Chrisette Michele’s Big Chop

Today’s fab curl is Chrisette Michele! She worked this TWA. I love how she spiced it up with big lashes and a statement making, huge feather earring. Her makeup is flawless and very natural looking too. To achieve this style you can do a wash and go leaving a light spray leave-in conditioner and seal with an oil or hair pomade. I think a combo of one of Oyin Handmade’s juices and pomades would work great. That line smells sooooo yummy! You could also achieve this look doing a coil out with a soft hold styler or hair butter. I was surprised to have read that Chrisette colors her own hair. Deep conditioning is a must weekly if you decide to color because keeping those curls moisturized will prevent damage and promote healthy hair.

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Have you recently BCd???….Please share your experiences and what products you use? Do you want to BC soon… Do you think you would like to rock a look like this?

New Product Alert: B.A.S.K. Beauty

As did my normal YouTube stalking. I came across a review from one of my favs EmpressRi. She had me ready to dump out my piggy bank to try a new line of products called b.a.s.k. I immediately went to the website and went straight to the hair section. Even from the tiny iPhone screen these products looked amazing and the ingredients were right up there so I had to share.

The line was created by Rashida Jefferson in Spring 2011. She creates these goodies from scratch in here studio in Macon, Georgia. I love the story and vision behind her line it embraces what Diamonds and Curls is all about, loving you and especially natural beauty.

Our Vision

B.A.S.K. is a specialty beauty company established to innovatively craft premium, gourmet-inspired, artisanal spa delectables that cater to the ethnic woman’s different cosmetic needs – such as dryer skin types and diverse hair patterns.  B.A.S.K. products aim to indulge those natural beauty aficionados who are seeking the finest ingredients without the compromise of effectiveness, luscious sweet aromas, & textures.

Our Mission

To encourage women of color to embrace & “bask in” their unique natural beauty.

Reminds me of a Jill Scott lyric “Sweeter than your favorite ice cream be/Bask in my glory baby”.  The line consists of hair butters, conditioners, and moisturizer which is great for these winter months and type 4 curls that can’t use water based products. I was trying to decide which ones to get for my hair but honestly I can’t decide they all look amazing. I’m trying to control my spending habits so I will be emailing her to see what she recommends for my hair but let me get to the good part and show you the line up:

Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Prime Pressed Cocoa Butter, Virgin Coconut Cream, Kukui Moluccana Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Raw Cocoa Powder, Amalaki Fruit Powder, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin.

Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

Java Bean & Honey Hair Balm

Ingredients: Virgin Palm Kernel Oil,Castor Oil, Coffee Bean Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Prime Pressed Cocoa Butter,Soy Wax, Beeswax, Raw Honey, Lecithin, Vitamin E, & Fragrance Oil

Java Bean & Honey Hair Balm

Silk & Honey Latté Detangling Hair Milk

INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, Babassu Oil, Castor Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Shea Butter Glycerides**, Raw Honey, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk, & Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

  • BLACKBERRY SAGE (fruity aroma of tart blackberries)
  • CUCUMBER HONEYDEW (fresh melon w/ undertones of green cucumber)
  • NECTARINE VANILLA (summer peach vanilla icecream….YUM!)
  • SOUTHERN TEA (brewed lemon tea sweetened w/ sugar)
  • UNSCENTED (no added scent)

NEW!.....Silk & Honey Latté Detangling Hair Milk

Y.A.M. Nectar Intense Honey Hair Nourisher  

INGREDIENTS: Pure Clover Honey, Vegetable Glycerin, Yucca Oil (Virgin Olive Oil infused w/ Yucca Root), Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Manuka Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Essential oils of Rosewood & Copaiba, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin.

NEW!.....Y.A.M. Nectar Intense Honey Hair Nourisher

Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream 

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Cocoa Butter,  Unrefined Cupuacu Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Babassu Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Virgin Palm Kernel Oil, Ucuuba Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Beeswax, Ceteareth-20, Fragrance, & Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin.

Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream

Sevenfold Butter Blend Hair Butter  

Ingredients: Organic Palm Oil, Jojoba Oil, sevenfold butter blend (Tucuma Butter, unrefined Shea Butter, Mango Butter, unrefined Cupuacu Butter, Cocoa Butter, Illipe Butter, Kokum Butter), Vitamin E, & select essential oil of choice.

Sevenfold Butter Blend Hair Butter

Sweet Manna Botanical Hair & Scalp Serum  

INGREDIENTS: Castor Seed Oil, Virgin Olive Oil infused w/ (Burdock Root, Nettle Leaf, Pygeum Bark, Muira Puma Bark, Fenugreek Seed, Horsetail, Saw Palmetto Berry), Jojoba Oil, Camelina Seed Oil, Tucuuma Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Agave Nectar, Vitamin E, & Essential Oils of Benzoin, Lavender, & Peppermint.

Sweet Manna Botanical Hair & Scalp Serum

As you can see these products are top-notch. They are moderately priced ranging from $14-$20 but you get what you pay for and none of these ingredients are cheap. You also get free samples with each order. Be sure to check out the sitefor your self she also has body and bath products. I’m really liking the hair gift set too. It’s currently not available but it includes some sample sizes of the most popular productsI recommend this line for thicker curls and those in cold climates.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

(FYI: The products in bold are the most important and the ones in purple are ones I love.)

Flexi Rods….New Love???

A few days ago I was cleaning my closest and food a bag of 20 or so orange flexi-rods. Guess my sis forgot to pack them with her college stuff. Well I went out and bout 20 more but the purple ones.

I was so anxious I tried them out using about 30  rods. I set them with Kinky Curly Knot Today and ORS Lock and Twist Gel. I dried them for about an hour after force them to fit.

Unfortunately sleep was hell to say the least. I may have twisted them too tight so my roots would be smooth….never again. It was so painful next time I’m going to dry them fully during the day. I had to rush and separate to get to school in time.

I ended up rocking a beret but that flattened some out. Otherwise, I love the results. I used way too much gel but other than that I smooth some coconut oil and I was good. The curls are super bouncy and silky.

Hopefully I can achieve some type of 2nd day style but I plan to try them out again for a party Friday.

Check out the links below for some tutorials, trails, blogs, etc….they helped me A LOT!!!!:

XOXO,

Angelique

White Distilled Vinegar Hair Rinse

Mahisha Dellinger, curly hair expert, and creator of the Curls products provided a tip of the day to fight frizz for Urban Curlz and Newly Natural. I tired one last night and I must say it was pretty nice.

Instead of my usually ACV rinse before a DC I tired using white vinegar. I used 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water, placed it in an applicator bottle, then poured it all over my scalp and hair.

I rinsed my hair first, then followed with the vinegar rinse and let it sit for a few minutes. My hair did feel very soft. I even notcied it made my hair slippery which made detangling super quick. The slip made it to my hands making them feel a little weird.

Her other tip was using honey. I use it all the time but as it gets colder out I limit my use of humecants like honey becasue it can dry out hair becasue of the lack of moisture in the air.

Overall I liked the rinse and might add it too my reggie after I do some additional research.

Coconut Craziness Pt.2 of ??

For this edition of coconut craziness I will concentrate of hair products with coconut oil or coconut milk. I haven’t tired all of them and I’m sure there are more out there but these are the ones I use, have heard about,  or want to try……

Hair Oils:

I use this oil for pretty much every thing. It’s about $10 at Whole Foods and lasts forever. I use it as a scalp oil, deep treatments, and for my body as well.

I haven’t tried this oil but I see it all the time in my local Indian grocery store. Its infused with my fav herbs like alma and brahmi.

Now these suckers a fricking expensive but my pj wants to try them out. These scented coconut oils are$30 for 8.4oz. or $12 for 2 oz. The yummy scents are so tempting. I comes in green tea, lavender (my weakness), heavenly peach, oriental jasmine, rose, and unscented.

Coconut Milk:

I love this stuff I actually use the Whole Foods brand which is a few cents cheaper. I’m sure it’s even cheaper at TJ’s too. You can use it to kick up rice to the Jamaican restaurants use it in the red beans and rice.

Conditioners:

This is decent co-wash. I used it alone when first going CG. Its nothing special but a lot of people swear by it.

This condish is by Curls and called Coconut Sublime. This line is next on my list to try especially since its available on ground at a local salon.

This is something new to me. I love the 100% Pure brand and just found out they had this conditioner. Its called Honey Coconut Milk Conditioner. It’s $18 for 8 oz. and packed with great vegetarian ingredients.

A lot of girls on NC.com use this brand I might have to try it sometime. It’s also available at Target another plus.

Stylers:

This gel has coconut milk in it and has a super soft hold. I use it for bantu knot outs but I’m thinking I need to use it more often. This is also available at BSS and drugstores as low as $2 or $3 I’m thinking about getting the gallon one day.

Well thats about it for now. I’m thinking of doing a part 3 on body products and a part 4 with recipes. Also share your fav coconut products.

XOXO,

Angelique

GVP Detangler Review

 

A product thumbnail of GVP Detangler: Compare to Paul Mitchell The Detangler

Whats In It:

Water (Aqua), Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone, Algae, Aloe Barbedensis Leaf, Anthermis Nobilis (Chamomile), Henna, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), PEG-12 Dimethicone, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Staiva (Carrot) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Orange 4 (CI 15510), Red 40 (CI 16035)

What the Bottle Says:

  • Compare to: Paul Mitchell The Detangler
  • Detangles instantly
  • Smoothes and softens
  • Adds instant shine
  • Diminishes static

For medium to coarse and chemically treated hair. Used daily, GVP Conditioning Detangler will leave your hair smooth, soft, shiny and static free. Helps to protect hair from harmful UV rays. An extremely moisturizing, fast detangling conditioner 

What I Say:

Overall I really liked this product. The slip was out this world thanks to the behentrimonium methosulfate. My hair felt soft and moisturized. I used it as a co-wash but I plan to try it in a twist out. I will definitely re-purchase. Its a good budget condish. It smells like cheap cocoa butter lotion but I kind of like it. The overall performance as a co-wash was great. My hair was clean and detangled. I’m not sure if I would use it daily because of the fragrance ingredients and the coloring but once or twice a week might be my plan. I also love Sally’s return policy. I didn’t like  the Tea Tree Oil condish so I switched it out and got this which was a dollar cheaper and did what  I wanted.

Price: $4.99 for 16oz

Availability: Sally’s Beauty Supplies and Website

Rating:4 out of 5 diamonds  (lost a diamond for some questionable fragrance, color ingredients, and thickeners)

More info: Sally’s website

Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditoner Review

…Whew that was a lot but after reading some many good reviews I had to try it out.

Whats In It:

Purified water, rosemary oil, valencia orange, mango, lemongrass, ginko giloba, echinacea, willow bark, sea kelp, chamomile flower, textured soy protein, lavender, grapefruit, tocopherol (Vitamin E), acetamide MEA, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, methylparaben, propylparaben, botanical fragrance (italics might be a prob for some)

What the Bottle Says:

When your hair is dry, it needs to be nourished. This balanced hair remoisturizer is ideal for replenishing dry, brittle hair. Perfect for daily use. It infuses moisture and esceptional shine, without weighing hair down. Enhanced with organic botanticals, it does not contain laurel/laureth sulfates.

Price: $2.99 for 16.9 oz.

Available: Trader Joe’s Stores

What I Think:

I used it as a co-wash today and immediately upon placing in my hair the slip was amazing. It was really moisturizing compared to my usual co-wash of Sauve or VO5. I was so moisturizing that my not sure of how cleansing it is but it did get all my gel out. It was super thick but not so thick you can’t get it out the bottle. You also only have to use a little so you don’t have to worry about going through the bottle quickly. Overall I think its a keeper … just wished it didn’t have the parbens.

Rating:

  • 4.5 out 5 diamonds
  • smell, moisture, performance, and slip all rocked… the parbens kept this from getting 5 diamonds.

For More Info: www. NaturallyCurly.com has the best info and reviews