Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bye Bye Wen

So you all know I prefer Wen over Hair One, but it looks like Hair One will get my money from here on. If there is one thing I hate it's poor customer service. Since I own a small business, I cant, in anyway form or fashion get away with this b/c people remember and at anytime can choose to go to a much larger agency for services identical to what I'm offering, so I pride myself on making clients happy. Why the hell then can larger companies feel they are so big that they can just handle your account so poorly and get away with it?!

From day 1 Wen has not been on point. I didn't receive an april order until June, then they supposedly were sending me out a new kit to replace the one I didn't receive. Then I notice they've charged me for the 90 day supply for the past 3 months but where the hell is it? Maybe you have it but I sure don't. On top of that, add insult to injury, and I know when Im being insulted the heifer on customer service line had the audacity to ask me "why did I wait till now to call or cancel if I've been charged for 3 months" with an attitude!!! I replied "since we are asking WHY, WHY am I not receiving my orders when you are clearly taking my money". Now of course she has nothing to say but come on this is unacceptable and the attitude. Oh no! I could go on and on about the call but I'm finished ranting right now so all I've got to say is Hair One - your easily accessible, better affordable and now a cleanser of mine!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Regimen

So I was out today running around and stuff and I realized I had to wash today b/c I missed my Wed cowash. Then I realized that I had to pick up certain items that I had to have to do my hair which then made me realized how solid my regimen was b/c I just couldn't do anything w/o these particular items. And of course I realized it was time to post my

Prepoo (One of the following):
1. Herbal Essence Hello Hydration mixed w/Essential Oils & Oil of Choice (EVCO, EVOO, Jojoba, Olive or Grapeseed)
2. Hot oil Mix - Blend of all the oils listed above mixed w/Essential Oils & Honey
3. Cayenne Pepper & Olive Oil Mix

Wash 1x per week
Wen cleansing conditioner

CoWash 1-2x's per week
Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze or Wild Cherry Blossom Condish

LIGHT protein condtitioners 1x per week or biweekly (followed by a moisturizing conditioner):
Aphogee Keratin 2 min Reconstructor
Alter Ego Impac Ego w/Garlic (Absolutely LOVE this stuff)

deep/moisturizing conditioners 1-2x's per week:
Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose mixed w/KeraCare Humecto (Original Formula)
Pantene R&N Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask
*Either combo mixed w/Essential Oils and oil of choice as listed in prepoo above

NTM Deep Recovery Hair Mask - Used to detangle in shower after I rinse condish from hair

Leave Ins (used together):
Silken Child Leave In Detangler
NTM Silk Touch Leave In Cream
IC Fantasia Hair Polisher for Color Treated & Chemically damaged hair

*Alter Ego Herb Ego -Works Wonders- (1x per wk/on scalp/only when experiencing hairloss)
**Mane & Tail Detangler (only added into the bunch at approx 5-6 wks post)

Organics by Africa's Best Olive Oil
Elasta QP Mango Butter Moisturizer
Jamaican Black Castor Oil (Scalp Only)

Affirm FiberGuard every 9-10 weeks

Porosity Control
Roux Porosity Control - As needed
ACV Rinse - At the tail end of EVERY relaxer process

Air Dry & Protective Styling (Buns) 99% of the time

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Relaxer Results/Progress

my comic strip!
Okay so I havent posted pics since I began this blog. You know either I couldn't find the camera, the wire to connect to the comp, 4got to take photos etc etc. I decided to just use my phone so sorry if things aren't clear. Anyhoo as you all know I relaxed on Sunday July 12. I am very happy with the results. In March I was chin length and now in July I am shoulder length. I think I'm growing at a good rate and since I can see significant progress I have no complaints, well maybe one. As you can see on the left side in the back there are see through spots. Well that's b/c that's the infamous alopecia patch underneath the hair. Thank God my hair has thickened up a lot or it would be completely see through. I am working on this spot diligently but Idk ya'll sometimes I feel like my efforts are in vain. Of course I will never give up hope, I am sooooo NOT a quitter but I have to be completely honest, I get truly discouraged at times. Oh well que sera sera!

Moving on, here are my steps in preparing for and conducting the relaxer process:

1.Night before use detangler and GENTLY detangle.
2.Lightly oil hair and scalp with coconut oil.
3.Morning of LIGHTLY coat hair with Affirm Fiberguard Preservo Strenghtening Serum
4.Apply Affirm Fiberguard Relaxer
5.After rinsing out apply Aphogee 2 min
6.Rinse and neutralize with Affirm Fiberguard Neutralizing Shampoo
7.Cowash 1x w/Vo5 Moisture Milks Passion Fruit Smoothie (love the smell oh so much!)
8.Deep condition w/Aubrey Organics HSR & KeraCare Humecto Mix, then rinse
9.Apply Silken Child Detangler, NTM Silk Touch Leave-In and Fantasia IC Hair Polisher for color treated/damaged hair.
10.Let air dry 95% then blow dry (hence the "frizness")

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The End is Near

Hey All,

So I've officially decided to end my stretch this coming Sunday after 9 weeks. I just can't take it anymore. My hair is like whoa and I know it's just 1 more week to get to 10 as before but I am just aggravated. It was one thing when the weather was rainy almost every day but the sun is shining, my hair requires what seems like a half a jar of product to lay down and I just cant have this. It's just a week right (this is what I'm telling myself for approval so just On top of that I went and tried the L'oreal Hair Fixer and let me just say never again, no way, no how. My hair was left a dry, thirsty, parched, hard, brittle, stiff mess. Just when I had restored the perfect moisture/protein balance, here I go with my fast self trying something new. (something i said a wasn't doing over and over again....hard headed me). The good thing is I wasn't left with breakage especially since my hair was so rough to the touch. I was kinda scared but thank God that part was okay b/c I can NOT afford any set backs. I've been moisturizing like crazy and I'm just about where I need to be. I am sooo glad I've learned to listen to my hair. Folks the best advise I can give is to pay attention to how products leave the state of your hair. Not knowing is a recipe for pure disaster!
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