Monthly Archives: January 2018

Giveaway for Reaching 500 YouTube Subscribers (CLOSED)


I just reached 500 YouTube subscribers. Woot! Woot! Thank you everyone for your continued support. I am truly grateful for all of the encouraging words I have received over the years …



500 Subscribers YouTube Giveaway!

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Naturelle Biotera Anti-frizz Intense Smoothing Leave-in Conditioner with Camellia Oil

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Biotera Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Leave-in Conditioner, 8-Ounce



Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Quaternium-80, Lecithin, Glycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, PEG-4 Laurate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Citrate, Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Fragrance/Parfum.



Spray evenly onto clean, damp hair and comb through. Style as usual. For best results, use with Biotera Intense Smoothing Shampoo.


Biotera’s Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner from their Naturelle line is infused with Camellia flower oil to help defrizz hair for up to 3 days straight (when used with Biotera’s  Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Shampoo and an Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner). It promises to help hair stay smooth and sleek, even in high-humidity environments. According to the company, Biotera’s Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner is ideal for those with frizzy, unruly, rebellious, medium to coarse hair who want to achieve a smooth, polished, sleek look. 

Although I had no intention of using this product for help maintaining a “sleek look,” I thought it might be a more natural hair moisturizing alternative. I was right! The product smells quite amazing. I received compliments on my hair “smell” every time I spritzed my hair with this product. LOL.

I love that  this Intense Smoothing Conditioner contains camellia oil (and leaf extract), shea butter extract, sweet almond oil, aloe vera juice, and glycerin. I also like that it has hydrolyzed soy protein to gently maintain the integrity of my hair while keeping my tresses hydrated. In fact, after a month of using this product, it kind of reminds me of a more natural Luster’s S Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer, Both have a thick, viscous liquid that is milky white in color (i.e., semi-opaque). However, unlike the obnoxious, cheap perfumy scent of Luster’s S Curl, the Anti-Frizz Conditioner has a much more pleasant fresh.  floral scent, and is less “tacky” to the touch. Nevertheless, I do think the S Curl No Drip Activator has more concentrated moisturizing properties and keeps my hair better hydrated for a more extended period of time.

For some reason, the sprayer on the bottle of Anti-Frizz Conditioner couldn’t properly accommodate the thick leave-in housed inside. My finger was sore after every use due to the fact that I had to keep pushing down so hard on the nozzle to get the product to come out. Although the Intense Smoothing Conditioner was effective, I felt like I had to use significantly more of it to get it to moisturize my hair at the same level as my beloved S Curl No Drip Activator. On the one hand, the Intense Smoothing Conditioner was easily absorbed by my hair. On the other hand, I had to use gobs and gobs of product to quench my thirsty mane.

At half the quantity (8 oz.) for more than what I would pay for a 16 oz. bottle of S Curl No Drip Activator, it’s a little pricey. While the S Curl Moisturizer provided more slip at a better price, Biotera’s Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner has healthier ingredients. So, there’s a bit of a trade off between efficacy and a more natural hair product. 

In addition, I did NOT notice frizz-free hair for 3 days. Maybe 24 hours (tops), but definitely not 72 hours! I think 24 hours is still pretty amazing, especially for my highly frizzy hair given that I live in a high-humidity environment pretty much year round. As a result, I’m pretty pleased (despite the marketing hype).



♥ Smells ahhhmazing! Get ready for the scent compliments to roll in …

♥ Contains NO parabens

♥ Infused with natural botanicals and extracts

♥ Reduces and prevents frizz for 24 hours

♥ Moisturizes hair with ease


 Reduces and prevents frizz for 24 hours (not 3 days as specified on the label)

 Spray nozzle doesn’t allow enough product to come out (at least not without considerable effort)

 Takes a lot of product to work effectively on kinky/curly hair

 Expensive for the quantity (8 oz)


All in all, if you are looking for a healthier alternative to your S Curl Moisturizer, Biotera’s Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner is a good start!

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New Hair Strategies for the New Year (2018)

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After so many setbacks in the last two years of my natural hair journey, I’ve decided to make a huge overhaul of my hair care regimen. I spent the last six months of 2017 donating, selling, gifting, and using up my hair “product junkie” hauls. In the past, when my fave beauty supplier or retailer had a “buy 2, get 1 sale” or a 50% off promo, I felt the need to indulge even if my beauty cabinet was already stockpiled with shampoo, conditioner, and hair moisturizer. I felt like it gave me a chance to discover and try new products that would hopefully become my holy grail for cleansing, styling, and growing my hair. More is better right? Well, not always …

Truth be told, I am my family’s resident “go-to” for natural hair care product recommendations and samples, so I didn’t just horde my “extras!” I also don’t believe in being wasteful. Consequently, even when a product didn’t work for me, I always tried to find a way to repurpose it in a new way, remix it with other add-ons (like Jamaican black castor oil, apricot oil, or sweet almond oil), or augment it in with other products (i.e., deep conditioner) until used up. However, if my hair simply hates a product all-together, I’ll usually gift it to a family member or friend and then try to sell the unopened multiples. If that doesn’t work, I’ll donate it to a good cause (e.g., homeless shelter for women and children).

Two years (and several dozens of products) later, I have yet to find the ultimate product(s) to care for my multi-textured mane. I am hair product holy grail-less! I’ve endured the last 24 months of a barrage of brutal testing and trying of new products only to conclude that my hair didn’t mind yet didn’t love most of them or hated them all-together. I tried so many products, in fact, that I didn’t even have the time, effort, or energy to even blog about them all! Some worked (but only temporarily), others just didn’t even deserve an honorable mention. As a result, I tried to remember the last time I believed my hair was healthy and growing. After much thought and reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that it was when I was DIYing most of my own hair products: from quick hair spritzes and leave-in conditioners to henna hair packs and hot oil treatments

The only reason I stopped was because I made the decision to go to grad school to pursue an advanced degree. As a result of my harried work:school life balance, it just became impossible to DIY any of my hair products (let alone to spend the time blogging about my hair victories and misadventures! I barely had time to work, go to evening classes, sleep, and eat (or bother doing much else other than group projects and countless research). Sigh ..

So, I started to do one of the things that I do best … research … I investigated various ingredients and hair care strategies. After a six-month long quest, I determined that an Ayurvedic-based hair care regimen would be best for me. Ayurveda’s natural approach to hair maintenance is what convinced me to make the swap from traditional on-the-shelf hair products that never seem to “take” to my hair. While I already practice some whole body care (e.g., exercising, clean eating, drinking plenty of water, etc.), I have started to become more aware of some vitamin and mineral deficiencies (e.g., iron) despite my healthy dietary habits. In light of this, one of my goals for this year is to focus on an improved hair lifestyle … using natural hair care products (or creating my own) … better monitoring my vitamin intake … maintaining healthy hair practices (see Hair Moisture 101, Hair Moisture 201, Hair Moisture 301, and Hair Moisture 401) … and the like.

In this way, by year’s end, I hope to strengthen, grow, and retain a healthier head of hair. Because I have multi-textured tresses (e.g., a combination of 3 different hair textures ranging from 3C to 4B) that is also extremely fine (small in diameter) and fragile (breaks easily even when being gentle with my hair), this is a challenge under the best of circumstances. However, I am hopeful that switching to natural products and hair care practices will help me to grow and retain greater length and, more importantly, strengthen my hair in such a way that it is less prone to breakage.

I have probably used up or given away about 80% of my stash. The remaining 20% is predominately made up of deep conditioners (that I plan to use for henna glosses) and a couple of other odds and ends (i.e., for when I travel). Here are some of the ingredients I have invested in that I can’t wait to start creating with (or taking) in the near future:

  1. Ayurvedic Powders: aloe vera, amla, bhringraj, cassia obovata, chamomile, fenugreek, henna, hibiscus, indigo, moringa, neem, rose petal, shikakai, and slippery elm
  2. Clays: bentonite clay and kaolin clay (for skin care)
  3. Essential Oils: bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, and ylang ylang. My essential oil collection already includes the usual suspects of tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and about a dozen other faves).😉
  4. Floral Waters: lavender hydrosol, rose hydrosol, and ylang ylang hydrosol 
  5. Humectants: glycerin and organic honey
  6. Oils: almond oilapricot oil, avocado oil, castor oil, Jamaican black castor oil, mango butter, rosehip oil, and unrefined shea butter
  7. Vitamins: iron and SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins

I am also considering purchasing some soaping supplies to make my own body soap and (maybe) shampoo, but I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and skittish, so we shall see! However, I bought two books for added instruction and encouragement: (i.) Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health, & Home, and (ii.). Simple & Natural Soapmaking.

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (Review + 1-month Results)

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (3 Month Supply)
I’ve been wanting to try SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins for a while now. They’re a little pricey (about $36, including shipping, for a one-month supply), so I never seemed to be able to commit. I always felt like there were other things on which I could (and should) spend my hard-earned money. However, after thoroughly researching the ingredients and noticing that this is one of the few hair growth vitamins that DOES NOT contain MSM, a popular hair growth aid ingredient that I have an extreme sensitivity to (read here and here for more information about my detailed experiences), I knew that I would eventually have to cave. So, when the company had a one-hour, pre-Black Friday flash sale that gave me 35% off along with a free hair brush, hair tie, and shower cap, I quickly splurged on a 3-month supply! (I missed the 40% off flash sale by 1 minute!!! 😡)



Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, Choline, Inositol, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, and (for Colors: Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1), Coconut Oil, and Carnauba Wax.



As a dietary supplement, adults take two (2) gummy vitamins per day. Chew thoroughly before swallowing. Do not exceed recommended dose. Keep out of sunlight. Store in a cool, dry place. Color may fade over time. Color changes do not affect the safety of the vitamins.


I love that SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins are gummies. That makes them super easy to take. (No smelly horse pills here!) So, all of you with difficulty gulping down your daily vit, rejoice! On top of that, these adorable, little, blue SugarBears® taste phenomenal. They remind me of blue raspberry candy with a citrus undertone. In fact, they are quite reminiscent of some sort of berry-flavored lemonade, which makes me love them all the more (as I tend to love all things berry and citrus). I do wish they weren’t quite so sweet (or were sweetened with Stevia), but it’s a trade-off when supplements come in the form of a gummy. Usually, to make any hair vitamin more palatable than their traditional pill-swallowing counterparts, sugar is going to have to be added! So, it’s a concession I’m willing to make …

The active ingredients of this hair vitamin complex claim to promote increased oxygen to improve the scalp’s circulation and expedite hair growth. The antioxidant-rich compound promises to help prevent scalp damage from free radicals, improve hair strength and elasticity, and curb excessive hair breakage and hair loss. In addition, the vitamins tout increased energy, added shine, and an improved moisture balance of the scalp and hair.

Thankfully, I experienced NO side effects while taking these hair vitamins. No acne breakouts. No sleep deprivation. No mood swings. I also drink tons of water daily, which I think contributes to the fact that I rarely get acne (unless it’s hormonal … sigh)! It’s also important to note that SugarBearHair Vitamins are hormone free. As a result, they WILL NOT cause the hair on your face or body to grow longer or thicker! Moreover, the vitamins will fit virtually anyone’s schedule regardless of how lax or regimented given that these gummies do not have to be taken at a specific time of day, can be taken all at once or separately, and are not required to be taken with meals!


♥ Vitamins are vegetarian, kosher, cruelty free, gelatin free, gluten free, and soy free.

♥ Vitamins come in a gummy form (no hard-to-swallow large, smelly pills).

♥ Designed for all hair types and genders.

♥ Designed to provide essential nutrients for healthy hair growth.

♥ Formulated to support both the strength and shine of your hair and nails.

♥ Contains 15 vitamins and natural ingredients.

♥ Flavored from real berries and citrus fruits.

♥ Vitamins are hormone free and won’t affect body or facial hair.

♥ Vitamins can be taken any time of day, together, separate, and with or without food!


 Vitamins are quite sweet.

 Vitamins are expensive (if not purchased when on sale).


Want to find out if these Hair Vitamins are just another bandwagon craze? Watch the video below to see my YouTube review and to watch my one-month length check after taking these gummies.


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