Fall/Winter Hair Routine 2015

Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been a while since I have penned anything about my hair. I’ve been swamping you guys with these sponsored reviews, and I’m pretty happy to say that they won’t be as frequent as before. It’s time I put up content that is more like me (though I do love doing reviews), and is focused more on my hair care and other areas of interests. Today, I want to discuss with you all my plans for the fall/winter time. I try to have a regimen that will benefit my hair with the changing of the seasons, and that includes changing my products around and incorporating new products into my routine. Before I get into my routine, let me give you a little background on my hair so far:

Hair Update
So, I have not had a relaxer in my hair since November 24th. That makes almost 10 months without a relaxer. I honestly do not know how I always let myself stretch for long periods of time. I don’t like to stretch past 4-5 months personally, but I always get super lazy on my hair care routine during the summer. Lately, for these past ten months, I have been rocking various wigs and crochet braids to get me through this stretch. I have cut off about 2 inches of hair within five months, to keep my ends looking fresh. My hair hasn’t been too much of a hassle to deal with though, so that is a plus. I contribute that to deep conditioning. Deep conditioning works, y’all! I have so many deep conditioners here at my house that it’s a little ridiculous, but I love trying new deep conditioners. As the fall and wintertime rolls around, I want to go back to deep conditioning twice a week like I used to in the past. I have a lot of hair repairing to do thanks to the summer heat, and it’s important that I brace my hair for what is to come. Since I want to deep condition my hair twice weekly, I have to give up installing crochet braids. I’m going to try to make a wig out of the crochet braid hair I have, so that I can still rock my hair how I want, but will be able to put my regimen in place like I want.

I have also incorporated some new products and tools into my routine, which I think helped me stretch for this long as well. I am still wanting to purchase a hair steamer and a salon style hooded dryer like I talked about in the past, but I think I am doing pretty well right now with the products I do have. I’ll be sure to list them below, right after my hair routine for the rest of the year. I’m taking this hair growing process very slow, and I don’t mind it. I’ve been on my hair journey for five years now, and I am determined to learn all I can about my hair. If it takes me ten years to meet my goals (five years of slacking and research for five years of healthy, strong growth), I’m up for it.

Hair Routine

  • Pre-poo treatment with either hot oil or protein. I find that pre-poo treatments during the cooler months set the stage for the whole wash day for me. If my hair is feeling overly tangled or just won’t cooperate with me, hot oil treatments help my hair soften up, and impart my hair with nutrients before I shampoo my hair. I also enjoy doing protein treatments first on my hair, especially if I plan to shampoo and deep condition with moisturizing products within my wash day. It is important for me to have a balance in my hair to keep it growing strong and feel the best that it can. I’ll do a blog post dedicated to hot oil treatments and protein treatments at a later date.
  • Shampoo with a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo. I have a few shampoos that I love to use on my hair, many of them from Shea Moisture. But I have to admit that I also enjoy the lather and clean feeling that the Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo. Those will be my primary shampoos to use on myself and others in my household.
  • Do a rinse out conditioning after shampooing but before deep conditioning. Typically, I skip this step. I want to begin doing this in my hair so that I can detangle my hair thoroughly in the shower before tying it up in a towel and deep conditioning. It is important for me to detangle in the shower, especially when I have so much new growth to fight through. I have natural 4 category hair as new growth, so any softening conditioner I have will be used to not only soften my new growth, but help my comb glide through my hair with added slip. I typically use the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, but I also want to use the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner to detangle my hair with. I’ve tested this product and I like the slip it gives.
  • Deep condition. As stated above in the hair update, I want to deep condition twice weekly. I want to repair my hair from any damage, as well as prepare it for upcoming relaxers by making sure it is strong and healthy before, during, and after relaxing. The deep conditioner I choose depends on what I want to do with my hair during that time. I have a range of deep conditioners to choose from, and discussing them here will be a whole blog post alone. I will say that I think I have a pretty good mix between moisturizing, protein, and balancing deep conditioners for the year. On days that I will not be shampooing my hair (leaving that for once a week), I will do a light co-wash with the rinse out conditioner of my choosing. On co-wash days, I typically deep condition on dry or slightly damp hair, similar to how I would do a hot oil treatment.
  • Rinse hair with cool water. I find that this step is important for my hair. It has taken me a while to get here, but I have found that my hair is a little more manageable when I rinse it with cool water, as the cuticles are now closed instead of open. I want to do this step before deep conditioning, as well as after deep conditioning. It may be a little counter-intuitive to close the hair shaft before deep conditioning, but I feel like this helps my hair. I rather open the hair shaft gently with high heat, low speed than to leave the hair shaft open and more prone to drying out before I even apply the deep conditioner to it.
  • Style. I want to wear my wigs this fall/winter so I will be braiding my hair up. I find that I leave my hair alone when it is braided, so the manipulation factor is lowered throughout the week. On weeks 1-4 after a fresh relaxer, I may roller set or straighten out my hair to give the braids and wigs a break, but that depends on the weather. I will also moisturize and seal during this step, depending on how I plan to style my hair. 

As promised, I want to share with you all the new tools and products I have for my hair this year. I won’t go into too much detail right now about the products, as I want to dedicate specific reference posts for them. Here are my tools and products for this year:

  • Andis Professional Bonnet Hair Dryer
  • Hair Sense Bone Combs (Shorter Detangler Comb, Super Detangle Rake Comb, & Handle Rake Comb)
  • Bon Bon Cheveux Boutique Bonnets (Upside Down Cake Basic Bonnet & Basic Hard Candy Bonnet)
  • Denman 5-row Brush
  • Creme of Nature Moisture and Shine Shampoo & Intensive Conditioning Treatment
  • Shea Moisture 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque, Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque, and Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque
  • Silk Elements Kera Minerals Smoothing Deep Conditioner
  • Organic Avocado Oil
  • Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner

I will make specific reference posts for the tools (Andis Bonnet Dryer, Bone Combs, and treatments) at a later date. Expect to see them up by the end of this month, heading into October. I want to make sure that I have those posts out right around the time fall comes. I will also do a blog post about the dos and don’ts of my hair care routine during the fall and winter time. I hope you all found this updated routine helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this post finds you all in happiness and love. I’ll speak to all again soon. Bye guys!  

Hair Routine: 2015 Edition

Hey boos! It’s 2015. How’s the year going for you guys so far? It’s that time of year again where I update you all on my hair and my regimen for this year. So let’s not dilly dally; let’s get started.

Hair & Health Life

My hair, my hair, my hair. What can I say about my hair, other than it is dry? It’s always dry. I attribute that to my hair type and general health. We have all heard how important it is to take care of our bodies on in the inside to make the outer look better. In doing that, you may find yourself stuck with how to improve your internal self to reflect the external self. When it comes to my hair, I have learned that my scalp would be a lot happier and my hair would flourish more if I made the effort to ALWAYS a drink water. Water is the key to life, and we need it to survive. For my hair (and health as a whole), I have to not only drink more water, but wT healthier and get into my mind that eating cleaner will not only make me look better, but feel better. If you want I can make a separate post about my intended health routine for the year. But back to my hair. I plan to:

*Shampoo at least once a week with a moisturizing shampoo and my Vitagoods Shampoo Brush.
*Cowash my hair after every shampoo wash for added moisture, and co-wash once a week with a moisturizing conditioner (Tresemme Naturals conditioner or Shea Moisture conditioner)
*Deep condition with a light protein or moisturizing conditioner, depending on what my hair needs (In search for a good protein conditioner; Shea Moisture deep conditioners)
*Spray a light protein leave-in into my damp hair (ApHogee Green Tea and Keratin Reconstructorizer or Creme of Nature Perfect 7 Leave-In)
*Moisturize hair with conditioner mix (Water, Suave Almond & Shea Butter conditioner, Vegetable Glyercin)
*Seal moisture in with either an oil or butter (homemade shea butter mix or an oil of my choice)
*Style hair (braiding for protection under wigs or other protective styles like crochet braids or Havana twists)
*Do roller sets with every relaxer
*Trim ends every three months, or with every relaxer.
*Invest in satin or silk pillow cases, as well as better quality silk or satin bonnets/scarves.

 Now that I have my regimen laid out, there are also a few things that I want to learn how to do during this year’s journey. Those things include:

*Learning how to bleach and color hair
*Be able to do a sew-in that does not lift or feel heavy
*Create braid patterns that encourage hair growth and not pull my hair much.
*Infuse my own hair oils
*Create hair butters that can be used year round
*Create crochet braid wigs

When it comes to hair, I’m ready to throw myself into creating different styles and adapting different methods to help my hair flourish and be the best it can be. Thanks to 2014, I have learned that I really enjoy protective styling with wigs, either store bought or homemade, being my favorite protective style. I hope you all enjoy my 2015 regimen. Let me know what your regimen is this year. Are you changing your regimens at all? I can’t wait to share my creations and hair updates with you all! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.

Where Did She Go Wrong? A Hair Discussion

Hey y’all. Before I begin, I just want to say this to anyone reading this blog entry. The way you view yourself as a person can reflect on the way people see you. If you have low self-esteem, people will be able to tell whether you like it or not. If you’re confident, it shows. Your smile is brighter, your strut is happier, your happiness shines from your soul to the outside world. I’m here to tell you that you’re beautiful no matter what, and the moment you realize it will be the beginning of a whole new you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says; if you know you are a beautiful person, own it. Remain humble and lift up your fellow brother and sister. You never know what a postive compliment can and will do for someone who needs it. I love you all. And now onto my topic.
I have something to talk to you all about and it deals with the recent news surrounding Countess Vaughn. If you haven’t read about her appearance on the show “The Doctors,” I’ve provided a link for you. Read it first, then come back here. The link is below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/countess-vaughn-hair-loss-lace-front-wigs_n_4980998.html?ir=Black+Voices

Have you read it? Good. Now, I can freely talk about why this issue bothers me. To start off, I want to say that I feel horrible for Countess. No one understands how devestating it is for a woman to lose her hair, whether it is from lace front glue like Countess, alopecia, stress, medical problems, etc.. We live in a society where a woman is judged from head to toe; we’ve been told our hair is our crown and glory no matter how short or long it is, and to lose it can be life changing, especially if it is a choice YOU didn’t make. But I digress. While I feel terrible for Countess, I am feeling some type of way about this type of publicity. While I do commend this actress for coming out and talking about what happened to her and how she had to go through this to show her little one how to love herself first, I am left wondering how this situation could have been avoided.
The big red flag for me was reading that she allowed this infection to build up around her hairline, ears, and nape for six months before consulting a dermatologist. It disturbed me that the ideal of beauty, in the form of lace fronts in this instance, superseded the basic care of ones own head of hair and the skin. I want to know who applied this lace front to her head for her for these last five years; hell, the last 6 months before she finally decided to go to the doctor. 
Another problem I’m having is where was her trusted hairstylist during this time? Where is the hairstylist that introduced her to these wigs? This is when you need someone trustworthy and firm on your team. I’m speaking out of speculation here, but hair is a serious topic to me and knowing that something like this happened to an actress I grew up watching, it’s heartbreaking. After watching Ms. Vaughn’s interview, the question of “why didn’t someone introduce her to glueless caps” came to my mind. Unless this actress no longer visited her stylist, why wasn’t this brought up in conversation as a safer alternative to gluing down her lace fronts? I personally believe in wearing wigs and weaves for protective styling and/or as an added accessory. I view nothing wrong with wearing weaves or wigs, but I also believe that knowing how to properly take care of your hair, your unit, and knowing the precautions is most important. I know there had to be someone in Ms. Vaughn’s camp to tell her, “Hey girl, listen. Make sure you give your hair and skin a break from this glue. Matter of fact, drop it all together. Why not use wig combs instead and make this a removable unit? That way, your hair and skin underneath this wig can still flourish, but you still have the style you want.” Was there no one there to tell her that? If it was and they didn’t say anything, they carry the blame of this situation too.
It’s not just Countess who I have this problem with. Honestly, it’s not a problem with the women per se, but more of their attitude and mindset. We all have seen Naomi Campbell and the terrible situation her hairline has been in for years. Be honest; you know you’ve made an edge joke about Ms. Campbell. No? Just me? Oh. Ok. I have read that Ms. Campbell is very strong willed and that is proven by her continual use of hair extensions despite her hairline being nearly devoid of all hair and her follicles possibly permanently damaged.
Where do we draw the line? Why is it that we as a people will rather blame an object instead of ourselves when it comes to beauty, weaves/wigs, more specifically? I bet many have looked at a picture of Naomi Campbell and said, “those weaves took her hair out,” but where are the people that have an understanding that poor hair care, as well as a mindset did more damage to her tresses than the weaves did? When are we going to stop deflecting the blame from ourselves and putting this negative emotion toward things we can control? 
I’m sad y’all. I’m angry too. I’m angry because I know that there are people out there that will take Ms. Vaughn’s story and throw it around viciously to those who wear wigs and weaves. “This will be you if you don’t let go of the fake hair and  love yourself because you don’t!” I’ve seen it too many times and have encountered too any people who feel this way. I may be asking for that negative opinion to come here to this post by saying that, but it had to be said to say this: I will continue to advocate wigs and weaves to protect your hair and give you another style option when you’re on your healthy hair journey. But I will most importantly advocate towards taking care of what you’ve been given so that you don’t end up like my example, Countess Vaughn. I know I went hard on her and the people around her, but it’s out of love. I hate that she had to go through this, but not only is it a learning experience for her, but to everyone who has watched or read her story. Godspeed Ms. Vaughn. I’ll be praying for your peace and strong will during this time.
I’m rambling and tired. I could talk for ages about hair, but I don’t want this entry to be super long. Right now, I leave you with my final thoughts:
People, the minute you see ANY type of negative reaction from wig/weave wearing, PLEASE remove it. Too often a person will stick to an option due to convenience, cost, perception, or just plain denial. Let. It. Go. It’s not that serious. Although wearing wigs and weaves can be fun, it should not trump you caring for your real hair and skin underneath. I want you all to research any extension service before getting it done and find alternatives to glue down lace fronts. Thank you for allowing to share my thoughts with you. I love you all. Have a great and blessed day.
How do you feel about the idea of glue down lace front wigs or extensions? Leave me your comments down below.

Haul-idays: Beauty Edition

Hey everyone! Happy Holidays! Today, I wanted to share a collective haul with you on some things I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these items already. I wanted to post the haul here since I haven’t posted in a while and just because I want to share. Without further adieu, let’s jump right into this haul!

Makeup

  1. Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadows in Goldilux, Royal Sugar, Stella & Magpie: If you don’t know what Sugarpill is and you’re active in the beauty community, please step out from under the rock you’ve been hiding under, lol! I knew when Sugarpill had their Black Friday sale that I had to purchase a few of the loose eyeshadows that have been on my wishlist for about two years now. The loose eyeshadows are very pigmented, sparkly, and just so fun to use! Goldilux and Royal Sugar are my favorites.
  2. Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette: I love this eyeshadow palette so much. I have been eyeing it for a while, trying to decide if I really wanted it. Finally, during their Black Friday sale, I put it in my cart and submitted my order; I couldn’t be happier. The palette is made up of shimmery and a few matte colors. The color payoff is absolutely wonderful and the colors are beautiful. This palette makes me think of fall from its riches golds, browns, and greens. This palette is my favorite fall/winter palette right now.
  3. Coastal Scents Blush Too Palette: I was introduced to this palette by Traycee from KISS on one of her videos. This palette drew my attention because it seemed like the perfect palette for brown girls. All the reviews from brown beauties were right; this palette is perfect for darker complexions without being too ashy on our deeper skin tones. The colors are so very pigmented and you only need a little bit on your blush brush to give you a wonderful glow. My favorites out of the palette are the bright purple and bright orange. These two colors leave me like: YASSSS!!!!! GET CHO LIFE!!!!
  4. Lorac Pro Palette: This palette also has a lot of talk around it, with many beauty mavens loving it or hating it. I am one of those people who loves this palette. This palette can take me from day to night, and pretty much has all the shadows I need to do my eye shadow and my brows. I am in love with the Sable and Espresso colors for doing my brows. The Deep Purple has become my favorite purple to use in smokey eyes. I love this palette for everyday.
  5. Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Brushes: I finally broke down under the hype and purchased the Your Base/Flawless Core Collection and Your Eyes/Enhanced Starter Set kits from Drugstore.com. Drugstore was having a promotion on these brushes (save $2 when you buy two), as well as lowering the price some, so I decided to take the plunge and add these to my brush collection. I typically use ELF Studio brushes because they pretty much get the job done for $3 a pop. I can say now, that even after one use, that the Real Techniques brushes are my new staple products. These brushes apply makeup flawlessly, especially the eye brushes. I typically do my eye makeup on my way to school, and these brushes made it easy for me to get a blended and gorgeous look without any trouble. These brushes rock and are worth the hype.
  6. Iman Lip Affair Palette: I haven’t had the chance to play with this lip palette yet, but by looks alone, it’s a gorgeous lip palette. The standout shade in this palette is the purple called Taboo. It is supposed to be the same color that Iman is wearing on her lips in the promo photo. This palette also has nice coral, pink, red and orange colors. I’m going to incorporate this color into a look just to see how pigmented the colors are.
  7. Black Radiance Baked Blushes: Hi. I have a confession. I’m becoming obsessed with blush. I don’t know what it is about blush, but I’m falling deeply in love with it now. The Black Radiance blushes are great for my Brown Beauties; you don’t need a lot of this product because it goes everywhere. When I’m in a rush and I just want to throw on mascara, liner, blush, and a lip product, I turn to these blushes. Definitely a great buy.
  8. Coloured Raine Lipsticks: Did I mention that I am a sucker for dark lips in the fall/winter times? I haven’t. Well, allow me to introduce to my three new dark lip colors. I don’t know how familiar you all are with Coloured Raine, but this company makes some pretty nice colors of lipstick. For Black Friday, I decided to pick up Arabian Night, Plum Fairy, and Boudoir. These colors are of a similar color (purples) and I am in love with the look of them. I will swatch these lipsticks for you all soon.
Hair
  1. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Line: I’ve been using the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer since I have been on my hair journey. The moisturizer is perfect for my hair during the wintertime because it is a heavy, creamy, and highly moisturizing product. Recently, Elasta QP came out with an entire Olive Oil & Mango Butter line, so I picked up the Leave-in Conditioner, the Curl Definer, and the shampoo. I won’t get into too many details right now, because I plan on reviewing these products soon.
  2. Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel: Like Elasta QP, Cantu Shea Butter is very popular in both the relaxed and natural hair communities. Recently, the company decided to launch products geared towards natural haired ladies (though anyone can use the products), with no mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicones, and a host of other ingredients deemed as bad/not good for hair. I picked up the twist and lock gel after watching a few videos on it. I have to say that I really like this gel. It reminds me just a tad of Eco Styler gel based on consistency, but it is so moisturizing and soft. It holds my twists very nicely and gives me BOMB twist outs. I love this stuff.
  3. Style House 6″ Professional Curling Wand,  1.25″ Professional Styling Iron & Accessory Kit: This was actually an early Christmas gift. My mom got this from Sam’s Club for me, from a woman that was promoting these hot tools. So far, the flat iron works pretty darn well in straightening my natural hair, and the curling wand works better on my weave. I’ll do a full review after I have my weave installed and can really use the hot tools to the full extent.
  4. Aliexpress Queen Weave Beauty LTD Weave: I got the Brazilian Straight Hair in a bundle. I got the 14″, 16″, and 18″ bundles. So far, the hair is super soft and doesn’t shed too much (unless I don’t comb it). I’m going to try to have this hair installed before the holidays are over so that I can wear it and review it for you guys.
Nails
  1. California Mango Mend Skin, Cuticle and Nail Treatment Balm: This is turning into a “YouTube Made Me Do It” post, lol. I saw Queen of Blending talk about this cuticle oil. She talked about how nice it made her cuticles feel after doing her manicures. Paired with her review, I saw many positive reviews on this product online so I decided to finally get it. So far, I like it. It take a few minutes for the oil to set in, but it leaves my cuticles feeling quite well. It is surely needed during these cold months to keep my hands looking well.
  2. Salon Sciences Fiberglass Network: I have very weak nails. Sometimes, mainly on my right hand, my nails break for no reason. I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply online and read reviews on this product. Typically, I use OPI’s Nail Envy as my nail strengthener under my manicures, but I decided to give this a try. Apparently, this hardens on your nails like acrylics would to make your nails feel stronger. We’ll see how it works on my nails.
This is pretty much all I’ve picked up. I left out unimportant things like nail filers and cuticle pushers, as well as hair clips. I didn’t think those were necessary to show. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I will talk to you all again very soon!

Review: Elasta QP Soy Oyl Deep Conditioner

Hey guys! Because I am so big into my hair, I’m here to bring you a review of one of my new favorite hair products. Today, I will be reviewing the Elasta QP Soy Oyl UltraHydration Anti-Breakage Moisture-Rich Deep Conditioner. Extremely long name right? I think so too. Before I get into my review, I want to let you all know about the product.

Product Info:

THE SUPERIOR ORGANIC OIL: Rich in Protein, Vitamins, and Omega 3 & 6, Organic Soy Oyl infuses natural moisturizers & conditioners deep into helping restore strength manageability and shine. 
*UltraHydrating Soy contains 5 times more Omega 3 & 6 for healthier hair and superior anti-dryness protection.
*Vitamin-enriched Soy Protein penetrates faster and deeper into hair to help protect against breakage, split-ends and dryness.
TO USE: Apply to hair. Comb through. Cover hair with plastic cap and sit under warm dryer for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and style as desired. For extremely damaged, over processed, or breaking hair, follow steps above for 25 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. 
Ingredients: Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 37, Trideceth-6, Steareth-2, Steareth-20, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Linoleic Acid, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lanolin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cl 19140/Yellow 5, Cl 16035/Red 40, Cl 42090/Blue 1, Cl 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Lilial, Linalool
Review:

I really love this deep conditioner. I know the ingredients are not all that great, but my hair doesn’t hate this product. I purchased this product around the time that I installed my second set of crochet braids. Funny story behind that one. I had gone to two different beauty supply stores looking for the Freetress GoGo Curl hair and I had no luck. To make my two trips worth wild, I purchased this deep conditioner because I needed a new deep conditioner. I really like this conditioner. It leaves my hair soft, and it makes my hair easier to detangle. I deep condition my hair overnight (mainly because I’m too lazy to wash it out) and my hair thrives with this. I mix this deep conditioner with oil sometimes, but I have used it alone. Originally, I purchased the 15 oz, but recently I have purchased the 32 oz size to keep this on hand. I personally love the smell of this deep conditioner and I feel like I’m pampering my hair when I use this on my hair. I would recommend this to anyone to try, but try out the 15 oz first. You can find this product in your local beauty supply stores or online. If you have a Sally’s near you, try there. 
I hope you all found this review helpful and if I haven’t answered all common questions, leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them to the best of ability. I hope you all have a great morning/afternoon/night and I will get back to you all soon!

Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics Review

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I did a review, so I’m bringing you one today. Back towards the end of June, I received the Sunkissed VoxBox from Influenster. Unfortunately, I was not able to review any products when I first received the products, but I was in the process of moving. Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I am able to sit down and type out reviews for you all. First up, before I review anything, I have to give you all my disclaimer:

I received this product for review purposes thanks to Influenster. I am not being paid by ANYONE for this review. All opinions, feelings, and attitudes toward the product(s) are strictly my own and do not reflect on the views and thoughts of Influenster or the company whose product I am reviewing.

Now a little product info from the Goody website:
Goody’s NEW Ouchless Ribbon Elastics offer you a unique hair tie to personalize your ponytail. As beautiful as ribbons but soft and stretchy too, these hair ties are “knot” your average elastic. New Ribbon Elastics are both comfortable and fashionable, plus look great in your hair or on your wrist.
Product Feature:
• Unique knot style hair tie
• Soft, stretchy ribbon material
• Looks beautiful on the wrist or in the hair!
• Assorted colors
• From America’s #1 elastics brand, Goody® Ouchless®
I really like the Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics, but if you use regular ponytail holders, you don’t really need these. A few good things about the elastics are that they are soft on the hair, not leaving any noticeable dents in the hair once the elastics are removed. They also come in fun colors. Just imagine a curly messy side ponytail with a hot pink hair elastic; so appropriate for summertime! I had a chance to use these hair elastics while moving and they worked decently, but I still prefer my other hair elastics. These are nice if you want a cute way to dress up your hair (or your wrist for cute arm candy). If you just want something to hold your hair, you could skip this product.

The one I received from Influenster came 5/pack. You can purchase these hair elastics pretty much anywhere Goody hair products are sold. I would try out Walmart and Target first before heading to the drugstores. I hope you all enjoyed this review. I will be back soon with another review, so I will see you all soon! 


New Summer Style: Crochet Braids

Hey guys! It’s been a while since we’ve talked. It’s not that I have been busy; I’ve just been very lazy and unwilling to blog. I need to change this mindset of mine and really get into blogging like I used to. My drafts folder (that I always talk about) is overwhelming right now and I can’t take it. Things need to be typed up and posted. Anyway, that’s not what I want to write about in this current post. Today, I want to talk to you about my new summer hairstyle. As you all know, the sun can really wreck our hair. Thanks to my hair type (4 category), my hair is already drier than most hair types. The sun only dries it out even more and it’s not a good thing. For me, my hair needs to be protected from the sun in the summer as much as it does during the the chill from the winter. What style am I doing to protect my hair? Crochet braids.

Crochet braids are not only look good, but they are very easy to do. For right now, I’m only going to show you all the hair and how it looks installed. Today’s a quick post, but it’s better than nothing. Here is the deets on my hair:

Brand: Freetress Gogo Curl in the colors 1B & 33
How Many Packs Used: I used 2 1/2 packs of 1B and 1 pack of 33

Cost: $4.99/pack
# of Total Packs Purchased: 4
Photos of the hair out the pack & installed:


I kept this style in a total of 2 weeks, and it took me about a day to do (being the first time doing it on myself and other interruptions). I took this style out sooner than I wanted because of my scalp itching so much. Next time I do this style, I will not only prep my hair better, but I will show you all my step by step process from the prep of my hair to the installation  of the hair. I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments. I will talk to you all again very soon!

Favorite Hair Products

Hey everyone! As the winter season is ending and spring is looming around the corner, the time comes for my hair care regimen/products to change. The spring/summertime is when I wear my hair out more, be it buns, braid outs, or Bantu knots. Curls become my favorite, fun-loving style, but the dreaded heat from the hair dryer doesn’t feel as good in the spring than it does in the winter. Humidity is all, “your hair is mine bish!”, but the moisture I get from it leaves my hair the victor of this unspoken fight. Okay, I’m done with dumb analogies now haha. Lets get right into the products!

I like using a mixture of homemade and store bought products for my hair during the spring and summer. Anything that will keep my hair nice and moisturized, but still light feeling at the same time is everything to me. I have a list of things to talk about, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

Store Bought (Commercial) Products

  1. Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Repair Cream: I’ve done a review on this product before on my blog, but I will tell you that I love this light-protein leave-in. I use it year round, but I really love it for the spring/summer. I love the smell of this leave-in and I enjoy the fact that I can use this every single night if I wanted to and it won’t make my hair feel heavy. It gives my braid-outs such a nice feeling; my hair is never hard with this in my hair.
  2. Aussie Split-End Protector: I’ve mentioned this product in one of my hair regimen posts back around the time I started the blog up again, and it is still one of my favorite moisturizing leave-ins. After my beloved Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship leave-in stopped doing wonderful things for my hair, one of my favorite hair bloggers/vloggers did a video on the Aussie Split-End Protector. Because I am a product junkie, I went out and purchased this to test it out on my hair. I am in love with this stuff. Not only does it have a glorious smell, but it leaves my hair so soft in the humid summertime. I use this product for my braid outs and twist outs and my hair is nothing short of wonderful. It is very inexpensive and I always try to stock up on it when I’m in Target or Walmart. Also, because of it’s small size, it’s very easy to travel with if you’re going out of town, spending the night with a friend, etc.. I definitely can’t go a day of summer without this product.
  3. Suave Naturals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner: I love this conditioner to co-wash with during the spring and summer. Because the heat from the sun can dry my hair out quite a lot, I up my co-washing to about twice a week, especially if I’m out and about in the sun all the time or swimming. Speaking of swimming, I love to use this conditioner on my hair before I get into the water. It’s a medium viscosity conditioner that keeps any chlorine from getting into my hair. I find that I like using this conditioner to co-wash with more in the spring/summer time than I do in the fall/winter time. I always try to balance this conditioner with a light protein (ApHogee 2-Min Reconstructor) to keep my hair from being OVERLY soft and it works out well for my hair.
  4. Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Leave-In H2 Leave-In Moisture Sealing Conditioner: Damn…that’s an unnecessarily long name. Anyway, I used this product at the beginning of my hair journey, but I abandoned it to try out other leave-ins. I’m back to it now and I remember why I liked it so much in the first place. The smell of this spray leave-in is wonderful and it leaves my hair feeling moisturized. I find that I can use this on my new growth without problem, but it does leave my wet, relaxed hair feeling weird. If I use it on my relaxed hair, my hair would have to be dry or made slightly damp by the product itself. This is good for when you want to spray your hair before leaving the house to make sure it is protected from the sun’s rays.
  5. Elasta QP Soy Oyl Shampoo & Conditioner: I don’t have these products on hand anymore and I’m waiting to buy them again (trying to use up other shampoos and conditioners first), but I do love this shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo feels like silk going into my hair and it helps me keep my hair soft in the shower before finger detangling. I love the way my hair feels after I shampoo it. My hair doesn’t feel stripped of moisture, though I know it is getting my hair clean. As for the conditioner, I like using this to co-wash with sometimes. It gives my hair a softer feel than the Suave Naturals conditioner, but because I cherish this conditioner so much more, I try to use it less often. I will use this conditioner as a simple rinse out conditioner, as a co-wash conditioner, and I will even add it to my moisturizing deep conditioners for that extra umph of softness. Definitely one of my favorite hair care products.
  6. ORS Replenishing Conditioner (pack and/or professional size ONLY): This has to be one of my favorite deep conditioners. Whenever my hair needs a nice balance of protein and moisture, I use this deep conditioner. It doesn’t make my hair feel hard and it has a great smell to it. The smell is very appropriate for the spring/summertime, but I love it year round. 
Homemade Products:
  1. Homemade Detangler: I did not come up with this recipe by myself and I apologize for not remembering the blog I got it from. I will make sure to find the blogger’s post again and give you a link to it because all of the credit goes to her. To make my homemade detangler, I mixed marshmallow root, water and an oil of my choosing in a spray bottle, shook it up, and stuck it in the refrigerator. Marshmallow Root is known to soft the hair enough to help the comb glide through smoothly. You may have seen this listed as an ingredient in the Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in. I loved this for detangling my hair during the winter time on my stubborn new growth (we’re talking 4 category hair type here). The comb glided through my hair wonderfully and I haven’t been able to part from it since.
  2. Peppermint Oil Mist: First off, let me say this: If you haven’t researched what peppermint oil can do for your hair, stop reading this, type “peppermint oil for hair” and be amazed. Then, join me in loving this oil. I love peppermint oil for my scalp! Not only does it give my scalp a refreshed, cooling sensation, the smell alone is very relaxing. To make my mist, I filled an 8 oz spray bottle (an old Elasta QP Leave-In H2 spray bottle) majority of the way with water, put in about a tablespoon or two of sweet almond oil, and about 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. I then shook it up really well and used it. Oh my gosh. Can we say wonderful? I use this on my scalp daily to ease the itch of my dry scalp (which peppermint oil can help balance), reduce the amount of dandruff and to stimulate my hair follicles. I haven’t had any adverse reactions to the peppermint oil (burning, excessive dryness, redness) and so far, it’s been working well for my hair. I know that this will be used quite often in the spring/summer as it has been during the winter season.
  3. Shea butter mix: If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen me raving about this on numerous occasions. This Shea butter mix is truly the best thing I’ve added to my hair care routine. Not only do I know that no chemicals are in it (because I made it myself), I get the satisfaction in knowing that I’ve made something that my hair loves. I use this mix to moisture my hair with, wet or dry, and to seal in heavier butters. Others who have used my mix have stated that it does not leave their hair or skin feeling oily and that it makes detangling their hair or children’s hair a breeze. This is definitely a staple for me.
  4. Water & Vegetable Glycerin Mix: Ahem, I LOVE THIS FOR SPRING/SUMMER! It gets pretty humid where I live and my hair could definitely need the added moisture. I find that when I use this a lot during the summertime, I can skip a co-wash or use this alone with coconut oil to keep my hair very soft and manageable. You do NOT need a lot of glycerin (maybe a tablespoon or two) for a large spray bottle full of water for it to work. I wouldn’t suggest using glycerin if you leave in an area of dryness during the winter or in the summertime. Though glycerin can make your hair feel soft, it can also dry out your hair. Glycerin is a humectant, meaning that it pulls moisture out of the air and into your hair. It’s pretty good if you suffer from dry hair. If you travel during the summer to an area of humidity, try it out once a week to see how your hair likes it. I would use this spray mix at least twice a week to keep my hair moisturized.
  5. Organic Oils: I use a range of oils in my hair, but my favorites to use during the spring/summer has to be coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. Coconut oil happens to be my favorite oil to use in my hair because not only does it penetrate the hair shaft better than most other oils, it gives my hair a wonderful shine. I use coconut oil to prepoo with, seal in moisture from water or water based products, and I also use it to moisturize my face after toning. Sweet Almond Oil can be used to soften the hair and skin and I read somewhere that it can help with dark circles. I love using this for my face when I use the Oil Cleansing Method because it does not clog my pores and is a great carrier oil for the castor oil used to clean my skin. I find grapeseed oil to be only sometimes used in my hair care routine and that needs to change. After some research, I have learned that grapeseed oil is filled with natural ceramides that aid in the strength of the hair and hold the hair follicles together. I want to get the darker green, virgin grapeseed oil and add it to my hair care routine. I know that I would use it for prepoo treatments and, as I do now, add it to my deep conditioners for that added nourishment to my strands. I use these oils, as well as others in oil mixes for my hair. My hair loves organic oils and has flourished with the use of these.
Note: I don’t use every single product in my hair every single day. My routine after either shampoo washing or co-washing my hair is always the same: I use a leave-in of choice (depending on if my hair needs more moisture or more protein) and seal with a light oil before detangling and styling my hair. In the summertime, I use my spray mixes to keep my hair hydrated while styling because my hair tends to dry very fast during the summer and that complicates the styling process.
If I think of anymore products that I use in my hair, I will edit this post and share it with you all. I will also make sure I find the direct link to the recipe I used to make my homemade detangler and post it here as well. I hope you all enjoyed this post and let me know what your favorite hair products are for the spring/summer time. I would love to read your experiences, if any, with any of the products listed above. Thank you all for reading and have a wonderful day!

Wig Review: Beshe Kandi Wig

Hey everyone! Today, I have something a little different to review today and that is my Beshe Kandi wig. Before I start, I wanted to let you all know this disclaimer: I purchased this wig with my own money. This is not sponsored by anyone. Alright, I can move along now lol. For the K.I.S.S Boot Camp, I decided that I wanted to minimize any direct manipulation to my hair, and to really protect it from the elements. Sure, I could wear hats, but I’m too much of a fan of big hair that I didn’t want to just cover my hair up with hats. I like buns, but I hate doing them on my hair because it’s always so basic to me! So, what did I choose? I chose the FABULOUS wig shown below.

My fabulous wig right out of the package and smack dab on my head.

I first heard about this wig on YouTube, thanks to the lovely MsChanda. She did a review on this wig last year, nearing the summertime, and I have been in love with this wig since. I’ve been wanting to order this wig for the LONGEST time, and I finally broke down and ordered it towards the end of December. I ordered my wig from Hair Wig Harlem and it got to me in about a week.

Details about the wig:

  • This wig is very lightweight. It has a simple cap that allows the hair to still be full, but not heavy on the head.
  • It has two combs: Small comb in the front, longer comb in the back. It also has two adjustable straps.
  • This is a toyokalon fiber synthetic hair, with curls that remind me a little of 3b/3c type hair.
  • This wig was made in Indonesia.
  • This hair is HUGE with a medium shag (stops a little past my shoulders)
  • This hair is very soft.
  • This is in the color 1B.
After wearing the wig for a while, I did do a little trimming to the sides and the top of my hair to give a layered effect. I love the way the mini cut turned out. As much as I love this wig, I do have some cons.

Cons

  • This wig, with constant wear, will start to look frizzy. I know that this is normal with synthetic hair, but it is still something to keep in mine.
  • One of the little tabs for the adjustable straps arrived loose. Not only that, but one of the little tabs holding the strap to the wig broke as well. This doesn’t really bother me, but it is something to keep in mind.
  • I dislike the front of the wig. This wig does not have parting room so the hair where a part would be is all bunched up and doesn’t look natural on me. I typically do a little bit of a leave out to blend in a part  and make everything look seamless.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this wig. Kandi is my go-to, everyday hair, kind of wig. I believe in the bigger the better and this wig gives me so much life every single time I put it on. I plan on ordering two of Kandi units, another in a 1B and one in a lighter color for spring/summer. I hope you all found this review helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m a novice when it comes to wearing wigs, but I’ll try to help any way that I can. Check out the links above if you’re into hair care like I am, and please enjoy the photos of “Kandi” and I below. I hope you all have a great and blessed day!

You can see the shorter layer that I cut to be my bang. My hair is also blended into this wig too to make it look a little more natural.

Review Day: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

Hey everyone! I am back with another review. I know on my blog you will find numerous reviews, but I enjoy doing them. I hope you all enjoy them. If not, I’ll try to do something a little different next post. Today, I will be reviewing the “miracle in a bottle”: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I have heard and read so many reviews raving on this product, so I wanted to put it to the test for my stretched (read: “transitioning”), relaxed hair. Did this product hold up to its holy grail name? Let’s get right into the review to find out.

If you have been following my hair journey since the beginning, you will know my hair as well as I do. For those who don’t, let me give you a brief overview of my hair: I have 4b/4c relaxed hair that I currently stretch past 12 weeks post relaxer treatment. With my 4b/4c hair, I have a lot of shrinkage when my hair is wet, taking my brushing APL hair to neck length. Recently, I did a small trim to get my hair ready for a hair challenge, so the majority of my hair is at shoulder length, with my length in the back still brushing APL.

Normally when I do product reviews for any hair products, I try to use the product up and incorporate it into my regimen before I decide to type a review. I tried to do this process with the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and I couldn’t; my hair couldn’t take it anymore. I only used the product twice and my hair was mad at me both times.

On the bottle, it states to keep the conditioner on your hair for three minutes, then rinse out. I did not do this for my hair because personally, three minutes isn’t deep conditioning to me. I need to deep condition AT LEAST 30 minutes to feel like I did anything. So, that’s what I did. I left this deep conditioner on, with heat included, for about an hour/an hour and a half. My hair had NO slip and tangled more than it usually did. It was a pain in the ass to get through my hair with this product still in it.

I then decided to read reviews from women with kinky hair like me, and I saw that they used it as a rinse out conditioner. I decided that on my next wash, that I would use this as a rinse out conditioner as well, just to seal my hair cuticle. Guess what happened during that wash? THE SAME THING! I had to use my Suave Naturals conditioner to detangle my hair; there was no way I was getting a comb through my hair with the Aussie conditioner alone.

Product Specs

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp/Varech D’Australie), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Made in U.S.A. of U.S and/or Imported Ingredients

Pros

  • It has good ingredients in it. I already use Aloe Vera Juice in my moisturizing hair mists, so I know of its softening properties. From my research, I have seen that many avid users of jojoba oil credit this oil to be one of the oils close to our skins natural sebum, so it is good for skin and hair.
  • The smell. Look, we all know I’m a sucker for scents. I love the scent of Aussie products. Delightfully sweet. The fiance doesn’t mind the smell of this too much; he likes the smell of this on my hair.
Cons
  • This dried my hair out. I shampooed with Elasta QP Soy Oyl shampoo both times I tried to use this conditioner on my hair. The shampoo alone made my hair feel softer than this conditioner did, even after I washed it out and tried to move on with my normal hair routine.
  • This clumped my hair together. I like for my conditioners to have a “slip,” making it easier for me to detangle my hair in the shower with either my fingers or wide tooth comb. My hair felt tangled and clumped together from my natural new growth, to my relaxed ends. I couldn’t use this more than twice before I had to give it up for testing purposes.
  • No benefits. True, I only used this twice. But with conditioner, you know if you like it or not based on how it makes your hair feel. My hair could not get used to this. I figured that I would use it on freshly relaxed hair, but it didn’t make my relaxed ends feel soft whatsoever.

I’m disappointed. As with all Aussie products, it smells incredible but it did not perform in the way I would like. I have used their Moist line before (their shampoo) and my hair responded well to it. I guess this was not meant to be for my hair type. Would I recommend this product? Personally no; not for anyone with kinky hair or my specific hair type. But I always encourage those interested to try it out for themselves. My experience may be similar to your own or dramatically different. I may try to use the bottle up, but I will make sure that mix in some marshmallow root for slip and vegetable glycerin & coconut oil to make my hair softer during the process. I hope that you found this review helpful in your decision making process. Thank you for reading and I will talk to you all again soon!