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new regimen trial #1 | 11.8

though my minimalist "regimen" involving shampoo, oil, and butter worked pretty well, i wanted to see if i could get better results using actual products. i immediately went to lush because i know they are all cruelty-free, and those i have chosen are also vegan and gluten-free.
unfortunately, all of lush's conditioners contain sulfates, so i was somewhat in a bind of what to use. i just picked up r&b because it was something my manager tried to convince me to love when i worked at lush.

this shows the lack of overall definition to which i was referring in this post.

the process
henna glossed for 1 hour with lush caca noir (1 block melted in 6oz water)
shampooed scalp with lush blousey
conditioned and detangled with lush r&b (2.5oz moisturizer + 1.5oz coconut oil + 1oz water)
squeezed out excess water, coated with coconut oil, and raked in some lush dirty hair cream
i also added in a little streak with maybelline's color tattoo in fierce and tangy (i'm getting super duper bored with my color, but i refuse to compromise my hair's health until i'm done growing my hair)

r&b is now phenomenal for my less porous hair, but i'm pretty sure the glycerin dried it out in the cold winter air when i used it alone as a leave-in. i turned it into a "conditioner," and that worked ok, but considering how much it costs, i won't repurchase. i am planning to try renpure argan oil conditioner next.

i loved everything else (even the pain-in-the-ass henna), though i think i can find something that performs just as well as dirty for less money and masculine fragrance. i am planning to try the shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and kinky-curly curling custard next.

note: i am planning on swimming weekly on fridays so i will have to reverse the order of some things for my second trial this week.

in pursuit of:
treating my hair as my crown and glory

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Harlem said...

Henna has been something I wanted to try, was the gloss that you used messy? And I am loving that little streak of color, do you think you will add more streaks to your hair?


I have not used Henna yet. It's a shame. I know. I love your curls. I have the same problem with any leave-in that contains glycerin, too.

S.O.S Hair said...

#1 Why did I not know that you used to work at LUSH? Omgosh---LOVE LOVE LOVE that place! I've been planning (and subsequently forgetting) to go there and let them apply a henna treatment. (Ya know---so that I don't have to get my own bathroom stained with my own clumsiness!) Whenever my cousin struggles to define her natural curls, I just apply a protein treatment with heat. it works like a charm!

When you find that less expensive dupe for Dirty--call me! LOL!

Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!


Britt @ The Pinnacle Project said...

The Lush henna in itself is more of a gloss because it's mixed with cocoa butter and lots of other stuff. Unfortunately, they use super gritty henna, which makes it kind of a pain. I don't find it messy because I have gotten really good at not making a mess with mixing, but it definitely takes more effort than it should washing it out :-/

I did find someone on etsy who makes henna gloss blocks with really nice ingredients using Jamila henna (which I used to use and is super non-gritty), but it's more expensive. I may splurge after the Lush one runs out.

Also, thank you! I don't think I will add much more because I like the pop that can still be hidden if I need to meet with someone and need to look more professional! That location is perfect, but I may make the section larger though the next time I do it.

Britt @ The Pinnacle Project said...

Henna is just amazing!!!!! It's not a shame, though! I took a while to try it myself, and then I fell in love with it, and now I'm back in love :)
And thank you - they like to be disobedient at times :-/
And glycerin is NOT the business in this dry weather anymore!

Britt @ The Pinnacle Project said...

Yeah! I worked there in 2011! I loved working there - I and my apartment always smelled AMAZING!
The henna makes your hair feel great but it is just so gritty (ugh!).
And the protein treatment makes sense! I may try that this weekend.
I will definitely let you know about the dupe! I think a mix of SMCS and KCCC may be kind of close, but if you have to buy them both, it's still kind of expensive!

Yalanda_Meshell said...

I love the color you added to your hair! I'm going to have to try that!

Britt @ The Pinnacle Project said...

Thanks! There are so many cool colors available, and it really has staying power! It didn't rub off or anything until I rinsed it out.

Relaxed Thairapy said...

I love the color of your hair and look at those curls!!! Wow.

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