This is THE most amazing thing I think I have ever put in my hair. There are hardly any words to describe how it feels. First of all the texture is amazing! It is creamy like warm butter that is about to melt. It smells like Heaven! I decided to get it on a whim today from my local natural beauty supply store, Beauty by Nature. I really am in need of a really good deep conditioner and have been looking for a really good one for awhile. I had not tried any tgin products before but decided to take a chance. I am so glad that I did. It feels amazing and my hair just soaked up all the moisture in it. The primary ingredients are wonderful but there are some ingredients that are not natural but I am willing to compromise for how great my hair feels. I have not even rinsed it out of my hair yet but I already feel a difference in comparison to the deep conditioners that I usually use. Thank you tgin!
I am so sorry I have been MIA. The summer was busy and then not so busy but I was just out of it. This summer was interesting hair wise. I started off the summer in twists because I needed a hair-cation. I just got tired of washes and twisting and nightly re-twisting. So I actually wore double strand twists that I did through my hair horizontally rather than vertically because it gave me more coverage and a fuller look. The twists were great for a get up and go, no muss no fuss kind of style but it was painful when I took them out because I would leave them in for two weeks and then have to deal with a lot of tangling and SSK (single strand knots). That was not fun to deal with but I was enjoying my break from maintenance that I repeated the twists at least three times. Needless to say I am in dire need of a trim!
After I got bored with the twists I knew that I was going to need another style to make it through the Southeastern summer. Although summer here this year was nothing like anything I have experienced in my lifetime (so much rain!) it was still humid and hot at times, not great twist out weather. So I decided to go with a wash and go. I tried using Hydratherma Naturals Botanical Defining Gel. After several uses I concluded that it was not for me. I tried using it liberally and although the definition of my curls was amazing the product was far too drying. When I washed my hair after the first use I noticed it felt very dry and stripped compared to when I have not used non-natural stylers in the past. The next two times I used it I tried parting my hair in smaller sections and using less of the product. That seemed to work better as far as the stripped, dry feeling but then I didn’t get that great definition. Finally I just started using as little of the product as possible and putting my hair in a pony poof. Next week school starts back and I did my hair in my first twist out to get ready for it. It takes a few days to get that full look for me. So I am happily anticipating getting back to my twist outs and hopefully I will be better prepared for next summer. I had really wanted to do braids this summer or Senegalese twists but felt like my hair was too fragile to handle them well. Maybe I will be more brave next year. I want to make sure that if I get them I know how to properly care for them so my hair doesn’t suffer the consequences and I don’t lose out on my investment. But at least I will have plenty of time to prepare!
Old Navy used natural hair in this recent ad
I know it’s been a while but my life has been crazy. I even went about a month without washing my hair. It was starting to lock! But I have reclaimed some balance and have started using some new products as well. My two new faves are Curly Kinks Twist Whip and Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner. The first time I used the Karen’s I was just amazed at the smell and feel of this product and I had a better understanding as to why it has become the holy grail of conditioners for many naturals. I was less than thrilled with the results that I got from Curly Kinks. I had build up which left big white chunks in my hair and I didn’t have the definition that I like. But I tried again this past weekend when I washed my hair. I tweaked the process a little and came out with a better result. The first time that I used Curly Kinks my hair was too dry so this time I wet it with water from a spray bottle before applying it to my hair. Also the last time I had applied virgin coconut oil after applying Curly Kinks to each section this time I applied a smaller amount first. The results have been fantastic. I have shine and softness and definition. It’s great! I have been on the kick of using natural butters to twist with since late last year and I am really please by what I have used so far.
How I Use Karen’s Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In and Curly Kinks Twist Whip:
After Deep Conditioning apply mix of tea tree and jojoba oil, follow with Karen’s and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (just medium, quarter size amounts). Do this to your hair in sections (I separate my hair into two in back and two in front). Then part hair. Spray with Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisture Mist or water from spray bottle all over your hair. Section off hair on one side into small section for a two strand twist. Apply dime size amount of coconut oil smoothing in well then apply dime or nickel size amount of Curly Kinks smoothing in well. Twist hair and repeat all over.
I’ll take a picture of the results!
Or maybe this one! I LOVE her make up too!
Yesterday I was at work and a man came in to ask if we were hiring. I was in the back but I briefly saw him. He looked like a young James Debarge (pictured above) but he had flowing curly locks that looked like this:
Personally, I adored the way he looked and I might have even been a bit jealous. But I thought he looked totally fine. He was dressed neatly, had a clean appearance, and spoke well. When he left my co-worker who is not Black remarked that the man had asked for a job but if he was going to do so he needed to get a hair cut. I just stared blankly as he went on to explain that he needed a hair cut if he wanted to be taken seriously about getting a job. The first thing that came to mind for me was why does he need to go straight for the scissors? Why can’t he just wear his hair neatly pulled back or braided?
I also thought that it was really ironic that my co-worker was bringing this up to me considering that I have natural hair and wear mine freely, a little too much, at times. But no one ever brought it up or made it an issue for me. At one time all the Black women in our store wore naturals. The others are still natural but do not wear natural styles at the moment. I just thought that it was interesting that the first mode of thought for my co-worker when it came to this man’s gorgeous locks was that he should chop them all off.
About two months ago I ran out of my regular go to styler and I was looking for the same thing when I discovered that I could not get any. That prompted me to go to 33 Fingers Salon owned by Tameka Ishmael (info below). While I was there I picked up a jar of her Silk. It’s whipped Shea Butter with some essential oils in it. I was a little skeptical but eager to try it. I really wanted something natural to style my hair with but I was not sure that my hair was ready for it. I took the jar home and washed my hair the way I always do but used the Silk to do my two strand twist instead. The results were amazing. I got the same style that I got essentially with my non-natural styler. I couldn’t believe that my hair was being held in place by a completely natural product. It was awesome. I don’t have to worry about build up and I think that the product has been more beneficial for my hair than any other styling product that I have used. It also leaves my hair amazingly soft. Softer than it has ever been after drying with product in it. I have not tried it out with a wash and go but I am thoroughly pleased with the results I get with my two strand twists. So if you live in Charlotte find 33 Fingers and if you don’t find a recipe for a Shea Butter mixture like the one I previously posted by FusionofCultures on YouTube. It is awesome having a natural product that is GOOD for your hair. It totally changed my hair life.
33 Fingers Salon
8841 Arbor Creek Drive, Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 875-1228