Posts tagged ‘moisture’

October 7, 2009

Cranky Hair

hair1Fool me once, shame on me…fool me twice, well then there’s just no excuse.  What am I talking about? Bottom line, I will not have a repeat of the dryness I’ve been experiencing  this past week.  I love my hair…I do, nothing pleases me more than caring for it, dishing about the latest product finds for natural hair, the actual anticipation of trying these products….I honestly ENJOY the whole Process. Yet, what I resent just a tad is worrying about what my hair looks like or will look like in the morning/afternoon/evening.  The energy and effort I put forth into washing/styling each week warrents to me a level of satisfaction that I have come to expect.  I seriously cannot STAND spending more than 15 minutes each morning pinning and tucking, fluffing and teasing my hair.  No time. I work a 9-5 which means I really work a 8:30 to 5:30…if I’m lucky, so I do not have the time to spare.

Dramatist much? Yes. But it’s my hair that’s feeding me crap this week and I’m hitting back.

As far as I’m conncerned Bro Man Winter is here and I was essentially ill prepared for his arrival.  It wasn’t even that long ago, earlier this year in fact, that I established a routine that left my hair fully moisturized, bouncy, SHINNY & happy.  For the most part retaining moisture had never been a major problem for my hair, you can even click here to read me brag on about my Moisture regime featured on BGLH. I nailed my hair care routine down to the teeeeeee!!

Alright, but the past is the past, must move on.  As a certified PJ, this builds my excitement just a tad to try new products and even fall back on old time favorites that harken back to my TWA days.  Should be a treat! This go around the aim is to go for companies and products with a good roll call…meaning word of mouth for the most part has been consistent.  My PJ radar is up and FULLY functioning, so tomorrow I’m hitting up spots (online & in-store) that sell my beloved Curl Junkie, Qhemet Biologics,  Shea-Moisture, Aveda & other Drugstore goodies I’ve been lamenting.  This is no one shot deal though-I am still a PJ on a budget, funds are still precious and frugal on most days.

Really, I’m aiming to spark a trend with my hair this winter and that is to rock the moisture ALL DAY LONG! I’m a persistant thing, stubborn too, so I will get this done this here season. Some fine bloggers and  hair sites are already well ahead of the game, click here and here to read some amazing helpful tips and clues on how to care for Winter hair.  And if anyone has any tips of their own for combating dryness, and product suggestions or techniques, anything that’s worked for you in the past or are trying now, do drop a line in the comment section!

 

 *thanks to urbansista over @ The Accidental Natural for the link😉

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February 5, 2009

Coconut Head

coconutmilk For the past three weeks or so I’ve been trying my darnedest to figure out exactly how to incorporate Coconut oil into my regime. A while back, after  realizing how much my hair loves this stuff I’ve gravitated towards products that have coconut oil/cream as it’s primary ingredient, whether it was a conditioner or  styling product.  Pretty much anything that has a fatty base like coconut oil is my hair’s best friend.  I’ve read tons of recipes on how to incorporate coconut milk into your hair care routine through pre-pooing methods or just adding to an already moisturizing conditioner.  The results always seemed to vary…I mean the texture of the hair typically turned out soft, manageable…but rarely did I hear a raving review…or at least nothing to make me want to set aside an afternoon to play mixtress.

Bottom line is, I’m not sure what the chemistry is behind the wonders of Coconut, but from personal experience I know it agrees with my hair, and it’s nourishing properties can’t be beat. 

coco-oil1I purchased an organic version from Whole Foods a while back, had it sitting in my bathroom for a bit before finally deciding to experiment.  First I tried smoothing it on at night before tying my hair up, but found that in the morning my hair soaked it up, though had very little shine.  I knew my hair was nourished but I doubted I could use it as a nightly styling product.  It wasn’t until last week after twisting my hair after post-wash did I apply it to my scalp and also to seal my ends.

BINGO! I think I had what Oprah often refers to as a light bulb moment! In the past I’d use pure castor oil to nourish my scalp and seal the ends,  but always ended up with results that weren’t stellar.  My scalp did not adhere to the castor oil at all…oddly enough my scalp felt drier.  But last week after first applying the coconut oil to my scalp and ends, I felt an immediate difference.

It acted as a perfect sealant for my ends but doubled as a fantastic moisturizer as well! Applying it to my scalp was also a breeze because I did let the oil harden before distributing.  I mean it worked so well I’ve been reapplying to my scalp on a regular nightly basis.  What I’ve found is that while my scalp is nourished, the roots of my hair are extremely soft and pliable! I mean I have zero tangle issues…my fingers just glide from root to tip! And in this weather (it’s a bone chilling 12 degrees in NYC!), that’s saying a heck of a lot!

 

Hair facts:

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shinny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged air. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

In a clincial study, Coconut oil has been proven to reduce the protein loss in hair when used in a pre-poo, post-wash routine.  The study also goes on to say,  “Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.”

 

I’m still determined though to figure out the best way to utilize coconut into my hair regime, not the oil per say, but perhaps other concentrated forms.  My next foray will be with the coconut milk.  I’m a bit hesitant to mix it in with any of the conditioners that I already have because I honestly trust the formulations in the conditioners that I’m currently using.  I kinda don’t want to fudge up the flow of what it’s set out to do by adding something else.

 

While surfing youtube, I did find a recipe using a Coconut creme concentrate that looks easy and sounds like something I could dabble in.

The recipe calls for:

  • 1-2 TBL Coconut Oil (Virgin of course)
  • 1-2 TBL Coconut Creme Concentrate
  • 8-12 ounces of Plain fat free yogurt

The idea behind this recipe is to ‘relax’ the curl while moisturizing.  The Youtuber who demo’ed this mix called it a ‘natural relaxer,’ which got a lot of commenters in a mini-upheaval.  The word relaxer does emote negative thoughts, but the fact that the three main ingredients are in fact natural products…I don’t know, personally it sounds like a hefty duty DC.

coco-cream

 

Personally, I’ve never heard of coconut cream concentrate before, but don’t doubt it packs a punch in the moisture department.  I plan to order online because I refuse to hunt this thing down through the freezing streets of NYC! I’ll be ordering from this site, and will perhaps pick up their coconut oil if the price is right.

 

Some info on Coconut Creme Concentrate:

Commercial coconut milks and creams are generally sold in cans, or sometimes boxes and tetra packs. The main ingredient in these products is water. If the fat content is 17%, it is called “coconut milk.” If the fat content is 24%, it is called “coconut cream.” But most of what you are purchasing is water. Coconut Cream Concentrate, on the other hand, has NO water, and is pure coconut. Unlike the commercial varieties, it also contains ALL the fiber of the coconut. Pure, dried coconut contains more fiber per gram than even oat bran! This fiber has been stripped out of commercial coconut milks and coconut creams. Also, almost all commercial coconut milks and creams have additives to prevent the water from separating from the coconut oil, and also have sulfites added to keep it white longer. Sometimes these additives are so small, that the FDA does not require them to list them on their labels as ingredients. Coconut Cream Concentrate, however, contains NO additives and NO preservatives at all: it is 100% natural coconut made from certified organic Philippine coconuts grown without pesticides or fertilizers.

 

It all sounds good, but most importantly I hope it’s worth the time and energy!  I’ve already found an awesome DC in my Curl Rehab, so I hope to try this as a bi-weekly conditioner, or if this puppy turns out to be uber concentrated I’ll switch to every other month.

February 3, 2009

Curl Rehab Review

junkieHere’s the deal.  I am officially on second day hair as of this morning.  I washed, DC’d and styled my quasi- bouffant this past Sunday and have to say….my second day hair looks FABULOUS compared to yesterday! Honestly, I figured yesterday was going to be sort of like the pinnacle of the do…but after untwisting my hair this morning I shuffled my feet in excitement yet again!! Bounce. Shine. MOISTURE!! All three were present and accounted for and I love em for it!

But often times when I think back on all the good hair days that I’ve had in the past, I get this nagging feeling or desire to want to pinpoint exactly what it was I’d done differently, whether it was detangling differently, conditioning differently etc.

I tried a couple of new things Sunday, the first being my first go at an ACV rinse. That rocked out for sure! My scalp for the most part felt thoroughly cleansed and fresh.  Second, I applied Curl Rehab, a new DC treatment from the Curl Junkie line. Now, this was a treat to apply because, man the smell of this puppy is delicious. Third, I styled with Donna Marie’s Twist Pudding, a light styling product that acts like a gel but produces results like a creme…an automatic added bonus!!

But what every curly head knows is that the jumpstart to anything good hair related begins with good conditioner, and DC’ing with the Curl Rehab for two hours after my bentonite disaster last week was  certainly my jump start point… and perhaps even the way I’d sectioned the hair before applying.

I applied the Curl Rehab into smaller sections this time around to cut back on my styling regime, and my guess is the DC worked it’s magic! The consistency is light, and your hair will absorb this stuff almost instantly which makes detangling a breeze because of the slip. The smell is heaven, a true girl friendly mix of gardenia and coconuts…but a little goes a long way so apply sparangly!

Ingredients:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupua Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia oil, Cananga Odorata oil, Lecithin, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

After I rinsed the DC out of my hair, there was a noticeable difference in my curls, particularly the front crown of my head where my curls fall into looser waves.  When coaxed properly they behave into well defined ringlets, something I haven’t seen since my heat damage fiasco last summer…but my ringlets made a surprise appearance after I rinsed with the Curl Rehab!

It’s hard for me to say that my hair was simply just soft, which it was…but besides that it felt healthy, something  I’d been longing my hair to feel since I trimmed my heat damaged ends off last year.  Honestly it was personal vindication! My hair was finally willing to work with me, all I had to do was apply the right products/routine… and the Curl Rehab along with the ACV was my kickoff to that.

I’ve definitely found my DC treatment, so the search was short and sweet! I’ve cataloged Curl Rehab into my arsenal of products and plan to use sparingly when my hair needs extra TLC.  I’ll post a review for the Lock & Twist Pudding laterz;-)

January 30, 2009

Sleek & Shine Gel

So this week, because my hair and scalp have been at odds with the weather, I’ve had to reach for my go-to products and accessories to alleviate my frustration. 

sleekshine

Back when I was transitioning I felt my options in styles were extremely limited (they really weren’t I was just clueless:-( ), so I continually pulled my hair back in a puff bun or wore it in a TWA with a variety of headbands I’d hoarded once I did my BC.  But before I’d BC’d I hardly EVER used gel on my hair for fear of cutting back on the longevity of my relaxer (this was a sordid myth in my household), always using cremes and elixirs to slick back.  But when it was time to find products that suited my newly textured hair, I think I got extremely lucky when I found a curl activator gel that was suitable for dry, coarse hair AND most importantly did not flake, or when dried remained hard.  Sleek & Shine  adds the right amount of glycerin and aloe to this gel to make your strands soft, but at the same time this thing slicks back, and stays back! 

My only problem with this gel is that it was always a tad difficult to find! After I moved from my old neighborhood several years ago I could not locate it at any of the supply stores, and settled on IC Fantasia gel, a staple gel many naturals swear by.  I liked IC Fantasia gel…after trying their olive oil formula and the color treated formula, I understood the hype…but the only thing missing was what my old faithful gel often did and that was leave a punch of added softness and absolutely no dryness!

Luckily last year I found a supply store here in BK that’s the meca of all things hair related that also stocked my old staple.  Needless to say I stocked up and have been using it ever since, and will continue to decline other gels as styling staples…it works that well!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Oleth-20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Benzophenone-4, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Ext. Violet 2.

bandsThis morning, as well as for the past two days, I’ve simply slicked back my curls into a 4-6 day old curly fro with my new favorite headbands from Goody, their wonderful Stay Put bands,  and walked out the door!

January 21, 2009

Hair Update

Yeah, so I couldn’t wait. Last night I was bored and sick from what appears to be the beginnings of the flu, and decided to dabble in my new Aveda purchase. I’d been wearing my hair in twists since this past weekend, and was sleeping on them for the majority of Tuesday..a.k.a OBAMA DAY;-)…my twists by the evening were a bit dry to the touch and matted.
So before going to bed, I decided to rehydrate with Aveda’s Humectant Pomade. I undid each twist, applied the pomade in small amounts (a little goes a long way) to different sections, then re-twisted into larger sections. I then pin-curled the twists for the next morning.
Waking up this morning I was tired, but still excited to see if the results where what I remembered…and they were!!
My hair was shiny, to the point where it looked as if I’d just deep conditioned! It looked healthy, bouncy and fresh!  The smell of course is an added bonus..and I guess the best way to describe it is, earthy.  

Getting to work, removing my hat I was pleasantly surprised because my curls perked right up…no hat hair! I simply fluffed and continued to check my e-mail.

So the pomade is a DEFINITE keeper, at least for the winter months.  My goal going forward is to use it specifically to rehydrate when my hair looks visibly dry, other times I plan on using another one of my favorite new finds, the Jane Carter lock and twist creme.  

This weekend I plan on changing my game plan a bit since my Jamaican Mango & Lime gel finished last week. Something I was disappointed about because I’d used it only twice to twist and the jar was already finir! On the other hand it did work fantastically well, leaving me with well defined ringlets post-twists. I will definitely repurchase, but recently I also received my new Curl Junkie product!!! I’ve been waiting to try the Coffee Coco Curl Creme for a while and will finally do so by the end of week.  I’m trying to veer off my clutch of using a gel for every style I settle on, so hopefully this produces good results!

January 19, 2009

Brilliant Aveda

Lately I’ve taken to revisiting old staples that have often worked in the past, but for one reason or another just never followed up on.  The one product that tops that list is something I first begun using over eight years ago right after my first BC.  The stylist who’d chopped my hair used this to twist & coil my hair on two to three inch hair and the end result…simply AMAZING! I mean, it was moisturized for DAYS! I had these cute little coils that I kept twirling and twirling around my fingers sitting in Biology class.  It was great because at the start of my natural journey I had already begun to use quality, trustworthy products on my hair.  It was smooth sailing for a while….for a good long while actually..lol! My hair grew to shoulder length before I stopped purchasing and the simple reason was that…I just couldn’t afford it.  

 

Aveda Humectant Pomade

Aveda Humectant Pomade

Aveda’s Humectant Pomade was my little secret once upon a time for brilliant shine, bouncy curls and one of the most long-lasting twistouts I’ve ever rocked!  But alas, once my hair grew past shoulder length, my college economy could not very well spend over $20 on a 2.6 ounce jar of pomade.  Back then I couldn’t find the justification, so I switched to curl enhancing gels mixed with beeswax.  This mix worked respectably well but could only do so much.  I often had to use more gel and wax to compensate for the thickness of my hair which was dangerous once dried…basically you run the risk of flakes and over-dryness due to over-applying.  With the Aveda pomade the tune was always different.  Generally I styled my hair with the pomade to do double stand twists, a great utility for this because the pomade had a natural ability to lengthen my hair, leaving me with elongated twists for several days, just one of the many added bonuses of this stuff! 

But lately, I dunno…this one’s been on my mind for some time, particularly  due to the dryness in the air lately.  I’ve been a quiet fan of Aveda for some time, and have used products not only from their hair care line, but from their skin care line as well.  Both experiences were thumbs up scenarios, but again….$$$$!!!

Even today, after  years of styling my hair with products that have cost as little as $2 to products that cost $58 (you know who you are!) I was still a tad reluctant to invest again in something that was so compatible with my hair.  So to shush my doubts and concerns, I decided to read up more on precisely WHY now’s the time to re-introduce my hair to this product.  According to a fantastic article on natuallycurly.com: 

 

We hear a lot about the humectants. But many of us may not know what they are and how they work….Humectants are used in skin and hair-care products to promote moisture retention. These hygroscopic compounds posses a chemical structure that attracts water from the atmosphere and binds it to various sites along the molecule.

These ingredients are used in many products, especially those designed for consumers with dry, damaged hair. While they can provide benefit in certain circumstances, it is important to understand how they work and under what circumstances they might provide less-than-optimal results. When considering whether to use humectants, the most important piece of the puzzle is how the weather can impact your hair and the performance of these molecules.

Hair exposed to very dry air without protection can lose its moisture, develop an unpleasant texture and can become unruly, flyaway, and frizzy. It also can become more prone to breakage and split ends. Conversely, unprotected exposure to excessive moisture and humidity can swell the hair cortex, causing the cuticle scales on the exterior of the hair shaft to become ruffled and giving hair a coarse, unpleasant texture. Clearly, neither scenario is desirable.

You can read the rest of the article here, but essentially I was sold on the basics. This product has what my hair needs at the moment, it’s worked in the past…and with time I’ve learned how to manipulate my hair enough times to note how much to apply! 

According the Aveda’s site you should:

 Apply to wet or dry hair prior to braiding or making a pony tail. This will keep stray hairs in place and maintain a smooth, controlled style.

I love it for twist outs and to generally retain moisture to my ends.  Heck, if you’ve got dry curls, thick & coarse hair, hair that lacks moisture on a day to day basis I highly recommend the humectant pomade!  I’ll be adding to my routine the end of week and will post results;-)

January 11, 2009

De Ja Vous Conditioner

 

Nu Yawk!

Nu Yawk!

It’s snowing today here in NYC, a beautiful thing if you’re home huddled under the covers and your fridge and cabinets are stocked with your favorite goodies…yum! So with zero reason to set food outside until the start of the work week Monday,  I decided to evoke a clearance raid on my host of conditioners, those that work, and weed out the ones that don’t, and boy, I really didn’t have far to stretch! 

 

For me it was again discouraging to find a product I’d purchased in the past, used it, then later on down the line realize it was my own lack of knowledge that led me to buy it in the first place.  

Over the summer I delved into this whole ‘everything that has coconut milk in it is the best darn thing out there!’ But…eh…live and learn I guess.

coconut Alba’s Coconut Milk Extra-Rich Hair Conditioner had promise but always failed to deliver when I used it on two or three occasions last summer, and the reason was discovered today.  While the enriching properties are no doubt coconut milk, a bit of aloe and tropical oils, the seventh ingredient from the top is Dimethicone, one of the cones I’ve traced back to many products that left my hair dry and stringy after three-day old hair.  The smell of this is…my god it’s as if you stepped onto the island of Barbados! And, shame…I’m sure that was what sealed the deal for me.  Who doesn’t want their hair smelling like their fantasy getaway, especially during the summer!

So while the smell effectively wooed me, it’s a shame that we have to part ways because of it’s damaging gunk. No doubt it’s thick, rich, uses 100% vegetarian ingredients…but  it has virtually no slip or detangling properties…perhaps it works best on 1a-3a hair…? Dunno.  Basically what it claims to do it didn’t for my hair, which is moisturize the crap out of my 3c-4a hair! C’est la vie!

But alas, when you live and learn you get new conditioner! And I did three weeks ago when I found a Jojoba based conditioner I thought would be great as a co-wash.

jojoMillCreek Botanicals has a great line of conditioners with nourishing properties made to repair and strengthen hair! Most conditioners that do claim to repair, renew, and strengthen often times carry protein, and indeed most of their conditioners do, so protein sensitive curly-heads might sway away from this one or perhaps use it as a monthly deep condition.  

The second ingredient is Jojoba Oil, a HUGE plus in my column, and everything after that is sweetness including the organic aloe vera gel, vitamins & organic essential oils! The consistency is thick & rich, hardly any slip, BUT oddly enough I had no problem detangling with my wide-toothed comb! An added bonus was surprisingly the price…@ $6.99, a good thing for my budget, which also makes me eager to try the Aloe Vera Conditioner along with the Henna shampoo:-) 

January 10, 2009

Holy Shea Grail

Lately,shea_butter especially due to colder temperatures here in NYC I’ve taken to using the tried and true, old staple, Shea Butter!

The winter months typically leave my skin EXTREMELY dry and often times cracked from severe lack of moisture, so this year I decided to smarten up and invest in some shea.  This go-round I moisturized my skin with a mix I put together some months ago (will post mix proportions later).

Because Shea Butter acts as a natural barrier against harsh winds and colder temperatures, I especially take care to moisturize the ends of my hair, the edges around my scalp, and the crown of my hair (all areas for me that are prone to severe dryness during the winter).  Ironically though, I opt to use PURE shea, nothing added or mixed in when moisturizing my hair, mostly because shea does have a tendency to build up on the hair shaft.  PURE UNREFINED SHEA IS THE BOMB…lol!  Nothing added, nothing taken away.

I purchase my stash at this great wholesale store here in BK, NYC called Medina.  It’s an incredible resource for all things natural at more than affordable prices.  This year I even decided to make my parents their own mix of shea butter cremes with different scents (their collection of uncut oils is out of sight!).

The one thing that I certainly do want to try is making my own lip balm!! Maybe try mixing in different colors , scents and sparkles! I’m such a kid when it comes to mixing things but heck, if it’s saving me money I’m all for it!!

~SHEA BUTTER BENEFITS~

January 8, 2009

Qhemet Biologics Gel

On the journey to healthy hair, whether you’re a straight head or a curly head, you’re bound to come across advice and product recommendations from those relative to your own experience.  What I’ve found with naturally curly hair is that the information received can kind of equal to system overload….a lot of the time…lol! So to cut down on the things that I should try list, I long decided to really just kind of adhere to products that I’ve heard mentioned more than a handful of times, either by word of mouth or through the hairforum boards that are out there.

So before the new year was over my roomate and I decided to take a walk to a sort of infamous whole foods store in our neighborhood named Back to the Land.  It’s a nifty little place that’s on a much smaller scale than the global chain store, but nonetheless you can find credit, and talkworthy products here at reasonable prices.  Most if not all the products are natural and/or organic which means nothing but good vibes and hopefully good hair.

My goal was to initially to pick up the Qhemet Biologics  Amla heavy creme in order to moisturize and lock my twists.  But because of the holiday they were officially out of stock:-(

But plan B…yeah! I instead picked up another product on my list, the Honeybush Tea Soft Hold Gel! My review on this should be simple because…well gels are gels right?  They slick back, mold up, and keep into place all those stray hair pieces that annoy.  But while the consistency of this does add up to a gel, the lightness of it sort of puts it into a whole other category….a good thing in my opinion!

It’s a SOFT GEL.  Which means soft hold…yah…it’s winter here in NYC so that’s why I feel the need to emphasize this to myself.  My hair in it’s thickness and density definitely needs more weight in the winter than this gel could offer which is why I’m placing it in the stash for summer products.  The gel defines my curls and moisturizes better than most out there, but I could not in the future use it for twists.  Once I began twisting, there was hardly any hold left to secure the ends, something that I consciously look for if in fact I look forward to a twist out the next week.

I also wish I’d discovered this gel when my hair was freshly BC’d…essentially this would be a killer product for a simple wash and go! It’s light, the fragrance is not too strong and particulary in the summer, a little would go a long way because of the amount of moisture it packs into it.

2nd luv...

2nd luv...

Next up, I’m still quite eager to try the Amla heavy creme! Their website is currently down for inventory but I’ll try my luck at one of their distributors in the coming days and post a review then:-)

 amla & olive heavy creme

January 8, 2009

Jane’s Solution

HEAVEN!

HEAVEN!

!!!! I begin with an exclamation to display my heightened excitement!! Basically I’ve found a goodie product!! Something that I was on the fence about for many months, but then caved and decided to purchase because….well, that’s what I do. Now, I’ve tried this line of products before, so I had an inkling as to what I might be in store for…but hey! I was still pleasantly surprised.
To prelude I have to say that I experimented with this one for a bit before figuring out how to best work it into my everyday routine, and I do believe that after only two attempts,  I actually was QUITE successful;-)

Jane Carter’s Twist & Lock (creme) is my new staple…at least for now during these harsh winter months when my hair craves just the mere scent of moisture.

Basically this is a lock cream with an intense amount of moisture…meaning a little goes a looooong way. The first two ingredients are purified water and shea butter! Two beautiful ingredients my hair luvs to the bone. It’s got a whole host of other butters including mango, kokum butters… and listed not too far down are some great oils like Jojoba, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosemary, ylang ylang and more!!

So two weeks ago when I first purchased, I’d bought it home excited to try just a plain ol twist out along with a light hold gel I’d found at a whole food store. After finishing the twists I soon realized that the twist & lock doesn’t really serve the purpose of securing the lock (edit: depending on type of curl I’d say), what it does is moisturize the lock. Essentially there’s nothing in the list of ingredients that warrents a good solid hold for a twist.

But, I also realized that I’d used the product on WET hair! Hair is most thirsty, at least in my case, when it’s in it’s dry state. And this was how I came to nourish my hair with the creme at night while loosely sectioning and twisting my hair into two strands. In it’s naturally dry state my hair soaks this stuff up and holds it in for a good duration! I LUV!

Yet another reason why I’m so giddy about utilizing this as a new staple in my routine is that I’m happily saying au revoir to my old staple, the Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme. The switch off for me will be painless because the Twist and Lock is less than half the price of Miss Jessie’s line of buttercreme’s AND…most important…no mineral oils or other harmful ingredients that went along with their reformulation. SHAME! (on them not me;-)

HEAVEN!

HEAVEN!