Wash Day Rituals: L.O.C and Wash n Go.

So it’s been a busier than usual hair week for me. I decided to do a “Wash n Go” early in the week because I wanted to try a Pantene Mousse instead of a curl cream. Before curl creams, my only weapons for curly hair ┬ávictory was the mousse and gel. The mission was always to find a gel and mousse that did not leave my curls crunchy and hard. Crunchy curls are no fun to feel or detangle. I popped in to Walgreens/Duane Reade in NYC and saw they were having a BIG sale on hair products. They had an amazing 3 for 2 deal and I was there for it. I ran out of Pantene shampoo and conditioner and decided to re-up and then thought about trying the mousse for the wash and go. I saw “volume” on the canister and was sold. My hair has been thinning and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older of if my hair is just plain old damaged. I’m a lover of “big hair” and anything selling me volume is considered sold.

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The Pantene Trio.

It guaranteed volume and that’s what it delivered honey! My hair was big and I was loving every minute of it. The only thing I added to this combo was some hair oil. Curly girls know that dry hair is the devil.

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The curls were soft and bouncy. Just the way I like them.

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So after about 3 days of volume and big girl curls, it was time to detangle (insert scared emoji face here). It really was not that scary. The front of my hair always detangles easily but the back, eeek. The nape is always a bit scary because this is the portion of your head that rubs against your coat or sweater and those elements cause the hair to tangle. I whip out the large tooth comb and my spray detangler and get to work and the hair was detangled in less than 15-minutes. The next day was a wash day for both my daughter and I and thought that the L.O.C Method would be good for getting some oils and moisture back into the hair and prepare for buns and braids.

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L.O.C Tools

 

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Right, L.O.C Method? What’s that? Look above. I like the method and quite frankly, you were probably doing this before someone coined it as a method. After doing the L.O.C, I like to braid or plait my hair. I feel like everything is soaking in and I don’t have to worry about putting my hair through another detangle session anytime soon.

Which rituals have you been using lately?

It’s a Henna Kind of Summer.

I’ve been friends with or following Jhaszmyn on Instagram for some time now. She is a creative and it was a great thing when I saw that she was doing henna tattoos ad not just doing the tats but also making house calls. It was too good to be true. I’ve been wanting to get henna-ed for some time now and I’m not sure why it took me this long. I suppose the time was never right and the right situation never happened till now. Jhaszmyn arrived at our noon appointment time and she was ready to get right to making art. She is super sweet and very creative. She was more than happy to give me the design on my choice and made sure I was happy with my choices.

After getting the henna, I now needed my photog extraordinaire hubby, John, to hook me up with some awesome photos. We worked together and got some awesome shots. He was kind enough to capture some beautiful images for me. It only took him a short period of time to do it but he created some stunners here.

What a great way to spend a Saturday!

Jhaszmyn, the henna artist, hard at work.

Jhaszmyn, the henna artist, hard at work.

No real meaning or occasion for the henna. Just an outlet for some creativity that I was feeling.

No real meaning or occasion for the henna. Just an outlet for some creativity that I was feeling.

Love the way these rosebushes matched the feel of the henna and the deep wine color of the nails is perfect in the midst of it all.

Love the way these rosebushes matched the feel of the henna and the deep wine color of the nails is perfect in the midst of it all.

Feeling a little like bad Gal Rih Rih with these digits tatted.

Feeling a little like bad Gal Rih Rih with these digits tatted.

The curls aren't fully dried but I used "Creme of Nature's" Butterliciuous Curl Cream on the curls today.

The curls aren’t fully dried but I used “Creme of Nature’s” Butterliciuous Curl Cream on the curls today.

 

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Photos: Johnricard

Henna Art: Jhasmynpratt

Hair: CremeofNature

 

Wash Day Goodies.

“My Goodies, My Goodies…” Ciara said it. Well, it’s Sunday so that means time to dip into my shampoos and things. This week I tried The ORS Sulfate Free Shampoo and The Creme of Nature Leave in Detangling Conditioner. I have previously used the Herbal Essences Conditioner before and I love it! It smells like a yummy nut and leaves my hair really soft. I also love the Shea Moisture Treatment Masque. It is a soft, conditioner like masque. It isn’t stiff and tacky like a lot of the hair masques on the market. Let’s take a look at the goods:

The Sunday Lineup.

The Sunday Lineup.

The Shea Moisture Treatment Masque is soft and goes into the hair with ease. It left me with super soft curls.

The Shea Moisture Treatment Masque is soft and goes into the hair with ease. It left me with super soft curls. I left it into my hair, after I shampooed, for 20 minutes.

After I washed out the hair masque, I conditioned with Herbal Essences "The Sleeker the Butter". It smells fantastic and a little goes a long way.

After I washed out the hair masque, I conditioned with Herbal Essences “The Sleeker the Butter”. It smells fantastic and a little goes a long way.

After shampoo, masque and conditioning, I sprayed my hair with the Creme of Nature leave in conditioner/detangler. I was not in love with the scent BUT the detangling power made up for it. The comb went through my uncombed before shampooing hair with all types of ease.

After shampoo, masque and conditioning, I sprayed my hair with the Creme of Nature leave in conditioner/detangler. I was not in love with the scent BUT the detangling power made up for it. The comb went through my uncombed before shampooing hair with all types of ease.

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What are your Wash Day staples? Do you change up your routine every week?

Creme of Nature: Argan Oil Butter-licious Curls and Milk Masque

Wash Day is the perfect time to try new hair goodies. I’m a big fan of “Clear” Scalp and Hair shampoos and conditioner and as a result, they have been a staple in my hair was routine. It’s good for my hair and scalp but even better for my daughter’s, who swims on a swim team. The chlorine leaves her hair really dry and “Clear” is great to moisturize her hair and scalp.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Milk Masque and Butter-licious Curls paired with Clear Shampoo.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Milk Masque and Butter-licious Curls paired with Clear Shampoo.

Now on to my new trials, “Creme of Nature” Argan Oil Butter-licious Curls and the Moisturizing Milk Masque. I have been riding with Creme of Nature shampoos and conditioners since High School! I used Mizani relaxer and relaxed my hair about two times a year when I was a teen. I only used Creme of Nature Shampoo and Conditioner for my wash and set days. After shampooing, my hair was left soft, manageable and tangle free. My hair was fairly long so it was always easily tangled and left very dry if I used the wrong shampoo. Today, I’m relaxer free and so excited to see the Creme of Nature is still here to provide products for my curly do. After shampooing, I applied the Milk Masque and covered my hair with a plastic cap. I left the masque on for about 20 minutes and then ran warm water through my hair. The masque felt like a conditioner on my hair. It left my hair super soft and I didn’t need more than that quarter size of conditioner that is recommended on the bottle. I just dabbed a bit on my hair ends for extra moisture.

After I Shampooed and Conditioned.

After I Shampooed and Conditioned.

 

After taking out some of the excess water out of my hair with a cotton towel, I applied the non greasy, Butter-licious Curls. It feels like a custard and the yellow color reminds me of a custard. It does not have a strong smell so that is also a plus. I find that some products can be strong and pungent. What smells good to one person might not smell great to another. I used a wide tooth comb to comb through and part my hair in about six sections. I took my hair, section by section, ran some Butter Curls (about the size of a quarter) through each section and then braided. I let my hair air dry and released my braids in the morning. I finger fluffed pillow soft curls and had a great curl day.

The results of my Braid-Out.

The results of my Braid-Out.

....and the just because I take car selfies bonus.

….and the just because I take car selfies bonus.

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