Most Recent Product Haul + Mini Hair Set Back *Update*

Friday, May 14, 2010

It's been a longggg time since I purchased products for my hair. For the past few months I was just living off of the surplus of products I had. I didn't see the need to purchase anything new until my staples ran out i.e. S-curl No Drip Activator. Everything else you see in the photo is new to me (except for Aphogee). I'm just curious to see how my hair reacts to them :)

I've used the Aphogee 2 min reconstructor in the past and I remember it being so-so on my hair. I never wrote a review neither did I write about it in my hair journal so I'm going to try it out again (just for my records). Lately I've been learning about ceramides and how they are good for the hair, lo and behold, they are in the Aphogee 2 min reconstructor ingredients - Nice! Most importantly, I would also like to compare it to Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor and observe the differences as I mentioned I would here.

This Elasta QP Soy Oyl Ultra Hydration deep conditioner caught my eye. I've NEVER seen this product before so I immediately I picked it up. I'm anxious to try it out. Based on the ingredients it looks like a moisture/ultra light protein conditioner...I guess we'll see.

I recently tried out the Mane n Tail Detangler so expect a review on that shortly and last but not least, Wild Growth Oil. I'm excited to try this oil. I hear nothing but good stuff about it from my Hairlista ladies. Although I've found my staple oils, I'm willing to try this one out for recommendation purposes.

On to the depressing News...

I've become a victim of excessive split ends due to dull hair scissors. It's sad but true. I've had these Eclipse Hair Sheers from Sally Beauty Supply since fall 2008. I've only used them for dusting my ends, nothing else! However, I consistently noticed the re-occurrence of split ends. I'm there thinking to myself "I'm doing everything right so why on earth am I repeatedly seeing split ends? This makes NO sense!"

So I started doing research and I came across several articles stating that dull scissors will only encourage the hair to split further since the dull blades leave the ends open effectively creating a new split where it just removed one. Horrible cycle huh? There I am dusting my ends only to realize that I'm making the problem worse! SMH. I even explained my situation to the people over at Sally Beauty Supply and they mentioned that my particular scissors do not stay sharp for long and should be sharpened at least once a year, if not more, depending on how often you use them.

Now my main mission is to invest in high quality scissors (if you own a pair fill me in on where you got them from and how well they've work for you) or get mine sharpened every 3-6 months. I'll figure something out *sigh*. Learn from this experience folks, assess & evaluate the scissors you are using. I wouldn't want you to become a victim either :(

With that being said, I had my stylist trim the split ends off. I'm starting fresh - again. I believe I'm hovering around Bra Strap Length. It's all good. With the Castor Oil Challenge taking right now until summer, I should bounce back.

Man, when stuff like this happens I quickly remember that this Hair Journey is definitely a marathon not a sprint *wink*.

Happy Hair Growing


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  1. I love the jheri curl juice girl! It keeps everyone in my home's hair SOFT & moisturized. I found myself coasting on residual product as well. Once in a while it feels good to stock up. The MNT detangler is a must for me. I just replace the Aphogee reconstructor as well. LOVE IT! I am eager to learn more about the wild oil!

    Bummer about the setback, but learning experience & thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Im sorry about your setback, but like you said: its not about how fast you get there, its about how well :0)
    Im sure your hair is still beautiful and you will make up the length you lost in no time.
    Thanks for sharing this experience with us. Im giving my scissors the side eye as we speak...hmph
    take care!
    Much love and happy hair journey!!

  3. This would probably be me too if I was trimming my own hair. I can't remember when I bought the shears that I have. I know they're at least 3 yrs old because I remember having them before my son was born. Wow, maybe I should get another pair in case.
    Wow! Your haul is looking quite tempting. The EQP Soy Oyl? I haven't even seen or heard of this products, proof I've been out of the local bss and in pj rehab. I look forward to your review.

  4. I hope u like 2 minute reconstructor...I really enjoy it. I also tried Sidal ceramides and it's great!

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  6. oh, & thanks for the scissor tip...sorry, you had to have a setback tho :(

  7. can i use this product on my hair if i am spanish.

  8. i found the 2 min reconstructor so-so as well
    but i started using it after i self-relaxed my hair
    and i find that this is when it does its job
    the best. its my conditioner staple immediately
    after giving my self a touch up but only then...

  9. hey, sunshyne! thanks for the update!

    i've used the soy oyl twice and i wasn't impressed...i did a review on it here:

    it really is just OK to me...

    and we all know that a set back is set up for a COME BACK!


  10. these are nice mini hair set products. i purchased this product. i really like it. thanks for sharing this blog!!!!!!

  11. I have the exact same problem with split ends, I'll have to keep the scissors tip in mind.