Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring/Summer Hairstyles

Be a part of my blog! Looking for new FAB Natural Hairstyles for my next review.....Feel free to leave a comment on why your hair is FAB & email a picture to mslawandaintheloop@gmail.com I will share the photos and stories and  construct the best hairstyle on myself . A FAB prize will be sent to the winner! Tell your friends!

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Natural Sisterhood

Returning to my roots has been the best experience.  I have found myself surrounded by women who encourage, support & guide me through a amazing journey. Support is easily found on the Internet not in nameless chat rooms but in videos with women who look like me, talk like me & want to truly know me.  YouTube is better than any college or cosmetology school! Users like BlackOnyx, DivaKeke76, Naptural85 & Lexiwiththecurl (to name a few) guide you through product reviews, how to videos & answer questions we have all asked at some point!  I have never been more proud to be Black & A Woman!
Twitter has open another world that allows people with the same interest to connect with tag lines like #teamnatural & #naturalhair. Locally I have found support in a group we call "Happy to be Nappy" (photo) where we meet on Facebook to share product ideas, ask questions & talk each other off the ledge when we become frustrated! We have also had a product swap to let some of us "product junkies" reorganize.

I believe the most amazing part is the way no one seems to be territorial! We all help & support each other, so to all my Natural sisters, my thinking of being Natural sisters, my relaxed but respect a Natural sisters & the men who love us all- THANKS!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Fued is over!

Well Gel & I have been battling to be friends or at least associates for awhile now unsuccessfully.  I would continuously see my YouTube sisters rave about how their hair was defined or their curl was elongated but i couldn't duplicate it.  I recently did a review on the Ecostyler Moroccan Argon Oil Gel and the initial results were OK but then my hair dried out as it had done previously with other gels. I was left with 2 large containers of gel (Ecostyler Olive Oil & Argon Oil) in my bathroom.  I decided I would do a roller set and see how that would work.  I was pleasantly surprised! Here's what i did:

First I washed & conditioned my hair, then i put in a leave in conditioner..... in a plastic bowl i mixed olive oil and some 7 in 1 miracle oil....i separated my hair in 4 sections (just to make life easier) and began taking sections from those to roll....before i rolled the hair i used my fingers to apply my oil mixture then i added the argon oil gel...use cold wave rollers with paper over them i rolled my hair in a spiral....After i completed my entire head i sprayed it with the Shea Naturals Spray (see previous post) and put on my satin cap & when to bed....

In the morning, i sprayed my hair again and removed the rollers...my hair WAS NOT hard!!!! The curls came out beautiful!  I didnt seperate the curls (i may later in the week), i just pin some back & fluffed!  I finally have a successful way to use styling gel....let me know what you guys think!

Very moisturized!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Gel Review

Welcome to review #2.  I decided to try the Eco-styler Moroccan Argan Oil Gel. The first thing i noticed was the smell...pleasant like a green apple so i will begin positively.  I didn't have the best results with the Olive oil gel in the past but I was told that the problems I encountered , the flaking, stiffness and drying out would not be there.  I began by washing, conditioning , treating  (see video) and detangling my hair in the shower. I patted my hair dry and  applied the gel by raking it through with my fingers from root to tip. I went quickly to avoid my hair becoming completely dry before i could complete my entire head.

My curls are completely defined and have a beautiful shine while its wet.  As my hair begins to dry it begins to feel crunchy so I spray it with the Shea Moisture Oil Mist i purchased earlier this week. I did see improvement but there was still some stiffness.  Overall i think if you want a lot of curls this is a good way to achieve them.  I believe I will add oil to my hair before applying the gel next time but I wanted to let the gel work alone for this review. I'm not sure what I'll look like in the morning but I will definitely let you know!

       Eco-styler on sale $2.99 at Sally's
       Bed Head Moisture Maniac 2 for $22 at Walmart (on sale) or $12.99 TJ Maxx
       Proclaim Olive Oil Treatment $1.79 Sally's

***Special thanks to my daughter for making the video on her IPod for me- Thanks Tia :)***

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