The Best Leave-in Conditioner for Transitioning Hair

 

 

I have been on a healthy hair journey for four years and somehow I have just decided to try the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream. What! ‘Tis true. Boy have I been missing out.I have used quite a few Leave-in conditioners over the past years. Actually of all the category of products Leave-in is the only one where I can’t say that I have a holy grail product that I can swear by. I have use Neutrogena Triple Moisture, Creme of Nature Kissi (now Orion Zimmi), Elasta QP Leave-In, to name a few of the good ones. Yet none come close to the Cantu.  This Leave-in is hand down the best Leave-in Conditioner I have ever used. I can confidently say that this Leave-in will be a staple in my journey going forward. So let me break it down and let you all know why I love this product so much.

Great Ingredients

The list of ingredients is super long! I think Cantu tried to packed every single moisturising ingredient known to  man into this product. Whilst I am still researching each ingredient to find out their individual benefits there are some very obvious ones that have great qualities. Of course the first sign that a product is moisturising is when water as its first ingredient. This leave-in is packed with many other  natural nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosemary, Leaf Extract,Kiwi Fruit Extract, Nettle Extract, Orange Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract and Olive Friut Oil. Check out the full list below and let me know what other ingredients on the list you love or might not like. This leave-in contains protein, so be cautious about how you use it in conjunction with other protein based products.

List of Ingredients: 

Water, Ceteryl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Butyrospermumparkii (Shea Butter), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosemary, Leaf Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Nettle Extract, Orange Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract, Fragrance, Olive Friut Oil, Hydrolyzed Callogen, Dimethicone, Hydrolized Wheat Protein,Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat ProteinPG Propyl Silanetriol, Polyqueternium-10, Panthenol, Disodiumedta, phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglecerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Sulphate, Magnesium Nitrate, Cylohexasiloxane, Sodium Methyltaurate, Dimethicone PEG-8mMeadowfoamate, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Hydroxyethylecellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propyleneglycol, cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional.

Affordability:

I bought this product for $943 (Jamaican, less that $10 US) + tax. That is a bargain for the amount and quantity of product you get. This Leave-in comes in an 16 ounce tub. Considering I will only use it once per week, I am predicting that it will last me quite a while. 

Smell:

I wouldn’t say I love the smell of this product but it is okay. It smells like a cross between perfume and natural oils. In the container it smells quite strong but once it is applied the smell mellows down and actually lasts the whole week. I just loved getting a whiff of the product as a walk around during the week.

Consistency:

The Leave-in has a creamy consistency. Not too thick. More like a rinse out conditioner consistency. It applies and absorbs into the hair easily and make detangling a breeze.

Conclusion:

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great Leave-in conditioner for a great price. It worked remarkably well on my transitioning hair. I could comb through my new growth when it is dry when I use this product! A feat never achieved (without the use of my S-Curl No Drip)  since I started my transition. It left my hair feeling absolutely soft and conditioned. I love it! My only regret it that I did not try it sooner.

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Why Poverty Shaming Is Wrong

Almost everyday that I browse the internet I am sure to see at least one story, post or headline talking about body shaming. From celebrities to regular folk there is no shortage of complaints and rants telling people to be proud of who they are and of their unique bodies. The opposite is true for poverty shaming. Hell, I might be one of the few person to write about this topic if this is even a “topic”.

I define poverty shaming as the act of degrading or making a person feel inferior because of their lack of financial resources. You might be thinking  “I don,t do that”, but think again. How many times have you sang the song “I don’t want no scrub”, or shared or like a status or meme talking about” broke men don’t deserve love/sex”, or made fun of another persons cheap weave, clothes, car, etc. I admit I am guilty of it.

The difference between body shaming and poverty shaming is that body shaming is usually done more directly. For example telling someone they are too fat, or they shouldn’t dress a certain way etc. Poverty shaming is an issue that is ingrained in society. Not being able to afford a nice car, a beautiful house, latest clothes etc. is something we are taught  to be ashamed of. I can recall the countless times especially in my teen-aged years that I have refused to go out because I did not have nice clothes or my shoes didn’t look nice enough, and why all because of what people might think of me. They might not say it out loud but that attitude of I’m better because I have the latest stuff was always present.

In adulthood men bear the brunt of this practice because society expects them to be providers. It is however not limited to men, because the women who date these so-called “scrubs” are deemed unambitious. Funnily enough there is a domestic violence epidemic in Jamaica  that is being fueled in part by women getting into relationships for the sole purpose of using men for their money – possibly caused by ridicule aimed at them if they decide to date someone  who is not financially well off. (That’s another topic for another post).  Why should someone be denied the basic right of love just because they are not rich? I know lots of persons who are hard-working and ambitious and are living in poverty just because of our poor economy. Not every man who is not working or is not able to afford a car or shower a woman with gifts is a scrub.

Quite recently there was a video circulating on social media showing a man proposing to a woman who quite disgustingly turned down the proposal because among other things they were still walking and taking the bus. I was taken aback by her utterances toward the man who was kneeling there looking dumbfounded. It is one thing to turn down a proposal because you genuinely don’t love a person but because he doesn’t drive  car?! That is shameful and is the heights of poverty shaming.

“Poor” people deserve a chance at happiness too. Instead of telling persons who are struggling that they don’t deserve this and that, why not try to empower them? Putting them down only serves to weaken their self-esteem which will more than likely keep them in poverty than lift them out of it. A relationship should not be based on how much money the man can give the woman . Everybody is free to choose who they want to date and if a broke guy is not your speed so be it. But don’t go bashing broke guys and painting everyone who is broke with a broad brush of lazy and worthless.

Let me know what your thoughts on this topic are in the comments below.

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Six Months Post Relaxer Transitioning Update

I am six months post relaxer! I am so excited that my transition has been going smooth so far. I have about three inches of new growth, which I am extremely proud of because that means that my hair is growing at approximately half an inch per month. I am at the top of the growth range so I should have a decent amount of growth by the time I decide to chop. I plan on doing these updates every three months. Watch the video below for more details on the length of my hair and how my hair has been doing so far.

I hope you find this helpful. I love watching these updates because they provide a comparison that I can use to guage how my hair is doing. Don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up if you like it and leave a comment below if you have any questions.

 

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Budget Friendly Products for Relaxed, Texlaxed and Transitioning Hair

For my first ever video on my Youtube channel I shared some inexpensive product choices for relaxed, Texlaxed and Transitioning hair. These products are the ones I am currently using to keep my transitioning regimen as budget friendly as possible. I hope you will find this helpful.

 

 

Products Mentioned 

Shampoo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil  Sulfate Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo

Conditioners:

Moisture- Elasta QP DPR11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing conditioner

Protein- Africa’s Best Organics Hair Mayonnaise

Leave Ins

Moisrure-African Pride Olive Oil Miracle Hair and Scalp Strengthening Leave-in Conditioner

Protein- Orion Zimmi Thermal Sheen Booster

 

Oils:

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Stylers:

Gel- Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel

 

Heat Protectant- Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

 

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My Profession Made me Into A Feminist

Feminism has been a hot topic of late and especially since Donald Trump has taken office as the new president of the United States; for obvious reasons. Feminism and standing up for equality across the sexes was never an issue I paid much attention to until after I started my professional life. It might sound self centered, but sometimes it takes personal impact for us to pay attention to issues of importance that affect other persons everyday.

I studied Surveying and Geographic Information Science (GIS) at University. Going in I was (and still am) interested in pursuing a career in Geographic Information Science. The program did not unfold as I expected it to and it turned out to be mostly focused on Surveying. GIS is a relatively small industry in Jamaica and upon completion of my studies I found myself being ushered into the Land Surveying profession out of a share need for a job rather than a desire to pursue it.

Being my usual self I have been working hard and holding my own. Yet, I find that quite often I have been underestimated by both colleagues and clients alike. I can recall the countless times I have been asked “Are you really a surveyor”?, followed by “You look too dainty for that”, “Do you go into bushes?” “Can you manage the hills?”

Those questions are truly annoying and goes to show how incompetent society has made women out to be,  but still worse than those questions is the assumption that my male colleague is always the surveyor and I am…I don’t know just a side piece?…an assistant?…anything…just not the person who can use the equipment and go into bushes and be in charge.  Not to mention the double checking of my advice against that of a male counterpart.

To these questions my answer is YES, YES, YES! I can do it. In addition to being technical surveying is also labour intensive profession and I might be small but it doesn’t take a big belly and arms like Popeye to lift a tripod. It might not be the career that I ultimately want to pursue but I can do it and have been doing it for years successfully.

I don’t blame these people, I blame a society that has taught them that women are dependent and helpless and cannot fill certain rolls. I am not bitter, I am in fact happy for these experiences because through them I have emerged a feminist who is willing to stand up for women.

We do not only need equal pay, access to education etc. we need to be seen and treated as intellectual equals to men.

 

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Quick Update

 

I have taken a new step in the direction of my dreams and recently launched my Youtube channel. My plan is to post most of my hair and beauty related content on there and transition my blog into a platform where I discuss social and personal issues as well as hopefully fashion.

Thank you for your support over the past year and if you are new please subscribe to my blog as well as my Youtube Channel.

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Updated Wash Day Recap

I am now transitioning to Natural hair and so I thought I would share my wash day routine just in case there are other transitioners who would find this helpful.

This is how my hair looked before I started. My hair was in  braid out all week.

Step 1: Hot Oil Treatment or Pre-poo

 

For this week’s wash I Pre- pooed with a mixture of Coconut Oil and Jamaica Black Castor Oil. After applying the Oil mix I sat under the dryer with a plastic cap for about 15 minutes.

Step 2: Shampoo

I shampooed with the Creme of Nature Sulfate Free Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo. This Shampoo is a new favourite. It left my hair feeling soft and moisturised yet clean. I love it!

Step 3: Deep Condition 

 

Lately I have been loving the Elasta QP DRP 11+ Deep Conditioner. You can check out my review of it here. A few weeks ago I did a Protein Depp condition and with Hair Mayonnaise and followed up with this DRP 11 and my hair felt like clouds of cotton. It was soooo soft I could have died. I sat under the dryer withe a plastic cap for 30 minutes, the rinsed.

Step 4: Leave in Conditioner

After I rinsed my deep conditioner I applied my Leavins which were The Orion Zimmi Thermal Sheen booster and the African Pride Olive Oil Leave in.

 

I then sealed my Leave-ins in with the same oil mix I used to pree- poo and proceeded to detangle.

This is the hair  I lost after not detangling for a week. Not Bad at all! The shedding is definitely getting back to normal.

 

 

 

As you can see my ends look really thin from all the shedding, but who cares? I’m transitioning so it is all going to be cut off anyway.

Step 5: Moisturise and Seal

I moisturised with African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Silky Hair Moistuizer on the length of my hair and S-curl No Drip on my roots. I sealed with Coconut Oil.

Step 5 :Styling

I was debating doing another braid out but laziness took over and I decided to just leave it in two big twists. This what it looked like after is dried completely.

So that is it for my wash day recap. I hope you got some helpful tips or saw some products that you can try. Leave me a comment letting me know what stage of your hair journey your on, transitioning like me, relaxed/texlaxed or natural.

 

 

 

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Hair Update: Shedding + Going Natural + Big Chop?!

Post Birth Control Shedding

This post is long overdue and if you follow ,me on Instagram you would have already known this but to make it official I’m still putting it on my blog just in case.
For the past three going four months my hair has been shedding like crazy! At first I was puzzled and I chalked it up to just natural shedding. However, when it didn’t go back to normal after about a month and in fact it got worse, I became worried. I decided to do some research and lo and behold the culprit was birth control. Again!

This is one of those moments when you ask why Lord? Why did I ever take that thing? Based on countless Forums I have read about six months after you stop taking birth control pills, some women experience shedding similar to postpartum shedding. This occurs because of the hormonal changes that the body goes through to get back to normal. So here I am experiencing postpartum shedding all over again – I had a baby two years ago-.Over the past two weeks or so the shedding has lessened reasonably and things seem to be returning to normal. Thank God!

As I have stated in a previous post on Instagram this shedding is the straw that broke the camel’s back and it has resulted in me finally deciding not to get relaxers anymore.My hair has gotten quite thin as a result of the shedding and instead of trying to recover from another setback I rather go natural.I have always been on the verge of going natural every time I stretched between relaxers. In fact I tried going natural before, circa 2009 but that was before I knew anything about proper hair care and needless to say it was a disaster. I ended up relaxing again.

What’s The Plan

At this point I am exactly 5 months and a day post relaxer. I have been going back and forth in my mind debating how long I should try to transition before I cut off the relaxed hair and I have come to the conclusion that I want to try for two years.

Yes you read that right. I have watched countless “Big Chop” videos on Youtube, and I think I would be most comfortable going fully natural at the two year mark. Of course this is a journey and I don’t know what can happen down the road but I am hoping for the best and fingers crossed it will go as planned.

Transitioning Regimen

My regimen has pretty much remained the same. I must admit i have been slacking off on moisturising and sealing and i need to get back on track with that. However, I have been deep conditioning every single week and so far my hair has been doing well. I have done one small cut so far. I cut about an inch to an inch and a half two weeks ago. I have found the best protein/ moisture deep condition combination that I am going to share in a subsequent post so stay tuned for that. Also, I have been obsessed with braid outs and I have been using them to blend my natural and texlaxed textures. I’m planning on getting some braids installed once I pass the six month mark, so I’m looking forward to that.

I will be posting more about this part of my journey as It progresses.

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