Archive for March, 2011

March 28, 2011

Survived the Hotel Water

So, I took the ShiKai and the extra strength condi with me and survived the hotels very treated water. But I will be glad to get it washed out and clean without any of the treated water residue.

The hotel stole my towel. I brought a micro fiber towel and they took it. Argh. I made them give me money back on my bill. Grrr.

The colors fading a bit. Makes me get really depressed.

March 24, 2011

Frizo

It’s really raining here in Cali. And yes, my hair is showing it. I may have to get a row boat.

Traveling out of town and have to stay in a Hotel. I have stayed there before and well, the water is incredibly treated. Yes, you can smell it from the tap. So I am bringing all the deep conditioning goodies I have and I know I will have to mix a cocktail

March 23, 2011

Wow, CNN Just Caught This?

So, many of us who have curly hair have sadly throught to fit in and straighten our hair, or calm it down to do regular curls. Many of us have been reading about the Keratin treatments and heat straightening treatments for over a year now, but I guess if CNN finally caught the story, many more people may change their ways.

Now, the big question/s, can you use Keratin treatments for hair without heat and get benefit, not formaldehyde? Does it still release without heat, or even smaller amounts of heat from a  blow drier alone. Or is the formaldehyde additive only used in the blow out products?

New Health Hazard at Salons and Spas

March 21, 2011

Older Hair

So, I got the news that I am heading for Peri-Pause, or really, I am in it. I wondered how much effect this has had on my hair. I certainly can see it in my skin. So, along with treaing your hair better, what else can you do with the aging process?

Vitamins? Can they help? I know that gelatin is supposed to help hair and nails. Yahoo, I love Jello! But what about supplements?

B Vitamins

MSM

Vitamin E

Biotin

A

Iron

Well, I know I have tried some supplements in the past, and had reactions to them. It even triggers my migraine sometimes when I have a multi. I have found recently that I seem to do better taking a multi gummy and every other day, then I don’t get weird reactions. Hate being so sensitive to everything.

What do you think? Have any of you tried a vitamin regimen to help with your hair and skin? Tell me your results.

March 21, 2011

Check Out This Site

Site Review: Anita Grant

I stumbled upon this site while trolling for sensitive skin products. Whiles I really am looking at the butters for hair, it was still informative going through the site. This is why I said, “Okay, I will try a sample of the Au Natural, just product “.

I read through the ingredients pages, and yes they put mine to shame, but it is a work in progress. It’s an all natural product line and small business, so I had to support it. It’s UK based, they ship to the US and Canada, so I thought, well, I will try this.

What I liked about the website was it was very clean and clear, not too busy. I work in technology and teach, and some web pages can just drive you nuts. This one was easy to read and I felt I could find out about the products pretty easily, and I wanted to read the whole site. There are several flavors in the products, and they are all natural. I felt like the business owner, Anita, had been asking some of the same questions I had about ingredients. What am I putting on my skin and hair? I also liked that the site didn’t preach, or do the ” But it’s natural, it won’t cause sensitivities.” Quite the opposite, the site discusses many natural ingredients and their possible site effects for people with allergies, pregnancy, conditions. Kudos Anita!

I will let you know how the hair butter goes. Hmmm, I love butters.

Still humid and crazy here on the coast. The rain has stopped. My aching  bones. Hate just this side of 50.

March 21, 2011

This Weekends Testing Great Results

Too Shea!

Tested some of the Jessicurl product line this weekend. I ordered a no fragrance added of the conditioning trio to test which worked for me. The Aloeba daily conditioner was too lite of a conditioner for me. It didn’t really help much with my hair. The dryness needed more help. I next tried the To Shea conditioner and had much better results.

I felt like the slip factor was there and I was able to use my fingers to detangle without snagging. That to me is a plus sign. The fragrance was just product fragrance, not to overwhelming, barely detectable. Just how I like it. I think this is a good one to get in the rotation, and yes, the curls happened! Now, if it would just stop raining for a few days. I definitely want to try some of the creamy shampoo product.

Ratings are Keeper, Would Rotate in

Spiral Solution’s Deeply Decadent Hair Treatment

Spiral Solution’s Deeply Decadent Hair Treatment was what I tried on Friday night. I had ordered an unscented trial size from the Etsy store. It takes a little extra effort to order if you want it unscented, you need to email and contact through the Etsy site as it is made in small batches. I had had a week, and coming down with my evil sickness. I looked at the jar, opened it and played with the consistency of the product. It was like whipped mayonnaise. Hey, I like whipped mayonnaise products when they go on, it feels good. Used a little more than I thought i would and definitely a once a week or so type conditioner. I would even say that using it as a heat treatment would be FABU.

Ratings are Keeper, Would Rotate in


March 18, 2011

This Weekend’s Testing

Well, because I am so crazy and all that, I will be testing the Jessicurl unscented products I just got in the mail. I hope I can find one or two that work. I also got one product from Spiral Solutions hair care. They have one product that can be unscented so I ordered trial size and will see what  happens.

The stress of getting through what is considered online finals for my classes has my skin breaking out, so we will see how these hair products fair with the stress I am putting my body through. Oh, did I mention the getting sick part. After managing to avoid sickness and working with crazy teens all day at the school, I haven’t gotten ill until now. So, just watch this happen:

The curls will come out very perfect, but I will be too sick to go anywhere!!!! My face will be splotchy and irritated, can’t where makeup. But the hair will be FABU. Or I will get all kinds on dermatitis issues and just want to play ostrich.

Oh, and it’s raining. Foof.

March 15, 2011

So My New Product May Have Formaldehyde

Of course, a product or two I just started using has some known problems:

DIAZOLIDINYL UREA – Preservative

Immunology problems, may release FORMALDEHYDE. I just can’t win, can I. Apparently ShiKai uses this in some of their products. yet again, another natural, safe product may not be. And I was tolerating the fragrance so well. Just goes to show you. Well, at least it’s a natural form of the dangerous item, right?

March 15, 2011

Survived the Micro

Well, we finally did it. Found a semi-perm color that doesn’t like turn my hair black. Love chemicals in the well water, don’t you????

Got my hair cut and the ends are not looking like lightening forks during a rain storm. I have been working with the ShiKai products for two weeks now, alternating with my regular standing products. So far so good. I am still waiting for my samples to come in to try them. Found out more products I look at have the Acacia products in them. I still don’t know about that. I know I have a heck of a time with root beers, one of my only soft drinks I will have a small amount of on occasion. The Acacia is really hard on my stomach. I know when they are in bloom, like right now, the trees really have pollen issues for me. Itching throat and all. But so far, I haven’t had a really bad reaction on my skin. Maybe there is hope.

I should be  getting my non-fragrance samples from Jessicurl today. Imagine, a company that actually has fragrance free samples. Yeah.

March 11, 2011

Micro Chop Tomorrow

Stressing about it this week, but I really need a micro-chop. I know I will ask that only an inch be taken off, then Amy will wag a com or scissors at me with, no you need more. Then will begin the tug of war about how bad the ends really are.

Yeah, I have been experimenting with the ShiKai products this week. I know that most of the ingredients are really good for dry hair, but I still feel too much fluff happening. Maybe the micro-chop will help a bit, but it seems no matter what I do, I can’t get enough moisture in the hair. I am trying out some new products this week when the travel sizes show up.

I contacted Jessicurl and asked about their sample, travel sizes. I was able to order a non-fragrance selection so here’s crossing fingers. They also take PayPal, so that was good as I really am trying to be good about web buying. We’ll see, here’s crossing fingers. I have also contacted another company on Etsy and hope to try some of their product that is free of added fragrance. Here’s crossing fingers.