Showing posts from January, 2017

Wash Day ( Sulphur Oil Prepoo)

This week, I applied fresh aloe vera juice to my hair after work just to see how it will respond to it. When it dried up, I made the decision to do this  as often as I can when my hair is longer . Why?

It dried up fast so I can sleep soundly without wetness.
My hair didn't feel like there was anything in it.

I didn't co wash because it's not something I can do without experiencing shrinkage. Because of this, I won't be purchasing much of co wash conditioners for now. I rather get shampoos.

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The Wash

Shampoo carion: 
Deep conditioned with heat with dark and lovely amla legend. Now, the good thing I've got in my bathroom is a socket! This means I can use my heating cap in the bathroom and do my facial. Let me expatiate. I wash my hair during shower and I have to move out to deep condition, move back to rinse. The challenge is when I'm done showering, how do I return and rinse with…

Tropic Isle Aloe Vera Jamaican black castor oil review

Smell: Extremely mild. It's like aloe but the scent is very subtle.


Thickness: not like the regular Jbco. I like it that way because that means no need for dilution and it's very easy to massage onto the scalp.

How I use it

In my oil mix as sealant and for my son's body oil. I use different oils because I have normal skin; he has dry skin but normal skin for face.

Results? I'll have an updated review in a couple of months time when I  use it alone in several ways. For now, I've mixed it up with other oils to help keep our skin healthy.

January Hair Goals in Review; February Goals

Welcome to the end of the first month of 2017! How did it go?

The main goal was finish the Mielle organics vitamins which is almost empty but I've paused it for a while as I was under the weather for a couple of days. I want to be certain that it has nothing to do with my sickness. I'll find a way to take it though so I'll report back on it.

Next, I took down the braids at two weeks! Let me just say that I owe hubby a shopping spree and since it will be close to his birthday, I know what to do ( he's not the physical gifts type). 

I've been using the Mielle organics hair milk to moisturize at least twice a week. I also use argan oil, avocado and pistachio seal. I wear the hair in buns and that's the life for the year.

I don't have any money allocated for braids or weaves this year ( Yes, I budget for my braids). I'm such an avid planner and even though all plans may  not fall through, I get to achieve some goals. In place of braids, I'm investin…

Early Graying: What I want To Do

For my friends who've seen my gray hair, well, the sad news is the dye did cover the hair but I've seen more gray hair coming in. 

I took off to Google the causes and possible solutions and I got a Surprise - relaxers were mentioned. Now, the connection also leads to hormonal imbalance plausibly from relaxers. If you've been here for a while, you'd know that I take hair vitamins for the purpose of maintaining a healthy body. For the new readers, prior to my hair journey, I was on supplements. Therefore, these hair vitamins are normal for me.

Up until now, I'd been doing pretty well. Lately though, it's been one thing or the other so I stopped all the vitamins I was taking for about a week to flush my system. 

I went back to folic acid only as it's the one vitamin I can't neglect( you shouldn't too). Then, I took maca pills once a week. In order to finish the Mielle, I take it three times a week. I'll do the same for the nature's bounty because …

Wash Day With Steam Cap

During the week, I would apply Sulphur oil on the scalp at night and do a green house effect every other day. 

I've noticed the growth coming in so I'm going to keep doing that. I'll also do scalp massages at night whilst watching TV. I just need to stop being lazy and use the massage brush. The last time I did this, I had a lot of new growth coming through so I won't sleep on it. I apply oil to the hair and wear a cap to bed for the green house effect to increase moisture due to the dry weather.
I look forward to my hair at 3 weeks post as well as sharing more interesting stuff about my daily regimen.

The Wash

I decided to wash on Friday so I could install flexi rods.

 I wore my hair out to work on Friday for a change. Since the weather is pretty much cold, I didn't sweat with the hair though the hair hanged around My neck.

My hair felt like I'd fried it. I managed to shampoo in the evening and used the scalp massage brush to clean the scalp properly. I deep conditi…

Hair Musings #1

The year is still young but I don't want to waste any precious time on anything I won't enjoy doing. I'm pouring out how I feel about my hair as at now. This might change with time but let me share it for reference sake.

Somehow, I don't enjoy washing my hair, moisturizing and sealing it anymore. I just want to wake up, style and move. I know I haven't been able to drink much water like I used to but I still do my best to moisturize and seal daily. 

Yes, It's that time of the year and I  feel like cutting it but I won't let my hormones do this to me again. At least I have a bet to win Lol. When I begin to feel this way, I usually pick the scissors and off then hair goes. This time, I'll wade through this feeling and keep my hair. The most painful thing for my so far has been wearing short hair and I've grown to have a huge disdain for the stress I put myself through with each cut. 
I haven't enjoyed length at this stage in 4 years so I value it. I …

My Moisturizing and Sealing Routine for Harmattan (2017)

It's just fair that this dry weather is met with serious moisturizing and sealing routine. Moisturizing has to do with using a water based product and sealing is done with oils or butters. I follow the liquid, cream, oil routine (L.C.O) as I find that to be a better option during this harmattan weather.
To effectively moisturize your hair, you definitely need to apply moisture first. Using oil first is like wearing your trousers before your underwear. You block out any moisture loss when you seal with oil that us why you need the water first before sealing. 

For each month of 2017, my moisturizimg and sealing will be planned for the month for effective routine.

For January, I planned my hair routine ahead of time to reduce the amount of time spent on organizing my thoughts Lol.

Spray the hair with rose water 
Apply a bit of Mielle organics avocado hair milk
Seal with my oil mix. 

 I do this at night because my morning schedule is whack! I try to sleep with a bonnet to maintain the moistu…

Wash Day @ 1 Week Post Relaxer

It's definitely grown!

I'm hoping to keep away from relaxed this year for health reasons (I'll give details later).

To wash the day, I co washed with Sheamoisture Super fruit conditioner and deep conditioned with Dark and Lovely amla legend mask. I applied kinky curly knot today leave in and sealed with my 7-in-1 oil.

I'll co wash during the week and shampoo at the weekend.

First Wash After Relaxer

I liked how my hair turned out but as per habit, I just had to co wash to relief my scalp. In addition to that, I wanted to feel water on my scalp Lol.

That's how my hair looked prior to the wash. I'm grazing shoulder length and hope to be collar bone by July.

I used the cantu sheabutter co wash and a bit of vinegar on the scalp. I had to dry overnight. 

I used the scalp massage brush( I'm yet to use the battery one in shower).

I'll use the Jamaican black castor oil for about a week to soothe the scalp before returning to the Sulphur oil. I'll do two green house effects next week too.

My Relaxer at 7 Weeks

Here's my hair prior to the relaxer.

I used the Sunny Isle Jamaican black castor oil relaxer. ( first impressions are up on my YouTube channel). I'll do a full review soon.

What I noticed was the dyed part bled a bit during the rinse. My impressions about the relaxer will be in the review video but for now, here are some shots after the relaxer. I didn't suffer any burns too. I'm now some days post so this is a bit late.

Three days prior to the relaxer, I'd washed with the sheamoisture African black soap shampoo, deep conditioned with aphogee 2 minutes reconstructor. That's a good thing because my hair was strengthened. I'd massaged my scalp with Tropic Isle aloe vera Jamaican black castor oil throughly. 

Basically,  can say that these preparations contributed to the awesome state of the hair after the process. 

The Relaxer Process 

The stylist mixed up the base and activator as directed on the pack. She sectioned the hair into four and though I'd wanted to t…

Quick Flexi Rod Set on Short Relaxed Hair

I decided to do a flexi rod set just to see how it will turn out. I used the cantu sheabutter hair mousse on the dry hair and the whole process took about 15 minutes. Next morning, I applied my oils to the scalp and took down the flexi rods.

I loved the results and got amazing compliment. 

I was encouraged by friends and colleagues to keep wearing that style but because I'm on a low maintenance and protective style challenge. I threw the hair into a ponytail the next morning. The harmattan isn't over so wearing loose hair isn't a great option.

I'll do another style for a wedding tomorrow so stay tuned for results. I'll try to do a video of the flexi rod set whenever I can.

When the weather gets better, I'll wear my curly styles.

Mielle Organics Hair Vitamins First Review

If you've not read my previous posts, then, do check it out ( side bar).

I've been taking the Mielle organics hair vitamins some time now. In the video, I talk about the packaging, the size of the pills, the directions to take it and the duration I'll be taking it.

Planning Wash Days

If you aren't a weave or briads wearer, then, your wash days will be easier with a planner. 

As a woman of many enterprises, I want to have a structured life and also free times for myself. The wash days will be inevitable so why not have a plan for it just as I do for all areas of my life? 

The trick is very simple. I downloaded a Diary; one I can easily write plans in and view in a panel form. Calendars are good but I don't want one where I have to select the date before entry. I chose "memories" from Google playstore and planned my wash for January. Toward the end of the month, I just plan for the next ones. You can even plan for the whole year and make changes when needed.

There are several benefits to this.

You get to choose products ahead of time and save some time Lol.
You plan the routine so you can incooroerate new techniques for easy implementation.
Manage and use up products. Since I don't want any product to cross over into new years, planning enables me to…

6 Weeks Post Relaxer

I don't know how time flies but I'm definitely glad to be 6 weeks post relaxer. 

If I'm able to keep this braid up to March 31st, I'll win a shopping spree from hubby!!! If I fail, I owe a shopping spree too.Yes, it's that serious! 

I haven't cleaned my scalp and won't do so until mid January when I use the dark and lovely scalp wash. In between washes, I'll be using the hair refresher. The braids are just a week old so need for a cleansing until then.

For vitamins, I take my Mielle though I've missed two days so far. I also take maca capsules in the morning. I'll see how much growth I get when the braids come down.

I've had no acne from Mielle Organics and that's a plus.

5 Weeks Post Relaxer

I'm sharing what went down with my hair at 5 weeks post relaxer. ( I was 5 weeks post last Friday; the 6 weeks post relaxer update will be up on Friday).

I've been applying the Dark and Lovely SOS hair line to the edges daily. Sometimes, I apply Sulphur  hair growth oil mixture to the edges. I want to maintain the progress made with the hair line in 2016.

I spray a diy moisturizer consisting of leave in , hair moisturizer and coconut oil. I wear the hair in a high bun for easy maintenance.

How I Prepared & Organized My Hair Products for 2017

I want to thank everyone who's here this day for staying with me up to this point. We want to start the new year on a good note so let's get to work. Though a post will be up on Friday, I think it's fit to chip in this one on this auspicious day!

Whenever you check your stash and it occurs to you that some are missing, don't fret! Check your wardrobe or shelf four times Lol. It could be stacked somewhere in the kids room too.

To make 2017 stress free, I had to rearrange my stash. To do this was a first time so I made sure to have some guidelines.

Which ones are used frequently?
Which ones are almost out?
Which ones are about to expire?
Which ones have longer shelf lives?
Which hair products are hardly used ?
Which are my most and least favourite?

With these guidelines, I arranged the products. First, the hardly used ones were placed at the back and then followed by those with longer shelf life.

Next was the products about to expire and almost out. The hair products at the f…