Cozy winter scarf + Jacket
My last wash day experience started off like normal.  It all began with a pre-poo using coconut oil. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I waited way too long to wash and was a bit fearful about the possible consequences I'd have to face.

As I gently divided each section to apply the coconut oil, I was pleasantly surprised by how little breakage I was seeing. I hadn't done a protein treatment in a while but my hair was still doing A- OK. 

Everything seemed to be going exceptionally well. Even while I cleansed the shedding was minimal and there were no signs of excessive breakage.

I was in the clear......or so I thought.
After stepping out of the shower, I began the arduous process of applying conditioner section by section.   Recently, I recommitted to being diligent with my deep conditioning practices.  This meant that I'd reinstitute the strand ceremony process.

As I painstakingly applied conditioner, I noticed something quite alarming.  Suddenly, I could see tiny broken strands as I removed the shed hair.

What was happening?  Why is my hair breaking all of the sudden?

The answer is simple.  The combination of wet strands + manipulation + unconditioned hair = recipe for disaster.

Basically, I was employing heavy manipulation at the time when my hair is the weakest.  Earlier, during the pre-poo, I didn't experience much breakage because the strands weren't bloated with water.  As you may know, water molecules are notorious for lifting the cuticle layer (hence why we experience frizz in high humidity).  Our strands are slightly swollen after washing which leaves them highly vulnerable.

Suddenly I start to manhandle the hair while it's in fragile condition.  It makes sense why I was seeing broken strands seemingly out of nowhere.  I had to think fast.  The solution came after a couple of moments of reflection.  I needed to pre-condition my hair before actually conditioning it.

Stay with me here......

 I ran to my hair product storage area and grabbed the bottle of Grund ProDesign's Protein Leave-In.  I've written about the glory of this product in the past.  Basically, it strengthens my hair without ever leaving behind any protein related stiffness.   To me, it feels like a hydrating leave-in that also fortifies.

After grabbing the bottle, I sprayed a little to each section before applying conditioner.  It was like a miracle had taken place.  The breakage reduced dramatically and detangling was a breeze.  I also found myself having to use much less product on each section because my hair already felt pre-conditioned.

The pre-conditioning step is a must for me.  I rarely comb my hair during the week and the only time I ever experience excessive breakage is on wash day.  All that manipulation of wet hair is a deal breaker.  If I  systematically reduced wash day breakage, this could bring my retention to new levels. After reflecting, I came to the conclusion that pre-conditioning could actually enhance the deep conditioning process.  It's all about penetration and I'm pretty sure that a leave-in can better penetrate than my thick conditioners.  I might be conditioning the hair on 2 levels.  The leave-in penetrates, while the creamy conditioner coats the exterior.

  I plan on experimenting with variations of this process such as misting with leave-in and allowing it to sit on the hair for a few minutes before adding conditioner.  I should also mention that I still use a leave-in after rinsing conditioner prior to styling.  Basically, prior to any heavy manipulation, I pre-condition.  Yes, it's an extra step to an already long process, but this step is so powerful that I can't afford to skip it.


@twolala1
I already have several flat irons in my arsenal. But yesterday I made the last minute decision to purchase yet another one.  This new flat iron will come into my life because it's quite different from everything else I own.
For one, this is new iron is 2 inches in width.  I'm hoping this cuts my flat ironing time in half.  The biggest draw that made me click the purchase button is that this iron has infrared technology.  I'm a huge fan of infrared in haircare.  Years ago, I picked up the Jose Eber infrared iron. Basically, it uses infrared technology to boost the effectiveness of your favorite conditioning products.  The conditioning tool works great. But, to be honest, I really don't use it enough.

Spring is fast approaching. Soon, I'll be dealing with excessive humidity and frizz.  I'm looking for something to help seal my cuticle layer.  An infrared flat iron may be just the thing I need.  I sincerely hope that the combination of ceramic plates, infrared light, and the right heat protectant can seal my strands without causing too much damage.

I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that a flat iron with infrared capabilities will give my hair that slight edge.

While researching, I also learned about the existence of infrared hair dryers.  Many of them are referred to as hair processors (used during a coloring treatment).  I'm not fully certain if they actually have the ability to completely dry the hair or if they simply enhance the coloring process by allowing the color to penetrate deeper.  Even if it doesn't fully dry the hair. It seems like a viable option for a "deeper" deep conditioning session.  Infrared uses an inside-out approach which allows the hair to heat evenly.   Basically, it breaks apart the water molecules on the surface of the hair for fast absorption into the strand.  The end result is softer, more manageable hair.

I'm not gonna lie, I want one.  Or, at the very least, I want to experience it.   I've got my eye on a handheld infrared dryer but I rarely blow dry so one of those infrared processing dryers would be ideal.   If I find out that they actually can dry the hair in a healthier way, I'll definitely have one before the year ends.


@twolala1
I already have several flat irons in my arsenal. But yesterday I made the last minute decision to purchase yet another one.  This new flat iron will come into my life because it's quite different from everything else I own.
For one, this is new iron is 2 inches in width.  I'm hoping this cuts my flat ironing time in half.  The biggest draw that made me click the purchase button is that this iron has infrared technology.  I'm a huge fan of infrared in haircare.  Years ago, I picked up the Jose Eber infrared iron. Basically, it uses infrared technology to boost the effectiveness of your favorite conditioning products.  The conditioning tool works great. But, to be honest, I really don't use it enough.

Spring is fast approaching. Soon, I'll be dealing with excessive humidity and frizz.  I'm looking for something to help seal my cuticle layer.  An infrared flat iron may be just the thing I need.  I sincerely hope that the combination of ceramic plates, infrared light, and the right heat protectant can seal my strands without causing too much damage.

I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that a flat iron with infrared capabilities will give my hair that slight edge.

While researching, I also learned about the existence of infrared hair dryers.  Many of them are referred to as hair processors (used during a coloring treatment).  I'm not fully certain if they actually have the ability to completely dry the hair or if they simply enhance the coloring process by allowing the color to penetrate deeper.  Even if it doesn't fully dry the hair. It seems like a viable option for a "deeper" deep conditioning session.  Infrared uses an inside-out approach which allows the hair to heat evenly.   Basically, it breaks apart the water molecules on the surface of the hair for fast absorption into the strand.  The end result is softer, more manageable hair.

I'm not gonna lie, I want one.  Or, at the very least, I want to experience it.   I've got my eye on a handheld infrared dryer but I rarely blow dry so one of those infrared processing dryers would be ideal.   If I find out that they actually can dry the hair in a healthier way, I'll definitely have one before the year ends.


I've been hooked on micellar water ever since my first bottle.  This powerful cleansing water truly a beautiful thing.  What makes micellar water so amazing is the microscopic oil molecules ("micelles") that have the ability to attract and lift all the dirt, makeup and grime off your skin without  any tightness or over drying.

It dissolves all the bad stuff leaving your skin perfectly hydrated.  The origin of this wonderful creation stems from French women who sought out an alternate approach to cleansing their faces.  Their water is harsh so they needed a suitable workaround to maintain beautiful skin.  To me, micellar water is a must have beauty item if you want to cleanse often but don't want to overdry with harsh ingredients.
@biordermabulgaria
Basically, micellar water is perfect.  So it only makes sense to incorporate it into a hair product.
DevaCurl is the first to bring micellar water into the hair care game.  On Valentine's Day, they're launching a micellar water cleansing serum called "Buildup Buster."  This cleansing serum will take the place of your shampoo on wash day.  It'll cleanse without over stripping using micellar technology.   From there, you condition and style as usual.

Because micellar water is so powerful, the Buildup Buster may actually qualify as a clarifying treatment.  That's really exciting news because I've been avoiding clarifying for a while for fear of drying out my hair.  Dry winter air has been a struggle and I don't want my shampoo to add to the misery.  Thanks to DevaCurl, I'm going to experiment with clarifying with a micellar cleanser.

Since we have to wait a little while longer for Buildup Buster to launch.  I'm going to play around with a DIY version.  Perhaps, I'll water down a little shampoo with micellar water.  Or maybe I use micellar water in a spray bottle to help detangle my hair prior to a co-wash.

I'm also brainstorming the possibility of misting my scalp with a little micellar water after a workout. Which reminds me, I need to grab a few travel size bottles.  I'll toss one in my everyday bag and keep a couple on hand for when I travel. I can always refill the bottles when I run out.

This could be a game changer.


When it comes to anti-aging, fighting oxidation should be your number one priority.  Free radicals are the enemy because they promote accelerated aging over time.  Not to mention that certain age-related diseases are also linked to oxidation & free radicals.  Even though oxidation is the devil, it's also a natural by-product of our body's natural functioning.  Just the simple act of breathing creates oxidative stress on our body.

But since we can't just stop breathing, we take a different approach. And that approach involves consuming antioxidants that neutralize those free radicals.  We're pretty familiar with the standard antioxidants on the market like vitamins C & E.  There are also some whole foods known for their antioxidant content.  Health enthusiasts urge us to include blueberries, green tea and leafy greens in our diet.  But no one is talking about the most powerful oxidant fighting food in the world.  This superfood contains far more antioxidants than anything else on the planet.  Nothing compares to its vitamin C content.  You need to know about this!


But don't you worry, I'm here to spill all the details.
Actually, you may have already heard of this fruit, but you may not be aware that it holds the title as the ultimate superfood.  I'm referring to alma (a.ka. Indian gooseberry).  Just one of these little tiny fruits has around the same amount of vitamin C as 30 oranges.  Not to mention that it's also rich in beta-carotene and vitamin E.  In ayurvedic medicine, amla is referred to as a "divine fruit" because of all of its healing qualities.  It's also sometimes referred to as "the elixir of life."  Amla's antioxidant value is far, far greater than pomegranates, goji berries and even acai.

There are a long list of health benefits associated with amla. Anytime I'm introduced to such a high-quality ingredient, I start brainstorming ways to implement it into my daily life.....then I run over to Amazon.   After a brief search, I quickly learned that I could enjoy amla is both powder and pill form.  Amla supplements are interesting but I'm more intrigued by the organic alma powder that I can easily add to my a morning smoothie.

Another possible benefit to having alma in powder form is that we can introduce amla to our hair regimen.  One of my favorite pre-poo treatments (back in the day) was Dabur Amla Oil.  My hair loved that stuff!  Which reminds me, I need to restock.  I think I might try creating a "hair paste" of sorts using amla powder and coconut oil. Amla does produce a mild darkening of the hair so if you have lighter color hair, this may not be for you.  And if you are looking to create darker strands, simply mix in a little amla with henna and you'll enjoy healthy jet black hair again.

If you want to consume amla for internal health, make sure you grab the food grade powder.  Then you can give this powder a try to experiment with your hair.