Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

Cute Twisted Updo

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Natasha shared this YouTube tutorial for a sweet twisted updo that would work for medium and longer length hair. I think this style can lean retro or classic depending on the hair accessory. And, as Natasha pointed out, with a little creativity, it could be very versatile depending on how the base style it set!

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Terressentials, Here I Come!

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So, I did it!! I finally ordered the Terressentials Mud Wash! Back in November of last year, Adrienne raved about it  in her GOC Update. In the comments on that post, Chy’s Curlz shared her favorable review of the wash from her blog, which she then allowed me to re-post here. The comments that the wash was cleansing, moisturizing and made detangling a breeze, eliminating the need for a conditioner, had me seriously intrigued.

Well, given that it was close to Christmas and the wish list in my department for Secret Santa was being passed around, I wrote down one thing …. “Gift certificate for Terressentials.com!” And that’s just what I got! But, I hemmed and hawed about ordering … that is, until yesterday. You see, I read a lot of great reviews about the mud wash, but I’d also read comments about a weird film and/or tackiness after using the wash. I’d also done some research on the Terressentials website and believe that undesired side effects might have potentially been a result of not following the detox recommendations, which indicate that the wash should be used every day for seven days in a row. The site also indicated that only natural products should be used afterwards as synthetic products would render the benefits of the product moot (I’m paraphrasing here ;)). So, my PJ senses were tingling as I contemplated giving up all my other products for this purported all-in-one. Aaaannd, I was wearing my winter protective style, Afro puffy twists. So, I had no use for the wash at the time.

All that being said, I never got around to using the gift certificate. Then, yesterday, Ebony wrote this comment on my post, Wash, Twist, Seal ‘N Go:

Ok, so I did the Terressentials detox…and OH MY….nothing has EVER cleansed my hair this way without stripping it. I’ve been natural for 3 years, my hair is big like CurlyNikki’s but long like Shelli’s. But over the years and trying this product and that product, my hair started to get stringy and weighed down. I no longer had the volume I had and I was blaming henna because it did loosen up my curl pattern ALOT after 5 full treatments. But see thru-hair? Oh no, I don’t even flat iron, I might blow dry once a month, so what gives? A case of extreme build up over the years. So…the detox, I noticed a huge difference after the first day, but by the third day I started oiling with Vatika after the wash and let it air dry. I also started diluting it on the 4th day. By day 4, my hair was fuller, bigger, shinier and my curls were springing back up at the ends … so imagine day 7! And no more see-thru hair!!! I love it, I can do a twist out with just oil and water, with MAJOR hold. I guess because my hair is so clean. Sorry for the long comment, but I think you would absolutelly LOVE the terressentials, I used the lavendar like naptural did. It does seem like a lot of work to wash your hair for 7 days straight, but it is worth it!

Um … yeah. SOLD!!! I wrote my reply to Ebony and, immediately after hitting “Post Comment,” headed right on over to Terressentials.com and placed my order! I decided on one 8 ounce bottle of Lavender Garden and one of Left Coast Lemon. Someone previously recommended trying a couple of the “flavors” as one may work better than the other. I’m really super excited to try these now and hope that they don’t take too long to arrive! Grrrrrr … I hate that the wash is not readily available on the ground and that the shipping ($8.75) is almost as much as a bottle of wash ($10.75 for 8 ounces)!! If I end up loving it, I’m definitely gonna have to hit the store in Frederick, MD the next time I’m in DC to stock up!!

Anywho, of course I’ve started doing my research. I’d previously watched (and shared) Naptural85’s video review on the product wherein she sang its praises. Now that I bit the bullet, I was ready to watch her tutorial on using it for the detox.

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*Review*

*Wash Technique Demonstration/Tutorial*

So, I’m pretty sure that I’ll follow Whitney’s method of diluting the product with water to extend it further given the cost. Rather than following the instructions in the Terressentials FAQs that indicate that 3 successive washes should be performed on the first day, I plan on thoroughly cleansing my hair and scalp as demonstrated by Naptural85 and then letting the wash sit on my hair for an hour or so prior to rinsing. We’ll see how it goes. You know I’ll keep you posted!

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Question of the Day to all of the self-proclaimed and unrepentant Product Junkies :

If you could find that one miracle/holy grail product that did it all, would you be willing to give up your stash and PJ ways?