Saturday, 29 November 2014

Two-in- one; Product Review and Wash Day

Hi Everyone, how's  your Saturday going? I hope y'all took advantage of Jumia's Black Friday sales yesterday and bought me something *winks*. I didn't get anything cos I found out late about the sales *covers face*. I know, the news was everywhere but I've been so busy I didn't even give it a thought. Anyways there's still cyber Monday so *fingers crossed*.
Today's post is 2-in-1. I'll give the review of the product before explaining how I used it for my wash day.

Product Review
My friend was in Nigeria last week, and I asked him to get me something *drum roll* wait for it -  I got myself a HEAT CAP!!! Yope! Yope! I didn't have an idea if they sold heat caps here in Nigeria and I was pretty sure it'll be expensive if they did. My friend helped me get it in London for a lil over £22 (naira equivalent almost 6000). He got white because the other colours were more expensive. It came folded in a small packet ( see pictures below) with instructions and a disposable plastic cap.

The heat cap is made of towel fabric so its really really soft. Inside the heat cap are gel packs - 2 on each side, and 4 on top and at the back. The gels are what keep the heat cap hot and they stay hot for quite a while.

There are two methods in using the heat cap or heat wrap. I'll try and summarize them because they are quite lengthy. The first method is the Stove Top Method:
- Boil 2 litres of water in a large pan and take off heat.
- Using kitchen tongs place gel packs in hot water for no more than 5 mins (do not put the towel cover in water).
- Remove gel packs from hot water and allow to cool for 1 minute (you'll probably notice that the gels have swollen because of the hot water, so you have to allow it return to its normal size before using it).
- Re- insert gel packs into toweling cover and seal properly with the hook and loop strips.

Microwave Method (This is the method I used)
Microwave wattage varies so you will need to determine the total heating time when using it for the first time.
- Heat the heat cap with the gel packs inside on high for 60 seconds, wait for 30 seconds and check if it is hot.
- If more heat is required, try a further 10 seconds and test again. Repeat every 10 seconds till the desired temperature is reached (do not exceed 90 seconds in total heating time or in one go).
- Remove from microwave, allow the gel packs to cool and return to their normal size and then use.

My Analysis
What I love about the heat cap is its easy to use and take with you anywhere. The methods are also very suitable especially here in Nigeria where we do not have constant electricity. I used the microwave method because there was light and I felt it was easier and safer.
Another thing I love is its adjustable. So if you have a small head like mine, dont worry you can still use this heat wrap. It has a tail at the back which you twist till its fits and then fasten on the strip on top of the wrap.

I didnt have any problems using this product except its color because white is difficult to maintain. However, I'm in love with it and will keep using it till I add a steamer or hooded dryer to my collection.

Now to my wash day;
- I detangled with Olive oil and pre-pooed using my new heat cap for an hour with a mix of coconut, castor and olive oil already heated.

- I then made my hair into calabar braids and clarified twice using Vo5 moisturizing shampoo. My hair was really dirty from all the dust from travelling and mostly product build-up.
- Did a tea-rinse with 2 bags of Lipton yellow tea steeped in hot water for 2 hours (must definitely try a green tea rinse next wash day without fail).
-  Deep conditioned with Motions moisture plus (moisture) on my roots and Organics hair mayonnaise (protein) on my ends using my new heat cap again for 30 mins. This method of deep conditioning works for me because it makes my hair really soft and easy to de-tangle (thanks ladies for suggesting that).

- Air dried till my hair was 70% dry.
- Loosened each braid, detangled and then moisturized and sealed with Elasta Qp olive oil and mango butter(protein) and Mega profective leave-in-strengthener(moisture) and a mix of olive and coconut oil.
- Applied my wilmart hair grow and Jbco to my scalp, edges and nape.
- Made my hair back into tiny braids so I can try a braid out on Sunday to church.

I've never really tried any protective styles other than buns and wig so i'm looking forward to seeing how my braid out will turn out. I'll definitely keep you posted on that.

My wash day was amazeballs without any hassles.

How did your wash day go?

Check other posts about wash days on the #washdayexperience.


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Versatile Blogger Award


Hi everyone. I'm so sorry for the long hiatus. I traveled for a wedding and was so busy I barely had time for myself.

So Uzo of Dont Touch The Hair nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award...whoops! whooops!! I'm so excited!!! Thank you very much Uzo.

The Versatile Blogger Award is to "honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether everyday or only now and then".

Here are the rules:
  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award ( you may include a link to VBA site).
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My 7 things

- I love reading novels especially christian romance...started reading at age 8 and I've not taken a break since then.
- I look skinny but I've got heavy bones though I've weighed 46 kg for the past one year (weird right??!).
- I am very patient and have a high level of endurance. I'd rather endure anything than let it get the best out of me.
- I love LOVE!! I love anything romantic; movies, a date, romantic novels even holding of hands can get me dreamy (Lol!).
- I daydream and soliloquize all the time. Once am alone or bored I begin to daydream or soliloquize.
- Just like my nominator I also have a good sense of direction. I learn new roads and notice landmarks really fast. Probably stems from the fact that I'm a DIY person.
- I am a Christian. I not perfect but am striving towards perfection with God's help.

My Nominees

I'm really excited to pass along nominations to the blogs listed below. Please check them out when you have the time.

Image Credit: Versatile Blogger Award

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Inspiration from My Wash Day

Hi there. How was your weekend? Hope you had a restful one like I did?! My wash day yesterday went really well and inspired me too. Here's what happened...
I had an interesting pre-weekend and since I've been going for low manipulation because of my shedding (see post here Wash Day), I decided to wig it since my last wash day. PS: I'm so in love with my Vivica Fox Kara wig right now. Any ways I washed my hair yesterday after carrying it in calabar braids for 2 weeks.

  •  I skipped pre-poo, detangled my hair first with my fingers and then with my seamless comb working from my ends to my roots.
  • Made my hair into about 10 calabar braids and washed with Giovanni sulfate-free shampoo.

  • Skipped a tea let me confess, totally forgot to do a tea rinse and I was looking forward to this wash day because I wanted to try out a green tea rinse*sobs*. Next wash day right?
  • Took your advice and applied a moisture Dc on my roots (Motions moisture plus conditioner) and a mild protein Dc on my ends (Organics Hair Mayo).
  • Kept that on for an hour under a silk cap wrapped in a hot towel (definitely in need of a heat cap or hooded dryer).
  • Rinsed out with cool water.
  • Did not apply any leave ins (which I definitely would not skip again) and air dried completely.
  • Moisturized with a mix of  Elasta Qp Olive oil and mango butter and Mega profective leave in strengthener and sealed with coconut oil. Applied my Hair grow (see review here Product Review) and JBCO to my edges and nape.
  • Made my hair back into 4 calabar braids which has become my protective style of late mostly because I wear wigs a lot. Made 2 french braids at the back and 2 dutch braids in front.
My hair shed a little compared to the last time but not sure if y'all think its a lot.

This wash day was good because I took your advice and applied a moisture Dc to my roots and protein Dc to my ends. My hair felt really soft by the time I put it back into my calabar braids and am definitely going to start doing this when deep conditioning from now on. Although, I didn't apply any leave-ins when my hair was about 80% dry mostly because I was tired and feeling sleepy; I would definitely not try that again because my hair was kinda hard and brittle and so it took me quite a while to moisturize.

You all know I complained about excessive shedding which has been a setback and when I saw that my hair was actually breaking not shedding this time I became so sad and was running out of patience. But then I remembered my hair goal and how thin my hair used to be before starting my hair journey and decided I could either give up or ask God for extra patience and am sure you know what choice I made.

My hair may not be growing as fast as I want it to but it's definitely healthier than it used to be and fuller too so I'm going to keep giving it all the Tlc it deserves and I know it would gradually begin to respond.
Sorry for the long post.  Check out other posts about wash day on the #washdayexperience. How did your wash day go?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Product Review: Wilmat Hair Grow


Hi there. How have you all been doing? I had an amazing pre-weekend fun cos i got to celebrate with my cousin and her friends on her birthday which was yesterday btw. Happy belated birthday Bologi Christy you much hun.
This product am about to review is super-duper amazing. I was introduced to it in final year by a wonderful friend of mine *shout out to Damilola Ogunmola*. She used to sell it along with its shampoo and conditioner but since i was in love with my NaturVita then, i only used the hair grow. It did amazing things for my hair especially my edges. Lets review...

Ingredients: Petroleum jelly, Paraffin oil, Herbal extracts, (Aloe Vera) Sulfur, Salicylic acid, Eucalyptus oil, Propyl Paraben, Vitamin E and Fragrance.

Price: Used to be N250 but its now N500.

Quantity: 70gms

Fragrance: It has a menthol-ish smell probably cos of the sulphur.

Packaging: It comes in a tube and its very easy to squeeze though i think the packaging can be way better cos its looks like a random product especially if your buying it for the first time.

My Analysis: Yeah i know that this product has a lot of  "not good" ingredients for our hair but I love it and it works well for me. I was a bit skeptical when i first saw it, but i was at a point in my hair life where i was willing to use anything to grow my edges and this product definitely helped and over helped lool!! I'd recommend it if your hair doesn't mind most of its ingredients. I've been on the lookout for this product since i graduated and was so happy when my friend traveled to Lagos and bought one for me.

My only problem with it apart from the packaging is its so SCARCE!!! I've searched everywhere in Abuja since I got back and I've not seen it anywhere that is, until a friend saw it in a shop in Kurudu. It's even scarce in Lagos although its  manufactured in Imo State.

Have you ever used this product? Did you like or abandon it?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Wig Review: Vivica Fox Express Kara Wig

Hi lovelies, how was your weekend? I didn't do much this weekend except go visit my sister who is in boarding school. I miss her plenty *sniffs* *sniffs*. Anyways, I got this Vivica Fox Express wig below last month so this review is long overdue.

 In my final year in University, this was the wig for the "big girls" mostly because it was quite expensive then and still kinda is now. I've always admired this wig from afar but decided to buy it after I was done with my nysc.
It's a Vivica Fox Express Synthetic Half wig (although it doesn't look and feel synthetic). I got it at the Casabella shop in the mall at Ringroad, Ibadan, Oyo state though you can get it at any Casabella shop in Nigeria. The price was a little high for me but I decided to see it as buying two packets of human hair weave-ons. I got it for N8,950 and the price may still go higher because I was told it is a fast seller here in Nigeria. Although it's much cheaper when I checked the price online. The wig came in a transparent plastic pack and also came with a black headband. Sorry I dont have pictures of the pack.

I love the look of the wig cos its really full and curly and also cos I have a small cute head *winks*. The style of this Express Synthetic Wig is called HW-Kara-V (the hw meaning half wig). I think they have other styles too. It comes in various colors and highlights but mine as you can see is color 2 which is dark brown. It has 2 small combs; one in front and the other at the back so you can put the combs through your hair to prevent the wig from falling off and being embarrassed. It also has two adjustable clips by the side to adjust the wig to the size of your head. (Sorry my phone's camera isn't really clear).

There are 2 ways you can wear this wig; section about an inch or two of your front hair, wear the wig and comb your hair over it or
- put your hair in cornrows or calabar braids and wear the wig over it, letting the front part of your hair show just a little.
I do the second method because I don't know if the first method will fit me and I want to protect my hair as much as possible. I'll definitely try the first method someday and see how it fits.  See a picture of me rocking my wig below.

- The wig is versatile and for those who like full hair its great for you.
- It's easy to maintain and detangle. I spray it with hair spray and I dont have to do so every time i'm wearing it out because it retains moisture.
- The older it gets, the finer it looks so you can use it for a very long time.
- You can care for your hair and look fabulous at the same time.
- You'll always get compliments every time you wear your wig out*winks*.

- It is quite pricey especially if you are on a budget.
- It will tangle fast if you dont spray or moisturize it; learnt that the hard way.

Here's another picture of Kelly Rowland rocking the wig too.

All-in-all, I love this wig and would recommend it as a protective style to anyone.

What wigs do you use as protective styling??

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tea Rinses

Hi there, I decided to do a full post about black tea rinses and its benefits because I've tried it and it works. A tea rinse basically is steeping any amount of tea bags of your choice in hot water, allow to cool to room temperature and pouring it over your hair or rinsing your hair with it. At some point in our hair lives, we've experienced shedding or breakage probably because of manipulation or improper care of our hair. Tea rinses help to control shedding and breakage. According to science, there's a male hormone which is responsible for hair loss or as an article put it "an enemy of hair growth" loool!!! The name of this hormone is dihydro testosterone popularly known as DHT and has been written about by a few hair bloggers. This hormone basically causes hair loss through a process known as "miniaturization.  It also causes the hair follicles to shrink. You can read more about it by googling it which is what I did.
Doing a tea rinse is really simple; Jen of Just grow already has a post on Tea Rinses: How to and benefits. However, this is how I do mine.
  • I steep 2 bags of Lipton yellow tea or any tea available at the time in hot water.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature while prepooing and shampooing.
  • After shampooing, I pour the tea over my head. (I do not towel dry to remove any excess)
  • I then apply my deep conditioner over the already poured tea which I didn't rinse out.
  • Leave my deep condition on as usual and carry out the remaining process of my regimen.
Note; Tea rinses tend to leave your hair feeling brittle and dry so its best to use a moisturizing conditioner to deep condition. 

How do you do your tea rinses?

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Wash Day

Hi lovelies, how was your weekend?! Welcome to the month of November. All of God's blessings for you this month will not pass you by and you will not carry over your prayer requests in Jesus Name...Amen!!!

So, I washed my hair last Saturday and it was awesome*inserts smile*. I didn't prepoo because I've been extremely lazy to prepoo *covers face*. This is my first official wash day on my blog *yaaaaaay*.

  •  I detangled my hair with olive oil after sectioning my hair into 4.
  •   Then I clarified twice with Vo5 moisturizing shampoo because my hair was really really dirty (I so love this shampoo because of its strong strawberry smell).
  • Did a tea rinse with 2 Lipton yellow tea bags (steeped for 30 minutes).
  • Deep conditioned with the tea still in my hair using my Organics hair mayonnaise. I didn't mix it with my motions moisture plus conditioner because I've been experiencing a lot of breakage especially the ends of my hair, Anyone with a solution to breakage at hair ends please help?!
  • Kept it on for 30 minutes by wrapping my hair in a hot towel (basically a hand towel i soaked in hot water) and placed a plastic cap over it. I really need to get a heat cap or hooded dryer.
  • Rinsed out with cool water and dried with a t-shirt.
  • Allowed my hair to dry about 80% before applying my leave ins Elasta Qp olive oil and mango butter and mega profective leave-in strengthener.
  • After my hair had dried completely even thought i had to sit in front of a standing fan for that to happen, i moisturized using my leave ins again and sealed with a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil mango and lime for my edges and nape.

I'm still kinda shoulder length and aiming for armpit length by December *fingers crossed*. Below is a picture of my shoulder length hair.

My hair felt really soft and clean after my wash and I was so pleased. Happy Hair = Happy Me. Although, I've been experiencing a lot of breakage at the ends of my hair. It's so bad that when i put my hand in my hair and out, lots of hair follow *sobs*. Please any suggestions because i'm open to anything right now.
Have a blessed week.