Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sheamoisture New Line alert : Peace Rose Oil

As it always happens with me,  I was in Target minding my own business and spied some newness from my favorite company. It seems like there is to be a " Peace Rose Oil" line.  I can't wait to see how this pans out.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Product Review: Terra Veda Organix

I came across this line on Long Hair Care Forum and reached out to the owner and was able to receive a sample bundle to review. To stay I am highly impressed is putting it lightly. Each product used as directed in the direction insert had my hair curly from start to finish. Each curl was hydrated and fully defined.

If you are a followed of the Maximum Hydration method, then this line is just for you. You do not have to figure out which items to use, the entire line up is geared to fully hydrate your hair. If you would like to see the unboxing of the sample bundle, it can be viewed here

There are two different sample/full size bundles available on the website. I received sample bundle #2 due to the fact that my curls tend to tangle quite easily.  In the bundle was:

Step 1 - Hair Nectar
Review: This smells like the ACV thats in it but boy does it soften up dirty hair. It was the first step and I was eager to try the rest of the products after rinsing this out.
Ingredients: Botanical Infusion (Water, Chamomile Flowers, Fennel Seed, Linden Leaf and Flowers, Marshmallow Root, Rosemary Leaf, Calendula Flowers, Lavender Flowers, Peppermint Leaf, Potassium Sorbate, and Lemongrass), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar), Citrus sinensis (Orange (Sweet) Essential Oil), Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemon Grass), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil (Organic), Curcuma Longa (Tumeric Extract
Hair Nectar Rinsed
Hair Nectar Rinsed


Review:  Very sticky. yet absorbs into the hair with either body heat or a heating cap. Lovely product and after rinsing with warm water, hair was bouncy and soft.
Ingredients: Banana Puree, Honey, Molasses (Blackstrap), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Corn Starch, Brassica Nigra (Mustard Seed) Oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Botanical Infusion, Triticum Vulgare {Wheatgerm) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Extract, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Fragrance, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Extract)

After Caramel-tini

Review : This was my very favorite item out of everything. The smell was soooo good and yummy. The slip was there if you need to detangle as youre cowashing. Very nice.
Ingredients: Botanical Infusion, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Water), BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene Glycol), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Propanediol, Glycine Betaine (Beta Vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Lactate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Pyrus Malus (Apple Extract), Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare {Wheatgerm) Oil, Panthenol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil (Organic), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Extract

Review: I was expecting this to smell like hot chocolate but it has the earthy smell of... well mud, LOL. I can smell the Ylang ylang coming thru but it didnt bother me at all. Great clay wash product.
Ingredients: Aloe (Infused with Comfrey, Horsetail, Stinging Nettle, Marshmallow, White Willow Bark), Bentonite, Botanical Infusion, Coco Powder, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Molasses (Blackstrap), Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Trigonella Foenum Graecum (Fenugreek Seed ), Ulmus rubra (Slippery Elm) Powder, Tilia Vulgaris (Linden Flower), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus sinensis (Orange (Sweet) Essential Oil), Eugenia Caryophyllata (Clovebud) Oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil
Review: Thick enough to coat the hair but after sitting easily absorbed into my hair. The coconut didnt seem to bother me at all.
Mud wash rinsed
Ingredients: Botanical Infusion (Water, Okra Extract and Marshmallow Root), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Water), Cocos nucifera (Cream) Oil, BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Lactate, Glycine Betaine (Beta Vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil, Panthenol, Triticum Vulgare {Wheatgerm) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Withania Somnifera (Ashwaghanda), Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance
Review: After smelling the Apple Cowash, this right here smells exactly like bananas. I left a little in after rinsing and I could see myself using this as a light leave in conditioner before styling.
Ingredients: Botanical Infusion, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene Glycol), Theobroma Cocao (Cocoa) Seed Butter - Unrefined, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propanediol, Panthenol, Musa sapientium (Banana), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Brassica oleracea italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, Curcuma Longa (Tumeric Extract)

  Step 7 - Curlfriends Gelee
Review: I like the hold of this product but I'm very heavy handed. It was hard to not apply a lot because I wanted to save enough for a second application. I was leery of leaving it in because of the coconut but with the use of the banana slip detangler, my hair was very touchable the next day.
Ingredients: Botanical Infusion, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Water), Glycerin, Glycine Betaine (Beta Vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, Sodium Lactate, HydroxyEthylcellulose, Raw Blue Agave Extract (Organic), Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Paradisi, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Bambusa vulgaris (Banslochan), Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Citrus limonium (Lemon) Oil, Citrus sinensis (Orange (Sweet) Essential Oil), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea)

Final Review
These products are simply amazing for putting moisture into your hair. The directions that came with the bundle were easy and I was able to follow along and use it items as described.  I only left each product on for 20 minutes under a conditioning cap while I did my normal daily routine. I highly recommend these if your hair is thirsty and in need of maintaining your moisture levels. I had to skimp the second time with the gelee because upon first use I wasn't sure I would have enough to get two uses out of my sample. If I was a twist natural, I would have been able to do it  but I'm lazy and a washandgo is easy to do, lol. The gelee dried in my soft and was soft to touch. The next day, I water rinsed and it reactivated the curls.
If you're leery of the price, please try a sample bundle. Its enough to tempt you to dive in. I will be trying more of this line in the immediate future. A solid A plus from me!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Frosty Voxbox from Influenster

I'm happy to have received another voxbox Influenster, this one named Frosty Voxbox. Inside of it was

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum, value of $1.99
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
EcoTools Hair Brush, value of value of  $10.99
McCormick Gourmet Thyme, value of $4.79
Fruit Vines Bites , value of $1.28- $1.79 ( which I'm eating as I type,lol)
Rimmel Gentle Eyemakeup Remover, value of $7.49
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner, value of $4.49

I received all of these items free for testing purposes

Terra Veda Organix Unboxing

I will be trying this line out and reviewing it on the blog, so stay tuned. I did a mini unboxing of the items sent to me to review below.

The Terra Veda Organix line of hair care products have been specifically formulated for all hair types, i.e., tightly coiled hair, curly hair, transitioning hair, relaxed hair, and color treated hair. Our handcrafted goodies contain many Ayurvedic and Botanical herbs, organic and cold-pressed oils, essential oils, pure butters, and ingredients that condition and hydrate dry, thirsty hair. We have carefully researched and selected the finest ingredients to promote healthy hair and scalp which will maximize hair growth.
TVO products are formulated to be pH‐balanced, within the same pH range as hair, (4.5-6.5), which is moderately acidic. This helps keep your hair healthy and shiny.  We are a cruelty free company and we do not use fillers, petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, or sulfates.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Crochet Braids

I have been wearing my hair in crochet braids for the last 6 weeks.  This is the second time ever I have had them installed and I preferred them much better this time.  I went to a salon in Brooklyn recommended by my friend.  It was a long process and a little on the expensive side.  I paid $150 and overall with the compliments and different looks I was able to pull off,  I can't complain.   The next time though I will attempt to install them myself.  Here are some pictures.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/14/2014 Wash and Go Product Routine

I thought I would start to document what products I use whenever I do a Wash and go, so that there is a reference if anyone was interested. I have always been leary of using glycerin gels when the weather changes for fear of  sucking the moisture out of my own hair since there is none in the air when it gets cooler.  This year I will be working from home more, so I can test out my routine until I get a protective style in for a few weeks.


My favorite commercial gel that can be purchased on ground is Xtreme Wet Line gel.  Its an amazing, awesome gel thats very cheap and affordable. It however , has glycerin high up on the list. My idea was to use it first and then layer something heavy over it to kind of seal the glycerin in if I go outside.  Well, that didnt work out too well but it kind of worked out for me in the combination that I used 3 days ago..

I started out my routine after having kinky twists in for three weeks. I used J Monique Naturals Rhassoul & Bentonite Clay mask to " wash " my hair. After rinsing the mask out,  I added Soultanicals Curly Tress Silk Milk as a leave in conditioner, and then styled with the Xtreme Wet Line Gel and Curly Twirls Custard styling gel.  Both of these gels have glycerin in it so I kept an eye out on my hair to see if it was drying out.

Even doing my hair mid day by the time it was evening my hair was still damp.  I fell asleep with a cap on but the next day my hair was mussed and slightly frizzed.  I didnt mind as I wasnt going out anymore so I continued on my way.  I  didnt moisturize or restyle until today.

This morning  I "washed" my hair with Soultanicals Master Cleanse Curl detox and after rinsing, deep conditioned with Etae Caramel Treatment and added molasses on top. I kept that in for 15 minutes, rinsed and  then proceeded to  style again with the aforementioned products.  I skipped the leave in conditioner after rinsing to see if my hair dries quicker without the extra layer of product.

The pictures below are the results.

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