Daily Archives: June 12, 2011

Summer Beanies

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So, you know (or maybe you don’t), that Curly Nikki is my hair idol. Therefore, when she posted about beanie hats for Summer and how they disguised wimpy, fine-haired, scalpy twists;), I had to investigate. Well, not long after, I was on the same Esty shop buying my own beanies.  Threadmill is chock full of totally cute hand-knit beanies, cloches, brimsters, rasta beanies, headbands and other cool stuff.  The owner/artisan, Dottie, is an absolute doll and is so helpful and enthusiastic. She also makes custom orders. If you see a hat that is sold, message her and she’ll work on making you your very own.  Shipping is also amazingly quick. I received my beanies 3 business days after I ordered them.  Anyway, wanted to do a post to big up Dottie and Threadmill … and to show off my Summer beanies:). *lol*  I rocked the purple/white/aqua one yesterday (click on the pics to see the larger images). And, check out Threadmill if you likey (the link is also in my right-hand navigation;-).

(Shoot, I need to get over there and order my Summer cloche!)

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Randomness

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Look at him.  Just look at him.

 

Sorry, I posted a link to images of Jason Momoa on my FB page, which generated a lot of comments.  So, decided to post it here too.  I’ve been sweating Jason since he was on Baywatch Hawaii.  I would just mute the show until he came on screen and then mute it again when he was off.  Fineness.  And he gets finer the scruffier he gets *sigh*.  Am I the last one to know he’s married to Lisa Bonet with two kids though?!?!  Frick, I might have had a chance!!! *lol*

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Deep Treatment Masque Review

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This is a combo of two posts I did regarding the SM Deep Treatment Masque.   The first was after using the Masque for the first time. The second was after using it as a post henna DC.

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posted on May 14, 2011

 I used the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (wow, that’s a mouthful) as my deep conditioner (DC) last night. I pre-pood and detangled with the Dabur Vatika Hair Fall Control Styling Cream first, but this time for only 10-15 minutes (I was SATURATED from hot yoga and couldn’t wait to get in the shower). Then, I diluted some Ion Curl Defining Shampoo with water in a dye bottle and shampooed. Used Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HEHH) to finger detangle further, rinsed and then applied the SM Deep Treatment Masque. The Masque is very thick and buttery with little to no slip, which is very different from my standard DCs. I put my hair in 4 twists, donned a plastic cap and my winter hat and went to bed=). Rinsed in the morning with cold water after first applying some diluted Aussie Moist directly on top of the DC. My hair looked a little curlier than it’s been as of late and had this nice sheen! I was doubtful about the SM DTM because my hair isn’t too particular about shea butter. I tried using shea butter to seal last year and wasn’t impressed.  That’s why I started using Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO). But, I think this DC may be a keeper. I’ll reserve final judgment until a few more uses as the SLS shampoo may have had something to do with the enhanced curls and shine (i.e. clarified my hair). However, my hair didn’t feel stripped and was moisturized, so I think the conditioner was responsible for that. (6/12/11 UPDATE:  I have used the Masque four times now and it is still giving me results consistent with the first use. Therefore, I will definitely repurchase and include it in my DC rotation.)I also tried Giovanni Direct Leave-In in my Kimmaytube leave-in for the first time. Seemed comparable to the Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT). So, definitely think I can use either or. Did a WnG this morning, but then put in some twists when I got home tonight.

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posted on May 31, 2011

I used the Shea Moisture Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque as my post-henna deep treatment for the first time. The thing about this DC is that it is NOT AT ALL slippery. It’s very heavy and buttery. So, after a henna treatment, it probably isn’t the best choice and I wouldn’t use it for that purpose again. I always apply a diluted, slippery conditioner (usually Aussie Moist) on top of my deep treatment before rinsing it all out. Yesterday was no different. So, that did help create some slip as did my Kimmaytube leave-in (which I changed slightly by only adding 1 tsp each of JBCO and jojoba oil, instead of the normal 2; think my hair is too fine for so much oil as it weighs it down and I want volume DANGIT:)!!). However, my hair still felt rougher and more tangly than normal. So, again, won’t be using the Masque post-henna again as I had to get the wide-tooth comb to detangle when I usually just use my fingers. That being said, I still like the product, it just has to know its place;). In the future, I will go back to using either JessiCurl Weekly Deep Treatment or Darcy’s Botanical Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner for my post-henna DC.


(Pre-henna/indigo roots)


(Naked wet hair after rinsing henna/indigo and DC.)

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Question:  Would you all want to see/read a post about my henna regimen?  It’ll probably be another few weeks before I do another treatment, but I could take photos and explain the process if you would like.  Mind you, my routine essentially mimics CurlyNikki’s except I only do my roots now as the build up of too many layers of henna loosens my curls significantly.  Last year, when I first started using henna, I was doing full head applications frequently (weekly or bi-weekly) because Nikki indicated the benefits were cumulative (the more applications, the thicker, shinier, smoother and stronger the hair becomes).  This was true, but my hair is fine, so the henna also loosened my curls significantly, which was a result I was not seeking.  And, amla was not an option as I experienced significant scalp irritation and, I think, it caused excessive shedding for months.  Therefore, in December or January I started applying henna to only my roots and “glossing” the ends. Here you can see the difference in the curls on the top part of my head and the waves on the lower.


Well now, you’re probably like, “Why bother with doing a henna post, you told us everything now!”  *LOL*

Thanks for reading!!

Shea Moisture C&H Milk + Smoothie Review: Day 2

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So, as I mentioned, there was a two part review for the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk and Curl Enhancing Smoothie.  I was LOVING my TnC twist-out the first day because my hair was defined with great hold and voluminous. However, day 2 raised some concerns.

Here is a partial re-post from my GOC blog with my day 2 observations about the SM Milk/Smoothie combo.

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Henna/Indigo Wknd and SM Milk + Smoothie Review (Day 2 Hair)

posted on May 31, 2011
I played around with my SheaMoisture styled TnC some more on Saturday night and took pics of my fluffed and separated hair, as well as two slightly different styles (which never saw the light of day=).


Fluffed:

(I felt like I kind of got that Joan/Tracy Ellis Ross effect here … except for that frizz at the part;). I loved how defined the curls were despite the humidity and my hair not drying completely before I released the twists. I was also loving how big it was!)
 

Side-swoop bang (oooh, greasy):


(Thought this had a slight retro flavor to it. I liked the style, just not sure if I like it on me. Maybe if I had played with it a little more.)


Rolled and pinned back front:



(I really liked this style. Felt youthful and fresh and I love those big dookie curls … why do we call them that?  Dookie is not a good thing. *lol*  Well, sometimes it is. You can tell I’m old. *LOL*)

This is my pineappled hair using a thin Goody headband wrapped around twice and pushed back.


(Yeah, this isn’t going to work.  I kind of scrunched the ends against the base of the ponytail and then put a satin scrunchie around the pseudo bun. I didn’t wrap the scrunchie at all and I wore my hair just like that to hot yoga! I should have put a cotton bandana around the satin scarf in order to absorb the sweat though as the satin just ain’t doing the job.)


Now, here is my amended review of the Shea Moisture Style and Curl Milk and Smoothie as a styling duo on day two hair. The hold was great. The definition was fantastic. The volume was awesome. The feel was … uhmmm … yeah … the feel.  I have to be honest.  My hair felt coarse and rough, not smooth and soft like it normally does … not smooth and soft like it felt on day one with this combo. Dare I say it, it felt … *hushed whisper* … drrrryyyyy as the Sahara desert. Now, this is the dilemma. I got volume. I got hold. I got definition out the wazoo!! And, I LOVED it!!! I mean, seriously … LOVED!! But, not sure what was going on in regard to the feel of my hair. However, I do know what I didn’t do the same as normal.  ONE. I didn’t deep condition. Remember, I was doing a henna two days later and just saved my DC for that day.  TWO. I didn’t use my Kimmaytube leave-in, which has oils. Remember, I didn’t want to waste it as I would be washing it out two days later. THREE. I hadn’t done a henna treatment in … *gasp* … almost two months! Unheard of! So, in conclusion, I’m not giving up on this SM combo until I try it again in my normal regimen and can evaluate the results. My thoughts are that the rougher, drier, not so slick feel of my hair contributed to the hold, definition and volume. So, in my normal regimen, wonder if I can get those results with softer feeling hair. The jury is still out on this folks!!! (I wonder if the SM Hold and Shine Moisture Mist would have restored moisture while retaining definition and hold? If I hadn’t been planning a henna, I would have tried it. This is how they get you!!!)


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6/12/11:  So, this is the plan.  On my next wash day, which is probably today, I will try this combo again with my now hennaed hair and after a good deep conditioner and I’ll be back to you with the results.  I’m going to post a review of the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Deep Treatment Masque today too.