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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Soho Makeup Brushes *First Impression* and French Twist Updo

Happy MLK Day!

I’ve used a couple of the Soho Brushes from Walmart twice already. So far I can tell a major difference between them and the E.L.F. brushes I purchased from Target. I’m not knocking E.L.F. it’s a great starter brush/eye palette for beginners like myself. I used the eyeshadow brush,smudger, and foundation brush. First the Soho brushes are noticelably softer. I used the same eye primer by E.L.F. but for some reason the color POPPED a lot more! I forgot to take pics from both days. But I do have some.  I think the Soho brushes picked up the pigment better and the entire look came together even more with the smudge brush. Foundation by L’oreal True Match, mascara by NYC. What ya think?

I’ve been wanting to try CurlyNikki’s look, the french twist. I used a banana clip and bobby pins to achieve the “twist” and the scarf from Dollar Tree.

Mini Dollar Store Haul *Pics*

Happy Friday! If you haven’t noticed it’s Friday the 13th….I don’t really believe that sort of thing. What about you? Do you consider yourself to be superstitious?? It seems like if you believe you’ll have bad luck, that’s when stuff happens. Just my opinion…

Anywho…I love the dollar store. I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s also a death trap! You go in there for a few items and leave spending $20 :-/ Yea that sorta kinda happened to me today.

I was reading Hairscapades blog. Check her out >>>here<<<  she did a mini dollar store haul of some cute hair scarves she found. Here’s a picture of what I picked up today from Dollar Tree.

 

The brushes are by Soho Beauty,these I got from Walmart, the set was $12. I’m looking forward to using these they feel really soft. The kit came with four brushes: highlighter,foundation,eyeshadow, and smudge. The leopard print case is what caught my eye. Once I got home I looked at the website, apparently the brushes are new to the product line and they  specialize in makeup cases. Also in the picture there’s a nail art pen, moisture gloves and socks, and the leopard *wink* scarf. The nail pen has a nice point to it for those of you who aren’t as creative like myself lol it’s reminds me of a marker. I wanted the gloves because my cuticles have been really dry and cracking lately. I’m hoping that it will go away since I’ve been drinking more water. I use lotion daily, but I’ll try massaging jojoba oil into my cuticles and wearing the gloves at night. Same thing for my feet, I’ll apply a heavy moisture cream before bed. I plan to order some cocoa butter from butters-n-bars if I can’t find it locally first.

Right now I’m still not sure about the wonder curl pudding. It’s hit or miss. Tonight I’m doing the baggy method. Nothing fancy smancy here just a regular grocery bag.

For some reason when I did my length check post one picture whouldn’t load so here it is again…

Later!

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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