Friday, July 30, 2010

In Review: Huetiful Hair Steamer

Product Description: The Huetiful Hair Steamer bathes every strand of hair with warm, ozonized steam. The steam opens up the hair cuticles to allow the moisturizing agents in conditioners to be absorbed deeply into the hair shaft. Hydrates hair 5x more effectively than conditioner alone and helps to reduce breakage and split ends. Improves the manageability for those transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Improves moisture levels of the hair shaft prior to a chemical treatment to reduce the risk of damage. Improves scalp health which reduces the risk of dandruff and itchiness when wearing a weave. Read more about the company's history HERE!!

Cost: $114.95 w/ free shipping @ $9.95 for the facial attachment

My Thoughts:(press play lol!) 

Like I stated in the video, I will continue to use this and incorporate it into my normal routine. I'm interested in seeing what the long term benefits that steaming my hair will be. So this review will be updated in a few months. So far I love this thing and I've only tried it 3 times!!  It's super easy to assemble, the water heats up very quickly and it's helping me use up a lot of wack conditioners collecting dust in my cabinet....they work much better now lol! I haven't tried the facial attachment yet, but I will review it when I do. If your in the market for a hair steamer I would highly recommend buying this one ♥

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Sidebar: I'm looking a tad bit darker in this likey :-)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TWA Hair Diary: Ebony R.

When and why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural in early April of this year. I had attempted to transition back in December, but relaxed after about 10 weeks. My decision to try it again came from my issues with my self esteem and the fact that I wanted to be able to feel beautiful, no matter how I looked. I figured the best way to achieve that self concept was to go back to the "original" me, which meant leaving the creamy crack behind. My last relaxer was around April 14, 2010 as a "final farewell" and I began my transition from there. My initial goal was to wait until New Year's to BC, but recently, after a few days of struggling with my self image and praying to God for strength to overcome it, I decided to BC around 2am on July 14, 2010 and I haven't looked back since.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?

Some of them didn't even understand what I meant when I said I was "transitioning" or "going natural" until I did the Big Chop. Those that did, supported my decision. My grandmother has always worn her hair very short and recently, short and natural, so she was very happy with my TWA when she saw it.  I shocked a lot of people because the decision to Big Chop was so sudden, but so far, I have not encountered any negative comments.

Describe your current hair routine.

I don't have a set routine yet, but I co-wash my hair almost everyday. I usually do a wash and go using IC Fantasia Styling Gel with Olive Oilor I spritz my hair with a mix of water, leave in conditioner and oils, add moisturizer, and comb it out and put a headband on the front for a nice little fro. I spritz my hair again at night and apply unrefined shea butter and oil, before wrapping it in a silk scarf and going to bed. Some of my favorite products include Suave Naturals conditioners, Suave Humectant conditioner, Hawaiian Silky 14n1 Miracle Worker, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave In and Lustrasilk Shea Butter and Mango Cholesterol.

What are your hair goals? What steps are you taking to achieve them?

One goal is to minimize breakage by deep conditioning one to two times a week. I also want to be able to grow my hair long enough to two strand twist by November. I plan to achieve this goal by keeping my TWA moisturized and making sure I seal my ends every night with shea butter.

How has your perception of beauty changed since going natural?

I am more open minded to what beauty is. I realize now that we are all individuals and we see things differently. To me, anything that is natural is beautiful. We should embrace ourselves the way that God made us. We are all beautifully and wonderfully made with different features and attributes, to be used in different ways for different purposes. Since going natural, my self confidence has sky rocketed, because now I know that I can be beautiful and feel beautiful, no matter what my hair looks like or what texture it is.

What advice would you give to a new natural?

My main point of advice to a new natural would be to embrace your hair, no matter what it looks like. My hair was not very pretty to me after I big chopped, but I loved it because it was mine. Remember that your hair texture may change over time. especially if you do the BC. My hair texture seems to change everyday and I embrace the changes and roll with the punches. I would also tell them to follow blogs and forums and gain all the knowledge you can about natural hair. The internet has a lot of great sources that can give you the tools you need to take proper care of your hair. My last piece of advice would be to remember why you made the decision to go natural and don't forget it. There are people out there that will not understand, but ultimately, this journey is yours.

Thanks for sharing Ebony! -KKQ :-)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In Review: Safi Hair Care "Curl Clouds"

Product Description: "This light mixture is great for curl definition, daily moisturizing and styling.  Curl Clouds can also be used on the body".  Directions: On damp hair, use a dime sizes amount of Cloud Curls in small sections.  Make sure you apply the product from root to tip.  Curl Clouds provides a soft hold to all curl types.

Cost: $13.50 / 8oz jar @ SafiHairCare.Etsy.Com

Ingredients: Raw Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Extracts of Coconut and Hibiscus (which is not listed on the label. My sample had extracts of Frankincense and Myrrh), Aloe Vera Gel, Sweet Almond Oil, Unrefined Coconut Oil, Honey, Agave Nectar.

My Thoughts:Love Love LOVES IT!  If you have read some of my "My Hair" posts then you already know that I a big fan of Safi products.  I use the Avocado Shea on my edges and to smooth my ends almost everyday.  So when Alex, creator of Safi Hair Care, asked for my opinion on Curl Clouds I jumped at the chance.  Like the description states this very light, but it definitely gets the job done.  It smells soooo good and without having a TMI moment I'll just say my Mister really really liked the smell :-) 

Here's how I used it...After washing my hair I divided my hair into two big sections, finger parted my hair into smaller sections and applied Curl Clouds.  It goes on really smooth and unlike most butters it melts into your hair super easy.  I set my hair in medium 2 strand twists and allowed them to air dry. 

My hair was set on Saturday, but I got lazy and didn't unravel them until Monday.  When It came time to I smoothed on a little Avocado Shea Butter and began untwisting for a  twist out. Take a look....

After breaking the clumps apart and more fluffing, I love my twist outs big with a little frizz...

My hair is soft from root to tip, but still have a ton of definition.  It gives a lot of shine on it's own without feeling greasy, when it's hot out the last thing you want is a greasy, heavy product in your hair.  This product is a win from me, I'm on second day hair and it still looks like the first!!  Good job Alex!

Have you tried Curl Clouds yet? Have you tried the Avocado Shea Butter? If so share your thoughts below!

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Hair Diary: Alex of Safi Hair Care!

Hey guys! Meet friend in my head , Alex of The "Good" Hair Blog and Safi Hair Care creator.  I was recently featured on her blog as well, read my story here!!

When and why did you decide to go natural?

This is my 3rd and final time going natural, as I ALWAYS say. I decided to STAY natural this time because I was truly ready to embrace my hair. I was over the coloring, the cuts, the perms and heat. I just could not do it anymore nor could I afford it. So I pushed myself to stick with my decision and I am proud to say I am in my TENTH month of being natural and I am NEVER going back to relaxers.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision? 

Yes, everyone showed NOTHING but love. My best friend and my mom were influenced to go natural shortly after I BC'd.

What is your current hair routine?

My regimen is very simple, I co wash every 2-3 days and I wash with shampoo twice a month.  I coat my hair with Vatika Oil and leave in conditioner.  I have just started using Yes To Cucumbers in which I LOVE!!  After my hair is conditioned and oiled i detangle with a wide toothed comb and twist it up in medium sized twists.  In the morning I unravel and in the evenings I re-twist....Simple, right?

What are your hair goals?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?

I plan on continuing to grow healthy and strong hair.  I do want to achieve waist length hair one of these days, but I am in no rush.  The steps I have been taking to achieve my goals are simple, I learn and know my hair.

What new hair styles or techniques have you learned this year?

I have conquered the twist out and achieved my FIRST puff ball!!  I was so excited!  Many naturals tell me after 8 months you really start to see your growth and "bigness" they are so right.  I am loving my journey thus far.

What Is your definition of "good" hair?

I love this question.  My blog is called "the GOOD HAIR blog" (www.the and I get asked this question a lot.  To me good hair is healthy hair, nothing more or less!  I do not believe that "good" hair is a texture by any means, but that's just my opinion :-)

Curly girls have more fun because....

....because BIG hair is better!!

Be sure to check out Alex on YouTube and follow her on Twitter!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

You Wanna See Me Naked..Uh Huh + Wonder Curl Contest Winner Announced!

And the Wonder Curl winner is.....Kari Watson!!!! Congratulations girl, be on the lookout for an email for me to collect your info! Thanks to all of you who participated and if you didn't win this time, try your luck on the next one :-)

I've been getting a lot of emails recently about what my hair looks like naked.  No products, no curl manipulation, freshly pooed and detangled....naked.  So after shampooing with Bee Mine's Herbal Bar (awesome stuff) and before I styled my hair this weekend I snapped a couple pics for those who asked.  Enjoy!

Big hair don't care ♥

Hair Diary: Tameka V.

When and why did you decide to natural?
I decided during my sophomore year of college, but I did nothing about it until the end of my sophomore year, last summer. My last perm was August 8th, 2009.
Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?
I mentioned nothing about the sudden need to have my natural texture. I didn't do the big chop, I transitioned, so in no time the realization by friends was either that I was too broke/lazy to get my touch up or I was up to something. The most supportive people were/are the ones who were either fully natural or going through the process as well. Either way my mind was made up.
What is your current hair routine?
I wash it with conditioner every four days or so and I shampoo and condition every two weeks. I let it air dry, apply my "hair butter", a concoction my friend makes out of olive oil, cocoa butter, lavender, etc. and twist into medium-sized sections. I try to do this every night and tie it down to avoid breakage. In the morning I take my afro pic, comb it out and go.
What are your hair goals? What steps are you taking to achieve them?
I want to achieve maximum growth. It's funny because I tried all sorts of cuts when I had permed hair. I thought short hair suited my persona best. Now that I'm natural I feel that a FULL fro would suit my character best. I'm still learning haircare everyday by browsing blogs like Naturally Obsessed. I'm going to start a regular deep-conditioning routine as soon as I find the optimum product for my hair. Also, maintaining hydration and a balance of vitamin intake.

What new styles or techniques have you learned this year?
Before discovering the twist out I literally gelled my hair back everyday, because I was battling the two different textures during my transition and didn't know any better. But as mentioned before I have a long way to go and a lot of ideas to test out thanks to blogs like this.
What is your definition of "good" hair?
Good hair is healthy hair, case closed. It highlights your face, brightens your personality and makes a statement that you are proud of your heritage and ancestral beauty. Good hair is YOUR hair. If we were meant to have pin straight hair, it would've sprouted from our scalps as such.

Curly girls have more fun because...
...they can just wash and hit the party and don't have to be afraid of breaking a sweat ;-)

Cheating On My Denman.....

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekend Giveaway: WonderCurl Products!!!

It's that time again!!  You guys made the first Weekend Giveaway such a sucess that I'm back for a second go round.  And guess what this time there's 2 full size products up for grabs for 1 lucky winner!! The rules to the game are pretty simply, but first let me tell you a little more about Wonder Curl and the prizes....

Scarlett, creator and founder of Wonder Curl says...

I started Wonder Curl for two reasons: I wanted curlies to have a website where they can get valuable information on their hair - how to take care of it, style it and maximize their gorgeous curls.  And because I wanted to make styling curly hair more simple and streamlined.  Using for different products in my hair to achieve the look I desired wasn't feasible to me anymore.  I was at a point in my life where I really wanted change.  When I asked myself what my passion was, the first thing that popped into my mind was my curly hair.  And with that, Wonder Curl was born.  Out of tenacity and creativity along with love and desire for beautiful curls.

I hope you will love Wonder Curl products as much as I do and Wonder Curl customers do. 

Here are the prizes!!! 

4oz Get Slick Hair Smoothie

Get Slick Hair Smoothie provides your hair with the benefits of organic coconut oil and organic castor oil. Coconut oil, known for its benefits to skin and hair, is the only oil that penetrates the hair shaft to strengthen. Castor oil, also known for its medicinal properties, protects hair, prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. Using Get Slick Hair Smoothie will keep your hair looking soft, shiny and strong.

8oz Get Set Hair Smoothie

Get Set Hair Jelly smooths and controls frizz without stiffness.  used with organic aloe vera, which for many is a miraculous plant. In hair it is used to promote growth and revitalize hair. This jelly is also loaded with pro-vitamin B5 (panthenol) to strengthen your hair. Get Set Hair Jelly keeps your coils looking fresh and fabulous all day.

Rules: Like I said before the rules are very simple, all you have to do to enter is CLICK HERE!!!  You'll be taken to a new window to fill out a quick survey.  Your Name (first and last), your email address and answer a multiple choice hair related question. One lucky winner will win both products mentioned above and they will be contacted shortly after all entries are tallied.  You must be a subscriber of this blog to enter and you may do so by using the options found in the sidebar.  At this time the contest is open to US residents ONLY!  The contest begins now and will close Sunday July 25 at 6pm EST.  Have fun ladies :-)

Have you tried Wonder Curl? How did you like it? I've never tried them so I'm interested in hearing for you, share your experience in the comments below!

Hair Diary: Marie S.

When and why did you decide to go natural?

What really made decide to go natural was the damaging effects that relaxers had on my hair. I started getting relaxers at the age of 5 years old. My hair was very long but was not as thick as it could be. In my junior year of high school I would  wear my hair pressed throughout my whole transition. Natural hair to me seemed to be something different and would allow me to express my natural self!

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward?

My mom and dad actually encouraged me to transition the most. My father always would ask me " Why you always puttin' those chemicals in your hair"? I never really took him seriously when he asked me that question. My mom walked me through the process because she was natural before I was. My friends did not notice the difference in my hair because it was always straight.

What is your current hair routine?

As of right now I co-wash my hair once a week with a cheapie conditioner then follow up with a deep conditioner. I shampoo about every 3 weeks when I feel that my hair is weighed down or just feels down right dirty lol. My favorite hairstyles are braid-outs and twist-outs. I do wash and gos once in a while when I don't have time to twist or braid my hair.

What are your hair goals?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?

My hair goal is to grow my hair as long as it can go. I have noticed the length that have gained since I have been natural. My friends also recognize the growth that I have achieved this past week. I know that the only way that my hair is going to grow is by taking care of it. I try not to pull my hair hair back as much and to moisturize. Watch Youtube videos and reading haircare forums have really helped me to understand what my hair needs.

What are your favorite hair products?

Pantene Pro-V relaxed and Natural Deep Conditioning Mask / ORS Replenishing Pack / TIGI Moisture Maniac Conditioner / Coconut Oil / Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship Leave In / Eco-Styler Gel

What is your definition of Good Hair?

Good Hair is healthy hair no matter if it is curly, coily, nappy, or has the texture of a brillo pad lol.

If you would like to share your story click the link!

Obsessed Mail: Bee Mine Growth Serum??

SS: Hey!  My name is Shelley and I thought I'd let you know that your website and hair are truly an inspiration.  I look at your site daily for updates and hope that you will be updating it soon :-)  I have two questions to ask; I know your a fan of Bee Mine Products, especially the Curly Butter.  You never gave us an update on how you like the Strawberry Kiwi Growth Serum and with continued use if you noticed any growth.  Are you still using it?  Anymore reviews on it?  My second question is, how much time a week do you spend doing your hair?  My hair is almost as long as yours.  I love your hair and Im a product junkie, but sometimes....I get discouraged and don't feel like doing it.  That's when I come to your site for motivation.  Thanks! -Shelley S.

KKQ:  First off thanks for the reminder because I totally forgot to review this product.  I've never been into growth aides, but last year back in November or December Tracey from bee Mine approached me about trying her brand.  She let me pick out the products that I wanted to try as well as the ones she recommended.  The Growth Serum was one of those recommendations.  When I finally got it home I couldn't figure out how to fit it into my hair routine.  It wasn't until I did my first set of tiny twist that I began to really test it out.  The smell is great just like all the other Bee Mine products and the ingredients were pretty simlple....100% Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sulfur Powder, Essential Oils and Fragrance.  I began applying it to my scalp every other day and massaging it in.  The first couple days I used it everything was fine, but after a while my scalp became really dry.  I'm pretty sure it was the sulfur, it may have to strong for my scalp.  After a few more tries me and the serum were over.  My testing of the serum was very brief, a little less than two weeks to be exact.  So I don't think that I achieve any extra growth because of it.  Most of the reviews on Youtube suggest that it takes up to month to really see results.  Bee Mine does sell the serum without the sulfur and in various other formulations, but I rather just grow my hair my hair the old fashioned way.  And that's all I have to say about that lol!  On to the next question....

I don't think I spend that much time doing my hair, my routine is quite simple.  Here's an example....Monday evening I co-wash and apply a deep conditioner and leave it in overnight.  Tuesday morning I rinse the dc out and set my hair in twists or braids for a style out.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday I'll wear the twist/braids in various different updo's.  My updos take about 5 minutes or less to do , just grab a bunch of bobby pins and go!!!  The on Saturday and Sunday I wear a twist or braid out.  On Monday you start over again...That's it!  The less manipulation the better your hair will be.

And I think most naturals, especially as their hair grows longer, go through periods where they don't feel like being bothered with their hair.  Even me.  But that's what puffs, buns, ponytails and scarves are for, be creative!  I hope this helps sis :-) 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hair Diary: Kierra M.

When and why did you decide to natural?

I decided to go natural my senior year of high school (about 6 years ago). From childhood, I would always find myself feeling my roots and not wanting to get a relaxer when the time came around. The desire for my natural hair was always there, and I finally cut my hair October 2004!

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward?

My friend and I took on the natural journey together, so we had each other's support. Others were initially put off by my decision, but I have always been confident in myself to the point where it didn't bother me. Eventually, they came around, and so did the rest of the world!

What is your current hair routine?

I shampoo and deep condition my hair once a week, and put it into a protective style that will last me anywhere from a week to a month. I also cowash every few days, and try to keep my hair well moisturized.

What are your hair goals? What steps are you taking to achieve them?

My goal is to grow my hair as healthy, and subsequently, as long as possible! Presently, I am doing my best to leave my hair alone with the exception of weekly maintenance. Hopefully, I will see positive results :)

What new hair styles or techniques have you learned this year?

This year I have been doing box braids a lot (thanks KinkyKurlyQueen!)...I find that this style allows for low manipulation, but it is also cute. Recently, I have been learning from Kim Love of Kimmaytube about the ideal pH balance for our hair texture, and I hope this knowledge will serve me good as well.

What is your defintion of "good hair"?

Healthy hair is good hair...period!

Finish this sentence: Curly girls have more fun because.... without versatility is no life at all!

Well said sis, thanks for sharing! Please visit Kierra's blog Southern Confidence for more of her hair journey!!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"My Queen and Natural Heir" By Jirbaud

Someone I follow on Twitter shared this poem with me and I absolutely loved it. Many natural hair ladies feel like "our" men, you know the ones that look like us, don't appreciate our textures. I sometimes feel like my husband is the only one lol! But this poem is like a breath of fresh. Thank you Jirbaud :-)

My Queen and Natural Heir

Not to knock weave but I have my preference
This natural hair possesses such an essence
The way it’s meant to be. Growth from Adolescence
An expression; unique, be you no pressure
Personality shown throughout the texture
Grow into the style that last forever
Straight, loc-ed, curly, braided or bald
Wake up what to do? Problem solved
Styled simply yet appears so intricately involved
Naturally yours from root to end
No receipt, cant take it back or share with a friend
No glue no burns, chasing a trend
a wig? a bang? nikki minaj?
Naturally you, self-Identified
let me play in it, scalp massage
Pullin on tracks? “no you cant”
Soft to the touch, a visual stimulant
I love it, that’s a fact
Your natural look is my AFROdisiac
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Poll: Share Your Thoughts Pt.2

It's that time again!  Back in February I asked you guys to give me feedback on the blog.  Back then most of you agrred that I should show or talk about my hair more and I did.  But is that still what you want??  Let me know your opinions and take the poll :-)

If you have anything else to add or your opinion is not listed please leave a comment below :-)

  • Hair Diary (53 votes)
  • My Hair (135 votes)
  • Product Reviews (44 votes)
  • Articles (10 votes)
  • D.I.Y. Beauty (66 votes)
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Monday, July 19, 2010

**Updated**In Review: Curl Harmony Products

I mentioned in the giveaway post last week that I'd be reviewing a bunch of Curl Harmony hair products, well I finally got around to testing them out and my hair loves them!  Check the review and tons of pics below.

Curl Harmony Hydrating Conditioner

Product Description: "Curl Harmony Hydrating Conditioner is specifically formulated for curly hair. It delivers the optimum dose of moisture for fabulous looking hair. Avocado oil delivers exceptional smoothness and softness for increased manageability." 

 Ingredients: Aqua, Persia Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum), Glycerine, Hydrolysed Corn and Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum, Silk Amino Acid Powder, Lactic Acid

My Thoughts: This conditioner worked really well in my hair.  It smells fresh and clean and it's not to thick.  My hair felt felt like it had been cleaned and moisturized at the same time which is a definite plus. Here's a summary of my experience.... I hopped in the shower, rinsed my hair thoroughly and then divided it into 2 sections. I open the sample jar of conditioner and began to work it from my ends and up to my roots, one section at a time.  I let the conditioner set for a few minutes then I grabbed my wide toothed comb and started detangling.  My hair detangled very easily which is due to the fact that Avocado Oil and Behentrimonium are #2 and #3 on the ingredients list.  I had tons of slip and a really nice sheen to my hair which is not always there when I'm fresh out of the shower.  Peep the pic below.... 

Intensive Repair Deep Conditioner

Product Description: "Curl Harmony Intense Repair is a luxurious deep treatment that strengthens and moisturises. Essential for curls damaged by heat styling and/or relaxers. Enriched with healing Shea Butter, Coconut Butter and smoothing Jojoba oil. Perfect for reviving damaged, dull or dry hair. For all hair types."

Ingredients: Aqua, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hydrolysed Corn and Wheat Protein, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerine, DL-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum, Silk Amino Acid Powder, Lactic Acid

My Thoughts: One word...AMAZING!  Hands down one the best deep conditioner I have used on my hair to date (besides Casia).  I thought long and hard before making that statement, but it's true. It has the same fresh and clean scent like the Hydrating Conditioner, but it's consistency is super thick!  Almost like a paste.  After co-washing with the Hydrating Conditioner and on wet hair I slathered on the Deep Conditioner in small sections starting from the back.  Once completely saturated I covered my hair with a plastic cap, then my satin bonnet and went to sleep.  I didn't rinse it out until about 2:30pm the next day, but boy oh boy when I did my hair felt awesome.  Curls popping and sheen shining!  Shout out to the young lady who won a free jar of this last week, your hair is in fro a treat sis :-) Pic below....


Leave In Conditioner

Product Description: "Curl Harmony Leave In Conditioner maintains hydration levels in hair to combat dryness and reduce frizz levels so your hair looks great all day. You can also use it as an effective detangler. For all hair types."

Ingredients: Aqua, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Glycerine, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum, Silk Amino Acid Powder, Guar Hydroxypropltrimonium Chloride, Lactic Acid

My Thoughts: After Dc'ing I applied the leave in two sections.  I began at the ends and finger combed my way up to the roots.  The texture is very light weight and creamy with a ton of slip.  As if my hair couldn't get any smoother, the leave in gave it an extra boost. 

Supreme Curl Cream

Product Description: "Curl Harmony Supreme Curl Cream is the ultimate indulgence for your curls. This incredibly rich moisturising cream containing exotic Murumuru Butter, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter leaves hair feeling silky, hydrated and strengthened. Suitable for on wet or dry hair."

Ingredients: Aqua, Shea Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, Murumuru Butter, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Panthenol, Glycerine, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorophenesin, Sunflower Oil, Carrot Seed Extract, Linalool

My Thoughts: On top of the leave in I added the Supreme Curl Cream, which definitely lived up to what the company promises.  It's thick and moisturizing without making my hair feel weighed down or overly saturated with product.  I two strand twisted my hair with a little bit of Curl Cream for each twist.  I didn't add anything extra to my hair and I didn't seal the ends with she butter or castor oil.  I really wanted to see these products perform on their own.  Here's a pic of my twists wet.... 

After airdrying overnight I unraveled for a bangin twist out!!

I like it BIG, so I unraveled some more...

My hair felt sooo good.  Softness, definition, sheen, moisturized and it smelled great!  I couldn't keep my hands out of it, which you'll see in the pic below.  I'm so glad that Curl Harmony reached out to me for this review, had they not my curls wouldn't look or feel as good as they do in these pics.  I still haven't tried the Hair Milk sample, I'll review that at a later date.  Judging by my experience I'm sure I'll like it just as much as the others.  Here's a pic of my day 2 hair...after a ton hand-in-hair and being out and about in 90 degree weather....#frizzfab

Have you tried Curl Harmony yet??

UPDATE: If your interested in trying Curl Harmony, they are have a 20% off sale to celebrate the company's 2nd birthday!  The coupon code is "CH20".  It's only good from July 21st to July 22nd so act fast!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hair Diary: Dawn S.

When and why did you decide to go natural?

This is my second time going natural.  The first time I was at Hampton University in 1994/5, I was in a school play.  I did not have time (nor the resources) to perm my hair and my boyfriend at the time encouraged me to go natural.  When I came home that summer, my sister and I went to the salon, I told my mom I wanted to cut my hair off.  I have always been the “crazy twin” so she let me do my thing, but she did not want me to cut it all off, because I had the “good” aka more manageable hair out of her girls.  I had about 3 inches of hair left on my head.  I was not pleased with the length, believe it or not…I wanted it SHORTER.  I went home and my brother ran to me all excited “Dawn! I heard you were going to …” His face dropped “you look the same to me. Booo… AND your haircut is bad.”  He took me to a barbershop to get it fixed and I never stepped into a salon for 7 years.  Then I met a boy.  I grew my hair out (still natural) but kept it in braids.  My hair was CRAZY long!  Then I began was looking for another job and my sister said I could not go on interviews with natural hair, so I permed it!  About 4 years later I went natural again. Permed hair is just not for me.  It has been natural since 2006.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward?

My mom and dad had no words.  I was daddy’s little girl so he was happy I was happy.  Everyone was supportive!  My Aunt cut her hair down, second cousin and grandmother also did the BC and they all sport a TWA.  So funny, when I permed my hair years later, they were giving me the poo poo face.  The people who were not supportive were the bruthas at Hampton when I came back.  My crushes had vanished, strangers would tell me to grow my hair out, that I looked prettier permed.  Even now – my biggest poo pooers are African American males.  But I had  a dude who thought I was amazing.  If I was having a bad day, he would say “Dawn, you do not like your chin?  Well go to bed and wish it away, dream about a better chin and pray and hope tomorrow you will look different. Guess what?  You will look just as God made you no matter how hard you wish not to.  Embrace it because you are beautiful and you are not going to change.  So start loving yourself now because you are going to be this way forever.  If anyone was supposed to look differently, then God would have made them that way.”  And you know what?  He was right.  No matter how hard you wish – you are you.  So LOVE every part of what was given to you.  So when I heard/hear negative things I would say to them “I did not cut my hair for you.  I will not change my hair for you.”  I am my hair.  You know why?  Because it is MINE, I love it and my hair is ME!  The minute I tell them why I did something to my hair is the minute their opinion matters.

What is your current hair routine?

Welp – I rarely pull my hair back.  When I do, I do not gel it down or brush it back wet.  I will use bands to pull it back – but that is it.  Those baby hairs on m’edges are m’babies!  I would rock those follicles to sleep if I could!  Every Sunday my hubby knows mama gots ta be home by 3pm cuz it is Deep Conditioning day!  I co-wash with a Suave conditioner, (coconut or lavender), then I DC with a mix of: Virgin Olive Oil, Virgin Coconut oil, avocado oil, Shea and a bit of Dark and Lovely conditioner.  Put that sucker in my hair, detangle, make about five 2-strands, put it all under a plastic cap and let the juices flow for at least 3 hours.  My hubby gets 3 hours of sexy Dawn vacuuming the floor with a towel round her neck.  Awww yeah!!  I wash out the hair and 2 strand  with shea, coconut oil and DevaCare leave in conditioner.  Once a month I will throw in some protein.  I love protective styles. Once I started wearing the 2 strands till Thursday, then let it out Friday and the weekend.  My hair has grown like a weed.  A Happy, Nappy Weed!  Oh – and no heat.  Never heat.  That started this year though.  I found I can definitely live without it too.

What are your hair goals and what steps are you taking to achieve them?

Long, healthy and bushy.  One day at work I had my 2 strands in and by the end of the day, I raked them out a bit with my fingers.  My white co worker gave me a double take, she said “your hair is different, isn’t it?“  I told her what I did and she said “It is soo pretty!!”  I laughed, tossed my now fro back and gave it a shake. *Cuz my hair was looking fly*  The steps to achieve my goal?....No color, no heat, DC, protective styles and no pull backs.

I am going to Mexico in June and will have my hair cornrowed, I'm scared about my hair getting pulled though. Perhaps it shall be a one time thang. *raises eyebrow at self*

What are your favorite hair products?

Virgin Olive oil, Virgin coconut oil and shea.  My rule is: if a product reads “keep away from eyes”, Do Not put it on your skull… and yes…I am too lazy to read.

What is your definition of "Good Hair"?

Good hair is hair done right.  Permed, flat, curly or thick – if that woman loves it and wears it proudly… That is some good hur right thur!!

I love your sense of humor sis, thank you so much for sharing :-) -KKQ

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