The Growout Continues with Dove #LoveYourHair

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dove and The bLink Marketing Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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?

 

The Grow-out Begins with Nexxus New York Salon Care

This post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions, photography and content is my own.

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Nexxus was the very first hair care brand that I ever noticed. What I mean by that is, it was the first brand that I noticed a difference in my hair after using it. Before trying it, I just used whatever my mom bought to use on her hair. After I tried Nexxus Humectress for the first time at my aunt’s house, I was hooked! I loved how easy my hair was to blowdry straight after using that conditioner.

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I would save up my little teenage money to buy the huge salon sized tubs and used it religiously back then. This is why I was so excited to try the Nexxus New York Salon Care Line again. 

Currently, I’m growing my hair out to donate again, but this time, while color treated. I’ll be updating you here and on youtube monthly so stay tuned. I’m glad to start my grow out journey with a brand that was my hair’s BFF so many years ago.

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Therappe shampoo and Humectress conditioner were just as I remembered. They always made me feel so luxurious back in the day. I used the Therappe as suggested, then tried the Humectress. When I rinsed out, my hair (first off, didn’t require much combing at all) felt like butter! If the regular conditioner worked this nicely on my color treated hair I’m extra excited to try the masque!

For the first time I tried Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist and the Encapsulate Serum. The Luxe was a leave-in conditioning spray that made my dry hair feel so soft and easy to style. It was very light weight. My only complaint is that it took so many pumps to get a good amount of product out! The entire line has coconut oil in it, which my hair loves! 

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I also tried Mousse Plus from their styling collection and am excited to try the dry shampoo this or next week. The mousse had great light hold and smelled wonderful like everything else in the line. I now only use mousse on my wash n gos at times and if I get my hair cornbraided.

NOTE: I usually put on a moisturizer and then a styling aid with some hold for my wash n go curls. With the New York Salon Care line the Luxe Conditioning Mist was my light “moisturizer” and the mousse was my product with hold.

Happy with the results of my braid-out too: 

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Check out the Nexxus New York Salon Care line HERE and let me know what you think of it!

Catch them on social media as well:

Nexxus New York Salon Care Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nexxus/?fref=ts
Nexxus New York Salon Care Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/nexxusnysaloncare/
Nexxus New York Salon Care Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/nexxushair

Have you tried the Nexxus New York Salon Care collection yet?

Natural Hair Regimen and Length Check – March 2016

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Fresh wash and go had me feeling myself yesterday….. (ps: don’t forget to do the survey!!!)

OK. So in trying to find photos for this post, I realized that I need to start taking more selfies. I have like zero good pics of myself. Which is surprising cuz I think I’m so cute lol. #operationmoreselfies started yesterday…. (as you can see from exhibit A above.)

Anyhow… here’s my “hair year” in short –

March 2015: 

Last perm touch up was May 2014. Last cut before this pic was September 2014.

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September 2015:

Right before heading to Blogalicious. I wanted to go straight…but could barely make it through the process…

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In September 2015 I cut my hair myself. I wanted to just get rid of the permed ends. I went from this:

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To This:

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October 2015:

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Today:

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1 year comparison: 

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FAQs

What do you do to grow your hair so fast?

I don’t think it grows particularly fast (about 1/2 inch per month), I just retain what I grow which is due to low manipulation and good health IMO.

  1. I keep it moisturized (daily) and leave it alone for the most part.
  2. Little to no heat use.
  3. I try to stay healthy from the inside out: water, multivitamin, shakeology, healthy food.

OK Listen. I tell this to my close friends and IRL friends, because I know they KNOW me.  I hesitate telling people this online because I don’t want them to think I’m G’ing them to sell products. But here it is. I swear Shakeology enhances my hair growth somehow. I have no medical proof lol, but I did a test, stopping it for 8 weeks, and outside of the lower energy, duller skin, feeling more lethargic and increased sugar cravings, I noticed my hair seemed to grow in slower, and also it grew in with a different texture sort of and just duller. Anyway. I’m not one to say “this magic pill MAKES my hair grow” (cuz I tried hairfinity and it didn’t have any noticeable difference) BUT, when I’m drinking my Shakeo regularly, my hair seems to just thrive.

That said….if you DO wanna buy it, you best buy thru me and nobody else lmao. Holla at ya girl :))

In this video (shot yesterday) I show my current products and current regimen. My hair is wet:

Are you going to grow your hair out again? Are you going to donate again?

I won’t be growing to hip length, but I will be growing my hair out long to donate again. I will probably grow it to waist length or so. I should get there in 2 years.

What products do you use?

I am not loyal to one product line right now, but I kinda would like to be. Right now I’m still using up products that were sent to me, or I purchased on some crazy clearance. In the video above I show what I’m currently using, but that changes once the bottles empty. The one thing I’m pretty often using is Elasta QPs Soy Oyl deep conditioner. But I’ve run out (deets in vid) and am looking for a new one. Any suggestions?

What’s your natural hair regimen?

It’s in the video above, but I keep it really simple with weekly washes, daily moisture, and leaving it the hell alone so it’ll grow without issue.

Hope this was helpful! 

What are you up to with your hair lately?

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I Will Not Be A Bald Momshell! #rogainetruevolume #gotitfree

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I figured that subject line was a little more dramatic than: How I’m Treating My Hereditary Hair Loss with Women’s ROGAINE® Foam 

Am I right?

OK, so let me back up and give you the scoop.

I’ve noticed allover thinning in my hair for the past 10 months or so, and it seems to be picking up speed slightly. *gulp*

This is not related to the postpartum hair loss I dealt with last year after Kaya’s birth. I honestly thought it was stress related when I noticed it in January.  It started right around the move time, both kids in a new place, squatting at my gram’s house, new job, crazy house-hunting and everything was so hectic and John was still in NY.

After the stress died down I noticed I was still losing way more strands than usual. (NOTE: 50-100/day is considered “normal” and consistently shedding 150+/day is considered significant hair loss) I also noticed that the front middle bit of my hair was thinning out. #Nobueno

I tried a few things with my diet that I read about, and went to the doc for a checkup just in case my anemia was making my body craycray. But alas. I got a clean bill of health.

So now I’m trying out what is the only FDA-Approved treatment for regrowing hair in women – minoxidil 5%- in Women’s ROGAINE®.  One in three women are dealing with hereditary hair loss and thinning. (Soo….where the rest of you hiding?! Come out the closet with me.)

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I’m going to report back with my results in 3 months to see if there is any difference. As of today I’ve been using it for 8 days and have no changes to share.

What I can share so far is how easy it is to use. It’s a foam that comes in an aerosol can, reminds me of mousse. You just massage a little bit on your scalp once a day and go on with your usual styling. I love that. I can put it on right after I cowash, or if I’m not washing my hair that day, I can put it on dry hair. It doesn’t leave a residue or flake up or do anything weird. It’s fine on natural hair, permed hair and for people with locs or braids it can still get to the scalp so that is not a deterrent from trying it either.

I’m tempted to pour the whole can over my head every time, but the directions clearly say (and I swear they wrote it just for me) that more will not work any better than the recommended amount. (It’s kinda like what I tell myself when I’m having a treat off plan. The whole brownie wont taste any better than the two bites you just had, Dani. …. it works sometimes. LOL)

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Anyhow, I should start to regrow hair in 12 weeks if I use it consistently and see results in 24 weeks.  Women’s ROGAINE® is something that I’ll have to continue to use to maintain results. At first that made me nervous, but once I started using it and saw how easy and unobtrusive it was in my daily routine I realized that wouldn’t be a problem even for my lazy self.

So… I’m really hopeful, I don’t want this thinning to go any further. I’m grateful my hair is curly to mask the thinning action. I can’t wait to report back in a few months and show you the progress!

Are you dealing with any hair issues these days?

Products were provided by the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Braidouts, Purple Hair, Big Chop and Clear

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BRAIDOUTS

I have been wearing my hair in a bun or ponytail for the last 8 months. Since I started my job when I moved to Florida, I have been pulling my hair back from Monday to Friday. Then on the weekends I’d just wear a wash n go. Now that I’m home, I’m wearing a wash n go more often, but I finally stopped being lazy and did my first braidout in a long time. My last braidout was done before I chopped all my hair off to donate. That was 2013. So I put some coconut oil on my hair and braided it up after washing and conditioning with Clear Intense Hydration shampoo and conditioner. I rolled the ends on satin rollers since they would unravel if I didn’t. Then I let it air dry. It dried overnight. I used a satin scarf to protect it from getting messy in bed. Here are my results! Me likey!

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PURPLE HAIR & BIG CHOP

I’m dying my hair purple. Yep. I said it. I’m doing it. Now that I’ve left corporate america (for the LAST time) I am free to look how I wanna. I’m getting a tattoo that’ll be visible when clothed, and I’m getting funky hair color. Not sure if I want to do my whole head, or just the front, leaving the back black… I guess I’ll see and decide after I BC.   As it stands My hair is about 75% natural with the rest scraggly  permed ends. I’m ready to chop the straight parts off. Not sure if I’ll go it alone or head to a stylist to cut and shape it for me. (Maybe both?) But, once I BC I’ll be heading to a stylist to get my purple on. I’ll have to take super good care of my hair once I go purple. I’ll first have to go even blonder, then put the purple on top. That’s a lot of damage.  

Have you had a funky hair color before?

CLEAR 

Do you use those little samples of lotion or shampoo that come in the mail? I’ve been using CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner (and have John using it too) since I got a random sample packet in the mail a few years ago.  I usually hold on to those samples for a while before trying them or tossing them out during one of my seasonal purges.   I’m glad this one made the cut. It’s all about keeping your hair and scalp healthy!   John has used this brand more than any other for the past few years. He has “normal” hair. Doesn’t dry out easily, but doesn’t get too greasy when dirty either. I envy him that. My hair gets dry just for GP. Add to that now my whole blonde coloring…. I would have some serious breakage and damage issues if I let my natural dryness + colored fragility go without taking steps to keep my scalp and hair healthy.  

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For me, this means…keeping my scalp clean and lots and lots of conditioning and moisturizing. The Clear shampoo is great for me because it cleanses without making my hair feel stripped or “squeaky” clean. I use the conditioner to keep my curls popping and dryness at bay. The conditioner is great for me because even though it’s creamy, moisturizing and gives my hair slip, it isn’t a pain when it comes to the rinse. After rinsing it out my hair doesn’t feel coated at all, it’s just moisturized, feeling strong and my curls are nice and springy. 

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    Have you tried CLEAR yet?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.