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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.

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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!

Hair Talk—My Must-Have Products


Hola peeps!  Since I returned to natural I am often asked what hair products I use to maintain my coif.  My hair closet is filled with puddings, gels,  curl creams, conditioners and more (I’m a low-key pj) but there are a few products I keep stock piled.  Here they are in no particular order:

1) Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner–  I love this conditioner!  It is super light and very moisturizing without being sticky or runny on the hair.  It also works well with other products.  I have used some leave-ins that coat the hair so much that when you add a cream or a gel it leaves a white residue—this doesn’t!

2) Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque– This masque is the bomb.com!  A few months ago when I went through my extreme dry, itchy scalp scare (remember the post if not go here) this was a major player in restoring it back to normal.  I now use this along with the shampoo and conditioner in the line on the regular to keep my scalp and hair in check.  It is very soothing and claims to also aid in curing dandruff, eczema and psoriasis.

3) Organix Hydrating Teatree Mint {Hydrating Treatment}- Hydrate, refresh, or condition…you name it this product is it!  Although for the most part I use it as a hydrator for my curls after I wash but before I add in my leave-in conditioner.  It smells divine and the tea tree mint leaves your scalp feeling tingly and refreshed.  I can never find this in the store so anytime I run across it I tend to buy a couple of bottles…a must-have for sure!

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4) Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste– If your edges are like mine—unruly and won’t lay down then you need to pick up this paste asap!  This will snatch them back and laid for days.  There is no other edge control out there for me.

5) Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner– Another leave-in that I cannot do without, however I tend to use this one as a refresher.  It is perfect for reviving flat curls, add moisture to dry hair and great for prepping updos, twists, braids and more.  This will always been in my product arsenal!

6) Ampro Pro Styl Olive Oil Gel– I use all kinds of products on my hair but nothing gives me hold and shine like gel.  Don’t get me wrong I love my Eco Styler gel but this one has truly grown on me.  It doesn’t dry hair or crunchy and enhances my curl pattern.

So there you have it my must-have products!  Have your tried any of these, if so what was your experience?  Do you have a product(s) that you can’t do without?  Do tell!

My Hair Update—Old-School Roller Rules


Hola peeps!  It has been awhile since I have featured my hair so here goes!  As of late I’ve been bored with my usual WNG so I decided to switch it up for the new year.  Read on below for my regimen and how I achieved this soft, curly ‘do.

Here’s what I used and did:

1) Washed and conditioned as normal using random products.

2) Surprisingly I didn’t use a leave-in conditioner but let my hair air dry naturally then slathered on a mixture of olive and cocoa butter oils.

3) Blow dried using low heat to get it semi-straight.  My thoughts were to leave it straight but I didn’t like it so I continued on…

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4) On dry hair I used Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll to set my hair using old-school foam rollers

5) I used about 16 big rollers in no particular order to section because I wanted my curlz to be care-free.

6) Overnight I slept with a satin bonnet

7) In the am I used a quarter-size of Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine to smooth the frizzies and add shine as I took out the rollers

8) Once all out I shook my head, fluffed and finger-combed to my liking…viola what you see is what ya get!

I love the results—I feel like an old-Hollywood glamazon…haha!  Do you like?  If you have tried these products before what was your outcome?  Better yet did you start 2013 off with a new ‘do?  Do tell all!

(Disclaimer: All products where purchased by me, I was not paid to advertise any products.)

Product Review—Jane Carter Nourish & Shine


Hola peeps!  I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  Today I have a great product review of Jane Carter’s Nourish & Shine.  This product is a 100% natural pure essential oil that is created for curly hair, coarse hair and can also be used as a body butter.  The consistency is great as it almost melts instantly in the palm of your hand, the scent is light and not overbearing at all.  Here are the deets on the ingredients:  Shea butter, Kokum butter, Illippe butter, Mango butter, Vitamins A, D, & E, pear and grapefruit essential oils.

At first I was a little hesitant because I really didn’t know how to use it.  Most of the time I wear my hair in a WNG but now that winter is here I am experimenting more with dry styles and this is the perfect product for it.  This is what I did:

-Washed and conditioned my hair

-Spritzed my hair with a leave-in and then sectioned my hair in 4’s

-Applied a generous amount (about a quarter size) Nourish & Shine to my edges, nape of my neck, and each section

-Then blow dried with very low heat

-Put my hair in 6 twists and curled the ends with sponge rollers

-In the am I untwisted, applied a bit more of Nourish & Shine to control the stray pieces and I was good to go!

I really like this product however, the $22 price for only 4oz can be a bit much; yet I feel that it is worth it and will last a long time.  Have any of you tried this, if so how did you use it….did you like it?  Check out my pics below and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

During my semi-blowout...my hair has grown soooo much!
This is what my hair looks like after wearing my hair like this for a few days. I love it---light and fluffy! However you see that even with a dry style I still have shrinkage...oh well.
**This is not a paid product review, I purchased and used this on my own.

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JCS Giveaway—The winner is……………!


Hola peeps!  I hope that your Saturday is going great!  Let’s get to it……**drum roll please**……the winner of the Jane Carter Solution giveaway is……JULIANA ATABONG!  Congratulations to you and I hope that you enjoy these products.  Please do contact me with all of  your info (address, etc) so that I can send them your way.

I want to thank everyone for entering—new and veteran followers/subscribers!  You all are very much appreciated and I thank you for supporting SNC.  Please continue to show your love as there are more giveaways and goodies in store! An even bigger thank you goes out to JCS team for sending the products for the giveaway :o)

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Giveaway Time—Jane Carter Solution!!


Hola mi gentes!  Happy Friday!  As promised I have a great giveaway for you guys today.  Thanks to the kind folks at Jane Carter Solution for sending over 8oz bottles of Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo SLS-Free, Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner, and Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner.  As a personal treat  I will throw in a travel size Curl Defining Cream as well!  If you follow my blog then you know that I’ve done 3 **yes THREE** reviews of different JCS products; while I’ve had highs and lows with them I must say I do like their shampoo and conditioner.  Well, enough of my yapping here are the giveaway deets:

**Giveaway starts today May 20th and ends next Friday May 27th.  A winner will be chosen at random that day.

**Subscribe to the blog OR Become a fan/like us on Facebook.  If you would like to do both that would be great.  Comments are always welcome too :o)

**If you are already a subscriber or fan then you are automatically entered.  

See easy breezy!  You have an entire week to enter and spread the word about this great giveaway.  Good Luck!

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Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner contains ingredients that permanently bond to your hair’s cortex, leaving it stronger and with greater elasticity.

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Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner seals in vital panthenol and humectants and acts as a protective barrier against heat styling and sun damage. Use it daily as a re-hydrator. Mist your hair in the morning and evening, and it’s great for flat ironing or roller setting fine hair.

Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo (SLS-Free)

Infuse moisture while gently cleansing your hair and scalp. This SULPHATE FREE shampoo employs humectants that helps your hair hold more moisture with an added hint of peppermint to wake up your scalp.

Curl Defining Cream is light-weight, all natural product formulated to lengthen and define your natural curl pattern while drying to a soft, shiny, bouncy finish.

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