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Hey Curlfriends!

I’m still trying out deep conditioners, and recently bought this Camille Rose Blue Algae Deep Conditioner. I know what you’re thinking…”Blue Algae?!???” I had the same thought lol. But in reading up about it, blue algae is a great source of protein..and y’all know my hair LOVES protein..so I thought I’d give this a go.

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Ingredients: Distilled water, blue green algae, honey, aloe vera juice, coconut oil, mango seed butter, shea butter, hemp, grapeseed, glycerin, green tea, panthenol, rose hip, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, peppermint oil, msm, biotin, vit. e and LOVE!

I washed my hair and applied this to my hair. I actually left it in all weekend for 2 nights and washed it out Monday morning for my wash and go. Listen…my hair was so SOUPED up!! It was juicy and super moisturized! This Camille Rose is a keeper for me! It’s a very thick consistency and has a pleasant scent. Overall, I loved it! Can’t think of anything negative to say about it.

I haven’t seen this line on the ground anywhere, so I ordered mine from CurlMart.com. Next, I may try this Jessicurl DC I keep reading about. Hmmm..

Til next time!
XOXO

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Hey Curlfriends!

So, as you may already know, I have high porosity hair. I’ve heard different theories on why/how hair becomes porous. For me, I don’t believe my hair is porous due to damage because I don’t really use heat, color, combs/brushes, etc. on my hair. So, I could be wrong, but I believe my hair is naturally porous.

If your hair is porous or anything like mine, you FLY through conditioners, your hair soaks up product almost instantly, and you have to moisturized often. Here are some ways I take care of my hair as well as things I’ve learned about porous hair.

1. My hair LOVES protein. When hair is porous, it often has little nooks or cracks in the hair shaft. While it’s not a permanent fix, protein fills those cracks in the hair shaft. I know many curlies are protein sensitive and too much protein makes their hair dry or brittle or straw-like. Personally, I have NEVER had that problem with protein..ever. Lol. My hair has never had an adverse reaction to protein, I use it quite often and my hair always reacts very well to it.

2. DEEP CONDITION OFTEN! Some people probably think I overdo it, but I deep condition with EVERY single wash, which is typically once a week for me. I wash or cowash my hair, and apply my deep conditioner of choice (most often I use a protein DC) to clean hair. Because my hair soaks up so much product, I’m pretty heavy handed to be sure each section is coated with the product. I always leave in the deep conditioner overnight (sometimes for 2 nights), which gives it time to really soak into my hair and my hair can really marinate in it.

3. I NEVER apply product to soaking wet hair. I did some experimenting and realized several months ago that there was a better way to apply product to my hair. I’ve found that a lot of “natural hair advice” that some people relay as FACT, is not what works for my hair! We really have to get to know our hair! Anyway, I read some research that talked about highly porous hair getting weighed down with water. So, in my own head, I theorized that if my hair strands are full of water, how can they absorb the moisture from the conditioner I’m applying? (I’m not a scientist, this is just my amateur reasoning lol). So, I stopped applying product to soaking wet hair and started squeezing as much water out of my hair as possible with cotton fabric (I use a pillowcase) before applying my leave-in or deep conditioner. This has actually done WONDERS for my hair–it’s not crunchy, is more moisturized, and just behaves better! For me, applying product to soaking wet hair ALWAYS resulted in crunchy hair. No bueno.

4. Beware of drying products/ingredients! Because my hair is already prone to dryness, I’m very careful about the ingredients I use. For example, I stay away from sulfate shampoos. My hair is a dry, stringy, ball of fuzz when I use a sulfate. Horrible. I mostly cowash with something like Shea Moisture curl & shine shampoo, As I Am coconut cowash, or most recently Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp conditioner. I love to use these kinds of moisturizing cowashes that don’t strip my hair.
Now, because I don’t like to use sulfates, I’m careful not to use products that require a sulfate to remove the residue from my hair. For example, silicones and mineral oil have to be removed from your hair with a sulfate. So, I stay away from products with those ingredients. Not to mention, most products I’ve tried with those ingredients dry my hair out anyway.

5. Layering products. I’m horrible at styling hair, so I mostly wear wash and gos. I’ve found that I HAVE to layer products in sections in order to ensure my hair is moisturized. After squeezing as much water from my hair as possible, I take my hair section by section and apply 2 leave-ins and a butter/pomade/gel to seal. If I don’t layer at least these 3 things, my hair is a dry, crunchy MESS.

High porosity hair is already prone to dryness, so taking EXTRA good care of your hair is so necessary! Hope this helps. If there’s anything I’ve missed, leave a comment/question and I’ll be sure to get back to you! 🙂

Til next time!
XOXO

Hello Curlfriends! 🙂

Time for another review! I recently bought some items from a fairly new company called CC’s Naturals. I saw NurekaD rave about their products on Youtube here, so I was intrigued. I looked them up and the ingredients of ALL of their products look amazing, so I went ahead and got a few…okay, 8…items on Black Friday. Their sale was awesome–40% off of ALREADY very reasonable prices. So anyway..

I want to specifically talk about two products today: the Hibiscus Leave-in and the Lavender Flaxseed Gel. I’ll post the ingredients for both products at the end of this post. I used these products this week for my wash and go. Tuesday I raked the leave-in through my hair in sections followed by the flaxseed gel, which I also applied in sections. To refresh in the mornings, I just used a little of the leave-in to smooth out any frizzies. Now, let me start by saying that I always wear my hair in wash and go’s, but my curls very rarely hold up overnight, so I end up pretty much re-applying my leave-in to my whole head every morning, raking it through in sections to get my curls to pop back. HOWEVER–after using these two products…the next day my curls were still very much in tact! And, I don’t mean they were “kinda” still there. No, my curls were still POPPIN after sleeping on my hair. All I had to do was spritz on a little water, fluff, smooth away my very few frizzies, and GO. Took me less than 5 minutes! I was amazed. I’ve been wanting to try flaxseed gel for a while and I think I’m  LOVE. It’s PERFECT for wash and goes.

CC’s Naturals offers seasonal scents for their products. I got my leave-ins in the Choc-o-latte scent…OMG..smells JUST LIKE hot chocolate!! I was sniffing my hair all day..love it! The flaxseed gel has more of an herbal scent, but I don’t mind it. All in all, I’m very impressed and I’ve definitely found some products to add to my holy grail list. Two thumbs way up for CC’s Naturals! If you’d like to check them out, their website is www.ccsnaturals.com.

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Hibiscus Leave-in Ingredients: Marshamallow Root, Hibiscus, Stinging Nettle, Amla, Burdock Root Infused purified water, Mango Butter, Castor oil, Avocado Oil, Emulsifying Wax. Optiphen, Love.

Lavender Flaxseed Gel Ingredients: Lavender, Marsmallow Root Infused purified Water, Flaxseeds, Castor Oil, African Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E, Lavender, Amla, Orange Peel Powder, Xanthan gum, Aloe Vera Gel, Love.

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*Disclaimer: These products were purchased with my own money. I was not paid for this review and the views expressed in this post are my honest opinion.

Hey Curlfriends!

Hope you’re all doing well 🙂 Just wanted to do a quick review of this As I Am Hydration Elation Deep Conditioner. This product has the perfect name! Lol it’s TRULY hydrating which just makes me and my hair SO happy. I’ve been looking for a good deep conditioner for a WHILE…months. I’d been unsuccessful, but THIS STUFF…..AMAZING! You know how sometimes you have to work a product through your hair before you feel the effects of it and can really detangle with it? Not the case with this. The INSTANT that I put it on my hair, my hair melted, the knots dissipated, my hair strands separated and softened..instantly! Detangling was a BREEZE. This stuff is insane. I’ll definitely be re-purchasing. I don’t know what ingredient in this stuff my hair loves, but I have got to figure it out. Maybe it’s just an awesome combination of ingredients, which it is. There are no sulfates, parabens, or silicones. I’ll list the ingredients below. But yeah…Hydration Elation is absolutely a winner for me. If you’re looking for a staple DC (deep conditioner), I would recommend giving this a try! I’m thinking about trying it as a leave-in as well…hmmm.. 😉

 

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Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Coco-Caprylate², Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin¹, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phytosterols¹, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract¹ (Green Tea), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract¹, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract¹, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract¹, Fragrance/Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glucose, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Extract¹, Limonene Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut

Okay, so lately I’ve been using the new AWESOME twist out method I discovered (you can read about it here) on my hair for the past week–it’s worked out VERY well. I love it! Basically, I just twist up my hair as normal, but when I take it down in the morning, I dampen it with my water, glycerin, and aloe mixture. Ugh..makes my twist outs so bangin! Lol anyway..the point of this post is that I recently discovered another product that I can use to dampen my twists for the take down–

Cantu Coconut Milk Shine & Hold Mist 

This product is from Cantu’s new Natural Hair line, which I’ve heard about, but I hadn’t tried it out yet until recently. I got the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream in my curlBOX this month (Sidenote: If you’re not a member of the #curlBOX crew yet, get on it! 🙂 curlbox.com). It’s super thick and creamy and leaves my hair feeling pretty good. But when I combined the cream with THIS stuff–the shine & hold mist………..AMAZING! My hair has softness for DAYS. My hair has never been this soft and held the softness throughout the entire day! At the end of the day, my hair still feels like butter, is super defined, and not frizzy!

If you decide to try this product, I will say that it does contain glycerin, so if you’re like me and layer products on day after day after day, take it easier with these or your hair will start to feel a little greasy. But my hair loves glycerin so it soaks this stuff right on up. Lol. These products work SO WELL together, but I also love them because they don’t contain icky ingredients. I’m not too hung up on using “ALL natural” products, but I like to as much as I can just because my hair tends to respond much better to natural ingredients. These Cantu products don’t contain ANY mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, or silicones. I just love this stuff. I’ve already used half of the bottle and I just cracked it open on Sunday! Lol I’ll definitely be re-buying!!