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  1. faithVA

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    Decided not to try anything new today. Rinsed and then conditioned. I am squishing the conditioner with water into my hair. I seem to need this step for now to define my curls. And I am noticing where the conditioner disappears seems to be the thirsty part. Peppermint Pattie (my front bang) is super thirsty. When she holds onto water she hangs. When she gives up the water she sticks straight out. So working on getting more water into her.

    Both of my sides are dehydrated. My right side is more so than my left. But I can see slow improvement in both.

    Still working on my gel to water ratio but it is getting better. Today I think I had a little bit too much water. But using less gel allows my curls to separate. Too much gel just acts like glue on my hair. :perplexed:

    I will keep trying to capture a picture. My phone sucks and the lighting in our house isn't that great.
     
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    The front and left side are coming along. As you can see the right is still pretty dehydrated but it is making some progress. I definitely need a cut/shape.

    And Peppermint Pattie just does what she wants :lol: Haven't figured out what to do with her just yet.

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    It's cute!
     
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    You are way too kind. But I will take it :lol: I need all of the encouragement I can get. :yep:
     
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    I kept it simple and used KCNT as a leave in and raked in the custard on top. Soft, nicely defined, not crunchy. Could I possibly be realizing less product gives me a better wash and go? hmmm..
     
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    I can definitely see improvement!! Your hair definitely looks more hydrated. How long have you been detoxing?
     
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    Thank you. I started January 11th and was doing CCS every 3 days. I started trying the wash and go March 14th with a daily regimen. I definitely need daily for now. I've seen the most progress in the last week.

    I agree my hair looks more hydrated, especially when I get my gel to water ratio right. When I don't get it right you can see it. It will look dull and dusty.
     
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    I washed with Qhemet Biologics Wheat Grass Cleansing Tea. Next, I used Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Curl Masque as my detangler and d/c.
    I sectioned my hair into 6s.

    (On soaking wet hair) I smoothed Nature's Little Secret Banana Leave-In, then re-sectioned my hair.
    (On wet-to-damp hair) I smoothed Xtreme Clear Gel onto each section.
    I'm currently air-drying my hair.

    Ok, I did notice a few more strands of shed hair, but like 4 more than last time.
    I think it has to do with washing on day 4 instead of day 3. Just one extra day for my hair to shed.:look:
    I'm just glad it cut down on all the excessive shedding and visibly helped to minimize my breakage!

    ETA:

    The NLS Banana Leave-In, works just fine with the older Wetline Xtreme formulas.

    However, my hair needed to be soaking wet hair in order to apply it.
    And again still wet enough so that the Xtreme (newer Wetline formula) Gel didn't immediately curdle upon application.
     
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    For the most part I really didn't bother, since the amount was really nerve-racking before.
    I only decided to keep track, because of (how effective) the Qhemet Biologics Cleansing Tea was at actually greatly reducing my shedding.
    I think I'll do this, not just when using this particular product, but others that have similar anti-shedding claims.
     
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    I washed with Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheat Grass Cleansing Tea. Next, I used Not Your Mother's Sicilian Blood Orange & Black Currant Conditioner as my r/o and detangler. I sectioned my hair into 6s.

    (On soaking wet hair) I smoothed Nature's Little Secret Banana Leave-In, then re-sectioned my hair.
    (On wet-to-damp hair) I smoothed Xtreme Clear Gel onto each section.
    I'm currently air-drying my hair.

    Number of sheds: 5
    I'm going to assume it's because I fell asleep with a plastic cap still on (I was sooo exhausted!)
    I think it made the nape area too moisturized? But not to the same extent as over-moisturized.

    Since that's where the majority of the shed strands came from (this time), but none from my front & bangs area (so that's different) which used to shed the most.

    It's why I decided to just use a r/o instead of a d/c, this time.
     
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    @Shadow_Lace I am amazed at how little hair you lose. I always have a hair ball when I wash/detangle.
     
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    So do I.
     
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    I am still doing wash and gos. This makes 3 weeks :yay: Obviously being at home helps.

    I am still resetting daily because I don't have enough definition to make it 2 days. But I am learning a lot by having to do it every day. I'm only rinsing and reapplying gel so it isn't taking too long. And I air dry.

    Every few days I see more progress so that keeps me motivated. I am actually seeing some coils even on my super dry side burns.

    I am curious though when I will be able to reset every 2 days versus every day. If I can get there by the end of April, I will be happy. That will put me at my haircut and before I go back to work, if we go back in May. I am really looking forward to my hair cut whenever that may be. But my shape is getting better.

    By resetting daily, I rolled through that UFD. I am using less and less each day because surprisingly my hair does not like a lot of gel. I picked up a small bottle from Target and ordered a large bottle from UFD.

    I plan to test out the AG Balance and Boost tomorrow. I will take a new round of pictures.

    I am super excited. Every few hours I go to the mirror to check out my coils :lol:
     
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    That’s awesome @faithVA
    Do you have hand in hair syndrome? I love playing with my coils.
     
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    No not yet. My hair is wet most of the day so that really helps me keep my hands out of my hair. And since my definition doesn't last very long I tend to try not to disturb it. But if I ever get over this hump I probably will play in my hair more.

    Right now wet hair is my friend :lol:
     
  17. Bette Davis Eyes

    Bette Davis Eyes Melanated Queen

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    I haven’t used eco styler in years. Just purchased the Eco styler Super Olive oil this past week. It should have been delivered today but it hasn’t shown up

    Interested to pull this out every now and again. I also purchased stylesbylisa newest product line. Her mousse and gel. Company name is My Curl Products.
     
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    @GettingKinky It really used to be like that, which was so alarming because I'm already low density! I was starting to wonder if it was either the medications I was taking &/or some other underlying health issue.

    I used to do tea rinses, coffee rinses. While my hair felt stronger, the shedding amount didn't change at all!
    I tried products with Neem oil, which wasn't as bad a scent. But, I made the mistake of trying Neem Oil :nono:. Never again that stuff smelled so horrible!! I was so put off by the lack of results, that I refused to use anything else that was stinky!


    So, yes I'm glad I decided to go out on a limb and try the Qhemet Biologics Cleansing Tea. I mean always knew about her products from the early days of when I joined the NHM, but I was really just starting out then (learning my hair, and how to best take care of it).

    Also, doubly glad she has her products on Sephora's website. It's just easily accessible to me, this way.
     
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    I received my AG Balance and AG Boost and tried them on Saturday. I really like both of them. Although the Balance is supposed to be almost clarifying, it really seemed gentler the the Innersense HairBath. I will have to try the HairBath again. I really liked the conditioner. It was thick and felt pretty good. I'm going to finish up my Kirkland and Curl Junkie before I start using the AG Boost though.

    I'm back to daily rinsing. I think over the weekend I have too much time to pay attention to my hair. I do better having just a little time in the morning to get it done.
     
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    I’m not a fan of balance and boost. Something about the smell I tray don’t like. It’s the same reason I don’t really like uncle funky they have a similar smell.
     
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    You are making me very glad that I am not sensitive to smell. I rarely notice how anything smells. The only hair product I can ever remember disliking the smell was Burt Bee's shampoo or conditioner.
     
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    I washed with Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheat Grass Cleansing Tea. Next, I used Not Your Mother's Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair + Protect Butter Masque as my strengthening treatment and detangler. I sectioned my hair into 6s.

    (On soaking wet hair) I smoothed Nature's Little Secret Banana Leave-In, then re-sectioned my hair.
    (On wet-to-damp hair) I smoothed Xtreme Clear Gel onto each section.
    I'm currently air-drying my hair.


    Shed amount: 4
    No breakage
    I'm impressed!
    This was a day 4 wash, and the shed hairs weren't nearly as much as the last day 4 wash.
     
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    I’m loving my current product combination and application technique. I’m getting consistent results that I like and the whole process takes me less than an hour.

    -Shampoo with Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath followed by Elucence Moisture Benefits shampoo (I spend a lot of effort on the shampoo step to get my hair really clean)
    - Condition with Innersense Hydrating Cream conditioner mixed with Elucence Moisture Balancing conditioner (the Elucence has good slip)
    - Thoroughly detangle with the conditioner still in my hair in 4 sections with my Felicia leatherwood brush
    - Apply uncle funky gel to my hair in 2 sections. Then I go through each section and smooth more on the roots
    - Apply Innersense I Create Hold gel in small sections. I rake and smooth each section really well
    - Diffuse for 10-15 minutes.


    I’m think I’m done changing products. I thought I would switch my conditioner to the Innersense color radiance and look for a replacement for uncle funky, but I will learn to live with the smell.
    At some point in time I may go back and try to use up my unopened jar of KCCC, but maybe not. I want my hair routine to be just that - routine.
     
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    Wow, first hair picture since November!

    I did Wella demi color last week so I could get rid of my gray and play with my hair paint wax (used gold yesterday) while I'm working from home. SO asked why I colored my hair. I told him that in all this craziness, I needed to up the cute factor on everything from the nose up if I have to wear a mask everywhere and cover half my face. :giggle:

     
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    I finally figured out my Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic issue again. I was not using enough. Yesterday, I used oyin hair Dew and then applied the gel. Unlike recently, I put gobs in and squished it through section. I realized I stopped doing this because it makes my neck sticky but the definition is great with little frizz.

    I'll post a picture later after I refresh. I forgot to post before I went to bed last night.
     
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    I haven’t done a midweek wash in awhile but it was day 3 and my hair was a bit frizzier than I like so today I washed again. I went quickly because I had to go to work. I was able to wash, condition, detangle, style and diffuse in 40 minutes and it came out well.

    I think I may go back to my 2x a week washing schedule.
     
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    I love this.. I can make a wash and go last almost 2wks and it's still moisturized and defined!
     
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    I am discovering the same thing. I'm still trying to figure out how much is enough.

    My hair is short so I don't have a sticky neck but my ears are always sticky :yuck: :lol:
     
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    I’m so jealous of people who can get 2 weeks of non-frizzy hair. By day 4-5 my hair is too frizzy to wear out.
     
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    Next wash day I’m going to try and shorten my time by applying my second gel in much larger sections and then spend more time taking smoothing. I think that will be faster.
     
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