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150 of henna
1 cup of tea brewed with 3 bags
1 cup of double brewed coffee, boiled
4-5 heaping tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp lime juice
let it sit over night... apply. leave on for 1 hour under dryer. co-wash 3 times with suave coconut. deep condition for 30 minutes...
A week ago I used henna made with coffee and tea. I loved the color even though it is really close to my natural color but I HATE that it changed my texture. Now my fine textured hair seems coarse! It still feels moisturized and healthy but I want my texture back!!! I can't straighten my hair for 2 more weeks so I don't know what it looks like flat ironed but, as of now, I am torn. My hair has never felt this strong but... sigh... it is just not the same anymore. :(
* good amount of Miss Key 10 en 1 (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
* 3 tsp blackstrap molasses
* 2 tsp honey
* 2 tsp coconut oil
* 1 tsp grapeseed oil
* 1 container of banana babyfood
* 1 tsp ACV
This made a little more than 1 cup of conditioner. I am conditioning as I type. I let it sit on my hair for about an hour with no heat and am now under the dryer for 30-45 minutes.
I have tried the original E'tae Caramel treatment so hopefully I will get the same results!
So for the past few months I have been without a computer and, as a result, havent been able to spend as much time on hair boards etc. During this time, I realized that I used to be obsessed with my hair. I used to spend hours per day on sited like BHM, LHCF, Fotki and hair blogs. I used to spend so much money because I was quick to jump on bandwagons. For the past few months, I gradually have started to care less and less about my hair. Not to say that I am no longer concerned with its growth and health but honestly, keeping my regimen simple and not obsessing has been working AND I have more time freed up to do other things.
Some of the things that have help my hair grow and become more healthy...
1) Cut back on heat - I have not used direct heat on my hair for 6 months (When I get a touch up every 8-12 weeks, my stylist flat irons my hair).
Also, I have recognized the benefit of a simple weave. I use Milky Way Curly Coil and straw set the edges to achieve a cute, natural looking style that everyone thinks is my actual hair. The hair is cheap and the style can last 3 weeks, probably more but I won't leave it in longer because, by then, I am suffering from DC withdrawal.
Sometimes I miss having straight hair, but, honestly, I'd rather have healthy hair than having straight bouncy hair that I have to trim every month due to split ends.
2) Maintain my protein/moisture balance - I co wash 2-3 times a week and deep condition 1-2 times a week, making sure to use a light/medium protein when necessary. (My hair does not like heavy protein). This has also helped to minimize split ends.
3) Vitamins - Taking vitamins has increased the growth rate, health and thickness of my hair and has also supplemented my diet.
4) Exercise and diet - a healthy body contributes to healthy hair
More to come...