After my browser decided to freeze on me I have to retype my post...ughhhh, should've done my regular BHM error proof method, but I am now. Typing this in notebook right now.
But to the point.
I really wanted to share this with you ladies and anyone lurking that might be dealing with hard water and/or drying products as well.
So I added ACV and a little bit of bottled water to my shampoo today in a separate bottle and shook it to mix in advance(I read the tip of adding ACV to soften the blow of the stripping effect shampoos can have
while cleansing properly online, not sure where I did though, but it came to mind).
It was a whole different experience as I had no issue detangling at all. I normally have to wait
till the conditioning stage to properly detangle and another thing, I washed it loose, did not divide it
Now, to be fair I was in a hurry so maybe that contributed to the following as I might think my hair was clean
but perhaps didn't use enough to properly get rid of buildup, plus, after all, I was supposed to deep condition and such,
but did not get to do any of that. Well I sure will now as I have the day off tomorrow.
I mixed grape seed oil and refined coconut oil(haven't been able to get my hands on unrefined coconut oil nearby)
in a separate bottle with my hello hydration conditioner as it had a drying effect on my hair last time around.
Unfortunately the curls of my hair with less natural oils did not just frizz up, they were also dehydrated, so I guess
it's only suitable as a rinse conditioner... at least on my hair that is, might work for someone else.
By inspecting the rest of my hair the other curls were defined as they naturally do but they felt too dry, so I ended up spritzing water and adding lotion to my hair,
I did not smooth it through, I then added a little gel, did not use a comb or anything, so now my hair does feel more like it self again but
with a bunch of separated curls in the most awkward looking way(no photographic evidence available hahahaha).
The irony about my hair is that on closeup my strands do not look dehydrated but they sure acted and felt dehydrated.
Shrinkage is a beast by the way.
(typed this part hours later)
I found out I have some porous hair strands(due to holes, ugh...) , or at least, I assume they are as I didn't perform a strand test on
a strand with holes before.
I already had noticed it here and there on rare occasions but as I was checking to see which areas needed trimming I saw holes on some strands.
Most toward the end but if it were every strand it would require a chop to get rid of them as some are a few inches up the strand.
Luckily there aren't as many strands with holes as I thought.
Oh by the way, I've tried to trim somewhat after I conditioned my hair, but with the different lengths clumping
it's a pain in the butt job unless I'm seeking a blunt cut.
I did trim off quite some ends but while inspecting my hair now and then I still come across snip-able strands.
But the overall look of my hair has improved where straggly hair hanging from curls are concerned.
I will be able to roll the bun a little less though but it's all good.
OK, now about the deep conditioning I did.
I cleansed,conditioned and then deep conditioned with mayonnaise and a bit of non fat Greek yogurt(I will use
that for my hair because the taste of that new brand is horrible(they normally only have the non fat Greek yogurt in small
packages and they exchanged a .... ugh I digress....)).
Anyway so I saran wrapped my hair and allowed it to penetrate and then rinsed it out with cold water, re-rinsed with
diluted conditioner and then did a cold rinse with ACV and water.
After that I t-shirt dried my hair, I then rubbed lotion on my damp hair and added a teenie bit of the cheapie gel.
This is what it looked like dry
I do trim or cut a strand with a hole or a few holes when I see one, but in general I'll just let them shed out and will focus on
giving my hair extra moisture.
I guess I will snip away any ends I might have overlooked due to uneven lengths clumping and my length loving-ism, LOL.
So anyway... I will trim more often(not too often though, but just the search and destroy thing) and never will I trim my hair with regular scissors again. I
had no idea at the time that regular scissors (even sharp ones) would cause split ends. Plus I waited too long to trim again while my ends were no longer
in tip top condition so yea....
Plus I basically got it wrong from the get go( I did my big chop with regular scissors).
Also, I've not been consistent with moisturizing, this includes the use of products stripping moisture and not deep conditioning on the regular.
I will deep condition with either mayonnaise or Greek yogurt weekly or bi-weekly.
So for now since I realize none of the conditioners I currently own are suitable as a leave-in till further notice(will have to see
how this deep conditioning regime on a regular affects my hair) I am just going to stick to lotions and gel again and will only use
some the conditioners as a leave in to protect my hair (silicone's) whenever I decide to wear my hair in a straight style.
(Well another day has passed and I see new posts so I will just respond to them in this post and add new things and will probably add pictures witn commentary in between
the previously typed text)
I have just spritzed with bottled water, used the cheap gel(which does have alcohol in it) with my dark&lovely gel(without alcohol) mixed in my hands before distributing on
my hair and then I used refined coconut oil(which thanks to the weather does not have to melt in my hands first, such a time saver) on the ends.
By the way I also read a tip about waiting 15 minutes after spraying water on your hair before adding products I can't be bothered to set
a timer on it though, but it gave me even more thoughts regarding moisturizing hair, plus I did end up exceeding the 15 minutes so the water
had some time to settle after I spritzed my hair.
So, all I can say is that I absolutely love spritzing with bottled water, I really feel like it makes a difference.
I will be deepconditioning more often without a doubt, my hair seems to absorb moisture better now.
Of course I will probably end up stretching for some length love again because as we know, hydration brings shrinkage.
Oh by the way, I might have an idea to stretch without hair elastics, maybe a low pony with a bananaclip? I will give it a try soon.
The trim gave me a bit of shape back. Once all the split ends
are gone I'll really be on my way to major improvement and hopefully retain more growth, but I got the worse ones.
All in all I feel like things are looking up with my hair.
Moisturized, dry and shrunken(Also was guilty of shaking it,lol)
Closeup shot(finally got me that closeup shot)
@Luv-Duv Rubber bands as in actual rubber or just the elastic bands with rubber on the inside/through it?
I have also used rubber bands before but just small ones for braids.I have used elastic bands with rubber
in them before, but once they had their time I'd find small pieces of rubber in my hair.
Good luck on your surgery! Hope you'll have a speedy and not so painful recovery.
And at your crown area being dry, yea I read that it seems to be common for people with curly hair to have a drier crown area.
It sure is true for me, I always have to keep a close eye on that area, at times it can make or break my look when wearing it out.
And yea I also first started noticing growth under the shower,lol, so you are probably right, but it's always nice to know for sure.
Lol, I stretched my hair strand yesterday to see if the front would still be able to fall behind my shoulder if straight, but I'll just
have to wait for a little while I guess as I did get rid of an inch and that same inch kept it behind my shoulder lol.
Sucks that Cleo's been acting up, I can relate to those moments all too well....
Omg! Tresemme moisture rich conditioner ......I miss it so much..... :( I only have the shampoo left.Man that conditioner gave my hair
so much love, but they don't sell it here.
And yay at Cleo thickening up, Whenever I felt like I was stuck at a length I came to the realization that my layers were growing out
and that's when my hair got thicker(and more hang time).
Go for the DC girl, that extra TLC will be good for your hair.
And at the office story, I know people think trimming will help retain growth but that's only the case for damaged ends. And yes other than
that it's purely aesthetic as ends may not be damaged but strands may have a different growth rate and what not.
I also dislike trimming, so it's a rare occurrence for me. Most trims were also more like cuts and I had a set back in length with a scissor
happy hair dresser. Only damaged ends will go, the end lol.
@LadyAradia LOL@the pic, who knows, you can never really be sure with those things, you might be right.