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Wash Day | Protective Style Edition


Hello hair friends! Long time no see from me of course. I hope you’re well! My family and I are well. To see what I’m up to sometimes please feel free to follow my Instagram page: anythinghairrelated

On another note, I’m am about 4 months postpartum and I am experiencing the dreadful fistfuls of hair that are coming out of my hair. At first I wanted to keep straightening my hair in order to manage the shed hairs better. However, my hair is suffering from dryness so I’ve decided to try more moisture treatments as well as protective styles. Here is what my hair looked like before I washed it. It’s pretty straight but the humidity has it all puffy and dry.

To shampoo this week, I used my Pantene cleansing Conditioner and combined it with my Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment with Tea Tree to wash my hair. To loosen any buildup on my scalp, I exfoliated my scalp gently with my tangle tweezer. Next, I deep conditioned with my Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Masque with Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil. Here is a picture of my hair in a high pony full of conditioner.

To penetrate my deep conditioner, I used my handmade deep conditioning cap with rice pouches. If you want to see a tutorial of this cap CLICK HERE. I deep conditioned for 30 mins, rinsed, and applied a little coconut oil to the ends of my hair.

Next, I choose to style my hair in a series of flat twists pulled into a bun. I wanted neat parts because I want to wear this style all week so I parted my hair with the rat tail part of a comb. Then I finger detangled each section with a little water and coconut oil and used my Shea Moisture Kids Curling Buttercream to twist each section. Once done I pulled the twist back into a ponytail bun.

What do you think? This should help minimize manipulation and tangles due to shedding. Also, I can unravel the twists and rock a twist out at the end of the week before washing again.

How did you style your hair during postpartum shedding?

I also posted an Instagram picture of my twists unraveled! Good day hair friends!

Positive Post

I use to draw when I was in high school and it was really therapeutic. I use to doodle and write around my doodles. It was really nice and it ended up looking like one of those adult coloring book pages at times. However, in today's society they call this type of drawing "Lettering and Sketch Noting."

I just wanted to share with you something that I composed recently and it is hair related of course. However, it has a deeper meaning. In summation, beauty comes by just being yourself naturally and brushing away anything that tries to change that about you.

Hopefully it inspires someone to be great!

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.