My Hair, My Way

Archive for September 2008

I’ve always been a lover of Suave products (shampoo and conditioner). They are good products without the high price. I normally use Suave Naturals, but Suave Professional line is similar or supposed to be similar to other professional lines. I used products that works well for my hair and not by price. This product is labeled to be similar to Sebastian. I love it. I really saw shine after the wash. It comes in a conditioner formula, but I didn’t buy it. This product is priced around $2.70, the Suave Natural are a dollar each.  Though both are cheaper price, I may stick with the Professional.

I took out my sew in earlier today (9/11/08) and decided to flat iron my hair to check the length. I will be getting a sew in tomorrow. I’m amazed at my progress so far. The current picture is the longest my hair has ever been, so now I know that my hair is very capable of growing great lengths. I’m four months without a relaxer and I have a lot of new growth, which is always good in my book. It let’s me know that my hair is growing. This is about 10 months of healthy and long hair challenge. Check my progress pictures page for before pictures.



The regimen I use is still similar to my current “hair regimen” except I used two different products because I was out of my old products. First was the shampoo, I normally use Suave Coconut Shampoo, but this time I tried Suave Professional Vibrant Shine Shampoo. I loved it. The second product I use was ORS Olive Oil Sheen spray, instead of Cantu Shea Butter Oil Sheen. I didn’t really like the Olive Oil Sheen spray, but it served it purposed.

*Also I didn’t deep condition with ORS Replenishing pak this time nor did I use the Cantu Leave in Conditioner. I realized my hair didn’t need those steps at the moment. If new to my blog, please check out “My Regimen” section.


 I use TCB Lye Relaxer and it doesn’t come with a neutralizing shampoo. My brand of choice is Isoplus. I’ve been using the older kind for years, but I bought a trial size of the new type (see above pic). I haven’t tried it yet, but I will update my thoughts about it.

In order for black hair to grow healthy and strong, it needs a balance of protein and moisture. Here is a simple breakdown of each from a hair board I’ve been browsing.

Protein is what gives the hair its strength and structure. Hair is about 70% keratin protein by nature. Protein is found most prevalently in products like instant conditioners (bargain brands like Suave and V05), leave in conditioners, protein conditioner treatments, and even some moisturizers.


Moisturizers are products that are water-based and nourish your hair deep within the strand. Water is the ultimate moisturizer so waterbased products are best for really getting the best moisture benefit. Products with moisturizing properties tend to be your conditioners and other water-based products. Moisturizers may also be protein-based, but these protein based moisturizers do not have the moisturizing benefit that moisture-based moisturizers have. Good moisturizers will not contain ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil, or lanolin. These are cheap product fillers. Be wary of products that claim moisturizing benefits and contain these ingredients. There is nothing moisturizing about them! Petrolatum and mineral oil are sealants and have the potential to suffocate the hair and scalp and seal out the moisture it needs.

For more info and a list of products click here

  • lnicole2: that's not my video, but thanks I guess
  • sam: very nice an quick