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SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner

 

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SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, Jamaican Black Castor Oil--16 oz (453 g)

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

Directions:

Apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the end of problem areas. Can also be used as a rinse-out conditioner. 

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner contains organic shea butter, peppermint extract, and Jamaican black castor oil to condition hair, stimulate the scalp, and promote healthy hair growth. It claims to help remove buildup while remaining gentle enough for daily moisturizing. Per the directions on the label, I applied this Leave-in Conditioner to freshly washed hair. I divided my hair into quadrants to make the application process easier. Then, I shingled the JBCO Conditioner through each section. I used the product solo to get a sense of how my hair would respond. My curls and coils looked super defined, and I started to get excited about the fact that I may have just found my new go-to hair moisturizer. But, I decided to reserve my full opinion until after my hair had fully dried.

About 3 hours later, I looked in the mirror and was pleased by how this JBCO Conditioner made my hair “look.” My curls were still very defined. However, when I touched my hair, I was mortified. To my surprise, my tresses were dry, hard, and super crunchy. It was as if I had slathered an alcohol-based gel all over my hair! I scrutinized the ingredients more closely. I saw hydrolyzed keratin (13th ingredient), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (18th ingredient), and hydrolyzed rice protein (21st ingredient) in the ingredient list. That’s three different proteins. Because they are all hydrolyzed, they have been processed to the point that they are small enough to penetrate past the hair’s cuticle directly into the core of the hair shaft, allowing the protein to easily bond to each hair follicle.

I also noticed that coconut oil was the third ingredient. My hair IS NOT a big fan of coconut oil. I stopped using coconut oil in my hair very early in my natural hair journey because it often made my hair stiff and dry. This, in combination with the three hydrolyzed proteins, is probably why my hair responded so harshly to this Leave-in. So, if you have fine, low-porosity hair like I do, I would test this JBCO Conditioner on a discreet area of your hair before applying it all over your mane like I did.

Another concern I have is the inconsistent product textures. Some naturals I talked to said their JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner was thin and runny. The one I purchased, though, was very thick and creamy. So, I’m wondering if there has been a recent formula change. This may account for the two distinctive “Love It!” or “Leave It!” camps. Also, many people warned me that this smelled like Play-Doh! Needless to say I was a little concerned before trying the product that I would reek of rambunctious four-year-olds at playtime. Yet, to me, this JBCO Conditioner has more of an herbal, medicinal smell (in a good way). So, I’m not sure what the deal is with all the Play-Doh references. Nevertheless, I was so disappointed with this Leave-in that I returned it.

Some naturalistas informed me that even though the directions state that a “generous amount” should be applied, I should really use just a small amount/apply the Leave-in more sparingly. However, I tried that, and it still left a hard caste on my hair. It was as if the product just sat on the top of my hair. Others suggested that I use it on dry rather than wet or damp freshly washed hair but, by then, I had given up on the product and returned it! Here’s the breakdown of the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Paraffin
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No DEA
  • No Petroleum
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Propylene
  • Super thick and creamy consistency
  • Pleasant scent

Cons:

  • Dried out my hair
  • Made my hair super crunchy and hard
  • Inconsistent product consistencies
  • Too much protein for safe daily use (FOR ME)

While this Leave-in Conditioner was ideal in theory, the amazing ingredients just didn’t translate into great results for MY hair. My sister loves SheaMoisture’s JBCO Shampoo and Conditioner, which is why I went out on a limb to try this Leave-in. However, she has super thick type 4B hair. So, I’ll let you decide whether you think your hair type and texture will benefit from SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner.

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Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner

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Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner

Ingredients: water, quaternium-87, stearyl alcoholm, behentrimonium chloride, amodimethicone, potato starch modified, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, polysorbate 20, tridecth-5, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, tridecth-10, arginine, serine, glutamic acid, hexyl cinnamal, aragania spinosa kernel oil, coconut oil, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, linalool, pentasodium pentetate, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, benzyl salicylate, limonene, citronellol, benzyl alcohol, and citric acid.

Directions: After shampooing or conditioning, spray evenly on damp hair. Comb thoroughly and style as desired.

 

I used Softsheen Carson’s Keratin Sealing Leave-In Conditioner for the first time when I flat-ironed my hair in February. However, I thought I would see how well it worked without applying heat (i.e., as a regular leave-in). I tried several water-based leave-ins during the 12 months of my first year as a natural. Nonetheless, all of them left me feeling “underwhelmed.” They were nothing special. In fact, in all cases, I found that misting my hair with distilled water yielded me the same (if not better) results! So, needless to say, it will likely take a lot for a water-based conditioner to leave a lasting impression on me. To my surprise, this one did!

This Keratin Sealing Leave-In Conditioner is listed as “Step 5” of their Optimum Advanced Keratin Whipped Creme Relaxer System. It is supposed to be one of the first relaxers to actually respect the integrity of one’s hair by preserving hair fibers’ inner strength and significantly reducing damage to hair while also protecting the health of each strand. This conditioner’s Pro-Keratin Complex claims to help detangle, rebuild strength and elasticity into distressed hair, seal in long-lasting conditioning, and provide luxurious shine.

Even though my hair is no longer chemically enhanced, I thought that this leave-in would be the perfect addition to my hair care regimen when straightening my hair since flat ironing has a tendency to rob our hair of much-needed moisture. But, after reading all of the claims, I started to wonder how well this conditioner would fare as a normal leave-in on curly/coily hair. So, I decided to put it to the test.

The packaging is slim and sleek, not clunky or big. I love the stylish spray nozzle. It releases a fine mist and allows you to control how much of the product you want to use in your hair. In addition, it has a lock/unlock button. So, no more accidental spills while in storage or in-between uses. As you probably already know, not all spray bottles are created equally, so I truly love the practicality of both of these features.

Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner UNLOCK
Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner LOCK

And the smell …? Absolutely intoxicating! It smells like a mid-range eau de parfum without the sticker shock. The scent might be a bit much for some, but I rather enjoy it.

This lightweight conditioner infuses a precious blend of oils (e.g., argan and coconut oils) that condition and moisturize the hair.While this leave-in offered high gloss shine, it DID NOT successfully create a barrier against humidity. However, I live in a high-humidity environment (even in winter/spring). So, I’m not too disappointed on that front since the only thing I have found that prevents my hair from overly expanding when exposed to humidity is Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer. LOL!

All I did was section my hair into quadrants and lightly mist each quadrant. After that, I layered on some whipped shea butter, created several twists or flat twists in each quadrant, and donned a satin bonnet before going to bed. The Keratin Sealing Leave-In left my hair luxuriously soft and well-moisturized. The following morning, even after an intense workout, my hair remained hydrated and frizz-free. 

I’ve used this leave-in on damp and dry hair. I received great results either way. On wet hair, I used this prior to blow drying. My hair was left feeling soft and moisturized. On dry hair, I lightly misted my strands to quickly transform an old wash ‘n go into the look of a blow-out. But, that’s not even the best part … I achieved a heatless “blow-out” in less than 30 seconds and with minimal hair fall. LESS THAN THIRTY SECONDS. No lie! So, saying that this product makes detangling a breeze is a huge understatement! I have NEVER detangled my knot-prone hair so quickly or with such salon-worthy results.

The only downside is that I feel that you have to use a lot of  the Keratin Sealing Leave-In (especially on dry hair) to receive such amazing results, which means this 8.5 fl. oz. size bottle (250 ml) won’t last as long as I would like. In addition, because this leave-in is from Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Professional hair care line, it will likely be more difficult to obtain. It’s price is also a little steep; it retails for $14.99 – $19.99, depending on the distributor. But, considering this product is only one of two water-based leave-ins I’ve tried in the last 12 months (out of probably a dozen) that actually lived up to its claims, I think it is well worth the price (and the trouble of finding)!

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ApHogee Pro Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner

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Ingredients
Water, Polyquaternium-11, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium collagen Amino Acids, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Sorbitol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, tocopherol, Sulfur, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Citrci Acid, Polysorbate-80, Nonoxynol-10, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone, Copoylol, Acetamide MEA, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Methylparaben.

Directions
Wash hair with Aphogee Shampoo and towel dry. Apply ¼ to ¾ ounce of Pro-Vitamin leave-in Conditioner onto hair depending on length and thickness. Comb thoroughly. Hair should be evenly damp, but not over wet. Blow dry on low heat setting or air dry naturally. Style as usual.

This leave-in may be used daily, before styling, or setting. According to the label, ApHogee’s Pro Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner fortifies limp, lifeless hair, increases fullness and provides superior body, strengthens hair with Panthenol Pro-Vitamin B5, allows all hair types to support styles better, is pH balanced to seal the cuticle, detangles, enhances color and highlights, springs permed hair to life, and is essential for use with heat styling tools.

This conditioner has a fragrance reminiscent of coconuts, just like ApHogee’s 2 Minute Reconstructor. So, if you are not a fan of tropical scents, beware! In addition, this leave-in is quite watery. I know this is a water-based leave-in, but it is not what I expected at all. Even after “a good shaking,” it was still very runny.

Moreover, the fact that this water-based leave-in comes with a pour spout instead of a spray nozzle is just odd and downright silly! It makes application messier than necessary. I also felt like I wasted product because it was hard to control how much I poured out of the bottle. And, once I did manage to pour a reasonable amount out, it was still difficult to apply it to my hair. I kept staring at my cupped hand, trying to figure out how not to spill the product all over my bathroom floor! I ended up purchasing an empty spray bottle to pour the product into to make it easier to use and for product conservation (e.g., to avoid applying too much of the product in one sitting).

Thankfully, this leave-in isn’t sticky and never created any build-up, even when used daily. However, this product, for me, was just OK. I wan’t really impressed. I didn’t feel like this conditioner detangled my hair one bit. In fact, I did a comparison test, using this leave-in every day for a week while styling my hair (prior to bed) and then using plain, distilled water the next. Good ole H2O won every time! This was very disconcerting. Nonetheless, I don’t like to be wasteful, so I’ve laboriously emptied my bottle.

After using this product for several months, I have yet to see any improvement in the condition or overall health of my hair. Some consumers suggested adding water, natural oils (i.e., castor oil or olive oil), and essential oils (i.e., tea tree, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, etc) to this leave-in to make it more useful. But, honestly, instead of doing all of that, I would rather just make and use one of my own DIY leave-ins like my multi-use beauty spritz or my easy homemade leave-in conditioner. It’s less expensive and more effective! Needless to say, I WILL NOT BE REPURCHASING!!! 

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18 Months Natural: How to Flat Iron Medium-length Hair

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So, I have officially been natural for a year-and-a-half! To celebrate, I decided to straighten my hair for the occasion. Here’s what I did:

  1. SHAMPOO & CONDITION. Because I have experienced several seborrheic dermatitis flare ups in the last month or two, I used my favorite product line from Aveeno: Nourish+Dandruff Control shampoo and conditioner. It’s great for sensitive scalps, as well as people with scalp conditions, like myself. I love this shampoo and conditioner because it soothes my scalp, prevents inflammation, and is still gentle on my color-treated hair! A win-win-win!  🙂 Click here for a more detailed product review.
  2. DEEP CONDITION. My absolute favorite deep conditioner is Lustrasilk’s Aloe Vera Cholesterol. It makes detangling sessions a breeze! I usually saturate my hair with the product to make sure all of my strands are coated. I gently finger detangle as I rake the product through my hair. Afterward, I cover my hair with a processing cap and sit under my hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes. Then, I rinse my hair and prep it for the next step.
  3. BLOW DRY. I spray my hair with Optimum Advanced Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner. I gently comb the product through my hair and blow dry my hair with my Chi Rocket pro hair dryer on medium heat. I finish by turning on my “cool shot” button to smooth the cuticle of my hair.
  4. PRESS ‘n IRON. To further protect my hair from heat, I spray my hair with TRESemmé‎’s Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray. I press my roots and then I flat iron my hair. I try to limit myself to two passes with my Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium flat iron, but if necessary I do a maximum of three passes. However, if a third pass is necessary, I mist my hair first with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer.
  5. NIGHTTIME ROUTINE: I brush my hair to one side and wrap it around my head. I mist my hair with Julep Top Coat for hair. Then, I add a mesh wrap to keep my hair from unraveling . I secure it with a satin scarf, and top it with a satin bonnet for good measure!
  6. THE NEXT DAY: I mist my hair with Julep Top Coat for hair to prevent frizz. Then, I slowly unwrap my hair and style it.
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Final Results …

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Next Day Results
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My hair remained pretty straight for two days and mostly straight for seven days. Given that the temperatures have been in the upper 90s (and beyond) with a heat index over 100, I think I received pretty good results. I “touched up my hair” once because I had an event to go to and the humidity started to swell the cuticle of my hair but, after that, I let my hair do what it wanted to do and just added some heatless curls to stretch my hairstyling capabilities.

Want more details? Watch my video here to see me prep my hair in action: 

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Ancient Secrets’ Hair Growth Oil + Detangler

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When: February 14, 2014 – March 14, 2014
Coverage: Scalp
Frequency: Daily (every night)
Starting Length (FRONT): 9.75″
Starting Length (CROWN): 10.50″
Starting Length (RIGHT): 9.5″
Starting Length (LEFT): 9.5″
Starting Length (BACK): 9.5″
Adjusted Length: Cut 0.50″ off my whole head on February 23, 2014 due to SSKs.
Ending Length: My hair grew 1-2″ in my crown; 1″ on sides of hair; 0.75″ front/back of my hair.

Ancient Secrets' Hair Growth Oil

Ancient Secrets’ Hair Growth Oil is an all-natural, organic, kid-safe product that can be used on natural, texlaxed, or relaxed hair. Made with ingredients that have been used in Ancient Egypt since 2000 BC, this oil is not only great for stimulating hair growth but can also be used as a hot oil, to moisturize the skin, soothe eczema, reduce dandruff, and add shine to hair. In addition, each bottle is formulated to prevent skin irritation. The growth oil includes aloe vera, tea tree oil, jojoba, ginger, organic coconut, Egyptian basil, Egyptian fennel, olive oil, and other all-natural ingredients.

The oil should be applied daily for expedited hair growth. When using the product, it is recommended to wash your hair once a week. Since I already do this, I followed my normal wash routine. According to the company website, you should start to see results within a week or two but should give the growth oil a full 30 days to fully stimulate hair growth.

Roots Only Applicator Bottle

The oil came in an opaque, black bottle with a pour spout. I removed the spout and exchanged it for my Roots Only comb attachment. It was a perfect fit! I applied the oil to my scalp every night, using the Roots Only applicator tip, and massaged my scalp for 2 minutes. A few times, I applied the oil but forgot to massage my scalp. But, most nights, I remembered to do it. And, out of the 4 weeks I used the oil, I only missed applying the oil twice. I only had two days in the month where I forgot to use the product at all. So, I used the product daily and fairly consistently.

The oil is clear and has a non-distinctive, mild scent. The fragrance isn’t floral or medicinal. For me, it is relatively neutral. The oil is also neither viscous nor thin but definitely leans toward liquidity, which was a feature I admittedly disliked initially.

The first time I used the oil, my scalp was feeling a little agitated. After only one use, my scalp instantly felt soothed. And, when some of the oil got onto my hands, I rubbed it into my skin and was surprised by how well it hydrated it. The first time I used it, I applied the growth oil to my scalp, lightly misted my hair with my DIY multi-use spritz, layered on some of my DIY Eco Styler Custard, and flat-twisted my hair. The next day, after undoing my twists, I noticed how much softer the oil made my hair and how great it made my scalp feel. My scalp wasn’t oily or dry. It was perfectly balanced. I’m not usually one to constantly touch my hair throughout the day, but my hair felt so moisturized and soft that I honestly had a hard time keeping my hands out of my hair … a first for me!

After only a week of use, I had to cut 0.50″ off my hair due to another bout of single strand knots (SSKs). I made the mistake of trying to wear a wash ‘n go for a week. I know, I know. I promised I would say, “No!” to the wash ‘n go, but I have been having a hard time saying goodbye. It has been my preferred style for a while now, so styling my hair in other ways has proven more difficult than I imagined. In addition, I had family in town, and it was the quickest way to style my hair. I think if I co-wash my hair two to three times during the week when I want to wear a wash ‘no go, that might solve my SSK problem. But, I have decided to wait until I retain a little more length before I experiment with various possibilities. I actually mean it this time. Honest! Thankfully, this oil helped my hair to quickly recover …

I received 4 oz. of the hair growth oil. When applied daily, I usually use 5 oz – 6 oz. of oil over the course of a month. So, I was a little skeptical whether the bottle would last until the end of the month. To my surprise, it not only lasted, but I had about 1 oz. of oil left over after using it for four weeks! On top of this, a 4 oz. bottle of the hair growth oil retails for only $5.00 (plus shipping). No, that’s not a typo. The hair oil retails for only five bucks! Pretty impressive, considering how well the oil works and how long it lasts. Moreover, all of their products and product packages are under $25.00! Such a rarity for a natural hair care company, especially one that uses all-natural and organic ingredients.

After using this oil for 4 weeks, my hair grew 1.75″-2.0″ in my crown (where my 3C curls are), 1″ on the left and right side of my hair, and 0.75″ in the back. Considering I retained at least 0.75″ of growth after battling once again with dozens of SSKs, I am ecstatic. However, I would be curious to see how well the hair growth oil works in conjunction with Ancient Secrets’ organic shampoo and detangler, and what long-term benefits this oil has when used over several months.

Although I still wish the oil was slightly thicker (mostly to avoid spillage), all in all, I am quite happy with the results. Here is the length check I made prior to using the Ancient Secrets Hair Growth Oil:

Here are my results (@ 2:52) after trimming 0.50″ off my hair and using the oil daily for a month:

I also used Ancient Secrets’ 8 oz. Detangler. It is a (mineral) water-based, liquid leave-in. It has a very fruity, tropical scent. My only gripe is that it came in the same type of bottle as the hair growth oil (with a pour spout). So, you will need to transfer the product to a spray bottle for greater ease of use. Luckily, I had an empty 8 oz. bottle with an atomizer in my beauty cabinet.

I instantly liked how light this detangler is. It plays nice with other products. I found that it layered well under oils and a whole host of styling agents. Even the next day, my hair didn’t feel weighed down. It remained airy yet still felt moisturized. And, I loved how soft my hair felt.

When used strictly for detangling purposes, it did a good job. While I tend to prefer creamy leave-ins, this is a great detangler, especially for those with relaxed or transitioning hair (or naturals who like light, water-based, liquid leave-ins).

For additional company or product information, or to place an order, go to the company website HERE

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Flat-ironing My Medium-length Hair: 12 Months of Natural Hair Growth

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I have been natural for 12 months now. Woot! Woot! In honor of my one-year naturalversary (February 6), I decided to flat iron my hair. The last time I straightened my hair was September 2013 (five months ago). I had been natural for seven months and was curious what my natural hair would look like straightened. This time, I did a few things differently. Here’s what I did …

STRAIGHTENING STEPS

  1. I sectioned my hair into quadrants, lightly misted my hair with water, and detangled.
  2. I applied a 50:50 ratio of coconut oil and castor oil to each section and then two-strand twisted each quadrant into one chunky twist (for a total of 4 twists).
  3. I shampooed my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo (Pravana Hydrating Shampoo). I used very warm water and then rinsed all of my hair with cold water.
  4. I used a light protein treatment (Aphogee 2-Minute Protein Treatment). I added a processing cap, left it in for 5 minutes, and rinsed it out with cool water.
  5. I wrapped my hair in a microfiber turban and let it air dry for 30 minutes.
  6. I untwisted each section and applied Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner to each quadrant. After that I sprayed Julep’s Top Coat for hair (a heat protectant and shine spray) to each section.
  7. I blow-dried each quadrant with my Chi Rocket hair dryer.
  8. I applied TRESemme’s Heat Tamer Spray (a heat protectant) and another dose of Julep’s Top Coat to each section.
  9. I clipped three of the quadrants out of the way, parted each quadrant into smaller sections for the sake of manageability, and then flat ironed my hair using my Babyliss Nano Titanium 1¼” flat iron. I set my flat iron to 410 degrees.
  10. It took me about 2 1/2 hours (from start to finish).

MAINTENANCE

  1. I originally planned to wrap my hair before bed. But, less than 24 hours later, I already started to miss my coils. LOL! So, I decided to pin curl my hair instead with Dove’s Leave-in Smoothing Cream and a little bit of my Roots of Nature Butter Whip Coil Cream (for a light hold). 
  2. I added my satin bonnet and slept on a satin pillowcase for extra insurance.
  3. In the morning, I lightly coated my hair with coconut oil, and unpinned and separated my pin curls. I misted my hair with my DIY multi-use spritz and then layered on some Julep Top Coat for extra shine.
  4. I coated any stray, frizzy pieces with a dab of coconut oil, twirled the wayward strand around my index finger, and then gently released it.

THE RESULTS

In these pics, my hair measures about 9.50″ long.

Flat-ironed natural hair at 12 months

Flat-ironed Natural Hair at 12 Months

Pin Curls

Pin Curls

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