Tuesday, April 14, 2009

2009 Goals

My haircare goals for this year is to grow to BSL in June to Almost waist in DEC. Then I will use the great advice from Chicoro. Let your hair catch up then cut. If I only payed attention to her 2 years ago. What a lesson to learn

Friday, April 10, 2009

All about protein

Hopefully someone can use this information


All proteins are strengthening proteins to some degree but here are the more specific characteristics of these proteins:All hair is composed of tough fibrous proteins called Keratins.

Keratin is a protein composed of 18 different amino acids. These chains of amino acids create hair structure. All Proteins consist of Amino Acids. Only 20 of the more than 80 Amino Acids found in nature serve as building blocks for Proteins. There are 18 different Amino Acids found in hair.

Hydrolyzed Soy Flower – Increases the hair’s ability to retain essential moisture, which protects it from damage.

Hydrolyzed Soy Flower works in the cuticle layer of the hair to improve the tensile strength of the hair.

Collagen Protein--known for increasing elasticity in the hair

Silk Protein--known for softening the hair

Wheat Protein-- a moisturizing and strengthening protein. known for increasing the hair's ability to maintain & receive moisture also.

Wheat Protein – Hydrotritleum Waa tm – Wheat Protein, a solution of wheat Amino Acids, also has the right molecular weight of approximately 150-2000. Again, with this molecular weight, it can penetrate all the layers of the hair shaft, and condition from the inside out. We use this protein because it has an enhanced powerful moisturization ability. This increased moisture retention makes hair healthier inside and shinier outside. It will improve hair’s gloss and make the hair shaft soft and supple, adding to its healthy shiny appearance.

Keratin Protein--responsible for keeping the hair strong and pliable. This is the strongest of the(hair product) proteins and is actually the one that hair is made from. This one re-structures hair that has been damaged or broken down by chemicals. It helps to replace the amino acid cysteine which is the main one lost during chemical processing.
This is the heavy duty protein.

If you see the following as an ingredient

*Vegetable protein -- Vegetable protein absorbs more easily into the hair shaft [than animal protein] and does not create build-up, leaves the hair very shiny, radiant, luxuriant, and healthy.

*Animal protein -- Animal protein breaks down into fatty acids, which coat the hair and create residual build-up.

Silk Amino Acids/Protein--Natural silk is the strongest, natural fiber known to mankind. Discovered in Japan and has been used for centuries in all kinds of products that require durability.
Silk has a tiny molecule that can penetrate the entire hair shaft deeper than all other proteins without adding any weight leaving the hair feeling clean and non-greasy

Keratin protein More Indept:

*a) Keratin protein--this will re-structure and strengthen the hair cuticle (the outer layer only & the most important layer)

The keratin in some reconstructors should not leave your hair hard like the Aphogee Treatment for damaged hair (which contains hydrolyzed animal protein). This treatment hardens on your hair for a reason and is used with mild heat.
A moisturizing conditioner is a must with this in order to soften like Keracare's humecto.

Reconstructors that contain keratin and other proteins are supposed to have enough moisture to soften the hair therefore leaving your hair with a nice protein/moisture balance."

*b) Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein or Keratin Amino Acids--this means that the Keratin molecules have been broken down and are small enough to go beyond the cuticle and penetrate the hair shaft. It will strengthen all 3 layers of the hair. That is why the term "deep conditioning" technically only refers to this kind of treatment using penetrating proteins.

*c) Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin--This is an exact match for the keratin your hair has (or has lot due to chemical processing). This is the highest quality and most potent keratin that can be used in hair products.

Hydrolyzed Human Hair Keratin Protein – Cretein HKP is produced by hydrolyzing human hair down to a molecular weight of approximately 150-2000. It is mixture of Amino Acids. These highly moisture-binding Amino Acids will moisturize and take that dull look away, and because this process is essentially putting hair back into hair, you will see benefits such as body and bounce and shine appear.

**This came from LHCF

Protein and my hair

I've discovered that I need protein weekly for my hair. I never used protein so much on my hair. I'm using it so frequently cause my hair has been extremly damaged due to abandoning my hair care regimine when I found the boards. Ok let me tell you what I mean. I've always had long healthy hair but I damaged it so bad when I dyed it and dyed on top of that and ..... I was asking around how to save my hair. I should have cut it all of but NOOOOOOO I wanted to save it. I'm searching on the internet and found the hair boards. WOW I was overwhelmed, ladies that was tring to grow hair. I jumped right in and started doing other peoples regimine like my hair was healthy. I would have been fine if my hair was healthy but the reason I came to the boards is because I was looking for help.
This is what I did:
Started cowashing. cowashing is good if you alternate products(moisture, protein conditioners)
Started buying products to define curls. That not bad if you know what it contain.
Started moisturizing daily. Thats not bad if you need it. I was just doing it just because
Stop using protein products. Just because most ladies said protein was the devil BIGGEST MISTAKE
Results of my mistakes: Clumps of hair coming out in shower. Hair falling out and shedding ended up cutting all my hair off anyway

You can learn a lot from me. Take your time and slowwwwwww. Incorporate products one at a time, evaluate then figure if you need to use it.
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What I do now in next post

To the rescue

After discovering what I was doing wrong and damaging it almost to bald. I started reflecting back and realizing I jumped in to fast. Time to slow down. Rebuilding my damaged hair is not going to be a overnight solution. I started incorporating weekly protein in my regimine. The protein has strengthen my hair. I have been doing this for 6 months and loving my results. I finally have a handle on my hair woes. I now use Treasures Perfect Blend to Condition with. The name speaks for itself. Its the perfect blend of protein and moisture.I use it 1x a week

My hair don't require a lot of moisture. I moisturize once a week.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Skincare

My skincare regimen is so simple cause I'm still trying to find out how I can get that silky smooth complexion. I have Seborrhea dermatitis, also known as seborrhea or dandruff, causes flaking on the face and scalp. For years I tried using products for dry scalp. WRONG!!!!!! Just think about it Flakes are dry. It seemed right to look for products for dry skin. In reality the dry flakes are caused by oily skin, a build up of oil is the perfect place for yeast(the scales sometimes red scales) to grow. YUCK. Well all you need to do is make the environment for the yeast to grow uncomfortable. Proper hygiene plays an important role in treatment. Frequent washing with soap gets rid of the oils in the affected areas and improves symptoms. Sunlight inhibits the growth of the yeast; therefore exposure of affected areas to sun is helpful. More of a reason to move to a sunny climate. The main medical treatments are anti fungal shampoos and topical steroids.
These are the products I use:
Noxzema to keep face from being oily
Dial White tea and Vitamin E Get my face squeaky clean
Baby lotion is the only moisturizer I can use and not cause breakouts.


Some more info that might be helpful
How is seborrheic dermatitis treated?The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis depends on its location on the body. Treatment also depends on the person's age. Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (dandruff) in adults and adolescents.
Dandruff is usually treated with a shampoo that contains salicylic acid (some brand names: X-Seb, Scalpicin), the prescription medicine selenium sulfide (brand names: Selsun Blue, Exsel) or zinc pyrithione (some brand names: DHS Zinc, Head & Shoulders). These shampoos can be used 2 times a week.
Shampoos with coal tar (some brand names: DHS Tar, Neutrogena T/Gel, Polytar) may be used 3 times a week. If you have dandruff, you might start by using one of these shampoos daily until your dandruff is controlled, and then use it 2 or 3 times a week.
When you use a dandruff shampoo, rub the shampoo into your hair thoroughly and let it stay on your hair and scalp for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. This will give it time to work. If the shampoo alone doesn't help, your doctor might want you to use a prescription steroid lotion once or twice daily, in addition to the shampoo. Seborrheic dermatitis of the skin creases in adolescents and adults. Steroid lotions may be used in adolescents and adults.
Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (cradle cap) in babies. Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp in babies is treated with products that are not as strong as those used in adults. You might start with a mild, nonmedicated baby shampoo. Brushing your baby's scalp with a soft brush, like a toothbrush, can help loosen scales or flakes. But be gentle when massaging or brushing your baby's scalp--a break in the skin makes it vulnerable to infection. If a nonmedicated shampoo doesn't work, talk to your doctor about switching to a shampoo that contains tar. Or your doctor may recommend a prescription shampoo that contains 2% ketoconazole (brand name: Nizoral). Seborrheic dermatitis of the skin creases in babies. Gentle steroid lotions or creams may be used to treat seborrheic dermatitis in the skin creases of babies.
Out of all the shampoos listed. Nizoral is the only one that really controls my Dandruff



Natural Hair vs Relaxed

I love both. I just love anything hair. Right now I'm relaxed with Just For Me regular no lye. After being natural for 15 years I jumped into the relaxed world for a change. I been relaxed since 1-08. I haven't regretted the change cause I appreciate all things hair. The things I'm doing different this time around is air drying instead of blow drying. I love the way my hair looks. Due to me jumping on bandwagons when I first found the boards my hair is thinner than I would like. My goal of thicker head of hair will take about 5 years. I will meet most of my short term goals before then but my ultimate goal will take time. I'm a low maintenance type of person. I like to do less as possible so air drying is good for me and my hair!

Thinking about products I use for my hair. I kinda went over board buying products and now I'm trying really hard not to buy. Its like AA taking one day at a time. I have a few favorites like Nexuss Emergencee....... but my all time favorite is the moisture protein mix I use for my hair it has literally turned everything around.

All about hair

I'm feeling like I'm finally progressing in my haircare. I'm about a inch away from BSL(bra strap). A little history about me and hair. I've done it all. I think I got this haircare thing totally covered. I've been into haircare since the 80's. Yeah I got the jericurl and everything else. I dyed blond and back to black. I permed, relaxed, natural, weaved it up, braids. You name it I did it. No really I did it myself. Yes I went to stylist especially to get the nice asemetrical cuts, bobs, shaved.... but for the most part I've always liked doing my own hair. I would say 95% of the time I was in control. Thats why when I found the boards I jumped right in. I was searching cause I goofed up on putting a dye in my hair and I could tell that I overdid it. This is the fotki I createdhttp://public.fotki.com/Patricia127/The thing is I was a little too excited when I found the boards! I totally abandon my own haircare that had been working for me forever and started listening to different people using products that worked for them. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ended up with a hot mess full of almost no hair. I then started coming back to my sences and doing what worked for me before the boards. Then I started brainstorming and started thinking about everything that I learned along the way. I learned a whole lot and now I'm really thankful for all the ladies who gave me great tips to get myself back on track. My advise to new ladies starting this haircare thing: START OFF SLOW, USE WHAT HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR YOU AND SLOWLY INCORPORATE NEW THINGS. IT WILL WORK FOR YOU.