Product Reviews, Topics Of Discussion

My November Hair Care Favorites!

Hey Curlies! ❤

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A product that mixes well with my staple stylers, thoroughly moisturizes, hydrates and leaves my hair in a better condition before I used it is what makes it a favorite! Here are 6 hair care products that made my favorites during the month of November!


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1. Paul Mitchell The Conditioner: I mentioned how much I love this conditioner in my post, Top 6 Leave-in Conditioners. But it’s THAT amazing it’s also a November Favorite because I religiously used this as a leave in all month long! It’s amazing because of how hydrating and moisturizing it is. It mixes well with other products especially my beloved Eco Styler Gel. It keeps my hair so moisturized and the formula is amazing in that a little goes a long way. The consistency is perfect for a leave in! I found mine at my local beauty supply. ($25, but my mommy found hers for $18!). Con: If I can find it for $18, I will have no complaints because it’s worth that much in my opinion and lasts for a VERY long time.


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2. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker: I went around town trying to get my hands on this stuff! These Camille Rose Natural items are at “select” Targets. If you are not aware of what THAT “really” means, well…you’ll probably find these products based on the locations of the users. So yeah, lol… I found my Camille Rose at the Compton Target! It has an AWESOME collection of excellent products, especially for black hair. Unfortunately, they don’t have Camille Rose Naturals at my nearest Target, but I didn’t mind going a little out of my way to make sure I had my hair care needs *hair flip*. If you prefer gel, this may work for you because it’s a jelly, meaning the consistency is very similar if not the same to a gel. It’s all natural, and it claims that this formula is excellent for all hair types. It won’t give you a crunchy feel, but it will make your curls shiny and defined. I personally like to use this on areas of my wash and go where it may have dried out days after and needs a little definition. I purchased my Camille Rose for $19.99. Cons: The price, leaves my hair a tad sticky but not too bad and I only get about 2 to 3 days out of a wash n’ go. With Eco Styler I can get close to 6 days.


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3. Trader Joes Nourish Spa Shampoo and Conditioner: This Trader Joe’s line will forever be one of my staple shampoos and conditioners. I do prefer using the conditioner over the shampoo, however I’ve revisited the shampoo this month and I still love it. Only downfall, the shampoo can be stripping. So, when I use the shampoo, I follow it up with a moisturizing shampoo for my second wash. The conditioner is amaze balls! I’ve been using the conditioner for co washing and I LOVE it. It’s packed with amazing natural ingredients and it’s so moisturizing for my hair. It even works great for a deep conditioner. Trader Joe’s changed the formula, HOWEVER…I really can’t tell a difference. I still love it, and the price remained the same! If you’re into smells, it smells soo good. I use this on my daughter as well, and her hair loves it. It has a little bit of slip, so I’m able to detangle with ease. You can’t beat the price of $2.99. Con: None!


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4. Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner: This leave in is also becoming another staple because of the effectiveness of this product. It claims to be a leave in as well as a detangler which off the bat tells me that it has good slip and it’s moisturizing. This 8oz bottle is packed with goodness and it works well with other products! The ingredients leave my hair feeling SO smooth and soft. It really prepares my hair for styling my wash and go! Cons: It would be great if it was a tad cheaper! But other than that, I love! 


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5. Pantene Curl 2 Minute Conditioning Masque: I was very surprised at Pantene for actually impressing me with a deep treatment. I say this because I’ve never really been a fan of the line. However! This caught my eye a couple months back and I decided to give it a try. I’m all for a 2 to 5 minute treatment lol. The smell is AWESOME, and it definitely left my hair so hydrated! The consistency is thick which I love for a masque. I left it on longer than suggested (approximately 15 minutes), but my hair still felt equally as moisturized even just for the two minutes it suggests. Found mine at Target for $5.99. Con: Not a big fan of the jar in the shower, but that’s about it.


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6. Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner: I was skeptical, but decided to try this because I’m a product junkie :). I saw this at Sprouts for $7.99 and used it as a deep conditioner and was pleasantly surprised how soft and hydrated my hair felt after rinsing it out. My hair was so SHINY! It was SO soft. I didn’t expect great results because I didn’t know anything about the line and unfortunately pre-judged. It has no slip in my opinion, and the feel of the conditioner on my hair didn’t scream moisturizing. But once I rinsed this bad boy out of my hair, my locs felt so amazing as if I had rinsed out a masque or a treatment. I also tried it for just a rinse out conditioner and I had the same results! Fortunately, I was happy with my results and I’ll definitely be repurchasing! Con: No slip.


What were some of your November favorites?

Until next time Curlies! Xo!

Love,

Rayna

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My Top 6 Leave-in Conditioners!

(Waves!) Hey Curlies! ❤

I live for a good leave in conditioner. A good leave in is essential, just like good shoes are essential to an outfit. In my opinion, a good leave in is a conditioner that can blend well with ANY product and leaves your hair soft, moisturized and ready for styling. I’m a wash n’ go type of gal…so if my leave in or moisturizer is NOT compatible with my beloved Eco Styler, then it’s a wrap. It has to leave my hair feeling soft and manageable. So, here we go in no particular order…

My top 6 leave in conditioners in 5, 4, 3, 2

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mixed chicks1. Mixed Chicks. I hated it at first because it didn’t do much for my hair when I had a lot of damage. It was sticky and I disliked the smell. But I revisited this product and fell in love with it. For some hair types it can be a leave in and styler because it does provide a slight hold and gives definition to your curls. I still don’t care for the smell, but it dissipates. I really dislike paying 20 bucks for it, but a little goes a long way! $19.99 Beauty Supplies, Target and online.



giovanni 2. Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner.  I fell in love with this conditioner which I stumbled across at Target. I love this leave in because it’s moisturizing and light. It blends well with other styling products and it’s extremely silky and leaves my hair so soft. I like the style of the bottle and the smell is heavenly and not too strong. I think almost every natural has tried this at least once. It’s under 10 bucks and leaves my hair feeling amazing. $7.99 Target, TJ Maxx, and select stores.



jbco3. Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner. I love this stuff. It’s not creamy and it’s not light, it’s in between which makes it perfect. I love Shea Moisture products so I may be a tad bias, but this stuff is goodness. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is known for it’s abilities to thicken and grow hair, so this product with that ingredient in it is a win for me. It also has all natural ingredients so it blends well with my beloved Eco Styler Gel and leaves my hair shiny and moisturized. $10.99 Target, CVS, Walgreens and online.



knottoday4. Kinky Curly Knot Today. Love this stuff, hate the size. Why does Kinky Curly play so much with their size?! Just stingy! Lol. This all natural goodness is AMAZING. So moisturizing. So silky and so smooth. Leaves my hair SO soft and shiny. I can’t describe the goodness in this bottle! I use this on special occasions because I’m cheap and I don’t want to run out. LOL. It’s not a whole lot for your buck, so I try to save as much as I can. If you haven’t tried this, you’re missing out! $11.99 Target, Simply Wholesome, Beauty Supplies and online.


 

sheacurl 5. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. This may not be a “leave in conditioner”, but it’s so amazing as a moisturizer I had to include it. Did I mention I LOVE Shea Moisture products LOL. It’s a little on the heavier side, very creamy so if you need a good layer to lock in your goodness try this. Sometimes I will skip the leave in and use this as if it were labeled a “leave in”. After all… I’m leaving it in, lol. It doesn’t mix with every product so beware. A little goes a LONG way. $10.99 Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and online.


theconditioner6. Paul Mitchell The Conditioner. Yes gawd. This is my HOLY GRAIL. I learned about this conditioner through the beautiful MahagonyCurls on Youtube. I ran out and got it and it has been my everything ever since. I love this stuff! It even works as a moisturizer for your skin! A little goes a LONG way! The smell is great, the consistency is perfect and it mixes well with my beloved gel. I will forever buy this stuff. My wash n’ go’s seem to always act right with this as my base! It’s pricey, but SO worth it. I’ve had mine for close to a year! $19.99-$26.99 Beauty Supplies, ULTA select Targets and online.

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How to make sure your leave in mixes well with your styler: Some products don’t mix well together. It’s important to take a little of each product in your palms and rub them together. If it comes out clear, it can be layered on your hair with no white residue. If the two products are white and clumpy that’s how it will look on your hair. Before layering your products always mix in your palms before applying to your hair!

What are some of your favorite leave in conditioners?!

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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Kid Hair Care, Topics Of Discussion

ALL About Toddler/Kid Hair Care!

Hey Curlfriends! ❤

How do you care for your toddler’s hair? Have you taken the time to establish a routine for them? Are you aware of what and what not to use? Do you look at the ingredients in their hair products?

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(Sigh) Yea. Seems like a lot hunh? Actually! It isn’t! Trust me whether you’re into hair or not, establishing a routine for your child’s hair should not be difficult. It does take some time to find what works for your child’s hair, but once you figure it out it becomes routine. Before you had your beautiful and amazing little people, you were unaware of how to do specific things for them i.g. changing diapers, feedings, burping etc., but as time went on you got it! Same with hair! It’s just an extra step that will help their hair health in the long run and even establish a good routine for when they start to take care of their own hair!

Like I say often…moisture is key for everyone with natural hair. It is so very important. Whether your child has thick or fine hair, moisture is important. If you read my Meet My Kid post then I described my child’s hair and explained her regimen. Now that I have researched and educated myself on hair and hair products, what to do and what not to do I always incorporate those things when caring for my  child’s hair.

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 (1) It’s important to establish a regimen for your child’s hair. Decide the days that you plan to wash their hair. Just like you plan their activities, plan wash days. It makes for an easier routine and helps you to remember and focus on their hair issues and needs.

 (2) Educate yourself on the ingredients that you use. Unless your shampoo and conditioner are all natural, sulfate and paraben free then I would not recommend that you use that for your child. Research has shown that sulfates and parabens and other harsh detergents are harmful to our health. So! I try to steer clear of those especially for my daughter. The Shea Moisture line (www.sheamoisture.com) is awesome in providing a ton of different lines to try that are filled with natural goodness. Plus they even have a kids line! Score! 

 (3) Loosen their braids and ponytails, especially at night when they go to sleep. Tension on the hair and scalp causes damage and some of that damage cannot be undone like alopecia. Pulling and stress on their hair is just not good for them and uncomfortable. I know I get a headache if I pull my hair into a high bun that’s too tight, so just think about what they could be experiencing.

 (4) I try to massage my daughters edges and scalp as often as I can. By doing this you allow blood flow to scalp which increases growth. Incorporate oil massages while they’re still and relaxed maybe while they’re watching  their favorite TV show or reading them a book for bedtime.

  (5) Try to leave their hair alone! Lol. I’m all about styles but at some time their hair needs a break from the constant touching and brushing and combing. Some protective styles that are great especially for school aged children are cornrows, braids and twists. These protective styles are so great because we can design them to suit our needs and the child’s.

(6) Get your child (and yourself, lol) a satin pillowcase! Cotton is drying to our hair. But, if you wrap your kids hair up at night in a satin scarf then no worries!


❤ How to properly shampoo and condition your child’s hair:

do not plop hair on top of head. Instead gently massage scalp allowing the shampoo lather to run down the hair shaft. The shampoo will cleanse the rest of the hair.

♥ rinse thoroughly as you don’t want to leave any shampoo to irritate their scalps

♥ if you can, rinse with cool or lukewarm water to shut the cuticle and seal in the moisture. I understand that may be difficult for the kiddies, but definitely give it a try!


❤ How to properly detangle your child’s hair:

♥ section hair into fours and work on one section at a time depending on the length and thickness of hair

♥ apply conditioner to ends first then work up to the roots. Once hair is saturated, detangle with a wide tooth shower comb, or if you prefer you can also use your fingers. IF you choose to use your fingers maybe try latex gloves (if there is no allergy of course) to detangle. This allows for the hair to glide through your fingers easily. Another option is coating your hands and fingers with a thick oil like Castor oil for easy detangling. TAKE YOUR TIME as you don’t want to cause any breakage!

♥ continue to the next sections and so forth

♥ do not use a towel to dry their hair, instead use a microfiber towel or an old 100% cotton t shirt. Towels cause friction and frizz.

 

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❤ How to properly moisturize your child’s hair:

♥ make sure hair is still damp

♥ apply a leave in conditioner (I like Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner $19.99 or Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner/Detangler $11.99) OR a water based moisturizer

♥ (if child’s hair is thick) apply a butter or cream such as Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (LOVE!). If your child has fine hair, this step can be skipped if you choose. It’s all about preference and what works for your child’s hair

♥ then seal it with an oil (coconut, rosemary, olive etc.)

Tip: It’s important to seal with an oil because hair products especially water based products evaporate. Using an oil as your last step LOCKS in that moisture further keeping their hair moisturized all day.


❤ How to properly care for your child’s hair before bedtime:

♥ If possible loosen the sections that may be in ponytails

♥ If hair is loose, braid or twist in sections or as my grandmother calls it  “plaits” catching the edges if possible but never too tight!

♥ massage scalp for a few minutes (oil is optional), lightly dab the area if you prefer so that the oil doesn’t mess up their sheets.

♥ secure with a satin scarf or my preference, have them sleep on a satin pillowcase

I do these steps for my daughter and have learned a long the way what works for HER and my time as well. This works for me and my daughter, but may vary for you and your child. As you establish your OWN routine, you can definitely make your own rules and steps! This is why I love natural hair as it is versatile and different for everyone! ❤

Remember! They’re kids! What I’ve learned is not to stress over their hair. It just needs a little TLC! Kids are beautiful gifts from God! 🙂

 

Until next time Curlies! Xo!

Love,

Rayna

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