Straightening Natural Hair…Self Reminder

I have had my natural hair straightened three times now.  The first time was at a Dominican salon and I had so much breakage after that.  I thought my hair would never recover!

The second time was at JcPenney when I got color added as well.  Unfortunately, my hair still experienced breakage, although nowhere near a much as before.

Done at JcPenney

The third time I decided to straighten MYSELF because I know I handle my hair better than anyone else…and guess what…NO BREAKAGE!

Done by ME…longer and stronger!

To do the job, I first washed and conditioned with the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing line.  After that, I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave in followed by the CD Chocolat Blow Dry Cream.

The shampoo and conditioner were okay.  This is the second time I’ve used the blow dry cream and I feel I can say that I don’t care for it at all.  It coats my hair and when it dries it has a feeling as if it is waxy and hard.  I want my hair to be soft when I blow dry.

Once my hair was dry, I separated it into small sections and applied my generic Paul Mitchell Super Skinny serum as a heat protectant and then Aqua Net hair spray for hold.

Both of these items have been a staple since my relaxed days.  The serum holds in the moisture and the hair spray holds the hair while not making it too hard.  I can use the spray and still wrap my hair at night no problem.

I don’t have a video of me straightening, but the process I used is shown in the video below.

Next time, I’m going to skip the blow dry cream and use the serum to blow dry instead. I’ve used it to do so before and my hair was soft to my liking. To maintain my hair, I used Mi-Me Handmade Fascin8ting Hair Elixr and wrapped each night.

I don’t know what was so special about this time, but my hair lasted longer than it has in the past. I think in the future I’m going to continue to do it myself. I had no breakage and no heat damaged straight ends to cut.

Product Review: Pouts & Winks Makeup Boutique + Coupon!

Note:  I have no clue why my photos look so blurry, but feel free to click on them for a much clearer view.

Last week I got the chance to try the awesome makeup from Pouts and Winks Online Boutique.  This line is owned by Memphian Rhonda Boutte’ and is available for purchase at  www.poutsandwinks.com.

There are numerous eye and lip colors to choose from, as well as falsies for your eyes and a primer made for eyes and lips to provide long-lasting color.

One of the items I purchased was the Socialite Lip Gloss, $12.00

This gloss has some serious staying power and I love that it adds a soft touch of color without being dramatic.  It also smells of vanilla and I can’t keep my nose out of it.

The second item I purchased is the Seduction Butterfly Palette, $20.00.

I’ve only played around with two of the colors and they lasted pretty much all day.  For optimal wear, I would definitely use with a primer.  Using a primer would really make the colors pop.

Below are a few pictures I took with the gloss and eyeshadow colors.  I used a burgundy liner with the gloss because I wanted a berry color.  I did not use any primer with the eyeshadow.

If you would like to purchase any of the items from PoutsandWinks.com, visit the site and use the coupon code “PUCKERUP” for a 15% discount.

Finally, below is a video of the launch event I attended last week…

NO BUY CHALLENGE 2012: Hair Product Version

 

From this day on, I am on a NO-BUY until Black Friday 2012.  I will not purchase any hair products until I use up what I have or Black Friday, whichever comes first.  I have way too much stuff and I need to use it up!

Used on straight hair only

 

Rinse Out/Deep Conditioners

 

Gels

 

Leave-In Conditioners

 

Pomade/Butter/Hair Grease

 

Oils

 

Shampoos

 

Moisturizers

 

Black Rinse

 

Curl Definers

 

Serums

 

Curl Definers for Wash n Gos

 

I will only make two exceptions to this challenge.  One is the Ouchless headbands by Goody.  I cannot find these anywhere!  Last time I purchased some online from LuvNaturals, and she doesn’t even have them anymore.  The other exception is for the B.A.S.K. sampler pack.  The one I want has been out of stock since forever and I’m patiently waiting to try this line.

I’m going to keep track of things I want on a separate page up top so that I can be ready to purchase in November.

Anyone else wanna do a No Buy Challenge with me???

1st Impressions: Sofn’free GroHealthy Milk Protein & Olive Oil Really Deep Conditioning Treatment

I have only used this once, and received the 1.7 oz packet from June’s Curl Box.  The packaging emphasizes milk protein, olive oil, and omega-3 as it’s main components.  From the back…

  •  Milk Protein:  Soothes the scalp, strengthens & adds shine
  • Olive Oil:  Promotes a healthy scalp, repairs damage & adds even MORE shine
  • Omega 3:  Rebuilds, strengthens & protects hair from within

It’s time to treat your hair and scalp to something special and nourishing.  Pamper them both with oils and proteins essential for nourishment and growth.

The directions mention to use the entire packet on the hair and sit under heat for 10-15 mins. or without heat for 30-45 mins., covering your hair with a plastic cap for either option.

Texture:

This packet is very generous in product and it is super thick and creamy.  I have been looking for a thick deep conditioner like this for a long time!

Scent:

The smell of this is horrible!  It smells like Nyquil or any other type of medication.  At first, this was a deal breaker, but that all changed once I rinsed it out.  One good thing is that the smell doesn’t linger.

Performance:

When I applied this to my hair, my scalp was tingling like crazy.  If you have ever used Dr. Miracle’s new Curl Care line, it feels just like that.  It feels like menthol and I definitely felt it.  I did not like the feeling at first, then it started feeling good and really soothing.

Even though this is a thick conditioner, there is no slip whatsoever.  I would definitely not recommend detangling with this in.  After rinsing this out, my hair was sooooooooo soft, that finger detangling was not a problem (I don’t use combs or brushes so I can’t speak on that).  My hair felt awesome and made me forget all about the smell.

Ingredients:

If you are big on not using certain ingredients, you might not like this as mineral oil is the 2nd ingredient.  All of the highlighted ingredients that I listed above are much further down in the list.

Would I use again?

YES!  I would definitely purchase and use this again, as my hair was just too soft to ignore.  My hair hasn’t felt this soft in a long time and I am in love with the consistency of this product.

Purchase info…

I have found this product at Wal-Mart and I’m sure you can find it at Sally’s as well.  The packet will cost a just about $2.00 or you could purchase a 16 oz tub for $7.00.  More information about this product can also be found at www.mmproducts.com.

CharyJay is coming to Memphis!!!

I know that I have been MIA for a long time, but I know that I have several readers in the Memphis area and I had to share this.  One of my absolute favorite You Tubers, CharyJay, is coming to Memphis!  I’m so mad because I will be in the hospital recovering from surgery, but this just gives me an excuse to take a road trip to see her and others another time.  Deets are in the flyer posted below….

CharyJay has some of the thickest hair I have ever seen and it is so beautiful!  I was first drawn to her channel through her protective styling videos and whenever I am feeling down about my hair, I go to her videos.  She makes styling and hair care seem so easy.  Below is a video she has regarding the event…

If you are in the area, please make sure to check out this event.  I know that it will be lots of fun and I bet there will be a lot of good vendors there too.

Below is one of CharyJay’s recent styling videos – a fab twistout with Qhemet Biologics!

May 2012 CurlBox!

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I got my May CurlBox today! Its contents include…
Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer (full size)
Kynx Texture Defining Gel (full size)
Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion (full size)
I Love My Fro Shea Butter Whip, Orange-Vanilla
Luster’s Renutrients Slick Stick
Versed Well Hair Journal
ORS Hair Repair Anti-Breakage Creme
ORS Olive Oil Hair Masque
ORS Olive Oil
ORS Shea Butter Hair and Scalp Lotion

I haven’t sniffed and played with it all yet, but I can’t wait to do so!!!

Fighting Hair Breakage…

I have been dealing with huge amounts of breakage ever since I washed out my dominican blowout.  My bathroom sink has been covered with small little hairs and I’ve been dealing with straight pieces in my hair.

My hair is slowly making progress and I credit it all to the following…

  1. Weekly deep conditioning.  I’ve been deep conditioning every week since.  What I use has varied because of me trying to use up some stuff, but I make sure to leave it in for either a few hours or overnight.
  2. Moisturizing and sealing daily.  I know for a fact now that I am a water and grease type of girl.  My hair is happiest when I use the two added with a leave-in.  Every night, I make sure to spritz my hair lightly with water, apply a leave-in conditioner, and apply my pomade.  I make sure to do this in sections so that the product is distributed evenly.  Doing this helps keep my strands happy and helps to minimize knots and tangling.  My favorite combo so far is Eden Bodyworks Hair Milk and Mahogany Roots Jasmine Peach Pomade.
  3. Twisting my hair nightly.  Some people may say that this is too much manipulation for the hair, but my hair loves it.  If I don’t twist my hair each night it will be tangled in the morning.  I always twist using 10 big twists and I will either wear a twistout or a tuck and bun for the day.
  4. Application of a heavy duty protein treatment.  My hair really doesn’t like protein, but when I saw all those little hairs I figured that it could not hurt anything.  I purchased a packet of the Aphogee Two-Step Treatment and applied, making sure that I used a moisturizing deep conditioner afterwards.
  5. Trimmed my ends!  Before the trim, I had not trimmed m hair since my BC!  I guess you can say that I was hanging on to the length.  To trim, I simply twisted my hair and snipped the ends or I trimmed without twisting on the angled parts.  Now that I’ve trimmed, my hair feels amazing and its behaving a little too.
  6. Stopped using a comb/brush.  Using either one causes a lot of breakage for me, so I use my fingers to get the job done.  My hair is not tangled or matted at all.
  7. Stopped using any type of heat.  I’m not adding fuel to the fire.  My hair will be 100% when I add heat again!

Have you had to deal with hair breakage before?  How did you overcome the situation?

I <3 April’s CurlBox!!!

Before I received this month’s curlBox, I was hoping that I would receive a shampoo  and moisturizers to do twistouts with.  Lucky me I received just that this month!

April curlBOX

NuTress Hair Moisturizing Protein Pack for Colored Treated Hair:  Ever since I washed out my Dominican Blowout, I’ve been amping up on my protein even though my hair normally does not like it.  As I sit here and type, this conditioner is sitting in my hair.  The application was smooth, but I’m not going to try and detangle with it.  I’m saving that job for the next product, which is…

Taliah Waajid The Great Detangler:  I haven’t opened the packet yet to look at the consistency, but by looking at the included card, I can tell it is creamy.  Can’t wait to try this out.

Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream:  I will be using this tonight to twist up my hair.

Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer:  It is my understanding that this is a gel type product.  I’ve never used gel for a twistout, but I think I want to try tonight.

Ampro Pro Styl Olive Oil Gel (Full Size!):  I don’t use gel much, but if I start liking using gel for my twistouts I’ll start using this.  I still have a whole tub of eco styler gel left, so I’m sure I’ll have this for a while.  I have to say that it smells really really good!

Ultra Sheen Ultra Care Moisture Blend Sulfate-Free Hydrating Shampoo:  I used this earlier today and I’m not sure if I like it or not.  It cleaned well, but there are others that I like better.

Organic Root Stimulator Curl Unleashed Take Command Curl Defining Creme:  I love the smell of this!  I used it on a twist when I got the box and I think I’m going to like this.  I know that this is sold in Sally’s and at Walmart.

Darcy’s Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing Cream:  I LOVE this!!!!!  Like really LOVE this!!!!!  I used this on a twist as well and it was the softest of the bunch.  It also smells divine!  It smells like chocolate, but also a hint of like a really rich vanilla.

Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk (Full Size!):  The texture of this is really cool and hard to explain.  It’s like a whipped liquid something…I can’t really explain it.  I don’t care for the peppermint scent but I noticed that Walmart has the hair milk with Jojoba that I may try later.  I used this earlier today to refresh my hair and it worked great.  I didn’t apply an oil, but I realized later that this product must be used with an oil to seal everything in.  Otherwise, my hair will be dry all day.

I really like the products in this month’s box and am looking forward to trying them all out.  I feel like I’m going to buy the full size of the Darcy’s Botanicals real soon.  It all depends on how I like it after using it consistently.

My curlBOX faves so far

 

My April curlBox is on the way and I wanted to look back at my favorite items from the subscription service so far…

Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave In Conditioner (Pomegranate Guava Scent)…I love the smell of this stuff!  It smells like a tropical paradise and the scent is lingering without being extremely strong.  It does a great job of closing my hair cuticle also.  While I really like this item, I would probably never purchase because there are others that I like more and it costs $16 for 7.1 oz.  Take that back, I would probably purchase again if they had a sale or if Curl Mart had a sale or coupon that made the purchase worth it.  I’m really glad I got to try this!

Brown Butter Beauty Sweet Milk Leave In Conditioner…This stuff is the TRUTH!  If my Kimmaytube leave in stops working for me or if I get tired of mixing stuff and putting it in the fridge, this will be my next choice.  This conditioner goes on my hair so smoothly and it makes detangling super easy.  It is very light in fragrance, which is great because it won’t clash with other products.  It seals my hair cuticles and makes my hair feel almost as good as my Kimmaytube leave in.  It is slightly cheaper, costing $12.50 for 8 oz.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Soap…When I first got this, I was all disappointed because I got a basic bar and everyone else was getting the lavender one or the hibiscus one.  I was so wrong about this bar because the scent is awesome!  It’s a mild woodsy type scent and it could be used for men and women.  The cleansing power of this bar is great and it is huge!  I definitely plan on trying the other bars next (except for the lemongrass one).  This bar can be found at Walgreens and the price for this 8 oz. bar is $4.99.

 

I can’t wait to see what April’s curlBox brings!  I won’t make a video this time (I think), but I’ll be posting my goodies for sure this weekend.  I heard that April’s box includes TWO FULL SIZED PRODUCTS!

Finally…my 1st set of twists that I can wear out

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My hair has suffered from the Dominican blowout. I washed it out on Tuesday and have had the worst hair week ever. I washed last night with Carol’s Daughter Tui Shampoo, which I am now convinced that I do not like. If anyone wants it and you are in the Memphis area you can have it.

After shampooing, I applied the remainder of the Monoi hair mask. I reviewed it once before, and I really enjoyed it this time.  I’m thinking of actually purchasing the shampoo and mask since I have so much breakage now.   The smell was lovely and it left my hair really soft. I ended up leaving in overnight because I was too tired to finish my hair.

This morning, I detangled and rinsed out the mask and something in me prompted me to twist. I definitely wasn’t planning it. It didn’t take as long either, only about two hours. I’ve twisted my hair in the past and it was an all day event.

I like this set much better than the one I did in January. Then, I did not like them and felt as if I had to put them up. The ones I did today I feel I can wear out. I’m going to try to keep them in for two weeks, but knowing me that’s pretty hard to do.

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