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Greetings!

I had to write to GUSH over this AMAZING deep conditioner! I discovered it via one of my favorite hair vloggers, Melshary. It’s the LACE Natural Brahmi Root Hair Masque. I wish I had the words to fully express to you the amazing-ness of this deep conditioner. AH! It literally melts into my hair and INSTANTLY softens my hair. It has great slip and makes detangling a BREEZE. It also has a nice soft scent, that’s not too over-powering. It’s just awesome and I need to not EVER be without this stuff!

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I also LOVE that it has all natural ingredients because I like to leave my deep conditioners in my hair. Yes, you read that correctly; I don’t rinse them out! My hair feels great after leaving this in! Have you ever tried this DC? What do you think? Isn’t it AMAZING?!

 

Thanks for reading!

Kristin :o)

 

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Greetings!

Yes, it’s been forever. Now that we’ve acknowledged that, let’s move on 🙂 If you don’t know, my daily style is pretty much a wash and go. I wear them 99.9% of the time. I haven’t mastered the art of a lasting twist-out yet, so wash and go’s are just easy for me. ANYWAY. I was pretty much re-doing my hair every morning because after sleeping on it, it was of course, a little matted and just not poppin. I’ve tried pineapples and banding, etc. to preserve curls, but my hair was just not having it.

SO. I’ve been on the hunt for a hair gel that holds my hair without a disgusting crunch. I got 2 gels to try out a while ago, and here are my thoughts on the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker gel and Shea Moisture’s Curling Souffle.

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker: AWESOME softness and shine! However, the hold was not as long-lasting as I was looking for. Now, the label does say that it provides a softer hold, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But I love how soft and sleek my hair felt when I used this!

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Shea Moisture Curling Souffle: I have to say my hair felt horrible when I used this gel. It felt gunky, rough, and just disgusting. But, it looked AMAZING lol. It was shiny and my curls were POPPIN. I personally hate when my hair feels disgusting, but it looked so good, I dealt with it! My wash and go lasted the FULL week, from Monday to Sunday when it was time to wash it. In the mornings, I just spritzed my hair with a little water, fluffed it out, and that was IT!

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Moral of the story: I love BOTH gels for different reasons! If I want a super low maintenance style for the week, I’ll go with the Shea Moisture, but if I need my hair to be soft and touchable, I’ll use the Camille Rose. Have you ever used either gel? How do you like them?

Thanks for reading!

Kristin :o)

Greetings, Curlies!

It’s been a while, but I wanted to be sure I came on to document a recent discovery about my hair! If you’ve read any of my previous posts, a huge part of my “hair journey” has been figuring out how to care for my very high porosity hair. Previously, I’ve written about my regimen being washing my hair once per week, applying multiple products for wash and go’s, etc…

BUT!!…..

Recently, I’d been a little lazy with my hair and I went a weekend without washing it. Surprisingly, my hair still looked good! So, I wanted to experiment..I went another weekend without washing it..my hair STILL looked good! Lol. Long story short, I realized that I don’t necessarily need to wash my hair every week. I think I’ve been able to go longer in between washed recently because I’ve found a new staple conditioner! With this conditioner, I don’t have to apply multiple products to my hair for my wash and go’s. ALL I need is this conditioner, and my wash and go’s are BOMB. Because I’m only using one product in my hair, there’s not as much build-up on my hair, meaning I can go longer in between washes.

So, now all I do to my hair in the morning is spritz with water, rake through my conditioner, and that’s it! I’ve even discovered that I can also refresh my hair in the mornings using coconut oil instead of conditioner. Loving it!

This new conditioner has simplified my LIFE: Shea Moisture’s new leave-in is AMAZING. I’ll have to do a post on that alone lol. This just proves that finding the right conditioner can totally alter the way you take care of your hair. If you still haven’t found that product that conditions your hair and gives you what you’re looking for–KEEP SEARCHING because once you find it, it’ll be SOOO worth it!

If you have any questions that I haven’t answered here, feel free to ask below 🙂

Thanks for reading!
XOXO

Hey Curlfriends!

So, as you may already know, I have high porosity hair. I’ve heard different theories on why/how hair becomes porous. For me, I don’t believe my hair is porous due to damage because I don’t really use heat, color, combs/brushes, etc. on my hair. So, I could be wrong, but I believe my hair is naturally porous.

If your hair is porous or anything like mine, you FLY through conditioners, your hair soaks up product almost instantly, and you have to moisturized often. Here are some ways I take care of my hair as well as things I’ve learned about porous hair.

1. My hair LOVES protein. When hair is porous, it often has little nooks or cracks in the hair shaft. While it’s not a permanent fix, protein fills those cracks in the hair shaft. I know many curlies are protein sensitive and too much protein makes their hair dry or brittle or straw-like. Personally, I have NEVER had that problem with protein..ever. Lol. My hair has never had an adverse reaction to protein, I use it quite often and my hair always reacts very well to it.

2. DEEP CONDITION OFTEN! Some people probably think I overdo it, but I deep condition with EVERY single wash, which is typically once a week for me. I wash or cowash my hair, and apply my deep conditioner of choice (most often I use a protein DC) to clean hair. Because my hair soaks up so much product, I’m pretty heavy handed to be sure each section is coated with the product. I always leave in the deep conditioner overnight (sometimes for 2 nights), which gives it time to really soak into my hair and my hair can really marinate in it.

3. I NEVER apply product to soaking wet hair. I did some experimenting and realized several months ago that there was a better way to apply product to my hair. I’ve found that a lot of “natural hair advice” that some people relay as FACT, is not what works for my hair! We really have to get to know our hair! Anyway, I read some research that talked about highly porous hair getting weighed down with water. So, in my own head, I theorized that if my hair strands are full of water, how can they absorb the moisture from the conditioner I’m applying? (I’m not a scientist, this is just my amateur reasoning lol). So, I stopped applying product to soaking wet hair and started squeezing as much water out of my hair as possible with cotton fabric (I use a pillowcase) before applying my leave-in or deep conditioner. This has actually done WONDERS for my hair–it’s not crunchy, is more moisturized, and just behaves better! For me, applying product to soaking wet hair ALWAYS resulted in crunchy hair. No bueno.

4. Beware of drying products/ingredients! Because my hair is already prone to dryness, I’m very careful about the ingredients I use. For example, I stay away from sulfate shampoos. My hair is a dry, stringy, ball of fuzz when I use a sulfate. Horrible. I mostly cowash with something like Shea Moisture curl & shine shampoo, As I Am coconut cowash, or most recently Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp conditioner. I love to use these kinds of moisturizing cowashes that don’t strip my hair.
Now, because I don’t like to use sulfates, I’m careful not to use products that require a sulfate to remove the residue from my hair. For example, silicones and mineral oil have to be removed from your hair with a sulfate. So, I stay away from products with those ingredients. Not to mention, most products I’ve tried with those ingredients dry my hair out anyway.

5. Layering products. I’m horrible at styling hair, so I mostly wear wash and gos. I’ve found that I HAVE to layer products in sections in order to ensure my hair is moisturized. After squeezing as much water from my hair as possible, I take my hair section by section and apply 2 leave-ins and a butter/pomade/gel to seal. If I don’t layer at least these 3 things, my hair is a dry, crunchy MESS.

High porosity hair is already prone to dryness, so taking EXTRA good care of your hair is so necessary! Hope this helps. If there’s anything I’ve missed, leave a comment/question and I’ll be sure to get back to you! 🙂

Til next time!
XOXO

Okay, so maybe the fact that this wash-n-go regimen is done on DRY hair disqualifies it as a “wash-n-go”….but whatever. Go with me 🙂

Background Story

I have to start by saying that this regimen came about due to the fact that for years I’d been doing wash-n-go’s, and couldn’t figure out why my hair was ALWAYS dry when I did them. No matter what conditioner/leave-in I used, no matter how much I deep conditioned, after my hair dried, it was just rough and felt like a Brillo pad. Recently, I’ve been researching information on hair porosity, during which I stumbled upon a blog post by Elle of Quest For The Perfect Curl. This was probably the MOST helpful and the information was broken down enough for me understand (Thanks, Elle!).

From my research, I realized that my hair is definitely high porosity. I don’t believe it’s necessarily heat damaged or unhealthy–my cuticles are just often more raised than normal. This causes my hair to suck up moisture very quickly; and since my hair cuticles are raised, the moisture leaves very quickly as well. During this process, by the time my wash-n-go is completely dry, my hair is often more dry than it was before I applied my product(s)! Also, in my research I read that high-po hair holds a LOT of water. The hair strand can only hold so much moisture. So, this is what I figured–if I’m starting my wash-n-go on soaking wet hair, my hair strands are already full of water. Thus, the product I’m applying on top of all that water isn’t really moisturizing my hair like I want it to. I wanted my hair to soak up more of the moisture from the conditioners I’m applying versus only soaking up the water. When my wash-n-go’s on wet hair dried..they completely dried OUT–NO moisture was retained. So this brings me to my solution……..*drum roll*……(lol)

Wash-N-Go on DRY (not wet) Hair

This is a wash-n-go regimen that I’ve been experimenting with. I haven’t seen anyone else do this, it’s just something I made up and hoped would work lol. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now, and for my hair, it works like a CHARM. My hair is SOFT, moisturized, curls are defined, and best of all–it lasts me ALL WEEK. For the first time EVER, I’m getting 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th day hair. So here’s what I do:

1. Wash and de-tangle my hair the night before I want to style it. For example–to begin the work week on Monday, I wash my hair Sunday night. I blot out as much water as I can, separate it into sections (I do about 8-10), and apply a little water-based leave-in conditioner–just enough to moisturize it a little. Twist it up to dry overnight.

2. The next morning, once my hair is dry, I apply my product to my hair, which is already in sections from the night before. To each section, I apply a water-based leave-in, a thicker leave-in or moisturizer, shea butter mixture to seal, and a gel on top to hold the curls. Shingling, or finger combing, products through my hair works very well for me.

3. At night, I just sleep with my satin bonnet.

4. In the mornings–to refresh, I spritz with a TINY bit of my water/conditioner mix, fluff out, and GO! Literally takes me 2 minutes, if that.

Things to Note:

**The key to this regimen is using products that you know work well on your hair. All of the products I used are ones that I know my hair responds well to. With high porosity hair, it’s necessary to layer moisture into the hair, which is why I use 4 products (leave-in, moisturizer, sealant, gel).

**Because I’m applying product to DRY hair, I had to use a lot more of my leave-in to get my hair to the point that I could finger through it. Water helps to spread product throughout the hair. So, because I didn’t have that water to help get the product around, more of my leave-in (or whichever product is applied first) was needed.

**Even though I had to use more product initially to style my hair, my style lasted ALL WEEK, as opposed to me having to wet and do my hair every single morning before. So, it evens out in terms of how fast I’m going through my products.

**Everyone’s hair is different! This works awesomely for me, but it may or may not work for your hair. If you’re a high-po natural and are having issues with dry wash-n-go’s, I think this is a method worth trying. It works well for my sister & I, so if you’d like to be my guinea pig (lol), feel free to try this, and let me know how it goes! 😀

Week 1-Day 5

Week 2-Day 5