I was casually looking at hair videos on YouTube, when I stumbled on something called the ‘Max Hydration Method’. It promised to show true curls in the kinkiest of 4c hair and I was intrigued by the proposed results of the method.
The whole ‘defined curls’ thing didn’t strike me at first, I was more focused on people talking about less single and multi strand knots. I suffer from these a lot because my hair likes to shed and wrap itself really tightly around other strands causing lengthy de-tangling sessions. It seemed to consist of a 5 step regimen every 3 days with a ‘Cherry Lola treatment’ every few weeks, or as needed.
This post is going to be fairly quick, well at least quicker than my previous ones. Hair products are such a big thing now, especially with every hair company and their mother bringing out a new ‘natural’ line. So many people (including me) get sucked into buying the latest curl defining products, or new oil, or new growth serum. Many don’t work in the way you want them to, or the way they worked for someone else but I have a few staples that have currently been good to me over the past year or so.
Shampoo: Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo, the only shampoo I feel comfortable using. It smells good, is really thick so a little goes a long way, and has mostly natural ingredients which is so good for your hair and body. It leaves your hair feeling clean, but not stripped, and very moisturised.
First 5 ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-10, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.
helllloooooo home skillets :D. sooo this is my first post and im sooooo excited. you know why? Becasuse I got the most amazing twist out EVER!!!!. Its actually..booom. how did I do it? One product, FLAXSEED GEL – homemade if I may add. Soo we’ve been looking for flaxseed for ages and yesterday we went to Holland & Barret because we hadn’t fount it anywhere else.
We didnt find any ‘flaxseed’ but as we were leaving the store,I spotted some linseed. My sister didn’t know they were he same thing *smh*. I’m sure she’s seen like tons of linseed but she was looking specifically for flaxseed *excuse me while I face palm* lol. so anyways… we um bought it for like £3.50 (ikr) and got home.
Our first flaxseed attempt didn’t really go to plan, but it was still okay but i’m not gonna post the recipe for it yet, sorry guys :'(. but anyway. I kinda experimented with coconut milk and some other things and used it as a DC (yes my sister thinks she is a ‘mixtress’) and left it for about 30 minutes.
My hair was soooo soft but I want my sister to try it out first before I post it because we don’t post untried and untested mixtures up in here. Anyhoodles,when it was damp my sister twisted it for me using the Hawaiian silky leave in conditioner with grapeseed oil to seal. She also used shea butter on my scalp and flaxseed gel on top of each section of hair before twisting. I had abut 35 twists in and I wrapped it and went to bed.
When I got up, well when I decided to do my hair, I put shea butter on my fingers to prevent friction when unravelling my twists. I didn’t separate them at all but a few got separated by mistake as I thought they were twists. I re-twisted those ones and put a bit of water on them. when i took them out again. They were better 🙂 i had two flat twists in front and i took them out and put a bit of flaxseed gel on my edges *hey*. on my way out. I put inmy favourite Alice band with a bow…
peace, love and food
Temi 🙂 xx
ps. im fourteen and my hair is about an inch shorter than simi’s
by the way…it looked a LOT better in real life and this was in december ’12
This one of the products I purchased from my latest product haul, it’s basically an extra strong hair gel used to slick back the edges of your hair giving a sleek look.
On the label it says: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control is perfect for control of your edges! This non-sticky, non-greasy formula allows for an excellent hold without hardening your hair.
I’m not going to display the ingredients here but the only ones of concern for me are the fact the ‘parfum’ is in the middle of the list whereas I would prefer it nearer the bottom, and the product contains parabens :/. See parabens are an iffy subject, there are claims they they are in fact carcinogens but I would rather have conrete proof before going on a witch hunt..so while it’s not a deal breaker, it does make me think twice.
I tried the product on my hair yesterday to slick back my baby hairs which are quite short and curly , and just happen to chill on my forehead. It has a thick, non-greasy consistency and requires a little effot to get it out of the tub. All I did was get some and gently smooth it onto my hair, continuing the smoothing motion until it was as flat as I desired. And this was the finished product:
It didn’t keep the same hold throughout the day, but the edges were still somewhat slicked back in the evening:
After using this product a few times, I noticed that sometimes if you have other products in your hair it can cause a white residue, and that it builds up easily, so you may have to wash your hair more frequently, depending on your current schedule.
I went to upton park with my little friend Wendy to do some ‘shopping’. My little sister had kept our leave-in conditioner and deep conditioner with her in Nigeria leaving me with…..nothing! So off to Upton Park we went.
I really was hoping to only buy these things but I kinda got distracted…..i’m definitely an unreformed product junkie 😥 this is what I bought:
Some of y’all might have noticed that I got my hair did, yay me! People have been giving me compliments about how they like it and that it suits me and so i’m really happy about that. The twist I did are a lot fuller than I envisaged but I definitely like them, I can’t stop playing with it and love experimenting with various up-dos. Because they are full and about bra strap length i’m not sure I have the versatility for some of the more adventurous styles, but i’m managing just fine.
I love love love these twists and they were done for me by my friend Obehi (who’s really good with natural hair) and not too expensive either so double win!. My plan to take care of them is mixing some leave-in conditioner with some water and spraying them every 3-4 days, just so it doesn’t get rough too easily. Also i’m sleeping with a silk scarf around my head to keep them neat. I plan to take them out in the next 6 weeks so i’ll wash them every 10-14 days until then, hopefully I should see just under an inch of growth. I’m so happy not to have to really do my hair every morning it means I can focus on my eyebrows instead ahahhaha! Well, here’s a few pics of them, hope you like them :D….well, even if you don’t, I do!!!