Friday, November 30, 2012

My Darling Nominee!!

  Thank you Fancy Flair Lady for nominating me for the Liebster Award!!! (Liebster means darling or favorite in German)

How the Liebster Award works

1. Each person must post 11 random things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger set for you.
3. Choose 11 bloggers who you would like to give the award too.
4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you have tagged with the award to answer.

11 Randomness

1. I very random
2. I like my birthday more then
3. I like rabbits
4. My fav color is magenta.
5. I love orange soda mixed with sprite....yum
6. I had a dog named Oreo
7. I have two tattoos
8. I've been in love all my life with my daddy and God!!
9. I love to smell the top of a babies head.
10. When I'm upset I cry in the shower it helps to relax me!!
11. I can't wait f or my white picket fence life with my family!!

My Nominated Questionaire!

1. What's your the last movie you watched?
  I watched was 'Season of the Witch' on Netflix.

2. What or Where is your happy place?
  My happy place is my bed. I have my most peace there!!

3. What's your biggest fear?
  My biggest fear is not living up to my expectations!

4. If you could ask any one person any one question, what would it be?
  I would ask my grandma why she leave me so fast!!

5. How tall are you?

6. What describes you on most days: Save or Splurge?

7. What is your favorite thing to blog about?
  My kids and HAIR!!:-)

8. When did you start blogging?
  Last year after I had my second son!

9. What was the first thing you learned to cook?
  I think curry chicken, but im not sure. It was either that or rice!!

10. What trait from your zodiac sign beat describes you? 
  I'm a take charge person!

11. Do you exercise?
I do sparingly, not making any excuses!!!

My Nominees

1. Fearless BeautI
2. My Hairlicious Ego
3. Discovering Natural
4. Healthy Hair and Body
5. Caught Between A Cream and Curl
6. Blutiful Blaq
7. Wishful Lengths
8. United Kinkdom
9. The Jen Chronicles
10. From Short to Long
11. Coiled Tresses

Nominated Questionaire

1. What do you want enjoy about blogging?
2. What guilty pleasure makes your day go right?
3. Who is your hair influence?
4. Do you have kids?
5. What do you want to be when you grow up?
6. What's your favorite fruit?
7. What's your favorite vacation spot?
8. What charity would you like to contribute to?
9. What would like to see change about the world?
10. What's your favorite season?
11. If you could go on a date with any person in the world, who would it be?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dino Lingo Review

This just a short review for influenster of the Dino Lingo educational videos. Keniya(my 3 month old) and I just finish watching the best animal song for kids learning English!!  Surprisingly I like it! I thought was going to be another cheap cartoon slide. But I was alot of 3 dimensional characters that were very colorful and not scary. Keniya giggled every time a new animal appeared on the screen. I know at this age anything with color can get her to coo. So I let my 6 year watch it with us and I asked him what he like about it. He said 'I can tell you all the animals on there.' So that means the animals were easy to  identify for him.

So I can give this review a A-

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Setback: Spritzing Up My New Growth

  I'm going to do a series on my setbacks while stretching my relaxer. This way if your stretching, transitioning, or just need help with your setbacks. We can help each other.
  I've always had dry scalp, so I've been looking for something to keep my scalp and new growth moisturize. When I would oil my scalp with my JBCO the next day my scalp and new growth would feel dry and rough. My head seems to suck it up like a sponge no matter if I left my new growth damp or wet and then oil it, the next day it would be extremely dry.
  I read a lot of reviews about Spritz and wanted to incorporate one into my regimen but had to figure out what would work well for my hair needs. I tried 3 different Spritz that mainly consisted of water, oils, and my fav leave-in at the moment. Problem though with my Spritz it was either to watery or to oily so I ended up adding it to my Pre-poo treatment.
  My description of a Spritz is to simply add in moisture when needed. So if you can't wash your hair, co-wash your hair, or your leave-in is to heavy on your hair that don't want to add anymore. Then using a Spritz that is light to just give your hair the added moisture boost could help with your hair needs. You can also use your Spritz to prep your hair before a style and when your hair is start to dry out during a styling process. Spritz are multifunctional, which is why I wanted to incorporate one in my regimen. I was extremely happy with the results it gave me on my new growth.
  So I'm going to tell you wants in my new growth Spritz.
1 part Aloe Vera Juice
1 squirt Vitamin E Oil (includes sweet almond oil, lemon oil, wheat germ oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, tocopherol, Rosemary extract)
1 squirt Glycerin
3 tablespoons Giovanni Direct Leave-in
20-25 drops of Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
  This is what my hair loves. You can try it or switch it up to your liken, but I really hope this could help you on your journey.
Thanks for reading!!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wash day @ 12 week post

Today is my official wash day with shampooing my scalp in my braided protective style. It went like this.

-Pre-poo w/ coconut oil, vitamin e oil, grape seed oil, JBCO, olive oil, VO5 body conditioner, and my Elasta QP soy oyl. Rinse.
-Shampooed w/ my shea moisture  thickening shampoo and NTM creamy shampoo. I put it in a squirt bottle with 1 part shampoo mix and 2 part water. I split hair down the middle an squirted it on both parts.  Massaged it into my scalp, rinsed, and repeated.
-Applied my Black Tea rinsed and the my VO5 moisture milk. Then I put my hair up into a bun and finished my shower. Rinse that out.
-T-shirt method my hair for about 45 minutes.
-Did my L.O.C method which I notice lease my hair really moisturize in my braids.

The reason I decided to shampoo today was when I was redoing some braids in my nape area. When I went to detangle the hair it was alot of build up on my roots. But not so much that I couldn't detangle to re-braid it.
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dark and Lovely 6-week Anti-Reversion Cream Serum Review #1

Hey Guys

New Dark and Lovely Anti-Reversion Cream Serum is our first styling product specifically developed for relaxed hair to prevent reversion and lock in shine.
Our innovative Humidity Block Technology helps eliminate curls, kinks and waves to better preserve straight, smooth hair up to 6 Weeks in-between relaxing.
It is designed to smooth hair and control frizz while keeping it soft, full of body and manageable from one shampoo to the next.

Directions: Apply a quarter size amount into palm of hand (use more or less depending on hair length) and massage through freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. Blow-dry hair thoroughly and flat iron straight. Style as desired.

DO NOT APPLY ON DRY HAIR before the use of thermal appliances to avoid damage. Use the product only as directed, on wet hair.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water Cetyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum/ Mineral Oil, Iso-stearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Aurea, Behentrimonium Chloride, Parfum/Fragrance, Polyquaternium-11, Phenoxyethanol, Bis-peg-12, Dimethicone Candelillate, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Amodimethicone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trideceth-5, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Ariginine, Hexyl Cinnamal, Trideceth-10, Linalool, Limonene,.Methylisothiazolinone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Aplha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol.

I did my regular wash day routine for this. But when I did my L.O.C. Method instead of adding my Cantu shea butter leave-in I added the anti-reversion cream serum. I comb through, finish letting it air dry, and then I proceeded to flat iron my hair then I was off. Usually as soon as I hit the air my hair starts to frizz up. But not this time my hair stayed layed flat and straight on my shoulders. This product also gave my hair shine and bounce. I loved it for the first use. For the second wash I didn't even have to flat iron it. I wrapped it and when I took it out it still had bounce and didn't frizz up

I would highly recommend this product for anyone on their relaxed healthy hair journey. For a good heat protected product.
5.1 FL Oz/ 150 ml- 9.99$ @ Cvs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Skincare

Just wanted to tell you all how glorious my skin feels right now.

Well I've always been an advocate face washer. I regularly use st. Ives face scrub any particular kind, but it tended to make my skin dry even with my moisturizer. My last cleanser that I tried was the L'oreal go 360 clean. Every time I'd wash my face no matter how hard I tried I would get it in my eyes and let me tell you it would burn terribly bad. I left it alone and just stuck with the St. Ives. I still have about 1/4 left of the product which I'm going to use to strictly clean off my make-up until I find another product from them that I like. Probably a moisturizer.

I'm trying to stay away from products with sulfates or any harmful ingredient that does damage.
So I did my research and was really drawn in by where she talks about black soap. She uses a kind that she gets in a big bulk. So I went looking for some. I have been wanting to try Ambi and when I seen that they have a black soap w/ shea butter, I had to try it.
I also been using facial masque which have been making my face feel really refresh and new!! For my moisturizer I use cocoa butter and add some oils to it!
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Box braid Regimen

Just wanted to share how I'm taking care of my hair while its in a box braided protective style.
I make sure to keep my braids moisturize by spraying my braids with my Hawaiian 14 n 1 conditioner. Seal with my blend of oils, water, and my leave-in conditioner. Then using my Cantu to lock all the good ol moisture in. I do this to make sure the my hair is penetrated an able to with stand the weather and any styles that I do.
I did do a co-wash because I didn't wash my braids and they were making my scalp itch really bad. I did a apple cider vinegar rinse, a black tea rinse, and then left my V05 moisturizing conditioner on for the reminder of my shower. I wrap my had up in a t-shirt and left it on until the water was all soaked up.
I also bought a scalp spray that contains all nature oils to help with the itching and it's been doing its job so far. I only apply it 1-3 times a week when needed. I added vitamin E to my JBCO and apply that to my scalp every other day.
Most importantly is to still wrap your braids up at night with a scarf. So I put it in a ponytail so the back can be protected properly too.
Thanks for reading!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Prep Wash day @ 9 Weeks post 11/3

So todays wash day is to prepare my hair for a box braid protective style. I wanted to do this from last month but I had some new products that I want to try so I waited. Anyways here's what I did.
1. I pre-pooed with my VO5 moisturizing conditioner, EVOO, the last bit of my JBCO, and EVCO. I heated that up for about 30-45 mins and then rinsed.
2. I shampooed 2x really good with my shea moisture thickening shampoo and then rinsed.
3. Applied my Joico k-pak reconstruct for the  recommended time of 5 minutes and then rinsed out. This left my hair really dry and firm.
4. Next I used my Joico daily care balancing conditioner to make sure my Ph level goes back to normal. Left that on for the recommended time of 1 minute and then rinsed out.
5. I put a towel on my head to soak up excess water and then applied my Elasta QP ultra hydration for a hour. Rinsed out, put a t-shirt on my head. applied my leave-ins, wrapped up my hair and let it dry overnight!!
It was a little damp in the back in the morning so I let it finish air drying before starting my braids. I also tired a sample I received from the beauty supply store that I will write a review after I take out my braids. Its for detangle! I also forgot 2 things. I forgotten to clarify my hair, but I  made sure to wash really good with my shea moisture shampoo. Also I forgot to wash my braiding hair before installing it but I'll just rinse it with some water really good when I'm done. Thats what happens when you have 3 kids and everyone wants their mommy! Gotta love'em. I'll post some pics tomorrow of my braids when I'm finished! Until next time thanks for reading!

Setback: Moisture Overload Written on 10/30

So today because of the weather all I did was watch the news and the sky outside. I was thinking and started to pull on my hair then stopped. What strand I had in my hand I decide to test it. I pull it made be 2 or 3 times before it snapped and the other side curled up really fast. My hair is really elastic and stretchable. I remember watching a hair guru that I love name doing a strand test, pulling her hair constantly between her fingers. For about a minute or two it didn't break. I mean it took her a good try to get that sucker to snap and when it did it stay straight. Her hair is perfect example of what well balance hair should look like.
How to get out of my setback?
Protein, protein, and more protein. Not to much to over load. But enough to balance out my hair so that the elasticity is strong to where I want it to be. My problem is that I love the way my hair feels and that could be the problem for my moisture overload. I'm also going to do a box braid protective style so I can retain length. So wish me luck!!