Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Recent hair purchases

Hair update: I relaxed my hair 2days ago on Monday; I will be updating more on my pre-relaxer preparation and the steps I followed for the relaxing process which I did myself (I don't think I can trust any naija hair stylist with a relaxer on my hair). 

Anyway, over the last few months I have made a few purchases and just want to share.

- Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose moisturizing conditioner: I bought this via Amazon UK for about £10.49 (about N2700) and had it delivered to my mum while she was in the UK. I have been searching for a purely moisturizing conditioner for some months now after I ran out of my Organix conditioner and decided I did not want to repurchase. I have used this just once so far and I am yet to form an opinion on it. I plan to post more on how I get on with this soon.

- ORS heat protectant serum: I got this from my local supermarket for N1,020, i also spotted it at Casabella Surulere whem i was there a couple of weeks ago. I used it once last week to blow dry and flat iron my (natural) hair.

- VO5 Moisture milks moisturizing conditioner: this is a repurchase, it is officially a staple for me. I love this particular strawberries scented one. I used it to pre-poo, de-tangle and co-wash. This is the 443ml  bottle, I got this for N440 (a cheapie and goodie!).

- ORS no-lye relaxer kit : after doing my research on lye vs no-lye relaxers, I decided to continue with ORS no-lye. I came across the Optimum Care Amla range relaxer kit at Casabella but didn't get it because there was no way I was going to pay N3,500 for a one-application relaxer cup. Anyway, I'm happy with my decision the ORS worked and I didn't experience any scalp burning.

- wide tooth comb: sorry this is not very visible in the image above but it is there. I got this on impulse; cost N320 at Casabella. *sidenote: Casabella has an wide range of hair tools; combs, rollers, satin scarfs and bonnets at fairly okay prices.**

- Motions CPR protein reconstructor: (pictured below) The aim of my trip to Casabella was to get the Aphogee 2 min reconstructor however they only had the 4oz size for almost N2500, well trust me no way was I going to pay that for such a small size when I had seen the 8oz bottle cheaper online. I proceed to to look for another protein treatment and found this. I paid N820 for the 16oz bottle. Upon getting home I took a closer look at the ingredients and saw that the protein content was way down the ingredients list; is this bad? I used it to my mid relaxer protein treatment, before neutralizing. I don't really have a verdict on this at the moment. 

So these are my recent purchases, I didn't talk about the ORS replenishing conditioner becaus eit is the same one I got months ago. I didn't realize I had already mentioned it on the blog.

If you are in Nigeria and looking for a particular hair product or want more information on where I got mine please don't hesitate to contact me.

Happy hair growing x

Friday, 16 August 2013

Been a long time...

...time for a long overdue update.

My hair has kind of taken a back seat in the last few months; several things including my health, family and job search (life really) kind of took over. A lot of nights I was so exhausted I dropped of without moisturizing and sealing or even wearing my satin scarf. I have been in a protective style, a weave and sadly I neglected my hair underneath for several weeks. 

I have been weaves up for about 5 weeks now and luckily last week I started feeling better and have gotten back on track with moisturizing my hair. I hope I have not done much harm with the previous neglect. I want to keep the weave for another 2-3 weeks and I'm trying to figure out how to wash and condition with a weave on. I so love the convenience a weave affords but hate neglecting my hair. 

Lastly at this point with all the going-ons in my life I feel I cannot keep up with wearing my hair out because of the re-twisting or re-braiding required nightly because wash and go only results in shrunken hair. I am considering returning to relaxed hair. We'll see how it goes.

How's your hair care journey going?

Laters x