I think I bought this from Target or maybe Sally’s. I wanted to try it for a while but I could never find it in stock.  Finally, when I wasn’t looking, I saw a jar and picked it up. I don’t remember the price. It was less than $10 for 4 ounces of product.

First Impression:

This product smells amazing. It’s a sweet scent. but not overwhelming. It’s a clear, firm jelly like consistency. The jar is pretty small and it’s difficult for me to get the product out of the jar because I have long nails.

Performance:

Let me say first that I have 4b edges that are not at all silky in any way. I don’t try to lay them down because they don’t lay down. It doesn’t bother me at all. I actually don’t see the point of bothering with edges when the rest of the hair is kinky/nappy, what have you. That said, I don’t use products like this so I have nothing to compare it to. I have used Ecostyler gel which has no effect on my edges.

That said, I was really impressed by this product. My edges were smoothed down well with this product. It is sticky, but not too sticky. The scent lingers a bit, but I like that. The effects don’t last very long on my hair though…I’d say after an hour my edges are back to their usual state. Perhaps this product would work better in a less humid climate…

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Pros:

The Curls brand uses a lot of natural ingredients. This company is black owned! I do try to stick to black owned brands for my natural hair products. You can purchase this line in many stores on the ground, including Target and now Sally’s. The smell of this particular product is amazing. A little bit of product goes a long way. I don’t need to use a scarf or anything. It works instantly.

Cons:

While it does slick down my hair well, it doesn’t last very long. The jar is small for the price. Due to the size of the jar, it’s difficult to get the product out (though I do keep my nails long).

Verdict:

I’m not sure if I’ll purchase again. Overall I do think this product is okay. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll bother with an edge pomade. I still want to try a few more products in this line.

I’ve ended up in mini twists yet again. After being out of the country for a week and being a little frustrated with my hair, I needed to put it away. I was playing in my hair and next thing you know, I had a full set of mini twists (they took 2 days actually). I did rope twists- so each side of the twist is rolled prior to crossing them. I think this has helped keep my ends from knotting up. It’s only been a few days so I’ll report back whenever I take these out. At night, I mist my hair with water, seal it with oil, and put my hair in one french braid.

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I was sent Priteva vitamins for review. At the time I received them I had a sew-in in. I had to wait until I could take a starting pic. I trimmed my hair at the change in season, as I always do. I’m starting out with my hair at line 8 on my length check t-shirt.

I’m taking 2 pills a day for the next 30 days. At the end of the bottle, I’ll post another length check and a review on Priteva.

 

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Thank you everyone for entering the Priteva Hair Vitamin Giveaway. The giveaway is now closed. The two winners have been contacted. Congratulations to Lauren and Poupee!!!

 

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The issues with the ebook/PayPal are resolved! I decided to use a hosting service and sell the book via Lulu.com. Digital PDF copies are available right now in the Lulu Marketplace for instant download. Click here for more information about The Mini Braid Method Ebook.

Don’t forget to enter the Priteva Hair Vitamin giveaway. Two (2) readers will receive a two (2) month supply of vitamins at the end of the month. All you have to do is write a comment under the post about the giveaway AND enter via Rafflecopter. That’s it! You could be one of the lucky winners. :) Hurry, there’s only about a week left to enter.

 

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Save on $10 on a QRedew hair steamer with code SPRINGCLEAN. Hurry sale ends March 20, 2014.

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I’m not sure if I’ll buy on but they don’t have sales often. This is a great time to purchase. I’ve seen really good reviews for QRedew.

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There have been some issues with the PayPal website. For now, I’m suspending ebook sales until I return from vacation. I plan to resume the sales by April 1, 2014. Sorry for the inconvenience. In the meantime there are a plethora of articles on mini braids. Click here to browse the Article Directory. Thanks for your patience!

Update- March 21, 2014:

I’ve added the ebook to the Lulu Marketplace. This should fix the PayPal issue and I won’t have to close up shop while I’m away. Ebook PDF files will be available for instantly download at any time via Lulu.com. Click here to purchase!

 

 

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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.

You can comment anonymously but you must use a valid email address in the comment form. I will see your email but it won’t be published. From the blog homepage, click the “Leave A Comment” link under the post title. Comments are held for approval in an attempt to filter spam. I usually get to them by the end of the day.

After, you leave a comment, log into the Rafflecopter widget via your email address or Facebook so your entry is recorded. Winners will be contacted via email from info@minibraidmethod.com, when I return from vacation at the end of the month. Winners will also be announced on the blog. Good Luck! :)

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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.

First Impression:

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.

Performance:

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.

Pros:

The price is great and it’s a drug store product so you can find it pretty much anywhere.

Cons:

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.

Verdict:

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.]

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Braiding 

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.]

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Design

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.

Blending

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.]

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Thoughts

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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