Archive for the ‘Curly Hair’ Category
Rarely do I say this about a product so soon after purchasing it, but OMFG I am in looooooove with the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 collection. In all the time I’ve been in Curl Rehab – about 3 months now- my hair has never been this healthy and amazing. So amazing in fact I’ve been swinging my tresses around all day like Kelly LeBrock in the old school Pantene commercials. Or Beyonce in, well, any music video she’s ever made.
I bought this instead of my usual Pantene Pro-V the other night for the sake of trying something new, but I have to admit my expectations were low. My hair is pretty picky and tends to reject anything that isn’t Pantene Moisture Renewal, but as I showered yesterday morning I quickly realized that would not be the case this time around. Since Walgreen’s was out of the shampoo, I started with the Restoring Conditioner ($4.99). This may sound strange to some of you, but I tend to only shampoo a few days a week and use just conditioner the rest to retain the moisture in my already dry and damaged curly hair. After using the conditioner and leaving it in for three minutes as indicated on the bottle, I immediately noticed my hair felt softer. I then moved on to the Damage Erasing Balm ($6.99), that’s so rich and creamy it feels more like body lotion than a hair treatment.
By the time I applied my product and dried my hair, it looked much shinier than it had when I stepped in the shower. The ends even looked smoother and healthier. Best of all, my curls looked almost completely back to normal! *cue Beyonce hair flips*
Check out the video below for more info and stay tuned for updates as I continue on my healthy hair/curl rehab journey!
Update: I found the Restorative Shampoo and Multi-Restorative Oil tonight at Ulta, so I’ll have a separate review of those items up soon!
Since my last hair video a few months ago I’ve been in total curl rehab mode. I think the years of effortless, perfect spirals spoiled me a little but I know realize if I wanna get my hair back to where it was, it’s gonna take some work. So I’ve resolved to focus on the following things:
1. Protection- If I’m going to grow healthier hair, I have to start by protecting the hair I have now. I’ve started using the “Pineapple Method” before bed to keep my hair safe from friction and frizz. For those of you new to curly hair talk, this involves piling all the hair on top of your head in a bun, then securing it with a scrunchie, being sure to tuck in all the ends and stray hairs. I’ve also started using satin scrunchies as I find they tug less at my already damaged strands when I put my hair up.
2. Conditioning- This has always been an important part of my routine, but even more so now. I condition every day (using shampoo only twice a week to preserve moisture) and use a weekly mayonnaise/olive oil hair mask to give my hair the protein it needs to heal.
3. Regular trims- Taking off an inch every six weeks or so has been helping a great deal, as it slowly but surely removes the processed hair without me having to cut too much at once.
For a detailed explanation of my hair recovery as well as more of me acting like a jackass, check out the video below =)
MY CURLS ARE BAAAAAACK, AAAAAAAAAAAH! I’m sorry, I apologize for the caps-lock rage. I’m just too damn excited to type in normal-case.
When last we talked hair, I was super sad about losing my natural, spiral curls as a result of the color stripping I did to remove the black dye from my hair. I had made peace with the fact I would have to wear my hair straight until the damaged parts grew out, but that all changed after a late-night trip to Walgreen’s. As I was perusing the isles I stumbled across this Curl Activator by Twisted Sista that quite literally transformed my hair back to it’s original state. When they say “activator,” they mean it!
I bought this amazing product – originally created in the UK – for just $4.99 and have since bought every tube in the Bay Area. No, seriously. I love it so much every time I go to a Walgreen’s, I buy ALL of it. Yes, I’m that obsessed.
So, before I send you all off to watch the video below and see my curls in all their splendor, let me give you a quick rundown of how I used this product:
Step 1: I washed my hair and conditioned it with the new Pantene Keratin infused conditioner, then applied a little Aussie Instant Freeze Gel just prior to getting out of the shower.
Step 2: I then let my hair air dry a bit as I did my makeup and chose my outfit for the day
Step 3: After sectioning my hair into 8 equal parts, I smoothed the product into each individual section then dried with a diffuser on low heat
And just like magic, my hair was curly again! Check out the video below for all the details and stay tuned for more updates as I continue on my healthy hair journey.
My hair has always been my trademark. Despite how confident I am, I’ve always had insecurities like any normal girl. My body, my lips, even my nose have all been cause for concern over the years. Through it all though, my hair was the one thing I could depend on to make me feel better about myself. My long, healthy coils have always made me feel better about myself, so you can imagine how distressed I felt when I had the black dye stripped from my hair a few weeks ago only to discover the process would drastically change my curl pattern.
Don’t get me wrong, I can’t complain as my hair still looks healthy considering the processing it’s undergone over the past few weeks. I was lucky to have a fantastic stylist who was careful not to damage my hair too severely. My signature spiral curls however aren’t nearly as lively as they were before the color correction was done, something that after further research I discovered is pretty common among curly girls who have their hair stripped or bleached.
And so I have started the journey to getting my curls back to their natural state. It’s not gonna be an easy one, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get my ringlets back – vitamins, hair masks, treatments – basically anything and everything I need to do, I’m willing to do. Watch the video below to learn about the first leg of my journey as well as the process of getting my hair back to it’s natural color after dying it black. If you’ve had a similar experience, please, please, pleeeease feel free to comment below with any advice you may have. I’m open to suggestions!