Sunday, December 27

2015 Hair Goals Revisited

It's no secret that I constantly have to set goals in order to keep myself in line with what I have/want to do.
My goals for the year included:

  • Healthy hair -- I think overall, my hair is healthier than it was in 2014. However, I do have a few spots of breakage along the parameter of my head that I need to pay special attention to.
  • Retain Length -- Not sure what my length is now that I trimmed my ends a little in October/November (can't remember when). But, I have retained a ton of length with the help of Nature's Bounty HSN Gummies 
  • New color with less damaging dye -- I thought I was going to get a custom color mixed, but ended up with a box color that I don't particularly care for. So this was a fail.
  • Perfect regimen -- This is a maybe. I've been so lazy with my hair for the last few months. I have been good with deep conditioning every wash though :)
  • Try more styles -- I've resorted to what I'm comfortable with, mainly twist outs. 
  • Protective styles -- Only one protective style this year, box braids
  • Experiment with more products to see what really works -- Sorta kinda. Experimented with curl creams and deep conditioners mostly.
  • Continue with tea rinses -- Didn't continue on with this after maybe March. My shedding really eased up, so I guess the rinses really did it's job.
  • Continue with hair calendar -- Started slacking off towards the end of the year. Going to start a journal for next year.
  • Bigger hair -- I can't for the life of me figure out how I got my hair to be so big when my hair was a shorter length :-/
How did you do on your goals for the year if you had any?

Tuesday, November 17

Product Review: Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies

Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies



Description on back:
Looking good and feeling great has never been this delicious! Nature's bounty Optimal Solutions Har, Skin & Nails Gummies contains just the right balance of nutrients to support lustrous hair, healthy nails and vibrant skin, all in a delicious strawberry flavored gummy.

Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies provides you with the vital nutrients your body needs to support your natural beauty from within.  Vitamin E and Vitamin C are antioxidants.  Vitamin E contributes to skin health and Vitamin C is involved in collagen production and formation, which forms the basis for vibrant skin.. Biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and promotes healthy nails by acting at the nail matrix, the base of the nail.



Directions:
For adults, take two (2) gummies on or two times daily, preferably with a meal.


I've been taking these gummies now since the end of July (I don't know the exact date, but I know for sure that I was during the last two weeks of July). I had been hearing a lot about them so i figured that I would stop suffering with Biotin breakouts and try these out and see how they worked for me.

I can't even lie, I love these things. Not only have I seen results from them, but they're in gummy form. I love anything in gummy form. I hate swallowing pills, and if I can chew it, I'll be more than happy to take them lol. I believe they only come in strawberry flavor (that's the only flavor I've seen them in anyway) and they taste pretty good. The price ranges from $5.99-8.99 depending on where you shop. I know Walgreens usually has a BOGO free or 50% all the time. 

I've had absolutely no break outs from these. Even with the amount of Biotin that they contain, I have yet to experience the breakouts like straight Biotin pills have caused. The directions say take with a meal, and I've noticed that if I don't, then I will get a headache like I did with the biotin pills. The directions also say take 2 twice a day, but I usually only taken two once a day and have been getting a good amount of noticeable growth with that.

Not only does it grow my hair, it also grows my nails quite quickly too. I don't normally let my nails grow out because they usually split or break, so I cut them to avoid that. My nails are definitely stronger because of these gummies. I find myself having to clip my nails a lot more frequently. 

As far as my skin goes, I haven't really noticed a HUGE difference besides not breaking out. I mean, I have my hormonal breakouts monthly, but not any as a side effect of taking these. 

I would overall recommend these if you felt that straight Biotin pills didn't help, or you're looking for a "cheaper" alternative without the major side effects. Now, I can't say that you'll absolutely see a difference in your hair, skin and nails because everybody is different. All I know is, they've made a difference for me so, I'm going to keep purchasing. 


Not sure if you can even tell the difference in the length of my hair, but I promise you it's there lol. 

Saturday, October 31

October Empties



  • Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails gummies
  • Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle 
  • Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil 
  • Herbal Essences Drama Clean Refreshing Shampoo 
  • Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme (not pictured)

Friday, October 30

Oct. Purchases

I originally went in for a protein pack. A PROTEIN PACK. Came out with more than that. 

Kertain 2 Minute Reconstructor, Moisturizing Oil Sheen
ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor/ApHogee Moisturizing Oil Sheen

Edge gel
Lotta Body Control Me Edge Gel/Rubber bands/Bobby Pins

Monday, September 7

Product Review: Organix Kukui Oil Frizz Defying Curl Cream

Kukui Oil Frizz Defying Curl Cream


Description on front:
Define curls with this weightless blend of kukui nut oil, an ancient Hawaiian secret used for its hydrating and waterproofing abilities, which makes this blend perfect for frizz free curls! Also contains creamy coconut milk and sweet jasmine for beautiful tumbling waves with bounce and shine.

Description on back:
Why you want it: It's an ancient Hawaiian secret for frizz free, decadent tumbling waves and touchable spirals with bounce and shine

Instructions:
Apply a small amount of Kukui Oil Frizz Defying Curl Cream to palm, rub hands together, then apply evenly to surface of damp (towel dried) hair working through to ends.

My experience:
I can't even lie. I hated this product on my natural hair. Like I absolutely hated it. Hated it to the point where it took me almost a year for me to use up the product lol. I think I bought this around the time I had my AliExpress hair. I liked it on the bundles, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work for my natural hair. Until the very end.

The consistency is like a thick cream like gel..? It's weird..and can easily weigh your hair down if you're a bit heavy handed like I am. The smell, It's amazing. A little bit on the perfumey side, so if those kind of smells bother you, I would suggest that you skip this product.

This doesn't seem to work for me on clean hair, But on dirty week old hair? Ma'm. Yes. It's been hot and my hair expanded whenever it felt the need to lol. I did a two strand twist out with the yellow perm rods at the end and I had AMAZING results. I don't think I got any pictures because, I never take pictures when I'm trying out a new product (maybe I should change that huh?)

Bottom line: I'll give it a 6/10. I'm not sure I would buy this product again. Maybe for when I get more curly bundles, but for my natural hair? Nah. I don't think it's worth it.

September Goals / Update Oct. 11


  • Continue taking HSN gummies -- They're so much more easier to take than regular Biotin. Still working on a review
  • Protein treatment -- Still slacking on this
  • Keep up with water intake -- I've had my good days and bad days when it comes to my water intake 
  • Try at least one new style so that my hair isn't down and free most of the time -- I've been wearing puffs when my hair isn't "down and out", but there's nothing new about that style
Again, my goals for the month are short and sweet. If you have any goals for the month and would like to share, feel free to comment below! 

Monday, August 31

Product Review: Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner


Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner


Description on front:
Indulge in argan oil, whipped into an opulent, decadent creme to lavish each strand in moisture, smoothing and nourishing the outer cuticle for super-hydrated, soft, shiny hair. Extra moisturizing

Description on back:
Why you want it: It's simply the creme de la creme! All the benefits of penetrating argan oil that hydrates within, this argan creme also smoothes the outer layers of the hair cuticle for touchable softness and shine

Instructions:
After shampooing, apply conditioner generously to wet hair, working through to ends.  Wait 3-5 minutes.  Rinse hair thoroughly.

My Experience:
This conditioner wasn't anything super special to me at first. When I first bought this, I used it on my AliExpress hair, and thought it was just like any other conditioner. When I used it on my natural hair..again, it was nothing spectacular.

I didn't actually start liking the conditioner until recently. I pre-pooed with coconut oil overnight, and when I used this conditioner after shampooing, I was in heaven. My hair was SO soft, easy to detangle and it was simply amazing. This was the only time I felt like the conditioner delivered.

Would I buy again? I'm not sure. The product isn't terrible, but it's also not the most amazing thing when I don't pre-poo with coconut oil overnight.

Bottom line: 7/10

Sunday, August 30

August Empties

Only two empty products for the month of August. The conditioner I'm working on a product review for and the curl creme is my usual product that I just love so so much! 


Moroccan Argan Creme Conditioner

Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme

Sunday, August 16

July Color Experience

The color experience I had this time was quite different from all of my other ones. July 8th I removed my protective style (box braids). I did a protein treatment followed up by a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment in order to prep my hair for color. July 13th was my appointment. I got the color, a trim and flat iron.

Now, the color I wanted wasn’t what I received before. The hairstylist I went to, I was under the impression that she was going to mix the color herself because that’s what we discussed maybe 2 months before. The day of, I seen that it was a box color. I’m in no way bashing her, but if I would have known it was going to be a box color, I would have gone and picked up the color myself.

The color was applied, sat under the dryer….all that good stuff. I go to the bowl for her to rinse it out and I’m not sure if it was shampoo that she put in my hair or what, but she said that she had mixed in a little bit of bleach because my hair came out dark. My hair has never been bleached before and my color came out a LOT more vibrant than how it came out this time. It could have been because my hair is naturally dark brown and I had pretty much cut out most of the color except for the front of my head.


All in all, I’m going to wait until my hair grows out some, buy the colors that I originally wanted and possibly go back to the lady that has been dying my hair since I’ve started in high school. I don’t even know what the color is in my head currently because I didn’t get a chance to see the front of the box before she threw it away, she just showed me the color I was supposed to end up with on the side of the box. 


                           


The color I wanted was supposed to be a purplish red color, similar to what I've had before, just with a more purple hue. This is like a sandy brown/reddish color. Am I happy with this color? Not at all. Will I deal with it? For the time being yes. 


Friday, August 7

August Hair Goals/Updated Sept. 7


  • Drink Water -- Definitely been keeping up with my water intake. 
  • HSN Gummies at least 4 times a week if not every day -- I've been on a roll taking my HSN gummies pretty much every day. It definitely helps that they taste good, so I don't have any issue with taking them
  • Protein Treatment -- I've been thinking about buying an actual product of a protein treatment instead of those packs. Or I should just stock up on the protein packs. Either one. 
  • Baby ends -- I haven't been doing anything "super special" to baby my ends, I have been making sure they're coated whenever I wear my hair out (which is pretty much 3-4 days out of the week)
Another month of simple goals. If you have any goals for the month of August, feel free to share in the comments if you'd like :)

June Empties

I failed at being prepared for when I took my protective styling out. I wasn't aware of how low my products were, so of course there's going to be more empties than usual.

Protein treatments, deep conditioner, coconut oil, conditioners

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
Loreal Total 5 Repair Damage Erasing Balm
Spectrum Organic Refined Coconut Oil
Herbal Essences The Sleeker the Butter Conditioner
Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner 

(I'm not sure what's up with the quality of this picture, but it's driving me nuts)
I believe I'll be doing a product review on the Palmer's and Loreal products. 

Sunday, July 12

All About: Box Braids

Near the end of May, I decided to get a protective style installed. I had been thinking about it for months, so, why not get it done during the summer?  My style of choice was medium sized box braids.

I don't remember how much it cost for me, but I know it wasn't more than $150. It took about 6 hours, breaks included, and the hair that was used was Xpression Premium Ultra Braid hair in the color 1B.

Because they were so long and heavy, I didn't want to risk them pulling at my edges, so I mainly had them in 3 styles while I had them. All up in a bun, half up/half down and all up.

About a month in, I got the first 3 rows of my hair redone to avoid unnecessary tugging and pulling on my edges, and this was a $35 touch up.

Protective style

Because I'm supposed to be going to the shop at the time I'm writing this, I'm not sure how much length I retained, which I don't believe will be much, even with the biotin I've been taking while my hair was in this style. I would take a before and after photo, however, I'm going to be getting a trim, so the length probably won't be an accurate depiction.

shedding
This is the amount of shed hair that came out upon removal. About the size of an orange maybe? It's not an alarming rate for me because I expected it to be A LOT more, so I'm not complaining.


May Empties

Protein treatment, deep treatment, conditioner
ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
ORS Olive Oil Hair Masque 
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner 

These products were used up right before I got my protective styling (box braids) in May. 

Saturday, July 11

July Hair Goals/Revised Aug. 7

Took a break from "monthly goals" because I had a protective style in for almost 2 full months. But, I'm back in full action this month.
  • Drink at least 1 liter of water daily -- I know I've been drinking water every day, but not sure if it's been a liter saying that I haven't gotten another liter water bottle yet.
  • 2 protein treatments (beginning of the month and end of the month) -- One immediately after taking out my box braids (before I got my color) and the other the first wash after my color
  • Biotin everyday -- Let's be honest.. I've been trying to finish up this bottle of biotin pills I've had for life before I started the HSN Gummies, but my chin officially looks horrible now and I'm pretty sure it's because I'm not drinking enough water. 
  • Trim if needed -- Trimmed when I got my color
  • New color -- I'm not exactly happy with my color. I'll have a different post about this coming up.
If you have any hair goals for the month, feel free to comment below :)

Thursday, May 7

May Goals


  • Baby ends
  • Biotin
  • New style (possible protective)
  • Reduce shedding/breakage 
Nothing new on this end hair wise. Working on a few product reviews. If you have any hair goals for the month, feel free to comment and share them below!

Thursday, April 2

April Goals/Updated May 7


  1. Protein Treatment -- Success
  2. Start incorporating more co washing -- Haven't found a co-wash product that I like yet. Still searching 
  3. Biotin -- A few days here and there
  4. Drink water everyday -- Mostly.. 98% of the time
  5. Baby ends -- Started using a "new" product on my ends after I twist. Good ol fashioned hair grease. Definitely helps to retain moisture 
  6. Dust/trim ends -- Success 
A few tidbits:
  • I'm thinking I'm going to straighten my hair within the next two weeks.. (whenever there isn't rain in the forecast) because I need a break from doing my hair everyday. 
  • Also, I'm starting both of my jobs next week, so I don't want my hair to be a "burden" until I can get used to working both of the jobs on top of going to class. 
  • I've been trying to figure out what my next hair color will be. I'm thinking about doing my old colors because I do miss them a lot. I'm going to have to do a little bit more research and try to narrow down my choices soon.
  • I'm also thinking about protective styling.. I don't think I want another sew in just yet, but I was thinking about giving Senegalese twists another try..or box braids.. or crochet braids. I still have to ponder on this for a little while longer as well.
If you would like to share your hair goals for the month of April, feel free to comment below! 

Tuesday, March 3

March Goals/Updated April 2

I decided not to do February goals because it was already halfway through February before I remembered that I didn't even post any lol. So, here's some for this month:
  • Tea Rinse with every shampoo wash -- I think I did a tea rinse twice in during the month. I can't remember and I haven't really been keeping up with my calendar :x
  • Baby my ends (because I still have some spots with color on the ends) -- I've been trying to find the right oils/products to keep my ends moisturized for longer periods of time, and I think I may have found it! 
  • Continue to drink water every day (and cut out the amount of pop I drink) -- After having a ton of breakouts, I decided that I was going to give up pop for Lent. I slipped up 3 times, but that was because I was stressed and didn't really care. 
  • Biotin -- at least twice a week to start out. I'm going to finish this bottle darn it. -- Seriously, if I don't get rid of this bottle soon, I'm going to scream. 
  • Try one new hairstyle -- Didn't really try a new "style" so to speak, BUT I did try out new methods and products..so this was a kinda.

I figured this is doable.. Hopefully I can actually remember to take Biotin. I'll carry it around with me if I have to.

Do you have any hair goals for the month of March? If so, feel free to leave them in the comments :)

Sunday, March 1

February Empties




  • Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle
  • Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme - I didn't know how quickly I go through this product until I seen that I used up a jar last month
  • Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil

What hair products did you finish during the month of February?

Tuesday, February 24

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Knot on My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy

Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy


Description on front
  • Sulfate free/paraben free/no mineral oil/no petrolatum
  • Softens, helps restore moisture balance, eliminates knots and tangles 
  • Enhanced with Shea Butter and Olive Oil 
  • Instead of fighting your hair, treat it to the silky slip of Aunt Jackie's special instant detangling and moisturizing remedy.  Watch the comb glide through tangles and knots with ease
Description on back
  • Unruly hair, tangles and knots don't stand a chance against Aunt Jackie's Knot On My Watch. It eliminates tangles and returns hair to a healthy moisture balance, while protecting against breakage.  Blended with Shea Butter and Olive Oil to soften and strengthen hair, this fantastic detangling remedy makes daily combing, styling and overall manageability a snap.
Directions:
Apply a generous amount all over hair concentrating on tangled and harder to manage areas.  Using a wide-tooth comb, gently comb through hair, from the ends upward, unraveling tangles.  Do not force the comb through knots and excessively tangled hair.  Apply more, as needed and comb through small sections of hair until completely untangled.  Style as usual.

How I use:

  • Dry dirty hair (usually after an old twistout)
  • Apply in sections, concentrating on the ends 
  • Let sit for 30 seconds then comb gently from the ends up
Consistency: Running, snot like feeling 
Smell: Fruity
Color: A peachy type color

I haven't gotten around to finding another detangler because I didn't really think I needed it THAT badly. Then, I started losing a lot of hair, so when I seen this in the Family Dollar a few weeks ago, I decided I would go ahead and try it out. The price isn't bad at all ($5.00 normally I think and it was on "sale" for $4.50 when I picked it up). For it to be so cheap, it really does get the job done. I've noticed that I lose less amounts of hair each week after detangling.

The only con: The packaging. I HATE when a product is in a bottle that's hard to squeeze (like the hard plastic bottles). I mean, yes the product has a runny consistency, but I would prefer for my bottles to be squeezeable.

Final Verdict: 8/10
I would repurchase again, but it's not in my top 2 of detanglers. Mane N Tail is number one and Kinky Curly Knot Today is number 2. Aunt Jackie's slides in the number 3 position. 

Saturday, January 31

January Empties

As much as I do my hair, I never ever have a lot of "empties", which is kind of weird to me. But, this month, I have 5, so it's been a long time coming.

The only product I don't plan on repurchasing at this point is the Curl and Shine Milk. I still haven't found the right way to use it for my hair, so I figured that it's just not for me, which is totally okay.

Did you have any "empties" this month? If so, be sure to comment below! 

Monday, January 5

2015 Hair Goals


  • Healthy hair first and foremost
  • Retain length
  • Possibly new color using less damaging hair dye
  • Perfect regimen
  • Try more styles
  • Protective styles
  • Experiment with more products to see what really works for me
  • Continue with tea rinses
  • Continue to keep hair calendar
  • BIGGER hair!

Saturday, January 3

January Hair Goals -- Edited Feb 5

First, let me start of by saying Happy New Year! Here's my hair goals for the month of January


  • Biotin -- I think I'm just going to stop  making this a goal lol.
  • Water every day 
  • Baby/pay special attention to my ends -- Since I've trimmed my hair after my sew in, I haven't been paying as much attention to them as I usually do.
  • Monthly protein treatment -- I'm looking to find a different protein treatment. Preferably something that comes in a bottle so I won't have to continue buying protein packs
  • Tea Rinse with every wash -- I've done a few cowashes this month. I've been getting really lazy when wash day comes because I don't want to sit under the dryer or anything else. I have done 2 tea washes this month I believe. 

Do you have hair goals for the month? If so, list them below :)