Yes...I've been gone for months and I've missed this place and you guys! For those of you that don't know, I was involved in a very serious car accident that almost took my life a few months ago. I don't want to go into details, but I'm on the mend, doing much better, and trying to get back into the daily grind of things. I've finally gone back to work (but only part-time), and I want to get back into the swing of things with this blog. So please bare with me while I work on getting my mojo back.
Friday, June 11, 2010 | | 6 Comments
It's been almost a month since I've written a post, and I'm sorry that I've been neglecting you all and this space. I'm in the middle of purchasing a new home, packing, moving dealing with a contractor, work, family, the whole nine yards. To say I'm stressed out is an under statement!!!! I'm so stressed out I can't tell if I'm coming or going, and I'm so feeling the effects. Between meeting with my realtor, contractor, and mortgage broker, I've been ripping and running for the past month and it appears not to be slowing down any time soon. Since I've staying with relatives, I don't have wireless internet connection, so that makes getting on here even more difficult.
Since I'm staying with family, and I'm WAAAAAAY the hell out in Gaithersburg MD, and I'm working in Crystal City, VA so that metro ride in the morning is NO JOKE!!! My commute has gone from 30-45 min to 1hour 1.5 hours on the train. And don't let the red line have delays....I feel like Gillian going on a three hour tour!
Because of the commute, I'm keeping is super simple with my hair. Twists are my only style right now. Partly because I refuse to get up any earlier in the morning just to do my hair, and partly because I'm so stressed out, that I don't have the time, energy, or patience to deal with it right now. I know in one of my "fuck it" moods I'd whip the scissors out and take it back down to a fade in a minute. This way, my hair is done, its out of my way, I'm not overly concerned about how it looks, its neat and a ready to go style that only needs re-doing every 2-3 weeks. Currently, I wear the twists for 1 week, then a twist out for a week, wash deep condition, and repeat. That's basically it.
Now I must say this....I've been using some raw avocado butter on top of the Qhemet Burdock root Butter crème and I don't have to reapply ANYTHING to my hair for a week. When I first started twisting my hair with it, I figured that because it was so thin compared to the Alma and Olive Heavy Crème, that I would have to reapply to the ends of my hair to prevent it from drying out. HA! I was surprised when I realized this past Sunday, that I hadn't touched my hair since the previous Sunday when I twisted it. Just put on my scarf at night and that was it. No spiriting, no sealing the ends, nothing. My hair was just as soft as the day I did it.
Here is what I've been using on my twists lately:
Hairveda Whipped Baggie Crème (leave in)
Avocado Butter (to seal in leave in)
Qhemet Burdock root Butter crème (twisting agent)
That's all for this update, and I'm going to try to do better about my updates. Thanks ladies!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | | 2 Comments
Yesterday, I posted my review of Afro Detangler. Here is reader Margaret G., who is a long term transitioner who was kind enough to send me her review of the product as well as some pictures of her hair bunned using afro detangler. If you need a review of the product basics, check out this link.
Margaret G.: Afro Detangler does what it indicates it will do, detangles and moisturizes. This product detangles well and left my hair soft and moisturized for days. It is thick and somewhat medium to heavy lotion type consistency, however my hair thrives with that type of product. I believe it will be wonderful for year round use because there is no glycerine in the product. The picture is from the day after a wash. It is truly worth the purchase.
I must say, I wasn't able to transistion for an extended period of time, so I'm always excited to see ladies that are able to keep both the relaxed and new growth hair healthy and looking nice! Transistioners and even relaxed ladies, this looks like a product that might be worth checking out!
Thursday, September 10, 2009 | | 5 Comments
Any who, I’ve been dragging my feet on posting these reviews, so today I’m going to post 3 reviews of the product…two fellow readers and mine. So before I get into the reviews, let’s go over the basics of the product.
PRODUCT DETAILS: For afro/natural textured hair. For those growing their natural hair-- who desire no chemicals and want strength shine and manageability, this is the product! Afro Detangler penetrates the hair shaft reconstructs, strengthens, softens, conditions, and balances the pH in your strands. There is no oily build up. The comb will glide through your hair. Stops hair breakage to practically none. Use on dry or damp hair. A leave-in conditioner. An all natural product! No Chemicals! No Parabens!
INGREDIENTS: water, avocado/mango/shea butter, vitamin E, avocado oil, lecithin, green tea extract, orange extract, CitroZine™ (Organic) as a preservtive, natural fragrance.
COST: 64oz Jug retails for $49, plus flat rate shipping
MY REVIEW: The best way to describe this product is it reminds me of a natural Luster’s pink oil moisturizer! It has the same consistency as Luster’s, and is even pink!
I have used Afro Detangler in a few different ways:
1. Leave in conditioner for twists
2. Moisturizer for dry hair (twists, puffs, buns)
3. Detangler on damp/dry hair
I have to admit, that it makes a GREAT moisturizer for dry hair. It softens the hair, making it easier to brush/comb/smooth into a bun or puff, but it doesn’t make the hair greasy like some dry hair moisturizers tend to. It imparts a nice shine/sheen, and absorbs really well into the hair.
As a leave in, it’s a great primer step for twists and other protective styles. For my uber dry hair, I usually use it as a leave in only during milder weather, and use a heavier product in colder weather. Those of you in more temperate climates should have no problems using this product year round!
I think this product is EXCELLENT for kids’ hair that is usually in low maintenance styles like braids and pig tails. When I was home recently, I took an 8oz bottle home for my sister to use on my niece, and she really liked it. She said that it worked really well for restyling ponytails in the am before going to daycare, and she’s already asking me to send her some more. I sent the link to the website instead…lol).
Over all, I give this product 4 stars. It’s really a 5 star product, but the huge size of it turns me off. Where the hell am I suppose to store a ½ jug of product? I love this product, but I don’t love it enough to justify using a ½ gallon jug of the stuff!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 | | 13 Comments