The Big Switch

The Big Switch

 

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Hey Y’all! At the beginning of our natural hair journey, we decided to use sulfate free shampoos. And we remained sulfate free until late 2017. Partly because of the price point, we wanted an affordable option of shampoo; Mainly we were curious. We wanted to know how our hair would react to sulfate shampoo.

It’s been almost a year, and we are happy with our experience with sulfate shampoos. Here are a few examples.

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Co-Washing

Co-Washing

 

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Hey Ya’ll! It’s Erica! So I have been experimenting with co-washing again. “Co-washing is something that you do not something you buy.”- Anthony Dickey  The technique is very important.  So here is how I co-wash my hair.

Section hair into two parts
Finger detangle under water
Apply conditioner to hair shaft and ends (I focus on my ends the most)
Let it sit for about 5-10 min and then rinse

The mistake that I made in the past was putting the conditioner on my scalp. Conditioners do not belong on the scalp; just the hair shaft and ends. It caused so much build up that I had to clarify with Dr. Bronners several times. That was the only shampoo that would thoroughly removed all of that build up.

Co-washing can be a good addition to your hair routine if done properly. It will never replace shampoo but it can keep the curls poppin’  in between wash days.

Do you co-wash? What is your favorite conditioner to use?!?

Much Love,

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Curly Hair Favorites

Curly Hair Favorites

 

Hey Ya’ll! Long time huh? If you don’t know we had Hurricane Harvey come through Rockport, Houston and surrounding areas. Needless to say it was tough but we didn’t experience any damage to our home.  Thank God!  If you want to donate, here is a link to JJ Watts Relief Fund for Houston and surrounding areas.

 

Here are our current curly hair favorites…

 

~Erica~

Cantu Coil Calm Detangler

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack

~Lesley~

Mixed Chicks Styling Cream

Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

Stay tuned for reviews of our favorites… What are your favorite hair products? Let us know!

Much Love,

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Quick Review|| Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

Quick Review|| Cantu Coconut Curling Cream

 

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…

 

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)

 

 

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

Fav Hair Oils

 

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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Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Hey Ya’ll! We have been using Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, these products are geared towards natural, chemically processed, color treated and heat styled hair. We decided to try the shampoo, leave-in and the treatment masque.

 JBCO Leave- In Conditioner:  The leave- in conditioner is amazing. It is light weight and it distributes throughout the hair evenly. We use it to detangle before our twist or braids. Our fingers/combs just glade right through with ease.

 

JBCO Shampoo: This shampoo has apple cider vinegar in it which we like because ACV is a mainstay in our hair routine. This shampoo is clarifying but it left our hair soft. All of the dirt, debris and product was gone and our hair and scalp looked and felt clean.

 

JBCO Treatment Masque: We love this! The consistency is thick and it coats the hair so well and a  little goes a long way.  Our hair tends to get dry and this helps combat that for us.

We honestly can’t say enough about these products… Shea Moisture did it again! Check out www.sheamoisture.com for more info! Have you tried JBCO from Shea Moisture? Let us know!

Much Love,

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Hair Porosity

Hair Porosity

  What is Porosity? Porosity is the quality or state of being porous. Porous means containing vessels and permeable to fluids. So basically how well does your hair absorb moisture and products, So let’s talk about  Hair Porosity…

Low porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair shaft is smooth and tight around the cortex which makes moisture and products hard to get in.

~It’s usually protein sensitive.

~Using  lighter oils (argan, grape seed)  will not weigh the hair down and can be used as a sealant.

~Deep conditioning with heat raises the cuticle so that  it can do it’s job properly.

~Using products with humectants will attract moisture to the hair.

High porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair shaft is raised (bumpy), so moisture comes in but leaves just as fast.

~ Prone to breakage and damage

~Use minimal heat

~Deep condition regularly

~Use heavier products (butters,oils)

~Seal hair with oils (coconut, olive oil)

The two methods of finding out your hair’s porosity are very simple and can be done in minutes. The first method is the most well known;first take a strand of clean hair and place it in a glass of room temperature water wait for a couple of minutes if the hair floats you have low porosity if hair sinks you have high porosity. For the second method  take a strand of hair, gently slide your fingers up towards your scalp. If you feel little bumps you have high porosity. If your hair feels smooth then you have low porosity.

Much Love,

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