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WEN

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I just used Wen to shampoo my hair for the first time.

I am aware this product has been on the market for years. So why did it take me so long to give it a whirl? I don’t know. Maybe I was a little leery because it was introduced to me on an infomercial and actresses and models promoted it instead of everyday people.

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Honestly, the reason I used Wen now is because my mother gave me her extra bottle, and let me be honest one more time, I am glad she did.

I wore box braids for 12 weeks. Even though I moisturized and conditioned my hair often during that time, once I took out the braids, my tresses were dry, brittle and knotted – just as I had expected.

After washing my hair several times Wen just didn’t provide the lather I had hoped and I became a little concerned even though I knew better. But while the product was on my head my scalp felt tingly, cool and fresh. I always liked that sensation so I used more and more just to maintain that feeling.

To a big surprise my hair was soft and squeaky. It didn’t feel dry or moist. The texture was just right.

De-tangling was a breeze. I was really pleasantly pleased. Now I am excited about trying other products Wen has to offer.

So on a scale of 1 to 5 curls I give Wen 4 curls. Only because I wish it was organic.

 

Getting Rid of Gray Hair While Sporting Braids

Monday, August 12th, 2013

If I let my gray hair show through my box braids would I look sophisticated and distinguished?

I don’t think so. I would not like the look of the tightly curled white strands peeking out from my braids. It would mess up my entire look of appearing younger than I really am.

So to maintain that youthfulness I purchased Naturtint Permanent Hair Color in ebony black to hide what I don’t want to show. I like this product because it possesses plant-based ingredients with NO ammonia, resorcinol or parabens.

This is how I colored my gray strands with box braids.

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I used Naturtint right before I had the box braids put in. This photo was taken a little less than a month later and I had not washed my hair. So if this product is a permanent color then I am assuming the gray strands are because of new growth. What do you think?

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I placed the liquid on my scalp focusing on the gray strands around each box braid. I left the color in for one hour then rinsed, washed and conditioned as I normally do.

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The results were pretty cool.

Coconut Oil Leaves My Hair Feeling Dry

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I know coconut oil. I’ve cooked with it for years and I love to eat the nut and drink its milk. So just to see what coconut oil would do for my hair, since a lot of naturals I know swore by it, I purchased a huge organic container at Costco’s and was set to use it strictly on my hair in hopes to eliminate dryness and bring about a natural healthy shine.

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I used it as a pre-poo. I applied it to my shampoo. I added it to my conditioner. And I put it on my hair and ends. As a result, coconut oil left my hair feeling just as dry, brittle and hard as it was before. What did I do wrong?

I used coconut oil.

It took me a while to figure this out but after some research I discovered that I am protein sensitive. This means my hair produces enough protein on its own, so if I add something to it that imitates protein, it will cause my tresses to become dry. Who knew? I didn’t.

Coconut oil has a limited amount of protein in it but acts like a protein when it is on the hair and bonds to the hair like a protein. Therefore, if your hair becomes a broom-like brittle mess after applying coconut oil, then you are protein sensitive too.

Olive oil penetrates my hair best so I am going to stick with that.

And, how did I use the huge container of coconut oil I purchased with confidence for my hair? On my skin as a moisturizer (during the warm months) and as a make-up remover.

CC’s Naturals Hibiscus Leave-In Conditioner

Monday, July 1st, 2013

In the package from Natural Hair Box I received CC’s Natural Hibiscus Leave-In Conditioner to use and then review. Because there were two leave-ins in the box, I decided to try this product a little later to review on its own.

740The ingredients are impressive. I was very pleased to see that the conditioner included  marshmellow root, hibiscus, stinging nettle, amla, burdock root infused purified waters, mango butter, castor oil and avocado oil.

But with all of those wonderful roots, herbs, oils and butters, for reasons unknown, my hair disagreed with this product immensely.

I applied the Hibiscus Leave-In to wet and dry hair several times but it left my 4a/b tresses feeling dry, hard, unconditioned and not soft at all. It was almost as if I didn’t put anything in it.

I really wanted to like this conditioner because all of the other products in the Natural Hair Box were great and I wanted this one to be great too.

So, on a scale of 1 to 5 curls, I am going to have to give CC’s Natural Hibiscus Leave-In Conditioner 1 curl; and that curl is for the ingredients.

Natural Hair Box

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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I had the opportunity to review samples from the Natural Hair Box sent to me by Natural Hair Community. I am not going to beat around the bush with my thoughts on the products. This is how I feel – I loved them.

Here’s why:

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After my regular wash and condition I used five of the six products provided.

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Naturalista’s Juicy Leave-In Conditioner is my favorite. I applied the conditioner to every two-strand twist I made. This leave-in, that can also be used as a styler, made my hair feel thick, rich and creamy. The best part is it smells soooo wonderful. The experience for me was like sweet vanilla cookies, the kind you make around the holidays. My hair felt very moist and I can never get enough of that. Plus it is organic, so of course, I’m in love.

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To seal, condition and style I then added Authentically Company’s Total Moisture Styling Butter. My hair felt thicker. Even if it really isn’t thicker it felt that way. Plus my tresses were moist, soft and conditioned.

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The Delux Butter Laiche Cream is a moisturizer and styler as well. The creamy and smooth base was applied to various parts of my scalp. I need to moisturize as much as possible all of the time. I live in a dry climate.

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Since there were two leave-in conditioners in the box, I decided to use CC’s Natural Hibiscus Leave-In Conditioner for my next wash. There will be a single product review soon.

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Vanilla Buttercream…OMG! Butternut cookies with cinnamon and vanilla. My second favorite. This product can be used on your hair as well as your skin and I used it on both everyday. Before taking out my twists I applied Vanilla Buttercream to my hair. Divine richness is all I can say.

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This is Butter Cup. Yes those are real coffee beans. It goes on your body and is best used straight out of the shower while your skin is still damp. I used it on my hands after I washed them. Since I have a dog I am always washing my hands so Butter Cup comes in handy.

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I am very satisfied with the samples in my Natural Hair Box. Job well done Natural Hair Community! The Hubs likes the products too. He said they made my hair soft like cotton.

The products left my hair feeling fluffy, thick and soft. Detangling wasn’t a problem and there was no shedding. I can wear a twist-out all day and my hair won’t feel hard and brittle. No one appreciates that more than natural heads living in New Mexico.

In addition, when applying the products, it was nice not to feel a cold watery substance (that happens when using gels). It was comforting to experience something warm, rich and creamy.

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PomSmooth Shampoo and Conditioner by Juice Beauty

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I love Juice Beauty. I started using their skin care products maybe six years ago for acne. I was impressed with the organic line’s results and became a regular client for almost four years. But, because my skin won’t let me use anything for a long period of time, I had to switch and use something else.

Recently I decided to go back to Juice Beauty. It’s been years since I was a regular customer so I think my skin will be okay with my return. I remember when applying Juice Beauty twice daily, I received the most compliments ever on the way I looked. Many people said, “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it,” and that made me feel good.

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So, as I was online ordering skin care products I noticed for the first time Juice Beauty’s Juice Organics hair care stuff. I might be a little slow with this because I haven’t been on the site for a while, or I can’t remember seeing it before, but this time around I noticed it and became excited. I ordered PomSmooth shampoo and conditioner for normal, dry and color-treated hair.

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The certified organic products are free of: parabens, pesticides, petroleum, phthalates, sulfates, propylene glycol, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances! I’m in love! Here are my thoughts.

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This is the amount I used for 2 weeks of heavy product build-up.

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The gel-like shampoo lathered nicely right away. There was no scent, oddly, but the shampoo made my hair feel moist. After the wash my hair was soft but felt more moist. There was some shedding but not a lot.

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My curls take a lot of conditioner.

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This is not enough.

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So I added a bit more. Conditioner is important to my hair.

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During the second huge heap of conditioner my hair felt very moist, not very soft, only moist if that makes sense. I left the product on for 5 minutes. After rinsing my hair was soft and moist! I was pleased! There was no shedding. I was pleased again.

Overall on a scale of 1 to 5, I give Juice Beauty’s Juice Organics PomSmooth Shampoo and Conditioner, 4 curls.

A 3 is the regular score. I added 1 more point because it is organic with no harsh chemicals. I truly love that!

I would say my $10.00 for each product was nicely spent.

Pantene Truly Natural Product Review

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

I wanted to do an experiment using Pantene’s truly NATURAL hair care products with two variations of natural hair. My mom and I have perm-free hair. For a 73-year-old my mom’s curls are loose, soft and very thin. My hair is a little different. It looks thick but is really thin. My curls are tight, dry and the softness depends on the products I use.

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Pantene’s new collection of products for natural hair I received included a Clarifying Shampoo, Deep Conditioner and Defining Curls Styling Custard. This product line:

  • Has no parabens or dye
  • Helps restore moisture while detangling
  • Defines natural curls
  • Adds shine

So with that I conducted a test to find out how two different natural hair types compared to Pantene’s truly NATURAL hair care products.

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My mom’s hair. It’s thin.

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Because she had about 3 weeks of product build-up in her hair, a heap of Pantene’s clarifying shampoo was used during the first wash.

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She didn’t experience much lather but her curls felt soft and manageable. No hair came out during the wash.

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A smaller heap for the second wash.

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Lots of lather, softness and she was able to detangle using her fingers.

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Amount of Pantene’s deep conditioner used.

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The deep conditioner added more softness. Her hair felt extremely conditioned and she was able to detangle using her fingers.

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Amount of Defining Curls Styling Custard used on each two-strand twist.

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The styling custard stayed in her hair overnight. Mom’s hair is much longer than mine.

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The amount of clarifying shampoo I used. The texture of the product was a little watery.

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I had 2 weeks of product build-up on my hair and felt the first heap of shampoo did not produce enough lather.

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So I added a little more shampoo.

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The second heap during my first wash still didn’t produce enough lather.

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So I washed my hair a second time.

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Loads of thick rich lather appeared during the second wash and my hair felt super soft and conditioned.

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The amount of conditioner I used.

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I think I need a little more conditioner.

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So I added this much more.

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The deep conditioner made my hair feel soft, rich, moist and thick. I easily ran my fingers through my hair and no strands came out!

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The size of curling custard put on each of my two-strand twists. I always use a lot of product on my dry hair.

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My twists stayed in overnight. I was excited to see the results of our hair.

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The next day my mom’s hair felt dry and hard. It wasn’t shiny or moist and her hair produced little curl definition. However, she does like the fact that even though her hair was dry, there was absolutely no shedding. That is a big plus for her.

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My hair was dry and crunchy but it had great curl definition. The curling custard caused my hair to stick to my scalp. In order to take it apart for styling purposes I had to add a little water to my finger tips to loosen my tresses. Surprisingly I was happy to discover that no hair fell out during this process.

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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pantene via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pantene.”

Giovanni’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Damaged Hair

Monday, February 25th, 2013

To purchase a bottle of shampoo and conditioner by Giovanni was not on my list when I went shopping at Whole Foods. But because the products were on sale for $3.99 each I couldn’t walk away.

The shampoo promised a new and improved formula for even silkier hair, and since I have been searching for a fix to end my dry hair situation, I had to give it a try.

I was pleased to see that the shampoo and conditioner featured deep moisturizing agents.

I was excited about the NEW and Improved Formula for Even Silkier Hair.

There was two weeks of product build-up on my hair so I used a huge dollop for the first wash.

The shampoo lathered nicely. It felt rich and thick. But my hair did NOT feel silkier. While shampooing my tresses felt brittle and that made me want to apply the conditioner right away!

A smaller dollop for the second wash.

Good results regarding the lather.

The conditioner.

To make sure the product reached every strand I divided my hair into four sections.

Huge dollop of conditioner.

I wasn’t pleased with the conditioner either. The product did not moisten or make my hair feel smooth. Matter of fact my hair felt brittle with it still in.

None of the above worked on my hair.

I am not sure which hair type the products are made for but my 4 a/b grade did not respond positively. However, you know what? After washing and conditioning I colored my grey using a rinse. I co-washed the rinse out, and for whatever reason, my hair did feel a bit smoother with the product still in. After everything was washed out my tresses weren’t smooth anymore.

On a scale of 1 to 5 curls I give both products a 2.