Sunday, 23 April 2017

#AskBee: Blog Reader Question 1

hair questions

QUESTION
"Hello,
I've been keeping up with your posts and you have mentioned applying "scalp oil mix" to your scalp after washing. Please which oils make up the mix and how often do you apply it?
Thanks "

ANSWER 
Thanks for dropping by on my little space in the "blogosphere". My scalp oil mix is made of carrier oils that I've found overtime to be most beneficial to my scalp health. See Composition in the image below.

scalp oils

Here's why I chose these oils;
Castor oil: It promotes and stimulates hair growth, makes the hair strands thicker. It has antifungal properties so it prevents dandruff and other fungal scalp issues. It contains Ricinoleic acid, which is believed to help replenish sebum (scalp's natural oil)Coconut oil: It's very penetrative and enhances blood circulation to the scalp thus stimulates hair growth. It has antibacterial properties which prevents itchy scalp, dandruff etc. It is also very rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair and scalp health.

Tea tree oil : It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It prevents and heals scalp issues like dryness, flakiness, Itchy scalp and also dandruff. At the beginning of my healthy hair journey, my scalp was always terribly itchy. Even just a day after washing and deep conditioning. I introduced tea tree oil to my regimen and that was it. My scalp is now super healthy. I even added it to my shampoos and deep conditioners. 

Peppermint oil: For me this essential oil is the chief hair growth stimulator. I mean you can even feel it working within seconds of application. LOL. #Justkidding. But really, the tingly, minty feel on the scalp is so refreshing and I also always notice an increase in my growth rate anytime I use it consistently. It increases blood circulation to the scalp which rejuvenates the hair follicles and thus leads to increased hair growth.

I apply the oil mix to my scalp and massage it in for about 3 -5 minutes, not just on wash days but at least twice a week

   

xx,
Bee

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Introducing: Blog Reader Questions Series #AskBee

Blog reader questions


Hi lovelies,

Happy New Month!

I have decided to add a something new to the blog, Blog Reader Question(s). I've received mails and messages from ladies interested in healthy hair. I thought it would be a great idea to share the question(s) on the blog so others can also learn and so that I would not have to answer the same question twice. Once a question has already been answered I can easily refer to the answer on here. 
The frequency of the Blog Reader Question(s)/ #AskBee Posts will depend on how often I get mails/messages. 

So if you would love me to answer your hair-related questions send a mail to hairvolutionbybee@yahoo.com. OR DM (Direct Message) @hairvolutionbybee on Instagram/HairvolutionbyB on twitter. I will reply as soon as I can and also post the question and my answer on here without disclosing your identity.   Let's get this started !!!



Disclaimer : My answers to questions are by no means a rule or law. They are simply based on my knowledge and experience.

xx,
Bee

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Product Review: ORS Hair Mayonnaise

One of my goals for my blog this year is to do at least one product review per month. So to kick it off this month, it's only right that I start one of the products that have the most impact on my hair. The product is no other than. ..... ORS Hair Mayonnaise!  

ORS Hair Mayonnaise


Product: ORS Hair Mayonnaise
Price range: N1200 - N1800
Size: 8oz, 16 oz          
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Polyquaternim-32, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower), Dimethicone PEG-7 Cocoate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Olea Europaea Oil (Olive), Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyl Dimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Behentrimonium Methosulfate,  Lanolin Oil, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate, Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate,   Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panthenol, Cholesterol, Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Capsicum Annuum Extract (Paprika),  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Dimethicone, Ovum (Egg Powder), Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Linalool, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 15985, CI 19140

Promises:  An intensive conditioning treatment that moisturizes and strengthens helping to reduce shedding abd breakage and enhance shine.

Attributes: Thick, Creamy, Light yellow colour, mild but pleasant scent.


How I use it: My hair is madly, head over heels in love with this deep conditioner. I usually use it once a month or twice when I notice more breakage than usual. I apply to my hair in sections after shampooing and cover with shower cap under a heat cap for at least 20 minutes. Then I rinse with cool water. Despite this product being a medium protein treatment, my hair usually feels so soft after I use it. Sometimes, I even think it's more of a balanced deep conditioner for me. I always follow with a moisturizing deep/rinse-out conditioner though, just because I don't want to risk having protein-overload.

What I like

  • Availability; This product is very easy to get. Hair & Beauty stores usually have it in stock. You can even find it in local markets.
  • Price; I think the price is quite fair for the job it does. 
  • It's a great protein treatment for my hair. It delivers. It makes my hair stronger yet so soft. 
  • A little goes a long way, I don't have to pile so much in my hair to get it well saturated. I use the 8 oz jar about 4 times. 
*note: my hair is bra-strap length.
  • It has quite a decent amount of slip
  • It does a great job with or without any additions. I've used it several times without adding oils, honey e.t.c. and my hair still felt very great after.
  • Lovely smell but not overpowering or too strong

 What I don't like
  • Despite the fact that my hair responds so well to this deep conditioner, I can't help but frown at and question some of the listed ingredients. Ingredients I don't like are highlighted in red in the ingredients list above, and there are others that I have no idea what they mean or do. I guess you can't have it all in a product sometimes.
  • I wish I could get a huge tub of it, like 1000g or 32 oz. lol


Rating: 4/5   

Will I repurchase? : Of course! I've used several jars already. It's a staple in my regimen.

Have you tried this product, drop your comments. Let me know your thoughts. 

xx,
Bee

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Wash day post: Recovering from Breakage

If you have been following my posts, you would know that I suffered a setback as a result of breakage. This was especially evident in my thin ends after my texlax in December 2016. I did a major trim back them and I've also been trimming/dusting every other washday. During trimming I've noticed quite a bit of split and bent ends. Of course I snip away anytime I find them. To reduce the breakage and improve the overall health of my hair, I've incorporated more protein into my washdays.

Washday recap

  • Prepoo: Palm kernel oil (this is my new found oil-love, it's awesome) with heat for 20 minutes
  • Shampoo: VO5 Shampoo
  • Deep Conditioner: ORS Hair Mayonnaise + A tablespoon of vegetable glycerin + tablespoon Tropic Isle JBCO with Sage with heat for 45 minutes. My hair especially loves this deep conditioner. It makes my hair so soft yet strong, unlike the typical hard feeling that follows protein DC. Last year, I rarely  used it as much as I used to because I thought I could substitute it with Organics Hair Mayonnaise. My hair did not take to it at all, and this probably contributed to my breakage problems. It's time to give my what it wants. 
  • Leave-in: AfrobyNature Hydrating Leave-in sealed with Tropic Isle JBCO with Sage. Oiled my scalp with Tropic Isle JBCO with Sage + Coconut oil + Peppermint oil
  • Styling: The heat here now is crazy and I hate having hair on my neck on when I'm sweaty. It drives me crazy. So, I settled on a style that would protect my hair but keep it of my neck. Bantu knots with extensions.
Bantu knots with extension

Bantu knots

Do you like my hairstyle? I'm loving it. If you try it, tag me on instagram. @hairvolutionbybee.

xx,
Bee

Monday, 30 January 2017

Recap: First Healthy Hair Meetup, O.A.U. Ife

We had a lovely time last Saturday. It was really fun and awesome. I'm already looking forward to the next one and I know I'm not alone. Feast your eyes on the photos to get a feel of what we enjoyed.

AfrobyNature Stand 

HairvolutionbyBee Lounge Stand
Laide Ademulegun (C.E.O. AfrobyNature) passionately talking about "Basics of Healthy Haircare & How to Choose Products")
Moradeun Balogun moderating, she made sure everyone got involved.

The winner of the haircare quiz "Adebola" excited about her length check t-shirt prize. (She got 9 out 10 questions right)

Product testing ( AfrobyNature Curl Maker)
Product testing/Wash day Demo on a volunteer 

Laide Ademulegun and I
Preaching it!. Lol. "Building a hair regimen" & "Debunking hair myths" 

Glimpse my "bow bun" hairstyle of the day, everyone loved it

Style Challenge (Group 2 won majorly based on creativity and time management, every member of the group got a sample-size AfrobyNature 2in1 Rinse out/Detangling Conditioner OR HairvolutionbyBee Whipped Shea Butter

Shopping time!!!

Still answering loads of questions even after the event ended

Styling Tutorial 1

Styling Tutorial 2

The feedback has been awesome, a lot of attendees have decided to start a healthy hair journey and others that are already on one gained more knowledge. Cheers! to a job well done; facilitators, volunteers and participants. Next one will be bigger and better. 

xx
Bee

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