Curl Reversion After Blowout


I gave Lauren a blow out using my Low-Heat Protection Lotion, and she wore her hair mostly in a low ponytail for a week. I would take the ponytail out every other day to comb through it with a wide-tooth comb and apply a butter product to keep it soft. Even with all her running around, her hair stayed mostly straight.

 

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Lauren’s freshly blown out hair 

After a week, it was wash day for her. I wet her hair down and washed her hair with shampoo. The shampoo sat on her hair about 15 minutes and then rinsed. I applied the Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner and left it on for an hour. When I detangled with the conditioner on, her hair felt soft and I detected no damage. I did notice that curls at the ends of her hair had loosened. When I did some online research about low-heat on hair, I found a great article about heat-training, which is the loosening that happens when even low-heat is used on the hair. Because I don’t blow out her hair often, I know her curl memory will return. Curl memory is how your hair can hold a curl pattern according to the way you continuously style your hair. (NapturallyCurly.com) We are both enjoying the temporary loosening of her curls and she can wear her hair out, which she loves! All’s well that ends well.

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Lauren’s freshly detangled hair after blowout…The shrinkage is crazy!

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Curls are dry and defined 

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally

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Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe


Making a light (Lite’G) version of the Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe was necessary for my youngest daughter’s hair. I tried the regular version on her, and because all hair types (she is type 4A) are different, the product left her hair oily and weighed down. I did some online research and found information about safflower oil and babassu oil as lighter substitutes for the olive oil and the coconut oil in the original recipe. I mixed it up, applied it and crossed my fingers.

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Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner applied to detangled hair

The picture above of her hair with the Lite’G conditioner on it was taken after she had her hair blown out for a week after I used my Low-Heat Protection Lotion Recipe on her. I noticed a difference in my daughter’s hair and how moisturized it felt. Detangling her hair was quick work. Because this conditioner doesn’t have waxy emollients in it, the detangling advantages are from all the slip in the oatmeal, oils, and guar gum. This light version is “the business” for my daughter’s hair!

 

Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal water  (see below for recipe)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon safflower oil

2 tablespoons babassu oil

1/2 teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available)

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Oatmeal Water Recipe

1/2 cup Whole Grain Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 cup water

 

To Make

Combine the oats and water in a container and allow to soak for 1 hour. Pour mixture into a 2-cup capacity container and use a stick blender to blend, about 1 minute. Strain and retain the liquid. Discard the solid oats. Use immediately. Makes about 1 cup of oatmeal water.

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Lite’G Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe

One Hour Before

Prepare Oatmeal Water.

 

To Make

Combine all ingredients into a 2-cup capacity container and stir with a spoon. Use a stick blender to blend ingredients thoroughly, about 1 minute. Allow mix to settle and thicken for about 15 minutes. Use immediately. Makes enough conditioner for bra-strap length (BSL) hair.

 

To Use

Apply after shampooing to saturate hair. Cover head with plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. This conditioner can be used with a bonnet dryer for deep penetration. Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly until water is clear. Do not use as a leave-in.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

ACV Rinse and Preparing Hair for Color


Gray hair is “gon’ do what it’s gon’ do.” It is not going to do what you want it to do. I thought I had to accept the fickleness of my gray hair when I started coloring it. If it took the color, hooray! If it didn’t, oh well. There are worse things to cry about. I have tried pre-softening the gray hair so that the color takes to the hair, and it does work. But when I read about the benefits of an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse, I figured it may be worth a try.

ACV Rinse and Preparing Hair for Color

Color Preparation

I always shampoo my hair the day before I color it with Motions Moisture Creme Neutralizing Shampoo (that’s my secret weapon!) and my Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe. I only apply enough detangler to section my hair into four banded ponytails and allow it to dry overnight. This time though, I let my hair air dry almost completely and used a color brush to apply the ACV rinse (1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar) to my new growth only.

Porosity

My hair has varying measures of porosity down the length of my hair shaft because it has new growth and is color-treated and highlighted. Porosity is the measure of how much moisture hair can absorb. Porosity can depend on many factors. For example, I can recall a cosmetologist giving me a blowout (in my relaxer days) and my hair took forever to dry. It was not color-treated at all. Because my hair is average to high porosity to start with, I have to be very careful when applying any moisture or chemical treatment because my hair takes in so much moisture.

Because I know this about my hair, I decided to apply the ACV where my hair would be the lowest porosity and the least damaged, which is at the new growth. My purpose was to clarify this area of any oils that may impede the color from penetrating the gray hair. After my color treatment, I was very happy with the uniform color. I will make the ACV rinse a regular part of my coloring routine since my hair is only getting more gray.  🙂

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A Final Thought

I read many blog posts about treatments gone wrong and I know firsthand how frustrating that is. Some of us have even been set back in our natural hair care journey by bad hair decisions. Porosity is one piece of the natural hair care puzzle. Another piece is the awareness that products, treatments, rinses etc. do not have to be slathered all over the hair if it is not necessary. Target the hair in zones and give each zone what it needs for a much more polished finish to the hair. Perform a strand test to give a better prediction of how the hair will respond. Feel the product in your hands before you apply it to your hair. I bought some Yucca Root Powder to try in a shampoo recipe. After I mixed it and felt it with my hands, I could feel the drag it put on my skin. I didn’t want that happening in my hair, so I ditched the idea of using that for now. And stick with what works for your hair and experiment with new products one at a time.

Please let me know if this information was helpful! ❤ Ally

Banana Coffee Deep Conditioner Recipe


image_1 (1) Before pic, nice and dry (Scroll down for after pic!)

After spending all day in the intense sun yesterday at Santa Cruz, my hair was THIRSTY. I love my Oatmeal Water Conditioner (see under Recipe tab) but I needed to give it some deep conditioning power. There are many banana conditioner recipes out there, but I wanted to build on what I knew works for my hair. I thought of using coffee off the top of my head, did some research, and decided to try it with the banana. I LOVE the results!!!

Ingredients

Prepared Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe substituting avocado oil for olive oil (optional)

1/2 overripe banana

2 tablespoons coffee

Banana Coffee Deep Conditioner 1  Overripe bananas and coffee

 

I wanted to include a picture of how ripe my bananas were so you can visualize what I used (Just use 1/2 a banana!). The softness and gooeyness of overripe bananas are perfect for deep-conditioning.

 

To Make

Prepare Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe. Cut up the 1/2 of a banana into 1-inch pieces. Add the bananas and coffee to conditioner and use a stick blender to mix. Use immediately.

 

To Use

Apply after shampooing to saturate hair. Cover head with plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. This conditioner can be used with a bonnet dryer for deep penetration. Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly until water is clear. Do not use as a leave-in.

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After pic…never thought my hair would blow in the wind 🙂

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally

Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe


Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe

My 1st mixology project ever was the Goat Milk Conditioning Hair Mask by the blogger Hairscapades. I was using one-quarter of a bottle of conditioner for each wash (probably overuse on my part) and the cost was getting out-of-hand. I love this recipe because it makes just enough conditioner to saturate all of my strands with no waste, and the cost to make it is significantly less than buying conditioner every 2 weeks.

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Oatmeal Water Conditioner applied to detangled hair

When I tried Hairscapades recipe, the Goat’s Milk conditioner acted as a protein conditioner on my hair. My hair only needs a protein treatment occasionally, but since I loved the recipe so much, I substituted oatmeal water for the goat’s milk so that I can use the conditioner every week. It’s light, very moisturizing, and reduces single-strand knots that can lead to tangles in my hair.

 

Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal water  (see below for recipe)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon guar gum (trial-size available).

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Oatmeal Water Recipe

1/2 cup Whole Grain Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 cup water

 

To Make

Combine the oats and water in a container and allow to soak for 1 hour. Pour mixture into a 2-cup capacity container and use a stick blender to blend, about 1 minute. Strain and retain the liquid. Discard the solid oats. Use immediately. Makes about 1 cup of oatmeal water.

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Oatmeal Water Conditioner Recipe

One Hour Before

Prepare Oatmeal Water.

 

To Make

Combine all ingredients into a 2-cup capacity container and stir with a spoon. Use a stick blender to blend ingredients thoroughly, about 1 minute. Allow mix to settle and thicken for about 15 minutes. Use immediately. Makes enough conditioner for bra-strap length (BSL) hair.

 

To Use

Apply after shampooing to saturate hair. Cover head with plastic cap and allow to sit for up to 1 hour. This conditioner can be used with a bonnet dryer for deep penetration. Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly until water is clear. Do not use as a leave-in.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! ❤ Ally