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Monday, July 28, 2014

Natural Hair: New Product Talk

Hey Curlies,

Last week I was working a both for my job and I noticed a great amount of hair vendors which I thought was interesting. A few to name in particular were African Pride and Lotta Body.

I find it interesting that companies are converting to the natural hair world because they know that is where the cash flows. Many of these companies prided themselves on relaxers, edge control products and other hair growth miracle products.

I've always known of Lotta Body as a setting lotion used when styling a roller set. At the event I found out that they also have a new line of natural hair products:
cocoafab.com
Not to knock Lottabody's products, or anyone else's per say, but it makes me think about how much these products are different than their products for relaxed or "normal" hair. Are they using the same ingredients or formula and slapping "natural hair product on the front?"

Lately there are a lot of products popping up and claiming to be all natural. While some may be, I know that others aren't. If you've have noticed, I haven't done as many product reviews as I used to. I do try new products but very sparingly because I'd rather use good quality products and not cheat you all by reviewing crappy material.

What are your thoughts?



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mini Twists Update: Week 3

Hey Curlies,

Well it's not quite three weeks but it's pretty close. I just wanted to update you all on my hair routine as far as my mini twists. I've been using strictly water and coconut oil. Every morning and every night I spray my hair with water and then every few days I apply coconut oil to my scalp using an applicator bottle.






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Product Review: Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Hey Curlies,

I've been talking about this new deep conditioner I've been using. The actual product isn't new but it's new to this blog. I haven't done any product reviews in a while but this one is one to truly take note of. I have been using the Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner by Eden Body Works and I love it!
edenbodyworks.com

What it contains:
Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Coco Nut Oil, Tiare Flower, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Camomile) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor)Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid

What it claims to do:
JOJOBA All Natural Deep Conditioner strengthens hair through its botanical combination of Coconut, Jojoba, and Monoi. Formulated to replenish hair strength and restore hair's natural beauty from over processing, damage, and dryness. Fortified to balance the hair's moisture level, resulting in stronger, healthier, more manageable hair. Excellent deep conditioner for all textures and hair types.
*From edenbodyworks.com*

Uses:
To deep condition hair

My review:
I had heard of the Eden Body Works brand before but the prices were a bit expensive for me. It's not that I haven't spent good money on hair products but I haven't dropped a boat-load in a while. I got this product on sale for $6 while in Atlanta at the World Natural Hair Show. I thought that $6 for a 16oz jar sounded pretty promising.

One thing that I like about this product is its consistency and thickness. Some deep conditioners are too watery but this one is thick, creamy and applied to my strands well. I usually apply a generous amount and come out with very soft hair. Seriously...this product may make my staples list! It has amazing slip which helps when applying the product and rinsing.

Although this product does contain jojoba,carrot, tea tree and vitamin E oils, it isn't all-natural. The label does say "all-natural" but I have a few ingredients that I question. However, this isn't a fault! Although I would love to use all-natural ingredients, this deep conditioner has given me amazing results each time. It is definitely worth the money. If I happen to run into the other products in this line, I would love to see how they all work together.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Natural Hair: How to Apply Oils to Your Scalp

Hey Curlies,

I know that I can't be the only one suffering from a dry scalp. My actual hair usually stays pretty moisturized but the scalp, not so much. The weird thing is your scalp's oil, sebum is naturally produced but my scalp must have missed the memo. It's not that my scalp is constantly dry, just more than normal in my opinion.

While most people don't have to apply oils directly to their scalp, this one does(raises hand). It can be difficult to actually apply oil to your scalp for a couple of reasons:

  • Your hair is too thick for you to reach your scalp accurately
  • Since oil is a liquid, it's hard to apply with your hands without making a mess
I have solutions of course!

What I normally do is buy a plastic bottle with a nozzle tip (the one used to apply hair color) and fill it with my oil of choice. This way the oil can be applied without mess. I spend no more than $1.50 on the bottle. I like trying coconut oil or tea tree oil.

You could also purchase a product called Roots Only:
rootsonly.com
This is a similar method to buying the plastic bottle. You can also fill this with your oil and the specialized tip helps evenly distribute the oil. It's a no brainer! I've heard of some finding this product at Wal-Mart but you can also purchase online.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Natural Hair News: New Products (Shea Moisture & OBIA Natural Haircare)

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to update you on a few things going on in the natural hair community. If you haven't heard, Shea Moisture now has online site where you can shop for all of their hair, body and beauty products.


The company will also be releasing a new product line. One that I am extremely excited about! I'm working to get my hands on this!


In other news, OBIA Natural Haircare released a new product that I also want to try soon!


Order at obianaturalhair.com



Monday, July 14, 2014

ClassyCurly Motivation: 14

Hey Curlies,

Just a little motivation for this week...


Remember, the storm doesn't last forever. Last week I got to interview a young woman who has a very kind and optimistic spirit despite all she has been through. She was such an inspiration for me although I haven't experienced the unfortunate situations she has.  Find something to be happy about during the storm. Trust me, there is always something to be thankful for.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Natural Hair: Mini Twists Using African Shea Butter

Hey Curlies,

I FINALLY got a chance to install some mini twists! I've been lying to myself during prior weekends that I was going to get these done but...yeah...never happened.

But this weekend it did!

I actually washed and deep conditioned my hair Friday night. I let my hair air dry over night in tuck in roll twists and then blew out the rest to achieve fully stretched hair.

I blow dried on low heat and divided my hair into four sections. I twisted using only pure African Shea butter.





It took a little over 5 hours to complete and at the half way point I was yelling at myself about why I do this to myself each time. lol It just takes so long but is completely worth it in the end! I will be keeping these in for at least three weeks.

If you are wondering why the twists are so curly and seem to have some shape, I put my hair into two big bantu knots at night to keep them stretched. The knots add the curl once I take them down.