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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Product claim...
Restores moisture, body and shine
For thick, curly hair
Reduces breakage, strengthens hair

$9.99 at Walgreens

I would probably describe the scent as somewhat tropical.  I think it smells wonderful.

This is creamy and light.  It's very easy to apply.

Nutrient rich vegetable butters condition hair, restoring moisture, body and shine. Enhances curls, minimizes frizz and provides curl control. For thick, curly hair. Sulfate-free and color-safe.
  • Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
  • Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness and silkiness
  • Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine
  • No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, or animal ingredients
Natural product, color and aroma may vary.
Made in USA

Apply to damp or styled hair

I liked the fact that they list what each ingredient does for your hair!

Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Vegetable Glycerin , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Silk Protein , Ammonium Salt , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Sorbitol Esters , Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5) , Caprylyl Glycol , Essential Oil Blend , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

I wasn't expecting to find any quality products for C's hair at Walgreens, but I found myself in the hair products aisle so I decided to look anyway.
I saw a line of Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus products- the word 'organic' caught my eye!  I decided to try 2 of them... The Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and also the Curl & Style Hair Milk (review on that coming soon!)

*So far we have only used this twice so I might do a 2nd. review later, but I'm thinking this is something I might want to buy again!  I've been having such a struggle with finding a quality product for C's hair that I was ready to give up and go back to using whatever cheap things I could buy at Wal Mart or somewhere.  BUT since I found something organic that I don't have to buy online, I'm hoping I've found a way around that!  :)

Anyway, I used this on C's damp hair.  Whenever I try a new moisturizer or anything that is supposed to enhance curls, I like to leave C's hair down to put it to the ultimate test.

C with her pumpkin she painted at the fundraiser :)

This isn't the best example, sorry!  We were at a fundraiser and I was too busy to stop and get pictures, but I got this one from my Aunt.
After a long day of running, jumping in bouncy houses, playing with farm animals, games and more C's hair still looked pretty good.  Her hair was big with lots of shrinkage, but I expect that and that's ok!
C's hair still had lots of definition, even though she had some frizzing going on which you can see here.  When I got an up close look, C's hair looked moisturized- that's all I can ask for!

Like I said, I might do another review later since we've only used this product twice, but so far I like it!
Have you tried this Curl Enhancing Smoothie or any of the other Shea Moisture products, and if so did you like them?

Monday, October 10, 2011

C Can Braid

Since C was 2 years old, she has been trying to help with her hair.  She started just sticking a bunch of random barrettes all over, and then she decided she wanted to try and braid.  The only problem was, she decided to do this at school on her own hair...  I don't think I have to tell you how that turned out!
So, after seeing what she did to her hair and how proud she was of it, I decided to give her her own little practice style head to do whatever she wanted with.  That way, she could learn and style to her heart's content without causing any damage to her own hair  :)

C got this two years ago for Christmas, and I'm sure glad she did!  She loves putting accessories and braids in her dolls hair!  :)    This is a photo of one of C's very first braids done on this head.

Of course I had to play with C's toy too!  I like the way the yarn braids look on this doll's dark hair.

C did this braid while I was doing her hair before school.  Look how much better she's gotten since she started!  :)  She perfected braids after just a short time playing around with this styling head- she got this when she was only 4, so I think that's pretty good!  Yay C!
C is 7 now and really wants to help with her own styles.  This is something she will benefit from learning, so I'm really happy she likes doing hair so much already!  I let C help with hair time by picking the way she wears her hair (unless I have something in mind), letting her choose which accessories she wears, and also finding the right colors and handing them to me.  Her favorite thing to help with is sorting beads- she also LOVES to use the spray bottle!   :)

Does your child help with their own hair styling?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Side Cornrows Into Ponies

This style was actually inspired by yesterday's Curly Friend, Jerrica.  I love the faux hawk look and I was in the mood to do cornrows!

As you can probably tell, this looks a little different than a faux hawk normally would.  This is because half way through the style, C reminded me that today was favorite hat day at school! I planned on a low side pony so curls could show under the hat, but since I didn't want to undo all my work, I decided that I would do something a little different...

The first ponytail (in front) was planned.  I love to show off C's curls, so that was going to be a curly ponytail.
Her hair is a little messy in this pic because this was taken just before her bath and bedtime, plus she had gym today and also wore a hat!  :)
All I did was divided the left half of C's hair into 3 more sections and added ponies.  I left all of the hair from the ponies down.  As I said, she wore a hat today and I wanted the curls to show. 
I didn't get a pic of her in her hat because she wanted to take it off when she got home, but she looked so cute!  I'm hoping to talk her into putting it back on tomorrow for a quick photo, but I didn't want to wait to post this since I've been kind of quiet for a while.

C did one of her 'daughters' hair while I did hers  :)
She was so proud of it, how could I not show you?! <3

This style took me about an hour to do- I'm a slow braider for one thing, and I took a while debating if I should take the cornrows out and do my original style or leave them and come up with something else... Personally, I like my decision! :)
I used some leave in conditioner and lots of coconut oil to moisturize- C's hair is always super dry no matter what o_0  Then I used lots of Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel.  I've been using this a lot lately because I like the price and availability, and also I like how it holds styles and defines C's curls.  I'm trying to decide what to use next...
Well, I guess that's all I have to say about this!  I'm going to switch this up just a little in the morning, but before I do, I'll just have to get a pic of her in the little hat she wore today!  So you might want to stop by tomorrow and check it out!  Also, I got new hair accessories (which will be part of my 100 follower's giveaway) and I want to have some opinions as to what to do with them!  ;)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Curly Friend- Jerrica

I've been a little busy to do anything worth showing lately, but I do have a little something coming tomorrow and a few things in mind coming soon! :)
But for now, meet our Curly Friend, Jerrica!

Do you like your hair? What (if anything would you change if you could?)

"If you were to ask me that as a kid or young adult I would of said no! But now with all the ways to wear my hair and now that I learn to take better care of my hair Im more comfortable with it.
There is something Id change. I get in grown hairs in my head and that makes it so that my styles gotta come out or I cant even get my hair done sometimes. At times like that I do have wigs I wear.

Do you now or have you ever used chemicals on your hair?  If so, what made you decide to do so and did you regret it?

Yes I used chemicals a few times as a teen. My mom always kept my hair up for me as a kid but then when I got too old for all the little bows and what not then I decided I want my hair down. Well my friends was all gettin their hair perm and talk me into it. I didnt regret it. My hair look nice when I had it permed because I would use the flat iron or hot comb and make it sleek. The reason why I stopped perming was because I was getting the same results with hot combs and that was cheaper.

What is your hair routine?

Dont really have a "routine" exactly. I just style when ever and I moisturize my hair every day and each night. I sleep in a cap/bonnet/scarf so that my moisturizer does not get all over my pillows and so my hair stays neat. OK maybe I do have a routine! Lol!

What products do you use?

Your not gonna agree with this. But my idea of natural hair just means no chemicals. I use what ever product looks good to me at the time. I use hair grease because its cheap easy to find and it keep me from getting head lice. A few weeks ago everyone I work with had got head lice! We all share head sets which have foam padding and that is how the head lice spread. There is 2 black employees other than myself who do not use hair grease and they got lice along with the other white employees. So yes black people DO GET HEAD LICE but the hair grease makes it so that the eggs can not stick! Im willing to take my chances with the hair grease for that reason and the fact that it does the EXACT SAME THING for my hair as the expensive products every one cant live with out! ;) Dont beleive that it causes health problems. If that was true there would have to be a warning label and you would hear story about people having problems due to hair grease. I just laugh when I hear/see folks raving about how bad and dangerous it is! Come on folks its hair grease. Its safe. Lmbo!

What is your hair type? (if you know it)

My hair is in the 4c range Id say

What is the best and worst hair advice you have gotten?

Best advice-sleep with a cap or bonnet, scarf or anything you like. It really helps keep my hair neat.
Worse advice-hair grease cause cancer hair loss and lots of problems with health. This is not true! I have a cousin in cosmo school and she never heard that rumor. She asked her teacher and everyone and they said that hair grease might not be the best thing to use BUT it does NOT cause health problems. I asked my dr, she never heard of anything and I have been trying to see cases of hair grease causing problems and still havent.

What advice do you have to offer?

Dont follow the crowd when it comes to your hair or anything else really. Just because a certain person or people likes or does not like something it does not mean it wont work for you. Alot of companies will come up with stories to scare you into thinking you will lose your hair if you use certain things or that their product will make your hair grow. Well I think I am proof that your hair WILL grow even if you chose to use hair grease instead of some other products about 10 times the price! My hair is decent length and I have cut it.

Can we see some of your styles?

I dont have the best styles to show because for one Im not a good stylist. Lol! I have to take my pics off my cell phone but here you go! Yes it is my real hair in each pic. I used hair grease in each pic along with some icee olive oil.

Thanks so much for putting me on your blog and I hope to be on again!

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