Product Review: Shea Moisture Masque for High Porosity Hair

Greetings Daizies,

Before putting my hair into my next protective style, I spent 3 weeks with my hair loose and free. I bought Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque with Mongogo and Hemp Seed oils. I had no idea what Mongogo and Hemp Seed oils were but I did know about porosity and that my hair is mostly highly porous. You can check out my blog touching on hair porosity here. The product intends to “deep condition and revive damaged, color treated hair and all hair types.” I was ready to give it a go.

I prepared my hair like I always do. This time including shampooing since my scalp needed the cleanse, and sectioning my hair into fourths. The product was very thick, like a Greek yogurt that was half frozen. I always love thicker products. I used a wide toothed detangling comb to evenly distribute the product through each and every strand. This is so important so I don’t end up leaving some parts of my hair out and they miss their blessing.  After about 45 minutes I was ready to cover with a plastic bag and a warm towel (an alternative to a deep conditioning cap) and left my hair to marinate for about 30 minutes.

I noticed that I used almost half the jar with the first use. I was very heavy handed probably because I bought this masque on sale and had a spare one still left. I’ll try to squeeze in 2 more uses though. 

Rating this product, I’ll have to think of it in both short and long term sense. Short-term as in how my hair felt right away and long-term for how well my hair held on to moisture throughout the week.  Most of the time I can tell right away if I liked a conditioner/masque by the ending results, but for the purposes of this masque being geared towards high porosity hair, a closer watch in the long run was needed. I can’t really say “Oh wow my hair was so moisturized the rest of the week I barely needed to touch it” or that I noticed some jaw dropping difference just yet. But I felt like this was a successful masque when I was rinsing it out of my hair and could feel the curls of my natural hair taking in all of the moisture. After drying my hair with a t-shirt I loved the shine and bounciness of my curls. how manageable my hair felt immediately after the masque and the following day. My hair felt full and lush. I followed with a leave-in conditioner and set my hair in large twists to stretch my hair overnight while it dried.

My hair still needs to follow LCO method throughout the week no matter what. I would love to try the product consistently for about a month to see if it truly helps with retaining moisture, but for a first time use, I find the results promising. 

As always,

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DIY Avocado Masque on 4C Hair Results

Greetings Daizies,

A few weeks ago I went ahead and tried making my own avocado masque ti deep condition my hair. I hadn’t tried a new DIY mixture in a while and there happened to be a sale on avocados at my nearby grocery store. I figured it was the perfect time to try something new!

Ingredients Used

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of shea butter

I was in a daze of confusion in the grocery store and the look on my face must’ve been obvious when a lady helped me determine which avocados were the best to pick. What I gathered was the darkest ones were the best for use right away. She also told me that if you put your avocados next to a banana then they will become ripe whenever you want them. Has anyone tested this method? I ended up just picking some that were ready for that day

Mixing it All Together

You might already know how to peel an avocado, but since I absolutely hate them as a food, I was very surprised at how easily the skin fell off. It was like with one slice I could take the rest of the skin off. I took all of the portions off and mushed it together with a spoon. I then added in my favorite oils and shea butter and mixed together as smooth as I could before putting it in the blender. 

At first, I had a very hard time getting the blender to turn. I added more oil so that it would be smoother and the liquid would help the blades turn better. After about a minute or two I had a thick masque I was content with.

Expected Results

My hair on a typical wash day

Because the mixture was so thick and contained penetrating oils like olive oil and coconut oil, I expected the masque to thoroughly hydrate my hair. 

Actual Results

Y’all, this was actually the worst DIY masque I have ever tried. I was picking avocado flakes out of my hair for the rest of the day. My hair was so dry and my natural curl pattern was disrupted. It was like I didn’t deep condition at all.

After the avocado masque

That being said, I know this works for a lot of people, but it just was not for me. I ended up doing a co-wash afterwards so that my wash day didn’t completely go to waste. I am not sure what it was but my hair did not respond well to this mixture. But hey, that’s what experimenting is all about. Sometimes you find a keeper and sometimes it’s an L.

Have you tried a similar DIY avocado masque? What were your results? 

I hope you all have heard about my very first product Curl Calendar now. Curl Calendar is a printable natural hair planner available on Etsy to help track your natural hair progress, stay accountable to your hair regimen, and reach your hair goals. I have been so excited to finally launch one of my ideas and this is just one of the first. You can read more about it here in my introductory post.Please check it out on Etsy and like my store!

Thanks for the love and support.

As always,

Introducing Curl Calendar 2019 | Printable Planner for All of Your Natural Hair Goals

Greetings Daizies,

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my very first product, Curl Calendar. Curl Calendar is a printable planner with the emphasis of organizing and staying accountable to your hair health and goals. I love planners, organization materials, and to-do lists. Combining my knack for planning and natural hair meshed together to create Curl Calendar. This is an idea I’ve had for a long time and I said you know what, an idea will just be an idea if I don’t push forward and make things happen.  As the New Year rolls around, I’m very happy to have a planner to help others think of their natural hair care process the same way we do with other things in life.

Truly Taking Things DaibyDai

This 12 month planner was created to keep daily maintenance, styling, wash day, and moisturizing activities ingrained into the busy schedules a lot of us have. Each week of Curl Calendar has a checklist of key hair activities for thriving natural hair. Add the activities beneficial to your specific hair type and needs to your daily planner and check them off as you go. Extra lines are included to customize your routine accordingly.

Each calendar month comes with hair tips and information on beneficial way to learn more about your hair and level up your routine.

Hair Goals

With any goal it is important to check in with yourself to reflect, redirect, or readjust those goals.  At the beginning of the year, write down all of your hair goals and how you plan on reaching them. This will help to think about what types of habits and routines are needed to realistically attain the results you wish for. Every 3 months, there is an opportunity to revisit your goals stated at the beginning of the year and audit how you’ve been progressing towards them.

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Where to Buy

 

Visit my new Etsy store at DaibyDai and click the Curl Calendar listing. This is a digital download, which allows for an instant delivery straight to your finger tips. It can be printed in either color or black/white. This planner is all about YOU and YOUR hair so feel free to add it to your folders, binders, or even hole punch the sides to add to your own booklet. Head on over to DaibyDai on Etsy and give it a huge heart. Get in formation and ready to stay consistent with your hair regimen and goals.

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My SheaMoisture Product Haul| 6 products for $30!!!

Greetings Daizies,

Well would you look at that, October is almost over and we’re on to the best month of the year! Yes my birthday month of November woohoo.

Anyways, last Saturday I was scrolling through Snapchat stories and a friend had posted on her story that there were SheaMoisture product sales at Walgreens. I mean, half-off type of sales. Coming to find out, this was at my local Walgreens near where I live. I finished what I had to do and marched down there so fast. I basically wiped the shelf with whatever was remaining. I figured why not treat myself.

It’s funny that there was a sale like this literally just a few days after putting my hair into a protective style, but it’s not often there’s a half-off sale and buy one get one half off of the already discounted sale. I initially bought 4 products, but the extra BOGO sale prompted me to walk back into the store and grab an extra mask and curling smoothie.

Here’s what I picked up:
Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3, 6, 9 Rescue + Repair Curl Defining Smoothie 12 oz

I can’t wait to try this for styling and maybe even a wash-and-go! I tried with my boyfriend’s 4c hair and it works great for defining coils. My favorite curl defining smoothie from Shea Moisture so far has been the Red Palm Oil curl elongating smoothie. So it will be interesting to see if this smoothie can top those results.

 Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque, 12 Ounce

I love that there is a product dedicated towards the hair needs of each porosity. I did a hair porosity test lest year and it revealed my hair was mostly hair porosity. My hair soaks in moisture easily but it exits the hair strands quickly. I hope this masque actually does what it says and seals the moisture in my hair .

Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega-3-6-9 Rescue & Repair Clarifying Shampoo for Unisex, 13 Ounce

I’m always happy to find a good clarifying shampoo. Healthy and growing hair starts with a clean scalp.

 SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Conditioner | 13 fl. oz.

So far I have tried the African Black Soap Clarifying shampoo and will try the others once I take my crochet style down. I was experiencing a super itchy scalp last week and so I used this conditioner alongside the shampoo that I loved from this line. Both of the products worked really well and has soothed my scalp this week. I have also been using tea tree oil mixed with Jamaican black castor oil to combat the dry scalp and itchiness as well.

I’m so happy I came up on some sales last week. I’m ready for whenever I take my hair down! Stay tuned for the full reviews of the hair masque, shampoo, and curl smoothie.

As always,

-POP (1)

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)

 

Life After College|Adulting in Real Life Finance Edition

Greetings Daizies,

I’m one month into working full-time, living in my first apartment, and finally having my cat living with me. I’m in the chapter I’ve always wanted. I have all the freedom of an adult and of course all of the responsibilities too. I originally was going to write an overview of life after college so far but turns out I had a lot to say about finances alone so here’s my piece on what I’ve learned about finances so far after 6 weeks working full-time and living solo.

Getting an Apartment

There are so many things I did not know that I thought I did. For one, when looking for an apartment, I was certain that all I needed to move in was the deposit. That’s all. In July, my dad told me I needed first month’s rent. I was stunned lol. What I had saved and what I would need were two different things and I was planning to move the next month. I had to think of all sorts of backup plans. But it worked out( thankfully). But the time between moving in and my first paycheck, funds were running on E. I had to use my credit card for most things which worked but was also stressful.

Paying Bills

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When I used to have 5 other people to split it with, all of a sudden I’m just splitting it with me, myself, and I. There’s so many different types of bills. There’s bills I didn’t even know I’d incur. But here I am having these funds exit my account lol. Having a list of all bills, the amount, and due dates will be really helpful for me as some are new, some are old, and most have different due dates.

Enroll in Auto-Pay for Bills

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“Uh ah Mr.Hart, didn’t go through. I even swiped it 3 times!”

I was so stressed when it was the fifth of the month and I had an email that my payment didn’t go through. “Where imma live?” I had to double check my funds and saw that it was coming out of the wrong account that wasn’t set up for bills anyway. The bank has 4 days to post that the payment went through, and for days I never saw any money come out of my account. Next time, I would follow up right away because after the grace period of 4 days is when you get a late fee. To avoid all of the confusion of having to make sure the right accounts are associated with rent, I went ahead and enrolled for auto pay so I don’t have to be at work thinking I’m about to get evicted.

Calling the Bank

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I called my bank and got the insufficient funds fees waived for that month. That’s a thing you can do. They want to make sure they keep “valued customers”. I had to ask a lot of questions regarding my accounts and getting answers to questions rather than assuming. Call the bank, call the rental office, call anyone in charge of your funds and fees if you have any sort of question.

Set Reminders for Yourself

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There’s some other non-tech friendly bills out there like water, utilities, etc. I have to actually call to pay it since they require Internet Explorer to access the online option. So I have it tacked to my wall and a deadline set on my phone.

Student Loans

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Okay so now they want their money. One of the lenders sent me a letter basically like “We say that you’ve graduated, congrats….so your date date is such and such date thanks bye”. So they really not gonna forget that I borrowed money? I didn’t have to take out too many loans so I am trying to pay my amount off fast and go (fast fast fast…fast like a lambo skrt skrt skrt) *Whoever can guess that song lyric gets points* I think it’s best I set up auto payment for that as well. I was also in the process of consolidating my loans when I looked carefully at the new offer and found that they were offering a higher interest rate. Now what is the point of consolidating just to get a higher interest rate? Since my plan is to pay the amount within 2 years, to me it made no sense to do all of that application work just to get a worse interest rate. I was 2 seconds away from signing but I’m glad I READ THE TERMS! Don’t just sign up for something because it sounds good.

Benefits

There’s a 30 day window to enroll in benefits if your employer offers them. Depending on what system is used, the options might save as soon as you select them. For example, I had started the process and had an idea of the medical and dental options I wanted so I selected the options and clicked the bubbles. I wanted to come back to it and confirm. Next thing I know, I’m getting the insurance card and welcome packet in the mail. I’m like I didn’t even finalize my decision! Welp too late lol. But good thing I picked the one I actually was comfortable with and was going to select anyways otherwise I would’ve been upset. Be careful with selecting an option even if you think they aren’t final.

There’s also the process of enrolling in 401k and company stock. I’m honestly still learning and I’m glad I can still change my options. I think I’ll have more knowledge and information once I get advice from my uncle who’s an expert on finances.

Day-to-Day Budgeting

It’s tempting to go on a shopping spree considering I live so close to all the places I love to shop. There’s a wide variety of sprees, I want all new makeup, fall wardrobe, shoes, hair products, and accessories. If I went out for all of those themes I would probably go overboard. I plan to set out a time to shop for each of those  types of things separately so that I don’t end up overspending and buying stuff just to buy it. Right now my most common expenses are groceries, cat food, and hair and skin products(I just love them). But I limit myself to doing major hauls and want to have a shopping list and a limit before I go out here and do the most. There’s things I love, things I like, and things I can’t live without (rent, food, utilities). Now that my big expenses are out of the way(furnishing my house, the deposit, etc), I want to start saving for things I love such as traveling and investing in my creativity. So that means having control and a plan with what money goes to things I like (hair products, clothes, shoes). That’s where I’m at with budgeting right now.

I hope this might help someone soon entering the “real world” and I hope to master this area of finance. I’m sure it’ll take a lot of practice and learning, just like everything else. Feel free to drop some gems if you have any. Follow my blog and subscribe for email updates, check out my latest YT video on: DaibyDai, and follow my FB page for more content!

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As always,

 

-POP (1)

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)