Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things - Rinse Out Conditioner/Detangler and Leave-In

If you've been reading my blog or keeping up with my youtube vids, even for a short length of time, you probably know by now that Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture has been a staple and a favorite in my haircare regimen.  It has also been a multi-purpose product: 

  • I used to cowash with it
  • I use it as part of my deep conditioner along with other conditioners and oils
  • I use it as my rinse out 
  • It IS my detangler, my ONLY detangler  ...and...
  • I use it in my KimmayTube-like leave-in

I will be using a new conditioner for all of these functions in the near future but for right now I'm posting about Tresemme b/c I am still using it.

My Leave-In 
I got the recipe for my leave-in from KimmayTube.  I was a new natural when I came across her youtube channel.  I was like a sponge soaking up what I could.  Another concept that struck me from Kimmay's channel was the idea of ph.  She talked about keeping your natural hair at it's ideal ph and by doing that you could have healthy, frizz-free curls.  So that was/is one of the foundational principles that I stick to in my haircare regimen:  keeping my (leave-in) products at the ideal ph for my hair through the use of Aloe Vera juice.   In the beginning I didn't worry about the ph of my cleanser, deep conditioner and rinse-out/detanger.  I really don't stress that too much right now.  I do make sure that as I progress throughout my wash day, the last products that I use on my hair have a ph close to 4 where it will encourage the cuticles to close thereby sealing in moisture and enhancing shine.

Here are the products (and recipe) I've been using for my leave-in.   

2 TBLSP conditioner (I used a combination of Tigi Bedhead Moisture Maniac + Tresemme Naturals)
2 TBLSP  aloe vera juice
4 tsp of any oil of choice(I choose castor oil + Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner)

I stir this together in a jar really well.  (I prefer a jar I can scoop out b/c I want to use ALL my product.  I can't scoop out if I'm using a bottle.  There is so much residual conditioner left on the inside of the bottle so I use jars) Then I put the top on the jar and shake, mixing the products really well.  Then I use ph strips to measure the ph of the 'concoction'.

This leave-in has been the only leave-in that I use since early on in my hair journey.  This was my "must-have" when I was doing the Tightly Curly Method.  Here is a video showing how I do the Tightly Curly Method using this leave-in "concoction".   

Recently though, I have not been using it as such b/c I've been experimenting with flaxseed gel and I've been using Tresemme alone as my leave-in.  But that is the next experiment that I might try to see how flaxseed gel pairs with my leave-in. 

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