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Scissor happy

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , on November 16, 2010 by Folliclephile

I can’t believe I am categorizing myself as being scissor happy. I remember when I would go to my hair stylist and ask for a trim and by the end of it I would look at the ground thinking what the h#!, I just asked for a trim. Well, I can relate to why it may seem your stylist always seems to go overboard when giving you a trim, especially if you have split or damaged ends.

In my case it stems from being over excited about wanting my hair to be totally free of chemicals and completely natural. Getting rid of the ends gives me a sense of getting closer to reaching my end result. In the last 4 weeks alone I’ve given myself 3 trims each time taking off about 1/4″. The feeling I get is one of great joy because with each trim I get closer to achieving my goal. I guess my “big chop” won’t be so big come July – which is when I plan to get rid of all chemically altered hair ends.

🙂

10 months post…

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by Folliclephile

and I am definitely seeing progress. I am at a point now where I am no longer eager to try every product that someone talks about on YouTube or that I read about on someone’s blog.

When I started transitioning I was paying too much attention to the growth of my hair. Now that I am seeing progress I’m taking a few steps back to really focus on the health of my hair and ensuring I’m doing whatever it takes to preserve the structure of my hair. I now detangle my hair dry with limited use of product, with the exception of using something to help deal with knots. I section my hair in 8 – 10 braids and wash with diluted shampoo. I smooth conditioner on my hair and detangle using my fingers first followed by my Denman brush. The next step is to deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner using wet heat (steam) followed by a cold rinse. I use a leave-in conditioner followed by a moisturizer and a sealant. This routine has been working very well for me and I plan to stick with it for some time.

Also, I have been limiting the use of protein as I am starting to realize that most mainstream products contain either animal or plant protein. I now only use protein once every 6 – 8 weeks (using dry heat), and I always clarify prior to applying.

Products being used are:

Elasta QP conditioning shampoo

Elasta QP DPR-11 Deep penetrating conditioner (sometimes mixed with black castor oil or Virgin Olive Oil) or  Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Leave-in Conditioner

Afroveda’s Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter – not sure what I’ll replace this with due to the recent price hike.

Omega Nutrition Virgin Coconut Oil

For protein treatment

Organic Root Stimulator’s Hair Mayo

 

Folliclephile

🙂

Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee – product review

Posted in natural hair care, transitioning, Product review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Folliclephile

As promised here is my review on this product. It was a last-minute internet find prior to making a trip to Honeyfig this weekend. The hope was that this product would help me with detangling my hair, making for easier manipulation.

It has a mild chocolate smell which was non-offense as sweet-smelling products have a tendency to turn my stomach. It has a thick yet light consistency to the touch and distributes through the hair quite easily. A little does go a long way but in my  case I like to be a little heavy-handed to reduce frustration when trying to flat twist my hair. I used it in combination with Darcy’s leave-in conditioner (Sweet cream scented) and Afroveda’s Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter prior to twisting.

It’s been about 5 hours since I applied the product and my hair is feeling very moisturized and soft. I won’t know the true effect as I probably will not be taking it down prior to my next wash.

All-in-all I am happy with purchase and I plan to replace it once I’ve run out providing it continues to produce consistent results.

Folliclephile