Come Thru Aunt Jackie! Natural Hair Product Review

Greetings Daizies,

It’s time for a natural hair product review! I get a lot of questions about what products I use for my hair or where to start when it comes to buying new products in general. The reality is, I have been using TONS of products lately because I just love trying new brands. One brand I have grown to really enjoy is Aunt Jackie’s. Since last year I have been playing around with different leave-conditioners from the lovely Aunt Jackie brand. I talked about Aunt Jackie’s Butter Creme leave-in conditioner in my pantry inventory blog post last year. For a look into what my collection was looking like at that time, you should check out that post here. At TJ Maxx a few weeks ago, I found so many of the products I had seen on Amazon but for an even cheaper price. I was excited to try a full wash day with these products and form a more well-rounded opinion on what all Aunt Jackie has to offer for my natural hair.  

For easy access, here are the products mentioned in this post: 

  • Coco Wash Coconut Milk Conditioning Cleanser
  • Knot on My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy 
  • Oh so Clean! Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo
  • Coco Wash Coconut Milk Conditioning Cleanser
  • Quench Moisture Intensive Leave-In Conditioner 
  • Curl la la Defining Curl Custard

To check out these products or more from this brand check out their website: here

Knot on My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy 

This was actually the first product I bought made specifically for detangling. I usually detangle with a mix of conditioner, water, and coconut oil. For a DIY method, I think that is still a great option! Normally detangling takes at least an hour but with this product, I was done with each section of my hair in less than 30 minutes! 

To detangle I sectioned my hair in fourths and went through one small section first with my fingers and then with a wide-toothed comb to make sure I really got through the knots. This product had a smooth consistency that wasn’t too sticky for a detangler. I was able to move through my hair quickly and with ease. 

Moving on to shampoo…

Oh so Clean! Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo

Now I typically don’t feel any type of way about a shampoo. I usually, just feel good about a shampoo if it cleaned my scalp and didn’t have any harmful ingredients in it. However, THIS shampoo didn’t feel like any other shampoo I’ve used in the past. It was very creamy and silky and I was almost double-checking to make sure this was actually shampoo and not a light conditioner. I really liked this aspect because it definitely had more of a moisturizing effect than the usual shampoos. It went through my hair just as smooth as the detangling therapy product. 

I think this would be a great shampoo for people with hair that struggles with moisture retention or hair that is prone to breakage.

Coco Wash Coconut Milk Conditioning Cleanser

The following week when it was a co-wash only wash day, I used the Coco Wash Coconut Milk Conditioning Cleanser. For those new to natural hair routines and wondering why I didn’t just use this directly after shampooing in my wash day before, natural hair often thrives with few shampoos as to not strip the hair strands of its natural oils. Therefore during the course of a month, I alternate between shampoo + conditioner, and a co-wash only regimen followed by deep conditioning every week. 

Natural hair quick vocab:

Co-wash – Washing hair with the use of a conditioner instead of shampoo

Deep conditioning – Using a conditioner or deep treatment masque and leaving on hair for 15-45 minutes at a time. For an intensive treatment, covering hair with a plastic cap and adding heat can help the treatment be even more effective. 

The co-wash product itself felt a little like the moisturizing shampoo but with more oils for the conditioning effect. I liked it. I think it’s great if you specifically want a co-wash product but I would still be fine using a regular conditioner for a co-wash. 

Curl la la Defining Curl Custard

I’ve done a couple of twist outs using the curl custard. I think it serves as a great moisturizer. One thing I think that could be better about this product is the holding effect. It doesn’t really hold the twist pattern as tight as I would like. But I would buy it again as a styling product. It reminded me of a thick styling milk. Also, the pretty purple color is a plus. Not too often you see purple hair product right?

What’s the Verdict?

I really enjoyed these products! The shampoo stood out to me, so I would definitely purchase it again. The detangler really seemed to change the game. And I have consistently enjoyed their leave-in conditioners. I’m a little indifferent with the co-wash cleanser and the curl custard is a nice product but I would probably try another product before buying again. All in all, the products I liked I REALLY liked. 

Excited to try any of the products mentioned above? 

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,

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

big worm

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)

 

 

 

 

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.

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-POP (1)