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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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Natural Hair Update – September 2011

Hey SC Family!  Yes I’ve been gone for a minute, and I do apologize.  Forgive me…..:)  Lots going on in the orAKAle’s world and I can’t wait to share them with you.  Thanks for your patience.  Just wanted to give you guys a quick update on my hair.  Its been growing at rapid speeds and I’m so excited!

Below is a current pictures of me with stretched hair. I shampoo’d, hot oil treated, blew out (using my denman) THEN double stranded twisted the hair.  I wore the twist for about 2 weeks before taking them down.  Below are the results!  I used my hair cream to refresh an twists that were trying to get free (lol) and my flaxseed pomade daily to add shine and to do any slick ups or backs.  Take a look and tell me what you think!

this is my "long" side

back view

short side view

my pretty girl rock....

My regimen includes a homemade pomade and hair cream with Shea butter and flaxseeds as two of my staple products. To learn about the benefits of flaxseed for the hair, click here I actually make my own oil/gel from the seeds to use on my hair.  As for my hair cream, I also use this concoction over the entire body (great for when the cold months come). It feels wonderful and I’m loving ever second of naturality.  This November I will be celebrating my 4 year Napaversary and I’m so excited. Maybe I will do something exciting for the SC readers…..guess you’ll have to wait and see.

Thanks to all of you for your love and support!  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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Journaey to Naturality: Diamond Princess

Ms Diamond Princess talks about her hair journey, and offers insight to any newly naturals out there…can you say DIVA!

Age: 21
 
When and Why did you decide to go natural: -I decided to go natural in 2006. I was rocking this hairstyle that required me to color and perm my hair very frequent. It goes without saying that because I permed my hair so much it became extremely damaged. I decided to rock a fade. After about 2 years I wanted to see how long my hair could get now that it was healthy. I permed my hair and it look fabulous. However, after about 3 months I grew bored and cut my hair off again. And I’ve been natural since then. Now I have locks and I absolutely love them.

 
 
What products do you use: I use the Jamaican Rasta Locks & Twists product line and Aphogee Protein Shampoo & Conditioner (twice a year)
 
 
The good and the bad (if any) about your decision: The pros of having natural hair is the way your hair shines, the rate my hair has been growing, and just the way my hair feels. Since I became natural my hair looks and feels amazing. I know when I was constantly perming and coloring my hair, my ends were split and texture of my hair was very brittle. I would have to saturate my hair with oils and moisturizers just for it to appear remotely decent. My hair has always grew at a fairly decent rate however since I have been natural I went from a fade to shoulder lengths locks in ONE YEAR! It’s crazy. I can’t think of any cons.
 
 

 
 
Advice to newbies and those on the fence: Love your hair not matter the length or texture. Love it! Being natural has its moments. Your hair will be unpredictable and won’t do what you want it to do but it’s just a phase. Once you truly get to understand your hair and what works for hair you will LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR HAIR!!!
 


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Summer Hair Protective Style

Hey SC family!  Quick update post for you today….

I just wanted to share the current hair style that I am rocking for the summer.  If you read in my previous post “To Weave, Braid, Relax/Perm…that is the Question“, I spoke about how I chose to get a sew in and why I believe this type of style can work for your hair.  Also, there was a call to encourage all to conduct your own research on multiple hair styles; rather that believing the hype and being scared away to try something different.  Well…..I totally forgot that I never posted the results of my sew in for you all.  I apologize for the late notice of this…for I have really been feeling myself this summer.

I got my weave sown in around the beginning of June.  My intent is to keep it until at least the middle of August.  This way, I can give my natural hair a break from all the maneuvering, etc.  Again, I think this is a great protective style when you want a break; along with a super cute style for all those who are transitioning to a natural hair regimen OR considering going natural.  So without further delay, below are some pics of my current summer hair. Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

the orAKAle has spoken……

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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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