Hey gals! (Pssh I said "gals" lol)
I have been looking for products around the house that may be beneficial to my healthy hair journey.. And a bottle of garlic powder caught my eye.
Now apparently garlic powder helps to dramatically reduce shedding. I looked it up first and saw the ladies on LHCF saying that it works for them. SO I figured why not add it to my pre-poo last night knowing that I would do a clarifying wash this morning.
I added 3-4 tsps of garlic powder to dissolve in some water (it usually soaks it up).
2-3 tbsp of mayonaisse and beat it up with the egg
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
I added the water/garlic and mixed it in with some V05 conditioner
(I wanted to add honey but I didnt have any =( I will add that to it next time)
I then did my hair in four sections and applied it evenly then put the four sections into four braids
I applied my plastic cap, then another one over it, then a head tie and an old shirt on top. I did not want that garlic leaking all over my pillow ,which it still did a bit).
I went to bed and woke up this morning to wash it out.
I washed it in the four sections that I already had in from the pre-poo. And did a vinegar rinse after shampooing. I do not comb my hair with shampoo in it because of the way it already strips the hair and I hate the feel of it. I then applied conditioner to the sections and combed it out in those sections. I knew that I would not be able to do a hot oil treatment today and I dont use heat in my hair. So I put the conditioner into my hair putting alot on each braid then I put on a plastic cap. I usually bathe in hotter water than I put on my hair so I just took a shower and let the hot water run over the plastic cap with my conditioned hair underneath. Then before I got out of the shower I took off the plastic cap and let cool water run over my hair still in the braids.. I did not take out the braids and comb them again under the water because the point was to keep some of the conditioner in my hair.
I then squeezed out the excess water and put a towel on my head to soak up some of the rest. Then combed my hair up to do my bun. I got my EVOO+Conditioner+water moisturizer but decided to add some freshly squeezed cucumber to it. I figured that since cucumbers are already made up of mainly water,vitamin C,vitamin A and other minerals it most be moisturizing being almost 100% water. SO yes I added the cucumber juice to my moisturizer and it feels pretty nourishing to my hair. I rubbed some on my hair from roots to ends followed by sealing it in with some EVOO and put my hair into a bun (I will upload a pic of it later).
During the washing of my hair I lost about 2 strands in my comb..(yes TWO STRANDS!)
I was looking at one of the strands to test the health of my hair and I first noticed it was shaped the way I see that it is said most African American hair is patterned.. like cotton?? you know like a road with a speed bump every couple feet (Idk how else to explain lol) But anyway it was also very elastic and strong! I stretched and stretched and it just kept bouncing back to how it was. I stretched it way more than hair would normally be stretched during a normal day even combing often and up to now that strand has not broken. So I figured that my hair probably has a good protein/moisture balance and I may not need to change anything about my regimen. Also I'm thinking that I may be able to extend my stretch longer than the 15 weeks I had planned but I'm not too sure. I think I kinda want to see how my hair looks texlaxed even around 50%. Then if I dont like it then I wont try it again =)
Anyway hope this helps anyone.. If you have shedding try adding the garlic powder to your pre-poo and see what it does for you.
[Last edited Dec 05, 2010 01:40:29]