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Porous Hair Blues?

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Moisturized hair = strands that hold and retain the good stuff (water and other moisturizing agents).

Did you know that hair can hold up to 50% of its weight in water?? Little did I know, I was keeping my hair from being the beautiful, natural sponge that it is – by not being proactive. *cues violins*

Here’s my story:

For the last couple of months, my hair seemed sooo moisturized, shiny and soft in its natural state – but whenever I would straighten the last few inches of my hair would be frizzy and resisted all efforts of being smoothed.

I tried deep conditioning (protein treatments with heat) and ultra moisturizing products,before straightening. Since  moisturized hair is usually much easier to straighten, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what was wrong. I knew my ends weren’t damaged, so I was racking my brain trying to figure out a logical hair solution.

Then the light bulb went off.

I hadn’t done an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse in…oh, about a couple months! My hair was too porous and I should have known better.


Some signs of porosity problems:

– moisturizing products don’t have the same effect b/c the moisture isn’t being retained  in your strands

hair that is noticeably more puffy, dry or frizzy (due to raised hair cuticles)

How did I rectify this?

1. I went back to doing ACV rinses every week. I fill a spray bottle with mostly water, then add some apple cider vinegar, then spray my scalp and pour the rest over the length of my hair (over bathtub). I leave it on for a few minutes, then wash out. I follow by conditioning as normal. This can be done in place if shampoo if you wish – shampoos can also leave buildup in hair! This also helps close your cuticles for smoother hair that is more manageable.

2. I used Porosity Control conditioner the first week to help balance my hair’s PH level. A bit of acidity helps hair that is too porous (hence adding normal ACV rinses to my regimen). You can get Roux Porosity Control online or at your local Sally’s.

Having hair that is too porous can cause lots of problems. Your fav products may not give you the results you expect and all your efforts to moisturize may be in vain – i.e. money and time down the drain!

I’m now happy to say that things are running much more smoothly on the homefront :)

:: hope this helps ::

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Qhemet Biologics

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I’ve been eyeing this line for quite some time.

Their hair products are handmade, 100% natural and I’ve heard mostly rave reviews from natural and relaxed ladies.

Over the last few months, I’ve been slowly working my way through mountains of hair products I purchased over the last year…What? I didn’t want to run out ;>

I can’t promise you that I won’t continue to indulge in my product obsession, but I can say I will be “better.” *innocent face*

Two products I’m definitely ordering no matter what?

1. Karen’s Body Beautiful hair milk – I ran out of this a loonng time ago, and I miss it! The scents are awesome, and this detangles curls/kinks like no other. I’m nicknaming this product hot butter. It just glides through your hair, and it’s sooo creamy. I need it.

I’m still deciding between the lavendar vanilla scent and vanilla latte. YUM

2. Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter CreamI haven’t tried this yet, but I can’t wait to! I’ve been dying to add this to my regimen for extra moisture during the winter. A lot of women have been raving about their Alma and Oil Heavy Cream, but I’ve noticed my hair fairs better with lighter products – so I’m itching to try the BRBC on my braid outs.

I will check-in once I’ve tested this product myself.  I’ve heard the shipping can take a min though, so hang tight!

Any new or tried and true products tempting you in the new year?  Dish!

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Winter Evaluations: Change is Good

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Since I’ve only been natural for about 4 months, I was ill-prepared  for the next season as far as my hair regimen goes.

Not that I haven’t been scouring hair forums, blogs and the likes looong before I even decided to go natural – I definitely knew that I couldn’t do wash-n-go’s in the middle of the winter! I guess I was just expecting more time to  transition and wrap my head around styles that do not include washing/completely wetting my hair everyday.

But, alas, winter takes no hair prisoners. Cold or harsh weather will tear that head up if you aren’t prepared and willing to make necessary changes/tweaks to your warm weather regimen.

Believe it or not though, developing a winter regimen has actually been a great change in hindsight. It kicked my butt into gear, and helped me to step away from puffs everyday (yaaawn) and wash n go’s with a headband (snore). lol  –> Don’t worry, I still have love for those styles, but I was feeling kinda limited!

I have found a new love. Braid Outs!

In my previous post you will see my original technique, but since then I have really simplified things. My goal for the new year is to try to keep things simple. Low heat- low fuss- more length retention.

My current braid out is as simple as this:

I divide my hair in half and do 5 braids on each side using Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol (I can now vouch that this stuff is officially the truth, since I’ve been using it for a bit). I then seal my ends with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

No more perm rods, I just bend the ends under – sometimes I will use a bobby pin or two for braids that like to get crazy when I sleep. I just pin the braid under.

I still co-wash my hair, but only about 2 times a week. I always try to wash at night, seal with EVCO, then pat my hair dry. By morning my braids are usually dry enough to be unleashed – I haven’t done a puff since!

Change is Good.

Here are some pics of my current braid outs:

How have you ladies changed your regimen/styles during the colder months?

:: Grow On ::

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