STUDY | COCONUT OIL PROVEN TO REDUCE PROTEIN LOSS WHEN USED AS A PRE-POO

If like myself you take your hair journey quite seriously, you’ve most likely explored pre-pooing. The act of coating your strands with oils [or a store bought pre-poo product] prior to washing, to help reduce the stripping effects of shampoo. I get very excited whenever I come across new studies which support some of the hair care practices that I swear by, and pre-pooing is one of them!

This study in particular, shines light on just how powerful the pre-poo session can be for our hair, especially if done using Coconut Oil.

In the study three oils [Mineral Oil, Sunflower Oil & Coconut Oil], were tested on various hair types for their ability to help prevent hair damage when used as a pre-poo. Protein loss and water absorption were the key focus areas of the study, and today it’s protein loss we’ll be looking at in more detail.

When we wash our hair there’s a lot of action that takes place unknown to the naked eye. The very minute our hair comes into contact with water, the cuticle has a tendency to swell, this then results in a raising of the cuticle surface. Now if we consider a raised cuticle alongside the different forms of manipulation that take place during the shampoo and conditioning phase alone, e.g combing, scrubbing, twisting etc, then we are left with chipped strands and more often than not protein loss.

STUDY | COCONUT OIL PROVEN TO REDUCE PROTEIN LOSS WHEN USED AS A PRE-POO

Sidenote: The vast majority of our hair is made up of proteins, more specifically a protein called Keratin. The more we manipulate our hair the more we are prone to protein loss, and in return weaker and more damaged strands.

To test for protein loss various hair types [bleached hair, uv-treated hair, undamaged hair, curly hair, straight hair etc], were coated in coconut oil for 14 hours [I can see all of my over night coconut oil pre-pooers smiling!]. After 14 hours each bundle of hair was wet with tap water and then washed and rinsed. After rinsing a fine tooth comb was used to comb each bundle of hair vigorously, after which the hair would be immersed at given intervals into a 50ml beaker of water. It was in this beaker of water that any damaged and dislodged protein cells, as a result of the manipulation, would be collected and tested on.

Now for the best part!

After a series of tests the results were in. Of all three oils used coconut oil was the most superior in its ability to prevent damage on all hair types. This was concluded to be a result of the fact that coconut oil can penetrate into the hair cuticle and cortex thanks to its low molecular weight [which the other oils cannot]. The coconut oil coating also reduced the amount of water that could penetrate the hair, thus reducing the swelling and raising of the cuticle. This of course means that less hair was chipped and therefore less protein was lost.

So let me conclude by stating the obvious, we could all do with some coconut oil in our lives! I’ll be revisiting overnight pre-pooing and treating myself to a few extra jars of coconut oil whilst my local health store is on sale.

PRODUCT REVIEW | MY CRECE PELO DOMINICAN TREATMENT EXPERIENCE

If you’re to ask me where I buy most of my hair products it’s definitely my local hair shop. It stocks just about every product that I have in my stash and cost wise it’s very friendly. There is however one range of products that I’ve yet to see on shelves, Dominican hair care products. I’m not sure why but all four hair shops I often go to just haven’t caught on, nor do they seem interested.

I spoke to the owner of my favourite store and asked why they were not stocked. His main reason was that  he hadn’t heard much about them, but was willing to reconsider looking into them if I came back to him with good news following my review.

Well here are my thoughts on the first Dominican hair care product I’ve ever used.

Ingredients
The first thing that struck me about the treatment was its claim to grow hair, at least that’s what I gathered from Google translate! Crece Pelo – Grows Hair. It’s the first deep conditioning treatment I’ve  used with such a claim, so my first action was to check the ingredients list and search for any growth promoting ingredients. It didn’t take me long to identify which ingredients would be responsible for growth, as the label was quite clear in stating that it was the natural plant extracts [hence the ‘phytotherapeutic’ title].

Of course I then took to Google to do my research on the plant extract properties, many of which [Laurel, Arnica, Nettle etc] did in fact have hair loss reducing and hair conditioning properties. So far so good.

I mentioned in the accompanying review video that the ingredients list layout was different to that of most products. The plant extracts and natural ingredients were listed separately from the non-natural ingredients. Initially I thought this was because ingredients which appear lower in a list usually have the lowest presence in the product. This wasn’t the case. I was advised by Dominican Hair Care that the plant extracts were in actual fact the sixth ingredient, and therefore the product contained a substantial amount of the extracts. I guess the producer just felt like going against the grain with their labelling!

PRODUCT REVIEW | MY CRECE PELO DOMINICAN TREATMENT EXPERIENCE

As for the rest of the ingredients, nothing caught me by surprise. The usually deep conditioning suspects e.g. Water, Fatty alcohols, Humectants, Panthenol etc. I also noticed the presence of Dimethicone (though lower down the list). I thought it was worth the mention as not everybody responds well to cones.

Consistency, Scent & Packaging
Let’s start with the scent. On first opening the jar I must say I found the fragrance of the treatment to be quite strong. I even mentioned in my video review that it smells quite soapy, almost identical to the scent of a dove soap bar! This however wasn’t a deal breaker, as I came to find I really liked how fresh it made my hair smell after being rinsed out.

My favourite feature of the treatment at least when it comes to consistency, scent and packaging, is its thickness. Somewhat like a super thick set yoghurt which would not slide out of its tub when turned upside down. Forgive my lack of a better description, you can see what I mean in the video.
As soon as I apply this to my hair it tames my strands and the softening process kicks off. I’ve used the treatment three times now and there’s still so much of it left.

Hair Experience
I’m sure you’ve already guessed I’m a fan of this product. Not because of its claim to grow hair (which I can’t vouch for just yet), but because of how it makes my hair feel. As I mentioned already it makes my hair feel soft, a softness I expect with high quality deep conditioners. One observation I made which caught me by surprise was that this treatment also strengthens my hair. Yes it softens and strengthens! It’s hard for me to explain but I genuinely feel like my hair is in better health after using this product, it goes way beyond just adsorbing (molecules adhering to strands and softening hair from the outside), it penetrates too. I guess the presence of hydrolysed silk may explain this, giving my hair a whole lot of moisture as well as a subtle protein fix.

I had a lightbulb moment whilst preparing this post. Imagine the wonders this treatment would be if I add some oil to it! Oh my goodness I can’t wait for washday!

I was able to scoop up a discount code [lyt10] for any one who wants to give the treatment a try, and would love to know about your experiences with Dominican hair products in general.

*A huge thank you to the Dominican Hair Care team for sending me this to review, no doubt I’ll be trying some other Dominican products very soon!

PRODUCT REVIEW: KERACARE NATURAL TEXTURES BUTTER CREAM

Price: 227g/8 oz £8.40

Product Claims

A moisture locking soufflé that employs Lanolin plus Argan, Abyssinian and Castor natural oils to achieve proper natural oil and moisture (lipophilic) balance.  Amla & Shikakai Botanicals enhance the shine of the hair. Hydrates curls and coils. Smoothes hair amazingly. Promotes healthy hair growth.

How to Use

Apply sparsely or generously based on the hair’s need for moisture, manageability and vitality.  Rub between palms and scrunch onto hair gently so that curls & coils are not disturbed.  Also may be used to set soft lustrous twists and twist-outs.  May be used daily.

Ingredients

aqueous extract, phyllanthus emblica and acacia concinna, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated vegetable oil, theobromo cocao seed butter, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, emulsifying wax NF, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glycerin, lanolin, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, beeswax, argania spinosa kernel oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, carbomer, panthenol, tocopheryl linoleate, triethanolamine, potassium sorbate, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, fragrance, citronellol, benzyl benzoate, d-Limonene, lilial, linalool, methyl ionone gamma

KERACARE BUTTERCREAM

My Thoughts

I accidentally came to use this product after running out of the Jane Carter Curl Defining cream which I was previously using as a daily moisturiser. I had been meaning to replace the Curl Defining Cream anyway because I thought it to be rather steep in price, especially for something I was using so often. The very first time I used the Butter Cream I was so blown away I decided I had to give it another try on another occasion, because I wasn’t convinced that the softness and shine was solely from the cream alone. It clearly was though, each and every time I use this I fall in love all over again.

The Butter Cream is a heavy moisturiser which softens the hair and gives it great shine without feeling too greasy. It’s my go to for the L.O.C Method [will fill you in on this in the next post or two], and really does a great job at sealing in moisture or at being a moisturiser to well conditioned hair itself. With regards to the smell, it’s definitely quite pleasant and the packaging is durable. I throw this into my travel case every other week and have had no spills thus far. *Touch wood!

If you’re looking for a moisturiser that has some hold then this definitely will not give you the results you are after. My hair was quick to poof when I used this in the warmer months. Whilst I didn’t mind this so much some people will, so perhaps it’s one to reach for in the colder autumn winter months a.k.a Now!

Most of the ingredients are naturally derived which I think is great. I think I’ve said enough, a definite staple! P.s. before I forget, I have used this every other day since August 2nd and still have some more of the product to go. Not too bad right?!

A New Favourite | Top Knot Faux Bun Tutorial

Yes I know, where have I been?! Ladies the count down is real, less than 30 days before I say I do and the pressure is building! Wedding planning thus far has been a walk in the park, in fact it’s been so relaxed I would do it all over again! *Disclaimer* If of course someone else would settle the bill!!! But now with just a few weeks to go my weekdays and weekends are a mixture of Bridal showers [yes plural], final guest list screening and ordering furniture and other things for our new home.Either way I’m here and whilst the blog may have been neglected for a few weeks, my hair most certainly hasn’t. Mind you I’m always talking Haircare on one of my other social media outlets so if you’re wondering where I am they are a great place to start!

A New Favourite | Top Knot Faux Bun Tutorial

Right so enough of the excuse making and back to this post! Over the past couple of weeks London has seen almost all four seasons and the current season is [thank God] summer! Whilst I absolutely adore this time of the year, it almost always reverts my twist outs back to a fro as soon as I get on the train for work in the morning. To deal with my reversion frustrations I decided a few days back to go for a slightly different look and ended up with this sleek top knot bun.Now before you hit play on the video, let me say this is an awesome protective style for both natural and relaxed hair. The trick is to find some hair extensions which suit the texture of your hair and then the work is done. You can remove the faux hair before bed and do a quick Moisturise and Seal or LCO session before you hit the sack.

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PROTECTIVE STYLES TO DATE | SLEEK PONYTAIL WITH CLIP INS + GIVEAWAY

Sometimes just sometimes a girl needs a new look. Honestly, if you ever find yourself stuck in a rut about life, whatever your worries/concerns may be, get yourself a new hairstyle and tell me it doesn’t make you feel that little bit better!

One of my greatest concerns when switching things up with my hair, is the expected manipulation. I’ve maintained a relatively low manipulation regimen for the most part of my natural hair journey, and believe this is one of the main factors behind the pretty great length and health I’ve achieved since going natural.
Check out this post: My Protective Style Challenge Results!

When it comes to hairstyles as I’m sure you already know from this post: Five Ways To Style Straight Natural Hair, I keep things very simple. I’m a low bun, high bun or twist out kinda girl, occasionally rocking wigs when I feel lazy.

Of recent however, I’ve become obsessed with clip ins, and the variety of hairstyles you can pull off without doing your hair any damage. If you’re subscribed to my channel on YouTube you may have already caught my most recent video. This hairstyle took me less than 15 minutes to install and I just can’t get enough of it!

As I haven’t done a giveaway in some time I thought now would be perfect. I’ll  be giving away two bundles of the HerGivenHair ‘Blow Out Kinky Clip Ins’ in 18′. There will be two winners both receiving one bundle each. If you’d like to know more about HerGivenHair then do check out their site here. Alongside my video there are many positive reviews on YouTube, which testify to the great hair quality and customer service that the HerGivenHair team offer.