Moisturizing Pre-Poo | Aloe Vera & Wheat Germ Oil

moisturizing pre-poo Treatment with aloe vera juice and wheat germ oilMy current moisturizing pre-poo treatment was inspired by the Moisture-Drenched Pre-Poo*.  Ms. Chicoro’s recipe calls for three ingredients: 1/2 cup Aloe vera juice or gel, 1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite oil and 1/4 cup of coconut oil.  I have been using about a half cup of Aloe Vera Juice and 2-3 Tablespoons of Wheat Germ Oil for my moisturizing pre-poo.  And I’m loving it.  I put the two ingredients in a spray bottle, shake it up and spray away.  What makes this pre-poo extra special is that I can notice a clear difference in the way that my hair feels while it is in my hair and after rinsing it.  I can just tell that it has truly received the moisture and my hair cuticles have sealed it in.  A part of me wants to try this pre-poo combination on its own as a co-wash.  …I haven’t tried it yet but I will.  I’m waiting for a day where I have time to rewash it in case it ends up being a bad idea. But when I get around to it, I’ll come back and share my results.  But in the meantime, let me tell you a little about Aloe Vera Juice and Wheat Germ Oil.

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That Moment You Realize…

BabyLiss Conair Vidal Sassoon blow dryer…that your blow drying technique is subpar.  I have been so annoyed at my blow dryers and I was convinced that they were not good. They didn’t have the right attachments and they weren’t ceramic, ionic or any other fancy new technological advances that are currently out there.  I’ve had both my blow dryers for almost 10 years. I had to be missing something, right? (more…)

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Qualities to look for in a Deep Conditioner.

Quality Deep Conditioner fancyflairladyEven though I know that every head of hair is different from the next, it always surprises me how varied we all can be to what we ultimately think of a product.  One person’s ‘holy grail’ is another person’s ‘it’s iight,’ and another person’s ‘worst product ever.’  All of this wonderment got me thinking, How do YOU know whether you’ve got a good deep conditioner?  What exactly makes a deep conditioner great to you?  We all know that all deep conditioners are not created equally. And even though different products work differently for different heads of hair, there have to be qualities that you look for in a deep conditioner.  I am curious to know what those qualities are for you and how do you rank them?  Below you’ll find what qualities make a deep conditioner great to me and how I rank them.

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Slip? What’s That?

Deep Conditioner SlipWith the increased length of my relaxer stretches a few things have increased in importance to me and one of them has been slip.  I always heard people get excited about a product (particularly deep conditioners) when they had slip.  But as a relaxed head I didn’t get what all the fuss was about.  However, after having several long detangling sessions due to having two textures and a fragile line of demarcation, I am all about some slip.  I started looking at my deep conditioning stash with a whole new lens.  All of sudden I needed slip and I needed it immediately!

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Checking My Length and My Ends | January 2016 Wash Day

Flat Ironing Wash Day Fancyflairlady
Last weekend was the half way point of my relaxer stretch and I have been doing a really good job of not using any heat on my hair, so with the new year upon me, I decided to blow dry and flat iron my hair to see how my hair was doing.  I was curious about my length, but even more importantly I wanted to check on my ends.

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There’s Always Room For Improvement

My favorite thing about the new year is the possibilities it holds for what can be achieved.  It’s an opportunity for a fresh start that just happens to coincide with a new calendar year.  I know it’s super cliche (some might even say lame), but every year I make a new year’s resolution that is at least tangentially related to losing weight and this year is no different.  I restate my fitness goals every January, but realistically my fitness journey is just like my hair journey — it’s ongoing (and never-ending, lol).  No matter where I am there’s always more to do and it makes life a little more interesting when you are working towards something you really want.

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The Best and the Worst of 2015

If 2014 was minimalistic, then 2015 was haulerific.  This year, I’ve been making big changes with my hair regimen and I’ve been shopping too! lol.  I didn’t share all my hauls with you guys (my bad), but I enjoyed buying new hair goodies and testing them out, especially deep conditioners.  Of course it was no fun when I found duds, but the process added some excitement to my hair journey.  While many of them were middle of the road good, a few were either amazing or terrible.  Check out my recap on the best and the worst of 2015. (more…)
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Hair Diary | My First Wig

I’ve been going back and forth in my mind for years (literally) about the idea of using a wig to protectively style.  But because of the high price tags that come with the ones that look natural, I’ve only browsed a few internet sites and imagined if I could be bold enough to rock a wig as a protective style.  Of course as novice to the wig game, I wanted something that mimicked my actual hair.  I wasn’t looking for style versatility — just an option for wearing “my hair” down without actually having to style and manipulate my own hair.
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Relaxing Six Months of New Growth

I’ve shared the results of my six month stretch, but this is how the relaxer day actually went down.  I was trying to add my snapchat story for you guys to watch at the end of this post, but it wasn’t really working out the way I wanted.  Instead, I included screen shots of the whole process.1. Relaxer day started with me gathering everything I needed to get me through the relaxer application process:

The Prep Work. 

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Relaxer Update (Oct 2015) | My First 6 Month Relaxer Stretch Complete.

Well ladies, here we are.  I’ve completed my first six month relaxer stretch attempt.  And not only did I get a lot of growth/retention, but I was able to maintain my April length after cutting inches off of my hair.  Immediately after the cut I have to admit that I was a little worried I might have cut off too much, but after letting it settle in and seeing my length checks I feel great about it.  My hair is still bra strap (almost MBL) length but my ends and the overall length of my hair are considerably thicker than it was back in April.  I am so happy with where my hair is now that I want to do whatever I need to do to preserve its current state.

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