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My Top 5 Edge Tamers

Hey guys! It has been forever since my last post and so much has happened. I have recently started writing for an online Caribbean magazine that focuses on health, fashion, music, beauty and culture on a whole. You can check the magazine out here (The Coco Magazine) and share some love by subscribing. My academic life has also proven to be more demanding of recent, which leaves me limited time to pursue other interests. I do apologise for being MIA for so long. Today I have decided to share with you my top five edge tamers. Feel free to share some of your favourites by leaving a comment below and until next time stay blessed!

  1. Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut and Cupuacu Butter: This is a natural hair pomade with a very thick, buttery consistency. I recently reviewed this product for  The Coco Magazine and will be purchasing and adding it to my list of favourite hair products. The shine and scent is amazing and a little goes a long way. You can read my review here: http://www.thecocomagazine.com/locs/product-review-3-of-darcys-botanicals/item_limitstart/page-11
  2. ImageDonna Marie Hair Glaze Pomade: I am a sucker for great scents and this hair glaze is a close second to the Darcy’s Botanicals Hair Butter in terms of its delicious smell. I don’t get as much shine from this product but it does a great job of keeping my edges slicked back.
  3. ImageI once bought this Soft n’free n’pretty hair product by accident but never regretted the purchase. This olive and sunflower oil edge tamer is very light, adds shine to my hair and works well on my edges. I particularly like using it when I want my hair pulled back in a ponytail without having to use gel. The smell isn’t great but it gets an A for doing what it says it would do. It is also very moisturising and leaves my hair feeling soft.Image
  4. Castor oil has many health benefits such as for the skin and hair. I use it on my edges to help thicken and minimize the chances of traction alopecia. One of the properties I like about castor oil is its high viscosity, which is basically its “thick texture” or resistance to flow when compared with water. Because of this, I am able to use castor oil on my edges as a way of slicking down fly-away strands while keeping my hairline healthy. Its also very affordable and easily sourced at most beauty shops and pharmacies.Image
  5. Beside Eco styler gel, I rarely use other gels on my hair. However, last summer my mother started using some of the products from the Mizani hair line and convinced me to try their edge taming gel. Although I wasn’t a huge fan, my mother swears by this. If I have none of the above listed products, I would definitely use this gel on my edges. It gives great shine but has a tendency to leave my hair feeling very stiff and crunchy. I usually have to spritz my hair with some water to soften it up a bit. Not a holy grail product but none the less works to slick back and smooth my edges.

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Just Bee You Product Review (Part 1 of 3)

Before I begin this review, I would  like to say a special hello to all my followers, new and old, and wish you all the best for the season. *waves hello*

Today I would be reviewing one of the Just Bee You hair products that was sent to me free of charge. I was not paid to do this review and the review is based on MY thoughts and opinions about the product. I will be discussing how it reacted with MY HAIR and I’m in no way affiliated with the company.

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Just Bee You Beauty Products claims “Quality cosmetics made with natural and safe ingredients…hand-blended in Tobago”.  I received three of the products to review and will be starting out with my favorite of the lot, the Shea and Aloe Hair Souffle.

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The Shea and Aloe Hair Souffle moisturizing Hair and scalp cream contains the following ingredients:

Unrefined shea butter, aloe vera gel, vegetable emulsifying wax, herbal infused olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, glyceryl stearate(gentle emulsifier), honey, organic carnauba wax, vitamin E oil, optiphen(paraben free preservative), essential oil blend.

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This product claims to:

“provide long-lasting moisture and nourishment for healthy hair and scalp”.

Instructions:

Apply to hair daily before styling(especially to ends). May be used on dry or damp hair. For a healthy scalp, apply throughout entire scalp and gently massage.

*Customizable*

Price:

$60/$65( Prices are in TT dollars so in US that would be $10.00)

Size:

8 oz

Pros:

  • Keeps hair moisturized for at least 2 days ( I can get 3 days but i would still need to spritz with some water)
  • Has natural ingredients (which my hair likes)
  • Plays well under most of my stylers
  • No white residue (absorbs into my hair clear)
  • Heavy enough for humid, tropical climates
  • $10 for 8 oz is quite affordable

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Cons:

  • Smell (although the product mentions and describes the scent as “yummy”, I do not quite like it. It is somewhere between peppermint and herbs. So if you like the smell of peppermint, you will like this. The smell lingers until hair is dry if applied to wet/damp hair)
  • I don’t usually apply products to my hair but since the product mentioned application to scalp, I decided to give it a go. Epic fail! I got way too much build up for my liking.

In My Opinion:

I  really enjoyed/am enjoying  this product. I love the feel of it (souffle!) and how moisturized it leaves my hair. However, I probably won’t purchase with my own money unless there is a sale. If you are willing to pay the money however, I would suggest you go ahead and get it. It does wonders for moisture. The ingredients are also stellar!

Note:

I usually don’t use products with glycerin but I have used and re-used this product and have not noticed any dryness whatsoever.

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I used under my styler and sealed with a light oil.

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If you are interested in this product or the company as a whole, you can use the following contact information:

Laci Joseph (founder and head mixtress)

(868)-787-091/justbeeyoutiful@gmail.com

28 beacon avenue, tranquility heights, signal hill, Tobago.

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/justbeeyoutiful

A brief look into my Natural Hair Journey

When I decided to stop getting a relaxer ( and I say that because at that time I had no idea what “going natural” meant) it was because my hair was breaking something terrible. My hair was double processed, I had a relaxer and my hair was bleached, crazy I know. The ends were stringy and horrible to look at. I was miserable and came to the conclusion that I was just cursed with bad hair.
I decided to braid my hair for a while, which ended up being 6 months of transitioning. Finally, I got up one sepetember morning, showered, washed my hair and cut all my straight ends off. I had about 1 – 2 inches of hair and to be honest, I felt great.
Now for the part where I mustered up enough courage to face my family and attempt to leave the house wearing my hair the shortest it has ever been. I had a tub of gel which I decided to run through my hair and was amazed at how easily I was able to style my hair.
To say the least, wearing my TWA and learning to understand my hair was a trying experience. I am still learning about my hair everyday but can proudly say that I have learnt a lot. I never had healthy hair before and now, my hair is healthy and retaining length.
I did ignorantly do some things to my hair that caused me to do a semi-BC about 1 year into my journey but definietly learnt from my mistake. I bleached my hair and went to a salon to get my hair blown out and flat ironed. Don’t ask about the heat damage. Simply put the hair stylist had no idea what she was doing and literally fried my hair . I still didn’t know about you tube videos, blogs, twitter etc. So I just cut off the ends that wouldn’t curl.
Then while on FB one day, a friend of mine “liked” Natural chica and the angels smiled on me.
I started reading blogs and keeping up with vlogs until I fully understood that I was wearing my hair natural and could take care of it quite easily. Since then, I have learnt a lot and am happy I decided to cut off all my unhealthy ends and start fresh. I am now 2 years natural and in love with my hair.
Below are pictures of my hair relaxed, breaking, my BC and my hair now.

Bella’s Journey: 2 years of Growth and still Growing

Hi ladies,

I’m Bella, some of you might know me better as Bellanatural01 on YouTube or from my new bloghttp://www.mynameisnotsophie.com/

I decided to go natural because I was going through a transition period in my life. I was letting go of an old flame, starting a new job and embarking on a journey to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be. Doing the BIG CHOP was one of the most freeing and terrifying experiences I’ve ever gone through; I’ve yet to regret it.

What I like the most about my hair is the way my “ringlets” spring back when I tug on them.  3 years and 2 big chops later, I still giggle every time they do that.

One of the main things I do to make my hair more me, is fluffing it out and shaping it. I like when my hair is big and voluminous. I think it gives my hair that extra humph that catches your eye when I walk into a room.

Anything else interesting you would like to share?

Yes, the biggest natural hair lie I’ve ever heard!!!

The biggest lie I’ve ever heard about natural hair is, that it doesn’t move.  Anyone that knows me personally or that has seen any of my YouTube videos can testify to that. You’d be hard press to find one of my YouTube videos that doesn’t feature me whipping my hair back and forth and enjoying it. Natural hair is sexy, versatile and most importantly FUN.

Enjoy your hair and your journey,

❤ Bella

 

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Book Review: Curly Girl The Handbook

Before I begin my review, I would like to say that I do NOT follow all the rules of the CG method. I read the book and actually liked it, mainly because of the author’s humor and down to earth nature that shows in her writing. I also liked the fact that Lorraine Massey couldn’t stress enough how important and beneficial it is to “learn and love your curls”.

Straighten your hair, and you might be happy for a day. Learn to love and care for your curls, and you’ll be happy for life!

Massey, Lorraine; Michele Bender (2011-01-13). Curly Girl – Enhanced Ebook Edition: The Handbook . Workman Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

After my above statement, you might be wondering what it is that I don’t follow when it comes to the CG method and why. Well for starters, I shampoo. I do steer clear from sulfates but still use surfactants to cleanse my hair, which brings me to another CG rule that I don’t follow. I use silicones, even the water insoluble rejects like dimethicone. But this is what works for me and I’m happy with my routine.

With this being said, I don’t use a comb anymore when detangling (not because I think a comb is a curly girl’s enemy but because my hair can do without it), I use tons of conditioner and yes I rake smooth and scrunch. So there are some things I actually do follow when it comes to the CG method 😀

The book comes with a CD or if you purchase it online for your kindle, it comes with step-by-step videos embedded. I think this is a plus, as it leaves little room for misinterpretation when explaining how to cleanse, trim, style etc. If you enjoy reading books with lots of pictures then you will truly enjoy this read. The author depicts the different types of curls, waves and hairstyles with a variety of cute and colorful pictures.

If you’re worried about your hair type or texture not being mentioned, I can assure Lorraine Massey covers it. From loose curls to corkscrews or tightly curled hair, she has a chapter with testimonials, regimen and Q&A for all. If you trim your hair frequently(at home) there’s a chapter for that also.

My favorite chapter happened to be the one that discussed homemade products and recipes. You know how much I love mixing stuff up in my kitchen 🙂 And of course the names of the recipes are hilarious, well for me that is. My friend who also read the book finds it immature and corny but being me, I loved it!

Other chapters included curl confessions from women suffering with cancer, which was rather insightful and reminded me to be thankful for a head of healthy hair, even if it isn’t at the length I would like it to be presently. There is also a chapter for men and children.

Again, if you already have a lot of natural hair books, you might want to skip on this one. However, considering the CD that comes with it, you might find it fun to add to your collection of books. Some people like reading, while some prefer the ease of watching a video and understanding exactly what a process involves.

Do you follow the CG method? Or are you a modified CG like myself? Feel free to share and until next time, have an awesome evening!

 

 

Merissa’s 2 year Journey with Locs

Meet Merissa, Guyanese born living in Toronto. Merissa has been natural for two years and loves the versatility of her locs. Do you have locs? What do you love most about your loc’d hair?

What triggered the start of your natural hair journey?

I decided to go natural for a number of reasons. My hair wasn’t adjusting well to the changing seasons here in Canada and the cost to maintain relaxed hair in Toronto is ridiculous! Both my mother and an aunt of mine had been locing there hair for a while and I loved the look. 

What do you love most about having your hair the way it is now?

My favourite thing about my hair isn’t the easy maintenance. It’s the versatility. I think people assume that you are limited in hairstyles,etc if you have locs instead of straight hair but even with just shoulder length dreads, I’ve found a nice variety of styles.

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Natural Hair Feature: Two years worth of growth

Hey guys, besides being extremely busy with next to no time to post on my blog, I am celebrating my 2 year natural hair anniversary this month. Before I post about my journey, I have a few gorgeous ladies who are also celebrating their 2 year hair anniversary this year. Today, I am pleased to introduce you guys to Deidre Callam. Below she gives us a brief look into her hair journey. Feel free to check out her blog and Facebook page. Until next time, have an awesome day 😀

After a short and unsuccessful relapse to the creamy crack, I decided to go back to being true to what my blog (www.keepitkinky.net) is all about – staying strong against all odds and keeping my natural hair kinky. I change like a chameleon so I wear my hair almost any style depending on my mood. I’ve coloured my hair twice and even had locs in the past two years. It makes my journey more fun and allows me to exploit my very active creative mind. Hopefully, I can continue to keep it kinky on my blog and encourage natural-haired women with my newly published KiK Magazine for black women. It’s time for a new quality free e-magazine that reinforces and celebrates true African beauty – inside and out. 
 
– Diedre Callam
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