Tag: essential oil

A Word of Caution About Oils

Although oils can work great to seal in moisture, it is important to not only use the right kind of oil for one’s hair, but also the right amount.  For example, with my fine, wavy, low porosity hair, grapeseed oil is a good choice.  I have a DIY oil mixture that I use a little bit of when my hair is still wet.  It is mostly made up of grapeseed oil, but also contains coconut, castor, argan, and rosemary oils.  The rosemary essential oil smells quite strong on its own, but makes the oil mixture smell quite good.  To me, it smells like homemade pizza, since my mom uses rosemary on them ^_^

Since my ends were looking quite dry yesterday, after washing my hair last night, I applied the above mention oil combination, but quite a bit more than usual.  I basically applied it all throughout my hair, keeping the first few inches of my hair at the roots without any, since I have rather oily roots and my hair tends to be flat.  Today, I had rather good curl definition and much less frizz than usual, but my hair looked incredibly stringy!

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I’m not sure if the photos are capturing it, but my hair looked and felt so disgusting today that I just put it in a ponytail, braid, or bun throughout the day, depending on how frustrated I was with it.  Even after brushing it, it doesn’t look much better.

It’s been a while since I’ve used this much oil in my hair when it’s still wet, but I forgot that when I use so much oil to seal in the moisture, my hair looks the same when it’s dry as it does when it’s wet.  When you consider that my wet hair looks like overcooked noodles, it’s really not a good look.

I may need to wash my hair again tonight…

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My Hair Feels Great!

After about a week and a half of having no hot water in my house, the technician finally came over this morning and fixed our water heater.  Of course, after the gym today, I took a nice warm shower!  Lately, I haven’t had a chance to use the hair products that I’d like, due to the increased difficulty in bathing, so I was happy to use my Live Clean shampoo and conditioner tonight for some much-needed moisture.

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After washing, I used my Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner and for a change, did not comb it through; I simply sprayed it all over my hair so as to keep my freshly washed waves relatively untouched.  Then, I scrunched in my Göt2b Kinkier Gloss ‘n Define Curl Cream (discontinued, unfortunately) and finished off with a little bit of grapeseed oil mixed with a tiny amount of Nature’s Truth Good Nite essential oil on my ends and baby hairs.  Although applying oil all over my hair can make it look flat once it’s dry, it works well on my ends, plus I find that applying oil on my baby hairs when wet helps them lay down, preventing the sides of my head from looking bald.

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Blogger of the year setup right here!
Ha, I wish.  These photos were taken with my LG G3 phone.

Yes, I’m so fancy that I keep my grapeseed oil in a huge plastic seltzer bottle, of which I didn’t even bother to remove the label!  As for that little Justin Bieber perfume atomizer…

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…that’s where I keep my grapeseed oil, with several drops of the Good Nite essential oil mixed in.  I also spray some on my skin before going to sleep.  I love multi-functional products.

TJ Maxx haul…plus something from Ulta

Looks like I can write blog entries from my phone.  Great!  I have quite a few photos that I take with my phone, and this makes it very convenient to include them in blog posts.  Actually, I may even want to create one from my phone for the purposes of uploading a picture, publish, then edit and write the rest on a desktop computer…like I’m doing right now 😛

I got some goodies at TJ Maxx and Ulta this past Monday.  (Luckily, I had a gift card to use at TJ Maxx, since I spent quite a bit by my standards!)  I’ve been trying to get away from sulfates and silicones.  I actually tried the Curly Girl method years ago, then stopped, but I’d like to start again.  I also have been collecting carrier oils and essential oils of all kinds, to use for my hair and skin, so I got an argan oil and a rosemary oil too, plus a natural toothpaste for good measure.

I must add that if you’re into essential oils, TJ Maxx is a GOLD MINE.  Although they had a great selection, most of what they had were either things I already have or oils that I can’t use at this time.  However, I’d been looking for a rosemary oil and finally found one…after looking around for a while on the shelves…and getting my hands a little messy.

The Devacurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit was from Ulta and cost $12.  Since Devacurl is so expensive, I just had to buy this little kit.  It comes with a mini Low-Poo Delight, One Condition Delight, and Wave Maker styler.  They also have some for Curly and Super Curly hair, which include heavier washes and stylers that would probably weigh down my hair!

At TJ Maxx, I got two little Shea Moisture shampoos.  I have a feeling the Raw Shea Butter shampoo may be too heavy for my hair, but for only $1.99, I figured I’d satisfy my curiosity.  (The Fruit Fusion Coconut Water cost $2.99.)  I’ve never heard of the brand Essano, but I saw this shampoo and conditioner duo for only $4.99 and was curious about that too 🙂  I didn’t see any reviews online, but apparently their Rosehip Oil is well liked.  TJ Maxx had that too.  Maybe I’ll go back and get it…

Of everything I bought, I’ve only use the argan and rosemary oil thus far, and they’re quite nice!  I actually already have an argan oil from a brand called Grandma’s Home, available on eBay, and that one is so thick and a little sticky, whereas this one from Argan Magic is thinner, yet that’s not a bad thing to me.  I will happily use both!

I’ll eventually crack open these other products.  Can you tell I like to try a “little” (literally) of everything?