Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time to stop hiding my hair

A few weeks ago I was talking about being tired of protective styling. It was impossible, however, for me to leave my hair out due to severe paranoia that doing so would lead to yet another setback. I came to the conclusion that in order for me to be comfortable about wearing my hair out, I would invest in silk blouses. Since then, I have been looking online and waiting for a sale so I could purchase one to start off with and I did so yesterday. I think I will eventually have 5 or 6 so that I can wear my hair out pretty often each month.

I was mentioning it to a friend and he thought it was completely crazy and if I think about it, I suppose it really is. But hey, at least I am making an effort to enjoy all the fruits of my labour. Of course I still can't wait to be waist length one day as I can just dream about all the beautiful buns and updos I will be able to create, so protective styling will always be a part of my regimen and my hair styling options. I just want to also incorporate down and out styles as well. So yes, gone are the days when I say I will wait until I reach a certain length to leave my hair out.

Continuing my love affair with Nexxus

I started using a Nexxus shampoo and conditioner a few months ago and fell in love. I love the Nexxus Humectress Shampoo and the Nexxus Botanical Shampoo.

On Friday I went to replenish my hair care products stock and came across the Nexxus Headress Thickening Leave-in Volumizer Conditioner. I was immediately interested when I saw the 1st ingredient was water and the 2nd was panthenol. Panthenol or Vitamin B5 has been proven to increase the size of hair strands by 5-10%. It also increases the ability of the hair strand to hold water. I know I have read many ladies say their hair thickened while using S-Curl which also has panthenol. I tried S-Curl in the early days of my hair journey and even revisited it earlier this year, but it leaves my hair with a film and so, no matter how I try, I just cannot love S-Curl.

I used this leave-in last night as my leave-in after washing and my moisturiser this morning. I absolutely love it. I will keep using this product for the next month and see how it goes. At this rate, I may be saying goodbye to Organic Root Stimulator as my main love and going Nexxus all the way.

The other Nexxus products I would like to try (and probably will order online) are:

Therappe Luxurious Moisturising Shampoo
Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner
Humectress Luxe Moisturising Leave-In Spray
Emergencee Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's been a while

Since I started a new job in August, I haven't had much time to blog. I have even had to cut back on my bi-weekly washes. I am now a once a week type of girl. It isn't awful but I truly believe I have an oily scalp and by Wednesday or Thursday my hair is slightly greasy.

I am currently 6 weeks post relaxer with no plans to relax anytime soon. Earlier this year I had tons of new growth at this time and I actually gave in and texlaxed at 7 weeks post. This time around I definitely don't have as much growth. The only difference is I don't eat as many carrots as I used to. Earlier this year, I was a carrot addict and my hair was growing like a weed. I have been working at my new job for about 5 weeks now and I really have not been eating 1-2 carrots as I did in the past. So, I am even more convinced now that the carrots really did have an impact on my growth rate. I am going to make an effort to reintroduce carrots into my diet.

Other than that, I don't really have that many updates. I probably will texlax my hair at 10 or 11 weeks post. I am still to buy those silk shirts so I can start to wear my hair out. I have been bunning and wearing updos exclusively for such a long period of time that I hardly recognise myself when I do leave my hair out. I am well aware of just how strange that sounds and I intend to do better. In any case, I feel like I am stuck in a rut and need a change, especially appearance-wise. Besides, why am I growing my hair if all I want to do is hide it away? I need to reap all the benefits of my hair. Updos and buns look better the longer your hair gets but I should always be able to wear my hair down and have fun with it.