Monday, December 30

2013 Hits and Misses

Just looking back on some blog posts and pictures to see how 2013 has been for me hair wise.. It's definitely been an interesting year to say the least. I'm excited for the new year and the potential my hair has health wise and length wise. Here's my trip down memory lane:

Hits:

  • Kinky Curly Knot Today: I love this stuff. Like legit LOVE this stuff. I made up my mind to repurchase again
  • Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Creme: My staple. My ride or die. Hasn't really failed me yet.
  • Oils: Castor, Argan, EVOO, Coconut 
  • Suave Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo: I've found myself reaching for this shampoo after I do a pre-poo...No knots, no tangles and my hair doesn't feel stripped.
  • Mane N Tail Detangler: THIS STUFF RIGHT HERE?! Love. I have to repurchase this again too.
  • Brazilian Loose Wave from Rosa Hair on Aliexpress: I loved everything about this hair..including the company's customer service. Looking to repurchase some hair from there in the near future.
Misses:
  • My signature curly puff: They aren't for me anymore.. My hair is getting longerand it just doesn't work out how it once did. Plus, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of fairy knots I have and this style was a big contributor. 
  • Wash n Go: It's always been a wash and no.
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curly & Style Milk: Other people love this, however I just can't seem to get it to work for me. I've been told that it works better with other products from Shea Moisture, so I'm probably going to revisit it again when I buy other Shea Moisture products...saying that I still have like half of the bottle left.
  • Bantu Knots: Unless I wanted a textured puff (which I may try more often), bantu knots just aren't for me. They never come out right to where I can wear my hair in a curly fro.
  • Peruvian Body Wave hair from Beautiful Queen Hair Shop on Aliexpress: I'm not completely sure if it was the hair, or the way my sew-in was done, but I wasn't feeling it. At all.
Added Bonus: Jury's still out
  • TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave In Spray: I've used this a few times, like 3.. and I guess it's doing it's job saying that I have no new heat damage. I don't feel like I've used it enough yet to fully know if I like it.
  • Ishimma Hair Butter: Still using this product, haven't done enough with it yet to know if I fully like it yet.
Some products I will be bringing into the new year, and some products (and styles) won't be making it unfortunately, but that's what the hair journey is all about: figuring out what works for you and what doesn't. 
I hope your year was a learning experience just as mine was! 

Wednesday, December 25

Tuesday, December 10

Initial Product Review: Ishimma Hydration Hair Butter

In a previous post around Thanksgiving/Black Friday, I mentioned that I had put my search for Whipped Shea Butter on hold because I had bought this hair butter from Ishimma. After doing a bit more research, I was indeed correct in saying that there aren't a lot of product reviews for this product (or company for that matter), which is completely fine. I'm all about small businesses and telling the masses about them if their product works! 


This is what the product looks like when you open the jar. It was FREEZING on the day this was delivered and it was sitting out in the cold because I didn't know it had been delivered so, it looks a little frosty in this picture. However, when the product is at room temperature, it looks like regular hair butter. It has a smell..I don't know what the exact smell is (I'm guessing it's an essential oil?), not one that I care for, BUT, the smell doesn't linger so I don't mind it. 

Description:
This 2 in 1 hair butter moisturizes and conditions hair and scalp without the greasy feel. Absorbs quickly into the hair and immediately softens.  Infused with the perfect blend of butters, fruit extracts and essential oils to protect hair and promote healthy growth.
Directions:
Rub into hands, then apply to hair.  Excellent for braids and twists.

When I used this, it was on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair. I've been trying out the LOC method (Liquid, Oil, Cream) to see if I can retain as much moisture as possible during these cold months (I'm really working hard to retain length this winter). Liquid: Knot Today. Oil: Argan and EVOO. Cream: Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter and I sealed my ends with this hair butter.  I can't even lie, I thought this was going to be one of those butters that you really have to work into your  hands and hair because they don't "melt" from your body heat, but I was pleasantly surprised when it did. 

When I took out my twists the next day, my hair felt like a slice of heaven for real. I can't use butters on the full length of my hair because my hair just gets to weighed down and "ugh" looking, but I used this product on the last 1.5 inches of my hair maybe. My ends felt moisturized, and the curls were poppin'. I need a trim (as usual) so my ends usually look kinda.. rough, but this product made my ends look wonderful. 

Now, this is an initial/first use review. I plan on trying it out in different situations and making an updated review about it in about a month. I don't think I'm going to be using this product on my scalp though since I'm doing a full on castor oil challenge for myself during the winter as well, however, if I have some left (which I should because a little goes a long way), I'll try using it on the scalp during the spring months and see how that works out for me. 

So far everything is good! 
The pictures above are mine, taken when the product was fresh off my door step and out of the box lol.

Their website is http://www.ishimma.com


Friday, November 29

Black Friday

First off, I want to say that I hope everyone of you reading this had a great Thanksgiving! I was only able to clear one plate this year.. (Trying to lose weight and all that other hooplah..joy? lol).

Just a few minor updates as usual:

  • Just ordered some Hydration Hair Butter from Ishimma. Never heard of them, read a review or two on them (there aren't many so I'm guessing the company isn't as well known as others), so I decided to check them out. It's not whipped shea butter, but I figured I could just go for any kind of butter for my ends at the moment lol. I'll definitely be doing a product review for this!
  • My hair officially hates the winter time..or it may be what I did to it last week lol. I straightened my hair because I planned on getting a trim, but I didn't have the money so I straightened my hair for no reason pretty much (and I actually got 2 weeks out of it.. I had my mom press it, that's why). When I washed, I decided to do a protein treatment because I don't do those often. I did that, left it in for 15-20 minutes, rinsed it out..and uh, yeah. I think I left it in too long. I'm protein sensitive and my hair was..rough. Mistake number one. Mistake number two: Using a liquid leave in conditioner. I should have known that liquid anything in cold weather is a big no no. I think those were the two things that really messed the week up for my hair. I just washed co washed my hair (I'm deep conditioning now for 45 minutes).. and I had SO much broken hair in the tub :( Like a lot more than usual. Hopefully I can baby my hair this week (and moisturize more than once) and get things back to some kind of normalcy. 
If you're searching for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, there's links and sale details all over blogs (Bloglovin', they'll pop up everywhere). So, if you're like me and on a budget, I highly suggest that you hit up some of these sales! I know over at Confessions of a blog vixen there's like a massive list of Black Friday sales, along with coupon codes and details about the sale. The same list is also posted over on Curly Nikki's site, so go check that out and happy Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping :)

Tuesday, November 5

Product Review: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment


Description:
With Moroccan argan oil, the formula is instantly absorbed, delivering concentrated conditioning for strand by strand softness, shine, easy smooth styling and frizz control without any oily residue.  Proven to perform: get 10x smoother, stay sleek for 3 days, even in 97% humidity.

Directions:
Apply a small amount to wet, damp or dry hair. In the shower for added conditioning, apply it when you condition your hair.  Out of the shower, work it through damp hair as a leave in for softness and easy styling.  After blow drying, use it to tame frizz and add shine.

I've been having the darnest time trying to figure out if I like this product or not. I heard Argan Oil is supposed to be good for the hair, but I don't know. Something about it freaks me out lol. I think more than anything, I have to get used to the texture. I don't know if it's just this brand or if the actual texture of it is super "smooth" and "silky" feeling, but I'm not used to that.

I've tried using it when I take down my two strand twists, and I seen that a little goes a long way. Like legit, a little. That's what my biggest mistake was, I was using too much. I'm interested in seeing how this will work in the summer time, but as of right now, I need heavy products for colder weather. Because of this, I've decided to add this oil to my deep conditioners and I mixed it in with my bottle of EVOO as a pre-poo. Mixing this product with other products seem to give me the best results, but alone, I don't think I like it? 

I'm definitely going to revisit this product when it gets warm again so I'm deciding to hate it all together. I guess my timing was a little off when deciding to buy and try this product. 

By itself: 6/10
Mixed with other products: 9/10

Monday, October 21

Revisited: Hollywood Beauty Olive DC...on dry hair

As stated in a previous post, I've picked up the Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol deep conditioner (sheesh that's a mouth full). I've added a little bit of Argan oil to it and it's been freaking amazing. I can't remember why I stopped using it in the first place, but I'm totally glad I picked it up again. Especially since it's starting to get cold again (it's supposed to snow on Wednesday!  I'm not readyyy!) and I need the extra moisture if I'm going to retain any kind of length this winter. The Argan oil was the extra boost that it needed.

As the title also states, I decided to deep condition on dry hair again. Dry hair and this DC combo is like heaven. Seriously. The only thing I don't like about deep conditioning on dry hair is that I have to use twice as much product in order to finger detangle as well. I'm just about halfway through the jar now and I've only used it twice. Since the DC is pretty cheap, I have no problem stocking up on it. 

So this product + dry hair + co washing = amazeballs so far. I'm going to keep this up and hopefully continue to see good results.

To see the initial product review that I did before, Click Here :)

Sunday, October 13

Fall 2013 Products

Shampoo:
  • Herbal Essences Drama Clean - When my hair is feeling icky and not behaving correctly. Not going to be using it more than I need to.
  • Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo
  • Cream of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo - I only have maybe 1 or 2 more uses of this.

Conditioner:
  • Any V05 conditioner
  • Aussie Moist - Have to repurchase 
Deep Conditioner:
  • Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol - I mixed in some Argan Oil because I'm working on a product review and I wanted to see how it works with a deep conditioner.. be on the look out for that :)

Leave In Conditioner:
  • Kinky Curly Knot Today- I haven't fully decided whether or not I'm going to repurchase this. I'm very surprised that the bottle lasted this long though since I've been using it for at least 2.5 months. I only have maybe 2 more uses out of it though...if that.

Stylers:
  • Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter
  • Eco Styler Gel - Have to purchase
  • Smooth n Shine Gellation Gel - I have half of the tub left so I'm going to use it up on my edges
  • Shea Moisture  Curl & Style Milk - I didn't exactly care to use this for a twist out, however, I'm going to try this on other styles that I'm going to be trying out. I'll make the decision about whether or not I want to purchase when I finish this bottle.


Oils:
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Garnier Argan Oil

Other notes:
I've been thinking about making some whipped shea butter. I've been wanting to buy some so I wouldn't have to find the storage space to put all the ingredient bottles, but I haven't really found any "trusty" people to purchase some from. I've been browsing Etsy and looking at reviews and stuff but I haven't found anyone that I wanted to go through yet. So, if anyone knows of anyone who makes some pretty awesome whipped shea butter, please leave their contact information in a comment.

If there are any questions about the products I'm using or how I use them, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Sunday, September 29

Fall Hair Goals

The title of this post explains it all. Time for my fall hair goals! I can't believe summer is over already! I don't feel like there was enough warm weather for me! And I was loving my curly fro this whole summer! Definitely gained back the length I got trimmed off earlier this year after wearing sew ins for 4 months. By looking at the list to follow, I'm sure you'll be able to easily tell that I'm trying to keep things as low maintenance as possible. If I don't, I'm sure I'll be making a post about how I cut my hair off by the end of the year lol.

Fall 2013 Goals:

  • Continue to retain length (healthy length)
  • Find a deep conditioner (may revisit some of the ones that I did reviews on)
  • Protective styles
  • Prepoo with EVOO -- My hair has been doing the fool with this coconut oil, so I've decided to take another break from coconut oil and prepoo with EVOO. Now, I believe that has been helping with some of my issues, but I started using a new styler with coconut oil in it, so, I may have to put that on the shelf for another time as well.
  • Moisturize 2 times a week
That's pretty much it! Nothing too major! I think I'm going to make a post for the products I'll be using for the next few months as well. Might as well right? OH, and I think I'm going to start applying castor oil to my scalp again as well when I do my moisturizing sessions. I don't use it nearly as much as I should.. AND I'm going to start using it on my edges again. I made so much progress in August! But then, I stopped and another area started giving me issues, so I have to get back on that bandwagon ASAP.

Friday, August 30

Product Review Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk

I COMPLETELY forgot that I still had to do a product review for this. I thought I already finished it, however I seen that I didn't so I'm back to finish :)


Description: This moisturizing styling cream detangles, conditions and controls curls while restoring body and shine.

Directions: Apply as a no-rinse moisturizer and styling cream to damp, towel-dried hair as needed.

I haven't really been using this product lately because I just kinda fell in love with the Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter. Why am I mentioning another product that I've already done a product review for? To compare and contrast of course! Shea Moisture's Style Milk doesn't give as good of hold as Beautiful Textures does for me. A few weeks ago when we had that ridiculous heat wave? My hair absolutely laughed at the Style Milk. Although it was stupid hot outside, my hair needed something a tad bit heavier to keep the shape of my curls and to combat frizz.

Now, with that being said, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Shea Moisture's Style Milk. It smells good (like the Curl Enhancing Smoothie) and to me it does the exact same thing that it does as well, it just comes in a bottle (the smoothie comes in a jar) and it has a lighter and creamier consistency. I've decided to use this product when it's a bit "cooler" and less humid outside.

This is the one product where I actually follow the directions because.. they're simple lol and it's how I would have used the product anyway, even if the directions would have had different directions.

This product overall gets a 6.5 out of 10 for me. I don't exactly love it, but I don't hate it either. I just wish that it was a tad bit heavier for me so that I could continue to use it during the hotter days without the frizz and with more curl definition.

It's been boring.

I've been having boring hair days. I haven't been doing anything different with my hair because I've been having to take care of business at school before the semester started and looking a hot mess just wasn't an interest for me. I've been pretty much bored with my hair though to say the least. So bored that I'm going to be straightening my hair, hopefully this weekend. I bought some new heat protectant today from Walgreens! Yes, that means I'll be doing a product review on it. I've been seeing a lot of people swearing by this stuff so of course I had to try it out for myself :-)

Im also going to do a protein treatment with ORS Replenishing Pack because it's been quite a while since I've done one and my hair has been shedding something serious lately. Hopefully this is what my hair has been telling me to do.

Actually, I just bought another hair product today from Garnier so I think I'll be doing 2 product reviews soon!

Also, for anyone who finds my product reviews useful, would you guys prefer to read them the same way I've been doing (paragraph style with pictures), or would it be easier to read bullet point style with pictures? As usual, I'm here to help you, so help me help you! Comment below with your preference! Happy Labor Day Weekend :)


Thursday, August 1

Apparently I have no real friends...

I'm not understanding why nobody told me that my edges were looking quite rough! I mean come on! What kind of friends do I have these days?! Haha

Because my sides are looking...scrawny, I've decided to start a month long castor oil "challenge" to thicken up my edges. I haven't really been using castor oil that much since I've started my love affair with coconut oil, but my edges are in dire need of some help. (Technically they aren't that bad, but I feel like if I notice them, then other people notice them as well).

Game plan:
Massaging JBCO and a tad bit of olive oil (to thin out the consistency) into my problem areas twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. I'll also add castor oil to those areas when I'm doing my "pre poo" with coconut oil when it's time for me to wash my hair. Depending on how much growth, and how dedicated I am to this "challenge", I'll keep it up and eventually end up applying the JBCO to my whole head. That's why I'm starting out with a month, to see if I REALLY see any changes with my hair from castor oil.

My before photos have been taken, and I left my bottle of castor oil out on my dresser so I don't forget! Wish me luck!

Friday, July 12

Product Review: Kinky Curly Knot Today Natural Leave In/Detangler

Yes, I bought into the hype for a second. I'm looking for a really good leave in AND test the waters with a new detangler. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Mane N Tail Detangler, but I just wanted to try something new. I've heard nothing but good things about Knot Today, so I decided to test it out for myself!'



Description: Can't get that comb to glide through your hair? Well KNOT TODAY! This creamy herbal conditioner is enriched with botanical extracts and is designed to smooth the cuticle and to remove knots, snarls and tangles from thick curly hair.

Directions: Apply generously and work through troubled sections with a wide tooth comb.

Thick Coarse Curls: Use a generous amount as a leave in and completely detangle hair before applying any Kinky-Curly styling product.

Loose Wavy Curls: Use a moderate amount as a rinse out or leave a little on the ends before applying Kinky-Curly styling products.

As you can see, I've used this product a few times.. I think 3 times maybe? So far I've used it strictly as a leave in and not a detangler, I'll update again with how it works for me as a detangler. The thing that I like about this product so far, is that it really defines my curls. I use it when I do a "wash n go puff" and have had pretty good results so far. The last time I used it, I wore my puff for about 4-5 days and the curls were still pretty defined. The only thing that is giving me a little grief is that after those few days, my hair felt kind of waxy? I don't know if it's the fact that I put coconut oil on after I applied this product, or what it was. In the photo below, I took a close up of the front of my hair, the heat damaged part. We all know that when you have heat damage, it doesn't curl the way it should. It's not the greatest picture, but you can definitely see that there's some kind of curl happening there (the dark parts...also wanted to show how my color turned out). I'm pretty excited that this product gives my heat damage and actual curl, however, I am not excited about the price.


As a leave in, I'll give KCKT 7/10. This could change as I continue to use the products and see how it works with other products. The jury is still out as a detangler because I haven't used it as a detangler yet! Stay tuned for more updates about this product :)

**UPDATE 7/19
I've been using this product as a detangler for the last few days, and it indeed detangles. After applying to my hair when it's wet, my fingers can legit glide right through my hair and my fingers can NEVER do that without detangling with a comb first lol. It does what it says it does, but I don't know if it's going to replace my Mane N Tail detangler that I love so much. The Mane N Tail detangler is a spray which is much easier to apply on the areas that need to be detangled.

Now that I've tried it as a detangler multiple times now, my final rating for this product is 8.5/10.

Saturday, July 6

Revisit: Bantu Knots

I came across a YouTube video last week that made me want to revisit bantu knots. I wish I could remember who she was so I could link you guys to her! Her bantu knot out came out SO cute and I wanted to see if I could finally get it right! Since bantu knots outs don't work for me with wet hair, I decided to try it on dry hair.. I believe I tried it on 3 day old hair if I remember correctly. I put a little Shea Moisture Hair Milk (which I will be reviewing soon), two strand twisted each section and did the bantu knot. I figured I would put a bobby pin in to help it stay and to see if it would help any. I think there were 17 in total that I did.

Needless to say, it was not a success for me...again. I wanted to wear my hair out, but my hair was like "Hell no, you better not" lol. I think bantu knots work well for me when I want a textured puff. Other than that, they absolutely do not work for me. I'm going to continue looking for possibly other methods and products to use to get the style that I want. Wish me luck!




Friday, June 28

Current Colors

Today marks a week since I got another dye job. My straight hair barely lasted a week because it was hot and my roots were just a mess, so I pre-pooed with coconut oil last night. Earlier today I shampooed my scalp with Suave Almond and Shea butter shampoo, conditioned with Aussie Moist and deep conditioned with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Deeep Conditioner for about 35-40 minutes then added more Aussie Moist conditioner and left it in. I loved the way my curls were defined so I decided to let it "air dry"... At least that was my initial thought! I ended up diffusing and I am in LOVE with out it turned out...minus my heat damaged front. No more heat this summer unless it's diffusing :)



I'll have to get a really good picture of how my color turned out. The lights in my house are horrible, and it's currently raining so I couldn't step out in the sun even if I wanted to lol. I'm very pleased with how my color turned out though, not to bright and not too dark!

Thursday, June 27

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Thursday, June 20

Product Review: Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme



Description: Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme helps to:

  • Soften and Nourish Curls- Silken Waves
  • Elongate Kinky Coils- Tame Frizzies
Dry, brittle, thirsty hair stunts natural growth.  To help ensure locks reach their full growth potential, refresh and hydrate your mixed textured hair every day with Moisture Butter.
Moisture butter helps maximize the styling options of mixed textured hair by helping achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky-smooth hydrated hair.

Directions: 
Quench your curls everyday with Moisture butter-reviving curl softness and bounce - Rub 1 Tbsp of Moisture Butter between your palms.  Working section-by-section gently finger comb Moisture Butter from roots to end to hydrate and redefine your natural texture.

Styling suggestions:
To achieve a 2 strand twist, apply Moisture Butter to damp or dry hair, twist each section. The amount of hair twisted determines the size and length of the curl.  Air dry, blow dry with diffuser or dry under hood. Either leave as is or untwist in sections for a fuller look.
To smooth hairline edges, a pply a small amount directly to temples to help reduce daily dryness and breakage.  Apply a small amount to ponytails and afro puffs to hydrate, smooth and control frizz. 

Custom Blends: 
Mix and Match products to create your own personal blend perfect for you!

For your unique curl nourishing experience: 
  • For less weight with greater curl definition, mix a small amount of Curl control with Moisture Butter. Mix together in the palm of your hand and apply to hair.
  • To boost shine with increased heat protection, add a few drops of Shine and Silken Oil with Moisture Butter. Mix together in the palm of your hand and follow directions.
Can I just start off by saying that there is A LOT of information printed on the label of my jar. My goodness. I thought I was going to get finger cramps typing all of this! Anywho, I first bought this product when I was in Orlando after I took my second sew in out.. I didn't wanna buy Shea Moisture because it was more expensive and the WalMart down there rarely had any Shea Moisture in stock, so I picked up this jar. I'm not quite sure how much I paid for this, but I know for sure that it wasn't more than like 6 bucks. When I first started using it, I paid absolutely not attention to the directions (as usual). I would wash my hair, distribute it through my hair, seal and throw my hair back in a bun for work. A few days ago, I got my trim and grew tired of my straight hair so I washed and did a curly puff.

That night, I parted my hair in 4 sections, spritzed my hair with water so that it was damp (not soaking wet), distributed this product to the section, sealed with a bit of coconut oil and twisted it up. I'm not sure if the size of my twists had anything to do with my result, or if it was the product itself, but can I just say that my I had the best twist out I've had in a while. Even my heat damage in the front had a curl pattern! I wore my hair down the day..THAT'S how good the twistout came out lol. Here it is Thursday night and I still have good curl definition in the back of my hair from that twist out. My heat damage has a bit of curl left as well, however it's in a ponytail currently because I don't like when my hair starts getting frizzy..and I'm getting my color tomorrow, so I decided not to waste any more product.

I'm going to revisit this product and method again but with smaller twists so I can know for sure if the size of my twits played a role.

The packaging is pretty cool I suppose.. The consistency is kinda thick but still moves when you turn the jar upside down or to the side.. The smell..is..a mix between like a pineapple smell and something else. I can't really put my finger on it. I don't mind the smell at all, I'm actually finding myself enjoying products that smell like fruit. That may not be the case when it gets hotter and the bees start attacking lol.

Rating: 8/10 -- The jury is still out for further reviews. 


UPDATE: I've used this with larger twists and the results are still the same. I like using this and sealing with coconut oil. It keeps my hair defined and soft, as well as lengthens the time between restyling. I'm giving this product a final 9/10. A nine for the simple fact that the smell bothers me nose sometimes :)

I'm hoping to try more products from this line to see how it works out! 

Sunday, June 16

Summer 2013 Products

Doing the same thing I'm doing last summer, except without the pictures...I haven't reinstalled Photoshop on my new laptop yet. 

Shampoos:
  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo -- Cutting down my use of this shampoo to only when I absolutely need to cleanse my scalp
  • Suave Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo -- I had a really good outcome from my wash this past weekend..plus I have a full bottle, so I might as well use it up right? 

Conditioners:
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration -- I feel like I should buy some more, but I already have more than enough conditioners
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner -- My favorite to use during the summer!
  • TRESemme Naturals Conditioner -- Using up
  • TRESemme Smooth and Silky Conditioner -- Using up
  • V05 Conditioners -- Any, not sure what kind I have here though..Using these for co-washes

Deep Conditioner:
  • Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner --- Revisiting again!

Detangler:
  • Mane N Tail Detangler -- In desperate need of more of this! I'll make my final decision after I try out Kinky Curly
  • Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In/Detangler-- Haven't used yet, will be doing a review for this.

Styling Aids:
  • Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk--Working on a product review
  • Pink Eco Styler Gel --Need to reup..I have other gel that I can use in place of this though...that needs to be used up.
  • Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme -- Working on a product review

Oils:
  • Coconut Oil -- Using as a pre-poo once a week before my washes. 
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil -- For thickness and my edges!
  • EVOO -- Mixed in with JBCO to combat the smell and to thin it out a little

Hair Dyes:
  • Loreal Feria Intense Medium Auburn Cherry Crush R57 -- Seen this when I was in Orlando and instantly fell in love.. I have a feeling that it may not be "bright" enough for me though.
  • Loreal Feria Deep Burgundy R37 -- The same burgundy I used last year.. Gave me just enough purple that I wanted.
If anyone has any questions about any of my products or how I use these products, please do not hesitate to leave a comment! I'm excited to see how success this summer can be as far as hair growth (and health) goes. Yeah dying my hair isn't a "healthy" practice, but there are naturals out there with healthy color treated hair, and that is my goal! 

Also, I need to find a good protein treatment, if anyone would like suggest any? Thanks :)

Saturday, June 8

Much Needed

Now that I've moved back to my hometown and don't have to "hide" my hair in order to follow guidelines, I have taken a vow to take extra good care of my hair this summer. With the summer time comes heat (of course), which means a product rotation, less manipulation (hopefully) and wearing my hair down, out and wild.

Just a few updates:

  • The products that I used for my weave (because I said I would say what I used) were Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner and I totally forgot what kind of mousse I used smh. That was the first time that I actually went through a full can of mousse lol. The hair was pretty good. Near the end of it's run, it got to be annoying and a little on the thin side (compared to how full it was when I first installed). But that was expected. Again, I expect all weave to shed. That's just met. It didn't shed as much as my first install, but it did shed more noticeably near the end before I took it out. 
  • I plan on getting a trim within the next 2 weeks while my hair is straight. I figured I would get a trim before my color so that when I go get my color, I won't end up with my hair all chopped up and uneven again.
  • I plan on getting new color at the end of the month (surprise surprise) and I'm trying to decide on what colors I want to get this time.. I'm not out of my red/purple stage..just have to decide on the shade of red I want. I've never been this excited to get color.. My color now is a rusty..tannish brown when it's curly.. and reddish brown when it's straight.. But the only color that matters is when my hair is curly because I wear my hair curly 90% of the time now.
  • I have a few (3) new products that I'm in the process of trying out, so I should have product reviews on them soon.

Saturday, March 23

Brazilian Loose Wave: New Hair!

So, I said I would make this post, and here I am! My work schedule has been NUTS..and working at Disney World, it's going to get even more nuts! Gotta love the Easter season.

On to more "important" things..My new hair!
It was purchased from Ali Express yet again. Rosa Hair Products Co., Ltd. to be exact. It was originally $155 and some change, but the vendor had a $3 coupon so it was $152 and some change. Which wasn't too bad. It was more than my last 3 bundles of hair, but I felt it was worth it. I needed something that would last until possibly the end of May, so I figured why not "splurge" a little. I don't remember when I ordered the hair because it was a few weeks ago, but I do remember that the hair was delivered really late. Like around 9pm-ish which I thought was really weird. I'm not used to anything ever being delivered that late and I'm glad I was home when it was delivered. Communication with the vendor was average, she was super nice. I think communication may have been a little more delayed than usual because it was around the Chinese holiday, which also delayed my shipping and delivery a day or two. Other than that, everything else was good!

I bought 3 bundles, in 16/18/20 inches! Pictures below :)







I'm going to provide pictures of what the hair looks like after it's just been washed (Shampoo and conditioner, and also with just conditioner) and I'm going to show which products I use with this hair. Stay tuned! Also comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on products that would further enhance my curls and this hair!

Saturday, March 2

Living in Orlando: Nuts.

I've been working like crazy since I temporarily moved down here last month! And as you all know from my last post, I got a sew-in which really put a damper on my hair "updates" I guess you could say. I'm hoping to get a new sew-in with new hair soon, so I will definitely do an update on that!

Don't think I've abandoned this blog because I haven't, I just haven't been doing a lot with my hair..nor have I had a lot of time to update lol. If I find some pictures that I've taken in my hair, I'll be sure to post them :)

Thursday, January 24

It's Weaving Time!

It's no secret that I've been looking to get a sew-in done for like EVER. I haven't really "pursued" getting one because I don't really like the hair that's offered in beauty supply stores and a lot of the places I see online selling hair want $100+ for one bundle of hair and ain't nobody go time fuh dat!

That is...until I came across Ali Express! I received 3 bundles for 118.80 and free shipping. I order a 14/16/18 inch since I'm going to be in the Florida "heat" and didn't want to be weighed down with a lot of hair. It's "Peruvian Body Wave" and I love it even thought I haven't installed it yet lol. Of course I have pictures ^__^


Shipping was via DHL. Yes I had to sign for it,  but they called and told me when they were outside so I thought that was nice lol. I've never had anything delivered via DHL before. The vendor I bought from had pretty excellent shipping times. I order on Friday the 18th and received the hair Wednesday the 22nd. If I'm not mistaken, this particular vendor doesn't process orders on Saturdays.

All 3 bundles were placed in the regular long plastic packing that a lot of beauty supply store hair comes in..minus the cardboard.

All 3 bundles. The longest one (18 inch) is a little thinner and frizzier than the other 2 bundles, but that was expected considering the longer you go, the thinner the bundles are gonna be. I'm sure the frizz will go away once the hair is washed. 


All three bundles had their lengths written on the sticker as pictured above.

The label around the top says "100% Virgin Hair (Peruvian Hair)"

Close up with flash.

Close up no flash. Under the light it's a dark brown color. 

I plan on getting this hair installed either tomorrow or Saturday and I'll do an updated post with more details after that. So far so good, can't really complain. The seller had excellent communication with me because I told her that I was on a time crunch (I fly out to Orlando Sunday). Y'all good customer service is the way to my heart and my business. If you don't have great customer service, I will spend my money elsewhere and I'll tell everybody I know about bad customer service lol. No shame in my game! 

Vendor: Beautiful Queen Hair Shop located in China 

Wednesday, January 2

Updated: Current Products

New year = new hair goals and "new" products.
In June, I posted the products that I would be using or trying to get rid of( View here ). Looking back now, I seen that it was a CRAP TON but a lot of what I was using was because it was the summer time and I was going to be wearing my hair out and curly a lot. Now, it's winter time and cold so I won't be doing that much to my hair. Because I have new goals as far as my hair goes, I'm currently using products that I feel will help me get on the right track.

Shampoos:
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo - I use this on my scalp once a week after I deep condition with coconut oil.
Herbal Essences Drama Clean Refreshing Shampoo - This is used after wearing my hair straight. Definitely leaves my hair feeling clean.

Conditioners:
TRESemme Smooth & Silky Conditioner - My mom bought this for me by accident, I don't really have any issues with it so far, so I still continue to use it.
TRESemme Naturals Silicone-Free Conditioner - Still loving this stuff! The only thing about this now is, when I use it for a while and wash frequently, when it dries, it dries white and flakes. So I switch between these two conditioners in order to prevent that from happening. 

Oils:
Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Used for sealing and massaging my scalp. I'm still trying to get my edges back to wear I want them, especially since I have some damage from my Senegalese twists.
Coconut Oil - This is the only thing I deep condition with now. A little goes a long way, which ultimately ends up saving me money saying that I have a lot of hair and it's thick. I've had this jar since maybe June or July? And I still have quite a bit left. I only use this as a sealant in the summer time because it gets hard in my hair in the winter because of the cold. 
NOTE: I'm also using EVOO as a sealant as well, but I mix it with my castor oil so I decided not to include it  in the picture.

Moisturizer
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie - It's "heavy" enough for my hair in the winter time, so I'm deciding to continue to use it all year round.