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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

APPLYING , ADJUSTING & LEARNING... KEEPING A HAIR JOURNAL...




As salaamu alaikum & Hello Ladies,  As some of you may have noticed I've been in regimen mode.  Sharing, ideas, recipes & thoughts on some products I have tried on my hair. My goal is to try my best to find a rock solid regimen that is agreed up with both my hair and my wallet.  With that I will be learning about my hair and what works the best for it.  Sooo I've been applying or tweeking some of my products that I use to make them possibly work better & adjusting my attitude ( if you will ) on the importance of a healthy scalp which will in turn produce  healthy hair & simply learning about my AuNaturale, researching different carrier oils and how and where they will best work for my hair.  Meaning, some oils work best for the scalp , due  their lightness and their are some oils who work best for the ends of our hair, etc.

Then there's Essential oils.   I love Essential oils, I am learning to appreciate them for there best usage in relation to our hair.  Knowing that there are different oils for different purposes.  Hair growth, scalp stimulation, relieving of itchness, etc. 

Then there's water.  It's  water that moisturizes our  hair not so much the oils, the oils with the water works wonders .   My hair looooves both.  So I make sure to keep my hair moisturized, moisturized , moisturized and use water daily.

I have also, been applying more deep conditioners.  My hair seems to thrive when deep conditioned more than once a month , I now deep condition every week.  Sometimes, I will use my avocado smoothie ( see in aloe vera post) with ingredients added here & there.  I may use a coconut mik conditioner with the avocado or with out & olive oil.  Or just the coconut milk & oil or just my ORS Replenishing deep conditioner.

Then there is my protein treatment I do 1-2 a month , shea butter cholesterol & egg.  This has been working great, I love it. 

But, always always reading and learning about the ingredients in all of the products I use.  This is very important for me and my hair.  I truly believe that ingredients play a major part of healthy hair along with achieving healthy hair growth.



Also I am at a cross road between co- washing and  Dr Bronner's castile soap, I really loooooove this stuff. 
I know, I know , I know I am one who would swear by co- washing.  But, I've been noticing a difference between the two lately.  It seems that co- washing is no longer making my hair happy it seems that its not getting my scalp clean.  This is very important to keep a heathly scalp, it also seems to be leaving my hair coated and when using  my products after co -washing it doesn't work half or know where near as well as when I shampoo with Dr Bronners castile soap.   And when co- washing my hair just doesn't feel as clean.  With the castile soap my hair & scalp feels sooo much better, clean fresh, and happy.  Now, I have heard of some ladies mention that this product leaves their hair feeling stripped.  My hair feels wonderful when using this , I dilute it with water in a 15 oz bottle 
2 oz oil of choice
14 oz water (  I like distilled water) 
2 oz glycerin
2 oz vitamin E oil

The ingredients in this soap are great, ( I will list them later) but its made with organic oils.  Great for my hair so far.  So what I've decided to do is do a scalp oil,  co- wash vs castile soap challenge, along with a few other changes in my current regimen.   And document my results for a month to see how my hair reacts to the new changes.

I will keep you guys posted, along with plenty of new recipes for our AuNaturales. 
                           
                                                                                    ENJOY!!!

AND STAY TUNED.... THERE IS PLENTY MORE TO COME!!!

9 comments:

Amira said...

Asalamu Alaikum, I was wondering have you heard of "livon Silky potion hair fluid" We got it as a gift and I was wondering if its any good because it has Silicone in it.

Ma'asalama

zainab1 said...

walaikum salaam uhkti Amira,
Laa, I haven't heard of this product. However, silicones from my experience is no good for our hair. You can read more about silicones or anything with cones in it under my post titled "cones'. I hope that will help you, insha Allaah. Let me know how you make out, ok. smiles) As salaamu alaikum

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Amira said...

Jazakillah Khair I think I'm going to stay way from it to be on the safe side. Thanks again *smiles*

zainab1 said...

Amira ; Aameen uhkti, Na'am I dont blame you I dont use it at all. Afwan, any time take care , As salaamu alaikum.

ChocolateOrchid said...

Thanks for sharing another great recipe. I have some Dr. Bronner's castile soap and have been hesistant to wash my hair with it for fear of stripping. But looking at your recipe, I think I'll give it a try.

{{Hugs}},
CO

zainab1 said...

Chocolate Orchid : You know I really like Dr Bronners and by adding products glycerin & water my hair feels great. Give it a try.
Take care & thanks for stopping by.
(smiles)

Muslimah Sukhnah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum:

So glad you are finding what works for you. Its funny how our hair "tells" us what we need to do. Happy growing!!!

Muslimah Sukhnah

zainab1 said...

Walaikum salaam uhkti Muslimah Sukhanh, Na'am , it's great. And my hair is happy, happy ( lol) since giving it what it really likes ( smiles). As salaamu alaikum