Monday, September 27, 2010

amla again

These past few days have been good hair days, I did another Amla treatment on Saturday and my hair loves it.  The recipe is the same as I did here, and I let it sit for about the same amount of time.  Believe me when I say I am not having any hair shed at all or breakage when styling/retwisting my hair, I don't know if it is the Amla, black tea, or both but they are doing their job.  I wanted to do a Henna and Amla mixture but did not feel like going to the store to get it so I just did the other since I already had some.  I think this week I will do the two mixed.  One thing about the Amla though is it does not have the same slip as Henna but it rinses out better.
Sorry no pictures of my hair and the new necklace I made, for some reason my pictures are taking forever and a day to upload.  Later.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Amla Hair Treatment, Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo

I did an Amla treatment on my hair this past Saturday and the results actually turned out great.  I stopped by my local India Mart for Henna and gosh doggit they were out soooo I just said give me the Amla.
As you know I wore my hair straight and tucked into a bun for two weeks my hair was so moisturized that when I washed and DC it was super duper soft and I know it was from all the coconut/shea butter/castor oil mixture that I was using.
First things first, I shampooed with Shea Moistures Moisture Retention Shampoo and that stuff was amazing, it  didn't feel like it stripped my hair like some shampoos do.  I feel like it really "retained" moisture.  I then conditioned with Aussie Moist conditioner cause it is still the bomb and I even let it sit in my hair while I got soapy.  After that it was time to apply the Amla.  Here is the brand I used.
What I did
-whole box of Amla (100g)
-1 cup of warm black tea (2-3 bags)
-about half cup Aussie Moist conditioner
-about three tbs coconut oil
Mix, mix, mix and apply to hair just like Henna and let sit under a shower cap and towel.
I let it set for one and a half hours and rinsed out, I have to admit I liked it better than the Henna.  One good thing about the Amla is that it does not stain like Henna which is good because I was not trying to get any color just the conditioning benefits. My hair was like soft cotton, unlike Henna which leaves the hair dry afterwards and you have to do another DC, I did not have to do anything else after rinsing the Amla my hair was ready to be styled.  I can't wait to do this one again.  Amla also helps to tone down the red in Henna so next time I will be mixing these two together.

Benefits of Amla:
-promotes hair growth
-controls hair fall
-cures scalp infection
-controls premature graying of hair

Monday, September 13, 2010

One week in

I am still hanging in there, today marks the beginning of week two and I am thinking this may be the end.  The front part of my hair is getting a little frizzy, not much but if I was on the 'creamy crack' I would be relapsing, LOL!  The rest of my hair i.e, the inside and the ends, are doing pretty good. Last night I oiled my scalp with my coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter mixture, it's more oily than buttery, then rubbed some through my hair and back into the bun it goes and under a sating cap for the night and in the mornings I brush the top and head out to work. Lovely.
My girls are still rocking their straight hair too. I roll my Big Girl's hair at night and put it in pony in the morning and my Baby Girl's hair is in four long plaits.  I do about the same hair routine to their hair and it is hanging in their good, fortunately their hair will last longer than mine will and that is a good thing.  people could not believe how long their hair had gotten and was asking what do I do to their hair.  I just tell them I leave it alone, which I do because their hair is braided or twisted up 95% percent of the time.

Friday, September 10, 2010

I' m crafting

Guess what? I am crafting now, I have always liked to do it but never had the time.  Now I do!  Check me out at I Like To Craft to check out some of the items I have made.  More definitely to come, stay tuned.

Big Girl's picture hair

My Big Girl took pictures today and boy was her hair cute.  She had a fresh washing on Tuesday and blowdried then put back into frenchbraids to the back. Last night I flat ironed and used my Instyler to give her a shiney finish.  I used the same routine that I did for mine, results were great.  This will last for a while but she will not be wearing it down, after it gets washed out in a few weeks it will be getting braided back up.  Check out her length.

Before flatiron

After flatiron

She thought she was tooo cute, and she was!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day two flat iron and a necklace

It is day two of having straight hair.  Loving getting up and just throwing it into a bun.  The true test will come on tomorrow when I go to Zumba, I wonder if there is a way to not sweat too much?  I doubt it. I am going to try and see what happens, maybe I will just do thirty min and see how that does, yeah right.
Also, I made another necklace and think it is soooo cute, thanks to Flamingo Toes, I got plenty of compliments and two orders from friends.  Check out the pics below, now I am trying to think of cute matching earrings to go with.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Straight and to the point

Say what?  Yes I did, I flat ironed my hair.I did a lot of thinking and needed a change for a while and since it was cooling down I did what I had to do.  I felt like my hair was in need of some serious rest and that this was best for it.  Don't worry not going back to the creamy crack though, but for the next few months (maybe until December) I will be wearing my hair straight and don't worry it will be tucked away, nothing else hot will be put through my hair for 4 weeks if I have anything to do with it.  Every night it will get wrapped  and in the mornings it will go back into the bun. I am hoping this will help me to retain length while at the same time helping to retain moisture.

Here is what I did:
Pre-poo with coconut and Vatika oil
Shampoo/Condition withTresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture with aloe vera and avocado
DC with Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus
Leave In- Protective Mist Bodifier
For heat protection I used Elasta QP Design Silk Thermal Styling Spray and Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-humidity Smoothing Milk (before and after)
Here is how my hair turned out.
Wish me luck!!!
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