The Growout Continues with Dove #LoveYourHair

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You remember when I chopped all my hair off to a fade about 3 years ago?

Well, I kept it short for about a year and started regrowing it to donate yet again. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Keep it short…grow it…color it.. straighten it again. (PS Did you know that 8 out of 10 women feel pressured to wear their hair a certain way?! #i’mnotwithit) So… My “growout” started earlier this year. (Click here to see what I’m talking about)

This month I tried out some new products to help me through the grow out process.

Dove’s Coconut & Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner, and Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum.

Here are my thoughts:

Shampoo: Smells amazing. Left my hair very clean, but almost squeaky clean. I don’t really have anything negative to say about the shampoo except I wish it was creamier, vs translucent. It’s a mental thing for me.

Conditioner: Smells almost as amazing as the shampoo (and the scent lasts in your hair!) and is creamy and thick. It gave a little bit of slip to the detangle process, but not tons. I used it a second time as a co-wash and OMG!!! Perfect co-wash conditioner. PURR.FECT. I was able to quickly detangle and get in and out the shower.  It left my scalp feeling fresh and my hair feeling moisturized.

Quench: This serum is bomb. Bomb!! It’s light and creamy and goes on smooth. (check my video out here) It gives a sheen to your hair that lasts for days without reapplication. My hair felt soft for days after I used it on my inital wash n go. I was very heavy handed so I did feel a little bit of residue later on, but not much. When I try it again I will use a normal amount instead of being crazy, and I’m sure I won’t feel anything leftover.

This is what Dove says about it:

The first ‘on-the-go’ leave-in treatment for curls by Dove Hair that is a fast absorbing, lightweight serum that utilizes a creamy formula to nourish hair for the ultimate shine and manageability

I hereby attest that this is absolute truth! (And it’s unusual when what is advertised is what is really so…high five, Dove!)

Here are the results of the wash n go with the Quench:

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Love my results with these Dove products, and am still loving my color! I’m grateful that I’m able to grow my hair out to donate, and happy that I’m able to wear my hair as I please. We see only certain hair types (and hair colors) in the media touted as what’s beautiful. But I believe (as does Dove) that beautiful hair is whatever hair makes YOU FEEL beautiful.

Do you #LoveYourHair?

 

Postpartum Shedding and My Hair Lately

 

I realize as I sit down to write this post that I really miss writing about hair! I haven’t tried too many new products lately to review but I’m going to have to start, so I can give you ladies some new hair product giveaways too!

Let’s see….

Well postpartum shedding is rearing its ugly head super strong. I touch my hair and tons of it falls out, if I even think about touching my hair, tons falls out… It’s awful. Look at my edges!!!

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Healthy Permed Hair Update (and Regimen)

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Long overdue for an update on my permed hair but it’s healthy and doing well.

Let’s see.

I have learned a few things:

  • products really work differently on permed vs natural hair
  • air drying is miraculously fast on short/permed hair
  • Pantene BB Cream is my new bestest friend in life
  • Relaxers are tricky bastards (I’ll explain)

So, when I was first permed the hair was BONE straight. When wet: bone straight. When airdried: bone straight!

Now, my hair is wavy and even has some curls in the front!

I was told this either means:

  1. My hair is “resistant” to perms
    or
  2. The perm has finally “settled” and this is the actual post-perm texture

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I don’t effin get it. But either way, I’m loving the waves, and the ease. Kinda thinkin’ that I prefer the texture.

Maybe it’s a sign that I should never perm again and just go back to my natural curls.

OR

Maybe I just have a lot to learn about the world of perming.

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My current Regimen is:

  • Cowash every other day
  • Apply a leave-in
  • Allow to air dry

The end.

Weekly I shampoo and deep condition. I think I may do a hot oil treatment soon too.

I need a haircut in the worst way, other than that, I’m so happy with how EASY it all is.

How’s your hair lately?

#TeamNatural No More – I Permed Bone Straight!

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Well, You read the subject right. I permed my hair… bone straight. Adios, TeamNatural (for now)

Everyone’s telling me I’m not going to last. The person who has the most faith in me staying permed says she gives me 6 months. :/

I’m digging it straight for now. And like that it takes zero effort to get it straight. I also can see myself missing my curls in like…. 5 minutes from now. So….

::shrug::

Here’s the hair after the perm:

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I think I’m gunna Perm (Tendril Tuesday Linkup)

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OK Now, perming natural hair is not my go to post topic… but…. Girls, I dunno if it’s just a passing fancy, or if I’m actually going to take the plunge, but all I wanna do is perm my hair bone straight. I’ve never had it permed bone straight before and I am daydreaming about a pixie cut…or things like these:

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And I feel like it would be a lot shorter styling time and less work if it was permed. (I need the easiest/shortest regimen these days and in the days ahead)

::sigh::

I figure that, knowing my hair ADD tendencies, IF I even go through with it I’ll likely either hit the razors again and BC after I’m bored with it or grow it out and trim it away and be back to natural again shortly… But I’m just not sure.

What are you up to with your hair lately?