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Thursday, September 25, 2014

LottaBody Products Review: Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk and Wrap Me Foaming Mousse


Finally, I am able to review a line of products that are BUDGET FRIENDLY!  I saw this line floating around Instagram on different IG accounts and they had achieved some BOMB Wash and Go results so I knew it was a must for me to try.  Unfortunately, where I live there are NO beauty supply stores besides Sally's so it's super hard for me to find smaller brand products. Graciously, LottaBody sent the entire line for me to try and review for you guys.  So, thanks again LottaBody!  I didn't use all the products at once, obviously, so I will cover the products across multiple review posts as I use them.  This post will cover the Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk and Wrap Me Foaming Mousse.

Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk
This product has the consistency of a regular lotion type product.  It's nice and creamy, not too thick and not too thin.  I used the Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk as my leave-in for the Wash and Go.  I sectioned my hair off into six sections and applied the product using the raking technique making sure to apply enough from root to tip.  It took about 2 pumps of product to saturate and coat each section of my hair.  I did notice the product defining my curls slightly but more than anything it softened my hair and prepped it well for the rest of the LOC process.  Before I move forward I MUST share how AMAZING this product smells!!  The smell isn't too heavy but it's also not faint and does have sort of a tropical scent to it.

Wrap Me Foaming Mousse

This was my first experience  using a Foaming Mousse, or any Mousse for that matter lol, in my Wash and Go process!  So this here is history being made... right? LMAO.  I was entering new territory with this product but I decided to use it just as I would any other styling product.  When applying, I used the Smoothing Method and made sure to apply from root to tip.  I constantly talk about applying products from root to tip because this is my secret to decreasing frizz!  When the hair strands are properly coated from root to tip then the amount of frizz that forms as the style sets is decreased immensely.  Immediately I noticed an incredible shine that this product provided my curls as well as nice soft hold.  As for definition, the product did a great job but did not provide the amount of definition I need to maintain a long lasting wash and go.  This could be just for my hair type though as I've seen other girls on Instagram rave about getting days out of this product.

OVERALL


I was thoroughly impressed by the results of this product.  In fact, I was impressed by the actual products themselves.  The quality, packaging and price are ALL on point with this line.  The only downside for me was that I would not be able to get more than 2 days of results.  I would HIGHLY recommend these particular products for Naturals with TWAs!  Seeing as these products are roughly $5.00 and under at the stores they are sold, they is an incredible value!  For all my girls trying to find budget friendly staple products I would HIGHLY suggest starting here.  Although my Wash and Go came out really good, I am looking forward to using the other products in this line on a Flat Twist Out next!  Be on the lookout for the results and the full review on those products soon. XOXO
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Handling Different Textures Within Your Family...



Managing more than one head in your household can be difficult and frustrating.  What can add to that frustration is having a multitude of different textures to deal with.  No worries, we are going to tackle that minor hurdle as well as discuss product options for the whole family in this post.

More Than One Hair Texture

This is actually very common among families.  In my own home, my two girls and myself all have different textures and hair types.  I learned how to care for each of our heads by paying close attention to how certain products affected our hair.  For instance, my youngest daughter Kennedy has the most course hair out of us all.  She has a texture most closely related to Type 4B hair which produces very tight coils and kinks.  I noticed early on that her hair doesn't hold moisture for very long so its necessary for me to add moisture into her hair more frequently than for myself or my other daughter Taylor.  I would say, every other day I need to add moisture and seal with an oil in order for her hair not to become dry feeling.  Speaking of Taylor, her hair type is more close to my own but still quite different.  Her curl pattern is slightly more loose and is most similar to a 3C Hair Type, although, she does have some 4A in there as well.  As far as caring for her hair, it's very similar to caring for my own hair.  I use the LOC (leave-in conditioner, Oil, Curl Cream) Method and usually only need to add moisture into our hair maybe once a week.

If your child has a different hair type from your own and you are lost in caring for their hair, I would suggest starting with the LOC Method.  Monitor how well their hair retains the moisture and also how their hair reacts to the products.  Adjust the products according to positive or negative results achieved.  Trial and error plays a huge part in caring for their hair as well!  Lastly, I recommend finding a Naturalista on Instagram or YouTube whose hair texture most closely resembles your child's hair type.  Find out what products are working for them and what their regimen is.  But wait, this doesn't mean go asking a million questions.  Many times this information can be found in looking through old posts, comments and videos... Just take a minute and READ.

Hair Products For The Entire Family

Never have I sought out hair products specifically made for children except for maybe No Tear Shampoo when they were infants.  Obviously, when they are infants and very small children using a ton of products is not really necessary... A little water and oil can go a long way.  But then they grow up and their hair gains more texture which requires a little more work.  At this point, there is no need to go out and purchase an entire line of products just for children.  Very seldom are these "age based" products any different from the products you use in your own hair and are commonly more expensive.  If product ingredients are your concern, that's one thing.  Even still, you can find regular products with safe ingredients for the minis.  Brands such as Shea Moisture, Camille Rose Naturals and Trader Joes all make hair products that you can use on both yourself and your children safely.  Don't be afraid to open your cabinets and use those same products that you use on yourself, on your own children.  The upside to doing this is the knowledge you have about certain brands can help alleviate the trial and error process with your child.  Why go through 3-4 different children's brands trying to figure out what works and what doesn't.  Start with the brands that you know and love!  Obviously, the biggest setback is the wash process as we don't want to blind the children with the shampoo that isn't 'tear-free' but this too is just another process that takes a little tweaking.  I stopped using tear-free shampoo on my 4 year old just this year.  She now understands that when mommy says "keep your eyes closed" then you better!! LOL

Taylor: 3C Hair Type























Although Taylor has thick hair, it isn't very course.  Her curl pattern does detangle easily with the right products and tools.  The biggest issue I have with her hair is the thickness and length.
I literally sweat during her wash day process and sometimes have to break it up between two days to save my hands!!



Kennedy: 4B Hair Type



 






As you can see, there is a significant difference between Taylor's and Kennedy's hair in regards to texture.  I use the EXACT same products on both of their heads.  The way in which I use them are a bit different but I try to stick to products that work for the ENTIRE family, not just one person.

My Hair: 4A Hair Type
















I've talked a lot about my own hair texture and type both here on my blog and on Instagram.  My hair is amazing when moisturized well.  That said, the LOC Method is the key to success for maintaining lush curls.



The goal of this post was to hopefully give you more confidence in maintaining the different textures in your family.  I am not a professional or even considered a "guru" when it comes to this category but I am a mom of two young girls so these are tips I've learned along the way.  Not to worry if you're looking for more in depth knowledge about hair care, I will be doing my next post on the Top 10 Resources for information on Natural Hair.  XOXO
Monday, September 15, 2014

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Review


Recently, Camille Rose Naturals reached out to see if I would be interested in trying and reviewing their new Curl Maker formula.  Although, I had not tried the Curl Maker yet, I actually had a brand new bottle in my cabinet from a recent Curlmart.com purchase!  The gorgeous BeautybyLee from Instagram had convinced me that I needed it for my wash and gos.  So, it was definitely already on my radar to test out.  The timing couldn't be more perfect!

PRODUCT REVIEW



Texture:

This product has a very thin gel consistency.  It reminded me a lot of the Kinky Curly Curling Custard actually.  The scent isn't too heavy and has a sweet marshmallow smell like other Camille Rose Naturals products.

Application:

For the application of this product, I decided to use the Curl Love Moisture Milk as the leave-in (or base).  I find that when trying a new product, it's always great if you can use other products within the same line.  Usually, brands create products that work well together so you don't have to take any chances wondering if this new product will play well with others.  Using the Curl Love Moisture Milk as the base proved to be the right idea.  As I applied the Curl Maker in small sections, raking and smoothing through my hair from root tip, it glided through effortlessly.  The important thing is to make sure you coat each curl very well with this product to avoid frizz and achieve max definition.  Unfortunately, I used too much in certain sections due to a faulty pump on my bottle.  But, unlike other products, using too much didn't give me any negative results!  In fact, it allowed my wash and go to last even longer I believe which was a win win in my book.  Once my curls were fully coated in the Curl Maker, I let my hair set by air drying and minimal touching... I couldn't help but touch my hair while waiting for it to dry.  The curls were so shiny, defined and somehow had much less shrinkage than most other curl enhancing products I have used.


Results

The curls I achieved with this product were like no other.  They were perfectly defined ringlets with almost no frizz and minimal shrinkage.  It didn't take my hair any longer to air dry than usual which is approximately 6-8 hours depending on the weather.  With this being a gel I'm sure many are wondering if it left my hair crunchy.  The answer is NO.  There was a "cast" left behind which wore off a little bit each day.  My hair was flexible and soft to the touch but you could feel that the curls were "set".  In my opinion, the Curl Maker is fantastic product to achieve days of great hair without really having to do much to refresh the style at all.
Cons

The absolute ONLY downside I experienced was the defective pump.  Getting the product out of the bottle without the pump wasn't as easy as I thought it would be and actually frustrated me a bit.  After seeing the results though, the struggle was worth it 110%!!

Staple Status: (Scale 1-5)

5. This product has definitely made Staple Status in my regimen.  I look forward to experimenting with using this product with other favorite products that my hair loves to see what results I can achieve.

It's always great trying a new product that gives you amazing results.  In this case, I found a product that I have fallen head over heels in love with.  Let me know if you've tried the Curl Maker from Camille Rose Naturals in the comments below!  XOXO
Saturday, September 6, 2014

20 Facts About Myself


Most of you know that I love Instagram and Social Media in general can be super fun but I do limit what I share with the world.  Everything is not meant for everyone and that is something I strongly believe, even with my personal relationships.  But, I saw this tag going around and thought it would be a fun way to share some information about myself without going overboard.  So lets get into it...

1.  I'm a Christian and love Jesus Christ
2.  I was raised in Bronx, NY
3.  I have been married previously.  Steven is husband #2!
4.  Each of my children have been born in a different state: Taylor in IL, Gregory in ME and Kennedy in VA
     (My 1st husband was in the military)
5.  My Zodiac Sign is Leo
6.  I have very little patience for adults.  All of my patience is reserved for children who don't know any    
     better.
7.  My top fear is being kidnapped (now that I have children this fear is extended to them as well)...
8.  My second fear is being ambushed in my home...
9.  I claim that Pink is not my favorite color but I have a lot of it.  In denial?
10.  I have been a part of the Natural Hair Community since March 2012 when I big chopped
11.  My career is in Hotel Sales
12.  I am super silly at home.  I get on my husband's nerves OFTEN.
13.  I am NOT a woman of the house.  Yes, I do clean and cook and take care of the kids but it's more out
       of necessity.
14.  My favorite holiday is Christmas
15.  I live in Loudoun County which is about 40 minutes from DC
16.  My memory is horrible... like SERIOUSLY.  But it makes me the best secret keeper.  LOL
17.  I was an NCA All American Cheerleader.  First from my High School actually.
       *dusts off shoulder*
18.  Bacon is my favorite food.  I can eat it for a meal, for a snack, as an appetizer or for no reason at all
19.  My favorite brand is Kate Spade.  I adore their details and girly take on everything they do.
20.  My favorite movie is Clueless.  Don't judge me.

Well, that was much harder than I expected!  But, still very fun and I hope you dolls enjoyed getting a small peek into my life.  Because I am nosey, I am tagging a few of my fellow bloggers or Instagrammers to share 20 facts about them!  So I tag Deanna from The Pretty's Girl Guide, Rochelle from @roc_angel_ and Amber from @amberjanielle.  XOXO

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