What’s Relative on your hair journey?

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There are several reasons for starting out a hair journey and the culprits have ranged from thinning, breakage, alopecia, stagnation in hair growth, split ends, mid shaft splits or breakage, single strand knots and the list is endless. What spurred me on a healthy hair journey was thicker hair and overtime, that goal hasn’t changed. Sure there are other benefits such as length retention and the longer hair lengths, but the underlying goal has always been thicker hair.

As the months rolled in, thicker hair has been achieved relative to the fine, thin strands I commenced with. Often times, I have wished for thicker, voluminous hair like I see online but I have come to realize it’s a gradual journey. The most important thing is to stick with a regimen that works for your hair type or strands.

The most important thing you can do for your hair in 2015 is to embrace change and see which directions it takes your hair. Remember keep it simple always.

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To other news, new stocks of Manetabolism Vitamins have arrived and you can place your orders directly by clicking the link here.
We’ve also got pure Moroccan Argan Oil available as well.
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How to moisturise your hair

images.jpg3At the start of my hair journey, I was a bit confused on what products were best suited to my hair. By reading hair blogs, I was able to make my choice based on the products that had overwhelming positive review. What made it a bit harder was the unavailability of some of these products within most supermarkets within Lagos. What did I do? I placed an order for products I couldn’t find on Amazon and my brother-in-law brought it down from the U.S.

If you’re in Lagos and have commenced your hair journey, you can get the following products at the following stores:

  • Elasta QP Moisturizing Butter
  • Mane N’ Tail Detangler
  • Self grip hair rollers
  • Trigger spray bottles
  • Profectiv growth leave-in strengthener
  • Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Giovanni Leave-in Conditioner
  • Grapeseed oil

Check HairCity to place an order.

Today, my focus is on moisturizing. The benefits of moisturizing cannot be overemphasized. Prior to my hair journey, I always had dry and brittle hair due to lack of moisture. Since I commenced, my hair is a lot better. If you’re clueless about the whole process, let me educate you. Once I’m done with my pre-poo and deep conditioning process, the next stimages.jpg8ep is to allow my hair to dry till its’ damp and divide it into four sections as depicted in the picture. Then I bring out my Tresemme Split Hair Remedy and scoop a bit on my hands, rubbing it on the hair ends as seen in the next picture.images.jpg6 Once I’m done, I scoop out a bit of Elasta QP Moisturizing and rub it along the length of my hair from root to endimages.jpg7. Finally I seal my hair ends with either grape seed oil or  castor oil to lock in moisture.image hair Oh! I forgot…once my hair is dry, I section my hair and use an applicator bottle to apply castor oil to my scalp. I can go for the next 3days before moisturizing my hair again. My hair has a healthy sheen and its’ soft and fluffy.images.jpg9

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Product Review: Mane ‘N Tail Detangler

97660685-260x260-0-0_Mane+N+Tail+Mane+n+Tail+Detangler+355+ml+SprayLast week, I uploaded my hair product stash. One product I left out was the Mane ‘N Tail Detangler. The reason why I left it out was due to non-usage. Since I bought it, I’ve only used it once on wet hair. So I didn’t take out the time to observe if it really delivered on the promise or not. This morning while getting ready for work, I observed my hair was dry (due to the air-conditioners at the office and in the car…can’t blame a girl, the weather is freaking hot) and in due need of some moisture. So I brought out my Elasta QP Moisturizing Butter, applicator bottle which contains a mix of Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Grapeseed Oil.

Suddenly I got the inspiration to use Mane ‘N Detangler. So I brought it out and sprayed it directly on my roots alone. Then I used Elasta QP on the length and ends of my hair while sealing with the oil. It was an awesome experience as my roots became soft and I could literally feel my hair soaking up that moisture. I didn’t need to use a comb as it gave such great slip and I used my fingers to comb my hair and styled my hair appropriately. This is a keeper for me and I will be using it regularly now on my new growth.  I’m 9weeks post relaxer and gunning for 21 weeks before I retouch my new growth.

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One other product that has aided my hair journey is GNC Women’s Hair, Skin & Nails Formula. Product usage recommends taking 2 capsules daily but I’m not a big fan of taking drugs at all. However my main reason for using this product was my poor nails. I’ve got fantastic hands but my nails have a tendency to break off once I’ve achieved my growth length. Taking a capsule on alternate days has reversed the trend but I can’t say if it’s been responsible for the new growth since I’ve got a fast growth rate. I won’t be able to determine this until my next length check. Sorry I couldn’t put up pictures of what my hair looked like this morning. I was in a rush.

Washing my hair without tangling

My wash day usually starts on Friday night. I start by basing my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the entire length of my hair. Before basing my scalp, I divide my hair into four sections. Once my hair has been covered with castor oil, I tuck the ends in and cover my hair with a shower cap.

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Off to bed to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, I remove the shower cap and dilute my sulfate & sodium chloride free Ion Shampoo with water. Then I pour the diluted shampoo directly on my scalp while making sure I gently massage & run my hands over my scalp. It’s important to note that during the washing process, I don’t wash my hair strands just the scalp only.

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Once I’m done washing,I apply my tea rinse which is a mix of black & green tea (2 tea bags only, boiled and left to steep for 30 minutes). I cover my hair with my shower cap and leave the tea rinse in my hair for an hour.

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After an hour, I rinse out the tea and apply my Ion Smoothing conditioner for five minutes before rinsing.

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Then I mix two spoons of Roux Porosity Control, Vitale Hair Mayonnaise, grape-seed oil or castor oil together.

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I use my hair sprush to apply the deep conditioner mix for an even spread

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I leave the deep conditioner for an hour, thirty minutes while I attend to other things so my body heat can generate enough heat to allow deep penetration since I don’t have a steaming cap.

Once time is up, I rinse out the deep conditioner and use an old cotton T-shirt to absorb the water from my hair. I find that using a towel results in tangling. Please note that I don’t rub my hair. After 15mins, I remove the T-Shirt and apply Tresemme Split Hair remedy to my ends while ensuring my hair is divided into four sections. I then apply Elasta QP Moisturizing Butter & Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum to my hair end & roots. I also seal my ends with either castor oil or grape-seed oil. Then I switch on my blow dryer to cool while applying the tension method to dry my hair. Tension method means holding each hair section taut while drying it to straighten my hair lengths.
Voila, I’m done & my hair is fluffy, soft and with an healthy sheen to it. I then run my comb pictured above through my hair resulting in very minimal loss of 5-10 hair strands.
That’s my weekly routine ladies! Let me know how it turns out for you.

Have a fun-filled week.