Monday, September 29, 2014

Healthy Hairology Medley

 
Hola lindas! Welcome back to Healthy Hairology Medley! I'm super excited to share another collection of my favorite healthy hair tips, tricks, and techniques from bloggers and vloggers from last week. Here goes: 

DIY double-sided head wrap (so cute and easy!)

DIY Double-Sided Head Wrap abeautifulmess: I've been looking for a reason to dust off my sewing machine and my dear LaTonya---you made that happen! Who doesn't love a head wrap with a serious pop of color? Then add the fact that it's 2 sided and knock me over with a feather that its DIY!


Headscarf updo on Marley Twists @sizzellestore

4 styles for your Marley Twists sizzelle: Have I really talked that much about Marley Twists that much this summer and still haven't gotten them? Haha! Well, for those of you who aren't total long-term-protective-style-committment-phobes like me, here are 4 gorgeous ways to WORK those fierce twists!

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5 Ways To Keep Your Edges From Thinning latoyajonesblog: Thinning edges are no joke and prevention is definitely better than trying to fix them. Here are healthy hair stylist LaToya approved ways to keep your edges full and thick. 

What were your favorite blog posts from last week?

Besitos!
KLP

Friday, September 26, 2014

What To Eat Before Your Workout | #FitnessFriday



It never fails. It's a hour or so before I'm about to hit the gym or go for a run and my stomach screams FEED ME! When I ignore it---half way through my workout, I feel lightheaded and weak. My form suffers, I loose focus, and a lot of times I'll pig out afterwards which completely defeats the purpose of exercising! When I give in and have a snack---halfway through my workout I get stomach cramps and feel nauseous. I just can't win!

I mentioned my dilemma to the trainer at my gym and he told me that not eating before workouts actually causes more harm to my body. He noted that exercising on an empty stomach can break down muscle tissue instead of building it up. Instead of using your recent meal to fuel your workout, the body will use muscle tissue. Your metabolism will suck plus I noticed that when I'm bothered by my tummy I'm less focused on my form. No bueno. He suggested a couple pre-workout snacks to have at least an hour before working out that won't cause nauseousness when I run, are healthy, and super easy:

Coffee + Greek Yogurt
Because I'm a morning person, I typically don't take my coffee until a few hours before my afternoon workout. Surprisingly, researchers have found that coffee improves circulation, reduces muscle pain, increases memory, and helps you push harder. Be cautioned---don't overdo the caffeine and keep it as healthy as possible. I love my coffee with almond milk and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice mix instead of cream and sugar. Paired with a cup of protein rich Greek yogurt keeps my pre-workout snack light but filling.

Apple + Cheese
Apples are relatively cheap, totally in season right now, and prep-less. Wash it well and eat. I mean, does it get any more simple than that? I love love love my apples with a few mozzarella and cheddar cheese cubes. Cheese is high protein and low carb.

Oatmeal + Fresh Fruit
Oats are super easy for your body to quickly digest and provide fuel for your workout. Plus it has a ton of Fiber, fiber, fiber! Which most women don't get enough to begin with---plus it keeps you feeling full longer. Fresh fruit like blueberries are high in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin C and E but low in calories. Win. Win.

What's your favorite pre-workout snack?

Besitos!
KLP

The new and IMPROVED #FitnessFriday launches in November! We've got some ridiculously awesomeness planned to share with you guys to spice it up a bit. So definitely stay tuned for more information. In  the  meantime, you can still link up with either my blog bestie Ebony  from  www.longing4length.com or myself on Fridays!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wash Day (Perm Rod Set)


This week's #washdayexperience is all about smooth and sleek roller sets! I bet you're thinking..."what-the-whaty KLP don't do roller sets!" And...well, you're right. I don't. #1 I suck at them. I know and understand my limitations. #2 The thought of sitting under the dryer forever and a day makes me want to bang my head up against a wall. #3 I'm about half way unpacked---but I've yet to find my hooded dryer anyway. I think that's a sign. Anywhos, since last week's perm rod set was pretty successful, I gave it another try. Here's how it went:




  1. Extreme deep condition- I fully detangled my hair then applied Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner to my roots and Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe to my ends. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and let sit for a few hours.
  2. Tea Rinse- using 2 green tea bags steeped in 2 cups of water + 2 tbsp of glycerin.
  3. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  4. Air Dried- I applied a bit of Chi Silk Infusion to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  5. Leave ins-I used Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner to moisturize, extra virgin coconut oil to seal, then set my hair on about 20 orange perm rods and left in overnight

The Method Behind the Madness:
Protein Layering-
I love protein layering because it gives my ends a boost of strength and my roots a slap of moisture. I'd gotten away from protein layering for a few weeks now, but I noticed more breakage than I was comfortable with over the last week. So, fingers crossed that this wash day nipped it in the bud. I do kinda wonder if this is my hair's way of saying that I need to pick a texture and roll with it. I mean is it even realistic to be able to prevent major breakage at the line of demarcation for 64 weeks and counting? Hmmm....

 
My Perm Rod Sets-
I loved my perm rod set last week, but this one is even better! I did a couple of things differently and broke a bunch of the setting rules in the process. First, I set on damp hair instead of soaking wet hair. Look y'all---my hair hates wet detangling. I know, I know, I know---to get the smoothest longest lasting results you should totally set your hair soaking wet. *Kanye shrug* I just can't get with it. I want smooth hair but not at the cost of crazy breakage. Second, I used my usual creamy leave in. You're supposed to go with a lighter leave in for happy bouncing curls but...see what had happened was. Well. I don't have an excuse for this. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Jessicurl Too Shea. So I used it very sparingly. Third, I still sealed. Last week, I noticed that my hair didn't retain it's wash day moisture for as long as it usually does. I think that sealing will resolve that. Even with breaking all the dang on rules, I was able to get frizz free smooth curls with stretched roots. Hmph. It just goes to show that you have to do what you think is best for your hair. Plus, some rules are meant to be broken. I totally forgot to use my Good Hair Is...Resilient Styling Foam *Argh* to give the curls a little more hold. I guess that there's always next time!


Too bad when I woke up this morning it was raining. #epicfail. I threw on a hat and kept it moving. In a few hours, I'm sure that I'll look like a wet poodle. Sometimes I'm convinced that the universe is out to get my hair! 

How did your #washdayexperience treat you?
Besitos!
KLP





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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#GoodHairIs | Good Hair In A Bottle | Product Review + Giveaway



What is good hair to you?

Last week, someone (I won't name no names) told me that my hair was MBL because I had "good hair." Stop. Flag on the play. Rewind. Good Hair? Cue the heavy eye roll, hand on hip, no that heifa didn't curly hair flip. I absolutely despise when I hear that phase perpetuated. Everyone. Abso-friggin-lutely EVERYONE on the face of this planet has good hair. The hair that grows out of your scalp is good. Wait. Scratch that. It's GREAT. Do what you want to it. Let it grow. Cut it short. Loc it up. Flaunt your curls. Straighten it out. It's your hair. It's your choice. Just keep on loving yo GOOD HAIR. The folks over at Good Hair Salon understand this. They embrace it. They live, breathe, sleep it. They've even created a line of products based on this philosophy and specially formulated to allow you to style your good hair anyway you choose. Let's meet Good Hair In A Bottle:



Good Hair Is...Clean (Shampoo)
If you're looking for a super sudsy sulfate free shampoo, then this is the one for you. The scent is light, the consistency is super slippy, and this shampoo's formula cleanses without stripping your hair. I wouldn't consider this poo to be clarifying, nor do I think that it's super moisturizing. Its some where in between. I guess you'd call that balanced. Although, I'm not that big of a shampoo fan, but I could see myself using this again. 


Good Hair Is...Nourished (Conditioner)
It's not a secret that I'm a conditioner snob. You get one chance to wow me. You have to be as good as or better than my current faves or you will not be invited to the #washdayexperience again. This conditioner is not only multi-functional (it's a deep conditioner, leave in conditioner, and co-wash all in ONE bottle) but it has some of the most amazing slip that a girl could ask for. And don't be scared if you rinse it but don't feel the difference straight away. Just let your hair dry and you;ll feel the softness. I liked it the best as a co-wash. I thought that letting it sink in with a little heat would make the results even better---but this conditioner doesn't need the extra time. Oh and I quick note for naturally curly chicas---if you struggle with getting your curl pattern just right, you'll enjoy this conditioner. It made my 6-7 inches of super curly roots spring up like nobody's business!



Good Hair Is...Resilient (Styling Foam)
Honestly, I had no clue where I'd integrate this styling foam into my regimen. I mean...real talk...have you ever even seen me talk about a styling foam before? Ha-ha. That's when I read the label and realized that this was the solution for preventing a curly set from drooping with the wind and frizzing from humidity.Expect to see it make a come back when I do more perm and flexi rod sets in the near future. If you're protein senstitve check out the label on this one. There are a a lot of proteins (like Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG­Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Keratin Wowsers right?!?) floating in this one.

My suggestions for use:
Once/twice a month- lather up for a cleansing shampoo.
Weekly- grab the conditioner for a co-wash
Bi weekly- use the styling foam to set (and you can set on dry hair too) your braid outs, flexi spirals, perm rod curls, roller set or twist out.



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Buena suerte chicas!
KLP

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Best Co-Washing Conditioner Under $10


The votes are in. They've been tallied. The products have been reviewed. Today it's (finally) time to give one lucky co-washing conditioner the SavingOurStrands stamp of approval. I know that you guys have got to be sick with product reviews and just want to know who the winner is already! But first, I'll recap how all four contenders stacked up against each other:

Hydration:
Breakage is my arch enemy right now. I have a protein rich regimen that I *fingers crossed* hope is warding off breakage. But it also requires a good amount of moisture to keep my hair balanced. When I co-wash, I'm longing for my roots to quickly absorb the conditioner then when all is said and done dry soft, fluffy, and clump free. (read: become more elastic) and the straighter sections are sleeker (read: become more smooth). 

Cleansing:
I hate a conditioner that leaves a residue. Especially a conditioner that I'm using to co-wash. My scalp has to feel clean and sweat-free without stripped rough roots or straw-like ends. I mean--that's what I have shampoo for right? Ha-ha!


Detangling:
I detangle my hair pre-wash and I don't think that it's too much to expect it to stay detangled through the wash process. I need slip, slip, and more slip to keep tangles from wreaking havoc on my hair.

Price:  

I have a lot of hair and I'm heavy handed so co-washing can get a little expensive if you don't shop smart. The winner in this category gave me the best price per ounce.
Winner:
Tresemme Naturals Nourishing ($.20/oz)

So who won the war? Drum roll please!!!!




AUSSIE 3 MINUTE MIRACLE
The battle could have gone either way depending on what you feel like your hair needs on a particular day. Aussie edged out the competition because usually I want a super dose of moisture, some crazy cool slip, and packaging that's very easy to use. Aussie is the only conditioner on the list to tick off all three boxes. But when my hair feels more dirty than dry, I look to Tresemme Naturals Nourishing. Or when I need a little strengthening power, I grab OGX Argan Oil of Morocco. If slip is all I need, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration is my go to. Nonetheless, all four of these contenders are pretty great and I'll definitely repurchase each one.  

Man, this was definitely a fun process. I wonder what my next battle will be...

Besitos!  
KLP


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing | Product Review



Price: Under $10

Purchased at: Any national retailer or online

Promises: This silicone-free conditioner is hypoallergenic, dye-free, safe for colored hair and is infused with Aloe Vera and Avocado extracts, delivering softness, strength and shine. The Effect: Hair that's hair 10X stronger--after just one use.* This natural conditioner can protect all hair types from damage and breakage. Recommended for all hair types, dry hair, curly hair, or color treated hair.


Ingredients:
Water , Cetearyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Behentrimonium Chloride , Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil , Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Fragrance , Dipropylene Glycol , Potassium Chloride , Lactic Acid , Disodium EDTA , DMDM Hydantoin , PEG 150 Distearate , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Lauroyl Lysine , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone  

My Thoughts: 
Of all of the co-washing conditioners that I use, this one gets my hair the cleanest. I like using it after especially sweaty workouts or when I feel like my hair has more buildup than usual. The only trade off is that I don't get that super moisturized conditioned feeling that I love. The scent is light---doesn't linger---and isn't very memorable at all. But, what I love most about this conditioner is how well it absorbs into my hair. After leaving it on for a few minutes my hair feels light, fluffy and clump free. If you are a curly girl---that might not be a good thing. If your stretching your relaxer or transitioning, it's amazeballs! Clumped curls=more detanlging time. Which makes me want to grab the scissors! A lot of folks love that this one doesn't have silicones in it but did y'all notice all that other weird stuff that we can't pronounce? LOL.

How does this conditioner work as a co-wash for you?


Besitos!
KLP

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wash Day



I was totally in love with my hair from last week! After the first day, I pulled it all up into a high bun and there it stayed until today's wash day. Surprisingly, my hair was still uber moisturized and relatively tangle free. Gosh...my love for bantu knot curls will probably never end!

This week's #washdayexperience was all about achieving smooth hair. To me, smooth hair is tangle free, a bit fluffy, and stretched. I decided to give my Good Hair Is...Nourished conditioner another test run. Here's how my wash day went:



  1. Extreme deep condition- I fully detangled my hair then applied Good Hair In A Bottle Nourished Conditioner on the length of my hair. Then I massaged my stands with extra virgin coconut oil, covered with a plastic cap and let sit for a few hours.
  2. Tea Rinse- using 2 green tea bags steeped in 2 cups of water + 2 tbsp of glycerin.
  3. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  4. Air Dried- I applied a bit of Chi Silk Infusion to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  5. Leave ins- I turned the Good Hair In A Bottle Nourished (deep) Conditioner into a leave-in conditioner by diluting it 3 parts water to 1 part conditioner. Then I applied some Good Hair Is Resilent Styling Foam and set my hair on perm rods overnight. 

The Results: 
Fluffy, oh so smooth, completely tangle/snag free, curls! My hair feels light as a feather and super super duper curly. My roots are nicely stretched so I don't anticipate having  problems detangling next week. 




I plan on sharing a full review of the Good Hair In A Bottle products in a few days, but for now I'll say that the slip from this conditioner is pretty amazeballs. When I first apply it, it sort of sits on top of my strands for a few minutes then my hair absorbs it like no body's business. My hair feels extremely soft after application. Then something strange happens, when I go to rinse---I loose some of that soft feeling. But once my hair is completely dry---its super soft again. Totally strange right! Has this ever happened to you before?


Anywhos, I'll choose perm rods over flexis all day everyyy day for sleeping in! But I can't lie---the installation process is just as tedious to me and it took me about 1.5 hrs. Versus the 20-30 minutes that it takes for me to whip my hair into bantu knots---yeah...bantu knots win again. Ha-ha! 

How did you get your hair smooth this #washdayexperience?

Besitos!
KLP





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