Influenster Vox Box Review

Hello Passionista,

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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BLOGMAS Day 17 | Winter Hair Routine + Rice Water

Hello Passionista, 

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. 

Washing my Hair with Love  Beauty and Planet Shampoo & Conditioner

Coconut water is known as a lightweight hydrator, with the mix of the mimosa flower you get great volume in result. 

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…

Cantu Natural Hair Wave Whip Curling Mousse

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray 

Dark and Lovely Naturale Anti- Shrinkage Clumping Curl Creme Gel

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Yes To Shampoo &; Conditioner | Use & Review

Hello Passionista!!!

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.

Where to buy: Target ($7.99 each)

Yes To charcoal detoxifying & deep cleaning shampoo

Yes To charcoal detoxifying & ultra- moisturizing conditioner

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Before wash:

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 ?

OOTD|Dare to be Different

Hello Passionistas !!!

Yesterday, my girls and I experienced yet another outstanding show by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z at the On The Run 2 Tour. It’s always a pleasure when 👑🐝 blesses us with her creativity and stage presence.

This show was my 1st time watching Chloe x Halle (Beyoncé’s artist) perform live. I love those girls! They are such great artists and I am a BIG fan. I even made t-shirts to wear to the concert.

Check out my wardrobe choice:

Black Tee (Men’s) purchased at Walmart

Red Biker shorts purchased at Walmart

Black and White Vans

Beauty Supply store clear fanny pack

NATURAL HAIR PROTECTIVE STYLE

I’ve had this hairstyle idea in my head for a while, but never had the opportunity to do it until the concert. It turnt out better than I thought. The black choker, hoop earrings and makeup really brought the whole look together for me.

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Get Ready with Me |Natural Hair Style

Hello Passionistas!

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.

My Hair Wash Routine

Hello Passionistas!!!

This is my 1st Hair Wash video. I love washing my hair, but I hate styling it. So here’s how I do it…

 

Products Mentioned:
Maui Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Has Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
Curls Unleashed Curl Creme
Shea Moisture Anti Frizz Styling Mousse
Cantu Anti Friss Argan Oil

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February’s Natural Hair Products

Hello Passionistas!!!!!!!

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:

img_1195I 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.

img_1196I’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.

img_1194I 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.


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Girls Love Curls

Hello Passionistas!

Today, I am going to do a post I’ve never done before.

I am going to share with you my natural hair journey, doing a flexi rod set.

I am on a natural hair journey to healthier and stronger hair. My goal is to really enjoy my natural roots. So I am trying to go with excessive heat, braids, sew-ins or anything else that is damaging to the hair. Flexi rod sets and perm rod sets are my favorite natural styles. They look good when its new and fresh, but also when its days old.

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Here’s is how my hair currently, a week old flexi rod set. It still looks good but I did this style with “dirty” hair, so I am ready to wash it now.

 

 

 

For this style I am using the following products:

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  • The Mane Choice Growth Stimulating Edge Control
  • JAM- Extra Hold
  • Spray Bottle with warm water and a few drops of oil
  • Lotta Body Setting Lotion
  • Nourishing + coconut milk conditioner
  • Mixed Chicks Shampoo
  • Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer- Leave in conditioner
  • Curls Goddess Curls botanical gelle
  • TRESemme Thermal Creations- Heat Protection
  • Curls unleashed shea butter and honey curl defining creme
  • Shea Moisture coconut and hibiscus hold and shine Moisture mist
  • A Hard Brush
  • Big tooth comb
  • Hair clips

To start, I am going to wash my hair. I like to wash my hair in the shower. I feel like it give me a good even wash all over my hair. I am going to try to quickly explain my wash routine:

  • First, wet the hair.
  • Second, condition entire head and rinse
  • Third, shampoo roots and rinse,
  • Fourth, use hair mask- let sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.

If you’d like more details on my wash routine, let me know in the comments are I will do a blog post on the shampoos I use and how I wash my hair.

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After my hair is all clean, I detangle with my fingers- using the Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer- Leave in conditioner. Then I section my hair in 4 parts with my hair clips.

 

 

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For this style I am using 4 different sizes of flexi rods. I purchased these at my local hair store for about $6.99 to $9.99 per pack of 6 to 10 rods. I buy new rods all the time, it’s almost like I collect them.. You can never have too many flexi rods.

 

 

I start by spraying each section with the TRESemme Thermal Creations- Heat Protection. Also, using the Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer- Leave in conditioner to finger comb through each section.  I choose one section to start. I prefer to start in the back and work my way to the crown of the head, and then the front.

For each section, I put Lottabody Setting Lotion and Shea Moisture coconut and hibiscus hold and shine Moisture mist on the whole section of hair. Use the hair clips and a big tooth comb to comb through each section and create smaller sections for each flexi rod. Use the JAM- Extra Hold on your roots for sleek results from roots to ends and  Curls Goddess Curls botanical gelle on end to keep them smooth during drying.

To rod the hair, take one straight flexi rod and the end of your hair, roll the hair in a upward motion to wrap around the flexi rod. Remember to go section by section, starting in the back working your way to the front.

The front of your head can be done multiple ways. You can do a side part with your curls, a middle part with curls, or have all the curls in your face or have them all pushed backwards. It’s up to you. For this specific style, I am going a side part with curls away from my face.

For drying, I suggest one of two things- using a hooded hair dryer or letting your hair air dry. Here are some tips for drying.

If you use a hooded dryer- make sure you sure a heat protector when roding the hair, sit under the dryer for 45 mins to 90 mins to get hair completely dry. Once hair is dry, wait 30 mins to allow curls to cool before taking out your rods. If you let it air dry- make sure hair is completely dry from root to ends before taking rods out.

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When unwinding rods, work slow and carefully. I like to take all the rods out of my hair before I start pulling the curls apart for a full curly girl look. When pulling curls apart be gentle and use some type of oil on your hairs to help hydrate the curls.

 

 

 

Give this post a “like” if you enjoyed this post and it was helpful. If you decide to try this style, share what products you used and pictures in the comment section PLLLZZZZZZ. And let me know if you want to see more natural hair blogs. I think I might even do a day by day picture blog of how I style my flexi rod set once it gets older.

Until next Post

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Love it. Be it. Do it.

Natural Hair Products for a Naturalista

Greetings to all my Naturalistas!

So for most of the year, I have been rocking my LM Tresses Hair. But I finally decided it was time to let me curls shine.


I always get questions about what product I use on my hair. Well today I am going to share. I purchased all of these products at Target. That’s where I get most of my hair product- mainly because I am a REDcard holder so I enjoy the 5% off every purchase. Also- I get $3 0ff coupons from the beauty box each month, that I can use on some of these brands/ products.

 

Mixed Chicks Shampoo

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This is a first time purchase and use of Mixed Chicks Shampoo. I’ve watched a few natural beauty bloggers review it on there blogs and vlogs. I have washed my hair using this shampoo twice and I like it.

 

 

 

 

Cantu Shea Butter Dry Co-Wash

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I use this Dry Co -Wash in between hair wash days. Every night (or every other night) I lightly wet my hair and 2-string twist it for the next day. That process requires using oils and curl creams. So by day four or five they is a lot of product in my hair. This product does a great job absorbing all the excess oil. It leaves my hair looking refreshed and curls looking fresh as wash day.

 

 

Curls Blissful Length Hair Growth Oil

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This is my favorite. I use this every morning when I untwist my hair and every night when I retwist my hair. This is a naturalistas best friend.

 

 

 

 

Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

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The key to poppin’ curls is a good deep conditioner. This reparative hair mask has been a great product to help recover my “leave-out” areas. After every wash I use this to deep condition my hair for 1 to 3 hours.

 

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist

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This is the only product of this line I actually like. My experience with Shea Moisture product has never worked out in my favor. I find the products to be too heavy or greasy for my hair. But this mist for hold and shine is just right for my daily twist and retwist.

 

 

 

Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner and Deep Conditioner

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I purchased the travel sized of the conditioner because I wanted to see how it made my hair feel after the wash process and how easy it would be to style and hold curls. I only used half of the travel size tube for one wash after washing out the deep conditioner. But I used all of the deep conditioner product- just because. After using both products my curls felt fluffier and looker bigger.

 

Are you natural? What products do you use or recommend?

 

Here is a photo my natural curls fro …

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I love my natural hair !!! But let me tell you about LM Tresses and my stylist Latisa Monae. Latisa Monae can slay your natural hair into silk press and flawless bundles. I have purchased and installed 16-18-20 Body Wave bundles and 3 14 inch Itlian Wavy bundles by LM Tresses. Latisa Monae is professional and you are sure to be satisifed by her hair and her services. 

 

 

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Sunday is Hair Day !!!

Good Day Passionistas! Sunday is hair day, so today I wanted to share with you my current wash day routine. I have been natural for about 5 years, and try to make it a habit to wash my hair every week. Depending on the style I wear my hair will I skip a week . Today I will be using the following products: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Haor Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave in Conditioner repair cream, Hask Keratin protein deep conditioning mask and hair oil, and lotta body styling foam.

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I start by washing rinsing my dirty hair with warm water, then applying the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Conditioner. That’s right! I condition my hair first. There is not no specific reason why I do it. I just dont see the point of user a conditioner to wash out then applying a deep conditioning mask. So to hydrate my freshly rinsed hair, I use conditioner first. After washing out the conditioner, I then shampoo the roots of my hair making use I massage the shampoo throughout my entire hair. Then I rinse out all the shampoo, at this step be sure to rinse out all shampoo. Once all the shampoo is rinsed out of my hair, I like to use a cottong t-shirt to pat my hair dry and apply the Hask deep conditioning mask. I use a healthy amount of this product and let it sit on my hair for at least an hour. After letting the product sit, I rinse it all out with cold water and apply a small amount of leave in conditioner repair cream.

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This week I will be using my flexible rods to curl my hair while it is wet. To complete this style I comb out and section my hair in four parts and work on rodding one section at a time. Most people like to sit under the hair dryer, but I try to do away with applying heat to my hair, so I let the rods sit overnight to air dry. Yes, the rods can be a little uncomfortable to sleep in, but they look good in the morning. In the morning I take out rod one by rod and separte the curls with my hands. I use a dime sized amount of the Hask hair oil to add shine to my curls. This style is easy to accomplish and usual last me up to 4 to five days before recurling.

 

img_5584Have you ever tried this curly look before? Please share your wash day stories…