Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wash Day | Last Wash Day of July

I can't believe it's already the first week of August! This summer is really flying by. July was such a busy month that I didn't have time to blog as much as I wanted to. I still need to share what's been going on with me lately, but for now, here is my last wash day of July.

Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice mix and The Chocolate Antidote + The Antidote for 30 minutes under my Hot Heads cap. Oh a side note: I finally finished the original antidote!! 

Co-washed with Eden BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea CoWash Yup, I'm still using this because I haven't had a chance to order my normal co-wash online. But, like I said in my last wash day post, this co-wash is really good. This will probably be my 2nd go-to Co-Wash.

Before rinsing the co-wash I detangled with my Eternally in Amber comb. This co-wash is great for detangling and makes the whole process a breeze.

Protein Treatment  This week I did my normal protein conditioner treatment using GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner by Aubrey Organics.

Deep Conditioned with Tangles & Beyond's Deep Moisture Conditioner.  I really need to make a Mielle Organics purchase but I'm a fan of these products. Like usual, I used my Hot Heads cap for 30 minutes before rinsing it out.

T-shirt dried my hair for 10-15 minutes. 

Styling my hair- The LOC method really keeps my hair moisturized so I continue to use the same products. If ain't broke, don't fix it! I used a spritz bottle with water and Aloe Vera juice, Mint Almond Oil and a few other oils. I also used  Jia's Caribbean DreamCreme as my leave-in conditioner along with the Kera Care Twist and Define Cream. I might have applied too much because I had oil and such on the back of my neck well into the next day. Better too much than not enough.  

My personal goal for the next four weeks is to keep my ends tuck until my scheduled trim. So this week I decided to revisit the Roll Tuck and Pin. I love this style because it is quick and very easy to master. It took me about 5 minutes or so to complete the look.













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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wash Day | Hiding My Ends

Wash Day Aresnal
Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice mix and The Chocolate Antidote + The Antidote (the original--I
m near the end so I was trying to use up as much as I could) by Tangles and Beyond for 30 minutes under my Hot Heads cap. I applied a generous amount of the pre-poo on my ends.

Co-washed with Eden BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea CoWash I know I promised to stick with the same products for a year but I ran out of my Mielle Organics Co-wash the day before wash day. And while Mielle Organics is many Sally's locations, it has not made it to Oregon. So instead of pushing back my wash day until my co-wash arrived, I decided to try the Eden BodyWorks co-wash instead. I've seen a few YouTubers singing its praises and wanted to give a try.  After one use I can see why people like it. It clean my scalp and hair while keeping it moisturized. I'll definitely keep this one in my rotation.

I also used this time to detangle with my wide tooth comb. I wanted to see if detangling my hair during this process would make a difference. 


From all the detangling I did on wash day

Protein Treatment using Tangles and Beyond's Monthly Strawberry Protein Treatment.  I like to add heat to my protein session for about 20 minutes before washing it out.

Deep Conditioned with Tangles and Beyond's Deep Moisture Conditioner - In addition to being out of my co-wash, I was also out of my Mielle Organics deep conditioner. Luckily, I always keep my 2nd favorite conditioner on hand. And as usual, I put on my Hot Heads Cap for about 30 minutes before washing out the deep conditioner.

Rinsed out the conditioner and dried my hair with an old t-shirt (for about 15 minutes). Once I felt like my hair was not too damp, I put my hair in braids to stretch it out a little.

Styling: The next morning I applied my spritz bottle (filled with lots of goodies for my hair), Mint Almond Oil, Jia's Leave-in Conditioner and my Kera Care Twist and Define Cream. At first I thought about wearing my hair in two braids, but decided to rock an updo instead. So, naturally I went to BlakIzBeautiful's channel on YouTube and picked a style I did in the past.














Excuse the white residue from my products in my hair

All in all, it was a pretty good wash day. I know that my hair is in dire need of a trim. My ends look terrible and I'm experiencing some breakage. But I've already scheduled my trim and I now I'm just counting down the days :).


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Spring & Summer Product Haul

Oh my gosh!!! I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post. Life has been crazy in a good way and I promise to update you everything really soon. But first, I wanted to share my product haul from the spring and summer (so far).


FACE by Tangles and Beyond












I've said it once but I'll say it again, I am obsessed with the products at Tangles and Beyond. I first started using the hair products but I'm not dabbling in the body and skincare products. Face is the weekly facial scrub from from her Skincare line. This is a recent purchase that I've been using for about a month or so. So far I love it and I will probably do a review of it once I've used more than half of it.













I'm sure you're starting to see a trend. The majority of my new products that I got this spring and summer are from Tangles and Beyond. Here is a quick summary of what I bought:

1. The Chocolate Antidote- I already love the original Antidote as my pre-poo on wash days. So I knew I had to try this variation with  Babassu and Hazelnut Oil.

2. The ButtaBikinis Collection-- This awesome collection includes The Preshave Polish, The Shave Butter and the Aftershave Balm. My skin feels so soft and smooth after using this collection. I'll be reviewing this in the future and will give you all the details.














One of the great things about watching Shark Tank is you learn about some really great products. Back in December the hubby and I were catching up on the latest episode of Shark Tank when we saw this product: a natural deodorant. I've wanted to switch to an all-natural deodorant that actually worked but I hadn't found anything yet. What's neat about this product is that it uses activated charcoal to absorb sweat. I'll be giving you my thoughts on this products soon.



               What are some of your recent product hauls? Feel free to share below.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wash Day | Reviving My Hair

Last week's wash day was off to a great start but ended with my hair being a complete mess. I'm not sure if it was the shampoo brush or the fact that I was out of my Mint Almond Oil and my White Peony Leave-In Conditioner. I also brushed my hair before it was completely dry and wore it in a bun. By day 3 of my hairstyle, my hair was a tangled mess. It felt dry and fried. But I worked a commercial last week and didn't have time to wash my hair until yesterday. I was determined to revive my hair to its natural state.


My wash day arsenal- not pictured my ACV and other oils used.
Pre-pooed- I brought out the big guns for this wash day.  In addition to The Chocolate Antidote and my water bottle mix (filled with water, Aloe Vera Juice), I used EVCO. I applied the EVCO to my ends and my hair first and then spritzed my hair with my water bottle mix. Next, I applied The Chocolate Antidote to my ends and the rest of my hair. I gently ran my fingers through my hair getting rid of any tangles or knots that I could. Then I sat under my Hot Heads Cap for an hour to really loosen up the knots and restore moisture to my dry strands.

Co-washed with Mielle Organics Detangling Conditioner- After rinsing off my pre-poo, I washed my hair in four sections.  When I was done, I loosely twisted my hair in four jumbo twists before continuing with my wash day.

Protein Treatment- This week I decided to skip a protein treatment. Since the clumpy hair could be a result of protein overload, I gave my hair a break this week. I will bring it back next week depending on what my hair feels like.

Deep Conditioned with Deep Moisture Conditioner by Tangles and Beyond-  As much as I love my Mielle Organic's deep conditioner, I took a break from it this week. Plus, I need to use up the rest of this particular bottle and it is my 2nd favorite deep conditioner.  I also added Jojoba Oil to my ends and strands, to give my hair an extra boost of moisture. I added heat for about 30 minutes with my Hot Heads cap. 

After 30 minutes I used my handy dandy detangling comb from Eternally In Amber to gently detangle my hair. I was scared that I was going to loose a lot of hair. Luckily, it was too bad but there was decent size ball when I finished.





ACV Rinse-- I sprayed my ACV/water mix into my hair and massaged it into my scalp for a few minutes before rinsing it out.

T-shirt dried my hair for about 5-10 minutes.  And then put my hair into big chunky braids and went for a walk with my dogs. 

A few hours later I did the LOC method using my water bottle (mixed with water, aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerin, white peony leave-in conditioner, Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil), Mint Almond Oil, Jia's DreamCreme along with my Kera Care Twist and Define Cream. Before settling on a hairstyle I searched my old hairstyles for something that would protect my ends. I decided to go with a Big Two Strand Twist Pin Up from BlakIzBeautiful. I first rocked this style back in February 2015.


      








It's too early to tell, but so far my hair feels like it's back to normal. I'll be sure to update sometime this week,

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Spring Empties 2016

Now that it's officially summer, I wanted to share my spring empties. Since I started sharing my "empties" my hair stash has decreased significantly and I'm getting down to the bare necessities. Here is a list of my spring empties.

1. Mielle Organics Detangling Co-wash Love, love, love this co-wash! It's gentle, keeps my hair soft, cleans my hair and helps with tangles/knots. I don't see this leaving my product stash anytime soon.

2. Mielle Organic's Advanced Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins (bottle #6 or so?) - As I mentioned in this post, I am enjoying these vitamins and I can see how my hair has improved. I'm currently at the end of my 3rd bottle and I just bought a four-month supply :)!


3. Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner-  Probably one of my favorite deep conditioners. This is still a top favorite of mine. My hair and scalp always feels amazing after using this conditioner. I personally like to pair this deep conditioner with my Hot Heads Cap for about 30 minutes. 



4. Soak My Body Muscle Milk Bath from Tangles and Beyond's BodyFrenzi Line-   Like Mielle Organics, Tangles and Beyond is my other go-to hair product line. All of the products are handmade, which only makes me love the line even more. A few months back I was curious about her body product line and decided to try those as well. Since I love working out (when my schedule allows), I thought the muscle milk bath was a great product to try. Check out my review for more of my thoughts.



5. Mielle Organics White Peony Leave-In Conditioner- Such a great leave-in conditioner! I have nothing but great things to say about this one. If you want a lightweight leave-in that will help retain moisture, decreases frizz and protein your strands, you should give this leave-in a try.


6.  Aloe Vera Juice from Lily of the desert -  When I started revamping my regimen back in the fall, I started looking for other ways to increase moisture in my hair. After doing some research I found that using aloe vera juice in my hair regimen has a lot of benefits like hair growth, reducing shedding, and helping with the pH balance of my hair and scalp. Read this to learn more about the benefits of aloe vera juice/


7. Jia's Caribbean DreamCreme (16oz)-  It only took me a year to use this bottle up! Lol. But in all serious I definitely got more than my money's worth out of this bottle. This leave-in has become an important part of my LOC method and the smell is to die for. 




8. Mint Almond Oil (8 fl oz)- This oil is my jam!!! I use it as part of my LOC method on wash day and on a daily basis to retain moisture. I'm convinced that my hair stays healthy because of this oil. And the smell is great :).




There were also a few products that didn't make the cut and had to be thrown away:



I really wanted to love this shampoo by Carol's Daughter. This particular bottle was gifted to me by Ulta as I was checking out. The first few times I tried it, I found that my hair felt a little weird after but I ignored it. Since it was my regular shampoo, I didn't use it very often. A couple of weeks ago I used the shampoo again and my hair felt horrible after. I don't know if was the expiration date but I knew this shampoo just wasn't for me. 


This was a gift from one my co-workers, who happens to be a hairstylist on Grimm. I used this product when I first went natural and loved it. But then I started using other products and replaced it with something I liked better. So when I got it as a freebie, to be fair they were cleaning out their stations at the end of the season and it was half a bottle, I figured it wouldn't hurt to use it again. Boy was I wrong. I used this along with the shampoo and it left my hair feeling fried and stiff. I think the product has too much protein in it and my hair hates it.


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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Wash Day | Shampoo Brush: Yay or Nay?

Last Friday, I started my normal wash day routine and was a little shocked/disappointed with the results.   

     Here is a recap of my wash day:

Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice mix and The Chocolate Antidote by Tangles and Beyond for 30 minutes under my Hot Heads cap. I applied a generous amount of the pre-poo on my ends.

Co-washed with Mielle Organics Detangling Conditioner- For this particular wash day I added my new Vanity Planet Shampoo Brush, which I scored for 50% of the original price. If you're interested in the discount, check out the video below. I've seen quite a few bloggers using this brush in their videos and wanted to try it for myself.

            

My initial impressions: the brush is perfect for a great scalp massage and I felt like my scalp was cleaner. I'm going to use it for the next month or so and then post a review.

                                  


                                  


Protein Treatment- Used my favorite weekly protein conditioner, Aubrey GPB conditioner for two minutes. 

Deep Conditioned with Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner for 30 minutes with my Hot Heads cap.  I opted for detangling with my Eternally In Amber wide-tooth comb before rinsing out my hair.

ACV Rinse-- I did my usual acv diluted with water rinse. As always, I massaged it into my hair for about 5 minutes and then rinsed it out.

T-shirt dried my hair for about 15 minutes.  And then put my hair in braids to dry my hair. I didn't let my hair fully dry before brushing it with my Denman Brush and putting it up in my new go-to hairstyle.

At first my hair looked great but then a day or two in, I noticed my hair was clumped together more so at the ends of my hair. Then I noticed that I had more tangles at then ends of my hair than usual. Unfortunately,  I had a pretty busy work week so I couldn't wash my hair and start over again.  I'm trying to figure out if I'm experiencing protein overload. So this week I'm going to switch things up a bit. Wish me luck and cross your fingers that I don't experience too much breakage trying to fix my hair.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wash Day | New Summer Updo

My original plan was to rock my semi mini twists for two weeks before my next full wash day. But, my twists were looking rough just one week later. So I opted for a full wash day on Friday before my LA trip.

The hairstyle I rocked for a week


I'm still trying to rack my brain to figure out where I went wrong. My hair looked dull and just a hot mess. Was it the Carol's Daughter shampoo? After all, I couldn't remember exactly how long I had that particular bottle. It wasn't something I used often, so maybe it had expired. Either way, my hair needed some TLC.

Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice mix and The Chocolate Antidote by Tangles and Beyond for 30 minutes (using my Hot Heads Conditioning Cap)

Co-washed with Mielle Organics Detangling Conditioner- I can't say enough great things about this conditioner. After the way my hair felt last week, I was glad to come back to this co-wash.

Protein Treatment- Used my favorite weekly protein conditioner, Aubrey GPB conditioner for two minutes. My main focus is on the ends of my hair, but I work into the rest of my hair as well.

Deep Conditioned with Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner for 30 minutes with my Hot Heads cap. Before rinsing it out, I used my fingers to detangle my hair.  I have a lot of shedding going on and I know that my hair needs a trim. It's been almost a year, not something I purposely did but I need to take care of that soon.

ACV Rinse-- I did my usual acv diluted with water rinse. As always, I massaged it into my hair for about 5 minutes and then rinsed it out.

T-shirt dried my hair for about 15 minutes. 

The hubby and I were doing a double date night with some friends, so I put my hair in braids pinning them up. The next morning I started looking for an easy hairdo to rock for my trip to L.A. Naturally, I went to BlakIzBeautiful's YouTube channel.  Jenell is my go-to for cute and easy styles. I would say 98% of my hairstyles come from her videos. 

With summer just around the corner, I'm looking for easy styles that don't damage my hair. And of course, Jenell's tutorial was just what I needed.

       


This hairstyle was so easy and only took me about 5-8 minutes to do. I squeezed this quick hairdo right before heading to the airport. I didn't take before pics but I wore the style from last Saturday and I'm still rocking it today. My plan is to wash my hair tomorrow and redo the style for next week. To keep my hairstyle in tact, I wore a scarf to bed. I applied Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil and Jia's DreamCreme during the week.


Rocking my hairstyle on day 5


Another view-I swear my gray hairs are showing out here.


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