I straightened my hair almost a week ago because I wanted a straight style for my birthday.
I noticed that when my hair is straight, it doesn’t feel as moisturized as when it’s in it’s natural state. I’m constantly using moisturizers and oils and it absorbs it so quickly.
To straighten my hair, I used Chi Silk Infusion.
I’ve heard other naturals talk about it so I figured I’d give it a try. It’s a very good product. My hair got straighter and silkier than usual. I was still a little nervous because that’s the first time I’ve straightened my hair using a different heat protectant.
When my hair is straight, I lean towards wrapping it because for one, that’s what I’m used to from my relaxed days. Secondly, I sweat a little in the night and wrapping it keeps my roots flat and smooth even if I sweat.
The problem with wrapping my hair is that my ends are exposed, which could also add to the dryness. Last night I pin curled my hair (somewhat) to add a little curl to it and also to protect my ends.
This was end of the day hair. Now that my scalp is better, hopefully I can keep it straight for two weeks.
Regarding my scalp, I decided it was time to make another trip to my dermatologist. I hadn’t been in about a year. I didn’t like the medications she prescribed for my scalp before, so I stopped using them. I also didn’t think they were working. Instead of being like a typical patient and stopping and never revisiting the idea of medications, I decided to go back and see if there was something else she could prescribe me.
The Selsun Blue worked pretty well for a while, but lately I haven’t been getting any relief of this Seborrheic Dermatitis. I started to wonder if it was something else.
The dermatologist stood by her diagnosis, but this time prescribed me a medicated shampoo called Loprox. I was told to wash my hair with my usual shampoo, rinse it out and then apply the Loprox to my scalp only and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. The Loprox (Ciclopirox) shampoo is a tiny bottle. I was skeptical at first as to how long it would last, but a little really goes a long way.
I was also given a liquid solution (Mometasone Furoate) to apply to my scalp twice a day for two weeks. I realized I only comb my hair once a day at most, so I’ve been using it once a day. Ssshhhh! Don’t tell her. Let me just say that the base of this solution is Isopropyl Alcohol 40%! It smells, looks, feels and absorbs like rubbing alcohol. I am definitely nervous about my hair drying out. Although it has a nozzle applicator, I know some of it is getting on my strands. Eek!
My scalp looks and feels a million times better! Next week I will follow up with her and see if and how she changes my regimen. I’m definitely thankful I went back and tried something new.
I received Macadamia Nut Oil’s Rejuvenating Shampoo, Deep Repair Mask and Healing Oil Treatment samples from my CurlMart order. I forgot how much I loved getting great samples from CurlMart!
I used the shampoo to wash my hair that evening and it was ok. It is very fragrant… too much for me, but it has a nice smell. I didn’t think anything was special about the shampoo, but it did clean my hair and scalp. *shrugs*
I also used the Deep Repair Mask Conditioner. I would have liked the sample pack to be a little bigger because you know how it gets with the conditioner! In any case, I applied it to my hair in sections. It is also very fragrant. When I first put it in, I didn’t think it would work that well. It felt great in my hair, but I thought once I rinsed it, my hair wouldn’t feel moisturized. Like the conditioners that completely rinse out and leave your hair feeling like you didn’t even condition it. I was WRONG! When I rinsed my hair, my hair felt very moisturized, but not weighed down. I was surprised that it worked so well. Great product.
As requested, these are the items left from my Instagram sale. If you’re interested in any of these, please send me an email to AHairStory@gmail.com letting me know which one(s).
House Rules: US shipping addresses only. I only accept PayPal. All invoices must be paid within 24 hours because I can’t hold items. That’s it.
Here they are…
Here’s the deal. I have a ton of great new and gently used products, but I’ve run out of space to store them all. I decided to have an Instagram Sale to clear out my closet a little. I created an Instagram account called @AHairStorySale. Listed are many new and gently used products (specified for each listing) and the price noted is the final cost. No additional for shipping!
Check out the products. If you see something you like, just comment on the pic with which one you want and your email address and I will send you an invoice. I’d like to sell everything as soon as possible. Items ship once the invoice is paid.
In case you were wondering why my hair was straight for such a short period of time (if you follow me on Instagram @AHairStory), this is why…
Though my hair grows, I’m constantly struggling with the health of my scalp. I was told by my dermatologist a while back that I have Seborrheic Dermatitis. “Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common, inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear”. It’s basically the adult version of cradle cap. I’ve used Selsun Blue shampoo for years in an attempt to keep it at bay. I’ve tried Selsun Blue shampoos with different active ingredients, I’ve tried natural anti-fungals such as tea tree oil and sulfur, I’ve tried topical prescription medication and it’s still there more often than not. The only time it really decreases is if I constantly wash my hair. Great for the scalp, drying for the hair.
I found this Giovanni Don’t Be Flaky shampoo and conditioner in a beauty supply store in Brooklyn and decided to give it a try. I used the Smooth As Silk conditioner on my ends for additional moisture. I generally like Giovanni products and find them very moisturizing, so I expect this one to be the same. The active ingredient in these are 2% Salacylic Acid. I’ve used it at least twice already and my hair seems to tolerate it well. No excessive dryness, but only time will tell how well it works on my scalp. I’m becoming weary of fighting this, but it’s extremely embarrassing when my scalp begins to flake. I’ve even resorted to washing just my hairline to make myself presentable without having to wash my whole head. Sigh. Sometimes it doesn’t actually flake, but I part my hair and can see white on my scalp. What’s a natural girl to do?
It’s really a struggle. I’m currently looking for different tips and any ideas for things to try. They say it’s incurable but you can treat it. What do you think?
Soooooo I’ve been toying with the idea of taking hair vitamins for a few months now. I recently discovered that after all of these years of having adult acne, it was my multivitamin that was causing my breakouts.
A few weeks ago, I started taking vitamins again and my face started to break out AGAIN! So I stopped immediately.
I spoke with my friend and she’s tried several hair vitamins as has had ridiculous amounts of growth, so I was intrigued. I tried to resist because I’d rather clear skin over longer hair, but today I found myself walking into GNC. I was going to get the Hair Nourish vitamins that she recommended and that I see a lot of people have success with, but the lady in the store said she found Hair Volume to be better. I was sold.
Let’s corporately pray for my skin because I’m diving IN! I’ll be increasing my water intake significantly and hopefully this will counteract whatever effects the vitamins generally have on my skin since I have no clue exactly what causes the breakouts.
This particular one seemed like a good option because it has less ingredients.
I’ll begin in the morning.