Monthly Archives: October 2013

Quick Tip #2: Repurpose Your Unused Hair Products

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Quick Tip

We all have products that are just lying around, collecting dust. When I was relaxed, I did a lot of roller sets. And, I used KeraCare Setting Lotion to do it. After moving from Seattle to Alabama, I quickly discovered that this lightweight setting lotion (while perfectly suited for the mild climate of the Northwest) just couldn’t cut it for the intense humidity of the South. But my 32 oz. salon-sized bottle wasn’t exactly inexpensive. So, I went on several hair boards to try to get suggestions for what to do with my still half-filled container of leftover setting lotion. A wise woman suggested that I use it for twists, braids, or twist- or braid-outs. Great idea, but it just wasn’t enough to hold up to the humidity. My relaxed, transitioning strands started out nicely coiffed but fell flat in less than an hour.

Now that I am natural, I found my setting lotion eyeing me from the back of my beauty cabinet. Once again, I tried to get suggestions for what to do with it. This time, a hair board member told me to just throw it away. (How rude!) While some forgotten items are more expensive than others, I have never been one to be wasteful. I would rather give something away to someone who could use it than just pour my hard-earned cash down the sink. So, I tried to give the setting lotion to my mother, other family members, and friends, but no one wanted it. Do none of my relaxed ladies use roller sets anymore? Come on, ladies! Then, I realized I was overthinking the problem all together. So, I have come up with a simple solution … A solution so simple you might even laugh. But, just because it’s simple doesn’t make it any less brilliant!

You’re going to need two things:

(1) a forgotten liquid hair product (a liquid setting lotion in my case)

and

(2) a foam pump container.

Empty 8 oz Natural Bottles with Green Foaming Pump, Set of 4

That’s right. Pour the setting lotion (or other liquid hair product) into a container with a foam top. Secure the lid. Pump and enjoy!

My relaxed sistas, you’ve just turned a regular setting lotion into a foam wrap lotion. Want to rock your natural hair? Just use a dollop of foam before braiding or twisting a section of hair for a light hold and seal in with a heavy butter or oil.

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but … Toot! Toot! 

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Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair: Feather Whipped Curl Cream with Mango Oil and Brazilian Cupuacu Butter

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Roots of Nature® Feather Whipped Curl Cream™ with mango oil and Brazilian cupuacu (coo-poo-wah-soo) butter by Softsheen Carson offers to weightlessly hydrate natural hair, and provide lasting curl definition and control. Found in the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest, moisturizing cupuacu butter has for generations been a Brazilian secret for beautiful hair. Combined with softening mango oil, this whipped curl cream is supposed to help limp curls and waves to become feather-light with bounce and shine (minus the frizz and the crunch).

SUMMARY of CLAIMS:
New Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair gives 24-hour curl definition leading salon brands can’t beat!* • Nourishes and conditions while defining curls and providing hold. • Shields curls from humidity, without the crunch or shrinkage. • Helps promote strong-growing hair.**
* In tests of Roots of Nature® Feather Whipped Curl Cream and Butter Whip Coil versus Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding and Roots of Nature Curl Reviving Spray versus DevaCurl Set it Free.
 ** Smoothes the cuticle to help reduce breakage so hair can grow longer.

This moisturizing cream retails for $7.99, but my sister found it at my local Dollar Tree. She called me to tell me about it, but I thought she was mistaken. I mean, why would a name brand product be at a dollar store? However, she finally convinced me to go. To my surprise, she was right! I scooped up three jars in a flash and made a mad dash to the checkout line. I didn’t really care whether this product would work for me. At this price, I figured I could make it work! So, I  purchased $24 worth of product for only $3 (plus tax). As my father likes to say, “This wasn’t a deal … It was a steal!” Woot! Woot! So, I decided to give it a try.

Of course, after I got home, I noticed that the container said the product was for soft curls and waves. Great! Did I just make a mistake? We all do from time-to-time. I felt like kicking myself. But, then, I figured a $3 mistake was no biggie. LOL! So, I co-washed my hair and followed the instructions, generously applying the curl cream to my soaking wet hair.

First, let me say that the 6.1 oz. container is reasonably sized. I applied the curl cream ONCE and never had to reapply any additional product throughout the week. Secondly, this stuff smells wonderful! It is a cross between the scent of freshly cut mangoes and the sweet aromatics of a light perfume, which I surprisingly love. The consistency is like that of a hair pudding … not super creamy and thick but definitely not thin and watery. When I opened the jar and gently shook the product, it stayed put but jiggled. When I first touched the actual cream, I was a little worried because it felt slightly tacky to the touch. As a result, I prepared myself for having to do a second co-wash just in case this stuff turned out to be too gummy or overly sticky. But, there was no need!

I heavily applied the whipped curl cream to large sections of my sopping wet hair. No parting or combs used … just my fingers. I smoothed the product over my strands until all of my hair was evenly coated. I was immediately, well, impressed! The cream INSTANTLY defrizzed my hair, which, for me, is NO small task. My hair has always been incredibly frizzy and poof-prone ever since I was a child. Also, this is the most “hang time” my curls have gotten in a wash ‘n go EVER! The curl cream elongated my curls and seemed to also separate and super define each strand. The only other product that has given me the same definition has been my Eco Styler gel and my DIY Eco Styler Custard. But, apparently, none of my previous efforts made the grade because when my sister saw my hair she said, “This is the best your hair has ever looked since you went natural!” (Blush) Thanks, sis! I’ll try to take that as a compliment.

Nevertheless, the true test, for me, was how my hair would look when it air dried. To my surprise, my curls and coils stayed elongated throughout the day. And, more importantly, my hair felt pliable and moisturized. The next day, I revived my wash ‘n go with my DIY hair spritz and fluffed my hair. At night, I donned a satin bonnet. And, the following morning I refreshed my curls once again with my homemade spritz. Five days later, my curls were still looking good. No, great!

A lot of people in the blogosphere who have tried this product seem to be of two minds … people either LOVE it or out-and-out HATE it. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of in-between. Me, personally, I LOVE it! However, I think hair texture may also come into play. I have mostly 4A hair. But I do also have a large section of 3C curls at the front crown of my head with small fuzzy patches of 4B coils near my temples and over my ears. With that said, it is trying, to say the least, for me to find a product that works for my 4A hair that also works for my 3c curls and 4B coils. I usually have to manipulate my 4B hair to get it to blend with my 3C and 4A hair and many times products my 4A/4B hair likes is too heavy for my 3C hair. So, as far as I am concerned, any product that can get ALL of my hair to behave in the same way is a miracle in a jar! And, at only a buck, I plan to drive to every Dollar Tree within a 25-mile radius of my home and buy up every container I can find. In fact, I’ve already been to two different Dollar Trees, and I’m on my way to sourcing a third. LOL!

After only a couple of weeks, it’s a little too early to tell whether this product eliminates breakage and repairs damage, but the mango oil and Brazilian cupuacu butter really do seem to moisturize and condition my dry tresses. I usually moisturize and seal my hair twice a day (once in the morning and then again right before bed). However, I only used the curl cream once per week and then revived my curls with my DIY hair spritz each morning. That’s it! And, my wash ‘n go maintained the same level of moisture from day 1 to day 6. Even on day 7 (my wash day), my hair still looked really nice. I even got a compliment on my day 6 hair, which I thought was funny because I never reapplied any more product. In fact, I probably could have easily gotten another two to three days out of my hairstyle, but I prefer to wash my hair once a week.

The following week, I tried this product with a flat twist-out. I wore the flat twists for four days and then undid the twists and wore those for two to three days. Although I had more curl definition/staying power with my wash ‘n go, the curl cream still delivered stellar results. My flat twists stayed moisturized and in place until I undid them on day five for a twist-out. My twist-out looked stunning on day five. Okay on day six and passable but not great on day seven. So, I will probably use this predominantly for wash ‘n gos and for the occasional twist-out/braid-out for special occasions when I want a little extra curl elongation. However, I have to say, this product gave me the best twist-out I’ve had since going natural! I usually hate my twist-outs but, this time, it looked so good that several relatives commented on how great my hair looked at a recent family get-together. Talk about progress!  🙂

Moreover, this curl cream is free of drying alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum. So, what’s not to love? At only $1.00, you can love (or at least try) it, too! I love this product so much that I am even willing to pay the full $7.99 retail price when my $1.00 stash runs out! Oh, yeah. It makes my hair look THAT good. Don’t believe me? Check out the pictures below and decide for yourself. Cheers!

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SUPER DEFINED TWIST-OUT

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Will the Inversion Method Work without a Scalp Massage and Oil?

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Caution Border Pale Pink  Before Attempting the Inversion Method,

  Read My First Post Describing the Method

HERE Caution Border Pale Pink

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Oil Used: None
Length of Scalp Massage: 0 minutes
Length of Inversion: 4 minutes 2x per day (4 minutes in the morning and 4 minutes in the evening/night right before bed)
Frequency: 7 consecutive days
Inversion Position: Laid on bed with chest and head hanging off bed (toward floor) with hands on floor for support.*
Starting Length: 6.50″
Ending Length: 7.00″**

After experiencing a minor hair setback, I decided to try the inversion method again to jumpstart my hair growth. I started the inversion method on Wednesday morning (October 2). I inverted twice a day. Once in the morning for four minutes and then again at night (right before bed) for four minutes. After inverting, I donned a satin bonnet and went to bed. I didn’t even use the GHE or baggy method! I repeated this procedure for seven consecutive days. My starting hair length was 6.50″.

**I gained 0.50″ by the end of the week (the same amount as my first attempt). However, this time, my hair growth was more even … front-to-back and side-to-side.  Even the top of my crown experienced growth. And, I didn’t have to worry about co-washing or styling my hair multiple times during the week due to excess oil. Woo-hoo!

BEFORE

AFTER

Update: I DO NOT recommend inverting for more than 4 minutes TOTAL each day. I did this as an experiment to see if massaging my scalp and using oil was necessary. However, I did not like the way I felt when I inverted twice a day. Inverting for more than 4 minutes a day is too much, I think. Also, if you notice, I received the same amount of growth whether I inverted with or without oil or with or without massaging my scalp (0.50″ in 7 days). I’ve tried several variations, but each time I received the same amount of growth. So, I think limiting inversion to 4 minutes each day is the healthiest and best option.

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HAIR SETBACK ALERT: What Do You Do When Things Don’t Go as Planned?

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HAIR SETBACK ALERT

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Well, things have been going swimmingly since I went natural. I have been natural for eight months now and, so far, my hair has been growing slightly faster than average. And, I have also been maintaining my length successfully each month. I have had no major hair setbacks … until now … Sigh.

Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of hair fall: excessive shedding, single strand knots, more hair in my sink, etc. I didn’t pay too much attention to it until after 4-5 weeks, and I realized that my hair was a tangled mess and was still shedding excessively. It also didn’t appear to be growing. Even though I wear my hair in its curly/coily state 95% of the time, I usually can tell each month whether my hair has grown at least a half-inch before I pull out my measuring tape. Well, this month, for the first time, I couldn’t! I started to worry, but I told myself it was my overactive Alice-in-Wonderland-sized imagination. But, when I measured my hair in various places all over my head, the immutable truth stared back at me in the mirror … I had lost a 1/2″ of growth. My hair went from 6.5″-7.0″ to 6.0″-6.5″!

I felt angry and confused. I wracked my brain to try to figure out the cause but, like most things, this didn’t happen overnight. I analyzed and reanalyzed my routine, and I realized that for the last month, I hadn’t been following my routine. Heck, I hadn’t been following ANY routine!

I recently found out that my mom has stage one kidney disease. That, on top of some other ailments, had left her completely demobilized. So, my sister and I have been sharing the responsibility of taking care of her around-the-clock while my dad is at work. I hadn’t realized, until now, that I had only deep conditioned my hair ONCE in the last month. I normally deep condition my hair ONCE A WEEK! I hadn’t been moisturizing and sealing my hair properly. I hadn’t been doing much of anything (in regards to my hair). And, to make matters worse, I haven’t been getting proper sleep.  Honestly, given all the stress I’ve been under, it’s a wonder I still have hair on my head!

I’ve been neglecting my hair, to say the least, which left my tresses parched, lackluster, and broken. My first order of business (after a five-minute pout session)? You guessed it! I ran to my beauty cabinet to grab my deep conditioner. I added some grapeseed oil and rosemary essential oil, and liberally slathered it on every strand.  Then, I sat under my hooded dryer with a conditioning cap for 30 minutes. I usually only sit under the dryer for 20 minutes, but I figured my hair could use a little extra love. Thankfully, after rinsing out the conditioner, my hair was 100% revived. It instantly felt tangle-free and strong. I think my coils drank every drop of that deep conditioner. LOL! After that, I moisturized and sealed my hair.

The lesson? Even when unexpected things in life happen, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Obviously, the health of my mother is more important to me than the health of my hair, but it is too easy to forget yourself in the equation of life. So, remember to treat your hair kindly ladies. Things may not always go as planned (as far as hair goals are concerned), but when in doubt, go back to the basicsMOISTURE! MOISTURE! MOISTURE!

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