Curls: Go-To Summer Style

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Hey Y’all… Erica here! I usually do this style when the front of my hair does what it wants. It’s cute, simply and easy. I used Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator to moisturize and olive oil to seal. To maintain this style I just two strand twist the back and tie it up with my satin scarf.

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Much Love,

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Back to Basics|| Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hey Ya’ll! Everyone knows what shampoo and conditioner is right? There are so many shampoos and conditioners out there to meet your specific hair needs….Finding out which one ca be tricky.

Shampoo is a form of soap made to cleanse your scalp of all products and debris. Depending on your hair and the state that it is in (dry, dyed, etc.) there is a shampoo that can be used. Not all shampoos are created equal. Here are a few…

Clarifying Shampoo- helps to remove everything from the hair and scalp.

Sulfate Free Shampoo- does nor contain the detergent foaming agent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. While it still cleanses it does not lather as much.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is found in soaps, toothpaste, etc. It has leaning and emulsifying properties and acts like soap. It has the ability to strip the hair of nutrients, but it is and irritant for those who have sensitive skin. Those who can benefit from sodium lauryl sulfate shampoo are those who suffer from dandruff and excessive sebum (oily scalp).

Moisturizing Shampoo- maintains moisture as it cleanses

Color-Safe Shampoo- cleanses while maintaining the color. Also it keeps the color from fading.

Conditioners are designed to replenish the hair with moisture and also provide treatment for the hair.

Deep Conditioning- use when moisture and protein is needed for the hair. It has a base of a heavy cream moisturizer.

Leave-In Conditioner- thinner in consistency and leaves a light layer on the hair

~Quick Tip~ For best results for your hair, use the shampoo and conditioner from the same brand. They are formulated to work together.

Much Love,

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New Product Review|| Trader Joe’s

 

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Hey Ya’ll it’s Lesley!!  So for the past month I have been using  Trader Joe’s hair products  because I wanted to try something different, and it has paid off. I have been using the Tea Tree Tingle and the Nourish Spa Balanced Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

So let me tell you a few things about them…

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Nourishing Spa Balanced Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Both are enriched with Organic Botanicals ( its infused with plant material that helps with healthy hair production)
  • Balanced shampoo to clean and protect
  • Helps with re-moisturizing dry, brittle hair ( conditioner)
  • Adds moisture and the hair is more manageable
  • Cruelty Free (No Animal Testing Contains no harmful sulfates)

Once I used this product my hair felt soft, my curls were defined, I hardly had any frizz, and it cut my detangling time in half. The conditioner does have a silicone in it, but that’s a good thing for me because I have high porosity and it helps retain the moisture in my hair.

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Tea Tree Tingle

  • Contains Tea Tree Peppermint and Eucalyptus Botanicals
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Contains no harmful Sulfates
  • Cleanses without stripping the hair too much
  • Cruelty Free

This product surprised me the most because I was using peppermint soap to clarify my hair and afterwards I would have to put so much moisture back in. It felt brittle when I was done, but after using the Tea Tree Tingle, it was soft and I still had life in my curls even though I clarified my hair.

These products have changed the way my hair has felt and the way my final styles look and it has been amazing. The price point for both of these products are affordable. You can purchase these items at you local Trade Joe’s or on Amazon in sets for under 20 dollars.

Much Love,

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Quick Review|| Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

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Hey Ya’ll!! It is very seldom that we like ( or in this case love) the same styling products. We have our own preferences when it come to styling our curls. The Cantu Coconut Curling Cream meets both of our needs. Here’s why…

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Keeps hair moisturized

Lightweight and Creamy

Mixes well with our other products

Defines curls (twist outs and braid outs)

Frizz is at a minimum

Price is right ( $5.99)

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This is our first product for Cantu and we are really interested in trying other things from them.

Stay tuned for more reviews!

Much Love,

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Fav Hair Oils

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Hey Y’all!!  The word of the day is..OIL! Not only is it a great sealant but it has other great benefits as well. Like any other products you have to find the one you like and what works.

Here are our favorites…

Erica

Olive oil- I have been using olive oil ever since we started our natural hair journey. My hair just loves it! I use it for pre-poo. It helps to soften the tangles and prep my hair for shampooing.

Grape seed oil- I use this on my scalp and for a sealant after I moisturize. It is light weight and I can use it every other day. It also promotes hair growth.

Coconut oil- I’ve just started to use this on my hair as a sealant. I tried using it for pre-poo and I’m still trying to figure out if I like it or not. (more on this in a future post).

Lesley

Organix Argan Oil of Morocco- I like it because it’s light and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. Unlike my sister I haven’t tried the other oils on my hair but I do want to try and see what others oils out there that I would like.

Here’s a little info on oil and how it works when it pertains to hair:

Oil: any neutral , non polar chemical substance that is a viscous liquid at ambient temperature.

Oils are both hydrophobic “water fearing” and Lipophilic “fat loving”

Non Polar: doesn’t mix with water

Hair Structures

Hair Shaft: part of the hair that sticks out of the skin and scalp

Medulla: deepest layer of the hair shaft; only seen in large and thick hairs

Cortex: middle layer of the hair shaft which provides the strength, color and texture of a hair fiber

Outer layer: thin and colorless and serves as protection to the cortex

Oil seals in moisture it doesn’t create moisture. So if your hair is dry and you apply oil you will seal in the dryness.

❀Our hair is made of dead cells that have turned into keratin and binding material together with small amounts of water

❀Oil  does not permeate the hair shaft because of the small amount of water that holds the shaft together

❀ Leave in conditioner or conditioning styling products are able to permeate the hair because the first ingredient water

What oils are your favorite? Let us know!

Much Love,

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Hair Tools

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Hey Ya’ll!! We’ve done post in the past that talk about what kind of products that we use on our hair. So today we want to share some hair tools that we use to detangle and style our hair.

~Erica~

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The Conair combs came together in a set. I absolutely love the wide tooth comb. I use it after I finger detangle my hair. Being that I am a type 4 natural and my hair is thick, it’s pretty tough and durable. The rat-tail comb I use to part my hair when I’m doing flat twist or oiling my scalp. The blue brush I’ve had for a while. It’s one of those brushes you use occasionally. I use it to smooth my edges, which is not very often.

~Lesley~

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My wide tooth comb has been with me for a while and I like to detangle my hair dry with it.    Whenever I’m in between washes and my hair gets a bit tangled the blue comb is perfect for that. The tangle teaser is good for when I freshly washed my hair and applied my deep conditioner. It distributes the conditioner evenly and there is no snapping or extra pulling on my hair.  My hair is thick and the tangle teaser detangles with no problem.

We try to keep our combs and brushes to a minimum. We honestly don’t need 5 thousand hair tools. We found what works and we stick to that.

What is your favorite hair tool to use? Let us know!

Much Love,

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First Impression|| Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hey Y’all! Erica here and I wanted to give my first impression on Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner. This is my second time trying Trader Joe’s hair products and I’ve had my eye on this for a while.

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First off I love the packaging. I think that it’s cute but simple. I had high expectations for this product because of my experience in the past; and it didn’t disappoint.

I love the consistency of the shampoo; it has a gel like consistency. For this to be a sulfate free shampoo the lather is on 10. But my hair didn’t feel hard or unmanageable. The conditioner is so lovely. It’s super creamy and my hair was so soft.

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The smell is very light and not over powering. The “tingle” is very refreshing. It does not burn which is nice.

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This duo is definitely will be apart of my clarifying regime. I will be repurchasing plus the price was pretty good.

Have you tried any of Trader Joe’s Shampoos and Conditioner? Which ones?

Much Love,

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