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. 





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.


                                             What products have you used up recently?



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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                                           The Wash Day Experience

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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The Wash Day Experience

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wash Day | Time To Shampoo


I vowed to post before today but my work schedule is still crazy. On a different show starting early and ending late = a tired Jackie with no time for blogging. But I finally had time to wash my hair on Wednesday, on my day off, two weeks after my last wash day! That is the longest I've gone without washing my hair since I became natural.


 I rocked a braid and tuck for about a week and then went back to my semi mini twists, which I love. Not only does it give me a break from my hair but it gives me the best twist out definition ever.


Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice mix and The Chocolate Antidote by Tangles and Beyond under my Hot Heads Cap for about 35 minutes. My hair is always soft and moisturized after I wash it out.

Shampooed: For Wednesday's wash day I started using my Mielle Organics Co-Wash and then remembered I wanted to shampoo my hair. I honestly can't remember the last time I washed my hair shampoo, which probably means it's long overdue. I grabbed Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo and got to work cleansing my hair. A little dab of this in your hand goes a long way and gives you some serious lather.


It's been awhile since I used Carol's Daughter products but I swear my hair isn't a fan. Maybe it's always been that way and I'm just noticing. Either way, this will be the last time I use this shampoo. My hair felt the way it did after I used the Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner a couple of weeks ago.  I will probably try Mielle Organic's Shampoo since I already love their products.

Protein Treatment- I finally found my favorite protein conditioner!!! I've been searching for this product for a few weeks and after calling around, I found it at a Vitamin Shoppe affiliated store about 25 minutes away. I was so excited that I bought the last two on the shelves without reading the labels.


Once I got in the car I noticed the labels were slightly different. I did a quick scan and the ingredients seemed to be about the same. I'm not sure what changed in the formula but I decided to keep both bottles. 

For this wash day I went with the Nutrient Blast formula, focusing on the ends of my hair and left it on for about two minutes. I washed it out and my hair didn't feel any different. I'm going to do some more research on the labels to see if I can find out more.

Deep Conditioned with Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner .  I can't express how much I love this deep conditioner. My strands feel amazing after using this product. I added heat (using my hot heads cap) for about 30 minutes. Then I used my fingers to detangle my hair before rinsing out the conditioner.

ACV Rinse-- I massaged my ACV/water mixture into my hair for a couple of minutes and then rinsed it out using cool water.

T-shirt dried my hair for about 15 minutes and then braided my hair in big chunky twists.

After a fun session at the bouldering gym + dinner with the hubby (about two hours later), my hair was almost dry. I applied my spritz mix,  Mint Almond , Jia's Carribean DreamCreme and  the Kera Care Twist and Define Cream. I opted for my semi mini twists again, which took about 2-2 1/2 hours to do. 

How I'm currently rocking my mini twists
The plan is to keep the twists in for two weeks but I plan to co-wash in between. Oh and I also need to get another trim sometime in the near future.

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       The Wash Day Experience

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mielle Organics Health Hair Vitamins: 8 Month Check-In


Now that I've been using the Mielle Organic Vitamins for 8 months, I wanted to share my results and thoughts on the vitamins.
Here are my starting results and pics from my 3 month check-in



Skin: As I stated in my 3 month update, the vitamins have been great for my skin. I still haven't experienced any breakouts or pimples from the vitamins. Based on my experience, the vitamins brightened my skin and made it healthier. 


Hair health and growth: Have I experienced a crazy amount of growth? No. Is my hair growing and healthier than before? Definitely. 

Part of my reasoning for taking hair vitamins was to promote hair growth. Since I started taking the vitamins, my hair has gotten thicker (which is amazing because my hair was thick to begin with) and my hair is longer. My hair looks and feels healthier, which is great. 

I absolutely love these vitamins! I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to improve the overall health of their hair. 
Taken 5/15/16




Have you taken the vitamins? If so, did you like them?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wash Day | Oh hello there!

My new job has me so busy that I haven't been keeping up with my wash day posts. But, don't worry I'm still taking care of my hair. Last week's wash day went well but since I can't find Aubrey Organics GBP Conditioner in stores, I decided to use the Aphogee Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor.  All was well until I started braiding my hair in my recent do. My hair was stiff and a little hard. The only changes to my wash day regimen were: using the Aphogee Reconstructor and using Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. Other than that, my wash day was the same. It's weird because I've used both of these products before and I don't remember my hair feeling like that.


                                                          
                                                                               Right before I started my wash day
For Sunday's wash day, I decided to leave out the Aphogee Reconstructor and Black Vanilla to see if my hair would go back to normal. 


My arsenal for wash day (my red spray bottle is hidden beyond the other products) 


Pre-pooed with my Aloe Vera Juice and Vegetable Glycerin and The Chocolate Antidote by Tangles and Beyond.  I'm a huge fan of Tangles and Beyond, so when she dropped this new version of The Antidote, I knew I had to try it.

Co-Washed with  Detangling Co-Wash by Mielle Organics in four sections.

Tangles & Beyond Monthly Strawberry Protein Remedy- Since I'm out of my weekly protein treatment and I don't want to use Aphogee, I went with my other favorite. I've been using this for a couple of months and I love it! I plan to do a review of it sometime this summer. I like to apply this to my hair and add my heated cap for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it out.

Deep Conditioned with Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner  under my Hot Head cap for 30-35  minutes. I decided to use my Eternally In Amber Rainbow Shampoo Comb to detangle my hair.

ACV Rinse-- I did an ACV (diluted with water) rinse. I massage the mixture into my scalp for about 5 minutes and then rinsed my hair out with lukewarm water. 

T-shirt dried my hair for about 10 minutes. I put my hair in big chunky braids so they could dry. Once my hair was about 90% dry, I applied my spritz mix,  Mint Almond , Jia's Carribean DreamCreme and braided my hair in my recent go-to style.


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The Wash Day Experience

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Summer Hair Prep

With summer just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start thinking about my hair plans. Although I'm looking forward to rocking my fro every once in awhile, I have a three-step plan to keep my hair healthy and thriving this summer.

1. Rock Low-Manipulation Styles 

I love rocking my afro but I find that wearing my hair in low-manipulation styles worst best for me, especially during the summer. Since I'm currently working on another television show--so much for a hiatus--I want to wear styles that don't require a lot of fuss. And I also want styles that don't take too much of my time. So here are the styles I plan on rotating this summer.



I haven't tried this one yet, but I can't wait to give it a try.



My current go-to style. Want to see my attempts at this style? Go here and here .



You all know how much I love this style!!! I haven't done it recently, but I will definitely be going back to this. I want to try wearing my mini twists in a top bun like Jenell.




One of my goals is to improve my braiding skills. That being said, this is a style that I will attempt this summer. Wish me luck!

2. Keeping My Hair Moisturized

As someone with naturally dry hair, I have to be really proactive about keeping my hair moisturized. Climate also plays a part in how dry my hair becomes. Portland, believe it or not, can be really hot and sometimes dry during the summer. My plan is to continue using leave-in and deep conditioners (which are already in my hair care regimen) that provide additional moisture for my hair.

3. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle 

In my opinion, this is probably one of the most important ways to achieve healthy hair. In addition to taking my Mielle Organics Vitamins, I plan on drinking lots of water, eating a balanced diet (curbing the processed sugars and eating clean) and exercising. Even though I'm on another show--i'm not on full-time (thank goodness!), I'm making fitness a priority. Working 70 hours on Grimm for about 9 months really changed my work out schedule A LOT. But I have more time and more energy to fit it in.

What about you? What are your hair plans for the summer? How do you prep?