Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Staple Products - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner

Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner

Giovanni Triple Treat Conditioner

Afro Shampoo Bar - By Shea Butter Cottage (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE)

Twisted Mango Custard 9for twists and braids) - BeUNIQUE Hair Care

Moisture Lotion (daily moisturiser) - BeUNIQUE Hair Care

Sea Curls (curl defining gel) - BeUNIQUE Hair Care

Conditioning Cream (softens & conditions) - BeUNIQUE Hair Care

Natural oils (to many to mention but my hair loves Avocado Oil & Grapeseed Oil these to oils also have a high resistance to heat so good to use when blow drying the hair)

Shine moisture spritz - my own concoction (not perfected yet!)

Herbal decoctions and infusions

Bentonite Clay

Dr. Organics Vitamin E Conditioner - Really like, and nice to mix with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner

Biotin Conditioner - Mill Creek Botanicals - Still unsure, but still good enough to keep using and also try other products in the range (Bought from Sheel Pharmacy in Lewisham near the bus garage)

Aubrey Organics White Camellia Ultra-Smooth Conditioner

Garnier Fructis Repair and Shine Conditioner

Faith in Nature Conditioners

Dr Bronners Castile Soap

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

'Fro Hawk

While going through the early stages of my natural hair journey one of my goals was to get my hair long enough so that I could rock a 'fro hawk and yes, I've done it! I went out clubbing with a friend at the weekend and I decided that this was going to be the weekend that I would rock my dream style, I knew that to get the volume I wanted I would have to blow dry my hair, I used avocado and grapeseed oil as heat protectants. My results are pictured below, I include a picture of when I got home, sweat and heat in the club made my twist out expand! I also include a picture of day 3 hair achieved by just re-twisting. 

Monday, 1 November 2010

Not such a bad hair day

Last night it got to 6pm and I was like, damn, I haven't washed my hair, I hate washing my hair that late but I have to wash it once a week. I shampooed my hair with a Rhassoul Shampoo Bar by Shea Butter Cottage, it was a different experience from using the Afro Shampoo Bar , it didn't pop my curls like the Afro Shampoo bar, but my hair felt squeaky clean without feeling dry, which was good as I had quite a bit of gel in my hair. I then used the new conditioner that I had brought earlier in the week Dr. Organic Vitamin E conditioner, I think I like this conditioner although, as with any hair product you can not provide a fair assessment after just one week. What I can say is, that it's thick and foams up a treat, and I used it to detangle using my Denman D4 brush, it smells a little medicinal but I think it did moisturise my hair. I left it on for about 40mins with a plastic cap.

While the conditioner was in my hair I went to the kitchen to create two new products I made a leave-in conditioner and a hair styling lotion with added flax seed gel so that I could twist my hair. I rinsed my hair put in the leave-in and two strand twist my hair with the styling lotion, I did the twists larger than usual due to the time and put some flat twists in the front and went to bed with my hair wet (shock, horror).

This morning I used the hair dryer to dry my hair a little bit more with the intention of doing a twist out as I really didn't like the look of the twists as they were. I started to undo the twists and I really didn't like the look of it, it looked too chunky, I put some grapeseed oil on my hands and split them up some more, I ended up looking like I'd been electrocuted. So I smoothed the back of my hair with some moisturising lotion and also used some of the styling lotion and put my hair in a puff, and it looked really good.

But why did I give this post the title 'not such a bad hair day'? because my hair can tend to get dry when the ends are left out, but it feels moisturised, smooth and silky and not greasy. Now I don't know if it's the combination of products that had that effect or just one, but I will use Dr. Organics again and my leave-in.

See you next week!