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Bunning Challenge: Week One Buns

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Hey guys. So, you see that I’m still off of a normal posting schedule. Though we are back in the house, I’m still off my game. This weekend, going to try to get the house back in order, hit the grocery store and work up a lot of overdue posts for next week. Until then, this is just a quick post to tell you what I’ve done with my hair for the first week of the Hairscapades Bunning Challenge!

I de-shedded and pre-pooed (Aubrey GPB + HSR + Vatika Oil) on Sunday after we got home (. Despite being overdue for a wash by a week, my hair felt pretty good. It didn’t smell the best … lol … but it felt and looked soft and decently moisturized! That definitely reinforced the benefits of bunning for me and encouraged me with this challenge.

I usually like to keep my pre-poo in overnight, but overnight turned into me rocking a pre-poo bun through Wednesday night.

 

Left: Mon & Tues bunned twists. Cute? Not really. Functional? Yup!; Right: Wed mid-height bun.

Finally, on Wednesday night, I sucked it up and washed my hair. But, I phoned it in. *lol* What I mean, is that I didn’t go full throttle. I washed my hair loose and I didn’t deep condition. I figured, with a three day pre-poo, my hair was moisturized enough. And, you know what? It went fine. Here’s a quick run down.

Wash Day

  • Shampooed with diluted *Bye Bye Parabens Rosemary Mint shampoo.
  • Conditioned and detangled with *Bye Bye Parabens Rosemary Mint conditioner.
  • Blotted hair with Curl Cloth to sop up the drippies.
  • Applied Mizani True Textures Curls Soft Leave-in to hair in four sections.
  • Set hair in 6 braids using Mizani True Textures Curl Set Jelly.
  • Sealed ends with Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade.

*Note: Bye Bye Parabens contains non-water soluble silicones. 

The next morning, my hair wasn’t completely dry, so I sat under my hard bonnet dryer for about 20-30 minutes. It still wasn’t fully dry, but I released it anyway with a little more Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade. Then, I tried something new! Over the weekend, I came across a post on The Mane Objective (who’s participating in the bunning challenge! Yea!!) about her DIY fluffy styling cream inspired by Naptural85. Well, I didn’t go so far as to make it. Noooo. LOL! But, I have this Pooka Pure & Simple Cocoa Baby Whipped Cream body cream that has similar ingredients (shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oils and Vitamin E). So, I figured, “What the heck?” I love re-purposing stuff, so I applied the body cream to my edges and tied them down with a satin scarf for the ride to work. I also loosely twisted and clipped up the length of my hair to allow it to dry more and reduce frizzing.

Once I got to work, I released my hair for a nicely defined braid-out … that I bunned shortly thereafter.


I actually think I look nicer with my bun! #WINNING

So, I think I’ll wear my hair down this weekend … maybe … then, I’ll I’ll skip washing my hair this weekend and will bun it through next week as well.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

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So, to my Bunning Challenge ladies, how is your first week going? To all my other ladies, what’s up with you? How did you rock your hair this week? Are you rocking a new winter style or do you see one in your future?

Henna/Indigo Sunday and a New WnG Combo

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As I mentioned yesterday, Sunday was a henna/indigo day and, let me say, it was long overdue!! The grey roots were out of control and tri-color, calico cat hair was back in full effect! But now, I can breathe an “ahhhhh” of relief as I’m back to two colors ;).

On Saturday, Wei and I had a PhD party to attend (his godbrother, my college friend) and my hair was a wild mess. I was too tired to pre-poo on Friday night, so decisions had to be made. Do I try to do a quick braid-out set or an udpo to salvage old hair or do I pre-poo bun it?! Pre-poo banana clip, big bun it was!!

There was an amazing balloon artist there.
That’s my new coordinating hair flower! LOL!!

Saturday night … I mean, Sunday morning … after arriving home at 3 am … mind you, we left at 3 pm the prior day (ughhh) … I put my oily pre-pooed hair back into eight big twists and hit the sack.

Note: I applied pre-poo to dry hair. The pre-poo was equal parts Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose and GPB conditioners mixed with Vatika Oil.

The Henna/Indigo Rundown (Sunday)

  • Shampooed hair in eight twists with Bye Bye Parabens Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo.
  • Conditioned and detangled with Bye Bye Parabens Rosemary Mint Purifying Conditioner.
  • Rinsed twists with lukewarm water.
  • Followed my two-step henna/indigo process using previously dye released, frozen and thawed henna.
  • Deep conditioned with Sally’s GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioner Balm (overnight).

I ended up deep conditioning overnight and rinsing my hair in the morning (not too thoroughly though as I could smell then henna/indigo all day! Bleh! *lol*) using the cool & seal technique. Then, so I could get out the door, I proceeded to style my hair in a quick Wash and Go using a new product and combo.

Wash and Go (Monday)

  • Finger combed hair thoroughly using Bye Bye Parabens Rosemary Mint Purifying Conditioner as a leave-in.
  • Lightly finger-combed Samy’s Get Curls Reactivating Lotion through curls and then used “praying hands” to smooth curls.
  • Placed hair in 4 big twists and clipped up for the morning.
  • Around 11:30 am, released wet/damp twists without disturbing or separating curls and allowed to air dry.
  • Once dry, smoothed hair to soften and fluff curls (i.e. grasped hair like forming a ponytail and gently smoothed down the length of the hair).

Quick Review: Samy Get Curls Curl Reactivating Lotion
So, this is a first glance review of the Samy Get Curls Curl Reactivating Lotion. As you may or may not know, another Samy Get Curls product has been a WnG staple for me for years. The Reenergizing Potion gives me firm and defined, but not stiff or dry, curls when mixed with Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. However, the Potion was discontinued at least two years ago. Fortunately for me, I was able to stockpile a few at a going out of business sale. That being said, that well will eventually run dry. So, when a Samy’s rep contacted me about trying some of the other products in the Get Curls line, I figured, why not?

Reactivating Lotion (L); Reenergizing Potion (R)

Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, PVP Carbomer, VP VA Copolymer, PEG 8 Dimethicone, Steareth 10 Allyl Ether Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, Polysorbate 20, PEG 8 Ricinoleate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Acrylamide Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Polyquaternium 57, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Geraniol, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal.

Now, although this is called a “Lotion,” it really has the appearance, consistency and feel of a clear, thin gel. This is great for my fine strands, which are easily weighed down by heavy gels. However, the lotion may not work well for those with thick, coarse and/or dense hair that needs a gel with a little more “body” to it.


See?

The gel went on pretty smoothly and I had no issues with it blending with the leave-in or sitting on top of my hair. It did take my hair a lot longer to dry than it does with a leave-in only. But, that is to be expected.

At the end of the day, I was very pleased with the results of the Bye Bye Parabens/Samy WnG combo!! Although the Lotion has different ingredients than the Potion, it felt and worked the same. My hair was light, fluffy, defined and flake-free. The conditioner and gel combo played well together and my hair felt lightly moisturized, but essentially product free. Therefore, the Reactivating Lotion shows promise as a replacement for my Reenergizing Potion.

Plans for Day 2
Now, the thing is, my Day 1 hair looks like Day 3 and WnGs have been responsible for the bane of my hair existence, SSKs! So, I placed my hair into 4 big braids using Cream & Coco Curls for Days Hair Pudding last night and sealed my ends with Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade. I’m definitely going into stretched hair and protective style mode and a braid out will help me with the first half.

And that’s that!

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If you use gel, do you prefer thin or thick formulas? Firm, medium or light hold? Which gels have you found to be the most effective?

Bye Bye Parabens: Free Samples

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Remember my review of Bye Bye Parabens Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner here?

Well, guess what? For a limited time, you can get your hands on your own free samples!!! For details, click here: http://byebyeparabens.com/products/free-samples.

Hello Bye Bye …

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I’m very tentative about trying new products anymore. I know what works on my hair and I don’t want to cause a setback with untested products. I’m especially hesitant about shampoos and conditioners, as those can be make or break products for me. Stylers cause less difficulties. Therefore, I’m more willing to experiment with those when companies send me products to try/review.

Therefore, when I saw the sample size bottles of shampoo and conditioner that arrived in the mail last week … I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try them, especially given the state of my hair. I hadn’t washed it in two weeks and it was a rat’s nest of tangles. I’d styled it in a WnG that I bunned haphazardly and failed to re-moisturize for most of week two.

On Friday night, I pre-pooed with Aubrey GPB mixed with Vatika Oil and it took over an hour (maybe two?) and required the periodic use of scissors to cut out several untenable knots. So, when I say that I didn’t think that there would be enough of the conditioner in the four little 1 oz. sample-size conditioner bottles to detangle my hair on a good day, let alone on a day where it was a tangle-ridden, shed hair filled mess, I’m not kidding you.

But, you see, this wasn’t any random company that had sent me these products. No. They were sent by the wife of a friend of Wei’s who started a new haircare line, Bye Bye Parabens. So, I felt obligated to at least give them a go … though I did so with immense hesitation.

via Bye Bye Parabens

Bye Bye Parabens is pleased to announce the launch of its new luxury line of hair care products. The first product designed to dramatically transform natural or curly hair into soft hair with unbelievable shine, body, and bounce. Bye Bye Paraben products are also sulfate & paraben free and made from non-toxic natural and organic ingredients. Bye Bye Parabens was founded by Tracy Riggs who is an award winning international master stylist and salon owner with over 20 years experience in the hair industry. Tracy has styled the likes of Erykah Badu, Lil Kim, Mary J Blige, and Charlie Baltimore but more importantly servicing thousands of mom’s, wives, and daughters over a 20 year period. Tracy Riggs saw a need for a sulfate & paraben free hair care line that would be safe to use without sacrificing the integrity of the hair and that would achieve optimum results.

Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo Ingredients:
Water, Sodium Methyl-2 Sulfolaurate and Disodium-2 Sulfolaurate/Cocamindopropyl Betaine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel Seed) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-4, Citric Acid

Rosemary Mint Purifying Conditioner Ingredients:
Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel Seed) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Citric Acid

SEE 10/25/12 EDITOR’S RETRACTION BELOW REGARDING INGREDIENTS LIST

The Experiment
I was sent four 1 oz. sample size bottles each the Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner. I decided to start by diluting about 3/4 of the bottle of shampoo in about 6 ounces of water.  My hair was in 8 twists and I shampooed the roots and then squished the suds through the length of my hair. The shampoo had a refreshing minty scent and a nice tingle. My scalp and hair felt clean, without feeling stripped. Shampooing also didn’t seem to cause any additional matting at my roots, which sometimes happens to my hair with sudsy shampoos. In fact, although I LOVE the Aubrey conditioners, the Green Tea Shampoo was not doing me any favors. Last week, I used it for a body wash because I ran out of the real stuff!! LOL!! But, anywho, I was pleased that my hair didn’t feel any worse for the wear after using the Rosemary Mint shampoo.

After rinsing, I planned to try one bottle of the purifying conditioner on one twist. I even grabbed a new bottle of HE HH from under the sink as I was prepared to need it to finish the job. I just knew that there was no way that those little sample size bottles of conditioner would provide enough product or slip to detangle my whole head. But, after I applied the conditioner to my first twist, I was like, “What’s this here now??” OMGosh!!! The slip was great!! Definitely comparable to HE HH, if not better as I didn’t seem to need to use as much!! I hopped out of the shower to tell Wei, “Color me impressed!!” LOL!! I ended up using three bottles to do my whole head. But, I think that I was a little heavy-handed with that first section and could have gotten away with two bottles if I had spread the wealth around a little more!!

Anywho, after finger detangling with the conditioner under the shower stream (so helpful!), I rinsed and applied Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Rose Conditioner to DC. I kept it in for about an hour using my Thermal Heat Wrap. Then, I cooled and sealed with diluted Aubrey Green Tea Cream Rinse and finally rinsed it all out with cold water.

Initial Thoughts
My hair felt “loverly!!” In fact, it felt so good that I didn’t even apply any leave-in conditioner! I just re-twisted it and applied a little JBCO/EVOO to the twists to seal in the water.

My hair dried quickly and the twists were so soft and plump! My God-cousin’s 30th birthday party was that evening and I simply released the twists with Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade for a fluffy twist-out.

I gotta say that I was impressed by my first experience with Bye Bye Parabens! I am glad that I gave it a try, despite my initial hesitation ;).

Conclusions
To wrap this up, I still love HE HH for the amazing slip and cheap price tag. So, I will continue to use it for henna rinsing. But, because I do like to incorporate as many natural products as I can, this may become a “go to” as a post-shampoo detangler if my next experience is as pleasant as my first one!

10/25/12 EDITOR’S RETRACTION: Last week, I received full-size bottles of Bye Bye Parabens conditioner and shampoo. I looked at the ingredients lists on the bottles and found that both the shampoo and conditioner contain the silicone  DIMETHICONE and the conditioner also contains CYCLOPENTASILOXANE. The silicones are high on the ingredients lists. Based upon the lists of ingredients that were sent to me by via e-mail, I thought that these products were silicone free. They are not. So, they are not a natural alternative to HE HH and actually contain non water-suluble, build-up prone silicones versus build-up resistant cones the HE HH. That being said, this conditioner would not be a natural option or an option for those practicing the CG Method, the TCM Method or following a co-wash only regimen. 

And that’s it. Oh, wait, one more thing. Because I do like to anticipate your needs, I’ll just let you know that the outfit above (it’s not a dress!! It’s a peplum top worn with the skirt that I previously showed you here) was another one that I jacked from Style Pantry!! To see Folake rocking it and find “where to buy” info, click here.

Happy Monday!!

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Calling all reformed, pseudo-reformed or never-been-a PJs who like to stick with what they know works:
Are you willing to experiment with products? Are there any categories of products that are strictly on the “No-No” list?