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Review: Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries

Review: Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries
Review:  Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries

I’ve always said that hair spritzes do absolutely nothing for my hair.  They always seemed too light to have any effect on my thick mane.  So when I received my Oyin Juices & Berries in my CurlKit a while back, I immediately sent the ‘lowly’ spritz to spend eternity in product purgatory (the bottom drawer to the right of my vanity).  So, a couple weeks ago, while searching for some stray bobby pins in my drawer of unfit products, I came across my forgotten bottle of J&B.  Our eyes met.  It looked up at me and said “Leah!  Try me!  I promise I don’t suck!”   Read the rest of this entry

Product Review: As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

Product Review: As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
Product Review:  As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

As mentioned in my January 2013 CurlKit Unboxing post, one of the items I received was a whopping 16oz jar of As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.  Many of you guys responded to my video saying how much you liked this product.  I already have a tub of their gel and have fallen in love with that, so you KNOW I couldn’t wait to try the Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.

Full disclosure: I must admit that I’m a bad natural for a number of reasons.  Reason number #284 is that I very rarely cowash.  I’m hopelessly addicted to the suds.  I’ve always felt that cowashing just added to the gunky product build-up on my hair instead of eliminating it.  I couldn’t wrap my mind around using a conditioner to wash my hair!  It just didn’t seem possible.  However, it’s a new year, and I vowed to clean up my act when it comes to my hair.  One of the things that’s been on my to-do list is to give cowashing another shot.  So receiving this product was right on time.  Surely a product that has “cowash” in the name must be the best place to start.

So anyways… Here are the specs: Read the rest of this entry

In Love With a Body Scrub: Pooka Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish

In Love With a Body Scrub: Pooka Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish
In Love With a Body Scrub:  Pooka Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish

So in my January 2013 CurlKit Unboxing post, I mentioned that one of the items I received was the Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish by Pooka.  Out of all the products in the CurlKit, I was most excited about trying this one because it smells heavenly, and if you watch my videos, you KNOW smell is big to me.  Just about everything I put on my skin or hair has to smell like a fruit, desert, or flower in order for me to be happy.

So, this morning I decided to give it a try, and I must say… I REALLY like it!  After washing my skin with my regular body wash, I applied the sugar scrub.  The consistency is like coarse sugar, and I was pleasantly surprised that it left my skin feeling extremely smooth and moisturized after I rinsed it off.  According to their website, this is due to the fact they add coconut oil to their product.  I applied my regular moisturizer on top, but I probably could have done without it, as this product was very moisturizing by itself. Read the rest of this entry

Natural Hair Review: Locsoc

Natural Hair Review: Locsoc
Natural Hair Review:  Locsoc

For the past year or so, I’ve been stalking this product called “Locsoc”.  I’m sure many of you are familiar with these styling caps.  From my understanding, they were originally designed for people with locs, but have been growing in popularity among the loose natural hair community as a way to style and protect our hair as well.

A locsoc is basically just a piece of fabric in the shape of a tube.  It has an elastic band on the end to keep it in place around your head.  There are tons of styles you can do with your locsoc and it comes in probably hundreds of colors and designs.

I bought five locsocs.  Four regular locsocs in various colors and designs and one extra long locsoc.

LocSoc2

Each locsoc costs $12, although when I bought them, they were having a sale so I only paid $9 each for them, which I feel is very reasonable.  So far they’ve proven to be very versatile.  I wear them to sleep to protect my hair at night.  I wear them around the house to keep my hair out of my face, and I’ve been experimenting with different styles.  So far my favorite style is just to wear the locsoc as a headband. Read the rest of this entry

Product Review: Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls

Product Review: Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls
Product Review:  Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls

So, as most of you know, I love me some Miss Jessie’s.  Pricey as it may be, I get some of my best results with their styling products.  I love my Curly Meringue and Quick Curls has grown on me in recent months.  In my opinion, their products are usually well-scented (which is super important to me), and give me the results I want.  I usually don’t care too much for their shampoos and conditioners, though, as I feel like if I’m going to put something THAT expensive in my hair, I don’t want to wash it out immediately.

Regardless of the price, Miss Jessie’s has usually been good to me, but sometimes it can make my hair a little stiff if I don’t apply it with a light hand.  So you already know, this summer with Miss Jessie’s announced they were releasing a product called “Pillow Soft Curls”, I was siced.  I envisioned big, fluffy, moisturized curls just blowing in the breeze.

I took advantage of their end-of-year BOGO event to re-up on my Curly Meringue, but I also bought a bottle of Pillow Soft Curls to try.  At first I applied it on clean hair, with just a touch of Coconut Oil underneath to keep it light.  My initial impressions were: Read the rest of this entry

My Long-Overdue Haircut

My Long-Overdue Haircut
My Long-Overdue Haircut

So I have a confession to make.  Up until recently I hadn’t gotten a haircut in probably about two years!  That’s right.  I figured because I wore my hair curly that hair cuts didn’t matter.  So when my ends started getting more and more tangled, and detangling sessions became more and more difficult, I attributed it to texture, not neglect.

No matter how many oils, butters, and sealers I added to my hair, it ended up looking like a rat’s nest after day two or three.  Finally the thought dawned on me that maybe I need a haircut.  This was a very scary thought, since it seems to go against my length goals.  But what good is long hair if it’s unhealthy.  Plus, I was losing so much hair during the detangling process, that I thought “this cannot be normal”.

If you’re curly like me, you’ve probably grown up getting horrible triangle haircuts from hairstylists that would rather be doing anything else but dealing with your massive head of unruly curls.  I can easily recall the look of “oh shit” on the stylists faces when I would come in for a hair cut or a blow out.  I’ve had numerous hairstylists tell me I should get a relaxer so my hair is easier to deal with.   Then, after spending hours hopelessly trying to tame the mane, I end up leaving looking like a giant cotton ball.  With these experiences, you can easily see why I’ve always been hesitant to get my hair cut in a salon. Read the rest of this entry