Hair Update

My scalp is driving me crazyy. It constantly itches to the point that I must scratch or risk losing my mind. But when I scratch it results in even more shed hairs! I am not a happy camper :(!

But on the bright side, my hair has grown about 1/2 an inch (an inch if stretched out) in two weeks! I don’t know what to attribute the fast growth to, I’ve been applying Hot Six Oil to my scalp twice a day, and sometimes I mix in jojoba oil and safflower oil. I know, I know that’s a lot of oils but there is no way I’m doing the BC until I have at least 6 inches of growth. At this rate it’ll take me six months to fully transition! :)

I love her hair and style!
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I love her hair and style!

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Formaldehyde Hidden In Hair Products

Formaldehyde is like another form of relaxer. It’s used in perms to straighten hair and when heat is applied to it, formaldehyde is released into the hair. In gas form, formaldehyde kills everything living it comes in contact with. In its gaseous form, it is absorbed by the respiratory tract; in aqueous solution, it is absorbed through skin contact. As a result it must be avoided at ALL costs. So imagine my horror when I found out the beauty industry has found ways to hide formaldehyde in their products, under the names diazolidinyl urea; imidazolidinyl urea; quarterinium-15; DMDM hydantoin; 2-bromo; and 2-nitropropane. AND apparently those are just the most common ones.

So I got to thinking, where would it make sense to hide formaldehyde? In heat protectancts and other products you are supposed to put on your hair to promote straightness. Panicking I grabbed my Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Organix and scanned the ingredient list. The formaldehyde is in bold:

Deionized Water, Alcohol Denatured (SD Alcohol 40 B), PEG 12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium 6, Polyquaternium 11, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Butter), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract (Aloe Leaf), Panthenol, Parfum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 40, Yellow 5.

* Polyquaternium 6, Polyquaternium 11 is definitely related to quarterinium-15.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ORGANIX. Now I understand why whenever I sprayed this on my hair, my strands would actually immediately straighten before I applied heat. I’ve actually sprayed this product to my scalp thinking it would moisturize my scalp, which I now know is like injecting cancerous cells into my brain. I. AM. ANGRY PISSED.

Article: Read the Truth HERE

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Oil is Essential

One of the MOST important ingredients for healthy hair is oils. There are many oils out there, like jojoba (which is awesome for your scalp),lavender (great for scalp and thinning hair) and much more!¬† ANDDD I found the oil that’s perfect for my hair, iiittsss safflower oil!

I realized that I had it lying around the house from my make-you-own-lipbalm days, so I googled it’s properties:

Safflower Oil Benefits for Hair
Safflower oil is highly rich in polyunsaturated fats, containing 77% linoleic acid (omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)), 10% saturated fats, and 13% oleic acid (omega-9s - monosaturates). It also comprises high levels of vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol and phytosterols, and so helps in preventing and treating EFA deficiencies in the body. Safflower oil for hair growth contains high amounts of oleic acid, which is light in texture and penetrates the skin easily. This protects, nourishes, hydrates and firms the hair. Being extremely rich in essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is highly beneficial for dry, color treated or perm hair. When applied to the scalp, it acts as an vasolidator which can dilate the blood vessels, resulting in more nutrients supply to the hair follicles through blood circulation, and a healthy environment for hair regrowth.

Safflower Oil for Dry Hair
Our hair normally contains a moisture content of approximately 10%, which when drops below this level needs to be retained. As the hair grows past the neck line or doesn’t have a direct contact with the scalp, the essential natural oils present in the scalp are not utilized throughout the hair shaft. Therefore, to increase the hair’s ability to attract and retain moisture in the cortex of the hair, one can use moisturizers rich in essential fatty acids (EFA). Safflower oil is one of the best and cost effective oil for dry hair containing essential fatty acids. Following are few steps that will help you to replace the lost EFA and moisture from the scalp:

  • Put 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and rub them together.
  • Take your hair and apply the oil at the ends first, and then work towards the scalp.
  • Leave this in your hair for an hour or so and then rinse.
  • By regularly applying safflower oil in your hair, you will retain the moisture and have healthy, shiny hair.

REVIEW: Let me just say I applied it to my ends and hair shaft, looked in the mirror, stared at the results for a whiiile, then poured it on my scalp. Honestly the oil has a sort of weird musty smell, but my hair absorbed it and was glowing. BEST. OIL. I’VE. EVER.USED.

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length and curls? what a woman <3

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jeeeaaalooooussss.

jeeeaaalooooussss.

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When I buy a bag of air and the company is nice enough to put in some chips

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The good thing about giving in and flat ironing, is that you guys get to see my hair length and all that good stuff!

The good thing about giving in and flat ironing, is that you guys get to see my hair length and all that good stuff!

I have a confession.

I um gave in to temptation and flat ironed my hair. BUT in my defense my ends were a horrible mess frizz puffs and they were tangling and breaking when I tried to run anything through them. I mean, I did use protective measures though:

  1. I sprayed the ends of my hair with Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray, which I must say immediately made my hair softer and straighter even before adding heat.
  2. Then I flat ironed the ends of my hair (about 3-4 inches of it), making sure to go over each section just once
  3. Then I applied Olive Creme to my flat ironed ends and sealed with grapeseed oil.

Still, I can’t help but feel like my ends are crying “WHYYYYYY” and all my spot n’ snip spilt ends work has been rendered futile.

And this is exactly why I need a hair dryer, like the kind the hair dresser uses to dry your hair when she puts it in roller sets :’(

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