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Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner DUPE??????


To my displeasure and dismay, the Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner has been discontinued. I used this cleansing conditioner faithfully (for years) and it had replaced my traditional shampoo/conditioner for my curly hair.

This cleansing conditioner was not only gentle on my delicate strands but it hugged my scalp with its' soothing/calming goodness due to the rosemary, menthol, and peppermint oil that was in it.

Unfortunately, I didn't stock up on it and have been on the hunt for a better alternative since that time.

Well, I have found it's twin (minus all the soothing scalp properties). It's called Pantene Pro-V Radiant Color Shine Cleansing Conditioner. Let's dive into how these products compare and differ shall we?

Rosemary, Peppermint, and Menthol have all been linked to having soothing scalp properties when used in hair products. I can honestly say, since I started used the Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner, I haven't had a problem with itchy scalp/dandruff no matter what the weather was like. 

The fact that the Pantene Pro - V Radiant Color Shine Cleansing Conditioner is lacking the soothing properties of the Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner is no deal breaker for me. If I want to sooth my itchy scalp, I can add rosemary and peppermint oil to my Pantene Cleansing Conditioner.

However, the Pantene Pro-V Radiant Color Shine Cleansing Conditioner does have Panthenol and Panthenyl Ethyl Ether which are moisturizing agents associated with the vitamin B5. This is actually a plus for this conditioner as far as moisture is concerned.

I recently found a really great scalp soothing conditioner at TJ-Maxx called Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Conditioner. It has menthol, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and camomile (which are all scalp soothing). I can simply use that conditioner on my scalp to make a 'faux' Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner and apply the Pantene Pro-V Radiant Shine Cleansing Conditioner to my strands. This Avalon Conditioner is all natural with organic ingredients, no GMOs, parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors/fragrances, pathalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, or animal testing. I used it in the last Wash Day I posted HERE.

Hopefully, this gives my hair friends, who were just as bummed as I was, a better alternative as far as cleansing conditioners are concerned. I hope you try it out soon.

Highlights of 2017


1. This was my first post of the new year this year. My hair was starting to grow back from the "mini big chop" I had got in 2016. Here is a link the both the big chop (HERE) and the first post of 2016 (HERE).

2. This was my favorite style from this year. I use to wear side pony tails all the time when I was younger and when my hair was longer as a natural. However, since my "mini big chop" that was no longer an option until this particular post. I was so excited that my little strands were growing back. I was rocking this style for weeks and I even laid my edges (which I never do). HERE is a link to this hairstyle.

3. This is my favorite shampoo/product from this year. I was blown away at how gentle this shampoo was. It is low lather, moisturizing, and a little goes a very long way. I discovered this product by accident when I was contacted by to check it out. I don't regret the decision to try it out. Nor do I regret all the great things it does to my hair. It is definitely a new staple product of mine. Check out my review about it HERE.

4. This is my last length check from this year. My hair has literally jumped over the broom of growth and I am happily married to the length. Not to mention, I'm pregnant, so the length can be attributed to vitamins/hormones I'm sure. Never the less, growth is still growth lol. Check out this length check HERE.

5. This is the post that never was and it featured a product that made my hair feel like straw. I started to make a post about how bad it was but I decided against it. This was a conditioner I purchased because I was trying to find a replacement for my Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner. This conditioner is called Herbal Essences Naked Volume White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Conditioner. Needless to say, the volume ingredients attributed to the dryness and stiffness I felt after using it. I did like the smell but Mr. Volume and I have had a past and he doesn't like my natural all. :) 

6. This was the most viewed, liked, and commented on post/video from this year. It featured a way to make your very own satin lined cap from scratch. This particular post/video was an update from the previous "DIY Satin Lined Cap" I made in 2016. If you want to check it out, the link is HERE.

7. Anything Question Related was something I wanted to get started with this year and I managed to get one post out about it. However, this was my favorite post because I spent time answering a hair related question that I received from a hair friend. It was nice because I spend a lot of my time learning from other hair friends and I like that I can contribute in some type of way as well. Click HERE to see that post.

8. This was a post/video I made about a month ago that is my favorite video tutorial of the year. It is a  deep conditioning cap with removable pouches. For example, you simply microwave your rice/lentil/flaxseed pouch and place it inside the deep conditioning cap. Once you're done using it, the cap is washable due to the fact that the pouches can be removed from the cap altogether. It is on Youtube as well if you are interested in checking it out or you can simply click HERE.

I hope you've enjoyed my highlights from the year. Feel free to share some of yours in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Self Trim Results




I really do like my self trim results. Typically I can be quite scissor happy and chop off too much. However, I am learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and patient. There are still some areas that need more attention than other but they will get addressed in the next trim. I simply cut little by little to get rid of the thinning parts of my hair.

My hair does appear longer in the "AFTER" photo due to the fact that my hair has been wrapped at night and flattened out tremendously. However, the top photo was freshly flat ironed hair which was still a little puffy.

I hope you're having a great hair day and will have a better hair year in 2018.

Final Length Check of 2017


January 2017 Measurements:

Front - 10 inches
Middle - 10 inches 
Side - 9 inches 
Back - 7 inches 
Overall Length: (A little past) Shoulder Length (SL)

December 2017 Measurements:

Front - 13 inches (+3 Inches)
Middle - 13 inches (+3 Inches)
Side - 11 inches (+2 Inches)
Back - 10 inches (+3 Inches)
Overall Length: Armpit Length (APL)

My new goal is to be armpit length by September 2017. 

The statement above was what I said my goal was for my hair back in January of this year. My hair was shoulder length at the time and I was on a journey to restore my temple damage around my hairline (Update on the temples coming soon). However, I am amazed at just how much growth I have retained. I moved from the square on my length check shirt to the four leaf clover. Which is approximately 4 inches of overall growth. Not to mention, I have trimmed my hair here and there throughout the year (nothing major though). I've also neglected my hair like crazy due to the fact that I have been pregnant since April of this year. With that in mind, I know that the prenatal vitamins and hormone changes has helped my hair grow and I hope that postpartum shedding won't affect my hair too much (fingers crossed). However, this growth is the most I have seen in my entire life and I am literally thinking MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY HAIR RIGHT NOW... LOL. Of course, I plan to get a trim in the near future but I want to self trim...any suggestions?

Thanks for sharing this hair care journey with me for those of you who have stuck around despite my inconsistent posting. I hope to see what great things you have accomplished this year besides anything hair related so drop a comment to let me know. As always, I anticipate an even bigger and better new year with you guys and my blog.

Last Flat Iron: December 23, 2017
Last Trim: Click Here
DIY Length Check Shirt: Click Here

Merry Christmas from AHR

DIY Washable Deep Conditioning Cap with Removable Pouches


Hello Hair Friends, 

I have wanted to share this post with you for a very long time. At first, the post was only in my head and I had no idea when I was going to actually start to pursue making this project a reality. Well, I have finally, finally, gotten around to how I create my very own deep conditioning cap. 

I love to deep condition but it can be quite hard to deep condition in one spot. What I mean by that is actually sitting under a hooded dryer or even under my lovely Gold N' Hot deep conditioning cap. Sometimes, I just want to walk around the house, clean up if I want, talk/text, or run an errand if I so choose. So I thought to myself, why not just purchase a microwavable conditioning cap from online? Well I am a little frugal minded and I always find a way to buy/create for a cheaper price.

So, I decided to create my very own microwavable deep conditioning cap. However, I wanted mine to be machine washable with interchangeable pouches that I could make myself and fill with whatever I wanted (rice, flaxseeds, herbs, etc.).

This deep conditioning cap is exactly what I wanted and provides the deep conditioning I needed. It is stylish because I picked out the fabric that I wanted. It stays warm due to the fleece interfacing and rice pouches. It fits my head perfectly (20" in diameter) but you can make it larger to accommodate your head/hair needs. Not to mention, the PRICE WAS RIGHT!

1 yard of fabric (Hobby Lobby $4.89)
1/2 yard of fabric (Hobby Lobby $2.45) 
*Additional 20% off my total with Hobby Lobby coupon which they always have*

1/2 yard of fleece (Walmart Fabric Clearance $1.29)
1/4 Elastic (Walmart $1.97)
14" Zippers ( $0.63 each)

This tutorial is easy but may require practice if you are new to using a sewing machine. The total price for this project was approximately $12.50 but I had a lot of the other materials on hand which made the project cheaper. Not to mention, I had the two fabrics from Hobby Lobby in my fabric stash, which made this project only $5.15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't have purchased this anywhere for that price and I can wash, dry, reuse, refill, and remake this cap again and again. Enjoy the video below!


If you want the pattern for this project, along with the typed instructions, click here.

Hair Of The Day (HOTD)


Hello hair friends, this is how my flat twist from my last "Wash Day" post turned out. This is how I have been wearing my hair all week (except for today it is in a puff again because I didn't re-twist last night). To maintain this style every day, I mist my hair with water, apply a little Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream and coconut oil to each section, and flat twist it nightly. In the morning, I unravel and fluff and the twist out holds all day; and actually looks better throughout the day, due to the curls expanding. 

If you want to check out my last post about my Wash Day (and how I got this style), click here. Have a great Saturday friends!