My Quest

My Quest

Since the beginning of my journey I have been searching for one product line from which I love the shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in all from one line. You may say to yourself, that shouldn’t be too hard. What makes it hard are my requirements:
1. No mineral oil or petroleum
2. No parabens
3. No dimethicone (my hair hates dimethicone)
4. No cones
5. No SLS or ALS
6. Good prices, I want to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth
So, I know that I could find this in Aveda, so if all else fails I will turn to Aveda, but it is extremely expensive. I am trying Elucence (has parabens but very low on the list) right now, but after that I will have tried everything I know of that meets my requirements. If they fail I will just stick with Aveda forever and ever. We shall see.

My Regimen Explained: Oils

My Regimen Explained: Oils

So, I thought I would go into more detail about my regimen and specifically explain how I use my products. I have also changed the placement of my regimen and moved it to the side bar on the right. So to begin with this series, lets talk about the oils in my regimen.
I have tried many oils but I only stick to three for good reason. First and foremost Castor Oil. This is really the end all and be all of oils for my hair. I mix this oil with my other oils for the best possible results. It has antibacterial qualities which means it keeps the hair clean while adding moisture and strength to the hair. It really is the only oil that I have not strayed away from since the beginning of my hair journey. When I get the notion to add oils to conditioners, Henna treatments, etc. I always use Castor Oil. I usually use cold pressed castor oil and when I was trying to regain the thickness in my hair damaged from my setback I used jamaican black castor oil on my scalp daily.
The other two oils in my hair regimen are made by Dabur. They are my Ayurvedic oils and are infused with Ayurvedic powders such as Henna, Alma, Brahmi, etc. They are Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil and Vatika Enriched Almond Oil. These oils do not contain mineral oil or petroleum. I have used coconut oil for awhile and I changed specifically to Vatika Enriched coconut oil for its Ayurvedic properties. Coconut oil has been proven to prevent protein loss in hair strands and has also been proven to penetrate the hair shaft, so I use it for that purpose. Sweet Almond oil is also another common Ayurvedic oil known to prevent moisture loss and add softness and shine to the hair. I use both of these oils in combination with castor oil as hot oil treatments and the coconut oil mix for sealing.
Specific Oil Breakdown Ratios:
2 oz. Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil
3 oz. Cold Pressed Castor Oil
I mix both of these oils in an applicator bottle.
2 oz. Vatika Enriched Almond Oil
3 oz. Cold Pressed Castor Oil
I mix both of these oils in another applicator bottle.
Once a week before tea rinsing I do a hot oil treatmentl. I put a mug of hot water in the microwave for three minutes. I then put the applicator bottle in the hot water until the oil is warm but not so hot it will burn my scalp. I then apply the oil, pin my hair up in the center of my head, and then cover with my platinum conditioning cap. I condition anywhere from 1 hour to overnight. I do the same before a Henna treatment using a whole lot more oil.
When sealing I apply my moisturizer and then I pour a nickel sized amount of oil in my hands, I rub my hands together to warm the oil and then I apply to my hair.
That’s it! I only use three oils in my regimen. There are plenty of other incredibly great oils out there like olive, macademia nut, avocado and more, but these are the three that I use. They are the best for my hair and I am at the point where I just like to stick with what works. Let me know if you have any more questions about this part of my regimen. More explanations to come!

Product Push: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream

Product Push: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream

The packaging is fairly interesting, not too big and not too small. It has interesting color combinations with simple script to just peak your interest. The consistency of the leave-in is thin but creamy and a little goes a loooong way. Its white, truly a pearl white and only comes in little 6 oz. bottles, but at the same time it does its job well and as I said a little goes a long way.
I love this cream. I usually use it as a moisturizer. It is truly the best moisturizer I have every used and I would recommend it to anyone who shampoos with a commercial shampoo. You may ask why? Well, it is full of cones and using cones is ok as long as you shampoo often enough to get rid of the cones.
As a leave-in I find it to be lacking and the Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship to be better in that department. However, this is the BEST moisturizer I have come across so far. I haven’t used it in a while, but now that I am using shampoo again I will probably go back to it.

Don’t Have a Hooded Dry for DC? Solution!

Before I had a hooded dryer I used to think that I had to only buy deep conditioners that could work best without heat. I was reading on LHCF one day, as I often do and ran across a viable solution. Heat the conditioner and then apply to the hair. I tried it and it works just as well as going under a dryer and I still do it sometimes even though I have a dryer now. I basically do what I have to in order to not have to pull out the dryer for something so simple as deep conditioning. So give it a try and let me know what you think!

Stretch with me Challenge!

The Challenge begins Monday December 21st, 2009 and ends whenever your stretch ends.
The Rules:
1) Send me a starting photo (length shot pls!)
2) In the same email write your goal for this stretch, your regimen, and the length of your stretch.
3) Each week send me a photo of the style (s) you chose for the week
4) You may not repeat a style more than twice in your stretch
The point of this challenge is to have fun with your hair by learning new styles but at the same time keeping it healthy!
To join e-mail me: [email protected]
Starting Photos and Info
MissMusicStretch with me Challenge!

My hair is currently just past my shoulders and so my goal for my 14 week stretch is to reach APL (arm pit length).
Regimen:
Wash #1:
Pre-poo w/oil
Ayurvedic Tea
Co-Wash
Leave-In
Seal with Butter
Wash #2:
Pre-poo w/protein conditioner
Shampoo
Deep Condition w/moisture
Apply Leave-In
Seal with Butter
Henna every 6 weeks
Products:
Oils: Olive Oil, Vatika Oil, Sweet Almond, Cold Pressed and Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Ayurvedic Powders:Amla, Aritha, Bhringraj, Brahmi, Fenugreek, Henna, Hibiscus, Shikakai
Shampoo: Nexxus Therappe Moisturizing Shampoo
Protein Conditioner:Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor
Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonaisse
Co-Wash Conditioner: Suave Humectant
Moisturizing Conditioner: Hairveda SitriNillah Deep Conditioner
Leave-In: Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Leave-In
Butters: Avocado, Macademia Nut, and Olive Butter
Other: Roux Porosity Control

News and Question

So, I am going to relax this Friday and after that my next stretch will be 14 weeks. So I am shooting for waist length hair again and judging by how long it took me last time I give myself 2 years at most. So to begin I hope to be or close to APL in April.
I was thinking of finding a way to start some kind of stretch with me challenge if anyone is interested. I was thinking of doing something where we show our protective styles. Only repeating a style twice, that’s the challenge. As you can tell I am really into learning new ways to style your hair. You don’t have to stretch 14 weeks, but we could post some kind of starting photo and whenever you reach the end of your stretch you post photos and tell us your favorite style. Let me know what you think!

Transitioning to Natural Hair

Transitioning to Natural Hair

So, as you ladies know, I go back and forth and back and forth between staying natural or going relaxed. I know that it is just a matter of time before I go back to natural. I really really really REALLY want to go back to natural right now, but I want to try something first. I want to transition to be sure that this is what I want to do. I mean, my hair has bounced back from my setback by leaps and bounds. My hair is back to its healthiest again and I could continue to relax my hair, I learned my lesson and will never let anyone else do that again. At the same time, everything in me wants to go back to natural. I miss my B.A.A, my twist outs, my wash n go’s and my just plain curly hair.
So, what to do? Well sometime today or tomorrow I am going to flat iron my hair and cut it to a completely even length. I will wear it straight for awhile and then I am going to try to transition. I feel like that would be the best way for me to make a decision. I think I will do braid outs and bantu knot outs to start and see where that takes me. In the end this will have either extended my relaxer stretch or started me on the road to natural. Time will tell!
By the way, this is week 11 of my usual 12 week stretch.

“Its our anniversary!”

"Its our anniversary!"

Its been a little over a year since I began this blog and I could not be happier. I realize since then I have really really learned so much about Ayurveda and its hair benefits. I have had a major setback, but I lived, I learned and at least it happened before I reached my end goal! I have solidified my staple products and now I just want to work towards progress. I think sometime next year, maybe next summer, I will start making videos, but time will tell. First I have to get a new camera, lol!
In honor of this one year mark I have given this blog its own domain. This blog can now be found at https://fromshorttolong.com!
I hope you ladies are getting something out of this blog because I know it has helped me. Feel free to give suggestions for what you want to see in the future or to just say something. Comments are always welcome!

The Comb I Swear By: Mebco Tortoise Shower Detangler

So, I know that many ladies use the Jilbere shower comb or some version of it. I do own it and I use it if I decide to detangle before jumping or to distribute conditioner throughout my strands in the shower. However, the best detangling comb that I have come across so far, as a relaxed and natural head, is the Mebco Tortoise Shower Detangler. I bought it from sally’s awhile back, for, I think, $2. This comb really really detangles quite well. It gets into the new growth more than the Jlbere comb and it is still a wide tooth comb. If you haven’t tried it, pick it up and use it when you feel that detangling is getting to be difficult (at 8-10 weeks post, lol!)
Jilbere Shower Comb

The Comb I Swear By: Mebco Tortoise Shower Detangler

Mebco Tortoise Shower Detangler

The Comb I Swear By: Mebco Tortoise Shower Detangler