Monday, January 23, 2012

Good Hair, Gone Bad Pt. 1

This story begins at the end of a two week coil & coil-out.  I will never wear a style for two weeks again because by Friday, January 13th my hair was really itching.  With that said, Friday night I washed my hair and this began the makings of my first two strand twist-out. I created my twists using Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion as my leave-in conditioner and Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta as my twisting product. Because it was a long holiday weekend, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, I decided to wear my twists all weekend.  

Tuesday morning, January 17th, and it's time to go back to work.  I untwisted my hair using Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer on the tips of my fingers.  This was my first attempt at a twist-out and I feel it was successful.

My first two strand twist-out

To prepare for second day hair I decided to re-twist my hair that night using Jane Carter's Nourish & Shine.  My second day hair was a success, but I knew I would need more moisture for third day hair because my hair was beginning to feel dry. That night I decided to spritz my hair with water and re-twist using more Jane Carter's Nourish & Shine. I probably used more product than needed because when I untwisted my hair the next morning it was a little bit greasy to the touch.  I also noticed that my scalp was itching in a couple of spots in the back and about to start flaking in the front of my head around my widow's peak. To fix this uncomfortable situation I put drops of Jane Carter's Scalp Nourishing serum on my itchy areas.  Not even 10 minutes later my scalp became extremely irritated.  The area around my widows peak was excessively flaking, turned red, and was about to get bumpy.  To help soothe the itch I put some old-fashioned African Pride Caster & Mink Oil with Shea Butter on my scalp along with Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey. It helped a little because I didn't have enough time to wash out my hair before work. 

Third day hair gone bad

My day three hair looked good but it felt terrible.  My good hair had really gone bad.  I endured the itch throughout the day but that night I couldn't wash my hair fast enough.  I washed my hair using Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and conditioned with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner.  I deep conditioned my hair with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque. After my wash, condition, and deep treat my scalp felt 100% better.  I used Coconut Oil as my sealant and completed my wash-n-go with Kinky-Curly Knot Today and Kinky-Curly Curling Custard.

Relief!!! wash-n-go

On Friday, January 20th, I was in love with my hair again.  It felt so much better.  Obviously, there is something in the Jane Carter products that caused my irritation and I will no longer use them. This is a true example of what works for one person may not work for another. By writing this blog I am, by no means, telling anyone not to use Jane Carter products.  I am just sharing MY experience.  I am going to closely examine  and compare the ingredients in the Jane Carter products with the other products in my hair arsenal.  I think this will help me pinpoint which ingredient or ingredients caused my irritation.  I will come back with Part 2 of this blog and let you know what I've discovered.

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Peace & Blessings...


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