Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NEW HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!


 I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving -- I have been running the streets and I just have not sat down long enough to write out a blog post but here I am today and I have wonderful news..


MY HAIR IS HERE!!!!!!!!! 


LOL!  Clearly I am excited about this hair.. If you have read my previous post then you may already remember that I was looking to put in a new install for the holidays and I was prepping my hair with weekly deep conditioners,  a protein treatment, and a really good trim. I still haven't gotten that really good trim so some time this weekend that is on my TO-DO list!

ANYWAY... The hair! If you aren't following me on Instagram (shame on you) one of MY favorites on my TL is @miaray she is a blogger out of Detroit and she just recently started a website for #samegirldifferenthair -- they are selling virgin hair and this past week had a promotional sale on all of their hair.

Now I've bought hair before and I have a few websites over here in my bookmarks for future hair I wanna try and hair can be expensive -- GOOD HAIR -- can be expensive!  This sale was nothing to miss out on.. 3 bundles 22' 24' 26' deep wave -- $350 *faints*

Girl.... @miaray was hooking us up! Check out ANY hair website -- pick your favorite one and just look to see how much 22' 24' 26' of hair will run you.. 12oz of hair for $350 was the best deal ever and today I finally picked mine up from the post office.

DEEP WAVE 22' 24' 26'


I've just been running my fingers through it since I picked it up; I can not wait to have it installed in the next few weeks. I will come back after it is installed, tell you all about shedding and maintenance.. Please expect LOTS of pictures! 

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Monday, November 19, 2012


When I tell you I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee.... I love this product line!

Randomly one day I picked up the coconut cleansing co-wash and I've talked about it a few times already so we can just skip ahead to last week Thursday!

Strolling the aisles of my local beauty supply store I came across the entire AS I AM product line and was inclined to purchase and try out some different products and baby honey child boo boo that hair was BOMB!!!!!!

Let me tell you what I got:

  • hydration elation
  • double butter cream
  • curling jelly 
  • cocoshea spray

I cleansed with the coconut cleansing co-wash like regular and then I baggy'd with the hydration elation and let me tell you that I was elated with how hydrated my hair was... All of the products have a similar coconut smell to them -- the Mr. kept sniffing my head so that's always a good thing! UGH! the consistency -- like whipped frosting! So light and airy but still thick enough for me to shake the bottle and nothing fall out.. 

3hrs later...

It was time to style. Now this has been a VERY VERY busy weekend - I needed something that could hold up and be almost dry come Friday morning so I could hit the streets! I did a wash & go y'all and honey that hair was something out of this damn world! When I tell you my curls have NEVER in two years popped like they popped this wknd I mean that.. 

On wet hair I sectioned and rake through some double butter cream first and then I went over the section again with the curling jelly.. The smell again is the same (coconuts) the butter cream has a denser feel to it but it is really light and airy --- so if the hydration elation was whipped frosting this is just regular frosting.. The curling jelly reminds me of kinky curly curling custard -- same loose jelly like gel only this one smells better!

I pineapple'D all wknd.. I sprayed the cocoshea spray on my ends and scrunched to lose a bit of the crunch.. Shake to relax my curls from the top of my head.

I don't make a habit of using an entire product line on my hair -- I think this is the first time I've actually done this. I am super excited to see how this works for twists and braid outs and flexi rods! The double butter cream is soooooooooooooooooooo buttery I could just imagine my twist out *squeals* LOL! 


My first trip to the BSS cost me $48 dollars for the first three products -- I picked up the cocoshea spray on Saturday and that was another $12 so the price is definitely reasonable.


You know how you pick up a product and it says "with coconut oil, Shea butter and jojoba oil" then you look on the ingredients list and its like the 37th thing listed after a bunch of synthetic manufactured crap??? Well this is NOT the case for these products! Coconut oil and a bunch of other extracts are one of the first ingredients in all of these products --- I haven't goggled every ingredient and I didn't look to see if it was curly girl approved BUT its all good over here!

My hair feels amazing.. Extremely moisturized.. My curls are popping.. LIFE IS GOOD!

Try it and let my know your thoughts -- I am definitely a fan!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I've been slacking with the reviews I know but there are just sooooooooooooo many new products... I'm trying desperately to find a holy grail can't live without product list that I can share with you but every week is something different.

1st I RE-purchased the AS I AM "coconut cleansing co wash" and then I FINALLY found the CANTU SHEA BUTTER "coconut curling cream" (AUGUST CURLBOX) in my local BSS so y'all know I picked that up!



I am almost out of the GIOVANNI "direct leave-in" -- that stuff is heaven in a damn bottle.. I'm gonna buckle down and order directly from their website for the larger bottle. For any ladies who may not have tried Giovanni's before it is a very lightweight leave-in and as soon as it hits your hair it melts! It clumps my curls immediately. I've used it on braid outs and flexi rod sets and basically any style y'all have seen in the last month from me. I will say that using it on wet hair is better then on dry hair -- it doesn't have the same melting effects but yes this stuff is the truth! Oh! and if y'all just need visual proof check out HAIRCRUSH on YouTube - she swears by it and after y'all see her hair you will swear by any and everything she swears by! It is that serious!

I have to take off for the wet vs. dry results but I love this and I will be repurchasing a smaller one until my order comes in the mail from their website

I've also tried out two new conditioners.. 

Nature's Gate "tea tree calming" conditioner
I found this conditioner in one of my local beauty supply stores by complete accident! I am assuming it was one of those products they ordered and didn't really sell because it was at the end of the aisle with a very sad orange price tag on it for $2.99.. I've seen this brand in Ricky's and Whole Foods for at least $6 and $7.99 so why not give it a twirl? It has tea tree leaf oil in it as one of the first ten ingredients so you do get that tingling feeling when it is applied to the hair -- i know some naturals do not like that feeling so keep that in mind. It has a pretty thick consistency for a conditioner but it still has great slip to it.


EEEEHHHHH.... probably not! or should I say I wouldn't buy it for $7.99 -- I don't like how it smells and it was just OK! my hair wasn't super soft or anything it was EH... *shrugs* 

I will say this: The bottle says it is for irritated, flaky scalp and it provides calming relief for dry and itchy conditions -- I have none of these conditions so perhaps this product just isn't for me at this time in my journey!

Curl Care by Dr. Miracle "nourishing conditioner"

Dr. Miracles Curl Care "nourishing conditiner" was in my October CurlBox. I used it, I didn't like it, I used it again and I liked it a lil better than I did when I initially tried it! If you have ever used a Dr. Miracle product then you already know that his products have that medicated, peppermint sensation to them and this is no exception! If you aren't a fan then do not pick this product up. I have to use this again to really give a fair assessment -- I can say for sure that I have not been blown away by it yet! The consistency is that of a typical conditioner; not too heavy and not too thick.. It smooths in my hair pretty easily and I was able to finger comb through it. As far as ingredients and how good this stuff is for my hair --- I'm not a scientist but there are a bunch of stuff in here that I can not pronounce!  

The verdict is still out on this product... I'll keep ya posted after the bottle is gone! For now, a 6 is the best I can give it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012




I've complained over and over about how long it takes for my hair to dry and how after a few days my hair feels dry, no matter how well I think I've moisturized it. I've done a bunch of research and I've come up with an answer -- I HAVE LOW POROSITY HAIR Y'ALL!!!!!!


Glad you asked.. Hair porosity is essentially your hair's ability to soak up moisture. In my case, my hair shaft has overlapping scales that lay flat making it hard for moisture to get in or out (think of shingles on a roof) This explains why it takes so long for my hair to seem wet on wash day! 


The Float Test: 
Take a few strands of shed hair from your scalp and place them into a clear bowl of room temperature water. Wait 5mins. If your hair floats, you have low porosity, If it sinks to the bottom, you have high porosity.
The Slip'n'Slide Test: 
Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.

Now I adjust my regimen to meet my specific needs.. If I want to combat these overlapping scales and get as much moisture in as possible I need to temporarily raise my cuticle.

My new regimen will include:
  • The baggy method (forces the moisture into the hair shaft)
  • Steaming (the steam heat raises the cuticle to allow moisture in)
  • Cherry Lola treatments (an alkaline treatment -- baking soda -- that raises the cuticle)

Low porosity hair is still considered to be healthy hair. While it is a bit of a challenge to get moisture in; once its in it isn't that easy to lose either -- My hair shaft is just as stubborn as I am *shrugs* who knew?!

I will keep you dolls posted and expect new reviews on my revised regimen. The task at hand is to beat my low porosity hair with a bit of experimentation I think I can get it done.


Saturday, November 3, 2012


Hello loves,

Just coming to you guys to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the concern you all showed during Hurricane Sandy. My earlier post regarding Sandy was very light-hearted but as anyone in New York can tell you Sandy was nothing to play with, she came through and showed the hell out!

We were not expecting such a severe storm and we are still trying to get back to normal but luckily, I was not one of the New Yorkers directly affected by the storm. My family is safe, we have had electricity all week and there was no significant damage in my area at all.

While being stuck in the house has been an inconvenience it is nothing in comparison to others. If you are in the area please check on the elderly and try to help out as much as possible. Continue to send your support and prayers to all those who lost their lives, family members, and homes! This storm just gave us all the opportunity to sit back and reflect on how blessed we all really are.

I will be back with more hair and beauty posts shortly.

Peace & Love