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How To Use Olaplex In Your Hair

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OLAPLEX restores damaged and compromised hair by repairing from the inside out with our patented single ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate.  Once all the bonds are intact and in alignment, you have healthy, beautiful, shiny, touchable hair.  OLAPLEX repairs all types of hair damage. Thermal factors: High levels of heat from curling irons, blow dryers, flat irons etc. Chemical factors: Colors, perms, relaxers & keratin treatments.  Mechanical factors:  Brushing, friction, tugging & pulling on wet hair. Environmental factors: UV damage from the sun, humidity, extreme hot/cold weather conditions, pollution, etc. Aside Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 which are meant for professional use, the rest can be used at home. How do you use the Olaplex system? No. 0 This is a pre wash treatment. The first to use if you have the No. 3 too.  It bonds, strengthens and protects hair integrity. Use as the first step in a two-part system with N°.3 Hair Perfector. Scientifically Proven: 68% mo

Prekese Hair Mist/Rinse

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Prekese aka Aiden Fruit is well known as a spice for palm nut soup but do you know you can use it in your hair routine too?  If you're surprised, don't be! It has antibacterial agents that can help with your scalp. PREPARATION  1. Put your water on fire and add 1 prekese. You may choose to also use the powder form.  2. Boil for about 10 minutes, let it cool down and strain.  3. Use as a mid wash step, that's use after shampoo and before conditioner.  You can use this rinse once a month to strengthen your hair as a protein rinse.  If you want to use as a hair mist, use it about only two times a week to prevent protein overload!  As a mist, pour your rinse into a spray bottle and store in the fridge for use.  To subscribe to the blog (so you receive new article notifications,) enter your email address in the subscription box. Check your email after that to verify your subscription. Thank you! 

How To Grow From Thin To Thick Relaxed Hair (Part 2)

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In the first article about growing from thin to thick relaxed hair, I mentioned doing stretches among the tips. In this article, I'll be adding more tips I've gained over the past few months. 1. Relax only the new growth! That's the easiest way to maintain thick relaxed hair! 2. Check that small tooth comb! During relaxer application, the combing can thin out your hair. What I do is to either let them use only fingers to apply and massage or when using the comb, they do a few passes and I don't sit down again for the hair to process. 3. Relaxer run off! When washing out the relaxer, whatever touches the already relaxed hair during the rinsing out can still relax the hair and cause dryness, breakage and thinning! This is even more of a problem for those with longer hair. 4. Incorporate ayuverdic herbs like amla, Brahmi and others to help with the thickness. Every Ayurveda herb has its benefits and rotating them in your regimen will enhance the benefits! 5. Diet! You are

Placenta In Your Hair

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Placenta or the popular brand, Placentyne leave in treatment has been with us for ages!  Keratin, which hair is made of, is a strong protein that can break down with sun exposure, wind, pollutants, daily maintenance, manipulation, heat tools, and chemical treatments like permanent color. This is where using protein treatments come in to help temporarily repair the hair strands. Protein treatments are used to add strength and resiliency to damaged hair by attaching hydrolyzed proteins directly to the hair follicle and hardening the cuticle layer. If there are holes in the hair cuticle, it will fill those holes or gaps while also placing a barrier around the hair shaft to lessen further damage. Most protein treatments are conditioning treatments. They can come be a deep conditioner, light, or reconstructor (heavy) (source:https://www.naturallycurly.com)  This placenta for hair acts as a protein reconstructor! This means it's a hard protein treatment  and should therefore strengthen y

The Ordinary Hair Oils

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The Ordinary is hyped for the wide range of skin care products but aside the multi peptide hair  serum, the do you know there are oils you can use in your hair? The Ordinary Marula Oil  The Marula oil has a light consistency and absorbs when used on the skin. On the bottle, it can be used as a hair oil too! I'd suggest you use it as a leave on product for sealing in order to trap all the goodness it has to offer! Squalene and Hemi Squalene Oils I, absolutely, adore the Hemi squalene oil as a face oil and even better as a hair oil. These two are great If you have fine strands or thin relaxed hair as they won't weigh down the hair.  The other oils you can use are the chia seed, Moroccan Argan oil and the rosehip oil.   The borage oil is the one oil I'd stay away from. It has a a nauseating smell that doesn't leave your hair even when you use as a prepoo treatment during washing! It's as strong as cod liver oil and that's not something I can tolerate.  Hyaluronic A

Henna and Indigo Hair Dye Treatment

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I contemplated doing either a henna dye or henna and indigo for black dye. At the end, which one won? The Henna Mix I  used about half pack henna, added hot water and 4 tops of the apple cider vinegar to the mix in a plastic bowl. I stirred till all the lumps had been smashed! 2. I covered the henna mix with a lid and allowed it to sit till next day. Early in the morning, I applied the henna and covered with a poly bag and a shower cap. 3. Next, I applied the henna  on dry hair to prevent the treatment from dripping all over.  4. I sectioned the hair into 4 parts and clipped each section.  5. To apply, I resectioned each part for easy application.  I began from the back and worked my way up. The application process took about 20 minutes. I applied to each section twice for full coverage. I paid attention to the ends to prevent tangles too After the application, I covered with two shower caps. I allowed the henna treatment to sit for 4 hours.  I used about half a bucket of water to rin

Ways To Use Rose Water In Your Hair

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1. The easiest is as a hair mist: First, spray into the hair during the day to rehydrate your hair. This replenishes the moisture in the hair.  2. You can also use it at night before covering your hair with bonnet as a final step.  2. For leave in conditioner after wash: You can equally use rose water as a leave  in conditioner. Follow with a butter for  better sealing.  3. Scalp tonic: Add a few drops of essential oils to your rose water and spray on your scalp regularly. It soothes the scalp, helps to promote growth and also works for those with dry and itchy scalp.  4. Lastly, you can use rose water in your herbal teas or Ayurvedic herbal masks. You could also use the rose powder as a hair mask! 

4 Weeks Post Relaxer Wash Day

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This is one wash I didn't plan to do but my hair was just absolutely stiff and I didn't want any breakage. Prepoo: Applied creme of nature plex bond mender and followed with Jamaican black castor oil. Shampoo: I used ORS aloe shampoo for deep cleansing. Rinsed and T shirt dried for a few minutes and applied conditioner. The drying is to reduce the water content so the conditioner can penetrate the hair better. Conditioner: John Frieda anti frizz conditioner. Risned out and T shirt dried for about 10 minutes.  Leave in conditioner: I used the Difeel Ultra growth leave in conditioner with Doo gro leave in treatment. Air dried in a bun. I don't like washing my own hair but at this point, I can't visit the salon very often so I'm managing it on my own. The new growth is still manageable too. My chief concern now is to use up every oil that's been in my caninet for more than a year. I'll mostly prepoo with it. For the next couple of washes, I'll be using such

What Is The Best Protective Style For Your Hair?

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There is so much hype about protective styling as well as misconceptions about it.  We have unique genetic make up, texture, strands, density and live in different environment. What will work for me might not work for you. However, there is one particular style that works so well for both natural and relaxed hair. I've seen a lot of YouTubers and bloggers who hardly use extensions yet are able to retain length. Today's post is dedicated to hair buns! I always advise those beginning their hair journey to fall on this protective style for many reasons *Access to your hair and scalp daily *Moisturizing is easier *Less damage to edges *Ability to practice and use different techniques. *Cost effective *Requires less time and effort Another observation is those who use extensions are mainly those who've mastered their routines and know the CORRECT way to use these extensions, especially wigs! Therefore, if you've just started your hair journey, go easy on extensions! When you

Products For Moisturizing and Sealing

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We know moisturizing and sealing is crucial to the success of our hair journey. What are the products to use though aside the oils and pomade?  1. Leave in conditioner : Whether water based or creamy leave in, they provide the moisture needed. 2. Hair Mist: An example is the Cantu hair mist. These are also great products you can use to moisturize. They are best paired with creamy moisturizers or leave in conditioners.  3. Hair moisturizers: These fall into two categories. Water based ones like S curl no drip moisturizer and Hawaiian silky moisturizer also get the job done. However, oil moisturizers are best used after a moisture based leave in. You still need to follow with a butter after using oil moisturizers because moisturizing oils penetrate the strands which might leave the hair dry in a short period of time.  4. Hair milk such as Mielle Organics hair milk definitely helps to keep your hair moisturized. 5. Hair lotions: These fall into two categories; the oil lotions and water ba

Complex Wash Routine

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 What happens when you want to incorporate prepoo, tea rinse, hair mask, and other treatments in one wash? Let this guide you. 1. Choose the prepoo product you want to use. If you want to use oils, apply them and leave them overnight or for several hours. You may use coconut oil or olive oil. If you want to use honey, you can still add oils to it and prepoo. If you want to prepoo with a protein deep conditioner, that will be the first product to use on your dry hair. Some find this method more effective so experiment with it for a while to see if to works for you. You can still add a few oils to the deep conditioner or hair masque and then prepoo with it. When you are done with  the prepoo, shampoo the hair. 2. If your pre shampoo treatment was oils, shampoo the hair and apply your hair masque eg Ayurveda hair masque or store bought masque. If you prepooed with jair masque, then, shampoothe hair and use a rinse out conditioner to reinfuse the moisture depleted as a result of the shampo

2 Weeks Post Relaxer wash

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The best thing I've done this week is to leave the hair in a bun for 3 days at a time before taking down to remoisturize. That has reduced daily manipulation and styling. For this wash, I didn't do any pre shampoo treatment because the LOTTA body shampoo is quite moisturizing.  I followed with OGC Moroccan argan mask, rinsed and put the hair in a bun again.  Next day, I moisturized with Difeel Ultra growth leave in conditioner and sealed with doo gro mega thick pomade.