- once weekly con-washing at home (with Suave Creamy Coconut conditioner)
- oiling my scalp/sealing ends with Aceite De Ajo by Alopecil (Garlic Oil Capilar).
- dust split ends on an as-needed basis
- wear my hair in a braid wound into a bun most days
- sleep with either a satin bonnet or scarf.
- discontinued Biotin altogether as I wasn't willing to deal with the breakouts this time around
As a reminder, here are pictures of how my hairline looked three months ago. *Yikes*
This morning I was up bright and early with the intentions of being first in the chair as soon as the salon opened at 8:00 am. As most of you know, I've been going to Sisters Unisex for the last 8 years. I love how they handle my hair, but most of all appreciate the attitude of the ladies in the salon. Very cool energy, and they're respectful of your needs/wishes and don't try to pressure/coerce you into doing anything you don't want to do. That's a big deal to me.
I first joined the hair boards in 2005 and have pretty much been caring for my own hair since that time. You see, in August 2005 I made the decision to start taking better care of my hair, stop relying on weaves for length, and do only what works for me, rather than following the advice of a stylist or hair magazine. Today, quite frankly, I know more about hair health/growth than many stylists who work in a salon… most of us on the hair boards do, in fact. If that sounds cocky…. Seriously though, it feels GREAT no longer being dependent upon a salon or stylist to achieve healthy hair (in fact, my hair was the shortest and most damaged when I was living in Maryland and dependent upon salons for advice/hair care). I go now because I enjoy the way the Dominicans shampoo me and roller set me, as I'm too lazy to do this on my own. Moreover, you're in and out in two hours, max. No idle chit-chat in the stylist chair (as is common at black salons) because most of the girls don't speak English well (I'm not being racist – they really don't). This works for me, because I've always loathed that superficial, intrusive banter. I like to get in that chair and monitor what's going on then zone out… text message, read a book, or day dream.
Today she washed me with my long-time staple, Aceite de Oliva shampoo by Nacidit. My hair needed this, as I'd only con-washed since my last visit to the salon (over a month ago) and I'm sure there was plenty of build-up of product.
Today I decided to try a new conditioner. I looked through their extensive array of products and selected the Miss Key 10 in 1 Super Conditioner hair treatment. You see, I definitely prefer to use Dominican products in my hair (with the exception of the Suave conditioner, because it's just so darn slippery, yummy, and my hair loves it!!!). Anyway, so I'd been hearing lots of good stuff about the 10 en 1 and wanted to try it for myself.
She used the Capile Rinse Aceite de Oliva to detangle. I love, love, love this product…. so creamy and thick with GREAT slip! Mind you, I don't comb my hair but maybe once per week, so it's plenty tangled once I get to the salon. But the comb just glides through my hair when it's saturated with this rinse.
Wash, Roller Set, Deep Condition = $23
Tip = $5
The Damage = $28
Gotta love it. *smile* You see, at my former salon (non-Dominican), the services I received today would likely have come to around $60…. plus a headache from a wait of about 2 hours before getting in the chair, arguing with stylists about what I don't want them doing to my hair, and having to catch folks up on my life and/or listen to their foolishness/personal business.
Anyhoo, so here are a few length shots. (The rest of the progress pictures are in my Hair Journal, so email me for the link if you haven't already got it.)
Ummmm, I think that's it for hair updates. Feedback… comments… questions? Leave it in a comment and I'll respond back in a comment or via email (if it's very specific/personal). Okay, I'll be back in 3 months with more progress pictures.
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