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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90 Day Hair Growth Challenge

The first month of the new year is almost over and I promised myself to start a hair challenge in 2015. I’m sharing this in case anybody wants to join in or at any other time of the year.

The hair growth challenge will be done with Castor Oil because it has great benefits such as:

Increase hair growth
Thickens hair, makes it fuller and shinier
Reduces hair damage/breakage
Deep conditions hair and prevents dry scalp/dandruff
Preventing split ends when applied to ends.

 

The rules of this challenge are quite simple:

Apply warm 100% castor oil at least 3-4 times a week and massage into scalp for five minutes (seven days a week is optional). I will be using Jamaican black castor oil by Tropical Isle. I will dillute the JBCO, with jojoba peppermint oil by Twocurlsonemission, twice a week, to make it less greasy. You can use any oil to dillute, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
Shampoo/Co-wash and condition only once every 8-10 days OR
Wear protective styles
No heat
Water intake: 2 liters.

 

I will start this challenge the 2nd of february until the 2nd of may and the hairstyles I will be doing are:

Wash n Gos
Curlformers/Flexi Rods heatless curls
Twist outs

 

I will measure and photograph my hair in the back, side and front in the beginning and every two weeks until the end. I will be uploading a post with the results and my experiences about this challenge at the end but I will give regular updates on our youtube channel.

I’m very curious about the results and if you are joining me good luck!

 

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The 101 on hair porosity

If you’re grappling with what exactly hair porosity is, don’t worry. You’re not the only one. I just recently discovered what hair porosity is myself and what the porosity of my hair is. Knowing your hair’s porosity will help you make better product purchasing decisions, adapt your regimen accordingly and all around have a better understanding of how porosity and natural hair works.

 

So, what exactly is hair porosity?
It’s your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, e.g. water. Hair porosity is genetic but it can change due to excessive heat treatments and/or other chemical processes that are done on your hair. Knowing my hair’s porosity made it a lot more easier to shop for (new) products and it gave me a little bit more insight on my hair.

 

How do you determine your hair’s porosity?
Your hair can be low, medium or high porosity and it is very easy to find out what it is. You will need a glass/bowl of water and drop some of your hair strands in there. Wait a few minutes to see the results. If your hair strands keep floating, your hair is low porosity and if it sinks all the way down, it is high porosity. Somewhere in the middle, your hair is medium porosity.

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Low porosity
If your hair is low porosity, it means that it does not absorb moisture easily. Low porosity hair is for the most part considered healthy because the hair cuticles lay flat. The best products for low porosity hair should be water based, e.g. leave in conditioners rather than butters/creams. Also, moisturizing deep conditioners are more effective than protein deep conditioners.

 

Medium porosity
The hair cuticle of medium porosity hair is slightly opened, which makes it easier to take care of than low porosity hair. It absorbs moisture faster but also retains it. Moisturizing deep conditioners are the best for medium porosity but once in a while it can benefit from a protein deep conditioner.

 

High porosity
High porosity, is most of the time, considered as damaged hair but as said before, hair porosity is genetic, so it can also be inherent. The hair cuticles are completely open, moisture comes in very easy but also leaves the hair very fast, making the hair frizzy and dry looking. Leave-in conditioners are best to bring moisture in the hair and sealing with a butter or cream to keep that moisture in. Protein deep conditioners can make the hair less porous but not too much because it does not replace the moisture that the hair needs, it only repairs the damaged parts in the cuticles temporarily.

 

By determining my hair’s porosity, it suddenly became clear to me why almost all the new butter and creams I try do not work for my hair, since my hair is low porosity. There are a few that don’t weigh my hair down and give me good moisture but I mainly use leave in conditioners. Stay tuned for more tips on taking for low porosity hair!

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Video: How to prepare and apply henna

Check out my video which explains how to prepare and apply henna on your hair.
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A couple of months ago, Caressa shared the effects of henna on her hair (type 3a/3b). But will it be as effective on 3c and 4a type of hair?

I decided to give it a try, because my hair really needs some help when it comes to damage recovery. I was not able to go out of my house without arriving at work with lots of frizz on my hair (But maybe I was worrying too much about frizz).  But there were more things which encouraged me to do the henna treatment:

    • My hair was incredibly brittle
    • My hair was lustreless
    • The texture of my hair was incredibly heavy. Consequently, I was spending at least an hour in the bathroom detangling my hair (Changes of breakage were high)
    • I wanted to color my hair, without applying chemicals

So what were the main advantages for me?

    • I was able to color my hair, without adding chemicals. My hair is now dark brownish
    • The texture of my hair slightly reduced, making my curls manageable
    • I have less frizz

What were the disadvantages of henna treatment to me?

    • Washing the henna out was hell. I wasted lots of products, because it was almost impossible to wash the grains of the mixture out of my hair.
    • The result was slightly beyond expectations, I was relying on it to solve my frizz problems
  • My bathroom was a mess afterwards; it was a pain in the ass to clean it up.

This is my selfie of the morning after the treatment:

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Henna Recipe

A while back I shared with you my experience with Henna which was very positive. In this post I will outline the pro’s and con’s of henna and my henna recipe, which can also be found on CurlsUnderstood.

 

Benefits of using henna:

  • Strong and shiny hair. Henna penetrates and coats the hair shaft making the hair cuticle smooth. It gives the hair more strength without locking out moisture.
  • Reduces split ends and gets rid of dandruff.
  • It is a natural way to color your hair red. Henna is a plant so there are no chemicals that gives the hair a red color. In comparison to chemical dyes, henna fades a lot less. I do have to add that Henna cannot make your hair lighter, the red color is coated on top of the hair
  • Curls loosen. Henna can make your curl pattern more loose temporarily. This may be a pro but also a con. I liked the less shrinkage it gave me, but I had to put in more effort to define my curls. After washing your hair multiple times, your curl will go back to its normal state.

 

There are also some con’s about henna which I experienced:

  • The application. Henna is a thick paste and it stains very fast. The application can be very messy and it needs to be left in longer on the hair, which makes it heavy and warm on top of your head.
  • The smell. It can linger in your hair for a day or two after the application and it is not a very pleasant smell.
  • Dry hair. If you do a henna treatment with only hot water, it leaves the hair dry after rinsing out. Very dry. It looks a lot like a protein treatment so it is best to mix your henna with a moisturizing conditioner and to deep condition afterwards.

 

 

Ingredients:
200 gr Henna (Use 100 gr for medium length hair)
1 bag green tea
1-2 cups hot (not boiling) water
1/5 cup of moisturizing conditioner
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

 

Directions:

  • Put the bag of green tea in the water and mix some of the water with the henna in a plastic bowl. Make sure the henna stays thick and not too runny.
  • Add the conditioner. If the henna is hard to mix, add the rest of the water till it’s a thick paste.
  • Put a lid on the bowl and let the henna sit overnight to release the red dye from the henna. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil the next morning in the mixture.
  • Section your hair and apply the henna, with gloves, by smoothing it on the hair. Do not rake it through; it is too thick for that.
  • Wrap your hair around your head and cover it with cling film to trap the heat on your head. It is optional to put a shower cap on top of that. Leave the henna in for 4 hours.
  • Rinse the henna out of your hair. The henna is very thick, so this could take a while. Use a moisturizing conditioner to speed up the process and to wash the henna out of your hair. Do not use shampoo. Make sure all the henna is rinsed out of your hair.
  • Deep condition and style those beautiful locks as desired.

 

Tips when using henna for the first time:

Use old towels and newspapers for your shoulders and on the ground.
Use gloves to make sure your hands don’t become orange
Do not wash your hair with shampoo for at least 24 hours after using henna.
Use natural (green powered) henna. Blond henna, black henna etc is not pure henna and has other ingredients in there, which can have a different outcome on your hair.

 

X Caressa

 

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L: Before henna. R: After henna.