Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How do you know if a product will work?

Im a big fan of if it feels good on my skin , then it should feel good on my hair. I like to massage a little bit of product on my fingertips or on the back of my hand and check it a minute after it has absorbed. Sometimes I dont mind if a product leaves my hair a little greasy because I either spritz my hair with water and let it absorb in or just go to sleep, the next day the problem is solved. I rarely havc greasy hair unless Ive been heavy handed. I have learned that less product is more when it comes to sectioning off my hair.

Ode to Qhemet Biologics

I cant recommend Qhemet Biologics products enough, I will happily continue to purchase her products. Some people are allergic to the sulfur or MSM that is present so that is a warning to others. Her prices are in the top brackets for purchasing natural products and at first it put me off but this woman makes sure that her products has the top ingredients in everything that she makes. If I'm going to put something in my hair and have the creator claim it to be natural , I'd rather go with someone who puts as much love , dedication and time as I would myself. I have every product she currently makes except for the Wheat grass Cleansing Tea, I have no urge to try it at all. I have even got a chance to sample some of her discontinued products in my natural journey. I never been disappointed with any shipments or packages I have received. I am a number one FAN.

  1. Honeybush Tea Soft hold gel, this gel feels moisturizing from the touch alone, I haven't had a full chance to get the benefits of it because I was put off by the almost watery consistency. I have been told the resulting use of this and the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is out of this world.

  2. Amla& Olive Heavy Cream, this cream is the mother of them all, very thick, its so thick I have to make sure I emulsify it in my hands first before I put in it my hair or thin it down with some Burdock root butter cream

  3. Burdock Root Butter Cream, this is a lighter cream and geared for finer nappy's, I use it as a second day refresher for my twists, or to thin down the Amla& Olive Heavy cream.

  4. Tea tree& Grapeseed Pomade, I use this when I have the itchies or if there is a sore spot anywhere on my scalp. It works like a charm

  5. Amla Oil Pomade, I love this pomade. I use it for my twists and sometimes to smooth over already finished twists. It is very nourishing and keeps my hair supple

  6. Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee, Ahhh if I need to detangle my hair this is where I go. I just finger part my hair, take a bit out and rub it thru my hair . Instant Softness

  7. Castor & Moringa Serum, this oil is very thick and luscious. I have always used it to do twists however an oil rinse, pre shampoo treatment or even as a deep conditioner will work

  8. Indian Macassar Conditioning oil , this oil is lighter than the Castor oil serum yet works just as well in keeping moisture sealed in

  9. Karkady Tea Replenishing Mist, this is by far my favorite spritz, it keeps my hair soft and supple

  10. Olive&Honey Hydrating Balm , this goes hand in hand with the Amla & Olive Heavy cream for me, especially when I do twists. This last a long time because you only need a tad bit of it to work , it also works well as a leave in right after washing your hair

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spritz's, the real deal with this stuff

Spritzes have always baffled me, my hair strands together are like a forest and I never got the concept of using a spritz to moisturize hair. I kind of in the past flirted with the idea in the back of my head but I never thought about it until now, Spritzes only work on protective styles for me. I think its the case for other naturals as well. My hair mass is to thick for a thin stream of product to moisturize my out hair. I thought that maybe it was simply my hair type that was the problem. It is and it isn't. ITS the way I use the spritz that is the problem. I have used Oyins Juice & Berries for two years now and the only way I could get it to work was to add MyAsha's Hair Milk to it.

Well as I'm in kinky twists, I was lucky enough to get a bottle of Franks Juice from a nice young woman. I have only used this spritz and a little of Afrovedas Detangler mixed in. Well one of my kinky twists fell out and I touched the hair. I was totally thrown off. My hair felt like a piece of silk fabric. I was in awe. My hair has never felt like that before with just a spritz. At first I thought maybe it was just the difference between the Franks Juice and Juice & Berries but then I looked at the ingredients, nope only difference is the EO's and fragrance. I thought back to the last time I used a spritz, which was Giovanni's Vitapro fusion . The same thing happened. My braids felt silky and soft as all get out

So I started thinking , my hair is sectioned off and the spritz now has a chance to wrap better around my strands. It doesn't have to fight to drip down the strands of my hair.

If you've given up on spritzes , go back and give them a chance when you can. Try a different way of using it
Oyinhandmade has 3 type fragrances Franks Juice, Greg's Juice, Juice & Berries
Sweet Nature has 1 called Growth
Qhemet Biologics has 1 called Karkady Replenishing Mist
Njoi Creations has 1 called Herbal Spritz *
* havent tried this

Are you ready for the Fall and Upcoming Winter?

The Fall time is a time of change and getting ready for the winter. I usually love the summertime because I can Co-wash more. Well that didnt happen this summer. My hair tangled up something fierce and I just couldnt do it so I really didnt know what to do this summer so I started henna'n more. I actually loved it. It kept me on a routine and that started me into the 100 Day Challenge.

I live in northern NJ and the winter time is very harsh, however I never have a problem because Im a lover of thick butters and creams. I rarely wear puffs in the winter. Im more of a protective two strand twist or weaves/braids girl.

Depending on where you live you might want to get an idea of what you want to do for the winter and get a plan together so you will be prepared. Usually I stretch my hair first and then style. Either using a hair milk for moisture and a thick oil to twist and seal with.

I like Myasha's Hair Milk,Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk/Nectar, Afrodetangler, Carols Daughter's Hair Milk , Darcy's Botanicals Transitioning Creme, or Afroveda's Ultra Hydrating Hair Creme

My oil of choice to twist with is Hairveda's Cocasta oil and I'm finishing up Qhemet Biologic's Castor and Moringa oil.

If I'm not using a hair milk to moisture, I use a leave in and then style with a light gel and heavy butter product. Some nice leave in's are Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, Curl Junkie's Hibiscus& Banana Honey butta leave in , Qhemet Biologic's Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm, and Sheamoisture Leave in conditioner, Qhemet Biologic's Amla and Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Biologic's Burdock Butter root cream and Qhemet Biologic's Cocoa Detangling Ghee

My gel product that I use with everything for a little hold is Afrovedas PUR Whipped Gelly

I'm breaking out Myasha's Main Attraction hair butter for the winter. Its thick, creamy and gets the job done well.

When late October/November kicks in I will also add weekly steam treatments in.

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