Price Range: $3.99 (for each)
Company: Clairol Herbal Essences (http://www.herbalessences.com/us/)
Catch Phrase: Let us soak it to ya. We're all about the moisture, so let us quench your tresses with lush hydration.
What I Say: For some reason, any shampoo from Herbal Essences tends to leave my hair a little dry. This shampoo honestly left my hair a little on the dry side. The conditioner was great though. I've been using this conditioner for co-washes and as a moisturizer (diluted with water of course). Although I'm not a big fan of the shampoo, the conditioner is a keeper.
Product Tip: Mix a little bit of the conditioner with water for a great moisturizer.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4/5)
A great video tutorial on getting curls with a flat iron from the wonderful people at Misikko (where I got my Corioliss!). See more videos like this on The Coarse Hair Diaries.
I remember a while back when I was trying out new things and happened upon this recipe. Although I don't really use it anymore, it was a good recipe. Why? As you may or may not know, Cayenne improves circulation and the oxygen levels of the scalp. Also, Chinese wild yam blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which can inhibit hair growth.
Cayenne Pepper Stimulant
- 4 TBSP cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil (heated for 30 seconds)
- 1 tsp Chinese wild yam extract (optional)
Here's the link to the company's website: http://eqyss-online.stores.yahoo.net/index.html
Here's the latest video. It's about detangling while stretching your relaxer.
- Moisturized my hair completely with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration diluted with water.
- I split my hair in two and then in about four sections on the first half of my head.
- Starting with the first section, I spritz the new growth with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration diluted with water.
- I comb from ends to roots with the Jilbere comb until it's completely detangled.
- I repeat the same process with the remaining sections.
- After my hair is completely detangled, I braid my hair in two plaits and seal with my African shea butter.
- I clip the braids up and put on a scarf before I go to sleep.
Anjela, this is for you! This is what my ends look like right now. I just finished air drying my hair after a good ol' co-washing session with my Suave Humectant. My ends are doing great and there's no split in sight! Click the image for a better view.
No, I'm not becoming a Jada stan. LOL.
I got this wonderful recipe from 2Bossay of Hair-A-Mania today. She's been massaging this mix on her son's hair and has seen some pretty good growth. I promised I would share it, so here it is in its entirety. I named the recipe after her since I don't know its original name. LOL.
The 2Bossay Growth Aid
- 30 drops nettle extract
- 30 drops horsetail extract
- 30 drops peppermint oil
- 30 drops rosemary oil
- 30 drops jojoba oil
- 1 applicator bottle
Results after doing a wet wrap! Thanks Nichole23 for the idea :)
Photo Credit: Google
- Shampoo with Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing twice a week (will be replaced with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration soon)
- Condition with VO5 Moisture Milks after each shampoo
- Deep condition with ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor once a week followed by my Clairol conditioner (the one that came with my Natural Instincts box)
- Use my homemade water/glycerin/Infusium 23 as a leave-in
- Co-wash with Suave Humectant once or twice a week
- Detangle with Jilbere or Denman D3
- Air dry ALWAYS
By the way, did you notice that I made it to bra-strap length? I didn't really notice until I did the comparison picture. I can't wait until I relax to see how much more length I'll gain!
In terms of products to get my hair curly during the week, the trick is the Denman brush, a D4 ($17) or the industrial one, it's the key to curls. [While in the shower] Wet your hair, fill it up with conditioner. I split my hair into six sections, bottom section split it in two, brush it over the shoulder, next section, brush it over the shoulder, etc. Leave the conditioner in. After I've brushed it out, I put a little more conditioner in my hair and (shaking the hair gently) I try to make the curls happen. You can see them develop at that point. Put the hair up in a clip, wash the body, do what you gotta do, rinse it out."
Price Range: $6.99-$14.99
Company: Denman (http://www.denmanbrush.com/)
Catch Phrase: The famous Denman anti-static rubber pad provides maximum grip and control during blowdrying for smoothing, shaping and polishing the hair.
What I Say: I kept hearing how amazing this brush was on several forums and since I was at Sally's anyway, I bought it. It cost me about seven dollars, which was great since the next beauty supply I went to charged fifteen bucks for it! Anyway, I washed my hair earlier and use it for detangling. It was AMAZING! I don't think I'll ever buy another brush, that's just how great it was. I might even use it in place of my precious Jilbere! I'm so happy with this brush right now.
Tool Tip: Be gentle with your hair and start from the ends!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ (3/5)
UPDATE: The brush turned on me! I only use it now when I'm blow drying to get my hair straight.
Since this blog is about achieving healthy and possibly longer hair, it makes sense for me to post a recipe for a natural growth aid. This recipe is the original Moe's Growth Oil (Mo'Gro or Mo' Grow) that is popular among the hair care forum circuit. The beauty of this recipe is that you can modify it to your liking!
Moe's Growth Oil (The Original)
- 1 glass jar
- 6 oz jojoba oil or macadamia nut oil
- 2 oz aloe vera juice/gel
- 2 TBSP horsetail herbs
- 1 plastic squirt bottle (like the one for hair dye)
I hope this recipe helps anyone who really needs it. I plan to buy the ingredients for this one today in addition to some nettle and grape seed extract.
Aloe vera includes an enzyme that is beneficial in stimulating new hair reproduction. It's great for strengthening the hair, treating hair loss and any type of hair problems while adding softness & shine. It is also useful in retaining moisture. Aloe vera juice can be taken internally to help improve skin ailments & the digestive system.
Aloe vera juice or gel can be a great addition to your moisturizers, spritz's and scalp massages to improve the health of your hair!
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A GREAT video on detangling natural hair. See more videos at The Coarse Hair Diaries.
improves the circulatory system, strengthens the hair, stimulates the scalp, and is an excellent source of silica
adds elasticity in the hair while also thickening the diameter of the individual strand
has moisturizing properties and is a great source of EFAs
Apple seed & Grape seed extract
both assist in the regeneration of new cells
a stimulant that improves circulation and the oxygen levels of the scalp
a strong anti-bacterial mint that has soothing properties
Photo Credit: Essence
And one more thing, don't use pomade to press your hair!
Photo credit: Essence
At-Home Moisturizing Spritz
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup glycerin
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 1/4 cup rosewater
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 TBSP royal bee jelly
- 2 TBSP emu oil
- 2 TBSP sea kelp (optional)
Making a Moisturizer/Moisturizing conditioner
The main purpose of a moisturizer or moisturizing conditioner is to penetrate the layers of the hair to increase its hydration, make the hair more pliable, and to soften it. Moisturizing products usually consist of humectants, emollients, lubricants, and natural oils.
The ingredient list:
- coconut oil
- jojoba oil
- aloe vera juice/gel
- rose water
- vitamin e oil
Products that contain protein are used mostly to strengthen the hair. The strength of the protein can vary. You can have a mild protein based product or a heavy protein product. Protein based products penetrate the layers of the hair all the way to the cortex (in some cases) to strengthen the structure of the hair.
The ingredient list:
- silk amino acids
- amino silk acids
- silk protein
- hydrolyzed protein
- hair keratin
- avocado oil
Votes so far: 90
By the way, there's a new poll! This time around, I want to know how many inches your has grown since last year.
Price Range: $6.99-$8.99
Company: ApHogee (http://www.aphogee.com/)
Catch Phrase: This concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins does wonders to restore strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment.
What I Say: I was turned off by this product since it had Mineral oil, but since I wasn't going to be using it daily anyway, I decided to give it a try. I slathered on about one ounce on my dry hair, focusing on my roots and ends. I left it for seven minutes and rinsed it out. My hair was sooo soft and detangling was a breeze-- which is weird since detangling ten weeks post is a struggle. This is a keeper! And the smell is great.
Product Tip: Try it on dry hair.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5)
Oh, my camera is on the fritz so I don't even know when I'll be able to post pictures or even do another video. Just my luck.
To qualify, e-mail me with the answers to the following questions. Include at least two pictures of your hair. One showing length and the other how you wear it normally.
- Your name/username
- Your hair's current state (Relaxed, natural, transitioning)
- When did you start your hair care journey
- Your current regimen
- Why you decided to grow your hair
- Your staple product
- What technique (no heat, deep conditioning, stretching) has helped you the most
- Your advice to the readers
Price Range: $1.69-$1.99
Company: Roux Laboratories (http://www.rouxblue.com)
Catch Phrase: Weekly treatment that delivers intense conditioning to dry, porous or damaged hair. Equalizes hair’s porosity for new elasticity and styling ease. Can be used daily or weekly.
What I Say: At first, I didn't like it. I put it in my hair and my hair felt gross and it smelled like sunblock. LOL. But after ten minutes under the dryer to let it penetrate, my hair was soft. I dried my hair and even my new growth was soft. After this experience, I think I might try the conditioner that everyone is raving about. Yes, I wasn't using the one people are talking about. I thought I was, but on the official website, it looks like there's a conditioner, shampoo, and pak in the three-step system. Go figure.
Product Tip: Deep condition with it for ten minutes for better results.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5)
Anyway, if you won't listen to me and want to see the product for yourself, here's the link:
Anjela, my blog buddy and fabulous author of Blaq Vixen Beauty, sent me a message on Twitter today to let me know that she nominated me for an "I love your blog" award. I was pretty shock since TCHD has never been nominated for an award before. Thanks girl! The rules:
1. The nominated is allowed to put this picture on their blogs.
2. Link to the person who hearted you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other people and link to them.
4. Leave a message on those people's blog to make them aware that they're nominated.
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I was nominated again by two lovely ladies. Todoni, of Love for Fitness, Fashion, Beauty & Hair Care, was the first to re-nominate me. And Sophie, of The Long Hair Diaries, was the second. Thank you so much ladies for the nominations and thanks for loving the blog!
And thanks also to Journey to Naturality for her nomination! I'm officially happy.
A: When your hair's clean, there's nothing stopping it from growing.
Q: What's APL, SL, NL, MBL, EL, and WL?
A: These are terms for lengths where the hair reaches. ArmPit Length, Shoulder Length, Neck Length, MidBack Length, Ear Length, and Waist Length.
Q: What does hair need more... Moisture or Protein?
A: Hair needs more moisture than protein.
Q: Should you take vitamins?
A: Yes! I'm anemic so I take an Iron supplement. So far, it's helping my hair. I had loss a lot a couple years ago when the anemia was at it's worst. You can take anything from Biotin, MSM, Horsetail, Prenatal Vits, etc.
Q: Does rinsing with cold water help hair?
A: Cold water seals the cuticle which keeps moisture in. This helps your hair stay soft and keeps bacteria and debris out of your hair.
Q: Should I drink water EVERY day?
A: YES! It's not only good for your hair, but also for your overall health.
Q: Why do my temples seem revert after a relaxer?
A: The temples/edges are a different texture than the rest of your hair. Plus it's exposed to water from daily facial washing.
Q: Which is better Lye or No-Lye?
A: Lye. Lye allows the hair to hold in moisture better. No-Lye is very drying. Although some opt for it cause it less harsh on the scalp, it makes your hair "poofy" and prone to damage.
Q: Can oils penetrate the hair?
A: Yes. Coconut oil is one of the best oils known to penetrate the hair. EVOO is a good one too!
Q: Where can I get stuff like glycerin/glycerine, essential oils, and vitamins?
A: Health food stores. Or online at: http://www.nutritionsmart.com
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