2011 Staple Products

Hi there!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year. I’ve been preparing for this year the past few weeks setting goals in all areas of my life and making my plans for the year but most importantly for this blog. It’s time to take it to the next level and I just want to give thanks for those that continue to stay on this journey with me. I can’t believe I am over 7 years natural. I have learned so much on my journey and stalking others. I have also tried almost every product under the sun. I have complied a list of my staple products of 2011. One thing I have noticed is that I have learned to keep it simple and have also learned what products work amazingly on my hair. Now what works for me may not work for you but this basic lineup should help you to create a healthy regimen and stash. Here is my list:

My 2011 Staple Products:  

Pre-Poo:

Extra Virgin Olive or Coconut Oil

(I simple just apply a gennerous amount of oil to my hair and scalp for 15-20 minutes before shampooing. Sometimes I use a heat cap but most of the time I just left it sit before hitting the shower)

Shampoo:

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

(I use this before protein treatments and this year will start using it monthly since I use a lot of heavy oils, butters, and gels)

Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo

(I use this to remove silcones from my hair after straightening and occasionally for my weekly shampoo)

Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

(This is my all time favorite. It’s sulfate free and great for weekly shampooing. It’s were gentle and leaves hair squeaky clean.)

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

(I use this as needed sometimes after a deep treatment or when my hair’s pH balence is off. It’s also great for cleaning the scalp with braids or weave, even takes the fake shine off of synthetic extensions and wigs)

Co-wash:

Trader Joe’s  Nourish Spa or Tea Tree Tingle

Suave Juicy Green Apple or any silicone free scent

Aussie Moist

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

Leave In Conditioners/Moisturizers:

Kinky Curly Knot Today

Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

Deep Conditioners:

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose

(This is the ultimate moisturizing deep treatment. I use it weekly alternating with the GBP.)

Aubrey Organics GBP Lavender Ylang Ylang or Rosemary Mint

(I use this after straightening and alternating weekly AOHR.)

KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner

(I use this after protein treatments to bring the moisture balence back.)

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

(I use this weekly if I want a little variation from the AOHR.)

Stylers:

Eco Styler Gel

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Creme Gel

Oil and Butters:

Avocado, Coconut, Grape seed, and Castor oils

Lavender,Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oils

Shea Butter

Other:

ApHogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

( I use this before straightening. It is also good to use before and after braids and weaves)

ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer

Chi Silk Infusion

(I use this for heat protection, frizz, and to avoid curl reversion when my hair is straight.)

Biotin

Iron

TJs B Complex

TJ’s Pre-natal

Tools:

Jilbere Shower Comb

Denman Brush

Fine Tooth Comb

Chi Turbo Flat Iron

Shower caps, Satin Bonnets, Silk Scraves

Bobby Pins, Hair Combs, Clips, etc

Roots Only applicator bottle

 What products are you loving? Feel free to comment and share!!!!!!!

Building My Fall Reggie

Hey there,

Guess what…..I finally got a trim. Its been 6 months and was long over due with me going wash and go crazy. This also means my hair is currently straight and I have tons of updates including new product reviews and an official length check.

I was browsing one of my fav blogs, Mane and Chic and she posted some questions we should all answer when building a reggie.  Be sure to check out her full post. In the meantime I will put my answers to the questions as I continue to update my reggie and stash for the fall:

  • How often can you wash? I co-wash every other day for the most part. My goal is to only wash twice a week or less but at one point I washed daily with no probs. When my hair is straight I don’t wash for a week or two.
  • Are you going to trim, how often? I trim every 3 to 6 months with only a light dusting.  At least every 6 months by a professional. I am trying to do the search and destroy method but it’s a bit crazy at times.
  • How often do you want to deep condition? I deep condition weekly…its a must!
  • Are you going to straighten, how often? Lately its been every 6 months with heat. I plan to do it every 3 months alternating heat and  some none to low heat alternative.
  • How will you straighten if you decide to do so — roller sets, hot combs, flat irons, etc.? Alternating flat irons or the silk wrap method but as of now I get my hair blowdried and flat ironed.
  • Are you going to do protein treatments, how often? I wish I would have done one last week before I straightened but plan to in the future whenever I decide to straighten. (Helps prevent heat damage)
  • Will you use shampoo or just conditioner, apple cider vinegar or herbs to wash? I only will use a shampoo after I straighten because its the only time I use silicones. I co-wash and do weekly or bi-weekly acv rinses. I also use amla powder but I use it more as a deep treatment.
  • How are you going to protect your hair when you sleep? I take my satin pillow case or bonnet ever where.
  • How will you moisturize your hair? I moisturize with a leave in condish sealed with shea butter. When I refresh my hair in the morning I use something water based.
  • Are you going to pre-wash your hair? I’m still researching this. I do oil my scalp with coconut oil overnight and add more in the morning to my hair before I wash.
  • Are you going to do scalp massages, how often? At one point I was faithfully even did inversion when I had a TWA… I will try to do them daily again as winter approaches with my coconut oil or evoo infused with oils like lavender, peppermint, and sage.
  • What are your go-to styles going to be — braid-outs, curl former sets, buns, etc.? I have to switch it up so I don’t get bored. Flat twist outs were working great for a bit.  My bantu knot out is still my signature never failing stying. I’m still working on prefecting braid outs and TnCs. I also loved the results of my flexirod set so thats a keeper. For the most part protective styling will be all I do as winter appoarches i.e. buns, braids, sew-ins, maybe a wig.

Well good luck building your fall reggie these questions should definately help.

XOXO,

Angelique

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

TnC Results….

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If this face doesn’t say it I don’t know what to tell you. Well It was actually better but after rushed fluffing….a full day of playing in my hair in class….getting a little rain leaving Whole Foods…and it being almost midnight this twist and curl just didn’t cut it today.

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There are so many things to blame the humidity was 93% today and the dew point was 53 degrees. I also think my hair needs more hold. I’m considering trying it again on dry hair tonight. If that doesn’t work then I might need to add a tad of gel into the mix.

Well all wasn’t bad my hair was actually a lot more defined and cuter this morning. I also can’t stop touching my hair is soooo soft and light. I also picked up some Kinky Curly Knot Today and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose….oh and this super cute hair clip (thanks mommy for supporting my pj’ism).

Well let me know what you think in the mean time it’s back to Meteor Man on BET lol.

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XOXO,

Angelique

Coconut Craziness…

Lately I have gone crazy with anything coconut. I use coconut oil almost everyday on my scalp and occasionally DT with coconut milk. Even one of my fav gels ORS Lock and Twist Gel  has coconut milk in it.

Coconut oil has been a HG product for centuries especially in countries like India. If you google the benefits of coconut oil the results will seem endless.

Coconut oil contains lauric and capric acids which have antimicrobial properties (aka keeping icky bacteria of your scalp) and high amounts of vitamin E. Coconut oil also locks in moisture in hair. It’s not easily broken down and results in super soft and strong hair. It also prevents breakage which also important in retaining length. Check out this article of coconut oil and hair growth.

Coconut oil is great for avoiding and treating dry, itchy scalps and dandruff because of the fatty acids. Some even use it for styling alone or to tame frizz. I used it today under my leave in for a twist out (stay tuned for the details and results).

The uses for coconut oil are endless. I use it as a scalp and hair oil, pre-poo, and under deep conditioners. I plan to use it alone as a deep conditioner with my heat cap.

You can also mix it with other oils like brahmi, amla, rosemary, and lavender for an invigorating scalp massage. My current mix consists of coconut oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil.

Coconut oil is one of the only oils that penetrate the scalp and protects it. Coconut oil is also good for heat styling!

Well I can go on and on about the benefits of coconut oil…. but hold your horses there is more.

Now for the kicker….hold on to your seats…..COCONUT MILK!!!!!!

The benefits are pretty much the same and is one of the best products you can use to spice up your deep conditioner. I used it alone last week soaking my hair in it, covering with a plastic cap, a little heat, then co-washed it out in the morning.  I didn’t notice anything immediately besides softness and moisturized hair but when I did my wash and go the area of my area that need a ton of scrunch was curling on its one. When I co-washed today the area help a curl and clumped with no product.

This week for my DT I have coconut milk, GVP Conditioning Balm, and EVOO mixed together. Its been sitting in the fridge so if this TNC doesn’t work out I will be trying this combo out.

I have done a post before on a homemade DC made with Avocado and Coconut Milk. It’s great when you are on a budget because its only a few dollars.

Well all of this coconut ranting has me needing to do a  part 2. It’s so much I haven’t even gotten too like recipes and product recommendations, but in the meantime check out these links.

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=65618

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1141756/how_to_make_your_own_natural_deep_conditioning_pg2.html?cat=69

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/coconut-oil-for-hair.html

Guess Whose Bizzack!!!

I know you guys are like what the heck where did she go. Well I actually have a good excuse….. I did the Master Cleanse again and let’s just say this time I was a bit grumpy and definite sign my body was detoxing. I will have all the details and some more tips for you later.

I also have been wash and go crazy and have almost used up my second 32 oz jar of my Eco Styler gel. I also have been on a budget and been very creative whipping up some awesome DTs with coconut milk and oil.

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I wish I could say the same about my Oyin products…I’m not really having much success.

I’m also working on my fall regimen so D&C University will be back in session. It’s already getting cold and windy, hence this is the Windy City so I need to calm down on the gels and put more butters and creamy products in my reggie.

Well I gotta get to all this blogging… and don’t forget to comment, send any questions, or even share your experiences.

BTYL,

Angelique

Curly Kitchen: Recession Proof Curls

For this edition of Curly Kitchen I will be sharing a few tips of how to stretch your co-wash or poo, making your own no-poo or rinse and deep conditioners.

Last week I was almost on E in the co-wash department…..I just added honey and I was back to a half tank.

For you lo-poo and poo’ers you can just add a little distilled water(about1/3 h2o 2/3 poo)…then BAM…you have a gentle cleansing poo….if you have a lot of build up don’t use more poo just add a scoop of baking soda to the amount you usually use.

If you are a no-poo’er like moi then just try a ACV rinse (recipe posted before) or a Baking soda rinse (8oz of H2o and 1 tbs. of BS) . Ayurvedic herbs do the trick is well my favorite is Amla which has natural astringent and contioning properties.

I have several DC recipes but today I will only share ones I used. One really simple honey is adding honey and evoo to your favorite condish. You can also use honey and evoo alone and from my own experiences the results were amazing my hair was always super shiny, moisturized, and easily detangeled.

Another good DC is the Avocado-Coconut Milk Condish. I posted the recipe for this as well before. One tip I should have done was mixing it in a blender so you won’t be left with banana chucks in your hair or use baby food bananas.

This week I ran out of almost all of my products last night I DC’d with my last little drop of Aubrey’s GBP Rosemary Peppermint and added honey and coconut only. The results were wonderful my hair was so soft, shiny, and moisturized. I might mixed in oil everytime I DC because the results were better than when I used it alone.