More Oyin Updates

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Okay  I’m not to sure about this stuff. I have been playing around with the sample pack for the past week.  I have had some success but no OMG or HG moments. I decided to do a flat twist out instead of the Bantu’s because the products are so light which makes me question the hold. The best thing going so far is the smell.

After I use up the rest of the sample pack I plan to do a full review. At this point in my tests, trials, and experiments I think I would only re-purchase the Greg Juice and Honey Hemp Conditioner and order it from Naturally Curly’s Curl Mart for faster delivery.

My flat twist out is okay at the most. It might have been my fault partly because I didn’t seal and stretch my ends by rolling then. The front is defined but the back is a bit on the puffy side. Its not worth taking a picture (actually I can’t find my camera). I plan to try another flat twist out and see how it goes. In the meantime if you are an Oyin user please share your combo’s of the products and success stories. I really just want this stuff to work.

P.S. I will add pix later today once I locate my camera.

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

The Journey Never Ends…

Hi there curlies,

I’m currently in search for a new co-wash. I’m thinking about Trader Joe’s Norish condish.

 I am a PJ but I just don’t buy things with out a ton of research. I start by stalking the Natural Curly.com’s reviews and boards, then I use website like Good Guide.com and the Cosmetic database.com to determine how safe the ingredients are, then I stalk my fav youtubers, and my fav blogs like Mane and Chic and Curly Nikki.

 If everything seems ok I make the purchase and see how it works. Its not always a success but you never know until you try and after a while you begin to notice what ingredients work best on your hair.

So far TJ’s Nourish is looking pretty good but I am accepting recommendations so feel free to leave a comment.

XOXO and Fab Curls,

Angelique

Step:1 Research, Research, Research!!!!

Someone once told me “without a plan there is no purpose”….with that having a regimen is the most important part to having healthy hair and being in love with your hair.

The Perfect Reggie: Step 1 Research, Research, Research

 

  • read books from hair professionals

The book that started it all for me was Curly Girl: The Handbook By: Lorraine Massey. This book explains the famous “cg method” aka the conditioner only method. I’m not a fan of books that come with a product line but this one was worth it.

I can’t say the same for Anthony Dickey’s book Hair Rules!: The Ultimate Hair-Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly, or Wavy Hair. I felt like I was obligated to buy his products. There was some good info for newbies but stay tuned for the full review.

Lisa Akbari, a natural hair care expert has several books that are packed with so much info especially when it comes to taking care of Black hair. I recommend everyone to read her book The Black Woman’s Guide to Beautiful Hair: Positive Approach to Managing Any Hair Type and Style. This book not only gives different techniques in care for hair but it starts with the mental before getting to the scalp.

Paula Begoun’s “Don’t Go Shopping for Hair Products Without Me” was also an interesting book. Although I didn’t agree with everything it was packed with reviews on almost all hair products. She breaks it all down by ingredients and even puts company’s on blast about ingredients that are so called “natural” but do more damage than good.

I’m currently reading Riquette Hofstein’s Grow Hair Fast: 7 Steps to a New Head of Hair in 90 Days. This book is packed with info and I’m taking my time with this one. From the importance of scalp massages to natural recipes to grow hair all organized step by step this is one of the best books out there on growing hair.

Beautiful Black Hair: Real Solutions to Real Problems By: Shamboosie is another good, easy read and covers relaxed hair, weaves, color, natural hair care, and children’s hair care.

I have learn so much from these books and plan to give a full reviews throughout the week. I also have others on hold at the library. I am not an advocate of buying books at first because saying money is more important and if its not worth buying I wont have to worry about having a book collecting dust on my shelf.

 

  • visit several hair websites

The number one site in my book is NaturallyCurly.com…. its jammed packed with articles, product reviews, and a forum that’s like no other. Most of the information I got from lurking around the site then officially joining in on discussions on the forum. What I got from the forums I back up with the books I read and my next step (what other people were saying).

Motown Girl was another resource for me and I would visit it multiple times to make sure I didn’t mess up the recipe or style I was trying, she outlined on the site. Like NC.com she has product reviews and articles but she also has tons of recipes and hair styling suggestions and explanations.

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The newest site I have stumbled across is Tightly Curly.Her hair is super long and absolutely gorgeous. Personally I’m more comfortable getting advice from someone that’s already achieved what I’m on the road too. She was great conditioner recommendations, an ingredient dictionary, and she breaks down her reggie which is similar to mine.

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Overall I wish I would have done more research especially when I began the CG method. I treated silicones like the devil and after overlooking one in one of my conditioners I realized they aren’t all bad. I was also able to put together a basic reggie with this step alone but trust me there needs to be more  if you want absolutely fabulous hair. None of this happens over night its indeed a journey… but a fun one.

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of Diamonds and Curls University…..and look out for the full book reviews on these and others….

 

XoXo,

Angelique