MY HAIR REGIMEN FOR 2014!

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Aceey's hair

Hey everyone, I just wanted to have my updated hair regimen in one place!

Wash Day – Once or twice a week:

***SPECIAL NOTE*** I normally part my hair in six sections before washing and conditioning if I am roller setting my hair.

– Pre-treat hair with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil for one hour or overnight. This protects my hair from the harsh effects of shampoo.

– Clarify hair with clarifying shampoo or neutralizing shampoo 1x. My favorite is Suave Clarifying Shampoo.

– Use moisturizing shampoo– Right now, my favorite is Silk Dreams Go Moist Shampoo.

– Protein Treatment for 20 mins. with plastic cap or I sit under the dryer for 10 mins. with my favorite protein treatment: Silk Dreams Mocha Silk Infusion. I use protein once a week to keep my hair strong, as I am relaxed, color treated and use heat.

– Moisturizing Conditioner for 10 mins. I sometimes do a steaming treatment (apply conditioner, apply hot wet turban on head followed by a plastic cap, then sit under a dryer for 10 mins.). I always follow-up my protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner. ***Special Note*** I comb my hair with a shower comb while under the flow of water from the shower to detangle my hair before styling. I do not towel dry my hair before roller setting. 

– Rinse hair and apply a leave-in conditioner.  I mix Silk Dreams Mocha Silk Hair Milk with Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion (for extra hold and curl retention). I normally set my hair in rollers or plait my hair with small rollers on the ends (braid-out style). I sit under a hooded dryer for about 45 mins.

– Apply Silk Dreams PRE oil to new growth. Flat iron new growth only. *** I do not comb through the curls or apply heat to the ends of my hair.

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Nightly:

– Massage scalp with Njoy Essentials Long and Healthy Hair Growth Oil.

– Apply a small amount of Silk Dreams Almond Buttercream to length of hair, especially to ends. Tie hair with scarf.

-Seal with Silk Dreams Nourish Oil, sparingly.

Every 3-4 months – Color Day

– Mix approximately 150g of henna with black tea and let sit in bowl overnight before applying to hair in sections. Then apply plastic cap. I normally let this sit in my hair for 2-3 hours or sit under the dryer with it.

– Rinse with the assistance of VO5 conditioner. I do not use shampoo to rinse dye from hair.

– Mix 100-150g of indigo with water+2 teaspoons of iodine-free salt  and immediately apply to hair. Apply plastic cap. I do not wait for the indigo to change color before applying to the hair. Rinse with the help of VO5 Conditioner.

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Every 5-6 months – Relaxing Day

– Wait at least 4 days after washing hair before relaxer day. The night before relaxer, I apply oil or a grease to my scalp for protection (basing scalp). I also apply conditioner to the previously relaxed hair.

– Apply relaxer to new growth only, smoothing with fingers only.

– Rinse relaxer after processing and immediately apply neutralizing conditioner or protein conditioner. Wait 5 mins, rinse and repeat until hair has no relaxer residue. I find this protein step very beneficial for hair– it gives it volume and body!

– Wash hair with Neutralizing shampoo with color alarm until suds are white. Condition hair with moisturizing conditioner for at least 10 mins.

– Rinse, apply leave-in conditioner and style. Sometimes I relax and color my hair on the same day.

My Favorite Products

Shampoos

  • Suave Clarifying Shampoo
  • VO5 Clarifying Shampoo
  • Mane n’ Tail Original Shampoo
  • Silk Dreams Go Moist Shampoo
  • Silk Dreams Whip My Hair Cleansing Cream

Protein Treatments

  • Silk Dreams Mocha Silk Infusion
  • Joico K-Pak
  • Generic Joico K-Pak (Sally Beauty Supply Store)
  • Aphogee 2-Minute Keratin Reconstructor

Aceey - How I typically wear my hair when it is down.

Moisturizing Conditioners

  • Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Silk Dreams Razzberry Coconut Affair
  • Mane n’ Tail Original Conditioner

Detangling, Rinse-out Conditioners

  • VO5 Conditioners
  • Suave Conditioners
  • Silk Dreams Destination Hydration
  • Mane n’ Tail Original Conditioner

Leave-in Conditioners

  • Silk Dreams Mocha Silk Hair Milk
  • Silk Dreams Wheat Germ Butter Conditioner
  • Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion (usually mixed with one of the above leave-in conditioners)

Moisturizers/Sealants/Oils

  • Silk Dreams Almond Buttercream
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Virgin coconut oil
  • Dabur Vatika Hair Oil
  • Silk Dreams Nourish Oil
  • Silk Dreams Mocha Bling Butter
  • Silk Dreams End-tegrity Ends Oil
  • Silk Dreams PRE
  • Njoy’s Long and Healthy Hair Growth Oil

Other Products

  • Alter Ego Linange Shea Butter Relaxer (The best relaxer on the planet)
  • Alter Ego Linange Shea Butter Neutralizing Conditioner
  • Karishma Henna – For color
  • Godrej Nupur Henna Power with 9 Herbs – for color
  • Zenia Pure Indigo Powder (found online)

Websites

More Fun Natural Hair Treatments – Part Two

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Just to piggy-back on my last blog post: This post is dedicated to newest hair buddy, Cokie, whom I’ve known for a long time! I had no idea Cokie was a “hair person” until she began posting about her and her daughters’ natural hair journey on Facebook! I am honored to be her hair buddy and can’t wait to have a “Hair Party” with her and the gang!

Everyone knows that I am ride or die relaxed girl —this means that I apply a chemical product to my new growth every four months to straighten it. However, I use a TON of natural products, food items, herbs and mixtures to my hair. It’s cheap, it’s effective, and my hair is gorgeous! I have done so many fun hair treatments but I’d like to share just 2 of some that are not widely discussed!

Treatment: Coconut oil infused with curry leaves or amla berries.

What does it do?: This is an age-old Indian remedy! Promotes circulation, fights premature gray hairs, penetrates and moisturizes hair strands.

How do you do it?: This is so easy to do! All you do is get your coconut oil hot and then add your herbs/berries to it. After infusing, draining, and cooling, apply to your hair and scalp for massage. After massaging your hair for about 15 minutes, wash your hair as usual.

Where do you get it?: You can get real, virgin coconut oil for a cheap price at any Asian market. Amla powder/berries and curry leaves can also be purchased there.

Watch this informative video on how to infuse the oil:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCRIavD2C5s

There are many other commercial oils infused with herbs but they do have preservatives in them for shelf-life purposes. I have found them to be almost as effective as the oils I infuse at home.

Parachute coconut oil – oil from sun-roasted coconuts is awesome for the hair. It has a bit of a burnt coconut smell but it actually grew on me, lol!

Dabur Vatika Oil – mixture of coconut oil, amla, henna and other goodies to promote hair growth, sheen, luster, and health. This is one of my favorite ready-made oils to purchase!

Don’t forget that coconut oil is solid under 76 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to sit the bottle in the bathroom with you while showering to get it to melt and pour from the coconut oil bottles. There are many other commercial oils that people find effective, however all the other Dabur brand oils from India are too stinky for me! Haha!

Treatment: Marshmallow Root Powder

What does it do?: Marshmallow root rinses make your hair naturally have “slip,” meaning that it provides detangling properties to the hair after washing.

How do you do it?: Marshmallow root powder can be seeped in water to make a tea. A special note on seeping: It’s important to not boil teas/mixtures. We seep them to not boil out the active natural ingredients which help the hair.

Where do you get it?: Natural food stores, international markets. It’s usually in the bulk herb section.

A cool variation is marshmallow root powder mixed with Bentonite clay for a detox/cleanse. Feel free to go back to my last blog post on info on the Bentonite clay!

You can watch EmpressRi’s video on how she cleans her hair with this mixture:

Well that’s my ramble for the night! Hopefully, my next hair post will be about some of the many tea rinses that I apply to my hair and scalp for retaining growth! Happy hair growing!

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