Product Reviews

I’m In Love With The Eco…Or Am I?

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

cocktail

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.

image1 (13)

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.

image2 (4)

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

Standard
Product Reviews, Topics Of Discussion

My November Hair Care Favorites!

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

meee

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!


theconditioner

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.


curlmaker

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.


tj

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!


knottoday

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!¬†


th8SAQ9XW3

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.


0007989602105_P321146_300X300

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

Standard
DIYs, Product Reviews

DIY and Review: Flaxseed Gel!

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

th39AZOPSS

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!

‚̧

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

FotoFlexer_Photo


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

Flaxseed Gel

FotoFlexer_Photo1

Eco Styler Gel

¬†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!¬†‚̧

 

2014-10-11_15.32.43

Follow Jessica: @limitlessfitjess thMCUE9SU2

 

Let me know how Flaxseed Gel works for you!

 

 

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

 

 

Love,

Rayna

Standard
Spotlight Fridays!

Spotlight Friday Feature: Brittani!

Hey Curlies! ‚̧

unnamed

>> 1. Tell us your name, where you’re from, how long have you been natural and a little bit about yourself!
Brittani C.¬†(IG= cool_mo_b)¬†Los Angeles, CA I’ve been natural my whole life the only difference now as an adult is I no longer straighten my hair.
>> 2. What is your go to natural style?
Wash and Go (air dry) 
>> 3. What are your go to products?
Shea moistures restorative conditioner and Cantu Curl cream (I use them together) 
>> 4. What do you like/love most about being natural?
I love that my curls have a mind of their own and that my hair looks different everyday. 
>> 5. Who is your celebrity hair crush or inspiration?
Sadly there aren’t really any mainstream celebrities that have natural hair like mine but my ig hair crushes are @beautybylee and @tarenguy. I truly enjoy all their post and videos. #inspiration¬†
>> 6. Have you ever big chopped or transitioned?
Yes I had to do a big chop to my ears a few months after deciding not to put heat in my hair. I had badly heat damaged my hair and had to get rid of all the straight parts which left me with a Foxy Cleopatra fro for awhile. 
>> 7. Does your significant other or family/friends support your natural hair journey?
My decisions about my hair have nothing to do with anyone. My family in the beginning would tease me and tell me I look like I stuck my finger in the electrical socket but now that I’ve worn my natural texture so long they dont make slick comments anymore. I get the most support from friends and strangers. My natural friends love finding out what products I’ve recently purchased that doesnt work for my curls so they can have it. ¬†I love meeting people out and about and teaching them better ways to take care of their hair encouraging them that the process does get better just be patient. ¬†At the end of the day we are all on the same journey to healthy hair.¬†
>> 8. Do you know your hair type? If so what is it?
This depends on the length of my hair. When I grow it out it is 3B/3C the length weighs it down. If I keep it to my shoulders then it is 3C/4A and my curls really have great definition. 
>> 9. What is one thing you have learned since being natural?
My natural hair and beauty is so much better than the unrealistic standards/images of beauty that we are engulfed with on a daily basis. 
>> 10. What makes your curls happy? (Deep conditioning, hot oil treatments etc.)
My curls love moisture so I use lots of butters and creams that my curls love. Deep conditions and protein treatments are also really important for my thick hair as well. 
IMG_1064

Thanks Brittani for sharing your story with us and showcasing your beautiful face and curls!!! I wish you the best on your hair journey!

 Follow Brittani: @cool_mo_b
thMCUE9SU2

If you would like a feature on my blog showcasing your natural hair, PLEASE email me¬†Freshlyblessed@gmail.com with 2 to 3 photos¬†of your natural hair!¬†I would LOVE to have your story and beautiful photos of you and your natural hair on Spotlight Fridays! XO! ‚̧
Until next time Curlies! XO!
Love,
Rayna
Standard