Tuesday, March 27

Hair Observations

After starting my personal hair growth challenge (Coconut Oil Challenge) last week, I've noticed a few things that probably should have been like common sense, but didn't cross my mind until later on in the week lol.

  • I completely understand now why I should shampoo when I wash the coconut oil out.  I guess this is or could be considere as a "pre poo" as well as a deep conditioner.  If you're familiar with pre-pooing, you're basically doing the same exact thing, except with coconut oil.  My hair was greasy. When my hair is greasy, nothing turns out correctly. I did a twist out and it was like complete crap.  My heat damaged pieces were a lot more frizzier than usual and my hair definitely hates the fact that I didn't washout enough coconut oil.  So yes, I am going to start shampooing my scalp when I rinse out the coconut oil. I'm only going to shampoo once though, as opposed to twice as stated in the challenge rules.
  • Speaking of heat damage, it's really starting to get on my LAST nerves.  I can't even remember how long ago I had bangs lol so it sucks that I'm still dealing with the heat damage.  I'm planning on getting at trim at the end of April (as I've probably stated a million times before), so I've decided that I'm going to get like 2-2 1/2 inches cut off my bangs.  When I go get my color in late May/early June (possibly), I'll cut some more off depending on how much growth I have.  I figured I would cut them soon since I plan on being curly this summer, and my hair grows A LOT during the summer, so they should be grown out by September-October.
  • I'm still shedding...kinda badly. Not as bad as it was last semester when I was stressed out to the max, but it's enough for me to be concerned about.  I bought an ORS replenishing pack for a protein treatment, so I'm fully prepared to do one if the coconut oil doesn't help with the shedding (which it should).

Coconut Oil Challenge: Week 2

I almost skipped out on doing my conditioning for this week because I'm getting over some kind of bug and I didn't want to be bothered. Then I remembered that I'm going to be straight for 2 weeks next month, so I can't really afford to skip out on a treatment already.

I didn't have to use my Mane N Tail detangler this time to detangle, so I guess that's alrready a good thing.  Sectioned, applied the coconut oil, oiled my scalp with my castor oil, EVOO and Hot Six oil (because I want to get rid of it) and twisted each section.  Those twists went into a ponytail and under a plastic cap for the night.

Woke up this morning, shampooed with Nature's Gate Biotin Shampoo and conditioned with Aussie Moist Conditioner.  My hair currently is back in a bun (that's the lazy college student side coming out).  I applied Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 to the length of my hair, sealed with my oil mixture and I'm pretty sure my hair will be staying like this for a few days.  I had some shed hair in my comb when I combed out the twists but it wasn't a lot a lot (including pictures) AND, I barely lost hair during the washing out process, so we're making progress! So far so good :)

 As you can see, I lost some hair but I've definitely lost a lot more so I'm not complaining about this. Below is my hair before I washed out the coconut oil. I CANNOT WAIT until I get another dye job lol.

Wednesday, March 21

Personal Coconut Oil Challenge

I browse the Hairlista site probably at least weekly, checking up on new "challenges" I could do for myself or looking at the product reviews that the members post. I don't remember if I mentioned a few months ago that I purchased some coconut oil for GNC and I used it once in the winter time and I didn't like how it made my hair hard in the cold. This was before I knew that it would harden in cold temperatures. Like I knew that it would be a solid, but I didn't think it would harden up in my hair as well lol. I put it away and told myself that I would revisit it when the weather broke and it got warm. Well, that time is now :) I came back from spring break to an EXTREMELY hot room, put my clothes and hair products away and I seen the jar of coconut oil sitting in my storage bin. So I was like hm, I wonder how this looks now. I opened up the top and sure enough it was completely in liquid form. So I'm like, ok now I can research YouTube and other hair boards to see how others use this and I'm going to see if I have the same benefits that other people seemed to be getting from this oil. 

That's where my whole "coconut oil challenge" comes into play. I was browsing Hairlista and they have a section for like groups and there's a bunch of challenges in that section and I came across this one. The challenge for the board is over I believe, but I decided I was going to go about this for myself. From this past Sunday (March 18) until.. June 1st I'm going to be deep conditioning with coconut oil once a week. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue to do my regular deep condition AND do the coconut oil deep condition or if I'm just going to do the coconut oil. Either way I'll still be deep conditioning lol, 

The rules on the board are as follows:
  • Once a week, apply warm unrefined coconut oil to dry hair and scalp, work through from roots to ends.
  • Put on a shower cap or saran wrap hair and sit under dryer for 20-30 minutes or let sit overnight.
  • Rinse out coconut oil and shampoo twice (apply shampoo to roots only), follow with your usual conditioner, than proceed with styling. 
  • Basic Level: Deep conditioning with coconut oil once a week.
  • Advanced Level: Deep conditioning with coconut oil once a week and seal ends with coconut oil daily. However, you cannot use any other oils as a sealant when doing the advanced level)
I'm providing the link where you can see more information, see what the other ladies asked, suggested and that other stuff. You can also see the progress pics that some of the ladies posted when the challenge on the board was officially over. A lot of them seemed to have like AMAZING growth within the few weeks they were doing this challenge. I'm not exactly sure how much this challenge lasted, but the comments seem to be pretty recent so I'm sure people are still doing it for themselves. Hairlista Coconut Oil Challenge 

I didn't deep condition this past weekend because honestly, I didn't really feel like it, so I ended up doing my first coconut oil deep condition on Monday night. I figured I would do it on Monday since I don't have class on Tuesdays until 1:45 pm and it would give me enough time to dry my hair and everything before class. Before I applied the oil, I detangled my hair with Mane n Tail detangler because I had like a 3 day old twist out and I'm pretty sure I would have lost a LOT of hair if I wouldn't have used that detangler lol. I sectioned my hair, dipped my finger in the oil, allowed some to drip on my hands, rubbed my hands together and applied it on my hair. Afterwards I pulled my twisted hair drenched in coconut oil back in a ponytail and put my plastic cap on. Tuesday morning, I cowashed everything out for the simple fact that I don't have enough room in my shower to really wash my hair let alone do 2 shampoos. I didn't apply any coconut oil to my scalp, so I figured my scalp would be good this time. As I cowashed it out, my hair felt soft, didn't lose that much hair and everything was pretty awesome. 

The only thing I hate about my coconut oil is the smell. I don't particularly care for coconuts and it's smell, but I don't think the brand of oil I have smells like coconuts. It smells more like cooking oil to me, but I think it's just my brand (Nutiva).

I guess I should be taking my starting pics this weekend if I have time, or early next week so I can keep track of my growth. I hate taking progress pics so I'm probably gonna procrastinate in doing this lol. Hope you found this information helpful and if anyone is interested in joining me, that would be fantastic!