9/27/18 Hair~ Hair Journey Year 2!

Hey guys I’m back with another monthly post on hair growth. Alright, so I must confess… I did dye my hair this month! I know, I know… my goal was to not dye it at all until it reached my preferred length. But lets face it, that is probably going to take another year to get it there. Why? Because of how thick my hair is. I’ve come to learn that for my hair (and this is different for everyone) it seems to grow thicker before I see it growing in length. The first six months when I started this journey, I had seen no change in length at all, but by the year mark I had seen significant change.

Patience everyone! It helps with your journey!

I didn’t end up doing anything drastic when I died it though. I did a simple balayage with the color starting at the top of my ear and only adding minimal pieces. My goal was to not have the dye affect my hair growth at the root and to allow for the grow out to be simple and look a little more natural. (But what is natural when you dye your hair). I use moisturizing masks to combat the dry effect bleach has on my hair and ACV rinses are still a major part of my routine.

Dry shampoo has really been a major help when it comes to keeping my hair healthy. As I’ve mentioned, I have trained my hair to go a week without washing. (Some people might find that gross but it is not good for your hair to be washed more than 2, maybe 3, times a week anyway). Lately I’ve come to really like Not Your Mothers Clean Freak Dry shampoo. This stuff leaves no residue, no white marks, and makes my hair look clean and healthy. It’s perfect for my no wash days or after a long gym workout when my hair needs a boost! All of their products are cruelty free and affordable. You can find it at Ralphs, ulta, online, etc. Not sure which products of theirs to try first? Go on their instagram and scroll through to find your perfect match!

:-* MMB

8/28/18 Hair~ Hair Journey Year 2!

Hey guys I’m back for month 8 of year 2! Over the course of the last month my hair has been feeling stronger and healthier! I am still using the Innate Life Shampoo and Conditioner which smell amazing and make my hair shiny, healthy, and have been repairing the dead ends! The Rose Hair Elixir is still one of my favorites but I use it sparingly, so that my hair doesn’t get oily quickly! I’m also still using the scalp treatment about once every 2 weeks to help my scalp stay healthy and to promote my hair to grow!

The ACV Rinse has been helping my hair as well! I only do this treatment about once a week and it really helps to balance out the oils in my hair! If you want to know why I’m doing this rinse and the benefits check out last months hair journey here. I’m going to try to get the rinse down to about once a month so that my hair doesn’t get to used to it. But I think I can do it because my hair is down to being washed about one time a week!

I know for some of you that probably sounds really gross! And trust me sometimes I think so to. But my hair doesn’t feel greasy right away and with the products I use to help it, it doesn’t get oily as quickly! Leave in conditioners have also helped me take care of the oily problem as well.

Another thing I started doing last month was taking the Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. I wasn’t sure about this product because so many people (celebrities and instagram gurus) have raved about it. But I bought the 3 month set and am now on the last bottle! I will be dong my review on this product in the beginning of September so keep a look out! Have you tried them yet?

:-* MMB

 

 

7/25/18 Hair~ Hair Journey Year 2!

Welcome back guys! We are in month seven of year 2! As I remind you guys in every post, this journey has been so long but to me it is worth it! And as you guys know there are a lot of products that I carry over each month as I allow my hair to grow. I’m still using The Innate Life Products but with them being all natural they can create build up in the scalp sometimes! If you guys follow hair guru’s on instagram then you have probably heard of @katydid003 . Her hair is long and gorgeous!

Over the past month I was having some trouble with keeping my hair from looking greasy! I was doing everything I thought I was supposed to! Washing it less frequently, doing hair masks, using natural hair products, using oils. And I was following any Instagram that promoted natural products & hair growth. But no matter what my hair was still looking greasy after I washed it! So I took a chance and reached out to Katy through dms.  She was so sweet and so helpful! Having someone who has already tried a lot on their hair before and who was willing to give me advice has really helped me through this second year of my journey! We went back and forth while I tried to explain what was wrong. She was patient with me and explained to me what happens to your hair when you use sulfate free shampoo (it doesn’t always clear out the build up of oils)

One of the things she recommended was an ACV rinse (apple cider vinegar). And let me tell you! I was skeptical! I HATE the smell of vinegar but at this point there was so much I’ve documented and tried on my head, what was one more. And before trying it, I just wanted to make sure this was a good next step so I looked up the benefits of ACV.

ACV can do so many great things for your hair and scalp!

  1. The oil in your hair known as sebum has a natural pH balance similar to that of ACV.  Because of this, if your hair becomes greasy, or begins to overproduce oil, organic ACV can bring sebum back to its natural balance in the hair
  2. the acid in ACV can kill bacteria and fungus, which are the cause of issues like dandruff, flakiness, and hair loss
  3. it can cleanse and clarify. using a lot of products on your hair (hair masks, shampoos, serums) can create build up. again the acid in ACV can break up the residue and make it easy to rinse out.
  4. the vinegar itself is lightweight so it doesn’t weight down the hair and allows it to have more body
  5. the natural acidity of ACV also helps the cuticle of the hair. by washing away any excess product residue, the cuticle softens releasing tension and detangles
  6. Frizzy hair is caused by the elements and cuticles that lift away from the scalp, when ACV smooths out the cuticle of the hair, it is also smoothing down frizz
  7. if the hair looks healthy and not damaged, it is naturally reflecting light. how the cuticle in each hair strand sits determines if the hair is damaged. EX. if the hair strand is up, you have the appearance of frizz. And if the hair strand faces down, (like after an ACV rinse) the hair is balanced and healthy.
  8. People with porous hair, your strands absorb moisture quickly because your cuticle is blown wide open allowing anything to get in. (your hair can naturally be like this but people who color their hair tend to have this problem mostly). ACV flattens the cuticle and reduces the gaps in the hair cuticle that are caused by damage to the hair.
  9. ACV stimulates hair growth (HELLO! this helps with my journey) because it stimulates blood flow not just to the scalp but to each follicle. Blood flow encourages hair growth and prevents hair loss
  10. every time you do an ACV rinse you will naturally remove tangles, closing cuticles, improving porosity, and making the hair stronger. because of all this your hair will be less prone to split ends and breakage.

Each one of these reasons was what helped me decide to trust Katy’s advice and try an ACV rinse and I am so happy I did. I started this method in the middle of my July month and have only done one rinse a week but I’m seeing progress! Some of you might need to dilute the ACV with some water because the scent is really strong and you may not be able to stomach it. But if you dilute it you will still get the same benefits!

Thanks Katy for suggesting this and for all your advice! And if you try this rinse let me know how it works out for you in the comments below!

:-* MMB

6/29/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Ok so…. we’re now into a YEAR & SIX MONTHS! I have been steadily documenting this journey and if you’ve been with me since the beginning, there has been some growth. While I have seen changes… it’s definitely taking its time! With no more cold weather the Cocoa Locks that I was using are now out of my routine. I’ve started using the Innate Life product line in it’s entirety (insane I know). I’ve also learned what works for my hair and what doesn’t.

With the Innate Life Products, I’m still using the Rose Hair Elixir for after I wash my hair and I limit the use on the days in between washes (otherwise my hair will get too oily). The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing and are great to use but it did take a while for my hair to get used to it (HAIR DETOX PEOPLE! IT’S A THING). Both the Herbal Hair Mask and the Scalp treatment are great for the hair but I’ve had to limit down how much I use it to once every other week. Too much and my hair looks too oily no matter how much I try to wash it out! Still love these products though.

I also let my hair air dry, squeezing out the excess water and then I don’t touch it until it’s dry. Using an old t-shirt I squeeze out the excess water. Cotton t-shirts can be less damaging than a towel on your hair so using that to dry it will cause less frizz once it’s dry.

I’m also still doing the Inversion Method! I talked about this in last months post in detail so I won’t bore you guys again. If you want to know what the Inversion method is, check out my “5/23/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2” post! But I have been doing the Inversion Method again for a week each month and I have seen significant change!

I’ve tried to keep my hair as natural as possible in these photos for you guys because I don’t like using heat tools and I want to be able to see where my hair falls. If you are growing out your hair like me, be patient with it! AND if you are going through those summer months like me, be EXTRA patient! When it gets warmer and our necks start to get hot because of all the thick hair surrounding that area, we tend to give up and chop it off right before fall (I’ve done this more times than I can count). Stick with me guys! We’re already a year and a half in!

:-* MMB

5/23/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Hey guys I’m back for my May Hair Journey Post. Now that this side of the world is getting heavily into summer I am taking precautions. Since the last post I am still using The Innate Life Products that I mentioned in the last post. I have added some new products to the line up as well. However, because these products are 100% natural compared to other products I have used on this Hair Journey, my hair has been going through a detoxing period. This detoxing period has made my hair look a little more oily but thankfully less dry.

I have also put my hair on a “washing schedule” if you will. I know that sounds bazaar but it has helped me keep my hair healthy and split end free. This schedule has helped me to leave my hair alone and let it naturally distribute oils and help the hair follicles with hair masks. Aside from the hair masks I have used previously, I have also tried a new one this month. It’s so simple. It’s just a mashed up avocado with your choice of a hair oil. I like to mash up the avocado and add just a few drops of Argon oil (but you can use any you prefer) and I only leave it in for 20 minutes to an hour before I wash it out, distributing on the mids to ends. I only use about half the avocado and save the other half for a face mask or if my sisters want to eat it.

Avocado is so moisturizing for the hair and with my hair changing with the season it is a good transition mask. If you’re like me then you understand that with changing seasons your hair is dry & brittle during the fall and winter, normal in the spring, and oily as all hell in the summer.

Let me know if the avocado mask works for you in the comments below! And be sure to keep a look out for my June Hair Journey post (progress photos to come!)

:-* MMB

Hair Masks On Point With The Innate Life!

Alright Everyone! I’m back with another hair mask review for you! As you are aware with my monthly anecdotes I have been trying to grow out my hair. And we are in the second year of that phase. I’m making a review post on products from the Innate Life! I’ve ranted and raved about The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir and how I use it before…. But today we are switching products and talking about their Scalp Treatment for Normal Scalp and their Herbal Hair mask!

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Let’s Start with the Scalp Treatment for Normal Scalp. I love using this product (especially when I am doing the Inversion method) and leaving it in for 24 hours. You don’t have to leave it in that long because they say the minimum is 2 hours. And let’s be real, some of us can get impatient… But I like to apply this product and leave it in for as long as possible. This mask helps with hair growth (HELLO!) by using natural oils to stimulate the scalp and hydrate it, giving an extra boost to the newly grown inches of hair and helping the scalp with the hair follicle as well. This lovely smelling Scalp Treatment contains natural oils for your hair (argon oil, castor oil, rosemary essential oil, etc.) with a description as to how they help the scalp. The whole list of oils and why their good for your hair are on their website! And if you have a dry or itchy scalp there is a Scalp Treatment for you as well! I have nothing bad to say about this product! I would buy it again!

 

Moving on to the Herbal Hair Mask! You guys this stuff also smells amazing in its own right! If your like me and your hair gets dry and tangled no matter what you do… this is a good tangle teaser for you! As a person who used to dye and heat style her hair A LOT before starting my hair journey… this mask has REALLY helped my ends look more happy and healthy! With over 15 different oils and extracts (TOO MANY TO NAME) this hair mask smells amazing and works wonders. My only down side with this product was that when applying it to dry hair, it almost always feels like it doesn’t distribute well onto the hair, so I never know if I need to add more product or if my hair is just starved. But the end result is happy, healthy hair so I must be doing something right! On those nights in, this is a mask my sister and I use frequently on a girls night. Just put it in your hair, grab some wine and a good movie, and let it get to work transforming your hair!

As always I love doing reviews on new products! Let me know in the comments below what over products I should review next! The Innate Life: Shampoo & Conditioner Review to come soon!

~ :-* MMB

Hello Hair Mask Review

Hey Guys! I’m back with a review for the Hello Hair Masks! This is an Australian brand that has 100% natural ingredients but is also inexpensive for those of us who are college students! For this review I decided to try the Hydrating mask Island Escape.

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The different oil extracts combined do make it smell like your there’s an island getaway on your head! One of the ingredients I was shocked to see was Pomegranate Seed oil. Pomegranate Seed oil is one of their first ingredients they list and when applied to the scalp, it can promote hair growth, help with dry or itchy scalps, and increase blood circulation to the scalp. Before buying this product I researched all the oils within the hair mask and found that everything they claim on their website is true about the oils they combine.

The only con I had with Hydrating Island Escape product was that I thought it would be a thicker consistency! When I poured it on my hand I was expecting a cream rinse consistency to come out and instead I got a watered down version that almost spilled on my mat and made me run for my bath tub so hopefully I didn’t loose any product!

Another amazing thing about this product is that you can leave it on for 15 minutes, sleep in it, or leave it in for a full 24 hours like I did. Once you wash it out, your hair will be hydrated and happy! No more dullness, no more frizz! And it’ll smell like a tropical paradise!

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Bottom line: I would recommend this product! (My sister and I are even planning a hair mask/face mask and movie night with it soon!) Definitely try this product! Next time I will be trying their Hydrating Mask: The Botanic Edition! Should I do a review on that one as well??? Let me know in the comments below!

~MMB :-*