Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Back in April, I reviewed ILOVEMYFRO.COM's Shea butter whip. Even after taking a few months off from using it. I still say that I love that product.
Months ago, I realized that Harmony is offering two more products, the black tea leave in and the avocado oil.
After a week of usage, I decided to order two more bottles of the tea leave-in and another bottle of avocado oil.
Below are pictures of my twist out using the shea butter whip, black tea leave-in and avocado oil.
A lot of shrinkage but the definition is beautiful.
First lets talk ingredients and benefits.
The Black Tea Leave-In is $12 for 8 oz
Ingredients and details:
Black tea contains caffeine that has many benefits for hair.
It has been proven to thicken the hair, slow or stop shedding and stimulate growth.
The main benefit of caffeine is that it blocks the DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) from causing hair to shed.
Distilled Water, Black Tea, Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Essential Oils, Citric Acid and Fragrance
Apply to freshly shampooed, conditioned and detangled hair before applying a moisturizer or styling product.
Can also be used as a detangler!
My take on the product...
I dont know if I will call this product a leave-in as a traditional conditioner type product since when I think of a leave-in, I think of a conditioner/moisturizer type product. I think I use it more for a revitalizer.
This product acts as a great refresher and moisturizer base when performing a twist out. I use it to moisturize my hair at night before bed and I use it before the Shea butter whip for a twist out. I believe that 3 and 4 hair types will not be able to detangle with this product used alone. It is a thin product that doesnt offer much slip.
I personally believe that shedding is a great thing. Though, I also believe that your hair can have excessive shredding when its dry. This is why I consider this product a refresher or revitalizer. I dont use this product to reduce shedding because I want shredding. No breakage but shredding is good.
With all that said I love this product for my usage. I couldnt tell you about the reduction of shredding because I dont use it for that but I can tell you that it is very moisturizing.
The fragrance is simply black tea with lemon...to me.
For 4oz the price is $6. The Avocado oil is great, also. It is a thick oil with a lot of benefits. There are claims that it reduces the risk of cancer, reduces bad cholesterol, and is an excellent sealant for the hair.
I believe that it is about the same thickness of extra virgin olive oil with more of a green color.
My take on the product...
I like this product so far. I have only used it for a week so I can tell you the long term benefits but so far so good. I use this product to seal my ends and a little more my scalp after being moisturized. I would use this product again. I believe that because of the great benefits and the price, which is great comparing what I have seen at my natural food stores, I will definitely use it again.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving by the way, I want to talk about weight loss. I was sitting here thinking that when I'm active with my weight loss journey, I'm obsessed with the scale. Everyday I'm on the scale freaking out but when I'm slacking I seem to be allergy to the scale. Well after a few months of this allergy, I decided it was time for me to get back on the scale. When I did so, I was appalled because I gained too much weight. What a way to motivate yourself. So I'm not waiting for the new year to say its time I do something about my weight. So I fell off the wagon but I need to finish this journey to stay living a life of maintenance. Can't complain that I hate being this size and not do something. Its time to do something.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I am still waiting on my Original Moxi products that I ordered but as soon as they arrive, I will let you know how I like. I have been hearing a lot about this company and I wanted to check them out for myself.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|9.99 for 12 oz|
As I stated in my previous post about moisture, When I washed my hair this week I did a deep condition with the Deep Treatment Masque for the first time. Again, I purchased it at Walgreens. I seem to always find all my Shea Moisture products in Walgreens when I have issues finding it other places.
I washed and then applied the Masque to my hair section by section with the total of 4 sections. I did this because I realized that this thick product wasnt going to last me long because I am heavy handed on the hair products. So sectioning my hair and applying it by sections helps.
The product slip was excellent. It made detangling very easy and I think it only took me a few minutes. I put on my plastic cap and sat for an hour. After I rinsed the product out, my hair was very soft and felt very moisturized.I also used very little as a moisturizer with my grease twist-out. My hair is still in twists (protective style) with lots of shine. LOVING it!! I will take pictures when I take the twist out.
I am loving these soft twist out with definition...LOVING I say.
Back to the product thickness, it is very thick. I loved that! The smell, I love it. So does my husband. He keeps smelling my hair. It reminds me of any body salt that has sea kelp in it. If you don't like perfume-y smells this may not be for you because it has a strong smell but yet I find it very pleasant.
Below you will find the company's description and ingredients.
One ingredient that you name not be familiar with is the Emulsifying Wax. Basically, the emulsifying wax is a bonding agent. It binds all the oils and water so it will remain blended. It is used a lot in moisturizers.
My final thoughts....I like it. I only used this product once so I would have to continue use to really see if my hair loves it.
- Heal, grow & strengthen
- No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients or sulfates
- Cruelty free, no animal testing
- Ethically traded ingredients, sustainably produced
Leave on hair for 5-30 minutes, then thoroughly rinse, or leave in hair and use as a frizz-free moisturizing styling cream..
Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Argan Oil , Vegetable Glycerin , Emulsifying Wax , Sea Kelp Extract , Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) , Essential Oil Blend , Avocado Oil , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Hyssopus Officinalis Extract , Salvia Officinalis Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract (Sage) , Soybean Oil , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot)
But what about a food addict? You don't think that there is a such thing. Think again! Food can be an addiction but how do you overcome that addiction. You cant avoid. You are faced with your addiction everyday. You have to teach yourself the benefits of food and how to eat food. Another think that I have to do is learn to put exercise in my routine...one a regular basis. Whether I enjoy it or not, I have to do it. 30 minutes to an hour per day. I have to move and groove along with eating better.
I believe that in order to face my addiction to eating, its to avoid processed food. Ever notice that when you get that easy boxed or fast food that you want more and more. Drink one soda and you have a need for another. I feel that the stuff is addicting. Not to mention, anything that you eat processed can be made at home.
So what's the purpose of this blog post, you say!!! Well I think I am going to try to cut down the processed food in my diet. From time to time, I may share some recipes with you that can be inexpensive and easy because that's why we sought out processed food is price and time.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Today, I was asked if I ever heard of TDY...Temporary Divorced for a year and should military spouses be concerned....
Yes, I have heard of the term a few times before. I really dislike the term because its a pretty derogatory stereotype...
Yet it is true is some marriages. I have heard that it is an accepted behavior in some marriages or relationships. I was told that its a way for each person to have intimate relationships when the service member is deployed of at a temporary duty station.
Do I agree with it?
Well, I say to each its own. If that works in some relationships and it doesn't create any issues then do you. But personally, no.
Do I believe that it is healthy?
Personally no. I believe that if you are married it should be between two people with no outsiders (temporary mates). I believe that if you feel that you have to do that maybe the commitment to marriage isn't quite there yet.
One of the hardest things to deal with in a marriage with a service member is the absence. I truly believe that a couple should seek marital or relationship counseling to help handle the absence of intimacy, if the situation is too hard to deal with. (But this is also coming from someone that is planning to get my masters in Marriage Counseling) I believe that seeking a mediator can be a good thing. Seeking out advise and assistance can give another perspective and also offer ideas to keep intimacy going in a relationship even when the service member is away. Also talking to your mate is key. You need to know what they need and what you need in the relationship while he or she is away. Even I have different things or practices that my husband do to try to keep intimacy alive, even when he is miles and miles away.
Another thing we must remember is that intimacy is not always sex. These are things that you need to be open with your spouse about. Know what intimacy means to each other. Once you know, you need to identify want each other is comfortable with and try to move from there. I cannot stress this enough....COMMUNICATION is key! You have to communicate to each other your needs in order to have them fulfilled.
If sex is a must, then maybe we are talking about something deeper than what is on surface and that in itself needs to be faced and handled.
Do I think that majority of service members and spouses believe in the Temporary Divorced for a year?
Absolutely not! As military families we have and can maintain healthy relationships. But like any other healthy relationship, we have to remember any relationship takes hard work and dedication.
I hope that answered your question. Please feel free to email me if you should have any more questions. I am not a professional counselorand can only offer you "friend to friend" opinions. When in need of counseling as a military spouse, we can always call ACS for referrals to professional counselors.
Well since the fall is here I have noticed that I need to add extra moisture. For the girls, it is as simple as adding a co-wash midweek and for myself adding more deep conditioning with the heat of my hooded dryer to my routine. I don't co-wash often for my hair because my scalp really doesn't like it. The co-washing for the girls makes their hair so bouncy and has a great sheen.
One thing to remember with your hair is that moisture is not mineral oil or any other oil. They are sealants. I believe that is why people believes that oils dry their hair out. Not so much that its drying their hair out but its just coating already dry hair blocking any moisture from being adsorb from the atmosphere.
The key is finding a good moisturizer is a product that offers you water as the first ingredient. I tend to purchase moisturizers that do not have mineral oil because I want to lock the oil in my hair myself. I am not against oils in products but I want to add the oils to my hair when I feel that I have delivered enough moisture I personally believe that if the product already has a sealant then I can not add more moisture because it has already placed a seal on the strands. But that is just me. There are also a lot of products on the market that does offer this and is affordable. I realize people are very concerned about doing product broke. You just have to read the label.
Once I have added my desired moisture to my hair, I seal. Seal your hair with whatever your hair likes. But one thing that I suggest is to not oil your scalp. You body and hair produces natural oils and its no need to oil the scalp.
People also tend to forget that when we are not drinking enough water our body, skin, and hair suffers. So make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.
When the chocolate brown pair arrives I will add pictures since it is blurry here.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I just realized that I cant start my protective styling challenge until December because I was already challenging myself well documenting if my hair enjoys my grease and water twist outs.