I am really loving using rice water to strengthen and grow my hair. In the little time I have been applying rice water to my hair wash routine I have seen improvement with detangling and shedding. I am exploring new ways to use the rice water for even better results. I’ve tried using rice water as a pre conditioner, letting it sit on my hair before washing. But mostly I use it as a rinse after shampooing and before conditioning. This time I combined those techniques.
To start, I use a spray bottle to apply the rice water to my dry and dirty hair. Part the hair into sections and spray each section. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes or more.
Next, I washed my hair per my usual routine, shampoo, rinse with rice water, condition and rinse again with cold water.
The detangling process was soft and painless. I was able to comb through my hair from root to ends without headache. Pictured (left) all the hair I shed during this hair process.
My wash and go style is getting better and better!
Okay, so! I have another rice water update. I’ve used rice water about 3 times now and I can say I have seen results.
3 Weeks of dirty hair with product build up
How I make my Rice Water
I use regular store brand white rice. I pour about 2 cups of rice into a strainer and rinse the rice with water, to get off the factory dust off of it. Then, I use a Mason Jar (pint size) and fill the bottom with rice. Next, I fill the jar with water. To mask the horrible smell rice water can produce, I use essential oil. This time I used Jojoba & Sweet Almond Oil. Lastly, seal the lid on the jar tightly, letting it soak for at least 24 hours.
One thing I hate about washing my hair is the shedding. Normally, I will have large clumps of hair all over my shower, shrink and stuck in my brush after washing and detangle my hair. It gives me anxiety, thinking about how much of my hair is falling out and my drains getting clogged with clumps of hair, etc. But the instant result of using rice water is LESS SHEDDING.
After washing, this is what my hair looks like with no product in it …
I have not been tracking my hair length to see if it is growing. But I want to start so here are my first length check photos
Today, I have a special #curltreat to share with you. I received another Vox Box from Influenster,that is all about CURLS and treating yourself to healthy styles.
What’s in the box?
This Vox Box includes Garnier Fructis Curl Treat Leave- in stylers: Hydrating Butter and Defining Soothie.
Y’all know I love a good hair product and these styler came just in time for the holidays. I decided to do a flexi rod set using both the Hydrating butter and Defining smoothie. I normally don’t purchase Garnier Fructis products for my hair because honestly I didn’t think it was a brand for ethnic natural hair. Now that I’ve tried these curl treats I will be purchasing these products and exploring what other good styling products Garnier Fructis has to offer my thick natural curls.
Both the Hydrating Butter and Defining Soothie formulas are thick and feels very rich. You only need to apply a little bit to each section of hair.
When styling my hair with the flexi rods, I wet my hair with a spray bottle of warm water, them added the Hydrating Butter from root to ends. Before starting to roll each section of hair with the flexi rod, I used my finger to rub the Defining smoothie and a small amount of curl gel to the ends. Once my entire head was rolled and twisted in the flexi rod, I let it air dry over night then sat under the hair drier the next morning for 20 mins (just to make sure my roots were completely dry)
Natural Hair Tip: Make sure your hair is COMPLETELY dry when doing twist out, rod or roller set before untwist or unrolling. It makes a huge different in the final look and how long it will last.
I am amazed at the finished look of this flexi rod protective style. Like I said, I never thought Garnier Frutis products were for my type of hair. There advertisements always have white women with straight hair, I don’t fit that audience so I over look the brand. I would like to see more women of color with different types and styles of hair in their advertisements.
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I’ve taken my DIY skills to a whole new level. I made some hair clip ins using 14 inch Itlian Wavy bundles by LM Tresses.
I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair but I’m picky about my hair. I have so many bundles of hair from my sew in days, I thought about making a wig. As I was looking for tutorial to make the wig I came across a tutorial for clip ins. Clip ins are much easier than a wig. Plus, I’ve never wore a wig before so that would have been a gamble for me.
The process of making the clips ins was simpler than I thought. Since I already had the hair, I only had to purchase thread, needle and clips ins from the beauty supply store. All of this was $10 (max).
Now that it is Winter, I have changed up my hair wash routine a little bit. I’ve been seeing all the hype about rice water and the benefits it has on your hair. I am always looking for good products and natural remedies to do to my hair so I’ve decided to join in on the rice water trend.
Prepping Rice Water
After watching a few youtube tutorials and scrolling through blogs on Pinterest , I decided to do a rice water deep conditioner before my wash routine. You can also do a rice water rinse, which I plan on trying on the next wash day. To deep condition with rice water, I took some plain rice from the pantry and rinsed it with cold water. Then I took a glass jar and filled the bottom with the clean rice and added water. I closed the lid on the jar and let it sit for about 12 hours. I read that the longer you let the rice water sit the better. But what I was not prepared for is the SMELL. This shit smells horrible. I can’t even explain the smell. It’s legit horrible. I was almost about to throw it away and not use it. But I started reading comments that explained rice water stinks. So I went with it.
I drained the rice from the rice water and put the water in a spray bottle. I sectioned my hair in small parts, and sprayed each part from root to ends. Then, I put a plastic shower cap over my head and let it sit for over an hour.
Love Beauty and Plant is a fairly new brand to the market. I think I first seen it on shelf in Target. When I saw the packaging I was like, ” This cute I want to try it” but it wasn’t in the “ethic” (black girl hair) haircare section. So I thought it may not be a product for my type of hair. I wasn’t in the mood to buy some shampoo and conditioner that I wasn’t sure about —so I stuck to my regular Cantu products. But to my surprise, I received samples of the Coconut water & mimosa flower shampoo and conditioner in my Target Beauty Box. Gladly, I tried it and Loved it! It smells amazing and left my hair feeling soft and easy to comb out. I didn’t have to do much detangling but I think that’s also a result of the rice water.
My Winter Hair Wash Routine
Step 1: Deep Condition with Rice Water
Step 2: Rinse Rice Water out with cold water
Step 3: Condition Hair + Rinse
Step 4: Shampoo Hair + Rinse
Step 4: 1- Minute hair mask + rinse
After washing my hair, I always comb it out and 2 string twist it (if I’m not doing a specific style). Here is what I have been using to style my hair lately…
So, I’m not the type to use the same shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair. I like to try different products and brands. So I want to share my experience with Yes To shampoo and conditioner detoxifying & deep cleaning / ultra moisturizing charcoal.
Disclaimer: My thoughts and opinions are strictly my own based from my usage experience. I have only used these products one time.
This is really a deep cleaning shampoo, it’s great for clean hair with product build up
The formula is creamy. For some reason I thought the formula would be thicker than the average shampoo but it’s not.
It really strips your hair of everything. A hair mask / treatment is needed after use.
The conditioner is hard to wash out of thick hair. The color helps determine if it’s all washed out or not
Final Thoughts: this is not a product I would use often cause I wash my hair on a weekly basis. But I feel this is a perfect product duo for when I have lots of product build up from gels and creams in my hair. I plan on keeping these products close by for those special occasions.
After Shampoo and Conditioner (set in hair for 1hour +):
After washing the conditioner out, I did restore my curls with coconut oil.
Have you tried this shampoo and conditioner ? If so, tell me what you thought of it. What other Yes To products should I try ?
This is my first “Get Ready with Me” type video. I am still getting the hang of this editing stuff. A lot of what I filmed had background music that I had to mute for copyright purposes😩. But check out this video and let me know if you wanna see more in the comments box below.
It has been so long since I have blogged. I have been extremely busy and all over the place but that is no excuse. I really have to revisit my weekly schedule to make more room for blogging.
I want to share the hair products I recently purchased. These products have been apart of my go to essentials lately.
Here’s what I purchased:
I love the OGX Coconut Oil. I have been using this product forever (seems like). I purchased it from Target but you can find it many places like Walmart, drug stores or your local hair store. It’s a lightweight oil spray that hydrates your hair without being to greasy. I wear my natural hair in a wash-n-go style or a flexi rod set. So each morning I need to refresh my curls with some hydration. The bottle is so small that I often take it on the go with me. Just put it in my purse and hydrate as needed during the day. I go through a bottle of this like every other month. Honestly, as much as I use it, I’m surprised it lasts that long.
I’m not a big fan of Shea Moisture, but I will purchase it and use it from time to time. I was in need of a hair mask and ended up getting the Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque. I have used in once and right now I don’t have any complaints. I like it better than the Coconut & Hibiscus line, which I have mentioned in blogs before. The Hibiscus line is for anti-frizz, moisture and shine, that’s what I thought my hair needed but it don’t like how it makes my hair feels. So, I decided to give this Yucca & Plantain Ant-Breakage product a try.
I also purchased Hask Coconut Oil Hair Mask & Hask Argan Oil Hair Mask. These are also re-purchases. I have come to learn that deep conditioning is a major key to healthy hair. So I like to deep condition every chance I get and these are my cheap but quality mask go to products. I think these little packets are like $1. I could buy the full size product but I like the convenience of the packets; just open, use the product, then throw away.
I thought it would be fun to sign up for the monthly ipsy bag. Last week, I received my first bag and it’s super cute. If you don’t know about the ipsy bag, it is a $10 monthly subscription of 5 beauty products hand picked for you. I am a major product junkie, and I love make-up and cosmetics so this is perfect for me.
The cloth cosmetic bag is really chic and perfect for my “On-The-Good” make-up bag for my purse.
This month I received a:
Nail Polish by Trust Fund Beauty
Chia 5-in-1 defining curl cream by Trissola
NYX Whipped Fouette for lips and cheeks, in the color “Cocoa Bean”
City Colors Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow, in the color “Cheers to Life”
Skone Cosmetics eye waterproof liner, in the color “Jet Black”
I often purchase NYX products, but all of the other brands are new to me. YAY !!!
I have to admit I never buy nail polish, I just pick from what they have at the nail salon. But I think I will most definitely take this to the nail shop for my next pedi appointment.
Surprisingly, I have never came across this chia product before. It has mineral oil and it’s paraben- free. So I am excited to try it on my natural curl .
Now this whipped fouette has my interest. I wouldn’t put it on my cheeks tho. But it creamy and soft on my lips. I love this nude-ish color of it. It’s great for my daily office make-up look. I literally wear it every day and only reply it after lunch.
I love natural toned shimmer shadows for my daily office make-up look. It not to dramatic and gives me that natural glow with the help of a little eyeliner and mascara. I apply it with my NYX eye shadow primer and I don’t have to worry about it rubbing off during the day. This is definitely my favorite product from this month’s selection.
I still have not mastered a perfect liner wing for my eyes. But I have been watching YouTube tutorials practicing with the NYX felt eyeliner pin. Now that I have this Skone Cosmetics eyeliner, I’m excited to do my eyes every morning. It’s easy to hold and the thin felt point helps me get the fine line that hard to do with the creamy sticks.
I am anticipating next month’s bag!!! Stay tuned for more Ispy reviews.
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