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So started a protective style challenge back in September 2012. It was originally not on purpose, LOL, I just realized I spent the whole month of September in constant protective styles, so I decided just to continue doing so. My goal was to keep my hair in protective/low manipulation hair styles until my 2 year Naturalversary (which was April 9th, 2013).
Once I started my PSC, I was kind of bored. In the beginning all I was doing was different variations of the Marley Bun…LOL. Which don’t get me wrong I love my Marley Bun, but I just couldn’t justify doing that for the next 6 months…LOL. So eventually I stopped thinking about and just did styles as I thought of them, as you will see some examples below.
I did give my hair a break a day or two, here and there. Just to give my edges and nape a break as well. Also, before I decided to start my challenge, I already had a scheduled heat pass for October, for Fernando’s birthday, which I still took; at that time I blew out my hair (pictured below).
I probably wore my hair out about 5-6 times over the 7 month time frame.
I did notice that my hair was moisturized and I didn’t need to moisturize constantly. Sometimes I went 4-5 days w/o re-moisturizing my hair, sometimes longer. Especially when I did my mini braids. My ends feel very smooth and healthy, which was an awesome plus. Every time I took down a style I felt like my hair was softer and more manageable. What I did find it that protective styling kept my mind off of length which made me focus more on health, which in return gave me length .
Overall, I would say I really enjoyed protective styling and I will probably pick it back up in the fall…HOWEVER, for the next 4-5 months I have NO intentions of protective styling. As much as I enjoyed it, I still enjoy my hair out more. PLUS, my hair LOVES the sun and warmth of the spring and summer months, so I will not deprive her of that…LOL
MY Pros and Cons of Protective Styling:
- Time Saver
- Helps retain length and moisture
- Low maintenance
- Protects your ends from damage
- Just gives you hair an overall break
- Can get very boring & repetitive
YUP! That’s my only CON. I gets PRETTY BORING!! Protective styling is not everyone’s taste. Do I think it’s crucial to my hair journey? NO, it’s not CRUCIAL, but it doesn’t hurt to do it every once in a while.
What are you guys’ thoughts on protective styling??
My Naturalversary was April 9th, 2013
First, I would like to say thank you to Cantu for contacting me to try these products out. Everyone knows that the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner has been a staple in my hair regimen since before I even went natural and I swear by it to this day.
So I was given the opportunity to try out 3 out of the 6 Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals hair products. I was sent the Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream, Coconut Curling Cream and the Coconut Milk Shine & Hold Mist. All of these products contain No Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin, Propylene, PABA or DEA. These products are very inexpensive retailing way under $10 and very accessible. I did a review and demo on my YouTube Channel, which you can check out here. I just want to go through and some of my pros and cons on each product.
So this weekend we celebrated Fernando’s brother’s Birthday at a club called C.I.C.
I was contacted my a representative of Ouidad, and was given the opportunity to try out their new Curl Co-Wash Conditioner (Sulfate, Silicone & Paraben Free).
This product is described as being, a rich low-lathering, sulfate-free cleansing conditioner that leaves the hair moisturized , soft and frizz-free while gently clearing hair of buildup. It is for all hair types and textures.
It contains Black Cumin Seed Oil, Jamaican Black Oil, Rosemary & Sage Oils. Which these oils are great for conditioning and refreshing the hair and also delivers great shine.
I co-washed my hair in six sections. I allowed it to sit in my hair for about 5 mins or so, then detangled with my double detangler (which is also by Ouidad) , and rinsed my hair out. **NOTE: The double detangler was purchased by myself over a year ago. I have spoken on it before in the past and you guys know I LOVE that comb
I absolutely enjoyed this co-wash conditioner. It was fairly easy to detangle, which was a pleasant surprise. Once I rinsed it out, my hair felt soft and have a nice sheen to it. The lather was less than a shampoo, but more than a regular conditioner, I would say it is a happy medium, especially if you are more into co-washing (and not into shampooing). I feel like my hair and scalp were both clean but was not stripped.
List of Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Citric Acid, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
- Smells great
- Has a pump
- Very Thick & Creamy
- Great Slip
- Leaves my hair with a nice sheen
- The Price. Even though I personally don’t mind the price, I know a lot of people aren’t looking to spend that much. There are other products I have used to co wash with that give me similar results. But that low-lather in a conditioner is very rare to come by. If you are someone who co-washes daily, it may not be economical option.
Other than the price I actually really like This product. I will definitely continue to use it here and there until it is done, however I don’t think I will be repurchasing it, strictly because of the price. But if I do ever want to splurge, this is something DEFINITELY worth splurging for.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review. I am not affiliated with this company. I am NOT being paid to make this video. This is my honest opinion on this product.
YUP, a Hot mess!! LOL…But that’s ok, nothing a little deep conditioning can’t handle.
But since I went so long with out washing, I decided to do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse before I shampooed. Some do this before they shampoo, I’ve seen people do it after they’ve shampooed and conditioned, but for me since I really only like the ACV rinse to cleanse my scalp and I am NOT fond of the smell so,I do it first. Continue reading
So you guys know that a rarely switch up on my products and if I do I must be out of the product that I was originally using. So I ran out of my Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner, which I use for co-washing. Now this is an easily accessible item I can find pretty much anywhere. But I was in Macy’s re stocking on my Deep Conditioner from Carols’ Daughter. And I saw she re-vamped the Hair Milk Collection. Continue reading
Since I am trying to spend the 2nd year of hair journey HEAT-LESS. I wanted to find a way to stretch my hair that didn’t involved me using heat. This method has been my favorite and most effective for me.
- Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In
- Sweet Almost Oil
- Cantu Shea Butter
- For Braiding, my Shea Butter Mix
In this video ALSO I demonstrate how I do the L.O.C. method.
If you guys have any questions, please leave them below!!