Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

A WnG Experiment

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Tiffany’s back to share her Wash and Go results after experimenting with various products. Check it out!!

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1. Cantu Leave-in Conditioner: Just applied to wet hair direct and let air dry.

Results: Kind of heavy, no curl definition, no volume, no crunchy feeling and a little frizz. Absolutely no shine. This is also before I became Jaded!

Jaded

2. Curls Unleashed Curl Defying Cream: Heavier than the Cantu Leave-in. Applied to soaked hair using the rake and shake method. Air dried.

Results: This stretched the bottom half of my hair a lot and left my curls soft with a little hold. No crunch. As for the top it, left it with no hold or definition, so I had to pin it back. It gave a lot of shine and no tacky feeling.

3. Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly: This is a gel, not a cream like the top 2. It has the consistency of Kinky Curly curling custard. I mixed with water to thin out the consistency, then added to sopping wet hair, sectioning using the rake and shake method. I added a bang by using small perm rods, then I diffused. I did not fluff.

Results: This gave a lot of hold, no frizz (hence the diffuser) and a little crunch, but that was eliminated by scrunching the curls when completely dry.

This is second day hair using Wonder Curl Get Set Jelly. I fluffed and went. Notice a little frizz at the top. I didn’t sleep too well and this was post hangover. Lol! I love bigger hair on this day.

On Day 5, if I choose not to wash it, it looks like this:

I just add some olive oil for shine, fluff and go. I LOVE IT. So, from this experiment, I realize that your hair’s outcome depends on the product used, the technique to apply the product and whether or not you air dry or diffuse.

My hair loves Wonder Curl all the way around.

Tiff

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Want to learn more about the “Rake & Shake?” Learn how to do it here.

What product(s) and techniques give you the best WnG results?

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Moisturized Hair: It Starts on Wash Day

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When I’m in the guise of my alter ego, “Hairscapades” ;), I often receive or read cries for help that go something like this:

“Can someone please recommend a good moisturizer? My hair is always so dry!!”

I came across just such a question this past weekend on CurlyNikki’s Facebook page and I did my best to answer it. As I wrote the response, I realized that my answer to this frequent query might be helpful to other … so this post was “born.”

Now, here are a couple of disclaimers before we get started. One, my hair is a mix of regular and high porosity strands, you may need to modify some of these steps if your hair is under-porous. Two, my suggestions here are for hair that is really in need of moisture. It is not for hair that is over-moisturized and in need of protein to help it retain hydration. For more on dry, brittle hair that may be a result of over-conditioning caused by regular co-washing, overnight baggying, protein avoidance, etc., check out my posts: Moisture and Protein: Finding the Balance and Can I Over-Condition?

6 Steps to Building Sustained Moisture

Okay, now back to the question at hand. When, I see inquiries like the one above, I rarely make product recommendations for “daily” moisturizers. This is because, I think building sustained moisture starts on wash day. I think the importance of this day can sometimes be underestimated. Therefore, the advice I offer is related to techniques (and the products) that I have found successful in hydrating hair so that it will sustain the moisture level between wash days. This is not to say that a moisturizer will not be needed between wash sessions. However, by building hydration levels on wash day, re-moisturizing sessions during the week may be more effective and required less frequently.

So, here we go. These are the steps that I take to hydrate my hair and seal in all that “moisturiffic” goodness;).

“Naked” hair (left); hair with leave-in (right)

1.  Start with a pre-poo (on dry hair) prior to shampooing. Coat hair with a penetrating oil, like coconut, olive, avocado or Vatika (coconut oil base), which has the ability to enter the hair shaft and reach the cortex to moisturize the hair from the inside out. Leave oil on hair under a plastic baggie for a minimum of one hour up to overnight (heat optional).

What I Use: Right now, I’m loving Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose (moisturizing) or GPB Conditioner (protein) mixed with Vatika oil as a pre-poo. I alternate moisture and protein as needed.

2.  Wash with a non-stripping, sulfate free shampoo.

What I Use: DevaCare No Poo (diluted with water in a dye bottle for easier application and slip).

3.  If necessary, apply a moisturizing, cheapie conditioner to thoroughly detangle hair.

What I Use: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH). Best detangler I’ve found for my hair so far.

4.  Deep condition (DC) for 15 minutes to an hour with heat. Then, this is key, COOL and SEAL. Cooling and sealing was a game-changer for me. The short of it is that you remove the heat source and allow the DC to cool in your hair for 10-15 minutes. Then, you dilute a regular daily conditioner in cool/cold water and apply it directly over the DC prior to rinsing everything out with cold water. For more details on this technique, check out my post: Deep Conditioning Tricks … Cool & Seal.

What I Use: I’m really feeling Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm to deep condition right now (the Sally’s GVP version is good too). But, I’m also a fan of Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner, JessiCurl Weekly Deep Treatment, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Deep Treatment Mask and Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie. I use HE HH or Aussie Moist as my “sealing” conditioner.

5.  After rinsing the deep conditioner, apply a leave-in conditioner thoroughly to wet or damp hair.

What I Use: I’ve been getting really good results with Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner as a leave-in. But, I also often rely on a modified Kimmaytube leave-in recipe (2 tbsp Kinky Curly Knot Today, 2 tbsp aloe vera juice – whole leaf, 1 tsp of oil [mix of EVOO, JBCO and jojoba oil]).

6.  Seal in the water, leave-in conditioner and any stylers/moisturizers used with an oil, butter or oil/butter blend.

What I Use: JBCO/EVOO mix.

Doing these things on wash day enables my hair to hold onto moisture throughout the week and between wash sessions. Oh, and if my hair is feeling a little dry a few days into the week, I simply apply a moisturizer (with water as the first ingredient) and re-seal with an oil. Happy hair!!

So, if  you are struggling with dehydrated hair, maybe some or all of these steps will help you!! Good luck!!

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How do you build and lock-in moisture on wash day?

Havana Twists Sale at Afrigenix

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Okay, so the post that I did on Havana Twists consistently garners the most views on my site, day after day, week after week … for months now!! LOL!! So, I thought it imperative that I share this sale that is presently posted on the salon that seems to have made the style famous (maybe even created it?), Afrigenix. The site doesn’t indicate how long the sale lasts, so if you’re interested in the style and live in the NYC area, then you may want to investigate and/or book your appointment today!

(p.s. I don’t know if the $88 includes hair, but I doubt it. A representative from Afrigenix commented on my original post and indicated that the hair used is Havana Hair and is available at FINGERCOMBER.COM. It’s $12.99 a bag and, from what I understand from the comments on the original post, 5 bags are needed for this style. So, if you book an appointment for the sale price, make certain that you check on the price if they provide the hair!!)