Hairlista Castor Oil Challenge Check-in | 1 Month

Friday, February 27, 2015

It's been 1 month since the Castor Oil Challenge began (January 25th) on Hairlista.com. I entered the challenge at the extreme level which requires you to:
  • Apply Castor Oil to your scalp every other day
  • Add 1-2 tsps of Castor Oil to your deep conditioners
  • Seal with Castor Oil, after moisturizing (optional)
My success: I must say, I'm very proud at how consistent I've been with applying my JBCO to my scalp every other night and adding it to my deep conditioners. I tend to apply my oil in the night so that my hair can absorb it while I sleep. However, at the end of the day, when I'm so exhausted, it's such a fight to pull myself into my bathroom and get it done. It's definitely a challenge. So I'm proud of myself for that.



My struggles: The shedding! Though I'm not too concerned with it, I have noticed that it has increased over the weeks. Since I've been participating in the Castor Oil Challenge (dating back years), shedding has always been a symptom of mine. I never get alarmed. I just monitor it and if it happens to get out of control, 99% of the time it doesn't, I'll do a quick Black Tea Rinse and it will begin to decrease. Since I don't remove shed hairs often, that could also contribute to the increased amount of hair I see. I'll keep an eye on it!

Overall thoughts: I'm very pleased with the amount of new growth I'm seeing thus far. It's so soft and fluffy. I haven't run out of any product - thank God! My stash (2 bottles) is still going strong. I think it should last me until the end of the challenge (April). Also, my hair is retaining much more moisture too!! Based on my new growth, I may have to move up my relaxer date :)

Are you in the Castor Oil Challenge? If so, what level? How's your hair doing?

ESSENCE.COM Straight Talk: Explaining Relaxed Hair vs. Texlaxed Hair

Saturday, February 21, 2015

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? Check out the reasons below...

DIFFERENT BALANCE REQUIREMENTS 
Telaxing the hair preserves the protein within the strand, as it’s not broken down completely by the relaxer. Since there is more protein left over in the strand, texlaxed hair tends to crave more moisture as opposed to protein treatments. Relaxed hair benefits from consistent protein treatments to build the integrity of the strands that were weakened by the relaxer. A balance of both moisture and protein is important to maintain healthy hair.

Relaxed and texlaxed hair differs in texture. Texlaxed hair is filled with volume, thickness and of course texture! Texlaxed hair isn’t completely relaxed in order to achieve a fuller thicker appearance. Relaxed hair is just the opposite! Relaxed hair is straighter with fewer kinks in the strands. Due to the differences in texture, each hair type requires care that is unique to its characteristics.

RELAXER
Although both relaxed and texlaxed hair requires relaxers to achieve their style, the amount of time the relaxer is left on the hair varies. For example, when I relax my new growth, I spend approximately 25 minutes applying and smoothing my relaxer whereas someone with texlaxed hair may finish the entire process in 10-15 minutes. Those who are texlaxed omit the smoothing step for less straightness and more texture. The goal is not to get the hair straight but to just to loosen the natural curl pattern.

MANIPULATION 
Depending on the style you chose to wear, both relaxed and texlaxed hair require a certain level of manipulation. Texlaxed hair is easier to comb, detangle, and overall manipulate in sections - preferably while moisturized. Texlaxed hair tends to be thick and highly textured; therefore, sectioning off the hair in 6-8 sections helps to cut down on matting, tangles and breakage. As relaxed hair can be quite straight, putting the hair in sections is not a necessity due to its ease in manageability, though it’s quite helpful.

DIFFERENT NEEDS 
Ladies with texlaxed hair often voice fears of their hair reverting after it’s been freshly flat ironed! Completely understandable! It’s a fact that flat-ironed texlaxed hair can revert back to a kinkier texture if humidity is present in the air. Texlaxed hair, as opposed to relaxed hair, requires an arsenal of anti-frizz and anti-humidity products to help combat reversion while straight. Relaxed hair, though it’s a possibility, rarely experiences this dilemma.

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Relaxed hair vs. Texlaxed hair

Healthy Hair Care Knowledge: The Science of Transitioning - Just Arrived!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yay!!! It's finally in my possession :) 

If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen my post about this arriving in the mail. I'm excited to read the latest book by Audrey Sivasothy. She's my favourite Healthy Hair Care author. I absolutely love The Science of Black Hair, I still read it 'till this very day! It's an awesome tool for any hair journey. 

I've flipped through the book and from what I see, it's loaded with pictorial how-to's, product recommendations, ingredient knowledge, tools and techniques that will significantly decrease the "trial and error" most experience in the beginning of their transition. I'm impressed! Though I'm not transitioning anytime soon, I'm anxious to dive into this book!

Do you have this book? Do you plan on getting it? Share your thoughts :)


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