Product Review: Shea Moisture box! #sheamom #sheabassdor #sheamoisture

Today, I’m doing an entire product review of the entire contents of the Shea Moisture box I received from them. I’ll speak from a mom’s perspective but also from my personal one since I also used the same products on me!

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Disclaimer: I am a Shea Moisture Ambassador, so I’m giving honest reviews of this box, regardless of how awesome they are (or how much they suck. I keeps it real.).

Last week, Bear and I received our first Shea Moisture box and it had a lot of great stuff in it. At first I was concerned because the products were tailored to babies and Bear’s a preschooler. I decided to go ‘head and try it out on him and me as well! This product review is different because I’m going to do a quick write-up of each individual product. For the hair products, I have Type 4 hair. Bear has Type 3 hair, so keep that in mind.

Let’s go!

First up: the baby wash and shampoo.

I really liked this one because it was nice and fragrant. I normally don’t use the same wash for the body and hair but Bear seemed to love it. He even said how he liked how he smelled!

In terms of the shampoo for me, it lathered very well, with no residue.

Bottom Line: I do recommend for adults and kids!


The blueberries and marshmallow root detangler and leave-in (blue label).

OMG. Can I tell you have much I love this joint??? This is probably my new favorite detangler and that’s a hard sell to me with my coils! It has a lot of slip and detangling Bear’s hair was a breeze!

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Look at those curls!

LOOK!

AREN’T THEY FABULOUS??

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2nd day curls. Annnnnnnnnd, you probably needed to see a four year old with a puppy right now.

So yeah, that’s nice but what about Mommy?

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It made my curls pop! The detangler, I found, I didn’t have to use a lot of it since it was also a leave-in conditioner. And OMG, it smelled so good! (Yes, I took out my braids but never fear, they’re coming back soon! And a different color!)

Bottom Line: Highly recommend! Even if you don’t have kids, use this on yo self! Treat yo self!


Body Lotion:

Bear liked it and I did. I didn’t find it moisturized my body as well as other lotions I’ve used. I also have super dry skin so the thicker the lotion the better for me. But for a child, I thought the body lotion was suitable.

Bottom Line: Great for kids, but mileage may vary for adults.


Baby Oil:

I didn’t try it on Bear because I wasn’t sure how his skin would respond to it. (I’m still trying to figure out his allergens.) However, I tried it and my skin loved it! It loved it like a hungry man at a buffet.

Bottom Line: Great for adults, but mileage may vary for kids.


Milk bath:

The only product I didn’t review because we don’t have a bathtub. However, I plan to give this to a friend who does a have bathtub and see if it’s suitable. I’ll report back!


The rattler:

It’s cute! LOL. I can’t say too much because I obviously don’t have a newborn or infant. I do plan to give that to Bear’s godmother who’s due any day now.


Overall, it was a great first box! I’m really happy with it overall.

If you have the Shea Moisture box, what did you like? What other Shea Moisture products have you tried?

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Is Cantu Amazing For Your Curls?

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Cantu Beauty has a new (well, new to me) product in their line that I happily test-drove on Bear’s hair. I did use the product on my hair but I don’t think I had the same results as his (and when I mean by the same as in my hair still frizzed up pretty bad).

Now, I have to say this before you read on, Los Angeles (and pretty much the world) has experienced hotter than normal temperatures this summer. In fact, the day I used this product on Bear’s hair, L.A. has a humidity of 70% which is hotter than the devil’s butthole.

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As usual, before we review, let’s go over the basics:

Consistency:

Well, it’s a foam. So, it’s very light. Fluffy.

Smell:

Very light. Honestly, there really isn’t that much of a smell. Not heavy which is good if you have a sensitive nose like I do.

Cost:

Cheap! Another reason why I love Cantu’s line. I paid around $7.99 (I might have paid too much so it could be even cheaper than that!).

The Routine:

I would typically use this after I shampooed or co-washed his hair. If I haven’t done neither of those, I would saturate his hair with just plain water.

The Result:

I’m going to break the results down in two. First, after co-washing with Eden BodyWorks and towel-drying, I put the foam on and detangle his hair with a brush.

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As you can tell, it made his curls pop! But let’s try another method. This time, I saturated Bear’s hair with just plain water, used the Cantu foam, and detangling brush. Here are those results. (I’ll post by hour.)

Again, keep in mind, this is on a day where L.A. had 70% humidity. 

First done (around 12:30 PM):

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A few hours later, around 3:30 PM:

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Around 7:30 PM:

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So, you can tell it did hold up pretty well against high humidity. It wasn’t perfect as Bear’s hair did frizz a little bit towards the end. Honestly, I’m curious to see if there’s any product that would hold up against 70% humidity.

The Review:

Pros:

  • It’s reliable. The Cantu brand is known for its quality.
  • It’s cheap. The Cantu brand is known for its affordability.
  • It’s very light in texture and fragrance.
  • I think it works best on Type 2 and Type 3 hair. 

Cons:

  • While it boasts of being anti-frizz, it’s not a miracle worker. Your hair will still frizz up eventually.
  • I don’t believe it’ll work that well on Type 4 hair, as I tried on myself and didn’t see/feel much of a difference.
  • Product may be hard to find as it’s brand-new. I found it at my local beauty supply store.

In conclusion, I do recommend this if you have Type 2 or Type 3 hair. For Type 4 hair, I don’t recommend this.

Irresistible Pretty Boy on Fleek: Sensational Curly Hair #biracial #mixed #hair #productreview

 

IMG_5244I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Bear’s hair care routine and the products I use. Since I’m often trying new products on his hair, I decide to share my tips, tricks, (and some misses) as well as rave about some products I’ve used. Let’s go!

  • Figure out your child’s hair type. Biracial/mixed and curly hair often comes in different curl patterns and textures. Once you determine your child’s hair type, it will make your life a lot easier!

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  • Once you know their hair type, buy products specifically for that type. This requires a trial and error method. You’ll also figure out very quickly that you like to experiment and buy different products.  It doesn’t mean you need to go out and spend a lot of money; some of the best products I’ve used for Bear’s hair cost less than $10 and lasted for months.

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  • YouTube is your friend. Seriously. There are a ton of videos on biracial/mixed and curly hair care. I also recommend YouTube for all hair types. I’ve discovered a lot of gems in taking care of my hair.

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Lastly, invest in a good detangling brush and wide-tooth comb. There’s an amazing detangling brush I even use on my own hair. 

So, what products do I recommend?

For shampoo and conditioner, try L’Oreal’s EverCurl.

For deep conditioners, try Mixed Chicks or Miss Jessie’s.

For co-washes, try As I Am.

For detanglers:

Just For Me’s Hair Milk

Cantu Kids Hair Detangler

African Pride Dream Kids Olive Miracle Instant Moisturizer Detangler

ORS Curls Unleashed

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My Two-Year Natural Hair Journey! Bliss! Frustration!

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So, let’s go on a journey, shall we? Let’s take it back to 2014.

I just gave birth to Bear in November 2013 and was enjoying the perils and joys of motherhood. Sometime in the spring, I noticed the one thing so many have warned me about – postpartum hair loss. And not a little.

A LOT.

I was debating for a while to chop off my hair, even as far back as 2008. I’ve always played with my hair, be it braids, weaves, wigs, or relaxers. In my humble opinion, I think everyone should experiment with their hair at least a few times in their lives.

Anyway, my hair was falling out by the patches and as much as I love my wigs, sometimes it can get a little too damn hot in L.A. to be wearing one. So I decided to just chop it all off!

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On the floor!

And honestly, I haven’t looked back.

I’ve become a bit of a product junkie (as most naturals will attest to), and I love experimenting with different looks, styles, and hair accessories. My hair has been its natural dark brown,

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I’ve dyed it to red,

 

and even had a bad experiment with fuchsia, purple, and blonde (which still came out pretty awesome when it grew out).

Now, as I’m growing out my most recent dark purple semi-permanent leave-in,

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Here are my tips for being natural, in no particular order –

  • It’s your hair. Yes, I have to say that because there will be some people who will not be down on what you’re doing. Fuck them. It’s your hair.
  • Know (and accept) your hair type can and will change. Adapt along with it.
  • Experiment with different products and looks! Be reasonable. Some products are great but they can be pricey.
  • Invest some time in watching YouTube tutorials. There are a ton out of there and some can really give you some great tips.
  • Follow a few natural hair care blogs like NaturallyCurly, Curl Mart (it’s more of a store than anything), and even some on IG. Be careful, though…if you follow too many you might become overwhelmed.
  • There are going to be times you won’t be able to stand your hair. Protective styles are your best friends.

That’s it! I’m so glad I’ve met a few CurlFriends through here and IG! It’s great to be on this journey together!

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This is Why I Love Dream Kids for Curly Hair

Click on the picture to purchase! 

For this week’s biracial/mixed hair care review, we’re checking out Dream Kids’ Olive Miracle Instant Moisturizing Detangler (whew, that’s a mouthful!).

Dream Kids is made by African Pride, a brand I’m very familiar with. This detangler contains water as the main ingredient, shea butter, Vitamin E, and aloe vera. The following oils are included: olive, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, avocado, wheatgerm, and soybean.

Consistency:

It’s surprisingly light, considering the number of oils in the ingredients. Not as sticky as others.

Smell:

Very light. Not overly powerful and smells great! It didn’t bother Bear, which is very important.

Cost:

Cheap! I’ve seen it as much as $7.99. I paid $4.99 for it.

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The Routine:

I either use the detangling spray after I wash Bear’s hair or when I’m styling it before we go out. His hair is wet and I spray the moisturizer all over his scalp. I then use the detangling brush.

The Result:

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The Review:

Pros:

  • Very light.
  • Very cheap.
  • Could probably work pretty well on adult hair. (I didn’t try it on mine yet).
  • Great for all hair types.
  • Makes the curls instantly POP!

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Cons:

  • The smell is very sweet, kinda like candy.
  • It does contain amodimethicone, a silicone (note – anything that ends in ‘cone’ is usually a silicone). It’s also the second listed ingredient behind water so it’s a major component. So, if you’re anti-silicone or allergic to them, this isn’t for you.

My review:

I recommend it! It’s a great detangler and Bear seems to like it. The smell doesn’t bother him and that’s a huge plus.