Thursday, May 30, 2013

Product Review: Wonder Curl Butter Than Love Whipped & Get Set Hair Jelly

Hey Curlies,

In the last few days I've been talking about the Wonder Curl brand during my post promotion and mini twists tutorial, but I haven't had a chance to formally review this products for you all.

Butter than Love Whipped (pictured on the left)

What it contains:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Glycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Acrylates/C-10 Alkyl Acrylates, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin


What it claims to do:
To hydrate and moisturize curls. 

Uses:
As a moisturizer and styler

My review:
At the beginning I was really excited about this product because I noted that it had aloe vera juice, castor oil and shea butter in it. These are all really great ingredients that I try to use in my everyday regimen. Initially, I expected it to be smooth, but more of a pressed substance. I was definitely wrong. The texture of this product is very similar to a light and fluffy cake icing. It was not hard and pressed like shea butter but very moisturizing.

I used this product to create my mini twists and I also thought that because of the aloe vera juice that I would experience shrinkage, but to my surprise it did not. I did not experience any shrinkage at all. I also only ended up using not even a fourth of the jar for my entire head. Overall, I definitely give this product a 5 out of 5.

Get Set Hair Jelly (pictured on right)

What it contains:
Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Polyquaternium 7, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Phenoxyethanol, Vegetable Glycerin, Alcohol denatured, Carbomer, TEA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance

What it claims to do:
Defines curls and protects from humidity

Uses:
As a styler and curl definer 

My review:
At first, I wasn't sure how to use this product because it seems as if this is used a lot with wash n go styles which I do not do often. Since I was doing mini twists, I decided to use it on my edges for a smooth look and on the ends of my hair a few days after completion to coil them a little more. This is defnietly a light weight gel because it isn't heavy, and you don't need a lot for a good hold. I didn't experience any crunchiness.

I kind of figured that this product would work really well for my hair because I used aloe vera gel in my hair almost weekly and I love it. I also learned that this gel also contains B5 vitamins which help strengthen hair. Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5.

If you are interested in seeing how I used both of these products, view my mini twist tutorial.



If you are interested in browsing the Wonder Curl shop or purchasing any products, visit the site above.

ClassyCurlies

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Your One Stop Shop for Natural Hair & Body Products

Hey Curlies,



Earlier last week, I discovered this website that sells not only hair items,but also skin care products. I don't know what is with me lately, but I've been really into organic and natural bath (bar) soaps. Originally, that's what hooked me in, but they have a wide variety of hair products as well. The name of the site is Strands & Co
The founder of the site, Cheryl became very frustrated with her ethnically-mixed hair once it began breaking off due to relaxers and other chemicals. She then decided to embrace her natural curls and create this site based on her own hair journey. She wanted all curlies to have access to real organic and natural products because if you think about it, those terms are thrown around a lot!

My Experience


So like I said, I've been really into natural and organic bar soaps, so I ordered a bar called Oatmeal Milk and Honey made by The Soap Market. This soap contains:

This is What I Actually Got:




Compared to other soaps, I was definitely impressed! I've been using this soap for about a week and it smells amazing! I can't get enough of it. It lathers really well and my skin feels amazingly soft after using it.

Here are a few more products that they sell:






I've also got a little gift for you all. I have a discount code below for 10% off of your total purchase. Check out this site and treat yourself. This code ends next Friday!

S/N: I was not paid to review or recognize this site

ClassyCurlies

Monday, May 27, 2013

Natural Hair Care: Product Count Challenge Review

Hey Curlies,

Adding on to my product count challenge, I was to review the number of products that I've used throughout the week. To see the original post of this challenge, click here. Originally I guessed that I would use between 5-6 products throughout the week, including my wash routine. Here is a list of the amount of products I really ended up using.


  • Jane Carter's Solution SLS Free Shampoo
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner
  • Amika Olive Oil Mask (deep conditioner)
  • Coconut oil (hot oil treatment)
  • Aphogee ProVitamin Leave In Conditioner
  • Mane n' Tail Detangler
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie

All together, I ended up using eight products. It just really shows how fast these products add up and why some of us may experience buildup.

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Natural Hair: The Finger Comber Wigs and Weaves

Hey Curlies,

Earlier last year, I found this wig that is especially made for those with natural hair and it fooled me! The wig looked so real and natural that I didn't believe it was a wig. To refer back to this post, click here.

Since then, the site and services offered has really expanded. This morning I discovered not only do they sell this "real looking wig," they also sell weaves and other extensions for twisting. Here is what the site looks like.

What caught my attention today was the first item, the Coily Comber. From what I understand, it is a weft of hair that you can use as a sew-in protective style or used to create a wig.

I just wanted to share this all with you because I thought it looked really cool. Maybe you all could try it out. The website is fingercomber.com

S/N: I was not paid to review or recognize this site.

ClassyCurlies

Friday, May 24, 2013

Natural Hair Styles: Easy Twist Out Style

Hey Curlies,

Over the last few days I have been wearing a twistout that I had previously done on wet hair after my wash and condition. Both styles have a big tuck and roll twist at the hairline. Here is one style that I have been wearing this week that I really like. The first set of photos was done on wet hair.







These next set of photos were taken today after I retwisted last night using Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I did not detangle, just retwisted into chunky twists.



Retwisting last night on dry hair, gave me a little more length and softness. I'm beginning to play with these camera effects because I found that some photos are visually easier to see with the effects. The last photo above didn't show the true texture of my hair with the lighting I used.

Guess what? Mini Twists are going back in probably this weekend!

ClassyCurlies

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Natural Hair Styles: Chunky Twist Out

Hey Curlies,

I finally took down my twists since I washed my hair on Monday. I did have lots of definition due to styling on wet hair. I love how soft my roots are and I think that it is because of my last hot oil treatment so I definitely will be doing that again the next time I wash. Here are a few photos.







I ended up pinning the top up. Tomorrow I will probably wear a headband or do a flat twists going a cross the front. I like the definition, but I didn't like the way it looked with the hair hanging in front of my face.

ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Natural Hair Style: Chunky Two Strand Twists Pin Up

Hey Curlies,

Soon after I proceeded to wash, condition and do a hot oil treatment on my hair, I did my usual chunky two strand twists. The products I used are below. I realized after I did them that I needed to run to the store so I proceeded to pin up my twists. I actually pin curled them using bobby pins.

Products used:

  • Jane Carter's Solution SLS Free Shampoo
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner
  • Amika Olive Oil Mask/ Coconut oil hot oil treatment


First twists down

Twists are getting longer







Tomorrow I will do a twist out!

ClassyCurlies

Monday, May 20, 2013

Natural Hair Care: Hot Oil Treatment Take Two

Hey Curlies,

I've done hot oil treatments in the past, but its been a while since I've done one. I kept forgetting to by a bottle with a nozzle top, but I finally grabbed one from Sally's last week.

I poured about an ounce of melted coconut oil, thanks to the warm weather, into my clear bottle and warmed it very briefly in the microwave.

 I applied the warm coconut oil directly to my scalp by randomly parting my hair with my fingers. I continued until my entire scalp was covered with coconut oil. This entire process was done after my shampoo and condition.


Before applying my deep conditioning cap, also from Sally's, I applied Amika Olive Oil Mask to my actual loose hair and then added more coconut oil to my loose hair as well. (S/N: You can omit the conditioner part and just use the oils)

I know...I look silly lol

I left my cap on for about an hour and a half, I fell asleep lol. If you have really fine hair, be sure to do an extra rinse when doing your final rinse. I could still feel a little of the coconut oil in my hair after I rinsed,but its okay because my hair absorbs oils like a sponge.

ClassyCurlies

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Natural Hair Style: Tuck and Roll Twists

Hey Curlies,

I've been meaning to post these pictures on here for a while. The photos are of a few hair styles that I've been wearing over the last few days.

 If you are wondering how I got my edges so smooth in the photo above, I used aloe vera gel and a head scarf.
 Second style



If you follow me via social media, I have posted these photos already. If you are wondering, I made the bun with a sock lol and the second style is done with just bobby pins. 

I will be washing my hair tonight and beginning my product count challenge. Join in with me! For more details, click here.

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hair Care: Product Buildup Count Challenege

Hey Curlies,

So the other day I was talking to my mom and she was saying how quickly her hair absorbs moisture (like most naturals). She then proceeded to talk about all of the products that we use in our hair daily and how it begins to add up. This sparked an thought...

Really, how many products do I use in my hair per week?


We have all of these products dedicated to natural hair and curly hair that we are consumed with them and want to try everything. Honestly, think about how many products you use on your typical wash day -_- It is probably nothing but ridiculous!

The challenge that I am going to have for myself starting tomorrow, 5/19/13 when I wash my hair, and for you all is to write down every product you use during the week. For one week I will be doing this challenge. Try not to think about it too much and honestly go on with your normal routine. Record all products including:
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Leave-in conditioners
  • Stylers
  • Sealants
  • Oils
  • Everything else you use!
At the end of the week I will update you all and in that post I would like you all to post how many products you used and you can even elaborate to what those products actually are if you'd like. 

Right now I am going to guess that I use maybe 5-6 products on my hair per week. If you would like to tell your estimate, write it below and we will compare in one week.

ClassyCurlies