Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and Autumn and Winter are my favorite seasons. I love singing carols, warming myself by a nice fire, and spending time with family. On Christmas Eve, I went to see Committed perform. Committed is an a cappella group of six male vocalists from Huntsville, Alabama. The group won the second season of the musical competition, The Sing-Off. Their freshman self-titled album, Christmas songs, and several singles are available on iTunes. Here are a couple of pics. Please excuse the poor quality (as I accidentally left my camera at home, so the photos were taken with my phone).

For my Christmas Eve party, I scaled back the over-the-top decorations and opted for a splash of unexpected color . On Christmas, my family and I continued our tradition of going to the movies, and then we shared a Christmas feast to rival any celebration rhymed about by Dr. Seuss (minus the roast beast).

THE COMPLETE LOOK

The color story for my Christmas Eve party was inspired by peacock feathers. I love the combination of teal and varying hues of metallics like gold, copper, and bronze.

MY CHRISTMAS EVE ENSEMBLE

I decided to wear an ivory lace camisole, a black velvet skirt with ivory lace trim, and a black velvet blazer.

MY MAKEUP

I wanted an overall vintage theme. I used metallic pearlescent  white, metallic silver, and charcoal gray eye shadows with a black liner. I polished off the look with a lippy in rich red.

MY HAIR STORY

I french-rolled the back of my hair and used a sparkly rosette clip to separate it from the two-strand twist-out at the top.

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DIY Sulfur Hair Growth Oil + Results

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I researched for months to find a hair growth aid that could help me to grow an inch in a month. After sifting through mountains of information, I came across MzBeautifulBarnes on YouTube who talked about a DIY hair growth oil … right up my alley! You can watch her video below.

Recipe Card - SULFUR HAIR GROWTH OIL

I decided to give it a try. Here is what you will need:

                       

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add 1 tsp of sulfur to an applicator bottle
    • I used a funnel to avoid wasting any sulfur or making a mess.
    • Make sure you are adding a teaspoon of sulfur and NOTtablespoon of sulfur!
  2. Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of any oil of your choice.
  3. OPTIONAL:
  4. You have just made your very own sulfur-based hair growth aid. Enjoy your new hair growth!
  5. TIPS:
    • Shake the applicator bottle prior to application to ensure the sulfur powder is evenly distributed before each use.
    • Don’t overly saturate your scalp!
    • Baggy or use the GHE 3-5 nights a week to accelerate hair growth.

WHAT I DID

Every night before going to bed, I applied this DIY sulfur hair growth oil to my scalp (not the length of my hair). I dabbed it on with an applicator bottle. (As time went on, though, I felt that my Roots Only bottle did a better job of evenly distributing the oil and prevented me from applying too much.) I massaged my scalp for 2-4 minutes and did the GHE 5 nights a week (usually Monday – Friday). I followed my normal wash routine. I DID NOT rinse out the oil each night or co-wash during the week. I did this for 3 weeks. At the end of 21 days, I gained 0.50″ in hair growth. Week 4, I did the inversion method using the sulfur mix as my hot oil.

MY RESULTS

My hair measured 7.0″ at the end of October and 7.5″ at the end of November. After using the sulfur hair growth oil for 4 weeks (28 days), my hair now measures 8.5″ all over. I gained an inch in one month!!! Woot! Woot!

THE PICS

Unfortunately, I got a virus on my computer that deleted several of my media files, among which were my BEFORE photos. (Sigh.) So, I only have my AFTER pics. But, hopefully, you have read my blog long enough now to know that I am honest. Here are my results …

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Quick Tip #4: Finishing Face Powder on the Cheap

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Quick Tip

Face Powder

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Run out of your setting/finishing powder? Don’t despair! Baby powder or cornstarch provide a quick switch that works. And, for all my brown beauties out there, if the powder is too pale, just add a squidge of cacao powder.

NOTE: This quick fix works best on combination to oily skin. I used cornstarch, and it worked great on my combination/oily T-Zone skin.

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Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment: Is It Really the Best Darn Deep Treatment?

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All right. So, I decided to give Miss Jessie’s another chance. I haven’t used the brand since I tried the Curly Buttercreme. Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment seemed like the perfect product for round two.

THE CLAIMS
Want long curly hair? Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment is an essential curly hair care treatment for growing out naturally curly, kinky, and wavy hair. Healthy growth and length is what most curlies covet. Miss Jessie’s can assist you in this process. An elongated curl has more bounce, is more manageable, and is less prone to frizz. Be super sweet to your curls.

Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment is a decadent softening treatment that ensures your curls reach a long, luxurious length. This rich treatment, full of shea butter and centella extract, is a growth stimulant that promotes long, healthy curls. Your hair is going to love you for this!

THE INGREDIENTS 
Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclomethicone (and) Dimethiconol, Lauryl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Fragrance, Dimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Ceteareth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Liposome (Centella Asiatica), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, EDTA Disodium, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, D&C Red #33, Citric Acid

THE RESULTS
First of all, this deep treatment smells like cotton candy on steroids. I am NOT a fan of the sickly sweet fragrance. Ick! Thankfully, it subsides several minutes after application. Smell aside, it has a great consistency. It is very thick and creamy, and easily glided into my strands. Since I used a hooded dryer, I shingled the treatment into my hair and left the product on for 15-20 minutes prior to rinsing out.

Although this deep conditioner left my hair soft and elongated my hair, it did not live up to its other claims. It DID NOT leave my hair less frizzy. It DID NOT make my hair more manageable. While this product semi-stretched my hair, it also left it extremely fuzzy and poofy.

On top of all this, I almost lost ALL of my normal curl/coil definition. So much so that I was scared that the treatment had chemically altered my hair in some way. Seriously, I frantically reread the product label to make sure I had not inadvertently damaged my hair. I just about had a heart attack! The only part of my hair that was unscathed was the third of my hair that has a looser 3c curl pattern (at the front crown of my head). I had to use my Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol to get my curls/coils to return! And, after looking at the ingredient list more closely, I can’t imagine this “treatment” assisting with the growth or length retention of my hair.

To make matters worse, Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment is priced like a commodity on the New York Stock Exchange: $9.00 for 2 ounces; $26.00  $18.00 for 8 ounces; $48.00 $32.00 for 16 ounces. (Update: A few months after this post published, they permanently reduced the price for the 8 oz. and 16 oz. container … Hmmm.) I mean, really? A 2 oz. jar of this stuff is three times more than one 20 oz. jar of my Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol. THREE TIMES MORE!!! And, less effective! So, in case you’re wondering if there will be a round three, don’t bother.

The best darn deep treatment? Sorry Miss Jessie’s but, next time, I’ll have to pass. I’ve finally learned my lesson. I’m saving my money. Period.

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DIY Eco Styler Custard

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Recipe Card - ECO STYLER CUSTARD

  1. Fill any size container halfway (or slightly more than halfway) with your favorite styling gel by Eco Styler
    • I love, love, love the argan oil gel by Eco Styler. But, if you prefer the olive oil gel or another variety, use that.
    • I usually make my curling custard in small 8 oz. batches since I normally only use gel on my hair once or twice a week.
  2. Add castor oil (or any oil of your choice) the rest of the way. 
    • I prefer castor oil because it is thicker than most oils and gives me the consistency I like.
    • Less is more. Start by only adding the oil 30 to 40 percent of the way. You can always add more later.
  3. Stir until the mix becomes cloudy/opaque and is well combined.
    • Not sure if you have the ratio right? Let the mix sit for 10-15 minutes. If any of the castor oil has accumulated on the top, you added a little too much oil and need to mix in a little more gel.
    • I usually use a 60:40 or 70:30 ratio. 60-70% argan oil gel to 30-40% castor oil. This gives me the hold I need to make my hair styles last for 6-7 days.
  4. OPTIONAL:
    • Use 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (i.e., Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, etc). Blend until the scent is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
    • I like peppermint essential oil because it masks the scent of castor oil. It also balances the scalp’s pH level, promotes hair growth, and prevents dry scalp and dandruff.
  5. You have just made your very own Eco Styler Custard. Enjoy!
  6. USES: 
    • For super defined wash ‘n gos.
    • For longer-lasting twist-outs and braid-outs.
    • To slick down your edges.
  7. TIPS:
    • To keep my hair moisturized and from getting too crunchy, I moisturize my hair each day with my DIY hair spritz.

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