February 26, 2013

Mini Product Haul

I took a trip into Bridgetown to browse the many beauty supply stores to pick up some items that I needed and ran out of. I picked up (1,3,4) from Colleens Beauty Supply, (2) from NSR Mall Bridge Street  and (5) from Caribbean Queen.

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The prices below are for the product images above:

1)      $3.95 BDS/ $ 1.97 US
2)      $3.00 BDS/ $1.50 US
3)      $6.95 BDS/$3.47 US
4)      $6.95 BDS/ $3.47 US *I have been looking for one of these FOREVER*
5)      $21.99 BDS/ $11.00 US *STAPLE*

What have you purchased recently?

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February 19, 2013

Wash Day + Bantu Knots / Cork Screws

Ever since Sonyia from the Hairlista Facebook group talked about preferring oil rinsing as opposed to pre-pooing, I decided to try it out to see which one my hair prefers, although I ALWAYS pre-poo and love the results.  Here is how my wash day went: 

1)      Section my hair in 4 (2 in the front & 2 in the Back) & detangled my wide width 
         tooth comb. I ALWAYS detangle before the start of my wash day as it makes it 
         so much easier when I detangle just before air-drying. 
2)      Shampoo with CON Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo (2 lathers) 
3)      Apply Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor for 3mins without heat and rinse 
4)      Used a towel to soak up the excess dripping water and saturate my hair from root 
         to tip with EVCO & EVOO mixed together in an applicator bottle, placed a plastic 
         cap on my head and sat under my heat cap for 25mins 
5)      To avoid taking 3 baths, I decided to apply my deep conditioner on-top of the 
          oil and I used the KeraPro Restorative Intensive treatment for 30mins under 
          my heat cap.  This method is great for deep conditioners that you don’t 
          normally add oils to them, to boost the effectiveness.  I normally add oils to 
          my Queen Helene, so with this step I could apply it without mixing oils since 
          my hair will be adequately saturated with oils. 
6)       Rinsed and wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for 30mins to soak up the excess water 
7)       Applied my leave-in’s of Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer & HE Split 
          End Protector 
8)      Air dry for 45 mins

At this point my hair felt moisturized and also very oily and my strands felt heavier than normal. I believe this contributed to the amount of oil the shampoo left on my hair and the oil rinsing.  I have only being using the CON shampoo for 2weeks and want to use it for at least 4weeks before I can give you my thoughts on it.

9)      Moisturized and with Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter and sealed with Hot Six oil 
10)    In the hair world the hair style I wanted to try is called Bantu Knots whereas in 
         Barbados it’s known as Cork Screws. I decided to do 14 knots (6 to the back & 
         8 to the front).

*To see the images of the products used, please click on My Regimen & Products (Click Here)*

Here are the results of my Bantu-Knots/Cork Screw attempt:

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February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Bro & Happy Valentine's Day Luvs!

First of all, I want to wish my Big Bro a blessed and wonderful day filled with love, joy, happiness and memories to last a lifetime. May God continue to bless you and may you live to see many more superb years to come, Love you loads.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone; hope you have a delightful day, be safe and do have a fabulous time.

How are you rocking your hair today?

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February 11, 2013

Wash Day Post Relaxer

I have been looking forward to my wash day on Saturday so I can get back to my normal routine. This is how my day went:

1)      Prepoo with EVCO & EVOO on my scalp and CON intensive conditioning treatment on the
         length of  my hair [I love this conditioner]

2)      Shampoo with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo [One Lather]

3)      Shampoo with CON Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo [One Lather]

4)      Apply Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor on my hair for 3 mins without heat

5)      Apply KeraPro Restorative Intensive Conditioning Treatment to my hair for 30 mins under my
         heat cap [First time used]

6)      Wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for 30 mins to absorb the excess water

7)      Applied Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer, Herbal Essences Split-End Protector
         and Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum [First time used ]to
         my hair and detangled with a breeze

8)      Air dry for 30 mins

9)      With my hair still damp I did 3 French/ inside cornrow braids going backwards with rollers on
          my ends. I also sprayed the braids with my concoction of HE Split-End Protector, Hot Six Oil,
         Water and Main ‘n Tale Detangler mixed in a spray bottle

10)     After 6 hours I took down the braids since I was hanging out later with friends that day

*To see all the products mentioned in this post please (Click Here)*

Here are today’s results of my braid-out:

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I plan to wear my hair in a braid-out for half of the week and bun for the rest of the week

How are you wearing your hair this week?

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February 10, 2013

Hair Ramble

I came home from work and took off my jacket and with a tank top on, I looked in the mirror and saw my hair in my back and said to myself “when did this happen,” I immediately called my bf and said “babe you need to come over and see my hair, it looks longer.” I started jumping up and down while swinging my head left, right and all around. Since my relaxer, I have only applied 2 drops of oil all over my hair every day since it was weighed down with the double amount of serum applied. Now I know the true length and body of my hair. Below in photos, I have shown the comparison in lengths of my hair as detailed in the above text, between Saturday and Tuesday. For another look at this comparison, you can also check out my Facebook pic that I posted last week (Click Here)

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Since the launch of my blog I have been asked a lot of questions from my friends and

February 07, 2013

Relaxer Day YAY!!!!

If you read my relaxer prep (Click Here) you would know that I decided to go to my favorite hairdresser for my corrective relaxer (6 weeks post) after I ended up with texlaxed hair with my first ever self-relaxer.

So I got up early on Saturday morning and headed to the salon for 8.00am and luckily there was only one person ahead of me who only wanted a treatment done Smiley

1)      She started my relaxer first and used the (Optimum Multi-Mineral Creme Relaxer)) in which 
         the total application, smoothing and combing through time took 25 mins

2)      She washed out the relaxer and used ((Motions Neutralizing Shampoo)) twice on my hair

3)      She applied the (Elasta OP Soy Ultra Hydration Deep Conditioner placed a plastic cap on 
         my hair and  I headed under the dryer for 30 mins

4)      I allowed my hair to cool off first before she washed out the deep conditioner

5)      She put something in my hair that I believe is the leave in conditioner but I honestly can’t 
         tell you what it was as she moved the container quickly, lol *sneaky*

6)      My hair was fully wrapped and I sat under the dryer for 1 hour and 15 mins

7)      She applied some serum to my hair and I was sent back under the dryer for another 15 mins 
         as the top  was slightly damp

Finally when my hair was dry, she applied more serum to my hair especially my ends, then she combed down my hair and offered to give me a trim and I immediately said “nope, next relaxer.” *hairdressers are scissors happy*

Overall am I happy with my results? Yes I am yay!!!!!!! I love how shiny my hair looks and I couldn’t stop swinging my hair left and right (hoping not to pull a muscle in my neck ) and of course I retained the length I anticipated. I only got two little scalp burns on the right hand side of my head, but nothing major to fuss about. My relaxer prep definitely worked out in my favour and I’m happy about that. This is truly the longest I have seen my hair as an adult and I can’t stop raving about it. APL I see you Smiley

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Some of the top of my hair was left with some texture as seen in picture (A) and I actually like it but

February 02, 2013

Relaxer Prep...

Before my hair journey my last wash day before relaxer was 2 weeks before and all I used to do was grease my scalp with Vaseline every 4 days so that by relaxer day my scalp was protected and my strands were very heavy coated as well. I once tried washing my hair a week before and my scalp burned so badly that I swore what people said was true that “relaxer works better on dirty hair than clean hair”, sigh but the funny thing is that I hardly got burns when I washed two weeks before.

Anyways fast forward to post hair journey, I washed my hair a week before and it burned as well but my hairdresser used extra strength so I believe that added to my scalp burns. This second time around I self-relaxed and didn't end up with burns but now I have texlaxed hair *shrug*

My 3rd relaxer I’m going back to my hairdresser to get a corrective relaxer at 6 weeks post and this is how I plan to prep for my relaxer to avoid burns *fingers crossed*

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The Week Before Relaxer: 

1)      Prepoo with EVOO and EVCO oil for 30 mins under my heat cap.

Welcome to Tomes Edition

Hi Everyone, I would like to extend a warm welcome to visitors of Tomes Edition blog. My name is Tomi and I am from the beautiful tropical island of Barbados in the Caribbean. I have set-up this blog to connect with you and to share my experiences of being on a Healthy Hair Journey  and all that it entails. I am affectionately known as 'Tomes' so here's my edition to the real life quest of being on a journey to long healthy hair, thank you in advance for reading and I look forward to interacting with you on a regular basis. I love everything about Beauty: Hair, Make-up, Fashion, however I am not vain, I also like to celebrate my inner beauty and discuss life in general.

The main focus of this blog is to document the growth of my hair to its healthiest possible state as well as gain beautiful lengths (I have only imagined or dreamed about APL and beyond) as it is my goal to share tips on my techniques and the products I have used on my hair with a little spin on my make-up looks and my fashion sense. From time to time I will share aspects of my personal life to enhance the realness of the journey.

I was ALWAYS into my hair, so stumbling upon on how to take care of black relaxed hair is such a plus, because my hair has never grown passed Shoulder Length and I thought that was long, boy was I wrong.  I want you to please take the time out to follow me on my journey to long beautiful healthy hair. Please note that I do not proclaim to be a license hair stylish | hairdresser, but, I do hope I can encourage or inspire anyone to start their Healthy Hair Journey by sharing with you my experiences by trial and error based on reviews of various products to see what products and techniques work best for my hair.

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