How to: Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment

Hi guys!

Not too long ago I flat ironed my hair and the most dreadful thing happened when I decided to wash my hair again. Yes, heat damage. So in the upcoming months I will share my experiences with damaged hair and how to take care of it. This time I will not cut it off immediately but instead let it grow for a while and see how that works for me.

I will be explaining more in depth what my healthy hair journey will be very soon but in the meantime I have already started out with my first treatment towards healthy hair.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw my hair was severally damaged was that I needed to restore as much protein as possible so of course I decided to try a protein treatment.

In this video, you can see how I apply this treatment and what the results are. If you have any questions in regards to the treatment or damaged hair, feel free to ask!

Also  make sure to follow me on Instagram!

 

 

X Caressa

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Hairtexture discrimination, does it exist?

Since the start of 2015 I have been experimenting with my beautiful locks. I went through three phases:

  1. Acceptance of my hair texture
  2. Getting to know my hair
  3. Experimenting with my hair

Now I can finally say that I gained full confidence of my hair. In order to question society successfully I have been observing, observing and again observing. I have been reading articles and discussions about hair texture discrimination. So why would I not test whether this truly happens?

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S.O.S: My hair is not growing

“Long hair, don’t care” That’s what they say (What does it mean though?)

A few months ago, I noticed that my hair was not growing…at least that is what I thought. My hair was (and still is) thick and very difficult to detangle. Besides, the shrinkage is real…I think that my hair shrinks by 50 percent.

I decided to analyze my hair care routine and guess what? My routine was not promoting growth, it was promoting breakage instead. My new routine not makes my hair grow; it makes my hair much healthier. You are curious now, huh? I am not going to let you wait, read more about my hair care routine…

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1. The magical oils

Castor oil, Rosemary-mint oil, Amla oil, these oils are going to be your best friends until you finally reach your hair length goal.

In the past, I only used castor oil. I noticed some growth; however, my hair became so thick! Of course, having some volume is awesome…but, it makes the detangling process very difficult. Luckily, Caressa told me that I have to mix castor oil with another oil in order to avoid this.

2. Protective styling

As I mentioned earlier, type 4 hair has less natural protection than other hair types. Therefore, it requires us to do some protective or low manipulation styling. Sundays are my wash days, I close my wash routine with either braiding my hair or applying flexi rods.

 3. Drink lots of water

Why? Water is not only healthy; it is the key to shiny and moisturized hair. So try to drink 2 liters water a day and this helps you hair to stay OK.

 4. Finger detangling

At the beginning of the detangling process, you should detangle your curls carefully with your fingers. The chances of breaking your hair are considerably smaller than detangling your hair with a comb. However, if you have some huge knots it is better to use a comb.

5. Scalp massage

Massaging your scalp stimulates hair growth, because it helps the blood circulation to your scalp. Besides, repeatedly massaging your scalp improves the shape of your hair. Two minutes a day is enough, you can do it at any moment: when watching television, when trying to relax during work or right before pre-poo!

 

Xoxo Whitney

Favorite products 1st Q 2015

As I mentioned in my previous posts I noticed my hair was becoming healthier. This was achieved because of good hair products and protective hair styling. The former will be discussed this week.

 

 

African Pride – Shea Butter Miracle (Leave-In conditioner)

Searching for something which helps you moisturize your hair? This is the right product. I actually think that this would be a good substitute of the Shea Moisture coconut-hibiscus line. Both products have exactly the same effect on my hair. Nevertheless, the leave-in conditioner of Shea Moisture is more water based. Thus, if you have a very heavy hair texture you should probably consider this product.

 

 

 

Dark and lovely – Au Naturale anti-shrinkage

The fragrance of this product is amazing! This is probably due to its ingredients: Mango Oil and bamboo milk. I do not know how the latter one smells, but I know that the former one smells delicious.

This product is for tight curls and coils. What a coincidence, that is how I would describe my hair texture. There is a disadvantage about this product…it makes my hair clutter…The knots are unbelievably painful. Thus, I only use it when braiding or finger coiling my hair.  When doing so, my curls POP.

 

 

Alter Ego – Coconut deep conditioning mask

This mask is my savor. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating…just a little bit. But after the treatment, my hair is easier to detangle; soft and shiny. In the past, my mother used to purchase this one for my sister and I decided to try it. Consequently, this conditioner is always in my bathroom.

 

Dabur – Amla oil

I know that lots of people do not like the smell of this oil…but I love it. I think I am weird. But this oil motivates hair growth and it makes my hair really soft. I noticed that my curls became longer and stronger…So, I am super happy!

My other favorite oils? Olive oil, Almond oil and coconut oil.

Castor oil? No, I pass.

Shea Moisture coconut-hibiscus line

Luckily, I went to the States in 2014. You could probably imagen that this girl here went crazy when it comes to purchasing hair products. As mentioned earlier, my hair was damaged because of the chloride in the water of America. But this product line really did some damage control!

Normally, I have to switch products every quarter. But my hair is enjoying the presence of this product line. I have to mention that I solely use the conditioners (both regular as well as leave-in); the curl enhancing smoothie and the cleansing conditioner. The shampoo is very expensive in the Netherlands; otherwise I would use it as well.

I only use the coconut conditioning mask, when I am finger coiling or applying finger rods to my hair. I do not really feel like it works very well…

I have type 4 hair and Caressa has type 3b hair. Hence, I would say that this line is suitable for hairtype 2, 3 and 4.

 

Tresemmé Naturals Line

“Can I get an amen!?”

 

The conditioner of this line makes the wash routine much easier. Normally, I would even get a chair in order to detangle my hair. Let me emphasize this horror: finger detangling was impossible. But then, Tresemmé Naturals conditioner jumped into my life. Caressa told me that they changed the ingredients; perhaps some of you were using it and noticed this as well.

I use the shampoo once a week and I like it, because it makes my hair soft. I often experienced that my hair many knots because of the shampoo. However, this shampoo makes my hair soft and my scalp clean.

 

Do you also have favorite hair products? Share them with us!

Xx Whitney Rochette