Product Review: Shea Moisture Masque for High Porosity Hair

Greetings Daizies,

Before putting my hair into my next protective style, I spent 3 weeks with my hair loose and free. I bought Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque with Mongogo and Hemp Seed oils. I had no idea what Mongogo and Hemp Seed oils were but I did know about porosity and that my hair is mostly highly porous. You can check out my blog touching on hair porosity here. The product intends to “deep condition and revive damaged, color treated hair and all hair types.” I was ready to give it a go.

I prepared my hair like I always do. This time including shampooing since my scalp needed the cleanse, and sectioning my hair into fourths. The product was very thick, like a Greek yogurt that was half frozen. I always love thicker products. I used a wide toothed detangling comb to evenly distribute the product through each and every strand. This is so important so I don’t end up leaving some parts of my hair out and they miss their blessing.  After about 45 minutes I was ready to cover with a plastic bag and a warm towel (an alternative to a deep conditioning cap) and left my hair to marinate for about 30 minutes.

I noticed that I used almost half the jar with the first use. I was very heavy handed probably because I bought this masque on sale and had a spare one still left. I’ll try to squeeze in 2 more uses though. 

Rating this product, I’ll have to think of it in both short and long term sense. Short-term as in how my hair felt right away and long-term for how well my hair held on to moisture throughout the week.  Most of the time I can tell right away if I liked a conditioner/masque by the ending results, but for the purposes of this masque being geared towards high porosity hair, a closer watch in the long run was needed. I can’t really say “Oh wow my hair was so moisturized the rest of the week I barely needed to touch it” or that I noticed some jaw dropping difference just yet. But I felt like this was a successful masque when I was rinsing it out of my hair and could feel the curls of my natural hair taking in all of the moisture. After drying my hair with a t-shirt I loved the shine and bounciness of my curls. how manageable my hair felt immediately after the masque and the following day. My hair felt full and lush. I followed with a leave-in conditioner and set my hair in large twists to stretch my hair overnight while it dried.

My hair still needs to follow LCO method throughout the week no matter what. I would love to try the product consistently for about a month to see if it truly helps with retaining moisture, but for a first time use, I find the results promising. 

As always,

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3 Ways to Step Up Your Hair Moisturizing Game

Greetings Daizies,

Fall season is on it’s horizon and with that comes the problematic split ends and chronic dryness that can come upon us all with natural hair. It’s time to take moisturizing to the next level as we prepare for those cold times. Here’s how to make sure you don’t slack off this season and pay for it later.

Keep it Simple

The best thing to do is keep it nice and simple. There are 2 popular methods for daily moisturizing. The LOC method and the LCO method. LOC stands for liquid, oil, cream/butter and LCO, a different order, liquid, oil, cream/butter. I’ve used all sorts of order combinations and for my hair I can’t say I’ve found a difference. I recently used OLC and I don’t think that’s even a thing lol but I typically use the LCO method because oil seals the moisture in my hair more effectively. The first step of coating the hair with a water-based leave-in conditioner or plain old water to simply hydrate the hair. Then the next step of oil or a cream is to seal that moisture. The last step is to close the cuticle with the oil or cream. 

For the SIMPLE part, choose your 3 products to hydrate, seal, and coat your hair. Have these 3 products in an easy to find place to eliminate the struggle of figuring out what you’ll us each day. Ideas for your LOC or LCO method.

Liquid:

  • Put water in a spray bottle and spritz hair
  • Leave-In Conditioners 
  • Hair milk or hair lotion
  • Hair pudding

Cream/Butter:

  • Shea Butter
  • If water was used as the liquid, leave-in can also be used as the cream

Oil:

Keep it Regular

Make daily moisturizing a habit. I choose to do this every night before showering (so I can rinse all of the oil off my hands/arms) but try to do it a few hours before bed so I don’t end up just sleeping. If it helps, put a daily reminder on your phone so you don’t miss your ideal time to do your hair.

Keep it Fun

Maintaining natural hair can be a time-consuming. Keep it fun by catching up on your favorite show. This can also help motivate you not to spend too much time or lallygag by setting a goal to finish by ‘x’ amount of episodes. For me, I try to finish my LCO within 1 episode of ‘Insecure’ and for a full on twist out, within 1 episode of ‘Power’.

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Overall, maintaining a consistent moisturizing routine is one of the most crucial keys to healthy natural hair. If you’ve been slacking it’s never too late to step up your game. For more questions pertaining your moisturizing regimen, comment below and be sure to follow my blog and Facebook posts for more updates. 

As always,

-POP (1)

ORS Hair Mayonnaise Review | Protein Treatment for Natural Hair

Greetings Daizies!

It’s been a while since my latest hair post but in the past few months I’ve tried so many new things with my hair. For the first time in the almost 4 years of my natural hair journey, I used a protein treatment. I was a little apprehensive about trying a protein treatment because my initial thought was that it would make my hair feel hard. But after doing more research, I felt comfortable and excited to finally try it out!

Is a Protein Treatment Right for You?

Hair Needs

This year I wanted to revamp my haircare staple products and try some new brands because I felt my hair was becoming stagnant as far as growth and moisture retention. My long-term hair goal has been to reach waist length hair. I really want to retain length while also having healthy hair. However, there’s always been a troublesome portion of my hair that’s coarser, drier, and about 2-3 inches shorter than the rest of my hair. This area is the crown of my hair and even when I had relaxed hair, this area was notoriously shorter than the rest of my hair. I really want to strengthen that area of my hair, and considering that what I’d been doing for the past 4 year hasn’t helped that area of hair at all, a protein treatment would help add extra strength to that area of hair that’s extremely prone to breakage. Taking an examination of your hair through a long term lense would help determine if a protein treatment would be beneficial for you.

Since hair is made up of 70% keratin protein, adding a protein treatment helps to maintain the protein balance of your hair after the constant hair manipulation, washing, and styling.

Hair Porosity

In my spare time I also gathered updated results on my hair porosity by doing the water-in-cup method. On freshly washed hair, I found stray strands of hair to then slowly place into a clean cup of water. If your hair sinks to the bottom you have HIGH POROSITY hair, if it floats in the middle then you have NORMAL porosity, and if the hair just floats at the top then that is considered LOW POROSITY hair. I tested strands from different parts of my hair and the strand from the crown of my hair was definitely HIGH POROSITY and some strands around the outer portions were either HIGH or LOW porosity. For the longest time I thought I had low porosity hair because majority of the strands I tested before sank to the bottom of the cup, but I had the terms wrong. I’m actually more on the normal-high porosity hair.Having high porosity hair means that the hair cuticules are open wide and moisture gets in really easily but exits the hair strands just as easily. This is why my hair would feel dry even after using leave-in conditioner ever day. I know now that after using the leave-in conditioner I should make good use of my shea butter and seal that moisture on a daily basis. Knowing how your hair reacts to moisture really helps in determining which protein treatment to purchase and if adding extra moisture or oils would be necessary.Hair_Porosity_Levels_large

Damaged or Chemically Altered Hair

Although I haven’t colored my hair since the big chop, a protein treatment might be right for you if you have used hair dye or other chemicals. Using hair color can sometimes alter the porosity of your natural hair, and a protein treatment would help restore the protein levels of your hair.

ORS HAIRestore Hair Mayonnaise with Nettle Leaf and Horsetail Extract


I purchased the ORS Hair Mayonnaise from Walmart for $6.99. My sister tried it and really liked the results, so I wanted to see how it worked for my hair. This hair mayonnaise claims is described as

  • Rinse out, deep penetrating, moisturizing conditioning treatment for weak, damaged hair
  • Helps stop breakage & repair damage
  • Rejuvenates and renews weak fragile hair

It contains blends of whole egg and olive oil for rich moisture and strengthening. I added 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to help the mixture enter my hair cuticles.

In 4 large sections( plus one small section in the middle for the section I’m paying most attention to), I applied the protein treatment to each strand and slowly detangled the section at the same time. I also made sure to massage the treatment to the scalp to help stimulate blood flow. I twisted those sections and tied with hand bands and then covered with a plastic bag with a heated deep conditioning cap for about 30 minutes. You can have a heated deep conditioning experience without a deep conditioning cap by dipping a towel in hot water, wrapping your hair with it, and then putting another plastic bag over the towel. Adding the heat to your hair during treatments help to open the hair cuticule for a more intense and beneficial treatment.

After the 30 minutes were up, I rinsed the protein treatment out with warm water. My hair felt normal but more moisturized of course because of the rich ingredients applied to my hair. I plan to do this treatment at least once a month and then I’ll have some results as to how beneficial protein treatments are for my hair.

Overall, I liked the process of protein treatments and expect positive changes for my hair’s strength and especially for the crown of my hair. I liked the ORS hair mayonnaise and will continue to use it while adding different variations of oils to it.

Have you ever tried a protein treatment? What was your experience?

As always,

-POP