Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lace Wigs: 100% Indian Remy Afro Kinky Curly 4a/4b hair

My favorite protective styles are invisible mircro braids, weaves, and I'm starting on lace wigs. Look what I found on E-bay!!!  The vendor was very helpful in answering my questions but she doesn't have a small cap size at this time. The cap size they do have is medium for a 22.5 inch circumference. Right now I wish my head was bigger so I can purchase this wig. I am currently watching this vendor to see if they have it in a small cap size.

Its my hair texture!! So I can protect my hair this fall/winter and still be a way?! :)

I'm so tempted to buy it, but I would hate to if it doesn't fit. It's great to see that the weave industry is recognizing our texture hair and what true kinky curly hair is. Our hair is beautiful!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Product Review: Blended Beauty Happy Nappy Styles

The website describes this product as "A rich and moisturizing styling cream for kinky curls and dreads, or highly textured hair. Style and define your curls or twist locs, while naturally hydrating. Perfect for finger twisting curls! Create defined curls, with maximum moisture and softness. Drys touchably soft and satiny, not sticky or greasy."

Product Ingredients:
Aloe and Chamomile Water, Rice Bran Oil, Shea Butter, Natural Conditioner, Polysorbate 20, Vegetable Glycerin, Capryl Isostearate, Soy Lecithin,Guar Gum, Natural Preservative Optiphin, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Silk Powder.

My Experience:

Twist                                                                Twist Out

This product is available through many vendors. I purchased my from I purchased it for $19. I believe there was a 20% or 40% sale that weekend I purchased it so that's why I went to vs
The products feels tacky like rubber cement. It does go on smooth and hold well. Even though it has a sticky/tacky feel it doesn't dry that way. I had soft, shiny well formed spirals from my twist out. Above are the before an after shots.

It's great for smoothing back fly-aways. A little goes a long way.  It's also great at stretching hair for chunky fros:

My Rating:
Scale is for 4b/4z only:
1- Would never recommend :(
3-It has potential but wouldn't consider buying again
5- Super awesome!!!

4 out of 5. This product is great for sheen. Just make sure you don't use too much otherwise it will get tacky. But if it does get tacky/sticky, just continue to emulsify in hair and it will disappear without the white cloudy effect you sometimes get with shea butter. It's a 3 in one product: moisturizes, hold, and sheen.  It's great for someone that wants to keep their routine simple and heavy enough to soften for 4b/4c hair.

Final Comments
As always, this is just my opinion on this product with my hair. Everyone's hair responds differently to different products and ingredients.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Product Review: Sweet Nature by Eddie

Sweet Nature by Eddie makes holistic natural products that heal the scalp and condition the hair for optimal growth. The products focus on gentle cleansing of the scalp, adding proper moisture to the hair shaft, and follicle stimulation. The products are all natural and contain only natural preservatives.

The Complete Kit plus Follicle Stimulator includes:
Dream Cream Butter, Wisdom Shea-Cocoa Butter, Growth Daily Moisturizing Spray, Inspiration Ultra 
Moisturizing Shampoo, Love Stimulating Deep Conditioner, and Spirt Follicle Stimulator.

Product Ingredients:
Shea Butter, Coco Butter, Olive Butter, 
Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable 
Moisturizers, Herbs, Essential Oils.

Shea Butter, Coco Butter, Olive Butter, Aloe 
Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Moisturizers, 
Herbs, Essential Oils.

Spring Water, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vegetable 
Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Grape seed Oil, Herbs, and Essential 
Oils (Juices and Berries Baby…Juices and Berries)

Purified water, Decyl Glucoside (Naturally Occurs in Sweet Orange),
Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Naturally Derived From
Coconut), Coco-Glucoside & Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid (Fruit Acids), Natural Fragrance
Oil. *No Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) or Sodium Lauryl Sulphates
(SLS), which causes drying and damage

Purified Water, Raw Honey, Avocado 
Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, 
Olive Oil, Peppermint Oil

Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, 
Grapeseed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Saw Palmetto, 
Gotu Kola, Blend of Nettles, Sublime Sulphur.

My Experience:

Wow!!  The customer service was amazing! I got my products in less than 3 days. I'm in Los Angeles and Sweet Nature by Eddie is in Michigan. The owner is such a sweetheart and answered all my questions about the products and working to get my package out so quickly. The products are even more AMAZING!!!! With a little extra zing.

The follicle stimulator has sulphur but doesn't smell like eggs like some sulphur hair oil products. It's light and sweet. A little goes a long way. I love, love, love the moisturizing spray. This spray saves me so much time in the morning from the afro bed head. I spray fluff and pull my puff into a protective bun. I've seen less breakage and more softness on my ends.

The dream cream is like butter creme frosting. It's light and your only need a little. This is perfect for fine 4b/4c hair strands like mine. The wisdom cream smells like cocoa and is a heavier creme that's great for twists and stretching the hair. I use the Dream cream in the morning after the moisturizing spray and the wisdom cream to seal my ends at night.

The ingredients are simple with a powerful formulation. The products are easy and a complete routine.

I haven't used the shampoo and conditioner yet but I will put an update this weekend.

My Rating:
Scale is for 4b/4z only:
1- Would never recommend :(
3-It has potential but wouldn't consider buying again
5- Super awesome!!!

5 out of 5. So far, the products that I have used have been wonderful. The customer service is stellar. Shipping is quick. The products deliver what they promise and offer inspirational words for any natural that is on a transitioning or on natural hair growth journey. The price fits into any budget and she is also looking to add 12 oz sizes to her collection. She offers stock up prices as though you're purchasing wholesale which offers even more savings.

Final Comments
As always, this is just my opinion on this product with my hair. Everyone's hair responds differently to different products and ingredients. Feel free to check out the website and over 130 + positive reviews on the products on her Fotki

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tracking my hair growth and condition. 2008

This was Sept 18, 2008. I had loaded my hair with water an dollops of shea butter to get my hair to stretch and lay down. It was amazing! But sooooooooo oily. I was leaving grease spots everywhere. There was some definition. But, I just loved how my hair hung on the sides and at the top where my hair is the dense. I think my hair was up to 12-13 inches before I did a uneven cut in December.

Here is my bun! There is a donut in there to make it more symmetrical. I made the dounut my self by cutting a black sock that my boyfriend couldn't find the other pair to. I soaked it with whatever oil I had (almond, olive oil, etc) so that my ends would dry out from the sock.

The texture is so amazing. Sometimes I get so frustrated with the tangles, knots, shrinkage, and dryness. But, it's beautiful.

Look at the length vs. the shrinkage!

Halloween 2008. My dog was at the J Lounge for the doggie halloween customer runway show. He was a lion and I was the trainer. My fro was huge!

End of November 2008 puff.

My baby and I Dec 2008. This puff was after the hair "trim" that went wrong. The call myself trimming my left side and took off 3 -5 inches (5 inches at the top and 3 inches towards the rear). A mess!!! The right side only had .5 inch trim. I was a little upset but my beau encouraged me that it would be ok. I still rocked my lop-sided puff!

Product Review: Miss Jessie's Stretch Silkening Creme

07_stretchsilkeningcreme_A.jpgMiss Jessie claims to have "the best darn curl cremes period."  The Stretch Silkening Creme has been described as "a splendid emulsion for curls, kinks, and waves" that offers "super strength moisturizing and conditioning". It can be used daily to refresh curls, two-strand twists, and coil outs. $22 for 8 oz. This is not Miss Jessie's silkening creme!

Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (mineral oil), glycerin, triethaolamine, carbomer, wheat amino acids, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, avocado oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, olive fruit oil, peg-12 dimethicone, fragrance, ethylhexl methoxycinnamate, oleth-5, dmdm hydantoin, iodopropynyl btuylcarbamate, disodium edta, red 40,yellow 10.

My Experience:

All I can say is wow. Last night I shampooed and conditioned with the Aveda Dry Remedy which always leaves my hair soft. I applied the stretch Silkening Creme to my hair which made my hair feel stripped and gummy. This morning. My hair had all of these white clumps that were sticky. I didn't have time to rinse my hair out because I was going to work so I had white clumpy, gummy flakes in my hair. By the end of the day my hair felt like a brillo pad. It was so dry and needed moisture. During my lunch I went to my favorite beauty supply store and picked up the Kinky Curly Spritz which is a moisturizer and it fixed the moisture problem. However, I still had clumps. I wasn't too worried about the clumps, just more concerned with breakage.

I think this product would be more ideal for someone with loose curls (3a/3b) versus kinky coils (4b-4z). It is fast drying, so it would be ideal for someone who can do a wash and go and doesn't mind a product that uses mineral oil as the primary ingredient.

My Rating:
Scale is for 4b/4z only:
1- Would never recommend :(
3-It has potential but wouldn't consider buying again
5- Super awesome!!!

1 out of 5. I wasn't expecting curl definition with this product since I understand that no product can truly transform my 4b/4z hair to 3 anything. I was at least hoping for moisture and sheen. But instead it left my hair a dehydrated and gummy mess.

Final Comments
As always, this is just my opinion on this product with my hair. Everyone's hair responds differently to different products and ingredients. The experience may be different if it was done at Miss Jessie's Salon. If you do decide to try this product go for the 2 oz or trying some of the curly hair boards like for a product swap so there is no commitment. This stuff is going to my product grave yard. :(