Sunday, January 11, 2009

L'Oreal Hair Fixer update part four

Today marked the fifth installment of my L'Oreal Hair Fixer experiment. This week was a bit different then past wash and sets. This time I decided to air dry instead of my usual rollerset. As part of my commitment to continuous improvement, I chose to tweak my routine. Instead of using a cheap conditioner before the wash I opted to use my regular conditioner as a pre-poo. I figured that since I haven't deep conditioned in so long my hair would really appreciate it if I used a quality product. I was right.

I used my Silicon Mix with Pearl Extract prior to washing. After shampooing, I combed the hair into a ponytail. I leveraged the running water to help me comb the hair back without adding too much stress on hair. Once the hair was detangled, I proceeded to saturate the hair with my leave-in, L'Oreal Hair Fixer, and shea oil. After securing my hair into a nice ponytail, I pulled the loose hair up to the top of my head and secured the hair in place with a bobby pin. That's when I tied my hair down with a silk scarf to dry.


After a few hours when my hair was around 75% dry, I took down my hair and used my Super Salono dryer on a cool setting to speed up the drying process. (I also took a moment to rub some more shea oil in) Once the hair was dry, I combed through with the largest tooth comb I have to remove any remaining tangles. Because I took the time to detangle under running water, I had very little tangles to deal with when my hair was finally dry. Next I decided to flat iron the hair to add some smoothness. I did not use the flat iron to create silky straight hair, I only lightly passed the iron through my hair as quickly as I could. As you can see from the picture below, my hair was not flat ironed to the point where it was bone straight.



I decided to air dry and flat iron today because I wanted to assess the health of my hair. Needless to say that I am extremely pleased with how my hair has evolved while using the Hair Fixer. Before, I was plagued with fly aways and tons of breakage. Today my hair looks and feels smooth and moisturized. I need to reiterate that I have not deep conditioned (other than pre-poo) in nearly six weeks. The amount of breakage I experience is manageable compared to what I was dealing with before my experiment.

This week's wash and set was extremely successful. Before today, I nearly swore off airdrying but now that I am assessing my results, I think that I may once again put my back into faith into air drying now my hair has been given a second chance.

Thanks L'Oreal Hair Fixer!
  1. Looks great! I will have to buy for my wash & set this week!

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  2. Yeah your hair looks great! Can you explain the ponytail airdrying thing you said though at the end of October please. Is putting it in just one ponytail easier?

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  3. Hi Anon! I was airdrying with two ponytails in order to help the drying process along. If I put my hair in one ponytail, it takes longer for the center of my hair to dry. Either way works its just about preference.

    Once I put my hair in a ponytail (whether its one ponytail or pigtails) I take the loose hair (the actual ponytail) and pull up towards the front of my hair. Then I pin the hair to my scalp with a bobby pin and tie a satin scarf to help keep the edges down. Hope that helps clarify. If not, let me know and I can take a pic next time I airdry.

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  4. Thank you! But can you take a picture as well pls. I'm probably thinking of the wrong thing lol

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  5. Oh and sorry, does two ponytails get the new growth smoother?

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  6. Best relaxed hair I've seen

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  7. Hi girl, i just ran on your blog and you're the bomb ! I live in France and you make it all so easy to understand, tks
    PLUS you have gorgeous hair ! !!

    Do you know if it is ok to use the l'Oreal hair fixer along w/ proteins in a regular hair regimen?
    Or do one have to cut off the proteins completely?

    Tks a lot and congrats, you are so great ;-)

    Nunaa

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  8. Hi Nunaa!
    I didn't use any other protiens after the wash as one normally would.
    I did, however, use protien conditioners during the pre-poo step.
    I found that my results were even better when I started using fortified conditioners before the wash rather than using the same ole cheap conditioners one would use when pre-pooing.

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  9. Thanks so much for answering, this is really nice of you ;-)

    French fan ;-)

    Nunaa

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  10. Your hair looks great! I'm definitely gonna be stalking your blog from now on.

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  11. Sista-girl, THANK YOU for this post! It was so very helpful. I was a bit frustruated at the hair fixer instructions that mentioned NOT to use a conditioner before application, since that method left my hair so tangled. Your pre-poo method and gentle, under-water comb was a great solution!

    My hair is very similar to yours. It was once thick and long, but suffered a great deal of damage when I started doing it on my own to save money.

    Looking forward to great results now that I've found the answers that I've been looking for.

    Thanks again!

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  12. I know I am late. But today 3/30/10 I purchased the L'Oreal Hair Fixer. I wasn't too fond on washing without using some sort of conditioner b/c it's harder to detangle and comb before roller setting. But I followed the directions in the box and detangled my hair then applied the Hair Fixer.
    I also added in "One n' Only, Argan Oil" which the lady @ Sally's sold me and told me once I try it I will never live w/o it.
    I tried to use the under-hand method of roller setting u suggested but it's been a while since I tried to roller set and my hair ended up air drying so I blow dried it on a low setting and flat ironed it.
    I must say that I am absolutely in LOVE with the way my hair came out!! It is very soft and shiny and I owe it to the Hair Fixer and the Argan Oil :)

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  13. Ness, it's never too late for hair fixer. I'm soooo glad you loved your results. I'm just glad you experienced such good results on the first application. That's fantastic!

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  14. Your hair is beautiful. I started using an egg protein treatment about three weeks ago (2 applications), and I have noticed significant reduction in breakage. Just wondered if anyone here has used egg protein treatments and how do they compare to "Hair Fixer". Maybe I'm a little ambitious in wanted NO breakage, maybe I need a stronger protein treatmen, or maybe just give the egg treatments a little more time. I get about 10-15 little hairs in the sink when I comb. Is that still a lot??

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  15. Hi, I really need something to strengthen my hair. i had a bad experience with aphogee 2 min last year. I wrapped it slightly and it came out with major dreds and knots and I lost a lot of hair. While I know wrapping it caused the knotting and matting, I am afraid to use harder proteins again.

    I got recommended to use this product at longhaircareforum, however I'm a little worried since some people said it caused tangles. When you used it, you used it as a leave in? Would you recommend conditioning then using the hair fixer?

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  16. According to the instructions, they advise using Hair Fixer as a leave in instead of a conditioner. If you are really concerned about tangling/dry hair. Try doing your deep conditioner before the wash. Use heat and quality conditioners like a normal deep conditioning session. This really prepares the hair for the rest of the process. Let me know how it goes.

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