Category Archives: Healthy Hair Growth

UPDATE: Healthy Hair Growth with African Hair Accel

 I promised an update on my journey with African Hair Accel. My first thoughts of these hair vitamins are still the same. I must admit, I have not been consistent with taking three pills per day. The maximum has been two. The reason for this is my eating schedule has been off. I’m going to get it back on track (don’t worry). I currently have my hair in Senegalese Twists as a protective style. Therefore, I won’t be able to give my final update until after I take them out. However, I wanted to give you a brief update before my final update.

My hair is relaxed with permanent color on it, which has grown out to the ends. I have been experiencing breakage and dryness. I moisturized my hair daily and kept it rolled up in hair rollers to keep me from having to style it daily. It worked out well, I was able to avoid heat styling and save time on my hair in the morning.  Despite the fact I was moisturizing before rolling my hair, my hair was still dry from the color. Dryness equals breakage. I deep condition every week and for some strange reason my hair just wasn’t having it (I switched up my products, review coming soon).  I put the Senegalese Twists in my hair once more, along with the fact I love them so much, to protect my hair from further breakage and to help with growth.

Due to the breakage on the ends of my hair, it appeared that my hair had gotten shorter than my starting length on the pills. I’m not altogether sure what was going taking place, but my hair just wasn’t cooperating for some reason. I will know for sure once I take my hair out of these twists whether or not my hair was just being resistant to the vitamins or simply shorter from breakage. I will note, my roots did appear thicker because I just kept thinking my relaxer retouch went south. Therefore, I really can’t say for sure the vitamins aren’t working.

I experienced a few breakouts on my face, but they weren’t excessive or too bad to handle. I was able to manage them effectively. The key to keeping the breakouts under control is drinking plenty of water.

Below is a picture of my starting point and my hair length before I decided to twist up my hair.

This journey is still in progress, I will let you know what my end results are. I will say this, my hair does look thicker in the pic on the right. Check back soon for more updates!

Peace and Blessings.

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Healthy Hair Growth with African Hair Accel

I just started this awesome relationship with African Hair Accel. Hair Vitamins that will help me to continue growing my hair long and healthy. I’ve been doing a lot of protective hair styling for a while now to help preserve my hair. I colored my hair a while back (CLICK HERE) and I had to amp up my hair routine to keep my my hair from going into hair breakage overload. I have experienced the side effects of having colored relaxed hair, but I have been able to successfully manage it and retain length.

I was introduced to African Hair Accel about a month ago. I just started taking them last week. I had my hair in Senegalese twists, and decided to wait until after I removed them to start using them. I can’t really give any full details on my experience. Hopefully after two weeks I will give a review to let you know my experience (mostly side effects).

African Hair Accel promises to do the following:

  • Grow your hair up to 2 times faster
  • Give your hair all the vitamins it needs to be healthy
  • Grow longer more beautiful hair in only 30 days
  • Stop hair breakage and shedding hair.  
You are supposed to take the vitamins three times per day with a meal and drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid breakouts. This product does contain Biotin (vitamin linked to skin breakouts). So far, so good. My skin is still clear. 🙂
One review stated the following (as printed on their information card): 
“I love African Hair Accel. Within a week of taking African Hair Accel, my hair became softer. Will continue to buy”.- Aaryn
For more reviews (CLICK HERE)
I will say this. I agree with that review. I was running my fingers through my hair today and I thought dang..my hair feels ridiculously soft. I thought it was due to my recent relaxer (after a 4 mos. stretch) and conditioner cocktail, but this feels like a different soft. No product necessary.  When I post another update (more than likely middle of next week) I will be able to let you know for sure if softness is a result of taking the vitamins. 
For more information visit the site (CLICK HERE). 

My current hair length (Before starting Hair Accel):

 

Hair thickness and growth:

My hair has been growing from stretching my relaxers.                                                   

Stretching your relaxer like a pro (CLICK HERE)


Design Essentials® Launches New Argan Collection with Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Creme: A New product rich in nutrients ideal for healthy hair

 Design Essentials® launches a new collection designed for daily use to provide moisture, strength and shine to all textures of hair, Design Essentials® Argan Collection. The first product in the line is the Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème, formulated in a lightweight cream moisturizer. In addition to Argan Oil, Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème offers other nourishing oils such as Coconut, Jojoba and Olive, which leaves hair moisturized, strong and shiny. Here are some of the many benefits and uses of Hydrience Agran Moisturizing Crème:

  • Heat Protection: As a thermal and solar protectant, Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème acts as a barrier from harmful UV rays which can dry the hair and fade color-treated hair. It also gives a barrier between the high temperatures resulting from blow drying, curling and flat irons.
      
  • Moisture: With its lightweight structure, Argan oil replenishes hair from within to restore moisture.
      
  • Strength: Packed with Vitamin E, Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème fortifies the hair without weighing it down, helping to smooth and seal the hair cuticle as well as reduces split ends.
      
  • Shine: Imparting lasting sheen without greasiness to the hair, Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème is ideal for smooth and straight styles.
      
  • Lasting Style: Ideal for reducing flyaways, Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Crème helps to keep the hair manageable without weighing the hair down, leaving hair with tons of movement and body.

“This cream can be used on a daily basis to keep that salon-fresh look,” says Research & Development Manager,and Stylist Charmetria Craig. “It’s a perfect finishing touch before heading out the door, or at night when wrapping or pin-curling hair before bed.”

See video below for an at-home maintenance demonstration using Design Essentials® Argan Moisturizing Crème:

The Hydrience Argan Moisturizing Creme is available for the introductory price of $8.99 in local salons or Online at www.designessentials.com.

Thanks for reading!! Tell a Friend!! Go ahead and Check this product out!! Peace and Blessings xo 

 

HPOW: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

Hello Blog lovers!! This weeks Hair Product of the week is the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. I just recently purchased this product about a month ago at Kroger…yes I said Kroger. I’ve recently started buying more than just food when I grocery shop. Lol.  I’ve only used it for a month and I absolutely love this product. I can’t believe I’m just now using this product. It’s a 10 litterally describes the product to a ‘t’, but in my opinion the product is a 10 on a scale from one to five.  It’s a 10 leave-in product is a product that literally offers 10 great benefits in one little bottle.  Then to make it even better it smells delightful!! You guys already know how I am about smell good products.

Stats

The following product does 10 things and all it takes is a few spritz after shampooing and conditioning:

1. Repairs dry, damaged hair
2. Adds shine
3. Detangles
4. Controls Frizz
5. Seals and protects hair color
6. Prevents Split Ends
7. Stops hair breakage
8. Creates Silkiness
9. Enhances natural body
10. Flat iron spray and thermal protector

Guess what ladies you can literally can the product you use for your hair if it’s damaged, can the detangler, trash the product to help reduce split ends, can that heavy over used flat iron spray. This product does it all in one bottle. Why on earth didn’t I think of that first?? lol.  This product as I stated is a great product and I think everyone should try it. It’s not heavy on my hair at all and most of all it contains great ingredients. If you need a Keratin Boost the company also retails It’s a 10 miracle leave in plus Keratin.

Ingredients:
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Fragrance/Parfum, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Quatermium-80, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben, Euenol, Coumarin, Cinnamal, Linalool, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methyliothialinone.
You can find more about the product here along with the other It’s a 10 products.
Thanks for reading!! Tell a Friend!! Peace and Blessings ♥

My Favorite Leave-In Conditioners

December 2011

Hello Blog Lovers!! Happy Monday!!..well it may not be that happy because the weekend is over..but SMILE anyway you’re alive. I shared with you guys in my Hydrate Leave-in Conditoner post that I would reveal to you guys my favorite leave-in conditoners/products.  I’ve been using these products for a while and I can truly tell a difference in my hair since I’ve been using them. What’s the purpose of a leave-in conditioner?? Glad you want to know, because I was preparing to tell you anyway.

A Leave-In conditioner is used after you shampoo your hair and condition it with a rinse-out conditioner.  Leave-in conditioners usually contain humectants which help to moisturize the hair. A humectant is a substance which is added to hair products and also food products to help the product retain moisture. In a nutshell..leave-ins help to keep your hair from being too dry. Many leave-ins contain vitamins, proteins, and even heat protectants.

These are my favorite Leave-in conditioners. They’re not in any specific order and not listed from favorite of all to least favorite.

1. Design Essentials HCO Leave-in and Blow Dry lotion
2. Design Essentials Hydrate Leave-in Hydrating Conditioner
3. Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-in
4. ApHogee Keratin Green Tea Restructurizer.
5. Cantu Shea butter leave-in  repair creme
6. Elasta QP Design Silk Thermal Styling Spray

October 2012

7. It’s a 10 miracle leave-in product

That’s seven of my favorite leave-in conditioners and as you can see I’ve already blogged about 5 of the 7  products. Don’t worry I will be sharing more information about the other two. I just recently purchased those two products and I must say that in the short time that I’ve been using them, they have delivered amazing results. Now you may be wondering, Does she use all of them at the same time? The answer is NO.  The good thing about all of these conditioners is that they are water based. Water is the number one ingredient. When searching for a great leave-in conditioner, one that is water based (water listed as the first ingredient) is a good one to have.  Only three listed above contain silk amino acids (proteins) which are great for the hair, and all of the conditioners contain humectants (which help to retain moisture).


How I use these leave-in conditioners
I use these conditioners after every shampoo. If you’ve been following me for a while you should know I shampoo my hair once a week (every Friday or Saturday). The reason why I do this is because I have a naturally oily scalp and the other reason will be explained in a later post related to skin care. If you are African American don’t assume that you can only wash your hair every two weeks. 
HCO, Elasta QP, and It’s a 10 are heat protectants. Depending on how I feel for the weekend I will alternate between these three but they are combined with other leave-ins because I have to blow dry my hair. I usually can use a generous amount of Elasta QP because it doesn’t contain a silicone. It won’t leave a sticky feeling to my hair. It’s a 10 leav-in conditioner can actually be used alone (throw everything else away, because this product offers all of what the other products listed above offer in one bottle). 
I use both ApHogee products every time I shampoo my hair. I don’t swear, but I swear by these products. They are the TRUTH. No lie. I think they work great for my hair and I can contribute my recent hair growth to ApHogee products. I can use a generous amount of these products with out my hair feeling sticky (generous amount meaning more than 3-4 sprays). If you use the Pro-Vitamin leave-in you have to dry on low heat or let your hair air dry (I let my hair air dry 90%, by doing this you minimize heat damage, the less amount of heat (low heat) you use while drying keeps heat damage at bay).
In the past, I was using the Cantu Shea Butter Repair Creme. Since the discovery of the Design Essentials Hydrate Leave-in Hydrating conditioner, the Cantu hasn’t been used as much. Both of these products contain Dimethicone which if too much is applied, it will leave a sticky feel to the hair. 
NOTE: Silicone’s keep moisture out…Humectants draw moisture in. You don’t have to necessarily avoid using silicones (products that contain silicone’s) but you should use them in sparingly (follow the directions, if a dime sized is required use the dime size)

If you decided to use these products (the ones that contain protein, make sure to use them sparingly and with caution to avoid potential protein overload…but this can be avoided if you balance with moisture). 

My hair loves these products (well at least my hair has grown). I believe that all though there is a science to growing hair, it’s not that complex. In my opinion hair growth is most of what you use and how you handle it. A good diet is important as well and PLENTY of water, but the products (the ingredients) along with proper care you hair can grow. I like to Keep it Simple. Shampoo, Condition, and Deep Condition every two weeks, minimal to no heat, and low manipulation (keep yo’ hands out of it).
If you’re not using a leave-in conditioner of some kind (with awesome ingredients) then what are you waiting for?? Try one of these products or try them all. They work and most of all they will yield results.
What are you favorite Leave-In Conditioners?? Thanks for reading!! Tell a Friend!! Peace and Blessings ♥
I am not affiliated with any of the products mentioned. 🙂 YEP That’s me in those pictures and all of that hair (belongs to me and my scalp) is mine.

>HPOW: ApHogee Deep Moisture Shampoo

>Hello Blog Lovers!! This Weeks HPOW is the ApHogee Deep Moisture Shampoo. I love this moisturizing shampoo because it has done wonders for my hair and I have seen some improvement (not that is was damaged, but I can tell a major difference from before to now). I have been using this for a few weeks now and I must say that is one of my favorites and I will definitely make this purchase again. It actually encouraged me to purchase more of the ApHogee hair product line just to try it out. Check out the stats below:

  • Makes styling easier
  • Restores body & vibrancy
  • Controls frizz
  • maintains critical moisture balance

ApHogee products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain exclusive ProHytamine Complex utilizing precise levels of protein for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. ApHogee Deep Moisture Shampoo is specially formulated to help hair maintain its critical moisture balance. It is recommended fro dry, flyaway hair or where heat appliances are routinely used for hair styling or drying. The results are luxurious body, frizz control and long lasting styles that resist humidity.

I will say that this product does exactly what it says that it will do and more. I’m on a quest to find the proper moisture balance for my hair in light of the heat styling and mild hair coloring that I do from time to time. Its needed and I am hoping that ApHogee will continue to work for me.You can purchase this product online at here its under $10.00

Thanks for reading! Leave a Comment!! and Tell a Friend!! Peace and Blessings ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~


>HPOW: ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer

>Hello Blog Lovers!! This Weeks Hair Product of the Week is the ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. I recently purchased this product about a week ago from my Sally’s Beauty Supply Store. I heard good things about this product via YouTube and when I saw it I had to try it. I must say that I have used it twice since purchasing it and I love it. It will now be one of my staple leave in conditioners because I believe that it has made a difference in my hair. I have been using this along with the ApHogee Moisturizing Shampoo (Post coming soon). I combine this leave-in with my other leave-ins and my hair feels pillowy soft almost like that cotton ball soft. I’ve never used that to describe my hair texture after using a product but I must say that I love it and I will definitely be purchasing it again!! Check out the Stats below on this Product:

Stats:

ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer is the ultimate one-step strengthening treatment . This alcohol free formula combines the benefits of keratin protein with the anti-oxidant properties of green tea to protect and repair. ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer bonds into the hair shaft with heat form the body or styling. Regular use on porous damaged hair adds body, helps prevent breakage, controls frizz and helps preserve hair color and chemical services.

Directions for using: After shampooing spray liberally onto towel dried hair. Comb hair gently with a wide tooth comb. Style as usual. Body or styling heat locks-in treatment. Recommended after every chemical services.

I will say that this product won’t leave a film on your hair. It won’t weigh it down and trust me your hair will  love this I will definitely give this my 5 star stamp of approval and I recommend everyone using this product in your hair regimen!!!

★★★★★

 Thanks for Reading!! Tell a Friend!! Leave Comments!! Peace and Blessings  ~♥ Miss Nic♥~