Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Conditioner Review

Ever since Wal-Mart started carrying curl friendly hair care, I’ve been super excited to try them all. I mean who doesn’t love Wal-Mart, right? I knew the prices would be affordable and that would make it easy to fit into my budget.

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For those of you who’ve been following me, you know that hair care is one of my most passionate subjects. I most definitely owe this to my daughter. Ever since she was born I made a conscious effort to be careful as to what I would spend my money on when it comes to hair care.

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So recently, I was in a bind and decided to try a new product. I decided to get the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Conditioner. It promises to soften curls, help to seal split ends, strengthen damaged or frizz prone hair, soften curls as well as it’s for all types of curly hair. So I was pretty excited. I have curly hair with different curl types all throughout my hair (thanks to my previous pregnancy and getting older). I have type 4a/4b curls so I definitely need a conditioner to take care of all my curls.

Here are my thoughts.

This conditioner is packaged wonderfully. I love the pink bottle with the cursive wirting. I find that it has this femininity to it, that just appeals to me. I love the pump. It’s so much easier to work with a pump than without.20190226_114628-02121305572.jpeg

The conditioner is creamy and smells great. It has this opaque, white colour to it. It applies easily on the hair and the slip is AMAZING! I love how quickly I could run my hands through my hair without having to struggle or fight just to have my hand back from my hair. It’s also amazingly cheap. It only cost $6.97, I mean you can’t beat a price like that for a curl conditioner.

The only con that I have is the amount of pumps I needed to get this all over my hair. Every section required at least two pumps to get the product to do what I needed to do. At this rate I know that this conditioner may not last as long as I would like. Therefore, in the long run, it seems like it would be costly then cost efficient.

Have you tried the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Conditioner? How did you like it?

 

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Cute & Easy Toddler Hairstyle

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The holidays are right around the corner and that means family pictures, Santa Claus pictures, church pictures…so many pictures?! Of course, everyone will want to see your little princess of joy and take pictures.

If you’re like me, you want your little girl to look her absolute best. If you’re princess is anything like mine, keeping her still long enough to even put her hair in a ponytail is a struggle, let alone an entire hairstyle.

If you want to know how I keep her still click here.

If you want to see how I take a simple hairstyle and switch it up, then keep reading.

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Sometimes a headband is all you need. If your little is really against getting her hair done, a nice accent will do the trick. Here Mercy is wearing a white stretchy netted wide headband with a white blooming flower to the side.

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My favourite hairstyle is two high ponytails, one on each side. It allows her curls to be free and to be seen so close to her face without it getting in her face. I part her hair right down the middle, using a wide tooth comb and use two small soft elastic bands for the puffs!

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Here I do the two puffy ponytails again, but this time I part on the side. Then halfway through I go down the side. One side is smaller than the other and that’s ok. On the bigger side, I use the top part and do a french braid but instead of finishing it, I join the hair to the nearest puffy ponytail. Et voila!

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Here I turn the two puffy ponytails into two buns. It makes for an easy and simple transition without the effort.

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Here I separated her hair into two sections. The top part is left alone as a puffy bun. On the bottom I made two separate french on each side of her hair and then joined it in the middle.

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Here I separated her hair into three parts, and each part has a ponytail. The top ponytail is separated into two individual twists. Meanwhile the bottom two are put into 1 twist.

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Sometimes I just let her hair flow free.

Her hair is absolutely beautiful and I don’t want her to feel bound by the state of her hair. As mothers, we just want to share the beauty and the love that we have for them.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know in the comments.

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Dove Dermacare Anti-Dandruff Itch & Dryness Relief Review

So I suffer from dandruff. Not the cute “moisture your scalp and it’s gone” kind but the “let me shower you flakes on demand” kind.  

Growing up, I didn’t know much about hair care but I knew excessive, and I mean excessive, itch was a problem. I was the only one in my family who couldn’t shed the itch…and flakes (pun intended). 

Years and years went by and I am still dealing with the same problem. The thing is I have used other anti-dandruff shampoos, but one thing always bothered me. They DRY my hair out. By the time I’m done, I’ve got to condition, deep condition, leave-in treatments, etc.

Nobody has time for that..I don’t!

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So I started to used Dove Dermacare Anti-Dandruff shampoo and it’s understandable as to why it won the Allure Best of Beauty award in 2017.

So like most anti-dandruff shampoos it contains Pyrithione Zinc, which is great for fighting dandruff, but unlike most dandruff shampoos, it has coconut oil and shea butter. They totally help keep my hair from drying out while leaving my scalp flake free.

So I’m totally in love with this shampoo. It’s worth the money and my hair and scalp loves it. Considering we’re heading into “hair trauma” season (aka winter) this is exactly what I need.

How do you deal with dry scalp and itchiness? Let me know in the comments below.

LaCoupe Fresh Avocado Frizz Control Review

20180719_120652I recently had the opportunity of reviewing LaCoupe Fresh Avocado Frizz Control shampoo and conditioner. Though I was provided with these products, the reviews that I am about to give are completely my own.

In case you didn’t know, what initially fueled me into blogging was the lack of information available for women like me. I’m a mother, who works to pay the bills and is working towards her dream. So money is tight, my time is tight and so is my sleep.

I have a husbands who seems to depend on me as much as my 1 year old does. It’s not his fault, I do a pretty good job at maintaining the house in order if I do say so myself. So when it comes to self-care, specifically hair care, I need to be able to get what I need from the products I use as quickly and effectively as possible without spending the whole day on my hair. Not just for me but so that I can pass that information on to my daughter so she doesn’t grow up resenting her hair because “it’s so much work”, when it doesn’t have to be.

So let’s get into it.

This is part of  LaCoupe’s Naturals collections, it is created for curly-haired folks like myself who do not want any silicone, paraben, or sulfate in their products. It is also cruelty-free and colour safe. It contains aloe juice and coconut water. Also avocado seed extract, sweet almond oil and hibiscus extract for the frizz control. Doesn’t this sound impressive?

I really, really, wanted to love it. I used it twice (on two different occasions), read the instructions and followed them to the letter. Unfortunately, it did not move me. If I was still relaxing my hair this duo would have been perfect for me. But alas, I need more, more moisture.

Let’s start with the shampoo.

It lathers beautifully and smells great. It’s a gentle hair cleanser that won’t strip your hair bare which is great. It also rinses off very easily. Unfortunately, there was something left behind on my hair that I didn’t really like. I can’t really put my finger on it. It didn’t really feel like it got rid of the dirt or grime off of my hair.

Now with the conditioner.

I felt this conditioner was a little too light for my liking. I like my conditioner like I like my husband, with some thickness! Not too much because it needs to move, but enough so I can feel it on me. You know what I mean?

I needed six pumps (two usually does it for me), to get some kind of slip. That’s not budget-friendly, even if it’s available at Wal-Mart. It took a while to get the product to really penetrate my hair strands. That’s not time friendly.  Half of my shower time was spent on this hair conditioner and I didn’t even use a comb. I just finger detangled. It was not a pleasant experience. Once I was done with the conditioner, turns out it rinsed out quite nicely. There was no residue left from the conditioner.

For a naturalista like myself, who is trying to show my daughter the efficacy of curly hair care, this was fail. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with type 4.

However if your hair is relaxed and/or your hair isn’t super thirsty for moisture, then this is probably the hair duo you need.

Have you tried it? Let me know.

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Loving My Natural Journey ft. Shea Moisture JBCO Hair Product review

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I am a black woman, who once was addicted to the “creamy crack”, also known as a relaxer. I am a former “creamy crack” addict.

My journey is very similar to a lot of hair naturalistas.

At the age of 13, I received my first relaxer, after many years of using the hot comb for the desired straight hair effect. I thought I was going to have that luscious, voluminous, straightened hair I saw on the packaging. Boy, was I wrong!

Just before the birth of my daughter, I knew in my heart that I no longer to relax my hair. If I wanted straight hair. I’d buy a lace front. And I did.

With the help of Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil hair care line, I’ve been able to fall in love with my hair again. In its primitive, chemical-free, heat-free, damage-free state.20180628_112051_00011826666194.png

I have always been a Shea Moisture fan. But for awhile, I was worried that my hair would suffer from Canada’s worst winter temperature. So I put the Shea Moisture JBCO leave-in conditioner to the test.

As a new mom to a very active 1 year old, I knew that I wouldn’t have the time to spend on my hair to ensure that it got the proper TLC it needed daily. So I was very pleasantly surprised when I realized that this miracle in a jar kept my moisturized for at least a week. I didn’t have to go back and re-moisturize my ends.

Yes I called it a miracle in a jar, because it is.

One of my favourite things to do when applying the Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen and Restore Leave-In Conditioner with shea butter, peppermint and apple cider vinegar, is to brush it with a paddle brush or comb it with a wide tooth-comb into my hair.

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It ensures me that every strand get the love it needs to just thrive despite what temperature comes my way.

The Shampoo is as moisturizing as it says it is and the Strengthen and Restore Edge Treatment Gel is exactly the gel I need to slay my edges without snatching them off my scalp.

I use these products with confidence knowing that it’s sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalates-free, propylene glycol-free, mineral-oil, paraffin-free, DEA-free, cruelty-free, made with fair trade ingredients and most of all it just does what it says.

I’ve used on my baby’s hair (especially when the weather drops to negative 30 degrees Celsius), my husband’s hair (he LOVES it) and we’ve all noticed the difference it’s made.

It’s been a long journey to get to this point where I can just not worry about the health of my hair, but we’ve made it.

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Finding the right products obviously make a world of a difference but wherever your hair journey takes you, I hope you fall in love with your hair.

What hair products do you use currently? Let me know in the comment section

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The Beginner’s guide to do your baby’s curly hair

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional hairstylist/cosmetician/esthetician. I am just a mom who found some tips to manage my daughter’s hair during this harsh winter we’re experiencing. This is my story. I hope this helps.

Ok so my daughter is here and she has has the most beautiful head of hair (mostly, but who cares?!). Her curls are beautiful and I want to start her right.

So I did my due diligence and googled my way into….nothing.

Wait! Nothing? How can that be with all the hair gurus on the internet on curly hair, how can there be NOTHING???

Well I’m sure I’m not the only one, so after some experimenting I got a regime that works.

Back story: She has a haitian mother and dominican father, so of course I knew her straight black would not stay that way.

Her hair texture began to change(still is changing), her hair started falling off (but it’s growing back now) and all I was told was…

  1. it’s normal, don’t worry
  2. just put some Olive oil on it
  3. just leave it alone

…umm, but I want to keep it healthy…

Here in Canada, our winters are harsh like -40 degrees Celsius harsh. Don’t wanna leave the house harsh. Everything dies harsh.

There’s no way I’m subjecting her hair, my perfect angel of a princess, the most beautiful cutie-patootie to ever grace me with her presence, to such barbaric atmospheric torture.

No way! Not this mother.

So I developed a system that is working for us so far.

Here goes.

  1. Drench the hair in olive oil
  2. Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby shampoo – wash and rinse
  3. TGIN conditioner – use a dime size, put it in hair, finger detangle, rinse and towel dry
  4. Olive oil – use a dime size, put all over hair
  5. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style – use a pea size and put all over hair
  6. Braid and leave it until next week

This has been our secret to retaining moisture and length (where the hair still exist) during the winter. Once humidity is restored and the weather becomes more curly hair friendly it will change but until then….

Well you know

I hope this helps, comment below and let me know.

little known ways to care for your hair during the winter

Listen up Naturals.

I know you’ve been growing out your crown of glory.

Your mane of curls is free to be wild and awesome but somehow…

winter is here and now …

Well things aren’t so great.

So you’ve read up on all the latest blogs regarding hair care but somehow you still aren’t satisfied with the results?

Well I’ve faced the same issue. In fact, I’ve done the whole

• diy hair treatment

• deep conditioning combination treatment

• prepoo

• loc method

• loc method

• loco method

• cowash

• nowash

How many more methods exists out there??

Well here is how I’ve dealt with my hair.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a hairstylist. I’m not a professional. In fact, I’m just a new mom trying to look good while surviving this winter in the great white North called Canada. So this may not work for you. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

I have 4b natural hair with damaged ends (thanks to temperamental weather conditions)…oh yea and I have dandruff.

Isn’t that great?

As previously stated, time is an issue so it can’t last all day. I have an 8 month old baby an of she loves to explore so if she’s not napping then she’s busy planning on how best to take over the world or the kitchen…

I don’t know…

So here are my tips

• Shampoo: Head and Shoulders 2-on-1 with almond oil

I have dandruff, remember?

• Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner
Amazing stuff!

• Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-In Conditioner

Miracle worker.

In order, for these to work on my head I have to FOLLOW the instructions.

So I lather up the shampoo and give myself a quick head massage and leave it in for a bit before rinsing. I do this also for the conditioner. Then once everything is rinsed out I apply the leave in without any shame.

The air is dry out there so my tresses need as much protection as possible. Then I do two braids or do some sort of protective styling.

I hope this helps. Let me know.

Comment below.