Sunday, August 28, 2011

Natural Hair Question of the Week: How often should I DC?

Okay, I am a little late with the question of the week. Will do better next time. I know when I first started thinking about going natural, I did a lot of research. One of the many questions I had was how often was I suppose to deep condition (DC) my hair. I come to realize that the answer to that question is,  whenever your hair needs it. I, for one, DC my hair twice a week and this partly because I wash my hair that often due to stylers I use. At the same time, I know people that DC less often (once a week or every two weeks). This really depends on what your hair needs. How long? Varies from people to people. Some DC overnight, while others DC for 15 minutes. Depending what my hair need, it could range from 30 minutes to 3 hours (henna treatments). Once you start working with your hair and experimenting, you will find what works for you. If you have any questions you want me to address, leave a comment below. ‘Til next time, xoxo.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Product Review: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Line

Here is another product review. This review is long overdue. Carol’s Daughter as a whole have mix reviews: either you love it, love some, or none at all. For the Monoi Repairing Set, I love it. The line suppose to undo and prevent damage. They say that theses products have certain ingredients that strengthen and  help you grow healthier, longer hair. Monoi Oil (deeply nourishes your hair from root to tip),Hibiscus Extract (help quickly detangle any hair type, but especially delicate, damaged hair), Coconut-derived cleansers (gentle enough for even the most fragile, distressed hair), Bamboo water (the strongest plant on our planet, helps to reinforce your hair’s structure), Pro-vitamin B5 (helps to reconstruct your cuticle), and Hydrolyzed Silk (helps fortify your hair against future damage). It has NO Parabens, Petroleum, Mineral Oil, or Artificial Color. From the first time using the products, I saw less shedding and breakage. The shampoo was not drying nor stripping compared to most other shampoos. I didn’t need a lot of it to clean my scalp and hair properly. The conditioner was moisturizing and had a lot of slip. The hair mask was okay. Like the Curl Junkie DC and my homemade products better. I have been using theses products once a week now as compared to in June and July using it twice a week. I have been switch it up with my Curl Junkie Shampoo. I must say that the shampoo and conditioner are on my holy grail list. Below are the ingredients.
Shampoo:  Water (Aqua), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Coconut Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Shea Butter Glycereth-8 Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Quaternium-91, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)
Conditioner:  Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Isododecane, Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Isohexadecane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Octyldodecanol, Ceteareth-20, Quaternium-91, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Natural Hair Question of the Week: To Poo or Not to Poo?

Okay, there is a lot of thoughts about this subject. I just going  to give my input. Many people say it depends on your hair type.  Okay, if that is so why is it that two people with 4a hair type react differently with same products? I do think that it is helpful to talk to people of same type but you have to try thing on your own to figure out what your hair do or don’t like. Everyones hair is different. I am considered a 4a (using this system due to the popularity of it) and shampoo at least once week, sometimes twice depending on what products I am using that week. I watched this chick on youtube and she said that she shampoo her hair once a month. Now, she claim to use all natural products and it is true that natural products tend not to build up as bad as non-natural products. Never the less, natural products do build up.  Co-washing does not clean your hair very well unless you are using a cleansing conditioner (eventually you do need to poo every so often). Now, I believe that the scalp needs some air occasionally and applying products after products without proper cleaning cannot be good. This is just my opinion and I am a firm believer that in the natural world, ‘do you’. Meaning, that do whatever make you feel comfortable and what your hair likes. If your like poo once a month or twice a week, that is okay. Comment below about your experience with shampooing or not shampooing. ‘Til next time, xoxo.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

For Girls Like Us Comments

This post is for the comments I have gotten about the For Girls Like Us lace wig. First, I would like to say thank you for your comments. The first comment, I am sorry that you had a bad experience. I have another lace wig from them and had the same problems you had. But it was my first lace wig and I chalked it up to not knowing how to care for it. Now, having about 8 or 9 wigs under my belt from various of sites, I can say it was part mine fault and theirs. You will have some shedding but not excessive even if you are a little green or had the wig for long time.

The second comment, I just took pics of the wig when my cousin cut it. Do to the heat wave of Arkansas' summer, I have not been wearing any of my lace wigs. I took some pics of the parting on the mannequin head, but remember I bleached the knots and thinned out the hairline a little. In my opinion, I would try  somewhere else. You are paying $300 for a curly unit that do not have the versatility of most full lace wigs (wearing the unit straight or the complete seamless, natural look of the wig). I had to tweak it and even then, people thought it was a sew-in. That is the reason I said that would buy for them again and customize the unit. Just to make sure it was just theirs stock unit but again had stock unit with natural hairlines from other websites. Sassy Secret have a good variety of wigs just $50-75 more (if you get their regular units). RPG show have nice units and excellent bleaching. Most people thought it was my hair (waiting for the Fall/Winter months to re-apply and take pics for the review). My Little Secret Online have a good variety but can be pricey and take forever on processing/shipping. Heavenly Lox needs more variety but great hairlines (waiting to re-apply for pics).  I have heard good things about Hope this help.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Product Review: Kinky Curly Curling Custard

First, I must say I love this stuff. It has everything: the slip, it’s moisturizing, great hold, and smell amazing. I just section my hair into 4 sections and apply. A little went a long way. I didn’t get the crunchy like I would get with the Eco Styler. It have a vanilla icing scent that last all day. The ingredients are good: botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectic, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance. It is Glycerin, Paraben, Protein, Silicone, and Sulfate Free.  There two downers about this product. One, shrinkage (had more compared to Eco Styler) and two, the price ($17 for 8 ounces). Love this but have to use it sparingly.  'Til next time, oxox.

Hair Style Review: Finger Coils

Excuse, the no make up. Waited until bedtime to take the pic. I normally rock wash n goes but I decided one night to try finger coils. First, I want to say that it would not be a staple style of mine. This is simply because it took me 3 1/2 to 4 hours to do. It turned okay. Others thought it was cute. I left them in for a couple of days and did a coil out. Note that there are no pics of this. Was not cute at all and with a quickness wash my hair. But the finger coils were easy to maintain and save me the 30 minutes in the mornings I used to do my wash n goes. I can imagine that it could last a week and that the time spend do the coils would balance out. Again, not going to be my staple style but maybe once in awhile when I have time. If you did finger coils, tell me your story.