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Quick Tip #23: Get Some (Nail) Therapy!

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Kocostar Nail Therapy

Have broken, damaged nails? Are your nail beds splitting and peeling? Don’t fret! Everyone experiences periods of stress or sadness about their personal appearance from time to time. If you’re feeling more grief than normal, it may be time to get some therapy … nail therapy, that is!

My sister gifted me some therapeutic intervention a while ago, and I never seemed to have time to sit still and actually use this unique beauty tool! When I did, I was blown away by how well it worked (and felt shameful about not utilizing this treatment sooner)! After peeling off my gel manicure (don’t judge!), my nails were left weak and damaged. After only ONE 30-minute application of this nail therapy, my nails looked shinier and felt much less fragile. It soothed and moisturized my nail beds while providing much-needed nutrition and strength to my overall nails. And, my skin (e.g., the tips of my fingers) felt baby soft. And, the best part? The results are immediate and lasting!

This intense, soothing treatment contains loads of botanicals and vitamins that protect and repair stressed nails while strengthening nails against splitting and peeling. If you are an excessive nail art lover, this nail therapy is a must for you! If you’re the busy, multitasking type who’s always short on time, don’t worry! You can treat your nails and still use your smart devices at the same time. For instance, while using the treatment, I was still able to check my emails on my iPhone with ease … For added protection during the week, I also used Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Hardener (in natural tint). Talk about a power-packed nail protection duo!

 

Ingredients:

Aqua/ Water/Eau, Glycerin, Paraffinumliquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, ButyrospermumParkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera alba, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, CaprylylGlycol, IlliciumVerum(Anise)Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen, AscorbylTetraisopalmitate, Ceramide 3, Milk Protein Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus AurantiumSinensis (Orange) Fiber, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit, Citrus Grandis(Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA

Directions for Use:

Peel open each pack and place a mask on each finger. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Massage remaining liquid from mask into the fingernail area (e.g., onto finger tips and finger nails) after removing the mask from each finger. Use as needed.

Storage and Handling Measures:

Keep product out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Keep product away from direct light. Use immediately after opening.

Precautions:

Stop using product and consult a dermatologist or physician if the following occurs: swelling, red (strawberry) marks, itchiness and burning effects due to indirect or direct exposure to light.

PROS

  • Vitamins C, E, and ceramide provide shine and elasticity to nails
  • Milk protein and collagen protect nail roots
  • Portulaca extract and shea butter nourish and moisturize cuticles
  • Aloe vera and silk soften skin
  • Includes 5 packages (Only $4 per treatment)
  • While you care your nail, you can use your smartphone, i-pad, etc.
  • Great stocking stuffers or additions to gift baskets for the beauty enthusiast

CONS

  • This may be a first … ABSOLUTELY NONE!

 

Want more at-home spa treatment? The same company also has a foot therapy wrap made to exfoliate and soothe stressed feet! Check it out!

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Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding

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The Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding is sulfate, paraben, gluten, and silicone free. It contains a blend of shea butter, biotin, and honey. It claims to define curls while moisturizing dehydrated hair.

Ingredients:

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-69, Fragrance, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Ppg-2 Methyl Ether, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylisothiazolinone, Biotin, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol

Directions:
Apply curl pudding to clean, damp hair, and smooth to style.

 

Okay, so I think my current curl pudding is getting ready to be discontinued because I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I used to be able to get it for $6 at my local Walmart. Shout-out to Roots of Nature’s Feather Whipped Curl Creme with Mango Oil and Cupuacu Butter. That stuff was “the-best.com!” It made me want to do a “happy dance.”

  Then, , and do it again!  

I never had a bad hair day or parched hair whenever I used the feather whipped curl creme. Unfortunately, the only place I can now find it is online at 3-4x the original retail cost! So, I’ve been on the hunt to find a suitable replacement. Although this Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding has its pros and cons, it is a decent “stand in” until I can find another all-in-one Curl Creme or styling agent. Watch the video below to find out why …

 

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CHI AIR Ceramic Hair Dryer Demo + Style + Review

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I already own the CHI Rocket hair dryer, and I paid a pretty penny (almost $200) for it when it first came out. At the time, I thought it was the most revolutionary piece of hair equipment I ever owned. And, I think it was! It was lightweight, about 50% quieter than my previous hair dryer, and had a powerful motor that generated negative ions and far infrared heat with the lowest output of Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) for static-free results! However, I’ve owned my Rocket hair dryer for about six or seven years. While it’s still going strong, I recently became interested in CHI Air’s product line, which includes a ceramic hair dryer.

Similar to my beloved Rocket hair dryer, the CHI Air ceramic hair dryer comes with two attachments. Both include concentrator nozzles. However, instead of a comb attachment, the CHI Air includes a diffuser instead. Curly girls, rejoice!

VS. 
Chi Air #1

Chi Air #2

This CHI Air ceramic hair dryer also has low EMF and eliminates static. In addition, it seals the hair’s cuticle for shiny, smooth hair. I like that both dryers have a hanging loop for those living in small quarters. (A special shout-out to all those living in studio or one-bedroom apartments!) The far infrared technology claims to repel humidity and reduce static electricity. I decided to put it to the test. I workout daily, which makes maintaining most straight or stretched hair styles darn near impossible. However, after my 60-minute workout session, my hair was still mostly straight, which is pretty impressive.

The Air hair dryer worked as well as the Rocket but seemed to dry my hair even faster. It is also noticeably quieter than my Rocket. Another major difference is the material that each blow dryer is made of. The Rocket is modern, sleek, and, yes, sometimes darn right slippery to hold! This can become a major annoyance when your hands and hair are wet (as they are prone to be when blow drying your tresses). I often find myself constantly stopping periodically just to wipe my hands and/or the Rocket handle down with a towel. Unlike the Rocket, the CHI Air has a more ergonomic design. The handle is softer and astronomically easier to hold.

The Rocket has 1800 watts compared to the Air’s 1500, but I didn’t notice any difference in terms of power or performance. In fact, the only major gripe I have is that I have to manually hold the cool shot button on the CHI Air whereas on my CHI Rocket I could just press it on and it would stay on until I pressed it again. Not sure why the product development team got rid of that feature, but I think they should bring it back! Other than that, I think the CHI Air blow dryer is amazing, especially for those short on time or who may be considering stretching their hair (with heat) on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Curious how this beauty performs in real time? Watch the vid below for the deets!

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African Pride Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion 2.0

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Remember this? I found a bottle of African Pride’s Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion at my local beauty supply store for only a few bucks last year. Because of the sickeningly intense banana scent, I have only used this product sporadically. In fact, the last time I used it, my mom and sister smelled the product the moment I stepped into the car. redface Not cool! redface And, to make matters worse, they were not a fan of the scent either.

Because I like the results I receive from this moisturizer lotion, I wanted to try to see if I could find a way to salvage it without almost getting sick every time I use it (due to the intense aroma). So, this is what I did … Once I had used about half of the product, I filled the remainder of the bottle with Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice. I also added a ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil. To mask the unpleasant fragrance of the product, I added 20-30 drops of essential oil. Then, I transferred the new concoction into a spray bottle.

The result? A product remix that hydrates and seals moisture into my hair in ONE step. Just shake and repeat prior to each use! 😉

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African Pride Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion

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African Pride Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion 12 oz

I found a bottle of African Pride’s Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion at my local beauty supply store for only a few bucks. I have to admit, I bought it solely because of the price … Well, the price and the claims on the packaging. According to the label, this “maximum strengthening moisturizer lotion” prevents breakage and split ends, repairs dry, damaged hair, provides sheen, and protects against the harmful effects of chemical processes and everyday styling tools. This formula states that it is perfect for blow drying, maintaining short styles, and moisturizing curly hair.

Ingredients: Water, Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-20, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone,  Lanolin Oil, Laneth-15, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Persia Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary) , Equisetum Hiemale Extract (Horsetail) , Malaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree), Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, TBHQ,  CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow #5), Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Linalool

Directions: Use daily, applying a small amount into hair from roots to ends. Do not rinse out. Style as usual.

I love that this moisturizing lotion has shea butter, olive, jojoba, coconut, avocado, and tea tree oils, as well as ginseng, rosemary, and horsetail extracts. However, there seems to be some discrepancy concerning the ingredients. I noticed that when I looked up this product online, many of the more “unsavory ingredients” (e.g., Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone,  and Lanolin Oil) were listed toward the end. However, on my bottle, they were listed within the first 10 ingredients. Hmmm … I’m not a fan of such unclear product descriptions. I wondered whether I had a newer (or older) formula. I wasn’t too thrilled about this, but I decided to try it anyway.

The hair lotion immediately moisturized my parched hair … No small feat, considering the high humidity I experience in my locale year-round. It also defined and separated my curls even though I applied it to previously styled hair that was dry (and not damp or wet). Eight hours later, my hair was still well-moisturized and defined. Questionable ingredients aside, that’s a pretty amazing accomplishment!

When I tried this product on my freshly washed damp/wet hair, I loved it even more! The lotion had a perfect consistency: not too thick … not too thin … somewhere in-between. It left my curls and coils moisturized, defined, and shiny without being greasy. However, if I accidentally used too much product, it did weigh down my hair and make it oily. So, relaxed ladies be super careful!

While I think this is a decent product, especially for those with limited funds, unfortunately, this hair lotion has a VERY potent smell. It reminds me of a very pungent banana taffy. The scent was completely unpleasant for me. So much so that I think I might have to add some of my own essential oils to it to mask the smell. Thankfully, the smell fades some (about 30-60 minutes) after application, but I do not like it all!

A Capful of Product

A Capful of Product

All in all, I think African Pride’s Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion is a great product for a natural on a budget. I also think it is relaxer friendly … Just be sure not to use too much product!

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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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Flat-ironed Natural Hair – 7 Months of Growth

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I have been natural for seven months. I wanted to see what the length of my hair really looked like, so I decided to flat iron my hair. I initially wanted to straighten my hair for my six-month naturalversary, but time crept up so quickly, I completely forgot. I didn’t remember until it was almost a full month after my mid-year mark. Oops! Crazy how fast time goes by … Anyway, it’s been so long since I’ve seen my hair straight, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But, I am pleased with the results. Even my family members were astonished. Mostly because I think they remember how short my hair was when I Big Chopped. LOL. Here’s what I did …

STRAIGHTENING STEPS

  1. Shampooed my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.
  2. Conditioned my hair.
  3. Deep conditioned my hair.
  4. Rollerset my hair with water (no product) to help my hair have plenty of body.
  5. Let my hair air dry for two hours and then sat under a dryer for 20-30 minutes to finish drying.
  6. Spritzed each roller section with a heat protectant and flat ironed my hair using my Babyliss Nano Titanium 1.25″ flat iron. I didn’t want my hair “bone straight,” so I set my flat iron to 375 degrees.
  7. It took me about a leisurely hour to straighten all of my hair.

MAINTENANCE

  1. Because I live in a very humid climate, the next day (before wearing my hair out), I layered on some of my homemade shea butter glycerin hair styler, about a half of a teaspoon of castor oil, and then sealed it all in with raw, unrefined shea butter. This helped to prevent the humidity from reverting my flat-ironed hair without overly weighing it down.
  2. Prior to going to bed, I wrapped my hair. Because my hair is still too short to wrap around my whole head, I had to secure my wrapped hair as I went along, pinning it in place to prevent it from loosening as I slept.
  3. I added my satin bonnet and called it a night.
  4. Throughout the week, after I unwrapped my hair each morning, I added more of my homemade shea butter glycerin hair styler, castor oil, and raw, unrefined shea butter as needed.

THE RESULTS

In these pics, my hair is 6.50″ – 7.00″ long.

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