Wednesday, December 31

2014 Hits and Misses

To be completely honest, 2014 just hasn't been the year for me. I've suffered emotionally and spiritually and my hair also suffered. Looking back over the pictures I have in my old phone, I just wasn't impressed with the state of my hair overall. The things I wanted to work on, I didn't. Life just simply took over and my hair took a backseat. You live and you learn; my hair journey is a learning process. So, without further blabbering:

  • Biotin - Even though I'm still trying to take it on a consistent basis, I have noticed a slight difference in my hair. I still have quite a few pills left, so I plan on finishing the bottle within the next few months. 
  • Drinking water daily - Healthy wise, and hair wise, it makes a difference.
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner - In my review I stated that at that particular moment, I wouldn't repurchase, but that has changed. I think it works better during the colder months for me than in warmer months.
  • Coconut oil - I've went a few months without my coconut oil, and my hair could definitely tell. I use this mainly for pre-poos (and lately on the scalp for my leave out around my sew-in) and it definitely helps with retaining moisture on the days I shampoo my hair
  • Castor oil - Yes it's heavy, yes it smells, but this oil is my ride or die lol. It helps aid in my growth and helps me seal my ends. I believe I'm going to start adding a butter on top of the castor oil
  • Pantene Truly Natural Hair Deep Conditioner - This stuff = amazing. That's all I have to say.
  • Herbal Essences Drama Clean Shampoo - I use this when I need to clarify. During the summer, this stuff saved my hair from the product build up.
  • Keeping a hair calendar - This has been especially useful when I had my sew in to keep track of when I flat ironed my leave out so that I wouldn't further damage it. It could still use some tweaking, but this has been a definite hit!
  • Ali Moda Customer service - There's a line between really caring about your customers and wanting to fix whatever issue they have and straight up harassing them. That line was definitely crossed.
  • V05 conditioners - I've loved these for a few years, mainly because they were cheap and always on sale. However, I've read many articles talking about how this product is banned in California because some of the ingredients can cause health issues. Not only that, the product does nothing for my hair anymore. It's basically like scented water for my hair.
  • Maintaining my ends/retaining length - This was one of my main goals for the year and I failed MISERABLY. I've been growing out my color, and everyone knows that with lighter color, is more of an upkeep. Now that the color is now strictly on my ends for the most part, it's the driest part of my hair. It breaks off just as "fast" as it's growing and it's kinda frustrating. 
  • Curly hairstyles in general - As I've stated before, I just wasn't too impressed with my quality of hairstyles this year. My curls I know there's a lot of things that ties into this, products included.
Honorable Mentions aka "Eh"
What were your "hits" and "misses" for the year?

Tuesday, December 16

Final Review: Ali Moda Peruvian Body Wave Hair

It's been about a month and a half since my install, and quite honestly...I'm tired of this hair.  If it didn't shed so much and the customer service wasn't crap, I wouldn't mind ordering this particular hair from this particular vendor over and over. Let me comment on the vendor communication real quick.

I've legit been getting harassed by this vendor since Thanksgiving day. She started off by calling me multiple times back to back and left voicemails each time she called because I didn't answer.  So then, she sends me a message via Ali Express, which I replied to.  Basically, we went back and forth for a while. I definitely made it known that I didn't appreciate being harassed on Thanksgiving and she did she apologize or even acknowledge it? Definitely not. She went right back to trying to convince me to change my feedback from 3 stars to 4 or 5 stars.

She wanted me to change the feedback in order for me to receive a refund ($80) or 3 new bundles of hair. I told her that I'm not changing the feedback on the hair that I already have because that would be lying. If she would have sent the hair and it was better quality hair, then I would have easily and quickly changed it to 4 or 5 stars. I've seen plenty of YouTube videos and feedback saying that a vendor told them they would send them a refund or replacement hair once they changed the feedback and they ended up receiving nothing.

Since Thanksgiving day (November 27), I've received:

  • 16 emails from her to my personal email address (not through Ali Express)
  • 8 voicemails (I don't know how many calls because I've blocked the number she was calling from)
Since my last response via Ali Express on November 29, I've received:
  • 21 messages
  • 1 text message
Would I recommend this hair? Absolutely NOT. The hair itself wasn't that bad besides the fact that it shed a lot (honestly, I'm surprised there's still hair left in the weft, I will definitely be sealing my wefts from now on..from any company), and the fact that there was hair dye constantly running every time I wet the hair. It was the customer service that did it in for me. I'm so big on customer service. Ali Moda has the worst customer service I've encountered in a few years from any company. I appreciate them trying to correct the issue I was having, I really do. But, you just don't bombard me with phone calls, emails, voicemails and messages when I tell you I'm not changing the feedback before I get the refund or new hair. 

Just in case you were wondering, NO I did not accept the refund or the new hair. I want nothing else to do with them quite honestly. 

Overall rating: 4/10
**I have a few pictures up on my Instagram ( tyeshee ) if you want to see this hair curled, straight and in it's natural wave pattern.

Friday, December 5

December Goals/Updated Jan 1

  1. Continue to drink at least one liter of water every day -- I haven't necessarily been keeping the exact amount of water I've been drinking, but I know I've managed at least 2 bottles of water every day
  2. Biotin more consistently - If the bottle is out of sight, I won't remember to take it.-- According to my calendar, I've only taken Biotin 5 times this month. Oops.
  3. Give my hair some extra TLC when I take my sew in out - This hair is just giving me issues, so I should be taking it out around Christmas time. Stay tuned for the update. -- Definitely done. It took about 3.5 hours to remove the sew in on Christmas, but I made sure I was extra careful. Pre-pooed with coconut oil over night, clarified, conditioned, did a protein treatment and deep conditioned.
If you have any hair goals for December, be sure to comment below!