Blog Post for Friday: Deep Conditioning / My Own Concoction

Washed my hair this evening.

Oh, I love washing it too much.

Yet, I have to. I work out daily. And who wants to be engaging with people with a stinky head? It’s so not cool.

I made up a deep conditioning concoction. Made my hair so soft and smooth. Ummm. My hair loves oil in a creamy conditioner. I didn’t even have to blow dry. I had no knots! no tangles! very little shedding!

Aside from a few strokes, I did not (ok, barely) have to comb my hair!

Ingredients: Queen Helene Cholesterol, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Rain Coconut Conditioner, and the last of my Suave Coconut Conditioner.

I put the mixture into one of those wonderful McDonald’s plastic, sorta styrofoam (?) hard cup. I save the cups for henna mixtures too. I stirred my batch last night, and let it sit overnight.

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Hair Again: Rough and Dry Ends

Please note: I dislike tagging my personal pictures, but I’ve discovered they are being used. I was never asked about it. I never gave permission.

These are my hair ends. I’ve flat ironed a few times. I blow dry my hair nearly all the time, and I am pleased to see the teeny-tiny-itty-bitty curls come back. However, even with tons of conditioning, heat protectant(s), I am still paying the price of those luxuries. My ends are very delicate, and they’ve been feeling rough and knotty for a while.

After I blow dry, or flat-iron, I check my ends. For some reason, my left side (in the front) is always rough, tough, knotty, and harder to manage. I don’t know, in general, how many inches I retain each year, but last year it had to be zero to 1 inch – if I was lucky. I hate doing it, but I had to get the scissors out. (No!!!)

As recently as the last two times I’ve washed my hair I had to cut. Not trim, cut. I took off inches. Several times. I don’t like doing it, because it’s hard to judge if I’m chopping off too much on one side or the other. And who wants lopsided hair?

I deep condition religiously, but it wasn’t enough. Damn. This time I decided to add something new. I warmed up a bottle of Tea Tree / Carrot Oil, drenched my ends in it, added heavy conditioner, bagged the plaits on each side of my head, and kept it on overnight.

Well, I give complete credit to hair web sites, because people have mentioned doing this a million times, but I never did it before with this sort of intensity. I usually put it in, and immediately wash it out.

To make a long story short: my ends were tamed. They were smooth, silky, and no rough stuff. It made my modest bit of combing after I washed a true snap and blow drying was much easier. It did nothing to cut down on the time it takes to do my hair, but that’s something else I have to work on.

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Airlines, the TSA, and Post-Mardi Gras Thoughts

Well, I ate as much Moon Pie and candy as I could tolerate and them some. Caught a few stuffed bears and dolls, and lots and lots of beads! Wheeeee! I had an awesome time.

The candy was handy on the plane ride(s) back. My throat was so dry and ticklish: I caught a cold a few days after arriving on my trip. It never used to happen until the commercial airlines started re-circulating their filthy, polluted, diseased air. Now, I expect it each and every time without fail.

I want to thank the TSA for confiscating my bottled water. I didn’t realize a bottle of water could be so dangerous. It’s not like I was dehydrated. Thank goodness I only had a cold, and not a more serious condition requiring water. Oh, wait, what am I saying, I did need the water. I have several acronyms for TSA, but I don’t like to use profanity on my blog.

I wont even talk about having to take out my liquids, in 1 ounce to 3 ounces containers for their extremely careful perusal. Yes, I know, products like Tea Tree Oil, Jergens skin cream, and hair conditioners can be made into weapons of mass destruction. Do they hire based on the lowest test scores?

So, I’m walking around the airport pulling my jeans up, because wearing a belt is a time waster. Laced shoes, sneakers or boots (with metal) are a lost cause. I’m starting to think carrying luggage to bring on board the plane is a non-starter. It’s heavy, and by the second leg of my flight – trying to make a connection is so much fun! – I’m exhausted. But I’ll be damned if I’m paying them $15 to lose my luggage. I just may consider a service that sends luggage ahead of you.

I attended every Mardi Gras that was available to attend. I even had the pleasure of some one’s well reared southern child heave a loogie into my hair from above. I am glad I didn’t have superpowers or a machine gun at the time, because a lot of people who have been massacred. I calmed down a few hours later. I have to realize it’s my fate to have teenage boys toss stuff at me – it happens every few years.

My hair was braided – it’s still braided – when later I wiped it clean with a warm, water soaked, paper towel. I haven’t washed it since February 13th, because I have a cold. I didn’t want to wash right before the trip, and now is not a good time. Once I got home, I opened my hair, saturated with Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner, and re-braided.

I cannot wait to wash my hair, and this time I am going to use shampoo to make it squeaky clean.

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Conditioners: Tresemme Vitamin E – Moisture Rich, and others

Tresemme Vitamin E – Moisture Rich

I like my hair conditioners extremely thick (like some other things, snicker). It has to feel like I am putting custard in my hair. It doesn’t respond well to the thin-gruel, watery stuff. Any product with that kind of consistency does nothing for me, and makes it harder for me to comb my hair after it dries.

Tresemme leaves my hair feeling like I used shampoo. I didn’t like that. I require a conditioner that detangles, and leaves my hair feeling soft and silky. While I don’t think that products for straight or relaxed hair are any different from nappy, coily, kinky, textured 4a-4z hair, I will stay away from some products favored by them. I suspect it just wasn’t created for my needs.

My favorite cocktails

I read and hear a lot about Aphogee, especially on YouTube. It leaves the hair hard. I’m sure that is welcomed by those who want to make their hair “stronger”, but on me that is a recipe for extreme breakage.

I’ve purchased two packets of Henna. It’s been two years since the last application. I will give it a try in a few weeks. Does it really work? Dunno. Since my friend, and everyone swears by it – it didn’t cause me any grief last time – I figure, “Why not?”

I need moisture. I require moisture. Anything that feels like it is stripping my hair is a no-no. Way back in the past, during my ignorant years, I thought the squeaky clean feeling was great for my hair. All it did was make it impossible to comb, even with a watery conditioner. Why that never computed into trying something better, I don’t know. Maybe I didn’t care as much. Even when I was abusive to my hair it reached shoulder-length.

Unable to resist my product junky inclinations, I bought more conditioning products from Garnier: Instant Melting Conditioner, and the Strength and Repair Melting Masque.

I’m always looking for conditioners that do the following things: adds moisture, detangles (for a silky feel), and claims to strengthen the hair.

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Hair Again – Vanity Check – hair washing routine

Oh, joy. Washing hair is a drag in the winter. I prefer to wash in warm weather, it is easier to do, because I don’t worry about a completely dry scalp. Unlike other mortal beings, I can’t walk about with a damp scalp. It must be nearly bone dry.

Last I’ve checked my hair length may have been February 2008. I figure I’d take a look and review my hair washing routine.

The Lazy Method

I apply a moisturizing shampoo directly to the scalp. I don’t shampoo often, but the stink smell of sweat was getting to me.

I also added a bit of pre-shampoo oil to the major part at the top of my head. That area gets dry and brittle so I wanted to protect the hair in that area.

At the same time, I slather the ends of my twists with heavy creamy conditioner, before I open my hair. That way I never have a knot that my hair doesn’t slip out of.

I don’t use a comb.

I open all the twists, the hair is basically in two parts. I make two big twists and wait a bit for the conditioner to sink in. It’s winter, and I’m not hanging around long to catch a cold.

I wash my hair – scalp first with a moderately vigorous scrub. I spend the rest just rinsing, until the hair doesn’t feel that slippery. I make about 3-4 parts on the two sides, and carefully wash into between the parts. I’ve been shocked in the past how much product stays in my hair if I don’t let the water get into every section.

Wrap with a towel. Hair is left damp.

I rub in Garnier Fructis Moisture Works Fortifying Cream Conditioner, it makes parting the hair easier.

I also put in some heat protector.

I blow dry my hair with my favorite! The Conair Hot Air Styler has a built in comb. Be careful, it will take out a lot a hair if one is not gentle! Some days I yank out a lot. I shed hair like a cat.

I flat-ironed the ends a little. My hair type is very shrinky-dink, so no matter what I do, right after a blow-out or flat iron, it is going to shrink. I literally ran to take these pictures before I lost a couple of inches.

I finished “styling” with a heavy application of castor oil. Total time was a little over 2 hours.

Last note: It may sound lame, but I’ll say it again: my hair has never EVAH! been this long before. I think keeping stress low, drinking water, keeping the hair moist (not brittle dry), and using conditioner are very important.

Before

After

After
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Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel


I don’t hype products; that’s not the purpose of this blog. However, I am a happy woman when I find something that works. And Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel works!

My hair is kinky, not in the least curly. Outside of an old school jherri curl, I didn’t think I could have any.

Well, this product helps my 4a-z hair show some curl! Small waves and itty bitty curls! I am astounded. I get a curl when I put a deep conditioner in my hair. This stuff does it without a strong scent, stickiness, and it doesn’t dry hard or crispy.

Nice.

How I apply: after I wash my hair. While it is still damp, I take a section – like for a medium-sized plait about an inch or more – and work in the product from root to tip. The hair gets wavy / curly. To keep the style and my hair moist, I wear a perforated shower cap. I also re-wet my hair and re-apply product. I wash out the product by day three. Too much build-up is no good.

By far, the easiest hairstyle of all: loose, lovely and low-maintenance. It’s almost completely wash and go.

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