Friday, March 22, 2013

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 2013 Curl Kit -- In Review


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The March's Curl Kit Has Arrived!

The Curl Kit Box arrived with much awaited hair product goodies!  Heavy in weight and top snugly closed!  The fragrance of the products were bidding me to lift the top of the box and go exploring!  From soap to conditioner there were new products for me to try out!

Picture By:  Thatgirkanita

Let's take a closer look at the products that were included in this month's Curl Kit Box.  Included were samples and full-sized products for each of the Curl Kit Box subscribers.

1. Aubrey Organice: GPB Conditioner

Feed your hair a healthy, balanced diet with their #1-selling conditioner. Nutrient-rich, protein based GPB rehydrates and reenergizes your hair, strengthens hair fiber and repairs damage from salon treatments to restore softness, manageability and shine. Their most popular product ever (11 ounces).

2. Soapy Luv: Raspberry Green Tea

Raspberry Green tea soap is a mixture of fruity and herbal. You get great benefits from green tea for the skin containing antioxidant ingredients. Also a light exfoliation from all the natural raspberry seeds. You also get sweet scented sensation from the raspberry fragrance. Your skin will thank you.

4 ounces for $12.00/8 ounces for $20.00

3. Wonder Curl: Butter Than Love Hair Pudding

Ultra-moisturizing hair cream that has a light formula which will give your hair shine and unbelievable softness (2 ounces).

2 ounces for $3.75

4. Bel Nuovo: CoCo Castor Pudding

Moisturizing Hair Creme, Light Hold, Curl Defining, Mango Butter, Coconut & Castor Oil. The perfect synergy of a styling aid and moisturizer (2 ounces).

8 ounces for $1.49

5. Ecostyler : Ecostyler: Curl & Wave “Pink”

Firm hold gel has the added benefit of anti-itch additives to minimize scalp irritants. This product contains glycerin to moisturize ensuring that the product will not cause flaking or leave the hair hard and brittle (8 ounces).

Picture Site; -- 8 ounces for $15.00

6. Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner

Locks moisture in your hair without weighing it down or causing product buildup. Infused with essential oils to smooth your hair shaft and keep it moisturized (2 ounces).

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7. 3 Sisters of Nature: Once a Week Nourishing Treatment

Once a week nourishing treatment is so concentrated with natural and botanical ingredients once a week is all you need. (2 ounces)

Another successful Curl Kit Month.  I look forward to trying the products included in the kit and receiving my box every month.  

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Please leave a comment, post a picture, or item that you've used from the box or you can let us know how your experience with the Curl Kit has been.

As Always,

Happy Curls to You!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fine 3C Hair Advantages!

Are you disappointed when you have tried to wear a decent twist hairstyle only to find that the full and plump twists evade you like a plague?  Or, you've ended up with fine, thin twists and a lot of scalp showing?  Or, in order to get a full, plump twists it ends up taking up a quarter of the side of your head?  I raise my hand on each question.

Fine hair curlies downsides are scalpy twists, hair that is susceptible to breakage, fros that will flop and part like the Red Sea!

My 3c strands love to hang out with each other in thick clumps.  They will tend to "ball-up," when hit with a spritz of water or when a creamy-based moisturizer is applied.  Dried, moisturized hair causes 3c types to "look as though" they have a thick head of hair like there 4-type curlies.  It wants to interwine and tangle itself, causing this hair-type to be plagued with Single Strand Knots (SSKs) or Fairy Knots.
Oh, and another thing, my 3c tresses HATE to be placed in a structured hair style.  It prefers the Lion-Mane approach.

Realizing that I will never have those lush, thick ropes of twists cascading from my roots, I sought out the advantages to having the curly, coily fine strands that wind there way, like vines of ivy from my scalp.  What?  you may ask.  Stay with me my curlies, there are some. 

Now, that we have covered some of the cons of 3C, let's take a look at the pros for this hair types:

Less Product Usage

Having fine hair means that you will usually only need a dime to a quarter size amount of product to do the job.  Coarser and thicker hair types will need more products to do the same trick.  Fine hair types can also use lighter sealers like coconut and aloe gel while thicker hair tend to need to use a shea or butter-based product.

Faster to Straighten Hair

Our fine hair takes to heat quicker and easier than those curlies with thicker and coarser hair types.  This means fine hair curlies should be extremely careful with the amount of heat that they apply to their tresses and should use their blow dryers at medium to low temperatures.  DO NOT hold the flat iron on your strands for long periods.  Keep the iron moving in long, even passes.

A Smooth Move!

Your fine tresses allow for a smooth and non-bulkly bun.  Fine hair is easier to pull into a bun, hair knot, or smooth-style pony tail.

Breezing Through Summer

Fine hair is breezier in the hot, humid, summer months.  This is were your "scalpiness" makes for comfort of style.  The denser the hair, the more your scalp will tend to sweat causing you to feel sticky and uncomfortable.

Easier Washing Routine

Our thicker-haired curlies usually will have to part and section their hair prior to even attempting to wash their tresses.  However, a blast under the shower with a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner will do the trick for our fine curlies.

Styling With Ease

Less hair, the easier the detangling process becomes.  Most of us can finger detangle while thicker curlies resort to Denman brushes, sectioning tools, and elastic ties to hold sections while going through the detangling process.

There you are, seven advantages of having fine textured hair!  It is very important to keep your 3C/4A type textures moisturized.  For 3s it is important to keep your Leave-Ins light, creamy, and water-based.  One of my all time favorites is Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner.  My 3C/4A strands loves, loves, loves the glycerin in this product.  In fact, if I happen to use another leave-in or styler without glycerin, I have my own LARGE bottle of vegetable-based glycerin that I will add to my product of choosing (even in the winter months!)  The trick for winter is to apply your glycerin-based product first and than LAYER your sealer or styler over it.  This will SEAL in the moisture that you applied and keep your hair supple, moisturized, and shiny for days!

I hope you enjoyed my rambling about the adventures of my 3c/4a tresses.  I'm so enjoying the ability to try new products and tame the mane!

As always, please comment, leave a picture, and or subscribe.  Please feel free to send me an e-mail with your hair question or Hair of The Day!

Happy Curls to You My Friend!

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Terressentials Organic Mud Wash -- In Review

Organic Lavender Garden, Cool Mint, Left Coast Lemon, Sultry Spice, and Fragrance-Free
2650 Old National Pike Middletown, MD 21769

I had been toying, for months, with the idea of purchasing the Terressentials Organic Mud Wash for shampooing my hair instead of regular shampoo.

I've watched Naptural85's video on how to use the product, watch a few more videos by other YouTube natural hair gurus, and read some Terressentials Reviews by other natural hair bloggers.  I had been on the Terresentials website to purchase the product but hated the idea of paying $8.75 for an 8 fl. ounce bottle!

As God answers even the smallest prayer, I have a wonderful co-worker, who happens to be a 4c Natural -- Shout out to JASMINE D.  We were talking about different hair products and eventually got on the subject of Terressentials Organic Mud Wash!  She had purchased the 16 fl. ounce bottle of Left Coast Lemon and DIDN'T like it!  I was very surprised because I had heard and read so many glowing reports about the product.

The Friday of that week, she sent me an e-mail asking me to come over to her cubicle.  I went to see what she wanted and she pulled out of her large bag of commodities a bottle of the Terressentials Organic Left Coast Lemon Mud Wash.  There was enough left for about two washes.  I let out a small squeal!  Saturday morning I jumped in the shower and applied the product.

How I Applied the Product

The first attempt to use this product, I did NOT section my hair, as did Naptural85.  I have 3c/4a type tresses that easily stretch out under the water flow of the shower.

I thoroughly soaked my hair with water and began to apply the Terressentials Organic Mud to my tresses.  I concentrated on rubbing the mud into my scalp and down the strands of my tresses.  I used approximately a tablespoon of Mud for this application.

I took about five minutes to thoroughly work the mud throughout my hair and scalp.  I noticed that I could "feel" the mud on my strands and my hair became "extremely" curly but the weight of the mud kept my hair elongated and pleasantly soft.

I thoroughly rinsed my hair under "warm" water and could not believe how soft, elongated, curly, and shiny my hair was!  So much so, I DID NOT need to apply a leave-in conditioner.

Now, this is where Jasmine D. and I differ!  She said that she felt that she "needed to apply a conditioner after the wash."  I clearly did not and could move on to applying a Styler of my choice.

Terressentials suggests that you should initially follow their Detox when you initially start using this product.  More information can be found on their FAQ page:

I have included, for your convenience the ingredients in each Terressentials Organic Mud Wash formulation:

Pure Earth Hair Wash — Organic Lavender Garden

Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extract° of organic linden flower°, essential oils of organic true lavender° and organic sweet orange°, extracts of organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°, essential oils of organic rose geranium°, organic ylang ylang° and organic clove bud°.

°Certified Organic

Pure Earth Hair Wash — Organic Cool Mint

Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extract° of organic linden flower°, essential oils of organic peppermint° and organic spearmint°, extracts of organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass.

°Certified Organic

Pure Earth Hair Wash — Organic Left Coast Lemon

Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extract° of organic linden flower°, essential oils of organic lemon°, organic sweet orange° and organic lime°, extracts of organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°, essential oils of organic bergamot°, wildcrafted bay and organic petitgrain°.

°Certified Organic

Pure Earth Hair Wash — Organic Sultry Spice

Ingredients: Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extracts° of organic linden flower°, organic nettle°, organic chamomile°, organic shavegrass° and organic vanilla°, essential oils of organic sweet orange°, organic patchouli°, organic true lavender°, organic petitgrain°, organic atlas cedar°, organic cinnamon leaf° and organic pine needle°.

°Certified Organic

Pure Earth Hair Wash — Organic Fragrance-Free

Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extracts° of organic linden flower°, organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°.

°Certified Organic


  • Leaves Hair Moisturized and Shiny
  • Replaces (for some) the Need of Applying a Leave-in
  • Smells Great and Fragrance Doesn't Linger for Hours
  • Product is Organic 
  • Shipping Was Quick
  • Mud Washes Comes in 8 Fl. Ounces for $10.75 and 16 Fl. Ounces for $20.50
  • Product Does Have a Learning Curve (for application)
  • Application Can be Messy!
  • Shipping Cost is High
  • Terressentials Suggests that No Products with Silicones, Parabens, or Polymers be Used After Washing with Terressentials Organic Mud Wash*
  • Terresentials Suggests a "Detox" Procedure for First-Time Users
  • Product is Not Easily Purchased Elsewhere
  • has Product for $29.99!
*Do not use any other shampoos, conditioners or styling products as they are not compatible with the mud cleanser and will add plastics back to your hair, taking you right back where you started.

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"This shampoo is detergent-free, yet effective enough to fit the bill. It has the unique ability to naturally extract impurities like dirt and oil. A few washes are necessary to fully feel the effect of this hair treatment. Plus you may need a little faith that rubbing mud on your scalp will have a good effect. It's worth it, though; after using this shampoo, my hair felt softer than it has since grade school."-- Simplicity City Magazine

Each of the different Mud Washes are used for different types of hair.  Left Coast Lemon and Lavender Garden or recommended for Kinkier and Wavy to Curly hair types.

Hair with Terressentials Organic Mud Wash Applied


There are loads of reviews, blogs, YouTube information on Terressentials Organic Mud Washes.  I love the product and have decided that even though I will continue to co-wash, this will be my Holy Grail Shampoo product hands down -- there is NO competition whatsoever.

I would suggest getting the larger bottle 16 fl. ounces for a better shipping rate of $9.75 or go in with a friend and split the shipping costs.

You can also stretch the product by adding water and a "separate" bottle with the mud.  DO NOT ADD WATER TO THE ORIGINAL BOTTLE -- per Terressentials!

Picture By: -- Mix Mud in Water in a Separate Container

Naptural85 has a FAQ page for Terressentials Mud Wash on her Blog Page:

I hope that your experience with Terressentials is a good one.  Remember that they also for sample sizes available.  I look forward to wash days.  My hair loves this stuff!

Please leave your comments, thoughts, and pictures below.  Also, take the time to subscribe!  If you have any further questions, please e-mail me at or leave your question below.  Thanks for taking the time to read my review!

As always,

Happy Curls to You!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Take The Curl Quiz

3c Curl Type

Would you like to know what your curl pattern is?  Have you've been debating, watching the blogs and vlogs for confirmation of your curl pattern?  Are you wavy, curly, or coily?  Wait no more!  I think I can help!

I came across this great tool this morning while surfing the internet for new and interesting news, views, and styling options for naturalistas.

It was found on Naturally  The tool enables you to take a very short quiz in order to discover your natural curl pattern.  I tried it and was very surprised to find the results that I felt was my natural hair type 3c (admittedly, I have some 4 sprinkled in the lower back and sides) for a little diversity.

Click on the following link:  

Let me know whether or not this was helpful for you!  Also, leave your hair type in the comment box below!

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