Oil Rinsing and Shopping in My Medicine Cabinet

Lately, I’ve been super fast on wash day. Having a child, has made me one of the most effective people, time-wise. Time flies when you’re raising a life, so I generally try to structure my day to get as much done as possible. I know my grocery store inside-out and can do a week’s worth of shopping in under 20 minutes. #Putmeonsupermarketsweep!

Any way, gone are the days of my 3-4 hour-long wash days. They are now generally 45 minutes to an hour. I either use my mudwash or shampoo (see my recent post on a shampoo product review), then condition my hair with a light, slippery conditioner. Lately, that has been Trésseme Naturals. I then apply oil (e.g. grapeseed oil) on each section of my conditioned hair, concentrating on my ends (voilà: reverse oil rinsing). Next I rinse the conditioner and oil, leaving a small amount in my hair for added slip. I apply a rinse out conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes (voilà deep conditioner) and go on with my shower rituals.

I notice my hair melts like butter at this phase of my wash regimen. Especially, with the “new” conditioner that I’ve used lately. That conditioner is Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Calming Conditioner. I’ve had this product in my cabinet for over a year, but didn’t give it much thought. I’m not sure if it’s because I oil rinsed before applying it to my hair.  However, all I can say is that my hair feels so soft and luscious when this touches my strands. I’m almost in disbelief. My hair seems to also stay moisturized for days after.

So there you have it readers, this is the conditioner that I’ve fallen in love with for the moment.

The scoop on Giovanni 50:50 Hydrating-Calming Conditioner

Claim: Promises to add moisture, shine and manageability as well as smooth frizz. That claim is true, it did all the above for my hair. In fact, the moisture and shine stayed with me for days.

Texture: Very thick, creamy and buttery in consistency.

Lather: Excellent, I love a conditioner that lathers nicely, helps me with detangling.

Smell: Soft, somewhat floral, but not overpowering.

Price: It’s  on the pricier side, about $8.00 for 8.5 ounces. However, as stated earlier, a little goes a long way.

Negatives: While I love Giovanni products and their modern sleek look, this bottle is not effective for getting out all the conditioner. Don’t get me wrong, I will be adding water to it and shaking it up until I get every last drop out of it. Although, I do wish more and more manufacturers would just start making upside down bottles. Just sayin’…

Have you ever tried this conditioner? Or any other Giovanni products? What conditioner are you in love with at the moment?

Have a great Sunday everyone!

 

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Summer Beach Curls and Reverse-Oil Rinsing

I found an easy, effective and time-saving method for styling my hair! Thanks to one of my favorite video bloggers, Naptural85. I’ll link her video for summer beach curls below. Honestly, my twists used to take me about 1.5 – 2 hours!! This time, I was able to twist my hair in 30 – 40 minutes, all while skyping on the phone with my family back home. Not bad huh? You have no idea how excited I am about a 30 minute styling session. Especially, with a little bundle on this way this winter, this is going to save me so much time!

To set my hair for the style, I divided my hair into eight sections, as Naptural does. I proceeded to wash my hair. Next, I reversed oil rinsed with Giovanni 50/50.  I put Brahmi oil on top of this and massaged it in each section. Let it marinate for about 3 minutes, then finger detangled and rinsed under a steady stream of water. I followed this with a second rinse and used Suave Almond and Shea Conditioner. I put each section in a Bantu knot.

I’m on my fourth oil rinsing trial. Well, technically, my second since I’ve changed my oil rinsing regimen. Again my hair was tangle free, soft and shiny. It also felt bouncier, probably the result of a much-needed trim.

Once out of the shower, I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today to each section (concentrating on my ends), then twisted each section. Some sections were extremely thick so I just made two twists. Once my hair was all twisted, I simply stretched and pinned it to the opposite side of my hair (see the video for more details).

In any case, I’ll be checking in throughout the week reporting on how moisturized my hair feels. I washed it on Sunday and two days later it still feels soft and hydrated. I’m hoping that this new reverse oil rinsing will produce better results than the first method.

Have you tried this style? What are your favorite, simple summer styles?

Here’s nap video isn’t she gorgeous!?!