Hair Talk/Product Reviews

Hey what’s going on! I know I’ve neglected you guys for awhile,but I’m back on it I promise 🙂 I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was great, I know mine was! Can’t beat good times with family and great food! I’ve kept my pjism under control this month so I didn’t partake in any Black Friday sales or Cyber Monday. I’m so proud of myself!!! LOL Slowly but surely I’m working through my current stash of products. I decided not to indulge in the buy 2 get 1 free at Sally’s for the One N’ Only Argan Oil brand that I love so much 😦 I have crap I need to finish and that’s exactly what I intend to do! I’m sticking to it!!

Right now I’m sitting under my heat cap doing a deep conditioning treatment with Blended Beauty Curl Quenching Conditioner.

I had just enough for one last application. I love when I finish a product lol but anywho…from what I can remember it wasn’t all that. Didn’t have much slip and it was semi-moisturizing. I purchased mine through CurlMart. For 18.50 I was disappointed. I will not repurchase. I glanced at the ingredients while in the shower (my DC usually have enough slip where I can apply it out the shower, not with this stuff) and I noticed witch hazel :-/ Not too sure about the benefits of witch hazel for hair. I use it daily for my face, I’ll have to look into that. I will give the maker of BB credit. The ingredients are great but I haven’t been won over with this line. I’m also in the process of finishing BB Curl Styling Butter.

Both products were in 8oz jars. The styling butter was $21.00 I’ve tried it for wash n gos, twist outs, and braidouts. It works ok. I have others that work better and are available on ground and for a cheaper price. The butter did give definition but not a good enough hold. Hair was soft though. Not too crazy about the smell..I can’t place my finger on it. Kinda reminds me of a cake batter but artificial.

Before applying the BB Curl Quenching condish I did a prepoo with EVOO and EVCO. I usually add a cheap condish but….since I ran out I used the oil only method. It never really worked for me before on dry hair. I got better results when I spritzed with plain h20. I prepood for about 30mins. While still in twist (8) I shampoo’d with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Moisturizing Shampoo diluted in a applicator bottle. I only put the poo on my scalp and let the suds run down the twist. Rinsed (still in twist). Then unraveled each twist one by one to apply the conditioner. The jar says you could use it for daily use but eerr umm for that price I don’t think so…

I want to try a Aloe Vera Juice rinse tonight for the first time. I’ll let you know how that goes because Apple Cider Vinegar is kinda stinky lol even when I add argan oil.

Later Loves!

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What is Protective Styling?

If you haven’t ‘Liked’ my Facebook page plz check it out! Usually I post more tidbits about my view on fashion. There are some post about natural hair too! Check it out when you get time :o) Anywhoooo I have put up some info about wearing hats to protect your hair during the cold months. Here and there I may mention protective styling….what exactly is your definition of protective styles?

There are some naturals that still rock a WnG during the cold months, but they feel as long as their ends are properly sealed it’s all good in tha hood! What’s your take on that?? Personally I’m kinda in between. I say this because I don’t literally wng anymore (as mentioned before) I will pineapple wrap over night to allow my hair to dry before going outside. This also helps with shrinkage, well at least for me. Did I mention I read somewhere that going outside with wet hair won’t give you a cold???!! :-/ The article was about different myths behind getting sick…anyway back to the subject lol

I really don’t like the idea of wearing my hair out especially when the snow hits, and it hits hard in Michigan! Others feel protective styling is properly sealing the ends IN ADDITION to tucking/hiding the ends of the hair; the most fragile part of the hair. What about wearing a weave or a wig? The natural nazi’s believe if you’re wearing a weave you’re not natural. Thoughts? Two strand twist, mini twist,bunning are some of the more popular PS’s. Lawd Jesus in heaven knows I wish I had the patience for mini twist…it just ain’t me honey! Heck even wearing a scarf is considered a PS! Your ends are covered right!

 Now that I’ve gottent the hang of the hairzing whatchamacallit (lol) I think protective styles will go a lot smoother! I’m always studying YT to find cute styles. What’s your favorite protective styles?

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Sisterhood

This post is a very personal one for me. I recently lost someone very dear to my heart that I’ve known all of my life. The idea had came across my mind a couple times, and today I felt this person spoke to my heart to really express how I feel. The woman I’m speaking of is my Godmother. She was such a strong and kind woman. She was the support system for many in her life. That’s just the type of person she was. A mother, sister, and friend…I want to put some emphasis on friend, because she was the best friend my mom could ever ask for. My question to my readers, do you have a friend that you can call on? Are you that support system for someone else? I have always felt so passionate about black women coming together so be a support system for one another. All you see in the media is black women tearing each other down and apart. Why? Why is there so much jealousy and hatred amongst the black community? I don’t understand why has it become a competition trying to out shine the next. It’s hard enough to be taken seriously, but then we have to fight amongst ourselves to get ahead….it’s sad. There is hatred between the “light skin” and the “dark skin”–we are all beautiful every shade of black is beautiful. We look at each other and say “oh look at her she think she’s this or that.” Why can’t we say “Oh look at her she doin the damn thing!” It is so important for us to be there for each other and be positive. When one of us come up, we all do. It’s hard to find a true friend out here. Women are so quick to judge you, before getting to know you. Most times when you meet someone new that have you labeled just by your appearance. Whether you have long wavy hair or short and kinky….slanted eyes…thick hips…full breast…glasses…whatever only the eye can see. That’s who you are. No one takes the time to talk and listen and learn. How many friendships have you missed out on, because you dismissed someone based on their looks. Or even how they act? A woman may be shy and looking for a friend, someone to reach out to her. But what do we see? “Oh she don’t talk to anybody she must be stuck up…what she can’t come eat with the common folk? ” Sound like anyone you know? I was there at some point, and still have this issue today. You never know what a woman has gone through that day…she may have lost a relative…she’s in a abusive relationship…whatever the case may be. Let’s attempt to get out of old habits and make new ones. I will admit there are some plain old mean women out here! Just angry at the world! Attitude for days! There are a lot of those too, I’m keeping it real! It’s not a lot of quiet Sally’s sitting in the corner reading a book looking for a friend…lol What I am saying is this. Tomorrow isn’t promised…whatever petty situations you’re harboring in your heart let it go! What a powerful force we could be if we all united and stood strong and embraced the gift of life–TOGETHER!

Thank you for reading,

Be blessed friends (Muah!)

T

 

Product Review-Hairveda Vatika Frosting

Hey curlies! I wanted to do a quick review of two products. Hairveda’s Vatika Frosting and Gold N Hot  Jet Bonnet Dryer Attachment. I’m just about done with the VF maybe one or two applications left. The dryer attachment I used only once for my first flexi rod set.

The vatika frosting is basically coconut oil infused with ayurvedic herbs (as the jar clearly states). Don’t order this and look for a new miracle oil. Folks I’m keeping it funky here! It’s coconut oil LOL no way around it. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it’s a bad product BUT I want my readers to know what they’re getting into….if you love EVCO you will more than likely enjoy VF. The smell is sooooo darngood!! Everytime I smell this stuff I want to stick my tongue in the jar! (dont judge me). It’s like vanilla cake frosting,sugary goodness 🙂 Anyway back to the review…..when the package FINALLY came in the mail (not the best shipping time btw) I was so pumped!! I order a few other products from Hairveda. Here’s the lowdown…

Price $10.99 8oz.

Ingredients: Pure unrefined coconut oil, amla extract,henna extract, argentinian lemon extract, and fragrance.

Will I repurchase? No

The next product or should I say hair tool, is my blow dryer bonnet attachment. There isn’t too much to say about this. It did what it was supposed to. The downside is that it was hard for all my flexi rods to fit under the bonnet. The hot air did circulate nicely. It’s convenient for those who have limited space or travel a lot. It can also be used for conditioning. I purchased mine from Sally Beauty Supply. I definitely would recommend this product.

Price $11.69 (Beauty club price $10.49)

 

 

Oldie but goodie

Who said the old stuff mama used to put on our hair as little girls doesn’t work anymore??? There are some oldie but goodie products out there. What’s your favorite product from back in tha day?

Tonight while rebraiding my hair for a braidout, I decided to use water with EVOO to help refresh/moisturize my hair. When I wore my hair straight a couple years back EVOO was all I used. Since it’s getting cold here in Michigan (34degrees to be exact) heavier oils and butters are my friends!! I’ve always used castor oil because of the benefits for hair growth. But if I really think about it I never had a problem retaining length then….so I’m going to give EVOO a fair shot for awhile and see how my hair responds! As naturals we get so caught up in the ‘next best thing’ and we forget about the good stuff that worked!

I know some of you are thinking, but the ingredients are horrible! Don’t let yourself get so caught up on the perfect ingredient list that you miss out on what your hair needs! I hope this post was helpful for my new readers! Come back often, I’m trying to post new material on a regualr basis!

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Bang for your buck-Spending Wisely

 

Let’s face it women (and some men lol) love to shop!

I did a post on thrifting but what about hair products? I’m going to give you a few tips on how to get your money’s worth on hair products !!!

As most of us know the trial and error process can be a tricky and sometimes expensive one! But it doesn’t have to be.

  1. Read the ingredients– Most hair products on the market have pretty much the same ingredients. The first 5 on the list is what you should pay attention to. If coconut oil is at the top of the list and you’ve tried quite a bit of products and it didn’t work, you may want to look into trying something that doesn’t have any or as much. Also just because it says ORGANIC or ALL NATURAL doesn’t mean it is! READ,RESEARCH,REFLECT (lol)
  2. Add Oils-When you add your favorite oils to conditioners,shea butter mixes, and even water. You will be amazed how it will affect your hair. Want to stretch your favorite,yet expensive, deep conditioner? Add some oil!
  3. Water is your friend– You’re natural now! You don’t have to be afraid of a little high quality h2o! LOL Water is the best moisturizer out there!
  4. Look in the fridge– Need a protein treatment? Need a good deep conditioner? Honey,avocado,mayo, and egg (to name a few) are a few items that have MAJOR benefits for your hair, and it’s right in the fridge!
  5. Use what you have/Product Swap-I hate to throw out a product that I’ve spent good money on but doesn’t work!!! First look at WHY it didn’t work. Not enough slip? Not moisturizing enough? Add some honey,aloe vera juice, or some oils to give it a little extra humpf! Or plenty of natural hair forums/meet-ups always are swapping gently used products. Do you really need 10 conditioners?!!?? *side eye* LOL
  6. Double duty– Looking for the perfect leave-in conditioner? You may already have it! Let some of your staple products pull double duty! Try leaving in your favorite conditioner.
  7. Samples-There is no shame in emailing a company to ask if they offer FREE samples or sample sizes before commiting to full size and FULL PRICED products.
  8. Mix it up– If you have a good idea of what your hair likes, make your own products!
  9. Keep it simple– You don’t need tons of product on your head! Ever heard the phrase ‘Less is More’? Well it’s true! Keep a HAIR JOURNAL and start out small. The quicker you rule out what your hair doesn’t like the better off you will be later!
  10. PJA(Product Junkie Anonymous)-I am a pj! *hangs head in shame* but to a certain extent! A PJ get’s  such a high from simply walking down the hair aisle at the groccery store. First step is admitting you have a problem! Yes it can be fun to try new things but be aware of your budget!!!!

 

There is always a contest on forums,YouTube,Facebook….why not enter one??? Ok folks that about does it for today!! Shout out to my new subscribers!!! Whoop-whoop 🙂

Be blessed!

Muah,T

The Professional Natural

 

 

Good evening naturals! Just to update you on what’s going on…I was shocked yet thrilled to see such positive responses to my picture I submitted to curlynikki.com for Show N Tell Fierce Fridays!! Nikki herself emailed me and asked (politely of course lol) would I like to submit more info about my products and usage!!! After rumaging through some old and new pics I finally came up with something and clicked send! I’ll let you know if and when she post my response :0)

I wanted to do a post for the naturals that work somewhere with a strict dress code. Personally I haven’t had to much of a problem, and I’ve worked pretty much everywhere! Recently I did have a supervisor tell me she thinks I would look “prettier” with straight hair. I don’t know if she had an issue with the way I wore my hair or if she was being nasty. Probably a little bit of both! So to my readers I want to know have you experienced any problems with your natural hair? How do you wear your hair at work? What about interviews? I would love to hear your responses.