Category Archives: Natural Hair Movement

Cantu Product Review

Award winning textured haircare line,  Cantu recently launched a New Anti Fade, color protecting collection that is formulated with a unique Quinoa Pro-Tech technology that results in up to 84% less color fade.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I recently switched up my normal blonde for red. As I am sure many of you red heads have had a problem with the color fading like I have. Once I saw Cantu came out with this new product, I was super excited and ready to try it! To give you a little bit of an overview of the product. You have to use all the products in the picture above for the best results. The shampoo is said to was away build up without stripping color, reduces color fade. The conditioner, moisturizes to enhance color vibrancy, and protects color while improving manageability. And the masque is supposed to strengthen and softens color treated hair.

The reason behind my 4 stars, is I didn’t really care for the masque. The product made my hair feel hard and brittle. Now, from the pictures you will see my hair faded. Which I am sure over time that will happen. Mine happened a little sooner than I would have liked. I can’t really say that this product specifically helped. I would love to hear feedback from others who have tried the product. Nonetheless, it was worth checking it out.. The product smells great!

Curls Product Review

 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CURLS was founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, California by CEO, Mahisha Dellinger. During the last decade, CURLS has emerged as a leader in the natural hair care industry. Continued development of new products has further established its unique formulation of certified organic ingredients which are distinctive of the CURLS brand. While CURLS continues to be one of the best recognized natural hair care brands in North America, its long-term strategic plan is to increase awareness among multi-ethnic consumers around the world.

I was introduced to the brand Curls, at last years Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo. I’ve been natural for almost 4 years, but I really didn’t embrace it until about 2 years ago. I’ve tested many products as you can see from previous reviews. I can honestly say, I love the Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection! I still straighten my hair often, and I use this line to get my Curls back in formation.  The line is reparative, and it works great for me since I have color in my hair. Now in the pictures you will see the difference in my curl definition due to the color. My stylist stated it wasn’t necessarily heat damage, but color used in my hair has changed/straightened out my pattern.  I haven’t had the opportunity yet, but I will add a protein treatment to my wash day to revive some of those lost curls.

Curls has a full line of products for all curl types, as well as a product line for kids. I personally buy all of my products online, since its convenient for me. However, you can find these products in Target as well as CVS. On the website I provided above, a link is provided to search for products in your area. If not, don’t fret you have the option to shop online and you can save big on promotions that are usually ongoing.

Products Used:

For my Wash and Go I used: Reparative Hair Wash, Reparative Hair Mask,Leave in Conditioner, Creme Brule – Whipped Curl Cream, and Goddess Curls – Botanical Gelle

For my Flat Twist I used: Reparative Hair Wash, Reparative Hair Mask, Leave in Conditioner, and Twist-N-Shout Cream

Wash and Go:

I personally will not try this hair style again until my hair is a darker color. The brighter colors straighten out my curl pattern, and this just looks foolish. So! Maybe, I’ll try it again in the fall.

Flat Twist Out:

The flat twist is the lane I live in. It’s become very easy for me to twist my hair, and I am finally realizing what products work for me. Such an exciting feeling!

 

 

One more thing! Curls recently added to their Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection. They are adding; Blueberry and Coconut – Hair Milk, Blueberry and Mint Tea – Scalp Treatment, and Aloe and Blueberry Juice – Curl Moisturizer. I can’t wait to add these items to my collection!

Fall/Winter Hair Transformation 

 

This past November marks 3 years since I have applied a straightening relaxer to my hair. For some in question a relaxer is a type of lotion or cream generally used by people with tight curls or very curly hair which makes hair easier to straighten by chemically “relaxing” the natural curls. The active agent is usually a strong alkali, although some formulations are based on ammonium thioglycolate instead. I “relaxed” my hair for 20 years. Even though I have always had a pretty decent amount of healthy hair during that time, I am happy on the decision to leave the chemicals alone. I was terrified to embrace my natural hair, due to the environment I worked in and how I would be perceived by my peers. Since my decision my hair is stronger, has more personality, and I am more confident in who I am.

October 2016 I cut a few inches off and transitioned into a fiery copper color!! 💇🏽😍 Surprising to me, my curl pattern changed. I feel in love with the new curls, I actually wanted to cut more. I must say I love being a natural curl girl! It allows me to be creative with my hair, and it’s so many products and styles to try. Each week is a new adventure with my hair, how exciting!

I received quite a few goodies from the Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo. Below are reviews, and styles with various products.

Lacee Beauty (Dallas, TX)-

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Color transition – My hair can’t handle lighter colors in the fall. I typically go darker in the fall, my hair always speaks to me. Listen to your hair ladies! My beautician is great, she has given my natural hair life and she doesn’t do anything that doesn’t benefit the health of my hair.

Style – Wash and Go

  • I washed  with The Natural Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo, and conditioned with the Hydrating Cream Conditioner
  • Applied the Moisturizing  Curl Activator Cream to enhance my curl pattern
  • Topped it off with the Define & Shine Custard to hold the style

This was my first attempt at a Wash and Go style and I definitely have some more learning to do. Overall it wasn’t bad, but the custard was a little flaky. I can’t say I cared for that.

Style – Braid Out

  • I washed with the African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo, and conditioned with the Balancing Conditioner
  • I applied the Dandruff Control Hair Masque, and sat with my Hot Head Thermal Hair Care for 30 min
  • I sectioned my hair and applied the Dandruff & Dry Scalp Elixir to my scalp, and braided my hair with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie

I chose this particular brand of Shea Moisture due to a scalp condition I have called, Seborrhea Capitis. I was overall satisfied with the brand, and I will continue to do the masque regimen once a month. My hair was really soft after the Masque, and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie definitely had my curls popping!

#AMILLONWAYSTOSHEA – 👈🏾 CLICK ON THE LINK!! Shea Moisture has over 100 products, and that alone is frustrating!! So this awesome tool helps simplify things for you. All you have to do is upload a pic, cause I know you have a selfie! You’ll be prompted to answer a few questions about your hair, and what you’re looking for…. then WAYLAY! You’ll have suggested products based upon your answers.

Style – Twist Out 

  • I washed with Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo, and conditioned with the Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
  • I let my hair air dry for about an hour, before I apply my styler
  • I applied the Twist & Define Cream for twists
  • I used the Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer later in the week to refresh my style

 

💡 I absolutely loved the Hot Head Thermal Hair Care Bonnet. I deep condition my hair once a month, and the convenience of this bonnet has me no longer sitting under a dryer. I was able  to condition my hair while taking care of duties around the house. I encourage you to check it out for your hair care needs.

💡I always use TGIN’s Argan Replenishing Hair and Body Serum when taking down my twists, or braids. I also use it daily to add shine and moisture to my style.

💡Cantu and Shea Moisture has a product line for Men, and Kids.

Reference:

Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo

Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo 2016

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Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo

Bella Kinks is a movement. Conceived for the promotion and awareness of the transcendent beauty of natural hair, the transformative impact of an organic diet, and the tranquil benefits of exercise for women of color. Bella Kinks exists to motivate women for action while embracing their authentic beauty. Sharing knowledge and resources of such a lifestyle is the cornerstone of how Bella Kinks strengthens its mission.

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The woman behind it all, Founder – Julian Addo

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Overall, Bella Kinks Natural Hair Expo was Amaze – Balls!! I was so happy to be in attendance, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my experience with you. The event was held over 2 days, and attracted many from the entire Texas footprint. We heard inspiring words as well as ways to maintain healthy curls from the Beauty and Fashion Vloggers Sumetra Reed and the Glam Twinz. Courtney Adeleye (The Mane Choice) shared how to grow your hair, vision, and mindset. Mahisha Dillinger (Curls) gave us information on how to achieve “Growth and Slay.”  We were also educated in ways to execute a Hair Expo Event and secure sponsorships from our host, Julian Addo and Sabrina Bossier (Natural Partners in Crime). Their were so many great takeaways from this weekend.

Many wonderful vendors lined up the walls of the Fashion Industry Gallery in Downtown Dallas. You can catch a glimpse of these vendors Interacting with customers and their products in my video listed below.

The list and links directly to there site includes:

Soultanicals
BB
Snappee 
Textures
As I Am – Born Curly
Camille Rose Naturals
Curls
Mielle Organics
Bouncy Curls
The Lip Bar
The Mane Choice
Kurlee Belle
Curly Chicks
Nudred – The Original
Made Beautiful
TGIN
Obia Natural Hair Care
Kinky Curly Yaki
DAMI
Uncle Funky’s Daughter
Divine Luxury
Ven & Rose
EDEN
Elle Vie
Natural Sis 72
Hiruna
CoCo Conscious Collective
Ugly Betty Boy Crush

Cantu Products Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“Every day, there are people out there embracing their natural, beautiful, textured hair and owning their unique style. We are here to celebrate these strong, gorgeous women and their strong, gorgeous hair, because perfect natural is what Cantu is all about. Our collection of award-winning products made just for textured hair is all you need to achieve any look or style you want. My Curl. My Cantu.”

Cantu Beauty

I introduced my natural hair journey, in my previous post… Obia Naturals.  I discovered Cantu products about a year after I stopped relaxing my hair. I enjoy Cantu’s natural hair product. I rated them 4 stars, because I am not a fan of the Co-Wash. This particular product makes my hair feel hard and brittle, which is very different from the other products listed. My hair is left soft, and bouncy. If you are struggling with finding products click on the link listed above. The site recommends products for each hair type, also which products to cocktail to achieve the perfect style. Below are the products I used, and styles achieved. I color my hair every 6 months, and the Texas heat is crucial, so a Leave in Conditioner is a must for me.

 

 

 

OBIA Naturals Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I started my natural hair journey, November 2013. I did not do the big chop, so to say this has been a journey is an understatement. I recently attended the Dallas Curlfriends Brunch, presented by Obia Naturals. Omini Ewah is the President of OBIA Naturals, and she spoke very passionately about her personal journey. Her words were inspiring, encouraging, and very motivating. I was intrigued to try her line. To my surprise inside of my fabulous Deluxe Swag bag, which was provided to its patrons, were products from Obia’s natural hair care line.

To speak more on my journey, finding products that work for me have been a challenge. It took about a year to figure out my texture. I never understood why my hair was not curly, only to find out I have more of a wave pattern. Obia Naturals products are cruelty free, and vegan. The mission of OBIA Naturals is to produce pH balanced, vegan, and non – toxic natural hair and body care products fortified with natural ingredients. I will honestly say, her products provided my hair with so much life. My hair was vibrant, shiny, and fluffy. I fell in love! The remainder of the week, I did not have to add any additional product to maintain my style. After my week, I was able to capture the same experience using the hydrating spray.

I recommend all of OBIA Natural products. Pictures below of the finished product! I’m also providing a link, so you are able to locate products in your area.

https://www.obianaturals.com