Thursday, October 30, 2014

0 How To: Braid Out with Pigtail Braids


If you're a fan of braid-outs, like I am, then this style is for you! I've been doing "pigtail braid-outs" (yes, that's what I call it... LOL) on my hair for years now. It's an easy "go-to" hair style that can be achieved overnight with great definition for any occasion. Usually braid-outs are done on wet/damp hair; however, this style can be achieved on dry unwashed hair - so convenient! I love how defined my waves are and this style lasts all day long! Below you'll see my steps to achieving this look.

Tools:

Not in picture (optional): Alcohol-free Gel to prevent frizz and extra definition (I like to use Fantasia IC Gel or Aloe Vera Gel)

 Steps:

I start off with thoroughly combed moisturized hair. Hydrating my hair first, will ensure that it remains moist during the style. I part my hair down the middle, with my fingers or my comb.


I begin to braid one section at a time. I braid each section hair firmly to increase wave definition.


I secure the end of my braid with a ponytail holder. This will prevent the braid from unravelling.


Braid #1 complete. I continue the same steps on the opposite side and secure the braid with a ponytail holder.


Braid #2 complete! 

At this point I'll put on my satin bonnet and head to bed. I typically pin up my ends with 2 bobby pins so that they are not hanging down in my bonnet, just a personal preference. That's it! In the morning I unravel each braid with a little bit of oil on my finger tips (you can use serum as well) to prevent frizz. I carefully separate each braid, fluff it out and go!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

5 Ingredient Spotlight Pt.3: Behentrimonium Chloride


What is Behentrimonium Chloride?

Antistatic, cleansing and conditioning agent.

What does it do for the hair?

Behentrimonium Chloride is an excellent detangler typically found in conditioners, deep conditioners and leave-ins. It's build-up free, softens the hair and conditions each strand. It provides potent conditioning effects to smooth the cuticle.

Which products contain this ingredient?

  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil 7-N-1 Leave-in Treatment
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
  • Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong
  • Suave Professionals Natural Infusion with Macadamia oil & White Orchid
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner w/Sea Kelp & Argan Oil
  • Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment


Does any of your favourite products contain Behentrimonium Chloride? If so, please share :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Creme Of Nature Straight From Eden Product Line Review


Created from the goodness of nature's garden, Straight from Eden system is infused with plant extracts derived from all natural Coconut, Avocado & Olive oils giving you seductively beautiful, irresistibly healthy hair.

Promises:

Shampoo

Instantly detangles, revitalizes & hydrates…naturally! Nourish your hair using the goodness of nature's garden with straight from eden plant-derived hydrating shampoo, a luxurious creamy & hydrating formula created to replenish moisture, while gently cleansing all hair types. This sulfate-free formula is made with conditioning plant extracts derived from coconut, avocado and olive oils.

Conditioning Treatment

Strengthens, deeply fortifies & repairs…naturally!  A rejuvenating & fortifying formula created for all hair types to strengthen hair and protect against damage and dehydration.

Detangling Leave-in Conditioner 

Improve the manageability of your hair using the goodness of nature's garden with straight from eden plant-derived detangling leave-in conditioner, a nourishing and protective formula created for all hair types to condition, nourish and shield hair from damage. This naturally invigorating two-phase formula is made with conditioning plant extracts derived from coconut, avocado and olive oils.

Repairing Oil

Repairs, controls frizz & adds shine…naturally! Restore the health of your hair using the goodness of nature's garden with straight from eden plant-derived repairing oil, a powerful restorative formula in natural hair created to reclaim strength and give brilliant natural shine to all hair types. This weightless nourishing natural fusion of oils uses coconut oil to add hydration and incredible softness, olive oil to help heal and strengthen, and avocado oil to restore shine and softness while strengthening for beautifully healthy hair.


Directions:

Shampoo

Apply to wet hair. Massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly.

Conditioning Treatment

Apply evenly from roots to ends. Gently comb through for even distribution. Leave on for 5-7 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. For deep conditioning, place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm hooded dryer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Style as desired.

Detangling Leave-in Conditioner 

Shake well to blend and activate two-phase formula. Spray a generous amount throughout hair from root to ends. Spray evenly onto damp hair and comb through. Do not rinse. Beginning at bottom of hair, use wide tooth comb or paddle brush to gently remove tangles.

Repairing Oil

Dispense a small amount of oil and rub into palm for even distribution. Apply to damp hair to help repair, control frizz and protect against heat damage. For best results, use weekly on wet hair after shampooing and conditioning. Apply to dry hair to restore health and enhance high gloss shine. Apply from scalp to ends, focusing on brittle areas.


Ingredients:

Shampoo

Aqua (Water) (Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyquaternium-10, Glycol Stearate, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Amodimethicone, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Trideceth-12, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1)

Conditioning Treatment


Aqua (Water) (Eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Lanolil Oil, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-10, Amodimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Isostearyl Ethylimidazolinium Ethosulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Propylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1)

Detangling Leave-in Conditioner 

Aqua (Water) (Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-6, Lactic Acid, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyquaternium-16, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA - Copper, Benzophenone-4, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Imidazolidinyl Urea, CI 19140 (Yellow 5)


Repairing Oil

CyclopentaSiloxane , dimethicone , dimethiconol , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , amodimethicone , Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , BHA , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OiI , Bambusa Vulgaris Extract , Cyclotetrasiloxane , Benzophenone-3 , fragrance , BEnzyl Benzoate , BEnzyl Salicylate , Citral , Coumarin , Butylphenyl MEthylpropional , limonene , linalool , CI 47000 (Yellow 11) , CI 61565 (Green 6)

Truth:

Shampoo


I'm a lover of the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo. It won my heart over when it first came out a few years back. I've been using it religiously ever since! So when Creme of Nature introduced the new Straight From Eden Shampoo with the 3 Penetrating Oils - Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil, I had to try it out! I love the fact that this shampoo is sulfate-free. It has a creamy yet "slippy" consistency. This shampoo is very potent, so a little goes a long way. It helps to detangle and soften my hair which is a bonus! However, the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo does a better job at making my hair feel like butter!! Overall, I love the packaging of the bottle - you can turn it upside down (as shown in the pic below) to drain all the product toward the opening ensuring use every drop! Two thumbs up for that :)



Conditioning Treatment


Very opaque in colour yet rich in texture. I love the fact that Creme of Nature made another moisturizing conditioner with great detangling properties and nourishing oils. If you don't know by now, I ALWAYS add Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil to my conditioners for added benefits. These oils are known to penetrate the hair shaft improving your hairs health. The fact that Creme of Nature added them into each and every product providing benefits during each phase, is great! I've used this conditioner on dry and damp hair. I prefer it on wet/damp hair. I find that it soaks into my hair better. My hair comes out soft and fluffy with each use. The fresh citrus scent lingers in your hair after too :) Although it contains several oils, along with Shea Butter, this conditioner does not weigh your hair down.  It has the exact same packaging as the shampoo; but I think the conditioner should be in a slightly bigger bottle.



Detangling Leave-in Conditioner 


I was a bit nervous to use the leave-in conditioner since it contained protein. I tend to shy away from leave-in products containing protein, i.e. Keratin, simply because it makes my hair hard which then leads to breakage... No thanks! I then decided to try the product on a small sample of my hair...boy was I wrong! I love how light-weight the mist is. Within seconds of spraying it on my strands, I started to separate a few small tangles with my fingers and they began to melt away! When I use it, after I condition, my hair becomes smoother, silkier and softer immediately! No breakage days later either. This leave-in works great to provide volume and it works wonders on dry hair as a knot detangler (great for removing braids, weaves etc.). This product really shocked me - in a good way :)




Repairing Oil



This is more like a serum than an oil. The first few ingredients are silicones which help protect the hair against frizz and heat. I haven't used it as a heat protectant, but I have used it to plait and unravel my braids for my braid-outs. It does a fantastic job at providing shine, smoothness and preventing frizz all day. Its silky smooth texture is light-weight on the hair, so I suppose it would be ideal before flat ironing.



Overall Thoughts: 
  • Smells amazing! Lasts for days
  • Products are very light weight leaving the hair with movement and body
  • Nourishes the hair with 3 penetrating oils
  • Affordable product line found in any Beauty Supply Store
  • Provides maintenance for all hair textures (normal - coarse)
  • Small packaging. Needs to be bigger (conditioner & shampoo)

Price: $7.99 - $8.99 CAD/product

Hairlicious Rating:  (4/5) Very Good



Friday, October 17, 2014

20 Then and Now: My Hair + Reflection + Advice!


I happened to dig up an old photo of my hair prior to beginning my hair journey. On the left, you can see that my hair was thin, over-processed, just overall damaged! I was at a point in my life where I had to make a change! Boy, I'm happy I did :) I made the decision to stop living in weaves and wigs and to start taking better care of my neglected over-processed relaxed hair! My journey has not been smooth. I've experienced a major setback and several challenges along the way; however, because of those hard times, I've learned to understand and listen to my hair - which was not easy. Many times I felt to give up and just forget this whole "hair-journey-thing" and go back to what I was comfortable with! I had family members that spoke negatively about my hair while growing up to a point where I started to adapt to their beliefs during any setback I had. With time, I realized that my journey, is in fact a journey! It's not a race to the finish line, it's a personal relationship with me and my hair! With that mindset, I was better able to tackle my goals and achieve, as well as maintain, healthier hair. 

Many believe there is a "secret" to growing kinky textured hair - I did too! In fact, there is no such thing! I believe there are 2 key factors that you must acquire in order to be successful in your journey i.e. Consistency and Patience! There's nothing else. By consistency, I'm referring to, i.e. moisturizing and sealing daily. I know there are nights where you just want to hit that pillow (trust me I know) but with a consistent moisturizing and sealing routine, your hair will turn around and thank you for it! As far as patience goes, remember; hair grows approximately 1/2 inch per month. Hair takes time to grow. I realized that it's important to set realistic goals based the average hair growth rate (or less) that way you don't drive yourself crazy! Also, give yourself enough time to try out a product and see how your hair responds before throwing it in the trash. It takes time to observe and assess whether your hair likes or dislikes a product. Patience is key!

Every now-and-then I believe it's important to pause! look back! And see where we all began and to see how far we've reached. Don't give up!! The moment you're ready to quit, is usually the moment right before you reach your breaking point/miracle. Though I've reached my goals, I'm still learning and I love it! 

Just wanted to share :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

6 Ingredient Spotlight Pt.3: Panthenol

 
What is Panthenol?

Panthenol is known as Vitamin B5 (pro-vitamin).

What does it do for the hair?

Panthenol helps to improve damaged hair. Panthenol increases moisture retention, elasticity and flexibility. Panthenol has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft increasing the thickness in hair and promoting hair growth. It is said that Panthenol can increase hair diameter up to 10 percent. Panthenol increases the hair's thickness by restoring moisture back into the hair.

Which products contain this ingredient?
  • Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Plant-Derived Conditioning Treatment
  • KeraCare Humecto Conditioner
  • SCurl No Drip Activator Spray
  • Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk
  • Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Curls Whipped Creme
  • Cantu Argan Oil Leave-in Repair Cream
Does any of your favourite products contain Panthenol? If so, please share :)

0 Know Your Ingredients - Part 3


I believe there is power in reading product labels and understanding the ingredients listed on each label. Learning how to read product ingredient labels is probably one of the most important skills necessary while on your hair journey.

Knowing what you’re putting in your hair will assist you in taking better care of your hair. To some, it may seem like gibberish (when reading labels); however, educating yourself on product ingredients and how it affects your hair, will aid in a successful hair journey. With the right knowledge and research, a head full of damaged hair can transform into a head full of gorgeous tresses!!

Let's Begin :-)

Monday, October 6, 2014

10 ESSENCE.COM Straight Talk: On The Art of Relaxing Your Own Hair



I must admit, relaxing my own hair with the help of my sister has been such a liberating process. Don’t get me wrong, I love being pampered at the salon every now and then; however, having the freedom to relax your hair any day of the week and at any time certainly places power in your hands.


Using a normal strength relaxer is my personal preference. I use normal strength relaxer because it processes slower preventing my hair from becoming over-processed. I usually relax every 10-12 weeks and prep it a few days in advance by using a detangler to remove any knots and tangles at the demarcation line. This really helps to speed up the relaxer time. On the day of my relaxer, I apply a thick oil to my scalp and around the perimeter of my hairline preventing any burns. In order to prevent overlap and over-processing, I apply Vaseline in sections on my previously relaxed hair the day of my relaxer. This step is crucial as it creates a solid barrier between the length of my hair and the relaxer.

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My sister and I tag team and relax my hair at home. I make sure I have my relaxer tub, latex gloves, applicator brushes, extra towels for any mess and my timer! We part the hair in 4 quadrants (2 in the front and 2 in the back). I’m responsible for the front portion and she relaxes the back portion. I pre-part the front of the hair in 1” inch sections and 2 strand twist each section for fast and easy application. My sister duplicates the same process in the back section. We smooth out the relaxer 2-3 times (relaxing only the new growth). We relax my entire head for 20-25 mins, which works best for my hair, as the results are always consistent. My hair turns out straight with a little bit of kink – just the way I like it!



What works for me is neutralizing my hair at least 3-5 times to ensure the relaxer is completely removed from my hair. This is key! Then I proceed to deep condition with a moisture/protein balanced deep conditioner adding strength back into the hair. That’s it! Try it!

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. On The Art of Relaxing Your Own Hair

Friday, October 3, 2014

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

14 Protective Style: Twisted Bun and Gold Hair Chain Accessory


Sometimes a protective style needs some spicing up! I was heading out to a party and I thought, what is the quickest hair style I can do, considering wash day is tomorrow and I don't want to put heat in my hair as yet? So, I  moisturized and sealed my hair, parted my hair straight down the middle, used a little bit of Aloe Vera Gel on my edges, then I put my hair in an Ouchless ponytail holder. I parted my ponytail in two (2), did a two-strand twist, wrapped it around to form a bun, then pinned it! Done.

A while back, I bought this gorgeous gold hair chain from Claire's ($10) and I always envisioned wearing it with my hair down - freshly flat ironed! Well, I figured it should still look chić if I wear it with a bun, no?  Well, here are the results. There's a stretchy band at the back to form/adjust to any head size. I have a fairly large head (plus new growth) so it was accommodating and comfortable :) 

It's a quick protective/low manipulation style that anyone can do! The gold hair chain is definitely a must-have in your hair accessory arsenal!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

7 Fall Is Officially Here! - What Is Your Fall Regimen?


As the season changes, so does our hair regimen and products! Some tend to co-wash less, protective style more, and thicker oils & butters become the norm as the colder weather approaches. Some don't change a thing :)

How does your hair behave in during the Fall season? 

What tools, products and/or methods are you set on incorporating into your regimen this Fall?  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

6 ESSENCE.com Straight Talk: On The Art of Damp Bunning


Damp bunning is my favorite go-to style during the summer. I’ve worn buns since the beginning of my hair journey in 2008, and it’s a staple of mine. It’s a low-manipulation style that allows you to lock in moisture for a long period of time.

The Purpose
The purpose of bunning while your hair is slightly damp is to help lock moisture into the hair for a prolonged period of time. When I damp bun my hair, my ends are tucked away preventing moisture from easily escaping. My relaxed hair remains protected and moist throughout the entire day with this low manipulative style

Damp Bun on Wash Days
I bun my slightly damp hair on wash-days (after a deep condition or co-wash) or right after I moisturize and seal. Prior to bunning my hair, I focus on applying moisturizer down the length of my hair, and then I seal with a mixture containing olive oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil for softness. The trick is to put your hair into a bun immediately while your hair is still damp.

It Makes a Difference
Damp bunning has really made a difference in my hair’s ability to retain length during the summer months. The summer heat has a way of drying out my relaxed hair; however, damp bunning has been able to counteract those effects. My ends are protected, moist and happy which means less trimming! Bunning my hair while damp has helped me to maintain high moisture levels despite the hot summer sun. It’s quick and easy while on the go!

Switch It Up
I like to change up my buns too. I either opt for a damp sleek top-knot or a sophisticated low damp bun for the day! I gently brush my edges back with a soft boar bristle brush and go! Are you a damp bun lover? If so, what do you love most about it?

Be sure to check out the original article over at ESSENCE.com | Straight Talk: Hairlicious Inc. On The Art of Damp Bunning

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