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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Face Talk

A reader emailed me and requested I share my skin regimen and tips on achieving clear skin.

I do believe that genetics plays a huge role in our skin, but the environment and our regimens contribute greatly as well to the health of our skin.

Here are some things I do that do not relate to my wash regimen:

  • Eat clean and healthy — lots of veggies, fruits and drink tons of water.
  • Move around and exercise to stimulate cell regeneration.
  • Try to keep my hair off my face.
  • I don’t wear foundation, if I do I only wear it on special occasions.

Now here’s my skin regimen. I’m not beauty expert and my skin is not flawless. However, I used to break out a lot, and since implementing this regimen, I no longer suffer from acne nor do I get pimples (except for one around that time…).

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Products  (products in bold are what I use 100% of the time):

  • jojoba oil – same PH as the skin, extremely gentle and moisturizing, even for the most sensitive skin. Great make-up remover.
  • warm towel – soothing, opens pores and removes dirt and oil.
  • cold water – wonderful to close pore and increase circulation
  • witch hazel – closes pores, refreshes skins (and I think it fights wrinkles, but I have no scientific proof, besides my grandmother who used it her entire life and never wrinkled).
  • tea tree – fights acne and antimicrobial
  • black soap – removes oil and build-up without stripping the skin, even skin tone

AM/PM Regimen

  1. Put a drop or two of jojoba oil* on my hands and rub face in circular motions (if I’m wearing make-up, I add a few more drops to really loosen up the product).
  2. Place a warm towel on my face and let it sit one minute, wipe my face with the wash cloth to remove oil or buildup.
  3. Rinse with cold water.
  4. Place a few drops of witch hazel astringent and one drop of tea tree oil** on a cotton swab and gently wipe in a circular motion over my face and neck.
  5. If my skin feels dry I will add another drop of jojoba oil.
  6. (In the summer or if my skin feels oily I use a small amount of black soap to cleanse it. I don’t do this so often in winter.)

*Other great light oils are extra virgin olive oil and sweet almond oil.

**I only add the drop of tea tree oil at night, because of the smell.

These products will probably last you 6 – 9 months and only cost about 5 – 10 dollars in total. The best part about this regimen is that the products are 100% clean and natural.

What’s your healthy skin regimen?

Return of the braid out

Quick post. I haven’t done a braid out in almost a year, but did one today and I really like the results. This is going to be one of my to-go-to styles, again.

On another note, my new: “start a fire condition application, reverse oil rinsing DCs, and sitting under my hooded dryer” hair regimen is here to stay! Last week my style lasted 7 days and only needing to be moisturized once! That’s a win in my book.

Do you prefer braid or twist outs?

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PS – I can’t wait for the sides of my hair to catch up to the back!!! It’s so mullet-esque! Lol!

Reverse Oil Rinsing I Can’t Quit You

Hi Everyone,

I’m back from a beautiful holiday in France. It was a much-needed relaxing and fun getaway. I just thought I’d report back on my hair during my trip.

To keep it short and sweet – it was frizzy and dry. This was really disappointing, because I didn’t oil rinse on my vacation and the weather was more humid than the environment I live in. I thought this would be beneficial to my curls… I spent most of my time with my hair pinned up in a bun, my to-go-to style when my hair doesn’t want to cooperate.

In any case, as soon as I returned I decided to give myself a nice deep conditioning treatment. I washed my hair with a light shampoo, as I’m out of rhassoul clay. I then applied Suave’s Almond and Shea Conditioner. On top of that I applied a small amount of Vatika oil to each section of my hair. Next, I covered my hair with a plastic cap and sat under my hooded dryer and read for 40 minutes. Hopped back in the shower, rinsed, conditioned with Tressemme Naturals and detangled under running water. My hair felt more moisturized and soft after that. Finally, I applied my leave-in of choice, KCKT and a little gel, twisted my hair (about 12 twists) and sat under my hooded dryer for 45 minutes. The results: a shiny soft twist out. I snapped a pic of my hair this morning (note: This is Day 2 hair not day 1). I’m still really happy with how shiny and soft it feels on day 2.

I know some of you may be giving me the side eye and thinking “is this chic still on that oil rinsing kick after she just said she was done two weeks ago??!”. Well, the answer is yes. I don’t want to cut this from my regimen entirely, but am just trying to find a happy balance. I also want to note some changes I made in the way I apply products and style my hair:

  1. When I apply conditioner, I rub each section of my hair between my hands. Think when you’re cold and you put your hands in front of a fire and rub them together for instant warmth. What I think this does: Warms up the conditioner on my strands, provides a strong cleaning action, helps get my cuticles to open.
  2. After styling my hair, I will avoid air drying. When I air dry the look is great the first day and then just average/okay the days to follow. Now, I sit under my hooded dryer with the heat on low for about 45 minutes to an hour. What I think this does: sets the style, which allows for a longer hold and shine, the warm air helps the leave-in penetrate my hair. In addition, this allows my scalp to dry, which reduces risk of bacterial/fungal growth on the scalp. I don’t think sleeping with damp hair, particularly covered damp hair, is particularly healthy for scalp health.

These are two changes that I have made to my hair regimen. Today, on day 2, my hair is just as shiny and moisturized as it was on day 1.

Moral of the post. I’m not quite done with reverse oil rinsing, in combination with my two new regimen changes, it seems to still offer something.

Update: My hair still feels as moisturized on days 4 and 5 as it did on day 1.  I like the results of lightly blowdrying my twists.

What do you think? Have you ever blow dried your twists?

Upcoming posts:

  • My hair story
  • My nighttime regimen
  • Why I don’t henna
  • Suggestions…?

End of oil rinsing?

Just a quick conclusion on my oil rinsing trials. I’m en route to France for my summer holiday, so am updating from my phone:

Likes:
❤Shine
❤Slip/ detangling ease
❤Softness
❤Awesome day 1 hair
❤My hair feels stronger
❤Less shedding

Dislikes:
💔Frizzy hair by day 3
💔 Requires me to re-moisturize my hair twice before my next wash day (vs not at all or once)
💔 Dull appearance by day 3

Will I try (reverse) oil rinsing again? If yes, will I make it part of my regimen?

I will definitely try reverse oil rinsing again. However, it won’t be a weekly part of my regimen. Perhaps I’ll do it once per month or once every other month. I won’t exclude it entirely, as I think it has some great benefits. However, weekly oil rinses are too much for my low porosity hair.

So I’ll continue with my regular routine (see my regimen) and throw this in the mix occasionally.

Last night I simply co-washed my hair and rinsed out all conditioner. Followed that with KCKT, 8-10 big twists (didn’t seal or add any oil). I took them down this morning. They were a bit damp, but I had a train to catch. In any case, I did notice my hair felt stronger, softer and looked somewhat shinier than my pre-oil rinsing hair… Not sure if that’s due to my prior trials with the oil or not…

That’s all for now! Looking forward to a relaxing holiday. Hoping for a little seaside humidity, my hair seems to thrive in that kind of climate.

Any fun vacation plans for the summer?

Xo

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Reverse Oil Rinsing: Round 3

A reader commented a few weeks ago that she tried oil rinsing and had great results the first day, but that things went downhill shortly after. Another reader made an insightful suggestion that it could be that adding oil to your hair without any moisture, makes moisturizing challenging. This comment really stuck with me. However, I couldn’t give up on oil rinsing just yet. As I said, I want to give it a few weeks to a month, before I give my opinion. Still, what this reader said made a lot of sense, so I decided to switch things up a bit and reverse the order of my oil rinsing method.

  1. Divide hair into 3 – 4 sections.
  2. Shampoo or wash hair as usual.
  3. Apply your favorite conditioner (my choice last week was Aussie Moist) – do not rinse out.
  4. Apply your favorite oil on top of the conditioner and work into your hair – do not rinse out.
  5. Deep condition (preferably with heat) for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse out the oil and conditioner. Condition your hair a second time (it will melt in your fingers), if you’re like me, rinse about 60% – 70% of the conditioner.

Results: soft, shiny, defined coils and curls.

I’ll try this method for my next two washes and let you know how it goes. This time, I did blow-dry my hair and wear it pulled up the entire week. I blow dried so I can give myself a trim. I’m really bad at trimming my hair curly, unless I cut it while it’s in twists. I cut off 1 1/2 inches of hair, but it feels better.

Actually, I really need to wash my hair, it has been just over a week. However, I’ve been really busy, so don’t think I’ll get around to it until this weekend.

How do you trim your hair? Any tips?

Round 2: Oil Rinsing Update

My hair is on day 5, since my wash day, where I slightly adapted my oil rinsing method. This time around, after my first rinse, I basically left in about 60-70% of my conditioner (Tresemme Naturals). In addition, I opted for coconut oil. After, I applied a small amount of diluted KCKT and on top of that a very small amount if flax gel.

This time around my hair is only starting to feel somewhat dry today (I.e day 5). I plan on moisturizing it tonight and then washing it again Thursday night. I will be trying this again to test the results.

I’m not sure what my consensus on oil rinsing will be. I need to try it for a bit before I say whether it’s worthwhile. I’m very curious about the potential of this working as a modified curly girl method (which has never done anything for me). Until then don’t feel obligated to rush home and try this. (I sound like a TV warning. “kids don’t try this at home!” lol!) Perhaps it’s safer to observe my experiment a bit first.

Hair days 4-5:

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On another note, I just want to say thank you to all of my readers that have continued to follow me. And especially for your congratulatory and thoughtful emails and comments. It’s really touching to know there are so many caring people out there.

Round 2: Oil Rinsing

Yesterday I washed my hair. I can never go longer than a week without washing and wash day always feels like a giant exhale to me. #hairwasonitslastleg

As previously done, I separated my hair into 4 sections. Shampooed. Applied my oil of choice, coconut oil. Applied conditioner and rinsed under very warm water. Conditioned again and detangled, plastic cap, 30 min deep condition. Rinsed.

First, coconut oil has never done anything for my hair, so I usually use it on my skin. This time around, using it as an oil rinse yielded amazing results. Did I notice a difference this time around? I kind of think my hair felt even softer than last week, when I used EVOO. However, I did do a DC with the oil and conditioner in my hair so that could have been why my hair felt softer. Coconut is known to be one of the few hair oils that can penetrate the hair shaft… So maybe its healing and moisturizing properties are stronger.

My hair still felt like straw when I applied the oil. It’s surprising how soft it gets after that second condition.

After my deep conditioner I rinsed my hair, leaving a small amount of conditioner (Tresseme Naturals) in my hair. Applied KCNT and a small amount of gel, then put my hair in about 12 medium-large twists to achieve a fluffier look and save time. Ain’t nobody got time for long wash day sessions. Especially when preggo with my first, there’s only so much energy I can devote. I can only imagine how challenging it will be after the baby arrives.

So there you have it, right now I’m still a fan of OR. I hope by using a little conditioner a la Curly Girl Method, my hair will stay moisturized longer than last time. Last time, I was reaching for the KCKT on days 3 and 5.

Speaking of Curly Girl, tried it in the past and it never worked for me. Anyone else ever experiment with the curly girl method?

Have a good weekend!

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Oil Rinsing Results w/ Pics

Two days ago I tried oil rinsing my hair. I’m back to report findings on days 1 & 2.
My hair feels remarkably soft and moisturized, not at all as oily, as I feared. It’s very fluffy and tangle-free and feels really strong. I’ll oil rinse for another month to see if this continues. Very excited with the immediate results that I’ve experienced.

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******update*********
Day 3, still doing well. Will probably moisturize it a little tonight.

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****Update*****
Day 5
My hair was a bit frizzy and dry by day 5, so moisturizing was very necessary. I don’t mind a little frizz but can’t stand dry hair. Typically, I don’t have to moisturize so much. Either it’s that the effects of oil rinsing are strongest for about 3-4 days or it’s due to the dry, warm weather.

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***Update***
Day 6
My hair is screaming for a wash! I plan on doing so tonight or tomorrow night. I’ll try oil rinsing again, this time I’ll deep condition once I apply the conditioner.

Apologies for the boring hair style, I’m not very creative in that department.:)

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Oil Rinsing on Low Porosity Hair

Oils and I have never really been best friends. However, I’ve always hoped that I could find a way to incorporate them into my routine. My wishes might have been answered. Awhile ago, I was surfing the net and I came across a forum on oil rinsing. The person raved about the results of her oil rinsing trial and it just so happens she has low porosity hair. This made me really curious. So after months of thinking about whether to oil rinse or not, I threw caution to the wind today. It’s still too early to give you my verdict, but I do have some positives to report.

First, for those of you who have never heard of oil cleansing, here’s a quick overview on the process:

Shampoo (optional) + coat hair with a small amount of oil + condition under a stream of very warm water, to rinse out some of the oil and detangle.

Easy enough, right?

This was the first time I’ve tried oil rinsing and thus far I’m happy with the results. I won’t tell you whether I recommend it for lo-po hair until I’ve tried consistently for at least a month. Right now, my hair is damp and in twists, so it’s difficult to say whether it’s effective. I’ll have to see how my hair dries and report back to give you a weekly update.

For now, I’ll walk you through the steps I took and the results I achieved from my first oil rinse.

1. After a trip to the swimming pool, my hair was really dry and in desperate need of moisture. I started off by sectioning my hair into three parts. I shampooed my hair to remove any chemicals from the pool and prepare it for the oil rinse. Next for each section I worked about a handful of extra virgin olive oil into my hair, starting at the ends and working my way up.

***Initial thoughts: disappointed, my hair felt like straw as the oil hit my strands. It never felt soft or supple. Feeling very skeptical.

2. At this point, some suggest sitting under a plastic cap for 30 m – 1 h for a deep, conditioning oil treatment. I decided to go straight to the last step and apply my conditioner (Suave Shea and Almond). I massaged the conditioner into my hair, one section at a time, then attempted to detangle. My hair had a couple of tangles and the comb didn’t glide through it. So, I decided to condition a second time, using more conditioner this time. Suddenly, my hair felt soft, yet strong and smooth. The comb sailed through my hair as the warm water rushed over it. I was truly impressed with the results. I couldn’t stop running my fingers through my hair.

Once I got out of the shower, I examined each section closely. My hair looked remarkably darker and shinier. It was still very easy to comb and very soft and fluffy. I had less curl definition than I usually do when I wash my hair, especially in the front, where my hair is a bit looser. However, for strong and soft hair, I could definitely sacrifice curl definition! I decided to twist my hair and let it air dry over night. Only time will tell whether oil rinsing is an effective moisturizing method for lo-po hair. So I’ll report back with results.

My theory on why this method would work is that conditioners contain emulsifiers that allow water and oil to blend. You probably rinse off some of the oil in the wash process. However, some of it probably binds to the conditioner, allowing you to seal-in moisture and deeply penetrate your hair shaft. I really hope my results live up to my expectations!

Have you ever tried oil rinsing, what was your experience?