Posts tagged ‘Suave Coconut conditioner’

June 22, 2009

Poo Bar

curlLately I’ve been on a quiet budget of sorts. Trying my best to conserve any extra $$ because, honestly it just seems like a really cool plan. To have some extra loot in the bank or under the mattress is always a nice comfort. As a result, I’ve been happily delving into my PJ stash, repurposing old goodies and trying out new ones that were on my ‘mean to but never got around to’ list.neemtea

So this week I scanned my PJ area, noticed a full jar of Lustrasilk’s Shea-Butter and Mango conditioner/styling crème and went to work. These days I just can’t seem to help myself with the pre-pooing…so I started within those lines using Suave’s Coconut conditioner. To that, I added a couple squirts of Hairveda’s CoCasta Shikakai Oil, twisted into large twists and added a bit more of the CoCasta to my scalp. Massaged the pre-poo, then left on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Nixed on the ACV this week as well as a co-wash and happily sampled a poo bar from the Chagrin Valley collection of soaps. My bar of choice was their Neem & Tea Tree body/shampoo bar, which I lathered onto my hair, then applied directly to my scalp. Plenty of lather with this bar, so I was easily able to work up the suds and feel as if my hair got a good cleanse. It’s surprisingly non-stripping, but even BETTER…moisturizing! My hair felt cleansed and fairly soft.

Ingredients:

Saponified oils of an elder flower, calendula, dandelion, and comfrey infused sunflower, neem, and rice bran blend, coconut, palm, castor bean, jojoba, palm kernel, and wheat germ; filtered rainwater; organic aloe vera; essential oils tea tree, lavender, thyme, and peppermint; vitamin E oil; and rosemary oil extract.

The Goods:

Enhanced with jojoba and wheat germ oils, this bar will soothe and moisturize your skin, and add body and vitality to your hair. The liquid oils have been infused with the anti-inflammatory botanicals of elder and calendula flowers, which have been used topically to heal rashes and to help soften and soothe dry, irritated skin and scalp. It leaves your skin and hair clean and soft.

The sample bar ran me a mere $2.60, and will thankfully last a good while. DC this week was the tried and true LustraSilk Shea Butter Cholesterol. To be honest I can’t figure out if its works best as a DC, curl crème or a leave in…?! While searching the label I found no answers, so just went ahead and twisted, detangled and worked my way into a conditioning cap for 45 minutes before my final rinse. Styling this week with old time fav KCKT under Donna Marie’s Lock & Twist Pudding. Twisted into larger twists this week to cut back on time…untwisted this morning to dry hair, but instantly began the battle against humidity. It’s been typically warm and humid some mornings over the past couple weeks, and my hair doubled in size as soon as I began to unravel each twist.

 

Alright, so bottom line…I’m choosing to embrace the added poof! This past Sunday was the official first day of Summer and I think it’s also time to change the expectation of my hair during the warmer months. Volume as an added bonus to curly/afro textured hair adds a great softer look, which if worked/pinned/styled right can look effortless/glam/wonderful!  So with no qualms over the added height of hair, I added a smidgen of KBB hair butter and let the rest be.

June 15, 2009

Hair Prospects

curlCould it be? I’m posting on time! Well…at the very least, as I type I have EVERY intention of posting this before I head off to lunch. Internet access is still sparse in my parts so I’m making do by sneaking lines and paragraphs wherever I can. The sun barely made an appearance this past weekend…I mean it’s like we inherited the hum drum that is London fog over the past several weeks, with nary a day that we haven’t seen rain. Here’s how I’m taking it…I’m arming myself with a game plan that will consist of up do’s, headbands, and a but load of bobby pins to secure this thing on my head.

I’m blaming it on the weather again, the fact that my body is growing increasingly lazy when it comes to doing my hair each week. The prospect of pre-pooing, washing, conditioning, detangling and styling has honestly felt a bit of a drag lately. My list of ‘things to do’ on my only day off is unfortunately/thankfully growing, but the time it takes to do my hair hasn’t gotten shorter…or easier for that matter. I grumbled a lot this week…even while I pre-pooed with leftover Suave coconut condish, applied my bentonite recipe using marshmallow root powder, nettle powder, ACV, and about three tablespoons of Hairveda’s CoCasta Shikakai Oil. I sat diligently with the mix in my hair for 45 minutes, co-washed with Trader Joe’s Nourish Condish, and detangled at the same time to cut back on time. No DC this week, because apparently I was out! Didn’t realize until the last minute and thought my hair could go without.

Totally-203x151[1]After detangling and separating into twists, cold rinsed then styled with KBB’s Hair Nectar and Afroveda’s Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter Crème, a somewhat lighter take on the Shea-Amla Creme, so I took a chance and found that it held it’s own.   I dried this week using my Soft Bonnet, mostly due to lack of time, and woke up this morning to about 99% dry hair. Much better than last week, and definitely dry enough so I wouldn’t have to worry about potential frizz once I stepped outside. I smoothed some KBB hair cream over the top for a bit of added shine, and pinned my hair instead of first day twist out hair. It was again raining as I stepped outside, so pinning the hair back was a good choice if I intend for the style to last for the rest of the week.

I’m anxious to try my Curly Fro again this week, if the weather plays nice for a change. I did notice though a lot more tangles and knots in my hair…especially over the past few weeks. Strangely, I’ve been able to retain more length over the past couple of months, and my hair has been growing! This is a good thing, because:

a. I’ve finally gained victory over my heat damage fiasco last year &

b. I must be doing something right with my regime, so kudos to me;-).

But the on flipside to more tangles and longer hair means, proper maintenance, i.e. regular trims. One of my fav bloggers, erin over at http://edotrich.blogspot.com/ , got her trim this past week, and it looks FAB! Her stylist managed to keep a nice shape, and not cross the line of scissor happiness. I’m thinking by the end of this month my hair would’ve reached it’s limit…after all there is so much pulling and tugging a Denman brush can do before it’s worn out.  So either I’ll piece together some pennies and bills or do it myself yet again.

 

Alright, off to lunch;-)

May 18, 2009

Back to Roots

curlSo this week I had focus and a clear goal in mind as far as my hair went.  Cleanse, cleanse cleanse! Because I’d been thrown off track with my ‘hair schedule,’ I had to steer myself in the right direction by removing all the product buildup my hair had accumulated from the slick-back do’s, pinups, and buns that required more gel than I ever like to use.  Thankfully I didn’t have any flareups around my hairline from using too much product, but instead the rest of my scalp felt a tad irritated from lack of proper cleansing. This week to start the process, I first focused on my scalp and worked my way down.

I was long out of bentonite clay, but knew that my scalp could really benefit from a treatment, so I headed over to Vitamin World to score a tub and while there picked up a bottle of Nature’s Gate conditioner (tea tree calming).  In the past, to mix a good batch of bentonite for proper cleaning/nourishing, I’d often mixed in ACV, coconut oil, hemp oil, vitamin E oil, honey & agave nectar…all of which I had lying around, but decided to experiment with some powders instead.   In a mixing bowl went a heaping mound of bentonite clay, marshmallow root powder, nettle powder and enough water to form a cake like batter.  The powders I’d purchased a while back at an Indian Store that supplies a wide variety of herbs.  For $3, I was able to snag about 45 grams of each…a price I still consider reasonable considering I didn’t pay shipping costs! 

Nettle Leaf:

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Nettle Powder

*Nettle leaf has been used as a hair and scalp treatment for centuries, and again, those uses are being supported by research as well. Nettle leaf extract seems to promote hair regrowth and thicken hair, as well as reducing dandruff and scalp conditions when used as a rinse. The nettle leaf and root both have medicinal properties, but each is more effective against different complaints. Nettle leaf is used traditionally as a diuretic, and as a treatment for rheumatism and arthritis. In Germany, a standardized extract is sold for the treatment of inflammatory conditions and prostate diseases. Nettle leaf’s effectiveness against rheumatism and other inflammatory diseases is well documented, and borne out by chemical analysis of the plant.

 

Marshmallow Root:

 

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Marshmallow Root

*This sweet mucilaginous (a.k.a. plant protein) rich herb has expectorant properties that strengthens the cell tissues and controls bacterial infections.  Marshmallow is  medicated, conditioning herb that provides an abundance of  ‘slip’ which helps to nourish and detangle naturally curly, wavy & Afro type hair.

Safe for Skin!
*Boosts the skin’s immunity at cellular level helping to minimize skin inflammation as well as fighting any skin degeneration.

For added goodness, I topped off with about a tablespoon of Hemp Seed Oil, then applied the mix to freshly pre-pooed hair (used Suave Coconut Condish), dividing in sections as I went along to evenly distribute.   I guess the best way to describe the application process is to compare it to how you’d normally apply a regular relaxer.  I start at the scalp, massaging the mix in, then evenly coating each section of hair.  I do this for the entire head, smooth down any potential lumps from the clay mix, and sit with a conditioning cap for 45 minutes.

I began rinsing with lukewarm water to avoid drying out the scalp, then followed with Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Calming Conditioner to help rinse out any remaining residue.  You want to make sure the water runs clear and not murky to ensure you rid your scalp and hair of any clumps of clay.  After rinsing the mix out,  I DC’d with AOHR conditioner for yet another 45 minutes. I detangled, separated into sections by twisting, then cold-rinsed. And just to make sure the process wasn’t long enough, I did a final rinse with ACV, first applying directly to roots to rid any lingering residue, then applied to rest of hair. 

Afterwards, I honestly couldn’t wait to see how my hair turned out, so I raced to a mirror to inspect and noticed my hair was SUPER clean and shiny, and my scalp…felt amazingly fresh! Didn’t truly feel like experimenting with any new goodies this week, so I dipped into my Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding, over Alaffia’s  Virgin Coconut & Shea Hair Lotion as a leave-in.   To avoid over-moisturizing similar to last week, I opted for the Alaffia because it’s a penetrating conditioning leave-in that goes on light, sort of what I needed this week to give my scalp and hair a break from too much stuff. I twisted in record time again this week…clocked in at about an hour or so!! Managed to clip the roots to prevent the poof, air dried because I thankfully had time on my side this weekend, and sealed my ends this morning with Afroveda’s Hemp Butter before untwisting  to shiny, bouncy, CLEAN hair and scalp.  And because it’s just become habit and adds that extra ‘umpf,’ I smoothed some KBB hair creme before heading out the door.

 

*Neem info courtesy of  www.mountainroseherbs.com

*Marshmallow Root info courtesy of www.anitagrant.com

 

tiniest of disclaimers: please use judgement when using herbs for medicinal purposes, or consult with a doctor before using.  All recipes or procedures listed are not meant to treat any form of ailment.

February 9, 2009

The Process: featuring Bentonite, Aubrey, Giovanni & a Blended Beauty

curlWho’s ready for winter to be done with? I AM!! Yesterday was my day to be indefinitely fed up with what winter brings.  Aggravation! The weather was  sort of a mixed blessing with temperatures in the mid 50’s, add to that just a hint of spring in the air.  But in NYC, if there’s even just a whisper of spring in the air, it’s almost inevitable to find the streets stocked with ppl. soaking in the feeling.

 

Two things I learned that added to my aggravation:

  1. Do not go to Ikea on a Sunday afternoon
  2. DO NOT go to Trader Joe’s on a Sunday afternoon

I have no excuse as to why I decided to do two of those things on the same day, but needless to say…I was beyond tired by the time I reached home and realized that I had to do my hair.

I fought it…I fought it all the way to 3:30 when I realized that if I didn’t start now I’d be raising more than a few eyebrows at work with my ‘new look.’ So by late afternoon I entered my zone…

…Pre-pooed this week with Suave Coconut Conditioner, mainly because after a morning of having my hair tossed around by dry winds…it was beyond necessary! Left the conditioner in my hair for 20 min, rinsed, then on a whim sneaked a bentonite clay treatment in. 

This go-round I kept it simple, mixing the clay with water and about 2 tblsp of honey (apparently honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties when mixed with water).  I applied the clay in sections, making sure to apply directly to my scalp by massaging it in.  Covered with conditioning cap (a helpful step because you definitely do not want the clay to over harden, rinsing is much easier if it’s still moist), then after 25 min or so rinsed thoroughly.  I rinsed with luke warm water, then applied a handful of co-wash conditioner to make sure to get any chunky deposits from the clay out.  I do believe that on my second attempt I achieved success! My curls popped instantly once I applied the mixture and after rinsing I noticed my hair felt cleansed without feeling stripped…not sure about added moisture, but I’m certain I retained whatever I already had.

And for the sake of covering all bases when it comes to my scalp I quickly put together an ACV rinse, applied directly to my scalp with an applicator bottle and massaged in circular motions to get the blood flowing. I did let the ACV sit in my hair for 5 min before rinsing.

My moisturizing conditioner this week was Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, which I applied in small sections while detangling ( a bit of a chore cause this conditioner is amazingly thick and hard to get out of the bottle!). The conditioner sat in my hair for 45 min before my final rinse of  a ridiculously long process,  whew!

Totally forget to restock on my KCKT and had to call on a sub leave-in conditioner. Still had a full bottle of Giovanni Direct Leave-In and decided to use it instead of waiting for the summer to re-purpose or re-use.  But on my second go with this leave-in I was more than pleasantly surprised!! It has amazing moisturizing properties, and defined my curls before I applied my final styling product.  I still sort of prefer KCKT though because it offers a ton more slip in my opinion, making it a lot easier to finger comb..but as a last resort the Giovanni came through.

To cut back on drying time though, I did soak up some extra water with my micro-fiber towel…an amazing tool if you’re ever in a hurry and need to cut back on time and avoid frizz!

After applying the leave-in I twisted with Blended Beauty’s Happy Nappy Styles  creme.  Now, when I say this thing is rich and thick I do mean it ranks up there with some of the richest butter cremes I’ve tried in the past! I was a bit surprised, and also hesitant because I didn’t want something to weigh my hair down, I just wanted MOISTURE!  (I’ll post a full review later this week;-)

After twisting, I sealed my ends with my new fav, Coconut Oil and allowed my hair to somewhat air-dry before going to bed. Waking up this morning, I quickly applied my unrefined shea before untwisting. 

I’m still mixed on the results…the twists are well defined and my hair is moisturized, but the bounce  and shine I had last week are clearly missing.  Frustrating! I’ll have to comb over my steps to see what could’ve been missing or a step I could alter in the future.

February 1, 2009

The Process

curlToday I decided to change “the process” up dramatically by trying out a few different products and techniques. Last night I was tired from work but on a whim ended up pre-pooing for the first time in a loooong time.  I figured why not…let’s set up my hair for a deep cleaning/conditioning the next day.

So last night I pre-pooed with a new conditioner from Suave, the coconut scent, and saturated my hair while separating into big twists.  I didn’t detangle the whole head, but really just stuck to the ends to remove any loose strands that might’ve accumulated during the week…and their was a lot!! The less moisture my hair has, there is always inevitable hair shedding.  Sucks really…but it’s pretty common during the winter months.

After separating into twists I donned a conditioning cap and went to sleep.  Waking up this morning, I washed out the conditioner, still keeping the twists together for easier rinsing and mixed my ACV rinse.

Because I wanted to concentrate more on my scalp in terms of cleansing and removing buildup, I mixed the ACV in an applicator bottle I picked up at the BSS (beauty supply store).  Using the applicator bottle made a HUGE difference in my new routine and I have to say I made less of a mess! I usually have a tendency to drip puddles around my feet whenever I have the water running, so this was a great addition to the process!

I still had a bit of conditioner left in my hair so after applying the ACV I massaged the scalp thoroughly, then ran my fingers through my hair to sort of start the detangling process.  Now, I won’t lie…the smell of the ACV was strong! I mean it’s vinegar so it’s got it’s acidic alkaline properties down in every way..lol!

But after massaging the scalp  I made sure to rinse thoroughly.  The smell did linger a bit, which I was expecting so I did one more co-wash with the Suave conditioner.  

The next step was to DC with my Curl Rehab which was delivered earlier in the week (detailed review to come later)! I detangled with the Curl Rehab and my Denman, then retwisted hair into about 12 large twists.  I sat under a conditioning cap for a good two hours because I failed to DC last week.

Afterwards I jumped in the shower and rinsed my hair, having the twists still in place with the flow of the water coming straight down, a trick I found worked well in preventing my hair to detangle again.  Sounds strange, but I hold my breath for a bit while letting the water run straight down as if pouring a bucket over my head! This took a bit of practice when I tried it a couple of weeks ago because I’d switched to rinsing with cold water to alleviate frizz and add shine…but it’s amazing the difference it makes! 

So  after the cold rinse I applied my KCKT and styled my hair this week with Donna Marie’s Lock & Twist Pudding.  After twisting, because I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate my Coconut Oil into my routine after my Bentonite disaster, I decided to apply it to my scalp and also to seal my ends.  

Right now my hair is still damp, but my scalp feels amazingly fresh and clean from the ACV! I’m not sure what to do with the smell, but I’m determined to add this to my routine.  This was the first time I’ve ever used a rinse to cleanse my scalp rather than a simple co-wash or mild shampoo cleanser and I have to say I’m a true convert!! My hair did not feel stripped, it just felt clean!  I’ll post more results tomorrow…the true test is always after I’ve slept on my twists and how well moisturized they remain.

Overall though I’d love to stick to this routine for at least another week or two to see if it’ll help with my scalp issues…everything just seemed to flow really well…from the ACV rinse to the DC treatment and then finally the styling…easy breezy:-)