Tea Rinses

20130424-113550.jpg20130324-183445.jpg For the past 2months, I’ve been reading up on the benefits of tea rinses for the hair (especially black and green tea). I decided to incorporate it into my hair regimen to test its’ efficacy.

As a rinse in, I really didn’t see the benefit. However, after reading up on another blog about the benefits of using it as a leave-in, I decided to give it a try. On my last wash day, I decided to use green tea instead of black tea. I had earlier watched Tressbuzz deep conditioning treatment on dry hair using tea. I adopted that strategy as well and my hair lapped up the moisture.

Using green tea as a leave-in:

> Boil 2 tea bags and allow to steep overnight.

> Pour tea into an empty trigger spray bottle

Once my hair is 80% dry after deep conditioning, I part my hair into 5 sections (the reason why I now part into 5 sections is due to my nape, which is way shorter than the rest of my hair. I’m paying special attention to my nape to keep it moisturized, thereby achieving growth and length retention). I’m currently 12weeks into my stretch and aiming for 21 weeks before retouching. I spray one section at a time and pay special attention to my scalp and massage the tea onto my scalp and the entire length without drenching. I then apply Elasta QP moisturizing butter & Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum & seal with either castor or grapeseed oil. Voila! my hair (including my new growth) remains soft and retains moisture all week. I also experience minimal shedding i.e. 2- 5 hair strands.

Have a great weekend ahead!!! Tomorrow is my wash day as I co-washed during the week on Wednesday. Will provide an update about the co-washing thingy soon.

Wash Day

My cousin came over to visit this weekend and she was amazed when she saw my hair. At the commencement of my hair journey, I was clueless on finger combing, achieving smooth hair locks after air-drying. It’s been 9months since I stepped into a salon to get my hair done (apart from relaxing new growth) and my hair has never been better. So back  to my cousin who I had informed last year about my plans to start my hair journey. She had snorted back then with an unbelieving attitude.

This weekend saw her changing her tunes to ‘OMG!! see your hair, your hair has got so much texture, all your edges are even, tell me what are you using for these edges?’. Suffice to say, she’s commenced her hair journey and after showing her my hair routine and explaining the rationale behind the products I currently used, she went ahead to order products worth N25,000. I never saw that coming.

These were the products I used on my last wash day:

  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise
  • Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner

Mixed the products above in an empty container and applied it to my unwashed hair. Voila!! off to bed. Once I woke up in the morning, I washed my hair with Ion Smoothing Shampoo (free from sulfate and sodium chloride). Rinsed my hair with a combo of black and green tea, let it sit for 30minutes before rinsing out. Wrapped my hair using my cotton T-shit and applied a mix of Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner and JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil). Covered my hair with 2 shower caps and left it for 2hours while attending to other household chores. Once the time was up, I rinsed out and wrapped my hair with my T-shirt and left it for 30minutes. I recently purchased some self-grip rollers cos I wanted to roller set my hair since its’ been long I wore my hair in curls (girls been missing her curly hair lately). 51s6nUtbpnL._AA160_

I sectioned my hair and doused it with ORS iTea Elastic Leave-in Conditioner and proceeded to roll. Oh, it was exhausting and I had to drop the idea mid-way through as the velcro on the roller kept getting attached to sections of my hair that was dry(still think I need to download more Youtube videos to perfect this). I was scared of ripping my hair out so I doused with more leave-in conditioner and was able to remove the rollers without losing a single strand. The experience left me tired and I simply dozed off to rest my aching arms. By the time I woke up, my hair was stringy and stiff and I was scared to comb it out. I decided to add the ‘new intensive Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango moisturizing butter’  and immediately my hair became soft and fluffy once more which made combing a breeze.31P2YSANf7L._AA160_

 

 

To top it off I added Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum and Chi Silk Infusion. I ended up with straightened hair and immense volume and thickness. Rolled my hair up in a bun. Will post pictures soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.