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Optimum Oil Therapy Dry Hair Healer

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Claims: 

  • Deeply moisturizes to alleviate dryness
  • Helps repair and protect against split ends
  • No greasy buildup

Ingredients: 

42156 SS, Aqua/Water, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Paraffin, Dimethicone, Dicetyl Phosphate, Olea Eurropaea/Olive Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis/Jojoba Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera/Coconut Oil, Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil. Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sucrose, Parfum/Fragrance, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-23, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol.

Directions: For daily maintenance, apply a small amount into palm, massage evenly into hair, and style as usual. For excessive dryness, section hair and apply directly onto scalp . Comb or brush through hair, and style as usual.

 

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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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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.
Next Day Results ...

Final Results …

Next Day Results ...

Final Results …

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Next Day Results
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Next Day Results (after unwrapping hair) ...

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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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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Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair: Feather Whipped Curl Cream with Mango Oil and Brazilian Cupuacu Butter

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Roots of Nature® Feather Whipped Curl Cream™ with mango oil and Brazilian cupuacu (coo-poo-wah-soo) butter by Softsheen Carson offers to weightlessly hydrate natural hair, and provide lasting curl definition and control. Found in the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest, moisturizing cupuacu butter has for generations been a Brazilian secret for beautiful hair. Combined with softening mango oil, this whipped curl cream is supposed to help limp curls and waves to become feather-light with bounce and shine (minus the frizz and the crunch).

SUMMARY of CLAIMS:
New Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair gives 24-hour curl definition leading salon brands can’t beat!* • Nourishes and conditions while defining curls and providing hold. • Shields curls from humidity, without the crunch or shrinkage. • Helps promote strong-growing hair.**
* In tests of Roots of Nature® Feather Whipped Curl Cream and Butter Whip Coil versus Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding and Roots of Nature Curl Reviving Spray versus DevaCurl Set it Free.
 ** Smoothes the cuticle to help reduce breakage so hair can grow longer.

This moisturizing cream retails for $7.99, but my sister found it at my local Dollar Tree. She called me to tell me about it, but I thought she was mistaken. I mean, why would a name brand product be at a dollar store? However, she finally convinced me to go. To my surprise, she was right! I scooped up three jars in a flash and made a mad dash to the checkout line. I didn’t really care whether this product would work for me. At this price, I figured I could make it work! So, I  purchased $24 worth of product for only $3 (plus tax). As my father likes to say, “This wasn’t a deal … It was a steal!” Woot! Woot! So, I decided to give it a try.

Of course, after I got home, I noticed that the container said the product was for soft curls and waves. Great! Did I just make a mistake? We all do from time-to-time. I felt like kicking myself. But, then, I figured a $3 mistake was no biggie. LOL! So, I co-washed my hair and followed the instructions, generously applying the curl cream to my soaking wet hair.

First, let me say that the 6.1 oz. container is reasonably sized. I applied the curl cream ONCE and never had to reapply any additional product throughout the week. Secondly, this stuff smells wonderful! It is a cross between the scent of freshly cut mangoes and the sweet aromatics of a light perfume, which I surprisingly love. The consistency is like that of a hair pudding … not super creamy and thick but definitely not thin and watery. When I opened the jar and gently shook the product, it stayed put but jiggled. When I first touched the actual cream, I was a little worried because it felt slightly tacky to the touch. As a result, I prepared myself for having to do a second co-wash just in case this stuff turned out to be too gummy or overly sticky. But, there was no need!

I heavily applied the whipped curl cream to large sections of my sopping wet hair. No parting or combs used … just my fingers. I smoothed the product over my strands until all of my hair was evenly coated. I was immediately, well, impressed! The cream INSTANTLY defrizzed my hair, which, for me, is NO small task. My hair has always been incredibly frizzy and poof-prone ever since I was a child. Also, this is the most “hang time” my curls have gotten in a wash ‘n go EVER! The curl cream elongated my curls and seemed to also separate and super define each strand. The only other product that has given me the same definition has been my Eco Styler gel and my DIY Eco Styler Custard. But, apparently, none of my previous efforts made the grade because when my sister saw my hair she said, “This is the best your hair has ever looked since you went natural!” (Blush) Thanks, sis! I’ll try to take that as a compliment.

Nevertheless, the true test, for me, was how my hair would look when it air dried. To my surprise, my curls and coils stayed elongated throughout the day. And, more importantly, my hair felt pliable and moisturized. The next day, I revived my wash ‘n go with my DIY hair spritz and fluffed my hair. At night, I donned a satin bonnet. And, the following morning I refreshed my curls once again with my homemade spritz. Five days later, my curls were still looking good. No, great!

A lot of people in the blogosphere who have tried this product seem to be of two minds … people either LOVE it or out-and-out HATE it. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of in-between. Me, personally, I LOVE it! However, I think hair texture may also come into play. I have mostly 4A hair. But I do also have a large section of 3C curls at the front crown of my head with small fuzzy patches of 4B coils near my temples and over my ears. With that said, it is trying, to say the least, for me to find a product that works for my 4A hair that also works for my 3c curls and 4B coils. I usually have to manipulate my 4B hair to get it to blend with my 3C and 4A hair and many times products my 4A/4B hair likes is too heavy for my 3C hair. So, as far as I am concerned, any product that can get ALL of my hair to behave in the same way is a miracle in a jar! And, at only a buck, I plan to drive to every Dollar Tree within a 25-mile radius of my home and buy up every container I can find. In fact, I’ve already been to two different Dollar Trees, and I’m on my way to sourcing a third. LOL!

After only a couple of weeks, it’s a little too early to tell whether this product eliminates breakage and repairs damage, but the mango oil and Brazilian cupuacu butter really do seem to moisturize and condition my dry tresses. I usually moisturize and seal my hair twice a day (once in the morning and then again right before bed). However, I only used the curl cream once per week and then revived my curls with my DIY hair spritz each morning. That’s it! And, my wash ‘n go maintained the same level of moisture from day 1 to day 6. Even on day 7 (my wash day), my hair still looked really nice. I even got a compliment on my day 6 hair, which I thought was funny because I never reapplied any more product. In fact, I probably could have easily gotten another two to three days out of my hairstyle, but I prefer to wash my hair once a week.

The following week, I tried this product with a flat twist-out. I wore the flat twists for four days and then undid the twists and wore those for two to three days. Although I had more curl definition/staying power with my wash ‘n go, the curl cream still delivered stellar results. My flat twists stayed moisturized and in place until I undid them on day five for a twist-out. My twist-out looked stunning on day five. Okay on day six and passable but not great on day seven. So, I will probably use this predominantly for wash ‘n gos and for the occasional twist-out/braid-out for special occasions when I want a little extra curl elongation. However, I have to say, this product gave me the best twist-out I’ve had since going natural! I usually hate my twist-outs but, this time, it looked so good that several relatives commented on how great my hair looked at a recent family get-together. Talk about progress!  🙂

Moreover, this curl cream is free of drying alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum. So, what’s not to love? At only $1.00, you can love (or at least try) it, too! I love this product so much that I am even willing to pay the full $7.99 retail price when my $1.00 stash runs out! Oh, yeah. It makes my hair look THAT good. Don’t believe me? Check out the pictures below and decide for yourself. Cheers!

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SUPER DEFINED TWIST-OUT

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