Hair A Few More: Leave-In Conditioners


Hair Length Goal

I did not have a particular hair length goal before. I simply wanted to know how to treat my hair well, and to be satisfied with the results. I’ve worn my hair natural (without relaxers, perms, or any other kind of toxic chemicals) most of my life. My styling and treatment of it was hit and mostly miss. Now-a-days, I plait my hair (10 braids), and keep it in a bun. I can no longer two-strand twist, that makes it knotty. I will wash it while it is in braids, including the use of shampoo about once a month.

Currently, my hair reaches bra-strap and I have a medium length torso. I am aiming for mid-back or waist-length by February 2010. I wont stress myself to reach that goal. If I make it fine, if not, no big deal. My hair grows fastest and strongest, when I get into an exercise routine and wash weekly. I noticed that my vitamin and breakfast drink mixes made a big difference. I can only drink my concoction in the summer, because I can’t take cold food or drink unless it is boiling hot outside.

I really like this period of time we are in. The best hair products are available for curly, textured, kinky, nappy hair. It’s no longer about using grease as the solution to every hair problem. My hair issues used to be dryness, a lack of moisture, and fighting with the comb – yanking out fistfuls of it – after washing it.

Holy Grail of Moisture

I’m not on any search for a Holy Grail of great products. However, it’s great not to be dependent on any one company or product. I’ve found three new moisturizing staples to go along with my favorite Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner. One is Organics Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioner and their other product is Shea Butter Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion.

My hair drinks these two products. They feel a bit sticky on the hands, especially the Shea Butter. I am already in love with the Organics Olive Oil Leave-In Conditioner. It is light, doesn’t go on heavy or greasy, and best of it all, it does make the hair easier to comb. Not that I am into combing my hair anymore, but it’s handy to have.

I use the BioInfusion Leave-In Conditioner right after I wash my hair. It is definitely not sticky. It’s suitable. I’m not sure how great it is. My hair drinks this product also. It doesn’t leave my hair dry, so right now, I consider myself satisfied with my entire collection of Leave-In Conditioners.

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Hair Day: Aloe Vera


I’ve recently switched to using aloe vera (no alcohol) in my hair. I was using castor oil grease and olive oil creme, but the stuff exacerbates my acne. I fight acne daily. It’s a battle between having clear skin and long hair.

Repeating myself: I wash my hair with conditioners mostly. I use Creme of Nature and / or Suave. I’m lazy. Like I do every time, I wash my hair while in twists. I treat my hair like it is dread locs.

I wrap my head in a towel to remove the wetness. While damp I take each twist, open, and apply a very generous amount of aloe vera. I comb my hair with my fingers to remove shed hair, unless it is the back of my neck and hairline. In those areas, I use a comb, sometimes a small tooth one. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. The hair in the back of my head is fine / smooth / soft enough for a small tooth comb.

I even put aloe vera on my face after doing my skin scrub / cleanse routine.

The picture above is the hair style I’ve been wearing since I washed my hair. I sleep with the comb in my hair.

My goal is to wash and wear my hair. I try to leave it alone until the next time I need to wash it. Since I work out daily, that’s about every 3-5 days.

My verdict: aloe vera is better than the greasy stuff. So far the hair is still soft and supple. As long as there is no breakage, I’ll continue to use it.

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