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Product Review: Tangle Teaser (the REAL thing)

TangleTeaser

Happy Summer All! Yes its been a while since I”ve posted (such a long story), but I did want to at least show the masses my natural kinks and coils at its current length and most natural state.

Also, for those who are true SC followers, I mostly used (and reviewed) the Denman Brush for detangling and hair definition…well dears I have stepped out of my almost 6 year comfort zone.  Lol. I purchased the ever so popular tangle teaser ($10 at Sally’s Beauty Supply) and went to town with it.  In the past I’ve used generic/knock off brushes that basically did the same thing…or so I thought. Lol   Since all I knew was the knock off version and the brush, how could I really speak on this hair crazed product, that naturals STILL rave about years later, without actually using it…

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side view, just finished co-washing

When I tell ya’ll that this tool helped me get my entire hair life back….I mean my ENTIRE hair life!  I will never use another detangling tool for cleansing or deep treatment as long as I am wearing my natural hair.  With my Type 4B/C hair (and a little 3c in the lower back), I only had to make maybe 2 passes with each section.  Ya’ll it was like literally combing my hair back in the day (when relaxed).  

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back of the head…well as best as I could…shot. Notice curl definition while wet. (ignore all the randoms in my room lol)

Another great point to make is that this comb is also very easy to clean. Just pass it under the water and remove all random strands with your fingers.  This comb also dryers pretty quickly after use. I suggest after removing the hair and thoroughly rinsing, lay bristle down on a paper towel or soft towel to drip/air dry all excess water. 

If there is any product that speaks true to its claim, and that can be used on ALL TYPES of hair, its this comb!  I’ve been using this tool since May and I don’t see myself giving it up anytime soon. Below is a pic of me wearing a wash and go style:

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SC vets know I usually do some sort of stretched technique before wearing my fro…well not anymore 🙂

No stretching and no over application of a defriz/defining product.  I thank my co washing/leave in products (stay tuned for a product review) and the tangle teaser for that.  All that was needed was a little natural make up, a stylish hair flower and I was ready for work! The orAKAle has spoken….

 
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Summer Hair Style

As you all know I love to flip the script in the summer months.  This summer I am using a TOTALLY different technique to rock a style I’ve been moving towards since deciding to be natural. Clearly getting to my natural hair length goal will not happen over night. But that is why I feel God allowed man to invent wigs. lol…so in the meantime……
 

 
 
 
Meet “Drew” from Beshe’s line of synthetic lace front wigs.  This particular wig was purchased from Elevate Styles, an online hair care store.  I have to give a shout out to my stylist Ms @StunningIsShe for sending me the link to this gorgeous wig.  So how did I get this look….
 
 
 
 
First I had my hair shampoo’d, conditioned (well with that tingly stuff….head is about to be wrapped up for a minute..lol), blown out and then braided up.  This is how I will wear MY natural hair for at least 3 weeks.  Next I put on the wig cap to continue with protecting the hair while wearing the wig and tada……I’m done!
 
“Drew” is very soft and comes already full of body.  It was very easy to put on AND the package does include tape if needed. I will say that you have to watch as you style (or play in it like I’ve been doing) for since it IS synthetic, it can frizz easily. Besides that, I have no complaints of this company’s wigs and “Drew” specifically.  This will not be my last purchase from them 🙂
 

loving this pic!

 
I must say that I am loving this wig. My plan is to have my natural hair cleansed thoroughly, conditioned then blown out and re braided every 3 weeks.  I am not sure how long I will wear “Drew”, but I do know that until I stop loving this look on me….she aint going anywhere!  So what do you all think family…..the orAKAle has spoken….

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Product Review: Carol’s Daughter “Healthy Hair Butter”

Shout out to ms KeysKorner for giving me some off this product. I’ve been meaning to order, but never got around to it; but low and behold my girl had a 4 oz tub of CD’s Healthy Hair Butter this in her PJ closet!  Lol.  My review is below…

Ingredients list: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbic Acid, Xantham Gum, Potassium Sorbate

yes I'm in the bathroom....#dontjudgeme

This conditioning hair dress is made for all hair types.  It is rich in all the good stuff and is creamy (not greasy).  The site references that it helps to minimize breakage, controls frizz and will load your hair with all the necessary nutrients needed to be healthy.  As always, we love the fact that this heavenly hair cream is free of mineral oils and an artificial anything!  This product can be used for protective styling, wash n go’s and also a light sealer for you coils.

Silky Coils Thoughts….

Overall I like the product…especially for it has my fav Shea Butter.  While it states on the site that its non greasy….I would slightly disagree. If used sparingly, depending on your hair type, you may see some residue on your sheets, hair accessories and hopefully not the clothing.  As you all may know, I have a heavy hand so the first time I used was entirely to much. Lol. BUT one thing I can say that if you use this product, you may not need a pomade, etc in the morning for styling….well at least ya girl didn’t 🙂

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loosely fluffed...in bad lighting

For my type 4 haired beauties, this is definitely  a hot pick for keeping your kinks and coils moisturized and sealed. For my type 3 haired lovelies, I think it will depend on the grade of your hair. I’ve had some who said that it was to thick and sat literally on top of the hair, and others who swear by it…but only YOU know your hair and what it likes. Either way, I think its definitely a good product to have in the stash.  I’m not sure if I would add this to my summer time product list, but to each its own!

The orAKAle has spoken…………………….

Related post: Determining Your Hair Type, For the Love of Shea, Summertime is Here!


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Product Review: Oyin Handmade Hair Products

This week I received and used my trial size of Oyin Homemade Products. While I’m aware that they have an array of products for all my naturals, I’ve chosen to review several of their popular products below:

Honey Hair Wash – a moisturizing mild hair wash with all the good stuff! Ingredients includes: saponified organic oils of coconut, olive, and jojoba, glycerine/vegetable gum extract, organic aloe vera gel, honey, jojoba oil, walnut oil, grapefruit seed and green tea extracts, rosemary extract, fragrance.

Honey Hemp Conditioner – a creamy rinse-out conditioner to make your hair feel soft and manageable after any cleansing. Ingredients includes: purified water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil), honey, virgin hemp oil, , coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolized silk, citrus essences, fragrance, optiphen (preservative)

Greg Juice – the GOOD stuff that will leave your hair smelling great, moisturized and provides slip for any detangling session. Ingredients includes: purified water infused with horsetail, lavender, nettle, roses, and chamomile; organic flaxseeds; aloe vera juice; vegetable glycerine; essences of lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang; grapefruit seed extract; citric acid. It is naturally preserved with grapefruit seed extract and citric acid.

Shine & Define Styling Serum – a non greasy cream that you can use to refresh your hair daily, along with giving you that shine all day. Ingredients include: purified water, organic flax seeds, organic aloe vera gel, sea vegetable complex, coconut oil, castor oil, unrefined shea butter, raw honey, vegetable glycerine, palm stearic acid, vegetable emulsifying waxes, fruit pectin, xanthan gum, dextrose, optiphen (preservative), citrus essential oils; fragrance.

Whipped Pudding – this dense moisturizing cream can be used to twist, braid, coil, etc. It provides your hair with all the oils and butters needed to protect the hair, maintain styles and shine! Ingredients include: purified water, shea butter, organic aloe vera gel, cocoa butter, castor oil, coconut oil, sweet almond & olive oils, vegetable emulsifier, beeswax, palm stearic acid, vegetable glycerine, honey, optiphen (preservative), fragrance.

Silky Coils Thoughts….

It is recommended that all products be used 3-12 moths within purchasing; so as always use your best judgment when using over a period of time.  Also you will notice that these products range in cost starting at $6 (can’t beat that).  I used all of the above products in order as recommended by the website within 3 weeks of ordering. I wasn’t impressed with the honey wash and hemp conditioner. My coils felt a little thirsty after using. Again, I only used these products during this wash so I am not sure if Oyin plays well with others…but to be safe I did not substitute other hair care lines while doing this routine.

I chose to dilute the Greg Juice as my leave in spray and for my detangling session…it didn’t help. For my SC family who follows me on twitter, you may remember me saying that I had the WORSE detangling session ever this week. This was after using the wash, conditioner and Greg Juice. The whipped pudding and shine & define, however, came to my rescue. I decided to do a dry twist out set and it turned out heavenly!

picture is after sleeping on it

Overall, I give Oyin Handmade Products a B-. I suggest purchasing the trial size of the wash, conditioner and any of the juices and berry products. If anything, I would definitely recommend the Whipped Pudding and the Shine & Define for any and all naturals. My hair felt soft, smelled great and was VERY manageable. Also the ingredients for both are to die for; and you can rest assured that your hair is well protected with these two products.

The orAKAle has spoken…………………….

Related post: Determining Your Hair Type, For the Love of Shea, Tips for Growing Healthy Hair

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To Weave, Braid, Relax/Perm….that is the Question

Lately I’ve received many messages, calls, tweets, texts, etc regarding my on getting a hair weave, braids and using the “do not use” hair product ingredients on natural hair.  Due to this overwhelming subject, I decided to post my thoughts on all of the above (and slightly rant so prepare for it) today for the SC readers.

Disclaimer – all comments/suggestions are based on what has worked for me.  In no way am i advising any reader to do what I’ve done (and/or will continue to do/try) to achieve the ultimate “holy grail” hair that you may be seeking.  It is always wise to do your own research before trial n error, seek counsel from a licenses stylist and DO WHAT MAKES YOU COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY (to view full disclaimer click here)…now that this is out of the way, let us begin….

I am on many list serves and have a few go to naturalistas for advice, and they all seem to give the same response back to ALL of the questions above…..DO YOU!  I’m always amazed at how people are quick to not want to try new things or be have automatically said “no” to something that they haven’t even tried OR because someone else told them to.  Don’t get me wrong, certain ingredients and maintenance tools are suggested (highly) to stay away from due to some reactions that others may have (see my views here); and I really do try to avoid those products all together….  BUT just because someone has a reaction or put it on their hit list doesn’t necessarily mean that YOU will have the same experience.

and yes this is all my hair...no extensions here!

notice hair line in the front; don't believe me check pic above for verification lol

The same goes for getting a hair weave and braids.  Folks have professed “death to the weave/braid/extensions” due to what someone else told them OR horror stories they heard from a friend (or even read about in a blog somewhere); but do not further research the benefits and proper ways to wear these styles.  We must be fair when determining what is true

or false people…and you must check your sources as well.  To be honest if I had a bad experience I would probably NOT do many of these hair styles, but I would also make sure to show both points of the subject (if I chose to rant on this here blog). But since I’ve never had a bad experience (and I did my research on proper ways to install a hair weave/braids) I decided to use these forms of styles to help transition AND when I want a new look.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe if not installed properly weaves/braid and chemicals can do harm to the hair and leave permanent hair damage.  I also believe having a natural hair regimen is healthier for anyone’s hair and will show more positive long term results…but again that is my opinion.  I know folks who will swear up and down that natural hair maintenance is not professional, harder to manage and takes away from ANYONE’s beauty…but that is a post for another day.

As for chemicals, perms, relaxers, etc….I’m not a fan.  As someone who wore this style for years and am now natural, I am very happy with the decision I made….BUT I DID NOT MAKE THIS CHANGE UNTIL I DID EXTENSIVE RESEARCH of what it would entail for ME!  Again, you have to do what will make you happy, not what others (including me and this blog) says is right or wrong.  Dont’ believe the hype…believe in yourself ya dig (throw back slang).

So what do you all think?  Post your comments below and join the discussion (not argue…for we promote uplifting readers/society on the SC…..you’ve been warned).

……the orAKAle has spoken….




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Dr. Brown’s Rendition of a “Curly Fro”

Dr. Brown is back to share results of her rendition of a curly fro using Silky Elements (To see Dr. Brown’s original product review click here).  Again, a great way to save money and look fabulous at the same time.  I am a firm believer you do not have to spend oodles of money on all these natural hair care sites/products (which are great by the way…and fund to try); when you have quality right in your backyard.  Again, to each his own.

Products used: Silk Elements Shampoo and Conditioner and Organics olive oil with Shea Butter moisturizing lotion (all can be found at any Sally Beauty Supply or your local hair )

I washed and conditioned hair with Silk Elements Shampoo and Conditioner (only a quarter size was used…because a little goes a long way). Them while sopping wet I parted hair into four sections detangled and added Organics Olive Oil with Shea Butter Moisturizing Lotion.

Then I parted each section one at a time into six sections.  My curls popped instantly and was still soft and shiny with body.  Each section was then twisted (double strand) and rolled on perm rods.  After all was rolled I tied my hair in a satin scarf and went to sleep.

Next day I took my scarf off and blow dried any damp sections. Then I took rollers out and presto!

The organic olive oil with shea butter moisturizing lotion was applied before twisting to add more moisture to my wet hair (during the drying process on the perm rods).  I used a nickel size amount of this lotion on each section and finger combed it through to fully saturate each strand. This lotion is not heavy or greasy either which is great.  I really think that is the secret!

Absolutely fabulous Dr. Brown!  Family what do you think about the results?  I may have to pick me some of this up and try it on my coils……lol

The orAKAle has spoken………………………….

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Product Review: Silky Elements

Hey SC Readers….did you miss me….I missed you all!

Today we have a submission from SC reader “Dr. Brown”, who tried and reviewed Silky Elements hair care line.  Lets see what she had to say about it…

Luxury Moisterizing Shampoo

The shampoo has a lovely smell to it. It also has silk protein, aloe Vera, panthenol pro vitamin B5, and moisturizers as ingredients.

My suggestion for use: Only apply a small amount…for a little goes a long way.  After using this, my hair was squeaky clean and tangle free.


Silky Elements Conditioner

The conditioner is not a leave in and should only be left in for 3-5 minutes max.  This product caused my curls to pop instantly!  My hair is 3c/4a mix but mostly 4a.  It didn’t weigh my hair down either.


FABO finished product

After cleansing and conditioning, I decided to twist one side of my head and braid the other side.  Once air dried, I took both sides down.  My hair was baby soft, had body, shiny, and moisturized.  It looks healthier too. I love it!

So weigh in family….what you think?  Honestly, I would have never thought to try this product….but I may have to consider using this line in the future.   I absolutely love it when you can find a “go to product” at the neighborhood hair store around the corner….that is not expensive!

Have a product or style you’ve tried?  Be a guest blogger and send your submissions to silkychronicles@wordpress.com!

the orAKAle has spoken…

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