A Hair Story…

This past week I decided to try the Coco Berry Shea Kids line from Eden Bodyworks. 

There was a CurlBox Dope Deal, so I decided to order them online. It ended up being cheaper than buying each item separately in the store. I did see them in Sally’s Beauty so I was able to smell them beforehand and they smell so good. A product I would definitely use in a child’s hair (or my own). 

I started off by washing my hair with the shampoo. Very nice product! It cleanses without stripping. My hair still felt moisturized and not dry and trashy. 

There is no rinse out or deep conditioner for this line, but there is a leave-in conditioner spray. That’s one thing I wish they had. Instead, I used my tried and true Camille Rose Naturals – Coconut a Water Deep Penetrating Conditioner. 

After deep conditioning and rinsing, I sprayed some of the leave in and twisted my hair with the Berry Curly Cream. I used the Berry Natural Smoothing Gel on my roots and also on my edges. 

My twists stayed neat all week and at the end of the weak I had a beautiful twistout that was full of definition, shine and it still felt moisturized. I didn’t re-moisturize my hair during the week (I never do). 

I’d recommend these products and I think they’d work wonderful in children’s hair. They seems very gently but they get the job done. I will also use them again. 

This is damp hair. Bobby pins are used to keep the twists from unraveling until it dries in position.

This is end of the week hair.

…and here’s my delicious twistout!






It’s September! I can’t believe the Summer is almost over. Although it’s still warm here in NY, I know the cooler weather is coming and I like to be prepared for what’s to come. 

The products I use in my hair won’t change much. I’ll add an additional moisturizer or butter, just to make sure my hair stays moisturized. My hairstyles WILL change though. I’ve worn two strand twists (styled on wet hair) all Summer, and that definitely isn’t my go-to style for the Winter. I generally like to straighten my hair more in the winter because it’ll actually last and won’t frizz. 

Most importantly, I’d like to be mentally prepared for the cooler months. For whatever reason, around September/October every year, my hair goes through a period where it sheds. I almost always forget and begin to freak out and wonder what products I need to change. This year, I remembered, so I will know it’s just a part of the process. 

Usually the period of shedding is followed by a period of rapid growth. It will be important for me to keep my ends moisturized so they don’t break. That’s the only way I’ll retain as much length as possible during this time period. 

I’m REALLY going to miss Summer, but I think I’m ready!


  New product alert! 

I was shopping around in Target on what I was planning as a washday and stumbled upon Thank God It’s Natural’s Twist & Define Cream. Perfect… because I was planning to twist my hair!

I washed and deep conditioned my hair. I applied a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, which I usually do. I applied TGIN to each small section as I twisted it. 

It felt moisturizing and had great slip… as long as my hair was still damp. As my hair started to dry, if I applied the product, it felt a bit sticky. As soon as I dampened my hair again, it applied well. 

My hair dried faster than usual. It felt like it had some hold and would be perfect for keeping twists neat as the days go by. It didn’t feel as moisturized as I’m used to, but it didn’t feel dry either. 

I untwisted my hair the next day to have a twistout and the definition was excellent! My hair didn’t feel dry and it didn’t feel weighed down with moisture either. It felt light and bouncy. I was pleasantly surprised. 

So far, it seems like a great product. A little different that how my hair usually feels, but different in a good way. We’ll see how it holds up for day 2 and day 3 hair. 

I almost forgot to mention the best part! THE SMELL!!! It smells soooo good. I’m big on smells, so I’m usually drawn to products that smell delicious!

Definitely worth a try! I imagine it would work even better combined with TGIN’s Buttercream. 




It’s no secret that I’m in love with Camille Rose Naturals Products. When I saw their new Coconut Water Style Setter in my local beauty supply store and didn’t see my tried and true Aloe Whipped Butter Gel, I figured it was worth a try. After all, I haven’t tried a CRN product that I didn’t absolutely love… until now. 

The consistency of this product is thick, similar to the CRN Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment. Although it’s thick, it’s not too heavy or greasy. It went on smooth as I twisted my wet hair. As I twisted, I noticed that it didn’t feel as moisturized as it usually does… it almost felt dry, so I added some CRN Moisture Milk when I finished twisting. 

As my hair dried, I noticed that it felt oily, but still not moisturized. Almost like my hair wasn’t absorbing the moisture. There was oil on my scarf, oil on the pillowcase and oil every time I touched my hair. *Yuck* It didn’t feel as soft as it usually does either. The definition was great though! 

I ended up washing my hair again a day or two later and finding CRN Aloe Whipped Butter Gel to twist it. 

I gave the product to my mom to try because I thought maybe it was just me. Her hair is a different texture than mine and she said that her hair loves it. *shrugs* 

I suppose you’ll have to see for yourself.  



I’ve worn my hair straight for the last 9 weeks. I’ve straightened it about 6 times during that period. Unfortunately, my scalp can’t go much longer than a week without being washed… two weeks is pushing it.

In order to straighten my hair, I wash and deep condition my hair first. I’ve been washing my hair with Herbal Essences shampoos lately. I’ve been deep conditioning with Camille Rose Naturals’ Algae Renew Deep Conditioner and most recently their Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment.

After deep conditioning my hair, I towel dry it a bit, then apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I blow dry it on medium heat in 4 sections just until my hair is dry. Now for the fun part!

I use my FHI flat iron with the temperature set between 300 and 370, but closer to 300 on the temperature dial. I’ve never set it higher than the dot in between 300 and 370 degrees.

I use Fantasia IC Straightening Serum and heat protectant. I’ve been using this for years and it’s the one heat protectant I absolutely love. I part small sections at a time to flat iron and apply the heat protectant to each parted section just before I flat iron it. I do about 3 passes per section.


I know some people only do one pass, but I don’t for several reasons. Firstly, my hair isn’t straight after one pass and if I’m going through the trouble of flat ironing my hair, I want it to be silky straight. Secondly, those who have straight hair after just one pass generally use a higher temperature. To lessen the risk of burning my hair, I prefer to use a lower temperature and a couple of extra passes.

After I straighten the whole thing, I generally wrap it and let it sit in the wrap overnight just to seal in the straightness. Throughout the week, I apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Camille Rose Naturals Moisture Milk as needed. Towards the end of the week, I may bun my hair at night rather than wrapping it just to protect my ends.

This is MY method of straightening my hair. Is it the only way? No. It is the “correct” way? It’s the way that works well for my hair.

My curls have bounced back every time I washed my hair, so I don’t have any worries of heat damage. I did twist my hair this week to take some time off from having it straight. I actually missed my curls and now that’s it’s twisted, I miss my straight hair. Never satisfied. Such is life!



I’ve been straightening my hair for about 7 weeks now. Time really flew by. It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.

Prior to this, I was using some not so great (read: horrible) tools to straighten my hair. They were old and outdated. When I couldn’t fit in a hair appointment to get my hair professionally straightened into my schedule, I decided to use the money to buy myself a good flat iron so that I could straighten it myself.

I shopped around and asked around and got many suggestions. I was trying to decide which brand to get and if to get a nano titanium flat iron or a ceramic with tourmaline flat iron. I ended up getting totally confused with all of the information and recommendations because people had such great results with both. At the end of the day, I realized that whatever new flat iron I bought would be MUCH better than what I was currently using.

I decided to get the FHI Heat Technique G3 Original Professional Hair Styling 1″ Flat Iron in pink. No, I didn’t get it because it was pink, that was just an added bonus! I got it from Target for $79 (5% off with your Target Card). This is a tourmaline ceramic flat iron. One thing I was looking for in a new flat iron was temperature settings. Although this one has temperature settings, it uses a dial to adjust the temperature, rather than a digital temperature control. I didn’t realize this until after I bought it. I never really considered it while I was shopping around either. Minor details though, it still works extremely well

The first time I used it, I was floored with how silky and straight my hair was. My hair didn’t feel dry or burned, but you know the real test is the first wash to see if your curls pop again. I used the flat iron on the dot between 325 and 370 degrees. I do several quick passes over my hair because if I’m going to straighten it, I want it straight.

I can’t say I was very worried about heat damage because I used my trusted heat protectant and I was very mindful of the temperature and how my hair responded. The only thing was that I was using a new tool that I was not familiar with.

The results have been equally great for the last 7 weeks and I am very happy with my purchase. My curls still pop when I wash my hair, so all is well. I’ll probably continue to straighten my hair over the next several months… or until I get bored with it.

Up next… how I straighten my curls.



Straight hair

The first wash



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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