Archive for July, 2008

Product Review: Hairveda Moist Condition 24/7

PRODUCTHairveda Moist Condition 24/7, 16 oz., $7.00.

PURCHASED AT:  Hairveda Online Shoppe

APPLICATION:  After rinsing hair with warm water, I applied handful of Moist Condition 24/7.  What I immediately noticed about this conditioner was how smooth my hair felt.  I usually get serious shrinkage with my conditioner washes, but not so with the Moist Condition 24/7. 

     

This conditioner stretched my curls (see pics above) and allowed me to easily detangle with my fingers.  I kept conditioner in for about 20 minutes, then rinsed, leaving a little in.  

           

RESULTS:   Hair was light and fluffy, not weighed down, but still defined.  No other proucts were added to my hair (see pics above).  Red highlighted hair is from previous henna.

VERDICT:  It’s a keeper.  I wear a wash-n-go daily and this conditioner will be added to my routine.  What I like the most about this conditioner is how smooth my hair felt and how it stretched my curls.  In addition to that, 16 oz. of conditioner for $7.00 is a steal.  I’m really impressed with Hairveda’s products and looking forward to purchasing more hair care products to review.   

In my opinion, Hairveda is a great company.  The owner, BJ, is personable, approachable, and knowledgeable.  Hairveda’s products have good ingredients and deliver exactly what was promised.  Check out the Hairveda Online Shoppe for more info about the company and new products available.

**Will post future updates in regards to all products featured in product reviews as initial results sometimes change after utilizing product over a period of time.

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Spontaneity.com: Crochet Earrings

A true earring fanatic will spot a pair of fierce earrings anytime, anywhere.  I stumbled upon Spontaneity’s online shop during a recent visit to Nappturality.com.  I found the crochet earring designs of Spontaneity  “irresistably fresh and different”

Spontaneity was founded in April 2008 by Tara J. and is based out of Chicago, Illinois.  Spontaneity specializes in custom-designed, handcrafted crochet accessories.   The online store is equipped with a feature which allows the customer to create their own custom designs.  How cool is that?  

Spontaneity’s earrings can easily be worn by all, but would definitely“highlight or set off”  the hair of any natural headed sista.  They are that special accessory that gives a wash-n-go or twists a little extra sumptin, sumptin. 

All earrings measure 2 inches in diameter and don’t forget, earrings can be custom designed.  

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The owner of Spontaneity, Tara J, was recently interviewed on Styledash.com.  Check it out!  Spontaneity can also be found on Myspace and Etsy.

Product Review: Hairveda Almond Glaze

 

PRODUCT:  Hairveda Almond Glaze

PURCHASED AT:  Hairveda’s New Online Shoppe

PRICE/WEIGHT:  $7.99 for 4 oz.

APPLICATION:  It has been hot and humid this past week, so last night I decided to do a light conditioning treatment.  I added olive oil and honey to 3 tablespoons of shea butter.  I covered my hair with a plastic bag, let it stay in about an hour, then fingercombed while rinsing out.  I used an Aquis microfiber towel to dry, covered my hair, and went to bed.  In the morning, I rinsed my hair, squeezed out excess water, and added the Hairveda Almond Glaze to my damp hair in sections. 

RESULTS:  Oh. My. Goodness.  It has taken me all of six years to find a pomade with all natural ingredients that lays down my edges without irritation or itching, clumps my curls, and gives great shine.  The Hairveda Almond Glaze is an alternative to pomades or hair grease for those who’d like to avoid petroleum and mineral oil.  For me, it will also be replacing gels because of their glycerin content (which my hair doesn’t like).  This glaze contains sweet almond oil and castor oil.  It can be used to moisturize hair and scalp.  The Hairveda Almond Glaze has a pleasant light almond scent. 

Here are a few pics of my hair with the Hairveda Almond Glaze:

                         

As you can see, I got good curl formation and great shine.  My hair was soft to the touch with no resulting greasiness or stickness.  The Hairveda Almond Glaze also laid down my graying hairline like nobody’s business. 

THE VERDICT:  I’ve finally found a pomade that fits in well with my low maintenance routine, and it has multipurpose abilities to boot.

  • This pomade laid down my graying edges without irritation and itching (which usually results in hair loss for me).  See blog post about Hairveda Vatika Frosting which helped regrow my hairline here.
  • The ingredients in this pomade are natural which allows the product to also be used as a scalp and hair moisturizer.
  • Due to its natural ingredients, it’s one of only a few products I can leave in overnight.
  • Produces great hair shine and softness without greasiness or stickiness.
  • Can be used on natural hair, curly hair, and permed hair.

**Will post future updates in regards to all products featured in product reviews as initial results sometimes change after utilizing over a period of time.

To Dye or Not To Dye

I had to be about 17 years old when I told my mom she should stop dying her hair.  I mean, what was the big deal?  I felt since she’s an “older lady”, she should just let her gray hair grow.  In reponse, she said, “Let’s have this discussion again when you get to be my age”.   Fast forward many years later, I think that time has arrived mom.  See those stray gray hairs in my hairline?  I’m officially an “older lady”.  To dye or not to dye?  That is the issue.

What started all of this?  I have an older sister who let go of the color and is sporting the most gorgeous salt and pepper twa you’ve ever seen.  Gray hair looks great on her, but I feel it ages me.   On the other hand, if I cut my hair down to a twa, it just might work or am I feeding into the “older ladies should cut their hair short” stereotype?   

Just as a I’ve learned to accept my “natural hair” over the last six years, now I have to learn to accept my  “naturally gray hair”.  Sigh.  Mom, now I understand.  The decision to stop dying your hair is not as easy as I thought it would be and just like you, I don’t think I’m ready yet.  Lol!

Plus-Size Summer Dresses by Monif C.

 A woman can never have enough dresses for all the summertime events on the calendar.  Weddings, receptions, graduations, and pool parties are just some of the summertime celebrations where a dress is required.  For the plus-size divas, dresses for every occasion are available for purchase and I’m not talking about your typical “cookie-cutter” plus-size dresses.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  They’re usually all the same boring mumu pattern with the same big, bold print in four different colors.  Seriously, is that what retail calls variety for plus size?  I think not! 

Monif C. delivers exactly what the plus-size diva desires; a variety of beautiful dresses to drool over.   Monif C, thank you, thank you, thank you.  

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Here are a couple of other worthy mentionable dresses I found that are a little lighter on the pocket, but just as beautiful:

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Temporarily Straightened

I clarified, deep conditioned, detangled, and twisted my hair overnight for a light trim.  I usually don’t use heat, but decided to attempt a light press myself.  Yeah, I know.  I swore off using heat ever again, but I’m not gonna lie.  I was scared.  Previously, I experienced some serious heat damage from a salon visit over 2 years ago.  I went in for a press and within a month, had to do a big chop.  I lost eight inches of heat damaged hair, so I’ve been afraid of heat ever since.

I applied a little olive oil to my hair and did a light press with a wide-toothed pressing comb.  I didn’t let the comb get too hot and It took about 1/2 hour.  The results turned out pretty good, but by the end of the evening, it started reverting back.  Actually, I was happy to see this because I remember how the damaged hair stayed straight.  For three days, I braided it up, applied coconut oil, and tied it up overnight with a scarf.  Here are the results:

                                                                                              

 

I did gain 7 inches since February 2007.  Here is a photo from last July 2007:

I washed, deep conditioned, and applied shea butter mix (shea, jojoba, castor, aloe vera).  My hair had already started to revert back and curled up with no straight pieces anywhere.  Any damage from the light press?  No obvious damage at this time, but I’ll make sure to step up deep conditioning and protein treatments just in case.  It was cool to be temporarily straightened, but I like my kinky-curly hair so much better.  Feels good to be back to normal though. LOL!

Product Review: Cristophe Beverly Hills Clarifying Shampoo

Those with kinky-curly hair will fall in love with Cristophe Beverly Hills Purely Natural Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner, 5.5 oz. and 10 oz. respectively, for $7.99.  What I love the most about these products is that they’re free of sulfates, parabens, dyes, and fragrance.  A sample size (2 oz.) of this clarifying shampoo and condish (as well as the entire Cristophe Beverly Hills line) are also available at CVS for $2.99 each.  Order online or ship in store.

THE EXPERIENCE:  First off, this shampoo doesn’t lather much.  Clarifying shampoos usually mat and tangle my hair, but to my suprise I experienced none of that upon application. Washing my hair only once, the Cristophe Beverly Hills Clarifying Shampoo did an excellent job of cleansing my hair and scalp.  Afterwards, my hair felt soft, light, and had incredible shine.  I experienced no scalp dryness or itching afterwards, which is usually the case with most shampoos I purchase.  The Christophe Purely Natural condiitioner has a mild vanilla/orange scent.  I didn’t get much slip with it, but after rinsing it out, my hair was uber moisturized and soft.  I’ve finally found a shampoo and conditioner products from the same line that yields equally fantastic results.  

THE VERDICT:  Will definitely be adding these products to my staples.

*Will post future updates in regards to all products featured in product reviews as initial results sometimes change after utilizing over a period of time.