My Empties

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First up are my empty Shea Moisture products!

The Bad:
I truly didn’t care for the deep treatment masque. I got through this product by mixing it with out conditioning products. It’s such a weird, thick texture that I didn’t think it spread easily on my hair. I had to use a lot of this product. That being said, it’s good to mix into a protein/oil treatment.

The Meh:
The Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a “meh” product for me. It doesn’t hurt but there are better things out there (at least for me). It smells amazing, but I think it’s a tad too thin for me, and I end up having to use a lot. Also, I just don’t think it does anything to really help my curls. Caveat: I use the LOC method of managing my hair, and this is definitely not a good cream for me. I haven’t quite figured out why.

The Good:
The leave-in is (so far) my favorite leave-in (especially for using the LOC method). I’ll admit, it’s a weird texture and can be hard to handle due to how extremely fluid it is. Note: I used this in the shower and the container tipped over, spilling half the product out….which is why this is an empty now. 😦 It smells great and can be used dry or wet without feeling oily or weighing your hair down.
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Cantu is definitely on the Good list. It’s a little thicker than the Shea Moisture equivalent, but it doesn’t feel like it weighs down my hair. I definitely struggle with having thin, low porosity hair and this definitely locks in any moisture I apply without too much build up. Bonus: It smells great! It’s one of my favorite smelling products.

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Last, Kinky-Curly is the original leave-in that I used because the first bottle was given to me. I would add this to the Meh list. I’ll admit that this actually works, really well, but the amount of product I have to use versus how much this bottle actually cost is very high. It took a lot of product before I felt like my hair was responding the way that it should. Also, this leave-in does not work favorably on my hair when it’s dry.

What products have you used up? What do you think of my empties?

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Crochet Braids: Twisted Style

Happy New Year readers! I decided to start the new year off with a new style! My first set of crochet braids. I usually try to do my own hair, but I cannot cornrow well enough to do crochet braids, so I had my friend’s cousin do it for me along with a much needed trim. Now, I know this post is about crochet braids, but I have a confession. I haven’t had a trim since cutting my hair…last JANUARY! I know, I know. What was I thinking? Honestly, I was just nervous about going to a natural hair salon and being charged $50 for a trim or going to a regular salon and having my hair straightened (to death). Well, that’s exactly what happened. It was painful (figuratively) getting my hair straightened after not putting heat on it for over two years. *sigh*

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Anyway! I had about 14 braids across with one going around the back of my head.

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Another photo showing how the braids crossed over.

Overall, it took about 6-7 hours to get my hair done, start to finish. But, a bulk of it was getting my hair flat ironed and trimmed. The braiding and installation was about 3-4 hours max! What do you guys think? What are your experiences with crochet braids? What’s your favorite protective style?

Day to Gym: Twist Out

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Twist Out: work style

So, I rarely leave my hair out when I go to the gym, but because I already had my hair out, I figured, why waste a twist out. Continue reading