Product Haul: Aussie Moist + Aussie 3 Minute + Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Friday, December 19, 2014

So I took a short trip to Buffalo a couple weekends ago for a birthday event. Of course I couldn't leave without getting a few hair goodies! In the pic above, you'll see all the products I picked up in just a few short hours. Did you know what these products have in common? They are NOT sold in Canada (where I live) - period! :(

Back in the day, I used to see Aussie 3 minute miracle at my local Walmart, now this product doesn't exist! I can't find it anywhere. 'Till this very day, I still hear positive reviews about this conditioner. Many ladies use it as a deep conditioner too. Without hesitation, I picked up a few conditioners to last me for a while. I can't wait to try them out during my next co-wash session.

Aussie Moist has always been one of my "go-to" conditioners when co-washing. While strolling the isles of Target, I noticed a new conditioner called "Miraculously Smooth". Sounded tempting so I grabbed it! The ingredients are very similar to Aussie Moist, but this conditioner has Silk and Jasmine extract. 

Last but not least, I picked up the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. This line targets dry hair plus the shampoo is colour safe and sulfate-free! I've never seen this line from Shea Moisture at my local Beauty Supply Store. This made me want to try it even more. This line (both shampoo and deep conditioner) is unique as it contains 3 main ingredients: 

1. Manuka Honey - Anti-inflammatory properties soothe the scalp. Helps create a moisturizing barrier.

2. Mafura Oil - High levels of beneficial oleic acid help replenish oils stripped from hair.

3. African Rock Fig - Contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps keep hair looking vibrant.

I heard that the deep conditioner is very slippy and great for softening and detangling the hair. Sounds like a win to me! Just had to share :)

How To: My Top Knot Bun

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bunning is one of my favourite quick and easy “go-to” styles. There are various buns that I’ll choose at any given time, but the bun-style that has grabbed my attention lately, is the Top knot bun! This style has been a hot trend lately. It’s sophisticated, chic and I love how quick and easy it is. You can dress it up for a night out or you can dress it down for a messy top knot look – it will still look fabulous!

Check out the steps below on how you can achieve this look:

1. Moisturize and seal your hair. Thoroughly comb your hair ensuring there are no knots or tangles
2. Gather all of your hair to the top of your head (where you want the bun to be placed i.e. crown region) and secure your hair with a ponytail holder. Make sure it’s not too tight.
3. Take your hair in the ponytail and split it in two.
4. Begin to do a loose two-strand twist with your hair.
5. Wrap the twist around the ponytail holder (clockwise) to form a bun. Secure the bun with a few bobby pins to ensure it does not unravel
6. Go over your hair with a 100% Boar Bristle Brush so your hair and edges are smooth and in tack!

That’s it!

I love rocking this style. It’s fun and the bun looks like a sophisticated intricate knot! Enjoy.

Stretching My Relaxer: My Coily New Growth

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm approximately 12 weeks post relaxer. This stretch was pretty simple i.e. Ikept up with my moisture/protein treatments, protective styled frequently to minimize manipulation etc. Usually throughout my stretch I can never seem to take my hands out of my new growth! I just love the feeling of my kinky coils. It feels so nice between my fingers. I know I'm not the only one :) So I picked up my camera and took a few shots just to see what it looked like up-close. I was shocked to see how coily my curl pattern was. I'm definitely in the 4b range. I fall in love every time I stretch :)

Do you play in your new growth too? How long do you stretch your relaxers for?

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