February 6, 2009

PJ News!

dollarzI’m LOVING all of the good deals out there these days! Doesn’t it seem like just about everyone is offering discounts on shipping, or willing to switch to bargain prices?! I’m a Product Junkie at heart, always have been, so I’ve always had to reley on ‘other means’ (second job, ebay;-) to fund my splurges.  Finding good deals on line falls under that category, and just plain ol being a smart consumer!  If I can’t find something on the swap boards over at naturallycurly.com then I digg around for bargains elsewhere.  Over the years I’ve also learned patience…to wait for the dollar to find me…and lately it has!

 

Curl Junkie’s  having some deals:

 

Hi Everyone,

Happy Friday!! Starting now through Monday, Feb. 9th, 2009 we are offering a $4 flat rate USPS Priority shipping on orders over $25 (US orders only), $5 flat rate on UPS Ground orders (continental US only) over $25, and $6 flat rate USPS Priority mail for orders over $100! Hopefully this will make it a little easier to take a chance on some products you may have been considering for a while! Please do spread the word to let others know about this special as well!

As a reminder, we have our referral program to add more temptation…refer us to a friend who places an order and you will receive a coupon code good for 20% off your next order! How it works: Just be sure to have your friend enters your name into the comments field at checkout and we will email your code to you*!

Also, if you send us a picture of your hair with Curl Junkie products (please tell us which ones) in it for use on our website, we will send you a coupon code for 10% off your next order*!

*(These offers are good for one order only, and cannot be combined with other promotions or each other.)

Best,

Marsha
Curl Junkie Hair Products, LLC

 

 Curlmart is in on it too with their $7 flat rate shipping on all ground orders!

 
All Month, Fill Your CurlMart Shopping Cart To Your Heart’s Desire!
 Get $7 shipping on ALL domestic ground orders!
This is the time to try out new products and stock
up on old favorites. PS: No promotion code needed.

 

I’m not going to go crazy, but eh…a deals a deal;-)

 

 PJ Update: Over at curlynikki.com  another goodie deal!!

 

Curlmart is offering the CurlyNikki.com community 15% off
our purchases!!!
From now until 2/28/2009 save 15% on your entire purchase*
Use promotion code- CurlyNikki09
I’ve received word that they will be restocking our Oyin Juices and Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment very soon!

*Wen products, Curly Cocktails, collections,
and kits are excluded from this sale.

 

 

 


 

 

 

February 5, 2009

Coconut Head

coconutmilk For the past three weeks or so I’ve been trying my darnedest to figure out exactly how to incorporate Coconut oil into my regime. A while back, after  realizing how much my hair loves this stuff I’ve gravitated towards products that have coconut oil/cream as it’s primary ingredient, whether it was a conditioner or  styling product.  Pretty much anything that has a fatty base like coconut oil is my hair’s best friend.  I’ve read tons of recipes on how to incorporate coconut milk into your hair care routine through pre-pooing methods or just adding to an already moisturizing conditioner.  The results always seemed to vary…I mean the texture of the hair typically turned out soft, manageable…but rarely did I hear a raving review…or at least nothing to make me want to set aside an afternoon to play mixtress.

Bottom line is, I’m not sure what the chemistry is behind the wonders of Coconut, but from personal experience I know it agrees with my hair, and it’s nourishing properties can’t be beat. 

coco-oil1I purchased an organic version from Whole Foods a while back, had it sitting in my bathroom for a bit before finally deciding to experiment.  First I tried smoothing it on at night before tying my hair up, but found that in the morning my hair soaked it up, though had very little shine.  I knew my hair was nourished but I doubted I could use it as a nightly styling product.  It wasn’t until last week after twisting my hair after post-wash did I apply it to my scalp and also to seal my ends.

BINGO! I think I had what Oprah often refers to as a light bulb moment! In the past I’d use pure castor oil to nourish my scalp and seal the ends,  but always ended up with results that weren’t stellar.  My scalp did not adhere to the castor oil at all…oddly enough my scalp felt drier.  But last week after first applying the coconut oil to my scalp and ends, I felt an immediate difference.

It acted as a perfect sealant for my ends but doubled as a fantastic moisturizer as well! Applying it to my scalp was also a breeze because I did let the oil harden before distributing.  I mean it worked so well I’ve been reapplying to my scalp on a regular nightly basis.  What I’ve found is that while my scalp is nourished, the roots of my hair are extremely soft and pliable! I mean I have zero tangle issues…my fingers just glide from root to tip! And in this weather (it’s a bone chilling 12 degrees in NYC!), that’s saying a heck of a lot!

 

Hair facts:

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shinny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged air. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

In a clincial study, Coconut oil has been proven to reduce the protein loss in hair when used in a pre-poo, post-wash routine.  The study also goes on to say,  “Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.”

 

I’m still determined though to figure out the best way to utilize coconut into my hair regime, not the oil per say, but perhaps other concentrated forms.  My next foray will be with the coconut milk.  I’m a bit hesitant to mix it in with any of the conditioners that I already have because I honestly trust the formulations in the conditioners that I’m currently using.  I kinda don’t want to fudge up the flow of what it’s set out to do by adding something else.

 

While surfing youtube, I did find a recipe using a Coconut creme concentrate that looks easy and sounds like something I could dabble in.

The recipe calls for:

  • 1-2 TBL Coconut Oil (Virgin of course)
  • 1-2 TBL Coconut Creme Concentrate
  • 8-12 ounces of Plain fat free yogurt

The idea behind this recipe is to ‘relax’ the curl while moisturizing.  The Youtuber who demo’ed this mix called it a ‘natural relaxer,’ which got a lot of commenters in a mini-upheaval.  The word relaxer does emote negative thoughts, but the fact that the three main ingredients are in fact natural products…I don’t know, personally it sounds like a hefty duty DC.

coco-cream

 

Personally, I’ve never heard of coconut cream concentrate before, but don’t doubt it packs a punch in the moisture department.  I plan to order online because I refuse to hunt this thing down through the freezing streets of NYC! I’ll be ordering from this site, and will perhaps pick up their coconut oil if the price is right.

 

Some info on Coconut Creme Concentrate:

Commercial coconut milks and creams are generally sold in cans, or sometimes boxes and tetra packs. The main ingredient in these products is water. If the fat content is 17%, it is called “coconut milk.” If the fat content is 24%, it is called “coconut cream.” But most of what you are purchasing is water. Coconut Cream Concentrate, on the other hand, has NO water, and is pure coconut. Unlike the commercial varieties, it also contains ALL the fiber of the coconut. Pure, dried coconut contains more fiber per gram than even oat bran! This fiber has been stripped out of commercial coconut milks and coconut creams. Also, almost all commercial coconut milks and creams have additives to prevent the water from separating from the coconut oil, and also have sulfites added to keep it white longer. Sometimes these additives are so small, that the FDA does not require them to list them on their labels as ingredients. Coconut Cream Concentrate, however, contains NO additives and NO preservatives at all: it is 100% natural coconut made from certified organic Philippine coconuts grown without pesticides or fertilizers.

 

It all sounds good, but most importantly I hope it’s worth the time and energy!  I’ve already found an awesome DC in my Curl Rehab, so I hope to try this as a bi-weekly conditioner, or if this puppy turns out to be uber concentrated I’ll switch to every other month.

February 3, 2009

Fun Vid!

I haven’t yet tried the Hair Rules line, but I found this several weeks back and thought it cute:

 

February 3, 2009

Curl Rehab Review

junkieHere’s the deal.  I am officially on second day hair as of this morning.  I washed, DC’d and styled my quasi- bouffant this past Sunday and have to say….my second day hair looks FABULOUS compared to yesterday! Honestly, I figured yesterday was going to be sort of like the pinnacle of the do…but after untwisting my hair this morning I shuffled my feet in excitement yet again!! Bounce. Shine. MOISTURE!! All three were present and accounted for and I love em for it!

But often times when I think back on all the good hair days that I’ve had in the past, I get this nagging feeling or desire to want to pinpoint exactly what it was I’d done differently, whether it was detangling differently, conditioning differently etc.

I tried a couple of new things Sunday, the first being my first go at an ACV rinse. That rocked out for sure! My scalp for the most part felt thoroughly cleansed and fresh.  Second, I applied Curl Rehab, a new DC treatment from the Curl Junkie line. Now, this was a treat to apply because, man the smell of this puppy is delicious. Third, I styled with Donna Marie’s Twist Pudding, a light styling product that acts like a gel but produces results like a creme…an automatic added bonus!!

But what every curly head knows is that the jumpstart to anything good hair related begins with good conditioner, and DC’ing with the Curl Rehab for two hours after my bentonite disaster last week was  certainly my jump start point… and perhaps even the way I’d sectioned the hair before applying.

I applied the Curl Rehab into smaller sections this time around to cut back on my styling regime, and my guess is the DC worked it’s magic! The consistency is light, and your hair will absorb this stuff almost instantly which makes detangling a breeze because of the slip. The smell is heaven, a true girl friendly mix of gardenia and coconuts…but a little goes a long way so apply sparangly!

Ingredients:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupua Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia oil, Cananga Odorata oil, Lecithin, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

After I rinsed the DC out of my hair, there was a noticeable difference in my curls, particularly the front crown of my head where my curls fall into looser waves.  When coaxed properly they behave into well defined ringlets, something I haven’t seen since my heat damage fiasco last summer…but my ringlets made a surprise appearance after I rinsed with the Curl Rehab!

It’s hard for me to say that my hair was simply just soft, which it was…but besides that it felt healthy, something  I’d been longing my hair to feel since I trimmed my heat damaged ends off last year.  Honestly it was personal vindication! My hair was finally willing to work with me, all I had to do was apply the right products/routine… and the Curl Rehab along with the ACV was my kickoff to that.

I’ve definitely found my DC treatment, so the search was short and sweet! I’ve cataloged Curl Rehab into my arsenal of products and plan to use sparingly when my hair needs extra TLC.  I’ll post a review for the Lock & Twist Pudding laterz;-)

February 2, 2009

Et Voila!

Took the twists out this morning and was doing a mini-two step in my bathroom mirror! The results from my DC + the ACV rinse seemed to be really compatible with my hair, leaving my scalp clean and my hair soft and light, au revoir to product buildup!

I’m rockin a twist out this morning and for the rest of the week as usual, but the only thing I did do differently was not separate my twists once I undid them.  Normally I separate to add volume, but my hair had a different kind of bounce to it that I ended up loving the natural finished product! My hair had a different movement and shine to it, something I didn’t typically get after going through my previous routines. 

Before untwisting though I did make sure to apply my unrefined shea butter to the hair…something I usually do directly after twisting my hair fresh to seal in the moisture, but I simply forgot.  Nonetheless, my hair remains soft and looks far from dry and dull!

As the week goes on I expect to start separating the twists, just for the sake of achieving a different look here and there, but honestly it’s really gratifying to find something natural that works this well…

February 1, 2009

The Process

Today I decided to change “the process” up dramatically by trying out a few different products and techniques. Last night I was tired from work but on a whim ended up pre-pooing for the first time in a loooong time.  I figured why not…let’s set up my hair for a deep cleaning/conditioning the next day.

So last night I pre-pooed with a new conditioner from Suave, the coconut scent, and saturated my hair while separating into big twists.  I didn’t detangle the whole head, but really just stuck to the ends to remove any loose strands that might’ve accumulated during the week…and their was a lot!! The less moisture my hair has, there is always inevitable hair shedding.  Sucks really…but it’s pretty common during the winter months.

After separating into twists I donned a conditioning cap and went to sleep.  Waking up this morning, I washed out the conditioner, still keeping the twists together for easier rinsing and mixed my ACV rinse.

Because I wanted to concentrate more on my scalp in terms of cleansing and removing buildup, I mixed the ACV in an applicator bottle I picked up at the BSS (beauty supply store).  Using the applicator bottle made a HUGE difference in my new routine and I have to say I made less of a mess! I usually have a tendency to drip puddles around my feet whenever I have the water running, so this was a great addition to the process!

I still had a bit of conditioner left in my hair so after applying the ACV I massaged the scalp thoroughly, then ran my fingers through my hair to sort of start the detangling process.  Now, I won’t lie…the smell of the ACV was strong! I mean it’s vinegar so it’s got it’s acidic alkaline properties down in every way..lol!

But after massaging the scalp  I made sure to rinse thoroughly.  The smell did linger a bit, which I was expecting so I did one more co-wash with the Suave conditioner.

The next step was to DC with my Curl Rehab which was delivered earlier in the week (detailed review to come later)! I detangled with the Curl Rehab and my Denman, then retwisted hair into about 12 large twists.  I sat under a conditioning cap for a good two hours because I failed to DC last week.

Afterwards I jumped in the shower and rinsed my hair, having the twists still in place with the flow of the water coming straight down, a trick I found worked well in preventing my hair to detangle again.  Sounds strange, but I hold my breath for a bit while letting the water run straight down as if pouring a bucket over my head! This took a bit of practice when I tried it a couple of weeks ago because I’d switched to rinsing with cold water to alleviate frizz and add shine…but it’s amazing the difference it makes!

So  after the cold rinse I applied my KCKT and styled my hair this week with Donna Marie’s Lock & Twist Pudding.  After twisting, because I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate my Coconut Oil into my routine after my Bentonite disaster, I decided to apply it to my scalp and also to seal my ends.

Right now my hair is still damp, but my scalp feels amazingly fresh and clean from the ACV! I’m not sure what to do with the smell, but I’m determined to add this to my routine.  This was the first time I’ve ever used a rinse to cleanse my scalp rather than a simple co-wash or mild shampoo cleanser and I have to say I’m a true convert!! My hair did not feel stripped, it just felt clean!  I’ll post more results tomorrow…the true test is always after I’ve slept on my twists and how well moisturized they remain.

Overall though I’d love to stick to this routine for at least another week or two to see if it’ll help with my scalp issues…everything just seemed to flow really well…from the ACV rinse to the DC treatment and then finally the styling…easy breezy:-)