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Length Check #2

11.28.2013
Average Growth Since Last Length Check:
9/30/13 - 11/28/13

2 INCHES

Check out my last length check HERE
Last Trim

Last Length Check: 9/3/2013
Last Trim: 8/30/13


Measurements
Front - 9 inches
Side - 7 inches
Back - 6 inches
Middle - 8 inches
Overall Length - Shoulder Length (SL)


Product Review: It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner

11.26.2013
Purchased At: SmartStyle (Walmart Salon)

Price: $17.99

Details: Repairs dry damaged hair, adds shine, smoothes & controls frizz. Seals & protects hair color, detangles, prevents split ends. Stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, flat iron spray & thermal protector. 

Directions: Shampoo and condition hair, towel dry, spray product all over hair and comb through.

Ingredients: Water (Purified) , Cetearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Propylene Glycol , Panthenol , Cyclomethicone , Silk Amino Acid , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed ExtractSunflower , Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract , Quaternium 80 , Fragrance , Eugenol 3 , Coumarin 3 , Cinnamal 3 , Linalool , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

My Thoughts: Everyone knows how awesome this product is or have heard someone else talk about how awesome it is. This has been the ONLY product I've used relaxed, transitioning, and natural. The It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product is a winner. I promote it so much. It really takes the labor out of detangling and instantly soften the hair. Its lightweight and a few pumps is all you need. At first glance, I thought it was a liquid spray but its more like a cream spray. I purchased this bottle in 2012 and its still a lot of product left. Bottom line, try it out and fall in love. 

Other Things to Consider:
  • Sort of on the pricey side
  • Convenient spray pump
  • Cute Packaging
  • Smells Heavenly
  • Does exactly what it promises
  • Lightweight
Keep It or Toss It: Keeping it and putting a spar one in a time capsule.

Product Review: Nioxin Volumizing Reflectives Bliss Thermal Protector

11.23.2013
Purchased at: Pandora Beauty

Price: $18.99 + $7.99 (S&H)

Details: Bliss Thermal Protector is a virtually weightless leave-in conditioner and detangler for fine hair. Instantly repairs cuticle damage and increases tensile strength while restoring and maintaining hair's natural moisture balance. BioAMP adds dimension from inside the cuticle and strengthens the hair shaft. Triple-action formula provides thermal, mechanical and environmental protection to hair. Increases manageability of difficult to style hair.

Directions: Spray on towel dried hair. Comb Through. Do not rinse out. Style as desired. Can also be used on dry hair to refresh style.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Wheat Amino Acids, Amodimethicone, Soyethylmorpholinium Ethosulfate, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyquaternium-11, Dimethiconol Methonine, Dimethiconol Panthenol, Dimethiconal Cysteine, Parfum/Fragrance, Cystine bis-PG-Propyl Silantriol, Glycoproteins, Myristalkonium Chloride, Quaternium-14, Melanin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Polyquaternium-10, Citric Acid, Propylparaben.

My Thoughts: I wanted this product to work so badly. I heard and read all the comments about Nioxin Thermal Bliss from Megz, Salon Cabelo, and many others. I purchased this bottle a little over 3 months ago and just rediscovered it in my cabinet. The first time I used this product, I was transitioning. The state of my hair, after using Nioxin, was detangled and full of body. I loved this aspect of my hair at the time but my hair felt stiff. Upon rediscovering it again, November 2nd, I decided to give it a shot on my natural hair. Different hair equals different results right? Umm! I poured a little of the product in a spray bottle, and I only needed a few sprays. I had no problem detangling with this product, but my hair was still a bit stiff and hard. Considering how much I wanted to love this product, it didn't work out. Protein overload may have been the issue. I'm going to stick to my It's a 10 leave in from now on. Also, Nioxin Thermal Bliss is discontinued but I was able to find it online at Pandora Beauty (Link is above). Currently, Nioxin Thermal Bliss is out of stock on the Pandora Beauty Website but I've seen it being sold on Ebay, as well as Amazon. 

Other Things to Consider:
  • It smells fair
  • Has a liquid consistency
  • Packed with Protein
  • Detangles
  • This particular bottle is huge. (16.9 fl. oz.)
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Lightweight
Keep It or Toss It: Sadly I'm going to give this product away to someone who can benefit from it more.

All About Hair: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Twist Out

11.16.2013
  1. I've been natural for 2 years and a month.
  2. My hair type is 4B-4C.
  3. My strands are tightly coiled, kinky, thin, and shrinks up.
  4. My last self relaxer was September 25th, 2011, which is also my Granny's birthday.
  5. This is my second time going natural. I tried before in 2009 but I self relaxed after 5 months.
  6. I transitioned long term for one year and big chopped a few days before Thanksgiving in 2012.
  7. During my transition, my go to styles were sew-ins, buns, and Bantu knot outs.
  8. To hide the texture of my new growth, I would straighten it. (Confession...lol)
  9. My favorite natural hairstyle is my puff. Check it out HERE.
  10. I've NEVER succeeded at doing a proper twist out. The closest I've come to a good one only lasted a day but I was proud of it and took pictures.
  11. There was a lot of TRIAL & ERROR.
  12. I basically had to learn how to care for my hair all over again once I decided to go natural.
  13. I've been straightening my hair for YEARS, but I just recently got better at it thanks to a lady who straightened and cut my hair at Supercuts. She wrote down everything she did and I've followed that advice since. 
  14. I wash and straighten my hair every 2 weeks and that has worked for me.
  15. I plan to wear my natural hair texture more often but I'm not sure of a date yet.
  16. One of my protective styles in the past was a wig but soon enough that proved to be a bad idea. (Thinning around my neck hairline, hot under the wig, dry hair, etc.)
  17. I don't take any vitamins for hair growth.
  18. I still haven't found a lightweight moisturizer that won't revert my straightened hair, or one that is moisturizing enough for my natural hair. 
  19. My hair has a few split ends right now but I may hold on to them until the New Year. Lol
  20. I'm still learning, experimenting with , and recording the progress of my hair.

Hair of the Day: Head Band Twist

11.14.2013
Simple hair style for today. It's a jumbo flat twist that I twisted forward to create the ridges in the front. 
Happy Thursday.



VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream Moisturizing Conditioner

11.13.2013
Purchased at: CVS

Price: $0.88

Details: With soy milk protein. Rich formula. 2x stronger hair (When using VO5 shampoo & conditioner vs VO5 shampoo alone). Experience the health and vitality of soy milk protein formula for beautiful hair. Treat yourself to the fragrance of fresh-picked strawberries. Soy milk protein formula revitalizes dry, damaged hair. Moisturizes as it cleans leaving your hair silky, smooth and beautiful. Keeps color treated hair looking great.

Directions: After shampooing, apply to wet hair. Leave on as desired. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes flush thoroughly with water.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Red 33 (CI 17200), Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soymilk, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Leaf Extract, Niacinamide, Biotin.


My Thoughts: I like this cheap conditioner. I used it on my last wash day as my conditioner in my pre poo. This conditioner has a lot of slip and helped me get rid of shed hair before shampooing. Also, this conditioner smells so nice and fruity. Yum. Only thing I feel this conditioner is lacking is thickness. It's a little runny but once I mix it with my coconut oil, olive oil, and paprika hair mask the problem is solved. Warning: Soft hair will follow.

Other Advantages:
- Easy to rinse out
- Softens hair
- Don't have to worry about saving product because of the price
- Full size bottle


Keep It or Toss It: Keeping it.

Featured on JGA

11.11.2013



I was featured on Just Grow Already! 

Jen, the power behind the blog, is a texlaxed, waist-length, blogger, who is very inspiring. Her blog is simple, to the point, and easy to follow. Jen's blog is packed full of useful information including: her regimen, wash days, product reviews, and hair guides. She is a savvy blogger and was my inspiration to start a blog.

This was my first hair feature. Check it out HERE!


Product Review: Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo - Shampoo Three

11.09.2013
Purchased At: SmartStyle (Walmart Salon)

Price: $9.99

Details: Specifically formulated to wash hair from the inside. Helps remove chlorine and impurities, increase inner strength and prevent immediate re-deposit. Ideal for swimmers to beat the 'chlorine green'. Excellent before deep conditioning.

Directions: Apply a small amount. Massage. Rinse. Suitable for daily use except on color treated hair.

Ingredients: WaterEau, Aqua , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate , Urea , Magnesium Sulfate , Sodium Thiosulfate , Bisamino PEG/PPG 41/3 Aminoethyl PG Propyl Dimethicone , Glutamine , Tyrosine (L-Tyrosine) , Leucine , Cysteine HCl , Glycine , Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) , Plantago Major , Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Protein , PEG 12 Dimethicone , Sodium Borate , Sulfated Castor Oil , Magnesium CarbonateCI 77713 , Tetrasodium EDTA , Trisodium EDTA , Disodium EDTA (Copper) , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Magnesium Chloride , Magnesium Nitrate , Fragrance , Limonene

My Thoughts: This is a really good clarifying shampoo. In the past I used Elucence and Kenra clarifying shampoo but I decided to buy this one for the price. After the first wash with the Paul Mitchell, my hair felt clean but not completely striped. However, I decided to shampoo with it twice and that was a big mistake. My hair felt like a cardboard box. Thankfully, I deep conditioned with heat and my hair was smooth and soft again. After blow drying and flat ironing, my hair was soft, flowing, and full of bounce. Also, the smell of the Paul Mitchell shampoo kind of reminded me of grapefruit.

Other Advantages: 
  • No dry hair
  • A little goes a long way
  • Nice packaging
  • Does what it says it does
  • Eliminates all residue 

Keep It OR Toss It: Keeping it!

Hair of the Day

11.07.2013
This was my protective style for the day. Old man winter is coming and its time to tuck away those ends for a hydration hibernation. Lol I came up with that on my own! Catchy right? It's a very simple hair style and it took only 7 minutes to complete! Great for a casual day or for going out. There are lots of tutorials of this hairstyle on youtube.


Comment below if you would like to see how I achieved this look.

Hair Product Shopping

11.05.2013
I picked up a few new products to incorporate into my regimen. I'm really excited to share because I haven't shopped for my hair in a while. Which is a good thing for me believe it or not. I could spend my entire funds on my hair, but discipline is key.

VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries and Cream Moisture Conditioner
The first one is the VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries and Cream Moisture Conditioner. Wow, try saying that five times fast. Lol, this is going to be my new conditioner for my pre-poo, I am no longer using Giovanni's Deeper Moisture Conditioner. However, its a great product to invest in and it's all natural. I used the VO5 during my last wash and loved it. It's cheap, moisturizing, and it smells good.

Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three Clarifying Shampoo
The next thing I purchased was the Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three Clarifying Shampoo. This is a nice product as well. I also used it on my past wash day, November 2nd, and I really liked it. However, one shampoo of this stuff is enough, I learned the hard way. This product was a lot cheaper than I expected it to be as well. As far as product build up, it was HISTORY.

More details about these products will be in my next two product reviews, as well as my review of my leave in conditioner. Click on the link to be directed to my product list. Click Me!


Hair Care Share

11.03.2013