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Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner (HECC)

2.26.2016

Purchased at: Walmart 

Price: $4.74

Description: 0% sulfates and parabens

Details: "A naturally refreshing, uninhibited experience. Renew your senses with the calming scent of herbal mint fusion. Then let this low lather cleanser go to work, combining the conditioning properties of a nourishing oil while gently cleansing the hair, for touchably soft hair. Naturally this sulfate free formula is gentle enough for smoothing dry and damaged hair."

Directions: "Massage 3-4 pumps into wet hair. Let it go to work for a few minutes then rinse it out. That's it. Give your regular shampoo and conditioner a break."


Ingredients: Water/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil*, Menthol, Fragrance/Parfum, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Zinc Pyrithione, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

My Thoughts: I absolutely loooooove this cleansing conditioner. It's the best one I've ever tried hands down. I use to be in love with the As I Am Coconut Cowash but this product has been crowned and has taken the throne. The packaging is nice.  This bottle comes with a pump top and you get a lot of product for the price.  However, the pump top does not reach the bottom of the bottle.  Once the product is  almost gone, the pump doesn't pump conditioner anymore.  I physically have to pat the bottle upside down to get the remainder of the product out. 

Also, for thick haired ladies, the bottle will last a long time (depending on how often you use it). I purchased it last year in October and I just ran out of it.  I used it once a week.  

As far as the consistency, this product is very thick and creamy.  I don't have to pre-poo or detangle before washing anymore because this conditioner melts away every tangle/knot from my strands. It smoothes my hair cuticles, which helps remove shed hair so much easier. Also, I haven't noticed any residue/buildup on my strands after washing and my hair absorbs this conditioner. My hair stays moisturized for days and my curls stay pillow soft. This conditioner does not sit on top of my hair at at.

Because it's so moisturizing, I get lazy sometimes and neglect to detangle thoroughly. I pay for it later but that has nothing to do with the conditioner. 

As far as the smell of this conditioner, it's okay in my opinion. It has a strong scent that is borderline headache inducing. The description on the bottle says that it is low lather, but on my hair, it does not lather at all. I typically apply oils to my hair throughout the week and this may hinder the suds action that's suppose to happen. The bottle recommends using 3-4 pumps of this conditioner. I use a lot more than the recommended about of pumps.  Typically I use about 7-10 pumps of this conditioner because my hair is so thick.

Every since I have started using this cleansing conditioner, my dandruff prone, irritated scalp has been cured.  I go longer periods of time without feeling my scalp itch and I don't see flaky white spots when I part my hair. My hair is shinier, softer, bouncer, and more moisturized than it has ever been.  Also, the fact that it's paraben and sulfate free is an added bonus.

Other Things to Consider:

  • 16.9 fluid ounces
  • Great slip
  • You could skip deep conditioning if you wanted to without sacrificing moisture
  • Cleans hair w/o stripping it
  • Defines curls
  • Thicker hair requires more pumps
  • Soothes irritated scalp
  • Improves shine
  • Hard to get out the last bit of product

Keep or Toss: It's definitely a KEEPER!

Wash Day

2.25.2016
Products Used:
  1. Tangle Teezer
  2. Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner
  3. Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream

Steps:
  1. Co-washed with Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner
  2. Lifted dead skin from my scalp by massaging with my Tangle Teezer
  3. Applied Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner
  4. Deep conditioned under a heat cap for 15 mins
  5. Massaged with Scalp Invigorator for 1 minute
  6. Rinsed out conditioner with cool water
  7. Applied Coconut Oil as a Leave-In
  8. Blow dried hair and put it in a bun
  9. Styled the next morning
 
Today's wash day was short and sweet. I used the exact same products from my last WashDay. This will be my last "heat related" WashDay until June. Join me March 1st for a 3-month "No Heat" challenge. I'm excited to see how my hair will improve over the course of this challenge. My goal is to retain length and grow my edges back.  (More details to come.)

(If you want to see photos of the products I used in today's WashDay or if you're interested in my last WashDay, click HERE)

Also, check out my last post and learn how to make your own LENGTH CHECK SHIRT by clicking HERE.


The Wash Day Experience

DIY Length Check Shirt | Free Printable

2.21.2016
Things Needed:
(I included a list of prices and places to buy the materials that I used. Prices are rounded to the nearest dollar.)

  1. T-Shirt (Any Color) - Price: $3.00 (Walmart)
  2. Fabric Paint - Price: $15.00/10 pk (Michaels Craft Store)
  3. Sponge Brush - Price: $1.00/5 pk (Dollar Store)
  4. Plastic Coated Freezer Paper - Price: $7.00 (Walmart)
  5. X-Acto Designer Knife - Price: $6.00 (Walmart)
  6. Iron - Price: Varies (I bought my iron from Walmart)
  7. Handheld Blow Dryer - Price: Varies (I purchased my blow dryer from Sally's)
  8. Length Check Shirt Stencil Printout - Price: Free (I printed my stencil at work)
  9. Pencil - Price: Varies (I found this pencil just laying around the house

    )
  10. Clip Board - Price: $1.00 (Dollar Store)

Getting Started:
First, create your shirt design. I designed my shirt using Microsoft Word. Instead of using numbers to check my length, I'm using shapes. I figured that shapes would be easier to cut out with the X-Acto knife than numbers. Also, I made the lines thick in order to make an easier cut and for a more defined look. Once my design was the way I wanted it to be, I printed it out. If you want to use my design, click the link below for a free PDF Version. 

DIY Length Check Shirt Design Printout

The Process:
For the next step, you'll need your pencil, X-Acto knife, design printout, and clipboard (anything sturdy to cut on like cardboard would be perfect as well).  Take a sheet of freezer paper that is long enough to cover your entire design. Lay the freezer paper on top of your design making sure that the glossy side is FACED DOWN. You should be able to see your design through the freezer paper. Using your pencil, trace your design onto the freezer paper. Once you're done with tracing, remove your design printout and store it so you can use it again another time.

Now it's time to create your stencil. Place your freezer paper on top of your clipboard and secure it. Take your X-Acto Knife and begin to cut along the lines that you traced. Cut carefully and precisely. 

Once you're done, it's time to iron your stencil onto your shirt. Take your iron, turn it on, and make sure that the steam setting is turned OFF! Next, place your freezer paper (with the glossy side down) onto the shirt where you want your design to be. I wanted my design to be as close to the collar of the shirt as possible and I also wanted it on the back of the shirt to check my length. Take your iron and begin ironing over the stencil for about 2 minutes.  This step will allow the glossy portion of the freezer paper to stick to the shirt. There should not be any raised pieces of freezer paper on the shirt or paint will seep through.

Once the shirt is cool to the touch, it's time to begin painting! Take the fabric paint of your choice and squirt some on a scrap piece of freezer paper. Next, place your clipboard inside of the shirt.  This will prevent the paint from seeping through the portion of the shirt you are working on. Use your sponge brush to dab paint onto your stencil covering the cutout spots. Dab a second coat of paint for a more opaque look. 

Next, take your blow dryer and blow dry the paint for about five minutes. Next, carefully peel off the freezer paper and reveal your masterpiece. The paint will still be wet but it will be dry enough to pull off the freezer paper. Let the shirt completely dry by laying it flat for 6 hours.
This is after I pulled off the freezer paper. I forgot to take a photo of what it looked like after painting.

Finished Product:
The finished product is neat and crisp. Your shirt will be machine washable after 3 days. This is a great project to do with your girlfriends or to give as a gift. In total, I spent about $30 on this project. However, I can make more shirts for a fraction of the cost because I already have the materials. You can get creative and make a length check design for the front of the shirt; to check your length in the front. I decided to put a picture on the front of my shirt and I used the same technique. The possibilities are endless. 

I challenge you to design a t-shirt and share your artwork in the link below. Also, share it on social media using the hashtag: #ahrlengthcheckshirt





Wash Day

2.10.2016
Items: (I) Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner (II) Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner (III) Coconut Oil (IV) Shea Moisture Kids Curling Butter Cream (V) Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Conditioner (VI) Tangle Teezer (VII) Water Bottle

Before Shot
Hello! It's Me and my old 5 day twist out that has consumed my entire head.

The Process

I applied HECC throughout my hair and detangled with my fingertips and followed with my tangle teezer.  After detangling, I rinsed and applied Miracle 7 deep conditioner from roots to tip.  Also, I applied Aubrey Organics GPB to the ends of my hair only (protein helps fight breakage so I apply a monthly protein conditioner on my ends to help preserve them).  I covered my hair with a shower cap and deep conditioned with heat for 15 mins. Next, I massaged my scalp for about a minute and rinsed out the conditioners with cool water.  

For styling, I applied Coconut Oil as a leave in.  Next, I parted my hair diagonally around my whole head and flat twisted each section.  I sprayed water and applied Shea Moisture Curling Buttercream to each section before flat twisting.  I made sure that my ends were smooth by combing through them at least once before completely twisting each section.

I air dried overnight, unraveled, and fluffed the next morning. 

After Shot
Check out my last Wash Day HERE!

The Wash Day Experience