Ayurveda Videos

For some reason all the comments and videos got erased, so I’m gonna try again. My apologies to those who have commented on the original posting.

This video by Trenelim on Youtube demonstrates how to use herbal powders for haircare. Very informative and entertaining =)

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Another Megatek/OCT Update

A few days later than promised, I have another update on the growth I got from using Megatek and Ovation Cell Therapy (OCT).  I just bought and added the OCT about a month ago.  I have been combing it with the MT and applying it every night.  I also added oiling my scalp with coconut oil before I go to bed to protect my ends.    So without further ado, here are the latest growth pics from August to November.  I’m almost APL now =)

August/September

November

Product Review: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery

I’ve heard a lot about this product from the forum I belong to.  Since I have a great deal of new growth, I’ve been looking for a deep conditioner that will soften all of my hair right down to the curly roots.

I searched high and low for this deep conditioner in my city, but had a hard time pinning it down.  I finally found it at my local Walgreens for $6.  It is also available on the Walgreens website.

I tried it as soon as I got home.  I applied it to my dry hair, and applied a steamed towel to my hair.  The directions say it works within 3-5 minutes, but I kept it on for about 2 hours, re-steaming the towel along the way.  I must say I didn’t have high hopes for this product, so this was a litmus test to see if it would do anything.  It better do something for $6 (yes, I’m cheap).  The jar is rather small, and the directions claim that it only takes a little to get the job done.  So, I used a little in an effort to not use it up too fast.  It melted right into my hair.

Results

Turns out a little was all I needed.  With our hard water, I expected the same thing I got from other conditioners: moist for about a day, then dry.  With this conditioner, though, not only was my hair velvety smooth after rinsing, but the soft feeling lasted for several days afterward.  I must say it’s quite addictive the way it made my hair feel!  As I type this post I am deep conditioning with it right now.   Is it worth the money I paid?  In a word, I’ll have to say yes.  I will be making this a regular part of my conditioning regime.

 

My Natural Lavender Shampoo

This is a shampoo I use to cleanse my hair naturally, because I am trying to avoid putting too many harsh chemicals in my hair.  It has Dr. Bronner’s lavender castile soap as a base, some regular oils my hair likes, and some essential oils.  It has to be shaken up before I use it, and it only takes a little bit to get the job done.  I find that it works even better when I prepoo my hair with vatika oil the night before.   I apply this shampoo to the scalp only.  This shampoo does not suds up too much, but it still gets my scalp clean.

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How I Steam Condition

Thanks to this post from another site, I found an ideal way to achieve nice and moist hair that is resistant to humidity and daily dryness.  I use these items:

Conditioner

Microfiber towel

Conditioner cap

Microwave

Bonnet Dryer

Rubber Gloves

After I cowash, I apply conditioner from root to tip, making sure all the hair is covered.  Then I get a microfiber towel (the one that has a button to hold the towel on the hair) and run hot water over it.  I take the wet towel and put it into a plastic bag.  I put the bag with the towel in it into the microwave for about 60 seconds, making sure I watch it closely.  After the towel has been heated up, I put on my rubber gloves, open the bag, them put the towel around my hair.  I close up the towel and then put a conditoner cap on top of it.  When that’s done, I put on my bonnet dryer and sit under it on med-high heat for 30-60 minutes.  If I want faster results I simply apply another moist hot towel and conditioner cap on top of the original towel and cap.  This makes a kind of a double steaming treatment, and lessens the time I have under the dryer.

After the steaming treat is done, I take of the towels and caps then rinse in lukewarm to cool water.  It is absolutely amazing how soft and moist my hair feels.  I find that if I just put it in a ponytail, my edges stay smooth.  Even in humidity they don’t puff up as much.  When I used to straighten my hair, I noticed that it didn’t puff up.  I have definitely made this a part of my regular regime.

My Challenges

I’m a member of longhaircareforum, which is a great forum for helping black women to achieve healthy hair.  One of the things I like about this site, besides all the good info, is all the challenges that are available to join.  Thanks to the wonderful women there, I’ve joined the “Put Down the Ruler” challenge, “Get Your Hands Out of Your Hair” challenge and the “MT/OCT” (stands for MegaTek/Ovation Cell Therapy) challenge.

I joined the ruler challenge because I was/am so obsessed with finding out how much my hair grew everyday.  I joined the hands out of hair challenge because I’m always playing with my hair–feeling new growth, wetting my hair to see how long I can get it to look, and that damned flat iron (don’t even get me started about that: see my post snip).  I joined the MT/OCT challenge just to see if I can increase my hair growth more than it usually grows.  Between the three of these challenges that I’ve joined (so far), by my birthday–or by early next year–I’m hoping my hair will be the healthiest it’s been in a while.  And if length comes with it all the better =)

Simple Henna Recipe

When I first heard of using henna on hair, I immediately though of Lucille Ball’s red hair.  Thanks to the sites longhaircareforum and healthtextures, I decide to give it a try.  The first time I used it, I made the mistake of putting too much in my mixture.  Result: nice shiny hair, but a little dry.  I find the best way to use henna, especially for first-time users, is to make it as simple as possible.  The second time I did my henna treatment, it was much better than the first time.

If you go to this site about henna, you will find that there are many people who have recipes for different hair colors using henna.  The colors range from strawberry blonde to blue-black.  Depending on your current hair color, you could achieve either a reddish tint, or another color altogether.  Before you do that, though, it is best to start with the basic recipe.  It’s really very simple.

Henna, warm water, container, cover for container and time is all you need.

Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, put at least 100g of henna in a container (I use the plastic storage containers from the store).  Add warm water a little at a time until the henna powder becomes a thick mud-like consistency.  When you have mixed the henna and water well, cover the container for at least 8 hours to allow color to release.  Depending on the brand of henna you have, when you first mix the henna it may be a different color than when the color releases.  The brand of henna I use, Nupur, is a green powder but when the color releases it is a deep red-brown color.  How do you know when the color has released?  A piece of advice I got was to put the corner of a paper towel into the mix before you cover it.  The reason for this is to see the red color that indicates that the henna color has released.  I usually let my mix sit overnight to make sure.

Now that you have your mix and the color has released, it’s time to apply your henna.  Put on some old clothes, or cover yourself with towels or a cape.  Also, it might be a good idea to lay down some newspaper or something in the immediate area where you’re working, because applying the henna mix can be a messy job.  Either on dry hair, or freshly shampooed (or co-washed) hair, apply the mix thickly to your entire hair–don’t be afraid to really put in on.  You want to cover your hair well, kind of like making a mud pie on your hair.  Apply from root to tip.  When your entire hair is covered, put a conditioner cap or plastic bag over your hair, clean up your area, and let the henna sit in your hair for at least 30 minutes.  I leave it on for about 4 hours.

If you have any leftover henna mix in your container, it is perfectly fine to cover the container tightly and put it in the freezer for future use.

After the henna has sit for the appropriate amount of time, it’s time to rinse it out.  Make sure not to manipulate your hair too much as you rinse out the henna, as this could cause unnecessary breakage of the hair.  Allow the water to do the job of rinsing the henna out for at least 10 minutes.  After most of the henna is rinsed from the hair, you can help the rest of the henna come out by using conditioner.  The conditioner acts like a lubricant that assists in getting the rest of the henna from the hair.  Make sure you pay attention to the back of your hair, as well as your hairline.

After the henna is rinsed out, you can do a deep conditioner, or your regular conditioner.  You may notice that your hair is instantly softer and feels stronger.  If you have curly hair, you might even notice that your curls have loosened a bit.  As your hair dries, your hair feels better, and you won’t believe the shine!

Hair after henna treatment