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Quick Tip #13: Protect Your Ends!

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We all know that the ends of our hair are the oldest and most fragile parts of our mane. But, protective styling isn’t the only way you can save your strands. Have fine, fragile hair like I do that prevents you from utilizing most protective styles? Then, adopt a simpler, more streamlined approach. Use oil! I like to use castor oil on the ends of my hair. I usually buy the large 32 oz. bottle from the Heritage Store because it is hexane-free and cold-pressed. Buying in bulk also allows me to guarantee I’ll have plenty of this lusciously thick oil on hand (given that I like to use oils in various applications). If you’re a fellow DIY product mixtress like I am, you’ll want to do the same.

I originally started using castor oil when I was transitioning from relaxed to natural. After using it several times a week for a month, my brittle and damaged relaxed strands actually started growing again. Although I have been fully natural for a few years now, I realized that my trusty castor oil was just sitting in the back of one of my beauty cabinets. I think I had somehow associated it with transitioning from relaxed to natural and stopped using it. So, in the last two weeks I have readopted castor oil back into my healthy hair regimen, and my hair has been loving it! I simply use it to seal my ends after moisturizing or whenever my ends feel weak or brittle. This thick oil instantly revives my tresses and protects it from friction or over-manipulation. Have fragile ends like I do? Give castor oil a try!

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Virgin Hair Fertilizer: 1 Month Results

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I heard about Virgin Hair Fertilizer after watching the video below on YouTube!

Product Claims

  • Rapid hair growth
  • Hair conditioning cream for dry hair
  • Anti-dandruff

This is how the tube looks …

Directions: Apply and massage Virgin Hair Fertilizer into your hair and scalp everyday. Comb and style as desired for healthy, strong, and natural-looking hair.

My Usage

  • I used the Hair Fertilizer once a day 3x a week (due to the intense smell). 
  • I divided my hair into quadrants. For each section, I applied the product to both my scalp and the length of my hair. I massaged each quadrant for 60 seconds, and styled my hair as desired.

(4) Pros

  • This hair conditioning cream softened my already soft hair even more when layered over my lavender spritz.
  • I noticed thicker hair after only 1 week of use!
  • This grew my edges back quickly.
  • This plays well with other products (i.e., can be layered under or over other products).

(2) Cons

  • The metal tube is very thin and easily will bust, causing product to ooze out/be wasted.
  • The product has a very pungent peppermint smell that lingered for a good 2-3 hours after application. The smell was so strong that it started to burn my eyes slightly during the application process. I would recommend applying this product at night so that you don’t have to worry about the strong, lingering scent while at work, running errands, etc.

The following video shows the length I received after using this product for 4 weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

There apparently is a knock-off brand marketing themselves as the original. Want to know whether you are buying the legitimate product? According to the company,

Our fertilizer always has an expiry period of 5 years. It has a minty, peppermint smell and has a cool effect on your head when used. (You can open the folded end of the tube to smell and fold back to confirm before purchasing.) Our product does not have an NC number, which you might find in some fakes in the market. Our fertilizer has a yellowish colour and, when rubbed on your palm, has a distinctive, strong minty smell. If you have bought anything else that does not match our description, then it’s likely you have bought the fake and would appreciate if you can email or call us with the info.

 Virgin Hair Fertilizer

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Textured Bun with Faux Bangs

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This textured bun is super easy and can be done on freshly washed or previously styled hair. This works best on stretched or mostly stretch hair (i.e., a previous twist-out) best.

1.     Create a U-shaped part at the front of your head (for your faux bangs).

2.     Gently pull the rest of your into a high ponytail. Secure with an ouchless elastic or ribbon tie.

3.     Use perm rods to roller set your bangs. Section your ponytail and rollerset each section. I used the orchid cold wave rods by Diane.

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Front View with Orchid Rollers

Side View with Orchid Rollers

Side View with Orchid Rollers

4.     Add a satin bonnet, and you’re ready for bed!

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Side View with Satin Bonnet

5.     In the morning (or whenever you’re ready), gently remove the perm rods. It should look something like this.

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Look Prior to Styling

6.     After admiring your banging curls, create your favorite bun. You can do a simple roll and tuck or something more complicated. I just gently combed through my curls, lifted up half of my ponytail, pulled it forward to the left, and pinned it in place. Then, I took the remaining half and did the same, pinning it to the opposite side.

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Front View
(After Creating Bun)

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Top View
(After Creating Bun)

7.     Fluff your bangs to softly loosen some of the curls.

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After Loosening Curls

8.     Lift your bangs (to make them easier to pin).

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Don’t apply too much tension …

9.     Add a bobby pin on each side about halfway. This will create the faux bang effect.

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After Adding Bobby Pins

10.     Here is what it looked like when I finished!

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The End Result: Top View

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The End Result: Side View

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