Braid Out Experiment

I decided to try a braid out after seeing how gorgeous Makeupanbeautyjunkie’s was on YouTube. (Click here to check her video out). I wasn’t 100% pleased with the results, but I didn’t hate them either. I will say that the later it got in the day after I took the braids out, the better I liked it. Take a look at my latest shopaHAULism post if you would like to see what it looked like by the end of that day. The video below shows how I achieved my first braid out using Qhemet Biologics Alma & Olive Heavy Cream.

What are some of your tips to getting a fluffy (not frizzy) braid out?

Staple Hair Product Review Series: Kinky Curly Curling Custard and Knot Today Conditioner

Today’s installment of my Staple Hair Product Review Series is going to be a two for one deal. I’ll be reviewing 2 products by Kinky Curly; the Curling Custard and the Knot Today conditioner. I decided to review these together because I always use them together and secondly because I am thinking about removing them from my staple product list. They are both great products, but at the time, I don’t feel like they fit my current hair needs. I’ll get into more of that within each review. I usually use these products together for a wash and go style. Kinky Curly Curling Custard retails for about $30 for a 16 ounce jar or $17 for a 8 ounce jar. Knot Today retails for $12 for an 8 ounce bottle. Kinky Curly products can be purchased at Whole Foods, Target, and kinkycurly.com.

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Tip Tuesday #1: Tips for Transitioners

Welcome to my new series! Starting today, I will be posting some type of hair, makeup, skin care, or overall beauty tip every Tuesday. This series will consist of tips I have learned over the years from my own experience.

For the first installation in this series, I wanted to tackle some tips for my transitioners. By the term “transitioner,” I mean the ladies who are growing out their relaxer and transitioning to natural hair. The picture shown above was taken approximately a month before I cut my relaxed ends completely off. I know from personal experience, that it can be difficult to mix the 2 textures of hair, which can lead to frustration and/or rash decisions (ie. go back to the relaxer, or chop it off). Hopefully the tips listed below can be of some help to you in dealing with your transitioning hair.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Curl Junkie Curl Queen

The next product on my Staple Hair Products list is Curl Queen by Curl Junkie. This glycerin-free gel is a medium hold gel that can be used for various styling. I usually use this in combination with my Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme for my wash & go styles. This styler retails for $22  for 12 ounces of product. It can be purchased in at www.curljunkie.com, www.aveyou.com, and select other retailers.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme

I know ya’ll thought that I forgot about this series, but I didn’t! Truth is I was delaying my next review because I was supposed to review Kinky Kurly Knot Today, but I’m considering taking it off my Staple List. I decided to skip it for now and I will probably review it when I review Kinky Curly Curling Custard because I always use them together anyway. Instead, today I will be reviewing Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme, one of my favorite styling products. This product is a light hold creamy product that can be used for wash and goes, twist-outs, etc. I use this for almost all of my wash and goes. This styler retails for $18 for 16 ounces of product. It can be purchased in at www.shopdonnamarie.com, www.aveyou.com, and select other retailers.

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My First Semi-Successful Flat Twist-Out

1st Day Hair

Let me preface this post by saying, I’m not very good at actual hairstyles. In fact, I never really even washed my own hair until I was fully natural. That is actually one of the reasons that I wanted to start this blog. I want women to see that with practice and patience, anyone can manage thier natural hair.

Anyway, I decided to try another flat twist-out to see if it would look any better since my hair has grown out some. Last time I tried this, my hair was a few inches shorter and I felt that it just didn’t fall right in a twist-out. This time around, I started out on a few day old wash and go. I flat twisted my hair into 8 twists using a little water and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I sealed the moisture in with Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey. I was able to get 4 days in before I had to wash again. I maintained my hair by flat twisting in larger sections every night. Scroll down to see more pictures.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner

Today I’m reviewing one of my leave-in conditoners, Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Conditioner. This conditioner can be used as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner, however I only use it as a leave-in. I’m sure it works great as a rinse out conditioner, but with it being $19 for 12 fl  oz, it’s a little too expensive for me to be rinsing out :). This conditioner can be purchased at http://www.curljunkie.com or http://www.aveyou.com.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Curl Junkie Repair Me!

Today I will be reviewing Curl Junkie Repair Me! reconstructive hair treatment (also known as a protein treatment). Hair strands naturally have pores or holes in them. The size and/or amount of these pores are directly related to hair damage from heat, chemicals, etc. Protein treatments are used to temporarily fill in these pores which increases the strength of the hair strand. I use protein treatments because I have color treated hair which increases the fragile nature of my hair strands.

Curl Junkie Repair Me! retails for $29 for 12 oz. Now I know that sounds expensive, but a little of this product goes a long way. I am still on my first bottle and I have had it for almost a year (I use it about once a month). I think this is in part due to the very creamy consistency.

Unfortunately I am unable to buy Curl Junkie products where I live so I usually order from www.curljunkie.com or www.aveyou.com.

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Staple Hair Product Review Series: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Mask

Source: http://thehodgepodgefiles.blogspot.com/2011/12/in-review-shea-moisture-organic-african.html

Today I’ll be discussing my deep conditioner/pre-poo, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Mask (what’s with the long names Shea Moisture?).  This conditioner retails for around $10-$12 for 12 fl oz. It can be purchased at Walgreens and Target.

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