Tuesday, December 25

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S 
I hope you all enjoy your day :)

Friday, December 7

It's been a while.

It wasn't intended for me to take a "leave of absence", it sorta just happened that way. Around October 20th or so, I ended up getting Senegalese twists to give my hair a break for the rest of the semester and I think it was a good choice for the most part. The experience was a little frustrating at time, but I'm excited to be taking these things out next week. The place I went was definitely overpriced and I don't think I would be going there again for my braiding needs. I've always heard people complain about the "African braiders", but I was always willing to give them a chance (at least in my area), but...yeah I see why people say use caution when it comes to them lol. 

The reason why I said that I probably won't be going back to them is because for 1 they are wayyy overpriced. I don't even wanna state how much was paid, but just know that that money could had definitely been used for other things. When I went in for a consultation, they lady told me the wrong kind of hair to get. She told me to get "kinky twist" hair (Marley braid hair) and my actual braiders told me that I should have bought some other kind of hair (I don't remember what kind at this moment). So I couldn't really enjoy the twists like I wanted to because they didn't look like they were supposed to. The only good thing that I really "liked" was the fact that there were two braiders so I pretty much got in and out pretty quickly. I went back about a month later to get a touch up and the lady that did it used a small tooth comb, didn't take the time out to properly come through the tangles (the shed hair that needed to be combed out) and I'm hoping that I don't have more damage than I had when I walked in. 

I still think Senegalese twists are ultra cute, but I didn't particularly care for mine. I don't plan on getting any more individuals for a while. I can't do micros/twists as back to back hairstyles. The tension it puts on my hairline/edges is ridiculous for me and I'm not about the edgeless life lol. I plan on getting a sew in sometime next month (hopefully, fingers crossed), so until then, I'll be babying my hair and hopefully preparing for my next big hair move. I have pictures! They're old but it's from when I first got them done. 


Sunday, October 7

Product Review: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo


Description: This sulfate-free formula nourishes and adds brilliant shine while gently cleansing and detangling.

Directions: Apply a generous amount to wet hair and massage into lather.  Rinse thoroughly and repeat. Follow with Creme of Nature with Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment.

I bought this shampoo back in like mid-July. It was right after I colored my hair and I needed something that was going to put moisture back into my hair and something that wasn't going to strip all of my color. I've heard about this line (I don't remember whether they were good or not) but of course, I decided to try it out for myself. I mainly use it now after I do my deep condition with coconut oil...because it's the only time that I shampoo lol, so once a week. The smell is...weird in my opinion. I don't know if it smells like Argan Oil because I don't know what it smells like in general, but I don't care for the smell too much. It has the consistency of any other shampoo I guess and..it definitely lathers like any other shampoo. Somehow I thought because it was "sulfate free" that it wouldn't lather as much, but I don't know that much about ingredients that much to actually know the "lathering" ingredient.

I mainly focus on my scalp when I wash so I massage that into my scalp once and then rinse out. It doesn't necessarily leave my hair feeling stripped, but it doesn't feel super moisturized either. It gets the job done though, so I guess that's all that matters. I'm not super impressed about this product, but I wouldn't say it's the best thing I've ever used. I guess out of 5 stars it would get 3.5.


Saturday, September 15

I'm convinced.

My hair HATES being straightened now. Before I started wearing my hair curly all the time, my hair used to get really straight. Straight to the point where people were asking me if I got a relaxer straight. I could get 2 weeks out of it with minimum shedding. Now? My hair doesn't get as straight, and I shed  A LOT now. The past 2 weeks I wore my hair straight because I wanted to get a real feel about  how my semester was going to be so I could schedule in hair time and this past week, my hair shed so much, I thought I was going to be bald again. I was oiling my scalp with castor oil every few days and I've been having a real problem with itchy scalp and shedding. I'm convinced that my hair hates second week, straight hair. Absolutely convinced of that.

I did my usual overnight deep condition with my EVCO and washed this morning with sulfate free shampoo, conditioned with Aussie Moist and left some Hello Hydration in my hair.While washing out my hair, of course my hair wasn't shedding as much as it was when I sectioning my hair and applying the coconut oil. Thank God! Like seriously, the amount of hair I was shedding was freaking me out lol.


The picture above is the amount of shed hair from ONE SECTION of my hair last night. I've NEVER shed that much except during the Fall 2011 semester when I was stressing out about my accounting class.

I should be doing a product review on the sulfate free shampoo soon. Wanted to try it in different situations so I could give an accurate review of it and how it works with my hair. I will also be trying out a few new styles depending on how much free time I have during the next few weeks!

Friday, August 24

Twist out mania!

It's no secret that I've been having like the most AMAZING two strand twist outs lately...they've been so amazing that I've been completely just by passing my puffs after washing lol. I'll put my hair up in a puff for a couple of hours to dry then after that, I take it down and twist my hair up. My weapon of choice: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. The only thing that I'm doing differently is handling my heat damage a different way. Instead of using the Shea Moisture on those parts, I spritz with water, put a nickle size amount of coconut oil on and a little bit of pink Eco Styler gel on top of that and twist. After I twist, I use one of those yellow pink soft twist rollers that was in my last product haul post ( Latest product haul post here ). I started twisting my hair up earlier on in the night so I make sure that I give the front enough time to dry in the rollers. The curls are different than the rest of my head, but I don't really care about that right about now, I just want the darn hair to curl up lol.


Overall, I don't really have anything to complain about right now except the fact that I'm just tired of doing my hair period. I'm thinking about getting Senegalese twists sometime during the semester. I think it's time to give my hair a break...SOON.

Tuesday, July 31

After my appointment for my color, I didn't end up keeping my hair straight for that long. Maybe a week or less. When I get color, my hair sheds a LOT. To the point where it completely freaks me out every time I brush or comb my hair. Because I wasn't at home where I had all my "major" hair supplies and a lot of time to do what I want, I bought some sulfate-free shampoo and went back to my curls. 

When I did come back home, I did a protein treatment and it helped A LOTTTTT. Stopped the shedding and my hair definitely feels stronger and softer. SO glad I decided to do one then instead of waiting another month to do one. I'm thinking about straightening my hair again for this weekend since I didn't really get to "enjoy" being straight lol. I feel like I've put so much heat on my hair this summer, and it's been one of the hottest summers. I have to check out how the weather's gonna be this upcoming week because...I'm going out of town again! If it's not gonna be that hot, I'll straighten. If not.. I'll try a bun a leave it alone.

Yesterday, I did a mohawk with a two strand twist out and here's a few pictures! I blurred out my face in one of them because I looked creepy haha


Wednesday, July 11

How things have changed!

Let me start off by saying that I am SUPER pleased with the current state of my hair! I ended up getting my trim last Thursday after I took my final. One of my friends had been telling me about this salon that's close to school, so I decided I would check it out. I didn't end up getting a lot chopped off (saying chopped off makes it seem so dramatic doesn't it? lol) but I did get all of my damaged ends cut. I'm not quite APL any more, but for the sake of health, I'm dealing with it lol. It definitely wasn't as short as it was when I got my trim last year. The number one reason why I didn't want to get a trim more than once a year was because of the fact that I was still looking for a place that I could continue to go back to for trims. Now that I think I've found that place, I'm going to make it a mission to get a trim every 4-6 months instead of once a year. I think my hair looks healthier and it definitely feels better too! The lady who did my trim suggested that I lay off the ponytails so that the thin area in the back of my head grows. Ponytails are my best friend (especially with my curls) but I guess this will force me to try out different hairstyles and see what works and what doesn't.

Yesterday, I got my hair redyed. I used the same Burgundy color I had last year (by Loreal Feria) and the second color was Soft Sheen Carson (I think) Vivacious Red. I was going to go two toned again, but once I thought about it, the Vivacious Red would have probably turned into a rusty color pretty quickly, so my hairdresser mixed the colors and I ended up with a semi-bright-ish burgundy! I LOVE the color! It is my goal to get some sulfate free shampoo before I wash my hair and go back to my curls since sulfate is the dirty devil.  I'm still looking for products and doing research, so, I'm open for suggestions if any of you reading this has any! 


Friday, June 22

Product Haul

Took a trip to my local BSS maybe 2 weeks ago to get some more rubber bands. Of course I ended up getting more than what I came for, but that's ok lol. Only spent 10 bucks and some change! (Not pictured are the rubber bands and shower caps that I also purchased. The 10 pack of shower caps were 1.00 and the rubber bands were 79 cents for 200). The Curl Enhancing Smoothie is from Walgreens and was $9.99 I think. 


 The pink Eco Styler gel for curls and waves. I think I'll be doing a product review on this as well. This is an 8 FLoz. jar for $1.29
 I just bought the bottle. I forgot to take pictures of it before I put my castor oil and EVOO in. It was 89 cents.
I bought 2 packs of these for a total of 12. Both packs were $5.98 together, $2.99 each.

Product Reiew: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

This wasn't a product that I was interested in purchasing in the beginning. I thought I found my holy grails of conditioners and was set on sticking with those. I ended up picking this one up because the store I went to didn't have Aussie Moist conditioner with the pump that I always use.

Description on the back:
TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with USDA certified organic aloe vera extract and avocado oil, moisturizes your hair for protection against damage and breakage. Our unique silicone-free formula for lightweight conditioning infuses hair with moisture for hair that's noticeably more manageable and smooth. Discover 10x stronger hair after just one use. Silicone-free. No dyes. Hypoallergenic. Safe for color treated hair.

Directions:
1. Always start with TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo.
2. Apply an adequate amount of conditioner from mid-shaft to ends first. Work anything that's let through the roots.
3. Leave on for 2-3 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
4. Finish your look with TRESemme Naturals Lightweight Mousse and Finishing Spray.

Of course I didn't follow these directions, but I did use after I deep conditioned with coconut oil/castor oil/EVOO and washed with a sulfate shampoo. My initial thought was that I wouldn't be able to comb through my hair because of the shampoo and I would have to let it sit in there for a few minutes in order for it to soften up. WRONG. I applied it to my hair and I was instantly able to comb through it. Especially in the back where I have a completely different texture and always gives me issues, the comb glided right through. I ended doing a "curly puff" and this conditioner allowed my heat damage to be semi great. When I use conditioners with cones, my heat damage is usually straight. When I used TRESemme, it had a lose wave pattern.

I've decided that I'm going to use this conditioner after I wash and deep condition because that's when my hair "behaves" the best. Of course I would have to go buy some more because I only have a quarter of the bottle left lol. But I definitely see a difference between this conditioner and other conditioners that contain cones. I may possibly make a permanent switch to Cone free conditioners :) I give this product a 4.5/5. I don't particularly care for the smell, but other than that, it's GREAT! (The bottle is kinda...off balance lol. I apologize for that)





Wednesday, June 6

Few updates.

A few things have changed regarding my hair, what I'm doing and the products I'm using, so I decided to just update this blog for those who are interested in what I'm using and what I'm doing.


  • When I first started my personal coconut oil challenge, I said that I would end it on June 1 or the beginning of June. I've decided to extend this challenge until the end of June. As I've said plenty of times before, I'm going to be getting more color done at the end of this month/early July, so I figured I would continue so I can get a proper comparison picture done. 

  • I'm pretty sure I'm going to straighten my hair The weekend of June 23/24, get a trim that week and get a color the following week. I've done a mini trim when I did my hair in twists a few weeks ago, so hopefully  I won't have to get TOO much more snipped. 

  • I'm getting the same 2 colors I got done last June. Can't believe it's been a year since I've last colored my hair and my color is still pretty.."vibrant" compared to the red I originally had when I first started dyeing my hair.

  • I bought new conditioner (I definitely needed to lol) and I bought a totally new conditioner since Marc's didn't have Aussie Moist with the pump. I've been trying it out for like the last week, I've co washed with it 2 times now. After the 3rd use later on this week, I'm going to do a product review.
Other than that, everything else is going pretty well :)

Thursday, May 24

Miss Jessie's.

I decided to revisit Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercreme because I only have a little bit left and quite honestly, I'm trying to get rid of products so I can make room for new products. I really don't know if I make a post about this before, but it was sent to me from a friend and it was like a 1/4 of the jar left so I was like what the hey, I'll try it out. Long story short, I ended up not really liking how it made my hair felt so I put it away and continued to use the products that I knew worked well for me. This time, however, is a completely different story.

I've realized that with that product, I can't put anything on top of it. It's just water and the buttercreme when I decide to use it. When I used it before, I would put a little EVOO and castor oil on the ends. My hair obviously hated that and that is why I decided to throw it back in the drawer. It definitely does leave my hair "moisturized" for days but it kind of gives me a greasy feeling. I tend to be heavy handed with products so that's probably why I've gotten the greasy feeling. With that being said, a little goes a long way! I would have no problem with buying another jar..if they weren't like 30 something bucks for an 8 oz jar. No sir, it works well for my hair, but I don't think it's really that worth it.

Besides using this product, I've decided to do 4 flat twists in the front of my head so I don't have to deal with ALL of my heat damage at once. Since my heat damage is in the front (my old bangs), I thought flat twists would be good for a "different" look and to only deal with a small amount of heat damage. Good choice. The only thing I have to be careful about is my edges on my right side. I want the flat twists defined so I kind of have to pull a little tightly, and I just have to be SUPER careful when it comes to tension in that area.

I have pictures up on Instagram ( tyeshee ) of how my hair turned out with the Miss Jessie's. Here's an up close look of the flat twists I did. They aren't super perfect and the parts definitely aren't straight lol but they're covered up for the most part anyway because I wear my hair on top of my head now mostly. I took each one of them down and retwisted them because they were starting to get fuzzy around the edges.


Saturday, May 12

Experiment.

I was bored one evening last week (as usual) and decided I was going to try a flat twist out. I always thought I was pretty good at doing flat twists until I tried to do my whole head LOL. I used the same products that I used for my two strand twist outs and bantu knotted the ends. The only issue I really had was my heat damaged front. It frizzed up and just wouldn't behave correctly. I had a cute little "curly" fro though to say the least! I'm going to search YouTube and see how I can fix that issues that I had. Of course pictures are included :)

I usually don't have an issue with frizz when I do my 2 strand twist outs because I don't want them to be too defined, but with my flat twist outs, I think I would want the curls more defined with a little less frizz. I need to find some type of anti frizz creme or something.

Tuesday, April 24

:)

I straightened my hair like I said I would, however I haven't decided if I am going to get a trim this time, or when I get my color done in June/July. One thing that I can say is that my hair is definitely behaving a lot differently than it did the last time I straightened in January. For one, it's a lot more softer, although I don't know if it's the overall general state or because of the products I used during the straightening process. I straightened my hair on Sunday, today is now Tuesday and I barely have any shed hair in the sink from when I comb my hair. THAT is from the coconut oil. I definitely have growth, I think I hit APL, but I'm not sure because I can't really get a good picture of the back of my head lol. The one I have is blurry, but it will get the job done for now I guess. When I get my trim, whenever that will be, I'll do a before and after length check to document how much hair I had to get chopped off. I don't think my ends look TOO raggedy, which is why I may end up holding out. My hair is to the length where I can do the search and destroy method to get rid of those pesky single strand knots.

As far as my process goes, I didn't do anything differently. I deep conditioned for a couple of hours before shampooing and conditioning. Put EVOO and castor oil while my hair was still damp and air dryed, then blow dried. The next day I sectioned my hair in 4 parts, added heat protectant to each of the 4 sections before I straightened and got to work. It normally takes me like 2 hours, but this time it only took me like an hour 15 minutes! *tootsie rolls across your screen*

I'm including length check pictures, I'm going to update with some more because these aren't really that great..and please excuse the dusty mirror lol. It kinda sucks that my hair grows unevenly, but if I get it all cut one length, it would grow back exactly how it is now smh. I guess that's life.


Sunday, April 8

Coconut Oil - Week 3

I'm a little late posting this and this is going to throw my week off for this upcoming week smh. Procrastination issues, I'm sure you all understand.

Overall, week 3 was a lot better than week 1.  Shampooing with the Biotin shampoo really made a difference (not the specific shampoo, just shampoo in general). My shedding has been minimal, I'm not shedding as much as I was before I started the challenge.  I had a bun in Monday-Friday and did a two strand twistout on Saturday night (March 31).  I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but things haven't been turning out how they usually do.  It may possibly be because:

1.I'm experimenting/trying to get rid of some products.  I have another mini bottle of Carol's Daughter Hail Milk that I don't particularly care for because of the smell. It makes my twistouts super defined, but it maybe make them too defined for my liking.
2. My hair seriously hates Hot 6 oil.  I'm glad my mixture is almost gone.
3. I pick my roots with a pick (what else? lol) and I may be busting it out too soon. I don't really seperate the curls enough when I use my pick so it's more volume at the roots then curls at the ends.
4. My heat damaged front has been too frizzing for my liking again, so I think I'm going to have to resort to using Eco Styler gel to combat the frizziness and to hold the shape.

This week (Monday April 2), when I did my DC, I detangled and spritzed with water on the sections before i applied the coconut oil, so it was basically moisturizing ans sealing.  The super major thing that I learned during my wash session the next day was that I can't shampoo my hair like "regular" people in the shower lol.  For 1, we all know my shower at school is like SUPER small, so I can't for the life of me get all the shampoo out of my hair when I wash my hair in the shower. It took me a lot longer than it normally would to make sure that I just got the shampoo out. Unless I'm at home, I'm going to resort to washing my hair upside down to make sure that everything that needs to be rinsed out is rinsed out. After the wash, I put my hair in a puff and wore it like that for 2 days. After day 2 of the puff, I decided to put two flat twists in the front of my head and do a twist out with the rest of the hair to see what it would look like and to give me a different look. It definitely turned out better than I expected it to and I wore it out for the first time in a LONG time! Got many compliments on it and I may try to it again when it warms up again.



The amount of shed hair in the comb after I applied the coconut oil

New style I tried. Of course it was "frizzier" than it was when I first took down the twists, but this was after I returned from class so I guess this would still be pretty acceptable lol.


Tuesday, March 27

Hair Observations

After starting my personal hair growth challenge (Coconut Oil Challenge) last week, I've noticed a few things that probably should have been like common sense, but didn't cross my mind until later on in the week lol.

  • I completely understand now why I should shampoo when I wash the coconut oil out.  I guess this is or could be considere as a "pre poo" as well as a deep conditioner.  If you're familiar with pre-pooing, you're basically doing the same exact thing, except with coconut oil.  My hair was greasy. When my hair is greasy, nothing turns out correctly. I did a twist out and it was like complete crap.  My heat damaged pieces were a lot more frizzier than usual and my hair definitely hates the fact that I didn't washout enough coconut oil.  So yes, I am going to start shampooing my scalp when I rinse out the coconut oil. I'm only going to shampoo once though, as opposed to twice as stated in the challenge rules.
  • Speaking of heat damage, it's really starting to get on my LAST nerves.  I can't even remember how long ago I had bangs lol so it sucks that I'm still dealing with the heat damage.  I'm planning on getting at trim at the end of April (as I've probably stated a million times before), so I've decided that I'm going to get like 2-2 1/2 inches cut off my bangs.  When I go get my color in late May/early June (possibly), I'll cut some more off depending on how much growth I have.  I figured I would cut them soon since I plan on being curly this summer, and my hair grows A LOT during the summer, so they should be grown out by September-October.
  • I'm still shedding...kinda badly. Not as bad as it was last semester when I was stressed out to the max, but it's enough for me to be concerned about.  I bought an ORS replenishing pack for a protein treatment, so I'm fully prepared to do one if the coconut oil doesn't help with the shedding (which it should).

Coconut Oil Challenge: Week 2

I almost skipped out on doing my conditioning for this week because I'm getting over some kind of bug and I didn't want to be bothered. Then I remembered that I'm going to be straight for 2 weeks next month, so I can't really afford to skip out on a treatment already.

I didn't have to use my Mane N Tail detangler this time to detangle, so I guess that's alrready a good thing.  Sectioned, applied the coconut oil, oiled my scalp with my castor oil, EVOO and Hot Six oil (because I want to get rid of it) and twisted each section.  Those twists went into a ponytail and under a plastic cap for the night.

Woke up this morning, shampooed with Nature's Gate Biotin Shampoo and conditioned with Aussie Moist Conditioner.  My hair currently is back in a bun (that's the lazy college student side coming out).  I applied Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 to the length of my hair, sealed with my oil mixture and I'm pretty sure my hair will be staying like this for a few days.  I had some shed hair in my comb when I combed out the twists but it wasn't a lot a lot (including pictures) AND, I barely lost hair during the washing out process, so we're making progress! So far so good :)

 As you can see, I lost some hair but I've definitely lost a lot more so I'm not complaining about this. Below is my hair before I washed out the coconut oil. I CANNOT WAIT until I get another dye job lol.




Wednesday, March 21

Personal Coconut Oil Challenge

I browse the Hairlista site probably at least weekly, checking up on new "challenges" I could do for myself or looking at the product reviews that the members post. I don't remember if I mentioned a few months ago that I purchased some coconut oil for GNC and I used it once in the winter time and I didn't like how it made my hair hard in the cold. This was before I knew that it would harden in cold temperatures. Like I knew that it would be a solid, but I didn't think it would harden up in my hair as well lol. I put it away and told myself that I would revisit it when the weather broke and it got warm. Well, that time is now :) I came back from spring break to an EXTREMELY hot room, put my clothes and hair products away and I seen the jar of coconut oil sitting in my storage bin. So I was like hm, I wonder how this looks now. I opened up the top and sure enough it was completely in liquid form. So I'm like, ok now I can research YouTube and other hair boards to see how others use this and I'm going to see if I have the same benefits that other people seemed to be getting from this oil. 

That's where my whole "coconut oil challenge" comes into play. I was browsing Hairlista and they have a section for like groups and there's a bunch of challenges in that section and I came across this one. The challenge for the board is over I believe, but I decided I was going to go about this for myself. From this past Sunday (March 18) until.. June 1st I'm going to be deep conditioning with coconut oil once a week. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue to do my regular deep condition AND do the coconut oil deep condition or if I'm just going to do the coconut oil. Either way I'll still be deep conditioning lol, 

The rules on the board are as follows:
  • Once a week, apply warm unrefined coconut oil to dry hair and scalp, work through from roots to ends.
  • Put on a shower cap or saran wrap hair and sit under dryer for 20-30 minutes or let sit overnight.
  • Rinse out coconut oil and shampoo twice (apply shampoo to roots only), follow with your usual conditioner, than proceed with styling. 
  • Basic Level: Deep conditioning with coconut oil once a week.
  • Advanced Level: Deep conditioning with coconut oil once a week and seal ends with coconut oil daily. However, you cannot use any other oils as a sealant when doing the advanced level)
I'm providing the link where you can see more information, see what the other ladies asked, suggested and that other stuff. You can also see the progress pics that some of the ladies posted when the challenge on the board was officially over. A lot of them seemed to have like AMAZING growth within the few weeks they were doing this challenge. I'm not exactly sure how much this challenge lasted, but the comments seem to be pretty recent so I'm sure people are still doing it for themselves. Hairlista Coconut Oil Challenge 

I didn't deep condition this past weekend because honestly, I didn't really feel like it, so I ended up doing my first coconut oil deep condition on Monday night. I figured I would do it on Monday since I don't have class on Tuesdays until 1:45 pm and it would give me enough time to dry my hair and everything before class. Before I applied the oil, I detangled my hair with Mane n Tail detangler because I had like a 3 day old twist out and I'm pretty sure I would have lost a LOT of hair if I wouldn't have used that detangler lol. I sectioned my hair, dipped my finger in the oil, allowed some to drip on my hands, rubbed my hands together and applied it on my hair. Afterwards I pulled my twisted hair drenched in coconut oil back in a ponytail and put my plastic cap on. Tuesday morning, I cowashed everything out for the simple fact that I don't have enough room in my shower to really wash my hair let alone do 2 shampoos. I didn't apply any coconut oil to my scalp, so I figured my scalp would be good this time. As I cowashed it out, my hair felt soft, didn't lose that much hair and everything was pretty awesome. 

The only thing I hate about my coconut oil is the smell. I don't particularly care for coconuts and it's smell, but I don't think the brand of oil I have smells like coconuts. It smells more like cooking oil to me, but I think it's just my brand (Nutiva).

I guess I should be taking my starting pics this weekend if I have time, or early next week so I can keep track of my growth. I hate taking progress pics so I'm probably gonna procrastinate in doing this lol. Hope you found this information helpful and if anyone is interested in joining me, that would be fantastic! 

Wednesday, February 22

Random Hair pics

Just some random hair pictures from when I straightened my hair back in January.

I've recently become obsessed with the "ninja bun" or whatever you want to call it. I think they're like the cutest thing and it's a style that will help me keep my hands out of my head when my hair is straight. So back in January when I last straightened my hair, I decided not to do any "curly" styles to it, just wanted to see if this style would turn out correctly for me and look right on me, and here it is :) I YouTube'd tutorials or whatever because I wanted to see a few different ways it could be done. The first pic is with flash and the second pic is without. (Still LOVE my colors, can't wait for another dye jobbbbb oh em gee!!!)



I have some pictures from when I tried out the Miss Jessies but I don't think I can find those out the moment. I really don't want to do it over again so I'm gonna search thru the millions of pictures on my laptop. 

Saturday, February 4

Something different.

This past week I wore my hair up in a bun because I honestly didn't feel like doing it and I wanted to take a break from twist outs and all that other stuff. I don't know how to describe the bun, but it wasn't like a regular bun lol. I have to see if I can find a picture of it. The ends were tucked away for the week so that's all that matters.



Today  co-washed with VO5 and Aussie Moist conditioner. The way my hair was feeling, I needed something that was a bit thicker than the VO5 so I slathered some Aussie Moist on after that and deep conditioned with Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol. I'm pretty sure I said I would do a follow up review on it, so that is coming sometime this week. I received some of Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercreme in the mail from my friend and she wanted to know how it worked on my hair, so I decided to use that and try that out. I left some VO5 in my hair and wrapped my hair up in a t-shirt to soak up some of the conditioner and water. I didn't want my hair soaked when I twisted my hair up, so I left the t-shirt on for about 10 minutes. After that, I basically did what I always do when I do twist outs. Parted the hair, applied Cantu Shea Butter and Miss Jessie's on top of that and twisted it up. This time I decided to sit under the dryer for about 25-50 minutes to speed up the drying process.(The brand is Vidal Sassoon Professional btw). I didn't want to go to sleep with damp hair, and I'm pretty sure this bantu knot in the front for my heat damaged areas is not going to be remotely dry by the morning probably, but if push comes to shove I'll leave that until like RIGHT before I leave the house.

I'll do a product review for the Miss Jessie's sometime this week as well after I see how my twist out turns out. Other than that, there's nothing much left to say about my hair right about now. I'm going to try not to straighten my hair until maybe March or April when I get my trim. (Can I just restate the fact that I'm scared to death to get my trim. I feel like all my hard work is going to be chopped off and I'll be back at square one! I haven't been noticing a lot of single strand knots though because I've been trying to cut them out when I come across them. Hopefully there won't be a lot when I go for that trim).

I also bought some coconut oil maybe 2 weeks ago and I need to buy some more castor oil. Castor oil is the bee-knees! My hair has definitely grown because of it and when I remember to apply it to my edges, I see growth in that area too lol. I don't know how I'm going to use the coconut oil, but I know I'm not going to use it until it gets warmer.

Friday, January 6

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream

I've been using this for a while and never thought to really do a product review on it. HOLD IT. (Apparently I've had this since the summer and I recently started using it like October/November). I've heard some good things about this product and some bad things about this product so I decided to try it out for myself. I don't remember where I bought or when so I can't help you out with that lol, the only thing I know is that it was $5.99 for a 16 fl. oz. jar.





Description on the front: Stops and mends hair breakage, leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable, formulated for severely damaged dry or coarse hair.

Directions on back:
For daily styling: Apply to towel dried hair.  Work a generous amount of product into hair beginning at the roots to the tips.  Comb through for even distribution.  Do not rinse.  Apply more to longer hair at the ends or problem areas.
Leave in treatment: Apply as directed for "Daily Styling" just after shampooing.  Re-apply and cover with plastic cap overnight for maximum absorbtion and intensive conditioning.
Frizz Free Hair: Apply daily to split ends or damaged areas.  Comb through and let dry naturally.

I don't use it for any of those I don't think.. well I guess what I use it for would be categorized as "daily styling" when I use it. So far I've used it on my curls and my straight hair. When I used this on my curls, I use it for my twist outs. I spritz with water, detangle, apply this product and brush through with my denman, apply shea butter to the ends and twist away. This AND the shea butter keeps my hair moisturized for days. I can forget to sleep with my scarf for days and only refluff in the morning and it will still be moisturized for like 3-4 days. I sleep on a satin pillow case so I'm pretty sure that also aids in the moisture retention. From the other reviews that I've read and seen, people tend to say that this product doesn't work very well with other products and I haven't really noticed that problem with me. I have to slick my hair up with Ecostyler gel after using this product and I don't have a sticky film or anything on my hair.

For my straight hair I just distribute it throughout the hair and seal with my olive oil and castor oil mix to my ends and style it (I usually do this during the night and wrap my hair up afterwards). It leaves my hair soft and moisturized throughout the day, but it doesn't leave it has moisturized as it does when I use it on curly hair. Probably because I'm not sealing in water with it. Nonetheless, I have had absolutely no problem with it at all. Doesn't leave my hair too heavy.. I'm interested in seeing how it works during the warmer months.

Product Review: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Instant Repair Treatment

Let me start off by saying Happy New Year! My year has started out on a great note and I hope 2012 has been treating you guys the same so far as well! :)

I just so happened to walk into Walgreens like 2-3 weeks ago and no matter what store I go in, I always have to take a stroll down the hair care aisle. Of course I needed some more deep conditioner and I looked and behold, this stuff was on sale for 3.79! So, this stuff is originally like $7.50.



Description on the front: Indulge your senses with this exclusive blend of organic coconut milk to nourish your hair, while ultra whipped egg white proteins add strength and elasticity, along with weightless coconut oils to add hydration and balance.

Instructions: Scoop a small amount of Organix Coconut Milk Instant Repair Treatment into palm and evenly distribute with wide tooth comb from your hair's roots down to the ends. Leave Organix Coconut Milk Instant Repair Treatment in hair for 3-5 minutes.  Product performance is enhanced by placing a shower cap over hair and wrapping cap with a hot wet towel.  Rinse with mild to cool water. For best results, use with other Organix Coconut Milk products.

The consistency of this product was thick like the other Organix deep conditioner that I used before this one, but it was more smooth/milkier.  I love the way it felt in my hands and my hair! (The second time anyway).  When I first used this, I sectioned in my 4 sections and decided to "seal" it with olive oil and I left it in for maybe an hour-ish. When I rinsed it out, that's when I realized that my hair doesn't like olive oil by itself. I have fairy knots that I have to find and cut out, and it just amplified those knots by like 50. I HATED the way my hair felt after that. The second time I used it, it was like heaven! It was easy to rinse out, smelled amazing and it felt very moisturized. I like this deep conditioner more than the last one, but I cannot continue to buy it because of the small jar. I thought I was going to get at least 3 uses out of this, but instead I only got 2 and I can't afford to buy some more of this stuff twice a month, especially with the new semester starting next week.

Overall, I love this deep conditioner, but unless I find it in a bigger size, I won't continue to buy it.