Archive for September, 2009

Product Review – Sebastian Potion 9

Posted in Product Review with tags on September 30, 2009 by fancee

Product Name: Sebastian Potion 9 wearable leave-in treatment (16.9 oz)

Price: $16.00 – $22.00 ( depends where you buy it)

Product Description:

Easy to nourish and revitalize hair by combing through and leaving in

Contains nine essential nutrients and extracts

Feeds hungry hair

Repairs damaged, environmentally-stressed hair

Builds-in style

Directions: Apply to damp hair and style as desired. Do not rinse. Blow dry for conditioned body or let air dry for a natural look and feel.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Amodimethicone, Stearalkonium Chloride, Tocopherol, PVP, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate

My Thoughts: I have used this product off and on for a couple of years now. I have to say that in the past I wasn’t paying much attention to the details of the product. I co-washed my hair, and detangled in the shower as usual. I then applied a dime size amount of product to the five (5) sections of my hair. This product gave me amazing slip! My fingers ran through my wavy/curly hair without a problem, and the product smells like heaven. This is a LEAVE-IN treatment, so I made sure to apply this product first. It’s also a light protein treatment, so all you protein sensitive folks out there should be very careful with this. I then proceeded to add my moisturizer, and sealed with my normal hair oils. I left my hair to air dry and went outside for the day. Five (5) hours later, I can say that there a some portions of my hair that are a bit crunchy. Maybe I didn’t put enough moisturizer on those sections. That would be my only complaint for this product.

Rating: 4 out of 5 COMBS
BONUS: Sally’s Beauty Supply Store carries a generic version of this product called GVP Leave-In Treatment: Compare to Sebastian Potion 9. The 6.8 oz bottle is $5.99 and it’s the exact same product! Go out and grab yourself a bottle!

http://www.sallybeauty.com/hair-treatment/SBS-264061,default,pd.html#details

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Hair Myths – Get the facts Straight

Posted in Growing long hair, Hair Myths on September 30, 2009 by fancee

1. Greasing/Oiling the scalp is an absolute must. Your scalp needs to breathe to function properly, so it’s best not to clog hair follicles with ingredients like petroleum jelly, mineral oil or lanolin. A dry or flaky scalp could be the result of using the wrong products. For example, shampoo with high alcohol content might dry out the scalp, or a too-heavy conditioner may leave a flaky residue. The last thing you want to do is put grease on top of flaky dead skin. Keep the scalp as clean as possible to optimal hair growth.

2. Cutting your hair makes it grow.

Tell your scissor-happy stylist to “drop the shears and stand back.” Cutting does rid your hair of old and damaged strands, it does not make your hair grow. Your hair grows from the hair follicle on your scalp people. There is a big difference between hair growth and retaining length. I suggest getting a trim or dusting and not a chop every 6 to 8 weeks depending on your hair growth to avoid any split ends you may have, splitting further up the hairs shaft, which does cause damage.

3. Natural hair = no maintenance.

There is no such thing as zero-maintenance ethnic hair. Our hair is often dry, and porous, so it needs regular detangling, moisture and conditioning to counter breakage and grow long. Remember that maintenance does not mean over manipulation!

4. Relaxers make your hair grow.

Ethnic hair requires constant nurturing to maintain its durability and encourage growth. Although your hair may appear to have grown once you’ve gotten it relaxed, that is not the case. Relaxers straighten your natural kinks, which gives the appearance of growth. Hair growth comes from good diet and well-maintained hair.

5. Natural relaxers are safer than regular relaxers.
“Natural” relaxers are not, in fact, natural. Many contain the same chemicals as your lye or no-lye relaxer kit. The difference only lies in the name. From natural to silkener, it’s all a ploy to get you to buy, buy, buy. There is no such thing as a natural relaxer. In order for our hair to be straight we have to chemically break it down or use heat. Don’t be fooled!

Cleaning Your Hair Tools

Posted in Brushes, Cleaning Tools, Combs, Tools on September 28, 2009 by fancee

Keeping your hair tools clean is a must for keeping your hair clean and healthy. There are a couple of different ways you can do this – the boiling water method and the baking soda method.

Boiling Water Method

  1. Remove all the hair from your hair tools. You can do this by holding them under running water and using a comb to comb the hair out of a brush.
  2. Boil about 4 cups of water.
  3. Pour the boiling water into a large bowl.
  4. Add about 1/2 tsp. of baby shampoo or a clarifying shampoo and stir.
  5. Put your combs, brushes and hair clips into the water and let them sit for about an hour.
  6. Take them out and lay them on a towel to air-dry.

Baking Soda Method

  1. Remove all the hair from your hair tools. You can do this by holding them under running water and using a comb to comb the hair out of a brush.
  2. Find a tall, narrow container (such as a tall drinking glass or vase) that will hold all your hair tools you wish to clean.
  3. Fill the container 3/4 full with hot tap water (so the baking soda will dissolve).
  4. Add 1 tsp. of baking soda to the water and gently stir.
  5. Put your combs and brushes into the water and let them sit for at least an hour.
  6. Take them out and lay them on a towel to air-dry.

Removing Buildup

If you are a gel, mousse, or hairspray user, you will have a buildup on your combs/brushes. If you have buildup on your comb, you’ll notice a fuzzy looking coating on them when you remove them from the baking soda water or the detergent water.

  1. Since you have already soaked the combs for an hour in either baking soda or shampoo, the buildup can be gently wiped off with the bristles of an old toothbrush under running water. The bristles can get into the tiny spaces of a comb and clean it properly.
  2. Give your combs one final rinse under running water to make sure all the buildup is removed.
  3. Place them on a towel to air-dry.

No matter what method you choose to use, the entire process should take no more than one hour. It may take less time if you are cleaning your tools on a regular basis.

Have a happy and healthy hair day!

Moisturizing and Sealing

Posted in Brittle hair, Dry hair, Moisturizing, sealing, Summer vs Winter on September 17, 2009 by fancee

What is moisturizing and sealing?

  • The process of moisturizing and sealing is done on the ends of your hair. The ends of the hair are the oldest and they tend to become dry and brittle if not moisturized periodically.
  • Apply a moisturizer of your choice to the ends of your hair in sections. Be sure to apply the moisturizer thoroughly and gently.
  • Next you will apply an oil to seal in the moisture. Coconut, Olive, and Amla oils are all very popular, but there are many oils that can be used to seal.
  • I like to do a twist out on my hair at this point, but you can also put your hair into a loose bun.

How often should I be moisturizing and sealing?

Moisturizing and sealing varies from person to person. My natural hair loves moisture and sealing daily. I make sure that I do this every night no matter what is going on. However, for some of us, moisture may only be needed every 2-3 days. You really have to ‘listen’ to your hair. If you touch the ends of your hair, and they feel dry and brittle, it’s best to up your moisturizing and sealing. On the other hand, if you hair is beginning to feel mushy, you should ease up on the moisture.

How does the climate factor in on the frequency of moisturizing and sealing?

The climate factors in heavily regarding the frequency of moisturizing and sealing. In the summer months, your hair needs moisture less than it does in the winter because of summer’s humidity. In the winter, your hair will need more moisture because of the dry air, which sucks the moisture out of our strands. You will still have to gauge how much moisture your hair needs by the look and feel of your tresses.

What are the best moisturizers and sealants?

I can only speak to MY favorite moisturizers and sealants. Here goes nothing…

Moisturizers

  • Elasta QP Mango Butter
  • Organic Root Stimulator Shea Butter Softening Hair & Scalp Lotion
  • Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion
  • Herbal Essence leave-in split end protector for long hair

Sealants

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Castor Oil

Here is a link to my favorite moisturizing and sealing video on Youtube. Happy Good Hair Growing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuCbZMHwLug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0_93jySKiM&feature=related

Sigh…

Posted in Lazy, Moisturizing, Random, sealing on September 13, 2009 by fancee

I should really be moisturizing and sealing right now, but I am so lazy…
Did I mention that I live in South Africa guys? It’s only 9:36pm, but I have been having a wonderful time with my family, and all I want to do is sleep right now. Shame…

How to grow long hair

Posted in Growing long hair, low manipulation on September 13, 2009 by fancee

I am at a critical point in my hair journey. I have shoulder length hair, but I really want bra strap length as my first goal. I got to thinking about what I need to do in order to insure that I actually reach that point. Less manipulation is definitely key! I mean what woman with really long, and healthy hair do you see constantly handling it? No one! Not never! So, I decided to make a list of what long haired people do. Here goes…

People with long and healthy hair:
1) Do not over manipulate their hair. So you don’t see them messing in their hair a lot. Most often than not, they usually do their hair once a week or go to the salon to get their hair done. Then wear it in a bun or an updo until their next appointment.
2) Wear simple styles. You rarely see them with a lot of different styles like braids, weave, tight twists. These styles often do more damage than good. Most women with long hair usually wear a wrapped style or loose up do’s.
3) Keep their hair in protective styles to keep it from breaking, i.e. up do’s, damp buns, etc.
4) Rarely apply heat to avoid damage, but instead resort to wrapping hair, pin curls or roller sets.
5) Do not obsess over their hair. The old saying “out of sight out of mind” really goes a long way when trying to grow hair. When you continuously touch it or fuss with it, you can further cause damage to it. So it’s best to put it up and leave it alone and watch it grow.

So I am officially putting myself on a mission of less manipulation. Besides moisturizing and sealing daily, co-washes 3 times a week followed by a twist out, I will not fuss with my hair at all.
Happy good hair growing!
Until then, take time to grow your hair properly. I’ll be right beside you 🙂

Pin Curls

Posted in curls, Hairstyles, How to, pin curls on September 13, 2009 by fancee

Pin Curls are the perfect way to create big, voluminous curls without the damage of heat and the inconveniece of rollers. They are also an alternative to nightly wrapping, bantu knots and twist outs.

Here’s how to create pin curls

Step 1: Start with straightened hair
Step 2: Apply a light moisturizer to your ends, and seal with your favorite oil.
Step 3: Take medium-large sections of the hair smoothing each section into one large curl
Step 4: Twist the curl down onto the scalp in a creating a circle.
Step 5: Create 6-12 curls depending on your length and thickness
Step 6: Secure the curl with two bobby pins in an ‘x’ position or a metal prong clip
Step 7: Cover with scarf and allow the curls to set overnight (the longer the better)
Step 8: Carefully finger style the curls into place the next day to preserve the body and prevent frizzing.