Product Review: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Shampoo and Raw Shea Butter Conditioner

Greetings Daizies,

I recently tried 2 new SheaMoisture products for wash day the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo and the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. I often use products from different lines based off what I need for my hair. So when picking the shampoo, I wanted to focus on soothing and control my itchy scalp. The shampoo aims to cleanse and soothe a dry, itchy, and flaking scalp. African black soap is excellent as a gentle  cleansing, therefore a shampoo with that ingredient really appealed to my hair needs.

For conditioner, I love using raw shea butter in my DIY masks and wanted to try out a conditioner containing raw shea butter. I’d been interested in the raw shea butter line since the holiday season last year when SheaMoisture sells holiday kits. I was waiting for the day after Christmas when holiday kits are half-off, and there was not a box in sight. I was so sad, but finally went out and tried the conditioner I’d been waiting to try.

I’m glad I finally tried both of these products. I’m interested in trying other items for both product lines. For the African Black Soap line, I’d love to venture out into the skincare products. The shampoo was effective and I plan to use it again. I had a positive experience with wash day overall and captured both my process and thoughts on the products on my Youtube channel. 

As always,

-POP (1)

 

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DIY Natural Hair Products| Find These Ingredients in Your Kitchen

Greetings Daizies,

When I first went natural 4 years ago, it seemed like creating a regimen for my hair would cost me a grip. And as a college student, buying a shampoo and conditioner for $25 total was not always fiscally responsible (lol). So I often turned to DIY products and found that having natural hair doesn’t have to be expensive and it can even be fun to make my own products that catered to my hair needs. You might even have some of the best ingredients in your kitchen day. So I will imagine that I’m starting from a freshly grocery shopped kitchen, and make a full natural hair regimen that won’t break your bank.

Shampoo

Apple Cider Vinegar

I rave about Apple Cider Vinegar rinses for hair so much because it is absolutely amazing for cleansing the scalp. If you struggle with having a dry, itchy scalp, an ACV rinse for your hair would be very beneficial. ACV can be found in the vinegar and sugar/salt isles at most grocery stores. The most popular brand is called “Bragg” but I’ve used vinegar for Heinz and if Great Value had a vinegar brand I’d probably use that too.  Either way, all you need for this shampoo is apple cider vinegar and water.

  • Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 3/4 cup fo water into a cup or spray bottle
  • Apply mixture throughout hair and be sure to massage scalp
  • Leave on hair for at least 5 minutes and follow with a conditioner

Baking Soda

Baking soda I got baking soda! No but for real, I was kind of shocked too to find that the orange box of baking soda I seemingly always had could be used for my hair. Baking soda works to cleanse the scalp and revive your hair. It is effective in removing product buildup and relieving itchiness. In a scientific sense “baking soda has a high pH of 9, making it an effective acid-neutralizer and cleanse.” A very important tip I learned about baking soda through more research is that since baking soda starts with a pH of 9, it is best to use apple cider vinegar afterwards to get your hair back to it’s natural pH level of about 4-5. Rising the pH of the hair would cause all of the moisture to seep in but not be retained. So baking soda is more of a precursor shampoo but still valuable considering most people already have it in their households.

  • Mix 1 t teaspoon of baking soda per 1 water bottles (16 oz)
  • Rinse through hair and leave on for about 3 to 5 minutes

 

Protein Treatment

Egg+ Mayonnaise+ Olive Oil

This is great as a natural protein treatment. Protein treatments help strengthen your hair and avoid breakage. Making your own is an easy way to ensure protein is in your regimen. Eggs are already high in protein and mayonnaise contains helpful ingredients like oil, fatty acids and eggs as well. So mixed together you have a powerful protein treatment for damaged or dry hair.

  • Start with wet hair
  • Crack 2 eggs into a bowl
  • Use 5-6large scoops of mayonnaise(or more as needed)
  • If olive oil is available, apply a few drops to the mixture
  • Wrap hair in a plastic bag and let sit for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse out

Hair Masks

Honey + Olive Oil

Honey is full of antioxidants which aid in having a healthy scalp necessary for hair growth.  Olive oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and nourishes your hair. Combined, this mask can help replenish hair and add shine. I tried this mask a few years ago and really liked it. You can find my Youtube video here. It can get a little messy, so be sure to have a towel draped around your neck.

  • Mix 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Apply to wet hair in sections
  • Cover with plastic bag and let sit for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse hair (can use shampoo to make sure the mask is completely out)

 

Avocado+Coconut Oil+Honey

I dislike avocados as a food but for my hair, I’m all in! Blended avocados have a thick and creamy consistency that my course hair craves! As far as nutrients, they are high in “monounsaturated fatty acids” which are good fats that keep hair moisturized. We are all about moisture as naturalistas! The properties in avocado, honey, and coconut oil will hopefully leave your hair feeling smooth, moisturized and lively.

  • Blend 1 avocado with an ample amount of coconut oil and honey
  • Apply to wet hair
  • Leave on for about 30 minutes
  • Wrap with plastic cap and/or deep conditioning cap
  • Rinse out of hair

Yogurt+Banana

This combination helps rejuvenate dry and brittle hair. Bananas are full of vitamins like biotin which help strengthen your hair. A dose of biotin can help hair and skin grow. Yogurt is full of protein and is a thick substance to fully coat hair strands. This works best using a blender because the tiny little pieces of banana can be hard to get out of natural hair. I tried it with just mushing the banana and I was picking banana flakes out of my hair for the next few days! So mix well with a blender:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons of Organic Greek Yogurt
  • Apply to wet hair in sections
  • Cover with cap and let sit for 30 minutes

Coconut Milk+Honey

If I saw a hair product with these ingredients I would be immediately interested. So why not make your own with just these ingredients? Coconut milk naturally conditions hair and helps restore it. It aids in helping with split ends and promotes hair growth. Honey’s antibacterial products can help soothe a dry and itchy scalp. This mixture will be more watery, just by the nature of coconut milk, so for easy application use an old shampoo bottle or spray bottle once the mixture is created.

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3-4 teaspoons of honey
  • Apply to wet hair in sections
  • Cover with cap and let sit for 25-35 minutes

There are a plethora of DIY natural hair mixtures to try, these are just a few. You can mix and match these ingredients in so many different ways. And you can always add your favorite oils to them to spice things up. I’m looking forward to trying the things I haven’t and resisting the mixtures I’ve loved.

As always,

-POP (1)

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Mask and Curl Control Jelly

Greetings Daizies,

In the spirit of 2018 and trying new haircare products, I dove into a new brand for me called Curls. This was my first time with a full-sized product from Curls, with my first encounter of the brand being in 2015 with a trial sized bottle of the Creme-Brule. I really liked the cream back then but moved on to trying new products in my journey. The brand has grown since then and can be found in many stores and has a huge presence and display at Target.

Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

Now the name of the line Blueberry Bliss got me to thinking… “Are there hair benefits to blueberries?” Because I have a whole little package of blueberries that I could get to mixing with some shea butter if that’s the case (lol). Blueberry extract is rich in antioxidants and aids in stimulating hair growth.It has “certified Organic Blueberry extract”, aloe vera juice, chamomile extract and claims to “soften, detangle, moisturize, and hydrate your curls”. I was attracted to this product because of it’s “reparative” elements and really wanted a mask that offered intensive moisturizing.

First Touch

When I opened the jar and went for my first scoop, I loved that it was firm yet smooth. It was like when you set out a jar of ice cream to unthaw a little and so it’s still firm, but slides onto the spoon easily when you’re ready to start scooping. Immediately I was impressed by it’s texture and thickness. For my 4c dry-prone hair, it is critical that I have a thick and buttery deep conditioner or mask to fully coat my strands.

First Smell

The blueberry scent really sets this product apart from the noise of shea butter and coconut oil smelling products that can sometimes blend together. It was a very unique smell that could make a really good lotion or body wash.

Applying the Mask

After doing an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, which I did on Facebook Live (check out my DaibyDai FB page), my hair was damp and only dried with a cotton t-shirt. I separated my hair  into fourths with hair balls (or hair ties, whatever you like to call them) and began coating small layers of my hair with the mask. I started by massaging the cream onto my scalp, then applying a heavy amount to my ends and then to the rest of my hair. I used a wide tooth comb to detangle but also spread the cream evenly onto my hair. The cream is very thick, so I found it super useful to use a comb during this process. After about 45 minutes, I was done applying the mask and covered my hair with a bag. For further deep conditioning I used my heated deep conditioning cap. Adding heat to conditioning helps to :

  • Stimulate blood flow within the scalp (this is why scalp massages are so beneficial)
  • Allow moisture to penetrate each hair strand (very helpful with highly porous hair)

The Result

Afterwards my hair felt very loose and detangled and quite soft. I was happy with the results overall.

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Hair Fully Saturated w/ Mask

Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly


I’m not too fond of jellies and I don’t think I was too fond of this one overall. I used right after washing out the mask and followed with a leave-in conditioner. My mistake was not sealing with a heavy oil. I think the jelly kind of left a drying feeling.  It claims to offer” curl definition and hold”. I saw neither tbh. I applied the gel and then twisted my hair into 8 large sections. My curl pattern remained as if I applied no product at all. I will try the jelly again on second day washed hair and see if I find different results with using an oil afterwards. I’ll also see how it works with twists, as I plan to twist my hair tonight and wear it like that for a few days.

*Edit: I used the control jelly for a braided low bun and it had great hold for my edges and fly-aways. So I liked it for a control gel for styling actually.

As always there are hits and misses even within the same hair product line. The mask word well for me, not so much with the curl control jelly. Try it out for yourself because what works or doesn’t work for one person may be different for the next.

Thank you for checking out my latest product review!

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-POP (1)

3 Ways to Step Up Your Hair Moisturizing Game

Greetings Daizies,

Fall season is on it’s horizon and with that comes the problematic split ends and chronic dryness that can come upon us all with natural hair. It’s time to take moisturizing to the next level as we prepare for those cold times. Here’s how to make sure you don’t slack off this season and pay for it later.

Keep it Simple

The best thing to do is keep it nice and simple. There are 2 popular methods for daily moisturizing. The LOC method and the LCO method. LOC stands for liquid, oil, cream/butter and LCO, a different order, liquid, oil, cream/butter. I’ve used all sorts of order combinations and for my hair I can’t say I’ve found a difference. I recently used OLC and I don’t think that’s even a thing lol but I typically use the LCO method because oil seals the moisture in my hair more effectively. The first step of coating the hair with a water-based leave-in conditioner or plain old water to simply hydrate the hair. Then the next step of oil or a cream is to seal that moisture. The last step is to close the cuticle with the oil or cream. 

For the SIMPLE part, choose your 3 products to hydrate, seal, and coat your hair. Have these 3 products in an easy to find place to eliminate the struggle of figuring out what you’ll us each day. Ideas for your LOC or LCO method.

Liquid:

  • Put water in a spray bottle and spritz hair
  • Leave-In Conditioners 
  • Hair milk or hair lotion
  • Hair pudding

Cream/Butter:

  • Shea Butter
  • If water was used as the liquid, leave-in can also be used as the cream

Oil:

Keep it Regular

Make daily moisturizing a habit. I choose to do this every night before showering (so I can rinse all of the oil off my hands/arms) but try to do it a few hours before bed so I don’t end up just sleeping. If it helps, put a daily reminder on your phone so you don’t miss your ideal time to do your hair.

Keep it Fun

Maintaining natural hair can be a time-consuming. Keep it fun by catching up on your favorite show. This can also help motivate you not to spend too much time or lallygag by setting a goal to finish by ‘x’ amount of episodes. For me, I try to finish my LCO within 1 episode of ‘Insecure’ and for a full on twist out, within 1 episode of ‘Power’.

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Overall, maintaining a consistent moisturizing routine is one of the most crucial keys to healthy natural hair. If you’ve been slacking it’s never too late to step up your game. For more questions pertaining your moisturizing regimen, comment below and be sure to follow my blog and Facebook posts for more updates. 

As always,

-POP (1)

4 Years of my Natural Hair Journey: 3 Years Post-Big-Chop

Greetings Daizies,

The time has come to celebrate my natural hair anniversary! It has now been 4 years of growth, frustrations, learning, and acceptance. But most of all having my natural hair as something that’s not anything new to me….but true to me (lol). Now that it’s been so long I am used to my hair and comfortable with it’s true texture of 4c and areas of 4b here and there. It’s apart of who I am and all of the hours of hard work every night have paid off in the form of moisturized and healthy hair. I still am amazed with the many forms of my hair and trying new hair products never gets old.

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August 2015: 4 months after Big Chop9594_1117975791545834_6669738727465956943_n.jpgDecember 2015: Braid outs were my friend

Updates on Last Year’s Goal

Last year my goal was to stay consistent with hair trims and I stayed true to that goal. I even learned how to successfully trim my own hair! The entire process took 8 hours (detangle, wash, deep condition, blow dry in sections, trim in layers) but my stylist said I did a pretty good job. My schedule for trims is every 3-4 months, alternating between professional salon visits and DIY. Each time at the salon, the amount snipped off is less than an inch… a BIG difference from last year when I had my first professional trim with almost 2 inches snipped off.

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Blow-out before trimming my hair

New Products in Rotation

This year I tried more new hair lines and products than I ever have in my natural hair journey.I felt like my hair growth was getting stagnant and was also having some issues with retaining moisture. I had been using the same products for years so it was time to switch things up. I previously wrote a blog post raving about Shea Moisture’s Red Palm Oil Curl Stretch Pudding and it’s definitely my favorite new product I’ve tried this year. The stretch is truly magnificent. Also one of the greatest hits this year has been the Apple Cider Vinegar & Indian Healing Clay masque( for both hair and skin) for an amazing cleanse and to rejuvenate my curls. But besides that I’ve tried:

TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave-in Conditioner – Miss

  • Price doesn’t always guarantee quality. This was the most I’ve ever paid for a product and I was utterly disappointed. For $16 I was CONVINCED this product would change my life. It didn’t do much at all. Granted it did say “lightweight” on the description but I took it as though it just wouldn’t weigh down my hair. I now know I really need a thick leave-in for my very dense and kinky hair. This product was too watery for my liking and for $16 I wouldn’t do it again.On the good side, it did smell really good. The other products of this brand sound interesting but right now I wouldn’t want to risk it not working for my hair.

 Maui Moisture Quench + Coconut Oil Curl Smoothie – Hit

  • I enjoyed this smoothie alot. It was thick and had a creamy consistency. A little oily but I liked the extra moisture. I used as a leave-in conditioner and for twist and braid out styles. I like that the first ingredient of this was aloe vera juice.

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask, 12 Ounce – Miss

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  • My positive experience with the smoothie led me to purchase something else for the line. I learned here that any masque that claims it can be used as a leave-in is not for me. I wouldn’t want something that’s supposed to thoroughly condition my hair to be light enough to be a daily leave-in. The cream itself has a consistency to watery for an effective masque so I used it as a leave-in. As a leave-in, the smell was way too overbearing to just sit on my hair.

 Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding, 14 Ounce – Indifferent

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  • This product had a good hold to it for twist outs. It did it’s job for the most part. The only thing I didn’t really like was that it was sticky at times. I often combined this by combining with an oil.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Hair Milk Smoothie 8.50 oz – Hit

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  • I love a nice multi-purpose hair milk. Palmer’s is definitely pushing through in the natural hair community. It was a nice product for nightly use as I section my hair in a few braids. It helped with detangling as well.

Renpure Coconut Creme Curl Defining Cream, 12 Ounce – Hit

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  • I was initially on the fence after purchasing this because the directions said to use on towel dried hair. It works great as a leave-in right after wash day and on the following day as my hair is still damp. On dry hair it seems to make my hair feel sticky after too many uses so I find the best results when my hair is damp. I love detangling with it after washing and to form firm twists. 

SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Conditioner – Indifferent

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  • It’s a 3 minute rinse out type of conditioner. The smell kind of makes me feel light-headed. But it is great for a co-wash/in shower rinse out. I rarely ever do in shower rinse outs because it takes so long to get through my hair that the water just gets cold. But it was interesting to try a line from Shea Moisture that I rarely see in-stores.

Hairstyles of the Year

By now I’ve tried pretty much every protective style from wigs to braids to twists. About ½ of the year my hair is in some form of a protective style. I like to allow some time for my hair to rest but also time to wear my hair out and style my fro. Braids were a tride and true this year as they appear 3 times on my list, can’t really go wrong with braids. Other than that, I finally tried clip-ins, but soon grew tired of that and soon outgrew the length of the extensions. The best thing about natural hair, is you can switch around styles constantly throughout the year. Let’s take a trip down this year’s styles.

Braids (Half Cornrow Half Singles)

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September 2017 Accra, Ghana
  • I had this style done while I was in Ghana. Can’t believe the braiding and braiding hair cost $40 USD. It was a different style for me braiding wise, since I typically just get regular box braids. They didn’t last long though, I took them down after like 3 weeks because they started getting really fuzzy with my natural hair sticking out. Still a cute style and would love to play around with more braided styles.

Faux Locs

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November 2017: NSBE conference
  • It was a cute outcome which is what matters the most. Wouldn’t go out anywhere looking crazy but the process was brutal. Youtube really betrayed me with this one. The crochet idea was good in theory but ONLY if you have LARGE locs. I was trying to find medium sized locs but couldn’t find it in the colors I wanted (fuschia, violet, and 1b, complex I know). But anyways, I started off crocheting it with a base of french braids but it was so obviously crochet that I had to redo and do the single crochet version. That took HOURS and the locs kept unraveling omg. It was just… never again.

Clip-Ins

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December 2017: Youtube photo shoot
  • I was soooo happy when Heritage1933 sent me these coily clip-ins. I was on the lookout for clip ins and then I was sent some to review. They blended in really well for a twist out and even when I combed them out for a stretched look. I wore them for a few weeks and then just moved on to the next style. After a few months I pulled them out for Spring Break. It was great to be able to rock natural hair similar to my hair without having to take my hair down and manage it every night. By graduation, however, the clip-ins weren’t reverting between styles *stretched to twist out and vice versa* as easily. They were 12 inches and I think my hair has outgrown their initial length.

Flexi-Rods

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  • This style will require some more finesse. I attempted flexi rods for the first time and unintentionally ended up looking like a cast-member for Dreamgirls! Not quite the turn out I expected lol but still kind of cute.

Box Braids

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January 2018: Walking through campus.
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June 2017: Night out
  •  Box braids always the most consistent.

Blonde Curly Crochet

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April 2018: San Francisco
  • I was CONVINCED I was going to dye my hair blonde after this look. I loved the blonde phase of the spring. Had blonde box braids earlier in the year and was set on dying my hair blonde in the summer but then that faded away when I decided I liked having my dark brown/black hair color. I got over the blonde phase. Another plus of using protective styles is trying so many different hair colors without having to bleach or dye your actual hair.

Amazing Twist Outs and More Natural Hair Styles

  • I grew to absolutely love and perfect my twist outs. The length and fullness of my hair has been creating my dream twist out and my technique has improved so much with the years. While it does take 2.5-4 hours for the perfect twist out, it’s absolutely worth it. I also did a lot of styles with my hair out on the months where I wore it out. I moisturized diligently every night and did several low maintenance styles and some that took more time.
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May 2018: Wash & Go
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January 2018: Braid-Out
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May 2018: Blow Out Fro
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March 2018: Stretched Fro with Clip-ins
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NYE: Beads, Shells, & Things
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March 2018: Half-Up Half-Down Style

Updated Hair Goals

Now that my hair looks like how I dreamed of when I first went natural, I am just focused on loving everything my hair does and is. I am truly celebrating my journey and all of the effort I have put into getting it to where it is now. Length was my goal for a while and yes I want to continue to grow it as long as possible but I feel less pressed about making it grow in a certain amount of time. A specific goal is caring for the crown area of my hair which is the most breakage and dry prone. I am also excited to try more essential oils this year and experiment with more DIY masques and mixtures. And overall hope to maintain more length, especially during the cold months, through consistent moisturizing and trims.

-POP

Product Review: Shea Moisture Red Palm Oil and Cocoa Butter Curl Stretch Pudding

Hey Daizies,

This year I’ve tried a lot of new products and this curl stretch pudding is by far my favorite new product of the year. It gave me the best twist outs ever for grad season and so much more. In the past, I’ve never felt strongly about any product that was allegedly for twist or braid outs because they typically worked like any other leave-in conditioner or moisturizer. But I was amazed with the results of this one.

Pre-Purchase Research

I heard about the Red Palm Oil line on The Friend Zone podcast wellness segment and I was interested in learning more about the red palm oil ingredient because I had never heard of it being used in hair products.  Upon further research I learned that red palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree. The oil has a reddish tone which is where the name “red palm oil” comes from. It wasn’t super easy to find information on red palm oil benefits so I had to do a little digging to find out what it was all about. According to Dr. Ericz, red palm oil is full of Vitamin E, “water soluble antioxidants”, and phospholipids. A lot of science terms basically saying there’s some good stuff in there.

The Red Palm Oil Shea Moisture line was kind of hard to find in stores and especially on Amazon Prime, so I waited about 4-5 months since I didn’t want to pay shipping costs to buy it directly from the Shea Moisture website. One day I found the very last curl stretch pudding at Walmart and swiped it for a whopping $11.97. I was like “this better be good” for a whole twelve dollars.

Aesthetics Review

This product is perfect for those allergic to coconut oil. There are so many products infused with coconut oil, especially in the Shea Moisture line, but this product uses cocoa butter instead which definitely adds a familiar scent. I loved that the product was very thick and creamy. I mean thick as in if you gently shake the jar from side to side, the cream won’t move. This is perfect for my dense and coily 4c/4b hair and I was excited to have such a luscious product. The smell was so unique, especially since I’m used to the typical shea and coconut oil combo scent.

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Twist Out Application Process

I washed my hair  2 days prior to starting the twist out process. I like to stretch my hair for two days so that it’s easier to divide my hair into twists and I don’t have to detangle as much. I applied the curl pudding to each section and then finger detangled the piece to make sure I would have a nice and neat twist. I wanted a ringlet look so I used smaller sections.

Does it Do What it Says?

“Curl Stretch” ” Elongates and Defines Curls”

How can a product stretch your curls? I sure found out with this product. The curl stretch pudding contains flaxseed oil, which is known to aid in stretching natural hair. When using any water based product, it’s common for a little shrinkage to occur just by nature. Normally when I do twist outs, my twists hang at the back of my neck. But with the curl stretch pudding I could feel my twists hanging at my shoulders and even my collar bone. So it actually DID stretch my curls! I know I’ve already posted tons of my grad photos, but of course professional pics are the best way to show off what I’m talking about!

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I used this product the day before my grad photos. An Interesting day to try a product for the first time but I tell you I had never seen such an amazing twist out in my life as I was getting ready for my pictures. I was so happy with the results! I used it again for my actual graduation and I knew then that this was the product for me for twist outs. I had a full and lengthy twist out without having to wait for the second or third day for volume and hang time.

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super defined first day twist out

“Moisturizing Cocoa Butter”

Shea butter is more prevalent in this product, seeing as how it is the 3rd ingredient listed and cocoa butter is the 14th. So it’s hard to tell if what I’m loving so much is the shea butter or indeed the cocoa butter. Either way, it’s a good pairing of both the cocoa and shea butter. All together, it felt moisturizing without being too oily or heavy.

“Frizz-free finish”

I didn’t have any problems with frizz during the take-down process. The strands came out exactly in the form that I had twisted them. I simply unravelled them and didn’t even have to separate them too much in order to get my desired fullness.

“Light hold”

The style lasted throughout the day and maintained it’s look. With the humid weather, the twist out expanded and got a little poofier as the days went on. To make the twist out style last for a few days, I recommend sectioning hair into about 4-5 ponytails at night and moisturizing with a light oil. You can even twist the front few pieces to allude to a fresh twist-out.

Overall

I love the red palm oil curl stretch pudding. It’s my favorite product right now. I haven’t tried it with a braid out yet but I am excited to see those results. It’s a pricey product, so I am trying my best to use it sparingly. I’m interested to see how the entire line works for my hair. There’s a conditioner, shampoo, shine butter, and styling gelee that I hope to eventually try.


Shea Moisture Curl Stretch Pudding, 12 Pound

What are your favorite curl stretching products? Feel free to share in the comments.

-POP

Love,

Daizha

The BEST DIY Hair Masque for Defined 4b/4c Natural Hair

Hello Daizies!

I’ve discovered my absolute favorite DIY hair masque for my 4c/4b natural hair. I wanted to use it twice to make sure my reaction to the masque was consistent. Each time I’ve used this for my hair I am amazed with how many curls just come out of nowhere as I’m washing it out of my hair. If you haven’t tried Indian Healing Clay/ Bentonite Clay+ Apple Cider Vinegar for your hair, you need to stop what you’re doing and try it NOW!

What You Need:

Indian Healing Clay $9

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Apple Cider Vinegar $5

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In a plastic bowl or cup, pour a generous amount of clay into the container. Mix about equal amount of ACV to the clay so that it forms a creamy mix.

I used about 40-50% of the jar within one use lol! I plan on using it more sparingly next time so I can at least get 3 uses out of it. I plan on doing the clay masque at least once a month.

How to Use it:

This clay is a cleansing clay and takes out all of the dirt, toxins, and metals in your hair so it’s purpose is more of a deep cleanser.  I first section my hair into 4 sections and then start with one section by first making it damp using a spray bottle. Breaking the sections into even smaller sections, apply the mixture to each strand of hair from root to tip. I make sure to massage my scalp as well. Now if you’ve used Indian healing clay as a face masque, you know that it gets really hard and dry fast. But you can feel the tingly and pulling feeling so you can definitely tell it’s working. On your hair it will feel dry at the time but don’t let that stop you from completing the masque. It takes about an hour for me to apply the clay to each stand and I then cover my hair with a plastic bag for about 30 minutes. I use the remaining clay for my face for the last 10 minutes of the time.

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After the 30 minutes are up I head into the shower to rinse it out with warm water. The clay just melts from my hair and I can immediately feel hundreds of super defined curls! I can feel my hair super moisturized and with more curls than I ever feel after using any other type of cleanser or even deep conditioners.

Lastly, I follow up with a conditioner to make sure I get any remaining clay from my hair and scalp. I seal with coconut oil to lock in all of the moisture. I am always amazed with the results!

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I usually never wear a wash and go because I feel like my curls dry up and get too tangled or frizzy., However, with this masque my curls remained defined and in tact the next day so I finally wore a wash and go. I never knew my hair was this curly and I love that this DIY masque brings all of the coils and curls to light.

Stay tuned for more updates and my very special grad photoshoot coming soon!

As always, remember to…

-POP