Friday, February 18, 2011

9 Weeks Post Relaxer

Hello Ladies!

Today makes me 9 weeks post relaxer. This past week I measured my new growth but my hair is still in braids under this wig, so the measurements may not be completely accurate. When I redo my braids I will take more precise measurements.

Two months of growth and my hair is shy of 1 inch. So this means that I should have grown out the trim I got in December. Hopefully my hair is back to the length it was before all the split ends and 1-inch cut. I am very proud of my hair right now!!

But at the same time I am so disappointed in myself. I haven't totally been sticking to my Boarding School Schedule. I have been slacking on water and haven't exercised. I know, I know! As Head Mistress I should be on top of everything but exams and studying is just getting in the way. School is getting in the way of the health of my hair, so I need to simplify my regimen even more. I am planning on changing some of the products I use, but I'm still doing research on what exactly I want. I just may go back to using many of the products I did at the very start of my journey.

At that time my hair seemed to love those products more than it does the products I use now. I just feel as if I am at a plateau, another reason why I restarted my Healthy Hair Journey. I need to find products that my hair likes and not just use what many of the other girls are using. Trial and Error.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Protein Overload Regimen Jan 8, 2011 - Feb 12, 2011

Protein Overload Regimen Jan 8, 2011 - Feb 12, 2011
Friday Night
→ Overnight prepoo with EVOO

→ Shampoo
→ Protein Deep Conditioning (1-2x a month)
→ Moisture Deep Condition
→ Apply leave-ins
→ Air dry
→ Oil Scalp
→ Moisturize and Seal

→ Co-wash
→ Apply leave-ins
→ Air dry in bun
→ If I haven't fallen asleep moisturize and seal hair as well as oil scalp, otherwise do that Thursday morning

Extra Care
→ Moisturize and Seal Daily
→ Oil Scalp at least 3x a week
→ Massage for 10 minutes after every oil application
→ Baggy ends when they feel dry, especially for bun days
→ Sleep with satin scarf
→ Herbal Rinse whenever I feel it is needed
→ Damp bun on bun days or if I'm just laying around the house all day

Monday, February 14, 2011

Protective Style

Hello my beautiful ladies!!!

As you know I am participating in my Boarding School Challenge. And as part of this challenge I decided to wear my hair in protective style for the rest of this month. I made a wig using Sensationnel Premium Too hair and I think it came out very nice.

This wig is a great protective style because I will be able to remove it daily and moisturize my hair and scalp. It will also be a lot easier to do because my hair is in cornrows. The only difficult part would be washing my hair while in the braids because I have never done that before. I want to keep my hair like this until around the second week of March because that is when I have spring break and will be going home. That is when I will decide if I will be getting a relaxer or wearing another wig. But first, we will see how this current month will go.

For the regimen I will be using check out the Regimen Page.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Update: Supplements

Hey Beauties!!!

How are all of you doing this wonderful morning? I hope well! I'm just very tired with a lot to do today, but I wanted to give you a quick update.

I didn't cowash my hair last night because I straightened it over the weekend and my hair seemed to not be breaking and shedding as much as it was in the past so I didn't want to jinx that. But my scalp felt so dry and thirsty that I had to cowash this morning. I used my normal V05 Moisture Milks, but for my final rinse I used my Cantu Shea Butter Conditioner. That was because my hair felt striped and very dry. I'm not sure why it feels that way when washing, I think I might need to get new products.

I detangled with my jilbere shower comb as  I moisturized and sealed my hair with my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in and my Hair Plus Natural Product Oil. Strands of hair were breaking so I absolutely know I am at the point where my hair needs to go away. Over the weekend I will be cornrowing my hair and wearing a wig for the rest of the month.

New topic: Two days ago I went to Walmart and bought some supplements. As you know I posted about MSM and its benefits and now I have it. I bout the Spring Valley brand that is 1000 mg. I only took 1000 mg the first day and 2000 mg yesterday. I also bought One A Day Women's because I know my body is lacking in Vitamins and minerals. I don't get enough because I am always studying and don't really eat the way I should. So this will give the the essentials that my body needs and hopefully give me a boost of energy.

Hair Supplements, MSM, Multivitamins, Supplements for Hair


Monday, February 7, 2011

Sulfur for hair?

Hello Beauties!!!

Past few days I have been looking up the benefits of sulfur for the hair and there have been a lot. Sulfur is essential in maintaining the structures of protein in our bodies, like keratin. It also helps in the formation of immunoglobulins, so it is helping strengthen our immune systems (Internet Arthritis Center). Sulfur is also needed to keep our hair looking glossy (MSM & Hair Growth). The most commonly used form of sulfur that I have come across is MSM. MSM is short for Methylsulfonylmethane, which is a biologically active form of sulfur. It is naturally found in our bodies, but in many cases we are deficient in it, and sulfur (Internet Arthritis Center).

MSM aids in beautiful hair because it has been proven to stimulate scalp circulation, and from all your research you should know that a healthy head of hair requires a good circulation of blood nourishing it with all the vitamins and minerals it needs (MSM & Hair Growth). That is the reason why we take time out of our day to massage it. MSM has also shown to lengthen the growth phase, anagen phase, of hair (Hairfinity). That means your hair will be growing for a longer than normal period and with other healthy hair practices you will be able to see significant changes. So if your growth phase is increased to 2 years then by the time your hair enters its resting and shedding phases it would have growth approximately 12 inches (Hairfinity).

There has not yet been a dosage amount set for the use of MSM because it is considered safe to use. The common intake is about 1,000 mg to 3,000 mg of MSM daily (MSM & Hair Growth). I personally would recommend not starting with too high of a dosage. Yeah you may be very eager to try out MSM but it may be in your best interest to actually start of low just so that you can get your body accustomed to the elevated levels of sulfur.

Trial Studies
A trial was conducted by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. The trial showed that 100% of those subjects who where on Lignisul MSM had an increase in hair growth compared to those who where given the placebo. And 50% of the subjects given Lignisul MSM, compared to the control group, had an increase in nail length and nail thickness growth. Dr. Lawrence concluded that "oral supplementation with Lignisul MSM is a valuable addition to hair and nail growth. Hair and nail health was significantly improved in a short term of six weeks. If the trials were continued for eight to sixteen weeks, the results would have been even better for those on Lignisul" (Lindberg).

My Conclusions
Because of these reasons and many more I have decided that I want to add MSM to the regimen. Supplements will be very essential for my healthy hair growth, especially since I'm in college and never seem to find time to actually eat food. Adding vitamins and other supplements will help in not only my hair but most importantly my nutrition and body. The only downside is that I hate taking pills on a regular basis, so hopefully I won't forgot to take them.


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