Miss Nic's Winter Hair Regimen

I know that it's been a very long cold harsh winter, a winter that has been up and down as far as the weather was concerned. We have had out warm days, cool days, and freezing icy days. I know that during the winter time I have to amp up my hair regimen and do a little bit more extra hair care to get the job done. I've notice since I could remember maybe high school when my hair was down my back that during the summer my hair was different than it was in the winter time. During the winter months I notice that I have a lot more breakage than during the summer months. I also notice that my hair doesn't do what I want it to do during the summer months due to the humidity and I also notice that my hair seems to be a little bit more dryer. I just wanted to share with you guys some of the things that I am doing to help keep my hair as strong as possible during the winter months to help alleviate dryness, breakage, as well as itchy scalp..because I've noticed this winter that my scalp is tad bit more itchier than normal. UGH!!

Since I was in high-school I've always used Dudley Products. SHOUTS OUT TO DUDLEY!!! Whoo hoo..I loved it but now due to a change with distributions and things of that nature I am using Design Essentials which I now love just as much as Dudley Products. Here is a list of Products that I love by them that I use on a regular basis and what they do and how I use them. I will also share with you some items that you can buy in the beauty supply store as well as you regular super market.

Organic Cleanse
Organic Cleanse Deep Cleansing Shampoo is filled with natural, organic ingredients that penetrate deep within the hair shaft to completely cleanse the hair of any impurities without stripping it of its natural moisturizers. The result is clean, healthy hair with increased volume and manageability

I love the smell. I use this first for my first inital shampoo.

Moisture Retention
Moisture Retention Conditioning Shampoo is gentle enough to use every day. Moisture Retention's non-stripping formula with cationic conditioners lathers quickly to detangle and smooth the cuticles leaving your hair feeling soft, silky and full of body. Great for Dull dry brittle hair or for breakage.

If I don't use the Organic Cleanse I will use this one in it's place. I love the smell.

Therapeutic RX Anti-Itch Shampoo
Helps control flaking caused by scalp conditions such as Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis. This advanced formula gently cleanses and relieves the scalp of itching and dryness while retaining the hair's natural moisture balance.

I use this for my last two shampoos and let it sit to help with my itchy scalp.

6-N-1 Reconstructive Conditioner
6-N-1 Reconstructive Conditioner is a unique high performance formula developed to moisturize and reconstruct chemically processed or damaged hair. Natural oils, proteins and humectants perform synergistically to discontinue hair breakage and fill broken fibers. It can be used with or without heat depending on the condition of the hair.

When I say I love this conditioner..I Mean it! I usually leave this on for about 30 minutes to an hr because I don't have a hooded dryer for my place yet. It's great it leaves the hair soft and the smell stays on the hair for a week which I love that! I usually use this as my conditioner and then I follow it with the HCO

HCO Leave in Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
HCO Leave In Conditioner is an intercellular treatment, which acts as a conditioner as well as a blow-drying agent. It quickly penetrates deep within the hair shaft to replenish needed proteins. Thus leaving the hair soft, manageable and full of body.

After I rinse out my conditioner, I spray this on my hair and then I blow dry my hair. It leaves my hair feeling super soft and bouncy and I love it.

Silk Essentials
Healthy, shiny and silky hair is an essential part of everyone's lifestyle today. DESIGN ESSENTIALS compliments this desire by providing hair with moisture binding 100% silk that improves the feel, gloss and manageability of hair instantly. Enriched with natural organic silk, Silk Essentials contains 17 simple amino acids that easily penetrates the cuticle, immediately strengthens, bonds and mends hair cross links from the inside out permanently. Silk Essentials is smooth, aromatic in fragrance and a sensory delight to touch.

I love this product! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ It keeps my hair smooth and soft. I place about a pea size in my hair after I have blow dried it and I emulsify it (thin it out in my hand) and I rub it on my hair from root to end. Like on the third or fourth day of the week I will use a little bit on my hair before I flat iron it again. I usually flat iron my hair and then wrap it at night so I don't have to flat iron it daily. Too much heat on the hair is not good especially when it's already dry from the winter weather.

I use these products more frequently than others. My mother is a Master Cosmetologist so I kind of fill up my small bottles with these products to use at home..Sorry Moms :)  when I'm not getting my hair styled at her salon.
 You can find all of this and more at  http://www.designessentials.com/de/index.jsp
They have tons of great stuff and product packages online for different hair problems and textures.

Other products that I have at home that I use

Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defense Shampoo 

See up to 90% less breakage in one month*
Pantene Relaxed & Natural's Breakage Defense System with Multi-Pro-vitamin Complex is designed especially for women of color to help strengthen and shield hair against future damage, so you can see up to 90% less breakage in one month.* Use this gentle-cleansing shampoo with Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Conditioner to help:
  • Strengthen each hair strand from root to tip for dramatically less shedding due to breakage*
  • Shield each hair strand from future damage
I bought this when I was away from home and in school to use on my hair and I loved it. You can get this at Wal-mart or Target for little of nothing.

Pantene Pro-V Breakage Defense Shampoo

Conditions hair to help prevent breakage
Pantene Relaxed & Natural's Breakage Defense System with Multi-Pro-vitamin Complex is designed especially for women of color to help strengthen and shield hair against future damage, so you can see up to 90% less breakage in one month.* Use this replenishing conditioner with Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Shampoo to help:
  • Strengthen each hair strand from root to tip for dramatically less shedding due to breakage*
  • Shield each hair strand from future damage
  • Infuse each strand with incredible shine
  You can find this and more at: http://www.pantene.com/en-US/index.jspx and any local store.

Silk Elements 

Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner leave the hair really soft and resilient 

Silk Elements Mega Silk  Moisturizing Conditioner
Great for Deep Conditioning the hair. I ♥'z it!

Silk Elements Mega Silk Moisturizing Treatment
I usually alternate this with the cholesterol to give the hair a little bit of a amplified boost I ♥ it!

Silk Element Mega Silk Cholesterol
I absolutely love this. Great for deep conditioning the hair!

You should try this whole line it's Fantastic. You can find this online through the Google search or at your local Sally's beauty supply store.

Strength of Nature: Profectiv

I first saw this product in Wal-mart and I just wanted to try a different moisturizer and conditioner just to give it try. Three products that I love by them and you should try would be the Mega Growth  Growth Lotion, Long-N-Healthy Anti breakage strengthening Moisturizer and the Break Free Leave in Conditioner.

MegaGrowth Anti-Breakage Strengthener Growth Lotion
Daily moisturizer that smooths and protects hair by guarding against heat styling damage, replenishing moisture and shine and restoring vital nutrients.

I use this on my hair when I flat iron it if my Silk Essentials by Design Essentials is unavailable. It's also great for flat ironing hair extensions to give it an extra boost of sheen.

Profectiv Long -N- Healthy Anti-Breakage Mega Moisturizer.
I use this for flat ironing my hair as well. I love the smell.

Profectiv Break Free Leave in Conditioner

You can find this and more at: http://www.strengthofnature.com/

Optimum Care by Soft Sheen Carson

I have had to try several dandruff shampoos because I haven't found one that I like yet over the counter to use when I can't get my hands on my Design Essentials Therapeutic Shampoo but I love this one.

Optimum Car Dandruff Solutions Moisture Rich Shampoo. 
It actually keeps my scalp from being itchy and also keeps it soft and not hard like some other dandruff shampoo. They have an entire product line for dandruff which I have yet to try but I will.

Anti-Breakage Therapy Moisture Replenish Cream Hair-dress 
I ♥♥♥ that product it smells great and it works!

I can't help it I'm an honest Hair Product Junkie and I will admit I just bought four more products today to try and I will be sure to share the results after I am done. Trust and Believe I have tried plenty of different products but these are my favorites!

This is my hair length a year after High School I was 19 here


This is my hair about three months ago..My teacher Mrs Dee-Dee layered it for me. I'm 22 here... It's at my shoulders here but it's grown a little bit since then maybe an inch or so. I've cut my hair numerous of times since high school. I loved it long but I love it at this length too.

Thanks for reading tell a Friend!! Peace and Blessings ~♥Miss Nic♥~

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