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.

June 18, 2014

Wash Day Chronicles | Spring 2014

Even when I can't blog, I make sure to keep up with my wash day routine.  Waist Length by December 2014 is still my goal.  So, I try not to go more than 2 weeks without squeezing in a wash day.  And because of my Use up My Stash Personal Challenge, I've been experimenting with various combinations of products with each wash day.  Below you'll find what I've been up to lately. 

May 17, 2014

The L.O.C. Method for Skin Care?

Has anyone tried the LOC Method as a part of their skin care routine? I know under normal circumstances this is a bit much, but I'm currently six month pregnant and my stomach is getting noticeably bigger now.  All of that skin stretching going on (in such a short period of time) has me worried about stretch marks.  Plus, I'm prone to stretch marks; I've had them on my lower back, legs, and arms since my growth spurt as a kid.  Despite being prone to getting them, I still want to do what I can to limit (but preferably avoid) stretch marks in the last few months of this pregnancy.  I know that there is no definitive proof that an updated skin care routine will prevent stretch marks, but that's not going to keep me from giving it a try. I've modified my typical "apply a moisturizer and keep it moving" skin care routine in the hopes that it means that I won't get stretch marks.  Let me know what you think.

May 8, 2014

Empties Report: Which Ones Go? & Which Ones Stay?


One of my goals for this year was to eliminate the clutter from my hair stash.  And it's been four months since I started working toward this goal.  Since then I've been able to finish 8 different products from my hair care stash. But before I throw them away, I want to put my opinions of them on record because some will be repurchased and others will be put out (for now).

April 27, 2014

Relaxer Update | April 2014


This stretch lasted 11 weeks and 5 days.  And you'll remember from my last post, I spent most of this stretch doing the bare minimum for my hair, so I went into this relaxer day not expecting much retention.  I just wanted my hair to come out on the other end looking just as healthy as it was the last time I straightened it.  I also wanted to get the best results possible with this relaxer, so I did not skip any of my typical relaxer day steps (but I did use a few different products because I am still trying to pare down my hair product stash).  Check out what I used and how my hair turned out below:

April 11, 2014

Doing the Bare Minimum for My Hair Health

I think everyone goes through ups and downs in their hair journey.  And I'm sure neglect contributes to some of those down times.  When we neglect our hair regimens the inevitable next steps are damage and despair. Lately, I've been lingering in the realm of neglect.  Weekly wash days have not been happening and some of the steps in my typical wash day were missing as well.  I knew that I was not interested in completing my full regimen, so I tried to make a conscious decision to pare down my regimen.  But at the same time, I wanted my hair health to maintain.

March 2, 2014

Happy Hair Weekend.


While looking for a "throwback Thursday" picture for Instagram this week, I came across the pictures from this roller set where I was trying to find a combination of hair products that would add shine to my hair.  My previous "recipe" called for:

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