Saturday, 19 February 2011

Saturday the 19th of February

Coconut oil today. I did my combo deep treatment + CO wash with El vital protein + pearl. It seems like if my hair gets some protein before a moisture treatment, my hair becomes more conditioned than the two treatments separated.

I wanted to do a combination braid: Dual Dutch braids into one Dutch braid at the nape. Something that would last for a couple of days and could protect the hairs while the oil did its thing.

Now for a slight rant:

Men have a 6th sense for being in the way. They mean no harm with it, but OMFG it’s annoying!

I had put my jar of coconut oil on the radiator in the kitchen to slowly melt it. I put it in a small bowl and added a teaspoon of olive and walnut oil to it, then went for the bathroom. Just then, hubby decides he needs to pee. I wait impatiently while he finishes and washes his hands. I know well enough that A) I can’t concentrate well with him in there and B) he will manage to run into my elbow one way or another. I eyeball the oil. Should I microwave it quickly to buy myself a little more time before it cools and hardens? I decide against it: I just have to be quick. So I distribute the oil and start parting the hair for the Dutch braids. I get half one side done before hubby comes back into the bathroom and absolutely has to tell me about some dumb battle in Ikariam. I try to maintain a general do-not-disturb policy in the bathroom when I’m working on my hair, not that it’s always necessary, but because he can’t seem to spot the difference. With the damn oil quickly cooling and solidifying, this is one of the times where I really can’t multitask. I lose my focus, my grip and my idea of how far I was with the braiding. I yell at him to leave. He pouts and stomps off with an insulted little puppy dog face. It’s too late though: I have lost track and the braid unravels. I have to start over. I try again. The oil is stating to go solid and the colder ends have the distinct “sticky” feeling. The braid starts braiding itself in the bottom as I work, I can’t separate the sections correctly, I have lost my grip and my focus. Crap, crap and more crap!
I try once more and have to give up. Alright, back in a stupid, boring old English braid to get it out of my way. I start combing it back. It tangles like hell. I can’t detangle it without a new part spontaneously tangles up from the oily stickiness. I pull in frustration. Hair snaps. I get even more frustrated. More hair breaks. I’m pissed. Stupid oil, stupid hair, stupid hubby!
Finally, with a comb full of broken hairs I finish the stupid braid. Ugh!

Friday, 18 February 2011

Thursday the 16th of February

Seems I’ve had a run-in with some pesky little virus. Since Monday-ish I’ve felt absolutely drained for energy, not to mention freaking freezing all the time. I haven’t been to the gym since and that annoys me more than anything.
It was protein conditioner-day but I felt really drained and did an Ankylosaurus instead of a full conditioning wash. It probably wasn’t a bad idea though since the top is still “questionable” and I feel over-conditioning lurking.
I struck out 3 eggs, separated the yolks from the whites and mixed the yolks with a squirt of El vital protein + pearl. It’s the heaviest egg-ing I’ve ever done and I was surprised at how liquid the mix became. I slept with it overnight and rinsed it out the next morning. The mane (ends) really liked it!

As for what to do with the egg whites?
My favourite is adding another whole egg to it, and then cooking it up as low yolk-scrambled eggs. Serve with toast, crumbled goat cheese on top and some pickled chillies on the side. Yum!

One egg white contains approximately 20 calories and 4 gram of protein

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

“Hairgrish” of the day

From the US edition Cosmopolitan for February 2011:

Body boosting tip
Volumizers require heat for activation- otherwise, they just sit on your strands and do nothing. Blast freshly sprayed roots with your blow-dryer to lock in lift.
Okay, so this isn’t one of the worst "Hairgrish" ever, but “Sit on your strands and do nothing”? Really? Does the blow-dryer heat make the product do a little dance maybe? Or make the products levitate over the hair to create volume that way? Does the heat dramatically change the chemical composition of the product?
All products “Sits on your strands” and blow drying in itself creates volume.

Monday the 14th of February

Happy Valentines Day to everyone!
Hubby and I shared a bottle of champagne and otherwise carried on like usual. My hair is in a braid from yesterday where I did a cassia treatment. I have been feeling pretty lazy lately and the systemized hair care doesn’t fit my mood at all!

Wednesday was supposed to be an ordinary conditioner day but the scalp is still feeling like its just waiting for a reason (=Too much conditioner) to get mad at me so I did my Ankylosaurus on the length. I smoothed two handfuls of Schwarzkopf Gliss shea cashmere on the dry length and wrapped it all up to sleep on it over night. That conditioner tends to be hard to rinse out for me. It’s “clingy” somehow. Not greasy or weird, just slippery-slimy and hard to get out. It worked well for the length only though. Maybe it’s a conditioner best preserved for damaged hair- and in my case only for the length?

Saturday was Cassia 4-in-1 treatment day