Friday, July 26, 2013

Random Hair Pics

Hey guys,

I've been having a ton of fun this summer with hair styling. Now that I have found my fav hair styling product ever, the Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream, I have been doing the most lol. On Wednesday night, I decided to co-wash my hair with aussie moist and giovanni smooth as silk conditioner and then do some pincurls. Thursday's pin curls were a fail because there were too big, so I popped a banana clip in the back. I tried the look again today, just with better pin curls and I was pleased with the outcome.

Products used:
  • Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk
  • Bee Mine Hair and Scalp Moisturizer (scalp only)
  • Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Product Review: Alter Ego Garlic Treatment

Hey ladies,

If you have been hanging around the healthy hair care world for a little while now, then I'm sure you've heard of the Alter Ego Garlic Treatment. It's touted as one of the top ways to reduce hair fall; along with tea and coffee rinses, garlic when either applied to the scalp or taken internally via tablet, has been shown to reduce excessive shedding. To be honest, shedding is less of my concern than breakage because shedding is a natural process, some circumstances like stress, hormonal changes, illness and dietary changes can lead to excessive hair fall which goes directly against the goal of fuller, longer hair. A few months back I suffered an massive shedding incident (hormonal causes, more on that soon), which I knew I would have to wait out, but I figured I would at least try to decrease any additional/unnecessary hair fall during that time. I wasn't expecting much from this conditioner, but it certainly blew me away with its ability to decrease shedding.

I absolutely never use it the way the ingredients suggest lol. I typically leave it on overnight as a pre-poo treatment and then shampoo it out the next day. There is usually considerably less shed hair after using this treatment than my normal conditioners or any other conditioner when left in overnight. It has somewhat of a lotion-y consistency (similar to that of the Neutrogena Triple Moisture leave-in), and a strong, cologne smell which I really like. The Garlic Mask also has pretty good slip, but it's a little strange while rinsing. When I apply the conditioner to dry or damp hair, it is great at easing detangling, but upon rinsing it does little to keep hair detangled in the shower and after the wash process is complete. This may be due to the fact that this product is not pH balanced (ideal hair product pH is 4-5.5); were it not for this fact this would've been the perfect conditioner. That aside, I still like the conditioner a lot, and would happily recommend it to anyone that would like to reduce their shedding temporarily. 

Rating: 4/5
Claims: This special cream, rich in peptides, vitamins and mineral salts which derivate from wheat and garlic represents an excellent substitute for hair treatment with animal extract. It leaves hair soft and strong and it is ideal to use on treated hair, such as bleached, dyed and permed.

Instructions: Use after shampooing the hair, apply the treatment all over the scalp, wait for a few minutes then rinse with water. Recommended to be used after shampooing, leave it on for about 15 minutes to have the best results.

Ingredients: Water, cetearyl alcohol, centrimonium chloride, dipalmitoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate, parfum, methoxy PEG/PPG-7/3 aminopropyl dimethicone, limonene, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol, linalool, amyl cinnamal, citric acid, triticum vulgare sprout extract (wheat extract), yellow #5, methylchloroisothiazoline, red #4, methylisothiazoline, allium sativum extract (garlic bulb extract), cochlearia amoracia extract (horse-radish root extract), ferula assa foetida root extract, blue #1
pH: 7
Type: Moisturizing deep conditioner (protein-containing)

Have you tried this conditioner? If so, how do you feel about it?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wash Day/2 Year Hairniversary!

Hey there,

It's been quite a while since my last wash day post, so it's about time I got back to it! I relaxed my hair on July 4th , and by last night my scalp was crying out for a wash. Here's what went down:

  1. Pre-shampoo treat with sweet almond oil on the scalp and aussie 3 min miracle with sweet almond oil on the length. I left this in for about 1.5 hours without heat (the house was hot anyway, lol).
  2. Shampooed twice with diluted L'oreal Everpure Moisturizing Shampoo.
  3. Conditioned with Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong rinse off treatment for the remainder of my shower and then finger detangled while rinsing. This is actually my first Herbal Essences purchase and my first time trying it-- the slip was insane, i actually said damn! Lol. It had an odd smell, but it cut through the tangles. I'll have to see if this is still as efficacious later in my stretch before I can recommend it :).
  4.  T-shirt dried for about 30 minutes (had to finish up some TV :).
  5. Applied my leave-ins, Silicon Mix Bambu and argan oil, then proceeded to detangle using my seamless combs. 
  6. I then let my hair air dry loose and put it into 5 big pin curls before bed.
These are my results:

look! i got new glasses! lol :o)

It also occurred to me that I completely missed my 2 year hairniversary! On July 1st, 2013 it has been officially 2 years since I began this journey towards healthier, happier, longer hair. I'm pleased by how far I've come and certainly didn't expect the results that I have achieved. My hair is a constant reminder of what hard work, research and a strong routine can do for every aspect of my life. This is where my hair is currently:

I will be spending some time this year clipping off uneven ends, but I'm where I was hoping to be by now--grazing bra-strap length. I look forward to full bra-strap by the end of the year, and hopefully midback by my 3 year anniversary.

My start:

Cheers to progress! I look forward to seeing what this next year will bring. To see the progress from year 1, click here.

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