Fight the Fall

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The weather is getting cooler, which means its time to think change my hair care routine, meaning more moisture and protecting my ends from the elements. I don’t know about you all but last winter was a bit rough on my locks. It seemed like no matter what I did, my strands and I struggled. This time around I better prepared and have a plan in place.

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Here’s a 3 major steps, I have in mind:

1. Hold My end up.

With all the different fabric, and cool fashion, they can be detrimental to my strands mostly the ends, and I do not want any undesired breakage, just because I didn’t take the time to put my hair up more than I wear it down. Buns and halo twists, and going to be my new bff.

2. Sealing those ends.

This summer I will honestly admit that I have not been moisturizing and sealing my ends as I should. Shame on me, seriously. Plan of action I have a wash regimen that I’m toying with and I will moisturize and seal every other day or as needed post wash day until the next wash day. Castor oil I will be giving you another shot, and I’m thinking of purchasing some raw shea butter, it’s just a though.

3. Pre-poo Treatment.

Now I don’t shampoo my hair often if at all, as long as I don’t mix two products that don’t get along. But I will “pre-condition” my hair with coconut oil and maybe some grapeseed oil and olive oil before co washing and deep conditioning. I know it sounds like an extra process but it’s really not, plus the added benefits of using these oils makes it all worth the time.

Again these are just a few major points I slacked off with last year and I vow to do better this year.

HAPPY FALL!!

Love Cay Ferg

Hair| Staples of Winter 2013-14

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photo via Instalife

Yesterday was my wash day as it is every week, since the winter hit. In this is post you’ll find things that work for me and have become permanent fixtures in my healthy hair care journey.

DEEP CONDITIONERS

Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
I have yet to find a brand that I feel deep contains mohair good enough. I usually aim to do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment weekly and after every time I cleanse my hair. This is especially necessary as a part of my winter regimen.

  • Tressemme Naturals  mixed with honey and oils (Go to deep conditioning concotion)
  • Honey/Olive Oil Homemade Deep Conditioner – Agave Nectar is a great vegan substitute for the Honey used in this mix.
  • Grapeseed Oil and EVOO (with a little bit of conditioner)
  • Amla

PROTEIN CONDITIONERS / TREATMENTS
While my hair isn’t protein sensitive, I don’t usually need heavy doses of protein in my products. However, I do like to do a protein treatment every so often. Then I deep condition afterwards.

  • Coconut Milk Concotion
  • Egg & Oil of choice
  • Coconut Oil (used mostly for pre-shampoo treatments)

SHAMPOOS
This is what I use when I actually cleanse my hair, ONCE A MONTH or AS NEEDED.

  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Rentenion
  • V05 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream with Soy Milk Protein Moisturizing

RINSE-OUT CONDITIONERS (CO-WASHES)
Even though I do “co-wash” – I generally always feel the need to cleanse my scalp with one of my cleansers listed below when my hair needs it. In this category, I typically prefer conditioners that can also double as detangling aides or as my leave-in.

  • TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (mixed with essentials oils and coconut oil)
  • Vo5 (Still a staple….but no longer a Holy Grail)
  • SheaMoisture African Black  Soap Balancing Conditioner

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS

  • Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (Still a staple….but no longer a Holy Grail)
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Conditioner
  • Giovanni Direct Leave-In

STYLERS / GELS

  • Crystal Eco Styler Gel – (Staple gel for wash and go styling)
  • Argan Oil Crystal Eco Styler Gel
  • Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel
  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Year-round Holy Grail all natural Styler which smells HEAVENLY!!)
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (mostly used in the winter  months)

MOISTURIZERS

  • Good ‘ole Fashion Water! (Holy Grail – I spritz my hair with water every single day and wash weekly)
  • SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Holy Grail) – I use this to moisturize and seal in one step.
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
  • Coconut Oil
  • Oyin Hair Dew

OILS & POMADES

  • 100% Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (Staple)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Staple) – I love to use this as a pre-poo or mix with other deep treatments
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Castor Oil

HAIR TOOLS

  • Goody Pick
  • Tangle Teezer knock-off (I only use this when I’m straightening my hair)
  • Goody Wide Tooth Comb (for “quick” detangling)
  • Plastic Claw Clips – used for sectioning my hair
  • Black bobby pins – used for styling hair
  • Clear Processing Caps (For Deep Conditioning/Overnight Baggy treatments)
  • Goody Ouchless scrunciis – currently used for sailor moon buns, ponytails, buns and to pineapple my hair at night.
  • Satin Bonnet / Satin Scarf
  • Blow-dryer with Diffuser Attachment & Concentration Nozzel

I know this post is pretty long, but I just want to include all that I could.  Again these things work for me and if something changes I will definitely update you on it. Until then…

Happy Growing!!

Love, Cay Ferg

Hair: Regimen’d Staples

I’ve got to start somewhere and for my journey to be successful I must have a rock hard stable regimen and schedule and stick to it. For Real.

The Schedule.

  1. Moisturize and seal everyday twice a day
  2. Cleansing Co-wash once a month
  3. Co-wash every two weeks
  4. Deep Condition every two weeks
  5. Massage Scalp every 2-3 days
  6. Protein Treatment (as of right now I’m focusing on moisture, I’ve never had a problem with protein and what it does for my hair one way or another. So until further notice I will not have any protein in my regimen)

-> Hair will be style in a end-protecting way, (i.e. bun, mini-twist, medium twists, etc). On the weekend or for a special occasion will my hair be out.

My must haves list.
Shampoos:
I don’t use shampoo. I find that it dries my hair out more than I would like and I find it to be one less step in my regimen to undertake.

Conditioners & Deep Conditioners:
I’m kind following the CG Method, but I don’t like my hair when it’s in a wash and go style, yet. So I twist it a lot.
VO5 Strawberry & Cream Conditioner (co-wash)
Tresemme Natural Conditioner (leave-in, detangle)

Moisture/sealants:
Grapeseed OIl
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Organic Coconut Oil
Caster Oil*
Almond Oil*
Jojoba Oil*
My fluffy shea butter mixture
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (smells awesome and I always get compliments when I use it in my hair.. SCORE!)
****(update: I still use the above mentioned products with new oils added that has an asterisk)****

Moisture Strategy:
I have a tendency to be a bit heavy-handed when it comes to moisturizing my hair so I’ve come up with a plan. Having come across the L.O.C. (L – liquid, O – oil or butter c – cream) Method on Curly Nikki here, the point is to layer the levels of moisture and make sure it’s all locked in, I’m going to employ this method oil using about a dime size to a nickel size amount. That way I’m not putting too much product on my hair, that’s not absorbed and I’m not wasting products, because time are hard right now and all the products I have must last til I can re-up again. Being natural is easy but it’s definitely not cheap.

My hair goals for this year

  • Retain the majority of my length by protective styling and very low manipulation; I’m tempted to try the wash and go method, ever so amazing demonstrated by a fellow natural Mahogany Curls video here(On average my hair grows 6 inches a year)
  • Be heat free (Last heat application Nov 2012)
  • Use products I know work for my hair (See the list above)
  • Officially start a workout regimen, promoting all-over-health
  • Reduce my splitting ends by sealing more often
  • Increase my water intake to keep my scalp hydrated

Although I’m not looking for any new products, I am open to hearing about them for future reference. So if you have something to share or recommend I’m all ears.

What does your regimen consist of?

Love, cay ferg

Product-In-Review: Shea Moisture

 

Back in March I made a huge purchase on a product line that has been the buzz in the natural hair community. I have given the products a good  two month-long usage so I can properly report and stand by my review.

Product: Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie (SMCES)

It is said to be an all natural product for thick, curly hair with properties to add moisture, body, shine. What’s the word, you ask?? It is the best possible product I could have ever purchased for my hair. It soften and moisturizes my hair so well that it last for a few days before I have to re-apply more product and a little goes a long way. There’s no sort of product build up on my hair and it makes my hair smell great, I always get compliments on my hair.

Although it does nothing for curl definition for me, which I didn’t really expect it to, its light weight formula and texture makes it worthy of being at the top of the list when it come to my staple products, finally!! Before SMCES, my main base for moisture was conditioner, water and EVOO in a spray bottle, but now I don’t have to “re-wet” my hair every time I want to re-style it, best of all no more worries about shrinkage because the water that is in SMCES is not enough to cause shrinkage.

If you are newly natural or not, I would definitely recommend that you go out and purchase this product, I would say on the natural hair products scale it is on the cheaper side of things ($9.99) and well worth every penny, so I bought two jars, lol. I also purchased at Walgreens, Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque and the Hold & Shine Hair Moisture Mist, those reviews coming soon.

p.s. look out for the bogo sales Walgreens hosts, that’s how I got so many product on a small budget.

Love, Cay Ferg

Beauty: Shea Moisture Sale

I just found out that She Moisture product line will be in the Walgreens stores as of April 1st!!
So as a promo sale there will be a bogo (buy one get one ) FREE sale, how fabulous is that!

I personally have yet to try these products and if I had the funding to try them now when they hit my local walgreens I would. for the price and the deal you can’t ask for anything better. BOGO deals are hard to beat and come around every once in a blue.

Specialty “natural hair” products, that claim to be “all natural” are pretty pricey. Which in my opinion isn’t a good look for the creators. You put out this product that is for a targeted audience and rave about the benefits and yet you make the cost not cost-effective for that average consumer you’re targeting. NOW, DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

I understand it’s not cheap to make products, promote them, but at the same time you have to look at it and ALWAYS look at it from a consumer point of view, especially if you want your product to me successful in the hair care world. For the most part many of the reviews I’ve watch on the YT people have purchased the product on their own, but as a side note with the reviews they have also said, mentioned, hinted, whatever that the product is expensive and it may or may not be re-purchased for that reason alone.

Would I like to try Shea Moisture Product line? YES
Do I think the price should be reduced? YES

All in all, its GREAT that products such as Shea Moisture is becoming more mainstream.

– vedi tu