Hair Talk on Hair Health, Hair Loss, and Vitamin Deficiency

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Most of us understand what it is to struggle on our journey to healthy hair. And, a few of us (like myself) comprehend all too well the obstacles we face and may likely always encounter on the road ahead to a luxurious mane. If you exercise, eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid unhealthy hair practices, you will obtain super long, floor-length hair, right? Not so fast! Just because you do the right things at the right time doesn’t mean you will get the results you want. Watch the video below to find out why!

 

 

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Quick Tip #18: Keep your Brushes Clean!!!

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Your hair brush and comb can become a vacuum for dust, bacteria, and old product. All the more reason to keep it clean on a daily basis. I make a habit of washing all of my brushes and combs every time I wash my hair (once a week). I sometimes use my makeup brush cleaner. When I ran out, I started to use my sulfate-free shampoo. But, that got pretty expensive. So, I switched to a gentle cleanser, like a baby shampoo. It’s economical AND effective! A clean brush and comb makes for healthy hair, so be sure to keep your clean!

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Red by Kiss Professional Salon 1875 Watt Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer

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The Red by Kiss Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer has 1875 watts and dual motors that should last the test of time through hair drying, roller setting, hot treatments, color processing, deep conditioning, protein treatments, and much more. The adjustable height makes it perfect to customize to your own needs. I love that this Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer has 4 speeds: cold, low, medium and high. It was a challenge for me to find a bonnet dryer with more than just off/on and high and low! The best part is that this bonnet hair dryer folds down and nests neatly within itself. This is great for people like me who live in a small space or simply don’t have much storage.

So far I’ve used this bonnet hair dryer once a week for deep conditioning, henna hair packs, and/or protein treatments, depending on my hair’s needs. I’ve been wanting to try out a roller set, but I just haven’t had the time (or patience). But, given the ceramic tourmaline technology, your hair will be left smooth, silky, and frizz-free, regardless of your style. And, if you do decide to do a roller set, this bonnet hair dryer  has 15% more coverage to accommodate most rollers (even the jumbo size). Because the height of the hair dryer adjusts up an additional 4 ½”, you can also choose whatever surface or chair will best suit you.

 

Unfortunately, about a month after use, the hair dryer started to make a weird sound and smell. I unplugged it, let it cool, and replugged it (this time using a surge protector). It functioned seamlessly after that … up until today that is … when it made a loud sputtering noise for 60 seconds, started to smell like burnt wire, and then just completely died for no reason. I’ve only had this dryer for 9 months and have only used it once a week, sometimes only once every 2-3 weeks (when I got busy). My last bonnet dryer was a previous incarnation of the latest Gold ‘n Hot and lasted for a decade! In fact, I only ended up having to replace it after accidentally dropping it and cracking part of the neck of the unit that connected the hooded dryer to the base. If it hadn’t been for that, I am convinced it would have kept on running for at least another year or two. Sigh …

So, although the Red by Kiss Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer is a great price (under $50), given its short life span, it can hardly be recommended. 😥

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Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream

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Whipped Curl Cream

 

Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream is specifically designed to replenish the moisture needed by those with textured, natural, or multicultural hair. This whipped curl cream helps define curls, detangle and control frizz without flaking and build-up, leaving hair smooth, sleek and manageable and is excellent for curly/kinky hair textures. Naturally Silk Elements helps soften hair, define curls, and control frizz. This curl cream is also free of parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, and alcohol.

 

Directions: Apply a small amount of Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream in hands, and smooth it evenly through wet or dry hair. Style as desired.

Ingredients: Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fragrance, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dmdm Hydantoin, Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Peg-150 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Peg-20 Hydrogenated Lanolin, Peg-40 Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Seed Extract, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate

 

This whipped curl cream is excellent for curly and kinky hair textures. It has a super thick consistency and a gentle, fragrant scent that is like a light perfume. Although very thick in texture, it applies very easily. I like that I can use this on both wet AND dry hair. The first time I used the curl cream, I applied it to damp/wet hair. It gave me amazingly beautiful curl definition and instantly tamed my frizz. The next day, I applied the curl cream to dry hair to “refresh” my curls, and I noticed that my curls became much more elongated. So, if you want less “shrinkage,” I would apply this to dry hair (or hair that has only been lightly misted with water. 

After using this curl cream for a week straight, I never once developed any flakes or product buildup. The curl cream rinsed out of my hair with ease. And, the best part, I found it at my local beauty supply store for only $3.99!!! 

Watch the video below for a more detailed review and demonstration …

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Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hydrating Butter Cream

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Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost line contains a shampoo, conditioner, co-wash, hydrating butter crème, detangling milkcurl pudding, intense hydrating oil, and hair mask. I tried the shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème. Pantene created this affordable hair care line to cater to the specific needs of textured hair. The line claims to be the gold standard for moisturizing and protecting curly and kinky hair.

Moisture Boost Shampoo

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tea-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-10, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Trihydroxystearin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silica, Iron Oxides, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Use finger tips (not nails) to gently massage into scalp. Finger comb lather down the lengths of the hair to the tips. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat shampooing process 2-3x, as needed. Ensure all shampoo is rinsed out of hair.

The shampoo has a lovely citrus scent that I love. It also comes with a pump applicator that makes application super easy, especially while in the shower. Although the shampoo isn’t very thick, it isn’t watery either. The consistency is kind of somewhere in-between. While this shampoo DOES contain sulfates, it didn’t overly lather like most sulfate shampoos. As a result, it didn’t strip my hair during the wash process and left my strands hydrated and soft. This shampoo did a great job of removing any and all product build up that had accumulated on my scalp and hair throughout the week.  In fact, the shampoo, while gentle, still effectively cleansed my scalp of impurities… even after a week of using gel! And, I never needed more than one application despite the label stating that up to 3 applications could be used safely, if needed.

Pros

  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Gently cleanses
  • Creamy lather
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Removes product build up
  • Paraben free
  • Softens strands

Cons

  • Contains sulfates

Moisture Boost Conditioner

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Silicone Quaternium-26, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Histidine, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Finger comb conditioner into hair, beginning mid-shaft down to tips. Then, work conditioner through from root to tip, ensuring all hair is fully saturated. Use a wide tooth comb to fully detangle saturated strands. Rinse thoroughly. Comb through fully rinsed strands with a wide tooth comb before towel drying.

The conditioner has the same lovely citrus scent as the shampoo. However, unlike the shampoo, the conditioner bottle has a flip top instead of a pump applicator. I wish the conditioner had the same pump style top as the shampoo. Despite that unfortunate failing, though, this conditioner in every other respect is quite simply amazing! It detangled all of my hair in seconds! No, that IS NOT a typo. IN SECONDSIn fact, it left my hair so soft, moisturized, and tangle free that I forgot to deep condition my hair the first time I used this conditioner because my hair felt THAT good!

Pros

  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Easily detangles
  • Moisturizes and softens strands
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Paraben free
  • Dye free

Cons

  • Has a flip top instead of a pump applicator
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Hydrating Butter-Creme, 6.8 Ounce

Hydrating Butter Crème

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isodecyl Oleate, Sorbitan Stearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Paraffin, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Decyl Oleate, Triethanolamine, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Lysine Hcl, Methyl Tyrosinate Hcl, Histidine

Directions: (For Natural Textures) Apply a dime sized amount to palm. Rub together to emulsify. Pull through curls to infuse moisture and shine. Apply more as needed to enhance definition. (For Relaxed Hair) Use on dry hair. Apply a dime sized amount at night before you wrap hair. Cocktail with Intense Hydrating Oil for even deeper moisture.

The butter crème has the same signature citrus scent as the shampoo and the conditioner, just lighter. I love the thick, creamy consistency. According to the product label, this butter crème will tame frizz and provide 72 hours of moisturization. Although I love the fact that this crème can be used on hair that is wet or dry, it failed to live up to ANY of its other claims. Less than 24 hours after I applied the product, my hair felt parched and dehydrated. And, I had enough frizz to create my own lion mane! In addition, my hair needed almost 3 times the amount of product as specified. A dime sized amount simply just was not enough to quench the thirst of my low porosity strands. In fact, the only way I managed to get this product to actually work was to cocktail it with my beloved S-Curl No Drip Moisturizer and castor oil. Not happy!

Pros

  • Thick, creamy consistency
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Great for relaxed hair
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Dye free

Cons

  • Contains mineral oil
  • Contains silicones
  • Left my hair frizzy
  • Failed to moisturize my hair

Watch the video below for an additional show and tell about Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème.

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DIY ECO STYLER Curl Cream

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if you want something lighter (and less oily) than the DIY Eco Styler custard, just turn your fave Eco Styler Gel into a moisturizing hair cream or twist butter.

  1. Place 2 TBSP raw, unrefined shea butter in a double boiler.
    • I like ivory shea butter best but, if you like, you can also use yellow shea butter. They both come from the nut of the Karite tree. However, yellow shea butter has Borututu tree roots (a medicinal plant) added during the milling process to give it a golden color and to make it slightly more firm.
    • NOTE: If your shea butter is pure white in color, it is refined. As someone who is 67% West African, in my family, buying refined shea butter is a cardinal sin! It’s just not done. Besides, the refinement process (i.e., bleaching, deodorizing, etc.) can leave harmful toxins in the final product. It also tends to remove most of the beneficial properties of shea butter, which pretty much defeats the purpose of buying shea butter in the first place.
  2. Add 2 TBSP castor oil.
  3. Add 10 TBSP Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel (⅝ cup).
  4. Add 3 TBSP of rose water.
    • Whip with an electric hand mixer on medium speed.
    • I remove one beater (i.e., only use one beater) for this whole process to avoid overcrowding the bowl or having to use a vessel 10x larger than necessary.
  5. Add ½ tsp vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that reduces scalp inflammation and helps to repair damage to hair follicles.
    • It also acts as an added preservative. I like the Sundown Naturals brand.
  6. OPTIONAL (but highly recommended): Add essential oils for fragrance and to act as a preservative.
    • 10 drops rose geranium: prevents dull, limp hair and strengthens hair follicles.
    • 10 drops bergamot: promotes hair growth and prevents scalp buildup.
  7. Mix one final time to incorporate all ingredients.
  8. Transfer to an 8 oz. container.
    • Product will continue to thicken as it comes to room temp. If you would like it to thicken more swiftly, place the finished product in the fridge for an hour and then remove.
    • NOTE: This DOES NOT have to be stored in the fridge! But, letting it chill in the fridge for an hour will thicken the cream at a faster rate.
    • Happy styling!

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Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding

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The Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding is sulfate, paraben, gluten, and silicone free. It contains a blend of shea butter, biotin, and honey. It claims to define curls while moisturizing dehydrated hair.

Ingredients:

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-69, Fragrance, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Ppg-2 Methyl Ether, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylisothiazolinone, Biotin, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol

Directions:
Apply curl pudding to clean, damp hair, and smooth to style.

 

Okay, so I think my current curl pudding is getting ready to be discontinued because I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I used to be able to get it for $6 at my local Walmart. Shout-out to Roots of Nature’s Feather Whipped Curl Creme with Mango Oil and Cupuacu Butter. That stuff was “the-best.com!” It made me want to do a “happy dance.”

  Then, , and do it again!  

I never had a bad hair day or parched hair whenever I used the feather whipped curl creme. Unfortunately, the only place I can now find it is online at 3-4x the original retail cost! So, I’ve been on the hunt to find a suitable replacement. Although this Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding has its pros and cons, it is a decent “stand in” until I can find another all-in-one Curl Creme or styling agent. Watch the video below to find out why …

 

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