Showing posts from July, 2012

Update: July 2012

I am still doing wash and go's as my regular style. This week I used my old rinse color Adore Bordeaux. I mixed it with Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent Moisturizing Treatment, but even so, it still felt like an intense protein treatment. I love the color and effect; it's not intense, but is visible in the light. A nice wine color. It would be more intense if I lightened my hair first, but I'm afraid of damage so that likely won't be happening. I've used this color since last year, but had switched to Manic Panic. I'm trying to finish my last bottle of the Bordeaux, then I'll probably solely use Manic Panic for my semi-permanent color sessions. I prefer Manic Panic because it is a cream and not liquid like most other brands. I don't have to mix it with anything to prevent an excessive mess.

Just a random little update for now.

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I Don't Love My Hair Texture? Say What Now!?

I don't recall where I saw this, whether it was on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, a blog...whatever. It irked me.

Someone made a comment-well several-that saying you don't have time to deal with your hair is equivalent to not loving your hair texture because you make time for what you love. I'm paraphrasing, but you get the gist of it. Now I understand what he/she was trying to say, but still.

Now this is a comment that I make all the time. I don't have the time nor energy to deal with my hair most days, which is why I do styles that require low maintenance throughout the week. When I do have time to pre-poo, cleanse, condition, protein deep condition, moisture deep condition, moisturize, seal, and style...all of that...I don't have the energy to do all those steps every time! Does that really mean I don't love the texture of my hair? Ummm let me think...NO! At the end of the day, it's just hair. SO yes, it's going to take a back seat to whatever needs to…

Review: Marie Dean Twist & Loc Moisturizing Cream

*These products were received for the purpose of review. All reviews are my honest opinion.* This review is for the Twist and Loc Moisturizing Cream. It is described on Marie Dean site as follows:

"A soft and creamy protein-free twisting and loc moisturizing cream. Twist & Loc Moisturizing Cream is perfect for twists, locs, braids and coil styles.

Our rich and silky-smooth Twist & Loc Moisturizing Cream is formulated to provide intense moisture and luster to hair. It is blended with nourishing butters and oils, and natural botanical extracts that add sheen to coiled tresses, and leave hair conditioned and feeling soft.

Twist & Loc Moisturizing Cream doubles as a skin softening body moisturizer!"

Ingredients: Distilled water, cupuacu butter, mango butter, avocado oil, rice bran oil, raspberry seed oil, vegetable emulsifying wax, shea butter, sodium lactate (natural humectant and moisturizer), vitamin B5, organic jojoba oil, slippery elm extract, Irish moss extract,…

Giveaway: Marie Dean Papaya Mango Conditioner (Closed)

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First Impressions: Marie Dean

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The first thing that stood out to me about Marie Dean was that it was the best packaging I've received so far. By "packaging" here, I mean how it was packed for shipping. Each item was inidividually placed in a bubble wrap bag, which was wrapped with tape. The "empty" space in the box was stuffed with red crinkle paper. The products weren't able to move around in the box, and nothing spilled. Below are the items I received and my initial thoughts:

Coffee & Kokum Moisturizing Deep Conditioner in Chocolate:
YUUUUUUMM!!! It smells like chocolate mousse cake and looks like it somewhat also. It's very thick. I can't wait to try this. It might give one of my HGs some competition.

Twist & Loc Moisturizing Cream in Essentially Peach:
Again YUUUUMMM!!! This smells like peach pie and ice cream. The fragra…

My Hair Story! Part II: Embracing the Kinks

I use my hair as a way to express myself and a bit of a stress reliever so whenever I'm going through something, there's sure to be a change in my color and/or cut. August 29, 2010, I did just that. Got my hair cut into a short bob-very short, up to my ears. I got a color around this time, but I'm not sure if it was that day. My relaxed ends were gone, it was extremely liberating...once it was over. During the cut though, I was a bit near tears. That same day I changed my mind and decided I would be a kinky natural and embrace my "kinks of nature". I wore it straight only for the first week after my cut. During that week, I discovered the online natural hair community, learned how to read ingredients, and watched YouTube videos. I went to Target and purchased the first products I would use on my natural hair: Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, and Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moistu…

Review: Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel

Garnier Fructis is a readily available line. Not too long ago, they released the Pure Clean line of products. I picked up the gel on a whim, and I'm very glad I did. Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Styling Gel (Extra Strong) is marketed as a "98% naturally-derived styling gel for extra strong hold, all day, with zero flaking and zero residue". It contains no silicones, parabens, or dyes.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sorbitol, Glycerin, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Fragrance, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Acacia Senegal (Acacia Senegal Gum).

Thoughts: Does it live up to its claims? Yes! When I use this I get multi-day hair. No crunch. No dryness (in case you're wondering about the alcohol). My hair feels extremely soft whenever I use it. I've never seen any flaking or felt any residue in my hair. The only time I feel residue is when I'm transferring the gel from the container to my hair. It leaves my hands with stick…

My Hair Story! Part I: The Relaxer Days

This is long overdue! I am just realizing I've never talked about my "hair story" on my blog! What the eff right? So here goes nothing.

I first got a relaxer when I was very young; I'm not sure how old but definitely younger than 10. I actually asked for a relaxer. My big sis had one and of course I wanted whatever she had. My hair was always plaited so looking back, the relaxer was quite pointless.

In middle school my hair was over-processed. The barber-yes, a barber- that did my hair would put a relaxer in at any sign of new growth. Then later on, I stopped getting relaxers in the seventh or eighth grade and got box braids for the first time. I loved them, but even then I couldn't commit to a style and would take them out within 6 weeks tops! My mother or sister would straighten my hair with the hot comb heated on the stove (Whoa! I feel old.) and use good old-fashioned grease. We eventually got flat irons when those became popular. I remember one time when the…