Monday, April 18, 2011

Product Review - Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo/Conditioner

Hey Yall!!!!

I know you guys noticed that I have a "Product Review Page", however, I've decided to just make posts for each of my product reviews. I would hate if everytime anyone wants to look for something, they had to sift through that LONG (and it would only get longer) list of products. Not a good look! So, I'll just copy what I had from that page, to this one, for each product, respectively.

Happy Growing!!!

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo

Ingredients:
Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Amino Methyl Propanol, Cocoamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk (Coconut), Fragrance, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium 10, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, PEG 7M, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Condition

Ingredients:
Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk (Coconut), Fragrance, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA (Ethylenediamine-Tetra-Acetic Acid), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Do your research because this post would just be horrible and I might just be sued for slander. Do a search of the bolded items @ Cosmetics Database and you will be HORRIFIED! I used this when I first BC'd and did so for a while (for about a month or so) until I figured that I just start using more natural products - more specifically, sulfate-free shampoos. I am JUST now researching these ingredients and am SO glad I did. What I found was very scary. It's just not worth it too me.....I'll just search until I can find products where I recognize and pronounce what I'm actually putting into my body (not knocking anyone who uses this, this is just how I look at it).

Let's just say, I'm going to stay far, far, away from this product.

*runs away screaming*

Happy Growing!!!!!

***DISCLAIMER: I purchased this product with my own money. I was in no way compensated or contacted by Herbal Essence to provide this review. All comments are of my own jonest opinion and are based on MY hair and its reaction to the products.

New Products to Review!!!!! - Simply Natural Organicals/Kinky Pride

Hey Yall!

I had forgotten to tell you guys about the hair products that I purchased at the Baltimore Natural Hair Expo that was held on 26th and 27th of March. I had such a great time with my line sister, Kim, who is also newly natural (OOOO-OOP to my DST Divas!!!!!) .

I knew, going in, that I already had SO many products to do reviews for, that I made a vow not to buy TOO much for the hair. Instead, I spent the majority of my money on 1) a Huetiful Hair steamer (read about my first experience with it here) 2) a variety of body butters - I wanted something all-natural, nothing too greasy, however, unfortunately, the majority of them were :-( . I DID however, purchase this set:

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The lady who sold it to me (and also my LS), was REALLY sweet. She went through the trouble of actually experimenting on my hair to show me how the products actually work - they are supposed to work together.

The first product is Simply Natural Organicals (SNO) Herbal Hair & Scalp Therapy. It's basically an all-natural grease.

Ingredients: (respectively)
Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sesame See Oil, Shea Butter Oil, Soybean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Menthol, Rosemary Oil, Tamanu Oil, & Fragrance.

I was a bit paranoid about the menthol, so I looked it up on Cosmeticsinfo.org and also Ehow.com/Style and it basically says that it is usually used for its soothing effect (like cough drops) and also for scalp stimulation. Fine by me! Otherwise, this product is just a bunch of different oils blended in a jar. I LOVE IT!!! lol - I used this on my scalp when I made the twists seen here:



My scalp felt moisturized, and so did my twists. It certainly helped to reapply when my scalp began to itch.

I also purchased these two items:
1) Kinky Pride Shea-Loe Butter
2) Kinky Pride Lock & Twist Gel

They were sold by the same lady, however, I have not used these as of yet. I plan on washing my hair tomorrow, so I will update with a post soonafter.

Have you purchased any products as of late? Please let me know - I'm an inner PJ!!! Hope you all are having a GREAT week!

Happy Growing!

***DISCLAIMER: I purchased this product with my own money. I was in no way compensated or contacted by Simply Natural Organicals (S.N.O.) -or- Kinky Pride to provide this review. All comments are of my own jonest opinion and are based on MY hair and its reaction to the products.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Two-Strand Twistout Results!

Hey Yall!!!!

Well, 2 posts ago, (yeah I have to do better with my posting) I showed you guys pictures of my twists that I had done after my steamer nightmare (more of a dc+steamer nightmare, but anywhoo). Well....2 weeks later (now), I've decided to take them out. They've actually been out for about 2-3 days now and they look GREAT!!!! Here are some pics.



I'm beginning to realize that needs help (moisture) in order to lay right. I haven't quite mastered how to get twists to lay in the direction that I would like them to, however, a bit of water always get them to lay straight, or hang, instead of kind of all over the place.

If you've wondered what I used to make these twists, I only used 2 products:
1) Blended Beauty Happy Nappy Styles Styling Cream (obtained from the Hair & Body Boutique in Silver Springs, MD)
2) Simply Natural Organicals Herbal & Scalp Therapy(Baltimore Natural Hair Expo)

I will try and make sure I post reviews for these products, but just to let you know, I LOVED the Simply Natural Organicals Herbal & Scalp Therapy. It's basically a naturally-made grease that you can oil your scalp with. My head soaked it ALL up and instead of a greasy head of hair, I was left with nicely moisturized twists.
Brand New Twistout

Brand New Twistout

2-3 Day Old Twistout

2-3 Day Old Twistout
I basically sectioned my hair off, grabbed sections of hair, greased sectioned scalp, applied BB to the twist hair, twisted, until my entire head was twisted. I had about.....40 twists (ESTIMATE...might be totally off), however, next time I will try and do about......60...I want more in the back.

I also am thinking of trimming for the first time since my BC back in July '10. I was feeling my pieces of hair from my twistout and they felt smooth down the shaft up until the very ends......about 1/4 of an inch max. Not alot compared to the amount that I've grown since my BC!!!! I'm proud. Now, post-trim, I'll try and do a better job of protective styles, and deep conditioning. It's ALL about retention!!!!

Hmmm...this has me wanting to do a progress post! It will be my first one since BC! Stay posted!!!

Happy Growing!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!!!!!!!

Hello Ladies/Gents!!!
This morning, I was surprised by a fellow blogger (and one of my followers), NaturalBlackOne of Roots of Blackness. She has awarded me with the "Stylish Blogger Award"! I am so honored, as her blog is filled to the max with helpful product reviews, recipes, hair media, and the list goes on!

She has also just taken on a HUGE step forward in her natural hair journey, a BC!!! Read her blog for more info on her hair, hair recipes, weight loss, and much more! :-)

UPDATE: I was also awarding the Stylish Blogger Award by fellow blogger, Naturally Divona !!! She also has an AWESOME blog that is off to great starts in natural hair education. Check her out for more natural hair greatness!
For those wondering the details of the "Stylish Blogger" award, here are the rules:

To accept the award, you must follow these rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person that awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

So, here are
7 Things About TheSuperCoya
1. I am now 8 months into my natural hair journey! I got the BC on July 21, 2010. Here are my 'Before' and 'After' Pics:


Permie Days



Transitioning - Braid Out


Day of BC

Two-Strand Twists on Both Side - Back Shrunken Fro/ Front Picked Fro
SO, I've come a long way! :-)

2. I am engaged! My fiancee' proposed on Christmas Day and our special day will be April 12, 2012. I am in the middle of making Save the Date invitations and creating a guest lists. *Sigh* And it never ends....lol

3. I have a 4 yr. old Son, Xavier. He is in preschool now and is VERY intelligent. He takes Karate, which is helping with self-discipline, confidence, physical fitness (even though he needs no help there lol). I love him SO much and am now beginning to understand what my mom meant when she said "I only want the best for you".

4. I am Weight Watchers! This is my second time joining. I first joined in Nov '10 and lost 22 lbs from Nov-Feb '11. I have currently been on the program this time around for 5 weeks. I have not only lost 9.6lbs, but have also lost 0.5+ inches on arms, thighs, waist, bust, and hips. I am currently training for a half-marathon (13.1 miles) and I am very excited!!!!

5. I am a member of Nappturality.com. I absolutely love this website. It is geared toward naptural ladies of all hair types. Anything you want to know or get advice about, or if you just need encouragement, this website is where it's at. And the owner of the site, Deecoily, has recently started a YouTube channel. It's already off to a great start and, again, this site has my heart! (along with my Fiancee')

6. (Following NaturalBlackOne) When I retire, I would love to move to the outskirts of Miami. I want to either live on the beach close to city life and never be bored or have to work another day in my life. Also, I want to start my own wedding planning business. I love everything "love" and "marriage" lol. I would love to be the source of someone's joy on their special day.

7. I live in Fredericksburg, VA. It's aight. lol

I, herefore, deem the "Stylish Blogger" award on to these fabulous ladies:

1. Nubian Tresses

2. From Dyed and Fried to Happy and Nappy

3. Deeply Rooted

4. Friends Call me GiGi

5. A Happy Nappy Affair

6. Vetsnatural Hair Blog

7. The Golden Sparkle

8. Handbags, Hair, and Heels

9. Coily World

10.  Miss Moon's Musings

(I honestly could not find anymore "new" bloggers) If you know of some, please let me know so that I can complete my list!!!!!)

Check these ladies and their blogs out because they are HAWT!!!!!! Congrats to the awardees and pass on the luvvv!!!!! :-)

Happy Growing!!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hair Steamer - First Try!

Hello All!

I hope you are having an AWESOME week as am I! :-) As I mentioned in my last post, last weekend, I purchased a Huetiful Steamer at the Baltimore Natural Hair Expo. Yes! Online, the steamer+facial attachment goes for $124.90 (free shipping), however, I was able to purchase mine for $109.90 at the expo. I was SO excited.



So, I bought the steamer on Sunday, I received it on Wednesday. Pretty nice considering this was regular mail. The steamer was very well packaged with lots of styrofoam and plastic cushion. The GREAT thing about it was:

1) It has only 3 assembly parts - the rest is already done!
2) It took me maybe......1 min to put it together.
3) It's fully automated - once I put the water in and turn it on, it turns off on its own after about 20-30 minutes.
4) It was a BREEZE to clean.

The only things I would complain about is:
1) The hood did not cover my head completely, so I had to shift every now and then to reach the lower back parts of my hair.
2) It doesn't have an adjustable timer (what if I want to stay under for longer than 25-30 minutes?)

So, you may be wondering how my regimen went that day. Well, first, let me tell you what condition my hair was already in at the moment:

1) I had worn wash and go's for about 3 months straight. (Yea Yea what I said about protective styles - I'm going to do better!!!) Although I would co-wash my hair every other night (or sometimes every night), I only clarified my hair about once a month.

2) When I would wash, I would lightly detangle my hair while conditioner was in it. That's about it.

My regimen for the steam treatment is as follows:
1) Shampoo - Aubrey Organics Green Tea Shampoo

2) Condition - V05 Moisture Milks Passion Fruit Smoothie, small amount of YTC Mud Mask Conditioner

3) Did not detangle (that's what the steamer is supposed to help with right?)

4) Applied my DC mixture:
1/2 cup Conditioner
1/4 cup EVOO
3 Tbsp CTDG (Qhemet)
3 Tbsp Jojoba Oil

4) After conditioning, I poured  water into the steamer, along with a few drops of rosemary oil. (I have a funny store about that later)

5) I turned on the steamer and the water began boiling after about 4-5 minutes.

6) I positioned myself under the steamer (seating was not an issue for me as I had an optimum location for the setup (I sat the steamer on top of the styrofoam pad on top of my coffee table and sat in a folding chair in front of the t.v.)

7) Sat under the steamer for 25-30 and the steamer turned off (even though it still had water left)

8) I felt my hair to see if it was soft and......*drumroll* EPIC FAILURE!!!!!!! LOL My hair felt like wet tumbleweed:


Causes? I'm not quite sure, really, but I'm 85% sure that it had nothing to do with the steamer. I believe that the culprit was my DC mixture. I'm not sure yet, but I'm not absolutely sure that my hair likes oil. Not just any oil, either, but specifically, olive oil. I've heard people rave about using it in DC mixtures, however, I've tried those, and I felt as if it did absolutely nothing for my hair, especially for softness. This includes honey as well, however, I don't know which one yet because I've always used them in combination (olive oil+honey). However, this time, I did not include honey and got wet straw instead of my hair :-( lol.

Anywhoo, my hair was a mess, and was H3LL to detangle, even when I tried to add more conditioner to it. It was terrible. I just took this as a fail and a lesson learned for next time. I decided to try and do two-strand twists for a style (my first protective style of the year lol. It took WAY too long dealing with detangling (I had given up on that, really, but it took so long), but I finally finished, not perfect but here's the results:

Front Two-Strand Twist Bang - Flat Twists on Each Side

Medium-Sized Two-Strand Twists in the Back
Back While Wet - Had to add some HANG!
O.K. So for these twists, I used some grease mixture I bought from the hair expo (all natural, I'll have to post the actual product later - it contains mostly oils and shea butter) for my scalp, and some sort of whipped butter (I forgot the name of that, too LOL - I'll post later) for the actual twists. They came out great, however, I would have liked for the twists to be smaller. Next time. Next time.

Next time, I plan on using ONLY conditioner+CTDG for my DC mixture and see how that comes out. I want to try some coconut milk or coconut oil, but I don't want to add more fuel to the fire before I find out what works well and what doesn't. Next time. Next time. LOL!

Anyway, that's it for now. Also, here's some fun photos from some previous styles I've tried:


HAPPY GROWING!!!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

*YAY* (I'm Pretty Sure) I'm Backkkkkkkk!!!!

Hello Everyone!!!!!!!!!
   I hope everyone has been doing AWESOME both in hair health and overall well-being! I am doing BLESSED! That hair-break was MUCH needed. Like I said in my previous post, I had just gotten overwhelmed. I have NEVER been focused on my hair as much in the past 10 months compared to my ENTIRE LIFE!!!!! lol I was trying so many different things, doing so much with my hair, twisting, braiding, conditioning, figuring things out, I was just like.....WHOOSH! Anywhoo, I hadn't completely given up on my hair, I still co-washed it, leave-in+shea butter because that's whats worked in the past, so I just did that over...and over....and over again. Wore a wash-n-go for like....ever. lol ANYWHOO, I AM BACK!!!!! I am ready to draw myself back in and be focused.

SO! The first news that I have is......this past weekend, I attended the Baltimore Natural Haircare Expo in Baltimore, MD (duh). I went with one of my line sisters who is now 100% natural! :) We were both done up in our hairdo's. Here is a sample:

My hairstyle was kind of like a frohawk puff, with two-strand twists on each side. It was my FIRST time 'correctly' flat twisting (I learned from several YouTube videos), but they could get better, and I'm going to continue practicing. I'll show you up-close pictures in a moment, but you'll be able to see that as I get closer to the end of the flat twist, it gets bigger and bigger. lol I think that as I begin to get closer to the end, I grab more and more hair (too much) and it ends up being a bit clumped, however, I'll be practicing this weekend. Here's the upclose pictures of my practices with flat twists:


Ok, so I wanted to add more pictures, but the button stopped working for some reason. ANYWHOO, on to my more excited news:
*I BOUGHT A HUETIFUL  HAIR STEAMER*

Yes! When I went to the Hair Expo, there was a Huetiful booth there, and the steamer was on sale for $109 + free shipping!!!! The product usually sales for $125, however, here they had it for sale!!! I immediately bought one. I am SOOOOOO excited to use it! It came in the mail 2 days ago, however, I haven't been able to catch it, but hopefully, I'll catch it today. I've watched MANY Youtubers, their reviews, and methods of use so that I would be able to come up with my own recipe for a deep conditioner. Here's what I've come up with so far:

1/4 Cup Honey, 1/2 Conditioner, 1/2 olive Oil (That's pretty much it.....lol) I'm going to start with few products. That'll make troubleshooting and improving easier, if I choose to change it at all. I'll have to make another post showing my progress since my BC last July. It's grown SO MUCH! I'm amazed, especially since I didn't do any protective styles for at least 3 months. lol I'm so ashamed about that.

I'm glad I'm back, I'm in it, and I'm encouraged and motivated. I didn't buy a whole lot of products at the expo, only because I already have TONS of stuff that I need to review ALREADY. I have products from Oyin, Qhemet, Kinky Curly, Kinky Coily, blah blah blahhhhhh. lol I'm going to make a post of all the products I have to review...you'll be surprised. lol

How are you? How is your hair? How have you been styling it? Let me know!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY GROWING!!!!!!


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