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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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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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!

 

ACV Rinses,Peppermint, and a Miracle Leave-in?

Tonight I decided to do my hair rituals since I was feeling under the weather this past weekend. It’s been awhile since I did an ACV rinse. Why I stopped? I’m not really sure…was it beneficial? Yes! I started finger detangling with Vatika Oil to remove shed hair. Once I was all twisted up 8 twist to be exact, four on each side….I hoped in the shower. With my jar of As I Am cowash sitting on the edge of the tub I cleansed my scalp, nervously eyeing the large jar of coconutty creamy goodness. Oh how I wish the jar came in a pump! It’s beyond nerve wrecking making sure the entire jar doesn’t spill over every time I take a scoop of heaven. Once the condish is all rinsed out I plopped with a tshirt for a min to remove excess water to apply  Bio Infusion Rosemary Mint Conditioner as my DC. I wanted to add some honey and EVOO buuuut I’m all out of EVOO so I applied the condish alone with a heat cap for about an hour.

 I have never been a big fan of peppermint or rosemary. The smell has always been way too strong. I have rosemary EO but I only used it for prepoo with EVOO. Before I even put the heat cap on, my scalp was beginning to tingle. Some naturals loath this feeling. It started out ok….but it was just weird to me, not calming at all. The tingle just intensified once I put on the heat cap. Finally it was time to rinse. For some reason I decided to add AVJ to my ACV rinse. I poured the mixture into a squirt bottle for easier application. Was there a difference? I can’t really tell, it’s been forever since I’ve done just a ACV rinse. Are there benefits to adding AVJ ummmm not sure LOL I know AVJ is moisturizing, for the longest I thought my hair didn’t like AVJ…that’s a whole different post.

(I’ll do a quick review of the Bio Infusion at the end)

Usually the smell of the ACV is really strong, I used to add One ‘n Only Argan Oil from Sally’s to help with the smell. But maybe the AVJ neutralized the stench because it wasn’t that bad. I plopped again, twist still intact, and it was time for the leave-in. BioSilk Silk Therapy Miracle Leave-In. This was an impromptu purchase from Kroger (it was clearance lol). This stuff does everything. I was skeptical because of the squirt bottle, and I don’t care for squirt bottle leave-in’s no matter how great it is. (i.e.Taliah Waajid Protective Midst Bodifier). Here’s what the back reads:

Miracle Leave-In Conditioner; 17 Miracle uses for your hair and skin

  • Conditions and hydrates hair and skin instantly
  • Provides volume and body
  • Controls and defines curls
  • Reconstructs and repairs dry and damaged hair and skin
  • Strengthens the hair
  • Revives dull lifeless and hair and skin
  • Smoothes the cuticle
  • Controls frizz and flyaways
  • Prevents Split Ends
  • Stops hair breakage
  • Seals the hair
  • Protects hair color from fading
  • Protect’s hair and skin from environmental damage
  • Thermal protector from blow drying
  • Thermal protection from flat and curling irons
  • Leaves hair and skin soft and silky
  • Adds incredible Shine

Directions: Spray all over hair, style as desired. For skin, spray all over body.

Judging from the benefits this stuff really does sound like a “miracle” right? I stopped using this awhile back, because I have so many products I was trying to work my way through. Now that I typed all this out, I’m thinking about using it on a consistent basis to see if it works “miracles”. Here are the ingredients.

Water, cetearyl alcohol, hydrolyzed silk, behentrimonium choloride, cyclopentsiloxane, cclohexasiloxane,propylene glycol, quaternium-80, panthenol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, potassium sorbate, hexylene glycol, fragrance, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, linalool, citronellol, hydroxycitronellal, geraniol,eugenol.

This is what I found about hydrolyzed silk (via ingredientstodiefor.com)

What are the benefits of Hydrolyzed Silk Protein?

HAIR CARE-Aids in moisture retention due to its strong hygroscopic properties (silk is credited with the ability to retain 10,000 times its weight in water), resulting in optimum conditioning and increased strength. Provides superior conditioning properties, making it ideal for natural-type conditioners, shampoos, and hair repairing systems. Links hair fibers to improve elasticity, resiliancy, and restore the moisture balance.

SKIN CARE– Aids in moisture retention due to its strong hygroscopic properties (silk is credited with the ability to retain 10,000 times its weight in water), resulting in optimum conditioning and increased strength. Provides superior conditioning properties, making it ideal for natural-type skin care such as gels, serums, and emulsion systems. Links skin fibers to improve elasticity, resiliancy, and restore the moisture balance.

The reviews that I read (there’s a few on Amazon) most were from people with color treated hair (like myself). If you have color, (they say) protein is your friend. I’m no scientist, but I probably should read up on stuff and see why it’s beneficial…..

I sealed with Amla oil and used Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado and Honey Twisting Cream. I still have a whole friggin jar. Not because it’s garbage but you don’t need that much AT ALL it’s very concentrated and creamy. Unlike the silk therapy which  smells heavenly, the twisting cream has no smell. I put some satin sponge rollers on my ends (my bestfriends for a good nights sleep) and I’m calling it a night after this (very long) post LOL

The BioInfusion Conditoner has excellent ingredients also. It’s very moisturizing. The only downfall….the lingering peppermint smell. If you like that sort of thing, this may work for you. I purchased both the shampoo and conditioner from Walgreens for $7.99. I think it was buy one get one 50% off or free. The consistency was light but creamy. This isn’t really a detangling conditioner if you asked me. But everyone is different.

Ingredients
Deionized Water (Aqua) , Rosmarius Officianalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary) , Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint) , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearalkonium Chloride , Polyquaternium 11 , Olealkonium Chloride , Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita) , Panthenol , Glycerin , Jojoba Oil (Buxus Chinensis) , Wheat Amino Acid , Tocopherol , Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis) , Diazolidinyl Urea , Quaternium 22

Are you living a “Natural” lifestyle?

As naturals we make the mistake of trying to fix our hair from the OUTSIDE. But in fact it starts on the inside. Americans often complain how it’s more expensive to eat healthy. But have you taken a look at how you’ve spent your money since you began your journey? Products galore, right?

The best hair butter on the market won’t matter if you’re not eating a well balanced diet and drinking LOTS of water. Let’s not forget staying active! So becoming natural isn’t just about what you do on the outside. You have to take care of you first! Then that’s when you will see how your entire body will thank you in the long run.

Trying to get to BSL by June? What have you done to help your hair grow? Oils and scalp massages can only get you so far. Eating right and getting the rest our bodies need will lead to not only healthy skin,hair,and nails but a better you!

So for the new year, let’s not make a regimen JUST for our hair. Make a regimen to live a healthy and happy life! Cheers to staying Fabulous! 😉 *two snaps*

Hair Talk-Length Check

 

 

It’s a New Year and I really need to start documenting my progress. Of course I want to share it with all of you 🙂 We family right? lol So after Idid measurements on stretched hair, I decided to look through one of my hair journals. And lookey lookey….I see some growth! About 3-4in since June of last year. I’m not sure about the science of how much hair grows on average per month. But some progress is better than none right?! Since I decided to keep the color (attempted to grow it out) I want to pay CLOSER attention to the state of my hair. I’ve made a few changes…

  1.  Drinking more water (8×8 rule)
  2. Daily multi vitamin
  3. Workout 3-4x a week
  4. More protein treatments (light and heavy as needed)
  5. Daily scalp massages (with oil)
  6. Protective Styling (still working on this one *wink*)

I’ll post the products I’m using for the month of January in another page. The regimen is pretty much the same.

Here are my current measurements:

  • Back Layer:15in
  • Sides: 15in
  • Crown: 15in
  • Bangs: 12in

I did do a trim at the end of December, kind of a fresh start. Before I would just ‘dust’ my ends. But with the color I felt I needed to take off more, my ends were….ROUGH. Now they feel much much better.

On curlynikki I did a bunning challenge (June2011) and these were my beginning measurements:

  • Back Layer: 13in
  • Sides: 11in
  • Crown: 14in
  • Bangs: 11in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshly washed hair, no product

Product Review/Wonder Curl *First Impression*

Happy Monday! Ladies I have gotten away from my first love NATURAL HAIR! I have been so engulfed in the fashion scene, that I haven’t posted anything pertaining to the journey. I’m going to try my hardest to get everything posted this week. I got some interviews and great post for you guys coming. I’m so excited! So keep it locked here to see what’s to come.

I’ve been on a finish-to buy challenge via CurlyNikki.com But I had to step it up a little bit because I need to get down to just one or two (maybe 3) items per catagory. Thus, I’m in my own personal no buy challenge. Pretty sad huh? lol As I work through the “stash” I’ve finally gotten to try and finish some stuff to see if I really liked it. I did finish a sample size of Afroveda Shea- Amla Whipped Butter Cream . It was nice. Nice clean smell. Good ingredients. Just not really a wow for me. Most hair butters don’t work that well on wet hair for me. But this was good on wet and dry hair. It did have pretty decent hold for twist outs. I didn’t try it for anything else. For many of you that have tried Afroveda you already know that the ingredients are good. But for those of you who aren’t to familiar….

They say it does: Our Shea-Amla Whipped Butter Cream was formulated to provide much needed moisture to dry, frizzy hair. This cream is velvety soft and has the consistency of whipped parfait! Thanks to its high content of unrefined Shea Butter, this cream thoroughly regenerates dry hair lengths, reinforcing their resistance and elasticity. It restores radiance, energy and health to dry and very dry hair. And the scent? Frankincense and Myrrh. Heavenly.

How to use it: Hair butters are used to infuse intense moisture into the hair. Use nightly on the ends of dry hair by melting a small amount in palms of hands and applying to hair. Wrap hair with a satin scarf before bed (or sleep on a satin pillowcase). Can also be used on clean, wet hair to infuse moisture, or as a styling aid for twists or braids. Remember, a little goes a long way

What they put in it: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Purified Water, Shea Butter, Sesame Oil, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Herb, Amla Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Neem Leaf Extract; Nettle, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Mustard Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic), Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative) and love.  Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil blend.

This product is preserved with a paraben-free, wide-spectrum cosmetic preservative. Please use within 6-9 months, refrigerate or freeze for longer-term storage.

Next up is Wonder Curl Butter Than Love Hair Pudding. I purchased this from Aveyou.

I got the 4oz size for $12. Which was a pretty decent amount because you don’t need much. The directions said to use on damp hair in sections. Like I said before, butters and damp hair don’t mix. I used on damp twist, it just felt weird trying to distribute through my hair. I will say it did leave my twist feeling soft and some definition. It felt even better on dry hair! We’ll see how it goes. I really don’t want to fall in love because I’m trying so hard not to do the online thing. Here’s the ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice  Castor Oil  Shea Butter  Acrylates/C-10 Alkyl Acrylates  Phenoxyethanol  Ethylhexylglycerin

I’ll try it out till it’s all gone, and let you know what I think 🙂