ever gone! Hopefully, I can make it to 12 next time. I don't think I want to go longer than 12 weeks between relaxers, but we'll see what happens.

My stylist is really impressed with my hair- both the length and thickness. Every time I go, she asks what I've been doing to it. I usually just tell her that I condition it a lot and stay away from heat, which is true. I didn't even check to see what kind of relaxer she used this time- she usually uses Mizani, but sometime she'll use Affirm. I had her set my hair this time, which is only the first or second time I've ever let her rollerset my hair. I usually just get it wrapped or blowdried. I like the set much better, as it gave my hair a lot more body and thickness.

I'm also happy to say that all of the black rinse is out of my hair! For a couple of months this summer, I was using a plum color from Adore, and now I'm using a cinnamon, which I can really see in the light. The black was nice, and I loved how it covered my gray, but I like to switch it up sometimes, and since it took forever to get the black out, I won't be using it for a while. If I want to go dark, I'll just use dark brown.

I didn't get a chance to blog about it, but about a month ago, I did my first braidout! It was a couple of days before getting a blowout, so I wanted to try it. I washed and conditioned my hair, then I used Salerm 21 leave-in, Organix coconut serum, and some BB oil moisturizer before braiding my hair in 6 braids. I curled the ends with rollers and put a scarf on it and went to bed. In the morning, it was still a little wet, so I sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. When I took out the braids, my hair was shiny and felt moist. My girlfriend said she really liked it, but my man had a few funny comments. I pulled the front up in a clip and left the back out. I still need some practice, but overall I liked it. I also want my hair to get a little longer. Hopefully by next summer, I'll be doing mostly braidouts!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blowout

I got a Dominican rollerset and blowout the other day. Actually the stylist was Cape Verdean, but the technique was the same. She rolled my hair up with Mizani Heat Protector and Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk . Then she blew out my roots and wrapped my hair. I like how my hair came out. It's bouncy and looks healthy. It didn't come out as shiny as it usually is, but I went home and moisturized it, which created more shine. I really went because I have an event this weekend and I wanted to try the salon first. I know I shouldn't be getting a blow out 2 weekends in a row, but after that, I probably won't go again for a couple of months.

Product Review: Hair One Cleansing Conditioner



I've been wanting to try the Hair One Cleansing Conditioner for a while. I was in Sally's last week, so I bought the sample pack for $1.49. I bought the Olive Oil for Dry Hair.

Product Description
Sulfate Free
An all natural approach to hair care
No damaging detergents or harsh chemicals
Formulated with an elixir of natural herbs and oils
Cleans with an astringent and antibacterial properties

Introducing Hair One ... a salon quality product that provides a new all natural approach to hair care and hair detox that leaves hair cleansed, conditioned and in optimum shape. This conditioner has no damaging detergents or harsh chemicals. It's made with an elixir of natural herbs and oils that clean with astringent and antibacterial properties through a luxurious, penetrating cream without the stripping of detergents. Hair is left with remarkable shine, moisture, manageability and polish. With continued use, Hair One Cleanser Conditioner will stimulate the scalp, promoting better blood circulation, allowing for healthier hair growth and prevention of hair loss. Available in four formulations. Normal Hair: Designed for normal problem free hair. Color Treated: Prevents premature fading of color. Dry, Damaged: Repairs damage from chemical treatments. Dry Scalp: Helps heal scalp damage while restoring suppleness and manageability.

My Experience
I followed the directions and used the product like a shampoo. With the packet, I was able to apply it twice. I liked how it made my scalp tingle, and my hair felt moisturized as I worked it through. I rinsed and deep conditioned as usual.

My hair felt clean, and overall pretty much the same as it usually does after it does when I use a moisturizing shampoo. I didn't feel much difference. My hair doesn't really care for olive oil, so maybe I should try one of the other formulas. I'm glad I only bought the small pack. When I run out of some other products, I'll try it again.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Silicon Mix Revisited

I deep conditioned with Silicon Mix this week, and I'm not liking my hair too much. I don't have the shine I usually do, and my hair doesn't look as good as it does. It could be the heat and my perspiration level, or the fact that my hair wasn't completely dry when I took the rollers out. I've also read on some hair boards that it's not great for rollersetting. I may try it again when I'm brave enough to air dry. I know I loved it before, but this one time it just didn't do it for me.

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Neck, My Back

I'm really happy (and grateful) that my hair has grown to my shoulders, but it's taking some time to get used to it. Yesterday it got caught on my seat belt, and today it got caught in my bag strap. It's also strange feeling it on my shoulders and back. Sometimes it give me the chills! Mind you, I am NOT complaining- I just have to get used to it!

On another note, I've been so good at not buying any products. I think the only new product I've bought in 2009 is the Silicon Mix. I really want to try a cleanser from Hair One, but I'm going to wait until my Creme of Nature shampoo runs out. It's discontinued, so I'll need something anyway. I really need to buy some hair accessories, like headbands and clips and stuff. I just haven't seen any I like lately. It feels so good not being a product junkie anymore!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

One Year Progress

This picture shows from when I cut a few inches of damaged hair last May through my most recent relaxer (yesterday):

08-09 click to enlargeI didn't reach my goal of shoulder length when I wanted to, but I did reach it!

Last year, I would get a trim every other relaxer, but I've been getting a "dusting" every relaxer, which is every 10 weeks now. I really like my ends to look even. My stylist told me that my hair looks and feels great!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bad Hair Month

Okay, I'm exaggerating a little, but it's been raining or cloudy or misty almost all month, which does not equal nice hair. Fortunately, my hair has been holding up pretty well. I guess it's from all the conditioning I do. I think setting my hair with serum helps too. Last night, I walked around a lot in the mist, which made my hair a frizzy mess. It's so funny how a mess now is so different than a mess 2 years ago before I started my hair journey. Then, it was a true mess. Last night, my curls fell and my hair was frizzy, but it wasn't a dry, rough afro like it's been in the past- especially at 9 weeks post relaxer!

When I got home, I put some grapeseed oil on my ends and put about 6 rollers in my head. Today my hair was really curly and the strands are smooth. It's still a little moist outside, so my curls fell by the time I got to work, but it still looks okay.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

World of Curls

I'm so sick of the flat wrap. I want more body in my hair and something more exciting. So I've been pincurling my hair for the past 2 or 3 weeks. I haven't mastered this method, but I'm liking how it looks. Every day it seems like my hair does a little something different, so I'm finding some versatility.




Friday, May 8, 2009

Update and April 2009 Relaxer

Work has been kicking my butt, so I haven't really had time to blog. My hair is doing well, though. My new recent photo was taken a few days after my last relaxer, which was 2 weeks ago. I couldn't believe how much my hair had grown. My stylist pressured me to trim it. I was mad at myself later for letting her, so next time I will stand my ground.

I haven't changed my regimen or any of my products, but I may go up a roller size for my rollersets. I haven't been co-washing much lately since I've only been washing once a week, but now that it's getting warmer, I'll start washing more often. I also want to start wearing more hair accessories, so I'm going to experiment this weekend with my scarves and clips.

I still can't get that darn black color out of my hair, although my stylist said she saw some of it washing out in the sink. I put in a medium red brown rinse last week, but I still don't see any difference- except where my hair is going platinum.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

10 Weeks!

I canNOT believe I went 10 weeks between relaxers. I don't think I've ever gone this long. Ever. The thing is, my hair really isn't that bad. Yes, the roots are thick, but they're soft. I could probably go longer, but my birthday is this weekend and I want my hair to look nice. I can't believe I actually like my hair at this point. The key really has been to keep my hair conditioned and moisturized. I've only been washing it once a week, but I always deep condition and I use the Aphogee 2 minute protein treatment every other wash or so. Hopefully, I have about an inch of new growth.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baking Soda

I've been trying to get this black rinse out of my hair for over a month. I really think my hair gets addicted to rinses because it doesn't act right when I don't regularly put them in after a while. I still want to use rinses, but I want to go a little lighter. Last week I decided to finally try clarifying my hair with baking soda. Besides being too black, my hair felt a little weighed down, so it seemed like a good idea.

I didn't pre-poo with my usual Organix conditioner. Instead, I put a little vatika oil in my hair in the morning. That evening, I mixed about a half tablespoon of baking soda in a large water bottle mixed with room temperature water. I got in the shower, soaked my hair with water, and applied the baking soda mix. I let it sit in my hair for a few minutes, massaged my scalp and rinsed. Instantly, my hair felt better. It felt like I really got a lot of gunk out of my hair, but it didn't feel stripped at all. I did it one more time, then shampoo'd once with CON shampoo. When I got out of the shower, I applied an Adore medium brown rinse and sat under the dryer for 15 minutes. I rinsed and deep conditioned with ORS Replenishing. After I rinsed out the conditioner, I rollerset as usual.

My hair feels so much better. I was 7 weeks post relaxer and it felt like I was only 4. My hair was soft, manageable, and looked good. I won't have any trouble going another 2 weeks without a relaxer. It still looks black, but that's okay for now. I'm just happy that it's so soft and easier to do. I will try to do the baking soda treatment once a month from now on.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Potato Salad

When my mother used to put mayonnaise in my hair, my father would tease me and say my hair smelled like potato salad. I hadn't used mayonnaise in my hair in years, but I decided to try it this weekend. I've been feeling like I need more protein, and since I'm afraid to try strong protein treatments, I went with the old faithful mayo.

I planned to sleep with it on overnight as a pre-poo, but I didn't think I could stand the smell while I slept. That's the one bad thing I remember when I was a child- that nasty smell seeping through my scarf! Instead, I put it on Sunday morning before my weekly walk with my girlfriends in the park. I left it on for about 5 hours and then washed my hair. I felt like it took some work washing it all out, because after shampooing twice, my hair still felt heavy and oily. I shampooed once with KeraCare and twice with Creme of Nature. I deep conditioned with ORS Replenishing and rollerset my hair as usual. This morning, when I combed down my wrap, I noticed my hair felt thicker and looked shinier. My hair is usually pretty shiny, but it is really shiny today. The thickness and shine is even more surprising since I'm weaning my hair off the jet black rinse. I thought it would look dull and flat without fresh color, but not even close. I'll be doing the mayo pre-poo at least once a month from now on.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Product Review: Silicon Mix Conditioner

Okay, I told myself I wouldn't try any new products until I ran out of my existing ones, but I couldn't resist picking up the Silicon Mix. I've been reading how they changed the ingredients in my beloved ORS Replenishing, so I had to start looking for alternatives if it doesn't work for my hair anymore. I picked the Silicon Mix up last weekend at my local beauty supply store. Even though it's a Dominican product, I have seen it at a lot of the black beauty stores in my area.

Product Description
Hair treatment to restore the health, shine and the softness of dry, damaged and weak hair.

Directions:
Wash hair and towel dry. Apply with massages. Leave on from 2 to 3 minutes depending on the condition of the hair. Rinse.

Ingredients
Water, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerine, Citric Acid, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethycone Copolyol, Cyclomethicone, Keratin, Ceramide, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance

My Experience
I co-washed my hair yesterday and applied the Silicon Mix in 4 sections. I put a plastic cap on and sat under the dryer for 15 minutes. I then applied leave-in and roller set my hair, as usual.

My hair came out thick, light, bouncy and shiny. It felt thicker as I was setting it, so I knew that was a good sign. I was a little worried when I combed out the rollers because it didn't feel as moist as I had hoped. I applied some moisturizer and coconut oil before wrapping my hair. When I woke up, I was in love with my hair. It was definitely moist. I love how thick it looks and feels. I can't stop looking in the mirror! This conditioner does have strong perfume smell, but it doesn't bother me, surprisingly. I can still smell it even after using coconut oil, but it's pretty faint.

Until the ORS Replenishing doesn't work on my hair, I'm going to deep condition with ORS for my first wash of the week, and deep condition with Silicon Mix for my second.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Almost there...

I will soon be claiming shoulder length! My hair is hitting my shoulder, but I believe I will be completely there by the end of the month. I noticed how much my hair has grown when I washed it Friday. Unfortunately, I didn't wash it twice last week as I had planned because I had something going on every night after work. I am determined to wash tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Washing Frequency

I've realized that I need to wash more than once a week. I used to wash twice a week, but since winter started, I've been washing only once a week. I've been lazy and afraid of the dry cold air, but my hair really thrives when I wash (or co-wash) more than once each week. I usually wash on Sundays, and by Thursday or Friday, my hair sheds and just doesn't look as good to me. I love how it looks when it's clean and freshly rollerset!

Since I'm going to try to keep my hair in a bun all of March, it shouldn't be too hard or time consuming to wash twice a week.

Both of these photos were in the past 2 weeks with freshly washed hair:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February 2009 Relaxer

My relaxer this past weekend went well. I know I could have gone another week, but I had a formal event to go to. My stylist used Affirm this time. I asked her about it, because she's been using Mizani on my hair for almost the past year. She said she just likes to switch up sometimes and she doesn't see that much of a difference between the two relaxers. I wanted to get get curls, but I punked out. I'm not a big fan of her styling technique, so I just stuck to my old faithful- wrap and bump the ends. She did a rollerset before I got in her chair on a woman's long hair, and I didn't like it. At all. I also got a trim. I didn't really need one, but I didn't get one after my last relaxer. I also like blunt and even ends, and I doubt they would have stayed that way another 8-9 weeks.


My hair came out okay, it just felt a little stiff. I think it's from the ORS hair lotion (which I hate)she put on my hair before she wrapped it. I don't ever remember her doing that before, so next time I'll ask her not to use it. I've had a busy week, so I haven't been able to wash my hair. I'm definitely washing it tonight. I really like how she relaxes my hair, but I don't like how she styles it. She's great with short hair, but not so good with medium and long length heads. The funny thing is that she has long hair (although it's always in a ponytail when I see her) and her daughter's hair is past her waist. Maybe she's just another stylist who thinks that her products work on all heads. Sigh. I'm just going to keep going to her while my hair is growing out. I really don't have the time, courage or patience to try someone new and I only go to her for relaxers, so it's not that serious.

The last 2 times I've gone to her she encouraged me to get a color, but I can do that myself with the same $4 bottle of Adore she uses and save the $15 she charges. I don't think I really needed a color anyway, since I just put some in 2 weeks ago. I decided that I don't want black hair for the summer, so I'm going to start weaning my hair off the black some time next month, and start using some shade of brown.

I'm also going to try to wear protective buns for at least a whole month. Now that my hair is touching the top of my shoulders, I want to protect my ends from the dry cotton and wool sweaters and jackets I wear every day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Relaxer Time

I'm getting a relaxer this weekend- I'll be at 8 weeks. Since I started my healthy hair journey a little over a year ago, I have been getting relaxers every 8 weeks. This is huge, considering since I got my first perm at age 14, I have never gone past 6. There were even times when I would get a relaxer every 4 weeks. My hair has thanked me for waiting longer by growing thick and healthy. I never want to stretch too long because I don't like all the shedding, but after this time, I'm going to try to go 9 weeks for the next year.

If I didn't have a formal event to go to this weekend, I would wait another week to get a relaxer. I'm really loving my thick hair right now. Surprisingly, my roots aren't too bad. I can see new growth, but the natural curl pattern is looser than usual, so it's very manageable. I like big hair anyway. Even my edges aren't as "nappy" like they usually are this long after a relaxer. I think the co-washes have a lot to do with it- I'm only using shampoo every other week now. I'm getting better at rollersetting, which is helping too.

A year ago, my hair was a little longer than it is now, but it was in the worse condition it had ever been in. My strands were thin and weak, my ends were over processed, and my hair wasn't really absorbing any products. I had just about made shoulder length last March, but what good was it if my hair didn't look good and couldn't hold a style? I am so glad that I got a lot of my hair cut off and turned it into a healthy head of hair. Even my bad hair days aren't so bad now. I actually get more compliments when I put my hair up in a clip!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Re-visiting the Wrap

It's no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with wrapping my hair. I always complain that wrapping doesn't work for me because the side I end the wrap (the crazy side) is always jacked up. The ends are frizzy and it sticks out on that side. But I do love how the other side comes out- my ends are smooth and my hair is bouncy and has great movement. Well, since I got my last relaxer almost 5 weeks ago, all I've been doing is wrapping my hair- all the way around- and it's been coming out great! I've been getting tons of compliments and people keep asking me where I get my hair done. I think the biggest factor my success is the fact that my hair is so much healthier than it has been in years, so my ends aren't frizzy at all. Also, my hair is longer, so it's heavier. I'm not quite at shoulder length yet (hopefully within the next month or 2!), but having some length does help it fall better. Some other things that have helped are:

changing the direction of my wrap after each wash every week. It's winter, so it's cold and dry and I'm not as motivated to wash my hair as often, so I've been washing it once a week. One week I wrap to the left every day, the next week I wrap to the right. I think it's also helping to prevent breakage and weak edges. After about 5 days, I'm not feeling the wrap as much, but if I put some rollers in it for an hour or so, I get the body back.

moisturizing and brushing the crazy side. My linesister always yells at me to "just put some oil on it and brush it." It definitely works! I just brush the crazy side 3-4 times to

using light products. All I have been using is KeraCare Creme Hairdress every day and applying grapeseed oil on the ends- both moisturize my hair well without weighing it down. Having body and bounce is important to me.

wrapping tightly after rollersetting. This was my "ah ha" moment. My stylist wraps my hair wonderfully and doesn't understand why I keep telling her that I can't wrap my hair or the wrap doesn't work for me. About a month ago after I took the rollers out, my boyfriend helped me with the saran wrap and he did it extra tight. When I combed my hair out after sitting under the dryer for 15 minutes, my hair looked amazing, and I was 7 weeks post relaxer! I don't wrap my hair that tight every night, but I do wrap it as tight as I can after rollersetting. My hair falls a lot better and my roots are so much less puffy.

I'm not sure I'll be able to wrap much after 5-6 weeks post relaxer because my roots will be puffy, but I'm going to try!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Top Hair Product Discoveries

Here are my 5 top hair product discoveries within the past year. They have really helped turn my hair around:

5. V05 Moisture Milks/Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner (tie)
I discovered conditioner washing in '08 and my favorite product to co-wash with is V05, especially the Strawberries and Cream. This has given me more moisture, slip and overall strength. Givoanni Direct Leave-in is the best leave-in conditioner I have ever used. My comb just slides through my hair after applying it, and it really moisturizes my hair.

4. Grapeseed Oil
I don't know what it is about this oil, but it turns my frizzy ends into smooth and sleek ends while not weighing my hair down at all!

3. KeraCare Creme Hairdress
At the start of my hair journey last January, I knew that my main problem was lack of moisture. It took a little while for me to fall it love with it, but I think that's because my hair was so damaged that it wasn't absorbing products as well. I only need a little of this moisturizer to quench my hair's thirst, and the shine it gives is amazing.

2. Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
I can't rave enough about this conditioner I use weekly. I've tried others, but nothing compares to how moisturized and sleek my hair feels from this. In general, my hair hates olive oil, but this must have just enough, or is mixed with some other great products to work on my hair fabulously. Don't ask me why I haven't bought the bottle yet!

and my #1 product discovery was.....

COCONUT OIL!
I use coconut oil as a sealant, moisturizer, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. I love the fact that it's light, smells yummy, gives amazing shine, adds a little protein, and cost me less than $5. I have to remind myself that a little goes a long way. During my last wash, I mistakenly sprayed more coconut oil+water mix than I usually do before I roller set. My hair came out heavier, but not weighed down at all...it's like my hair just drank it up. I am actually liking my hair a little heavier this week. It looks so much thicker and healthier. It feels like I have my old (when it was healthy) hair back!

So of course I will continue to use these products this year. I want to try a couple of new conditioners and oils, but overall I'm happy with my regimen and staple products. I don't consider myself a hair product junkie anymore, because I have found things that my hair loves. I am not a happy camper when I try a product that doesn't work for me. I will try to only buy new products when I have run out of something I already have.

I am extremely grateful to all of the members on the hair boards I am a member of, and all of the women who read my blog and give me great advice. Without them, I would probably still flatiron my dry, damaged hair every other day!