Monday, September 23, 2013

Wash day @ 10 weeks post

Hey guys

Wow! I can't believe it has been 10 weeks since I "Big Chopped". Time has really passed by that it hasn't felt like that much time has passed. Saturday's wash day I will preparing my hair for braids. I also did a porosity test on my hair after I shampooed. I let my strands air dry and then placed them in a cup of water. After about 5 minutes in the cup my results showed that I have low porosity. Anyway here is how my wash day went:

  • Started off detangling my hair with Ynobe shop Pre poo treat w/amla oil. I thoroughly detangled my hair for about a half hour.
  • Shampooed with Giovanni ultra moist shampoo. When I used it my hair felt squeaky clean and not moisturized like I wanted. So I used Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo and that did not help. My hair felt reallllly clean after using both so I guessed they served their purpose.
  • Remember I mentioned last wash day that I made some hair tea. Well I didn't forget to use it this week and soaked my hair with the tea. I'm in need of a new spray bottle because this one doesn't spray anymore.  :( I then coated that with my trusty Aubrey's GPB Balancing Conditioner. After rinse this combination out my hair felt like how it was supposed too. :)
  • Next I wanted to give my hair a hard protein treatment. So while I was at the beauty Supply store I couldn't find the treatment I was looking for so I bought IC Fantasia Vitamin/Protein Re-constructor that I left in for a minute as directed.
  • After rinsing that out I wanted to use a moisturizing deep conditioner. After debating on which dc to use in my stash I settled on Koils by Nature Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner. I left this on for over 3 hours under a cap with no heat.
  • For leave ins I used Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner, sealed with Hairveda Vatika Oil, and for my cream I used TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer. I didn't use it when I was transitioning and wanted to save it for when I was fully natural and I am glad I did because I really liked how it locked everything in. When I take my hair out I will try it again because I like how it was thick but still felt light on my hair.

I feel that this combination did good for prepping my hair for the installation.Once I am finished my braids I will post pictures on IG. How was your wash day?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Celebration Giveaway!

Hey ladies

It's that time again:)

This year has been so good to me and I have so much to Celebrate. I finally moved to make a better life for my family and I. I started back in school to do big and better things with my career. I big chopped on July 19!!!!!:) I forgot to celebrate my 1 year anniversary of going natural which was August 31st. I have reached over 17k page views on my blog. I would have never guessed I would have reached this many when I first started my blog and I am so GRATEFUL of my readers!  I have been so busy with school work and the kids that I am a little behind on do my posts buy I am trying to make time now.

Anyway now details about the giveaway. I will be selecting 2 winner's. One on here and one on my instagram page because that is where I am most active.
Requirements for the Blog Entry is simple just enter blow..

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for Instagram
1. Must be a follower
2. Must repost the picture (please have your profile open or I won't be able to see that you posted)
3. Hastag #RJamaicansgiveaway

Giveaway ends on the 25th @ 11:50p.m.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wash day @ 9 weeks post

I have come to realize that I have bottles just sitting on my shelf that I use a couple of times and just like looking at them. Time for me to do a clean out stash of things I'm just letting sit and make way for restocking staples! Project clean stash begins! Black Friday is around the corner and need to know what is on my list and what is not!

Let's get to it:

I pre pooed this week with Hairveda Moist Condition 24-7. I gave this a try as a co wash during the week and my hair felt so moist that I had to see what other way I can use it. The directions say use it as a rinse out & DC so I will be trying that next. Rinsed out with cool water.

Cleansed with Jessicurls Hair Cleansing Cream 2x. This bottle is the same one that I had from a swap earlier this year. I thought it was a little left to do just one last wash. But nope I can do one more.

I made some more hair tea but whilst in the mist of cleaning I forgot all about the tea in the sink until today! So I did my usual conditioner rinse with Aubreys GPB balancing conditioner. I left this on for about 4-5 minutes while I scrubbed out the tube. Rinsed with warmer water to open my hair cuticles.

Deep conditioned with Blue Roze Beauty Strawberry Hibiscus Deep Conditioner. I used this with a cap on and went outside for a little bit to work up some heat. This was left on for about 2 hours. I used every last drop of this conditioner and gladly can say this is my first used up product in my stash. Yay! Rinsed out with cold water.

For leave ins I used Shea Moisture Moisture Retention. Sealed with my oil mixture and to define my curls I used my diy flaxseed gel. I have very soft second day hair with this mixture but yesterday my hard had a slight hardness to it.

How was your wash day? Also what is on your Black Friday list? 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Line Review #23*

Hey Folks!

If you follow me on IG, which I hope you do, I posted a couple different products I was sent for review and Elasta QP was one of them. I was truly excited to try this line be I love there deep conditioners. I was sent 4 things from there Olive & Mango line. A shampoo, leave in, curl pudding, & a glaze. The only thing I didn't use was the glaze because that is more for straighten your hair. When I do straighten my hair I will let you guys know how it went. I have used other products from their line which was the DPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner, the Soy OYL Ultrahydration Moisture Rich Deep conditioner, and the original Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer. Sitting her writing I am think about revisiting the DPR-11+ because during my transition my hair absolutely loved it and it really did last. I sent Elasta QP a email a little while back that I forgot all about it. When I did receive a response back I was greeted with very apologetic well detailed conversation. My goodies were also shipped out extremely fast too with tracking so that gives extra points for the great customer service I received.

Here is a little information about the product line:

The all-new Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter collection addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing a solution that will help them achieve curly to straight looks, braids and other protective styles. Offering the strengthening power of olive oil combined with softening mango butter, Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Collection enables ease of styling for natural-haired consumers and those transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair, commonly referred to as “transitioners.” Elasta QP’s Olive Oil & Mango Butter Collection is comprised of five anti-breakage products (Moisture Shampoo, Leave-In HR Conditioner, Growth Moisturizer, Growth Oil, and Leave-In Conditioner) as well as three styling products (Curl Defining Pudding, Moisturizer and Curl Wax) that help heal split ends, smooth frizz, define curls and add brilliant shine to tresses. Available this fall, each product in the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Collection retails for less than seven dollars


Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In H2 Conditioner- 8oz 7.99$
Perfect for natural, braided and straight styles leaving hair texture feeling like silk without build-up, dryness or frizz.
  • Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil leaves hair incredibly soft, and silky-smooth with great body, movement and shine
  • Softens and detangles
  • Super moisturizing
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Cetrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylates Copolymer, Trideceth 12, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 11, Oleth 20, Benzophenone 4, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Citric Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, d-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.

DIRECTIONS: Shampoo and rinse hair well. Spray Leave-In H2 liberally into hair. Gently comb through hair. DO NOT RINSE. Style as desired. For straightening curls, waves or smoothing frizz, blow dry hair.

The leave in I used after i deep conditioned and sealed in with a oil. I can say my hair was well hydrated that day so that was a good thing. But I really wasn't to wowed away at the time. I feel if I use it more over time I will then see the results. I do prefer spray leave ins because I have fine hair and I don't what a heavy coat before I add anymore product to my hair. When I sprayed it out of the bottle it was a nice air mist that coated my hair really nicely. I did also use it as a refresher before retouching my hair. 

Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisture Shampoo- 12oz 7.99
Perfect for natural, braided and straight styles to help soften, moisturize and cleanse.

  • Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil add strength, moisture and shine while gently lifting dirt and build-up
  • Leaves hair feeling like silk
  • Protects against breakage, split-ends and dryness
  • Moisturizes and seals

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract,Glycol Stearate, Polyquaternium 10, DMDM Hydantoin, Cocamide MEA, Citric Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Oil/Carrot Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Hexyl cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.

DIRECTIONS: Smooth onto wet hair. Gently massage scalp and work lather into hair from roots to ends. Use finger combing to help ease out tangles and remove build-up. Rinse and repeat. For best results, use Mango Butter Leave-in Conditioner after rinsing shampoo.

So lets talk about the shampoo. I used it on 2 different wash days and both times gotten the same results. It was to harsh for my hair. It was strip cleaned and left my hair hard at the same time which I never experienced before. To me it was not moisturizing at all. Other people have felt differently from what I researched, but for me it was a huge no no. It didn't any slip at all. So there was no aiding in my detangling process. As you can see in the picture the texture is thick like honey with a cream like color to it. It may be packed with oils and so moisturizing essentials, it just wasn't felt on my hair.

Olive Oil & Mango Butter Curl Defining Pudding- 15oz  7.99$
Perfect for curly, kinky-coily and frizzy textures to soften, silken and moisturize leaving your curls feeling like silk.
  • Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil gives frizz control, bounce and definition for soft elongated curl texture
  • Perfect for curly, kinky-coily and frizzy textures
  • Leaves curls feeling like silk
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 11, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Carbomer, PEG 150 Distearate, PEG 12 Dimethicone, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Oil/Carrot Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Citronellal, d-Limonene, Geraniol, Lilial, Linalool.

DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally to clean, conditioned hair. Apply using fingers or wide tooth comb to evenly distribute from roots to the ends of your hair. Allow your curls to air dry. For maximum curl elongation repeat process above twice and air dry. STYLING USES: Excellent for Fingerstyle, 2 Strand Twist and Spiral Rod Sets. Transitioners can apply to blend textures. Texturizers can define curls and waves.

Co washed, left damped , then applied leave in, sealed with oil, last added Elasta Qp
Okay! So I used this one product ever which a way you can use a defining product and I ABSOLUTELY love it!! I first used it after sealing it in my leave in conditioner. Raking a little bit of the product thought my hair and smoothing it to the ends. When I am done I shake my hair to let some air really hit my curls and when this happens they really start to put. I also used this as a moisturizer when I have a old wash n go that is dry and lacking moisture. This pudding really except my shrinkage by giving my TWA loads of curls. I seen no flakes on my shoulders after drying. Also no hard crunches over here. LOL. The texture of this looks exactly like melted butter. it has a nice yellowish tint to it and melts away as soon as applied. I have add this to my staples because it is just that good on my hair. When I had my bad wash day last week this was what I grabbed to get my curls back to normal. I may try others but i know through out the week I will go back and use this so way some how.

Overall: All of these products smell the same to me which was a buttery mango smell. I absolutely love the smell. It lingers and last for a long time. It is more like a mist fragrance that leaves a light trail after leave the room and whenever you shake your head. The new package is a huge improvement to me because it can now be spotted and stands out on the shelf so you won't miss it. The jars have a nice wide open mouth esstenial in a naturals journey to make sure that you get ever last goody drop. Also 15 oz of product for under 7 is more then a bargain it is definitely a steal.

Will I repurchase? The shampoo I definitely would not repurchase not even to clarify because I did not like how my hair reacted  to it! The leave in I would like to give it a few more chances to see how it really conditions my hair over time. The pudding HELLLL YES! It is now a staple!

My Grade: A- only because of the shampoo!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wash Day @ 8 Weeks Post

Hi ladies! 

Well today I did a very foolish thing because I didn't know that I needed to run some errands.

Anyway I did what I always do on wash day when I first wake up in the morning which is apply my pre poo. This was sitting on my head for about a hour in a half when hubby says we need to do some things because he for got. I let the pre poo stay on for about a hour in a half. I had to take a shower before we left so I co washed my hair with Ouidad to get the pre poo out. I couldn't go out with any leave ins so I then used my Shea moisture leave in and styled with The Modern Hippie Hair Gunk. Mean I was a little heated in the back of my head because I had my was day all planned out. But I thought to myself F*** it. It's my hair I will do what I planned.

So I clarified my hair with Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating shampoo twice to make sure that I felt my scalp tingle and everything was washed from my hair. I haven't did a treatment in my hair in a good while so I used 4naturals Reconstructor. I will have to right a review to tell you guys my experience. Rinsed that out, after 5 minutes with no cap on, with warm water to open up my hair shaft. Deep conditioner with Ambrosia Hair Coco Passion Honey Hair Nectar (newbie) with a cap for over 2 hours. Last I applied my usual leave ins and let my hair air dry.

Okay now I wanted to try somethings out so I used Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie & Eco styler gel. Can you say huge Fail. My hair said no way honey. I had to go wash my hair again so it felt like I washed out the deep conditioner. I tried again using something else and the same results. I finally just had to use Elasta QP Curl Defining Pudding to get my curls to look the way I want.

Today was the worst wash day I had since I started my journey!!!! Have you experienced a bad wash day I would love to hear about it below!
Thanks for reading!
The Mess
Aftermath (sorry for the evil eyes)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Regimen & Staples Updated

My Regimen

Regimen & Staples are subject to change depending on my hair NEEDS/WANTS!!!!

Deep condition on dry hair with moisturizing conditioner for 25-30
Co-wash with Co-washing Cleanser
Detangle, apply leave-ins, 
& seal using L.O.C. Method, then apply oil to scalp
Air Dry
( I may Co-wash more depending on how my hair feels)

Saturday (Wash day)
Pre poo with conditioner and blend of oils treatment for 1 hour or more with/without heat cap
Rinse, then shampoo (moisture/protein which ever one my hair needs)
Tea rinse
Rinse, then condition with conditioner of choice
Deep condition with moisturizing conditioner(protein/moisture* treatment if needed) for 1 hour or more with/without heat then rinse
Detangle, apply leave-ins, & seal using L.O.C. Method, then apply oil to scalp
Air dry in a Protective style

Moisturize & seal in sections or just apply moisturizer to ends if needed.
I apply JBCO every other day which is 4 times a week!

Protective Styles
Braid outs
Bantu knots
Twists outs
Box braids
Wash n Go's

1st Saturday of each month
How I clarify:
Pre-poo w/ hot oil treatment
Clarifying shampoo
Clarifying conditioner
Strong protein treatment
Mild moisturizing deep conditioner
Detangle and apply Leave-ins
Apply heat protector
Air dry and then flat iron
Moisturize and seal
Apply oil to scalp

Bedtime Routine
Moisture & seal
Protective style
Wrap with satin scarf

My Children's Regimen

Shampoo, condition, T-shirt Method, detangle, apply leave-ins, & seal with the L.O.C. Method

Deep Condition for 5 minutes


Protective Style
My kids hair stay in protective style for week or more depending on the condition of their hair


Shampoo/Co-wash Cleanser
Joico K-pak Color Therapy Shampoo
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo (Clarify)
Ouidad Co Wash

Aubrey GPB Balancing Conditioner

Deep Conditioner (I love DC so this will vary)
Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Hairveda Sitrinilla Deep Hair Masque
Bel Nouvo Creamy Castor Custard

Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Conditioner

As I Am Doublebutter Cream

Joico K-pak Reconstrut Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor
Aubrey's GPB Balancing Conditioner
Tresemme Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray

Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango butter Curl Defining Pudding
The Modern Hippie Hair Gunk

New Growth Spritz
Jamaican Black Castor oil
Coconut oil, Grape seed oil, olive oil, tea tree oil,  jojoba oil, Argan oil, Vitamin E oil, Shea Butter oil, Almond oil, Avocado oil, Macadamia Nuts oil, and glycerin

Now I am trying to keep my products to 90% all natural. But when it comes to getting that you can only find  the majority of all natural products online. At stores like target & walmart there is such a limit. This is only to where I live now because in Baltimore walmart had a whole section dedicated to ethnic hair care products. Now some natural hair makers have deals on shipping like Obia Natural Hair care has a flat rate for shipping which is 2.99$ and then TGIN has free shipping on all of there full size products which is a steal. So I am trying to do a mix where I get my products from the store an online to try my best in helping small business owners. But still sticking to products that I know works for my hair. But the problem is the product junkie in me loves so many different things that it is had for me to just choose only a few. But I will continue to update so check back.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Random Spotlight: Simple Living Soaps

Hey guys

It has been a while since I did a Random Spotlight so I'm really happy to be bring you this one. I met Mrs. Marcy in my product swap group on Facebook. Through out our whole conversation she was extremely polite and very attentive. Her soaps are beautifully crafted and serve alternative purposes. Simple Living Soaps has also been featured in a few subscription boxes if your subscription junkie you might have already tried a sample. 
I had the opportunity to ask Mrs. Marcy a few questions and here's how it went:

1. When and where was your company established?
Simple Living Soaps was established in Las Vegas NV of 2010. 

2.What was the reason and/or inspiration to start this line?
I started this journey with making  laundry detergent. I stopped a cashier in the store and asked her was the price of tide good for the oz amount and she said she wasn't sure she made her own. I asked her what she used. Light bulbs bells and whistles went off I can do this myself too.  I kept coming across natural soap, deodorant and other skin care product on my quest for a recipe to make detergent.

3.Why body care?

I chose skin care because I loved knowing that I can change my way of life and it would show immediately through my skin. At the time I was learning how to make laundry detergent my grandson was born and my daughter could not put anything on his skin that would not cause him to welt. And I had to have surgery on my armpit from a cyst. I began to study how to make natural soaps through lots of failed batches I finally found success. 

4. Are you natural?  If so why, how long, and please tell me about your journey?
I have been natural through transition for one year. At the half way point I had to rethink the journey and realized it was best for me my hair and health. This is new to me and I am loving the new head of hair that I am still getting to know. I always say I have been a relaxed American from 8 years old now I'm natural and loving it.
Fruit Loop 5oz Bar of Soap
5. What advice can you given to our readers beginning the hair journey?
When starting a new hair journey I just say to be patient you and your hair are just getting to know each other. Be open to try new products to find the perfect one for you. Lastly don't be afraid to try to mix a little yourself.
6. When starting your business whats was you biggest obstacle?
My biggest obstacle is taking a leap on faith and still is also not taking it personal when my product is not for someone. What is not good for some is great for others. 

7. What is your target goal?         
My target goal is to open a Shop and to supply wholesale

8. Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?
I must really thank my family and friend for letting me give them product and trusting that I wouldn't burn their skin or make their hair fall out. But mostly Victoria Vick of Cream & Coco tho I've never met her nor have heard her voice after finding her on Instagram without knowing her magnitude she took the time out to challenge me to sell at my local Farmers Market within 2 weeks I did and it has turned into the most amazing journey.
Pink Sugar Sugar Girly Bar
I really enjoyed this interview with Mrs. Marcy! I hope that you guys will take the time to visit her site and check out your soaps for yourself. Don't forget to like her facebook page for more updates.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Wash day @ 7 weeks

Hey guys

Right now I am sorting through my stash and trying to write down my Staples. I love trying things but I really need to stick to what works for my hair. It is kind of hard because you have to think of a lot of things when trying to have a healthy rotation of products. Price, quality, quantity are just a few key factors for deciding on what will stay on you shelf. It doesn't hurt to have one product that is a splurge in your arsenal either.

Here's how yesterday day went:

Pre pooed with Ynobe Shop for over 2 hours. As soon as I got up I slathered my hair down and put a cap on my head. Went about do house chores that really got some heat to catch in the cap. While rinsing it ouy I gently detangled.

I then shampooed with Elasta QP 2x. This is my second time using and I still have the same feeling that I had the first time. Rinsed it out.

Conditioner rinsed with Aubrey GPB working from root to tip like I always do. I finshed this bottle and am now on to the next one. Rinsed in cool water.

I revisited and deep conditioned with Blue Roze Beauty Strawberry Hibiscus Deep Conditioner. I put a cap on and applied heat for 30 minutes and without for about 15 minutes before I rinsed it out. This DC gave me the same results as the first time which was moisture and popping curls

Lastly I squeezed out the extra water from my hair with my hands and then used my Roots Only bottle to get some Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my scalp massaging it in. Once I took a quarter size or a little more of Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Conditioner as my leave in. Sealed with grape seed oil and for my styler I used Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Curl Defining Pudding. This was supposed to be my wash and go combination which looked well defined when it dried that day. But the next day it went back to my TWA. :( Back to the drawing board on that one.
I felt that yesterday wash day was simple. How was yours? HHJ