I’m back with my second installment of my YouTube faves of 2012. This time we’re talking bout WEAVE! I don’t wear a lot of weave but I sure do love it! [[all weave haters please exit stage left, thanks!]] Just looking at a luscious bouncy weave makes me happy.
These ladies make me think I can lay some hair:
I know I’ve been a little MIA lately but I haven’t forgotten about the blog at all. Life got pretty crazy lately. Work is on overload. My nephew was born on 11/29 && my birthday was on 11/30… Lets just say my family has gone pretty insane since then. Just when I thought I was getting my feet back me, shark week. Ugh.
On a positive note I’ve been keeping up with TGHBPSC && got my hair braided over the weekend. I miss my curls but switching up my styles every two weeks or so is helping me keep from getting too bored. I’ve also got a big birthday & Black Friday beauty product haul to share soon.
- Plantain enzyme helps to alleviate itchiness and irritation
- Tea Tree removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume
- Willow Bark extract exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp
- No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, PABA, synthetic color, DEA or animal ingredients
- Sulfate free and color safe
I also started taking Viviscal hair vitamins && plan on taking them throughout the protective styling challenge . I’ve tried a million different hair vitamins (future biotics, hairfinity, gnc, nioxin etc) while I don’t believe they magically make you sprout hair I think they can help optimize growth. HOPEFULLY with the Viviscal vitamins and protective styling I’ll be able to gain a few inches over the next three months. I didn’t take any “before” picture #doh but my hair is currently about an inch away from BSL in the back and 1-1.5 inches away from APL in the front. So we’ll see!
In the land of a million products, aka my bathroom, sometimes I just like to take it back to nature and keep it simple. How do I do this you ask, by using natural oils on my hair, most of which you might already have in your kitchen. I’ve been using natural oils over the past few years to seal in moisture, strengthen, regrow, and generally transform my hair. Check out some of my faves.
Coconut Oil is a natural emollient great for locking in moisture to the hair strand. Coconut oil has also been shown to strengthen hair, as it is able to be absorbed into hair cuticle instead of remaining on the surface. Coconut oil is also soothes scalp irritation and prevents dandruff. Coconut oil can be found at most grocery stores in the “ethnic” food sections or your local Whole Foods store.
Olive Oil has very similar properties for the hair and scalp as coconut oil but is slightly thicker in consistency, great for coarser hair. EVOO also contains lots of antioxidants which can reduce hair loss.
Grapeseed Oil gives your hair great shine and reduces brittleness. Grapeseed oil is very light and non-greasy which makes it great for all hair types. As grapeseed oil contains vitamin E and linoleic acid it makes the hair
follicles stronger and healthy. This is why applying grapeseed oil to
hair is one of the best home remedies for hair growth. Grapeseed oil can also been used as a heat protectant to protect hair when heat styling.
Castor Oil is great for promoting hair growth. I prefer to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) as it is less refined and more nutrient rich but refined castor oil can also have the same effects on your hair. Apply castor oil regularly to bald or thinning areas caused by chemical and/or tension damage to help them to regrow. Castor oil can also be used to thicken the rest of your hair as well. Castor oil also has tons of healing properties for the scalp to prevent infection and irritations. Castor oil is also great for sealing the ends of hair to prevent frizz and split ends. Due to the thick syrupy texture of JBCO it is easier to mix it with a thinner oil such as coconut or olive oil to help disperse it through the scalp and hair strands.
Argan Oil may be one of the more expensive oils on the list but it’s well worth the price. The essential fatty acids present will strengthen your hair proteins
resulting in stronger hair with fewer split ends. In addition, the rich
sources of vitamin E will repair hair damaged by destructive agents and
the non-greasy argan oil will add shine and moisture without the
horrible greasy feeling. Argan oil will also help to fight frizz and lock in moisture to the hair.
Tamanu Oil is another pretty expensive oil, it’s available in stores but I’ve found the best deals online. Although I use Tamanu oil primarily on my body as it has skin healing properties that help to repair skin and reduce scars and stretch marks. Due to the price I do not use Tamanu oil on my hair but it works great as a scalp product to heal and nourish the scalp especially nice for those with scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis and eczema.
Tea Tree Oil has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to cleanse and clarify the scalp. It can also soothe an itchy scalp and help rid you of dandruff and flakes. Tea Tree oil unclogs the pores of the scalp which can help to increase hair growth. Because tea tree oil can be so strong that it may burn I DO NOT recommend using it undiluted on the scalp. It is best used by adding a few drops to other oils, or your favorite conditioner.
I like to use all of these oils (mixed together or separately) for hot oil treatments, scalp massages, and by mixing them in with my conditioner before sitting under a heat cap for an amazing deep conditioning. I also love to use oils to help in the process of detangling my super curly hair before I wash. I also use oils on my wet hair before styling, or layered over a water
based moisturizer (hair lotions, leave in conditioners etc.). Remember that oil DOES NOT moisturize hair, that’s waters job, but it helps to hold water into the hairs cuticle (sealing) thus keeping hair moisturized longer.
If you wear extensions you may heard of hair glue. A unique form ideal for the temporary hold in hair bonding. The glue is a liquid form that keeps bonds between the weft & natural hair to give the hair illusion of l e n g t h, VOLUME, & versatility. It is a quick way to apply hair extensions in a hurry!
You can find this hair bond at your local beauty supply store, Sally’s, Walmart,& Walgreen’s. I have been using the product for years if I decide to wear a few hair pieces or even a quick weave. I will even use Salon Pro Exclusive for ponytails. Now I know what you are thinking, “Why is she talking about hair glue like it is so special?” Well, guess what they finally have the glue in a tube!
I love the new easy use tube that Salon Pro Exclusive comes in. It makes it easier for quick application with the cute little nozzle allowing less glue to coat the weft of the hair. The NEW Salon Pro Exclusive tube 1.5 FL Oz. is convenient for your purse, your car, traveling bag, and on the go hair accidents.
However, I still love the Salon Pro Exclusive bottle 4 FL Oz. for the large amount of glue in the bottle as well as the bottle giving me more control to the amount of glue coming out the bottle. Plus, I have been using it for years so I do not see why stop now.
Who Wins? Both PARTIES!
Rather in a bottle or tube the Salon Pro Exclusive: Anti-Fungus Hair Bonding Glue is still a great product for quick and safe application.