Your Twist Out Sucks, Here's Why

It's been almost seven years and I think I've got this twist out down.

Okay, so your twist out doesn't suck. I would never say or think that. You're amazing and beautiful and wonderful. But maybe your twist out just isn't giving you life or acting right. I went through the same issue until I started experimenting and came up with this fail proof, step by step, twist out system. If you're struggling like I was, I hope this helps!

 This is the easiest sep by step guide for success!

This is the easiest sep by step guide for success!

First things first, It's not about the products. I'll tell you what I used but it's not the main factor in twist out success. This is all about the technique. The #flickadawrist if you will.

Products Used

G Naturals Mango Mend Leave In | Soultanicals Can't Believe It's Not Butta | WonderCurl Get Slick Hair Smoothie

1. I start on Freshly washed and moisturized hair. My hair holds a curl better and looks much nicer when it's clean.

2. I like my twist outs with definition AND volume. If you want more definition, twist your hair while wet. If your prefer volume, style on dry hair. I try to style my hair that's about 85% dry and fairly stretched. This prevents tangles and gives me the shape that I love. I get the big hair look without sacrificing the curls I love.

3. Now I prefer flat twists over regular, two strand twists because I love the curl that they give. That being said, there's an art to flat twisting your hair. Parts and sections should be neat but not perfect. I try not to take from other sections while I'm twisting and twist smaller sections for tighter curls.

4. When you take down your twists, there is no need to add extra product or oil. It doesn't reduce frizz, it's just more product. I simply make sure my twists are dry, take them down gently and fluff! Easy peasy!

Hopefully this helps you all on your journey to the perfect twist out!

 

 

Battle of the (Shampoo) Bars

I feel like we're at the point where we know each other so hopefully you all know that I don't push products that I don't believe in. It's really as simple as that. If it isn't something that's going to benefit my lovely readers then its not the move. Simple as that. And if you have been following me for long enough, you've seen me post about My Fluffy Puffs products before. When I tell y'all I stan for this brand, I mean I STAN for it. It's black owned and operated, woman owned and operated, they move with integrity, and the customer service/shipping is on fleek. Not to mention that the products are bomb (btw this isn't paid or sponsored, I just really love their products). The hair care brand recently dropped a new Shampoo/Body bar which was supposed to be a limited run but it has been hinted that the Lavish Bar would make a comeback. That being said, I though It would only be appropriate to do a review comparing the new Lavish Bar to my old faithful Rhassoul Bar by My Fluffy Puffs. I'll go through point by point and hClopefully you can decide which one you would like to try.

Cleansing

Hands down the lavish bar cleaned my scalp and hair more than the Rhassoul Clay Bar. As a matter of fact there was no need to do a second was with the lavish bar as the first time did the trick. The lavish bar created suds immediately while the rhassoul clay bar didn't get "soapy" until the second shampoo. This is probably due to the activated charcoal in the lavish bar which helps detoxify.

Moisturizing

On the other end, the Rhassoul Clay bar maintained my hair's moisture and didn't strip my stands which was nice. I don't do a deep clean on my hair every time I wash so this gentle cleanse is appreciated. When using the Rhassoul Clay bar, I can have a lazier wash day because I don't have to incorporate as much deep conditioning.

Curl Poppage

Understanding that poppage isn't a real word but I feel like we see each other here. Which one of these shampoos gave my curls the more bounce and definition? The Lavish Bar. I think because it was so cleansing, my hair was free from product build up which can weigh down strands.

Overall Thoughts

The Rhassoul bar is still bae and I feel like it's something that I can keep in rotation for my weekly washes. My hair always feels soft, clean, and moisturized after using it. I would keep the lavish bar the once a month detoxifying wash that I do which helps my scalp and hair stay fresh and clean.

Which bar are you interested in trying out?

 

 

How To Be Basic

Because slaying all day is getting difficult.

 Let me count the ways in which I do not slay on a regular basis.

Let me count the ways in which I do not slay on a regular basis.

 I could get caught up in trying to live the perfect IG life OR I could actually live.

I could get caught up in trying to live the perfect IG life OR I could actually live.

 Oh, you know, just over her not doing the most.

Oh, you know, just over her not doing the most.

Hi, I'm basic. That's really all. I'm not snatched 24/7. My closet isn't a revolving door of Fashion Nova pieces and other fast fashion boutiques (although they DO have some cute clothes). I wear makeup maybe once a week and more often than not my eyebrows look like distant cousins. I don't wear waist trainers because I like to breathe and most importantly EAT comfortably. Sometimes I wear the same shirt three times in a week because washing machines exist. I don't "slay all day". I slay about two percent of the time. I'm pretty okay with that.

Dress | Shirt | Shoes

Foundation for a Bomb AF Wash and Go

"They" don't want type 4 hair to do a wash and go so we gonna do a wash and go.

 The wash and go out in full effect

The wash and go out in full effect

Once upon a time not long ago I was afraid of wash and gos. I was afraid of the shrinkage, the detangling time, the inevitable weird looks I would get because Tracee Ellis Ross I am not.

Fast forward to summer 2017 and I'm pretty sure this the only thing I want to do with my curls until September. Seriously it's so EASY. That being said, healthy hair is the foundstion for a successful wash and go. What is healthy hair?

 Believe it or not type 4 Hair can do a wash and go!

Believe it or not type 4 Hair can do a wash and go!

Healthy Hair is Moisturized

Have you ever neglected your hair and stopped moisturizing? It's okay: It's happened to the best of us. The aftermath is horrendous. The breakage. The fallout. The dryness. It's terrible. Ever tried to do wash and go on dry hair. Double trouble. Dry hair will leave you more prone to tangles and your curls will not be on point.

Healthy Hair Has Healthy Ends

Trim Ya Ends! This is every natural girl's struggle: keep those dead ends and flaunt that length or cut it and be patient enough for the healthy hair to flourish. Just cut it.Almost every style will look bad with janky ends: wash and gos, twist outs, and perm rod sets will expose that a** and your dusty ends.

Healthy Hair is NOT Heat Damaged

If I was shady (I mean I am but even my petty knows SOME bounds) I would screenshot and post all of the heat damaged wash and gos that I see stuntin' on the gram, at the mall, and on YouTube. I'm not the natural hair police so do what you do BUT I often wonder if these people knew how bomb their style would be after a good heat rehab. I have endured heat damage before and when I attempted a wash and go I had the most crispity, crunchity, dead to the bed, and limp and lifeless curls. Moral of the story: transition out of that damage with some cute rod sets and THEN try your hand at a wash and go.

Honestly my hair is the healthiest that it has been  since I returned natural and that is why my wash and go styles have been flourishing.

So You Have A Bald Spot, Now What?

You may not be your hair, but it's pretty damn important.

A few days ago I was doing my normal detangling routine in front of the mirror when (cue the horror music) I discovered a small, but noticeable to me, bald spot. I had a quick moment of OMFG, what do I do, CLEARLY I'm dying, and then I took a few deep breaths and followed these steps.

 What do you do when you find a baldspot in your otherwise healthy head of hair?

What do you do when you find a baldspot in your otherwise healthy head of hair?

Don't Freak Out | I know, I know, I freaked out a little teeny tiny bit. But then I stopped. Honestly, there's no reason to have a full meltdown until you know exactly what the issue is.

Get To the Doctor | We (I'm looking at you skin fo) often ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us when symptoms such as hair loss occur. Quite often this is an outward expression of minor problems such as a vitamin deficiency; however, there is a chance that there is a more serious underlying issue. Going to your primary care physician and getting your bloodwork done can rule all of that out.  

 The vanity planet shampoo brush and Remi Restorative treatment are helping me get back on track.

The vanity planet shampoo brush and Remi Restorative treatment are helping me get back on track.

Care for Your Scalp | Now that you Know what's wrong, you can start taking care of your scalp. I was sent the life changing (no exaggeration here, it's actually life changing) Groove Scalp Massager by Vanity Planet and I have been using it on wash day and in between wash days. Not only does it feel great, it also encourages blood flow to the scalp which helps hair growth. I have already seen hair starting to grow back in a short period of time.

Use Healthy Hair Products | In addition to using the scalp massager, I am also using Vanity Planet's Moisturizing and Restorative Hair Treatment. It's great for my scalp and hair because it is nothing but healthy oils for my dry and frizzy natural hair. I massage this product in with my Scalp Massager and let it sit for about 15 minutes before continuing with my normal routine. The oils help nourish my scalp and protect my hair from the harshness of shampoos.

I'm confident that in the next few months that my little bald spot will be flourishing again.

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*Products were sent to me for free, but all opinions are my own.*

Diva by Cindy Stimulating Hair Growth System Review

For brown girls who just want their hair to grow...

  Diva by Cindy products are alcohol free.

Diva by Cindy products are alcohol free.

  Diva by Cindy Stimulating Shampoo is definitely my favorite product from the line.

Diva by Cindy Stimulating Shampoo is definitely my favorite product from the line.

  The Diva by Cindy Super Pro Hairdress claims to help grow hair.

The Diva by Cindy Super Pro Hairdress claims to help grow hair.

Let's talk about products!

Diva by Cindy was created by former registered nurse, Cindy with the aim of helping those dealing with hair loss. With an alcohol free formula, these products have "good for your hair" ingredients such as panthenol, rosemary, aloe, and peppermint. The goal of this line is to leave the hair silky, shiny, and healthy.

Stimulating Shampoo

I always seem to find a favorite in every product line I try and for Diva by Cindy it's definitely their stimulating shampoo.I was a little scared to try this one because it had a few ingredients that I usually don't use. That being said, I actually love the shampoo. The smell was very minty and when I put it on my scalp, it FELT minty. Most shampoos containing sulfates would dry your hair out and make it dry and difficult to detangle. When I went to detangle my hair the comb ran right through! I was so surprised and excited. My hair also didn't even feel dry. This one is definitely a keeper.

Stimulating Conditioner

The Stimulating Conditioner has the same month smell and feel as the shampoo. While I like the texture of this product, I did feel that it was lacking the slip that I needed to properly and thoroughly detangle my hair. That being said, this is great conditioner to use if you are planning on straightening your hair. It is very light and because it doesn't contain ingredients such as shea butter and heavy oils it doesn't leave your hair weighed down and heavy. 

Leave In Detangling Conditioner

This one was tricky for me: I don't love leave in conditioners that come in spray bottles. Why? Because I have a ton of hair and I feel like it doesn't get to all of my hair. Again, this product is best for use before heat styling. The Panthenol (which is a derivative of the B5 vitamin) is great for your hair as it supports the production of protein rich tissues. After using it in failed rollerset attempt, I saw no heat damage which i credit to the use of this product. 

Super Gro Hair Dress

Unfortunately, I don't have any definitive thoughts on this product. I've only used the Diva by Cindy line a handful of times over the course of less than a month. Because of that, I can't really say that this has helped my hair grow. Also, I have never suffered from significant hair loss so I don't have any way to test the product out and provide quantitative results. BUT, it smells really good!

My Fluffy Puffs Natural Hair Product Review

Ya know, just business as usual over here...

I'm not going to lie, this feels weird... BUT here we go..........

I have to recommend that you guys try these products. They are definitely dope. Support #blackgirlmagic

A few weeks go I posted a picture on Instagram (join the fam and stuff) and the owner of the hair care company My Fluffy Puffs contacted me and asked If I was interested in trying her products and after an online investigation and seeing how cool these product looked I had to say yes. These aren't my normal shampoos and leave ins that I get at Target: I have actually never tried a  real shampoo bar OR a product with Biotin in it so I was pretty excited.

I started off with the Rhassoul Clay Shampoo and Body Bar and I have to admit that using it was a strange experience for me. I'm used to liquid shampoo in a bottle and while I have used Bentonite Clay before I've never experienced Rhassoul Clay (Although I have heard amazing things). I started by sectioning my hair off and realized that was a mistake. I feel as though the purpose of a shampoo bar is to cleanse the scalp deeply.  The first round of cleansing I saw a lot of dirt coming out of my hair/scalp however because my hair was dirty from sweat and product there wasn't a ton of sudsing going on. But that second wash though? Suds galore AND the curls were popping.  The shampoo bar left my hair feeling squeaky clean but oddly enough not stripped. There was no matting, tangling, or brittleness.

The Bottom Line | GET IT! It's the bomb.

To moisturize my situation I picked up the Tropical Mango and Monoi Whip. The smell of this is amazing and left my hair easy to style. Any girl with thick, coarse, type 4 hair, knows that's no small feat. I think that this hair product will great for me when it gets ridiculously cold and dry outside. That being said, I'm going to store it for about a month or so. This isn't so much a reflection of the product so much as it is me knowing my hair. Shea butter and other heavier oils don't like me unless it's super cold and my hair is in a protective style.

The Bottom Line | I know this is about to be my boo in about a month so I know I'll update you then.

Lastly, I used the product I was most curious about, the Twist Frosting with Biotin. I've never actually tried a product with Biotin in it and while I could not find any research that says Biotin applied topically will help your hair, I'm sure it couldn't hurt. Full confession, I didn't read the directions before I used this for the first time so I did a twist out on completely dry hair and apparently you're supposed to use the Twist Frosting on damp hair. Take two, I applied the twist frosting on about 75% dry hair so there was a little dampness after I used my normal leave in conditioner. Initially I was nervous as there appeared to be some white flakes popping up meaning that my products didn't play well together. To my surprise the flakes dissipated and I was left with juicy twists and an even more bomb twist out (again, join the instafam). 

The Bottom Line | Yasssssss. Do it.

I hope you guys check out My Fluffy Puffs! If you do tell me what you think,

5 Natural Hair Mistakes NOT to Make This Winter

Winter is coming...

it's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year: everyone is wrapping up in large knit scarves, wearing Ugg boots and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes even though it's still a smooth 75 degrees outside. Everyone, that is, but me. Why, might you ask? Because the fall and winter months wreak havoc on my hair.

After five full years of having natural hair, I think I've mastered surviving winter . And because i'm feeling generous (and because it's actually the reason I started blogging), I figured I'd share what I've learned with you.

 Wigs are great protective styles for the winter months.

Wigs are great protective styles for the winter months.

5 Natural Hair Mistakes Not To Make This Winter

1. Using too much heat... Winter may as well be called silk press and roller set season for those of us who wear our natural hair. After all, the cold months are the most ideal time to straighten your hair: there is little to no moisture in the air, everyone wants to look fancy for holiday/ family events, and we all want to see the length and process we made. That's all well and good but don't get overzealous! We all know that using too much direct heat can cause heat damage, breakage, and dryness which would be no good once you want to wear your hair curly again.

2. Neglecting hair while in protective styles... Just don't, okay? Yes I know you're wearing a wig... you still need to wash your hair. But my box braids look so clean and dirty hair grows faster... no it doesn't. Oh and by the way...

3. Deep Condition For Your Life.... for real. DC ing is not optional. I don't care if you're protective styling or wearing it out you have to deep condition regularly. I switch from bi weekly during the summer to weekly during the winter just to make sure I have enough moisture in my hair to outlast the harsh temperatures.

4.  Going out with wet hair... your mother told you that it would make you sick and while that's not completely true it can damage your hair. Imagine walking around with wet hair in below freezing temps. What do you think will happen? There's a possibility that your hair could freeze and break and that's not cute.

5. Don't "Overprotect" your hair.... if you're like me then you would probably keep your hair in protective styles all winter long. But back to back to back high manipulation protective styling can put a ton of stress on your hair and edges. I try to give my hair a break of at least seven days between styles so that it can recover from what was possibly a long period of stress.

Let me know what your tips are for maintaining healthy hair during the winter are!

Curls Unleashed Shea Butter and Honey Curl Defining Creme

The natural hair snob is humbled by a product she never thought she'd try...

I'm a snob. Well Only when it comes to my hair. I'm definitely the girl that can stand in the beauty aisle for an hour reading every single product's ingredient label, checking my phone for reviews, smell testing, texture testing, etc. It's a bit of the problem.

After a six month long no buy during which I vowed to use up my embarrassingly large product stash I looked in my bathroom cabinet to discover I had no styling products. THE HORROR! I need a fix and fast so I decided to go to Wal-Mart. Again, THE HORROR (I'm a Target girl). With low expectations I went to the "ethnic beauty" section (more on that later) and started my usual routine. I read, and tested, and analyzed, and finally decided that for the price of just under ten dollars, the Curls Unleashed Shea Butter and Honey Curl Defining Creme would do.

Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting much but this product really blew me away. My initial choice was based on those first five ingredients that I'm always obsessing about (the first five being the ingredients used in the largest quantities in the product and thus the most effective.); water, coconut oil, shea butter, and soybean oil were all right there. Color me impressed. But still, I was cautious. I mean this was a five dollar product.

Using this creme left my hair soft, fluffy and moisturized. The fro was definitely on point. After using it to install some mini twists I had seriously juicy and well moisturized twists. At this point I was sold. The Curls Unleashed Shea Butter & Honey Curl Defining Creme (that's a mouthful) will definitely have a permanent home in my stash. I honestly feel like I've hit the proverbial jackpot in this affordable product especially for the price point.

Have you tried the ORS Curls Unleashed Shea Butter & Honey Curl Defining Creme? What are your thoughts?

Holy Grail Status | Especially Hair Moisture Foundation Masque

If there's one thing I love, it's a GOOD deep conditioner.

I could talk about deep conditioners all damn day. Literally. My favorite deep conditioners, DIY Deep Conditioners, the worst deep conditioners... All damn day. I'm like the Bubba Gump of deep conditioners. That being said I have found a product that I am absolutely in LOVE with. 

  This stuff has changed my life. Okay, maybe not my life. Maybe just my hair.

This stuff has changed my life. Okay, maybe not my life. Maybe just my hair.

A representative from Especially Hair reached out to me and after checking out the website I was halfway sold on the product (I'm a sucker for a good web design, product marketing, and good packaging). First of all, let's talk about how this is black owned company. That alone gives me life. The product line was inspired by a young woman's need for hair care products to use after swimming. You all know the struggle of post- swim hair and preventing dryness and chlorine damage can be difficult.

While I haven't been doing much swimming this year I have been trying to combat dryness with every wash day. When I finally tried the Especially Hair Moisture Foundation Deep Conditioner I was in desperate need of an intensive conditioning treatment. Looking at the ingredients of this product automatically made me happy: the first five ingredients encourage the highest level of moisture and health for your dry or damaged hair. Glycerin and water are holy grail moisturizers and glycerin encourages ongoing moisture. The jojoba oil encourages a healthy scalp and hair growth as it mimics the sebum that our bodies naturally produce  and the avocado oil leaves your hair extra soft and touchable. Lastly we have the natural hair superstar: apple cider vinegar which revived my curls almost immediately and left them soft and bouncy. Are you in love yet?

The texture of this product is a little different from what you would expect in a deep conditioner: It's not super creamy or heavy. In fact quite the opposite, the Moisture Foundation Masque is light and and slippery. This makes detangling an absolute breeze and the product doesn't sit on top of your hair and weigh it down after it's been rinsed out. After using the Moisture Foundation I didn't need to use a regular conditioner and my hair was soft and light. I especially loved that this didn't leave and product residue and my hair still felt CLEAN after using it.

My only con I have about this product is the price. At thirty two dollars it is quite expensive when compared to other deep treatments. That being said, I plan on buying this product and the Enhance Daily Conditioner by Especially Hair very soon.