Archive | September, 2012

The verdict is in: Oyin Handmade’s Grand Poo Bar & Honey Hemp Conditioner Product Review

28 Sep

I was looking through my book when I realized that I never gave my final thoughts on Oyin Handmade Grand Poo Bar & the  infamous Honey Hemp Conditioner sooo here it is.  I used the Grand Poo Bar and Homey Hemp Conditioner several times last month and I was very impressed with these products. I decided to put the two products to the real test by using them after doing an egg protein treatment. 

Description: Oyin Grand Poo cleanses gently and thoroughly, without harsh detergents that can strip hair. It’s also packed with botancial butter to help maintain moisture.

Honey Hemp Conditioner is penetrating, detangling, seriously softening multipurpose conditioner, enriched with aloe vera gel, hemp oil, honey and just a touch of hydrolyzed silk protein (this is not your high protein rebuilder conditioner we use just enough  to make it silky) Honey Hemp had great detangling  slip and moisturizing power. It rinses out clean and makes a nice pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. *add oil or extra honey for superior DC power*  It can even be used as a creamy, nourishing  leave in.

Instructions: Grand Poo Bar says to saturate hair well and separate into sections. Work bar into lather between your hands or directly on your scalp and work mild lather through hair. Rinse thoroughly. For best storage keep bar dry between uses.

Honey Hemp Conditioner says to use after shampooing for a deep treatment  leave on for an hour with or  without a warm towel. Detangle  and rinse out.

Ingredients: GrandPoo Bar contains purified water, glycerin, sodium stearate and sodium oleate (mild foaming/cleansing agents derived from vegetable oils) soribitol, stearic acid, lauric acid, african black soap, coco butter, shea butter, cetyl alcohol, coconut oil, lavender, rosemary, citrus oils.

Honey Hemp Conditioner contains purified water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil) honey, virgin hemp oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, hydrolized silk, citrus essences, frangance, optiphen (preservative) and LOVE. 🙂

My experience: After allowing my homemade egg white protein treatment sit in my hair for 20 mins, I rinsed the egg out with cold water then washed my hair with my Grand Poo Bar. I washed my hair in 5 sections and worked the lather through my hair and scalp and clipped it up out the way. After rinsing the shampoo out my hair it didn’t feel stripped and all the slimy egg had been washed out. My hair wasn’t matted or tangled either.

Next I applied the Honey Hemp conditioner mixed with a little of J.B.C.O and finger combed it through my hair my hair absorbs the conditioner immediately and it felt so soft and moisturized, again I didn’t need to apply a lot there’s still some left in my 2 oz sample bottle, I sealed with coconut oil and put on a plastic cap followed by my heating cap and sat for an hour. After removing the cap my hair was VERY soft and moisturized. I loved the way the conditioner had made my hair feel so much I decided to let in hair air dry without rinsing the conditioner out. The next morning my hair felt amazingly moisturized, soft and manageable. This stuff right here! Is the BOMB.COM!

Final Say: I REALLY enjoyed theses products my hair responded well to them also. Both products have very good ingredients and does exactly what it claimed it would do….FOR MY HAIR. They’re affordable and a little goes a long way and shipping did not take forever (I don’t even think it took a full week). The Honey Hemp Conditioner is by far the best deep conditioner I’ve ever used!

I will definitely order theses products again along with a few other things I would like to try. Black Friday is coming up so I’m quite sure they will be on sale but I will repurchase either way these products

Price: Grand Poo Bar $7

Honey Dew Conditioner $3.50- 2 oz, $12- 8.4 oz, $20- 16.9 oz, $34- 33oz

Where to find these products: http://www.OyinHandmade.com or http://www.Curlmart.com

Disclaimer: The products reviewed in the post were purchased by me with my own money.

Until next time thanx for stopping by

Peace & Blessings  Happy HHJ

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Protective/Low Manipulation Style #1

28 Sep

My low manipulation style

Last week I started my Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge, this is the style I decided to start with.

I co-washed my hair with Tresemme Naturals conditioner & DC’d with just my old African Best Olive Oil DC (which I not like) sealed it with jojoba oil and sat under my heating cap.

I moisturized, sealed, and twisted my hair to air dry then two days later dampened my hair with my water and aloe vera juice mix to make my hair pliable and also because I used my Oyin Handmade Shine & Define Serum and the directions say to apply to wet hair to reduce frizz. I also used my Original Moxie’s Just Gel on my flat twists. (Reviews coming soon)

Thanx for stopping by & until next time

Peace & Blesses!

Left view

Back view

Right view

Fall/Winter Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge

27 Sep

 

This is a really cute protective style!

Saturday I started my protective/low manipulation style challenge, it’s getting cold fast here in Detroit and classes are going to be demanding soon so this is the perfect time to start. The weather is changing which means so will my wardrobe, as the temperature drops I’ll pulling out my sweaters, scarves, and my wool coat. Our clothes and the cold weather can have damaging effects on our hair which leads to breakage.

I want to protect my hair from the cold weather and the rough materials of the clothes so from 9/22/12 until 3/20/13 I will be wearing my hair in protective/low manipulation styles. I also find that when I leave my hair in styles like twists, braids, etc. and keep them moisturized I retain my length easier.

Protective styling during the colder months is essential to my regimen because having my hair out in the brisk winds and freezing weather we have here in Michigan will have my hair extremely dry and dull which would lead to SSKs and breakage. On top of that wearing my scarves, sweaters, and my wool coat can cause major damage if I’m wearing my hair out daily being that my hair is pass shoulder length it will be constantly rubbing up against those rough textured materials cause my ends to become dry and soon they will become brittle and raggedy. If I keep my hair in protective styles or low manipulation styles I figure I will be able to keep my hair moisturized and my ends protected and if I keep my ends in good condition I will have to trim less and retain more length. I’m an inch and a half or so  away from APL so I’m trying to gain and retain as much length as I possibly can. In my opinion wearing protective styles give you the chance to discover and focus on weak spots and pin point any problems you may be experiencing. I discovered earlier this year while wearing my mini twists a few weak and thin spots I have from heat damage and lack of moisture, since then I know to pay attention to and take special care of my hair in those areas.

Moisturizing my hair is essential as well during this challenge. Well conditioned and moisturized hair is easier to manipulate and is less prone to tangles and breakage.

I will be doing a combination of protective styles and low manipulation styles throughout this challenge. What’s the difference between a protective style and a low manipulation style? A protective style is a style where your ends are completely protected or tucked away. Twists, braids with extensions (Crown & Glory Method), roll tuck and pin styles, french rolls, bantu knots, wigs, full weaves, and buns are some examples of protective styles. Low manipulation styles are styles that allow you to have your hair in some kind of style that doesn’t require constant or a lot of manipulation once the style has been set. Mini twists, loose twists, mini braids, flexi rod or cold rod sets, straw sets, braid outs, twists outs and wash and gos are some examples of low manipulation styles. A low manipulation style can easily become a protective style by just simply gathering the hair into a bun or roll, tuck and pin style  or any other style that will completely hide and protects the ends hints the name protective style. 🙂

Ladies with TWAs can do protective and low manipulation styles as well using extensions, wigs, weaves and wash & gos.

My Regimen for the Protective/Low Manipulation Style Challenge

Pre-Pooing with a hot oil treatment and finger detangle

Wash weekly or bi-weekly (Depending on style) & whether I wash my hair using shampoo or Co-wash will depend on the ingredients I use in my hair or how my hair and scalp feels

Deep Condition with conditioning cap after each wash or co-wash( I also will be adding castor oil to my deep conditioner of choice)

Egg & Honey Protein treatment once a month

I will only use heat (blow dryer) on my hair NO MORE  than twice a month

I will NOT be doing any major trims just dusting my ends as needed (Last trim was the end of August)

My hair will be in a protective/low manipulation style at least 5 days out of the week

I will be moisturized daily and applying J.B.C.O, castor oil or my oil mix to my scalp daily

I will be posting a monthly update & posting pics of my hair at the beginning of the challenge, mid point & the end of the challenge

I don’t use many tools on my hair I finger detangle for the most part only use my widetooth comb to make sure I’ve removed all shed hair or when I’m being lazy and I use my faux denman when doing certain styles

The products I will be using will change for time to time because I’m still on my product quest

I will be drinking more water and not just because I’m growing out my hair but because I know I should be drinking more water

I will also TRY to take my Hair, Skin & Nail vitamins but I’m going to make any promises I HATE taking pills and their so big! Lol

That’ s pretty much it!

*Disclaimer* I have alter this challenge and my regimen according to what I feel MY HAIR needs. I’ve added a few things to my regimen in hopes to help my hair stay moisturized and protected during the coming cold weather

I hope this will help some one

Thanx for stopping by & until next time

Peace & Blessings

Current length *the back the longest layer almost APL*

 Right side

Left side *I was getting lazy with camera*

Front

My First Blowout!

16 Sep

This is my hair in February Blow out NO Heat No hairdryer

Last weekend I blew my hair out with the dryer for the time in a year and 4 months and BOY was I blew away by the results!

I washed and deep conditioned my hair Saturday using Aubrey’s Organic Replenishing Shampoo & I Dc’d with Original Moxie’s Intense Quench Conditioner (reviews coming soon). My original plan was to blow my hair out and set my hair in bantu knots but after an hour of blowing my hair out using the tension method I decided to just do a simple twist out. Unfortuntely I didn’t take any pictures because I was running late for church and later at my little cousin’s party I was so busy snapping pics of the kids I forgot all about my hair. Smh

To blow my hair out I used

My Gold N’ Hot blow dryer w/o the a comb

Grapseed oil

Tresemme’s Thermal Creation heat tamer spray

This is my hair blow out now

Thanx for stopping by  & until next time

Peace & Blessings

Product Review: Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream

15 Sep

Cantu has created a line just for us naturals! I’ve used Cantu Shea Butter leave-in as a styler and was pretty pleased with the results. So when I saw, on Youtube *Of Course* I had to go out and buy it. And I’m glad I did this stuff is BOMB!

Description: Coconut curling cream will define, condition and add manageability to your curls, leaving them soft, shiny and deeply moisturized.

Directions: Smooth onto damp hair section by section from the root down the hair shaft. Do not rinse out. Can be used on dry hair to enhance curls.

Ingredients: Water, Canola oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol/Ceteareth-20, Fragrance, Cetearyl alcohol/Ceteth-20, Shea Butter, Glycol Strerate,Petrolatum, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice,Coconut oil, Jojoba seed oil, Soybean oil, Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil, Mango seed butter, Olive fruit oil, Macadamia seed oil, Neem seed oil, Carrot seed oil, Argan kernal oil, Silk amino acids, Honeysuckle flower extract, Sea kelp extract, Sage leaf extract, Grape seed extract, Nettle extract, PEG-75, Polyquaternuim-10, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. NO MINERAL OIL, SULFATES, PARABENS, SILICONE, PHTHALATES, GLUTEN, PARAFFIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PABA,OR DEA.

MY EXPERIENCE: I’ve been using Cantu’s coconut curling cream for the past month now and I absolutely love it! The smell is a pleasant coconut scent, not overwhelming like some products that contain artificial coconut fragrance and it lingers (for those who like to smell their products in their hair). The consistency is creamy, smooth, and thick. No need to apply a lot because goes a long way.

I’ve used this product to achieve many hairstyles in the past month and even used it on my Son’s curls and coils. Each time I use this product the results are nice. I’ve tried it on wet, damp and dry hair, and each time my hair felt moisturized and soft. It gives good definition and a nice hold. I used the L.O.C method when I apply I the product and each time I get boucey, shiny, and very defined hair. I always get between second and third day hair but I think once I master stretching my braid/twists outs I could get up to five or six day hair.

FINAL VERDICT: This is a HIT! THE BOMB.COM and was only 6 or 7 dollars at my local Walmart. It has good nurishing  ingredients even though I was shocked to see petrolatum as the ninth ingredient. It  that doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy or weighted down and I haven’t experienced much buildup when used repeatedly in between washes. When I use this product using the L.O.C method the results are just AMAZING! You definitely get bang for your buck being that you get 12ozs of product for under $10 and a little goes a long way so you won’t go through it super fast. A major plus is I can use it in my Son’s hair,who also likes the smell. Cantu really did their thing with this product in my opinion and I will definitely be checking out the rest of their natural line. I think the curling cream has become a staple for me. I give this product a 5-star rating!

If you’re looking for a styler with good ingredients that’s inexpensive and available locally you should give this a try I think you just might like it! 🙂

WHERE TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, & Family Dollar (I haven’t seen it at my local one yet)

Price: $6-8 for a 12oz jar

Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me with my own money.

Curls are popping!

Braid out

Front view of braid out

2nd day hair