Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My (hair) stimulus package

I recently decided that I was not happy with my hair. It was starting to look dry and stiff and just blah. It happens to the best of us.

From President Obama's administration, I've learn that the best way to get yourself out of a bad situation is to whip up a stimulus package. But for my purposes, I needed a hair stimulus package. I needed to take dramatic and immediate action to get myself back on track.

The major component of my hair stimulus package was foreign aid, by way of the Dominican Republic. If you don't already know, Dominicans have perfected ethnic hair styling. Unfortunately, in the south, Dominican hair salons are few and far between. This means that a blow out that would cost you $20 in New York costs $45 here. Instead of coughing up $45 for a hairstyle that will last me a week, I decided to recreate my own Dominican-inspired salon at home.

I used Dominican hair products to shampoo, condition and rinse, then styled my hair by setting it on rollers, then wrapping it after it was dry. I was 7 weeks post relaxer when this picture was taken, so I had to straighten my roots. I used a mini flat iron instead of using the traditional Dominican technique of using a blow dryer with a round brush.

I will review the products and tools that I used, as well share this new regimen in upcoming posts. Stay tuned!


  1. how can i get my hands on these hair products...

  2. I love it! It looks great on you.

  3. this is gorgeous!

  4. Kel, this looks awesome. I am going to need these products, too.


  5. Hello everyone! Thanks for the feedback. I used the 12 en 1 combo from Round Brush Hair.

    Here's the link:

    I'll do a product review post soon!!

  6. You are too right about the cost of Dominican shops. Where are you going for $45, lol most shops especially in Raleigh reach up to 50-60$ at the cheapest. I am in the process of repairing some hair breakage and shedding which is probably nothing but I want to take precautionary measures. What kind of shampoo and conditioners did you use?

  7. what color is that ? because it's beautiful !

  8. what type of shampoo did you use?

    1. Hello! I don't really post on this blog anymore, but your question hit my inbox and I wanted to respond. Here is the 12 en 1 shampoo that I used years ago:

      My hair has gotten a lot longer since these pictures were taken and I don't really used Dominican products anymore. I will say that the website listed above is great resource, if you should decide to go that route.

      I have recently started using garlic on my hair, which has made a HUGE difference. I'm a bit of a cheapskate, so I make my own garlic oil at home. It's messy and smelly, but it makes my hair look so amazing. It's totally worth it. A lot of Dominican products use garlic, including the one that I recommended above. Just do a search for garlic on the Round Brush Hair site ( I've never used these products, but I'm sure it's easier to work with than my DIY garlic oil. If you have any other questions, I'm more than happy to help. Take care!