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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wash Day Diary: July 30th 2014: SheaMoisture SuperFruit and Black Tea

Gotta love SHRINKAGE

For nearly 2 months now, I have been doing Black Tea rinses weekly in my hair and love the results I have been getting. I decided to use it with the SheaMoisture SuperFruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque to test how it works. Since this hair masque will be my new Moisturizing Deep Conditioner, I need it to work well with my Black Tea rinse because I have seen great changes with my hair in terms of shedding and breakage from doing these weekly rinses. The other Moisturizing Deep Conditioner I use is  Eden Bodyworks Deep Conditioner . Which do I like better, right now, the SheaMoisture one is winning.

Wash Process
  • Detangle and prepoo with Trader Joe's Coconut Oil and VO5 Strengthening Conditioner.
  • Co-washing with  Eden Bodyworks Cowash and rinsed off
  • Apply Black Tea Rinse
  • On top of that apply SheaMoisture SuperFruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque
  • Leave on for 30 mins
  • Cool water rinse to promote shine and lay down my cuticle
  • Squeeze off as much water with hands, no t-shirt
  • Let water absorb in hair while dressing up. Covered with plastic cap to avoid dripping

Post-wash Process
Tutorial for Braid and Twist:

Tutorial for Bantu Loop:

  • Apply SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment to edges.
  • Wrap twists around head and secure with bobby pins for stretch.

Wash and Go using Xtreme Wet Line Gel Natural Hair

Wash and Go on 4C hair
Wash and Go on Type 4 hair

For more info on the Xtreme Wet Line Gel, click here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Product Review: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment

When I found this product at the 4th CVS we visited, I was not really planning on buying it. I usually do not use much on my edges except my Jamaican Black Castor Oil or my DIY Shea Aloe Butter to lay my edges. My initial thought and MISTAKE was to assume that this was an Edge Tamer.

First of all, what is SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment?

According to the info on the jar This precision styling gel provides a touchable hold while nourishing edges. Effectively blocking humidity, while controlling reversion and flyaway hair around edges for sleek, frizz-free styles.
Edges "kinda-tamed"

My Honest Thoughts:
This product does really well in moisturizing and nourishing the edges, but however if you are looking for a strong hold, this is not the product for it. It does give a soft hold and is great for someone like myself that does not like hard gel along the edges. Hard gels can actually damage edges.  I did not experience any product build up using this product.

From different wordings on the packaging, I believe this product is geared towards naturals who use heat, however, due to the terms, flyaway and anti-reversion.

You only need a very small amount of this product because due to Glycerin (which is the first ingredient), you will encounter a bit of oiliness and stickiness on your fingers. As far as controlling reversion and flyaways, I feel that I will need to add another gel on top of this product to get the job done.
Natural Hair Bun

My main goal for this product is to help grow my edges. Since I have to usually dilute my thick Jamaican Castor Oil, this is a better solution. This 4oz jar ($7.99) contains the following ingredients:

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment
What are these ingredients doing to our hair?

     Humectant; Attract water to the hair to keep the moisture content high

     Moisturizes hair and soften

Zea Mays (Corn) Bud/Seed Extract
     Acts as hair conditioner


Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
     Coat the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving the hair feeling soft and silky

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
     Sealant, Provide emolliency, conditioning, add shine

Metha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract
     Normalizes scalp's oil production, helps with dry scalp and dandruff, reduces hair loss

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
     Moisturizes hair

Hydrolyzed Keratin
     Protein; Strengthens hair.  Humectant; Attract water to the hair to keep the moisture content high

     Vitamin E: Moisturizer

Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
     Emollient; Conditions hair.

     Restores Hair's pH level
Cetrimonium Chloride
     Click here to learn all about this ingredient

Agave Equilana Stem Extract
     Restore and rejuvenates frizzy hair

     Helps with hair loss by strengthening the hair

Potasium Sorbate

Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil
     Also known as Brazillian Buriti Fruit Oil. Moisturize and protect your hair from sun damage and pollution.

Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend)
     For smell purpose

Yeast Extract
    Also known as  Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein. Hair conditioning agent

Citric Acid
     pH Adjuster

Other ways, we lay our edges:

What are your thoughts on this product?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

QOTD: My Hair is Breaking Constantly, What Can I Do?

First of all, let us make sure that the hair you observe is actually broken hair and not shedding hair. Hair that is shedding is one that has gone though its lifecycle. It would have a white bulb at the end of the hair strand. Hair that has experienced breakage will not have this white bulb. If your hair is longer, it will be shorter than the shedded hair.

Now to answer the question.

There can be several reasons why your hair is breaking.

Lack of moisture

Make sure that you are moisturizing your hair on a consistent basis. There are different ways you can moisturize your hair. Watch this:

Lack of Protein

 Even though hair is protein, when it becomes damaged, the shaft has missing gaps that need to be fixed.

Doing regular protein treatments can help strengthen the hair shaft. 

Overmanipulation of the hair

Make sure that you are not combing your hair while dry. If you have to comb your hair and it appears dry, spritz it with a little bit of water to help soften it, or had some moisturizer. Natural hair is quite fragile.

Styles your hair is in

If your hair is in a style that puts too much tension on the hair follicles, this can cause breakage. The most common of such breakage is along the edges.