End of HHJ Obsession/ Devotion

I've considered so many other areas of my life that could use this devotion. This is my goal deadline. I will have to purge all of my unused products and devote my time an energy to the betterment of another area of my life. MBL is my ultimate goal, but I have no idea where my hair will be come December 31, 2013. That will be five years of being hair obsessed.

PJ Recovery

PJ Recovery-Current Product List

Currently in PJ Rehab my regimen stays the same but my products rotate due to using them up. Check out product reviews section for more info. I do pj inventories, as well feel free to ask questions.

Prepoo- CocoMix/Castor Oil and cheapie cowash conditioner
Instant/ Cowash Conditioner- Suave Naturals, Tresemme, etc (using up stash to get back to staple cowash)
Shampoo- ORS Creamy Aloe(clarify), ORS Uplifting Shampoo and/or CHI Infra Shampoo(weekly)
DC- NTM Daily DC
Light Protein- Motions CPR Conditioning Treatment
Heavy Protein-None(see above)
LeaveIns- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
Serum- FX Silk Drops
Heat Protectants- see above leave-in's
Moisturizer- Elasta QP Mango Butter & Olive Oil
Final Rinse- Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner
Sealing Oil- CocoMix (EVCO, HHCO , Tea Tree, Shea Butter, Carrot and Cocoa Butter oils)
Extras-....
I can't wait to use up all of my products and get back to my staples. I am slowly using them up. Perhaps, a blog sale in the future....who knows.

I'm Back....

Hello everyone, I am back .I've missed you all. I am back and more motivated than ever. As you all know I cut my hair back to shoulder length in November. I still have the urge to cut it into a bob. I must say I am feeling the bob look on me and sew-ins are hit or miss. I am going to get it evened out next weekend, but that's it. I need to reach my goal length. I have made a few changes to my regimen that I believe will help me succeed. Not sure if I would consider them changes as they are the previous things I was doing before I became lazy and complacent. My hair grows no doubt about it, as I'm ready to cut it again. I just can't seem to keep the scissors out of it.

My plans:
*Purchased Pebco ProTools professional hair dryer- love it, the bell ding scared me, but no big deal.
*Purchased hair steamer- love it, though only used it once. Not sure how my hair should be under it or how long or how often to use it. I will figure it out.
*Stocked up on my staples- EVCO, EVOO, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, NTM DC, NTM Silk Touch Leave In, Motions CPR Conditioning Treatment
*Back to rollersets and other low manipulation styles
*Stretch no longer than 14weeks if not in a long-term protective style
*Trim when necessary
*Take my vitamins and amp up my water consumption
*MOST OF ALL-STAY MOTIVATED!!!

I Cut My Hair....

I'm officially FULL SHOULDER LENGTH.
I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't take how thin the middle had gotten. Sure it was slowly catching up, but in the mean time I couldn't deal with the strings. I didn't even like wearing my hair out. I got my shears out. I did a great job in my opinion. I plan to get regular trims at least 3-4times a year until I get my ends in superb condition. My hair is my ultimate accessory. If my hair is looking rough I feel rough. Anyway, here's the pics...






It's crazy because as much as I like growing my hair out. I like the way I look with shorter hair. What do you ladies think?

DIY Gelly Sandwich Manicure- No UV





Base: Gelous Advanced Nail Care

Color: Sinful Colors Daredevil- such a sassy pink. My coworkers and patients love it. Long-lasting. Not a nauseating pink for those of us who hate pink. I was worried about wearing this color to work.

Top Coat: OuttheDoor Quick Dry Top Coat- last step gives it tremendous shine.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my Gelous manicures. They are long-lasting. I can get satisfactory wear for 7-14 days. My regular manicures would only last a day or two because I work in the medical field. Now I enjoy doing my nails again. It wasn't much fun before because I knew they wouldn't last. Now I can't wait to use all of my polishes.

DIY Gel-ly Manicure- No UV Required

I have been on the hunt for a gel polish that I like for awhile. I was going to try the UV light at home gel kits, but they are somewhat pricey, not to mention a small color selection. I was browsing YouTube and I came across these videos:
Without-gel polish
http://theresakistel.com/diy-gel-nails/

With-gel polish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coQgsHjakrc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I did the Gelous mani without gel polish. I experimented with this technique because I like that I can use colors that I already have. Cheapie nail polish brands are okay and encouraged for these techniques.

I used polish color on hand. I did go out and purchase Gelous(gel-like polish), Seche Vite Top Coat and OutTheDoor Top Coat from Sally Beauty Supply. I only use one top coat, just trying to see which one I like better.



Yes, it does seem like a lot of steps, but I didn't mind because it lasted at least a week and a half before it began to chip. Also, removal was so simple and quick. I didn't need to soak my nails in remover. I just used a cotton pad and rubbed off polish. I'm in love. Can you tell? It wasn't time consuming in my opinion because I normally paint my nails weekly and I enjoy doing it. I normally watch a movie, blog or listen to music so time flies. The extra layers and drying time are worth the lasting power.

My nails were shiny the whole time. If there was ever a dull nail it was usually fixed by a simple hand washing to remove dirt and lotions/ oils.

I do believe it's safer, not proven, but here's why:
*excessive UV light is harmful to skin
*by extending length of manicure less exposure to polish fumes
*because its similar in formula to regular polish there's no lengthy soaking off gel polish, thus decreasing exposure to fumes and chemicals with the skin









Hope this helps someone. Let me know if you try it.

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LOL'd @ LOC Method

Ok, so I need to apologize regarding some smartazz comments I made about the LOC method of moisturizing. One of my top bloggers, Ebony wrote about this method on her blog. I laughed because I didn't see what the big deal was about this so-called new way of moisturizing. I didn't get it.

The LOC method is moisturizing with a liquid/spray moisturizer, followed by an oil then a cream/butter to seal in the moisture. This is not new to me, the difference however was that I did those steps just not in that order. I have been in Massachusetts for a few months now and the dry air has been so hard on my hair. I couldn't find anything that worked, so what could go wrong by switching up the order of my moisturizers? Um, let me tell you...if this method is wrong then I dont want to be right!!! I feel like such a dweeb for not trying this sooner.

I have only been using it for about two weeks, but I notice a huge difference in how long my ends stay moist and how soft they are. I don't even need to reapply daily, but I'm in such a habit that I can't not m&s (double negative I know, but you get what I'm saying). I'm going to try to go a day or two without m&s to see how long this silky smooth, moisturized softness lasts.

I love it. I can't imagine moisturizing my hair any other way. I am also in a bunning challenge so the benefits are increased. I will add that this method does weigh your ends down so I wouldn't recommend it for straight styling, but for protective styling its amazing.

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Pertinent Info About My Hair

4A/4B
Fine Hair
Prefers lye relaxers
Prefers spray leave-ins
Cream leave-ins are normally moisturizers
Goal length: MBL-WL

Updates:
2/28/2008- Beginning of HHJ
10/25/2009-Hair snipped from APL to SL after a sew in setback
8/2010 -APL
8/2010 Highlights!!!
11/6/2010- Relax and Trim after 12 wk stretch
2/9/2011- Relax, no trim Soft & Beautiful No-Lye Relaxer(self-relax)
4/16/2011- Relax, no trim Soft & Beautiful No- Lye Relaxer(self-relax)
6/7/2011- Relax and cut to NL/SL (professionally)
8/27/2011-10/28/2011- Microbraids
11/12/2011- to present Microbraids
12/30/2011- Relaxed and set to grow!!!!
3/2012- Relax and trim- salon
4/2012- Color service then 2 weeks later second color added on top
6/2012- Relax no trim with African Pride no-lye
9/15/2012- Relax, no trim Optimum Salon Care no-lye relaxer
APL/BSB


Current Regimen

AS OF 1/1/2013
Relax Every 10-16 weeks
Trim - Every 6-12 months
Prepoo- Oil
Shampoo- ORS Creamy Aloe (to clarify) and/or CHI Infra
Shampoo (weekly)
DC- NTM Daily DC
Protein- Motions CPR Conditioning Treatment(light) or Joico KPAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor (heavy)
Leave-Ins- Aphogee Green Tea & Keratin Spray

12/15/2012- 12/31/2013
Currently in sew in challenge. I wash every 3 weeks. M&S 2x/wk and oil scalp 2-3x/wk. I GHE after M&S or scalp oil massage. I braid hair under wigs. I am keeping it simple to get to goal length.



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