In my years, I have put my hair through a lot + then some! I have colored my hair, cut it , grew it out, cut it shorter than needed, curls, relaxers…I’ve done some major alternations to the locks the good Lord gave me + now, I want to grow it out again and make it healthy!
MY HAIR TEXTURE:
I have African – American, Multi-Cultured hair. My natural curls are very loose + my hair is very fine/thin.
So about a year ago I cut my hair into a pixie cut. This was one of the shortest styles I had ever had + also the hardest to grow out. When I decided to grow my hair out, I started to wear extensions + weaves + after a while all the heat styling + relaxing to straighten my hair damaged it. My hair would break off + shed like you would not believe in the shower…OMG it was a complete hot mess!
After a while I stopped relaxing my hair + using heat on it + just shampooed + conditioned it + continued with wearing weaves. This made the situation better but didn’t fix the problem. My hair was dry + still shedding like crazy but after about 8 months my hair had grown out from a pixie cut to shoulder length but, it was extremely damaged!
I decided to relax my hair so that I could style it in a few ways but due to my hair being so fine, it just looked flat with no body or oomph what’s so ever. I decided to go to my local hair salon, HairMasters, + requested a cut that was not too short because I wanted to grow my hair out but enough to get rid of my dead/split ends + she did just that! My stylist got rid of all the dead ends + cut my hair into layers so it had body + bounce! A M A Z I N G!! My hair was now up to my ears but hey, it was the healthiest it had been in ages!!
MY CURRENT ROUTINE + LENGTH:
I made it a priority to take better care of my hair so I learned about co-washing as well as vitamins that would not bother me (due to crazy fillers). I started using Hair, Skin + Nails by this stuff has worked really well for me along with my hair care regimen. I chew 2 to 4 of these gummies a day + I have noticed a lovely amount of growth. I couldn’t put my hair in a ponytail when I first got it cut (05-06-2014) + after 5 weeks, my hair had grown 3-4 inches! I was pretty impressed with that. My hair is continuing to grow and I can’t wait to update on that in some time as well.
Now on to the good stuff…the actual routine!
I co-wash my hair about 3 times a week and use the below products:
Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner (to remove any build up – used on days where I play hard!)
L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Conditioner (to moisturize and repair damage – used on every wash)
L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Deep Conditioner (used once a week)
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (no pictured – used once a week)
Organix Macadamia Oil Conditioner (used on days my hair feels more dry)
**The other two products I no longer use**
After I wash my hair I comb it out which feels amazing because based on the conditioners I use, I don’t have any tangles or knots. My hair feels so soft + silky…the feeling of healthy hair! If I plan to let my hair air dry, I use the products in the photo below. The oils keep my hair moisturized without build up + the oil cream helps my hair to hold shape when I style. The cream can cause build up so I try not to use too much.
L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Oil
Organix Coconut Milk Oil
ORS Olive Oil Cream/Hair Lotion
When I do blow dry or flat iron my hair, when it’s damp I use one of the oils on my ends + rub the remaining through my hair. I also use the Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight all over my hair, comb it through then blow dry + flat iron accordingly. I have realized that this method has cut down on heat damage significantly but I still only do this method about once or twice a month to be safe!
All in all, this method I have started works great for my hair. I love the way my hair feels + looks now! My main goal was to achieve beautiful heathy hair + I feel that I am on the right track to achieving that goal! What’s your favorite hair care routine or product? Leave a comment + let me know!!
UNTIL NEXT TIME…
Ingrown hairs are basically the Devil in disguise! I’m telling you, they hurt + are just so darn nasty!! I am blessed to be a natural curly haired girl + for as long as I can remember, I have had issues with ingrown hairs after shaving. Some people may say, “Just wax” or “Use a chemical hair remover”! I absolutely appreciate the suggestions but those options just DO NOT work for me. My skin is always left behind so irritated + for the bikini area….well….it’s not pretty! LOL
If you haven’t read my blog post about the Bliss Ingrown Hair Pads, you probably don’t know that those things about killed me! Hahaha, my skin was much too sensitive for them so I have been on a hunt to find a method that works for me + by Jove I think I’ve got it!! I am going to share with you what I do to obtain a close shave and keep ingrown hairs at bay!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. The first thing I did was research what kind of things help ingrown hairs + salicylic acid popped up. I thought that this would be something awesome to try because it was something I had in my home already. I had a mask with salicylic acid in it and an exfoliating cleaner, so for a week (without shaving) I cleansed my legs with the cleanser and the day before, I used the mask on my legs (left on for 15 minutes while relaxing and wearing a face mask). I washed the mask off, pat dried my legs + moisturized them.
2. On the day that you decide to shave, when you jump into the shower, wash the rest of your body and then use your exfoliating glove (and your favorite body wash) to gently exfoliate your le gs to help loosen the hairs + to remove any dead skin cells.
3. Next I apply the Bikini Zone gel to my legs + let it set for a moment. This product really works + helps to keep my skin irritation free…in all areas, including under the arms. Once that has set for about a minute or 2, I use a 5 blade razor. Man, a razor like this is magic!! I swear it gets all the hair + I highly recommend them!
4. After you have shaved every area that needs it, gently exfoliate your legs/necessary area again. I have read that people actually shave a second time but that is up to each individual + not part of my actual routine.
5. Once out of the shower, pat dry your skin. You want to care for your skin not damage it! when your skin is still a bit damp, mix the oil of your choice together with the body butter, cream, or moisturizer of your choice and smooth onto your legs. Your skin should feel amazing after this!!
I love wearing silky or satin PJ’s after shaving my legs because they feel so smooth + silky! I always get compliments from the bf on how smooth my skin is and it’s because I take the time to care for it. You have to relax sometimes and this is a wonderful way to unwind + enjoy some time away from the busy world we are all a part of!
I hope you guys enjoyed this tip so please feel free to comment below + share this with someone who might be looking for a solution to this common problem! I will see you in the next post!!
Until Next Time…
LOVE, PEACE, + SHOPPING RECEIPTS!!
Products used in the video:
Hair band: Dollar Tree
Velcro Hair bow: Either from Prettyandcute.com or Ebay
Exfoliator: Frutique Papaya Enzyme Gel
Exfoliating Glove: Dollar Tree
Facial Cleanser: Naive Rose Extract Cleanser
Cleansing Brush: Pretika Sonic Dermabrasion Facial Brush
Lip Scrub: Homemade with Olive Oil + White Sugar
Toner: Hadasui Skin Water ( I bought mine from an Asian market so it’s a little bit different).
Lip Balm: VS Smooth Kiss Lip Balm but I love THIS ONE so much more.
Eye Cream: Collection Hydrationist Repairing Anti-wrinkle Cream (Big Lots for $3)
Serum: Meaningful Beauty Creme de serum (tried this out but not crazy about it).
Moisturizer: Aveeno Positively Ageless
Hello! This video is explaining how I take care of my nails and what I do to help them grow. Please adjust your volumes because I have a new camera and I’m still figuring everything out so the sound is a bit dodgy. If you have any questions, please leave them below. Thanks and I hope you find this helpful.