Friday, November 29, 2013

Hair Chalk Highlights Preview



I'm test driving my golden hair chalk this week. I've never had highlights before, so it looks really foreign to me. And a quick note: do not chalk your roots. I did---then worked out and sweated gold all over the place. Smh. 

So what do you think? Hit or Miss?

Besitos!
KLP
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

One&20 and SavingOurStrands Presents: Hot Holiday Hair

 
Have you seen a bunch of uber cute holiday updos on Pinterest but not sure if you can recreate it on your hair texture? Well my girl Britt over at One&20 and I have a solution for that! Over the next few weeks well be bringing the SavingOurStrands Braids & Buns Pinterest board to life. Britt will cover the styles for the curly natural chicas and I'll represent for the relaxed&radiant tresses. We'll give you real-life step by steps, tips and tricks. Oh---but wait there's more: You can connect too! Share your own hot holiday hair posts in our weekly link up. We've even got this nifty badge for you to use and don't forget to visit with the other hairlistas in the link up. I'm siced! How about you?

Besitos!
KLP

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What I'm Buying This Black Friday For My Hair

Jessicurl Deep Treatment: Normally, I usually don't repurchase something until I've finished the bottle and concluded on my final thoughts. This conditioner isn't the norm to me. I love everything about it. From the Citrus Lavender scent to its amazing moisturizing properties. I'm getting the 32oz this time. Use coupon code BFF from Midnight Thanksgiving night until Midnight December 2 to receive 30% off any 8 ounce products.

Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner: SavingOurStrands Battle of the Leave In winner and my favorite daily moisturizer. Just because y'all haven't heard me rant about this product enough: Think natural, detangler, co-wash, daily leave in, and light deep conditioner. All. In. One. Bottle. I want the gallon. But I have no idea where I'll store it. 32oz it is this time.


CC's Naturals Lavender & Chamomile Tea: Chamomile is naturally hydrating, Lavender stimulates growth, green tea is a shed buster, and peppermint soothes dryness. What's not to love about this tea blend? Plus Camille is offering a 40% discount plus free shipping on orders over $35 11/28 8pm - 11/28 7am. No coupon code required.

What are you buying this Black Friday?

Besitos!
KLP

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wash Day

I was so spoiled by deep conditioning over night two weeks ago, that I tried it again with today's wash. Winter is a harsh mistress and my hair just hasn't been its moisturized self. I'm considering adding weekly overnight deep conditions to my regimen to combat the dryness that's been plaguing my hair, skin, and nails:
Wash Day Products
  1. Detangle- with my fingers.
  2. Pre-poo- with extra virgin coconut oil.
  3. Shampoo- one lather with Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo.
  4. Protein Treatment- I applied Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque to only my texlaxed ends then covered with a plastic cap and sat under my heat cap for 15 minutes.
  5. Extreme Deep Condition- I applied Matrix Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm to my strands (root to tip), then massaged my strands in extra virgin coconut oil. I covered with a plastic cap, relaxed under my heat cap for about 2 hours, then left it in overnight.
  6. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  7. Leave-Ins- Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter.
Results: 
Bantu Knots

The Rookies: This was my first time using Macadamia shampoo and conditioner together. My hair still hates shampoo. After rinsing my pre-poo, my hair felt really good. My strands weren't tangled and or clumped. After rinsing the shampoo, my hair felt stripped, matted, and just a hot mess. I don't see myself using shampoo more than once a month. After all, if it ain't broke then don't fix it right? Adding the protein treatment on top of that tangled mess wasn't the best idea that I've had in a while, but I'm committed to fighting breakage and strengthening my ends (to increase my length retention) so it was a necessary evil. I don't have much to say about the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque except that it claims to strenghten hair---and that claim is definitely true. My hair definitely felt stronger, but I'd never not follow this protein packed conditioner with an ultra-moisturizing treatment. 

The Sophomores- I introduced Tea Rinsing and a smoothing treatment into my regimen earlier this year. With this wash, I skipped Tea Rinsing; not so bad. I also skipped my Smoothing/Detangling treatment using Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution. *Le sigh* I've been on the fence for months now about this detangler but now that I've experienced a wash day without it---I will never go back! The slip and detangling abilities that this product has on my 21 week post hair is ridiculous! Now I see why I've been able to manage my roots so well with it. 

The Seniors- Extreme deep conditioning has been a must for me for a long time. But Overnight deep conditioning kicks things up a notch and it's exactly what my hair needs this winter. Moist soft but strong ends+ elastic springy roots= a happy me! Matrix Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm always does my hair good. Detangling was tedious and my lost hair was a bit more than I'm used to, but it wasn't extreme. I've made a mental note not to skip tea rinsing or smoothing treatments any more! 

After I air dried, I bantu knotted my hair (without holding product) for about 2 hours, unravelled and went with the hubby to see The Best Man Holiday. If you haven't seen it. Go! 

How was your latest wash day? 

Besitos!
KLP

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Wishes


Op #TeamNice was in full effect last week, courtesy of my wish to just be kind. For the first time in a long time, I felt refreshed and revitalized internally. Here's how I got started:
  1. Being kind to me: I have a crazy busy schedule. Think up at 0500 and sleep at 1100 without much chill time in between. Whilst, I've realized that I like it that way---there are more times than not that it really gets to me when I can't get something done. Whether it's that I've overbooked, I'm exhausted from the other 90 billion thing that I had to do that weren't on my schedule, or I frankly just didn't want to do it---when the to-do list is longer than my I did it list, I get down on myself. So last week, I reclaimed space my in brain from mean thoughts about me. I know---it sounds a little loca, but I refused to get frustrated when something didn't get done and I concentrated on giving the things that did get done the best of me.
  2. Being kind when others aren't so kind back: I'm a smiler. I may not speak, but I'll always smile to acknowledge others when I'm out and about. But it's weird because I have some not so friendly loser neighbors that never return the gesture. At times, they even ignore me. Rude? Yes. Does that mean that I'll stop smiling? Nope. I'm going to kind whether they like it or not!
  3. Being ready to pay it forward: I'm always ready to answer hair obsessed questions---but when I got a sweet email from a loyal reader---that wasn't about shampooing or conditioning---I was stumped. She asked for guidance about military life and I really didn't know where to begin. Even though I was slightly out of my comfort zone, I forced myself to reply---and reply in a timely fashion. Her response of gratitude literally rocked my weekend.
Because Op #TeamNice was such a success last week and left me with an amazing bubbly feeling of euphoria that I'm totally committing to it again this week. I'm also wishing for laser sharp focus and determination so that I stay on top of my real work so that I'm not working on Thanksgiving. Cheers to new beginnings!

What's your wish this week? Big it big or small--speak it into existence! Want more Weekly Wishes? Check out The Nectar Collective.

Besitos!  
KLP

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Healthy Hairology Medley

Last week was full of great healthy hair related blogs, vlogs, and forum features. Here's a few that I've bookmarked from about the web:

How To Make Miss Products Work For You tomesedition: Got some shampoos that are harsh and a bunch of mediocre conditioners laying around? Try mixing them together to make a co-cleanser. Tomi will show you how.

Determining Hair Length Landmarks on Your Body sdestrahairjourney: No matter who's hair length chart you adore, just remember that charts are guidelines not rules and they are always subjective. MBL on you might be WL on a chica with a shorter torso or a shorter neck. To figure out where your hair truly falls, check out Sdestra's guides measuring your hair growth.

7 Deadly Sins- Hair Care Edition belowthawaist: I have a not so secret confession. I am a product bunny. I hop from one product to another and then back again. I find things that work for my hair---use them for a while---then get bored and start looking for other things that work for my hair. Ha-ha! I'm able to keep it under wraps by giving myself a monthly hair allowance. I know that it sounds a little loca, but hey---it works! Which of Abbi's 7 deadly hair sins are you guilty of?

5 Ways to Make Wash Day Easier kendrathaler: Give me anything to make my wash day faster please Kendra! Check out her quick tips!

12 Lessons Learned During My 21 Week Relaxer Stretch justgrowalready: Stretching is a beast. Take mountains of tangles add thirsty roots then multiply it by weary hairlistas. More often than not---its a recipe for disaster. But I have good news *in my terrible sing/song voice* Jeni has 12 awesome tips to help you keep keepin on.
What articles made your list of the week's best healthy hair posts? Link up your run down below! But first check out our rules:



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Healthy Hairology Medley Linkup Rules:


  1. Share your run down the week's best healthy hair related blog posts, YouTube clips, and forum features that you've found about the web this week. Be it relaxed&radiant tresses, big fluffy naturalidad curls, or anything else in between. (Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted---we not about that life!)
  2. Link back to this site so others see. Looky at this nifty button we made for you!
  3. Muy Importante chicas: Visit the healthy hairology post of the person who linked up directly before you and leave the author an encouraging comment. This is the most important component of this linkup. We are each here to encourage each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends.
Besitos!
KLP & Keyda

 







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Friday, November 22, 2013

Healthy Hair Insight: Hair Chalk

I've been thinking about a little change of pace. I've learned to love my hair color but I'm thinking of experimenting with something a little brighter. I'm still all about healthier hair so nothing drastic or permanent or damaging is required. That doesn't leave me with many traditional options---that is until I bought this super cute hair chalk palette for under $10. I'll probably never use the uber bright colors, however, I'm thinking an auburn or blonde faux highlight would be cute on a bantu knot set. Thank you Goupon!

What do you think? Would you use hair chalk?

Besitos!
KLP


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Busted Braidouts Into Beautiful Updos

Braidouts hate me. No seriously. I can't get a defined fluffy big braid out to save my life. I try. I fail. I try again. I fail again. However, the best part of a busted braid out is the way that it gives an updo life, honey! Y'all have met my Old Faithful 30 Second Style many many times. I've sported this style on straightened hair, air dried hair, bantu curled hair, and now {busted} braid out hair. I've done it so many times that I can do it without a mirror, one bobby pin, and in 30 seconds with a baby on my hip. Sometimes, I add a braided bang. Occasionally, I do a deep side part. Whilst, other times, I throw in a great hair accessory. No matter how I change this style up, it always begins these steps:

Old Faithful 30 Second Style-
  1. Moisturize and detangle hair.
  2. Split hair into two sections.
  3. Bring your hair from one section to the front. Begin a french braid, instead of braiding to the back, braid to the front. (If this doesn't make sense at first, watch and re-watch the video.) Continue your braid to the end of your length.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Take one of the braids and cross it over the back of your head. Secure with a bobby pin. Repeat with the other side.
  6. Tuck in all of the loose ends.
Whilst, I'm not giving up on braidouts by any means, I am going to stick with what I do best: bantu knots. What style to you turn to when your braidout hates you?

Besitos!
KLP

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

{Keyda} Wash Day - 5 weeks post

Hola Chicas!!
 
I am in awe of my new growth! I really want a touch-up but I shall try to hold out. As I walked through Safeway, there was a sale on Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner, and I could not resist! Lol! I love Organix products. They are extremely affordable yet awesome on your hair.


New Fave DC
(1) Detangled my hair with my Magic Rake comb
(2) Prepoo with my OddStrandOut Coffee Oil mix on my scalp and the As I Am: Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner on the length of my hair. I heated up a wet towel to place over my hair then topped with a plastic cap as well. I really wanted the moisture and oil to absorb into my hair.
(3) Cowash with Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner. I absolutely loved the smell of this product and my hair felt yummy!
(4) Tea rinse with CC's Naturals Happy Hair Tea. Yummy! :)
(5) Smoothing Treatment- I added Roux Porosity Control Conditioner over the tea in my hair and a cap. Then Faux steamed in the shower.
(6) Leave-ins: Unintentionally, I air dried 100%. #FTWNOHEAT I applied Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer on length of hair, Nexxus Hydralight lift on my roots and Organix Coconut Anti-Breakage Serum on my ends.


Front w/ accent
Back
Results: 
My hair felt very soft yet strong. My scalp looked FABULOUS again! :) woot! I just love a healthy looking scalp. I am really a fan of the new conditioner from Organix...as of now..I would love to try it as a prepoo. I style my hair very simply and plan on going no heat for the entire time till my next wash!


What you think chicas!? 


Muahzz

xoxo
Keyda
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

[Hairstyle] Messy Side French Roll | Mini Wash

How I wore my hair last week
Deep conditioning overnight might not be an every wash day event, but let me tell you this chicas, it's my new must do after a protein treatment now. My hair felt so amazing after my wash last week. Think soft, cottony, and springy. My roots were happy. The texlaxed length was happy. KLP was happy! I skipped my mid-week co-washing session and even thought for a second to delay my wash day because my hair felt so good. But, I figured that I wasn't so smart and went with a light protein conditioner to keep my tresses balanced.
  1. Detangled- with my fingers.
  2. Extreme deep condition- with JBCO on my scalp, a mix of Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor and Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Instant Recovery Mask on the length of my hair and sealed the conditioner with coconut oil. I covered with a plastic cap, relaxed under my heat cap for about 2 hours.
  3. Green Tea Rinse- After rinsing the conditioner, I applied steeped green tea, using a narrow tip applicator to my strands--focusing on the roots. I let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed.
  4. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  5. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  6. Leave-Ins- Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter.
    Wash Day Products
Results:
30 Second Ol' Faithful Style
After applying my leave-ins, I wanted to do something different with my hair and decided to attempt a braid out. Bad. Idea. Very. Bad. Idea. I double strand twisted my hair into 8 sections and secured the ends with a satin roller. In the morning, I unraveled to a bloody mess. Oh gosh, It was a fail on sooo many levels. The bird's nest in my front yard looks better.The definition was wonky, I had neck length shrinkage, and my ends looked ever so pitiful. Never have I been more thankful for the Bun Effect. I pulled my hair into my all time favorite 30 second updo (here's a how to tutorial) and went to church. The good news was that my hair still felt soft with a renewed strength and my shedding/breakage was low. Woot for happy endings. 

What styles do you use to save failed twists outs, bantu knots, or curls? 

Besitos!
KLP

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SOS On Deck : Coffee Oil


Hola Chicas!!
Coffee Oil Curtesy of OddStrandOut

My scalp is forever acting out. It's constantly shedding, super itchy, and flaky all over the place. (i.e. Why I buy the ridiculously-expensive Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner. Ugh. I really wish that my hair didn't love it so much!) I'm always on the lookout for anything that can help. I noticed a pretty awesome post from Jeni of JustGrowAlready about using coffee rinses to save misbehaving scalps and I thought uhmmm interesting! But of course life happened...and I forgot all about it. Until, I got a super cute note from Danielle at OddStrandOut offering to test drive her latest gem: Coffee Oil. Yes, divas, you read that right---Coffee infused oil! Yum. Plus, with just 4 natural ingredients: Hazelnut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Coffee,  how can you go wrong?

The Scoop
 

I have decided to utilize this product as a pre-poo/hot oil treatment, since it has some of my fave oils mixed in. I'm not sure what the ratio of coffee to oil is, but I assume that there's less coffee and more oil. Ha-ha! I used it in my previous wash day and my scalp looked ten times healthier than normal! I can't tell you today that it was because of the Coffee Oil but I can say that Keyda was a happy chica that day! Expect a full review in a few weeks.

Wish me luck luvssss!
Muahz xoxo
Keyda!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekly Wishes

First, I want to thank everyone for their kind words of support in my wish for my superhero hubby. He's so modest that he just smiled at the post and shied away when I shared your beautiful encouragement. He's such a rock star!

This week's wish theme is memories and the timing couldn't be more perfect. Believe it or not, my partner in crime, Keyda, and I didn't get off to the best start when we first met. For some reason, rude KLP showed up and showed off that day. Not only was I mean but I was kinda obnoxious to her. Thankfully, a mutual friend stepped in, called me out, and I woman'd up to apologize. Fast toward 4 years and I really can't imagine what it would be like without her upbeat demeanor, unique perspective, and unmatched friendship. Chicas like her don't come into your life every day and very glad that she was able to see the gentler kinder totally-not-mean-girl me. So, this week I'm challenging myself to be more kind, for you really never know how one act of kindness can change your world. 

What's your wish this week? Big it big or small--speak it into existence!

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Besitos!  
KLP

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Mizani Giveaway {Closed}

Because we have the world's greatest followers and as much as we want to---we can't reach out and give each one of you BIG hugs---so we're doing the next best thing: a GIVEAWAY! November's giveaway gives you the chance to win a free gift pack from Mizani that includes my fave pre-wash knot melter Mizani D'Tangle and the Mizani Thermasmooth Shampoo and Conditioner combo set. This giveaway runs from November 18-December 2, 2013 and the winner will be announced/contacted the next day! Follow the instructions below to enter to win!


Buena suerte y mil besitos!
KLP & Keyda
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Healthy Hairology Medley

Last week was full of great healthy hair related blogs, vlogs, and forum features. Here's a few that I've bookmarked from about the web:

Black Friday Is Coming camillescorner: Have you been wanted to Try CC's Naturals but discouraged by the shipping? Well, Camille's gotta Black Friday deal that you'll love! Free shipping on orders over $35 + 40% off 11/28 9:00pm- 11/29 6:59am. Woot! I love Black Friday!

Hair Feel Like Steel Wool? Winter Time Curl Fix indigenouscurls: I love layering for winter---I hate the drying affect that the temperatures have on my hair. Here's 4 genius tips from TJ on how to get that moisture back into your tresses. 

DIY: Marshmallow Root Detangling Spray justgrowalready: Got Tangles? Want an all natural product to kill them? (Ha-ha!) Try Jenni's Kitchenista Detangler with only 4 ingredients.

The Doux| Spooted Backstage, Protective Styling kimberlyluxe: Think that only chicas obsessed with retaining length style their hair in protective styles? Um---no! Protective styles are all over the runway. Check out this gorgeous crown of braids that Kimberly spotted.

The Inversion Method Put To The Test- Results Are In naijahaircangrow: Because you needed more proof that Inversion works. Check out Dabs inversion experience.

Why I Use Sulfate Shampoos Every Wash Day hairthereeverywhere: Y'all know that I'm not a fan of shampoo, but I'm wondering if I should rethink my stance. Check out how LaShanda makes the case for using shampoo every week.

What articles made your list of the week's best healthy hair posts? Link up your run down below! But first check out our rules!


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Healthy Hairology Medley Linkup Rules:

  1. Share your run down the week's best healthy hair related blog posts, YouTube clips, and forum features that you've found about the web this week. Be it relaxed&radiant tresses, big fluffy naturalidad curls, or anything else in between. (Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted---we not about that life!)
  2. Link back to this site so others see. Looky at this nifty button we made for you!
  3. Muy Importante chicas: Visit the healthy hairology post of the person who linked up directly before you and leave the author an encouraging comment. This is the most important component of this linkup. We are each here to encourage each other and build a community of determined women and hair-friends.
Besitos!
KLP & Keyda




Friday, November 15, 2013

A Guide To Making Your Bantu Knots Last






Although those curls are totally worth it, ain't no body got time to be re-twisting up bantu knots every night to keep their curls defined and fluffy. Here's how I keep my set looking fresh for at least 3 days and what I do when things don't go according to plan:




1. Make sure that you allow enough drying time- My curls in the middle of my crown always take longer to dry then their counterparts. When you unravel before your curls are dry---just know you're bound to look like a frizzy chia pet by the end of the day.

2. Your cocktail matters: This is the only time that I'm strict about order of operations-- Moisturizer + Oil + Holding product--is the key to gorgeous curls that last. Now, I'm all about using what your hair likes but just be sure that the products that you use together like each other. Some moisturizers don't like some oils and some holding products loose their minds when compounded with some moisturizers. Date a few cocktails until you find one that you like. My current fave for long lasting curls is Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, my Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

NaturallyCurly Guide to the Pineapple
3. Pineapple your heart out: I hang my head upside down and pull all of my curls to the crown of my hair then tie with a satin scarf with the knot in the front. Some days it works like a charm---other days meh...not so well. Whatever you do--don't smooth or stretch your curls. They will be flat in the morning.There are tons of pineappling methods (check out this pintutorial from naturallycurly.com), figure out what works for you and stick to it.

4. Moisturize and seal in the morning: When I moisturize before pineappling my curls turn into waves. But not moisturizing is a sin---so I just moisturize in the morning once I take down my scarf. It breathes life into my curls--which are usually looking a hot wonky mess by morning.

5. When in doubt, Bun Effect it: By day 3/4, my curls look more like waves---so I work them into a faux bob or side bun. Old or failed Bantu curls are a perfect base for an ultra-cute updo!

What are your tips to making Bantu knot curls last?

Besitos!
KLP

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mini Wash Day - 4 weeks post

Pin Curls

Hola Chicas!

I already have at least half inch/possibly one inch of new growth!! WTH!! I am like geessshhh! I will be heading to Hawaii mid-December *WOOT* and the way my new growth is going, I may need/want to touch-up early December which was not planned until Jan!! Soooo it's up in the air. I am also testing out a new product from Danielle at OddStrandOut. She calls it "Coffee Oil." I'm thinking that it would be great as an oil treatment on my scalp the night before wash day. Here's how my wash day went:
  1. Detangled with my Magic Rake comb.
  2. Prepoo with Coffee Oil Mix/EVCO on my scalp and On dry hair, As I Am: Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner on length of my hair, making sure I paid special attention to my ends and roots. Then I sealed it all in with grapeseed oil. I sat under the hooded dryer for about 30 minutes and sat around for about an hour! I am terrible with heat...
  3. Tea Rinse with CC's Naturals Happy Hair Tea. and I love it! I think I am about ready to write a full review and share! :) 
  4. Smoothing Treatment with Roux Moisture Recovery conditioner over the tea in my hair and a cap. I then faux steamed my hair for about 10 minute in shower.
  5. Leave-ins: After my hair was about 85% air dry I applied  Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer and Organix Coconut Anti-Breakage Serum
  6. Low Blow Dry & Flat Iron: I lightly blow dried my hair to fully straighten...then on low heat, I flat ironed my hair and pinned curled it for the night! 
Pin Curls
 
Results:

I love the results....and although, I was not on #teamnoheat wagon this week, I feel that I did my hair justice by air drying majority and using low/medium heat for everything!! :) That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Lol. My hair was felt super strong but soft. It felt so different compared to my other deep conditioners. I definitely would want to try more of this particular DC in the future. I bought it primarirly because of the smell (haha!) but I must say I like it so far. I also noticed my scalp looked so healthy compared to other times that I've used it. I am not sure if it is the Coffee Oil Mix but I did notice a difference. 

Results


Fingers crossed that I can get the pictures of this wash day posted. My computer is being wack and not allowing me to upload but I did tweet them! So follow SavingOurStrands on Twitter!

Luvs!
Keyda

Healthy Hair Insight: My Favorite Detanglers

SOS Approved Detanglers
Every one and their mama has an opinion on when, how, and why you should detangle your tresses. My suggestion: do what works best for your hair in whatever order you prefer. Try out all of the methods and date a few products. Your journey is just that--yours. To help along the way, here are some of the best detanglers that I've tried, when I use them and why they're special to me:

Best Pre-Wash: Mizani D'Tangle
My thirsty roots soak up this milky detangler within seconds of spraying it on. Whilst it's rather thin, it gives awesome slip allowing me to remove shed hairs and tangles with ease. I love using it pre-wash to help the rest of my session roll smoothly. I'd probably never use it post wash because it leaves my hair with this icky coating that I'm not a fan of.

Best During Wash: Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution
I bought this detangler with the intentions of using it for a detangling leave in. Bad. Idea. It's just not moisturizing enough by itself for my hair. It is however, awesome for melting in wash tangles. I especially love it after my tea rinses. It rids my hair of that stiff feeling. It's slip + my high water pressure shower head gets my hair detangled in minutes without me having to manipulate my hair while wet.

Best Post Wash: It's a 10! (without keratin)
Hello slip! Which is why its my go to leave in late in my stretch to help me alleviate tangles and SSKs. If I have a particularly unruly tangle, I just spray one more pump of the leave-in on it then work out the tangle strand by strand. Its not oily and it truly does make you feel like you've added silk to your hair. I love the smoothness and softness it creates whether I air dry or use direct heat. I can't say that its an excellent moisturizer or that it gives me tons of shine---but I love having a product that I know will melt my knots but not weigh my hair down. 

What's your favorite detangler and when do you use it?

Besitos!
KLP

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mini Wash Day

Last week, I began a post titled "Dear hair---you suck." Ugh, my hair just was so disrespectful that I had to co-wash every other day--both after working out---just to coax it into a bun. Luckily, It all worked out because I had travel plans for the weekend. I wanted to rock my curls and bantu knots always their best on recently washed air dried hair. I wore my curls down for two days then in a faux bob and lastly in a big side bun. I'm sure that my protein powered wash and abbreviated deep conditioning session from last week was the culprit for my uncooperative hair---luckily I've got a solution for that: an overnight deep condition. Yes--I know that many discourage it---but when you hair is dry, disrespectful, and dehydrated---it works like wonders: 
Wash Day Products
  1. Detangled- with my fingers and Mizani D'Tangle Leave-In Milk.
  2. Extreme deep condition- with JBCO on my scalp, Matrix Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm, and massaged my strands in extra virgin coconut oil. I covered with a plastic cap, relaxed under my heat cap for about 2 hours, then left it in overnight. 
  3. Green Tea Rinse- After rinsing the conditioner, I applied steeped green tea, using a narrow tip applicator to my strands--focusing on the roots. I let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed.
  4. Smoothing Treatment- with a large dollop of Matrix Biolage Detangling Solution.
  5. Air Dried- to 80-85% wrapped in a cotton t-shirt.
  6. Leave-Ins- Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and my kitchenista Tangerine Vanilla Whipped Hair Butter
Results-
Shed Hair: Prewash | Shower | Postwash
Hello big fluffy, soft, and smooth hair! Oh how I missed thee! Overnight deep conditioning #ftw! I whipped out an old favorite: Mizani D'Tangle this wash to give myself a thorough detangle. I've never cared for this product as a leave in, it gives my hair this icky coated feeling but it's awesome as a pre-wash detangler. 

Air Drying Fluffy Banana Clip Bun
Thanks to that protein powered wash day last week---I had very very little shed hair and breakage. You might have noticed that my beloved Magic Rake comb has been MIA for a few months. I've realized that finger detangling is and will always be far gentler than any other tool that you can buy. I still adore my Magic Rake---I just see tragedy in my minds eye if I used it on these 19 weeks post roots. Finger detangling forces me to work patiently in smaller sections---which is what my hair needs. Because the back half of my hair was much more unprocessed (unintentionally) from my last relaxer--sometimes it feels like at least 1/3 of my length hasn't been relaxed. Fingers crossed that my new protein rich regimen keeps that line of demarcation in tact and breakage at bay. Look ma! No mesh donut! Just in case you were wondering---here's the secret to my big fluffy buns: More Bang for Your Banana Clip.

What technique do you use when your hair is unruly?

Besitos!
KLP