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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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,

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A Queen in Cabo| Spring Break 2017 in Mexico!

It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you… without a dope blog to step to…

After one of the most stressful quarters ever (mainly from having to adjust to the fast past academic lifestyle post-study abroad) I was hyped to get out of the country for spring break vacation. Since being back from Italy, I wanted to explore more of the beautiful places close to home. Spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was the ideal choice because I could experience a new culture, enjoy great beaches, and spend less than $400 on a round trip plane ticket. For 6 days, I got to relax and enjoy the beautiful city of Cabo!

Arriving in Cabo

Figuring out transportation from the airport was a little tricky at first. Prior to departure for Mexico I had done some research and discovered that there’s a bus from Terminal 2 that will take you into the city and the downtown area where the hotel was located. It worked out to where the bus stop was visible right outside the Terminal 2 exit of the Cabo San Lucas Airport. We were allowed to pay in either pesos or the $2.50 USD equivalent.

Getting Around & Things to Do

Cabo was a lot smaller than I imagined. Within the first day, I saw most of the city and could figure out how to get around anywhere by foot. With perfect weather in March, it was desirable to go on a stroll to the Santa Maria beach, which was about a 15 minute walk from the hotel.  The Santa Maria Beach was the main party and tourist beach with Mango Deck being the main attraction for springbreakers. Near the Cabo Wabo area was Destiny Massage, which offered a 70 minute massage for only $20 which is unheard of in the USA. It was so amazing and I felt very relaxed afterwards.

 

Nightlife

The clubs in Cabo were all located in one strip and were F-R-E-E THAT SPELLS FREE! With free entrance, it was easy to hop from one club to another. The notorious El Squid Roe was super active and had multiple floors that were all open. It reminded me of several music video scenes. The music wasn’t always popping because it was heavy on pop and EDM type of music but as the night went on there were several sequences of songs that were popping. Sunday night surprisingly was the most lit.

I had looked up clubs before arriving of course, and Pink Kitty was one of the top results but fell short of its status. It was fairly empty but I still had fun dancing to mid 2000s throwbacks with other springbreakers. The club next to El Squid Roe was a top contendor with a more sophisticated layout and with a more variety of songs on the playlist. La Vinquita was another club in the area that played more Latin beats and it was fun to show off my bachata skills!

Food

I could not get enough of Mexican food. I literally almost had fajitas every single day. There was this restaurant near the Marina called Sharky’s. They served delicious fajitas with rice, beans, and chips and salsa for only $7.50. This was also the place where they served liter margaritas for $6! Deals, Deals, Deals! I ate at this restaurant for half of the nights I was in Cabo. The other meals were from various authentic restaurants and I was always satisfied.

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Beef fajita meal at Sharky’s 
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Frida Kahlo photo

Activities

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Fish pedicure

The activities were my favorite part of Cabo! The last two days of the trip were day-long activities of snorkeling and then zip-lining. It is best to book activities in person, as they are much cheaper than online and you have the chance to bargain. Never settle for the first offer or even the first vendor. At the mall, the prices for zip-lining were much higher and for a less inclusive deal.

The snorkeling adventure was super fun because I got to see the Arch of Cabo up close and relax on the way to snorkeling. Because I know how to swim, I expected snorkeling to be easy right away. However, when I jumped into the sea I realized it would be such a workout to literally keep my head above the waters! The water was super cold and it was hard to breathe through the snorkel tube because I was out of breath and heart was beating fast at first. Once I relaxed and slowed my breathing down, things became a lot easier. I could see the tiny fish swimming below my feet! All together, the adventure was 3 1/2 hours long and a time well spent!

Zip lining was the most adventurous activity I’ve done so far! This activity was through a company called Cabo Adventures and featured 7 different zip-lines, including the longest zip-line in Mexico. I can’t believe I glided across mountains in Mexico and even had the nerve to do it upside down! That’s right, I zip-lined upside down. There was one obstacle called the pendulum, where I stood at the side of a cliff while harnessed, and then jumped off like and was swung to the other side. I totally underestimated how high up I really was because as soon as I left the edge, my stomach dropped and I just started screaming. It felt like I would never stop falling! I loved seeing the nature and experiencing the beautiful outdoors. I’m excited to do more outdoor activities in the future!

My goal this year was to travel to another country/content and I’m so happy I’ve been able to accomplish traveling to another country and in the summer will be headed to Ghana!

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Living life!

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 🙂

5 Tips for Traveling While Natural

1.Keep your hair moisturized and protected

I have been enjoying the efficiency of head wraps. Not only are they stylish, but stayer convenient for the on-the-go traveler like myself. While on a 10 day trip across central Europe, I wore mostly head-wraps with my hair braided in a cinnamon bun type braid. I was happy to keep my ends protected, and still to apply oils and leave-in conditioners to stay on top of my moisturizing regimen. My new routine is wearing my hair in twists for 5 days, styling them with wraps or wearing them loose. Then rocking a defined twist out for 2 days.

Coming to Italy, I had my hair in twists and kept them in for about 6 weeks. Arriving to your destination with a long-term protective style is great because you won’t have to worry about styling while also adapting to a new environment. Once my marley twist style came to an end, I saved the hair for future styles. The hair came in handy for my Beyonce Formation Halloween look and the two french braids the total costume required. I still have the hair and will put it to use, for a bun or two.

While in London, I found a plethora of hair stores available and even though I didn’t know when I would use it, I purchased 4 packs of crochet braiding hair. Bundles at a great prices are hard to come buy and I knew London would be the closest place to decent priced hair and products, so I just bought them. I will probably hook up something cute for my last month abroad.

2. Bring your entire hair care system

One thing I wish I brought more of was CONDITIONER. It seemed like I would be doing too much by buying 3 bottles of conditioner as I was leaving the States, but when I really think about it, its totally realistic. Think about how much of each product you use and bring that amount for your trip. I am already savoring my last bit of Cantu leave-in conditioner. I should’ve known to bring at least 2 jars! Even though there is a store here in Milan, it just doesn’t sit well with me to purchase a $12 jar when I know I could get the same thing for half the price back home! Bring enough products to last you or you might have to pay twice as much for literally the same thing!

3. Scope out hair-stores

In an earlier post I talked about finding a hair store randomly in Rome. Coming to find out, there are a few small hair stores near central station in Milan. Ask people who live in the area where they are getting their products, and this will make the search a whole lot easier.

4. DIY with it!

On the note of overpriced natural hair products, a cost efficient solution is utilizing DIY recipes!

  • Detangler – Apple Cider Vinegar & olive oil
  • Deep Conditioner- 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of olive oil | Conditioner, water & olive oil
  • Leave-In Conditioner- Mix Conditioner, olive oil, coconut oil, water and mix into a spray bottle ( This will be the mixture I use as I am on the last scoops of leave-in conditioner)
  • Shampoo – 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 2 cups of water. I had to find the right proportions because the first times I used this method earlier this year, I found that my hair felt very dry afterwards. This is because I used WAY too much ACV, as I was thinking “the more the better” and that it would cleanse my hair even more. In this case “less is more” is the way to go.

5. Google Translate is Your Friend When Buying Products

If you do decide to buy hair products at regular stores or grocery stores, be sure to use google translate to read the ingredients. Even if you think you have an idea of what the product does, it is also great to double check! If I were to get the wrong product, its not like I could take it back! Refund policies are a lot different in Italy! I’m so glad I read the ingredients of a Palmer’s shampoo I was about to purchase. Right at the check-out, I translated the description to find out it was a protein based conditioner for fine and limp hair. My hair is neither fine or limp, so that particular product would have probably made my hair very hard. I saved $7 just by checking to make sure I was getting the right thing.

 

PSA: SHEA BUTTER IS WILL NOT MAKE IT PAST AIRPORT SECURITY IF IT’S OVER 3 OZ

This is a side note to prevent others from  the loss and suffering of 2 jars of shea butter. Even if the jar says “solid”, they still won’t let you get on the plane with it. I’ve lived and learned lol.

Being in Berlin

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Germany  was on my list but it was really between Munich or Berlin. I happened to go to Berlin on my first stop of fall break travel week. When I first got to Berlin, I felt like I had stepped foot in Antarctic. It was so cold! I had flashbacks to the days in Illinois when the snow was up to my knee caps and they STILL made us go to school (lol). I was equipped for Milan weather, only wearing a leather jacket, but I soon found a heavier winter style jacket at the Primark store which took me hours to exit.

One thing I really love about Berlin was the food. Everything I ate I was very satisfied with. I had completely given up on burgers in Italy, unless they were from McDonald’s, because the meat was just too squishy and undercooked. But in Germany, all of the meats were fresh and perfectly made. I had the best burger ever at this restaurant called Burgermeister. The fries were excellent too! Another food favorite were the Bratwursts from the many Currywurst stands. I loved the abundance of good meats and pommes (fries).

They were tons of museums and historical sites in Berlin, most notably the Berlin Wall. Germany played a critical role in world relations in the 20th century and visiting the museums there gave me much more knowledge of what things were like for those affected. Coming to Berlin I expected the Berlin Wall specific place, but portions of the wall could be found in various places like the East Side Gallery, Museum of Terror, and Checkpoint Charlie.

I got over the weather by wearing layers! I soon grew accustomed to wearing a sweatshirt, leather jacket, AND trench coat which saved me from freezing. Overall I would go back to Germany and experience more great food, culture, and shopping.

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!