Tam taking inventory!

I finally decided to take inventory of ALL my hair products. It’s a shame when you don’t remember what you have. There’s a Detroit Natural Hair meetup coming Feb.25 so maybe I’ll be able to swap out some stuff. Ok here we go….(don’t judge me) LOL

Key:

*1-2 uses left

**New Purchase

Shampoos

  • Shea Moisture Moisture Rentention Shampoo
  • MyHoneyChild Honey Nutt Scalp Cleanser *
  • Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut
  • Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa
  • Curls Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream*
  • Bio Infusion Rosemary Mint

Conditioners (Rinse Out)

  • As I Am Naturally Cowash (1 1/2)
  • Avon Naturals Banana & Coconut Milk (2)
  • Avon Naturals Cherry Blossom
  • Avon Naturals Almond Oil & Avocado
  • Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth
  • Herbal Essences Totally Twisted
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydratioin *
  • Aphogee Balancing Moisturizer (1 1/2)
  • TRESemme’ Flawless Curls
  • Afroveda Holy Basil* (Free)
  • Curl Junkie Smoothing Daily Hair Conditioner
  • Aussie Cleanse & Mend

Deep Conditioners

  • Bio Infusion Rosemary Mint
  • GVP Nexxus Humectress Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose
  • Mixed Silk Nourishing Deep Conditioner**(2)
  • Elasta QP DPR-11*
  • Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol

Protein Treatments

  • deFabulous Reviver Hair Repair Conditioner *
  • Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Conditioner **
  • Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer**
  • ion Repail Solutions Effective Care Treatment **

Leave-In Conditioners

  • Kinky-Curly Knot Today*
  • Curl Junkie Beauticurls
  • Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier*
  • Biosilk Silk Therapy 17 Miracle Leave-In*
  • Silken Child Leave-In Detangler
  • Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta
  • Dollar Tree Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
  • Curls Milkshake
  • Hairveda Whipped Creme Ends Hydration
  • Curls Junkie Smoothing Lotion
  • Hair Rules Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner* (Sample)
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In (1 1/2)
  • Mixed Silk Leave-In Conditioning Creme
  • As I Am Naturally Leave-In
  • Yes to Carrots Leave-In**
  • Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-In**
  • Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle Worker **
  • GVP Sebastian Potion 9

Butters/Moisturizers

  • Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream* (sample)
  • Wonder Curl Butter than love Pudding
  • WonderCurl Butter than Love Whipped(never used)
  • Donna Marie Super Buttercreme (never used)
  • As I Am Naturally DoubleButter Cream**
  • Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer
  • Curls (for Target) Curl Creme Brule
  • MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk
  • Silk Elements Silken Child Moisturizing Creme **
  • Shea Moisutre Curl & Style Milk
  • Motions Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion

Stylers/Finishers/Gels

  • Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado & Honey Twisting Cream
  • Pureology Crl Define Creme (free/never used)
  • Kinky-Curly Curling Custard **
  • Silk Elements MegaSilk Heat Protection Spray
  • Mixed Silk Curly Gel (free/never used)
  • Eco Styler Gel Krystal
  • Curls (for Target) Goddess Curls
  • Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly (sample/never used)
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime Springing Gel (2 samples/never used)
  • Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle
  • As I Am Naturally Smoothing Gel (1 1/2)
  • Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
  • got2b Smooth Operation Smooting Lustre Lotion
  • Elasta QP Feels Like Silj Liquid Styling Gel
  • Curls Souffle *
  • Curls Whipped Cream*
  • GVP Smoothing Ultimate Styling Creme
  • Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls
  • Jane Carter Solutions Wrap & Roll
  • Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream*
  • Taliah Waajid Kinky,Wavy,Natural Style & Shine (used once)
  • Kinky-Curly Spiral Spritz
  • One ‘n Only Argan Oil Styling Cream*
  • Victoria Secret So Sexy Smooth & Glossy Shine Serum (used twice)
  • Kenra Platinum Straightening Gelee (free/never used)
  • Motions Light Hold Workng Spritz

Oils

  • Vitamin E
  • Jojoba
  • Hairveda Cocasta Shikakai
  • Wonder Curl Get Slick Hair Smoothie
  • Grapeseed
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beautiful Textures Shine & Silken Growth Oil
  • Amla Light
  • Bergamot Essential Oil**
  • Neem Oil EO**
  • Lemongrass EO
  • Rosemary EO
  • Ylang Ylang EO

I think I got everything 😉

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Mixed Silk Curly Gel- A Closer Look; You will be surprised!

Good evening ladies and gents! I have been on a rampage! The last few days I have released my inner PJ and purchased so many hair products! In all honesty it was my birthday treat to myself lol because I have not indulged in quite some time. It felt good to release and just buy want I want!!! But I’ll get back to that later and let you know what I picked up 🙂 But it was one product in particular that I was sooo anxious to try. MIXED SILK CURLY GEL!!!  I love the deep conditioner with all of my heart and soul! So it was the icing on the cake to see they add a gel! There is also the shampoo and leave-in I’m not 100% sold on the leave-in just yet.
 
 
So while patrolling the hair sites I decided to visit TightlyCurly.com I came across this site ages ago but never really visited too often. I really like the ingredient list she provides. She THOROUGHLY breaks down the ingredient and whether it’s harmful for your hair or not. Anyway I sat here thinking, hmmmm let me check out this gel….and look what I found…..
 
Water
 
Hydroxyethylcellulose   
Okay
Thickener made from plants, often used as an emulsifier. This is known to be very mild, even in high concentrations [Hunting (Conditioning) pgs 239-240].
Source(s): Hunting http://www.cosmeticscop.com/
Pectin
Her website didn’t list the ingredient. But this link here talks about how it’s found in KCCC and it’s used in a lot of homemade gels.
 
Fragrance
 
Diazolidinyl urea   
Caution
Preservative that has had some controversy for being a formaldehyde-releasing preservative. Often used as a pesticide in the cotton industry, and to kill microbes for cosmetics. The CIR Expert Panel found it to be safe for use in cosmetics so long as its concentration is below 0.5 percent of the product. May cause skin irritation (as all preservatives can to some degree). [Winter pg 197].

Diazolidinyl urea is a fine white powder that’s soluble in water. Works best against molds and yeasts, and it’s known to be stable over many pHs. It needs to be used with other preservatives, such as parabens, to insure that all types of fungi are killed [Hunting (Conditioning) pg 179].
See also: Preservative Formaldehyde-releasing preservative
Source(s): Winter Hunting

Disodium EDTA   
Okay
Chelating ingredient that attracts the minerals away from the hair shaft and helps them rinse away. Good to use after swimming.
See also: Chelating agent
Source(s): Begoun
Benzyl benzoate   
Okay
Often added to make a hard product more flexible, such as in nail polishes. Benzyl benzoate occurs naturally in Balsam Peru and Balsam Tolu, as well as other oils from flowers. It’s a clear oily liquid, or can be in white crystals. It has a light floral scent [Winter pg 103-104].
Source(s): Winter

Alright everything appears to be ok BUT the Diazolidinyl urea??? A formaldehyde-releasing preservative??? What in the world?

 
I found an article via safecosmetics.org (for the full article click here) explaining the history behind the ingredient. It has been more commonly found in hair smoothing products. hmmm…..the article then goes on to say it’s found in a wide variety of hair products, body washes, and cosmetics. After time the low levels have been linked to skin irritation and maybe cancer. I’m no scientist and I have not conducted a THOROUGH research. I’m not so sure about this now. This accidental post turned out to be pretty informative. I hope it was helpful to you as well. As most products marketed towards natural, the ingredients are everything BUT natural!
 
*Disclaimer*
If you have serious concerns about this ingredient please do your research. This post was to raise awarness of what is in the gel.
 
All information has been provided from TightlyCurly.com and safecosmetics.org
 

Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls: Revisit

Happy Tuesday!! I decided to try posting from my iPod touch using the WordPress app. No particular reason, just curiosity and laziness lol But anyway today’s my 27th birthday 🙂 I wasn’t really in the mood for a special “birthday-do” but it has been awhile since I’ve did a wng.

I am surprised how many products I Don’t Have because of this finish-to buy challenge. I stumbled across Miss Jessie’s the other day. And I thought to myself, I really need to use this stuff!! For what it cost me….. Because everyone knows the products are not cheap! My only issue was the dry crunchiness I experienced the few times I did use it.

After careful planning lol I finally decided on a leave-in *drum roll please*

Yes I chose my boo As I Am! Lol It was my wash day Sunday but I was too tired after partying Saturday night. Soooo I unintentionally prepood over night with Evco. Yesterday I used suave coconut with grapeseed oil to shampoo. And Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose (AOHSR) with grapeseed and honey, baggyed and dc’d over night. I was never really wow’d with the condish before, but my hair felt like butter. Not sure if it was the overnight that did it or what.

Acv rinsed and another quick shot of cold water……I couldn’t believe how soft my hair was!!! Seriously! I plopped with a tshirt and proceeded with the products. I decided to diffuse but I added some heat protectant first. Here’s the results 🙂

So far no crunch….

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! =^)

Well it’s not my birthday OFFICIALLY but I did have a blast this weekend in the great city of Royal Oak!! We had dinner at Black Finn and headed over to Wild Woodys.The weather was AWESOME. Winter+ Feb.+Detroit= Horrible! I can not remember one birthday when it DIDN’T snow. I really enjoyed myself…you’re probably wondering what did I wear right? Well wait no further…..

The dress (I recieved NUMEROUS compliments) was from Avon! Yes I said Avon lol I’ve had it for awhile but was waiting for the right occasion. I apologize for the bathroom pics :/ I was in a rush *shrugs* LOL Enjoy!

 

Accessories: Earrings and necklace were thrifted. Belt from Dots (?) and bangles JCP.

Boots : Worthington(Jcpenny)

Coat: Worthington (JCPenny)

Clutch: Payless

Back seamed pantyhose (Sears)

Makeup

  • Foundation: Loreal True Match
  • Loose Powder: CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral (love)
  • Eyes: E.L.F.  eye palette
  • Lipstick: NYC mixed sheer red and blossom together
  • Mascara: NYC
  • Eye Liner: Bonnebell

Nails: China Glaze in Liquid Leather

Smell Goods: DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom

My hair was simple. Wet bunned with Flawless Curls conditioner as my leave-in. As I Am Naturally Smoothing Gel to slick down the sides. I think that just about covers everything ! 🙂

 

Randomness at it’s best: Hair Talk

Happy Thursday!!!!

Before we get into Hair Talk….for my Twitter followers, earlier today I tweeted asking for input on what kind of accessories to wear with my birthday dress. The color is iridescent and most thought black would be best. Hmmmm…that was too boring and typical. After venturing from store to store I finally chose GOLD!!! My mom suggested silver, but although I value mommy dearest opinion…I stuck with my decision. 🙂 When I have to dress for a special occasion (or just for any outfit) I visualize in my head the look I want to go for. For some reason gold just felt right! No worries I’ll post pics 😉

Ok a little bit ago I was moisturizing and sealing my hair to rebraid for the night (did a braidout 2 days prior).  Check out Nina Pruitt 6 Plait Braid Out Part 1 and Part 2. I find her technique is  the best because I prefer full hair over super defined hair. She also put me up on Silk Elements Silken Child Moisturizing Creme. (Have I mentioned this stuff before? *shrugs*)  That stuff is the BOMB!! It smells soooooooo good and it’s cheap! Ingredients are awesome and the price is even better. I highly recommend it. But anyway back on track. LOL While rebraiding my honey was showering so the bathroom began to get steamy from the door being shut. I started to notice the steam from the shower was making my hair feel really nice!! Prior to rebraiding I spritzed my hair (lightly) and heavily saturated my ends with my h2o and oil mix Oils used: castor, grapeseed, vit.E, and amla light I was thinking hmmmm…I wonder is that how my hair WOULD feel if I used the Huetiful Hair Steamer??? The wonder machine retails for a whopping 114 buckaroos!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of BeHuetiful.com

 

Do you own a Huetiful? Did you notice changes after the first use? Was it worth the money? I would love to hear your thoughts!