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Hair Of The Day: Bantu Knot Out

6.27.2014
Happy Friday!!!! Whoohoo...! Here are my Bantu knot results from my wash day (Click HERE to check out my wash day). I like it overall. I used Eco Styling Custard (argan oil) and I'm pleased with the lightweight hold. My hair has slight sheen, its super soft, and NO PRODUCT RESIDUE. Don't you just love when that happens? I know I do.  For a more sleek look, I pushed the front of my hair back with a black goodie headband, and put a little edge control around my face.

Wash Day

6.26.2014
(i) V05 moisture milk conditioner (ii) Honey (iii) Coconut Oil (iiii) Olive Oil (iiii) UBH Deep Conditioner
I added UBH deep conditioner to my pre poo this week for two reasons: protein & stimulation.  This conditioner has been on my shelf for months but I use it every now and again. It has peppermint in it which tingles my scalp and promotes hair growth. Also, it has protein in it which does not make my hair extremely hard; but strengthens all the same (which I totally love).

Pre Poo In Hair
I poured all these ingredients in my Aussie pump bottle and applied it like a relaxer (soothing root to tip).  I don't measure the amounts I use in my pre poo but I do use twice as much conditioner to prevent a runny treatment.  Next, I covered my hair with a plastic cap and sat under the dryer for about 30 minutes because I skipped my pre poo last week. Once I uncovered the cap, I had fluffy, hydrated hair.

Something I have been noticing is tangling in the shower when I rinse out my pre poo. I don't know how or why this is happening. I ended up snipping a few "fairy knots" in the shower because it was just that tangled. My hair, in its natural state, does tangle a lot but I'm trying to figure out the culprit. I hate to shampoo/cowash with tangled hair because it just tangles even more and sets up detangling chaos for later.  Thankfully, I can count on my Naturelle conditioner to detangle my hair but my shed hairs still get intertwined with my ends. Any suggestions?

After I rinsed my hair of pre poo, I washed my hair in the shower with my As I Am coconut co-wash, and deep conditioned with my Naturelle Grow Marshmallow and Slippery Elm deep conditioner. I really love using these two together because they compliment each other so well as far as moisture and detangling. I got out of the shower faster because these two took some of the work out of my wash day.

As for my leave ins, I choose my Miracle 7 leave in mist, and my It's a 10 silk express smoothing balm.  I don't normally use this balm unless I'm straightening my hair.  This smoothing balm really  blocks humidity like wearing a helmet.  However, I have a new style in mind that I want to try out and thought it would be best to use it any way.

Next, I applied eco styling custard to my hair for a slight hold.  This is my first time using this product so I'm excited to see what it can do. Normally I use eco styler gel for hold but I have ran out of it.

Lastly, I Bantu knotted my hair in somewhat small sections. I am currently air drying my hair or maybe its the next day when you read this and my hair is already dry.  Lol either way, I will do a Hair of the Day post to showcase what style came from it.
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Hair Care Share

6.24.2014

Our bodies are growing and changing all the time and our diet is what fuels it. These are fruits that can fuel your body as well as your hair. (There are numerous other fruits as well) Of course hair can seem to be a slow and gradual process.  However, as we put good in, we get good out.  These fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are essential to our bodies.  

For example, vitamin B-6 in watermelons plays a role in the formation of red blood cells.  Red blood cells help give oxygen to our hair follicles.  Also, B-6 is one of the components in protein metabolism. Other B-6 rich fruits are grapes pineapple, and pomegranate. I love pomegranate so much lol.  Vitamin E is good for oxygen supply too.

Vitamin A, that is in Cantaloupes, is good for our immune system, skin, and hair. Vitamin C is great for the immune system as well.  Folate rich fruits help tissues grow and cells work. Niacin is good for cellular energy and blood flow. There are many fruits with these vitamins and are packed with other vitamins as well.

These fruits are great for smoothies, juicing, fruit popsicles, and everyday snacking. Happy Summer!

Product Review: Naturelle Grow Marshmallow Root Slippery Elm Bark & Natural Cinnamon Infused Deep Conditioner

6.22.2014
Purchased at: I won this conditioner in a giveaway but it can be purchased HERE

Details: All of the natural herbs in Marshmallow Root, Slippery Bark & Natural Cinnamon Deep Conditioner play a key role in revitalizing and maintaining hair growth for long healthy hair. This product and all of its natural organic herbal benefits works great on all hair types, and will deliver real long lasting results." -Naturelle Grow

Directions: Part freshly washed, damp hair into large sections - apply conditioner with fingers. Cover hair with a plastic cap & allow the conditioner to soak for up to 30 minutes. Sit under a hooded dryer for an even more intense treatment. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Orbignya oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Ulmus rubra, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Powder, Cinnamomum cassia, sodiumlactate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, fragrance.

My Thoughts: First, I should mention that this review is not sponsored. Yes, I won this conditioner but I was not coerced, advised, instructed, or enticed to do a review of any form on it. These thoughts are 100% my own and I love this conditioner. Lol...Moving on to the good stuff....this conditioner is HANDS DOWN THE BEST CONDITIONER I HAVE EVER USED. Like ever...(Taylor Swift voice).

I wanted to give this conditioner a few trial runs before my review because when I first used it I thought I loved it too much.  Lol I was thinking okay, give it a week, let the "love at first deep condition" simmer down, and try it again.  This second time around, I clarified my hair with shampoo to remove any type of product build up.And there it was again, love, love, love!

The first time I used it, I only used a tiny scoop and it was enough to evenly distribute throughout my hair. As you can see from the photo, this is all the product I've used after 2 washes (jar was filled to the top when I received it). Each time I used it, I only took out maybe two quarter sized amounts.  That was all I needed for my shoulder length, natural hair.

This marshmallow root conditioner is THICK. It kind of reminds me of actual marshmallow creme in the jar, that you can buy from the grocery store to make rice crispy treats with. Also, it have a creamy fluffy appearance and is silky to the touch. The smell of this product is pleasant and not overbearing at all. I think I smell cinnamon in it and some fruity notes too. There are also visible brown flecks in this conditioner...it may be cinnamon, marshmallow root, or elm bark but they are tiny.

This conditioner gets rid of tangles like nothing I've ever used before.  As soon as my conditioner coated fingers met my hair, all I noticed was instant softness and each one of my curls were separated and defined. The conditioner soaked right into my hair. No dripping, white coated strands, or anything.  It was just touchable soft. After rinsing, I felt not residue but my hair felt so light and fluffy.

I could run my fingers through my hair and that shocked me. My "It's A 10" miracle hair mask is great at de-tangling my hair but it doesn't quite sink into my hair the way this conditioner does. Even after my hair was completely dry after styling, I still felt the softness.  I've heard great things about marshmallow root and slippery elm but now I'm a believer.

Other Things to Consider:


8 oz. = $13.95 / 16 oz = $19.95 (Kinda pricey)
A little goes a long way
Detangles, Softens, Moisturizes
Jar packaging
100% Handmade
Filled to the rim...with conditioner


Keep It or Toss It: It's a keeper....

Wash Day

6.20.2014
(i) Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three (ii) It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask (iii)Naturelle Grow Marshmallow root Slippery Elm Bark & Natural Cinnamon Infused Deep Conditioner (iiii) Miracle 7 leave in mist (iiii) olive oil/coconut oil mix (in clear bottle with pink top)

I went swimming yesterday and decided to wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo. Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three removes chlorine from the hair, which makes it great for use after swimming.  After shampooing, I used my it's a 10 miracle hair mask to soften my hair. After rinsing, I applied my Naturelle Grow deep conditioner and my hair was soft on CONTACT.

I really can't say enough great things about this conditioner. After about 15 mins under my shower cap, I detangled my hair in the shower with my wide tooth comb, and two-strand twisted my hair in sections.  I normally never detangle my hair while its soaking wet, but my hair was super detangled from the conditioner already. I rinsed the conditioner out while my hair was twisted and dried my hair with a T-Shirt.

For my leave in, I chose to use my miracle 7 leave in mist and olive oil/coconut oil mixed in a bottle. (Miracle 7 is a dupe for It's A 10 Miracle Leave in) I untwisted each twist, applied leave ins, and re-twisted. Then I lightly blow dried each twist with my Yellow Bird blow dryer with comb attachment.

Lastly, I simply brushed my hair into a ponytail using my tangle teezer. Then used a mesh bun to mold my hair into a bun. I didn't use any product to smooth my hair which is why it's not as smooth as it could be. Still nice though because I haven't worn a bun in a while. Different but nice. Voila....bun perfected.
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My Grooming Tools & Their Jobs

6.14.2014

1. Tool Structure Jumbo Rake Comb - I purchased this comb at Sally's a while ago and its my most used grooming tool. I use this comb for de-tangling and everyday combing needs. It's the ruler of the whole bunch.

2. Tool Structure 3 Row Styling Comb - This is my flat ironing comb, that I use to do the chasing method with, that I also purchased at Sally's.  I only use this comb on my blow dried hair and chase it with my flat iron. It has 3 rows of teeth that help separate my strands and gives me sleek flat iron results. I don't comb my hair with this comb ever lol.

3. Tool Structure Bone Rattail Comb - I only use the pointed side of this comb for parting and sectioning my hair. The teeth are too small for my hair type. However, it is heat resistant and can be used when heat styling. (Purchased at Sally's)

4. Tangle Teezer Detangle Brush - When I first purchased this from Sally's, I tried to use it as a detangling brush. Ehhhhhh...it didn't work for me because of my hair texture and I ended up breaking some strands. It is a great detangler but for me it only works in small sections on wet hair. Currently, I only use the tangle teezer to smooth my hair into a ponytail. I think its less damaging than using the bristle brush.

5. Goody Wide Tooth Comb - I have had this comb since I was a little girl and I haven't seen one like it in stores since but I think there are similar ones in stores. I use this comb only on my straightened hair to comb, wrap, and detangle my hair.

6. Urban Essence Boar Bristle Brush - This is a bristle brush that I bought at the dollar store about a year ago. I'm pretty sure it's not made of 100% boar bristles but there are a few in there so they can name it that lol. It gets used very seldom. I only use it on my edges from time to time, or I'll use a tooth brush which I didn't include in the photo. (A new cheap toothbrush that I keep with my hair tools...not the tooth brush I use on my teeth lol) Tooth brushes work great on my edges.

7. 9 Row Denman Brush - I don't use this on my hair at all. "Nunca Jamรกs." Lol I tried removing some of the rows of teeth but it's still too scary...my hair doesn't like it much. I only use it to detangle braiding hair or synthetic hair. I haven't worn any type of synthetic hair in about a year so this brush rarely gets a workout. (Unless I'm styling someone else's hair with synthetic hair) It's one of those tools that was apart of my "trial and error" days of transitioning but we have limited contact now. Lol

That's it. Those are all the tools I use to style and groom my hair with. What type of tools do you use? Please share them or let me if you use any of the tools I listed.

Wash Day

6.10.2014
(i) pre pooed with honey, V05 moisture milk conditioner, olive oil, and coconut oil (mixed together in aussie bottle for easy application) (ii) cowashed with As I Am Coconut Cowash (iii) deep conditioned with Naturelle Grow Marshmallow Root & Slippery Elm Conditioner (photo below)


Today's wash day took a total of 4 hours. Yikes....!!!! I had mats on mats on mats. It was a mess. Truth be told, I've neglected my hair all last week. I was suppose to have washed, moisturized, and styled but not lately. Sadly, the last time I did anything to my hair was about two weeks ago when I first restyled my twist out.  All I've been doing is wearing my infamous puff. 


Needless to say, I paid the price for it. My naturally kinky hair was tangled, twisted, rolled, knotted, and I'm pretty sure it was screaming help me. 



My pre poo always does the job of softening up my hair and this time was no different. Once I hit the shower to Cowash, my hair was soft but it sure was tangled.  I spent a long time de-tangling my hair.
I tried Naturelle Grow MRSE conditioner for the first time. I really liked that way this conditioner softened my hair. I could literally run my hands all throughout my hair and that happens next to never. (LOL) I will have to do a review on this product very soon. Because my hair was so soft after I put the deep conditioner on in the shower, I skipped my leave ins and simply applied a little coconut oil to my ends.


Afterwards I simply smoothed my hair in a ponytail with a side braid for lack of hair style inspiration. Lol tootles! (Products used: Eco Styler gel, Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie, tangle teezer, and water)






















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