CONDITIONERS SERIES: DEEP CONDITIONERS

deep conditioners

Hey family, I hope everyone is doing great so far.

I am starting a series on the different types of conditioners and its importance (seeing that I get asked this question a lot) and I will round up by recommending some of my favourite conditioners for you guys. I will try and add ones I have personally used and cater for every budget. For my DIY lovers, I will also get some recipes for you. So how does that sound? Good right? Let’s get started. Today we will be talking about deep conditioners

WHAT IS A DEEP CONDITIONER/ DEEP CONDITIONING

Deep conditioning is using a deep conditioner to deep condition the hair (Lool, don’t you hate explanations like this? Don’t worry, I won’t do that to you guys). Deep conditioning is the process of adding back nutrients to your hair that may have been lost during excess styling, other hair products or even the weather.

It is very important you incorporate this into your regime, preferably deep conditioning weekly to add those nutrients back to your hair and strengthen it. You will see a major difference after 3-6 weeks of use. Your hair will be much healthier, shiner with less dryness and breakage!

TYPES OF DEEP CONDITIONERS

So, now that you want to deep condition your hair, which ones should you look out for and how to choose the best type. You may also see deep conditioners as ‘treatments’ which is what they are essentially, you can use them to treat a specific hair problem.  You may also see them as masques. As a rule of thumb, I always say to have two main types: a moisture based deep conditioner and a protein based deep conditioner then you can alternate between the two depending on what your hair needs.

A moisture based deep conditioner will mainly be for dry hair. This type of product will work to add moisture back to your hair.

A protein based deep conditioner is for damaged hair that is either breaking or shedding a lot. The proteins in the conditioner will strengthen the hair and help with the shedding/breakage.

If your hair is both dry and damaged then you will obviously need a conditioner that will take care of both problems. It is important to notice that most deep conditioners on the market targets both dry and damaged hair. Where possible, try to get moisture based and protein based separately just in case you need one more than the other.

NOW LET’S TALK EXAMPLES

These are some of my personal favourites with ones I am yet to try. If I have a review here on my blog, I link them for you.  I will also try and leave links to where you can get them from online.

Moisture based deep conditioners

  1. Beautiful Textures Intense moisture rapid repair deep conditioner. This is a moisture based deep conditioner enriched with aloe vera, coconut, olive, soy, argan oil, shea and mango butter! I have personally used this and testify on how soft my hair felt after. I like the smell too. Its £3.99 from BeautyByZara. Link > http://www.beautybyzara.com/beautiful-textures-rapid-repair-deep-conditioner-15oz/#


2. Soft and Beautiful Botanicals ultra nourishing deep conditioning repair masque. It contains nutrients like shea butter, olive, argan, coconut oil, aloe and vitamin E. I love LOVE the smell of this and it has a thicker consistency. This is another favourite of mine. Try to get this in store, any good BSS should have it. I personally got mine from ACE in Croydon for £2.99. it looks every expensive online

3. Motions Deep conditioning masque. Another great product with great added ingredients. I have a review on my blog for this. Check it out by clicking on this link>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-tc

4. NuNAAT creams garlic and Cupuacu total strength and repair. This will double up as a moisture and light protein treatment given that is helps to strengthen and repair split ends. I have recently used this product and I am loving the results. I definitely recommend this!

Other great ones that I haven’t used will be (These can also double up as deep conditioners that strengthen the hair and reduces breakage)

Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi deep moisture oil treatment with great added nutrients like argan oil and sunflower. Its £8.95 from British Curlies. Link > http://shop.britishcurlies.co.uk/design-essentials-coconut-monoi-deep-moisture-oil-treatment-4oz/

Crème Of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning treatment. I really love this line from Crème of Nature so I have no doubts this will do the trick. Its £3.99 from British Curlies as well. Link >> http://shop.britishcurlies.co.uk/creme-of-nature-argan-oil-intensive-conditioning-treatment-354ml/

 

Protein based deep conditioners

It’s worth noting some of these will be marketed as reconstructors. So don’t be afraid when you see reconstructor on the packet. Probably the most common example I can give you is hair mayonnaise.

  1. ORS hair mayonnaise. Who hasn’t used this before? It’s a really good treatment that helps to strengthen the hair. You can get this at almost EVERY BSS (If your local BSS don’t have this stop going there lol). It is enriched with olive oil and egg protein. Prices start from £2.29 for the small tub from BeautyByZara. Link > http://www.beautybyzara.com/ors-hair-mayonnaise-8oz/

2. Aussie 3 min miracle reconstructor- the smell is everything. I love everything about this little product. Its £4.99 from Boots. Link > http://www.boots.com/en/Aussie-3-Minute-Miracle-Reconstructor-Conditioner-250ml-_1074/

 

Ones I haven’t used yet

ApHogee keratin 2 min hair reconstructor. It is a one-step ‘milder’ version of their two step protein treatment. I haven’t used this yet but I have heard great reviews on it. I have included a video I found really helpful on it below. Be sure to check it out and do more research if you are interested in buying this. You can purchase on Amazon by clicking Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Hair Reconstructor. Its £8.25.

 

ApHogee two step protein treatment. This is a hard-core protein treatment and it’s only recommended you use every 6-8 weeks I think. Again I haven’t used it before but I am planning to soon. I have included a video link before and you can purchase on Amazon by clicking Aphogee Balancing Moisturizer with Two Stp Protein Treatment. It’s £12.03 for both the protein and the balancing moisturiser. It usually come in this pack of 2 but you can also get them separately

 

FOR MY DIY LOVERS

You will find lots of ingredients in your kitchen cabinet/fridge that can be used for the perfect deep conditioner. I have tried a few recipes but you can always swap and test new ones! Do let me know what your favourite mixes are as well.

The ones I have personal tried are

Mayo, egg and honey

Greek yoghurt, simple conditioner, castor oil and olive oil

Simple conditioner, egg and any oil I can find: coconut oil, castor oil, spearmint essential oil etc

Of course you have the more popular ones like

Banana, olive oil and honey

Avocado, olive oil and shea butter (Sound good, I think I will be trying this soon)

Olive oil/ coconut milk

Of course you don’t have to stick to these recipes or get the exact measurements, I always just eye ball and use more (It’s never the bad thing lol). Mix and match till you get your perfect deep conditioner. There are COUNTLESS of videos on YouTube on DIY recipes so be sure to have a look if you are really stuck for ideas

HOW TO?

This is fairly easy. After shampooing, apply your deep conditioner of choice to your hair and leave for about 30 mins. It works well with heat so cover with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer. If you don’t have this at home you can always use a handheld blow dryer. Alternatively what I do is pile on plastic bags and go about my day. Your body heat is enough to do the trick. You can also put a heated towel on top of the plastic bag for added heat. That’s it!

FINAL THOUGHTS/ RECAP

Deep conditioners are a must in your regime especially if you use a lot of styling products. There are two main types: moisture based and protein based. Although you can get some formulas that have both properties try your best to get them separately.

Try to do them weekly but if you do a hard core protein treatment, do that every 6 to 8 weeks.

Don’t be afraid if you can get one in store, the kitchen is always the next best thing. Let your inner DIY diva out and get to mixing!

That’s all folks. If you love this post please subscribe for more. Also, don’t forget to connect with me on my social media and like my new Facebook page! You can find all the links on the right on side of this page. I will be continuing my series on conditioners by talking about leave in conditioners next time. Until then,

Love

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAIR GROWTH 101- OILS

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Hi guys, hope everyone is doing well so far and the year started good for you. If not, don’t worry it will pick up soon!

Anyway since I am on a mission to get to minimum bsl (bra strap length) by the end of this year (my hair is currently above my breasts when stretched out, still on my hairfinity challenge, final bottle to go) I have been doing a lot of research into alternative and cheaper hair growth aids (not every day spend £70 on hairfinity lol, sometimes £10 or less on other stuff lol). So this post will be about a few oils I have come across and hopefully will incorporate into my regime. I have tried some of them and the others i am yet to try.

If you have any more oils in mind just comment below and let me know how it worked for you.

Let’s get started

CASTOR OIL
CASTOR OIL

. Castor oil- holy grail product for some women. Most women swear by it as it has helped them grow out thinning edges, increased hair thickness and helped with length retention. From Youtube research i am sold! There are numerous videos on application methods, castor oil mixes and recipes. I am yet to try castor oil for myself so of course I will be keeping you guys up to date when I start. Most popular ones I have seen is the Jamaican black castor oil (jbco) either from sunny isle or tropic isle living. But of course you can do your own research and choose for yourself. Whatever brands or type you choose make sure it’s cold pressed and processed (To do with the extracting process, this simply means its retained most of its nutrients during the manufacturing process) and 100% pure, virgin oil.

Castor oil is a humectant which means it has the ability to both attract moisture and retain it as well (great!). It is also rich in vitamin e, minerals and proteins. Its small molecular size allows it to easily penetrate the hair shaft.

Below are some really helpful videos on castor oil to help start your research process

Natural hair. Jamaican black castor oil for hair growth>> http://youtu.be/megnhDfBOkI

Jamaican black castor oil >> http://youtu.be/52Qw4I6NivM

Tropic isle living Jamaican black castor oil > http://youtu.be/bLBz8UKhC3E

Faster hair growth? Jamaican black castor oil > http://youtu.be/onOvX9vYUvc

Tip- try mixing castor oil, olive oil (grapeseed oil can work) and peppermint or eucalyptus or tea tree oil. Supposedly aids in growth and thickness. When applied to eyelashes and eyebrows it allegedly aids growth (note- allegedly)

You can purchase from paks.com, beautybyzara.com or from amazon. Direct links>>  Jamaican Black Castor Oil Regular 8oz. (236ml) Jamaican Black Castor Oil Regular 8oz

doogro
doogro

Doo gro oil- my staple product whenever I have braids! I can personally vouch for this product. It is the product that helped me thicken my hair when I first went natural! Please note it comes in 3 different types, I have only used the mega growth oil. I recommend getting a minimum of two bottles to start with. It’s fairly cheap with £3.99 a bottle. Only con is it’s not drip free therefore tends drip down to your face if you use too much. It has a fairly pleasant smell and already comes in an applicator bottle making it easy to apply.

It also claims to tame frizz and add shine to your hair. It contains oat protein and extract, shea butter and botanical thickeners that promote thicker growing hair. It’s safe for children and all hair types.

Tip- also use as an hot oil treatment.

Below are some videos I found useful

Doogro mega thick oil, it really works >>http://youtu.be/D1NXbngThnA

Doogro mega thick oil review >> http://youtu.be/3gVkVjy2bHg

You can purchase from amazon. Direct link>>  DOO GRO® Mega Thick® Growth Oil

ultimate organics
ultimate organics

Ultimate organics stimulating oils- I used both the coconut oil and the tea tree oil. I remember disliking the smell of the tea tree oil. I did not experience any growth with these products only thing was at least my scalp was moisturised. I can’t really comment on this as I havenot gone back to try them but do let me know of your experiences with them if you have tried it.

You can purchase from beauty supply stores or from amazon. Direct link>>  Ultimate Organic Tea Tree Stimulating Growth Oil 120 ml

Other oils yet to try/ heard of

Hair hope growth oil

Wild growth oil

Concluding thoughts

Obviously there are many more oils out there that claim to aid in hair growth.  I chose these products because I have personally experienced some of them. In the near future I will probably update this post or post another as I experiment and use other oils in my hair growth process. One area I am doing more research in is essential oils in particular tea tree oil and peppermint oil.

Final advice to anyone on a hair growth journey BE PATIENT AND CONSISTENT! Hair growth can be a slow process (no matter what wonders the product says IT CAN DO it’s still not going to grow your hair over night!) be consistent, you will produce much better results. If you are a serial length checker, you will have your fair share of good and bad months- just don’t give up! Keep going and you will reap your results soon. My next post in the hair growth series- hair growth 102- supplements will be up soon!

For more information/ where to buy

Paks cosmetics >> http://www.pakcosmetics.com/hair-care/sprays,-serums-and-oils/hair-oils

Doogro >> http://www.doogro.com/

Castor oil- solution for hair growth, split ends and more > http://www.thehealthsite.com/beauty/8-amazing-haircare-benefits-of-castor-oil/

Castor oil hair benefits >> http://blackhair101.com/hair-food-2/castor-oil-hair-benefits

What are the benefits of eucalyptus? >> http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266580.php

Tea tree oil for hair growth >http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/tea-tree-oil-for-hair-growth/

 

 

 

 

 

 

TTPR- ORS Edge Control

edge control

 

ORS formally known as olive oil organic root stimulator ( So no, I havenot made a mistake)

Another product that is no old news to the junkies so let’s get right to it!

TTP!

Claims?- superior hold and shine

Does it work?- more or less, depending on your technique.( Sarah are you trying to tell me there is a way of applying edge control? YES. So I have natural hair so my edges are curly. For this to work on my hair I CANT just apply and bounce NO. I have to either use it on top of Eco Styler Styling Gel Krystal Clear 900 gm (click the link to check it out on Amazon) OR apply water to dampen my hair first then use. TIP_ apply hair gel with a toothbrush( but I’m sure you knew that already. NO? thank me then LOL)

Proof? – Youtube reviews, and I’m on my second container.

Safe?- first ingredient is water

Bonus?- this is difficult. hmm Can last all day depending on weather conditions. If you leave the container open for a while, the product tends to harden. I found it a bit difficult to spread.

Price?- £2.99 more or less. dependent on location. Check out Paks, Ace etc

Here it is in the glorified ORS packaging. I was right.  click on the picture to check it out on Amazon for only £1.97!

That’s all for now

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