As I close out my first year of being natural and embark upon my second, I’ve come to realize one thing…YOU have to take the time to know YOUR hair. That’s it. There is honestly nothing more to say but I’ll take the time to elaborate further. Embarking on a natural hair journey begins with excitement and apprehension. You have no idea what to expect or how to deal with the hair that is growing out of your head. Many research by watching natural hair videos on youtube, following their favorite youtubers on every social site they have, and reading natural hair blogs, threads, and books. These avenues are very inspirational and very informative. However, you will have absolutely no idea what will work for your hair until you get your hands in it and develop a consistent regimen for yourself. Every product that works for someone else will not work for you. Even that statement is layered in its accuracy. For example, it may not just be the ingredients that makes your hair hate it. It could be the way you place it on your hair, the amount of product you used, putting it on damp hair versus soaking wet hair. All of the combinations are many but the point is the same, experiment for yourself. If you have seen or read how someone used a particular product on their hair, it is okay to use that as a guide to get started. The key word being ‘started’ because that is what a guide is, a starting point. The purpose of a guide is to assist you in helping you reach a destination.
Take note of those awesome moments when you have hit your hair out of the park. Remember what state your hair was in, was it freshly shampooed or did your use cleansing condish? Was it on damp, wet, or dry hair? How did you apply your products, in what order? You will be surprised how much these things matter or not depending on you. You’ll never know unless you try will you? Lastly, be consistent and patient. Ignoring your hair for several weeks at a time then watching a youtube video and deciding I want my hair to look like that will make you take several seats every time. Your hair thrives on the proper balance of moisture and protein. When these are not in place any attempted style is going to be a disaster. So spend a lot of time learning and understanding protein and the different types as well as learning the difference between a moisturizer and a lubricant (oils, butters). Having the proper protein/moisture balance sets the foundation for an excellent style.
Also, learn why you are using a product, oil, etc. Don’t just use something because someone else used it and their hair looks great. Research the benefits and the cons of using each product you are considering adding to your regimen. Use products purposefully not because they are new and popular. Understand that in the first 2 years of your journey that your methodology can and will change as you get to know your hair better and the things it likes and dislikes. Be intuitive and listen to your hair and those little ideas that come to you while you are doing your hair. I’ve found that that is when I’ve had the best ideas to help me when there was an issue I just could not figure out. Lastly, there are products that can make your hair look great but it doesn’t feel great. Don’t sacrifice looks for the integrity of your hair.
I hope you have noticed that the central theme of this post is that YOU are the driving force behind a successful natural hair journey. Whatever you put into it is what you will get out of it…
Distilled (Aqua) Water, Organic Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), Salvia Officinalis (Sage), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Utica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf, and Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Extracts Phenoxyethenol, Caprylyl Glycol ( a paraben free preservative), and Lemon Grass.
The consistency of this gel is thin, runny, and creamy. The scent is so delicious! It smells like watermelon airhead’s candy. YUMMY! I almost can taste it when I sniff it lol. I used it without a leave in the first time I tried it and it was okay. My hair was very soft and my curls were pretty. However, I like it better with a leave in conditioner under it because it is more moisturizing. It hasn’t clashed with any of my leave ins as of yet so that’s cool. I use it mostly with the Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner ( I love that stuff, review coming soon). I also like it as a finisher, it helps softens the crunch of some hard gels. Now this gel as a styler alone provided very soft curls but they were not free of frizzies. When I want my hair to be frizz-free I use it with a little gel to give me more hold. I likey this product but not enough to be a HG product. However, it does fall in my would buy again on sale list because the smell is uber awesome!
Next Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner.
Lots of Love,
This product was the first moisturizer that I ever purchased and I had no idea what to do with it because I was only 2 months natural. Now there is only about 1/4 of it left so it is safe to say that I figured it out. Here are the ingredients…
Water, botanical infusion of aloe vera, nettle and horsetail extracts, vegetable glycerin, *fractionated coconut oil, Shea butter, sweet almond oil, *vegetable emulsifier, cupuacu butter, meadowfoam seed oil, tucuma butter, xanthan gum, vitamin E, silver citrate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, fragrance.
The smell of buttercream frosting fills my nose whenever I use this product. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE buttercream frosting over any other frosting in the world. Each time I use this I want to buy me a white cake with white buttercream frosting. The consistency of it is thick and creamy. It is very moisturizing and a little goes a very long way. I used it on my daughter’s hair (during her brief stint of being natural), to not only moisturize her twists, but I have also twisted her hair as well as mines with it. My twist outs were very defined and stayed moisturized for a few days at a time. The only complaints I have with this product is that glycerin is high on the list and in the wrong dew points my hair blew the hell up; also it doesn’t play well with all of my products. I tried using this as a leave-in with my WnG but it was too heavy in my opinion. Also, when I used it as a leave-in I attempted to detangle my hair with it, yeah big mistake (don’t go through what I been through, in my Sophia voice). It doesn’t have any slip at all in my opinion. I can definitely see myself purchasing this again.
Next up is Donna Marie’s Dream Curling Creme.
The next series of posts will be dedicated to the review of all the products I bought during the black Friday sale last year. I figured I better get them all reviewed before it comes back around again lol. Hair Whip Leave-in Conditioning Styling Creme ingredients…
Aqua, Aloe Vera extract, propanediol, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, apricot Kernel oil, Avocado oil, coconut oil, cupuacu Butter, castor oil, marshmallow extract, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, fragrance.
Although this product is a leave in styling creme I preferred it best as a moisturizer. When I used it as a leave-in for my Wng’s or twist outs my hair was dry by the end of the day and needed to be re-moisturized by the time I made it home. I like for my leave in’s to last me a couple of days without having to add more product to it. When I tried it as a styler alone, I found it to be too light and didn’t offer much hold. I finished the product out as a nightly moisturizer and I liked it very much as that. I’d retwist my twists to moisturize them after they would reach day 3 or so and I would moisturize my Wng with it at night. This wouldn’t fall on my HG list but I’d definitely repurchase again if on sale.
The consistency of it was like a light lotion it wasn’t thick at all. To be honest it didn’t really have a smell to me so I can’t speak on it. However, my friend said it smelled like vanilla to her. All in all, I think this product is okay and will definitely purchase again during the next big sale.
Next up is her Super Buttercreme and Dream Curling Creme
This review is a long time coming because I have been using this condish for a very long time. I love, love this condish with all my heart! It is my holy grail, must have, will not eat for 3 days in order to buy because I can not run out product. Here are the ingredients…
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG -7 Olivate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 60, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.
This cleansing conditioner is a staple to my WnG regimen. When I was shampooing my hair everyday my hair was always iffy. Sometimes it was tamed and other times it was dry and itchy. My curls popped one day and they frizzed the next. It was so frustrating trying to keep my hair moisturized and the shampoo I used wasn’t very drying. I heard about the curl junkie line on youtube and saw this when I went to their website. I was always skeptical about using conditioner to clean my hair because I just couldn’t see how it would cleanse it. When I saw that it was a “cleansing” conditioner I felt more comfortable with trying it than using something like Tresseme Naturals.
The consistency is creamy and thick. It coats my hair really well and has lots of slip. I can finger detangle while in the shower with this product. It has a sort of minty smell and feels like it “lathers” a bit on my hair. I like the feel of lathering, although it doesn’t actually lather on your hair. When I rinse out the product my hair feels very soft and cleansed. It does not strip my hair nor does it feel as if there is buildup on my strands. The product comes in a 12oz bottle and a 32oz bottle with a pump. I love the pump it is so convenient in the shower. Daily Fix Conditioner has definitely stepped my natural hair game up and I can not live with out it.
Ok, let me begin by saying that those lines were freaking RI-DONK-ULOUS and I will be purchasing my tickets online from now on! That being said…I had so much fun at the WNHS! I had my girls with me and you know we went in on products! These are all mine but my girls bought just as many products as I did so yeah we kinda lost our minds at the show.
Ok, so we knew that Uncle Funky’s Daughter would be a vendor at the show so as soon as I walked in the door I made a beeline for their booth. The line was out the door and it seemed as if they were the most popular booth at the time. I already knew that I wanted the Curly Magic. One of the reasons most people attend the WNHS is to take advantage of the great deals on the products they either already love or want to try. HOWEVER, Uncle Funky’s Daughter was NOT one of the vendors that offered a great deal. They did have a bundle that you could get at a discount but the gel, umm no. No deals for you lady! I was highly disappointed at this because I was ready to leave with at least 2 0r 3 of the Curly Magics but no bueno! So I only purchased 1 for regular price and some Extra Butter moisturizer and walked away slick mad. Despite that little set back I caught some really great deals from the other vendors. Here’s what I got:
Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic and Extra Butter
B.A.S.K.’s Palm Tapioca
Camille Rose Naturals’ Aloe Whipped Gel, Curl Love Moisture Milk, and Jansyn’s Moisture Max Conditioner
Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Nectar in White Tea and Sweet Ambrosia in Creamy Cocoa Mango and Pomegranate Guava
Shea Radiance Moisturizing Hair Milk, Maximum Hair Defining Cream, and Ultra Rich Shea Buttercream.
African Pride’s Bouncy Curl Pudding and Leave-in Condish
I stopped by As I Am but they were all sold out so they gave me a coupon for 20% off and free shipping. I thought that was very cool of them. I also purchased 3 t-shirts and a bunch of jewelry.
Lastly, I love to go to the WNHS to hopefully run into my favorite youtubers and I did just that. More than I expected…here are the pics.
Side Note: I have no idea what is going on with my eyes in this pic, nor what that spot is but this was the only pic I had and I WANT to post it! That is all.
I can honestly say that I had a very fun and satisfying trip. I can’t wait to do it again next year and I know exactly who to take with me…
I’ll post pics of the hotel we stayed in and the outfits I wore in the next post.
Talk to you soon,