Sunday, November 29, 2015

Black Friday Buys


Hello all! I hope that everyone had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday with loved ones.  And I pray that everyone who is traveling will or have made it safely back to their destinations.  I did not visit my home town this year. Me and my sister stayed here and did a little dinner of our own. I actually smoked a turkey for the first time. Thank goodness it came out good because I did not have a back up plan! LOL

Just getting started

Done just in time for the fixins' ;)

So of course we all know that after Thanksgiving and even on Thanksgiving Day means Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Some businesses have even extended their Black Friday sales through the whole weekend.  Well here are the hair goodies that I stocked up on after 12am Thursday night/Friday morning. I actually took a little nap but woke right back up for these deals.

TRUE by MADE BEAUTIFUL
I have never tried this line before, but have heard very good things. On Friday only, all products on their site were on sale for $5.00.  I have seen some reviews on a few of their items and had been wanting to try. I think these products are sold at select Sally Beauty Supply stores, but I haven't seen it.  Of course with each product being $5 a piece, I had to pick up everything in the line. Did I go overboard?

If you missed the Black Friday sale, no worries. The Cyber Monday sale is still pretty good. Details are below!


TGIN NATURAL
I definitely wanted to restock on the Honey Miracle hair mask that I reviewed here.  The tgin Black Friday sale extends through today. So if you haven't got a chance to stock up on any of the tgin products for $9.99 each there is still time.

I restocked on the Hair Mask and also decided to try out their Butter Cream Moisturizer. I ordered some for my mom too. She has transitioned to natural so I'm trying to turn her into a product junkie help her find the products that work best for her hair. ;)




MIELLE ORGANICS
Here is one more sale that I thought would be worth mentioning. This is another line that I wanted to try but I think I've purchased enough hair goodies so maybe next time.  I figured I'd go ahead and share for anyone interested. They are offering BOGO Free on the Babassue Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner.  But the offer is ONLY VALID TODAY BETWEEN 11AM. - 3 PM EST.  It's 12:46 as I'm typing this, so there's just over a couple hours left to scoop this up.




What hair goodies have you stocked up on this Black Friday?



Thanks for stopping by!

Product Review | She Scent It Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Product:  
She Scent It Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Price for 9 oz. Jar:  $12.50 at www.shescentit.com  $14.00 - This is what I paid when I purchased this product from the Tendrils and Curls shop set up at the Kinky Hair Unlocked event I attended in Atlanta, GA. You can check out my post on the event here.

Ingredients:  
Water infused with Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, 
Salix Nigra (Black Willow) Bark, Chamaemelum 
Nobile (Roman Chamomile), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip
Seed) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Musa Sapientum (Banana) 
Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) 
Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, 
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Honey, Hydrolyzed 
Cotton Seed Protein, Theobroma (Cocoa Seed) Butter, 
Prunus Amygdalus Dulsis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Orbygnia 
Oleifera (Babassu) Oil, Silk Peptides, DL Panthenol, 
Silica, Phenoxyethenol, Fragrance

Promises:
"An intensive weekly moisture boosting treatment that nourishes each strand, increasing strength and manageability, leaving hair soft, shiny and smooth.This conditioner was formulated to provide superior moisture and nourishment to strands, creating soft silky hair. It drenches the hair with hydration, giving it the moisture boost it needs. It restores the protective layer on dry or damaged hair and reduce hair's porosity dramatically. Customers who are transitioning find this 
conditioner to be very helpful in maintaining a great moisture and protein balance"

My Experience:

I purchased this product back in June when I attended the Kinky Hair Unlocked event. I think I had used it maybe twice before it got lost amidst my many other products. So I have just recently revisited this product I wanted to try to give some sort of assessment on it, since I probably won't be repurchasing anytime soon.  I am not saying that I disliked the product at all, I just didn't get that "I gotta have more" feeling about it.

The product has a very creamy consistency; not too thick but not too thin either. It smooths onto the hair fairly well. This time I applied it to my dry hair before washing. The last two times I applied it to my wet hair after washing and I remember not liking the way it felt when my hair was wet; but there could have been something else behind that.  

The smell of this product is also nice. It has a light banana scent of course. It's not very strong at all. Reminds me of banana flavored laffy taffy. :)

The product has very nice slip.  After deep conditioning with my steamer on dry hair, I was able to gently glide through my hair with my detangling brush.  Mind you that I applied the conditioner to my hair that was pulled into a bun from a week old bantu knot. It was a mess, but I did not detangle my hair until after steaming and hopping into the shower to rinse.  My hair felt very soft even after using shampoo. It wasn't a very large jar as you can see. I only got about 3 uses out of it.  I wish there was a little more for the price, but I guess it's not too terribly bad.  
All in all, this is a pretty decent product. I don't really have anything negative to say about it. It is likely that I may repurchase again one day.  This was one of my wish list items that I  just wanted to be able to try at least once, and that I did.  There are many great reviews on this product; so if you're interested, I say give it a try!


Have you tried this product? What did you think of it?

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wash Day | Getting Steamy With It

Hello all! Another week has gone by and another wash day post has been created around these parts.  This time I made sure to get in as much conditioner as possible on this wash since I pretty much skipped any conditioner on my last wash day which you can read about here. I don't know...it just felt wrong somehow. I just had to make up for it in this weeks Wash Day Experience. 

DEEP CONDITION
This week I decided to revisit deep conditioning on dry hair after receiving a tip on speeding up my wash day from Lizzy over at Lisa's Journal. It's been a long time since I started my wash day with deep conditioning, so I figured I'd give it a try. I mean, I'm not really feeling the shower hopping life, but it has been my life for the past....hmmm...how long have I been on this hair journey?? LOL



I started off by massaging my scalp with coconut oil.  I then applied She Scent It Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner.  I had almost forgotten I had this and decided I'd finish off the jar. Another empty from the stash! YES!!!

For an extra boost of moisture, I decided to dust off the old steamer.  My hair was sectioned in four. I twisted each section into a large bantu knot and sat under my steamer for about 20 minutes.  I allowed a few minutes for my hair to cool off.

***Table Top Steamer Tip***
If you have a table top steamer, using an ironing board is a great way to easily adjust the height.


SHAMPOO & CONDITION
Next I shampooed my hair with 40 Carrots Retinol Rich Shampoo.  This shampoo is very gentle so I opted for this shampoo to keep me from feeling like I washed out the benefits from my dry hair deep conditioning session. I followed up with Herbal Esscences Naked Moisture Conditioner and rinsed thoroughly. I actually exited the shower without having to jump back in. Yay!

LEAVE-INS & STYLING
I decided to do another twist and curl with larger flat twists and larger perm rods.  For my leave-ins I used Annabelle's Perfect Blends Moisturizing Hair Cream and Macadamia oil to seal. I set my twist and curl with Eco Styler gel.






I was worried that my hair was not dry when I took it down the next morning. I felt a slight bit of dampness so there was some frizz going on; but I was still fairly happy with the results. I guess it wasn't too bad. I had a few compliments at work. Also when I was at Walmart a woman complimented me and asked if I had done my own hair.  She wanted to know if I could do hers. LOL! I am definitely no stylist. Just practicing and having fun. Ha ha!

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Well how was your wash day experience?  What fun styles have you tried lately?  Please do tell. Head on over to the Wash Day Experience Linkup and share!


Thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wash Day | Bantu Knots to High Puff

Hello there ladies and gents! Coming at you guys with another wash day post. It seems that I can never keep my wash days quite consistent. Always making adjustments based on what's going on.  My intent was to wash DC and try out the jumbo perm rods that I recently purchased, but instead I ended up going with bantu knots to save some time.  So let's get into the deets of my most recent Wash Day Experience!



PRE-POO
I parted my hair into four quadrants and applied my Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Bath, Body, and Massage Oil. I say it's good for more than just your bath and body. I love this in my hair and it smells lovely.  I applied this to my hair and sat under my heat cap for maybe 20 minutes or so.

SHAMPOO
I shampooed with Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating shampoo which is a new product for me. I picked it up on sale at Walgreens.  I figured since I love the conditioners maybe the HE shampoos might be worth a try. I also bought the conditioner for this line as well, but I haven't tried it yet.


DEEP CONDITION
I totally skipped my deep conditioning treatment ya'll!!! I didn't even use a rinse out conditioner while I was in the shower and I wasn't about to hop back in!!! I had every intention of deep conditioning my hair. I had actually planned to apply it and leave it in over night because I started on my hair so late. I started dreading having to get up the next morning to rinse and style. The perm rod idea was out the door by this point. I was also expecting my cousin to stop through on her way back to Atlanta so I knew I wouldn't have the time to mess with my hair on top of everything else i had planned to do.

My sister had done bantu knots on her hair earlier that day so I thought maybe I'll just apply a good moisturizer and do some quick bantu knots. So bantu knots it was.

STYLING
My hair was in my usual 8 sections (each of the four quadrants parted in half).  This time I did twists instead of braids. So I just unraveled each twist section, applied my Pura Body Naturals Muru Muru moisture milk, sealed with avocado oil and applied my Eco Styler gel (since I couldn't find my Carol's Daughter styling creme) detangled and twisted the section into a knot. I had 8 knots total. I slept in those and prayed they did not take long to dry. Unfortunately they were still a bit damp even after having them in over 12 hours. So I just wore the knots as is the entire day and took them down the next morning.



I ended up turning my BKO into a curly High Puff using a banana clip since I wasn't completely happy with the take down results. It wasn't bad, but since the sections were so big i felt like my hair was more frizzy than I liked.  Fortunately my hair felt super soft even without a conditioning treatment; but I definitely won't be making it a habit of skipping my DC..

fairly decent definition on the curls


I had to play with the camera a little bit. =]

So that was my wash day. Didn't quite happen how I planned. I always feel like I have to rush...maybe because I tend to put it off because I just don't feel like it. #WashDay #ICant  LOL!!!


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Did anyone else have a wash day that didn't turn out quite how you hoped? Do tell. Head on over to share your post on the Wash Day Experience link-up if you have one at Saving Our Strands or Just Grow Already. Can't wait to read about how your wash day went!


Thanks for reading my lil old post! :)


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Product Review | tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask



Product:  
Thank God It's Natural (TGIN) Honey Miracle Hair Mask

Price for 12 oz. Jar:  
$14.99 at www.tginstore.com
$17.99 at Target

Ingredients:  
WATER, RAW HONEY, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, GLUTAMIC ACID, FRAGRANCE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, EDTA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE.


Promises:
• Restores life to dry, damaged, or color treated hair 
• Improves shine and manageability 
• Locks in moisture and repairs damage 
• Reduces shedding and breakage

My Experience:

Let me first say that I was so excited to try this hair mask. I had heard great things about it and was stoked to get an opportunity ti give it a try.  The price of this product ranges 14.99 - 17.99.  I actually got mine in a CurlBox Dope Deal offer that was going on a couple months ago. For $25.00 plus shipping, I received this hair mask and 3 other products. Definitely a steal.

The conditioner has a very creamy texture which I liked.  It smoothed onto the hair very nicely.  And the smell is lovely.  You can definitely smell the raw honey.  I also love that it is made of all natural and organic ingredients.  The conditioner also has the oh so wonderful slip factor which is A-MAZING!  Detangling is such a breeze.  After rinsing my hair felt so soft and manageable.   Winning every time!

This product worked great on my transitioning head with THREE different textures going on (I still have a few bone straight ends, texlaxed sections, and 85 weeks of natural hair).  I think I got about 4 uses out of this jar.   I would recommend this product for all hair textures; relaxed, texlaxed, and natural.  I will definitely be re-stocking on this. Hmmm...Black Friday is just around the corner. 


Have you tried the tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask? How did you like it? Have you tried any other products in their line? Please share in the comments below.



Thanks for dropping by! XO
 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wash Day + Giveaway Winner Announced



Hello all! Just coming at you with a quick wash day post after almost 2.5 weeks since my last wash. I washed my hair yesterday after I got home from work and since it was a bit late, I needed to make it a quick one.  Here's how it went down!


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I used my Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Bath, Body, and Massage oil for my prepoo.  The mixture contains several excellent oils including Safflower, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Coconut and Olive.  I then detangled my hair in the shower with running water and did my usual 8 braids.

SHAMPOO & CONDITION
I shampooed with Mane and Tail shampoo.  Since I didn't have much time to DC and I knew I wanted to add some protein back after my flat iron session over 2 weeks ago, I decided to condition with Nexxus Emergencee,  I let it sit in my hair while I showered and then thoroughly rinsed.

LEAVE-INS AND STYLING
I used Pura Body Naturals Muru Muru Moisture Milk and sealed with Argan Oil.  I also used Proclaim Olive Foaming Wrap Lotion and Regis Design Line Enchanted Blow-Out lotion and blow dried my hair. Since I was in a rush, I did not use the cool setting this time around.

For work I threw my hair up in one of my usual buns. I where a lot of buns these days!




And that's it. Another boring old wash day! Sorry it was so quick, but I 'm trying to get back to my show. Empire! What!!! LOL



****************GIVEAWAY WINNER***************
On to more exciting news. The winner that was selected at random for the Lengthening Locks Blogiversary was.....drum roll please....Jas Sherese of Lengthy Lovely Locks! Congratulations, Jas! I hope you enjoy the gift card and can't wait to find out what products you decide to try!

A big THANK YOU to all who participated and for supporting.

Okay..back to my show now! Ummm...why is Hakeem tripping though?! LOL. Okay I'm done! :-P


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