Embrace Natural Beauty

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I got my hair done Jan 6, 2018 from Abena Palmore who owns Embrace Natural Beauty. Her salon is located in Sola Salons.  However, its her own salon space, suite 31.  She located in White Plains, NY.  I had an appointment at 9AM, and I was sitting in the chair at exactly 9AM.

I got a nice trim and a flat iron.  Abena is very professional and is SO gentle!!  Never have I had my hair done by such gentle hands.  She’s very knowledgeable of natural hair.  She asked me questions on how I wash my hair and prepped my hair for the flat iron according to how I wash my hair, so I wouldn’t end up with heat damage.

I first sat in her consultation chair and we discussed any concerns I may have with my hair.  She then takes some “before” pictures.  After she takes the “before,” then you sit in the wash chair.  She proceeds to wash your hair and give it a good protein treatment since I was getting a flat iron.

She has a steamer, but I wasn’t able to use it because since I use Castille Soap to wash my hair.  She was concerned my cuticles would lift too much, and my hair would get damaged with the flat iron.  So she deep conditioned my hair with my own natural heat.

After she deep conditioned my hair, she rinsed it out, and added an all in on leave in, moisturizer, and heat protectant.  Then she proceeded to de-tangle my hair.  Once she de-tangled all my hair.  She proceeded to use the flat iron with the small teeth comb.

She’s super gentle and I didn’t feel like I was losing any excess hair at all.  After she blew dry all my hair she then proceeded to flat iron, after the flat iron she gave me a nice trim.  She didn’t cut off too much, only what was needed, and she only did two passes with my hair.  Once over the hair, and then again with the chaser method, which is when you take flat iron the hair with a brush or comb.  She also didn’t use a ridiculous amount of heat, only 390 degrees.  To see the final results of my hair.  Check out my Instagram page.

I highly recommend you take a trip to White Plains, NY to get your hair done. Great service, everything great, and its super easy to get there by the Metro North, if you don’t drive, and apparently there’s a parking lot to park in.  That way you don’t have to worry about parking.  I took the Metro North from The Bronx.  Super easy.

Now go! 😀

J. Monique Naturals

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I’ve found yet another small Black owned business, J. MoniqueNaturals. I’ve had the chance of participating in her Black Friday sale.  50% off of everything on her site.  I took advantage of it by buying the three deep conditioner pack, out of one of those deep conditioners I tried the Raw Honey Deep Conditioner. While this deep conditioner doesn’t have much slip.  It packs some great moisture for those dry tresses.  I don’t need my deep conditioner to have a lot of slip.  Just as long as it provides moisture, because I de-tangle before I add any cleansers to my hair.

I give this deep conditioner:  4/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchase
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
The consistency is thick, when you turn it over it doesn’t come out at all.
Smell
Has a light lemon honey scent.  Definitely not overpowering
Slip
No slip.  Don’t attempt to de-tangle with it.
Cost
$16 for 8 ounces or $24 for 16 ounce.
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

 

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Ingredients: Raw Honey, Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Mango Butter, Neroli Butter, Shea Butter, Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Fenugreek, Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Natural Emulsifying Wax, Vitamin E, Preservative, Fragrance.

 

Sprung Coil Boosting Gelly

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I’m back with another twisting cream product review from Soultanicals, another Black owned business.  Today I’ll be reviewing the Sprung Coil Boosting Gelly.  I have to say that this cream is one of my favorite twisting creams to date.  Its thick, yet lightweight, and gives you a nice medium to firm hold without having your hair feel hard, or crunchy. I’ve used it several times and every time I take down my twist outs or braid outs I’ve had little to no frizz. What I like about this product is that a little goes a long way.  So you don’t have to glob tons of it on your hair to get a nice hold.

I give this styler:  5/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchase
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
The consistency is thick, with a little stickiness to it, like a creamy gel
Smell
Has a light fruity scent.  Definitely not overpowering
Hold factor
Medium to strong hold
Cost
$16 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

COIL BOOSTING INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water Infusion of Nettle, Saw Palmetto & Horsetail, Pro Vitamin B5, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Carbomer, Ginseng, Phthalate-Free Fragrance, Gluconodeltalactone & Potassium Sorbate- all gelled up in love.

Curlformers

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Curlformers give you Shirley Temple curls in several different sizes.  But what are curlformers you ask?  Curlformers are yet another styling tool.  Its a learning curve to insert your hair into the plastic holders.  But once you learn how to do it.  Its a piece of cake.  If you look on YouTube.  You’ll find plenty of tutorials on how to use these curlers.  Whitney White, of Napturl85 gives you a great tutorial on how to use these curlers.  But after a while, you’ll get used to it.  The one thing I love about Curlformers is that your hair dries pretty quickly.  And the reason for that is because the curlers have little teeny tiny holes inside them which gives your hair access to air.

The downside about Curlformers is that they are ridiculously expensive.  Just to give you an example.  You could end up spending close to $70 for a pack of 40.  However, on the flip side.  They’ll last forever.  But if you do some searching, you can find bootleg Curlformers online.  I found two packs of the spiral sized curls on eBay for $40.  I thought that was a steal considering I was able to get two packs for less then the price of one, however I recommend purchasing the legit Curlformers hook because the bootleg hook can be very flimsy.

I just want to mention that Curlformers has an option of three sizes.  The spiral, the corkscrew, and the barrel.  In English that means medium sized curls (spiral), small curls (corkscrew), and large curls (barrel).

I have all three sizes.  The medium ones I found on eBay.  The corkscrew ones I ordered from the Curlformers site, (I got a bad experience from the Corkscrew bootleg ones I bought off of eBay), and the barrel sized ones I ordered off of Amazon.  All of the sizes I ordered I have to say that the medium and corkscrew are my favorite sizes.

Even with the price issues.  I highly recommend them.  Especially for a special occasion, because they do really give you a nice curl that’ll get compliments from many people.  If you plan on purchasing them.  I suggest getting the length you eventually want your hair to be.  For example, it makes no sense to purchase the short Curlformers that only go up to 8 inches, and your hair is 6 inches or so, and you plan on growing your hair to armpit length (APL), or bra strap length (BSL). Makes better sense to get the longer ones because your hair is going to grow.  Unless you plan on keep your hair at a shorter length.

Spiral curls (medium sized curls)

Corkscrew curls (small curls)

Barrel sized curls (large curls)

Battle of the Brushes

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In this post I’ll be doing some de-tangling brush comparisons. Today we’ll be comparing the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush and the KareCo de-tangling brush.

Both the Felicia Leatherwood and KareCo brushes are great brushes. They both have teeth that spread apart, meaning that it’ll glide through your hair with ease. However, neither one of them comes without flaws. I’ve personally used both of these brushes several times.

KareCo
The KareCo brush is much more gentle on the hair due to the fact that its more like a paddle brush. So the bristles are semi soft, and not hard on the hair. Therefore, its gentle enough to use every wash day.

However, I find that the brush doesn’t de-tangle the crown portion of my hair like the Felicia Leatherwood brush does. I discovered while I was applying my styling cream that I still had some sections on the crown portion of my hair that were still “glued” together, meaning I couldn’t separate some portions in my crown area to apply the twisting cream. I think the reason for this is because since the KareCo brush is like a paddle brush. The bristles are short. Therefore, since they are short they don’t get in between all that thick hair on the crown portion of my head. Perhaps I have to try smaller sections.

Price: $11
Ease of use: Easy
De-tangling factor: Good
Roughness on hair: Gentle
Availability: Walmart or in Walmart stores

Felicia Leatherwood
The Felicia Leatherwood brush is a bit more harsh on the hair due to the fact that the bristles are long and hard, which makes this a brush I wouldn’t use every wash day since its a bit rough. But when I tell you that its a de-tangling power house. Its a de-tangling power house. Every time I use this brush. It gets every bit of shed hair out. I have no hair that’s “glued” together at the crown, and my hair is fully de-tangled.

Price: less then $20
Ease of use: Easy
De-tangling factor: Great
Roughness on hair: Somewhat harsh
Availability: online; maybe in a store if you hunt for it.

Bottom Line: Both brushes have their place in terms of de-tangling. I feel like if your hair is on the fine side then you should probably go with the KareCo brush since its softer and easier on the hair. But if your hair is on the thicker side then I would go with the Felicia Leatherwood brush.

If you choose to solely go with the FL brush then I would suggest using this brush no more then twice a month since it can be a little harsh on the hair. That’s what I do. I use the FL brush twice a month to make sure I don’t have excess shed hair, still lingering around my head, and I finger de-tangle the rest of the month.

If you feel like finger de-tangling is a joke for your hair, and you need an actual tool every wash session, and if you want the best of both worlds. Then try using the KareCo brush on the easier, less rough parts of your hair and the FL brush on the more difficult parts.

I must admit though. If someone told me that I had a choice between the FL brush and the KareCo. I would go with the FL brush. Because I know that at the end of the day. My hair would be thoroughly de-tangled.

Felicia Leatherwood

Kareco

Afrotastic Curl Elastic

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Soultanicals has been around for a while, since 2012 to be exact.  I would say around 2016 or the early part of 2017.  I discovered a deep conditioner called Afrotastic Curl Elastic. And I have to say its not bad.  Its not as good as my beloved Kinky Kashmere but its definitely a great product.  It has some protein in it and has great ingredients.

One thing I LOVE about this brand is that they offer salon sizes on their products.  32 ounces!!  The usual cost of this item is $16 for 8 ounces.  In my opinion I think its an insult to naturals for companies to make a deep conditioner that’s less then 12 ounces.  An 8 ounce deep conditioner would last me about a month, maybe two if I’m lucky.

As a Soultanicals buyer.  I highly suggest you follower her Instagram page:  Soultanicals, sign up for her newsletter, and wait for her to have her sales because she has some awesome sales.  Just to give you an example, in Nov 2017, for her 5 year anniversary.  The owner had a five minute, $5 sale on many items on her site. Another example, of a great sale is during Black Friday, when she has her salon size products for $20.  Can’t beat that!

I give this deep conditioner:  4/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchase
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
The consistency isn’t too thick, and not too thin/watery.
Smell
Has a light fruity scent.  Definitely not overpowering
Slip
Great to use as a de-tangler
Cost
$16 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

afrotastic

Ingredients
Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Marshmallow, Rosemary, Burdock, Amla, Chamomile, Thyme, Sage & Coltsfoot, Organic Aloe Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Guar Gum, Sorbitol, Pro Vitamin B5, Ximenia Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Natural, Fragrant Oil Blends, an extra slip of soulistic flava & LOVE!

Lovely Leave in

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I’m back with another product from Kinky Kashmere. The Kashmere Leave in Conditioner is another win win for me.  Its thick, smells awesome, has lots of moisture, and has lot of slip.  This product aids in keeping my hair moisturized for days.

I give this leave in conditioner:  5/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchae
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
Thick and creamy, not watery
Smell
Has a light lemongrass smell.  Definitely not overpowering.
Slip
Great to use as a detangler
Cost
$12 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients.  Silicone free.  Junk free.


kk leave in.jpgIngredients
Aqua, Aloe Vera, Pure Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis, BTMS Conditioner, Castor Oil, Spinosa Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Natural Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Guar Gum, Optiphen, Fragrance