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Product Review: Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection

Y’all know I love to Wash n Go. And all hair gels are not created equal. As for me and my hair, we like mucilage gels. Almost all of these snot-like gels with bases of aloe, flax seeds, or botanically infused nettle and marshmallow root yield awesome results.  However once you find a product your hair likes the key is knowing how to apply it. Check out My Wash n Go Routine for how I get my curls popping. I have not changed this method in years because it works. Now on to the review.

Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection

Smooth Naturals

Hair Perfection

16 oz $22

ing: Aloe Vera Juice ,Water Infused with Horsetail, Nettle and Marshmallow Root, Olive Oil, Castor, Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Agave Nectar, Xanthan Gum, Honey Quat, Optiphen(preservative), ProVitamin B5, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid and Fragrance

Smooth Naturals is product line from beauty blogger J Cokes, aka Coily Head Chick, in fact the products were first called Coily Head Chick and the line was just a leave in and a hair gel if I remember correctly. It has since blossomed into Smooth Naturals, which is a complete hair, body and skin care brand including a mens line.  I loved the idea of a blogger entering the product domain, as a blogger myself we know what we like and what the people want and I am so proud of her for going after it!

5 Things I Like About This Product

  1. Scent. Honey Almond is just such a sweet pleasant smell. It is not overpowering and it lends itself to blend well with other products.
  2. Price point. $1.37 per ounce is a fair price point for a curl definer I really don’t like to pay more than $1.50 per ounce and this leaves some wiggle room without a sale.
  3. Formula. Yes y’all you know I love a mucilage gel, it is the only stuff that does my curls right.  This product has great botanicals of horsetail, nettle and marshmallow root with aloe and some good oils. Oh and it’s protein free.
  4. It gets along. It is really important to me that my styler play well with a variety of leave-ins because I change my leave-in often. This product works best with creamier leave-ins.
  5. It stores well. The product says it should be used within 6-9 months but I know that I forgot about a bottle in the back of my closet that was a year old and well it still worked. No bacteria or weird smell.

    Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection on Derby City Naturals

    Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection Gel over Soulatanicals Mango Dip as a leave-in. Day one thru day 4. Each day I refreshed my hair with a bit of water and did not add any additional product.

I would absolutely repeat this purchase I still have another jar up in the closet.  The gel is a little thinner than I like however it applies easy and it pumps out well, never has the pump gotten stuck or backed up. And it pumps all the way to the bottom of the jar.  I can only get up to three day hair with this product as seen in the picture above. I used to seek out 5 and 7 day hair gels and while they are still the business, I wash my hair at least twice a week so long lasting gels are not a requirement.  This gel refreshes easily from day to day which I also like and it doesn’t create a ridiculous gel cast.  If you have ever used aloe or flax seed gel and liked it but wish you got more than one day results this is the gel you were looking for.

5 Tips to Care for Your Locs While Swimming

Every Saturday morning for the past 4 months I wake up early to take JK to swim practice at the YMCA. And while I am happy that my guppy became a minnow I have to admit the aftercare for his hair weekly is not my favorite thing to do.  While locs are more of a carefree style as compared to loose hair there is a manner of care that should be followed to maintain the health of the locs.  Here are the tips that I use to keep JK’s locs happy.Swimming at the Y

  1. Pre and post rinsing.  Wetting the hair with plain water before swimming minimizes the amount of chlorinated water absorbed into the hair.  After swimming use plain water to rinse the chlorine from the hair.
  2. Cleansing. There are lots of swimming and chelating shampoos on the market, they are all kinda pricey but if you are swimming a lot and your hair is suffering definitely invest in one. For JK we use clarifying shampoos. I alternate between Aveda Rosemary & Mint shampoo and Suave Clarifying shampoo weekly. We wash his hair after every dip in the pool.  When washing pay attention to the hair itself and not so much the scalp. The chlorine is in the hair and we want to remove it. His scalp stays very clean do to the frequency of washes.
  3. Deep Conditioning. There are many people who are surprised when I tell them I deep condition JK’s locs.  The key is to find a deep conditioner that will penetrate the hair, but will rinse clean we do not want any residue to build up within the locs.  For his deep conditioning I will use anything I have on hand including samples from subscription boxes.  We really liked Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner and TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner for locs
  4. Protein Treatments.  The frequent washing can easily lead to hydra fatigue so you want to be sure your hair is getting the protein it needs.  I like to use Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner or just do a coconut water rinse.
  5. Don’t Sweat the Retwist. I absolutely do not retwist JK’s locs every week. I do make sure I go in and separate the locs to avoid mating and I let them air dry completely to avoid the musty smell.  His locs are definitely fuzzier but I don’t see the point in putting in the time and effort to retwist when he will be back in the pool in a few days.

Before you ask, yes they do make swimcaps for locs. JK’s locs are short enough that he can wear a large swim cap available at the sporting goods store. He wore it one time but he didn’t like being the only boy wearing one so I let him swim without it.  If you have longer locs check out Dreadlock Swim Cap from Dreadscapes on Etsy. I have not used this model but it is well talked about in different hair groups.

Locs are an incredibly versatile hairstyle and lend themselves easily to an active lifestyle.  Follow these tips to keep your locs well cared for while swimming.  If you are experiencing any excessive dryness or brittleness while swimming I would absolutely recommend the use of a swim cap and/or a chelating shampoo.  Yes, Black people do swim, if you have never learned to swim reach out to your local YMCA they have swimming lessons for all levels and all ages.

Product Review: Soultanicals Mango Dip Detangling Slip

Spoiler alert: this product is the best damn detangler I have ever used. If you do not have a problem with knots, naps and snarls do not bother reading this. If you can use just about any conditioner to detangle your hair, then this product is a waste of your time. If you do not sometimes get lazy and put off detangling your hair for a couple weeks (or months) just close this window. But if you do have these problems, keep reading.

Soultanicals Mango Dip

Soultanicals

Mango Dip Detangling Slip

8 oz $16

Available online at Soultanicals.com

ing: Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Nettle, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Slippery Elm, Blue Malva, Chamomile Flowers, Certified Organic Aloe Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Olivate/ Sorbitan Olivate, Mango Butter, Flaxseed Gel, Mango Extract, Vegetable Glycerine, Crambe Seed Oil, Brocolli Seed Oil, Pracaxi Oil, Jojoba Oil, Pro Vitamin B5, Olive Squalane, Natural, Fragrant & Essential Oil Blends, Potassium Sorbate, Black Willow Bark Extract, Citric Acid, & an extra dip of LOVE!

I need to edit my holy grail list and when I do this product goes right to the top.  I have tried to write this review several times but I cannot put into words the way I feel about it. It is like someone asking you, “How did you know your husband was the one you would marry?” Umm, you just know.  This product is an amazing detangler, an effective conditioner that works both as deep conditioner and a rinse-out, however why would you want to rinse it out, which leads to the third point that it is a dope leave in conditioner as well.  Blah, blah, blah… I love it!

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. First off it has an ingredients list that won’t quit. Botanical herbs of Nettle, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Slippery Elm and Blue Malva are all mucilage inducing which make great additions to hair products for us kinky and curly girls. Then you add Aloe Juice, BTMS and Cetearyl Olivate a fantastic trio for moisturizing and conditioning. Top it off with great oils and butters and you have greatest conditioning product ever.
  2. It really detangles. Listen, listen, listen, Linda. Section your hair, apply the product and wait while it really does melt away the tangles, toils and snares. We are talking amazing grace, honey.
  3. After using this conditioner I don’t feel like I need to deep condition my hair. I have not stopped deep conditioning, but I do not do it as often as I did before. True story.
  4. Plays well with other products.  I have used this as a leave in conditioner under 6 different gels from other product lines and it worked well with all of them.
  5. Size matters. It also comes in a larger 16 ounce bottle with a pump. Mama likes a good pump bottle it makes detangling in the shower with wet hands super easy.

This product has my stamp of approval.  It is a bit pricey, 8 oz for $16 is a $2 per ounce price point which I will admit was a big turn-off, but then it went on sale and I gave it a try. I am not disappointed.  As a three-in-one product I don’t feel it is too expensive because it is doing the job of multiple products all at once.  The scent is just okay.  It smells of a herbal/floral combo which is fine I could really take it or leave it.  Oh and this conditioner is protein free, shout with me protein sensitive curlies :)  The customer service I received from Soultanicals the three times I ordered was impeccable. Quality products + great service = customer for life.

Go Red for Women on 2/6/15

Let’s be serious. HEART DISEASE IS THE #1 KILLER OF WOMEN AND IS MORE DEADLY THAN ALL FORMS OF CANCER.

ONE of every THREE women DIES of heart disease and stroke.

To raise awareness for heart disease we Go Red for Women on 2/6/15.

There are several factors that increase your risk for heart disease including:

  • High Cholesterol: Total Cholesterol > 200 mg/DL
  • High Blood Pressure: BP > 12/80 mm Hg
  • Smoking increases your risk for heart disease by 4x
  • Diabetes increases your risk for heart disease by 4x
  • BMI: Your body mass index =  weight in pounds x 703 / height in inches. The higher your BMI the higher your risk for heat disease
  • Lack of physical activity.  Increasing your physical activity can help decrease cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, BMI as well as reducing stress and increasing overall heart health.

#NaturalsGoRed

I wanna see each of you Go Red on 2/6/15. Wear a red lip, put on a red pair of socks, add a red scarf to your outfit and encourage others to do so also. Snap a picture and post on social media using the hashtags #GoRedSelfie and #NaturalsGoRed.

To learn more about heart disease and what you can do to prevent it, visit Go Red For Women website. You should also talk to your doctor about your risks for heart disease and make sure you have your levels tested so you can take action if you are at risk.

Go Red For Women

Follow the American Heart Association’s official Go Red for Women accounts on twitter @GoRedForWomen, facebook Go Red for Women, and instagram @GoRedForWomenAHA.  Also make sure you follow me too on twitter @DerbyCityNat, facebook Derby City Naturals and instagram @HereIsMySpout.

 

#NoBareLips30 Cycle 3 Week 4

I was traveling last week so I was unable to post my recap for week two and post on week 3. Remember for the most up to date info on #NoBareLips30 to follow @KeikoKaveri on Twitter, IG, blog, FB and Tumblr.

Here is a recap of my week 3 looks:

No Bare Lips 30 Week 3 recap

My favorite look from week three was Vamp (lower left) which was achieved using 320 Mahogany x New York Color lined with Blue Divine eyeliner x Jordana. I wanted a liner that was deeper than my lipstick and I don’t own a lip liner that dark however this deep blue eyeliner came thru.

As a side note I want you all to check out Color Us Beautiful which is a movement dedicated to showcasing women of color in all our beauty. Such a positive movement I can really get behind. I will have a future post with the creator Duana soon.

No Bare Lips 30 Schedule for Cycle 3 Week 4

  1. Sunday 1/25 Easy, go-to lip color
  2. Monday 1/26 Ombre
  3. Tuesday 1/27 Brown
  4. Wednesday 1/28 Work lip
  5. Thursday 1/29 Celebrity look
  6. Friday 1/30 Burgundy
  7. Saturday 1/31 90s lip trend

NBL30 Wk4

We are in the final stretch of #NoBareLips30 challenge, let’s finish strong!  Try your best to participate daily and do not be afraid to tweet the hashtag or post on fb if you need help. You can follow me on instagram @HereIsMySpout.

#NoBareLips30 C3W2

Hey yall we have now made it to Cycle 3, Week 2 of #NoBareLips30 Challenge.  In case you don’t know #NoBareLips30 is a simply challenge started by Keiko Kaveri to wear lipstick every day for thirty (30) days.

Here is a recap of my lips from week one.
wpid-photogrid_1421005933944.jpgMy favorite look from week one was Date night (upper-left corner) which is A041 Ferguson Crest Cabernet x Wet n Wild lined with Purple Fusion x Jordana. I just love this color combo. And I was also totes excited to pull off the peach lip (bottom-center) which I created by mixing together 5001B Tropical Sunburst with a dab of 5014 Reggae Red both x Black Radiance this is a look that will be revisited.

I saw a few questions on the hashtag that I wanted to answer here on the blog in case you have these issues as well.

  1. Transferring. This is when your lipstick gets on everything that touches your mouth.  In my experience the cheaper brands tend to to do this more than my pricier ones however there is a trick to help set your lipstick. After applying lay a single sheet of tissue over your mouth and lightly dust your lips with powder.
  2. Dryness. The weather is cold, the wind is blowing and the air is dry which all wreak havoc on your lips.  Start by using your favorite lip balm before applying your lipstick this will keep your lips moisturized from the start. Don’t forget to moisturizing them again throughout the day.
  3. Peeling. My skin peels a lot this time of year especially on my lips. You gotta exfoliate your kisser. Use a lip scrub which is a mix of sugar and oil to slough away the dead skin. You can also use your wash cloth and warm water and rub your lips in a circular motion, I do this every morning.

Here is the schedule for Cycle 3 Week 2

  • Sunday 1/11 Orange.
  • Monday 1/12 Work Smarter, Not Harder. A simple makeup look that looks complicated
  • Tuesday 1/13 Gold.
  • Wednesday 1/14 On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.
  • Thursday 1/15 Red.
  • Friday 1/16 Purple.
  • Saturday 1/17 Beauty Inspiration.

NoBareLips30 Wk 2 Calendar

 

As always just do your best to participate every day and most of all have fun.  If you have any questions you can tweet using the hashtag #NoBareLips30 and someone will try to help.  Here are some of my fav lips from week one on IG Phaxsimile, JustJali, and Such_a_frknlady. Follow me and all my lippie looks on instagram @HereIsMySpout.

#NoBareLips30 Cycle 3

Its that time again ladies, time to put your best lippie forward and stunt! Yes it is #NoBareLips30 season.

It is because of this challenge that I learned I could pull off a lippie.

It is because of #NoBareLips30 challenge that I learned I could pull off an orange lippie. Wearing Black Radiance 5116 Tiger Lily

What is #NoBareLips30?

#NoBareLips30 is a simply challenge started by Keiko Kaveri to wear lipstick every day for thirty (30) days.  This is my third time participating in the challenge and it is not only a lot of fun and a way to make new e-friends, but you will also learn makeup tips and tricks.

How do you participate in #NoBareLips30?

Simply post a picture with you wearing a lippie (lipstick, lip gloss, liner, etc) and use the hashtag #NoBareLips30.  You can post this on any social media platform facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, etc.  It also helps if you include what you used to achieve the look: name of liner, lipstick, gloss, how you applied it, where you bought it, etc.

Are there rules associated with #NoBareLips30?

The first cycle was a freestyle post what ever lip look you chose. The second cycle each day had a theme like On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink (homage to Mean Girls). This cycle does have theme days, see the first week posted on KKs blog, however do not be discouraged if you do not have the particular lip color or think you cannot wear a color. Be brave and be inspired by the posts of others.

  • Sunday 1/4 How did you hear about #NoBareLips30
  • Monday 1/5 Lipliner do an all liner look.
  • Tuesday 1/6 Cuddles, what color makes you think of cuddles
  • Wednesday 1/7 Choose your color
  • Thursday 1/8 Date night look
  • Friday 1/9 Electric lip
  • Saturday 1/10 Peach lip (Tip mix orange and nude lipstick to make a peach color or you can blend peach eyeshadow with lipgloss)

Most of all just do your best to participate every day and most of all have fun.  If you have any questions you can tweet using the hashtag #NoBareLips30 and someone will try to help. You can also do what I do and ask my friend and makeup artist @Calbear95 she is a true makeup guru and loves to help. You DO NOT have to wear fancy expensive brands, I wear mostly Wet n Wild lippies, they are inexpensive and I like them. If you see a color you like by a more expensive brand don’t be afraid and ask for a dupe (cheaper knockoff). Follow me and all my lippie looks on instagram @HereIsMySpout.

Product Review: Thayers Witch Hazel Pads

Thayers Witch Hazel Pads

Thayers Witch Hazel Pads

60 pads, about $7

Available at drug stores, health food stores and online

ing: Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Witch Hazel), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid.

Skincare is super important and creating a skin regimen that adjusts to the changes in your skin can be challenging.  Many of you found awesome products in your teens and just kept using them. I need y’all to do better.  One thing that should be included as part of your regimen is witch hazel. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that works to tone, cleanse and tighten the skin, read more about here.

Thayers Witch Hazel Pads are reminiscent of old school Oxy pads except they don’t feel like they are going to burn your face off.  I use them after cleansing my face nightly to make sure the excess oil and makeup are removed and to shrink my pores.  The cool soothing sensation is an amazing feeling.  I also take these pads with me while traveling for a quick facial cleanse when I cannot do a full wash.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. It cleanses gently without burning. I’ve used these to clean cuts and scrapes on my son without him hollering and wincing.
  2. You can actually feel your skin tightening after use however it does not feel excessively dry.
  3. The pads also soothe. After long days on the beach in the sun I wipe down my face with one of the pads it feels so good.
  4. The pads come in a plastic container so they won’t dry out.  The one thing I hate about face wipes is those packages is that they never stay sealed and they always end up drying out.
  5. My favorite thing is that the pads of a scrubby side and a smooth one. I like to use the scrubby side on my T-zone and the softer side on my cheeks and around the eyes.

I am sure some of you are thinking the product seems great but the $7 price tag is a bit expensive as compared to $3 alternative.  But I promise you it is worth it. Also using one pad a day this jar will last you for two months. You are worth it and your skin will thank you.