Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's Mizani Honey!!!

So some of you may know that I have been wanting to use Mizani exclusively, but I was hesitant because every moisturizer I saw had mineral oil in it, so I refrained. Well I found some that did not!!! Now the H2O Overnight Treatment does contain mineral oil, but I only use it once a week; Wednesday. Then wash day is Sunday. My hair loves this stuff, never has it felt so soft and buttery smooth. I mean really!! I may have used those adjectives to describe other products before lol but Mizani is the BUSINESS!!! I still have other products that I need to get. My next is the Hydrafuse Deep Tx or D'Tangle the leave in....we will see....but I am oober excited!!!

Ready?? Set!!! GOal!!!!

How did you all do on your Feburary goals??

Ehhh mine were so/so; here's the run down!

1.Maintain regimen.....YEP!!!That is easy tho :-P
2.No direct heat... FAIL!!!
I decided to flat iron to use the Split Ender.

3.Minimal manipulation...ehhhhh
I guess it depends on what you call minimal...I did wig the entire month and only manipulated my hair on wash days. But this last 4 days of Feburary I have been wearing a phony pony. which causes a bit of manipulation as I like them to be tight

4.Protective style 95%.... ACCOMPLISHED
100% wigging, bunning, and not a phony pony!

5.Finally reach 150 pounds.....I gotta get my sexy back! ...IDK :-/
I really dont! 1 thing for sure...this entire month I have worked out consistently at least 3 days per weeks!!! I was down to 152...but now it is THAT time of the month and I am hella bloated so when I weighed myself it said 157 :-( Which I know FO SHO is not accurate!!


IDK if it is even necessary to continue to add to the list but I will anyway.

1. Maintain regimen
2. Protective Style 95% of the time
4. Workout 4x/ week.
5. Drink 1 GALLON of water per day...every day!
6. No direct heat.

I will admit that I do see a relaxer in my near future...but that's another post...WHAT ARE YOUR MARCH GOALS???

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Split Ender!!!

So I ordered the Split Ender Thursday night, and recieved it in the mail, the following Tuesday evening. I am currently 8 weeks post....I decided to flat iron on Monday so that I could use the split ender on straight hair...OMG....that was one battle....that I absolutely lost!!! I did not do it on a fresh wash, so my new growth was really hard and tighly coiled, when trying to comb through, I encountered many knots....I could not get the new growth straightend...I worked on my left side of my hair from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and got so disgusted that I took a break and finished up at 4:30 :-/ Ridiculous right?? Well Tuesday comes and I receive the split ender, I placed it mid shaft and it would not go smoothly through the hair piece :-/ (Majority of my hair is texlaxed...not by choice :-/, but slid through the straighter portion with ease. I went over each piece 3 times as instructed so by the 3rd time it however did go through the entire section easily. I was so distraught by my new growth that I implemented an emergency cowash (Aussie Moist), DC (Aussie 3 Minute Miracle) & Oil Rinse (Grapeseed Oil), I rinsed the oil out the next morning using Mizani Moisturefuse. Pulled back in a pony tail and allowed to air dry. I then re-flatironed my hair and had better result....still couldn't make my underprocessed hair bone straight tho :-(
This is my 1st time using to as a first impression

Would I recommend this product to anyone else?
Yes!! It did what is says that it will do without taking away any length.

What would I recommend during use?
Me personally I have chosen to only use this after a fresh relaxer, not meaning immediately after a relaxer, but maybe 3 weeks post, before new growth begins to creep in.

This is what was taken from my entire head; the last real trim I had was in April 2011.

As you can see on the right (pre split ender) you can tell where my hair is texlaxed (as it contains texture still) and the ends are bone straight.
On the left is after a second flat ironing and after the split ender as well.

This is my progress from 12/31 to now :

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Manhatten Style Queen Review

So I ended up not getting the braids because they would have taken about 16 hours in the shop and the braider was charging me $300. I can certaintly find something else to spend my money on. So I went and bought 2 wigs. Queen as my everyday style...and Monaco girl as my sexy outting wig. Queen is Futura synthetic and she curls easy. I have had her for a week now, NO SHEDDING!!!!! Thank Goodness!!! Not many tangles. She hasn't gotten all frizzy and worn out looking, and I have worn her everyday,except Valentine's day. I've seen other wigs from this collection and I must say that I am impressed, it is of very good quality!!

Here are a few others I'd love to try!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shay's Shea Mix :-)

Ok, so I'm no hair professional and I actually googled different Shea Butter Recipes but when it came down to doing it, I ended up doing my own thing! I did not google or research whether or not these items could be mixed or what may happen if they are lol. I just kinda noted what I liked about each item and made up my own concotion.

1 cup of Pure Shea Butter
1 tblspn of Coconut Oil
a dribble of Castor Oil (which coagulated....and I ended up removing)
2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Juice
1 teaspoon of Shea Butter Body Butter (which after reading the ingredients I regretted adding)

I cowashed my hair as ususal with V05 Clarifying Conditioner.
DC'd with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque for about 2 hours.
ACV Rinse
Silk Elements Megasilk Leave In Condtioner
Lastly applied my Shea Butter Mix and let air dry...



I am using this mix as a here are the properties in each ingredient that played a part in my decision.

Shea Butter... Love using as a sealant.

Coconut Oil -has high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not broken down easily nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape thus keeping hair moistened and soft. This prevents breakage of hair. Coconut Oil is a far better conditioner for hair than any synthetic one available in the market.

EVOO- When used on the hair, extra virgin olive oil can nourish, condition and improve the strength and elasticity.
Due to it's ability to penetrate the hair shaft, this rich moisturizing oil can reach the cortex of the hair, allowing the hair to feel conditioned, nourished, and healthy with each use.

Aloe Vera Juice- I love this as a moisturizer....LOVE IT!

Shea Butter Body Blends- I added just to add a hint of their ingredients in it....however; I did not read the label until AFTER I added it...needless to say I was a bit disgisted...alcohol and lanolin (altho Lanolin was like the 2nd to last ingredient)...Still my next batch, I will not be including this.

My Funny Valentine!!

I am late, but I hope everyone enjoyed their day!!! I know I DID!!!! My husband and I went to a wine and chocolate tasting, and listened to live jazz!!! The setting was very romantic and relaxing...We talked about the hanging art, laughed at others outfit choices lol (DJU), tried to figure out other married couples from daters (well that was me) lol...and most of all we just joked and laughed!!!! I mean it was a new setting for us, outside of the regular restaraunts or hip hop clubs. It was laid back and romantic yet we remained our goofy selves, and I just had a ball!!! Afterwards we went to see Safe House. Which to me was cool, in the action department...from the beginning of the movie until the end it was action packed. However; the storyline/plot....ehhh I've seen it before....What's the movie called with Mos Def & Bruce Willis?? 18 Blocks or something like that??? Yea!! Oh not to mention even before the date night we had spent all day being goofy we ended the night after the movie, went home and cuddled up!!! My 18 month old son was being a yea...cuddling is all that I got!!! LOL

We didn't exchange gifts. Valentine for me is about the LOVE...not the gifts, & I don't really get all that excited about "expected" gifts. Ya know...I'd much rather him just show up on a random Tuesday with jewelry, rather than Valentine's day. I'm not knocking the gift exchange don't get me wrong, as boyfriend and girlfriend we did it, and I kinda measured his fondness of me by the gifts that he bought lol, but now that we are married, it just seems kinda "blahh" I know that he loves me, so the gift itself holds no's just material!!! But boy that date was AWESOME!!!
Just had to share!!! Hope you all had a LOVEly evening as well :-**

BTW**The piece I am wearing is "Monaco Girl" by Freestress!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Regimen For Box Braids.

For real this time I have decide to get box braids. Some of you may have read past posts of me freaking out, scared of breakage, but I am doing it!! This Sunday!!! So I cowashed today with V05 Clarifying Conditioner, and used Aphogee 2 min Recon. to give my hair a bit of a protein boost. I did not do an all out protein treatment because the last time I used Aphogee was Jan. 28, and since then I had been alternating between protein and moisturizing well as using a protein moisturizer once a week. So I did not want to go into protein overload. After rinsing the Aphogee out, I cowashed one more time, using Mizani Moisturefuse. I blow dried it, and now I am bunning. Tomorrow, I plan to baggy while I am asleep, jus to get some moisture in before the braids are installed.

So if anyof you are inquiring Box Braids, I found this helpful website.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Q&A How To: Tell Hard Proteins From Soft or Medium

I have decided to document my own questions, that I had as a newbie, in hopes to help some others with the same questions.

Some may or may not know but hair is about 70% keratin protein by nature. Protein is what gives the hair its strength and structure.

There are a wide variety of proteins that serve different functions and roles in hair care. Some enhance elasticity, while others reduce it. These proteins bind to the hair cuticle and help temporarily rebuild any weakened areas. Protein-based products reinforce the hair shaft, and help it remain strong enough to fight breakage.

When choosing a protein product these are the ingredients you may be looking for:

Proteins in Hair Products

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed hair keratin
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl silk amino acids
Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen
Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin
Hydrolyzed keratin
Hydrolyzed oat flour
Hydrolyzed silk
Hydrolyzed silk protein
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen
TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen
TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein

But looking at all of that may be like reading spanish if you don't know what any of it means, so here's a closer look at these proteins and their purpose:

Collagen Proteins – known for increasing elasticity in the hair.

Silk Proteins – known for softening the hair.

Wheat Proteins – a moisturising and strengthening protein. Known for increasing the hair’s ability to maintain and receive moisture.

Vegetable Protein – Vegetable protein absorbs more easily into the hair shaft (than animal protein) and does not create build-up, leaves the hair very shiny, radiant and healthy.

Animal Protein – Animal protein breaks down into fatty acids, which coats the hair and can create residual build-up.

Silk Amino Acids/Protein – Natural silk is the strongest, natural fibre known to mankind. Discovered in Japan, it has been used for centuries in all kinds of products that require durability. Silk has a tiny molecule that can penetrate the entire hair shaft deeper than all other proteins without adding any weight and leaving the hair feeling clean and non-greasy.

Keratin Protein – responsible for keeping the hair strong and pliable. This is the strongest of the proteins found in hair products and is actually the one hair is made from. Keratin Protein re-structures hair that has been damaged or broken down by chemicals. It helps to replace the amino acid cysteine which is the main one lost during chemical processing. This is what is known as a heavy duty protein. You can identify it as the following:

* Keratin Protein – this will re-structure and strengthen the hair cuticle.
* Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein or Keratin Amino Acids – this means that the Keratin molecules have been broken down and are small enough to go beyond the cuticle and penetrate the hair shaft. It will strengthen all 3 layers of the hair.
* Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin – This is an exact match for the keratin your hair has (or has lost due to chemical processing). This is the highest quality and most potent keratin that can be used in hair products.

Hope you all enjoyed this post and perhaps even found what you've been looking for! Take care and HHJ!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Feburary Goals

1.Maintain regimen
2.No direct heat
3.Minimal manipulation
4.Protective style 95%
5.Finally reach 150 pounds.....I gotta get my sexy back!

Look of the Week 1/29-2/4

All this week, I have rocked a braid out!! Here are the steps.

Parted hair in sections.
Moisturized using Kimmaytubes moisturizer.
Applied Paul Mitchell Supper Skinny.

Parted hair in desired style that I would want the braids to fall.
Braided in small braids, about 20 braids, using ecostyler gel with each braid.

Slept in braids overnight, and unraveled in the AM.

I re-braid them every night before going to bed...reapplying the product every other night. So far so good!