Autumn Shedding and a Garlic Treatment!

Ugh! I thought that I would make a quick post about autumn shedding! It seems that it is a common complaint around the blogosphere as of late!

Honestly, I thought that I had avoided it since I have not had an excessive shedding episode since late August. This weekend I lost a nice amount of hair during my Wash Day and when I pulled my hair into a ponytail this morning, I couldn’t help but notice it looked a bit thinner. This could be for two reasons:

1. I cross-wrapped my hair instead of pin-curling it, so my ponytail is longer and thinner.

2. I need to do a garlic treatment this weekend!!

I know shedding spells don’t last too long, but still, I want to mitigate the amount of shedding I have, so I think that this weekend I will do my garlic treatment!

So, here is my garlic treatment for anyone suffering from excessive shedding! It worked for me last year …

You will need:

10-12 cloves of garlic
8-16oz of EVOO or another type oil (I also used sesame)

I am cooking mine in my slow cooker. I am sure this can be prepared on the stovetop as well.

Directions

1. Cut up cloves of garlic. If you do not know how to do this, please google it.

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2. Mash up garlic with knife, mincer or whatever is handy. I used my potato masher!!

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3. Put desired oil in crock pot or pot on stovetop.

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4. Let simmer for about 3 hours to give the garlic time to infuse into the oil.

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5. Let cool for as long as needed.

6. Pour oil into a bottle with applicator. You can chose to strain the garlic out or not, but since it’s going into a noozled bottle, garlic chunks shouldn’t hit your hair!!

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7. Apply to scalp. Cover with plastic bag. Let sit on for about 30 minutes. This is a great prepoo treatment. LOOK AT HOW BLACK MY HAIR WAS LAST FALL! NOW IT HAS TURNED BROWN AND RED! 🙂

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8. Wash, condition and apply leave-ins as usual. Note: due to the drying properties of garlic, it is recommended that you incorporate a deep conditioner treatment into your wash day.

Notes:

– Left over oil can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
– You can add this mixture (strained, of course) to shampoos or conditioners for a garlicky boost!
– Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree can be added to mask the scent.

Like Hay in the Middle of the Barn

Today I was M&Sing my hair and noticed that the ends of my hair looked so dry! Instantly, I thought about this old song from Crucial Conflict a la 1995-96 called “Hay.” In the chorus, they say “smoking on hay  in the middle of the barn … ” That’s what my ends felt like … some hay in the middle of a barn!!!!!!

I was very tempted to grab my scissors and get to cutting, but I had to remind myself of a few things:

1) I blow-dried my hair and did not “smooth” it by flat ironing it

2) There was not very much breakage from the ends. My hair breaks at the first hint of dryness, so for ends not to be popping off left and right, they must not be that bad; all-in-all, I may have had 7 small broken ends today (I had 0 yesterday), so I am not too concerned!

To combat further dryness, I M&Sed in 6 sections using the L-O-C method with my Alterna White Truffle Elixir as my liquid, kukui nut oil as my oil and Amla Legends 1001 Oils Night Wrap Cream as my cream. I twisted the cream onto my ends and instead of leaving my hair in a bun for the night, I wound up each of my six sessions and pinned them close to my head, hoping the heat from my head would help the product penetrate my hair a bit better and let me wake it to soft hair!

Here’s how it looked when I was finished pinning my hair up!

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As far as shedding goes, it hasn’t been too bad since Saturday. Yesterday evening I lost very little hairs and this is what I lost today. I checked each of them for bulbs to make sure my hair isn’t breaking heading into a relaxer. After I inspected each hair, there was 3 strands without a bulb, which could be breakage or the fact that I sometimes yank at my hemline trying to remove shed hairs and sometimes those strands break. Either way, the number was not so great that I was alarmed in any way.

Here’s the hair I lost today, which is not at all excessive, even in my [tightly-wound] book!

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I will continue to monitor the ends of my hair and shedding volume until my relaxer on Saturday! Whoop whoop! 5 more days!!!

Wash Day and first roller set since June!

For the last three months, Wash Day was quite quick. I washed, DC’ed, applied leave ins and went on my merry way … But now I am back to roller setting. I miss being able to wear my hair out sometimes! When I air dry it, it goes straight into a bun and stays there until next wash day.

I prepooed overnight with Alberto V-05 strawberries and cream. I felt that I needed a protein boost and this stuff delivers just enough. I co-washed since I chelated on Thursday (NC has minerals in their water and so I wanted this stuff out of my hair!!) I co-washed with Alterna Caviar and Redken All Soft.

Next I DC’ed with my Alterna 10 hair masque for 45 minutes. I took pictures of how I do my “steam” treatments. Sorry I covered my face, but it was looking quite splotchy! Hahaha!

1. Apply DC of your choice

2. Wrap hair in warm microfiber towel or turban. I wet mine with hot water.

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3. Place shower cap or plastic bag over your head.

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4. Sit under dryer for desired amount of time.

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After that, I rinsed out DC, applied Roux Porosity Control for 1 minute and rinsed with cool water.

Now on to the roller setting. I wanted to try mesh rollers just to see how they worked, but I wasn’t feeling how they were laying when I pinned them with the metal clips (I sure as heck wasn’t using any of those straight pins just to stab myself in the head!), so I just used the magnetic rollers.

I did the mohawk method using Alterna Photo Defense, Alterna Caviar Texture, Roux 619, Lotta Body setting lotion and a new product … Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructurizer ($5.50 at Sally’s). It has some protein in it and I am feeling like I need some as a leave in as well!! It took me about 50 minutes to roll, but it was all good, as I had Pandora on 2 Chainz radio and it kept me entertained! I took my time and made sure I methodically placed the rollers in 1 inch spaces. I got frustrated at one point, but I kept going!! Here are the rollers in place.

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I took about 90 minutes to dry. The top part dried quickly, but I had to go back under the dryer for the back. My dryer is OK, but it does not have a lot of vents to hit the back. I think I will buy me a new dryer when I reach BSL as a reward present!!

I took out the rollers and wow!!! The curls were absolutely gorgeous!!! I was quite pleased with my work!!

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I put some moisturizer and oil on it, brushed the hair in a wrap for the final part. I tied up the front and left the top out. I got in the shower to let the style set. I was unsure of how that would turn out!! But all in all, it turned out great!! Here is the final result.

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I love the bouncy curls and I love how my hair hits APL with the roller set. As you know, roller setting doesn’t necessarily let you see your true length, but that’s all good because I want body and volume!

Well, despite me having a good Wash Day, I did have some concerns. I am experiencing more shedding than normal. I know this happens in early fall, but ugh!! I am a nervous wreck every time I lose one hair!! I also dusted my ends on Friday because I felt they needed it. I am OK dusting my ends once every 6 or so weeks. Also, I am debating on doing a protein treatment next Wash Day. For some reason, I get hella nervous that the relaxer will take my hair out. I am not experiencing any significant breakage, but everything I do to my hair has me paranoid about whether it will fall out or not. Sigh….

Well, here’s to healthy hair growth (and retention!!)