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Hair Update/Review

Well, well, well, here we are (me and my curls) in December! 9 months relaxer free and just started seeing some MAJOR changes in my curls. I got a trim about a month and a half ago, and the lowest layer of my hair is now relaxer free (again, I have an asymmetrical bob). My curls must be happy or something, because all of a sudden, HELLO VOLUME

I’ve been experimenting with different products again, because as my hair has slowly transitioned from mostly relaxed to halfway relaxed, products I hated are now working and products I loved…are in the trash.

Today’s experiment included: Co-wash with Herbal Essences (purple one…not buying that again), Palmer’s Coconut Hair Milk and Beautiful Textures Curl Control Pudding.

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I haven’t used the pudding for a wash and go until today and have been beyond surprised at the results. Soft, defined curls in my natural hair and wavy controlled ends on my relaxed hair. A+ from this transitioner!ImageImageImageImageImage

The next one shows the drastic difference between where my natural hair stops and relaxed hair starts. Spirals vs waves haha

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Happy to have found some new faves for a wash and go! I was using Garnier Cream Gel, but it has not been working as well since my last trim and I have a feeling I will be phasing that out the longer I transition. What the fro wants, the fro gets!

– xoxo, Jessica

Birchbox?

Have you heard of Birchbox?

I’m not a fan of monthly subscription things. Shoedazzle…don’t get me started.

Birchbox has peaked my interest though. Makeup, samples, beauty products?

Yes please! $10? Even better.

I went ahead and “requested” (eww) a subscription, although I’m not sure I’m going to take the plunge just yet. I mean…I have 4 weeks until I’m accepted (ughh…sounds like a weird cult).

Until then, I’ll be reading reviews and other blogs on the matter.

Anyone out there try em? Love em? Hate em? Hate to love em?

– xoxo, Jessica

Product Review: Beautiful Textures Flat Iron Silkener

I bought a few things on a trip to Sally’s the other day and was pleasantly surprised with one product that I bought on a whim.

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At first, I was turned off by the packaging. It’s loud, tacky and busy. Not my cup of tea when it comes to branding, but HEY! Don’t judge a book (or hair product) by it’s cover.

They claim it’s for “mixed textures” on the label. I couldn’t figure out if that meant mixed race hair, transitioning mixed textures of mixed hair types in general on one head of hair (4b, 4c, etc.) Anyways, aside from that confusion, the ingredients didn’t raise any red flags *in my book* so I decided to give it a go. (*note* I do not rule out products that aren’t completely natural. The last ingredient listed is methyl ionone gamma, a preservative aka paraben. The first ingredient, cyclopentasiloxane aka silicone. I am not opposed to using silicones when straightening my hair because they act as a heat protectant. I deep condition my hair prior to “sealing” with the silicone product and straightening. When using the right shampoos, you can avoid silicone buildup and prevent damage.)

PROS:

– Price point. If it’s less than $10 I’m a happy buyer

– Smells AWESOME. Smells way better than the Biolage smoothing serum I’ve been using which was double the price.

– Hair felt light after straightening. I hate heavy, greasy feeling hair.

– Edges feel very smooth (I’ve been having issues with dealing with my damaged edges, this really helped smooth and control them. They don’t feel brittle at all.)

CONS:

-Packaging 😉

-The bottle itself is a little awkward. I’d prefer one of those push tops that you can pour out instead of the twist cap or maybe even a pump.

– For some natural hair mavens, cones and parabens are an immediate turn off

I found no other cons, because it honestly did really well in my hair. I’ll probably try a few of their other products from the line because this one was great!

I also bought some new bobby pins which is seriously exciting in my world right now. I’ve been scavenging them because I kept forgetting to get new ones haha.

I went for some I saw hairscapades review a while back.Image

They are called Metagrip and let me tell you, they are serious! Sometimes I find that bobby pins will slip out or pop out, especially when I’m manipulating my straightened hair. These have been staying put! They were $6 I believe, for 300 of them. Totally worth it.

That’s what’s new in my hair world! Happy transitioning everyone!

– xoxo, Jessica