Sunday, November 9, 2008

Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Shampoo & Treatment Review

Cloud 9 system of shampoos and treatments is a sulphate free line from Sam Brocato.

Shampoo Claims:
To nourish, strengthen and restore damaged, weak and vulnerable hair. This reparative cleanser features Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Complex that containes active levels of natural plant proteins, a powerful strengthening complex proven to leave hair 3 times stronger.

Shampoo Ingredients:
Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Heliogenol [Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract], Glycol Stearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Quaternium-33, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Dimethicone, Polyquanternium-10, Stearamide AMP, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

Treatment Claims:

To nourish, strengthen and restore damaged, weak and vulnerable hair. This nutrient rich strengthening and conditioning treatment features Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Complex that containes active levels of natural plant proteins, a powerful strengthening complex proven to leave hair 3 times stronger.

Treatment Ingredients:
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Dimethicone, Stearalkonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Quaternium-33, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Panthenol, Trimethylsilyamodimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isolaureth-6, Octoxynol-40, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylparaben, Fragrance.


I shampooed my hair in quarters, working the shampoo into each section at a time. The shampoo has a very light scent (not overpowering at all). It worked in well and gave good lather. For most of the sections I only needed one shampoo to cleanse my hair....anything other that 2 shampoos I think would have resulted in significant tangling. Immediately after shampooing each section, I applied the treatment and worked it in with my fingertips so that my scalp and length of hair was well covered. I then pinned up the treatment drenched section and moved on to the next section to start shampoo. This procedure was repeated untill all my sections were shampooed and treated. I then started to rinse out the treatment in the same way (i.e. one section at a time).

The treatment although it has in protein did not tangle my hair, in fact it detangled and smoothed it out quite nicely. I was very impressed...and I'm still wondering why I stopped using this in the first place. Overall, the results were very good because I'm 8 weeks post and my hair was not tangled at all when I came out of the shower. I was able to blow dry my hair on the cool setting with no breakage!! I think I'll be looking out for this line again...unfortunately I bought it in the US and it's not so easy to find here in Canada :( If anything I'll have to check with my stylist to see if they still stock it or order it online.

New Shampooing Technique

This may not be a "new" technique per say, but I came up it out of necessity. My hair is 8 weeks post and very difficult to manage right now. I can barely get a comb through and when I do try to detangle it alot of breakage happens.

This morning instead of simply hopping in the shower and doing my shampoo, I sat down armed with a wide tooth comb and my trusty coconut oil and went to work. I divided my hair into quarters. On each quarter, I separated it into small sections and drenched the new growth with the coconut oil. I massaged it into my scalp and let it sit for a bit before combing it through. Miraculously, combing it through was a breeze! Once the section was combed through I plaited it and tucked it under.
I did lose some hair in the process, but I think it was a lot less than if I had tried to detangle after shampooing.

I think I will wash my hair in the same way (i.e. in sections). We'll see how this goes.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

fast gro regimen - week 7

I wasn't able to wash my hair last week because I was too sick. I really wanted to, but knew it would be in my best interest if I just held off until I was feeling a little better. It's been 2 weeks now since my last shampoo and I had enough. I'm not completely over this cold but heck I can't go another week like this. So I washed my hair.

Products used:
Confiderm Scalp Oil
Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
Conditioned with 1/2 cup Moisturefuse and 1/2 cup Kerafuse
Leave in Conditioners - Lacio Lacio
Rollerset with water

I wasn't too excited because it's a moderate protein week in the regimen. My hair tangles with protein. I hate tangles cause it usually means more hair than necessary will be lost trying to remove the tangles. I did notice quite a bit of shedding, but it's probably because I haven't been combing my hair for most of this week. Haven't really seen any breakage so that it good. Overall okay results.

fast gro regimen - week 6

Unfortunately I was too sick to complete the week 6 regimen....bad cold, cough - the works! Will continue from week 7. *Sigh* 4 weeks to wait till my next love affair with Mizani Fulfyl.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

fast gro regimen - week 5

Products used:

Prepooed with Coconut oil mixed with a little castor oil
Stopitt Hair & Scalp Treatment Shampoo
Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
Conditioned with Mizani Fulfyl
Leave in Conditioners - Lacio Lacio, Hask Placenta Leave-in
Rollerset with water

Ok I'm going to skip to the conditioner because this was the best part of my wash day. The Mizani Fulfyl was FAB-U-LOUS! My hair doesn't respond well to protein normally. As soon as I add any kind of protein it gets tangled and hard. This Fulfyl was great! My hair was very tangled from the Dandruff shampoo but you would never guess that the way the Fulfyl detangled it. I'm ecstatic!!!! I will definitely be putting this on my list of keepers.

Great results this week (because of the Fulfyl). Little shedding and minimal hair loss while setting!

Week 6 here I come.... to be continued.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

fast gro regimen - week 4

this is my documentation of my experience with Kena's 13wk Fast-Gro Regimen.

Products used:
Prepooed with Hask Placenta Leave-in Treatment
Stopitt Hair & Scalp Treatment Shampoo
Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
Deep conditioned for 20 mins with Nexxus Humectress
Leave in Conditioners - Lacio Lacio
Rollerset with water and a dime sized amount of Fantasia IC Hair Polish (in pink bottle)


I would have never thought of using the Hask Placenta as a pre-poo but I trust ya Kena lol. My scalp has been itching for the past couple weeks so I decided to try a dandruff shampoo. I was a little skeptical because dandruff shampoos tend to strip my hair like nobody's business. Bf has dandruff problems so I decided to try some of his shampoo (which works really well for him). I applied a small amount of the Stopitt shampoo just to my scalp and worked it in. I was stunned. My hair did not tangle! (I have no idea what is in this stuff but it worked well...much less itching).Next I shampooed with Nexxus Therappe then deep conditioned for about 15-20 mins with the Humectress. The results were very good. My hair was easy to detangle when rinsing and very soft. After rinsing I applied the Lacio Lacio (I love this stuff...why don't they make it in a bigger bottle??) added a little hair polish and rollerset with water only.This week's results were very nice....I'm seeing progress. I was happy that my hair showed less breakage in the shower and how soft and manageable it was. If I can keep this up I can recover from the breakage I experienced earlier this year.

Week 5 here I come.... to be continued.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

fast gro regimen - week 3

This is my documentation of my experience with Kena's 13wk Fast-Gro Regimen.Products used:

VO5 Hot oil treatmentShampooed with Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
Deep conditioned for 20 mins with Nexxus Humectress
Rinsed with Smooth Down Butter Treat
Leave in Conditioners - Infusium 23 diluted with water and Lacio Lacio
Rollerset with Fantasia IC Hair Polish (in pink bottle)

I found one of the 1-minute VO5 hot treatment vials in my cupboard so I decided to use it since I've had really good results with these in the past (I'd almost forgotten how good these were.) Maybe I'll start using them more often again.Anyhow I shampooed with Therappe (I love the way this shampoo smells -like pure cocounut) and it did not tangle my hair in the slightest. Even after 2 applications, my hair was reasonably detangled.I applied the Humectress, worked it in and then plastic capped and sat under the dryer for what was to be 10 mins. I actually lost track of time, (no doubt from watching tv) so I actually spent 20 mins under the dryer.I rinsed and applied Redken Smooth Down Butter just to see if it would have any additional detangling properties. To me it didn' hair started to feel slightly tangled. I had to follow with more Humectress to correct how the Redken left my hair feeling. I combed through under the shower and then applied Lacio Lacio (this stuff is A-MAZ-ING!!), IC Hair polish and rollerset with heavily diluted Infusium 23.I've taken out the rollers and pin-curled. This is one of my first times pin-curling so I hope it works out well. They were very comfortable to sleep in last night.I haven't combed out the curls yet, but I didn't really notice much breakage this week in the shower. Normally my drain is clogged with hair but this week all went well.Last week I moisturized daily with Silken Child (love how this smells too) and a mix of coconut and castor oils. This actually worked well for me. I find I prefer a little oil every day after my moisturizer. My hair feels very soft and silky.Overall the results were good. I like the fact that I shed less hair and experienced less breakage than normal this past week.

Let's see what week 4 has to hold.... to be continued.

Monday, September 22, 2008

fast-gro regimen - week 2

this is my documentation of my experience with Kena's 13wk Fast-Gro Regimen.Products used:

Based scalp with Mizani Confiderm scalp oil overnight
Clarified with Nexxus Aloe Rid Shampoo & Treatment
Deep conditioned for 20 mins with 1/2 Mizani Hydrafuse and 1/2 Mizani Kerafuse
Rinsed with Aussie Moist conditioner to give better slip
Leave in Conditioners - Infusium 23 diluted with water and Lacio Lacio
Rollerset with a dime sized amount of Fantasia IC Hair Polish (in pink bottle)

Results:It's the first week after my relaxer and the clarifying went really well. My hair was not tangled after the shampoo, but got a little tangled after the treatment.The recommendation was 1cup Hydrafuse and 1 cup Kerafuse, but I found this was too much for my hair so I lessened it to about 1/4 cup each (I just eye-balled time for precise measurements). I was able to get coverage like a virgin relaxer. The deep conditioner went okay, my hair wasn't tangled, but after washing out it didn't have the slip I like so I followed with the Aussie Moist conditioner. Combing out under the shower was fairly easy.
After the rollerset, I combed out and wrapped. I noticed a little breakage while brushing into the wrap. This is nothing new, as far as I can remember this has always happened to my hair.Overall the results were good, but not fantastic. I think my hair has some kind of love hate relationship with protein. Some weeks it responds well, other times it doesn't.

Let's see what week 3 has to hold.... to be continued.

the importance of vitamins

do you sometimes feel that your whole hair regimin is all for naught? That's how I felt for the past few weeks. As much as I pre-pooed, DCed and protective styled, it just seemed as though my hair was not responding and in fact to me it starting looking worse than when I first began back in April. I do know it takes time to figure out what works best for your hair etc. and patience is key so I've decided to not "cry over spilled milk" and just keep plugging away at it.In my opinion I've been taking really good care of my hair - heat only to DC and rollerset, lots of moisture, silk pillowcases to reduce friction while sleeping, and a minimum of protein. I'm to the point now where I feel as though I need to work on my hair from the inside out. I started with a cleanse 2 weeks ago to remove any buildup of toxins in my body and now I'll be adding a couple things to my existing vitamin "cocktail". In addition to taking my regular multivitamin and garlic pills, I'll be adding cod liver oil, b-complex, silica and the occassional hair vitamin. Taking pills is not my strong point, but I will try to stick with it until December. I've also started using castor oil to help thicken my hair.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

my box braids

about 3 weeks ago I got frustrated with my hair and decided I needed to do something to help me manage my 11 week old new growth from hell. My options were 1) give in and relax 2)pay a professional about $150 to braid it or 3) attempt to braid it myself for about $40. I settled with option 3, so off I went to Sally's to get the supplies. Talk about a leap of faith - neither have I braided anyone's hair with extensions before nor had I a clue how I was going to make it happen on my own head but I was definitely optimistic. I bought the Kanekalon, some hair gel and moisturizer and came home to tame the mass. At first it was really exciting, here I was undertaking a great challenge - eager to see the final results. I took me about 2 rows before I really got the hang of it, but after that it seemed so simple, I seriously wondered why it never occurred to me to do this for myself before.Halfway through, I was admiring the rows of hair as they feel perfectly layered so that no scalp was exposed. "I'm so proud of myself" I silently thought to myself.Fast forward to day 2 - half my head was still to be done and I really just wanted to be doing other stuff. Everytime I thought of doing something else it dawned on me that my head was half done and I sure as heck was not leaving the house looking like this....I was definitely committed to finishing whether by choice or not. So I sucked it up and some 18 hours in total later I had completed my final plait and swore to myself that I would leave this job to the professionals next time lol.Honestly, I would probably do it again, but I would do a couple things differently: 1) start as early as possible in the morning after the halfway mark my hands got tired and my braiding sloppy 2) braid the ends tapered instead of using rubber bands 3)curl the ends and last but certainly not least I would reserve doing this kind of "project" for long holiday weekends.They've lasted me 3 weeks but I think this is the last week for me and these extensions, my hair is getting really thick and replaiting the edges is no longer working (it's just way too THICK!). I feel as though I have no choice but to have it relaxed sometime next this weekend i will bid "fare-the-well" to the extensions, but I'm glad I went ahead and did them myself, I realized that I can accomplish anything once in the right frame of mind :)Check out a pic of the results of my box braid extensions.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

cowashing and braid outs a resounding nay!

So I jumped on the bandwagon and decided to try the cowash and braid out. I must admit that I do like the cowash (when I use a water based conditioner WITHOUT protein). My hair is soft and manageable - especially if I incorporate some coconut oil with the condish. The issue comes with the air drying and braid outs. While it is an easy alternative to the time consuming blow-drying or sometimes downright-hand-breaking-roller-setting, I'm not sure that this can become part of my regular routine for a few reasons:

1) When my hair is air-dried...yes I don't have the damaging heat, but I do have a headful of BIG hair that will not submit to any moisturizer, oil or other concoction known to man! The only way to "tame" it is to wash it again.

2) Regardless of how much moisturizer/oil I use, when I undo the braidout, it lasts for about half a day. Given my job, it doesn't look very professional by lunch time. And even though I curl the ends I find the ends are a little too whispy for my liking (maybe my ends are a little thin).

3) I haven't noticed any change whatsoever in my shedding. Which begs the question, is the removal of heat really doing me any good?? I really only used heat for deep conditioning and roller sets in the first place.

So if any of you ladies have any tips or ideas on how to make my braid out experience better by all means chime in! Maybe I need different products?? different technique??For my cowash I use Nexxus Humectress, then for the braid out I moisturize with UBH Dew and Moisturizing Lotion and Coconut oil.

Friday, June 27, 2008

my newest discovery

i came across an article on the internet -I had originally started looking for information on jojoba oil because I'm very much into making my own skin creams and lotions and knew jojoba was good for the skin so I wanted to find out more details. Well as it turns out, anything good for the skin is most times just as good for the hair. I had some coconut oil in my "collection" for mixing up skin lotions and butters so I mixed up some jojoba and coconut oil and added it to my Nexxus Humectress conditioner before deep conditioning.I'm pleased to report that the results were really good. My hair felt really moisturized as I was roller setting and the tangles were not as minimal. The shedding I normally experience while combing through for the roller set was times reduced. I will definitely be trying this again to make sure it wasn't a fluke lol and depending on the results it'll probably be added as part of my regimen.I also tried a new product I picked up on sale last week. It's called Phyto Omnistyler by Nexxus. I was a bit skeptical about trying it but decided to give it a go. The consistency is similar to something I've tried before but I can for the life of me remember what. It's fairly light and glides on without any sticky feeling or buildup and is supposed to add definition and shine to styles without hardness. Will see how it turns out in about an hour when I get from under this dryer.Update:The Omnistyler worked well. Nice shine and bounce to the curls. Too bad I combed them out to do the saran wrap lol.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

nexxus rocks!

so my Nexxus products finally arrived!!! My hair is in cornrows at the moment so I decided to wash my hair without undoing the cornrows. So here's what I did. I didn't have time for the pre-poo, so I just clarified carefully (to avoid disrupting my cornrows) with the Aloe Rid Shampoo, then applied the Aloe Rid Treatment. After that I conditioned with the Emergencee. Even though I didn't have time to sit under the dryer I thought that the emergencee treatment worked quite well. The last few washes I have been plagued with alot of breakage and I was blaming it on my new growth, but today I didn't experience any of that! Amazing!! After the Emergencee treatment I had to shampoo with Therappe. This is 'the' best moisturizing shampoo I have EVER tried. It smells delish and it didn't tangle my hair at all, I was really impressed. At 11 weeks post relaxer I have never before been able to wash my hair and without it tangling - NEVER! Today it was a breeze. I must admit that as you wash out the Therappe, your hair doesn't feel as moisturized however once you follow it up with the Humectress Conditioner your hair feel completely moisturized and nice and smooth to the touch - not wiry as has been my experience with some other products. I now understand why there is a Nexxus following, and I'm pretty confident I'll be jumping on the bandwagon after this experience. Finally I used the Nexxus Leave-In Conditioner, and roller-set the back of my hair. Still waiting for the rollers to dry completely, but hopefully my set will come out good.

Pre-Poo: No
Hot Oil Treatment: None
Co-Wash: No
Shampoo: Aloe Rid Clarifying & Nexxus Therappe
Treatment: Aloe Rid Clarifying Treatment
Conditioner: Nexxus Humectress
Deep Conditioner: Emergencee w/o heat
Leave-In Treatment: Nexxus Leave-In & Infusium 23
Styling Products: Water, Better Braids
Styling Routine: Roller set hair that is not in cornrows
Overall Results: Very, very good

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I'm no newbie to "stretching" but back in the day there was no term for was just a case of "Not-being-able-to-afford-to-spend-money-on-a-relaxer-this-month". It was not something to be admired back then, in fact you felt somewhat embarrassed walking around with close to 2 inches of new growth. My how the times have changed when we can embrace our natural kink at least for a few weeks longer.

I say all that to say that we found creative ways to handle the new growth back then (good grief I'm making myself sound so old lol) One such practice was cornrows. They were great because they were a "protective style" and lasted a week or more without the need to aggitate said new growth with a comb. I had almost forgotten about cornrows until this weekend. My hair is 10-weeks post relaxer and let me tell you it is akin to "The Fury of A Woman's Scorn"! Nothing makes it more manageable! Nothing that is except cornrowing. So I spent most of my Saturday afternoon after I washed and deep conditioned, cornrowing my hair. The results were quite good if I do say so myself (except for the parting lol), and it helped me rediscover a braid spray that is awesome! I think I will start using it as a regular daily moisturizer as it incredibly makes my new growth soft! It's called Better Braids Spray, and it does have in mineral oil so some people won't like it, but I think it's a keeper for me.

So to those of you struggling with the new growth, I recommend trying some cornrows and maybe that can put you out of your least for a few days.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

product wish list

This is just a list of products I've heard raving reviews about and might be worth a try in my quest for the "staple" regimen. I'll keep adding to the list as I go along, and when I finally try one I'll review it.
1. Cantu Break Cure Strengthening Treatment @
2. Lacio Lacio Leave In Hair Lotion @
3. Joico Split End Mender
4. UBH Cream Moisturizer @
5. UBH Dew Spray Moisturizer @
6. Lacio Lacio Intensive Conditioner @

7. Joico K-Pak Sun Therapy Nourishing Shampoo
8. Joico K-Pak Sun Therapy Treatment Masque
9. Joico K-Pak Sun Therapy Protective Sun Milk
10. Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
11. Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator
12. CHI Silk Infusion

13. Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner

14. Silken Child Silk Moisturizing Creme by Silk Elements

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ors moisturizer

so I was on the hunt for a moisturizer, and my attempts at making one have been unsuccessful thus far (I think I'll stick to lotions, creams and butters lol). In my desperate attempt to find something, anything to moisturize my thirsty hair, I started rummaging through the cupboard and butt up on some ORS Olive Oil. I must have had it for years, but when I opened it, it still looked good...i did the sniff test and it didn't smell rancid so I decided to start using it. To be honest I now remember why i never used it - I don't fancy the scent. Having said all that however, I will try it for at least a week and see how my hair responds. If my hair responds well I'll use it out (despite my issues with the scent) before buying a new moisturizer.Can you tell I'm trying hard not to be a PJ!???

still experimenting

switched it up a bit again this week. I shampooed with the Therappe, then coated my hair with the Humectress and hot oil before doing the DIY steam treatment. Let me just say my hair was sooo soft after the steaming...i will definitely be adding that to my regular routine. After washing out the deep conditioner I spritzed on the Infusium and let my hair air dry. That was a huge mistake!! My hair got wiry and felt really brittle. I'm not sure if it was because I was 8 weeks post relaxer or what, but I definitely won't be trying that one again. I honestly believed if I had rollerset, my hair would have turned out beautifully but such is the journey we undertake....sometimes it's just hit or miss. Next time I'll be sure to omit the air-drying part - that definitely does not work for me.

Pre-Poo: No
Hot Oil Treatment: None
Co-Wash: No
Shampoo: Nexxus Therappe
Conditioner: Nexxus Humectress
Deep Conditioner: Nexxus Humectress & Queen Helen Hot Oil /w DIY steam treatment
Leave-In Treatment: Infusium 23
Styling Products: IC Hair Polish Heat Protectant Straightening Serum
Styling Routine: Air Dry, Blow out, Flat Iron, Saran Wrap
Overall Results: Poor. Very unhappy with the results :(

Monday, May 5, 2008

what's with nexxus??

i've been trying to find an efficient way of tracking my progress, so I've decided that this blog is going to act as my hair journal - each week (hopefully) I'll write about my hair experience for that week and at the end just list a summary of the products I used and an overall rating so that I can easily refer back to them.This week I changed up my routine a bit. I'm still consider myself to be in search of a solid hair routine, so it involves experimenting with different products to find the right match. After last weeks terrible DC I went out and purchased the Nexxus Therappe Shampoo and Humectress Conditioner.I really liked the results. The shampoo is sooo different to any I've ever tried. My hair actually felt soft as I was shampooing and there was little tangling!! The Humectress conditioner detangled well and left my hair soft as well. I deep conditioned with a combination of the Humectress and Aphogee's Intensive Keratin Reconstructor. The results were pretty good.After the DC I blow-dried, flat ironed my hair and then did the saran wrap. My hair turned out gor-ge-ous! The next day at work I received numerous compliments. I'll definitely be trying out more of these Nexxus products in the near future.

Pre-Poo: No
Hot Oil Treatment: VO5
Co-Wash: No
Shampoo: Nexxus Therappe
Conditioner: Nexxus Humectress
Deep Conditioner: Nexxus Humectress & Aphogee Intensive Keratin ReconstructorLeave-In Treatment: Infusium 23
Styling Products: IC Hair Polish, Heat Protectant Straightening Serum
Styling Routine: Blow Dry, Flat Iron, Saran Wrap
Overall Results: Good - Nice shine, soft, nice bounce

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

hask placenta conditioning treatment

pre-pooed with ORS Hair MayonnaiseVo5 1-minute Hot Oil TreatmentShampooed with Design Essentials Moisture Retention ShampooDeep conditioned with Hask Placenta Conditioning TreatmentRoller setSaran WrapI found that I didn't really like the results from the Hask Placenta conditioning treatment. My hair was excessively tangled and when washing out I had to use another conditioner just to be able to comb through. I much prefer the results from Aphogee or Brocato treatments. I had bought the Hask Placenta because they had a really good protein treatment, but this conditioner just doesn't cut it for me. I guess I have officially started my Favs list - Hask Placenta Conditioning Treatment is NOT on it lol.The saran wrap worked out fairly well, but since my hair is 8-weeks post relaxer, the new growth is being a little... let's say "stubborn" even after I blow out my roots. I find that I can only wear my hair open once after the saran wrap before said "resilient" NG puffs right back out!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

aphogee 2-step hard protein

last week I used the Aphogee 2-step hard protein treatment for the first time followed by the Balancing Moisturizer. It was quite different I must say. Wasn't sure what to expect, but they weren't kidding when they said hard lol. I'm not sure if I can testify that it does wonders for my hair just yet, but I have noticed less breakage this week. I will try it again in another 6 weeks and see how it goes.With all the products I have stocked up on I'm yet to find a conditioner that detangles my hair and leaves it silky smooth. Years ago(when my hair was well taken care of), I used Pantene's Conditioner and that worked wonders. I've been since discouraged from using Pantene by my stylist because according to her it doesn't cater to "hair of colour". I take her point, but I need a replacement and I'm still on that quest to find a good detangling conditioner. Since my hair is not in the greatest of shape I'm trying to be patient and wait to see if I notice an improvement in the detangling aspect of my current conditioners when my hair health improves - unhealthy hair is generally more difficult to detangle I find.


in recent months I have become delinquent in my hair the point where my hair health has declined considerably. Frustrated I trotted off to the salon and had quite a few inches chopped off in the hopes of a "new beginning". I was somewhat unmotivated until I stumbled upon this site and was inspired by the ladies esp Macherie - her hair just emotionally "teleported" me back to the days when my hair was just as healthy albiet not as long. So with renewed motivation and keen dedication I'm on my quest to rediscover the hair that I lost. I've restarted my weekly deep conditioning and daily vitamin cocktail. I'm truly looking forward to MBL hair in 2008!