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What do you want me to review?

7 Feb

Hi Beauties,

If you didn’t already know I live in Massachusetts and we are going to have a wicked stawm this weekend. Since I haven’t done a product review in a while and I’ll pretty much be snowed in for a greater part of the weekend. I have decided to play in products so that I can do some product reviews. However, the question is what products should I review, and that is where you ladies come in. I would like for you to tell me what products you would like to see reviewed.

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Stop… Henna Time!

30 Jan

I finally did it, I hennaed and indigoed my hair! Go me, go me!

I’d been contemplating hennaing my hair for quite sometime but was hesitant, tired of plucking the gray hairs from my temples I figured it was time to give henna a try. I purchased my henna and my indigo from Henna Sooq, after reading really good reviews of the company. I purchased the Lush Brown Kit which contained 100 grams of Organic Rajasthani henna (you can pick from various types of henna) and 100 grams of indigo. I also purchased a sample of the Henna Sooq Sweet Honey Shampoo Bar and an 8oz container of the Sweet Honey Enriching Hair Nourisher.  I will review those products in another post but for now let’s talk henna.

I kept my henna mix really simple, I used lemon juice to release the dye and a little extra virgin olive oil for moisture and to help the henna rinse out easier.

My mixture is lumpy in the pic but I did smooth it out more before applying.

My mixture is lumpy in the pic but I did smooth it out more before applying.

I made my henna mixture around 7AM and didn’t apply it until around 11PM that same evening. Because it was so late, I applied the henna to my hair then wrapped my hair in saran wrap, a plastic cap, and then my scarf and went to bed.

Hope you didn't think you were going to see me with saran wrap on my head...no ma'am!

Hope you didn’t think you were going to see me with saran wrap on my head…no ma’am!

When I woke up I rinsed out the henna and created my indigo mix. I had read that henna can be incredibly difficult to rinse out however, I had no trouble removing the henna from my hair. I think because I added the evoo to my mixture and I didn’t apply the henna very thickly.

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My indigo mix, this stuff smelled incredibly earthy kind of like grass?

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Do you see how black my hair is, “Yeah boy”(Flava Flav voice). I kept the indigo in my hair for 4 hours. I wasn’t a fan of the smell but I applied it to my hair, saran wrapped and plastic capped and donned my scarf again. This stuff stains!  My black and gray pillow cases definitely had spots on them so be careful. I rinsed out the indigo, co-washed with Trader Joe’s Nourishspa then deep conditioned with the Henna Sooq  Sweet Honey Enriching Hair Nourisher. Since henna treatments can be drying I deep conditioned for around 2 hours.

My results!

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Although it doesn’t seem that way in the picture my hair was pretty black, it had a bit more hang (possibly imagined) and less frizz. I am definitely going to start incorporating henna into my regimen, primarily for the color. However, I do have fine hair around my nape and sides so hopefully it will help with that.  My hair did feel a bit dry even with the deep conditioning, nothing too serious.  Next time I’ll  try a different deep conditioner next time and make sure to co-wash a little more frequently in the subsequent weeks after a henna/indigo treatment. Also, I didn’t use the whole 100 grams or henna or indigo so I have enough for another treatment, YAY!

Do you henna?

New Products from SheaMoisture

4 Jan

Remember when I said I was going to curb my product junkism for 2013?  Well that promise just got a little harder with the release of 6 new hair products from curly girl staple brand SheaMoisture. Excited? Well, before you go warm up the car let me tell you that these new products are currently available in limited distribution at select 300 Target stores and I have no idea which Target stores have been selected (sad face). Hopefully, these new goodies will soon be made available at all locations where SheaMoisture products are sold or SheaMoisture will release a list of the Target stores where the products are available.

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The 6 new products are:

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

– SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

– SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse

– SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Damage Repair Hair & Scalp Serum

– SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Exta-Moisture Transitioning Milk

– SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler

 

Hair Goals for 2013

2 Jan

With the new year upon us, I figure it is time for me to create some hair goals. Since starting my natural journey I have been leery of setting hair goals. I want this process of growing out my hair to be enjoyable, full of self discovery, and self-love. I fear  that setting goals may create  expectations, which  if not achieved will turn this experience into something frustrating and disheartening. However, since one of my personal resolutions is to, “Go For It” I am going to give setting hair goals a try, understanding that sometimes it takes a while to achieve your goals so it is important to be patient. With that being said here are my hair goals for 2013!

My main  goal for 2013 is healthy hair!

* Retain maximum length-Hair grows about 6 inches per year and I want to retain all 6 inches or as close to 6 inches as I can get!

* Create a hair regimen

* Stop buying so many damn hair products!

*Be more adventurous with my hair-I was thinking a little color, maybe a cut or at least some funky protective styles

*Continue to educate myself about natural hair

What are your hair goals for 2013?

Viviscal Update

30 Dec

Hi Beauties,

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I am on my second month using Viviscal and wanted to give a quick update on how things are going. First, Viviscal is damn expensive! It retails for about $49.99 per box however, if you buy 3 months/boxes at a time from directly from  the Viviscal website you get a discount. I am going to have to buy in bulk the next go round because trying to find it for a price lower than $35.00  is next to impossible and I have been stalking both Amazon and Ebay faithfully. Second, I am really pleased with my results thus far; my hair feels stronger and dare I say it my edges are growing/filling in. Party over hair indeed! I didn’t really notice if Viviscal is giving my growth rate a boost. I have been in yarn braids for much of the past three months so I haven’t really had a chance to measure however, my intention in using Viviscal was more to fill in the thin areas than to grow my hair faster. However, going forward I will try to pay more attention to growth. One more thing, I have added  a new set of vitamins to my vitamin/supplement, inside out healthy skin, hair, healthy living regimen, Nature Made Skin Beauty & Wellness Pack. I really like these vitamins but they have been discontinued and you can only get them on Amazon so I doubt I will be using them for long. That being said the wellness pack contains five different vitamins that help with skin, beauty and wellness: Green Tea & Alpha Lipoic Acid, Biotin, Lycopene, Vitamin C and a multivitamin.

Do you use supplements?

Products Comparable to Miss Jessie’s, Without the Miss Jessie’s Price Tag?

13 Dec

Hold Up, Hold Up, Hold Up! I do hope you said that in your Big Sean voice cause I did…Ha!

Last week I was in DC visiting my Babe and somehow we ended up in a beauty supply store. Actually he needed a set of clippers something about DC barbers being way too expensive and wanting to learn how to line up his own hair. And since I am an honest to goodness product junkie a trip anywhere near a beauty supply store is a trip I want to take! This time around I kept it simple. I  picked up a couple of pillow packs from a company I had never heard of III Sisters of Nature. Get this, they tout the 4 products in their line as being comparable to a bigger natural hair care line like Miss Jessie’s or Kinky Curly. And their stuff is a fraction of the price!  I purchased the Sweet Honey Rose Treatment which is supposed to be similar to Miss Jessie’s Super Sweet Back Treat and the Once a Week Treatment which is supposed to be similar to Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery. Both the Miss Jessie’s Super Sweet Back Treatment and the Rapid Recovery are $48.00 for 16 oz. whereas the III Sisters of Nature products are $12.99 for 8 oz. of product.  Score! I have never used either of those Miss Jessie’s products but I am hoping to get my hands on them so I can do a comparison. Either way I promise to do a review on the III Sisters of Nature products.

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Has anyone heard of III Sisters of Nature or tried their products?

The November curlBOX vs The November CurlKit

17 Nov