Product Reviews

I’m In Love With The Eco…Or Am I?

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

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As promised, here is my HONEST review…

Ok. I hate to have to do this BECAUSE I am SUCH A HUGE FAN of Eco Styler Gel. Buuuuut baby! Eco Styler Natural Cocktail is NOTTTT for me ūüė¶

Let me explain…

Ingredient Attributes: moisture, no silicones

  • Strengthens hair and roots for all hair types
  • Nourishing oils for softer, shinier, bouncier hair
  • No Alcohol, Parabens or Sulfates
  • Flexible hold

Eco Natural Curling Cocktail is a light weight curling cocktail that combines multi-fruit complexes, collagen amino acids, and light weight oils to nourish and protect your curls while providing a soft hold. A perfect styling cocktail for achieving soft, bouncy, shiny curls without leaving heavy build or flakiness. Contains Super fruit complexes (anti-oxidants, anti-aging complex for hair).

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Emulsifying Wax, PVP, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Collagen Amino Acids, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinodendron Rautanenii (Mongongo) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA


Ok. Well, I found this at Sally’s Beauty Supply and it was $8.99…after I¬†opening I knew¬†it WASN’T going to work, BUT because it is Eco Styler I just had faith, lol. I knew off the bat that for a wash and go it wouldn’t work (for my hair at least), but I tried anyway. I tried on my 6 year old daughter first, who has 3c but mainly 4a hair. I did finger coils on her pigtails.

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Now. It “worked” on her hair. It worked pretty well I might add. When I say worked, I mean it moisturized and gave her shine and slight hold. I did a wash and go after this as well as used it to slick her edges. It was a tad sticky but overall I’d grade it around a B for her¬†hair.¬†I feel better with the ingredients being on a more “natural level” when dealing with her hair. Now, the 1st ingredients had me worried but they (Emulsifying Wax, PVP) are binders needed for oils and waters to mix. Supposed to be safe ingredients.


Now on to me…

I tried for a¬†wash n’¬†go.

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This photo my hair is wet. As I applied the product, I felt like I needed a LOT! Mind you, it’s only 8 oz for 9 bucks. But, it FELT like I needed to coat my hair so I was very liberal. It’s so watery (The first ingredient is WATER, so I expected that)but it just wasn’t doing anything for my hair giving me absolutely NO definition. It felt like putting on a conditioner or lotion on my hair. WOMP. I need a product that’s going to weigh my hair down, similar to Eco Styler Gel…I applied it in the same¬†way I would for my regular wash and go. I applied a generous amount in¬†sections. I diffused, and it came out very frizzy. I should’ve known! Glycerin is also in this product, and I noticed¬†using glycerin is a hit or miss for me.

I have yet to try this product for a braid out or a twist out, I’m hopeful that it would work for those styles. We shall see!

 The smell:

– HEAVENLY, lol. It smells so good!

The consistency:

Runny and creamy.

Where to find:

Sally’s, Online and Select beauty supplies.

For a wash and go?

NEVER AGAIN. I will stick to Eco Styler Gel.

Basically…

I hated this product for a wash and go. I cannot however say that it wouldn’t work well with setting a twist out or braid out. I more than likely will continue to use this product on my daughter because it does work well with her hair. I read that this product caters to 3c hair, but I don’t know how much truth that holds. As far as wash n’ go’s, this is VERY light weight, so if you need a product like myself to weigh your hair down and more definition, I’d pass on this product and stick with the OG of Eco Styler. I’m looking forward to trying this out on a braid out and will update with ya for those interested! ūüôā

Will I purchase again?

More than likely, no. Even if it worked well for a braid out.

I still LOVE my Eco Styler Gel tho! ūüôā Just not the cocktail.

Have you tried Eco Styler Cocktail? Did you like it?

Until next time! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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My 14 Favorite Hair Products of 2014! Happy New Year’s Eve!

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

2014 is alllllmost over! Can you believe it?! Check out my favorites of the year!

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1. My beloved Eco Styler Gel! (Beauty Supply, $9.99, 32oz)

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– Y’all already know so I don’t have to go into details about how much I love this gel. This is my HOLY GRAIL styler. I use this for every wash n go!

2. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker! (Target, $19.99)

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– I now use this for refreshing my curls when they get dry and frizzy! I still love it, but because of the price I try to save it for when I really need it. ūüôā

3. Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture and Rich Conditioner! (Sprouts, $7.99)

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– LOVE for a deep conditioner! It doesn’t have much slip but boy does it leave my curls hydrated! This stuff is great!

4. Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice! (Sprouts)faves4

– Not only is this stuff VERY healthy for your body it also does wonders for your hair! It helps with closing and sealing your cuticle giving moisture and a great shine. It’s an excellent curl refresher!

5.  Sweet Almond Oil! (GNC, $8.99)faves5

– This oil is great for sealing my curls! I love it because it’s light weight and it gives off an amazing shine!

6. Trader Joes Nourish Spa Conditioner! (Trader Joes, $2.99)faves6

– I. LOVE. THIS. STUFF!!!!!!! It is amaze balls!!! It never fails me, ever! Point blank and the period! All natural ingredients…just awesome!

7.  Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie! (Target, $9.99)faves7

– I stand by my Shea Moisture products! They are all amazing. I love this because it’s so thick and moisturizing. Will forever be a customer to this line!

8. Cantu Shea Butter Cleansing Sulfate Free Shampoo! (Walmart)faves8

– This shampoo is great for cleansing my hair and scalp without stripping my hair. It’s sulfate free and I love how it makes me hair feel after cleansing!

9. Paul Mitchell The Conditioner! (Beauty Supply, $23.99)faves9

– Thee best leave in conditioner out there! Hands down! I love this stuff. So moisturizing so effective! A little goes a long way! Love it.

10. Macadamia Deep Repair Masque! (Target, $16.29)faves10

– The best deep conditioning masque out. Period.

11. Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle!faves11

– Cheapest deep conditioner I know and love! Definitely a must try, you’ll be hooked!

12. Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-n-1!faves12

– I used this when I first cut my curls and stopped when I found out about Eco Styler Gel, but I revisited this product and I still¬†LOVE it. It’s great for a moisturizer and promises so many things (14) in just one bottle!

13. Aphogee Two- Step Protein Treatment! (Sally’s, $7.99)

faves13– I love this protein treatment because I get INSTANT results!!! My hair feels soft and STRONG. It’s important that you FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. I stick by this because it does my hair sooo good! It does SMELL, but the results are worth it.¬†Protein treatments are essential every 6 to 8 weeks or when needed.

14.¬† Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment! (Sally’s)faves14

–¬†Love this stuff! Excellent¬†for repairing damaged curls¬†and elasticity issues! I love the whole line!


Well you guys…thank you for reading and supporting my blog! I started this blog in October 2014 and I’m amazed at how much its grown! I’m thankful for every follower, reader and supporter. So much in store for the new year and I can’t wait to share it all with you beautiful people! Have a blessed NEW YEAR! God is good!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Until next year Curlfriends! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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2c, 3b, 4a…Do You Know Your Hair Type?

Waves! ‚̧

Do you know your hair type? Does it matter? Read on…

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Hey beautiful curlies! So, I was asked to touch on the topic of hair types. This topic¬†is controversial in the natural hair¬†world and can be a tad¬†confusing especially to newly naturals. It’s difficult to determine specific hair types because as naturals we have so many different hair types¬†on one head!¬†Although it’s a “general” hair typing chart in the natural hair world,¬†there are several different charts with different information roaming around…can you say confusing?? Hair typing is good to know for treating¬†your hair¬†but not essential. I have a combination of 3a to 3c curls with areas of 4a in there, but mostly 3b and 3c (see what I mean?).¬†Below is a general chart of how to find your hair type.

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>> 2c or wavy hair

 

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is susceptible to encountering frizz. Use products that will enhance your curl like mouse (watch out for the alcohol, which will dry your hair out) and/or a light gel. Scrunching and diffusing waves while wet will help to give you more defined waves. Lighter products work in your favor.


>>> 3a-3c or curly hair

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needs extra moisture¬†as this hair type can be dry and prone to damage.¬†These curls are usually spirals and ringlets¬†but usually can vary in size¬†in this hair type¬†category. As you can see in the photos provided that there’s a difference in spiral and ringlet size between 3a, 3b and 3c. Many women with these curls have¬†mixtures or combinations of either¬†3 hair type.¬†For example, I have 3a in the front (from heat damage) and a mixture of 3b and 3c in the middle and back of my hair. I scrunch my 3a curls to match my 3c curls during styling my wash and go’s. This hair type tends to work well with using water based products, styling creams, custards¬†and gel products. My hair LOVES gels, Eco Styler to be exact.


>>>> 4a-4c or kinky coily hair

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4c

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needs a ton of moisture as this hair type can get very dry. Some people tend to think of this hair type as being coarse, but it¬†isn’t always the case.¬†For example, my 6 year old daughter has 4a hair, but her hair is fine and silky. Kinky and coily hair tends to experience shrinkage the most as these curls are tightly coiled. 4a is distinct because it has a specific curl pattern and resembles an¬†“S”. 4b’s tend to look like Z’s and instead of curling like a coil it bends like a “Z”. 4b hair tends to be¬†dryer than 4a hair, but they both need an equal amount of moisture. This is why I emphasize moisturizing¬†especially deep conditioning. If your hair is naturally dry and brittle it will break¬†so keeping it moisturize helps to prevent breakage. 4c hair doesn’t have a specific curl pattern and is usually coarse, fragile and very dry. 4 hair types require moisturizing products and strive off of water based products followed with butters and oils.


Sigh…

It can be confusing, but you can make it as general as you can just to determine how to care for your hair¬†AND if someone happens to ask..”Hey, what’s your hair type?” you can answer them! ūüôā

In a nutshell…

Hair typing is just a way to help you understand your curls just a tad bit better. It allows you to understand a little bit more on styling and caring for your hair. When you are aware of your hair type or at least the category it falls in, then you can purchase products that¬†are geared towards your hair. Many naturals don’t know their specific hair type and that’s okay, don’t make it such a big deal if you are unaware. Do what works for your hair!

Type 2 hair types: Experiences frizz. Products: Mouse and Gels.

Type 3 hair types: Needs moisture. Products: Creams, custards, gels and pomades.

Type 4 hair types: Craves moisture. Products: Butters, some thick creams, oils and some gels.


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My hair is filled with all different curl types and textures. Love your hair no matter the texture!

  

I saw this scrolling through my tumblr page www.freshlyblessed.tumblr.com and thought it was empowering:

Dear Black Girls,

Your hair is magic.

It defies gravity.

It’s the only texture that can be manipulated into every hair type known to man.

You always smell like coconuts and berries.

Embrace it.

Love it.

Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t beautiful and worthy of ultimate praise.

POINT BLANK AND THE PERIOD!

FYI: If you would like for me to blog about something specific let me know!

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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DIY and Review: Flaxseed Gel!

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

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Tired of gel that flakes and dries your hair out? Welp, you can create your very own and it’s ALL NATURAL. I love and will stand by¬†Eco Styler Gel, but it’s nice to have a switch. Flaxseeds are rich in omega 3’s which are known to support scalp health. Flaxseed contains diseased fighting compounds that may help fight hair loss.¬†Flaxseed Gel¬†is so healthy for your hair it leaves your hair so moisturized.¬†I didn’t experience a lot of definition as I would with Eco Styler, but¬†with my¬†results I didn’t¬†mind. I made sure to use a heavier moisturizer (Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie) as my base and then I applied the Flaxseed Gel. For my curls, the thicker the gel consistency the better! The second go’round I skipped the heavy moisturizer and just used my leave in¬†conditioner (Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner).¬†If you desire hold like myself, then you can always mix Flaxseed Gel with your favorite gel. I also tried Flaxseed gel on my 6yr old who has tighter curls, unfortunately she only got 1 day of wear. LOL! Like her mother, her hair loves that Eco Styler Gel as well. I plan to mix the 2 gels together¬†for her next wash and go. Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend taking a few minutes to make this gel. You may never¬†purchase any more¬†gel ever AGAIN!

What you do:

Gather your 1/4 cup of flaxseeds

2 cups of water

Bring to a boil and stir often, wait until you get a gel like consistency

and drain into a strainer.

Add your choice of essential oils (optional)


Just in case the photos of me making Flaxseed Gel didn’t help here’s an EXCELLENT video by Naptural85 on how she made hers. Definitely subscribe if you haven’t already!

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First application…FYI: Flaxseed Gel is very slimy!!!!!

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I decided to compare Flaxseed Gel results and Eco Styler Gel results below…

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¬†I get way more definition and hold with Eco Styler…HOWEVER! Flaxseed Gel leaves my hair SO moisturized, fluffy and soft. NO CRUNCH! Surprisingly, I can get about 3 days using Flaxseed Gel. ‚̧ I notice any areas where I get frizz I just grab some gel and apply it and it’s like an instant curl refresher! Many naturals use Flaxseed Gel for their twist outs. My¬† next adventure is trying a twist or braid out using a moisturizer and gel. Once I do…I’ll definitely blog my experience and results so stay tuned for that!


Other Curlies who love making and using Flaxseed Gel!

Say hello to the beautiful Jessica who has embraced her natural hair and loves¬†making and using her¬†Flaxseed Gel. Her beautiful mane consists of 4a curls.¬†Jessica’s wash and go’s¬†can last up¬†to¬†3 to 4 days¬†when using Flaxseed Gel. That’s AMAZING! She also loves the fact that Flaxseed Gel slicks her edges down to her liking! Her curls are moisturized, shiny and popping!¬†Flaxseed Gel is awesome and I would recommend it to any natural to try it outl! It works well on all curly hair types (I checked, lol). After all,¬†you only need Flaxseeds and water! How awesome is that!¬†‚̧

 

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Let me know how Flaxseed Gel works for you!

 

 

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

 

 

Love,

Rayna

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