Greetings from my home! I got back early Monday morning so I am trying to catch up on some much needed rest since I had a red-eye Sunday and lack of sleep on Monday night!
Well, where do I begin? My hair did horrible in Hawaii. It was so humid and hot, my hair just felt like dry straw by the end of each day! It was just a mess! I was so excited to get my hair done professionally for the first time in over a year, but that was short-lived. I was so worried when I made my initial appointment with Jeanne that I would not have enough new growth at 10 weeks post … boy, I was wrong! I have a lot of new growth that only lie down with heat or a headband. Anyhoo, Jeanne washed my hair with my beloved Alterna products and did a deep condition using the Alterna Cavair Hair Masque (I have not heard the best things about this product, so it’s not been in my rotation). She rolled my hair and I stayed under the dryer for about an hour. Jeanne took the rollers out and it was bountiful curls. I wish she would have pressed the roots out, but I digress. By the time I got back to Nathan’s dad’s house, they were puffy! I put some kukui nut oil on it and wrapped it up, hoping that it would come out sleek. It did, but as soon as I got outside in the humidity, my whole head was a mess. I was sooooooooo mad! I just paid $60 for nothing!! I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture!
Also, I was telling Jeanne about The Science of Black Hair and how I don’t brush my hair. She said “You should discard that book if someone tells you that! You need to brush your hair everyday to stimulate the scalp so your hair will grow!” Uh … OK? My hair has gone from right at shoulder length to past BSL in 15 months and I have not brushed my hair (other than to smooth edges and wrap my hair occasionally) since I began my HHJ! I told her that I use a shower comb and my hands to detangle and she said I need to brush my hair. There was a girl in the chair getting a relaxer (she looked biracial) and she referred to her and said “See? She brushes her hair and it has grown!” Yeah, I thought, and she has a different type of hair. She probably made some jokes about it while they were at the bowl. I was a little turned off by that … especially since she didn’t even bother to hear what I had to say and she was so quick to dismiss it and talk over me. I know what works for me and how much thicker my hair is since I don’t brush anymore!
By the time Sunday came around, I was ready to come back to Oregon! I was exhausted, as the trip seemed like we were always running around to meet people instead of enjoying each other’s company and the island.
I got home Monday and had the Soft-Sheen Carson Amla Legend Oil line waiting for me! I requested the product line due to rave reviews from other bloggers and they were happy to oblige me!
Here are my initial thoughts of the contents:
– Amla Legend No-Lye Relaxer – I will not use this. I do not use no-lye relaxers and I have also heard bad things about it. One blogger reported that it burned her scalp. I gave it to my co-worker to give to someone who may be interested in trying it.
– Amla Legend Damage Antidote Oil Moisturizer (Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/ Cire Microcristalline, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, 2-Oleamido-1.3-Octadecanediol, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Limonene, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract) – I hate the term “oil moisturizer,” because oils do not moisturize. This product seems like a revamped Pink Oil! It contains a host of bad ingredients, such as mineral oil and petroleum. I also gave this to my co-worker to try, with the disclaimer about the ingredients.
– Amla Legend Body Filler Hair Wash (Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocoamide MEA, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Chloride, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Phenolsulfonephthalein, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Sodium Hydroxide) – Meh … I am on the fence about this one. It contains sulfates. I will try it on weeks that I want a light clarifying treatment.
– Amla Legend Body Filler Hair Cream Conditioner (Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Parfum/Fragrance, Amodimethicone, PPG-1-Trideceth-6, Stearyl Dimethicone, Benzyl Salicylate, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Trideceth-6, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cetrimonium Chloride, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract) This product has some decent ingredients such as glycerin and cetearyl alcohol, so I think I will try this in the shower or as a pre-poo conditioner.
– Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion (Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Arginine, PPG-5-Ceteth-12, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Salicylate, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, CI 14700/Red, CI 17200/Red 33, CI 42090/Blue 1.) – I have heard great things about this product in particular, which prompted me to ask for samples of the Amla line. I am using this as a sealing oil for now.
– Amla Legend 1001 Oils Cream Night Wrap (Water, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, F.I.L. D55194/3) – I am on the fence about this one …