2009 Hit, Misses, & My Current Regimen

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I’m about 2.5 months shy short of my one year anniversary since I started my hair journey but in the spirit of a new year, I’d like to look over what I’ve learned works for me and what hasn’t.

**Current Regimen**
  • Wash with Kenra Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Deep condition with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner for 30 minutes w/ plastic cap but w/ out heat
  • Applying my leave-in, KeraCare Leave-In, then applying CHI Silk Infusion, and spraying CHI Keratin Mist all over hair
  • Roller-setting hair on purple and gray rollers, drying under hooded dryer for 1.5 hours
  • Moisturizing with Qhemet’s Burdock Root Butter Cream and sealing with sweet almond oil 3 to 4 times per week
**Hits**
  • *Most Important* The simpler the better.
  • Learning the importance of deep conditioning and its benefits: I never deep conditioned before I embarked on my hair journey. I didn’t even know what “deep conditioning” was. The few and rare times I actually washed my hair at home, I’d throw on some conditioner after I washed my hair, leave it on for 5 minutes max, and rinse. Deep conditioning has helped my hair retain elasticity. My current staple deep conditioner is Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner.
  • Roux Porosity Control: Lowering the hair’s pH level helps hair retain moisture, causes hair cuticles to lay flat, decreasing inter-fiber friction and snagging.
  • Finding a great daily moisturizer: I love my Burdock Root Butter Cream. It took a very long time to finally find a moisturizer with wonderful ingredients that penetrates and keeps my hair moisturized.
  • CHI Keratin Mist: I spray this all over my hair after I’ve applied my leave in and CHI Silk Infusion. I haven’t done a protein treatment in weeks but this has kept my hair strong and I’m experiencing no breakage, other than from manipulation.
  • Sulfates make my scalp sore: For the last couple of years, I experienced extreme tenderness, soreness, and sensitivity in one patch of my scalp. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what was causing it. During that time, I had been going to my former stylist faithfully every 2 weeks for a wash & set and every 8 week for a touch up. Once I stopped going to her and began using sulfate free shampoos, the pain and sensitivity is nonexistent.
  • Fantasia IC Serum (pink bottle): My bangs get the worst treatment as I curl them 4-5 times per week but the ends stay healthy and even. I’m very happy I learned how important protecting hair from heat damage is. I never used a heat protectant before starting my hair journey, now, the thought of placing a hot curling iron to my hair without some form of barrier between the heat and my strands sends my hands straight for my serum.
    **Misses**
    • Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise: Did not agree with my hair at all. I experienced breakage after each use. The jar is still 70% full of product.
    • Pre-pooing: I understand the concept of it but I didn’t see it adding any umph to my hair. It jut made the whole wash experience take 30-45 minutes longer… or maybe I was just doing it wrong haha.
    • Castor Oil: This is actually in the middle between hit or miss, but it weighed my hair down, which is one of my biggest turn off in products.
    • Joico K-Pak Shampoo & Joico K-Pak Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor: With all the raves I’ve heard about this product line, I decided to try it. It made my hair stick together and very difficult to detangle. I refused to try this a second time.
    • Neutrogena Creme Leave-In: Didn’t do much for me as a leave in actually.
    • Olive Oil Creme: It worked for a couple of weeks and then it no longer moisturized my hair. It simply coated my hair without penetrating.
    Happy Hair Growing in 2010!

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