Not Your Mother’s® NATURALS

Beauty, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity

As most of you know, I have naturally curly hair that more often than not, gives me the blues. Over the past couple of months, I fell into a routine that I really liked for my hair. I would wash it with conditioner, put in all my styling products and then braid it up for the night. The next day I would usually take down the braids to reveal crinkly curls that last about 3-5 days. I’m a very lazy natural because I do this every week and leave it alone until it is time to wash it again. Occasionally, I do re-braid it, but I mostly just put it up into a big ‘ol puff.

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I noticed that my hair wasn’t really maintaining length even with my super simple routine and products that contained little to no protein. I realized that my detangling method was the problem, which you can read about here. Two weeks ago I did my six month trim that I so desperately needed and ran across a natural hair care line that really took me by surprise.

I am not a hair care junkie by any means. When I find a product that really works for my hair, I will stick to it and repurchase it. I do wish that I was good at making my own products, but I’ve tried and my hair does NOT respond well whatsoever.

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Anyway, the product line that I ran across was Not Your Mother’s® Naturals line that has a nice variety to choose from. Sometimes, you have to choose them all though. Every product is only $9 and every now and then Ulta has a buy one get one 50% sale. I’m not much of a bargainer, but that’s a steal!

Initially, I chose the Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil Smoothing Cream and the Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Combing Cream. Yes, I know…such a mouthful! I’ve never actually been in love with a hair care product until I tried these products. My hair stays moisturized for at least three days and doesn’t even frizz up too much in the humid weather. NO natural product has ever been able to do that for my hair EVER!

What I love most about these products is that you can use them together without getting a white cast on your hair or crazy product build-up. I try to use at least two together and that gives me the best styles I’ve ever had. Also, my hair is starting to retain length again AND even getting longer.

Today I plan on trying out the Royal Honey and Kalahari Desert Melon Leave- in Conditioner along with the Curl Defining Combing Cream (pink bottle) to see what effect that gives me. So wish me luck!

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If you’re a curly natural too or even have curly/wavy hair then give these products a try because they smell good, they work and they’re inexpensive! If you’re not a fan of heavy creams that may leave a greasy feeling in your hair then I do not recommend this product for you. I prefer it because my hair sucks up everything.

What are some hair care products that you are in love with?

 

ChelsiKay

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Just A Curly Girl Problem

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural

Ok, so I’m not sure if you guys know this, but I am completely in love and obsessed with my own hair. I know I know how self-centered am I? Only a little and mainly when it comes to my hair.

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When I was 11 years old, my mom cut all of my damaged relaxed hair out and I was rocking a short cut in middle school. Cue the mild bullying about looking like a boy. In high school, I straightened my hair to the point of heat damage until I got to college. Now, I have some crazy big curly hair that sits on top of my head that for whatever reason I embraced in the last five years.

So technically, I have a pretty damn good reason for loving and being absolutely obsessed with my hair. All I want to do is grow it as long as I possibly can until I get sick of it, which I doubt will happen.

A week and a half ago, I noticed that my hair has been the same length for a while and I wasn’t retaining nor gaining much length. I had those pesky fairy knots and it seemed as if I was losing more and more hair every time I washed it.

Now I expect to lose at least a ping pong ball size of hair…sometimes more but nothing crazy like I was experiencing. I was brushing out at least three ping-pong balls twice a week. I wasn’t freaked out, but I knew something in my routine was causing this problem.

It didn’t take me very long to come to the conclusion that my detangling step in my routine was the culprit. In fact, it’s probably been setting me back for a long while now. Looking back on it now, I was pulling actual full strands out rather than shed/dead hair. At the time I was religiously using the Tangle Teezer, which apparently is not at all the best for my type of hair. Oops. My other detangler of choice was the Denman Brush…another fail on my part. The Denman Brush is just as bad if not worse than the Tangle Teaser.

This WHOLE time I was pulling my hair out without even realizing it. I mean, I realized it but I thought it was perfectly normal at the time. Silly me!

Last Thursday, when I refreshed my hair I opted for a comb rather than a brush and the comb wouldn’t go through my curls. The comb’s seams caught onto my hair and were causing that problem.

FullSizeRender 2IMG_5602I searched for a comb that I used to use when I first started wearing my hair curly and was elated that it didn’t have any of those seams!

I began at the ends and worked my way up to my roots and saw that there was minimal hair in the comb. YAY! I deep conditioned my hair on Sunday and used the same comb and glided through my hair yet again. I will say my hair does have a little more frizz than when I detangle with my Tangle Teezer, but frizz doesn’t really bother me that much.

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I recall the Tangle Teezer and Denman Brush working in the past, but maybe it caused the fairy knots and then began yanking my hair out. I’m glad I know this now and I hope to retain and gain some length now. So if you’re experiencing some excessive shedding or breakage while detangling, it could be your brush or even comb.

What do you guys detangle your hair with?

As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

Blogmas Day 5: Favorite Hair Care Products this Year

christmas, Natural

Hi cuties, welcome back to yet another day of Blogmas! I tweaked my Blogmas list a little bit, because I know some things on the list would only get half done. So, I decided to add more favorites to the list! Today I’m switching gears just a tad because all I ever talk about is skincare and fashion. So, I’m going to be talking about my favorite hair care products that I’ve used this year! Keep reading if you want to know more.

As you may know, I have naturally curly hair that is pretty close to being unmanageable. I’ve tried almost every natural hair product out there and some have worked, others not so much. Over the course of this year I have found the products that my hair and wallet likes, maybe even loves.

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Every curly girl needs a good deep conditioner! Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque (what a mouthful) is one of the best deep conditioners I have ever used. Since my hair is protein sensitive or doesn’t really like protein, I try to go with products that aren’t packed with a bunch of protein. Honey and oils have always worked pretty well in my hair, so why not keep using them?

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Giovanni Direct Leave in was the first leave in conditioner I used as a natural and no matter what, I always find myself coming back to it. It has the perfect amount of slip, moisture, and consistency. I’ve pretty much used this for the last two years because not only does it work, it’s also inexpensive.

img_4528Camille Rose won me over a long time ago with all of their amazingly fragrant products. This aloe whipped butter gel is not as inexpensive as the other products but it is definitely worth it. Whenever I use this product, my friends always take these big whiffs of my hair. It does in fact smell like cake batter.

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Ahh Camille Rose’s Cocoa Nibs & Honey hair oil! This stuff also smells freakin’ amazing – like chocolate. I use this right after I wash out my deep conditioner and apply it to my scalp. I’m not sure if actually makes your hair grow, but it does moisturize very well. I’m not sure what Camille Rose is doing, but whatever it is they should really keep it up!

Those are my favorite hair care products this year! I will continue to purchase these over and over again until they either change their formulas or discontinue them. If you want to know more about these products, feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for reading and tune in tomorrow for another Blogmas post. 🙂

ChelsiKay

 

Natural Hair Troubles..

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Lets talk protein sensitivity. I’m not sure if it is actually a real thing, but from my experience I believe that is. My hair has never responded well to products with protein in it. It makes my hair soft, yet crunchy then gets bone dry after a few days.

About a month ago I dyed my hair back to black and my hair felt lifeless and thin after the fact. A couple of days later I decided to do a protein treatment thinking that it would help my poor strands out. I whipped up an egg, yogurt and honey mask and slapped it on my hair and it revived back to life. Days later, the dryness returned to my hair which I figured was due to my DIY protein treatment. I then researched a DIY deep conditioner that was specifically made for protein sensitive hair. The recipe contained coconut milk, banana, honey and other various carrier oils.

Let’s just say this deep conditioner did NOT leave my hair feeling…well conditioned. Upon further research, I realized that coconut milk and banana still has quite a bit of protein in them and that I probably overloaded my hair with protein. As I delved deeper into the research, I discovered that one of the products I was using, as a styler was heavy in the protein department.

In fact, many of the natural hair products contain protein or protein mimickers.

sheamoistAt this point, I was in dire need of an actual deep conditioner that did not contain too much protein (really tired of this word now.) Anything that I DIY’ed would probably be full of it, so I ended up purchasing an old favorite – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Mask. Honey can also be drying to some people, but for this curly girl it works wonders!

My hair is back in great shape and now I’ve learned about protein sensitivity and protein overload. I replaced my styling product with something I already had and now know that I need to be mindful of the future products I purchase, so that I do not end up in the same boat.

Thanks for reading!

What hair troubles have you had??

ChelsiKay

 

Product List:

Shampoo – Castille Soap or Apple Cider Vinegar (2x a month)

Deep Conditioner – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Mask

Conditioner (when I don’t deep condition) – Aussie Moist

Leave in – Oyin Juices & Berries and Giovanni Direct Leave-in

Oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Styler – Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave in