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My Hair Growth 2007-2009

These are pics of my hair growth since February 2007, which was my last big chop.  My hair length at that time was about 1 inch.  Currently, my hair is 10 inches in front and back is 12 inches.  I trim my hair 3-4 times a year, so I lose a couple inches a year due to that.   Here is proof that with good hair care and patience, black hair does grow.

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Starting Over

I didn’t realize how much hormones can affect everything (immune system, metabolism, energy, sex drive, mood swings, etc.).  My body is adjusting, but along with the adjustment comes issues with my hair and skin.  My scalp always seems coated and itchy.  My skin is dry and breaking out.  This is so frustrating because I hate starting over.  A lot of these products have been staples for years and are no longer working for me.   Some of these are:

  • Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol – Due to ingredient changes, this multipurpose product no longer works.  I’m sick about this one.  It has been a staple for 7 years. 
  • Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil – This product is great for hot oil treatments, conditioning, and sealing, but I can’t handle the smell any longer.  
  • Christophe Purely Natural Shampoo – I loved this shampoo, but now it leaves hair dry and tangled, even when diluted.
  • HE Hello Hydration, Aussie Moist, Suave Humectant and Biobasic conditioners.  My hair feels fine when wet, but once dries scalp feels coated and irritated, hair and scalp dry. 
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Creme – Had to reapply daily whereas previously hair stayed moisturized for days.    

I’m trying to find products that will be easy on the scalp since it seems to be easily irritated now.  What is currently working:

aztecamla neutrogenacrc naturesgateherbalafrovedashamla   bbredcloverlavsoap

I purchase my amla from AyurNaturalBeauty.  She is also a member of NaturallyCurly.com and has a blog at Ayurnatural Beauty Talk.

Brown Butter Beauty now has hair care products (yay!) and a blog.  For the soap lovers, she creates awesome handmade vegan soaps.

I’m Baaaaaaaaaack!

Thanks to all of you who inquired about how I was doing.  I really appreciated that.

Physically, I’m feeling so much better, but hormones ain’t no joke yall!  The changes they can take your body through are unreal.  I’ve learned it’s important to put myself first, especially when my body tells me something is wrong.  I gotta do better with that.

My hair?  Currently, it’s a hot mess.  I really haven’t felt like doing much with it and it shows.  I’ve experienced a lot of growth, but also have had some hair loss in certain areas.  Not good.  At this point, I really don’t know where to begin, but I think it’s time to try some new products. 

Have you visited Brown Butter Beauty’s Etsy shop lately, though?  Christine Gant has new products for hair (Rhassoul Herbal shampoo bar, Sweet Milk Detangling Creme Leave-in conditioner, Rich Babassu Cream Deep Conditioner, etc.).  For the handmade soap lovers, don’t get me started on Brown Butter Beauty’s vegan Red Clover and Lavender Blossom soap.  This soap made shower time a total body pamper me party.  I always seemed to feel better after I used this soap.  My skin and hair (yes, hair) were clean, moisturized and soft.  I love this soap!  Go over to Brown Butter Beauty and see what Ms. Gant is doing.  Sista has been busy.

Afroveda’s Shea-Amla Whipped Butter Creme is an amazing product.   Best. Damn. Butter. Period.  Lightly scented, filled to the brim, and very moisturizing.  A little goes a long way and it’s under $10.00.  Say what?  Thank you Afroveda.  Also, Afroveda’s blog spot announced a new protein-free condish, Prana Green Tea Conditioner, which will be available October 1, 2009.  Great news for those of us who are protein-sensitive.  Can’t wait to try it.  Cool blog.  Sign up so you won’t miss out. 

I have a lot to write about.  Stay tuned for product reviews for hair and body, including products for us more mature ladies who are experiencing peri- and menopausal issues.  You are not alone.

Product Update: Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme

Hey everybody!  I haven’t been up to blogging lately due to some major health issues I’ve been putting off, which now have to be addressed.  I just wanted to give a little update on my hair.  If you haven’t purchased any of Darcy’s Botanicals products yet, please try them.  The Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme’s performance is consistent, and has been the one go to product that has made the difference in the health of my hair.  My hair tangles less, has more shine, and is growing like crazy.  I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to putting products in my hair and love the fact this product lasts a long, long time.     

As my hair grows longer, the more obvious the three hair textures on my head become.  The Madagascar Styling Creme gives each texture exactly what it needs; moisture, shine, or softness.  Take a look.

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NAPE:  Where majority of tangles occur.  This is the only part of  my hair that has shine without product.

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HEADBAND AREA: Halo of frizz in front, side to side, with mad shrinkage (and gray hairs creeping back in.  lol.).

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CROWN: – This area grows the fastest with wavy, loose curls that never tangle.    

I actually don’t have any hair problems to report.   Nope.  Nada.  Nothing.  Since the weather is warmer, shea butter is no longer required, so shampooing weekly not necessary.  My hair is doing fantastic with just these basics.  

  1. Conditioner wash with Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut.
  2. Deep condition with Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol (add Agave Nectar or honey), or Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Mask.
  3. Apply Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme from root to tip, or use the Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut + oil as leave-in.

It’s time to restock and Mother’s Day couldn’t have come at a better time.  Anybody try any of Darcy’s Botanicals new products?   If so, let me know which ones and how you like them. The Organic Coconut and Aloe Moisture Pudding is calling my name.

Hopefully I’ll be back blogging on the regular soon.

Product Review: Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding

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PRODUCT:  Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding, 8 oz., $10.00.

APPLICATION:  I conditoner washed with Suave Tropical Coconut and squeezed out excess water.   I used the Lock & Twist Pudding as a styler to create a bun I could wear for 2-3 days.  I emulsified the Lock & Twist Pudding between my hands, then applied to my hair from edges to ends.  It easily laid down and smoothed my 4a, fine hair into a bun.  

RESULTS:  I don’t wear locks or twists (except fat twists at bedtime), so I used this product as a styler.  This had to be the fastest bun I’ve ever created.  The Lock & Twist Pudding smoothed my hair very nicely (even my edges) and it has a nice hold.  I didn’t have to use much product to get the job done either.

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VERDICT:  This had to be the quickest bun I’ve ever created, but I noticed the bun portion of my hair was more moisturized than the rest of my hair the next day.  Next time I’ll try using the Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler or Cocoa Hemp Buttercream as a leave-in underneath.  Overall, this product works great as a styler for me.  Non-drying, non-flaking, and smoothes the hair very well.  My hair is really loving this product line.

Product Review: Donna Marie Cocoa Hemp Buttercream

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PRODUCT:   Donna Marie Cocoa Hemp Buttercream, 4 oz., $10.00.

AVAILABLE ATBeauty by Donna Marie website.

APPLICATION:  While in the shower, I rinsed my hair thoroughly then fingercombed a quarter-sized amount of the Ultimate Slip Detangler throughout and put wet hair in a Scrunchie.  I did not squeeze out excess water.   I continued to shower and ten minutes later, I removed Scrunchie and applied the Cocoa Hemp Buttercream in four sections (two in front, two in back), again not squeezing out excess water.   The Cocoa Hemp Buttercream has a light cocoa butter scent.  The consistency is light and airy, similar to whipped shea butter.

RESULTS:  At the end of the shower, I was pleasantly surprised to see the product had fully absorbed with shrinkage, but good curl definition.  I wrapped my hair in an old t-shirt for about 15 minutes to absorb excess water.  Although I did not experience the volume I had with the Ultimate Slip Detangler alone, the trade-off was moisturized hair with a healthy shine and mad softness.   Take a look!

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VERDICT:  I’m falling in love with this entire line.  Although I experienced shrinkage, which I don’t mind, the Cocoa Hemp Buttercream is an excellent moisturizer and curl definer.  We’ve been having some harsh winter weather here in Michigan, but this product will definitely help to keep hair, especially ends, moisturized.   

I plan on restocking the Ultimate Slip Detangler, as well as the Cocoa Hemp Buttercream.  I’m finding that regardless which Donna Marie product I use, I get second-day hair.  A lot of Donna Marie’s products are currently sold out, but will be restocked in January.  Stay tuned for my reviews of the Lock & Twist Pudding and Honey & Aloe Curling Jelly.

Product Review: Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler & Leave-in

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PRODUCT:   Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler & Leave-In, 8 oz., $10.00.

AVAILABLE ATBeauty by Donna Marie website.

APPLICATION:  I decided to use the Ultimate Slip Detangler as a leave-in.  After a conditioner wash with Mills Creek Aloe Conditioner, I squeezed out excess water, then applied a small amount of the Ultimate Slip Detangler in sections.  I didn’t comb through, just raked the product through my hair with my fingers.  The consistency was that of a thin lotion with a light fruity scent.  When trying a product for the first time, I prefer using it alone, so no other products were added.  This makes it easier to see how well it works on my hair.  

RESULTS:  The Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler & Leave-In gave me the perfect wash and go.   I have fine hair and the volume I got with the Slip Detangler was incredible.  I also love the soft hair with llight hold the product gave me.  While styling my hair, I was able to separate coils all the way through to the ends with no tangles.  I even achieved second day hair.  All I did this morning was wet my hands and raked my fingers through my hair.  Here are the results:

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VERDICT:  The fact that I can use this product alone as a leave-in makes it a winner for me.   An added plus is I achieved second-day hair.  Can’t wait to try this with the Coco Curly Butter and as a detangler on my next shampoo.  This definitely needs to be added to my staples.

Make sure you stop by Beauty by Donna Marie’s website and check out all the goodies Ayanna creates for curly hair.  The customer service is excellent (thanks Ayanna!) with quick responses to all questions and concerns. 

This week I will also post results from using samples of Donna Marie’s Lock & Twist Pudding, Cocoa Hemp Hair Buttercream, and their newest product, Honey & Aloe Curling Jelly.