Let the Hauling Begin: Curlmart & Ulta

Let the Hauling Begin: Curlmart & Ulta

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Last week my e-mail inbox was full with deals before Black Friday, so I decided to purchase a few products from curlmart.com and ulta.com for my holy grail items, and others that I have never tried before. I can’t wait to review them for you! I will be patiently waiting on my orders from Alikay Naturals, Tarte cosmetics, Gleam by Melanie Mills, and Oyin Handmade.

*What are some items you purchased this Black Friday?

 

 

Refresher Sprays: What Replaced My Holy Grail Product

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Since going natural almost 4 years ago, I have used my favorite refresher spray by Ouidad called Botanical Boost. This past summer Ouidad released their latest version of this refresher spray; to my dismay they changed the ingredients along with the packaging. I contacted Ouidad on Instagram, and they said they decided to change the formula for healthier ingredients, but my hair would beg to differ! After I sprayed some of the new Botanical Boost at Ulta, my hair immediately frizzed.

After watching several Youtube videos on the natural  hair care line Kinky Kashmere, I placed my order during their Labor Day Sale. Their Knotty Refresher Spray, smells so refreshing with ingredients such as rose hip seed, jojoba oil, glycerin, aloe vera, and vitamin e oil. This refresher spray will make you feel as though you’re at your favorite spa with its aromatic scent. Currently, this is my go to spray because it hydrates my twist-outs and wash n’gos, and it smells so fresh!

What’s your favorite refresher spray? 

Tangles No More: The Detangling Brush

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Felicia Leatherwood is a Los Angeles based hairstylist, who is known in many circles as The Hair Whisper for all her knowledge on natural hair. Her creative hands have touched the scalps of celebrities such as: Jill Scott, Nicole Ari Parker, Kim Coles, Will Smith, Terrence Howard, and many more. In addition to being a hairstylist, Felicia is an educator, who travels across the world holding workshops that teach and empower women about their hair. Felicia created The Detangling Brush, to help women solve all their tangling issues.

Two weeks ago, I purchased the Detangling Brush from brushlove.com, in hopes that it will solve my tangling at the root problem, that I mentioned a couple posts back. This brush was a dream to use! I was able to detangle my hair in half the time it would normally take me. Unlike other brushes, this one has the  ability to flex and spread as it glides through my hair, which sets it apart from all the rest. No more Denman brushes for me, this brush is officially my holy grail!

What is your favorite hair tool to use on wash day?

*This weekend brushlove.com is offering 20% off using the code: LD20

Changing It Up: Adding Color to my Hair

In the words of Jill Scott, I’m living my life like it’s Golden. The golden and brown highlights I added to my locks last night have me walking with a pep in my step. I love adding color to my curly hair because it adds dimension. In the past, I’ve had my hair colored at curly hair salons only to walk out of the salon with a head full of beautiful highlights, and a wallet full of change.

Earlier this year, I decided I would color my hair myself, since I have been putting color in my family’s hair since I was a teenager. I was confident that I could do this! My natural hair is deeper than the night sky, so while shopping at Target last week I decided that I  would pick up a box of L’oreal Glam Lights color in the shade GL90. I took the L’oreal color and placed it onto a section of my hair, and then wrapped it in a piece of foil. My body’s natural heat along with the foil helps the color to develop faster.

Something to note before dying your hair at home is that this is a process. This process might require several tries before you achieve your optimal color. Please do not try this process several times in one day. Definitely do it over the course of several months, and please consult with a hair colorist before dying your hair several times because this could result in your hair being over processed. Dying your hair can alter your hair texture. For example, if your hair has tight coils, it might loosen and become waves.  Before dying your hair you should do a patch test on a section of  your hair to ensure that you are not allergic to the dye.

The key to avoiding brassiness is to tone your hair. I decided to use Wella’s toner with their 20 developer. Because my hair is so dark, I have to use a toner to tone down the orange and red hues the dye brings out.  After washing and conditioning my hair, I placed my favorite gel Kinky Curly Curling Custard along with Oyin Handmade Hair Dew. I love my new color, and will probably tone it again in a few weeks!

Would you ever color your hair yourself?

Curly Girl: When All Else Fails Twist-Outs to the Rescue

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Lately, my hair has been giving me so much trouble. Last week, I had my hair cut and styled at Ouidad salon, and I thought that this would solve my hair tangling problems. Unfortunately, the overpriced hair cut did nothing, but further create more tangles on my shoulder length hair.

I decided to take matters into my own hands, and forgo my usual wash n’ go’s, and return to my trusty twist-out.

First I pre-pooed my hair using my favorite inexpensive conditioner Suave Naturals.

Then I co-washed my hair using Soultanicals CurlPlay. This co-wash is the best! It smells like a combination of a Strawberry lollipop and a red Jolly Rancher candy. Its rich creamy texture saturates my hair and melts tangles away.

Next I deep conditioned my hair with Soultanicals Curl Elastic, which smells like a mixture of tropical flowers and fruit. I sectioned off my hair and raked the product through. Then I placed a shower cap onto my head, a clean plastic bag, and finally Thermal Hair Care heat wrap onto my head. I sat with the thermal cap for almost an hour. I took the cap off my head, and I swear my hair did the Nae Nae. It was hydrated and soft.

Whenever, I twist my hair I always do the LOC method. The LOC method stands for Liquid, Oil, and Cream. This method helps to add additional moisture to hair that is prone to breaking. Before exiting the shower I make sure that my hair is still went; I clipped it into sections. Then I used a mixture of oils such as: jojoba, avocado grapeseed, and tea tree, along with my Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil. My creams for this particular style was the Oyin Handmade Hair Dew & Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Style Setter . Although the Camille Rose Naturals Style Setter is not my hair’s favorite, I couldn’t bear to throw away this product. Oyin’s Handmade Hair Dew is my year round holy grail product. This product’s creamy oil goodness allows me to use it as a leave-in and a styler without leaving my hair crunchy or dry. Finally, I use TastiKiss Nourishing Hair Butter to seal in the ends of my hair; over the years I have found this step to be the most crucial because the ends of our hair are oldest part of hair and essential in maintaining hair growth.

What are some of your favorite twist-out or natural hair products?

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