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Use up the Stash: Update #7

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Another installment of Use up the Stash... slowly, but surely.

As I Am Curling Jelly: Check out my review here.

As I Am Smoothing Gel: Check out my review here.

Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard:
This would have been a good product if it didn't flake. The flaking is so extreme, I can't imagine ever using this product again. I tried to work with it, but nothing got rid of the flakes. I hate having to wash my hair twice in the same day, and that's always the case with this product. The flakes would be all over my clothes. If I shook my hair, or the wind blew, I'd be in danger of getting those flakes in my eyes and stuck in my contacts. Check out my First Impressions post for more details here.

Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner:
This a a great 3-in-1 conditioner. I can use it as a light deep conditioner, a rinse-out, and a leave-in. I wish these were sold in bigger sizes. I've gone through at least 4 bottles.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purificati…

Only a Few Posts Lately...

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Dissertation. Moving (again!). New job.

That's it in a nutshell.

I'll try to post some of my old drafts in the meantime.

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Sincerely,
Kinks ;-)

Kinks of Nature Flax Seed Gel Recipe

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My recipe for flax seed gel is simple and quick. This is one of my HG gels, and I've been using the same recipe since my first batch.

1/4 cup of whole flax seeds (also known as linseeds)
2 cups of water
2 tbsp of honey*
2 tbsp of oil (any oil or mix of oils)*
10 drops of essential oils (any mix of essential oils)*

* indicates optional ingredients

Bring the water to a boil, and add the flax seeds. Stir continuously and make sure the seeds do not stick to the pot. The water will become thicker as the seeds secrete a gel-like substance. The longer the seeds are immersed, the thicker the gel will be. After 10-12 minutes, strain the mixture. Add honey, oils, and essential oils to the strained gel and stir well. Refrigerate when not in use.

This recipe will make about 8 ounces of gel. I put mine in an empty pump bottle. This is the easiest and least messy way of using and applying flax seed gel. I've tried putting it in jars, but more would wind up on my floors than on my hair. The p…

Update: Viviscal Maximum Strength Supplements

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Wow! So this update should have been posted a couple months ago, but dissertation research took over. Long story short, I stopped taking Viviscal after 3 months. Check out my initial post here. I didn't have any adverse effects aside from an occasional breakout when I wasn't drinking enough water, but I also didn't have any drastically positive effects that I wouldn't get from using a multivitamin or hair supplements I'd used in the past.

It's important to note that my goal in taking Viviscal was not accelerated growth. I wanted my 'new growth' to be stronger and to have less shedding overall. The potential accelerated growth was a bonus.

My hair did grow, but it wasn't anything too drastic. I'll have to search for my length check pictures and post them on Instagram. I measured before I started and again at 2 months. My growth was 1-2 inches, closer to 1 than 2 in most sections. An inch is average for 2 months. I did indeed have less shedding.…