Friday, September 19, 2014

Eden's Body Works Coconut Shea Leave-In


8 fl. oz at Walmart for $8.47
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This is a brief product review on Eden's Body Works Natural Leave-In Conditioner.  I've been using this product for the last week and am pleasantly happy with it.  My hair texture is 3c/4a and my hair particular hair type.

Product Description:

Daily conditioning treatment formulated with one of nature's best moisturizers, Coconut Oil, to penetrate and revitalize tresses. Blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture. Sulfate free formula is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair.


 Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

Product Is:

Ingredient Attribute:   Cruelty Free
Silicone Free
Paraben Free
Sulfate Free

How to Apply Product:

Apply to freshly shampooed hair for best results. Do not rinse. Use daily as needed.

My Experience:

I have applied the product to both freshly washed and second and third day hair with stunning results.  The product had great slip and easily detangled my coily, wavy tresses.  I was amazed that on, especially wet or damp hair, it took very little of the product to produce soft, vibrant, and bouncy tresses,

It has always been my custom to mist my hair at night and apply a leave-in of one brand or another.  Each night I midst hair, make eight sections, apply the leave-in and loosely twist hair to prevent tangling while sleeping, and I cover hair with a clear conditioning cap.

In the Morning:

I take off the clear conditioning cap and shake hair.  My tresses are slightly damp and is easily manipulate.  So, I'll shape into style and get ready for work.  In the winter I will slightly change the routine to prepare hair as noted above but will allow hair to "completely" dry and either wrap hair or cover hair with a scarf for the night.


  • Price Point - A little goes a long way
  • Can Be Found on the Ground Easily
  • Fragrance is mild and pleasant
  • Coconut Oil -- Easily Absorbed in Tresses
  • Great Moistuizer
  • Hair Is Beautifully Soft, Shiny, and Bouncy
  • Has Given Me More "Stretch" to My Strands
  • Can Replace the Higher Priced "Kinky Curly Knot Today" Leave-In


  • If Too Much is Used; Product Will Cause Hair to Be Sticky

Will I Repurchase?

Yes, I'm very pleased and have already decided to swap out or give away excess products to make room in my cabinet for the complete line of Eden Body Works!  My search is over for my Holy Grail products, but that doesn't mean I won't flirt with new ones!

Until next time!  Please remember to leave a comment, note, or a description of your experience with Eden Body Works products.

Happy Curls to You!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Eden's Body Works Coconut Defining Creme

16 fl ounces, price $8.99/Walmart

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Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Eden's Body Works, All Natural Curl Defining Crème.  It wasn't the line's initial product I tried but the third. 

I was checking out at Walmart with my husband when a natural walked up and placed three or four items from the Eden product line.  I asked her how she liked it and she gave it glowing raves.  I picked up the Eden's Peppermint Oil from Walmart and paired it with the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner.  I had great results and then decided that on my next trip to Walmart that I would procure at least the Leave-In (moisturizer).  However, I saw the Curl Defining Crème and added that to my arsenal of products!


Eden BodyWorks: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-50 Shea Butter

Ingredient Analysis:
  • Aloe Vera Juice: Acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair's sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness.
  • Cetyl & Stearyl Alcohol: Fatty alcohols and emollient conditioners known for giving products a creamy, thick texture and feel.
  • Shea Butter: Emollient fat from the nut of the East or West African shea nut tree, used to moisturize and soften hair.
  • PEG-50 Shea Butter: Emulsifying form of shea butter that is water soluble, and commonly used in water-based products.
Pic from Curly Beauty Blogger
My Experience:

I cowashed with Tresemme Naturals and rinse and applied the Eden Leave-In (moisturizer), followed it up with the Eden Peppermint Oil, and then applied the Eden All Natural Curl Defining Crème.

When applying, I separated and sectioned my hair into four sections, and then I applied the Defining Crème using the Tightly Curly method and allowed the hair to dry.

The curl formation and definition was "off the chain!"  I was so excited and pleased with this new line of products.

After going out for the evening, I took the Leave-In and squeezed about a 50-cent size of product and  split my hair and applied the product to the sections and then pulled hair back and smooth onto the hairline in front and back.  I then pulled hair into a pineapple and covered with a clear shower cap.

Next Morning:  (Second Day Hair)

Hair was damp, so I shook out and I applied "cool" water to sections that I wanted to manipulate and allowed hair to finish drying.  "I'm in Love!" 

As The Day Wears On:

I am amazed how moisturized and soft my hair is.  It's bouncy, shiny, and soft to the touch! 

Would You Purchase Again?
Picture NaturalHairAMix

This line is definitely a keeper and I will be not only be repurchasing the Curl Defining Crème but I will also be purchasing the cowash product also.


  • On the Ground Availability (Walmart, Walgreens, and Targets)
  • Pricing is Great $7.99 to $9.99
  • Line Has 3 Coordinating Scents
          Jojoba Monoi (Brown Caps); Coconut Shea (Black Caps); & Peppermint Tea Tree (Green

  • When I initially went to pick up the Eden's Leave-In, there were only 2 bottles on the shelf.  I attempted to squeeze the bottle to see how product flowed and it was "caked" on the top and wouldn't flow.  I chose the second bottle and it "flowed" well.  I would advise you to check the bottle before leaving the store.
I hope you enjoyed the review.  Let me know what your experience with Eden's Natural Hair Line has been!

Until next time, as always!

Happy Curls to You!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Relaxed Hair 2014 Update - SimplYounique

YouTuber SimplYounique does a Second Big Chop

Days after YouTuber SimplYounique showed up on YouTube with relaxed tresses, she has surprised us with a shocking move! 

She did a SECOND BIG CHOP!  Yes, a second Big Chop!  Let's go to the video tape!
What do you think?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

YouTube Natural Returns to Relaxer

Natural Hair Journey Ends for a Promient

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I've been watching this young lady SimplYounique since she debut with her "Big Chop!"  Her tresses has grown by leaps and bounds into a waist-length pony tail!

She wowed us with her innovative natural hair styles, product reviews, and positive take on being natural. She boosts some 110,500 subscribers as of August, 2014.  She states in our YouTube video that she will continue to share with her subscribers, while sporting relaxed tresses!

I've read quite a few of her comments to this particular video and they range from, "it's your hair," "you don't have to make excuses," and "what was the point of going natural in the beginning!"

Take a look at the video, leave your comments and thoughts below!  Love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bigen New Semi Permanent Colors

Bigen Semi-Permanent Swatches

Bigen Permanent Semi-Permanent Colors
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Bigen Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide free!

Bigen Semi Permanent Color
Gentle, oil-rich, conditioning formula nourishes hair with natural moisturizers including honey, beeswax & sunflower, while providing long-lasting color without ammonia or peroxide. Safe for all hair types including chemically treated and relaxed hair. Bigen Semi-Permanent Hair Color leaves hair shiny, soft and beautiful with excellent gray coverage.

For those of us naturals who are constantly flirting with the thought of coloring our tresses, Bigen offers a Semi-Permanent Hair Coloring solutions.  The results last, according to their website, two to three weeks.

If your tresses, are like mine, this may not pack the punch you want unless you use a bleach to lighten your natural tresses.  After doing so, you can apply your Bigen Semi-Permanent color of choice.  If you are looking to cover your gray, Bigen Semi-Permanent color is used to blend gray or enhance natural color.  If 100% gray coverage is desired, try Bigen Powder Permanent Hair Color.

The coloring process is under 30 minutes from start to finish but you should always wear gloves to protect your hands and vaseline to cover your hairline and ears when using any dye products.  You can re-apply semi permanent color the same day. However the color result may be affected by the previous hair color you applied.

Until next time!  Happy Curls to You!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Curl Keeper Product Review

Curl Keeper Product Review

Frizz Take Over!

Frizz on the RisePin It

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DI Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol,
Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laureth 23, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance,
Polyquaternium 10.

What Causes the Frizzies?

Many naturals have waged war against the frizzies. No matter what the hairtype but the battle for 3 to 4c hair frizz war is real! Curly, kinky, and coily hair tends to be naturally dry. While curly hair tends to be frizzy due to the oils from the scalp having to travel winding curls to supply the ends of the hair with oils to keep them pliable and soft. Thereby, the term "tame those curls!"
When natural hair becomes dry and lacks moisture your tresses will become poofier and poofier as the day wears down and your hair ends up looking like one big poof ball!
This product, Curl Keeper, was developed by Jonathan Torch. This is only one product in the Curl Keeper line.

Curl Keeper Product


A use of a styler is done to give your tresses a finish and defined look. Curl Keeper has been designed to do so.
Curl Keeper is water-based which allows you to use without worrying about product build-up that can cause your curls/hair to become droopy, lame, and dull. With this product, you can use extra or more product on problem areas to keep them under control.
You can also spray or spritz your hair throughout the day if you notice that some parts of your hair has given way to the frizzies!
Humidity is the Number 1 enemy of curls! Curl Keeper touts that it works in ALL weather conditions, including high-humidity weather! A must performance to become a Holy Grail product for natural curlies.

How to Use Curl Keeper

Comb Curl Keeper™ through wet hair from roots to ends for an even application… FOR VERY FRIZZY HAIR, USE ADDITIONAL PRODUCT. The less movement that occurs during the first 15 minutes, the more control you will have over the frizz. Once your hair dries, you can easily
soften your look by simply moving your hair around. The more you play with your hair the more volume you will achieve. Some people start appreciating their volume and curls once they have total control over the frizz. The Curl Keeper™ formula re-activates with water, so simply re-wetting frizzy areas with wet hands could get you many fantastic frizz-free days between shampoos.

Frizz Casualty

Bad Hair Day!
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Bad Hair Day!

Curl Keeper Texture

The texture of the Curl Keeper product is like a very light serum.

My Experience with Curl Keeper

I usually apply the product, as directed. I tend not to use heat to get to my finish look but opt to air dry. The product did not have a long drying time which is good. I could mist my hair at night, get up in the morning, shake my hair, apply the Curl Keeper and be essential dry before leaving the house for work. Loved that!
I would like to say that I apply the Curl Keeper and keep it moving. I have noticed that by mid-day more than likely I will have to "mist" my hair. This is not a big issue for me due to the fact that I keep a spritz bottle filled with water at my desk.
I can easily spritz my hair, while virtually sitting at my desk, and this re-activates the Curl Keeper product.
I will also like to note, the "wetter" the hair, the better! Curl Keeper simply goes to work quickly to define your curls.

Pros and Cons

My final review of the product is:
  • I like that it is water-based
  • Easy to Apply
  • Dries Quickly
  • The Shine is Off the Chain
  • Product is Not Tacky or Made My Hair Hard
  • Has a "Soft" Hold
  • You and Get 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Day Hair
  • Users Become LONG-TERM users and are Happy With the Product
  • Excellent on FINE tresses like mine! (Fine 3c/4a, low-porosity strands)
  • Some Beauty Supply Stores Will Have Samples
  • Defining Power Is Number 1
  • Can Be Used With a Diffuser or Hair Can Be Air Dried for Great Results
  • I had to On-Line Order
  • I felt product could be cheaper
  • You Really Need to Apply Product From Root to Tip
  • May Need to Re-Activate Product After Initial Application
  • Keeping Hands Out of Hair While Product is Drying!

Curly, Defined Hair

Bouncy, beautiful, and frizz-free defined Curls
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Bouncy, beautiful, and frizz-free defined Curls

Have You Tried Curl Keeper?

Have You Tried this Product Before Now?

  • Yes, Liked It!
  • Yes, Didn't Like It!
  • No
  • No, But I'm Interested in Trying

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Benefits of Curl Keeper

  • Controls all frizz, reactivates with water allowing for several days of great styling
  • 100% effective in humid weather conditions, especially humidity
  • Water-based and contains no silicones
  • No product build up and rinses out clean

Where Can I Purchase Curl Keeper?

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, 8 Ounce
Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, 8 Ounce
Amazon Price: $13.96
List Price: $17.50

My Final Review

Even though there were some cons, they weren't serious enough to dislke the product. I like Curl Keeper a lot and will keep it in my arsenal of stylers. For most naturals, keeping your HANDS out of your hair while drying is difficult but a MUST.
I found it difficult because Curl Keeper is SO light, I felt like I didn't have enough, or did I get every area covered, and the product felt "clean" on my 3c/4a hair!
Major pluses for using this product is that you can easily get several days of use out of one day's application. After tying up your hair at night, you can get up in the morning shake your hair, spritz with water, and continue with your daily preparations and your out the door!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

African Queen Earrings

New Earrings in Kerah's on Etsy Shop
Price:  $14.99
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Type C Curly Hair Chart

Curl Typing

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hair Steamers

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This blog is the result of a question from a fellow natural hair lady, Lady Rice!  She wanted to "refresh" her hair in the morning without "rewetting" her wash n' go.  As most of us natural ladies know that sleeping with your hair attire, unless you pineapple, you end up with "helmet" hair!  Curls are still there but they are "smashed" or "matted."  Not a pretty site!

Okay, the steaming trend erupted in the Fall of 2013.  There was one steamer, in particular that took the Vlogger's by storm!  It was the Huetiful Hair and Facial Steamer!  Vloggers couldn't get enough of recording the benefits and results of steaming their tresses.

I've included a few steamers that you might be interested in looking at or purchasing.  However, let's take a look at the purpose/benefits of steaming your tresses natural, relaxed, or processed?

Why become a Steamer?!

Natural hair has a tendency to be DRY!  Every natural strives to keep their tresses as moisturized as possible with the ease of maintaining that moisture!  Moisture is a natural's best friend and that source is WATER!

  • Steaming allows you to add moisture to your tresses
  • Adding moisture to your hair promotes length and growth
  • Steaming gently lifts the cuticle, allowing for better absorption of product
  • Moisturized Hair Resists Breakage More Easily
  • Promotes a Healthier Scalp
  • Streaming "Refreshes" Your Hairstyle Without Having to Re-Wetting Hair
  • Prevents Hygral Fatigue (the expanding and contracting of hair when going from being "soaking wet" to "dry"
  • Moisture is a friend to curl definition!  Promotes Clumping of Your Curls
  • No Need to Go Out the Door with Wet Hair!

Now ladies let's take a look at our options:

The Q-Redew
Price:  $69.95

What Q-Redew says that it can do?

Reshape/Refresh style with Q-Redew

Steam hair with Q-Redew to refresh a style, restyle, or rejuvenate second day hair without the shrinkage caused by saturating the hair.

To reshape and rejuvenate hair

  • Start with dry hair.
  • Add steam from roots to ends.
  • Use opposite hand or the end of a rats tail comb to position, scrunch, or manipulate hair while steaming.
  • If you are prone to frizz limit touching the hair while warm.
  • Use the Q-Redew prongs to lift and separate hair to distribute steam.
  • Let cool and continue with styling.

This is a testamonial from the Q-Redew site: (Submitted By:  Jouelzy)

"I LOVE the Q-Redew steamer because it’s so simple that I have absolutely no excuse not to use it. I fill it up and I can steam my hair with out much setup or mess while watching TV, laying in the bed. It’s great. I steam to deep condition my hair. I steam to reset my hair. I steam to re-moisturize my hair. I steam just about any time I need my hair to be damp and that saves me on having to wash my hair just to do a new style. I steam my face, trying to get that glowing skin. I steam my hair in braids when I’m wearing a wig. I steam a lot.
I would recommend steaming once a week on your wash day. From there you can do it as often as you like. The baggy and GHE method are both built around steaming your hair through self generated body heat. That can take all day – several days. You can achieve similar results so following the same rules for baggy or GHE method and just using a steamer for 20-40 minutes to get the job done. Deep moisture penetration is great for everyone."
Huetiful Hair and Facial Steamer
Price:  $116.95

Product Description:

Restores moisture to your dry hair up to 5x better than the leading deep conditioner
Retains length and strengthens hair by replenishing moisture lost to relaxers or heat straightening.

Significantly reduces breakage and split ends
Includes a complimentary Spa Facial Steamer
Steaming naturally infuses hydration deep into each hair strand to strengthen, prevent breakage, and retain length.

 How it works:

Typically, conditioners set on top of your hair strands and are washed away before penetrating deep into each hair strand.
However, steam lifts the hair cuticle layers (shingle like protective layers) to allow for the conditioner to deeply penetrate.
While the cuticle layers are lifted, the steam provides need hydration along with the conditioner in each hair strand.

This review was made by:  Naturally Nicky
"You can use whatever deep conditioner you like on freshly clean hair and then sit up under the steamer for about 20 minutes. Most ladies either are texting or reading a magazine while under the steamer. You will need a towel because the mist will cause droplets of water to run down your face. The steamer will let you know when you are finished. It is as simple as 123. My hair is so much easier to manage and since using this steamer my hair has a nice shine to it! My friends are always telling me how soft my hair is and I attribute it to the Huetiful.

The Huetiful is worth every penny of my money spent. Since using this steamer during my one year natural hair journey, I have had no moisture issues. I am now going into my three year natural hair journey and still no issues. This is a great investment for happy hair!!!"

Secura S-192 Hair and Facial Steamer
Price:  99.99

Product Description:

Secura hair and facial steamer can moisturize and hydrate your hair, prevents breakage and split. Improves absorption of conditioners and other treatments. It can convert to a facial steamer. The 1-5 um ultra-fine mist generated by ultrasonic atomizer can be easily absorbed more quickly. Moisturize and hydrate your hair, prevents breakage and split. Improve absorption of conditioners and other treatments. Instantly convert to a tabletop facial steamer. The ultra-fine mist opens and unclogs your pores allows you to remove dirt, oil and grime from your skin. The facial spray rod attachment is included. Built-in ozone generator controls release of negatively charged oxygen which helps reduce itchiness and prevent dandruff. Besides skin care, the steamer can also be used for interior humidifying in a powerful and efficient way.
A blogger  has made the following observation/review of this product:
"This was definitely a treat indeed when I received it in the mail. Assembly only took 5 minutes and another 3 minutes for the water to heat up for the steam. My hair did feel moisturized after use, not necessarily more than normal, but with continued use I did see changes. There are a couple of things I did not like though. One, the nape of my hair is not affected by the steam at all (hair was pulled up in bun). The steam was directed mostly toward the front. Also the steam only last 15 minutes, which is not completely a bad thing but the time goes by so fast. Ironically, this unit is nearly identical to the Huetiful Hair Steamer. Come to find out, these products are the exact same thing. Trademark rights come from China so with the Huetiful Steamer, you're basically paying for the "brand name". I purchased my steamer for $71.99 with a discount code: 10MOREBF from Amazon. So go ahead and check it out. This is a great alternative if you are looking to save a few bucks on a hair steamer."
 Gold N' Hot Professional Conditioning Heat Cap
 Price:  $31.99 to $49.50
Product Description:
Conditioning Heat Cap:
* Gentle heat helps activate conditioners
* Assists in restoring damaged hair
* Leaves hair soft and manageable after conditioning treatments
* Designed for all hair types
* 3 heat settings for conditioning versatility
* Thermostatically controlled
* Adjustable chin strap
This option is very popular.  However, it does not produce as much steam but leaves your hair soft, moisturized, and detangled.  The added attraction to this model is that it is portable and easily and readily stored. 

 My Opinion!
I will not be jumping on the bandwagon to purchase a steamer!  Why, you ask?  It's been a good two years since the initial trend, by naturals to steam.  My reasoning for the price of steamers to still be highly priced.  My second reason is because I've been facilitating my need for moisture the old fashioned way!  LOL!

My Routine:

I am primarily a wash n' go natural.  My hair is 3c/4a and is coily, coily, and curly.  Styling twists are a waste of time because my hair reverts back to its natural state as the day wears on.

I moisturize my hair with a leave-in and water, loosely twist hair or band with a loose elastic tie.  Cover hair with a plastic cap and off to sleep I go.  This allows me the benefit of steaming my hair throughout the night without having soaking wet hair in the morning!  When I wake up, I take off the plastic cap, shake, and allow hair to dry before leaving the house.  

If hair my scalp feels too wet, I'll sit under my hooded dryer for 10 - 15 minutes and I'm out the door!  A fresh wash n' go every morning!
If you want the benefits of steaming and can tolerate spending a little more time and a lot less money, I have the following alternatives for you!
  • Mist your hair and cover your tresses with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 15 - 20 minutes!
  • Microwave a soaking wet Tee Shirt or Towel for approximately 2 minutes.  Then wrap your hair with it and cover with a plastic bag.
  • My favorite - Go Sauna!  After a good workout at the gym, condition your tresses, cover with a plastic cap and towel and enjoy the benefit of generated steam!
There you have it my naturalista friends!  Ready, set, full steam ahead!  Use your favorite method or Steamer to steer your way into a world of softer, luxurious, and moisturized curls!
Leave me your comments, favorite steaming method, question, and/or review below!
Until next time,
Happy Curls to You!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Curl Care Weightless Moisturizing Creme -- In Review

Dr. Miracle's Curl Care Weightless Moisturizing Cream 8 oz
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Dr. Miracle's Curl Care Weightless Moisturizing Cream 8 oz


works wonders on hair and scalp problems. "Feel It" Formula's tingling sensation supports strong growing hair and healthy scalp. Thermalceutical complex penetrates scalp, healing dryness, flaking and itching. Moisturizes, conditions and shines. Strengthens hair and scalp. This oil is truly a miracle......


Works wonders on hair and scalp problems
Heals dryness, flaking and itching
Moisturizes, conditions and shines
Strengthens hair and scalp
Contains lavender, avocado, castor, sesame, jojoba, and wheat germ

First things first, ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua EU), Glycerine, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Honey, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Oleth-5, Menthol, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays(Corn) Oil, Cholecalciferol, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazodilinyl Urea, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, d-Limonine, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Linalool
I was amazingly surprised that I'd like this product.  It does, however, have a strong smell but if you like a minty, cool breeze on your scalp -- you will easily forget the smell.  The smell isn't bad but has a mediciney fragrance to it.

Product went on smoothly and was creamy.  I would not rate it high in "defining" curls but it most certainly helps your tresses to retain moisture.  This product will give you a "soft" hold, which I prefer.  It is a perfect candidate for those naturals who are using the LOC method (leave-in, Oils, and Creme).  It would fall in the category of the "C" for creme.  Some users have stated that the product helps them to keep the "frizzies" away, which is one of my concerns and it did help with that since it happens to be a "heavy" creme!  So, if you are looking for your hair to be bouncy and light, this is not the product for you!  However, if you live in a more humid climate, this may be a product worth trying.

It does not state to be applied to wet hair.  Therefore, it can be placed in the category of second, third-day hair use or as a refresher.  This is a plus for those, unlike me, who don't want to "wet" their hair everyday!

Again, this is one of those products that most people will either "love it!" or "hate it!"  It's price point is good.  It can be found at some beauty supply stores between $6.99 to $8.99 and is one item in a full hair care line.

As always, please leave a comment, suggestion, or thought below.

Until next time!

Happy Curls to You!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hat Dressing

Dressing for Church Service

  • It is imperative for many African-American women to look their grandest when going before God. Today, it is most often the older women who dress elaborately on Sunday mornings.
    For many of these women and their ancestors, dressing up for church was one of the few opportunities they had to remove domestic aprons and house dresses. These drab garments were replaced by bright colors, fancy shoes and elaborate hats that would stand out in a crowd. Style and sophistication would rule the day.

From Slavery to the 21st Century

  • Ready for steppin' out.

    The hat tradition began with the writings of the Apostle Paul, who said women must cover their heads when they come to worship (1 Corinthians, chapter 11). During the time of slavery, black women dressed for church rather simply, sprucing up their worn hats for Sunday service.
    Now that African-American women have come so far through years of struggles, pain and suffering, part of the hat tradition celebrates their confidence and independence. As black women began earning good livings, they treated themselves to new hats, gloves and purses to match. The hat became a status symbol, showing triumph over the hardships.

Not Just Any Hat

  • Hat shopping is serious business. Just any old hat won't do. Women will scour boutiques for one that's special and unique. It will be big, elaborate, chic and a bit on the flashy side.
    The church ladies strive for a stunning appearance, with colors and fabric that match from top to bottom, including accessories. The hat will tie the entire outfit together and give it the "wow" factor their looking for. Regardless of how they appear during the weekdays, on Sundays African-American women want to look like a queen.

Hats and the Elder Women

  • Black Women in Church Hats 1974

    With today's hairstyles such as braids, twists and dreads, the big elaborate hats are taking a back seat -- especially with the younger generations of black women. The new hairstyles are too big and bulky to accommodate the hat. The culture and tradition remains, however, for elder black females. Many of them wouldn't be caught at any special occasion without their fabulous hat. Going without would be like walking around naked, and that would be just unacceptable.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Using Baking Soda to Loosen Natural Curls

How to Loosen Natural Curls With Baking Soda


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Skip the store bought straighteners that damage hair.
Naturally curly hair is a blessing and a curse, depending upon who you ask. For many, their naturally curly hair is a constant challenge involving chemical straighteners, trips to the salon and money needlessly spent on treatments that damage the hair and scalp. The use of baking soda is a more natural, safe way to loosen curls for women with any hair texture or length. Does this Spark an idea?

Things You'll Need

  • Mild shampoo
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Conditioner
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • Plastic cling wrap


    • 1
      Wash your hair with mild shampoo only. Do not use conditioner. Rinse the shampoo away and allow your hair to dry, until it is slightly damp, not soaking wet.
    • 2
      Prepare a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup conditioner and 2 tbsp. honey.
    • 3
      Prepare a mixture of 1 cup normal conditioner and 2 tbsp. avocado oil. Set this mixture in a small bowl next to your bathtub or bathroom sink.
    • 4
      Work the baking soda and conditioner mixture through your hair, beginning at the scalp and moving down the shafts of the hair until you reach the ends.
    • 5
      Cover your hair with a layer of plastic cling wrap and allow the baking soda mixture to remain for five to six hours.
    • 6
      Rinse the baking soda mixture from your hair. Do not attempt to detangle or brush out your hair.
    • 7
      Cover your hair with a healthy dose of the conditioner and avocado oil mixture.
    • 8
      Allow the mixture to remain for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. The mixture will help renew some of the moisture that was lost during the baking soda treatment.
    • 9
      Style your loosened curls as desired.