Tuesday 15 February 2011

Challenge Check-In (and Purchase Prohibition)

Oooh, I do love alliterative titles!

So, I took my twists out on Friday and  literally wore a scrunchie'd ponytail under a hat for two days.
Then today I finally got some time to wash and the like.
I did a protein treatment this morning, a bit different from my usual:
  1. 1 beaten egg (£0.98 for 6 = £0.16)
  2. A tablespoon of  deep conditioner, L'oréal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer (in the golden tub). It has golden glitter bits in it, which probably explains why it's marketed towards highlighted hair. (Eh, I got this for free, but technically, it costs £4.98 for 300ml. 1ml = 1.7p and 18ml = 30.6p)
Total cost: £0.47p
Anyhoo. It was a bit thicker than normal, which was nice, as it meant the egg didn't drip everywhere like last time and my neck didn't end up getting glazed over. I emulsified it in my hand, to make sure the conditioner mixed well with the egg and slowly worked it through my (dry) hair. Put on a shower cap and my satin scarf,  then I cleaned up my room and kitchen area, so it was on for about an hour or so. I rinsed out then washed with some Curls Cleansing Cream sample that I have (I *love* the smell so much!)

My ends were very tangled from leaving some protein conditioner in over the weekend. I'll have to rectify that with a bit more moisture later on.

My colour's gotten a lot brighter and more noticeable - which means it'll probably have faded out in the next month ¬_¬

At the moment, it in two flat twist all the way around my head. I made a part on the right side, and then flat twisted anti-clockwise (towards the left) until I got to the back of my head.
And then I flat twisted the remaining section (rather badly) until it also reached the back of my head.

At the back, where the two ends meet, I've continued the twist on and then tucked it under, in a make shift bun.

I feel a bit Billy Holliday-esque.
Technically, it's still twists. Just two really big ones. I used some of MyHoney Child Type 4 creme sample to do them, but because it was on damp hair, I got a mild case of the fuzzies up top. I definitely prefer it fo hold rather than slickin'.
At this point, I may end up trying out some flaxseed gel this weekend.

I've been eating a lot of veggies (and thus coming to the conclusion that grey mushroom omelette is not to my liking) and bellydancing and netballing away to keep my fitness levels decent and my blood pumping.

As well as the other points of Loo's 3in6challenge, I've also put myself on a restriction as far as buying hair products is concerned.
I've often allowed myself to spend a ridiculous amount of money on hair products, because, you know, I'm experimenting, y'know? Getting to know my hair! I'm making up for the lost time in not having been able to make my own hair choices at 16 and actually do the darn thing myself until I was 17. I love using that excuse of 'Well, I wasn't allowed to touch my own hair for 18 years! I got a lot of making up to do!" and splashing out on a bottle of conditioner that costs £10. But they're just excuses. And since I'm never really sure what I'm looking for in certain products until I find it, I'll keep splashing out and spending money that I just can't afford.
My shelf is burgeoning under the weight of various oils and powders and foodstuffs that I abandoned in favour of more commercial products. I kid you not, I have 3 bottles of coconut oil on my shelf. FOUR! And I've spent money on them all, yo. And after having to pay for the salon 'experience' a couple of weeks ago, my budget has been blown so far out the water, it'd be cheeky to even try and call it a fish any more.
So, another aspect of my challenge is to use up the hair products I have left and then home make the alternatives until my account balances out (which will probably be sometime in the middle of August, I kid you not). As part of my challenge, I'll also be documenting how much each home-made treatment cost me.
Here are all the products currently sitting on my shelf at this very moment in time:

2 x 500ml of Trésemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner

20ml of Aussie Moist Shampoo
30ml of Bee Mine Avocado Cream Shampoo 
A small bit of Anita Grant's Organic Sapote and Coconut Pomade
A small amount of MyHoneyChild Type 4 Creme
40ml of Curls Cleansing Cream
185g of Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel
200ml L'oréal Elvive's Nourish and Shimmer
100ml Inecto Coconut Oil Conditioner


75ml of Vatika Oil
200ml of Vatika Oil
80g of Amla Powder

50g Shikakai Powder
250g Coconut Oil
200g cocoa butter
200g shea butter
A lot of essential oils
300g flaxseeds (I refuse to eat them, eek!)
500ml molasses (again, I won't eat it. That stuff is fierce, yo).

20g Lavender
100g Horsetail Herb
80ml Vegetable Glycerine
5g of silk proteins
I'm also waiting on a AOGPB sample as well.

Heh. I think I should be good for a while.

This isn't all of it, by the way ¬_¬


  1. ooo my! you have a lot of products, i have a box i put my extra products in, i'm trying to use them up as well :)

    I live in England too

  2. I hoped that writing them down would actually shame me into using them up! I used to have a box - now I have an entire shelf. I didn't even realise how far I'd slid >.< Ah well, maybe a give away will happen sometime in the future...:)


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