Sunday, April 13, 2014

0 Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream


Promises: An Argan Oil infused deep penetrating conditioning treatment that is made with 100% Pure Argan Oil and other natural ingredients to help protect hair from the damages of every day styling. When used daily, Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream helps promote strong, long healthy hair. Deeply moisturizes to protect hair from damage. Formulated for over-heated, over styled hair.

Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream helps...

  • Deeply moisturize to protect hair from damage
  • Strengthen the hair to prevent breakage
  • Encourage shine, elasticity and growth
  • Hydrate and moisturize with Argan Oil and other natural ingredients
Great for: relaxed, natural, texturized, coloured, or permed hair.


Directions:

Daily Styling - Apply to towel dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair beginning at the roots and working towards the ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the ends or problem areas. 

Leave In Treatment - Apply as directed for "Daily Styling" using slightly more product to thoroughly coat. Cover with a plastic cap overnight for maximum absorption and intense conditioning. Leave in or rinse out in the morning.

Frizz Free Hair - Apply daily to split ends or damaged areas. Comb through, and let dry naturally.



Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Butyrospermium Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Hexapeptide-11, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Citric Acid, Disodium ETDA

Truth:  The more I use this product (almost 1 month now), the more I'm beginning to like it. I've used it as a leave-in conditioner,  daily moisturizer,  and for bagging my ends at night or underneath my wigs. I find my hair responds best to this product while my hair is slightly damp - as a leave-in or while doing the L.C.O Method. I find the absorption is better and my hair remains moisturized for much longer. I think it's because the product is so thick and creamy, it responds best to damp hair.  Also, it has great slip, when the hair is damp, aiding in detangling the hair. I also love bagging my ends with it. My ends stay hydrated and smooth. The scent of the product is very light and fruity. The scent is subtle yet lingers in your hair for hours - which is a plus!

Yesterday, I used Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Repair Cream and sealed with Creme of Nature SFE Repair Oil, I put my hair in 5 plaits and curled the ends. I took the braids out the next morning. Here are the results:



Pros: 

  • Cream/thick texture
  • Strawberry/Cherry Fragrance
  • Good detangling
  • Moisturizing
  • Smoothes the hair
  • Creates shine
  • Softening
  • Eliminates Frizz
Cons:

  • Can weigh down the hair - if used daily.

Price:  $6.99 CAN 16 fl oz.

Hairlicious Rating:  (4/5) Very Good




Sunday, April 6, 2014

9 Recent Purchase: 100% Vegetable Glycerin


Just purchased a bottle of 100% Vegetable Glycerin at the Health Food Store. I'm looking forward to using it, mixed with distilled water, in my regimen as the weather gets warmer. If you don't know me by now, I'm a huge Glycerin fan. I find it very moisturizing and hydrating for my hair. Glycerin is a humectant that helps attract moisture from the air into the hair. When used in a diluted state, the hair will become softer, smoother, more manageable and fuller. I may use 30-40% Glycerin and 60-70% Distilled water. I'll have to play around with the measurements for the best results. 



Above is the spray bottle I plan on using for my mixture. I got this spray bottle from Sally Beauty Supply store for $2.99. I'll either use the Glycerin/water mix to replace my moisturizer (and then seal) or as a re-fresher spritz throughout the day to re-hydrate my hair and new growth, if necessary. I know some use the mixture prior to moisturizing the hair and then proceed with a moisturizing hair butter to seal it in. I guess it all depends on what your hair likes. *Off to go experiment!*


Are you a Glycerin user? If so, how do you use it in your regimen?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

1 Tips On How To Strengthen The Demarcation Line


While stretching your relaxers, it's important to keep the "Line of Demarcation", where the new growth and relaxed hair meet, strong to prevent any breakage. 

This meeting point is extremely delicate and prone to breakage as the new growth comes in. In comparison to the relaxed hair, the new growth is much thicker, coarser and drier than your relaxed strands. It is very easy for breakage to occur at the demarcation line because you are dealing with two different textures.  

To prevent breakage at the Line of Demarcation, here are a few tips:

1. Maintain a consistent moisture/protein balance. Regular protein treatments will fortify the hair making it strong and durable. Moisture treatments will help soften, moisturize and improve the hairs elasticity thus preventing breakage. There has to be a balance. 

2. Moisturize daily! Keep this delicate area moisturized as often as possible. Dryness is very common when new growth is growing in, so using a daily moisturizer (preferably a moisturizer in a spray bottle as you can target certain areas) is key. 

3. Detangle. It's very easy for new growth to get matted and tangled, which can cause breakage. Opt to use a detangler on wash days to help comb through knots. Remember to use a wide tooth comb and comb starting from the ends up to the roots. Part your hair in sections (6-8 sections) to make it easier. 

4. Low manipulation. While stretching your relaxers, try to leave your hair alone as often as possible. The more manipulation the more unnecessary breakage can occur. Opt for easy styles that create less stress on the hair. 

5. Protect your hair at night. Always protect your hair at night with either a satin/silk scarf or satin/silk bonnet. This will help lock moisture into the hair and prevent breakage around your hairline, nape and edges. 


Saturday, March 22, 2014

6 My Deep Conditioner Mix - Softens New Growth!

I'm currently approaching 14 weeks post relaxer and my hair is feeling like butter because I used this mixture!! One of my favourite Moisturizing Deep Conditioning mixtures consists of:

- 5 tbsp of Keracare Humecto (tub)
- 1 tsp of EVOO
- 1 tsp of Avocado Oil
- 1 tsp of Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp of JBCO
- Shot of Porosity Control Conditioner!

I find this mixture great for hydrating my new growth and keeping my line of demarcation (where the new growth and relaxed hair meet) full of elasticity.

Typically, I use this mixture under my steamer for 30 mins :)


What moisturizing deep conditioners/mixtures do you use while stretching your relaxer or to seriously hydrate your hair when it's really thirsty?




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

65 Where Are All My Relaxed Ladies?


Is it just me, or am I noticing less and less relaxed haired ladies i.e. on Hairlista.com, Instagram, etc. ?

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love both natural and relaxed hair; however, I noticed relaxed hair doesn't seem as prominent and not nearly as visible as natural hair.

My question is, does it seem as though the relaxed haired population is decreasing while the natural haired population is increasing? Do you feel pressured to convert because having natural hair is more widely acceptable now? Or will you remain relaxed? 

Let me know your thoughts. 


Friday, March 7, 2014

24 Straight From Eden by Creme of Nature - Just Arrived!


So there's been quite a buzz around the new Creme of Nature Line, Straight from Eden. I'm actually impressed that they decided to incorporate the 3 Penetrating Oils that I always talk about i.e. Coconut oil, Avocado Oil and Olive Oil. That right there has already captured my attention :)

I'm pretty anxious to try this new line because it's sulfate-free and plant derived with my favourite oils. I'm currently 11 weeks post relaxer. I'll be trying this product on my hair while stretching (so I can see how it works with my new growth) and right after I relax, which will be in the next 1-2 weeks. 

They include coconut to restore strength and protect hair from damage, avocado to fortify hair and promote overall hair healthiness, and olive oil to hydrate the strands and infuse necessary moisture.

Have you tried the new Straight from Eden line? 

What do you think of it?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

6 Hot Oil Treatment vs. Deep Conditioning - Can They Replace Each Other?


Hair Question:
"Can hot oil treatments be used in place of deep conditioners. Do I still need to deep condition after a hot oil treatment or is it basically the same?"
My Advice:
I came across this question on Hairlista.com and I thought I would answer it, here on my blog, in detail. I think this is a great question as both methods are equally important in any hair care regimen. 
Hot Oil Treatments, especially with penetrating oils, are perfect for providing the hair with strength, thickness and softness. Oils like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Avocado oil are great as they actually penetrate into the hair cortex helping to repair damage, prevent protein loss and provide the hair with elasticity. Oils help to lubricate the hair thus providing softness and shine. Oil treatments also help to minimize frizz.
Deep Conditioning is important, with frequent use, it helps to improve the overall health of the hair. Deep treatments infuse moisture and strength into the hair, increase detangling abilities while adding softness and smoothness. Most deep conditioners have a low pH which helps to add shine and smooth the cuticles helping to lock in moisture. Also, conditioning the hair helps to decrease fly-aways and frizz. Deep conditioners are designed to penetrate the hair shaft to prevent/repair damage. Treatments with "Hydrolyzed Proteins" in the ingredients are small enough to penetrate into the hair cortex offering strength, moisture and thickness. 
Can hot oil treatments be used instead of deep conditioners? I would say no, they are both eqaully important but one should not replace the other. They are different, both providing unique benefits to the hair. If anything, they should be used simulantoeously in one's regimen. For example, I add oils into my deep conditioners that way I'm giving my hair a deep treatment and hot oil treatment at the same time. I highly believe in using oils that actually penetrate and nourish the hair.
Overall, hot oil treatments and deep conditioning can be done separately or together. You do not have to do a deep condition after a hot oil treatment. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

27 Could Air Drying Be Damaging To Your Hair?

We've always been told to avoid the hot tools i.e. blow driers and flat irons as air drying is the best thing we can do for our hair! Well, after some research, it may not be the best thing...

It has been hypothesized that since air drying takes much longer for the hair to dry completely, some internal components of the Cell Membrane Complex (CMC) are exposed to water; therefore, causing damage. For those of you who do not know, the CMC layer is made up of proteins, lipids and fatty acids. Essentially, it's the glue that binds the cuticles together.

Air drying wet hair, for long periods of time, can cause the CMC layer to become dislodged which can then lead to rough damaged hair, splitting and breakage. It's the over exposure to water that creates the damage in the CMC.  It is said that removing water from the hair quickly prevents the CMC layer from becoming damaged, as very long drying times can cause undetected damage.

Although blow drying at hot temperatures would be the next best thing, to remove water from the hair quickly, the heat can cause more damage. Overall, it is best to minimize drying time and minimize the temperature i.e. blow drying on cool air setting. Using a hair dryer 6 inches away from the hair, with continuous motion, could cause less damage than air drying.

I've been blow drying my hair on the cool setting for years (5 years to be exact)! It's one of my "go-to" methods for drying my hair. I usually t-shirt dry for 15-20 mins then I proceed to blow dry on cool while smoothing my hair out with my hands. It gives me consistent results i.e. smooth soft moisturized hair and it's fast! When I'm done, I feel as though all of my cuticles lay flat and my hair dries much more uniform. I love it!!

Source

Hair Tips:

  • Air dry using ceramides (i.e. grape seed oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil etc.) to reinforce the cell membrane complex (CMC).
  • Do not air dry while the hair is sopping wet. First t-shirt dry your hair for 10-15 minutes allowing the t-shirt to absorb most of the water.
  • Blow dry your hair on Cool to remove most of the water and to protect the CMC layer of your strands.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

12 How Do You Air Dry Your Hair?



Sometimes, I like to air dry my hair in a loose bun. I usually air dry my hair with it hanging down (loose) or in twists while doing "The Scarf Method" around the perimeter of my hairline. This combination works best for me.

I find that bunning my hair while I'm drying it really helps to lock moisture into the hair. It helps to keep my cuticles uniform and my hair feels great overall.  Some say it's better to air dry your hair while it's in a "structured state" i.e. twists, braids, banding, etc. verses having it hang loosely. What do you think?

What works best for you and hair while air drying?


Friday, January 31, 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

7 5 Signs Indicating You Have Low Porosity Hair

 Does Your Hair...
  1. Take forever to dry after washing it?
  2. Have a hard time absorbing moisture, but retains moisture really well once it's accepted?
  3. Have a difficult time absorbing deep conditioners?
  4. Feel as though products just sit on top of your strands? They don't penetrate fully?
  5. Tend to resist chemical services i.e. relaxers, colour etc.

Low Porosity Hair is when your cuticles are tightly closed preventing the absorption of moisture into the strands. The cuticle is quite resistant to opening and readily accepting water. Opening the cuticle may be troublesome, but once it's open, it will accept, hold on/ retain moisture for a long period of time. The main focus with low porosity hair is to get the cuticles open! Low Porosity hair is easy to take care of once you understand how!


Quick Tips:

  • Steam frequently - Warm steam vapours help to raise the cuticles and allow the deep conditioner to absorb easily into the hair shaft.
  • Moisturize on damp hair - This allows the cuticles to raise slightly thus giving your moisturizer the chance to penetrate the hair strands. Once the hair receives the moisture, it will hold on to it very well.
  • Baggy your hair often - Baggying will help raise the cuticles drawing moisture into the hair
  • Always use heat when you deep condition - Heat allows the hair cuticles to raise/open. The deep conditioner can then easily penetrate into the hair cortex giving nutrients i.e. moisture, protein etc. to the hair strands.
  • Clarify often - 2-3x/month will help lift the hair cuticles allowing any deep conditioners, leave-ins, moisturizers to penetrate easily.

Friday, January 24, 2014

14 5 Signs Indicating You Have High Porosity Hair

Does Your Hair...


1. Dry very quickly after washing it?
2. Tangle easily, even after you've thoroughly detangled it?
3. Always feel dry and/or brittle after moisturizing?
4. Absorb products easily? Is it thirsty?
5. Have a low shine/sheen?

Porosity is the hair's ability to absorb moisture. This is determined by the condition of the hair's cuticle layer (the overlapping scales of the hair shaft), and is rated as low, normal, and high.

Hair that has a high porosity tends to have raised cuticles and the hair too-readily absorbs moisture. Overly-porous hair also releases moisture easily, thus; becoming dry and prone to damage. Perms and straighteners will process much faster in high-porosity hair. Having highly porous hair does not mean your hair is damaged, it just means you have to use different methods when taking care of it :)

Quick Tips:

  • Add a mixture of Water and Aloe Vera Juice in a spray bottle (1/4 AVJ, 3/4 Water). Use this before adding your leave-in conditioner.
  • Add 1-2 tsps of Aloe Vera Juice in your deep conditioner to lower the pH balance of the conditioner.
  • Do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse 1-2x/week after you shampoo or co-wash your hair. Apple Cider Vinegar is known to lower the pH balance in the hair and close the cuticles allowing your hair to hold on to moisture.
  • Use Roux Porosity Control Conditioner weekly as a quick condition or 1 tbsp in your moisturizing deep conditioner.


 

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