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Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment

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 MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment


Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Isopropyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Disodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Hydrolyzed Silk, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate


Apply thoroughly to clean, damp hair, making sure ends are treated. Leave on 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Can be used twice a week to help maintain hair health.


The Silk Elements’ Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment is a sulfate-free formula that claims to moisturize, strengthen, and nourish strands while leaving hair soft and full of shine. Although the instructions state that this only needs to be left on for 3-5 minutes, because I have multi-textured hair, I always deep condition my hair for at least 20 minutes. If I have time, I’ll leave it on for 30 minutes.

I love that this contains avocado oil, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk. Because of the hydrolyzed silk, this treatment could also double as a light protein treatment. Yet, it is still safe for weekly or bi-weekly use. As a result, this makes it perfect for both relaxed and natural hair.

The treatment has the scent of a low- to mid-range perfume. I’m not a huge fan of heavily scented products, especially products that smell like it should be spritzed on my neck or wrists! Thankfully, this has a slight perfume scent that is light and fleeting. NOT my favorite product smell, but thankfully it does not linger and is not obnoxiously strong.

Every time I used this Moisturizing Treatment, my hair was left soft and hydrated. Although it is not watery or liquidity, the product isn’t as thick as other hair masques or hair cholesterols I’ve used previously. In addition, this product did not make it easier or worse for me to detangle my hair. Overall, I think this is a decent deep conditioner for the product size and price (when on sale). While this treatment is not my all-time favorite deep conditoner, it gets the job done.


    • Sulfate-free (Behentrimonium Methosulfate IS NOT a sulfate; it is a compound naturally derived from rapeseed oil used to thicken, condition and detangle hair)
    • Paraben-free
    • Contains avocado oil, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk
    • Great for dry hair
    • Perfect for both relaxed and natural hair
    • Gentle enough to use 2x a week!
    • Decent results for the quantity and price


    • Contains a silicone called amodimethicone (fifth ingredient)
    • Contains isopropyl alcohol (thirteenth ingredient)
    • Not a huge fan of the scent (but it is not overly obnoxious)
    • Not as thick and creamy as some other hair masques or hair cholesterols I’ve used
    • Provided average results
    • Expensive (when not on sale)
    • Open jar

As a side note, I have read that several people (of hair types varying from wavy to kinky) have used this as a leave-in with stellar results. Others have used it as a pre-poo or co-wash. I have yet to try this Moisturizing Treatment in any of these ways. However, I think it is moisturizing enough to work as a pre-poo or co-wash, so I think I might experiment with alternative usage methods.


I finally decided to try Silk Elements’ Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment as a leave-in, and my hair loved it! Who knew? The Moisturizing Treatment left my hair silky, soft, and well hydrated ALL day. It provided me with a super moisturized top bun, and it also gave me one of the best wash ‘n gos I have ever had. My curls were elongated and extremely defined. Thanks for the suggestion ladies!



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The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment on Natural Hair

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The Honey Blowout Honey Treatment was created by Philadelphia native, Carla Clarkson, (aka “The Hair Maven”).  Honey Blowout is a treatment for all hair types whether straight, wavy, curly, or chemically treated (e.g., permanent hair color, relaxers ,etc). It can be used as a (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner.


Ingredients: water, honey complex, aloe complex, ethal, pure honey, honey/miel, essential oils, vitamin e oil, mild fragrance, natural coloring

Directions: Shake well. Apply from ends up to root on wet hair. Comb through using a wide tooth comb. Apply sulfate-free hydrating shampoo* on top of treatment. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Last, apply The Honey Blowout and comb through. Let sit for 3 minutes. Blow dry and style. 

*Honey Blowout will still work with a regular moisturizing shampoo.



If used as a deep conditioner, apply the Honey Blowout to wet hair, comb through, add a processing cap, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes. If you do not have a bonnet dryer, use your body heat to allow the product to penetrate your strands and let the product sit on your hair for an hour. If used as a co-wash, apply to wet hair, massage scalp, and work though product with a wide-tooth comb (or smooth curls with fingertips). Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Repeat if additional cleansing is needed.

According to the company website, best results are achieved when the Honey Blowout Honey Treatment is layered underneath the KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Shampoo. Clarkson recommends following up with the Matrix Sleek Look Smooth Conditioner, blow drying the hair, and then finishing with the H2Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron by flat ironing the hair via small sections.

In an effort to prevent premature damage to my fine, fragile hair, I haven’t flat-ironed my hair in 2 years! So, I opted to use the product as a pre-poo and final conditioning treatment prior to blow drying my hair. As a result, I saturated my hair with water with my Waterpik handheld shower head, applied the Honey Blowout from ends to roots, then I layered on my Pantene Moisture Boost Shampoo. I gently lathered both products, rinsed, and repeated the process. Next, I applied my Pantene Moisture Boost Conditioner. Finally, I applied the Honey Blowout one more time, let the product sit on my hair for 3 minutes as a light conditioning treatment, rinsed my hair thoroughly, and then blow dried my hair. if you’re blow dryer-challenged like I am, watch this tutorial. This is the blow drying method I now use, and it works extremely well, especially for fine or kinky hair.

My hair felt soft and silky after only one use. After the second repetition, my hair was 50% detangled. I also noticed that the product seemed to slightly elongate my curls, so I think this would work well even if I left my hair in its natural kinky, coily, curly state. However, the instructions are a little confusing and contradictory, depending on where you look. Even on the company website, the instructions vary. The following video (from the product’s creator) is probably the least confusing one that I found, explaining how to use the product.


  • pH balanced
  • Adds shine
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Strengthens and fortifies hair
  • Has a built-in heat protectant
  • Smooths hair and prevents frizz
  • Contains no parabens or preservatives
  • Can be used with color-treated hair
  • Can be used with sulfate-free or SLS shampoo
  • Great for ALL hair types (straight, wavy, or curly)
  • Can be used to condition and revive extension hair
  • Can be used for multiple purposes (e.g.,  (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner)


  • Cost ($25 for a 12 oz bottle)
  • Instructions are a little confusing
  • Label isn’t water-repellent so it smears after being left in shower after only 1 use

Although this product is a little pricey, considering I only used about ½ an ounce of total product after two lathers and one final conditioning treatment, I think the  price offers great value. Even if you blow dry your hair weekly, one bottle should last you at least 3 months. Since I have fine hair, I will likely get about 6 months of use out of one 12 oz bottle (if used weekly). And, given, how great this product performed for a blow-out, I’m confident it would work wonders on flat ironed hair as well as on curly/coily hair textures as a deep conditioning treatment.

Want to see my entire process? Watch the video below …


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Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hydrating Butter Cream

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Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost line contains a shampoo, conditioner, co-wash, hydrating butter crème, detangling milkcurl pudding, intense hydrating oil, and hair mask. I tried the shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème. Pantene created this affordable hair care line to cater to the specific needs of textured hair. The line claims to be the gold standard for moisturizing and protecting curly and kinky hair.

Moisture Boost Shampoo

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tea-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-10, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Trihydroxystearin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silica, Iron Oxides, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Use finger tips (not nails) to gently massage into scalp. Finger comb lather down the lengths of the hair to the tips. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat shampooing process 2-3x, as needed. Ensure all shampoo is rinsed out of hair.

The shampoo has a lovely citrus scent that I love. It also comes with a pump applicator that makes application super easy, especially while in the shower. Although the shampoo isn’t very thick, it isn’t watery either. The consistency is kind of somewhere in-between. While this shampoo DOES contain sulfates, it didn’t overly lather like most sulfate shampoos. As a result, it didn’t strip my hair during the wash process and left my strands hydrated and soft. This shampoo did a great job of removing any and all product build up that had accumulated on my scalp and hair throughout the week.  In fact, the shampoo, while gentle, still effectively cleansed my scalp of impurities… even after a week of using gel! And, I never needed more than one application despite the label stating that up to 3 applications could be used safely, if needed.


  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Gently cleanses
  • Creamy lather
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Removes product build up
  • Paraben free
  • Softens strands


  • Contains sulfates

Moisture Boost Conditioner

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Silicone Quaternium-26, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Histidine, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Finger comb conditioner into hair, beginning mid-shaft down to tips. Then, work conditioner through from root to tip, ensuring all hair is fully saturated. Use a wide tooth comb to fully detangle saturated strands. Rinse thoroughly. Comb through fully rinsed strands with a wide tooth comb before towel drying.

The conditioner has the same lovely citrus scent as the shampoo. However, unlike the shampoo, the conditioner bottle has a flip top instead of a pump applicator. I wish the conditioner had the same pump style top as the shampoo. Despite that unfortunate failing, though, this conditioner in every other respect is quite simply amazing! It detangled all of my hair in seconds! No, that IS NOT a typo. IN SECONDSIn fact, it left my hair so soft, moisturized, and tangle free that I forgot to deep condition my hair the first time I used this conditioner because my hair felt THAT good!


  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Easily detangles
  • Moisturizes and softens strands
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Paraben free
  • Dye free


  • Has a flip top instead of a pump applicator
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Hydrating Butter-Creme, 6.8 Ounce

Hydrating Butter Crème

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isodecyl Oleate, Sorbitan Stearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Paraffin, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Decyl Oleate, Triethanolamine, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Lysine Hcl, Methyl Tyrosinate Hcl, Histidine

Directions: (For Natural Textures) Apply a dime sized amount to palm. Rub together to emulsify. Pull through curls to infuse moisture and shine. Apply more as needed to enhance definition. (For Relaxed Hair) Use on dry hair. Apply a dime sized amount at night before you wrap hair. Cocktail with Intense Hydrating Oil for even deeper moisture.

The butter crème has the same signature citrus scent as the shampoo and the conditioner, just lighter. I love the thick, creamy consistency. According to the product label, this butter crème will tame frizz and provide 72 hours of moisturization. Although I love the fact that this crème can be used on hair that is wet or dry, it failed to live up to ANY of its other claims. Less than 24 hours after I applied the product, my hair felt parched and dehydrated. And, I had enough frizz to create my own lion mane! In addition, my hair needed almost 3 times the amount of product as specified. A dime sized amount simply just was not enough to quench the thirst of my low porosity strands. In fact, the only way I managed to get this product to actually work was to cocktail it with my beloved S-Curl No Drip Moisturizer and castor oil. Not happy!


  • Thick, creamy consistency
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Great for relaxed hair
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Dye free


  • Contains mineral oil
  • Contains silicones
  • Left my hair frizzy
  • Failed to moisturize my hair

Watch the video below for an additional show and tell about Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème.


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Quick Tip #17: Use Coconut Oil CAUTIOUSLY!

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Ok, scientifically coconut oil IS NOT a protein but, in a sense, I feel like it behaves like one because it contains lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid that binds easily to protein in hair). Because of this, coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft (due to its low molecular weight), reducing protein loss and strengthening the hair’s structure. It also creates a “hardening effect” due to its ability to change viscosity so quickly (i.e., from a liquid to a solid state) at low temperatures. As a result, harsh winter winds, for example, can create stiff hair very quickly. In addition, repeated use of coconut oil can cause protein build-up, drastically reducing hair’s elasticity and causing follicles to become dull, dry, brittle, easily tangled, and more prone to breakage.

Have you been overusing coconut oil? If so, consider utilizing a deep conditioner or moisturizing hair mask to restore the protein:moisture balance of your hair. Need a complete restart? Try a reconstructor instead.


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Hair Moisture 301: What to Do If Your Hair Just Won’t Stay Moisturized

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Okay, so you’ve been moisturizing your hair like a pro, have found the perfect products for your hair’s type, texture, density, length, and porosity, but your hair is still dry as a bone at day’s end! What gives? Let’s investigate!

It’s time to read your product labels more carefully. Are there any drying ingredients listed (i.e., alcohol)? Are you applying enough product? If you’re not applying enough product, the product is likely evaporating before it can do your hair any good. I was guilty of this during the first year of my natural hair journey! Still at a loss? Your water may be to blame. Watch the video below for tell-tale signs …

Do you live in a hard water area? This is a big one! Not sure? Get your water tested! You can request a free water test strip from Morton Salt, the leading provider of water softener salts.

Hard water is water with a high mineral content. It leaves a scaly finish on your bathroom tiles as well as your skin and hair. While not hazardous to your health, it can cause hair and skin to be dull, dry, tangled, brittle, and even strangely colored. I recently found out that hard water is the reason I have been struggling with tangled, single-strand knotted, constantly parched hair. I uprooted from an area in Seattle with a soft to normal water table. When I first moved to Alabama, my hair was still partially relaxed, so I just thought my hair woes were due to transitioning from chemically-treated hair to my natural curls. After I Big Chopped, my hair was so short, it was super easy to moisturize and stay moisturized. It wasn’t until I started gaining length and needed to moisturize my hair incessantly that I realized something else had to be going on.

Here’s what my test strip revealed …

Hard Water Results

As you can see from my test strip, unfortunately for me, I now live in a hard water area. This has wreaked havoc on my hair’s health (in terms of retaining moisture and length). But, at least now I know what the culprit is. So many well-intentioned (but sometimes downright rude naturals and relaxed hair divas) have made comments about my hair and what I need to do … telling me I need to moisturize more, stop doing this, or start doing that! The problem with giving blanket advice is that it is done without knowledge of all the facts and individual- and situation-specific information. The truth is I moisturize my hair a lot! But, as anyone who has hard or very hard water like I do knows, extra steps are required to just maintain the health of your hair, let alone grow it, when you don’t live in a soft water area.

The truth is that no amount of styling products can rescue your bad hair day when the root of the problem is your tap water. So, here’s some suggestions that can help lessen your hair woes.

Game Plan Steps

  1. Using bottled (or filtered) water as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning your hair will reduce the number of minerals that attach to your strands. This will create a more neutral environment for developing and maintaining moisturized hair. However, it can be a bit cumbersome to always have bottled (or filtered) water at the ready.
  2. I like to buy Bragg’s organic raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother) because it is unfiltered and contains “mother” strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that help to naturally balance your scalp’s pH, increase shine, and prevent limp, lackluster hair. I usually use a 60:40 ratio of bottled (or filtered) water to apple cider vinegar (ACV). But, you can play around with the ratios if it is too strong or weak for you.
  3. An oil rinse can effectively counter one of the primary side effects of hard water—dry, parched hair. It helps to seal in the moisture from water and prevent frizz. Use light oils like unrefined coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil for best results.
  4. Chelating shampoos prevent and remove buildup in hair. My favorite is ion’s Hard Water Shampoo and Hard Water Conditioner. This has been a complete game changer for me and an absolute must. I noticed a difference in the texture of my hair the first time I used it. I think this will definitely become one of my product staples. However, be careful what brand you choose as many chelating shampoos remove buildup and strip the hair of most of its nutrients. One of the reasons I love ion’s hard water shampoo and conditioner is because it removes mineral buildup on my hair without zapping it of every ounce of moisture.
  5. Although more costly, the most direct way to reverse and prevent hard water hair damage is to invest in a good shower filter or water softener system.

I currently consistently use two of the five above recommendations: an ACV rinse and chelating shampoo. I am also thinking of incorporating an oil rinse into my routine as well. The point is to try a couple of the suggestions to see what methods you prefer and to determine what combination of techniques will ultimately work for you and your hair.


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Hair Moisture 201: Choosing the Right Products

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You know how to moisturize your hair, but how do you know what product(s) will work for you? Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. A lot of what you will need to do will involve a considerable amount of trial and error. However, the types of products you use will vary, depending on three key considerations: (1) your hair type, density, texture, and porosity, (2) the climate in which you live, and (3) your lifestyle and personal preferences.

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Why does hair type matter? Because different hair types require different hair care regimens and respond differently to various products. For instance, if you have type 2A hair, you will likely have a vastly different hair care routine from someone who has type 4C hair. This is because each hair type has unique characteristics and moisture needs, and different moisture needs require different products and techniques. But, be careful. It is easy to get caught up in superlatives (e.g., “This is the healthiest hair regimen for people with 3B hair”). A prime example of this is the hair care aisles at most Big Box and beauty supply stores. Usually, there are mainstream products and then an “ethnic hair care” aisle. Such labeling can be misleading … Several times, I have been in the so-called ethnic hair care section and couldn’t find a product I needed and have often purchased a product that was marketed toward someone with type 2 or 3 hair instead. On one particular occasion, I was reaching for a mainstream brand while a Caucasian female in the same aisle was reaching for a brand geared toward those with “ethnic” hair. We ended up laughing (almost hysterically) because we both thought it was silly that hair and beauty companies don’t realize that there is no one-size-fits-all hair care, especially when it comes to textured hair. We both thought it was hilarious that a product geared for my market segment didn’t work for me but worked perfectly for her. The converse was also true. A product geared toward her market segment didn’t work for her but worked amazingly for me!

If you have wavy or curly hair, don’t be afraid to use a product the mass media says isn’t for “YOU.” By the same token, not every product that is created for your hair “type” will work. If you’re like me and your tresses are comprised of two or more hair types, you are going to have to go through a significant amount of trial and error to determine what will work best for your hair. So, take it in stride, and always be willing to think outside the box. Nothing beats a failure but a try!

Hair density, texture, and porosity will also come into play. Hair density refers to the number of strands you have on your head. High-density hair means that you have lots of strands. As a result, your scalp is difficult or impossible to see when dry and in its natural shape (when loose). Low-density hair means you have fewer strands than average and can see your scalp easily. Medium-density hair means that you have an average number of strands and can see some of your scalp.

Hair texture references how “thin” or “thick” your hair is and can be fine, medium, or coarse. Fine hair has difficulty holding styles, especially for long periods of time, is easily “weighed down” by products, and can appear thin and stringy, particularly when worn in pin-straight styles. Fine hair is more prone to split ends and breakage because it is the most fragile hair texture. As a result, low- and no-manipulation hairstyles, as well as gentle hair care techniques (i.e., when combing, brushing, and detangling), are often crucial. Coarse hair holds styles very well, even over long periods of time, always appears “voluminous,” and is the least prone to breakage (i.e., from heat or chemical processes like permanent hair colors or relaxers). Medium texture hair is somewhere in-between. Medium hair is not as fragile as fine hair and, like coarser hair textures, holds styles fairly well.

Hair porosity is how well your hair absorbs moisture. It can be low, normal, or high. Low porosity hair means that your hair is resistant to retaining moisture, so moisture has a hard time entering the hair shaft. To infuse moisture into your hair, consider investing in a hair steamer, using humectant-rich products (i.e., glycerin-based products), and deep conditioning on a regular basis. High porosity hair absorbs water very easily but loses the moisture just as quickly. High porosity is caused by “gaps” in the hair’s cuticle from excessive heat, chemicals, or poor hair practices and techniques. Balancing deep conditioning and protein treatments will be central to attaining healthier strands. Normal porosity is the most ideal. This means that your hair easily absorbs and retains moisture.

Does your hair take hours to dry after you wash it? You probably have low porosity hair. Is your hair fully dry in a matter of minutes? Then, you likely have high porosity hair. Somewhere in-between? Chances are you hold the coveted normal porosity position.

I have very fine, high-density hair with normal to low porosity. This means that my hair takes a couple of minutes before becoming fully saturated with water (has low porosity). Each of my individual hair strands is very small in diameter (fine). However, because I have lots of strands (densely-packed hair), it often resembles some of the same characteristics of someone with naturally thick hair. My sister’s hair is the direct opposite of mine. She has very thick hair (the diameter of each of her strands is quite large), but she has low to medium density (much fewer strands than I do). But, because I have medium to high density, my hair often seems as though it is as thick as hers even though it isn’t. In fact, to convince my sister of this fact, I unraveled one of my shed hairs from my brush and compared it to one of hers. The diameter of her hair strand was almost 3x larger than mine! I don’t think she believed how fine my hair was until I did a side-by-side comparison of both of our strands.

In general, people with finer/low-density/high porosity hair (fewer strands/smaller diameter strands/that absorb moisture quickly) will prefer lighter and lesser products. People with thicker/high-density/low porosity hair (high number of individual strands/bigger diameter strands/that absorb moisture slowly) will often need to use thicker products and more of them. (Hello heavy-handedness! 😉  Those with medium-density/medium thickness/normal porosity are somewhere in-between.

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Hair length also affects hair moisture, especially as your hair grows from one length to another. One of the things I quickly realized is that when I had super short hair, moisturizing it was stress-free. It also retained moisture easily. By the time I attained shoulder-length hair, I started experiencing breakage from my hair becoming increasingly dry and harder to hydrate. So, don’t take your hair’s moisture level for granted. And, remember that the longer your hair grows, the harder it is for your scalp’s sebum (a natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands) to reach the ends of your wavy/curly/coily hair.

Weather and Hair Care

Another important factor that most people don’t consider is weather. If you live in a mild climate, your hair will have completely different needs from those with your same hair type and texture in a more extreme climate (whether extremely hot or cold). For instance, when I moved from Seattle, Washington to Huntsville, Alabama, I had to completely overhaul my hair care routine. The products that once left my hair moisturized for days no longer seemed to work or had to be applied two or three times a day due to the intense humidity. Even in the winter time, I often have to combat high humidity levels, so I have had to tweak my hair care plan to accommodate this factor. The bottom line? Climate matters. So, make sure that you design your hair regimen in such a way that your local weather won’t wreak havoc on your hair.

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Let’s face it, hair type, density, texture, and porosity aside, sometimes lifestyle choices and personal preferences have to take precedence. If you work 14-hour days or frequently travel, obviously you will need a simpler, less complicated hair regimen than someone who has a less demanding schedule or occupation. And, that’s okay. There is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to simple or complex hair regimens. If your wash routine has 14 steps, you can only apply products in a certain, complex order, and your hair is healthy, moisturized, and retaining length, a complex, multifaceted routine may be a good fit for you. However, if you are having difficulty keeping up with you hair wash, deep conditioning, hair style schedule, simplification may be in order. And, that’s okay, too. Do what works for you, and ignore the theatrics of those who tell you otherwise! 😉


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Wild Growth Hair Oil

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When: April 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014
Coverage: Scalp & Hair
Frequency: 3x each week
Starting Length (FRONT): 10.50″
Starting Length (CROWN): 12.75″
Starting Length (RIGHT): 10.50″
Starting Length (LEFT): 10.25″
Starting Length (BACK): 9.75″
Ending Length: My hair grew 1.5″ in my crown & front of hair; 0.50″ on the sides of my hair; 0.25″ in the back of my hair.

I’ve heard a lot about Wild Growth® Hair Oil. Mostly complaints concerning the awful smell and the one thousand and one ways to cover it up! But, I also read a great deal of buzz about how effective this product is as a hair growth aid. So, after about a year and a half of going back and forth over whether to buy, I finally decided to press the “purchase” button! Wild Growth® Hair Oil is an all-natural, non-hypoallergenic product that is great for all ethnicities and hair types. It promises to condition the scalp, reduce hair breakage and split ends from root to tip, and turn dry, tangled, and hard-to-manage strands into softer, fuller, and healthier hair … that grows.

According to the instructions on the bottle, the hair oil should be used three times per week plus after washing hair (up to 4 times per week) for a hair growth boost. Persons with type 3 (curly) and 4 (coily/kinky) hair should apply the product sparingly to their scalp with the applicator tip. Then, hair should be divided into quadrants and a quarter-sized amount applied to each quadrant. Those with short hair should use less product.

Persons with type 1 and 2 hair should only apply 5-15 drops of the hair growth oil directly to their scalp. The product should be used on damp hair (after every hair wash) and then allowed to air dry. Many straight- and wavy-haired consumers recommend leaving the oil on for a few hours (or overnight) and then washing or rinsing hair later that day or the following morning.

The hair oil comes in a 4 oz. bottle with an applicator tip. I applied the product three to four times each week (usually only three times), massaged my scalp for 2 minutes, and then prepped my hair for bed/the next day. After 2 weeks, I did an unofficial mini-length check to see how the product was working, and it didn’t appear that my hair had grown at all! But, to be fair, I decided to continue to use the product until the end of the month so I could see how well the oil worked within a month’s time (a full 30 days). I never missed any of my applications.

The oil is a deep amber color with a light, citrus scent that I adore. Not sure what all the hullabaloo was about with the many posts I read about the horrible fragrance, but I think the negative feedback concerning the smell of the product is grossly exaggerated. It smells amazing to me, and it isn’t overpowering in the least. In addition, the oil has a good consistency, not thin or thick … a happy medium in between the two that makes application quick and easy.

The first few times I used the oil, I noticed how the product soothed my scalp. I did, however, have a hard time gauging whether anything was coming out of the applicator tip. Several times, I stopped to check to make sure that it was. In the future, when I use this oil, I think I will just pour it into my Roots Only bottle to ensure more even scalp coverage. I never have any problems knowing whether any product is coming out whenever I use my Roots Only bottle!

I spent $8 for this oil, but depending on where you live (and where you go to buy this product), it sells for between $8 and $14. For 4 ounces of oil, that seems a little pricey unless it delivers. But, after a month’s time, I still have half the bottle left. So, this isn’t a bad hair growth investment. After all, that’s two months’ worth of use for only eight bucks … That’s not bad at all!

After using this oil for 4 weeks, my hair grew 1.5″ in my crown and in the front of my head (where my 3C curls are), 0.50″ on the left and right side of my hair, and 0.25″ in the back. As my hair gets longer, I have definitely started to notice a trend among the three different hair types on my head: My 3C curls grow at an above-average rate (0.6″ – 0.75″/month without the use of a growth aid). My 4A coils grow at an average rate (about 0.50″/month without the use of a growth aid). My 4B kinks grow below average (about 0.25″-0.30″/month without the use of a growth aid). Nevertheless, considering how much the hair in the front and crown of my head grew, I am happy with my results. I am also interested to see how well this oil would work long-term or when used with my Roots Only bottle.

Watch the vid below for the length check I made prior to using the Wild Growth® Hair Oil as well as to see my final results.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, during my second month of usage, I had to discontinue my use of this oil as I started to develop an allergic reaction to it. I had gifted a bottle each to my mom and sister, so I checked with them to see how they were faring. My mom didn’t experience any side effects. But, my sister, before I could barely get out the words “Wild Growth® Hair Oil” said that the oil made her scalp itch like crazy. She said she had to rinse it out of her hair after only a couple of hours. When she tried to use the oil again, she experienced the same extreme unbearable itching. So, if you have sensitive skin like we do, you may want to do a skin patch test first. It’s such a shame because I really liked this oil a lot (in terms of smell, consistency, and results). Sigh.


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