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So, I am posting to show my readers my natural hair and how it looks when it is freshly washed with a little bit of product in it. In the video I stated that I used Abba Botanicals but it is really Alba Botanica leave in conditioner and Argan Oil.
Anyway, I removed my 4 week old braids on 8/5/10 using Awapuhi Mango Moisturizing Conditioner by Avalon Organics and water mixed in a spray bottle. I sprayed each braid from root to tip with this conditioner spray, then I used my medium sized wide tooth comb to take down each individual braid. After all the braids were taken down, I detangled my hair with my wide tooth comb and hopped in the shower to rinse my hair and begin to shampoo.
I used VO5 Herbal Escapes Balancing Shampoo first to clarify my hair, then I followed it with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I detangled again when the Smooth as Silk conditioner was in my hair to be sure that I have removed all of the shed hair from my head after having braids in for almost a month. I have to say that I shed a lot of hair and I am not happy about that at all. I wanted to take a picture of all of the shed hair, but I was just too disgusted to actually capture it. I swear I could have made a hair piece out of the shed hair, it was that much in my opinion; so I just threw it in the trash and will try to figure out a solution for the shedding. After I let my hair towel dry for about 5 minutes then applied Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholestorol (I think I said Olive Oil in the vid, but that's what I get for guessing, but there is an olive oil version as well) from root to tips of my whole head then detangled again with my Denman brush and put the hair in two twist. Then I put on a plastic cap and went to bed with the cholestorol in my hair overnight for a good deep conditioning. In the morning I rinsed the cholestorol out and put on Cantu Shea Butter Leave in conditioner which I have altered with jojoba oil, Castor oil and Hot 6 oil.
36 hours later I shampooed again with my Giovanni Smooth as Silk and used the last of my TreSemme Moisture Rich conditioner and detangled again in the shower. Then after letting my hair towel dry again for 5 minutes, I applied the Alba Botanica Leave in Conditioner and Argan Oil Treatment and it left my hair looking like it is in the video. I definitely know I love the Argan oil treatment, but I had to revisit the leave in because I have used it a couple of times before and it did not give me the wow effect that I go for. Since I am trying to use up all my products before I buy more, I decided to use the Alba Botanica Leave in again and I actually like it. I just might be purchasing that leave in again, I love a good leave in conditioner. I have a brand new bottle of Beauty without Cruelty leave in conditioner that I plan on trying next month when I take my hair down again. I will be just using ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Reconstructer spray and my moisturizing spray that I mixed up for my braids. Since I started using mostly all organic or natural products for my hair I have seen a noticeable difference from when I was using commercial products that contain harsh ingredients like Sodium Laureth Sulfate and others.
I would say that my hair texture is between 3c and 4a and there is a mix of those two textures throughout my head. Be sure to look in the Lacefora.com aStore for hair products that I would recommend lace wig wearers to use to care for their natural or relaxed hair underneath. Right after I recorded this video I braided my hair again using pure aloe vera gel and Jamaican Black Castor Oil on the roots. I try to be very careful and not braid my hair too tightly and I know that I am not because when I move my head up, down or in any direction there is no pulling or tightness on the edges, but I also know they are secure.
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