Saturday, March 30, 2013

3 Ways to Prevent Shedding.

1. Tea rinses. The caffeine in black and green tea prevents shedding by penetrating the follice and the result is healthier hair and length retention. Green tea can also help rid your hair of dandruff. Hey, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had an issue with shedding this winter season. Most of it was my fault due to neglect. I just had the worst semester ever. You ain't about that grad school life, lol. So, my hair was really dry and I thought that a green tea rinse would help and it did.

I brewed 3 bags of Lipton's green tea for a couple of hours and then let it cool for a few minutes. I poured it into an applicator that I bought from Sally's for a couple of bucks. I applied itto dry hair that had been separated into 6 sections. After my hair was completely saturated with the green tea, I also applied Africa's Best Herbal Oil, Ultimate, Bonus Size, 12 oz.  I heated up about 4 tablespoons for about a minute in the microwave and then applied the product from root to tip. I love the smell and it has several differents oils in it. For me, it's easier than buying several different oils separately and then mixing the oils myself.

Ingredients: Soy Bean Oil, Walnut Seed Oil, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Olive Fruit Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Safflower Oil and Calendula Extract and Yarrow Extract and Cucumber Extract and Carageenan Extract and Ginseng Extract and Sage Extract and Comfrey Extract and Aloe Extract, Fragrance.

I left the green tea and Africa's Best Herbal Oil, Ultimate, Bonus Size, 12 oz. on my hair for four hours. It was very relaxing. My scalp tingled the entire time. My hair felt refreshed after rinsing it out. I will definitely do this when I want to switch out conditioning treatments or just whenever I feel like my hair needs something different. If you like making your own conditioners, you can add green tea to your own mix. You should do a tea rinse at least once a week to prevent shedding.

2. Protein Treatments.  If your hair feels weak or is breaking easily, then it may be time for a protein treatment. In between henna treatments, I use Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor 8oz mixed with Dabur Vatika Coconut Hair Oil 150ml, 2 Count as a pre-poo. I just apply it to and leave it on for a few minutes before I wash my hair. Coconut oil and Keratin coats each individual strand which strengthens hair and prevents breakage. I purchased Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor 8oz from Sally's and you can purchase Dabur Vatika Coconut Hair Oil 150ml, 2 Count from Amazon here. Again, if you want to make it yourself, you can add eggs and/or yogurt to your homemade mix.  Both of those contain fair amounts of protein.


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3. Henna Treatments.  Like protein treatments, henna treatments coat the hair but you won't be able to wash it out. Henna treatments are permanent. Even though henna has great conditioning benefits, it also will color your hair. This is just something you should take note of if you have color treated hair or plan on dyeing your hair in the future. To learn more about henna, be sure to check out my post What You Should Know About Henna. It also prevents dandruff, thinning, and gray hair. I'm a fan of henna and it is great to use to prevent shedding. There is very little hair left in the shower after my hair has a henna treatment. I usually use Jamilia henna but I recently switched to Nupur Henna 100% Natural Powder 1.27oz and I love it! Review coming soon.

If your hair is shedding, then there could be several factors that should be taken into accout like the change in season, hormone fluctuations, medication, etc. Just remember that shedding is a normal process and don't fret unless your hair is coming out in clumps at a time. Then it is best to see a professional. Hope this post was helpful. Thanks for checking out my blog! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review of Carol's Daughter"s Monoi Repairing Shampoo and Repairing Hair Mask

I know it's been SEVERAL months since I posted anything but I promise that I'm not abandoning this blog. With a new job, starting grad school, and being a mom things have been quite hectic. In fact, my daughter is climbing my back as I type this.  AND I currently have a 4.0 so, yay! Hopefully, I'll be able to maintain it. Anyway, I have continued to try new products and techniques for my hair which means that I have a great deal of material. The first one is a review of Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo, 8.5 Ounce and Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask - 200g/7oz . I decided to use these products because I started to experience some shedding once winter came along. After one use, you're supposed to have 96% less breakage.

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Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo, 8.5 Ounce:
Water (Aqua), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Coconut Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Shea Butter Glycereth-8 Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Quaternium-91, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask - 200g/7oz :
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oiol, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccaride, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extrac, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecanol, Ceteareth-20, Quarternium-91, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone
Both of these products contain Monoi Oil which is a combination of Tiare Gardenia and Coprah Coconut Oils. These oils are meant to strengthen and repair damaged hair.

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo, 8.5 Ounce smells great and texture is similar to any of the other shampoos from Carol's Daughter. It's creamy and very gentle on my hair. My hair and scalp feels clean after I use it. This is very important when it comes to sulfate-free shampoos. Not all of them clean well. It doesn't dry out my hair and since I co-wash and only wash my hair every two to four weeks, the bottle has lasted me several months. I guess that goes for any shampoo in the natural world, lol. If you like any of the other shampoos from Carols Daughter, then you will like this one. This product is decent and it gets a thumbs up from me.

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask - 200g/7ozsmells great as well and makes my hair feel awesome. My natural hair is easy to detangle with this conditioner in my hair. My hair feels soft and manageable after use. When I use it, I leave it in for about 15 minutes while I'm in the shower (due to the lack of time). I have yet to try it sitting under a dryer or leaving it on for an extended period of time. I assume that the results would be better. Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask - 200g/7ozis designed to prevent shredding and breakage by strengthening and repairing your hair. Did I notice a difference in my natural hair after one use? Yes, I did. I noticed that the amount of hair that come outs in the shower was greatly reduced after the first use of this product. However, the results weren't maintained after continuous use. After using the product for a few weeks, my hair started shredding again. I still use the product and it does make my hair feel great every time that I use it. I think that my shedding issue is attributed to a great deal of other things like stress, climate, neglect, etc. But, hey, I have a so much material at my disposal now and look for future posts on how I solved the shredding problem. The only thing I didn't like about the Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask - 200g/7ozis that the container is really small. I have really thick hair and I run out of it within a month and a half. That is really quick considering that the product is rather expensive. To help save money, I normally switch it out with other conditioners that I use so that it will last longer. Overall, I like these products and plan to use these products in the future.

You can purchase these products from any Sephoras that sale Carol's Daughter products. JcPenney's, Macy's and other major retailers have Sephoras located inside of the store. You can also purchase the products directly from Carol's Daughter at Find these products for cheaper prices on Amazon here.