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.

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Happy 8th Month Hair Anninersary!! (and a Wash Day!)

I didn’t even realize today marked the 8th month anniversary of my healthy hair journey until I saw it on my ticker! Wow!!!! I am telling you, 2012 has flown by! I can’t believe how fast time is marching on!!

It really seems like yesterday I was embarking on my journey by going to Sally’s, spending countless amounts of times on blogs and hair forums trying to learn about my hair and hair care in general! It really has been so enlightening and I thank God that I am moving forward and learning with each hair victory and defeat. Like they say “I may not be where I want to be, but I thank God I am not where I used to be!” Amen!!

Today is Wash Day. I had to get up early and start because we have a cookout with some friends around 2. I started off with a 45 minute garlic prepoo (see this post).

I followed up with normal shampooing and deep conditioned with both Alterna Caviar and Alterna 10 hair masque. The garlic prepoo was a bit drying, so I needed to up the moisture!! I deep conditioned for about 45 minutes, then proceeded to detangling and roller setting.

Today’s leave-ins were Alterna Blow Out, Alterna Photo Defense, Alterna Texture ans Roux 619. I applied these in sections, along with the Lotta Body setting lotion and a water mixture of distilled water, rose water and peppermint oil to wet my hair again before roller setting each section.

I had 2 Chainz radio on Pandora keeping me company! Why didn’t I do this before? It makes roller setting a bit more tolerable!! It took me about an hour to roll completely. Once again, I took my time and made sections smaller. I have noticed that I am using more rollers (which is good!) than I have before, which is why the curls are probably turning out better for me. By the time I am done, I have no purple or red rollers left (I have 12 of each) as well as using about 5-6 gray rollers. I am putting 30 in my head compared to about 20 from my previous roller sets. That explains why they were just so blah!!!

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Ugh!! This dryer is getting on my nerves! The back will fully dry when I take the rollers out up front so that I can tilt my head forward while having the heat blast the back! I need more air holes in the back! A new dryer may be coming sooner than when I reach BSL …

Here are pics of the curls from this week. They are very similar to last week’s curls, so it proves last week was not a fluke!! I need to keep this rolling routine up! Thanks 2 Chainz!!

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Afterwards:

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