Last year, I only blew out my hair once ever 6 months. This Year I’ve decided to blow out my hair once every 3 months. So I ended up blowing out my hair for my 2 year Naturalversary last month. I’ve gotten so many requests on how I do my blow out. So I decided to share my current routine with you guys.
As of right now, I have been using the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Collection. Please let me know if you want me to do a review on this collection.
Usually when I do a blow out, I do a hot oil treatment first, which I just used coconut oil as a hot oil treatment overnight. Once I shampooed and conditioned, I like to let my hair air dry for a few hours before I started to blow dry. I blow dry on High Heat, because since my hair is air dried, I am not usually blow drying for too long. That’s just my preference. You can choose whatever heat setting you want.
- Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Shampoo
- Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Conditioner
- Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream
- Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum
So I am back with another review, on the Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals Deep Treatment Masque.
I after I did my last review on the Cantu for Naturals line, I couldn’t wait to try out the rest of the line; first up was the Deep Treatment Masque.
I picked this up from my local CVS, for about $8.99, which was right in the price range for CVS. I definitely could have gotten it cheaper at Wal-Mart for about $6.99, however, my local Wal-Mart was completely sold out. But it was OK; it was still under $10, which is still a great price for a deep conditioner that is in a 12oz jar.
When it comes to Deep conditioners for my hair I always look for one that are thick and creamy, and this Deep Conditioner checks out in that area. This product contains No Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin, Propylene, PABA or DEA.
When I first used it, I applied it to freshly washed hair. I felt like as I applied it melted my strands and I was able to get A LOT of detangling done. I left it in overnight and paired it with my heat therapy wrap (you can use a warm towel as a substitute), once I rinsed, my hair felt soft and moisturized and more manageable. I’ve used this deep conditioner numerous times at a minimum of 30 minutes and achieved the same results.
- Left my hair feeling soft
- Can detangle with it
- Can be used as a leave in conditioner (per directions)
- Relatively free of harsh ingredients and other chemicals
I don’t really have any cons. I enjoyed it and I will definitely pick it up again.
Make sure you guys go check out my YouTube Video where I have a giveaway going on for the product!!!
So started a protective style challenge back in September 2012. It was originally not on purpose, LOL, I just realized I spent the whole month of September in constant protective styles, so I decided just to continue doing so. My goal was to keep my hair in protective/low manipulation hair styles until my 2 year Naturalversary (which was April 9th, 2013).
Once I started my PSC, I was kind of bored. In the beginning all I was doing was different variations of the Marley Bun…LOL. Which don’t get me wrong I love my Marley Bun, but I just couldn’t justify doing that for the next 6 months…LOL. So eventually I stopped thinking about and just did styles as I thought of them, as you will see some examples below.
I did give my hair a break a day or two, here and there. Just to give my edges and nape a break as well. Also, before I decided to start my challenge, I already had a scheduled heat pass for October, for Fernando’s birthday, which I still took; at that time I blew out my hair (pictured below).
I probably wore my hair out about 5-6 times over the 7 month time frame.
I did notice that my hair was moisturized and I didn’t need to moisturize constantly. Sometimes I went 4-5 days w/o re-moisturizing my hair, sometimes longer. Especially when I did my mini braids. My ends feel very smooth and healthy, which was an awesome plus. Every time I took down a style I felt like my hair was softer and more manageable. What I did find it that protective styling kept my mind off of length which made me focus more on health, which in return gave me length .
Overall, I would say I really enjoyed protective styling and I will probably pick it back up in the fall…HOWEVER, for the next 4-5 months I have NO intentions of protective styling. As much as I enjoyed it, I still enjoy my hair out more. PLUS, my hair LOVES the sun and warmth of the spring and summer months, so I will not deprive her of that…LOL
MY Pros and Cons of Protective Styling:
- Time Saver
- Helps retain length and moisture
- Low maintenance
- Protects your ends from damage
- Just gives you hair an overall break
- Can get very boring & repetitive
YUP! That’s my only CON. I gets PRETTY BORING!! Protective styling is not everyone’s taste. Do I think it’s crucial to my hair journey? NO, it’s not CRUCIAL, but it doesn’t hurt to do it every once in a while.
What are you guys’ thoughts on protective styling??
My Naturalversary was April 9th, 2013
First, I would like to say thank you to Cantu for contacting me to try these products out. Everyone knows that the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner has been a staple in my hair regimen since before I even went natural and I swear by it to this day.
So I was given the opportunity to try out 3 out of the 6 Cantu Shea Butter for Naturals hair products. I was sent the Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream, Coconut Curling Cream and the Coconut Milk Shine & Hold Mist. All of these products contain No Mineral Oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Gluten, Paraffin, Propylene, PABA or DEA. These products are very inexpensive retailing way under $10 and very accessible. I did a review and demo on my YouTube Channel, which you can check out here. I just want to go through and some of my pros and cons on each product.
Love & Natural Hair Tag!!