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I met a fellow product junkie today who made me realize I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties (again). She asked me about a product I was buying (more on that later) and since I haven’t used it yet, I directed her to my blog to check soon to see if I’ve posted about it. Of course, I have to be a regular poster in the first place for that to happen! Unfortunately, I gave her the wrong url…But she’ll figure it out…Right?

Anyways.

I took up an offer from a friend of mine to get my hair flat ironed. I haven’t had it done in quite a while, and I really wanted to see how long it was…So why not? I am primarily concerned about the health of my hair, rather than the length so I went in apprehensive and took defensive measures to protect against heat.

Meet two more friends of mine! Organic coconut oil and Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector!

As you know, the new thing in the natural community is coconut oil, so I had to give it a try. I have used coconut oil based products before (Blue Magic Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner. You know the stuff!), but that was before going natural and before paying attention to my hair’s reaction to products. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties to prevent hair loss, moisturizes, and has a higher melting and boiling point than many oils, making it an ideal heat protectant. The Blow Dry Perfector contains argan oil, which is rich in omega-3s and is great for smoothing and straightening hair.

A few hours before it was to be straightened, I washed, treated with coconut oil, rinsed and then braided my hair after running the Fructis through it. My friend was a bit upset, because she wanted my hair wet so that it’d be easier to blow dry, and I hadn’t been able to rinse out some of the oil. So I had to wet my hair AGAIN and she blew it out….Mostly.

Then she went through most of my hair with my flat iron, and then decided it wasn’t hot enough. (Quote “I touched it and it didn’t even burn my hand!”) SO she went through again with her own, got tired and passed my head over to our other friend, who went through my head all over again! Needless to say, I was there for a while, but I had fun with them and got the result I wanted (They weren’t as pleased :D)

It was much longer than I thought. It moved when I walked. It bounced! I could toss it around or whip it out of my face. I was having so much fun! Best of all, my scalp didn’t itch at all (I think thanks to the coconut oil). I thought everything was going well until something odd happened…

People weren’t saying my hair looked ‘cool’ or ‘cute’ or ‘interesting’. They used words like ‘beautiful’ and ‘gorgeous’. I got hit on a lot more. I acted different, more confident. But that’s not what bothered me…What got me down is how much it took a toll on my naturalista psyche. I started questioning my natural beauty, wondering if I should just keep my hair straight. I just knew that people were like “Finally, that nappy-headed girl came to her senses!”

Then it rained, my hair puffed out like magic, and I finally did come to my senses! I was taking things way too seriously. It’s going to be a long time before the majority of people will cherish anything but long, straight hair. And that’s fine by me, it’s beautiful too. But so is natural hair! And so am I.

AND SO ARE YOU!

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Product Review

The Queen Helene Cholesterol Hot Oil Treatment:

 

 

Ingredients : Water, Proplyene Glycol, PPG-12-PEG-65 Lanolin Oil, Coleth 2, Ceteth 24(cholesterol), Polyquatumium-10, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polysorbata 20, Disodium EDTA, Methlparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Caramel, Fragrance.

What I like: It comes in a convenient tube , that you just place in warm water. I also like the top if you have any left overs you can just turn over the top and store it for another use. It is also pretty cheap. I believe about three dollars per tube and you can get 3-6 treatments depending on how much you use it.

What I don’t like : The main ingredient is water.  I would expect an oil to be the main ingredient.   It is a hot oil treatment.

Does it work for my hair – Nope. I should have known from the first ingredient and how it just disappeared when I was rubbing it between my fingers that this would do nothing for my hair.  When I put it on it, it bubbled on my head. It kind of reminded me of soap.   When I was massaging my scalp afterwards,  it just felt like I just put water on my hair. Afterward, when I rinsed it out, my hair felt so dry and harsh, my scalp just felt the same. Usually, after a hot oil treatment I can feel a big improvement, my hair is softer and my scalp just feels moisturized.

Would I use it again? Nope.

New Product!


Jamaican Mango & Lime Resistant Forumla Locking Gel. A “natural” way to keep locs and twists up. I, of course, don’t have dreads, but when I twist my hair, I use this or shea butter. However, this gel creates less residue than shea butter, like they claim. It smells very strongly of mango, and has questionable ingredients (including parabens) but I haven’t had any problems so far. This brand has a lot of other cool products to prevent itching, grow locs, moisturize, and so on and the prices are fairly low.

Final Verdict?: PASS!

http://www.groganics.com

The effect it had on my hair is below.

New Products!

Almond + Shea Butter

Suave Professionals Moisturizing Almond + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. For dry, damaged hair. I’ve used Suave shampoos before, and I like them (however, I find that their lotions do not moisturize my skin well enough). I mostly use it because it’s fairly inexpensive. This line is supposed to compare to Aveda’s Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner.

It smells great, which is important to me because I do not like my hair smelling odd. Some dollar store products I use work alright, but smell weird (I’m out of a job currently, so it’s high priority to find inexpensive hair care products). My hair felt soft and clean after the shampoo, and since I had the time, I let the conditioner sit in my hair under a shower cap for half an hour (I get this from my natural-haired momma!). Afterwards, it was still soft and it was much easier to detangle.

Suave'd up!

Overall, I like this shampoo and conditioner, and it won’t end up under my sink unused like some others. My hair came out soft and smelling good, and looked and felt healthy. Unfortunately, these products do include the dreaded sulfates (gasp!), but on the plus side, there are no parabens and plenty of natural ingredients like rosemary and chamomile.

Look at how great it looks!

Does it look healthy?

Final Verdict?: PASS!

http://www.suave.com