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Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste

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Ingredients

1082383 C Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille, Cetyl Esters, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Gellan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Citronellol, Linalool, Acacia Senegal/Acacia Senegal Gum, Citral. F.I.L. D44846/5

Directions

Warm a small amount of paste between palms to activate and gently rake through ends with hands to accentuate layers.

Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste is a styling product with 99% naturally-derived ingredients. As a result, it has no silicones, no parabens, and no dyes. It claims to offer pure performance with a 24-hour clean hold.

I love that this product has ZERO stickiness. A lot of pomades are annoyingly tacky. However, this finishing paste has practically NO hold. According to the label, this is supposed to have a level three “extra strong hold.” Whatever that means … But, I’m not entirely sure why Garnier states this claim given that the hold is pretty minimal despite the fact that it contains acacia gum, an ingredient derived from the acacia tree for its ability to impart shine and provide a natural hold.

Truth be told, I purchased a three-pack of this product to meet the Amazon.com threshold to get free shipping. LOL. I originally thought I would be using it as an edge tamer. However, the lack of hold forced me to reinvent my original purpose for buying this product. On a whim, I decided to use it for a twist-out. The results? Ahhhmazing!

Seriously, I had great definition,  zero stickiness and, when combined with my DIY lavender spritz, uber moisturized tresses. I loved the results so much, I rocked twist-outs for like two months straight! That’s something I have never done. In fact, it wasn’t until I came to my last jar that I thought to use it for a wash ‘n go. My hair loved that, too! It gave me a fluffy, voluminous wash ‘n go on day ONE! So, I’m thinking I’ll actually buy this finishing paste on purpose next time. 😉 And, apparently, Garnier has several other products in their Pure Clean line. So, I might have to check into those as well. If you have wavy or curly hair, I think the Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste is worth a gander. And, the best part? This product is eco-conscious. Done. And, done!

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Quick Tip #15: Say, “No!” to Traditional Towels

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I know, I know! You refuse to give up your traditional loop towel for a T-shirt. I agree. A T-shirt just doesn’t dry hair as efficiently (or neatly). I, too, tried drying my hair with a T-shirt, and it just DID NOT work for me! I’m sorry, but it’s just not for everyone!

However, traditional towels can cause friction, frizz, and even lead to hair breakage, especially over an extended period of time. So, what’s a naturalista to do? Use microfiber instead!

I love microfiber hand towels and bath towels. And, over Christmas, I received a Turbie Twist in an adorable chevron pattern. The best part? It dries my mane quickly so I can moisturize my hair without it being sopping wet (or waiting hours on end for it to completely air dry).

I’ve been using microfiber for a while, but my Turbie Twist has become a game changer. With the Turbie Twist, form meets function because it’s both cute and practical. I often wrap up my hair and then eat breakfast, check e-mails, etc. Then, after about 30-60 minutes, I’ll untie my Turbie Twist and moisturize my hair. It has virtually erased the “waiting game” during my hair wash routine. Gone are the days of being self-imprisoned at home while I wait for my hair to dry! I absolutely love my Turbie Twist, and I think you will love it, too!

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Especially Hair Enhance Daily Conditioner & Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment

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I was introduced to Especially Hair’s products via My Natural Sistas. I won two of their Enhance Daily Conditioners and two of their Moisture Foundation Deep Treatments via one of their giveaways! This was my first time winning an online giveaway, so I was extremely excited. I wanted to use up some of the products in my stash first, so it took me a while to actually open and use these products. However, I have now been using these products for the last two months, so I wanted to share this brand and their line with you now that I have a better sense of what their products can do.

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Enhance Daily Conditioner 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) – Acetic Acid (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar)* – Glycerin – Propylene Glycol – Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil – Proprietary Essential Oil Blend – Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract – Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf Extract – Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice – Carrageenan.

*Certified organic by Organic Certifiers.

Directions:

Apply to dry hair.

  1. Squeeze Enhance from the bottle onto hair and scalp in sections. Use the applicator tip while massaging gently to distribute throughout.
  2. Apply to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.
  3. Comb to distribute product.
  4. Air dry, and style as desired.

For best results, use full Especially Hair conditioning system, including our Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment.

Especially Hair’s Enhance Daily Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner designed to reawaken curls for second- and third-day styling, control frizz, and prevent build up for children and adults alike! I love that it is specially blended with botanical extracts and amino acids to maintain optimum moisture levels for my hair and scalp while increasing volume, shine, and manageability. However, application is quite fussy given that it comes in a bottle with an applicator tip instead of as a spray bottle. Application would be so much easier if I didn’t have to transfer it to a spray bottle for more even distribution.

Also, as soon as I opened the bottle, I smelled the apple cider vinegar. This may be off-putting for some. However, the smell does eventually dissipate (usually within an hour). Because this conditioner is designed for everyday use, I like how lightweight it is. Unfortunately, though, it did absolutely nothing for my hair. My hair didn’t feel more moisturized or more manageable than usual after using this leave-in. And, given the steep $17 price tag for only 4 oz. (118 ml) of product, this is not something I would ever purchase in the future as I receive exponentially better results from my DIY lavender hair spritz for four times the quantity at a fraction of the price!

Enhance Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment

Ingredients:

Glycerin – Water (Aqua) – Butylene Glycol – Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Seed Oil – Acetic Acid (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar) – Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil – Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk – Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Behentrimonium Chloride – Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Dicetyl Phosphate (and) Ceteth-10 Phosphate – Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Fragrance – Dimethicone – Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil – Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) – Quaternium-91 (and) Cetrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol – Isopropyl Mystate – Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract – Carrageenan – Hydroxyethylcellulose – Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract – Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf Extract – Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice – Phenoxyethanol.

Directions:

LEAVE-IN: COILY – CURLY | Apply to wet hair.  1) Using palms of hands, apply Moisture Foundation to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.  2) Section hair, and generously apply from root to tip.  3) Comb to distribute product.  4) Air dry, and style as desired.

RINSE-OUT: WAVY  –  HEAT APPLICATION | Apply to wet hair. 1) Using palms of hands, apply Moisture Foundation to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.  2) Section hair, and generously apply from root to tip.  3) Comb to distribute product.  4) Leave in for 3-5 minutes.  5) Lightly rinse.  6) Style as desired.

For best results, use full Especially Hair conditioning system, including our Enhance Daily Conditioner.

Especially Hair’s Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment is a hair masque that aims to solve the problems many curly- and wavy-haired gals experience while trying to create the perfect wash ‘n go. This premium deep treatment is infused with panthenol (aka vitamin B5), argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and essential oils to moisturize and condition the hair, allowing for easy detangling in 15 minutes or less! It also claims to leave hair feeling thicker and more voluminous while repairing damage from heat styling, chemicals, and harmful UV rays. Moisture Foundation can be used as a leave-in to protect from potential damage from daily styling, or chlorine or saltwater. Or, it can be used as a wash-out deep conditioner to reverse excessive dryness.

Weighing in at 8.5 oz (250 ml), this product is twice as costly as Especially Hair’s Enhance Daily Conditioner. However, here, the price tag is justified! The first month, I used this product exclusively as a leave-in. It gave me fluffy, highly moisturized twist-outs and wash ‘n gos. My hair has NEVER felt more moisturized. In fact, it kept my hair moisturized for days. Yes. Days! And, to refresh my curls, all I had to do was spritz lightly with water, seal with a light oil (i.e., extra virgin olive oil) if necessary, and then restyle my hair.

I especially love (pun intended) wink that Especially Hair is a sustainable brand committed to sourcing renewable raw materials for both their packaging and actual product formulations. Born out of  the necessity of trying to find products able to combat the stress that swimming puts on textured hair, this is a brand drenching in concern for the health of  kinky, curly, coily strands. At the very least, the Moisture Foundation is worth the deluge to your pocketbook! So, give it a try.

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2016: A Year in Rear View

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2016, for me, was a year of setbacks. After more than half of the year was over, I discovered that most of my hair’s lack of hydration was due to the fact that I live in a hard (to very hard) water area. Ever since I purchased a new shower filter, I have noticed an exponential reduction in split ends and single strand knots (SSKs). However, after gaining and retaining an additional three inches in length during the last quarter of the year, I lost it all (and more) due to a foolish decision to put my hair in mini twists. After that, my hair’s health declined dramatically. It’s been an uphill battle ever since to recover from fragile, damaged ends and extensive hair breakage (I lost as much as 5″ in some areas)! I’ve dusted my ends multiple times to try to get back to the status quo for my hair.

When my hair growth continued to stall and I observed that I still had split, scraggly ends, I bit the bullet and chopped off an additional 1″ – 1 ½” (around the beginning of December 2016). Unfortunately, that meant losing more length on top of what I had already lost due to breakage, but I wanted to start fresh in the New Year. Plus, I always choose the health of my hair over the length of my hair. So, I’m not afraid to get scissor-happy when necessary. 😉 Besides, only a month later, it has proven to be the best decision I ever made since my hair grew (and I retained) 0.5″ in the last 30 days (finally)!

As a result, in 2017, I will be focusing predominantly on restoring the health of my hair and length retention. It’s back to basics for me … Moisture! Moisture! Moisture! I will continue to moisturize my hair twice a day (in the morning and at night before I go to bed). I am thinking of reincorporating the GHE method back into my regimen on a more consistent basis. I totally failed to do this last year, which I think only exacerbated my dry hair woes. I also plan to experiment with a few more hair growth aids and styling products to make up for lost time. 😉

So far this winter, the main struggle I’ve noticed is that my natural hair is in this awkward stage where the length of my hair, when down, (i.e., in wash ‘n gos and twist-outs) sometimes brushes up against my clothes, especially after day 4 or 5 when my shrunken freshly washed hair starts to loosen and become more voluminous after repeated stretching from twist-outs or general styling. I think that might have contributed to a lot of breakage as well. So, I hope to twist AND pin my hair up or do more roll ‘n tuck styles. Because my fine strands do not like being in protective styles over extended periods of time, I’m going to try to minimize over-manipulating my hair. In addition, at night, I have been loosely bunning my hair or tucking in my ends and pinning it in place to better protect the oldest part of my hair.

I’m also toying with the idea of ditching shampoo altogether and co-washing exclusively. If that doesn’t work, I may add a pre-poo or oil rinse to my regimen. I haven’t thus far to try to keep my hair wash day as minimal as possible, but I definitely think my current hair regimen needs a revamp, so I will be tweaking it from time to time as I start the journey of finding new products and methods that will work for my hair’s current needs. I’ve already incorporated a mid-week co-wash back into my routine. I used to do this when my hair was relaxed and I was transitioning to natural. So far, my hair seems to like it. Because I exercise an hour a day 6-7 days a week, I think an additional wash may be necessary to better maintain my hair’s moisture and to keep my scalp free from bacteria (i.e., from sweating during workouts) and excessive debris.

Here are the current measurements of my hair. As you can see, I lost 6-8″ in overall length from the continued breakage I experienced from hard water, the damage I suffered from wearing my hair in mini twists, and much-needed trims (to cut away fragile, split, tangled ends).

Current Measurements

FRONT: 14″

SIDES: 11.5″ (LEFT); 12″ (RIGHT)

CROWN 14″

BACK: 11.0″

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