Fall Hair Product Hits and Misses

Tis the season to be jolly Daizies!

The products in this season’s rotation are coming to an end, appropriately timed with my near departure back to the States. Finding hair products in Italy was a trying task and I’m excited to go back home to the plethora  of natural hair products on the shelves of hair stores, Walgreens, and more! But nevertheless, I tried some new products this season. Some were great, some not so much. Here’s how things went with the product haul that took place two months ago.

ORS Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold Pudding – HIT

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This was the main product I used to achieve twist and braid outs. The product was great for moisturizing and did a great job at smoothing.I didn’t notice any raving results with the “hold” of the product. What I would like more is if the product was a lot thicker and had a creamier consistency. Overall, I was satisfied with the product and it’s lasted a very long time. I’ll have half of the jar left to use still.

ORS edge control – MISS

I blessed up and got the edge control as a bonus along with the ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding. I hadn’t purchased edge control before so I didn’t know what to expected. After using it a few times, I noticed it was easier to grasp the product before doing makeup or using other hair products. This is because the oil on my hands from other products makes it hard to scoop up the gel and to spread, as it is very thick and hard. With this gel, the full length of what I consider my edges weren’t held by the product. The gel only laid the first centimeter of my hair and then the rest would just curl up.

Curls  Curl Creme Brule – HIT

First product I tried from this line and I was impressed! The creme brule reminded me alot of a leave in conditioner. Wasn’t runny at all and provided a lot of moisture for my hair. Smells so so good too! The cream helped define my curls while minimizing frizz.

Dark’n’Lovely Quick Styling Gel – MISS

I reached for this when shopping in Rome because it was the only gel in the store with a familiar brand. I liked applying it to my edges because it defined the curls, but other than that I didn’t find much use for the gel. When applied throughout my hair, I didn’t like the feel of it as it left a white film and made my hair hard.

Palmer’s Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner – HIT

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this conditioner! It left my hair thoroughly detangled and incredibly soft. It is created with olive oil which penetrates the hair shaft very easily. I went through this bottle so fast!

Blue Magic Mango Leave-in Conditioner – MISS

Yeah so this was a no. It smelled okay but was the most watery leave-in conditioner I’ve ever purchased. After a nice wash and deep conditioning, applying this to my hair seemed like undoing an entire wash day. My hair felt immediately dry after applying.

Jojoba Oil – HIT

This was always an oil I was excited to try. I haven’t experienced any wild results since using the oil but I enjoy adding it to my conditioners each week. It is light and non-greasy which makes for excellent scalp massages. Using jojoba oil helps to add shine and elasticity to the hair.

Vatika Naturals Almond Hair Oil – HIT

This was another oil that provided extra softness and shine. I applied this oil to the ends of my hair to smooth the ends and seal in moisture. It’s also an oil I will restock when I am back home.

Garnier Fructis “Hydra Ricci” – HIT

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As much as I love using DIY conditioning methods for detangling, my hair works best with a creamy conditioner mixed with water to melt the tangles. I had run out of all the conditioners I had and needed a simple conditioner to for the next few wash days. This was the first hair product that I bought at the Italian supermarkets. After careful deliberation, I googled “hyda ricci” to find that it translates to “hydra curly”. At last, a product at a general market dedicated to curly hair. I actually liked it. Not bad for Garnier. It had great slip and moisture.

Trying new hair products is always fun. It’s great to experiment with new brands and products. What works great for someone else might not work the same for you, but it’s all part of the natural hair journey 🙂

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Time for a Trim!? A Guide to Keeping Your Ends on Point

After all those months of new growth, the last thing I wanna do sometimes is trim my hair. But holding on to dead ends does more harm and no good. So after months of procrastinating and a few protective styles later, I took my shear scissors in hand and turned on some Netflix and began such a vital task in maintaining healthy natural hair.

Tools used:

Curls Creme Brule Whipped curl cream- Used for detangling

Shear scissors – To ensure a clean cut

Ponytail holders – To organize each section

Twist-Method:

There are many ways you can go about trimming your hair yourself, but for me, sectioning my hair in twists and then trimming the ends works best for me.It allows me to visually see where the hair begins to split off without getting too scissor happy and cutting off way more than needed. I first sectioned my hair into four sections. Within each section, I created about 4 smaller twists, and detangled with Curls Cream Brule.

How to Know What to Cut:

Some signs that its time for a trim are frequent knots and tangles. These knots and tangles appeared very clearly at the ends of my hair and I could feel where the knots were starting and kept an eye out for where the unevenness began. On average I cut off about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of hair.

After cutting off what was needed, I put the already twisted section into a bantu knot (killed two birds with one stone). I trim my hair about 2 times a year, the first being in February, so it’s actually been a while.  In with the new and out with the old, and I’m ready to continue with my healthy hair journey!