Baggying my hair yesterday definitely did my hair good. I unraveled my twists this morning and was happy to see shiny, well-defined curls. The grape seed oil that I used to seal my ends was absorbed well, leaving no greasy film. My curls, including my ends, are nice and smooth. Operation Save My Ends is off to a good start! ☺
So, I have challenged myself to take extra special care of my ends. It is a never ending battle trying to keep these bad boys moisturized. The issue with my ends is ultimately the reason why I BCed again last summer. I ain’t trying to go there again.
The past few days I’ve been using shea butter on my ends to see what effect it would have. My hair has been soft, but it has also been greasy. I hate touching my hair and getting that greasy film on my fingers. I also don’t want to leave grease stains behind on any place I might rest my head. Maybe I need to use less. I’m not giving up on it completely yet.
OK…so this evening I baggied my hair. I’d planned on doing the ends only but I had to do my whole head because my hair isn’t long enough for me to just cover the ends with the bag. But this time I made sure that my ends were slathered with conditioner. I left the baggy on for about 4 hours instead of overnight since I was doing a protein treatment because my ends have breaking really bad. If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, you may recall the horrible experience I had the first time I used the baggy method – I did it overnight and woke up to mushy, soggy hair that started to shed a lot.
Well, this time I noticed a big difference. My ends were moisturized and my hair was soft, but not soggy as before. Lately, when I’ve applied my leave in, I’d have hair covering my hands as I raked through it. This time there was none! So I’m guessing the protein was definitely needed.
Tonight I’m trying Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Conditioner.
This line is paraben free. The consistency is the same as Hello Hydration and about the same amount of slip. I didn’t have a problem detangling my hair (something I rarely do). It has a light, citrusy, minty scent. I like that fact that it has rosemary and peppermint oils in it. I sealed my ends with grape seed oil and let my hair air dry slightly before twisting. My twists were plump and juicy like I like them and my ends were nicely sealed and smooth. The jury is still out on whether they will stay smooth and hydrated. I will update.
When my hair is moisturized adequately, it’s elasticity awesome, the shrinkage is definitely real, it is soft as all get out, and there are very few curly Q’s scattered across my bathroom floor and sink. This is great news for me! This is how I know my hair is at it’s healthiest state.
Now, I’ve been on this journey long enough to know that sealing my ends is the most important thing I can do for my hair. This is the make or break it phase in our hair care regimen. If those ends aren’t sealed, moisture will escape and we will end up with dry, brittle hair. This will eventually lead to shedding and breakage. My usual ride or die oil has been Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or EVOO as we like to call it. It penetrates the cuticle of my strands well, it doesn’t sit on my hair, and it seals moisture in wonderfully for me. I’ve gotten the best results with EVOO, over jojoba oil and the usual curly girl’s go to oil, coconut oil. Neither of these worked for me. My hair was always dry when I used them.
Recently I’ve decided to participate in a 30 Days With Ceramides Challenge hosted by Jeni, author of Just Grow Already. Ceramides are lipid molecules that are naturally a part of the hair cuticle. They protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair. Examples of ceramides are grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, wheat germ, rice bran, and hemp seed oils. Ceramides are better suited for chemically treated, relaxed, and/or damaged hair. I’ve been using grapeseed oil for the past three weeks.
From my research, I found grapeseed oil is supposed to be good for preventing hair breakage, hair shedding, and stimulating hair growth. It’s lightweight, odorless, and is said to be able to penetrate the hair strands better or just as well as EVOO, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. This makes it a great sealant as it protects against moisture loss. I guess it’s no reason why I’m curious about it.
Although I have mixed feelings so far about grapeseed oil, my hair seems to like it. I can’t say that I’ve noticed any less shedding than when I use EVOO, which seals my hair perfectly. But when I consistently moisturize my hair, which I do twice a day, I didn’t have very much shedding. This is a plus. The main complaint that I have with grapeseed oil is that it seems to sit on my hair. It doesn’t penetrate the hair shaft as well as EVOO. My hair does seem to maintain moisture pretty well, but again, not as well as it does with EVOO. I haven’t used it long enough to know whether it is benefitting my hair as far as growth is concerned. I am going to continue to use it and see if it makes a difference in the health of my hair.
I’m participating the the Winter Castor Oil Challenge hosted by Kinky Curly Coily Me. I’ve tried this challenge before, but only put in half the effort. I’m going to try this again. I use JBCO often, but I want to see firsthand if the claims made about castor oil are true by using it consistently.
Last night I did Finger Coils after moisturizing my hair. (I’m afraid to go more than 2 days without moisturizing!!! My hair dries really quickly and I’ve learned the hard way to keep it moisturized…). I’m hoping I can get away with this style for the next two weeks as a protective style. I’m not quite sure if it counts as a protective style since the ends aren’t hidden, but my ends are never hidden in my twists either. But I think this can be a low manipulation style and I can still moisturize it easily. I’m liking this look!
I am taking part in a 3 Length Retention Challenge hosted by Tega of the blog Social Hermit http://socialhermit.me and Joke’ of the blog Roots Don’t Lie http://rootsdontlie.blogspot.com. This three month challenge will take place for August – October. If you are interested in joining, please click the photo below for more information. My progress can be tracked by clicking the 3LR Challenge at the top of the page.