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Dr. Miracle’s Braid Relief Spray Formula. This is pretty awesome.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Products on April 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

Hey People. Time to get you updated on some new win.
Now even though this is made for the braided and locked ladies, I’m basically suggesting this for anyone who’s interested. Looks like I run across this Great Braid/Scalp Relief  Spray from Dr. Miracles Product Line.

Now it’s designed for ladies who have braids, twists or locks in their hair. You know those first two days when you get braided/tightened up can be uncomfortable at times, and there are tons of sprays out there that say they  offer relief. Well, at this point in the game, I’ve tried the majority of them. And while most are fairly decent, Dr. Miracle’s Braid Relief Spray is the only one that is literally blowing my mind.

Lightweight and non-greasy, the spray smells lovely (like a mix of eucalyptus and peppermint) and feels even better. After braiding up the hair, I give it a direct spray and wait for the magic to happen… a wonderful warm and tingling sensation that kicks in within 2 minutes of application… and gives you and your scalp a much-needed release from the tension of fresh hair braids. And my hair braider doesn’t even do tight braids (it’s why I love her)… but I still use it just for the feeling of freshness and tingly I get when using it… it just feels so good. It says that it promotes healthy scalp and hair stimulation… and with the way it feels, I really wouldn’t doubt it.

So heads up, braided up and loc’ed ladies. You should actually give this braid spray a try. They aren’t playing… it does what it says it came to do. Definitely worth looking into. Hey, even if you don’t keep your hair loc’ed or braided, I’d say you’d give this a try regardless. This is one of those products where you’re not going to lose, no matter the hair type.

Enjoy.

The New Power Combo: Ovation Cell Therapy and Darcy’s Botanicals.

In African American Hair Care, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Growth, Hair Products, MegaTek, MircoTek, natural hair care on October 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

hey people. hope all is good in hair land.

so after researching and digging deep for the new hair product combo for the next few months… i decided that i was gonna roll with the Ovation Therapy for washing and conditioning, and Darcy’s Botanicals for oils and hair cremes and whatnot. Darcy’s came with a strong recommendation from another hair blogging pro who knows her products. made from all natural, 100% vegan products, its great for naturally curly hair. plus, they have a hair and body oil scented with peach nectar… im intrigued to see what it feels and smells like.

as for ovation, im going with the product to see what the exact difference is between it and MegaTek… since they are from the same company. i had great results with the leave in and wash out MegaTek conditioners stopping breakage with my hair, so i want to give ovation a try and see if theres any real difference between the two. i ended up ordering the special system kit… 6 ounce bottles of the shampoo (which i never use up anyways), creme rinse and conditioner for about $55 dollars. its alot cheaper than ordering the 12 ounce bottle set, which would be $110 easily. ill keep you updated on progress with that as well.

a little later, ill get into the results from shapleys as well. its been REALLY good for me… so well start going through the pros and cons in a little bit.

thanks for dropping by,

-E

Ladies: Monistat Antifungal Creme and Your Hair.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Growth, Monistat and Hair Growth, Nerdery, shapley's MTG on September 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Yup.  Its time to go there. Get comfortable ladies… Im going in.
so this is what most of you have been waiting for… the use of Monistat Creme on your scalp for Hair Growth.
now i ALREADY know what youre thinking…. “monistat? ewww. omgwtfbbq are you doing?” and “omg! it doesnt go there!” lol. i know ladies, i know. and everything youre thinking right now is exactly what went through my mind when i first started to hear about it. but as i started to research it more, and found that women were getting real results with it… i figured that it was time to consider it. maybe give it a try.

before i did that, i decided to do some basic research, figure out what was going on, and what was making Monistat Antifungal creme so hot in the streets for hair growth. well, from everything ive pulled and researched on hair and Monistat, it goes a little something like this. all women of all colors EVERYWHERE seem to have a natural bacteria which inhibits hair growth. men seem to have very little if NONE of this bacteria on them… which explains how a LOT of men are able to grow long tresses without even trying at times.  what exactly this bacteria is, iont know. but i am googling as youre reading this, be aware. lol.

so it seems as if Monistat’s main ingredient, Miconazole Nitrate  (pronounced as mye-KON-a-zole, an Antifungal creme), seems to neutralize this natural bacteria on our scalps, allowing for hair to grow at normal to above normal speed. this seems to be incredibly true when it comes to African American ladies and our hair. they say normally that your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch every month. but some of us out there know that it doesnt always go like that. for me, my problem was that when my hair tends to hit a certain length, growth seems to stall out, making it harder for me to get the length that i want.

so how did i run into this weird method, and what made me try it? well, in january 2009, about 2 and 1/2 years after cutting off all my hair and starting it from scratch in june of 2006, i noticed that my hair (while thick and healthy) was beginning to reach that point where growth stalls out hard for me… around about (upper) shoulder length. that was about the time i decided to hop on the interwebs and start searching for new products and methods out there. this was about the time i found out about MegaTek, Surge, Shapleys… and Monistat. now at the time, out of all the brands mentioned, Monistat seemed to be getting the most… and best feedback. i was intrigued and weirded out all at once. lol. but i decided once i got all my new hair products in, i would give this a legitimate try.

so now we get into the method i used, and the results that ive gotten thus far.
back in february, i decided to start slow and easy. i didnt want to spend too much money, so i went and purchased some store brand antifungal creme. i also didnt want to overwhelm my hair with anything it wasnt used to, so i purchased the 7 day creme… the one with the smallest amount of Miconazole Nitrate in it.

store brands FTW.
store brands FTW.

ill run you through the first two times i used the creme.
i was being extra careful (paranoid) with it, so i decided to try out the creme a day or two before i took out my braids… so that i could wash the creme out if i felt like there were any problems or issues with my scalp or hair. so heres what i did. i took small amounts of creme, put it on the tips of my fingers, and applied it directly to my SCALP. not my hair or hair shaft. from what i read at that point, i understood that its best that you avoid your hair as much as possible and focus on your scalp… where the bacteria lives. i started off on the back of my scalp, and let it sit for a day before applying to my entire head. now, the feeling i got from the monistat on my scalp was admittedly nice. a warm, intense tingle, followed by a little bit of itching (clean scalp that itches = hair growth, according to old wives/gramma tales). once the first day passed and i was sure that there were no adverse effects, i went ahead and applied it to my whole head, and let it sit for another 2 or 3 days before taking out my braids and thoroughly washing my hair.

not exaggerating…. the results were instantaneous and obvious for me. i literally had immediate growth from application within a week. and it was noticeable growth… enough that even the boyfriend made a comment on the growth. i kid you not… it was no less than an inch of growth within 2 to 3 weeks. unheard of… and not really seen again until i started using Shapleys. i figured the results were connected to the fact that i had never used it before… so i decided to braid up the hair again, and do the same thing towards the end of my braid cycle again. this time, i decided to up it from the 7 day creme to the 3 day… just to see if the results would be any different. did the same thing… applied the creme to the scalp, waited about 2 days, took out the braids, gave it a thorough wash.

this time was a biiiit different. while the growth continued… and it was ridiculous… i also began to notice that the breaking/shedding of my hair was slightly more pronounced. nothing really serious… but enough to make me take notice. a little more than usual, and looking like the breakage was taking place closer to the scalp rather than towards the ends of my hair. i was a little bothered by this… but incredibly impressed by the results. at this point, i had gotten no less than 3 inches of growth in 2 and a half months. i decided that i wouldnt be greedy and give my scalp a break… focus on stopping the shedding and breakage, and maintaining the amazing new growth i was getting. i immediately broke out the old school natural conditioners that are great for breakage… the avocado and egg conditioner. it took a while, but the breakage slowed down greatly. and yes. one day, i will blog about the egg and avocado hair conditioner and how to make it for you. :D

now i have to admit, while the growth has been amazing… the shedding that i get from using the creme can be a deterent from using it even more. from the additional research ive done, it seems as if the shedding increases after using it for a while and stopping. but i never really used it like that… on a daily basis. more like a once every 4 weeks treatment. as of the last time i used it (about 2 weeks ago, before rebraiding again), the growth was continuing in LARGE amounts. but now,  im only using the creme probably about once every 3 to 4 months, just as an extra growth boost. they also suggest that you dont use the product too much on the packaging, so ill follow their lead. i also dropped back to the 7 day creme just to be sure i wasnt doing too much with the Miconazole.  another step i took is to wash the creme out within 24 hours of putting it on my head… no more than that. literally, ill put it on my scalp at night, wake up the next morning, take out my braids and wash out my hair thoroughly. and ill be honest… the results that ive been getting from Shapley’s is comparable to what i was getting to the monistat… without the breakage. so ill be switching the product in and out from time to time.

so in the end, im a bit torn on monistat. but im still giving it two afropicks up (LoL). i definitely will continue to use it once in a while, but the added shedding of hair will always be on the back on my mind. however, the growth and results are so amazing, frankly… im willing to take that chance. ive finally passed that hair growth threshold i felt like i couldnt get past,  and am finally getting close to the length that i want. and i really have to credit that to my usage of Miconazole from a few months back. hopefully, with the help of good old fashioned rosemary and Shapleys… we can keep this growth alive while cutting out the shedding.

would i suggest this? well, if you are just not getting any growth, or if youre at a point where you feel like growth has stalled out, i would say yes. all the way around. it can be a good start point if youre just NOT getting the growth you want. but PLEASE. go into this knowing that your hair WILL SHED a bit more than usual. if you dont have any extra hair to spare (lol), i would suggest that you fall back and try Shapley’s MTG FIRST. if that doesnt work for you… THEN step your game up to the monistat.

now heads up… if youre weirded out or just NOT comfortable using Monistat on your scalp, there are TONS of other options with the same key ingredient in it. they are ALL antifungal tho, so either way, its gonna be some non typical stuff being put in your hair. lol. but here are some other options for you…
Neosporin AF, Lotrimin AF, Micatin and Monistat Derm.

now i THINK i covered basically everything… but as usual, if youre reading this, and you have questions… please reach out, leave a comment or a question. id love to get back to you and share my personal experiences with this, or cover any detail that i missed.

you know i dont blog about it unless it WORKS. :)

hope this helps you ladies out out there.

-E

Infusium 23 is still Chocked full of Win.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Products, natural hair care, Nerdery on August 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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just putting you on to some old school awesomeness, infusium 23. a water based leave in conditioner, its a great product if youre looking to stop hair breakage, split ends, and promote stronger hair.

now as a kid, my mother would always use this product (along with the TCB, lol) when doing a leave in treatment. i would get a lot of hot oil treatments as a youngster, as i was on tetracycline as a kid for ear infections… and tetracycline is a total over loss when it come to hair growth (once again, this will probably be a blog of its own one day).
even then, i noticed that it stopped my from breaking off in large amounts… and really great as a weekly hair conditioner.

now i had stopped using this product for a good 7 years. mostly because i had forgot about it while using a ton of other products, and mostly because the shops around me weren’t selling it for whatever reason. i finally ran into it a few months ago while purchasing hair for my braids.

now, while it is a great standalone water conditioner for after shower usage, its also great as a styling aid as well (if you wet set your hair… this stuff is a dream). what i really like to do, for an extra growth kick, is add in a little bit of rosemary tea to it. from there, i put it in a spray bottle, and mist down my hair (or braids) every other day with it. its a great daily treatment if you want to strengthen your hair, while promoting its growth with the rosemary.

i know it might SOUND weird to some of you, but for me, its been nothing but hair growth win. the combo of that rosemary along with the infusium has done wonders.

if youre not into doing all of that, i still suggest you use the infusium as a standalone leave in if you have breakage or split end issues. its bound to get you some results in that category.

-E

why rosemary is a win.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Growth, natural hair care on July 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm

so yeah. rosemary is great all around. especially for your hair. and everyone should know about it.

it was one of those hair treatments that gramma used to tell me about all the time. always told me that it would make my hair grow thicker, keep the grey hairs from settling in. after getting over the ‘old wives tale’ stigma of it all, i started using it a few years back, just to see what my grandmother was yelling about. and sure enough, it works little mini hair miracles for me. when applied to the scalp and my hair, the result is thicker strands and better, more consistent growth than without the rosemary. also great for strengthening.

so whats behind it? well, rosemary is supposedly good for cell rebuilding, circulation, and hair follicle stimulation (according to all the research ive looked up over the years). its also supposedly contains high amounts of natural biotin, which is basically hair gold (in my experience).

so whats the deal? how do you use it? simple.
you can go buy fresh or dried rosemary (cheaper if its dried) from any grocery. or, you can luck out like me, and know someone who grows it fresh, and take what they dont use. loool.

jack move!
jack move!

from there, all you do is put a pot of (preferably filtered) water on to a slow boil. drop your rosemary in, and let it do its thing for about 15-25 minutes. after boiling,  i like to let the rosemary sit and stew for a minute. get all the extra goodness out. lol.

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boil it down.

from there, i take the rosemary, get a cup and a coffee filter, and run it through really fast, to catch any dirt or left over residue. i take the rosemary tea and put it in a spray bottle ( you can buy em for cheap at your local hair supply store, or, just use a old mane and tail one like i do). you can use it straight as a daily spray, or you can do a rinse after deep conditioning your hair for extra strength and shine. either way is great.

what i like to do is add a key oil to it, as well as squeeze in some infusium 23 for an extra strengthening kick. infusiums been good to me ever since bringing it back into hair rotation a few months ago.

now normally, i add a vitamin e oil or a doo grow oil (great for stopping split ends) to the rosemary tea, shake it up up to combine the two, and spritz down my braids/hair with it once every few days. this time, im taking out the traditional oil to use the Shapley’s MTG. like i mentioned before, shapleys is a oil for the hair. great results so far, but strong, barbeque-ish/sulfur smell. im hoping the strong aroma of the rosemary tea will negate that. and im pretty sure it will. well see how it goes.

so yeah. go out and get you some rosemary. seriously. its pretty great, and ive had nothing but positive results from it. better yet, have you ever used rosemary? you got any questions about it? holler at me.

-E

just got back from the getaway.

In Hair, Nerdery on July 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

fun, nerdy times.

yay! kites!

yay! kites!

just wanted to touch basis really quick, let you know that im seeing a lot of growth around the edges where the Shapleys was applied. a LOT. also taking note that the shaft of my hair while braided is a LOT softer since putting the MegaTek in. not sure about the thickness; ill prolly have to check that out when i take my hair down. but its feeling healthier overall.

tomorrow, after sleeping this all off, ill get into rosemary, and why its good for your hair. possibly putting the Shapleys and Rosemary together. for now, you can start here:  http://www.stopnowhairloss.com/2008/03/26/how-rosemary-can-help-your-hair-grow/

also, something really adorable i found on another hair site, http://blackgirllonghair.blogspot.com/

give this  gallery a quick glance for me.
http://blackgirllonghair.blogspot.com/2009/07/real-love-white-father-of-adopted.html
cumbuya, bitches.
-E

MegaTek: The Start.

In Hair, Hair Care, Hair Products, Nerdery on July 25, 2009 at 8:11 pm

so, after a long, looong day of cleaning house in preparation for a trip down to San Diego for comicon, i decide its about that time to hop in the freshly cleaned shower, and moisturize the hair.

after washing down with the dr. bonner’s, i break out the MegaTek conditioner for the first time. again, i start to geek out. i cant wait to get this in my hair at this point, see how the product works over time. i was also eager to get it in my head as to cover up any left over smell from the Shapley’s MTGs (admitted, the smell dissipated over the day of cleaning).

the new power combo. well see how this goes.
the new power combo. i used the MegaTek leave in conditioner on the far right and the palmers olive oil you see @ far left. we’ll see how this goes.

didnt shampoo out the braids, as they are brand new (3 days in. washed out the fro thoroughly before braiding, which is mandatory).  i really cant wait to get to the MircoTek shampoo however. as promised, the MegaTek smells like loveliness. like a fresh coconut/almond oil scent. also, its lightweight creme, but rich in texture. feels good going in. hit up the scalp and edges with direct creme. gotta admit, i used a large amount. may need to fall back next time. lol.

MegaTek is what us hair nerds call a ‘Protein Intense’ product. great for the thin hair, prone to breaking. also another product intended for equine use, until some brave human had the guts to try it on themselves. lol. no worries people, this has been tested safe for humans and is cruelty free, as mentioned all over the side of the package.
checking out the directions and ingredients in the back, they arent playing. high in keratin and marine protein, amino acids, and allantoin (supposedly good for growth). and good news for me, it does negate the smell of Shapley’s left in my hair.  win. after making sure the creme was well worked into my hair, i hit it with the palmers organic olive oil spray, and broke out the silk hairwrap.

so far, an all around win.

so as the game of life tends to go sometimes, we play the waiting game.
it looks like im probably gonna use this maybe once or twice a week.
ill fall back to my daily moisturizer. usually made of rosemary and vitamin e oil, im thinking of replacing the vitamin e oil with Shapley’s. im finding that the rosemary also helps negate the barbeque-ish smell of SMTG. after rinses/washes, ill rub in some MegaTek for strengthening.

so thats about it.

next up… i should (and will) explain the science and reasons for rosemary being important in my life. lol.
enjoy.

-E

Testing out the Shapley’s MTG.

In African American Hair Care, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Products, Nerdery on July 25, 2009 at 11:26 am
great for the hair. not for the olfactory.

great for the hair. not for the olfactory.

so Shapley’s is truly one of those products that ive been geeked to use.  ive heard of it in years past, but never really had the time, resources or energy to trace it down and pick up a bottle.  plus, the fact that it was mainly for hair use on horses had me thrown a bit. i had a solid range of products i was using, and at the time, there was no room for shapley’s. until now.

with the recent end of an era of my Virgin Hair Oil, i found myself needing a good back up oil that i could use with my daily rosemary  moisturizer (again, this deserves its own blog. well get to that).  the regular vitamin e oil/doo gro oil i was using wasnt as effective anymore, and it was time for a change up. while hair nerding it up on the interwebs, another good friend of mine (hey @inaccurate map!) suggested and reminded me of SMTG (shortened acronym).  which lead to the purchase of the large bottle off amazon.com.

imagine the level of geekiness when the bottle got to the house. i was all excited and ready to go. but then… i was reminded of one of the downfalls to this great product; the smell. while it isnt the worst thing on the planet, i was a little hesitant to throw oil in the braids that smells basically of bacon and liquid smoke. lol.

on the upside… i do have the MegaTek (we’ll get to that later) and a new virgin olive oil/vitamin e infused product from palmers, and both of the products smell WONDERFUL. im hoping i can use them to mask the smell of barnyard barbeque going on over here. lol.

so im going for it. shaking up the product (theres a lot of grit at the bottom of the bottom that seems to be important), and testing it out around the edges and back of the scalp… my choice testing areas should something fail and my hair falls out. lol. so far, so good. nice warm, tingly feeling at application areas… much like leaving an anti dandruff conditioner in your hair for a while. but warmer. always a good sign when you get that tingle. for the most part. the smell seems to be waning as i apply it directly to the scalp. again, a little noticeable, but not majorly, stop traffic with the smell overpowering.

well let this set for a little while before i put in the MegaTek for the first time. :D

YAAAY!
HAIR STUFF!

*geeks out*

The last of a legend.

In African American Hair Care, Hair, Hair Products, Nerdery on July 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm
the good stuff.

the good stuff.

this hair oil is hard to find. mostly for braided or dry hair, its also really effective scalp oil and anti dandruff treatment. promotes hair growth (especially around the edges). its also the last bit of whats left. and it makes me sad. the smell of it (earthy eucalyptus scent) brings back memories of yesteryear. back when i got all my hair supplies at a spot right off pico and la brea.  back when my ethopian gramma would give me good hair tips. it also reminds me of the fact that they dont carry it anymore.

its not a huge loss. im sure i can find it again. also, its an old product that ive been using for a while.  im getting ready to break in the Megatek, so its a new rotation of products coming in anyways.
but still.
always sucks when you lose a good product.

*sigh*

note to self: find virgin hair fertilizer online. somewhere. soon.
p.s. if you know where to find this… let me know. :D