April 20, 2014

It's Review Time

I am totally off track with about 8 projects but since my wash day was a bit different this week I figured I could add in the reviews I mentioned and then revisit my very different wash day later.

So the first thing I was asked about was the As I Am Leave in Conditioner.  The As I Am line is meant for naturals but after learning more about what should and shouldn't be in my products throughout this hair journey I opted to give the line a try.  I have to say I have been happy with everything I've tried from them except the Moisture Milk but it could be that my hair just doesn't respond well to it.  It doesn't look like you can request a sample of items anymore but be on the look out for that on their website http://www.asiamnaturally.com to see if they are ever doing so.  You get enough product to make a good decision on what to buy or avoid.

As for the As I Am Leave In I love it.  I actually took more time to see how my hair responded to it since I knew I'd be doing this review.  But before I get to that let's talk about a few things.  An eight ounce bottle runs around 11 dollars at Sally's and the As I Am website.  It's under 10 bucks at Sally's if you have the club card.  It has a relatively light creamy coconut smell to it which isn't surprising since coconut is amongst the first ingredients listed on the bottle which looks like this.






The conditioner itself is pretty thick.  Which for me is a good thing as it feels like it penetrates my hair a bit better than thinner conditioners.  And as I noted a few weeks ago it actually helps detangle my hair a bit before I have to do much of anything to it.  My hair is VERY thick the further away from relaxer I get and this feels good without being heavy.  The photo below is what it looks like out of the bottle.  I use about twice that much on my entire head but I tend to be heavy handed with products.  I think it does a great job of keeping my hair protected and moisturized.   I just need to work on keeping my scalp from being dry and that has nothing to do with the leave in for me.  I do add Taliah Waajid's leave in as well but again as I was actually paying attention to my product application on this wash day I can't say I need it.  I just want to have it as a chaser as it were.  Truly I think the entire As I Am line is great for relaxed heads or naturals.  Just like anything though you have to figure out if your hair will respond to it.  As someone with dry hair I can say that my hair shaft tends to feel great till at least midweek when I use this product.  If I did more to baby my hair between washes it would probably last the entire week between was days.




Now the Dr. Miracle's deep conditioner was not planned to be part of my product line up.  I had been using a deep conditioner from the As I Am line (Hydration Elation) but my Sally's quit stocking it.  An 8 ounce jar is for sale on the As I Am website for 16 dollars if anyone wants that though.  As I was almost out of HE I opted for Dr. Miracle's and hoped HE would be back before I ran out of the new option.  The new option's actual name is Dr. Miracle's Double Deep Moisturizing Masque.  It's retailing at Sally's for nearly half the price of the HE for a 12 ounce jar (9.99 w/o card, 8.99 w/card).


 It's labeled as both being new and a repair product.  I hadn't seen it before I bought it so I'll take their word for it but as you can see on the box it is also sulfate/paraben free.  The box tells you to leave it on your hair for 10 minutes under a cap but I tend to leave this on my hair for 20 minutes to an hour depending on how distracted I am.  My hair feels refreshed and smells great after I'm done.



 This is a bit more creamy than the As I AM HE was or the leave in conditioner is.  I don't find this to be a good or bad thing the texture is just different.  It also has a light pleasant smell so that you aren't overwhelmed by the scent of it.


If there is a down side to this product is it is often easy to scoop out more than you planned lol.  I ended up just applying this amount to my hair but didn't necessarily need it all.  I would consider it on par with if not better than As I Am's Hydration Elation.  Both do a great job but this product feels much lighter and gave my scalp a light tingle while it was in my hair.  Great product and you really can't beat the price.

Let me know if you have other questions, these are my first reviews lol.  Oh and for those that this would matter to the PH on the As I Am Leave In and Hydration Elation are 5.5.

April 15, 2014

Wash Day Delayed--sort of

So I washed my hair as scheduled but I got distracted on Sunday and sick yesterday so no post.  Wash day went off without a hitch.  I started my prepoo midday Saturday after running to the grocery store.  I let the Strong Roots warm up a bit before I put it on my scalp.  I put on my plastic cap and bonnet and then went about the rest of the day doing a bunch of nothing.  I did have to say goodbye to old bottles of Moisturefuse and 2 Minute treatment from Aphogee but that was during the wash not before.  I woke up earlier than I planned on it again on Sunday and stayed with the routine from last week
  1. Washed my hair with Macadamia Oil Shampoo followed by Moroccan Oil Shampoo.  Noticed that there was no massive lathering on the first wash since I hadn't stripped it clean the day before with post pool wash.
  2. Did my three step conditioner each for about two minutes: 
    1. Moroccan Oil
    2. Aphogee 2 Minute
    3. Mizani Moisturefuse
  3. Rinsed everything out and then t-shirt dried for about 10 minutes 
  4. Deep conditioned with Dr. Miracle's deep conditioner for about an hour
  5. Rinsed it out and t-shirt dried for about two hours
  6. LOC'd my hair, 3 comb detangled (there was more hair loss this week but to be expected as I am getting closer to the two month mark post relaxer) & and then set it on flexi rods like last week--except this week I spent a bit more time trying to keep the parts straight and balancing out the flexi rods.
    1. Spraid on a moisture mist
    2. Added jojoba oil and an oil treatment from Tropic Isle
    3. Added As I Am and TW Deep conditioners like normal
  7. Covered it all up with a bonnet and have been chilling since about 1 
I also went on a short Wal-mart trip earlier in the week that ended up with an unexpected perk.  Everything in the photo below was a buck.  I spent about 20 bucks and got lots of new product to try, two toothbrushes but I donated one to mom for her trip, and a ton of head scarves.  It pays to be in a town without a huge Black population sometimes as I will see this happen every six months or so.  They just finally had stuff  I wanted to try for a change.  And I will never be able to say I don't have a scarf.  I may put a few together as a giveaway but haven't decided yet.  And I did take photos for the reviews.  I'll be putting those up in a day or two.  How was your wash day?



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April 6, 2014

Still being a semi lazy bum but my hair is clean

So I didn't do much of what I wanted to do today but I did enjoy one of my salads along with the last bit of pizza.  I just finished making fajitas for tonight and grilled chicken for the week.  And I even cleaned up the mess I made while I was cooking.  I did all of that after my hair though.

I woke up around 8 this morning after having another night of crazy dreams.  Don't ask lol.  Instead of going back to bed I got on up and washed my hair.  I did manage a prepoo that started about 11 last night.  It wasn't 12 hours but it was a good long time for me.

  1. Washed my hair with Macadamia Oil Shampoo followed by Moroccan Oil Shampoo.  Noticed that there was no massive lathering on the first wash since I hadn't stripped it clean the day before with post pool wash.
  2. Did my three step conditioner each for about two minutes: 
    1. Moroccan Oil
    2. Aphogee 2 Minute
    3. Mizani Moisturefuse
  3. Rinsed everything out and then t-shirt dried for about 10 minutes 
  4. Deep conditioned with Dr. Miracle's deep conditioner for about an hour
  5. Rinsed it out and t-shirt dried for about two hours
  6. LOC'd my hair, 3 comb detangled & and then set it on flexi rods like last week
    1. Spraid on a moisture mist
    2. Added jojoba oil and an oil treatment from Tropic Isle
    3. Added As I Am and TW Deep conditioners like normal
  7. Covered it all up with a bonnet and have been chilling since about 1

So another wash day is in the books and I need to quit being lazy

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April 5, 2014

The day before wash day or procrastination central

I totally should have done about 18 other things today that didn't come close to getting done.  I did however finish prepping meals for the week that I will cook tomorrow.  I also pulled out the stuff I bought yesterday to make salads too.  I grabbed two types of cucumbers and some romaine lettuce to go along with my carrots, spinach, and iceberg lettuce.  I had enough leftover after making my five salads and three extra ones for mom to enjoy a nice big salad with my freshly made pizza.  I swear to heaven whole wheat crusts are amazing.  The sauce was fine, a new one but nothing to write home about, but the crust and just right level of spice on the Italian sausage so damn good.  I need to quit eating it but it's delicious.  I have chicken and steak strips marinating in a variety of things.  I'll make them both tomorrow more than likely.

I'm going to start my prepoo in a bit but I also wanted to share my shopping haul with you while I keep up the procrastinating--I'm VERY good at that.  I ran to Ulta this week and they were having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on the Mizani products.  I needed Moisturefuse anyway so getting a free bottle means I don't have to replenish for a while and I can maybe go a little heavier than I have been during my wash days.  They also had a BOGO on the Organix products.  So while I don't need more shampoo I do like being prepared so I grabbed a bottle of the Macadamia Oil shampoo and the Organix deep conditioner that I needed.  I also grabbed a nail polish while I was there and left onl spending 45 bucks thanks to the sales and a coupon.  Sally's is never having a sale on what I need but I did stop there and get a bottle of both of my leave ins which awarded me a free feather that I will be giving away to someone at some point.  And as I was meandering through the grocery store to kill time while my mother shopped I noticed that a different kind of daily moisturizer from As I Am was on sale so I grabbed it.  I have to say that was a big step for me as I don't always think I need to moisturize between wash days as it sorta feels like cheating.  I'm going to pair it with the Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter to see it I can get that under control.

The product haul

The nail polish that was more expensive than the flipping shampoo

As you can see I have not hit the gym yet this month but I have done a few things to make sure I can get there next week--like prepping meals again.  And despite that I have seriously up my green intake with the number of salads I've had in the last week.  I've also been on a water kick, well Crystal Light tinted water kick.  I bought two larger water bottles (32 and 34 ounces) and try to get through at least two of them before I get home from work.  Days that I teach more that is easier to pull off but I'm still working on it.  So far I've managed to finish three in a given day which is better than my steady V8 Fusion intake.  I have also found a new veggie I like better in its fresh state, green beans.  Steamed or sauteed and I'm a happy kid.  Ok enough stalling.  Gotta start the prepoo now or sometime before bed.

March 30, 2014

And it is wash day again...

So it's wash day after my last swim lesson for this cycle.  It helped me note a few things that I'm going to share as I keep updating you.  I enjoyed my class even though I have a very nervous sub instructor.  She was sweet and very encouraging which is what you need when you are learning to do anything.  My stroke apparently looked great and by the end of the class I was feeling better about breathing while I'm swimming instead of stopping to breathe.  I did have to wear the belt to keep balanced while I was doing that but it felt good.  Only glitch is that there was a slightly overweight man in the lane next to mine who wasn't swimming as much as gliding through the water on his side much as I would imagine a drunk octopus might.  Whenever I caught a glimpse of him next to me in the lane it threw me completely off.  I washed my hair like normal with the RUSK Bright shampoo and conditioner.  My hair felt better than normal but it really didn't matter because I couldn't really work on it because it was mom's birthday and I was on dinner detail.  After grabbing what she wanted and bringing it home along with a cake and lottery tickets, I ate my dinner and eventually got around to starting my prepoo around one this morning.

After getting woken up by a wrong number I was tempted to just get up and wash my hair but it was 6 in the morning and that turned into a quick no as my body went right back on to sleep.  I got up and washed my hair around 9.  Wash went smooth, no major or minor for that matter tangles, and my hair felt extra clean.  I know I've probably mentioned this before but my hair lathers no matter what shampoo I'm using especially if it's pretty clean.  Today I noticed it more because of the chlorine pull shampoo yesterday so that even with the first wash to get rid of the deep conditioners and Strong Roots my hair worked up a quick lather.  I used my Organix Macadamia Oil shampoo followed by the Moroccan Oil shampoo (one wash each and yeah I stashed a bottled of Organix without knowing it so I got a fresh bottle).  I am totally out of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and forgot to get it when I went shopping.  So this week I used just the Moroccan Oil Conditioner, 2 Minute Treatment from Aphogee and the Moisturefuse from Mizani.  Each seemed to build on each other nicely so I was happy with how it felt.  I used the Dr. Miracle's Deep Conditioner for about 30 minutes before I washed it out and toweled dry about two hours.  My hair wasn't completely dry but felt good when I LOC'd and detangled it.  Next to know hair loss and it looked great when I looked at it in the mirror so I took a picture.


I was tired of fighting with the super straight look and working out/swimming so I opted for flexirods this week.  My hair still detangles like it's only five weeks post but my new growth is out of control.  I'm not sure if the swimming and chlorine made my hair revert but it's really wavy at my scalp.  I'm planning to sign up for the next set of classes after which I think I'll feel comfortable enough to not be swimming weekly unless I want to but I really like swimming and it feels great when I'm done.  If anyone is swimming with a relaxer what other styling options are you using besides just wearing your hair down?  Anyhoo here's a photo of the crazy roller arrangment.



As of right now I'm relaxing and watching a Snapped marathon.  I turned in 10 week reports for a few students who I hope follow up with me soon so they don't fail the class.  My hair is in a bonnet and probably will be until the morning.  The Orkin guy is coming by to protect mom from the mean squirrel who keeps looking at her when she goes outside and to spray for spiders and the like.  I need to get the car to the shop because the check engine light came on again and if it's another evap system leak I'm going to scream.  I'm thinking it may be a LONG overdue oil change but if not I just don't want to be shocked into more gray hair.

How is your weekend and wash day progressing?


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March 23, 2014

Retro Wash Day: This time with Photos!

Okay there's nothing really retro about the wash day save the rollers but it was over as quick and dirty as my wash days are lately.  I washed my hair yesterday like normal after the pool and was happy with how clean it felt and finally understood that lovely term slip.  Since mom is home I didn't immediately go into my prepoo routine because she was pouting about going shopping.  I was air drying as I waited and nothing was feeling amiss.  Then after grabbing the nice woman from the store and recognizing she forgot the primary thing I asked for I opted to relax a bit because doing my hair angry leads to bad things usually.  Before I got to working on my hair I started playing with it a bit and it felt dry which considering it had been stripped I was somewhat ok with but then when I started playing with my roots I noticed something odd.  While let my hair feels pretty normal for this time post relaxer.  Dry it is wavy and feeling like a ton of new growth is there even though I know logicaly that is not possible.  I did take a photo though to share with you.  A few hours later I added a bit of heated Strong Roots to my scalp and finished my Organix Argan Oil deep conditioner bottle then added a bit of the Moroccan Oil deep conditioner and went to sit a bit.  Which turned into sleeping a while before I woke up this morning to do it.  It didn't feel as slippy but it was well behaved.  I relaxed while I went through the post wash deep conditioner and then air dried a bit before I went to LOC it all up.

Detangling was a breeze, very little hair loss which was great and then I opted not to be a big lazy bum and use my magnetic rollers to go for straight without being slave to the heat.  And to that end, ha hair pun, my ends are looking much better now that my brain remembered they haven't had regular heat on them save relaxer day in over a year.  I even remembered to take photos of that too.  While things went smoothly as wash days go I have to remember to grab some more Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and Organix Macadamia Oil shampoo if I can find it anywhere.

How was your wash day?



Glad my scalp looks healthy but seriously is that new growth?  Or is it just the by product of swimming so soon after relaxing?


 Hair loss today an I totally need to clean the bathroom





Just notice a place I need to re roll near the purple rollers.

The Wash Day Experience

March 20, 2014

Co-Wash Day & Good Food

So I started the co-wash yesterday after I grabbed mom from the airport and fed her.  That part actually went smoothly surprisingly and was actually ready to take her to the store if need be and nothing came up so I did a modified prepoo.  I just did the length of my hair with one deep conditioners and before too long I went to bed.  Well it was the middle of the night but I still went to bed.  I woke up this morning feeling crappy but went ahead and did my hair.  No shampoo just hit my conditioner line up save the Shiny Silver or Rusk since I didn't need to strip any chlorine and my gray is actually turning a nice silver.  After I rinsed it all out I towel tried it so that it wasn't dripping and then just let it air dry for a while.  A while around here normally means a few hours.  The top of my hair was damp but the rest was pretty dry.  I did finger detangle first and was surprised by how much hair I didn't shed.  Was very happy about that.  I got up to LOC my hair and properly detangle with full intention of grabbing the giant rollers again before my brain said umm no.  Since I had an extra pair of hands in the house now I opted for medium sized plaits for my hair.  The roots and edges will be pretty straight but the rest will be a nice wavy mass of hair when I take it down tomorrow.  I'm looking like a brown Pippi Longstocking so I'm hiding out for a while lol.  I need to get back to grading but I have a funky headache that I need to work through first.  I will say as co-washes go this was pretty smooth.  My hair loved all the extra conditioning and with the Aphogee 2 minute conditioner it got a nice dose of protein without it being too much.  And better still it's managing not to fall out even with all this swimming even though I can say my new growth is MUCH more noticeable than it usually is at this point post relaxer.  Ah well, the swimming is worth puffy hair lol. 

Almost forgot to tell you about the good food.  I found smaller steaks and marinated them longer than planned in some rice wine vinegar, lime juice, a dash of soy sauce, garlic powder and seasoned salt. They were the bomb with a large salad on the side.  Yummmmy.

March 16, 2014

Wash Day: Rollerset Madness

So for those that tuned in yesterday you know I started my wash day then.  The Rusk shampoo and conditioner were used to pull off the first round of chlorine before I did my normal prepoo which this time included my Strong Roots.  That doesn't seem like it should matter but my hair felt MUCH better this week having added it back to the routine.  This other thing that didn't seem like it would matter also go corrected this week.

Brief aside about that thing: some of you may remember I bought my first house when I got here and here are things you have to tend to as a home owner that don't matter in an apartment or a rental.  Turns out we live in a state with ridiculously hard water.  I know this because we have a water purification system and a water softener.  I had been saying I need to tend to both and kept putting it off.  In the mean time the water started to feel gross, the water pressure went off and my shower head was clogging up.  Yeah turns out your resident blogger here forgot to add the needed salt pellets to the softener which was making all the water hard and clogging up my shower head.  Three rounds of cleaning fixed the shower head and the water is both clear and not staining anything now.  Yeah for being a little handy.

Back to wash day: so after the aforementioned things were rectified my hair felt great today.  It combed out super easy and didn't have that funky feeling on it the last few washes have.  I can tell it's growing out but as I was less than polite to it the last few weeks I was careful to pay attention to my edges and ends.  I deep conditioned about an hour with the Dr. Miracle's Deep Conditioner and then rinsed it all out.  The rinse was almost enough to detangle everything then but it was too wet to style at that point.  I t-shirt dried for a few hours before getting up to add my leave ins.  I used everything from my now standard LOC process except I added a bit of water to my hair because it was very dry on the sides and bottom after being in a shirt for about three hours.  I then opted for a different kind of roller set with the oversized metallic rollers that need the clips.    I typically do the flexi sets but wasn't feeling the tight curls this week.  Plus I should go through that tub of rollers more often.  Several tweezers, another bonnet, and my missing tiny comb that I had been using as part of my three comb detangle was in that tub.  I didn't have any kind of pattern to the rolling and mostly kept it the way my hair fell into natural parts from the comb out.  The larger rollers got two clips and the smaller ones at the back just got one.  I almost took a picture but when I did there didn't seem to be enough rollers so I had to add more and redivide the hair and by that time I was kinda done with the whole photo thing.  The whole process made me feel very retro but will also let me do the straight hair without doing dumb girl things like putting heat on it two weeks in a row.  I'll try to take a photo of it when I take it down.

Since it's our spring break you will probably see me rambling a bit more this week.


The Wash Day Experience