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HUGE Hair Announcement … The End of My Natural Hair Journey!

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After 5 years and 9 months of struggling with my natural hair, I have made the decision to texturize my hair! I did not make this decision lightly and have come to this conclusion after much research and angst. I decided to go with the Silk Elements Texturizer for Sensitive Scalps. This is a no-lye, no-mix, texturizing system for people with sensitive scalps. Watch the video below for more information, explaining my decision. I’ll post a video of my results in the coming weeks.

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Fact or Fiction … Can a hair serum grow your hair 2″ in ONE week?

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Have problem hair that just won’t grow? Well, I may have stumbled across a solution. While browsing YouTube a while back, I meandered upon a video from one of my favorite YouTubers, Melissa Erial. She makes absolutely stunning hair tutorials. If you’ve never watched any of her flawless hairstyle creations, you’re missing out! One video in particular intrigued me. It was entitled, “GROW your hair 2 inches in just 1 week – Hair growth serum!” Needless to say I was instantly fascinated. Here’s the original vid that caught my eye …

 

The Recipe

  1. Extract 7 oz. of aloe vera gel from an aloe vera plant and place it into a blender (or bowl).
  2. Add 3 TBSP of Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO).
    • I used “extra strength” organic JBCO from Simply Organic.
  3. Add 1 tsp of vitamin e oil.
  4. Combine ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
    • Or, you can just add the ingredients to a small or medium bowl, like a did, and use a hand mixer.
  5. Transfer contents to an 8 oz. applicator bottle.
  6. Enjoy!

The Method

DAY #1: Start out on freshly washed (e.g., shampooed, conditioned, deep conditioned, etc.), detangled, damp hair. Shake mixture prior to use (if necessary). I didn’t have to do this because my hand mixer did such a good job of combining all of the ingredients. Next, part hair and apply mixture directly to your scalp.Or, you can just randomly apply the concoction all over your mane. When done, massage your scalp for 5 minutes. Comb mixture through hair. (I finger combed!) Then, style your hair as desired.

DAY #2 – #7: Co-wash mixture from prior day out of your hair. Once hair is clean, apply serum all over scalp and hair, repeating the process for each subsequent day as before (on day #1).

The Process

I decided to run a little 7-day experiment to see if I could obtain similar results as Melissa Erial. Here’s what happened …

 

 

The Conclusion

I think this strategy might work better for someone with relaxed or type 1 or 2 hair. Although my hair felt soft, stayed well-moisturized, and had phenomenal curl definition, it didn’t do much in the way of hair growth. (Sigh.) On to the next experiment …

 

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SugarBearHair Vitamins: 3-month Results

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (3 Month Supply)INGREDIENTS:

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.

 

DIRECTIONS:

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 just finished up month #3 of my three-month trial of SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins. Go HERE to read my initial review and to watch a video of my first impressions. You can also chart my two-month progress HERE.

So far, these hair vitamins still taste, feel, and smell just as amazing as on day 1. The fact that this hair supplement comes in gummy form makes them a hassle-free addition to my morning routine. I love that!

According to the company website, the active ingredients of this hair vitamin complex will (1) increase circulation while cultivating the proper moisture balance of one’s scalp, (2) expedite hair growth while preventing hair breakage and curbing hair loss, and (3) improve hair strength and elasticity while encouraging an overall boost in energy levels. After 3 months, I have yet to experience any increase in my energy levels. However, I have noticed that my mane isn’t as dull as it was prior to consumption of these hair vitamins. In addition, my hair doesn’t seem to break quite so readily and seems denser throughout.

I also observed in month #1 and #2 that my hairline wasn’t nearly as sparse as it had been in the past and had filled in rather nicely. This, in combination with the fact that they helped me to reverse stunted hair growth that I had encountered in the last year or two, has made SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins something of a marvel. Unfortunately, though, I didn’t experience expedited hair growth everywhere. In fact, some months, certain parts of my hair didn’t grow at all (or only grew ¼”) while other segments of my head were showered with ¾” to 1″ of growth! Although my hair growth hasn’t been consistent from month to month, with the help of these little teddy bears, I have finally moved out of my long-term hair non-growth slump and started to retain some length. So, thank you SugarBear!

 

PROS

♥ Vitamins helped me to get over a long-term growth stunt.

♥ Vitamins filled in my hairline.

♥ Vitamins strengthened my hair.

♥ Vitamins provided my hair with much-needed nutrition.

♥ Vitamins encouraged new growth.

♥ Vitamins made my hair more voluminous and thicker at the root.

♥ 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.

♥ 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!

 

CONS

 Inconsistent hair growth.

 No increased energy levels.

 Vitamins are quite sweet.

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

 

Want to know more of my thoughts about these hair vitamins after three months’ of use? Watch the video below to see my three-month length check and to see how these gummies helped ignite my hair growth.

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Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil for Dry to Very Dry Hair

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I’ve had mixed results with the Garnier Fructis brand. The first time I tried one of their product lines was about a year-and-a-half ago. It was not too long after their Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner from Garnier’s Whole Blends hair care line came out. However, that shampoo and conditioner wreaked havoc on my hair! About a year later, I tried the Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste as a fluke and ended up liking it!
I never really tried anything else from their line until my sister gave me a bottle of their Marvelous Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair a while ago. I’ve been using it for the last year. Unfortunately, I just never really had the time to write a blog post about it or do a video review. But, I definitely think it’s worth a mention. I have since transitioned to using Garnier’s Miraculous Oil for Dry to Very Dry Hair because I couldn’t find their Marvelous Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair locally. I do prefer the Marvelous Oil over the Miraculous Oil, but both are still quite good. What I like best about these products is that they are multitaskers. They act as a (1) pre-shampoo treatment, (2) conditioner booster, (3) blow-dry accelerator, (4) ends finisher, and (5) overnight leave-in.
To use it as a pre-shampoo treatment, just apply the product to wet or dry hair before shampooing your hair. The Miraculous Oil acts as a primer to ensure gentle cleansing. Need a conditioner booster? Add a few drops of the oil to your fave conditioner to improve detangling. If you would prefer a blow-dry accelerator, apply the Miraculous Oil to damp hair to expedite the blow dry process. Your hair will dry faster than it would with a creamy leave-in. As an ends finisher, apply the oil to damp or dry hair to smooth frayed ends and tame flyaways. If an overnight leave-in is more your style, just work the product through wet or dry hair and leave in overnight to help restore suppleness and softness to your tresses.
So far I have used the Miraculous Oil as a pre-shampoo treatment, conditioner booster, and ends finisher. My hair simply loves this miracle elixir. I love the custom blend of ingredients, too! I especially like the inclusion of sweet almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, and rosemary leaf extract.

Ingredients

1041671 Fs5 Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Limonene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Ci 75130/Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Leaf Extract, Citric Acid. F.I.L.# D191042/1

It added shine to my hair without weighing it down or leaving behind any greasy residue. It also really helped to transform my dry, dull hair. The oil is super light and is easily absorbed by my hair. I like to sandwich it between my other hair products, (i.e., my hair moisturizer or thicker hair butters like mango butter and shea butter). While this oil smells amazing (slightly fruity with citrus undertones), it contains a high amount of fragrance (in terms of of quantity relative to other ingredients). Nonetheless, the texture is perfect … not overly thick (like castor oil) and not super thin (like extra virgin olive oil) … The pump top also provides greater control during application.

PROS

♥ Oil is lightweight and easily absorbed by hair.

♥ Oil does not leave any greasy residue.

♥ Oil treats dry, dull, and damaged hair.

♥ Oil multitasks as a pre-shampoo treatment,  conditioner booster, blow-dry accelerator, ends finisher, and overnight leave-in.

♥ Oil has a pleasant texture and smell.

♥  Pump top provides control for easy application.

 

 

CONS

 If you have type 3 or 4 hair, you may still need to follow up with a heavy butter like mango or shea like I did.

 Contains “dimethiconol,”  a silicone-based polymer.

– Contains a high amount of fragrance.

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SugarBearHair Vitamins: 2-month Results

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (3 Month Supply)INGREDIENTS:

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.

 

DIRECTIONS:

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 just finished up month #2 of my 3-month trial of SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins. Go HERE to read my initial review and to watch a video of my first impressions. So far, I still love the taste and texture of these hair vitamins. The fact that they are gummies makes them super easy to take. And, they smell exactly like they taste … sweet!

The active ingredients of this hair vitamin complex claim to promote increased scalp circulation, expedited hair growth, and improved hair strength and elasticity. They also promise to help decrease hair breakage and hair loss, add shine, improve the moisture balance of the scalp and hair, and increase overall energy levels. While I haven’t noticed any increased energy, I have noticed that my tresses are much shinier and seem less fragile, especially at the root.

I’ve also observed that my hairline has pretty much completely filled in. I have so many new baby hairs. Yay! So, these hair vitamins are definitely working. However, I haven’t attained any “expedited hair growth.” For some reason, in the last year or two, I haven’t retained much length. My hair would grow 0.5″ one month and then break off 0.75″ the next! So, while, I’m not attaining an inch or more a month with these adorable bear-shaped hair vitamins, I am retaining SOME length finally. After almost two years of stagnated hair growth, I’m super excited about that!

 

PROS

♥ Vitamins are filling in my hairline.

♥ Vitamins are strengthening my hair.

♥ Vitamins are providing my hair with much-needed nutrition.

♥ Vitamins are encouraging new growth.

♥ My hair is more voluminous and thicker at the root.

 

 

CONS

 Not gaining an astronomical amount of length.

 

Want to know more of my thoughts about these hair vitamins after two months’ of use? Watch the video below to hear my full assessment of these gummies and to see my two-month length check.

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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

 

INGREDIENTS:

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.

 

DIRECTIONS:

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).

 

PROS

♥ 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

CONS

 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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