Posts Categorized: Chai’s Picks

January 23, 2009


denmanSay hello….to my little friend.  Denman D4.  One of many essential discoveries made last year while figuring out the mess of detangling my hair.  Rule #1 of brushing/combing curly/kinky hair is to NEVER do it while under the influence of dry hair, otherwise the end result will be a tumbleweed of sadness. 

To best utilize the Denman, first you should find the correct size for your hair thickness and length. 

  • For Medium to long hair there’s the classic D7
  • For Short to Medium size hair lengths there’s the D5
  • For Thicker/coarser hair there’s the Denman Deluxe
  • For Medium/thick to Long/ coarse hair there’s the favorite D4 (this is the most common size carried in most beauty supply stores)

Prices for any of the Denmans mentioned range from as low as $10.00 to $16.00, it all depends on your own frugality and who offers the best deal.  It seems the best deals can often be found online rather than in-store, particularly if you’re buying other items and can opt out of the shipping costs.

After finding the correct size, the Denman is best used as a detangler through the conditioning process while hair is wet.  I find that no matter the length or density of your hair, it’s wiser to section hair before applying and/or detangling.  In hindsight this will save time, but most importantly patience! 

I start by detangling the ends, where the knots seem to form, then slowly work my way up, adding more conditioner if needed.  If you’re a curlyhead who’s not a huge fan of curl shrinkage, I’d say to proceed with caution because the Denaman will not only detangle and smooth out your strands, it will add signficant curl defintion and shrinkage the more you rake it through.  During the summer to cut down on shrinkage,  I’d start with a wide tooth comb, then finish with the brush. 

The only drawback that I do have with my Denman is the inevitable hair loss while detangling, which I’ve resigned myself into accepting.  My hair sheds in riduculous amounts, and when using the brush, while it does make the job easier I still end up losing some strands.  These days to prevent extra shedding and knots, I try to wash/condition my hair while in the shower or with my hair flowing backward rather than forward.  Matching the flow of the water to the way I’d like my hair to fall while styling helps tremendously! Less tugging, pulling and easier detangling;-).

Basic tools for detangling curly/kinky hair:

  1. Better than average conditioner
  2. Better than average detangling brush/large toothed comb
  3. A sea of patience
January 12, 2009

Organic Goodness

One of my absolute FAVORITE beauty bloggers is back on the prowl after giving birth to her first bundle of joy late last year! If you haven’t heard of her, click here for a proper introduction.  She’s a blogger, author, and former beauty editor of chic Mags such as Elle, Glamour & Lucky Magazine just to name a few!  I’ve been following her columns and blogs since her days at Elle and have been a HUGE fan ever since. 

So glad she’s back, and her bambina is doing great, but doubly thrilled she banged out a product review on something I’ve been searching for!

What is this you say?! Let’s holla at the ingredient list first:

INGREDIENTS:Water, Witch Hazel, Organic Aloe Vera, Vegetable Glycerin, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Gum Arabic, Gum Tragacanth, White Camellia Oil, Ginkgo Leaf, Ginseng Root, Magnolia Blossom, Angelica and Chrysanthemum Extracts, Jasmine Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E).


whitecamjasmine_condspray1It’s an essential spray that, get this…doubles as a conditioner & styling spray for dry lifeless hair.  It can be used in between shampoos or after to add softness and increased manageability!  And if you’re like me and can’t read the fine print on that cute ‘lil bottle, this product is put out by Aubrey Organics, which means 100% natural & vegan, two mighty fine things!

Indeed my list is getting long, but it’s gratifying to know it’s a myriad of natural goodness..!

January 12, 2009

Cool Find!

Yesterday after work, I schlepped through the snow to the nearest Trader Joe’s to stock up on the essentials, completely got lost while inside because, well, they’d rearranged everything while I wasn’t looking (the grilled chicken strips were where the frozen mangos were…etc.)

So while lost near the coffee grinding station, I found something I’d say quite useful!



Basically I never used to believe the ‘ol propaganda about regular towels causing curls friction and frizz after shampooing and styling, but… WOW! I was made into a believer when I dared myself to try these special towels on my hair, soaking up excess water section by section before applying my regular leave-in conditioner.  The towels significantly cut down on frizz & did what it promised, lifting the water and nothing else up off my hair. They are machine washable & dry in the blink of an eye.

I guess you can say it was the kind of thing where you go…why didn’t I think of this before!

Mmmm…baby steps;-)