Tag: Hair care

Product Review—Madam C.J. Walker


Hola peeps!  Loooooonnnnnnngggg time, no post…I’ve missed you guys!  There has been so much going on in my life that I just needed a break from it all.  However I’m going to do my best and try to get back into the swing of things.  Although I’m not sure how often these posts will happen but best believe SNC is never forgotten so please enjoy for now until I return to normalcy 🙂

The other day I was in Sephora searching for Bite’s Amuse Bouche new lipstick colors which they didn’t have (I went to 3 locations!!!), I was so upset!  However I digress and save that for a later post, however I eventually got over it when I stumbled upon the new Madam C.J. Walker line.  I saw on Instagram (follow me @sassncurlz) that they released a new line but totally forgot about it, so I was happy to see it in store.

I tested out Jamaican Black Castor Oil & Murumuru Oils Loosen and Stretch Gel on a few of my strands.  The gel wasn’t too sticky or runny  and provided a nice hold; however I noticed that the scent was a bit strong but that didn’t stop me from buying it and the Defining Butter Creme.  I left Sephora a happy product junkie and went about my day!

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The next day I washed, conditioned and even gave myself a protein treatment.  Next I was ready to styled my tresses with the gel.  I worked it in with my fingers from the roots to ends and let it air dry.  Everything was going along great until I noticed that the scent got stronger, so much so that I developed a migraine!  At first I tried to ignore it but I couldn’t take it anymore, it was as if I had poured perfume on my head.  I took a Motrin and laid down, then an hour later I washed my hair again to get rid of the smell!  I’m sorry but this is a no go and I’ll be returning these to Sephora.  Since that happened I will not be trying the Defining Butter Creme which disappoints me because I really wanted to like these products.  Oh well I will stick with what works.

If you are curious about the ingredients see below:

Water, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin (Vegetable), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*+, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Unum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Algin, Chitosan, Gellan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/Cl0-30 Alkyl Acrylate Copolymer, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend).

Although the scent didn’t agree with me it did provide my curlz with great hold.  Take a peek at the results, excuse the blurry pic as this was the best I could do because my head was pounding at this point!

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So there you have it, a quick review.  Have you tried these products, if so what are your thoughts?  Oh and give me feedback on what you would like to see on SNC upon its return.

Thanks for hanging with me and stay tuned for more posts!

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My Hair Update—Braidout and Go!


Hola!  Long time no hair update, however don’t fret this is a quickie.  If you read my previous post you know that this NYC winter is no joke and it has contributed to me doing the least to my hair.  The motivation that I have in the summertime to switch up my styles and let my curls flourish has been banished by my big faux fur hooded parka.  I digress as I can’t do anything about the weather but I can put in a bit more effort with my tresses.  Well a few weeks ago I did just that and revisited a tried and true protective style—the braidout.

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This is what I did:

  • Washed and conditioned my hair
  • Applied a water-based leave-in conditioner (Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner )
  • Drenched my tresses with coconut oil
  • Sectioned my hair in fours
  • Blow dried on low heat followed with a shot of cool air
  • Applied Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer (key product) to each section
  • Braided my hair (10 braids)
  • Covered with a satin bonnet
  • Unraveled in the am (with fingertips that were saturated with coconut oil)
  • Fluffed and go!

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I was pleased with this style and it lasted throughout the week. The first couple of days I braided my hair each night but towards the end of the week I just slept with the bonnet on and fluffed in the morning.  Also I didn’t reapply the Elasta QP daily, these pics are from day 3 and my hair was still very moisturized.  So there you have it, easy!  What are your thoughts?  Better yet what protective style are you rocking this winter?  Do tell.

Events—Motions & Essence Fearless Style Lounge


Hola peeps!  Last Wednesday I attended the Fearless Style Lounge which was sponsored by Essence Magazine and Motions hair care.  The event was hosted by Pamela Edwards-Christiani, Essence Beauty and Style Director and Ursula Stephen, Motions Celebrity Stylist (ahem think of RiRi’s pixie cut–she did that).  It was the perfect way to end a very hectic NYFW!  I had great time and left with some great new hairstyle ideas to try.  Take a peek at the pics…enjoy!

Celebrity hairstylist and Global Ambassador for Motions South Africa Ursula Stephen doing a fierce braided updo on a client.
Bun knots (or so I call it)–this is another fun style created by Ursula.
This client’s braids were transformed into a big twisted bun.
My friend Sade (@afrochicas) curls were elevated with side twists and picked out to add volume.

Thoughts on these looks?  Are you planning on trying any of these styles?  Do tell!

My Hair Update—Nerdy Chic to Voluminous Vixen


Hola!  I’ve been having lots of fun with my hair lately.  I give props to the nonexistent, low to no humidity fake summer that we’ve been having here in the Northeast.  I am sure you caught the sarcasm; don’t get me wrong the weather is great for hair but sucks for someone like me who loves warm summer temps.  So on that note I decided to give the dreaded twist-out a try again!  I say that because they have never worked for me except when I was transitioning, well not this time.  In a matter of a day I went from nerdy chic to a voluminous vixen —all because of a fab twist-out!

Read on…

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I started out with a slicked back bun which was really an old WnG.
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I then washed, detangled and blow dried my hair with low heat.
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I put my hair in about eight chunky twists and rolled the ends. The next morning I fluffed and spritzed lightly with hairspray and this is what I got.

I am loving my hair in this fluffy twist-out, if the weather stays the same I just may rock this style for the rest of the summer.  I enjoy the stretched hair and less products, it is a great way to give my hair a break from WnGs.  So thoughts, do you like?  Do tell.

My Hair Update—Ouidad Carve & Slice Cut x Design Essentials Natural Products = Happy Curlz


Hola peeps!  Initially this post was going to be a product review then I thought well it really is an update about my hair.  As you can see from the title that I got a hair cut!  Brace yourself as it wasn’t drastic but I can definitely see and feel the difference in my hair.  Keep scrolling to see and find out more about the cut/trim and the hair products that I am currently coveting!

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I was chosen by Ouidad to be a model for their Carve & Slice technique.  Basically they focus on the density (bulk) of your hair instead of the length.  I was very clear that I didn’t want layers (I’m still trying to grow them out) nor did I want it short.  I’ll admit I was nervous but I went through with it anyway.  At first I thought meh but once I got home and played around with the shape it grew on me.

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Once I felt comfortable with the cut I went into my product closet and pulled out Design Essentials Naturals Curl Enhancing Mousse and Twist and Set Setting Lotion.  On freshly washed and detangled hair I applied the Twist and Set Setting Lotion first.  I smoothed it on my hair then used a wide tooth comb to be sure that every strand was touched.  Then I applied a few handfuls (about the size of a golf ball) of the Curl Enhancing Mousse to my tresses which blended well.  I was pleasantly surprised as it didn’t feel sticky and there wasn’t a strong scent.  Yay!

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I was able to get 3rd day hair just with those two products and rewetting, however by the 4th day I wanted a change.  So I glossed over my curls with Eco-Styler Olive Oil Gel (lightly) and pulled it up in a puff, which  I rocked for another 2 days.  These products combined with the cut has allowed me to lock it down for the rest of the summer; as I am ready for the rain, humidity and high heat.  Happy curlz!  Thoughts?

Hair Talk—8 Products for Summer Haircare


Hola peeps!  Summertime is finally here and I hope that you are enjoying it!  However with my favorite time of the year comes humidity, scorching temps, and random rain showers so we must keep our curls in check.  On that note I have listed 8 products (stylers) that can help you through it all…some I’ve tried and others I plan to try. Let’s get to it!

Summer Haircare
  1. Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly—I have yet to try this but I have read reviews that was on both ends of the spectrum.  This is a gel that aims to define curls without the crunch.  Well I am pretty much sold as I love a good gel!  I guess that this would be perfect for wash and gos and slicking down edges.
  2. Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding—Tried and true to it’s word this pudding goes on smooth, smells great and is not sticky.  It does provide a good hold and definitely defines curls, my only gripe is that my hair looked dull once it dried.  This is great for a WnG, 2 strand twists and bantu knots.
  3. Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream—This is a fantastic cream for dry kinky strands that needs that extra bit of moisture.  I have tried this on my WNG and twists before and the results were great!  Also this cream is good at slicking down edges when you want to rock a bun.
  4. Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream—This is a very rich cream that is great at moisturizing tresses and serves as a protectant against harmful rays (IMO).  Of course I tried this on my WnG but also found out that it provides a good hold for braid outs as well.
  5. Curls Gel-Les’C—As of yet I haven’t tried this product but lots of curlies are raving about it.  However I think that this gel may be best for finer curl textures (i.e. 3A-3B)  and would probably be great for to use on WnG with a soft hold.
  6. Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle—This is a beloved brand within the natural hair community and many love this gel as well.  I reviewed this product a few years ago (go here to read) and it wasn’t the greatest for me.  However when paired with their Curl Enhancing Smoothie to do two strand twists expect a luscious, fluffy twist-out the very next day.
  7. Carol’s Daughter Styling Pudding—I’m intrigued by this product because I am unsure if this similar to their infamous Hair Milk wrapped in new packaging or if it is a new formula altogether.  I would guess that the consistency would be creamy yet not too thick since it is a “pudding”, perhaps this would work best to set hair for a flexi-rod set or a bantu knot-out.
  8. Shea Radiance Maximum Curl Defining Cream—This cream is suppose to gently hold, resist humidity and define curls so I would try using this with braid-out.  I would guess that it would give a controlled voluminous look.

So there you have it, 8 products to get you through the summer months.  Gel, pudding, cream and soufflé…there is something for everyone and every style imaginable.  I am sure that I left out quite a few however don’t be shy, leave a comment below and let me know.  I challenge you (and myself) to explore and have fun with our hair during the best season of the year.  Enjoy!

Events—Taliah Waajid Presents World Natural Health & Beauty Expo NYC


Hola peeps!  I am so excited to share with you an event that I have been longing to attend—Taliah Waajid World Natural Health & Beauty Expo NYC!  Finally they have decided to take this expo on the road and hitting up NYC.  For the last few years I have envied ATL chicas that was able to attend well on July 19th and 20th it is our turn.

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You can expect:

  • hair demonstrations
  • workshops on hair care, health and well-being
  • fashion shows
  • musical entertainment
  • shop for hair, health and beauty in the exhibit hall

There is soooooo much more too!  Sounds cool right?!?  If you are interested in attending I suggest that you get your tickets now!  Go here to purchase and I hope to see you there.  Enjoy!