A Hair Story…

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I was completely intrigued by the idea of the hooded scarf by EboniCurls! Many nights I spent folding my square shaped scarf into the perfect triangle to achieve a shape that will properly cover my hair. Once I saw the hooded scarf, I had to have it!

This scarf is shaped like a hood, but has long ends that you can tie in the front or the back. Genius! It is perfect for my smooth styles, like when I slick my hair back in a bun or when my hair is straight and I wrap it. It keeps my hair smooth underneath. Now I can be cute for bed!

The hooded scarf comes in a variety of beautiful, vibrant colors and prints. I chose the Cheetah Dreams hooded scarf with red on the inside. Choosing a print was probably the hardest decision because I loved so many of them!

They also ship quick so you’ll have your order in no time!

Check them out at EboniCurls.com.

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XOXO,
Rece

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I’m excited because Thermal Hair Care has created a way to deep condition without being tied down to a hair dryer. The Hot Head deep conditioning heat cap is “filled with renewable flax seed which will generate heat when warmed in the microwave.” 

I tried it for the first time on Sunday and fell all the way in love. It’s quick, easy and clean. I always deep condition my hair, but almost never use heat because it’s a hassle to take out the hair dryer and have to sit in one place and have heat burning my neck the whole time. According to Thermal Hair Care, “when heat is introduced during a treatment, the hair cuticle will open for an extended period of time allowing the deep conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft and really work to nourish your hair from the inside out.”

I washed my hair and put my conditioner in, covered with a plastic conditioning cap, microwaved my Hot Head cap for 2 minutes and I was ready to go! The Hot Head cap stayed warm the entire time. Even when I thought it wasn’t warm enough, I checked underneath the cap and it was still toasty under there, obviously not as warm as in the beginning though. I left it on for about 35 minutes. The greatest part was that I was able to lay down while I deep conditioned without having to worry about dripping all over my pillow.

I HIGHLY recommend it. You WON’T be disappointed! Shipping is also very quick and there are several beautiful colors and prints to choose from. Mine is pink terry on one side and gray and white zebra print on the other side. Sexy!

You can order yours at ThermalHairCare.com.  

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of trying Hydratherma Naturals Organic Scalp Soothing Shampoo Bar.

I love that it’s made with organic ingredients and lots of saponified oils. It’s not generally something I look for in hair products, but I absolutely love when I stumble upon a good one.

I completely saturated my hair with water and rubbed the bar on areas of my scalp a bit. A little rub creates a lot of lather. It’s very aromatic with the smell of peppermint. It was actually the first thing I smelled when I opened the box it was shipped in. The peppermint also gives a slight tingly feeling to the scalp, but not overpowering to the point of burning.

The shampoo rinsed clean. I lathered twice because my hair was really greasy to start. My hair didn’t feel dry or stripped, but cleaner than if I used a sulfate free shampoo. I like lather in my shampoo. My hair and scalp felt refreshed.

Truth be told, I’m a sucker for shampoo bars. My only thing with them is that they don’t come with something to store them in. What am I supposed to do with it until the next washday?

My first impression is that I like it. I can easily see that it’ll last a very long time. It’s definitely worth a try.

XOXO,
Rece

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I’ve joined the Natural Hair Blog Directory so you can check me and many other Naturalistas out there! Awesome site because you can search natural hair blogs by hair type. Many people tend look for bloggers who have similar hair textures to see what works for them and also to follow their hair journey. I’m listed under Coily.

My hair’s current state… I’ve been mostly wearing my hair is twists… two strand flat twists that is! I love them. They’re quick and easy to do. They don’t last long though (maybe 2-3 days), but I can easily retwist them one at a time since I generally only do 6 twists. The beauty of them is that if I have somewhere to go where I need my hair to be done, I can easily untwist them for a beautiful twist out. I think this will be my go-to style for the Summer. I hope my hair appreciates the low manipulation style.

 

 

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XOXO,
Rece

New Product Alert!!!

The lovely London (@MissLondonBella) recommended Loreal – Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. I went to Target to buy it twice and it wasn’t there despite seeing it on their website as being available.

I did find the Loreal Oleo Therapy Deep Recovery Hair Mask. I fell in love with the smell and the consistency so I bought it. I washed my hair and deep conditioned it for about 30 minutes. The directions recommend 3-5 minutes, but as usual, I got caught up doing other things. Once I rinsed it out, my hair felt moisturized but not weighed down.

The conditioner is very thick and creamy and melted right into my hair. Because of how thick it is, I thought my hair would have felt more weighed down, but it didn’t.

Once I was done, the only thing I used in my hair was Extra Virgin Olive Oil and I twisted it.

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XOXO,
Rece

My Setback

Posted on: May 3, 2014

I’ve been doing right by my hair for a long time. I’ve been taking Manetabolism hair vitamins, deep conditioning, sleeping with my satin scarf and all of the other DO’s of having natural hair.

I straightened my hair at the end of February and again at the end of March. I thought to myself that it was too much in a short period of time (although there was no heat damage), so in order to continue to do right by my hair, I decided to refrain from heat for now.

All was well. I stretched my hair on washday by twisting it, so as the days went on it became easier to manage. I was getting used to styling my hair without gel. I was really enjoying it until…

Yesterday when I combed my hair I noticed little chips of hair in the sink. Chips of hair!!!!! Like BREAKAGE! I freaked out! My hair sheds, but I never, ever, ever see breakage.

I spoke to a few of my natural hair friends and the first question they ask is… Did you change products? Did you change your regimen? Products, yes… but I always do. I rarely use the same products weekly. Regimen, yes. I haven’t been blow drying my hair.

Somewhere along my natural hair journey I realized that blow drying my hair helps to prevent single strand knots. Sooooo… since I decided to be heat-free I haven’t been blow drying, which lead to more single strand knots and my hair finally began to break where the knots were. Sigh.

Realizing this, I washed and deep conditioned my hair, blow dried it and trimmed it.

Problem solved!

XOXO,
Rece

20140331-091422.jpgYesterday was washday and I decided to use my Nothing But Sampler Pack.

I used the Clarifying Shampoo first. I liked the consistency of it. It was more like a jelly than runny like most shampoos. I got good lather and my hair felt really clean after just one wash. It worked well as a clarifying shampoo, especially after a week of wearing my hair straight. It was just what I needed.

I used the Creamy Cleanser next. I generally don’t like creamy cleansers because I don’t co-wash my hair. This one was no different. I didn’t feel like it really cleansed or conditioned. I couldn’t imagine using it alone as a cleanser. Then again, according to the instructions it was the second step, so maybe it wasn’t meant to be used alone.

Next I used the Intense Healing Mask. I was a bit skeptical at first about how well it would work, but it felt great when I put it in my hair. I left it in for about 30 minutes. To my surprise, my hair felt moisturized after. Of all of the products I tried from this line, this was my favorite.

These products were mostly unscented, which was cool for a change. I’d rather that than a scented product with a scent I dislike.

I hope you find this review helpful.

XOXO,
Rece

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