Wash Day Chronicle

Apart from Lauren Mechelle whose hair I absolutely adore, I’ve got a hair crush on Kimberly Holden as well. She makes these fun quirky and engaging videos. If you’re thinking of trying on clip in extensions for the holidays, you should also know how to wash them as well. If you’re in the mood for a messy bun tutorial, check the videos below:

 

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Reader’s Q&A

Q: Jamaican Black Castor Oil matts my hair. How do I prevent this going forward.
A: Let me start by saying that Jbco is quite thick. I’d assume you’re using it to seal your ends. Unless you’ve got thick hair strands, it might be okay to use. The key to prevent matting when using this oil is to use it sparingly (pea sized amounts as a little goes a long way). One other option is to use it as a growth aid for your scalp only while you can seal with coconut oil; grapeseed oil, avocado oil or any other natural oil.
Using Jbco to seal for ladies with fine hair, results in matting and it weighs your down giving your ends that stringy , weak look.

Q: How do I prevent breakage during harmattan?
A: There are two options you can consider:
– Protective styling such as braids, wigs and weaves. It’s important you do not leave these styles beyond 4weeks max. If you’re going the wig route, make sure you’ve got corn rows installed underneath. You can wash and deep condition your hair on a weekly basis (assuming you’re opting for wigs). Maintaining your hair during this period is key.
– Second option for ladies who’d like to carry their own hair for the festivities is to incorporate weekly hot oil treatment as your prepoo (keeps your hair lubricated and in top shape, preventing dryness which often leads to breakage. Also make use of heat during deep conditioning sessions on a weekly basis. This you can do with a heat cap or steamer as it ramps up moisture for your hair strands.
These are some of the things I do once Harmattan arrives.

Have a great week ahead!!!

Update: NAHCO finally called off its recent strike. For Ladies who wanted to place an order for the following products, you can now do so.

– Hollywood Beauty Mayonnaise Moisturizer

– Hollywood Beauty Creme Brulee

– Hairveda Red Tea Satin Moisturizer

Recent Wash Day

Wash days recently have become shorter. I’ve had to do away with methods like:
* Deep conditioning overnight
* Prepoo overnight
Less is simply more and I’m enjoying this new found relationship with my hair. My ends are in a better shape as I’ve done away with all the bone straight ends and only have texlaxed hair to deal with. I’d like to start texlaxing myself but it’s better I leave it to the hands of the hair stylist I can instruct. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, keep it simple always.
My wash day routine now follows this pattern:
* Prepoo for 40 minutes with Trader’s Joe Virgin Coconut oil  (simply love the thick coconut gooey goodness). I’ve also incorporated the use of Trader’s Joe Virgin Coconut oil for cooking as well. It adds a nice flavour to vegetable stir fry when you’re making Tortilla wraps.
* Wash in sections (using hot water) with a sulfate free shampoo or clarifying shampoo depending on the product build up I’ve got.
* Apply Roux Porosity Control to my hair for 5 minutes before rinsing out.
* Apply green tea rinse before deep conditioning.
* Use a protein (Aubrey Organic GBP; Naturellegrow Intense Deep Conditioner ) or moisturising deep conditioner  (Hairveda Sitrinillah, Naturellegrow Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, Naturellegrow Mango & Coconut Water) alternating on a weekly basis.
* Rinse out the deep conditioner, wrap a cotton towel on my hair for 20minutes.
* Divide my hair into 4 sections, apply Chi Silk Infusion and proceed to blow dry on cool using the ‘Red by KISS Handless Dryer with the comb attachment’. It does a fantastic job of straightening my texlaxed hair including my roots.
* Apply Hollywood Beauty Mayonnaise Moisturizer to freshly blow dried hair.
* Whip out my paddle brush and proceed to brush each section 25 times (focusing on my scalp to stimulate growth).
Voila, I’m done within 3 hours.

Weekday Regimen:
During the week, it’s easier to maintain now by adopting the following routine:
* Pop 1 chewable microlozenge (5000 mcg biotin) daily. My nails have been sprouting like crazy. This is the last thing I take before going to bed as Stevie recommended cos when the body is at rest, it has the time to regenerate. I’ve gotten more than an inch since I commenced usage.

* Apply Hollywood Beauty Mayonnaise Moisturizer 3times weekly at night before going to bed. I simply divide my hair into 4 sections, apply the leave in and whip out my paddle brush. Proceed to give 25 brush strokes to each section focusing on my scalp (to stimulate growth). This leave in sinks in pretty fast and I don’t have to bother about staining my satin pillowcase.

I’m in a better place with my hair now I can see what’s working. I’ll be due for a monthly scalp check up with Stevie in about 3 weeks from now. Can’t wait to see and hear her reactions. I’ve been snapping pictures of my scalp, length and ends which I’ll be sharing with her.

Trimming your Ends – How to?

It’s important to have a schedule you can stick to when trimming your ends. If you’re just starting out on your hair journey and your ends are in a weak state, start afresh by sniping those dead ends off. Your hair will thank you for it.

If you decide not to, months later down the road, you’ll have to face this monster head on. At that point in time, you’ll be battling with split ends, breakage and mid-shaft splits as well. It’s important you nip this early on by doing the needful. As time goes on, you’ll reap the rewards in terms of healthy, thicker ends.

What schedule should I implement for my hair?

You can either have a 6week or 4week calendar you adhere to for trimming.

How do I trim successfully? Check out these YouTube videos below:

Hair Regimen Update

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I’ll be introducing you to ‘Red Handle-Less 1875W Ceramic Tourmaline’, recommended for Pik Hair Straightening & Drying. As part of ongoing effort to change my hair regimen, Stevie had recommended this particular dryer for my hair needs. I had earlier told her about my desire to cut down on the number of hours I spent on wash days and how I felt air drying was making my ends more image imagebrittle than I liked.

According to her, long drying times can cause undetected damage to hair. Air dried hair sustains more damage to the Cell Membrane Complex, the sandwich-layer of proteins, lipids and covalently bonded fatty acids that is the glue that binds cuticles together. Once the CMC is damaged, cuticles can become dislodged easily which leads to rough damaged hair which may eventually split or break. She stressed the importance of blow drying on cool or low heat and how it was vital I did not abuse the process.

Upon receipt of the Kiss Handless Dryer, I was struck by 2 things:

– it was lightweight

– it has 3 settings: cool, low & high

– the box contained 2 Pik sets

– it also had a concentrator as well

– it’s cool to touch allowing you to manoveur easily.

– you’ll get salon like results at home…so convenient.

Unlike other blow dryers, this brand didn’t have the protruding handle making it easy to swing across your hair easily. It’s quite easy to manoveur and I spent 5 minutes drying and straightening my hair. The tension method has never been this easy.

How do I use it?

I divide freshly deep conditioned hair into 8 sections making sure to apply Chi Silk Infusion. Then I switch over to cool or low heat depending on how straight I want my hair to be. One single pass and voila!my hair is all straightened out as if I just flat ironed it. It’s made it easier to implement eyelash trimming for my ends. You can use this for natural hair as well on days you want to conduct a length check and trim your ends.
You might want to check the videos below from YouTube as well.

 

 

Hair Regimen Changes

The interesting thing about a personal hair journey, is the ability to learn and try new practices. When I met with Stevid to discuss changes to my hair regimen, I’ll always remember what she said. “Honey, you gotta learn to treat your relaxed hair in its current state”. Basically, she meant using appropriate products and techniques for my hair type.
I’ve got fine strands and one major element I’ve had to contend with is finding the right leave in conditioner that won’t weigh my hair down irrespective of the frequency at which I use it during the week. I’ve used Giovañni Weightless, Elasta QP, Advanced Biolage Matrix successfully by using pea sized amounts while following up with a natural oil to seal. However, it can be tiring after a hard day at work mustering up the energy to do this on a daily basis.
I wanted a fuss free regimen that won’t require more than 2-3 hours max on wash days and 5 minutes maintenance schedule during the week. Basis my explanation, she drew up a new regimen for me. I’ve had the opportunity to implement for the past 6weeks and it’s been liberating.
What changes were recommended?
* Trim my ends monthly.
* Reduce my relaxer stretch from 6 months to 4 months.
* Use a paddle brush 3 times weekly to stimulate my scalp.
* Incorporate the use of a hair supplement.
*Incorporate blow drying on cool once weekly.
*Stop sealing with a natural oil & incorporate the use of a creamy leave in.
At the end of 90 days, I’ll send in pictures of my scalp, ends and hair length. She’ll analyse and we’ll meet on Skype to discuss my progress. I shared my lazy attitude with popping hair pills and she recommended I try this hair vitamin out.

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I only need to take 1 microlozenge daily and it’s got this natural strawberry flavour. It’s like popping Vitamin C….
Makes my life easier. So far, I’ve been good with this one.
She recommended I start indulging in 100 brush strokes, 3 times weekly before going to bed as it stimulates the scalp for growth and prevents split ends. The key to successful brushing is to ensure that your bristle is soft, widely spaced and you’re using a creamy leave in. You also need to brush in small sections…

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This was the brush she recommended I got for my hair type. The biggest change was when we had to decide on the type of leave in conditioner to use going forward. She requested I bring with me, previous samples of leave in conditioners I’ve used over the course of one year. I went with Elasta QP, Giovañni Weightless, Advanced Biolage Matrix.
Once I got to her salon, we went into demo mode. She took a swipe of each leave in and applied it to her inner wrist. She proceeded to rub lightly and would ask me what I observed. I noticed that the leave in just sat there and it wasn’t absorbed. She went ahead and applied same to small sections of my freshly blow dried hair, it was the same reaction we got. She stopped at this point and informed me that once my leave in was not creamy & oily, then it’s not good enough for my strands. From her explanation, it was clear that the products just sat on my hair and it wasn’t absorbed. Partial absorption actually occurred when we sealed with a natural oil. The oil aided further penetration.
At this point, she brought out what she felt was more appropriate for my hair type.

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The first bottle is ideally suited for ladies with thicker hair strands while the 2nd bottle is for ladies with fine strands like myself. The tag line on the 2nd bottle states “for ends that bend not break”. This product does exactly just that. I’ve had the pure pleasure of using it for the past 6weeks and wearing my hair out daily has been a pure joy. Talk about ends that bend….that’s what I got and those days where my ends got snagged on my clothes are now over.

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Upon application, my hair was lapping it up as I could see it was completely absorbed. My hair was left with a shine and sheen that was unbelievable. After application was complete, she divided my hair into smaller sections and began to brush starting from my ends while working her way up to the roots. No snagging, ripping or tangles…It was easy breezy. The beauty about this product…your hair is not weighed down. It allows your hair to move in its natural state. My hair remained soft and fluffy all through the week and my ends….In tip top shape. Both bottles will be available on our website next week. You can place a pre order now.

Fab Find for Christmas

For sometime now, I’ve been in search of a makeup kit that I can store in one place rather than searching haphazardly for my eyeshadow, lip gloss or lipstick each morning while going to work. It used to be tedious searching YouTube for the perfect makeup tutorial that’ll make my face pop without unnecessary drama.
My wish list for Xmas this year was a collection of palette that would suit my  purpose. I searched high and low and wasn’t satisfied with the ones I’d seen till I stumbled across this brand. I got the Stila Artist Essentials Set as an early Xmas gift from my mom and it’s set the tone for 2015.

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What do I like about this set? Several things. It comes in a sleek, earthy box with a clasp in front which keeps the content together. It’s lightweight and  compact size, makes it easier to travel with. I don’t have to worry about makeup spilling on my clothes or having to store it in a Ziploc bag. The clasp was well thought out.
This box contains the following items :
– 4 different sets of palette ranging from pop art, renaissance, abstract and surreal.
– #9 all over blend brush for applying and smudging your eyeliner or eyeshadow.
– smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray.
– a convertible color dual lip & cheek cream.
– stay all day liquid lipstick in patina

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I forgot to mention it’s got an instruction sheet on how to blend the different palette to achieve whatever look you may be going for.

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Each palette type is represented on the instruction sheet making it easy to interprete.

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My first impressions? I love, love this makeup brand and I’m sold. I started by checking out the instruction sheet to see which of the looks I wanted to interprete. I settled for ‘pop art’ and went to work with my brush. I was done within 5 minutes. That’s a first as I usually spend a lot of time wiping off and doing up a new set once I’m not satisfied with my look. With the manual it was easy at a go. I applied the eyeliner and used the blend brush to smudge the lined eyes for a smoky effect.
For my lips, I decided to go with the ‘all day liquid lipstick in patina’. I must warn that a little goes a long way. I ate, drank loads of water and this lipstick stayed put throughout the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my entire makeup stayed put throughout the day. The eyeshadow stayed true to form all day.

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I haven’t used the lip/cheek cream but based on the experience I’ve had so far, I do not expect anything less. This is definitely a keeper for me.
For ladies who made specific requests for this brand, your package will be delivered tomorrow and I hope you enjoy creating different looks like I’ve done.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another fab find.

Hello

Hello Ladies. How’ve you all been? Glad to be back. How’re you preparing for Xmas? Whatever your plans are, just make sure you have fun and spend it with your family.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with an update regarding all the hair related stuffs I learnt while I was away. A special shoutout to all the ladies, who kept placing their orders. It’s been our pleasure to serve everyone. My team made up for that by stepping up and representing.

For Xmas, expect more samples coming your way from hair products to beauty products. We’ve got loads of free product samples to giveaway on our website. Everything should arrive by next week hopefully (keeping my fingers crossed).