Showing posts from June, 2012

An Inexpensive Alternative to Seamless Combs

Diane #148 Steel Fan Pic 
While applying my overnight deep conditioner, I had an extreme bout of laziness. Instead of reaching a 16 inches to my right for the wide-tooth detangling comb, I chose to reach 2 inches directly in front of me for my afro pic. I didn't know if it would work or not and was too tired to care. Thankfully it did!

I hadn't detangled in a week and some of my twists (even though they were loose) were still wound very tightly, but I was able to detangle with relative ease using the Diane #148 Steel Fan Pic in conjunction with Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner. It wasn't until I was halfway through detangling did I realize that the pic is seamless with the exception of the base. However, the teeth are so long that my hair didn't really touch the base. It glided through my hair with an ease that my detangling combs don't match. Also, the points of the teeth, which are tapered, yet dull, allow for easy access to my roots.

I'm gl…

First Impressions: Hairveda

I haven't used any of the products yet, but these are my first impressions after opening them. I like that Hairveda offers more natural-based products at an affordable price and decent sizing. I've tried their Almond Glaze in the past and loved it (honorable mention on HG List). Still have it!

Now about this order: I ordered on the 10th, and my products were shipped on the 23rd. The site says shipping will be within 5-10 days after ordering; mine took a little longer. It was shipped in a padded envelope. Each item had its own plastic wrapping, which is good. When I opened the envelope, I caught a whiff of the red tea items even though nothing had spilled. Here are the items.

Asha Omega Hair & Scalp Nourishing Drops:
There's not much I can say about this. It's an oil; the main ingredients are cranberry oil, and red raspberry oil. It has a light fragrance and smells like a fruity tea. The directions say apply to a clean scalp and massage for 1 minute once a week. I…

June Favorites

I've always wanted to do a post like this, but by the time I get around to it, it's the middle of the next month. I figured I'd get a head start this time and actually get it done.


This month, I've mostly done wash & go's and lately twist-outs. Here are the products I'm currently loving in addition to what is already on my HG Product List: BASK Cupuacu Coco-Nilla Massage Serum Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask My homemade curl puddingUncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic Curl Stimulator  Body

I moisturize and seal my body, the same way I do my hair.
BASK Condensed Custard BASK Cupuacu Coco-Nilla Massage Serum BASK Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream (Yes, I use it on my body and my hair!) Jane Carter Nourish & Shine MillCreek Botanicals Aloe Vera & PABA Moisturizing Lotion Shea Radiance Creamy Sugar Scrub  Skincare & Makeup
It's too hot to do full-face makeup so I keep it pretty si…

Respect and Appreciate Your Customers!

In my reviews, I include a rating category for customer service. It is essential to one's experience with a company. Good customer service builds trusts with consumers and can build a repeat client base. Bad customer service can deter consumers from ever shopping with that vendor again, no matter how good the product may be.

I've had experiences with both extremes and some companies that are in the middle. One company, the products had separated prior to delivery, and then they molded within less than a month. Mind you, I mean all of the products including the replacements! When I contacted the owner, she said it couldn't have molded because no one else had had that problem and that all of the products had preservatives. Blatant lie as there were several complaints across forums and Youtube, and she herself had sent me a prior message telling me there weren't any preservatives in what I had received...maybe she had forgotten (side eye). Will I ever purchase from them …

Current Homemade Hair Pudding

This past weekend I tried making a homemade hair pudding. After testing it out a couple times to make sure there wasn't any flaking or dryness, I've decided to post it. Here's what I used:

4oz Eco Styler Pink
3.5oz Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
6 pumps Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia
2tsp apricot kernel oil
2tsp pumpkin seed oil
2tsp vitamin E oil

When I use this I get soft hold and tons of moisture. My hair is extremely soft! I've used it for a flat twist out and also to smooth my hair into a puff. My edges are tamed, but minus the hard gel look.

When applied the product does look white in my hair, but this fades as it dries/absorbs. I lightly spritz my hair then apply the pudding.

Also, I have to mention, this smells AMAZING! SM CES and KBB Sweet Ambrosia (Cranberry Cocktail) compliment each other very well.

Give it a try. Let me know what you think.

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Deals & Steals: Hairveda

Hairveda oils are currently 30% off. Enter the code OILS4U when purchasing. Oils are great for sealing, protecting against the elements, and adding shine to the hair.

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Review: Eco Styler Pink

I'm finally getting started with my gel reviews. There isn't much to say about Eco Styler Pink. I love it and use it frequently for wash & go's. It is the only gel currently on my staples list.

Ingredients: Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia, Centella Asiatica, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, D&C Red No. 33.

Thoughts: Eco Pink is "an anti-itch formula, ideal for scrunch waves, with no flakes or tack". My scalp itches while its's drying, but it usually does with any product. I avoid this by applying product an inch away from roots. There's no flaking though. I'm not sure what they mean by tack, but I'll assume sticky, and I don't get that either. Out of all of the gels I've tried so far, it is my favorite. It works wit…

Changing My HG List (Gels)

Each week, I've been experimenting with a different gel, using different leave-ins and techniques with each to style. I recorded my results in my hair journal (very handy) and tried to take pictures and note which products were used. One problem I had was forgetting to edit the photo information and add which products were used, but I was able to figure out which gel was used even if I didn't know the other products.

I did this for the entire month of May and am still currently doing so. So far I have tested 3 gels (about 4 uses each): Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha, Donna Marie Miracurl Curling Gelly, and Eco Styler Pink, which I used for 2 weeks. I'm currently trying out Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel, which I like so far. I'll do a full review of each gel once I have my final thoughts together.

So far I'm a bit surprised by the results, the gel I thought was my HG is at the bottom of my list performance-wise. Even my problematic Pattern Pusha that …

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