Showing posts from August, 2013

Updated Wash and Go Routine - August 2013

My previous routine has changed quite a bit! Here's a quick rundown of what I do. Photos can be found on the Kinks of Nature Instagram page (
Shampoo or co-wash Deep condition overnight (2-6 sections) Finger detangle Rinse and apply leave-in, then seal Wrap hair in a t-shirt or microfiber towel until no longer dripping wet Apply styler (6-8 sections) Pin hair down with duck-bill clips (Or alternatively) Twirl each section and pin like a pin curl Wait for hair to dry Remove clips and fluff!  Applying the styler on damp hair instead of soaking wet hair, allows me to use less product and get less shrinkage. The pins also help with the shrinkage and preserving the style; they're relatively comfortable to sleep with so I can let my hair dry overnight without worrying about messing up my style.

I preserve my wash and go's by moisturizing and sealing every morning and night. I pin my hair every night for extra stretch and less frizz. Sometimes I forget…

First Impressions: Alikay Naturals Creme Brulee Curling Custards

Image know that feeling when your hair looks good, but doesn't feel good? That's my experience so far with this: Alikay Naturals Creme Brulee Curling Custard.

Ingredients*: Aloe Vera, Infused with Essential Oils and Botanical Blend, Humectant, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Natural Fragrance.

*The packaging reads "key ingredients," but the site reads "ingredients," presumptively full ingredients. I'm not sure which is accurate but I will be writing to the company to check before posting a full review.

Thoughts: I kid you not, this smells exactly like Luden's Wild Cherry Throat Drops! It took me days to figure out why this smelled so familiar! The fragrance does linger; I kept wondering what that sweet scent was and finally realized it was my hair. After the first day or two, the scent faded.

What amazes me about this product is that though it has a light consistency, it provides a medium-to-strong hold. I was beyond skeptical that this would define and…

Use up the Stash: Update #2 (Mini Reviews Included)

Here's another installment of "Use up the Stash": I'm making progress, slowly but surely!

Afroveda Curl Define: it's ok; the hold isn't impressive, but it's moisturizing. Not a repurchase.

Crece Pelo Natural Phytotherapeutic Treatment:
love this stuff! The one without the water-soluble cone though. The cone-free version is thicker and intensely moisturizing; the one with cones, not so much.

Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion:
this used to work really well for me, then I moved and it became a joke! It's too light, too much glycerin, and not enough slip. It's better when applied on dry hair, but it just doesn't provide enough moisture for me.

Deva Curl No-Poo:
I need more of this asap! It's what a cleansing conditioner should be. Gently cleanses and moisturizes all in one!

Eco Styler Argan: the hold isn't as strong as olive. I've used it for wash and go's and my edges and wasn't overly thrilled with the results for either.

Eco Styler …

Review: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque

In my search to find a good deep conditioner available locally, I picked up Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque. Check out my first impressions post from a few weeks ago. Here's the full review.

Product Claims: Penetrates deep into the hair shaft to help moisturize and repair damaged, dry, and brittle hair. Made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients, Cantu for Natural Hair restores your real, authentic beauty. Embrace your curly, kinky, or wavy hair with Cantu for Natural Hair.

Water (Aqua), Canola Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol/Ceteareth 20, Glycerin, Fragrance, Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea), Glycol Stearate, Polyquanterium-10, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem), Daucus Carota …

Back to Basics: Porosity

Back to Basics will be a series of quick posts detailing the subject matter - the basics of hair and hair care. I chose to do porosity first because it's such a crucial property in treating your hair and picking the right products.

Hair porosity is the strands' ability to absorb and retain moisture.

High porosity hair doesn't retain moisture well because the cuticle is open. It requires frequent moisturizing and sealing to lock the moisture in.

Medium/Normal porosity hair requires less maintenance and retains moisture well as the cuticle is a bit more closed than high porosity hair and more open than low porosity hair.

Low porosity has a flat/smooth cuticle that is hard to penetrate. Product builds up easily and chemical processes are difficult. Lighter moisturizers work better for low porosity hair.

My hair is in the medium to high porosity range - more so high than medium though. I moisturize and seal morning and night, deep condition overnight weekly, and also do occa…

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle: Experiment #2

Second mixture I tried: Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle (6:1). I probably could have done 5 parts Kiss to 1 part Shea Moisture, but I wanted avoid that waxy feeling so erred on the side of caution.

I liked the Kiss mix better than the Eco Styler mix. This one provided better definition and longer-lasting hold; my hair still had movement and that first-day crunch was softened with a little moisturizer. I think if I had used more Souffle, there would have been little to no crunch. I redid my top layer at the end of the week, and had no flaking or residue.

Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Moisturizer was my refresher of choice for the week along with Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Oil to seal.

I'd probably redo this mix before doing any others if I weren't running out of Kiss My Face gel. Next time, I'll use more Souffle.

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Review: Komaza Care Califia Styling Pudding

Komaza Care Califia Styling Pudding has been in my stash for over a year now, and after 3/4 of the jar gone, I'm finally ready to complete a review.

Product Claims:
This is a soft holding styling product designed to elongate curls helping to control shrinkage without drying or flaking. Gives hair softness and shine. Works well to control frizz and smooth hair line. pH balance 6.0

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil, Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A Derivative of Palm Oil), Aloe Vera, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acrylates, Alkyl Acrylates, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Carmel, Phthalates-Free Vegetarian Fragrance, DHA (Natural Preservative).

Thoughts: I wanted to love this product, but it just wasn't for me. Every use yielded dry, frizzy hair not to mention the obnoxious flaking. My hair looked dull and felt terrible. I've tried it on it's own and in conjunction with other products, but nothing worked. I doubt I'll use what's…