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Heyy guys! It’s been a while right? 😉
I’m finally back buuut with some bad news… For the past few months, I had a hard time taking care of my hair and sure did learn a lot from my various hair experiences.
Hair Therapy Wrap
I have the feeling that the Hair Therapy Wrap has no effect on my hair anymore…It’s weird because the first time it had moisturized my curls really well. It doesn’t mean that I believe that steam isn’t a good alternative for my hair. I think it means that I should buy another steamer, with steam that goes directly to the hair like the Q-Redew or a clothing steamer for example. With the Hair Therapy Wrap, it’s not quite direct, you first have to heat up the gel packs and then put them in the hair wrap. I think the hair wrap is kind of blocking steam from completely entering my hair. That’s I’m considering using other kind of steamers. (Read my article about the Hair Therapy wrap)
So when I found out that the Hair Therapy Wrap wasn’t effective on my hair anymore, I thought about trying baking soda. I learned that baking soda would help opening the hair cuticles and help for an easier penetration of products. I thought that could be a good solution since my cuticles are tightly closed due to the fact that my hair is low-po. Well…using baking soda worsened everything! lol I had put a tiny amount in my hair concoction though…with glycerin, Abyssinian oil and lemon. I let the mask sit for about 10 min under a plastic cap, then rinsed out everything with warm water. The weeks that followed, I had to cut off a lot of damaged ends Before using baking soda, I checked its PH which is of 9. It’s very alkaline so that’s why I had used a tiny amount. But apparently despite the fact that I had mixed it with a humectant (moisturizing agent) such as glycerin, the tiny amount of baking soda still managed to damage a lot of my hair ends. It reminded me of my hair relaxer experience. Relaxers are very alkaline as well and they never worked for my hair. (Read my article about relaxers)
My last alternative was the use of warm water (helps for opening low-po hair cuticles). I used it two ways:
1st method – I first spritzed warm water on each section of my hair then used my cream and glycerin. Well, the result was kind of okay…my hair wasn’t completely moisturized.
2nd method – In my spray bottle, in addition to the warm water, I added glycerin, Abyssinian oil, and marshmallow root powder (that I boiled first so that it’s liquid). Worst that the 1st way! I think it’s because I put the hair ingredients all at once, therefore it became a heavy mixture for my fine hair.
In my article about the Hair Therapy Wrap, I said that water (even warm water that helps opening low-po cuticles) wasn’t really effective for me. The two ways that I used warm water is enough proof. Apparently, my hair seems to really hate water! That’s why I think the use of steam would be better and like I said I’m going to buy a steamer with direct steam.
If we want to follow the L.O.C. (Liquid – Oil – Cream) method –
- L (Liquid) it could be water or a leave-in, in my case it’s water vapor => steam. So it will be with the new steamer I’ll be buying.
- O (Oil) – use of Abyssinian Oil (light oil, good for fine hair) + a bit of glycerin (humectant – helps for retaining moisture)
- C (Cream) – use of the Jane Carter Solution Incredible Curls product, a lightweight product, great for fine hair.
Step by step just like using the first method but without warm water.
Well I’m pretty sure I get my hair needs now. I hope that this article wasn’t too complicated haha If there’s something you don’t get, you can always write me a comment. See you on the next article!