Back and Trying All KINDS of NEW Stuff!!!

Well, not really.. Yall know I ain’t got dimes for that. :p

But I have been playing with my hair more.

One thing most natural know is after a time.. Your hair get boring…

Really… REALLLLLY boring!! I mean..tedious even!! I have gotten to a state where I don’t even want to wash or detangle or.. NOTHING my hair!  I DO occassionaly cowash my hair nowadays, so I was able to make that work… But most often when I cowash, I don’t bother to detangle..

Now some will say, well thatl’s good. You’re not manipulating your hair much. Helps with length retention.  But I’m pretty sure I end up breaking more hair when I DO comb it out because it gets tangled… But then again… It does seem to be longer… So.. Maybe my laziness is actually helping  me reach my length goals.

But enough of my laziness…  No I will not perm or cut my hair so it ain’t that kinda party. I had a friend suggest my hair would be so BEAUTIFUL flat ironed. And I was like girl.. just bye… LoL! So I still love my natural hair, but with Winter and dry forced heat, my hair is dry and crispy more often than not and my curls aren’t always plump and juicy unless they are wet, and honestly I’m sick of walkiing around with wet Jheri curl ass hair! LoL! So, with more length comes options..

And in comes banding.. Bands, will not ONLY make her dance, but they will stretch your fro out to  new lengths! I actually tried the banding as mini pineapples, but my hair isn’t long enough to really do it right. So instead of preserving my curls, it just made my hair really  REALLY big!! I  got more complements than I ever have because of that giant ass hair! Loved it.. My hair was soft and fluffy..

But the next week, I did my cowash and didn’t detangle and it wasn’t as big and as the days and weeks went on it just looked nappy (In a BAD unkept way.) and I was desperate.. I ACTUALLY tried a petroleum ladened product that I hate and twisted my hair with it.

And it wasn’t bad.. I mean that product still sucks, but the twists came out pretty good…

So in comes TWISTNG.. Which is what I’ve done this week.

But first.. My hair was dry.. Hard… Crunchy.. And that wasn’t the EcoStyler talking either!! My hair needed some moisture and TLC. Tresemme Naturals is great, but honestly I just needed something more moisturizing..

In comes products I don’t like..

PLus oil…

I mixed my Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner,  some Hello Hydration, vegeteble oil in my jar of  Soft n Free Milk Protein and Olive Oil. (There was still a little of it in the jar.) Once mixed I shampooed with my Loreal EverCReme, and applied Tresemme naturals to my freshly washed hair. I just felt I should get SOME moisture in there before I added this oil and silicone ladened mixture. I’m sorry I just don’t like cones. LoL! But to use up that stuff I’d risk it.. A little.

Well, at first it felt kinda bad.. So I was like.. OK.. This was a complete waste of my damn time. But since it was in there now, may as well settle in and let it work..

AND WORK IT DID!! When I rinsed it out, my hair was light and soft and felt really moisturized. So I was happy with that.

I decided I was going to twist my hair up this week. Not so much for a “twist out” but just to preserve and stretch my curls out a little. So right now, I sit in twists.

To twist, I used my trusty Long Aid Activator gel as a moisturizer, and Eco krystal for hold and definition. I haven’t added any oils yet, as on day one I never do. I actually can’t wait to see how my first “twist out” comes out.

I know this isn’t very interesting, but hopefully I’ll have some new products soon. I’ve been hearing about this Aunt Jackie stuff and it’s affordable AND available at get this… THE DOLLAR STORE!! Not sure if it’s around these parts yet, but I can’t wait to try it. Unlike Miss Jessie’s it is PETROLEUM FREE!! And just about 5-10 bucks a jar/bottle. I’m still not crazy about creamy stylers, but if I’m gonna be twisting now, I am willig to give a good Vaseline free product a fair shot. 🙂

I’ll upload some photos in a seperate post, as for SOME reason, I can’t do it here.. Seriously?

Anyway, photos to come. 🙂

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Giving Co Washing a Second Try…

Yes, I know.. Last time it was a HOT ass mess, but this time I’m using a different conditioner and I don’t plan on doing it exclusively. I will still be shampooing when I feel I need it. But with the cooler weather and dry heat all around, I figure a little extra moisture couldn’t hurt.

 

When did all this start? Well, I got lazy actually. LoL! I went the whole weekend and did SQUAT to my hair. Come Monday, my hair was dirty and needed redoing. So having like an hour to get ready, I decided to just rinse with some conditioner and slather up with gel as best I could. Well, I got several compliments!! And I had a pretty good and easy hair week. Most days I just spritzed and maybe added a little oil and went. I was shocked every time I got a compliment!!

 

So, after watching one of those irksome Wen commercials,  I’m trying it out again. This time instead of using a cone filled conditioner like Aussie, I’m using my Tresemme Naturals which to my best knowledge is cone free. Plus I don’t use as many products as I did in the beginning. I was kind of worried about the Ecostyler not getting completely washed away, but it seems to be working pretty well. And my hair feels way more moisturized, obviously, than it did with even the WONDERFULLY perfect L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo. I think winter is the perfect time to try this again. So hopefully this will end well. 🙂

 

And product reviews!! I have tried a few more products! Some I reviewed on YouTube, but not on here, so look for those in the near future. Among the products I’ve been using I finally tried Eco Styler and fell in LOVE with it!! I’m also on ,as mentioned above, Tresemme Naturals and L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo. Both have been working wonders for my hair. I’ve examined my hair texture and came up with some interesting discoveries. Well, one discovery and came to a very peaceful conclusion. 🙂 So look for all those posts to come. 🙂

 

But for now, I am done. Thanks for Reading. 🙂

 

Jen

Couldn’t Hardly Wait!

  And I’m glad I DIDN’T!! That could have been a DISASTER!

 

 What am I going on about, you may ask… I decided to try the My DNA Honeybee Leave In tonight… I rinsed out my conditioner that had sat over night.. I was good as moisturized… So I said, “What the hay? It’s just a watery leave in, what harm can it do…”

  Well… I spritzed my little Rebel up good… And this stuff started LATHERING!!! Yes, soap! Foam!! Stripping soapy FOAM!! My hair balled up in a matted knot! I made a video with the stuff in my hair, but I’m not sure if I’ll air it. (Translation: I was looking ROUGH!!!! LoL!) But it looked and felt, even SOUNDED like shampoo in my hair! It was the weirdest thing. And the way my hair felt, I was honestly SCARED that it had some how DAMAGED my hair! Oh yes.. It was that MAJOR!! There was no slip, no moisture, just… extreme matting of my hair

 

So, I had to rinse it out and cowash my hair to try and get some of the moisture back into my hair. I did this with my Tresemme and PRAYED my hair would feel ok after. And it feel just that.. “OK”. Nothing special. Normally my hair is super soft after an overnight condition, but that stuff just stripped all that right back out. It made my hair feel like the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo n Conditioner 2 in 1. Now to be fair, the conditioner didn’t make my hair hard. I used it as my pre poo and I noticed my hair was actually pretty soft, which makes me wanna try it. It does have protein in it, so… I don’t know. Well, actually it has Corn Silk which I ASSUME is protein. That may have actually been the issue with the Honeybee Leave In, it may be high in protein. That would explain the hardness, but not the lather.

 

  My hair actually feels pretty soft NOW after washing that product out of my hair so it didn’t do any damage I guess, but I obviously won’t use it again. A common complaint about the rest of the products is that being for curly/wavy/kinky hair, they have zero slip and aren’t moisturizing enough.Any product for those hair types- Especially for tightly curled hair have to be MOISTURIZING. We need all we can get. And that slip has to be there. No ifs ands or buts about it.

 

  I’m sure these products work for someone, just not for ME. I still have yet to try the other 2 products they sent me, but as of now I am in no hurry. I know I won’t try them if I’m going somewhere. I have an appointment tomorrow.. Imagine if I’d tried this at the LAST MINUTE… Disaster. 

 

  So, I’ve gotten my first review out of the way, and it is not good. Which is a shame because these products were generously sent to me for free by the company and I was hoping I’d be able to give them a glowing review instead of this not so stellar one, but honesty is best. And honestly… I’m scared to try the other two products. LoL!

 

A little about my hair. My hair is 4a/3c if that matters at ALL. (Not really.) I’m low porosity.. VERY low porosity. LoL! Stuff will literally just sit on my hair, which may be why this product lathered. It says you can use it on wet or dry hair. I’m scared to try it again on dry hair. 😦 I can’t handle protein. If these products are high in protein (I won’t know because they didn’t include an ingredients list. Which also annoyed me. You know how we naturals are. We like to know. I searched the site up and down (http://mydnaisuniversal.com)  and I found NOTHING. The ingredients are on the full sized products, but.. Obviously.. Not buying that.

 

  So, in short this product didn’t work for me at all. It may work for you. I’d try for a free sample if possible. The products aren’t SUPER expensive but they aren’t cheap either. This leave in is $14.99 for 8oz. Honestly this is too rich for my blood. When water works great as my leave in, I can’t see spending nearly $15 for a liquidy spray unless this stuff was the pure-T JUNK! And.. Just.. NO.. Not for me. But it may work for you. If you’re feeling brave hit them up and give it a go. Who knows? You may find your new favorite product.

 

That is all..

 

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Jen 😀

Day Two… Er… One…

  WHATEVER!! The day I rinsed the conditioner out of my hair!! LoL!! As you know, or maybe not yesterday, I washed my hair with White Rain Naturals in Apple Blossom, and detangled/conditioned/deep conditioned with the Tresemme Moisture Rich conditioner. Now the White Rain worked really well on cleaning my hair and scalp, but not stripping my hair. It left my hair feeling pretty soft after. The Tresemme did a pretty good job with detangling and what not. I did have a little bit of a struggle, but I think it was more my technique than the conditioner. It’s like I went into it wrong or something. LoL! But it did a pretty good job of giving me enough slip to detangle with. I put my hair in twists as I usually do, though I put more than usual. I have noticed my hair is thicker on the ends for some reason than it is at the roots.. Well, of course that would be impossible. My hair is bushy on the ends and smoother at the roots- anyway, it makes my twists come loose on the end, so I made smaller twists than usual.. Not even important. LoL! ANYWAY!!! I’m all off track. I twisted it up and covered with my plastic cap and bonnet as usual and off to sleep I went.

 

  I won’t lie.. I was impressed or scared.. It went back and forward. I mean… This Tresemme stuff might be disolving my hair!! It was feeling pretty soft.. Like my twists felt very soft and squishy under the cap.. y’all laugh, but I’m pretty sure somebody out there has been there. LoL! Trying new products is damn scary and we Naturalistas are always paranoid about our curls ANYWAY.. So some thoughts ran through my mind. But I left it alone.

  After a night and an evening of touching my little twists under my cap, I decided to rinse the conditioner out. I don’t think I should leave conditioner in my hair covered in plastic more than a day, (I DON’T THINK I SHOULD.. If you like that, good for you. Do what works.. I just didn’t want to.) and I was going to wash clothes anyway. (That raggedy bastard is STILL not working. The repair man has been here.. Well ONCE, but he was supposed to show up 3 times and it’s scheduled again for tomorrow. Hopefully my wash house days are numbered!!)I figured I’d rinse it all out and throw a little gel in and go.

 

My hair was soft… It felt really soft.. Well, not excessively soft, but it was soft. It’s still soft. It feels nice and the smell is pretty nice, if drugstore-y.. It’s tolerable. I wouldn’t say I was floored or anything, but it did perform well. With all the cones my hair should be WELL protected, that’s for sure.. LoL! I’m not really happy about all the cones, but I do think this conditioner is a  good one to keep on stand by..

 

BUT.. I think I need to back off  of overnight conditioning. Not stop, but do it less often. It may be causing my hair to become over conditioned and break off. I notice when I rinse my hair, there is hair just rinsing away. It is so… WEIRD. I rinse and hair comes out with the water.. Not more than the 100 strands or whatever, but.. I don’t know.. It just kinda weirds me out. LoL! Maybe I’ll try letting it sit for a few hours then rinse.. Then again, I use to do that and it just didn’t seem the conditioner was getting into my hair. I am very low porosity and it takes a long time for moisture to get into my hair. So I don’t know what to do about that. I’ll figure it out eventually. This is a journey. 🙂

 

Anyway, My hair is still very soft. It pretty much feels like it did with the Suave Almond and Shea Butter, and actually like it does with Aussie.. I’m starting to think as long as it’s not a protein conditioner, my hair is gonna respond pretty much the same to whatever conditioner I use. I may get a little more softness with one a little more coating with another, but I think they are gonna pretty much all perform the same. Which is good, because I know I don’t have to spend $50 on a conditioner because it will perform like a $3 one. So I take that as a “W”. 😀

 

Far as cowashing.. I don’t think I’d cowash with this exclusively because of all the cones. I mean there are at least 3 cones/xanes at the front of the ingredients list, so this stuff would definitely build up without a sulfate strip them off. I mean if you cowash 3 weeks out of the month, then shampoo you might be ok. Me I use sulfates, so I’m good. But as I may or may not have said, I’m not really happy about all the cones. But I’m not totally opposed to them if the product works and I’m stripping them off every wash. AND I’m not experiencing any dryness from them coating my hair. As long as all that’s good, so am I.

 

So, as of now, I’d buy this again. I think I’d buy this over the Suave because it gave me shedding, but a little less.. BUT as for price, I’d go with the Suave A&SB. I’m quite sure I can find that for under $2 if I shop around. But Tresemme is definitely in the game. 🙂

 

And that’s it.. Until next wash day. 🙂

 

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Jen 😀

White Rain Naturals Shampoo (Apple blossom)

 

Price: I bought a Case 4 years ago for $12, so that’s around $2 a bottle, but I’m sure it can be found for under a buck. ($1)

 

This product is not new, but I couldn’t remember if I ever reviewed it or not, so I’m gonna do it now. LoL! I actually bought this product for DH.. A LOT of this product.. A small case of 6 bottles. Now DH washes his hair whenever and doesn’t have much of it, so this would last him a LIFETIME! I bought it for him because he said when he use to use it, it seemed to be slowing his hair loss and he likes the smell of it. So I hunted and shopped around until I found him a case of it for about $12. This was about 4 years ago, and we still have it. I’ve used it a few times on my hair, but was still listening to the hype that I need a “better” shampoo, so I used it, liked it, but decided to move on..

Until now. I’m back on it and I am happy with it. First thing, the smell is divine! It smells like crisp green apples and has a vibrant green colour to boot. Being in a clear bottle, I must say it all looks rather clean and  well… NATURAL. The bottles are 18 oz bottles and you get so much lather from like a tablespoon of the stuff that it will last the thickest head a year per bottle! It’s not a sulfate free shampoo, but I’m not following curly girl anymore, so that’s fine for now. It doesn’t really have any cones, but does have “nones” at the very end of the ingredient list. It actually contains fruit extracts and (for some reason.) sugarcane extract. I just love when products use actual foods and they are not at the bottom of the list. Now this product was from years ago, so the formula may have changed since I bought it, and probably since DH was buying it. (He was getting that little white bottle it use to come in. I use to love it  in peaches n cream. Smelled YUMMY!) But it works really well. My hair didn’t feel stripped or overly dry, it was soft and fluffy.Which I like in a shampoo.PLUS, no excess shedding after I lathered up.. My hair with the new stuff isn’t really shedding much- Well, THIS week it didn’t, but I’ll post that in another post. 🙂

 

This review isn’t gonna be lone, because what to say? It’s a sulfate shampoo that smells like apple scented heaven that DH feels stops hair loss. Simple stuff. :p Will I repurchase this? YES I plan to buy another case if I can find it and maybe I’ll look for the peach as well. Which I will review.. LoL!!

 

What can I say.. The stuff is effective, non drying, and smells wonderful. 🙂 A keeper..

 

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Jen 😀

TRESemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner (First Impression.)

 

Ingredients: (From Walgreen’s site) Water (Aqua, Eau) , Stearyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Dimethicone , Cyclohexasiloxane , Aspartic Acid , Quaternium-18 , Fragrance (Parfum) , DMDM Hydantoin , Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate , Citric Acid , PEG-9 , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Limonene , Disodium EDTA , Amyl Cinnamal , Linalool , Geraniol , Hexyl Cinnamal , Polysorbate 20 , Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Butylene Glycol , Hydrolyzed Keratin , Foeniculum Vulgare Seed Extract (Fennel) , Propylene Glycol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Panthenol , Ascorbic Acid , Epilobium Angustifolium Flower , Leaf , Stem Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract , Helianthus Annuus Extract (Sunflower) , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract (Sweet Almond) , Corylus Avellana Leaf Extract (Hazel) , Niacinamide , Biotin

From my bottle: (there may be typos.. LoL!) Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Niacinamide, Aspartic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Quaternium-18, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Isostearmidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, PEG-9, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance

 

Price: I paid $3.00 for it, but I’m sure it’s cheaper at some places.

 

Seeing the new ingredients this product will be a “no” for me in the future as they have added Hydrolized Wheat protein and protein is NOT my friend. The one I have has less ingredients and no protein, and from what I can feel works pretty good.. The fragrance is pretty nice. It’s kinda fruity, but kinda perfume-y.. I can’t really place exactly what it smells like but the smell isn’t bad. As this is a first impressions, I don’t know how long it lasts on our head, but if it lingered it wouldn’t drive me nuts.  The product is very thick and opaque. I shot video, but I can’t get it to upload it so maybe I’ll stick it on my YouTube channel.

Anyway, it’s very thick, hard to get out of the bottle really and has a lotiony feel to it.. Kinda like Cetaphil (Sp?) lotion. As a matter of fact, it’s a lot like Vo5, but a little bit thicker. (It’s actually made by the same company, so..) And I knew it was something serious when it hit my hair. I kid you not when I say my hair felt soft as soon as the first bit hit it. Now I’m not saying this will LAST, I’m saying with my first impression, this is a great product for my hair. Now tomorrow might tell a different tale. But I used very little and my hair was totally saturated. The bottle was full and I used maybe a 1/4th off the bottle, maybe less. And I was trying to use a lot of product, if nothing else to see if I was using too much Suave and I got way better coverage with this.  The product looks a lot like Knot Today by Kinky Curly. I’ve never opened Knot Today, but from what I’ve seen online and from the bottle it looks a bit like it. Not surpising as lots of Naturalistas have said they’ve used Tresemme Naturals in place of that product. And this bottle is HUGE compaired to that primo stuff. The bottle is 25oz. Their’s is 8oz, BUT KT is natural and cone free and this particular product is cone LADENED!! I mean, from beginning to end with the cones. BUT Tresemme Naturals from what I understand is cone and glycerin free just like KT. So… All I can tell ya is shop around. A good deal might be out there on this one.. 🙂

 

Anyway, I still have the product in my hair right now, so I’m not sure how it will perform, but I have pretty high hopes for this stuff. I hope I won’t be disappointed. AGAIN.. LoL!

 

I’ll be back with the results! 🙂

 

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Jen 😀

 

 

 

I’ve Been… Awaaaaaay!!

  Well not really away, but I’ve been busy and sick all week… I usually blog before work, as DH has to be in earlier than I do so I have a couple of hours to kill. But now I have to come in early three times a week. Then Friday I started coming down with a nasty cold and it just came AAAAALL the way down yesterday. I mean I was BED RIDDEN!! I could not.. I just slept all day. I was on the net on my phone for a minute or two between sleeping. I mean I was.. SICK.. Which sucks because I just started taking vitamins and I guess they must have given the VIRUS extra strength too!! LoL! (Shut up!)  I’m feeling a little better- Well actually from yesterday, MUCH better. But I still feel pretty bad. I hope it’s better by tomorrow because I have a lot of hard work to do Monday AND Tuesday and who knows what the rest of the week will hold. So.. Body.. GET BETTER!!! :p

  Anyway, I was feeling good enough to wash my hair today AND take a few pictures. I also have a nice product review. It’s not a hair product, but we don’t just do our hair, now do we? Ok.. You know last week I was talking about experimenting with petroleum again. I actually tried it and it sealed OK. I think it would work better on clean hair. So I will try it again. But before I do that, I was thinking of trying, one more time.. The Curly Girl Method.  For those who have been living under a rock or just not researching hair care techniques the CG method is washing with a cheap, no silicone conditioner. It’s more of a rinsing regimine. All your products have to be silicone free, petroleum free, sulfate free.. All that good stuff. Now you can modify it in using water soluble cones and sulfate free shampoo. But basically the key is to not use anything that can ‘t be washed away with water. To start you have to use a sulfate shampoo to strip away all the products in your hair. Bump that. I just soaked my head in conditioner, let is sit… Rinsed it out well, added more, rinsed it all out. And my hair felt pretty darn clean. so I added Aussie and detangled, covered with a plastic cap and let it sit for HOURS.. 🙂 Rinsed it out, while dripping wet added a little more Aussie.. Maybe a quarter sized dollop. And wrapped with a Tee shirt. (Called “plopping”) Left it on maybe 10 minutes.

 

Yall… When I removed that tee… My hair was so soft and shiny even… It felt light and just nice.. It wasn’t real frizzy- which I don’t care about removing frizz, but still.. It just felt so nice. I spritzed to my water mixture (water, aussie, oil.) and  sectioned. (Yes I sectioned. YouTube Divas inspired me to section. LoL!) Applied  coconut oil VERY HEAVILY, then shingled Long Aid in. I mean REEEEEEALLY got it in there and combed it through. After all that shingling I shook my hair out and ended with a nice definition.. (Still frizzy.) Rebel is happy.. She’s WHITE.. But she’s happy.. And I know it will dry clear.

 

(This fucker dropped some of my damn post!! Now I gotta remember what I posted!!)

  Why so much product? Well, during the week I’m really busy. And I don’t have time to get the product in there. So if it’s already in there, it’s easy to refresh. Just spritz, and add a little product and go. Plus I wear a puff most times.. Really easy and quick. 🙂

I’m going to do my product review in a seperate post.

See ya in a minute!!

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Jen 😀