Friday, 27 April 2012

Tried and tested ... (to be further updated)

OK so I tried it. Who guessed that I would? ;)


Well regular readers may remember my last post on meeting Ruth at the gym? She has some of the lovliest locks I ever did see ....

She simply maintained with WUL! Fairy Liquid I presume ... at 98 pennies a bottle! Boy my lot would LOVE that!

Well the thought of mild green, yellow, or pomegranate dish washing liquid was VERY difficult to swallow. After all, we lockers tend to shun all the nastiest ingredients on our natural, holistic journeys.
It didn't make any sense to me to then ADD a massive dose of anionic/cationic surfactant to my lovely scalp, and not forgetting FACE? hmm ... err NO!

Soooo ... off I went to research, and it was not long before the light went on ... ECO dishwashing liquid, or ECOVER as it is branded in the UK.
The lyrics 'I'm so special, i'm so special, i'm so special, so special , so special ..." come to mind.

>30%: Water,5-15%: Anionic and Nonionic Surfactants ,<5%: Citric Acid, Salt, Aloe Vera, Wheat Proteins, Perfume (Type: Lemon; contains: Limonene, Citral) ,Preservative (0,02%): 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol

I read up on this brand of eco friendly liquid, as far as I am concerned, if a product is concerned about the effects of certain chemicals on the enviroment then it should also be ME friendly.
Oddly enough, the label, info and ingredients listing on this WUL read better than some shampoos!
I also googled sisterlocks and WUL and read some of your experiences and experiments too.

And for the results .... we need to wait,  as a good teacher, I have to do a scientifcally fair test and observe results over a period of time. Three goes, I think should tell me something. So far so good though! I must say I still second wash with Kiehls Amino Acid formula, which appears to be my very regular brand of shampoo ... so regular in fact that ...

Yes I rarely ever finish a product this quickly, (except BIG and Curly Wurly) I really like this product, 
I order from John Lewis and get a 25% discount sooo ... um yeah ;) ...

THIS is a leave in conditioner, I really like this too! So much so its almost finished. Problem is it is full of SILICONE! but it leaves my hair really great, very full and moisturised. I use it regularly and tend to brush it in with a little bit of oil and off I go ... oh yes I did say the word BRUSH! 

Some lovely person gave me this as a present, trust me I dont need anymore products to fixate on, it came as a set of showergel, shampoo and lotion. I liked the shower gel, it smells goood! Though I find the shampoo really very drying, I have used it twice now, just a little bit, not on its own but after my main shampoo with a bottle of Kiehls, think it would make a good starter shampoo. Only drawback? the ingredients ... It smells great of course! Arran Aromatics range.

I now brush my locks, and I find that it does them good. I use an ordinary brush, maybe once a day, if that, I hear it is good for removing lint, even build up.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Sisterlock Stage - Mature and Growing.

Day 1049! 
2 years 10 months and 14 days.

I remember this time 3 years ago, trawling through sisterlocks blogs for hours and hours, saving blogs of note to my favourites bar. From what I recall, I had made up my mind already, I was about to get my  test locks installed, counting down the days and weeks with excitement and anticipation. THREE years ago almost.

And now I have reached the age of lock maturity, no more slipping locks, can't remember when that stopped. The journey.

Maturity means ...

My style of choice varies, mainly loose ponytails now, even to sleep in! I need a lock sock or something similar. My scalp itches at night if I don't use a hair band before covering. 

Can you believe it? I wanted to wash my hair from MORNING! I didn't! ... waiting in vain for some deliveries. It has now come to the point that I will not wash my locs after 7pm as it now takes HOURS to dry anything from 4 hours or more ... sigh! Yeah I own a hair dryer but I don't like to .... 

I am learning to adjust my head, clothing etc, they get caught up easy, put them up in a bun/ pony and I hit people in the face! A bun In the shower is a must, or it gets wet. 
I have a loc that desires to surpass all other locs in speed of growth and length, no longer the nape lock, this one is the 'temple loc', situated in front of my right ear! I notice it because it hangs down and rests on my chest! 

I avoid anything 'furry' to prevent lint. 

Products ...

Listing below current shampoo, setting lotion and moisturising.

Essental regulars are as follows, alternating in no particular order, BIG/ I Love Juicy = Clarifying. Moisturising Shampoo = Kiehls Amino Acid (sulfate free) / Olive Fruit, Volumising = BIG/ Kiehls Rice Wheat.
New interest = Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger shampoo and cream rinse.
I use Crinkle and Curls by Taliah Waajid, regularly to help create good braidout waves. They last a little bit longer, but not much.

My Staples, Pure Coconut Oil (melted (hot oil) and used after washing) and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist for moisturising (regular use)  for braidouts etc.
Great new find Dr Miracles Leave in, has a scent I love, honey! Real honey, listed top 5 in the list of ingredients. It is also VERY moisturising, better still it is only £2.95!! approximately $4.69 or less as the UK OFTEN pay the SAME price in pounds what US pay in dollars ... No Damn Comment!
e.g a bottle of  Sisterlocks moisturiser costs approx £11 compared to $10.95 ... £11= $17.50!!!!
And finally In Praise of Beautiful Sisters in Locks 

Today at the Gym I spotted a head of Locs, not sure what type, and not really caring, I made note to speak to said Lady to tell her how we, Locksie and I, had major Loc envy. We got to meet her in the changing rooms and find out that yes indeed, she was a fellow Sisterlocker of 6 years. Ladies let me tell you ... Her Locks were ... ARE amazingly GORGEOUS! I mean they are CRISS! Words failing me, Ladies name is Ruth and she herself was lovely, we spent a good 15 minues gushing on one another, I wish I had taken a photo, We shared regimes and found out that those lovely Locs thrived on WASHING UP LIQUID and NOTHING else!!!!!! Not even oil. and she never bothered messing with braidouts, curls and the like. Locs were/ are FABULOUS! 
Sounds to me like LESS is MORE! May need to rethink a few things ..... hmmm food for thought! serious!

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