Priteva contacted me about trying their hair vitamins. I will be taking them and reviewing them on the blog after I take out my sew-in. I also have 4 bottles to give away to you guys! The giveaway with run through the end of the month, March 31, 2014. Two winners will be chosen at random. Each winner will receive a 2 month supply of Priteva Ultra Charge Hair Formula Vitamins. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post.
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I bought L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm at Wal-Mart. I think it was around $5. I was interested based on reviews on hair discussion boards. I also liked that the product contains ceramides- which are fatty molecules that help restore hair.
This product smells really nice and has a nice consistency. The jar looks like it’s a decent size but I ran through the product really quickly. I got about 2 uses out of it. I have enough left to do about 1/8 of my hair but I’ll probably give the rest to my mom for her to try.
This is a really great deep conditioner. When I tried it, there had only been one DC that I ever liked and that’s LeKair Cholesterol. This performs about the same to me, but it’s not as strengthening and of course…I have to use more of the Loreal product. The Damage Erasing Balm has a ton of slip so it’s really easy to detangle. It leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft.
The price is great and it’s a drug store product so you can find it pretty much anywhere.
I mostly follow the Curly Girl regimen and this does have a cone in it. This specific cone can be cleansed without sulfates however. I forgot the name of the detergent that cleans it but Suave Naturals conditioner contains it…I believe.
I think this a great buy. I already have my holy grail DC and it takes a lot less of it to get the job done. It’s more cost effective for my to stick with LeKair. I think this product would be perfect for those with less hair . My mom has a TWA and I’ll probably purchase this and the moisturizing type for her to try.
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I decided to hide my hair until I reach waist length…I have less than 2 inches to go. I chose to wear a weave at least until the summer. I went with a Mongolian kinky curly from a Chinese vendor. I purchased 2- 16″ bundles for a layered look. The hair is technically shorter than mine, but since it doesn’t shrink as much, it looks longer.
[Pictured Below: Hair out the pack. Cleansed and cowashed hair.]
I’m not good at cornrowing in an upwards direction so I couldn’t manage a beehive braid pattern. Instead, I blew out my hair, split it in two and braided back in a U sort of shape. I didn’t take pictures because it looks quite rough. I wrapped the ends of my cornrows into a circle and put a weaving net over it to keep them as flat as possible.
[Pictured Below: My hair blown out before braiding down.]
I left out the perimeter of my hair and a wide horseshoe. The weave doesn’t exactly match because my edges are kinkier (4b) than the rest of my hair. The 2 bundles were enough to cover my whole head. I wanted the density to be less than my real hair because I’m looking for something that takes less work.
I two strand twisted all but the horseshoe area of my leave out. I took out only 3 of the twist and left the nape and my temples twisted and pinned out of the way. I used Super Wet and Eco Styler gel on my horseshoe leave-out. I used some Curls Passion Pomade (which I LOVE- stay tuned for a full review) to slick down my sides. I secured each side with a bobby pin.
[Pictured Below: Hair texure before fluffing it out and twisted edges. Blending with a few twists unraveled, the rest were pinned up. Blending with gelled hair on top.]
I think this is 4th time I’ve had a sewn-in weave. I got one done for my college graduation because I had just big chopped for the 1st time and had no clue what to do with my hair. I think I had that one in for 1 week. I did 1 myself and took it out the next day because everyone said short hair didn’t suit me, lol. The 3rd time I went to a home based stylist. It didn’t feel tight when I got it done but my head was throbbing the next day, so I took it down. That time I used beauty supply store synthetic hair and it quickly lost its curls. This time around I spent a lot on human hair so I decided to do everything else myself. It went rather smoothly. The area around my leave out does feel kinda tight, but it doesn’t hurt so I’m leaving it alone.
It’s been a day and so far, so good. The hair is very soft. It does tangle on the ends when I touch it too much, just like my own hair. I’m trying to leave it alone because I want it to last several installs. I’m very happy with the hair and the look so far. I can’t wait to try some heated styles- blowouts, wand curls, flat ironing…all guilt free. I bought some bleach as well so I’ll eventually put some highlights in it. I got a number 2 although I think my real hair is a bit lighter in places.
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This post is inspired by a comment from one of my lovely readers. She said she experiences lots of breakage on wash days. Not too long ago, I was one of those people battling constant breakage. It was especially evident on wash day. I would see tons of C shaped pieces of hair all over the shower walls. To be honest, I dealt with worse breakage when my hair was relaxed and I thought it was totally normal and something that I’d always have to cope with. It was so bad that I had a friend argue with me about “shedding” hair all over his bathroom. Still, I didn’t think it was a huge deal or something I could fix. I really had no idea how damaged my double processed (relaxed and colored) hair was… As a natural, I still experienced breakage. It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as my relaxed hair, but it was bad.
I finally got my breakage under control by making several major changes to my hair care regimen. I had to first realize and learn that my hair is both fine and highly porous and that contributed a lot to the breakage. Because of the natural state of my hair I had to cut out color treating all together because that was part of the problem. Next, I had to look at the products I used.
Changes I Made to Product Regimen
First, fine hair tends to need loads of protein. I got consistent with protein treatments and committed to using a cholesterol/collagen treatment weekly. Collagen and Cholesterol both work to fortify and strengthen the hair. I also add stronger protein treatments like Aphogee when needed and especially before and after straightening my natural hair.
The most likely cause of breakage is hair that is out of moisture/protein balance. Analyze your product regimen and figure out if your hair is getting as much protein as it needs. Weekly light protein treatments may help with breakage.
After I figured out what my fine hair needed, I had to battle the porosity issue. My hair is high porosity by nature. Because of this, I need something acidic (low pH) to close the cuticles of the hair shaft. There are products on the market that do just that (such as Roux Porosity Control). I haven’t tried any commercial products. I manage my high porosity hair by doing apple cider vinegar rinses (diluted 10:1) when needed. Diluted apple cider vinegar is a cheap fix for high porosity hair. I only have to do these a few times a year because I’ve been able to find products that agree with my hair and have a low pH.
Changes I Made to Styling Regimen
Once I figured out why my hair was structurally prone to breakage and made changes to products, it was time to change my technique. A low-manipulation regimen is key to keeping hair from breaking. If you pinpoint what step you lose the most hair- during washing, detangling, styling, etc…- you know where the changes need to be made. I was losing a ton of hair to breakage when washing or cowashing in the shower. At that time, I detangled my hair using a shower comb, then my Denman brush. At the end of detangling there were little C shaped curls all over the walls and shower floor. To prevent hair loss during detangling, I stopped using hair tools all together. I detangle my hair exclusively using my hands only. Finger detangling has really saved my hair. I am able to pull out shed hair and feel any knots or tangles and pull them apart with my fingers. What’s more, I don’t obsess about being able to rake through every bit of my hair. My hair is free from matting and tangling and I spend only a few minutes each wash going through it with my hands. I think as naturals, we are too concerned with detangling. Any hair type can finger detangle and they can do it quickly. I see some naturals on YouTube picking through their hair strand by strand with their fingers and that is absolutely NOT necessary.
I don’t believe every bit of hair has to be thoroughly detangled during every wash. Yes- detangling is a must…but not to the point where a fine tooth comb can go through your hair from top to bottom without stopping. I definitely had that mindset from my relaxed days. If you don’t reach every bit of your hair with a fine tooth comb or a detangling brush you will be okay. Your hair will be okay. I see naturals talk all the time about how their hair will matte and loc. I just don’t believe that. Locing hair is a very long process. I’ve tried it and after months with no combing whatsoever, no moisture, and no conditioner, my hair still unraveled on its own. I ended up just combing it out and moving on. Finger detangling is definitely enough to clear natural hair of tangles. It takes me no more than 10 minutes during cowashing and I have a ton of hair. I do detangle with several hair tools before straightening because I use a Maxiglide flat iron that has fine teeth on the plates. It’s been years since I used combs or brushes regularly and even after months of not using one, I can easily brush through my hair and use my Maxiglide without problems. Finger detangling has really turned my hair around and my breakage decreased significantly. Using my hands only allows me to have tangle free hair that is easily styled, without all the breakage and damage that hair tools cause.
Trimming is also hugely important in stopping breakage. In my case, my hair was breaking during detangling. The hair that broke was already compromised and weakened. The pieces of hair were small so I know they came from my ends only. When my hair got long enough for me to examine the strands closely, I could see where I had split ends, single strand knots, and breaks in my hair that were not quite split all the way. If I tugged gently on one of these strands, it would easily break off at the split section. Trimming regularly keeps split ends and single strand knots in check. I’ve heard some naturals say that they don’t worry about single strand knots, but from my observation, the hair right above a knot is almost always split. I trim my hair 4 times a year and usually take off about 1/4″ at the most. Maintaining healthy ends prevents damage later on.
These changes to my products and techniques have made a huge difference in how much hair I lose on wash days. I don’t manipulate my hair at all during the week, besides putting it into a ponytail and taking it down, so I knew I lost hair on wash days only. Following this low manipulation, finger-detangling routine has improved the overall health of my hair and allowed me to retain much more length. Detangling is something that can be somewhat controversial but even in my observation, those who detangle obsessively have the shortest hair…so what’s the benefit really.
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I’ve seen a lot of vlogger videos on the topic and realized I haven’t posted or thought much about my hair goals for this year. I do have a few posts about hair length goals and expectations…but no posts concerning my hair overall. I think it will be interesting to come back to this post at the end of 2014 and see how much progress I’ve made. So here they are, my hair goals for 2014.
- Wear more protective styles, especially mini braids. After March, I will be in back to back protective styles. Between now and March, I’m travelling quite a bit and I like to wear my hair out when I’m going out.
- Use less heat. I tend to straighten my hair when I just can’t figure out what to do with it. I need to curb the urge to flat iron. I also diffuse my hair with every wash and go. I want to cut down on wash and goes too so diffusing won’t be an issue.
- Use more oils and butters. I’m not very good at sealing my ends. I need to be more consistent with it. I also want to try out new butters (other than shea). I want to incorporate hot oil treatments or oil rinsing as well.
- Focus on problem areas. I have some very short hair (maybe 3″) at my widows peak and my sideburns. I want to grow these parts out because they stick up when I wear my hair back. I also have issues with my nape. This area seems to thin and shorten every other year. I will try to protect it so it can get back to the same length as the rest of my hair. I also have some thinning ends in my crown. I think I’m very rough with that area and I also tie my hair up the same way every night…which could be part of the problem.
- Find an all-natural, hard protein product. I still want to try Aubrey Organics products. I have sample packs from them that I need to review. I want a stronger protein option than what I already use weekly and something more natural than Aphogee.
- Find hair perfume or styling product with a pleasant scent that lingers. I’m really big on nice smelling hair and most scents either dissipate quickly or I’m not fond of it.
- Repurchase staples. I don’t know why I keep buying different things and not repurchasing products that I love. I need to keep my staples stocked, even if that means not waiting for a sale.
- Finally, some length goals… Grow hair to waist length. I’m very close so this is definitely doable this year. Ideally, I would like to retain about 5″ of hair this year and get a good professional cut so my hem line is blunt with some subtle layers throughout my hair.
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I braided up my niece’s hair. It’s not often that I put mini braids in her hair because she’s restless and it takes me a few days to put these in. I braided for about an hour on Friday then finished on Saturday. Searching through the blog, I think the last time I posted pictures of her mini braids was at the end of 2012. At that time (about a year) her braids stretched to waist length on her (at 5 years old). Her mini braids now (at 6 years old) hang to about waist length and stretch to around tailbone length on her.
I did these on dry stretched (2 week old) hair. I took down each of her large two-strand twists, added oil, and detangled with my Denman brush. Each twist became 3-4 braids. The braids are different shapes and sizes but that’s not a big deal. I two strand twisted the very ends of the braids and trimmed each one just to keep her ends neat. You can see the difference compared to the 2012 braids where her ends were left loose. She’ll most likely keep these in for 6 weeks and shampoo once or twice in that time. They’ll shrink a lot after the wash so I’ll let her enjoy the hang time for at least a week.
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I live in Florida, so I use the term “winter” lightly. I’m digging my wash and go with Original Moxie Moisture Gel and Shape Shifter under EcoStyler gel. This is 2nd day, unstretched hair. I’ll use a blow dryer to stretch the roots in the morning for big day 3 hair.
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I was graciously gifted these Original Moxie products for review.
This is my first time using a no foam cleanser with a conditioner-like consistency. It will take some getting used to. I probably used way too much of this. I think in the future, I will dilute it some until I get used to a thick, no foam cleanser. The product wasn’t stripping but it didn’t have any slip. Combined with the deep conditioner, it made my hair feel squeaky clean.
This product has a very herbal smell, like most of the Original Moxie products I tried. It’s choked full of good stuff. It didn’t have any slip however so I was unable to finger detangle my hair during the wash process. It does have hydrolyzed wheat protein as the 5th ingredient, however. so in my mind I can treat this as a strengthening treatment and not stress about the lack of slip.
After 3 weeks of twists and intense, 900 cal workout sessions with tons of sweat to boot, the combo of the Get Clean cleanser and Intense Quench DC made my hair and scalp feel real great and incredibly clean and refreshed.
I’ve used this a few times with different styles. I’m sad I only have 1/2 the jar left. Perhaps I’m using too much. The first time I used this, it was for a wash and go following the no foam cleanser and DC. I did use a whole lot of it and was surprised at the amount of slip in the product. I was able to easily finger detangle at this stage. I used a lot of product to shingle my high porosity, frizzy, 4A hair. My hair stayed soft for a number of days, but the hold wasn’t as strong as what I prefer. The jar does say flexible hold for thick hair. That said, it would probably work better under a strong hold gel.
I used this again for my youngest niece’s 4C hair. She has no pattern but her hair is really soft and does not hold styles well. Most of her 2 strand twists stayed in. They were soft with no crunch. Her hair was a little dull but otherwise looked good.
I also used the Shape Shifter for a braidout on my hair. I did like the hold it provided. I was scared it would be a little too defined so I took my braids out after only 1 day (26 hours) rather than the 2 days I usually give it to dry completely. I’m a mid-week cowasher, so I need my leave in to provide enough moisture for at least 3-4 days. This product definitely did that. In fact, I had some residue on my hair. As a pet owner, I fret when I feel that coated feeling because I know by the end of the week I’ll have about 70% cat hair to 30% human hair on my head. In the future, I’ll try to use less product. I just love the slip this provides however. It’s hard for me to use a reasonable amount. Another down side is I’m not wild about the herbal scent. I also think it’s a little too runny to be in a jar. I’m afraid to spill it because it’s a pour-able consistency.
This stuff is amazing. It completely melted and absorbed into my hair. I used it on flat ironed hair and it provided some much needed shine and sheen to my hair. I layered multiple serums on my hair and all of them left my straight hair quite dull and lifeless. I was really pleased with what this product did for my hair.
I also used the Hair Bling to set my flat ironed hair on sponge rollers. Even though there wasn’t much hold (the curls lasted the night), it did a great job of setting my hair. My hair was shiny and incredibly soft.
This product is intended as a pre-shampoo treatment. I, however, have only used it after styling. It’s a great butter and like the Hair Bling, it absorbs completely into my hair. Like, all the products in the line, it’s chocked full of great herbs and natural ingredients for healthy hair. The scent is quite earthy.
I had a 1 ounce sample of this styling gel. I knew it wouldn’t be enough for my hair. I used this product for a wash and go, over the Moisture Gel leave in. I only sectioned my hair in 4 and applied product in at attempt to stretch the amount that I had. This gel was too light for my hair. It has a liquid consistency- the first ingredient is flax seed gel but it’s not as gooey as flax seed alone. I had some hold, but my hair was not clumped like I prefer for wash and goes. Eco Styler gel is still my preferred product for styling my kinky curls and coils. Perhaps, I could have applied it to smaller sections and shingled for a better result, but I don’t think that’s a cost effective option for me.
The one thing I loved about this product is that it smells absolutely amazing. The scent is like sweet citrus. I would love a hair perfume in this scent.
I liked this product. I used it as a leave in moisturizer under the Just Gel. It reminded me of Kinky Curly Knot Today. The look and feel is very similar. I think it’s a little too light as a leave in for me so it was just average.
The product that I would get the most use out of is the Shape Shifter. As of now, it’s my go-to styler for braid outs. I also want to try it out for roller sets. It provides the perfect combination of hold and softness. The products that were most intriguing to me are the Hair Bling and Emollience. When I think about it, in my almost 5 years of being natural, the only butter I’ve used is shea butter (and I’m actually not a fan of it…it’s one of those things I buy just because). The main ingredients in the Hair Bling are mango and tucuma butter, while the Emollience has a cupuacu butter and castor oil base. Both products got me interested in trying out a variety of hair butters. I’m very impressed by how well both products worked in my finely textured hair.
The Moisture Gel, Just Gel, and Intense Quench DC are replaceable products to me. I wouldn’t purchase because there are other alternatives that work better for me. The No Foam Cleanser is something I’m on the fence about. While it did a good job, one of the top ingredients is neem. I once had a very bad skin reaction to pure neem powder. I didn’t have any issues with the Cleanser, so I’m not sure if it was a bad batch of powder that caused a skin reaction or if it’s an actual allergy. To be safe, I’ll pass on this product until I can know for sure.
Click here to go the to Original Moxie website. Click each product name header to go directly to the particular item. Thanks again to Rachel of Original Moxie for allowing me to try out these products. The website is extremely informative and there’s a huge number of products that caters to various hair types. The quality of ingredients is really unmatched!
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