December 11, 2014

This Postpartum Shedding is Too Real.

I had all these plans for how I was going to conquer postpartum shedding -- tea rinses (black and green), prenatal vitamins, low manipulation styles, no heat... nothing has worked.  It's hard to not be worried about where my hair will be once this shedding finally levels off because my hair falls out all the time and everywhere.  Most of the "research" I've done says that I just have to let it run its course, but I'm continuing to do all of the above (and thinking about adding garlic to my deep conditioner or hot oil treatment too) -- it certainly couldn't hurt.

October 15, 2014

Relaxer Update | October 2014

I relaxed my hair at almost 13 weeks post relaxer using Affirm Fiberguard Relaxer (No-Lye).  And despite the slackness that went on with my hair over the last few weeks of this relaxer stretch, everything went well.  I did not do an official length check or flat iron with my hair, but if you watch the video, I do pull my hair down to show you where it is currently.  An official length check will be coming at the end of the year, where I hope to be able to claim waist length hair.  

October 5, 2014

Hair Update | October 2014

There's no doubt that my priorities have shifted since having a tiny human to take care of.  These past few weeks, I have not been following my current hair regimen.  Instead of my typical, pre-poo, shampoo, deep condition routine, I've been haphazardly co-washing my hair when I could find the time and moisturizing when I could not.  And as much as I want to believe that doing that was enough, it really hasn't been.  My hair has been looking and feeling rough for a while now, lol.  Once I realized that I had allowed a full month of this foolishness to go on, I became determined to find the time to do a full wash day.  

September 25, 2014

Empties Report: Part 2!

Man! I knew having my daughter was going to throw a wrench into my blogging (Check her out on my Instagram page: @fancyflairlady), but six weeks -- sheesh! Sorry about that.  :/ Well, let me tell you that these past few weeks have been iffy for my hair care routine.  Everyone told me that having a baby around was going to be a time suck, but I really thought I'd be able to work through it.  Um, no -- not happening. lol.  I will be back next week with a more complete hair update after I attempt a real wash day.  But in the meantime, I figured that I would share with you my latest Empties Report.  In the last report, I eliminated three hair products, decided to repurchase three and put two on reserves.  To see what my plan is for this latest batch of empty hair products, keep reading...

August 13, 2014

Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Loose Powder | Under-Eye Setting Powder

If you have dark circles and apply concealer and/or corrector to address that issues, then I'm sure that you are all too familiar with the dreaded under eye creasing.  That area of the eye (especially on me) has fine lines that makeup loves to settle into creating little streaks of concentrated makeup under the eye (un-affectionately referred to as 'creasing').  There are a boat load of products that are marketed and promise "no creasing."  But the reality is that where there are fine lines and wrinkles creasing is just inevitable.  Of course, you want to use products that minimize it as much as possible, but nothing lasts forever.

August 1, 2014

Get Ready With Me | Caruso Steam Rollers

I've had my Caruso Steam Rollers for a few years now (see previous posts: here and here) and decided to film how I used these rollers on my hair.  Steam Rollers are a great way to style your already straight hair without applying direct heat.

July 26, 2014

30 Days With Ceramides

This is the wrap up post to my 30 Days with Ceramides Challenge.  I challenged myself to use ceramide containing products for the month of July.  I had two wash days while on this challenge and below you'll find what I used as well as how it impacted my hair.

July 23, 2014

Relaxer Update | July 2014

Relaxer Prep - I experimented with pre-sectioning the back two sections and it expedited the relaxer application process. (Two Thumbs Up!)
This relaxer stretch ended after 12 weeks.  During this stretch, I flat ironed more than normal, but I also tried to combat that extra heat with a few heat free wash days in the end.  I even skipped my typical blow dry/flat iron routine for my "relaxer prep" wash day last week opting for an indirect heat option to stretch and detangle my new growth.  Below you'll see what I did for this relaxer day and where my hair is now compared to my April 2014 relaxer update.

July 13, 2014

Silk Wrap On Relaxed Hair

Over the last 11 weeks, I've used a blow dryer and flat iron on my hair three times.  This being my last wash day before relaxer day I needed to straighten and detangle my roots.  And I typically flat iron in preparation for relaxer day, but I decided to try something different to limit heat.  I was going to just roller set it, but thought a silk wrap might be a good way to get my roots as straight as possible with indirect heat.  The last time I tried a silk wrap was back in 2012 and I don't remember how well it straightened my roots.  But I reasoned my way into believing that this would come out great and I decided to give it a try.

July 5, 2014

30 Day Ceramide Challenge

JustGrowAlready and RelaxedThairapy are hosting a 30 Day Ceramide Challenge.  It started on July 1 (so I'm a little late to the party), but I've decided to join in.  Ceramides have always played a big part in my hair journey.  My biggest hair epiphany happened when I first discovered Ceramides -- and truly my hair hasn't been the same ever since.


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