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Dry Detangling

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After two weeks of no form of detangling whatsoever and more than a month of solely finger detangling, I decided to try dry detangling and really put some of my products to the test. The results weren't exactly what I expected, but at last now I know some other uses for products.

Before starting the process, my hair was extremely dry and tangled from testing out a product that just did not agree with my hair in any combination. I had recently watched a Chary Jay video on Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and how great it is as a product for dry detangling. I initially only used this, but then I decided to treat other products as week to awe if one of them gave me better results than the Ghee. I'm glad I did because I found 3 products that yielded better results.

The products are ranked 1-4 with 1 being the most liked/best results. Each product was applied then smoothed through section before using a wide tooth comb followed by a modified Denman brush.

4) Qhemet Biologic…

A Natural's Living Nightmare

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I know most naturals complain of dreams involving relaxers and losing their lovely kinks of nature. I've had them also, but here's a living nightmare: having half-fro, a matted tangled dry fro at that, and half-chunky twists then having to go out. Shame! My hair was a complete mess, which I'll explain in an upcoming post. There wasn't anything I could do within twenty minutes, and I wasn't about to undo the hard work I'd put into detangling. I had to cover my hair, but a loose fro doesn't fit very well under most hats. Even after I managed to tie my hair down with a silk dark and put a beanie over it, it still poofed up. It looked like I had locks underneath. I'm just thankful today wasn't as hot as it normally is.

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What's In it: TRESemme' Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

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This post will be a breakdown of the ingredients in TRESemme' Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. Recently, the ingredients were changed to remove alcohol and isopropyl alcohol, which were replaced with benzyl alcohol; in addition, aloe vera and avocado oil were moved up the ingredients list. When purchasing this conditioner, check the ingredients list because the old formulation is still stocked in stores.

The ingredients list reads as follows:

Old formula:
Water (Aqua), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic, Capric Triglyceride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris, Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Aspartic Acid, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Citric Acid, Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

New formula: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyrceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Diemthlyamine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis …

Cleansing Conditioners

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When I was relaxed, I shampooed my hair two or three times in one wash until I got that squeaky-clean feeling. Thankfully, now I know better. You know better; you do better right? I don't clarify very often: once a month or once every 6 weeks. I don't necessarily follow a strict schedule, but more so do it when I feel it's needed, which is rarely. By eliminating water-insoluble silicones and petroleum-based oils from my regimen, I have reduced the amount of build-up I experience and can clarify less frequently. I use a botanical/cleansing conditioner at least once a week in conjunction with my regular co-washes.

Lorraine Massey, the co-author of Curly Girl: The Handbook and founder and co-owner of Devachan, recommends the use of sulfate-free shampoos or "botanical conditioners" for cleansing. Botanical or cleansing conditioners are popular among those following the CG method or modified CG method. They cleanse the hair without the drying effects that often resul…

Update: BASK YAM Nectar Intense Hair Nourisher

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I contacted the owner about the change in consistency of the YAM Nectar Intense Hair Nourisher. The following is her response:


Thanks so much for your blog review of the products!  The YAM Nectar formula is definitely the same.  But, we are now using a commercial immersion blender in order to make larger batches & the shearing action is generating a softer consistency.  Right now, I'm in the process of looking for an alternate container because I do realize the low-profile jar may not fit with the looser texture.  I got a few suggestions from customers on Facebook as to what kind of container they think would work for the YAM - so I may repost to get more feedback on what we could possibly use! Thanks, Rashida
Maybe a jar with a pump would be a good container. Kind of like the container used for Jane Carter's Curl Defining Cream. The jars with pumps tend to have sturdier pumps than the bottles. I'd worry about clogging with a bottle. 

Fo…

First Impressions: BASK (Beauty Assortment for the Sunk Kissed

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I've posted about BASK previously here; that was my first experience with the company. I recently placed another order during the Mother's Day sale and again I have to say the customer service is outstanding. There was a problem with the site, and I contacted the owner Rashida. She responded quickly and was very helpful. She did a custom order for me order through her Etsy shop. I didn't know which items were in stock because some had already sold out that first day, so I just listed what I was interested in hoping that I might still be able to order them. Thankfully, I got all of the products I wanted...and I must say they are delightful!

Condensed Custard in Lemon Beignet:
It smells edible. YUM!!! The fragrance reminds me of Marc Jacobs Biscotti Splash. The texture is soooo thick and creamy...and I just want dessert when I open it. I'm slightly fearful of putting this all over my body or hair simply because I'd be having cravings all day! Can't wait to try …

Review: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

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I've had Oyin Handmade's Hair Dew since August or October of 2011 so I've had a good amount of time to really test the product, and I love it. If you haven't noticed already, it's on my HG List. Click the link to check out what else is on the list.
Hair Dew is a light leave-in suitable for daily use. Oyin Handmade compares it to "old school hair moisturizers" but with ingredients that are "actually good for your hair." I agree! The feel isn't as oily as your Luster's Pink Lotion or ORS Olive Oil Moisturizer, though; it is truly a moisturizer. It's glycerin free so most likely will work well in various dew points.

Ingredients:
purified water, castor oil, olive oil, organic aloe vera gel, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifier), coconut oil, olive squalane, optiphen (preservative), cetyl alcohol, fragrance, and love!

I mainly use this as a refresher for fluffing or moisturizing nightly. I use it as a leave-in also. I have occasionall…

Goodbye to Frizz? I Wonder

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I don't know yet if it's a fluke, but I'm realizing that I get less frizz if I simply don't section my hair when doing my wash & go's. My process is below:

I get my hair soaking wet then apply a rinse-out conditioner with my head tilted back and then forward. I again lean under the shower head quickly, not enough to rinse the conditioner, but just enough so that the conditioner can spread easily. Then, away from the water, I scrunch my hair as I tilt my head in different directions. For me, the squishing sound is an indicator that I've thoroughly saturated my hair with conditioner. After this step, I either just leave it or scrunch in some gel for extra hold.

If/when my scalp feels itchy/irritated, I do a scalp massage with warm water prior to applying the conditioner. Once a week I use an actual cleansing conditioner along with the scalp massage. I detangle and deep condition afterwards.

Currently the products I am using are Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing…

No More Flat Ironing!

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Clearly, straightening just is not for me. Yep, more heat damage. Not much, but it was definitely there. I cut the straggly ends, but it isn't noticeable. My wash & go still looks the same. The worst of the damage is near my edges. A small section of hair, probably three or four thin clumps of curls, is now straight very near to the roots. It's about an inch of straight hair, then curl. The good thing is that the section is so small that it blends easily. Regardless, I won't be straightening again. No more avoidable setbacks.

Another con: my hair feels so dry! I'm going back to strict CG until my hair feels normal. I spray/mist it frequently throughout the day with water or a mix of water and conditioner or leave-in. At night, I moisturize and seal, and apply my Hairveda Almond Glaze mixed with Jamaican black castor oil to my edges.

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Update

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Thoughts on CG Method: I liked my results. I did notice less frizz, but I think that's a result of using no tools and consistently doing wash & go's.

Currently my hair is straightened. I prepped my hair by doing a wash & go cow-washing with AIAN Coconut Co-Wash and then moisturized with Darcy's Botanicals Curl Styling Cream and finished with Darcy's Botanicals Curling Cream Gel (love this combo!). The same night when my hair was partially dry I did a curl former set using LottaBody Carrot & Keratin Setting Lotion and Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. The next night I used Crisco to flat iron. My hair started reverting instantly so I wrapped it and wore a bun the next day. The dew points are extremely high here so I expected the reversion. It's not too bad, the crown is frizzy, but that's about it. The partial reversion makes my hair look full and thick so I don't mind.

Today, I'm wearing a bantu-knot out, which I styled using …