Daily Archives: November 1, 2011

October Update: Tianna

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Okay, October is officially over and it’s time for the next round of updates! Heeeeeeeerrrrreee’s Tianna (Fourth Wave), showing off her new favorite accessories!!

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Hey Curlfriends!!

Since my last update, I have only been doing bigger twists to my hair. I’m now obsessed with hats and scarfs. I broke my oath and bought more products: amla, neem and shikakai henna (they were $2.50 and under at the Indian store), emu oil, grapeseed oil (was gonna use it on my face), amla oil($2.99) and aloe vera juice. My latest hair regimen has been:

Weekly:

Shampoo, DC and steam treatment (I couldn’t wait to buy it!!) with castor oil massaged into my scalp and conditioner on my hair. Then, I put cholesterol conditioner on my hair after the steamer. I seal my ends mid-week with Vatika Oil and moisturize my scalp with emu oil.

Bi-weekly:

I rotate between jamila and cassia henna, using green tea and honey or aloe vera gel. Last week, I mixed cassia, a scoop of amla and neem henna and my hair LOVED IT!!! Is was so soft and thick.

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Ca-ah-yute Tianna!! Loving the hat, scarf, twists and color!

Who else is rocking their fabu scarfs and hats this Fall/Winter?! Better yet, where are you scoring them?!?

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Henna and Me: Ty’s HairStory

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
My Name is Ty.  I was a wig, weave and hair extension fashionista for almost 20 years. My hair never had a chance to grow because it never had a chance to see sunlight! After all those years, my hair still never grew past my ears.

How long have you been natural?
March 22, 2008 was my big chop day. So, right at 3 ½ years. Woke up one day, chopped it all off.  I never transitioned.

How long have you been using henna? When did you start?
The first weekend of May 2010, I did my very first henna treatment. I have been faithful about doing it one once a month ever since.

What made you begin using henna?
My hair started turning naturally gray at 12 ½ -13 years old … ALL OVER. Imagine going to middle school with gray hair *SMH*. My mom allowed  me to color my hair at 13. After 20+ years, I noticed that my hair look so dry, so I started to research the benefits of using henna. I thought that I would give it a try. It was the best decision I ever made along with going natural.

How would you describe your first experience with henna?
I have always been a lover of red hair. At first I was scared, didn’t know what to expect. I left the treatment on for about 4 hours. It was easy to wash out (I have heard horror stories) and the results were amazing. It was as if my hair came back to life!

What type of henna do you use? What is your mix? What is your process?
I use Jamila Henna, the little $1.99 box at my neighborhood Indian Grocery store. They know me by name. I buy an entire box (with 12) every six months. LOL … I have to keep a stash!

I wash my hair first. I apply my mix:  henna, 3 tablespoons of aritha, brahmi and shakakai powders, 1 1/2 tablespoon of amla and indigo powder in a bowl, along with honey and green tea. I put my indigo in my mix instead of putting it on after I do my treatment. I keep my treatment in for 12 hours. I know that you can wash it out in 4, but I am addicted to the red color. IT NEVER FADES!! Gold Star!!

I just started adding olive oil to the mix. I have noticed since doing so, it is so much easier to wash out and my curls come back a lot faster after my deep conditioning treatment. I deep condition for about 2 hours (1 egg, honey, my deep conditioner oil mix: brahmi oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, coconut oil and more olive oil ).

I know you can also buy the henna with the ingredients above already in it, but I like to mix my own. I use a lot more Aritha, shakakai and brahmi than alma powders. The aritha (a natural shampoo) stops the itching. That mix will last me 2 applications. Once I finish my application, I freeze the rest for next month.

How often do you henna?
Faithfully, the first weekend in the month. In the summer, I may do 2 a month, depending on how fast my hair grows (I must cover the gray … lol).

How has your hair changed with henna?
My hair did change … for the better!! I now have thicker hair!  I have desired thicker hair for ages. Since I started my henna treatments, my hair is fuller, shinier and the curls are more defined. I did notice my curl pattern stretched a bit, but not that much. I love to see my hair “POP!”

How do you feel about henna and the process now?
I am a henna head for life!!! I put it in my schedule that the first Saturday in the month is henna day. It’s pretty much routine for me now. I love the fact that I don’t see a lot of breakage when I comb my hair. I love the way my hair feels and I have less frizzy days. I love the red tint; you can’t buy this hair shine in a bottle!!

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about trying henna?

1. Do your research.  There are plenty of websites with a wealth of information about henna. I researched for 6 months before I took the plunge. Hair Forums can become your best friend.

2. Understand that not everyone will have the same results. I tell many of my friends who like my hair color that my hair is naturally gray, so the red will stand out like crazy. If you have darker hair, you will see the color in the sunlight. The more henna treatments you apply, the better results you will get.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
It was never my intent to use henna for color. I wanted the benefits of less hair breakage, thickness and shine. The color was just a bonus.

Zuresh Smoothing Detangler & Curl Definer

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Back in August, Weusi was working the National Black Theatre Festival and attended a vendor market. He came across a new, all natural, body and hair product line, Zuresh, and got to talking with one of the creators. The seeds of a possible Hairscapades/Zuresh collaboration were planted and the plan was to try to get a Zuresh rep to our September Meet-Up. Alas, the meet-up was never to be, thanks to Irene. But, don’t worry, I’m working on a new date! Until then, check out this review by Michelle, who had a chance to get her hands on one product out of the line last month!

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by Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty

When I attended the Circle of Sisters event in October, I stumbled upon a new brand. It’s not new to some, but it’s new to me in the sense that I had never heard of it before that day. Ever the sista desiring to try something new, I caved to my product junky ways and purchased Zuresh’s Smoothing Detangler & Curl Definer.

I was excited to try this product because the manufacturer boasts it being able to define your curls – which I’ve had little success with using other brands. Although my excitement was firm, it took me a couple of weeks to actually use the product. When I did, there were definitely some things I liked about the product and ONE thing I did not. Read on …

Zuresh Smoothing Detangler & Curl Definer is formulated with the following:

Ingredients: Distilled water, Aloe Vera Juice Puree, Tahitian Coco Palm & Gardenia Oils, Rosehip, Hemp Seed, Carrot, Meadowfoam, Vitamin E Oils, Silk Peptides, Amino Acids, Guar Gum, Essential Oils, Fragrance

With those luscious natural ingredients, it has to be good right?  Well, here’s my take:

PROS: Smooths and gives the appearance of thickened hair, like it says. I did my first flexi rod set using this product and my hairstyle held up pretty well. I was glad too, because it was the night of the Curly Nikki event in NYC. Hence, the claim that it “brings your curls to life without the crunchy hold and feel,” is right on the money.

In NYC with Curly Nikki

This product also claims to remove tangles and knots. I can’t speak for that since I didn’t have any. Now on to the CON (notice, it’s singular).

CON: While Zuresh did a good thing by making this product with fabulous natural ingredients, it smells HORRIBLE! I just can’t take it. It smells like it has gasoline in it. I can’t tell you how I had to hold out until now to share this.

Unfortunately, the smell is a deal breaker for me. I can’t possibly see buying it again unless it’s reformulated to smell better. I even sprayed it on my daughter’s curly weave and she turned around to ask what it was that smelled so badly. So, I’m not the only one.

Sorry, Zuresh. The product claims are on point, but the smell is way off. Maybe drop that fragrance (which is hard to believe is causing such a ruckus, since it’s last on the ingredient list).

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Does the smell linger once dry Michelle? I don’t love the smell of Wonder Curl Butter Than Love, but it works so well and fades a lot once dry, so it doesn’t bother me. I’d be really torn about a product that does what it claims, but does it with a scent that is distasteful. And dang, gasoline?!?! Yeah, that’d be a hard one to stomach. Maybe take a little sample of it and add an essential or fragrance oil to see if it helps? 

Have you ever discovered a product that you absolutely loved everything about … except for the scent? Is smell a deal breaker? Have you found ways to get around, mask or eliminate undesirable scents in products that you otherwise love?