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Gaela's Hair Journey

Hey, I'm Gaela and I want longer hair! I got a short cut 2 years ago (1 inch all over, shaved in back) and my hair has never seemed to grow past my nape since then.

BASIC ROUTINE SINCE 2006:
Wash hair with Dove Shampoo once a week.
Condition with Isoplus Orange conditioner.
Leave in Conditioner: VO8 or John Frieda products
Light moisturize every few days (Motions or Pink Lotion).
Use natural 7-Oil usually after wash.
Flat iron once a week, after wash.
Blow dry, rarely. 3 - 4 times a year (natural air dry)
Relaxer every 5 weeks (My hair is course and resists perms. I have serious new growth 3 weeks after a relaxer and couldn't possibly imagine waiting an extra week)

So, as you can see, I did some things right, some things not so good. After my friend directed me to www.hairlicious.blogspot.com on Monday, I've been trying to adapt some of my ways. Actually, all of them. I've spent about $40 on products and hopefully that'll be it! lol I'm a college student, so money is tight right now.

WHAT I'VE BOUGHT FOR '08:
Pair of Cutting Shears ($6)
Assorted Head Bands ($3)
African's Best Organics Shea Butter PLUS moisturizer ($4)
Fantasia IC Deep Conditioner w/ Aloe ($8)
MegaTek 2oz Rebuilder ($13)
Wig Cap & Weave to make my own wig when I'm w/o a perm ($6)
VO5 Conditioner ($1...yes!)

WHAT I HAVE ALREADY:
Aveda Rosemary Mint conditioner(found under the sink! has many good oils in it, works great for co-wash/diluted leave ins)
Motions Leave in Conditioner
Motions Lavish Shampoo (ditched the Dove that was drying my hair out)

STILL NEED:
A good wide tooth comb
Clarifying Shampoo
A better moisturizer than the Africa's Best (want to try Elasta QP Mango, but my Sally's doesn't have it!)

PROPOSED REGIMEN:
Co-wash 1x week
Pre-poo 2x week
Deep Condition 2x week
Moisturize/Oil 2x day (extremely dry hair)
Shampoo 1x week
Protein 1x month
Mega-tek 3x week (for the first week, to see if it works/doesn't shed)
Clarify 1x week
Relaxer every 6 weeks

PICS WILL BE POSTED SOON & A LINK TO MY FOTKI

2 comments:

Traycee said...

Your regimen looks nice and simple...Dont forget a heat protector...

tallMocha said...

*crosses fingers* thanks

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