Weeks 1-4 Without Heat | .:: Grow With Me::.

Five weeks ago I decided to banish heat from my hair regimen in the hopes of maximizing my growth retention.  Determined to do this for at least 10 weeks successfully, I immediately started brainstorming on how I could reconfigure my hair regimen to meet the needs of my new hair goal: Soft, Smooth and Manageable Air Dried Hair.  And because this challenge was meant to be a short term plan, I knew I wanted to find what I needed in my current stash of hair products–I don’t need to be experimenting with any new hair products (see below for shameful evidence).

In my defense this includes skin care products as well.
After the jump you’ll see what I’ve been doing with my hair from week to week.  I’m still fine tuning my hair regimen but I’m getting closer to my goal with each week.  For more on my thought process as I put together this air dried hair regimen, check out the video below:

 

Week 1

Hot Oil Treatment/Pre-Poo: Grapeseed Oil
Shampoo: Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: GVP Moisturizing Conditioner
Leave-in Treatment: Roux Treatment & Shine 619 Moisture System for Dry Hair
Moisturizer: Darcy’s Botanical Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme
Sealant: Elasta QP Anti-Frizz Silkening Polisher
 

Week 2

Hot Oil Treatment/Pre-Poo: Not Applicable
Shampoo: Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: GVP Moisturizing Conditioner
Leave-in Treatment: Roux Treatment & Shine 619 Moisture System for Dry Hair
Moisturizer: Elasta QP Recovery Anti-Breakage Oil Moisturizer
Sealant: Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil
 

Week 3

Pre-Shampoo: Suave Sleek Conditioner
Shampoo: Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in Treatment: Roux Treatment & Shine 619 Moisture System for Dry Hair
MoisturizerElasta QP Recovery Anti-Breakage Oil Moisturizer
Sealant: Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil
 

Week 4

Hot Oil Treatment/Pre-Poo: Grapeseed Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Shampoo: Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: GVP Moisturizing Conditioner
Leave-in Treatment: Roux Treatment & Shine 619 Moisture System for Dry Hair
Serum: Elasta QP Anti-Frizz Silkening Polisher
MoisturizerElasta QP Recovery Anti-Breakage Oil Moisturizer
Sealant: Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil
 

Quick Question

Are Caruso Steam Rollers a heat tool (direct or indirect)?  It uses hot steam to create the curls, but is it heat in the damaging sense?  I’d love to hear your thoughts because I’m thinking about experimenting with my Caruso Steam rollers in the next few weeks.
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16 Comments


  1. i think the hot rollers qualify as indirect heat.


  2. Hi Kim! It looks like you have a BSS store in your own house! 🙂

    I think that Caruso rollers would be the best type of heat to use by them using steam to create styles. My hair always feels moisturized after using them (note to self: pull out Carusos!)

    I commend you for the heat break! I did one earlier this year and loved it.It saved me so much time on Wash Days! For some odd reason, my hair breaks more when its air dried than when I rollerset or even flat iron … I have never understood why, even though I moisturize and seal the same. Maybe if you have some insights or experience to share, that would be great! I may do one again this summer. I just don't have time to sit under some hot dryer for an hour!

    Good luck! 😉


  3. Hi, great video. I noticed that you said that your hair was feeling a bit dry. The ORS shampoo may be the cause. I personally find that it dries out my hair when I use it too often so I limit myself to once a month. Hope you find this usefully and good luck on your hair journey 😀 .


  4. Thanks for that. I was trying to reason with myself that it was some how different, but I'll keep the steam rollers tucked away.


  5. LaShonda, I know! It's pretty ridiculous. I'm trying to pair the hair stash down to the star players, but it's taking me some time.

    I could see that possibly happening. If your air dried hair is like mine, it's not as smooth and straight as roller set hair, which means more tangles and longer (or more frequent) detangling sessions. And that probably opens us up to more opportunities for breakage. I've experienced breakage in the past with air drying and I concluded it was due to rough detangle sessions. I'm not sure if this is something that you can relate to, but that's what happened to me. Good luck with your summer hair regimen. And Thanks for Commenting!


  6. Now that you mention it, you're probably right about the ORS Shampoo. It's a pretty new addition to my hair care routine, but I really like it — I'm not ready to let it go just yet. I'm going to up my Pre-Poo/Hot Oil Treatments to biweekly applications and hopefully that helps to correct the dryness. Thanks so much for your suggestion! And good luck to you too on your hair journey!!


  7. Oh my you nearly have as many products as me!
    I love the ORS shampoo, though I agree using it weekly may cause a bit of dryness. I really want to try Elasta QP Anti-Frizz Silkening Polisher. I always see it in my local BSS but never end up purchasing (mostly because I have so many products already!)


  8. I think the caruso steam rollers may be considered an indirect heat, however in my opinion it's one of the best forms of indirect heat! Great job on your heatless challenge so far!


  9. lol, it wasn't until I laid it all out that I realized how much stuff I had, smh. The Elasta QP Silkening Polisher works well for flat ironing; it gives amazing shine. I rarely use it though because I love my Chi Silk Infusions.


  10. Thanks, Courtnea! I'll wait until my next stretch to try them out on airdried hair. 🙂


  11. I'm going to start airdry only. Lately I've been doing rollersets and I think I'm over manipulating my hair. Really want to try the caruso steam rollers but they don't sell it in The Netherlands 🙁


  12. The Caruso steam rollers is on my want list, I would not consider it direct heat. "No Comment" on your stash, I refuse to look at mine all at once lol


  13. I like the Caruso rollers for adding life to my flat ironed hair. I just wish it was more portable; it's a hassle to try to travel with. But I've never had a bad hair day using them.

    As for my stash, I never have them out like that unless I'm cleaning/organizing. Once they were out on the floor, I was overwhelmed and in shock, lol — I had to take a picture. I'll just pull that picture out the next time, I "HAVE" to have some new hair product, smh.


  14. Hi Kim
    How is the Roux 619 system working for you? I have dry hair as well.


  15. I just did a mini review of the Roux Treatment & Shine 619 Leave-in treatment for my most recent video (it'll be on my blog this weekend). But I really like it for my air dried hair. It helps to retain moisture and it makes my hair feel nice and soft. It's a keeper. I haven't tried it with heat yet. But I like it.

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