the hair journey begins…once again!

This is me. This picture was taken in December 2011.

This is March 2012. (Dry ends before oil)

This is me now. April 2012. I have decided to minimize the amount of heat that is used in my hair. So the journey begins…once again!

So with all of that being said, I decided to take another stab at this journey because I have been talking to a friend over the last week or so about hair tips and products. It lead me to get serious about my hair care journey (despite being a mother, a wife, a student, an entrepreneur, etc.) and share what I have been doing so that others may benefit. So here we are.

Step 1:

Mix both of these products (any brand of EVOO will do and any VO5 or Suave conditioner) together in a bowl and stir. It should not be too runny. It’s no fun having to keep wiping as this is running down your skin. Place a plastic cap over your hair and let it sit as long as you are able (preferably more than 30 minutes).

Step 2:

Rinse the conditioner/ EVOO mixture THOROUGHLY from your hair with lukewarm water. Hot water dries the hair, making it brittle and unmanageable.

Step 3:

SHAMPOO. I am using Infusium 23 right now along with Mizani Botanifying Conditioning Shampoo.

Wash your hair with the moisturizing shampoo of your choice. I try to use a concentrated amount of shampoo on my scalp without a whole lot of manipulation to the hair as this causes tangling. Shampoo twice and rinse.

Try using shampoos that are sulfate free for color-treated hair. Why sulfate free? Click here for more information. The shampoo that I am using currently is not sulfate free, I purchased it to test its moisture-factor. I have been shampooing with shampoos that are thick and one is even the consistency of a body cream.

Step 4:

Dry hair with a t-shirt. It causes less frizz and tangling.

Step 5:

CONDITION!! CONDITION!! CONDITION!!

I use a variety of products but right now I am testing Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I can say that I am pleased. It leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and the conditioner is thick. It smells delicious and usually retails for about $5 or $6 for 23.7oz. at any Walmart, Target, or any drugstore or grocery store. Most of the time, I leave this in for a day or two if I am going natural. If I intend to straighten my hair, I will leave this on under a cap for 30-45 minutes.

I have just purchased this product as a leave in conditioner for my ends only. For those of you who wish to not apply heat to the hair, skip to step 8.

Step 6:

Heat Protectant (If applying heat such as blow-drying and/or flat ironing, this step is HIGHLY recommended)

The Tresemme brand is the cost effective method and works well.

Step 7:

Blow-dry thoroughly but do not over blowdry or concentrate the hot air in one particular place for an extended period.

Step 8:

Apply a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of your hair only. This can be done as needed to avoid moisture and can be done whether the hair is blow-dried or air- dried.

Step 9:

Style as you wish.

Note: a small amount of coconut oil can be used after the conditioning step to seal in moisture.

I hope this serves as an aid and there is more to come. Take pictures, share your success and have fun. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. Enjoy!!!

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