Monday, March 31, 2014

Vinegar: How oh I Love thee!

In the past I used apple cider vinegar as my final rinse all the time. I had of course read up on the forums that this was a great product that closes your cuticle after washing and gives the hair a natural shine. I never really noticed any benefits from it but then again I never really noticed any bad side effects as well. I honestly just got away from doing it because it seemed to be such a chore in an already long wash day.

There are many uses of vinegar and I myself like both white and apple cider. They both seem to work just as well as the other.

1.White vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) are produced in the same way; through distillation of fermented ethanol which yields acetic acid, the key component of vinegars.

2.White vinegar encompasses a larger scope of vinegar types as it is generally produced from vinegars themselves; Apple Cider Vinegar is exclusively from the distillation of ethanol from apple cider.

3.White vinegar is more often used as a cleaning substance; Apple Cider Vinegar is popular for its health benefits

 You can experiment with using it in different ways but my favorite of all time is soothing an itchy scalp while in protective styles and pseudo washing my scalp of whatever debris is on it. Some of those benefits for hair are: balancing hair and scalp pH, removing product buildup, and treating dandruff. I can attest to treating dandruff because whenever I'm in a protective style such as kinky twists, my scalp gets dry and the dandruff flares up. A few spritzs of vinegar watered down, looses up the dandruff and allows my scalp to breath. I LOVE it!

Make your own healthy after-shampoo hair rinse by mixing 1/3 of a cup of ACV into a quart of water. You can then store it and use when ready use.

If you would like to prepare a smaller batch of this vinegar hair rinse recipe to experiment with, try mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar into 1 cup of water.

Friday, March 21, 2014

April Spring Giveaway

Hi everyone, I hope the new year is treating you right. I'm a firm believer in blessing others because in return you will be blessed. I'd like to giveaway some products for Spring.

Soultanicals has released a new conditioner called Curl Supreme Conditioning Dream. The ever faboulous Char-Jay reviewed it here.

NEW!!! This super nourishing, creamy conditioner softens & detangles curly tresses while adding crazy slip & comb-thru spreadability. Wash-day dream in a bottle!

DIRECTIONS: Apply a generous amount of conditioner on the hair after washing. Rinse out. Can also be used as a leave-in on thick, thirsty tresses.

CUTICLE-PENETRATING INGREDIENTS: Distilled water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Shea Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprillic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Andiroba Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Centimonium Bromide,Vegetable Glycerine, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Guar Silk, Lauroyl Lysine, Fragrance, Gluconodeltalactone,  Sodium Benzoate & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!

Soultanicals is also currently running a 30% off sale until 03/24/2014 with the code "soulbloom30"

Cream and Coco Handmade products is turning FIVE and to celebrate they are offering a special edition Hot Coco Box.

Here's what you can expect:

The April Hot Coco Box will be offered in two sizes. The Birthday Cake box for $45 will contain a minimum of 10 full & deluxe sample sized products. We will also offer a smaller Cupcake Box for $25 with a minimum of 5 products from the Birthday Cake box. All products will be all natural & mainly organic, the standard you have come to expect from Cream & Coco

So yes if you haven't guessed yet, one lucky winner will receive  the Curl Supreme Conditioning Dream and the $25 smaller Hot Coco Cupcake Box.

Well what are the requirements? Easy peasy!

Like my Facebook page and leave a comment telling me, What you most love about Spring?

This hasn't been sponsored by either of the companies and is funded solely by myself. I  do ask that you do not resell these items but if you do not like or if they don't work for you, then "bless" them on someone else.

This giveaway will run from March 21st until April 18th 2014. Depending on when items arrive, they will be rerouted to the winner resulting in a delayed shipment. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or another winner will be picked.

This giveaway has closed.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hairfinity 3 month challenge

I've always wanted to try out Hairfinity vitamins.  I've seen several reviews on it over the years, however due to Priteva having a great buyers remorse, I tried those first.  I have to say, I love Priteva Vitamins.  I didnt have excessive break outs and my nails really flourished on them. I didn't monitor my hair so much but I can say Priteva did aid in keep what strands I have on my head there, lol.

So my next Hair, Skin and Nail vitamin challenge is the infamous Hairfinity. I  will be taking these vitamins from March 4, 2014 -June 4, 2014.  * Purchased myself

From the Hairfinity website :
Hairfinity Hair Vitamins are formulated with hair specific nutrients to nourish your hair from the INSIDE OUT and promote faster growing, longer, thicker, stronger hair, and more vibrant hair.
Biotin Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. Increases the elasticity of the hair's cortex, thus preventing breakage. Helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) Niacin promotes scalp circulation Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – prevents hair loss.
Vitamin A Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp.
Vitamin C Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain hair and skin health.
Vitamin D Vitamin D helps prevent hair shedding which is critical to a voluminous fuller head of hair.
Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is essential to the formation of healthy red blood cells and helps transport oxygen to the scalp and follicles, which is required to sustain hair growth.
Vitamin B Complex Vitamin B Complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp environment and healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, graying, and weakening of the hair structure.
Silica Due to its ability to maintain collagen, Silica helps maintain the hair's elasticity and helps keep the hair lustrous.
MSM The sulfur provided by MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.
EXCLUSIVE CAPILSANA™ COMPLEX delivers a unique blend of Hydrolyzed Collagen, MSM, and Silica provides 18 Amino Acids, which are the building blocks of the protein that gives hair it's strength. The exclusive complex also provides sulfur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.
I am anxious to see how fast Hairfinity works to grow my broken nail back. I havent had a full broken nail in almost 90 days.

Banded Hair 

Hide my Hair Challenge 2014 Part 2

I kicked off my second protective style on March 8th. I will be protective styling all of 2014 with 9 week intervals, followed with a 2 week resting period. I have learned some valuable information with the ups and downs of protective styling.

  1.  I can not go longer than 9 weeks in a weave.  
    1. If I do, it must be a crochet style 
  2. I must be able to get to my scalp
  3. Drink water

My first style was a weave, which can be read about here. My hair grew so much , however there was so much shed hair and the length of my hair was dry dry dry!  I expected this because I could only reach under the net and oil my scalp. The braided up hair was drier than the Sahara desert. So for the remaining year I will alternate between  crochet braids, kinky twists, or box braids.

So first session was Dec 21, 2013- February 21, 2014 
Rest phase February 22, 2014-March 7, 2014

This second session will run  March 8,2014 -May 10, 2014

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