German Product Review #1: Peach & Coconut hair milk 

German dm drugstore brand

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Prunus Persica Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Parfum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene

Scent: mild and fruity when applied on wet hair.

Consistency: It is the first time I use a hair milk and have no comparison parameter, but it as milks should be a lot lighter than hair creams and has a lot of slip which is great for my curls.

Silicone free product.

In general I think is a good product, so far, the first time I used it I did LOC, but once I applied the hair cream my hair was too saturated so this time did not use hair cream and so far feel that is good for my hair as is, followed by Argan oil and left to dry.

I think I will continue trying dm drugstore products, instead of trying to order Natural hair products from the US, so I can experience Germany also with my hair 🙂 and also save a lot of money in the process.

Hope you liked my first review of product ever 😁

The Secret to Shrinkage

I found this post adorable, I was thinking just that there is no secret to reduce it and it’s actually awesome to have a reversible haircut every given day thanks to shrinkage lol

The Curl Junkie

shrinkage

Oh, how we all hate shrinkage. We go on a wild goose chase to try to find a product that reduces the amount of shrinkage. We fall victim to all these tales that companies tell us like ,”If you use our product your hair shrinkage will disappear.” The only thing that will disappear is the money from your pocket if  you continue to listen to these lies. Today I am going to tell you the REAL secret to reducing shrinkage. Are you ready?……Alright, here it is……

*crowd gets silent*

*drumroll*

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THERE IS NO WAY TO REDUCE SHRINKAGE!!!!!!!!!!  (I just saved you time and money)

Shrinkage just comes with being natural, so instead of trying to fight shrinkage how about you learn to Love it! Embrace your short curly hair because you rock!

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Hair Experiment #3: Honey, Olive & Coconut Oil Prewash

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In my previous experiment I tried the “do nothing” approach to the wash day and in terms of aesthetics it was quite successful but not in terms of hydration.

So today I felt the need to “recover” the hair and went nuclear on it ok not really but…

My hair was quite dry and tangled after my previous experiment Of not using styling products and leaving my hair out of the water for 6 days (I like feeling the water in my scalp, so that won’t happen again, day 2 or day 3 wash is a must for me).

The experiment:

  1. Coconut oil
  2. olive oil
  3. honey

mix all ingredients in a bowl and heat for less than a minute in the microwave and apply to your scalp with regular massage, let sit for about 20 minutes and follow with Shampoo, deep conditioner and regular conditioner.

The results:

Soft, shiny detangled hair, but it’s  quite puffy and with a lot of shrinkage.

Today was very Humid and rainy and has been for the entirety of the week so far so it was probably not the best day for a hair experiment, regardless I desperately wanted to wash my hair so it is what it is.

Experiment #2:Carefree Hair or Naked Hair

In my first post I wrote about observation being the first step in the scientific method, well in the natural hair community is very common to use a lot of products in our hair, who does not love to discover new ways to get our hair on point? Well today’s experiment will help you do that and it’s not as pricey as you think.

In general knowing how to care for our hair comes with a lot of trial and error, but knowing some information can help us make it a more efficient and pleasant task (and as a byproduct reduce the curly hair tax every naturalista has to pay, a.k.a. The 47 Million hair product tax)

  1. Type of Shampoo
  2. Type of Conditioner
  3. Type of Weather conditions we live in
  4. Humectants
  5. Antihumectants
  6. Gels
  7. Hair cream

…and I could keep going, but the number one thing we need to know is our hair.

There are many hair properties we should take into account:

  1. Hair density
  2. Texture
  3. Curl pattern
  4. Porosity
  5. Length

…and the best way to get to know those things is seeing how our hair behaves when it’s in a clean undisturbed state, for this purpose I decide to try simply washing and conditioning my hair with basic Suave Shampoo & Conditioner.

The pros

  1. Short styling time
  2. Fast air drying
  3. Super defined curls, coils and waves

First day hair was simply amazing, it dried it a way I had not seen before and I really liked the shape, also it took very little time to be ready and it was dry after about 2 hours which for low porosity + High density hair is quite fast. I saw a lot of S patterns of curls and O patterns and an amazing curl definition.
The cons

  1. Too many tangles
  2. Dryness
  3. Longer time in next wash day (oops detangling time)

After day 2 hair it as simply downfall in the sense that the hair was very tangled, it felt somewhat dry and could not stay any longer without product so I oiled the hair in the 2 and used a hair cream to style on day 3. Left the hair undisturbed for as long as I could bear with it and washed it again after 6 days. I normally wash my hair every 3 days but was curious to see how long I could prolong the wash day.

The Conclusion

Asides from learning certain qualities about my hair such as:

  1. Hair prone to tangling
  2. Dry hair
  3. Multiple curl patterns: loose curls on the front and crown area, well defined curls on the sides and perfect coils on the nape of the neck

I also liked the aesthetics of my hair without leave on hair products.

I liked naked hair because my hair actually looked really pretty and I reduced my styling time considerably and probably will try it again but with a few modifications:

  1. Add deep conditioner to the routine (to tackle dryness)
  2. Blow dry instead of air dry (reduce the tangles)
  3. In case of tangles or excessive dryness cowash on second day hair

The reason I have 2 names for it is that after I saw the results I found a couple videos on YouTube with “naked hair” vs my “carefree” and the ideas to improve it next time came from this video in particular.

Naked natural hair
Honestly, I decided to not follow any natural hair “must dos” because  I was starting to get tired of the excessive amount of care and time it takes and wanted a change.

I did not  expect my hair to look good enough, but to my surprise it was one of my best high volume hairstyles ever!

On my next post I will write about my next wash day and the reason why is probably better to use natural hair as a one day thing and not a full week like I tried.

Translating ‘Becky with the Good Hair’

Interesting comment on hair and historic significance.

Alexis Chateau

Earlier this year, I wrote about Beyoncé’s politically charged Super Bowl performance, and the scandal that arose in its wake. Half the world praised her for giving Black empowerment a moment in the media, while the other half branded her a racist and threatened to boycott her music.

Beyoncé made no apologies, and paid no heed to the angry mob. Instead, she later followed up the performance with the release of Lemonade. Since its release, the album has inspired critical acclaim, a whole new host of pop culture references… and the witch hunt foone very elusive “Becky”.

In her song Sorry, Beyoncé stated:

He only want me when I’m not there
He better call Becky with the good hair

Brilliantly Bad Decision

In hopes of capitalizing on the spotlight thrown on Beyoncé yet again, two staffers of Glamour devised a brilliantly terrible plan. They fired back at Beyoncé’s Becky with…

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