So the peeps at NaturallyCurly.com have posted an in depth system that displays the following:

 

Curl Pattern

Porosity

Density

Width

Length

Check it out here

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Hola Chicas,

 

If you follow the blog then you know that I am a lover of steaming my hair. It provides so many benefits. Hair Steamers infuse moisture and help deep conditioning products penetrate every follicle. It’s also great with henna treatments; no more 4-6 hour waits, slap on the henna, sit under the steamer and in about an hour your hair has penetrated all of that goodness. Now the first time I ever heard of steam treatments was after reading Textured Tresses by Diane Da Costa and the first time I ever saw a stream treatment getting done and hearing about the benefits was when I dropped in on my friend who had scheduled and appointment with Diane Da Costa a couple of years ago. I sat and listened as she explained the benefits and I thought to myself this is nice but not something that I ever would consider because at that time I thought that my hair routine was fine as it was and none of my stylists, that I can recall ever gave me an option to purchase a stream treatment. Fast forward a couple of years later and hair steamers are all the rage on sites such as LHCF (check it out and run a search and you will find a plethora of great information). I was intrigued and I was able to find a coupon so I began my journey with hair steaming and started with the LCL Ultra Light Professional Grade Tap Water Hair Steamer (you can read my initial review by selecting the link). Now my steam journey started off great then I kind of fell off and also broke some components of my steamer and caught myself doing a Macgyver trying to put things back together. When I had had enough, I ran another search and found that the LCL Beauty Site had updated their steamers and now the Pro 165 was on the shelf and the Ultra Light Professional was gone.

 

I will tell you that I was pleased that the new steamer now had an option for Low and High (the previous only had one setting) and added a reservoir tank and the hood now was able to be pulled down completely (one of the things that I had hated about my previous steamer). The cost was also pretty decent ($88.77 + free shipping) so I thought wow this is a good steal let me get it. One of the things that I really like about LCL Beauty is that they are no joke, you order and your sucker is immediately shipped. I waited about 5 days and bam my steamer came in the mail.

Ok let me describe one thing I didn’t like, there were no instructions on the blasted thing except how to put the base together. The company emailed me a pdf with full instructions a couple of days later (without me asking ) but I still thought damn the minute I ordered the product is when that should have come through so I was a little disappointed in that but I was able to figure out how to put everything together and what I needed to fill and where.

One big pro about this steamer that differs from the other steamer is that you have two areas in which you can fill water. The bottom tank and the reservoir so that’s what I initially did and let me tell you that by doing this it provides a continuous amount of time that you can sit underneath the steamer without having to refill which is a huge bonus because that is one of the things that I hated about the previous steamer (you could get 20 minutes max and I always had to have a cup of water nearby).

First Test

 How long does it take to heat up? One first use, it took about 5 minutes as the instructions stated that it would. On subsequent uses, I feel like it takes a shorter amount of time, perhaps it’s because I turn on the steamer and run around doing other things and then turn around and it’s ready, not sure but to me it’s quick.

Results: 5/5

Second Test

 I assembled everything and ran the steamer (w/o sitting under it) to see how hot the High setting performed and the Low. Results: 5/5

Third Test

 I applied henna to my hair (had a pesky gray hair that needed to be annihilated), sat underneath the steamer and tested both settings. High is too high for my hair (you gotta have some cojones for high) and Low with the holes closed on top is still too much for me so I keep it on low with holes halfway open. So Good Lawd this baby produces a lot of steam. Results: 5/5

 

What I like

One big bonus for me is the mini cup that collects the water that may occasionally drip down when using your steamer. Previously, the way that it was created and positioned was a complete hassle because every time I used the steamer, the back of my chair would bang against it and cause issues. Now with a combo of a new cup design and also the hood having the ability to go completely flat that is no longer a worry.

The price point is pretty good in my opinion depending on how often you use it. I have no idea how much steam treatments are because I rarely go to a stylist and when I do it’s to have my hair blown out and trimmed (something that I’m doing by myself at this point) only so not sure if treatments are $10, $20, $30 but I know that at the rate that I’ve been using my steamer it has paid for itself.

You can use tap water (I use filtered tap) so no need to run to the store for distilled water but at least once a month you should run the steamer with vinegar to clean up any residue that might build up by the usage of tap water.

Low Porosity Tips

My hair is low porosity, it takes a long time for moisture to penetrate and when it has moisture it holds on to it for dear life so having a steamer is a plus for me especially when it’s time to apply my leave ins. I am a huge advocate of using my steamer to have my leave in penetrate my hair shaft, allowing my hair to cool and then sealing with oil.

Should you buy it?

It really depends on your hair needs. If you currently have a method that works for you and your hair is doing well then by all means continue with that and don’t bother with the purchase of a steamer. If you’re on the fence, go to your local salon and try a steam treatment first to see if it’s right for you because even though the price is nice, make sure you’re really going to use it.

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I am someone that lovessssss my shampoo and most times it loves me back but sometimes it can strip. Here’s something new that I do that may be of interest to you……….

Apply your shampoo, do what you do (sing a tune, shake your groove thang)…. Now before you rinse, take your conditioner and apply to hair, making sure that you do not apply any to the scalp. Work the conditioner through and then rinse thoroughly. Your hair will not only be cleansed but it will be moisturized as well.

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Hey Chicas,

 

I thought I would pop in to feature a tip for my low porosity gals who happen to have a steamer on hand and want to ensure that they capture as much moisture as possible. Now I know that the standard protocol for moisturizing natural hair has been water based product, oil and then cream. Well I’ve tried this and still ended up with crispy hair so I decided to try something different.

I do water based light, water based medium and sealant. Now this depends on the weather of course. If it’s hot and humid then water based light + sealant. When winter time comes around you want to break out that water based medium product as well.  Now the kicker is steam the water based products in your hair for no more than 5 minutes, let cool and then seal hair.  Detailed Instructions below.

Summer Time Routine

Water Based Light (i.e: Oyin Hair Dew, Karens Body Beautiful)

Sealant (i.e. Burnt Sugar Pomade, Creamylicious, Some regular old pomade)

Take the water based light conditioner, apply to each section and then sit underneath the steamer for about 5 minutes so that  the products can fully penetrate.  Once done, let your hair cool off for about 5-10 minutes and then apply your sealant.

Fall/Winter Time Routine

Water Based Light (i.e: Oyin Hair Dew, Karens Body Beautiful)

Water Based Medium (i.e. Oyin Whipped Pudding, Carols Daughter Healthy Hair Butter, etc)

Sealant (i.e. Burnt Sugar Pomade, Creamylicious, Some regular old pomade)

Apply the water based light conditioner to each section then apply the water based medium to each section; sit underneath steamer for 5 minutes. You let the hair cool off for 5-10 minutes and then apply your sealant to capture all of that goodness.

Alternate option is to just use the Water Based Medium + Sealant or continue using the Summer Time Routine if this is too much oil for your hair.  Depending on how much you use, your hair will be a bit oily but as the week wears on your hair should absorb everything. I use this technique so that I do not have to constantly re-apply moisture to my hair.

If you do not have a steamer then you’ll need a shower cap and a heating cap and you will probably need to have it stay on longer. If you try it using the above products, let me know how it works for you.

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Yesterday I wrote a post on the Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner. Today I’m back on that review kick with a review on the Curl Junkie Repair Me Reconstructive Hair Treatment. Curl Junkie and I have an interesting past, when the product first emerged years ago I was on it. I ordered a sample pack and no lie hated every single freaking thing in the lineup. I think it was due to the fact that the products were overloaded with protein and my hair is not a fan of an abundance of protein. Fast forward to 2010 and I tried another product of theirs, after seeing a review on YouTube, which was the Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling Gel and once again I hated it, I swear I never learn.

 

So fast forward to early 2012 and I was in search of a good protein treatment; I did my usual search on YouTube and also Google and I came upon the Curl Junkie Repair Me Reconstructive Hair Treatment. Now considering our past, I was like NEXTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!  In no way shape or form was I going to bother with a product line that I gave 2 chances and it failed so I didn’t want to waste money but after awhile, cause you know the inner pj was like “c’mon son”, I decided that I was going to give Curl Junkie a FINAL TRY and plus I was ordering from Ave You and was trying the Cleansing Conditioner so I threw in the Repair Me as well. I was interested in the fact that it had Keratin high up on its list and that the reviews stated that it strengthened your hair yet did not leave it feeling extremely hard (this was a huge problem that I had with my Elucence Extended Moisture Repair Treatment) and crispy.

So to me one of the true tests is how does the product feel when you’ve added no heat, just let it sit and marinate on its own for the time specified on the bottle; I cleansed with the Daily Fix which initially left my hair feeling a bit crispy so I was afraid of what the Repair Me would do but when I applied it my first thought was “wow this is good”. The conditioner instantly softened my hair and when 10 minutes was up (10 minutes is the max number of minutes that you should leave it in according to the bottle) my hair felt strengthened but still soft. Afterwards, I quickly applied elucence, rinsed and went about my business (i.e. adding leave in, sealing, and styling).  I was like ok on first use you’re a winner.

The next test was with heat specifically my steamer. This time I washed with my Jessicurl Gentle Lather, lightly applied my elucence and quickly rinsed. I then placed my hair with twists, wrapped my hair in a towel until it was damp and not soaking wet and applied repair me to each section. I wanted to note that I didn’t glob the product on, that ish is too expensive…. I then sat underneath the steamer for a max of 15 minutes and then I waited about 10 minutes for my hair to cool down and incidentally ended up falling asleep so I honestly didn’t wash the conditioner out until hours later. LOL!!!!! The results were the same, hair that had strength but was still well conditioned.

My final thoughts are that I like this conditioner, will use it up and will definitely repurchase. I must note that I only use it once a month and can see myself getting at least 6-7 uses out of this if I err on the side of stinginess and don’t use a ton since a ton isn’t needed.

 

Cost………$29

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I’m in review mode SNITCHES

 

Excuse me as I crip walk into this review (YEAH YEYEAHHHHHHH!!!). Oh gosh I’m so tired and delirious, let me stop.

Ok so here are some updates……

One: I’m back to Oyin (I should have never left you babycakes)…

Two: Shea Moisture has hit the curb, was nice but all of the products left a coating and my hair rebelled against the shampoo. Ain’t that about a boooooooooop, I thought I had finally found a nice backup to my product arsenal.

Three: I recently purchased a cleansing conditioner from Curl Junkie. Also, two conditioners and a pomade but let’s focus on one thing now shall we.

 

Ok now let’s commence to reviewing the Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner……………

 

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG -7 Olivate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 60, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.

 

Ok for the past couple of months my hair has rebelled against anything that suds and by that I mainly mean Shea Moisture as I was using this line exclusively so I’ve been on the lookout for conditioners that could I could substitute to get the same benefits. I tried simply using my conditioner which is Elucence (great and cleans ok but really depends on what I have in my hair prior) also Hair Rules (which was a dud)  and finally Curl Junkie……..

 

Pros

 

  • Smooth Consistency
  • Cleans well (I mean squeaky clean). I don’t use silicones and I try to stay as natural as I can with my products so I figured that it would not be difficult for any product that I use to be removed.

 

 

Cons

  • It’s tricky, you apply a bit, dunk your head in water and let it lather up. You have to get the consistency right….too little and your hair will not be completely clean… too much and you run into strippergate (meaning your hair will feel stripped)
  • Doesn’t take out the pre-poo need for me (I must get a “pre-lather” with my conditioner before applying this or you run the risk of overusing it).
  • The doggone thing is so thick and the bottle the 8oz comes in is horrible considering the consistency. You could run the risk of using too much. I hate the bottle design, the larger 32 oz comes with a pump. They should have had a pump for the smaller size also.
  • It still requires me to use a conditioner afterwards.
  • The price is expensivo………

 Final Thoughts

 

Honestly in the beginning I loved this, was like oh yeahhhhhh baby cleansing conditioner all the way but ultimately realized that this is no better and way more expensive than my Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo. I will use up what I have; it’s not in the “let me throw this ish out now” category. However I don’t’ think that I will be repurchasing when done.

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Last night PBS aired a documentary called Slavery By Another Name which chronicled the struggles that many African Americans in the South had to endure post slavery. It’s a must see for all and if you missed it, PBS has the show on their website. Click the link below to access the video:

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Click here to view the video

I feel like information such as this needs to be shown in the schools so that many who feel that everything was a-ok for American Blacks post slavery can see what many went through and see that this was not only a southern problem, although many of these injustices incurred in the South but the North also laid claim to many of the injustices suffered at the hands of African Americans. It’s chilling to watch this and to realize that many of these same things are occurring now just by a different name. Open up your eyes folks and learn your history, there is more than the Emancipation Proclamation and Martin Luther Jr.

Enjoy…..

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Happy Friday chicas……. As I sat down this morning grubbing on some breakfast, I realized some things that made me chuckle a bit. The first is that awhile ago I dropped my product junky habit, or so I thought, and I was all like “I’m doing well today, no worries about hair items because I know what my hair likes (two snaps and a circle)”.  I quickly realized when away from my staples during the holidays that I turned into a product junky whore, stocking up on items, trying the wash and go again which in turn leads me to wanting to purchase more products and just starting that whole vicious cycle once more.

Now let me note that I have nothing against product junkyism and I think if you like trying new products then go out and do so, it’s your money, your hair and it is always fun to experiment. I think that one of the good things about being a product junky is that aside from trying out new items, you can discover that new brand line becomes a staple in your regimen that your hair might have been missing.  Also, it allows you to always have a backup in case your favorite product line changes their formula or discontinues an item( I have mentioned it in the past, it’s always good to have an heir and a spare).

My brief relapse into product junkyhood as allowed me to find a new staple (Shea Moisture brand) ,incorporate some of my beloved (Karens Body Beautifuls) into the mix and also reconnect with old friends (Miss Jessie Curly Pudding is the bomb when it comes to twist outs for my hair, hands down despite the wacky ingredients). Unfortunately it’s also allowed me to temporarily say goodbye to one of my homies (Oyin Handmade) for now.

The overall point is that while product junkyism can be taxing on the pockets, sometimes the good outweighs the bad in the gems that you find along the way.

Have a great weekend!!! :)

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Hola Chicas, on to the next product line in the Shea Moisture line up which is the Moisture Retention Line.

Let’s commence with the ingredients

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Contains de-ionized water, Decyl Glucoside (sugar beets), African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), aloe vera leaf juice, Argan Oil, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5, rosemary extract, sea kelp extract, vitamin E, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Trauma Masque

Contains de-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), Argan oil, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, sea kelp extract, Panthenol (vitamin B-5), essential oil blend, avocado oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, soybean oil and Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

 Contains de-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, Argan oil, coconut oil*, Behentrimonium chloride, essential oil blend, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, sea kelp extract, Panthenol (vitamin B-5), avocado oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil. *Denotes certified organic ingredients.

State of Hair prior to applying:

Twists

Process:

I took out each twist one by one and applied the Restorative Masque. If you didn’t know I normally pre-poo and either leave it in for a couple of hours or overnight.  I left the masque in overnight.  The next morning, undid each twist, detangled with fingers and combed through with the tangle teezer. I rinsed and shampooed with the Moisture Retention Shampoo and from there I applied the Restorative Conditioner but did not rinse it out. I finished my shower process, sat underneath a heat cap to help it absorb and then sat underneath a dryer until hair was close to dry. I then applied Karen Body Beautifuls Creamylicious and braided my hair.

Pro Thoughts:

Shampoo is very moisturizing

Leave In Conditioner (or rinse out depending on how you use it) is very good, absorbs well provides lots of moisture

Price is very good for what you get

The ingredients are all natural

Easy to find this particular line in the Shea Moisture roster which is very interesting.

Con Thoughts

The Masque sucked, does not go on as smoothly as the Yucca or Black Soap (have to review this one as well but can I tell you that TOOT TOOT, this is my favorite conditioner). I actually had to use some of the black soap on other sections of my hair because the Shea Butter Masque was not cutting it.

General Thoughts

I have very dry hair and what I love about this line is that it provides much needed moisture but I notice that for me what’s helping also is the fact that I’m pre-pooing with their masques and it’s allowing the shampoo not to strip my hair since it’s essentially “stripping” the conditioner.  I had to re-shampoo a section of hair for some reason and noticed that the moisture factor wasn’t there as it had been before and I experienced tangles in that section.

Would I repurchase:

Yes to the shampoo and conditioner, HELLZ NO to the masque.  Since I still have a good amount left, I will be combining it with coconut oil before using as a pre-poo.

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