Product Review: Elasta QP DPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner

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Since I am in recovery mode with my hair (read my hair story to find out why), I have been on the hunt for a good moisturizing conditioner. Keracare Humecto is my original favourite but I think it is too little product for the price, so I decided to try to find a suitable alternative that gives me more bang for the buck. My search has brought me to the ElastaQPDPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner.

Cost and Size:

I paid $1000 JMD inclusive of tax for this conditioner. It comes in a jar that holds 15 ounces.

 

Ingredients: The first five ingredients are Aqua (water), glycerine, Soya Bean Oil, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol and Petrolatum. Other ingredients in lesser amounts are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin and Hydrolyzed Wheat protein.

Consistency and Smell:

It has a creamy consistency but becomes more watery once it is applied to the hair. It has a strong “perfumy” smell. It is strong but at the same time, it is  not nauseating.

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My impression:

I first heard about this product from Onika R on Youtube . Some how I never tried it until about two months ago. Reading the ingredients in store I became concerned when I saw that it contains mineral oil and petrolatum in the first five ingredients. I try my best to steer clear of these ingredients because they can coat the hair and block hair follicles. However since I heard such great things about this conditioner and its not a product that will be left on my hair for a prolonged period I decided to give it a go.

I have been using this product for about six weeks. Opening it for the first time I was a little taken aback by the smell. As I said before it has a “perfumy” smell that I can only describe as “not natural smelling”. It is strong but it doesn’t linger after I rinse it out of my hair.  It left my hair soft, fluffy and easy to detangle. It has done its job as a moisturising deep conditioner and it has the added bonus of being a good size.

All in all I give this conditioner two thumbs up. If you are currently searching for a moisturising conditioner or if you just want to try something new, I recommend you try this.

Side Note: This product contains hydrolyzed wheat protein. I do not know all the chemistry behind it but from what I have read and heard, hydrolyzed wheat protein acts a a humectant meaning it attracts water which makes it moisturising. So even though it contains a protein it is not a protein conditioner. So not to worry if you are concerned about protein overload.

If you try this conditioner let me know how you like it!

 

 

 

 

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Five Healthy Habits That Your Body Will Thank You For

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I am not a doctor, but ever since I had my daughter I have had this overwhelming urge to take better care of myself. If it is not even for my own selfish benefits but to make sure that I can be a healthy mother to my daughter. There are so many things that are eroding our good health everyday that we have no control over (Heey JUTC buses letting out that black smoke and the list goes on).  The last thing you want to do is make that list longer.

Yes, I know we all have to die one day but there are little things that can make our lives much more comfortable and less painful while we are alive.

Habit number 1: Do Not Skip Breakfast (or any other meal for that matter)

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I skipped breakfast for most of my school years partly because of choice  and partly because it was really too early to eat, especially during my high school years. I have certainly dropped this habit. It took horrible stomach pain and digestive issues for me to realise that my habist of eating haphazardly and going crazy hours without eating were not good. My stomach was sending me a message. Now you only get one stomach and I have never heard of stomach transplants so take care of it.

Besides breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. After fasting all night your body needs food to function properly. Check out this Quick, Easy to Make ,Healthy Breakfast or Pre- workout Smoothie for days when you do not have the time to make a traditional breakfast.

Habit 2: Make Water Your Main Drink

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Your body is made up of 60-64% water. That has to be the most known fact in the world yet most of us do not drink as much water as our bodies need. If you are like me and you do not always feel like drinking water with your meals try drinking a glass of water before each meal, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You can always drink juice or tea with your meals. I must say this habit was hard for me to start and keep going. Water used to be the most disgusting tasting liquid on earth! Not to mention the fact that I believed that woefully misinformed myth that water contributes to weight gain (rolls eyes 1 million times). That could not be further from the truth, but do not take my word for it swap juice and soda for water and see what happens to your waistline.

I love adding lime juice to my water in the morning to make it a bit more bearable. You can add fruit, vegetables and herbs to make your own flavoured water. That should definitely make it more palatable.

Habit 3: Make your own Juices

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Drinking bottled juices is one of the most popular and unnoticed unhealthy habits. Just because it is presumed to be made from real fruit juice does not make it good for you. Most fruit juices are packed full of harmful sugar, preservatives and other additives. In addition they lack the fibre from the fruit, which is what makes fruits good for you.

Fibre is needed to keep our digestive and excretory systems and our entire body healthy. When you eat fruit of drink blended fruit you body has to gradually break down the fibre which cause the sugars in the fruit to release slowly (the way it was meant to be).  The opposite happens when you drink manufactured fruit juice. There is nothing in the juice for your stomach to break down so instead of a slow release there is a rush of sugar and your body goes into insulin producing mode to control the sugar spike. This eventually leads to diabetes if you keep it up for long enough! Check out the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” for a much more in-depth explanation.T o prevent this issue I keep fibre in my juices whenever I make them. I do not strain my juices, I blend as finely as possible and drink everything.

Green juices are an easy and simple way for me to combine fruits and vegetables to get a lot of nutrients that my diet doesn’t otherwise provide. Check out this  Green Juice Recipe for a tasty, nutrient filled green juice  that I am sure you will enjoy.

Habit 4: Have a Sleep Schedule

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What? That’s not possible. Yes it is. That is if you value your health over whatever you are staying up and doing. No matter what if you are sick you cannot operate at your full potential neither can you enjoy the benefits of you are sacrificing sleep to gain.

Our bodies need sleep to repair damage, recharge and to keep functioning normally. I am an on-again off-again exerciser and the main factor which affects whether I have the energy to exercise or not is how much sleep I got the night before.

I am by no means perfect, and of all the habits I am telling you about this one is the hardest for me to keep up with. Usually I do well during the week but come Friday night I feel like I have to catch up with all the shows I missed all week or I go out and my sleep schedule goes to shambles. And boy is it hard yo get back on track!  I go to bed late Friday night and I end up sleeping in Saturday morning then Saturday night I end up going to bed late again because I am not sleepy enough. Fast forward to Monday and I have to wake up early even though I went to bed late the night before and my whole week is ruined. I am too tired to exercise Monday and everything goes down hill.

That was a long explanation and yet that is just one way in which lack of sleep can affect your health. Lack of enough sleep over time has been linked to lifestyle illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure. Adults need between 7&9 hours of sleep. So set your bedtime depending on how early you have to wake up to get your day started and how much sleep you require to feel rested .

Habit 5: Exercise as Often as you Can

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Exercise is a given, but even someone as self-aware as me doesn’t do it on a consistent basis. I am not going to launch into the benefits of exercising, because we all know them by now. What I am going to say is just do it. I used to give up if my exercise schedule wasn’t going as planned because I felt like I couldn’t reach my goals with a mediocre schedule, but now I have learned that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. So even if I only get to workout two days out of the five days that I would ideally want to workout for the week I see it as being better than not working out at all.

That is all for today. I hope you enjoy this type of post. let me know in the comments which habit you struggle with the most. Until next time stay healthy!

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Relaxer (texlax) Day Routine and Length Check

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I know! I know! This post is waay overdue. I have been extremely busy but alas here it is. The Saturday before the last (April 2) I texlaxed my hair after a 13 week stretch. The first thing I did was part two of my relaxer prep that you can read here.

Next, I mixed my relaxer per the instructions in the kit. Once that is done, I set a stop watch to twenty minutes. Why twenty minutes? It is the amount of time I give myself from the beginning of relaxer application to rinsing. This is the amount of time that gives me my desired texlax results. Read more about texlaxing here.

The next step is to start applying the relaxer. I start applying on one section at the back, then I move on to the next back section and work my way to the front.

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Once I finished applying the relaxer to my new growth I proceeded to smooth. I used the back of a rat tail comb for smoothing.  When my 20 minutes were up I rinsed the relaxer out of my hair.

I rinsed as much of the relaxer out as possible using water, after which I massaged ORS creamy Aloe Shampoo onto my hair and scalp and to neutralise the relaxer residue that was left on my hair. I repeated this three more times, four times total. For my last shampoo I left it on my hair for about 3 mins to allow it to neutralise all the remaining relaxer.

After shampooing I was ready to apply the ORS Replenishing Conditioner, which is a light protein conditioner that is included in the relaxer kit, but I realised that it wouldn’t be enough so I added some ORS Hair Mayonnaise to it, mixed it in a bowl and applied it to my hair. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and steamed under my hooded dryer for about 25 minutes. I was not planning on following up with a moisturising treatment but since I added the hair Mayonnaise which is a strong protein I decided to err on the side of caution and go ahead and deep condition for 20 minutes with some DPR-11+ to restore the moisture.

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After rinsing out my second conditioner I applied Zimmi Thermal Sheen Booster as my leave-in conditioner and detangled.

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After that I applied my Tresseme heat Protectant and proceeded to blowdry.

Once my hair was fully dry I applied a small amount of Softsheen Carson Heat Protectant Serum and flat ironed.

Phew! I am not going to lie, it was a long day but I pushed through and I loved the results. My ends are not doing too badly so I did not trim, but I am keeping a close eye on them and will be dusting as needed.

So this is how my hair came out

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I did also make myself a DIY Length Check Shirt so that I can keep better track of my growth. I could have ordered one and I am going to order one, but I wanted to start tracking my progress immediately so I decided that the only way to do that is to make one myself. It is not perfect but it does the job!

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The longest part of my hair is below line six /barely touching seven. lets see where it will be when next I relax. Notice that the right side of my hair is not as even as the left, the explanation for that will be in my hair analysis post coming soon! Until then thanks for reading!

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How I Prep my Hair For a Relaxer- Part Two

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The second part of preparing my hair for a relaxer takes place on the day that I relax (texlax). Before I do anything I make sure to gather everything I need for my relaxer prep as well as the relaxer process. So I gathered everything that came in my relaxer kit, petroleum jelly (or a natural oil if you choose), applicator brush and comb. Oh and make sure to check that you have water for rinsing out the relaxer. You do not want to apply relaxer to your hair only to realise there is no water in the tap!

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I start by dividing my hair into my usual four quarters. I especially love to separate the back of my hair from the front when relaxing because the hair towards the back of my head is  a lot coarser than the front and I apply relaxer to the back first in order to give it a longer time to process.

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Now that my hair is in four separate sections I start working on each section. I part small 2-3 inch sections of hair and apply petroleum jelly to all the previously relaxed hair and twist it. I keep repeating that process until each section is finished.

Next, I apply some petroleum jelly to my ears and hairline and I am ready to relax!

Be sure to look out for my at-home relaxer process, coming soon!

 

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How I Prep my Hair for A Relaxer:Part 1

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Preparing my hair for a relaxer is a two-part process. Part one takes place one week before I relax and part two takes place on the day I relax. Last Saturday I did part one in preparation for relaxing my hair this Saturday. This is how my wash day went.

First off, with all the new growth that I have going I wash my hair in four sections. To avoid tangling and matting.

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I shampooed my hair with Orion (formerly Creme of Nature) Moisturising, Detangling Shampoo for Colour Treated hair -review coming soon.

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Once a month and whenever I do a relaxer prep I do a double deep condition. This is because I do a strong protein deep condition on these days and a strong protein needs to be followed by a moisturising deep condition to maintain the hair’s moisture/protein balance. I will be doing a post all about moisture/protein balance in the near future.

For my protein deep condition, I applied ORS Hair Mayonnaise to my hair section by section.

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In order to coat every single strand I had to further divide my four sections into smaller sections to apply. After applying Hair Mayonnaise to each quarter, I rebraided it, put on plastic cap and steamed under my hooded dryer for 30 minutes.

 

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For my moisturising deep condition I applied Elasta QP DPR -11 (review coming) and steamed under the dryer –AGAIN- for another 30 mins.

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After I rinse my moisturising conditioner out, I applied leave-in conditioner, Orion Thermal Sheen Booster (formerly Creme of nature Kissi) a bit of coconut oil and allowed my hair to air dry.

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When my hair was bout 80% dry I moisturise and sealed using ORS hair lotion and coconut oil.

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I scoured Pinterest for a protective style and did my hair up in hopes that it would last all week. ( It lasted until Thursday-not bad)

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That’s it! My hair felt soft, strong and ready for my relaxer.

Keep your eyes peeled because Part two as well as my hair update will be coming soon!

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