Monday, 27 January 2014

DIY | Shea Butter Mix

Heyy guys!
Today I'm here to share another DIY. I hope you don't mind. Following the disappointment of S-curl back in October (see here) I decided to get experimenting and whip up my own moisturiser using Shea Butter. I don't take credit for this mixture in any way as I drew inspiration for the ingredients included from others, and from what my hair generally likes.

Ingredients & Benefits (... which I'm sure you've read a million times so I'll just summarise lol)
8tbsp Unrefined Shea Butter
Unrefined shea butter is rich in nutrients with a creamy texture. It helps to seal in moisture and can relieve dry, itchy scalp and dandruff.
4 tbsp Coconut Oil
Adds luster and shine to the hair, stimulates hair growth, helps fight against scalp issues such as dandruff.
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Conditions and strengthens the hair.
1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
Helps repair split ends,stimulates hair growth, prevents greying, adds shine.

I whipped the Shea butter first with my hand blender until creamy. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and mixed until it was smooth. I then left it to set in the fridge. My mixture filled about three 60ml tubs.
I used this whip religiously when I blow dried my hair as it gave me just enough moisture without reverting my new growth. After I washed my hair I continued to use this mix and it improved manageability and left my hair feeling super soft. The only possible con I can think of at the moment is that it's quite heavy on my relaxed ends, but this can easily be avoided by simply using less.

Shea butter mixes seem to be very popular in the hair care world. If you have your own shea butter fusion, feel free to share your recipe!
Take care.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Why S-Curl, Why?!

Heyy guys!
So back in October I innocently went to repurchase S-Curl. As it's my staple hair moisturiser I didn't hold back and I ordered the largest size. When it arrived I was greeted by the new formula. I first heard about Luster's changing the formula of S-Curl through Sunshine's blog, Hairlicious Inc, about a year ago, but with the UK being behind on everything I for some reason didn't think the changes would hit here any time soon. Also on Paks (where I ordered it) they had no updated image or information about this change, so yes I had a whopping 946ml of the new formula arrive at my door. That'll teach me for ordering online instead of going to an actual shop. I think that beauty bloggers and hair care lovers alike can probably relate when I say that when a company tends to change a formula it can go one of two ways; either really good or really really bad.


So what are the differences? As shown above, the new formula has the addition of argan oil, olive oil, fruit oils and lots of unpronounceable and rather baffling chemicals such as DMDM Hydantoin, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool and Aplha- Isomethyl Ionone. On the plus side it still contains no mineral oil or petroleum and the new formula sees the removal of parabens.

As apprehensive as I was, I thought I'd still give it a go as I hate wasting things (I'm still sobbing inside over 946ml of a product/new formula I've never used before). I have to say I don't think I'm a fan of the new formula, which is sooo disappointing just as I thought I'd found my staple moisturiser. I'm not really a fan of strong, verging on sickly, fruity smells. Beautiful Textures deep conditioner is probably my only exception. That's the one thing I liked about the original formula- it didn't really have a smell, or at least one that lingered.
The consistency of the product seems to be exactly the same but another thing I found disappointing is the packaging and the removal of the spray top. I loved this feature on the old packaging as I was able to limit how much I used on my hair. Two pumps seemed to be enough for me. Any more and my hair just felt coated. I found that with the new bottle, which has a press lid top, I would involuntarily squeeze too much out, creating wastage. Also because of the design of the bottle I couldn't transfer my old spray top to the new one. I feel like I'm being really picky but when your routine is messed up it can be slightly annoying lol. I hope someone can relate to this with me?
I tried to use this product a lot when my hair was out for that month in between braids and it did save me from one or two dry hair days, but there were other days I would use it at night and my hair would be soo dry in the morning, which is something I don't often experience. I never have to m&s both morning and night but I found myself having to do that a lot. Though I don't know whether to blame it on S-Curl, or the weather or even my styling.

I'm going to hang on to this bottle and see how it works out in summer but for now it seems I may be on the hunt for a new staple moisturiser. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I've done a lot of haulin' and so I have a few competitors but I haven't found one that's taken the title... yet. If you guys have any suggestions/ would like to share your faves then feel free! Also has this happened to you? Has one of your favourite products had a redesign and totally changed the formula. If so was it a good move or bad move? I'd love to read your experiences.
Take Care.

Monday, 13 January 2014

DIY Deep Condition | Avocado & Banana Hair Mask

Heyy guys!
Today I thought I'd share with you another DIY deep conditioner/ Hair Mask I tried out at 16 months post relaxer. Spoiler Alert: This is hands down the best DC I've tried!!

Ingredients included:
1/2 Avocado 
1/2 Banana 
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk 
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2 tbsp Honey 

The Process: 
Firstly I cut the banana and avocado into to chunks to make it easier to blend. I added all ingredients into small mixing bowl and mixed with my hand blender. This is one of my many recent purchases I wrote about in my last post. I decided to buy one to keep my mum at ease- she doesn't understand why I put food in my hair- which is understandable because it is weird lol. Plus she didn't want me using her utensils for my "potions" as she likes to call them.
Even though I used a hand blender I sieved the mixture just to be extra, extra sure there would be no bits that would get stuck in my hair. Also I applied the mixture before I shampoo'ed too as another extra precaution. I applied the mixture then wrapped my hair in two plastic bags and then put on my turban to keep all the moisture in. I left this on for about an hour then rinsed and shampoo'ed my hair.
My Thoughts:
As I said this is hands down the best DIY DC I've tried so far. I will definitely be using this again. It left my hair very moisturised! The consistency of my mix was quite creamy. I think it would've been a lot creamier had I used a table spoon or so of the Olive Oil instead of half a cup. This is something I will do when I whip up my next batch. Nonetheless, it was still thick enough to provide me with good enough slip to finger detangle my way through my new growth with ease. I ended up using all of the mixture I made but the good thing about this mix is that if you do have any left over it can be left in your fridge for two weeks.

Have any of you tried this deep conditioner/hair mask, and what were your thoughts on it?
Take care.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Transition | Months 13- 18

Top L-R: Hair after take down of braids, Banding method @ 18 months post, Blowdried roots @ 16 Months post
Bottom L- R: 'Curl Pattern' @ 16 months post, Shea Butter Mix, Kinky Hair Extensions by KingMeHair

Heyy guys! Happy New Year!
So I haven't shared a transitioning update since I hit 12 months post and so I thought I'd do a round up of months 13- 18. The past six months have been relatively quiet hair care wise as I had another two rounds of braids. I am now on my sixth round of braids in my transition. I really did not think I would be transitioning with braids but I guess that's the route I'm taking. They've definitely made things a lot easier.

Here's a summary of the Prep, Care and Take down of my fourth round of braids... 
Braids Round 4 (August- October) 
Prep: Hot oil treatment on my scalp and a deep conditioner on my ends + My hair therapy wrap for heat. Cowashed afterwards and installed braids the next day
Care: Mosturised and sealed (scalp) every few days and applied JBCO to scalp every Weds, Fri and Sun.
Take down: October- Took out braids with the help of Aloe Vera Juice to detangle.Washed my hair the next day, did an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, protein treatment and conditioned with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner.

After my fourth round of braids I decided that I needed a little break from braids as I'd been doing them consecutively since the beginning of the year with about 1-2 weeks break in between. I ended up keeping my hair out for month BUT in that time I went a bit crazy and bought a lot of hair related things. I tried my best to stick to sample sizes where possible, but the amount I bought was bordering on embarrassing/ worrying, even for a blogger haha. I'll try and muster up some type of haul post, that's if all of the items actually fit in the frame!

During my break I also blowdried my hair for the first time since the beginning of the year! This was due to a LOT of bad hair days. I know I've said in previous updates that my transition has been going good, which it has, but I'm telling you in the month that my hair was out I experienced some of my worst hair days! lol. Blending the two textures was a myth and my styles just did not sit right, so much so that I began to adopt a 'that'll do' mentality. So anyway I liked the results the blow dry gave.It lasted a whole week and I used my Shea Butter mix as a moisturiser to prevent my hair from reverting. I also tried the banding method to keep my new growth stretched as it got to the end of the week. 
I didn't manage to take many snaps of my blow-dried hair, just the odd one on my iPhone. Above I've put together a texture comparison. The picture on the left was taken a week after my last relaxer in 2012 and the right shows my blown out roots at 16 months post relaxer. I almost forgot how fine and silky my hair once was!
November called and I decided to put my hair back in braids for round 5 (November- December)
Prep: I can't actually remember how I prepped my hair beforehand but I believe it would've been similar to that in round 4
Care: I began cleansing my scalp every other week with shampoo followed by an ACV rinse. I also started using a conditioner, water and olive oil mix to moisturise my scalp and the length of my braids
Take down: December- Took braids out using Kinky Curly Knot today to help detangle. Washed hair the following day, ACV rinsed and deep conditioned afterwards

I am now on my sixth round of braids but in an attempt to try something new I purchased some weave back in November during the infamous Black Friday sales (pictured above, bottom right). I can't even remember the last time I wore a weave, it's been that long. I haven't decided yet whether I'll make them into clip-ins or attempt the U-part again. What would you guys suggest?

I am now 5 months away from my big chop, how exciting. I had the urge again over Christmas to do it early but I decided to hold on! I did however cut a bit more off the nape section of hair again like last time so the majority of that back section is natural now.
I think that's all for my updates. I really hope I haven't left anything out, but like I said these past 6 months have been relatively quiet and uneventful.

So how's your hair doing? If you're transitioning too, how's it going?
If you have a hair update post then feel free to link it below. I enjoy reading them :)
Take care.

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